TOP 5 ANIME IN 2019 #ANIME

5. Beastars

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Weird flex anime, but it’s turned out to be really great. If Beastars’s score is below 7.5 in MyAnimeList, I won’t bother to watch it. Seriously, I never interested with interaction between non-human even in a fiction story. But no matter what people said, I always believe MAL’s score so I give it a try.

And the result is, once again I’m glad I believe in MAL’s score. Beastars turned out to be a great non-mainstream anime. If you love to learn about new perspectives, Beastars is a delicious dish for your free time. Also, there’s romance seasoning that make the story more interesting. Interactions between each character is unique and will give you new knowledge about perspective.

 

4. Mob Psychoo 2nd Season

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Something that I really love about Mob Psycho 100 is the uniqueness of psychological takes from the main character’s perspective, not even most of slice of life series can did this as good as Mob Psycho. Moving from spectacular first season, Bones did it again with banger for this season, they adapt it again with their usual spectacular way. Their consistencies is genuine, you can’t help but admit Bones is the best studio around right now. My Hero Academia and Mob Psycho 100 really take Bones Studio to the new level.

If the first season is mainly about Mob’s power, this season takes the story to more personal level, and it’s about Mob and Reigen’s character developments.  The most standout story in Mob Psycho this season for me is the relationship between Mob and Reigen. When ONE did a story about life, I can’t help but get excited. I’m probably one of the few fans who adore ONE’s story about life more than his action-fighting story. That being said, the fight scenes in Mob Psycho can’t be ignored, Bones just made a history with Mob Psycho’s animation. Big praise to the director who can direct the animators in such an artistic way. Keiji Mogami arc is the most powerful arc for this season, it has the biggest Mob’s character development and one of the most beautiful fight scenes at the same time. The big downside in this arc is the story, I just can’t hooked with this arc’s story even though the animation part is world class.

The adaptation is perfect as far as I’m concerned, one of the best adaptation I’ve seen in recent years. The only weak point with Mob Psycho this season for me is the story. The last arc ‘World Domination’ is pretty cliche, and it was predictable, also there’s some boring episodes in the middle of the series. With Mob Psycho, I will take the first season story and the second season adaptation, then it would be perfect.

 

3. Dr. Stone

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Along with Yakusoku no Neverland, Dr. Stone’s premises is one of the most unique, original, and interesting in Shonen JUMP in the last decade for me. The writer is Riichiro Inagaki, the story-writer of Eyeshield 21, which also I’m a big fan of. Even with a non-mainstream genre in Shonen JUMP, Dr Stone feels very ‘shonen’ because of Inagaki’s writing, and that’s a quite amazing.

I’m a huge fan of Eyeshield 21’s Hiruma, and I’ve always think how great it is if there’s a main character in anime/manga like Hiruma. Then, there’s Senku, my wish is granted just like that, I bet Inagaki-sensei also has a feeling it would be great if he has main-character like Hiruma Yoichi. Anyway, I’m very thankful for Senku, my wish from middle-school days is finally here.

Enough of that, aside from great premises and main character, the story is also excecuted very well. There will be some boring episode for people who doesn’t like science, but, I’m pretty sure the relationship between each character in Dr. Stone will make you forget about that. Also, the flashback story of Dr. Stone is better than I expect, I can feel Shingeki no Kyojin’s vibe at that time, it’s really amazing.

 

2. Vinland Saga

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Watching Vinland Saga feels like watching the early of Game of Thrones. War, politics, and betrayal, you got all of them. There’s nothing I can say anymore about Vinland Saga, there’s already praises from everywhere, and I must say this series deserves those praises. If you’re looking for some seinen anime, Vinland Saga is a good start.

One thing I want really to mention is the latest episode, it’s fucking insane. It’s like the peak of Game of Thrones which oftenly called as the greatest TV-series of all time back then before that disaster last season. The plot twist, atmosphere, and everything in that episode is very amazing. Before this episode, my candidate for episode of the year are Kimetsu no Yaiba – 19th episode, and Shingeki no Kyojin S3 – 17th episode. But I must say, Vinland Saga’s latest episode surpassed both of them. Now you can imagine how good that episode is.

 

1. Shingeki no Kyojin 3rd Season Part 2

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I don’t know anymore what to say about Shingeki no Kyojin, I don’t remember if there’s an anime who can make me goosebump endlessly only by revealing one of their story’s secret. What surprised me the most is the consistency, it’s mad how Isayama can not only keep the quality of the story, but always made it better and better. It’s really unbelievable at this point. Shingeki no Kyojin successfully made me speechless like a child once again.

I’ve always said the best shonen anime of all time is Hunter x Hunter (2011), and this is the first time I’ve some doubt about that statement. For me, SnK is already on the same level with Hunter x Hunter to be the all time greats shonen anime series, and potentially can surpass it.

This season is the peak of Shingeki no Kyojin’s story, it has the most important point from the storyline. Finally, we get to know the story behind Titan’s history, and Grisha’s (Eren’s father) past. I don’t want to spoil anything, but it still amazed me how can one sentence line from each episode (especially every last moment of episode) always make me goosebump like a child who saw Goku’s Super Saiyan for the first time. About the animation, I think it’s not Wit’s best work this time, even the first part is much better. Anyway, the story will make you forget about animation and stuff like that, so it’s not really a problem.

