So this season looks boring.
Day 28: Favorite Anime Quote
“People die if they are killed.” Okay, now for a serious answer. From Bakamonogatari, “I don’t know everything. I only know what I know.” This quote I really like and I think this can say a lot. In truth no one can know everything, and I think this is a great reminder of it. You can know a lot, but sometimes there are some things you cannot know. That, and it makes me seem a little more arrogant if I feel like it and more of a know it all by telling people they do not know everything, even if the person I am telling is myself.
What is your favorite quote, also say the series?
So, since it is my birthday when this goes out, February 22, I decided to try to count down my Top 15 anime series. I know what my Top 10 are. So, it really comes down to what the other five are. That right there will be the tricky part. I have given it some thought prior to writing this what they would be. Personally I could only think of two more. Since I will be starting at number 1 and counting up by the end I hope to figure out what exactly is my top 15 anime series.
Now, before I begin I have a way of putting shows onto the list. It comes down to several factors. One being my personal enjoyment (most important), another being emotional attachment, and lastly, although there are probably more, the more I think about it when it is not airing and how obsessive I am of it. The series that I watch can be in any category and I am always open to suggestions for series to watch. The only thing that I do not classify as anime is henti, so do not recommend anything ever like that to me.
Number 1: Fairy Tail
Yes, Fairy Tail, although none of the shows in the top five should come as a surprise seeing that my first Top Five was based on my favorite series. In a way this one is like three Top Fives shoved into one. That is beside the point.
Fairy Tail was one series that really got me into anime. It was also the series that really made me watched sub anime, which is a majority of now. I do wish to watch more dub anime, but it is always far and few between. At the same time Fairy Tail really got me into manga once it took that year off for the manga to progress more.
I am not sure if I have to go more into really any of the top five since I brought them up so often. Without Fairy Tail I probably would not have seen the amount of anime that I have today as well as read the amount of manga that I have read today as well.
Number 2: A Certain Magical Index/ A Certain Scientific Railgun
I count both of these series at number two since they exist in the same universe and have the same characters, just a different main character and different stories that is all. If Soul Eater was on this list then Soul Eater Not would be at the same spot as well. Anyway, I cannot wait for the Heavy Object anime since it is by the same creator. I am a little disappointed that a third season for the anime was not announced, but in the meantime Yen Press is releasing the novels and I can buy those time to time to fill that void.
Although it might not have the same attachment as Fairy Tail for some things I still remember the first day of watching it. I managed to watch the first seven or so episodes in one sitting, only then to run late to the person I was supposed to go and tutor. Watching it somehow I knew I was going to enjoy it always. I watched the dub when that came out and enjoyed it as well. My only problem with the second season is that it makes the series feel a little incomplete and with my knowledge of what happens in the Light Novels next I could easily see why. SO, MAKE SEASON THREE ALREADY!!!
Number 3: Date A Live
Well, first I would like to say duh for this one. At the time this is going up currently my image is of Tohka as a cat, who looks so adorable, but that is besides the point. In the 30 Day anime challenge 2 days are dedicated to this series. I stated in my first review and several other cases the amount of emotional value that was put into this series for me. I have no idea why I was so obsessive with this series, but it is true. This series did a lot of things differently compared to a majority of the other Harem based series that I have seen before, namely less fan service with the exception of that one anime only episode that was nothing but fan services as well as the OVA, not counting the second OVA that focused on Kurumi which was really good although she is not my favorite character like she is for a lot of people. Anyway, blah blah blah, Date A Live, it is at number 3.
Although this series and I have a huge love hate relationship, it is easily my favorite. The reason for the love hate relationship is the fact that I find it hard to watch, I sort of blame my ADHD for that. At the same time it is more of the fact that recently the episodes come out in bulk. I like it when it is just weekly. Since this series was announced to have all the novels animated, I really hope they go back to a weekly series format or else it will be a huge struggle for me to watch. I stated back in December when I did my Top Five Favorite series, that I still have not finished the episodes that came out in August, I still have not finished that one nor started the one that came out on New Year’s. Even with the fact I struggle to watch this series I know I could go in and enjoy it like crazy and not be disappointed, which is why it is at number 4.
