Nikki’s Animarathon Continues! | Entry × 001

Hello, all! It’s me again! I’m back with another “not-a-book-post” post. I know, I’m sorry, but I haven’t been reading tons of books lately. Well, apart from manga, which I’ve really gotten into recently! (See? I haven’t abandoned books completely!) I’ve been reading a few different manga series that I will definitely want to talk about here, but I’m saving those for another post once I’m up-to-date with all of them (or maybe a series of posts? not sure yet).

In the meantime, I really want to keep talking about the anime I’ve been watching lately, so I hope you’ll put up with me while you wait for more bookish content!

My first anime post was quite long — it covered all the anime I’d watched or had started up to that point. But that was quite the undertaking; so in the interests of… well, my sanity… I’ve decided to start a series of posts to talk about the anime I’ve watched. And I’ll be keeping the groupings a bit smaller. ;) I’m only going to cover five (or so) in each post; and I’ll list them in chronological order, from least- to most-recently watched. I’ve finished watching about 15-ish anime since January, so I’ve got a small backlog, but eventually we’ll catch up to the present, and then I’ll just post every time I have another group of five to talk about!

So, without further ado…

Animarathon Round-up × 001

Note: For each anime below, you can click on the poster or “synopsis” link to view the show’s synopsis and info on (sort of like Goodreads for anime). I’ve also included links to watch the shows on Crunchyroll and Hulu where available! (For those who don’t know, Crunchyroll is like Netflix for anime, and most of it is totally free!)


Yona of the Dawn

1 season (so far?? I CAN HOPE) / 24 eps
Synopsis | Crunchyroll (free!) | Hulu

OMG, THIS ANIME. (AND THIS MANGA.) So, this is a fantasy + adventure + (light) romance, and it is amazing. You might recall Yona from my list of “anime I’ve started but not finished” in my last post. I was kind of ehhhh about it, because the first four episodes felt a bit slow. …You guys, I knew NOTHING, okay? Nothing. The anime picked up immediately after that, and now I am obsessed. It’s just… so good. I have no idea if there’s ever going to be a second season of the anime, but there needs to be. The main characters — all seven of them — are my EVERYTHING (there is a reverse-harem and it is wonderful). And the SHIP. *flails* The romance isn’t a major focus, but it’s so good regardless. (Also, the voice actor who plays Victor in Yuri!!! on Ice plays one of the characters in Yona (basically a roguish pirate) and he is so. perfect.)

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun

1 season / 12 eps
Synopsis | Crunchyroll (free!) | Hulu

This is a shoujo romantic comedy, and it is just… utterly delightful. It’s hilarious, adorable, ridiculously shippy, and I loved every second of it. I felt like this anime portrayed a very genuine sort of comedy, which I loved. The main characters and main ship are disgustingly cute (she’s got the BIGGEST crush, but he’s totally oblivious), and the secondary characters (and secondary ships) are all wonderful, as well. However, the anime doesn’t end in a completely satisfying place; but that’s ok, because I know the manga goes further, so I’m definitely planning to pick that up soon. ^_^

Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You)

2 seasons / 39 eps
Synopsis | Crunchyroll (first 6 eps are free) | Hulu

This is a shoujo/slice-of-life anime with a really sweet, slow-developing romance at the core of the story. But in addition to the cute romance, my love for this anime stems from the main character’s emotional arc. Sawako grows so much, and learns so much about life and friendship and love, and it was just… really sweet to watch. This one gets a little slow midway through, but imo it’s totally worth it, and I thought it wrapped up well.

Blue Spring Ride

1 season / 12 eps
Synopsis | Crunchyroll (free!) | Hulu

First off, I thought this anime was really pretty. My eyeballs were so happy watching this. Pair that with a story filled with FEELINGS, and I’m a goner. This is another shoujo/slice-of-life romance, kind of like Kimi ni Todoke, but a bit more serious in parts. Some of the last eps made me cry (in a good way). I found the main characters to be really compelling, especially as more and more details about their pasts are revealed. At only 12 eps, it’s short, but it feels complete, and I loved it.


1 season (so far) / 13 eps
Synopsis | Crunchyroll (free!) | Hulu

I started this one on a whim, not expecting it to be very good, but dang. It was actually pretty great. It’s a mix of sci-fi, comedy, slice-of-life, romance — so a bit of everything. It deals a lot with regret, and change, and growth, with a bit of a comedy to lighten things up. It’s a little slow-moving, character-wise, and it was hard for me to get attached to anyone except the main character until a few episodes in. But once that attachment happened, I really liked where the story went. I’m really hoping there’s a season 2.

What about you?

Have you watched any of these anime? What did you think? Have I piqued your interest in any? DO YOU EVEN WATCH ANIME? AM I SHOUTING INTO THE VOID? If you don’t, you should. It’s pretty great.

3 thoughts on “Nikki’s Animarathon Continues! | Entry × 001

  1. Ha ha ha ha, we are on very similar anime-discovery arcs, which is why I know I’m going to love your recs that I haven’t seen yet. Sword Art Online was my first (I still have a soft spot for Kirito). Yona I adore beyond words and am anxiously awaiting the next chapter of the manga. Same with Chihayafuru. I personally loved Your Lie in April because it was gorgeous, and the music! (And because I took piano as a kid and did the whole juried recital thing, so it really struck a chord (ha ha) with me.)

    I’ve been reading the manga for ReLife, but didn’t realize it’s got an anime: will have to check it out. And I will watch Yuri, I will! (I’ve actually been distracted away from anime by discovering K-drama, but I do have a subscription to Crunchyroll I need to be getting my money’s worth out of!)

    I notice you haven’t mentioned Skip Beat! (The exclamation is in the title, but it also fits my sentence.) It’s got a pretty short anime that’s just enough to addict you (it ends at a most unsatisfying spot!) and send you to the manga, which is at 24 volumes now and twiddling our thumbs every month waiting for the next chapter. It will ruin your life, I promise!

    I’ve got some recommendations in this post, and there are a lot of great ones in the comments:

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