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April 6th, 2018
Hey! It's Kyoya with my Impression on Winter 2018 Anime Season. This time around, I have decided to pick my Top 5 for the Winter Season. Take a look!

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⌈ Nanatsu no Taizai – Imashime no Fukkatsu  ⌋


After a brilliant Season 01 and a 4-episode special filler which paved the way to the prelude to the Great Holy War, first episode of S02 picks up right after the events that lead to the signs of the Holy War which were narrated in a four-episode special prior to the airing of the Second Season. This season focuses mainly on the struggles and past of the Seven Deadly Sins and creating a better connection with their actions and motivations.

At the beginning we see the struggles of Ban, which lead him to leave the Seven Deadly Sins after failing to accomplish his dream of saving his loved one. It also gives a peek at Ban’s past prior to becoming one of the Seven Deadly Sins and his childhood when he meets up with his foster father. Besides Ban, King goes through his struggle of accepting his mistake for failing to perform his duty as a brother and as the Fairy King. We also discovers Diane’s past and about her home.

In this season, we are introduced to power level system which is used to define each character based on the sum of their Magical, Physical, and Spirit Power Levels. With this new way of defining the fighting level, we discover that the Ten Commandments are crazy strong with ultra high power levels..

In any case, having read the manga and having watched the first half of the second season, I find the new power-ups of the group are reasonable which was inevitable due to the situation. It was a pleasant surprise that the power level between the Commandments and the Holy Knights of the new era had such a big difference but I guess that was expected considering the state of the current era compared to how it was 3000 years in the past.

The new opening titled ‘Howling’ by FLOW and GRANRODEO was somewhat a downer considering the hype for the second season but it was not bad. I liked it! Honestly, I am not saying that the lyrics or the singing is bad but it’s just that the music video animation could have been better.

This season includes 24 episodes and is only half done so I am looking forward to the battles between the Seven Deadly Sins and the Ten Commandments. Specially, the battles involving Meliodas and Escanor, who is the last member of the Seven Deadly Sins and also the strongest of the group presumably.


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⌈ Koi wa Ameagari no You ni ⌋


Koi wa Ameagari no You ni or After the Rain is a Romance Drama which is mainly about the character chemistry between Tachibana and Kondou who find themselves struggling to understand one another. This show is focused on a high school student named Tachibana Akira who develops feeling for her middle-aged boss Kondo at the restaurant where she works as a waitress, after he cheers her up from feeling depressed due to the events that lead to her leaving the school track team due to an injury. Honestly, one thing I loved about this show is the fact that the show was rather subtle and sensible in the approach of the development between Tachibana and Kondo without getting too dramatic or insensible.

The show mainly focuses on relaying in the struggles and feelings of both main characters as they try to understand one another. At first, Akira tries her best to slowly become closer with Kondou, which however puts Kondou in a difficult spot as someone who is much older than her and also as her manager. Kondo, only sees himself as a man who is past the prime of his life and is someone who is only trying to find meaning in being a good father to his son.

Despite everything, Kondou finds himself unable to turn down Tachibana due to her charm and due to the fact that she is truly genuine with her feelings. Through these events, Kondo finds himself re-discovering his past as a young man, who was in the golden time of his youth pursuing love and affection. He is also reminded of the literature he once stopped pursuing and as he revisits his passion of writing again.

As the show goes on, we see that Kondou tries to reposition himself out of the picture believing that Tachibana is wasting her youth on him and tries to be a good friend instead of a lover. Throughout these event which lead to another, we are introduced to other supporting characters such as Kase who tries to dishearten Tachibana for trying to pursue Kondou. Besides Kase, we also get to know about Haruka who is Tachibana’s best friend and also her teammate on the old track team. She is shown to be unhappy for the absence of Tachibana and tries to get Tachibana back to track team for her own selfish reasons.

I really loved the art and animation of the show. The style and animation style felt really stunning and beautiful and it gave off a really good feeling through the whole show which made the feeling quite realistic. The sound was particularly quite pleasant and it’s light yet not so dramatic style gave off a special feeling. Specially, I really appreciated the OP and ED. I found them really fitting for the show specially the ED song ‘Ref:Rain’ by Aimer, with its melancholic yet dejected feeling for love and affection.

Overall, Koi wa Ameagari has been one of my personal favorite for 2018 so far. It is one of the most unexpected and interesting romance animes out there and I must say that I really loved this interesting show of new found love, identity, failure and expectations. The premise might not be very appealing to some but those who are interested in romance and what it has to offer it is definitely a must watch in my opinion.


