Welcome to another post to my 12 Days of Anime! For those of you that just spotted this, the 12 Days of Anime is a simple and small celebration to celebrate all the good and awesome anime that we received last year and in the past!
Today I will be talking about the Top 10 Anime I am aiming to watch this year, (and actually finish them), this is just a small list of anime that I am planning on watching, some I have started but never finished them, even though I enjoyed the anime. It’s a habit that I want to break and hoping that listing the anime I want to watch and even blogging about them will help me break that.（−＿−；）
Chihayafuru is an anime that I started quite awhile back and pretty much enjoyed half of season one, I think I watched most of season one back in 2015 which is the year I moved, due to that I just never got round to picking it up again.
“Chihayafuru follows Chihaya Ayase, a young, strong willed girl that grows up in the shadow of her older sister. With no dreams of her own Chihaya is content with her share in life, that is until she meets Arata Wataya.
The quiet transfer student in her elementary class introduces her to competitive karuta, a physically and mentally demanding card game inspired by the classic Japanese anthology of Hundred Poets. Captivated by Arata’s passion for the game and inspired by the possibility of becoming the best in Japan, Chihaya quickly falls in love with the world of karuta. Along with the prodigy Arata and her haughty but hard-working friend Taichi Mashima, she joins the local Shiranami Society. The trio spends their idyllic childhood days playing together, until circumstances split them up.
Now in high school, Chihaya has grown into a karuta freak. She aims to establish the Municipal Mizusawa High Competitive Karuta Club, setting her sights on the national championship at Omi Jingu. Reunited with the now indifferent Taichi, Chihaya’s dream of establishing a karuta team is only one step away from becoming true: she must bring together members with a passion for the game that matches her own.”
2. Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari.
Tate no Yuusha No Nariagari (The Rising of the Shield Hero) is something that’s been sitting at the top of my watch list since it aired. It’s the type of anime I think I might enjoy and would literally binge the entire season in one go. It’s why I’ve held off on it till the next two seasons air, I am hoping that we atleast get the second season this year and that we don’t have to wait another year for it.
“The Four Cardinal Heroes are a group of ordinary men from modern-day Japan summoned to the kingdom of Melromarc to become its saviors. Melromarc is a country plagued by the Waves of Catastrophe that have repeatedly ravaged the land and brought disaster to its citizens for centuries. The four heroes are respectively bestowed a sword, spear, bow, and shield to vanquish these Waves. Naofumi Iwatani, an otaku, becomes cursed with the fate of being the “Shield Hero.” Armed with only a measly shield, Naofumi is belittled and ridiculed by his fellow heroes and the kingdom’s people due to his weak offensive capabilities and lackluster personality.
When the heroes are provided with resources and comrades to train with, Naofumi sets out with the only person willing to train alongside him, Malty Melromarc. He is soon betrayed by her, however, and becomes falsely accused of taking advantage of her. Naofumi then becomes heavily discriminated against and hated by the people of Melromarc for something he didn’t do. With a raging storm of hurt and mistrust in his heart, Naofumi begins his journey of strengthening himself and his reputation. Further along however, the difficulty of being on his own sets in, so Naofumi buys a demi-human slave on the verge of death named Raphtalia to accompany him on his travels.
As the Waves approach the kingdom, Naofumi and Raphtalia must fight for the survival of the kingdom and protect the people of Melromarc from their ill-fated future.”
Yeah, I know, another Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) fan. But I love the anime so much, seasons one and two were a blast and a laugh for me!! I am hoping to pick up Book of Circus, Book of Murder and Book of Atlantic this year and hopefully catch up with anime and have some laughs along the way.
“Young Ciel Phantomhive is known as “the Queen’s Guard Dog,” taking care of the many unsettling events that occur in Victorian England for Her Majesty. Aided by Sebastian Michaelis, his loyal butler with seemingly inhuman abilities, Ciel uses whatever means necessary to get the job done. But is there more to this black-clad butler than meets the eye?
