My Love for Anime and Why You Should Watch It

When I was 14, I discovered the world of anime. I remember that I found this YouTube channel called Noodlerella, and I clicked on her Adventure Time Impressions video. I thought that Connie was adorable and funny so I subscribed. I later found her blog and her anime favorites posts. I was kind of confused on what anime was but of course I had heard of it before. I searched online for some good anime to watch for people who had never watched it before, and so I found Gakuen Alice.

Gakuen Alice is not a very well known anime, but nonetheless it became one of my favorite anime/manga of all time. Gakuen Alice is about a little girl named Mikan and her best friend Hotaru. Hotaru moves away to a new and mysterious private school called Gakuen Alice for an unknown reason. Mikan misses Hotaru so much that she goes out of her way to take buses and trains all the way there. Later she finds out that there are special children who possess powers called Alices. She bumps into a teacher outside the gate and he realizes that Mikan also possesses an Alice and so she enrolls into the school without her grandfather knowing any of this information. Once she enrolls, she finds out that she can never contact the outside world besides sending letters, and they are heavily scanned. The rest of the show is about her life in Gakuen Alice. This show is extremely funny and lighthearted on the surface but these children also later face extreme dilemmas and problems that they must solve.

After watching this show, I was completely in love with anime. Especially shojou (romantic comedy I would say this translates as.)

Here are some reasons I would suggest watching anime:

  1. The possibilities are endless. Sci-fi, fantasy, supernatural, drama, horror, comedy, romance, and more. There are so many different types so anime appeals to everyone. There are also options (sometimes) in English, but I almost never watch anime in English because the dubbed version usually sucks, and I prefer watching the show how it was meant to be watched.
  2. It is incredibly funny. A ton of anime fans agree with me on this, but for some reason, I find anime to be much funnier than American TV shows (New Girl is probably the only American show that is actually funny to me.) It’s pretty hard to make me laugh, but anime never fails.
  3. The art is beautiful. Art-City-Buildings.jpg

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I hear that the art of Japanese high schools are very realistic and people that travel to Japan say that the high schools look like they just came out of an anime.

4. You feel as if you are escaping to a whole new world. When I watch an American TV show, I feel like I’m watching a TV show, and since it’s in English, it’s a culture that I know quite well. However, anime shows usually take place in an alternate universe, and if they don’t, you’re still experiencing a whole new culture. I feel like anime is an escape for me. I can’t really explain it, but it’s really great.

 

Overall, whether you’re 13 or 29, you should definitely give anime a shot. I did and I am so glad that I did. You can learn a lot, and of course, have a lot of fun along the way. Here are some anime that I recommend…

Romantic Comedy

  • Kamisama Hajimemashita: review here on my old blog
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    Left: Nanami, Right: Tomoe

 

  • Kaichou wa maid sama (didn’t write a review but this anime is adorable and so funny)
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    Left: Takumi, Right: Misaki

 

  • Gakuen Alice: review here on my blog
  • gakuen alice cover
    Left: Natsume, Right: Mikan

Action/Adventure

  • Sword Art Online: review here on this blog
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    Left: Kirito, Right: Asuna

 

  • Fairy Tail (not finished but it’s very good and highly popular)
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    Upper left: Natsu, Upper right: Lucy, Lower left: Gray, Lower right: Erza

 

  • The World God Only Knows
  • the world god only knows
    Right: Keima Katsuragi

 

  • No Game No Life: (I don’t have a review yet but this anime is AWESOME!!! HIGHLY recommend)
  • no game no life
    Right: Shiro, Left: Sora

Drama/Supernatural

  • Vampire Knight: review here on my old blog
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    Left: Zero, Middle: Yuki, Right: Kaname

 

  • Black Butler: review here on this blog
  • black butler
    Sebastian 

*Currently I am watching Black Butler: Book of Circus, Death Note, and K, so I will probably write reviews on those shows soon.*

Thanks for reading and if you have any anime recommendations, PLEASE leave them in the comments below. I would love to check them out.

Anime: Gakuen Alice Review

In 2014 I watched the one show that would introduce me to anime and so for that I thank Gakuen Alice.

