Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sensory Overload: Anime Summer 2013

I feel sorry and quite ashamed for the late posting of my 'Sensory Overload' entry for the Summer-Season. I've had a quite the busy schedule for the past few months that kept me from writing the previously mentioned entry. However, sufficed it to say, it is not a valid excuse to not post it anyways. So before the Anime-Autumn take its course here is my ranking for the summer season, of course, in descending order. 

1. Gin no Saji (A-1 Pictures)
Slice of life has never been more realistic in my opinion. This anime puts the genre into a whole new level. From the same mangaka of 'Full Metal Alchemist', Arakawa has grabbed my attention and never, for one second, let me go. Damn, food porn every single episode! This anime is so friggin' marvelous, there were times I even wanted to be inside the story and to study in that school or to work in a dairy farm. 

2. Uchoten Kazoku (P.A. Works)
Japanese folklore and magic. I'll never get tired of watching anything with magic. And this anime is nothing sort of ordinary. A very well-written story indeed about a family, their crux, a lot of twist and turns along the way. Do not be driven away by the animation though. it!

3. Watashi ga Motenai no wa dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! (Silver Link)
A drama story coating itself as a black-comedy. Either you'll love the lead character or you'll hate her for being a pain in the ass. But this anime shows us perfectly the realities of a person with serious psychological problems. The funny side is only a front, but in my opinion there is nothing more heartbreaking than Tomoko and her lonely plight. 

4. Blood Lad (Brain's Base)
I've never been into anime's with fat breasted female characters, but Blood Lad is undeniably awesome in all proportions and never boring, not even once. You'll end up liking every single characters -- the bad guys and the extras are no exemptions. Kudo's to Brain's Base for a magnificent job on the animation. 

5. Servant x Service (A-1 Pictures)
It is refreshing to watch an anime about working-class adults - and their problems. But let's be honest here, I love Servant x Service best when the story focuses on the pairing between Hasebe and Lucy. After all, I'm still a sucker for good love stories. 

6.  Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun 2nd Season (Studio Deen)
One of the most ignored anime's today, with some viewers disregarding its many good qualities. I've seen the first season and given that the pacing of the story was rather slow, but once it got to episode 12 all the way to season 2 Hakkenden became an interesting adventure piece and has consistently produce one of the most interesting mysteries that grabs you by the neck week-after-week. Very well drawn characters and backgrounds, never had a single fluke since season 1, and it will probably be a strong contender for best animation on my 2013 roundup.  

And the other half of this list (from number 7 to number 12):

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