Anime April Mayhem! Day 11, My Most Disappointing Experiences.

After several more positive posts, I thought I should slip in a more negative one. I don’t like to do this very often, but I have had people ask me what my least favorite anime and manga are.

This list has a slight twist to it. These are not necessarily bad anime and manga. It just means I had a really bad experience watching or reading them. They can stay whoever’s favorite. To each his own.

That being said lets get started on yet another sad journey.

Chobits (2000-2002), manga by CLAMP 

After enduring four years of high school, Hideki Motosuwa strives to get into the university of his choice by attending cram school in Tokyo. Concurrently, he works daily shifts at a bar to make ends meet, thus missing out on the world’s latest invention—human-like computers called Persocoms. Longing for a persocom of his own, Hideki is met with a stroke of luck when he stumbles upon a cute abandoned persocom in a garbage pile.

Upon finding the power button, Hideki finds his newfound robot to be faulty and only capable of uttering the word “Chii”—which Hideki decides to name her after. Chii, however, is no ordinary persocom: capable of thinking and learning on her own, she is a legendary type of robot known as a “Chobit.” Now, it is up to Hideki to teach Chii how to live an ordinary life and to uncover the truth behind the elusive chobits series.

Myanimelist Overview

Because I love CLAMP’s later work Tsubasa, I went on a spree reading through all their other popular series. Out of all of them, Chobits was the most disturbing and disappointing to me. The sexual undertones, especially in how Chii turned on as a machine (It’s located in her. . . most private place.) really threw me off. The main character Hideki was also pretty boring. . . and horny. Sigh. . . I just don’t like Ecchi stories. All sense of prose or wonder falls apart because of the sexualized content.

Black Butler (2008-2009, 2006-?), anime/manga by Toboso, Yana , animated by A-1 Pictures

Young Ciel Phantomhive is known as “the Queen’s Guard Dog,” taking care of the many unsettling events that occur in Victorian England for Her Majesty. Aided by Sebastian Michaelis, his loyal butler with seemingly inhuman abilities, Ciel uses whatever means necessary to get the job done. But is there more to this black-clad butler than meets the eye?

In Ciel’s past lies a secret tragedy that enveloped him in perennial darkness—during one of his bleakest moments, he formed a contract with Sebastian, a demon, bargaining his soul in exchange for vengeance upon those who wronged him. Today, not only is Sebastian one hell of a butler, but he is also the perfect servant to carry out his master’s orders—all the while anticipating the delicious meal he will eventually make of Ciel’s soul. As the two work to unravel the mystery behind Ciel’s chain of misfortunes, a bond forms between them that neither heaven nor hell can tear apart.

Myanimelist Overview

I really liked this series when I first watched it, maybe ten years ago. It had a Victorian England undertone I admire. Plus, the art for the manga and animation in the anime are phenomenal. Despite this, I disliked the direction the anime went, especially after the first season, and the manga threw some plot twists in that disturbed me. Legitimately, disturbed me. I still can’t quite shake off the awful feeling I had when I read it. Such a shame. It had a lot going for it.

The Gentleman’s Alliance, manga by Tanemura, Arina 

Imperial Academy is an elite private school whose student body is divided into the ranks of Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Depending on your family’s wealth and your individual merit, you can be classified as a Silver or Bronze student. However, there is only one Gold student, and this year that person is Shizumasa Touguu—nicknamed “the Emperor” because he is the Student Council President.

When she was very young, Haine Otomiya fell in love with Shizumasa, after reading the children’s picture book that he authored. She had met him twice before attending Imperial Academy, but as a Bronze student, her rank is far below his, so she has been unable to approach him at school.

Haine jumps at an opportunity to get close to Shizumasa, and she unexpectedly becomes his bodyguard as well as a member of the Student Council. It seems like a dream come true for her, but soon she will learn that everyone in the Student Council is hiding secrets, and her own shameful history cannot be forgotten either.

