Anime Challenge #13 Anime character most similar to you: Yuuta Togashi

Hey everyone! It’s been a little while since I’ve written one of these anime challenge posts – I’ve been so caught up with my new Attack on Titan monthly challenge that I haven’t had much time to keep going with this one. That does mean I am a little bit behind, but even if I don’t quite complete the 30 articles in 15 weeks, they will eventually get done!

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#13 is a bit of an odd one as I need to try and choose a character that’s similar to me. I tend to watch anime, partly at least, as a form of escapism so identifying a character that’s most similar to me isn’t something I’ve really ever thought about before. So, I’ve had a little think about it and I’ve decided on a character that has already featured in this challenge as half of my favourite couple: Yuuta Togashi.

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Anime Challenge #12: Saddest Anime Scene

It’s rare in this challenge that I’ve been able to decide on an article without having to think about it for a while. When I first saw this scene I remember feeling entirely broken, devastated, ruined (do you need more negative superlatives?), so it was an easy choice.

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As with many sad things in anime, this article includes a huge spoiler, so if you haven’t finished Clannad: After Story, I’ll forgive you entirely for clicking out of this post now (no, really, leave now).

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Anime Challenge #11 Favourite Mec Anime

Japanese transformers. Not the most accurate description of the mecha genre of anime, but it comes close enough. I haven’t really watched many anime that could be described as ‘mecha’ because, generally, I don’t like them. However, that does mean that it is easy to choose my favourite from the genre.

Code Geass.

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In an alternate world history, the planet is dominated by a small number of vast empires and federations. Largest and (in the eyes of the protagonists at least) the most evil is the Britannia Empire, who ruthlessly occupied Japan and renamed it ‘Area 11’, removing the concept of the past nation.

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Anime Challenge #10 Favourite fighter anime

I’m not entirely sure what ‘fighter’ anime means. I’m guessing it doesn’t need to be as specific as a show that is based solely on a fight or series of fights. So with that in mind I’m going to go for a show you might not expect – A Certain Scientific Railgun!

Fighting is certainly not the first word you might think of when you think of Mikoto Misaka and her friends but actually on deeper inspection a lot of the show definitely focuses around combat. Mikoto is the third  strongest esper in all of Academy City and particularly throughout the second season of the show she is absolutely involved in lots of fights!

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In the Sisters Arc at the start of the second season (which is one of my favourite arcs generally in anime regardless of genre!) Mikoto is basically forced into going rogue, fighting against the system and the darkest people behind it. The fights that she is involved in range from strategic infiltration style defence to full on frontal assaults against the strongest possible opponents.

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Anime Challenge #9 Favourite anime villain: The Sibyl System

Good news! This article is largely spoiler free – yaaay!

When I saw that I had to write on my favourite anime villain I felt a bit like I did with number five in this challenge (a show I’m ashamed to watch – it was Haikyu!! by the way) in as much as it was difficult to choose because I like nice characters. Villains are to be disliked and that’s just a fact. So I had a think and came up with a bit of a curve ball.

For those of you that have watched it, you’ll know that Psycho-Pass’s strong point above all else is it’s characters. Akane is the perfect up and coming detective complementing her troubled sidekick/safety buffer Shinya. On this same wavelength then it wouldn’t be a bad decision to choose Shougo Makashima as my top villain. He’s intelligent, calculating and knows how to play the system – on top of that he’s written in such a way that he compliments Shinya to the point where they form a rivalry that is so intense that only they can understand it, putting them on a level above the other cast members.

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Or so we think. Psycho-Pass is not an anime that could allow a human being to be the villain. The real villain is the system itself.

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Anime Challenge #8 Favourite anime couple: Riika and Yuuta

It’s becoming clear to me that I lack a certain decisiveness when it comes to choosing favourites in anime. There are so many couples that I could have written this article about but, in the end, I decided to go chunibyou and choose Riika and Yuuta. Or should I say the Eye of the Wicked Lord and the Dark Flame Master!

One thing that I do find easy to choose is my favourite genre of anime, and that is romance. As you might expect then, I’ve seen a few of them and of them all them Love, Chunibyou and other Delusions, while possibly not the best, is the most fun. While the fantasy genre is massive in anime, with many a fantasy-romance crossover in existence, the subject of the people who are simply infatuated by the unreal and fantastical is hardly touched upon.

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Chunibyou  is just that examination. Several of the characters within the show live, or have lived, in a world of their own creation where magic, superpowers and evil are common place. To Yuuta, this is a dark part of his past that he would rather forget, but unfortunately the tenacious Riika literally drops in on him to ensure he doesn’t forget.

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Anime Challenge #7 Your anime crush: Rin Toosaka

I have discovered a problem. By making a list of my favourite anime girls, I’ve already written about my ‘anime crush’. That said, I suppose you’re just going to have to read a bit more about Rin.

Rin Toosaka needs little introduction on this blog, but I’ll give you one anyway. Master in the fifth holy grail war of Fate/Stay Night and summoner of the servant Archer. She is one of three main female characters in the franchise and is the main female in the Unlimited Blade Works route of the visual novel.

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Without doubt, there are a lot of things to like about Rin. Many people will tell you that she is the archetype of the tsundere character type and to some extent they are right, particularly if you watch the first incarnation of the anime (depicting the Fate route of the visual novel). However, watch the Unlimited Blade Works anime and you will see other sides to Rin.

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Anime Challenge #6 Anime you want to watch: Hyouka

This is a bit of massive topic isn’t it? After narrowing it down past shows that have already been released and shows that aren’t part of another franchise I’ve enjoyed, a lot of thinking, a roll of the dice and a game of rock, paper, scissors, I’m going to go with Hyouka.

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Hyouka has been on my to watch list for such a long time, but I’ve only heard good things about it. It’s produced by the powerhouse studio, Kyoto Animation and is directed by the excellent Yasuhiro Takemoto. It’s an anime tagged as a slice of life, school mystery but it’s genre, studio and director aren’t really the reasons I’m interested.

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Anime Challenge #5 Anime that you’re ashamed you enjoyed: Haikyuu!!

The reason there’s been such a gap between this article and the last in the challenge series is because I’m not ashamed to enjoy anime. It’s my main hobby and if I enjoy a show it’s because it does at least something that I think is good about anime more generally. How then, did I come to choose Haikyuu!! as the one anime I’m ashamed to enjoy? Well before I say anything about the show, I’m going to share a little something about me…

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I haven’t watched anime for all that long a time. In fact besides Yu-Gi-Oh (which is great) and Pokémon (which is fine) I didn’t watch an anime in full until I was 19 (i.e. roughly 3 years ago). Compared to most of my friends, I could hardly be called a nerd/geek/anything else along those lines. Fortunately for me, my girlfriend, who I can’t convince to watch any anime (tips in the comments please!), didn’t really care. We live a life where anime is ever present, but rarely spoken about.

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Anime Challenge #4 Favourite female anime characters – a list!

Along with my blog, I like to keep my MAL profile up to date as much as possible. Apart anime itself, the part of my profile that gets change the most is my favourite characters. As I made pretty clear in the last challenge post, I’m pretty fixed when it comes to my favourite male character. My favourite female character however is much more difficult to decide upon. At the moment this list looks like this:

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This list is hardly extensive and even looking at it now I’m not keen on the order. So – stealing from someone else who is doing this challenge (I’m so sorry but I can’t remember who you are but I’m very grateful!), I’m going to write a list of all of my favourite female characters! So in no particular order…

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