Posted in 2015, Fall 2015, Retrospective, Spring 2015, Summer 2015, Winter 2015, tagged Gakkou Gurashi!, Gatchaman Crowds Insight, Hibike! Euphonium, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Non Non Biyori Repeat, Ore Monogatari!!, School-Live!, Shirobako, Symphogear, Working!!, Yuri Kuma Arashi on December 31, 2015|
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Did you have a good year? I hope so. My 2015 was alright. Pretty unremarkable, a couple of new experiences, but mostly just been working. But for anime though, it’s been interesting I guess. I wouldn’t call 2015 a bad year for anime by any stretch, but thinking back on what I watched while writing this top 10 I was struck by how few series really left a major impact in the fandom, and more importantly how few left much of an impression on me. I think I’d overall characterise it as a solid, if unassuming, year for anime. Still, there’ve been at least a few that I’ll be remembering for a while, and enough that I wasn’t struggling for things to include!
Now, the definition I’m working with for ‘2015 anime’ is pretty broad, but a lot of other people are using it too so it’s nothing too radical or unexpected. It’s what I’ve been using for previous years: a series counts if it finished in 2015, and a film counts if it was first available for me to watch this year. I feel this is pretty sensible – you can’t exactly consider a show “best of the year” if it hasn’t even finished yet, shows that started last year wouldn’t get a chance otherwise, and expecting me to consider a film that I could’ve only watched in a cinema in Japan is just silly.
Before we get to the top 10, I want to talk about some anime that didn’t quite make the cut, but definitely deserve a shoutout.
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Posted in 2015, Fall 2015, Review, tagged One Punch Man on December 23, 2015|
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So. One Punch Man. You’ve probably heard of it. Given how crazy popular it’s been, you’ve likely already watched it. It’s a fun series.
For those few of you who don’t know anything about it, One Punch Man revolves around a man named Saitama who is a hero for fun. He is decidedly unremarkable, except for the fact that he defeats all of his opponents with one punch. And as a result, he is bored. Profoundly, overwhelmingly bored. He still saves the day without question but knowing how each fight is going to play out has left him cynical and demotivated.
You can probably already tell that this is a parody of superhero fiction. When a seemingly normal guy who has incredible, overwhelmingly powerful abilities and saves everyone on a regular basis? Of course he’s gonna get bored. That’s the crux of the parody, but there’s a lot of other things going on in it too.
It’s weird though that a seemingly simple parody would garner the immense levels of hype that One Punch Man has, so we have to ask: does it live up to it?
I WANNA BE A SAIKYOU HEROOO
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I gave up on noitaminA meaning anything a long time ago. A string of disappointing to outright bad series under that banner soured me and many others to the branding. I used to make an active point of watching every new series that came out of that timeslot; that stopped when the generic harem light novel adaptation aired. As a result, I was surprised to find out that Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider (Everything Becomes F) was airing on noitaminA, having simply picked it up on the strength of the premise.
And y’know, after the first episode I was rather impressed – it felt like a genuine throwback to classic noitaminA, seeming quite novel, smart and mature. The Perfect Insider presents us with a murder mystery: the enigmatic and genius professor Magata Shiki has been living in isolation in an effective prison within a research facility on an island for the past 15 years, ever since she murdered her parents as a 14 year old. She spends her time engaging in computer science research, never making any public appearances despite the remote capabilities her room is equipped with. This changes when Nishinosono Moe, a rich young lady, gets to have a conversation with her; Saikawa Souhei, another computer science professor and student of Nishinosno’s father, is intensely jealous due to his fascination with Magata. They (along with a bunch of others) travel to the island on a vacation, but the two of them specifically intend to see Magata. Once inside the facility, outside of Magata’s room, the power cuts out. Magata’s door opens for the first time in 15 years. She comes out on a cart, dead and dismembered.
Magata Shiki has been murdered.
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Posted in 2015, Fall 2015, Preview on October 3, 2015|
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What the hell happened to the old rule of thumb? That the equinox seasons (Spring and Autumn) were better for anime than the solstice seasons? Because man was the summer great this year! Gatchaman Crowds Insight, Non Non Biyori Repeat, Symphogear GX, Working!!!, Ore Monogatari!!, and so many others. I didn’t drop a single damn thing, and I picked up a fair bit, including a couple of wildcards. The only bad show I watched was Charlotte, and that was looking great until loldrugs. I’ll admit – there weren’t any blockbusters. Fan favourites and cult classics, sure! But nothing even remotely game-changing. But it was still such a fun season.
The green, yellow and red colours are indicative of something??
By contrast, jeez this autumn season is slim goddamn pickings. I think they’ve adapted the same light novel three times under slightly different names (y’know, the one about the magical high school and the male protag getting a harem). There’s a TON of sequels and spin-offs, but if you haven’t watched the originals your SOL. Most everything else is just kind of uninspiring? For the most part.
Still, I’ve got some things to pick up, so let’s have a look.
- Comet Lucifer
- Concrete Revolutio
- Garo: Guren no Tsuki
- One Punch Man
- Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru
- Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider
- Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen
- Young Black Jack
- Yuru Yuri S3
Huh, that’s a few more than I thought.
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