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.
Only half joking with that title, this year has been marked with a lot of changes, not the least of which being my entry into studies for the priesthood. Still you’re not here to listen to me talk about contemplating celibacy, you’re here for the people who pretty clearly are on the opposite end of the spectrum. 2016 was a light year for pure romance shows, but I’m here for you to dish out the best of the best.
2016 was bad. Watching the world fall apart has made something as silly as writing about cartoons difficult to focus on at times. Still, it’s good to have a way to escape and anime has been good for that. In fact, I’d say this is the best overall year of anime we’ve had since 2011. I certainly had fun compiling my annual list of favorite moments and it was hard to narrow down to ten… so I decided not to. Hey, it’s my list and I will do what I want. So enjoy the list and stay tuned for the rest of the week as the rest of the crew shares their highlights from this year.
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…
Most of this stuff actually ends, and on the same week Jel takes a vacation! Can Iro manage to pull together the wrap-up in his absence? Read ahead to find out!
Most every Roundup shows airs their penultimate episode with no sign of the end in site. Seriously, it’s completely business as usual and I have no idea how any of these shows are going to find a stopping point. At least Bakuon!! is weird again.
The Roundup is heating up as Luluco getts the cameo we we’ve been waiting for and Tanaka-kun carts out the “summer episode”. I suppose there were other shows too but hey, Inferno Cop!
We’re about three quarters through the spring season and our Roundup shows prepare for their final stretch by… basically doing the same things they always do. I guess that’s what happens when you watch a lot of easy going comedies. But hey, at least we have Luluco to deliver our weekly dose of madness, right?
Bakuon! makes me talk about winter while it’s 90ºF outside, Luluco goes for the deepest of cuts for the season 3 finale, and Tanaka-kun is still the best show this season that no one is watching. Please watch it.
We’ve hit the midpoint of the spring season and the Roundup shows continue to coast along. Bakuon is back to being it’s amusingly weird self and Luluco continues to REDACTED FOR SPOILERS, meanwhile Tanaka-kun somehow manages to bring in a clingy imouto without making us totally drop it.
The Roundup has finally stabilized with the remaining shows delivering a bit of a mixed bag this week. Joker Game and Tanaka-kun are going strong but Bakuon!! continues to slump and Three Leaves, Three Colors nearly put me to sleep. Most importantly though, Luluco reminds us not to LOSE OUR WAAAAAAAY.
Artemis is out this week so I’m doing my best to hold down The Roundup on my own. So sit back, relax, and enjoy our weekly wave of feel good comedies, with a side of me ranting about Twin Star Exorcists for possibly the last time.
We’re dropping shows all over the place and I’m still mad at Twin Star Exorcists, but The Roundup carries on. I have accepted Bakuon!! as our lord and savior, Luluco and Joker game are doing there thing, and Tanaka-kun and Three Leaves, Three Colors (we need a good short name for that) just make you feel good.
Another round of cuts and me raging about Twin Star Exorcists earlier in the week will have The Roundup looking a bit thinner, but fortunately the return of Sakamoto and a solid performance from the rest of the line up keep things positive.
Seems like Spring is going to be the season for relaxing with some fun, light hearted comedies as they pretty much dominate The Roundup. I am OK with this. Even so, a couple shows are already in danger of getting the axe, can you guess which ones it will be?
Tanaka is, well, always listless. While his classmates go about their regular high school lives, he mostly sleeps his way through it, much to the concern of his loyal friend Ohta.