They’re the best Anime that 1996 has to offer! We counts down the best anime to come out this year, including the likes of Midori no Makibao, Bakusou Kyoudai Let’s & Go, Ganbarist! Shun, and more!
4: Midori no Makibao
English: Green Makibao
MAL Score: 6.54
Midori Makibao is a small white racehorse. Compared to other thoroughbred horses, he looks more like a donkey with wide nostrils; however, with his guts and speed as his weapon, Makibao wins in every big race.
In the beginning of his career, Makibao had a trouble making his debut as a racehorse, because of his appearance and various disadvantages he had. But Makibao had reasons to overcome his difficulties; there was a lifelong rival horse called Superhorse Cascade, that Makibao needed to defeat. Plus, he was determined to win back his mother, a horse that had been taken away for pay back the debt on the farm.
There are many hardships that Makibao has to overcome, but he thrives in the series of races to become a great racehorse.
The story was great. A typical underdog character that works hard to succeed his dreams of meeting a beloved one. The story consists of more on comedy than drama.
The art was a little bit shocking. WIKIPEDIA confirmed that this is a shone anime but yet the main character, Makibao , is practically showing his pubes. Maybe the art is designed with naturalsm.
The art is depicted with a particular style that is hard to describe. Know shin-chan? Maybe they’re related.
The sound was okay.
The characters blended wall. A protagonist, antagonists, a heroine and supporting characters. This is one of the rarest shows that make the leading role an animal. But it did not matter anyway for the harmony was smooth.
I really enjoyed their antics but no overpowering was done.
Overall I say that this is a good normal anime (good,normal? what’s that?) It is worth killing your boredome.
3: Bakusou Kyoudai Let’s & Go
MAL Score: 6.78
Based on the manga by Tetsuhiro Koshita, Bakusou Kyoudai Let’s & Go!! has two main seasons evolving around the Go brothers and the TRF Victorys. The third season, Bakusou Kyoudai Let’s & Go!! MAX evolves more around two new main characters, but the primary idea is the same… Racing!
Let’s & Go!! focuses on Retsu and Go Seiba, two young brothers who receive racing cars called “Mini 4WD” by Dr. Tsuchia. From there on, the series portraits those two boys, training and customizing parts to later on participate on Japans Cup, where all of Japan’s racers enter to be the best of the best!
This anime is one of the first I’ve encountered; in fact, some of my earliest memories involves this anime. I remember the days I used to stroll through the flee markets with my mom, looking at toy race cars, wanting one but never having enough money. It definitely will have its place in my heart forever.
That said, I wouldn’t recommend this anime to everyone. It isn’t a great anime, something everyone would enjoy. It’s more of a kids’ anime. The themes and storyline is simple and repetitive, easy for kids to understand. Yet it doesn’t lose its excitement (from a child’s perspective), though all 100+ episodes are basically the same (including the other seasons). Perhaps teens would think that this anime is too predictable or childish, but as a child, I really truly enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I assume not many children under 12 are viewing this forum.
In the end, I am writing this review because I want people to know about this anime, as it has shaped parts of my childhood; at the same time, I know that it won’t do the same for you, especially if you live in North America (I’ve not seen one toy racecar here…).
2: Ganbarist! Shun
Japanese: ガンバリスト! 駿
MAL Score: 7.20
First-year high school student Fujimaki Shun has a dream of becoming an olympic gold medalist as a gymnast. Having no previous training, Shun trusts his passion, boldly joins the gymnastics club, and sets out to pursue his goal.
Along the way, he meets his share of entertaining and supportive upper classmen, develops a romantic interest in his classmate, and learns about the happiness involved in devoting yourself to a sport.
Even though the art is a bit old, however i very much liked the art they did for the gymnastic stunts in the?! the character development is somewhat slow paced, however it is perfect for this anime?!
i knw i might be biased since i loved this anime so much and there might be other animes that are much better!? However i really liked the story so much!? at the end of the story it made me somewhat teary?! 😛
try it out!? and see for yourself!? you might like it, enjoy it or just wnt to kill time?!
just have an open mind while watching because there might be some parts of the characters you might relate too?!
enjoy it 😛
Pretty straight forward. Shun joins the gymnastics team as a beginner and works his way to the top. Add light romance into the mix and MC with plenty of determination. Heavily overdramaticized.
