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
- 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
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.
- 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
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!
- 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
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)
- 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
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)
- 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)
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