Anime That Surprised You
This has always been something I liked talking about, especially around this time where we have time to reflect as the new year approaches. I’ve been watching anime since *meow-meow* years ago. Ok, late 1970s. 😉 Its pretty easy for us to say what anime title first got you into this expensive fandom. But, what’s usually hard to pinpoint is that anime title that you thought at first sucked major donkeys for whatever reason but after you watched three or four eps, you start craving to see more episodes and hoped the show’s production didn’t stop at 12, 13 or 15 eps. We have all seen our fair share of great titles and fantastically bad ones sharing the same shelf space. But, this post is really about celebrating that anime title that surprised you. I’m going to share with you a few that surprised me so far.
One title in particular that really surprised me when I was watching it was “Wolf’s Rain”. That title really surprised me because its a slow series. And when I mean slow, I’m talking about story and character development taking shape at a turtle’s pace. You literally could get turned off by the series if you didn’t make it to episode 8 or 9 because your watching and thinking what the hell is this show about? After episode 9, things pick up pace and its off to the races and I got sucked into watching the series to the end. That was quite a surprise. Here’s a trailer:
Another surprise was Detective Conan…I mean, Case Closed 😉 You think its a kids show because there are kids solving murders and mysteries. But nooooooo. People don’t realize until they’re watching it that the series has overtly adult overtones and some adult violence that it somehow became a show for all ages. I found my parents watching the series. They really love it. And they are not devoted anime viewers by any means. But they just loved the episodes and the crime solving.
Ushio & Tora. 10 episodes + one omake episode. I wish there were more. Its the kind of show you hope some production house would greenlight and produce more new adventures. They are an unlikely duo – a human and a demon-tiger. I mean, its not like their relationship went off on the right foot. *SPOILER ALERT – [spoiler]Tora wanted to eat Ushio just because he’s pissed he’s been locked away for so long. But Ushio keeps Tora in line with that Beast Spear that it also enhances his fighting spirit.[/spoiler]* But the series got my attention and I think the manga is still ongoing????
I will have to say…Gundam SEED. Well, it was a toss up between that and Gundam Wing or any of the older Gundam series for that matter. I didn’t think I was going to like the series but the character developments for the show were really good – especially when some characters went crazy and you were surprised by how some people died in the series. It actually convinced me that I should go ahead and license Gundam SEED Destiny for VOD. I liked how the series continued its storyline, unlike Gundam Wing and its somewhat open-ended character development (don’t Relena and Heero get together officially???), Gundam SEED has characters with multiple flaws and you just can’t help watching how they interact.
I’ve got a few more but I think you guys kinda get the idea. Remember, its about celebrating that anime title that surprised you so don’t worry about what company released what. Pretend you had no idea who released it. Just focus on what made that title earn your love.
Here are some honorable mentions (in no particular order – just my brain crankin’ ’em out):
Alright your turn. What anime titles surprised you so far in your life?