Number 5: Fate Series
I have been debating for a while now that maybe this series should be at number 4, but in all honesty it is good where it is. Really anything as of right now in my Top Five has their spot saved. Now, I am talking about the entirety of Fate series, so Fate Stay Night, Fate Zero, Fate Stay Night Unlimited Bladeworks, and everything else that fits there. I would say everything in that universe, but that would include other Type Moon series, which are in different spots, on in which is on this list. Well, I mean there are several things that I enjoy about this series. For starters, Saber, which is a story for the 30 Day Anime Challenge Day 7. Anyway, the story, the characters, and of course my favorite meme of all time came from this series, “People Die if they are Killed.” Anyway since there are so many series in this franchise, I am finding it a little hard to talk about why I like it as a whole besides the fact that it is interesting and I enjoy it. So I will leave it at that.
Number 6: Kara no Kyokia: The Garden of Sinners
So, this is one of the few anime films that I have seen, not counting ones that were for anime series. Paradox Spiral, the fifth film, is easily my favorite. The battle and the fact it is split into three parts and gives a little more information each and every time I enjoy. I actually stopped watching the films at three before coming back six months later, and I was so glad I did. I would probably put the third film at my second favorite. The battles I really like as well as how the story at times can be a little self-contained between films. Since the films are already told out of order, it gives that sense even more that you could almost watch any of the films in any order and still enjoy it. Anyway, this is another series from Type Moon. A little Easter egg that I noticed was that the cigarettes that Toko Aozaki smokes are the same as Kiritsugu Emiya smokes. At the same time Toko Aozaki is related to the mentor in Tsukihimi. Anyway, that Easter Egg only makes me want to see a crossover more with all the series, and has nothing to do with the fact that it is on the list at number 6.
Number 7: Oh My Goddess
Not going to lie I am starting to see a trend with the series that appear on this list where I stop for a long time only to come back and finish the series. I stopped around episodes 18 only to come back almost eight months later to finish the series. It was like this for the previously mention Kara no Kyokia and Monogatari. This was also the second anime series that I ever watched, why I watched it, I do not know. However there is a lot I still wish for this series. Although it does not need a proper ending in my opinion for the anime, I would still like more episodes since the manga ended and gave a worthy ending to the 26 yearlong series. The series has that romance element that I really like. It has hardly any, if at all, fan service. It really focuses on the relationship and advancing that relationship, which is why I really liked it.
Number 8: Akame ga Kill
Although I did not like the fact that it felt rushed and gave an original ending. It does not change the fact that the twist at the end of episode 23 made me really enjoy this series. If not for that, this series probably would not be on this list. It is based off my favorite manga. Although what I like about this series comes down to two things For starters it is not afraid to kill off any character in anyway, to the point where it could be anyone in the next chapter, unlike Attack on Titian where the main characters are pretty much safe at some point. The next thing, which was a huge turn off for people was the comedy.
Yes, I do not like the comedy of the series, but I like where it is. It is more shown in the earlier half, before only showing every now and again and has little appearance later in the series. It is the same way in the manga where there might not be a joke for four or five chapters. I think this is really done well, with the fact that this is a serious series. The comedy adds to the fact that Tatsumi does not really know what is going on in the world and has a more childlike and innocent like view of it, thus the comedy, but once he gets used to the world and how it works it gets a more mature look at things, thus the comedy not appearing as much. If this was done on purpose, then I have to say it was well done, if not then I am just glad that it took more serious turn later in the series since it was well needed. A lot of my reason for liking this series comes from the fact I really like the manga, and it is a lot better than some of my favorite manga series that got an anime.
Number 9: Attack on Titian
Again, it really will feel like I will repeat myself here. Attack on Titian, I will say is over hyped, very over hyped. Personally I am unsure why it is on the list. I mean I like it, and I read the manga, right now I have the first 8 volumes. But a part of me does not want it on this list, while another part of me wants it to be. It is very conflicting. I like the action, and the story. Again I literally mentioned it, but at some point it becomes predictable who they will not kill off. Akame ga Kill will kill anyone Attack on Titian only kills background characters at one point and the ones that do get killed off too that might sort of be important, where not around long enough to make a huge impact. Anyway, this is not about bashing Attack on Titian truth is this was higher on the list until Akame ga Kill aired. I did not see the whole dub, but I watched some of it on Toonami, which was back when I was able to live on my own and be able to watch Toonami, and I have to say I did like the dub, it was well done in comparison to the sub. The cast was well done and was rather interesting. Anyway, I do like the manga, although if I had to put it in a place, it would probably be at number 8 for favorite manga.
