2019-06-28: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (1993)
That was a kinda rough thing to start watching anime with. The show looks pretty retro but is not epic (or bizarre, if you will) enough. Having almost no introduction to the characters and the story being too short also doesn’t help.
Yup, you heard me right, this is my favorite anime of all time. Objectively speaking, this is not the best anime ever made, but I can’t give it anything less than 10/10. This anime literally changed my life. Ever since I watched it, I’ve been obsessed with it more than any other piece of media. You can speculate and come up with a variety of reasons of why this may be the case, ranging from it being the second anime I’ve ever seen to me being an easily impressed child, but what you can’t do is convince me that this anime is not my favorite.
And why is this show my favorite? The answer is simple - this anime is the tits. Literally. The plot is pretty simple, but it doesn’t stop me from liking it. The story it tells is extremely silly, even ridiculous at times, and the characters are not the deepest you’ve ever seen, but holy shit, it works so well with me. The sci-fi world it’s set in is extremely interesting with a nice amount of detail, and time dilation as the driving element of the plot is a great icing on the cake. In addition to that, the whole thing was an emotional rollercoaster for me that made me both excited and almost cry in the end. And all of this is presented to you with amazing eyecandy traditionally animated visuals, engaging and rememberable music, and outstanding action. There’s no reason for me not to like it.
- Caused post-anime depression syndrome
- Favorite episode: 6
- Favorite character: Koichiro
2019-07-XX: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
It’s a pretty case because of its interesting story that contains a lot of bizarre ideas. It definitely doesn’t get boring and is worth rewatching. The visuals, while not being quite cutting-edge, look pretty unique with all of the characters filled with masculinity.
- Favorite episode: 35
- Favorite charcter: Joseph
P.S. my apologies for part-skipping; I didn’t even intend to continue watching the series, but it really made me interested.
2019-07-XX: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood
Basically, the same as for the previous one. It’s not quite as good in some aspects but is on the same level.
2019-07-XX: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency
The same as for the previous one.
2019-07-XX: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable
Sort of the same as for the third part. The story is not as epic, and the whole thing feels more like a slice of life, but it works quite well. Also the visuals are too smooth for me, but they’re not particularly bad.
2019-07-XX: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind
The story is still just as interesting, and the visuals are a little bit better.
It’s pretty cool but misses something that made the original so unique. But hey, at least it manages to be just as epic and ridiculous.
2019-07-15: Neon Genesis Evangelion
What the fuck.
Despite knowing it’s cyberpunk, I definitely didn’t expect it to be so creepy that it’d basically qualify as a sci-fi horror. The film itself is remarkably great. It’s executed so perfectly in all aspects that there’s just nothing bad to say about it.
2019-07-30: Cowboy Bebop
Apart from some moments, it’s a masterpiece. First, let’s address the elephant in the room - the music. The jazz is really great and is worth listening even out of context. The opening theme is basically the best one I’ve ever seen, and it’s so good that I just can’t allow myself to skip it even once and instead relisten to it over and over. The story in the whole thing is pretty cool and filled with a lot of cultural elements of late 20th century Japan and the U.S. The whole thing ends with an unexpected but welcomed and rememberable scene, which I quite like.
- Caused post-anime depression syndrome
- Favorite episode: 11
2019-11-30: Gunsmith Cats
I expected to be entertained and wasn’t disappointed. Overall, it’s a pretty short medium-quality detective story, but I don’t regret watching it.
2019-12-01: Kill La Kill
I was actually surprised that a non-retro piece managed to get me. The music and the (mostly background and lighting) visuals are much better than I expected. The whole thing is extremely entertaining not only in terms of action but also overall craziness and silly stuffs.
- Favorite episode: 1
- Favorite character: Mako
2019-12-31: Fist of the North Star (1986)
It’s really weird to watch, but extreme violence, depressive atmosphere, and amazing visuals do their job very well. The plot isn’t anything special, but it could be worse. The soundtrack isn’t very rememberable but is generally good.