My Experience Following Two Light Novels Turned Into Anime This Summer Season: Realist Hero and Seirei Gensouki

light novel adaptation - Seirei Gensouki and Realist Hero

Hello, name’s Justin. I manage TheOASG — The Organization of Anti-Social Geniuses — a Japanese pop culture site focusing on manga, light novels, and anime with reviews and various features written throughout the week. Much thanks to Karandi for allowing this guest post on her blog, which, as it’s somewhat long, we should get to immediately!

Realist Hero and Seirei Gensouki - both Light Novels turned into Anime

I’ve been very amused watching How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom and Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles this summer anime season. Amused in the sense I’m reading the light novels of both, and they’re both being adapted in completely different ways. One series is content on methodically moving through its long material while the other blows right through its fairly light content. They each provide their own enjoyment, but at the same time, feelings of what could’ve been arise in both. 

Anyways, it’s rare for me to follow two light novels turned into anime in a season, which is why I’m writing about the experience!

A caveat

While there’s a general method of adapting a work into anime, I won’t say most should strictly stick to it. Like everything It’ll come down to budget, scheduling, and support among many to create a good or great anime, but for series adaptations, the studio should be able to create a work that can bring in a new audience while also being able to satisfy the fans who’ve read the source material. Usually it’s not advisable to go too crazy, but being as creative as possible while adapting the source is more preferable. 

How much have I read of each?

Realist Hero: I’ve read 11 volumes of Realist Hero that’s currently out in print from Seven Seas/J-Novel Club in roughly two weeks in 2021…after I’ve had Volume 1 in my apartment since 2019. There are 13 volumes out digitally from J-Novel Club, with 14 currently through pre-publication on their site (volume 14 is scheduled for October). I’m planning to stick to print for Realist Hero, so can’t answer questions about its story past that.

Seirei Gensouki: I started this series with JNC’s omnibus print release back in June (bought a copy back in February), and then proceeded to read all 13 digital volumes since then. I’m now caught up with its prepub on JNC’s site (Volume 16 is coming out in late September). It took me just about a week to read Seirei Gensouki. This is where I note that the average page count for Seirei Gensouki is between 100-131 pages…there was even a volume or two that was 97 pages. That and what it is (more isekai fantasy not an economic/political isekai fantasy) made it a lot quicker to read.

How many volumes has the anime adapted?

Realist Hero: We have gotten to Episode 9 and it’s finally onto Volume 2! Yes, Episodes 1-8, and even bleeding and lingering a bit into Episode 9, was spent on Volume 1. Hell they even added the extra story towards the end of Volume 1 into the anime! 

Seirei Gensouki: After nine episodes, we’re onto Volume 4 of the LNs! So basically, Volume 1 was episodes 1-3, Volume 2 episodes 4-6, and Volume 3 episodes 7-9, with parts of Volume 4 at the end of 9. 

The Pros and Cons of Realist Hero

Realist Hero

Pros: For those who’ve read the source, it’ll be very familiar since I’d say roughly 70% of Volume 1 has been animated. So basically, if you were enjoying some almost university modern-day Socioeconomic student get summoned by a failing fantasy kingdom to become their Hero only for said student to instead apply his sensibilities and supposedly realist principles to rebuild Elfrieden through administrative efforts in LN form, chances are you’ll like it animated. 

A few storytelling adjustments (How Mystic Wolf Tomoe becomes Souma and Liscia’s little sister is the same but it’s done in an unobtrusive way for example) help smooth out some points in Dojyomaru’s first volume that probably either wasn’t necessary or kinda ill placed (For example while there was a cool moment not adapted, the location for when Souma confronts Hal and Kaede in Episode 6 was pretty awkward in the LN). Also bonus points for adding some extra references (the Yami Yugi moment in episode 1, an a capella version of Megumi Hayashibara’s Give a Reason from Slayers NEXT sung by Juna in Episode 3 to name a few) that were either not in the LN or were but had to be adjusted.

