Spider-Verse is coming out where I live on 25th so I while I am pretty sure it would find it’s way on this list I can not put it here since I haven’t seen it yet. But back to the list:
First of, starting off with two series I am not caught up: Gegege no Kitaro and Bloom into You. Gegege no Kitaro real suprised me since I wasn’t and still aren’t too fond of the updated look but it has proved to be a real great anime, with real great morals and lessons. I genuinely encourge you all to give it a shoot.
Now, I am up to date with the manga but Bloom into You has been a real good adaptation so far and I real like the source material. I am real glad that they have shown to not just plainly adopt panels from manga but elevated some scenes like this one for example:
If you like yuri it’s a must see/read.
I have also been watching Megalo Box but I don’t real have anything to say about it expect that it is pretty cool.
Moving on to shows I have finished:
I liked Aggretsuko quite a lot but it didn’t real grab me: it was a pleasant watch and that’s it. I wonder, if I was a part of workforce, would I like it more?
Devilman Crybaby was a werid beast that was also incredibly cathartic to watch since sometimes you do want to see the end of humanity. It’s absolutely not for everyone but it was very rewarding for me. Also the music was
Pop Team Epic:
Mirai gets a special mention since I never get an opportunity to see an anime film that came out the same year here. I liked it and the polish dubbing was competent enough.
Planet With is honestly underappreciated and should be real talked about way more. While I get that a lot of people come into mecha series for fights, and these weren’t Planet With strongest side I think we all could real use a message about how humanity CAN be better in those times. In the words of Sensei: “Change your perspective with love and behold, the universe is filled with blessings”
Revue Starlight. Now. When I heard that this serie would be helmed by Ikuhara’s protege I got super excited and then disappointed when I found out it’s gonna be a part of multimedia project AND then excited again when the anime finally aired. To not spoil things too much, it got so many things that appeal to me like melodrama and theater-like atmosphere and look baked right into it. Make no mistake, this is not Utena and it doesn’t try to be one, but it still has things to say about the way theater, or more precisely, Takarazuka works and how we have to break the cycle not embrace it. Go and see this great spectacle filled with girls with swords and great music (Yoshiaki Fujisawa from Land of the Lustrous worked on this one!).
And now for my absolutely favorite work of all of last year probably:
A Place Further than The Universe.
Listen. I do not care if you don’t watch anime. Go and watch this one. Get your family and friends to watch it too. It’s one of the finest works that are coming-of-age story. I am real at a loss of words how can I sell this anime but it has one of the best written characters in any anime I have seen. All four of the main girls have such a belivable teenagers and the interactions between them are gold, and adults characters are no slouch either! All feel like a real people and I rarely see a foreshadowing done as well as this show has done. To bring up a quote from ANN disscusion about the show (warning spoilers to around halfway point of the show):
I especially love that they’re not all just nice and pleasant to each other all the time. Some anime tend to portray female friendship in rather alienating ways, where it feels like the people writing it have never spoken with teenage girls. But the Antarctica-bu girls are casually acerbic, blunt with each other in a way that feels like how I talk with my own friends when we’re out having a good time together
It’s just such a well made show, with realised characters and great directing that is an absolutely must see. Just watch this scene please: