There must be your own trend when analyzing what you have watched till the end of the episode and what you will be hoping to watch for the next season. It is very difficult to select out your favorite anime when there are tons of anime in this world. As an otaku, it is very helpful to have your own check list before watching. This article raises 10 points that will help you select anime and also figure out what is important for you when watching it.
1. Director and Production Companies
The director’s name has strong influence whether watching or not watching the anime since director is the one who is responsible for the total work. If the director has attained in a famous work or produced a work that suited you, you should definitely watch the anime from the 1st episode. Below listed are two different directors who have produced popular and high quality anime in story and picture previously. If you do not have any knowledge about directors at all, try watching their works as a starting point.
Works… DEATH NOTE, Attack on Titan, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
Araki has worked on many anime works as a director and also as a designer of the storyboard. When creating, he sets a theme of “creating conflict of carrying humanity till the last minute”, so his works often includes some bloody and acrid taste. The two original works “Guilty Crown” and “Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress” have both splendid reputation from many viewers around the world. If you like action scenes, Araki’s works should be must checked!
Works… Monogatari Series, Puella Magi Madoka Magika, Negima
As a scriptwriter, he believes that only the author of the original story is able to tell the truth of the it, so he acknowledges to bring the author to every meetings as possible. He also works as a video artist, but lets the young creators work on the main work, and then do their corrections. The simple layout without depth, wacky color usage based on the color red, and more strength on camera blocking than animated movements are what Shinbou puts strong work on when creating an anime. The original and unique way of showing animation has caught many anime fans’ heart.
Not only directors, but production companies are also important since the members of the production companies receive the project of the anime and work from drawing till recording. So, many directors are from specific production companies who have become independent as a director. For this reason, when looking up the past works, the directors and the production companies are mostly the same since they have strong bond from their previous works. For example, Araki has a strong connection with the MAD House since he first entered this company as an animator. Shinbou is a represented director for SHAFT INC. Other famous production companies are Kyoto Animation (ex. Free!, Hyoka, etc.), A-1 Pictures (ex. Black Butler, WORKING!, etc.), and TRIGGER Inc. (ex. THE IDOLM@STER, Sword Art Online, etc.)
Large number of anime otaku are very sensitive about the actors/actresses that act out the characters. The popularity of voice actors are increasing drastically and many fans do select anime by their favorite voice actors. If you have a favorite character and thought the voice is lovely, you should check out who is acting and search one’s other works that might be similar to your favorite character. The two booming actor and actress are the below that you should keep an eye on!
Masuda has debuted as the main character Masayoshi Hazama from “Samurai Flamenco” in 2013. After his debut, he appears on many anime as main characters most of the time. From 2015, his performance increased suddenly, and this year, he acts eight main characters from remark works. His characteristic is also popular among fans, because of his fun and lovable actions at talk events and in television.
Hioka became popular from performing Machi Amayado from “Kumamiko (Girl Meets Bear)” that was on air April 2016. She started to appear on television anime from 2014, and her expectation is raising from her debut. Her cheerful and young voice perfectly matched the character of Machi that was very popular among fans of original work.
3. Opening and Ending Theme Song Artists
The opening song is to enliven the story with the opening movie and the ending song should bring a perfect closure that excites the viewers for the next episode. These days, famous bands and artists are in charged of anime theme songs which is one of the trigger that anime now has less boundary between otaku and normal viewers. Mainly theme songs are separated in three types: bands/ artists, original group made within the work, or voice actor/actress artists.
Many bands became famous by having a tie up with the anime. Not only they have the chance to sell their names toward the viewers, but might have chance to continue singing the song for the specific anime if the season continues. UNISON SQUARE GARDEN, three piece rock band, has be in charge of total of three songs for “Tiger and Bunny” series, and the “Sugar Song and Bitter Step”, which is the ending theme of “Blood Blockade Battlefront” created a huge hit. Many fans started to listen to their songs from watching the anime that they are in charge of the music.
Original Unit From The Work
Theme songs that are sang by the characters from the work have increased within these few years. Anime from Manga Time Kirara (manga magazine) creates at least one original unit for the work. In summer 2016, NEW GAME!, one of the original work from Manga Time Kirara, created is original unit called fourfolium that sings both opening and ending song for the anime. What is good about this original unit is that not only fans of the voice actresses are excited, but the song sticks to create the atmosphere and theme of the anime, since it is the original unit created for the anime.
Voice Actors and Actresses as Artist
As they increase their work as actors, many voice actors and actresses start to sing as artists as well. This trend is increasing these days and it is in fact very difficult now to find actors that doesn’t sing. Since the voice is the sell for the voice actors, the fans are delighted by the fact of them singing, not just as characters but as themselves. For example, Toshiyuki Toyonaga sings many character songs, but he released his major single “Reason…” as a theme song for “Durarara!! Relay”, PlayStation Vita game, since he acts the main hero Mikado Ryuugamine in the work. Also, his second single “Day you laugh” has become the opening song for TV anime “Durarara!!x2 Ten”.
4. Original Anime or Not
Anime fans start off from figuring whether the anime has the original work or not. The anime has the base of whether the plot or the project has the original work or idea from the manga, game, novel, or etc. If there is an original work, the fans from the original work should definitely check the first episode and consider the work fits you or not. The original animation is hard to check the quality before the episode starts, so you should check the homepage or the information from the official the story line or the genre of the anime.
First, watch this video below.
Did you get how “Re:Life in a different world from zero” is like from this video? Before the anime broadcasts, most of the anime official uploads promotion videos on YouTube or plays commercials on television. The promotion video includes the main scenes from the first episode, so the fans are able to find out the main points of the story and the total quality of the anime before watching it.
6. Character Design
The whole illustration depends on who the character design is in charged of and how the quality of the plot is drawn. The below illustration is Shoyo Hinata’s character plot from Haikyuu! The character’s every expression that he might see in the anime are drawn. The fans are able to compare with the original manga.
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