Starting this year end post being about as cliche as I possibly can be… My how time flies… It was just about a year ago now that I sent the following tweet to Carlos and Logan:
– @LoganRogerss @BrOtaku_Blog Ever think about combining blogger forces?
Little did I know at the time, that this tweet would lead to the creation of our humble anime blogging site, a podcast, a handful of amazing friendships, and kick off one of the most life altering years of my entire life.
I contemplated getting a little personal with this blog post, but I’m not going to trouble you all with the silly details of my comings and goings. What I will say is that 2016 has been one hell of a busy year for me, filled with several life altering decisions with time commitments that persistently plagued me throughout the year, and continue to do so as we move into 2017. This “Life” that we all grumble about unfortunately in some cases got in the way of my ability to consume anime and games which is why this post is going to more resemble a list of games that I’ve played and anime I’ve watched, than a best of collection.
Before I get started, I just want to say thank you to anyone who is actually reading this post. Thank you Carlos and Logan. You guys have become amazing friends, and I can’t wait to see how our little Ai-chan will grow in 2017. Thank you to all of the friends I have met through the Anime Arcade Discord channel for continually being the most awesome group of people on the internet. Lastly, thank you to all of the other people who read our site but don’t talk to us. Sharing passion for anime and video games is truly one of the best parts about being an otaku, and it’s great to have you here!
Now, let’s get on with it.
My Games of 2016
League of Legends
Forgive me for the boring pick of a game released back in 2009, but League of Legends earns the badge as being the game I sunk the most time into this year. Few, if any, games have ever inspired my competitive nature like this one does, giving me some of the highest highs and lowest lows of my gaming lifetime. If you haven’t played League, you most certainly have heard of it through its dominance in the e-sports realm, and playing it is wonderfully paired with a healthy dose of e-sports viewing. Our Anime Arcade Discord served as a friendly LFG channel for this game in the early half of the year, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we get together for many more next year.
Blade & Soul
To put it simply, no MMORPG has captivated me like Blade & Soul since the glory days of World of Warcraft. The story was so completely absurd that it crossed back into the good category based entirely on how much it made me laugh. The games real strength was the combat system though, which is easily the best the genre has seen, and went a tremendously long way in keeping the questing fresh and the PVP addictive. Unfortunately the game was riddled with bots and gold sellers in its early days, which I’m hoping the developers have fixed at this point. Mainly the issue was end game content, or lack thereof, which became far too repetitive and didn’t include enough of the game’s best waifu, Namsoyoo (lol).
Dark Souls 3
Ive been a fan of the series since Demon’s Souls released on the PS3, but I was going to skip this one until a buddy of mine gifted it to me a few months ago. I’m glad he did, because the 3rd Dark Souls is a huge improvement on an already great franchise. Highly recommended.
My Top Anime of 2016
KONOSUBA -God’s blessing on this wonderful world!
Konosuba was not without its fair share of problems, but it definitely is one of the most memorable shows of the season simply due to how hysterical it is. This show took the typically serious “transported to a fantasy RPG” trope and completely turned it on its head with a quirky cast of characters and a world that is so completely ridiculous that you never know what to expect. The show did have a couple of episodes that went completely off the rails, and some noticeable gaps in its animation quality, but the amount of laughter it provided me week after week is enough to earn its spot here.
Telling the story of Satoru, who is sent back from modern day to the 1980’s and given the opportunity to save the lives of his classmates who were victims of a series of murders; Erased is an interesting premise that does not disappoint. I don’t think there has ever been a show that has made me quite as emotional. I’m not talking the simple watery eyes that you get from a touching Facebook video, but full out crying. The show totally hijacks your emotions from start to finish, and it typically didn’t even let up with each episode’s ending due to the cruel cliffhangers it employed. It’s hard for me to think of any anime that was more enjoyable to follow and discuss on a weekly basis.
Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-
Re:Zero is a hard show to talk about without potentially spoiling something, so I’ll steer clear of details. What I can say is that the show nailed almost every category that someone looks for in anime. Beautiful animation, a captivating story, an incredible cast of characters including best waifu and villain of the year, a great soundtrack, ect… Need I say more? It is another show about an otaku transported to a fantasy world, but that doesn’t have any impact on the story at all once it gets going, so don’t let it scare you. Once I started Re:Zero, I literally couldn’t put it down. Of what exists so far, this is one of my top anime period, and definitely top for 2016.
And now, I will say goodbye forever to a year that I will never forget. May the anime and games of 2017 and beyond only get better, and may otaku everywhere continue to pursue their passion proudly.
If I didn’t talk about your favorite game or anime of the year, please let me know in the comments or on social media. I might have missed it!