Top 10 Male Anime Characters

I did a top 10 of female characters a while back with the full intention of doing this post immediately after, but I guess I forgot about it. Well, here it is now. I’ll have to say this list was much easier to compile than Top 10 Female Anime Characters, for reasons I’m somewhat ashamed of. I’ve realized that when I become attached to a male character, they tend to have one or more of the following traits: short stature, short temper, and blond hair. Which almost every character on this list falls into.

As with many of these lists, this is not in any specific order. I just can’t bring myself to rate these guys at all. I love them all, okay?

I’m gonna try to keep my fangirling to a minimum since all of these characters are ones I love for so many reasons, and one tends to be their, ah, character design.

Yukine (Noragami)

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There are many lovable characters in Noragami, but Yukine was the one that I grew fond of. His past is a mystery to everyone, because as a regalia, his memory from his previous life had been wiped. But it’s clear he had a rough past, and since he’s only fourteen, the way he handles things is a bit rash. He tends to go through rebellious phases, which hurt Yato severely, so they have to work together to get Yukine through whatever it is that’s bothering him. He’s far from a perfect character, he has a ton of emotional problems, but isn’t that what makes an interesting character?

Kyo Sohma (Fruits Basket)

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Kyo is another emotionally unstable one, though he tends to be more consistent with how he feels. I talked a lot about Kyo in my recent OWLS post, which you can read here. But, I probably should explain why I like him so much anyway. He has pretty bad anger issues, due to his zodiac animal. Being the cat means he’s left out of things. He’s ignored, called nasty names, and generally is treated less than human. Really, I feel bad for him. But in the manga, he learns that there are still people who can accept him for who he is, and he should ignore those who don’t. He’s a character who grew in both the anime and manga, and because of that, I love him a lot.

Yuri Plisetsky (Yuri!!! On Ice)

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Oh boy, I’m gonna have a hard time staying calm for this one. I’m still so absorbed in this show and it’s been like six months now. But, anyway, of the three main characters, I became the most attached to Yurio. Not because I relate to him, really, but more just he kinda impresses me. His skill is insane for his age, and his determination is so intense, it’s hard to not admire. I’m only two years older than him and I feel I’ve done nothing with my time when watching what he can do. I shouldn’t be comparing myself to an anime character, I know that. He’s just so impressive.

Tamaki Suoh (Ouran High School Host Club)

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And now this idiot. Gosh, I became obsessed with this show three years ago and I still bring myself back to this character. He seems like just a pretty face on the surface, but his heart is so kind. He’s so open to everybody, it doesn’t matter who you are. He flirted with Haruhi, whom he thought was a guy for one thing, and knew was poor. But he still felt he was obligated to make her happy in any way he could. He was open to learning about the way people like Haruhi lived, which is not something most rich people do. Tamaki honestly is someone who people should strive to be like: open-minded and accepting of all people.

Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)

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Ah yes, another angry short blond. Well, more of the original angry short blond but anyway. I know you’ve all probably seen a million things about Ed considering how popular this show is and how long it’s been around, but again, I just kind of attached myself to him. I even have a hoodie that looks like his coat. I don’t think I need to go into detail about him here.

Izuku Midoriya (My Hero Academia)

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And the cute little hero that has stolen all of our hearts. This show shocked me so much, since it looked like a lame shonen, but in reality is such a beautiful story about believing in yourself. Izuku is honestly so determined and open-minded that he can set his mind to something and never lose sight of it. When the kids bullied him for not having powers, he showed them that even people without powers can be heroes too. He’s such an inspirational character, showing that even people who do not fit into the norm can do amazing, honorable things. We all could learn a thing or two from him.

Shoya Ishida (A Silent Voice)

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Now, I didn’t really think about adding him initially, but I’ve been rereading the manga so I can watch the movie and compare. And I realized how amazing Shoya is. Yes, he was a terrible bully and did some awful things, but he has learned from those mistakes. Every time someone brings it up again, he regrets it all over again. He’s the definition of a troubled character. He was close to giving up everything, but continued on and began fixing all of the wrongs he did. It’s a common saying that either “people change” or “people never change.” This manga/movie show both, and Shoya proves that when you are conscious of your problems, you really can change.

