Spring 2016 – Anime Recommendations Part 2

Written by Bananaowns

Images courtesy of Project I.G, Studio Trigger, and Studio Bones

Last week I covered three recommendations for the spring season.  So now it’s time for the second part where I cover the last three shows that I am currently watching.  If you missed last week’s piece, then be sure to check that one out as well. I’m Bananaowns and this is an Otaku Youth anime feature.

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Joker Game

I love media about espionage and the lives of spies.  This series focuses on the adventures of a variety of spies as they work for the Japanese government in the years just before their involvement in World War II.  This anime is also misleading.  At first it appears that the series will focus on Sakuma’s acceptance of espionage, but that quickly changes.  The series turns into an anthology as it focuses on a different spy every week as they carry out a mission ranging from escaping interrogation to finding the source of a resistance movement.  So those looking for an overarching story will be disappointed.  As for the animation, it’s fairly average.  It’s very difficult to tell which character is which as well.  The soundtrack is similar to Baccano as it has a great mix of jazz.  When combined, all the pieces form a highly entertaining show.

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Kiznaiver

This show is another crazy adventure from Studio Trigger.  Various high school students are linked in a mysterious experiment, which creates a large cast of main characters.  The gimmick is that they all share any pain that is inflicted on them.  So far the series has featured these characters as they try to accomplish missions designed to bring them closer together.  I don’t know where this series is going, but it looks like a fun romp that is largely based on character interaction.  I immediately want to quell any debate right now though, Chidori is best girl.  The animation is of very high quality and one of the standout aspects of this series.  The voice acting is of a similar quality as the cast manages to perfectly capture the comedic moments of the quirky characters.  If you liked Kill La Kill, this show is right up your alley.

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My Hero Academia

This is one of the best shows of the season.  Everyone needs to watch this.  The world is filled with people with superpowers known as quirks.  Naturally, heroes emerge as they use their quirks for the betterment of mankind.  The story follows Izuku Midoriya, a middle school student who does not have a quirk.  Despite not having a quirk, Izuku dreams of attending the prestigious U.A High School and becoming a hero.  His life is changed forever once he meets his idol, All Might, the world’s greatest hero.  This series is packed with emotion.  Every episode so far has some sort of emotional pay off that involves Izuku and this works to great effect.  The audience really feels his struggle to become a hero and is emotionally invested to see him succeed.  The voice acting is top notch and the soundtrack is phenomenal as well.  Studio Bones hit it out of the park again with their animation.  This is a great looking series.

You can check out Joker Game and Kiznaiver on Crunchyroll.  You can check My Hero Academia on Funimation.  If I pick up any more shows during the season, then I will gladly make a third part, but I don’t think that will happen.  I’ll be back next week for another review.  Thanks for checking this piece out.

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