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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 are those that I have a fondness for. I enjoyed a variety of shows/movies that entertained me and encompass various genres and decades.
When it comes to the anime I watch/would like to watch; the criteria I look for is a good story/plot, well-written characters, and a talented cast of VA's. 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 or guilty pleasure anime that seems like it will be a fun watch and with those I rate differently. I pretty much will watch anime of the 80's, 90's, 00's, and this current decade...although the majority of what I've watched comes from the 90's and 00's. 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. I dislike loli/shota anime, shows with "imouto" and "onii-chan" in the title as they are often generic harem ecchi, trashy ecchi like High School DxD and Prison School, 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 refuse to watch those kinds of anime.
I feel in today's anime, it is lacking in having certain great female seiyuu who made their mark in the 80's and early 90's 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 these fantastic veteran female seiyuu for their amazing talents. 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.
ANIME CHARACTER OF THE MONTH-REI HINO/SAILOR MARS
For this May, I will spotlight the fiery beauty Rei Hino/Sailor Mars of the 90’s anime version of the Sailor Moon franchise. I will also discuss aspects of Rei’s portrayal in the original manga as well. This will not include a review of a particular series in the five season run; instead I will discuss my feelings on the franchise itself reflecting back to when I first watched it to the present day and personal favorites from the 90’s series. Rei has always been my favorite of the Inner Senshi; especially in the original anime series with her vivacious appeal, headstrong nature, and her charming wit. They’re qualities that I particularly like about the 90’s anime portrayal of Rei and made her such a fun character. With being given extroverted character traits, which I feel gives her an outgoing personality. Although Rei is extremely flawed in the 1st season in regards to her attitude, it dissolves away and develops into one of Usagi Tsukino’s most beloved friends and as Sailor Senshi; fighting side-by-side together and as Sailor Mars, always being one of Sailor Moon’s finest allies. Rei Hino/Sailor Mars is an amazing heroine and she is a character I will always find endearing with her courage, passion, and admirable sense of justice.
In the past Silver Millennium of the Moon Kingdom, her previous incarnation as Princess Mars was one of the guardians for Princess Serenity. Princess Mars dwelled in Phobos and Deimos Castle bestowed to her by Queen Serenity when she was born. Rei was born in April 17th, 1978 and is a miko at Hikawa Shrine where she lives with her grandfather and attends the prestigious all-girls T·A Academy for Girls which is a Catholic institution. Rei Hino is the fourth Sailor Senshi to be discovered after Minako Aino/Sailor Venus, Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon, and Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury respectively, but is the third Senshi to be introduced. The way Rei Hino is portrayed in the original 90’s anime is a stark contrast to how she is portrayed in the manga. In the original anime, she aspires to be a famous music idol to a globe-trotting businesswoman like any ambitious girl like her would. She was portrayed as Usagi’s foil in the 1st season of the 90’s anime; Rei would often get competitive and relentlessly tease her. Rei and Usagi develop a close friendship as the series progresses. Like her manga counterpart she is shown to also value and treasure their friendship, forever loyal and protective of her future Queen, and fight tooth and nail for her. Rei in the manga is presented as I believe a kuudere character archetype, with characteristics of the ideal personality of a traditional Japanese woman and the type of personality that would be most identified with a shrine priestess like Inuyasha’s Kikyo and Kannazuki no Miko’s Chikane Himemiya. The 90’s anime portrayal of Rei shows her to be just as dedicated shrine priestess as her manga counterpart. She has ESP abilities that allow her to portend future events and her strong sixth sense makes her a powerful asset to the team. She uses talismans known as ofuda that can be used for protection (depending on what’s written) or when she goes up against an enemy and employs either the Akuryo Taisan or Fire Soul Bird against them, an ofuda is used in the attack.
