Day 8 + 9: Favorite Opening and Ending

Another double whammy today, as I didn’t get a chance to do much yesterday thanks to my procrastination with holiday shopping and festivities. It is all good though, as once again the topics are similar enough that they go well together and make it seem like it was all part of the plan. So lets hop into it shall we?

Favorite Opening

There were so many great openings this year. One Punch Man featured an adrenaline pumping metal opening, Rolling Girls hit home with a Blue Hearts opening (as well as several other songs in the soundtrack)… there are actually too many for me to list off any further. We could be here all day. The fact there there are too many great openings to even list off should be able to tell you how hard this is for me to decide, because frankly I have no idea what my absolute favorite is. So what I have decided to do is just tell you guys of one of my favorites, even though it may not be my absolute favorite if I sat here long enough to think about it.

Naruto Shippuden’s 17th opening will be my pick this year, featuring the song “Kaze” by Yamazaru. I will admit that I have a bit of a soft spot for Naruto openings, mostly for their catchy songs and sweet animation that remind me how cool Naruto can actually be when they aren’t in the middle of endless filler with crappy animation and fight choreography. That’s a discussion for another day though, as today we are here for the sweet opening.

Favorite Ending

Although there were an equal amount of amazing ending theme’s this year, my favorite is easily decided from the rest. The combination of interesting and changing visuals each episode meant that the ending never grew boring, and then when you add in the fact that the ending song was just phenomenal and it became clear pretty early on that this was probably going to be my favorite. It even introduced my to an artist who I absolutely love, and have since bought multiple albums from. The ending is that f Tokyo Ghoul √A with the song “Seasons Die One After Anther” by Amazarashi.

Day 7: AMV of the Year

AMV’s are a pretty cool way of showing off your passion for anime. Meticulously editing video clips to get the exact image desired and syncing it with a song takes a lot of effort. This effort that is put into an AMV can easily be seen when watching them, and my favorite AMV of the year is one that goes above and beyond the norm. My favorite AMV of the year has to be Animography 2015

I think this is the 4th video in the series by Qyll, and each one is a amazing in its own right. Finding the perfect clip from over 200 shows to feature in his AMV’s must take up a lot of time, then blending them all together the way he does to make a flowing video is just staggering. Major props to the person who puts these together, as they must spend many, many hours perfecting each section to make sure it all comes together perfectly.

Day 6: Favorite Fight Scene

It has been quite some time since I last binge watched any type of show. Last year I binged the entirety of the Game of Thrones just for the fun of re-watching it, but other than that I can’t think of any show that I sped through to get to the ending. I like to enjoy my shows slowly, letting me think about each episode, what I liked and didn’t like, as well as just give me time to enjoy other shows or hobbies. So even when I really get into a series, I like to set a rule for myself where I will only watch a couple of episodes a day so I don’t burn through it too fast. One Punch Man broke this rule for me, because with fight scenes as hype as the ones featured in this series, the urge to see more was just to strong.

I bet most fans of the show might already know what scene I choose as my favorite, because it is simply jaw dropping. I loved every second of the scene, from the beginning to the very end. The scene I am talking about is the match between Genos and Saitama during episode 5.

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Holy crap was this scene epic. Genos moves were awesome and packed a punch, making my adrenaline pump as I watched him move around. Saitama looks kinda goofy as always during most of it, and when he isn’t being goofy is fighting (or dodging really) with ease. That is until the very last moment when Saitama gives Genos a taste of his raw power, stopping just in time so that he didn’t obliterate the poor cyborg and acting like he was just playing around.

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Day 4+5: Favorite Anime OST and Favorite Japanese Album

It seems I have missed a day in the 12 Days of Anime, so this is my “catch-up with everyone” else blog where I pretend like it was all according to plan because the topics are so similar. Totally on purpose. I mean, it’s all about music today!

Favorite OST

Alright, so I will start off with something that actually has to do with anime, which is my favorite OST of the year. A series can be defined by their soundtracks, so they are an incredibly important in creating a great series. 2015 has no shortage of great soundtracks to accompany some great shows, but one in particular has stood out to me. As soon as I heard the first background track play it brought with it so many memories, and each track fit the series perfectly. My favorite OST of the year goes to Durarara x2.

Favorite Japanese Album

So I will admit, this doesn’t really fit into the “12 Days of Anime” so much. As I said in my introduction video though, my interests are not solely focused on anime, so I wanted to share some of my favorite experiences in my other hobbies as well. Hopefully you guys enjoy it none-the-less.

