My husband and I have been watching quite a bit of anime this year, although there’s still plenty of shows I would like to see that we haven’t got to.
- Erased (completed) – What can you say about Erased? It’s one of the best anime I have ever seen. The suspenseful, fascinating storyline, the emotional depth of all the characters, and the shocking ending!
- She and her Cat (completed) – The relationship between a cat and his owner, shown through his eyes… I cried every episode. It reminded me so much of my old cat, Ben. The series is short but so lovely, in the story and writing, and beautiful animation and music.
- Flying Witch (I’m on episode 2/12) – I’m only on episode two, but I already love this. It reminds me of Silver Spoon or Kiki’s Delivery Service, in that it is a heartwarming slice-of-life story about a girl training to be a witch. It takes place in easy-going, rural Japan, making it very relaxing for the viewer.
- Sailor Moon Crystal (Episode 34/39) – I started watching this when it aired, and recently did a pretty intense marathon to get myself caught up. I am almost there, and I’m SO excited about the introduction of Sailors Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto, but most of all, Sailor Saturn!! I have always loved her! I also really like the art style of the reboot, and the new intro songs.
- Love Live! (completed) – Still so fun! I love how this anime depicts women. The show solely features female characters (about 11-12 of them), and they all have distinct, well-developed personalities that positively portray women. Love Live! also has awesome songs, costumes, and dance sequences!
- Haikyu!! (I’m on Episode 11/50) – This volleyball anime is similar to Kuruko’s Basketball, but with more story, which really appeals to me. It is about two basketball players, one who is a star but arrogant, and one who is not very good but a team player. As you can guess, growth and hilarity ensue! I also love the art style.
- Your Lie in April (I’m on Episode 4/22) – A good one for people who enjoy more emotional depth in anime. It explores friendship and getting over hurt in your past. There is also a lot of mystery about the two main characters’ pasts. I don’t think I can explain it as well as the official blurb:
“Piano prodigy Kōsei Arima dominated the competition and has become famous among child musicians. After his mother, who was also his instructor, died, he had a mental breakdown while performing at a piano recital at the age of twelve. As a result, he is no longer able to hear the sound of his piano even though his hearing is perfectly fine. Two years later, Kōsei hasn’t touched the piano and views the world in monochrome, without any flair or color. He has resigned himself to living out his life with his good friends, Tsubaki and Watari, until, one day, a girl changes everything. Kaori Miyazono, a fourteen-year old audacious, free-spirited violinist whose playing style reflects her manic personality, helps Kōsei return to the music world and shows that it should be free and mold breaking unlike the structured and rigid style Kōsei was used to.”
- Haven’t you Heard? I’m Sakamoto (I’m on Episode 2/11) – Sakamoto is perfect and it’s hilarious!
I plan to start:
- The Lost Village (12 Episodes) – How creepy is that poster? I love it!
30 young men and women who came together on a shady bus tour. The tour’s destination: an illusive, possibly nonexistent village called Nanakimura. In Nanakimura, one can lead a utopian existence, free of the world’s obstacles … or so it was rumored, like an urban legend.”In despair over the real world … wanting to escape the tedious daily life … wanting to restart your life from scratch…”The bus headed deep into the mountains, carrying 30 people each harboring their own expectations and wounds in their hearts…And so, the place these 30 arrived at, was an uninhabited village with the lingering faint scents of life, even though it was falling apart.
- ReLIFE -(Episode 1 available July 1)
The story follows Kaizaki Arata, a 27-year-old jobless man, who fails at every job interview he had after quitting his last company. His life changes after he met Yoake Ryou of the ReLife Research Institute, who offered him a drug that can change his appearance to 17-years-old and to become a subject in an experiment for one year. Thus, he begins his life as a high school student once more.