“Favorite weapon, gear, or armor used in an anime”
Gear: Hagurumon (What? He’s a gear.)
Armor: Alphonse Elric.
I want to mention Nu Gundam’s Fin Funnels, and similar weapons on other mecha. They just detach and function as the pilot’s personal attack drones, flying around so one person can shoot from any angle.
But for my final answer, I think I’m going back to what I said first. Well, zanpakutō in general, really. The swords from Bleach, that are weapons, and partners, and parts of the wielder all at the same time, and each one is unique. They have their own personalities and, of course, their own special powers. I’m actually not sure which one is my favorite but Byakuya Kuchiki’s might be.
“Favorite animal sidekick, pet, or summoning from any anime”
Right off the bat I’m going to say that, despite many of them looking like animals and originating as a virtual pet like Tamagotchi, Digimon don’t count. Partner Digimon in the anime interact with their human partners like other people, not like pets. Sometimes even specific human relationships; Agumon is like Masaru/Marcus’s henchman, Ikuto/Keenan calls Falcomon his brother, and in one yuritastic moment Renamon compares her relationship with Ruki/Rika to Jijimon and Babamon’s marriage.
But I can’t think of a reason why Pokemon shouldn’t count, and considering the nature of the show it seems entirely reasonable that they could actually be some of the better developed “pet” characters around…though some of them aren’t.
Continue reading 30 Day Anime Challenge Day 15: Favorite Pet
“Saddest anime scene”
I might be weird, because for me it’s a scene from Digimon Adventure, and the English dub might have had a few problems, but keeping the emotion was (usually) not one of them. Toward the end of the series, Kari (Hikari) gets sick and Tai (Taichi) loses his cool before explaining why he’s so protective of her; he tells a story about when they were younger. Especially the part about what Kari says when she comes back home.
It’s from about 2:30 to 4:00 in this video. (No color, but the only other video I could find was in Spanish.)
“Best anime villain”
Ali Al-Saachez, from Gundam 00. There’s no one else that I love to hate more than him. Feats include:
1. Brainwashes child soldiers (including a certain future Gundam Meister) with stuff he doesn’t even believe himself.
2. Also responsible for the attack that killed the family of
one two other Gundam meisters.
3. More or less intentionally creating a “she knows too much” situation so he has an excuse to kill a reporter (who’s the sister of another major character).
4. Killing one of the Trinity brothers and hijacking a Gundam.
5. Making you feel sorry for the Trinity siblings, who are pretty bad themselves.
6. Using said stolen Gundam to kill two Gundam pilots, including one of the main four.
Runners-up include Johan Leibert (Monster), Makoto Shishio (Rurouni Kenshin), and Vamdemon/Myotismon (Digimon Adventure).
This is part 3 of my list of 21 of the weirdest, most unrealistic, or just plain crazy examples of hairstyles in anime, manga, and video games.
Part 1 and Part 2.
#10. Taichi “Tai” Kamiya/Yagami
The main character of the first season of Digimon, here he is in the second season, after passing his goggles on to Davis/Daisuke.
Okay, I might be placing him a little too high, but you’ve got to admit having more volume in his hair than in the rest of his head is very distinctive. Losing the goggles only made his hair even bigger.
Continue reading Top 21 craziest anime/game hair: 10-6
This is part 2 of my list of 21 of the weirdest, most unrealistic, or just plain crazy examples of hairstyles in anime, manga, and video games.
Part 1 is here.
Continue reading Top 21 craziest anime/game hair: 15-11
It’s the end of an era. Vortexx, the last remaining Saturday morning cartoon block, airs for the last time this Saturday. It will be replaced by some “E/I” programming, a large chunk of which doesn’t seem to be actually educational.
For certain generations, Saturday morning defined childhood. And now it’s completely gone.
So much for the rest of Digimon Fusion ever being on a channel anyone gets.
Have you heard? They’re making a new Digimon series that goes back to the cast and setting of the original series.
And the oddly-named opening song of Digimon Adventure was pretty special. Koji Wada’s first song and still his most famous, and once voted the second-best anime opening of all time, this song (as well as the evolution song Brave Heart) has been known to cause nostalgia even in those who only ever saw the series as a dub that didn’t keep the music.
Continue reading Awesome music Thursday: Butter-Fly