October222013
August172013

Day Question 18: Favorite Supporting Female Anime Character

Though she only appears in a few episodes, it would have to be Chiquita from Jormungand. Acting as the leader of Kasper Hekmatyar’s team of body guards, she manages to be one of the soldiers with the most skill and history in quite a large cast of competitors. Formerly married to Lehm (the leader of Koko’s bodyguards and the most experienced operative in the cast) she had served one of the Hekmatyar’s father’s bodyguards before the start of the series. And whenever she appears in the series, her experience becomes readily apparent, as the fights that she’s involved with are some of the quickest and most efficiently resolved in the series. Coupled with an interesting personality, Chiquita is a really fascinating character to watch. 

August52013

Day Question 17: Favorite Supporting Male Anime Character

Izuna Noriyuki - (Gai-Rei Zero)

Noriyuki occupies a larger role in the manga, but is relegated to a background position in the anime, so that it could focus more on the relationship between Yomi and Kagura. Though this makes it easy to overlook him on a first viewing of the series, Noriyuki is really a great character. In fact, Noriyuki may be the only person in the series who is more emotionally devastated by Yomi’s turn than Kagura. Noriyuki is the heir to another clan of spirit beast summoner, and is introduced as Yomi’s fiance. Outwardly, Yomi and Noriyuki are an imperfect couple, with Noriyuki constantly angering his fiancee with his flirtatious ways, and Yomi holding him at a distance emotionally. But, in the quiet moments that they share, they show a true affection for each other, and a willingness to make thier realtionship work. So, this makes it all the sadder when Noriyuki is forced to face her in battle, with Yomi actively asking him to kill her. In the end, Noriyuki is a deep, emotionally provoking character, who’s character arc is one of my favorites from any series. 

August12013

MUSIC ASKS these are actually pretty hard but why not.

  • 1: A song you like with a color in the title
  • 2: A song you like with a number in the title
  • 3: A song that reminds you of summertime
  • 4: A song that reminds you of someone you would rather forget about
  • 5: A song that needs to be played LOUD
  • 6: A song that makes you want to dance
  • 7: A song to drive to
  • 8: A song about drugs or alcohol
  • 9: A song that makes you happy
  • 10: A song that makes you sad
  • 11: A song that you never get tired of
  • 12: A song from your preteen years
  • 13: One of your favorite 80’s songs
  • 14: A song that you would love played at your wedding
  • 15: A song that is a cover by another artist
  • 16: One of your favorite classical songs
  • 17: A song that would sing a duet with on karaoke
  • 18: A song from the year that you were born
  • 19: A song that makes you think about life
  • 20: A song that has many meanings to you
  • 21: A favorite song with a person’s name in the title
  • 22: A song that moves you forward
  • 23: A song that you think everybody should listen to
  • 24: A song by a band you wish were still together
  • 25: A song by an artist no longer living
  • 26: A song that makes you want to fall in love
  • 27: A song that breaks your heart
  • 28: A song by an artist with a voice that you love
  • 29: A song that you remember from your childhood
  • 30: A song that reminds you of yourself
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Day Question 16: Anime with the Best Animation

The Tatami Galaxy

I’m not sure that The Tatami Galaxy has the “best” animation, persay, as I’ve seen some exceedingly beautiful anime (such as Mushishi or Sayonara, Zetsubo Sensei) but it certainly the most visually interesting series. The Tatami Galaxy uses a very loose and varied animation style. The series makes frequent use of bright contrasting colors, bold lines, colored silhouettes, and real footage of various landscapes put through a colored filter. Altogether, it makes an unforgettable viewing experience, especially when combined with the fascinating plot. In fact, The Tatami Galaxy was only barely beaten out for a spot in my top three favorites. Anyhow, it’s been licensed by Funimation, who has made it available for free on their YouTube channel. If anything is looking for an unforgettable anime to watch, this may just be the one you’re looking for. 

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Day Question 15: Your Favorite Animal Sidekick, Pet, or Summon
Byakuei (Gai-Rei-Zero)
The inheritance of the Tsuchimiya family, Byakuei is a large dragon like beast. It is bound to the current families’ head’s soul. Byakuei is to be used with caution, as any damage done to it will reflect on the summoner. If it is ever released completely, then it will devour the summoner’s souls without hesitation. 

Day Question 15: Your Favorite Animal Sidekick, Pet, or Summon

Byakuei (Gai-Rei-Zero)

The inheritance of the Tsuchimiya family, Byakuei is a large dragon like beast. It is bound to the current families’ head’s soul. Byakuei is to be used with caution, as any damage done to it will reflect on the summoner. If it is ever released completely, then it will devour the summoner’s souls without hesitation. 

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Day Question 14: Anime that Never Gets Old No Matter how Many Times You’ve Rewatched it

This is a tough one, as I could apply this to a lot of different series, but if I have to pick just one, than I’ll go ahead and say that it’s Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

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Day Question 13: Anime Character You Are Most Similar To
I’ve been told that I can pull off a mean Szayel on occasion!

