My first exposure to anime was when my parents bought me the first Pokemon movie with the famous Ash and Pikachu scene. Of course, at that time, I was around the age of 5-6 and did not know what anime was. However, I fell in love with the series and demanded that my parents buy me the games. The movie had me smiling in the beginning, crying when Ash got frozen, and anticipating all the fun action that was about to occur. I kept watching cartoons on CW 4 Kids every saturday because we never had cable when I was young. That was around the time I started getting to addicted to another blockbuster anime called Yu-Gi-Oh. If there was one show to sum up my childhood, it would be Yu-Gi-Oh. These two started my love for Japanese animated TV shows, but there was one moment that pushed this craze:
I visited my relatives' house monthly and luckily, they had cable. Watching Cartoon Network every time I visited, my brother and I decided to ignore our bedtime one day. Then, we experienced it on Toonami: a snake dude in a forest who was sucking the blood out of this seemingly cool dude with a blue jacket. After that one episode, that was nearly all I looked forward to every time I visited my relatives. The next episode of Naruto. After more exploring into the seires, I found out about Bleach and a plethora of other animes. Sadly, I had personal issues and could not continue enjoying some good old anime.
Then, one summer a few years later, I was bored and came across a video hyping up Attack on Titans. I decided that I might give it a try because of my past with animes. No other anime could have done the job better of drawing me into watching and creating many cliffhangers to keep me interested. The anime acted as a gateway to watching another anime and so on until I watched enough to make up the list I have right now.
What Defines Good Anime
A good anime is determined by a solid mixture of music, animation, character development, and an interesting plot. The plot establishes the foundation for the anime. Without an enthralling plot, the anime will have no chance of impressing me. A multitude of animes that might impress me in the other areas provided earlier might not get a satisfactory response from me because the plot is not as interesting as other animes that I watched. Character development, animation, and music are nice, but not essential pieces to a good anime.
However, the animes that are considered my absolute favorites must be close to perfect in all areas concerned. Neon Genesis Evangelion is always the controversial anime whenever great animes are concerned. In my opinion, NGE is a masterpiece. From the very beginning, the disturbing music and a confusing introduction of the society set the mood. The character development of Shinji from a nervous, shy boy to a person who is able to decide definitively on the most significant decision in that world's history. I thought the animation was incredible despite the fact that the anime is as old as I am. The plot is an insane deconstruction of the mecha genre with thought provoking moments spotted in every other episode. In terms of every criteria I have for anime, the anime not only satisfies them, it excels in every one of them.
Tribute to anime music
I think that music is one of the best parts in anime (huge fan of the Yuki Kajiura/Kalafina combo). Without the beautiful opening tracks and OSTs, a huge part of anime would be missing in my opinion. Here are some tracks that I have grown to love throughout my experience with anime. Hope you enjoy!!!
KOKIA- Hontou no Oto (5 centimeters per second)<-----Personal Fav
Hiroyuki Sawano- Counter Attack-Mankind (Attack on Titans) "TATAKAE!!!"
Yuki Kajiura- Back to Zero (Fate/Zero)
Kalafina- Alleluia (Kara no Kyoukai:Mirai Fukuin ED)