Stories when read or watched can do a variety of different things. Stories have the ability to suck us into a world, as if though we were inside that world ourselves. They make us feel a variety of different emotions whether they be happy ones or sadder ones. Sometimes the story is used to tell of a certain mission, message or reflection, they may be fiction or nonfiction or even just a certain recount of what happened in someones day. With all these different factors being taken to account, the best stories compel us to learn more about them, whether it be the background or what happens into the future. This year in anime dominated with fantasy based stories in different worlds than our own. With these elements in mind, they offered great journeys and tales of its characters and the world around them. With that being said:
Deirii Raifu’s Pick:
Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu – ‘You are Truly slothful’
“No matter how silly it is, you can talk about tomorrow because you have a tomorrow.”
Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu takes the top spot this year for anime story’s. With a riveting rotational tale of knowing despair and having small triumphs, Re:Zero exemplified a roller coaster of emotions throughout its 2 cour run. Mainly told through its main protagonist Natsuki Subaru, it was an amalgamation of the series premise, with him being able to “essentially” reset after dying, led to some great scenes along his journey in order to fit in the world he came to. Most of the time its heart wrenching, watching someone get beat down over and over and over again, but it’s different from the norm, and that’s what makes it so good.
2) Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
3) Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri 2nd Season
Special Mentions: God Eater, Heavy Object, Koutetsujou no Kabaneri, Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (TV) 2nd Season