TOP 5 ANIME IN 2019 #ANIME

5. Beastars

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Weird flex anime, but it’s turned out to be really great. If Beastars’s score is below 7.5 in MyAnimeList, I won’t bother to watch it. Seriously, I never interested with interaction between non-human even in a fiction story. But no matter what people said, I always believe MAL’s score so I give it a try.

And the result is, once again I’m glad I believe in MAL’s score. Beastars turned out to be a great non-mainstream anime. If you love to learn about new perspectives, Beastars is a delicious dish for your free time. Also, there’s romance seasoning that make the story more interesting. Interactions between each character is unique and will give you new knowledge about perspective.

 

4. Mob Psychoo 2nd Season

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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 big downside in this arc is the story, I just can’t hooked with this arc’s story even though the animation part is world class.

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 this season 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 perfect.

 

3. Dr. Stone

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Along with Yakusoku no Neverland, Dr. Stone’s premises is one of the most unique, original, and interesting in Shonen JUMP in the last decade for me. The writer is Riichiro Inagaki, the story-writer of Eyeshield 21, which also I’m a big fan of. Even with a non-mainstream genre in Shonen JUMP, Dr Stone feels very ‘shonen’ because of Inagaki’s writing, and that’s a quite amazing.

I’m a huge fan of Eyeshield 21’s Hiruma, and I’ve always think how great it is if there’s a main character in anime/manga like Hiruma. Then, there’s Senku, my wish is granted just like that, I bet Inagaki-sensei also has a feeling it would be great if he has main-character like Hiruma Yoichi. Anyway, I’m very thankful for Senku, my wish from middle-school days is finally here.

Enough of that, aside from great premises and main character, the story is also excecuted very well. There will be some boring episode for people who doesn’t like science, but, I’m pretty sure the relationship between each character in Dr. Stone will make you forget about that. Also, the flashback story of Dr. Stone is better than I expect, I can feel Shingeki no Kyojin’s vibe at that time, it’s really amazing.

 

2. Vinland Saga

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Watching Vinland Saga feels like watching the early of Game of Thrones. War, politics, and betrayal, you got all of them. There’s nothing I can say anymore about Vinland Saga, there’s already praises from everywhere, and I must say this series deserves those praises. If you’re looking for some seinen anime, Vinland Saga is a good start.

One thing I want really to mention is the latest episode, it’s fucking insane. It’s like the peak of Game of Thrones which oftenly called as the greatest TV-series of all time back then before that disaster last season. The plot twist, atmosphere, and everything in that episode is very amazing. Before this episode, my candidate for episode of the year are Kimetsu no Yaiba – 19th episode, and Shingeki no Kyojin S3 – 17th episode. But I must say, Vinland Saga’s latest episode surpassed both of them. Now you can imagine how good that episode is.

 

1. Shingeki no Kyojin 3rd Season Part 2

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I don’t know anymore what to say about Shingeki no Kyojin, I don’t remember if there’s an anime who can make me goosebump endlessly only by revealing one of their story’s secret. What surprised me the most is the consistency, it’s mad how Isayama can not only keep the quality of the story, but always made it better and better. It’s really unbelievable at this point. Shingeki no Kyojin successfully made me speechless like a child once again.

I’ve always said the best shonen anime of all time is Hunter x Hunter (2011), and this is the first time I’ve some doubt about that statement. For me, SnK is already on the same level with Hunter x Hunter to be the all time greats shonen anime series, and potentially can surpass it.

This season is the peak of Shingeki no Kyojin’s story, it has the most important point from the storyline. Finally, we get to know the story behind Titan’s history, and Grisha’s (Eren’s father) past. I don’t want to spoil anything, but it still amazed me how can one sentence line from each episode (especially every last moment of episode) always make me goosebump like a child who saw Goku’s Super Saiyan for the first time. About the animation, I think it’s not Wit’s best work this time, even the first part is much better. Anyway, the story will make you forget about animation and stuff like that, so it’s not really a problem.

 

Honorable-mentions :

  • Kanata no Astra

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  • Kimetsu no Yaiba

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  • Diamond no Ace – Act II

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  • Kono Oto Tomare! 2nd Season

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  • Chihayafuru 3rd Season

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Anime(s) of the Decade (2010 – 2019)

10. Steins; Gate – 2011

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Steins;Gate is the best-executed time travel story that I’ve ever watched, it’s no surprise that this anime constantly called as the best Sci-Fi anime by many anime fans.

