My Favorite Anime

by - Thursday, September 06, 2018

One thing that I don't mention a lot is my love for anime. I love anime now and I used to watch it hardcore in high school, so much so that I was part of an anime club. Nonetheless, I still have my list of favorite anime and here's all of them.

Naruto & Naruto Shippuden
I first got introduced to Naruto at a measly age 11 when I broke my arm and had to spend the night at the hospital. Years later in high school, I binge-watched all of Naruto, and its sequel, Naruto Shippuden. Naruto is about a young shinobi called Naruto Uzumaki, who houses a Tailed Beast (Kurama) inside him, which made everyone in his village despise him. Naruto gets placed on a team with rival Sasuke Uchiha, the survivor of the Uchiha clan and Sakura Haruno, a girl who only focuses on Sasuke. The series does get heavy when Sasuke decides to defect and go to a man called Orochimaru, also a legendary ninja in his quest for power and it ends when Naruto leaves to go train with another legendary ninja, Jiraiya.

Naruto Shippuden starts 3 years after the original Naruto series. I prefer Shippuden to the original Naruto because I love how the storyline progresses. There is now a new threat in Shippuden called the Akatsuki, an organization that aims to collect all the Tailed Beasts in the quest for peace. The series culminates in a war with the Shinobi Alliance against the Akatsuki (namely, Tobi, who is revealed to be Obito Uchiha, Kakashi's old teammate who is thought to have died during the previous war but actually survived and was brainwashed by Madara Uchiha, Madara Uchiha himself, and Kabuto, who later turns good thanks to being placed under a genjutsu). A spoiler alert to the ending of Shippuden: Sasuke does return to the village, but doesn't stay there. This series is excellent, despite being a little long (720 episodes total, combining Naruto & Naruto Shippuden), and I love the character growth shown in Shippuden.

I know it's weird naming an anime after a chemical used for cleaning, but it actually makes sense once you realize the plot. The anime is about a 15-year-old high schooler named Ichigo Kurosaki who can inadvertently see ghosts, and due to this, he ends up having to save a Shinigami named Rukia Kuchiki. Shinigami in Bleach cleanse the souls of ghost-like monsters called Hollows and send them to the Soul Society as clean souls. In the process, he actually becomes a Shinigami himself. The series is excellent, but as with every shonen anime, the main character must be slightly overpowered as in the manga, it turns out Ichigo is every species ever (human, Shinigami, Quincy, Vizard, Fullbring).

Fairy Tail
I'm kind of sad that the anime series is coming to an end this quarter. Fairy Tail is about a 17-year-old Celestial Mage called Lucy Heartfilia who ends up joining Fairy Tail in the quest to earn her rent money. She also often teams up with Natsu Dragneel, Fairy Tail's resident Fire Dragon mage, along with Ice Mage Gray Fullbuster and knightly tough girl Erza Scarlet. The team gains one more addition after shy and sweet Sky Dragon Slayer Wendy Marvell joins the guild. The plot is really good, albeit with a few heartbreaking moments and a few heartstopping moments as well.

Aggretsuko (Aggressive Retsuko)
This is a new anime by Sanrio, the company that brought you Hello Kitty and company. It centers around a 25-year-old red panda named Retsuko, who has to endure the never-ending demands of her bosses and the absurd behavior of her co-workers. When Retsuko gets angry, the character for "rage" appears on her forehead and she gains makeup that is reminiscent of the band KISS. I love this anime because each episode is one minute long and it's very relatable to real life.

Black Butler
Black Butler is set in Victorian England and centers around Earl Ciel Phantomhive, the sole survivor of the Phantomhive family and his butler, Sebastian Michaelis, who is actually a demon posing as a human. The anime goes over a few real-life stories, but it's mostly a detective-like anime mixed with shonen.

Boruto (Naruto Next Generations)
At first I was extremely skeptical of Boruto, but decided to give it a watch, and it's become one of my favorites and definitely the one anime I have to watch episode by episode as I've already caught up with all the aired episodes.

Boruto takes place 15 years after the events of Naruto Shippuden. Naruto is now Hokage (*insert dattebayo here*) and has married Hinata Hyuga. The pair have two children, Boruto and Himawari. The series focuses on Boruto and his adventures, from graduating to genin to getting caught cheating on the chunin exams. Boruto also gets placed on a team with none other than Sarada Uchiha, the daughter of Sasuke and Sakura, and Mitsuki, who is essentially an Orochimaru clone. It also has a focus on the other children of the next generation, including the new Ino-Shika-Cho trio, made out of Inojin (son of Ino and Sai), Chocho (Choji and Karui's daughter) and Shikadai (Shikamaru and Temari's son).

A plot twist is that Boruto has awakened a dojutsu that allows him to see through other dimensions, as well as seeing chakra networks (essentially a mix of Byakuygan and Rinnegan), but it only activates at certain times such as in combat. Boruto also seems a bit like his father in the beginning, but after he is caught cheating, he matures quite a bit, which I like (and also, just like his father).

I can't wait to see where Boruto goes, and I will definitely be watching every episode.

What are your favorite animes?

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