Lately I've been wondering whether I should start watching one of those really long shonen animes. I always passed on them before because I don't have the patience to watch hundreds of episodes, and also because the animes had already started, so I would have a hard time trying to catch up. But I guess I might try one out because I crossed most of the animes I was going to watch off my list. And next anime season doesn't seem to have too much for me to watch. It'll be mostly sequels/prequels/etc. that I'll be watching, like the Working'!!, Shakugan no Shana 3, and Fate/Zero. I'll try watching Persona 4 and Guilty Crown (just because Guilty Crown has pretty art, and Supercell will be doing the music!), and maybe Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai as long as it doesn't have lots of fanservice...Other than that it seems like most of the animes are the anime adaptions of eroges. :\ Well, after I tackle the handful of anime remaining on my to-watch list, I'll be out of anime to watch.
So without further ado, please tell me if you've seen any of the following anime and what you thought of them. I'll start out with the shonen animes, and then a few that are not classified as shonen.
Naruto That has to be one of the all-time most well known animes. It seriously has a ton of episodes, and I've heard that a lot of the characters die (though I suppose the main ones like Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura are still alive) so I've never really wanted to watch it. But it is the only anime that one of my friends watches, and it is really popular after all, so maybe there's some good reason for it?
Bleach I actually am quite interested in this one, partially because I think Rukia is cool and partially because I want to laugh at Ichigo's name. (I mean, really? Who names their son "strawberry"?)
Katekyo Hitman Reborn Another one that I'm tempted to watch. Dunno if I should watch the anime or read the manga, since either way it will be really long.
Gintama I noticed that it was very highly rated on MyAnimeList, which probably means it's good, seeing as it was the ratings on MAL that made me watch Fullmetal Alchemist.
Fairy Tail I really don't know much about this anime, so I'd appreciate it if you could tell me about it.
D Grayman Ditto on not knowing much about it. I just know that there's a guy, Kanda Yu, who looks like sorta like Gakupo, and there's some girl called Lenalee Lee.
Soul Eater Something to do with reapers/shinigami? At least it's only 51 episodes.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann This one is actually pretty short, about 27 episodes or so? I think I'd have enough patience to watch it. XD It does have two films, though.
Tiger & Bunny It's apparently a show about superheroes, which does not particularly interest me, but I do like the cute boy in it, Ivan Karelin. :p If there's any shonen-ai in T&B, I'm much more likely to watch it. (Though I don't watch yaoi animes like Junjou Romantica and Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi, I did watch No. 6 just to see if the characters would get together XD)
And here's some non-shonen anime that I'd like to know about.
Steins;Gate Since it's loosely related to Chaos;Head, I thought it'd only be mediocre, but I've heard that it's quite good. Maybe I'll give it a try.
Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai/The World God Only Knows I'm not sure yet whether I'll watch this. There's so many girls in it that it looks like a harem. o_o;; But it does seem quite popular, and after all, the main character is a video gamer, so it'll probably be funny. Probably. If you've watched it, tell me what you think.
Uta no Prince-sama Yes, the bishie-loving part of me took interest after seeing the characters (and there's even a trap in it! Her - I mean, his - name is Ringo Tsukimiya). I'm not sure if I'll watch it, though, considering that the main character seems kind of annoying, and Starry Sky was a big disappointment. My friend bashiri called UtaPri the worst anime ever, but she seems to like it. So maybe it's one of those things that is "so bad, it's good".
Of course, feel free to recommend me any anime that you've liked. I tend to like anime with comedy and action. I'll watch slice-of-life, fantasy, sci-fi, or historical, as long as it's good. Romance is okay but I generally don't like animes where the entire plot revolves around romance. I'll watch shonen-ai/yaoi or shoujo-ai/yuri so as long as the characters don't...er...go too far (as in, um, sleeping together, for example). I tend not to watch mystery, mecha, magical girl, or harem animes (but if you find one that is really, really good, I might check it out). I will not watch horror, though.
Anyways, about the second part of this post: Saimoe. When I was looking at Moetron, I saw something called Saimoe that kept being mentioned. I looked into it and apparently it's like a competition to see who the most popular female anime characters are, so people vote for their favorite within each of the groups (ex. A1, A2, B1, B2, C1...etc.). Below is the standings at the time that I am writing this.
Right now I'm cheering for:
- Tenshi (Kanade Tachibana from Angel Beats!)
- Menma (Meiko Honma from Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai...Whew, what a mouthful). ...But actually, I've always liked Anaru (Naruko Anjou), who is also from Ano-hana, better than Menma. Unfortunately, she just barely lost to some girl from Jewelpet. -_-;;
- Ohana Matsumae (from Hanasaku Iroha)
- Mami Tomoe (from Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica) Kyouko Sakura, Miki Sayaka, and Madoka Kaname are also still in the running for the time being, so I guess I'm rooting for all of them. It's too bad Akemi Homura went up against Misaka Mikoto...Otherwise she would've had a better chance.
- Kuroneko (Ruri Gokou from Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai) I always liked her better than Kirino.
- Stocking (from Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt) I was going to watch that anime, but I heard it had some inappropriate things in it. XD I do think Panty and Brief make a cute couple, though.
There's actually a girl called Salsa Tortilla... o_o;; And I've heard there's a series called "Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai"...which in English means "listen to me girls, I am your father"?! It sounds so funny. I might actually check it out once they make that into an anime. (But it's probably not about a father and his daughters. More likely that it's a harem... -_-;; )
It's a pretty weird coincidence that Victorique de Blois and Mikoto Misaka are about to face off, because Gosick (the anime Victorique is from) and To Aru Majutsu no Index (the anime Mikoto is from) are two of the animes on my current to-watch list. :p And it's pretty funny how Sui Shijima, the awesome old lady in Hanasaku Iroha, won her first round. I'm kind of sad that she lost in the second round. And I'm really sad that Hanasaku Iroha has ended. But I guess I feel like moving on, just like the characters are moving on. I won't spoil anything for you, don't worry. :p