My Highest Rated Anime

Since I’m so terrible at continuing to stay motivated with posting content on a regular basis, I figured I’d write about something pretty easy while it’s fresh in my mind. As the title eludes to, this will be a list of my highest rated anime (On Anime-Planet). I’ve watched a good handful of anime over the years, and judging from my list, I used to be very generous with ratings… but these are series that I genuinlly still really think deserve the ratings I gave them.

A couple of guidelines for this, I’m excluding series that may be ongoing (airing or yet to air seasons) Movies, OVAs, and series that never got true endings. This is mostly just to help me keep this list from being an hour long read.

All of the anime on this list were rated based on my own opinion, as well as what my tastes were when I watched them. There are other series that I rated quite highly, but may not feel the same way now, so I’ll be going back and watching through and seeing if they still hold up. Look for that on the site in the near future! Now with that all out of the way, lets start the list.

First up is,

ERASED – Rating 5/5

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Anything I say about this series will give most of the plot away, so I’ll just say it’s emotional, has time travel, lots of suspense, and will have you binging the entire series in one sitting.

Your Lie In April – Rating 5/5

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Another series where if I say too much, I’ll give away too much of the story. Much like the first series listed, this one is emotional, with a capital “crying in the fetal position”. 10 out of 10 would sob again!

Kino’s Journey (2003) – Rating 4.5/5

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This series had an idea an ran with it, it explored so many different facets of humanity and how it effects different people. Whether they grew up in a certain environment and knew nothing of the many other different ways that people lived, or the view of the outsider trying to understand their way of living. I’ve only watched the original and have heard the remake wasn’t nearly as good so I’ll stick with recommending this one.

Angel Beats – Rating 5/5

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What if when you died you went to school? Yep, sounds like purgatory to me! Jokes aside, this is another fantastic series that will also leave you curled up in a ball of emotions by the end.

Clannad/After Story – Rating 5/5

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Have I mentioned crying yet? I have? Well get ready to cry some more because this series will cause you to have an emotional breakdown that will take 1 to 3 weeks to recover from!

Toradora – Rating 5/5

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A surprisingly touching love story about a very tiny and angry girl and a guy who must clean all the things with a serious case of RBF.

Lucky Star – Rating 5/5

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My all time favorite Slice of Life anime, this is seriously one that I could put on at any time and still enjoy just as much as I did when I first watched it. Loveable characters, fun stories with each episode and an all around series that just a ton of fun to watch.

My Roommate is a Cat – Rating 4.5/5

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Now, I’m most definitely a dog person, but dammit I love this cat. This series kind of came out of nowhere for me and pushed all the right Feels buttons for me. It tackled the struggles of someone with social anxieties, albiet with some humor thrown in. It also showed how some people cope with difficult things in life and how we’re all capable of overcoming obsticles in life.

From the New World – Rating 4.5/5

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A series I watched fairly recently, this is another one that really tried to explore different ideas with, in my opinion, great success. This one was surprisingly dark at times and had tons of suspense throughout the series. Definitely a series that makes you question a lot of different things while watching. I’ll be writing a full review on this series in the near future so I’ll leave it at that.

 

The Lost Chaos of Finding Anime

A bit of a different post from what is on the site, with this post I’ll be talking a bit about nostalgia and my feelings towards how the magic of randomly finding a series to watch has kind of been lost in the age of the internet (for me personally).

So, I get this feeling every once in a while, mostly when I’m a bit sleep deprived (which is often). I arrived at work this morning, and like usual I had some free time before I needed to start. I’d started to reminisce about the feeling I used to get when walking into a video store to find a new series to watch. I didn’t go in with any particular anime in mind, I would just search through the glorious wall of box sets and assorted volumes of DVDs that were available at the time. The feeling of spotting some box art that jumped out at you and reading the synopsis on the back of the box has kind of lost it’s charm in the age of the internet, where all of the information on a series is readily available on demand. As well as countless reviews to go along with all that information, telling you whether a series is worth while, or if you should avoid it like that Yandere girl who steals napkins out of your trash. It certainly makes finding what to watch a whole lot easier, especially if you’re limited on time. A good word for this would be “Efficient”, and as much as I love efficiency, I find myself missing a bit of the chaos of going into a series blind because the box art or the over the top synopsis appealed to me. I miss judging whether a series was bad based on my first watch through of it, and not relying on user reviews that I may or may not agree with. A good example of this would be the series Negima, I personally love both the original airing, and the Shaft remake, as well as the sequel series UQ Holder. Now, it wasn’t a ground breaking series and definitely doesn’t appeal to a large audience, but I found it on that big wall of box sets and loose volumes and took a chance on it. I didn’t research the series before hand or look at reviews that would tell me that it doesn’t do the Manga justice, the synopsis on the box told me everything it needed to. This is the same way I found some of my favorite series, as well as some really bad ones, (lookin at you Burst Angel). Now I’m not hating on the way things are nowadays, it’s a blessing how much anime I’m able to watch thanks to subscription services like VRV and logging/recommendation sites like Anime-Planet, but sometimes I like to get away from all of that and just watch a series that looks kind of cool every now and then, without any outside input. I think everyone should take some time away from the usual seasonal anime and the series that everyone is telling you to watch because “you need to watch it right now”. Watch something obscure, something that you haven’t heard of, something that just looks cool. If it’s bad, then that’s alright, not every series is going to be amazing, and watching something bad can help you appreciate other series that much more when you find them.

