Monday, July 15, 2013

Anime

This is a post dedicated to my growing love for anime, in order from smallest to biggest.


InuYasha

This was the first anime TV show I got into. When I was first into anime I liked the action-adventure and fantasy anime, and this was the first one in that genre that I loved. It is a dark fantasy tale about an alternate medieval Japan full of demons and monsters, and a girl from the present who is able to enter this era through a magic well. The plot has its moments where it is really intense and full of cliffhangers and interesting twists, and other parts where it just seems to drag and go off on meaningless rabbit trails. It's very entertaining with a fun cast of characters and a lot of creativity going on. It's a bit like the Chronicles of Narnia or the Lord of the Rings. I sadly don't enjoy it as much as I used to, but I still think it's very good, and it was what got me into even more anime.










Kiki's Delivery Service

A classic coming-of-age story. It is almost impossible not to love this movie. Unlike a lot of kids' movies nowadays that I feel are overloaded with violence and scary images, Kiki's Delivery Service has none of that. The main character is a witch in training so there is magic involved, including a talking cat, but there are no frightening creatures or dark overtones. Rather, the story has a lot of heart in its simplicity. It is all about a young girl learning life lessons as she must train to become a witch in the big city, and there are many lessons to learn. She meets all kinds of characters and makes friends and enemies alike. There are some slightly traumatic moments but they are trivial in intensity. This is a movie for all ages.  And I mean that literally; adults will enjoy this one just as much as the little ones. I would know because I'm borderline adult. It's very sweet and adorable film. I choked up a couple times just because it was so heartwarming. Actually I found it reminiscent of the old animated film "Charlotte's Web".







Spirited Away

This is my favorite anime film and one my top favorite animated films. It was actually the movie that first introduced me to the vast world of anime. I watched it when I was about six or seven with my cousins and I fell in love with it, albeit it gave me nightmares for a few weeks too. Several years later I watched it again with a refreshed perspective. Over the years the film has grown on me a lot. It's about a little girl who finds herself lost in a strange fantasy world with both good and evil characters at every turn. It's like an anime Wizard of Oz in a lot of ways, and brings the same sort of message at the end of the movie.









Chobits

One of the few comedy anime's I got into. I have a really hard time enjoying romantic comedies and lots of anime in that genre are cheap and trashy. But Chobits is also a very unique story. It is about humanoid robots who serve humankind and a boy who finds himself falling in love with one of these robots. While the story is very humorous and fun, it also has some science-fiction and mystery elements as well. It is enjoyable to watch but it also keeps you interested and on the edge of your seat as you wonder what you are going to discover next. So when I need a good laugh but don't want to be told not to think, I love watching Chobits. All in all a funny but compelling tale about a quirky, unlikely romance.






Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler)

This is the most recent anime I got into. I had heard of one of the main characters and his massive fangirl following, and I finally decided to check it out for myself. Black Butler is now my new favorite anime and I immediately fell in love with it. It is about the sole heir of a rich family and their estate who happens to be a spoiled young boy. A deal was made with a demon that the demon would serve as his butler in human form and in return can eat the boy's soul when he dies. It is a strange but riveting blend of elegant British drama (it is set in 19th century London), slapstick comedy, and an extremely dark and violent overtone. I'm already in love with said main character, the butler Sebastian Michaelis. In fact, Black Butler has helped me re-find my love for classical and opera music, so I've been listening to that a lot more than, say, pop or rock lately, almost like it's redefining my taste in music, and songs I used to enjoy now just sound like noise. It's darker than Death Note and is also TV-MA so I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who doesn't have a taste for that. But speaking for myself, it's my kind of anime, and I quickly became addicted.