Cons: If there is a big misgiving, it’s how it looks. Functionally the characters look fine and I think overall the show looks passable, but it does look unappealing in a lot of areas. It’s either a case of lack of budget or they’re saving it from when the actual action happens since going in it’s all about characters talking, but visuals is not this series’ strong suit. There are some rearrangements or adjustments that have happened so far that I wish could’ve been included (Liscia being frustrated that Souma says Elfrieden can summon another hero was essentially toned down) or a few surprising stories that I figured would get cut (Like the old man’s Sea God story). There’s also one plot point involving Souma and Hal’s father, Glaive, that’s there yet fairly different in the LNs. How Juna was revealed to be a spy didn’t quite go how it went in the LNs either, to name a few.

The additional issue is because of Realist Hero’s lengthy exposition, you know a lot of words would have to be streamlined, but overall it’s fine. It’s just certain conversations — when Aisha talks to Souma about periodic thinning for example — lacks some lead up details so the forest conversation can come across as knowing too much. Conversely, if you found it kind of strange when Souma essentially promoted Kaede and Hal after discussing the current strife with one of the Three Dukes, let’s just say he had a big reason to do it in the LN (and said reason will come up in the anime). You can explain all you want in text, but an anime has to break all that down to something digestible, and sometimes it doesn’t come through here. Since I’ve read the source I know what Souma’s saying and meaning, but for those who haven’t, it likely comes across very differently.

The Pros and Cons of Seirei Gensouki

Seirei Gensouki

Pros: After some adjustment I’ve been digging the character designs and the interactions the characters have with each other, which is one of the reasons I enjoy the LN. The anime also moves at a quick pace, which in some cases, works out pretty well. It has made lots of cuts, a few for the better here:

From a storytelling standpoint, with this one scene it eliminated two characters from the LN — and since they’re essentially minor characters, it’s fine. If you come in seeing Celia give Rio money, she wasn’t the only one — someone else did too. But well, that someone else died in the scene where Rio returns to the shack, and that someone else has a sister who does appear briefly in the second volume, but hasn’t appeared again in the LN (and feels unlikely to do so). That I’d peg as a smart cut. Sure, it might be nice to have, but on a budget and wanting to get to a good point, the anime staff made the proper choice.

Aside from that, the main “hook” for this isekai is one that at least in anime form doesn’t happen often — the fantasy character actually sticking around. It’s either straight up reincarnated and you take over that fantasy person’s body, but instead, Haruto Amakawa from Japan is dead, and his memories are in Rio, a kid in the slums fueled by revenge. It’s a case where two totally different personalities meld together, which generally creates a sort of who’s taking after who in this case. The harem that does surround him will be what’ll either drive away or bring people into this series though.

Cons: So earlier I said this series made lots of cuts. Overall, the cuts make a lot of storytelling and worldbuilding feel lacking. From explaining the difference between magic and Spirit Arts to character actions, the lack of subtle details prevents us from getting a full sense of each character as opposed to the LN. This in turn bleeds into the story, as of which it only revolves around Haruto/Rio essentially journeying around the world. Now in the novels technically the main story kicks off in Volume 4 once the [Spoiler characters] arrive. It’s just the lead up to it feels like it’s missing something.

It also doesn’t help that because of the cuts, it also feels too rushed. The quick pace works out in some cases, but then we get Episode 8 where the series has Rio talking to two very important people in his life, he’s then supposed to have a match with Gouki — oh look that child he saved earlier in the episode and her bodyguard meet up after he tried to avoid them, they briefly chat, and now Rio and Gouki spar!

