My Thoughts On: Haikyuu!! Season 1

My Thoughts On: Haikyuu!! Season 1

If you weren’t aware, I’m not by any means a fan of sports. I can count on one hand the number of sports animes I’ve watched and only half of those I actually enjoyed. But this show, for some reason, is absolutely incredible. I’ve only seen season one, as you can tell by the title, but even when I got maybe five episodes in, I knew I wanted to talk about it as soon as possible.

The way I even started watching this show was my friends over at OWLS are, ah, obsessed with this show. I swear, we can never do anything without the name being spoken. I knew about the series long before this, but had no interest since I kind of don’t like volleyball. I have some bad middle school flashbacks of standing in my spot, watching as everyone else scored all the points. My favorite part was serving, which I was terrible at anyway, and I enjoyed spiking practice but beside that I hated volleyball weeks. So, I’m quite surprised that this show was so good I began to enjoy volleyball. In general, I’m not into sports. As an American, it’s almost assumed I’d be really into football, and most people grow up loving a certain team. Not my family. Every one of us is more worried about comics and the latest Marvel movie than whatever athlete is at the top.

And this would be why I tend to stay away from sports anime. All of the ones I genuinely enjoy have been mentioned on this blog before. I thought that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy them if I don’t enjoy sports. This seemed to be the case until Haikyuu!! came around. So, the two previous sports animes I’ve enjoyed are Yuri on Ice (no shocker there) and Prince of Stride. Even with both of those, I was wary. Yuri on Ice I seemed to be able to get into because when I was younger I liked watching figure skating on TV and I was in dance classes through all of my elementary schooling. For those unaware, Prince of Stride is about a variant of track, but with the addition of parkour and small, six person teams thrown into the mix. Though I tried doing cross country when I was in middle school and nearly vomited, I still ended up enjoying this show too. It was unique that it created its own sport. The other animes I’ve tried but failed to get into were Free! and Kuroko no Basuke. I know people will want to have my head for saying that but honestly, I didn’t find myself caring much about the characters winning or losing. I had to force myself to finish season one of Free!, and I could barely get through six episodes of Kuroko. Not saying they’re bad shows, I just couldn’t get into them.

Clearly, I don’t have a positive past when it comes to sport anime. So when I decided I’d start Haikyuu!!, I want to say I sat in front of my laptop for two hours, contemplating if I really wanted to watch it. I didn’t want to hate it and have to explain to people why I didn’t like it. But by the time I finished episode one, I had a feeling this would be a good one. I wanted to watch the next episode so badly. It was the same experience when I watched Yuri on Ice, though I hate comparing the two shows. I love them both, and I think they’re good in different aspects. In all honesty, I think I enjoy Haikyuu!! a bit more, but I couldn’t even tell you why.

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Now that my little sports anime rant is over, I’ll get to the actual review.

For those reading who have never watched Haikyuu!!, here’s a little synoposis  for you. You can skip this if you’ve watched it already.

The show begins with a short-statured third-year middle school boy, Shouyo Hinata, watching his idol, nicknamed the “Little Giant.” Seeing someone as short as he is being so successful and respected by the volleyball community inspires him to practice hard and go to a high school with a great volleyball team. Though, the middle school team he is a part of, just kind of sucks. The other boys who make up the team don’t really practice, so Hinata’s on his own to improve. He practices with everyone he can so he can be good enough to make it on a decent team. And in high school, he becomes a part of Karasuno’s volleyball team. The team had been suffering until the new first-years show up, and it gives the team more hope to do well in the coming year.

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He’s such a cutie

That’s basically episodes one and two summed up. That’s about it when it comes to a plot. For the rest of the show, it’s mostly just the team improving, facing difficult teams, and trying to win against those teams. Pretty simple.

Though, my absolute favorite part of this show is the chemistry between all of Karasuno’s players. It’s the reason I’ve given my soul to this show. When everyone meets initially, there are players who don’t get along. It’s amazing to see them grow as people and teammates until they can all communicate effectively and do well.

I know what everyone is probably wondering. Who is my favorite? Well, I actually do have an answer, fortunately. I love all of them, but if I do have to choose one, it’d be Suga. I’m not sure why, but he just stuck out to me as soon as he was introduced. By episode three, I determined I loved him the most, and even with all of the characters introduced throughout the season, he remained my favorite. I’m going to say it’s because in my friend group, I’m the most motherly as he is too. Of course there’s more to him that I like, but I’d rather keep this post somewhat short. I’ll get on to the others now.