Characters, the reason why a complicated background story like Steins; Gate is still fun to watch, and it makes the story easier to understand. But that doesn’t mean it will be a full of happiness trip either, Steins; Gate will offer you a phenomenal thrill experience toward to the conclusion of the story.

 

9. Cross Game – 2010

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I never dislike Adachi Mitsuru’s works, not even once. I watched most of all his works and I like them all. But among all of them, even though Touch is his most popular work, for me Cross Game is the perfection of all of his work.

Facial expression, and funny conversation are Adachi Mitsuru’s main weapon, and it was used at their best in Cross Game. Cross Game’s theme story is plain and simple, but with Adachi’s touch, it becomes great and very comfortable to watch. The easiest anime to binge-watch for me, it’s over before you realized it. Cross Game is that good.

 

8. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – 2010

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The obvious one, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is constantly called as the greatest anime of all time along with Hunter x Hunter (as far as I know), so it’s not really a surprise, isn’t it?

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a series that you can easily call it as a masterpiece, because it has no real weakness. I’m completely agree with that, but having no real weakness doesn’t mean it can automatically become the best, at least for me. Lack of big impacts is the reason why it’s hard for me to put FMAB as the best, but that doesn’t mean I don’t rate FMAB at all. FMAB will always be a strong contender for any anime-rank-category because how amazing the adventures of the story is. Ed and Al’s story still remains as one of the best adventure anime story even after 10 years.

 

7. Uchuu Kyoudai – 2012

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This might be the most surprising for most people. It’s more like it will surprise you if you haven’t watched Uchuu Kyoudai. Uchuu Kyoudai is one of the best slice of life anime out there, you can learn so much things here just by watching it. I have to respect the mangaka’s hardwork for the details he gave for this manga. It will give you a better insight about NASA and astronouts stuff. You don’t have to like astronout or space to watch Uchuu Kyoudai, but instead, Uchuu Kyoudai will make you love astronout and space before you realized it.

One of the most important thing I have to mention is the main character, Nanba Mutta. You will have a happy and amazing adventure while watching this because of him. You will never get bored, you will learn a lot, and you will be entertained. Astronout seems like an old and classic theme to pick, but with Mutta, everything becomes much better.

 

6. Bakuman – 2010

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Bakuman symbolized as my whole love for anime and manga, it has the excitement of shonen, and beautiful drama romance story.

It doesn’t have amazing fights and it also doesn’t have an exciting match that sports series has, yet for me it’s the most exciting anime I’ve ever watched. The way they work toward their dreams is the one who pulled out my adrenaline every single week. I still remember when I want to go back to home from school as fast as possible just to watch Bakuman, and never even once it dissapoints me.

I don’t remember if there’s a bad episode in Bakuman, and that’s something special. I always adore consistency more than anything, people tends to ignore this, but for me this is the most important thing to gained the status of greatness.

 

5. Haikyuu! (S3) – 2016

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Haikyuu (S3) is an ideal role-model for any studio if they want to make a highest quality sport anime. This season only contains one match, but it never feels dragged out. It has all the excitements, great animation, exciting background music, and top characters development. As a big fan of sport anime, I can’t ask for better adaptation. Haikyuu (S3) is the best sport anime adaptation as far as I’m concerned.

Something that amazed me is the main highlight from this season is not from the main character, it’s from support character, Tsukishima Kei. It was an unforgetable moment. That’s one of the strongest point of Haikyuu, every character can have their own amazing moments, it doesn’t have to depend on the main characters to have an amazing story / arc. And, that’s also the reason why Haikyuu is the one of the most loved sport-series out there.

 

4. Shingeki no Kyojin (S3) – 2019

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The only reason why I’m not including Shingeki no Kyojin (S3) in top three is their animation. If they can fuse the animation of first season and the story of third season, then I will have a very hard time to choose anime of the decade.

I don’t know anymore what to say about this series, I don’t remember if there’s an anime who can make me goosebump endlessly only by revealing one of their story’s secret. What surprised me the most is the consistency, it’s mad how Isayama can not only keep the greatness of the story, but always make it better and better. It’s really unbelievable at this point. Shingeki no Kyojin successfully made me speechless like a child once again.

