Archive for category Anime

Top Ten Magical Girls

Making this list was a LOT more of a pain than I thought it would be! I was thinking I had a lot more anime series options that fell under the “magical girl” category than I actually did. Characters that I used to think were considered “magical girls” probably were a bit too old, and their powers were either more supernatural oriented, or not as magical as I remembered them being. I probably still don’t understand what a magical girl category really is, and there may be more series/characters applicable to this than I considered. But below are characters from my favorite series that I thought were best qualified as the “magical girl” genre. The magical girl genre in general seems to be mostly hit or miss for me. The series I like, I REALLY like, and the series I dislike, I REALLY dislike. Plus…as I made this list I had terrible urges to re-read some of these series, I already got distracted at least once to re-read one of these series and have been resisting the rest until later. My next manga review may have to be a magical girl series :)

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Sket Dance Manga/Anime Review

I became interested in Sket Dance when it made a list I found of recommended manga. I REALLY liked the list and added all the series I hadn’t yet read to my “to read” list (Gokusen, Ping Pong, etc..). I REALLY wish I could remember where I saw this list, I believe it was made by multiple manga bloggers and I’m kicking myself that I can’t find it again to link it. Well the last few series were listed under a category of favorite series that aren’t licensed yet…Sket Dance in particular caught my eye. The fact that it was a long running Shonen Jump series with three characters that looked so normal and cheerful…I wanted to try it out. Anything that’s over 100 chapters in Shonen Jump is worth trying for me, not to mention it won the 55th annual Shogakukan Manga Award in 2009 for best shōnen manga. So I started reading the manga online, and after a while I started the anime as well. Sket Dance has opened my eyes to Shonen gag/comedy manga, usually my Shonen series have a battle or mystery focus.

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When the Seagulls Cry Anime

When the Seagulls Cry (Umineko no Naku Koro ni)

I’ve been a bit of a When they Cry fan ever since I started reading the Higurashi When They Cry manga series that Yen Press started bringing over 2 Years ago (Nov. 2008). I haven’t seen the Higurashi anime series, I started episode 1 and didn’t care for the art style in comparison with the manga. But when Umineko no Naku Koro ni started airing, I certainly had no complaints on the art style or the quality of animation. But I read comments from forum friends that both made me want to both watch this series and stay away. Basically I saw lots of positive comments…followed by a comment about a desire for a 2nd season. Given that this is a murder mystery series I realized that desire for a 2nd season is likely because not all questions were answered. But despite knowing this I became far too curious about Beatrice (The Golden Witch) to stay away from watching it.

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Majin Tantei Nogami Neuro

Ever since I realized it’ll be a long time until I can experience more Kindaichi Case Files (an awesome murder mystery series) I’ve been seeking other mystery manga/anime series to fill the void. I watched this series a few months ago, so I’m a bit fuzzy on some of the details. When I selected this series I knew it was a murder mystery genre and the manga ran for 4 years in Shonen Jump, and that’s certainly no easy task. So I started watching Majin Tantei Nogami Neuro with a lot of hope that it would equal or top Kindaichi.

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Anime/Manga Wishes on a Star

It seems like in this hobby I’m never fully satisfied. I always want more, once one wish is granted I’m incredibly excited at the good news and then I start thinking about my other wishes. Most of my wishes have to do with the way series are brought over from Japan to where I am. So most would be solved if I could speak Japanese and read hiragana/katakana/kanji. However others would be unfullfilled even if I could read/speak Japanese like I was born in Japan.

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