I just finished the entire first season of Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation. This anime, produced in 2015 is based on the light novel A Corpse Lies Buried at Sakurako's Feet by Ota Shiori. It is, without doubt, one of the best story driven anime I have ever watched. Picture a beautiful and enigmatic Japanese woman who … Continue reading Beautiful Bones: A Corpse Lies Buried at Sakurako’s Feet – This is What Mystery Anime is All About
I am not a huge fan of Harem anime but I have come to really appreciate Madan no Ou to Vanadis (Lord Marksman and Vanadis) for the value of the story it presents. While it is clear that this, like all harem anime, is aimed directly at the adolescent otaku market, the dialog and story … Continue reading Madan no Ou to Vanadis: You Can Never Have Too Many
As a teacher I find myself interested in basically any form of media that portrays my line of work. Sadly most education related programs are not exactly flattering. Gokusen, an anime based on the manga by Kozueko Morimoto, is a very pleasant exception to the rule. Not only is the anime entertaining but the live-action TV … Continue reading Gokusen: Yakuza Teachers are the Best!
Record of Lodoss War was produced on 1986. It is a "sword and sorcery" fantasy piece based on the novel series by Mizuno Ryo. This anime was probably my introduction to proper Japanese animation and I must say it is still one of my very favorites. The animation has aged well and the story is … Continue reading Record of Lodoss War: A Blast from the Past
Having completed a mini-Vampire series it seems appropriate somehow to move on to werewolves (as silly as that sounds). The Spice and Wolf series could technically be considered a furry rather than a werewolf, but it could also be considered one of the best story driven light novel adaptations of all time. Certainly in my … Continue reading Spice and Wolf: And Now for Something Completely Different
Since I seem to have a theme going I will continue on. While Kizumonogatari and Shiki were both fairly traditional vampire tales with all the appropriate details, Kabanari of the Iron Fortress is an interesting twist on the original theme. This story is set in an alternate world sometime after the industrial revolution. It is … Continue reading The Anime Vampire Trifecta: Koutetsujou no Kabaneri – Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
I could make the case for Shiki as certainly the second best overall vampire story and definitely the best traditional vampire story in anime.