I’ve always thought the best shonen anime of all time is Hunter x Hunter (2011), and this is the first time I’ve some doubt about that statement. For me, SnK is already on the same level with Hunter x Hunter to be the all time greats shonen anime series, and potentially can surpass it.

 

3. 3-gatsu no Lion (S2) – 2017

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3-gatsu no Lion is one of a few anime that I can easily call it as a masterpiece. Moving from an outstanding performance in first season, 3-gatsu no Lion managed to reach higher milestone with their 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 so many reasons. This 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. The story is full of burst emotions, bullying looks like a simple problem if we saw it from bigger picture but the writer present the story beatifully, and the details are amazing. It’s very hard to find any weakness in 3-gatsu no Lion, especially their second season. Everything feels flawless.

 

2. Gintama – 2015

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It has been a long road for Gintama. Personally, I think it’s hard to start watching Gintama. You need to start from an old animation quality in this modern animation era. As a whole, Gintama anime has a lot of weakness, starts from filler, bad animation, and weird background story, but when you’re already hooked with the story, you will understand why this series is hugely loved by their fans. Gintama is something that maybe only comes once in our lifetime. We probably won’t find an anime like this again in our life. It’s like you can become a friend with an anime, watching Gintama is a very unique experience.

Gintama (2015) is the peak of Gintama, Shogun’s Assasination and Farewell Shinsengumi arcs are the biggest turning point of the story. This season of Gintama is a different beast, it gives you everything you need from a highest quality anime series. You get a ton of fun moments, thrill moments, emotional moments, amazing battles, and much more. There’s a reason why at some point it passed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood as the highest score anime series in MyAnimeList.

 

1. Hunter x Hunter – 2011

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This decade is the best ever decade for anime (at least for me), that means the number one anime on this decade, is also the best anime of all time. And here we are, the best anime of all time for me is Hunter x Hunter (2011). When it comes to story-quality, animation, and consistency, I don’t think there’s any other anime out there that can topped Hunter x Hunter.

Everything about Hunter x Hunter felt so excellent from the start until the end. Mad House did their best ever work with this remake of Hunter x Hunter. Chimera Ant and Phantom Troupe arc are the biggest reason why Hunter x Hunter is often hailed as not only the best anime of the decade but also the greatest anime of all time.

 

Honorable mentions:

  • Monogatari Series: Second Season – 2013

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  • Made in Abyss – 2017

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  • Vinland Saga – 2019

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  •  Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso – 2014

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  • Little Busters: Refrain – 2013

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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.

 

 

 

Duel Links [Guide] – How to live as a Competitive and Free to Play player at the same time #DuelLinks #Yu-Gi-Oh!

Before we go into the post, I have to say something first. My english-writing is bad firstly because english isn’t my first language, and most of times I only learned english from books, games, and internet but I will try my best to avoid mistakes as much as I can so you guys can enjoy reading this post.

Duel Links

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Today, I will discuss about one of my favorite mobile game, Duel Links.

In recent weeks, I see a lot of F2P (Free to play) players felt unfair since Silent Magician [Structure Deck] was released and the popular hastags #IWantMyGems becomes a thing. With this post, I want try to help the players who thinks it’s hard to live as F2P player to play competitive, and hopefully it can change your mindset.

From the first time I’ve been playing Duel Links, maybe I’m the only one who feel grateful to Konami with how gems works in this game. In almost every online games, there’s always two kind of currency to buy item and stuff, one is you can get it from the game itself, and the other one is you only can get it with real money. In Duel Links, we’re blessed, because there’s only one currency in this game (honestly there’s two, but who cares about gold), and you can get it either from the game itself or using your money. It seems simple but this is a very rare case, and gladly it’s a good one. Sadly, it’s the fact only before Silent Magician was arrived not too long time ago.

