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Undefeatable Hero
What if Elvin was female?
posted March 12, 2018 01:51 PM

So here are some picks from what I've watched in the last few years that I think are worth a highlight in no particular order. There are others like Girls und Panzer, 91 Days, for example, which are very much worth a watch for multiple reasons but these are the ones that really stood out to me as not only good but special.

Tetsuwan Birdy Decode: The Cipher
Alt title: Tetsuwan Birdy Decode: Between You and Me

was really good but I'm not quite sure how much of that's going to be lost if you aren't familiar with the background. The whole action side is not the point here though so probably nothing too important, just some humour.

English voice acting is very good for this but Shion has a specific way of speaking and acting in Japanese that isn't replicable in English so you're going to lose that. Some of the scenes are definitely better in English though. And they redid the Song scene in English, huge respect for that.
Of course the right option is to watch it twice ^^

The art is really good, there are some stunningly good scenes and if you like animation it's worth paying attention to the specific way they do some things. Especially the poses and transitions between them are superb. It's also worth noting that instead of using CG in-between frames to smooth out the transitions they stuck with using at most one frame between the key-frames 99% of the time which allows them to emphasize movement at other times. It makes some of the already impressive scenes stand out even more.

If you have trouble finding this it's also aired as the 13th episode of the second season of Birdy the Mighty Decode.


Where have you been living if you haven't seen this? Anyway, just click the link and do so. It's a splendid experience all around. Simply beautiful. 10/10


When Netflix realised they could order their own series the world doubted them at first. Now when they've realised they can order their own cartoon series the world thanks them. Best stuff on TV in years. The future of the series does not look as great, the ending suggested a more bland next season but here's hoping it keeps with the established athmosphere and doesn't try to go mainstream.

It's dark and gritty without becoming heavy. There is humour(sometimes a bit black) that blends in naturally. The characters are royally broken and lovable. It is a case of "the hero they need but don't deserve."

As a bonus, it's about Castlevania.

Fune Wo Amu

It's a series about making a dictionary, if that doesn't sound interesting to you, I can't help you, please consult your doctor for medical help.

The annoying commercial break tidbits are the only thing I can fault it for. If the biggest complain about a show is how they do commercial breaks, that should tell you all you really need to know about it.

Little Witch Academia

There are two movies and a series of this. They're all equally brilliant. I am not sure how to best describe this. It's a series for kids, clearly but it is so, so good.

It's also filled with references and homages to classics. Starting with the biggest on of them all, Disney, really piling on the expectations. Those, it delivers and more. It simply does everything right.


Did I mention Netflix does their own anime now? And they started with BLAME! The manga that anyone who's ever read it thought would never get animated. Largely because of the amazingly intricate dark background art and about three lines of conversation in twenty volumes.

The backgrounds in this are similarly amazing but not quite as dark to facilitate the viewers having less time to take them in. Sadly they decided to go with CGI characters/action, similar to the style used in Knights of Sidonia. Not a fan.

Similarly they picked the most conversation heavy story arc and told it from the perspective of the humans our main encounters. I think that was a good choice for introducing people to this world. They didn't just leave it at that though, they went ahead and reshaped it quite a bit. I have mixed feelings about that. On one hand, it makes for a decent film but on the other, it feels very different than the original story does.

Understanding that the original BLAME! is a piece of art that would never sell to the larger audience I'm content we even got this and it's definitely worth a watch regardless.

There is a six episode webshort series about this as well from 2003, that's more akin to the manga in spirit.

Non Non Biyori

When you feel like you need to chill there is nothing better to release your tensions. Opening sequence of the first episode already sets the tone with it's beautiful scenery and relaxing music. Slowly the focus shifts from the background to the characters and we find out where that off key recorder are coming from.

This is what the series is about, beautiful scenery with great atmosphere. Really, what more could one need or want?


When five minutes into an episode you know exactly what the main character does for a living without being told or shown because of your real life knowledge of a subject, you know you're in for a good ride. Then when ten episodes later the others are clued in you just nod your head, brilliant work.

In the case of GATE, the original webnovel is pretty hardcore realism, this got toned down for the paper release, which got toned down for the comic release, which got even further censored for the TV release so the director had quite the puzzle to solve on how to re-create the series. He didn't try to copy any of the previous releases nor did he try to make it something it wasn't but managed to find the parts that would be acceptable and emphasized those while staying true to the original story and characters. An achievement worth raising your hat for.

If you liked the character interaction you should check out the novels, especially Rory/Itami has some pretty epic moments in there.

PS. I wouldn't dare to try and do a breakdown of the comics I've read, I'd be stuck here all day. Instead just have a linky to my Anime-Planet profile.

There's also Essentially Joonas and Joonas on a Timeline if you wish to delve into my head.

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Undefeatable Hero
posted March 12, 2018 05:09 PM
Edited by Stevie at 20:18, 26 Mar 2018.

JoonasTo said:

Where have you been living if you haven't seen this? Anyway, just click the link and do so. It's a splendid experience all around. Simply beautiful. 10/10


Read the first and most upvoted review on MAL, the 1/10 one that starts with "This might be one of the worst things I have ever watched."

EDIT: Final arc of ReLIFE just got out. I remember the anime was pretty good, I'll have to watch it again.

EDIT: Citrus ended and all I can say is that I enjoyed it, despite lacking a more serious punch. Not as dramatic as I imagined it would be.
Mahoutsukai no Yome as well. Without a doubt one of the better ones. I've been impressed from start to finish. Beautiful is the first word that comes to mind when I think of it.
Koi wa Ameagari no You ni is about to fold with its last episode next week. Picked it up halfway without any expectations and it turned out be fairly good.
And then the big takeaway from the season which I believe is Violet Evergarden. Without a doubt one of the most fantastic animes that I've ever seen. Only 3 episodes left and I'm excited for each and every one of them. I can wholeheartedly recommend this anime to anyone.

I was also recommended Avatar: The Last Airbender and gave the first season a watch. It was good, I really liked it and will probably watch the rest of it soon.

Also, next season is packed with great titles. Nanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu ongoing for a lot more episodes. Then starting April, Steins;Gate 0, Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season, even Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory which I never imagined I'd see continued. And I guess more coming along, hopefully good ones. Looking forward to it.

EDIT: I almost forgot about Karakai Jouzu no Tagaki-san which ended today. It was lighthearted and fun romance with an open ending, reason why I'd like a second season.

And finally, Dragon Ball Super concluded with episode 131. It was quite a ride and I'll remember the series fondly. Didn't really top DBZ though.
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