 

Honorable-mentions :

  • Kanata no Astra

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  • Kimetsu no Yaiba

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  • Diamond no Ace – Act II

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  • Kono Oto Tomare! 2nd Season

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  • Chihayafuru 3rd Season

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Anime(s) of the Decade (2010 – 2019)

10. Steins; Gate – 2011

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Steins;Gate is the best-executed time travel story that I’ve ever watched, it’s no surprise that this anime constantly called as the best Sci-Fi anime by many anime fans.

Characters, the reason why a complicated background story like Steins; Gate is still fun to watch, and it makes the story easier to understand. But that doesn’t mean it will be a full of happiness trip either, Steins; Gate will offer you a phenomenal thrill experience toward to the conclusion of the story.

 

9. Cross Game – 2010

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I never dislike Adachi Mitsuru’s works, not even once. I watched most of all his works and I like them all. But among all of them, even though Touch is his most popular work, for me Cross Game is the perfection of all of his work.

Facial expression, and funny conversation are Adachi Mitsuru’s main weapon, and it was used at their best in Cross Game. Cross Game’s theme story is plain and simple, but with Adachi’s touch, it becomes great and very comfortable to watch. The easiest anime to binge-watch for me, it’s over before you realized it. Cross Game is that good.

 

8. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – 2010

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The obvious one, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is constantly called as the greatest anime of all time along with Hunter x Hunter (as far as I know), so it’s not really a surprise, isn’t it?

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a series that you can easily call it as a masterpiece, because it has no real weakness. I’m completely agree with that, but having no real weakness doesn’t mean it can automatically become the best, at least for me. Lack of big impacts is the reason why it’s hard for me to put FMAB as the best, but that doesn’t mean I don’t rate FMAB at all. FMAB will always be a strong contender for any anime-rank-category because how amazing the adventures of the story is. Ed and Al’s story still remains as one of the best adventure anime story even after 10 years.

 

7. Uchuu Kyoudai – 2012

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This might be the most surprising for most people. It’s more like it will surprise you if you haven’t watched Uchuu Kyoudai. Uchuu Kyoudai is one of the best slice of life anime out there, you can learn so much things here just by watching it. I have to respect the mangaka’s hardwork for the details he gave for this manga. It will give you a better insight about NASA and astronouts stuff. You don’t have to like astronout or space to watch Uchuu Kyoudai, but instead, Uchuu Kyoudai will make you love astronout and space before you realized it.

One of the most important thing I have to mention is the main character, Nanba Mutta. You will have a happy and amazing adventure while watching this because of him. You will never get bored, you will learn a lot, and you will be entertained. Astronout seems like an old and classic theme to pick, but with Mutta, everything becomes much better.

 

6. Bakuman – 2010

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Bakuman symbolized as my whole love for anime and manga, it has the excitement of shonen, and beautiful drama romance story.

It doesn’t have amazing fights and it also doesn’t have an exciting match that sports series has, yet for me it’s the most exciting anime I’ve ever watched. The way they work toward their dreams is the one who pulled out my adrenaline every single week. I still remember when I want to go back to home from school as fast as possible just to watch Bakuman, and never even once it dissapoints me.

I don’t remember if there’s a bad episode in Bakuman, and that’s something special. I always adore consistency more than anything, people tends to ignore this, but for me this is the most important thing to gained the status of greatness.

 

5. Haikyuu! (S3) – 2016

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Haikyuu (S3) is an ideal role-model for any studio if they want to make a highest quality sport anime. This season only contains one match, but it never feels dragged out. It has all the excitements, great animation, exciting background music, and top characters development. As a big fan of sport anime, I can’t ask for better adaptation. Haikyuu (S3) is the best sport anime adaptation as far as I’m concerned.

Something that amazed me is the main highlight from this season is not from the main character, it’s from support character, Tsukishima Kei. It was an unforgetable moment. That’s one of the strongest point of Haikyuu, every character can have their own amazing moments, it doesn’t have to depend on the main characters to have an amazing story / arc. And, that’s also the reason why Haikyuu is the one of the most loved sport-series out there.

 

4. Shingeki no Kyojin (S3) – 2019

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The only reason why I’m not including Shingeki no Kyojin (S3) in top three is their animation. If they can fuse the animation of first season and the story of third season, then I will have a very hard time to choose anime of the decade.

I don’t know anymore what to say about this series, I don’t remember if there’s an anime who can make me goosebump endlessly only by revealing one of their story’s secret. What surprised me the most is the consistency, it’s mad how Isayama can not only keep the greatness of the story, but always make it better and better. It’s really unbelievable at this point. Shingeki no Kyojin successfully made me speechless like a child once again.

I’ve always thought the best shonen anime of all time is Hunter x Hunter (2011), and this is the first time I’ve some doubt about that statement. For me, SnK is already on the same level with Hunter x Hunter to be the all time greats shonen anime series, and potentially can surpass it.

 

3. 3-gatsu no Lion (S2) – 2017

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3-gatsu no Lion is one of a few anime that I can easily call it as a masterpiece. Moving from an outstanding performance in first season, 3-gatsu no Lion managed to reach higher milestone with their second season. While the the story is mainly about Rei and Shogi in the first season, now we got to see amazing support character’s development here.

