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Liebster Award – Let’s answer some questions!

I’m so bad with these. I was nominated by Taigareview from My Otaku Reviews, Junny from Yay, Panda! on a Tamaki Hiroshi high, and Ikurate from Ikurate. Taiga’s blog is more anime based, while Junny blogs about dramas, and Ikurate is the place you want to go to if you love kdramas and want to see what see how other bloggers feel about a show and its episodes. Definitely check all three out as they offer three very different, but great experiences.

liebster awardThank you Taiga, Junny and Ikurate for the award! I apologize that I’m getting to this so late. To be honest, it’s kind of weird getting awards because I’m a bad blogger and take breaks every so often. Plus, I’m still slightly awkward about this whole blogging thing, but I’m thankful.

The goal of this award is to introduce your readers to different blogs, which is something I can definitely get behind.

Liebster Award Rules
1. Thank and link back your nominator.
2. Answer 11 questions given by the nominator.
3. Nominate 5-11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers (on Taiga’s blog is said 1000).
4. Create 11 new questions to ask your nominees.
5. Let your nominees know that you have nominated them via social media/blogs.

Seems easy enough, so let’s get started and answer 33 questions!
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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

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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 24 – Moment that Shocked You the Most in Any Anime

This question ventures onto spoiler territory. I’ll try to remain as diligent as possible and not reveal major ones, but it will be hard. Here are three animes with shocking moments…

Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica

When I first heard about Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica, I only knew that it was about magical girls and had psychological as a genre. Unlike others, I went into it completely blind and I think doing that made me appreciate the experience all that much more.

So when the reveal surrounding the witches and Kyubey’s intentions came out, I was blown away. And when we learned the truth about Homura, we see the multiple time lines, and even more craziness happens. I think what surprised me the most about this show was how dark it was. I knew it had psychological as one of its genres, but a lot of animes/books have it but it doesn’t really mean anything. Not here. Here it meant a whole lot and I was thankful for that.

This feeling remained when the third movie, Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 3: Hangyaku no Monogatari, came out. Unlike the show and the first two movies, Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 3: Hangyaku no Monogatari was all about my second favourite character on the show. Homura. My number one favourite is Kyubey, but Homura is a very close second. I was especially excited for this, because I genuinely like Homura, as a character. And after everything that happened on the show and the first two movies, I needed her to have a happy ending. I’ll try not to spoil anything, but that ending….I wasn’t expecting that at all.

Then again, neither were a lot of people, because the original one was changed for the movie. Knowing this, it does make me want to read the manga and see what actually happened in the end. I know there are some who don’t like the ending and hate the fact that it was changed, but since that’s the only one I know I loved it. It made sense when you think of it, even though I know a lot of people won’t agree with me.

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Another shocking moment is from Samurai Flamenco. 

I’ll be the first to say it, but this show is weird. I love it, but it keeps changing the game every few episodes. Once you get use to it, the story adds everything from aliens, to crime fighting idols (who I hated by the way), to power ranger like team members, to a villain that no one but the main character can see. In a way, I was shocked by how many times Samurai Flamenco changed it’s genre and plot. But the thing that was most shocking was when we find out the truth about Gotou-san and his girlfriend. I really liked how the show handled it and didn’t shove it aside. We had a realistic ending involving the two, instead of a cookie cutter happy ending.

Actually the most shocking thing is when ______ gets naked and proposes to ______. It’s not as bad as it sounds, but I remember going, “Wait…what?”

blood_c

The last anime I will talk about is Blood-C. This is an anime that frustrated a lot of people, and for good reason. If you are in any way familiar with Blood+, then you’d know that Saya is a pretty hardcore person. She’s vulnerable, but strong. She’s courageous, but wary. She’s an amazing protagonist, especially when it comes to female characters.

But Saya in Blood-C is none of those things. Instead, for the majority of its 12 episode run, Saya is in a slice of life anime where she goes to school, meets with her friends, finds herself in a love triangle, and occasional kills a man eating monster or two. As the episodes continue to go on, you notice that there’s only a few more episodes left and the story hasn’t changed at all.

Then, when you’re about to lose all hope about this remake, everything changes with the final two episodes. I was shocked, because the payoff was worth it, but it also took 11 episodes for something to actually happen. That’s a long time to wait. I remember watching the show and wondering if I should just quit. I almost did after watching scene after scene of Saya just singing as she walked to school.

This isn’t the Saya I know and love. This isn’t Saya at all. And why is she even singing? The first time I saw this, I almost rage quit. The second time, I was wondering why I was watching this garbage. The third time I muted the sound while she sang.

Thankfully the ending did change my opinion. I still don’t like Saya here or in the movie, but the ending of this anime did leave me shocked.

So there you have it. Three animes with a few shocking moments in them. I apologize for the TL;DR post. I didn’t expect it to get this long.