Welcome to my page, I welcome friend requests made if you feel we may have anything in common, but if I feel we may not, I won't accept the request. Below are my favorites in anime titles and characters, my favorite anime are those I enjoyed most and for characters are those that I'm fond of. I found a variety of titles entertaining that encompass various genres and decades.
I watch various anime consisting of older shows and new titles of those that capture my interest. When it comes to the anime I watch/would like to watch; the criteria I look for is a good story/plot, interesting characters, and a talented cast of VA's. Also, I look how well the story/characters develop when watching an anime. I rate anime by looking at the whole picture and enjoyment is key, most of those I rate 8-10 are ones I like to re-watch. I don't give something a good score just because it's well-regarded and highly rated by others, there will be some where I won't share the same opinion. At times I'll watch a light-hearted or guilty pleasure anime that seems like it will be a fun watch and rate those types differently. I dislike loli/shota anime, trashy ecchi like Masou Gakuen HxH & Prison School, and those long running shounen anime that goes on for 200+ episodes...they become a chore to watch and quality diminishes. I refuse to watch those kinds of anime.
I feel in today's anime, it's lacking in having a number of great female seiyuu who made their mark in the 80's and early 90's 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 encourage all 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 anime of the 80's and 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-SHEETA (LUSHEETA TOEL UL LAPUTA)
-“A king without compassion does not deserve a kingdom. No matter how many weapons you may have, no matter how great your technology might be, the world cannot live without love.”-Sheeta to Muska
This May for my Anime Character of the Month, I present Castle in the Sky’s Sheeta, also known as Lusheeta Toel Ul Laputa. Last November for my Anime Character of the Month, I profiled Nausicaä of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Both Nausicaä and Sheeta are my top favorite heroines from Hayao Miyazaki’s films. Castle in the Sky won the Animage Anime Grand Prix award in 1986. I also watched Castle in the Sky for MAL’s Anime Challenge last Summer and like Nausicaä I was amazed with Ghibli’s first animated classic. Sheeta impressed me as a heroine as much as Nausicaä did in the previous film as Sheeta shows she is a courageous young lady with a strong head on her shoulders, determined in her endeavors and stays true to herself. She is genuine, beautiful inside and out, sweet-natured, brave, hardworking, and a multi-faceted character who has amazing development as the movie progresses. Although it may look like she seems to a damsel in distress on the surface given her situation with being held prisoner by the primary antagonist, Muska at the start of the movie, being re-captured by him a couple of times during the film, and early on in the movie being pursued by Dola and her sky pirate gang as well as by Muska's underlings, Sheeta relies what she can do on her own. The bond she has with Pazu is quite endearing and sweet, their journey together throughout the movie shows that they are a charming couple and they have a heartwarming chemistry. Overall, Sheeta displays amazing character development that I enjoyed seeing from the start of the movie to the end.
The movie opens with Sheeta as a captive of Muska, who works as a secret agent of the government and later in the movie reveals to Sheeta his true identity and his ultimate goal. Early on in the movie, Sheeta is also targeted by Dola and her sons who want to obtain her crystal amulet for their own purposes opposite from Muska. They attack the airship, Goliath controlled by the military and in the confusion Sheeta plots her escape from Muska. In the aftermath, Sheeta falls a large distance in the sky and her amulet activates to slow her descent. The role her amulet plays correlates with Sheeta’s heritage and birthright. Where Sheeta lands is in a small mining town and is retrieved by a young boy her age named Pazu. Unaware of whom she is; Pazu kindly takes in Sheeta into his home. When she wakes, Sheeta is taken with Pazu’s genuine hospitality and like Sheeta herself, Pazu is also orphaned. They learn each other’s background and Pazu is drawn into Sheeta’s dilemma with her being pursued by the factions of Muska and Dola. Pazu becomes Sheeta’s sole protector despite the dangers that come their way. hile the pair hides from their pursuers in an abandoned mine, they encounter an eccentric miner named “Uncle Pomme” who is knowledgeable of the power held within Sheeta’s amulet and mentions that the crystal (Volucite or Aetherium) was the key material that kept Laputa and its sister flying cities upward in the sky. In the past, a mysterious catastrophe left these cities in ruin and the surviving populace was forced to integrate with those who lived on the surface. After leaving the mines, Sheeta reveals to Pazu her true identity as Lusheeta Toel Ul Laputa.
