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Three fall-released anime films deemed worthy

November 14, 2014

With the fall 2014 season of anime reaching its midpoint, we have seen which anime seem to live up to their hype and which ones have not; I would like to take this time to briefly summarize and critique my top three anime recommendations for both new and veteran anime viewers.

3) "The Seven Deadly Sins"

Set in a strange world where both humans and non-humans exist, the kingdom of Leones is under the protection of the "Holy Knights," warriors who use powerful magic to govern and protect. A group of the most powerful Holy Knights called the "Seven Deadly Sins," betrayed the kingdom and are now hunted by the other knights. Queen Elizabeth does not believe that story and sets out on a journey to find the Seven Deadly Sins. This is a quirky, light-hearted adventure, with a hint of romance and perverted comedy on the side. A great show for teens and young adults looking for a fun and action filled adventure.

2) "Rage of Bahamut: Genesis"

Mistarcia, a world consisting of gods, humans, demons and roughly referencing names, battles, and idealisms presented in olden day Catholicism. A battle waged 2000 years ago against the colossal, winged being called "Bahamut." Together, gods, humans, and demons put aside their differences and joined forces to fight and seal away the powerful being. Once sealed, the key was separated in two, half given to the gods and half to the demons. 2000 years later, half of the key is stolen by a strange woman on a journey to find her mother. This is a fast paced, fantasy/action/adventure, intended for a more mature, young adult audience. With gorgeous visuals, fluid fight scene animation, and a mysterious storyline that will keep you needing to know what happens next, this climbs to my second spot.

1) "Your Lie in April"

Kosei Arima, a piano prodigy as a young boy, stopped playing after the abrupt death of his mother. Arima, a junior high student now, still conflicted by the death of his mother, sees the world as dull, void of life and purpose. One day he's introduced to a lively, blonde-haired violinist and something happens. Arima begins to see the world a bit more brightly. This beautifully done work of art is a must see for musically inclined romantics out there and anyone looking for a whirlwind of creative inspiration. With amazing visuals, dynamic and dramatic character development and interaction, you won't know what to do with the emotions you're feeling.

Joseph Westphal is a journalism student with an international studies minor. Westphal enjoys Chinese martial arts, anime, and gaming. His career goal is to be a Japanese pop-culture journalist.