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⌈ Gintama: Shirogane no Tamashii-hen ⌋


After a filler season of jumping off the track for the long-awaited final arc, Silver Soul Arc starts off with the battle for the defense for the Earth. Once again, Gintama proves that it is not just about random jokes, showing improvement in its serious and comedic parts in the series. Except for some jokes and actions which I found a bit too old and refuse to talk about, I found myself laughing a lot every single episode. Not only it’s comedy, the show also managed to deliver strong and remarkable battles and events which made the show even more impactful along with the usual comedy which helped to lighten up the show and made the show even better.

Due to the fact that this is going to be the last arc of Gintama, this season brings back almost every supporting character which played a big role alongside Gin-san and others for the final battle. More than 350 episodes has been aired and it was a lovely surprise to see them come back together as they support the main cast to defend their home from the invaders.

In terms of art and animation I really liked how they seemingly kept up the usual quality throughout the whole season. As for music, as expected it was good as always and I must note that the OP ‘Katte ni My Soul’ and ED ‘Hanaichi Monme’ was really nice and is easily one of the Top 3 OP/ED of Gintama series. Specially, the ED was really nice with highlight to the most loved characters of the series and flashes into past events which gave off that ‘final arc’ feeling.

As Gintama is trying to reach a conclusion with this arc, the show literally pulls out the setting of ‘The whole universe is our enemy but since this is our home we should try protecting it anyways’. And then there was the poop joke episode and the antenna jokes episode which was hilarious and also felt a bit too much but this is Gintama so I guess it is normal. ^.^

First half of the final arc is over and next is the second half which would be the actual conclusion and I must say that I am really looking forward to it!!! But who knows the final arc might be a bad prank played by Sorachi and it might have a continuation afterall. ^~^

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⌈ Overlord II ⌋


The Overlord Season 02 had a rocky start but the foreshadowing to the world, its power in the beginning and seemingly new take on the show by taking the view as a parallel world instead of the usual game-like world focused solely on the protagonist worked pretty well in my opinion. The first half of the season was focused on the Lizardmen tribe, which is one of the official demi-human races that are introduced in the world of Overlord.

The new outlook on the threat known as Ains ooal Gown is narrated in the Lizardman’s POV which was pretty fresh in my opinion. Surprisingly, unlike some people who found Season 01 more appealing compared to Season 02, I found the new season more likable in terms of its character, events and development. Although, I did find it a little frustrating that Albedo did not get much screen time compared to other Guardians.

Even so, I am satisfied with the developments in 13 episodes of Overlord Season 02. The feeling of despair which lead to hope and yet resulted in many deaths and more despair and darkness. Interestingly, we got a peek at the fighting power and strength of Cocytus, Sebas and Demiurge which is pretty good gain in my opinion.

This season also focuses somewhat on the protagonist, Momon or also known as Ains ooal Gown who is regarded as a world threat by the Old Monsters of that world who are likely connected to the world of Yggdrasil. Sometimes, it makes you wonder why the MC is being so cautious with his actions but after the events which lead to Shalltear being mind-controlled by one of the being known as Tsa it is no surprise that Ains is being wary thereby making the story development slower than expected.

The Second Season might not have the best start for an anime sequel and might have a rocky start, but if you can have some patience and be a bit more open-minded then I daresay that you will like it! Specially Ep.12 and 13 were a really good touch with Black Hero Momon joining the battle to spice things up. Looking forward to Season 03 of Overlord in July!!


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⌈ Violet Evergarden ⌋


Violet Evergarden was one of the most hyped anime of the season because of its stunning animation and also because it was animated by KyoAni. Hopefully, as most fans expected, the show was a pleasant surprise with an interesting setting and a fascinating take on what seemed to be a Slice-of-Life Drama with its fantasy feel.

From what I observed when the show started some people commented that Violet is bland and boring. But in my opinion, the same could be said for the Chise from Mahoutsukai no Yome when the show started, but as the show went on we grew to like her character even more. The same goes for Violet, she is introduced as a soldier who grew up in wars and is taught to kill and due to an accident, she is relieved off duty by the request of her superior who is also her love interest.

On that note, this show goes into more depth on her past and her new life as Violet Evergarden. She shows that although she isn’t very expressive she has a great influence on others through her little actions. As we go on watching, we see how she struggles to understand and learns from experience working on writing letters expressing the feelings and emotions from one person to another.

Like most fans, one thing I really appreciated about this show was its amazing visuals as expected from KyoAni. I am not someone who is partial on specific studio or their shows but I truly loved the job KyoAni has done with it. I am actually glad that they focused on art and animation for this show considering that Violet is not very expressive and thereby the superb art and animation truly conveyed extra color and feeling to it.

Compared to most Slice-of-Life, this show felt a bit slow paced which might not sit well with most people but if you have the patience for such shows then this is good pick for you to check out. I suggest trying to be more open-minded and give the first 3-episode a try and see if it is for you or not.

