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Below is my top favorites in anime titles and characters. My top favorites in regards to my favorite anime based on enjoyability and for characters and seiyuu are those that I have a fondness for. I enjoy mainly the classic anime of the 80's and 90's because of the variety of anime that came out during that time, accompanied by the talented seiyuu, artists, and writers that brought these titles to life. When it comes to the modern anime shows, there's a handful of them I do like. However, when it comes to some anime series that are highly regarded by others, there will be some where I won't share the same opinion.
When it comes to the anime I watch/would like to watch, the criteria I look for is a good story/plot, likeable characters, and a talented cast of seiyuu. I also look for well-established character development when watching the anime. How I rate anime is by looking at the whole picture and not give something a good score just because it has a handful of good episodes. Enjoyment is key when I rate anime, most of those I rate 8-10 are those I like to re-watch. At times I'll watch a light-hearted/guilty pleasure anime that seems like it will be a fun watch and with those, I rate it differently than I would a serious anime.
I dislike loli/shota anime, shows with "imouto" and "onii-chan" in the title, harem ecchi series with stupid and perverted male leads, and those long running shounen anime that goes on for 200+ episodes, they become a chore to watch and often run into predictable territory.
I feel in today's anime, it is lacking in having certain great female seiyuu that made their mark in the 80's and early 90's (like Megumi Hayashibara) in voicing main characters and are cast aside to supporting roles, which is sad. I'm mainly a fan of the female seiyuu that were active in the 80's and the 90's because I love their voices and those that I favor are excellent in terms of their acting and singing talent. I feel they deserve more respect, love, and fans than the currently popular ones. So I ask and encourage everyone to support veteran female seiyuu for their amazing talent in both voice acting and for some, their singing talent.
As a fan of older anime, I disagree with those who base their superficial arguments on disliking/not watching older anime because of the animation. When it comes to anime; the story-plot, characters, and how both progress is what counts, not what the series looks like or how pretty it is. I encourage everyone to watch older anime from the 80's and the 90's, there's plenty of awesome titles to choose from and you'd be surprised on how entertaining the classic anime titles are.
MY CHARACTER OF THE MONTH-MYUNG FANG LONE
In my Character of the Month feature for this August and in celebration of the official 20th anniversary of Macross Plus, I present the leading female of the series, Myung Fang Lone. The series is a match-made in heaven with the combined talents of the original staff members of the original Macross anime series that include Shoji Kawamori as the chief director alongside Ichiro Itano and Kazutaka Miyatake, joining them are Shinichiro Watanabe as co-director and composer Yoko Kanno. Watanabe, Kawamori, and Kanno would later work on the critically acclaimed Cowboy Bebop, a series that has a similar feel to Macross Plus. With Myung, I know she’s not a popular choice considering how she is portrayed that would lead a viewer to ultimately dislike her character, but I consider Myung as a multi-faceted character with a balanced set of strengths and flaws, as well as understanding what she was going through. Myung is a hardworking young woman and is also the producer for the virtual idol Sharon Apple and the supplier of Sharon’s emotional component. Myung has a fateful reunion with Isamu Alva Dyson and the half-human/Zentraedi Guld Goa Bowman, two individuals she was once close to and had a falling out with seven years prior when an incident drove them apart. Despite the time that had passed, Guld is still passionately in love with her. It’s difficult for her to see the two men she cares for look upon each other with such hate. In her past, she was the idol in her high school days and a girl who loved to sing. It’s revealed that Sharon is an extension of Myung herself as the two are like two sides of the same coin as Sharon lays bare the depths of Myung’s heart, especially when it comes to Myung’s own feelings for Isamu. In analyzing her character, Myung’s love for singing and her bond with Isamu and Guld were things that brought her happiness in her youth. The incident that drove the three apart was heartbreaking for her and the broken bond with Isamu and Guld was a big part in the loss of her dreams as a singer. It doesn’t help when Myung is caught in the middle of Isamu and Guld’s rivalry and hatred of each other. As the OVA progresses, Myung is forced to confront her demons and make peace with what has happened and move forward.
