2015 has come and gone. A new anime season is coming with more titles and fun. But before we delve any deeper into new series that will air in 2016, let’s take a moment to see what 2015 had for us.
Once again, the criteria is that the anime series must end in 2015, regardless of when it started airing.
So this is it! The annual Hoshiko’s Best Anime list has returned.
Shirobako reigns this year. Without a doubt. The anime brought light to many challenges of anime production and let us anime fans have a glimpse of what’s life behind the scenes. Furthermore, having likeable characters with strong passion adds icing to the cake.
I often find myself really drawn in by the intensity of the episodes and rooting for the characters to overcome a wall, whatever it is, and grow as the series progress.
Kuroko no Basuke
It felt like ages ago that this series has ended although it only just ended this year. I’ve detailed the reasons why I love Kuroko no Basuke so much and I believe this is a series I would re-watch again many years down the road. It has characters with tenacity, drive and matches that are captivating.
It’s a love or hate series for basketball game lovers, but for me, it’s a series I’ll never forget and will always think fondly of.
Subete F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider
I find this series interesting primarily because of the mystery behind a locked room murder case. It always pique my curiosity whenever there’s a locked room mystery. How did the killer get in and out? How did the killer manage to cover their tracks? My brain will always try work out the puzzle. Can’t say I succeed, but it’s interesting how the characters managed to come out with the theory behind the mystery.
Besides that, the constant debates of opposite opinions between the two main characters Saikawa-sensei and Nishinosono-kun are something worth ponder on. I find Saikawa-sensei a rather odd character. I supposed being at a different level of intelligence, he has different views on many aspects of life and tend to answer questions in a vague way.
The pacing of the series started to become intense after Saikawa decided to resolve the mystery and this is when the series gets even more exciting. I will recommend this to all viewers who enjoy mystery genre.
Short, simple and sweet. This is easily the only short series that I enjoy to date. And even eagerly waiting each new episode because it’s simply that much fun to watch.
Honestly, watching this series gives me the urge to fly to Japan, go to places and taste the food like how the character did.
Young Black Jack
This may come off as a surprise for some people, but I seriously enjoyed the series. I always thought of multi-tasking going into any episode, but end up only watching Young Black Jack without doing anything else. It’s that captivating. Part of it is because it has an intense storytelling tendency in each episode. There’s always a new medical case to challenge Hazama’s talent as a blossoming surgeon as well as his ethical grounds.
Time after time, Hazama proved that he is willing to get caught and lose his one chance of getting a medical license in order to save lives and learn from renowned surgeons. Perhaps this is also one of the attractive points of the series. Not sure if it’s recommended to practice such attitude though.
So that’s my top 5 for 2015! What’s yours?