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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Clannad After Story – Forever a Masterpiece

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Clannad, what do you know about Clannad? Clannad is known as a series that has an ability to make their watcher cry like a baby. At first sight, I thought it’s just an overreact from community. I have a strong confidence with myself, the confidence that I won’t drop a single of tears when it comes to watching an anime, a fiction story to be exact. I’m starting to watch Clannad because I want to tell people to stop overreacting every single thing.

Clannad (first season) is a great drama series, but that’s all. I’ve lost some interest to continue it because I feel I’m not wrong with my first hypotesis, people just love to overreact something. But at the end, I still continue to After Story, just in case.

Now I got into After Story, the story starts really well and there’s so many happy family moments here and there. Every episode can warm your heart, and calm your mind. Almost half of the series has passed and finally I can feel some heavy atmosphere, and it feels heavier when each episode has passed. Lastly, I got to see the infamous scenes that has the strongest affect to the story. Things got drastically changed after this.

My tears just flowing out naturally, my confidence are gone immediately. I ask to myself  “What will I do if this is happened to me?” even though it’s only a little drop, the tears just came out. I keep thinking from the main character’s perspective to got the fullest experience throughout the story, it’s very hurt but it’s worth it. I don’t have any relate story with Clannad from my life, but if you’ve something similar happened to your life, you will get a 10x better experience. Clannad will make you see your life from much bigger picture.

This is what happened when the first time I watched Clannad After Story, it was 7-8 years ago.

7-8 years later

Like some months ago, I don’t know why but I just feel like wanting to watch Clannad After Story again. I also think I’ve already grown up enough to handle emotional story like this. I’ve already watched series like AnoHana, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, and Angel Beats, also Makoto Shinkai’s movies like Your Name, Garden of the Words, Byousoku 5cm. That’s some pretty good line-up to have a big confidence. I feel like I’m ready to go, and finally decide to watch it again for the second time. There’s no way the result will be same as the first time.

Man, I just don’t learn a single thing about what happened back then. I just can’t believe it, the tears is just naturally comes out once again. To think I can used to those scenes is very arrogant from me. When I know what I will face in the next minutes, it just feel horror, a mix of scary and sad feelings. But, since I already know the ending and theory behind it, it help me to calm a bit. I have a better experience watching Clannad in my second time since I have a better understanding of the story, everything is just solved like a puzzle.

At the end of the day, I’m only a normal human, and Clannad is just special.

Unlike 7-8 years ago, I give more attention to detail things like music, transition, animation, and how the director managed this project perfectly. First, I have to mention the music. The music is one of the biggest reason why Clannad can made people cry, because it’s just perfectly fit with the scenes, and the timing is just brilliant, no other word can describe it better than perfect. The animation, scenes, and transition are also seems very smooth, Kyoto Animation just made their best work in Clannad, a big shoutout to all of the staff, and praise to the director, Tatsuya Ishihara.

From that day, I saw Clannad as one of the most special anime I’ve ever watched, a masterpiece in my book. It’s not because of the story can make my tears came out, it’s just everything about Clannad is very special.

Clannad isn’t supposed to be handled, but you’re supposed to feel it without being held back. Don’t take it as a challange, just let your heart feel it directly, and you will have a phenomenal experience.

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Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai – Second time to feel Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso all over again #ANIME

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“I want to eat your pancreas” that’s what Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai means, I don’t know about this but is misleading title is popular in Japan nowadays? It was Seishun Buta Yarou last season and now this. That aside, Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai really remind me of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, because Sakura is very similar to Kaori in many aspects. Miyazono Kaori from Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso is my most favorite heroine, and seeing someone who has similar characteristic with Kaori really make me happy. This kind of character is an ideal of girl from my perspective.

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Priceless smile, isn’t it?

 

Not only the main heroine, Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai’s plot is very similar with Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, so prepare yourself for another tear-jerker moments. The difference between this movie and Shigatsu is probbably the closeness of the main character with heroine. You will get to see more beautiful and love moments from the couple here. Shigatsu’s romantic moments is like an art and poem, but with Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai, you will get generic romantic moments instead, like a date and something like that. To be honest, Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai affects me more than I expect, and also more than Shigatsu. Well, maybe that’s because I got to see the ending directly rather than to wait it every week.

