30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 30: What anime did you think you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving?

What anime did you think you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving? I don’t go into any anime thinking I won’t like it. It’s best to keep an open mind. That’s something that really hit home when I watched 365 films in a year. I try to go in hoping to enjoy it. If I don’t, I don’t, but sometimes I’ll get to the end and jump online and search for a second season or the manga. That’s when I know it’s gone beyond my expectations. One show that I really enjoyed recently was Hundred.

Why is that? So, Hundred is a fairly standard harem anime. There are these giant alien monsters attacking the world, but the humans have found something to fight back. To do that they have to bond with a Hundred, a kind of weapon that adapts to the users fighting style.

The story follows Hayato as he tries to become a Slayer, someone that’s bonded with a Hundred to fight the aliens. He’s off to a good start because he has the highest recorded compatibility rating. Arriving at the battleship base and training academy as somewhat of a celebrity, Hayato stumbles into unfortunate encounters, one after another.

He’s managed to make a rival in Clare Harvey, the highest ranked Slayer and her assistants. I really enjoyed the relationships between the various character, particularly between Hayato and Emilia, who was posing as a guy to get close to him. There’s also a lot of very funny incidents that keep happening to Hayato and causing him all sorts of trouble with the girls.

I really hadn’t expected to enjoy this one as much as I did and found myself bonding with the characters and hoping for another season. Saying that, I really need to hit manga and light novels.

Anything else you’d like to say? This is the final post of the 30 Day Anime Challenge. I’ve had a lot of fun putting these together and hope you’ve enjoyed reading them. If I’ve inspired you to give it a go, let me know so I can follow along and compare our answers. Thanks for reading. Now, on to the next challenge!!!

30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 29: What anime scared the crap out of you?

What anime scared the crap out of you? I honestly can’t think of any anime that has scared me. One of my other guilty pleasures is watching horror movies. I used to finish work on a Friday, walk home via Blockbusters, rent as many horror movies as they’d let me have, and then stay up all night watching them. Good times! There is one anime that really pushed the boundaries on this one. It was in Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 3.

Why is that? Guts and the Band of the Hawk have just rescued Griffith from the dungeon. Griffith has been tortured mercilessly for several years and has almost given up on life. His tendons have been severed and his tongue cut out. In an attempt to end his own life, he opens up a portal to a dark realm, taking the Band of the Hawk with him.

There he is granted unmeasurable evil powers if he’s willing to sacrifice his companions. This is where it gets really fucked up! Demons descend on the Band of the Hawk devouring them with ease. Guts taps into his inner rage and charges at Griffith determined to kill him for what he’s done, but a giant demon bites down on his arm, keeping him at bay.

Griffith, in his new demon form, rapes Casca, shattering her sanity. Guts can only watch on as the demon holds him in place. The rage inside grows until Guts can take no more. He hacks off his own arm with his broken sword and attacks Griffith. They are then both saved by the Skull Knight who takes them back to the real world. Casca never recovers and Guts leaves in search of Griffith. It’s insane but so good.

Anything else you’d like to say? Berserk: The Golden Age Arc is fantastic. It’s dark and gritty, harsh and brutal. I’d say it’s a must watch, it’s that good. There is nothing more to say on the matter. Go and watch it now.

30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 28: What anime has the best fight scene?

What anime has the best fight scene? There’s nothing quite like a good fight scene. I remember when DVDs first came out and rather than having to fast-forward a VHS to a certain point, I could just select the fight scene from the menu and then watch again. I’m not how many times I’ve watched the fights from Blade and the Matrix, but it’s a lot. With regards to anime, there is one fight that really stands out for me. That is from Street Fighter II and it’s the fight between Chun Li and Vega.

Why is that? A good fight scene is almost like a dance. Both parties move to the rhythm of the action. There are rises and falls in the tempo. Everything needs to come together for a truly spectacular fight. This is something that I think happens in the Chun Li and Vega fight.

In true anime fashion, it starts with Chun Li in the shower. We get a glimpse of her apartment. There’s someone there, but we don’t see more than a shadow. The music is calm and soothing, but there’s still a sense of doom. Chun Li finishes in the shower and does her hair.

There’s a flicker of a reflection. The music explodes into life as Chun Li moves at the last second avoiding Vega’s claw attack. She does her best to get away but he’s fast. They bounce around the room, fighting in the rafters, on the ground. Chun Li throws a couch at Vega. All the while Guile is trying to race to her aid.

It looks like Vega is going to win. Chun Li is struggling, but then when he gets cocky, she manages to catch him off guard and turns the battle in her favour. It ends with Chun Li kicking him throw a wall and falling into Guile’s arms as he finally manages to get there. She won, but it was far from easy.

Anything else you’d like to say? The overall story in the Street Fighter II movie is terrible. It really is a stinker, but the fights and animation are very good. If you’re interested in good fights, it’s worth checking out for that alone. Just get ready for the moment you see Chun Li in the shower because the best part has already begun. What a fight?

30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 27: What anime character are you most like?

What anime character are you most like? I like to think I’m a little bit different and that maybe there isn’t a single anime character that I am most like, so instead I have chosen a few that I think best describe me. It’s like a crazy cocktail where if you add these ingredients, you get me.

Start with a large helping of D from Vampire Hunter D – tall, silent, and considered.

Throw in a dash of Zoro from One Piece – determined, serious, and plays by the rules.

Add a splash of Midoriya from My Hero Academia – optimistic, strategic, and ready to fight for my friends.

And lastly, squeeze in a few drops of Issei Hyoudou from High School DxD. Everyone likes boobs, right? Err… I mean loyalty and dedication…

Anything else you’d like to say? Well, there you have it. That’s how I see myself… Seriously, I have no shame. Who are you most like?

30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 26: Who is your favourite anime villain?

Who is your favourite anime villain? This should be a tough question as there are so many ‘great’ villains. Anyone that has written an evil character will tell you that they are more fun to write than the heroes. With a villain, you can really enjoy yourself. There is, however, one villain that instantly springs to mind. She is General Esdeath from Akame ga Kill.

Why is that? One of the things I really enjoyed in Akame ga Kill was how you got to see as much of the villains as you do of the heroes. It gave them life and purpose, some even had families and things outside of being an evil villain. It made it really interesting when it came to the fights and someone had to die.

Well, Esdeath is a straight up psychopath. She enjoys torture and killing, but she’s not all bad… The manga does a much better job of showing just how evil she is, but that’s not uncommon. One criticism I’ve seen aimed at Esdeath is that it was absurd that she wanted a boyfriend. Well, I think that observation is absurd.

Just because she’s evil doesn’t mean she can’t want to be happy too. If that’s what she has decided she wants, then so what. In typical Esdeath fashion, she approaches as only she can, a list of dangerous and unlikely qualities to find in any person, but she doesn’t give up. The fact that she falls for Tatsumi just makes the whole situation that much more enjoyable.

Anything else you’d like to say? As further proof of my love of Esdeath, I was inspired enough to dig out my old pencils and artbooks and draw her. Maybe one day, I’ll actually have the time to draw that manga I keep telling myself I’m going to do. One day…