We watch entertainment media to connect, with characters, with stories, and with other people, and that makes a lot of presence in Japanese Animation, you may be pretty used to it by now, but the feel this industry has around it is very special, so much, that even people from this contrary side of the world made the most detailed database website about some type of media ever; a type of media that, independant from its source, shows ideas and premises that are impossible to see well executed or portrayed in western animation, movies or tv series, and that's just a little prove that this world is undeniably special despite the criticism towards its fans, a world not above the others, but one that I totally love with a certain uncomparable affection
This might seem cheesy as fuck, so lets clarify some things:
°I'm still not a wizard, so my opinion may be changing in the following years
°On anime, only Tengen Toppa has stayed with me that long, things like School Days may just have me biased because I actually put a lot of time in its story and its visual novel in the past (probably childhood haha), even if I probably wouldn't like it as much if I watched it today.
°I'm sometimes pretty impulsive and emotional, so I may add some shit to my favorites someday just because I really liked the ending, but then looking back on it I will probably just realize it wasn't that good, or that maybe there is something missing on it that could be completed with a continuation with a better conclusion or something I still haven't seen.
-Tengen Toppa may be the single most essential piece of media in my whole life. It is absolutely epic, I've been awed by it since I was a just a kid and it has influenced me through my life on a creative, philosophical and sentimental way. Everytime I fall, everytime I feel down, the image of this show comes to my mind, and I inmediately get that it is my fault, not because I have to force myself to feel good with what I do, but because I know I'm not giving it my all, and that's why I'm never comfortable with it as a whole. This show makes me want the better I, and... Who the hell do you think I am?
Thrust the heavens with your raw determination!
-Most special anime I've ever watched, without being my actual favorite, probably not even good, got into my life as a child and never went out: School Days.
Yes that sick piece of sh*t.
-The Wind Rises has also been really important, I grew up (or am growing up) while understanding its deep different layers. It is melancholic, but the mistakes Jirou makes are human (even if he is a genius), and before I start identifying myself with him, or being his total opposite, I want to learn from him to help me discover what I must do with my 10 years of sunlight.
Note to self: I hope I develop something to put my soul in, but I mustn't lose the opportunity to fuck (and love, sure) because of it.
-Kimi no Nawa came around at the right time for me, It is absolutely the most loveable film ever, it feels lively, colorful, and it is youth, spirit and inspiration to
love. Relationships come and go, but it is nice to put ourselves in the situation that destiny is going to joint us with the person our subconscient nows, from a supernatural dimension, is the absolute "one".
Most fitting OST ever.
Hey, while writing this I actually forgot what actually felt like to watch this movie, but a friend that isn't into anime just watched it and actually texted me about it, then the rollercoaster came back to my mind. This one dumb thing actually made me feel goosebumps and made me fear and cheer in a loud voice, and oh god, it isn't just that "loveable" batshit, it is an amazing road full of color and melancholy, nostalgia and hopefulness, even after you are done with it, even if years pass, and even if you keep your first watching of it as your only because of the inexplicably important memories it brings within.
I never actually tried to put on paper my feelings with this movie because it would be impossible for me to transmit the sweet anxiety that devours me when a song from it, an image, a scene, appears in front of my senses, it is amazing, and while other media, other anime movies feel similar to it in these terms of emotional significance, none has ever reached the level in which I think of Your Name.
Well, I tried.
-Tsuki Ga Kirei defined romance for me in the greatest realistic way I've ever seen any entertainment media do, it was grounded, beautiful, complicated, and the characters were people by their own. It also hit me at a pretty special stage of my live. What do you want me to tell you? I really relate to and fuck*ng love it.
-Hajime no Ippo first season is practically perfect, it is funny, intelligent, inspiring, it has great music, great animation, the best male characters ever, and it is about boxing, which is the sport I love. So yeah, don't expect me to change its place anytime soon.
-Shokugeki no Souma was a show I really appreciated in the long 2 years it took me to complete its first season, rewatching included. And what can I tell you that you haven't heard? It was a beautiful 36 episode series, with great characters, great stakes, fun challenges and full emotion. I don't know what happenned in San no Sara, but it just became "Judging well drawn food: The badly animated anime", and while that does still let me love the first 3 cours, it hurts a bit.
