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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 decent, well-established character pairings that will garner my support of the couple when watching an 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. When it comes to things like ecchi, I tend to like the ecchi shows of the 90's more because the female characters had realistic proportions, a good number of them were not placed in school settings, and wasn't shoved in your face all the time unlike the majority of recent ecchi shows. I hate loli-con and imouto/onii-chan centric harem anime, especially when they're ecchi. I also don't like 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 the great female seiyuu that were well known in the 80's and 90's and there isn't much balance in casting the roles as the popular ones get lead roles and the veterans get supporting roles. 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 and 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-ICZER-1 & NAGISA KANOU
Closing out for the Characters of the Month for 2013 are Iczer-1 and Nagisa Kanou of the mid-80’s cult OVA, Fight!! Iczer-One. Iczer-1 is the lone warrior seeking to end the machinations of Big Gold and his minions who intend to invade Earth, bring terror and chaos to the people of Earth, and establish a new world order on the planet…but Iczer-1 can’t do it alone and seeks the one destined to be her partner and aid her in her mission. The one is a cute, young schoolgirl named Nagisa Kanou and she has become a target by Iczer-1’s enemies. Iczer-1 is a truly strong character with an equally strong heart, courageous, and every bit a guardian angel. Nagisa at a glance may seem to be a very flawed character and acts like a spineless coward in the first episode of the OVA with her unwillingness to fight by Iczer-1’s side and doesn’t take the situation happening on Earth seriously, but she does develop and grow during the course of the three episodes of the OVA and has a desire to protect those dearest to her, such as Iczer-1 herself and the little girl Sayoko. When Iczer-1 and Nagisa Kanou’s hearts are united, they truly become a force for Big Gold to be reckoned with. Nagisa Kanou is my favorite of all anime characters with the name, Nagisa. Iczer-1 and Nagisa are also one of my rare few shoujo-ai couples that I like, despite the short time they share together.
In the first episode, a young woman named Colbalt is in charge of dealing with Nagisa by orders from Sir Violet, a being who answers directly to Big Gold. It is decided that Nagisa has to die before Iczer-1 can unite with her and become an even bigger threat. Colbalt has her own minions assault Nagisa in a mental sense where a series of illusions make it appear that the people around her are trying to kill her. Iczer-1 does what she can to protect Nagisa, but she has her own problems that prevent her from guarding her and is always fighting against foes sent to eliminate her. Nagisa’s terrors hit close to home as her own parents’ bodies are taken over and they change into monsters before her very own eyes, which make things worse for her. Eventually Iczer-1 is able to get to Nagisa and destroys the monsters that once were Nagisa’s parents. Nagisa is anguished over the entire incident and filled with so much sorrow over her parents and anxiety over the situation that is going on around her. Iczer -1 tries her best to calm her and say the incident that befell her parents was unavoidable as these beings have the power to invade the human body and that it would’ve been too late to save them. Iczer-1 then transports the reluctant and emotionally drenched Nagisa to the location where she senses Colbalt attacking people in a nearby city. Iczer-1 talks some sense into Nagisa who refuses to fight with her when she takes her into Iczer-Robo, convinces Nagisa to take revenge for what happened to her parents, and that the one who is piloting Delos Theta is responsible for it. It acts as a motivation for Nagisa and she builds up all her rage she has been feeling and together, she and Nagisa defeat Colbalt and her Delos Theta.
With the death of Colbalt arises a bigger challenge for Iczer-1 and Nagisa when her vengeful and heartbroken lover, Sepia takes command and Sir Violet introduces her to a new partner, Iczer-2 and the mecha unit they will pilot together called Iczer-Sigma. The attacks against Iczer-1 and Nagisa continue and they are forced to be apart for some time, but Iczer-1 gives Nagisa a special bracelet that has the power to protect her that acts both as a defensive and offensive weapon. While Iczer-1 is forced into battle against foes from another dimension, Nagisa encounters a little girl named Sayoko and her mother. Nagisa is immediately fond of the girl and it appears she has found someone she wants to protect. The peaceful moment the three have is shattered when another one of those body-snatching monsters takes control of Sayoko’s mother. Meanwhile, Iczer-1 managed to fight off her opponents, but it leaves her weakened and unable to be at full-strength when she finally encounters Iczer-2 as the two engage in battle. Iczer-1 is badly injured, but is saved by none other than Nagisa who arrives in Iczer-Robo and to Iczer-1’s surprise and delight that Nagisa is able to call upon Iczer-Robo and that she has a desire to fight by her side. Together, they engage Iczer-2 and Sepia in battle.
The battle is quite an intense one and a worried Sayoko gets in the thick of it concerned about Nagisa. Iczer-2 is unwilling to spare an innocent child despite Sepia’s plea for her not to harm Sayoko. The red haired warrior ignores Sepia, attacks the child anyway that upsets Nagisa greatly, and even Sepia as she loses her will to fight that causes she and Iczer-2 to not be in sync with one another that leads to their defeat and Sepia’s death. Even though it appears that Sayoko may have been killed, she is still alive thanks to the power of the bracelet that Nagisa gave to her as it set up a barrier shield around her to protect her from being crushed to death by Iczer-Sigma. Iczer-2 ruminates on her defeat, sees she had underestimated Nagisa, plots to take her away from Iczer-1, turn the young girl against her older sister, and force her to become her partner. Meanwhile Izcer-1, Nagisa, and Sayoko share a small peaceful moment before the former two take the young girl somewhere safer and they share a private moment where Izcer-1 can recuperate and the feelings that are shared between the two are tender and sweet, even a bit romantic as Nagisa proclaims her love for Iczer-1. Nagisa vows to always be by Iczer-1 and fight by her side against their ultimate foe, Big Gold.