Soul Evans (Soul Eater)

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This seems like an obvious choice, considering my clear love of Soul Eater. Now, at first I wasn’t sure if I should put Soul or Death the Kid on here, but it seems like Soul tends to not get enough love. So, here’s Soul. I never realized how great of a character he was until I began making my Maka cosplay last year and was watching the show to get references. Soul is the greatest partner Maka could ever ask for. He is so willing to take the punches she would be taking if he weren’t there to protect her. Though she never seems grateful for the protection he provides, he knows that it’s what he should do, so he does it without question. He looks out for her, as any good friend and partner should.

Nagisa Shiota (Assassination Classroom)

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Were you expecting Karma? I know he’s the fan favorite, and don’t get me wrong I love him too, but Nagisa beats him by a little bit. Kinda because of the whole thing where I like short characters. But there’s more than just physical appearance, I’m not that shallow. I’ve noticed many people think Nagisa is a flat, boring character, which I can see, and you’re entitled to think whatever you want. But really, I think he learned a lot by the end of the show. He began having no self-confidence whatsoever, being stuck in the class of delinquents and slackers. But by learning his abilities with the help of Koro-sensei, he finally sees his potential. A bit of a spoiler, but it’s not all that big, he ends up pursuing a teaching career. Nobody with a lack of self-confidence would be able to do this. He knows his skills enough to improve on them until he can teach others. Kind of ranted about this one, but as someone who wants to teach as well, this character hits a bit close to home.

Ken Kaneki (Tokyo Ghoul)

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I’ve never actually watched this anime, but I’m on the eighth manga, and I don’t know if I’m just not far enough yet, but I prefer Kaneki with his black hair. Is this just me? I had to search “Kaneki black hair” to get this picture because there was only the white hair. Okay, enough about that. I really can’t say a ton about him, considering I’m on roughly episode two of season two. I’ve got a bit to go, so I’m unsure of everything that happens. But I just, accidentally, grew attached to him. Which I kind of wish I hadn’t because geez, my feelings were hurt reading the manga. He’s so sweet, why would you hurt him? And he’s adorable too.

 

I hope you all enjoyed this list, it was fun to put together. I feel I went a bit more in depth in this one than in my female character one, and I’m not sure why. I expected to talk a lot about how cute all of these guys are, which is true, but I delved a bit deeper.

I love doing these character posts, and I can promise more in the future.

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[OWLS Blog Tour] Self-image in Fruits Basket

[OWLS Blog Tour] Self-image in Fruits Basket

This is my second post with the lovely group, OWLS, and I hope everyone enjoys this as much as they did my last one. If you missed that post, you can view it here.

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When given the topic of Mirrors, or self-image, my mind went to a couple of animes. Most were more mainstream and seemed obvious choices, so I thought a bit deeper and reminded myself of the fantastic show, Fruits Basket. Being one of the very first animes I ever watched, before I even had any interest in the anime world, I felt I had to bring it up again. When most people think of nostalgic animes, they think Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, Pokemon, or Naruto. Well, I never grew up watching anime. My friend introduced me to Ouran High School Host Club, Fruits Basket, and Sword Art Online far before I thought I would become a member of the fanbase.

I didn’t think of this show entirely based on its age, though. Being 16 years old now, nearly as old as myself, I’m surprised by the relevancy it still holds. There are two specific episodes I thought of when the topic of self-image was brought up. Episode 5, titled “A Rice Ball in a Fruits Basket” and episode 7, titled “A Plum on the Back.”

If you haven’t watched this show before, this post will spoil certain episodes, so I suggest you watch it first. But, if you don’t care, at least read my review on this show so you have some background, since I won’t be explaining the basic premise at all.

Episode 5

This episode focuses mainly on how Tohru views the way she fits in different groups of people, and really reflects on how she sees herself. She has gone through many things in her life, but manages to stay positive about everything that happens. This doesn’t mean that she always in confident in her actions and her image to others and herself.

There are many points in this episode that people make negative comments toward Tohru about her living with three men. She tries to not let the insults get to her, but these tohrupeople make nasty assumptions about her intentions. But, rather than defending herself and explaining why she is staying with them, she remains silent. This is a huge part of her character that is reflected in this episode. In general, Tohru is a selfless, caring person, but doesn’t think much about her own wellbeing.

