Hello everyone! It’s the last day of the year and a brand new one approaches! (ﾉ^∇^)ﾉﾟ I can’t believe 2017 went by so fast. Seriously, yesterday it was only march!!（○□○）To be honest, this and last year were very tough on me so I really hope 2018 is different. I have hope, it WILL be different and I’m going to make sure of it. Let’s do this!! (*•̀ᴗ•́*)و ̑̑
Since in just a couple of hours it’ll be 2018, I wanted to bid farewell to 2017 by making an anime post about my personal favorites of the year (in no particular order).
Let’s get started!! (ﾉ≧∀≦)ﾉ
Everyone’s going on and on about Shokugeki no Soma but, personally, I much prefer this type of food anime. Simple, cute, fluffy, adventurous, intriguing. I mean, come on, who wouldn’t want to eat at a restaurant where you can meet people and fantastic creatures from different worlds? Except for maybe a few episodes (where Aletta and Kuro are introduced), Isekai Shokudou doesn’t follow a linear narrative but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable. Each episode contains 2 dishes that the chef gladly prepares for his customers, who savor each bite as if they were professional gourmets 😆 . I think it’s a perfect anime for those who want to watch something fluffy and heart warming and, of course, for those who love food!
Boku no Hero Academia
The 2nd season comes out even stronger than the first one, full of action and even more character development not only from Izuku, but his comrades as well. What can I say? This is one of my favorite shounen ever and keeps me at the edge of my seat everytime I watch a new episode (or read a new chapter). I probably already mentioned it in another post, but it’s not that common to see a shounen with a (shy) protagonist who has absolutely no super powers. I mean, sure, he does acquire them eventually, but even if that’s the case, we can’t forget that he didn’t have them at first, and that he struggles A LOT to control them properly (getting thousands of scars in the process). Again, I must have said this a million times too but I love how “realistic” this series is.
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon
Anime has a lot of comedy series swimming around, but how many of them actually make you laugh? Laugh like, LAUGH LAUGH, if that makes sense. In my case, not a lot of them. Sure, they can get a smile out of me or a silly “haha”. That’s it. In fact, a lot of them end up being painfully boring and I either drop them or am very tempted to (I’m looking at you Bungou Stray Dogs). NOT THIS ONE. At all. Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon isn’t just funny. It’s cute, it’s smart, it’s heart warming and, most of all, painful when you finish it (and when you have to accept the fact that you will never have a Maid Dragon in your apartment). I’m desperately hoping for a season two because Kobayashi’s daily life with Tooru and Kanna can’t end with a single season.
When you take “bakappuru” to the extreme, that’s Tsurezure children. Okay, some of the love pairs aren’t precisely couples yet, but they do have feelings for each other and it’s hilarious to see how they keep screwing up 😆 . Although there are some adorable scenes with actual romance, most of the content is comedic. It’s a fun series to watch if you’re craving something short and sweet. Don’t miss it, Katori-senpai could give you love advice too!
Tsuki Ga Kirei
It’s been a while since I watched such a great school romance that wasn’t so unrealistic and full of bs. A lot of the stuff I tend to find when it comes to this genre always has one of the main characters (usually the boy) be perfect, popular and what not while the other one (usually the girl) is shy, reserved, and unpopular. And don’t even get me started on “forbidden love” scenarios. No, Tsuki ga Kirei is nothing like that. This story is lovely because it shows romantic development VERY WELL and with characters that are far from perfect but do have things they’re good at. It’s also a great series because the story feels like it could REALLY happen to someone and it doesn’t feel forced at all. Guess my only complaint about this anime is Chinatsu who gets the trophy to worst fucking friend ever (and best friend award goes to Roman, of course).
Net-Juu no Susume
Even though I’m not an MMO player, I could still relate a lot to the “gamer stuff” (and stuff in general) that happened in this anime. Who doesn’t want to escape reality with a good video game? Who hasn’t pulled an all-nighter just to play? I’m still a bit younger than Moriko, but I can honestly say that I’ve felt like her more than once and the whole “I could have bought a game with the money I used for my haircut” hits close to home. I have to admit that it was a bit disappointing that the anime had to resort to such an obvious cliché in the OVA regarding Moriko and Sakurai’s little “bed accident” but I was very happy with the actual ending since it’s shown more than once that they are a bit awkward when it comes to love (and that’s fine! 😉 ), so the hand holding was perfect and more than enough.
Mahoutsukai no Yome
The story, the OST, the visuals, the characters…really, EVERYTHING in this anime is captivating. It’s very unusual to find a shoujo that actually talks about depression that isn’t overwhelming and, my dear friends, this is it. There’s so many things to love about this anime that I don’t know how to express them. If you haven’t, you need to watch it, period. I promise you won’t regret it. You should submerge in the magical world of magicians, wizards, dragons and other mystical creatures all while Chise starts to change not only in regards to her feelings towards Elias, but also in regards to how she feels about herself and what she wants to do with her life.
That’s all folks. Now I’m heading to a restaurant to celebrate the new year with my Dad. I wish you everyone a great 2018, hoping you make the best of it and stay cheerful and healthy!! ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