Summer 2016 – Anime Recommendations Part 1

Written by Bananaowns

Images courtesy of Shuka, Zero-G, and Silver Link

It has been a few weeks since the summer season has started, so now it’s time to check out my list of recommendations for this season.  This piece will be split into three separate parts because I am watching a ridiculous amount of shows this season.  Like always, I may have missed a show, so be sure to leave your own recommendation in the comments.  I’ll most likely give it a watch.  Anyways, I am Bananaowns and this is an Otaku Youth anime feature.

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91 Days

Set in the United States during Prohibition, this series looks to be the period piece that I wanted Joker Game to be.  First and foremost, the story harkens back to the multitude of stories that involve a sort of organized crime.  A man going by the name of Avilio seeks to join the mafia, in order to seek revenge for the murder of his family.  So far, this series has been great.  Avilio is a very intelligent, but sympathetic main character.  There is something inherently interesting about a mob story and this series manages to hit all of the right places with the characters and setting.  Of course, the Prohibition-era setting brings up stylistic choices that remind the audience of Baccano!  Everything about the animation so far has been solid as well.  The cinematography, animation, and backgrounds all form an excellent presentation.  If this series continues like it has so far, it will be one of the best of the season.

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Battery

Baseball is my favorite sport, so it makes sense that I would be attracted to a baseball anime.  The story starts off with a simple family move.  Takumi, a very talented pitcher, recently moved to a new town to live with his grandfather.  I rather enjoy his character because he is one of the most arrogant protagonists that I have seen.  He’s very aware of his level of talent, but it’s obvious that it is the result of an intense level of dedication.  Takumi immediately meets Go, a local boy who happens to be a decent catcher.  From there, I can only assume that these two characters join a baseball team and drama ensues.  Based on the first episode, this series will likely be carried by the excellent interactions between Takumi and Go.  With the way these two characters interacted with each other in a simple game of catch, I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season brings.  The animation also brings about a rather unique look.  Everything is rather soft, except for when they actually get the baseball moving.  Overall, the characters all have personality and I’m excited to see more.

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Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3rei!

For those like me, the best parts of the previous Fate/Kaleid seasons were the action scenes.  So far, this new season has been entirely comprised of rather serious scenes, with a significant amount of action.  It’s a real tonal shift from the more light-hearted previous seasons.  The fan service has been replaced with actual plot.  Given how this season has progressed so far, it looks like it will continue in this direction.  Like always, the animation quality for this series is superb and given the larger number of action scenes, the animators get to show off this aspect much more.  I don’t have too much to say about this new season because it is a continuation.  All the other aspects maintain their excellent quality, but there is a serious tonal change.  This change in tone is the perfect direction for this series and it looks like it will be another excellent season for Fate/Kaleid.

You can check out 91 Days and Fate/Kaleid on Crunchyroll.  Sadly, Battery is only available for streaming on Amazon Prime.  Thanks for checking this piece out and be sure to stop by next week for the next three recommendations.

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