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The Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated for the Sunshine award back when I was still on hiatus. It kind of makes me feel bad, because I didn’t come on and still got nominated.

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Thank you to Nikki from ニッキーのオタク and Fiddletwix from The Anime Madhouse for nominating me for the Sunshine Award. I discovered these two blogs after finding out that they were doing the 30 Day Anime Challenge. I believe we were all doing it at the same time, so it was fun seeing their answers.

Alright, with that out of the way, here’s what I have to do:

Thank the person who nominated you.
Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
Nominate a few other bloggers.
Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you nominated.
Notify the bloggers on their blog.
Put the award button on your blog.

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Anime 2014 – The Hits

I’ve mentioned what animes I didn’t like, so now it’s time to mention the ones that I did. It’s hard to just pick five though. Really hard to just pick five.

The Hits:

Haikyuu!!

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This was the first sports anime that I finished. I have this really bad habit of starting a sports anime, enjoying it, but never completing it. Haikyuu!! wasn’t like that though. The moment I started to watch it was the moment that I knew I had to finish it. Maybe it’s because the games seem more realistic, maybe it’s because it’s about volleyball, maybe because the Hinata had orange hair. I don’t know. but I loved every moment that I watched this series. The second half of the show was breathtaking. Every emotion that the players felt, I was right there with them. I cheered, I felt nervous, and I teared up a few times. The scene when Asahi hits the ball is still one of my favourite scenes of the year.

Selector Infected WIXOSS & Selector Spread WIXOSS

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The WIXOSS series was fantastic. Lots of twists, lots of turns, and lots of screwing with its characters in horrible ways. I loved it. Despite it’s life and death situation, the show is pretty much a coming of age tale about teenage girls. Their hopes, their dreams, and their feelings are all wrapped up in a card game, but by the end of it they’ve all grown as characters and become stronger people.

The characters are fully fleshed out, the plot is deep, and the psychological aspect always had me on the edge of my seat. It still surprises me that a show about a card game was able to suck me in so quickly, but I enjoyed it.

Tonari no Seki-kun

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I love the manga, so when I heard that this would get an anime I was over the moon. Since it has such a simple premise, it’s hard to mess it up. Even if the studio tried, they wouldn’t be able to. That’s the magic of Tonari no Seki-kun. Thankfully, the studio did a good job and the anime was even better than I could have hoped for. The humour was on point. The games were just as funny seeing them animated. And the characters, they were perfect.

In terms of overall enjoyment, I think this would be my favourite of the year. It was a perfect adaptation to an already great manga.

Gugure! Kokkuri-san

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What can I say about Gugure! Kokkuri-san that I haven’t said already? It’s funny. It’s cute. And Shigaraki is my new anime crush. I loved every moment of this strange anime. My only complaint is that it’s over.

Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda

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Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda is about a terrorist group trying to take over the world. Their methods are extreme, their ideas are extreme, but they’re hilarious so I think it’s okay. I think the smoking episode really sealed the deal for me. It starts off fine. Kate is someone who hates smokers because second hand smoke is horrible, but it quickly turns into something else. After a horrible, but amazing, inspirational speech from Kate all of the non smokers decided to become hooligans in their rush to destroy every smoker in their city. Even though they hate smokers, they became worse and that’s why this show was amazing.

Plus, it produced what might be the greatest moment in anime history. The treasure dance.

I still laugh whenever I see it.

 

There’s still a lot more that I liked. 😦

Day 28 – Favourite Quote From Any Anime Character

That’s too hard! There’s too many to choose from. To narrow it down, I’ll just mention two of the countless of awesome quotes this year.

The first quote is from episode 3 of Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda.

Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda - Yasu smoking

This is an episode that really divided people. Some love it and found it funny. Others were uncomfortable due to the level of hatred it had for smokers and the seriousness behind everything.

I liked the episode, but I still think smokers are people too and not monsters like they were made out to be. But the thing that I loved about what happened here is that both smokers and non smokers looked bad. Smokers who didn’t care about their surroundings and smoked in your face are horrible. Likewise, Non-Smokers who start becoming violent because of a cigarette are also horrible.

Kate absolute hates smoke. Smoke hinders her teams abilities along with increasing their risk of getting lung disease and whatnot. So she decides to rid West Udogawa of all smokers. In one scene, which is where my quote is from, Kate meets a group of passive non-smokers who were too afraid of telling this one smoker to stop smoking near them. This is what Kate says in response to them:

“Your efforts may be ineffective right now, but they will serve you if you never relent. Fear can never inspire action! Both in love and war! If you aren’t brave enough to yell at them, bash their heads in! If they refuse to listen, throw rocks at them! If you can’t do any of those things, curse their existence! One small step can change the world, but you must be brave!”

I really like this quote, because it’s just too crazy and extreme, but fits the theme of this show. Kate isn’t part of a nice organization. Her group are considered like terrorists and they’re trying to take over the world. Kate is extreme in her views and this really says it all. It’s due to her push that the non-smokers become violently crazy vigilantes…..all because there are some people who smoke.

 

The next one involves spoilers for Haiykuu!!, so read at your own risk.

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In episode 24, Karasuno lost to Seijoh. Everyone is taking it hard, including me because I didn’t think they would lose. That game, it constantly had me on the edge of my seat. But no one seems to be taking it harder than the two first years Kageyama and Hinata. Both feel like they could have done more. Both complain that they weren’t strong enough and are weak. And both are blaming themselves for the losing outcome.

Their adviser, Takeda, tells them to head to the team meeting, but they won’t move. So he says this:

“Does losing prove that you’re weak? Isn’t losing difficult for all of you? A challenge where, after ending up on your hands and knees, you must see if you can stand-up again? If you stay on your hands and knees, that proves that you are weak.”

