Anime has given us some of the most well-known heroes in pop culture. But heroes are not born, they must be taught and train to be great. And to be taught great things, they must have great teachers.
I’m sorry for the long wait (2 months to be exact), I was finishing up classes these past couple weeks so I’ve had other things on my mind. It should be more frequent from now on.
I can always appreciate when an anime can make a female character right. There are too many that use the girls of anime as fanservice or give them a cardboard personality. All of the girls I have chosen for this list are not fanservice characters, and have great character qualities. I tried to get a variety from anime I watched a while ago and more recent ones. I’ve noticed I tend to talk about the same shows constantly, so I’m trying to mix it up a bit if I can.
I am obsessed with the anime style. That’s the main reason why I watch these shows. It’s not because they’re Japanese, or that it’s cool or whatever. It’s because for the most part, the art is good, and they have themes that are for older audiences. If it weren’t for anime I’d be stuck watching Disney movies and cartoons from my childhood and the present. Which most don’t have huge fanbases. I love that these shows have such a huge fanbase that I can be a part of while admiring great art styles.
*Sorry this one was late, I was super busy yesterday and didn’t have the time to write this*
Comedy! One of my favorite genres. Almost everyone can appreciate a comedy show, since there are just so many of them, there’s one for everybody.
Personally, when watching a serious anime, I like to watch a comedy anime as well, to balance things out. I can guess that I’m not the only one.
As the last list went, I’ll present my list, then write a bit about each. Enjoy!
I’m not going to put these in a specific order this time, I’m unbiased to these for the most part.
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
- Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
- School Rumble
- Assassination Classroom (Season 1 mainly)
- Lovely Complex
For the most part, these are romance as well as comedy, since most of the time, they pair well together.
(Also notice Ouran is not on this list. I don’t want to talk about it too much, and I have a special post coming up about it. You’ll see why when it comes out.)
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
This show follows Kyon, as he enters his first year of high school. On his first day, he’s introduced to Haruhi Suzumiya, a strange girl who is only interested in the supernatural. He tries talking to her, and ends up involved in the SOS Brigade, a club designed to find supernatural beings. They recruit Itzuki Koizumi, Yuki Nagato, and Mikuru Asahina to have a total of five members of the SOS Brigade.
Through the show, Haruhi gets he club into multiple situations of trouble, and they must get themselves out of it. All of the members beside Kyon and Haruhi possess some sort of power, but Haruhi is oblivious to it.
The personalities among the club makes for quite an interesting experience. Haruhi is bossy, outgoing, and independent. Kyon is passive and pessimistic. Yuki is soft-spoken, a bibliophile, and intellectual. Itzuki is polite and friendly. Mikuru is shy and reserved. Clearly, their personalities are very different, making them clash often. There’s no real hatred in the group, but Kyon and Haruhi tend to bicker often.
2. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun
The only way I can describe this as is an anti-shoujo. Any time I tell anyone about it, that’s what I tell them.
Sakura has a crush on Nozaki, she confesses to him, but to her surprise, she receives an autograph instead of an answer. Why? She finds out the serious, reserved guy she has a crush on writes shoujo manga as a hobby. She ends up helping him out by inking the sketches he does. Through this, she tries to get closer to him.
Though that is the main concept, it’s not really focused on. This show has no plot, is what I’m getting at. But I laughed so hard my stomach hurt during every single episode.
As for the other characters: Hori is in the drama club, making backgrounds for their plays. He’s insecure about his short stature, and deals with Kashima clinging to him when she has the time. He acts annoyed by her bothering him, but he still is fond of her. Kashima is the main star in the drama, popular with the girls for playing princely characters. Though they are all aware she is a girl, they still act as though she is a prince.
Seo is a basketball star, and also has an angelic singing voice. Though violent by nature, she is part of the choir club and is loved by the whole school. Wakamatsu is drawn to her voice, but has no idea it’s her. She still hangs around him, and he’s terrified of her.
Mikoto, well, he’s a bit weird to explain. He’s very suave and good and flirting with girls, but once he’s realized what he’s said, he breaks down. And he is the influence to the main female character in Nozaki’s manga.
Through the show, there are many references to cliche shoujo themes, and they never work for any of the characters.
3. School Rumble
Another somewhat romance comedy. Kind of. Again, nothing really works for any of them.
