This season closes (for me) today, so I think it’s about time this list came into existence. There was quite a few shows that I liked watching this season, so it was hard to narrow down this list to five. Sound Euphonium 2 was a solid anime, but I didn’t feel like it deserved an appearance on here because it’s not as good as the first season. The first half was terrible. Euphonium’s second half is much better because of the drama around the best character, Asuka. The fact that Sound Euphonium wasn’t consistent all the way through lowers my personal marks on it.
Most of these parts will be less detailed then the others because I have written posts about them recently. Tiger Mask W, March Comes in like a Lion, and Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans 2 continue onto the next season so they don’t count toward this list. They do have a good opportunity of showing up in next year’s winter list though.
Jojo’s Bizarre Aventure: Part 4
I don’t know what I have said that hasn’t been a part of my review. I loved this part of Jojo more than any other because of its sense of community. The characters felt real and each one felt like a main character in their own story in that Durarara sort of way. Even the city of Morioh is a character. This show could have consistently follow a different character from one episode to another and it would always be the same quality wise. Combine this with the action and the insanity that Jojo is well known for, and you have a winner.
I never enjoyed watching soccer, but there is something about Days that drew me toward it. Maybe it was the characters, maybe the game suddenly became exciting for one reason or another, or maybe anime has a sense of making everything interesting, even soccer. I admit that Days was far from flawless, but it was an incredibly fun watch. I look forward to its season two.
If there was a pure action, spectacle show for season, Drifters is it. Its main cast is three Japanese historical figures from different parts of history. Somehow these characters are thrown into a fantasy land and meet each other. Together, they work together to save the land from the Orte empire AND the ends controlled by the Dark King. It’s from the guy behind Hellsing. If you know Hellsing, you know what to expect with Drifters.
Yuri on Ice
Yuri on Ice has been a highlight of this season for a lot of reasons. The impact within the anime community is one of them. The others are the characters and the ice skating. Yuri on Ice is an ice skating anime, but there is more to it than that. The main three characters (Yuri, Yurio, and Victor) had some real development and the ice skating was fun to watch from time to time. It’s not flawless by any means, but it was emotionally endearing. I think that is what makes it worth a watch.
So that one show that focused on moe girls is replaced by yet another show that focuses on moe girls. I think I’m slowly being forced into the idol girl craze. It started with Skip Beat and now there is this one. Girlish Number is a semi-cynical look at anime industry from the perspective of five voice actresses and some other people. The main character is a spoiled brat that thinks she deserves it all without effort, but the industry eventually catches up with her and she pays for it. Girlish Number wants this girl to get out of her slump and make her work hard for her fame instead of just assuming she has it. There are moe moe moments, but they are few and far in between voice acting stuff and beer drinking. If that interests you, give this show a watch.