Welcome to part 1 of The Anime Alphabet Challenge!
If you would like to see the introduction to this series then feel free to click here.
For this post, I will be discussing shows from letters A-F and I will give a rating and a personal opinion for each show.
Let’s get started!
Long ago, young Meiko Honma tragically died and her tight-knit group of friends, shaken by the event, drifted apart. Now, ten years later, Meiko has re-appeared as a ghost that only Jinta, the former leader of the gang and an avid shut-in, can see. All she desires is for Jinta to fulfill her final wish so that she can move on to the afterlife, but with no memory of what it was, it’s up to the teenager to gather his former friends and discover what will allow his beloved friend to rest in peace. With so many feelings left unsaid, can this group work out their strife and help the ghost of the girl they once adored?
Although many people said that Anohana was a very emotional show for them, personally I didn’t find it that emotional until about the final episode when we saw Meiko Honma for the last time. If you’re into shows similar to Angel Beats! which also discusses the issue of death then take Anohana into account as I’m sure it is a show that many people can relate to, due to the fact that it is also showing the issues of old friendship groups and how each person has moved on.
Rin Okumura is a seemingly ordinary boy living at the Southern Cross Boys’ Monastery. One day, however, Rin encounters a boy who has been possessed by a demon. Amidst the struggle, he not only awakens latent powers sealed within him, but also learns that he is the son of Satan! No longer able to stay under the protection of the church and with his very existence straddling the line between human and demon, Rin decides to fight against his parentage and joins the True Cross Order as an exorcist. Now, the teen must attend the True Cross Academy and begin special exorcist training alongside his new comrades all while keeping his identity a secret; but can the son of Satan really become a true exorcist?
I recently went back and rewatched Blue Exorcist as I wanted to reminisce one of my favourite shows whilst growing up. I remember watching this show a couple of years after I had become interested in anime and 13-14 year old me was very invested with shonen anime for a very long time and this was probably one of the best shonen animes that I had seen at the time and as a result, it has stuck with me as a show with a great message of not judging someone based on their upbringing or their family and also shows a spectrum of characters with a variety of different personalities to keep you on your toes.
As being a fan of the Key community and also Key Studios, I was very excited for this show to air as I just knew it was going to be great considering that it was written by the wonderful Maeda, Jun. I just loved the supernatural road it took as it made it very different from his previous works like Clannad and Air. In addition, I also remember loving the ending of the show as it showed how dedicated the main protagonist, Yuu, was at collecting everyone’s special abilities in order to save the world and also kept his promise to Tomori Nao.
After death, humans go to either heaven or hell. But for some, at the instant of their death, they arrive at the Queen Decim, a bar attended by the mysterious white-haired Decim. He challenges them to the Death Game, wherein they wager their lives and reveal their true natures. Decim himself is the ultimate arbitrator of who wins and who loses, who lives and who dies.
I remember watching this anime because my friend was going on about it for weeks and I can understand why now as it is probably one of the best shows from the psychological genre as not only does it show that you can’t fully judge if someone should go to the void (Hell) or be reincarnated (Heaven), it also talks about some very heavy but realistic topics such as suicide and even physical abuse.
Eden of the East
In the year 2010, on a day called ‘Careless Monday’, ten missiles hit the cities of Japan; miraculously, there are no casualties and the event quickly fades from public memory. Some time later, Saki Morimi decides to visit Washington, DC on her graduation trip to America, but that day begins a series of bizarre events. After getting into trouble with the police, she’s rescued by a young man who is completely naked save for a gun in one hand and an even stranger item in the other – a phone credited with 8 billion electronic yen and a female voice on the other end called Juiz who will fulfill his every wish. Having no recollection of his past and calling himself ‘Akira Takizawa’, the young man accompanies Saki back to Japan in the hopes of discovering who he is. Akira’s enigma quickly proves fascinating and Saki decides to help him rather than reunite with her family; but what neither realizes is that Akira is embroiled in a dark game of life and death linked to the Careless Monday missiles. Has Saki just made a terrible mistake, and can Akira unravel his own mystery before they both lose everything?
I watched this show because I was blown away by the incredible art style and animation. Not only that but, the plot was very intriguing to start with but during the course of the show, the main focus seemed to be on a man’s ‘Johnny’ rather than the whole mobile game itself and as a result, a lot of questions were left unanswered or were quickly summed up in the second to last or even last episode.
Tohru Honda is a compassionate girl who is down on her luck. Her mother having recently died, she has been forced to camp out in the woods for shelter. However, things start to turn around once she is invited to live with class hunk Yuki Sohma and his family… but all is not as it seems! Yuki’s family is burdened with a dark curse which causes them to turn into the animals of the Chinese zodiac once hugged by a member of the opposite sex… and Honda may be the only one who can help them.
If you want an anime to watch when you are ill or are feeling kind of down, then stick on an episode of Fruits Basket as it is one of those shows that is very stress free and comes with a side plate of nice, relaxing music to help you snuggle up in your blanket and watch the cute, innocent scenes between Tohru and all of the boys throughout each episode. Not only that but, you don’t have to watch each episode in order as it is easy to pick up what is happening at any given time and there isn’t much to think about when discussing this show with somebody.
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