The main attention in this season is Kawamoto Hina, she got his own arc which also happened as the best arc from the entire story for so many reasons. This arc is about Hina becomes a target of bullying. The reasoning behind it and how the conflict is solved, the writer did it with the most realistic way. The story is full of burst emotions, bullying looks like a simple problem if we saw it from bigger picture but the writer present the story beatifully, and the details are amazing. It’s very hard to find any weakness in 3-gatsu no Lion, especially their second season. Everything feels flawless.

 

2. Gintama – 2015

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It has been a long road for Gintama. Personally, I think it’s hard to start watching Gintama. You need to start from an old animation quality in this modern animation era. As a whole, Gintama anime has a lot of weakness, starts from filler, bad animation, and weird background story, but when you’re already hooked with the story, you will understand why this series is hugely loved by their fans. Gintama is something that maybe only comes once in our lifetime. We probably won’t find an anime like this again in our life. It’s like you can become a friend with an anime, watching Gintama is a very unique experience.

Gintama (2015) is the peak of Gintama, Shogun’s Assasination and Farewell Shinsengumi arcs are the biggest turning point of the story. This season of Gintama is a different beast, it gives you everything you need from a highest quality anime series. You get a ton of fun moments, thrill moments, emotional moments, amazing battles, and much more. There’s a reason why at some point it passed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood as the highest score anime series in MyAnimeList.

 

1. Hunter x Hunter – 2011

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This decade is the best ever decade for anime (at least for me), that means the number one anime on this decade, is also the best anime of all time. And here we are, the best anime of all time for me is Hunter x Hunter (2011). When it comes to story-quality, animation, and consistency, I don’t think there’s any other anime out there that can topped Hunter x Hunter.

Everything about Hunter x Hunter felt so excellent from the start until the end. Mad House did their best ever work with this remake of Hunter x Hunter. Chimera Ant and Phantom Troupe arc are the biggest reason why Hunter x Hunter is often hailed as not only the best anime of the decade but also the greatest anime of all time.

 

Honorable mentions:

  • Monogatari Series: Second Season – 2013

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  • Made in Abyss – 2017

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  • Vinland Saga – 2019

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  •  Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso – 2014

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  • Little Busters: Refrain – 2013

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TOP 5 ANIME (SPRING 2019) #ANIME

Announcement:

Since I’m really busy right now, I can only managed to write a review for Shingeki no Kyojin.

I won’t write a review until January 2020 (the end of my bootcamp), so if I want to post something about my top 5 seasonal anime like usual, there will be no review (probably only the list).

Thank you, and sorry.

 

5. Fruits Basket (2019)

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Synopsis :

https://myanimelist.net/anime/38680/Fruits_Basket_2019

Review :

Score :

  • Story : 8/10
  • Animation : 8/10
  • Character : 7/10
  • Enjoyment : 7/10
  • Overall : 7.5/10

Short-guide (15+) :

  • If you like classic shoujo-series, this is for you
  • If you like romance and drama, this is for you
  • Similar anime : Kimi ni Todoke, Ranma 1/2

 

4. Kono Oto Tomare!

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Synopsis :

https://myanimelist.net/anime/38080/Kono_Oto_Tomare

Review :

Score :

  • Story : 8/10
  • Animation : 7/10
  • Character : 7/10
  • Enjoyment : 8/10
  • Overall : 7.5/10

Short-guide (15+) :

  • If you like competitive music, this is for you
  • If you like drama and slice of life with school-theme and a little bit of romance-spice, this is for you
  • Similar anime : Chihayafuru

 

3. Kimetsu no Yaiba

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Synopsis :

https://myanimelist.net/anime/38000/Kimetsu_no_Yaiba

Score :

  • Story : 8/10
  • Animation : 10/10
  • Character : 8/10
  • Enjoyment : 8/10
  • Overall : 8.25/10

Short-guide (15+) :

  • If you shonen-mainstream genre in general, this is for you
  • Similar anime: Ao No Exorcist, Tokyo Ghoul

 

2. Diamond no Ace – Act II

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Synopsis :

https://myanimelist.net/anime/38731/Diamond_no_Ace__Act_II

Review :

Score :

  • Story : 8/10
  • Animation : 7/10
  • Character : 9/10
  • Enjoyment : 9/10
  • Overall : 8.25/10

Short-guide (15+) :

  • If you like an exciting sport anime, this is for you
  • If you don’t have much free time, this is not for you
  • Similar anime : Haikyuu, Kuroko no Basket Yowamushi Pedal

 

1. Shingeki no Kyojin 3rd Season Part 2

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Synopsis :

https://myanimelist.net/anime/38524/Shingeki_no_Kyojin_Season_3_Part_2

Review :

I don’t know anymore what to say about this series, I don’t remember if there’s an anime who can make me goosebump endlessly only by revealing one of their story’s secret, beside One Piece. What surprised me the most is the consistency, it’s mad how Isayama can not only keep the greatness of the story, but always made it better and better. It’s really unbelievable at this point. Shingeki no Kyojin successfully made me speechless like a child once again.

I’ve always said the best shonen anime of all time is Hunter x Hunter (2011), and this is the first time I’ve some doubt about that statement. For me, SnK is already on the same level with Hunter x Hunter to be the all time greats shonen anime series, and potentially can surpass it. I also don’t think you can get a better thrill experience from any other anime, the closest would be Death Note and Monster.

