When it comes to fantasy, one may think of another world filled with different types of monsters, a world surrounded and enveloped in magic or one that thrives off the different races or “species” within it. Fantasy is generally used to explore what doesn’t exist in reality, where great stories have been told throughout history about mythical creatures, gods and demons. Whether it contains something of the supernatural or is has more of a science-fantasy base, the fantasy genre has always been one where an infinite amount of ideas could be explored, making it a popular one. This year in anime, exploring new worlds was the way to go, each of their own did it in a style different to others. Whether it be due to discovery or via death, the worlds opening were whimsical, with heaps of different races, creatures and of course societies. The characters we are shown through this lead us through these worlds and the wonderful possibilities they may have brought. With that being said:
Deirii Raifu’s Pick:
Hai to Gensou no Grimgar – ‘Harvest’
“The warmth you gave this hand led me to a future I can treasure, always.”
Hai to Gensou no Grimgar gave us a different taste within the fantasy genre this year. Rather than a vast world of exploration, it kept it simple only showing a couple of elements of the fantasy world the characters had joined. The stage was set like the beginning stages for a fantasy world. This simplicity provided to be a great alternative as it allowed for added depth to the elements actually shown. Whether it be the kobolds or goblins or the village that the characters live in they seemed more fleshed out.
2) Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri 2nd Season
3) Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
Special Mentions: Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu, Fairy Tail (2014), Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen, Koutetsujou no Kabaneri