My Top 5 Animes (cont.)

*waves* Hello again, welcome back to my top 5 animes!

I’m sorry I split it up, but I just don’t think you want to read a ton of rambling at once.

Well, let’s see, we left off on number two: Fullmetal Alchemist.

This shouldn’t surprise anybody that this anime made my list.  Even though this is only my second post, and you hardly know me, it’s safe to say most anime fans have watched at least one of the Fullmetal Alchemist series. And since it’s so insanelyFMA popular, I won’t include a summary.  You can find one easily just by searching the title.  Heck, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the number one anime on myanimelist.net (at the time I wrote this).  That’s INSANE.  I mean, when I first started watching anime, I had no interest in either Fullmetal Alchemist animes. They didn’t appeal to me.  Fortunately, I came to my senses and started watching the original one.  I fell in love with it immediately.  I remember watching the first two episodes in the living room two years ago (I got into anime around this time).  Then the next day I watched the next six without stopping.  It was one of my first animes, and I have very fond memories of watching it.

Now, I know what you’re saying, “But the original SUCKS.”  Well, I still kinda like it.  It may be because it was the first one I watched, but I’ll tell you, it only sucks when you get to the end.  The rest of the story is pretty solid, but once you get to the last couple episodes, it kind of gets confusing, and downright frustrating.  I won’t get into details in case you haven’t watched it, but the last ten minutes of the show make you want to throw something across the room.

Brotherhood, on the other hand, has a satisfying ending.  I found myself watching the last episode over and over again once I finished it.  It made me so happy, and I didn’t feel that emptiness like I did when I finished the original (if you watched it, you know exactly what I’m talking about).  Brotherhood did a lot of things better than the original, but there were still a few details I liked about the original more.  Some things were explained better, or just made more sense.

I didn’t mean to debate the two series, sorry about that.  In the end, I think the idea is awesome, and the characters are just amazing.  And, yes, Edward is my favorite.  Cliche, yes, but he’s just so endearing and realistic.  And freaking tough.  Winry is awesome as well (see why in my last post), though most people don’t pay as much attention to her.  And I think her and Ed are just adorable (I won’t get into that right now).  Alphonse is so sweet and I want to be his friend so badly.  I also want to give him a giant hug, since I feel he kind of needs it.

Sorry again for getting off-track.  Bottom-line: Fullmetal Alchemist is amazing.  Now, onto my number one!

Alright.  So, Ouran High School Host Club. The reason I did this list backwards is because I knew this would be longer than the rest of the animes.  I saved the best for last.

This was my very first anime I ever completed.  Me and my friends would watch a few episodes every OHSHCtime we saw each other about three years ago.  I finished the show probably half a year after this.  I have no idea why I became so attached to this show and its characters, I mean, honestly, it’s the most out-there concept for a shoujo ever.  But I’ve watched every episode at least three times.  And I’ve read every single manga, and I own them all.  I have too much merchandise and I own the Ouran male uniform.  It’s scary, trust me, I know.  I’m told this constantly, but I love it so much.

It’s so quirky and stupid, and it will make me smile even on my worst days.  I definitely wouldn’t recommend it to EVERYONE, but most people who watch the whole thing end up loving it.  Basically, it’s either you love the show or you hate the show, there’s no in between.  It’s so out-there, but you can still manage to understand six rich guys and a cross-dressing girl (for those who haven’t seen it try guessing which one is the girl, shouldn’t be too hard, honestly).

