I’ve said before that I haven’t watched anime seriously in around a decade now, and that I recently watched a ton of what I’d call bubblegum/popcorn series. Stuff that isn’t serious and isn’t all that memorable either. Basically most of the series I’ve watched lately are time wasters.
HOWEVER, two series stand out. I believe both will be considered classic shows soon if they aren’t already. ‘One Punch Man’ and ‘Your Lie in April’. These series stand out head and shoulders above the rest and although they couldn’t be more different I HIGHLY recommend both.
I’m not going to spoil either show so if you want those say so below and I’ll post spoilers in a separate post. ‘One Punch Man’ is a send up of the superhero/shonen genre and it is hilarious and action packed. If you like superhero stories you’ll laugh your ass off at Saitama as he wins every fight except the one he has with boredom.
In the very opposite corner you have ‘Your Lie in April’. It’s a very sweet AND sad (really need a word for this but I don’t know one that fits) story about a young piano prodigy whose life has gone totally monotone after the death of his abusive piano teaching mother and what happens to him when he becomes ‘Friend A’ to his best friends new girlfriend. A bubbly and vivacious violin player that brings color, music and yes love back into our protagonist’s life. I give this series a even BIGGER recommendation than OPM. This is a masterpiece and should be watched by pretty much anyone. One warning, have a box of tissues ready, you WILL need it. (Yes, even us burly he-men will be in tears on the final episode.)
I already said I am reading the manga for ‘One Punch Man’ (both the manga and webcomic versions) and I intend to read the manga ‘YLIA’ is based on when I can find it, but I don’t think it’ll be quite as good as the anime, because of the MUSIC! The music is WONDERFUL in this series, and I find myself listening to it off of YouTube when I can.
Both ‘One Punch Man’ and ‘Your Lie in April’ are available through Netflix. WATCH IT!