Wheeeee! It’s another Animarathon post!
Sorry this one is soooo late in coming. I thought I’d be able to get it wrapped up soon after my previous post, but alas, that was not to be. I got busy, and then I got a very bad cold which I am still fighting (ugh), so I’ve only just worked up the energy to polish this off and hit “publish.”
I’m REALLY excited to share this post today though, because it has one of my new all-time faves in it! (Can you spot it? Hint: there’s a lot of capslock. lol)
Animarathon Round-up × 002
Note: For each anime below, you can click on the poster or “synopsis” link to view the show’s synopsis and info on MyAnimeList.net (sort of like Goodreads for anime). I’ve also included links to watch the shows on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Funimation where available!
Say “I Love You.”
Most of the anime in my last round-up were contemporary romances, and (surprise surprise!) this one is, too. I went on a contemporary spree, what can I say? :P I don’t have tons to say about this one, though—it’s somewhat predictable and I don’t think it offers anything revolutionary, but I found it quite enjoyable, regardless. It’s pretty evenly paced, and wraps up well. Plus it’s only 13 episodes, so it’s a good, quick anime if you’re just in the mood for a contemporary romance that’s a little on the more serious side (not overly cutesy, but still sweet).
My Hero Academia
I’m still waffling on my rating for this one… Let’s call it a low 4, or high 3.5? But I really did enjoy it! I actually didn’t think I’d like it at all. But what got me interested in it was some fanart I’d seen on Twitter by artists I follow for YOI stuff, and I figured, Well, they like YOI and MHA enough to draw fanart for both, there must be something good about it, right? And there is. This is a fun anime with a lot of superhero-type action scenes, which are fun; and a main character who’s easy to root for. Anyone who likes the “earnest underdog” characters in so many sports anime (which I do!) will probably also love the protagonist in MHA. There are some aspects/characters I’m not a huge fan of (they come across as too… idk, silly? in a weird way), but those are pretty easy to ignore. Overall, a fun show that I think anyone who loves superheroes and academy-type settings would enjoy.
Snow White with the Red Hair
I LOVE THIS ANIME SO MUCH. Contrary to what its name implies, it has nothing to do with Snow White. BUT, if you want a show that handles romance/relationship development incredibly well, you need to watch this. I’d call it a fantasy romance, except it’s not really fantasy (there’s no magic); but it feels like it’s set in a medieval-type fantasy world. The entire cast is fantastic—every single character is given a certain amount of depth, even the minor ones and the “bad guys.” And the main pair, Shirayuki and Zen, are just… omg. They give me FEELINGS. I literally can’t find fault with their development, or this anime—unless, maybe, it’s overly predictable? But this isn’t a will-they/won’t-they story; this is a “How do they get there?” story. I was worried at first, because it could have been really bad if any of the relationship tension/drama had been overdone or manufactured—but it isn’t. It’s just the story of two crazy kids falling in love and supporting each other and growing as people. And it’s wonderful. ♥ Also, the animation is probably the prettiest I’ve seen so far. So yeah. 11/10 would recommend.
I adored this anime. It’s got a very “YA Paranormal Romance” feel to it, and I’m pretty sure this is the first anime that, when I finished watching, I immediately needed to pick up the manga (the anime only covers the first 11-or-so volumes, out of 25). So while it’s not an anime that feels “complete” by any means, it is one I’d highly recommend to any YA paranormal fan. It’s fun, and cute, and silly, and SWEET, and exciting; and the manga eventually gets surprisingly dark, which I liked a lot. So yeah, would definitely recommend this series in both of its forms (because you will need to read the manga once you finish the anime).
For me, this series was the perfect blend of sci-fi and contemporary. It starts out with a group of friends all mysteriously swapping bodies/personalities, which leads to a lot of funny situations, but also allows for a lot of really thoughtful character and relationship development. But sci-fi fans, be warned—there is basically no explanation for why any of the sci-fi elements (body-swapping/etc.) occur. Seriously, none. People who want All The Answers will not find them here. But I had no problem with that; so if you’re like me, and you’re a character-driven anime-watcher/story-consumer (lol), you should check this out.
What about you?
Have you watched any of the anime above? Or are you interested in checking any out? What’s on your own anime watchlist, or manga TBR? I’m always looking for more recs!