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Top anime from A-1 images that are not black butler or sword art online

Top anime from A-1 images that are not black butler or sword art online

Founded by ex-Sunrise producer Iwata Mikihiro, A-1 Pictures is an interesting anime studio in that it has produced an incredibly wide range of shows since the first – Zenmai Zamurai – in 2006, just one year after its establishment. From sports anime as the inspirational Big dismissal! to heartfelt dramas such as Your lie in April and even famous romantic comedies like Kaguya-sama: Love Is WarA-1 Pictures has apparently done a bit of everything – including, of course, the two juggernaut titles Black Butler and Sword art online.


In addition, the studio has produced at least one anime every year since it was formed, but often several, making the list of works impressive not only in variety but also in size. Straight on the heels of this spring’s anime season sequel Kaguya-sama: Love Is War -Ultra Romantic-A-1 Pictures has started broadcasting two brand new programs for the summer: Lycoris recoil and Engage Kiss. But how difficult it is to choose just a small handful of titles that stand out, here are some of the studio’s very best works to date.

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Jobs !! (2010)

When Souta Takanashi, a lover of everything small and sweet, is recruited by the extremely short Taneshima Popura to work at Wagnaria – a family restaurant in Hokkaido – he can not help but accept the job. However, he quickly discovers that Wagnaria is anything but a regular workplace. From the katana-swinging floor manager to the manager who just seems to eat, as well as a waitress whose fear of men makes her rage violently at them just to walk by, Takanashi’s life is about to change for well.

Mostly a surprisingly healthy workplace comedy, especially in its first season, Jobs !! (Wagnaria !!) contains some romance, but is primarily focused on the cast of the cast, who all bring something different to the table. The humor is mostly taken from the characters themselves and their personality traits instead of being purely slapstick or sexual. This, along with its slice-of-life themes, keeps the anime relatively family-friendly and easy to digest, making it an excellent choice for those who just want to unwind and relax.


AnoHana (2011)

Despite going to high school, Yadomi Jinta lives her days as a video game hermit, unable to meet her peers or society at large and still deeply hurt by the death of a friend who died many years ago. But when the same friend, Meiko “Menma” Honma, suddenly reappears in his life and torments him to fulfill a forgotten wish, he finally gives up. Jinta and the rest of his childhood friends, who have since grown apart and now live wildly different lives, are reunited as they try to help not only Menma, but also herself, to move on from what happened five years ago.


Also known as Anohana: The flower we saw that day or by its Japanese name – Ano Hei Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai – The series starts slowly, but soon builds up to something raw and emotional. By touching on some complex topics and issues regarding growing age and mental well-being, AnoHana is known for being one of the most dramatically moving anime in existence, along with other heavy-hitters like Angel Beats, Your lie in April and Violet Evergarden. Like these latter titles, AnoHana is about both loss and healing, and is guaranteed to have viewers reaching for the loom box.


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Tsuritama (2012)

High school student Sanada Yuki lives with her grandmother, whose job makes it impossible for them to settle down for long periods of time. As a result, Yuki lacks friends or even basic social skills, with his anxiety making him freeze and look incredibly angry, which exposes all peers. After arriving at their newest home on the island of Enoshima, however, Yuki comes in contact with several strange characters, including a transfer student who claims to be an alien, a secluded young man of Yuki’s nickname “The Fishing Prince” and an Indian man with a pet duck named Tapioca. All of this, plus a newfound interest in fishing, will ruin Yuki’s life.

Literally translate as “fish ball”, Tsuritama is the kind of anime that may well appeal to viewers who feel like they’ve seen it all and are looking for something other than regular food. Although the series is part of life and part of comedy, it also involves some sci-fi concepts, all linked together through fishing. Its bizarre plot twists can be offensive in any other title, but here they work in one way or another, perhaps because of the show’s whimsical seriousness and genuine character development. It may not appeal to everyone, but to the more adventurous viewer, Tsuritama is not to be missed.


Silver Spoon (2013–14)

Tired of living up to family expectations, the eager and box-smart high school student Hachiken Yuugo chooses to escape his problems by attending Ooezo Agricultural High School, located in the heart of the Hokkaido countryside. However, he quickly realizes that his studies here are anything but simple, especially compared to his classmates, who have all grown up on farms. From waking up in the early hours to growing his own food and taking care of livestock, Hachiken is learning the harsh realities – but sometimes the simple joys – of daily farming.

Originally created by Arakawa Hiromu by Full metal alchemist fame, Silver spoon (Gin no Saji) may feel tame in comparison, but has far more depth than you first see, and the second season builds well on the first instead of just being more of the same. As much a compelling adult story as it is a fish-out-of-water comedy, Silver spoon has a certain emotional intensity and is not afraid to show it where it counts. In the process, it sheds some light on a side of Japanese high school life that exists but is rarely shown, much less in the popular shonen-manga format.


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Deleted (2016)

Fujinuma Satoru is a young man living in Chiba Prefecture who suddenly discovers his ability to go back in time and prevent fatal events from occurring moments in advance. But when his mother is murdered by a mysterious figure and Satoru is accused of her death, he is sent back for a full 18 years. Now a primary school student again, but with all the knowledge about his older self, he gets the opportunity to save not only his mother, but also three of his classmates in primary school, who were once victims of horrific kidnappings.

Known in Japan as Boku dake ga Inai Machi (The city where only I am missing), Deleted is a mysterious thriller that takes some dark turns and is guaranteed to leave the audience on the edge of their seats. The main role is extremely sympathetic, so viewers are forced to care about what choices the characters make and how this will affect both current and future timelines. The premium graphics and music only serve to complement Deletedits overall atmosphere, which is sometimes relaxing and other times delicately beautiful, but certainly never boring.

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