The 90’s anime portrays Rei to be rather boy-crazy, but her manga portrayal paints her differently as one who isn’t interested in such a pastime, which is brought to light in Casablanca Memory. For a brief time during the first season exclusive only in the 90’s anime; Rei dates Mamoru Chiba, although what goes on between them is pretty much a one-sided fling as Mamoru didn’t take it seriously as Rei did. Also only within the original 90’s anime series, she develops feelings over time for Yuuichiro Kumada, a pupil of her grandfather. Yuuichiro is in love with Rei, but what is also between them can also be considered one-sided as it never develops into a full-fledged romance. He is presented as very shy and is unable to get his feelings across. The manga alludes to her previous incarnations past relationship to Jadeite, who is known as one of Queen Beryl’s generals and in the present day, Jadeite is shown to have an attraction to Rei. In the side story from the manga, “Casablanca Memory is centered on Rei that goes into her tragic story tells a tale of unrequited love for her estranged father’s secretary, Kaidou and also sheds light on the strained relationship she has with her father. Her father Takashi Hino is a prominent politician who only sees his daughter on her birthday and Rei’s mother, Risa Hino died when Rei was a little girl. In Rei’s eyes, her fellow Sailor Senshi and Mamoru are family. Only in the 5th season of the 90’s anime, Sailor Stars Rei is shown to have a cousin named Kengo Ibuki. In the future era of Crystal Tokyo the following century and beyond in a new Silver Millennium, she continues her duties as guardian to Usagi, now Neo-Queen Serenity who herself rules Earth with King Endymion.
As Sailor Mars, she employs fire-based attacks and each are amazing to see each time she uses them; they are Akuryo Taisan, Fire Soul, Fire Soul Bird, Burning Mandala, Mars Snake Fire, and my personal favorite Mars Flame Sniper. I think her attacks are the best of all the Senshi in my opinion, followed by Sailor Saturn’s.
-This is a compilation video containing Sailor Mars’ transformations and attacks, enjoy ^__^
Rei Hino is voiced by the amazing veteran seiyuu, Michie Tomizawa, whose amazing voice brings to life the fiery Sailor Senshi. She has a pretty good résumé with various types of characters that she has done in her career from the cute and bubbly Shiko “C-ko” Kotobuki of the Project A-ko series to the hardcore killer maid Roberta from Black Lagoon. She’s one of my top favorite seiyuu of all time with her being such a versatile voice actress and a talented singer. Tomizawa made her debut in Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross as Jeanne Francaix in Spring 1984 and she portrayed Linna Yamazaki of Bubblegum Crisis and its’ sequel Bubblegum Crash, whom I had as my Anime Character of the Month back in October 2014. Tomizawa also was quite active during the 90’s in voicing a number of characters from that decade. She has also voiced the following characters…
*Unipuma of Dominion Tank Police
*Pony of Gall Force: Eternal Story
*Emi Ogasawara of Ghost Sweeper Mikami
*Hazuki Shiina of Hikari no Densetsu
*Manami Kasuga of Kimagure Orange Road
*Elfriede of Legend of the Galactic Heroes
*Luna of Luna Varga
*Chikage Kuroba of Magic Kaito 1412
*Laki of One Piece
*Sumire Kanzaki of the Sakura Taisen series
*Airi Komiyama of Those Who Hunt Elves
*Doris Lang of Vampire Hunter D
Although she announced her retirement from voice acting in 2001 after marriage, she did come back to it yet she isn’t as active as she was during the 80’s and 90’s. With Rei Hino being her most notable role that fans recognize her as, she’s also famous as Sumire Kanzaki with the stage shows that are produced for Sakura Taisen that she was involved in.
-This is “Flame Sniper ~Honoo no Sogekisha~” sung by Tomizawa, it’s my favorite song of Sailor Mars and I love the fiery passion that it has.
-Next is the melodic “Eien no Melody”, it’s a truly beautiful ballad and Tomizawa brings it to life with her lovely and talented singing voice.