Some Personal Recommendations

Anime Recommendations

Disclaimer

This list of recommendations is purely based on my opinions, and although there may be better anime in these genres, I chose these as I feel they don’t get enough love from the community. These are my personal recommendations and you’re more then welcome to disagree, but this isn’t a ranked list and the order of the chosen anime doesn’t really matter. I’ve seen a lot of anime and even though you may recommend another series over one I’ve chosen here, the fact is, I wanted to make a recommendation list of series that I don’t see as often in other lists. The list is sepperated into Genres that way there is some nice variety in the titles chosen. Some genres will have two recommendations, a primary and a runner up. Not because one series was better then the other, but I felt that the other series was worth recommending as well. I won’t go too deep into explaining everything about the series as these are recommendations and not reviews.

To start the list, we’ll start with a genre that I find myself watching more often then most other genres. Personally, I’m a sucker for Romance Anime, the more emotional the series, the better. I’ve come to realize over the years that I’m a bit of an emotional masochist. So if a series can bring me to the brink of an emotional breakdown, I’ll love it.

Romance

Tada Never Falls in Love

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The series that I’ll be starting with is Tada Never Falls In Love.
Now, this series is a pretty cut and dry Rom Com, but some of the little things they included in the story left a very impactful impression on me. The inclusion of Phtography being one of them, (I was a phtography major in college so this hits home). The comedy was light hearted and added to the growth between the characters, it wasn’t meant to distract like in some other series. The chemistry between Tada and Teresa was wholesome and left you rooting for them throughout the series. It wasn’t a perfect series, but even with some of it’s cliches, I still consider it one of my favorites in the Genre.

Runner Up

Just Because

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The Runner Up in this genre would be Just Because, another Romance anime that also has some focus on Photography….I swear I’m not biased,….. ok, maybe a little. This one is a little more predictable when it comes to Romance anime, but still a great series with a bit more focus on Drama rather then Comedy. As mentioned before, this anime succeded in pulling on my heart strings, so it left a lasting impression on me that warrents a recommendation. Anywho, I can highly recommend both of these if you’re looking for a good Romance anime that has the potential of ripping your heart out and leaving you broken for about 3 to 5 business days.

Slice of Life

Bunny Drop/Usagi Drop

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Oh boy, this series, I mentioned I’m an Emotional Masochist right?
I loved every episode of this series and wanted so badly for it to get another season. Considering it’s been 8 years now though, that’ll probably never happen. The series follows a bachelor named Daikichi, and his recently passed 79 year old father’s 6 year old daughter named Rin (the daughter being the result of his old man having a mistress). He takes her in to raise after the family can’t decide what to do with her. From there the story follows the two and the struggles of being a single parent. This series hit me emotionally more times than I’m willing to admit.

Runner Up

GJ-Bu

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There’s nothing special about Gj-bu, it’s just one of those fun series that you can put on and forget about life for a while. Similar to something like Lucky Star, I find series like these are great palet cleansers if you’ve been binging more serious anime for a while. The story isn’t anything amazing to write home about, but the comedy itself is solid enough and the relationship between the students is pretty adorable. Can recommend if you need a good chuckle.

Mystery

Heaven’s Memo Pad

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This series certainly went some places, and wrecked me with the last few episodes. Throughout the series I got some serious Durarara vibes which is another series I absolutely loved. It covered things like drug use, human trafficing, and attempted suicide. I wouldn’t go as far to say it needs a trigger warning or anything, but it utilized those plot devices really well. I enjoyed the development between the Main Character and the rest of the cast, and there was enough development between them to make the story compelling enough for me to binge in an afternoon.

