Best of 2016 Awards

It seems like the end of the year has come upon us before we know it, and it’s a chance for me to look back on the year that we’ve had and see what stood out to me! I’m also going to use this spot as an opportunity to mention things which were exceptional that were not anime. It’s also worth noting that I will on occasion distinguish between favourite and best. A favourite thing is the thing which I personally enjoyed the most. Obviously for me to enjoy it, it may have some technical merit, but something can be a favourite while I recognise its flaws or lack of general appeal. A best thing is one which I think is strong on all technical levels, and I liked it, but it may not have felt as personally enjoyable as a favourite. For something to qualify for an award, I have to have completed it for the first time this year. It doesn’t have to be new in general unless specified, I feel that limiting myself to only new things means that I miss out on shining light on older things and it’s not as though only new things are good, it just has to have been new for me. Also, when it comes to some of the non-anime categories, it would be unusual for me to actually partake of something released in the last 12 months. Continue reading

Series Review – My Hero Academia

Have you ever wanted to be a hero? In a world where around 80% of the population have some sort of special power or Quirk, Quirkless Midoriya Izuku longs to be a hero so he can help others.

Izuku one day runs into his most admired hero, All Might, and owing to a sequence of events, All Might offers to bestow powers on him. This gives Izuku a chance to join the prestigious school, UA, where the best heroes are trained.
My Hero Academia is a show which I think effectively combines the Western superhero story with the Japanese shounen underdog story. It is just what it presents itself as; a tale of someone initially without powers becoming stronger, overcoming adversity, and achieving their goals, but it tells the story with a consistent and appealing style. Continue reading