Re-Awakened Into Full-Fledged Otaku – Got back into anime, started a blog, and moved on the path to where I am today!
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
I watched Haruhi in December 06 and it was the first thing to cheer me up from my depression in a long time – that is, until it was over, and I got depressed again. I’d even call that the reason I wanted to get into anime again, to regain the good feeling I had when watching that show. It was my first fansub, watched on Youtube, and I truly resonated with Haruhi like I had no other character but Shinji. However, what I think really changed me about Haruhi was that this was the first show I’d seen that emphasized characters over plot, and I totally fell in love with the whole lot of them. It might have really been the first anime that kept giving me something beyond just watching it and enjoying it for what it was. That all said, in spite of my placement, I never actually listed Haruhi as my number one favorite anime. I was too stubborn about Evangelion even though by the time I watched Haruhi I could remember very little of Eva (this is why you don’t marathon when you aren’t good at watching anime yet, jackass!) When I finally admitted that Eva had been beat by the next show, I listed Haruhi as number 2, since I knew that it should have been my favorite for quite a while.
I also think it deserves mention that since this was my first favorite while into anime for real and having money, it was the first series that I could really buy products from. I own all 4 of the limited edition boxes, and I’ve also bought (small and rather cheap) Haruhi Live-a-Live and Yuki figures. Even though I’ve been largely burned out on Haruhi these days and trying to sort of avoid it, I’m still quite proud of my merchandise ownership.
Welcome to the NHK
NHK made me finally admit that Evangelion wasn’t my favorite show anymore. The series was far too powerful to me – I’d been essentially locked in my room for years at this point and even though anime had brought me out of my depression, I was still burdened with all of the knowledge and experience of those years, and when I would crash, I would crash really hard – Satou hard. Like Haruhi, NHK gave me much, much more than just a show, but it gave me ways of looking at life, namely my own (and of course it was still a really damn entertaining show.) NHK is very ingrained into my thought process now – it’s one of those shows/books that I quote frequently or use to explain things. Even though I have a very positive outlook on life these days and don’t necessarily agree with some of the story’s worldviews, it was nonetheless the perfect launch-point for what I basically try to do every day on my blog – understand and explain just what the hell is up with me. Plus the novel was fucking amazing.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
I imagine you’ve read people explain why they love TTGL before, and my explanation probably doesn’t differ much – it’s the most uplifting and epic anime ever created. The effect that this show had on myself and my brother cannot be understated – and it’s still my brother’s favorite anime. He actually wears the drill that came with his Revoltech as a necklace, and has the light-up drill that came with one of the DVD boxes attached to his keychain (yes, we’ve made it light up while plugging in the key). What’s funny, though, is that when I saw this show, I thought that nothing could possibly top it. A couple of weeks later, Eureka Seven came close. A couple of weeks after that, TTGL was overtaken.
ef ~a tale of memories~
I won’t link to the fairly embarrassing year-end post I did after watching this show on New Year’s Day 2008, but suffice it to say the show utterly overtook my favorites list. It was very much ‘where I was at’ in life at the time, and it was also in the style that I had come to love from a year’s worth of becoming an Akiyuki Shinbo fanboy. I honestly believed after watching ef that it would be never be overtaken, and it had a good run, since I didn’t officially replace it until December of that year. I have a lot of ef merch, too, partly because No Name gave me some of the crap he got from Japanese magazines such as a regular-sized double-sided Miyako pillowcase, a deck of playing cards, this… mat… thing, and then at Otakon that year I bought a humongous Chihiro bedsheet, which is currently hanging on my ceiling over my bed scaring the fuck out of everyone who comes to visit.
Earth Maiden Arjuna
This was my weirdest, most short-lived favorite. When I first watched Arjuna I considered it ‘tied with ef’ as my favorite anime of all time, because it’s messages had seemed so incredibly important to me. However, less than 2 months later, I had my little brother watch the show, and as I tuned in for parts of it, I noticed that a lot of it wasn’t as mind-blowing as I had first thought – I was so caught up in the messages that I hadn’t given the show the responsibility of being entertaining. I was so confused and disappointed that I stripped the show of favorites status, and I also discovered the importance of rewatching shows before considering them favorites. That entire experience ultimately inspired the Epic Journey, which is considered this blog’s ‘true purpose.’
And the first conclusion of the Epic Journey was that Eureka Seven was my favorite anime. While the show had come so close to that status back in 2007, it wasn’t until December 2008 that it was ‘officially’ appointed that status, and it hasn’t changed since. There are more than enough posts on this site about why I love Eureka Seven so much, though I do need to rewatch it sometime soon. However, unlike with Evangelion way back, I actually am confident in my stubbornness for Eureka Seven and earnestly believe that it won’t be losing it’s top spot for a long, long time. The only anime that’s come close is my current second-favorite Gintama, however even though I score the two series as equals, in my mind and heart, Eureka Seven will always be the top of my favorites list.
And those are all – I was going to add a section on my manga favorites and other stuff, but I already feel this is lengthy and redundant enough, so we’ll leave it at that~