The anime with the best animation is Gekkan Shojo (Monthly Girls’) Nozaki-kun. I really enjoyed watching it because of the crisp, smooth details. Each character is aesthetically pleasing. It makes sense because the show is focused on a manga artist. The animation for the main character, Chiyo Sakura, is just too cute. She’s a precious cinnamon roll who you really want to hug. The animation is done in a modern style without being overdone or cheesy. The show came out during Summer 2014, so it’s not too old of a title. Also, the opening itself is extremely fun! I like the use of manga frames, colors and the art supplies moving around at the end. I also appreciate the effort put into the backgrounds. It feels really cute altogether with a girly flair.
The animation studio was Doga Kobo. They’ve produced other popular anime including Himouto! Umaru-Chan, Plastic Memories and New Game. I can definitely see similarities between these titles. All of the characters are drawn in a cute, shojo-esque style. The animation really enhances the show itself. What anime do you think has the best animation? Sound off in the comments below.
My favorite animal sidekick is definitely Luna from Sailor Moon! This was a no-brainer for me. Sailor Moon was such a large part of my childhood. In fact, I’m on the S season right now, so I’m slowly watching my through the entire soon. In the first episode, Usagi saves Luna, the black cat, from a few bullies who were messing with her. Ever since then, Luna becomes an integral part of the story. She’s like the conscience of Usagi. Where Usagi is dimwitted, Luna is intelligent. Who doesn’t love a talking cat? Luna’s kind of like an overprotective mom to the Sailor Senshi. She’s hilarious, adorable and is never afraid to stand up for what she believes in.
Luna is small but fierce. If I ever have a cat, I’m going to name her Luna. She battles against villains on the show to protect Usagi and the others. She’s someone that the girls can look to as a role model. She’s not perfect but isn’t afraid to work hard to get the job done. The show wouldn’t feel right without her. I like that she’s not one of those typical annoying sidekicks. She serves a purpose and doesn’t mess around. Feel free to comment below with your favorite animal sidekick in an anime! I’d love to hear your thoughts.
An anime that never gets old is Azumanga Daioh! It’s one of my all-time favorites. It’s hilarious and whimsical without being overrated. It’s a short 26 episode series so it’s easy to watch. My favorite character is Osaka who is literally from Osaka, Japan. Her real name is Ayumu Kasuga but she’s given that nickname on the show. I also appreciate the fact that Chiyo’s father is a giant orange cat that speaks English. Plus, who doesn’t love Miss Yukari and her crazy antics as a teacher?
Who says teachers have to be normal and level-headed? I love Chiyo too, she’s a 10 year old genius who’s smart enough to be a high school student. This anime features a wacky friend group that goes on various adventures. The opening is super catchy too. This was one of the first anime titles I ever watched. Sakaki is the strong, silent type who is secretly a cinnamon roll on the inside. Despite the carefree attitude of the show, the characters go through great development. Here’s the opening for the anime:
I love listening to Chiyo’s cooking song too. She’s just so adorable!! I can recommend both the english dub and Japanese version with subtitles. They really did a great job of picking talented voice actors for the show. This show would provide a great group cosplay too! The Azumanga Daioh uniforms are very cute. What’s your top anime that never gets old? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section. If you haven’t seen Azumanga Daioh, I would highly recommend it!
It took a lot of soul searching but I finally found the anime character I’m most similar to. Drumroll please! It’s Kanako Ohno from Genshiken. I just finished the first season and am now on the second season of the show. She’s kind, considerate and is always thinking of others. Also, even the characters we cosplay are the same. In one episode, she cosplayed Homura Akemi from Madoka Magica. I’ll be doing that cosplay for Anime Midwest! Also, I’m a college student who’s part of an anime club, so that setup is pretty similar. Watching the anime reminds me of my friends. The majority of my friends are guys, so Genshiken is like my own life. I also feel the same way when Ohno gets excited over cosplaying, anime and manga.
I can also relate to her being more introverted and reserved. I’m more like that when people first meet me. However, once people get to know me, I’m more outgoing. I, like Ohno, am always doing my best to get others involved in anime club activities. She’s sweet, funny and cute. She’s my favorite character in Genshiken. I feel like she’s had great character development over the course of the show.
Which anime character are you most like? Sound off in the comments section below!