Myanimelist Overview

The Gentleman’s Alliance seems like many other Shoujo manga I’ve read in the past. It had an elite academy, a childhood love interest, and a club/group set apart from the other students. However, after two-thirds of the story, it throws in some messed up plot twists for some of the characters, especially the male lead. I felt so bad for everyone near the story’s end. Oh yeah. . . I hated the ending. I won’t say why in case anyone wants to read this story. Suffice it to say, I was in a slump for days after finishing this series. 

Vampire Knight, manga by Hino, Matsuri 

Cross Academy is an elite boarding school with two separate, isolated classes: the Day Class and the Night Class. On the surface, Yuuki Cross and Zero Kiryuu are prefects of the academy and attempt to keep order between the students as classes rotate in the evenings. As the Night Class is full of utterly gorgeous elites, this can sometimes prove to be a bit difficult. It is completely necessary, however, as those “elites” are actually vampires. Yuuki and Zero act as guardians, protecting the secrets of the Night Class and the safety of their ignorant morning counterparts.

As the adopted daughter of the academy’s chairman, Yuuki takes her job with a serious and energetic attitude. It also allows her to interact with her secret crush and savior, the president of the Night students’ dorm, Kaname Kuran. Zero, on the other hand, has a deep-rooted hatred against vampires, and at times, does not hesitate to kill.

Can vampires and humans co-exist, even in the strict setup of the Cross Academy? Only time will tell.

Myanimelist Overview

Hahahaha yes, I read and followed this manga series. Did I like it at the beginning? Not really. All that caught my eye was the artwork. I kept reading to see where the story would go. I thought it wouldn’t be and couldn’t be as twisted as Twilight. I was right. It wasn’t. It was so much WORSE. The incest, the twist ending, and the stupid misunderstandings were just dumb. They were dumb and disappointing.

Soul Eater (2003-2013), manga by Ookubo, Atsushi 

Death City is home to the Death Weapon Meister Academy, established by Shinigami—the grim reaper himself. Created to maintain peace, the academy trains Meisters and Demon Weapons—people who take on the form of a weapon—to defend humanity against evil. The ultimate goal of a Meister is to create a “Death Scythe” worthy of being wielded by Shinigami. To do this, their weapon partner must consume the souls of 99 wicked humans and one witch.

Maka Albarn and her partner Soul Eater “Soul” Evans are two students who hope to make a Death Scythe. They are joined by the boisterous Black☆Star and his partner Tsubaki Nakatsukasa, as well as the perfectionist Death the Kid—simply known as Kid—and his partners, the twins Patricia “Patty” and Elizabeth “Liz” Thompson. These ambitious students all work towards becoming the ultimate Meister and Demon Weapon team, through misadventures, missions, and many class trials.

However, many mysteries surround them, and as new enemies are discovered and secrets are revealed, Maka, Soul, and their friends must fight to protect the academy, Death City, and the world itself from enemies far worse than humans.

Myanimelist Overview

I read the manga because I like the anime. After reading through ten volumes, I realized it wasn’t going to get any better. The Ecchi material is off-putting, and the story spirals downhill after 200 or so chapters. Plus, the ending was so stupid! So so stupid! I hope to erase my experience with this manga as soon as possible.

D.N.Angel (2003), anime by Xebec

Daisuke Niwa is a clumsy, block-headed, and wimpy middle school student who has few redeeming qualities. On his 14th birthday, he finally decides to confess his love to his longtime crush Risa Harada, but is rejected.

In an unexpected turn of events, however, Daisuke finds himself transforming into Dark Mousy, the infamous phantom thief, whenever his mind is set on Risa. Though Daisuke is unaware of this strange heritage, his mother is certainly not: since before the boy was born, his mother had been planning for him to steal valuable works of art and let the name of the elusive art thief be known.

With doubt and confusion constantly clouding his mind, Daisuke finds himself struggling in his relationships with classmates and family. And it is not long before Daisuke realizes that he is not the only one with a fated family legacy—his greatest adversary could be the one classmate he is most unwilling to fight.

