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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 CHARACTERS OF THE MONTH-TSUNAMI & SASAMI
For September’s Character of the Month, I’ll be featuring Tenchi Muyo’s Tsunami and Sasami from the OVA-verse of the intricate franchise. Twenty years ago, the second OVA series brought to light the connection between Tsunami and Sasami. In the OVA-verse, Tsunami and Sasami have a unique connection to one another like two sides of the same coin, and in the spinoff Pretty Sammy series, the relationship between them is completely different, and the overall setting is more light-hearted. For this profile, I will only be discussing their OVA-verse personas. Sasami is a Juraian princess and the younger sister to Ayeka, is a girl who pulls her weight in the Masaki household who regularly cooks meals for everyone, and acts as peacekeeper between the space pirate Ryoko and her older sister who often get into arguments with each other. Sasami has a special bond with Ryoko’s partner, Ryo-Ohki who is a small and cute cabbit that can take on the form of a spaceship when she transforms. This bond between Sasami and Ryo-Ohki would be common place in the grander Tenchi-verse in the various spinoffs. Sasami is a noteworthy figure in the realm of anime of a young girl commonly referred to as the “loli” in a harem setting, even though Sasami is not the first character that would originate the character type. I always liked Sasami for her sweet, fun, and playful nature but also being kind, compassionate, and considerate. Sasami’s alter ego Tsunami is one of the three powerful Choushin goddesses alongside Washu and Tokimi. Tsunami is the founder of the planet Jurai and creator of the sentient Royal Trees that bond with certain Juraians which in turn gives them tremendous power and eternal life spans and as the core of Juraian ships they become a key part of Jurai being a galactic superpower. I believe because of being linked with Tsunami grants Sasami her mature personality, although the aspects of her being that are child-like…especially in the second episode of the 1st OVA when she has Tenchi sneak into her sister’s bedchamber to get the Tenchi sword from her and the fun she spends playing with Ryo-Ohki. The connection that Sasami and Tsunami share in the OVA-verse adds the special ingredient in Sasami’s development as a character, so when it comes to my favorite of Sasami’s portrayals in the big picture of the Tenchi-verse, the OVA trilogy is the best. The quality that each of them share is they’re charming individuals.
Tsunami’s history is a vast one alongside her sisters Washu and Tokimi as they were present at the beginning of the universe before time and space began. The trio was on a mission in search of an all-powerful being who possessed greater power than they did. After much thought and time, a decision was made to take a more practical approach, both Tsunami and Washu descended to the third dimension to make their respective searches. Tokimi remained in the higher dimension creating chaos in the universal fabric to force this “so-called” superior being to reveal itself. 150,000 years in the past as told in the official story in the doujinshi “Omatsuri Zenjitsu no Yoru 21 Seiki Ban 1-21st Century”, Tsunami encountered a young boy who was to be the first Emperor of Jurai. At the time of this encounter, Tsunami was in the form of a tree and had been asleep for quite some time that her form had become to change. He climbed upon Tsunami’s branches and awakened the sleeping goddess. When she awoke, Tsunami sensed that this young man’s future descendants would produce the higher being she and her sisters have been searching for. From then on Tsunami would become the guardian deity of Jurai and protect House Masaki’s descendants. The 1st Juraian Emperor’s sister, Masaki would take a Royal Tree on an exploration mission and was the progenitor of the Masaki clan on Earth.
There is a hint of the connection between Tsunami and Sasami in the episodes when Kagato makes his appearance and the dream that Sasami has and in The Night Before the Carnival special when she has another dream that reveals the mysterious Tokimi taking Tenchi away. Sasami’s dreams are prophetic in nature; while Sasami is technically is still a little girl, these dreams are nightmares and are frightening to her. Tsunami and Sasami’s destinies are intertwined when Jurai is attacked by Ryoko and Ryo-Ohki when Sasami fell from a walkway in the Royal Arboretum, in the location where the Royal Trees are grown near the roots of Tsunami-no-Ki and the little princess was fatally injured, but was saved when Tsunami assimilated with her in order to save Sasami’s life. Sasami feared this aspect of herself as she felt the “real” Sasami was actually dead, she was just a facsimile, and be rejected by those she loved. Her older sister Ayeka assured her that she didn’t care what the circumstances were and still loved her for who she is. Even though Sasami and Tsunami are still separate entities, when Sasami reaches physical maturity, she and Tsunami will become one. Because of being assimilated with Tsunami, Sasami is able to bond with Tsunami’s ship, the Tsunami-fune, the most powerful ship in the entire fleet. Also bonded with the Tsunami no Ki, grants Sasami incredible combat strength and endurance combined with what skills taught to her by her mother, Misaki Masaki Jurai who is the Supreme Commander of the Juraian Royal Bodyguard.
Thoughts Tenchi’s Romantic Prospects
With Sasami’s endearing personality plus being assimilated with the Choushin goddess Tsunami and the eventuality of Sasami taking on the likeness of Tsunami; despite the unlikelihood, Sasami shows at her young age of someone who would make a lovely bride combined with the graceful beauty that Tsunami possesses which could pose a threat to Ryoko and Ayeka’s chances. I feel Tenchi and Sasami as she reaches physical maturity when she takes on Tsunami’s likeness would work out. By the 3rd OVA she admits to Mashisu Makibi in battle of being in love with Tenchi. However with Ryoko, she is definitely the obvious best choice for Tenchi as she is passionate about him, but at the same time has genuine feelings, I feel they would make a great match as they are a picture of “opposites-attract”, and they affect each other in positive ways. Working Kiyone Makibi of the AU version of the series into the equation, she would be another top choice that I feel would be a fantastic match for Tenchi, for she is mature, responsible, and also very attractive. When it comes to Ayeka with Tenchi, it’s certainly much better match than him with Sakuya Kumashiro, but I also would rank the Tenchi x Ayeka pairing above Washu and Mihoshi. As much as I like the Tenchi x Sasami (Tsunami) pairing, in my honest opinion, the one I believe would win Tenchi’s heart overall would be Ryoko, the bond they share is a special one and Ryoko is the kind of gal who would go above and beyond for Tenchi.