Runner Up

Darker Than Black

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This is one of my all time favorites, The story was excellent, great fight scenes and had a great mystery factor behind the main plotline. I’m not gonna say much about this one because it’s just one you need to watch. Sadly Funimation let the license expire for both season 1 and 2 so finding a way to watch it is pretty difficult, but if you have the opprotunity, then take it.

Comedy

NegimaEither Series

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This show definitely isn’t for everyone, neither the original nor the remake by Shaft was met with appraisal, I still found it enjoyable. That may be because I’m a fan of Ken Akamatsu who created Love Hina, but similar to Gj-Bu, it’s one I can put on, not think about anything for a while and have a good laugh. The story Follows Negi, a 10 year old Wizard in training, and his adventures with his all female class of middle school girls. The series definitely falls under the Harem genre, but, I view it more as a comedy. This series was also the inspiration behind my username, since Negi’s father was called the Thousand Master. I’m also just really lazy and can’t come up with anything better….

Runner Up

Recovery of an MMO Junkie

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A fun and relatable series, it follows a socially awkward women who quits her job and shuts herself in playing an MMO to avoid the real world. She starts her new MMO life playing as a male character and quickly befriends a cute female healer class who just so happens to be played by a man. Thanks to a chance encounter they bump into one another in the real world, with no clue as to who the other is. Their relationship develops both in game and in the real world, all without knowing the others secret identity. This series was honestly so good that I ordered the Blu-ray almost immediately after binging it.

Drama

Beck (no not that Beck)

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Beck or Mongolian Chop Squad, is a kind of coming of age story about 14 year old named Koyuki who feels disconnected from life, through some chance opprotunities, he meets Ryuusuke who is the guitarist in a band called Beck. It then follows the ups and downs of Koyuki and the rest of the band members, as well as his developing relationship with Ryuusuke’s younger sister and the obsticals of being young and in love.

Harem

Love Hina

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Love Hina was the first Harem anime that I watched to completion, I loved the comedy and the characters. When I watched it, I hadn’t watched many anime in this genre, so everything was still fresh and fun. If you’ve seen your fair share of Harem anime but haven’t seen this one yet, then it probably won’t suprise you with the things it does. But since it was one of my first it holds a special spot on my list. It’s still a fun series to go back through or even go through for the first time.

Shounen

Yowapeda

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I never thought a sports anime would grab my attention like YowaPeda did, maybe it’s because it came out around the same time I was really getting into Cycling, or maybe it’s the over the top nature of Sports anime. Either way, YowaPeda remains near the top of my favorite anime. In terms of a shounen anime, like most sports related shounen, the battles revlove around each character having a special move. I loved the creativity with the different riders from all the schools. The rivelries between the different schools and it’s students is intense, and the races are always a blast to watch. The series always left me waiting impatiently for the next episode, (beyond impatiantly waiting for a new season right now). Although the series is kind of niche in subject matter, it’s still an amazing shounen anime, and if you like sports anime, then it has plenty of over the top action to satisfy your cravings.

Shoujo

Say “I Love You”

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This series may be labeled as more of a Romance anime, but it is a Shoujo at heart and I feel that the romance isn’t exactly the primary focus. And to be frank, there are better love stories out there. But this series shines at showing how two emotionally broken people can grow, and find a better future and learn from their past rather then dwelling on it. It covers something that seems like a very obvious thing, that being the fact that all of us have been through something in our lives that made us the way we are. The story goes through the hurdles we have to get over to move on from our past, and how those hurdles make us stronger in the process. I recommend going through this series, not viewing it as a romance, but as a theraputic experience. Like I said, there are better love stories out there.

Horror

Higurashi When They Cry

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You want Horror? How about dying in some horrific way every four or so episodes? Then I give you When They Cry, an anime based on a long running series of Visual Novels. This anime takes it’s mature rating seriously. Some of the scenes are still burned into my memory, even though I watched the first season all the way back in 2010. This series isn’t for those with a weak stomach, but, if you’re into watching characters die in pretty brutal ways, then this is the series for you. This is another one you’ll just have to watch because anything I say will give too much away. Definite trigger warning for this series though, you’ve been warned.

Runner Up

School Live

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If you haven’t seen School Live or had the story ruined for you, you may be asking “why is this cutsey slice of life looking anime under the horror genre?” Then I’d have to say go experience it for yourself, and find out why I wept like a child during the last couple episodes…..and the days following.

