Below is my list of anime shows I’ve been watching this and last year, with my impressions and short reviews of them.
Kaguya-sama: Love Is War
The battle of two geniuses, who want to make each other confess first.
Currently airing second season, this is probably one of the most amazing gems of the season.
What if two tsunderes fell in love with each other?
Neither Kaguya Shinomiya nor Miyuki Shirogane are going to swallow their pride and be the one to submit.
But the more time passes, the more they both realize how much love and affection they have to each other, while having to hide it.
Both holding positions at the student council of prestigious Shuchiin Academy and being top students, they still come from different backgrounds.
Kaguya is a future heir of the richest family in Japan, and Miyuki is just a very hardworking and talented guy who got into the academy for his exceptionally good grades.
So Myuki has to work twice as hard as most of other students in the academy to stay on the top and be able to impress Kaguya.
Failing in something and being looked down upon by Kaguya was his main fear at the beginning. But she gets much more affection for him, too, as the series progresses.
This anime has been a truly amazing watching experience for me, and I’d never rate it below 10/10. The voice acting and music/sounds there are just as good as everything else.
K-On! is probably one of the most known anime in the world and thus needs no introduction.
Although I just watched some of “the best moments” on YouTube rather than watching every single episode in full, it’s still in my list of my favorite anime.
The voice acting and music in K-On! is beyond amazing. So many fans around the world are falling in love with it.
They even held some live events with the voice actresses acting as band members.
Even an insert band “Death Devil”, which apeared in the anime quite briefly, had their time on the event. No wonder it was so popular in Japan.
K-On! is definitely a 10/10 masterpiece.
After School Dice Club
Another masterpiece in its own genre. 10/10.
A shy girl Miki Takekasa never made any true friends nor had true fun before meeting Aya, Midori, Emilia, and others. The girls found their passion in board games.
The anime also displays many of real-world board games, many of which originate in Germany and other countries.
Midori works part-time in a board games shop (which she obviously treats seriously, making sure to fulfill her duties with the best quality and efficiency), but the job is not only to make quick cash. She has another dream, which she starts to work on with the others.
Perfect anime to watch after a hard day of work or school.
And other good anime
I just saw the trailer, as well as opening and ending themes, and some clips on YouTube of Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove it, so that looks like a good anime as well.
Probably another niche anime for nerds, and less general like Bleach or Naruto Shippuden, but it may well be worth the time to watch.
Also I watched some of “Parasyte”, “Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai”, “Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto” and a few others like “Gintama” (best moments compilations).
“Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!” was pretty interesting, but didn’t hold my attention past 4th or 5th episode.
“Seton Academy: Join the Pack!” was pretty fun, with a season of 12 episodes in total.
Bonus: some of J-pop and metal
The photo below is beautiful Yui Ogura (小倉 唯).
And she’s probably the cutest singer in the world! But seriously, you can find her songs or live performances on YouTube.
There are also so many other fantastic singers from Japan, that it would require at least another large post to describe, but I’ll at least share another example here.
A very creative combination of idol and metal music:
Japan is extremely rich for spectacular music and live shows, and I’d like to encourage you to try and discover some of them on your own.
Anime has been a pretty good hobby for me, not only allowing me to get some fun, but also showing me and making me learn many new things and concepts, making me understand human emotions and characters more deeply, and even deal with anxiety and gain more confidence in the ways I probably couldn’t even imagine before.
Japanese culture is extremely ancient while extremely modern at the same time, making it one of the most interesting countries to cooperate with and learn from. Anime made me more curious about Japan in general.
I’ve also been enjoying Japanese music and it’s been pretty interesting for me, too.