Usually you start a new anime because the story looks promising, you like the way it looks, you’ve seen the PV and it seems worth watching.

Maybe you saw a lot of positive comments on the anime. Maybe someone called it a good match with another anime you love or someone whose opinion you find valuable recommended you the anime.

My point is, there are many ways you can get interested in watching an anime. But even so, sometimes you just… start something without knowing why you did it.

Maybe you were simply bored and you wanted to try out something unusual. Maybe you couldn’t resist the cuteness of that one character so you started a new anime just because of them.

Or maybe, you started it for the plot. Yeah, that kind of plot.

Actually all of those are legitimate reasons to start an anime. Even boredom. But I guess they could be called “random reasons”. At least for the sake of this post.

Harukana Receive (MAL link)

Yet again Harukana Receive is a part of a list that I’m making. Most recently it was among the MAL scores I would change.

Now it’s among things I randomly started. It was a summer day and I guess you could say I was kind of bored. I saw screenshots of the anime before.

Despite never really caring about volleyball, nor actually being a huge fan of sports anime in general, I started watching Harukana Receive.

For sure, what probably made me want to watch it was the eyecandy, I’m not gonna lie. But it turned out to be quite a good watch for more reasons than just eyecandy.

Came for the fanservice, stayed for the fanservice AND an interesting enough story, good character dynamics and fantastic music.

Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu (MAL link)

Another Summer 2018 anime here.

I can’t really recall why I started this. I think I just felt like watching a trash Isekai.

It sure was trash. And even if I shamelessly love some good fanservice at times, this anime had a bit too much of it for me.

Still, I could have ended up watching a worse show than this. If it was truly awful, I’m sure I would never be able to finish it.

Konohana Kitan (MAL link)

Ahh, Fall 2017 – my first ever time following seasonal anime.

Watching Konohana Kitan truly was random. I really can’t remember why I started it, and I can’t really think of reasons why I thought I should start it at the time.

But I don’t think it was a bad decision. Nothing wrong about fox girls doing cute things at an inn.

And spoiler alert, it even had the element of time travel. I remember the pleasant surprise of seeing that. It was a great final episode.

Having just finished Hanasaku Iroha, I could even think of rewatching this.

Oshiete! Galko-chan (MAL link)

Oshite! Galko-chan is another anime from this list that I watched in Summer 2018.

The reason I started it? The all-important plot, I think.

Still it was very good, and not simply for those reasons. I remember the final episode was unexpectedly wholesome.

I wouldnt mind another season of this.

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records (MAL link)

Exactly this time last year I randomly started watching Rokudenashi.

I think I was in search of an easy thing to watch that wouldn’t take more than 12 episodes. I also liked the design of a character I saw from this anime.

Looking at the synopsis got me interested enough and I watched it.

The anime had its fun moments and good eyecandy but it did fell a bit flat in the last few episodes.

 

Can you think of any anime you started for the unusual reasons? I would love to hear from you!

MAL scores (or myanimelist scores) – they serve as a rough estimation of how well an anime is received.

But ofcourse, if something has a high score, it doesn’t mean its a series that will most certainly without a doubt work for you.

Nor does a low score mean you will find the series terrible too.

The majority may feel one way, but it doesn’t mean you will feel the same way too.

In this post I will highlight some of the MAL scores that I would change. Cases of both the score being too high and too low will be included.

Remember that this is just my opinion, which I’m not supposed to have (in the words of PewDiePie, or should I say – Gloria Borger).

Clannad After Story (Score: 8.99)

Starting straight away with what I think is the most controversial entry on this list.

Many have described Clannad After Story as a lifechanging, unforgettable experience.

Unforgettable maybe, but lifechanging? I just never felt that.

After Story definitely had its moments. Episode 18, if I’m not mistaken, when Tomoya starts telling Ushio about his mother, broke me and for me that was probably the highest point of the series.

But I still have an issue with that ending. It would have been much more impactful if Nagisa was the only person that Tomoya lost. Seeing Tomoya moving on after that event would have been a great way to end.

Instead, the series basically goes back to Ushio’s birth and restarts everything from that point on, with a happier outcome than the first time.

And I know the message here is probably of karma, give to the city and the city will give back to you, but the whole supernatural aspect of Clannad never really worked for me, and that ending made all the events after Nagisa’s death feel useless.

Another issue are the characters. For a story like this to work on you, you need to get attached to the characters and for most of the Clannad characters, that wasn’t the case for me.

