P.A Works is a unique
It’s not as dramatic, flashy or filled with psychological themes like Madhouse or Studio Bones.
But in spite of that they have some notable shows that are worth mentioning.
Let’s get into P.A Works best
1. Sakura Quest
Sakura Quest is a slice of life series based in Manoyama, a real life Japanese village in the countryside.
The main character: Yoshino Koharu is sick of life in Tokyo, and accidentally ends up in Manoyama with a job in tourism.
In a way it’s similar to Spice And Wolf but only in a way that’s subtle.
Sakura Quest’s opening
And the characters are just as memorable as the
Charlotte is the kind of anime that’s underrated because bigger, more famous Shounen overshadow it. Especially because Charlotte is short (only 12 episodes).
It’s about teenagers with supernatural powers, but the trick is once they reach a certain age they lose their powers in this universe they live in.
Not only that – each ability has its limits so no character can technically be over powered or have “broken” abilities.
This “power system makes Charlotte stand out and differentiates itself from the competition. It’s the one thing that makes Charlotte shine as an
Shirobako is one of the most successful shows from P.A Works.
Not just that – but Shirobako is a legend in the industry because of its subject.
It’s the #1
And it’s not just fiction. In Shirobako’s case it’s a realistic depiction of what the
Arguments, low pay, marketing, schedules and the list goes on.
Another is one of the most iconic horror series in
For me – Another is a decent horror to get into if you’re new to horror
5. Uma Musume: Pretty Derby
Pretty Derby is like horse racing, literally. The main difference being the
If slice of life is your thing than you might enjoy Pretty Derby, or at least come away from it with a decent experience. But not mind blowing or captivating.
6. Nagi no Asukara
Nagi No Asukara was one of the first 20+ romance shows I ran into.
I had no idea what to expect back then. But now I have hindsight.
It’s a supernatural series with romance being an important part of the story and its characters.
Colorful episodes, relevant characters, and a mix of scenes is what you can expect from it.
If I had to compare it – it’s like Clannad, Kokoro Connect or a similar series. Except the supernatural elements stand out from the first episode and beyond.
Canaan can be compared to Blood+ for its style, action, main characters being female, and the similarities between how characters have supernatural strength.
The main character: Canaan, named after the
The way the
This is balanced by the action and the few moments where Canaan shines its best. And even though it’s not the type of
8. Angel Beats
Angel Beats is without a doubt the most popular
The concept of Angel Beats is based on death, heaven, and things revolving around that. I won’t say too much because of spoilers.
As an idea – Angel Beats is fresh, and I can see why the
Personally it’s not my favorite (I feel it’s overrated), but It would be wrong to ignore it.
- Hanasaku Iroha.
- True Tears.
- Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara.
- The Eccentric Family.
- Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms.