2015 has come and gone! It was my first full year of watching simulcast shows and it was quite the experience. Half of the fun was my weekly Skype calls with my best friend to discuss each week’s new episodes together though! XD There were some excellent shows this year and overall I had a fantastic year of watching new anime that intrigued me and gave me joy.
My next post will cover my top ten shows of the season, but today I do want to take the time to give a few honorable mentions to my other favorite shows, and shout outs to sequels and shorts!
(This is a personal list, not a critical one. XD)
Gourmet Girl Graffiti: Filled with sweet mild fanservice (OF AMAZING FOOD, ARE YOU KIDDING), I found a lot of comfort in the weekly episodes of the two girl friends cooking together. Shaft’s animation was a huge highlight; I’ve never seen food look so good and seductive, ROFL. This was of course only a teaser to what was to come in Food Wars, but on its own, Graffiti was a great food show that I adored!
Attack on Titan: Junior High: So this show made me fall in love with Attack on Titan again. The characters work even better in the parody setting. Outside of Armin, I found all the characters to be hysterically parodied, making them more likable! Mikasa is at last acknowledged the clingy one-note girl that she is and Eren’s aggressive passion seems even more perfect.
Saekano: My very first ecchi happened to be an extremely self-aware one. A brilliant satire on tropes and game creation in general, Saekano provided excellent comedy, sweet romance, and a stronger focus on plot and characters than mindless fanservice. I’m extremely excited for its second season and am looking forward to where this harem and their game goes!
Re-Kan!: I found this one to be quite underrated, so I’m giving it a mention now. This was a very sweet supernatural school show that focused less on drama about “having a sixth sense” to “helping people with the sixth sense.”It had true emotional strength and a very beautiful resolution that made all the episodes worth watching. So if you like ghosts and some “yuri-hinting” XD, definitely give this a try!
Your Lie in April: This was one of the best shows to begin seasonal watching for me personally, being a piano player myself. It was A) totally involving while watching, B) GORGEOUSLY ANIMATED, and C) emotionally poignant, despite some heavy dripping drama. It wasn’t perfect, but I found it be an incredible watch…just for the animated piano performances alone!
Punch Line: This was that shocking summer anime that tried to fool us into think it was just about a ghost boy whose ability was accidentally letting him see all his roommates undies…and then BAM. Superpowers, saving the world, emotionally tragic backstories, a plot that was insane but made sense while you watched…. Punch Line was just a complete surprise and joy to watch. Not trashy at all; just insanely unique and fun! XD
Himouto! Umura-chan:I enjoyed this more than I thought I would! Jekyll and Hyde meets chibi otaku and the results were amusing for a once a week summer flick. The characters and scenarios were funny, and the show was incredibly consistent when it came to what we could expect to see each episode. I enjoyed getting to know all the characters by the end of summer, and I’d love a sequel!
Shomin Sample: This was a comedy romance ecchi that actually didn’t feel like an in-your-face ecchi! I was pleasantly surprised by how the story focused more on the rich girls of the school forming a club around a guy to learn about “commoner life”…and left under the impression he’s gay. XD The blue-haired loli stole my heart and the rest of the show was just as sweet!
The Perfect Insider: Best mystery show of the year by far, and an original anime at that! With characters that moved with a touch of realism and a locked room mystery truly worth puzzling over, The Perfect Insider was the most rewarding mystery show of 2015 watch. It also featured one of the most stunning and addicting openings of the year.
Outrageously Good Sequels
Noragami’s sequel, Noragami Aragoto, answered questions, filled in backstories, and delved more into the most intriguing world of gods and phantoms. On a whole, Noragami is an excellent shounen adventure tale with great heart and animation, definitely worth your time watching! Sequel Non Non Biyori Repeat was a true comedy/slice-of-life gem, well worth continuing the adorable story of children living in the Japanese countyside. Is The Order a Rabbit?? was also worth catching up for, the series continuing to be completely adorable and full of more little escapades and moe fluff for my favorite moe girls to live through. ❤
If I counted them, both Noragami Aragoto and Non Non Biyori Repeat would be in my top ten shows of the year!
2015’s Best Shorts:
I watched a lot of shorts this year, but these are my top six personal favorites that were totally worth my time watching…even though they were already, well, short! XD
Fushigi Na Somera-chan was a weekly Fall dose of “WTF ROFL” comedy. Loved it because…so many amazing “wait…WTF?” XD The second season of I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying was better than it’s predecessor and great adorable fun! Kagewani, a horror monster show, is actually a must-watch on my list, being completely absorbing once you adjust to the animation style.
We got TWO seasons of Miss Monochrome this year and both were good continuations for our favorite want-to-be Android singer, with actual career progression. The pillow-boys-come-to-life short Makura no Danshi was another dose of “WTF” with bishounens talking to me from the screen…so that was a hoot. XD And Wakaba*Girl. I can only describe Wakaba*Girl as just plain stupid cute. Too much cute. I died every week from the cute. I need more OF THE CUTE.
What were your favorite shorts and sequels of the year? Which of my honorable mentions made it into YOUR top ten of the year? You’ll have to wait to see my top ten, though. Keep your eyes peeled. 😉