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If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my time writing blog posts about anime, it’s that I have weird tastes. I’ve always felt like writing stuff on this blog has pushed me to watch a wide breadth of shows. When you start a new season, you can only guess at how you’ll react to each of the shows, so it’s almost like a lottery.
For better or for worse, you choose the shows that you’re going to watch, and if you’re like me, you stick with them. So to make things interesting, I’ll be talking about 5 shows that I really enjoyed that have been covered on this blog. It’s interesting for me to wonder if I would have even watched these shows if not for this blog. And to make it a bit harder on myself, I won’t be choosing anything too recent.
5. Ikoku Meiro no Croisee
Oh, the joys of humble beginnings. This series tells the story of Yune, a Japanese girl is brought to Paris by a travelling French man named Oscar. She brought to stay with Claude, an ironworker living in a small market in the city who initially rejects her. Together, the two learn more about each other while exploring a historical Paris.
I wasn’t a huge fan of slice of life shows back in the day, so my perception of the show when it was airing probably wasn’t too great. But looking back, it has that perfect combination of fluff, a historical setting, and the general theme of culture shock, which are all fun for me.
I’ve always had a fondness for this series (which probably came through when I re-watched and reviewed it). The story follows Houtarou Oreki, a lazy student who lives by an “energy conserving” motto. He’s forced to join the Classics Club by his sister and meets Eru Chitanda, a curious girl who perpetually drags Houtarou on her investigations. I’ve always seen the series as a surprisingly chill set of mysteries, which I think is fun to watch. Not everything has to be about murders and intrigue, right?
Does this count as my sports series for the list? To be honest, it might be one of the earlier shoujo series that I watched. The series covers the Japanese game of karuta, a card game that involves quickly swiping at a card based on a poem being read aloud. The main character, Chihaya Ayase, discovers the game through a childhood friend, and she carries that passion when he moves away. The story follows her as she attempts to enter the world of competitive karuta as a high schooler. While it’s a game I would never really play myself, I thought the series approaches in a cool way with some likable characters to keep things fun.
2. Psycho Pass
Well, it can’t all be fun and games, right? This series might be the most well-known one on the list, and it was definitely one that I enjoyed as it aired. For those that don’t know, the series takes place in a futuristic world where artificial intelligence is used to judge criminals based on their mental state. The main character, Akane Tsunemori, is a new recruit in the police force who learns about this system and its deceptive limitations. I think that the series covers an interesting sci-fi topic well, so it was pretty much right in my wheelhouse.
1. Uchuu Kyoudai (Space Brothers)
Hoo boy, how did I make it through such a long series? I think I skipped episodes here and there, but this is probably the longest series I’ve covered on this blog. And to be fair, I think it was well worth it. The series follows Mutta Nanba, a salaryman with a passion for space. When his brother achieves his childhood dream of going to the Moon, Mutta is inspired to pursue his own dream of reaching Mars and applies to become an astronaut. I really enjoyed this series for its portrayal of a competitive sibling rivalry. I also how it says that it’s never too late to work towards your goals.