I love love animes. I adore them. From the very first anime I ever watched: Rurouni Kenshin, popularly known as Samurai X, I’ve just kept on going. I’ve discovered a genre of entertainment that appeals to me, and keeps me coming back for more and that is part of what makes my life so complete :). Of course, I love my animes subbed (spoken in Japanese and subtitled in English) and not dubbed (spoken in English), but that’s a story for another day. Anyway, I’m always interested in getting new anime recommendations to add to my collection. Whether they’re short like Deathnote, 07 Ghost, Soul Eater, Kaze no Stigma, etc or long like Naruto, Bleach, Kuroshitsuji, Fairytale, etc, I want them all. Of course, when I say animes, I include the manga with them, because I like watching the animes and reading the mangas alongside them. It sort of gives me a more complete story, and for animes like Bleach which have been discontinued, having the manga to read has been a lifesaver.
Anyway, Zee commented on my last anime/manga themed post and recommended that I try out Shingeki no Kyojin. So I did.
And so far, it is looking awesome. I’ve cried, I’ve laughed, I’ve screamed and I’ve lost sleep catching up with the series, and let me you this, that is one heck of a story. It’s different from the norm. This time around, humans are the prey and the titans are the ones that are eating them (yes. Eating. There is this scene in the first episode where a titan picks up Eren’s mother and bites her head off. Yup! His mouth opened, we saw teeth, we saw the mouth keep coming and then it closed over her head. We see the blood flying and all I can say is “bloody hell!”
In typical anime fashion, there’s a ton of blood flying around, but so far, I haven’t seen any overt sexual references. But then again, I haven’t caught up on the anime yet. Got distracted when a colleague recommended another anime to me. Drumroll please.
Enter Hunter X Hunter. At the moment, I’m catching up with the 2011 anime (which is the second anime) because that is the one that’s ongoing. The first anime which is also called Hunter X Hunter has since been cancelled, however the manga which also started circulating in 1998 is still ongoing, so the production company started the anime all over again, did an upgrade, stayed true to the manga and voila! Hunter X Hunter 2011 was born. So far, I’m on episode 7 (the anime is more than 160 episodes so I have a lot of catching up to do), and it’s captivating. We’re introduced to Gon, a 12 year old boy the main protagonist who wants to be a Hunter just like his father.
Unfortunately, becoming a Hunter is not an easy process. There are a ton of tests to take before taking the Hunter Exam and apparently, only 1 rookie in 3 has ever passed the exam (they’re that hard). However, there are tons of rookies with promise so far and this anime has sucked me in. Been watching it since yesterday evening and I only stopped to Skype with my best friend, sleep and write today’s posts. Now that I’m done, I’m off to Hunter X Hunter.
These two new animes are quickly moving upwards to becoming part of my all-time favourites. What are your favourite animes and are there any you could recommend that I can watch? Leave a comment below and let me know. Ja ne.