To my very pleasant surprise, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid gave me one of the best anime watching experiences this year. A show that was big, dense, interesting, and memorable, which exuded such a welcoming warmth and soothing aura ended becoming an all-time favourite delight that I look forward to revisiting for years to come. The warmth enveloped me like the biggest, longest, most loving hug I’ve ever been given.
And from my favourite movie this year comes my next moment, the opening scene in Baby Driver; the car chase and everything building up to it. It’s easily up there among some of the greatest, most enjoyable six minutes of film I’ve ever had the absolute joy of experiencing.
Our next moment comes from the Princess Principal, “Case 20 Ripper Dipper”. Seeing Ange teach this impoverished girl how to properly pickpocket was an awesome fun bit of character that I really enjoyed. I also thought her veiling her own past between herself and the real Ange as a story was a really cool way of communicating her elaborate and tragic backstory.
I liked so much about the first three episodes of Made in Abyss, and while I feel like a lot of it could be summed up to amazing world-building and great pacing, they are also the episodes which contain my favourite moments from the show.
Writing these sort of things is never easy. It means having to pick one moment above the rest in shows and movies that likely have a dozen I’d like to choose from. That’s why I get greedy and mention two or three, sometimes more. I have and always will be playing catch up, which makes it a lot harder for me revisit these just to be sure what moment, if I have one at all, is my favourite from each respective series.
Our next moment comes from one of the best romance anime shows I’ve ever seen (not that I’ve watched that many to begin with) and easily one of the top anime to come out this year, Tsurezure Children; a sweet and charming compilation of the different types of romances and relationships.
I’m generally not one to cry during movies. Not because I’m too machismo for my own good or anything like that (far from it). No, my experience in the repression of this form of sentiment comes from a very profoundly effective moment in my life where I was made to feel that I should no longer cry.