[Anime] Kimi ni Todoke

kimi-ni-todoke

Shoujo romance anime don’t get much better than this.

Positive: Negative:
All-round good visuals, from character designs and backgrounds to artistic angles and animation Extremely slow pacing, but I almost appreciated it for making the experience last longer
Awesome ED song (1st season)
Pretty good soundtrack in general
Interesting, likable, relatively profound characters
Sawako is one of the best protagonists in anime ever
Although in no way groundbreaking, a very heart-warming and satisfying story
Addicting plot to the point it’s almost impossible to stop watching
Realistic, tasteful, subtle romance
Genuinely funny humor

 

[Anime] Ore Monogatari!

ore-monogatari

It’s a bit light on tension and plot, but Ore Monogatari more than makes up for it by being one of the most heart-warming romantic anime out there.

It’s technically unfinished, but I ended up checking the manga, and it was basically more of the same (just with worse art) so you won’t really be losing much by sticking with the anime as its ending is just as satisfying.

Positive: Negative:
Insanely attractive character designs (Yamato~~) Yamato and Takeo are so perfect for each other there’s no tension of anything possibly going wrong
Fantastic OP Light on plot, the entire story being mainly about the slowly developing romantic antics of two weirdos
Extremely likable if not particularly deep characters
Satisfying, heart-warming romance
A few genuinely funny jokes here and there

[Anime] Food Wars!

food-wars

An addicting “battle” shounen that solves its fights with fascinating bouts of cooking.

Positive: Negative:
Interesting, likable, memorable characters The main heroine seems really cool, but has barely figured in the anime so far
Addicting plot with lots of passion Starts to feel a little bit repetitive on the second season
Most cooking battles are both fun and clever Unfinished (as of yet)
Enlightening on various techniques of cooking

 

[Anime] Alderamin on the Sky

alderamin

A military strategy and mind-game fueled show that follows in the steps of the Legend of Galactic Heroes just in a “southeastern-feeling” fantasy world. Unfortunately, the anime itself feels more like a prologue to a far grander story that might never even reach us.

Alderamin is nonetheless a show with the most potential I’ve seen in years, and if it continues, I would not be that surprised to see it attain a 5/5 rating by the end, but now, I feel just like after watching a very cool trailer.

Positive: Negative:
Pretty cool animation Feels more like a prologue or a long trailer than a full fledged show
A vast, fascinating setting with a southeastern vibe Some characters, especially the smaller villains are very one dimensional
Interesting, mature leading characters A few contrived situations here and there, but nothing too upsetting
The writer understands military strategy
Good, relatively fast pace
Some pretty effective dramatic scenes
Thought-provoking on war in general

[Anime] Re:Zero –Starting Life in a Fucktard World–

rezero

An anime that despite the fantastic premise fails at everything fiction to such an extent it’s pretty much unwatchable (unless you can handle an insane amount of cringe).

Positive: Negative:
Attractive (female) character designs Poorly thought-out (or at least very poorly introduced) world
A fantastic premise of being able to return back in time after death (no doubt ripped off from Sumaga) Abysmal, cringeworthy dialogue
Sometimes it’s so bad it’s funny (just check ep15, roflcopter, man)… but only if you can handle the cringe Paper-thin, dumb, annoying characters (can I punch the damn catfag)
The worst protagonist in anime (can I punch this fucktard at least?!?!?!)
Rem is fucking retarded (I almost died on ep18)
Plot keeps going in circles until stuff gets solved in a way that makes least sense
I have no idea what the story was even supposed to be about, getting the sexy super gullible half-elf in bed?
The biggest waste of potential since Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Everything about this show… just makes me so… fucking… ANGRY!!!!!!!!!!

 

[Anime] Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Rakugo Shinjuu

An excruciatingly dull anime about an excruciatingly dull activity.

Positive: Negative:
Shouwa is an interesting and rarely explored period in anime Characters, while mature and realistic, lack originality and are painfully dull
The story lacks originality and is for the most part painfully dull
The plot is painfully predictable and as such painfully dull
Rakugo is among the most boring things to build an anime around

 

[Anime] Parasyte: The Maxim

Kiseijuu

A dark paranormal thriller that besides remaining throughly entertaining and tense from the beginning to the end actually manages to reasonably argue the propriety of monsters that devour mankind.