So 2015 was a year of discovery for me a bit in terms of music. I discovered so many great bands that I had never heard of before, and looked more into ones I didn’t know much about. Since I was so busy checking out all these new bands and artists though, I haven’t really been paying attention to what came out this year and what was popular. Oops.

It’s totally all right though, because I doubt there was an album that could sway me from picking this one as my favorite of the year. From a band I have been following since early last year after listening to some old Naruto opening and endings, my pick for favorite album of 2015 goes to SUPER BEAVER’s album Aisuru (愛する).

So I guess this one isn’t totally irrelevant to anime, because as I am sure many of you are aware it is hard to find a popular Japanese band who hasn’t performed a song for an anime series. I already knew they had one of their songs used in an old Naruto ending, but to my enjoyment their single Rashisa was featured as the opening theme to last summer’s hit slice of life series Barakamon. In their album Aisuru, Rashisa shows up on the track list next to many other great songs. Honestly, I think it is impossible for me to dislike one of their songs, because they are just so good!

Day 3: Best Girl of 2015

After some technical difficulties with my camera (it broke..) I will have to finish the 12 Days of Anime on here instead of just vlogging about it. So without further ado, Day 3 of the 12 Days of Anime!

 

 

Shouldn’t be too surprising for anyone that knows me, but for those who don’t let me explain. Kongou is life itself…

Maybe that’s a little over dramatic… probably way overly dramatic actually. Truth is, I really got into the browser game Kancole sometime late last year, and when I heard there was an anime coming out that was tied to the game I couldn’t wait.

The reason why I was drawn to Kongou specifically so much is quite simple. She was one of my best ships in the game, and easily my favorite. It goes without saying that I was ecstatic when I finally got to see her in animated glory. She was full of energy and spirit, just what I expected from Kongou!

Day 1: Favorite Show From Previous Years

Each year, anime fans are given numerous great anime titles to sink their teeth into and fall in love with. 2015 was no different, with plenty of fantastic shows. Even though there is obviously enough great shows airing throughout the year to keep me busy, I always try to find time to squeeze a few classics in throughout the year to keep things interesting. Besides, I only have so much time to watch anime, and I have missed some amazing titles throughout the years because of it, so it would be a shame to just let them pass and never experience them for myself.

This year was a great year for classics. With the release of Cowboy Bebop on blu-ray late last year, I started 2015 off with a bang. Even though I will admit that Bebop was a great series, it didn’t really strike home with myself as it seems to have with many other Western anime fans. I followed it up with Death Note (which I haven’t actually gotten around to finishing) as it was a series I was quite fond of when I was growing up, watching it on YTV (a channel that I guess is the Canadian version of Toonami). My friend and I had read most of the manga back in junior high, so Death Note had a certain nostalgia that really amplified my likeness towards it. Still, I can’t say it was my favorite of the year.

My favorite series that I watched in 2015 is a pretty clear choice for me. It has style, a unique cast of characters with interesting stories and some of my favorite fight scenes I have seen to date. The series I am referring to is Samurai Champloo, which has impressed me so much that it is probably my favorite anime at this point.

The series follows a cast of 3 very different individuals. Mugen, who looks like a drifter with his messy hair and slack clothes. He has a wild personality, and will pick a fight with just about anyone for just about any reason at all. Jin is essentially Mugen’s exact opposite, with a more reserved and proper appearance and personality. Fuu is a 15 year old girl who has brought this unlikely party together, as she is looking for someone she describes as a samurai who smells like sunflowers. The group sets out on a journey across Japan to find this samurai for Fuu to repay a debt to her, after which Mugen and Jin plan to settle their differences once and for all.

It is hard for me to nail down one particular scene or aspect that really stood out to me, as I enjoyed just about everything the series had to offer. After the first 10 minutes had passed in the first episode I knew I was going to love the series and it was going to end up being one of my all time favorites. If I had to think about the first scene that really stood out to me though, it would have been when Mugen saves Fuu from a group of thugs who work for a governors son. The fight that breaks out is exciting, and it shows off Mugen’s wild fighting style for the first time, which looks like a mix between hip hop dancing and traditional martial arts. It then leads to Jin and Mugens’s first encounter, which also breaks out into another awesome fight scene. Seeing Mugen spin and flip around was an awesome sight to see.