Last updated: 10 September 2021
I started my journey with Japanese animation in late high school through its music. I've been involved with the Sydney anime scene ever since, through organising meetups, creative output, and helping run conventions.
⭐ = hands down recommend as a good show/series in its subgenre.
📕 = bonus points for well-written stories and plots, usually a credit to its source material.
Wholesome chicken soup for the anime soul, in rough order of recommendation.
- Super Cub: you can go anywhere on a motorcycle, I'm told. Love the art and gradually paced MC development :) ⭐
- Yuru Camp. There's a reason why we also call it 'Comfy Camp'. I am very much looking forward to the second season! ⭐
- Ms Kobayashi's Dragon Maid - worth watching just for the warmth in Season 2's writing. 📕
- Hyouka. High schoolers do mystery! ⭐
- Kakushigoto. Comedic and heartwarming series from the author of Zetubou-sensei. ⭐📕
- Violet Evergarden and its side movie Eternity and the Auto Machine Doll. Cried every second episode, honestly. 📕
- Koisuru Asteroid - Earth Science, the anime.
- Gourmet Girl Graffiti - wholesome girls cooking for each other for 12 episodes.
- The Demon Girl Next Door / Machikado Mazoku. Wacky, not-quite-magical girl comedy.
- Non Non Biyori - both seasons, in order. This clip from S2.
- Teasing Master Takagi-san, both seasons. Stay playful.
- Tsukigakirei. Nice and wholesome vanilla romance, wrapped up in one cour. You need a break from more serious drama.
- Interviews with Monster Girls. Teachers going out of their way to help their quirky students fit in.
- Asagao to Kase-san. Fluffy yuri romance OVA with likeable main characters.
I'm sick of high school characters.
- Bartender - best watched in order. ⭐
- Girls' Last Tour. Simple, haunting and beautiful, as is its soundtrack.⭐
- Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu - both seasons, in order. Three (four?) generations of family drama. Some background Japanese cultural knowledge may increase enjoyment, but overall self-explanatory. ⭐📕
Rather good films.
- I Want To Eat Your Pancreas (which, despite the title, is an emotional story). ⭐
- Mirai. One of the best animated features I've watched.⭐📕
- A Silent Voice.
- Tamako Love Story, even if you haven't seen the TV anime.
- Weathering With You. Despite all the Shinkai cliches it's a rewarding watch.
I want to sneak anime into my biology lesson plans.
- Cells at Work! What we wish our cells and organs could be. ⭐
I need something light.
- Kaguya-sama: Love Is War. Over-the-top romantic comedy.
- Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun. Also an over-the-top romantic comedy.
- Nichijou - any episode order will do. ⭐
- Servant x Service - fun municipal office shenanigans! ⭐
Fine, maybe some drama. (And music!)
- Aobuta series (Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai etc). Nice character dynamics in a reasonably believable sci-fi. The movie is worth it, too. ⭐
- Hibike! Euphonium - because bands! Season 2 pays off in spades.
- Welcome to the Ballroom. It's not too bad but execution and animation in the first cour were a little wanting. 📕
Spoil me with scenery.
- The Garden of Words. Or anything Makoto Shinkai on account of his works being the definition of scenery porn, but stories are hit and miss.
Thoughtful 2010s remakes of SF heroes?
- Gatchaman Crowds Insight - if you can get past the first season of Crowds.
- SSSS.GRIDMAN. Follow the series and guess who's the main character.
- Ping Pong. Directed by acclaimed Maasaki Yuasa.
I have a specific liking for instrumental anime music covers.
Cover artists of interest include:
- hami Love Live! series on guitar
- Osamuraisan general Vocaloid + J-Pop on guitar
- Nagareda Project anisong band covers
- Akiba Winds (and sometimes WindScore) orchestral/ensemble
- animesongcollabo (zura) online collaborations of current season openings/endings
- And of course, for the piano folks, marasy.