ANIME I LIKED THAT MAYBE YOU’LL LIKE TOO
I recently watched/rewatched some good anime so here I am explaining why I liked so that you can see if they are good for you!
This is technically a romance show but it’s not your average romance show. What’s new this time is that we’re not following wacky teen drama but an actual relationship between working adults. It shows us specifically two kinds of relationships, one that has just blossomed and has the two characters exploring one another, and the other instead has been there for many years thus has lost the romantic aura but still manages to be strong and go through any adversities. These four friends are all otakus and the focus of the show is mostly to show them in their everyday otaku shenanigans while bonding as friends. Now, this is a comedic show filled with gags with no real plot but the characters feel real and are easy to relate to. Overall a cute fun and lighthearted show. 7/10
Kaiji ultimate survivor
This is not a lighthearted show. This is the story of Kaiji who tries to pay his massive debt and escape a life of misery and slavery through gambling. The gambles are not only interesting to watch purely because they are psychological battles, but also because Kaiji never pulls solutions out of his ass, the anime makes it so that the viewer has always the same amount of information as him and after two or three episodes it just becomes natural to try and “help” Kaiji formulate a strategy. Also while in other anime the rule is protag kun always win, here there’s a real sense of dread. There’s no protag kun safenet. He’s there on his own and every single step could make him fall and you feel it all. Yes I know what you’re thinking. The art style it’s ugly as hell. And yes, you’re right but it reflects really well the ugly world he’s in and fit perfectly with the narrative. Really if you can get past that it’s a really great and tense show. 8/10
Recovery of an MMO Junkie
You really liked the romance between Kirito and Asuna in sao? I didn’t. But this is that written 500 times better. We follow Moriko Morioka and her new life as she chose to become a neet to dedicate her life to MMO games. The romance it’s absolutely marvelous, not only because it doesn’t rely on misunderstanding to create conflict as the two protagonists are adults and have learned to communicate with each other but it gives us reasons to want them together. As in most romance anime it’s just “woops I like you” here we get to see two people actually bonding and creating memories with eachothers before actually falling in love. And the fact that they do it through a game it’s not only fun because of some real gaming shenanigans but also interesting because in the game they can chose what they want to be and what to show of themselves giving us a full indept about how they see themselves, how they wanna be seen and how they really are. A really fun and good anime, seeing these characters bonding with one another and the supporting cast on screen was a delight, I’m only sad it didn’t develop the relationship further as the anime it’s only 11 episodes long. 9/10
This is a comedic gag type anime but it’s also about family. It’s about three middle school girls and their respective “families”. Two of them have psychokinetic powers so they “spawn” into our world but while one of them is lucky enough to end up in the home of a yakuza who willingly or not becomes her family, the other ends up in the streets but finds a home and a family in the homeless community of the city. The third girl despite being in middle school finds herself working as a bartender, making a lot of money and acquiring independence from her family when she’s not ready to do so. While I’m not a fan of gag based anime the gags in this are not a one time jokes but actually have an impact on the plot which I think it’s a great way to make these anime less dull (ex: a character break their leg as a joke but the leg stay broken and it’s a plot point for the next episode). A really fun anime with great character arcs, that makes you laugh with its humor and when you least expect it punch you in the gut with its feels. 7/10 because it didn’t gave me the need to watch the next episode when the other one ended like a lot of shows do for me but was still full of good feelings.
Gekkan shoujo Nozaki kun
It starts with a confession gone wrong where our protagonist Sakura tells her crush she really admires him, but Nozaki, a big, serious and scary looking dude, misunderstand this information and believes she’s one of his fans as he is a shoujo manga artist. But don’t think wrong this is not a romance! This is a comedy show, more on the slice-of-life-ish side. It kind of try to have a plot with “Sakura trying to get closer to him helping him out with the manga” but the spotlight is stealed by “a bunch of wacky overdramatic characters going to their shenanigans that mostly revolve around this guy’s manga”. It has dramatic relatable-ish everyday humor (especially if you’re an artist and you’ve tried to make a comic), and it’s the first anime that made me laugh outloud at least once per episode. The reason I think it’s not because the jokes are particularly clever but because the characters are so genuine and real it’s hard not to consider them as friends and feel part of the group. And when you’re in a group of friends pretty much every stupid thing it’s funny. As I’ve said the plot it’s non existent but every now and then brought up pointlessly but you know what? I really missed these friends once the anime was over. 8/10
Darling in the Franxx
You probably know this show already given the fact that it just aired its final episode and yes, a lot of people complained about the rushed and poorly thought final arc (I’m one of them) but hear me out. This it’s a romance/action/dystopian/sexual/over the top show and I loved every single bit of it. Not only because as always, trigger blessed us with a stellar animation but because this is the only mainstream anime with a protag kun kirito wannabe who made me give two damns about the main couple. What makes Hiro and Zero Two relationship so special is not only the fact that they evolve and benefit from their bond but the little interaction they exchange. When they see eachother in the hallways they smile and wave and that alone makes you wanna route for them. The dystopian word start off greatly build and interesting but slowly starts collapsing on itself. What keeps the show from falling apart are the main 10 protagonists that right off the bat all looks and sounds like boring character archetypes but unravel themselves and all become unique and feel like their own people. I’m giving this an extra point and a half because personally I loved it so fucking much I watched it all at once in less than 20 hours but I have to admit the pacing it’s a trainwreck and it shows a lot how the two studios weren’t on the same wave length when writing and making this so with my extra points I give it a 8/10
Kill la Kill
How could I not talk about this masterpiece. Kill la kill has everything I’ve ever wanted in a anime. Inventive fucking amazing animation used for narrative purposes. Cool setup. Amazing characters and designs. A cast with mostly female leads that doesn’t have unnecessary romantic subplots but put a lot of emphasis on bonds. Stellar soundtrack. I love every fucking thing about this show and I could write a post only about that but let’s calm down. Kill la kill it’s the most over the top show I’ve ever seen, everything was designed so that it could be as extra as humanly possible and it’s so damn fun to watch. It start off almost as a parody, something to not take seriously and that’s fine! It’s so dramatic and serious and at the same time so wacky and fun but never feel out of place. Most people are immediately turned off by the amount of fanservice but that is not really fancervice. Fansercice it’s for the fans, it serves no purpose in the story whatsoever and you could cut it out and the story would be the same. Kill la kill “fancervice” cannot be cut out, it has a purpose and importance in the plot and development of the story, give it two episode and you won’t even notice the characters are fighting half naked both because you get used to it and start seeing them as people regardless of what they’re wearing and because they are drawn like sexless blobs when they don’t want you to think they’re sexy. The animation as mentioned before it’s stellar and the most inventive and fun I’ve seen in an anime. It’s wacky and cheap looking when comedy requires it, it’s the most mind blowing thing you’ll ever seen in fighting scenes, it’s rough and dirty in dramatic moments, it’s always appropriate to what it’s shown and ever single shot it’s animated in the most fun way possible I swear you won’t be able to take your eyes away from the screen. A great anime. Made me cry, made me smile, made me cheer full volume at the screen and no matter how many times I watch and rewatch it, it never fails at entertaining me. As you may have noticed I said nothing about what actually happens in the anime and that’s because Kill la kill it’s an experience that you need to go through yourself, with zero knowledge or expectation and I would hate to spoil you of any fun!