Sailor Moon is like with a great number of people my gateway anime series and some still cherish the series in this present day, I consider myself one of those people. My love for the original Sailor Moon have been revived recently when I picked up the Sailor Moon Sailor Stars season. The series is the masterwork by manga-ka Naoko Takeuchi, Toei Animation in adapted the series as an anime. Since then, it’s become a global phenomenon loved by generations of fans. I remember watching the series during the mid-90’s when it was airing on TV back then and that it I found it fun to watch Sailor Moon and all her adventures. Yes, I admit to having a childhood crush on Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask at that time until seeing Mobile Suit Gundam Wing and turning my attentions to Treize Khushrenada. Sailor Moon has an amazing attribute in its’ world building through the diverging eras within the mythology from the Silver Millennium to Crystal Tokyo in the 30th century. When I did eventually watch the first and second seasons in their original Japanese language format, I found myself not being too thrilled with the monster-of-the week formula that remains my least favorite part of the original 90’s series, but I can see the purpose that they served in building up the solid teamwork that the Sailor Senshi have. Also, the filler arc from Sailor Moon R had a bad storyline and not a good way to start the new season.The 3rd season of the original 90’s anime series known as Sailor Moon S is my most favorite in its’ engaging story-arc and the introduction of Outer Senshi favorites; Haruka Tennou, Michiru Kaioh, and Hotaru Tomoe…these characters were intriguing and interesting and they round out my top five favorite of all the Senshi with Rei Hino and Minako Aino. I found Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune acting as foils for the Inner Senshi early in the 3rd season quite engaging and how they developed as two of the finest allies that the Inner Senshi could have later on. Haruka and Michiru are my favorite couple of the series, more-so than Mamoru and Usagi. I found their bond as a shoujo-ai couple endearing in how deeply their feelings for each other are with the chemistry shared between them and how much they suited one another. Both Megumi Ogata and Masako Katsuki did an excellent job in voicing Haruka and Michiru. I absolutely came to adore Hotaru when she came into the picture with her gentle grace and charisma. Even though I was never fond of Chibi Usa, I have to admit the friendship she and Hotaru share together is heartwarming. Professor Tomoe is my favorite Sailor Moon antagonist, he had a wicked appeal to his character that I liked and having a talented seiyuu like Akira Kamiya voice the character was the icing on the cake. The Sailor Moon S movie is a favorite of mine with its’ endearing story of Luna’s innocent love for a young man that struck her fancy and is one of my most loved stories centered on the series’ beloved mascot. What will always stand out for me about the 90’s anime series of Sailor Moon in its’ five season run is the strong camaraderie that is formed between the Sailor Senshi, despite the clashing personalities that each of them have, they stand united no matter what the cost and that bond resonates the strongest as they all come together in their stand against Queen Nehelenia at the beginning arc of the 5th season. Sailor Moon’s enduring legacy lies within these heroines who have captured our attention with their courageous hearts and the enthralling stories that are told. Next month I will profile Michiru Kaioh as my character of the month for June and offer my thoughts of the final season of the original series.
I’ll be providing the OP & ED songs for the Sailor Moon S series in addition to the OP song for Sailor Moon Sailor Stars. These are my top three favorites in the original franchise. The Sailor Moon S version of “Moonlight Densetsu” is sung by Moon Lips, the ED song “Tuxedo Mirage” is sung by the seiyuu of the Inner Senshi under the group name Peach Hips; Kotono Mitsuishi, Aya Hisakawa, Michie Tomizawa, Emi Shinohara, and Rica Fukami.
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 those trashy 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!
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. Iczer-3's VA was just a bad actress and sounded like nails on a chalkboard and the villains were bland.