With that, the two of them stand up and join the rest of the team for a meeting. If you’ve ever played in a team or a sport, losing is the worse feeling you can get. So many doubts start swimming in your head. You start to wonder why you did something, when you should have done another. You feel weak. But just like Takeda said, you’re only weak if you don’t get back up. Plus now that they’ve tasted defeat when they were so close to their goal, they can only go up from here. 

This show needs a second season so I can see that happen.

Day 2 – Favourite Anime(s) You’ve Watched So Far

This is another hard one. I wonder if I’ll be saying that for every question in this 30 day challenge.

For most people, when they think of their favourite thing there’s always one thing that pops up. I’m not like those people. My favourite things change depending on my mood or whatever I’m into at the moment. I do have a bunch of animes that I absolutely love, but when I stack them up against each other and try to figure out which one is best then I’m conflicted. Sure I like them, but the reasons for each are so different from each other.

While looking at my list of animes, three stood out to me the most. I know the question asked for one, but I can’t decide which one is my all time favourite!

Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo was one of the first animes I watched as it was coming out and in subs. The feeling of watching a show that wasn’t cut and coming out every week was a special thing. Plus, the story is pretty amazing. The characters came alive, the artstyle was rich and lovely to look at, and it felt different from anything I’ve watched before then. Whenever someone asks me to recommend an anime for them, I always tell them to watch Samurai Champloo. It has action, comedy, and some deep moments. The last scene of Samurai Champloo always cuts me deep.

I think what makes this one special to me is that even though I haven’t watched it again, I miss it. I just liked everything about this anime. Sometimes I do wonder if my feelings towards Samurai Champloo is more of nostalgia than anything else. I haven’t had the chance to re-watch it since it first aired back in 2004 (wow, it’s been 10 years…wow), but I did read the manga a few years back and felt the same love for Fuu, Mugen and Jin.

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Another anime that I would consider to be my favourite is Tokyo Magnitude 8.0. When it first came out, I didn’t really think much of it. I knew that it was being produced by Bones and they did Darker Than Black (which is another anime that I loved) so I watched it for that reason.

Like Samurai Champloo, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 was so different from anything that I’ve watched before. It wasn’t an action comedy. It wasn’t about a girl and boy falling in love with each other. It wasn’t a typical slice of life comedy. It wasn’t anything that you normally see in animes. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 was the story of two kids, Mirai and Yuuki who, along with an adult named Mari, try to  make it back home after an 8.0 magnitude earthquake hits Tokyo.

There are some hard scenes to watch here. Some people were mean to the kids, some were lovely and really showed how a disaster can bring people together. I can’t say anything else without spoiling, but I remember I cried after watching this. That’s how I knew that this anime was special. I actually cry very easily in movies/shows and a lot of the time it doesn’t really make sense, so the crying here wasn’t shocking. But I remember thinking about the show a day or two after it finished and I could feel the tears coming.

Whenever one of my friends tells me that animes are all the same, I always tell them to watch this and then to come back to me. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 isn’t your typical popular anime and I think that’s why I like it so much.

haikyu!!

The last one rounding out my three is Haikyuu!! I have a confession to make. Before I watched Haikyuu!! I would stay away from sports animes. I watched a bit of Kuroko no Basket, but I never finished for some reason. It was good, but it didn’t really grab me the same way that Haikyuu!! did.

It did have one big thing going for it. Volleyball. I love, love, LOVE volleyball. I remember a teacher asked me to try out and then I got cut. Another time I tried out and got cut again…..I could serve really well, volley and hit too, but I can’t spike to save my life. Oh well, I still love the sport.

So I watched it for that reason and was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. Yes, it was a typical sports anime. Guys come together in a team, then they start fighting among themselves. After an episode or two of this, they discovered their passions for the sport and come together to take down their opponents. They cry, they laugh, and lay their hearts on the line for the victory. For the most part Haikyuu!! followed the exact same formula, but the way everything happened was just so well done that I didn’t care.

During their games, I was on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. When the players felt stressed, I felt it too. When they were happy, I was cheering along with them. And when they cried, I got it. I think my favourite moment in the anime was when Asahi got to hit the ball in the tournament.

I got chills when it went through. I wasn’t even expecting it to happen, but there he was jumping and my jaw dropped. Would he hit it? Would it go through?

I never realized how great sports animes could be until this one, so I like that it changed my view on the genre. I also loved that I didn’t read the manga for this before watching it, so everything was up in the air for me. I loved it!

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I guess the common theme with these three is that they’ve changed my perception and offered me something different. Samurai Champloo was one of the first subbed animes that I watched. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 was the first realistic anime that I watched. And Haikyuu!! was the first sports anime that made me want to watch sports animes. They all offer very different experiences though, so out of those three it’s hard to chose my top dog.

That’s not to say that these are my only favourite animes out there. I also loved Baccano, Higurashi, Tonari no Seki-kun, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and tons more. I kind of want to write a little something something about a lot more animes, but I’ll just leave it here. I do love a lot of different animes, but I think these are my top there. At least for now. That might change tomorrow, you never know.

Spring Anime First Impressions pt 2

I’ve already given my first impressions to five animes so far, so here are a few more that I’ve watched.

Before I start, I’ve noticed two things so far.

1. There seems to be a lot of mech animes this season

Granted, this could be the case for every season, but I feel like there’s quite a bit here.

2. Incest vibes

So far, I’ve watched two animes with a slight incest vibe to them. In both cases, it’s the sister who seems to feel it more than the guy. I’m not really sure what this is about to be honest. It is a bit awkward, but I don’t think it will affect my view of the shows.

Anywho, here are some more first impressions:

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