TOP 5 ANIME (WINTER 2018) #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, did a wonderful work 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 [First-cour]

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 dark background story 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.
  • Animation : 8/10 (A-1 and Trigger, but it feels more like Trigger-style, and will remind you a lot of Kill la Kill (which is great))
  • 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 heroines. One is a leader-type but act like a little 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 from background story itself, 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 (Shin-Ei Animation, I don’t really know about this studio, but as we can see they’re doing a really great job with this series)
  • 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 lovely crush 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… you will get a lot of happiness)
  • 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) [First-cour]

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 legendary warriors who needed to save the world. Background-story is a core for the whole story, they’re a legend in 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 did 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 (A-1, did a great work as usual)
  • 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) [First-cour]

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. Background story is basically about how Saiki (main character) was born. What I like the most from this series is, every new character in every newest episode will bring you new comedy-element and won’t get you boring with this series. The writer sure has really good comedy-sense, because he can always make new comedy-element and the quality of comedy never drops)
  • Animation : 7/10 (J.C. Staff and Egg Firm, there’s nothing extraordinary (we can see very well the studios doesn’t spend big money in this series) but surprisingly fit with the story)
  • Character : 10/10 (All of the character is very likeable (super likeable!) and each of them have a ‘unique’ personality. I 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 (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

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