Summer of 2015 was not a good anime season for me, it has few interesting shows, but mostly was not as good as previous season’s.
Here is a list of the shows that I watched in that season, ranked according to my opinion from least to most enjoyable:
Genres : Comedy, Slice of Life, Work Life
Brief : Third season for working anime, that revolves around high school students working in family restaurant with comedy oriented atmosphere along with awkward relationships and funny characters.
My opinion : third season of the same funny comedy, this season contained noticeable character development.
4. Aoharu x Kikanjuu
English Name: Aoharu x Machine Gun
Genres : Action, Comedy, Shounen
Brief : Hotaru Tachibana is a girl usually dressed as a boy, who accidentally enters the world of survival games and joins “Top Gun Gun” team along with two members.
My opinion : Funny story that revolves around survival games and friendship between team members with light comedy, it is funny yet enjoyable show.
3. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
English Name: Snow White with the Red Hair
Genres : Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo
Brief : Shirayuki is a pharmacist with apple-red hair, becomes friend with prince Zen after rescuing her from her kingdom prince who demands that she become his concubine.
My opinion : at first I thought this a traditional story between beautiful cheerful girl and a young prince, but as the story progress, I found other sides for each character, it is slight romance and good storyline.
Brief : When the Demon God about to awakens, the Goddess of Fate selects six heroes and give them with the power to save the world. Adlet, is one of those “The Heroes of the Six Flowers.”. However, as the heroes gather, there was seven of them instead of six, one is the impostor and the doubts gives to Adlet to be the “fake” one.
My opinion : fantasy show with good fighting scenes, the mystery of finding the seventh was really tricky and shocking at the same time.
Genres : Drama, School, Super Power
Brief : some teenage boys and girls who wield special powers that disappears after they become adults, gathered in a school for students with supernatural abilities. Yuu Otosaka joins the school counsel to gather all guys with super powers to refrain them from using their abilities.
My opinion : Beginning as slow based standard super powers story, good animation with lovely characters and have some surprising events as the story goes on.
Fall of 2015 was good anime season for me, it has some interesting anime series.
Here is a list of the shows that I watched in that season, ranked according to my opinion from least to most enjoyable:
5. Dance with Devils
Genres : Demons, Romance, Shoujo, Supernatural
Brief : Ritsuka Tachibana is high school student that got summoned by student counsel which consistent of demon male characters searching for forbidden item called “Grimoire”. Many events take place after that starting with her mother being kidnapped, conflict between vampire and demo worlds came to surface.
My Opinion: it is an average anime with good animation and supernatural setting, but I found the story lacks interesting plot, also the musical part seems weird to me, it didn’t fit well in anime
Brief : Second season of Seraph of the End in which Yuichiro continues to learn and gain more power in order to save Mikaela. But humans get information that vampires were to launch an attack on Tokyo to exterminate exterminate Japan Imperial Demon Army, so – to get ahead of vampires – the army launch their battle in Nagoya.
My opinion : I found the second season is much better than the first one, it contains many interesting fights and it exposes some conspiracies between human and vampire worlds, hope next seasons will get better.
3. Kidou Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans
English Name: Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
Genres : Action, Drama, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Space
Brief : The story takes place in Mars after 300 years of Calamity War, where earth government is the dominant over Mars economy. Independence movement began in Mars and outer colonies. Orga, Mikazuki and their comrades are young kids that are working for security company caught into many Mecha fights protecting Kudelia Aina BERNSTEIN who works for her people independence.
My opinion : One of the best anime shows in the season, great animation, story line and soundtrack, I haven’t watched a Gundam show since “Gundam Wings” in late 1990’s, but this one is really good.
Brief : Second season of Haikyuu, Karasuno training more after losing to Aoba Johsai, the team members go to training camp in Tokyo, and each of them improve his skills, working toward going to finals.
My opinion : This is great show, I liked the logical improvement in team skill level by practicing and observing other teams, character relationships and background.
1. One-Punch Man
Genres : Action, Comedy, Parody, Sci-Fi, Seinen, Super Power, Supernatural
Brief : Saitama is hero of “fun” who became super hero after 3 years of training. Although he is not famous among other super heroes, he is capable of defeating any enemy by using only one punch.
