As 2021 is going to be a memorable past, and we’re entering 2022 soon, there are some amazing anime that I truly want to share it with you all. These three anime has been my friends, my family, and a beaming reflection of my loneliness. They’ve made my lonely soul bloom again after the show finished.
1. Kakushigoto / My Dad’s Secret Ambition
This anime hasn’t been widely recognized. However, if you have seen it on any platforms, including Netflix, I highly recommend you to give it a try. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
Kakushigoto is about a father named Gotou Kakushi who works as a manga artist writing mainly about dirty jokes, and his beloved daughter named Gotou Hime. The first episode shows you the funny side of a dad who tries to veil his career to his young daughter. He told Hime that he is only an ordinary salaryman, absolutely, his colleagues are in this hilarious operation too.
Yet, there is a mystery of the reasons why Hime in high school looks sad and why their loving house in the story seems destructive. As the story goes by, you would realize that all the fun things of these lovely father and daughter are set in the past. We are here in front of the screen to find out what has happened to Kakushi as same as his wife or Hime’s mother.
The touching part is, because we have a chance to watch how Kakushi treats Hime with such love, it is hard to bear our eyes open and continue the rest of the story, especially when we’re fully aware that something happened to Kakushi. But let me tell you this, the ending is worth your waiting. It’s wholesome, unbelievable to describe, one of the master of all masterpieces in my opinion.
2. Violet Evergarden
One of the most beautiful stories I have ever watched. The anime was graceful, the story line is touching, and the songs are profoundly meaningful, even the soundtracks are blessed to your ears.
Violet Evergarden is a 14-year-old girl who used to be a soldier, or a human weapon, in a war under Gilbert Bougainvillea, her commander. The story began by showing Violet and Gilbert got injured in the war. They were both devastated. Violet lost an arm while Gilbert became an unknown, assumed as being dead by the others. The story is overflowed with questions and indescribable feeling when Gilbert refused help from Violet while being injured. Gilbert uttered the word ‘love’ for the first time. At that slightest moment, Violet had no idea what ‘love’ is. Because of this, we follow this little girl and find out with her: What does the word ‘love’ mean?
Violet longs for her one and only person, Gilbert. He remains unknown, but his last word was so memorable that she keeps seeking for its definition. Whether she could understand this word or not, we all get to see it in Violet Evergarden The Movie (the poster on the left side) which Violet is already eighteen years old . In season one and Violet Evergarden Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll, we gets to see Violet’s development as Auto Memory Doll, which the main responsibility is to travel around, type out what people actually feel on the letter, and send those pleasurable letters to the receivers. This job is challenging because Violet was initially unable to understand others’ feelings and emotions. She learns through her supportive colleagues and customers while traveling back and forth. Noted, my favorite customer is Ann Magnolia’s mother. I could say that the episodes about Ann along with her growing up scenes have pretty much filled my empty soul.
Lastly, we all understand the fact that Japan products, anime and Japanese songs are included, are hardly accessible outside Japan. Fortunately, all songs appearing on Violet Evergarden are available on Spotify including all soundtracks!
3. Komi Can’t Communicate
The two recommended anime series above are touching and heart-warming. Komi Can’t Communicate remains the heart-warming quality, but in an entertaining and extremely adorable way.
First of all, Komi Shouko is a high school girl who finds communication difficult. She starts panicking right at the beginning of saying “hello” to the others. Because of this, she hasn’t been with any friends even though she’s been wanting one. Until she entered high school and sat beside Tadano Hitohito, he could understand Komi’s situation and grasp most of the things Komi needs without Komi uttering any sounds. Since then, Tanado has been Komi’s first friend who helps her obtain 100 Friends goal!
Generally, this series doesn’t focus on Komi and Tanado’s romantic relationship that much. Instead, the majority part of this series shows Komi’s communication development and her friendship with the other classmates. So, it’s more of slice-of-life anime which is totally my type. However, it seems like Komi and Tanado’s relationship has been naturally building up as the story goes by. That’s why we must follow every single episode to find out how the two’s relationship is going to be and cheer up for the second season to come. If you cannot wait to see how the two’s relationship would grow, the manga version is available as well.
The funny thing is, the anime title is translated as ‘โฉมงามพูดไม่เก่งกับผองเพื่อนไม่เต็มเต็ง’ in Thai which means the beauty who isn’t good in communication and her strange friends (the word strange is used in the positive definition). The translated title expresses the story very well because Komi is surrounded by diverse friends with varied personalities such as Najimi who is a childhood friend of every student in the school, and Omoharu who lives as chuunibyou, believing in supernatural powers. Honestly, these people hold a great role in this anime series as they uplift the story to be more entertaining.
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