Blending moments of utter tranquility with unforgiving emotional heights, Big Fish & Begonia had me floored in its opening act and kept me hooked until the very end. Unlike most of the content reviewed on this blog, I stumbled upon this film by chance and found myself in shock that it flew under my radar.
Having only watched Lucky Star, a fluffy show lacking any real impact, I set out to watch something a bit more narrative reliant. If I recall correctly, I took to forums and discussions in an attempt to branch out from my first show. My love for complex and hard-hitting stories clearly hit home here as Angel Beats! still remains one of the strongest shows I’ve seen. From its hard hitting narrative, dark undertones and incredibly inventive soundtrack, the strength of each element really come together to build a genuinely impressive story. That being said, this series isn’t without its flaws and my ignorance definitely affected my views on the show at the time. Continue reading “My Anime Journey #2: Angel Beats!”
So if you’re an avid follower of my Weekly Roundup series you’ll be very aware that even after three viewings, Episode Five of Welcome to the Ballroom seemed to be completely flawless. There is so much to this single episode that not dedicating an entire piece on it would be an insult. Not only did the visual direction floor me as a Film Studies student, but the amount of story telling this episode accomplished in twenty four minutes is astounding. Without further ado, here are my complete and unrestricted view on what I consider to be the strongest anime episode I’ve seen in a very long time.
How do you encompass youth in one word? There are a wide variety of answers that are all correct in their own right, but the one that sums it up for me is Growth. Youth is a time of development, finding yourself and still trying to fit in. Seemingly endless days with friends and making every attempt at creating memories with them, youth is a wonderful thing and is one of the most effective themes presented in anime. Demi-chan wa Kataritai perfectly encompasses this concept through its innovative characters, spectacular narrative pacing and beautiful visuals. It really has been a long time since a show this effortlessly enjoyable and engaging has come along.
Although I’m still catching up on the season just gone, I’ve been doing my best to keep up with this new season of anime. In these weekly roundups, I’ll be going through each show I’m watching and talk about the episode that aired this week. Opening week is always the most important, creating a lasting impression is key to sustaining a hefty audience. Let’s see how this season has fared so far.
If you’re anybody who is anybody within the anime community, you will have undoubtedly seen this handsome pair somewhere along the line. In all my years within this online community, never have I observed a single show completely sweep fans off their feet within one single season. The worst part is, I can’t even argue with how the staff at MAPPA have accomplished such a feat. Without any further ado, here are my thoughts on the show that needs no introduction: Yuri!!! on Ice
When a show that, admittedly, had a lot of flaws and was pushed to the sidelines gets a second season, there is always a feeling of caution towards it. What some would consider a waste of time for the last season, dedicating your time to another thirteen episodes can be quite the commitment. Well let me tell you, it is one of the best decisions you can make. Throwing aside the flat comedy and going ham with the action, drama and animation has re-sparked the light in Bungo Stray Dogs.
91 Days, a show that promised a new way to present an anime. A show that would throw away the traditional anime tropes and truly tell a story that was different to what we had seen before. The previews looked great, a true historical action drama! After the slight disappointment that was Joker Game, I was hoping this show would rekindle my love for period dramas. For the most part, it succeeded in that regard, I really did enjoy this show for a while but to say that it did everything right wouldn’t be fair in the slightest.
As with every season of anime, there is always that one show that everyone’s talking about. For this year, Winter had Boku Machi (you can check out my review of that here), Spring gave us Re:Zero and Summer brought Mob Psycho 100. While those shows indefinitely deserve the spotlight and fans will flock to greatness, more often than not this results on this concept of hidden gems. Shows that garner a small yet dedicated fanbase that are sometimes pushed aside in the multitude of “Top 10” lists and “Season Spotlights”. As of writing this piece, we’re roughly halfway through the season so I’ll be giving my thoughts on some of the shows this season in no particular order.
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.