Hey y'all. I wanna check some out but I don't keep up. What's hot this year? Any new shows? I'd prefer a new show over a long running one. Movies would be good too.
What's the best anime of the year? What's your favorite?
Thanks in advance!
Saw "Carole and Tuesday" on Netflix recently. It was pretty good. Very nice animation, catchy soundtrack if you like pop songs. Really my only complaint was the arc that dominated the second half of the 12 episodes. I guess it needed to some kind of structure to get to a mini plot resolution, but it wasn't as fun as the previous stand alone episodes. It's kind of a problem I have with television these days where a show can't just be episodic, but I digress.
I finally started watching anime over the last year and a half, so I've just been burning through a lot of amazing shows. I've actually been keeping a running tier list of what I've seen for fun.
In terms of stuff that actually came out this year, I have to say The Promised Neverland is my favorite. I love the characters, and the show is just unbelievably tense and scary. I read the manga as well, and I'm so excited for the show to continue. It might not be as unique going forward, but I love where they go with the themes.
Mob Psycho 100 II, Demon Slayer, and Dr. Stone have also been fantastic. Kaguya-sama is really fun too.
I'm not a huge anime fan, but I'll second the Carole and Tuesday recommendation. The soundtrack is super fun, the animation is good, and the story is short enough not to waste your time. Later episodes slow down a bit, but not enough to ruin the fun.
I think it might actually be from last year(?) but Violet Evergarden is also really good. I love its premise and sense of restraint (and it's also nice and short).
Mob Psycho season 2 is a pretty clear winner for me, given that the second season has probably shot it up to my second favorite anime of all time.
I can't think of any new anime that left nearly as strong of an impression on me (I didn't actually finish much anime this year, thinking back), although I did overall enjoy Demon Slayer and Kaguya-sama: Love is War.
It's been a fairly lean year for non-action focused shows but Run With The Wind was a fantastic show about the joys of running, self-improvement and friendship. The movie I Want to Eat your Pancreas was also pretty great and isn't a horror show unlike what the name might suggest.
I'll second Mob Psycho also just being good in general.
In no particular order:
From the aforementioned, I would second (and third) Mob Psycho 100 II (drags a bit here and there but my shonen-adverse wife enjoyed it!) and Demon Slayer (some typical character archetypes but stunning animation and setting that evokes medieval Japan).
Fruits Basket had a reboot season this year! The first season finished airing this summer and is basically an update of the original airing, but what's exciting is next year's season 2, the second half of the manga that was never animated almost 20 years ago. If you've seen the original airing and don't need a refresher, you can skip most of the first season; if not, look forward to a sweet, innocent slice-of-life shoujo that'll leave you with warm, fuzzy feelings!
Boogiepop and Others is a really cool, offbeat anime that ramps up the philosophy and the action in equal parts. Having not seen Boogiepop Phantom (and now interested in tracking it down), the restraint shown in thickening the tension in the viewer to the breaking point before shit hits the fan - the alternative being violence for violence's sake - is very effective. The "urban legend" theme has been on my mind a good bit as I play through Control, and this Japanese take on it is very well done, typical of Bones.
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