TOP 5 ANIME (SPRING 2018) #ANIME

5. Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai

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Synopsis :

In the story, Mitsuyoshi Tada, a boy who has never known love, is taking pictures of the cherry blossoms in full bloom when he meets Teresa Wagner, 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.

Review :

Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai is kind of series that we always need in every season. Fresh romance-comedy which can give you a heart-warming moments. The story start with happiness feeling all over the episode, but towards the end, it get more serious but not serious enough to become a tear-jerker series. Well, I can’t say much about this series, since it’s basically like a regular romance story but with a little different background story.

To be honest, I was confused which series I should choose for 5th place between Tada-kun, Wota-koi, and Major 2nd. But at the end, Tada-koi gave me more impact than the other two, thanks to the story becomes much better towards to the end.

Score :

  • Story : 7/10
  • Animation : 7/10
  • Character : 7/10
  • Enjoyment : 8/10
  • Overall : 7.25/10

Short-guide (15+) :

  • If you’re looking for fresh slice of life-genre and romance, this is for you 
  • Similar anime : Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo

 

4. Golden Kamuy

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Synopsis :

In Hokkaido, the far northern lands of Japan, Sugimoto survived the Russo-Japanese war of the Meiji era. Nicknamed “Sugimoto the Immortal” during the war, he now seeks the riches promised by the gold rush in hopes of saving the widowed wife of his now deceased comrade from the war. During his hunt of gold, he finds hints of a hidden stash of gold by corrupt criminals. Partnering with an Ainu girl that saves his life from the harsh climates of the north, they venture into a survival adventure to race against the criminals that seek the hidden stash

Review :

Golden Kamuy is a sleeper for this season. The story takes historical-theme which I really not interested it. The biggest reason why I take a look for this series is the fact it won Tezuka Award, and gladly the story is really interesting, and well-deserved for the award.

In short, it’s about adventure, action, and survival theme with WW2 (World War 2) as their background story to search gold for their own perspective purpose. But, the strongest point of Golden Kamuy is not their historic-theme, the war, or even their fighting. It’s their interaction and unique’s personality between each character with their comedy sense. You will see a lot of happy and funny moments between our two main characters, and sometime can make us forget this series is about survival, in other words, killing or get killed. The adventure-story itself will give us a lot of thrill, the killing-scene seems so realistic, somtimes it feels like you don’t watch a fictional-scene, rather than watching it live.

Score :

  • Story : 7/10
  • Animation : 7/10
  • Character : 7/10
  • Enjoyment : 8/10
  • Overall : 7.25/10

Short-guide (15+) :

  • If you’re looking for survival theme, this is for you
  • If you’re looking for historical theme, this is for you
  • Don’t watch it if you can’t stand blood (killing-scene isn’t extreme, but it’s also not regular either)

 

3. Steins;Gate 0 [First-cour]

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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 Steins;Gate? This is one of the most popular series in anime-community. Maybe most of you are surprise what an amazing series like Steins;Gate is doing in the 3rd place. However, it’s not only you, I’m also surprised with myself because at first sight I believe Steins;Gate 0 will be my best anime for this season. 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, which people often calls as one of the best anime of all time. But well, from all of these 12 episode so far, the potential still isn’t used to the fullest.

Steins;Gate 0 is an alternative ending from the original series, you can see this post for 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. Actually, this is the basic way how 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 expectation everywhere, they really should step-up their regular way to open the episode.

Well, it’s still 12 episode, and still too early to judge, and I hope there will be more amazing moments which can make us feels the amazing thrill again like in the original series. Despite with me saying all of this, I still love Steins;Gate as a whole.

The fact that I complain so much with Steins;Gate is because I expect phenomenal story will happen in this series, in other words, my expectation is very big for this one.

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

 

2. 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? Yes, it is, I don’t remember any other comedy anime that gives me the same impact as much as Hinamatsuri. It’s a weird feeling, yet felt really amazing, it’s like a fusion (mix) of sad, sympathic, relieved and happy feelings, a brand new experience. This series is trying to teach and making their watchers learn about life while entertain us with their comedy.

This is also the first time I’m watching a series that make me want to cry and laughing in every episode at the same time. It seems so simple, but actually it’s really amazing. The writer is 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 : 8/10
  • Character : 10/10
  • Enjoyment : 10/10
  • Overall : 9/10

Short-guide (15+) :

 

1. Boku no Hero Academia (3rd Season) [First-cour]

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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 two of the best episodes from this season. Well, it’s also not exaggerate if we call it the best episodes in the entire series, I won’t tell you which episodes since it will destroy the surprise factor, but believe me you will know immediately when you watch it, prepare yourself because your adrenaline will go wild.

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 change that perspective in a spectacular way. 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 3 season from Boku no Hero Academia so far, the writer can manage 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 BNHA’s writer can deliver and meet our expectation.

Score :

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

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

 

5 thoughts on “TOP 5 ANIME (SPRING 2018) #ANIME

    1. Yep my choices is similar to mainstream choice, but I don’t make these list based on popularity, and rate it objectively as much as I can XD

      Because their story is actually really really good xD

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