So, in this episode, Tohru is called by her grandfather because his house’s renovations are complete and she can move back in with him. She tells him that she’s happy to move back and be with her family, but before leaving, she has some second thoughts. She has enjoyed living with the Sohmas, despite how strange they are, and though she loves her grandfather she is sad to leave her new “family.”

Before she leaves, there is a flashback scene where she remembers the game she played with some other kids when she was younger. This game was called “Fruits Basket.” Each child was given a name of a fruit, and when that fruit was called, they would join and

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The lonely rice ball

run with the others (I’m not sure what happens from there). Every kid was given their fruit, and Tohru was given not the name of a fruit, but a rice ball. Something that clearly does not fit in with the other fruits in the basket. She sat there, watching the other kids called by their fruit name, waiting for the rice ball to be called, but it never was.

She moves in with her grandfather no problem, but is immediately met with disgust and annoyance from her family. She is treated like an idiot, her belongings are treated like garbage, and she just generally is ignored. She realizes that she doesn’t feel comfortable with her own family. But, she doesn’t want to hurt her grandfather’s feelings, so she doesn’t say anything about wanting to leave. She lies, and says she is being treated kindly and that she loves living there. But really, she’s still a rice ball in that fruits basket. Screenshot (162)

 

It seems somewhat silly, but I love the symbolism it uses. Tohru sees herself as being a person who does not fit in with a lot of people. She lives with the Sohmas, and she feels out of place, since she is not related to them. When she moves to her grandfather’s, the other family members treat her like a foreigner.

She does end up going back to the Sohmas, and when she does, Kyo tells her that she tokyoneeds to start telling people what she feels. She keeps it hidden, and becomes miserable because she doesn’t want to bother others. He tells her it’s okay to complain sometimes, and that it lets people know what she wants. They’ll never know if she never says anything.

I think this episode was a huge moment of development for her. She becomes much more open to the Sohmas and she is able to trust them much more. She views herself as fitting in with them now, instead of being the oddball of her own family. She found her own family in them.

 

 Episode 7

This episode is probably one of my favorites. It introduces a nice form of symbolism as a plum on the back of the previously stated rice ball symbolism. Though, this episode does not focus on Tohru’s self-image, but Kyo’s and Yuki’s.

Something that is well-known throughout the show is Kyo and Yuki’s constant feud. This was started by their zodiac animals interacting in the past. All of the zodiac animals were oh noinvited to go to a banquet, except for the cat. He was invited by the rat, but was told the wrong date on purpose, so the cat would not be able to go to the banquet with the others. This cursed the cat of the Sohma curse to be even further cursed than the others. They were born to never fit in or be accepted by anyone. The rat is blessed to always be loved by many and to be naturally talented in many aspects.

Thus, they never get along. Though, in this episode it is revealed that both Kyo and Yuki envy the other for various reasons I will explain.

This episode focuses around the school festival, and Tohru, Kyo, and Yuki’s class decides to have a rice ball stand. Kyo and Tohru both add ideas, and Kyo’s is laughed at, but yuki and kyo2Tohru’s is praised and they end up using her idea in the end. This makes Kyo upset, since nobody even considered his idea once. He is constantly being ignored by his classmates and family members, and he feels this is all because of the curse his family is under.

When they return home, Tohru is working on preparing the riceballs for the festival, and Kyo decides to make one of his own. As she watches him, she realizes that he has a natural talent for forming the riceballs. She points it out, but he responds with “that’s not a real talent.” She assures him that it really is talent, and that not all people can do it so perfectly on the first try.

He insists that anything he does cannot be considered admirable or impressive, and that Yuki will always exceed him no matter what. He practices his martial arts skills constantly, but without training Yuki is still better than him. He feels incompetent in every way, and that there is no part of him that is admirable.

Tohru tells him that’s ridiculous. She explains that everyone has worth and admirable kyo!!qualities, but they can’t always see it. She explains it as this: a person is compared to a rice ball. They see themselves as a plain ball of rice, but on the back of the riceball is a plum, a bit of flavor that others can see but they cannot. They are not so plain after all.

At first, Kyo doesn’t think that it’s true, but after thinking about it, he realizes that she may be right. Because there are things that Tohru does that she doesn’t see as admirable but Kyo does. This is a huge turning point for Kyo and how he views himself. He never knew that he could be someone admired or known for anything good. He knew himself as the cat, the outcast and monster of the zodiac. The one that nobody would ever accept because he was born to never belong. But hearing this from Tohru gave him hope and made him realize that maybe he can be something more than only the cat.

