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My Anime Journal of 2016

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Finished Anime (June - December)

People who added this item 828 Average listal rating (621 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.8
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People who added this item 1032 Average listal rating (694 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 9.1
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Finished Anime (March - April)

People who added this item 302 Average listal rating (211 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 7.6
Future Diary (2011)
Number of episodes: 26+1

Yet another insanely popular anime that did not quite sit with me. The premise of Future Diary is very interesting, as is the execution (at times). At the very start I was repelled by Yuki, the protagonist, and his constant whining. But I got over that with time. The idea of the "mortal" god did not quite sit with me either nor did his plan to choose his successor through a battle royale, which would make a winner a murderer. However, the anime grew on me and I quickly became much more interested because of the progression of Yuki and his relationship with sociopathic Yuno. When I say the progression of Yuki, what I mean to say is that he does grow a bit through the story, but still remains the least interesting character for me, because the rest of the characters are quite interesting and each of them is flawed and broken in their own way. Characterization of the characters is quite praiseworthy which can be seen through their motivation to become god's successor, and for most of them that motivation is to try to fix their quite horrible past and fix their lives. And I did feel sorry for most of them. While I do see this type of characterisation as a virtue of the show it does have it's downside as it does at times feel like a constant sorrowfull punch in your face. I felt that the story also started to get better with the second half of the anime, until it dropped back down to the whole other level. It became fileld with constant plot twists and surprises which resulted with quite a large plot holes, which is frustrating when you look at the story as a whole. Also at times Yuki turned from this week character to a total badass in a second only to revert back to his old self in the next, and that resulted with the feeling of inconsistency with some of the characters. It suffices to say that the show lost me at moments.
My favorite moments of this anime must have been the short Mur Mur segments after the credits of each episode. They were quite funny.
This is not a bad anime, don't get me wrong. It is fun to watch. It took a few episodes to get me hooked, and it might have lost me couple of times, but all in all it was good and I did enjoy it. I gave it 7/10. But the fact that it's listed on myanaimelist.net as the eleventh most popular anime of all times really confuses me. C'mon there must be better ones out there.

Because it is that popular and in the end I did enjoy it, I will recommend this one. Enjoy.

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People who added this item 320 Average listal rating (170 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Number of episodes: 25+1

Jazzy music in anime, I love it. Reminds me I need to watch Cowboy Bebop. With exception of Fate Zero, this is the only anime on this list, so far, that has an actual adult as a protagonist and is in no way set in high school. Boy is that refreshing. It has great characters, excellent story and animation. It's told in a two episode story arcs which are seemingly unconnected at first by anything other than the main characters and the syndicate, but given time the importance of the arcs for the main story line becomes quite clear. The main plot takes quite a lot time to get a grasp on, but the patience is rewarded in the end. I liked the setting and the contract-remuneration aspect, the world building is genius, and the arcs themselves are very well executed. The show does require commitment because of it's pace, and while some may take that as a flaw of the show, i say it's worth it and it does pay off. I will most likely revisit this one.

I do recommend it.

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People who added this item 24 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.6
Number of episodes: 12

Prior to this list, I can only remember watching DBZ, Pokemon and YuGiOh when I was younger and Studio Ghibli movies. Even though I have only seen a small number of anime series till now, I can't shake the feeling that I just finished watching something very very unique. The show is set in this post apocalyptic world where God has forsaken people and denied them their right to ascend to heaven. I was hooked right in from the start. Sunday Without God is divided into four story arcs. The first arc, The Valley of Death, introduced us to the setting, to the protagonist Ai and her motivation. This is a nice intro, because you see the state of the world this anime takes place in and you get to understand the difference between the three kind of people that obtain this world. After The Valley of Death comes the second arc called Ortus, and this one is amazingly good. Ortus is the name of the city where the dead can find sanctuary. The design of the city, the culture of the people, the politics, every aspect just got me invested into the amazing story that took place there and this is where I knew I was going to love this anime. And I do love it. There are however some flaws that could not just be ignored. The show sometimes tends to forget it's characters, which is a shame because throughout the series Ai develops this great relationships with people you will never hear from again. Also, I did not quite get the necessity of the Goran Academy arc because you do not get to learn a lot about the academy itself and it seemed to just be an introduction for some of the characters and a segue into the last arc. And while on the subject of the last arc, as much as I loved it, it seemed a bit as a self contained story and while it was good and ended rather nicely for the arc itself, I felt a little robed. As if the epiloge that would wrap up the entire show was stolen from me, because you never get to see the conclusion of the whole story that took place outside of the world the fourth arc was set in. Another problem is the episode 9, which did not quite fit into any of the arcs and felt somewhat redundant. Also, it kind of ruined the myth and intrigue behind gravekeepers with the whole identical heard idea. All that being said, I loved this show. It was enjoyable, Ortus was amazing, I loved the last "Class 3-4" arc and I constantly wanted to see more. Despite it's flaws, I will always gladly remember and reflect on this one.

