This month has been really busy for me so don’t be surprised if this list is fairly short, I might also touch on shows that I’ve mentioned before but never talked about since then. Basically my whole life has changed since going to University and you don’t often think about anime when theirs a million other things you need to sort out!
When Marnie was there
I managed to just watch one anime film this week (though 2 technically but Porco Rosso was a re-watch) and it was pretty good. I expected it to be some kind of love story from the outside but I got something completely different which was actually a lot better than I thought it would be.
Watching the main character meet Marnie and learn because of it was always a nice thing. Their adventure’s and time together was also very pleasant. The setting was beautiful and the environment and visuals made the atmosphere brilliant.
The downside of this though was that we were never sure if it was real or imaginary, it really changed my viewing experience to a point where it was difficult not to think about the mystery constantly. Then all of it was explained anyway, didn’t really make a whole lot of sense to me, and then it ended.
So was mostly really good except for the things I didn’t like.
The Ancient Magus Bride, Amagi Brilliant Park and Selector Infected WIXOSS
The reason why I’ve grouped all these together is because I joined an anime club where all we do is watch anime. The 3 we’re watching this half year are the ones listed above so I will be watching 2 episodes of the ancient magus bride and 1 episode of the other 2 every week for like 3 months until we’ve seen everything!
My thoughts on these shows are that they aren’t really what I look for in anime, aren’t really my sort of shows but I sort of want to see what happens anyway.
Let’s talk about a show that is absolutely what I look for in anime. Space brothers is so good! I’ve reached the 39/99 episode mark for this show and I’m loving it so far. We follow the dream of two brothers who both want to be astronauts. It’s their childhood dream and their passion to achieve it is infectious.
Our protagonist, Nanba Mutta, is the sort of guy you just want to root for. He’s funny and smart but is quirky and interesting at the same time. He sees himself as inferior to the other people he’s competing with to become astronauts however he is so much better in very specific ways that he just can’t realise.
It’s slow paced but that makes it feel so much more real. It gives you time to really get to know and love all of the characters – even the side characters – so that every moment feels so much more earned and brilliant than it ever has been.
This show is sure to go on to my favourites list once it’s completed!
This is a show which I think is just lovely. It is definitely an adventure show which is one of those that goes on forever. Essentially theirs a really important amulet, it breaks so the main characters have to keep on finding the pieces to reassemble the amulet. And even though the amulet broke in one place and it should just all be on the floor somewhere you can take a good guess that every single amulet piece will be found by every single powerful monster in the world so that they can beat it and continue collecting.
I wouldn’t say it’s particularly brilliant but it’s really nice to watch right before you go to sleep, which was how I was told to watch it when I heard it recommended on a YouTube lets play.
Gambling Emperor Legend Zero
One of my favourite manga’s is Kaiji, and I like it so much that it’s the only manga that I read ongoing. So I thought it would be fun to see what other manga he’d written in the past and I found this!
What I saw was a clear progression and improvement from this point. You see ideas that he started with, so many characters that were taken and re-used in Kaiji as well as many things he did where he was like “yeah that was dumb, not doing that again.”
Maybe the worst thing about zero is the number puzzles. Theirs things like finding the 9th, 10th and 11th decimal places of the square root of 2 and all these things with angles and math that didn’t really work out.
Despite that theirs a lot of other great things there like tricks and deceptions which are brilliant. It’s also got a really interesting through line where even if you don’t care about the square root of two you are still invested for other reasons!
So right now reading all the works of Fukumoto Nobuyuki is a priority for me because I really want to see the evolution and failed attempts and successes that made Kaiji so good.
Alright that’s everything I hope you enjoyed. Space Brothers would be the best this month but I’ve not finished it yet and I’m fairly strict on not putting uncompleted shows in the best of the month! So instead it’s When Marnie was there! Also manga is obviously Zero because that’s the only one I read this month.
January – Neon Genesis Evangeleon
February – A Silent Voice
March – Hajime No Ippo: New Challenger
April – Welcome to the NHK
May – Goshu The Cellist
June – Castle In The Sky
July – The Secret World of Arrietty
August – The Boy and The Beast
September – When Marnie Was There
January – Gantz
March – Gyo
April – Kaiji One Poker
May – One Outs
June – Boku Girl
July – Kaiji 2.4 Billion Escape Arc
August – Love Riron
September – Gambling Emperor Legend Zero