Fantasy

Kurokami

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Kurokami is a series from the golden days of Bandai Visual, when they were still licensing anime for the US under that name. I first watched this show back in 2010, I stumbled across it when browsing through crunchyroll’s catalogue, started the first episode and fell in love. In my opinion, it’s an extremely underrated series. Granted, the story isn’t ground breaking compared to series we’ve had over the past decade or so, but it’s still a fantastic series for the fight scenes and the underlying plot which brings our two main characters together. I still find it unique enough that it can stand on it’s own, even with the other great action fantasy anime that are out there. A definite recommend from me. On a side note, if anyone know’s where I can get my hands on the bandai releases of chapters 4, 5, and 6 of the Blu-ray HMU….I need to complete my collection.

My Dissapointing Anime of 2018

Just to be clear, this isn’t about anime that aired in 2018, just anime I watched in 2018. This also won’t be in depth reviews of these series so they’ll be pretty brief and just contain some of my thoughts on the series as a whole.

With that out of the way, I’ll start by saying I watched a modest 40 different anime over the course of 2018, a couple were movies but they count, at least to me, and anime-planet. Out of those 40 there were some great, some pretty good, a few meh, and a couple that were so bad I decided to make a website complaining about them… One I’ve already written an angry post about and if you’re interested in reading an incoherent 2500+ word post about why I thought it was terrible, I’ll have it linked at the end of this post.

As for the others, I’ll start with one I watched earlier in the year, Ergo Proxy.

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The next series I’ll talk about was The World God Only Knows,

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and the first thing I’ll say about this series is “How the hell do you have 3 filler episodes in a 12 episode season!?”. This was another series that really got under my skin, it honestly only had one, maybe two really likable characters. That being Elsie and Shiori (personally like that character type, don’t judge me and I won’t judge you). Now before I go any further, I have not seen the second or third seasons so this is all based on the first season. I honestly hate the main character, and he’s probably the weakest point in the series. The plot was fine and I liked the general idea they were going for. I just couldn’t appreciate it as much as I could have if they wrote the main character differently. He was just outright unbearable to listen to through the series. I know it’s his character type, so I guess I hate that character type, but I feel the series could have been much better with a different character type. I didn’t have a problem with most of the other cookie cutter characters in the series since they made sense for the plot and were at the very least bearable while on screen. They also didn’t take away from the story they were trying to tell. I didn’t have an issue with pacing outside of the 3 very unnecessary filler episodes. This was just another series that didn’t click with me in the slightest. Funny enough it was another Manglobe series.

The last series would have to be Akame Ga Jesus Christ they killed another character because they couldn’t develop them any further Kill!5690b71c35e4948e9cb3770bba44b6f1

I’m not gonna get too deep into why this series bugged me to the point of spending money on making a website immediately after finishing the series. As poorly written as the post is, it covers a good bit of why I didn’t like most of the series. There is actually a line in Beyond the Boundary (which I’m currently watching through) that sums up my feeling about the show pretty well. I’m pretty sure it’s in the first episode and if you’ve seen it you’ll probably know what I’m talking about based on the first sentence in this paragraph. Now if you’d like to read the (IMO) very poorly and heated post, you can find it HERE.

 

Considering that there are only 3 series in the post that I found to be pretty bad, I’d say it was a pretty decent year watching anime. Later this week I’ll be writing another post with the stand out series that I watched in 2018 so stay tuned for that!

Journey To 300

Alright so what am I talking about with a title like that?

The title is referring to my journey to completing 300 total anime series and movies completed. Now for a lot of people, that probably isn’t very much and considering how long it’s been since I started watching anime, it’s not all that impressive. According to the anime-planet website, I’ve alloted 300 completed anime series and movies as of 11/18/2018. That amounts to 6833 total episodes, and is approaching 4 months of total time watching anime. There are definitely some series in there that I’ve watched a few times to those numbers are a bit inflated, but statistics aside, I figured I would make a post talking about the shows I’ve watched up to this point. I won’t be going over all 300 so don’t worry, I’ll just be going over some note worthy ones that stood out to me and have left an impression. I don’t have dates for everything but I have a general feel for the year that I really got into anime and a few of the shows I started with.