Nagisa is captured by Iczer-2 when Iczer-1 hasn’t recovered fully and at the fortress, Nagisa puts on a courageous stance, preferring to be killed rather than be Iczer-2’s partner and kill Iczer-1. It shows how much Nagisa has grown as a character since the first OVA as she feared for her life, now in the final episode, she is willing to sacrifice her life to protect Iczer-1 as the blonde, pointy-eared warrior has done so much to protect her.
The seiyuu for Iczer-1 is Yuriko Yamamoto and Nagisa is voiced by Mayumi Shou. The duo were at the peaks of their popularity in the 80’s in the variety of roles they did during that time. Yamamoto’s key anime roles were; La Mime of Arcadia of My Youth, Sara Yuki of the Dancougar series, Yuria of Fist of the North Star, Rumy and Lamidia Mackenzie of the Gall Force series, and Evangeline Mittermeyer of Legend of the Galactic Heroes. Shou was more prolific in more well-known anime such as; Mako of the Cream Lemon: Mako Sexy Symphony hentai, Mia Alice of Dangaioh, Yuratei of Hades Project Zeorymer, Mai Yumekanou of Megazone 23:Part I, and Ranka of Vampire Princess Miyu…OVA’s that she worked on that Toshihiro Hirano served as character designer and/or director. I find these two very good seiyuu and it’s a shame the two of them faded into obscurity, these two are quite talented, both have a unique quality in their voices and diverse in the kinds of characters they each portrayed.
The Two Ending Songs For The OVA
Never Run Away
I truly enjoyed Fight!! Iczer-One for telling an engaging, violent story of two united hearts who strive to bring peace and freedom to the threatened Earth and the love they develop for each other. It’s one of the rare shoujo-ai series I am fond of. The seiyuu performances were also well done, especially from Kaneto Shiozawa-Big Gold/Sir Violet (Male Voice), Keiko Toda-Iczer Two, Naoko Watanabe-Sayoko, and Sumi Shimamoto-Sir Violet (Female Voice). Music is done by Michitaka Watanabe, who truly brings the feel of the 80’s with his work with songs by Miki Kakizawa who sang the 1st and 3rd ending songs and performed them with such passion and Yuukou Kusunoki who did the 2nd ending song, a song that makes 80’s anime songs the best. Toshihiro Hirano is a master artist with his works and it is even better when he works alongside his wife and fellow manga-ka Narumi Kakinouchi as one the best powerhouse couples in the anime industry. Kakinouchi served as an animation director; she brings out the best when it comes to her work as she and her husband have a similar art-style and it truly shows as the OVA has aged so well and looks consistent overall. Both of them sure know how to make gorgeous female characters IMHO. I truly recommend watching Fight!! Iczer-One to see one of many reasons why 80’s anime is so enjoyable and fun. However, I think it stands better on its’ own and I don’t recommend the sequels Iczer-3 and Iczelion. There is fanservice in this OVA that include a few nude scenes, panty shots, girls kissing, and slimy tentacles going into poor Nagisa’s mouth, so if you don’t mind either of those things, then Fight!! Iczer-One can be quite a fun guilty pleasure OVA for you.
Below is an AMV featuring the 3rd ending song, “Eien no Iczer-One”.
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 ecchi and lolicon anime is what I would consider unwatchable. Fanservice done to the extreme like that is disgusting. Also anime that makes me facepalm myself and say WTFPWP!
Top 25 Anime Shows I Dislike-Those With An Average Rating of 6 or Higher
Aki Sora (Both OVA's)-All this series has going for it is the pretty art, Sora was a lame ripoff of Pico of Boku no Pico although being a sis-con.
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 felt like a bad combination of Gundam SEED & LOGH. 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.
Genesis Climber Mospeada-The lamest of the series used for Robotech, Southern Cross was much better and more engaging in regards just comparing the two.
Girls und Panzer-Aside from a supporting character I did like not having enough screen-time, the series fell flat for me in the second half. 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. Could've been better if were a shorter series.
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.
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.
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. I also find the series guilty of the over-use of plot armor and a lot of the characters and how they develop are poorly written. Kira and Athrun aren't that great as protagonists, they have too many bad flaws.
Mobile Suit ZZ Gundam-I pity that Haman and the Puru twins were in this series, they deserved much better. I even felt bad for Yazan for his treatment, if he could've gone out with a bang in Zeta he would've maintained his bad-assery right up to the very end.
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.
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.
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.
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
Shinji Matou-Fate/stay night
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
Kira Yamato, Athrun Zala (in GSD), & Flay Allster-Mobile Suit Gundam SEED/Destiny
Glemy Toto & Chara Soon-Mobile Suit ZZ Gundam
Kodachi Kuno & Happosai-Ranma 1/2
Chibi Usa-Sailor Moon R/S/SuperS
Ataru Moroboshi-Urusei Yatsura
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