First, before I go any further, this post WILL HAVE SPOILERS. TURN BACK NOW IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE AFTER STORY SEASON OF CLANNAD. I remembered a touching scene between Ushio and Tomoya. When thinking of the saddest anime scene, Clannad: After Story immediately came to mind. Here’s the scene itself (credit goes to TwilightFan1400 for uploading this video and to the studio that created Clannad: After Story):
Ushio and Tomoya go on a trip together. Tomoya abandoned Ushio and left her with Nagisa’s parents after she passed away. Nagisa died during childbirth, sadly, so Tomoya ended up as a single parent. Tomoya became depressed and became an alcoholic like his father and constantly had to work to make ends meet. He led an empty existence for a long time. On this trip together, Tomoya apologizes for being a bad father for so many years and Ushio forgives him. They’re able to live a happy together as he tells her more about Nagisa, her mother.
This is heartwarming yet sad at the same time. Ushio is told that there are certain places she can cry if she’s upset. One of them was “in daddy’s arms”. The music fits the scene perfectly and makes me cry every time I see it. Tomoya has had terrible luck in his life and things only continue to get worse with this show. Clannad: After Story isn’t for the weak-hearted person. Also, I get especially teary-eyed when Ushio talks about losing the toy that Tomoya gave her. She said it was special because it was her first gift from him.
I can’t remember which episode this is; let me know in the comments if you do. What do you think the saddest anime scene is? Sound off with your thoughts and opinions. Also, grab some tissues if you’re watching Clannad: After Story.
My favorite mech anime is Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion. I’m almost done with the show! I’m currently in the middle of the R2 season. In general, I normally don’t watch mech titles but some of my guy friends recommended it to me. Also, who doesn’t love the shameless Pizza Hut sponsorship? C2 literally doesn’t eat anything else besides Pizza Hut pizza. The show is dramatic and exciting. I also love the animation – Clamp did a great job creating such beautiful characters. I can’t think of an ugly character on the show.
Lelouch Lamperouge is a complex young man. He wants to overthrow the Britannian government and create a new, peaceful world for his little sister Nonnelly. She keeps him sane throughout the show otherwise he’s likely to go off the deep end. The setting takes place in a vague time period where Japan was overthrown by the Britannian government. The Japanese people are now referred to as “Elevens” because they live in Area 11. They lost their culture and identity because of this war.
Many Elevens hold grudges against Britannians. This is the heart of the show. This is where hatred stems from. Britannians are often cruel, heartless and careless with how they treat Elevens. The main Britannian who stands out from the others is Princess Euphemia li Britannia. She serves as sub-viceroy for Area 11. So, what is Geass, exactly? It’s a mysterious power granted to Lelouch by a woman named C2. Lelouch is able to make eye contact with a person and command them to do a particular action. This is only the beginning.
As a random note, my least favorite character is Nina Einstein. She’s a racist Britannian who is legitimately afraid of Elevens for no good reason. She’s also whiny and annoying. I don’t want to say too much else just in case of spoilers. Getting to the mech part: they’re called nightmares and there are a lot of great battle scenes. Fighting is an ever-present part of the show because of the dangerous climate they live in.
I also enjoy the relationship that develops between Euphemia and Suzaku. There are a lot of cute moments that happen in the show. They are idealists who want everyone to get along. Suzaku is Lelouch’s best friend which is a conflict of interest. Suzaku is an honorary Britannian soldier while Lelouch is fighting alongside the Japanese as “Zero”, a masked hero fighting for justice. Things get pretty complicated between the duo. There’s never a dull moment when you watch Code Geass!
Comment below if you’ve seen Code Geass and let me know your thoughts!
When thinking of my favorite fighter anime, I immediately thought of Naruto. I remember discovering it in 7th grade after seeing a wall scroll of Team 7 in my brother’s room. I was intrigued by the characters so I decided to watch it. It didn’t take long for me to get hooked. I normally gravitate towards shojo titles but I enjoyed the action scenes along with romantic, drama and comedic elements. There’s something for everyone. In my case, I related so much to Sakura Haruno. I could relate to being boy-crazy and having a Type A personality. Every preteen is a bit annoying to an extent. Every girl has their own Inner Sakura.
Another favorite part of the show was watching Naruto grow from being the class clown into eventually becoming a strong and compassionate leader for Konoha. A lesson I learned from the show is that you have to work hard to achieve your goals even if everyone and everything is against you. Naruto was able to overcome his demons with the help of Team 7, Jiraiya-sensei and many others. Having a rival motivated him to do even better; Sasuke is the cool and angsty counterpart to Naruto’s goofy and wild persona. My new life goal was to become a kunoichi and a fighting dreamer.
