Saturday, January 12, 2013

Animes, Watch or Not? Part 1

As most of you know, I watch a lot of animes. But, it's always hard to decide which Animes to watch when there's such a huge selection. So, Animes, Watch or Not? is to help anime lovers decide what to watch!
(Please note, these Animes are in no particular order of rankings. They are just in the order that I watched each of them.)

Warning: Quick Q&A's may hint or contain a few spoilers.

SailorMoon (Pretty Soldier SailorMoon)
Based off of the manga, SailorMoon by Naoko Takeuchi.
Usagi(Serena) Tsukino is an ordinary 14-year-old girl, or so she thinks. One day, she discovers a talking cat named Luna, who reveals Usagi's true identity. Usagi(Serena) is "Sailor Moon", a special warrior with the destiny of saving the planet Earth, and later the entire galaxy. Usagi must now find the Moon Princess and protect Earth from a series of antagonists, beginning with the Dark Kingdom that had appeared once before, long ago, and destroyed the Kingdom of the Moon.
There are 5 seasons in total and each season connects to the next:
  1. Sailor Moon
  2. Sailor Moon R
  3. Sailor Moon S
  4. Sailor Moon SuperS
  5. Sailor Stars
In each season, they have new enemies, powers, and even meet some new allies. My favorite season would have to be 3 or 4 because they have my favorite characters. :3 

My all-time characters:
Sailor Pluto because of her matureness; Sailor Saturn because of her awesomeness; Sailor Neptune because she's so talented; Sailor Uranus because she's just so amazing; and Pegusas because... it's a pegusas.
Quick Q&A:
Which Sailor Senshi do you think you fit the most?

Sailor Mercury because she's the smartest/nerdy one and I feel like I fit her the most... Always trying to get good grades. =P
Who's power would you like the most?
Sailor Pluto! She has an amazing staff/rod and I just love her attack. Plus, she messes with time a bit which is pretty sweet.
First Opening Theme Song:
English Version:

Japanese Version:

Best for those that like: Action, "Magical Girl", romance, adventure, drama, comedy, fantasy, and Shoujo*

Side note for viewers: Some of the villains' clothing is not very appropriate for all ages!

I honestly love this and will never forget this. (This was the first anime I've ever watched.) The story line is unpredictable and it teaches some vauable lessons in life... Like friendship, love, and trust. There are parts that I've cried because it was just THAT beautiful.

This anime is English subbed and dubbed.

Shugo Chara!
Which means "Guardian Character" in English. It is based off the manga Shugo Chara! by Peach-Pit.
The heroine of the story Amu Hinamori, is a student at Seiyo Elementary. At first glance, her classmates refer to her as "cool and spicy" and rumors speculate about her personal life. However, her real personality is that of a very shy girl who has trouble showing her true personality. One night, Amu wishes for the courage to show her "would-be" self, and the next morning finds three brightly colored eggs — red, blue, and green — in her bed. These eggs hatch into three Guardian Characters: Ran, Miki, and Su. The Guardian Characters aid Amu in discovering who she truly is and help fulfill Amu's dreams. Amu's life becomes much more complex as she struggles to deal with her "would-be" selves and the Seiyo Elementary's Guardians, who each have a Guardian Character of their own. Later on, they recruit Amu as the "Joker" to search for X Eggs and X Characters, the corrupted forms of people's dreams, so the Guardians can purify their dreams.
There are 3 seasons:
  1. Shugo Chara!
  2. Shugo Chara!! Doki
  3. Shugo Chara! Party!
 My favorite season would have to be season 1 or 2... because that's when the action really got exciting. xD Shugo Chara Party just wasn't that great in my opinion. (Doesn't mean you shouldn't watch it though.)

My all-time favorite characters: Nadeshiko because she's so elegant; Rima because she's so cute and spunky; Amu because she's just like me...; Ikuto because he's a beautiful person; and Utau because her voice is beautiful.

 Favorite Shugo Chara: Kusukusu because she loves to laugh! =D
Quick Q&A:
What was your favorite song in Shugo Chara?
Meikyuu Butterfly! The song is so powerful and I just love the sound & lyrics.
If you could have your own "Guardian Character," what would it be?
I've always wanted to be more confident in music and better at it... So it's probably be a confident musician. Her name would probably be Melody.  
First Opening Theme Song:

Best for those that like: Action, comedy, "magical girl", drama, romance, fantasy, school life, and Shoujo*

Shugo Chara really got me onto the path of being an Otaku (anime/manga lover). I just love the story of it and the message it sends. The characters are all unique in their own ways and it shows how important one's dream is.

This anime is English subbed.

Skip Beat!
Based off of the manga Skip Beat! by Yoshiki Nakamura

Kyoko Mogami, a 16-year-old girl, discovers that her childhood friend and romantic goal, Sho Fuwa, only keeps her around to act as a maid and earn his living expenses, as he works his way to become the top pop idol in Japan. Furious and heart broken from not liking her, she vows to get revenge by beating him in show business. Kyoko changes her appearance and enters the entertainment industry, facing many challenges along the way. She journeys to climb the showbiz ladder as she meets interesting people, troublemakers and friends alike, with hopes of getting revenge on Shotaro, as well as regaining the sense of compassion that she had lost when her heart was broken by him.
There is only one season for this anime.