My opinion : I though this show is boring in the first episode, but it turned hilarious show that is really funny, with unexpected jokes and amusing characters.
Spring season of 2015 has many interesting shows that I find interesting. Here is a list of the shows that I watched in that season, ranked according to my opinion from least to most enjoyable:
English Name: False Love
Genres : Comedy, Romance, School, Shounen, Harem
Brief : second season of Nisekoi, where Raku is the center of his story with his locket given to him by his childhood girlfriend, the same characters exists in this season, with few new female characters appearing.
My opinion : first season was much better, the same story and incidents occurring in this season with little advancements or plot, I force myself to watch many episodes hopping in will get better, but it didn’t 🙁
Brief : A mysterious virus appeared on Earth which killed every infected human except children, Hyakuya Yuuichirou is a kid taken with his ‘family’ from orphanage as livestock by the vampires who seems to rule the remaining humans. Hyakuya goal in life is to kill vampires.
My opinion : Slow based first season that has some entertaining fights – and other boring parts – , the end of this season reveals that this is just the beginning, I guess it will turn into much better show and greator plot in the next season which is scheduled in October.
Brief : Arslan is 14 years old prince of Pars, who lost almost everything at war against neighboring nation “Lusitania”, he strive with his friends to reclaim his kingdom and build new better country. This anime is re-make of popular show from 1990s.
My opinion : Interesting story that have very good animation and nice characters, the storyline is somehow realistic and has a some charm based on historical elements, hopefully it will have advancements in plot as the story advance. Although I prefer the old anime character design better.
4. Ore Monogatari!!
English Name: My Love Story!!
Genres : Comedy, Romance, Shoujo
Brief : Gouda Takeo is a freshman in high school with giant body, not a good looking guy so he is not popular with girls, yet he is very nice person with many friends. One day Takeo save a girl called Yamato in the bus from a pervert, and his romance life begins.
My opinion : Very nice shoujo anime that worth watching, it is rare to have a romance story without the male protagonist being handsome. This anime has a good heartwarming story about the life on Takeo, his relationship with his girlfriend Yamato , his best friend Sunakawa along with many other characters. It really emphasize on the known idea: don’t judge people by their appearances.
3. Plastic Memories
Genres : Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Brief : Tsukasa Mizugaki starts working in SAI Corporation which specializes in manufacturing, management and terminating service of expired Andriods that have human emotions known as “Giftia”. He meets young Giftia named Isla and starts working with her in the same team, and so their relation begins…
My opinion : Very nice Sci-fi story that have somehow deep idea behind it, what would you handle it if your lifespan was predetermined? it is impressive anime with beautiful artwork, nice characters and enjoyable story.
2. Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works 2nd Season
Brief : Remake of popular fate/stay night. It is about group of magician “masters” who summon heretic spirits of the past called “servants”, fighting to win the holy grail; a mysterious device that can grant the wish of the winner. Unlimited blade works focus on the story of Shirou and Archer.
My opinion : Great action fantasy anime, being produced by Ufotable, it has really beautiful artwork, animation and deep philosophy behind the story. Each one of the masters and servants has his complex personality along with interesting background story. Fate/stay night UBW is excellent anime, but to be honest, fate zero still is the superior.
1. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku
English Name: My Teen Romantic Comedy is Wrong As I Expected
Genres : Comedy, Romance, School
Brief : Hachiman Hikigaya the loner master is back, although he is not interested in making any special school experiences, his relationships with “Services Club” colleagues Yukinoshita and Yuigahama advance, and his character starts to develop slowly.
My opinion : This is absolutely the best anime I watched in this year. RomCom-Romantic Comedy is impressive show, with great story line, interesting character development and clever conversations. This second season is one of the best emotional intelligent shows I have watched in a while, I really hope there will be a third season.
Here is a list of the anime shows that I watched in winter season 2014 (in fact two of those shows are left from the previous season), ranked according to my opinion from least to most enjoyable shows:
Genres : Comedy, School, Seinen.
Brief : The story about Kazama Kenji who is a high school delinquent who is forced somehow to join “game” club with four girls, so he found himself spending time with the club members playing various strange yet funny games.
