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2017 Anime Summer Season - What are you watching?


#33

I’m looking to pick up boku no hero at some point soon here. I wasn’t too sure about the series when I first saw it, but with all the memes it spawned I guess I gotta get in on it as well… eventually.

I recently finished watching Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju and it’s 2nd season which ended this spring. I found it very compelling. It follows a “family”, more like a clan I suppose, of rakugo performers from before ww2 up to modern era Japan and delves deep into an otherwise not very well explored cultural aspect of the nation (by us foreigners that is). I found it very interesting both in it’s historical aspects as well as the personal drama that develops over the 2 seasons.

It’s not a particularly action packed sort of anime, it’s about people telling stories after all and you’ll get to hear several stores quite a number of times. The animation manages to keep it visually engaging though by switching “camera angles” and creating interesting perspectives of what would otherwise just be a dude sitting on a stage talking.

I really enjoyed it overall.


#34

@Fraggles Yeah it’s a good show. The actual rakugo is kind of boring in my opinion, but I loved everything around it.


#35

i wonder if any of you fine animu aficionados might have a Slice of Life type recommendation up your sleeves this casul could use
having gotten into “Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san” this spring (damn that’s some relaxing fox fur fluffing :blush:), i got in a mood for some chill “Kanna concentrate” if you will
and i wonder if there is anything off the top of your heads that’s sorta like her, and fits with similar condensed cuteness, no plot, no drama, no (high) school cliques, just (adorable) relaxation, sorta like if Kanna had gotten her own tv show too maybe…


#36

I think Kumamiko: Girl Meets Bear might work for you. Or Non Non Biyori if that’s one that slipped you by in the past. Are you just now awakening to the wonders of slice of life and have not really watched any before? Because there’s a lot of great series of that sort out there.


#37

aye, mostly i’m looking for fantasy type stuff, demon/supernatural/magick/vamp, with a bit of action. Only slices that sorta immediately spring to mind would probably be miss kobayashi and umaru i think. Often i just see a tagline or quick description snippet and immediately go “SKIP” in my head. I end up being super picky/overly dismissive most of the times, because it can come of as stuff that would be boring to me, and so i don’t really want to “waste” 20mins to find out (even had no initial intention on starting Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko it was just sorta an accidental click i let roll with)

and thanks, will add those 2 to check out


#38

It would help to know what you’ve already watched. However, i highly HIGHLY suggest you watch Clannad.


#39

Yeah that’s not an approach that’s going to work for slice of life, because by their very nature any synopsis or collection of tags will make them sound boring, stupid and pointless. But that’s also kind of their charm.

I take it you DID in fact watch Kobayashi then? Because if not that’s just one of the best slice of life animes to have been made in recent history. Though for you in particular I’d recommend Non non biyori first since you recently watched Higurashi and those two series have essentially an identical setting. So that ought to make for an interesting experience.

Flying witch is a somewhat recent one that was very good, not quite as cutesy as the previous mentions. It’s a very laid back series about a young witch who’s getting to know the local otherworldly inhabitants of a new town.

Usagi drop. Middle aged fellow finds himself suddenly adopting a 6 year old girl after an extended family disaster. Just a very sweet and heartwarming little series, don’t read the manga.

Amaama to Inazuma (sweetness and lightning) another very sweet and heartwarming story with a single dad and his daughter.

I’m sorry if I’m already overloading you with recommendations. I could probably go on for far too long on this topic.


#40

oh yea i’ve definitely enjoyed Kobayashi
and it’s totally fine, since i’m so unfamiliar with them it’s good to get a bunch to check out, specially now i’m more aware of awesome nuggets can hide behind unassuming summaries/intros so to at least give it an initial chance instead of immediate dismissal

i’ll check those out and come back for seconds after seeing how those tastes :+1:

hehe i would if i could, not only don’t i really keep track, but as mentioned, only (slices) thing that really springs to mind would be miss Kobayashi and Umaru.
Other than that it’s mostly fantasy action stuff i’ve watched. don’t even think warau salesman would count as slice of life o.0
but i’ll check clannad out for sure


#41

Personally, i use myanimelist.net to keep track of everything. It helps for discovering sequels and prequels, what you plan to watch and have watched, and keeping track of how much time you’ve wasted spent watching shows.