Let’s get started then, like most people, *around my age at least, I was exposed to the usual. Things like Pokemon, Digimon, Yugioh, Sailor Moon, Card Captors and the like. I try not to count that though since at the time, I was pretty young and didn’t know about the wonderful world that is anime just yet. It wasn’t until I was a bit older that I sumbled across the afternoon/evening block of anime that ran on Toonami. Still not really knowing about anime but knowing I was hooked on these cartoons that just felt like they were meant for an older audience. I remember waking up late one night while sleeping in our living room and catching the ending of shows like Neon Genesis Evangelion, Fullmetal Alchemist and the show that made me feel like I shouldn’t be caught watching, Ghost in The Shell. All of it was so mature to me at the time, and being the 15 or 16 year old I was, my still somewhat impressionable mind couldn’t get enough of it. The first show I really started to seek out was Fullmetal Alchemist, I was drawn to the characters and the story, I even went out and bought a book on the history of Alchemy, real alchemy though, not the stuff in the show. Back in the days of MySpace, they would let users upload videos, since there wasn’t much in the way of copyright flagging at the time, I found as many episodes as I could using myspace. I was then turned onto shows like Trigun, FLCL and Bleach. I got heavily invested into all three of those, more so in Bleach, but being the general target demographic for that show at the time can you blame me? Bleach probably still remains one of the longest series I’ve completed and the series that took the longest for me to watch, since I was on the english dubbing schedule and didn’t really get into watching subs until a year or two later. It took me from the premier of Bleach on Toonami, till late 2012 to finish that series. Now considering the series finished earlier that year, I guess it didn’t really take me any longer then most. Moving on though, Shortly before moving to a new state back in 2007, I saw the premier of Eureka 7. From the very first episode I fell in love, everything from the mysterious girl who crashed through his room in a bad ass mech, to the lifting with cool futuristic surfboards that used the wind. Aside from trying to find episodes to watch of FMA on MySpace, Eureka 7 was the first show I really tried to watch start to finish in one sitting. I’m a bit fuzzy on the site I used back then to watch it, but it was all on there and I spent the next couple weeks watching it on the slow internet I had at the time to completion. Even downloaded the episodes and burned them to disc, which I’m pretty sure I still have somewhere. Another series that caught my attention around the same time was Code Geass, I had also caught the premier of that and if you couldn’t tell by now, there was a bit of a pattern beginning to develop with the anime that I enjoyed. Big Mechs, cute female characters and some magical force that tied everything together. On a side note, a series like Full Metal Panic should have been right up my alley, but for some reason or another I just couldn’t get into that series. Anywho back to Code Geass, the thing the brought me in with that series the most was the art style and music, now, I don’t rate my anime based on Openings and Endings, but those were good enough that I was once again hooked into another series. By this point I was getting ready to move back to the state I had moved from only a year earlier, and while I did still have internet, I didn’t get much chance to continue to watch anime like I had been. Shortly after though we had to get rid of the internet so I just watched through the series that I had burned to discs or had bought. It was a few months before I could watch anything new and by that point I was feening. When I was able to get back on the net, I had started to find dedicated sites that had dubbed anime on them, I was in heaven. I started making my way through everything that looked like it would hold my attention, which was just about everything sadly. Looking back I watched a lot of pretty bad anime, but I loved it all the same. While looking through the sites though, I saw a show called Lucky Star, saw the cover art and thought the characters looked cute and decided to start up the first episode. After about 10 minutes of hearing the characters talk about which end of a choco cornet is the head and realizing that for some reason I just couldn’t look away, I had found the next series that I would binge. Funny enough this was also the show that got me to start watching shows with subs, since about half way through the series, I hadn’t noticed that the dub video wasn’t working so it switched to the subbed version. I got about half way through the episode before realizing that I was reading the subs. I have to give props to the dubbing of Lucky Star, because in my experience they cast the voice actors well enough that I barely noticed. I know there are a good bit of people who didn’t really enjoy the show, but it remains one of the few anime that I can just put on and still get a good laugh out of. It will probably always be in my top 10 for that fact alone. *plus Aya Hirano will forever be best girl, even with the scandal that ended her career. After moving yet again in the same year, I had another short lull in my anime watching. I was without internet yet again and after exhausting my physical media, I was again feening for more. Once I was able to get back on the internet, I jumped into the deep end like an Olympic Diver going for gold. It honestly started to take over my life, in