Since I just finished talking about the favorites arcs in my all-time favorite manga, it’s only appropriate I follow up with my favorite arcs (called episodes) from my favorite anime: Monogatari. The Monogatari series has tons of arcs, the light novels and anime are both still ongoing with no end in sight. The various anime and books are in a sense the larger sagas consisting of the episodes by which I mean this: Nisemonogatari, (essentially meaning Fake or False Story) contains the episodes Karen Bee and Tsukihi Phoenix. Bakemonogatari (Monster Tale/Story) contains Hitagi Crab, Mayoi Snail, Sugura Monkey, Nadeko Snake and Tsubasa Cat. You get the idea; I’m not talking about the overarching anime seasons or light novel volumes but the specific episodes within them. The arcs. So let’s start.
Yotsugi Doll - Part of Tsukimonogatari of the overall series. I thought the anime just made these four episodes just really really run. From the snowball fight with Shinobu and Yotsugi in the background. I like seeing Kagenui, she's really cool and I actually really like how this arc ties into Mayoi Hell later on with Tadatsuru Teori. He was honestly not too interesting here but he comes full circle later so I respect the foundation that they built for him here. Yotsugi is a very interesting character in her own right being who and what she is. This part simply put for me was very run.
Koyomi Vamp – Aside from the events surrounding Princess Rola and the long road of Kissshot’s adventures as a vampire, this is where it all begins. The event that changes the course of Koyomi’s life forever. The spring break where he runs into a beautiful vampire and becomes one. He chooses to give up his life and live to save this transcendent, dying, out of this world gorgeous vampire. But instead she doesn’t kill him but as a result he also becomes a vampire. He must retrieve various parts of her being from three powerful vampire hunters in order to “turn him back to a human” and make her whole. This is where we meet Hanekawa Tsubasa in what I believe to be her best showing because aside from her role in Kizumonogatari, she’s not the least bit interesting to me. Oshino Meme makes his entrance here too and I am personally a huge fan of his limited appearances throughout the series. The various fights were dope, especially in the movies, and the final showdown between Kissshot and Koyomi is honesty mind-blowingly crazy. This part as a whole has the best action portions of the entire series. Kissshot is my favorite character and seeing her as the iron-blooded, hot-blooded, cold-blooded vampire and not just Shinobu Oshino is a treat. Her vulnerabilities of being who she is and ultimately the clash in ideals with Koyomi that leads to a beautiful relationship but not before he creates a situation where no one wins.
Shinobu Time – This is the part of the series that made me legit cry when I first watched it. This whole episode is special for a few reasons, Shinobu’s tale of her journey (the more information I get about her the better) and the ending of the arc. A mysterious darkness starts chasing Mayoi and Koyomi around; this entity freaks them out to their very being. It is not an oddity or apparition. It’s a phenomenon. One that Shinobu ran into where she was the King of Apparitions. There was a sequence of coincidences that led a village to worshiping her as a goddess. She became a god but she’s not one, she’s a vampire. In this town she also meets and creates one of the two minions she ever made because he died when the darkness came for her. So long story short, Mayoi is the lost snail and a ghost that was supposed to move on. Her very purpose as an oddity is not being fulfilled and the darkness simple “deletes” oddities that don’t do what they are supposed to do. Meaning Mayoi must move on to the afterlife or just stop existing. She decides to move on and as she fading away, Koyomi and Mayoi do their little shtick one last time which she doesn’t complete. She instead kisses him and passes away. The tears just wouldn’t stop, I was super sad but it was all so moving.
Sugura Devil – In the original series that is the story of Araragi and his trials and tribulations along with his friends and foes, this is chronologically the last episode. This is excluding the Off Season and Monster Season, I know there was a timeskip. This takes place in Hanamonogatari where Sugura Kanbaru is the protagonist and narrator. She’s actually one of the best leads the series has; following the events of this episode from her perspective is a treat and welcome change of pace. Kanbaru is now a senior in high school meaning Hitagi and Koyomi have graduated so she’s already dealing with some loneliness off the bat. She then learns about someone called the “Lord of the Devil” taking requests and after some mild investigation, her Rainy Devil arm is gone. After looking into some more, she runs into her old basketball rival Rouka Numachi who’s collecting the parts of the Rainy Devil. I’m not going to go over all the story beats, I’m not here to recap but I do want to talk about what I enjoyed specifically about this arc aside from Kanbaru being the protagonist. I love the final match she has with Numachi and the resolution. I am a huge fan of her running into Kaiki and Kaiki actually out speeding her, something Kanbaru is famous for. Their conversation at dinner where Kaiki is preaching about eating more meat is just a hilarious scene. I also love how long haired Koyomi is reintroduced and how they interact in his car after he finds her sprawled out of the road. Side note, his hair is finally long enough to cover the vampire bite.
