Hello there! As you can see, everyone who voted seem to be favoring one option and so officially this anime reviewing feature will be called Footnote! *throws confetti* Thank you guys for helping me decide the name 😀 Now, why don’t we start with the culprit of my absence from the blogging world? The thing that ignited my passion for anime again?
1. Shingeki no Kyojin / Attack on Titan (S1)
THIS. I just have to include this you know >< I watched it in early-April and finished the whole season in two days. I would have completed it in a single day if human being didn’t have to sleep. So in Attack on Titan, human population has been almost wiped out completely by gigantic, man-eating creatures called Titans. The human who managed to survive live inside three 50 meter tall walls — the outermost is called Wall Maria, the middle one is Wall Rose and the innermost is Wall Sina. The walls have been protecting the people inside for around 100 years until one day, the outermost wall is breached and humanity must make its stand.
The art is definitely beautiful and combined with heart-wrenching, jaw-dropping scenes, Attack on Titan easily became one of my favorite anime ever. I think the plot is the strongest point of this anime, full of surprises and balanced with the growth of the characters. Attack on Titan also has awesome characters but what truly impressed me was female characters have equally important role/position. I’m glad that the lead female character in a shounen anime like this is NOT a damsel in distress. Not only the protagonist, but the side characters also underwent changes after experiencing such terrifying battles (for instance: Jean <3 I loved his development the most.) Anyway, I highly recommend this anime for people who love dark, gory anime with exciting plot and refreshingly distinct set of characters.
I’ve already read the manga so I know what happen next but please please can we get season 2?
2. Free! (S1)
I am not a fan of sports. I am so bad at swimming actually. I never thought that I would like a swimming anime like this — something with no fantasy elements or anything like that. I really liked how light the atmosphere in this anime yet the last episode gave me SO MUCH FEELS. I understand how Free! would appeal more to the female audience (pretty boys swimming HELLOOOOO) but what I loved the most was the friendship between the main characters. Season 2 is coming out in July and I am beyond excited to meet Haru, Rin, Makoto, Nagisa and Rei again! ^^ Free! is lacking in complexities but if you like stories with light atmosphere and a bit of humor, you should give this anime a chance.
3. Kuroko no Basuke (S1&2)
Another sports anime >< I don’t know how to explain it without rambling on and on but I really loved this show! Similar to Free!, Kuroko no Basuke has friendship element and “show-old-friends-the-right-track-again” kind of thing. But unlike Free!, Kuroko no Basuke emphasizes more on the tension during matches. I swear that the basketball games were surprisingly nerve-wracking and thrilling at the same time!
At first, I liked Kagami’s character, then at the end of S1, I started to love Kise. Then in the middle of S2, I became a huge fan of Aomine. At this point I already felt like those indecisive protagonists who go back and forth between each guy. HOWEVER, my journey did NOT end there >< I continued the manga and began to appreciate Midorima (and Takao and Kasamatsu :3) more. I kept going until the most recent chapter and AKASHI HAPPENED. I apologize for my incapability of sticking only to one guy.
But don’t get this anime wrong. This isn’t just about basketball matches or some rainbow guys showing their skills. There is big character development, especially to Kise (in S1), Midorima and Aomine (in S2). Furthermore if you read the manga, there will also be more development to the characters. Unfortunately, some are still underdeveloped but I’m hoping that they will improve in the future. S3 has been confirmed recently and I’m sooo ecstatic to see it ^^
LOL I seriously can’t stop showering you guys with pics. I assure you that this will be the last though.