This season is the peak of Shingeki no Kyojin’s story, it has the most important point from the storyline. Finally, we get to know the story behind Titan’s history, and Grisha’s (Eren’s father) past. I don’t want to spoil anything, but it still amazed me how can one sentence line from each episode (especially every last moment of episode) always make me goosebump like a child who saw Goku’s Super Saiyan for the first time. The line is very simple, no expensive animation, no dramatic scenes, no fighting, and no other shit, just revealing a secret and boom! All of the build up from story is paid off brilliantly. Isayama is a freak.

About the animation, I think it’s not Wit’s best work this time, even the first part is much better. Anyway, the story will make you forget about animation and stuff like that, so it’s not really a problem.

Score :

  • Story : 10/10
  • Animation : 8/10
  • Character : 9/10
  • Enjoyment : 10/10
  • Overall : 9.25/10

Short-guide (15+) :

  • Just watch it, one of the greatest series of all time.

TOP 5 OST ANIME (SPRING 2019) #MUSIC

OPENING :

 

 

5. Hajimari no Uta (はじまりのうた) – GLAY (Diamond no Ace)

 

4. Again – Beverly (Fruits Basket)

 

3. Kiss Me – Carole & Tuesday (Nai Br.XX & Celeina Ann) (Carole & Tuesday)

 

2. LiSA – Gurenge (紅蓮華) (Kimetsu no Yaiba)

 

1. Equal (イコール) – sumika (Mix: Meisei Story)

 

ENDING :

 

5. Atashi ga Tonari ni Iru Uchi ni (あたしが隣にいるうちに) – Chiai Fujikawa (Tate no Yuusha)

 

4. Lucky Ending – Vickeblanka (Fruits Basket)

 

3. Golden After School (ゴールデンアフタースクール) – OxT (Diamond no Ace)

 

2. Name of Love –  Cinema Staff (Shingeki no Kyojin 3rd Season Part 2)

 

1. Kimi ni Todoku made (君に届くまで – Little Glee Monster (Mix: Meisei Story)

 

Usagi Drop – Simple, yet brilliant #ANIME

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Japan has a declining birth rates in the past 10 years, and Otaku(s) is one of the reason. Most of their people refuse to have a child since it will be make their life more complicated. This series was aimed at the ones who always thinks like that, and hoping they will change their mind after watching this series. Usagi Drop showed the world how beautiful your life with a child, explained perfectly how a child can colors your house and living room.

Usagi Drop’s story begins with Kawachi Daikichi, a 30 year old salesman who has returned home to attend a family funeral. During his stay he finds out that his deceased grandfather had an illegitimate daughter called Kaga Rin. Nobody knows who the girl’s mother is, so the family begin arguing over who will raise her until Daikichi, who has become increasingly annoyed and disgusted by their behaviour, asks Rin if she wants to live with him (Archaeon, 2011).

It doesn’t have supernatural things, it doesn’t have action fighting, it doesn’t have high quality comedies, it doesn’t have over dramatic story, and it also doesn’t have romantic story, yet I still find it brilliant. How? The writer just keep the story simple and interesting consistently. Usagi Drop is a proof that genre is a very subjective view to assess a story quality. The most important thing is to make the story interesting consistenly, always keep it simple and interesting. I believe there’s no bad written script on the story, the writer keeps the conversation and background story as simple as possible, and it made this story is so easy to understand and fun to follow. The relationship between Daikichi and Rin is a relationship that everyone will adore whoever you’re.

Usagi Drop is a rare adult-story anime. Usually, an anime that aimed to the more mature audience is mostly about sex, murder, torture, psychological freak, and other negative vibes. I honestly think Japan should’ve make and adapts this kind of anime more often, I know it probably doesn’t sell very well, but it’s important to teach people more about humanity.

Usagi Drop may be aimed at more mature audience, but I would recommend this to everyone, no matter how old you are. It doesn’t only showed us about how beautiful a family life is, but it also teach us about how to have a better life, and know what to prioritize.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOP 5 ANIME (WINTER 2019) #ANIME

Attention: I won’t repeat the explanation from the synopsis, read the synopsis first then continue to review. Read my note below to see my thoughts about the order.

 

5. Dororo

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Synopsis :

https://myanimelist.net/anime/37520/Dororo

Review :

My childhood favorite anime is Astro Boy (2003), the ending of Astro Boy is one of my most favorite ending back then because it was very impactful. When I knew Astro Boy is the first anime that was made in history and it’s also written by Tezuka Osamu, I’m really surprised. I have a feeling Astro Boy is made by a great writer, but I don’t know if it was made by the most legendary mangaka. Dororo is also made by Tezuka Osamu, that’s the only information I need to watch Dororo. Honestly, I don’t really like a story about classic historical theme, but when I know it was made by Tezuka Osamu, I just can’t ignore it.

Dororo’s story starts with a strong dark background story and that make me interested to keep going on. The development of Hyakkimaru’s adventure is interesting to follow, losing all of his sense, he still try to find what he lost on the past. One thing that made the story comfortable to follow is the existence of Dororo, Hyakkimaru’s funny partner. Dororo (series) has a lot of amazing and impactful side story, the best example is Hyakkimaru and Dororo’s past, along with Mio’s encounters. Tezuka Productions and MAPPA just made one of their best adaptation with Dororo, it’s close to be the best adaptation this season behind Mob Psycho.

