Day 2 – Favourite anime you’ve watched so far

As with quite a few of the ‘days’ to come, this one’s gonna be a list rather than one particular title. Basically, I can’t choose just one series/movie because I really like several, each for different (or sometimes similar) reasons, etc., etc. For the sake of the posts though, I’ll limit the list to 5 titles. So yeah… on with the list :D.

Mononoke Hime (もののけ姫)

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Ever since I first saw this movie I’ve been astonished at how amazing and well rounded it is. It’s got a beautiful story, characters are great, art is amazing and the OST is just superb. This is definitely one of the animes that I could just re-watch a billion times and still not be sick of it.

Kara no Kyoukai (空の境界)

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“Mesmerised” is the only word that comes to mind just now while thinking how this series left me. True, I only saw the first seven movies and the epilogue when I initially watched it, but I was astonished at the amazing execution of this series. As confusing as it was because of the films’ order, it only made me want to re-watch it again, and again, and again. You get the gist :D.

Fate/Zero (フェイト/ゼロ)

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For me, this series has some of the most amazing characters out there. Everybody’s so well written and well thought out that even the bad guys fascinated me to no end and made me want to know more about them. Couple that with a brilliant story, superb animation and OST and you’ve got a masterpiece. Once again, this is a series that I could re-watch any number of times and still want more of it :D.

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (魔法少女まどか☆マギカ)

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Ah, the Madoka series… I have to admit, I could have done without the final movie (I don’t think it’s bad or anything, but for me the story seemed to have a good initial ending), still, this series is very close to my heart. Aside from the whole ‘deconstruction of the magical girl genre’ aspect, the series does a great job of portraying a group of believable characters and their struggles following the decision to take on a huge responsibility, not to mention the way this affects their relationships with each other and other ‘non-magical’ people.

Shiki (屍鬼)

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I guess some would say this show isn’t really horror and whatnot, but I think that this is the best horror anime I’ve seen so far. One thing that I love about it is that it portrays what would happen if a family of vampires would decide to take over a small village in a very realistic way. And we’re talking real, can’t-come-into-the-house-unless-invited vampires.

Another thing that I love about this anime is that by the end of it you end up questioning whether or not vampires really are all that evil and who the actual ‘monsters’ are. All in all, it’s a great and very real story, with well drawn out characters and an OST that can enchant and creep you out at the same time ^^.

So that would be my ‘top 5’, if I’d have to name it in any way. Titles I’d still like to mention are: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (鋼の錬金術師 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST), Kokoro Connect (ココロコネクト), Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ), Baccano!, Monster (モンスター), Haibane Renmei (灰羽連盟), Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し) and I’ll shush now or this list won’t end any time soon :D:D.

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Day 1 – Very first anime you’ve watched

So at the request of my friend, ニッキーのオタク, here I am doing the fabulous 30 day anime challenge ^^.

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Ok, Mononoke Hime‘s (もののけ姫) not actually the first anime I’ve ever watched (among the first animes I’ve watched are Sailor Moon and another series about volleyball that I’m too lazy to look up just now), but it’s the first anime that’s really stuck with me. This is mostly because when I watched the other series I was quite young and I honestly don’t remember much about them (except for the fact that I really wanted to be Sailor Moon :D).

Point is, Mononoke Hime really left an impression on me from the very first time I’ve seen it and even though I didn’t actually ‘get into anime’ until a few years ago, this movie’s always stuck with me and I re-watched it a bunch of times ever since. Heck, I even copied it to my iPod just so I would have it with me all the time ^^”.

So yeah, Mononoke Hime is technically not the first anime I’ve ever seen, but it’s the first one that I’ve ever watched in the sense that I knew what I was watching and I remembered it, etc., etc., etc.

Day 2 – Favorite BL manga

In moments like this I remember that I know a bunch of BL titles mostly because they’re sitting in my ‘to-read’ section on MAL and that I haven’t actually read that many ><….

Drama aside though, I think I’ll go for Sairuiu for this one.

Sairuiu is a collection of 8 short stories, compiled into one manga volume. While there’s no overall grand plot that spans over several volumes, I really enjoyed the diverse situations and emotions portrayed in this volume. And unlike a lot of BL stories out there, these ones really felt like they could happen in everyday life. When it comes to BL, the genre (sadly) suffers from quite a heavy use of stereotypes across the board (from plot, to characters, you name it) so it was quite nice to read something more simple and down to earth for a change.

As a side note, I’m very tempted to add In these words here but that manga is still on-going. While I think it’s quite awesome, I can’t say with a clear conscience that it’s my favourite since I haven’t even read all of it yet ^^“. So yeah, for now I’m sticking to Sairuiu.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Day 1 – The first BL you ever read/watched

Well…….. the very 1st BL thingy I ever came across was a fanfic and that was a billion years ago :D:D.