I’m serious. This happened in roughly a minute: 

Also while earlier I mentioned two minor characters getting cut, don’t worry, there are a couple others. There’s one additional minor character that has been cut that appears a solid amount in future volumes. If there happens to be a Season 2 for this anime, they’ll have to invent a backstory for said minor character out of cloth…or not. Finally yeah, the actual animation isn’t the best. In the video you saw earlier with Celia giving Rio money, you understand the characters are using magic, but the characters moving the way they are is fairly poor and the blue magic surrounding them is pretty basic. The Latifa/Rio fight is the one where I was really satisfied, but the other fights in this action series don’t stick out as they should. 

So….my preference?

The measured pace in Realist Hero feels more preferable than what’s happening to Seirei Gensouki. I still enjoy Seirei Gensouki and in some areas I wish Realist Hero hurried things up and cut some stuff out. As someone reading both source materials though, it feels for Seirei Gensouki it’s cutting out parts that harm the characters inhabiting it, and any type of character building through its dialogue or its fights is quickly over with so nothing can quite stick. Meanwhile you can quickly suss whether anything Realist Hero does is worth your time or not in three episodes because aside from additional details in the novel, this is about what you’re getting from a kingdom-building isekai. 

What’s next for Realist Hero and Seirei Gensouki

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Realist Hero: It’s got four episodes left to finish Volume 2…with a possible chance of adapting parts of Volume 3. While I can’t be fully confident, I’m sure it should end at a good stopping point. It can’t be great since there’s no guarantee of a S2 and there is a great stopping point with Volume 4 that won’t happen here. But there is a solid end point in Volume 2 that can work, so as long as the animation doesn’t melt, it’ll end strong enough.

Seirei Gensouki: The series has followed the 3 episodes = 1 volume scenario except for episode 9 where they put some Volume 4 stuff up, but based on the Opening and Ending animation/visual, it’s ending in Volume 5. So in the next three episodes the series has to adapt two volumes. The good news is Volume 5 is a natural stopping point. The bad news is we already have a significant deviation based on the stinger in Episode 9.

Will not elaborate this point to avoid massive spoilers, but the character you saw at the end of the episode, who I’ll refer to as Rio’s spirit, did not actually appear in the spirit folk village in Rio’s bed in the LN. For anime-only watchers I think you’d be like finally, we’ll know who she is…but since I’m reading the source, I now have many questions on how the anime will tie in the other plot points (yes, points) from the novel in the last three episodes. Is one completely cut? Is it rearranged?

Also, you’ve seen her introduced as Lotte — also known as Liselotte — and she’s a major character that we know is one of the reincarnated characters in the show, and she appears briefly in Volume 5 of the LN. They’ve met back in Episode 4, but Rio and Liselotte really meet in Volume 6 of the LN. In the OP and more clearly elaborated on in Episode 8, we’ve also been introduced to Rio’s nemesis, Lucius. A spoiler, but these two meet in Volume 7 — is the anime going to tease Lucius and not have them meet? It’s a case where it would feel a little irresponsible to introduce someone like Liselotte into the narrative all grown up and not explore her backstory at all in this anime. Lucius is on a lesser scale if only because his backstory is tied deeply to Rio so you can’t not include him in this anime, but is he in the OP as eye candy/tease? 

Basically, I think some sort of anime-original scenario is on the table, and the chances of that happening went up a bit thanks to how Episode 9 ended. Episode 10 should make that clearer, but functionally there is a way they can make Rio’s spirit waking up this early work while not totally messing up one of the plot points. But despite all the prior cuts the story still was fairly on track and engaging enough. Yet now I’m left wondering even more how much will be crunched over the next three weeks. 

Images from: Seirei Gensouki. Dir. O Yamasaki. TMS Entertainment. 2021 and How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom. Dir. T Watanabe. J.C.Staff. 2021

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Guest Post: 5 Video Games We Want To See As Anime

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This post, 5 Video Games we Want to See as Anime, comes from Rachel of No Filler Anime: I may not always watch the most popular anime on the shelf, but I’m watching what intrigues me and I think that’s the beauty of anime – there’s something for everyone. I came to anime and manga late in the game.

