Kyoto Animation is a solid studio in the
When other studios are releasing dozens of
2018 shown us this with Violet Evergarden, and prior years did the same thing.
Here are the best
Best Kyoani Series:
Might as well start this off with the heavyweight, K-On. An
Isn’t it mad how an
I mean, all they do is drink tea, eat cakes, and make
K-On was responsible for the “Moe” trend that’s so prevalent today. Shows like Yuru Yuri wouldn’t exist without K-On’s influence.
You can’t ignore an
It’s a classic and another original alongside K-On.
The trend of an
Clannad started this in the romance genre.
Or at least it did for modern
3. Love, Chunibyou, & Other Delusions
Chuunibyou is someone who hasn’t got out of the phase of believing supernatural powers exist, or immature things of that nature.
It’s something a lot of kids and teenagers do because it’s a time when your imagination is wild and the world seems bigger than it is.
Rikka Takanashi is that type of character, and her eventual romance with Yuta Togashi (an ex Chuunibyou) starts to blossom.
The comedy might make you cringe and it’s a little different in general, but it’s a memorable Kyoani series.
4. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid released in 2017. Now it’s one of the studio’s biggest
With a 2nd season coming in 2021, the hype and popularity will only be taken further. Guaranteed.
The trend of “
5. Lucky Star
Lucky Star I feel isn’t as mentioned as other Kyoani series. But it’s one of the studio’s most known and loved
It’s about Otaku like Konata Izumi, and her friends like Kagami Hiiragi.
There’s tons of references and “meta” moments relating to
If you’re about that Otaku life you’ll understand the lingo and the references in this
Kanon is definitely not a Kyoto Animation series you hear as often as others.
It’s like the little brother of Clannad. And Clannad happened to overshadow it a bit in terms of fame.
Adapted from a
There’s a mystery element to it, and it’s a good alternative to Clannad with its own plot and relevant differences.
7. Tamako Market
Tamako Market is like the little sister of K-On, just like Kanon is the little brother of Clannad.
It’s less known than K-On but known to Kyoani fans.
It’s actually one of my favorite Kyoani series that I don’t talk about too much. It’s so chilled and laid back that I can’t help but appreciate it.
The main character: Tamako, is the daughter of a Mochi shop owner. And they all make Mochi for the towns people where they live.
Ignoring the side story, Tamako Market is laid back, a slice of life, has some comedy but no heavy romance.
It’s a show you watch to relax.
8. A Silent Voice
A Silent Voice is a movie about a deaf girl who’s bullied in high school for her disabilities. It’s painfully relatable and emotional.
Later on the repercussions of those actions play themselves out. And the
This is a much better
A Silent Voice is much more meaningful and tells an important story that needs to be shared.
Nichijou is probably Kyoto Animation’s most over the top comedy, on some Gintama level sh*t.
Because of the extremism with the comedy, it’s the type of show you either love or you can’t stand.
Regardless, it’s an underground legend that for some reason never sold many physical copies. Or did much beyond that.
Hyouka is another one of my favorite series of all time that I don’t talk about too often.
One character is curious, one is considered a genius, and the other two fill in the gaps as they all solve mysteries together in school.
If it’s an
11. Amagi Brilliant Park
Amagi Brilliant Park is similar to Spice And Wolf.
It’s a business series where the main character does whatever it takes to revive the amusement park.
It’s more accurate to say he’s forced into doing it by mysterious characters, some who posses magic.
Not the most celebrated Kyoani series, but it’s up there and deserves credit.
The comedy is one of the best on this list.
12. Full Metal Panic
FMP is about Sosuke Sagara, a young man who grew up a child soldier. And works for Mythril, an independent anti-terrorist organization.
His mission is to protect Kaname Chidori, a teenage girl who’s being targeted.
Full Metal Panic season 1 was made by a different studio. But FMP second raid (season 2) and the spin off – Fumoffu is made by Kyoani.
The 2nd season of Full Metal Panic is considered the BEST in the franchise. And It’s not surprising.
It’s a killer series.
Inuyasha Movies 1,2 & 3
It’s originally about
He’s criticized and judged for his differences. It’s basically discrimination.
Kagome Higurashi is another main character who falls in a well and ends up in the Sengoku period of Japan, where she meets
If it’s romance you’ll find plenty in the
14. Violet Evergarden
Violet Evergarden is like the new Clannad for me. It’s emotional, sad, and knows how to tell stories.
Violet is the main character who’s suffering from the after effects of the war, and the “last” moments with her major.
She’s on a mission to find out what “I love you” means since these were the last words spoken to her.
Violet’s an orphan who’s never been taught the value or meaning of love. She was only used for war and destruction.
You’ll never watch an
I don’t know how they did it.
15. Liz And The Blue Bird
Liz And The Blue Bird is a spin off from Hibike Euphnonium’s story. Except this is an
It’s about a story of Liz and the blue bird who lives with Liz. They grow fond of each other, and the blue bird soothes Liz’s loneliness.
The main characters (who play instruments) represent Liz and the bird in the way their relationships work.
It’s a nice, soothing and a somewhat meaningful
Nothing feels forced and that’s what I appreciate about it most.
Other Kyoani series:
- The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya.
- Hibike Euphonium.
- Beyond The Boundary.
- Free! Eternal Summer.
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