Positive: Negative:
Awesome opening Some discrepancies with a nineties manga being adapted to a modern day setting (cell phones)
Good OST The last few episodes that depict dealing with the final threat are a bit too action driven
Interesting setting
Interesting, likable, profound characters (especially the protagonist)
Tight, captivating plot
Full of surprising and emotional twists
Solid, interesting story
Thought-provoking on what constitutes a man (protag keeps turning into “something” else)
Thought-provoking on human place in the ecosystem

 

[Anime] Boku dake ga Inai Machi

Boku dake ga Inai Machi

This could have been a good show if someone with an actually functional brain wrote it.

Positive: Negative:
A fascinating premise Almost nothing that requires some sort of cognitive thought makes sense
Kayo is a likable and interesting heroine Awkward, poorly-written dialogue (the guy should probably stick to writing kids only)
Characters act more like convenient tools for the (dumb) plot rather than actually functional people
Tries to play a detective despite revealing the culprit on the first episode
Has no idea what it’s doing and spins in circles after Kayo’s arc before fizzling out in the end
Stupid and underwhelming ending

 

[Anime] Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

A poignant story about an eccentric girl leading a buckled under pianist back to music that has a very strong start, starts moving in circles for a while in the middle (it would’ve probably done better as 13 episode show without those extra characters), and then ends with a damn nuclear bang.

Positive: Negative:
Attractive character designs The plot starts going around in circles when Kaori is absent for the most of the second half
Beautiful, effective background music There should have been more co-op performances with Kaori
Interesting, likable, relatively profound characters (especially Kaori) Romance doesn’t go as far as it could have
Tasteful, well-written romance Not the most groundbreaking or original of stories
Captivating plot, especially during the first half
A strong ending

 

[Anime] One Punch Man

One Punch Man

Despite being basically a one-gag pony (that a protagonist who doesn’t give a shit is stronger than the most dedicated heroes in the universe) One Punch Man somehow manages to remain entertaining for a whole thirteen episodes, and even got me curious about a sequel (can’t wait to see Saitama meet his equal).

Positive: Negative:
High quality animation, especially during action scenes Characters are mostly one-dimensional
A huge cast of likable characters Story feels like a string of random set-pieces
Genuinely funny Doesn’t really try to venture beyond the simplistic premise
Some pretty cool battles, especially the final one

 

[Anime] Shirobako

Shirobako

I love fiction the most when it teaches me things about real life, and after watching Shirobako I feel like I now know more about anime industry than I would have ever dared to hope to.

Besides the obvious, this anime also offers a bunch of likable characters and a plot, that while not exactly groundbreaking, will most likely keep you glued to your screen from start to finish. The best anime I’ve seen in a long while (granted, I really haven’t been watching much lately but shows like this might very well change that).

Positive: Negative:
Attractive character designs The plot and the story offer few surprises
Likable characters The arcs of some of the characters feel unfinished
Addicting plot
Enlightening on anime industry

 

[Anime] Eve no Jikan

Eve no Jikan An interesting if a bit simplistic Asimov’ian look at artificial intelligence.

Positive: Negative:
Interesting world of probably relatively close future Nothing particularly groundbreaking happens in the story department
Likable characters Could’ve been a bit longer to develop some of its ideas better
Thought-provoking on artificial intelligence

[Anime] Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn

Gundam UnicornThis one had enough content to easily fill a twenty-six, if not even longer anime series. The story moves at such frantic pace it’s nigh impossible to keep up with its constant name dropping, and characters going through five development stages in a single scene. Could’ve been one of the greats if it was properly paced, but now I’d say it’s just fine. Check it out if you’re a Gundam fan (though if you are you probably already did).

Positive: Negative:
Awesome visuals Frantic pace and constant name dropping makes it nigh impossible to keep up with the plot
Interesting, detailed future setting
Characters tend to inexplicably develop off-screen
Good music Rehashes more than half of its story from older Gundams
Fairly intriguing story
A couple of cool characters

[Anime] Log Horizon

log-horizon

While Log Horizon doesn’t really attempt anything particularly exceptional and shoots itself in the foot by allowing resurrections, thus breaking tension, it at least seems to have been made by people who know what a MMORPG is, unlike Sword Art Online and its ilk. A fine light-hearted watch to kill some time with, but don’t expect .hack//Sign.

