anime best of list!!!
yuki + shuichi (gravitation)
legs: Orphen (Sorceror Stabber
Orphen) -- Whoa nelly, has this boy got some gams! Hubba, hubba!
• best hair: Aya (Weiss
Kreuz) -- We all know I'm addicted to Duo and his braid, but...
it's Aya's red hair and those tails that get me...
• best girl (aka least annoying girl): Kagome
-- So many anime females are whiny and obnoxious, and obsess about
food or boys. Grrrr... Well, at least Kagome has some gumption --
she doesn't run screaming and she gives as good as she gets.
• best sexless PWP: Gestalt -- I loved
this anime. I quite literally laughed my proverbial ass off watching
this one. And can you say 'bishounen'? *swoon* Mind you, I never really
did figure out whether or not there was an actual plot. When it was all
over and done with, all I could think was 'ummmmmm...' Mind you, that
didn't at all stop me from putting it on my 'to buy' list. [ note:
all the reviews I could find it found it less that palatable, brain-dead-ness.
and what exactly is wrong with that??? ]
• best sexful PWP (heh...): Level
C -- Cute guy... picks up another cute guy... asks to live with
him... pays his rent with his body... and they fall in love... after,
of course, all that sex... Seen at Y-con, I literally planned to
catch this. And dragged Suzume along for
the ride. Heh... And the best part is that, unlike alot of other shounen
ai/yaoi anime, you can actually buy this one. [ note: there
aren't any reviews on this that I could find, just a 'back o' the box'
blurb' that's... wrong. and by 'wrong', I mean just that. what they say
happens isn't what happens at all. Kazuomi is a genuine casanova who never
has his own home but lives with women whom he fulfills sexually, but not
romantically. having been thrown out yet again by a miffed ex-lover, he
runs into Mizuki, who happens to be an up and coming model and who attracts
his eye right away. being the guy he is, he approaches Mizuki, asks to
live with him and, when Mizuki takes him home, makes it very clear just
how he's going to pay rent. *growl* Mizuki, never having been in a homosexual
relationship and quite possibly a virgin, is a bit skittish, to say the
least. but he accepts Kazuomi into his apartment and his life and gradually
gets at ease with this whole 'you want to touch me where???' thing.
when Mizuki is approached by a major corporation to be their spokesmodel,
he's a bit wary, especially when it turns out that the female in charge
knows much more about Kazuomi than she ought. but all ends well
and, more importantly, all ends in bed. heh... ]
• best angst: Earthian
-- Oh. My. God. I was looking forward to Earthian, since the two
male angels are shown as established lovers, but... jeez. How depressing
can you get? And it never lets up. *dacia shakes her head* As pretty as
it may be, this is a series I will never watch again....
• best guy wandering around trying to redeem himself:
Ogre Slayer (Ogre Slayer) -- This anime tells the story of a young
man -- known only by the name of his sword, Ogre Slayer --
who, although he looks human, happens to be an ogre. He is fired and led
by his belief that if he can kill all ogres, he himself will become human.
Sure, there are plenty of other martyrs out there, Vash (Trigun)
and Kenshin (Rorouni
Kenshin) in particular come to mind, but this guy beats them hands
down. He doesn't even have a proper name, for chrissakes... [ note:
can't find a good review of this one, as nobody else seems to like it...
but screw them. sure, the series is episodic and, yes, there is
no real character development on the part of the ogre slayer, but... he's
dedicated his very existence to ridding the world of the most unspeakable
evils, by himself. what is he supposed to be doing? dating??
] [ heh... ]
• this is fun! *cackle*
• best big brother figure: Shu (Arc
the Lad) Not only does he care.... but he's damn gorgeous, to boot!!
As much as I would rather see 2 guys going at it *ahem* rather than acting
all brotherly, the relationship between Shu and Elk is nothing more than
• best big brother (what? you didn't see that one
coming?): Marron (Sorceror
Hunters) -- *swoon* *twice* As far as looks go, Marron's got
it all over Shu in this girl's opinion. Sure, he's on the feminine side,
but he's so... Marron. *grin* And just to make me seem even less
logical and even more the perv, I actually like Marron x
Carrot, even though they are actually related. Heh...
• best 'what the hell is this?': Maze
-- 'Big sister brother'?? If I had to hear that one more time,
I would have blown a gasket. Maze is the story of a young, contemporary
girl (natch) who gets swept through time and space (double natch) to a
land where she is suddenly possessed of fearsome powers (triple natch)
which will allow her to save the day (... I won't say it). During the
day, she's a girl who doesn't want to hurt anyone and is kind of (wait
for it... ) whiny. At night... she's a cute and rapaciously horny young
man who's much more fun, but, kind of like Carrot (Sorceror
Hunters), never gets any. It was fun, sure, but... what the hell...
• best cocky voice: Duo (Gundam Wing) --
• best opening music: Nazca
-- You know when you watch anime series they always re-do the opening
sequence for each episode and you catch yourself fast forwarding through
it? Well, this music is so good that I sat through 3 DVD's (of 5, I think...)
and watched the the opener every single time. [ note: I
never did rent the rest of this series cuz it eventually pissed
me off and I didn't feel a need to see more, despite the pretty guys.
the plot is intriguing -- telling the story of reincarnated Aztec
warriors and the earth shattering struggle between one who wants to destroy
the world and one who will do anything to stop him -- but eventually
it got too... rhetorical. the 2 opposing warriors had know each other
well in the contemporary world and the good guy just can't seem to wrap
his mind around the fact that his sensei is now full on evil. reminds
me of that spaceballs quote -- "evil will always triumph,
because good is dumb". *snort* ]
• best cutest incidental pet: Jeep (Saiyuki)
-- I spose everyone automatically thinks of Ryo-ohki (Tenchi
Muyo). Cute cat/bunny? Turns into a spaceship? And although I love
her, this little white, flying dragon (who turns into, you guessed it,
a jeep) just rubbed me the right way. The guys themselves seem more like
rip-offs than anything else, but maybe I needed to give it more than the
first few episodes. After all, so many animes start off so damn silly
and only later get to the actual plot.