Macross Plus takes place on the planet Eden in the year of 2040 and the series opens with a scene from the past of the three leads when they were carefree teens in much happier times. Myung’s fated reunion with Isamu and Guld comes on the heels of her return to her home-world for the Sharon Apple concert tour and Isamu returning to Eden for a tour of duty as a test pilot for the new line of YF’s at a military base where his former friend Guld is also stationed for Project Super Nova. Both Guld and Isamu will act as representatives for the two corporations aiming to have their YF mass produced and will compete with each other in a series of dogfights testing each YF’s capabilities. Both men put their egos and pride on the line for this project. Myung appears at a televised press conference for the Sharon Apple concert tour on Eden and while Guld is at the mess hall having a meal, he looks up at the television and says her name. Later on, Myung takes a break from her work to visit a location she loved as a girl and to her surprise, she encounters Guld who tells her that he had a feeling she would come by this particular place. Guld himself is still madly in love with Myung and he takes her into his arms and they have a tender moment, until Isamu shows up with Lucy MacMillan, a young woman who herself will get entangled in this complicated relationship of the trio. Both men throw decorum out the window and are about to get into a fist fight with one another until Myung puts herself in-between them and it appears that the old wounds of the past have re-opened for her. These troubling emotions interfere with her performance at the Sharon Apple concert, especially when Isamu shows up and as Myung and Sharon are linked together in more ways than one, the lingering affections Myung has for Isamu transfer into Sharon’s consciousness and more complications arise that will surface later into the OVA. Myung later reunites with a couple of more friends she knew way back when who have gotten married and had two children. At a karaoke club, her friend Kate is seen singing Lynn Minmay’s hit song, “My Boyfriend Is A Pilot” and she tries to encourage Myung to sing, but she has no desire to.
Myung’s attempt at running away from her problems nearly costs her life as a mysterious entity has hijacked operations in the room at the concert hall where Myung is and starts a fire. Sharon sends a warning message to both Isamu and Guld, but Guld is the only one that shows and he rescues Myung, although he incurs injuries himself. Myung awakes in her hotel room where Guld has stayed with her. In this scene, it implies that the two have sex with each other after Myung asks Guld to stay with her and the two grasp each other’s hands then what appears the couple lowering down on the bed. It appears most likely that Guld is going to be the one to be with Myung, which he takes with complete pride. During another run of tests and dogfight maneuvers, once again Isamu and Guld let things get personal again, and as a result it lands Isamu in the hospital. He awakes to Myung watching over him with genuine concern. The ever rebellious Isamu sneaks off with Myung; even though she wants him to stay and recover, and they go into the forests of Eden together where they have a heart-to-heart and are able to connect with each other again since reuiniting. In the aftermath of the chaos that is going on with Project Super Nova, the U.N Spacy has decided to scrap the test program altogether in favor of an unmanned combat air vehicle prototype known as the Ghost X-9, a unit manufactured in secret on Earth, which the higher-up’s believed more superior. This news infuriates both Isamu and Guld. Meanwhile, Myung’s associate Marge Gueldoa has implanted an illegal chip into Sharon Apple’s mainframe which causes the already unstable virtual idol to develop a malevolent personality. Also, the 30th Anniversary of the Armistice between mankind and Zentraedi was an upcoming event and at the forefront of the celebration would be a performance by Sharon Apple in Macross City and the unveiling of the Ghost X-9. Myung had to leave Eden for this event and she and Guld bid farewell to each other in which he imparted to her a small gift which was a precious keepsake to him. This item was a small music device that Myung listened to and it was her own song. Guld’s touching gesture and his loving devotion move Myung to tears, this was a scene of hers that particularly moved me as well.