However, we also can’t blame Konami for releasing this kind of premium items, a game company surely will always find a way to get the money from their customers, moreover if the game is a huge success. But, let’s see it from the positive side, Silent Magician isn’t really used in meta right now (Meta is Fur Hire, Amazoness, and Masked HEROes), so there’s no reason to upset about it. You play to win, so if Konami’s act doesn’t bother your way to win, that’s not a problem, isn’t it? There’s nothing to complain about, at least for now. Instead of complaining, let’s thanks Konami for their generosity to make a free (Amazoness) and cheap (Fur Hire) meta deck. A reminder for you guys who doesn’t know the nightmare IRL (In real life) duelist always has, you need at least $1000 (in total) to buy competitive-staple cards to compete for highest level. That’s why I said we are blessed in this game.

What it means to be a competitive player ? Competitive is an attitude for someone who always want to win, which mean you will always want to compete in highest level. In other words, you’ll have to play meta decks which is the best way to do that.

To play as a competitive and F2P (Free to Play) player at the same time, you need to spend your gems wisely because gems for F2P player is limited. Spend wisely means you must only focus to buy cards only for competitive purpose (materials for meta deck and important staple cards). And, you need to learn how to tell the differences between a good card and a bad card, or a card that you should buy and a card that you shouldn’t buy. The point is, you must know what you need to have.

To do that, you must have a lot of knowledges from Yu-Gi-Oh! card game. It takes a lot of times and experiences, so if you’re in doubt or still can’t tell which card you should buy, you can visit this site for references.

Now, let’s get into the main topic. I will tell you how I spend my gems, which I believe the best way to use your gems wisely, especially if you’re a F2P player.

 

How to spend your gems wisely

1. [Main Box-Guide] Don’t buy any pack in Main Box to only find 1 UR/SR card

  • Go blindly into Main Box only to find 1 card isn’t the best way to use your gems, especially an UR card. The percentage is very small and can used up to your 10.000 gems in worst scenario, so it’s much better idea if you avoid it. As much as I remembered, there’s no card in this game is that important for you to go blindly into the Main Box just to find 1 particular card.
  • There’s also a special set named Selection Box which contains a bunch of important UR/SR cards in the previous set. Basically it’s the reprint of many useful cards. Instead of blindly spend gems for only 1 card, it’s wiser to wait for this special set.

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2. [Main Box-Guide] Spend in Main Box if you got two or three purpose in mind

  • If you want to spend gems in Main Box, always prepare two or three useful goals why you should spend in that set. It can be for farming deck materials, potential and important staple cards, or make a new meta deck. Just don’t spend it with only 1 purpose in mind.
  • For example is, Valiant Souls. You can find important pieces for Masked HEROes and Geargia deck, many staple-cards like Paleozoic Canadia, Needle Ceiling, Double Cyclone, and a lot of useful and potential cards like Vision Hero Witch Raider, Fusion Reserve, and Dark World Dealings.

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3. [Mini Box-Guide] Always give your full attention to Mini Box.

  • Mini Box is our treasure, our destined holy place to spend gems, the reason is solely because of the percentage to get the card you want is higher than in the Main Box.
  • Things you need to make sure to spend gems in Mini Box is, either the set has meta-deck materials or two or three important staples. If one of those requirements is fulfilled, it’s time to spend, otherwise, don’t spend your valuable limited gems.

 

4. [Gems-Guide] Never buy any pack to build a deck for fun.

  • This is the most important thing what you need to learn to survive as a F2P player. It’s a bad habit from every F2P-player, can’t hold their hunger to open a pack for fun. I’ve got nothing to say other than you must hold back your desires because open a pack for fun is a luxury we can’t have as a F2P-player, remember where are you come from, bro.

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The conclusion is, if you want to remain as a competitive player and doesn’t want to spend any money, know what cards you should have, avoid any set that doesn’t contains competitive-purpose cards, and always remember you don’t have the luxury to open any pack for fun, just keep that in mind and you’ll be alright.

 

So, if you already done my methods above, you will have a rich-people’s problem which is having too much gems (because there will be always one or two set to skip per format). There’s must be a reason why Konami set a limiter for every player’s gems, and for me it’s to force their players to spend gems blindly if their gems is already maxed out. Then, when you need gems in crucial time (for example, to find particular cards you need for tournament), and 9999 gems isn’t enough, you will be forced to pay it with your money. I think this is their main goal.

But, I found a little trick to avoid this problem (I’ve been doing this for a while now).

