First Impression : SPRING 2018 ANIME – Part 2 #ANIME

Steins;Gate 0

First impression :

Wohoho finally we can see El Psy Congroo again! I think this is the most popular anime-title for this season after Boku no Hero Academia. So, this is about alternate ending from the first series, which I think has better thrill than the original one (I already can sense amazing thrill from episode 1). You should follow my advice in the first point in short-guide to have fully understanding of this new series. In first episode, Okabe (main character) become less enthusiastic and less-interesting like usual, he actually become a proper college student (don’t worry, I was surprised too). What happened? So, in the first series, Okabe tried to help Kurisu by going into Time Machine, and it need twice to go back to the past to finally help her (original ending). But, in Steins;Gate: Kyoukaimenjou no Missing Link – Divide By Zero, in the second try (back to the past to help Kurisu), Okabe gave up to help her because he can’t do it again (got traumatized from looping back to the past to help Mayuri), and Kurisu remain dead in this series (so the problem isn’t solved in this series, that’s why you will see so many depression-face from our main-character).  Basically this series is the sequel from that event.

According to Suzuha, there will be a World War III if Okabe doesn’t do anything. From the start of the series, you can feel serious-tense already (when in the original series, you will have fun first), and this series is for me who has the strongest first impression this season!

Short guide (13+) :

  • 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
  • This series is about time-leap, and for me the best series which has time-leap element
  • Similar anime : Boku dake ga Inai Machi

Percentage :

  • 99%  – Keep watching
  • 1% – Drop

 

Tokyo Ghoul: re

First impression :

Tokyo Ghoul: re? Seriously? Surprisingly, I don’t have really high expectation for this famous-title series because Tokyo Ghoul: Root A (Tokyo Ghoul 2nd Season) really dissapoint me (they don’t adapt original story which is much better than Root A). Gladly I’ve already read the manga so I won’t have any problem watching this (look at first-point in short-guide section). In the first episode, it’s exactly like the manga but the pace is a little bit faster (it’s okay tho), it’s about ghoul police-hunter who has exact form like Kaneki (half ghoul-half human) as a main character. So this time, the writer choose the opposite-perspective from the first series.

Short guide (13+) :

  • The right way to watch this series : Watch Tokyo Ghoul S1 -> Read manga -> Watch Tokyo Ghoul :re or Read manga -> Watch Tokyo Ghoul :re
  • Similar anime : Shingeki no Kyojin

Percentage :

  • 70%  – Keep watching
  • 30% – Drop

 

Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii

First impression :

This kind of series is something I always need every season (at least 2), refreshing-story with a little romance-story. This story is about 2 childhood friends who work in the same company (coincidence), and both of them are otaku. The interesting part is, our heroine’s personality (or should I call her as a main-character?). She’s like a real-life decent otaku, who always hide her hobby in the public while searching friends for crime in the process (I mean find friends with the same hobby). The male character is quite passive, otaku gamer who doesn’t care about his surrounding. These two interaction is interesting and I know most people will enjoy it,this kind of series can be enjoyed by everyone.

Short guide (13+) :

  • If you’re looking for Shoujo romance-series, this is for you
  • If you’re looking something to watch (not a picky watcher), this is for you
  • Similar anime : Servant X Service

Percentage :

  • 80%  – Keep watching
  • 20% – Drop

 

Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai

First impression :

In the story, Mitsuyoshi Tada (main character), a boy who has never known love, is taking pictures of the cherry blossoms in full bloom when he meets Teresa Wagner (main heroine), a transfer student from Luxembourg. Upon arriving in Japan, she got lost, separated from her travel companion. Mitsuyoshi helps her and brings her to his grandfather’s coffee shop. What can I say is, refreshing slice of life story with a potential romance in the future. So far there’s no actual plot right now, just some funny build-up story, but I can see a great potential in it.
Short guide (13+) :

  • If you’re looking for fresh slice of life-genre and potentially has romance as well, this is for you 
  • Similar anime : Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Percentage :

  • 70%  – Keep watching
  • 30% – Drop

 

3D Kanojo : Real Girl

 

First impression :

Shoujo-series again! This time is about a super aggresive heroine and an otaku main character. Episode 1 really surprise me a bit since our main character’s relationship-development is one of the fastest I’ve ever seen. Main character is pretty annoying but I’m sure there will be a development in the future (especially with our aggresive heroine in there). It’s the type of series which I don’t really like the story but at the end I don’t drop it.

Short guide (13+) :

  • If you’re looking for shoujo-romance, this is for you 
  • Similar anime : Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

Percentage :

  • 60%  – Keep watching
  • 40% – Drop
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First Impression : SPRING 2018 ANIME – Part 1 #ANIME

After I found fellow anime-bloggers in Twitter, I decide to make my blog more active and I hope I can post frequently (my goal for now is every week!). So far, mostly I only write about review for seasonal anime, rank for best anime of the year, and certain anime what I really like. I want to write different things and I hope I can keep this up. For starter, I want to write about my first impression for new seasonal anime (gladly it’s time for new season again!).

I hope you enjoy it and maybe it can help you to choose what to watch for this season!

Major 2nd

First impression :

This is what I’m most looking forward to for this season because Major-series is one of my most favorite series of all time. So this time, it’s about his son, Shigeno Daigo (main character). In first episode, we can see the writer try to use other perspective for this new series, Daigo seems not talented like Goro (Major first-series’s main character and his father), he looks really struggle to meet everyone’s expectation, because everyone expect the same Goro’s talent from Daigo, but he just can’t do it.