Isamu ultimately decides to disobey orders, steals the YF-19, and heads to Earth to stop the debut of the Ghost X-9. Guld is ordered to retrieve Isamu in his own YF-21 and they engage each other in an intense final dogfight in which is a no-holds barred engagement. While this is going on, Sharon Apple takes over the computer systems on the SDF 1-Macross and even the Ghost X-9, plus has hypnotized the people who have come to the event and the Macross crew with her siren songs. The only one free of Sharon’s control is Myung who engages the hypnotized men that come after her, but Sharon overcomes her. In the climax of Isamu and Guld’s dogfight which the latter bests the former, Guld’s suppressed memories of the past reveal he was the one that had been in the wrong when he remembers seeing Isamu and Myung in a romantic embrace, Guld’s violent Zentraedi urges kicked in, and he attacks Isamu and nearly rapes Myung. Because of this revelation, Guld feels extremely guilty for what he has done. However, Isamu survives and the two men are able to make up with each other at long last and together make the journey to rescue Myung . The pair is then confronted with the crazed Sharon Apple and sends the Ghost X-9 after them. Guld decides to take on the drone and has Isamu rescue Myung. The battle is an intense one as Isamu is subjected to attacks from the Macross and Guld’s fight against the Ghost X-9 ends with his death in a kamikaze maneuver, which is devastating to both Isamu and Myung. Yet, Sharon Apple isn’t done with Isamu as she plans to give him the ultimate thrill he has been seeking and like the siren she is, Sharon is able to get a hold on Isamu and seeks to kill him. Isamu is saved through Myung as she sings her signature song to him, he is able to break free of Sharon’s hypnotic trance and destroy the mad virtual idol, whose death is equally as tragic as Guld’s. In the end, Myung has been able to become her true self as the young woman who loves to sing and gains a new beginning with Isamu.
While I feel that Macross Plus is the finest that the anime industry has to offer, I believe more could’ve been done in the character development department, such as exploring more of the past of the three leads to get a better understanding of their characters and what shaped them in the present timeline of the story, especially for Myung. The movie edition does a little bit, especially in the montage of showing the three as young children to their youth with happy looks on their faces in a much happier time, still it feels rather vague. A separate OVA series could’ve been made to explore that facet and offer the trio further development. Also, the movie edition provides a much better ending with Myung singing to Isamu as she approaches him with a beautiful smile, he puts his arm around her and the couple witness a new dawn, a befitting setting for a new start in their lives. So, I can’t help but feel happy for Myung in the end and that she and Isamu will share a brighter tomorrow together. However, it does make me sad of what happened to Guld as his love for Myung was a tragic, but also feeling happy that he and Isamu renewed their friendship, and his story was truly a bittersweet one.
Myung’s seiyuu is Rica Fukami, most famous for her role as Minako Aino/Sailor Venus in the original Sailor Moon anime series. I’m also disappointed she wasn’t cast to reprise her role for the new anime series alongside Aya Hisakawa, Michie Tomizawa, and Toru Furuya whom I also wanted to return. For Fukami’s other anime roles she has done in her career she voiced Admiral Beneej Spoor for the Crest/Banner of the Stars series, another role of hers I enjoyed alongside Daiko Hayami in New Cutey Honey. She particularly hasn’t been in anything noteworthy as her four fellow Sailor Senshi have, but with what she has worked on that I looked into that is of interest they include; Suzu Imamura of Full Moon o Sagashite, Kira and Iyo of Himiko-Den, Nana Sawada of Katekyo Hitman Reborn, Hamil of The Legend of Black Heaven, Shaf of Ninja Senshi Tobikage, Kaori Shimamori of Weather Report Girl, and Aquelda of Wedding Peach. She is quite prolific in the dubs of live-action movies, such as portraying the role of Angelina Jolie’s character in the Disney hit movie Maleficent.
Below is Myung’s song “VOICES”, sung by Akino Arai who provides the singing voice for Myung as well as a couple of songs for Sharon Apple.
Macross Plus is a favorite title for fans of 90’s anime; regarded quite well in being a work ahead of its’ time and being renowned as the Top Gun of anime for its impressive dogfight visuals and atmosphere. The dub itself is quite noteworthy in having Bryan Cranston in the leading role as Isamu, more than 10 years before he would take on his most infamous role as Walter White in the hit AMC series, “Breaking Bad”. Even if you’re not a fan of English dubs for anime, Cranston does a great job as Isamu, and I enjoyed his performance much more than I did the original Japanese VA. Cranston’s performance adds an amazing flair to the character. Yet, I feel both language versions are enjoyable to watch and both offer casts of noteworthy VA’s. Seiyuu Shou Hayami whom voiced fan-favorite character Maximilian Jenius of the original and the Macross 7 seven series lends his voice as the mysterious Marge Gueldoa. Fans of Cowboy Bebop would also enjoy this series for much the music has a similar sound of Yoko Kanno’s music and the feel of Shinichiro Watanabe’s style. Unshou Ishizuka (Guld) and Megumi Hayashibara (Lucy) would be a part of the Bebop cast as Jet Black and Faye Valentine respectively. For Macross series fans in general who haven't seen Plus, it's a series to see and I truly recommend it as I see it as one of the finest of the franchise alongside the original. The animation of Plus is amazing for a mid 90's title, the backdrop of Eden is truly gorgeous especially in scenes showcasing the planet's flora and fauna, and I feel it has aged well. Macross Plus is also an anime that features an adult cast of characters, so those seeking to see an anime with a primary cast of adult characters as the leads would enjoy watching this. It paints a more complicated picture with the love triangle of the three leads of the story in its’ development. There’s also an underlying theme of man’s conflict with technology; although Marge embraces it, it’s seen in the leading characters conflicts against the Ghost X-9 and Sharon Apple respectively and even Guld piloting the volatile YF-21 as the intricate design of the unit itself is a technological wonder. Even with the flaws I pointed out in the Final Thoughts spoiler above, it is a fantastic, engaging, enjoyable anime and remains an everlasting favorite of mine.