Saying all this, I’m making a Clannad AMV so this is kind of awkward…

Oh and the rating. It almost has a 9, making it one of the highest rated anime on the site.

If you would ask me, I wouldn’t rate Clannad After Story over 8.10.

Kimi ni Todoke (Score: 8.11)

Well, I did drop this anime afterall. So it’s kind of self explanatory why I disagree with the 8.11 rating.

I tried to give this anime a chance, I really did. I made it to Episode 18 I think, which was the recap.

But even with anime characters there is a limit to the dumbness that I can handle and Sawako was just too much.

Since on myanimelist I never actually give ratings to the anime that I dropped, I’m not sure if its fair that I talk about the Kimi ni Todoke rating.

But for the sake of this post, let’s say 7.5 is the highest rating I would give for this anime and nothing above that.

Harukana Receive (Score: 6.84)

It’s easy to dismiss an anime like Harukana Receive as nothing but fan-service without much value otherwise. It is a story about girls playing beach volleyball afterall.

And yet I ended up enjoying this anime more than I expected, and not simply because of the eyecandy. It was an interesting story with likeable characters that had a very sweet friendship.

Another strong aspect of Harukana Receive was the music. The opening and ending songs always improve my mood and the OST from the anime called Rise still serves as my alarm ringtone.

All of this for a myanimelist score of under 7.00? Harukana Receive deserves to at least break that barrier. I rated the anime with an 8 but I would be fine with at least a score of around 7.5.

Kimi no Na Wa (Score: 9.14)

I was not sure if I should include this. Not because it would be too controversial but because I’m not sure if what I’ll say about this will make sense.

This is the second highest rated item on myanimelist. And for this reason, the expectations were high when I watched this movie.

And it delivered. The story was well-made. Animation was gorgeous. The music was beautiful.

But I was still missing out on that feeling after finishing a 10/10 anime. It simply didn’t feel like I finished one of the best anime out there.

Maybe it was the characters? Actually, it probably was that. There was not too much you could take away or learn from the characters.

Which has a lot to do with the fact that its a movie, and in the time-frame of a movie it’s harder to create the attachment for the characters. At least in my opinion.

Which is also why movies usually work less well for me than a TV series.

I rated this movie with an 8. Something like an 8.30 score would be more appropriate I think.

Sakura Quest (Score: 7.45)

One of my most recently finished anime. Sakura Quest was beautiful.

I recently moved to a rural area just like Yoshino. Altho, if a city like Manoyama which has a population of around 50 000 counts as small, then I wonder what the village I’m in right now should be called…

In any case this was a well-made story about the life in a smaller area. Moreover, each of the girls had something I could relate to. Yoshino wished to live in a bigger place, then tried to make the most of an unplanned situation.

Shiori is an airhead. Maki all but gave up on one of her dreams.

Sanae is a web designer and blogger who hates bugs. Ririko is an introvert who can’t stop talking when asked about the things she is knowledgeable about.

I guess my point is, pretty much all of them are worth being called best girls.

P.A. Works is becoming one of my favorite studios. They really know how to hit my slice of life sweetspot.

Sakura Quest deserves to at least break the 8.00 score barrier on myanimelist.

Do you agree with my list? Which anime do you think have a myanimelist score that should be changed? Feel free to let me know in the comments ūüėČ

As the year comes to an end, its time to make a few of those “best of x year” posts. My first one for this year will be about anime openings.

Before I get started, I feel like there is one thing I should note: I actually don’t watch a lot of seasonal anime. It turns out that out of the 4 anime seasons in 2018, I only watched 21 seasonal anime (Fall 2018 included).

The reason for this is that I only watch stuff that I feel I would like. I don’t think starting dozens of anime each season just because they are airing at that moment would work well for me.

While this means I could miss out on a lot of amazing anime, I do make the decision to occasionally pick up shows later on in the season if they are talked about a lot, or if I see signs that I would enjoy it.

The reason I’m telling you this is because when I’ll list my favorite endings in a later post, there will be a few situations where the same anime appears both in this and that list.

And also, I understand my approach to seasonal anime can mean I missed out on a lot of potentially great openings or endings that would be fitting for this list.

So with that out of the way, let’s start with the list!

10. Shoujo‚ėÜKageki Revue Starlight Opening (Starlight Kukugumi – Hoshi no Dialogue)

Revue Starlight may look like your typical idol-anime.

But it is anything but that. It tells the story of 9 girls wanting to become stars, but it does it with a huge twist, and one that works much better than I expected it would.

There is drama, there is action, there is a shocking plot twist that even Madoka Magica wouldn’t be ashamed of.