While I had occasionally dabbled here and there, I really didn’t start watching with any conviction until I was older. Suddenly, I had the desire to begin consuming more anime. The good ones and the bad ones. New series and classic series. It didn’t matter what it was or it’s notoriety, if the synopsis seemed interesting, I was bound to watch. Please check out my blog:-

Even though the film industry considers video games merely as spin-offs, the two are not excluded from one another. Many films have failed as adaptations of video games, but where a movie would sink, an anime would probably thrive. The anime fandom and “geek culture” is no longer unpopular, for it burrowed itself into the pop culture and made its way into popularity, thus enabling such adaptations that would have failed before to success in this era. 

One of the best known video games that got adapted to many different forms, amongst them a successful anime, is Pokémon. Deriving from the main video game narrative, it got built into a whole franchise that still to this day is a huge success. 

Let’s see our picks of the video games that would make excellent anime!


Platform: PlayStation 4


The hero wakes up in a hospital in the city of Yharnam after a blood transfusion. It’s not clear why and how he got there, the player has to put the tiny mosaics together as more and more questions arise. While an ancient evil is roaming the countryside, a mysterious infection that is taking its toll on the streets making the nights dangerous, for the streets are filled with crazy badger figures, killing those who venture it. 

Who else, but heroes dare confront them, those that somehow managed to preserve their human nature. The protagonist would be one of those heroes, trying to save himself and the city from the infection. Being an immortal individual, the anime could focus on his struggle of dying over and over again, the possibility of failure setting in his mind. Granted, the main character is somewhat of a silent type, but that could very well work in the favour of the unimaginable struggle of repeatedly dying and possibly failing to save everything. 

As the narrative of the video game is quite vague, the anime could very well dive into discovering the plot throughout the episodes. 

Fight scenes are spectacularly done in the video game, and it should translate to the anime as well and give it a superb visual advantage to succeed. 



Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo ES, Nintendo 3DS, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Wii, GameCube


Another well known franchise, although, it doesn’t have an anime adaptation. Given that the long running video game was made into manga, it would come as no surprise if someone decided to adapt it to anime. However, despite the series’ generous thirty-year run – from the first release for the 1986 Nintendo NES to the ongoing Nintendo Switch episode, fans are still waiting for that day to come. 

The original video game follows a bounty hunter, Samus Aran, who combats Space Pirates in order to protect the galaxy. The problem for adaptation arises because the linear and non-linear game releases. Metroid is still in the makes of new releases, so it would be the perfect combination to cross promote the new video game and the anime. 

Metroid has not only fans wanting for an anime adaptation, but a well known creator, Adi Shankar has expressed his interest, and according to him, it would be the adaptation of his dreams. Many before him tried to adapt the game for screen, but colossal fails of adaptations in the past never left enough space for liftoff. 

Dark Souls

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Dark Souls

Imagine a dark medieval fantasy world. Now imagine there are cycles that are linked to the first flame and they change everything – the living become dead, the dead become undead. Basically, it’s a cycle of light and dark. 

The first game focuses on the undead, the second on the bearer of the curse, who is also undead, the third game focuses on relinking the flame with all the beings that previously relinked to it in a combined effort to make the effect more potent. The world is continuously marching toward the same moment over and over again, the death of the first flame.

Sacrifices are needed to keep the first flame burning and delay the age of darkness, thus many characters would be short lived in an anime adaptation, but that might even be an amazing screen opportunity to mine.

The video game got a comic adaptation, so here’s to hoping someone picks it up and makes an anime!



Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows


Although an anime series was announced as hush-hush, we are yet to be blessed with one. The game already has an unbelievable similarity with anime, as the creators borrowed the aesthetic elements from Japanese culture. 

But, the problem lies in the fact that it’s almost impossible to adapt a multiplayer shooting game into an anime that would haul in money. Almost. 

