I’m back with the penultimate section to the 30 Day Anime Challenge as created by A Geeky Gal! I’m still thoroughly enjoying writing these posts and I’m glad I decided to take part by writing in sections. I also seem to have watched more anime this month than I do normally, probably due to this challenge… and I’m loving it!
Day 21: Share your favourite anime quote!
I’m not a fan of quotes and I struggle to remember ones in English, never mind in Japanese, but I love this scene from Is The Order a Rabbit? My boyfriend often recites this, especially when we’re making hot drinks, and I just think it’s hilarious! I love it when Japanese people speak English, all the extra syllables are so adorable.
“I’d-o li-ke so-me mo-re green tea!”
Day 22: What anime had the saddest death scene?
This was really difficult to answer. From all the anime I have seen there hasn’t been a single death scene that I remember specifically enough for it to have had so much of an impact. Therefore, I’m bending the question slightly; I choose WorldEnd (SukaSuka).
There wasn’t a particular scene I had in mind, but Chtholly’s transformation throughout the series did get to me. I find it’s harder to watch a character change than disappear completely as their body still remains. Watching her deteriorate and lose her memories over time was heart breaking especially because of her bond with Willem, therefore I believe it deserves to be mentioned.
Day 23: What anime do you wish never ended?
This should be fairly obvious. Yona of the Dawn (Akatsuki no Yona) is my absolute favourite anime and as Season 1 ended so abruptly, I was left feeling slightly underwhelmed. It’s been 4 years now since the first season aired, so for Season 2 not to even have a release date yet is very disappointing.
I’m currently reading the manga to find out the events beyond the anime, but even these English editions are only being released every few months. I find myself researching into the developments of Season 2 regularly, only to disappoint myself with the lack of results. I’m afraid I’ll be waiting for something that’s unfortunately never going to happen, sigh… There’s so much more to this series, give us more anime!
Day 24: What anime had a big emotional impact on you?
What a film. A Silent Voice follows the life of Shoya, an elementary school student who classifies as a rebel. When Shoko joins his class and he finds out she’s deaf, she becomes the target to Shoya and his classmates’ bullying. When he gets the sole blame for the intense bulling claims, his life is turned upside down as he has to deal with the consequences, even years later.
This story is fantastic at displaying that actions have consequences, even when they happened so long ago. Shoya clearly regrets what he did as a child, but since he has been named and shamed, he can only live with the choices he made while also being affected socially. It’s really admirable of him to want to change his ways, move on and even learn sign language to communicate with Shoko to apologise.
A Silent Voice is filled with bittersweet emotions and you can’t help but get sucked into the outstanding storytelling of youth. I can somewhat relate to certain themes displayed in the story as I also went though a time when all my school friends turned my back on me because they got the wrong end of the stick. I really feel for young Shoya even though he was in the wrong, he wasn’t alone and shouldn’t have had to take the entire blame. This is a must see film for any anime fan, I guarantee it will pull on your heartstrings in some way, shape or form.
Day 25: What is your comfort anime?
I don’t think I could even tell you how many times I’ve watched this wonderful film. Whisper of the Heart is incredibly heart warming and inspiring which makes it the perfect film to watch when I’ve had a rough day. It never fails to make me smile, and even hearing Country Roads instantly makes this film pop into my mind.
I love the themes and messages this film carries particularly between Shizuku and Seiji. To watch their relationship grow and see the ways they encourage each other to be the best they can is so admirable. If you read Section 2 then you’ll already know how much I love these two as a couple.
That’s all for Section 5 of the 30 Day Anime Challenge. Follow the link for the list of all thirty questions and you can also see my answers for Section 1, Section 2, Section 3 and Section 4 here. Also, don’t forget to check out Megan, A Geeky Gal’s 30 Day Challenge!