For the last week, I’ve been mulling over how to go about writing my first anime blog. At first, I consider writing a review of an anime, or some short and sweet hello topic. But none of that really sat right with me. And then I looked back on my gaming blogs and realized something. The best way to introduce yourself to others is to share your interests with them and show them what sort of fan you are. And what better way to share interests than to list my favorite anime. I won’t waste your time with another two paragraphs of whatever I can think of, so I’ll just jump right into it. I won’t number them because I feel like that cheapens how important they are to me.
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing The Movie: Endless Waltz
Everyone has that one anime that is very near and dear to their heart, either because its their first anime or the one that struck really close to home. Endless Waltz is the former for me. Sixteen years ago, when I was only four years old, I sat down to watch cartoons one night. My parents turned on the TV and flipped to Cartoon Network for me. On the screen maybe three feet from me, I saw a gaint robot colored white, blue, and red. It fired a giant gun at something and obliterated it. The next scene I remember was a boy in a green tank top pointing a gun at a girl on the floor, pulling the trigger, and then collapsing.
Ever since that moment, pictured above, my love of anime and Gundam in particular was cemented. It would be six years until I ever saw this movie again, but when I did, I owned it on DVD and it is one of my most treasured films. No, seriously, its probably in the best damn condition out of all my disc based belongings. And then of course there’s this:
Zone of the Enders: 2167 Idolo
Ten years ago, I rented a little video game called Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner from a local Blockbuster Video. For a few years, I had seen it on the shelf. I would glance at it, as if my gaze were being drawn to it. There was something alluring about the cover art. After I rented it, beat it six times, and it made my favorite games list, I went looking for more. And that’s when I stumbled upon Idolo, also at my local Blockbuster Video. I snatched that up in a heartbeat and watched it when I got home. Like Endless Waltz, Idolo has in some way defined why I like anime. With Idolo, it was new, yet had a vintage feel. Cool and serious. Beautiful to look at with a great score. Yet thinking about it also brings me sadness because while Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner had a somewhat final ending, the fact that Kojima was planning a third installment meant that there was more to story. A story that we will likely never know.
I’d tell you what scene sticks with me the most from this movie, but its really spoilery, so I’ll just give you the song that goes with it:
Bartender is a very... unorthodox series. It’s sort of hard to describe, but it has this allure to it. The jazz and piano music, accompanied by the beautiful visuals, make it seem as if the series is speaking to you, saying “Please, take a seat, relax, and enjoy the comfort of a good cocktail.” I felt so relaxed watching this show it was unbelievable. It’s the most chill anime I have ever had the pleasure of watching and its sad that it was never picked up for a second season. Hell, you’ve probably never even heard of it. But if you’re looking for a show to unwind you after a long day, then look no further than Bartender, which you can find on Youtube with English subtitles.
Terror in Resonance
Terror in Resonance is short, but sweet. When this show first aired it was like a breath of fresh air for me. It had been a while since I had watched a more serious series, let alone one so exhilarating. But ultimately that isn’t what drove me to love this show as much as I do. No, this is the kind of show that spoke to me on a level. I can’t really go into details because it is related to a plot point. Granted, its a plot point thats more related to the characters than the actual story, but I still won’t dig into it. Just know that this is a personal one for me.
When it comes to Steins;Gate, the quest is not what did it get right, but what did it get wrong? And the answer for me personally is nothing at all. It’s a masterpiece in my eyes. The story kept me guessing at every turn and when shit hit the proverbial fan it was like getting hit with a large blast of air and trying to hold my ground. From start to end, Steins;Gate never lost me, and it never will. Hell, I cosplayed as Okabe when I attended SaikouCon last year. Hardly anyone knew who I was, which was kind of depressing, but hey, at least three people got it right.
Good horror anime are hard to come by. One Halloween I was in a horror mood. I was listening to a song on Youtube titled SHI-KI. I looked at the image attached to the video and something struck me as beautiful about. I looked at the name of the series the song was from and immediately looked it up. Turned out, it was a horror series with real vampires. Color me intrigued. I ended up binge watching Shiki over the course of two, dark and stormy days, lights off, breaking only for food and the bathroom. When it was over, I just sat there, thinking about the show that I had just finished. Then I went and listened to the whole soundtrack. And then I watched it again and it still managed to creep me out.
Miyazaki is a genius, short and sweet. Spirited Away? Perhaps not his BEST film, but its my favorite out of all of his works, followed by Howl’s Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke. There’s just this, pervading sense of magic about the film. It’s hard to describe. It’s just... magical in ways that nothing else is. I’ve made a tradition out of watching this movie every December, with no other lights on except the lights of the Christmas tree. And when the movie is over, I listen to this song on repeat because it always describes my mood:
Cowboy Bebop, ‘nuff said.
5 Centimeters Per Second
Have you ever had one of those moments where something relates to you so perfectly that it makes you question everything? This movie did that to me. I suck at romance. I’m hopeless. I’m too shy to make the first move and odds are the girl I like won’t make a move either. So its just stagnates and nothing every comes of it. And I end up in this melancholic state that I’m always in. Dwelling on the past and never moving forward until someone or something gives me a good kick in the arse. Every now and again I watch this movie to remind myself to not let my relationships drift apart. But before I can watch the movie I have to debate with myself which English dub I want to listen to.
Kara no Kyoukai
Ever have one of those series that you just cannot comprehend no matter how hard you try? You just sit there and rewatch it over and over and over again, trying to discern the hidden messages and themes. Yet you just can’t figure it out, but you know its there and you subconsciously understand it in a way which is why you love it. And then you get confused because you feel like you understand it, but you don’t know what you’re understanding so you watch it again trying to figure it out.
And I’ll wrap it up there. It’s really late(4:16am) and I’m getting too tired to continue. I could save this draft for later, but I’d likely end up losing some interest and just half-assing it. So instead, I’ll just list the rest. If I don’t reply to comments right away, don’t worry, I’m probably just sleeping and I’ll get back to you ASAP.
The rest of the list:
- After War Gundam X
- Mobile Suit Gundam 00
- Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn
- Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team
- Death Parade
- Death Note
- Wolf’s Rain
- Shokugeki no Soma
- Great Teacher Onizuka
- Samurai Champloo
- Sword of the Stranger
- Howl’s Moving Castle
- Princess Mononoke
- Ghost in the Shell
- Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
- Yu Yu Hakusho
- Ghost Hunt
- Blood Blockade Battlefront
- Black Butler
And my three guilty pleasures: High School DxD, Bobobo-bobo-bo, and Sailor Moon.