Favorites of the Season - when you just can't wait for the next episode to come out
Historical fiction, the sengoku period - heavily steeped in samurai goodness. My favorite, along with my favorite daiymo - Nobunaga! (Fun fact - his crest is one of the mon on my blog background.) The premise - high school boy gets sucked into the past and has to live his life as Oda Nobunaga, the first of the three great unifiers of Japan. The history is pretty good, and shows how Nobunaga gets his start from the "fool of Owari" to becoming one of history's greatest. Though the show gets a little feels-heavy at times, it's got good humor, and it's fun to see all his retainers and enemies come to life in the anime (for example, Tokugawa is portrayed as a portly and cute womanizer).
Also, it can be considered one of the few anime that have made me cry! And not for doki-doki sappy love story reasons either, which is rare. It's funny, even though you may know the history, and you know a lot of people die (because, duh - warring states era!), the show does a good job of attaching you to the characters beforehand :P
The one thing that might be a drawback for some (and at least took me a little time to get used to) is that the animation style is not typical. It's almost like flash, or a cel-shaded videogame instead of the usual hand-drawn anime style. But overall I definitely think it's worth watching, especially if you're interested in history at all. I also hear there will be a live-action version coming eventually, so if the art-style throws you off, you could watch the drama instead I suppose! It's also a manga, but not much of it has been translated from what I could find.
|Naru teaching Sensei how to float~|
So if you can get past the boring-sounding description and lack of fast-paced action or plot, then give this anime a try! It's definitely a nice change of pace, and might actually be good for those not that into anime, since the art style isn't crazy and it's fairly "normal" since it's in the slice of life genre.
Girl's Monthly Nozaki-Kun
Comedy. So this one might have been able to go into the category below, but since I personally watched it as soon as it came out, I'm including this silly anime with the two more mature shows above. The premise, a high school boy (who is a shoujo mangaka) and his assistants at school experience and mock various stereotypical shoujo character types and plot devices. It's hilarious, especially if you read a lot of shoujo manga. But I'll admit that it's also infuriating, because there is zero character or relationship development. Zero. I think that in itself is mocking the shoujo genre, so I'll accept it - but darn, I just want Chiyo x Nozaki to happen already!
Must Watch - but maybe not right-this-very-minute
|Momoka and her friend, Lemon|
Though one thing I did not like at all about this show is there was one episode where the heroine put on weight, and solved it by throwing up. I think there was a disclaimer not to do that on the bottom, but I think that was too sensitive a subject to be used for a light-hearted comedy.
|So pretty. So tragic!|
I think there's probably better mecha anime out there, and this is the first I've watched in a while, but I liked it. There will be a next season in winter, too.
Watched - but I don't know why
Sword Art Online Season 2
|He does have a light saber this time, which is pretty cool|
(Sak would also like me to point out that the light novel series is apparently much better than the anime.)
Dropped - halfway through
Moe slice of life. A girl becomes a local idol for her hometown to bring in tourism. More cute girls join. It's cute, but that's about it. I like moe in small doses, but at some point in the season we decided we could better use our time to watch other things.
|Smells like Twilight|
Anyway, that's my summer anime review in a nutshell. Did you watch any anime this summer? What'd you think?