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⌈ SPECIAL MENTIONS ⌋


Aside from the 5 shows mentioned above, Darling in the FranXX was an interesting watch without a doubt. It is depicted as a Post-Apocalyptic world with underground cities along with mobile fortress cities that acts as messengers from one city to another. These cities are defended by FranXX, which are piloted by ‘Parasites’ as a pair of a boy and a girl. The story is pretty intriguing and is well-executed in my opinion. The characters were quite likable. Specially the pair of Hiro and Zero-2.

Zero-2 was pretty unique and it is difficult to dislike her. She is selfish and is pretty straight-forward which makes her character more interesting. Compared to her, Hiro felt like the usual wimpy generic MC at first but he had good character development which was pretty satisfying in my opinion. This show has a lot of inconsistencies but without a doubt this is an interesting watch for sure.

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens was another interesting watch of the season which I liked quite a lot. Set in the city of Fukuoka, where 3% of the population are killers, this show was quite exciting with a lot of events that lead to another. What appealed most to me about this show were its characters. There isn’t many animes where a cross-dresser can be one of the leading characters but interestingly Lin from Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens actually manages to pull it off! Aside from Lin, Banba was a fascinating character. He is easy-going, casual and his love for Pollock roe and ramen truly makes the show more light-hearted than it is expected.

This show gave the feel of Kekkai Sensen due to its jazzy music and as an anime it is similar to Durarara!! because of its setting in a city and its group of strange and interesting characters such as Niwaka Samurai, Mushroom-head, and Submarine Ninja. If you are interested in a show with a hilarious and eccentric bunch of characters involved with underworld business with lots of ramen this your anime!


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⌈ OVERALL ⌋


Overall, Winter 2018 Anime has been a real treat until the very end. I truly enjoyed the usual serious comedy in Gintama. Koi wa Ameagari was an unexpected winner which truly made the season worthwhile. The interesting take on Overlord in exploring the new world through various POVs and other supporting characters was strangely appealing which was fresh compared to Season 01. The action was non-existent but Violet Evergarden was a real treat this Winter with its breathtaking animation and amazing storytelling through Violet.

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So, What are your favorite shows of Winter 2018 Anime Season?
Posted by AreyKyoya | Apr 6, 2018 10:00 PM | 0 comments
January 1st, 2018
Hey! It's Kyoya with my Impression on Fall 2017 Anime Season. This time around, I have decided to pick my Top 5 for the Fall Season. Take a look!

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⌈ Shokugeki no Souma ⌋


After two amazing seasons of Shokugeki, the third season of Shokugeki starts off into the battle between Souma and a Member of the Elite Ten. This season mainly focuses on Souma’s development and Erina’s past which was pretty amazing. As someone who is familiar with the manga, I am not disappointed with the job J.C Staff has done with adapting the series.

This season starts off with a recap to the event after the Stagiare, in which the winners of Autumn Selections meet up with the Current Elite 10. With their appearance, the story spices up into something even more than just duels between one chef to another. By presenting the Elite Ten members to the audience and how their power influence in the lives of the students and their true talent and skills as a chef, the Shokugeki this season truly became a clash of ambitions, ideals and talents between the New Generation of Totsuki students and the Elite Ten Members.

The first and second season of Shokugeki no Souma was amazing but this season was just as amazing with the future of the Academy in danger even though it is pretty predictable outcome in such series. Although the plot is a little unnatural or forced, the season builds up a lot of momentum along with the emergence of sudden danger to the Academy. This actually that leads to the Shokugeki’s getting more intense than ever with their expulsion on the line. Personally from this conflict, what I am looking most forward to is the clash of skills and talents between Yukihira Souma and Tsukasa Eishi.

Compared to the previous seasons this season had less foodgasmic scenes which was in my opinion a really good thing. To some people this might not be the best result but you can see that the series is truly trying to gear up for something major here. The third season however, left a lot to be desired with the change of pace in the Moon Festival Arc and uprising of Central into power. It seemed unrealistic after the Festival but it doesn’t mean the series was bad. It was still a great watch. You can see that something great to show in the future since the season ends with a great reveal, so I am really thrilled for Season 4 to be aired.

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⌈Mahoutsukai no Yome⌋


Mahoutsukai no Yome, also referred to as Ancient Magus Bride is a true masterpiece. I can Say with confidence because unlike many shows nowadays, Mahoutsukai no Yome does not try to emphasize on the characters. Second of all, this series is well-paced and you can truly see that the series is trying to slowly build up the characters and the events in a way that it is slow enough to keep up with yet fast enough to be interesting at the same time. Thirdly, the series is adapted in a well-constructed world. The most unique or most appealing part about this is that it does not try to be bound by certain rules or aspects which is truly amazing and this shows that it got a lot of promise.