I’ll continue on to favorite characters now.  My favorite is Haruhi, and I cosplayed as her last fall.  If any of you were at Youmacon 2015 (in Detroit, Michigan), you might have seen me.  I was one of about three, not hard to pick out.  I’m not sure why, but I just connect with her so much.  More than Maka even.  One of her biggest problems shown in the show is being able to accept help from the others in the club.  That’s something I struggle with horribly.  If I know I need help, and someone attempts to help me, I immediately shut them down.  It’s awful, I know.  But I never realized I did it until I was at a panel two years ago.  It was an Ouran panel, run by Haruhi’s English voice actor.  She pointed this trait out in her character, and I instantly realized that it was one of my greatest flaws.  Watching the show again, I saw how much it stood out, and I felt a bit angry with myself.  Why did a fictional character have to show me my flaw?  Why couldn’t I figure it out on my own?  But at the same time I felt relieved.  If I could remember that someone in a different country created a character with the same trait as me, maybe I’m not so bad when it comes to that.  Another thing that this show brought to my attention through Haruhi: I’m not open to new experiences.  She’s the same way.  Any time they ask her to come do something new with them, she immediately says no.  She says that she needs to focus on studying and chores.  While studying and chores are important, living life while you are young is also important.  My mom told me this once when I stressed out about a math test last year.  I was struggling on the study guide, and no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t figure it out.  She told me, “You’re worried too much about school to be able to do new things.  In the future, you need to be a well-rounded person.  Grades are great and all, but experience is much more important in the long-run” (this isn’t exact, just roughly)  At that moment, I looked over her shoulder, and I saw my Haruhi and Tamaki picture hanging on my wall (yes, I have anime pictures plastered all over my walls).  It made me think a bit about what I was doing and I calmed myself down.  Then I’m pretty sure I watched Ouran after that to make me happy again.

This seems pretty stupid, I know, but honestly this show, indirectly, changed the way I think about things.  Since that time, I have been able to open myself up a bit more.  Not much, but just a bit.

I’m sorry that got so personal, but it’s part of my story.  If anyone else has either issue I do, I hope you can see how to get past it.  Anime shouldn’t be the only source of happiness for anyone, and shouldn’t be the only place to find yourself, but sometimes things just click with you while reading or watching something.  Shows use so many real-life problems that it’s easy to relate to them and realize things you would’ve never seen before.

I promise next week won’t be as deep or personal, and I probably won’t write about Ouran at all for those of you who don’t know about it or hate it.  If you have any suggestions on what I should write about next, feel free to leave a comment.  I love any feedback I can get.  Thank you so much for reading and putting up with my rants.  Bye!

**Also, notice I figured out how to add pictures.  I’m really bad at understanding technology, so bear with me that my last post didn’t have any pictures.  I’m learning, so the blog will be evolving a lot from this point on.**

FMA picture from fmaproblems.tumblr.com

Ouran picture from ouran.wikia.com

My Top 5 Animes

Since this is all pretty new to me, I figured why not share my top 5 animes, overall.  Though I watch both dubbed and subbed anime, my top 5 I happened to watch dubbed.  Most of my favorites are pretty popular, so you most likely have heard of them.

The way I’ll have this set up (and for all lists) is the initial list, and then do a short paragraph or two explaining the plot and why I like it so much.  This may be split into multiple posts.

Alright so here we go.  *drumroll*

  1. Ouran High School Host Club
  2. Fullmetal Alchemist (both ’03 version and Brotherhood)
  3. Soul Eater
  4. Assassination Classroom
  5. Noragami

Yes, I get it that it’s pretty weird to have a random shoujo/comedy/reverse harem in the middle of awesome shounen, but my taste varies.  I’m actually kind of addicted to comedy/romance anime and manga, but it’s more of a side thing.  The characters and stories I care about the most are awesome adventure anime. And Ouran.  But there’s a specific reason for that.  I’ll get to it later.

(These are going to be in backwards order)

So, Noragami.  I only watched this show last year, I just happened to stumble upon it on Netflix when I had nothing else to do.  I began to watch it subbed, since that was the only way to watch it on Netflix, and by the second episode I was already in love with it.  It only got better from there.  For those who don’t know about Noragami, here’s the brief synopsis.

