Recent Anime that Subtly Broke their Genre Molds

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I’m going to do something a little different. I have been seeing a lot of gripes about how anime is getting repetitive lately, and to be honest, that is true on a basic, oversimplified level. While the industry does favor anime with similar stories and themes in terms of being “safe” choices for viewers, there are others that enjoy making fun of tired tropes in the form of parodies, or completely deconstruct their genres. These kinds of shows are the ones that fans and critics alike will talk about the most, whether they liked or disliked them.

However, I’m more interested in a handful of “middle tier” anime: shows that weren’t necessarily bad or good, but altered their themes slightly where they felt original to me, but also maintained important aspects of their respective genres. Some of these have become popular, but I thought that they were very creative in offering something different. For limitation’s sake, these are anime series that I have already reviewed on this blog. By the end of this post, I hope you’ll appreciate the idea that no two anime are alike.

These are in no particular order.

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Anime Review: orange

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I’ve been revisiting a lot of anime that I have watched this year, seeing how this is about the time when we look back on everything 2016. That includes anime. And in all that time of reflection, I have to say:

orange is my pick for Anime of the Year 2016.

Yeah, I said it! And based on literally every poll I’ve seen lately, I’m in the minority for saying that. I’m sure for the next couple of days, anime fans will be arguing over why their favorite anime is the best. But for me, the reason is rather simple. orange didn’t just make me think about its narrative. It became part of my own.

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