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Anime 2014: The Surprises

So after naming my favourite animes I needed an excuse to mention a few more that I really liked I thought it would be a fun idea to mention the animes that surprised me. In a good way.

The Surprises:

D-Frag!

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D-Frag! is a show about games? You know what, this show doesn’t really have a plot but what makes it excellent is the characters and how over the top they are. It always made me laugh, in ways that were expected and in ways that weren’t.

After finishing the series, I was disappointed that it took me awhile to actually watch this. I’ve seen the manga a few times, but it looked like a typical club room romcom, so I thought that it would start out okay but then get annoying as the harem starts to come together. Now that I know how awesome it is, I feel like I should have looked this up right from the beginning.

At least I know now.

Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii

Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii

It’s a tender rain!

I think Soredemo is a shoujo done right. The characters fall for each other, but it’s done at a natural pace. There are a few ehh? moments, but it’s a cute love story. It’s my first time watching a shota anime and sometimes I wasn’t sure if Liv was meant to be eight or 15, but it was cute. Like sports animes, shoujos are actually hard for me to finish. I’ll watch a bit while it’s airing, but then stop watching it for one reason or another. If I remember it, then I’ll come back and finish it off but it’s a struggle. Not here though. Somehow I was able to remain on pace with this and finish it along with everyone.

I think that’s a testament to the story though. Even though this is a love story, it doesn’t feel forced or annoying. Just cute, which is what a shoujo is suppose to make you feel.

Barakamon

barakamon

This isn’t actually much of a surprise since I like the manga….but I’m going to include it here, because I was actually worried about this adaptation. I thought that it would be a short anime, like four minutes or something, but it was 24. That surprised me…..

…I loved the anime. I just couldn’t decide what to take out for the hits to include this so I put it here. Plus two animes where Ono Daisuke is the lead voice seems unfair, so that’s why it’s here. Surprise!

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Um…this one isn’t a surprise either since I like the manga as well, but I did think it was also going to be a short anime…can I use that excuse again?

Tokyo Ghoul

tokyo ghoul

I think this series benefited from me not reading the manga before hand. I did read a few chapters, but not enough to remember the story. Since I didn’t know much, I really enjoyed this and was surprised because I didn’t think I would. I didn’t watch it when it first came out, so I never had a problem with censorship or anything like that. Plus, I didn’t get to hear how bad it was until Terra Formars came out.

It’s not the greatest thing ever and I can definitely understand the frustrations viewers had of it. The plot is a bit weak and some of the characters get forgotten about, but I still had a great time watching it. Plus, it gave me motivation to read the manga. I’ve since finished it, which makes me worried for the second season because I know how the studio messed up the first one. I still liked it though.

Nobunaga Concerto

nobunaga concerto

Unlike Karen Senki, the CGI here isn’t something to write home about. The character’s have no facial expression, so a lot of the times you’re going by the seiyuu’s voice to properly convey the theme. The backgrounds were lovely though, but I do wish more effort went into the characters more. That being said, I had such a blast while watching it. It took some time for it grow on me, but I was surprised by how quickly I got hooked on the story.

Mikakunin de Shinkoukei

Mikakunin de Shinkoukei

 

This anime was so cute and another love story that was done properly. I did get annoyed Mashiro at first, but grew to love her and all of the characters by the end of it, especially Hakuya. A man of few words, but lovely nonetheless. Like Soredemo, the love story here doesn’t feel forced and happens gradually. I suppose the situations are the same since both couples are engaged, but still. It was just so darn cute.

Wake Up, Girls!

wake up girls

I don’t watch idol animes, mainly because I don’t think I’d like it all that much. I don’t know what convinced me to watch Wake Up Girls, but I took the plunge and was surprised by how realistic it was. The way the girls got picked, the fact that some can’t sing, their struggles, and their hardships seemed real. The top girl band thing seems overly restrictive and I’m not sure if that’s how it is in real life, but in terms of the WUG crew, I feel like it gave a fairly realistic portrayal of a budding idol group.

Honourable Mentions:

Samurai Flamenco

samurai flamenco

 

For the most part, when it comes to animes reading the synopsis or watching a few episodes is enough to tell you what the story is about. Not here though. One moment this seems like Kick-Ass, the next it’s like Power Rangers, then there’s aliens, and it ends with a villain that no one can see but the hero.

It’s strange, but I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy it. Other than the the scenes of the idols (I hated them, especially Mari worse character ever!) I couldn’t get enough of this anime. I just wanted to know what happens next. Plus, I love the bromance between Gotou and Masayoshi and the ending involving the cellphone.

 

…I’m going to have to think up a different method to doing this for next year.

2015 Winter Anime Preview

Finally got around to doing this! The winter anime seasons is upon us and within a day or so new shows will start appear. For some reason it seems like there’s not a whole lot of animes I want to watch this season, at least compared to the last one. This might change once I do my first impressions and give other shows a chance.  And even if it doesn’t change, there’s still some leftover shows that are continuing on so it’s all good.

For a full list of what’s to come you can check the AniChart.

  • Must Watch:

Anime de Wakaru Shinryounaika

An ONA that deals with mental health issues. Judging by the preview, it looks like it will be funny but informative too.

Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom)

I’ve been reading the manga since it came out and I’ve loved every moment of it. The animation style kind of worries me, but I think it will be okay. The story doesn’t only focus on the assassination attempts, but school politics as well. It’s good so I can’t wait to see this! Plus, Sugita is lending his voice to this project so that really seals the deal for me.

Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love!

Mahou Bishies and a pink wombat. I think that says it all.

Death Parade

I love stories that deal with human nature, plus Madhouse Studios tends to do an awesome job (usually) so this should be one of the better animes of the seasons.

Durarara!!x2 Shou

Loved the first season, so I’m looking forward to this. Durarara!! will have three cours, by the way. The first will start in a week, the second will start in July 2015 and the final one will be on Jan 2016. I’m glad that we’re getting more Durarara!!, but I hope that it doesn’t lose steam and resort to unneeded fillers to fill up space.

JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders 2

Even though I’m a huge fan of this series, I’m a bit behind in the second season. I’ll have to catch up so I can watch this on time.

Rolling☆Girls

The preview for this made me want to watch it. It just looks like it’s going to be a fun ride so I don’t want to miss it.

Tokyo Ghoul √A

When Terra Formars first came out I saw a lot of comments say that the censorship on that show was worse than Tokyo Ghoul. At this point I only read maybe five or so chapter of the manga, so I was kind of interesting to see this horrible censorship. So I watched Tokyo Ghoul for that reason and ended up really enjoying it. So much so that after I completed the anime, I finished the manga. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to the second season. I am worried though, because last seasons squished 60 some chapters into 12 episodes and some things were moved around (like the Gourmet arc happening before the Ghoul Investigators one) so now that I know how things will be I hope I won’t be disappointed.

  • Will Check Out:

Koufuku Graffiti

Another food anime, this time by Shaft. I’m expecting lots of gracious food shots and head tilts.

Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata

It looks interesting and since A-1 Pictures is doing this I know the animation will be good. At this time, I don’t really have any feelings towards it, but I’ll check it out.