30 Days of Anime Challenge: Day 28 – Anime You Wish Never Ended

Published August 25, 2017 by GravediggerNALK

There are all sorts of answers I could give here.

The first series that comes to mind is Psycho Pass, but there’s no confirmation that it’s over. Even then, the difference I saw in the knowledge of cyberpunk and general dystopian science fiction of the season one writers/directors and the season two writers/directors was enough for me to have doubts about how long the series could last maintaining its identity.  I enjoyed season two, but more staff changes could be detrimental to the overall feeling of the series.

I could say The Big O or Witch Hunter Robin, since I would love to see both of them retooled as long-running detective dramas tackling the issues in their respective fields, but I fear that the aesthetics and themes of those series would end up being sacrificed to allow the show to run longer.

I could make an argument for not wanting One Piece to end, but only because I’d love to see the other 70% of the world as developed as the East Blue and the Grand Line.



30 Days of Anime Challenge: Day 27 – Favorite Anime Movie

Published August 25, 2017 by GravediggerNALK


The End of Evangelion is incredible.  Top to bottom, it’s everything to be expected for the ending of Neon Genesis Evangelion.  It is the culmination of all of the characters’ feelings that have been expressed (or, in most cases, repressed) throughout the show.  At the end of it all, we get an ending just as vague and open-to-interpretation as everything else in the series.

Gainax spared no expense, and it puts its score and animation on display in magnificent fashion.

Definitely a must-see if you’ve completed Neon Genesis Evangelion.

30 Days of Anime Challenge: Day 26 – Favorite Male Protagonist

Published August 21, 2017 by GravediggerNALK


Takatoshi Tsuda, male lead of Seitokai Yakuindomo, is the best.  At first glance, he’s constantly being terrorized by his peers’ humor and spends most of his days forced to play the straight-man to their antics . . . but look deeper.  He’s used to it.  Sure, he does it a lot, especially early on, but he’s gotten so used to it that most of it now just washes right over him, and he grows to do more short quips or and reflexive jabs instead of hitting ’em with the Just Defend.  He achieves True Comfiness, and, for that, I salute him.

30 Days of Anime Challenge: Day 25 – Favorite Female Protagonist

Published August 19, 2017 by GravediggerNALK


Imagine a show, where there was obviously a “best girl.”  Now, follow me on this, you could have two characters together and they were collectively “best girl.”  That’s Infinite Stratos.

Laura Bodewig and Charlotte Dunois are, together, the “best girl” of the series.  Their chemistry together is perfect, and it is the cutest thing.  It doesn’t matter if you read the light novels (the original source material) or watch the anime, just do it.  The only main manga adaptation that matters is the one that is currently publishing, but it’s so far behind that it’s not even worth it if you’re wanting to get into the series.

30 Days of Anime Challenge: Day 24 – Best Anime Antagonist

Published August 18, 2017 by GravediggerNALK


Char Aznable, in my opinion, is the best anime antagonist.  As the primary antagonist of the main (early) part of the Universal Century timeline, Char has proven himself one of the most iconic anime characters ever.

During the original Mobile Suit Gundam, he goes through a long string of revelations and developmental moments.  He begins the series wanting to take revenge on the Zabi family and righting the wrongs of the Earth’s elite done since the beginning of the Universal Century.  At the end of the series, he is coping with the loss of the person he felt closest to being able to understand him, and struggling to come to terms with the fact that he’s finally found someone (Amuro Ray) able to, at least somewhat, match his skills and abilities.

During Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (and the manga Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Deleted Affair), he clears his head and sets his focus on the greater good instead of his personal feelings.  Char, under the alias Quattro Bajeena, fights to stop the corruption of the Earth Federation’s Titans and to fulfill his father’s ideals of moving mankind into space, not only to give Earth a much needed rest from the stress of mankind but also to expand humanity’s horizons.

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Episode 37 of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, “The Day of Dakar,” is the most important episode of the series for Char.   He finally tells the world that he, Quattro Bajeena, Char Aznable, Edward Mass, etc. is actually Casval Rem Deikun: Son of Zeon Zum Deikun.  He then implores the citizens of Earth to trust in him and his father’s ideals, and leave the Earth for the colonies in order to give the planet a rest.  Char shows that he is willing to push aside his own goals and dreams in order to take care of what he believes is right.  I cannot begin to describe how important this episode really is for Char as a character, so I ask anyone interested to, after watching the original series, watch Zeta Gundam and really soak in what is happening so you can understand how important this is for Char and the Universal Century timeline.  Earlier in this “30 Day Challenge” I gave the title of “My Favorite Episode of Anime” to an episode of Cowboy Bebop.  However, “The Day of Dakar,” is a strong second to that episode.

Char’s saga, the feud between him and Amuro, and the ideals of Zeon Zum Deikun all end during Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack.  Char has become a hero, much like his father, of the spacenoids.  People love his speeches, he is given bouquets of flowers while riding the public transit, and the people of the colonies see him as their savior come to deliver them from the poverty and oppression they face as people living in the colonies instead of on Earth.  Char has grown weary of Earth’s ever quickening destruction, his depression stemming from the loss of Lalah Sune and numerous other people, and the constant pressure of being The Son of Zeon begin to cause cracks in his psyche.

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He finds two (2) solutions to his troubles.  Char wishes to settle his feud with Amuro in a duel of even footing, going as far as to help design Amuro’s new mobile suit.  As for his other problems, Char intends to crash Axis (the large asteroid that the remnants of Zeon declared home after the One Year War, seen in Char’s Deleted Affair and Zeta Gundam) into the Earth, causing a forced winter and forcing anyone that survived to move into space.  Of course, neither plan finishes as intended.

We watch Char grow for 14 years of his life, and longer if you read Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, the immaculate retelling of the original series with insightful backstories for Char and Sayla.  He grows from a revenge-seeking young adult, to a hardly-middle-aged man torn down and beaten by his life of fighting and ideals.  For all of the shit that people give Yoshiyuki Tomino, he wrote Char’s story almost perfectly.  Char and Amuro are both the tragic heroes of one of the greatest space opera epics of all time.

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30 Days of Anime Challenge: Day 23 – Most Hated Character

Published August 16, 2017 by GravediggerNALK


With everything right with Fate/stay Night, Gilgamesh completely jars my experience.  He’s a spoiled prat, he lacks depth as a character, and his most defining moments as a character lacked the detail and explanation that could’ve made him seem like the unstoppable threat that he is supposed to be.  Maybe I just don’t like rapists  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

30 Days of Anime Challenge: Day 22 – Favorite Romantic Couple

Published August 15, 2017 by GravediggerNALK


Full Metal Panic! is the oddest mix of fun and seriousness that I’ve seen.  Is it even correct to say that Kaname and Sousuke are a couple? It’s weird.  I spent a while on this one.  It was rough trying to shift through all of the “possible couples,” the “one-sided couples,” etc. and, somehow, this is the one I’ve settled on.

Go watch Full Metal Panic! (especially since the anime will finally be finished soon), or, if you can, go read the entire light novel series.