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The others I adore the most are Kageyama, Kenma, Asahi, and Oikawa. So there’s that. I have such a hard time determining my favorites because it’s so easy to like the characters. The way they explain each and every one’s goals and past makes it easy to get attached. It also makes it easy to root for everyone. So when Karasuno doesn’t win I don’t really feel upset. Because the other team deserves to win just as much as they do. It’s such a weird feeling, but I love the fact they were able to make everyone so likable.

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This kid, I swear (This is Oikawa for those new)

So, I am in love with this show, and it has pretty much ruined my life now, in a good way. You are definitely going to see more of me talking about this show, though I’m so late watching it. And I’m sorry half of this was just a sports anime rant, I just felt I should explain myself a bit.

Hope you enjoyed this post!

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Top 10 Anime Openings

Top 10 Anime Openings

I thought this would be a fun post, something I haven’t really thought much about. And let me tell you, narrowing it down to just ten is very difficult. I had thirteen I wanted to include, but that’s a strange number to have for a list, so I had to eliminate three. Like most of my lists, this is not in any particular order, just the one I wrote them down in. I hate playing favorites, and many things I say are my favorite are really just one of many.

Everything on this list I love not only based on the way the song sounds, but also the visuals that are shown when the song is playing. So I’ll show a screencap of each opening and also a link so you can listen to it yourself. And some songs also have English covers I love, all by either Amalee or NateWantsToBattle, so I’ll include those links as well.

So, without further ado, my very favorite anime openings.

Soul Eater: Resonance, Opening 1

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You all know my love of Soul Eater. Between my user image, my cosplay tutorial, how many times I’ve mentioned it in lists, and my first OWLS post, I’m sure my obsession is clear. And like most people, I prefer the first opening to the second one. I think both songs have lyrics that definitely match the show very well, and in a way I feel that the first one is in Maka’s perspective, talking to Soul. And the reversal for the second opening. But I’ve always been more fond of the first song for its upbeat tempo.

Soul Eater [Resonance]

NWTB English cover

My Hero Academia: The Day, Opening 1

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I really wracked my brain over this one. I knew I had to include a My Hero Academia opening, but I really didn’t know which one to have on this list. Everyone seems to like Opening 2, Peace Sign, but I really think the first one has a special place to me. Though I feel Peace Sign has better lyrics, this one has better music. Every time I hear it I know I’m about to watch an awesome superhero show. It’s so upbeat and I can’t help but bounce in my seat a little.

My Hero Academia [The Day]

NWTB English cover

Prince of Stride: Strider’s High

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I talked about how much I loved this opening in my Prince of Stride review, but I just love this opening so much I need to showcase it again. This show isn’t spoken of often, as it’s not an impactful sports anime, but I still think it’s worth a watch. I’ve never been a huge sports anime fan, but I really enjoyed watching this anime. At least watch the opening and look at the art, it’s just gorgeous. And the song itself is pretty catchy as well.

Prince of Stride [Strider’s High]

NWTB English cover

Yuri!!! On Ice: History Maker

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Oh, big shocker this one’s on the list. I thought about replacing this one with something else, but I just love it too much. I’ve practically memorized every move of the routine, I love it so much. I just think this opening is so unique and though it gets plenty of recognition I just needed to say it again. It blows me away every time I watch it. As soon as I saw the opening, I knew this show was something special. I realize I’ve only made two posts on this show, which isn’t a whole lot, but I have ideas for maybe one or two in the future.

Yuri!!! On Ice [History Maker]

Amalee Cover

Haikyuu!!: Imagination, Opening 1

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I jumped on the Haikyuu!! train, guys and I love it. I really didn’t think I would like it as much as I do. I’m only half way through season one, but I have already fallen in love with this show. Though my rambling about it will be saved for later. I just think the opening just matches the show so well, especially the lyrics if you’ve ever heard or read those. This song was probably what truly convinced me to watch this show.

