30 Day Anime Challenge: Day 30 – An Anime You Wish Never Ended And Continued On

Here we are, at the last day of the challenge… and my final prompt is to talk about an anime I wish never ended and continued on. Technically, my answer only kind of fits this prompt. My answer more is for an anime I wish could have continued on in order to finish the story that was told in the manga.

My pick is Fruits Basket. This is an anime that was in production while the manga was ongoing, and the anime series ended well before the manga did. Because of that, the ending for the anime is rather weak. Also, this means there are characters and plot points that are missing from the anime because of this. I really like how the manga ended, and I would have liked to see the Fruits Basket anime pick back up and continue by the time the manga ended. If things had been different, and the manga had been much further along before an anime was green-lit, maybe we would have gotten the complete story in anime form. Oh well. Maybe at some point, someone can produce a good reboot anime that tells the entirety of the manga’s story from beginning to end.

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30 Day Anime Challenge: Day 29 – An Anime You Wish Was Real

Today, I’m supposed to talk about an anime that I wished was real. I had to really think about this a bit, because, while it’s tempting to want to choose an anime that takes place in a very different world than ours, there’s a lot of risk of wishing something that fantastical or different was real. So I decided to play it safe and stick with an anime that’s set in our real world.

I decided to choose Yowamushi Pedal. I like a lot of these characters (minus Midousuji and Kishigami), so I think they’d be neat to know in real life. Of course, for me to truly have good interactions with these characters, I would need to be about 20-25 years younger in order to be closer to their age. LOL! But it would be cool to be able to go to school and have classes with some of these characters. Also, the excitement that we see in the bicycle races would probably also be fun to see in real life.

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30 Day Anime Challenge: Day 28 – Favorite Quote From Any Anime Character

Today’s prompt is about my favorite quote from any anime character…

“Stand up and walk. Keep moving forward. You’ve got two good legs. So get up and use them. You’re strong enough to make your own path.” – Edward Elric, Fullmetal Alchemist

This quote from Ed has always stuck with me. It’s a very inspirational quote for one thing. For another, it’s kind of interesting that a character who doesn’t have both of his natural legs (one is automail, after all) is saying this, so his talking having two good legs is a little ironic. But you know what? I like that he is able to say something like this, without being sarcastic, even though he himself technically doesn’t have “two good legs.” It shows he can think of other’s feelings above his own.

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30 Day Anime Challenge: Day 27 – Most Badass Scene From Any Anime Character

For Day 27, I’m talking about the most badass scene from any anime character. The character I chose is the one I talked about back on Day 17.

To me, the most badass scene from any anime character I can think of is Shikamaru taking down Hidan of the Akatsuki. Hidan was the one responsible for taking down Shikamaru’s teacher, and Hidan ultimately believed that since he was immortal, that he was also invincible. I love how Shikamaru thought his plan out thoroughly, and he found a way to take down Hidan without actually killing him… yet, doing things in such a way that Hidan can’t be a threat to anyone ever again. While Shikamaru normally doesn’t show a lot of emotion in his various battles, his passion was simply blazing while he took on Hidan, which is why I see this as being such as badass scene. Yet, when all was said and done, Shikamaru didn’t gloat when he won. Instead, he finally had the peace of mind that the one who took down his teacher could no longer harm anyone else.

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30 Day Anime Challenge: Day 26 – Best Anime Fight

Not surprisingly, my choice for the best anime fight comes from the anime I chose as my favorite fighter anime back on Day 10.

I chose Goku and Vegeta’s first fight in Dragon Ball Z. While this battle may not have all the insane power ups of later fights in the series, I still hold this one in high regard. It was exciting, and I think it’s actually more enjoyable because neither Goku nor Vegeta had gone through their various power ups yet, so they had to rely on what powers they possessed at that time. And I liked how the battle increased in its intensity until it reached its crescendo. I also appreciate how Goku decides not to kill Vegeta at the end of it, even though Kuririn and others in the cast thought he should have. While it may not have been one of the flashier battles of the franchise, to me, it’s still very memorable and very well done.

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30 Day Anime Challenge: Day 25 – Saddest Anime Death

Today, I’m taking a look at the saddest anime death.

