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5 Recommended Anime Coming This Fall

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Fall is one of the best times of the year, and not just because of the pleasant and mild weather. With it comes the new season of anime. Looking through the upcoming anime listing, there is some nice variety. Naturally, the season is bringing plenty of fanservice focused anime, the prominent one seeming to be Keijo!!!!!!!! I personally will probably not watch it, but here are the anime I will be checking out. My 5 recommended anime coming this fall!

Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru
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Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru

My main draw to this anime is the fantasy/sci-fi premise that it presents. The plot description is not overly clear, but it seems to involve time travel and stopping the antagonists from changing history. I like the character designs, and seeing as how one of my main draws to try a show involves the animation and an interesting plot premise, there is a strong chance I’ll stick with this anime.

Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari
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Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari

I was immediately intrigued by the premise of this anime, which will be a slice of life anime. It revolves around the main character quitting his job to take care of a young boy whose secret is discovered by the protagonist. The other draw of the show for me is that it appears to have a rural setting, something somewhat uncommon in anime. I just hope this slice of life turns out better than Sweetness and Lightning from this past season for me.

WWW.Working!!
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WWW.Working!!

Next up is another slice of life, though I am much more familiar with this series. The Working series of anime is a really easy and fun watch, so if you have not seen any yet, I recommend you check out the first season. Nonetheless, this new Working anime is set in a different restaurant with different characters than the original. It’s up in the air whether I like this one better or not.

Fune wo Amu
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Fune wo Amu

Another anime with an interesting premise, this time apparently about composing a dictionary. I am a huge word nerd, loving writing in my free time. So the premise of immediately appealed to me, though it sounds like an anime that could easily be very boring or niche.

Nanbaka
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Nanbaka

While most of the anime on this list are here because of a “unique” premise, Nanbaka is the exception. It looks colorful and fun. While it maybe looks reminiscent of Prison School, I am sure this anime will be very different. Easily the wild card anime of the season.

In conclusion, the Fall 2016 anime season possesses an interesting line up. What anime are you interested in seeing this coming season? Be sure to comment below!

If you are interested in more articles by me, my friends and I run our own blog called RishRaff Reviews where we not just review anime, but write other articles ranging from philosophical analyses to looking into soundtracks. Please do check it out.

 

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3 Anime Considerations for Summer 2016

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Welcome everyone! So there are quite a few anime running this season. I wanted to take some time to mention some of the anime I am personally following, and that you might enjoy. These anime are not necessarily the best of the season, but I do welcome you to check them out! Now without further ado, let us dive right in!

#3- Sweetness and Lightning (Amaama to Inazuma)

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This anime, in one word, is cute. If you like slice of life or more mature anime, this is a good one to check out. Admittedly, it is pretty slow at times, and the story does not entirely seem to be going anywhere.  On the positive side of things, it does deal with mature themes associated with single parenting. Other than that, there really is not much more to say about the series. I personally at the start had hoped there would be a little more “emotional meat” to the story. It still enjoyable, just not necessarily quite the experience I had wanted or hoped for.

#2- Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Second Plate

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If you have not seen the first season, go watch it. I’m serious, go watch it right this minute. Food Wars season one completely hyped me for a second helping of the anime. Its creative visual depictions of taste and variety of characters really helped bring charm to the show, even if it went a little over top with fanservice on occasion. The Second Plate brought this back, but not as much as the first season. It is far more serious in its attitude, and pushes you right into the show from the beginning with a very abrupt start. It is still good, but feels like a slightly different show than season one.

#1- 91 Days

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This show was a complete impulse try for me, and I am absolutely loving it. It definitely feels a bit like the The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas, since the whole show centers around revenge. Add this to the fact it’s set in Prohibition America, with plenty of alcohol and guns lying about, and you can see how this show gets pretty gritty. The story line is plenty complex, so if a mystery suspense story sounds enticing to you, do watch 91 Days.

What anime are you keeping up with this season? I hope you enjoyed reading my post! If you are interested in more articles by me, my friends and I run our own blog called RishRaff Reviews where we not just review anime, but write other articles ranging from philosophical analyses to looking into soundtracks. Please do check it out.

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RishRaff’s Top 10 Favorite Anime of All Time

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Greetings everybody! This is RishRaff here!

Assembling my list of my top 10 anime was a journey. As I sat here, sipping my Ramune soda, I was forced to confront my dark past and battle inner demons as I did my soul searching into what it truly meant for something to be a favorite anime. Okay, that is not really what happened, but I did spend too much thinking this through. Nonetheless, I present my Top 10 Favorite Anime!

#10- Blast of Tempest

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Blast of Tempest, or Zetsuen no Tempest in Japanese, is on my list for a few reasons. For one, it plays very much like a classic Shakespeare story, of which it has many references, with plenty of mix of action, comedy, and some tragedy. I also find a lot of myself in the characters, especially between Mahiro and Yoshino.

