For this week’s Top 10 Tuesday, I am going to rank my personal top 10 anime series of the last season. While my list may differ from yours, these are the series that I became invested in during the Fall 2014 anime season.
10. Yowamushi Pedal (Yowapeda): Grande Road
Yowapeda’s first season ended on a huge cliffhanger, and the second season, well, they are still in the same race. Unfortunately, the pace of Yowapeda dropped with its second season. Fortunately, a short run of emotional episodes managed to turn the series despicable villain into a sympathetic character.
09. I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying
This tiny episode series follows a young married couple as they navigate various obstacles in their life. The unlikely couple, a professional girl, and otaku boy deal with the awkwardness of dates, sex, and socializing with others.
08. Yona of the Dawn
Yona of the Dawn is a fun, though sometimes tragic and sad, adventure series. The series follows a red haired princess who gathers the aide of dragon-blessed individuals in order to secure her safety and take back her rightful place.
07. Denki-gai no Honya-san
As the highest ranked comedy series on this list, Denki-gai might be avoided by some as a simple moe (cute for the sake of cute) series. Though a strong distaste of moe might make Denki-gai inaccessible to some, I adored the series for its twist on common tropes. Primarily I enjoyed Fu Girl, the crooked teeth bearing zombie obsessed girl, and surprisingly violent, girl.
06. Chaika – the Coffin Princess – Avenging Battle
Like with most sequels on this list, your enjoyment of Chaika’s second season is largely dependent on your enjoyment of the first season. In Avenging Battle, Chaika and her party encounter the final path of their long journey. Why are there so many Chaikas? What was Gaz’s plan? Those questions, and more, are answered over the course of Chaika’s 10 episode second season.
Terraformars starts out the second half of this week’s Top 10 Tuesday list. If you like Starship Troopers and Attack on Titan, chances are you will enjoy Terraformars. Besides the valuable education it provides on all manner of creepy crawlies in nature, Terraformars is a shockingly violent anime that keeps you on the edge of your seat. What makes Terraformars so addictive and tense is its complete lack of safety. Just watched a badass moment that attached you to a character? Well in 3 seconds that music will change and that character will quickly be cut in half. Not only do characters die with surprising speed, but often at the least predictable moments. Every moment of safety and security is, in actuality, a moment of relaxed vigilance, that could spell doom.
04. Log Horizon 2nd Season
The first season of Log Horizon tells you everything you need to know about your potential interest in the second season. It is, in essence, more of the same. But that is not a bad thing at all. Log Horizon explored the over used, and yet still somehow fresh, plot of gamers trapped in a fantasy world based on the game they were playing. Sword Art Online and .Hack are perhaps the most known of this genre, but the difference in Log Horizon is its exploration of the mundane aspects of living in a game world. Building relationships with NPCs, exploring what happens when you die, and establishing more comfortable surroundings for those trapped are at the heart of Log Horizon.
03. Cross Ange: Rondo of Angels and Dragons
The first of my 2 pleasant surprises this past season was Cross Ange: Rondo of Angels an
d Dragons. On the surface it looks like a generic style over substance ecchi series, but upon watching the first episode I was blown away by the simple, but effective, world building. The world of Cross Ange is one of discrimination and fear, a seeming utopia in which the greater lives of its citizens are built on the exploitation of a select few. Those in the world of Cross Ange are capable of using magic, but those who cannot use it are not considered human, they are called Norma, and are feared, resented, and enslaved. The titular character of the series, is a princess of a large kingdom, that is exposed (even to herself) as a Norma by her older brother. In the chaos of this discovery, her mother is killed, her father is arrested, and she is sent away for rough treatment. It is the cruelty and injustice of the world of Cross Ange that makes the struggle so real and emotional.
02. World Trigger
The other of the 2 major surprises for me this season, was this ongoing tale of humanity under the effects of cross dimensional invasion. In World Trigger, Japan has been attacked by monsters that came out of nowhere. A mysterious organization called Border springs up to defends Japanese citizens against these monsters called Neighbors. Protagonist Osamu is a low ranking member of Border with a strong sense of justice who encounters a strange transfer student to his school. Kuga, the transfer student, is in fact a Neighbor. Through their interactions, Osamu learns the truth about Neighbors, Border, and the mysterious power called Trion that powers Triggers, the weapons of Border which derive from the technology of the Neighbors. World Trigger is a fun and addictive series, aided largely by Kuga, and various other supporting characters.
01. Parasyte – the Maxim –
No, this isn’t about a parasite that infects a popular mens magazine, Parasyte – the Maxim – is an adaptation of the classic 1988 manga Parasyte, by Hitoshi Iwaaki. The protagonist of the series, Shinichi, has his gentle homelife interrupted by a quiet alien invasion. Parasitic aliens have come to Earth, and devoured the heads of their hosts, taking control of the bodies. Shinichi, through luck and vigilance is able to fend off the parasite that attacks him, with no other choice, the parasite devours (and becomes) his left hand instead. For the sake of survival, Shinichi allies himself with Miki, his new left hand, as they avoid detection, and fight the man eating parasites that have sudden entered Shinichi’s world. Parasyte – the Maxim – is a dark action series, with a nice philosophical twist. Miki, and the other parasites, are devoid of emotion and morality, which leaves them only the desire to survive. Shinichi and Miki have to learn to trust eachother despite their philosophical differences, if they plan to survive.
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