12 Days V: The right to self-determination

「マギの3人」/「saitom」

「マギの3人」/「saitom」

Magi is described as an alternate take on the classic Arabian mythology 1001 Nights. It features a lot of the characters and setting and as a shounen adventure manga, you’d expect it to be full of wonder and fighting. What Magi is actually about is nationhood. Well, that and friendship, I guess. But if you know me well, then you’ll know that I’m a huuuuuuge sucker for things like an arc ending with setting up an elected body after our heroes topple a corrupt monarchy. Of course, it’s no LoGH, but this has enough politicking and cute characters to command my attention.

12 Days IV: Meta-meta-meta-

「Rewrite攻略記念」/「k3」

「Rewrite攻略記念」/「k3」

It was cool the first few times I saw it, but visual novels are kind of getting out of hand with the whole meta timeline and universe jumping structural shenanigans. Rewrite escalates this situation further than Key had done before with Little Busters or Clannad. Of course, Rewrite offers something very different from its Key and universe-jumping predecessors, which was enough to placate me. At the very least, the side routes aren’t a waste of time like in Little Busters, so that’s already a huge improvement. Also Kotori is the best, thank you Chiwa Saito.

12 Days III: Slapjack

「チーム ちはやふる」/「GiantRobot」

「チーム ちはやふる」/「GiantRobot」

It’s a testament to how good this show is that everyone who watches it seems to love it, especially since it’s about an obscure Japanese card game that isn’t even a TCG. Somehow, this manages to make this dumb game where you slap a bunch of cards based on Japanese poetry compelling and it even has a fantastic stable of characters who are all likeable. Personally, I’m on Team Taichi/Chihaya OTP which means I should probably prepare for someone to consume my tears.

12 Days II: 100% tsun, 100% dere

「てへへ」/「宇平」

「てへへ」/「宇平」

Kokoro Connect is supposed to be about a group of five friends who go through some weird supernatural shenanigans, but one of them pretty much steals the show. That would be Inaban. She starts off being presented as the responsible and perceptive one of the group and is naturally displeased at shenanigans. Out of all the characters, she seems to have the most interesting character arc because she doesn’t have an unnatural character flaw. And also very importantly in a show like this is that she overcame the odds and won.

12 Days I: It’s not anime

「新世界より落書きつめ」/「佐藤さと」

「新世界より落書きつめ」/「佐藤さと」

Shinsekai Yori is that rare anime derived from non-anime stock. Instead of your usual hot new serialized work, it’s adapted from an existing finished not-light novel. It starts off inconspicuous enough, with a group of friends flaunting their village’s rules. After that, it goes along its way with a constant sense of uneasiness permeating through everything that’s happening. It’s very subdued which is also rare, although I’m not sure if it’s because of how it’s written or if the it’s an adaptation decision. Either way, this show stands out as a very nice change from the usual antics and shenanigans that get animated.