When it comes to the supernatural a lot of people will generally think about different types of monsters, ghosts or even otherworldly forms such as Gods and Demons. This is all said to be true when entering the anime world, as a lot of anime depict these kinds of beings. Some have stories about them, where they come from and why they exist, others have them as the enemy, a nuisance to man kind. All that is not deemed to be natural in reality, can be seen as supernatural and these anime have taken the best of these elements in 2015. With that being said:
Deirii Raifu’s Pick:
Owarimonogatari – ‘Eat Up!’
“In this world, it’s not about whether or not things can be done well, either. Doing things too well can lack balance in its own way. Because it won’t end up as a happy medium like that.”
Giving us a variety of different oddities to deal with, whether it be monkeys, vampires or even resurrected dolls the Monogatari series has done well in providing a taste for the supernatural. Owarimonogatari continues on that trend, with it basically providing the basis of oddities and why they occur within the story. The anime provides a bunch of oddities unique towards Japanese culture as well as others that are better known, this creates variety in the different oddities, and that is the best part when it comes to the supernatural. As we get too see different designs, perspectives, problems and in solving those problems associated with different supernatural phenomenon, we are given an explanation towards why they occur or why they exist.
2) Durarara!!x2 Shou, Durarara!! x2 Ten
3) Tokyo Ghoul √A
Special Mentions: Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (TV) 2nd Season, Noragami Aragoto, Seiken Tsukai no World Break, Owari no Seraph, One Punch Man, Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen
Noragami Aragoto – ‘The Sound of Drums’
“The arrow shall tear thee asunder”
There were a number of good supernatural themed anime this year, but Noragami Arogoto tops the bunch. The switch towards becoming much more serious in tone and nature does wonders for Noragami, as now the series explores the more delicate intricacies of Japanese mythology and their gods. It was enjoyable watching different gods interact, whilst understanding how people could have such an effect on each other.
2) Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo
3) Fate Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works S2
Special Mentions: Tokyo Ghoul √A, Tsukimonogatari, Owarimonogatari