Day Question 13: Anime Character You Are Most Similar To

I’ve been told that I can pull off a mean Szayel on occasion!

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Day Question 12: Saddest Anime Scene
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1. Kagura’s and Yomi’s Final Fight (Gai-Rei-Zero)
The ending to Gai-Rei-Zero was particularly tragic because of the amount of emotional lead in we had. THe entire series was spent introducing us and developing two characters, Yomi and her adopted sister Kagura. We watched them develop as people, as Yomi struggled as the heir to her clan, as Kagura tried to over come her fears and hesitations in fighting the supernatural, adn then, as it all fell apart around them. Yomi lost everything that was important to her, and then was forced to become a supernatural killing machine and fight the people that she cared most about. And so, when it came down to the final battle, we had to watch as Yomi tried to kill the person that loved her most, while also trying to get Kagura to kill, since her deepest wish was for her to be safe, and she knew that she was the biggest threat to that. Finally, Kagura comes out victorious, but as one of her teammates remarks that “She has forgotten pain. She can no longer be hurt anymore. But she can no longer get close to anyone anymore.” This is symbolized by Kagura  killing a large mass of possessed humans, something that she could never bring herself to do before. 

Day Question 12: Saddest Anime Scene

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1. Kagura’s and Yomi’s Final Fight (Gai-Rei-Zero)

The ending to Gai-Rei-Zero was particularly tragic because of the amount of emotional lead in we had. THe entire series was spent introducing us and developing two characters, Yomi and her adopted sister Kagura. We watched them develop as people, as Yomi struggled as the heir to her clan, as Kagura tried to over come her fears and hesitations in fighting the supernatural, adn then, as it all fell apart around them. Yomi lost everything that was important to her, and then was forced to become a supernatural killing machine and fight the people that she cared most about. And so, when it came down to the final battle, we had to watch as Yomi tried to kill the person that loved her most, while also trying to get Kagura to kill, since her deepest wish was for her to be safe, and she knew that she was the biggest threat to that. Finally, Kagura comes out victorious, but as one of her teammates remarks that “She has forgotten pain. She can no longer be hurt anymore. But she can no longer get close to anyone anymore.” This is symbolized by Kagura  killing a large mass of possessed humans, something that she could never bring herself to do before. 

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Day Question 12: Saddest Anime Scene
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2. Haru’s Death (Guilty Crown) 
Haru’s death was an especially sad event. After a series of everything that could possibly go wrong going wrong, Shu finally finds some happiness and comfort in the company of his classmate Haru, who had been in love with him for quite a long time. But, as soon as it’s found, his happiness has to vanish again. As another of his classmates overhears that those with less useful voids are going to be treated worse than those with more use, he decides that he just needs to show Shu  how useful they can be. So he leads a group of the lower ranked voids out, and falls into a military ambush, forcing Shu and his group to come out and rescue them. In the process, both he and Hare get badly wounded, and Shu blacks out. In response, Hare decides to use the last of her strength to heal Shu with her void, even though that means that she’ll belled out before they can get help. As she dies and heals him, she still has the strength to smile, and silently reassure him that he’ll make a kind ruler. Finally, right before the healing ends, a remnant of the ambush notices them, and destroys her void, condemning her to imminent death. And so Shu comes to again, fully healed, only to see that Hare was killed and there wasn’t even a chance to say goodbye. Cradling her dead body in his arms, he has to watch as her body crystallizes and shatters from her void being destroyed.. He undergoes a breakdown during the next episodes, deeming that kindness is worthless, and fulfilling the fears that those with lower class voids would be treated poorly. 

Day Question 12: Saddest Anime Scene

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2. Haru’s Death (Guilty Crown) 

Haru’s death was an especially sad event. After a series of everything that could possibly go wrong going wrong, Shu finally finds some happiness and comfort in the company of his classmate Haru, who had been in love with him for quite a long time. But, as soon as it’s found, his happiness has to vanish again. As another of his classmates overhears that those with less useful voids are going to be treated worse than those with more use, he decides that he just needs to show Shu  how useful they can be. So he leads a group of the lower ranked voids out, and falls into a military ambush, forcing Shu and his group to come out and rescue them. In the process, both he and Hare get badly wounded, and Shu blacks out. In response, Hare decides to use the last of her strength to heal Shu with her void, even though that means that she’ll belled out before they can get help. As she dies and heals him, she still has the strength to smile, and silently reassure him that he’ll make a kind ruler. Finally, right before the healing ends, a remnant of the ambush notices them, and destroys her void, condemning her to imminent death. And so Shu comes to again, fully healed, only to see that Hare was killed and there wasn’t even a chance to say goodbye. Cradling her dead body in his arms, he has to watch as her body crystallizes and shatters from her void being destroyed.. He undergoes a breakdown during the next episodes, deeming that kindness is worthless, and fulfilling the fears that those with lower class voids would be treated poorly. 

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