Anime is seen by many as just Japanese Cartoons, but it is so much more than that. Anime is a style of art drawing upon the more commonly known word “Animation”. As opposed to Western Style Cartoons, Anime series are typically made up of storylines and plots similar to TV Dramas but using drawn characters rather than human actors, despite the voice actors still getting credits along with production teams. The majority of Anime series are aimed at 13-18 Year olds with many exhibiting sexual themes (With the Japanese age of consent being 13), other reoccuring themes are Harems (Multiple female characters falling in love with the main Male character), Transitions between Childhood and Adulthood through High School, Swordwielding/Medieval style battling, Fantasy Worlds, Video Gaming, Love and Relationships, Dark Dystopias (Massive Amounts of Killings using Demons and Spirits) and Kawaii (An effort to make the characters and plot-lines as cute as possible). Rather than just trying to entertain a young audience, the primary reason between an anime being produced and released is to increase the Japanese sales of source materials (And Merchandise) as much as possible. Source materials include; Light Novels, Web Novels, Comics and Manga Series, being the main source of income with Animes typically being present on free streaming sites. Despite many animes following the course of their source materials, with a season likely to finish at the end of one novel in a series, there is very little continuation in to a second season, leaving many questions left unanswered, forcing people to read the source materials which on the whole contain more details and character background than the shows. This is one technique to increase sales, however for the general anime fanbase it is a frustrating one with very few novels and manga being translated in to English, meaning many questions will never be answered regardless of popular demand. Furthermore, even if Westerners buy the source materials in attempt to get another series commissioned they will have little impact as the decision to create such is based upon Japanese sales alone.
Despite all of these drawbacks, I find Anime as an incredible escape from regular life, able to binge watch several episodes of the 12-24 long series’, as is common with people just sitting in front of televisions or Netflix accounts. However one thing noticable, particularly around the larger animes is the huge fan bases they create with fan art, fandoms and conventions. On top of this extra world around the TV series, there is additional content such as Movies, Video Games, Original Video Animations and thanks to editing software and the Internet we have Anime Music Videos (Songs with Anime Montages behind), Anime Cracks (Clips of Animes turned in to memes and funny content through editing) and Abridged Parody Versions of such animes. These are the basis, as well as the series themselves which I shall provide comment, judgement and reaction to as well as providing a run through of the storylines.
Here is a current ranking of all anime universes I have witnessed:
- Sword Art Online
- Chuunibyo Demo Koi Ga Shittai (Love, Chuunibyo and Other Delusions)
- Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso (Your Lie in April)
- Konosuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!
- Re: Zero- Starting Life in Another World (=5)
- Food Wars! : Shokugeki no Souma (=5)
- Akame ga Kill!
- Mirai Nikki (Future Diaries)
- Trinity Seven
Next post I shall begin with the bottom ranked series, Trinity Seven.
If I watch any new anime I shall update the leaderboard and continue to report in descending order.