LET US DRINK THE TEARS OF THE INNOCENT
HEY GUYS IT’S THAT TIME OF THE MONTH WHERE I JUSTIFY WHY I DON’T LIKE THE SHOWS YOU LIKE (OR VICE VERSA) AND BE A PRICK ABOUT IT.
Sometimes low expectations work.
8. Haiyore Nyaruko-san
This is one of the better harem shows I’ve seen in a long time. It’s self depreciating and awfully self aware, qualities that make it much more charming than your average harem. It’s not that funny though, it lacks a dash of wit to make it absolutely enjoyable. You can argue that perhaps I just can’t appreciate the Lovecraft references, and sadly I don’t because I’ve hardly read anything of the sort. (Although I’m looking into that now.)
I knew of AKB48 back when they were still a relatively small group with a niche audience and for some reason I just can’t hate it. It’s so goofy and the girls aren’t as grating as I was anticipating, so I (unexpectedly!) found myself enjoying it.
6. Sakamichi no Apollon
Some people are probably surprised to see this so low in the round up. I mean, objectively– it’s a fantastically put together show. But for some reason, it almost feels like that’s all it’s going for. It just doesn’t feel like the staff is pushing their limits with this show. There’s nothing significantly bad about SnA, and nothing significantly good either (except the music I suppose).
Hahahaha this is so meta.
I enjoy Fate/Zero for reasons that have little to do with the actual plot. We all know hell breaks loose, that’s just how Urobuchi rolls. It’s the situations characters are placed in and how they react that always intrigue me. Kariya’s breakdown is a great example of these moments. I’m more interested in the underlying messages attached to the work and the unintentional comedy (because let’s be honest, there’s a lot of it– like that scene where Kotomine stabs Tohsaka in the back. DEM facial expressions…)
The best scene.
4. Kuroko no Basket
People who fancy themselves as ‘serious anime fans’ would hardly consider KnB on their watchlist and people who actually take basketball seriously would probably be offended…but KnB is just too fun to pass up. The characters are over the top and the games take on this very ‘battle shounen’ method of execution that I enjoy a lot. It’s also one of the funnier shows this season. The “This is Japanese Lunch Time Rush” scene had me in stitches. The reason this show is so high is because I actually enjoy it a lot and not in an ironic way.
3. Un-Go Ingaron (OVA)
I’ve continuously pondered on writing about Un-Go Ingaron, but I’m afraid I can’t do it justice. If you’re a fan, go watch it. This show is incredibly underrated. The story is so beautifully layered and it’s only until you have all the pieces together that you can truly marvel at how well written this series is. I might have to rewatch it someday.
This face pops up a lot in this show.
2. Hunter x Hunter
Even with tough competition this season, Hunter x Hunter is still one of the most enjoyable and impressive shows for me. With a lot of shows of this length things get repetitive, but with HxH– the development is designed for a longer run. The characters and the world that surrounds them remains a mystery and the story continues to deviate from typical shounen tropes. I can guarantee that anyone who’s stuck with the show this far is going to be rewarded (as if you weren’t already) with something truly special.
Boku no Tears
And here we have my favorite of the season, Tsuritama. Sometimes it’s the simplest stories that carry the most profound messages. Tsuritama has always been refreshing, and knowing Kenji Nakamura– it’s one of those shows that has a lot of symbolism and references (although admittedly in this work, it’s a little harder to spot due to cultural differences?) but the true strength of this series lies in how it develops it characters and actually confronts the issues being dealt with. AnoHana implied a lot of things but never completely resolved them, in Tsuritama we actually see these characters grow and find themselves.
The visuals are not simply there to impress, but express. In the age where anime can get away with producing high end visuals, Tsuritama stays true to the saying: “Show, not tell.” Repeating motifs such as stars, triangles and children’s toys have their specific purposes…something I find to be lacking in recent anime. So yeah, this is my favorite show this season, no other show from spring 2012 has had me this emotionally (and financially) invested.