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.
2. Rokka no Yuusha
English Name: Rokka: Braves of the Six
Genres : Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, Mystery
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.
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 🙁
6. Owari Seraph
English name: Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign
Genres : Action, Drama, Shounen, Vampire, Supernatural
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.
5. Arslan Senki
English Name: The Heroic Legend of Arslan
Genres : Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Supernatural
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
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
Genres : Action, Fantasy, Magic, Shounen, Supernatural
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.
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.