30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 17: What is an anime you want to watch but haven’t yet?

What is an anime you want to watch but haven’t yet? All. Of. Them! All right fine, I’ll pick just one. There is one anime that caught my attention a little while back when the trailer first circulated on YouTube. Since then, I’ve been keeping an eye on where it’s available. So far, it’s exclusive to Amazon Prime so I haven’t seen it yet. That anime is Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress.

Why is that? Seriously? Watch the trailer! It is set during an industrial revolution, so pretty much steampunk. The infected undead are attacking the fortified cities, so post-apocalyptic zombies. I’m not sure what else to say. It just all sounds epic to me.

I do wonder if the inability to get hold of a copy is making me want to see it more, although that probably just means it’s on my most wanted list because I haven’t been able to just sit down and watch it.

As a content producer myself, I don’t condone pirating media so I’m not about to get a copy that way. Maybe, in the near future, I’ll look to get an Amazon Prime subscription or it might become available elsewhere, but until then I will just have to look fondly at the trailer.

Anything else you’d like to say? The best thing about wanting to watch lots of anime is that even if I can’t watch Kabaneri right now, there is plenty that I can get on with. I just love watching anime!

30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 16: What is the last anime you watched?

What is the last anime you watched? At the moment, I’m currently working my way through the new season of anime. I think I have about twelve different shows on the go… but the most recent anime I’ve completed was Dominion Tank Police.

Why did you watch that? I watched it as a part of the Otaku on Writing podcast where we watch, review, and analyse classic anime to inspire original fiction. We take it in turns to nominate an anime and this one was my choice. I had a lot of fond memories of Dominion Tank Police because it was one of the first anime I saw.

It’s certainly pretty out there, but I didn’t remember just how out there it was. There were certain images that stuck with me, for example, the Cat sisters teasing the SWAT team so they could make their escape, and I vaguely remembered the land mines…

Sadly, like a couple of other anime we’ve rewatched, Dominion Tank Police didn’t really stack up against my memories. The first half was particularly odd and had little to no story. It was just a series of gags. The second half was actually much better and as a stand-alone, it would have been very good.

Anything else you’d like to say? Be careful rewatching old anime that you used to love, sometimes it’s better to settle for the nostalgia. Also, if you like classic anime and are interested in writing, you should definitely check out our podcast – Otaku on Writing. You can also subscribe to it using Apple Podcast.

30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 15: What anime has the best soundtrack?

What anime has the best soundtrack? This is a tough one. I actually just changed my mind typing this first paragraph. Originally, I was going to go with One Piece. Not because I think that it technically is the best soundtrack, but because there are specific tunes that signal certain events and it really hits the feels, every time. That said, before I change my mind again, I think Akira has the best anime soundtrack.

Why is that? Well, everything about Akira is spectacular and the soundtrack is no exception. It uses all sorts of different styles of singing and instruments. I’m pretty sure there is some Mongolian throat singing in there… The use of percussion instruments is amazing.

It is an orchestral soundtrack that is up there with the Hollywood greats. There are delicate moments with soft and melodic tones. Then there are bizarre and twisted scenes with music that fits it so unbelievably well. It all just perfectly comes together to make Akira one of the all-time greats.

Akira is thirty years old and still stand up against the tests of time. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if that continued. The opening scene, which really sets the tone for the whole movie, is amazing. It changes pace and focus continuously and the music keeps up, building on the images.

Anything else you’d like to say? I know I mentioned Akira as my first anime and that was two weeks ago, so if you still haven’t seen it yet, there really is no excuse. Go and watch it. It is that good.

30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 14: What is your favourite anime opening or ending?

What is your favourite anime opening or ending? I love anime music. I have a playlist on my phone full of awesome opening and ending songs. Often times, I will find myself humming a tune in my head while singing the Japanese lyrics, and I don’t even speak Japanese. Anyhow, my favourite opening or ending is the Attack on Titan season one opening – Guren no Yumiya by Linked Horizon.

Why is that? So, it starts off slow and fairly unusual. I think there is some German and Japanese, and other odd sounds. Then, the music and the action slowly increases, until it is all out war between the Titans and the Survey Corps.

There’s this awesome slow-motion scene where Jean does a side flip. All the while the music is getting faster, the images are more intense. It’s just a full-on assault on your scenes. I love it.

Then, when the music is a max tempo, thousands of Survey Corp soldiers leap into the air with there Vertical Maneuvering Equipment as even more Titans close in around them. Seriously, by the time the show is ready to start, I am pumped and ready for whatever horrors it threw at me.

Anything else you’d like to say? Every time they changed the opening song, I would throw my hands in the air and scream. Why are they changing it? It’s perfect the way it is, damn it! Then, by the second or third episode, I’ve realised that it too is another great opening song. I guess it’s better to have more than one song to listen to!

30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 13: Who is your favourite anime couple?

Who is your favourite anime couple? So, this should be good. Anime has a number of very interesting relationship types and my favourite couple fit right into that mould. It may seem insane to pick a couple from a harem anime, but that’s what I’m doing. My favourite anime couple is Rias and Issei from High School DxD.

Why is that? There are several reasons, but the most recent was in season four – Hero where I got so frustrated with Issei that I took to Twitter threatening to kick him in the nuts if he didn’t tell Rias he loved her. This is not my usual response to harem anime.

They have a fascinating relationship. She literally saved his life, making him a part of her devil family. Even though he was a massive screw up, she persisted with him. He had a quality that only she could see. Issei, himself, struggled to understand why she put up with him.

But time and time again, Issei has stepped up to save Rias and his friends. He has put his life on the line more times than you could imagine, enamouring himself with the other girls under Rias. There was a beautiful moment between Rias and Issei at the end of season three, once he’d saved her from the Juggernaut Drive.

What caused the Twitter rage? Through season four, it became quite apparent that Rias had developed strong feelings for Issei and was struggling to see them returned. Issei had numerous times to confess his feelings, but he just kept blowing it. In one instance, Akeno referred to him as a useless dildo!

Issei, however, had the same feelings but couldn’t bring himself to act on them. In short, he was suffering from post-traumatic stress from the last time he opened up to a girl. She killed him, literally. Finally, though, he found the will to step up and save his nuts from my wrath…

Anything else you’d like to say? I’m sure there will be people out there rolling their eyes at this, thinking it’s lewd and silly, how can there be a romance? To those people, I say ‘Pull that stick out of your arse and live a little.’ There is undoubtedly a romance element to High School DxD, maybe it’s not your magical view of romance, but it’s definitely there and I love it!