Later in the episode, they are at the festival, and the booth is doing well. Some third year yukigirls talk to Yuki and give him a frilly dress as a present. He reluctantly accepts the gift, and must wear it for the remainder of the festival. He gains a lot of attention from girls mainly, and his picture is repeatedly taken. He is uncomfortable and annoyed with the attention. As being the “prince of the school” and having an entire fanclub dedicated to him, he expects these things. But he wishes this didn’t happen to him. He hates the way he looks, and the way girls attach themselves to him. He wants to be more average. He says he wishes he was more like Kyo, so he could be able to stay out of the spotlight. But he was born to be great in every way, so he just won’t be able to achieve that.

Both Yuki and Kyo have traits they view as negative, but the other views as positive. The plum on their back is the exact reason why they don’t like themselves.

I’ve always found this an interesting part of their relationship, since it seemed that they hated each other for no reason, but really they just envied what the other had.

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Other people who struggle with self-image are Hatsuharu, Ritsu, and Hiro. Hatsuharu is viewed as being a delinquent, due to his two-toned hair and piercings, but really doesn’t want to hurt others. He really is a kind heart, but people won’t give him a chance to express that before making first judgments on him. Ritsu is often mistaken as a girl, due to the clothing he wears, but still identifies as male. He wears feminine clothing but doesn’t see himself being female. So, this is often a struggle with the way he views himself. Hiro cares deeply for his cousin, Kisa, but doesn’t want to seem weak for having feelings. As a young boy, he struggles between expressing himself and keeping his image.

This show has so many examples of the theme of self-image, it was hard to pick only a few. I have many more I wish I could talk about, but this post would be far longer than it already is.

I think this is how the show has held up after so many years, it has so many meaningful topics that are so very relevant today. I find myself being inspired and more open after watching this show, and I find so much joy in rewatching it. The show deserves so much more attention than it has.

Thank you for reading! I have been so excited to write this post and now it’s finally here!

Make sure to check out the previous OWLS post that Matt-in-the-Hat wrote and the one after me by ARCHI-ANIME. Hope you all enjoy July’s tour!

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All photos with the Funimation logo in the corner were screenshots I took. I do pay for the services, I did not steal the photos. All others were found through Google Images. Just thought I’d clarify.

 

Top 10 Female Anime Characters

I’m sorry for the long wait (2 months to be exact), I was finishing up classes these past couple weeks so I’ve had other things on my mind. It should be more frequent from now on.

I can always appreciate when an anime can make a female character right. There are too many that use the girls of anime as fanservice or give them a cardboard personality. All of the girls I have chosen for this list are not fanservice characters, and have great character qualities. I tried to get a variety from anime I watched a while ago and more recent ones. I’ve noticed I tend to talk about the same shows constantly, so I’m trying to mix it up a bit if I can.

Haruhi Fujioka (Ouran High School Host Club)

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Many may know how I feel about this show. As it was my first anime, I will always hold it dear to my heart, and Haruhi was the first character I ever cosplayed as. And although I’ve broadened my anime spectrum, I always fall back to this show. Haruhi is a very strong character, and has dealt with many things going wrong in her life. The loss of her mother at a young age, going to a school knowing nobody, and being practically thrown into a club she had no intention of joining were all things she dealt with, but didn’t let ruin her life. She overcame these obstacles, and made the best of it. Plus she’s very outspoken and doesn’t let other people take advantage of her.

Tohru Honda (Fruits Basket)

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Fruits Basket was one of my very first animes, and I watched most of it at a sleepover with my friends around four years ago. Since then, I’ve gone back to it and rewatched it one or two times, along with reading all of the manga (which is so much better I highly recommend it). Tohru Honda is such a sweet character, it’s hard to not like her. She’s caring and looks out for others even if they don’t ask her to. But the thing that impresses me the most about her is the fact she stays positive no matter what circumstance she’s in. Her father died when she was about two years old, and her mother died about six month before the show takes place, but she continues to see the good in everything, a trait I wish I had.