At first, the show does not reveal itself right away, but instead reveal itself alongside the MC, Chise learning about the world of Magic and its different sides. In my opinion, I am amazed at how much there is to see about the different sides of the world of Magic in Mahoutsukai no Yome and I am sure the best has yet to come after these 13 consecutive weeks of amazement.

The art of Mahoutsukai no Yome is truly beautiful. Wit Studio truly makes the series better. The art is slightly different from the manga but the animation and art makes it much better. It is visually stunning and never fail to capture every beautiful moment. You can see that a lot of work has been put into it. The characters seem very vibrant and lively and the world is depicted to the utmost perfection.

Personally I enjoyed watching the development and interaction of the Main two characters, Chise and Elias. We discover that Chise is a quite relatable character in various aspects of her experiences. Not only Chise, even Elias even though he might be seen as inhuman we see that he learns to be more human through bonding with Chise, as Chise learns how to be loved from her interaction with Elias and many other characters in the series.

From what I have seen so far, I might have to say that Chise’s character seems a bit shallow at the time being and I am really hoping the remaining 12 episodes would do a better job at exploring her as a main character. Anyways, neither of the two are perfect and they both have their troubles and concerns yet they both compliment to each other. So far, I have enjoyed seeing the development in both character as they grow up and open up over time.

The OP of Mahoutsukai was a real stunner. The amazing vocals from Junna and the ED by Hana Itoki was really lovely. What caught my attention even more was that the show emphasized more on using different OSTs during the show which was really appealing as I kept watching. Specially the folk sound theme they keep using throughout the show truly makes the show seem magical and portrays a tale of its own.

Some people seems to look down on this series for its lack of romance but I must say that I truly disagree with them. I have enjoyed how they teach other leading to change so far in the series. Without a doubt, it’s one of the best tales about magic in a fantasy world with many references to the World of Magic from fairies to dragons. I have very high expectation for this anime and I have a feeling that it will truly get better in the later half of the series.

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⌈ Kekkai Sensen & Beyond ⌋


Bones is back at it again and ‘Kekkai Sensen & Beyond’, the sequel starts off right after the events at the end of the first season. As usual, we see that Leo’s daily life is as hectic as ever. This season however focuses less on Leo and instead focuses more on it’s side characters. It was nice to see that Chain is back for this season and as ever Zapp was stupid and fun as always.

Just like the first season, this season was one hell of a joyride. It had the needed wacky combination of action, intrigue, humor just as expected of the series. This season did not focus much on the actual objective for the story which is to uncover the secrets of the “All Seeing Eyes of Gods”, instead it offered us backgrounds and side stories on most of the main members of Libra. Most of the times I am not a fan of side stories or a reflections of the past, but Kekkai Sensen was one exception. I enjoyed each and every character’s stories, and felt closer to the characters more than ever. Specially, the development of the minor cast including K.K, Zed and Chain Sumeragi was a great addition to the show.

What really gets me into this anime aside from the intriguing and fun characters are the world the story is depicted in, once again Bones did a wonderful job with giving attention every detail. The complexity of the city, the technology and the sci-fi elements really make the show even more amazing. Not to mention, I really enjoyed the mixture of jazz and orchestral music used in the show. Really made the world feel more alive.

After watching this show, I must really say that Kekkai Sensen has what I really want in action anime. What’s more amazing is that even though the show is episodic in nature, it still got what it takes to pick up on the plot with all the adventures of side characters in the series. It might feel lacking in some ways compared to the first season but I sure did enjoy It!

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⌈ Netjuu No Susume ⌋


Netjuu no Susume tells of a story about a 30-year old Morioka Moriko, who voluntarily leaves her work place because of the hard conditions. In order to get away from it, she starts palying a game called ‘Fruits de Mer’ in which she meets Lily, a female character who turns out to be a young male office employee in the real world.

Most people would find Moriko’s character relatable because of her timid personality. As a show based on examining a life of a NEET, this show does a pretty good job of it’s own. Moreover, as a main character Moriko fits the role since she is socially awkward. Compared to Moriko, Sakurai often has trouble interacting with others although he manages to keep up with the job at is company. This is similar with Moriko as both characters often worries over what they should say and how other judge based on their words. However, despite their worries and troubles in real life, they manage to become more open in the virtual world.

Specially, I found the Character chemistry between Lily and Hayashi really well executed. They aren’t just similar in some ways but instead manages to bring the honesty in one another which I really loved. I also appreciated the addition of the side character, Koiwai who has an outgoing personality and is Sakurai’s best friend. Unlike Sakurai, he has little trouble initiating a conversation is always outgoing with everything. I did not like that he was a foil character for both main characters but without him it would have never gone the way it did so I really appreciate the role he played in everything. HE TRULY WAS THE BEST MAN!!

