The Best of 2014: “Best Summer 2014 Anime”

Hello again, guys! Samurai here and it’s time to take a trip back to the Summer 2014 anime season. Honestly, Summer was a pretty slow season for me with regards to anime. Shows like Space Dandy Season 2, Ao Haru Ride, Glasslip, Nobunaga Concerto and [reluctantly] Free Eternal Summer all grazed my eyeballs at one point or another, but these two shows were the best of the best, and had me glued to my various screens every week. Let’s not waste any more time, and reveal the hot shows of the Summer 2014 Anime Season…after the break. 

BarakamonBest Overall Anime of Summer 2014: Barakamon

It’s as though someone in Japan decided to peek inside my brain and put everything that I love about Slice of Life anime, threw it in a blender, baked it in a pie, and offered me twelve perfect slices. Barakamon not only is the best overall anime of the Summer 2014 season,  but I would go so far as to say this show is the best overall anime of the ENTIRE FREAKING YEAR! It has the simplest of premises; a calligrapher from the city moves to the countryside to help inspire creativity in his writings. What he finds when he gets to the country are kind, salt-of-the-earth folks who are always willing to lend a hand [whether he wants it or not], pay him a visit [whether he wants it or not], or offer some homespun advise [whether he…you get the idea.] One such country pumpkin is our female lead, a six year old girl named Naru who, thanks to her energetic and sweet nature, gets our calligrapher out of his comfort zone and into a world where his characters are his own. Much like 2013’s Best Summer Anime Silver Spoon, Barakamon is, admittedly, another slice-of-life “city boy adapts to country life” story. However, this show seems to have its own flavor and speaks with its own voice. Watching our male lead interact with the country folk and in particular our young female lead Naru is just plain beautiful. You truly owe it to yourself to experience this awesome show! You will love it. Trust me.

Runner Up:  Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun [Gekkan Shōjo Nozakikun]

Some girls have a problem with Sempai noticing them, but our female lead, Sakura, has a slightly different problem: the sempai of her hearts desire, a boy named Nozaki, is a bit on the clueless side when it comes to matters of the heart. Which is odd when you consider that he secretly writes one of the best-selling girls manga “Let’s Fall In Love” under a pseudonym. The story follows our dear Sakura as she helps out Nozaki with his work all the while trying unsuccessfully to convey her feelings to him in every way shy of out right telling him. Gekkan Shōjo is a great comedy show, and it really had me laughing throughout. The secondary characters make the show really stand out as one of the best of this season.  However, as is the case with a few other romantic comedy shows, the humor can get a little stale after a while and predictable. I mean, how many times can one person laugh at the misunderstanding of one clearly clueless boy? But, that aside, Gekkan Shōjo remains one of the best shows of the Summer 2014 season, and it is well worth a watch. 

And that’s it for the Summer 2014 anime season! Coming up next, we dive into the newly departed Fall 2014 anime season! What show will top my list? Find out next!

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