Maka Albarn (Soul Eater)

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As many know, I cosplayed as Maka last fall, so that already can tell you how I feel about this character. Before I watched this show, I had many friends who watched it, and they said I was a lot like Maka. They said this because at the time, I was straight-A student, and I loved reading. That’s all I knew about her before I watched it. After watching it, I saw that Maka is much more than a bookworm, but is caring, strong, and determined. She is constantly worried about Soul, since he would take any hit in place of her. She wishes he would let her take care of herself, so he doesn’t get hurt in place of her. She wants to increase her skills so she doesn’t have to rely on him for protection. She always wants to learn more, and to do better than she already is. I’ve heard some people find these things about her annoying, but I think she’s just looking out for her partner.

Shirayuki (Snow White with the Red Hair)

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This show doesn’t get enough recognition. As well as the main character, Shirayuki, who is supposed to be a form of Snow White. There are similar traits between Snow White and Shirayuki, but not many. The main one I see is they both are loved by many people. Shirayuki is hard-working, and kind to everyone she meets. She gives people second-chances and believes they can change their ways to make themselves better people. I love how accepting and open-minded she is, as well as being so determined to commit to something, she does everything she can to achieve it.

Celty Sturluson (Durarara!)

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Celty is by far my favorite character from Durarara! She’s so unique, and her design was very creative. She initially comes off as being the mysterious dark character, but in the end is very kind and wary of her impact on others. She knows that she can be the cause of trouble at times, and does her best to reduce it. So many people are interested in her (being an Irish fairy without a head and all) but she hates having so much attention on her and wishes to live a peaceful life. It’s cool to see someone who is so different from others still manage to live as a normal person, and it’s very impressive.

Winry Rockbell (Fullmetal Alchemist)

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I’ve already done a post about Winry, but it was my first one and I doubt anyone has read it. So, I’ll explain myself here instead. Winry is a great character, due to her profession, caring nature, and determination. She’s a mechanic, which at the time period of the show was rare. While it has a World War 2 vibe about it, there are still few women shown with a profession that requires physical strength. Majority of the military were men, and all of the other mechanics excluding her grandmother were also men. Her talent is insane for her age as well, and her determination to make a better piece every time she updates Ed’s automail is admirable. She also is incredibly caring toward the brothers, worrying about them as they leave her behind. Overall, Winry is a sweet mechanic who deserves love.

Ochako Uraraka (My Hero Academia)

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I’ve seen Uraraka at the very bottom of people’s favorite My Hero Academia character lists, and I’ve never understood why. Sure, there are many other characters that are shown more throughout the show, but I’ve always been fond of Uraraka from the moment she came on the screen. She’s supportive of Izuku always, and will sacrifice herself so others can succeed. She always puts others first, even though she wants to be a hero just as badly as the others. Plus, she’s just a cute, bubbly girl, and who can hate that?

Kaede Kayano (Assassination Classroom)

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Another character that I’ve always been fond of. Though, there was a moment I doubted her, but I won’t get into that for those of you who haven’t watched season two. Kayano was the first one to approach Nagisa during the new school year, and was very open to him. She’s friendly, and makes a good effort to help the others in their goals, even if her ideas fall flat. Though there’s another side to her (which again I won’t get into), I love her all the same. She learns from her mistakes and grows further as a person.

San (Princess Mononoke)

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I just cosplayed as San on Saturday for Motor City Con in Detroit, so it’s pretty clear that I admire her. Princess Mononoke is my favorite Studio Ghibli film, as I explained in Top 5 Studio Ghibli Films, and though San is technically not the main character and is absent for much of the beginning, her screen time was not wasted. She is firm in her beliefs, and nobody can shake her from them. She lives among wolves, which has made her strong and fierce. Also, results in her hatred for humans, but love for nature. She knows the forest spirits by name, and protects them with her life. I think of her as the Japanese version of Disney’s Pocahontas, but much cooler.

Hiyori Iki (Noragami)

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I’m also working on a cosplay for Hiyori, though it won’t be ready until the fall. I feel that in the Noragami fandom, Hiyori is often overlooked. Everyone’s favorite tends to be Yato, which I can understand as he is the face of the show. But, Hiyori is really the main character, and much more amazing than most people realize. In her first encounter with a phantom, she didn’t hesitate to attack it before being told that she could be killed easily. And even after that, she still thrust herself in the heat of battle. All while in her school uniform. Her parents are also rich, being doctors and all, but this is easily forgettable because she breaks the rich girl stereotypes.

