#24 What Scene Shocked Me the Most?
Mitty’s Transformation – Made in Abyss
Anime is chock-full of shocking scenes. That’s one of the things I love most about it – it’s ability to sucker you in, catch you off guard, and subvert all of your expectations! Griffith’s betrayal in Berserk, that death in Death Note, the moment when we first saw a different side to the girls of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica’s legendary twist, School Days’ gruesome finale… These are but a few of the scenes that come to mind when considering this topic. However, the award for the scene that shocked me the most would have to go to Mitty’s transformation in Made in Abyss. Major spoilers for the show ahead.
This year, more so than any other year since I began watching anime, the scheduling gods have been benevolent towards me. I’ve received a bounty of sequels to some of my all-time favourite shows and a wealth of amazing anime greenlit for next year.
Forget year of the dog. 2018 was, for me, year of the tears – as in there were multiple times when anime reduced me to a blubbering mess this year! I couldn’t tell you why this was more the case this year than in previous years, but I can’t help but think that, like a rock on a beach whose edges have been gradually softened by the surf over time, I’ve grown softer and more in touch with my sensitive side as I’ve grown older. Even just a few years ago I was the very embodiment of a stiff upper lipped Brit, but now even the right combination of musical notes can have me reaching for the tissues! I’m a hot mess – as you’ll soon see. Below are several of the times when anime made me cry this year.
Spoilers ahead for Inuyashiki, Made in Abyss, Assassination Classroom 2nd Season, Haikyuu!! 2nd Season, and Naruto Shippuuden.
My hubby and I are both huge lovers of anime! Even though he doesn’t have much free time to sit down and watch it by himself anymore (a 60 hour-long work week will do that to you), we still make it a point to watch it together, both taking turns to choose a show. I’ll usually pick a show that I’ve already seen for us to watch together, because I just love sharing with other people the things I love – that’s why I blog! Made in Abyss, the surprise hit of 2017, was my latest choice. That’s why I decided to write about my favourite Made in Abyss character for this month’s Character Spotlight: Ouzen the “Immovable Sovereign”. This might seem like an odd choice for favourite character. She’s certainly much less lovable than Regu, Riko, or Nanachi, the show’s main characters. But during this post I hope to convince you as to why Ouzen is no less incredible.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved all things scary! Anime, books, films, you name it. In fact, one of my earliest memories is sneaking downstairs in the middle of the night to watch the old black and white Dracula film! Yeah, I was a strange child. I think I scared even my parents! Maybe this adoration is a cocktail of schadenfreude, deriving enjoyment from other people’s misfortune, or a bizarre fascination with creatures not of this realm or hellish versions of those that are. But it’s more likely because, more so than with any other emotion, fear is so damn immersive! It gets you invested in the safety and well-being of the characters that you’re watching or reading about and leaves you wondering just what you’d do in their situation.
So in honour of the spooky season I’ve put together a list of my favourite scary anime. Please note that I didn’t say horror anime – even those that don’t fall exclusively into the horror genre can have their scary moments, as you’ll soon discover! So, ghouls and boys, without any further ado, and in no particular order, here’s Ty’s Top 10 Terrifying Anime!