Trick how to save gems if your gems is already maxed out (9999)

1. Level-up your Legendary Duelist until level 27, and don’t let it level up until the last exp you need, here’s an example

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2. Do this to your every Legendary Duelist who still isn’t level 27 yet.

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3. Then, with 1 or 2 duels, you will get to withdraw your gems immediately if you need it.

I bet most of players who love to save gems know this method, but for F2P player who like to open packs for fun, let alone know this method, they won’t even have this luxurious problem.

The real purpose of this trick is so we can be ready anytime if we have to spend gems for any purpose, without having to spend money. Also it can be used to avoid any useless set, so we don’t have to be forced to spend our gems if already maxed out, and keeping it for something useful in the future. Think it as your warehouse.

Little tips : Keep your ‘9999 gems slot’ solely for ‘gems from event’ as much as you can, and if you don’t have enough gems to buy packs, withdraw it by leveled up your legendary duelist (like the method above).

Note :

  • If you already withdraw gems from level 27 and want to save up your gems again, you can do the same to level 28.
  • Basically, it doesn’t have to be exact level 27, you can do it from whatever level you want, as long as the prize for level up is gems.
  • This method is only applies to gems from Legendary Duelist.
  • Don’t spend more than you need, always remember this.

I’m not sharing this method without a prove and result. From doing my methods above, now I have all of Tier 1 decks (Fur Hire, Amazoness, and Masked HEROes), some good old decks (RE Zombie, Gladiator Beast, Sylvan, and Spellbooks) and other good stuff while still having 9999 gems and some saved gems in the bag (Ignore about my deck’s compositition, I just put some of them randomly just to screenshot it).

Once again, if you can put your focus only for competitive purpose, gems that we get for free from Konami is more than enough.

 

 

 

 

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I just realized I’m still on stage 43, and it’s kinda embrassing. For your information, I’m a kind-of laziest player in this game. I never farm a card despite having a farming deck, because the only non-auto duel that motivate me is PvP and gems-event. Should’ve fix this bad habit, and don’t try this at home.

Closing :

The real purpose I made this post is to show everyone you can live as a competitive player and F2P player at the same time, not to tell you to not spend any money in this game. If you have money and decide to spend it, it’s better because you will have easier time.

I just somehow feel weird when people said Konami is not giving us enough free gems, when the fact is, it’s mostly the player’s fault who spend it blindly.

Somewhere in my heart, I strongly feel this game will be like another shitty P2W Konami YGO games and will fail again at some point, but I was wrong.

Duel Links World Championship, that’s the prove Duel Links is a huge success. Konami is brave enough to make a World Championship for Duel Links, which means they see a lot of potential in this game. As a duelist, I always happy for everything good that happened to the game I love.

Hope this post will get good feedbacks which can motivate me to post another useful stuff for Duel Links in the future! Thanks for reading ^^

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

3

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

 

Giant Killing is the most relatable anime to real-life football fans #ANIME

Giant Killing

Football

Football is all about 22 random players from 2 team who chasing the ball to take it to opposition’s goal.  Good 11 players can always winning you the game. Is this true about football? In most of football-anime, it’s a fact, but not in real life football. If football can be won by only having 11 good players, it’s impossible for me to love this sport. There’s so much factor outside of having good players, something like a great board (president, director and staff), great manager, great tactics, and even fans is also a really important factor (you can’t win all the games without fans).

Football (Anime)

Football anime, series like Captain Tsubasa, Inazuma Eleven, Days, Area no Kishi and Whistle, also the overpowered skillfull main-character like Tsubasa (from Captain Tsubasa) who can single handledy win you the game will immediately comes into mind.

In reality (highest-level of football), character like Tsubasa (from Captain Tsubasa) who can dribble everyone on the pitch is just a myth (the only player who can do it is Lionel Messi (from what I’ve seen), the best player in football history).

Something like that won’t happen in Giant Killing, because this series represent real life football.

Giant Killing will offer you a brand new experience, because the main character is a manager. No, not only that. This series explain you how the board (president, director and staff), manager, fans and even journalists works at professional football in real life. This is the biggest reason why I said this series is the most relatable anime to football fans.