Myanimelist Overview

I blame this anime for putting the manga on hiatus. (Just kidding.) It dulled down Sugisaki’s original artwork and over-complicated the characters and story. Plus the ending confused me.

Chrono Crusade (2003-2004), anime by Gonzo

The 1920s was a decade of great change and upheaval, with monstrous demons appearing across America. To combat this menace, the holy organization known as the Order of Magdalene was established. The organization’s New York branch is home to the young and reckless Sister Rosette Christopher, as well as her partner Chrno. Tasked with the extermination of demonic threats, the renowned team is excellent at their job, despite causing extensive collateral damage on their missions.

However, both Rosette and Chrno are driven by their dark pasts. Through exterminating demons, Rosette hopes to find her lost brother Joshua who was taken by the sinner and demon, Aion, with whom Chrno also shares a bloody history. The two of them must fight off the increasingly dangerous demonic menace and discover its source, while continuing to search for the truth behind Joshua’s disappearance.

Myanimelist Overview

Chrono Crusade is a pretty good anime, until the ending. I’ll break it to you now, the two main characters DIE, and the villain who they thought was gone for good because of their sacrifice comes back anyway. Their sacrifice was for NOTHING! NOTHING!!!! I cried like a baby when I saw this and swore I would never see it again. 

One Punch Man, Season 2 (2019), animated by J.C.Staff

In the wake of defeating Boros and his mighty army, Saitama has returned to his unremarkable everyday life in Z-City. However, unbeknownst to him, the number of monsters appearing is still continuously on the rise, putting a strain on the Hero Association’s resources. Their top executives decide on the bold move of recruiting hoodlums in order to help in their battle. But during the first meeting with these potential newcomers, a mysterious man calling himself Garou makes his appearance. Claiming to be a monster, he starts mercilessly attacking the crowd.

The mysterious Garou continues his rampage against the Hero Association, crushing every hero he encounters. He turns out to be the legendary martial artist Silverfang’s best former disciple and seems driven by unknown motives. Regardless, this beast of a man seems unstoppable. Intrigued by this puzzling new foe and with an insatiable thirst for money, Saitama decides to seize the opportunity and joins the interesting martial arts competition.

As the tournament commences and Garou continues his rampage, a new great menace reveals itself, threatening the entire human world. Could this finally be the earth-shattering catastrophe predicted by the great seer Madame Shibabawa?

Myanimelist Overview

You might have noticed One Punch Man (2015) is one of my favorite anime. Can you imagine my disappointment, after reading the great manga and seeing the first season, when I saw this second season? I got all excited. . . then confused. . . then. . . saaaaaaaaad. Then I realized Madhouse did not animate the second season. J.C.Staff did. I am not sure how that happened but I hope someone fixes it. Someday.

Tsubasa Chronicle (2005), anime by Bee Train

During an excavation at the mysterious ruins in Clow Country, Syaoran discovers his childhood friend Princess Sakura appear on the site with wings that disperse into many feathers. As the feather’s disappear to different dimensions, so does Sakura’s memory. In attempts to save Sakura’s life and restore her memory, Syaoran travels through to another world to find a solution. There’s only one thing left he can do. Travel through to different dimensions to collect Sakura’s feathers. Helping out with the quest is Kurogane, an exiled ninja from Japan Country who wishes to return to his world, the runaway magician, Fay, who desires to jump between each world never to return to his own and the white meat-bun shaped creature, Mokona.

Myanimelist Overview

The anime was disappointing, not for the story, but for its animation. It’s clunky and the pacing is hard to follow at times. I also didn’t like how they animated clothing or facial structures. All in all, I was unsatisfied because the manga’s beauty and charm got lost somewhere in production. (But the OVA Tsubasa: Tokyo Revelations is really good.)