Bubblegum Crash-What a terrible sequel to its' predecessor; it looks like it was just thrown together without any thought of making it a compelling and exciting end. The episodes themselves had terrible animation direction and of poor quality compared to Crisis and AD Police. Kinuko Ohmori's replacement as Priss was horrible, just as bad as the VA who voiced Iczer 3, but I feel this would've been a waste of Kinuko's talents anyway. Not developing Leon and Priss as a couple (also hardly any interaction) is another reason why I dislike this OVA. Overall, I think AIC should've produced a couple more great quality AD Police episodes rather than make this unworthy sequel.
Chobits-The main characters weren't that great, especially Chii who had zero personality and she's just bland, wish-fulfillment waifu material. I hated the whole relationship surrounding her and Hideki, it felt like something out a bad romance novel.
Evangelion Rebuilds-I really dislike them and find them terrible. The worst sin the Rebuilds committed was what they did to Misato's character. Asuka Shikinami is intolerable as a character, I like Asuka Soryu much better because she had development. The third movie was the worst of the bunch with the god awful story and character development. Everything about this trilogy jumped the shark and its' only purpose was just to be flashy and no substance, overall it was a trainwreck to me. The original NGE and The End of Evangelion is much better in my opinion because it has better story and character development, plus the manga version of the story is better as well.
Genesis Climber Mospeada-This was such a bad series and it's my least favorite chapter from the Robotech version. The story was just plain awful and the characters are not that great either, the worst being that little girl Mint...she was just plain annoying. I didn't like the songs as well.
Heavy Metal L-Gaim-I wanted to like this anime, but it turned out to be a major disappointment from how the series was developed. A pairing I liked was ruined in the end, a character's defection made no sense plus the reasoning behind it was dumb wasting the potential of her character, the love triangle that was in this series was badly constructed and rather juvenile, and the MC's sister is just a canon Mary-Sue. I think the series would've been better without her and his main rival is dumber than a box of rocks. Tomino really did a bad job overall in story, character, and relationship development. With lighter Tomino fare, I think ZZ Gundam was better than this.
Kimi ga Nozomu Eien-The TV series was just forced melodrama at its' worst with all the things that went down and it had to go with the Mitsuki route which was just terrible. I came to really dislike Mitsuki, I felt her negative character flaws outweighed anything that could be considered positive character traits. Her actions early into the series sealed her fate in how I felt about her and selfishness like hers is inexcusable. My heart went out to Haruka the most as she had to endure the heartbreaking reality of what happened with the three years of her life that was taken from her and in the end had to make the most sacrifices. Takayuki at least felt remorseful and expressed guilt, I didn't see it at all from Mitsuki...she became to wrapped up in her own self-centered happiness to understand what Haruka has to endure and ended up doing something that made me feel she didn't deserve Takayuki. Haruka was the most endearing heroine for me and her route needs a full remake.
Kyoukai no Rinne-This show wasn't entertaining for me, over time I felt like I was trudging through it because it started to become a dull and trite series. The humor wasn't funny and got annoying and repetitive, the characters are bland and uninteresting, the character leads are abysmal as a couple and chemistry is in my opinion non-existant, overall I just did not enjoy this show and will not watch the second season because I felt the first was just a waste of time and I don't want to continue on with a series I did not like. A similar, yet obscure series from the 90's called Haunted Junction is a more fun and enjoyable series and has better characters and comedy.
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 and maybe it would have been more solid. The OVA's are really bad and I didn't like them at all.
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 watched, all it had going for it was the gorgeous male/female characters with cookie cutter designs and that's all that its' popularity can show for it. 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 Lacus is a bland heroine, all she has going for her is being waifu material and nothing more. Character relationships are just as badly done and feel forced. 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, her personality turned me off and Lila was a character with zero personality. The two of them are the worst "girls with guns" duo I've seen in an anime with their barely there chemistry that I feel doesn't make them solid partners. It's not that engaging to be honest and I don't recommend it.
Nobunaga the Fool-This was just plain bad; the whole concept was just terrible and the male/female character relationships are god awful. This is just as bad as those anime shows that gender-bend Nobunaga.