-Gekkou Kamen was just the anime they broadcasted in Colombia in the 1970s-80s, and it is my father's favorite one. It is not that bad as a super hero anime, but the special element of it is that I watched its episodes before I even knew what anime was, and I hold very nice memories from it.
(Could't find the artist of that fanart, message me if you can)
-First Completed Anime: Elfen Lied.
(When I was like 11 or 12... oh my god)
-Favorite movie: Probably Oldboy (2003). Films have been quite an important theme in my whole life, and this is one I think is such a masterpiece, that I want to study and be inspired by if I once get the opportunity to work in the seventh art. It is filmed perfectly, Park Chan-Wook managed to get the best from the source material to construct a plot full of twists and surprises, in such a visually splendorous and significative way that it still dazzles me to this day.
You go and watch it!
You can check my filmaffinity if you want, it is linked at the left of this page.
-Favorite Game: Grand Theft Auto IV. I know it was mainstream, but it was a great time for me. It was fun, gritty, dark, and had a special feeling in its story that V wasn't able to reach for me, it may have aged a bit, but I still really like its characters and its overall plot, that changed the pace from the more ridiculous previous GTA games.
-I also like to play Osu a lot, I do it since 2014 but only intensively since 2018. I think that it feels like playing music, just less useful, but the feeling of getting better and better is something that goes with me more than the RPG-getting better by stats feel, I feel like it depends only on me. I don't like MOBAs too much, MMORPGs require a lot of time, and I'm not bad at shooters but I'm not too persistent with them, so this is quite my prefered E-sport.
It goes well on my Pc, and it is really damn engaging to play some of the songs you like, even if you may get frustrated by repetition. The game is also a little weaboo, sometimes, so you might like to check it out.
I haven't read that much manga yet, but in a graphic novel presentation, Scott Pilgrim is the one that makes me feel something indescribable. I get dizzy, melancholic, happy, and I just don't know, I had some of the best time of my life in front of a computer reading it. It may be the culture, the style, the characters, but the whole thing, its nostalgic feel, make me feel damn special.
Ya' should check it out
I'm surprised to say it is the fucking shield hero anime, lots of good shows this season, but no great ones (if I give Dororo a little time it might turn up excellent, but if it ends up being similar to Megalo Box, too much style over average substance, it would be pretty dissapointing, also, I will wait 'til it ends its run to watch it). Also Watching (In order of preference): Kaguya-Sama, Gotoubun no Hanayome, Dororo (On-hold), Domestic na Kanojo, The Promised Neverland (On-hold)
°I may haven't even finished these anime.
°It does not include second cours or continuations.
°I did not watch that much seasonal anime at the start.
°My score for that show will be shown inside ()
Spring 2015 Shokugeki no Souma (10)
Some of the most entertaining episodes I've probably ever watched. Call it spokon or not but you are in for an exciting ride, since the large cast of amusing characters, the epic music, the incredible Ops and Eds, and the stakes of each Shokugeki and even the crisp art and animation are incredibly well managed this season. It was pretty special to me while I was growing up as a person and an anime watcher (it still is).
Summer 2015 Charlotte (6)
Like, I really liked Charlotte, but it was so dumb, so full of weirdly managed characters, so badly paced, so over-melodramatic and so fucking short that yeah, it had more bad things that good things. Even with that fact it was still an enjoyable ride, just not emotionally investing at all.
Fall 2015 One Punch Man (8)
Not quite there yet, I haven't finished this shit, but I think that its strong point is its comedy and its amazing action.
Winter 2016 Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (8)
Quite like Charlotte, BokuMachi was also an anime that divided the fanbase in the latter episodes, but I think that the experience worked better as a thriller than as a mistery, since the mistery wasn't really a mistery. With that out of the way, I really enjoyed it, it was emotional, greatly directed, nicely animated, with some interesting child characters (even if they didn't quite act like children), and an interesting heroism concept (between Satoru and the kids); and even its second half, while not completely satisfying, completely rushed and a little dumb in its last 2 episodes, was an almost-compelling ending for me, considering most anime's inconclusive third acts. Also I wasn't interested in any romance between the main characters, and I really liked Airi and her appearance at the end, even if romance with her would be weird (she's really younger), I think she was quite important to Satoru and it was nice to see him recover all the lost stuff to his life; So no problems with that aspect of the conclusion for me.
