A studio established in the year 1987 and many great titles on its name, Production I.G. is one of the big players in the anime world. In this post I shed light on some of the shows produced by this experienced studio.
Usagi Drop centers around Daikichi who has to take care of an illegitimate child from his deceased father. Nobody in the family is up for the job to raise a 5-year-old child named Rin, nor willing too, so Daikichi is set up for the task.
Usagi Drop shows how a single, thirty-year-old man takes care of a young child with no experience in raising a child. This results in heartwarming and beautiful moments that turn the life of a normal man upside down. As raising a child is no easy matter, Daikichi faces many challenges. Trying to do his best to make sure Rin grows up properly.
While the story progresses, Daikichi develops fatherly feelings and meets other parents that guide him. Of course nothing goes as planned, making Usagi Drop credible in its execution. Despite this show being in the Josei demographic, Usagi Drop is a must watch for everybody. And if you can’t get enough of the anime version, there’s also the manga and the great live action adaption.
Bungaku Shoujo tells a story about the life of Konoha Inoue, a formerly bestselling author, writing under a female pseudonym. After a tragic incident he decided never to write again. Now he spends his days as a member of the literary club together with Touko, a girl who eats books. Inoue has to make sure Touko gets her daily dose of literary snacks, written by Inoue himself.
This synopsis seems utterly clueless, but the story tells literally anecdotes through Touko eating literary works. She tells what snacks she likes and what makes a work, a good work. In combination with the strong soundtrack, this series creates atmosphere. It draws you into the quests Touko and Inou embark on, trying to help others with their writing and reading knowledge.
Taking this show into consideration within this post won’t please everybody. Guilty Crown faced a lot of criticism during its run because of its seemingly shallow plot and meaningless characters. Still Guilty Crown had something many series lack, a great soundtrack.
Guilty Crown takes place in Tokyo in the year 2039 where a deadly virus has spread. It all started with the Lost Christmas event in 2029. After that an oppressive organization took hold of Japan to protect the virus from spreading. One day Ouma Shu obtains a remarkable power to create weapons out of peoples’ hearts. He must become the savior that releases Japan of the deadly virus and defeats the oppressive powers that dictate peoples’ lives.
Guilty Crown is objectively speaking rather dull in its plot execution. A heroic young man saves all humanity from despair, accompanied by a beautiful girl who will travel with him to the end of the world. Still I believe it is important to consider atmosphere and experience, not only what the story tells. The story is strengthened by the magnificent soundtrack. I dare to say that this is perhaps one of the better soundtracks in an anime series. And for that fact alone, Guilty Crown deserves to be mentioned.
In the near future people can be classified as potentially dangerous or harmless, all through an ingenious system that measures the mental state of a human being. In the world of Psycho-pass a team of enforcers manage the crime in a futuristic society.
I dedicated a separate post about this show in where I told that some decisions should be made by humans. Computers cannot always assess the situation and make the best fitting decision. Psycho-pass shows that even a seemingly flawless system can have its shortcomings. Through the depiction of different crimes, Psycho-pass explores this system, where human judgment is being put to the test.