Mayoi Jiangshi – This truly is one of my favorite portions of the series. Shinobu and Koyomi grow so much closer during this segment and you get to see how much Koyomi means to her. Koyomi decides to go back in time and save Mayoi on the day that she dies. But doing so they created a parallel timeline separate from their own world, where Mayoi grows up and the world is destroyed. By who? Shinobu herself. In the events of this timeline, Araragi Koyomi is killed by Black Hanekawa and as a result Kissshot destroys the world. It’s crazy because in the bleak, despair filled hopelessness of this timeline; we actually get to see what Hachikuji Mayoi would look like grown up. It worked, he saved her here, and she is alive. She hands him a letter by Meme Oshino who like a boss, proceeds to just write down exactly what happened and asks them to save the world. They summon the version Kissshot from this world and she sees WHAT the alternate possibility was had Araragi lived. They’d be closer and together…just knowing that is enough to remove her will to kill and let Shinobu take her blood, save the world and take them back to their original timeline. It’s just a beautiful tale all in all and I love it. Takes place in Kabukimonogatari.
Hitagi End – Sengoku Nadeko has become a Snake God and plans on killing her beloved Koyomi-niichan by graduation. He’s tried countless times to save her and stop with Shinobu, but they all fail. Leaving him almost dead every time. Hitagi does the one thing I never thought she’d do but, turns to the very man that was the catalyst for destroying her family: Kaiki Deishuu. And guess what, he’s the narrator! Easily my favorite lead in the whole series because you can’t even always take everything he’s telling us as absolute truth, he’s a liar. But actually seeing the world from his point of view is something I never thought the series would give us. He has an interesting mind. After agreeing to help them out (for Kanbaru’s sake) he goes through one hell of an interesting con plan…the plan? To con a God out of godhood. After a series of complicated and intricate planning and scheming, he ultimately almost fails until he forces her to choose between being a god or her dream: to be a mangaka. And he does the impossible. Araragi shows up and he tells him to leave her alone and then after a conversation with Hitagi, leaves. It ends with him being attacked brutally by some kids he conned earlier in the story and his fate left ambiguous. I think this part of the story holds the most stakes and is the episode with the highest need for success.
One Piece is currently 890 chapters into its overall story. I thought I’d take a moment to look back and talk about some of my favorite arcs in One Piece (manga only, canon arcs). The narrative can be divided into 9 larger Sagas with smaller arcs that make up a Saga. For example the Alabasta Saga is made up of five arcs in total: Reverse Mountain, Whiskey Peak, Little Garden, Drum Island and eventually the Alabasta arc. All these smaller story parts make up the entire Saga. So, let’s hop right in and talk about my favorite arcs in the series.
Honorable mention to Marineford and Alabasta. The Summit War was absolutely incredible with tons of payoff, I loved it, it’s just not one of my personal favorite arcs though it does have some of my favorite moments. Alabasta I love because I like when each Strawhat gets a fight and this arc properly introduces two of my favorite characters: Crocodile and Nico Robin.
Zou – This arc is only 23 chapters long but I feel like a lot happened. It’s one of my favorite parts of the New World. We are introduced to the Minks, Jack the Drought (first billion berry bounty), we learn more about Rio Poneglyphs and we get visual conformation of Momonosuke’s important. First of all he’s the son of the previous Shogun of Wano and he can also hear the “Voice of All Things”. This allowed him to understand and control Zunisha. We learn that Nekomamushi and Inuarashi along with Kozuki Oden (the late Shogun) sailed with the Pirate King himself. SO much information was dropped on us during these very few chapters. The Minks are extremely loyal and if you know me, loyalty is a trait I very much admire (this is why I love Jinbei) because Jack came, raised hell and tortured the living crap out of the Minks looking or Raizou and they never gave him up. Lastly is Sanji is forced to leave.
