Thirty Day Anime Challenge – Days Six to Eight


Time to write some original content, as it appears that sites cannot survive solely by reblogging other people’s posts. I thought the readership would appreciate me promoting their work, but alas the numbers don’t lie. View counts are down and some have even branded me lazy in the comments section. To make amends I will answer some more questions from the Thirty Day Anime Challenge. In theory I should be answering one of these every twenty-four hours, but that sounds like too much hard work. Hmmm, I guess that commenter was correct about me being slothful!

DAY SIX: Anime I want to see but haven’t yet

I want to watch Grave of the Fireflies, but haven’t yet because I am a pussy. Whenever I think of picking up the DVD I reconsider due to the subject matter. A movie about war decimating families and kids starving to death sounds downright depressing. Isn’t entertainment meant to be fun? For me the appeal of anime is the kickass action, bouncy boobies and hilarious comedy. The synopsis for Grave of the Fireflies reminds me of In This Corner Of the World – a film that made me feel miserable. One day however I will cross off Fireflies from my bucket list. Just like Akira or Ghost in the Shell it has the reputation of being a critically acclaimed feature that every anime fan should experience at least once.

DAY SEVEN: My anime crush

Technically speaking, I have already answered this back when I participated in the Five Flaming Hotties tag. To see a list of my favourite animated women click HERE. For the sake of this post I’ll mention someone who barely missed out on making the Flaming Hotties quintet – Nene Romanova. I suppose you could say she was my first anime crush, as she appears in the first anime DVD series I ever purchased (Bubblegum Crisis 2040). Out of the four Knight Sabers she was my favourite. Nene is funny, looks good in a uniform and has geek girl appeal thanks to her computer skills. Completing the package is a cute voice, provided in the English dub by voice actress Hilary Haag.

DAY EIGHT: Favourite anime couple

My vote goes to the Clannad pairing of Tomoya Okazaki and Nagisa Furukawa. One advantage this couple has over other anime lovebirds is that we see their relationship develop over two seasons. Whilst other shows end with the leads sharing an inaugural kiss Clannad covers how Tomoya and Nagisa went from high school sweethearts to husband/wife and finally parents. I dig this ship because they compliment each other so well. Tomoya supported Nagisa with her health issues and Nagisa’s influence, in turn, saved him from a delinquent existence. If you haven’t watched Clannad I highly recommend that you do. Given my earlier comments, in the Day Six section, you know I dislike tragic stories. You can therefore rest assured that Clannad is completely devoid of tearful moments (muwahaha.)

31 thoughts on “Thirty Day Anime Challenge – Days Six to Eight

  1. Wait what? Somebody called you lazy in the comments section? Wow…that..sorry, but that’s just really not true. You have always been very active in this community so really don’t let comments like that dishearten you. There are always times when one might post a little bit less than normal because of all kinds of reasons, but we all get that sometimes, so really no worries about it.
    As for this post: having seen Grave of the Fireflies I can certainly say it’s not an easy film. What it is though is one of the best Warmovies ever made…you see how I am not just saying anime? I mean that even when comparing it to live action warmovies. It’s storyline is beautiful and heartbreaking, and will certainly leave you in tears, but it’s certainly a film that I highly recommend 😊

    • The lazy comment was made in jest by someone who has followed the blog for many years. No need to worry. Thankfully the WordPress community are courteous when it comes to commenting. Nothing like the days when people would leave feedback on my Youtube videos haha.

      Your thoughts on Grave of the Fireflies echo what I have read online. Mainstream critics have also ranked it highly, when compared to the other war movies. Even reviewers who never cover anime have praised the film.

      • Okay, phew..I was worried there for a second. Glad the comment was made in jest and not in earnest😊 Lol, yeah Youtube is just crazy at times when it comes to comments. Seriously sometimes I see discussions there that are just so incredibly bad. Uggh.
        Yeah…that’s what I saw in a documentary that came with the film at that time too. Even people that pretty much never watch anime, really like this film. And it definitely deserves it😊

  2. That was me calling him lazy but the Judge knows I was just teasing (I hope). I am aware that Judge has a hectic work schedule and can’t always blog and this is the sort of banter we throw at each other! I hope it didn’t cause any real consternation for him. 😦

    I can only reiterate what everyone else has said about “Fireflies”. It is a hard watch but its poignancy is too affecting not to experience even if its just once.

    • No harm done. I took the remark as a joke, which is why I mentioned it in the intro where I poke fun at myself for taking forever to finish this challenge. Calling me lazy won’t make me cry… although I suspect watching Grave of the Fireflies might.

  3. That was kind of you to reblog others writing. I haven’t been around for awhile but it seems like you were only doing a kind thing.

    I also have Graveyard on my list. I actually own the DVD, but knowing how sad it is I just haven’t watched it. I’m also just waiting for the right mood.

    • Fingers crossed that we both enjoy the movie, whenever we pluck up the courage to finally watch it. I like reblogging because it potentially helps others find a new site they may enjoy. Besides, if someone has reviewed something better than I ever could there’s no point in me writing about it too. I can just link to the article in question.

      All that said, I suspect many of my readers already follow the same blogs I do. There has been a dip in traffic lately so I am going to knuckle down and make more of an effort to produce my own content going forward.

  4. I enjoyed the reblogs, especially the one from the dude who wrote about Berserk. Grave of the fireflies sounds like it’s one of those eye opening pieces of media, usually things like that are a lot to take in. I might have to wait for a few years before watching that. I’m looking forward to the next 30 day anime challenge post, I wouldn’t mind taking part in one of these but most of the questions, I don’t have an answer for.

    • From the three recent reblogs the Berserk post attracted the most comments. Whoever wrote it must be very talented πŸ˜‰ Grave of the Fireflies is apparently hard to watch. Maybe politicians who are all to happy to start wars should be forced to check it out. Seeing the consequences of conflict may make them think twice.

  5. Grave of the Fireflies broke me πŸ˜₯ Couldn’t blame you for being hesitant about watching it πŸ™‚
    If you do get around to watching it, I recommend having a big tub of ice cream on stand-by, to get you through it πŸ˜€

  6. Hello The Otaku Judge,

    Watch Grave Of The Fireflies at least once or risk losing your anime license. πŸ˜€

    Maybe you will not be that impacted by it like BennettTheSage or you will end up crying like a baby like the rest of us; I saw it back in maybe 2004, and I cried in 2018 just telling my mom about the movie (embarrassing, I know). πŸ˜€

    -John Jr

      • Hello The Otaku Judge,


        Bennett reviews anime and he might have a book about anime (but I could be wrong).

        His review of Grave Of The Fireflies surprised me and was not like any I had see before.

        Thank you for responding,
        -John Jr

    • Thank you for the words of encouragement. I suffered a spell of blogging burnout so it’s nice to receive comments that lift my mood. Site slumps are indeed a thing. Over the years I have enjoyed months of growth along with quiet periods. It’s best just to focus on writing and not stress over metrics.

      • Hello The Otaku Judge,

        If you only knew how many times I quit and came back and thought about it, it is amazing that I am still blogging, but it can become a habit / addiction once you have been doing it long enough and have set a daily post goal and if you open yourself to blogging about almost anything even if it is just sharing an interesting video or article or picture or audio clip et cetera.

        Good luck,
        -John Jr

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