Most female characters in anime are generally secondary. This also true of Sakura Haruno. She always had potential to be a great kunoichi (female ninja), but it took her until just recently to achieve that potential. For some reason I’ve always loved medic type characters and Sakura is one of the best medic in Naruto. Sakura has always wanted to get stronger as she became tired of being protected. She has a fiery personality and had a crush on Sasuke Uchiha. She was trained by Tsunade the strongest kunoichi, although Sakura may have surpassed her. With medical skills, fearlessness and massive strength Sakura is hands down my favorite.
Unlike the last post this was easy to answer Monkey D. Luffy hands down.
Monkey D. Luffy ( Also known as Straw Hat Luffy) is a pirate and the main character of the anime and manga One Piece. His life long dream is to become pirate king and obtain the much sought after “one piece”. He ate the devil fruit Gomu Gomu no Mi and leads the pirate crew “the straw hat pirates”. Luffy quickly rises to fame through his adventures and misdeeds. Luffy is a character that has compassion, courage and intergity. He never kills his opponents and always fights hard. This has lad to him having a 400,000,000 bounty on his head. He loves his crew (nakama) and would never leave them behind. Much like his personality Luffy’s fighting style can be unpredictable, being rubber can create interesting, silly and cool attacks that do some series damage. Luffy is fast becoming one of the strongest characters in one piece.
This question seems almost impossible to answer but I’ll try. The difference between anime can be vast. However, there are many high quality anime that has been produced and are currently being produced. So in order to determine which anime I liked the best so far I decided to compare the likely hood that I re-watch them after I’ve seen them. Whether they stand the test of time (do I still enjoy them as much as I use to). The engaging story, quality of characters and animation. I also compared the quality of battles. For more check out my post “What I look for in Anime and Manga“. First I’ll give my top ten then I’ll give my favorite. My top ten is (in no special order):
Sailor Moon. Like most Americans I was exposed to only a handful of anime as a child. Most anime came on too early in the morning for me to watch (5:00am to be exact) so I could only catch “Sailor Moon”. For those who are unaware sailor moon is an anime about 14 year old girl named Usagi Tsukino (Serena in America). She meets a cat named Luna. Luna tells her that she is magical warrior with the destiny to save the earth from evil. As the series progresses Serena and Luna search for the other Moon princesses. They find Sailor Mars, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Venus and Sailor Jupiter among others. The story is decided into five arcs.
Erwin Smith: 57th Expedition Beyond the Walls, Part 4
Another week another EPIC Attack on Titan. Attack on Titan never seems to disappoint me. This episode featured everything that makes this series great. The episode featured good animation, action, mystery, intrigued, tension and a plot twist. We learn a little bit about the female titans abilities. She has the ability to harden her skin much like the armored titan. With a primal scream she seems to have the ability to command lesser minded titans. Commander Erwin suspected that someone in the rookie class is helping the titans or is the female titan.
It was also revealed that the spy is most likely responsible for killing sonny and bean. Armin explains the commanders shrewd mindset and his willingness to sacrifice soldiers for the greater good. He explains that “anyone who can’t sacrifice anything, can’t ever change anything”. The episode ends with Gunter’s brutal death at the hands of the “traitor”. For some reason I found it worst for the traitor to kill a solider while human as opposed to doing so while in titan form. So what do you think was the episode well balanced ? How do you feel about Commander Erwin’s willingness to sacrifice? Have figured out who the female titan is?
Forest of Giant Trees: 57th Expedition Beyond the Walls, Part 2
Continuing from where the last episode left off Armin, Reiner and Jean are left with only one horse as the female titan heads towards Eren. They’re rescued by Christa who has several horses with her. Much like the previous episode the “Female Titan” was the highlight of this episode. The Female Titan engages in battle with four soldiers. They attempt to attack simultaneously expecting that even an intelligent Titan couldn’t counter. She jumps crushing two of the soldiers. The most jarring kill comes when she kills the third solider by spinning him by his wire.
The fourth solider attempts to escape to no avail she quickly kills him. Who ever this Titan is her cruelty seems to give her great pleasure. The female titan maintains her chase as Eren under the command of Levi head into the forest. As the Female titan gains on Eren’s group they are ordered to draw their weapons. The female titan continues her brutal massacre of the soldiers smashing one into a tree. At the end Levi seems to have a plan as he shoots into the air.
Bite: 57th Expedition Beyond the Walls, Part 3
This episode featured less action than the previous two, however some light was shed on how Titans (Eren) transforms. Eren begins to questioning Levi decision or lack there off. Eren struggles weather he should transform or not. A flash back is triggered, Eren remembers his previous time with Levi’s squad. Levi clams to have figured a way to stop Eren without killing him. Hanji takes center stage in this episode. I like her as a character she fitting the mad scientist archetype well. Hanji manages to be funny and a little scary at the same time. She gets permission to do experiment with or on Eren, but he seems willing. Her first experiment is to have Eren transform in a dried up well. However, this experiment completely fails leaving Eren with a series of bloody bite marks.
Later Eren drops a teaspoon when he touches it he instantly transforms. Hanji while ecstatic notices that the titan armed that formed was holding the teaspoon. Hanji concludes that “Eren must have a clear goal in mind, as he always had each time he transformed”. Back in the present Eren finally decides trust his squad, at this moment the Female titan begins to accelerate. Irvin gives a command and she is trapped. While this episode didn’t feature a great deal of action it did add intrigue to the story. So do you think Hanji is correct? What do you think of Hanji as a character? Who do you think the Female Titan is?