Tenma Tsukamoto has a crush on Oji Karasuma, and plans to confess to him. (yes it’s another one of these, just hear me out) She has a hard time figuring this out but finally writes a letter (a quite lengthy one at that). He reads it, but completely disregards it. He has no interest in her, only his curry. (Also he likes to wear turtle costumes so yeah he’s kinda weird)
Kenji Harima is a delinquent who’s repeated some grades a couple times. (He’s like 20 something) He likes Tenma, making an unfortunate love triangle. He tries to separate Tenma and Oji, and confess his love to her but, it fails every time.
Kenji is also a manga artist, and Tenma’s sister, Yakumo, ends up helping him out with it. He ends up having some romantic problems with her and one of Tenma’s friends, Eri. I’ll leave it to that, since it’s a bit more complicated, and I’d like to prevent spoilers.
Also, I’d like to point out that the dubbing for this show is amazing. Tenma is played by Luci Christian, Oji played by Eric Vale, Yakumo played by Caitlin Glass, and Kenji played by Brandon Potter. If you’re into dubbed anime, I highly recommend watching it that way. Also, season 2’s ending is a duet sung by Luci Christian and Caitlin Glass.
If you aren’t into dubbed shows, then none of that made sense to you, and that’s fine.
4. Assassination Classroom
Yes, I’ve already talked about this show. But don’t expect me to stop talking about it for months. I’m in love with this show right now. If you don’t know what this show is about go read my summary in My Top 5 Animes.
You’ve read it? Alright, we can continue, I have a little more to say about the comedy in this show.
Looking at the title alone, you’d never think “comedy.” You’d think it’s about a bunch of hardcore, violent, scary people learning to kill other people. Wrong. This show is bright and colorful, with a wide variety of characters, and only gets dark in the end of the first season and second half of the second season. It’s hilarious. I’ve had to pause the show just to laugh so I didn’t miss anything.
Even knowing that they have to kill their teacher, you’d never think of comedy being associated with this show. The class likes to come up with creative ways they plan to kill their teacher, and some of them are quite out-there. And some of the things they do together are entertaining.
Basically, I don’t care who you are, watch this show. It has comedy, action, school life, sad backstories, a tiny bit of romance (seriously, it’s almost nothing), it’s perfect. I went in the show not knowing a whole lot, and concerned that a main character was a giant yellow octopus employed as a teacher. But, as I began watching it, I began liking it more and more. By the end of the first season, I loved it.
Though I’m talking about a lot of non-comedy things, trust me, there’s plenty of it. The second season is much more serious, but it stays light-hearted as much as it can.
5. Lovely Complex
Alright, here’s the last one. This is definitely romantic-comedy, though not until about half-way through the show.
This show is about Risa Koizumi and Atsushi Otani (I’ll refer to him as Otani). Risa is tall-172 centimeters (about 5ft 8in), much taller than the average Japanese girl. Otani is short-156 centimeters (about 5ft 1in), much shorter than the average Japanese guy.
Because of their height complexes, they are given the nickname “All Hanshin Kyojin” after a popular comedy duo. Though they argue often, they quickly become friends after bonding over a favorite band.
Though I’ve watched many different romantic-comedy shows, this one stands out to me. I loved it the moment I finished the first episode. This is another one where I laughed so hard my stomach hurt. I had to silence my laughter since I watched this at 1 am while everyone else was asleep.
For anyone not fond of the romance genre, don’t be too worried. It isn’t so heavy on romance, and comedy is its main focus.
Alright, that’s my list. I hope you enjoyed it. This is based on the animes that I’ve seen, so if there are any comedy shows that didn’t make it on the list, comment and tell me. I may or may not have watched it. I’d say I’ve watched about 10 comedy shows, that’s just a rough estimate. Clearly not all made it here.
Thank you for reading and I’m very sorry I was late. I might not post until Tuesday, to give me time to plan and write up the next, but I’ll try to post as soon as I can. And Friday’s won’t be up until about 11 pm (I live in the Eastern Time Zone in the United States).
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: thesouthbankreview.co.uk
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun: http://static.zerochan.net/
School Rumble: http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/
Assassination Classroom: http://cdn32.sptndigital.com/
Lovely Complex: tvfiles.alphacoders.com
Since this is all pretty new to me, I figured why not share my top 5 animes, overall. Though I watch both dubbed and subbed anime, my top 5 I happened to watch dubbed. Most of my favorites are pretty popular, so you most likely have heard of them.
The way I’ll have this set up (and for all lists) is the initial list, and then do a short paragraph or two explaining the plot and why I like it so much. This may be split into multiple posts.
