Yea this is a mysme blog but y’know I wanna spread the love for these underrated anime. Okay, so, in no particular order:
-nice art style, really over-the-top and expressive
-incredibly poignant portrayal of social anxiety
-sci-fi fishing drama, power of friendship, alien invasion
-c h a r a c t e r d e v e l o p m e n t
Wolf’s Rain (2003)
-this series follows a pack of wolves as they make their way to ‘paradise’ at the end of the world
-it’s pretty philosophical, and it has environmental messages
-the main characters are wolves but they’re so well-written
-all in all a harrowing story that blends fantasy and reality and makes you feel so much for the characters
Terror in Resonance (2014)
-an emotional show that discusses the nature of society, government, and the tendency for the existence of most people as individuals to be forgotten
-it also tackles the subjects of domestic terrorism - can acts of terror ever be justified? And investigates the relationship between governments and their people
-the animation, THE ANIMATION OOOO and the characters omgggg. This anime is just soooo good
-the story is told through the POV of 3 very damaged individuals
Paranoia Agent (2005)
-this series is so good. It follows detectives and victims as they investigate a series of mysterious attacks
-it shows how the media affects things, how individuals’ POVs completely warp the reality of the situation. Its use of unreliable narrators is 10/10
-it’s a kind of mystery/existentialist thing
-it does take a bit of concentration, but it’s totally worth it
-this series follows a group of teenagers whose pain is linked together in an experiment for a ‘better world’ - e.i. when one of them feels pain, all of them feel pain
-their only task is to survive the summer while linked together. The scientists behind the experiment provide them with increasingly dangerous challenges as they learn to work together
-the animation is niiice, and I actually really love how the whole thing is handled. The characters learn to get along despite being so, so different, and it does bring to mind some interesting thoughts and ideas
It’s honestly one of my absolutely favourite shows and it’s all-around a wonderful story about finding passion, overcoming boundaries and building strong and meaningful friendships, also it has aliens so it’s pretty much perfect.
The main character, Yuki, is a character I hold very dear to my heart. He’s a kid who deals with anxiety which this anime depicts FANTASTICALLY. Everything Yuki feels and does, his drowning feeling, the inner monologue, the way his flashbacks at the end of the day are depicted, is on point with how anxiety feels to me. Being someone who dealt with and occasionally still deals with crippling social anxiety, this anime spoke to me on a very personal level and I absolutely adore the growth Yuki goes through in the short 12 episodes.
Not only is anxiety depicted very well, but the interpersonal relationships between the four main characters develop EXTREMELY beautifully and naturally. Their friendships and how they behave within them makes a lot of sense with their different personalities. They are extroverts and introverts, they come from different backgrounds and with different motives and manage to create very genuine bonds with each other. I keep noticing new aspects of their relationships every time I re-watch this show.
I don’t want to say too much about the plot because I don’t want to spoil things, but it’s unusual, full of surprises, full of emotions, full of excellent character development, and it combines science fiction with fishing,of all things.
ALSO, IF YOU LIKE BRIGHT FRESH COLOURS, THIS SHOW IS ABSOLUTELY FOR YOU!!!
The colours in this show are some of the most comforting and pleasant palettes I’ve ever seen in an anime! It’s very bright and colourful and perfectly saturated to retain a general feel-good touch throughout the entire run.
I HONESTLY CAN’T RECOMMEND THIS ANIME ENOUGH. IT’S ONE OF MY ABSOLUTE FAVOURITES AND IT MAKES ME SO SO SO HAPPY.
“That summer I changed. I finally found something I was really interested in. I always had friends by my side. And I even surprised myself by how loudly I learned to laugh.“