Number 10: D-Frag!
This is another case where I like the manga and it got me into the anime. I think out of all the anime adaptions for manga into anime, D-Frag is defiantly up there for the best and closest to the source material. The jokes and everything was pulled off so well. For manga, it is ranked at number 7 for me, with how funny it is. The anime defiantly lived up to my expectations and went a little beyond making me enjoy it just a tad bit more than I do for the manga. If you are into comedy series, and I do not really like recommending series (especially ones that I am hugely fond for), but this and what is at number 12 I would have to recommend, although this one I would have to recommend more which will be more obvious once number 12 is revealed.
Alright, so this one and number 13 are two series that I have yet to complete at this time, but they both fit into what makes an anime my favorite. I read the manga and I just really enjoy the series. Personally I hope the Sinbad spin off gets its own anime series and not just OVA. But I read the manga to where the second season ends and I can tell I will like it. I might struggle a tad bit with the fact that there is a huge arc that makes up the second season, but it is interesting. I mentioned on several occasions that I like the concept of magic in the series and just the overall fantasy element.
Number 12: Seitokai Yakuindomo
For starters I would like to say this series is basically, for lack of a better term, s*x jokes the animation. Although I might, but sort of would want to recommend it, that is only if you can stand the jokes. I just think they are well done and it is always funny. The reason why I called it what I did, was mostly due to the fact that is all those jokes are, for twenty minutes one after the other after the other. This humor is defiantly not for everyone, but it manages to hold for the over 30 episodes that there are. Sometimes I wonder how I am able to stand it since I do not like anything like that, but it is not visual seeing the parts, rather than just jokes revolve around the part so I am fine. This series is just always funny and when an OVA comes out it is just a matter of time until it is subbed, even if it takes a month or two it is well worth it.
Number 13: Gintama
I started this series back in January, and it is easily one of my favorites now. I tend to avoid long running series. Sure, Fairy Tail I watched and caught up with but I was just starting to watch anime. Then there was Bleach which I dropped since the filler in the main story fights was getting annoying. I have not really tried to get into a long running series since then. Although I have wanted to get into One Piece and Naruto, but there is just too many episodes even if I skip the filler and I do not have the time to do that. Well, enough about that this series I find funny. Currently I am almost at episode ninety and I have not really seen a decline in humor. In fact I laugh more and more as time passes it seems. This series is well done when it comes to not trying too hard to make a joke and not repeating jokes, which is always good. It also does not really stick to one type of joke either, although parodies are plentiful. This series is still enjoyable.
Number 14: Birdy the Mighty Decode
I was really struggling to figure out what to do for number 15. Then this series came to me and I realized I needed to switch it with what I had for number 14. This series I really enjoyed. I watched the dub for it. Personally I really wished they made another season. At the same time it was well done in its own way. The animation, the story, the characters, there is so much to this series that I liked. Again this shares a similar tale with Monogatari, only it was when I was watching season 2 and I stopped for some time. This was due to me have a job in the summer that made me work for 40 hours, so the only anime I could watch was what was currently airing at the time. Granted I was able to watch Angel Beats in one sitting that summer, but this series I really enjoyed and wanted to go back to watching no matter what. I really like it in so many ways and wish I could put it higher on the list, the only there is no room.
Number 15: High School DXD
I cannot believe I put this one on the list, although I hate ecchi and although I do not like fan service. I still find it odd that my biggest guilty pleasure is this series. When season 3 was announced I was actually glad. The only downside to the fact is that each season only covers 2 novels, with their being over 19 out at this time, well there is no way they will fully adapt the series, unless they do something crazy because by my estimate they would need a little over 70 or more episodes to do it, for the ones that they have yet to adapt. Anyway, once I shut off my mind and watch this series I like it I guess. I like the plot and concepts, but the fan service can be a little over done all the time. At the same time despite me not liking fan service and ecchi, I still find this series enjoyable somehow.