My opinion : This anime is a light comedy anime that does not have any story, I enjoyed some of the episodes, but Its not my favorite comedy style.
6- Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta (Pilot Love Song)
Genres : Adventure, Drama, Romance.
Brief : Story about a prince who’s parents were killed in revolution and forced to live as normal person. Then, he joins military journey in order to become a pilot along with the same girl that led the revolution against his family.
My opinion : good drama anime with some good battle scenes, however, I found the plot not deeply engaging.
5- Golden Time
Genres : Comedy, Romance, Seinen.
Brief : Banri is a freshman in the university who lost his previous memories in an accident after high school graduation, the story evolves around his relationships with his girlfriend, previous crush and other friends.
My opinion : good love and drama anime, characters are somehow realist with real concerns and problems. Its not one of the best in those genres but still worth watching.
4- Mikakunin de Shinkoukei (Engaged to unidentified)
Genres : Slice of Life, Comedy, Romance.
Brief : On the sixteenth birthday of young girl Kobeni, she surprised that she has a fiance, as decided by her granpa, and this fiance will live in their house along with his little sister. the story about lovely relationship between the couple, and their life activities in the school and house.
My opinion : I really enjoyed my time watching this anime, funny and lovely relationship along many comedy scenes.
3- Nisekoi (Fake Love)
Genres : Comedy, Romance, Shounen, Harem.
Brief : Raku Ichijou is a high school student and son of gang leader in his city, he is forced to fake being boyfriend to Kirisaki who is daughter for another gang in the city. This puts him into weird situation especially that he has crush on his classmate Onodera.
My opinion : Enjoyable show, made me laugh all the time about the awkward fake relationship between Ichijou and Kirisaki. Highly recommend it for anyone who loves comedy love stories.
2- Tokyo Ravens
Genres : Comedy, School, Shounen, Super Power, Supernatural.
Brief : In an era where magic have major influence in the society, Harutora, who is descendant of prestigious Onmyoji family, has no talent or interest in magic. However, appearance of his cousin Natsume changes his opinion, and make his join Onmyo school.
My opinion : great anime, unexpected twists in the story along with excellent fighting scenes and plot. I hope they produce second season soon.
1- Gin No Saji 2nd Season
Genres : Comedy, School, Shounen, Slice of Life.
Brief : second season of “silver spoon” show, that continue story of Hachiken, who is high school student that joins agricultural school to leave his family problems behind. The anime shows the daily activities of farm people and along with challenges that face them.
My opinion : this anime is very amusing and has great story line. It is both realistic, emotional and somehow inspiring. I think it’s the best slice of live anime I have watched in a while.
Here is a list of the anime shows that I watched in spring season 2014, ranked according to my opinion from least to most enjoyable shows:
5. Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou
English Name: The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior
Genres : Comedy, Romance, School, Slice of Life.
Brief : High school freshman Kazunari Usa move to live in his own on Kawai Complex house, in which his senpai Ritsu – whom he admires- also lives, with other “unique” individuals.
My opinion : Good light romantic and comedy anime, which has simple plot, yet has funny atmosphere. Sometimes you may feel bored due to expected events, but yet it worth watching if one loves simple funny anime.
4. Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii
English name: The World is Still Beautiful
Genres : Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo.
Brief : Princess Nike, the youngest Rain Dukedom daughter who can call the rain, travels to the Sun Kingdom to marry Sun King Livius for her country, to find that he is just a demanding child!
My opinion : While it have nearly average drawings quality and other technical aspects, but its story line has done very good job in delivering the main message of the anime, which is the same as its title – regardless what happens to you in this life- world is still beautiful, it is enjoyable show which have somehow its own charm.
3. Isshuukan Friends.
English Name: One Week Friends
Genres : Comedy, School, Shounen, Slice of Life.
Brief :Kaori Fujimiya is a lonely girl with no friends, because her memories about her friends disappear every week, so Yuuki Hase -who wants to be her friend- introduce himself to her each week.
My opinion : This is lovely slow paced slice of life anime, although there is no dramatic moments or plot, but yet it is really warm, simple and lovely.