I’m a football fan, watch football match almost every week, and follow the biggest football community (Football Twitter) everyday, when all of the fans from around the world, media, journalist, and statement from official club, players, president, etc in there. Somehow most of football-anime never explain with details the role for each of them, they always focus on players. Yes, I’m agree players is the most standout, but if you’re a real sport fan, you must be always want more explanation especially from off the pitch. Don’t worry, if you’re looking for something like that, be grateful because you already arrived in the right place.

Giant Killing is so details, it explains every elements in this sport.

It’s not really important and interesting factor for who doesn’t watch real life football, because there’s no relateable factor, but if you’re a real football fans, you will get like three times more have fun while watching it (I mean ‘real’ football fans, not the one who just watch the highlights and judging like elitist).

Enough of element from off the pitch, now time to discuss elements on the pitch. It’s also like real life football. I mean the tactics, most of football-anime series always focus on how skillfull the player is (how 1 player can single handledly win you the game), but not in Giant Killing. The most important factor to win is tactics and strategy, how to defense, how to attack, how to counter-attack, how to keep possesion, how to manage space and time, etc. This is something I always missed in most of football anime, and Giant Killing present it beautifully.

Football is all about teamwork and tactics, player’s individual skill comes after that.

 

Words means nothing without proves, so here it is :

Talking about tactics :

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Fans :

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Press Conference (with Journalist) :

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Board :

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Player who got benched by manager, to analyze what’s their fault :

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Comparison with real life football :

Talking about tactics :

Fans :

Fans

Board :

Board

Press Conference (with Journalist) :

Journalist

Press Conference

So for you guys who love football and looking for anime that can relate to what you love, this is a perfect choice.

Thanks for reading!

 

Bonus, the photo of the best player in football history :

 

Remember the name, Lionel Andres Messi

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Why do you must watch Saiki Kusuo no Psi-nan #ANIME

In recent weeks, I see an AOTS (Anime of the Season) ranking list in Anime Trending (one of the most popular Anime-Ranking list platform). Well, first I must say, Saiki Kusuo no Psi-nan is my AOTS for last season (you can click here to see my top 5 list), but the problem is I don’t see Saiki in top list from Anime Trending, but finally with a little effort I can see Saiki in 20th place. 20th place!? Really!? I won’t blame who vote but I’m pretty sure this series is very very underrated in this community.

The main purpose I make this post is to tell you guys why you must watch Saiki Kusuo no Psi-nan, not force you to change your opinion about AOTS for last season, because I’m pretty sure the reason why this community doesn’t rate Saiki is because they don’t watch it, not because they think this series is shit.

So, let’s get into the main point

1. The most consistent comedy-series I’ve ever watched

 

  • You know Gintama? Arguably the most popular comedy-series. I’m also a big fan of Gintama, and I really have fun, laughing hard when watching it, but you know, it’s not exactly everytime I can have that fun. Sometimes the comedy seems so boring, and not consistent at all, but Saiki is different. I don’t remember if there’s a boring episode from Saiki, all of the episodes are enjoyable.

          One example of comedy-scene in Saiki :

 

  • It can be your eating-best friend easily (It can’t happen with Gintama because most of the jokes is all about sh*t and d*ck)

 

2. If you don’t get what you’re looking for from a comedy series (have fun while laughing) until now, this series will give you a new perspective

 

  • That is what exactly I feel when I found Saiki (can’t explain it very well, but you will understand when start watching it). You know, I don’t really like comedy series because I rarely laugh when watching it (for example, I don’t have fun watching Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou, which is a really popular comedy-series), but it’s different with Saiki. What I can say is, Saiki was made to give people like me (who doesn’t enjoy comedy that much) a different perspective about comedy-series. Also, shoutout to all of Saiki’s voice actor to make all of this possible (how they speak is one of the most important factors why Saiki is very very enjoyable)

  • For you who don’t get laugh easily by a generic comedy-attempt (like straight guy who correct the stupidity from other characters) and made you never touch comedy-series (because your mind say all of comedy series is suck), ignore about it for a while, and give your time a bit to give this series a try, you will get what you’re looking for from comedy-series

 

3. It can be used like ‘healing potion’ after watched some heavy-drama series

 