So that is my list. I had a lot of fun doing this one. This is also my longest article to date as well. Anyway I hope you enjoyed this. Also other series I was thinking of putting here was Higurashi When They Cry (Which is defiantly at number 16 since it is not on here), Selector Infected WIXXOS (defiantly one surprising series that I did not expect a lot from at first would be at number 17), Parasyte (however it is not done yet and too soon to say), and Death Parade (Again too soon to say, but probably will not do to other reasons).
You do not have to explain your top 15, but what series would you consider putting into it? Also are any of the series in my top 15 are in yours?
So here I am again doing another one of these things. Again I was tagged by dandylion13 at Viewer Discretion is Advised. This was actually right after being nominated for the Liebster award. So, I just have to answer a few questions and nominate 3 people to answer these same questions as well. So, instead of dragging on here are the questions.
- When was the last time you went to a store containing anime?
Last Wednesday, when I went to go get my Spiderman comics at Newberry Comics, it is a popular chain in New England. However they only have literally there are four anime series and that is it. The same goes for the movie store, which mostly has used ones that are incomplete series and the Best Buy as well, but it has few and ones that are new releases, most in which are movies or Bleach. Manga is the same way the book store does not have much either, although it does have the series I get so I am fine with that. All these stores are also over 25 miles away from where I live as well, which is a pain, but it is not far from where I go to school and I have always gone to that area since I was little so the drive is not so bad.
- Do you usually watch anime online? On what website?
Since my anime hobby is a secret and I live at home, online, that and Toonami is on too late for me to watch since I am usually in bed before it begins. Although I will not say the main website I use to watch new shows as they air. Old shows that finished airing I watch on Crunchyroll, Hulu (by the way they have a lot of series for free and ones that are no longer licensed by companies as well), and Funimation (who does their stuff through hulu).
- First Japanese word you learned?
Baka, it also helped me learn a word for my Spanish class since it sounds similar to the word for cow.
- Best animation style in your opinion?
Birdy the Mighty Decode comes right to mind, at least right now, I really like that series and the overall design and flow of how the animation is, is cool.
- Best Anime Pet?
I’m a cat person and the only two that really come to mind are Happy from Fairy Tail and Luna from Sailor Moon, I am going with Luna for looking more like a cat.
- Longest Anime you’ve ever watched?
Although I watched over 270 episodes of Bleach, I am not continuing it since I did not finish the series and dropped it. So I am going with Fairy Tail, which as of today has 222 episodes that has aired, (kind of ironic with tomorrow being 2/22 among other reasons).
- What is the shortest Anime you’ve watched?
After looking at my anime list, Tenchi Muyou! Ryo-Ohki, which is 6 episodes. This eventually turns into a 20 total series of OVAs, but this was the first batch and only one I completed even though I want to watch more.
- Who is your favorite anime couple?
The couple is Araragi and Senjogahara, from the Monogatari series. I really like how they interact with one another. I talked about this in my 30 Day Anime challenge already. But yeah, I like them simple as that.
So, now it comes to nominating the 3 people for the Inspector Green Tag.
AnimeCorps (This time I will make it clear to say that anyone who writes there can participate)
So, yeah, I had some fun with this and I hope you guys do to. Thanks again. Sorry, for spamming you guys twice for this, but I hope you guys find it fun.
Day 13 An Anime Character you are Most Similar Too
This one is rather difficult. There is one that sticks out in my mind since there are some similarities. At the same time there are other characters that are as well. For me how I tend to picture myself it is split into three different categories, sometimes they overlap. The first category is being an Otaku. If I cannot call myself an Otaku I do not know who would be considered one since I have seen over 200 hundred series which is just getting sad, but that is only because anime is addicting to the point I am currently watching 30 different series right now. There the second category would be writer. I write a lot in my spare time. I spend about two hours or so on my blog each day working on articles, about an hour each day for the story I want to publish and revamping the story as a whole, working on my two stories for deviantart and wattpad which is about another two hours, and I have not touched on my three English classes since I am an English major, at the same time I am used to four English classes each semester. Then there is my everyday life. I am introverted. I find it hard to talk to people, once I warm up I am bit, witty I guess would be a clean way of putting it. My family also does not know about me being into anime, which is a story for another day. Yet I do make a lot of random references to things here and there, most in which are not always anime related. So, taking into account for some things that I do, mostly my sense of humor and overall how I act once I warm up to people. I think Araragi from Bakemonogatari would fit me well. So, I am not a quasi-vampire, but I think it is safe to say we act a little similar and we have a similar taste in woman, namely Senjogahara, although I am not into lolis like he possible is and I have naturally wavy hair.