Arlong Park – This is a part of the East Blue Saga so this takes place really early, right after Baratie. Here we learn about an entire different species in One Piece, the Fishmen and this arc is inherently very One Piece. A town in danger, sad backstory, nakama that needs help, a seemingly undefeatable foe and a heroic finish. There’s obviously more to a lot of the arcs, but to me this is what One Piece is all about a lot of the times. The flashback about Nami, Nojiko and Belle-Mere is sad as hell. How Arlong completely subjugates Cocoyashi village to do fund his ambitions and kidnap Nami. Forcing Nami to roam the oceans for years trying to raise 100,000,000 Berries in order to free the village. So much crap happened. The moment everything falls apart, after she seemly had betrayed the SHs and starts stabbing and clawing at the Arlong tattoo on her shoulder, Luffy shows up and stops her. And initially she’s angry he’s there, tells him to leave that he doesn’t understand anything and Luffy doesn’t move. She finally breaks down and asks him to please help her and he puts his hat on her head, yells of course he will, walks with the crew to Arlong Park and STEPS ON THAT FISH.
Skypiea - This arc is amazing to me because of the grandness and scope of this section of the narrative. It greatly expands the lore and universe of OP. The setting is so unique and absolutely breathtaking. It takes place MILES above the ocean, in the clouds, it’s so surreal. The pure adventuring aspect of a whole new world like this just grabs you and makes you want to explore with the crew. The historical importance of this arc that lies in the background (Calagara and Norland), we see Observation Haki for the first time (called Mantra) and this arc hammers home one of the most important aspects of Devil Fruit battles: matchups. Enel, a powerful Logia who ate the Goro Goro no Mi has a god complex with good reason. He’s essentially living lightning and pretty much invincible because he can lay waste to entire ISLANDS with his thunder. Luffy’s rubber body completely negates just about all of that, rendering Enel’s main way of fighting ineffective. Amazing stuff. The various Sky Island items such as the Dials are also really cool and one particular scene that sticks in my mind is Enel restarting his own heart after taking a Reject Dial from Wiper right to the chest. Underrated arc.
Sabaody – Can you believe that the concept of the Worst Generation or the Supernova is something that Oda came up with just one chapter before introducing them? This stuff was crazy, we’re reintroduced to Hachi (in the MAIN story, he had cover page arcs) and we learn about the discrimination of the Fishmen. The Celestial Dragons are introduced here. Luffy has the SECOND highest bounty out of the Supernovas which is insane when you think about Luffy’s accomplishments. Eustass Kidd also has another member of his crew that has a bounty over 100,000,000 Berries like Luffy and Zoro. We’re introduced to another Marine Admiral, the Pastifistas, the PIRATE KING’S RIGHT HAND MAN…are you guys starting to understand? I haven’t even talked about some of the abilities or how Luffy punches the FUCK out of a Celestial Dragon (incredibly satisfying). Of course we can’t talk about this arc without mentioning the fact that Bartholomew Kuma separated the entire crew. This was heartbreaking and if you were reading this around the time it was first published like I did, One Piece went on a two week break after that chapter. I was in real life pain.
Impel Down – This arc is just something else man I love this jail break. Luffy finds out Ace has been defeated and puts getting his crew back together on hold in order to save his brother. Here we are reintroduced to Buggy, Crocodile, Betham, Galdino and even Daz Bones. Here we meet Jinbei, Knight of the Sea and even Ivankov who’s part of the Revolutionary Army (works with Luffy’s dad). The jailbreak team is impressive, I like all the action and Magellan is the MvP of that arc. The entire, the entire jail ran from this man, THAT’S how powerful he was. He basically killed Luffy as a matter of fact, he poisoned him so badly Luffy is currently very resistant to poison. Luffy running into the man, the myth, the legend himself Teach who beat Ace was also a powerful moment. From a chapter to chapter basis, page to page, panel to panel, I just enjoyed this arc very much.
