Anime April Mayhem! Day 5, Anime/Manga I’ll never do

With how many anime are out there, I’ve had my fair share of weird watching experiences. Since I’ve gotten older I’ve become wiser in what I choose to watch. I know better what I like now.

Sometimes though, I get with friends and they tell me about these wonderful anime. . . I know in my heart I will never watch no matter how much they ask.

Let’s start this sad, sad list of anime who will never know my face.

Attack on Titan by  Wit Studio

Centuries ago, mankind was slaughtered to near extinction by monstrous humanoid creatures called titans, forcing humans to hide in fear behind enormous concentric walls. What makes these giants truly terrifying is that their taste for human flesh is not born out of hunger but what appears to be out of pleasure. To ensure their survival, the remnants of humanity began living within defensive barriers, resulting in one hundred years without a single titan encounter. However, that fragile calm is soon shattered when a colossal titan manages to breach the supposedly impregnable outer wall, reigniting the fight for survival against the man-eating abominations.

After witnessing a horrific personal loss at the hands of the invading creatures, Eren Yeager dedicates his life to their eradication by enlisting into the Survey Corps, an elite military unit that combats the merciless humanoids outside the protection of the walls. Based on Hajime Isayama’s award-winning manga, Shingeki no Kyojin follows Eren, along with his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman and his childhood friend Armin Arlert, as they join the brutal war against the titans and race to discover a way of defeating them before the last walls are breached.

Myanimelist Synopsis

I actively acknowledge Attack on Tian as one of the best animated shows out there. I also actively let people know I will never watch it. It’s the gore and the monsters that attack the people. I can’t handle them. I’ve actually had nightmares about them without ever even seeing the show.

Citrus by studio Passione

During the summer of her freshman year of high school, Yuzu Aihara’s mother remarried, forcing her to transfer to a new school. To a fashionable socialite like Yuzu, this inconvenient event is just another opportunity to make new friends, fall in love, and finally experience a first kiss. Unfortunately, Yuzu’s dreams and style do not conform with her new ultrastrict, all-girls school, filled with obedient shut-ins and overachieving grade-skippers. Her gaudy appearance manages to grab the attention of Mei Aihara, the beautiful and imposing student council president, who immediately proceeds to sensually caress Yuzu’s body in an effort to confiscate her cellphone.

Thoroughly exhausted from her first day, Yuzu arrives home and discovers a shocking truth—Mei is actually her new step-sister! Though Yuzu initially tries to be friendly with her, Mei’s cold shoulder routine forces Yuzu to begin teasing her. But before Yuzu can finish her sentence, Mei forces her to the ground and kisses her, with Yuzu desperately trying to break free. Once done, Mei storms out of the room, leaving Yuzu to ponder the true nature of her first kiss, and the secrets behind the tortured expression in the eyes of her new sister.

Myanimelist Synopsis

So, I see commercials all the time for Citrus while I watch anime on Funimation and Crunchyroll. Why? I don’t know. I am not interested and never will be interested in homoerotic anime. No thanks. Not ever going to happen.

Clannad by Kyoto Animation

Tomoya Okazaki is a delinquent who finds life dull and believes he’ll never amount to anything. Along with his friend Youhei Sunohara, he skips school and plans to waste his high school days away.

One day while walking to school, Tomoya passes a young girl muttering quietly to herself. Without warning she exclaims “Anpan!” (a popular Japanese food) which catches Tomoya’s attention. He soon discovers the girl’s name is Nagisa Furukawa and that she exclaims things she likes in order to motivate herself. Nagisa claims they are now friends, but Tomoya walks away passing the encounter off as nothing.

However, Tomoya finds he is noticing Nagisa more and more around school. Eventually he concedes and befriends her. Tomoya learns Nagisa has been held back a year due to a severe illness and that her dream is to revive the school’sdrama club. Claiming he has nothing better to do, he decides to help her achieve this goal along with the help of four other girls.

As Tomoya spends more time with the girls, he learns more about them and their problems. As he attempts to help each girl overcome her respective obstacle, he begins to realize life isn’t as dull as he once thought.

