Thirty Day Anime Challenge – Days 1 & 2


Inspired by the posts Matt Doyle Media has recently written, I have decided to tackle the Thirty Day Anime challenge. For those of you who don’t know Matt, you can find his excellent blog by clicking HERE. He is a talented chap whose skill set includes novelist, cosplayer and former wrestler. Technically speaking, to complete the challenge, I am supposed to post one answer per day. Sadly that is impossible due to my laziness busy schedule. What I’ll do instead, when time permits, is answer multiple questions on one post. Okay, enough with the lame excuses. On with the show!

DAY ONE: The First Anime I Ever Saw

I cannot answer this one accurately due to my goldfish like memory. To be fair though, my fortieth birthday is fast approaching. Recalling what one watched when they were a kid isn’t easy. Back when I was a youngster I liked shows such as Robotech and Mazinger Z, but I doubt either series was my first anime. I suspect the winner of this accolade is either one of the mecha shows my parents would rent out on VHS or one of the cartoons that would air on Spanish TV. With that in mind my guess is either Vehicle Team Voltron or Sherlock Hound.

Vehicle Team Voltron is the lesser known of the Voltron shows. When someone thinks of Voltron they usually picture the Beast King Go Lion one. It was the more popular of the two, back in the day, and is presently enjoying the remake treatment over on Netflix. To be fair a robot made up of lions looks way cooler than a mech with cars for feet. Sherlock Hound, as the name implies, stars a canine version of the famous Detective Holmes. Animators love to turn characters into pooches. Just ask Dogtanian And The Three Muskehounds. One interesting titbit about Sherlock Hound is that the legendary Hayao Miyazaki directed six of the episodes.

DAY TWO: Favourite Anime I’ve Watched So Far

Maybe I shouldn’t have signed up for this challenge. These questions are tough! My favourite anime of all time pretty much changes with my mood. One day I’ll pick one show and another day I’ll say something else. In terms of contenders Full Metal Alchemist and Code Geass are in the running. FMA however has its flaws. The first series had a weak anime exclusive finale, whilst Brotherhood intentionally rushes through its early material. Code Geass on the other hand is great, but can no longer be considered to be a complete story. I hear that a new season is in the works. Now I have to wait in fear that the next instalment may potentially tarnish its legacy.

With those two shows out of contention I will cast my vote for Death Note. If you are unfamiliar with Death Note I recommend reading Man in Black’s comprehensive review located HERE. Some people disliked how the story played out, after a certain key event, but I personally was hooked from start to finish. A captivating cat and mouse game, packed with twists and memorable characters. Light is an example of someone with good intentions that gets corrupted by power and hubris. Ryuk’s sharp chompers prove that apples are good for your teeth. L looks creepy but in actuality is a sweet guy (I blame his diabetes inducing diet.) Both the anime and manga are exceptional. There’s a Netflix live action adaptation too, but do yourself a favour and pretend that it doesn’t exist.

25 thoughts on “Thirty Day Anime Challenge – Days 1 & 2

  1. I have been wondering if I should take this challenge too…but..seeing as I have a multitopic blog, it would probably become too boring for my audience that doesn’t like anime, so I have so far decided against it. But…that said, I have always enjoyed reading the posts written about this one by the bloggers that I am following so I look forward to seeing your upcoming posts. And Jon is right: the questions will get hard: but…I have faith in you, you can totally do this! 😊😊

    • Thirty questions is a big commitment, so I can understand your hesitation. Perhaps you could take the same approach as Matt Doyle. His blog covers many topics so he’ll post one answer and then post about other stuff for a while before tackling the next question.

      • Yeah…I was thinking of doing it like that as well, but I thought it was a bit against the rules. But I have seen many bloggers doing it like that, so yeah…maybe I will take it on in September (as I have three weeks off work then, so…got more free time on my hand then 😊).Thanks for the advice πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

    • That’s how I feel about FMA. Back when I watched the original I loved it, but was disappointed with the finale. Then I read that the latter half of the show was made up, as the manga was still running, and it all made sense. Brotherhood is far better, but it kinda sucks how they had to rush through the content that was previously animated. I have tried to convince people who liked Brotherhood to watch the original show, but most of them end up dropping it.

  2. GL with the challenge judge. Code geass is enjoyable. However, I’m not a fan of Lelouch. He’s nothing short of a privileged character that whines about the unfairness of how he and his sister got treated.

    • I respect Lelouch for his strategic mind and determination. Can’t say that I like him though, due to the methods he employed. The incident with Euphemia in particular soured my opinion of Lelouch. Sadly it often takes violence to change the world. Suzaku is more noble and wanted to peacefully change the system from within. I doubt those in power would change their ways with politics however.

  3. Cheers for the shout out! Good answers to. Death Note is an absolute classic in my eyes, and while I haven’t seen Code Geass, I do really enjoy FMA. We’re actually re-watching Brotherhood here at the moment. Sherlock Hound though … that’s a blast from the past!

    • Code Geass is worth watching. It has cool mech battles and a strong political story, whilst still managing to be funny on occasion. Glad to see that someone recognizes Sherlock Hound. I wasn’t sure how popular it was in English language markets, as I only ever watched it on Spanish TV.

      • I caught the first episode of Code Geass back when I was using a streaming service that I can’t remember the name of. Unfortunately, the app broke and the custoemr service failed to fix it which, given we were apying for it, sucked. Perhaps one to return to.
        It wasn’t the biggest show around, but Sherlock Hound definitely made it to TV. I don’t remember too much about it other than that it kept me entertained as a young ‘un.

  4. Oh My Great Glittery Glob! Death Note is a fav of mine, too (except in competition with Black Butler and FMA:Brotherhood). πŸ˜€

    Death Note is one hell of an anime and I haven’t come across another anime like it πŸ™‚ However, I’ve seen a lot of people comparing Code Geass to Death Note and saying these shows are similar. What’s your take on this? πŸ™‚

    • Thank you. A lot of anime bloggers have taken this challenge. It seems to be a very popular tag within the community. I’ll have to take a look at your answers to get some ideas for my future responses.

      • Your Welcome. That’s a good idea sometimes it’s difficult to come up with answers to the challenges. I found out that looking at other’s challenges are helpful.

  5. I def remember Vehicle Voltron! I was always confused as to why there were two versions and wondered what connection they had with each other. I’m assuming they just branded it Voltron to latch onto the name recognition from the other.

    • That’s pretty much it. Voltron is actually two different anime called Beast King Go Lion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. It was a similar story with Robotech. To get syndicated a show has to be a certain number of epsiodes long. Harmony Gold therefore decided to get three unrelated anime and turn them into Robotech via editing and creative dubbing.

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  7. I’ve seen this challenge going around but damn! It looks like it’s a lot to tackle. It’s probably why I’ll stick to reading them instead doing one. That being said, I agree that Death Note is amazing, FMA: Brotherhood wins it for as a favourite anime. Now, Code Geass I’ve been hearing great things about that for few years.

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