3 Anime that'll get you hooked on Japanese cartoons!

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Hey Lovelies,

I hope that you are all well.

The key topic that will be spoken about in today’s blog post is anime, which is something I’ve indulged in from time to time in the past two years.

For those who do not know, Anime is essentially a Japanese hand drawn or computerised animation. There are numerous anime shows you can watch for free on Kiss Anime which is a handy website which has a range of different shows available to watch, free of charge!

In today’s post, I will be focusing on three shows that I would highly recommend to those who are starting to watch. These are shows that I absolutely adored and made me want to explore more and more variations of Anime as time went by.

I really hope you enjoy this post that is a little different from my usual content and that you would be encouraged to watch an anime too!

 


Death Note 






Death Note is the first anime I ever watched and my all-time favourite. Written by Tsugumi Ohba, Death Note follows the story of a young overachiever Light Yagami who is a high school student. At the time, Light emphatically feels that there is a moral inequality in the world and that those who commit crimes deserve to be punished and those who are generally good people deserve to live long fulfilling lives. He feels that evil is triumphant in the world at that current moment. 


Conveniently enough, as Light has these endless thoughts, he stumbles across a black notebook entitled “Death Note”. Upon opening it, he discovers that it is no ordinary notebook. When one writes somebody’s name in the notebook while imagining their face as one is doing so, the person will die of a heart attack. If one wishes to specify the cause of death, they also have the option to do so. At first, Light thinks this is a clever practical joke, but upon testing out the “Death Note”, Light quickly realises that he has something very powerful in his possession. He starts to use the book against those who are evil, causing crime etc. while those who are decent and honest can live their life with a complete lack of fear. Light becomes truly obsessed with the concept of crafting a new world where he will be a God. 



As the deaths of inmates and criminals showcased on the media occurs again and again, both the members of the public and the police force become aware that someone is behind this. Some people are behind Light’s anonymous doings and give him the nickname “Kira”, which is Japanese for killerAlthough, crime rates are decreasing because of the notebook, the police see this as one of the most extreme crimes in history. One of the world’s top detectives L, who has solved some of the world’s toughest crimes, decides to pursue Light and solve the “Kira Investigation”. 



This show is extremely gripping, thrilling and will have you up thinking about it all night. I had to play episode after episode and finished all 37 in two days. We are given insights to the thoughts of both Light and L and how they become involved in this cat and mouse chase by constantly trying to outsmart one another.


"The Human who uses this note can neither go to Heaven nor Hell."

Madoka Magica 



This deceitfully innocent and girly looking anime, follows a middle school student called Madoka and her friend Sayaka who end up encountering this cute creature that in my mind is a  mixture of a cat and a squirrel named Kyubey. Kyubey attempts to offer the girls a contract which will allow the girls to have a wish of their liking granted in exchange for their dedication as a Magical Girl. It is the duty of a magical girl to fight witches and such. An exchange student named Homura Akemi tries to prevent Madoka from entering the contract and warns her of the dangers of being a Magical girl.

The whole 12 episode series follows Madoka as she contemplates the contract that has been offered to her, and the discoveries of what being a magical girl entails. We are also given answers to why Homura is trying endlessly to prevent the contract in the first place.
This short series is very enjoyable and has a theme of love and friendship. We see how some of the main characters deal with loss and we see what extremes people will go for the sake of friendship. 


“With kindness comes naiveté, courage becomes foolhardiness, and dedication has no reward. If you can’t accept any of that, you are not fit to be a magical girl”. 






Your Lie in April 


22 episodes in length, Your Lie in April follows the tale of Kousei Arima, a talented pianist. Up until two years ago, the time of his mother’s death, Kousei would consistently play in piano recitals for the approval and happiness of his mother, a cold-hearted, abusive piano instructor that endlessly forced him to play. After her death, Kousei had a breakdown at one of his piano recitals which resulted in him becoming tone deaf and unable to hear the sound of the piano. He decides to desert the piano and hasn’t played since. This all begins to change once Kosei meets the beautiful Kaori Miyazono, a crazy, audacious and extremely free-spirited violinist who appears to be interested in Kousei’s friend Watari, the captain of the soccer team. Kaori helps Kosei restore his faith in music which allows him to return to this world he once loved and was extremely familiar with. As the show develops, Kousei begins to realise that he has fallen in love with Kaori. 


This beautifully told story will have you on the edge of tears at times and feeling glee at others. It’s short and wonderfully told and the ending is what really made it for me. If an anime can get even the tiniest drip of tears from me it is definitely a must see! 


"What did you have in your heart?"
"I had you." 



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All of these remarkable pieces of art are available to watch on Kiss Anime for no cost so feel free to watch any of them whenever you’ve the free time. All show episodes are about twenty minutes long so don’t take a massive amount of time to watch and all three series are less than 40 episodes long unlike some anime like Monster, Naruto and Attack on Titan.


Would really like to know if anybody has ever watched any anime and if so, what did they think of them? Feel free to let me know in the comments below.




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3 comments

  1. Such a cool post, I've always wanted to get into Anime but just never thought I'd understand it. Might have to try it now!

    Great blog.

    CATRIONA x
    www.catsandcontour.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Catríona. If you start with Death Note you'll love it!

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  2. I've never watched any of these but I do love anime. I tend to like fantasy/romance so think Sailor Moon. :)

    S .x http://ramblingsofayoungprgirl.blogspot.com

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