Myanimelist Synopsis

Because I enjoy Shoujo anime every once in awhile, people often recommend Clannad as one of those must see romances in the genre. Honestly, I don’t do harem anime. They give me a lot of anxiety. Plus, I never like the main male lead in them. I am sure it’s a wonderful show. It’s just not made for me.

Food Wars by J.C.Staff

Ever since he was a child, fifteen-year-old Souma Yukihira has helped his father by working as the sous chef in the restaurant his father runs and owns. Throughout the years, Souma developed a passion for entertaining his customers with his creative, skilled, and daring culinary creations. His dream is to someday own his family’s restaurant as its head chef.

Yet when his father suddenly decides to close the restaurant to test his cooking abilities in restaurants around the world, he sends Souma to Tootsuki Culinary Academy, an elite cooking school where only 10 percent of the students graduate. The institution is famous for its “Shokugeki” or “food wars,” where students face off in intense, high-stakes cooking showdowns.

As Souma and his new schoolmates struggle to survive the extreme lifestyle of Tootsuki, more and greater challenges await him, putting his years of learning under his father to the test.

Myanimelist Synopsis

Not sure I want to witness the various “foodgasims” in this show. I would never be able to eat food the same way again. That, and the competitions would seem pointless to me. It’s happened before every time I see Iron Chef or other cooking shows.

High School of the Dead by Madhouse

It happened suddenly: The dead began to rise and Japan was thrown into total chaos. As these monsters begin terrorizing a high school, Takashi Kimuro is forced to kill his best friend when he gets bitten and joins the ranks of the walking dead. Vowing to protect Rei Miyamoto, the girlfriend of the man he just executed, they narrowly escape their death trap of a school, only to be greeted with a society that has already fallen.

Soon, Takashi and Rei band together with other students on a journey to find their family members and uncover what caused this overwhelming pandemic. Joining them is Saeko Busujima, the beautiful president of the Kendo Club; Kouta Hirano, an otaku with a fetish for firearms; Saya Takagi, the daughter of an influential politician; and Shizuka Marikawa, their hot school nurse. But will the combined strength of these individuals be enough to conquer this undead apocalypse?

Myanimelist Synopsis

This is a definite no for two reasons: I HATE anything to do with zombies. The very idea of zombies bothers me. The ecchi material is also very. . . dumb. Not that I hear very many people gushing about this show. Usually they laugh at how ridiculous it is.

Horimiya by CloverWorks

On the surface, the thought of Kyouko Hori and Izumi Miyamura getting along would be the last thing in people’s minds. After all, Hori has a perfect combination of beauty and brains, while Miyamura appears meek and distant to his fellow classmates. However, a fateful meeting between the two lays both of their hidden selves bare. Even though she is popular at school, Hori has little time to socialize with her friends due to housework. On the other hand, Miyamura lives under the noses of his peers, his body bearing secret tattoos and piercings that make him look like a gentle delinquent.

Having opposite personalities yet sharing odd similarities, the two quickly become friends and often spend time together in Hori’s home. As they both emerge from their shells, they share with each other a side of themselves concealed from the outside world.

Myanimelist Synopsis

This probably surprises a lot of people. First of all, yes, I’ve read the manga. Do I think they have a sweet love story? To a point. I actively followed the manga until the chapter when they slept together. I did not like that scene at all. Especially because of her younger brother’s reaction listening to them. Take it how you like but that is how I feel. I can’t go through those feelings of disappointment all over again.

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure by David Production

In 1868, Dario Brando saves the life of an English nobleman, George Joestar. By taking in Dario’s son Dio when the boy becomes fatherless, George hopes to repay the debt he owes to his savior. However Dio, unsatisfied with his station in life, aspires to seize the Joestar house for his own. Wielding an Aztec stone mask with supernatural properties, he sets out to destroy George and his son, Jonathan “JoJo” Joestar, and triggers a chain of events that will continue to echo through the years to come.

Half a century later, in New York City, Jonathan’s grandson Joseph Joestar discovers the legacy his grandfather left for him. When an archeological dig unearths the truth behind the stone mask, he realizes that he is the only one who can defeat the Pillar Men, mystical beings of immeasurable power who inadvertently began everything.

