Now that the Fall 2013 anime season has ended, I compiled a list of shows that I would recommend to just about anyone. Hopefully this list will provide useful for those of you who were too busy to keep up with the Fall anime season or those who prefer to wait until a series has concluded to marathon!
Kill la Kill
The plot revolves around Ryuuko who enters Honnouji Academy in order to find the person who killed her father. This is no ordinary high school though as it is ruled by Satsuki Kiryuuin who has the school divided up into groups which reflect their social standings and overall strength. Overall, Kill la Kill is a great action series with good character development for the main cast. They go into each of the relevant characters’ backstory which allows us to get a better understanding of who they are and why they act the way they do. The art style for Kill la Kill is different from your traditional anime series but it works well with the overall feel by being quirky and over the top at times. While it may start off rather light hearted and seem like a typical battle or shounen series, I feel that Trigger has some tricks up their sleeves going into the second half of the series that will add even more depth to the world of Kill la Kill.
Nagi no Asukara
The story is about a group of teenagers who live within the sea. Despite being able to live under the sea, they are nearly identical to the human race physically. The sea people have been shrinking in population due to many of them abandoning the sea and living on land which has caused tension between the two civilizations. As a result of the declining population, these kids are forced to attend school on land with the other humans which causes them to clash. While it may seem like your typical rom-com over the top melodrama, Nagi no Asukara managed to surprise me with how realistic some of these characters are. Hikari starts off as your usual impatient, hot-blooded male lead, he matures quickly and becomes more observant and considerate to those around him. Nagi no Asukara not only has great characters, but the art is stunning as well where you can see all the detail that went into the visuals of this series.
You can watch Nagi no Asukara on Crunchyroll (May not be available in all regions)
White Album 2
One of the contenders for best anime of the Fall 2013 season and possibly of the year as well for me. The series focuses on three characters, Haruki, Setsuna, and Kazusa who were nearly complete strangers to each other a few weeks ago but quickly grow closer and closer as they work towards the goal of performing at the cultural festival. However, the good times between the three of them do not last long as tension and drama tears the group apart. White Album 2 manages to create tension and suspense through their incredible soundtrack, and subtle hints dropped through the series (body language, where they focus the “camera). The characters are also well developed and it’s amazing to see how much they change over the course of the series.
You can watch White Album 2 on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)
Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru (NouCome)
At first glance, NouCome may seem like your generic high school romantic comedy series, and it is. However, NouCome is self-aware and purposely makes themselves over the top by using those generic characters and making them as extreme as possible (the little sister, the energetic girl, the tsundere, the rich snobby girl). They also add in the fun twist of “Absolute Choice” where our protagonist Kanade must choose one of the (usually ridiculous) options presented to him and do it. This often results in Kanade finding himself in some outrageous situations which results in him becoming known as one of the reject five of his school despite his popularity prior to the Absolute Choice. NouCome was one of the highlights for the Fall 2013 anime season for me with the amount of energy this show brings and always managed to brighten up my week as it was airing.
You can watch NouCome on Crunchyroll (may not be available in all regions)