Alright so here we go. *drumroll*
- Ouran High School Host Club
- Fullmetal Alchemist (both ’03 version and Brotherhood)
- Soul Eater
- Assassination Classroom
Yes, I get it that it’s pretty weird to have a random shoujo/comedy/reverse harem in the middle of awesome shounen, but my taste varies. I’m actually kind of addicted to comedy/romance anime and manga, but it’s more of a side thing. The characters and stories I care about the most are awesome adventure anime. And Ouran. But there’s a specific reason for that. I’ll get to it later.
(These are going to be in backwards order)
So, Noragami. I only watched this show last year, I just happened to stumble upon it on Netflix when I had nothing else to do. I began to watch it subbed, since that was the only way to watch it on Netflix, and by the second episode I was already in love with it. It only got better from there. For those who don’t know about Noragami, here’s the brief synopsis.
The show is based around Japanese gods, and focuses on one god, Yato. He’s one of the unknown gods to the Japanese people and his dream is to become one of the most popular and gain absolute fame. Unfortunately, he only does odd jobs for the low price of 5 yen (approximately 5 cents), and is having trouble with this. He meets a middle school girl, Hiyori Iki, after she attempts to save him from getting hit by a bus. But, this backfires, since he would have been completely fine without her help. In the impact from the bus, she discovers a new side of herself and travels with Yato to find a way to return her back to normal.
Okay, that wasn’t exactly brief, but I tried. I didn’t spoil anything, aren’t you proud of me!?
Next we have Assassination Classroom. I LOVE this show. I can’t exactly explain it, but it’s just so different from everything else I’ve watched. It only recently finished airing, but it was absolutely amazing and ending definitely pulls on your heartstrings. So, another brief summary, since it’s a new show and everything. Though, it may not be great since it’s been a while since I watched the first couple episodes.
It focuses on Kunugigaoka Junior High’s class 3-E, which has to be trained to become assassins. The reason? Their teacher has blown up part of the moon, and by March, the Earth will be blown up too. If they manage to assassinate their teacher before the deadline, they will be able to save the world from being blown up. Another thing about their teacher: he’s not exactly a normal human. He can only be killed using a certain type of material, is yellow and has tentacles, and can move at a speed of Mach 20.
That’s my summary on it, I won’t explain other characters, I’d rather it be a surprise since they are honestly the best part of the show. Also, one unique thing about this show: every student in the class is a character, and there are even more characters than just that. I think they did an incredible job juggling so many characters. Though there are only six characters that have a major impact on the story, each person has their own unique personality and design. This is brave for an anime to do, since as you probably know, the main character usually sits in the back corner of the room, next to the window, to make it easier for the animators. And other characters in the class are a basic outline with no face so they don’t have to design more people and draw them all the time. I just can’t say enough about how impressive the whole feat is.
Anyway, onto the next anime, Soul Eater. I doubt that you haven’t heard of this one. This was actually the first anime I had ever heard of, strangely enough. Again, I only recently watched it, but I had been told for years to watch it. (I actually watched this and Noragami at the same time) I don’t think I need to give a summary at all, so I guess I’ll just kind of go through my favorite characters.
My favorite character is Maka, I know you were probably expecting me to say Death the Kid, but Maka and I, we’re like the same person. I know, that’s a bizarre claim, but there’s a reason. During the time I was being told to watch this show, I had the nickname of Maka. Maybe it was because of my obsession with books, or my straight A’s, or my shoulder-length blonde-brown hair, but either way, I was told I was a lot like her. I usually brushed it off since I thought they were all insane, but once I started watching it, I was shocked by how much they were right. Not only do I show the basic character traits of her, but I’m also temperamental, stubborn, and quite sassy at times (not to brag or anything). I share the negative traits, but I’m okay with that. She’s a totally awesome character, and I think she’s so awesome that I’m practically done making a cosplay of her for me to wear at the anime convention I go to every fall. And yes, I’m making Soul as well (scythe form, obviously). Yeah, I love this show.
As for the rest, here’s kind of the order I have in my head.
- Death the Kid
You may notice that I don’t have Black*Star on there. I’m sorry for any of his fans, but I’m not a fan of him. Sorry, I find him a bit annoying.
Anyway, I’ve rambled enough for this week. If you’re interested to see what I have to say about Fullmetal Alchemist and Ouran High School Host Club, I’ll post those rants next week, or in a couple days, depending on my mood.
I hope you enjoyed reading this, since it’s more personal to my own opinions and all. Other posts won’t be as personal, and some will. Next post, you’ll see a little more into my personal life when I talk about Ouran High School Host Club.