Adapted from the first two arcs of Hirohiko Araki’s outlandish manga series, JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken follows the many thrilling expeditions of JoJo and his descendants. Whether it’s facing off with the evil Dio, or combatting the sinister Pillar Men, there’s always plenty of bizarre adventures in store.

Myanimelist Synopsis

Here is yet another series with a majestic fan base. This show is made for people without my type of brain. I think too logically for this story to really appeal to me. They yell too much and their hair and outfits are. . . interesting.

Neon Genesis Evangelion by GainaxTatsunoko Production

In the year 2015, the world stands on the brink of destruction. Humanity’s last hope lies in the hands of Nerv, a special agency under the United Nations, and their Evangelions, giant machines capable of defeating the Angels who herald Earth’s ruin. Gendou Ikari, head of the organization, seeks compatible pilots who can synchronize with the Evangelions and realize their true potential. Aiding in this defensive endeavor are talented personnel Misato Katsuragi, Head of Tactical Operations, and Ritsuko Akagi, Chief Scientist.

Face to face with his father for the first time in years, 14-year-old Shinji Ikari’s average life is irreversibly changed when he is whisked away into the depths of Nerv, and into a harrowing new destiny—he must become the pilot of Evangelion Unit-01 with the fate of mankind on his shoulders.

Written by Hideaki Anno, Neon Genesis Evangelion is a heroic tale of a young boy who will become a legend. But as this psychological drama unfolds, ancient secrets beneath the big picture begin to bubble to the surface…

Myanimelist Synopsis

I’ve read up on this story a few times and I don’t think I could connect with Shinji and his mood swings. Plus, I don’t care about mecha anime. Giant fighting robots are not my jam.

One Piece by Toei Animation

Gol D. Roger was known as the “Pirate King,” the strongest and most infamous being to have sailed the Grand Line. The capture and execution of Roger by the World Government brought a change throughout the world. His last words before his death revealed the existence of the greatest treasure in the world, One Piece. It was this revelation that brought about the Grand Age of Pirates, men who dreamed of finding One Piece—which promises an unlimited amount of riches and fame—and quite possibly the pinnacle of glory and the title of the Pirate King.

Enter Monkey D. Luffy, a 17-year-old boy who defies your standard definition of a pirate. Rather than the popular persona of a wicked, hardened, toothless pirate ransacking villages for fun, Luffy’s reason for being a pirate is one of pure wonder: the thought of an exciting adventure that leads him to intriguing people and ultimately, the promised treasure. Following in the footsteps of his childhood hero, Luffy and his crew travel across the Grand Line, experiencing crazy adventures, unveiling dark mysteries and battling strong enemies, all in order to reach the most coveted of all fortunes—One Piece.

Myanimelist Synopsis

TOOOOOOO LOOOOOOOONG. There you have it. I think the story could be pretty interesting, but I don’t have the attention span to really commit myself to it.

The Promised Neverland by CloverWorks

Surrounded by a forest and a gated entrance, the Grace Field House is inhabited by orphans happily living together as one big family, looked after by their “Mama,” Isabella. Although they are required to take tests daily, the children are free to spend their time as they see fit, usually playing outside, as long as they do not venture too far from the orphanage—a rule they are expected to follow no matter what. However, all good times must come to an end, as every few months, a child is adopted and sent to live with their new family, never to be heard from again.

However, the three oldest siblings have their suspicions about what is actually happening at the orphanage, and they are about to discover the cruel fate that awaits the children living at Grace Field, including the twisted nature of their beloved Mama.

Myanimelist Synopsis

I started read this manga several years ago but stopped after the first five chapters. I don’t handle child abuse or deaths really well or human trafficking, especially as a food source. If I couldn’t get through the first few chapters of the manga I really doubt I can make it through the anime unscathed.

Sailor Moon by Toei Animation

Usagi Tsukino is an average student and crybaby klutz who constantly scores low on her tests. Unexpectedly, her humdrum life is turned upside down when she saves a cat with a crescent moon on its head from danger. The cat, named Luna, later reveals that their meeting was not an accident: Usagi is destined to become Sailor Moon, a planetary guardian with the power to protect the Earth. Given a special brooch that allows her to transform, she must use her new powers to save the city from evil energy-stealing monsters sent by the malevolent Queen Beryl of the Dark Kingdom.