If I had to go for ‘official’ stuff I’d have to say the following:

The first BL anime I’ve ever watched was Junjou Romantica  (純情ロマンチカ) ^^. I remember stumbling upon it one night and then marathoning the series, while raging at how silly it was at times and laughing my butt off the whole time.

Later edit:

Fuuuuudge!! Stop the presses! xD It just hit me – the first even remotely BL anime I’ve ever watched is in fact Gravitation (グラビテーション) Oo.

I guess the anime didn’t stick with me cause I saw it quite a while ago and while the premise of it was nice, the only thing about it that I remember is the same song being played over and over and the fact that I disliked how the main character looks waay too much like a little girl :/. But yeah, feel free to carry on with your life now that you read this shattering revelation that I just had to ramble about xD.

The first BL I’ve ever read is probably Togainu no Chi (咎狗の血), the visual novel.

This was also the 1st VN I’ve ever read so it was definitely quite the experience. I have to confess though, I have yet to read the story’s true ending ^^“. Plus I lost all my in-game progress at some point, so yeah, happy days xD. No that I’ll mind re-reading TnC.

Kind of in the same category but not quite would be Sakura Gari (樱狩), as I’m pretty sure it’s the 1st BL manga I’ve ever actually read.

Yes, while I enjoy reading cute and fluffy stuff as much as the next person, I’m a sucker for drama and tragedy and whatnot and that’s probably how I ended up reading this manga first :D:D.

So yep, these are my first encounters with BL as a genre. I’m not adding descriptions for the series as it’s definitely more fun to find out what these stories are about on your own ^^. As always, thanks a bunch for stopping by! 🙂

On ‘New York Minute’ (prequel to ‘In these Words’)

N.B.: this post was first published here, before I made a blog here on wordpress.

So these thingies came through the mail yesterday 😀

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I know I’m still not finished with the by-now-way-more-than-30-day anime challenge, but I wanted to make a post about the works of Guilt|Pleasure for a while now, so here goes :D.

Mind you, I haven’t read In these words yet, as I’m waiting for volumes 1 and 2 to be (re-/)published. In the meantime, I did however order them in Japanese because of reasons xD. Aaaaaaanyways, what I mean to say is that the following is written with minimal to no knowledge about the events that unfold in the main series.

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I have to say, this volume might just have one of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen. I knew TogaQ’s got boatloads of talent, but I’m still in awe at how beautifully the charatcters’ expressions are rendered. And ever since I read this story its atmosphere really stuck with me, so now there’s a ‘heavy winter in New York’ kinda vibe in my heart :D:D. Fuzziness aside, I think it’s safe to say that New York Minute’s about the day that Asano Katsuya and David Krause get together. Katsuya’s the police department’s newly employed psychiatrist and David’s a homicide detective.

The manga part of this volume is beautifully drawn and leaves you wanting more (and when I say that I’m not complaining about the lack of explicit content; rather, the story left me with a nostalgic feeling and it would’ve been nice to see more of Katsuya and David in this ‘winter wonderland’ setting ^^). Lucky for us though, the manga’s swiftly followed by Prey, a short story looking at Katsuya’s very first days at the precinct and how he and David actually meet.

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While I really liked the volume’s first part, it also left me a bit disappointed so I was immensely grateful for the inclusion of Prey. Yes, I probably got ahead of myself here, but right after finishing the manga chapter I couldn’t help but think – ok, that’s all fine and dandy but where’s my context for all of this?? It’s like I was watching a display of fireworks, but getting to see only the moment when the fireworks go off in the night sky. As in, I was missing all the anticipation and excitement that comes with seeing and hearing the thing soar up in the sky before bursting and making people go all ‘kyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!’ Excuse the cheesiness, but that comparison was the only thing that came to mind when trying to explain my thoughts xD. So Prey comes along and gives more info on the previously seen characters and frames the manga quite nicely. New York Minute was definitely a much more satisfying read after finishing that short story.

As for the main characters themselves – they’re charming! ^^ I knew from what little I’ve read about ITW that Katsuya’s got a troubled past (to say the least?), and the hints dropped here and there throughout the book left me with a handful of questions about him (which will hopefully be answered at some point). While I’m usually not that big a fan of the older character archetype in yaoi stories, David won me over from the start. I liked the fact that he knows who he is and goes with it, he’s strong, he’s got a great sense of humour and there’s a kindness to him that just makes me want to give him a big hug xD. That being said, I can’t help but be a little scared for him.

In the main series, Katsuya’s (kind of?) paired with Shinohara, so where does that leave David? Will he be reintroduced there at some point? Does he die? Oo Or maybe I’m overlooking stuff ‘cause I haven’t read the main series yet, in which case I’m even more anxious to get my hands on it xD.

I’ll shush for now, but this is to be continued with me rambling about the other volumes from the ITW prequel series ^^.

As always, thanks for stopping by! 🙂