Favorite Anime of 2015

Oregairu 2

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Also known as My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO, but I don’t typically refer to it by that mouthful of a title. Still, what an excellent show, my absolute favorite of the spring season. I was already a huge fan of the first season, and now it’s come back with even more beautiful visuals and music. What’s even better is that the characters relationships are starting to go somewhere. With great writing and lines that melted my heart, I thoroughly enjoyed watching this week after week. Can’t wait for season 3!

Working!!!

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Speaking of 3rd seasons, Working!!! came to an end last year, and by god was it a blast. That shows humor seriously knows no bounds, and never ceased to make me smile. Thankfully, it ended (as good things always do), and in a way that left me completely satisfied. The proper characters were thoroughly shipped, the restaurant still lives on, and Yamada is still cute as ever.

Punchline

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Holy shit, I did not see this one coming. For a while this show really had me going. It made a bunch of weird rules for itself and the story progressed through the confines of those rules. It was an interesting way to tell a story, and was full of comical and action-packed moments that kept me entertained throughout. Even the “fanservice” was done in a fun way that was integral to the actual plot. It was not boring or contrived, but intriguing and fresh, not to mention visually stunning. Punchline told a very nice story and wrapped it up in 12 episodes. Needless to say, it impressed me.

Owarimonogatari

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It’s SHAFT, so it’s fucking great. Not just normal great. FUCKING GREAT. THIS SHOW WAS FUCKING GREAT. Also, it really offered up some great lines for fans of the series.

Honorable Mentions:

Himouto! Umaru-chan

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This one was just a good time. Himouto! Umaru-chan had a nice cast of characters and plenty of GIF worthy moments. Also, really good merchandising potential. Plus, it was fun to watch.

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend

This one really took me by surprise. The episode 0 OVA did not do it justice, as it was something worth watching after you had gotten to know the characters, not before. That being said, the characters are great and self-aware of the particular tropes they play. And I just really like otaku characters in anime.

GATE

Speaking of otaku characters in anime (damn, I am on a roll with these segways), GATE. (Okay, not so good on the follow up) GATE was fun, and I’d love to see more.

Gourmet Girl Graffiti

Also SHAFT, and also awesome. Just not “monogatari” awesome. Still, really cute show about friendship and food and eating ice cream in a bath for some reason. Don’t question it, just enjoy.

Oh, and best OP and ED both go to Punchline. Really excellent stuff.

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