• best super deformations: Gravitation
-- You know what super deformed characters are, right? It's when
a character who looks normal all of the sudden, and temporarily, becomes
chibi-fied or sprouts humungous eyes or gets all sparkly and effervescent.
It can either be a really cute affect, or a really obnoxious one. Gravi
is chock full of deformations (I don't even know if that's the proper
term, but I bet you wouldn't have known that if I hadn't told ya...).
Every other second, Shuichi is turning into a chibi or a chibi in a puppy
costume, or he becomes paper thin and blows away... and it's fun
and cute as hell. Doesn't hurt that Gravi is pretty shounen ai, neither.
• best wind: Robot
Carnival -- I know -- kind of a funny 'best' category,
ne? Robot Carnival was one of the first anime features I ever saw and
it blew me away. Pun intended. I had seen anime before, sure, but the
realism of RC animation was fascinating in the extreme. One of the most
vivid recollections I have of it is watching cloth flutter in an anime
wind. That, my friend, means something...
• best kink: Boku no Sexual Harassment --
Corn!! *ahem* Think about it... [ note: since the only sub of this
is owned solely by Y-con, I couldn't find any reviews of this, either.
hell, I couldn't even find the names of the characters! suffice it to
say the the story revolves around a young man who's gung ho to make it
in a highly competitive Japanese business world. instead of taking the
hard route, when his boss asks him to 'entertain' a male client, he agrees.
and his career takes off (if it makes you feel any better, he is very
sweet and really quite good at what he does.... I mean out of bed,
you hentai!! ^_~). his boss, who is married with a child and who later
claims to love him, keeps up with his antics, though not on a constant
basis (and somehow he never seems the perv). top this off with a co-worker
who has fallen in love with him and lots of bondage and sex, and you get
BnSH. in a nutshell. not shakespeare by a long shot... but there's all
that sex... *drool* *ahem* ]
• best scars: Black Jack (Black
Jack) -- A brilliant young surgeon with a mysterious past.
I still haven't figured out how he got those scars. Sure, Vash (Trigun)
has a whole array of scars, as well, but at least you have some idea of
how he got them. With Blackjack... you really don't have a clue. And is
that guy cute or what. Heh...
• best dubbing: Sorceror
on the Rocks -- I know there are a whole heckload of folks
who are adamantly and vehemently against dubbing. I, myself, kind of like
it. Unless the English voice actors are truly hideous (see 'Nightwalker'
*shudder*), I actually prefer it. Mind you, I always try it both ways
just to see what I'm missing, if anything. SotR is hilarious, for lack
of a better word. Reminiscent of Bastard,
but without the kid *grimace*, it cracked me up. And it has (yes, I kno,
I kno... ) cute as hell guys, one of whom is intensely attracted to the
other. But when I went back to watch it with the subtitles, all those
subtle nuances were lost... It was a totally different anime and not half
as good. Literally. [ note: not many seem to like this one, either.
idiots. *snort* so read the review and ignore all the bad bits. this baby
is fun. mindless fun, yes, but fun nonetheless... ]
• best shounen ai: Yami
no Matsuei -- *swoon* No female characters at all. That's
the ticket! ^_~ The sexual tension between Murakai and Tsuzuki is... definitive.
• best yaoi: Ai
no Kusabi -- Not your average love story, by any means, and
yet by the end it touches your heart, anyway. In a far future on a distant
planet, your role is life is not only proscribed by where you're born,
but what you look like. Society is split into the elite Blondies and the
dark-haired Mongrels. They interact, yes, but solely on a voyeuristic
level. Love just never comes into the mix, and when it does... there will
literally be hell to pay.
• best 'what? that's it??!': Fish
in a Trap -- Hands down. I mean... jeez! If I was more
of a writer, I would simply love to continue this story, which
leaves off just as it's getting... well, to be story-like. Anyone wanna
take this one on? I'll be your best fr~iend... *chibi eyes*
• best school setting: Koko
wa Greewnwood -- Shinobu... Mitsuru... *pause* *repeat* Just
their presence alone makes this the best school. *laugh* Luckily enough,
there also happens to be a cool/funny set of stories (episodes 5 &
6 notwithstanding *grimace*) to go along with the cute as hell boys. This
anime is also possessed of one of those shounen ai undercurrents that
is there and not there at the same time, and is one of the reasons I find
the fanfiction so addictive...
• best guy getting naked for no particular reason:
Is it natural to have talks with your second in command while you're in
the buff? I'm certainly not complaining, but... I think if I had been
a guy I would have been squirming in my seat. [ and you can interpret
that 'squirm' any way you like. *grin* ]
• best fluff: Fruits
Basket -- Caught this one at Y-con, as well, mostly because...
well, I hadn't heard of it before. *grin* I had my doubts about it, having
seen some merchandise portraying the characters as almost too cute,
but, my god, was this one worth it. In only 2 episodes, I was hooked.
FB tells the story of a young girl who, despite a run of hideously bad
luck, remains hopeful and happy. Forced to live in a tent in the woods
after her mother's untimely death, she is taken in by a classmate and
his older cousin, both of whom are bishounen to die for and who
turn out to me much more than meets the eye...
• best god dang near everything: Cowboy
Bebop -- 'Nuf said.
[ note: I must be just as odd as I think I am cuz many of the anime
titles that many found to be unspeakably horrendous, I found hilarious.
what do these people want, anyways? isn't bad humour a good thing...?