Top Two Anime (Out of the latest batch)

I’ve said before that I haven’t watched anime seriously in around a decade now, and that I recently watched a ton of what I’d call bubblegum/popcorn series. Stuff that isn’t serious and isn’t all that memorable either. Basically most of the series I’ve watched lately are time wasters.

HOWEVER, two series stand out. I believe both will be considered classic shows soon if they aren’t already.  ‘One Punch Man’ and ‘Your Lie in April’.  These series stand out head and shoulders above the rest and although they couldn’t be more different I HIGHLY recommend both.

I’m not going to spoil either show so if you want those say so below and I’ll post spoilers in a separate post. ‘One Punch Man’ is a send up of the superhero/shonen genre and it is hilarious and action packed.  If you like superhero stories you’ll laugh your ass off at Saitama as he wins every fight except the one he has with boredom.

In the very opposite corner you have ‘Your Lie in April’. It’s a very sweet AND sad (really need a word for this but I don’t know one that fits) story about a young piano prodigy whose life has gone totally monotone after the death of his abusive piano teaching mother and what happens to him when he becomes ‘Friend A’ to his best friends new girlfriend. A bubbly and vivacious violin player that brings color, music and yes love back into our protagonist’s life.  I give this series a even BIGGER recommendation than OPM. This is a masterpiece and should be watched by pretty much anyone. One warning, have a box of tissues ready, you WILL need it. (Yes, even us burly he-men will be in tears on the final episode.)

I already said I am reading the manga for ‘One Punch Man’ (both the manga and webcomic versions) and I intend to read the manga ‘YLIA’ is based on when I can find it, but I don’t think it’ll be quite as good as the anime, because of the MUSIC! The music is WONDERFUL in this series, and I find myself listening to it off of YouTube when I can.

Both ‘One Punch Man’ and ‘Your Lie in April’ are available through Netflix. WATCH IT!

Bad Manga Reading Phase

So, I’ve been reading a LOT of manga lately. I blame ‘One Punch Man’. I watched it about 2-3 weeks ago and because it had a lot of story left to tell, I checked out its manga, and the next thing I know, I’m reading all sorts of stuff.

Just finished reading “Nisekoi”.  All 229 chapters!  I am very glad to be done with it, but I don’t recommend it to anyone; way to cliche. It has a conclusion but watching it’s anime is probably just as good for the casual viewer.  My OCD got me on this one. Once I start something (especially a story) I just have to finish it.

I’m also suffering because I ignored my ‘Jordan rule (wheel of time reference for those not in the know)’ of entertainment media. Namely don’t read/watch/listen to ANYTHING until it’s finished. I didn’t follow that rule and now I’m stuck reading One Punch Man (both versions) for the next couple of years or until it gets finished!

I mean I’ve found myself reading a lot of junk; really I just wanted popcorn stuff and that’s what I’m getting, lots of romcoms and slice of life high school junk, and I’ll let you know a quick rundown of them once I’ve finished them. If anyone requests a more in depth review I’ll do it but I doubt anyone even reads this blog anymore.

Naruto and Bleach are ending? Wow…GOOD!

I remember reading these comix (sorry Manga) way back in like 2003 or something. I enjoyed them for awhile but man do they stretch overlong. I was able to binge read a couple of years worth of episodes at once and THAT was what made these things worth reading. I feel sorry for anyone that had to read an episode every week over something like 10-15 years, taking MONTHS just to finish one fight? No thanks.

Once they are over THEN they may be worth reading. Bingeing is the best way to read these things. Hell, I went back a while ago and Bleach was so bad I was amazed it was still running. Both of these series would have been better if they had just ended after their first big arc. After that the stories just got beyond what I think the writers could handle.

 

/comic-manga nerd off.