Okay, so in fewer words then that what anime character do you think you are similar too? Also did you find it hard to find one?
Day 8 Favorite Anime Couple
This is one I had a problem with. This is more for actual couples versus characters that you want to be a couple like Levi and Gajeel from Fairy Tail or Alibaba and Kougyoku Ren from Magi (which was my choice for this), but I decided to go for an actual couple and rather who would I ship, which that second one I want to see happen just from what I saw in the manga, although I have not read it in awhile and only read to where season two ends.
Anyway without me being my usual self and rambling on for a bit like I sort of feel programmed to do after a countless number of essays for school, the couple is Araragi and Senjogahara. This is just how they act around each other. Although I have never been in a relationship I still like the type of relationship that they have. I might have watched the series, but the relationship is similar to how the two main characters act in my story that I want to publish, although watching this series happened after the two characters where like this.
Again getting away from the rambling, the chemistry between the two is what I really like. Araragi is the goofy one and Senjogahara keeps him in line, although at times the opposite is true as well. I think the lack of this relationship being in Hanamonogatari is why I still have yet to finish it and find it hard to watch, that and I cannot watch more than one episode a day and hope they go back to a weekly format since the entire novel series was green lit to be animated. So yeah, they are my favorite couple.
What is your favorite anime couple or who would you ship?
This is a continuation of Part 1
Well, I am just going to start hitting hard and some of the best shows came out that summer, the return of SAO and Sailor Moon. As a child I never saw Sailor Moon, so far when it came to Crystal, well it has been enjoyable. What was always so interesting was Akame ga Kill, especially once it was reaching the finally with it finally making me enjoy it once more, only as an anime series.
But it was not all about the hard actions of shows that had source material in terms of action. Aldnoah Zero more than likely gave the biggest twist in the finally which makes me excited for season two, as well as very worried. Since it is a series by the person who created Psycho Pass, well season two is bad.
Like in the spring season with Bryhildr in the Darkness, Tokyo Ghoul decided to speed up when it came out with a short season with as much episodes as they could get into it. Although it was still mixed in some cases where people either enjoyed it or hated it. Unfortunately this was one show that I dropped unintentionally.
Comedies also where making a rise with Locodol, Monthly Girls’ Nozaki kun, and Sabagebu! for some of the funniest series this year, with something to laugh about each time. Some episodes where funnier than others, but that goes without saying. In all honesty for comedies Sabagebu and Monthly are close to the top. However Invaders of the Rokujouma?! is near the top when it comes to shows that came out a lot better than one would originally thought of.
Then there was Fate.Kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei! To help get pumped for the new Fate Stay Night. Although the magical girl fan service like series is easily pale in comparison, it still helped prepare oneself in what we knew would defiantly do a one eighty once the new series comes out. Yet there was a few that fell apart or thought would be better or were slowly forgotten to watch.
Well, soon the year entered the final part. It soon became one of the most watched season for me with a lot of series. Some I had held in high hopes. Psycho Pass 2 I unintentionally dropped before it went terrible. I still want to see it, but a part of me does not knowing the fact it gets worse. Trinity Seven was another, sort of. They covered a lot of stuff, and shoved at least two to three chapters an episode, which considering each chapter is only forty pages, it is a lot. I would focus on other series that I had high hopes for, but I fell in love with the manga for Trinity Seven and read nearly it all within two days. I was sort of satisfied with it, yet sort of not. The art was indeed amazing though.
Yet there were plenty that went beyond their expectations after the first few episodes, Cross Ange. At first it looked like it was just going to be fan service filled, it just took a little while before that soon disappeared and actually started to get good to watch and continue to get good.