My choice is Setsuko from Isao Takahata’s Grave of the Fireflies anime film. Both she and her brother have it rough throughout the film. They lose their mother during the firebombing of Kobe in World War II, and then have to move in with an aunt who treats them cruelly. They leave to be on their own and live in a bomb shelter, and the siblings have to deal with malnutrition and starvation. Setsuko is only about four years old, which makes it really hard to watch her suffer. As a mom, it really breaks my heart.

Even though her older brother, Seita, tries to take care of her, she dies during the movie. The first time I saw the scene of her death, I was crying… a lot. Seeing someone so young die due to circumstances beyond their control was just devastating. Even though I know this scene is coming each time I re-watch the film, I still find myself tearing up right before reaching the scene of her death. I’ve never had the death of another fictional character affect me as much as Setsuko’s has.

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30 Day Anime Challenge: Day 24 – Moment That Shocked You The Most In Any Anime

For today’s prompt, I have to talk about the moment that shocked me the most in any anime. This actually ended up being an easy one to decide on.

To me, the most shocking moment in anime comes from the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise. And that moment is when Ed and Al Elric, along with the audience, learn that Shou Tucker created a chimera from his own daughter, Nina, and their dog, Alexander. Before this event, Shou was depicted as if he cared about Nina, so it just came as an absolute shock to me that he would try to save his career by using his daughter this way. It was shocking, sad, and maddening the first time I saw it in the original Fullmetal Alchemist anime. Even though I knew to expect it when I watched Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, it still didn’t make it any easier.

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30 Day Anime Challenge: Day 23 – Favorite Attack Someone Used In An Anime

I also had a hard time trying to decide on a favorite attack someone used in an anime. But in the end, like with my answer to yesterday’s prompt, I went with something unconventional and humorous.

My choice here is “One Thousand Years of Death” from Naruto. It’s really funny how it has such an ominous name, yet all it requires is someone putting their index and middle fingers into an opponent’s bottom to cause embarrassment. It’s rather hilarious when Kakashi uses it on Naruto when Team 7 is doing the exercise that requires them to get the bells away from him. The comedy comes from just how far Kakashi is able to propel Naruto in the air with what appears to be a stupid technique. But it’s later revealed that there’s actually a point to this technique and how making certain substitutions can make it something lethal. So, it’s a joke but also a kind of technique… which is why I decided to make this my choice for today’s prompt.

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30 Day Anime Challenge: Day 22 – Favorite Weapon, Gear Or Armor Used In An Anime

Trying to come up with a favorite weapon, gear, or armor in an anime was actually harder than I thought it would be. But in the end, I chose something rather unconventional.

I ended up going with Kodachi Kuno using her brother, Tatewaki, as a weapon during the Martial Arts Rhythmic Gymnastics competition that’s taking place between her and girl-type Ranma. To me, this has always been one of the memorable moments from Ranma 1/2, since it’s so unexpected that it’s hilarious. And the even more amusing part is that the referee declares that Tatewaki actually counts as a weapon for the match. LOL!

Even though this scene takes place in Episode 13, it’s already been established just how much of a pompous jerk Tatewaki is, so there’s also this small sense of satisfaction seeing him being utilized in this humiliating manner. Yes, I admit that’s a mean thing to say, but I can’t deny that I’ve thought this when I’ve watched this scene.

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30 Day Anime Challenge: Day 21 – Favorite Goofy Anime Character

Today’s prompt asks me to talk about my favorite goofy anime character. For this category, there was no contest, because there was only one possible character who could fit.

And that character is Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece. Luffy wants to be the King of the Pirates, but he ate a Devil Fruit that turned him into a rubber man and he is no longer able to swim. But Luffy doesn’t let this get him down or deter him from his dream. He’s the leader of the Straw Hats, a ragtag team traveling together to try to reach the end of the Grand Line and find the One Piece. Even though Luffy may be the leader, it doesn’t mean he necessarily takes things very seriously. Most of the time, Luffy can be seen goofing off while using his rubber body, or sometimes doing things like putting chopsticks in his nose alongside Usopp and Tony Tony Chopper on the deck of the Going Merry. Yes, Luffy can get serious if something upsets him enough, but he’s definitely more of a laid back and goofy character. Sometimes, you never know what goofy or crazy thing Luffy will decide to do!

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