Enies Lobby – Undisputedly my favorite arc of the series, the Water 7 Saga is just absolutely amazing. The World Government has taken Robin to the judiciary island of Enies Lobby. She willing gave herself up because she wanted her friends to live and the SHs learn this and go after her. Knowing they’d have to defeate Cipher Pol Number 9 otherwise known as CP9. The get to the island and Luffy immediately just RUNS through HUNDREDS of Marine fodder looking for Robin. He runs into Blueno, and for the first time he uses Gear Second and demolishes this man. Not even close. It’s such a great moment see Luffy use a power up form. The SHs catch up and epically walk to where Luffy is standing. Around this time get the flashback with Robin and Ohara. How she suffered for 20 years running from the WG, heartbreaking stuff. She doesn’t at all value her life and insists she wants to die. Luffy screams out to Robin “SAY YOU WANNA LIVE”, she remembers the words of Jaguar D. Saul, her friend from the past and finally in that moment, she values her life enough to fight for it. Enough to loudly scream ,“I WANNA LIVE, PLEASE TAKE ME BACK TO THE SEA WITH YOU.” I was in fucking tears.This is easily the most emotional moment in the series to me, this scene is my all-time favorite scene and every time SINGLE TIME I watch it, I get CHILLS. Everyone else gets their respective one on ones (minus Sogeking), show of their power ups and showcase their abilities resulting in some of the best fights in the series. Luffy defeated Rob Lucci, the crew saves Robin; they give Merry a Viking burial and proceed to wrap up the arc. Garp, Coby, Dragon name drop, new bounties for everyone, a new ship and a new member.
What are your favorite One Piece arcs, hit me up on twitter and let me know or tell me in the comments here.
Hanekawa isn't on this list. If you like her, you gotta go. Sengoku isn't here either so go on and get.
Kanbaru Sugura – First of all let’s get this out the way…Kanbaru is straight up is crossing and then dunking on any character you like. I really like Kanbaru because she’s one of the most sexually free characters I’ve seen in fiction. She’s completely 100% comfortable with her sexuality and such that it might be off putting to other people but she’s just being her truest self. She’s one of the few people I believe have extremely entertaining back and forths with Koyomi. Their convos are typically really lewd and dirty but I love it. She was an excellent protagonist in the Hanamonogatari portion of the overall series and she’s got that sexy sports body to boot.
Hachikuji Mayoi – My cute little lost snail. I personally believe she’s the character that has the most interesting dialogue with Koyomi. Easily. She leads him into traps, makes fun of him, gives him great advice, they have their awesome quips and they reference tons of anime. I love it, she’s is and isn’t mature for her age which is always funny to me. One of my favorite arcs is Mayoi Jiangshi when we get to see Mayoi in an alternate timeline all grown up. Theoretically, if I had a heart, seeing her grown up would warm my heart. “The courage to ask a girl to see her panties!”
Araragi Koyomi – The character I relate to the most. He’s a lot like me except he’s short, good at math, in love with his sisters and a lolicon. Otherwise we’re actually pretty similar. Most of his friends are women, he’s got a lowkey harem, he’s a big brother and he takes care of his own. I very much enjoy his inner monologues and seeing how he makes little adjustments in his mannerisms depending on the person. His relationship with Hitagi is also very important to me.
Deishuu Kaiki – One of the more unique and interesting beings I’ve seen in fiction. He’s got so many lines that are great quotes. See Kaiki is a ghostbuster of sorts but he’s a fake. He doesn’t even believe in the supernatural, the man is a con artist that does anything for money. In Nisemonogatari, there was a huge build up leading up to the cast confronting Kaiki and its purposely anticlimactic. He just agrees to leave when the time comes. He does so and even has a snark remark about life not always being so dramatic. The fake is of far greater value. In its deliberate attempt to be real, it's more real than the real thing.
Senjougahara Hitagi – Hitagi is a self-aware, crazy tsundere that loves Koyomi. She gives off multiple personality traits at her whim (she does it willingly) and her interactions with Koyomi are top 3. She once referred to him as trash. She’s had a difficult past, she was almost sexually assaulted, her mom made the family bankrupt by joining a cult, she was weightless for a few year but she’s come a long way. You can see her progression at being more understanding and for me it starts with the night out with Koyomi near the planetarium. Comes full circle during Hitagi Rendezvous. So cute and so is she.
Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade – Rola, Acerola, Oshino Shinobu, Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade. She goes by many names. One of my all-time favorite fictional characters. The king of apparitions. She was a cursed princess, then a wondering vagabond turned vampire and she was even a goddess at one point. She’s got a rich and long history during her 598 year life. The way she speaks is elegant, her love for donuts is hilarious, and her relationship with Koyomi is intriguing and she the most stunning character in the series. It’s almost ephemeral. Especially in her full form, her elegant royal beauty mixed with her vampire ferocity makes for one sexy babe. She has a few of my favorite arcs and she’s the most experienced character in the series.
Shout out to Kagenui and Yotsugi, I really like those two as well.
