Please excuse my absence. Between getting sick, working on obligatory family things around the holidays, and still looking for work, I completely ignored my own 5-year anniversary on the 31st of December! Sorry I’m late!
Of all the side projects that I have done, I never would have thought that anime reviews would be the one thing that I would like to do most on this site. Well it’s the one thing that gets the most traffic on this site anyway, never mind my fan fictions and philosophical musings that I also do!
If there is anything that I have learned from being a largely ignored WordPress user who hypocritically doesn’t do anything to get people to notice him, it’s that you will only get attention on the Internet if you talk about stuff that everyone else is talking about, or you space out your content with pictures that grabs users’ attentions. And yes, while that is definitely a skill that I don’t have as a writer, I am just about as stubborn as every other critic out there who believes that my opinion needs to be heard, rather than appease the audience!
So it has just occurred to me that in my 5 years of running this blog, I have yet to ever post a rankings for my favorite anime of every year! And I have to ask myself: why have I been evading this topic? I literally do a list on my personal Facebook account for my friends to see every year, only for them to either ignore or slam all of my choices– oooohhh…
So here’s the deal. As 2017 comes to a close, I will publish my list of my 14 favorite anime that have aired some time this year. Why 14? Because 14’s my favorite number. No other reason. Bear in mind, these are my choices, and I respect that your top favorites are going to be different from mine. You’ll probably notice that I haven’t reviewed a lot of these yet, and that’s fine. They’re on my to do list. Think of this following list as a series of mini-reviews to tide you over before I take a much larger glance at some of these gems. You can find all of these and more on Crunchyroll!
Without further ado, these are my picks for my favorite anime of 2017!
I am a firm believer that art is better felt than explained. As such, I prefer sharing my opinions about anime based more on experience and thoroughly researched content behind my impressions, rather than describe every little element that goes into how it was made. But for a modern anime as simple as She and Her Cat, no amount of experience or research can ever be conveyed for why this is such a beautiful short. And no, it doesn’t get a pass just because Makoto Shinkai directed it.
So rather than explain to you what makes it beautiful from an observational standpoint, I will relay to you my experiences as I see them through such a simple series. And in case you thought my interview with Muco was entertaining (first of all, why?), sadly I couldn’t get Daru to help me out this time. Don’t get me wrong, cats are cool. But sometimes communicating with them is kind of strange.
Earlier this year, Hand Shakers was an anime that was met with high anticipation. The studio behind it was responsible for the critically acclaimed K, as well as some guilty pleasures like the Seitokai Yakuindomo and Princess Lover series. Now to me, hype is the worst thing that could happen to a series, as it polarizes the fans who will love trash if you throw it at them, from the critics who see these shows as the most god-awful pieces of crap ever to have been committed to animation.
And with such anticipation, that’s exactly what happened. A monumental letdown to fans, that has since become a cult classic to challenge would-be anime critics into getting aggravated over this series for all of its terrible direction. And yes, it is terrible.
Well… I just finished a reality hurdle that has been bogging me down for the past 6 months just yesterday, so I’m in a much better mood to tackle said “garbage.” And… well… it’s bad… like… if you really love the innocence of anime, stay away from this series, kinda bad. But if you’re like me, and think that determining whether a show is good or bad in itself is rather superficial… uhm… it’s not as bad as you might think…?
Hey anime fans! Lystria is back to do more anime reviews!
This time, we’re going to discuss a fun series for the kids. That’s right. No theories. No heavy anecdotes. No antagonizing criticisms that make me really mad about everything!
But there is one problem for me when it comes to discussing this anime. The main character here is a dog! An akita, to be precise. I don’t really understand dogs in general, so recently, I interviewed the lovely Muco with some questions I had for her. The following post has been transcribed for your entertainment.