G’morning, mates! Happy Monday to all. I sincerely wish that you all have a fantastic week. If you’re faced with some stressful or not-so-fun gigs ahead, remember to take time for yourself. Take a step back, breath deep and know that you’ve got this! ♥
Recently, I’ve been battling a creative rut along with some unwanted heart-shenanigans. Because of that, I’ve had plenty of time to continue my anime watching mischiefs. While I am slowly making my way through many shows for the first time, I find that during periods of imaginative uncertainty, re-watching beloved favourites help me find my rhythm and creative magic once again. Plus, it also helps me to relax and take it easy so I can re-charge and start fresh.
Most of the anime I tend to re-watch over and over again are ones that make me laugh and feel very warm with delight, and as such, they’re part of my all-time favourites stockpile. I know that at least one of these won’t surprise familiar folks. I mean, I gush and rave and fanhuman about it all the fucking time. The others I’ve briefly chatted about either on Tumblr or AniList (the two places I’m almost always active), and occasionally here on le blog.
Another thing you may notice from this list is that my favourite demographical genres tend to be shōnen and seinen. They just have narratives that resonate the most with me as both a content creator and consumer of stories.
Anyway, go ahead and check them out down below. Let me know if you’d like a review or some kind of musings on the titles listed. I do have content planned for at least two of these that shall be releasing later this week and in October, but nothing planned for the rest as of yet.
InuYasha is a shōnen, historical, fantasy series about a teen girl who gets transported from Japan’s present era to the Feudal Era via a magical well on her family’s property. Upon arriving, she learns that she has the reincarnated spirit of a long-dead priestess, which gives her the ability to sense a powerful jewel known as the Shikon jewel; one that has been sought after by a half-human, dog-demon boy named InuYasha. He’s after the magical jewel so he can solve all of his personal issues.
I’ve been very slowly ticking away at InuYasha for about a year or so. One of the reasons that I have been taking my sweet ass time with it is because it’s my go-to anime for moments of Insomnia. I’ll watch an episode and then read for half an hour, watch an episode, and read for another half hour, and so on. It is one of the very few practises that help me unwind from whatever the fuck is keeping my brain from being able to chill out completely for a decent night (or day’s) worth of REM sleep. Since the series collectively has 193 episodes with 4 full-length films, there is a shite ton of stuff here to help me with many nights of sleeplessness.
I own the series and have been watching it on DVD. I’m currently around episode 94.
Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Hunter x Hunter is a shōnen, action-adventure show about a young boy named Gon who goes on a grand quest to become a licensed Hunter so that he can understand why his father left him and his mother years ago. In the process, he also hopes that his journey shall finally bring him face-to-face with his pops. The 2011 adaptation is the newest one, and a re-make of the original anime adaptation from 2001.
I began watching this last week because I’ve been wanting to re-visit it with the hopes of talking about it on my blog. The last time I watched HxH was while it was simulcasting almost ten years ago. This time around, the anime’s wholesome demeanour and motivating scenes of fighting through adversity have been helping me with my own pursuits outside of blogging. It’s a bit cliché with its messages on never giving up, nevertheless, has been quite welcoming by my newly insecure and unsure heart and soul. Additionally, the HxH has some fantastic antagonists in it, and I know they shall help me to better understand antagonists in storytelling so that I can finish crafting the ones in my WIPs (works in progress).
I own most of the Blu-ray sets of Hunter x Hunter, but like to watch it on CrunchyRoll for its easy access.
Black Lagoon (2006)
Black Lagoon is a seinen, action, crime series about a group of criminals who are trying to make a living by doing what they do best: blowing shite to smithereens while trying to make as much moolah as possible.
I fucking love Black Lagoon. Now, I don’t typically watch dubbed anime. It’s simply not my cup o’ chai. But I have to admit that the dubbed version of this anime is fucking on point. The actors do a phenomenal job of capturing the essence of the characters. This is one of the very few anime serials that I prefer to watch dubbed. Who would’ve thought?
Aside from that, Black Lagoon is a series I can watch and re-watch almost as much as I re-watch Initial D and GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka (i.e.: that’s a shit fucking ton of re-watching). Revy is a character who is just as vulgar as I am, and it makes my heart all warm and fuzzy with solidarity. I’d like to think if I were an anime character, at least one-half of me would be Revy. No doubt.
In addition to my love of Revy and all the high-octane badassry, the series helps me with my imaginative slumps by providing me with a foundation for writing fight scenes, particularly ones involving weaponry, and some mild combat tactics. Lastly, I laugh my arse off every time, and that can feel so bloody freeing while watching Black Lagoon.
GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka (1999)
GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka is a shōnen, comedy, drama series about a 20-something-year-old virgin dude named Eikichi Onizuka, who also used to be the leader of a biker gang. He hangs up his helmet and long jacket for sandals and lesson plans as he tries to become the best teacher in all of Japan.
This series crude and so ridiculous and so fucking hilarious, but it’s chockful of blunt wisdom that can apply to anyone, whether you’re a teenager struggling through the perils of high school, or an aspiring author in their 30s who occasionally loses their way. I constantly re-watch this anime because it’s so relevant and never stops being relevant. It’s one of the few anime that helps me with my Depression also. In terms of finding of my sense of creativity in the midst of a slump, GTO shows me that life isn’t going to stick around and wait for me to get my shite together. Sometimes the best way to deal with a slump is to fucking bulldoze through that crap. It’s also so comforting to watch an anime that isn’t full of sugar-coated BS. Because of that it’s one my favourite serials ever, tied with Initial D.
Of course, I own this whole series, which desperately needs a Blu-ray release. Streamers can check it out on Amazon Prime, where it’s available in dubbed only.
I will be doing reviews and discussion posts for InuYasha and Hunter x Hunter. If you’d like me to do a write-up for Black Lagoon and/or GTO, please let me know in the comments! I’m completely open to it, if you desire it.
Also, if you’d like to know what anime I’m currently watching for the first time, drop me a comment and I’ll do a write-up. I definitely have a ton more titles on that list than this one, oops.
Before I let you go, let me ask: what are some anime that you like to re-watch?