Day 28: Anime You Wish Never Ended
Can I say InuYasha again? Actually, the show pretty much is wrapped up nicely at the end of the Final Act, even though the Final Act itself is something of a monstrosity of mediocrity. (It just wasn’t at the level of the original series, even the filler.) So I’m going to do something different and read off a list of several anime I’ve seen, and tell you whether I liked where it ended or not (“Stay” or “Go on”).
- Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood: Stay. It was the perfect ending, as you probably know if you’ve followed this blog for any period of time.
- Akame ga Kill: Go on. I’d much rather see a reboot of this, with fewer main character deaths and much less Akame.
- Kill la Kill: Stay. Kill la Kill ended perfectly as well. Even the OVA seemed like it was too tacked-on.
- Spiral: Go on. This one is obvious if you’ve read my reviews of it. It ended way, way too early.
- Bleach: Stay. IchiHime becoming canon was perfect.
- Death Note: Stay. Please no more adding on to Death Note; the story went too long as it was. (The second live-action movie wrapped it up well.)
- Evangelion: Stay. There is no more fitting ending for Evangelion than “Kimochi warui.”
- Lucky Star: Go on. Obvious again. I can’t get enough of Konata and Kagami.
- Samurai Champloo: Go on. A little surprise here, but when I reviewed Samurai Champloo for the previous blog, I was only okay with the ending. I’d like to see more Fuu, Jin and Mugen.
- Parasyte: Go on. I’d like some resolution, please.
- Madoka Magica: PLEASE PLEASE NO MORE!!! Rebellion ruined Madoka for me. Mess with the story anymore, and Madoka will drop into mediocrity.
So for this one I’m going with Spiral. A little obscure pick, but it wins this category for me.
Day 27: Favorite Anime Movie
I haven’t seen many anime movies, maybe only 6 or so, but there’s no question which one is number one: Wolf Children. That movie actually caused me to cry. Anytime a movie is able to do that, it definitely wins. It completely captured me from start to finish, getting me totally immersed in the experience and story. I won’t give away the plot, partially because I’m lazy but also partially because I want you to see it for yourself. It’s an amazing movie, but beware: bring the Kleenex.
Day 25: Favorite Female Protagonist
Easy pick here, as I’ll go with my defending Anime Bracket Champion Kuniko Hojo from Shangri-La. (I’ll keep on talking about Shangri-La until everyone has finally seen it.) Kuniko is perfect because she’s imperfect. She’s got lots of flaws that make her a believable character. She’s strong-willed, a bit hard-headed, and self-sacrificial. She makes mistakes along the way, and even commits crimes in a desperate attempt at freeing her people. But she grows as a character and eventually becomes the heroine who takes on the evil Ryoko Naruse. There’s so much to like about Kuniko, who deserves this win.
Day 24: Best Anime Antagonist
I’m going with Naraku from InuYasha. I hated the guy so much. He’s not like other villains who I slightly cheered for. Naraku was evil to the core. And his ability to avoid practically any attack by simply turning into a puppet made him even better, because he could never be caught. He manages to ruin the lives of at least six main characters. That’s got to be worth something.
Bonus mention goes to Ryoko Naruse from Shangri-La. She was an amazing villain who will never get her due because it’s such a little-known series. She was also evil to the core, not a bit of good about her.
Oh, and another mention? Ragyo Kiryuin from Kill la Kill. I almost forgot about her. I want to pick her too, but I just can’t pick three characters, can I? Actually, I can. These three are my picks. Now I’ve got to end this post before I think up even more!