Day 1: Very first anime
Way back before I even knew what anime was, back when I was 11 or 12, my first was Pokémon. Pokémon was something I was pretty obsessed with in my youth, and still enjoy playing now. I haven’t watched the anime for a really long time, probably since I was about 13 or so – when I last watched it they were still in the Kanto region. I’m not certain I would watch it now. I feel like it’s a lot of time to invest into something, and Pokémon has already had enough of my time.
As an adult making a conscious decision to watch anime, the first anime I watched was Death Note. Death Note is something I should probably rewatch as I can’t really remember, but it still holds a fond place in my heart. I even cosplayed L a couple of years ago – here’s a photo of that with my friend, Chelsie,as Misa.
Whilst I get my new features off the ground, and get planning new content, I thought I’d ressurect an old feature; 30 Days Of.
If you recall, these were daily (theoretically anyway) blog posts centred around a theme. We kicked off with 30 Days Of: Gaming, and also ended there… Whoops. I do think I might revisit gaming as looking back on some of my answers, things have definitely changed.
For now, I’m going to take a stab at 30 Days Of: Anime using these prompts I found online.
Day 29: A game you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving and Day 30: Your favourite game of all time
So, as many of you may know, my favourite game ever is Persona 4: Golden. What you may not know is the first time I ever played Persona 4, I totally hated it.
I can’t remember how old I was, I think about 16 or so, and it was the PS2 copy I had. I played it for about an hour, and then never again. It just didn’t click with me, and I couldn’t figure out what I was supposed to do, or where I was supposed to go. It was a nightmare and I hated it.
At this point in my gaming career, I’d been mostly accustomed to playing platformers and Pokémon, so the concept of an RPG (let alone a JRPG) was completely baffling to me.
Over the next few years I played a lot of Western RPGs and eventually, when I was 22, I bought a PlayStation Vita. Falling into the “PS Vita’s got no games” trap, I looked at a list of the top rated games and saw Persona 4: Golden at the top. Being an idiot, I hadn’t realised I’d already attempted to play this game in its previous iteration, and I bought myself a copy. About half an hour in, I realised.
I continued with the game, and it’s the best thing I ever did. I fell completely in love with the characters, and I can’t imagine a time when I wasn’t obsessed with it. I don’t know what I’d do without Persona 4, or the rest of the Persona series.
On a wider note Persona 4: Golden also encouraged me to give JRPGs a shot, and now it’s my favourite genre, so go figure.
Day 28: Favourite game developer
I’ve never played a Spike Chunsoft game I didn’t like. Maybe with all the murder and deception that says more about me than anything, but I will always look out for anything they release with baited breath.
Day 27: Most epic scene ever
This was really hard to narrow down! But I made a choice (in the end)! Final Fantasy XV spoilers ahead.
Final Fantasy XV has some really great moments but the train scene, for me, really stole the show. There’s this whole feeling of not really knowing what’s going on which makes you feel really uneasy throughout the whole sequence, and then when everything finally clicks, you’re left to deal with the consequences of your actions, and accept the fact you just pushed dear, sweet Prompto off of a moving train (*coughbestboycough*). To be honest, I could probably give a reason for each scene in FFXV for being my favourite thing ever, but the train scene is the one that stuck with me the most and really left me in shock as well as giving me a whole other boatload of feelings.
Day 26: Best voice acting
We all know there are certain voice actors whose names mean that at least one thing in a game is going be great. Troy Baker is one of those actors. I could listen to his voice all day. I can’t even limit this to one character because everything he does is gold.
This was totally an excuse to show off the fact I’ve met him. Look, here is proof and everything.
Day 25: A game you plan on playing
Danganronpa V3 comes out at the end of September, and I am almost beside myself with excitement. This series means so much to me, and I’m so excited to have a new story to unfold. I’m currently (trying) to finish a replay of the first two games by playing Danganronpa 1-2 Reload, which is just making me even more hyped for release day!