The winter season has ended, therefore it is time to look back at the series I’ve selected.
The header image isn’t a winter show anymore. Nisekoi extends beyond the winter season, but for the sake of continuity I wanted to feature this image. And Nisekoi is awesome.
Chuunibyou season 2 progresses with the romantic relationship of Rikka and Yuta, who both are struggling to discover who they are.
The second installment stays true to the look and feel of the previous season. The magic slang is thrown at the viewer when possible, but it is obvious this season tries to shift its focus onto a romantic comedy and not as much on the inner struggles of the main cast.
While many elements from the first season reoccur in this second season, such as Nibutani trying to let go of her former alter ego, Kyoto Animation wants to put more emphasis on the romantic aspect of the story. This can turn the show into a rather cliché experience, but the super slick animation makes you forget all about it.
Noragami tells the story of a girl who loses her life, but gets stuck between the reality and the afterlife. God Yato is destined to save her and bring her back to life.
Noragami did a very good job with the soundtrack and visuals, but on the flipside it felt like the series didn’t use the story concept to the fullest potential. The psychological struggle of the main character could be explored much more and the emotional impact on her environment. Yet the series took a save route to keep her switching between both. Maybe I was to hyped, because I’m very intrigued by the afterlife concept.
Sakura Trick is a real treat for lovers of the Yuri genre as the series explores the innocent love of girls. Sakura Trick takes a more explicit take on the love between those girls, though.
The cute visuals fit the story and the fanservice is present. While fanservice can feel out of place, in this anime it all seems to fit neatly into the narrative. The differs set of characters explore different types of love and relationships, adding diversity to the story. I can recommend this show to fans of the genre.
D-Frag! was definitely one of the worst series I’ve selected for this season. The character designs were old fashioned, the yelling of the main character was annoying and the story execution went nowhere.
I think this kind of series is very suited for the domestic audience considering the look and feel of the show. The humor isn’t for everybody and for those living out of Japan a bit farfetched.
Another piece of shit this season, Magical Warfare. I cannot comprehend the terrible experience this series has been. There was literally nothing I enjoyed. ‘Why did you watch it then?’ you might wonder. Well I thought I just end it while I’m at it.
The character designs didn’t do justice to the original designs and the animation was J.C. Staff level. I cannot believe this got the green light and could be aired.
Sekai Seifuku follows a militant group called Zvezda who tries to take over the world. Guided by loli Kate, they fight against all odds to create a world envisioned by Zvezda.
I really enjoyed this series. The setting was original and the narrative was refreshing. The characters were diverse and Kate was super cute. She made the whole show with her bossy attitude despite her appearance. Admittedly the story execution was a bit all over the place and a sense of where the story was heading, was lacking. Yet, I enjoyed it. I liked how the characters interacted in the world that was created.
Mikakunin de Shikoukei tells the story of Kobeni who is engaged without anybody telling her. And so begins an adventure where she gets to know her future husband.
The visuals of this show are the most noteworthy aspect as the story itself isn’t very spectacular. The show is entertaining, but the theme is clichéd. The show is also milking jokes such as the older sister being fan of loli characters. This joke is repeated from beginning to end, making it more of a nuisance than comic relief.