Spring 2012 #Anime – My Favourites

Wowie! With exams rollin’ in this month. That means will I have less time to dedicate towards my blog (As I want to be a good student and study for them) but it’ll also mean, I will soon be free from the shackles of post-secondary education — until I got back to school in September of course. So while April is the month for exams, it is also the month where I try out something new. For example blog banners, like the one you see above.

Today’s list is a collection of Anime that I thought were the best relating to the Spring 2012 season. Cool thing is, in regards to my list, is that this list today is diverse; with each Anime relating to a different genre. You get a little bit of everything!

Anime: Hyouka
Genre: MysterySchoolSlice of Life
Episodes: 22

Hyouka is one of my favourite Anime, without a doubt. One of the many reasons as to why Hyouka is my favourite is because I love the art style that goes with this Anime, I also love the characters, in particular Eru, who is one of the female main characters. Her drive to solve mysteries as it relates to their own club room and the past behind it really makes the story itself extremely interesting. Eru is the spark plug of the Anime and her character alone, in my opinion, is enough to keep you drawn towards this Anime.

MyAnimeList Synopsis
Energy-conservative high school student Houtarou Oreki ends up with more than he bargained for when he signs up for the Classics Club at his sister’s behest—especially when he realizes how deep-rooted the club’s history really is. Begrudgingly, Oreki is dragged into an investigation concerning the 45-year-old mystery that surrounds the club room.

Accompanied by his fellow club members, the knowledgeable Satoshi Fukube, the stern but benign Mayaka Ibara, and the ever-curious Eru Chitanda, Oreki must combat deadlines and lack of information with resourcefulness and hidden talent, in order to not only find the truth buried beneath the dust of works created years before them, but of other small side cases as well.

Based on the award-winning Koten-bu light novel series, and directed by Yasuhiro Takemoto of Suzumiya Haruhi no ShoushitsuHyouka shows that normal life can be full of small mysteries, be it family history, a student film, or even the withered flowers that make up a ghost story.

Written by MAL Rewrite of MyAnimeList.net

Anime: Fate/Zero 2nd Season
Genre: ActionSupernaturalMagicFantasy
Episodes: 12

This is a no-brainer by anyone’s standards. Fate/Zero 2nd Season, is arguably the best, if not one of the best seasons in the Fate/Zero series. With a combination of beautiful art and animation by the legendary studio Ufotable. As well as a story that will forever pull in someone who watches this Anime. This without a doubt is one of the best Anime to air during 2012.

MyAnimeList Synopsis
As the Fourth Holy Grail War rages on with no clear victor in sight, the remaining Servants and their Masters are called upon by Church supervisor Risei Kotomine, in order to band together and confront an impending threat that could unravel the Grail War and bring about the destruction of Fuyuki City. The uneasy truce soon collapses as Masters demonstrate that they will do anything in their power, no matter how despicable, to win.

Seeds of doubt are sown between Kiritsugu Emiya and Saber, his Servant, as their conflicting ideologies on heroism and chivalry clash. Meanwhile, an ominous bond forms between Kirei Kotomine, who still seeks to find his purpose in life, and one of the remaining Servants. As the countdown to the end of the war reaches zero, the cost of winning begins to blur the line between victory and defeat.

Written by MAL Rewrite of MyAnimeList.net

Anime: Sakamichi no Apollon
Genre: DramaJoseiMusicRomanceSchool
Episodes: 12

What I enjoyed most about Sakamichi no Apollon, was that it was an Anime about breaking out of your own shell and fully immersing yourself in something you love. This was the case with Kaoru Nishimi. Despite being a 12 episode series, the story was extremely well done and well thought out. It was above all else, it was extremely entertaining, especially from a character development standpoint; and I LOVE good character development.

MyAnimeList Synopsis
Introverted classical pianist and top student Kaoru Nishimi has just arrived in Kyushu for his first year of high school. Having constantly moved from place to place since his childhood, he abandons all hope of fitting in, preparing himself for another lonely, meaningless year. That is, until he encounters the notorious delinquent Sentarou Kawabuchi.

Sentarou’s immeasurable love for jazz music inspires Kaoru to learn more about the genre, and as a result, he slowly starts to break out of his shell, making his very first friend. Kaoru begins playing the piano at after-school jazz sessions, located in the basement of fellow student Ritsuko Mukae’s family-owned record shop. As he discovers the immense joy of using his musical talents to bring enjoyment to himself and others, Kaoru’s summer might just crescendo into one that he will remember forever.

Sakamichi no Apollon is a heartwarming story of friendship, music, and love that follows three unique individuals brought together by their mutual appreciation for jazz.

Written by MAL Rewrite of MyAnimeList.net

Anime: Kuroko no Basket
Genre: ComedySchoolShounenSports
Episodes: 25

Last but not least, we have Kuroko no Basket. The Anime that turns a relatively boring sport (for me), and turns it into something extremely interesting and exciting. Nothing like playing basketball, but also making it feel like each player on the court has their own superpower whenever it’s their ‘time to shine’ so to speak. That was why I enjoyed the Anime, because it felt like I was watching superheros play basketball.

MyAnimeList Synopsis
Teikou Junior High School’s basketball team is crowned champion three years in a row thanks to five outstanding players who, with their breathtaking and unique skills, leave opponents in despair and fans in admiration. However, after graduating, these teammates, known as “The Generation of Miracles,” go their separate ways and now consider each other as rivals.

At Seirin High School, two newly recruited freshmen prove that they are not ordinary basketball players: Taiga Kagami, a promising player returning from the US, and Tetsuya Kuroko, a seemingly ordinary student whose lack of presence allows him to move around unnoticed. Although Kuroko is neither athletic nor able to score any points, he was a member of Teikou’s basketball team, where he played as the “Phantom Sixth Man,” who easily passed the ball and assisted his teammates.

Kuroko no Basket follows the journey of Seirin’s players as they attempt to become the best Japanese high school team by winning the Interhigh Championship. To reach their goal, they have to cross pathways with several powerful teams, some of which have one of the five players with godlike abilities, whom Kuroko and Taiga make a pact to defeat.

Written by MAL Rewrite of MyAnimeList.net