Wow, it’s pretty interesting from the start because the writer choose a different way from the first series (not talented main-character), but I like it this way since Daigo’s adventure in the future will mostly about hardwork, and it will give you new experience and fresh story because it has different approach from the first series.

Short guide (6+) :

  • Watch the prequel first, it will give you more impact and understanding of the story in the future
  • If you’re looking for shonen-sport genre, this is for you
  • Similar anime : Captain Tsubasa (not because of supernatural-element, but the fact that the story start from main character since he was child until he become a pro), and Diamond no Ace (from Baseball perspective)

Percentage :

  • 99%  – Keep watching
  • 1% – Drop

Boku no Hero Academia (3rd Season)

First impression :

Finally Boku no Hero Academia again! I can’t say much because the first episode is somehow dissapointed because it mostly about recap and useless scene, but I think it’s fair for the first episode, so I’m not gonna complain but I really have high expectation for this season because season 2 is really really good.

Short guide (10+) :

  • Watch the prequel first
  • 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

Percentage :

  • 99%  – Keep watching
  • 1% – Drop

Megalo Box

First impression :

New Hajime no Ippo? That’s what I thought when the first time I saw this. It has a new approach from the boxing anime which is a tech-boxing (I don’t know what to call it). So, basically, it’s like helping-tool for boxing (and somehow looks like Cyborg), but so far I don’t really know what it is for but maybe in the future it can be a decide-match factor. Story-line is pretty much similar like usual sport-series but a little darker (more like Seinen than Shonen). The music part is the best thing you can ask for, that rap-esque rhytm will make you exciting all they way.

Short guide (15+) :

  • If you like sport in general, this is for you
  • If mainstream shonen sport series (brat as a main character) make you never touch sport-genre, you can try watching this, maybe your point of view to sport-genre will change
  • Similar anime : Hajime no Ippo

Percentage :

  • 80%  – Keep watching
  • 20% – Drop

Shokugeki no Souma – San no Nara 2nd-cour (3rd Season)

First impression :

Finally the 2nd cour! The producer left us with the ‘most delicious part’ stopped at the end of 1st cour. Yeah, finally Erina knows Souma is Mr. Saiba’s son, her superhero since she was child. In the first episode, the relationship between Souma and Erina move up a bit (thanks to the fact Souma is Saiba’s son) and finally the fight to beat Erina’s father and Elite-Ten is start.

Short-guide (15+) :

  • If you’re looking for cooking series, this is for you
  • If you love JUMP-series (it’s fine if not specific), this is for you
  • Similar anime : Yakitate Japan

Percentage :

  • 80%  – Keep watching
  • 20% – Drop

Captain Tsubasa (2018)

First impression :

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Short guide (6+) :

  • If you like sport in general, this is for you
  • If you already watched the old series, I still recommend to watch it since it will give you unbearable nostalgic feel (which is a good feeling)
  • If you’re an elitist who doesn’t like supernatural-element in sport, better if you avoid this
  • Similar anime : Major

Percentage :

  • 99%  – Keep watching
  • 1% – Drop

Note :

  • First impression means I only watched the first episode only, so keep that in mind while reading this

BEST WINTER 2018 ANIME #ANIME

5. Violet Evergarden

Synopsis :

The Great War finally came to an end after four long years of conflict; fractured in two, the continent of Telesis slowly began to flourish once again. Caught up in the bloodshed was Violet Evergarden, a young girl raised for the sole purpose of decimating enemy lines. Hospitalized and maimed in a bloody skirmish during the War’s final leg, she was left with only words from the person she held dearest, but with no understanding of their meaning.

Recovering from her wounds, Violet starts a new life working at CH Postal Services after a falling out with her new intended guardian family. There, she witnesses by pure chance the work of an “Auto Memory Doll,” amanuenses that transcribe people’s thoughts and feelings into words on paper. Moved by the notion, Violet begins work as an Auto Memory Doll, a trade that will take her on an adventure, one that will reshape the lives of her clients and hopefully lead to self-discovery.

 

Score :

Honestly, I have a doubt which series I should choose for 5th place (with Sora yori mo Tooi Basho). Then I think I will go with Violet since it give me more impact than Sora yori mo Tooi Basho. In the end, for me these 2 quality is same (just I prefer Violet more).

  • Story : 7/10 (One-sentence about story : Start of 2nd life from emotionless-girl to find what ‘love’ means. Background story is well prepared for great drama impact at the end, people will like it. Pace of story is bad, too many build-up episodes, gladly still acceptable since those episodes isn’t that bad (but it will be annoying for marathon-watcher). Story-line is predictable, but it’s not really a problem)
  • Animation : 8/10 (Kyoto Animation doing a great job as always)
  • Character : 6/10 (You can find Violet (main character) pretty annoying at first, but there’s a great development at the end, just bear with it. Support-characters is pretty much standard)
  • Enjoyment : 7/10 (Episodic-series isn’t my main preference, moreover if it’s drama-series, but gladly the quality of build-up story or people prefer to say it as ‘filler’ isn’t as bad as people think)
  • Overall : 7/10 (It’s a fine drama series, certain episode will give you great impact)

Short-guide (13+) :

  • If you’re looking for drama with a little bit love story, this is for you
  • If you’re looking for episodic-series, this is for you
  • This series can be categorized as ‘heavy’ drama
  • Similar-anime : Kobato

 

4. Darling in the FranXX

Synopsis :

In the distant future, humanity has been driven to near-extinction by giant beasts known as Klaxosaurs, forcing the surviving humans to take refuge in massive fortress cities called Plantations. Children raised here are trained to pilot giant mechas known as FranXX—the only weapons known to be effective against the Klaxosaurs—in boy-girl pairs. Bred for the sole purpose of piloting these machines, these children know nothing of the outside world and are only able to prove their existence by defending their race.

