Everyone remembers the first anime they watched, either a childhood memory of Saturday morning Pokemon or delving deep into the medium as a teenager with shows like Full Metal Alchemist or Dragonball Z. First impressions are the most important factor when trying something different and watching a sub-par show can leave a poor taste in your mouth and turn you away from anime forever. Or you can be like me and enjoy watching terrible shows because you know nobody else will. Regardless, I’ve put together a list of shows that I think are perfect for newcomers to anime.
In what has probably been the most stressful month of my life, I’ve realised how there are certain shows that are perfect for forgetting the world you’re in and completely relaxing. Where some like to read a book by a fireplace on a rainy day, I prefer shutting out all social media and focusing solely on one of these five shows. Whether it be their breathtaking scenery with incredible attention to detail or cleverly crafted atmospheres connecting with the sound design of the scene, these are five great shows for relaxing.
Joker Game gives an insight into a pre World War II industrial Japan though the eyes of expertly trained D-Agency spies. Based on the novel written by Koji Yanagi, this action packed spy thriller will keep you hooked from the title sequence. Follow the intense missions Japan’s most cunning, quick-thinking and combat ready operatives.
Given my unwavering love for the Slice of Life genre and a cute aesthetic, it was a no-brainer that I would watch Anne Happy. Previously known for Non Non Biyori, Kokoro Connect and Baka to Test, Studio Silver Link brought us another show to add to the list of charming and heartwarming experiences.
In Class 1-2 of Gakubun Prefectural High School, one student had the entire school’s attention from the very first day. He’s stylish carrying out class duties, at lunchtime and even when he’s sent to stand in the hall. Every single move he makes is Cool, Cooler, Coolest.
Sakamoto desu ga is the comedy show to take a Nichijou approach in blowing up simple situations into extravagant experiences. Following the coolest guy in school, the show explores themes both within and outside of the high school to create constantly varied adventures of a colourful and lovable cast. Studio Deen do a good job of managing a noticeably low budget to create a variety of amusing tales following the most popular guy in school.
“I don’t like to make claims before I’ve seen everything, but I truly believe that this show is Trigger’s best work and is a very strong contender for the best show of 2016”
As I expected, this comment turned a few heads given that it is a very bold claim and seeing as we’re only halfway through the year. Personally, I feel that I didn’t effectively explain why I have this opinion so I’m going to try and enlighten you on my thought process behind this. Expect a much less restrictive structured approach as my reviews, this is more of an open discussion.
With every season of feature length anime, some studios decide that their concepts would be better executed within a shorter time frame. Well it’s either that or they couldn’t get the air time. In any case, Spring 2016 brought a few good time wasters to add to the list which for me worked out great because I had exams and didn’t have time to watch a lot of feature length shows. Here are my thoughts on the shows of Spring 2016 that had episode lengths less than twenty minutes.