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100 Day Anime Challenge – Day 32

Which anime characters would you want as a best friend

After thinking it through, it’s clear from my choices that the quality I want the most in an anime friend is the desire to kill or die for me. I do not know what that says about me (probably nothing good), but I figure if you’re willing to go that far for me, then you’ll let me borrow some money ever once in a while. Most of the anime I watch is shonen, so it’s probably the type of character that populates that genre that bias me in favor of these selfless characters. This question asks for multiple characters, so I’m going to go with my top three:

  1. Killua Zoldyck
  2. Monkey D. Luffy
  3. Mikasa Ackerman
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100 Day Anime Challenge – Day 30

Evangelion title image
Evangelion title

Anime you wish never ended and continued (Neon Genesis Evangelion)

Technically, Evangelion hasn’t ended (the next movie is coming this year). However, I separate the movies from the main series. So for this challenge, I’m focusing on Evangelion-only season.

When I first started watching Evangelion, I was a child (maybe I shouldn’t have been watching the series at that age); I was too young to comprehend the complexity and symbolism within the series. I just thought that it was a cool violent mecha anime. However, once I got older and more mature, I could appreciate the series more. I even wrote a college English paper on the series.

They have credited Evangelion with “revolutionized the giant-robot genre “. The series was so successful that it has earned billions. For those who don’t know, Evangelion focuses on a futuristic Tokyo more than a decade after a “worldwide cataclysm “. The story centers on protagonist Shinji, a teenage boy who is recruited by his father for an organization called NERV to pilot an Evangelion.

Using the Evangelion, Shinji along with fellow pilots Rei Ayanami and Asuka Langley Soryu, combat enemies known as Angels. The series focuses on deep psychological effects that the pilots experience as they attempt to prevent another catastrophe. It features heavy religious symbolism “from Kabbalah, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Shinto“. Overall, Neon Genesis Evangelion combines themes centered on philosophy, religion, and psychoanalysis with amazing mecha battles. I highly recommend this series and wish it didn’t end.

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100 Day Anime Challenge – Day 29

An Anime you wished was real (Pokemon)

Ever since the Pokemon series debuted in the 1990s, I have always wondered what it would be like to live in the Pokemon universe. I would imagine waking up as a child, excited to choose my first Pokemon. I usually picked Pikachu or Abra. Playing out my adventure, I would travel from city to city, collecting badges and Pokemon. During my journey, I would meet new friends and gain fame as one of the greatest Pokemon trainers. As I got older, these fantasies dimmed. However, Pokemon remained a part of my life. Playing hundreds of hours, I could experience what it would be like to live in the Pokemon universe.

Catching, training and naming these digital Pokemon was an acceptable substitute for the dreams of my childhood. I always thought it would be cool if the world of Pokemon was real. The Pokemon anime series seems based on the actual world, anyway. I would image that it would be like various sports. With the release of Pokemon Twilight Wings last year, the series took another step towards breathing life into the series. I may be too old for my childhood dreams of catching them all, but Pokemon remains a world I would love to live in.


Pokemon Twilight Wings – Episode 7

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100 Day Anime Challenge – Day 28

Favorite Quote from any anime character

The difference between the novice and the master is that the master has failed more times than the novice has tried.Honestly, there isn’t much meaning to the splendid names given to you by your parents. What does have meaning, is what the person behind that name does during their actual lifetime. The name doesn’t make the person. The name simply remains gently within the footprint left on the path a person walks.

Korosensei (Assassination Classroom)

There are things you can’t see unless you change your standing.

Trafalgar Law (One Piece)

You and I, our levels are as distant as the earth from the heavens. Must I spell it out for you? I have discarded my left arm, discarded my left leg, and yet even then I have not nearly lowered myself to your level.

I… Despise the way you fight. Without ever lifting your own hand… To steal bonds of camraderie and torture opponents is the height of cowardice. It is a lack of shame deserving of death. I am here. Strike me down. I shall kill you and cast you aside… Before you finish swinging your blade.

Let me tell you about the difference between you and me. It’s like the story of the monkey trying to capture the moon. However close he thinks he is to the moon, it’s still just the reflection of the moon in the middle of the lake. No matter how he struggles to capture that “moon”, he inevitably sinks to the bottom of that lake to no avail. You will never reach me.

Kuchiki Byakuya (Bleach)

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100 Day Anime Challenge – Day 27

Garou in the middle of battle

Most Bad-ass Scene from any Anime character

Garou vs Everyone

Garou has been fighting no stop for what feels like days. He eventually runs into Saitama for the second. Like their last encounter, Saitama knocks him out easily. While taking a break, Garou is seen by A-Class Hero Death Gatling. Together with Stinger, Smile Man, Wildhorn, Chain’n’toad, Glasses, Gun Gun, and Shooter, Death Gatling gang up on Garou. Cornered, Garou loudly proclaims that after he defeats them, he will “have beaten 100 heroes.” What follows is an epic fight that is only given justice by watching it.

We expect Garou must lose at some point, if not because it must exhaust him, but because he’s the villain. Not only does he defeat Death Gatling and the rest of the heroes, but he also holds his own against Genos. The cyborg is updated and bests the tired Garou. However, before Genos uses his incineration cannon on Garou, Bang arrives. Garou may be the villain, but you end up rooting for him to win. He puts in a tremendous effort despite the odds.