My favorite arc of the show has to be the Chunin Exam. There was adventure, excitement and danger at every turn. However, I hate Orochimaru so much. He started leading Sasuke over to the dark side. I feel like there was a lot of great character development during this arc. Team 7 had to grow up really fast! I can’t imagine what it would be like to be in the Forest of Death. I was genuinely scared for them.
From the beginning of the show, I shipped NaruHina and SasuSaku. I still feel that way today. I could relate to Hinata in how she watched Naruto from afar. I did that with my first crush too. Even though Sasuke thought Sakura was annoying, you could see his feelings of fondness towards her later on. If anything, I wished NaruHina had happened earlier! But…Naruto is a dense idiot! Plus, he had other ninja mission tasks on his mind, so it’s understandable.
The only thing I don’t like is the fact that so many great characters die! It kills my heart so much. I’ve cried many tears over this show. I won’t mention these individuals but there’s so much pain throughout the show. Many characters grow up with one or less parents and they often lose significant others or beloved friends. But, they live in a world where death is more common because of villain ninja.
This anime has so many fond memories. If you haven’t seen Naruto/Naruto Shippuden, I highly recommend watching it! What’s your favorite part of Naruto? Do you have a favorite fighter anime? Let me know by commenting below. Have a good day!
Queen Beryl from Sailor Moon is the best anime villain! She has a fantastic back story and is cruel towards her underlings. She’s a beautiful yet scary woman with curly red hair, pale skin and golden brown eyes. Queen Beryl wears a long purple gown with black detailing and dangly earrings. Her name itself is based on the mineral “Beryl”. She is the commander of the Dark Kingdom in the first season of Sailor Moon.
We learn that Queen Beryl was a low-ranking Earth sorceress who fell in love with Prince Endymion. Her love for him was unrequited because he was in love with Princess Serenity. Queen Beryl became obsessively jealous of Princess Serenity after she found out the news. Queen Beryl became corrupted by Queen Metalia because of the hate in her heart. Queen Beryl vowed to destroy the Moon Kingdom and disobeyed Endymion’s orders.
Queen Beryl wasn’t afraid to kill those who stood in her way, even her own minions. She’s a ruthless woman who would resort to any means possible to steal the Silver Crystal and restore Queen Metalia. She was killed during battle with the Sailor Guardians. She caused so many problems for the main characters in the show. She’s not the kind of villain you want to mess with. She’s powerful from all of the hate in her heart. Comment below or tweet me @allthingsannak with your favorite anime villain!
I love to pair my favorite characters together. It’s hard for me to pick just one anime couple I ship. For the sake of this post, I’ll talk about Takeo Gouda and Rinko Yamato from Ore Monogatari!! (My Love Story!!). This is one of my favorite anime of all time. Takeo and Rinko are both pure-hearted individuals who are perfect together. Takeo is misunderstood and not liked by many girls. Girls prefer his good-looking, tall and slim best friend, Sunakawa. One day, Takeo is on the train with Sunakawa and sees Rinko getting groped by a creepy man. Takeo steps in to save her and starts beating up the creepy man. After that, Rinko thanks Takeo for saving her and offers to bake him delicious desserts. Slowly but surely, they get to know each other and start dating.
I like that Takeo isn’t like the typical male love interest. He’s handsome in a different way. Takeo is always considerate of others and wants to make the world a better place. Rinko is super adorable – she’s the kind of girl you want to hug. It’s also really cute when they try to hold hands for the first time. Neither of them have any experience so it makes things entertaining to watch. I like them as a couple because they balance each other out. It takes them some time to get together since Takeo thinks Rinko likes Sunakawa. Eventually, Rinko tells Takeo how she feels and everything works out.
Literally every episode is so cute and heartwarming. I love that they don’t have too many major problems. I’m glad there aren’t any love triangles in the show either. It’s nice that the show gets to the point. Some shows take way too long for the couple to actually get together. They’re my relationship goals. Takeo is Rinko’s protector and keeps her safe, no matter what the cost. I think any girl would be lucky to have a guy like Takeo in her life.
Anytime I need a pick-me-up, I’ll watch Ore Monogatari!!. If you haven’t seen it, go watch it and let me know what you think! Takeo and Rinko will continue to live on in the hearts of viewers. I would describe Takeo and Rinko as a magical, adorable, cinnamon roll couple. ❤