a not so positive way. I’d stay up to the point of passing out at my desk, frequent forums finding new series recommendations, staying awake for a couple days at a time just watching everything I could. I was so invested in anime that I would avoid looking for work just so I could spend time watching anime and later finding and playing Visual Novels (but this post isn’t about that). Even in this flurry of anime watching I still managed to find a few anime that really stood out to me and stuck with me. One of those being Kurokami or “Black God”, This was actually the first anime that got me to read the manga. I binged all 23 episodes of that series in one sitting. The story of the doppeliner system sucked me in, the fighting was amazing (at the time) and I loved the characters. I still find myself naming pets in games after the dog “PuniPuni” from the series. After I finished Kurokami I watched a few other series that weren’t as noteworthy, jumping from one show to another before finally being offered a job where my Mom worked. Finally snapping out of the trance that I had put myself in with anime, I cut back most of my bad habits of staying up until sunrise and watching anime until I passed out slumped over my desk. I was finally making money! I could go out and just buy anime now! One of the first box sets that I bought was a series called Eden of The East. Not knowing at the time the one directing the series was also responsible for directing Ghost in The Shell. To say old habits die hard would be an understatement, on my next day off I binged not only the series, but also the two movies that finish the story. I loved the series so much that I wanted to import a phone from japan that was modeled after the phone used in the series. Of course, making minimum wage and having to help out with rent, that wasn’t a realistic dream. I continued to work and slowly fell back into old habits like staying up too late and suffering the next day, but it was worth it for my anime. I started getting back on forums looking for recommendations and one night stumbled across a website claiming it was the Anime Social Network. That site was called Anihub, it honestly just looked like a facebook rip off at the time, but I figured I’d sign up and see what it was about. They had some pretty active forums and I found myself interacting more with the people on there, they had customizable profiles similar to how myspace had back in the day before facebook took over the world and made everything bland and brought out the worst in people. It was a safe place to talk about your favorite anime and look for recommendations from passionate fans. Thanks to that site I learned a little bit about HTML and CSS, although that’s all pretty much gone bye bye, I’m still thankful to that site and the community that was on there. Thanks to that site I was also able to find series like Black Rock Shooter, Durarara, and one of my favorite Romance style anime, Toradora. Aside from having watched Fruits Basket I hadn’t watched to many romance focused anime. Even though I wasn’t all in on the romance aspect to start, I loved the comedy used in the series. By the end though, I was starting to get invested in the romance genre. I started to ask for recommendations on romance anime, and the unanimous response was, “well if you’re not afraid of crying like a baby then you should watch Clannad”. Not wanting to dive that deep in I put off watching that series for a couple more years. Another person then recommended a show called Angel Beats, sadly at the time I watched the first episode and had to finish the series a year later thanks to losing my job due to the company shutting down. Thankfully and surprisingly not due to my bad habits. Since I was out of work I jumped back into old habits and my anime was there to welcome me with open arms. Unsurprising to no one but me, lack of sleep, poor eating habits and zero physical activity can lead to some pretty crappy stuff. I had stayed up one night which wasn’t uncommon for me, but not having eaten much led to my first hospital overnight stay. We had gone to see my Sister’s Grandmother and as we were about to walk out of the door, I fainted, slid down a wall and into my Mom’s back. I woke up not knowing what had happened with an ambulance already on the way and even though I wanted to say everything was fine, I knew it wasn’t. My hobby turned into an obsession and it was effecting me negatively, to the point I was hospitalized for 3 days. I came away from all that with Low Blood Pressure, A lower then average Heart Rate that is possibly the result of being born with a small hole in an inner wall of my heart and a realization that the thing I love, although not a direct cause of my neglect, contributed to the incident. I wasn’t planning on including this little story about my health but figured it was related enough to my journey to 300 that I could include it. Moving on from health scares, I started getting my act together, while still watching anime every now and then, not allowing myself to fall into the same bad habits that put me in the hospital. I still binged, but not nearly to the extent of watching the sun come up every morning. Since then I’ve watched a lot of anime *in my eyes at least, I’ve watched a lot of the notable series that have come out over the years, but of course nothing quite sticks with you as much as it used to. I come across a series every now and then that will get me really hyped and excited to continue watching. Since the anime market is a bit over saturated every season, it’s a bit more difficult to find those gems that put a sparkle in your eye.