In Ciel’s past lies a secret tragedy that enveloped him in perennial darkness—during one of his bleakest moments, he formed a contract with Sebastian, a demon, bargaining his soul in exchange for vengeance upon those who wronged him. Today, not only is Sebastian one hell of a butler, but he is also the perfect servant to carry out his master’s orders—all the while anticipating the delicious meal he will eventually make of Ciel’s soul. As the two work to unravel the mystery behind Ciel’s chain of misfortunes, a bond forms between them that neither heaven nor hell can tear apart.”
4. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso.
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April) is another anime that I just want to watch alot. Like I know what happens in the anime, (spoilers people, they literally are a nuisance), but I still want to watch the anime, I just waited till I forgot what happens in the anime, so I guess now is the time to pick it up!
“Music accompanies the path of the human metronome, the prodigious pianist Kousei Arima. But after the passing of his mother, Saki Arima, Kousei falls into a downward spiral, rendering him unable to hear the sound of his own piano.
Two years later, Kousei still avoids the piano, leaving behind his admirers and rivals, and lives a colorless life alongside his friends Tsubaki Sawabe and Ryouta Watari. However, everything changes when he meets a beautiful violinist, Kaori Miyazono, who stirs up his world and sets him on a journey to face music again.
Based on the manga series of the same name, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso approaches the story of Kousei’s recovery as he discovers that music is more than playing each note perfectly, and a single melody can bring in the fresh spring air of April.
5. Aria the Origination.
Aria was something that I picked ages ago but left me confused, that’s only because I started at Aria the Avvenire and not right at the beginning. This time I am going right back and trying this gem out again.
“In the 24th century on the planet Aqua, three girls—Akari Mizunashi, Alice Carroll, and Aika S. Granzchesta—continue to work hard toward achieving their goal of becoming Prima Undines: professional tour guide gondoliers. Luckily, the girls have the guidance of the three best Prima Undines in Neo-Venezia—Alicia Florence, Athena Glory, and Akira E. Ferrari—who are known as the “Water Fairies” in honor of their skill. With their help, the young apprentices train hard and work to overcome any situations that they find themselves in.
Aria The Origination follows the hardships and daily lives of these three young girls, who are doing their best to improve as tour gondoliers in Neo-Venezia, a terraformed replica of Venice.”
6. Gundam 00.
I have been deciding whether or not to give this a shot or not, I have heard some good things about Gundam 00, but also some bad things too. I really want to brunch out and watch some other Gundam series besides rewatching Gundam Wing all the time. I do love Gundam Wing alot but it feels refreshing to try another series every now and then.
“In the distant future, mankind’s dependence on fossil fuels will lead to their complete depletion, an energy crisis unlike anything the world witnessed. Out of retaliation and fear, humanity began focusing at an alternative source of energy: solar power. Different nations have united together to form three major factions—the Union of Solar Energy and Free Nations, the Advanced European Union, and the Human Reform League. Each of these sectors has access to a solar power generator, which gives them limitless energy.
As a result, countries that were once dependent on the sale of fossil fuels are now plunged in poverty, leading to years of warfare and internal strife over the control of solar energy. Amid this chaos, an unknown paramilitary organization appeared identifying themselves as “Celestial Being,” aspire to end all warfare through armed intervention by using mysterious and technologically advanced Mobile Suits known as Gundams.”
I’ve actually got recommended to watch this by my partner, Bakemonogatari is one of his favorites, it has a complex plot and some indepth characterization. I don’t know if it will be my cup of tea but I am willing to give it a shot and see!
“Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school student, manages to survive a vampire attack with the help of Meme Oshino, a strange man residing in an abandoned building. Though being saved from vampirism and now a human again, several side effects such as superhuman healing abilities and enhanced vision still remain. Regardless, Araragi tries to live the life of a normal student, with the help of his friend and the class president, Tsubasa Hanekawa.
When fellow classmate Hitagi Senjougahara falls down the stairs and is caught by Araragi, the boy realizes that the girl is unnaturally weightless. Despite Senjougahara’s protests, Araragi insists he help her, deciding to enlist the aid of Oshino, the very man who had once helped him with his own predicament.