Horimiya (2011), manga by Hagiwara, Daisuke

Although admired at school for her amiability and academic prowess, high school student Kyouko Hori has been hiding another side of her. With her parents often away from home due to work, Hori has to look after her younger brother and do the housework, leaving no chance to socialize away from school.

Meanwhile, Izumi Miyamura is seen as a brooding, glasses-wearing otaku. However, in reality, he is a gentle person inept at studying. Furthermore, he has nine piercings hidden behind his long hair and a tattoo along his back and left shoulder.

By sheer chance, Hori and Miyamura cross paths outside of school—neither looking as the other expects. These seemingly polar opposites become friends, sharing with each other a side they have never shown to anyone else.

Myanimelist Overview

I have to be careful how I say this. I have very set beliefs on the importance of chastity before marriage. While reading this series, people told me it was one of the most wholesome love stories they had read. I went in thinking this was the case, and for a while, it was. I loved their story! I must have re-read the chapters over and over again at least ten times.

But then came the chapter where they decided to have sex for the first time. What upset me the most was her little brother’s reaction, crying after hearing what they had done and Miyamura’s response to his feelings. After that, I didn’t read it again.

As I said in my heading, to each his own. I know not everyone has my same beliefs. However, there are certain things in stories, no matter how well written they are, I can’t support.

The Way of the Househusband (2021), anime by J.C.Staff

“Immortal Tatsu,” the legendary yakuza who single-handedly defeated a rival gang with a lead pipe, is a name known to strike fear in both hardened police officers and vicious criminals. Soon after his sudden disappearance, he resurfaces with a slight change in profession. Now equipped with an apron, Tatsu has given up violence and is trying to make an honest living as a house husband.

While adapting to mundane household tasks, Tatsu finds that being a house husband has its own challenges, from the battlefield known as supermarket sales to failures in the kitchen. Despite living peacefully, misunderstandings seem to follow him left and right. Gokushufudou follows the daily life of the comically serious ex-yakuza as he leaves behind his dangerous previous life to become a stay-at-home husband.

The problem with this anime is it isn’t an anime. Really. I’m not kidding. The animators just took scenes shot by shot from the manga, colored them in, added voices and slight movements in between. That’s it. It was like a higher-budget webcomic video.

I wasn’t expecting them not to animate anything. It is a shame because if they did it would have been awesome! It had so much wasted potential.

Fullmetal Alchemist (2003-2004), anime by Bones

Edward Elric, a young, brilliant alchemist, has lost much in his twelve-year life: when he and his brother Alphonse try to resurrect their dead mother through the forbidden act of human transmutation, Edward loses his brother as well as two of his limbs. With his supreme alchemy skills, Edward binds Alphonse’s soul to a large suit of armor.

A year later, Edward, now promoted to the fullmetal alchemist of the state, embarks on a journey with his younger brother to obtain the Philosopher’s Stone. The fabled mythical object is rumored to be capable of amplifying an alchemist’s abilities by leaps and bounds, thus allowing them to override the fundamental law of alchemy: to gain something, an alchemist must sacrifice something of equal value. Edward hopes to draw into the military’s resources to find the fabled stone and restore his and Alphonse’s bodies to normal. However, the Elric brothers soon discover that there is more to the legendary stone than meets the eye, as they are led to the epicenter of a far darker battle than they could have ever imagined.

Myanimelist Overview

Now. I know there are a lot of fans of this anime. Yes, I know Bones did an incredible job animating and storyboarding it based on the limited material they had for the first few manga volumes. The reason I even got into Fullmetal Alchemist was because of this show. But, the ending was so disappointing. Honeheim because wimpy and shady, there was a strange new villain called Dante, Scar died, Edward died. . . my soul cried and almost died as well.

I loved this show until the last three episodes. Truly and sincerely I did. But the ending ruined the entire experience for me. I’ve tried re-watching it for old times sake but each time I can’t get past the first episode.

Thank you for reading! See you tomorrow!

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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.

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