Anime: 3-gatsu no Lion
It was my number one anime of 2017 and 2016 (I think). It’s the only show that I’ll grant the title of Masterpiece. I’ve said it time and time again but this show makes you truly feel, it’s the most human show out there. The way it makes you feel sympathy consistently is unparalleled by any series. It’s both heartwarming and yet so incredibly heartbreaking, it’s made me cry and that’s a fucking difficult task. It has the strongest character writing ever, you love everyone and everyone adheres to how their character is written, there’s no out of character outbursts. The animation and music is fucking brilliant. Probably the most endearing arc I’ve ever experienced is Hina’s bullying arc. It fucking broke me. And let’s not forget the other Kawamoto sisters who are absolute gems. As well as other characters like Shimada, the old Shogi dude (you know the one), Nikaido, Rei’s teacher and his sister. And also Rei, who has some amazing character development and when he’s happy you’re happy, when he’s sad you’re sad. I sympathise with Rei and unbelievable amount. And that’s what makes this show so great, the connections you feel with the characters.