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: School Live

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I will save you some trouble in case you haven’t watched or heard of this yet. This is a series that combines the cuteness of a school-themed anime with the terror of a zombie apocalypse. Having said that, there are two very different worldviews going on in this show. As it appears in its reality, it’s a zombie-ridden world where one’s own survival is necessary.

And yet in the eyes of one girl, it is the last chance to enjoy high school life before graduation. You would be right to call me crazy to think that somehow both of these worldviews are compatible. But what transcends from this series is a case not just to survive, but to live, even when the world goes to Hell.

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Great Moments in Summer 2015 Anime

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Summer is over, and that means no more lazy days for some of us (yeah, I know). But before I start preparing for other things including the Fall anime season, let’s revisit some of the moments that came from a handful of anime from this past season.

This highlight review’s theme is Hero, thanks to this season’s Ushio and Tora.

Obligatory disclaimer: these are the great moments of the season, not necessarily the greatest moments of the season. These moments come from a limited list of things that I watched and does not include everything that aired in Summer 2015. You can find all of these anime and more on Crunchyroll.

And as always, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!

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My Summer 2015 Crunchyroll Simulcasts

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Hey everyone! Finally found time to preview lots of new anime for the Summer 2015 season, and to think there are STILL shows to be released all this month! But for now, here are 14 of the new shows I will be watching. Why 14? Because it’s my favorite number. Yeah.

Each show I will feature here will include genre tags, a brief summary of the show, and my personal opinion on the pilot. You can find all of these and more on Crunchyroll! This is also not a complete list of everything I’m watching/picking up. Let’s get these first impressions started!

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