  • In recent weeks I saw ‘Ichigo is bitch’ (from Darling in the FranXX) posts everywhere and I always feel hate in those posts. Nah, I don’t really give a fuck about those haters, but you know, after watched that episode, I also somehow feel bad (I don’t know what to call this feel, but it feels like when you’re in badmood-mode). After that, I try to catch up until the latest Saiki’s episode. The result? I’m completely don’t care anymore about what happened in Darling in the FranXX

  • Also can be used if you want to make your mood better

 

4. You will get to see someone who is stronger than Saitama (One-Punch Man)

 

  • Just a bonus, people really like comparing Saitama (from One Punch Man) with Goku (from Dragon Ball), Saitama is a gag-character that shouldn’t compared with Goku, Saiki is a better choice if people really want to make comparison (Saiki is also a gag-character). Saiki is like a god in this series, can change people mind, instant teleportation, has unbelieveable power and he can control the world easily. So not comparable to Saitama, end of thread.

  • Just kidding. What I want to say is, don’t compare any gag-character to find out who’s stronger, because gag-character never lose with those comparisons.

 

I hope Saiki will give you guys the same happiness like when I’m watching it.

Thanks for reading^^

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

TOP 5 ANIME IN 2017 #ANIME

5. Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka?

Synopsis :

Five hundred years have passed since the humans went extinct at the hands of the fearsome and mysterious “Beasts.” The surviving races now make their homes up on floating islands in the sky, out of reach of all but the most mobile of Beasts.

Only a small group of young girls, the Leprechauns, can wield the ancient weapons needed to fend off invasions from these creatures. Into the girls’ unstable and fleeting lives, where a call to certain death could come at any moment, enters an unlikely character: a young man who lost everything in his final battle five hundred years ago, the last living human awakened from a long, icy slumber.

Unable to fight any longer, Willem becomes the father that the girls never had, caring for and nurturing them even as he struggles to come to terms with his new life, in which he feels the pain of helplessly waiting for his loved ones to return home from battle that his “Daughter” once felt for him so long ago. Together, Willem and the girls gradually come to understand what family means and what is truly worth protecting.

Score :

  • Story : 9/10 (One-sentence about story : Fairy who want to love and to be loved. Background-story is really amazing, you can feel the drama already from the start)
  • Animation : 8/10 (Great, no complaint)
  • Character : 8/10 (Our main heroine is an ideal of girl)
  • Enjoyment : 8/10 (My complaint is they’re not adapt the story until the end, and don’t explain what happened to main characters at the end, but don’t worry, the ending is satisfying enough. Other than that, I’m really enjoying this series)
  • Overall : 8.25/10 (Overall it’s not your usual fantasy-battle anime, it’s really well made fantasy-story, with a great ‘drama’ element in there)

Short-guide (13+) :

  • If you’re looking for sad drama story, this is for you
  • If you’re looking for great romance fantasy series, this is for you
  • This series can be categorized as ‘heavy’ drama

 

 

4. Boku no Hero Academia (2nd Season)

Synopsis :

At UA Academy, not even a violent attack can disrupt their most prestigious event: the school sports festival. Renowned across Japan, this festival is an opportunity for aspiring heroes to showcase their abilities, both to the public and potential recruiters.

However, the path to glory is never easy, especially for Izuku Midoriya—whose quirk possesses great raw power but is also cripplingly inefficient. Pitted against his talented classmates, such as the fire and ice wielding Shouto Todoroki, Izuku must utilize his sharp wits and master his surroundings to achieve victory and prove to the world his worth.

Score :

  • Story : 9/10 (One-sentence about story : Adventure of little-boy who want to become the best hero in the world. It become much better than last season, Deku become more mature and amazing)
  • Animation : 8/10 (Good, no complaint)
  • Character : 9/10 (Deku’s development is superb, I really like how he can become really great in tactical-battle)
  • Enjoyment : 8/10 (I’m a big-fan of Shonen-Jump series, of course I’m enjoying this)
  • Overall : 8.5/10 (Much better than last season, and I’m expecting more amazing arcs in season 3)

Short-guide (10+) :

  • 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)

 

3. 3-gatsu no Lion (2nd Season) [First-cour]

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.

