In the past year or so I really got back into watching anime, which is something that I haven’t been really emotionally invested in since I was around thirteen or fourteen years old (i’m 23 now so that’s a pretty long time.) I don’t really have the energy or the memory to give a full on story about my relationship with anime, so all I will say is that I think anime is neat and we shall move on.
When I was looking through MyAnimeList recently I noticed that a lot of series and movies that I tend to be drawn to are either sci-fi or have sci-fi elements to them and I thought that compiling them into a list talking about why I want to watch them would make for a good idea for a post, since I haven’t talked about anime very much on this blog. That, and I always made watchlist posts so why not.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
This series is one that I have wanted to watch for a while, but getting my hands on it the legal way has proved to be the biggest pain in the hindquarters because it’s out of print. And I kind of don’t understand because it’s not like this series ever stopped being popular or inspirational to other creators.
My grievances out of the way, I have no experience with the mecha genre apart from episodes of Power Rangers that I watched as a kid. But I do know that this series deals with more serious and deeper things than just giant robots, and if you know me, you’ll know that I love things that go deeper than you’d think. Now I just have to find it and watch it without spending a crap-ton of money.
Attack on Titan
I’m probably really late to this series (no surprises there) but that’s okay because it’s not like it’s going away anytime soon.
I mainly want to watch this series because the animation is so gorgeous, but there are people out there who have made it important to them to tell everyone to not watch it because apparently, the author harbours nationalist views, but I haven’t seen this outside of Tumblr, so idk how true that can be.
Dragon Ball Super
I am currently around halfway through reading the Dragon Ball Z manga, and while I’m not too interested in the DBS manga, watching the anime is a definite must for me.
I’ve seen a few mixed reactions to this series due to it being more light-hearted and having more slice of life moments, but I do want to go into this with an open mind. Once I get through the episodes that basically serialise the Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’ movies. Because why.
Oh, and while I’m not too fussy over whether I prefer dubs or subs, this is one of the only franchises where I have to watch it in English. Because childhood. And the fact that the cast has improved so much since the late 90’s.
Another series that I missed out on as a teenager, FMA is kind of a priority for me because it’s a shonen (meaning aimed at teenage boys) series that is created by a woman. And I’ve never read or watched any female-created shonen series. Naturally, that’s a big deal for me.
In terms of the series, however. I don’t know much about it other than the main character’s name, and that it was incredibly popular when I was a teenager. But that’s about it.
(i’m not going to post any gifs of this series because… well, you’ll see)
Do you ever get drawn to something because it has a certain infamy surrounding it? Like, how a lot of us want to read books that have been banned at one point because we want to see just how scandalous it is and what caused it to be banned in the first place. While I don’t think Genocyber has been banned, that’s the kind of interest I have in this OVA. And I’m not sure why because extreme graphic violence for no reason other than to just be extremely graphically violent is a bit of a turn off for me. Especially when children are involved.
There is a video compilation of this OVA’s goriest scenes available on YouTube, and I did watch it. Although I watched it with the sound off because it was set to this awful goregrind music, and through my fingers because it’s animated gore, which for some reason freaks me out more than live-action gore. But I will get around to watching it someday because I’m pretty sure it’s available on YouTube.
Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters
In the past few years, I’ve come to realise that there is nothing cooler than Godzilla, so the fact that there is now a Godzilla anime fills my heart with so much joy. Because Godzilla was just meant to be an anime at some point. if there has been a godzilla anime at some point, i don’t know about it. i just know about the western cartoons.
This is a Netflix original movie that I obviously haven’t gotten around to watching yet, and I’m really kicking myself because now there’s a sequel. And it’s Godzilla! In anime format!!
If you have read my sidebar or my about page, you’ll have noticed that Cowboy Bebop is one of my favourite anime ever (even tho i only watched it for the first time last year. shush.) This anime is from the same team who made Bebop, so naturally that means that I have to watch it, and chances are I’ll probably love it just as much. And it has two seasons instead of just one, so that’s always a bonus.
One Punch Man
Up until recently, I was really big into superheroes, but a bunch of things happened and now I don’t like them as much anymore. But the thing that draws me into One Punch Man is that it’s a parody of superheroes by having the main character be able to defeat his enemies with just a single punch. The idea is just so ridiculous that it’s incredible. And I have to check it out for myself.