Written by Bananaowns
Images courtesy of Kyoto Animation and Studio Deen.
I am currently recovering from an elbow injury and a subsequent bad reaction to medication, so this week’s piece will be relatively short as a result. The winter season has been a solid season of anime so far. As we continue towards the end of the season, I have a few more recommendations from this season. Again, this does not mean that these shows are all amazing, but have been entertaining enough to keep me watching.
Myriad Colors Phantom World
This season’s work by Kyoto Animation is rather generic, but entertaining. The release of an experimental virus has allowed humans to see extra-dimensional beings called phantoms. Some children born after the outbreak have developed special powers that allow them to battle and banish phantoms. Naturally, the anime follows a group of high school students because everything in anime needs to involve a high school. There is no overarching story, but rather an episodic focus. It is mostly focused on dealing with the personal feelings and backgrounds of the main character’s harem. The characters are not anything special, but are somewhat interesting. So if you do not like harem shows, then you won’t like this. The animation quality is superb and the music is pretty good as well. It’s a fairly average show, but keeps me watching from some reason.
Now this is another show with a similar concept to Sword Art Online, but with an added comedic twist. The story follows a recently deceased otaku as he gets offered a chance to be resurrected. A goddess will revive him if he defeats the Demon King of another world. In a bout of spite, the goddess gets sent to this world with the otaku as well. From there, a cast of quirky characters is introduced ranging from a masochistic knight and a mage that loves explosion magic. This series is a superb comedy and that is what sets it apart from the rest of the SAO clones. The animation is good as well, but the main focus is the comedy. It is definitely a much watch of this season.
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
This show is the only one other than ERASED to have a shot of being the show of the season. The story focuses on the pursuit of a traditional Japanese performance art called rakugo. At first it follows the story of an ex-convict trying to get into the world of Rakugo. From there, it largely goes into a flashback regarding the story of the rakugo sensei of the ex-convict. The story is an adult-centric story about the pursuit of a craft and it is really compelling. The Rakugo performances are outstanding and highlight a rather unknown tradition to western audiences. The animation is beautiful as well and perfectly styles the traditional motif. That’s it for my anime recommendations for this season; I’ll be back next week for another review.