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Question: Out of all the anime that you have watched, what is the series that was the biggest surprise to you? From Raistlin
I don’t even know where to start with this one given anime is endlessly surprising me. Shows I expect to be amazing from their synopsis end up being average or dreadful and shows I expect nothing from turn out to be stand outs of the year.
Right now, March Comes in Like a Lion is probably the show that continues to surprise me. Even when explaining it to people in real life I regularly get asked why I like it because it just doesn’t seem like the kind of show that should appeal to me (and anyone who has seen my movie collection with its heavy action, creature feature horror, and cheesy fantasy focus would know that March is well outside my normal genre choices). Yet, there’s just something about the show, and more importantly about Rei, that draws me in. So it is a massive surprise and week after week it manages to blow my expectations out of the water.
Though, shows like Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash surprised me as well because it seemed like just another stuck in a fantasy world/game stories and then it had some excellent and mature handling of death and grief.
I think what I’ve learned watching as much anime as I do, is that you never can tell until you actually try a show. Something that sounds on paper like a surefire winner may be the most boring and derivative thing you’ve ever encountered whereas something that barely registers when you read the description may deliver a really powerful and memorable viewing experience.
Sorry if it sounds like I dodged the question but I really couldn’t say which show has surprised me the most.
Thanks Raistlin for the question and let’s ask the readers. Which anime was the biggest surprise for you?
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