Shaman King

Anime Day 18

October 3rd, 2015

Day 18 – Favorite shone anime

Shounen eh… Thats a genre of anime that I rarely watch. I haven’t seen any of the big 3 (Naruto, Bleach, One Piece) and have ignored most of the shounen stuff that would come out in every season (with the exception of Haikyuu of course). Thats is why picking a favourite would be most challenging, if it were not for Shaman King. This was one of my first anime, actually before my first first anime, because I watched it in Russian/English dub.

Why is it great? Well simply because it has loveable characters, none of that fan service stuff, none of that filler episode crap, a clear set plot, and a lot of funny scenes. That is what makes a shounen anime great, it shows us that even a teenage boy can become the Shaman King, but as long as what he believes is right, has a clear goal, and he has fun along the way. Even though the anime is old, I would still recommend people watch it, alongside with Law of Ueki, as they are very similar (Shaman King still better though).

Anime Day 17

October 2nd, 2015

tsundere

Day 17 – Favorite tsundere

Ah “tsunderes” (or as autocorrect always tries to correct me: thunders), this personality trope exists in pretty much every anime out there. And my 19 year old self was completely in love with them. Why? Because they abused the main character all the time, but deep down they actually loved them. I found that sweet (or maybe I am just an M, who knows).

My pick for this day though is Kurisu from Steins;Gate. Kurisu is a scientist, so she is smart and she is also very curious to the concepts and theories that science has yet to prove, and a tsundere. I think to my now 22 year old, Kurisu is the only tsundere that is actually loveable. She is mature and actually accepts her feelings, while still someone acting tsun to the MC. Also she is very strong as a character, which makes me very fond of her, but more importantly, the tsundere trait isn’t the defining thing about her. I guess this just goes to show that tastes change over time, and maybe in a few years, I won’t like tsuneres at all, and only look at mature and relatable characters… who knows.

Anime Day 16

October 1st, 2015

Day 16 – Favorite anime ending theme song

This is tough one! Ending themes are usually not as flashy and in your face, so they might not be as memorable. The most memorable for me would be the first FMA 2003 ED, I loved it so much when I was just getting into anime. But Clara already talked about it, in her post, so thats out of the question. Then I thought about looking at my iTunes play count, and see what ED I have listened to the most: that would be ED 4 from S2 of Nyaruko. I just like the melody and beat, plus Kuuko is just sah kawaii. Not far behind is LOVE & ROLL by YanagiNagi, the ED for Cencorol, but that doesn’t have any animation, just the music. So in the end I decided to go with the ED for one of the most underrated anime of the past generation: Shinsekai Yori (From a New World).

The song Wareta Ringo (Split Apple) was played throughout the first part of the series as the OP and ED of the show. It doesn’t have an OP, so when we first heard the ED it took the place of both. The music is actually takes a rather unique approach to the lyrics as half way through, it splits into 2 vocals and they go consecutively, but the meaning behind the lyrics only makes sense if you listen to them separately. You’ll see what I mean if you listen to the song with subs (if you don’t know Japanese).

After this I feel like doing a Music Monday again… I should ask the anime@UTS webmaster about that.

Anime Day 15

September 30th, 2015

Day 15 – Mandatory swimsuit post

I love swimming! I have been swimming since I was 11 months old. And to this day I visit the pool at minimum one a week. To me swimsuits are a representation of ones desire to embrace the refreshing pool/ocean water, and enjoy the freedom of the infinite depths. Thats is why, what better anime to represent freedom, then FREE!

Enjoy the pretty swimming boys and their original animation.

Anime Day 14

September 28th, 2015

ouran

Day 14 – Anime you’ve rewatched the most

I dont re-watch anime . I think it is a waste of time to sit there are watch the same thing over again, when you have seen it once already. I might re-watch a particular screen, or at max an episode, but not the whole series. Or maybe if a friend really wants to watch something together I might sit with them though a few eps.

So the only show that I have truly re-watched on my own will, was Ouran High School Host Club. I originally watched it on YouTube with English dub, but then at like ep 20, they stopped, and I had to finish it in Japanese with subs. That was in like 2008. Then, when I got to Sydney and had a lot of free time on my hands, I decided that it was time to re-watch this great show. So I did. Nothing will even beat the original voice acting.

Anime Day 13

September 27th, 2015

Danish Koukousei No Nichijou

Day 13 – Favorite anime attending high school

Thats pretty much all anime out there. Junior high, high school and even university, thats the general setting for a large number of anime out there. Picking one out of such a large pool would be very hard, but I’d say that that Nichibros (Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou).

Have you ever thought what ever happens in those all boys schools? Well Nichibros will show you all the crazy stuff that teens are up to. This show is witty, has great art and is very easy to digest (watch). Would highly recommend to anyone who just wants a chill show to watch with friends.

Anime Day 12

September 26th, 2015

Gurren Lagann

Day 12 – Favorite mecha series

I am not that big of a fan of mecha anime. I haven’t seen any of the Gundam or Macross series. I don’t really watch anything that has giant robots in it, just not my thing. Aside from a few classics of course… Like Gurren Lagann. This marvel made by Studio Gainax (now these people are in Trigger). The show itself is based in a post apocalyptic world, where humans are hiding underground from the alien overlords with giant robots. Until one day, this boy – Simon with his bro Kamina decide to put and end to it. Well lets say they did a bit more than that… Robots the size of the galaxy, what is this…

The anime is fast paced, has great animations, memorable characters and an amazing OST. What is there not to love? If you don’t believe me, go watch it now!

Anime Day 11

September 25th, 2015

Holo

Day 11 – Post a cute neko-girl

Well Holo isn’t really a cat girl, but is definitely my furry fantasy. Holo, the wolf goddess of the anime Spice and Wolf and in my opinion, one of the cutest animal girls out there. Her ears are so pointy, her tail is so lush; she is just adorable.

Anime Day 10

September 24th, 2015

Bakemonogatari

Day 10 – Current (or most recent) anime wallpaper

This is another easy question to answer. I love the Monogatari Series, one of the main reasons for that is due to its unique art style. And nowhere it is more evident then in the original ending theme. The above image can be seen at the end of the ED for Bakemongatari and it is gorgeous. I love the light background colours contrast with the dark buildings, and how the numerous shapes outline the architecture. Another point about this background is that it is a vector! Thats right, my good friend Mad spent countless hours tracing the original image to turn this into a beautiful vector wallpaper, that would be great for my 5K retina iMac. And ever since the day he created it about 6 months ago, it has been on my primary desktop.

I am the type of person, who doesn’t change wallpapers often, as I see no real reason to change if it suites my needs and feelings. I think I will keep this Bakemonogatari wallpaper for at least a year or more.

Anime Day 9

September 23rd, 2015

Nichijou

Day 9 – Favorite slice of life anime

Well this is an easy one. What better candidate then an anime literally named: Daily Life – Nichijou. Based of a 4 coma manga, all 24 episodes are broken up in small gags with pretty much no connection, or relation. And thats what makes Nichijou amazing! Its hilarious, you can watch any episode in any order, and you are always guaranteed a good laugh. Also the art style is rather unique, which to me is very important, as it makes Nichijou stand out from the normal crowd.