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Anime 2014: The Surprises

So after naming my favourite animes I needed an excuse to mention a few more that I really liked I thought it would be a fun idea to mention the animes that surprised me. In a good way.

The Surprises:

D-Frag!

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D-Frag! is a show about games? You know what, this show doesn’t really have a plot but what makes it excellent is the characters and how over the top they are. It always made me laugh, in ways that were expected and in ways that weren’t.

After finishing the series, I was disappointed that it took me awhile to actually watch this. I’ve seen the manga a few times, but it looked like a typical club room romcom, so I thought that it would start out okay but then get annoying as the harem starts to come together. Now that I know how awesome it is, I feel like I should have looked this up right from the beginning.

At least I know now.

Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii

Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii

It’s a tender rain!

I think Soredemo is a shoujo done right. The characters fall for each other, but it’s done at a natural pace. There are a few ehh? moments, but it’s a cute love story. It’s my first time watching a shota anime and sometimes I wasn’t sure if Liv was meant to be eight or 15, but it was cute. Like sports animes, shoujos are actually hard for me to finish. I’ll watch a bit while it’s airing, but then stop watching it for one reason or another. If I remember it, then I’ll come back and finish it off but it’s a struggle. Not here though. Somehow I was able to remain on pace with this and finish it along with everyone.

I think that’s a testament to the story though. Even though this is a love story, it doesn’t feel forced or annoying. Just cute, which is what a shoujo is suppose to make you feel.

Barakamon

barakamon

This isn’t actually much of a surprise since I like the manga….but I’m going to include it here, because I was actually worried about this adaptation. I thought that it would be a short anime, like four minutes or something, but it was 24. That surprised me…..

…I loved the anime. I just couldn’t decide what to take out for the hits to include this so I put it here. Plus two animes where Ono Daisuke is the lead voice seems unfair, so that’s why it’s here. Surprise!

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Um…this one isn’t a surprise either since I like the manga as well, but I did think it was also going to be a short anime…can I use that excuse again?

Tokyo Ghoul

tokyo ghoul

I think this series benefited from me not reading the manga before hand. I did read a few chapters, but not enough to remember the story. Since I didn’t know much, I really enjoyed this and was surprised because I didn’t think I would. I didn’t watch it when it first came out, so I never had a problem with censorship or anything like that. Plus, I didn’t get to hear how bad it was until Terra Formars came out.

It’s not the greatest thing ever and I can definitely understand the frustrations viewers had of it. The plot is a bit weak and some of the characters get forgotten about, but I still had a great time watching it. Plus, it gave me motivation to read the manga. I’ve since finished it, which makes me worried for the second season because I know how the studio messed up the first one. I still liked it though.

Nobunaga Concerto

nobunaga concerto

Unlike Karen Senki, the CGI here isn’t something to write home about. The character’s have no facial expression, so a lot of the times you’re going by the seiyuu’s voice to properly convey the theme. The backgrounds were lovely though, but I do wish more effort went into the characters more. That being said, I had such a blast while watching it. It took some time for it grow on me, but I was surprised by how quickly I got hooked on the story.

Mikakunin de Shinkoukei

Mikakunin de Shinkoukei

 

This anime was so cute and another love story that was done properly. I did get annoyed Mashiro at first, but grew to love her and all of the characters by the end of it, especially Hakuya. A man of few words, but lovely nonetheless. Like Soredemo, the love story here doesn’t feel forced and happens gradually. I suppose the situations are the same since both couples are engaged, but still. It was just so darn cute.

Wake Up, Girls!

wake up girls

I don’t watch idol animes, mainly because I don’t think I’d like it all that much. I don’t know what convinced me to watch Wake Up Girls, but I took the plunge and was surprised by how realistic it was. The way the girls got picked, the fact that some can’t sing, their struggles, and their hardships seemed real. The top girl band thing seems overly restrictive and I’m not sure if that’s how it is in real life, but in terms of the WUG crew, I feel like it gave a fairly realistic portrayal of a budding idol group.

Honourable Mentions:

Samurai Flamenco

samurai flamenco

 

For the most part, when it comes to animes reading the synopsis or watching a few episodes is enough to tell you what the story is about. Not here though. One moment this seems like Kick-Ass, the next it’s like Power Rangers, then there’s aliens, and it ends with a villain that no one can see but the hero.

It’s strange, but I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy it. Other than the the scenes of the idols (I hated them, especially Mari worse character ever!) I couldn’t get enough of this anime. I just wanted to know what happens next. Plus, I love the bromance between Gotou and Masayoshi and the ending involving the cellphone.

 

…I’m going to have to think up a different method to doing this for next year.

Day 17 – Favourite Supporting Male Anime Character

This is another one where I have the perfect character, but I haven’t watched the anime he’s in yet so I can’t use him. If I watched Bakuman and didn’t just read the manga (which everyone should do by the way, especially if you want to see an in depth look into the manga industry) then I would have picked Kazuya Hiramaru.

Since I can’t pick him, here are a few other support male characters that I liked….not as much as Hiramaru, but there’s nothing I can do about that now.

shiro

Shirosaki (Shiro) from Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou

Shirosaki may seem like someone who likes to get hurt, abused, and insulted, and for the most part he’s exactly like that. But, he has a sweet side where he always tries to help the other residents if they’re feeling down. He’s a sweetheart, you just need to insult and abuse him a little to make it come out.

Hachi Shiou and Ataru Kawahara from D-Frag!

Ataru and Shiou, I never use to like characters like this. I mean, they are kind of perverts, but this show ruined that for me. Every time these two showed up I loved it. They’ve opened my mind up to liking characters like this. I don’t think I would have liked Shiro as much as I did before D-Frag! corrupted me.

