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.

The Story of how I became a Really Neat Blogger!!!

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It’s always nice to receive feedback. Even better if it comes with a fancy logo and a chance to make up stuff. So, without further ado, I would like to thank A Winter’s Reverie for the nomination and the awesome selection of questions to answer. I really enjoy their posts. Their passion for the subject material definitely comes through in their writing. Thanks and keep on keeping on!

Like most things there are rules, so here they are? 

  1. Display the Award Logo.
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  3. Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.
  4. Nominate 7-10 bloggers.
  5. Ask them seven questions.

All right, here are the questions A Winter’s Reverie asked me to answer. 

  1. If you could Blue-Skidoo into your television or monitor, what show would you choose and why?
  2. Once inside your show, what would you do?
  3. If you could meet one fictional character for a date at a coffee shop, who would you choose?
  4. What are some of the questions you would ask?
  5. You have been placed in a fighting game and your about to do your signature move. What is the name of your move and what do you do?
  6. Your opponent’s life bar just depleted and you won your match. What is your winning phrase?
  7. Can you dig it?

Don’t worry the answers are coming. Just sit back and enjoy… Continue reading “The Story of how I became a Really Neat Blogger!!!”

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!

30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 12: Who is your favourite male anime character?

Who is your favourite male anime character? In the relatively short time that I’ve known this character, he has quickly found his way to becoming one of my favourite anime characters. He has a sword… well, actually he has three of them. My favourite male anime character is Zoro.

Why is that? At first, I was more than a little dubious of someone claiming to be able to fight with a sword in his mouth, but I only had to see him fight once to know that this guy was awesome. Similar to Saeko, he’s calm and calculating. Then, when it’s time to fight you had better stay out of his way.

Unlike, a number of the other strong characters in One Piece, Zoro doesn’t have any devil-fruit powers. This makes his achievements all the more spectacular because he’s done it through training and sheer determination. He doesn’t always join in with all the frivolities and is often found enjoying a nap.

He has a very pragmatic view on life and isn’t bogged down by possessions, with the exception of his swords and bandana. There’s isn’t anything he wouldn’t do for his friends, willing to put everything on the line more than once.

What is it with you and swords? It’s hard to say really. I grew up in England with tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Then there was He-man and the Masters of the Universe. Even in Star Wars, they had swords. They have just struck me as a more honourable way to fight.

Anything else you’d like to say? So, One Piece is an insanely long series. Each episode tends to include a little catch up on the previous episode which can be a little annoying. Even with that, I would say it’s well worth your time to watch it. I’m working my way through it daily and tweeting about each episode. Have a read, it may pique your interest.