On a fateful day in July 2012, we created our first post. To commemorate this special occasion, we decided to relive our favorite part of forcing ourselves to watch every anime that ever comes out: the surprises. Just about every season a show or two pops up out of nowhere and turns out to be pretty good, and we wanted to give a shout out to a few you might of missed. In today’s post we’re looking at 2016, which was such a good year for anime that it almost takes up a post of its own.
It’s all too easy to remember the awful shows we subjected ourselves to over the course of the past year, but often much harder to remember the stuff that surprised us in the best of ways. In order to cap off 2016 on a positive note, I’d like to take this opportunity to talk a bit about those anime titles which, while not necessarily the strongest of the year, definitely exceeded expectations.
After twelve weeks of guilt, grief and gratuitous gluteus maximus, Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash has come to an end, so it’s time to consider all of its vices and virtues one more time and see if this show deserves to stand as the one “trapped in a video game” anime to trump them all, or if it will go down in history as little more than a curiosity.
If you go about doing a season preview, it is only obvious you also close off on a season review. In The Wrap-Up, all of our contributors get to shine a spotlight on the show they thought to be the very best of the past few weeks, as well as reflect back on the preview to see which shows let us down the most. When you watch currently airing anime or tokusatsu, eventually the question will rise which of these shows can rank amongst the medium’s true classics. Regardless of who covered what, this is where we single out the cream of the crop, and decide which shows from the past season deserve to stand the test of time.
On the brink of earning their volunteer soldier licenses, the party decides to raid a goblin stronghold.
The party realize that Mary will probably never open up to them if they don’t open up to her. Luckily, they seem to be getting a lot better at the whole goblin slaying thing, allowing them to invest in some much-needed new equipment.
Yume and Shihoru try to welcome Mary into the party, which goes about as well as you’d expect. When it turns out she used to party with one of Grimgar’s most famous guilds, the boys hope to find an explanation for her standoffish behaviour.
Finally getting the hang of their chosen vocations, the party starts to venture deeper into the goblin stronghold… Until an inevitable disaster tears their fragile alliance apart.
Awkwardness within the party is at an all-new high thanks to Ranta peeking on the girls bathing. Luckily, the discovery of an abandoned city full of goblins offers some hope for their future in Grimgar.
Starved for cash, the party heads out on another goblin hunt. It doesn’t go well.
A bunch of Japanese teenagers end up in a beautiful fantasy world without their memories. It may or may not be a big video game.
For the final part of our Guide, we clean up an outbreak of Visual/Light Novel trash, including a new Muv Luv anime that has me shivering with flashbacks of Total Eclipse. But hey, there’s a new Macross coming soon so maybe everything will be OK.