Sorry for the long wait, but here it finally is! The second part of this list might be a little more update as I by now have seen episode 3 for most Anime instead of just eps 1 and two. Well anyway, let’s move on to the actual list!
10: Wake up, Girls!
I guess one must know one of my fellow Podcast friends Tom to understand my situation with this show! The reason I am watching this, basically is just that he is a huge fan of Idol Anime and that he talked some of into watching them and they started loving it just as much and I guess I am the next victim… Wake up, girls so far is nothing too out of the ordinary, but reminds me a bit of a Slice of Life Sports Anime. I am quite surprised by how much I am liking this and I do think that it has quite some potential to get even higher up this list! Especially the second episode was really well executed, as it made me feel exactly the emotions they wanted me to feel. Which in this case is nothing too easy, as they didn’t want me to just get emotionally attached to the girls, but feel bad for what they have to do, which is something I recently have experienced in other shows like Watamote and NouCome. It was really well executed and I hope it keeps being as good as it has been so far! If you want to watch this show though, I recommend you to watch the Movie first since otherwise you won’t understand anything!
9: Mahou Sensou
What first caught my eye about this one was the Studio attached to it! Madhouse has been known for a lot of high quality Animation, which they have proven this year in some of their works, such as Sunday Without God. Magical Warfare so far looks really interesting to me and it gripped from it’s first episode on (not that I have seen more than that though). I really like the concept and it seems to be pretty well written. I heard that the story got changed from the original Light Novel, but as long as Madhouse doesn’t fuck up the writing for that, I don’t really care, since so far it has been pretty good! It is a fun show with likeable characters and a story that might hold a lot of potential. I currently have it put on Hold though and I will watch it as soon as it finished airing.
Nobunagun, I admit, really doesn’t have a strong character cast and doesn’t have a promising story either. However it has one more factor that just makes it one of my favorites so far! It is fun! The show doesn’t try hard to hide what it is. While sometimes trying to sneak some emotional moments in there, the story so far was basically giving the viewer what they want: Action. It’s basically what I expected of this show just in a much better way! It has well executed fight scenes, a main character that is fun to watch and doesn’t need anything but that. It is fine the way it is and I honestly don’t know if I’d actuall appreciate a switch from the light heartedness of the shwo to it being a bit darker. However the show has one thing that I really don’t like about it and that is the Animation! So far the animation for this show looked really bad and while I normally don’t really care too much, it was kinda annoying at times, since I think if someone like Trigger would have picked this up, it would probably have been even better!
7: Gin no Saji: 2nd Season
I really don’t like watching Sequels weekly. Especially if it’s a sequel to a first season that I really like and that’s exactly the case for Silver Spoon! With a first season that I really liked, I only watched the first episode of the second season for the sake of writing this and I did quite enjoy it. It is definitely not going on the same way the first season left off, but is starting with a more emotional part instead of the full comedy that I am so used to from this show. The first season did show a lot of Drama parts, but none were as intense as this one. Of course the comedy is still here and it is still really good, but to be honest judging after the first episode I liked the first season better. I can’t judge it properly though, since I have only seen the first episode. I hope it does get better, but even if it does not, it still is a fantastic show!
6: Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda
This show…is by far the weirdest experience I’ve had in a while…a loli girl that tries to take over the world. She has some weird magical powers, the most hillarious magical girl transformation scene I have see thus far and underlings that are simply hillarious. This anime is so over the top, it’s funny! The show has some of the best executed over the top humor I have seen so far and I do really enjoy it! The characters and more than that, the character designs are quirky and the show itself has something that just makes me unable to stop laughing. The fact of just how serious Kate is about the World Conquest and just how serious she takes everything she says no matter how contradictory, it’s amazing. She has the moe traits of a little girl and at the same time the insanity of someone that wants to take over the world. It’s hard to describe since it’s such an eccentric show and I absolutely love how different it is to other shows. Definitely something not everyone might like but something you definitely should checkt out!
5. Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha
I did expect this show to be full on conedy and was a little afraid of actually watching it, due to my fear of it being really damn boring since I did already see many shows that went for a comedy style and were just plain boring. There are just people that are horrible at writing jokes and they’re definitely writing Anime comedies waaaaaay too often! For this show though it is a little different. While I have to admit that the comedy is not that hillarious, that it alone would have secured this spot alone, but it is also clearly not the thing the show wants to deliver. The Comedy is present, but it’s not the main focus. Instead the show goes for a lot of Drama and that is damn well executed! The characters are really likeable and already after the first few episodes there are hints of developments. The characters don’t feel flat at all, but especially Inari already did get a really good characterisation and quite some depth. The pacing is really well done as well. It might not be the fastest of shows, but it certainly doesn’t feel slow at all! Definitely a show everyone should at least try!
4: Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai: Ren
This one was the Anime that I was most exited for out of all, with it’s first season being the show that got me into the Kyoto Animation Hype that I am still in up to this date! Chuunibyou’s first season was one of my favorite Slice of Life Anime that I have seen thus far and the second season being this low on the list, is due to me not having seen any more than one episode! And even though I did enjoy that one episode a whole lot, I don’t think it actually is doing quite well enough to get to the top of this list, even though that might be coming as soon as I actually go on watching the show! The humor for this one is the exact same kind of humor that I used to love in the first season and the Animation Quality of course looks amazing…I mean it’s KyoAni…that was to be expected. I still love this show and can’t wait for this to end so I can finally get around to watch it and just lean back and laugh out loud for 8 episodes, before sobbing throughout the last 4…oh it’ll be amazing!
Noragami is one of the Anime that I was looking forward to the most! Having heard quite a lot about it’s Manga, I thought it might be pretty good and I certainly wasn’t wrong…Noragami is a lot of fun so far and easily one of the best and most talked about shows this season! The show has really likeable characters, a plot line that may not be the most interesting, but that is a lot of fun to watch and a damn cool style foe the Demons that are shown, using huge contrasts, which is a method I do like a lot! The show is nothing that I would describe as the best thing ever, but it certainly does a lot things right and I do certainly enjoy it a lot! (THAT OPENING!)
2: Sakura Trick
If you recently followed my twitter, or know me personally, you should have known that this was going to come at some point in time…I am a huge fan of almost anything that is related to a cute pairing and lots of lots of Yuri! And well…Sakura Trick does all of this perfectly, while also mixing a heck lot of Moe in there, making it the perfect show…Sakura Trick is a damn amazing Anime, with cute and likeable characters and a romance that might not be realistic at all but definitely more rememorable than a lot of other romances that we got recently! The two of them are that cute, that everytime they kiss I just can’t stop from fanboying and even if you’re not into Yuri, if you can get over it, you should still be able to throughly enjoy the humor as it is really funny. It might just be me being a huge Yuri fanboy, but I definitely really enjoyed this show so far and think that you should definitely check it out!
Nisekoi:Nisekoi is another anime that I have only seen the first episode of, due to me wanting to marathon it as soon as it is done! Next to Kyoto Animation, Shaft has been established to be one of my all time favorite studios and they keep up with good work almost every season they have a show in! Nisekoi is just another example of how amazing Akiyuki Shinbou and Shaft are if you let them do whatever they want. The artstyle for the show looks beautiful and is filled with many little things that just make me love shaft shows! The direction is as expected amazing and the art style looks good as always. The actual story might not be the most interesting thing, but after seeing one episode, the characters completely won me over and I absolutely adore every one of them that got introduced already! After seeing the first episode this is my favorite Anime of this season and even though I heard that the Manga gets kinda boring later on, I hope that Shaft will be able to somehow fix that!
Overall I have to disagree to many other people and actually say that this Season so far I did really enjoy! Many complain about there being so many crappy shows, but I have to object. I actually think that a lot of shows that others would say are crap, I would rather say they are really enjoyable, but more in the way of them being fun to watch instead of them being well written. It is not that the season is amazing in a certain point, but it is just that most of the stuff that came out is a lot of fun to watch! I agree that there is a lot of stuff that really is not good from a Reviewer stand point (which I actually am…) but from the perspective of someone that just watches Anime to get away from reality I think it is really good, and that is what Anime is supposed to be about! In the end it is not about how well written a show is and how well developed the characters are, but about just how much fun we had watching the show and that is ecactly the reason why I do like shows like Sword Art Online, that are crap from a Review standpoint, but are fun to watch.
With that I hope you did enjoy this little list and tell me down in the comments what you think of this season and the shows I mentioned! I’ll try to get a little more stuff out soon, but I just can’t seem to get myself to write more…
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