5 More Must See Anime Series
Since my first hub 15 Must See Anime Series was so well received, I thought I would add a few more. I was going to do another list of 15, but really haven't had the time to watch all of that, so here's a sweet list of 4. These are pretty much all coming of age animes about characters in high school trying to fight to hold on to their freedom and individuality. Even though it's been YEARS since I was a student (especially a high school student!) I still find the lessons relevant to my life now. The moral to these stories; be true to yourself, fight for your dreams, and stand by those you care about! I hope you enjoy!
Tari Tari - Opening
This is a beautiful high school drama about a small music club made up of 5 misfits. I don't want to go too much into the detail of it, as it is a pretty short series and if I say anything more than that it'll spoil some things. The basic premise of the show is that these students are fighting for their dreams and want to get the most out of their final days in high school as they can.
I loved this show because it was very balanced emotionally. It had just the right amount of comedy, angst, and sentimentality to keep you invested in the story and characters without making it melodramatic or cheesy. I especially like that the series ends on a satisfying note, but lets the viewer know that life goes on for these characters. Throughout the series the characters feel, as most high school seniors do, that there is something very final about graduating. The ending to this series lets us know, yes--in some ways it is final, but in other ways it's just the beginning.
I really don't have any criticisms of the show. The art was beautiful, the characters were fun, and their relationships with each other were deep. It almost made me want to do high school all over again so I could create something cool too. Oh and the music is pretty catchy, so be prepared to have their songs stuck in your head!
Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai
Here's another coming of age high school anime. Chunibyo takes a comedic look at the transition from child to young adult and what it really means to grow up. Do you give up your childhood fantasies and dreams to be more grown-up and normal? Or do you fight for the world you've created that brings you so much comfort? What is reality, but what you perceive it to? What does it mean to be an adult anyway? And isn't pretending to be an adult the same as living in childhood fantasies? These are the questions Chunibyo challenges its viewers to think about through comedy, romance, and heartbreaking drama.
I almost dropped this series after watching the first couple episodes because I was a little annoyed with it in the beginning. It just seemed like another ridiculous high school comedy about nothing in particular (and I'm not very fond of eye-patch girls). Something told me to keep watching though, and as I learned more about the characters and their motivations I realized this show wasn't as 2-dimensional as I originally thought. There were still moments that felt rather blah, but what I took from the series makes up for any annoyance I felt while watching it.
This is a very odd, but funny series about a boy who discovers that his sister, Kirino, is addicted to the "little sister" franchise and is roped into aiding her get more stuff while keeping it all a secret. The bizarreness of the plot makes this show super hilarious and enjoyable to watch. It's been awhile since I've watched the series, but it's one of those shows that is hard to forget. While the brother-sister relational dynamics in anime sometimes make me a bit uncomfortable, I found it pretty funny in this show--and even believable (oddly enough). Despite Kirino's strange interests this show is actually not perverted at all, so don't worry about any strange brother-sister hentai scenes (although there are a couple awkward moments). It's a pretty wholesome anime, regardless of that, and really entertaining.
Princess Jellyfish Clip
What do you get when you cross a house full of female otakus and a young sexy cross-dressing guy? One of the most funny, original, and interesting anime series I have ever seen! This series gives power to the strange and nerdy while providing a much needed special treat for the minds of those of us who are tired of munching on the same old boy-meets-girl formula over and over again.
I love the art and the music is cute. The best part of all? It's been put out by FUNimation in America, so like many of the anime series they dubbed, you can watch it Subtitled on YouTube for free! Yay!
The only thing that makes me really sad is that there was only one season of it and while it ends on a good note...you'll definitely have to pick up the manga to fill in the blanks when you're done watching. If you're a fan of Paradise Kiss, this will certainly be something that you'll enjoy too, though thankfully it isn't as angsty!
ParaKiss Opening Song
Okay, chances are, you've seen this anime if you have similar tastes as mine. However, on the off chance you haven't seen this anime (or read this beautiful manga, for that matter), you must must must see it NOW. Right now!
I felt the need to include this because of Princess Jellyfish. Princess Jellyfish, in a way, is kind of a parody of ParaKiss. In this series, Yukari, or "Caroline" as she's lovingly called by the ParaKiss members, is pulled into the world of fashion students and in so doing discovers her hidden passions and desires.
Although a bit angsty and dramatic, ParaKiss is nicely drawn and is a great story. I was also pretty obsessed with the opening song, Lonely in Gorgeous.
In all honesty, I preferred the manga to the anime, but the anime is infinitely better than the live action film, in my opinion. So, if you saw the film first, don't judge ParaKiss by that. And if you saw this anime but weren't wowed, try checking out the manga as well.
Black Rock Shooter
Wait...doesn't this make SIX anime shows now? Yes, yes, I know! However, I just recently saw this and loved it so much I had to share it with the world as soon as I can.
The Black Rock Shooter franchise is very interesting in that it spans video games, manga, and anime--yet while Black Rock Shooter remains mostly the same, her story and world change from medium to medium. I first became interested in Black Rock Shooter when I came across an image of a Black Rock Shooter figure and basically fell in love. She's just soooo cool looking! I'm not much of a gamer, but decided I would read some of the manga based on the game. When I found out there was an anime, I couldn't resist, I had to check it out. That's when I learned how different each story of the Black Rock Shooter was.
Anyway, in the anime, the story focuses on Mato Kuroi a happy-go-lucky middle schooler who steers clear of drama. However, when she starts to have troubling problems with other girls she begins to dream of the Black Rock Shooter. This is when she is introduced to another world where alternate personas of all girls in our world do battle to combat the heartache and pain we experience in our world.
I loved the concept behind the Black Rock Shooter anime, because I could relate to it. Growing up I would pour my hurt and problems on imaginary characters to carry the burden for me. I think, in our own way, we all do something like that to get through the day. This is especially true for girls, who get hit with stressers from all sorts of angles. It's interesting to think of our inner selves as weapon wielding warriors--because life can really feel like war for a girl with a lot on her mind.
The anime is beautifully drawn and animated. An excellent example of modern day anime. If I'm not mistake, it's even one some awards for it. The use of CG blends so well with the rest of the animation that I really don't think anyone would notice it unless they knew what they were looking for. This union creates fast-paced fluid animation full of detailed action, vivid colour, and clear expressions. I love it. Of course, Hatsune Miku singing the anthem in the opener is quite nice too.
The show is only 8 episodes long and each is jam-packed with action and storyline--no filler here! You can see all of them subbed in English on YouTube.
As a bonus, here are some mangas I really enjoyed and felt were worth mentioning. So if you want a break from watching TV, check out some of these. I've also included the mangas I highly recommend reading for the animes I've listed here and on my other Hub.