One Piece is a manga created by. Eiichiro Oda. It’s about a boy named Monkey D. Luffy, who wants to become something called King of the Pirates which he can achieve by finding the legendary treasure called the One Piece. He was inspired as a child by a man named Shanks who is a renowned pirate. The previous Pirate King was a man named Gold Roger who had attained everything the world had to offer (money, fame and power), and before his death, he said that if they wanted his treasure they could have it if they found it. He smiled in death being proud of whom he was and his words started what is called the Age of the Pirates. Monkey D. Luffy travels the oceans of the world, fighting many enemies along with his crew, in order to achieve all their dreams and find the One Piece.
The Straw Hat crew currently consists of nine pirates as of this moment. Each Straw Hat has a role on the ship and a thematic role. The story still isn’t done, it’s ongoing with a new chapter and episode released each week. It’s a deceptively deep and complex story with lots of sub plots, cool characters, themes and very original settings. One of the most intriguing things about the One Piece universe are these things called Devil Fruits. People who eat Devil Fruits gain supernatural abilities but at the cost of never being able to swim. It’s inherently interesting because most of the story takes place on the ocean and there are so many Devil Fruit users meaning there are tons of marines and pirates at sea that can’t swim.
Some ideologies and themes that are explored in the One Piece manga are treasure, justice, oppression, discrimination, slavery, government corruption, and religion. Treasure to most pirates is simply gold, silver, jewels or flashy expensive objects. But they are characters that suggest that treasure is so much more than just money. It’s really anything you’re not willing to give up without putting up a fight or protecting it to the end for whatever reason. Whether it’s a sentimental reason, a promise or because something or someone just mean a lot to that person. For example Luffy’s strawhat has no monetary value and it’s not very flashy or worth much. But when the man he idolized gave him that hat they made a promise to each other. Meaning Luffy will protect his promise with Shanks and the strawhat because he treasures it. Justice is a term really only used by the marines and like how pirates form their own way of living life (some pirates aren’t evil they just want to be free, while other are evil and blood thirsty) marines develop their own concept of justice. Justice being a much debated philosophical topic.
There are some who indeed deal with pirates and criminals accordingly in One Piece, while sometimes when a dangerous pirate is caught in order to erase the evil from the seas that pirate may get sent straight to jail without a trail. Or simply executed. There are signs or extreme corruption coming from within the marines and World Government meant who are suppose to be the good guys. Noble, honorable justice. Absolute Justice and Dark Justice are the harshest justices in the world of One Piece where in order to save 200 lives they’ll take away 500 and destroy everything in their path. For example if the marines really want a pirate captured and that pirate is in a populated area of innocent civilians, the marine may kill everything in their way in order to get the pirate. It’s known as sacrificing the few to save the many.
One Piece shows the relationship between the crew members very well. Simply by the way they interact with one another, laugh, joke around and trust each other in battle. When they are just on the ship, each person can talk and relate to other members in their own way. Zoro and Sanji have a rivalry with one another, yet respect one another very much. Luffy, Usopp and Chopper being the youngest are seen often playing. There is a part where Nami warns the crew that a storm is coming, and another ship is heading into it. Without Luffy having to say it, Nami already knows that he wants her to warn them about the incoming storm. This shows how much trust that they have amongst each and how they understand one another. They don’t even have to say things out loud sometimes because they have an in sync chemistry that allows them to function as a team without words. I also want to add the reassuring feeling the crew members get when Luffy, Zoro and Sanji are involved in a serious battle.
Another think that's really good about One Piece are the flashback, backstories and characterization. For example Tony Tony Chopper and Dr. Hiluluk. Chopper is a reindeer that ate a Devil Fruit known as the Human Human Fruit. With the fruit's power, he was able to learn English and even stand on two feet. This caused him to be ostracized by his reindeer pack. Not to mention he had a blue nose. So instead he takes on his humanoid form and goes to live with humans…..but they shoot at him calling him a monster. Neither humans nor reindeers wanted to anything to do with this “beast” and he began to feel alone.
A man who is a quack doctor, who used to be a notorious criminal walks by a wounded Chopper. In defense Chopper attacks the man. The man throws off all his clothes and weapons reassuring the beast that he was a friend and was there to help him. This is how Chopper meets his first friend. This relationship is explored brilliantly throughout the movie. From Chopper being fed for the first time, and the kindness shown to him by the Doctor. They become very good friends, as they do all sorts of stuff together. Unfortunately due to a series of unfortunate events, Dr. Hiluluk loses his life. Chopper holds him in high regards, and has nothing but love and respect for the man. Even after death they have a close bond.
