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Made in Abyss

Genre Tags: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Mystery, Drama, Fantasy

Seasons/Episodes: 13

Synopsis: The Abyss—a gaping chasm stretching down into the depths of the earth, filled with mysterious creatures and relics from a time long past. How did it come to be? What lies at the bottom? Countless brave individuals, known as Divers, have sought to solve these mysteries of the Abyss, fearlessly descending into its darkest realms. The best and bravest of the Divers, the White Whistles, are hailed as legends by those who remain on the surface.

Riko, daughter of the missing White Whistle Lyza the Annihilator, aspires to become like her mother and explore the furthest reaches of the Abyss. However, just a novice Red Whistle herself, she is only permitted to roam its most upper layer. Even so, Riko has a chance encounter with a mysterious robot with the appearance of an ordinary young boy. She comes to name him Reg, and he has no recollection of the events preceding his discovery. Certain that the technology to create Reg must come from deep within the Abyss, the two decide to venture forth into the chasm to recover his memories and see the bottom of the great pit with their own eyes. However, they know not of the harsh reality that is the true existence of the Abyss.

Plot Rating: 9/10

Character Development Rating: 8/10

Progression Rating:  9/10

Animation Rating: 9/10

Conclusion Rating: 10/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 9/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 10.5/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: Absolutely! No questions asked.

General Comments: Every season, there’s that one anime that not many people pay attention to at first, but then it has an amazing premier and keeps getting better as it goes, to end with a stunning finale and becomes the dark-horse of the season. Yes, Made in Abyss is it. It blew any expectations I had far out the water and might be one of the best anime I’ve seen of it’s kind. It’s literally a masterpiece and I can’t find fault in anything it’s done, except perhaps the over sexualization of children in parts, but even that can be forgiven when the remaining content and the plot is that amazing. The feels were strong in this one and there may be moments not for the feint hearted, but it’s not so much so that it can’t be enjoyed. Although the season wrapped things up in a nice bow, I really hope we’ll see it continue on in a second season, as I’m not ready to ascend from the depths of the abyss just yet. Please watch this show, you won’t regret it.

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Re:Creators

Genre Tags: Action, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Seasons/Episodes: 22

Synopsis: Humans have designed countless worlds—each one born from the unique imagination of its creator. Souta Mizushino is a high school student who aspires to be such a creator by writing and illustrating his own light novel. One day, while watching anime for inspiration, he is briefly transported into a fierce fight scene. When he returns to the real world, he realizes something is amiss: the anime’s headstrong heroine, Celestia Yupitilia, has somehow returned with him.

Before long, other fictional characters appear in the world, carrying the hopes and scars of their home. A princely knight, a magical girl, a ruthless brawler, and many others now crowd the streets of Japan. However, the most mysterious one is a woman in full military regalia, dubbed “Gunpuku no Himegimi,” who knows far more than she should about the creators’ world. Despite this, no one knows her true name or the world she is from.

Meanwhile, Souta and Celestia work together with Meteora Österreich, a calm and composed librarian NPC, to uncover the meaning behind these unnatural events. With powerful forces at play, the once clear line between reality and imagination continues to blur, leading to a fateful meeting between creators and those they created.

Plot Rating: 8/10

Character Development Rating: 7/10

Progression Rating: 7/10

Animation Rating: 8/10

Conclusion Rating: 10/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 8/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 9/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: This is so meta for creators, I think it should be a requirement for them. For regular viewers however, it depends on if you’re ok with dialogue heavy shows and world building between the action.

General Comments: Re: Creators probably had the most interesting plot of all the anime this season. It featured a kind of creatorception, where created worlds and characters entered the world of their own creators. It’s fascinating, because what creator would ever imagine meeting their fictional creation? It makes you wonder, what would you do? Would they maintain their created personalities, or can they develop their own will and motivations? Can they live apart from the world you have crafted for them? All of these questions and concepts are explored in this series and it’s done in a very interesting, unique and almost perfect way. There are so many layers to the concept, it almost blows your mind, especially once the climax hits. It’s honestly an experience you must see for yourself. I especially encourage any type of creator, be it writer, artist, game developer and so on, to watch this anime, as it will really offer a unique perspective on your craft and the deeper significance it can hold. The pace is a bit slow moving and their is a lot of world building and storytelling, but it’s all worth it for the pay off in the finale.

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Isekai Shokudou

Genre Tags: Mystery, Comedy, Fantasy

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis: At the bottom floor of the building with a dog signboard, in the shopping district near the office street, there lies a cafeteria called “Youshoku no Nekoya,” that has an illustration of a cat on the door. It’s been open for fifty years and has satisfied various salarymen from nearby offices. Despite it being called a Western cuisine cafeteria, it also provides other varieties of menus. For the people of this certain world, it’s their one-and-only special cafeteria.

There is, however, one secret to “Nekoya.” The cafeteria is closed to the public every Saturday in order to make way for special guests. When a bell rings, customers from different places of birth and races appear who ask for mysterious and delicious dishes. They are actually the same dishes served to the salarymen, but these special guests find them to be more exotic than to what they are used to. As the cafeteria aims to serve masterpieces, it is usually referred as “Isekai Shokudou.”

