Usually I don’t really care which studio is responsible for an anime. However, Bones is the exception to that rule. I have found time and time again when watching an anime that I think is amazing that it just happened to be from Bones. So in recent years I have actively sought out anime from the studio and I’ve rarely been disappointed. Even the ones that don’t hit the mark entirely haven’t been a complete train wreck and there are some truly fantastic titles.
My criteria for my list today was fun. So there are some anime from Bones that won’t be on the list that I am certain some of you will wonder what I was thinking. That’s fine, feel free to add your nominations in the comments. Eventually I will just have to do a best show list but I’m definitely avoiding that at the moment. Way too hard to make a decision about which is the best anime overall. But fun? That I can rank.
Please Note – There are spoilers below. You have been warned.
Honourable mentions this week go to: Zetsuen no Tempest, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (yes, awesome but not as fun as some others), Hitsugi no Chaika, Darker Than Black (again, great show but not as fun), and Star Driver (weird but fun).
Number 5: Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)
It was definitely the fun feeling from this that won me over. I wasn’t looking for a new anime or a show about superheroes and I really only intended to watch a couple of episodes, do a write up and move on. However, there is some great energy in this show and while the characters are serious, the show itself doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Number 4: Akagami no Shirayuki-Hime
While this is a different kind of fun to My Hero Academia, it is a refreshing return to childhood days of classic Disney. It isn’t self-aware, tongue in cheek, sassy modern female takes on the cliches of the past, but it is a strong and very real female lead tackling the trials of being in a classic fairytale setting with dignity and it is just fun to watch. Although, fun in this case relates more to watching the budding romance than to any of the action in the series.
Number 3: Ouran High School Host Club
This is a list about fun, so here they are. The Host Club. Ready to entertain. While you can certainly argue that this isn’t the best anime around, it is fun to watch which a likeable cast, some obvious but amusing gags, and a generally light tone as the club goes about it’s business. There are some genuine moments of human drama (and then there are all the times they just blow situations out of proportion) but mostly it’s great for a few laughs and a marathon watch.
Number 2: Soul Eater
The choice between number 1 and 2 for this list was really hard. Soul Eater is a near perfect blend of goofy, over the top violence, comedic moments and then serious action set pieces and drama. At times it moves at break neck pace through a series of set ups and punch lines and at others it finds ways to include visual humour or some really sharp satire in a more dramatic moment. It’s one of my all time favourite anime and Maka is one of my favourite female characters ever. Yet, it still lost out in the ranks of most fun for two simple reasons. It’s run time as the middle of the series kind of drags before it finds its momentum again to lead to the climax is the first reason. The second is the climax itself. Wow, does this series need a do-over to fix that final battle. Soul Eater, great fun.
Number 1: Noragami
It had to be. I don’t think I have ever had this much fun while watching an anime through the first time. From the opening songs, to the crazy phantom designs, Yato’s everyday personality contrasted with his serious side, the other gods, the weapons, the sheer over the topness of everything, I just fell in love with the humour in this show. Favourite moment is the episode where this guy jumps off a building and Yato shows up and they just have this normal conversation while falling to the ground. I get that it is entirely subjective, but this is an anime I happily recommend to people who don’t watch anime and they love it. The love the energy, the characters, the pacing, and just how enjoyable it is to watch. The two seasons are each only 12 episodes and it doesn’t feel like they finished the story yet, so unlike Soul Eater it doesn’t have that crushing let down of an ending and it’s left us wanting more even while each season resolves at least one part of the character’s dilemmas. Regardless, Noragami is definitely my number 1 anime for fun from studio Bones or anyone else.
So, what would you have had on your list?