The series and movie edition was released as a complete set in BD format last summer.
Here is a pretty cool AMV dedicated to Macross Plus featuring a medley of different songs not from the series that are really good.
My Rating System
10.Masterpiece-Ultimate perfection, re-watch is a must because it was so terrific a series to watch that I can enjoy endlessly without it ever being a dull moment.
9.Great-Truly awesome and a definite re-watch, but just barely makes it to the level of masterpiece.
8.Very Good-A pleasant watching experience, some re-watch worthy, but has at least one or two flaws that prevented it from getting a higher score.
7.Good-A decent series, just a few flaws, yet was entertaining to see.
6.Fine-Could've been done much better, but wasn't too bad.
5.Average-Just meh, not bad but not great either.
4.Bad-Nothing really good to speak of because the flaws outweigh anything good about it.
3.Very Bad-Flawed and possesses no redeeming qualities.
2.Horrible-Too flawed and too horribly made, a complete waste of time.
1.Unwatchable-Things like a modern harem ecchi and lolicon anime is what I would consider unwatchable. Tasteless anime like that is beyond horrible. Also anime that makes me facepalm myself and say WTFPWP!
Favorite Live-Action Movies-2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, Blade Runner, Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), The Breakfast Club, Cleopatra (1963), Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Die Hard, Dr. Strangelove, The Godfather Trilogy, Iron Man 1 & 2, Planet of the Apes (1968), Raiders of the Lost Ark, Rashomon, The Right Stuff, Robocop (1987), The Seven Samurai, Silence of the Lambs, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Streets of Fire, Superman (1978), The Terminator (1984), and Teminator 2: Judgement Day
Top 25 Anime Shows I Dislike-Those With An Average Rating of 6 or Higher
Bouken! Iczer 3-Terrible sequel to the much better Iczer-1 OVA.
Chobits-The main characters weren't that great, especially Chii who had zero personality. Their romance wasn't that great either. Side characters like Shinbo and Takako were better characters and I feel they should've been the mains.
Code Geass-This series is too much like Gundam SEED to me, which is another series I don't like. I am not a fan of this series and its' characters, plain and simple.
Devilman OVA's-These 3 aren't that good, they lack any real structure and underdeveloped the story. I found the Devilman Lady anime much better.
Dirty Pair OVA's-Just followed the same format as the TV series and really never developed Kei and Yuri's characters to a new level. Nolandia was the worst of them with a bad story and character animation. I was really never fond of the character animation of the OVA's and preferred the TV series character animation.
Evangelion Rebuild Movies-These are sad excuses for a reboot, they have nothing on the original series in terms of story and character development, also they take a number of the characters and twist them in an unflattering way that ruins them, such as Misato for example. After seeing 3 of the 4 films, all they did was disappoint me greatly. The only true Evangelion for me, is the original series and The End of Evangelion film finale...not this horrible reboot.
Girls und Panzer-Aside from a supporting character I did like not having enough screen-time and development, and this is one reason why I hate anime shows like these that don't develop its' adult characters. About half of the characters in this series were annoying and lame as shit that I could care less about as well. This series was a waste of my time and at times I wish Sentai didn't license series, there is better stuff than this.
Inuyasha-The worst of Rumiko Takahashi's works; Kagome was a terrible heroine, Shippo was a lame-ass sidekick, and Naraku was a shit antagonist. I also dislike how anime vilifies Kikyo, she's such a beautiful character who doesn't deserve the hate she gets. It could've been better if it were a shorter series, Sango as the main heroine, and keeping true to Kikyo's portrayal in the manga.