This post was supposed to be about the anime I’ve watched over the years but I think making it more of a personal story with anime is a better fit for my site. I still have a few bad habits, but I’ve learned from my past and can say I’m in a better place now. I’m back to watching more anime again, but I’m watching only when I’m actually able to do so, I’m not shrugging my responsibilities like I would have even just a few years ago.

So from me to anyone who may read this, Keep on watching, don’t let it control your life, and keep being passionate about it, even though that sounds contradictory.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Akame Ga Let Down….

Well, from the title you can probably tell I didn’t much care for Akame Ga Kill. In fact, it’s probably one of my lowest rated series to date that I didn’t just drop. Now, I know what you may be thinking, “This guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about and his taste must suck”, You may be right honestly, but in this review I’ll try and explain my point of view and why I felt this series fell flat on it’s face.

Lets start with the story’s premise, believe it or not, I actually liked some of the ideas used for the base of the story, albeit, a bit over used in my opinion. The assassin group trying to bring peace to the kingdom and rid it of a corrupt power, and the somewhat weird but still somewhat interesting gaming related systems like EXP and Leveling UP for the characters *although after about half way through the series they kind of abandoned that. The weapons *Imperial Arms were also pretty interesting and I liked that each one had it’s own special traits, although one of the characters having a makeup bag that allowed them to change their appearance to match someone else seemed a little lazy and honestly didn’t really fit into the world very well, but hey, it allowed that character to have some interesting moments.

Now for the rest of the points of the story, I completely lost interest after about 7 to 8 episodes. One of my personal rules for watching anime is if a show can’t grab my attention within the first 4 or 5 episodes then I’ll either drop it completely, or come back to it at a later date. The latter being the case for this show, I dropped off after episode 7 for a few months and after feeling I had given enough time, gave it another shot. I will say that the story did pick up quite a bit around episode 10 or so, but, one of my issues with the story was pacing. This show had 24 episodes to tell the story it wanted, and by the end I was left extremely unsatisfied. I’ll get more into that towards the end of this review, for now, lets go over characters and their development *Or lack there of.

The main cast is likable enough, fairly generic in my opinion but that is the case with many, many anime, so I tend to let that slide a bit. However, most of the characters lacked a vital thing that might have saved this anime for me, Emotion. Now I’m not talking about fawning over the Male MC *Main character, there’s plenty of that. *honestly a bit tiring after seeing it so much but blame that on the genres I watch I guess, I’m talking about emotion towards other characters that have died, which there is a lot of death in this series. When I say a lot, I mean about 85% of the main cast is dead by the last 4 episodes. It felt like they couldn’t keep a voice cast on long enough to complete the series so they just started killing off characters every couple of episodes. Now I know that’s not the case, but when you’re killing a character off every few episodes, it starts to lose the importance. Which brings me to my next point, when you kill off a main line character, there needs to be some emotion weighted in that death. Sure the deaths were pretty brutal, and the characters mourned for about 5 seconds, but they never felt like they actually meant anything. Some of the characters weren’t even on the show long enough to really grow attached to before they killed them off, so I’m left wondering what even was the point? From episode 1 to 2, MC finds his two childhood friends that he was traveling with tortured and murdered, he freaks out for a little bit and then after a few minutes he’s acting like it’s no big deal. Sure, the story needs to progress, but when you just kill off a character and a character that was close to them goes on about their business, I’m again left wondering what the point was. The death of his childhood friends could have been used as a motivation point for his character development, but instead you’re left with a character that initially doesn’t want to kill anyone, then pulls a complete 180 and suddenly doesn’t have a problem with bloodying his hands. All because this assassin group *Night Raid he joins up with says that it’s for the best. Sure Night Raid  has motives that are in the best interest in bringing peace to the kingdom, but those motives for most of the characters felt more like personal vendettas against certain antagonists or the world in general. I can live with the story killing off main line characters, but in the end, it felt more like the series was relying entirely on the shock value of it all. For example Game of Thrones, which I haven’t personally watched but I’ve been around the internet enough to know it likes to kill characters, by now it’s expected with that series but the character deaths in that series actually draw an emotion out of the viewer *from what I’ve been told at least. The same cannot be said for Akame Ga kill in my opinion. Character death was expected to the point that it was almost comedic when they didn’t kill of a character, *at least for a couple more episodes anyway. I guess since Kill is in the title, they felt they had to have justification for it. Anywho, moving on from the lack of character development and emotion, I’ll talk a little bit about animation.

I don’t really have much to say about the animation honestly, it didn’t have any glaring faults nor did it leave me amazed. The animation was competent enough and didn’t distract from the story they were trying to tell, which can be an issue with other series. Character designs were mostly unique with a few tropes thrown in here and there, again likable enough without being obnoxious the way some other anime can be. Overall animation didn’t take anything away from the series, if anything it helped me not drop the series altogether.