Through several tales involving demons and gods, Bakemonogatari follows Araragi as he attempts to help those who suffer from supernatural maladies.”
8. Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken.
Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime) is something that went under my radar, at first I thought it was another harem anime but turns out I was wrong and it’s not, so it’s back on my list.
“Thirty-seven-year-old Satoru Mikami is a typical corporate worker, who is perfectly content with his monotonous lifestyle in Tokyo, other than failing to nail down a girlfriend even once throughout his life. In the midst of a casual encounter with his colleague, he falls victim to a random assailant on the streets and is stabbed. However, while succumbing to his injuries, a peculiar voice echoes in his mind, and recites a bunch of commands which the dying man cannot make sense of.
When Satoru regains consciousness, he discovers that he has reincarnated as a goop of slime in an unfamiliar realm. In doing so, he acquires newfound skills—notably, the power to devour anything and mimic its appearance and abilities. He then stumbles upon the sealed Catastrophe-level monster “Storm Dragon” Veldora who had been sealed away for the past 300 years for devastating a town to ashes. Sympathetic to his predicament, Satoru befriends him, promising to assist in destroying the seal. In return, Veldora bestows upon him the name Rimuru Tempest to grant him divine protection.
Now, liberated from the mundanities of his past life, Rimuru embarks on a fresh journey with a distinct goal in mind. As he grows accustomed to his new physique, his gooey antics ripple throughout the world, gradually altering his fate.”
9. Yakusoku no Neverland.
I know that there’s alot of hype behind this anime especially now that we have season two this season, I did pick it up in the past and loved what I saw, this is one of the many anime that I did pick up but never got the time to finish and I definitely want to do that this year.
“Surrounded by a forest and a gated entrance, the Grace Field House is inhabited by orphans happily living together as one big family, looked after by their “Mama,” Isabella. Although they are required to take tests daily, the children are free to spend their time as they see fit, usually playing outside, as long as they do not venture too far from the orphanage—a rule they are expected to follow no matter what. However, all good times must come to an end, as every few months, a child is adopted and sent to live with their new family… never to be heard from again.
However, the three oldest siblings have their suspicions about what is actually happening at the orphanage, and they are about to discover the cruel fate that awaits the children living at Grace Field, including the twisted nature of their beloved Mama.”
10. 5-toubun no Hanayome.
5-toubun no Hanayome (The Quintessential Quintuplets) is another anime that slipped my radar that I want to go back too. I thoroughly enjoyed what I have seen of the manga and would be so happy to just pick up the anime and give it a watch.
“Fuutarou Uesugi is an ace high school student, but leads an otherwise tough life. His standoffish personality and reclusive nature have left him friendless, and his father is debt-ridden, forcing his family to scrape by.
One day during his lunch break, Uesugi argues with a female transfer student who has claimed “his seat,” leading both of them to dislike each other. That same day, he is presented with a golden opportunity to clear his family’s debt: a private tutoring gig for a wealthy family’s daughter, with a wage of five times the market price. He accepts the proposal, but is horrified to discover that the client, Itsuki Nakano, is the girl he confronted earlier!
After unsuccessfully trying to get back on Itsuki’s good side, Uesugi finds out that his problems don’t end there: Itsuki is actually a quintuplet, so in addition to her, he must also tutor her sisters—Miku, Yotsuba, Nino, and Ichika—who, despite the very real threat of flunking, want nothing to do with a tutor. However, his family’s livelihood is on the line so Uesugi pushes on, adamant in his resolve to rid the sisters of their detest for studying and successfully lead them to graduation.”
And there you have have my Top 10 Anime That I Want To Watch. I am sorry about being a tad cryptic with all of them, besides two, the rest I have seen a few episodes off in the past and just don’t want to blurt out any spoilers and ruin it all for all you. I hoping to just literally create reviews to all of them so we can discuss them in depth in the future. Anyway till next time!