The plot takes place 60 years into the future. The organization Overwatch was created 30 years ago to end a crisis that the Omni robots caused. Peace was restored thanks to Overwatch, but as the organization dissolved over time, tensions arose between the human and robot population of Earth. All agents of the Overwatch are called back in service, a battalion of characters are at the creator’s disposal. This is a superb plot for an amazing sci-fi-action anime.

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

Platforms: iOS, Nintendo DS

5 Video Games We Want to See As Anime - Ghost Trick

This game is a very interesting story with rich animated depictions, combined with logic puzzles, mixed with humor. The main protagonist awakens as a ghost ready to solve his own murder mistery. He discovers he has supernatural abilities, for e.g., possessing inanimate objects that help the player solve puzzles in order to get to the bottom of the protagonist’s suspicious demise. All the while helping others stay alive – that is, the main character is able to rewind time to 4 minutes before someone dies, thus saving everyone he can.

The amazing rainbow of eccentric characters that appear in the game and the bizarre plot is reason enough for wanting to see an anime of the same title. 

What are the video games we want to see as anime?

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Guest Post: Colour Theory in Anime


Karandi: A huge thank-you to Average Joe for stepping up as the second person to guest post for 100 Word Anime. If you don’t follow Average Joe Reviews I definitely recommend checking out some of their anime reviews or discussion posts. However, today, they’ve written a fantastic post about colours and comparing how three anime have used colour. I hope you love it as much as  I did.

Before starting I would like the thank Karandi for letting me be a guest on her blog. I hope you like my post.

Colours and Their Effects

Colour. It’s one of the things many of us take for granted, but it bring so much to our lives. Colour makes things appealing to the eye, is used to indicate certain things and can have an affect on your mood. Different colours and colour palettes imply different things; Red for anger, green for envy, blue for tranquillity the list is endless. In this post I’m going to be discussing how colour and its effects apply to anime. I’ll pick out 3 different anime and address their colour schemes and common colour to explain how said colour affects our views of the show as well as the actual connection it has to the show.

New game

The colours in New Game are very pale and a lot of pastels. These colours help compliment the shoujo nature of the show. New Game isn’t a show with much urgency in its story, therefore it’s subdued colour scene demonstrates this with calm colours with very few sharp or contrasting colours. New game is an inherently slow paced show, the slow pacing compliments the calmer colours since pastels are associated with calming moods and settings. No colours contrast with one another, or stand out against each other, this creates a set level of dimension and makes to world seem smooth and simple in design. The only part of the show I could find that was consistently bright was the eyes, which are rather large with very bright iris’. Since eyes are a major artistic component in anime it makes sense that they’d be brighter, so as to convey more emotion since the brighter colours pop out against the subdued colours. The colours also have an effect on our perception of the show, if the colours are calm and soft, it will have a calming effect on your mind. This improving your overall enjoyment of the show since it is meant to have a calm and gentle style to both its art style and narrative.

New Game


And now we go to the exact opposite in the form of Redline. Redline has sharp colours and is rampant with contrasting colours. The colours of the cars and characters are all very bright and sharp, showing the ferocity of the animation and to accentuate the intense nature of this world the movie is set in. The settings are dark and grungy, and this is shown in the city shapes through very harsh grey as and deep browns. The vehicles are the highlight of the movie, their colours are extremely bright and contrast greatly with the backgrounds and other settings. This adds to the focus being on the vehicles since they stand out so much against the backgrounds. The character designs also get in on this trend, with a lot of harsh darks for JP, mellow yet bright colours for Sonoshee McLaren and dark reds and other sinister tones for Lynchman, each characters personality and style reflected in their colours. Redline is a show that has tons of depth and dimension in its animation, and a major part of that is its combination of dark colours and contrasting brights that make the world seem almost 3D with how much everything pops off the screen.


