Going Down The List: Zankyou no Terror

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Like most, if not all, of the shows Shinichiro Watanabe has been involved in, Zankyou no Terror has an air of quality and refinement to it that to some extent sets it apart from other shows, and definitely from most of the other shows airing in the same season that ZnT aired in (Summer 2014) – I’m looking at you Aldnoah.Zero. To use some ambiguous terminology that I’m not overly fond of, I’d say that Zankyou no Terror looked more “adult” than most anime nowadays.

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Going Down The List: Yuyushiki

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I must make a confession, a confession that might make me unpopular: I didn’t actually like Yuyushiki that much. I watched it all when it aired, but I haven’t touched it since July 2013. I wasn’t very excited when I heard there was going to be an OVA many years later (I was more interested in the Kiniro Mosaic OVA), and I’m not even a big fan of all the fan art.

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Going Down The List: Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru

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When Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru aired, it had already been almost 4 years since Madoka Magica. At that point I think it was no longer constructive or interesting to try to compare every magical girl show to Madoka, but in this case┬áthe similarities were too numerous to ignore. That’s not to say Yuuki Yuuna wasn’t interesting at all in its own right, but I feel like the comparison had to be made.

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Going Down The List: Yuru Yuri

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The first season of Yuru Yuri was one of the first anime I watched. I was enthralled. I didn’t realise there were shows out there with cute girls doing cute things of very little significance. Because that’s basically the essence of Yuru Yuri, and it rarely tries to do anything else, for better or for worse. But I loved it a lot.

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Going Down The List: Yuri!! on ICE

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Like many others, I was initially disappointed when I found out Yuri on Ice was named for two guys named Yuri and not girls’ love. It made sense, too, because Sayo Yamamoto could totally make that show. In retrospect I feel very silly, however, because Yuri on Ice ended up exceeding all of my expectations anyway. Together with Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu it’s only one of two shows that I considered for Anime of the Year 2016, and I still haven’t actually decided which one I like more.

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Going Down The List: Yuri Kuma Arashi

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Yuri Kuma Arashi was my first Kunihiko Ikuhara show and, like Yoru no Yatterman, it was a big influence on my decision to start blogging about anime. I actually tried to do an in-depth analysis of episode 1 because while I hadn’t seen Ikuhara’s particular style of storytelling for myself before, I had heard many stories, and to some extent I knew what to expect when it came to metaphors and symbols and stuff.

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Going Down The List: Yozakura Quartet – Hana no Uta

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My memories of the early parts of watching Yozakura Quartet are pretty hazy. I have no memory of why I decided to pick it up, nor do I remember seeing any promo material that might have piqued my interest. I also don’t remember much about the first few episodes of the show, beside the fact that it seemed like no one else was watching it.

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