My all time favorite characters:
Kanae because she is so cold and her acting is amazing; Kyoko because her ability to act is outstanding and she's just so funny/childish; Ren because he's so professional and he's so... special. (I can't give spoilers.) 

Quick Q&A:
Do you think Sho deserves a second chance?

After the way Kyoko has been treated, no way! Kyoko deserves someone much better plus, Sho is just a player. (In my opinion)

Could you ever go into Showbiz?
Probably not. It's a lot of work and my acting isn't the best. I barely have the confidence to stand in front of a huge crowd! >.<
First Opening Theme Song: 

Best for those that like: Showbiz, romance, comedy, drama, and Shoujo*

This was one of the most intriguing animes I've ever watched. The story it's self is great and it was so suspenseful. It's also different type of anime style than I normally watch.

This anime is English subbed.

La Corda d'Oro
This is based off of the game and manga, La Corda d'Oro.

Kahoko Hino is a student in the General Education section of Seiso Academy. One day she runs into Lili, a musical fairy, who grants her a magical violin and a place in the school's annual musical competition. Kahoko refuses, only to be pressed on by Lili until she accepts the instrument and place in the competition. As she practices, Kahoko is amazed that she can play any musical piece as long as she knows the tune and plays it with her heart. As the competition goes on, she becomes more and more attached to the people she is trying to compete with.  
There is two seasons:
  1. La Corda d'Oro: ~Primo Passo~
  2. La Corda d'Oro: ~Secondo Passo~
I like both of the seasons but I wish ~Secondo Passo~ had more than just 2 episodes.

My all time favorite characters:
Nami because she's just like me, a reporter!; Kahoko because she's so beautiful and she inspires so many people; Len because he's so amazing at playing the violin and music is something huge for him.
Quick Q&A:
If you were Kahoko, who would you choose as your best guy friend?

Ryotaro Tsuchira. He plays the piano but he's also a soccer player. Any guy that's athletic and has a passion for music is my type! He's also got a really good heart. 
Would you ever enter in a competition?
Probably not. I'm good at piano but I'm not that highly skilled. I'd rather just be Nami and report everything.
Opening Theme Song:

Best for those that like: Romance, Classical Music, fantasy, school life, and Shoujo*

I've always been a huge classical music fan but when combined with anime, it makes me love classical music even more. I love the graphics and the story of this anime so much and the music played is just exquisite.

This anime is English subbed. 

Neo Angelique ~Abyss~
Based off of the Neo Angelique game.
The story takes place in a fictional world called Arcadia, where life-draining monsters called Thanatos plague the populace. The only ones who have the power to exterminate these creatures are Purifiers, but only a few exist. One day, Angelique, who is just a presumably normal girl attending school, is visited by Nyx, a rich gentleman as well as a Purifier, who created an organization of Purifiers dedicated to exterminating Thanatos. Nyx is interested in the potential power she possesses and invites her to join his organization, but she refuses since she wants to become a doctor, like her father. However, when her school is later attacked by Thanatos, she ends up activating her powers in her wanting to protect those in danger. After purifying the creature, she finds out she has a unique purifying power, and that she is the one that has been foretold in legends, the "Queen's Egg". It is then that her journey begins, and she becomes the only female Purifier in the world.
There are two seasons:

  1. Neo Angelique ~Abyss~
  2. Neo Angelique ~Abyss~ -Second Age-

My all-time favorite characters:
Rayne (Rein/Lien) because he's smart, cool, and is a great fighter; Angelique because she's so kind and reminds me of myself;  Ervin because he's such a sweet kitty. :3; Hyuuga the former Silver Knight because he's so loyal and strong (and I like any "knightly" figures).

Quick Q&A:
If you were to join Angelique, what power/weapon would you choose?
I love Angelique's purifying abilities but I would rather go old style and use a sword. It may take practice but, I would rather use a weapon than always relying on others and magic. Plus, swords are just one of the best weapons ever.
Who would you choose as our best guy friend if you were Angelique?
I would go with Jade. He's not exactly human but he's so kind and his main purpose is amazing. Most humans can't even think of a life purpose! His cheerful disposition is always great to have around.
Opening Theme Song: 

Best for those that like: Fantasy, adventure, romance, drama, comedy, and Shoujo*

It's been a long time since I first watched this anime but it had a really good plot line. It takes a little while to figure out what's going on because it's in such a completely different setting but it was worth watching. The animation was amazing too.

This anime is English subbed.


I hope this helped you decide what animes you should watch. If you have any suggestions, please let me know and I may try watching it!
♥Petpet, your Otaku** writer.

*Shoujo means "girl" in Japanese. When shoujo is referred to a genre, that means it's directed towards girls (but boys can always watch too!)
**Otaku describes someone that has a love for Japanese things. Usually Otakus refer to people who love anime/mangas.

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