I previously wrote that I had only planned on doing one anime review post.. however I keep finding anime that I love and then have to talk about! This blog is really turning into a mixture of everything.
So here’s a short review on some of the anime I have watched recently that have really stuck with me.
Ouran High School Host Club (2006)
After literally stumbling into the Ouran Host Club Room and breaking an 8,000 yen vase, Haruhi is forced to work as a male host, alongside the six rich boys of the club, as a form of payment.
I’m extremely late to the party on this one, as I’m sure most fans watched it years ago – but if you haven’t – this show is amazing! All I could think while watching was how ahead of its time it was. Haruhi didn’t care whether she was recognised as a boy or girl, to her it was more important to recognise who someone is rather than their gender.
While the overall theme of the show was light hearted, it still managed to talk about tough issues and make you feel for the characters. It would be best described as a comedy, with romance included.
Unfortunately it looks incredibly unlikely that there will be a second season to the show 😦 However, I do plan on reading the manga to finish the story!
Let me know in the comments who your favourite host is. Mine is Tamaki, but I also love Honey, and the Hitachiin twins (so basically the whole club?)
Satoru Fujinuma is a 29 year old manga artist working at a pizza shop, who still finds himself haunted by a kiddnapping of a classmate that happened when he was younger. When a similar incident occurs once again, Satoru experiences ‘revival’ – which may provide him with the chance to save Kayo.
This show had me on the edge of my seat, ready for the next episode! It was such a good anime!
The series was only 12 episodes long, so it didn’t have any parts that dragged, and the writer was able to tie up the story so well within the shorter series. As it is about kidnapping and murder, the plot can be quite heavy at times.
If you’re a fan of anime (or even if you aren’t) and haven’t seen this yet, I would definitely recommend watching!
Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale (Film – 2017)
*Spoilers from the series*
In the year 2026, a new gaming system known as the Augma has been established, which creates gameplay using augmented reality. After escaping from the death game SAO, Kirito, Asuna and their friends start playing the popular Ordinal Scale on this new system, but once again discover that it may be more than a game.
I think sometimes anime films based off a series can be a hit and miss, however this one exceeded expectations. It kept the same vibe as the series, with more drama for the movie. Many of the characters returned for the film, including ones seen in the first arc – it made me feel nostalgic even though I had only watched the series a few years ago.
I felt that the story line was really well written, and actually a bit emotional. In my opinion, the film redeemed what had been lost from the anime after the first arc, and was a great addition to the series!
Black Butler (2008 – )
Sebastian Michaelis is a butler working for Ciel Phantomhive, a young Earl living in Victorian-era London. As the Queen’s guard dog, Ciel works to uncover crimes and mysterious occurrences, all while trying to discover who caused the fire at the Phantomhive manner. Sounds like a regular crime series? However, Ciel has made contract with Sebastian, who is actually a demon wishing to consume the young master’s soul.
I am so invested in this story! As described, it is essentially a mystery type show, but includes humour and supernatural elements. It did get a bit confusing during the second season, which doesn’t tie into the official story, but the series redeemed itself with the circus arc in season 3!
Many fans of the show love Sebastian, but Ciel is my favourite. He is always so proper, but should never be messed with, and is so smart when it comes to catching criminals. Can we also just talk about that episode in season 3 when he actually smiles (*squeals*).
I also love Finny the Gardener (his backstory breaks my heart); hearing all the servant’s backstories is really interesting, they’re such great characters.
If a new season isn’t released soon I’ll definitely have to read the manga – I need to hear more about Ciel’s past!
Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic (Film – 2017)
The best way I can describe this? Titanic meets Zombie Apocalypse!
As with the SAO movie, this was a great film as an addition to the series. Not only did it add to the plot of the main series, but there was character development (Lizzy!). I also loved hearing more about the relationship between Ciel and Sebastian (still need more though!) Just like the anime, the story was based on a crime mystery, mixed with elements of horror.
The titanic theme was also done really well, and felt more like it was parodying the film rather than taking it off.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the turn the animation took. A lot of people have been saying the animation tried looking too 3D, which I agree with. The original animation used in the series was much better. However, it didn’t ruin the film and I still really enjoyed it.
While these are just some of my favourites that I have watched this past year, I definitely had to make note of some films and series that I highly enjoyed that deserved an honourable mention.
- A Silent Voice (2016)
- Your Name (2016)
- The Devil is a Part Timer (2013 – which deserves a second season!)
- Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You! (2017 – purely for the nostalgia! Those end credits made me emotional..)
If you’re a fan of anime, you will know that there is a lot to watch out there! Just like with what books I read, I like to keep track of the anime I watch and want to watch. I have recently discovered Kitsu, a website/app that is perfect for that. You can add anime (and manga) into Currently Watching (and track by episode) Want to Watch, Completed, and more. It also doubles up as a social media platform, where you can chat to other people who enjoy the same shows as you. I also love the feature of being able to make a list of your favourite anime, and favourite characters! It’s just nice to have them all listed on my profile 🙂
I would definitely recommend signing up for free if you’re into your anime!
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