Plot: Gakuen Alice is an anime about a girl named Mikan who has a best friend named Hotaru. Her friend Hotaru suddenly transfers to a new and mysterious school that is for geniuses only. That school is called Gakuen Alice. Little does she know, Gakuen Alice is a school for special children who possess magical powers called Alices. Mikan suffers with sadness when her friend leaves, and finally decides to sneak away from her small village and to Gakuen Alice to find her friend without her grandfather knowing. She makes it all the way there by herself, and she encounters some strange men who try to trick her into coming with them before a teacher named Narumi saves her. He has a hunch that Mikan has an Alice herself, and when she proves that she does, she is enrolled into Gakuen Alice. The school is heavily guarded and there are no outsiders allowed, and students are only allowed to send a few letters a year that are scanned and read by the staff.

The main story-line of this anime is about Mikan’s experiences in the school. This show is:

  • Funny
  • Cute
  • Dramatic
  • Interesting

I also recommend the manga if you want to continue learning about Mikan and her friends. I read all 180 chapters and I must say that this manga/anime is phenomenal.

~Characters~

Mikan Sakura

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Mikan is kind, funny, cute, optimistic, and brave. (Especially in the manga.) She will do anything to help her friends, and she sees the good in everyone. She loves Hotaru more than anything. Mikan holds the nullification Alice, which means that she can counteract anybody else’s Alice.

Hotaru Imai

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Hotaru seems cold, but deep down she is very caring. She is quiet, but very intelligent. She is very logical but lazy at times. She is one of my favorites. Hotaru holds the invention Alice, which makes her extremely intelligent and obviously, inventive.

Natsume Hyuuga

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Natsume is cold, rude, and downright cruel at times. He absolutely hates Mikan when he first meets her, and gives a bad impression by teasing her with her underwear. Which she then thinks of him as a cruel pervert. However, deep down, he cares and likes Mikan. Natsume holds the fire Alice, which is one of the most rare and powerful Alices. He is very valued and worshiped in the school.

Luka Nogi (Or Ruka in Japanese)

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Ruka is sweet, caring, and shy at times. Ruka is Natsume’s best friend, despite being his polar opposite. Ruka absolutely loves animals, hence his Somatic Alice. This Alice allows him to”tame” animals.

Those are a few main characters that I could think of. This anime is so sweet and nostalgic to me because it is my absolute first anime that I have watched and loved so dearly.

Pros:

  • Cute
  • Sweet
  • Smart
  • Interesting

Cons:

  • Only one season!

 

Rating: 5/5

I really recommend this anime to people who are just starting to watch anime or hardcore anime lovers.

Thanks for reading!

 

 

Sword Art Online Thoughts

Sword Art Online is incredibly popular anime  (and manga) and just a few weeks ago I finally finished it. It has 25 episodes that are each around 20 minutes long.

Right off the bat, I knew that I would love this anime, especially since it is fantasy based. (Fantasy is my favorite genre.)

 

 

Plot: This anime takes place in the future (2022 if I’m not mistaken) and is about a popular MMORPG game called Sword Art Online, which you play using NerveGear. The NerveGear fits around your head and takes over your senses, allowing you to feel, see, smell, and taste your surroundings or items in the game. It makes you feel as if you are really there. However, on the day of the game’s launch, everybody who logs on into SAO is unable to log out. The creator of the game keeps them captive, and the only way they can log out is if they complete all 50 levels of the game. It doesn’t seem that difficult, until the creator announces that anybody who dies in the game, dies in real life. It’s an intense action adventure that I love, and anything can happen. The anime focuses around the main character, Kirito, and his later best friend, Asuna.

Plot Rating: I think the plot is very intricate and creative. I haven’t seen something this creative in a long time, so for that, I give 5/5 stars.

Characters: I believe that the characters are very realistic. Asuna is not your typical anime girl. She is brave, strong, and arguably as good at fighting as Kirito. Regarding Kirito, he is a very realistic character, as well as a good role model.

Character Rating: I give 5/5 stars. The characters are very inspiring and just so lovable.

Ending: I am usually very picky about endings, and if it is not realistic or it doesn’t go the way I like, I will be incredibly disappointed. This anime however has exceeded my expectations. It is an ending that everybody will enjoy.

Ending Rating: 5/5. I just had to.

Overall, I recommend this anime to anybody, regardless of if you watch anime or not. If you have Netflix, it is there. Just make sure to watch the Japanese audio version! (The English one SUCKS!)

Thank you for reading, and if you watched this anime, please leave your thoughts below! 🙂