Now onto the glaring issue with the end of the series that shined brighter then Krillin’s head on a sunny day. So 24 episodes, that’s twice as many as most modern anime these days. Seems like it should be plenty of time to tell a pretty detailed and compelling story right? Well after watching this series, I’m still questioning why it felt so rushed. Did the source material have less usable content then they expected? Or was that just how the source material was, fairly detailed in the beginning and then lackluster towards the end? I haven’t read the manga for this series so I can’t answer any of that. Towards the last, we’ll say 8 episodes, everything felt as though they ran out of content and were winging it. The ending battles, although somewhat entertaining, felt meaningless. Just another excuse to kill of a character. MC gains a love interest only to have her killed off an episode later, again shrugging it off like she meant nothing to him, even though they had been around one another up to that point. But hey, that’s what he needs to do to reach the end goal right? One heartfelt moment as she dies in his arms, only to be told the mission is more important then mourning the death of yet another comrade. I guess by this point it’s not a big deal to see another one die. That aside, my biggest issue is with the last two episodes. I figured if the series is going to redeem itself it needed to happen in these last two episodes, hell it’s been building up to this moment for 22 episodes already right? Nope, all I was left with was a bad taste in my mouth and the urge to make a website bitching about it. Lets go over them now shall we. The series has set up the big battle between Night Raid and the brainwashed little boy ruling the kingdom. They reveal their trump card in the form of the ultimate killing machine that towers over the city, letting out a big blast and destroying half the city with complete disregard for it’s citizens. Our MC jumps at the chance to fight it and save the city and it’s people. He attacks it a few times and gets swatted away like a fly pestering someone while they’re eating. The giant aims a big attack at MC and coming in to save the day is one of the antagonists who says this all needs to stop and that he swore to protect the innocent. MC lands a blow that reveals a weak point in the giant, a glimmer of hope. After finding this weak point they both get swatted away causing our MC to unlock some further potential of his weapon. After evolving into something that resembles something from Saint Seiya he lands a finishing blow that stops the giant and saves the day, but wait, now it’s falling towards a bunch of innocent citizens, surely with his evolved abilities he can stop it from crushing these people. He rushes to catch the giant, blasting what look like boosters from a Gundam out of his back, trying desperately to stop it before it reaches the people below. With his back to the giant now still trying to stop it, blood starts exploding out of the cracks in his armor. It hits the ground and in a scene that I can only describe as a scene from the original Spider-Man trilogy where Spidey saves a train from falling off broken tracks, he manages to stop it, saving the people below. Yay! he’s a hero! Oh wait, we’re not done killing characters yet and we still have another episode to go. Akame stands before him, he tells her that he wasn’t able to keep his promise of making it back alive and proceeds to have the most anticlimactic death a grand total of 5 seconds later with nothing really being said between the two. Roll credits and on to the last episode, where apparently the real main character is going to have her final battle with the antagonist that everyone has been afraid of. The battle went how most of the battles went throughout most of the series, Akame finally uses her trump card and bests the antagonist, before the antagonist dies she walks over to old MC that she’s been crushing on for about half the season, encapsulates the two of them in Ice since that’s her thing and turns to ice dust. Cut to scene of a surviving protagonist *for now catching up with the guy who was brain washing the *desperately needs help but adults are ass holes so he’s a lost cause little boy who ruled the kingdom. She cuts off his escape and he uses a trump card of his own, destroying her Imperial Arms, guy proceeds to pull out a flint lock pistol *remember that and shoots her twice, with her now angry she then pounces on him and in a panic he proceeds to shoot her at least 5 more times, from a flint lock pistol, without reloading, a flint lock pistol……. She then beats his face into a mushy pulp leaving him to stain the nice carpet. They’ve won and peace is now restored to the kingdom, Akame and the gunshot wound victim are overlooking the rubble that’s left of the castle, say a quick goodbye and now cut to gunshot girl checking on old friends from before all of this, leaves, finds an alley and dies in it. A little later, they behead the little boy for his crimes, Akame leaves the kingdom and roll credits. After credits scene is just the main announcer talking about the assassins and then shows a scene of Akame getting surrounded by some people who want to kill her. They show a little scene of old MC’s village and them receiving some money to help from the kingdom. That’s it, there is plenty more I could have gone into but I think this is sufficient enough to get my point across.

The series had potential, and I guess a lot of people really enjoy watching main line characters die. I normally try to avoid watching series based on hype, but it was a slow week and anime pickings were a little slim so I watched this. I don’t think I would have had such a bad experience with this series if I hadn’t heard so much praise about it and the fact that it was rated so highly, even though I go in with an open and unbiased thought process when watching or playing things, this show struck a nerve. There were many glaring issues for me and I just couldn’t look past them to enjoy much with this series. I cannot recommend this series, *unless you’re into watching potential waifu’s getting dismembered, or eaten, or dying in many other ways, then go for it. My official statement is going to be a Can’t Recommend.

 

Thanks for reading, this has been my Unpopular Perspective of Akame Ga Kill.