Spring 2010 Anime Recommendations

Tuesday, 27 April 2010, 12:00 | Author : Ludovico
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A new season is currently airing on Japanese television, and we have sampled all the new shows to bring you another set of recommendations!  In an ideal world, this would be an exciting and enjoyable job, sampling all the new shows to bring you the best of the best, but unfortunately we don’t live in such a world.  It turns out that the actual world is full of poorly written and sloppily executed dreck, doing its best to crowd out the few interesting shows.  Nonetheless, we persevere, with three new animes worth watching!

The selection process was more difficult this season than last, but provides a good opportunity to explain the system.  There are three main criteria we use to evaluate shows, all equally important: Narrative, Presentation and Originality.  Narrative is good writing, an interesting plot and compelling characters (Cowboy Bebop, Full Metal Alchemist, and Neon Genesis Evangelion). Presentation is the most subjective of these criteria, as the sum of all the visual elements, the art design and how well the look of the world supports the story (Soul Eater is the best modern example of a show with excellent presentation). Finally, Originality rewards the shows that bring a unique premise or a different perspective than the majority of animes available.  Call me biased if you want, but after previewing over 250 series, I have a lot of gratitude to any show that doesn’t take place anywhere near a high school (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is exempted for being a brilliantly original show).

Additionally, there is an attempt made to ensure that all three recommendations represent separate genres.  Even if it’s a boon year for mecha shows (it’s not), we’re going to try to highlight a demon-hunting show and a romantic comedy rather than flood you with only giant robots. Finally, my apologies to anyone who adores any of the shows we didn’t highlight this season.  Unless you’re a fan of Kiss x Sis, in which case I hate you.

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