Saturday, July 14, 2012

30 Day Anime Challenge - Day 5: Anime Character I Feel I Am Most Like (Or Wish I Were)

I have no idea how to answer this prompt. I like myself as I am. I can't really see myself as any other character. I must apologize, but I can't quite answer this one.

Friday, July 13, 2012

30 Day Anime Challenge - Day 4: Anime I'm Ashamed I Enjoyed

Well, now. This is an interesting subject with many answers. A few come directly to mind while others came close to fulfilling this criterion.

I am most ashamed that I enjoyed (possibly not safe for work):

B Gata H Kei. o.O Oh my gods, oh, oh my gods. >.> <.< <.>
This anime is about...oh, I'm done thinking about this. B Gata H Kei at
My only wish is that I could go back and not watch it.

Another one:

Astarotte no Omocha. (Astarotte's Toy in English.) I can talk more about this one. It wasn't that bad. This one is about a succubus who is coming of age and so must begin to ingest "life-seed" in order to continue living. That's actually RL mythologically correct. What makes this so shameful is that it details young teenagers. Granted, it's only a teaser, but still.

 (I had the hardest time finding a good one that isn't ecchi.)

Ladies vs. Butlers! [sic] This one isn't as bad. I only consider it shameful because of its particularly Dom vs. sub teasing. Essentially there's an academy where the rich folk learn to be rich folk and how to command the poorer folk learn to be servants. Or something like that.

Now, there isn't a prompt for anime that I should be ashamed about for enjoying but still am not ashamed. So I put those here:

(Also difficult to find a "safe" picture.) Link to a video: Kanokon episode 9

Kanokon. Easily one of my favorite anime. No shame. Wolf girls, talent of all shapes and sizes and dichotomies ;)

Miyuki-chan in Wonderland (good)/Mirrorland (best). Made by Clamp. For the uninitiated, that means "made by women for women." If you haven't seen it, you need to watch it. Stop by the Anime Society office sometime and enjoy.

Tomorrow's prompt: "anime character I feel I am most like (or wish I were)"

Thursday, July 12, 2012

30 Day Anime Challenge - Day 3: My Anime Crush

This is an interesting one. I can honestly say I'm past this phase, but here's "what was and when."

Rukia Kuchiki. As much as I think Bleach is repetitive and nothing but reiterations of deus ex machina, I had an enormous crush on Rukia. It was to the point where I would have dreams about her character. I even named a star after her. Yeah. That was when I first learned what anime is, my sophomore year of high school. (Bleach can be likened to a gateway anime.)


Hoshi no Kaabii. Yup.

Tomorrow's prompt: "anime I'm ashamed I enjoyed"

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

30 Day Anime Challenge - Day 2: Favorite Anime I've Watched So Far

This was a difficult one to decide. I have many favorites. But, if I must choose one, then I choose:

Princess Tutu. It is an anime fairy tale, with themes from other fairy tales, poetry, opera, and ballet. As a musician appreciative of the fine arts, I really enjoyed the concept of the show, the plot, the characters, and the impressionistic style. It is a must-watch for every human with access to first-world technology.

The runner-up:

Cowboy Bebop. I must say that I do enjoy science fiction. This one blew my mind. Not only is there action and drama, there are tons of scientific "yet-to-bes" for me to mull over in my mind and wish existed. Couple that with awesome music courtesy of Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts and a successfully-fitting aesthetic, and you get one spectacular show.

Honorable mentions: xxxHolic, Miyuki-chan in Wonderland, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, FMA: Brotherhood, Kanokon, Chihayafuru, C, Death Note.

Tomorrow's prompt: "my anime crush"

30 Day Anime Challenge - Day 1: Very First Anime

So this guy has a tumblr, and on it, this post: clicky!

Essentially, it is a "30 Day Anime Challenge." The problem is, he posted no instructions. It appears that he invited his readers to post their answers to his tumblr page. However, I am simply going to answer them on my blog for the next month. As it is July 11 now, I should be done on August 9. (I will do one for yesterday right now because it's only 00:40.) Oddly, August 9 is my brother's birthday.

You can see a list of what to expect on each of the thirty days at the aforementioned tumblr blog. I will answer each prompt with an image or otherwise appropriate media file.

The first prompt simply reads, "very first anime". It is:

Yes, Sailor Moon. I first saw it in about the fifth grade. I would usually wake up at 6:30 in order to get to school by 7:25. However, on mornings that Sailor Moon was on, I'd get up at 5:30 and watch that show. It would seriously freak my father out. At that time, I had no idea what anime was; it was just another cartoon to me. But it was a special cartoon...a different one that struck different chords in my imaginative mind.

I haven't seen Sailor Moon in years, but I can still sing the opening theme for you, although I won't. Okay, maybe not, but close enough!

Tomorrow's (later today's) prompt: "favorite anime you've watched so far"