Plot Rating: 7/10

Character Development Rating: 7/10

Progression Rating: 7/10

Animation Rating:  8/10

Conclusion Rating: 8/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 7.4/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 8/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you want a peaceful, easy going anime focusing on the love of food, yes.

General Comments: This was a surprisingly enjoyable show this season. It’s really simple, yet it never bored me. I loved meeting new and interesting characters each week and discovering the new dishes they’d come to love. It was a bit like the easy going counterpart of food wars, without the foodgasms and fierce competition. The characters were all great and the flow was well executed. The best advice I can give is, don’t watch when you’re hungry.

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Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu

Genre Tags: Action, Samurai, Fantasy

Seasons/Episodes: 13

Synopsis: The year is 1863 as the tumultuous samurai era is coming to an end, Japan is split between the pro-shogunate and anti-shogunate factions. The fate of the world is threatened as an army of historical revisionists are sent from the future to alter the course of history. In order to bring these forces down and protect the real history, two sword warriors, spirits who are swords brought to life by Saniwa (sage), rush to Edo. The polite and thoughtful Horikawa Kunihiro and the short tempered yet skillful Izuminokami Kanesada, who served the same master, confront the invading army along with a lively gang of other warriors including Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki, Yagen Toushirou, Tombokiri, and Tsurumaru Kuninaga. As the fate of history lies in these hero’s hands, what meets the blade is yet to be uncovered…

Plot Rating: 8/10

Character Development Rating: 7/10

Progression Rating: 7/10

Animation Rating: 10/10

Conclusion Rating: 8/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 7.8/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 8/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you like slow-paced action and fantasy or watched Hanamuru, yes.

General Comments: So, this show was the action counterpart of Touken Ranbu: Hanamuru Days. It featured new characters mostly, with an addition appearance of one or two characters we saw in the previous series. This series was certainly more action than it’s predecessor, but it was slow-moving. I found it hard to remain attentive at times because things seemed to move so slowly, but towards the later half of the series, things picked up and got more interesting as well as more feelsy. Undeniable however, is that the animation was amazing as only Ufotable can be and the sword boys were a fujoshi’s paradise. The Bishounen characters and implicit BL between certain characters were still the biggest draw, at least for me. I’m not sure if I’d have enjoyed it quite as much without those aspects, but it was definitely an enjoyable series overall.

 

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Centaur no Nayami

Genre Tags: Slice of Life, Supernatural, Comedy, Fantasy, Seinen

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis: Himeno is a sweet, shy little centaur girl. In her world, everyone seems to be a supernatural creature, and all her classmates have some kind of horns, wings, tails, halos, or other visible supernatural body part. Despite their supernatural elements, Himeno and her best friends, Nozomi and Kyouko, have a fun and mostly normal daily school life!

Plot Rating: 7/10

Character Development Rating: 7/10

Progression Rating: 7/10

Animation Rating: 8/10

Conclusion Rating: 8/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 7.4/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 7.5/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you want an interesting monster girl anime without a harem, yes!

General Comments: This show was an interesting one. It appeared to be a standard slice of life or girls club show, and it’s how it started, but there was always a darker tone hinted behind the scenes. A few episodes in, we could start to see why. It tackled some serious, deep and thought provoking themes under a moe kind of veil. It’s something I’ve rarely seen and although many people disliked the world building going on between the SoL moments, I found it to be one of the show’s most interesting aspects. The canon lesbian couple and the additional yuri ships of course only made me appreciate it that much more. It may not be for everyone, but if you don’t mind a little world building in your moe SoL anime, then give it a shot.

 

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Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai

Genre Tags: Ecchi, Fantasy

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis: You, will you be a worshipper of the devil lords? These beautiful lords lead humans to the seven deadly sins: pride, envy, wrath, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust. A revealing fantasy that craves to corrupt and steal true happiness starts now.

Plot Rating: 7/10

Character Development Rating: 6/10

Progression Rating: 7/10

Animation Rating: 8/10

Conclusion Rating: 7/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 7/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 7/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: Only if you don’t mind loads of fanservice and ecchi themes.

General Comments: This show is what I consider a guilty pleasure show. Where the plot is interesting, but the bigger draw is the fanservice and character interactions, the yuri in this case. Similar to Valkyrie Drive Mermaid, this show relies heavily on it’s fanservice, but actually has some heart behind it, making it more enjoyable than the usual run of the mill fanservice show without substance. While this might have been my least favorite show of the season, by no means is it bad. Just an acquired taste.