I don't want to go too in depth and spoil everything because I think you should go into this story unaware of what to expect because it's unpredictable and it is long. It's a commitment but it's NOT a race. Don't rush, take your time, enjoy it at your own pace and eventually one day, you will be caught up. There's a reason why this series is so popular and I hope you all enjoy it. Don't be intimidated by it's length. Have fun.
Since the last time I made one of these lists, I beleive back in 2015, I've seen a ton of anime movies. Some good, some bad but here's a short list of the ones I think are worthwhile for one reason or another.
Kizumonogatari Movies – Koyomi Vamp, chronologically the beginning of the Monogatari series (as it pertains to Araragi). These three movies tell the story of how Araragi Koyomi became the oddity that he is and his run in with the king of apparitions.
Napping Princess – An interesting movie where dreams and the real world gets blurred and mixed up. A regular girl who’s a princess in her dreams tries to save her dad.
Your Name – A Comix Wave Film and Makoto Shinkai movie. Already you should know that visually, it’ll blow most anime out of the water. As for the movie itself, simply put, it’s Freaky Friday, in Japan with two high school teens (a boy and a girl).
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV - This is the prequel to the Final Fantasy XV game. About how Insomnia fell and how the king perished. Animation is fantastic.
A Silent Voice – The main character bullies the new girl who is deaf…as a result she ends up leaving and he becomes the subject of bulling. Timeskip to highschool and he runs into the very girl he used to bully…
Blame – An interesting adaptation of a beloved manga. I don’t think the animation is very great but I think it’s worth a watch.
One Film: Gold – The Strawhats must defeat Gild Tesero and save Zoro, after losing in a huge gambling wage. Will the SHs defeat the Monster of the New World in his own territory?
Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel - Presage Flower - The final route of the Fate/Stay Night narrative. Probably the most intense and darkest path of the three, watch Ufotable beautifully animate a portion of this Holy Grail War.
Anthem of the Heart - Long story short it's about a girl who's words hurt the people around her and thus her ability to talk is sealed away...but not her ability to sing. So it's about her trials an tribulations of essentially being a mute in her school, community and family environments.
Psycho Pass Movie – The final installment of this series (at this point). I shouldn’t really have to explain this, if you watched the anime, watch the movie. If not, start with the anime then watch the movie.
The Case of Hana & Alice - The animation and style is not for everyone but it's good. The story is about a girl who moves into a new school and sits at a desk where a previous student passed away. So they don't immediately treat the new kid nicely so, she decides to solve the mystery of how and why this student dies.
Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress - Fuse are these humanoid beings that can eat orbs from humans. The main character and her brother hunt them. Story of understanding and acceptance.
In This Corner of the World - A historical drama that takes place a decade before and after Japan is hit with an atomic bomb. Follow Suzu, a young girl who loves drawing and see how she deals with living in this time period.
Expelled from Paradise - Most of humanity has chosen to digitize themselves to live in a virtual world because a massive disaster hits earth. This world is hacked so the system sends Angela to earth in a physical body to find the hacker.
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade - Kazuki (suffering from trauma) goes to retrain himself with the Capital Polices Special Unit after he sees a young girl suicide bomb herself. He meets this girl's older sister and gets caught up in a dispute between different police forces.
Colorful (Movie) - "She/He" was kicked out the reincarnation cycle for committing a sin. Given another chance, "she/he forcibly inhabits 14 Makoto who attempted suicide. In this body, "they" must learn what their sin was or risk never existing again.
The Empire of Corpses - In a different version of the 18th century, Victor Frankenstein perfectly reanimated a dead body with a soul but that creation was destroyed. In the 19th century people can reanimate corpse but not with a soul. Did I mention this includes John Watson and Sherlock Holmes?
Harmony - Thanks to medical nanotechnology, the world has achieved Utopia through super medicine. Three girls stand up to this new totalitarian world by attempting suicide via starvation but the main character lives, grows up, joins the WHO and tries to save the world.
Miss Hokusai - Story of a famous artist and his daughter who is more talented than him. Apparently the artist was real and this is somewhat of a historical retelling of the truth behind his masterpieces (it was the daughter).
Kiki's Delivery Service - A Ghibli movie about a Witch's coming of age adventure into the real world to find herself. A personal favorite movie of mine from the studio.