It's been a long time since I posted in this thread.... I'm still watching anime; although not as much as before due to... real life and all that. I don't think I have time to do a seasonal breakdown, but the year ended recently so I'll go over my top 20 of 2018 and leave some brief commentary.
1. Devilman Crybaby
-This was a huge wakeup call as far as realizing how popular an anime can be with overseas audience when given the right exposure (Netflix) and also considering how bizarre it was in terms of art style, narrative and origin. Hope people are encouraged to check out more Nagai and Yuasa.
2. The Night is Short, Walk on Girl
- I promise this is the last Yuasa pick on my list. Really felt like a spiritual successor to Tatami Galaxy with all the charm and introspection. I feel like it really hits on the existential struggle of college life. Some really funny bits too
3. Mobilesuit Gundam The Origin
- This ended up being a lot more Char heavy than I expected, but I can't really complain. I'm not a fan of the cgi, but it was used sparingly. Idk I don't really have anything bad to say; classic Gundam is always a win in my book. Although I liked Unicorn better and Thunderbolt reigns supreme.
4. Megalo Box
-Idk how you can't like this... its a frikin cyberpunk boxing anime with a hip-hop and jazz OST. I feel like the lead-up to the finale, could have been better, but in general this was pretty awesome, compared to Ashita no Joe it felt rushed though.
5. Jojo pt. 5
-Still airing, but Jojo is Jojo... you can't really go wrong. I do wish they focused more on Giorno though instead of the gang, but I'm starting to warm up to them more.
6. Hero Academia 3
-How does this anime keep getting better with each season? All I can say is UNITED STATES OF SMASH
-Big surprise for me as I was really kind of done with the whole isekai thing, but this is actually really good. The world-building and attention to detail. Unlike Overwatch where everything is kind of already there, the MC is like actually building it. Also I really enjoy his personality he doesn't act pathetic or OP, he just has a really positive, but somewhat apprehensive thing going on. Also apparently when they evolve all the monster look like humans =/
8. Saiki Kuso 2
-A big improvement on season 1 and rounded out the series well. The OVA that finished the series was a little underwhelming, but yeah I had some great laughs with this silly esper concept that I thought was already milked dry in the first few episodes.
9. Shokugeki no Souma 4
-I feel like this season was a bit weaker compared to season 2 and 3, but overall still an enjoyable anime with some good laughs and over the top food battles.
10. Golden Kamuy s1&2
-This is such a fun show with a wacky and dark concept. I love how they balance the dark aspects with the comedy and the violence. It all just comes together well. I also like learning about the historical aspects of the Russo-Japan war and Ainu culture.
11. Grand Blue
-I originally though this was gonna be a fujo show, but it actually turned out to be a really funny "bro comedy" in the same vein as like Great Teacher Onizuka and Prison School. Lots of laughs, especially if you like that kind of humor.
12. Middle Manager Tonegawa
-What a weird spinoff... I didn't really know what to expect from this, especially when they introduced the foreman segments, but yeah I ended up having a good time.
13. Mirai of the Future
-Saw this in theaters, last month. Another great family movie by Hosoda. Some good coming of age stuff and thankfully not as much furryness lol. It's not my favorite of his movies, but I really appreciate that filmmakers are trying to carry that Miyazaki torch.
14. Bunny Senpai
-Felt like someone put Bakemonogatari and Oregairu in the blender. I won't say this is as good as either, but still had a good time. Bunny senpai is best girl.
15. Index 3
-Dam its been so long since the last season... I guess anything is possible *crossesfingerforspiceandwolf3*. Anyway this was pretty good. It was nice to see all the old chars and their interactions and Touma's gender equality. I tend to prefer the science part more than the magic and it seems like its gonna focus on that in the next arc so I'm excited.
16. Junji Ito Collection
-I have mixed feelings as far as the quality of the anime and the stories they chose, but like a lot of these episodic horror anime it was a mixed bag. It helps that they had good source material to draw from. Also I'm including the Tomoe OVAs here, which IMO were a little better than the main series.
17. Nanatsu no Taizai 2
-It's fun... like it's not amazing its not bad, its just kind of there. I liked Ban's stuff, but the other chars don't really appeal to me as much, except Escanor who is a very welcome addition. I'd say its slightly better than season 1
18. Goblin Slayer
-This was fun. Like the controversy was strange to me tbh. I've seen a lot worse, but overall I had a good time and don't see why other people didn't. It focuses more on the smaller scale and the MC isn't OP for once. Oddly enough I think I remember first hearing about it on this forum.
19. Hero Academia Movie
-Saw this in theaters too, it was pretty good and it shows All Might's past almost like a backstory so it didn't feel that "fillerish". If you liked the main series you'll enjoy this.
20. Aguu: Genius Dolls
-I was meaning to watch Hinamatsuri, cause people keep telling me its hilarious, but until then I thought this was alright. The concept was great and I liked the chars for the most part. I just feel like the execution and presentation could really use some work.
Also everyone PLEASE WATCH THE BROLY MOVIE. It was sooooo much fun, made me feel like a kid again. I wasn't really used to the goofyness of super, but it wasn't as bad the other DBS movies. The battles were just sooooo good and the little cgi they used IMO can be forgiven.
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