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Little Witch Academia (TV)

Genre Tags: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Magic, School

Seasons/Episodes: 25

Synopsis: Atsuko Kagari is an ordinary girl who joins the renowned witch academy for witch girls, Luna Nova Academy. When she was younger, she went to Magical Festa, a magic show hosted by a witch named Shiny Chariot. Atsuko was so mesmerized and inspired by Shiny Chariot’s performance that she dreamed to someday be a “cool” witch like her. This young and impressionable Atsuko takes Shiny Chariot’s words as her own motto: “Never forget, a believing heart is your magic.” As part of a class, Atsuko and her classmates go into a labyrinth under the Tower of Luna Nova. There, a sealed ancient dragon was unleashed by one of her classmates. Atsuko tries to stop the dragon, but…

Plot Rating: 8/10

Character Development Rating: 10/10

Progression Rating: 8/10

Animation Rating: 9/10

Conclusion Rating: 10/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 9/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 11/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: Yes, yes and more yes! Trigger saves anime again!

General Comments: I honestly don’t know how much I can say on this other than, if you haven’t watched this yet, do it right away. That’s a lie though, because I have so much I could talk about on this series, but that would require much more space and time than anyone would like. With that said then, let me just cover the big points. LWA has been stealing hearts since the OVAs and Movie (which I’ve yet to see), so I’m late to the party, but having now seen this tv series, I can understand why. LWA seems simple at the start, but it’s actually got a rich and engaging story-line that slowly descends into a dark and suspenseful one. This is best seen by the contrast between the first half’s magical and pleasant slice of life theme and the second half’s deep and depressing theme. However Akko is the mass of “Yay” that the series needs to retain it’s lighthearted nature. Akko and her friendship with several of the other witches makes the show a joy and even when things do get dire or grim, it’s her never give in attitude that keeps everyone together.

To be honest, the entire cast makes the show a joy in their own right as they each have a unique and interesting personality and their interactions with Akko are unlike any other so it keeps things fun. Just about every one of these main girls got their chance to shine in at least one episode and with every passing one, their friendship with Akko and each other as a whole only got stronger. The character development for a few characters in particular was something special. I especially loved the humanization of certain characters, which doesn’t allow anyone to be wholly “good” or “bad” and everyone loses their way at one point or another, but it’s most often Akko that pulls them back up, earning her the rightful title of main protagonist. Amanda is my best girl, especially after her exclusive episode. *swoon* A certain baddie int he second half is right there with her though in terms of attractiveness.  That’s all I’ll say on that.

Finally, as with most popular shows, there are ship wars going on and I’m not fueling into them with this post, but what I will say is that there is undeniable evidence for the credibility of certain ships, including statements from the creators themselves and so I don’t think these wars are necessary at this point. I personally have two ships that I’m in love with and yes, they are both yuri ships. However, I respect the alternative ships and ultimately in the end, nothing is officially canon. The main point of it all is this; shipping is a subjective act and so it should not be judged or ridiculed by anyone. If everyone remembered that, there will always be peace in all fandoms with these situations.

Overall, LWA got everything right in my book and Trigger continues to become a favorite studio of mine. I implore everyone to check it out and do so legally through netflix, and buy merchandise if you can, so that we can get more season and spin-offs, which the creators have been very vocal about wanting. It’s up to us to make it happen though. LWA truly is magical and so was an easy pick for my #1 anime of the Spring 2017 season.

 

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Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka?

Genre Tags: Sci-Fi, Drama, Romance, Fantasy

Seasons/Episodes: 12

Synopsis: Five hundred years have passed since the humans went extinct at the hands of the fearsome and mysterious ‘Beasts.’ The surviving races now make their homes up on floating islands in the sky, out of reach of all but the most mobile of Beasts.
Only a small group of young girls, the Leprechauns, can wield the ancient weapons needed to fend off invasions from these creatures. Into the girls’ unstable and fleeting lives, where a call to certain death could come at any moment, enters an unlikely character: a young man who lost everything in his final battle five hundred years ago, the last living human awakened from a long, icy slumber.
Unable to fight any longer, Willem becomes the father that the girls never had, caring for and nurturing them even as he struggles to come to terms with his new life, in which he feels the pain of helplessly waiting for his loved ones to return home from battle that his ‘Daughter’ once felt for him so long ago. Together, Willem and the girls gradually come to understand what family means and what is truly worth protecting.

Plot Rating: 8/10

Character Development Rating: 8/10

Progression Rating: 8/10

Animation Rating: 9/10

Conclusion Rating: 9/10

Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings):8.4/10

*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with

Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 9/10

*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.

Should You Watch: If you like a blend of romance and tragedy in your fantasy anime, for sure!

General Comments: SukaSuka was one of the more talked about shows of the season and if you watch the first episode, it isn’t hard to understand why. It’s certainly got a interesting plot that grabs you from the start, but then it mellows out to a more SoL theme, all while secretly plotting to destroy you by it’s conclusion. The plot may not be action-packed every episode, but there are serious moments and when the action really kicks in, it hit you hard. The romance between the two main leads is a gradual, but certain journey and it becomes something really special, even with the heartwrenching back drop of the last half of the series. I can definitely say it’s one of the better ones of the lacking Spring 2017 season, but for me, not the best of the season. My top three are probably more obscure, but that’s how things tend to go for me. I definitely can recommend everyone give this one a go, as I don’t think you’ll find yourself dissatisfied.

 

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