Hiro, an aspiring FranXX pilot, has lost his motivation and self-confidence after failing an aptitude test. Skipping out on his class’ graduation ceremony, Hiro retreats to a forest lake, where he encounters a mysterious girl with two horns growing out of her head. She introduces herself by her codename Zero Two, which is known to belong to an infamous FranXX pilot known as the “Partner Killer.” Before Hiro can digest the encounter, the Plantation is rocked by a sudden Klaxosaur attack. Zero Two engages the creature in her FranXX, but it is heavily damaged in the skirmish and crashes near Hiro. Finding her partner dead, Zero Two invites Hiro to pilot the mecha with her, and the duo easily defeats the Klaxosaur in the ensuing fight. With a new partner by his side, Hiro has been given a chance at redemption for his past failures, but at what cost?

Score :

  • Story : 8/10 (One-sentence about story : We will save adults because Papa tell us to do so. Background story is interesting, because we got mystery to solve in the middle of series (which I really like). Writer make characters that they don’t know where they come from, and the characters try to find it (we all know this kind of set-up rarely dissapoint us). Pace of story is somehow slow to build-up a little romance story between these kids, don’t worry because it’s enjoyable. So far, the mecha-element isn’t really standout, but we don’t know, maybe in the future they will become like Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (which is for me the series who has the best mecha-element))
  • Animation : 8/10 (The animation feels similar like Kill la Kill, it’s really good)
  • Character : 7/10 (Hiro (main character) is super boring so far, but there’s a chance that he will become better in the future (I won’t explain because of possible-spoilers). What I really like is the support characters especially our main heroine. One is a leader-type but act like a girl in love near our main character, and the other one is who like our main character a lot but somehow hated by others. Interaction between them is so interesting to follow, this is why this series won’t make you bored)
  • Enjoyment : 8/10 (I enjoyed this because of the mystery itself (background story), especially last week’s episode)
  • Overall : 7.75/10 (It has a lot of potential to become better in the future, so far I really enjoyed this series a lot)

Short-guide (13+) :

  • If you’re looking for mecha with interesting mystery background-story and a little bit of romance story, this is for you
  • Mecha-element isn’t that standout (like TTGL), the main point is the mystery where kids in picture above come from, and what is the real truth in their world
  • Similar-anime : Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

 

3. Karakai Jozu no Takagi-san

Synopsis :

“If you blush, you lose.”

Living by this principle, the middle schooler Nishikata gets constantly made fun of by his seat neighbor Takagi-san. With his pride shattered to pieces, he vows to turn the tables and get back at her some day. And so, he attempts to tease her day after day, only to find himself victim to Takagi-san’s ridicule again sooner than later. Will he be able to make Takagi-san blush from embarrassment even once in the end?

Score :

  • Story : 7/10 (One-sentence about story : I tease you because I like you. Fresh comedy story with 2 cute main characters, mainly about comedy and there’s a little beautiful love story between them)
  • Animation : 8/10 (Great, no complaint)
  • Character : 8/10 (Nishikata (main character) is a funny guy who teased a lot by our main-heroine. Takagi-san (main heroine) is the best, it’s kinda rare to see characteristics like her, smart girl who always act cute and tease his love everytime, so she can get near to him as much as possible. These two relationship is so cute to follow and will give you happiness)
  • Enjoyment : 9/10 (What can I say… I just have fun watching these two)
  • Overall : 8/10 (You will smile all the way watching this)

Short-guide (13+) :

  • If you’re looking for comedy and a little bit of love story, this is for you
  • If you’re looking for episodic-series, this is for you
  • Similar-anime : Tsurezure Children

 

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

Synopsis :

In a world similar to the European Middle Ages, the feared yet revered Holy Knights of Britannia use immensely powerful magic to protect the region of Britannia and its kingdoms. However, a small subset of the Knights supposedly betrayed their homeland and turned their blades against their comrades in an attempt to overthrow the ruler of Liones. They were defeated by the Holy Knights, but rumors continued to persist that these legendary knights, called the “Seven Deadly Sins,” were still alive. Ten years later, the Holy Knights themselves staged a coup d’état, and thus became the new, tyrannical rulers of the Kingdom of Liones.

Based on the best-selling manga series of the same name, Nanatsu no Taizai follows the adventures of Elizabeth, the third princess of the Kingdom of Liones, and her search for the Seven Deadly Sins. With their help, she endeavors to not only take back her kingdom from the Holy Knights, but to also seek justice in an unjust world.

Score :

  • Story : 9/10 (One-sentence about story : 7 warriors who want to save the world. Background-story is a core for the whole story, they’re like a legend of the story (detail in synopsis). Pace of story is good, not fast and not slow either. This series feels a lot like usual mainstream-supernatural adventure-fighting series (Dragonball, Magi, Fairy Tail, Boku no Hero Academia, etc). One thing I really like from this series is the background-story from each warrior (7 of them called as Nanatsu no Taizai). At some important point, writer really do well to reveal one by one of their history which can make the story more interesting. In season 2, finally the story move-up a little bit more, and it’s the starting of their best fighting arc)
  • Animation : 8/10 (Great, no complaint)
  • Character : 7/10 (I don’t really like Meliodas’s (main character) personality (mostly because how he speak is annoying), but I really like when he fights (overpower main character). Support-characters has their own unique personality, all of them is likable)
  • Enjoyment : 8/10 (What can I say is, you will have fun watching this series like you have fun watching thoses titles I mentioned above. The most stand-out element in this series is the fighting-scene, it’s arguably better than most of similar titles I mentioned above)
  • Overall : 8/10  (What will you get is, exciting adventure, interesting history, and very great fighting-scenes)

