The traits that I love about The Big O are exactly some of the reasons why the series probably wasn’t very popular in Japan, and instead has become a bit of a cult title within Western otaku audiences. Some of these include the gorgeous animation style, the perception of how toxic it is to bury our pasts for the sake of our future, and the toss-backs to classic Western media and literary sources.
A couple of my favourite things in anime include food and character-driven feel-good narratives. If it has beautiful animation and amazing music, then I know that I’m going to have strong positive feelings about it once I have finished watching. Then there are those super rare moments where an anime will be so mind-blowingly awesome as to leave a special sort of imprint on my mind and heart. One that will have me thinking about it and the themes that touched me intimately for a long time to come afterwards. Poco’s Udon World is one such anime
Episode four kicks off with the optimism that I’ve grown to expect and appreciate from our acting captain. While he acknowledges that they are lost in space and it can be scary, they should also take advantage of their unique situation and use it for valuable life lessons, something that resonates through the entire segment.
After last week’s fantastic pilot, I wanted to see the development of friendships and teamwork between this motley crew of kids, with some tiny rough patches for conflict and better storytelling, as well as some kind of explanation (or the start of) what the initial intention was of sending kids alone into space. While I suspect it is some sort of coming-of-age ritual, I also can’t help but wonder if it’s
Astra Lost in Space is a shōnen, science-fiction anime that follows a group of high school teens who participate in what is supposed to be a short trip to a different planet for a rite-of-passage sort of summer camp. However, shortly after arriving they encounter a mysterious glowing orb that chases them down and consumes them. Suddenly these kids find themselves drifting in space above an unknown planet a few thousand light-years from where they’re supposed to be.
In an effort to check out older content, I browsed AniList’s catalogue of manga from 1990-1994 to see if anything would catch my attention. I tried to pick stuff that I either hadn’t heard of before (outside of my reference books) or that I knew would be a good complement to my specific tastes. I found five that seemed pretty interesting across the board,
I like to think of these as simple comforts, little discoveries that for some reason will fill my little heart with joy. Because even though it’s essentially mediocre, the title will still pop into my mind when asked for recommendations. This unanticipated treat of a series that I’d like to discuss today is Earl and Fairy.
Mars by Fuyumi Soryō is a shōjo romance manga series with a dark story that revolves around two individuals with very fucked-up pasts that find each other during a time in their lives where they are most impressionable and dealing with some severe emotional trauma. As they begin to lean on one another, their bond grows deeper and more dangerous along the way.
The Early and the Fairy (伯爵と妖精) follows a fairy doctor, Lydia, residing in Ireland, whose sole occupation is helping fairies in need, alongside her bow-tie wearing, whisky-drinking feline friend, Nico. One day as she gets ready to help a client that is seemingly an old friend of her father’s, Lydia ends up tumbling into a mysterious yet devilishly handsome young man that sweeps her off her feet
Eternal Sabbath has always held an extremely special place in my heart because it was not only my first science-fiction series, but it was also the first manga that I read that wasn’t Initial D. So, it had a rather large influence on my newly budding persona as a bookish otaku. Today, I wanted to bring your attention to ES and encourage you to try it out if you haven’t done so already.
Anime openings are some of my favourite things about watching anime. Not only does it give you snapshots of what to expect from a series, hinting at some ooey, gooey story goodness, but it’s also a wonderful way to get the watcher into the mood for whatever theatrics shall unfold once the show gets going. Additionally, it helps to spotlight some amazing artists that I may have never discovered otherwise!
A Man and His Cat by Umi Sakurai is a shōnen, slice of life, comedy manga series about an elderly gentleman named Kanda who visits a local pet shop one day and adopts a round, one-year-old kitty that no one else seems interested in. Feeling that the older, bigger kitty has quite a loveable appeal to him, he brings it home and together they build a hilarious bond of affection and companionship
Dragon Goes House-Hunting (ドラゴン、家を買う。) follows a dragon named Letty who gets kicked out on their little rump for not living up to the family’s standards. Finding themselves homeless and utterly alone, they go searching for a new place to settle into, a location that can become their very own home. However, when you’re a dragon in a world of elves, dwarves, and other folx that fear you because you’re a motherfucking dragon, finding said home shall prove much more challenging than one imagined.
The Wolf Boy is Mine (私のオオカミくん) by Yōko Nogiri is a shōjo, romance series that follows a high school girl named Komugi Kusunoki who transfers to rural Hokkaido after dealing with bullying at her previous school in the city. Upon arriving, she bumps into a super handsome dude named Yū Ōgami who blurts out that she smells good. Feeling somewhat mortified, Kusunoki walks away. Later in the day, when she’s getting some air, she comes across a dude sleeping under a shady tree. Realising it’s Yū, she approaches him and is shocked to discover that he’s transformed into a wolf.
Initially I didn’t feel like I had watched very many things at all during the last three to four months. However, when I sat down and wrote them all out, I was pleasantly surprised with myself! I suppose all that post-op bed-resting did me quite a bit of good with regards to chopping down the leaning tower of unwatched anime titles. With the exception of two to three titles, the rest were all fresh new experiences, most of which were rather awesome all around.