Read: Influential anime of 2013 and 2014! Many of which were connected to my adventures in aniblogging in those years.
#1 Noragami (12 episode anime series)
Director: Koutarou Tamura
Yato may just be a minor god now, but he’s determined to make it big and he’s got a plan. Unfortunately, things just don’t seem to be going his way. He doesn’t have a single shrine dedicated to him, his partner has just quit, and now he’s got to find a new divine weapon. Just when things look bleak, he meets a girl named Hiyori and changes her life forever.
Devotional Level to this Anime: Obsessed
NEWS!–FUNimation Entertainment Licensed Noragami (Dec. 31. 2014-North America)
#2 Strike the Blood (24 episode anime series)
Director: Hideyo Yamato
The Fourth Progenitor—that’s the world’s strongest vampire that should only exist in legends. Accompanied by twelve Kenjuu and spreading calamity, this phantom vampire appeared in Japan. For the observation and obliteration of this Fourth Primogenitor, the government and Lion King Organization decided to dispatch an attack mage known as a Sword Shaman. However, for some reason, the one chosen for the observation was an apprentice Sword Shaman girl, Himeragi Yukina. Wielding the strongest anti-progenitor spirit spear, Yukina arrived at Demon District, Itogami City. What is the true identity of the Fourth Progenitot, Akatsuki Kojou, she encountered over there?!
NEWS!–Discotek Media Licenses Strike the Blood (Feb.4. 2015-North America)
#3 Free! Iwatobi Swim Club (12 episode anime series)
Director: Hiroko Utsumi
The story revolves around Haruka Nanase, a boy who has always loved to be immersed in water, and to swim in it. Before graduating from elementary school, he participated in a swimming tournament along with his fellow swimming club members, Makoto Tachibana, Nagisa Hazuki, and Rin Matsuoka. After achieving victory, each of the boys went their separate ways.
Time passed, and in the middle of their uneventful high school lives Rin appears and challenges Haruka to a match, showing Haruka his overwhelming power. Not wanting it to end like this, Haruka, gathers together Makoto and Nagisa once again and brings a new member named Rei Ryugazaki to create the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club in order to defeat Rin.
NEWS!–Discotek Media Licenses Free! Iwatobi Swim Club (Feb. 4. 2015-North America)
#4 The Unlimited: Hyobu Kyosuke (12 episode anime series)
Simulcasted: Winter 2013 by Crunchyroll | Animation Studio: Manglobe (Ergo Proxy, Karneval, Deadman Wonderland and other credits) | Producers: TV Tokyo, Geneon Universal Entertainment, Shogakukan Productions, Unlimited Partners (Production Committee)
Director: Shishou Igarashi
Kyōusuke Hyōbu, an ESPer who was betrayed many years ago is now one of the most powerful ESPers, and also a fugitive. However, behind that glare lies a kind heart- His main mission is to save ESPers who are mistreated by humans, even if that be by force. Through his methods, he has saved many ESPer lives, and gained the loyalty of those he has saved. The name of his group: P.A.N.D.R.A.
NEWS!–Sentai Filmworks Licenses The Unlimited (Dec. 16. 2014-North America)
In Light Novels
Hikigaya Hachiman is a high school boy with twisted character. He prefers to go against the trend and refuses to make friends with anybody. In order to get Hachiman back the right track, his school teacher Hiratsuka Shizuka forces him to enter ‘Public Service Club’. There he meets other problematic students.
Devotional Level with Light Novels: Have read a few pages and it gives even more insight to the thoughts Hachiman has. More insightful then even the anime. Good reading material in as close to a novel appearance with some cute illustrations in some places.
NEWS!–Yen Press Licenses the My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong As I Expected. Light Novels (July 5. 2015-North America)
There’s nothing in the world more enjoyable than reading for Harumi Kazuhito. He spends his days with his head buried in books. But one night when he was enjoying a good story in a café, a violent robber comes in and threatens the people inside. Kazuhito is not the hero type but something came over him and he tried to subdue the robber only to get killed. When he came to, he was reborn as a dog under the care of one of the customers who was in the café that night, Natsuno Kirihime. Through some kind of connection, Kirihime can hear Kazuhito’s thoughts as a dog. Unfortunately for Kazuhito, Kirihime has a bit of a sadistic personality and a thing for scissors.
Magic is a product of neither legends nor fairy tales, but instead has become a technology of reality since a time unknown to people. Supernatural power became a technology systematized through magic, while magic became a technical skill. A “Supernatural Power User” became a “Magic Technician.” Magic Technicians (in short, Magicians) are nurtured through Magic High Schools and Universities.
This is a story about:
Tatsuya, a defective elder brother low achiever.
Miyuki, a perfect, flawless younger sister high achiever.
After both siblings entered a Magic High School,
The stage of daily turbulence was unveiled.
NEWS!–Yen Press Licenses the Irregular at Magic High School Light Novels (March 9. 2015-North America)
Any actual real news on the fate of Free! Iwatobi Swim Club has not been forthcoming yet but I seriously strongly wish something happens between Crunchyroll and FUNimation. While Free! Eternal Summer likely has a home video release secured, the first season of the series, is still in limbo. While all the other anime titles have already come and gone through simulcasting. Surprisingly still very much catch myself thinking about them.
While the Light novels are ones really only developed an interest after seeing the anime and seeing a few screenshots of their respective original source which were as it would happen turned out to be light novels.