The show is based around Japanese gods, and focuses on one god, Yato.  He’s one of the unknown gods to the Japanese people and his dream is to become one of the most popular and gain absolute fame.  Unfortunately, he only does odd jobs for the low price of 5 yen (approximately 5 cents), and is having trouble with this.  He meets a middle school girl, Hiyori Iki, after she attempts to save him from getting hit by a bus.  But, this backfires, since he would have been completely fine without her help.  In the impact from the bus, she discovers a new side of herself and travels with Yato to find a way to return her back to normal.

Okay, that wasn’t exactly brief, but I tried.  I didn’t spoil anything, aren’t you proud of me!?

Next we have Assassination Classroom.  I LOVE this show.  I can’t exactly explain it, but it’s just so different from everything else I’ve watched.  It only recently finished airing, but it was absolutely amazing and ending definitely pulls on your heartstrings.  So, another brief summary, since it’s a new show and everything.  Though, it may not be great since it’s been a while since I watched the first couple episodes.

It focuses on Kunugigaoka Junior High’s class 3-E, which has to be trained to become assassins.  The reason?  Their teacher has blown up part of the moon, and by March, the Earth will be blown up too.  If they manage to assassinate their teacher before the deadline, they will be able to save the world from being blown up.  Another thing about their teacher: he’s not exactly a normal human.  He can only be killed using a certain type of material, is yellow and has tentacles, and can move at a speed of Mach 20.

That’s my summary on it, I won’t explain other characters, I’d rather it be a surprise since they are honestly the best part of the show.  Also, one unique thing about this show: every student in the class is a character, and there are even more characters than just that.  I think they did an incredible job juggling so many characters.  Though there are only six characters that have a major impact on the story, each person has their own unique personality and design. This is brave for an anime to do, since as you probably know, the main character usually sits in the back corner of the room, next to the window, to make it easier for the animators.  And other characters in the class are a basic outline with no face so they don’t have to design more people and draw them all the time.  I just can’t say enough about how impressive the whole feat is.

Anyway, onto the next anime, Soul Eater.  I doubt that you haven’t heard of this one.  This was actually the first anime I had ever heard of, strangely enough.  Again, I only recently watched it, but I had been told for years to watch it.  (I actually watched this and Noragami at the same time)  I don’t think I need to give a summary at all, so I guess I’ll just kind of go through my favorite characters.

My favorite character is Maka, I know you were probably expecting me to say Death the Kid, but Maka and I, we’re like the same person.  I know, that’s a bizarre claim, but there’s a reason.  During the time I was being told to watch this show, I had the nickname of Maka.  Maybe it was because of my obsession with books, or my straight A’s, or my shoulder-length blonde-brown hair, but either way, I was told I was a lot like her.  I usually brushed it off since I thought they were all insane, but once I started watching it, I was shocked by how much they were right.  Not only do I show the basic character traits of her, but I’m also temperamental, stubborn, and quite sassy at times (not to brag or anything).  I share the negative traits, but I’m okay with that.  She’s a totally awesome character, and I think she’s so awesome that I’m practically done making a cosplay of her for me to wear at the anime convention I go to every fall.  And yes, I’m making Soul as well (scythe form, obviously).  Yeah, I love this show.

As for the rest, here’s kind of the order I have in my head.

  1. Maka
  2. Death the Kid
  3. Crona
  4. Soul
  5. Stein
  6. Liz
  7. Tsubaki
  8. Patti

You may notice that I don’t have Black*Star on there.  I’m sorry for any of his fans, but I’m not a fan of him.  Sorry, I find him a bit annoying.

Anyway, I’ve rambled enough for this week.  If you’re interested to see what I have to say about Fullmetal Alchemist and Ouran High School Host Club, I’ll post those rants next week, or in a couple days, depending on my mood.

I hope you enjoyed reading this, since it’s more personal to my own opinions and all.  Other posts won’t be as personal, and some will.  Next post, you’ll see a little more into my personal life when I talk about Ouran High School Host Club.

Bye! *waves*