Short-guide (13+) :

  • If you’re looking for shonen-mainstream story, this is for you
  • Similar-anime : Magi, and Akame Ga Kill

 

1. Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan (2nd Season)

Synopsis :

To the average person, psychic abilities might seem a blessing; for Kusuo Saiki, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Gifted with a wide assortment of supernatural abilities ranging from telepathy to x-ray vision, he finds this so-called blessing to be nothing but a curse. As all the inconveniences his powers cause constantly pile up, all Kusuo aims for is an ordinary, hassle-free life—a life where ignorance is bliss.

Unfortunately, the life of a psychic is far from quiet. Though Kusuo tries to stay out of the spotlight by keeping his powers a secret from his classmates, he ends up inadvertently attracting the attention of many odd characters, such as the empty-headed Riki Nendou and the delusional Shun Kaidou. Forced to deal with the craziness of the people around him, Kusuo comes to learn that the ordinary life he has been striving for is a lot more difficult to achieve than expected.

Score :

  • Story : 7/10 (One-sentence about story : Life is boring when you’re a psychic. In every episode, you will gain knowledge about ‘odd elements’ in this anime, for example, how can Saiki communicate with others without speaking, what the actual f*ck with Saiki’s anthenna, and the explanation is really interesting, so believe me, you will be entertained (season 1). In season 2, there’s many new characters, so you won’t get bored. Quality is somehow same like season 1)
  • Animation : 7/10 (Don’t mind, it fit with story)
  • Character : 10/10 (All of the character is very likeable and have a ‘unique’ personality. I also really like Saiki’s personality as a main character (cool, kind, and comedic), and realistic personality like Teruhashi’s personality (real-life popular girl personality). Writer will always give you new character when he know the limits from current characters)
  • Enjoyment : 10/10 (It’s the best pure comedy I’ve ever watched)
  • Overall : 8.5/10 (Every new character in every newest episode will bring you new comedy-element and won’t get you boring with this anime. The mangaka sure has a really good comedy-sense, because he can always make new comedy-element and the quality of comedy never drops. Overall, this is the series which I’m always waiting for everyweek)

Short-guide (13+) :

  • If you’re looking for high-quality comedy story, this is for you
  • If you’re looking for episodic-series, this is for you
  • Similar-anime : Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou, and One-Punch Man

 

Synopsis’s source : myanimelist.net

Captain Tsubasa (2018) – Episode 1 #ANIME

From Hunter X Hunter, Digimon Adventure, Dragon Ball and now it’s Captain Tsubasa’s turn. Feels old yet?

All of our childhood-happiness become new series again in the mid of our life but they make us feels like never get old.

Synopsis :

Captain Tsubasa is the passionate story of an elementary school student whose thoughts and dreams revolve almost entirely around the love of soccer. 11-year-old Tsubasa Oozora started playing football at a very young age, and while it was mostly just a recreational sport for his friends, for him, it developed into something of an obsession.

In order to pursue his dream to the best of his elementary school abilities, Tsubasa moves with his mother to Nankatsu city, which is well-known for its excellent elementary school soccer teams. But although he was easily the best in his old town, Nankatsu has a lot more competition, and he will need all of his skill and talent in order to stand out from this new crowd.

He encounters not only rivals, but also new friends like the pretty girl Sanae Nakazawa and the talented goalkeeper, Genzo Wakabayashi, who shares the same passion as Tsubasa, and will prove to be a treasured friend in helping him push towards his dreams. Representing Japan in the FIFA World Cup is Tsubasa’s ultimate dream, but it will take a lot more than talent to reach it.

Score :

  • Story : 7/10 (Start from Tsubasa’s (main character) story since he was child to explain the reason why he attached to football so much and continue to Tsubasa’s football-career from elementary school. It’s still same so far like the old Captain Tsubasa series (this one : https://myanimelist.net/anime/2116/Captain_Tsubasa). Nostalgic-feel is so strong if you already watched it before)
  • Art : 7/10 (Nothing extraordinary so far, but comfortable to watch)
  • Sound : 8/10 (OP is so exciting to hear, and ED is so freaking nostalgic for the one who already watched it (it make you feels like ‘Oh my god, how old I am), all other music-part from episode 1 seems pretty good too)
  • Character : 7/10 (Tsubasa is a talented small kid footballer (remind me a lot of Lionel Messi from FC Barcelona), and Ishizaki (support character) is really interesting (character who can make you laugh easily) and the best friend material. Also the first rival who makes appearance is Wakabayashi, genius goalkeeper who has so much confidence in his skill)
  • Enjoyment : 8/10 (My adrenaline go wild because of nostalgic feel, but I’m also pretty sure for the new watcher, it’s still an enjoyable series (especially for the sport-genre fan in general))

Short guide (13+) :

  • If you like sport in general, this is for you
  • If you already watched the old series, I still recommend to watch it since it will give you unbearable nostalgic feel (which is a good feeling)
  • If you’re an elitist who doesn’t like supernatural-element in sport, better if you avoid this

For the one who doesn’t know, Captain Tsubasa is an inspiration for the some of world-class footballer (like Zinedine Zidane, Alessandro Del Piero, Andres Iniesta, Neymar Jr, and many more).

Starting to wonder what kind of story which can inspire legends and one of the best footballer in the world? Try watching this, I’m sure it will give you a lot of fun.