For a show that explored the social norms and relationships, this anime still managed to fulfil a lot of RPG gimmicks and mechanics most gamers are familiar with which was pretty nice. Besides that, it was nice for change to see a show which is not about getting stuck in a Online or Fantasy World with the task of defeating the Demon Lord or the Game Master. Instead it’s more light hearted in nature and tries to establish the relationship between Moriko and Sakurai. Throughout the show, with almost every episode in the first half it makes you wonder whether there is future in their relationship. This way the show does a great job of testing the viewer’s patience slowing building up the events which leads to another each episode.

After watching this anime, I must say it exceeded my expectations. The first two episodes was difficult to get into but after seeing episode 3 and realizing what it truly had to offer it became one of the best anime’s this season for me. The comedy might not be what some people are looking for but for those who does, I recommend it would be better to marathon the whole 10 episodes as it can be frustrating to watch it weekly.


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⌈ Black Clover ⌋


After Ousama Game and Dies Irae, Black Clover might probably be the most hated and criticized anime of Fall 2017 Anime Season. Apparently, Black Clover might just be an anime that follows the formula popularized by the animes like Naruto, Bleach and Fairy Tail. But despite everything we must agree that it still has its own vibe.

First of all, in my opinion I believe that clichés are not that bad if it is done right. And Black Clover had done it right without a doubt. It has managed to build its own world, with good characters with good motivation for doing what they are doing. Perhaps, the reason it might seem bland because this type of show is something we all see in the Mainstream Shounen Battle Anime but that doesn’t make the show bad. In fact, if you take a closer look you can see that the world of Black Clover, it’s character’s and the story are all consistent and makes sense which is exactly what we like to see in an anime.

There is a reason that the underdog fighting for others is considered a genre stereotype. That is because that is what people truly enjoy. Its story is not unique but it does have a solid story and character development we seek. There is nothing wrong with the motivations of Asta and Yuno trying to fight for the sake of not just themselves but for the class of people in that world that is considered as lowly.

The most discussed topic in Black Clover has always been Asta’s voice actor in the Subbed Episodes. It’s true that Asta screams a lot and is annoying. But as referenced in the manga and anime Asta is meant to have an annoying voice so I don’t agree that it is a mistake at all. In fact, just like everyone I too am hoping that the Seiyuu would improve his skills as he does have a long way to go.

Besides all that, I do have a complain regarding Black Clover Anime. I can’t just appreciate the fact how Studio Pierrot keeps being lazy and stalls about 50 second at the start of the show every episode. They keep recapping the previous episode and it seemed to be like Studio Pierrot was being lazy with their work.

Actually, the Black Clover mostly a fast paced series that dives from one event to another however, in the anime we mostly see that it is stretched out a bit too much, which is frustrating sometimes. But truth to be told, after watching Shounen anime for the past 12 years in my opinion, it might just actually be a good thing in the long run. Overall, it’s not the Masterpiece that people are looking for, but still it’s a good watch.

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⌈ SPECIAL MENTIONS ⌋


Aside from the 5 shows mentioned above, Inuyashiki was a real treat this season. It gave off a deep sense of psychological discomfort, but is ultimately very good to watch. It’s slow at times building the emotional tension between the protagonist Inuyashiki and the antagonist Hiro, but it gets things going when things finally start. Plus, It’s not every day we see an anime based on an elderly protagonist which I deeply appreciated.

Juuni Taisen was a seasonal favorite but it did not truly live up to my expectations. Similar to Fate Series this show is a bloody battle royale featuring the warriors of the 12 Zodiacs. Although some of the warriors such as Monkey, Tiger, Ox and Rat were interesting warriors, the rest of the warriors only served as fodder for the story to develop which did not truly sit right with me. Perhaps it worked for some people but it sure did not work out for me.

As one of my All Time favorites, Gintama’s sequel was something I really enjoyed. This season adapted one of the older arcs before one of the last big serious arcs took place which might be confusing for some people. So, it was a little confusing at first for me as well. But after going back and reading it up I realized that once again Gintama has decided to break the fourth wall by adapting one of the older arcs before diving straight into the Final Arc. This season has proven again why almost every character in Gintama is so much fun in the first place. It might not be one of the better seasons of Gintama but it’s something fans really needed.

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⌈ OVERALL ⌋


Overall, the Fall 2017 Anime Season have been a real treat just like the previous Season. I truly enjoyed the new arc of Shokugeki which acted to opened up the curtain for an interesting arc. I also enjoyed dramatic episodes of Mahoutsukai no Yome with its old school references and approach to magic. It was nice to see awesome character designs and refreshing humour of the Kekkai Sensen, even though it was still on the lighter side compared to season 01. Plus, it was also nice to see humorous slice of life fantasy story of Netjuu no Susume as it blended romance and online gaming together to create a light-hearted show for all to enjoy.