Honorable Mentions: Sophie Hatter (Howl’s Moving Castle), Riza Hawkeye (Fullmetal Alchemist), Touka Kirishima (Tokyo Ghoul)

I hope you liked my list, it was difficult to narrow it down to just ten. If you think there were others who should have made it on my list, feel free to leave me a comment, I love seeing other people’s opinions.

Again, I apologize for my hiatus. It was never intentional, it just happened. But, I should be back for good, and another post should be up this Friday, the 26th. School was bogging me down, and now that my college classes are over, I have much more free time. Also, I have joined OWLS, which will mean I can participate in the blog tours! I should have one for June’s tour, so look for me.

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My Favorite Anime Couples

My Favorite Anime Couples

I figured that in honor of Valentine’s Day I would share some of my favorite pairings in anime. I understand that this is a somewhat touchy subject for some, if their favorite isn’t on here, or if I ship a character with someone different that what they feel. But I knew I would talk about it at some point, so why not now? Understand that I will not make fun of any person’s pairing preferences, as long as I don’t get any nasty comments. Thank you, we are all fans of the same fanbase. Be nice! 🙂 Continue reading

Top 5 Underrated Anime

Top 5 Underrated Anime

 

We all have a show or movie we love that has almost no recognition.  We want others to know how much we love that show, despite it being so unrecognized.  I know I’ve talked about some animes you’ve never heard of, and here are a few more that I really enjoy but have little to no recognition.

These are five animes that I really enjoy, but not many people know of.  Three of them I heard of from other people, but the other two I found on my own.

  1. Snow White with the Red Hair
  2. Death Parade
  3. Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions!
  4. Fruits Basket
  5. Hyouka

 

  1. Snow White with the Red Hair (Japanese title: Akagami no Shirayuki-hime)

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To start off: I love this show.  I’m a big fan of fairy tales, and Medieval times, so when I heard of this show, I immediately was drawn to it.  And, I’m not a HUGE fan of the Snow White story, so I was excited what this show would come up with.

The basis of the show is that a girl named Shirayuki (Japanese name for Snow White) works in her town as an herbalist with her grandparents (I think).  She is known for having bright red hair, like an apple.  When the prince of her kingdom hears of this girl’s strange hair, he wants it for himself, and requests that she becomes his concubine.  Upon hearing this, she cuts her hair and flees to the neighboring kingdom.  While in the forest, she meets a stranger, named Zen, who becomes injured.  She offers to heal him, and they team up.  Later, he protects her from the poisoned apple that the prince tried to feed her, and they gain each other’s trust.  She begins living in this new kingdom to escape the prince after her hair.

So, it hardly has aspects of Snow White.  Yeah, the poison apple, but beside that, she’s very different from the traditional princess.  Honestly, seeing as she continuously is wanted for her hair, it reminds me more of Rapunzel from the Disney movie, Tangled.

But, the story has quite a bit of swordfighting, there are many emotional scenes, and a lot of comedic moments.  I watched most of it in two days, and I watched it dubbed, which has an amazing voice cast, by the way.  I compared it to the subbed and I think they picked the actors very well based on that.  Brina Palencia plays Shirayuki, and Josh Grelle plays Zen, along with some other well-known dubbing actors such as Todd Haberkorn and Jamie Marchi.  So, if you’re into dubbed anime, I suggest watching it this way.

2. Death Parade

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This is a pretty short anime, and again has a pretty decent dubbing cast, and Jamie Marchi plays one of the main characters (the girl on the right).

Though, I don’t want to talk about the dub cast as much this time.

This show has the concept of all dead people going to a judgement place before going to either Heaven or Hell.  In this show, they are forced to play one of a variety of torturous games.  The idea is to bring out the true character of the players and determine which will go where.  They can’t both go to one, and they can’t remain in the judgement area.

Each episode focuses on a game, and in some, it’s pretty clear as to where each person will go.  But with others, it’s difficult to decide, if both have awful characters or have a true heart.  So, some episodes are a bit painful to watch.  You get to learn little bits about many people’s lives, but they don’t stay for more than one episode, usually.