7 is just temporary-score, I know at the end of series, I will give at least 8 for this series.

 

Synopsis’s source : myanimelist.net

The reason why I love Football #Football

A little story of casual-boy who become a football-fan :
I want to let people know first, I’m a football-fan especially a Barcelona-fan. But I don’t like football immadiately when I know football, here’s a little story from me why I like football so much, and not really like it at first sight.

I start watching football since 2002 (the first time I remembered) when Brazil won the world cup, and everyone is like crazy about it. But I don’t understand anything, just following people hype about it, and also when my friend invite me to play football, I just following them, it’s not like I like football, but I just like playing with my friend.

The first club I support is Juventus because my brother support AC Milan. I just following the flow, when my brother like 1 club, I choose their rival, but playing Winning Eleven and PES on PlayStation is the biggest factor when it comes to my favorite club back then (sometimes I like Barca, sometimes I like Madrid, yeah basically because they’re a great team in the game). I also don’t really enjoy watching football, but I’m always watch the big match (such as World Cup and Champions League), because people always hype about it, other than that, I don’t watch football. There are some great players in those years like Madrid’s Galactico (Ronaldo, Zidane, Beckham, Figo), Serie-A’s legends (Maldini, Nesta, Pirlo, Kaka, Shevchenko, Del Piero, Nedved, Davids, Zanetti), Premier League’s legends (Henry, Gerrard, Owen, Scholes, Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo), extraordinary player like Ronaldinho who destroys Madrid’s galactico, and there’s more. But still, I can’t find football really interesting. I still see football as a boring-sport, 90 minutes is just too much for me while seeing player just attack and defence frequently, there’s really nothing extraordinary. Maybe only Ronaldinho and Zidane who is for me the most interesting footballer and want to make me to watch them, but yeah, I just admire them, nothing else.

And finally I saw someone who can make me sit 90 minutes comfortably watching football, the man who can dribble everyone, the man who can score whenever he want, the man who always give inhuman passes, the man who has a vision like he watch from the sky, the man who never dive, the man who can make hattrick looks so normal, the man who can surprise you consistently for 10+ years, and the man who is for me the greatest footballer of all time. You can’t describe him with words because it’s never enough, you have to actually watch him, feel his greatness and became the witness of him become the greatest. He’s the best playmaker, dribbler, and finisher in one person, his name is Lionel Andres Messi.

Playmaker, dribbler, and finisher in one person, people will think this is not really great. What makes it really great? Quality. Messi’s playmaking, dribbling and finishing, all of them is above other player. So basically, he’s the best playmaker, the best dribbler, the best finisher in the world, these quality is on 1 person, yeah, 1 person. There’s a lot peoples who said Messi is the best in history while they have watched Pele and Maradona (called as one of the greatest) playing, here’s one of them :

Playmaking, dribbling, and finishing what I’m talking about here is the quality of the best, not your average skill. And the only one who have these 3 skills and also the best-quality for all of them is Messi. It’s not the only factor why he’s so amazing, what make him really amazing for me is his decision-making, when to run, to pass, to shoot, to dribble 1 on 1, to steal the ball, to press, and even to walk. He also made me who doesn’t really interested in football, sit down quietely watching him and after that make me to learn many more about football, and finally become a fanatic like now. When I watched him, I’m always be like ‘What the fuck’ consistently for about 10 years. Great? Nah, not only great, he is the greatest.

a little bit of Messi’s skill, video credit to the owner

and here’s also ‘some’ (there’s so many if I want to include it all, you can search it on youtube) legend and player’s quotes on Messi :

I can’t believe myself I want to wake up basically every 3 days at 2.30-3.30am (Asia-fans nightmare) just to watch football. I also can’t believe myself after watched Barca’s game, I still want to watch the highlight of the match again just want to analysis how my team plays and want to see them play again because I never get enough of Messi. But, not just Messi, it’s Barcelona. They play the most beautiful football in the world. Barca also has holy trinity midfielder Xavi, Iniesta, and Busquets, which is for me, the best midfielders-lineup I’ve ever seen. I’m not rate them highly because they’re Barca players (I’m not biased-person), they have proof because this midfielder-lineup already winning every possible major trophy in the world of football such as World Cup, Champions League, Euro and winning treble twice. This holy trinity also the reason why I like Barca so much (so I’m not only Messi-fanboy), their one-touch passes is very very beautiful to watch, also how they make a space for teammates, you can’t do that unless you have very-high intelligent. Also, shoutout to Pep Guardiola who make all of this possible, the man who make me loving the game even more by making arguably the best squad in history, and to make me who think 90 minutes is too long for football, now feel 90 minutes is not enough.

Barca also has the best captain (for me), the footballer who I respect the most, his name is Carles Puyol. I always love Puyol because of his leadership, he always try to respect opponent, and always telling his teammates to respect their opponent (You know, it’s hard not to arrogant when you become the best in the world, but Puyol is still humble as ever). Respect is the most beautiful thing to do in football, but most of footballer nowadays doesn’t know how to respect. If you want to become top-player, you should know how to respect first. This is some Pique’s quote about Puyol which can describe Puyol perfectly as a leader.

Barca make the beautiful game become more beautiful with their play, because they’re not only play to win, but they play to win while playing great football (Thanks Johan Cruyff). Once again, I’m really grateful to Messi who can make me enjoying football like this, to make me love to analyse game after-match, to make me love Barca so much, to make me actually want to watch football because I like it not because people hype about it.

Gracies Leo, Gracies Barca!