Macross 7-This was overall a pretty weak series for me; I didn't like Nekki Basara and hearing him sing the same old songs got real old fast. The villains were also lame as shit. This series didn't need to be 49 episodes long, the standard 26 should've sufficed.
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica-Quite a pretentious series that didn't do anything for me through most of the praise it gets, the title heroine Madoka was more of a crybaby than NGE's Shinji. She seemed like she was on the sideline through most of the series and was useless. I didn't find her an admirable heroine at all and I also found Homura rather bland. Characters like Sayaka and Kyoko were better characters than the both of them and more interesting.
Magic Knight Rayearth OVA-Just one big facepalm, the TV anime was much better than this shit.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack-Quess and Gyunei killed the movie for me, Char and Amuro bringing up the past over Lalah didn't help either as that aspect of their rivalry felt rather wishy-washy. The Char x Quess shit was stupid too even if he just saw her as a pawn. Overall, I felt this movie jumped the shark. Nanai Miguel and Chan Agi were the only good characters in this movie as they didn't put up with Quess' shit.
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED/Destiny-The worst of the Gundam series IMHO that I've seen, all it had going for it was the gorgeous male/female characters and that's all that its' popularity can show for it. Flay was the worst thing going for the first series most of all. I also find the series guilty of the over-use of plot armor plus a lot of the characters and how they develop are poorly written; especially in Destiny, such as Kira and Athrun, they start to show too many bad flaws and the main female characters are bland and uninteresting. This is also too much of a teen soap melodrama than a war story.
Najica Blitz Tatics-Overall a weak story and the worst episodic format I've ever seen. Najica didn't impress me that much as a protagonist and Lila was another AI character with zero personality.
Ozma-Too predictable a storyline that seems rather outdated.
Rurouni Kenshin Seisouhen & Shin Kyoto Hen-The worst of the worst of DEEN's adaptations, sheesh can't they get it through their thick skulls that RK fans want a true anime adaptation of the Jinchuu arc, and not shit like these?!
Sailor Moon R & SuperS-Other than Chibi-Usa being a horrible character, the plotlines of each of these two seasons were not my cup of tea, especially that horrible SuperS season. The filler arc in R was also lame.
Sengoku Basara-What a horrible representation of great historical figures with no regard to accuracy and the over-the-top shounen antics. It's not good enough as a guilty pleasure.
Shingeki no Kyojin-Another popular series I dislike that I find overrated; what I didn't like about it was all the bland, stock, and stereotypical characters it has that don't do anything for me to make me care. I wasn't too fond of the storyline either and its' development. The second OP & ED are terrible as well.
Tamako Market-Lamest KyoAni anime ever, why did Sentai have to license this shit? At times I feel they make horrible choices when it comes to what they license. It would've been an alright anime if it didn't have that lame talking bird that was one major component of this series I didn't like. Also the series itself felt random and had no form of plot. I've seen better slice-of-life shows that had a plot.
Urusei Yatsura TV-That douche-bag Ataru Moroboshi killed any enjoyment I had, most of the time I wondered why Lum is in love with that loser. Also, I didn't have much fun in watching in what I seen...I found Ranma more engaging.
X/1999 (Movie)-Total snores-ville and very dull, there was nothing about this movie that was interesting. I'm glad that it was re-made into a TV series years later, which is the better adaptation.
Top 25 Anime Characters I Dislike
Gavlet Gablae & Quwasan Olibee-Heavy Metal L-Gaim
Kozue Izumi and Michelle Cay-Infinite Ryvius
Kagome Higurashi, Shippo & Naraku-Inuyasha
Nekki Basara-Macross 7
Suzu Sakuma & Jinny Golding-Marmalade Boy
Nina Purpleton-Mobile Suit Gundam 0083
Quess Paraya & Gyunei Guss-Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack
Flay Allster, Shinn Asuka, Kira Yamato-Mobile Suit Gundam SEED/Destiny
Jerid Mesa & Rosamia Badam-Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
Glemy Toto-Mobile Suit ZZ Gundam
Kodachi Kuno & Shampoo-Ranma 1/2
Chibi Usa-Sailor Moon R/S/SuperS
Ataru Moroboshi-Urusei Yatsura
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