Death Note

To close off this post, let’s talk about the joyfest that is Death Note. This show doesn’t necessarily have dark colours, instead it has very dulled down and faded colours. It’s both like New Game and completely different from it. It’s similar in that it uses faded and less harsh colours, but it’s different in that it’s done for entirely different reasons. New game did it to create a calming and cheery tone, Death Note does it to create a sombre and depressed tone. Death Note is a show that bleeds cynicism, bringing up ideologies of faith and godhood in its narrative with Light and his God complex. The show isn’t optimistic, and this creates a dim setting that the colours compliment by being very faded. The majority of these colours are greys and browns, colours that are often associated with gloom. The faded colours help to add to the darker tones of the show, the paler colours perhaps being reflective of the lack of value of life in the show with the power of The Death Note capable of taking it away. Duller colours have an effect that leaves its observers feeling more negative emotions, or at least being more exposed to them, and this helps sell the message Death Note provides, one about how sinister the power of a god can be in the hands of a human.


Thank you for reading I hope you enjoyed it, if you did please consider visiting my blog for reviews, discussions and more. Once again, special thanks to Karandi for featuring me as a guest, this was a lot of fun to do, please support her and her blog. Till next time.

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Guest Post: Chicken Soup for the Otaku Soul


Karandi: I’d like to thank Negative Primes! from Curiously Dead Cat for volunteering to be my first guinea pig guest poster on my blog. They’ve put together a great piece for the community and I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I did.

First, a warm arigatou to Karandi for allowing me to guest post for her!

Ever felt depressed? What anime will you most enjoy when you’re down in the blues?

I was feeling particularly down recently, and posed this question to Twitter, where it got a lot more attention than most of my tweets! So I figured a post on the same topic was in order, and my second arigatou is to all of you who chimed in with suggestions! As I’ve written previously, anime basically saved my life when I was going through depression. And Karandi has also written about her experience turning to anime when feeling down as well.

Here I’d like to share with you first those series mentioned in the tweets that I have seen and can personally recommend, plus a couple additions of my own that seemed relevant; and then those which others recommended. I’ve divided these series into five categories, according to what the main thing you’re looking for might be: heartwarming, funny, uplifting/encouraging, light-hearted, and cathartic. Note that most of these shows have more than one of these five elements present; I’ve simply focused on what I think is the main aspect of the show, while noting a couple that seem outstanding in multiple ways.

Obviously, this is highly personal and should be considered a starting point for you, not a dogmatic assertion! Also, it’s obvious, but has to be said. This post is not a substitute for professional help, nor does it contain medical advice.

Guest 1


Heartwarming: These are the shows that leave you with a warm afterglow. You’ll be feeling peaceful and contented.

  1. Fruits Basket: An orphan girl living in a tent meets a family with an unusual curse. Humor and tragedy follow, but mostly it’s just a whole lot of heart. Message: Everyone has their hurts and their secrets, even those who seem to have everything.
  2. Interviews with Monster Girls: A comic slice-of-life about a teacher and his attempts to help his “demi-human” students and colleague. Message: People come in all varieties, and that diversity is something to be welcomed and enjoyed.
  3. Recovery of an MMO Junkie: An MMO-addict quits her job to focus on her gaming, and ends up falling in love. Message: Love is hard for otaku. Oh wait…
Guest 2
Funny: Any show here puts the humor front and center. For when you just need to laugh.
  1. Working!!/Wagnaria!! and www.Working: Two related series, totaling four seasons. Co-workers in a restaurant have to deal with each others’ rough edges. A similar message to Fruits Basket, just with the scale tipped slightly more on the funny side while FB is slightly more on the heart-warming side.
  2. Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: A pink-haired, nearly omnipotent psychic boy has a very hard life indeed. The laughs come fast and furious with this one.
  3. Konosuba: One of the funniest anime of all time! A boy hit by a moving vehicle is reincarnated into a fantasy-like world and quickly gathers about him one flaky goddess, one over-achieving explosion mage, and one masochistic crusader. Together, they try to resolve a lot of problems and usually end up causing even worse trouble.
Guest 3

 Uplifting/Encouraging: Down in the dumps or facing one of life’s hurdles? Here’s what the doctor ordered!

