Spring certainly has a lot going for it in terms of anime. It’s packed with promising standalone shows, shows that began in winter but are continuing to maintain an impressively high standard, and long-awaited sequels, many of which are actually exceeding everybody’s expectations. But one of the strongest contenders for anime of the season would have to be Demon Slayer. Its story, one of an older brother who sets out on a quest to restore his sibling’s humanity after a brush with the forces of darkness, has been done before *cough* Fullmetal Alchemist *cough*, but perhaps never this stylishly! In addition to its peerless style, this show delivers in so many different ways. Below I list five of these in the hopes that it will convince you to give it a try, if you haven’t already!
Good morning, everybody!
Unbelievably, it has been just over a year since I began blogging again. In that time I’ve been pretty busy… I’m sure that this won’t impress those of you who post daily, but this is actually my 100th post since I came off of my hiatus. I don’t often pat myself on the back, but I’m actually really proud of myself for this, especially since, what with struggling to start my life over from scratch, this has been one of the busiest, most stressful years of my life! The fact that I put so much thought and energy into each and every one of those 100 posts is also something that I’m very proud of! The day when I fart out content for the sake of farting out content is the day when I’m done as a blogger… More than anything else I want my posts to be entertaining and interesting. I really hope that you’ve found that to be the case!
A big thanks to everybody who has visited Watashi Wa Bucho!! this year. Whether you’ve paid a visit once, twice, or a hundred times, I’m immensely grateful to you! I don’t blog for the sake of gaining popularity, but because I want to contribute something to the anime fandom. That being said, this experience has been all the more rewarding because of the times when you guys have engaged with my posts. It makes me happy to know that my words haven’t been lost to the void, but are actually reaching somebody! Another thank-you is in order to those of you who have given my blog and its posts more exposure – BiblioNyan, Crow, and Karandi, especially. It humbles and encourages me to know that you’ve both enjoyed my posts and think that they’re worth other people’s time! You guys are awesome!
As I’ve said before, I’m not sure what the future of Watashi Wa Bucho!! Is, at this time… My life is becoming increasingly more busy chaotic (especially now that my husband and I are gearing up to buy our first home), but, for now, I would like to keep writing. There are still things that I wanna achieve and I think that I still have more to offer, so… yeah… You’re stuck with me for now, whether you like it or not!
I would like to close this post by listing the 10 posts that I’m most proud of having written this last year. I hope that you’ll give them a read, if you haven’t already!
The Naruto franchise is far from perfect. Even though I consider it to be one of my all-time favourites I am not blind to its many flaws. A sizable chunk of episodes are filler episodes, most of which are inexcusably awful (ninja ostriches, anybody?), and some of which actually interrupt canon arcs, utterly decimating any sense of tension and/or excitement. Not to mention the massive variation in production quality throughout its runtime…
However, I am willing to overlook these issues on the strength of the franchise’s characters alone. Naruto and Naruto Shippuuden have a huge and varied cast of characters, an impressive number of which are developed and have an interesting set of abilities and characteristics. But the best thing about these characters is their relationships with each other. Given that it’s Valentine’s Day this week, I thought I’d write about some of these. Sure, Valentine’s might be associated with romantic love, but that is just one of many kinds of love – and by no means the most important! Both Naruto and Naruto Shippuuden feature an assortment of different kinds of love and relationships, such as that between a parent and child, between friends, and, yes, between lovers. Below I list some of my favourites. Enjoy!
This has been the first year (since 2012, and, boy, does that feel like an age ago now) that I’ve made a conscious effort to watch a good percentage of seasonal anime. I do feel that, as an aniblogger, it’s important to keep my finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the anime world and that keeping up with seasonal shows is a good way to do that. But, blogging aside, it’s also so much fun to be part of the conversation and to share memes, news, and theories with other anime fans. That’s difficult to do if you’re only watching the most ancient and/or obscure shows out there!
Anyway… I managed to watch 30 of this year’s anime. I know that that’s a pretty paltry figure to some, but I’m not in the habit of dropping shows, so I prefer to only pick a handful per season that I know beforehand that I’m likely to enjoy. In the following post I attempt to collate what I loved (or loathed) about the 30 shows that I watched this year.
Author’s note: if you feel that an anime has been unduly underrepresented, chances are, I didn’t see it. See the bottom of this post for a list of the shows that I did see this year. If you’re looking for something a bit more comprehensive, check out The First Ever WordPress Anime Awards. This features an impressive collection of categories and nominations put together by a team of brilliant bloggers (including yours truly)!
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!