Ok at times but not nearly enough effort put in even for the 90’s in my opinion. Possibly had a low budget. Some scenes you can tell they put more effort while others the faces and proportions are whacky.
Can be redundant as they continue overplaying the same tunes to death.
While nobody is perfect, I am blown away by the team’s overall mentality to give up and not even wholeheartedly try until literally their last performance. Some of the character’s personality and actions just about drove me crazy.
Summary: Enjoyable and still worth watching for comedy, however it is way too overdramatic and drags on too long. Anime is fluffed up and sparse at times with many flaws but comedy is its redeeming factor.
Japanese: Ｈ２[エイチ ツー]
MAL Score: 7.26
Hiro has two loves: baseball and porn, but due to an elbow injury, gives up baseball, choosing a school with no baseball team. His childhood friend Hikari attends a different school with baseball ace Hideo. The two of them wish that Hiro had not given up baseball. Hiro joins the soccer team and meets Haruka, a very clumsy girl who is also the daughter of his father’s boss. Haruka is the manager of the unofficial baseball club at Hiro’s school. When the soccer team challenges the baseball club to a game, with hopes of humiliating them, the baseball club nearly loses until Hiro, disgusted by the soccer team’s arrogance, switches to the baseball club.
Yes once again it’s about high school baseball, yes it’s about another overpowered pitcher and his struggling team, and yes it’s all about getting to that mother effing Koshien, Japan’s nationwide high school baseball finals. This time around its Hiro and Noda’s battery that take center stage as they help their newly established baseball team out of the rut.
Now here’s the problem, despite the 41 episode count, H2 in my opinion wastes a lot of time, roughly the first 10 episodes or so of not so great character building and generally dilly-dallying around. With Hiro’s broken shoulder and Noda’s broken back, their doctor instructs them to never play the game again or risk permanent damage. So the two are practically drifting for 10 episodes doing much of nothing and the story not progressing at all. For a while Hiro is just getting bullied by the soccer club with the story at a stand still until his very first baseball game.
When the story does finally get into gear, things are great, fantastic even. The victories wholly satisfying, the losses saddening but hopeful. The baseball side of the story is great and equally the romance is sweet and innocent. I love it, devoid of any modern anime cliches, just a bunch of baseball loving teens discovering and growing into their love interests.
And ultimately here’s the major problem. It’s unfinished. All ongoing storylines, whether baseball or romance are just unresolved. Not sure of the circumstances, but I can just assume it caught up to the manga at some point and just had to end abruptly. So sad.
facts, developments, thoughts, emotions are brought to the audience in a very unique way. mainly through the dialogues the viewer could grasp quite a rich world around this baseball boys and their girls. these dialogues are far from being mainstreamed. open, doubting, unclear – freely, the protagonists are communicating. together with the excellent use of some other rather complex literary methods, like leaving the important unsaid, using details to unfold the complete a.o.; and the clever split of the medias to create wrong predictions or also intend contradictions between the heard and the shown, the told and the thought; this show could entertain on a very fine level at all. often was served a nice sense of humour even using smartly still the silliest stereotypes.
the way how its told opens the possibility to enrich it in your own way. unfortunately to open such possibilities is not a guaranty and the loss of decidedness and clearness may discomfort the laisy-minded.
Compared to touch (another work of the manga) h2 feels a bit more mature as the characters have better traits to them. The characters of h2 are witty, strong willed and don’t get pushed around whereas the characters of touch were wishy-washy, casual and undignified. The romance in touch was frustrating to say the least. The romance in h2 is at the starting point in terms of drama, for more the manga has to be read.
The atmosphere in h2 is good and the show is enjoyable with good pacing. The comedy scenes especially of one of the characters is hilarious.
Honestly this should not have ended abruptly whatever the reason may have been.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
2. Ganbarist! Shun
3. Bakusou Kyoudai Let’s & Go
4. Midori no Makibao