For stuff that I haven’t rec’d before… this is an impromptu rec but definitely I.S., a manga about intersexuality. Really meaningful stories, from the pov of people who are never represented?
Aoi Hana, from the person who brought us Hourou Musuko. It centers around girls and growing up and relationships and it has this atmosphere to it that I really like. Also doesn’t fetishize girl/girl relationships. I’ve been watching the anime, which has been wonderfully and gentle animated, with a great cast of ladies. I’ll probably move onto the manga after that!
Mani Mani is a more mature manga but wow i’ve recently taken a liking to stories that gravitate towards this style/setting. A far cry from the shoujo highschool love stories, the josei genre really captivates me sometimes and this collection is one of my favourites.
a bunch of mystery-solving kids who can all but solve the mystery of the relationships going on between themselves; wonderful characters and development, solid and pretty animation, and you can really see the depth and thought put into the storylines and the references they make are delicious. It looks superficially pretty but in the end really proved itself, especially in the second half.
antisocial geeky girls with crazy obsessions, and the flamboyant and sassy boy that barges into their lives, what’s not to like?
3. Angel Beats and/or Clannad
same tearjerker element that made ano hana so good, the characters are not as strong as ano hana’s but they are still pretty good
4. Arakawa Under the Bridge
This is SHAFT at it’s best imo, I love the perfect blend of gut-busting comedy, awkward romance and introspective look of life that one wouldn’t expect from such a wacky show. it gets pretty deep and moving sometiemes.
If you’re looking for more sport!anime, and don’t mind slow starts, Chihayafuru builds up very well to an amazing payoff. Not much romance here since it’s mainly focused on the sport. It’s interesting how they animate and tell a story of an individual sport like karuta though. The beginning episodes are also the best. And the second season is coming anyway, so why not watch it now and join in on the rest of the fandom as it buckles down for s2!
6. Natsume Yuujinchou
This anime has 4 seasons thus far and it’s because of a stunning lead who goes through so much development, as well as the sleepy, understated, but heartwarming stories that are told each episode. This show is great because there is no big main plot, but it’s made up of episodic mini-plots that always manage to move you. You’ll feel so warm and content after watching this.
7. Sakamichi no Apollon
Jazz and bromance and really nice teenage relationships all around.
I put this last because if you haven’t watched Toradora! you need to right now you deprived person
Ozawa: “Avoiding the topic didn’t seem right. So now, for my own selfish satisfaction, I’ve unloaded everything on you.”
Oyamada: “I see. That’s fine.”
Shards of memory with a brilliant radiance. In a round of seasons, two boys hearts are changing. Winter bring them close to each other by little and little.