But getting accustomed to her powers and fighting villains are not the only things she has to worry about. She must find the lost princess of the Moon Kingdom, the other Sailor Guardians, and the Legendary Silver Crystal in order to save the planet from destruction.

Myanimelist Synopsis

I might be one of the few women in the world who have not seen this show. I also have no interest in magical girl anime. I think they’re too fluffy and the transformations take too long. Also, why are their skirts so short? Do they wear shorts to protect themselves from peepers? The questions are endless.

That Time I was Reincarnated as a Slime by 8bit

Thirty-seven-year-old Satoru Mikami is a typical corporate worker, who is perfectly content with his monotonous lifestyle in Tokyo, other than failing to nail down a girlfriend even once throughout his life. In the midst of a casual encounter with his colleague, he falls victim to a random assailant on the streets and is stabbed. However, while succumbing to his injuries, a peculiar voice echoes in his mind, and recites a bunch of commands which the dying man cannot make sense of.

When Satoru regains consciousness, he discovers that he has reincarnated as a goop of slime in an unfamiliar realm. In doing so, he acquires newfound skills—notably, the power to devour anything and mimic its appearance and abilities. He then stumbles upon the sealed Catastrophe-level monster “Storm Dragon” Veldora who had been sealed away for the past 300 years for devastating a town to ashes. Sympathetic to his predicament, Satoru befriends him, promising to assist in destroying the seal. In return, Veldora bestows upon him the name Rimuru Tempest to grant him divine protection.

Now, liberated from the mundanities of his past life, Rimuru embarks on a fresh journey with a distinct goal in mind. As he grows accustomed to his new physique, his gooey antics ripple throughout the world, gradually altering his fate.

Myanimelist Synopsis

No. Just, no. I don’t really get into isekai. I’m not a gamer so they usually don’t appeal.

Tokyo Ghoul by Studio Pierrot

Tokyo has become a cruel and merciless city—a place where vicious creatures called “ghouls” exist alongside humans. The citizens of this once great metropolis live in constant fear of these bloodthirsty savages and their thirst for human flesh. However, the greatest threat these ghouls pose is their dangerous ability to masquerade as humans and blend in with society.

Based on the best-selling supernatural horror manga by Sui Ishida, Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kaneki, a shy, bookish college student, who is instantly drawn to Rize Kamishiro, an avid reader like himself. However, Rize is not exactly who she seems, and this unfortunate meeting pushes Kaneki into the dark depths of the ghouls’ inhuman world. In a twist of fate, Kaneki is saved by the enigmatic waitress Touka Kirishima, and thus begins his new, secret life as a half-ghoul/half-human who must find a way to integrate into both societies.

Myanimelist Synopsis

The gore in this show would make me sick. Just like zombies, ghouls make my skin crawl. This is actually a really interesting sounding story. I might read it. Maybe. Probably not.

Thank you for reading!

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8 thoughts on “Anime April Mayhem! Day 5, Anime/Manga I’ll never do

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  3. Tokyo Ghoul I can understand. I will never watch that show myself. Likewise for One Piece or Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Funny thing about AoT is that I was turned off by the gore at first and it took me SIX WHOLE YEARS before finishing the first season. At this rate, it’ll probably be 3 decades before I finish the whole thing 😂😂😂😂

    No Evangelion though? That’s unfortunate to hear. It’s my favorite anime of all time and even if Shinji’s character wasn’t one you could connect with, the great characterization of the others easily made up for it (e.g. Asuka or Gendo). Honestly they overshadowed the whole mecha premise that the first half fools y’all with 😝 Myself included

    If there’s one show I will never touch within a 100 foot pole though, it would have to be Bleach. Too long, and it gives me bad memories.

    Nice read up though!

    • Evangelion I might change my mind on someday. Everytime I’ve started it it doesn’t go well. I’ve heard great things about it otherwise. If I had to make a list of the most iconic anime I know it would be on there.

      • That’s good to know at least. What’s the furthest you’ve gone on it if I may ask?

        What I did the first time was focus on the plot and then after I finish, I would hit the books to understand the workings of each episode; symbolism and all. Given you’ve tried over and over again it ain’t working, this might not be the solution for you but that’s how I managed to get past Evangelion.

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