Recommendations: A-1 Pictures

It’s time for yet another studio special! This time we follow up with another old studio with great variety, and try to find the best shows of the studio for you to enjoy on your day off (or procrastination activities). This week, expect a lot of variety; if you’re unsure what could interest you the most, be sure to click on the links included and see if the anime could fit your style!

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Spotlight

blahMagi: the Labyrinth of Magic

Episodes: 2 seasons of 25

SynopsisThis story is about the flow of fate and the battle to keep the world on the right path. Aladdin is a boy who has set out to explore the world after being trapped in a room for most of his life. His best friend is a flute with a djinn in it named Ugo. Soon enough, Aladdin discovers he is a Magi, a magician who chooses kings, and he was born to choose kings who will follow the righteous path, battling against those who want to destroy fate. Follow his adventures as he meets others from 1001 Arabian Nights, like Ali Baba and Sinbad, and fights to keep the balance of world in check!

Are you ready for some magic? I sure hope you are, because if you haven’t seen Magi you should be watching it right now. Magi is a new-generation type of Shounen that has been ongoing for some time now, with 52 episodes currently out and most likely more to come eventually. Just like any other long shounen, the universe of Magi is quite impressive, and the main characters develop over the course of the show slowly but surely, making everyone become more and more badass over time.

What makes Magi so different from the others, however, is that the show is not only about the characters or the fights, but it also happens to have a surprisingly mature plot for its type. Themes of war, good and evil, and politics co-habitate strongly with some cheesy friendship times, giving the show a somewhat more intellectual approach, while still remaining a badass shounen with cool tricks and stuff. The mixture of the two allows for strong emotional moments as well as a really powerful storyline, pleasing both the type of people who enjoy anime just for its simpleness and the type of people who look for anime with a little bit more complexity and maturity. This show is for everyone, and so everyone should watch it.

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60263lAldnoah. Zero

Episodes: 7 (expected 12)

SynopsisIn 1972, the Apollo 17 mission discovered a hypergate to Mars on the surface of the moon. Soon, a war breaks out between Earth and Mars, and Martian soldiers begin to descend from the sky, riding steel giants, intent on exterminating humanity.

This one is still quite recent; in fact, it’s not even over yet! Recently, A-1 Pictures has given us this little goodie, and it is definitely worth the watch. With a script written by the infamous Urobuchi Gen, and with a really high budget allowing for everything to be done well, Aldnoah. Zero was certain to be at least a little awesome, and it completely surpassed its potential through its strong plot and characters (so far, anyways).

What is most interesting about the show is its exceptionally strong attention to detail, namely its own universe and the small details which make up a character. The universe of Aldnoah is powerful, complicated, intense and sometimes very hard to follow; yet, because of this it makes us feel like we’re watching a real story, not just an anime where things conveniently fall in place in order for plot twists to happen. The show also provides us with one hell of a unique character, who is extremely intelligent, and yet not at all like the previous protagonists of these types of mecha. Where we used to have either an evil antihero like Lelouch or a bad ass sidekick like L-Elf, Inaho becomes the ultimate poker face, and will do anything and everything as calmly as though he was taking a stroll down the road. This originality, along with other subtleties, just make the show absolute gold and make the show much more awesome than it could be.

…Oh, also there’s big robots and shit. Big robots are cool, I guess.

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Other Recommendations

1.  Kuroshitsuji
2. AnoHana
3. Shinsekai Yori
4. Oreimo
5. Sword Art Online

**Thanks to MAL for the summaries and info!**

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