Female Titan: 57th Expedition Beyond the Walls, Part 1
Simply EPIC. This episode was amazing and definitely the best yet. I found the flare formation to be interesting although it didn’t seem to work in the episodes. The episode had suspense due to the fact that were exposed in the open field. Sasha’s encounter with the crawling titan manage to be both frightening and humorous. But enough about that the female titan was the most important aspect of the show. Female titans are not new but this titan is clearly different. The intellect of the female titan is instantly made clear when she blocks her weakness. She’s fast and brutal which was displayed when she killed Ness and Cis . Armin’s attempt to get away made feel for his predicament.
Armin being such an important character I wasn’t surprised that she didn’t kill. However, the manner of there encounter did surprise me. It was clear that she looked at his face to see who he was (which leaves me to believe she knows who he is). Armin gets to show off his analytical mind in this episode. He deduced that like all the other intelligent titans she must be a human in titan form like Eren. The ending was finished with a flourish Reiner surprisingly surviving being caught by the female titan.
As for my theory for who the titan is probably “Annie“. The female titan has blonde hair and blue eyes ( I know Historia Reiss has the same character traits). Historia does seem to have the appropriate personality or fighting skills to be the titan. In addition to this she joined the scouting legion, I doubt she could get away and transform without getting noticed. Furthermore, Annie joined the military police giving her plenty of opportunity. In addition to this she seem to have some animosity toward humanity. I know that the manga is ahead so maybe the female titan has already been revealed but I won’t cheat.So what do you think of this episode. Is it the best episode yet? Does my theory make sense? Is the next episode better?
Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) is clearly the best anime to be released in years. I tried to pace myself (one a week) but failed completely. It would take way to long to give my opinion on each episode so I’ll give my general opinion on the series. First I would say that “Attack on Titan” features a good variety of characters with different levels of skill. Many character are well written and reasonably well rounded. The overall tone remains consistently dire. While some of the episodes feature little or no action I felt that these lulls contribute to the suspense of when the next attack will occur.
Animation quality remains constantly high. The story keeps me excited to see what happens next week (and who dies). There’s still exists a great deal of mystery regarding what drives the titans which keeps me intrigued. I still need to watch two more episodes to get on track. I can’t wait. So have you every “binged” on anime? Do you like the tone of Attack on Titan? Any ideas why the Titan attack humans? How they might reproduce? Are all the seeming intelligent “Titans” shifters like Eren?
Episode #3 – A Dim Light in the Darkness of Despair: Mankind’s Comeback, Part 1
This episode shows the beginning of the military training of Eren, Mikasa and Armin. The rest of the ” 104th Trainees Squad” are introduced. The 104th Trainees Squad features 20 soldiers. The squad leader ” Keith Shadis” begins by subjecting the recruits to psychological mine games they consider a “right of passage”. Some soldiers including our main three didn’t require any mine games due to the fact that they were already expose to hardships. The military training is familiar if you every seen training in moves. Keith is loud and aggressive but it all seems necessary to toughing up the recruits.
A little comic relief is introduced in the form of “Sasha Braus”. I found the fact that she was inappropriately eating a boiled potatoes in the middle of training to be funny. She does appear to have the personality to fight Titans. I’m curious how she’ll succeed. Trainee’s begin to train in ” Three Dimensional Maneuver Gear”. Eren seems unskilled at using the gear ( even Armin can do it) but it later revealed that his gear was defective from the start. Eren is now free to begin training with the rest of the squad.
Episode #4 – Night of the Graduation Ceremony: Mankind’s Comeback, Part 2
This episode starts 5 years after the Wall Maria fell and 2 year after the trainees initial training with the 3D gear. Armin shows his lack of psychical ability but determination not to be ” a burden”. Keith Shadis states the even though Armin lacks strength he possess great intellect. Keith then proceeds to describe the characteristics of each of the trainees. He highlight’s their strength’s and their weaknesses .
So far it seems that the characters abilities are well balanced compared to each other. Eren is later dishearten to learn from Annie that most of his comrades are only practicing their abilities to avoid fighting Titans altogether. She asked Eren ” Why in this world are the people most capable of opposing the Titans the only ones given the privilege of avoiding them entirely”? She clearly has a point. I find Annie a little jaded but I like her, she realistic and skilled. Annie’s views seems to be commentary on contradictory human behavior.
After the Graduation
The graduation arrives and the top ten are given the chance to become military police. Eren is questioned by fellow recruits about his decision not to join the military police. Eren becomes angry a give an heart felt speech about sacrifice. This inspires Armin, Mikasa, Connie and Tomas to join him in ” scouting legion”. As the new scouting legion prepares cannons peacefully a bolt of lightning strike beyond the gate (Wall Rose) and the “Colossal Titan” appears. The gate is quickly broken and Eren and his comrades prepares for battle.
One side note the music in this series is epic and effective. So how did you feel about these two episodes? Did you dislike the lack of Titan battles? Do you feel that the characters are well balanced? What do you think about Annie’s comments? Do you enjoy the music in this series? And if the Colossal Titan can teleport why doesn’t it travel with in the walls instead right beyond it?
Episode #2 – That Day: The Fall of Shiganshina, Part 2
This episode started off where the last one ended (obviously) gruesome and dark. The faces of the titans are more pronounced in this episode. They appeared to be smiling but manage to give off the simultaneous impression that they’re not emotionally present. I think that the fact that the character “Hannes” actually admits his fear, it feels new and refreshing. Eren and Mikasa are still children and as a result they are inherently weak. The soldiers are cowards and too be honest I couldn’t really blame them. They are up against potentially insurmountable odds.
Personally I wonder why there’s a guard at all, they seem to be most useful directing people to safety. The selfishness of some of the people who refuse to share food with the refugee seemed plausible and realistic . However, part of me still wanted them to get eaten by titans though. The food shortage only improved when a vast amount of the population died. My favorite character so far is Mikasa, she’s very tough while still maintaining a leveled head. Eren and Mikasa joined the army at the end of this episode.