It’s been about two years since I read this manga series in its entirety. But I still remember a lot of it, and I revisit my favorite volumes sometimes since it’s one of the very few manga series I have physical copies of. I’ve made it pretty clear how much I love this anime, but I loved the manga so much more, and I’ll give some reasons why in this post!
Mainly I want this to target people who have already watched the anime, and fall victim to those rumors of a season two. I’m sorry to say there’s almost no chance there will ever be a season two. The anime is twelve years old now. But what you can do is read the manga!
Back in November, I wrote my OWLS tour post on Yona of the Dawn, but I’d only watched half of the anime at that point. And now that I’ve finished it, I want to use this post as sort of a part two to that post. I want to focus on the same topics I did in that one, so before reading this, you might want to read that first. [OWLS Blog Tour: Diplomacy] Is Violence a Solution?: Yona of the Dawn
I’ve never done a review on a romance anime, but here we are now.
This show’s title translates into “As the moon, so beautiful” which I didn’t quite understand at first. I get it now, and it reminds me of a certain scene from my favorite manga of all time. So this show won me over just with the title.
I am genuinely sorry about the long, long wait. I started working last Wednesday, and everything has been hectic since then. I may need to cut the updates down to either once a week or once every other week just because of how busy I am and my lack of time. But hopefully, I’ll have a cool post next week, since over the weekend I’m cosplaying at my local convention.
Just so you are aware, I’m writing this on a time limit. I have about 45 minutes to complete this before I leave school and then I have a ton of stuff to do at home.
So, let’s see how this goes.
I chose to talk about this anime in particular because I have memories about it. About 4 years ago, my friends came over to my house for a sleepover. My friend had just started watching anime, and she knew one that we would enjoy watching. It was on Netflix at the time, and I was kind of wary, since my parents had no idea that we would be watching anime.
But, we watched about three episodes and then my mom came in the room. She watched
an entire episode with us and determined that whoever thought of it was high. (She still thinks this and I don’t understand why) Anyway, my dad also came upstairs and his literal words were, “Is this a ‘pretty boy’ anime?” For those of you who don’t know the characters, Yuki was the one on screen, and here’s what he looks like. It was a pretty safe guess on my dad’s part.
During that night we watched eight episodes. And in the morning, we watched more and my brothers were in the room. They loved it. At the time, they were probably about 7 and 9 years old.
Not only was this show one of my first animes, but I have a very vivid memory of when I first watched it.
Onto the actually show itself, not my sentimental memories of it.
This show aired in Japan in 2001, and is now considered a classic according to Funimation’s website. It’s very likely that you’ve never heard of it, I probably never would have if it weren’t for that day 4 years ago.
At this point, I’ve watched every episode around three times, and I’ve read the manga all the way through once, along with reading some chapters multiple times.
Now, you may be asking why I didn’t put this on my My Top 5 Animes list, but I did that based on how often I revisit that show. I also thought of putting this on my Top 5 Comedy Animes list, but I think there’s a better list for this show.
The show is very funny, but it’s probably equally sad, and character driven.
I’ll give a basic summary, since I’m sure some of you have never seen this show or even heard of it. But at the time I’m writing this, I have about 15 minutes to complete this post.
Tohru Honda (the girl in the photo), was recently orphaned when her mom died in a car accident. Since then, she lived with her grandfather, until the house needed work done on it. She began living in a tent in the woods by herself. One day, she found a house and was greeted by Yuki Sohma, the prince of her high school. They walked to school, and she began to talk to him. Later, as she emerged from her tent, him and his cousin find her and offer to let her stay at their house. She starts living with them and finds out that their family has a curse placed on them. She has to swear to never tell anyone else about this, since they are all ashamed by it.
As she lives with them for longer, she meets more members of the Sohma family and she discovers how strange of a family they are, not just because of their curse.
I know this doesn’t give a whole lot of information, but I don’t want to spoil much. I’d rather you be surprised by what the curse is and everything, though by looking at the banner photo, you might be able to figure it out.
Oh, before I leave this, there’s a new manga the author started recently that picks up probably about 20 years after the manga completed. Though, don’t read it if you haven’t read the manga, you’d be helplessly lost, there are a lot of new characters in the manga that aren’t in show.
The manga is Fruits Basket: Another, written by Natsuki Takaya, same mangaka as the
original Fruits Basket. I’ve only read the first eight chapters but it’s decent, and makes me pretty happy since I loved the manga more than the show. I shouldn’t say much more, since even the premise kind of spoils the original manga. Anyway, just read the original, then the new series. It’s all great, hope you enjoy it.
I’ve got about 5 minutes now, so I’ll update my new post asap, and I hope you enjoy this one. Sorry about the entirely too long wait, I promise I’ll say if stuff changes. For now, enjoy what I’ve put up. Next post should be cool. It’ll include pictures of my cosplay making process, plus hopefully some of my full cosplay. Bye!
*I’m cosplaying as Maka Albarn from Soul Eater in case you didn’t know. :)*
*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
Assassination Classroom (Season 1 mainly)
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