As for characters: the main character is Decim (the guy in the middle), the arbitrator who decides each person’s fate and runs the games.  He has no emotions, so he can’t be biased against one person.  The other main character, she doesn’t have a name, but she is actually a human who has died and is stuck in the world between Earth and beyond (girl on the right).  Decim couldn’t determine which place she should go, so she stays with him and watches over the games as well, helping him with the decisions.

I like both characters, and for having no emotions, Decim is pretty cool.

On to the next show!

3. Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions!

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This is a romance, somewhat.  But it’s also an interesting concept.  When I first watched it, I fell in love with it pretty quickly.

The story focuses around Yuuta Togashi, as he meets a strange girl named Rikka Takanashi (pictured above).  She is someone who believes in having a “magic eye” and imagines fighting sequences in her head as she “battles” other people.  This would seem strange to him, but he happens to be someone who used to practice this as well.  They call this hobby “Eighth-grade syndrome” or “Chunibyo.”  Though he knows about this, he grew out of it as he entered high school, while Rikka did not.

Think of this a little bit like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, except with a lot more romance.  Rikka creates a club, which Yuuta ends up joining, along with a couple of other people at her high school.  Like in Haruhi Suzumiya, they run into different scenarios and have to work through them.  But, the love story is kind of cute, and there are some great characters as well as development.

4. Fruits Basket

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I know, I know, I did a review of this already.  But I got almost no feedback on that, so I feel I need to talk about it again.  Even though I’ll explain some of it here, please read my review on it here:Review: Fruits Basket.

So here are the characters from left to right: Kyo Sohma, Tohru Honda, Yuki Sohma, Shigure Sohma, Saki Hanajima, and Arisa Uotani.

The main characters are Tohru, Kyo, and Yuki.  I didn’t talk about Kyo at all in my review, which is strange since he’s my favorite character.  But I like Tohru and Yuki as well, don’t get me wrong.

Anyway, the reason I really like this show is because of the characters.  They are diverse in their personalities and their character design, which I entirely respect.  There are so many characters that are introduced, and to have them all be so different is very impressive.

And, for being an old show, the art is pretty decent.  I had a feeling it was older when I watched it, but I didn’t expect it to be as old as it is.  I think it’s that way with a lot of older anime (as in 10 years old+).  The only way you can really tell if an anime is old is by the water color, hair, and the way the girls’ mouths look when they laugh.

Don’t know what I’m talking about?  Here are your examples:

And that’s about all I have for Fruits Basket, so on to the final anime!

5. Hyouka

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You see that guy in the middle there?  That’s Oreki Houtarou, and he is the essence of every lazy person out there.  But yet, he’s incredibly smart and can solve problems very quickly.

This show is categorized as a school-life mystery anime.  Though I had trouble following the main mystery that takes up the first seven or so episodes, I still enjoyed the show.  (The subtitles went too fast and I didn’t feel like backtracking to keep up)  The other mysteries vary from finding earrings at a pool to identifying the guilty one in a film some classmates made.  And some episodes barely have a mystery in them at all.

It’s a casual watch unless you want to be quicker than the characters at figuring their problem out.  It has a pretty decent soundtrack and interesting characters to keep you engaged.  The ending was a bit disappointing, but nothing I got truly angry at, so you can rest easy.

The relationships built up in this sweet little mystery show are pretty complex.  There’s one episode that’s quite dramatic dealing with two of the characters, and I remember getting really into it.  And, Oreki, at the start of the show, wants nothing to do with anything.  By the end, he’s happy to be a part of his group of friends and seems to enjoy himself a lot more.

So, bottomline, if you like quick mysteries and school-life animes, you’d probably like this.  Or even if you’re not really into one of those, you should still give it a shot.

 

Ah, so I finally posted, huh?  I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been busy, as I’ve stated several times before.  Fridays will be my goal update day, but if it’s late all that means is I had other stuff going on, so there’s no need to worry.

I hope you enjoyed this, bye!

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Pictures:

Banner: behindthevoiceactors.com

Death Parade: millennialeye.files.wordpress.com

Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions!: http://img1.ak.crunchyroll.com/

Fruits Basket:static.hummingbird.me

Hyouka: a2ua.com

Water gif: 66.media.tumblr.com

Anime laugh: http://static.tvtropes.org/

Anime hair change: MyAnimeList.net