The First of Many: Anime Reccomendations

I hate blogs. I like reading them but anytime I start one I never end up updating after the second post.

So no promises.

Now that I have that out of the way, let’s get onto business, shall we? The topic of today’s post will be a splash of what I consider decent anime that’s worth watching. Before I go any further, I guess you’re probably thinking What the hell does she know about anime?

Unfortunately, a lot. I don’t know whether I should be proud or ashamed to say I’ve watched approximately 78% of anything you can throw at me. Of course I haven’t watched everything, but I’ve seen my fair share. And I would like to believe I have a relatively mature and well-seasoned opinion in regards to plot development, character structure, dialogue, OST, etc.

With that in mind, I’m going to go ahead and provide you with a short list of my ultimate favorites, a few details about them, and a picture so you can determine whether or not you like the animation. There is no order to them, so don’t assume that just because something comes after the number one, that it means it’s the absolute best.

  1. Ao no Exorcist

Ao no Exorcist

Genre: Action, comedy, drama, supernatural
Alternative title: Blue Exorcist
Themes: Demons
OST: 9/10

Plot summary: Humans live in the world of Assiah, demons in Gehenna. The two dimensions are not meant to interfere with each other, but demons still possess creatures in Assiah in spite of this. The humans who can fight these demons are known as exorcists. Rin Okumura is a boy who bears the curse of being Satan’s illegitimate son. His foster father sacrificed himself to save him from demons. To avenge his foster father’s death as well as to prove himself, Rin decides to follow the path of an exorcist (Source: Anime Network).

Review: The anime, I think, is a lot better than the manga. Of course, that’s accounting to the fact that I haven’t read much of the manga, so that’s not a very apt comparison. The plot of the anime trails away from that of the manga, so don’t expect them to reflect one another. I enjoyed it, my attention was kept until the second before last episode. I don’t particularly care for the ending; however, that’s because it’s not really the ending. The anime is similar to that of Skip Beat, meaning that it only holds a portion of the true plot and deviates for the sake of standing on its own as a television show. The one thing about this anime is its OST (Original Sound Track). It is absolutely amazing.

Sample of OST:
(Hopefully that video won’t be removed)

2. Mononoke


Genre: Mystery, supernatural
Themes: Demons
OST: 10/10

Plot Summary: “Mononoke” continues the story of the medicine seller from the “Bakeneko” arc of “Ayakashi,” as he continues to face various dangerous spirits (Source: Anime Network).

Review: This is by far my favorite anime of all time. The animation is so unique, sort of watercolor-esque. The plot is definitely interesting: it covers the protagonist’s (Kusuriuri aka “Medicine Seller”) journey from supernatural event to supernatural event. The anime is composed of 12 episodes, each 2-3 episodes dedicated to singular cases, each with their own unique story. I never get enough of it, especially when each time I re-watch it I find myself discovering more about the medicine seller. I say this because there is absolutely nothing revealed about him. Nothing about his past, his real name, or if he’s a mononoke himself (which is debatable). His character is to die for, and so is the OST.

Here’s a list of some of the cases Kusuriuri takes on:

  • A pregnant woman who runs to an inn for shelter…was it always an inn?
  • A nice boat ride on a first class ship…only through the haunted waters of a terrifying part of the sea.
  • A woman is sentenced to death for the murder of her husband’s family….but did she have help from something beyond the ordinary?
  • A contest among experts to win the heart of an heiress…only, there’s something wrong with this picture (ha, I made a pun).
  • Deja vu?

I suggest watching the pilot fromĀ Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales.

Sample of OST:

3. Noein: Mou Hitori no Kimi e


Genre: Adventure, drama, psychological, romance, sci-fi
Themes: Parallel Universe, quantum physics, time travel
OST: 7/10

Plot Summary: Fifteen years in the future, by high-level scientific power, a violent battle takes place between Lacrima, that protects humanity, and Shangri-La, that plans the annihilation of all space-time. The key to stopping Shangri-La’s invasion is a mysterious object known as “the Dragon’s Torque.” A group known as the Dragon Cavalry is being sent through space and time to find it. In the present, twelve-year old Haruka and her friend Yuu are contemplating running away from home when they meet a member of the Dragon Cavalry named Karasu (Crow). He believes that Haruka has the Dragon’s Torque and claims to be Yuu from fifteen years in the future (Source: Anime Network).

Review: It took me a while to watch this, I had to do it in spurts. But I really liked the plot, it certainly gripped my attention and posed a few thought-provoking theories. Not much else to say, other than it had a happy ending that wasn’t too cliche and made for an enjoyable watch. The OST had some good points, but it didn’t overly wow me besides one or two songs.

Sample of OST:

4. Devil May Cry

Devil May Cry

Genre: Adventure, drama, comedy, fantasy, horror, supernatural
Theme: Demons
OST: 8/10

Plot Summary: Devil May Cry follows the adventures of the demon hunter Dante who himself is half demon and half human. Dante is hired through his own business named “Devil May Cry”. The characters are based off of the popular capcom playstation 2 games (Source: Anime Network).

Review: You know, I was surprised how much I liked this. The animators did a kick-ass job of personifying Dante from his game-self, and it’s one of the few animes that has an awesome English dub. There’s an underlying plot that honestly took me by surprise, and although the final climax falls short of the dramatic I was hoping for, I have to admit that I like the ending. The OST has its high points, I find it worthy of downloading (not that that really means anything). It’s not awe-inspiring, but it is fun.

Sample of OST:

That’s it for now. I’m brain-dead.