Haikyuu!! [Imagination]

Amalee English cover

Assassination Classroom: Question, Opening 3

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Ah, Assassination Classroom. Another anime I’ve mentioned on multiple occasions. Though, when choosing which opening to use, I didn’t struggle in the slightest. I’ve always loved the way this opening sounded. I’m not entirely sure why this one specifically, but it just stuck out to me. I love all of the openings for this anime, they always have so much going on and I couldn’t ever skip them because I was trying to notice all of the effects that were going on in the background. And you can tell when it’s an Assassination Classroom opening because parts of the song are sung by different people so it feels like the class is really singing it.

Assassination Classroom [Question]

NWTB English cover

Noragami: Hey Kids!!, Opening 2

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Again, a show I’ve mentioned a lot. And I love the art that they use for the opening specifically. It’s all in black, gray, and white, except for the characters’ eyes, clothing, and the backgrounds. It’s such a unique way to do an opening, making it such a different style than the show. And I chose the second one specifically because of how it sounds, I initially didn’t like it as much as the first opening, but after listening a couple times, I loved this one more.

Noragami [Hey Kids!!]

Amalee English cover

Black Butler: Book of Circus: Enamel

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I’ve recently been having my heart ripped out by the Book of Circus arc of Black Butler. Any of you who have watched this part will understand what I mean by that. But I’m not here to talk about the show itself. This opening is so amazing. The visuals are very eerie and beautiful at the same time, perfect for the show. And the music begins sounding like an old arcade or festival game, and gradually goes into a drumbeat. It’s so perfect I just don’t have enough words to describe it.

Black Butler: Book of Circus [Enamel]

Erased: Re:Re:

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I honestly would forget this show even exists if it weren’t for the opening. This is an anime that I wouldn’t be able to rewatch, due to the element of surprise being so important in enjoying the show. And because of that, it gets lost among the anime I’ve seen and can rewatch if I desire to. But, this is about the opening. I again love the style of it. Some pieces look like they are straight from the show, while other parts are in a completely different style. And though there are a lot of spoilers if you look closely, it’s really just visually appealing.

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Amalee English cover

Seraph of the End: X.U, Opening 1

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I’ve expressed how unimpressed I am with this show in my previous post, which I recommend you read. But there’s something about the opening that I really love. The lyrics fit right into the show, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this song was written for the show. My favorite part of the visuals is in the beginning of the opening, when the vampire queen is spinning and the feathers at her feet twirl around. I’ve always loved the way some animes use rose petals, cherry blossoms, or feathers as effects. It’s so pretty to look at.

Seraph of the End [X.U.]

Amalee English cover

Some honorable mentions are: Ouran High School Host Club: Sakura Kiss, Blue Exorcist: In My World, Durarara: Traitorous Sunset, Fullmetal Alchemist: Again, Death Parade: Flyers, Attack on Titan: Shinzou wo Sasageyo

 

Hope you guys enjoyed this fun little list. I figured I would have something easier to prepare for this week since over the weekend I will be out of town again. I’m trying to post on Fridays, and clearly today isn’t Friday. And next week will be my OWLS “Bloodlines” post so be sure to check that out. I’ll put a link here in case you’re reading after it’s published.

Thanks for reading!

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Prince of Stride: Alternative Review

Prince of Stride: Alternative Review

I’ve never been much of a sports anime fan, due to my lack of interest in sports. I grew up never watching any sports, unlike most people living in the United States. So, when introduced to the genre of sports anime, I had a hard time finding ones I liked. The first one I watched was Free! and I thought it was alright, but I never got into it much. Next my friend showed me Kuroko no Basuke, but I only got through six episodes. Next came Yuri on Ice, which like everyone else, I loved. So, I decided to give sports anime another chance. I found Prince of Stride when scrolling through Twitter, since I follow Funimation’s page, and they were advertising the BluRay of it. I thought the art looked nice, and I recognized some voice actors in it, so I gave it a go.

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My Thoughts On: Yuri!!! on ICE Episodes 7-12

My Thoughts On: Yuri!!! on ICE Episodes 7-12

I finished this show last night at about 1:40 am. I was determined to finish it so I could write this, but I was also reluctant because that would mean I couldn’t watch it for the first time anymore.

This show exceeded all expectations I had. I’d heard about it sometime in early October before it was aired. I read the description, but it didn’t strike me as something I would love to watch. I would see posts about it on Twitter for months, but I generally ignored it all. Then in December, my friend decided to start it and convinced me to watch it. I didn’t start it until the beginning of this month, but once I did, I knew I made the right decision.

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