Summer 2013 – My Favourites | #Anime Tops
Anime: Monogatari Series: Second Season
Genres: Mystery, Comedy, Supernatural, Romance, Vampire
If you have read my stuff for a while now, you know that I have a deep love for anything from the monogatari series. Without a doubt, I do think that Monogatari Series: Second Season, is one of the best Anime to air during 2013 — it’s honestly just so good.
Apparitions, oddities, and gods continue to manifest around Koyomi Araragi and his close-knit group of friends: Tsubasa Hanekawa, the group’s modest genius; Shinobu Oshino, the resident doughnut-loving vampire; athletic deviant Suruga Kanbaru; bite-happy spirit Mayoi Hachikuji; Koyomi’s cutesy stalker Nadeko Sengoku; and Hitagi Senjogahara, the poignant tsundere.
Monogatari Series: Second Season revolves around these individuals and their struggle to overcome the darkness that is rapidly approaching. A new semester has begun and with graduation looming over Araragi, he must quickly decide the paths he will walk, as well as the relationships and friends that he’ll save. But as strange events begin to unfold, Araragi is nowhere to be found, and a vicious tiger apparition has appeared in his absence. Hanekawa has become its target, and she must fend for herself—or bow to the creature’s perspective on the feebleness of humanity.
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Sports, Drama, School
Swimming! Can you believe that Free! aired during 2013? I don’t either, it actually feels like it aired just yesterday. I surprising enjoyed watching Free! I don’t know why, but I did; that is also why it’s on today’s list!
Haruka Nanase has a love for water and a passion for swimming. In elementary school, he competed in and won a relay race with his three friends Rin Matsuoka, Nagisa Hazuki, and Makoto Tachibana. After claiming victory at the tournament, the four friends went their separate ways. Years later, they reunite as high school students; however, Rin couldn’t care less about returning to the way things used to be. Not only does he attend a different school, but the sole thing important to him is proving that he is a better swimmer than Haruka.
After the bitter reunion, Haruka, Nagisa, and Makoto decide to form the Iwatobi High School Swim Club, but they will need a fourth member if they hope to take part in the upcoming tournament. Enter Rei Ryuugazaki, a former member of the track team whom Nagisa recruits. As the time to compete draws near, the four develop a close bond while training intensely to come out on top and settle things between Haruka and Rin once and for all.
Anime: Gin no Saji
Genres: Comedy, School, Shounen, Slice of Life
Nothing like taking care of animals on a farm, as well as learning all about them while you do it. That is what Silver Spoon here does, and I personally thought that was the best aspect of it. Yes, it’s an Anime, and it’s meant to be enjoyable, but you’re also learning a few things along the way.
Yuugo Hachiken is studious, hard-working, and tired of trying to live up to expectations he just cannot meet. With the ushering in of a brand new school year, he decides to enrol in Ooezo Agricultural High School, a boarding school located in the Hokkaido countryside, as a means to escape from the stress brought upon by his parents.
Initially convinced that he would do well at this institution, Hachiken is quickly proven wrong by his talented classmates, individuals who have been living on farms their entire lives and know just about everything when it comes to food, vegetables, and even the physiology of livestock! Whether it be waking up at five in the morning for strenuous labor or to take care of farm animals, Hachiken is a complete amateur when it comes to the harsh agricultural life.
Gin no Saji follows the comedic story of a young student as he tries to fit into a completely new environment, meeting many unique people along the way. As he struggles to appreciate his surroundings, Hachiken hopes to discover his dreams, so that he may lead a fulfilling life on his own terms.
Anime: Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Megami-hen
Genres: Harem, Comedy, Supernatural, Romance, Shounen
The final season of Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai, and it doesn’t disappoint. The third season is a great season to wrap the entirety of this series up. It does well to patch up any loose ends as it draws the series to a close. Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai is an Anime that is a must watch, especially its third season.
Having freed a myriad of women from the runaway spirits possessing their hearts, the “God of Conquest” Keima Katsuragi is confronted with a new task: find the Jupiter Sisters, the goddesses that sealed Old Hell in the past. Diana, the goddess that resides inside his childhood friend Tenri Ayukawa, explains that they have taken shelter in the hearts of the girls he had assisted previously. Moreover, once Diana and her sisters are reunited, their power can seal the runaway spirits away for good and relieve Keima of his exorcising duties. Though he is initially reluctant to get involved in yet another chore, everything changes when tragedy befalls one of the hosts.
Discovering that the goddesses are being targeted by a mysterious organization known as Vintage, Keima is caught in a race against time to reunite the sisters and rescue the girl who has already fallen prey. With deeper resolve than ever before, Keima works together with demons Elsie and Haqua to recapture the hearts of the girls he had charmed in the past. However, the road ahead is a difficult one, as he is soon met with the consequences of his previous conquests.
Anime: Servant x Service
Genres: Comedy, Seinen, Slice of Life
Servan x Service is without a doubt, one of my favourite comedy Anime. I loved every episode, every bit of comedy that each episode had. Just everything about it I loved. This Anime is a must watch, even more so if you have some spare time on your hands.
Frustrating, insufficient, and irritating is how most citizens would describe civil servants. However, three new employees are about to discover what really happens behind the scenes. Lucy Yamagami, bent on revenge against the civil servant who allowed her comically long name to be put on her birth certificate; Yutaka Hasebe, an easygoing guy always on the lookout for a place to slack off; and Saya Miyoshi, a nervous first-time worker, are about to experience the underwhelming satisfaction of being government employees.
They are supposed to be trained by Taishi Ichimiya, but he has no idea how to do so, even though he has worked there for eight years. With an incompetent senior colleague and unfavorable confrontations with clients, the trio starts to lose faith in their chosen occupation but encourage each other to do their best.
Anime: Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery
Last but not least, we have Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi, a story that is so unbelievably good. I honestly think it’s a resident sleeper Anime.
God has abandoned the world. As a result, life cannot end nor can new life be born, and the “dead” walk restlessly among the living. Granting one last miracle before turning away forever, God created “gravekeepers,” mystical beings capable of putting the dead to rest through a proper burial. Ai, a cheerful but naïve young girl, serves as her village’s gravekeeper in place of her late mother.
One day, a man known as Hampnie Hambart, who is supposedly Ai’s father, arrives and kills all the people in her village. Having lost her village and with no plans for the future, Ai decides to accompany the mysterious man on his journey. As she travels the land, the young gravekeeper strives to fulfill her duties, granting peace to the dead and assisting the living, while at the same time learning more about the world that God left in this tragic state.
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