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So, What are your favorite shows of Fall 2017 Anime Season?
Posted by AreyKyoya | Jan 1, 2018 3:14 AM | 0 comments
September 29th, 2017
Hey! It's Kyoya with my Impression on Summer 2017 Anime Season. This time around, I have decided to pick my Top 5 for the Spring Season. Take a look!

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⌈Fate Apocrypha⌋


After Fuyuki Holy Grail War, this show opens the curtain to a new war which is the start of the Great Holy Grail War. The setting is a parallel world to Fate/Stay Night where the Greater Grail mysteriously disappeared from Fuyuki after the Third Holy Grail War. The Yggdmillennia, the family of magi, openly declares their secession from the Mage’s Association and that they are in possession of the Greater Grail. Due to the circumstances, the reserve system of the Grail activates, allowing the summoning of 14 servants in total.

Compared to the previous Fate Series, Fate Apocrypha breaks the barrier of 7 servants and goes for a full-on 7 v 7 servants showdown which totally doubles the hype. Plus, the fact that the system throws in a 15th Servant, a Ruler makes the Show even more fascinating. It does a wonderful job of showing the different story lines for almost every character, which is interesting considering the sheer number of significant characters.

But that doesn’t mean that, the Characters are less appealing. In truth, the best part of this show and every other show in Fate Series has been it’s characters. There is no clear Protagonist or Antagonist in the series. Different Heroes from different times in history gathers as servants with their ideals and dreams which were unfulfilled in their past life. Some accomplish their dreams, some die while fighting for it. The show does a wonderful job conveying each and every characters personality and their actions which leads to different paths and outcomes.

Aside from the Story and Characters, what I loved most about this show is its opening by EGOIST. It’s one of those type of Openings that grows on you. I don’t usually listen to the Openings but Apocrypha was one exception. Some people says that the art in Fate Apocrypha is not up to par and the Animation is uneven but I have to disagree with them. From Episode 1, the art and animations in Fate Apocrypha have been truly consistent. The fight scenes are done at very appealing way and the background was nicely drawn as well.

This show has 25 episodes and already half of it has been aired so far but the development in truly exciting one way or another. I am sure it would be difficult develop all characters equally but I am hoping this would improve in the episodes to come.

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⌈ Gamers ⌋




After reading the title, I was expecting a story about a High School Game Club and their daily life but it was a bit different from that. It is less about Games but more about how teenagers live these days and their daily life concerns and troubles they face which is quite relatable considering what it is. The pacing of this show was really smooth and the Storytelling was quite amusing. It truly felt like the daily ‘Slice-of-Life’ of teenagers these days with concerns and misunderstandings.

This show mainly revolves around 5 characters and their interactions are mostly filled with a non-stop sequence of comedy scenes and misunderstandings. It does a wonderful job of giving Screentime for every Main Character in the series which is quite a great feat compared to most other shows.

The Main Character Amano, is just your usual MC with no unique qualities. His character is Introverted and it was fun to watch him and other characters having their own misunderstandings without talking it out. Tendou is just your usual blonde Tsundere, and the School Idol type. It was Cute watching her actions in the show and although the reason for her falling in love in Amano was not the best but her actions later in the Series makes up for a barely good reason for it in my opinion.

Chiaki, was well more like the female Amano. She is what you call a True Introvert, she is shy, weird and dense at times which is quite relatable for me since I have been called dense multiple times by girls.. In my opinion, Aguri despite being Tasuku’s girlfriend in the series is the best through-out character in the series. I enjoyed seeing her and Amano interact, which was quite amusing. Honestly, the one I related to most in this series was no other than Tasuku. He wanted everyone to be happy and he tried his very best to resolve the misunderstandings which was a wonderful effort by him.

[I]All in all, Gamers is the perfect blend of Rom-Com and relatability which I really enjoyed watching. I would recommend it to anyone who are looking for a fun Rom-Com or wants to watch an anime they can relate to. Simply put, I must say it is one of best Rom-Coms I have watched.

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⌈ Owarimonogatari 2nd Season⌋




Owarimonogatari 2nd Season is the conclusion to the Monogatari Series which started off from the Bakemonogatari in 2009. I had a great time watching the series and it truly did not disappoint. After some foreshadowing to the Final Boss, for the series the Owarimonogatari Season 2 brings the curtains to a close for the High School Life for the main two characters from Bakemonogatari, Senjougahara and Araragi.

The show does a great job in filling the plot holes left off in the previous Monogatari Series. At first, it might seem inprefect but I just love how the Story telling and pacing in the Monogatari Series actually works to make the show even better. The Visuals and Dialogue are done in such a perfect harmony that it is hard to tell whether this was a rushed work or not. Truly a Wonderful Job by Shaft!

