You probably won’t be surprised that my favorite anime of 2015 was none other than Arslan Senki. The only other anime I rated at four and a half stars was Eden of Grisaia. Very few anime have parodied the harem genre so well. I especially loved the hero’s resemblance to Sousuke Sagara of Full Metal Panic! and the show’s finale was nothing short of amazing. However, Arslan Senki‘s quality animation, fascinating setting, and equally intriguing characters gave it the edge over its competitor. Also, as an enthusiast for all things medieval, the realistic depiction of chainmail:
Usually, I try to write a post like this closer to mid-season. A colleague at Beneath the Tangles reminded me that reviews of this season’s shows will be coming soon, so I better collect my thoughts, right? I hope to write another post soon in the next few days on the older series which have taken up part of my leisure.
1) Aoharu x Kikanjuu (aka Aoharu x Machinegun)
Overall, this show has struck me as above average with its fun and unusual characters and absorbing action sequences. The most interesting moment for me thus far **Spoiler Alert** occurs when Midori, whom Aoharu had mistaken for a gentleman ere the Top Gun match, revels in crushing team Toy Gun. He claims that losing in airsoft is worse than dying on the battlefield because one has to live with the humiliation of defeat. Midori says that there is nothing else like being proclaimed dead and not dying. Aoharu and her teammates are crushed by despair, because Midori’s team was the one team they hoped to vanquish.
I have often commented that for a blog to be successful the blogger must read more than write; so, one can only expect that yours truly has broken this rule many times. This season of anime, my opinions feel rather isolated despite at least three popular shows appearing in my lists. Yet, I think that I have read plenty of blogs over the past few months. Perhaps I have not read the right blogs? But, I thought that I only followed like-minded people! Shikata ga nai. Angryjellyfish has six of these shows on his watch list (just missing Danna ga Wakaranai), but I cannot find another blogger with as similar of a list. The end result is that the following opinions of mine feel more shallow than usual, as there are fewer sources of opinion from which to glean ideas. Well, there is always next season, and my dear readers can satisfy my curiosity as to which of the following shows wound up as their favorites this season.
A combination of factors leads me to write this Quick Takes article: 1) it’s been a long time since I’ve written anything here; 2) I’m rather ill; and 3) because I am rather ill, my ability to focus has gone down the tubes. Some of these points deserve their own article. At any rate, let me begin.
Arslan Senki reminded me of the curious fact that non-believers often try to paint God like Allah. What brings up the comparison? The high priest of the Lusitanian religion decides to torture the captured Lord Shapur to death and remarks how unbelievers deserve this. Then, Lord Shapur gamely defies the high priest by saying that he hopes to see him burning in hell with his evil god. I am forcibly reminded of a scene from Muhammad’s life, where he kills all the pagan Arabs he captures after a battle–the last pleading for his life for the sake of his only daughter–and then burns the bodies of the slain. Muhammad then remarks that the smoke of burning heretics is pleasing to Allah.