and the anime adaptation was excellent

also i just really hate the idea of reading the manga as some sort of elitism

i read the manga because i like reading manga and i like seeing what may have been left out of the anime

i will then happily share my findings with the rest of the fandom because why wouldn’t i

but the idea that you aren’t a true fan unless you’ve read a backlog of multiple decades’ worth of manga is really ridiculous and unnecessary

Good Shit

Also who would’ve thunk that after two years of MP100 being this really niche manga series that had a small online following, we would come this far and not only get anime adaptation by one of the BEST animation studios in Japan with excellent and high profile talent with so much love, effort and painstaking detail poured into it, but that it would also get the simulcast treatment AND DUB WITHIN a year of it’s original airing in JAPAN.

Truly technology is amazing!

And I can’t help but get a little sentimental over this series. It truly is helping by making me feel like even I can improve myself and that change is not easy but takes time and is hard as hell sometimes.

After all, my life is my own right?

Here’s to a few more weeks of MP100!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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Originally posted by lady--koto

(Day 21)

I’m sure pretty much everyone here is familiar with Full Metal Alchemist and by extension Hiromu Arakawa. Both the artist and writer behind one of the best shonen anime/manga out there she’s quite famous. There is a reason she draws herself as a cow every time she writes about herself in the omake of the manga she creates. She grew up a farm girl, raising animals in the sticks with her family. 

Enter a recent work of hers Gin no Saji, or silver spoon. Specifically the anime adaption. 

Because of Arakawa’s intimate knowledge of botanical and animal husbandry pursuits you get an actually really accurate and interesting learning experience about farming as a whole. It’s also a huge plus that it’s wrapped up in all of the thing she does well such as her excellent characterization and comedic writing. 

The anime is a fine adaption of the manga with very good voice work and OST, especially the OPs and EDs which are total ear worms. Sukima Switch and Goose House became known to me through this anime and I love both bands now!  

We follow a do-nothing boy as he grows as a person and meets a lot of interesting characters in an agricultural college. This series is much lighter in tone than FMA in that there’s no heart rending murder of the cast to think about. But, it isn’t afraid to touch on a few close topics such as the struggle of the agricultural machine, the pressure to take on your parents work and a bit of heavy mortality. The meat you put on the table has to come from somewhere, even if that somewhere is pretty damn cute when you raise it yourself. Even if, especially if, you know nothing about animals or farming I really suggest this series because it is very down to earth (haha). You feel a sense of pride in the same vein of watching shows like “how it’s made” when the final product that looks to be simple takes a surprising amount of manpower to make. Also the anime pays special attention to making the food look delicious!

Sometimes just being a solid adaption of a very solid manga is enough to get you on a list of personal favorites. 

SPEAKING OF DISAPPOINTING ANIME ADAPTATIONS, one of my old gay lawyers anime liveblog posts is being reblogged again. It’s a post where I’m gushing about how happy I was that the anime would let us see outside Phoenix’s POV for the first time, and how great it was to see Miles react to the court shenanigans, his own emotions (that Phoenix doesn’t necessarily see), WEREN’T WE SO LUCKY TO HAVE THE ANIME NOW TO GET ALL OF THESE EXCELLENT MOMENTS.

And really to be fair, I think the anime did have a decent start. Yeah, the animation budget was obviously non-existent, but I can forgive shitty animation if the writing holds up. And I think for the first half maybe of the first season, it did.

..aaaaand then it didn’t. Like. At all. At some point the writing fell over and often didn’t make any bloody sense, and GOD I THOUGHT I WAS OVER THIS BUT CLEARLY I AM NOT.

Final thoughts on Akatsuki no Yona:

Akatsuki no Yona is a rare treat that probably won’t be seen again for a long time. Is there such thing as a battle shoujo series? Because this is the closest I’ve seen and it’s been a joy for the past two seasons. Watching Princess Yona grow and steel herself from a meek girl to a fierce fighter was an extremely satisfying experience. That is of course no small thanks to Chiwa Saito’s excellent voice work. The rest of the cast was no slouch either. Each character built on top of the setting’s mythos and pushed Yona’s development further in a meaningful way. All while sprinkling in some very subtle reverse harem comedy to keep the tone of series adventurous. Pierrot has this bad habit of making great anime only when whatever they’re adapting is not mainstream. Akatsuki no Yona received a 24 episode run with mostly consistent pacing, solid animation quality, and a fantastic soundtrack all the way through. Tokyo Ghoul has a lot to envy.

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