Unlike the previous arcs of the Series, you can truly feel that it is truly going towards a conclusion. There is no extra narrative and it is really focused on entailing the character development and bringing an conclusion to the events so far. But from what I hear this doesn’t seem to be the end to the Monogatari Series as a whole. There are some side story’s which are yet to be adapted and actually the Owarimonogatari 2nd Season does some foreshadowing for what’s next.

The Series did a wonderful job with a conclusion and I can proudly say that Monogatari Series is one of my favorite long running Series alongside Fate Series. That last 7 episodes was simply brilliant and it was one hell of a Roller Coaster full of twists and turns. I am so glad I decided to stick through it till the end, it was one remarkable ride I had. Thank you Shaft!

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⌈ Kakegurui ⌋




Lately, Gambling and Mind Games has become a common topic. The Kakegurui or the Compulsive Gambler is about that very topic. It is based on a school, Hyakkou Private Academy which has it’s separate agenda separate from others. By day it is your daily High School or Prestigious Academy but at night it turns into a gambling den. In this Academy, Money is Power, those who come on top in the games stand at the top of the school.

What appealed most to me in this Series would be it’s settings. In gambling there are always two games going on. There is that game which is played on top for all to see, and the agenda which goes under it all. The Cheating or Petty Tricks behind everyone’s backs. Almost all of the games played or showed on Kakegurui was pretty original and quite simple to understand. However, it was a shame that some games were not fully explained that sometimes it is hard to get a grasp on the rules they are playing on until the end.

The Characters in Kakegurui is simply terrible. Or it would be better to define them as downright evil. They are petty, sadistic, manipulative and cunning which some people could relate to regarding the worst example of what the society has to offer. Although, I don’t particularly like Yumeko but I really loved how the Seiyuu Hayami Saori portrayed her two sides. Specially how she conveyed the transition from a Calm or Ladylike Yumeko to a Crazy or Compulsive Yumeko.

The Character’s were well portrayed and the best trait of this series I appreciated was that it did a wonderful job in portraying the emotions in every situation. Sometimes it feels as if though the characters would come to life and consume the person watching well, in my case me. Despite everything, Kakegurui had it’s own shortcomings but after watching this I must say that I would love to see more Gambling Shows in the future.

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⌈ Koi to Uso ⌋




I am a big fan of Romance Anime and in the first episodes the show was really appealing and kept me really interested. I am not sure why I have included this in this list but if I were to find a reason for it then it would be probably because between Classroom of the Elite and Hajimete no Gal I enjoyed this series more I guess.

What appealed to me about this series was that it had unlike most other romance animes, Koi to Uso had a unique setting which was pretty interesting. It is about a futuristic society, where Japan implements a complex system referred to as “The Red Threads of Science” which involves a system in which government decide on the marriage partners for the teenagers at the age of 16.

What made me more interested was that the development in Koi to Uso made it impossible to tell how it would end in the end. Would Yukari choose his Long-time Crush Misaki in the end disobeying the government, or would he decide to comply with the arrangement and decide to marry Ririna. The show kept me interested for the first 8 episodes or so but at the final 4 episodes the series turned into a mess. I was hoping that the MC, Yukari would choose one in the end but he brilliantly crushed my expectations.

All, in all despite the concerns and dissatisfaction I have with how the Series ended, I must say that it had a lot of worthwhile factors. First of all, the show took a possible world concern at its plot setting and tried to show how a world with such systems would be. I don’t think it would go as smooth as portrayed in the series but the truth is that in some cases their would be lots of troubles regarding having to marry a stranger and the anime gives hint to how it would be like in a matter of speaking.

The biggest plus to this series was the Relationship between Yukari, Misaki and Ririna. Specially the troubles and the ever-changing attitude of Misaki, for having to be the focus of it all. It helped to make the show even better and I found myself always questioning what would happen next? Perhaps, the show is trying say is that sometimes it is important to lie if you want to become happy.

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⌈ OVERALL ⌋


Summer 2017 Anime Season has been one of the most noteworthy Seasons I had in a while. In truth, I loved Spring 2017 more as I got to experience all new titan weirdness, a showdown between new heroes and a budding of young love and more.. However, this season was a bit disappointing compared to the previous Season. The Start was good but some shows were a bit disappointing at the end.

Overall, I really enjoyed almost every show in this Season. I was able to see a full-on 7v7 Battle Royale, a satisfying and a brilliant conclusion to the Monogatari Series, A Super Fun Rom-Com between 5 friends with lots of misunderstandings and relatable Characters, a taste of Compulsive gambling and the worst it can bring out of people, and a love triangle between three people and it's development in a futuristic Japan where marriage partners are decided by the government.

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So, What are your favorite shows of Summer 2017 Anime Season?
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February 29th, 2016
Anime Relations: Boku no Hero Academia


Spring is the Season of prequels and a Season for many Promising Anime Adaptations.
Let's take a look those anime Series.