While Ryoko is considered the popular love interest for Tenchi, Sasami is popular in her own right as she took on an important role in the Tenchi in Tokyo TV anime and was the central character in the spin-off Pretty Sammy series where her character becomes a magical girl and Tsunami herself has a role in the latter, but the two exist as separate individuals.
Both Sasami and Masaki are voiced by Chisa Yokoyama, a veteran seiyuu who was at the peak of her popularity in the 90’s who was also best known for her role as Sakura Shinguji of the Sakura Wars franchise, most popular in its’ stage show format in which she and those involved in the anime and VG series took part in as performers, shows that are quite fun and enjoyable to watch. Some of those she worked with in the Tenchi Muyo! series were also involved in Sakura Wars such as Ai Orikasa and Etsuko Kozakura. Yokoyama also is known for her roles in mecha anime classics Martian Successor Nadesico as Ryoko Subaru and Mobile Suit Gundam Wing as Lucrezia Noin. She is also the title character in Galaxy Fraulein Yuna as Yuna Kagurazaka, a bishoujo VG series that spawned two OVA’s, something I see as 90’s moe. Other roles Yokoyama has portrayed in her career are Chun Li in Street Fighter II V, Milly in Tekkaman Blade, Hinageshi in the second Yu Yu Hakusho movie, Chiaki Enno in ZENKI, and many others. In her most recent works she provides the voice of Biscuit Krueger of the Hunter x Hunter (2011) series and Tohara as well as the narrator for The World is Still Beautiful. This year, Yokoyama also announced her pregnancy and I’m sure by now she and her husband have welcomed their child into the world. Most of her works she has done her roles have either been innocent young girls or tomboys, although she did voice the sexy Sherry Kalxath of the Langrisser VG series (a series that would’ve made an awesome anime series IMO). Although I am fond of her work of the titles I’ve watched that she was involved in and her talent as both a voice actress and a singer, I feel she is one of those talents that is under-utilized and it would be nice to see her take on a risky role outside of what she has done before, such as character like Sherry Kalxath, although at this point it’s unlikely. My top favorite anime roles that Chisa Yokoyama did that I enjoyed her doing were as Sakura Shinguji, Lucrezia Noin, Ryoko Subaru, and of course Sasami and Tsunami.
Below is the 2nd opening song “I Am A Pioneer” for the OVA series sung by Chisa Yokoyama (Sasami).
Tenchi Muyo! is one of the most complex series out there with the mythology that the creator of the series Masaki Kajishima has crafted for it, especially in the OVA continuity with the web of connections that the main characters have to each other and how they are all a family. So it definitely shows that even by today’s standards, even though the harem situations may seem tame compared to modern anime series of a similar vein that can trace its’ inspiration back to Tenchi, the intricate universe that was forged and the colorful cast of characters make Tenchi Muyo! a memorable and everlasting fan favorite. The series was produced by the anime company AIC, known beforehand in producing sci-fi works such as Megazone 23, Gall Force, and Bubblegum Crisis, Kajishima himself had previously worked on each of them as a key animator. The series heroines are voiced by some of the finest female seiyuu in the industry such as Ai Orikasa as Ryoko Hakubi, Yuri Amano as Kiyone Makibi, and Yuko Mizutani as Mihoshi Kuramitsu and for the male cast I loved Masami Kikuchi’s performance as the male lead and the late great Takeshi Aono as Katsuhito and Nobuyuki Masaki plus Norio Wakamoto’s rather brief role as one of the series’ villains, Kagato. I feel that it still the finest piece in the harem genre as it has substance with its’ fantastic story and setting, interesting and diverse characters, and is enjoyable and fun to watch…not like these tasteless and generic modern harem anime shows. I’m also fond of the Universe continuity as well as the Daughter of Darkness movie and Mihoshi Special. Pretty Sammy was okay, but I preferred the OVA version of it over the TV series. The only parts of the franchise I don’t like is that horrible Tenchi in Tokyo, especially with taking away what should have belonged to Ryoko, sharing a kiss with Tenchi, and it was granted to that Mary Sue, Sakuya . Also, I’m not too fond of the personality that the series gave Sasami and how Ryoko was treated in this series as a secondary love interest. I won’t even go into Sasami: Magical Girl’s Club, it’s just a disgrace to me. I don’t think GXP looks that good either and just feels like something to milk the franchise and I’m not fond of harem-style endings. I’m not too sure about War on Geminar though. With the upcoming Ai Tenchi Muyo!, I do wish the concept had been 5 50-minute OVA episodes with a new story (such as where Tenchi makes his choice, with that choice being Ryoko as a subplot) rather than 50 5-minute episodes, it seems kind of chintzy to me and the character designs will take some getting used to. The older Tenchi series was one of my first series that introduced me to the world of anime long ago and to this day with the parts of the franchise I still have a fondness for, they will be the ones I will always cherish alongside Cowboy Bebop, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Outlaw Star, and Rurouni Kenshin that are also among my gateway shows. Tenchi Muyo! is the kind of series I would gladly recommend to anyone interested in exploring the world of old-school anime.
For an in-depth look into the vast family tree from the OVA-continuity, click this link.
Below is the lively “Sasami’s Theme” followed by the melodic “Saint Sasami”, which I would consider “Tsunami’s Theme” by the music composer of the series, Seikou Nagaoka.
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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