And there is great music with an opening that sets the theatricial mood of the anime really well.

9. Boku no Hero Academia Season 3 Opening 2 (Lenny code fiction – Make my story)

A lot like in season 2, the second cour of My Hero Academia season 3 feels like the calm after the storm. The storm full of breathtaking action and in this season more than ever, emotion.

The opening reflects that in a way. I love the retro feel it gives me.

And that Uraraka moment before the chorus hits is so damn good.

8. Irozuku Sekai no Ashita Kara Opening (Haruka to Miyuki – 17 Sai)

It’s not the first time I’m talking about this opening, as I’ve made a breakdown of it already.

The visuals are really polished and the song feels refreshing like the early morning sun in autumn.

Which is fitting for a Fall 2018 anime.

Go watch Irozuku Sekai for a unique story about personal growth complimented with stunning visuals.

7. Steins;Gate 0 Opening 1 (Kanako Itou – Fatima)

One of the highlights of the year – Steins;Gate 0.

Or should I say lowlights due to all the pain and sadness it has provided?

In any case, it was fantastic to watch new Steins;Gate content, even if the waiting for each new episode part was really nerve-wrecking.

The opening song is amazing and the visuals include snow, which is the most important thing to take note of.

That last part wasn’t serious, by the way.

6. Harukana Receive Opening (Kana Yuki and Saki Miyashita – FLY two BLUE)

Since I already mentioned this opening among the 7 Openings and Endings that make you feel everything will be alright, it’s perhaps no surprise it made my top 10 openings of the year.

The OST of Harukana Receive is really one of 2018’s finest.

As is the eyecandy.

5. Yagate Kimi ni Naru Opening (Azuna Riko – Kimi ni Furete)

A few days ago I decided to pick up this anime. Just like with Harukana Receive, I’m not actually entirely sure why I did that.

But its not been a bad decision at all. 

The opening visuals are beautiful and while I understand this could be recency bias, the song is nothing short of amazing. I fell in love with it on my first listen.

4. Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii Opening (Sumika – Fiction)

This opening sequence is great for lifting your mood. 

The song is catchy and those movements of the characters… You can’t help but smile and want to do the same movements as them.

3. Kokkoku Opening (MIYAVI vs. KenKen – Flashback)

Doesn’t it feel so long since the anime community was going crazy over the Kokkoku opening?

Everything about this sequence is special, and different from the anime openings I’ve seen so far.

It’s visually captivating and intriguing and the song is an absolute banger. 

2. Sword Art Online: Alicization Opening (LiSA – ADAMAS)

Another opening sequence I made a breakdown of.

I can’t help but lipsync the hell out of this song even if I don’t know most of the lyrics. It’s for sure the most hype-inducing SAO opening so far.

And don’t forget the epic visuals with iconic handshakes and sword synchronization. And that’s just a part of it.

Note that the embedded video is an edited version of the opening cause I can’t find the proper one anywhere on YouTube, sadly.

1. Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho Opening (saya – The Girls Are Alright!)

Just like everything else related to Sora Yori, the opening never fails to improve my mood and make me feel inspired.

Everything about this anime is a gift from the anime gods and I’m so glad I decided to pick it up after the Winter 2018 anime season. 

Cute, likeable and relatable characters? Adventure? Slice of life? Drama? Comedy? Inspiring and emotional story? Unique plot and setting?

Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho is all of that, and even more, so do yourself a favor and go watch this wonderful anime.

Do you agree with my picks? If not, what would you add or remove? I would love to know!

Music is one of those things that will, for me personally, almost always work when I feel down.

And when you add anime to it, the effect can grow even more.

I’ve talked before about my love for anime openings, so in this post I will suggest you 7 Openings and Endings that will help you when things get rough.

SAO II Ending 1 (Haruna – Startear)

The first part of the second Sword Art Online season, the GGO arc, talks about Asada Shino, who wants to overcome her trauma of guns by playing the VR game Gun Gale Online. I won’t go into much spoilers, but she definitely had a tough childhood, which left her in the depressed state portrayed in this ending sequence.

I want to be stronger; just a little stronger
With that, I made a wish,
In hopes of overcoming this sadness.

The lyrics, combined with the beautiful visuals, including the scene when Sinon, Asada’s VR avatar hugs her, really feel helpful. The overall feel of the song always makes me feel encouraged. It makes you feel like you are not alone.

You can do this. You can get stronger. Just keep fighting.