Overall the first cour left a good impression for me, and I decide to continue. Tezuka Osamu made a story in 1960-ish that can compete with the story in 21st century. He made this story without many references because he’s the references itself. The godfather of manga indeed.

Score :

  • Story : 8/10
  • Animation : 8/10
  • Character : 7/10
  • Enjoyment : 8/10
  • Overall : 7.75/10

Short-guide (15+) :

  • If you like classic historical theme (Japan’s atmosphere), this is for you
  • If you like Samurai-theme, this is for you
  • Similar anime : Golden Kamuy

 

4. Kaguya-sama: Love is War

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Synopsis :

https://myanimelist.net/anime/37999/Kaguya-sama_wa_Kokurasetai__Tensai-tachi_no_Renai_Zunousen

Review :

Kaguya-sama creates a new approach of romance-comedy series, a love story with psywar, and the story centered with two smart main characters. At first sight, Miyuki and Kaguya looks like some fools to think the most useless thing, but it’s all hands down because of their pride as a number one and number two student on the school. They’re basically the same creatures, in love with each other but doesn’t want to ask the other out, and wanted to be asked out instead. The concept of story starts from there, or I should say the battlefield starts from there.

The most powerful weapon Kaguya-sama has is their characters. Each of characters has their own strong unique personality and it made this series has more depth than usual romance-comedy series. The supporting cast like Fujiwara, Ishigami and Hayasaka is also equally important as Miyuki and Kaguya and that’s why the writer can make a lot of interesting interaction between all of his characters. Kaguya-sama character’s line-up is the best for this season. The unique side from Kaguya-sama is their character inner talks when they’re on the battle of psywar, and that’s what make it very funny and interesting to watch.

Kaguya-sama starts quite weak because of the narrator talks too much and it make the series somehow annoying at first, but it got better later when we already know the uniqueness of each characters. Funniest anime this season by far.

Score :

  • Story : 7/10
  • Animation : 8/10
  • Character : 9/10
  • Enjoyment : 8/10
  • Overall : 8/10

Short-guide (15+) :

  • If you like romance comedy, this is for you
  • If you like light psywar story, this is for you
  • Similar anime : Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san

 

3. Yakusoku no Neverland

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Synopsis :

https://myanimelist.net/anime/37779/Yakusoku_no_Neverland

Review :

Yakusoku no Neverland (TPN) is the closest thing to be called as the next Death Note, it’s been a while since Shonen-JUMP got a great mystery title. The easiest way to explain it is just imagine you got a story of Shingeki no Kyojin’s thrill and Death Note’s psywar, but just see it from similarity-aspect, because TPN is still not at their level, yet.

As a manga reader, the impact I got from watching this anime is not as impactful as the others, but still, my adrenaline went out when the thrill did some greatness at the end of series. Something that amazed me about TPN is the idea of story, it was born to be at the top. My first impression with TPN’s adaptation is very good because TPN’s first episode is definitely the best this season, perfectly desribed this series as a whole. The story got weaker after the first episode, the anime also skipped some amazing panels from the manga, and the thrill won’t get as good until the end of the story. I don’t feel the same level of excitement when the first time I read the manga, but I don’t think CloverWorks did a bad job either. How the story was directed got much better towards to the end of the series, if only they can keep this kind of quality from the start, it will be amazing.

Overall it’s a great series, but definitely not a banger. I hope CloverWorks step up their game for second season in 2020 because I think Yakusoku no Neverland is the series that has the most potential around right now. Now it’s all depends on them.

Score :

  • Story : 8/10
  • Animation : 8/10
  • Character : 8/10
  • Enjoyment : 8/10
  • Overall : 8/10

Short-guide (15+) :

  • If you like mystery, this is for you
  • If you like psywar-theme, this is for you
  • Similar anime : Death Note, Made in Abyss

 

2. Mob Psycho 100 2nd Season

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Synopsis :

https://myanimelist.net/anime/37510/Mob_Psycho_100_II

Review :

Something that I really love about Mob Psycho 100 is the uniqueness of psychological takes from the main character’s perspective, not even most of slice of life series can did this as good as Mob Psycho. Moving from spectacular first season, Bones did it again with banger for this season, they adapt it again with their usual spectacular way. Their consistencies is genuine, you can’t help but admit Bones is the best studio around right now. My Hero Academia and Mob Psycho 100 really take Bones Studio to the new level.

If the first season is mainly about Mob’s power, this season takes the story to more personal level, and it’s about Mob and Reigen’s character developments.  The most standout story in Mob Psycho this season for me is the relationship between Mob and Reigen. When ONE did a story about life, I can’t help but get excited. I’m probably one of the few fans who adore ONE’s story about life more than his action-fighting story. That being said, the fight scenes in Mob Psycho can’t be ignored, Bones just made a history with Mob Psycho’s animation. Big praise to the director who can direct the animators in such an artistic way. Keiji Mogami arc is the most powerful arc for this season, it has the biggest Mob’s character development and one of the most beautiful fight scenes at the same time.

