Since this is my first post about anime, I need to lay out the grounds before moving on. It’s going to be a long post so bear with it. All titles are linked to their respective pages on myanimelist.com.
I’ve been a fan of anime for quite some time. I used to watch all that I could find – everything. However, free time and free mind aren’t and won’t always be free. There are priorities. Now I no longer watch everything that every season has to offer.
What I do now is select a line-up of three or four anime on every season based on my favorite genres and preferences. (To be honest, I haven’t been able to be up-to-date even with the titles I chose. I always end up marathoning them months later!)
Well, my preferences are many but also strict and unique: Science fiction (preferably, with great animation and post-apocalyptic themes), action/martial arts/supernatural (with a unique story and story-telling), slice of life (no school-life crap, the darker, more tragic the better) and sports (realistic and smart). It’s also important that any anime I watch focuses on character’s psychological developments. I also like the philosophical type; great examples of that are two of my all time favorites: Ergo Proxy and Wolf’s Rain. I like mystery too. not the detective type but the enigmatic and arcane.
Having listed my preferences, an outlook on the current spring season clearly shows that it offers very few interesting titles for my taste. But there bound to be at least one title that surprises (very much like Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi and Ajin in Winter Season 2016). We’ll see.
This season is full of mainstream shounen series which are not my go-to shows but I don’t particularly hate them when they’re done intelligently. I think Boku no Hero Academia is great within shounen parameters. Sousei no Onmyouji is a also okay. It’s got good action scenes and good animation so at least, I’m watching it for that.
My favorite shounen this season is the continuation of Ushio to Tora. First season gave me some serious feels! so I’m sticking to it this season too. Besides, I like stories that are inspired by Japanese folklore such as Youkai.
The previous titles are manga-based. There are also a few decent original anime this season. Bungou Stray Dogs and Kiznaiver are good examples. Bungou Stray Dogs is brought to us by my favorite studio, Bones (Darker than BLACK, Wolf’s Rain, Cowboy Bebop, FMA: Brotherhood). I’m definitely watching that!
The only anime that really drew me in though is Koutetsujou no Kabaneri! Awesome animation and story! I hate zombie shows but this one got me hooked and I don’t think it’s going to let me go! That coming from someone like me should tell you something. Zombie-like creatures in a steampunk/industrial/feudal Japan is a unique premise to say the least. The protagonist is really likeable. After just one episode, his potential as a character is already radiating.
I haven’t been able to watch Joker Game but it seems like it’s right up my alley. I’ll check it as soon as possible.
My Line-up: (I just hope I’ll have the time and mood to keep up!)
Koutetsujou no Kabaneri
Ushio to Tora (2nd Season)
Bungou Stray Dogs
Boku no Hero Academia
and possibly Joker Game.
This was my introduction post into my anime preferences and the titles I have chosen to watch this season. It was also my intention to highlight a few titles that perhaps people with similar taste might enjoy too.
until the next anime post! 🙂