You can create a personal list like mine: https://myanimelist.net/animelist/kovec (i wasn’t going to share it but i guess i don’t really care afterall).


#42

current three for me

One punch man on tuesdays.

JoJo’s bizare adventure on fridays.

both are amazing animes.

also just picked up my hero academia and that’s pretty ace, if a little bit repetitive.

other than that I’m waiting for DB super to return and that pretty much covers my anime as of late xD I only just started getting back into it recently and I watch lots of stuff on youtube so I gotta try and fit it all in haha.

there are a lot of things I don’t watch cause they look lame xD (slice of life) and other stuff, but we shan’t in case diversion of opinions starts a waifu war, and we don’t want another one of those.


#43

only three ?? o.0
dang, do i feel like a weekly weeb all of a sudden :no_mouth:

Attack on Titan
Dororo
One Punch Man
Rising of Shield Hero
Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san
Kenja no Mago
Kimetsu no Yaiba
Fairy Gone (probably dropping this tho :grimacing:)
and i feel like i’m forgetting one… :thinking:
-not counting stuff i probably should watch but haven’t started up yet, like Isekai Quartet and Gunjou no Magmel(tho i struggled with the premise during ep1)

and is it just me or is the lesser focus on Saitama in season 2 a bit of a bummer ? :confused: (OPM is still awesome tho)


#44

that’s not bad I promise xD its me not being enough of a weeb! >.<

gimme recommendations with a tag ! I like stuff that’s good. :wink:

is rise of the shield hero any good? I keep being recommended it by crunchy-chan.

just a good story is essential, doesn’t matter if it drips every now and then but a good story is crucial, My hero is so far winning with that, very good story telling.

in my lifetime I only remember a couple of times I cried to an anime, good storytelling will do that to me, you have to make them feel for the character, and that anime was BOKURANO, that is my recommendation to @everyone it’s only 12 episodes so you can do it in 2 days :smiley:


#45

you want something to cry over? I’ll give you something to cry over!
I’m not going to synopsise anything here, just a list. Go watch each and ever one of them.

Ano hana (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai.)
The title will make you cry to start with, who the hell named this series? A title that officially has a . in it because it’s a proper sentence.

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
Beautiful music, childhood trauma and other fun stuff.

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
Slow build on this one, but it’ll get you, oh it will get you.

From the New world
Great fantasy series, wont pull any punches. Also a bit slow to start.

March comes in like a lion
Including this one because you want good stories, the story telling in this one is superb and it got me to tears once or twice over it’s two seasons too.

Nana
Old and quite long, kind of a drama/slice of life series. Great story with characters you will feel for and it’ll try to hit you in the kidneys now and then as well.


#46

Yeah i consider Bokurano on par with Clannad. There’s another one that’s not quite on that level called Myself; Yourself (but i found some of the characters obnoxious).


#47

that sounds like my pace, though bokurano is a bit POW I normally prefer a build up.

thanks for all the recommendations

fraggie they’re all going on an anime list haha xD

that’s one I haven’t seen so I might just do so :smiley: nice to see it’s not just me who’s seen bokurano :smiley:


#48

@Gnuffi 2 years later, wowee

I’m not the slice of life kind of person, usually I watch when recommended. They might not fit in what you describe, but it’s worth a shot: Lucky Star, Re:Life, Violet Evergarden, Gakkougurashi, Dagashi Kashi, High Score Girl, K-On, Mahoutsukai no Yome, Mushishi, Natsume Yuujinchou.

I guess they’re suggesting because is popular right now, I can’t tell you if it’s good or not because I’m burned out on isekais, so I didn’t even start this one. But from what I’ve seen from memes, it’s the generic type that people overhype, I might be wrong tho.


#49

I saw the same thing happen with my hero, I gave it a few months for the super weebs to settle and for it to come to my mind of its own will, but from what I’ve heard about shield hero is that its extreme “waifu bait” and that’s not something to attract me haha.


