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Meme theft! - 30 Days of Anime (Day 8)Category: (general)
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
07:27:36 PM (GMT)
Day 1 - Very first Anime
Day 2 - Favorite Anime You’ve watched so far
Day 3 - Your Anime crush
Day 4 - Anime you’re ashamed you enjoyed
Day 5 - Anime character you feel you are most like (or wish you were)
Day 6 - Most annoying Anime character
Day 7 - Favorite Anime couple
Day 8 - Most epic scene ever
Day 9 - Saddest Anime scene
Day 10 - Favorite slice of life Anime
Day 11 - Favorite mech series
Day 12 - An ecchi picture from your favorite series
Day 13 - Cosplay of your ‘waifu’ or Husbando’
Day 14 - current (or most recent) anime wallpaper
Day 15 - Post a cute Neko-girl
Day 16 - post a kigurumi cosplay of your favorite anime character
Day 17 - Favorite tsundere
Day 18 - Something moe
Day 19 - Mandatory swimsuit post
Day 20 - Favorite shoujo anime
Day 21 - Best yandere character
Day 22 - Favorite boy’s love couple (or yuri couple, if you don’t like that sort
of thing)
Day 23 - Anime you think had the best, or most intrigueing art
Day 24 - Favorite anime hero or heroine
Day 25 - Best anime villian
Day 26 - Your favorite harem anime
Day 27 - Favorite anime opening theme song
Day 28 - Favorite pokemon
Day 29 - Favorite school uniform
Day 30 - Anime character you want to cosplay

Day 1 - My very first anime was...

Never gonna forget the Kanto region. c:

Day 2 - My favorite anime so far...

Disturbing, intriguing, mind-bendingly stark, and simply a damn good watch. My
favorite mind fuck anime of all time. What other series could make a one-shot episode
about group suicide so hilarious and adorable to watch? I think this is the only
series that has actually made me cry while I was watching it, and then a minute
later, make me feel triumphant at one of the protagonist's confrontation. 

Day 3 - My anime crush...
Huh. Can't really say I've really had a consistent crush on an anime guy. 

uhhh... sdfsdfsdfsfsfsdf.. uhhh... 

Y'know what.

Faye Valentine may dress like a streetwalker for most of her screen time (Which is a
pretty huge bonus in my book, anyway  ), but besides her rapid streetsmarts,
capability of defending herself under assault, and cleverly swindling heart, the part
about her that really wins my affection is that she has more class in her pinky toe
than any "stereotypical high class princess"-type characters have in their entire
body, even when she does walk around in boob-tight yellow vinyl and short shorts. <3

Admittedly, when she's greedy or pissed, she can be less than graceful in demeanor
and actions, but it's also her flaws that make her into a character that I can
appreciate. If she was simply graceful all the time, she'd be a sluttitly dressed
Yuko Ichihara- Pretty and interesting, but unearthly. (For an in universe example
(Cowboy Bebop), without her impatience, greed, and femme fatale qualities, she'd be
Julia. Julia isn't so bad, but Faye's way more fun and interesting in my opinion.)

Day 4 - The anime I'm ashamed of...

Beet: The Vandal Buster pretty much has every Shonen cliche checked off. (Though no
tournament arc, but blagh, I wouldn't put it past it) I'm not really that ashamed of
having liked it, since I was a middle schooler then and that was one of the only
manga series that the library had to offer, but I certainly wouldn't profess any love
for it now. 

Day 5 - The anime character I'm like most, or wish I was...

Similar: We're both spacey and ditzy to ridiculous levels at times. . .
Wish I was like her: But at least she comes off as endearing to people, whereas I am
the target of ridicule and irritation.

Day 6 - Most annoying anime character...

This stupid, shrunken pervert wasn't funny, even in the middle of the wacky hijinks
in Ranma 1/2. He was just gross and annoying. Really, I'd rather see Cologne get more
chapters than watch Happosai do some stupid things involving panty raiding or bra
stealing (Which he does ALL THE TIME). 

Day 7 - Favorite Anime Couple...

Godai and Kyoko, from Maison Ikkoku. 

Kyoko is a young widow, who has lost her husband too soon to have seen any flaws in
him. She thinks that her husband was wonderful, and still holds on to memories of
Godai fell in love with Kyoko from the moment he saw her, but he's a college reject,
and no matter how much he studies, he can't seem to get in or find a steady job. He's
poor, he's younger than Kyoko, and besides that, he's in a Takahashi romance!
Countless annoying roommates, misunderstandings, wacky hijinks, and tough rivals for
his and Kyoko's love never seem to end. 

Maison Ikkoku is hands down, one of my favorite series of all time. It's goofy, it's
sad, and the emotions are beautifully drawn and conveyed. 

"The woman I love, Kozue... burns with jealousy, leaps to conclusions, cries, and
turns to ice, but, when she laughs... the world is mine." - Godai 

Day 8 - Most epic anime scene...

Epic scenes don't always have to have amazing acts of violence to be incredible.
Sometimes, it's the anticipation that comes with rising tension, or the sheer steel
nerve of a genuinely weak protagonist going up against an unstoppable force and
somehow holding up against it where many other characters have failed horribly. 

*SPOILER ALERT!!! Seriously, don't ruin one of the best anime series you've yet to
see. (It's Paranoia Agent, by the way. :3)* 

In Paranoia Agent, Shonen Bat is a mysterious force in the form of a boy with golden
skates and a crooked golden bat. Those who are trapped by their own guilt or
psychological issues draw his attention, in which he will then proceed to slam the
hell out of with his crooken golden bat, always injuring if not outright murdering
them with glee. He is a goddamn monster of disturbingly inexplicable nature. 

He's taken down the main focus character of each episode up to this point. These
characters include children and full grown adults alike, all in good physical
condition but of less stable mindset than they ever realize until Shonen Bat skates
out of nowhere and takes a hearty swing at them. 

Later, we're introduced to Mrs. Ikari: A fragile submissive housewife with severe
depression. Sounds like the perfect target for the breakdown-and-beatdown of the

However, while other episodes have the main focus characters running away from their
dark secrets and issues, resulting in the climax of the episode being their ultimate
beatdown by Shonen Bat, Mrs. Ikari meets Shonen Bat immediately. Nothing cultimates
in a final anguished breakdown; She just invites him in to sit down at the other side
of the coffee table. This is rather akin to inviting, hmmm, let's say, Father (from
Fullmetal Alchemist) for a nice cup of tea and a chat. Mrs. Ikari has the same calm
resolve as Hohenheim, and that's saying something considering the rest of the easily
fucked up cast of Paranoia Agent we've seen so far.

She then talks about her depressing past in a conversational (if melancholy) tone,
not reluctant at all to speak her mind about her issues with her current situation
and make peace with her inner conflicts. Shonen Bat is impatiently swinging his
weapon in mid-air, but he can't attack Mrs. Ikari- After all, he only goes to those
who are trapped into a corner by their own problems. He grows angrier and larger and
morphs into a monstrous form, but he still can't attack her. 

It sounds very matter-of-fact posted here, but it's just really something to see this
weak housewife being able to stave off the antagonist that's taken down everyone else
so far. She doesn't even lift a finger as she displays her touch of iron, and this is
her whole conversation pretty much summed up: "This is what makes me so depressed,
and I fully acknowledge and come to terms with my saddening past. I won't succumb to
my own despair." She basically tells him, "Screw you". 

For this feat, Mrs. Ikari deserves the form of 'epic' that hasn't been overused and
applied to anything vaguely impressive. Her scene with Shonen Bat is epic. Her very
character is epic.

And that's all I have to say.
Last edited: 22 March 2011

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