If I have to explain it with one sentence, it’s like “When you’re dreaming your most beautiful dream, then suddenly a yakuza punch you till dead to wake you up” and this movie is probably the most impactful movie for me, more than the popular movie in recent years, like Koe no Katachi and Kimi no Nawa.

Better to watch it if you have off-days, but if you lack emotion-sensitivity (immune to tear-jerker story), then you can decide whenever you want. As always, thanks for reading.

 

 

 

TOP 3 SHONEN ANIME ARC #ANIME

Before we start, I want to give a shoutout to the owner of Lost in Anime, Guardian Enzo or known as Kitamura Kou in Twitter for inspiring me to make this post. You can check his version here for more reference.

As a forever shonen-genre fanboy, this is probably the most enjoyable time I’ve spent making a post since the first time I start blogging, simply because I make what I like the most. Reminder this list is specifically rated based on arc only, not as a whole.

 

3. Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger – Takamura VS Hawk

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When I think about any kind of the best list, sport-genre is always the first one comes into mind. When I think about sport, there’s no better story other than Takamura’s road to become the World Champion.

The preparations that Takamura did for his fight against Hawk to become the World Champion is the best possible example if you want to learn how to become the greatest athlete. Seeing the dedication from Takamura to break human’s limit again and again and again is something that I won’t forget in my life, this arc teaches me there’s no limit in human’s potential if you never give up. Boxing is like the simplest sport if you see it from the spectator chair, but this arc told me directly to the face ‘You have no fucking clue’.

 

2. Death Note – L

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Death Note is almost perfect in every aspect, the weak point from the story is how it was finished, simply because they don’t finish it at the end of L arc. The thrill of psychological battle between Light and L throughout the story is out of this world. Light and L are the most intellectual main cast I’ve ever seen in an anime, and this series is like a chess game between them. They constantly trying to outsmart each other, and this rivalry never let you down. During these mental clashes, the magnificient of story won’t let you to blink an eye even for one second. There’s no better psywar story than Death Note. Tsugumi Ohba is a fucking genius.

The reason why this arc is not in number one because how the arc was finished. The ending of L arc is very visibly forced to continue the series. L is the peak of Death Note, if they continue the story after L, that mean they decide to destroy the legacy.

If Shonen-JUMP let Tsugumi Ohba end Death Note’s story until L and he makes the ending based on that in mind, Death Note potentially can become the greatest fictional story of all time.

 

1. Hunter X Hunter – Chimera Ant

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Once upon a time, Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece called as the biggest three mainstream-genre title in Shonen JUMP. Ironically, there’s no arc story from these biggest three that can touch Hunter X Hunter – Chimera Ant’s story quality. Also, not even the most legendary manga of all time can topped it (Dragon Ball).

Chimera Ant is the best possible mainstream-genre story you can ask from a human, at least until this second. The only weak point in the story is the long build-up, but the reward of waiting is worth every second. The suspense you will feel in the story is priceless. You will get to see the greatest rage-moment from the main character in anime history, and the most beautiful ending from an arc. The ending is like an art, a masterpiece art.

If you already have your own version of best shonen arc in your mind other than Chimera Ant from Hunter X Hunter, watch this and your opinion will change. The only human in this world who I think that can potentially beat this arc’s quality is Eiichiro Oda. Let’s wait together for the final arc from One Piece.

 

 

Note :

  • No more than one arc per title
  • This list specifically for Anime (Manga is not included)

 

To be honest, I want to make a top five instead of top three list. I have no doubt about my top three, but it was hard to choose the fourth and fifth one. There’s so many option to choose with similar quality, something like Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood – The Promised Day & Final Battle, Gintama – Shogun Assasination, Haikyuu – Karasuno vs Shiratorizawa, Naruto – The Invasion of Pain, One Piece – Impel Down & Marineford and Yakusoku no Neverland – Jailbreak. Fourth and fifth place could go any way with those list above.

But at the end, I decide to go only with my top three because it doesn’t feels right to list my top five if I still have some doubt myself. Maybe someday if there’s a fine feedback in this post, I will make another list without rank that I can share to my fellow shonen-genre fan so you can get more reference. As always, thank you for reading.

 

In case there’s someone who curious about my taste in anime and manga, you can go to myanimelist’s profile to see my scoring sheet list for anime & manga (just click the picture below):

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