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small image Fall 2011: My Top Five (So Far)

November 18, 2011 8:44 pm by small image

We’re around the halfway point for the fall anime season, and I thought I’d mention which shows are my favorites at the moment. So I’ll make this a list, and start with #5 and work my way up from there.

#5 – Tamayura: Hitotose

I’m a fan of slice-of-life anime, and Tamayura has been fun enough so far. It doesn’t really add anything new to the genre, but it’s sweet and has a good share of heartwarming moments. I mainly just like how friendly everyone is in this show…

#4 – Un-Go

If I just sick back and watch the show, Un-Go is pretty entertaining. On the downside it’s a mystery show that moves too quickly for its own good, and the characters are pretty bland. But despite these setbacks, the setting and atmosphere help make the show unique and engaging.

#3 – Kimi to Boku

Okay, you definitely need to be in a slice-of-life mood for this show, because these are everyday characters doing quite mundane things. But I’ve found it nice, and the simplicity of the plot works well for the tone it works to convey. The soft art style, flashback-centric plot structure, and all-boy main cast give the genre a breath of fresh air.

#2 – Mirai Nikki

This show is crazy! It is all over the place. The pacing is fast, the plot is eccentric, and the characters are anything but ordinary. The premise really drew me in from the get-go, and there have been a lot of surprises keeping me on my toes. The zaniness of the series keeps me from taking it too seriously, but I’m really liking the main characters and the dynamic between them. I feel like anything could happen with Yuki and Yuno, and the intensity of the situations they’re thrown in keeps things exciting.

#1 – Fate/Zero

So far Fate/Zero has done nothing but impress. The animation is top-notch, the music grand, and the plot intelligent. It really is nice to see an action series that is taking things seriously, and I find the premise quite engaging. But perhaps what I like most is the diverse cast of characters. The masters have a variety of motives for obtaining the Holy Grail, and Fate/Zero makes the interesting choice of having multiple characters be sympathetic. And just going over some of the servants, such as Saber, Lancer, Rider, and Caster, Fate/Zero has the potential to be a really memorable series.

What’s your favorite of the season so far? I hope everyone’s been able to find at least one show to enjoy–I feel there’s been a good variety of anime to watch all year, and hope this trend will continue in seasons to come.