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

1

 

  • Sora yori mo Tooi Basho

1

  • Violet Evergarden

5

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

2

 

 

 

 

 

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