Looking back at the list of anime that I followed until the final episode, I should reconsider my opinion that the anime industry is going downhill. Despite my lack of post of anything anime related, the past year contained titles that have kept me sufficiently entertained. Maybe it is a pattern: most anime just don’t cross over from winter to spring season. Here are the ones that have concluded in the last two weeks.
On a side note, I am proud to declare this post is Spoiler Free.
From the New World
This anime’s synopsis grabbed my attention; who can resist the tale of a group of children, living in a village 1000 years into the future where everyone has superpowers, and then finding out about the less-than-stellar truths behind their society of harmony. Well, maybe you can, but I certainly cannot xD. The story is so good, for it made me overlook the sudden dip in animation quality occurred around episode 5 (good thing that it slowly returned to an OK level). Note to self: read the original novel sometime soon and hope there’s a translated version.
This anime reaffirmed my fandom of Urobuchi Gen. Compare to magic girls and someone else’ holy war, I feel Urobuchi can better express his ideas when he handcraft an original world, full of grey, much like Kikokugai the visual novel and Psycho-Pass. The catch phrase “urobutcher” is a disservice to his masterful ways on killing off characters, but it is still fun to “anticipate”
whose head is going to fall off who is going to die (next) . Recommended for all dystopian lovers.
Cuticle Detective Inaba
I was wrong to suspect Cuticle Detective Inaba being a BL anime. The show is a decent comedy filled with random humor and (mostly) gender-neutral cuteness. 12 episodes is far from enough for me, so I’ll be going over the original manga as I vie for the next season. Excuse my ignorance, but I never knew hair fetish existed before I watched this. Good for me to have learned something new!
Polar Bear’s Cafe
And here goes my hope that this anime will keep airing forever… On a serious note, I do feel strangely nostalgic seeing my previous post in the anime category marked the beginning of this anime. I’m not a fan of anime designed to be ever-lasting, so I’m glad to know this anime isn’t going that way. It’ll be difficult to produce a second season of Polar Bears’ Cafe, (that is as good as this season), yet I hope that doesn’t stop the studio from trying :p
Zetsuen no Tempest
Although it is another teenagers-saved-the-world themed anime (with a quite large dose of Shakespeare (?)), Zetsuen no Tempest brought me a few laughs here and there due to its occasional goofy moments. (It’s more of a compliment, but most people would disagree with me for calling it a comedy.) Although the plot itself isn’t extraordinary (but at least not cliched), the pace of the storytelling and character development are impressively polished. I also heard the anime’s ending is more satisfying than the manga’s ending. I never read its manga so I suppose it can only be a good thing.
Despite its numerous seasons, I yet to get bored from watching Minamike. Tadaima’s art style adhering to the anime’s first season is a definitely good move. I’ll be wishing the series comes back around fall season of 2013. Also, @last episode, poor Hosaka needs some love… ;_;
Ixion Saga DT
Another shounen comedy besides Zetsuen; oh well, a fun story has to end some day or else it ceases to be fun. This anime actually reminded me a lot of Tower of Druaga, minus all the sad bits. Since this is good stuff, I want another season. Hopefully the little cliff hanger near the end of the final episode is more indicating than a mere April Fools joke.
To wrap it up, I am anticipating a few April anime that are starting to air; chiefly Suisei no Gargantia (翠星のガルガンティア) and Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人). Gargantia is written by Urobuchi, and the first two episodes are absolutely heart-grabbing–it makes me sad every time I am reminded that episode 3 will not be aired until April 21st. Attack on Titan is already a famous manga, and its well deserved fame, combined with the stunning visuals from the anime’s trailer guaranteed itself on my to-watch list.