In this case, the antecedent is “the time," so the relative verb is "when.” Now is the time when I must try hard. (Free! Special - FrFr 3)
[Free! Eternal Summer] Matsuoka Rin: Kiss me(x5) · Perfect body (ep. 7)
[Tokyo Ghoul] Tsukiyama Shuu: Ravissant · Merci · Merci beaucoup · Be cool · Monsieur Savarin · Tschüss · Bon appétit · Non · …in a maestoso location, with Kaneki-kun reaching a crescendo, until at last I… fortissimo · Bonsoir, mademoiselle · I was eighteen · Très bien! · Calmato · Such an unexpected hors d’oeuvre! (full post)
PS: This is a rec post in disguise. Definitely check out Mamo in these roles if you haven’t already. Enjoy!
emberjams(.)tumblr(.)com/post/91912760423 hey can you give this a shot? but like start the change after the *clenches fist* part? long as you go wherever you want with it.
So first off, credit to emberjams for their audio post. It sounded like so much fun that I wanted to give it a shot. My friends and I have had a running in-joke lately with anime monologue voice acting, so this is perfect timing.
I know, most of these are very well-known. However, this will give you a good sense of where I’m coming from as an anime-viewer. I’m always up to chat about any of these shows, and I’d love to hear about other people’s favorites.
Alright! First, the show that I would argue is the best anime of the past decade:
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009)
A well-crafted “coming of age” adventure set in an alternate early 20th century Europe, where “alchemy” exists in the place of science… yet this is “alchemy” stripped down to its philosophical ambitions and powered to the level of magic… and fully weaponized. Though the story follows two male youths as our heroes, in my mind, the female cast outshines, which is unsurprising, given that the manga was written by a woman.
While I also enjoyed the original 2003 anime (preferring its overall style and soundtrack), I was not a fan of the ending. “Fullmetal Alchemist” was such a popular story, that in 2009 when the manga was almost done, this new, very faithful adaptation came out. If for some reason you haven’t seen it, this Tumblr post really should sell it to you. (gif)
Ping Pong The Animation (2014)
"Ping Pong” is technically a “sports anime,” but while it certainly focusing on high school ping pong competition, the story is so much more about failure, self-discovery, and the relationship between friends, mentors, and elders than it is about ping pong. Along with that depth of story, it has one of the most unique art styles I’ve seen in anime, with transfixing imagery and themes that only make sense in the last scene. Very tightly plotted, there are only 11 episodes, which REALLY deliver in the end. And the opening credits are amazing…
Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)
In terms of darkness and insanity, NGE has few peers (fine, a lot of peers. We are talking about anime). This show is the definition of a head trip, and if you want to understand where Attack on Titan and other modern shows are coming from… Of course, it gets a lot of its notes from all the anime that came before it, as it is ostensibly a “mecha” anime. Very important to this show: the soundtrack is beautiful and made it to the top of the charts in Japan. However, it definitely has some issues, common to many anime, in terms of its treatment of women. Along with those issues, comes the problem of multiple adaptions, and deciding which “endings” to watch. There is an alternative ending movie called “End of Evangelion” that is utterly insane, and right now a series of movies called “Rebuild of Evangelion” is coming out. (gif by me, from the “Rebuild of Evangelion” movies).
Rurouni Kenshin (1996)
Specifically: episodes: 1:12, 23:24, 28:63, OR read the manga!
The “wandering samurai” story to end all wandering samurai stories. Historically based, action-packed romance set in Meiji Japan, the story follows Kenshin, a former revolutionary assassin, as he tries to find a way to protect those around him while maintaining his vow never to kill again. The main issue with this anime is the uneven quality of the animation, extensive filler… and that it didn’t finish the story. However, the manga is always there for you, to fill in the ending, and there are live action movie adaptions that just came out that are AMAZING! Great female characters, and the protagonist is meant to be read as feminine; in my opinion this show can be read as a feminist masterpiece, at least in some respects… (gif by heartcoma, I believe)
Space western! “Vash the Stampede” is the most feared man in the world, with a sixty billion double dollar bounty on his head… And two insurance agents are on the look out for him, hoping to minimize the damage he causes, and the inevitable insurance claims that follow. Starts with some light-hearted comedy but takes you to some dark and interesting places in a bleak futuristic desert landscape. It has an incredibly likable and small cast. But you do need to be committed to the transition from light to dark tone. Like Rurouni Kenshin, the story follows a mysterious and “seemingly goofy” protagonist who refuses to kill. (gif)
Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011)
This anime seems to be your standard “Magical Girl” story (cute young girls gets magical powers and must then save the world), but this fairly short story quickly moves way, way past that. The ending is amazing, as in, I leapt out of my seat. You do need to buy in to the premise on which the magic is based; and if you aren’t aware of the tropes of magical girl anime, you might miss some of the significance. A story that is almost entirely about female coming of age, and female relationships. (gif)
Ouran High School Host Club (2006)
Wacky parody/comedy about a high school “host club” (boys “paid” to flirt with girls), with a no-nonsense heroine who acts as the straight man (pun intended). It has lots of heart and is legitimately funny. However, it is sometimes hard to get over the possessiveness and sexism of the male characters. Also, some of the jokes will go over your head if you aren’t aware of the tropes of “shojo” anime (I certainly wasn’t when I first watched it). (gif)
Cowboy Bebop (1998)