Score :

  • 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 (Honestly the story is pretty simple for me, but the way mangaka present it is really really great, and this is remind us how important to present story with such a great way)

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)

 

 

2. Made in Abyss

Synopsis :

The Abyss—a gaping chasm stretching down into the depths of the earth, filled with mysterious creatures and relics from a time long past. How did it come to be? What lies at the bottom? Countless brave individuals, known as Divers, have sought to solve these mysteries of the Abyss, fearlessly descending into its darkest realms. The best and bravest of the Divers, the White Whistles, are hailed as legends by those who remain on the surface.

Riko, daughter of the missing White Whistle Lyza the Annihilator, aspires to become like her mother and explore the furthest reaches of the Abyss. However, just a novice Red Whistle herself, she is only permitted to roam its most upper layer. Even so, Riko has a chance encounter with a mysterious robot with the appearance of an ordinary young boy. She comes to name him Reg, and he has no recollection of the events preceding his discovery. Certain that the technology to create Reg must come from deep within the Abyss, the two decide to venture forth into the chasm to recover his memories and see the bottom of the great pit with their own eyes. However, they know not of the harsh reality that is the true existence of the Abyss.

Score :

  • Story : 9/10 (One-sentence about story : Super-thriller adventure from 2 little kid to find the truth of their world. Background-story superb, flashback-story superb, overall story is perfect! It should be 10/10 if not because of the slow-start, it takes 9 episodes to feel the pressures from story)
  • Animation : 9/10 (Great, really colorful)
  • Character : 8/10 (Riko and Reg is likeable by everyone)
  • Enjoyment : 10/10 (Really enjoying this great ‘dark’ adventure, don’t let our main-character’s cute face fools you, their adventure is nightmare, yet you always want more)
  • Overall : 9/10 (If there’s a season 2, I bet this series will become my top list easily, sadly the story is become really really good at the very last)

Short-guide (15+) :

  • If you’re looking for some thrill and cute things at the same time, this is for you
  • If you like adventure and mystery, this is for you
  • This series is darker than you think, somehow remind me of Shingeki no Kyojin

 

 

1. Shingeki no Kyojin (2nd Season)

Synopsis :

For centuries, humanity has been hunted by giant, mysterious predators known as the Titans. Three mighty walls—Wall Maria, Rose, and Sheena—provided peace and protection for humanity for over a hundred years. That peace, however, was shattered when the Colossus Titan and Armored Titan appeared and destroyed the outermost wall, Wall Maria. Forced to retreat behind Wall Rose, humanity waited with bated breath for the Titans to reappear and destroy their safe haven once more.

In Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2, Eren Yeager and others of the 104th Training Corps have just begun to become full members of the Survey Corps. As they ready themselves to face the Titans once again, their preparations are interrupted by the invasion of Wall Rose—but all is not as it seems as more mysteries are unraveled. As the Survey Corps races to save the wall, they uncover more about the invading Titans and the dark secrets of their own members.

Score :

  • Story : 10/10 (One-sentence about story : Casual-boy who has traumatic life and want to find the truth to save his world. Amazing! Goosebumps everytime, and the plots are the best)
  • Animation : 10/10 (One of the best TVseries-animation of all time)
  • Character : 8/10 (Eren becomes much better this season, and Erwin becomes more interesting at the end of series)
  • Enjoyment : 9/10 (Exciting and Thrilling all the way, one thing I like the most about this series is it’s history, same like why I really like One Piece)
  • Overall : 9.25/10 (Easily became my top-list, story at this level is very rare nowadays, when the story and plots can make you feel exciting easily)

Short-guide (15+) :

  • I recommend this to everyone, whatever genre you like, I have feel this show can be watched for everyone because how good it is
  • The exception who maybe won’t like this series is the one who doesn’t like to see blood, kill or killed, and weird monster. 

 

Synopsis’s source : myanimelist.net

Honorable-mention (Great-series who doesn’t make the top cut) :

  • Ballroom e Youkoso

  • Gintama (5th Season)

  • Shokugeki no Souma : San no Sara (3rd Season)

  • Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (2nd Season)

  • Just Because!

TOP 5 ANIME (FALL 2017 ) #ANIME

Announcement :

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

5

Score :

  • 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

Synopsis :

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.

 

4. Inuyashiki

Score :

  • 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

Synopsis :

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!

Score :

  • 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

Synopsis :

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)

Score :

  • 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

Synopsis :

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)

Score :

  • 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)

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.

Synopsis’s source : myanimelist.net