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?!
Sengoku Basara-What a horrible representation of great historical figures with no regard to accuracy and the over-the-top and tacky shounen antics. It's not good enough as a guilty pleasure.
Shingeki no Kyojin-I find this series to be rather 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.
Slayers TV-It's rather dull without Naga the Serpent around, the dynamic between her and Lina as partners/rivals was what made the movies/OVA's of Slayers with Naga so interesting and fun. I don't really have the desire to see the TV shows because I just find the partnership between Lina and Gourry to be rather bland. I would've liked the TV series if Naga was a part of it.
The Sky Crawlers-I found this to be a very dull, lifeless movie that nearly put me to sleep. It had nothing really interesting and engaging about it.
Urusei Yatsura-That stupid skirt chasing douche-bag Ataru Moroboshi killed any enjoyment I had, most of the time I wondered why Lum is faithful to that loser. Also, I didn't have much fun in watching in what I seen, it seemed rather dull too. I found Ranma more engaging and even Inuyasha was better than UY.
Top Anime Characters I Dislike
Shinji Matou-Fate/stay night
Gavlet Gablae-Heavy Metal L-Gaim
Sabato Rokudo-Kyoukai no Rinne
Kazuya & Kyoshiro Ayanokouji-Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora
Emile von Seele-Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Nekki Basara-Macross 7
Wong Yun Fat-Mobile Fighter G-Gundam
Ribbons Almark-Mobile Suit Gundam 00
Bernard Monsha-Mobile Suit Gundam 0083
Shinn Asuka-Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny
Katz Kobayashi-Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
Happosai & Genma Saotome-Ranma ½
Kyouichi Saionji-Revolutionary Girl Utena
Touma Inaba-Sakura Diaries
Ataru Moroboshi-Urusei Yatsura
The Toguro Brothers-Yu Yu Hakusho
Janet Bhai-Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage
Quwasan Olibee-Heavy Metal L-Gaim
Kozue Izumi-Infinite Ryvius
Mitsuki Hayase & Ayu Daikuuji-Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
Kuu Shiratori-Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora
Suzu Sakuma & Jinny Golding-Marmalade Boy
Nena Trinity-Mobile Suit Gundam 00
Nina Purpleton-Mobile Suit Gundam 0083
Quess Paraya-Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack
Flay Allster-Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
Rosamia Badam-Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
Cologne & Kodachi Kuno-Ranma ½
Anthy Himemiya-Revolutionary Girl Utena
Madame de Polignac-The Rose of Versailles
Katsumi Liqueur-Silent Mobius
Favorite NHK Taiga Dramas-Hojo Tokimune (2001), Nobunaga: King of Zipangu (1992), Shinsengumi! (2004), & Yoshitsune (2005)
Favorite Japanese Movies-The Bad Sleep Well (1960), Gate of Hell (1953), High & Low (1963), Kuroneko (1968), Rashomon (1950), Seven Samurai (1954), Sansho the Baliff (1954), Sisters of the Gion (1936), Stray Dog (1949), Throne of Blood (1957), Ugetsu (1953), & Yojimbo (1961)
Favorite Live-Action TV Shows-Adam-12, Babylon 5, Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Burn Notice, Dragnet (1967), Emergency!, The Expanse, Hell on Wheels, The Hollow Crown, Law & Order (Seasons 1-10), Miami Vice, Sherlock, Star Trek, Suits, & White Collar
Favorite Live-Action Movies-2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Back to the Future, Blade Runner, Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), The Breakfast Club, Cleopatra (1963), Captain America Trilogy, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Dark Knight Trilogy, Die Hard, Dr. Strangelove, The French Connection, The Godfather Trilogy, Iron Man 1 & 2, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Right Stuff, Robocop (1987), The Shining (1980), Silence of the Lambs, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Streets of Fire, Superman (1978), The Terminator (1984), Teminator 2: Judgement Day, & Titanic (1997)