A Look Back at Various Things (2016)

The Day 11 post today will just be a recap of things I’d like to mention about 2016, that I haven’t covered in any of my other posts for 12 Days of Aniblogging.

Anime

Before I moved back to Japan, I watched a lot of anime series with various friends:

  • Steins;Gate (a rewatch for me) — great time travel series, and Okabe is a wonderful take on the chuunibyou protagonist
  • Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun (another rewatch for me) — A+ hilarious series, love Nozaki-kun
  • My Neighbor Seki — we watched this all in one sitting, ha ha; it’s just adorable
  • Assassination Classroom (just the first season) — so silly; Koro-sensei is too cute
  • Uta no Prince-sama (the second season, specifically) — pure camp; my friends and I couldn’t stop laughing
  • Tsuritama (a rewatch for me) — the most charming weird anime you’ll ever see
  • Blood Blockade Battlefront — I didn’t really get it, but it was sure a feast for the eyes
  • Blast of Tempest (another rewatch for me) — this story was such a ride; Samon is love
  • Aldnoah;Zero — SLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAINE
  • Hyouka (finally I get around to this) — sweet, lovely, and fun… all the characters are just adorable
  • Serial Experiments Lain (I’ve watched this several times) — such a weird, weird, and amazing story
  • Ghost Hound — another weird and amazing story, but much cuter and more positive than Lain

I didn’t watch that many currently-airing anime this year. I guess I’m just too busy to keep up with it all these days. There are a few I would like to get around to some time though — it really seems like 2016 was a good year for anime in general.

Manga

I didn’t read much manga this year. I did start The Ancient Magus’ Bride, which looks exactly like My Sort of Thing. Unfortunately there are no ebooks for it, so I’m dragging my feet on buying more.

The two main manga I started and will definitely be continuing are The Case Study of Vanitas (from the creator of my #1 favorite manga, Pandora Hearts), and In/Spectre (same author as Blast of Tempest).

art by Raeyxia

art by Raeyxia

Games and Visual Novels

Other than Code: Realize, I don’t think I read any other VNs to completion this year. I did start The House of Fata Morgana though, and so far that has been a real treat. The problem with VNs is they are such a huge time sink, and I can’t help but take my time with a VN that looks and sounds as lovely as this one.

I finally got around to Dangan Ronpa‘s strange midquel spinoff Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, which I had to keep on “can’t lose” mode because I’m terrible at action-type games. The puzzles were actually pretty fun, but the story was… not the best. After this and the prequel novel Dangan Ronpa Zero, I feel that it’s really important for the zaniness of this franchise to be grounded by the mystery-solving aspect found in the two mainline titles. I’ll still inevitably watch the two(?!) Dangan Ronpa 3 anime that aired this year. However, I’m definitely much more excited for the upcoming new game coming next year, which will hopefully be a return to form for the franchise.

A dark VN/puzzle game I did play was Virtue’s Last Reward, the sequel to Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors. I had to look up online how to solve most of the puzzles, and probably a wiki to fully(?) understand the plot. I’m not really into this Zero Escape franchise, but it’s certainly interesting. I will take a look at the newest entry (Zero Time Dilemma) probably some time next year.

Three other titles I played that I feel worth mentioning:

  • Severed — a wonderfully atmospheric tale in a kind of folklore Mesoamerica setting
  • Dragon Quest Builders — I don’t know much about this franchise, but it’s very cute; I find it kind of relaxing to build little block houses for all the peasants
  • IA/VT — this is a rhythm game similar to the Hatsune Miku ones, but with a different Vocaloid named IA; her voice sounds nicer IMO, and the game has the look of NicoNico videos (including Kagerou Daze songs, which was fun to see)

Why am I talking about all these Vita games? None of you have a Vita! ;) You might want to get one for all the visual novels coming out for it next year though. (I won’t actually have time for them… but all those otome will definitely tempt me…)

Light Novels

Oh yes, light novels. … I’ve already written plenty about those on my other blog, ha ha. They’re pretty good though.

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