So here’s the thing… I was in Japan and way too busy to take care of this blog (good enough ?), but thanks for the few people who took time to send me emails. Instead of doing a review of the fall anime season, I’m just gonna go ahead and do a quick list of the best anime I enjoyed this year. As always, I don’t particularly enjoy rating stuff from good to very good. So here’s a list of anime I very much enjoyed in 2013 in a nonspecific order.
Chihayafuru (season 2)
I really can’t express how much I love this anime… it always make me tear up for some reason. I can understand that you might be hesitant to watch an anime about a card game, but if you love well made slow paced anime, you really should look this up.
A beautifully executed anime about finding a meaning of life and understanding each other. The struggle of the main character to adapt to his new environment, all the beautiful seascape, the charming cast and the awesome AI of Chamber… make Suisei no Gargantia one of my favorite this season.
There’s no way around Attack on Titan… it’s as popular as it should be. The intense plot, crazy cliff-hanger, the gorgeous animation makes it one of the most enjoyable anime in 2013. I don’t agree with the many blogs who are calling on an issue with the pacing… I enjoy the slower part as well as the extremely tense one. People need to get over themselse. Enjoy Shingeki no Kyojin for what is it… a fucking great anime.
Gin no Saji
You have anime taking place in parallel universe where a bunch of titan are eating humans alive… and you have other anime where the protagonist is a normal young adult who does not really know what to do with his life. I can enjoy both, but there’s something much more moving about the latter. Gin no Saji is one of those anime that really hit home for me. Not feeling at the right place, unsure about the future, always questioning stuff that many others don’t…
Nagi no Asukara
The setting of the Nagi no Asukara is simply stunning. The tale of two cities… the difficulty of accepting each other differences… how stubbornness lead nowhere… Slow progression… multi faceted characters… outstanding animation (like seriously, this shit is just so fucking beautiful). I can’t wait to see where this is going.
Kill la Kill
I’m not gonna lie, i’m placing this one here more by principle then anything. I acknowledge that the creator of this anime created something great, that they went in a very different direction and made it work. I will however not gonna say that i’m enjoying it that much. As you seen from this list already, i’m much more into slow progression anime and Kill la Kill is pretty much the antithesis of that. I need to be a in certain mood to enjoy such fast paced anime… I just don’t happen to be in it lately.
I first dismissed this anime as being a bad rip off of SAO… but after the suggestion of a friend and few of you, I decided to pick it up. Log Horizon did was Sword Art Online should have done in his season two… more politics and no endless stuff about a princess in the sky. The main characters are however less relatable and likeable then SAO. But if you liked SAO and wish it went further, you will most probably like Log Horizon.
You start Samurai Flamenco thinking it’s gonna something, then it’s something else… then you think it’s something, but it’s really only something else. Then it goes into an other direction and yet an other one. This show is either horrible or genius and it’s gonna be hard to say until it’s done. But right now, i’m enjoying it (-ish). Nevermind this shit is terrible.
Space Brothers (follow up)
Still great… and i’m still tearing up.
Magi (season 2)
Still as enjoyable as season one,
but less political… nevermind that, the start was slow, but this shit is getting intense. Classwar, fascism, tears. Good stuff.
Kyoukai no Kanata
Not much to say about this one. It’s a funny, well made, fast and interesting anime. It’s not a Suisei no Gargantia with deep story line about war or understanding each other. Just turn your brain to off and enjoy the the danm show.