However, there is definitely a deeper reason for my appreciation of this anime. At the time I first watched it, I was watching a lot of ecchi anime and just generally low quality anime (for example, my “favorite” anime before this anime was Omamori Himari). Yet upon watching this anime, I was pulled out of that world and into the world of actually good anime. It is also slightly because of this anime that I also developed a sort of interest in more obscure anime titles, as you will see further down my list.

#9- Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet

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Another anime that was an oddball to me when I first watched it. Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet honestly attracted first with its title, since “verdurous” seemed like a cool word. So I gave the show a try. To my initial disappointment, it was a mecha anime. I am a firm believer in the ancient proverb, “You either love or hate mecha anime, there is no in between.” I fall on the hate end of that. My preference is romance, slice of life, etc. Yet, I pushed through to find an entertaining story, with surprising depth and thought provocation at times.

To this day, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet remains one of the rare exceptions to my general distaste for mecha anime.

#8- Sankarea

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Long before I ever watched the Sankarea anime, I was a huge fan of the manga. It is among my favorite manga, if not my favorite. Anyway, I only found out about the anime after my cousin watched it and recommended it to me. Boy was I excited to watch! The anime was somewhat underwhelming, honestly, but I still greatly enjoyed it. The twist on the classic “princess and peasant” love story was fantastic, and the series does a lot right, especially in regards to characterization.

I still prefer the manga, but the Sankarea anime still cements itself with its awesome mix of visuals, genres, and just my general love of the series in my favorites list. The ending to the anime is also absolutely beautiful.

#7- Toradora

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Probably the one of the most classic of the romance anime, and the show who has the best known tsundere, Toradora really kicked off my love of slice of life anime. I would always recommend this anime to people, and really is a touching story. I watched it during a dark time of my life, and so was one of two anime (the other is also on this list) that I actually cried over. Anyway, if you have not watched Toradora, go watch it!

#6- Engaged to the Unidentified

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Prepare for a lot more slice of life anime from here on out. Engaged to the Unidentified is not particularly stand out show, and objectively, Toradora is probably a better quality show. Yet, I am drawn to this show and its quirky humor and slightly strange premise. I’ll dodge needing to give a spoiler tag, but the title is a lot more meaning than it initially seems. Anyway, fun characters really make this show, and it even makes fun of itself a bit.

#5- Amagi Brilliant Park

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Amagi Brilliant Park is what I like to call both a hidden gem and an “ecchi done right.” I watched it on a complete whim without ever hearing about it, hence why I call it a hidden gem, and found a very fun and colorful anime with great characters. I also call it an “ecchi done right” because while it does have ecchi moments, it is not a defining aspect of the series. It overcomes what most viewers might perceive as negatives to be actually decent show.

#4- Erased

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Probably one of the biggest anime early in its season, Erased draws a lot of mixed reviews. A lot people criticize its ending, and I am one of those people. Yet, I still loved the show. Suspense is one of those genres I hate to admit I love. This show was extremely stressful to watch, even more so than my exams for college classes, as I watched it as it was coming out. The anime was excellent of using cliffhangers and other elements to build up the tension from episode to episode. Also, the opening got stuck in my head. It really was excellent up until the last two or three episodes…

#3- Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge

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Oh look another slice of life. Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge is a straight up comedy that at the same time is a very relaxing watch. The humor can be pretty dry at times, which is exactly how my own sense of humor works. I do feel the show got overshadowed a bit in the season of its premiere, and is truly a gem.

The above picture is my favorite scene from the show and highlights the humor perfectly.

#2- Angel Beats!

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The premiere cry anime, and another classic anime. I was probably dehydrated once I finished this anime. Angel Beats! has a lot of great themes that appeal to me on a number of personal levels. It was my favorite for a long time after I watched it. It is another anime I would recommend to anybody right off the bat, and is a first in many ways for me. There are a lot of philosophical thought experiments that you can engage with this show, something that I have done with peers on numerous occasions. Also, the title is a very clever hint at one plot element…

And now, the moment you have been waiting for! RishRaff’s number one anime is none other than the excellent anime…

#1- Binchou-tan

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No surprise this is another slice of life. Binchou-tan is the epitome of slice of life, in the purest essence. This obscure anime is incredible cute and a very relaxing watch. Now I acknowledge that this anime is not for anyone, but I will still say it is the peek of anime quality! The story seems simple, but does actually have multiple layers of complexity, something I appreciate. Another draw is that most of the characters are gijinka of various types of charcoal, something I found both charming and unique about the series. The series is just pleasant in general, and is my absolute favorite anime of all time!

And that concludes my list. Give some of these anime a try if my favorites list was intriguing enough to you. Thank you for reading!

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