The adaptation is perfect as far as I’m concerned, one of the best adaptation I’ve seen in recent years. The only weak point with Mob Psycho for me is the story. The last arc ‘World Domination’ is pretty cliche, and it was predictable, also there’s some boring episodes in the middle of the series. With Mob Psycho, I will take the first season story and the second season adaptation then it would be a perfect series.

 

Score :

  • Story : 7/10
  • Animation : 10/10
  • Character : 8/10
  • Enjoyment : 8/10
  • Overall : 8.25/10

Short-guide (15+) :

  • If you like shonen-action genre, this is for you
  • If you like overpowered main character, this is for you
  • If you’re a fan of One Punch Man, this is for you
  • Similar anime : One Punch Man, Saiki Kusuo no Psi-nan

 

1. Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru [2nd Cour]

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Synopsis :

https://myanimelist.net/anime/37965/Kaze_ga_Tsuyoku_Fuiteiru

Review :

After a long build-up in the first cour, I’m expecting a very good conclusion in the second cour. This series successfully surpassed my expectations, but not in the way I expected. I always believe a sport anime must have an exciting sport element to be a great series, an exciting competitive competition to be exact, but Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru (Kazetsuyou) proves me wrong. There’s no an actual rival, there’s no neck and neck race, there’s no last minute winners, and there’s no miracle at the race, but the story remained brilliant despite lacking of popular sports anime element. That’s an amazing achievement if you ask me. Kazetsuyou left a mark as a legend for making a new dimension in sport anime series.

In 2nd cour, Kazetsuyou still remains at their own game, which is to focus on character’s development, and the result proved it did the right thing. The main strengh of Kazetsuyou is the family relationship in their team. If I was told the story took a place in real life, I won’t be surprised because the interaction and relationship between each character is very genuine. Hands down the most realistic sport I’ve ever watched.

I’ve said this in my first cour review before but I want to say it again. How Haiji managed to convice his friend from zero interest with running and now they’re with him until death is just amazing. There’s an actual “logical” process to make them took interest with running, it takes a lot of times as it should, but the way the story did it realistically made the series even more likeable. The characters that has the most noticeable development are Kakeru and Prince. Kakeru starts as an antisocial who never give a fuck about running team again but now he’s with the team to the death. And Prince, who starts as a freak otaku and never working out before managed to get an important influence on the national tournament. The process of these development symbolize as Kazetsuyou’s identity.

I.G. Production just made an unheard sport story to be one of the best sport anime around, they did a great job with the adaptation. More like, they never did a bad job with sport anime adaptation.

Score :

  • Story : 8/10
  • Animation : 8/10
  • Character : 8/10
  • Enjoyment : 9/10
  • Overall : 8.25/10

Short-guide (15+) :

  • If you like sports, this is for you
  • If you only like slice of life, this is also watchable for you
  • Similar anime : Ballroom e Youkoso, Yowamushi Pedal

 

 

Note :

  • It’s a close race between Kazetsuyou and Mob Psycho for the first place to be honest, but at the end Kazetsuyou has a better story and more impactful ending even though Mob Psycho has a better adaptation.
  • Despite what I said about TPN above, I enjoyed TPN the most this season because I really like the concept of story (it’s also one of my most favorite manga) along with Kaguya-sama. Both got better at the second half of the season, but overall still can’t beat Kazetsuyou and Mob Psycho objectively.

 

 

TOP 5 ANIME IN 2018 #ANIME

5. Steins;Gate 0

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Synopsis :

The dark untold story of Steins;Gate that leads with the eccentric mad scientist Okabe, struggling to recover from a failed attempt at rescuing Kurisu. He decides to give up and abandons his lively scientist alter ego, in pursuit to forget the past. When all seems to be normal, he is seemingly pulled back into the past by meeting an acquaintance of Kurisu, who tells him that they have begun testing a device that stores the memory of a human and creates a simulation of them with their characteristics and personalities. Okabe begins testing and finds out that the simulation of Kurisu has brought back anguish and some new unexpected tragedies.

Zero explores events from the Beta Attractor Field’s future that contribute in making the end of the original story possible.

Review :

Who doesn’t know about Steins;Gate? One of the most popular series in anime-community finally get more adaptation they deserved. From the first episode, we already can feel the amazing thrill what will we face in front of us. The potential is there, for being one of the greats like it’s predecessor.

Steins;Gate 0 is an alternative ending from the original series, you can see this post for the details. The series starts in a tricky way which can make their watchers always curious about what happen next. But the pattern of the episodes can make us who watch it weekly somehow feels frustated. The pattern is basically like : Start in a regular way -> WTF moment happened at the end of episode ->  Start in a regular way again (despite there’s a WTF moment at the end of the last episode) -> WTF moment happened again at the end of episode. Well, this is a basic way to keep the watchers curious, and make them feel motivated to see what happen next. What make me dissapointed is, in this kind of series, a high-quality title with so much big expectations, they really should step-up their regular way to open the episode. It’s my complain for the first cour but the second cour changed my perspective drastically. Towards to the end, the story got darker and it became much more interesting, this is how Steins;Gate’s story should’ve be, I’ve been waiting for their story to be at this level.

Okabe Rintarou’s character development here is the one that the most standout, from depressed and trauma with Kurisu’s death, he managed to get out from his worst condition and solved the problem spectacularly. Got to see El Psy Kongroo again is a bless.