There is a lot to cover, so much to cover for this season, since some will continue into the winter season. Parasyte has been staying a steady pass. Even coming into shows later, like Celestial Method and Yona of the Dawn made it well worth it, at least for now. There was plenty others. Including a surprise to know later, that Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru being an excellent late starter in the season and also being from the creator of Akame ga Kill.
Hopes for 2015
Well, Akame ga Kill was announced to go into the final arc soon. I have a feeling it will wrap up around chapter seventy or so, currently it is at fifty five. Hopefully it will be another year. Fairy Tail feels like it is nearing the end soon, but I could be wrong. It feels like it has at least two to three major story arcs left after the current one. The Date A Live film will be original works, even though the subs will probably not be out until 2016. Then there are more series that I am looking forward to. There is also the anime adaptation of Yamada and the Seven Witches, which I am looking forward too, providing they do not try to cover too much.
Hopefully an anime adaptation of UQ Holder will be announced in 2015. Really a lot of shows I hope get another season at some point or another as well. Heavy Object has an anime in the works, which is based off the work from the creator of a Certain Magical Index. More news on the 2016 season of Attack on Titan would be good. It also goes without saying that there will be more Bakemonogatari since the entire series has been green lit for anime form.
There are a countless number of things that can come out next year, be announced or just be a lot better than I originally thought after watching it. It will all start with the winter season once more. With that said, here is to another year passing with hopes for the future.
In this part I will be discussing news, anime, and manga sort of information that happened throughout the year. However in this part it will only be what happened through January all the way to the end of June. So my main focus will be on the winter and spring anime seasons.
The Winter Season
The winter season I have viewed a little weird. I only really started watching a lot of anime the spring of the previous year on a season basis, although I watched very few shows that previous winter season, so this was really the first. I find it odd mostly because you are dealing with the shows that began to air in the fall as they enter their second half before reaching their climax. There is nothing wrong with that.
The shows that really stuck out to me during that time that finished were Kill la Kill, Golden Time, Strike the Blood, Tokyo Ravens, and Samurai Flamenco. Kill la Kill stayed solid all the way through. Golden Time was always a bit rocky, when it came to the relationship; I do not mean to make it sound like the show was bad, far from it. Strike the Blood and Tokyo Ravens, although a little generic, still managed to be the shows that I would look forward to on a weekly basis. Then there was Samurai Flamenco, I can get the fact that it was a parody of the superhero genre, but how it started did not make it feel that way. To me it just continued to go down a slope and was not stopping to make it worse and worse. I had hopes that it would get better, but to me it did not. It made its way to one of the shows I regret watching. At the same time it was the starting episodes that are really enjoyable, and wish the show just stopped after the second arc.
The Fall seasons leftovers continued on until they finished. At the same time new life was brought in the Winter line-up. Some brought out new energy, while others seemed to be as dull as the winter sky. With that first day of January it brought the announcement of Sword Art Online 2.
One of my favorite comedies second season began, Seitokai Yakuindomo, which brought the laughs on a weekly basis just as much as the newbies like D-Frag and Robot Girls Z. Others on the other hand, even with the comedy still brought forth a decent amount of action like Witchcraft Works and World Conquest Zvezda Plot.
There were far and few that were good that I wish I continued like Nisekoi and Noragami, but unfortunately I forgot about them, despite their decent stories. Then there were some in general that revolutionized how anime runs, having a dub before the sub like Space Dandy, was a mistake in missing.
Then there was one, Buddy Complex, the first mecha series I watched. Although I saw Code Geass, this was the one that got me into the mecha genre as a whole. Without that I never would have seen shows later that year like Captain Earth or the amazing Adnoah Zero.
There was also a plentiful amount of news as well, that made fans just giddy with excitement, the announcement for the Fate Stay Night remake as well as Akame ga Kill anime as well as many others as time passed on.
There were plenty more shows out there, some I saw, and some I forgot despite wanting to see. Some are forgettable, but there others that you wish you never forgot.
