#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.
Soon after coming off of my four year-long hiatus I realised just how outdated some of the pages on my blog were, especially My Top 30 Anime List. I first published this list back in 2012. Since then I’ve seen literally hundreds of shows, many of which have become firm favourites. As such, this list no longer accurately reflects my favourite anime. This bothers me for the simple reason that I want people visiting Watashi wa bucho!! to get a good feel for the kind of shows that I like. This can tell you a lot about a person, like whether you’re likely to share an affinity with them. It also serves as a handy reference guide for when people ask me for recommendations. In light of this, I decided to embark on a quest to rewatch some old favourites (many of which I’ve only seen the one time) as well as a handful of more recent ones. This was to ascertain just what anime were worthy of a place on my new and improved Top 30 Anime List.
I’ve spoken at length recently about my elitist tendencies, about how I love nothing more than to trek off the beaten path in order to hunt down the more “exotic” anime, the kind of anime that pays no heed to current trends or tropes, but instead does its own weird and wonderful thing. Not only that, but to then pat myself on the back in regards to my overwhelmingly superior taste in shows. Whilst this tendency does run the risk of alienating other anime fans (understandable, given that it does make me out to be quite the toad), it does have the advantage of giving me the opportunity to unearth hidden gems, older shows buried beneath a mountain of newer, shinier anime, using my platform as a blogger. This is something that I discovered quite recently upon reviewing one such show: Gankutsuou.
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.
#22 What Is My Favourite Anime Weapon?
Saya Otonashi’s Katana
Today I will be, once again, cheating with this challenge (this has now become a kind of trend), as my actual favourite anime weapon is Attack on Titan’s maneuver gear. Alas, I already waxed lyrical over this amazing piece of weaponry during an earlier entry for this challenge, so, so as not to bore you guys to death, I thought that I’d discuss my second favourite weapon: Saya Otonashi’s katana (since I have not talked nearly enough about Blood+ for my liking)!