Yep, this year was bad for multiple reasons but in terms of myself, I’ve had a decent one where I have gone through job changes & catching up on old video games that I’ve forgot to play.
Still, I wanted to write about some of the highlights of this year because it’s been a very good year for video games & anime especially, so here is a bunch of personal awards categories I wanted to do.
Anime Of The Year
The anime I’ve watched this year is strong, I did catch up on some of the more popular shows that have grace 2016, one of them surprisingly watch Dragonball Super, which has tickled my nostalgia bones while also providing some entertaining new content after some lousy re-cap movie episodes & Lupin The Third (2015) having some of the best single episodes of the year.
First lets start off with Mob Psycho 100, a solid team-up with Mangaka ONE & Studio BONES that didn’t disappoint in the animation department, Mob is one of the most relatable protagonists of 2016 and the story is mostly about how he doesn’t rely on his massive psychic powers & to better himself without them, a solid show.
If I were to give an award to “Studio that snapped out of being bad”, it would have to be DEEN because Konosuba & Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu are great shows that gave me a mix of great comedy & the other tense drama, it’s surprising that they balanced this during the Winter season, I find flaws in them but I can’t wait for both of there season 2’s.
Western influenced anime also came in strong this year with both Joker Game & 91 Days providing some spy & gangster stories that were entertaining to watch, some very grim set-pieces, I really want to see these dubbed & I hope to see more in the future.
Lastly, Girls Und Panzer: Der Film continued the tradition of blowing up tanks while providing some funny moments, Your Name was beautiful & heartwarming, A Silent Voice is the best anime Kyoto Animation have done since The Disapperance Of Haruhi and Kizumonogatari Film 1 & 2 was everything I wanted a film version of the franchise & the best films I saw this year, before I name my actual anime of the year.
Winner Of Anime Of The Year But Isn’t Actually “Anime” Of The Year
If this counted as an anime, Thunderbolt Fantasy would of been a very strong favorite but I’m going to give it this anyway because my god I love this show, it’s puppetry direction is awe-aspiring, I like the new CGI Thunderbird re-boot but this knocks it out of the park.
It’s mostly thanks to Gen Urobuchi who continues to be one of the polarizing writers in anime but making this show must of been a risk but it looks like it paid off due its sales.
It’s action is wonderfully crafted, the music is amazing & the characters are likable and unpredictable, I can praise the show for a while but since a 2nd project is happening in the future, lets leave it at that, go watch it.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 4: Diamond Is Unbreakable
Although Part 3 wasn’t amazing to a point where I would of been giving it this award, the anime adaption of Part 4 was a huge success I thought, it was the anime that I watched as soon as I came home from my evening hours on Friday.
Having a full year of Diamond Is Unbreakable was pure joy since I would watch Jotaro’s adventures are be totally entertained, plus we got to see one of the most refreshing villains after a solid run of total evil characters in Stardust Crusaders.
Great Days is also my Opening of the year with some great visual & a fantastic theme to go along with it, I will miss Jojo again for maybe a year or two but I will be back for Part 5 when that happens.
Game Of The Year
I have been missing out on most of the great games that have come out this year but since this came out in January, Trails of Cold Steel is a good JRPG which worried me at the start because it would rely too much as a Persona/Tales of style game but I was proven wrong since I liked the characters, the battle system & it’s world, one of my best moments of that game was at the end where I was like “Is this actually happening!?”, I’m currently playing the 2nd game, so I hope this one gets even better.
For western games, DOOM and Hitman provided the best surprises of my year, Hitman I was the most worried about due to it’s unusual release schedule, I kept saying to my brother that it will be a stripped down game, turns out that they provided some of the best sandbox Hitman levels ever & best Hitman game ever and I was really happy with this & Doom’s Campaign is amazing & Fun.
Lastly Phoenix Wright 6: Spirits Of Justice came in 2nd, due to it’s solid cases & some of the best story twists & turns I’ve experienced.
And Yay! Final fantasy XV didn’t suck!
This game man, THIS GAME.
Spent way too much time on this game, previously I was addicted to Counter Strike Source, Guild Wars & Team Fortress 2 and now this comes along and takes most of my free time away.
Overwatch is the very first Bizzard game that I have truly fell in love with, all the characters are fun to use, the game never punishes you when you play badly, the learning curve is rewarding and I just deeply love this game and I will continue to play it.
Also Zenyatta is the best.
Now some small categories:
Magic The Gathering Set Of The Year
Close between Conspiracy 2 but I’m really enjoying what I’ve played of the new standard set, lotter scotter and all.
I also spent alot of money to finish my Modern deck this year.
I should not do this….
Molly moment of the year
I love you Molly.
That’s about it for me, have a good New Year, get to 2017 so we can enjoy Persona 5 finally.