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Yu Gi Oh

Yu gi oh
© Studio Gallop, NAS

Now this is probably the first anime I ever watched aside from Pokémon, I loved the characters within the show and how they were developed. I’ve also always loved card games, even the Pokémon one which I had no idea how to play. Then came Yu Gi Oh and honestly it stayed with me ever since I watched it as a wee little Wes. This is probably because I watched it with my father on our Saturday morning show binge. We couldn’t wait to see Yugi and Joey duel once again, I also enjoyed the emotionally distant Kaiba. There were monsters, there was an island adventure, there was even an evil genius pulling the strings. What wasn’t there for a kid to fall in love with?

For a group of people who have just taken a card game way too seriously, it’s still one of the most memorable animes I’ve ever watched.



© Sunrise

When you realize there is a world known as anime, there will always be the first show you experience within it fully. For me Inuyasha was that show, the premise of it appealed to me. A half demon trying to become a full demon is on the road of a redemption story, and who doesn’t love a good redemption story. Though Inuyasha’s redemption is only a small part of why this anime is so amazing, it holds a wide range of different characters and personalities. Everyone you meet you can tell really belongs there and has their own purpose to the show.

I was hooked to the show when Miroku showed up with his wind tunnel, it was basically a black hole within the palm of his hand. I thought it was one of the most tragic but also awesome powers one could ever obtain.


 Soul Eater

Soul Eater
© Bones

Weapons that are people, and meisters to wield them working together in hopes to making Lord Death his next scythe.

Now with that description and the catchy powerful opening that this show displays it isn’t a surprise (to myself at least) that this would be here. The anime is filled with memorable characters and probably one of my top five favorite anime villains, Medusa. This anime does a good job at being full of action and jam-packed with awesome stories, but it also doesn’t take itself too seriously. Which for this show is definitely a good thing.


 Ouran High School Host Club

© Bones

What do you get when you take the voice actor for Edward Elric and Winry Rockbell then place them in a new anime as ‘love interests’ (I use that word lightly) Well…well, you get a completely different anime than Fullmetal Alchemist.

Now as a guy I expected this anime to suck, with all the pink and flowers and the fact that it was a flippin Host club. For some reason though I couldn’t stop watching it, the character depth the show displayed in only 26 episodes was amazing. There is a wide range in the cast and each gets their own portion of time to develop them nicely and believable. It probably holds three of the most annoying characters in any anime I’ve watched since then. Most of you who have watched it probably know who I’m talking about, the Zuka club members.

Those ladies need to accept personal space.


No Game No Life

No Game No Life
© Madhouse

There are times when an anime is produced for the soul purpose of getting an increase of sales in the source material and nothing else. This usually leads to the anime having one season and one season only. Most of the time the anime’s are mildly enjoyable and nothing terribly special so it’s a good marketing strategy, but it sucks when the anime is awesome. No Game No Life is part of the latter, I enjoyed the anime from the very beginning, a world where everything is decided through games.

Hopefully Disboard is able to grace us with another season in the future, until then I better work on my poker face.



© GoHands

A video is released to the public of a murder, the man behind the terrible deed has no recollection of committing the crime. In this split timeline of Japan there are seven kings each representing a certain color, red, blue, gold, etc. Yashiro Isana is a normal kid who goes to school like normal kids usually do, though one day he finds that he is the suspect of a murder that was broadcast live. He can see that it’s his face in the video so denying he didn’t do it proves to be more challenging than he would like. Especially when he’s being targeted by a master combatant and the red king’s men.


Angel Beats

Angel beats
© P.A.Works

Sometimes I need a good cry…but nothing prepared me for the waterfall of tears that fell due to this monster.

YOU HEARD ME! Angel Beats is beautifully evil!

An anime set in the afterlife Yuzuru Otonashi wakes up with amnesia causing him to forget how and why he was there. He finds he is in the middle of a war between what he learns is called ‘The Afterlife Battlefront’ and a single girl who is named ‘Angel’. The anime is sadly rather short only spanning the length of 13 episodes. Though within that time Angel Beats presents you with a wonderful story of kids trying to find a way to the other side, even with some of their dark pasts haunting them.


 Log Horizon

© Satelight

I love video games, I love anime, put them together and you get? HAPPINESS!!!

The MMORPG Elder Tale is about to come out with its new expansion full of exciting quest dungeons and events, but when the update finally shows thousands of player are teleported into the game. The game that was once in a computer screen is now their reality, they are now not only playing their character, but they ARE their character. In the midst of it all the clever mage tactician Shiroe along with his friends, the tank Naotsugu, and the assassin Akatsuki take the world head on.

This anime to me is much more exciting because unlike Sword Art Online, in this world you can’t die. When you are killed you are merely teleported back to a place called ‘the cathedral’. Without the fear of death, the characters are able to really focus on issues such as an economy, and building a society out of nothing.


Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail
© A-1 Pictures, Satelight, Bridge

With over 200 episodes it isn’t a surprise that Fairy Tail is one of the most well-known animes out there, my sister actually found the anime before me and recommended it. I’m truly happy she did because the kingdom of Fiore is surely a place you wouldn’t want to miss. A world a magic as well as guilds it really brought back memories of my prime days in MMO’s. I remembered being a part of a family and team when playing those games, it’s what kept me hooked to it in the beginning. Of course after a while what kept me hook was pretty much everything.

If you like magic. Watch it

If you don’t like magic. Then I don’t understand…what?


Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

© Bones

I’ve watched the first Fullmetal Alchemist and thought that Brotherhood was the continuation of it so I stayed away. In a way I am glad that I did, both animes have their charm and their special moments, and besides the first few episodes Brotherhood could be an entirely different anime. Though out of the two I would pick Brotherhood any day, not only because the story I believe is more concrete, but the openings in Brotherhood are breathtaking. ‘Again’ by Yui is probably one of my favorite openings any anime has ever given me. I wish that I could erase my memory of ever seeing Brotherhood, just so I could watch it for the first time again.

It’s just that good.

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    1. I try to keep my opinions in anime wide and try not to stick to one simple genre. I too also need to watch Log Horizon season 2, my work has kept me extremely busy though. Lucky writing for this site now gives me a reason to watch anime in my free time and still feel like I’m getting stuff done. XD

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