Because 2D girls are love. 2D girls are life. I have so many gifs/pics and I needed something to do with them lol.
I'll probably occasionally add more sexy anime girl gifs to this so check back often, hehe. #WaifuForLaifus
I realized I've done several manga lists and none for anime. So it was about that time. Here's 36 random anime (random meaning from any era, genre,demographic) I believe is at least worth a fair chance:
All these anime have something going for them. Whether it's the characters, music, plot, aesthetics, or a combination of them all. Give them a try if you haven't already!
Side Note: I know a lot of these anime have multiple seasons and what not, so I've provided MaL links for you to use.
You may or may not know that for various reasons, the anime industry is slowly struggling. Personally, I’ve exhausted the medium for the most part and honestly, I haven’t really been watching anime of late. But this fall season brought the final installment of my favorite anime series: Owarimonogatari of the Monogatari series.
If you know me well this may come as a bit of a shock to you. Usually when I speak of anime or manga favorites, it’s always One Piece. Well, I have a bit of a confession to make. One Piece while still my favorite piece of art and literature ever and my favorite manga of all time, it’s not my favorite anime anymore. Not even close. It’s been Monogatari for about two and a half years. Toei Animation simply isn’t doing the One Piece manga justice any longer. Monogatari is clever, well written, written by a genius, it’s got an interesting premise, strong characters with depth and visually stunning animation. Monogatari is also my favorite light novel series along with A Certain Magical Index.
Mongatari is a light novel series that has an anime adaptation animated by Shaft. It’s written by Nisio Isin who’s also the author of Medaka Box, Katanagatari, Zaregoto and Death Note Another Note: the Los Angeles BB Murder Cases. The man is a brilliant writer and I’m a fan of a lot of his work. Medaka Box is one of my all-time favorite manga and his Death Note light novel was phenomenal (also the first ‘light novel’ I ever read). I was able to read the first two volumes of Zaregoto a few years ago and I was enjoying it. Katanagatari however I was unable to find the light novel in French or English, so I only watched the anime and it was fantastic.
Getting back on topic, the series is cleverly constructed because it’s in good hands. The dialogue is fun and super entertaining. The way the characters interact with one another is such a riot. It’s silly, it’s funny and there are tons of smart Japanese idioms, puns and play on words present in the conversations. Isin’s knowledge of the Japanese language is so proficient that it’s literally impossible to translate a good portion of these clever quips into English. So much of what’s being said is lost in translation. The character names are also funny, punny names.
The entire premise of the show is majorly intriguing. It’s quite difficult to explain without going into detail. The franchise is very much a “read it or watch it for yourself” type of narrative. The world of Monogatari is filled with supernatural, other worldly creatures and phenomenons. That includes: time travel, parallel earths, ghosts, vampires, items from mythology or folklore and even people who combat/deal with these forces. You can call them ghostbusters or exorcists of sorts.
These oddities or apparitions have several reasons for afflicting the real world and the people in it. Reasons stemming from intense emotions like prolonged hatred. That could cause a distortion in the world or cause the person of your hatred to become afflicted with some curse. The first example in the series is when the main character meets a girl who’s weightless. She doesn’t weight anything at all.
Araragi Koyomi, a relatively normal high schooler has his regular daily life come to an end when he encounters some supernatural beings. After the end of said ordeal he essentially becomes a vampire. Using his little experience with apparitions, powers and sense of justice, Koyomi attempts to help people with oddities. Separated into mini story arcs and character arcs. The story is not told in chronological order. That’s the best I can do without spoiling major plot points.
This show has great characters, the cast is truly superb. I openly admit a lot of the female characters are a bit gimmicky, designed for waifu wars and merchandising. That being said though, most of them still have a lot of depth. Araragi is a good lead for the show as I find him to be entertaining and he shows more of his true self as time progresses. I also find him to be secretly relatable. He’s a pervert in every sense of the word. I mean this guy has several complexes and even molests ghosts. But at the end of the day, he’s a decent guy who would do anything for his friends and family.
Two personal favorite characters of mine are Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade (Shinobu Oshino) and Hitagi Senjougahara. Without spoiling much, Shinobu is a cool character and comes in all stages of growing up. There’s loli, form, teenage form and the older busty one. She’s got a long and rich history. Her character has layers of complexity and her relationship with the main character is interesting. Oh, she’s also a vampire, the best vampire ever.
Hitagi is like the ideal girlfriend in my humble opinion. As the internet would say, “relationship goals.” She's pretty crazy, but she's self-aware of it and her boyfriend knows it and accepts that part of her. She's a very strange character that gives off multiple character traits but ultimately you’d classify her as a tsundere. Senjougahara is very interesting to watch and listen to speak due to her outlook on life and mannerisms. "I'm not an ally of justice. Just and enemy to evil." She has had a pretty semi rough past having her family damaged and broken up by a certain man. She would go out of her way to protect her boyfriend and that includes locking him up to keep him safe or talking to the man she hates most to find a way to keep him out of harm's way.
Shaft Inc.! How I love this studio. Shaft is known for their eccentric artistry and crazy head tilts. Not to mention certain popular anime such as Gourmet Girl Graffiti, Nisekoi, Puella Magica Madoka, Negima, Mekakucity Actors and even helped animate the Palutena Character Trailer for Super Smash Bros for the Wii U (and 3DS).
The various Monogatari anime are insanely visually pleasing and stimulating. Lots of poetic imagery and interesting events happening on screen. Nisio's narratives tend to be dialogue heavy but expect to always be visually entertained even when nothing of note is happening. However, don’t take everything you see literal as a lot of it is symbolic. The series is well directed with magnificent cinematography, nice colours, beautiful looking characters and great action scenes. It is clean, colorful and vibrant.
Listen, the Monogatari series isn’t for everyone. A lot of the dialogue is circular, the conversations are often purely for entertainment purposes. Sometimes the conversations don’t go anywhere. That and maybe some of the ecchi scenes may be what turns away some viewers/readers and I get it. That being said, I definitely think the series is deserving of a fair chance. There’s good action, great animation, fantastic characters, clever writing, interesting dialogue and an interesting premise. Please give it a try and let me know what you think of it!
P.S: The watch order is Bakemonogatari, Kizumonogatari Nisemongatari, Nekomonogatari Kuro, Monogatari Season 2, Hanamonogatari, Tsukimonogatari, Owarimongatari and Owarimonogatari Season 2.