A little closing :
This is actually the first time I have an idol, when my teacher ask me about my idol when I’m still Elementary-school student (for assignment), I always search the best possible person in the world first in google, then write it for assignment (usually it’s between Bill Gates and Albert Einstein). But right now, I have one, eh, actually two (along with Eiichiro Oda). These two people is the two I can proud openly to the others and always try to defend them when people saying bad things about them. Learning about their life, and their past is really interesting research and experience for me, because I’m always wondering ‘How can these guy do this inhuman things so consistently?’ For me, doing some extraordinary is regular for normal-human, because sometimes in your life, you can do it like once and twice, but the real question is, how the hell these guys can do it consistently for about 10+ years? That’s what make them special.

From now, maybe I will make an article about football too, I’m planning to make one, can’t wait to write it!

BEST ANIME IN 2017 #ANIME

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

Synopsis :

Five hundred years have passed since the humans went extinct at the hands of the fearsome and mysterious “Beasts.” The surviving races now make their homes up on floating islands in the sky, out of reach of all but the most mobile of Beasts.

Only a small group of young girls, the Leprechauns, can wield the ancient weapons needed to fend off invasions from these creatures. Into the girls’ unstable and fleeting lives, where a call to certain death could come at any moment, enters an unlikely character: a young man who lost everything in his final battle five hundred years ago, the last living human awakened from a long, icy slumber.

Unable to fight any longer, Willem becomes the father that the girls never had, caring for and nurturing them even as he struggles to come to terms with his new life, in which he feels the pain of helplessly waiting for his loved ones to return home from battle that his “Daughter” once felt for him so long ago. Together, Willem and the girls gradually come to understand what family means and what is truly worth protecting.

Score :

  • Story : 9/10 (One-sentence about story : Fairy who want to love and to be loved. Background-story is really amazing, you can feel the drama already from the start)
  • Animation : 8/10 (Great, no complaint)
  • Character : 8/10 (Our main heroine is an ideal of girl)
  • Enjoyment : 8/10 (My complaint is they’re not adapt the story until the end, and don’t explain what happened to main characters at the end, but don’t worry, the ending is satisfying enough. Other than that, I’m really enjoying this series)
  • Overall : 8.25/10 (Overall it’s not your usual fantasy-battle anime, it’s really well made fantasy-story, with a great ‘drama’ element in there)

Short-guide (13+) :

  • If you’re looking for sad drama story, this is for you
  • If you’re looking for great romance fantasy series, this is for you
  • This series can be categorized as ‘heavy’ drama

 

 

4. Boku no Hero Academia (2nd Season)

Synopsis :

At UA Academy, not even a violent attack can disrupt their most prestigious event: the school sports festival. Renowned across Japan, this festival is an opportunity for aspiring heroes to showcase their abilities, both to the public and potential recruiters.

However, the path to glory is never easy, especially for Izuku Midoriya—whose quirk possesses great raw power but is also cripplingly inefficient. Pitted against his talented classmates, such as the fire and ice wielding Shouto Todoroki, Izuku must utilize his sharp wits and master his surroundings to achieve victory and prove to the world his worth.

Score :

  • Story : 9/10 (One-sentence about story : Adventure of little-boy who want to become the best hero in the world. It become much better than last season, Deku become more mature and amazing)
  • Animation : 8/10 (Good, no complaint)
  • Character : 9/10 (Deku’s development is superb, I really like how he can become really great in tactical-battle)
  • Enjoyment : 8/10 (I’m a big-fan of Shonen-Jump series, of course I’m enjoying this)
  • Overall : 8.5/10 (Much better than last season, and I’m expecting more amazing arcs in season 3)

Short-guide (10+) :

  • 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)

 

3. 3-gatsu no Lion (2nd Season)

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.

Score :

  • Story : 8/10 (One-sentence about story : Small-boy who has traumatic life while playing shogi. The story is presented like a beautiful poem, it’s just really flawless, and such a beauty story. I can’t explain it really well, but that’s it. All of characters (especially support-characters) who make it possible and make it really beautiful story. If you ask me one weakness of the story, it’s excitement. When you see something too calm and beautiful, you won’t feel excited at all, otherwise it’s really perfect)
  • Animation : 8/10 (No complain, it’s really colorful and beautiful, great work from Shaft)
  • Character : 9/10 (This is actually the reason why I really like this series, the support-characters is really really good and really support the dramatic-story, and all of character is pretty much likeable)
  • Enjoyment : 9/10 (This is not my usual favorite genre (my favorite somehow always full of excitement) but the beauty of this story really let me enjoy it to the fullest and give me new great experience)
  • Overall : 8.5/10 (Honestly the story is pretty simple for me, but the way mangaka present it is really really great, and this is remind us how important to present story with such a great way)

Short-guide (13+) :

  • If you’re looking for slice of life with drama genre, this is for you
  • If you’re looking for light sad story, this is for you
  • This series is kinda slow, so I recommend it to take it slow to watch it, don’t watch it all at once
  • This series is also about shogi, but don’t expect it like your usual shonen-sport series (ex : Haikyuu and Kuroko no Basket)

 

 

2. Made in Abyss

Synopsis :

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

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

Score :

  • Story : 9/10 (One-sentence about story : Super-thriller adventure from 2 little kid to find the truth of their world. Background-story superb, flashback-story superb, overall story is perfect! It should be 10/10 if not because of the slow-start, it takes 9 episodes to feel the pressures from story)
  • Animation : 9/10 (Great, really colorful)
  • Character : 8/10 (Riko and Reg is likeable by everyone)
  • Enjoyment : 10/10 (Really enjoying this great ‘dark’ adventure, don’t let our main-character’s cute face fools you, their adventure is nightmare, yet you always want more)
  • Overall : 9/10 (If there’s a season 2, I bet this series will become my top list easily, sadly the story is become really really good at the very last)

