Monthly Archives: April 2016

Anime Season Has Some Actually Good

I can totally understand how someone might have missed this one having looked at seasonal charts. That’s because it was right down the bottom in the OVAs section that’s usually just filled with random side stories to long running shounen series you never watched and softcore pornography too racy to put on TV. Which may explain the complete lack of hype this is getting.

Zarageto is the light novel written by Nisioisin before he wrote Bakemonogatari. Yeah, you see why you should be interested in this now? It’s taken a while but Shaft have finally gotten through the entire Monogatari series and can now take a look at some of Nisioisin’s other works. There are a significant number of people who even consider Zarageto to be the superior series due to there being no harem antics and far less ramble-y dialogue.

The first episode doesn’t come out until late-October but as a personal huge fan of Nisioisin and Monogatari, I’ll be eagerly anticipating this adaptation. Now we’ve just got to hope someone picks it up for streaming…

Fune wo Amu

While the protagonists of this series are certainly “anti-heroes,” Kougaiji is a perfect example of an anti-villain. He is not bad or evil — he is just trying to save his mother. To do so, he has to act villainous under the command of the true villain of the series. This is a character who is determined to get what he needs… at any cost.

I’m cheating here a little as The Great Passage isn’t technically a light novel adaptation. Rather its origin was a regular old novel, which may explain why the premise features a complete lack of superpowered teenagers falling into harems. Instead it’s about two blokes writing a dictionary together. To some people that might sound like the most boring premise ever, but to folks like myself who get excited about seeing a story about adults dealing with adult problems, I’m so pumped to watch this.

It’s fitting that this airs in the famous Noitamina timeslot, the one that was geared towards a non-traditional anime viewing audience. For a few years they sort of forgot that was their intended goal with anime like Black Rock Shooter orHow To Raise A Boring Girlfriend, but between The Great Passage and the mega-hit from earlier this year Erased, it seems like they’re going back to their roots in a more determined fashion.

Occultic

That semi-colon you see does not lie to you. Yes indeed this is a light novel adaptation by the creator of Steins;Gate as part of the not-really-connected-in-any-shape-or-form semi-colon series that includes Robotics;Notes and Chaos;Head. OK maybe those last two weren’t that great as anime, but Steins;Gate is so good that you can guarantee there are thousands upon thousands of anime fans who will automatically check out anything this author writes just off the back of that.

Plus for what it’s worth, the story does sound interesting. It’s about a paranormal club who run an online blog about mysterious phenomenon only to find themselves wrapped up in the mystery, which sounds a lot closer to Steins;Gate’s premise than the other, less interesting semi-colon series. That said, the trailer has a very different feel, being way more wild and eccentric than the close and claustrophobic feel of Steins;Gate. I’ll admit the giant looming boobs in the trailer worry me a little though.

Anime Villains That The Best For You

images-11What makes a bad guy do bad things? Most anime don’t go too far beyond classic themes like world domination, personal vendetta, power, greed, or just plain being evil. But when anime don’t gloss over the motivations for some of these villains, you might get a sympathetic villain; one you can’t help but root for.

Sometimes they’re misguided and truly believe they’re doing what’s right. Other times their reasons are just so depressingly sad. And then there are those villains who are just too awesome to hate. Whatever the reason, having a sympathetic anime villain makes it bittersweet when the hero “saves the day.” These anime villains will make you question the motivation behind your favorite anime hero — and remind you that “winning” often comes at someone else’s expense.

Note: Don’t expect to find characters like Light or Lelouch on this list — villains who are also protagonists are called anti-heroes, and we have an entire list of them here.

We’ve come to realize that there three distinct types of anime villains that we love to root for:

Villains who are a product of their past

Bad people aren’t always bad. Some bad people are victims of circumstance, who turn into villains after life throws them a few too many negative moments than they can handle. You can’t help but feel bad for these “bad guys,” even when some of the things they’ve done are appalling. It might be due to the knowledge that they had little control over the hand their life dealt them. “He has a tragic past” is an overused trope for any character, but we’re suckers for it, and the feels we get for these anime villains proves it.

At first glance, Johan is a monster. He is, after all, the titular monster of the anime. But nothing is black and white in the series, and as it progresses, we learn more about this “monster.” The more we discover, the more sympathetic Johan becomes, and while we probably never outright root for him, we do begin to feel more for him, and understand why he is the way he is. Is evil born, or made?

As an Earthling on Mars, Slaine has to deal with hardships right off the bat. He is picked on for his origin, and later develops an obsession over the Martian princess. After a certain event transpires, he completely snaps and turns into a villain. Having seen where Slaine came from though, it’s easy to understand how he turned out the way he did.

The slick fighter Chloe may come across as cold and distant, but a peek into her past reveals very good reasons for this. She is a remarkable fighter, and would make a powerful villain if it weren’t for one thing: her feelings. Whereas other villains bury their emotions, Chloe is driven by hers — a trait that may very well cause her trouble. Meanwhile, the true baddie Altena is the kind of villain who has good intentions but poor judgement on how to carry them out… but more on that type of villain later.