The Tales of Festivals event was full of voice actor interviews, in-character skits, music from the series—and to cap it off, the results of this year’s Tales popularity polls were revealed to the 10,000-plus fans in attendance.
Every season there are many short-form anime that go largely ignored by anime fans. But every once in a while there is one that is too good to pass up -- like last season's imaginative high school comedy Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time.
I get frustrated when things like Sword Art Online and Log Horizon are called rip-offs of the first popular “trapped in a video game” franchise, .hack//SIGN. It’s like saying Star Wars is a rip-off of Star Trek.
A woman who can control the winds. A fallen prince looking for revenge. A world of flying islands, holy quests, and magnificent aerial dogfights. The thematic exploration of love, hatred, and forgiveness. All this and more can be found in the excellent tale of two star-crossed lovers in The Pilot's Love Song.
I generally hate slice-of-life stories. I find them meandering and pointless. But Silver Spoon stands at the pinnacle of the genre and weaves a tale so full of life lessons, deep characters, and thematic exploration that even I can’t help but love it.