1. My Hero Academia



My Hero Academia is not as over-the-top and zany as One Punch Man, but it is still a fun and unique Japanese take on superheroes. The large cast and unique powers, along with good writing, could be a hit with international fans.

2. Bungou Stray Dogs



This has a chance to be the sleeper hit of 2016. The characters are based on real life Japanese authors, but they have supernatural powers and solve grisly mysteries. Bungou Stray Dogs has the right amount of crazy and tragedy for the seinen crowd.



3. Koutetsujou no Kabaneri



Some say this show looks a lot like Attack on Titan, and with some aspects I can honestly agree with them. The setting is similar and it even has some of the same team working on it – no wonder it looks like AoT. But this anime is in a way more than Attack of Titans. But you will have to see it to find out what that is.

4. Sousei no Onmyouji



In a Parallel Realm from the Real World known as Magano, monsters known as Kegare (Impurities) resides and it is the duty of the Exorcists to Purify and Protect the People from it. In such a world, Enmado Rokuro a boy with Great talent for Exorcism is opposed to becoming an Exorcist. But an Oracle gives him and Adashino Benio the title of "Twin Star Exorcist," the name bestowed upon married exorcists. With this the two find themselves wrapped up in more and more battles together as the Twin Star Exorcists...

5. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu





High school student Subaru Natsuki has been summoned to another world on the way back from the convenience store. With

the biggest crisis of his life occuring he is also attacked by thugs in the parallel world. But he is saved by a mysterious, silver-haired girl with a fairy cat, Subaru cooperates with her to return the favor. When they finally manage to get a clue, Subaru and the girl are attackedand killed by someone. Subaru then awakens in the place he was summoned and notices he gained the ability "Returns by Death" and has become a helpless boy that only has the ability to rewind time by dying. Beyond the despair, can he save the girl from the fate of

death?


6. Kiznaiver



One day, Noriko Sonosaki tells her classmate Katsuhira Agata, "You have been selected to be a Kiznaiver." The Kizuna System, which allows Katsuhira to share his wounds, connects him to the classmates whose lives and personalities completely differ from his. The Kizuna System is an incomplete system for the implementation of world peace that connects people through wounds. All those who are connected to this system are called Kiznaivers. When one Kiznaiver is wounded, the system divides and transmits the wound among the other Kiznaivers. Sugomori City is built on reclaimed land, but as the years go by, the city's population is decreasing. The story is set in this town where Katsuhira and the others live.

7. Sakamoto desu ga?



First year high school student Sakamoto isn't just cool, he's the coolest! Almost immediately after starting school, he began attracting everyone's attention. The girls love him, and most of the boys resent him. There's even a boy in the class who works as a model, but who is constantly upstaged by Sakamoto! No matter what tricks the other boys try to play on him, Sakamoto always manages to foil them with ease and grace. Though Sakamoto may seem cool and aloof, he helps others when asked, such as in the case of the boy in his class who was being constantly bullied. No matter what difficulties Sakamoto encounters, he moves through his high school life with confidence and class.

8. Gakusen Toshi Asterisk 2nd Season



Second Season of Gakusen Toshi Asterisk and the anime takes of with the Finals of the Phoneix Festa.

9. Joker Game



Taking place in the year 1937 on the eve of World War II, the story involves a mysterious spy training organization known as the "D Agency." The organization is established by Lieutenant Colonel Yuuki from the Imperial Japanese Army. His ideals lead him to recruit people beyond military academy graduates and personnel, while training them to become skilled agents in arts of manipulation. These agents would become a specialized team to conduct operations. One such antihero agent, under the name Jirou Gamou, goes on a harrowing mission to uncover secret documents titled "Black Notes," while battling forces from within and without his own ranks.

12. Magi: Sinbad no Bouken (TV)



It tells about the story of Sinbad's early life when he captured two of the dungeons.

11. Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta?



Our naïve protagonist proposes to a female character in an online game, only to find out that the player is actually a guy. Traumatized by that, he decides to never trust a girl online, but now, two years later, a female player is proposing to him. What will happen?

12. Ushio to Tora (TV) 2nd Season



Continuation and Season 02 of Ushio to Tora TV series. The Season looks into the Final Fight with the Hakumen no Mono.

13. Kyoukai no Rinne (TV) 2nd Season



Continuation and Season 02 of Kyoukai no Rinne TV series.

14. Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge



Sighing, leaning on his elbows, sleepy eyes. Tanaka-kun is a boy that basically doesn't try but isn't disliked. This is a laid-back youth comedy about Tanaka-kun and the quiet Oota who can't leave him alone.

Did I miss any anime's? If so please leave a Comment!
Posted by AreyKyoya | Feb 29, 2016 2:34 AM | 8 comments