(I know Shouwa genroku must be probably better)
Spring 2016 Boku no Hero Academia (8)
Summer 2016 Mob Psycho 100 (9) + RElife (9)
Yet to be finished
Fall 2016 Yuri! on Ice (8)
Yet to be finished
Winter 2017 Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (-)
Yet to be finished
Spring 2017 Tsuki Ga Kirei (10)
Such a wholesome experience, this anime is quite the most grounded and most greatly shaped romance I've seen in years. I really love everything about it, its main couple, its side characters, its amazing music and use of sound and silence, its pacing, the moment I watched it and even its (full of Cg crowds) art and animation. It has such a big heart, and it relates to me in such an important way, that I can't do more than love it with all my heart.
Summer 2017 Ballroom e Youkoso! (9)
I made a review on this one, but yeah, pretty solid sports show, with really solid characters and emotionally investing relationships and moments, quite regular animation, but well, it was amazing enough with it to make feel amazing vibes while watching. I must finish Made in Abyss.
Fall 2017 Net Juu no Susume (9)
I don't know if it quite deserves the 9 looking in retrospective, but I won't mess up the feelings of my past year's self, so, it was a pretty cute show, with an amazingly cute relationship, amusing side characters which are nice people, great comedic cute moments, a pretty refreshing (cute) setting, and that's it, pretty loveable, and the cutest light show I've watched since Kaichou wa Maid-sama.
(I think maybe Houseki no kuni might be better. My free time will tell)
Winter 2018 Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho (9)
When I finish with my shows of these season I'll write a bit about all the great ones, because it was really a damn good season.
Spring 2018 Hinamatsuri (9)
Yet to be finished... Funniest shit I've seen in a while.
Summer 2018 Grand Blue
Yet to be finished... Alcoholic punks
Fall 2018 Rascal does not dream of Bunny girl Senpai (9)
Yet to have something about it written...
°I refer a lot to anime in this section, but I actually mean this opinions for anime and manga 1.
I use this for shitshows that are either too short to be dropped, or that I finished for the sole purpose of masochism; these are something that probably show disgusting themes with an unwatchable presentation and that has no redeeming qualities at all. The ones that actually awake my hate. 2.
Probably weird short shit, stupid annoying short anime, or dropped batshit that at least had some minimum effort behind it, may it be shown by some weird art value or maybe even some "kinda" watchable presentation. 3.
Bad, stupid shows that were probably dropped, and that never gave me a reason to care, while not being totally insulting as the two above. 4.
These are some dumb shows that (dropped or not) may have some redeeming quality, may it be some joke, unintentional comedy or a plot point that I could be somewhat invested in, but nothing worth watching anyway (unless it is because of the unintentional comedy, those are gold). Absolute garbage, series ruining endings or second halfs for some anime that started well may go down here (if it is not THAT insulting, if so, probably lower). 5.
These are average shows that show nothing special at all, but that may be entertaining for some reason. These are not quiet bad, and I may even do it through its whole length for some completionist obligation, but there's nothing on them quiet special. Not something I would joke about, but neither something I would care. 6.
Entertaining, interesting shows that failed on evolving narratively or that started falling towards the end, these could be average shows with some quality characteristic, or good shows that wrecked on their rail, but that still have the merit of starting kind of well (this is not applicable if the trainwreck destroys everything the beginning gave). Bad shows with good sakuga may get here somehow. 7.
Good shows, with some theme, progression, character trait, concept, execution or idea that wouldn't let them trascend the barriers of the "Ok zone". Flawed on some, or various zones of their run, but still pretty watchable. 8.
Worth watching, good shows that have me loving something on them, but that didn't quite get to me in a really important way. It may be some minor flaw, the way the story is presented, and idea I disagree with, a little quality/enjoyment problem or even some lacking animation that affected the way I enjoyed the show. 9.
For me, amazing, nearly perfect shows, these are absolutely worth watching pieces of media, at this point I may even ignore their flaws for some element that makes me smile like a weeb or that induces me to think for a long time. These anime are important for me, but they didn't absolutely got to my inner self. These shows should have a pretty decent animation most of the times. 10.
There's nothing quite as beautiful in anime for me, these series, mangas, movies or OVA's fuck with my subconscious, and stay there, and in my heart like friends and family. Totally special pieces of media, that somehow marvelled me and that are masterpieces from my point of view.
Also, there are some "too perfect shows", that even if I argue with myself, I wouldn't take away their 10/10, because they friggin' really deserve it.