Anime

Anime Plot: A second preference?

I hope that most of you are familiar with a small proverb, “All That Glitters is Not Gold”, it means that everything that looks attractive isn’t necessarily good too. While we might follow this rule in most part of our daily lifestyle, sometimes we tend to forget this moral when watching anime.

Agreed that anime has gained popularity mainly because of its overwhelming story, beautiful art style and liquid flow animation techniques; there are some brilliant series out there which get neglected only because of an art style that’s not as appealing as the other mainstream anime series. That’s why today I will be talking ranting about how important the art style, story, animation as well as the OP/EDs are for an anime.

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The face I make when I realise that I have chosen to watch an anime with good animation but awful story

In these past 3 years of my anime viewing, I have met different sorts of people who have different preferences when it comes to watching anime series. While story remains the main focus most of the time, there are some examples where the mass gets attracted to a series of extremely beautiful animation even if the story is pretty shitty; they sometimes like it. Well, I won’t comment of someone’s personal taste and preferences, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that it does happens.

My latest review of ‘Kuzu no Honkai’ showed how I struggled to criticize the first two episodes only because I liked the art style (Even though the story was killing me). It’s not just this anime, there are many series out there with not that great of a story (Like Trinity seven, Saekano, Mayoiga), who got their fame thanks to the amazing amount of details and brilliance in the artistic side (Totally my opinion on the story liking part).

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Have a look at the amazing Art style of ‘Ping Pong: The Animation’

While on the other hand, there are low budget anime series (Like Tatami Galaxy, Welcome to the NHK, Uchouten Kazoku, Ping Pong: The animation), who have excellent story but were not able to gather as many audiences as the mainstream ones, reason? Well of course it’s because the art was so mediocre (Or different in some cases) that the audience decided to bail out even before they could complete the series. As a result, these anime don’t get to earn much and the producers drop the idea of continuing the series (This shit is the main cause of the end of most series in the very first season).

OP/EDs also play a main role in the popularity of an anime series. Personally, I get the feeling of watching a series if I find their OP/EDs to be enjoyable. Even though the story of that series is shit, I couldn’t stop myself from ending it; something keeps telling me that an anime with a song this good can never be bad (That thinking of mine has made me suffer a lot tho). Like for example, I wasn’t actually planning to watch ‘Tokyo Ghouls’ at first, but as soon as the hype of its OP ‘Unravel’ swallowed the whole community, I also decided to watch that series with that same ol’ philosophy of mine (TG didn’t appeal to me that much). Anime like ‘Kuzu no Honkai’, ‘KnB’ and ‘Toradora’ are some more examples of me following this trend; Toradora, thankfully, wasn’t a mistake, and I still find myself get all excited to watch that series whenever I listen to its first OP ‘Pre Parade’.

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A small advice: Choose. Watch. Think. Judge.

Anyways, in the end, I would like to advice you guys (As well as myself) that every anime, no matter how it looks or rated by most peoples in the community, if it fits into your preferred genre, must be viewed and judged by you before you put a label of ‘Not worth the time anime’ on that series. Remember, a diamond is always found in the coal shaft. You could neglect a series based on how it looks like at first, but that might deprive you from experiencing something that most mainstream anime doesn’t gives us.

Thanks a lot for reading this post. Yeah, I know I’m not being much active but things have been quite busy over here after I got admitted into this new school. Well, I still am doing my best to provide you with some of my rants,  bear with me for a little longer please XD

Anime, Comedy, Drama, Emotional, Romance, Slice-of-life, Supernatural

Some Underrated Anime You Should Check Out!

After I ended the torture series (Kuzu no Honkai), I found some series which I have not heard about from many people; in fact, they were either personal recommendation or just a lucky encounter in Google. When I completed them, I realized that these works are quite exquisite but failed to make the cut only because of lack of recognition or promotion. That’s why, today I would be writing about some underrated anime which deserves to be checked out. So without any delay, let’s get right into it.

