Is it cheating to pick more than one?
This is my first journey through the “100 Days of Anime” Challenge, an ambitious project that I’ll be taking. For the full list of prompts, click here.
“Favorite anime you’ve watched so far?”
Oh boy, my list of favorites has grown substantially over the years, so it’s hard to choose just one. From the action-packed Haikyu! to the slower character-driven narrative of Spice and Wolf, I’m confident in saying that my tastes has evolved dramatically from back when I was raving about Sword Art Online. However, there is one anime in a recent season that has managed to scratch my itch for fantasy whilst also having the meaningful character interaction I crave.
A tale of the happiest girl in the world.
SukaSuka, or its rather long-winded full name “Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii desu ka?” (What are you doing at the end? Are you busy? Can you save me?) was without a doubt, the most captivating journey (both physically and emotionally) during the Spring 2017 season. The story follows Willem Kmetsch five hundred years after the destruction of humanity at the hands of the “beasts”. With nothing to turn back to, he scrapes out a living working odd jobs for the resident demihumans that live on floating islands. Circumstances lead him to working at a weapons warehouse full of (oddly enough) young girls as their caretaker.
Surprisingly, these girls are the frontline defense against the beasts that threaten to sink the islands.
Though it was overshadowed by the likes of ‘Akashic Records’ and ‘Eromanga-sensei’ , the alluring world design and its beautiful backgrounds made for a compelling and somewhat mysterious journey through the unknown. Backed by an adorable cast of cute girls doing cute things (among protecting the remnants of society from the beasts), this show quickly climbed up my tier list after a seemingly quiet start. The father-daughter relationship between Willem and the girls was heart-warming, and throughout the series, as the very girls that captured my heart were quickly sent off to battle, we experience the emotional tension that Willem felt as he waited for them to come back home.
Here’s to hoping for a season two! For now, I’ll just settle with waiting for the light novel translations.
Also, what’s your favorite anime and why? Any shows that have completely captured your attention for this season?