Favorite Anime – Awesome Comics

Rob, Malcolm, & Trevor join Heather and Aiyanna to talk about their favorite anime. Did your favorite make the cut?

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  1. Like that Yu Yu Hakusho got some attention! For my favorite anime I’m torn between Trigun and Berserk. The characters in them are so good especially the two protagonists. Vash and Guts are probably two of my favorite protagonists ever in any story told in any medium.

  2. Cowboy Bebop is probably my all time favorite. DBZ, Naruto, Kenshin (Only Seasons 1 and 2), and Yu Yu Hakusho come close.

  3. Okay, I never thought about this:

    Macross – or Robotech – was essentially about a warrior culture that was nigh invincible essentially being seduced by art, music, and entertainment of earth culture. I never thought about it before, but it’s basically like Japan vs. US. WWII happened, but now so many aspects of Japanese culture are more heavily informed by the West than by their own history.

  4. lilith_ascennding

    Hell yeah, Rob! Paranoia Agent is amazing! It’s my second favorite Satoshi Kon story (after Tokyo Godfathers) and it is an amazingly tense and surreal anime. Though I honestly liked the suicide episode the least because it felt more like filler than actually beneficial to the overarching plot (good filler, but still filler :P). The episode on how to make an anime is my favorite one not just because it shows you the behind the scenes of the anime industry but because it is also the episode that my favorite character, Maromi, gets the most (or at least almost the most) screen time in the entire series.

    As for my favorite anime, that would be Puella Magi Madoka Magica. It is a brilliant deconstruction of the magical girl genre and has some incredible twists. It’s just a beautifully told story with some really good themes and characters. Also, Yuki Kajiura’s soundtrack is gorgeous. You can watch this anime on Netflix and probably Crunchyroll too (It’s also licensed by Aniplex, so maybe you can watch it on their site too?).

    Another anime that I would like to highlight is Hell Girl, as it features my favorite anime character of all time (Ai Enma). Though the anime is #6 on my overall Top 20 Anime List (I won’t post all of them here unless anyone wants to know the rest.), I find its central titular character to be one of the most fascinating spirits in fiction. Hell Girl tells the story of a mysterious website that can only be accessed at midnight by those with vengeance in their hearts. If you access the site and type in the name of the person who you hate most, you will summon Ai Enma aka Hell Girl. Ai will hand you a straw doll with a red string tied around its neck. If you untie the string, you will be bound into a covenant with her and the soul of your grievance will immediately be banished to Hell. However, you will also have to pay the price. When you die, your soul will also be ferried to Hell. That’s only after you die, though. And so, the decision rests with you. This series is brilliant in examining vengeance and its flaws, from having to deal with your own actions to witnessing how vengeance can be used to ruin innocent lives just as easily as it can be used to save them. It is eerie, but sad as well. I would honestly only recommend the first two seasons, but if you would like to watch the third season, it isn’t completely awful. I know you can watch Seasons 2 and 3 on Crunchyroll and the first season used to be up on Youtube. You should definitely watch it if you get the chance.

    Favorite manga=Yotsuba&! (super cute and fluffy slice of life manga that feels more like real life than most stories from this genre do).

    Favorite light novel=Boogiepop and Others (intensely trippy psychological sci fi horror thriller with multiple narrators and an interesting view on identity and free will. Has a pretty good anime too with Boogiepop Phantom.)

    Favorite novel (that has been turned into an anime)= Another (a damn good supernatural murder mystery that despite the shock factor, has a really great story and memorable characters. It’s damn creepy at times too.)

  5. I actually haven’t seen anime since middle school (or maybe high school?). I’m so super busy that I don’t have time to see anything more than the shows I currently watch but Aiyanna was really selling me on her pick. Maybe one day.

  6. The Real Silverstar

    I never really thought about it before, but I could probably choose one if pressed. First however, a little back story is required:

    1. I prefer comedy over action.
    2. The fancy label ‘anime’ didn’t exist when I was a kid; in my day they were all just called cartoons, and so that’s how I tend to view them. I don’t put anime on some pedestal nor do I treat it like it’s something different than a cartoon like those who came after me do. And…
    3. Over-arcing story lines bore me. If a plot can’t be wrapped up in 2-3 episodes, I’m officially checked out. Sagas are a chore for me to try and slog through.

    That said, if pressed to choose a favorite anime, I’d probably say Azamanga Diaoh(sp?); it’s closest to the style I tend to dig. Nothing big, dramatic or heavy-handed, just simple, goofy, dumb fun. Plus, it centers on girls, which is a plus for me, as I tend to prefer female characters over males overall.

    There are some aspects or elements of other anime which I like, but generally there are more separate characters and things in anime that I like more than the shows as a whole.

  7. Without a doubt Saint Seiya: the fantastic music and visuals blew me away 30 years ago and it has aged quite well. Watched many an anime since, but I’ll always have a soft spot for those 80s series I grew up… and I will always wonder who decided it was a good idea to show Hokuto no Ken, Cat’s Eye, DBZ, City Hunter and other (young) adult series in a TV program aimed at the under-12s.

  8. Know im way late on this but her information on the soul eater manga seems WAY out of date. After the big Maka/Soul vs Chrona battle the anime and manga completely split for example with giving away as little as i can the black dress Maka wears at one point to dance with soul in his mind in the anime in the manga is made of black blood and serves as armor while in thier final form
    And since im typing anyway might as well say my favorite anime is Hunter x Hunter (2011) made by the same author as Yu yu Hakasho is the darkest and most mature shounen anime i have ever seen (in the veins of dragonball naruto one piece bleach etc anything like that as it still retains a similair feel to those shows specifically) first couple episodes tone is misleading to what the rest of the series is really like, at first you’ll feel good like you are watching original dragonball but by the end youll feel something more akin to watching berserk

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