This is the second post of hopefully many more to come, so please continue to read and support Yumestate! The end of March signified the conclusion of winter 2013 anime, and April kicked off with a whole new set of series for the spring season. This month we’ll take a look at some of these shows that finished, as well as discuss some classics that made it in my books in terms of quality.
I’ve compiled the list for anime that I finished in the month of April as well as some that overlapped in the end of March. In no particular order:
- Death Note
- Minami-ke Tadaima
- Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru
- Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT
- Tamako Market
- Mahou Shoujo Madoka?Magica Movie 2: Eien no Monogatari
- Mahou Shoujo Madoka?Magica Movie 1: Hajimari no Monogatari
In total we have 9 series and two movies, with some that are sequels and/or a retelling of the original story.
The majority of the anime that aired in winter 2013 were enjoyable and interesting to say the least. While one can argue that some of these series are just a rehash of “tried-and-true” stories and plot, I felt they each had elements that also made them unique; Tamako Market is technically just like another Slice-of-Life, but there are moments that make it enjoyable for any audience, even those that may be able to guess what’s going to happen down the road. The only ones that disappointed me in the end were Sasami-san and OreShura.
I think most people who watched Sasami-san would agree that it was different. My understanding of the story goes like this: there are Gods that reside in all things; people, places, environments, and objects are all possessed by Gods and Goddesses. There is the ruler of all, the God Amaterasu, who resides in Sasami. Issues begin to rise where the subconscious of Sasami are put into motion by Amaterasu without her knowing, or Sasami becomes the target of other Gods who want to get rid of her and/or take her powers.
If you followed all that (and I would understand if you didn’t), the producers SHAFT took that plot and threw it into a mixed bag of possibilities. There are times where things just don’t make sense, or the story doesn’t connect with the previous episode. However, I still enjoyed the fact that it was different. There were some really cool battles, and because it was so different, there were some scenes that just were awesome and deliberately unreal.
Anyway, I want to avoid doing a full review of anime, so I’ll just say a few things about the rest of the series; Kotoura-san was really great and refreshing. It wasn’t your typical slice-of-life, and has a great plot in addition to its comedy. Senyuu and (hopefully) Boku Tomodachi aren’t finished, but they were funny and still maintain a strong following in my books. Minami-Ke pleased its viewers by following the first season’s quality rather than the downhill stunts pulled by season 2 and 3.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movies 1 and 2
Though the Madoka movies aired quite a while ago in Japan and in the US, in Canada they were finally (and surprisingly) shown in March 2013.
I think they did a great job in conveying (and milking) the series. After finishing the first two movies, I have come to appreciate even more of Yuki Kajiura’s music and compositions, as well as the ultimately tragic story of Madoka and her fellow Mahou Shoujos. I feel that there are a lot of people who like Madoka Magica, but also a lot people that dislike it. Madoka gets a lot of unnecessary hate because it’s popular; Instead, i’m referring to those that provide an argument on what and why they dislike Madoka.
It’s important to note that Madoka Magica is not a perfect 10/10 anime. If it was, it wouldn’t be getting so many dislikes in the first place, trolls aside. That being said, Madoka definitely is an anime I consider top-tier, or one that goes down in the books as a successful anime with a strong fan following. It goes above and beyond that of a typical anime in the same genre, bringing in many different elements that make it shine brighter than the rest.
For me, one aspect of judging how good an anime is, is by determining the broad range of categories and genres it can cross, and successfully carrying the story through all that. Madoka can be classified as Supernatural, Magic, Drama, (arguably) Romance, and Suspense. If we wanted to segregate it into more smaller categories, we can, but we can do that for any anime. Again, without going so far as to do a full review, I can say that Madoka was definitely a hit in my books rather than a miss. Go watch the series if you haven’t! Just think, they wouldn’t make THREE movies on a series if they also didn’t think it was good, right?
That about does it for April. I want to highlight a little bit about my next post regarding specifically Death Note and Escaflowne. I know I included it in April’s list of watched anime, but you’ll have to wait until my next post in about a week (or two) to find out what’s in store for these two anime. Until then, thanks for reading and feel free to visit other Yumestate posts.