30 Days Of, 30 Days Of: Anime

30 Days Of: Anime, Days 23 and 24

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Day 23: Favourite Studio Ghibli

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I’ve shared my Howl’s Moving Castle cosplay before, but I’m damn well going to do it again. Howl’s is my favourite Ghibli movie and definitely the one I’ve rewatched the most. I also really love Ponyo!

 

 

 

Day 24: Ever been bullied for liking anime?

I think if I had been into anime when I was younger then I think I probably would have been bullied for watching it – the school I went to was an all-girls school, and if you had a hobby or interest that was outside of the traditional ‘girl hobbies’ then they tended to make fun of you, see also: me liking video games. As it is, I got into anime after my uni years, so I’m well past the stage where people bully you for interests (or so I’d hope), and also past the stage of caring. My non-anime friends and my family do rib me for liking anime a bit, but it’s all just good-natured fun and I’ve never felt upset or anything by it.

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30 Days Of: Anime, Days 21 and 22

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Day 21: Favourite harem/reverse harem

At the risk of talking only about Ouran High School Host Club throughout this challenge, I do just have to give it a quick mention. It’s undoubtedly one of the best reverse harem I’ve seen and deserves at least a brief shoutout. It’s funny, heartwarming, and all of the boys are actually really good characters.

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I’ll talk a little more about something that’s not Ouran, and go for something I’ve watched fairly recently; Dance With Devils. This is another reverse harem, and honestly, I started watching it as a joke with Chelsie, as it said it was a musical anime, and we both instantly thought that nothing good could ever come of that. We were pretty wrong, and the songs are actually really decent. The plot is a bit contrived; a girl, Ritsuka, has a secret power buried within her and also happens to be in a school where some demons also go, and they want her secret power. There’s the standard power struggle as the boys all go for her, and some outside forces too, and although Ritsuka is your standard dumbass female protagonist, all of the boys are really interesting characters who are fun to watch. I’d definitely recommend this anime to others!

Day 22: Subs or dubs

I have watched some dubs in my time (Fairy Tail and Ouran are two shows I will only watch the dubs of), but generally speaking I prefer subs. I like to think I’m picking up some language skills as it goes, but that in itself is doubtful!

30 Days Of, 30 Days Of: Anime

30 Days Of: Anime, Days 19 and 20

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I realised I have mixed up day 18 and 19, so we’ll pretend I didn’t do that and carry on…

Day 19 – Favourite anime ED

This is actually such a difficult question, there’s so many great ED’s out there. I’ve chosen the ED for Free! Eternal Summer, because if I think back I can think of many, many moments when I’ve had it stuck in my head on a loop.  So, enjoy!

 

Day 20 – Favourite tsundere

I picked Kyo Sohma for this question. Though I never watched the original Fruits Basket, I’ve been watching the remake, and whilst there are a lot of characters I love (okay.. literally all of them, they’re all great), Kyo really edges it for me.

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I think that what I love so much about Kyo is that you can really see how he grows as time goes on. He starts very closed off, but gradually you can see how much he cares for people and he starts to let people in. I guess that’s what makes tsundere characters in general so appealing, it’s really rewarding to put the time in with them and see them soften a little bit on the occasions where that happens, and it does with Kyo!

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30 Days Of: Anime, Day 17 and 18

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Day 17: Who do you ship

There are two answers to this question, neither of which result in a particularly short description, so let’s get to it.

My first ship is Bokuto and Akaashi from Haikyuu!! Whilst wildly different characters, both compliment each other incredibly well. Bokuto needs Akaashi to keep him level and balance out his mood swings, and in return I think Bokuto helps Akaashi express himself a bit more. I think they’re both incredibly nuanced characters, and they both clearly care a lot for each other. Bokuto is obviously a lot more outward in his emotions and expresses them more frequently, but would Akaashi really take the time to learn all of Bokuto’s weaknesses to the point he can not only instantly recall them, but that he also knows how to overcome each one.

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My second ship is pretty much canon depending on how you look at the anime; Ash and Eiji from Banana Fish. They repeatedly say that they’re soul mates and that they love each other, and again, they compliment each other so well. They both change for the better once they meet each other, and they share a genuine connection.

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Day 19: Favourite shoujo/shounen

My favourite shounen is without a doubt Haikyuu!! Funnily, or at least to me anyway, it took me a few attempts to get into it. I had seen through going to conventions that Haikyuu!! was becoming really popular, so I decided to watch it to see what it was like. I watched the first two episodes then stopped, then the first episode again and gave up. I decided to give it a final attempt, though I’ve no idea why I still persevered at that stage, and the third time was the charm. I’ve been obsessed with it ever since, and it’s not just my favourite shounen, it’s my favourite anime in general.

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With regards to shoujo, it’s not a genre I’ve delved into too much, which I will be actively trying to change, but my favourite is probably Ouran High School Host Club. 

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30 Days Of: Anime, Day 15 and 16

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Day 15: Most epic or shocking scene

I’m going to try and keep this as spoiler free as possible…

A few scenes jump to mind here, so I’ll talk a little about each one.

The end of Banana Fish in the library was the most shocking scene I’ve seen in a while. It really got to me, and I was sobbing from basically the moment that happened to about half an hour after the end credits rolled. I don’t want to talk on it any further as I don’t trust myself to not spoil it, and I think it’s one of those things that really needs to be experienced unspoilt.

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Day 16: Favourite anime couple (canon)

I could write an entire essay here on why Bokuto and Akaashi are, in fact, canon but I’ll refrain and give you something that’s explicitly canon instead.

My favourite anime couple are Ryouma and Izumi from Love Stage. They’re just so cute together, and Ryouma loves Izumi so much. I’m also… very similar to Izumi, so it’s nice to see that someone loves him!

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Another anime couple I love are Narumi and Hirotaka from Wotakoi: Love is Hard for an Otaku.  They fit together so well and really compliment each other’s characters. I really hope it gets another season, as I’d love to see them together a bit more.

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30 Days Of, 30 Days Of: Anime

30 Days Of: Anime, Day 14

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Day 14: Anime character you hate

I’m going to give two answers here, because my first answer I’ve already talked about this anime quite a bit, and also, I feel like the point of the character is to polarise people, so my second answer will be someone less obvious.

Firstly, I really, truly hate Light from Death Note. I know he’s designed so you either see eye to eye with him, or you don’t, but I just found him really manipulative and awful.

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Secondly, a character that I hate just… for no reason at all really, is Shigino Kisumi from Free! Eternal Summer. He’s just so annoying! He literally turns up and inserts himself into any situation, which most of the time do not concern him at all, and he makes things awkward for so many characters at times. I didn’t even like him once you learn more of his backstory in the movies, he is just a very irritating character, in my opinion.

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It’s funny how things changed because before Haikyuu!! season 4 aired, I would have said Tsukki without hesitating, but he had such a good season and showed some real character development that I can’t bring myself to put him. Even if he is unnecessarily mean to Yamaguchi.

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30 Days Of: Anime, Day 13

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Day 13: Favourite VA/seiyuu

My favourite VA is Mamoru Miyano! He just has such an expressive voice, and so many of the characters he voices go on to be my favourite in the series. Most notably, he is the voice of Tsukiyama Shu from Tokyo Ghoul, who is one of my favourite characters ever.

I won’t give a massive list of all of his work, you can check it out here!