Death Note

My favorite anime of all time hands down! I am absolutely obsessed about this series. Fads for movies and shows and cartoons come and go, but I am as crazy about Death Note as I was when I watched it for the first time.  I am...dangerously obsessed! The story is about a notebook - called a Death Note - that can kill a person just by someone writing the person's name in it. The main character is a high school student who finds the notebook and becomes a punisher of criminals with it, and is hunted by the Japanese police. Death Note sort of stands as its own genre; it is a blend of psychological thriller, detective mystery and sleuth, the supernatural, and deep spiritual symbols and metaphors. It is rich with nods to the Third Reich, the Roman and Greek Empires, and both ancient and modern religions. However, it is also full of entertaining, well-rounded characters. The plot is brisk, intense, and full of unexpected twists and shockers at almost every turn. It makes you pay attention because it is so deep and intelligent, but it also makes you think a lot as well. I love everything about this anime, and everyone I've recommended it to (in real life) who started watching it fell in love instantly. Even my brother, who doesn't even like anime, is Death Note obsessed! So if you watch no other anime in your life, watch Death Note.











Waiting List (anime I still need to watch) :

-Hetalia
-Fruits Basket
-Code Geass
-Ouran High School Host Club
-Cowboy Behop
-Baccano!

-Stilwater <><

11 comments:

  1. Not that into anime but recently I've been watching one by the name of Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan). It's interesting but it takes some getting used to but it's definitely worth a try.

    The only animes I used to watch regularly were Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh and Digimon. But not so much anymore.

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  2. I have tried to get into anime several times and it never really stuck. I should try Cowboy Bebop again and definitely watch Death Note since everyone seems to love it. Thanks for the recommendations, great post. Quick question, do you prefer your anime with English dubs or subtitles? I know a lot of people do not like the dubbed version.

    Have you heard that Kiki's Delivery Service is being made into a live-action film?

    By the way, many of the pictures aren't working, for me at least.

    -James

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    1. It took me a few years, but once I got into it I couldn't let go. I've heard a lot of great things about Cowboy Behop. I prefer the English dubs because I find subtitles distracting, but I would be willing to try it if I heard the original voices are much better (which I haven't yet) I think I heard that about Kiki's; not that interested, but it could be a good movie!

      yeah...kinda had to post the pictures in a hurry, should be fixed now...

      And yes. Just take a day, sit down, and do it: watch Death Note.

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    2. From what I have seen, I too prefer English dubs for the same reason.

      Thank you very much for recommending Death Note! I watched the first 5 episodes in the last two days and I am completely hooked. One of the best shows I have ever seen, it has made my interest in anime grow for sure. I can't wait to watch more of the series, I absolutely love it!

      -James

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    3. Yay! I'm glad you enjoy it! I would love to hear your thoughts on it when you finish it.

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    4. I plan to most definitely write a review for the series after watching the entire series, which at this rate will be by the end of the week. I have to say that I was on the-edge-of-my-seat during the 7th episode when Light was trying to discover the FBI agent's fiancé's name. It was Hitchcock level of suspense!

      -James

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    5. Hey, I finished Death Note and I completely agree with everything you said. You said that you were interested in my thoughts, so here is a link to my review.
      http://jandjproductions1809.blogspot.com/2013/07/death-note-review.html

      -James

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  3. Fruits Basket is quite good. I also enjoy Sailor Moon and Pokemon. I'm about halfway through Chobits. It's a very interesting anime.

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  4. I'm not really into anime, but I do watch some of them. I mostly watch Ouran High School Host Club and Hetalia for their hilarity. The ones I really like are Detective Conan/Case Closed (I read the manga, too) and Soul Eater.
    Detective Conan is quite widely liked. You should try it. Both anime and manga are really good.

    I'll try to watch Death Note and Black Butler again, if my cousin still has them in her collection.

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    1. ooh, I've heard of those too. I'll have to try them out.

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    2. BTW, I just finished watching the entire Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (FMA:B) anime. It's brilliant, and I can't help but obsess over the characters in the series. You've got to try it out!
      I haven't watched the 2003 FMA anime, but most fans say it isn't as good as FMA:B, since it took a different direction from the manga halfway through the story and FMA:B's ending is happier (but still great) than FMA's.

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