Episodic story of stylish bounty-hunters in space, with elements of western, jazz and noir. This is an absolute must-see, a revolutionary anime that was very much ahead of its time. It’s a bit morose, so you need to be in the right mood. As it is many people’s introduction to anime… probably doesn’t need much more introduction. (gif)
Samurai Champloo (2004)
From the same director as Cowboy Bebop, this show mixes of Edo Japan (around 1800) with a modern hip hop style. The constant threat of sexual violence to the female characters is very off-putting, but given the historical context, it isn’t necessarily unmerited; but it’s something to be aware of. The soundtrack is utterly transfixing, and if you can accept the show on its terms, the mix-up (the word champloo loosely means mash-up in Japanese) of the two cultures makes it totally unique and worthwhile. (gif)
Amazingly animated work-place drama set on a space station. However, the short-tempered protagonist, who plays the “jerk with a heart of gold” trope to the jerky extreme, can get overly tiresome. The female main characters are a great mix of jaded and naive, and the story develops slowly, only to build to an interesting (and still very relevant) climax. Quite a lot of realistic science fiction thrown in there (silence in space, the ways living in space affect the body). (gif)
Sprawling murder and mayhem mystery set mainly in 1920’s Chicago and New York, that impressively keeps you invested in a large cast as you try to piece together what the heck is going on. The soundtrack is a send-up to big band jazz, and is great. (gif)
Kill La Kill (2013)
This show also is a bit of a send-up of “magical girl” anime. It has a very distasteful premise (sexy anthropormorphic clothing that acts as armour while displaying the whole body). The show is trying to use nudity and the exploitation (and assault!) of the (female) body as a larger point; it is difficult to say if (and perhaps even controversial to imply that) it succeeds. But keeping it’s provocative nature in mind, it is an interesting watch. (gif)
Gurren Lagann (2007)
Humans have been trapped underground for generations by giant mecha called “Gunmen” and the “beastmen” that pilot them; a ragtag group of youths decide to change that. Viewers need to both get through annoying “fan service” (aka, blatant objectification of female bodies) at the beginning, and be prepared for a large tone shift partway through. But it is an amazing show, once you get through the first 8 episodes; there is a major plot twist that you definitely do not see coming. (gif)
The Eccentric Family (2013)
Stylish and interesting story about shape-shifting tanuki and tengu (mythical Japanese creatures) and their interactions and plots within their own society and the rest of the world. While a couple of the basic facts of the world as set up just don’t sit well, and some of the character’s motivations are questionable (evil manic pixie dream girl?), the show still has fascinating things to say, in a short 11 episodes. (gif)
Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun (2014)
High school student named Nozaki is writing and publishing a shojo manga? An art club member has a big crush on him, but he thinks she just wants to be his assistant? That can’t lead to hilarious results, can it?? This story is Incredibly adorable and funny, and the only thing I can say against it, is I guess just that I wanted there to be more (but the manga is still coming out, so never fear). (gif)
Chihaya was introduced to a traditional Japanese card game called “karuta” by a lonely boy named Arata in her elementary class. The game becomes her passion, even after the boy moves away. Once in high school, she gathers together four other students to starts a karuta club, perhaps hoping to reconnect with him? (gif)
Yowamushi Pedal (2013)
High school cycling club! Anime fan Onoda didn’t realize biking 90 km every week to buy anime in Akibara was actually turning him into a great cyclist… Once drafted into the cycling club, bicycles become an even greater passion for him. Certainly my favorite sports anime, living up to all the classic tropes, but with a “insert yourself here” main otaku character… Let’s just say there’s something for everyone. (gif by me)
Non Non Biyori (2013)
Adorable and refreshing “Slice of life” story about 4 girls living in the Japanese countryside, and the other members of their community. My answer to whenever anyone complains that anime is too male- or action- centric. (gif)
Silver Spoon (2013)
Academically-oriented student fails high school entrance exams, and ends up at specialty farming high school, hoping to escape his overbearing father. Over his first few years at school, he learns about farming and his own limits. The manga was written by the same woman who did “Fullmetal Alchemist,” so definitely worth a watch if you enjoyed FMA (which, come on, it is impossible not to enjoy FMA). (gif)
I’m assuming everyone knows to watch Miyazaki films (every one is worthwhile), but the following movies ones are great and not quite as well known (most are very well known, too).
Whispers of the Heart (1995)
A high schooler worries over her future, and her talent as a writer (Miyazaki helped write this one). (gif)
Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
Three homeless people (a young girl, and old man, and a transwoman) find an abandoned baby on the streets of Tokyo. (gif)
Inception before Inception. It has same (amazing) director as above, Satoshi Kon. A quick summary: a machine that allows entry into dreams is stolen. (gif)
Summer Wars (2009)
A shy math-genius boy is invited last minute by a female classmate to her grandmother’s 90th birthday party… The story contrasts “virtual reality” with a stranger thrown in the mix of a real family, and the ways the internet, generations, and real relationships all interconnect. Also super fun and well animated! (gif by me)
Two movies that are very important, but come with caveats.
Royal Air Force: The Wings over Honneamaise (1987)
A slightly fantastical reimagining of the development of manned space flight. (Note: trigger warning for attempted sexual assault, but this is a highly influential movie, especially to Neon Genesis Evangelion) (gif)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
A Studio Ghibli film, about a young man and his little sister trying to survive in Japan after WWII (note: you will weep uncontrollably) (gif)