Brief : In a world where magic is recognized as formal technology, a brother and sister attend the National Magic University, and many stormy incidents begin to appear then…
My opinion : This anime is a very interesting, great drawings and good soundtracks, fight scenes are so intense with plenty of strong characters. The only thing that I may consider as disadvantage is that the protagonist (the big brother – Tatsuya) is too strong, and there is no other character in the show that’s in near his strength and skill level. Overall its very good supernatural anime.
English Name: High Jump
Genres : Comedy, Drama, School, Shounen, Sports.
Brief : Shouyou Hinata loves volleyball, but due to his team lacking real players, he got easily defeated in his first middle school match, by genius player “Tobio Kageyama”. So he applied to Karasuno High School volleyball club to take his revenge from Kageyama.
My opinion : This is the first sport anime I watch in long time, but it does great job in expressing what is important in such sports, which is team spirit, then hard training. Even if the individual players are strong (or even genius like Kageyama), it is useless if you cannot coordinate efficiently with your teammates. Very amusing anime with great events and story line.
Winter of 2014 was really good anime season, it has a dozen of anime shows that worth watching, varying genres between: magic, drama, supernatural and others. Among those shows, I really enjoyed watching “Tokyo Ravens” every week and loved to blog a brief post about it:
Genres: Comedy, School, Super Power, Supernatural. Season: Winter 2013/2014
This show takes place in Japan with world that magic plays major role in it, there are laws to regulate using magic, schools that teach it, onmyo agency that acts as police force to keep magic issues under control. The main character in the story is Harutora, young man who is born for an important and powerful prestigious Onmyoji family, but he cannot see “spirit power” and as a result cannot be an Onmyo fighter. However, his cousin, Natsume, which is a girl of the head family cause him to enroll into the main Onmyo school in the capital Japan, and that’s when things begin to change!
Usually the super power anime are not my favorite, but this anime has really good storyline, the fighting scenes and music are simply excellent. Every character has his own power and influence in the show, so the story is not centered around a couple of characters like other single-hero stories, and when you think that some character is not that strong, you will be surprised by his own skills (like what I though about the main character – Harutora).
Tokyo Ravens is one of few anime shows that cause me to lose control of myself and watch the last several episodes all together, episode themes are varies from comedy, simple funny school life, to intense fighting scenes and life/death events.
I really enjoyed my time watching it, and I really wish that second season or at least an OVA comes out really soon 🙂
I normally don’t like fantasy anime, and would prevent them and seek for slice of life anime that has an experience some how closer to normal people.
However, unlike I expected at first, Fate Zero became one of the favorite animes due to its great storyline.
* note: this anime produced after “Fate Stay Night“, however, you can watch it without watching “Fate Stay Night” without spoiling anything, in fact I did that, and I was glad that I did 🙂
The story of this anime take place before 10 years from “Fate Stay Night” anime, telling the story of the 4th holy grail war. Seven mages will summon seven spirits in order to fight and the winner will obtain the reward which is the “Holy Grail” that grants the wish of the victor (even if he asked a miracle).
The spirits represents a historical heroes that each of them have some ambition or wish that he couldn’t accomplish in his past life, so they have a strong motive to win the holy grail in to complete their ambition. So there are the King arthur/Saber, and Alexander the Great/Rider and other heroes
The beauty of this anime is the combination of different characters, each mage has its own philosophy in the life that drive him to put his life on the line in order to get the grail. and each hero spirit that fight with the mage, has its own idols and ambitions that form his/her “King Path”.
Regarding the animation, the anime art is too good, the fighting scenes and music are just great.
One of the best anime shows that I have ever watched. This anime illustrates the true life of a foster parent with his child with their worries, happy times and normal life routines.
This anime talks about parenthood. It begins when the main character “Daikichi” gets to his grand father funeral. Surprisingly, the family found that the late grand father has a daughter named “Rin” from his mistress, when the family discussed what to do with this little girl, rather that getting her into orphanage like the family almost settled on, Daikichi decided to raise her at his house.
Life of Daikichi will not be the same anymore, there is new responsibility that imposed a change in his life style.
Its simply smoothing anime with simple yet attractive day to day life of normal people.