The Spring Season
The Spring season soon came with a complete batch of new shows and some old favorites, at least for myself, Date A Live 2 as well as Fairy Tail. Then some gave me a new favorite in terms of manga, Byrhilder in the Darkness, which the only flaw in the anime is that they try to shove a hundred chapters, thirty seven of which in the final two episodes, in the span of just thirteen episodes.
The Irregular at Magic High School came with a dull beginning, despite its original hype, and was easily dropped despite it being interesting. The same came for Black Bullet which also seemed a bit unsatisfying come the finally. The World is Still Beautiful and One Week Friends filled the void that Golden Time left me. The shocking Selector Infected WIXOSS, came and soon ended the first season. I might not have finished the show until well after it finished, but it is up there competing for one of the best originals this year. But who would have thought that Kanjo ga Flag o Oraretara’s main enemy would be a boat, sorry for that spoiler.
There was the resurrection of fans from Soul Eater getting the spin-off of Soul Eater Not! There were a few here and there that were surprisingly good, despite what one would first entail, No Game No Life and Chaika The Coffin Princess, both setting new spins on the fantasy genre in different ways. There is also the fact that the two can be some of the most unforgettable this year as well.
Despite the lovers of Bakemonogatari getting the news that the five new episodes getting moved several months there was still the majorly popular Mekakucity Actors. With the same director, more talking, and actually more action then one would expect, it was a highlight of this year when it came to shows about talking.
There was plenty more from the return of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures, The File of Young Kindaichi Returns, and Mushi-shi. The spring defiantly left its mark when it came to returning old classics with new life. It was an excellent start to continue the year.
This Article will continue in Part Two on December 27.
I have stated several times that I have seen a lot of anime and I mean a lot, over two hundred. Still, there are some that I wish I never saw, which are few. Then there are others, one in which is on this list, which I am glad I came back to for a second chance. Although some might have lost their original luster when I first saw them, it does not change the fact that I still hold them dear. This, I have gone into without a reviewer’s state of mind, to go down memory lane to discuss why they are my favorite series in this case.
Number 5: Anything from the Fate Series
I am talking about Fate/Zero, Fate/Stay Night, and the other series with that title, be it a spin off, prequel, parody, or alternate telling. This, multiple different anime series I label as a single. This is mostly because it is in the same universe. One could argue with the fact that Kara No Kyokai also exists in this universe, as well as Tsukihime, but I am talking about only the Fate/Stay Night series. They are good in their own right, I only just watch Tsukihime recently, and Kara No Kyokai is at my number seven for favorite series. Anyway this is about the Fate Series and not just a Type Moon discussion.
When Fate/Zero, as in the dub of it were coming out, I had only been into anime for a little over a year at that point. I wanted to check that series out only to find out about the original Fate/Stay Night. I will admit, despite me not seeing it in forever and the current series is amazing, that it does have a flaw here and there. That series is different from all of them, since it gives an original ending, which takes pieces from all of the endings. At the same time it follows closer to the Fate ending.
This is a franchise, which is really different from a series to series basis. Fate/Zero is nothing like Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya. I like that on how each is different, yet still holds the same aspects. They are individual in their own right, which makes me like each of the series. I know I could go in watching the next series and enjoy it because of it. Type Moon is one of the few companies, I guess, where when a new anime based off their work comes out, I will watch it. It is simple as that. I have the Fate series to thank for that. It really opened up a lot of different series.
Number 4: The Bakemonogatari Series
This is defiantly a series one could not binge watch, sort of. I think my record for episodes was almost three or four in a row. That is about as good as it gets in all honesty. This series I like to sum up with that you could get about seven episodes of nothing but talking which is then followed by about all of three seconds of a fight before it goes back to nothing but talking.
I mentioned earlier that there are some shows that I did not watch only to go back later. This is one of them. It was back in November 2012 when I first watched the first two episodes. Then I stopped. I did not like the talking. With my ADHD it felt like I needed to be medicated just to pay attention. There was nothing but talking. So I stopped.
That following summer in 2013, well the “Second Season” began. I noticed the huge episode length compared to the other seasons. This made me curious about it. So, I decided to give it another shot. I started to get more of the jokes then I originally got when watching it, mostly because I have watched a lot more anime. I love some of the jokes that can be done in the series, that and the camera shots. However during the time trying to catch up to where it was airing, which took a long time almost two months, I would watch an episode before stopping. Then I managed to get to the second season and marathon it like crazy. That was when I realized that I really enjoy the show. That is why it is at number four.