Positive: Negative:
Interesting setting Awkward humor
Likable characters
Never really breaks out to become particularly exciting
Thought-provoking on NPC characters Unfinished, and with no clear goal in sight

[Anime] Beck

BeckAn anime about a rock band that seems to promise a lot but never quite delivers, and ends just when the things are about to get interesting.

Positive: Negative:
Fairly interesting characters (except the protagonist) Extremely annoying, spineless protagonist
The life of an indie music band is intriguing Slow pace
Underwhelming plot and story
Unfinished (ends just when the things seem to start getting actually interesting)

[Anime] Usagi Drop

Usagi DropYou don’t see an anime about raising a child every day, and Usage Drop does a great job at both entertaining, and making you think about this subject. I would have liked it better if it had a more concrete ending with Rin reaching adulthood, or at least teenage years, than just stopping abruptly while she’s still in her elementary school, though.

Positive: Negative:
Likable characters Abrupt, inconclusive ending
Thought-provoking on raising a child Nothing particularly exciting happens in the run of the show

Super Dimension Fortress Macross

MacrossSuper Dimension Fortress Macross is a space opera which mixes interstellar warfare with singer showbiz.

After the earth is abruptly attacked by aliens the whole city evacuates to safety of the strongest warship-fortress Macross which in the confusion of war accidentally jumps to another part of the solar system and gets stranded.

While it is a little bit disappointing that the show never confronts its stranded characters with political and sociological issues ala Infinite Ryvius or Battlestar Galactica, the fight for survival and a long voyage home is still plenty interesting.

There are many characters, but the show mainly concentrates on a talented pilot Ichijou Hikaru and his love interest – promising songstress Lynn Minmay. As Hikaru concentrates on fighting battles, Minmay sings songs to raise the morale and unify the unfortunate stranded civilians. Her songs, however, turn out to be of much higher importance once it comes to light that they confuse aliens whose civilization has never had any ‘culture’.

The plot itself is a little bit cheesy but interesting with the love triangle between Ichijou, Minmay and Hayase particularly well done. Unfortunately, there is a clear drop in quality during the last fourth or so of the anime as it seems the last part was just tacked on to tie a few lose ends and probably cash-in after the real story was already over.

The production values have aged surprisingly well with eloquent character designs and beautiful backgrounds. Their actual movement might look unnatural and choppy at times, but it hardly retracts anything from enjoyment.

Super Dimension Fortress Macross, while not a masterpiece, is a pretty good show offering a fine story, nice characters and even some thought-provoking material.

Positive: Negative:
Beautiful, eloquent character designs Choppy unnatural movement animation
Good opening song The last part of the story feels tacked on
Fine attractive characters Some blatant disregard of space physics
Good story for the first three-fourths of the show
Thought-provoking on interspecies relations

Kemonozume

KemonozumeKemonozume is a horror anime depicting a love story between a member of human-eater hunter clan and a human-eater.

The story by itself follows a relatively generic path with the lovers first hiding from their former comrades and later ending up confronting an evil threat which overshadows everything else.

The great thing about this show though is its presentation. Ugly but artistic visuals, adult themes including a glance at Japanese prostitution, strange characters and weird sequence of events create an amazing dark and surreal atmosphere. In other words, even though the story itself is not all that interesting, the way it is told is enough to make this show into a treat.

I was constantly confused if I am supposed to take things literally or interpret them allegorically, an experience I actually found surprisingly amusing. It’s even sometimes, deliberately or not, thought-provoking on themes such as nature of men and love. Oh yeah, and it also goes completely batshit insane once the villain is introduced.

Either way, Kemonozume is more of an experience rather than a coherent show, but it is a very interesting and peculiar one.

Positive: Negative:
Artistic presentation Generic simplistic story
Thought-provoking atmosphere Villain makes no sense
Dark cruel setting and mature themes Hard to relate to characters when everything is so strange
Last few episodes are batshit insane in a very entertaining way