#50

personally i love Rising of the Shield hero
it still has “the usual stuff”, but the added obstacles they dumped on the protagonist was a nice diff from recent stuff i watched
but i’m also a sucker for a lot of the isekai and fantasy stuff. Bunch of people will say overlord aint that good, and i love it, despite being a ridiculous power fantasy.
Kenjo no Mago would probably be considered bland and paint it by the numbers, but i’m still super into because unlike Overlord or how to summon a demon lord it’s a power fantasy with more down to earth mc, (even if the applied “realism” is a bit silly sometimes). -so that’s the kind of gnome/taste your dealing with :wink:
But Rising of Shield Hero is probably my current favourite watch of the week enjoying it even more than i did That Time i Got reincarnated as a Slime, so i’m glad Hero’s season aint over yet.
give it an episode or 2 maybe to check out if you’re into that isekai stuff

i was considering applying for a “necro badge” :blush:


#51

dude overlord totally appealed to me, there is nothing wrong with a power trip, isn’t that essentially many other animes? its just because the protag actually rules them all that they notice haha.

overlord was on my watch list of modern ones, I will definitely watch it now.

another that keeps being recommended and looks good is that golden kamuy or something like that, the one with the russian soldier and the extreme CG bear, it seems brutal but I wont know yet, and also parasite eve seemed gorey and fun :smiley:

I think I might one day! no harm in giving it a try.


#52

have not watched either yet, i have (several) times been recommended to watch something called parasyte maxim, or something,., i think, but not made it into it yet. (will add the other 2 to check out)

recommending stuff is difficult for me, because i’m not that well versed in anime, and moreover i tend to “forget” (especially titles) stuff i watched, but also i think i get into an anime/enjoy it for reasons a bunch of other people might not.
You mentioned good story, can’t really recall “much”/something where it was the story itself that stood out for me, but more that i get engrossed in “the overall” medley of world, characters, story, fantasy/themes, so even if one point might be (very) weak, i can still enjoy and relax with it.

Think Goblin Slayer might be a good recent example of that, from one perspective it could probably easily be argued what story there is isn’t really anything special, pretty much usual japanese DnD stuff going on. But “something” about it just skyrocketed it to be one of my favs along other epic fantasies stuff like Claymore, and it might just be the simplicity of it “goblins hurt people, i don’t like goblins, goblins bad, i kill goblins” somehow very satisfying to me (and it was pretty gorgeous too)

Grancrest war seemed to twirl between having some interesting lore to stupid story for me, and can’t really remember where i landed, but maybe it was the faction aspect and rank building that got me staying, i know i didn’t really care much for the main characters “plight” as they moved on to/through their various personal issues, but the “backdrop” of the world which was pretty central had me interested.

Then on the other hand, while maybe not the best story, stuff like Maoyuu Maou Yuusha, Gate, The Seven Deadly sins all managed to get me interested in their story despite it maybe not being a big deal.
and even tho i really liked Chain Chronicle, it wasn’t really the story, but the overall fantasy/“magick” stuff that i enjoyed

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash i think it was, was just a tremendous isekai for me, and in contrast to the usual or even Shield Hero, their struggle is somewhat real, specially since they aren’t the usual “spawn of a God” so that probably counts as a good story “for me”.

and obviously Rage of bahamut is also reusing classic fantasy tropes, but both s1 and 2 had me engaged in more than just the wonderful characters, even if knowing how stuff probably panned out ahead, -something Lodoss War never managed for me

having just watched When they Cry it’s probably one of the most recent one where the story was part of what kept me sticking around, but also struggled with to the point of “having” to ask for confirmation that twists didn’t just drag on (and i felt it was well worth/satisfied having watched in the end after all), and episode to episode it could be the crazy girls’ moments that sustained my interest through a couple of stale misses.

and then ofc there is Tokyo Ghoul… where i was happy with season 1… and somehow, can’t even say why, i managed to suffer through all the rest, despite getting to be hating both the story, world, and characters more and more and made it through to the end and the final episode with just the sensation of lots of time wasted regret o.0

but stuff that’s going on “right now” i think Shield Hero and Kimetsu no Yaiba are probably worth to check out, might take 2 episodes to figure out tho, i think Kimetsu no Yaiba might messed up the initial pacing a bit