I may have a love hate relationship with this series, this mostly because I am still trying to watch the last five episodes that came out in August earlier this year. That still does not change the fact that I know I could easily go in and enjoy it like I always do and look forward to whatever comes out of the series next.
Number 3: Date A Live
My first review was Date A Live. So, some things that make this series my favorite are already known. I know I can easily go back and rewatch it, laugh at the same things and such. However, I think one of the reasons why I ended up liking it so much was when it came out. My favorite series ended, and thus I had a case of the Void. That feeling that you just need to watch more of that series, but you are not going to get it. So, Date A Live was watched, as well as about fifty other series as well since it snowballed and I watched shows as they came out. Date A Live I also managed to find English translations of the novels, so I read the first, second, and third within a week. This made me really look forward to it more and more.
There were times were I questioned why I like this particular so much, but it gets me thinking about the others on the list. There was just something when I first watched it that made me know, that yes, I really like this. So, whatever the real reason may be for me to like this series, be it that I know it or not, it has a firm hold on the third spot for my favorite series.
Number 2: A Certain Magical Index/A Certain Scientific Railgun
Index, goes back to before it was dubbed. That was how long ago when I first watched it. The dub ended up coming out later that year. For this series, I really liked it. Ironically enough this was one of the series that I found through an abridge series. So, I wanted to check it out. Well, judging by the fact that it is at number 2, I enjoyed it. I like the story, each one is different, and there is no real over arcing plot. At the same time you need to watch each episode to know what happens.
I also put Railgun on the list because it just takes one of the female protagonists from Index and makes her the main character. Railgun S, I really enjoyed. In Index the Sisters arc was one of my favorites in the first season. So going into further detail I found really interesting.
Anyway, this series was I would like to say the eighth and ninth anime series that I saw. It was also the third series that really dragged me in. Code Geass was one. Oh My Goddesses became another at a later date, despite it being the second series that I watched. I was really dragged into enjoy it. I also loved the science and fantasy aspects coming together as one, which is what I work a lot with in my stories. So, that was probably another thing that really made me enjoy it. I was able to think of new ways to look at my stories because of it.
Number 1: Fairy Tail
Yes, Fairy Tail is at number one. It was the first series I watched subbed, and liked. I ended up catching up to all the episodes, at the time there was only 130, in about two weeks. It was just nonstop on how many episodes I would watch throughout the course of the day. I think we all have that one shonen anime we like more than others. I was never allowed to watch One Piece or Naruto when I was little. Even now I am not really into those series as well, and only saw the first few episodes. Bleach I watch about 270 episodes, maybe (forgot the exact number where I stopped). The only reason why I stopped was due to filler stopping the arc several times. Then it was each fights dragging on for way longer than it should have been. For Fairy Tail I liked how they stopped mid arc so they did not have to interrupt it with filler. Without that I would not have watch nearly all the anime that I have, let alone gotten into Date A Live and half of the ones on this list. At the same time if I was not into Fairy Tail I would not have tried out all the anime that I have.
Currently I do have my problems with the current anime arc. I know it is filler, so they can be silly as they want to, but it seems to lose its luster I once held so dear for it. I also read the manga on a weekly basis, so I know it is worth the filler so they do not have to stop again mid-arc, especially with this one. The current arc is just way too amazing. (Okay fan boy mode is over now). I can take filler, just as long as it does not have to be put in between the actual story.
With all the ones in my top five, they have some sort of history. Sure, there may come a day where I do not like them as much. It is more of the nostalgia when remembering back on how I felt when I saw them for the first time. Without some of them I never would have gotten into anime as much as I am without them. Sure, someday one of these might fall lower, or not be my favorite for whatever reason. But for right now, these are my favorite series.
Ones that did not make the list, Attack on Titan, Oh My Goddess, Akame Ga Kill (depends how the final episode goes), D-Frag, and Kara No Kyokai. (Ha, did my top ten, not necessary in order, but all the shows are there).