Short-guide (15+) :

  • If you’re looking for some thrill and cute things at the same time, this is for you
  • If you like adventure and mystery, this is for you
  • This series is darker than you think, somehow remind me of Shingeki no Kyojin

 

 

1. Shingeki no Kyojin (2nd Season)

Synopsis :

For centuries, humanity has been hunted by giant, mysterious predators known as the Titans. Three mighty walls—Wall Maria, Rose, and Sheena—provided peace and protection for humanity for over a hundred years. That peace, however, was shattered when the Colossus Titan and Armored Titan appeared and destroyed the outermost wall, Wall Maria. Forced to retreat behind Wall Rose, humanity waited with bated breath for the Titans to reappear and destroy their safe haven once more.

In Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2, Eren Yeager and others of the 104th Training Corps have just begun to become full members of the Survey Corps. As they ready themselves to face the Titans once again, their preparations are interrupted by the invasion of Wall Rose—but all is not as it seems as more mysteries are unraveled. As the Survey Corps races to save the wall, they uncover more about the invading Titans and the dark secrets of their own members.

Score :

  • Story : 10/10 (One-sentence about story : Casual-boy who has traumatic life and want to find the truth to save his world. Amazing! Goosebumps everytime, and the plots are the best)
  • Animation : 10/10 (One of the best TVseries-animation of all time)
  • Character : 8/10 (Eren becomes much better this season, and Erwin becomes more interesting at the end of series)
  • Enjoyment : 9/10 (Exciting and Thrilling all the way, one thing I like the most about this series is it’s history, same like why I really like One Piece)
  • Overall : 9.25/10 (Easily became my top-list, story at this level is very rare nowadays, when the story and plots can make you feel exciting easily)

Short-guide (15+) :

  • I recommend this to everyone, whatever genre you like, I have feel this show can be watched for everyone because how good it is
  • The exception who maybe won’t like this series is the one who doesn’t like to see blood, kill or killed, and weird monster. 

 

Synopsis’s source : myanimelist.net

Honorable-mention (Quality-anime who doesn’t make the top cut) :

  • Ballroom e Youkoso

  • Gintama (5th Season)

  • Shokugeki no Souma : San no Sara (3rd Season)

  • Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (2nd Season)

  • Just Because!

BEST FALL 2017 ANIME #ANIME

Announcement :

Start from Fall 2017, I will make top 5 instead of top 3, I think it’s unfair for new series, because sequel-series usually will take top-spot (series that has sequel usually the story is really good, because you know, that’s the reason it has sequel). And also I added some short-guide, so you can decide to watch it or not just by following this guide (but at the end it depends with your choice).

5. Net-juu no Susume

5

Score :

  • Story : 7/10 (One-sentence about story : When you find someone important in your gaming life in your real life. Somehow it’s relate to my gaming life and maybe most of MMORPG gamer, it’s sounded like subjective-opinion but the truth is, it doesn’t. The story is really well made, and make you excited when our cute main-character meet some coincidence she doesn’t expect)
  • Animation : 7/10 (Nothing special I guess, but it fit with story)
  • Character : 8/10 (Main-character is really likeable)
  • Enjoyment : 7/10 (I really enjoy their life in real life, but not really in their game life)
  • Overall : 7.5/10 (Slice of life series with interesting concept and some twist to make it really likeable, so give it a try if you love cute stories)

Short-guide (13+) :

  • If you’re looking for some light romance-story, this is for you
  • If you’re looking for romance-story that relate to gaming-life, this is for you
  • If you love slice of life genre with a little bit of comedy and romance in there, this is for you
  • Don’t expect any action-genre even though there’s some game-element in here

Synopsis :

Moriko Morioka is a 30-year-old single NEET woman. After dropping out from reality, she has taken off in search for a fulfilling life and ended up in a net game or “netoge.” In the netoge world, she began her new life as a refreshing and handsome character named Hayashi. While starting out as a beginner, a pretty character named Lily reached out to help her. Meanwhile, in the real world, awaits a shocking encounter with a good-looking elite company employee, a mysterious blue-eyed blonde.

 

4. Inuyashiki

Score :

  • Story : 8/10 (One-sentence about story : Two person who given the supernatural power, one want to protect, and the other want to destroy. I almost drop it at first episode because it’s just weird to see a grandpa become the main character, but I won’t repeat my mistake and won’t judge it by cover-only. Then my experience is rewarded, I’m glad I’m not drop this series, the story is really interesting and has a little bit of ‘Death Note-vibe’)
  • Animation : 7/10 (Nothing special, and has a little bit of 3D animation, but just relax, it won’t disturb you)
  • Character : 7/10 (You can see some interesting characteristic in the villain, and the real super hero characteristic in our grandpa)
  • Enjoyment : 8/10 (Enjoy it because of the interesting concept they give)
  • Overall : 7.5/10 (Action series with unusual main-character, and this series prove any character (cool and high-spirit highschool-boy isn’t a must) is fine as long as it’s fit with the story)

Short-guide (17+) :

  • If you’re looking for action genre, this is for you
  • If you’re looking for story with a little bit of adult-element (not your usual kid-action), this is for you
  • If you’re looking for some action with little drama-element, this is for you
  • Don’t expect this series will go without killing

Synopsis :

