Day 12: Saddest Anime Scene

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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.

Day 11: Favorite Mech Anime

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.

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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.

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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!

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Comment below if you’ve seen Code Geass and let me know your thoughts!

Day 10: Favorite Fighter Anime

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

Day 9: Best Anime Villain

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.

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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.

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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!

 

 

Day 8: Your Favorite Anime Couple

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. ❤

Day 7: Your Anime Crush

Drumroll, please. My anime crush is….Sanosuke Sagara from Rurouni Kenshin! He’s been a favorite of mine for a long time (ever since 7th grade). He’s manly, badass and super funny. He is definitely husbando material. I remember he first came into the series as a hitman for hire, trying to kill Kenshin. He also has the extreme hatred towards Imperialists and has a tragic backstory. It makes him even more lovable. Plus, there are so many hilarious moments with Sano. He’s a pretty silly guy that’s somewhat dimwitted.

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He’s strong and ready to protect the ones that he loves. Sanosuke is the type of guy who would never back down from a fight. I feel like he has the traits I would want for an ideal crush. He’s also shirtless all the time, so that’s a nice perk…There’s also a fun episode where a dog keeps following him around and won’t leave him alone. Sanosuke gets super agitated. He also gets into some interesting adventures with Kenshin and Yanosuke too.

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As much as he’s funny, he can be serious when he needs to be. Sanosuke is often on the brink of death during the show when it comes to fighting. He always has to prove the others that he’s the best to defend the name of the Sagara clan. He’s been screwed over so many times and wants to finally win. I respect his courage and determination to achieve his goals. He seems like a guy you’d want to get sake with. That’s what we’d do hypothetically, if I was an anime character. Here’s a video of Sanosuke’s english dub voice actor singing; prepare for your fangirl hearts to explode:

Who’s your anime crush? Comment below! 🙂

Day 6: An Anime you Want to See but Haven’t Seen Yet

An anime that I want to see but haven’t seen yet is Orange. I watched the first episode but never went beyond that. To learn more about it, I visited myanimelist.net. This is the synopsis provided for the title:

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“Naho Takamiya’s first day of her sophomore year of high school is off to an uneasy start. After waking up late, she receives a strange letter addressed to her. However, the letter is from herself—10 years in the future! At first, Naho is skeptical of the note; yet, after witnessing several events described to take place, she realizes the letter really is from her 26-year-old self. The note details that Naho’s future life is filled with regrets, and she hopes that her younger self can correct the mistakes that were made in the past. The letter also warns her to keep a close eye on the new transfer student, Kakeru Naruse. Naho must be especially careful in making decisions involving him, as Kakeru is not around in the future. With the letter as her guide, Naho now has the power to protect Kakeru before she comes to regret it once more.”

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Source: https://myanimelist.net/anime/32729/Orange

It’s interesting to imagine yourself in this scenario. I want to know where it goes and what happens, so that’s why I’d like to watch it. I think in real life, we often want to correct past mistakes but aren’t able to. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime. Who wouldn’t want to go back and correct terrible actions? Though, I feel like it could go wrong somewhere. I’ll let you know when I start watching it! It came out during Summer 2016, so it’s finished airing.

 

 

Day 5: An Anime I’m Ashamed I Enjoyed

An anime I’m ashamed I enjoyed was something I finished recently. It’s Shimoneta: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes doesn’t Exist. I remember a friend talking about it one time and I stumbled upon it when I was watching a video on Funimation’s YouTube channel. It looked amusing and intriguing, so I thought, “why not watch it?”. I’ll explain what it’s about.

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For 10 years, dirty jokes, pornography and anything considered indecent has been banned in Japan. There are police officers known as the Decency Squad, who arrest those who violate this important law. The story follows Tanukichi, son of a well-known pervert who was arrested and average schoolboy. He strives to be pure, like his role model, student council president, Anna Nishkinomiya. Tanukichi comes across a woman named Blue Snow, who wears underwear on her face and dons a white sheet. She distributes pornographic photos and other lewd material. She wants to educate Japanese high school students about sex and why it’s a good thing.

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Tanukichi becomes involved with Blue Snow’s mission and becomes a “sexual terrorist” himself. The high school students are extremely repressed and don’t know anything about sex. Though outlandish at times (every episode!) it was really, really funny. I watched the censored version and it made things even more amusing. Blue Snow (Ayame) would use some pretty colorful words.

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There’s also the yandere, Anna. She starts out as a pure-hearted, innocent girl who wants to maintain decency at her school. Then, after accidentally kissing Tanukichi, sexual desires awaken inside of her. So, in nearly episode, she’s always trying to have sex with him against Tanukichi’s will. There’s also the infamous “love nectar” scene where she bakes some rather interesting cookies…I’ll go ahead and leave some videos with some scenes from the show for you to watch. Proceed at your own risk.

Day 4: Favorite Female Anime Character

I’m done with the first season of Code Geass and I’m completely obsessed with Princess Euphemia li Britannia (Euphie). She’s beautiful and I really love her long pink hair with her signature double buns. As a princess, she wears elegant dresses and attire on a regular basis. She’s a selfless person and is always looking out for her sister, Cornelia, as well as Suzaku and the rest of Britannia/Area 11. Euphie can be a bit impulsive but that quality makes her especially lovable. Euphemia wants to make everyone happy but isn’t always able to. Note: SPOILERS AHEAD.

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Plus, she’s not a racist Britannian like Nina Einstein… She realizes that Elevens are real people who have real feelings and wants to live in peace with them. Plus, she falls in love with Suzaku Kururugi, who is Japanese. In a world full of fighting and peril, Euphie doesn’t want to fight. She wants to be a peaceful leader as sub-viceroy. She frequently complains about how violent their world is.

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She has a really fun sense of humor too which you wouldn’t expect in a Britannian princess. Euphemia can be prim and proper when she needs to but also has a goofy side to her. I wish she wasn’t just a supporting character; I’d love to hear more about her and learn about her past fully. I also haven’t gotten to season 2 yet, so I don’t know her full story quite yet.

It’s amazing how someone can have such an optimistic outlook on life during such depressing and violent circumstances. Not a lot of people would have the willpower to do that. I hope I can cosplay her someday (when I have enough $$$). Being a princess doesn’t come cheap. In honor of Princess Euphemia, here are some of my favorite moments of her. Have a great day! 🙂