Hail Mary, conceived without original sin,
Ok, so recently, as in, in late January to early February, I started watching a certain anime which I heard was critically acclaimed and very, very famous in order to bring me out of my writers block nd man, did I become obsessed with anime from then on. I made this thread to find out what you people think about anime in general. Which anime do you like? What do you hate about it? Do you think its immoral or something? For me, here is a small list of my favorite anime in no particular order:
Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Oh my goodness Neon Genesis Evangelion is great. My favorite work of fiction used to be the comic book Watchmen (it still is one of my all time favorite books though!); I loved it because of the deep characterization, because of the narrative style, because of the way the themes were put forth and the way it forced you to think. And then I saw Neon Genesis Evangelion. Just seeing the first episode made me IMMEDIATELY hooked to it. It’s characters are very flawed and sometimes even pathetic but at the same time, they’re likable and contrary to popular belief, Shinji Ikari actually does a lot of things we’d consider ‘badass’. He starts out as very weak but as the series goes on, he really changes for the better. He’s my favorite character, along with Misato Katsuragi and Rei Ayanami. Now I just need to watch end of Evangelion to get over the shows last two episodes which made no bloody sense. Congratulations indeed!
Setting aside that ALL the female characters under the age of 20 wear ridiculously short skirts therefore making their clothes immodest, CLANNAD is a very good story, taking a lot of clichés, playing with them and making something totally unique with them. It was a breath of fresh air for me as it brought me away from seeing all of these depressing anime and stories that I love so much. True, CLANNAD is rather sad but its sad not in a way that makes you hate yourself and cry out to the heavens asking why there is so much evil in the world. It, together with the Blessed Mother’s help of course, taught me a lot of things about life and talking to people.
Let me be the first to say that this show does contain some rude jokes regarding Haruhi’s treatment of Mikuru (in a way that she doesn’t know that she’s doing wrong in my opinion though. It still doesn’t justify it of course). However, by the end of season 2, this is totally subverted in a very heartwarming but sad way. Regardless, Haruhi Suzumiya taught me a lot of making your own personality and being yourself by being what you WANT to be and not by doing what you FEEL you want to be. The characters are all fun, flawed and extremely likable; Haruhi who comes off as a well meaning jerk who is bored with the world around her but what she doesn’t know is that she has reality warping powers on the level of a god. Kyon would probably be the most normal and boring person you would ever meet if he existed in real life if ti were not for his VERY funny lines and observational skills. The rest of the SOS brigade, the school club founded by Haruhi to discover and investigate weird happenings, consists of Yuki Nagato who is an android build by an evolved alien race called the data overmind to look over Haruhi (she’s sort of an expy of Rei Ayanami from Evangelion), Itsuki Koizumi who is a member of an organization dedicated to yes, looking over Haruhi and destroying any threats she brings up and Mikuru Asahina who is a timetraveller sent to yes, look over Haruhi.
Before I saw the anime, I saw the movie, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya which can be seen here: youtube.com/watch?v=cvVT3UYGCPI I watched it all in one sitting, that is, 3 HOURS but man was it worth it. The scenes at the end really made me tear up and I was one who didn’t know ANYTHING about Haruhi Suzumiya in the first place. Its now one of my favorite films ever. Its well worth the watch. Also, the anime has really good music!
Don’t let that picture fool you, this isn’t Clannad 2.0 with faeries, Elfen Lied is very depressing, is very, very gory and has a lot of (albeit non-sexual) nudity. Its not Seinen for nothing. However, unlike idiotic movies like Hostel where the gore is played just for the sick enjoyment of the audience, Elfen Lied’s gore is played for tragedy and for us to see the sadness of the situation. I haven’t finished the anime yet and I hear that the anime ends on a massive cliffhanger but I still hear it was critically acclaimed, I still like it and in the future I think I’ll buy the manga just to finish the story. Really like the characters especially that of Lucy.
What would happen if an ordinary human being suddenly got the power to kill whoever he wanted, however he wanted? Death Note explores this theme with Light Yagami who gets his hands on a Notebook aptly named Death Note that kills whosoever name is written in it. So many people die mysteriously that the police start to suspect that single person is responsible for all of these deaths and they call in the help of a special investigator called L who is convinced that Light Yagami is Kira. Its very well written.