Shirobako Opening 2 (Masami Okui – TREASURE BOX)

Since hearing the first seconds of this opening for the first time, I just knew it will become one of my favorites.

This song. It just fills me with this feeling of satisfaction. Satisfaction with life. It simply makes me feel like everything is going well and that it will continue going in that direction. It makes me feel like my dreams are achievable and I just need to relax and let it happen. Work a lot for it, ofcourse, but also not stress about it cause it’s bound to end up well.

I’m not sure if I made much sense there, but yeah, this is just how this opening makes me feel. I guess optimistic is the word?

Another personal thing related to this opening is how it helped calm me down during the stressful times in June before my high school final exams. The image of the exhausted Miyamori on the table was basically me. The song also included the word “panic”, which when I noticed, helped me relate to it even more. It helped calm me down and things did somehow worked out in the end. Sure, a bit differently than expected, but I can’t exactly say I’m unhappy.

Don’t lose hope. I’m sure everything will end up in a positive way. Just think of Sakaki Shizuka from this exact anime. Those who watched Shirobako will know what I mean. If you haven’t, I highly recommend you do it.

Your motivation levels are sure to grow thanks to this anime.

Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho Ending (Koko kara, Koko kara)

Now how do I even start with this masterpiece of an anime? One of the most inspiring shows I’ve ever seen.

As someone who loves travelling as much as anime, which is, let’s say, too much even, this show really made a mark on me. It reminded me why I love to travel so much, and it ignited my wish for travelling to even higher levels than before.

Both the song and the visuals immediately put me in a happy mood.

If you want to get inspired by an anime, look (on a place) no further than this one. It worked in every single way for me personally, and it is now on my list of anime that I awarded with the perfect 10/10.

Hunter x Hunter Ending 3 (Yuzu – REASON)

Talking about anime I awarded with the perfect 10/10, here is the third ending of Hunter x Hunter. Things are calming down a bit after Kurapika did THAT, and we follow Gon & Killua as they try to beat the game called Greed Island. Despite the dangers of the game, this feels like the fun side-story for those two characters, which also serves as their training arc of sorts.

From the first listen of this ending, I was hooked and I jammed to it every single time. It never fails to improve my mood.

Unless it’s the 147th episode. As soon as I heard this song start there, I started crying…

In any case, this song always reminds me of the great times I had watching Hunter x Hunter. It’s perfectly fitting for the relationship between Gon & Killua.

Oh, and the ending includes Bisky. So many reasons for this ending to improve your mood.

Harukana Receive Opening (Kana Yuuki and Saki Miyashita – FLY two BLUE)

I would’ve never thought that I would end up enjoying a show about beach volleyball so much. I never even knew why exactly I started this anime in the first place, I guess it was the eyecandy. But I stayed for that, but also a genuinely enjoyable show about friendship, and guess what? Beach volleyball.

And let me just talk about the music. This anime has one of the best soundtracks of the year. The composer of the OST, Rasmus Faber, a Swedish DJ, has done a fabulous job.

This opening reminds me of the good times I had while watching this anime.

And a part of the OST, the song called Rise, even became my new alarm clock song (starting this week it replaced the Charlotte ending).

The fanservice is not the only good part of this anime.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Ending 2 (Miho Fukuhara – Let It Out)

Sometimes you just need to let things out. And I do that every time when I lipsync while watching this ending.

This song feels like a friend is comforting me and telling me to just let things out of my system.

Let it out.

Leave it be.

And move forward.

An added bonus is that it reminds me of that day when I received the results of those final exams I mentioned before. To keep it short, I was fully convinced that I failed those exams and that there won’t be any university for me this year. When I received the results and realized I passed the exams, it’s fair to say it was a quite shocking moment. I would even call it the most shocking one of my life so far.

The results were not sufficient for my first choice university, but they were for my second choice, which is where I am now. That night our national football team has also won against England and we ended up in the World Cup final. It’s fair to say there was a lot of shock and euphoria that day.

And how does all this relate to FMAB?

I finished the anime the day earlier. I listened to it’s EDs on the day of the results. I tend to remember unimportant stuff, so I remember exactly which FMAB EDs I listened that day. It was this one and the third one.

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Ending 1 (Chńęsana BŇćken-sha)

This ending takes me back to the end of November last year, when I watched Konosuba. Damn it’s almost been a year since I saw this anime.

Everything about this ending is so relaxing and satisfying. It almost makes you wish you got revived into a fantasy world too.

Which anime songs do you listen to when you feel down? Do you like the picks I made? Let me know in the comments!