Fall 2016 – Anime Recommendations Part 3

Written by Bananaowns

Images courtesy of Ajia-do Animation and Sanzigen

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Izetta: The Last Witch

I am an absolute sucker for anything related to the WWII period.  Izetta: The Last Witch is set in this period albeit on a slightly alternate Earth.  The story follows, Izetta, the last surviving witch as she is rescued from the Germanian Empire.  Izetta then agrees to help Princess Finé protect her country Eylstadt from the invading Germanians.  This really is a WWII-esque story with the addition of magic.  The series does not only go into the magical aspects.  There is a significant amount of focus on espionage and managing propaganda during the middle portion of the episodes.  This manages to make the series a bit more enjoyable as it focuses on the total war effort.  There also is a hint of a relationship between Finé and Izetta that is sure to please the shippers.  The most impressive scenes involve the use of Izetta’s powers.  From aerial dogfights with planes to taking out an entire battalion of soldiers, this series actually has a high amount of wonderfully animated action.  It was one of my favorites of this season and I highly recommend checking it out.

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Bubuki/Buranki: The Gentle Giants of the Galaxy

I’ve already reviewed the first season of Bubuki/Buranki.  While entertaining at some points, the first season was not that great.  The second seasons follows similarly, but does excel in some places.  There is a greater emphasis on the Buranki battles.  In fact, Buranki’s are actually used a lot more in this season.  These fights are highly entertaining and make the rest of the series worth watching.  There is a plethora of backstory introduced, but it’s not really too interesting.  Azuma’s sister Kaoruko is also introduced and she may be one of the worst anime characters of the season.  I have not disliked a character this much in a long time.  To sum it up, the Buranki battles are great; the rest of it leaves a lot to be desired.  It was enjoyable, but not really worth it.

I’ll be back next week to finish out my recommendations for the Fall Season.  Thanks for checking this piece out.

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