ANIME, DISCUSSIONS – After listening to the opening theme song for the anime series, Guilty Crown, which is My Dearest by the Japanese band supercell, I couldn’t help but get interested in this show. The visuals and lyrics of the song felt tied to the story of the show and I had to know what was the whole deal.
ANIME, DISCUSSION – Ymir as a character has unexpectedly grown in terms of character development. In the first season, she was nothing short of this douche-y tomboy who had a thing for another female character, Christa. However, as we see her in every episode of the second season, she has indeed grown.
DISCUSSION – When I mean “deep anime”, I am referring to anime series that tend to use wordy, complex and metaphorical dialogue and processes that might seem to be a headache for a casual viewers to understand.
After watching the first episode of the anime series, SAGRADA RESET, I was left thinking to myself – “what makes a complex anime series great or bad?”
I want to put the Monogatari series as an example for this article. The charm of this anime series is not mainly because of the fighting, the softcore ecchi but the witty, and intelligent remarks the characters give whilst they communicate.
Over the course of time, people have always said that it takes away some sort of realism when a male high school student converse as if he was writing an essay about social norms but that’s just it – this is what makes the anime great. Coupled with great humor, some ecchi, and seriousness, the Monogatari series shaped up to be one of the most head-turning anime series every time they release a new season for it.
The good thing about anime series that tend to go in-depth is that we learn more and more about the world they are in and we can further understand the events unfolding around them.
But an anime series with characters that talk seriously and in-depth doesn’t work if they don’t include one important aspect – how do viewers relate to these characters?
Sagrada Reset lacked in character depth to be able to appeal to the majority of its viewers for its first episode. The dialogue was interesting and deep coupled with the great usage of metaphors and short moral stories but in the end, it was for naught as these characters were not, in any way, relatable to anyone at all.
It felt like someone wrote an essay about astrophysics and it was read aloud by a toddler. It doesn’t feel, in any way, somewhat real in order for the viewers to relate with these characters. But then again, anime is a story-form based on mostly fiction so it’s not really expected to be real. However, we should at least be able to relate with these characters but the anime series fails to do this in its first episode.
So what’s the bottom-line here?
An anime series can have deep, complex, wordy, and interesting dialogues and characters but in order for it to sell to most people, it should be at least relatable.
Series that pull this off are the Monogatari series, Hyouka, Oregairu and many more.
These anime series pride themselves in having witty and wordy dialogue, intricate scenarios and premises whilst maintain entertainment by keeping their characters in check.
However in the end, it all comes down to what a person is interested in. Is he/she a casual viewer? Or does he/she long for more deeper and intricate story lines in order to pique his/her interest?
I, for one, am the latter.
I love stories that go deeper and explore ideas that I’ve never thought of before. It makes me think and ponder about how things are possible or not.
What about you? Do you love stories that are more deep and intricate? Or do you prefer stories that cut to the chase with all the actions and the like?
Leave your opinion in the comments below!
DISCUSSION – It has been a long time since I have followed closely with the releases each season due to being pressed for time. In this article, I will be sharing the different anime series that I am quite excited and intrigued for this spring season.
1. Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2
After receiving a lot of hype for its first season, it is not a doubt that Shingeki no Kyojin will be part of this list.
The first season ended up with people asking a lot of questions: the titans in the wall, Eren’s basement, Annie being a titan and more. All of these questions need to be answered by this second season.
I hope that is the case for this season and there will be no similar cliffhangers or plot holes for us to banter about.
2. DanMachi: Sword Oratoria
DanMachi’s first season had some sort of arguments whether it was great or not. Was it just another Sword Art Online copy?
For me, it is not the case since this is the kind of setting the anime series is in. It is not similar to Sword Art Online’s case where the characters are trapped. No, the setting in DanMachi is the characters’ reality.
This season of DanMachi will apparently focus on Aiz Wallenstein, the female swordsman (best grill) and her adventures in the Dungeon.
3. SAGRADA RESET
The story is set in a town where almost half of the population possesses some form of special power. The story centers around two high school students: Kei Asai, who has the ability to remember everything he sees and hears, while Misora Haruki can “reset” time to a maximum of three days.
Time travel has always been a wonderful and interesting concept to me, especially when it’s in a story.
The whole pairing of a guy who possesses a sharp memory and a girl who resets time makes me wonder about the possibilities.
Say that you witnessed someone’s death – the girl can reset the time whilst the guy can remember every specific detail and work out some sort of plan to avoid such event.
But then again, that would cause some time travel problems which would require a whole other article for me to explain in.
Quite excited for this and I cannot wait.
4. Alice to Zouroku
The story centers around a girl who has the power to make her imaginations into reality. She and other girls who possess the same power are locked up in a research facility and are treated as subjects.
Sana has a specific power where she ignores the laws of physics and can bring anything into reality (literally).
However, she escapes the research facility and meets an old man named Zouroku (oh no) who takes her in (oh no), to his annoyance.
I am quite intrigued at two things: first, how her power actually works and secondly, why does this old man take her in? Just because? Or does he have ulterior motives?
Because of these two things, I am putting Alice to Zouroku as one of my anticipated anime series for this spring season.
5. Tsuki ga Kirei
Tsuki ga Kirei catches my eye because of three things:
Firstly, it is a romance anime and I have a knack for anime series in this genre. Secondly, the studio working on this is feel. which worked on Oregairu’s second season. To top it all off, the director is the same one who did Angel Beats.
This is a wonderful thing because, judging from the preview video alone, it is going to be a slice-of-life, romance anime series which might have similar vibes to Angel Beats and Oregairu.
Tsuki ga Kirei will be one of my most anticipated anime series for this season because of these reasons.
What about you? What anime series are you excited for this spring season? Share in the comment section below!