  1. My Hero Academia: One of the smash hits of recent years, with a lot of heart, humor, and humanity. Ultimately, though, it’s mostly about persevering in the face of seemingly impossible odds.
  2. Girls und Panzer: High school girls shoot at each other in tanks. As a sport. In order to become more womanly. Nothing unusual here. Many warm relationship moments between the all-female cast of characters. Message: You can do it!
  3. Naruto: If you’re reading this, you know Naruto. Iconic “you can do it/the power of friendship” shonen show. (Helps to have a guide to avoiding the “filler episodes“. My thanks to @irxson for pointing me in the right direction here!)
Guest 4


Light-hearted: Just want to shut off your brain and watch the anime equivalent of cotton candy? Here you go!

  1. Working Buddies: Two cats work temp jobs and have zany experiences, often involving a mysterious koala bear.
  2. BananyaNational Geographic-like “documentary” of cats that… live… in… banana peels. It just gets better from there.
Guest 5


Cathartic: Shows that help you through the tough times by depicting characters who are also going through tough times. Is this catharsis, where you experience a spiritual cleansing through watching dramatic tragedy? Or is it schadenfreude, where you just derive pleasure from watching others suffer? Does it matter? You be the judge!

  1. GATE: A portal opens up in the middle of Tokyo and Earth gets invaded—by a bunch of iron-age horse riders who can’t stand up to modern armies. Japan invades them back and gets involved in some deep political twists and turns.
  2. Golden Time: From the creator of Toradora!Golden Time is like TD but darker and edgier, and depicting college students. It’s pretty funny, and also very tragic, seeing as the main characters suffer through everything from amnesia to car accidents to mental illness to getting abducted by a cult to being possessed by vengeful ghosts to…
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A Cut Above: These shows are those that incorporate more than one of the preceding elements, and do it very well. So you’ll get a concentrated dose of animedication with them.

  1. Silver Spoon: A funny, heartwarming, and extraordinarily well-crafted story of a high school boy from the city who transfers to a farming school. He finds happiness and love. From the author of Fullmetal Alchemist.
  2. Hinamatsuri: The sleeper hit of Spring 2018, this story is really hard to describe. I typically fumble over my words and say something like, “It’s the touching story of a yakuza underling and a weaponized telekinetic girl; she blackmails him into lettering her stay at his apartment, and then they bond over mass murder…” But that’s really just the first episode, which sets the rest of the show up. Like the Matrix, it must be seen to be understood. By turns funny, heartwarming, and heart-wrenching, Hinamatsuri strikes a unique balance and depicts some of the strongest secondary characters ever to grace the anime screen.

These are the series that I have seen and recommend—though I could certainly recommend others! If you need even more suggestions to try, my Twitter friends proferred the following ideas, which I have yet to dig into. These first three were mentioned multiple times:

  • K-On
  • Daily Lives of High School Boys
  • Non Non Biyori
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
  • Fullmetal Panic
  • Skip Beat
  • Nichijou
  • Natsume’s Book of Friends
  • March Comes In Like A Lion
  • Bunny Drop
  • Barakamon
  • Sweetness and Lightning
  • Aria the Animation
  • Shirobako
  • Hanasaku Iroha
  • Hoozuki no Reitetsu
  • Free!
  • School Rumble
  • Seto no hanayome (My Bride is a Mermaid)

If you have other ideas to add to this list, please let us know in the comments! Who knows, you may help someone! Thanks for reading, and remember to support 1!

Karandi: Another big thank you to Negative Primes! for offering to write a post for July and for the fantastic job they did putting it together. 
If you would like to write a guest post for 100 Word Anime, please contact me via the contact page or twitter and we can hopefully organise something in future months.

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