Not long after, Muska has caught up with the pair and captures them both and taken to Tedis, a fortress that serves as a base of operations on ground and there Pazu and Sheeta are separated. Sheeta is shown by Muska a Laputan robot that has been dormant for ages and he reveals to her that he knows of her true name and one born of the Laputan royal line. Muska’s plans involve Sheeta’s cooperation under the threat of harming Pazu. Wishing to no longer endanger Pazu given the current situation and looking out for his safety, Sheeta tells Pazu that they should part ways. A reluctant Pazu leaves Sheeta’s side and returns home only to find Dola and her sons there. After a minor skirmish, Pazu forges an alliance with Dola and her pirate gang as both parties held a common interest in defeating the ambitions of Muska. They leave to make their journey to the fortress to rescue Sheeta. Back at the fortress, Sheeta recites an old apotropaic verse that unwittingly awakens the robot and it goes on a rampage. In the midst of the chaos, Pazu is able to rescue Sheeta. Afterwards, Pazu and Sheeta ally with Dola’s pirate gang on their airship, the Tiger Moth, however Muska has Sheeta’s amulet in his possession. Dola puts the two youths to work and Sheeta is tasked with kitchen duties in which show what a hardworking girl she is. The next day, both sides arrive at Laputa and in the aftermath of a skirmish against Muska’s flagship, the Goliath Sheeta and Pazu are separated from Dola and her pirates and the two youths bear witness to the ruins of Laputa and will make their stand against the machinations of their enemy Muska in the final act.
-The video below is a trailer collection for Castle in the Sky.
Sheeta is voiced by Keiko Yokozawa, a voice actress who was more well-known in the mid 70’s-early 90’s and since then hasn’t been as famous as Nausicaä’s Sumi Shimamoto. Aside from Sheeta, the only other well-known character Yokozawa has voiced is Takeo Kumagami of the Patlabor series and Lin Formosa of Space Runaway Ideon. After hearing both of those roles, she definitely has range in the types of characters she has done. Yokozawa is a fairly good seiyuu, but it’s understandable why she doesn’t have a lasting legacy like Shimamoto considering Yokozawa barely has any notable characters to her name and hasn’t worked in many popular titles. The following are a few more roles attributed to Yokozawa…
*Silky Mau of Aura Battler Dunbine
*Yaobikuni of Blue Seed
*Dorami of the Doraemon series (1979-2001)
*Mami Sakura of ESPer Mami
*Sophia of Future Police Urashiman
*Misuzu of Lady Lady!!
*Lian of Legend of Lemnear
*Mei Lin Jones of Plastic Little
*Ten’s Mother of Urusei Yatsura
*Charlotte of Wakakusa no Charlotte
-Below is a couple of pieces of music from Joe Hisaishi’s score, the first is “Confessions in the Moonlight” and the next is “The Castle of Time”.
Castle in the Sky is the first official Studio Ghibli film after the success of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind helped launch the company. Much of the same personnel that worked on Nausicaä,like Isao Takahata joined Miyazaki to work on Castle in the Sky. Alongside Nausicaä, Castle in the Sky became an award winning film and recognized as one of Miyazaki’s celebrated works. It was based off a story from Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift. The overall feel of the movie is much like a steampunk fairytale with the concepts of in the themes of its’ narrative. Some feel Castle in the Sky is set in the same universe as Nausicaä, with the former being set in a far earlier time from the post-apocalyptic world of Nausicaä and both films feature the little fox-squirrels. I feel the evidence is quite strong, though it’s not confirmed as fact. Castle in the Sky also stars the infamous Mayumi Tanaka as Pazu and veteran actor Minori Terada as Muska. The seiyuu cast also include; Hiroshi Ito (Pazu’s Boss), Sukekiyo Kameyama (Henri), Takuzou Kamiyama (Charles), Ichiro Nagai (General Muoro), TARAKO (Madge), Ryuuji Saikachi (Old Engineer), Machiko Washio (Okami), and Yoshito Yasuhara (Louis). Castle in the Sky has a rather disappointing dub cast that’s not as memorable as Nausicaä’s, the only key actor that shines in his role is Mark Hamill as Muska. As Hamill has a forte in voice acting, his performance is the sole reason to check out the dub as an afterthought. The worst casting choices were Anna Paquin as Sheeta and James Van Der Beek as Pazu, both deliver performances that don’t fit the ages of the characters. To get the best experience of the movie, just watch it in the original Japanese dub. Castle in the Sky is one of the most enjoyable Miyazaki films