Toasters! I was busy with real world stuff last week and didn’t have time to write up a season wrap up, so without further adieu, here are my thoughts on the shows I finished from the Spring 2016 anime season.
Boku no Hero Academia/My Hero Academia
• Definitely one of my top picks for the season, My Hero Academia continued to impress with every episode. Funimation beautifully adapted the already exceedingly popular shōnen manga. Sporting a very clean and well done animation style, My Hero Academia boasted some wonderful character designs, particularly All Might’s character design, which was very reminiscent of silver age American style comics along with the impressive voice acting performances from the entire cast. Undeniably one of the better recent shōnen series, you can’t help but get hyped up after each marvelously animated fight scene. If you haven’t watched it yet, definitely check it out. Personally, I can’t wait for My Hero Academia season 2! Also go check out my episode by episode review on mouthfuloftoast.com if you want some more in depth information.
Happy new year, Toasters! As we wrap up a pretty good year for anime, I just wanted to reflect on my favorites from the year. I did not want to rank my favorites in any order, because I liked each of them for their own special reason, so I’ve just listed them instead. Without further adieu, let’s get this trip down memory lane a strollin’.
Shirobako is a series that charts well-trod anime territory because anime is the territory it travels through. As Bakuman or Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun are to behind the scenes drama in a manga studio, Shirobako is to the anime industry. At times it even makes jokes about the moe industrial complex with our endearing drift-racing doughnut addicted production assistant leading the way.
(The Whole Loaf is our recurring review column for new series that have come out within the last two years.)
During times of political uncertainty, art can effectively unpack the dual threads of hope and worry that run through contemporary public opinion. Shinichiro Watanabe’s Terror in Resonance is one such politically-minded work and also the most plainly political anime that I can recall since Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex finished ten years ago. It is the type of show that some people will love or hate solely on the basis of its politically-charged subject matter. As such, one of the first things we must do in order to correctly judge the series is to understand the political situation that the series aims to address and what it means to say.