Aizawa Tomo wants to confess to her childhood friend Jun. Unfortunately, her boyish looks and rowdy personality keep getting in the way and Jun just sees her as “one of the guys.” How will Tomo convince Jun of her romantic affections, prove her femininity, and affirm her identity as a cool girl who likes to do karate?
2022 is an interesting year for anime. What it lacks in an obvious high profile mega-hit, it makes up for with a lot of surprise hits. I laughed a lot with anime this year, and that’s worth something. Join me as I reminisce about the anime I watched this year, both the good and the bad. I’m not going to lie people, I threw this together at the last minute. I hope it’s coherent?
Devils, the physical embodiments of mankind’s fears, terrorize humanity. Devil Hunters are tasked with combatting them. Denji, a young man who’s known nothing but the rock bottom of society, becomes Chainsaw Man, a human with a devil’s heart and the unwitting protector of the human race.
Fall 2022 features some of the year’s highest profile anime. To stay on brand, we talked about less than 10 of them.
It’s a new anime about cute girls doing cute things at high school, this time with power tools.
Ad Stella 122. Mobile suit and space colony development are monopolized by the Beneritt Group, an omnipresent conglomerate of corporate entities. The Beneritt Group also sponsors The Asticassia School of Technology, a training program for mobile suit pilots and a glorified proxy battleground for the young scions of the various corporations. Suletta Mercury, a girl from the far reaches of space enrolls in the school. She and the Gundam Aerial are bringing change.
The Kingdom of Meta-licana is under attack by demons, monsters, and sinister warlocks. Only the legendary wizard, Dark Schneider, sealed into the body of mild-mannered Lucien, can save them. However, he can only be unsealed by receiving the kiss of a virgin maiden. Good thing Lucien’s childhood friend, Tia Noto Yoko is up to the task. But will summoning the aggressive and crass Dark Schneider be worth the trouble he brings?
Kotetsu T. Kaburagi and Barnaby Brooks Jr. are back at it as the dynamic superhero duo Tiger and Bunny, fighting crime on the hit reality TV series, “HERO TV,” where corporate sponsored superheroes compete to earn points by apprehending criminals and saving lives. It’s been a few years since the events of the first season, and now the two must contend with a new generation of heroes, eager to to prove their mettle.
Eve The Rainbow Bullet golfs in high stake matches with money on the line to support her adopted family. Having lived in poverty her whole life, golfing is the only way she knows to survive. Blessed with a preternatural talent for it, she hungers for a greater challenge. Aoi is a golfing prodigy who plays on the pro scene and possesses deceptive power and skill. One day the two cross paths and the world of women’s golf is changed forever.
In the year 234CE, legendary strategist Zhuge Liang passes away, signaling the curtain call to The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and the war between Wei, Shu, and Wu. However, this isn’t the end for Zhuge Liang, courtesy name, Kongming. He awakes to find himself in modern day japan, a young man again and bewildered by his surroundings. Here he meets Eiko, an aspiring singer struggling to make her voice heard. Together, the two work to make the best of their odd relationship against the trials and tribulations of modern life.
In post-apocalyptic Japan, a phenomenon known as the Rusty Wind leaves its victims infected with a seemingly incurable disease. Bisco Akaboshi, known as the “Man-Eating Mushroom,” is a wandering outlaw who can shoot arrows that grow mushrooms wherever they land. Believing that mushrooms are the source of the Rust, he’s been declared an enemy of the world’s remaining government.
In the aftermath of World War III, Tactical Dolls (T-Dolls) are humanoid androids utilized in combat operations against Sangvis Ferri, a militant group of rampant AI that have declared war on mankind.
2021 was an unbelievably strong year with some legitimate generational contenders. I look back on the year and for as much shit as I love to give anime (and rightfully so sometimes), this year also saw a ton of creativity and artistic vision at work. Join me as I go through the highs (and lows) of the anime I watched in 2021.
Mankind lives in disparate colonies deep underground. Outside the colonies, a dangerous uncharted land known as The Labyrinth is constantly being explored and colonized by mankind’s mech mounted exploration team, the Markers. Memempu is a child prodigy who dreams of one day becoming a Marker. Her father Gagumber is strictly opposed to this on account of her young age and the dangers of the occupation. After a giant creature destroys their hometown, the two set out on a journey into the Labyrinth.
In the year 2061, Japan has been divided into four protectorate territories managed and controlled by foreign nations in the name of preserving and aiding in Japan’s protection. In reality, the Japanese people are oppressed by the occupying forces and their remote piloted mecha drones, known as AMAIMs. Amou Shiba, a local scavenger and tinkerer, discovers an abandoned AI asking for his help. Together they pilot Kenbu, a robot Amou has been putting together in his spare time, and begin their fight to take back Japan.
It’s been years since Ryoma Nagare, Hayato Jin, and Musashi Tomoe saved the planet from the Dinosaur Empire. Things have taken a turn for the worse as insectoid monsters have emerged to wage a new war on mankind. Now, a new generation of Getter pilots must save the world. Ryoma’s son Takuma, the hybrid saurian Kamui, and the clairvoyant Baku Yamagishi pilot Getter Robo Arc against Earth’s newest foe.
Seven years have passed since “Gearless” Joe stunned the world with his big win at the first Megalonia tournament. Scarred up, addicted to drugs, and fighting meaningless battles in the underground as “Nomad”, Joe’s life has taken a serious fall since then.
Yomogi Asanaka meets a mysterious man passed out under a bridge named Gauma, who claims to be a, “Kaiju User.” Not long afterward, strange things start happening to the city. Kaiju begin attacking followed by the appearance of the giant robot, Dynazenon. Caught up in the chaos of Gauma’s actions, Yomogi is summoned along with two others to fight back against the kaiju.
Like many people, this year has been rather busy for me for a variety of reasons both personal and practical. So rather than my usual arbitrary awards show with bespoke categories, I’ll just be going through all the anime I watched in 2020 in chronological order and giving each one the words I think they deserve, for either good or ill.
Big titted mommy dictators have taken over the government and banned war. Now all conflicts are settled through rap battles. We follow the stories of Japan’s four greatest rap crews.