Yuuto - Shiba Inuko-san

Yuuto Ishibashi from Shiba Inuko-san

Shiba Inuko-san was such a weird but nice short anime (only 1:30 for every episode). It was about a girl who looked like a Shiba Inu Dog, but went to school. One of her friends, named Chako, is a bit confused, because no one questions why a dog girl is at school.  Yuuto is Chako’s little brother who falls in love with Shiba Inuko-san the moment he lays eyes on her. He loves dogs, she’s a dog, it’s cute. Only he gets a bit obsessive and maybe takes overboard. It’s funny, especially in the last episode when they sing the song and we see him stalking….

Hmmm, you know I’m starting to sense a theme here and it’s kind of making me worried. What is a none weird supporting character that I like?

Skyhigh_no_helmet

Keith Goodman aka Sky High, from Tiger & Bunny

He’s a bit of an airhead, but he’s a total sweetheart. Plus, the plot when he falls in love with the robot made me love him.

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Shino Aburame from Naruto

He may not get much screen time in the anime or manga, but Shino is definitely my favourite character in Naruto. I can relate to the fact that he’s often ignored due to his quiet personality, but like the others here he’s someone who is caring and always there for his team members. It’s kind of funny, but i never really had an opinion of him until the Chunin Exam.

Day 8 – Favourite Anime Couple

Ah, I’m late. I usually schedule these to go out at in the morning, but I guess I forgot to do that last night.

My favourite couple?

A couple that I loved?

A couple that I rooted for and wanted them to stay together?

Hmmm.

Hmmmmmm.

Hm.

I suppose I can steal from the answer yesterday and go with Kobeni and Hakuya, but even though I thought they were cute together and liked the characters, I don’t think they’re my favourite. I can’t say Goku or ChiChi either, because while they were good together Goku was an absent parent. He was dead for some of it, but he was still gone a lot.

This is hard!

I don’t know if I even have one, to be honest. But after thinking about it, I’ve come down to two couples. I would have went with three, but I no longer watch Naruto and never saw the flashback of Minato and Kushina. If I did, they’d be included here.

Miria and Isaac

In number 2: Miria and Isaac from Baccano!

They’re funny, they’re smart, and they always have really awesome costumes/disguises. The pair of stupid thieves, that actually get away with it a number of times, is great entertainment. There’s no drama with them and they’re completely in sync with one another which was refreshing to see. Come to think of it, Baccano! had a number of good couples. AH! It also has Clare, who is one of my favourite male…anime…characters….I guess it’s too late to add him to that category.

Hachi Shiou bagged

In number 1: Hachi Shiou and Roka’s bag

Sure, he might have said that Roka captured his heart, but it’s clear that the bag is his main love interest. Such a lovely couple. I would have picked Ataru and Chitose’s foot, but this couple seems a lot nicer.

he pees his pants anime

I thought it would be fun to see what search terms were entered for people to come visit my blog. I only looked at the past thirty days and it was mostly Sword Art Online search items, which is normal. The anime has a huge following. A few Mahou Sensou as well and even one for Shibainuka-san.

Most of the search terms were normal, except this one: “he pees his pants anime.”

I’m not sure what anime here relates to that, so I thought I’d just mention five comedy animes that I enjoyed. I don’t know if they’ll make you pee your pants, but hopefully they provide you with some laughs.

1. Tonari no Seki-kun

robot family - tonari no seki-kun

This is one of my top animes of the year, which makes perfect sense because the manga is one of my all time favourites. Seki-kun’s antics never fail to amuse me and Yokoi’s imagination just adds on to the humour. I like both of them, so when other characters appeared I thought it would ruin the dynamic. It didn’t. In fact, it provided even more weirdness and hilarity! Especially Gotou who thinks Seki and Yokoi are in a relationship and sees all of their actions in that manner.

Every time I watch this I always have the same thought, “I wish there was someone like Seki-kun in my class.” I may not be able to do work, but every day would be an exciting one.

2. D-Frag!

d-frag!

Another one of my top animes of the year. Personally, I thought the synopsis sounded stupid and the promo picture seemed like this would be a harem. I even avoided the manga for these reasons. I watched it though and now I want them to make another season. Every character here is awesome and they never failed to make me not laugh!

Funny story, there was this one episode that had me laughing quite a bit. While I was out doing work, I remembered that moment and started to giggle. Thankfully, no one saw me randomly laughing. That would have been embarrassing, since I was alone and not talking to anyone. This is what D-Frag! will do to you.

3. Level E

bakaprince

The manga is better, but that doesn’t matter because the Baka Prince is one of the greatest trolls that I’ve ever seen. His random schemes to mess with people are hilarious. Even if you don’t want to watch the anime, pick up the manga. It’s short and will put a smile on your face….but since this is an anime list, watch the anime too. It’s good.

4. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

When you first watch the anime, the lead character is trying to hang himself. A student comes by and “tries” to save him. He ends up choking and then yells, “Were you trying to kill me!” Oh the irony! This is a great anime series filled with dark humour. The stalker scene (below) never fails to make me laugh. It’s just so absurd, but awesome in the same time.

 

5. Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!

tomoko - Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!

There are a lot of people who didn’t like the anime, because it’s cringe inducing, awkward, and hard to watch. I personally like it though, because it showcases a socially awkward teenager who struggles with life. There are things that I can relate to, but for the most part I like how Tomoko isn’t your typical heroine. She’s kind of a jerk. You’ll feel bad for her, but then you’ll shake your head and say, “Well, it is kind of your own fault.” Despite this, she does grow a bit. More so in the manga than the anime, but there is some growth.

 

So those are five comedy animes I enjoyed, maybe someday I’ll make a part two to this and include some other comedy animes. Or make another 5 something anime list. Hmmm, maybe the next list will be Five Popular Animes that I couldn’t stand. Be on the look out for that!