Score :

  • Story : 9/10
  • Animation : 8/10
  • Character : 7/10
  • Enjoyment : 8/10
  • Overall : 8/10

Short-guide (15+) :

  • The right way to watch this series : Watch Steins;Gate (Original) -> Steins;Gate: Kyoukaimenjou no Missing Link – Divide By Zero -> Steins;Gate 0
  • If you like Sci-Fi series, this is a must watch for you
  • Similar anime : Boku dake ga Inai Machi

 

4. Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai

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Synopsis :

Puberty syndrome – abnormal experiences rumored on the internet to be caused by sensitivity and instability during adolescence.

This year, Sakuta Azusagawa, a second-year student at a high school near Enoshima, meets several girls that are experiencing this “puberty syndrome.” For instance, he meets a wild bunny girl in the library. She turns out to be an actress on hiatus, Mai Sakurajima, who is also his senior at the school. For some reason, no one else can see this enchanting girl. How did she become invisible…? As Sakuta searches for answers to help Mai, they spend more time together, and he eventually learns of her hidden feelings…

This is an unusual story that takes place in a town of bright skies and glistening seas, where Sakuta encounters various intriguing girls.

Review :

What are your first thought when you saw the cover and title for the first time? I bet it’s ‘oh shit, another isekai harem anime’. Well, I don’t blame you since the cover and title is super misleading, or maybe the writer do it on purpose? Who knows. In short, this is a story about abnormal phenomenon that happened to the girls who are in their puberty, with a lot of romance, drama and funny moments. If you know Kokoro Connect, you can assume the phenomenon is similar to that.

So what’s good about this anime? ‘It’s only about romance-comedy with some of weird phenomenon seasoning, it looks somewhat interesting but seems nothing special’. I just assumed your thoughts, and here I will explain what is special about this series. It’s their conversation. The conversation between two of the main character is really fun to follow, it’s like they’re doing a stand-up comedy in front of us, and it’s very enjoyable. The conversation itself remind me of my most favorite Rom-com anime, Oregairu, and a bit of banter conversation from Araragi and Senjougahara from Bakemonogatari.

Well, that’s not the only point why I like this anime, it also has a funny love relationship between the main characters, an ideal relationship that everyone wish to have, and some drama to spice up the story. I would recommend this series to everyone.

Score :

  • Story : 7/10
  • Animation : 8/10
  • Character : 9/10
  • Enjoyment : 8/10
  • Overall : 8/10

Short-guide (15+) :

  • If you’re looking for a quality Rom-com series, this is for you
  • Similar anime : Kokoro Connect, and Oregairu

 

3. Hinamatsuri

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Synopsis :

One night, a strange object falls on the head of Nitta, a member of the yakuza. Inside the box is a strange young girl named Hina. She has tremendous supernatural powers, and Nitta finds himself reluctantly taking her in. Her powers can come in handy for his yakuza business, but he also runs the risk of her using them on him! Not to mention, if she doesn’t use her powers, she will eventually go berserk and destroy everything around her. Nitta and Hina’s strange life together is just beginning…

Review :

Random mecha big-egg arrives randomly into your apartment, and from that egg, appears a random super-natural little girl. If you’re seeing this, what will you do? Well, a yakuza in this series decides to adopt that little girl, despite how absurd her entrance is.

It’s a better idea to avoid explaining Hinamatsuri’s story even more, because you will end up think the story is super crazy and decide to avoid it. With Hinamatsuri, you should just try watch it yourself rather than reading the synopsis, the first episode can represent this series as a whole. Here, I will try to explain with different approaches.

Hinamatsuri is a comedy series, and for me, a high-quality one. Many people will say a comedy series can’t be rated objectively since most of watcher’s taste is always different. However, Hinamatsuri is much more than that. You will get a lot of heart warming moments while laughing hard in one episode. That’s quite special, isn’t it? I don’t remember any other comedy anime that gives me the same impact as much as Hinamatsuri. It’s a weird feeling, like a fusion (mix) of sad, sympathic, relieved and happy feelings, a brand new experience. This series is trying to teach and make their watchers learn about life while entertain us with their comedy.

This is also the first time I watched a series that made me want to cry and laughing in one episode at the same time. It seems so simple, but actually it’s crazy. The writer know very well how human’s feels works, and he always spot on with his way of story telling, props to him.

In the end, you don’t have to like particular genre to watch Hinamatsuri, this series was made for all kinds of humanity. Special.

Score :

  • Story : 8/10
  • Animation : 7/10
  • Character : 10/10
  • Enjoyment : 10/10
  • Overall : 8.75/10

Short-guide (15+) :

 

2. Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season


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Synopsis :

Third season of Boku no Hero Academia.

Review :

One of the most popular JUMP-series finally get the sequel they deserve for being super fantastic last season. Boku no Hero Academia once again bring the storm to anime-community and has proven that they’re the best modern shonen in the business. This season’s episodes spoke for itself.

Starting the show with a very weak start, most of the watchers have let their guard down only to be blown away by the superb-quality from the the great fights from this season. Well, it’s also not exaggerate if we call it the as one of the best fights from the entire series.