I do very much recommend this one.

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Finished Anime (January - February)

People who added this item 305 Average listal rating (198 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
Angel Beats! (2010)
Number of episodes: 13

This is by many deemed as one of the best anime series of all time, and I tried to perceive it as such. I honestly did try my very best to be amazed by this one, but no matter how much effort I put into it, I just seemed to fail to see it as an epic anime. Unlike Another, which used it's small number of episodes to tell a single amazing contained story, this one just tries to put too much into itself, and that resulted with a mess. The story had potential, but it went all over the place trying to combine a lot of elements, which could work, if only it wasn't so short. At the very beginning I failed to get drawn into the story, but episodes 3, 4, 5, 7 and 9 got me sucked in, and those were the best ones, just to get disappointed by the rest again. The show just tries so hard to accomplish so many things in such a small time frame and at times it feels as if you're not even watching the same anime. If only it was 25 episodes long, it could have fitted in every element that it tried to, with enough time to tell a cohesive story and do justice to the characterisation of our heroes. And in that case I bet it would have been an amazing anime.

A lot of people will recommend you this one, but I won't. There were amazing moments, amazing episodes, idea is great but overall execution failed. It's an ok one. Sorry fans.

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Number of episodes: 25

A second part of the Code Geass is just as amazing as the first one, if not even better. The ending is amazing, character development is off the charts, and everything that I had to say about the first one also applies here. It' an amazing revenge story that reminded me in some aspects of The Count of Monte Cristo and Roger Zelazny's Amber Chronicles.

After finishing the first part, I dare you to try and not watch this one. It's also a recommendation.

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Number of episodes: 25

This is the first part of an amazing anime series. It's a suspenseful thriller series in which everything feels like a massive chess game for the domination of Area 11 or Japan. Lelouch is the protagonist here and amazing one at that. That being said, there are a lot of moments where his actions are not so heroic, but rather villainous. This is a story in which every action has it's consequences and that is something I just loved. The animation is awesome, art is beautiful, characters are captivating. All in all, this is right up there with Fate Zero on my favorite anime series list.

Oh, this one I recommend for sure.

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Number of episodes: 24 (1st season)

Oh boy did this one bug me! Why? Well because it's fun and funny and very enjoyable in it's main story aspect. I loved the characters and their relationships I loved the shokugeki aspect, I loved the world in which this anime takes place and I wanted to enjoy it and I quite honestly did. What is the problem then? In one word it's ecchi. Something that is in western anime culture more popularly known as fan service. If you still don't get it, it's pointless "nudity" and women's moaning and foodgasms. (food orgasms) Every time someone tastes some good food it's shown as almost nudity and it's stupid and pointless. And every time someone tries bad food it turns into a softcore tentacle porn. And that really bothered me, because if it wasn't for that, this would be an amazing anime and I would recommend it to everyone, including kids. Oh boy. If they just gave up on ecchi, I would give this anime 8/10, but because of it, it falls down to 5/10.

I do however recommend it if you can overlook the ecchi part like I did. And if you like ecchi, good for you, enjoy it in it's full form.

Number of episodes: 13 (2nd season)

Notes coming soon...
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People who added this item 292 Average listal rating (206 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
Another (2012)
Number of episodes: 12

This anime does in 12 episodes more than most would be able to achieve in 120. It's an suspenseful horror mystery anime with amazing story and tendency to keep you at the edge of your seat, constantly craving for more. The art and animation are beautiful. Is it a bit far fetched? Maybe, but it's an anime, and the only flaw I could find is the redundancy of some of the characters. Horror and suspense lovers will enjoy this one.

I do recommend it.

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Number of episodes: 1+25

This is by no means a bad anime, but following it's prequel it just doesn't hold up as well. It's a lot more lighthearted at the beginning and it's mainly focused on just the four main characters. Servants are not as important here as they were in Zero, and characters are not half as interesting. That being said, I did enjoy the relationship between most of the main characters, and Shirou's little "harem" household provided couple of really funny moments. The show kept me entertained and I did enjoy it, but it wasn't half as mysterious as it intended to be because I saw where it was going and who Archer really is from a mile away. And the last episode was redundant.

I do recommend it if you can't get enough of Fate universe after watching Zero. It's fun.

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People who added this item 234 Average listal rating (155 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 8.3
Fate/Zero (2011)
Number of episodes: 25

Amazing anime with captivating dark and sad story, amazing characters and beautiful animation. Rider (Iskandar) and Kiritsugu are one of my favorite fictional characters up to date. It's an anime that I thoroughly enjoyed. It has tear jerking moments and music is also beautiful . I did more thorough review in my recommendations list if you are interested. It's currently my favorite anime.

I do recommend it.

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I gave up after watching four episodes. Couldn't get myself into it at the time, but I might give it another chance somewhere down the line. It does have some pretty funny stuff with it's pervy humor, but you have to be in the mood for that sort of stuff.

I just got into anime and I'm enjoying myself. These are my experiences.

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