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
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
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
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
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.
- Kanata no Astra
- Kimetsu no Yaiba
- Diamond no Ace – Act II
- Kono Oto Tomare! 2nd Season
- Chihayafuru 3rd Season