Spring 2016 has had quite the hot start. This anime season has been promising and quite entertaining. After choosing some that, based on their trailers, peaked my interest and some that haven’t currently: Kiznaiver, Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto, The Lost Village, Re:Zero- Starting Life in Another World, My Hero Academia, and Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress have me enjoying the ability to see, hear, and feel. Actually watching them as they release, which is a change, has me hyped each week for the new episodes. It also has me feeling quite saddened as I have to wait for new episodes.
Starting with my personal favorite from this bunch is Re:Zero, Re: Life in a Different World from Zero, is an action, adventure, fantasy anime involving our main protagonist Subaru Natsuki as he is, out of the blue, transported to a fantasy style world different than our own. Initially disappointed by his own expectations, he quickly discovers he has a unique ability that allows him to turn back time each time he dies to a point earlier in the day. This anime has blown me out of the water. The beginning is silly and odd, however the setup almost immediately afterward gets you hooked. The characters are each interesting and we see the story of his first day in this new world from Subaru’s perspective as he has to change his decisions, each time he dies, to accomplish the mission he has given himself to help the half-elf female, who announces her name as Satella, retrieve a stolen item and avoid both of their deaths. There are other twists as well so give this a try as each episode gets even better.
Next up is My Hero Academia, the story of Izuku Midoriya and his dream of becoming like All Might, the greatest hero. Human beings, at some time during our history, underwent some sort of genetic mutation and began to develop “super powers” named Quirks. Izuku is one of the few born without any such Quirk and is told on many occasions throughout life to stop hoping his will manifest. Now in his final junior high year, he still clings to hope of being the same type of hero as All Might, one of the best and well known heroes. After a chance encounter Izuku begins to take his first step toward becoming a true hero. This anime has an interesting immersive effect. It creates a nostalgia factor from nothing and makes you feel like a kid watching Saturday morning cartoons again. It brings excitement, comedy, and action to the plate. The take on the comic book characters developed in America is interesting and thought out. For example, All Might names many of his attacks after states like his Texas Smash attack. This is also highly recommend for anyone.
Next is Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, an anime that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world sometime during the industrial revolution time period. The country of Japan, and presumed the world, is infested with kabane, zombie-like beings that feast for human flesh. They are only able to be killed by piercing and destroying their hearts. This has forced the citizens to construct walls and cities as checkpoints on the stops of trains and using them as their main form of transportation. In addition to kabane, there are also beings between kabane and human: Kabaneri. This anime is made by the same studio that created Attack on Titan and Seraph of the End: Wit Studio. The animation is great and the action is breathtaking.
Next is Kiznaiver. From Studio Trigger, the same team that brought us Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia, we have an anime that takes place in Sugimori City, a city built for one specific purpose: world peace through the connection of wounds. The main characters: Katsuhira Agata, Norika Sonozaki, Chidori Takashiro, Hajime Tenga, Niko Niiyama, Tsuguhito Yuta, Honoka Maki, and Yoshiharu Hisomu, with the exception of Norika Sonozaki are bound to one another specifically and feel each other’s pain divided among them. This anime is really interesting as it comes from the creators of Kill la Kill and shows similar themes and references throughout the show. From the outskirts of Gainax, the creators of heavy hitters in the anime industry: Gurren Lagann and Neon Genesis Evangelion, I believe they have done it again. The story is just what someone who’s seen their previous work would enjoy. If you’ve enjoyed any of their previous work you will very much enjoy Kiznaiver.
Moving on to our next anime is Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto. This anime focuses on local high schooler Sakamoto. He is an individual good at everything he attempts. Many other students attempt to thwart his efforts to be stylish, and as he maneuvers their efforts they make him appear even more so. He’s capable of causing quite the stir, predict his “opponents”, and has complete control over his body. It has nice comedy and the moments where you think “How did he do that?” or “Wow”. It’s an interesting anime for if you have time for something a little different than the usual action filled anime.
The final anime on this list is The Lost Village. This anime is about people who wish to begin their lives anew away from society. They all join a tour for the legendary and elusive Janaki Village, a place where not even the Japanese government have been able to find. Many mysterious happenings make many of the characters wish to leave. They find themselves immersed entirely in the village, unable to leave. Each of the characters is different but also has similarities in behavior. These happenings cause much tension for all the characters forcing some very aggressive behavior within the group. This anime is somewhat odd for me, however, it does have interesting points that make me continue watching.
These animes all have interesting beginnings and developments throughout and I highly recommend checking them out.
Have you enjoyed any of these animes? Do you agree or disagree with my initial thoughts on the shows? Which anime from this season do you recommend?