Inuyashiki Ichirou is down on his luck. While only 58 years old, his geriatric looks often have him written off as a pathetic old man by the world around him and he’s constantly ignored and disrespected by his family despite all that he’s done to support them. On top of everything else, his doctor has revealed that he has cancer and it appears that he has little time left in this world. But just when it seems things couldn’t get any worse, a blinding light in the night sky strikes the earth where Ichirou stands. He later wakes up to find himself unscathed, but he soon starts to notice that there’s something… different about himself. However, it turns out that these strange, new changes are just what Ichirou needs to take a new lease on life and now it seems like there’s nothing to stop him from being a hero worthy of the respect that he never had before… unless, that is, there was someone else out there with these same changes…

 

3. Just Because!

Score :

  • Story : 8/10 (One-sentence about story : When you meet again with your love in middle-school from your old-town. I have no complaint from story since I always like romance with some drama that relate to real life, that kind of series is rarely bad)
  • Animation : 7/10 (Nothing special but still comfortable to watch)
  • Character : 7/10 (Nothing special I guess, but their interaction is interesting to follow, especially their love relationship, and make you want to follow the story even more)
  • Enjoyment : 8/10 (I’m always enjoying this kind of series, my only complaint is just from episode 1. I kinda don’t understand what’s going on since the story isn’t focus from main-chara point of view, other than that, it’s just how you enjoy most of romance-series)
  • Overall : 7.5/10 (It’s like your usual high-school romance love story)

Short-guide (13+) :

  • If you’re looking for romance-story, this is for you
  • If you’re looking for something like love-triangle conflict, this is for you
  • Don’t drop this anime if you only watch episode 1, decide it at episode 2
  • 3 anime that similar to this : Nagi no Asukara, Golden Time, and Toradora

Synopsis :

As another school year begins drawing to a close, the third-year high school students move steadily toward the next milestone of their lives: graduation. Among them are Mio Natsume, a girl burdened with lingering feelings; Hazuki Morikawa, a member of the concert band but distant from the others; and Haruto Souma, an athlete obsessed with baseball. Meanwhile, second-year student Ena Komiya seeks to revive the photography club to its former glory, refusing to let the organization be disbanded. Though this group lacks a strong connection with one another, their lives suddenly cross paths with the arrival of a third-year transfer student.

While a transfer so close to graduation is unusual for most, it is business as usual for Eita Izumi. Due to his father’s work, he has never been able to stay in one place for very long. But as luck would have it, their most recent relocation has returned Eita to his hometown for his final semester of high school. For better or worse, it also sparks the rekindling of old relationships left behind in the past.

With graduation already causing its own share of anxieties, Eita’s sudden arrival brings these students’ carefree days to an abrupt end. Long-forgotten memories, deeply buried emotions, and inspiring new passions—everything is brought to light in their bittersweet final semester.

 

2. Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara (3rd Season)

Score :

  • Story : 8/10 (One-sentence about story : Challenge the best chef in the best academy to become the best chef. This season Souma become more exciting again, since Elite Ten finally make an appearance)
  • Animation : 8/10 (Great as always)
  • Character : 8/10 (Souma become cooler this season, and for me become one of the most ideal shonen-character)
  • Enjoyment : 8/10 (I love JUMP-series and cooking, so there’s no way I’m not enjoying this)
  • Overall : 8/10 (Deserve to become a big name in JUMP-series)

Short-guide (13+) :

  • If you’re looking for cooking series, this is for you
  • If you love JUMP-series (it’s fine if not specific), this is for you

Synopsis :

Ever since he was a child, fifteen-year-old Souma Yukihira has helped his father by working as the sous chef in the restaurant his father runs and owns. Throughout the years, Souma developed a passion for entertaining his customers with his creative, skilled, and daring culinary creations. His dream is to someday own his family’s restaurant as its head chef.

Yet when his father suddenly decides to close the restaurant to test his cooking abilities in restaurants around the world, he sends Souma to Tootsuki Culinary Academy, an elite cooking school where only 10 percent of the students graduate. The institution is famous for its “Shokugeki” or “food wars,” where students face off in intense, high-stakes cooking showdowns.

As Souma and his new schoolmates struggle to survive the extreme lifestyle of Tootsuki, more and greater challenges await him, putting his years of learning under his father to the test.

 

1. 3-gatsu no Lion (2nd Season)

Score :

  • Story : 8/10 (One-sentence about story : Small-boy who has traumatic life while playing shogi. The story is presented like a beautiful poem, it’s just really flawless, and such a beauty story. I can’t explain it really well, but that’s it. All of characters (especially support-characters) who make it possible and make it really beautiful story. If you ask me one weakness of the story, it’s excitement. When you see something too calm and beautiful, you won’t feel excited at all, otherwise it’s really perfect)
  • Animation : 8/10 (No complain, it’s really colorful and beautiful, great work from Shaft)
  • Character : 9/10 (This is actually the reason why I really like this series, the support-characters is really really good and really support the dramatic-story, and all of character is pretty much likeable)
  • Enjoyment : 9/10 (This is not my usual favorite genre (my favorite somehow always full of excitement) but the beauty of this story really let me enjoy it to the fullest and give me new great experience)
  • Overall : 8.5/10 (Easily become one of my top list this year (I will make it later))

Short-guide (13+) :

  • If you’re looking for slice of life with drama genre, this is for you
  • If you’re looking for light sad story, this is for you
  • This series is kinda slow, so I recommend it to take it slow to watch it, don’t watch it all at once
  • This series is also about shogi, but don’t expect it like your usual shonen-sport series (ex : Haikyuu and Kuroko no Basket)

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.

Synopsis’s source : myanimelist.net