The important thing that should be mentioned is the mediocre Class B finally move-up from their comfort-zone to working-hard and slowly becoming a Hero they’ve always wanted to be. All characters have a great development equally, like Kirishima’s bond with Bakugo become stronger, and all of other support is become more important than before, something that has always been missing in most of shonen-series. Almost all of the support-characters in shonen-series are usually overshadowed by the main characters, but Boku no Hero Academia changed that perspective. The story from this season feels move up a lot faster than last season, because we got to see many iconic moments which can probably is one of the biggest turning point for this series.

The way of the story-writing feels a lot like Eiichiro Oda, a perfectionist who never wants to left a weakness in his story. From these three season from Boku no Hero Academia so far, the writer managed to exceed my expectation two times consistently (the story is become better and better every season), so I think it’s safe if we always expect something greater, I believe Horikoshi-sensei can deliver and meet our expectations.

Score :

  • Story : 9/10
  • Animation : 9/10
  • Character : 8/10
  • Enjoyment : 9/10
  • Overall : 8.75/10

Short-guide (15+) :

  • If you’re looking for usual action-adventure shonen series, this is for you
  • If you’re a JUMP-series fanboy, this is ‘must watch’ for you
  • This series is a successor from the biggest name in JUMP (Dragonball, Naruto, etc)
  • Similar anime : Dragon Ball, One Piece, and Naruto

 

1. 3-gatsu no Lion 2nd Season [2nd-cour]

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Synopsis :

Having reached professional status in middle school, Rei Kiriyama is one of the few elite in the world of shogi. Due to this, he faces an enormous amount of pressure, both from the shogi community and his adoptive family. Seeking independence from his tense home life, he moves into an apartment in Tokyo. As a 17-year-old living on his own, Rei tends to take poor care of himself, and his reclusive personality ostracizes him from his peers in school and at the shogi hall.

However, not long after his arrival in Tokyo, Rei meets Akari, Hinata, and Momo Kawamoto, a trio of sisters living with their grandfather who owns a traditional wagashi shop. Akari, the oldest of the three girls, is determined to combat Rei’s loneliness and poorly sustained lifestyle with motherly hospitality. The Kawamoto sisters, coping with past tragedies, also share with Rei a unique familial bond that he has lacked for most of his life. As he struggles to maintain himself physically and mentally through his shogi career, Rei must learn how to interact with others and understand his own complex emotions.

Review :

A masterpiece, the story represented like a beautiful poem. Moving from the outstanding performance in first season, 3-gatsu no Lion managed to reach higher milestone with second season. While the the story is mainly about Rei and Shogi in the first season, now we got to see amazing support character’s development here.

The main attention in this season is Kawamoto Hina, she got his own arc which also happened as the best arc from the entire story for many reasons. The arc is about Hina becomes a target of bullying. The reasoning behind it and how the conflict is solved, the writer did it with the most realistic way. This arc is full of burst emotions, bullying looks like a simple problem if we saw it from bigger picture but the writer present the story flawlessly, and the details are amazing.

After this arc, the story back to Shogi again and it’s about Meijin. All of the background story about Meijin is perfectly explained in this arc, Umino Chika never dissapoint with her storytelling, she’s the greatest at this case as far as I’m concerned. After that amazing arc, and we got the story about Meijin? You’ve gotta be kidding, they tried to left no weakness in the story for this season, SHAFT isn’t playing around this time.

I have to praise SHAFT for adapting this series perfectly, no other studio can manage this far unless it’s them. Umino Chika’s story telling with SHAFT animation motions is perfectly synchronous, they’re destined to be with each other. There’s no doubt 3-gatsu no Lion is a masterpiece, it’s been a while since I gave a 10/10 score to anime series.

Score :

  • Story : 10/10
  • Animation : 9/10
  • Character : 10/10
  • Enjoyment : 9/10
  • Overall : 9.5/10

Short-guide (15+) :

  • If you’re looking for slice of life with drama genre, this is for you
  • This series is kinda slow, don’t make a judgment from a few episodes.
  • This series is also about shogi, but don’t expect it like your usual shonen-sport series (ex : Haikyuu and Kuroko no Basket)

 

 

Honorable-mention :

  • Shingeki no Kyojin 3rd Season

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  • Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan 2nd Season

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  • Sora yori mo Tooi Basho

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  • Violet Evergarden

5

  • Nanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu (2nd Season)

2

 

 

 

 

 

TOP 5 OST ANIME (WINTER 2019) #MUSIC

OPENING :

 

5. Ziyoou-vachi – Kaen (Dororo)

 

4. Q-MHz feat. Mitsuhiro Hidaka a.k.a. SKY-HI – Kaze Tsuyoku, Kimi Atsuku (Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru)

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4. MYTH&ROID – shadowgraph (Boogiepop wa Warawanai (2019))

 

2. UVERworld – Touch Off (Yakusoku no Neverland)

 

1. Minami – Kawaki wo Ameku (Domestic na Kanojo)

 

ENDING :

 

5. Sajou no hana – Gray (Mob Psycho 100 S2)

4. amazarashi – Sayonara Gokko (Dororo)

 

3. Taichi Mukai – Michi (Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru)

 

2. Chiai FujikawaKimi no Namae (Tate no Yuusha)

 

1. ReoNa – forget-me-not (Sword Art Online: Alicization)

 

 

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