  • Spice and Wolf:

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    If you have been following my blog for quite some time then you are sure to have come across this name before. This anime is basically about a merchant who decides to drop a Wolf deity (In female form, of course) back to her home in the North while fighting off various business related problems with their combined wisdom; a romantic plot is also followed which basically gets spotlight in the second season. The beauty of this anime is that it manages to keep us at the edge of our once you start watching it for real (Even though it may seem monotonous at first). Not to mention that Holo (Wolf deity) is seductive, even though she isn’t that lucky in some proportion :3
    So yeah, do give this anime a try if you like the slice of life genre with occasional stressful moments.

  • Welcome to the NHK:

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    It’s the oldest anime in this list and maybe that’s why it’s not that much known among the current generation; but that doesn’t means you should ignore this series. The story is about a college dropout, Satou, who has now become a Hikikomori or a shut in. One day, he is approached by a high school girl, who keeps persuading him to let her help him as she has full confidence that she could turn him into a normal guy once again. Even though he came up with various excuses at first, he eventually agreed and thus, started their counselling to turn the perverted shut in into a confident normal adult. Welcome to NHK is sure a pain to deal with in the first 3 episodes, thanks to Satou’s cringe worthy decisions and delusions. But once things get settled up a little, then we start to enjoy the situations Satou goes through as well as the romance that stirs up between him and Misaki, the female high schooler. The idea adopted was quite new to me, but then again, it was a really good anime that could use some recognition too.

  • Uchouten Kazoku:

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    A few months back, Karandi recommended me to watch this series. Even though I downloaded it some days after that, I decided to watch it a lot later; and I do not regret that decision. Set in Kyoto, The Eccentric Family is about a Tanuki (The animals who stroll the land while having the power to shape shift), Yasaburou, and his daily adventures as he deals with his master, the Tengu (The creatures who fly in the sky and regard themselves better than humans and Tanukis) who can’t fly anymore, his 3 brothers and mom while handling the constant trouble caused by the branch family, the Ebisugawa’s, and continue interaction with the humans (Those who are practically stronger than the Tengus and Tanukis and are also known to devour Tanuki). The interesting thing about this series is that it manages to get us habituated to their absurd world as if it’s not a big deal and lets us understand the problems that the family runs into from time to time. The art style of this anime is pretty unique and has a refreshing feel to it. I recommend this anime to anyone who would like to loosen up a bit with a normal family drama mixed with a little bit of fantasy.

  • The Tatami Galaxy:

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    I found this anime in a post of Goboiano which gave us a list of anime with an out of the box animation style. While most of the titles in that anime looked pretty much normal to me, the art style of The Tatami Galaxy stood out way too much. I downloaded it thinking it to be a short series or that maybe the story will be complete shit; I was wrong. The story is about a college freshman who desires for a rose colored college life and on his attempt to find that, he chooses different clubs only to get wasted every time at the end of two years. However, every time he reaches that time and asks for another chance, he travels back to the very first day of colleges and chooses a different path (Of course, he has no idea of that fact; even though he gets a feeling as if it has happened before from time to time). To be honest, the concept really blew my mind; who would have thought that an anime with that kinda art style has a foundation like this (Now that I think about it, the art style is not bad…. it’s different). The interesting part is that even though the basic story is repeated is repeated every episode, with some changes in the follow up, we don’t get bored of it and actually ask for more (Provided that you have the talent of not bailing out in the very second episode and can read subtitles really fast because damn the dialogues are fast). I would recommend all of you to watch this anime more than any other in this list and would advise you all to watch it to the end as it would all be worth it then. If you haven’t watched this then you’re missing out on an amazing experience in the anime world.

And that sums up my list for some underrated that you should check out. What do you think about this list? Are you familiar with any of these series? Are there any more series that should make the cut? Let me know in the comment section below! Thanks for reading!