Two weeks in and my excitement for Fruits Basket (2019) has yet to subside! So far the anime has followed the manga to a T. Even minor details, like Takaya-sensei’s captions and what characters are doing in the background of a scene, have managed to make the cut. Whilst this may change further down the line, it gives me hope that this adaptation will remain faithful to its source material in terms of both its tone and story. Not to mention that, should it continue to adapt two chapters per episode (as this episode did), it won’t be long before we get to meet more of the Sohmas! But let’s set the future of the series aside for now to discuss this week’s episode…
#27 What Is My Favourite Scene in Which a Character Acts like a Complete and Utter Badass?
Deku Saves Kacchan from the Slime Villain – My Hero Academia 1st Season
This may seem like a bizarre choice for my favourite scene in which a character acts like a complete and utter badass. Deku’s probably not the first character who comes to mind when considering all-out badassery. Maybe you think of a character like Guts, capable of taking on armies of one hundred or more soldiers single-handedly, one of JoJo’s many meatheads, or somebody like Sasuke, who’s as cool as a cucumber and always has a snappy clapback tucked away in his long, billowing sleeves. But I’d like to argue that Deku is just as badass (if not even more so) than these characters. And nothing exemplifies that better than the scene when, during My Hero Academia’s first episode, he rescued Kacchan from the Slime Villain. This was the scene that first won me over to the franchise and catapulted Deku straight into my Top 10 Favourite Characters, so it holds a special place in my heart!
#18 Who Is Your Favourite (Female) Supporting Character?
Bleach has many, many flaws, including its overpowered protagonist, its sheer volume of filler, and its inability to tell a concise story (though these issues are by no means unique to this anime). Regardless, I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for it, partly due to the time I spent watching it (keep tuning into an anime every week for years and it’s bound to grow on you) and partly due to its amazing cast of diverse, lovable characters. Yoruichi, the free-spirited former captain of Soul Society’s 2nd Division is, by far, my favourite of these characters as well as my all-time favourite female supporting character. Here’s why!
Confession time: when I watch an anime that’s wildly popular there’s this part of me that wants to dislike it! This is so stupid, but I like to think of myself as a gourmand when it comes to anime, that my taste is far more refined and superior to everybody else’s and that popular shows are popular simply because the uncultured masses don’t know any better. Of course, this couldn’t be further from the truth! I’m no more cultured than anybody else just because I’ve seen Legend of the Galactic Heroes, and some anime are popular simply because they are great and are, therefore, deserving of their popularity. Haikyu!! is one such anime! It’s exciting to watch, has outstandingly high production values, and has a huge cast of engaging, lovable characters. Oikawa, one of these characters, is, in my opinion, the best of the bunch and is the subject of this month’s Character Spotlight! Minor spoilers for season 2 ahead.
This is most unlike me, a planner through and through, but I don’t have a definite idea of where to go with this blog post. I just know that, after being moved to tears by Assassination Classroom’s second season, I want to jot down some of my thoughts about this amazing show! To date I’ve seen hundreds of anime, including many of the classics, shows that have stood the test of time and are widely considered to be the best of the best. As a result, it’s now extremely rare to find myself affected by what I watch, as most anime today simply doesn’t hold up to these classics! So when it does happen, as it did with Assassination Classroom’s second season, I want to mark the occasion by writing a few words. I’ve dubbed this collection of thoughts: “Things Koro-Sensei Taught Me.” I hope that you enjoy reading them. A word of warning: you may not wish to proceed if you haven’t seen both seasons of Assassination Classroom, as there will be spoilers ahead! Instead, please read my review of season 1. I hope that it will convince you to go away and watch this awesome show!