that there ever is through it’s amazing story and compelling characters. One can find laughter in the antics of Dola and her sky pirate gang as they provide most of the humor in the film. Muska himself was a stand-out character to me as the primary antagonist with his ambition, charisma, thirst for power, and heartless cruelty. These factors make him one of my top tier anime villains of all time. Joe Hisaishi’s score for Castle in the Sky is truly beautiful and poetic; like with his previous work in Nausicaä, the heart and soul of the music compositions he creates are always a pleasurable experience. In my personal viewings of Hayao Miyazaki’s works that I’ve seen, my Top 3 favorites that I found the most enjoyable, entertaining, and engaging are Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, and The Wind Rises. I feel these three are the best of Miyazaki’s works as they are inspirational and overall provide a positive viewing experience through the stories of their characters. I wasn’t too keen on Princess Mononoke when I watched it, I didn’t really like San at all as I felt she was poorly developed, had a personality that irked me, and the plot didn’t really impress me. I’m still fond of Spirited Away as it was the first Miyazaki film I’ve watched. The best and most endearing children’s film that he’s made that I’ve seen is My Neighbor Totoro. So if you haven’t seen Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, and The Wind Rises, these three Miyazaki films are the ones I recommend the most as the finest and most brilliant works the celebrated director has to offer.
-This is the opening for Castle in the Sky, music by Miyazaki’s primary collaborator Joe Hisaishi. The music piece is a shortened version of “Laputa: Castle in the Sky”.
-Finally this is the ending song “Kimi wo Nosete’ by Azumi Inoue, this is a live version of the song as it’s the best I could come up with as the actual full song is not available on YT that’s not a cover version.
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 35 Anime I Dislike (Those With An Average Rating of 6 or Higher)
5 Centimeters Per Second
Aki-Sora (Both OVA's)
Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya Series
Genesis Climber Mospeada
Genji Monogatari Sennenki
Heavy Metal L-Gaim
Inuyasha (TV Series + Movies 2 & 4)
Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
Kyoukai no Rinne
Masamune-kun no Revenge
Masou Gakuen HxH
Mobile Suit Gundam 00: A Wakening of the Trailblazer
Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED/SEED Destiny
Najica Blitz Tatics
Rewrite: Moon & Terra
Rurouni Kenshin Seisou-hen/Shin Kyoto-hen
Sailor Moon Super S + Super S Movie
Shingeki no Kyojin
Tales of Symphonia
The Sky Crawlers
Yume de Aetara
Anime Characters I Dislike
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
Masamune Makabe-Masamune-kun no Revenge
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, Tatewaki Kuno,& Genma Saotome-Ranma ½
Kyouichi Saionji-Revolutionary Girl Utena
Kotarou Tennouji-Rewrite: Moon & Terra
Genis Sage-Tales of Symphonia
Ataru Moroboshi-Urusei Yatsura
William Jones-Victorian Romance Emma
Caster-Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
Luviagelita Edelfeldt-Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya
Quwasan Olibee-Heavy Metal L-Gaim
Kozue Izumi-Infinite Ryvius
Mitsuki Hayase-Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
Kuu Shiratori-Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora
Suzu Sakuma & Jinny Golding-Marmalade Boy
Aki Adagaki-Masamune-kun no Revenge
Nena Trinity & Mina Carmine-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
Shampoo, Cologne, & Kodachi Kuno-Ranma ½
Anthy Himemiya-Revolutionary Girl Utena
Madame de Polignac-Rose of Versailles
Chibi Usa/Black Lady-Sailor Moon R
Katsumi Liqueur-Silent Mobius
Colette Brunel-Tales of Symphonia
Favorite Movie Trilogies-Captain America, The Dark Knight, The Godfather, Lord of the Rings, & Rurouni Kenshin
Favorite Live-Action Movies-2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, Back to the Future, Blade Runner, Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), The Breakfast Club, Cleopatra (1963), Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Die Hard, Dr. Strangelove, The French Connection, 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, The Terminator (1984), Teminator 2: Judgement Day, & Titanic (1997)
Favorite Japanese Movies-An Autumn Afternoon (1962), The Bad Sleep Well (1960), Gate of Hell (1953), Godzilla (1954), High & Low (1963), Kuroneko (1968), Princess Yang Kwei-Fei (1955), 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, Miami Vice, Sherlock, White Collar, & X-Files