Thirty Day Anime Challenge – Days 11 to 12


Time to answer some more anime questions, as it has been seven days since I last wrote a blog post. What a week it has been by the way. The Internet has gone gaga over Bowsette – a female version of Bowser who, via the power of the recently revealed Star Crown, is able to morph into a sexy Peach lookalike. If you ask me Mario should dump the Mushroom Kingdom’s ungrateful monarch (players who completed Odyssey will know what I am talking about) and hook up with someone else. I have always been a fan of Rosalina and Pauline, but if neither are interested in dating a plumber perhaps Mario should consider patching things up with his unexpectedly attractive arch nemesis.

Another thing that has happened since my last blog post is that Cells at Work has finished airing. The thirteen-episode anime, based on Akane Shimizu’s manga, reminds me a little of Once Upon a Time… Life. Who says that cartoons cannot be educational? By watching this series viewers can learn about the human body’s inner workings. Even those employed in the medical profession have been impressed by the show’s content. Below is a video, uploaded by a doctor, who reacts positively to the anime’s premier episode. If you don’t care about biology fear not because there are other things to enjoy including visceral action, cute Platelets and two main characters that will have you shipping haemocytes.

Okay, enough with turtle and cell romance. Let’s answer some questions…

DAY ELEVEN: Favourite mech anime

I have a soft spot for the mecha genre, as it played a part in moulding me into an anime fan. Nowadays I indulge in anime that feature mechs sparingly, but years ago I grew up watching loads of giant robot shows. My favourite mech series would have to be Code Geass. The show offers more than just exciting bot battles and cool Knightmare Frame designs. A smartly written political plot, likable characters on both sides of the conflict, drama mixed with comical moments and many cute waifus make Code Geass one of my favourite anime of all time. Fingers crossed that the upcoming movie and third season don’t tarnish the legacy of a franchise that is perfect as is.

DAY TWELVE: Saddest anime death

Caution. This response is a spoiler for Trigun. You have been warned! The saddest death I have witnessed in anime would have to be the demise of Nicholas D. Wolfwood. His passing sucked because he is arguably the best character from that series. The manner in which he goes out makes his death all the more painful. It wasn’t quick or your typical heroic sacrifice. Wolfwood’s chapel confession makes it clear that he doesn’t want to die. He leaves the world full of regrets. Raised to be a killer, he feels like his life has been a mistake. Cruelly he is mortally wounded just after finding companions who have shown him a better way to live. Milly and Vash’s reaction to the news makes the scene all the more heart wrenching.

Man, what a depressing note to conclude this post on. It will take many Platelets clips and gender-bending King Koopa artwork to improve my mood.

24 thoughts on “Thirty Day Anime Challenge – Days 11 to 12

  1. Well, talk about coincidence lol. I just finished up posting my review for Cells at Work this morning (as well as finishing the last episode). (And I guess you found out seeing I just saw a comment from you pop up while I was in the middle of watching the video). Nice to see a real life doctor enjoying the show so much too!
    Well, back to the rest of your post. The mecha genre is one of my favorite animegrenres and for me Macross Frontier to date is my favorite show. Itโ€™s pretty much a jumping on point for new fans of Macross, as well as providing some great and fun nostalgia for veteran Macross fans.
    As for the saddest deaths: this one was pretty sad alright. I really enjoyed Trigun (I have seen it ages ago but it was very good). I think for me the saddest death will be the one in Your Lie in April. That one really broke my heart (and I pretty much needed ten boxes of tissues after seeing that one lol๐Ÿ˜‚).

    • I imagine many other bloggers will join you in posting Cells at Work reviews once they wake up and check out that final episode. The series isn’t a top tier production, but seems to have won over most people with its charm and edu-tainment.

      One of these days I need to make an effort to watch Macross. I’m not sure why I have never taken the plunge given that I have fond memories of Robotech. You Lie in April is a series I need to finish. Watched a bunch of episodes a year ago and was very impressed. Only stopped watching because I moved house and by the time that got sorted I had forgotten what episode I was on.

      • Thatโ€™s definitely true. Cells at Work is not the kind of anime that I usually end up watching, but I have to admit that itโ€™s exactly as you say, the charm won me over๐Ÿ˜Š
        Macross really is worth it. Not all the spinoffs are mind you (Macross 7 is the only one to date I havenโ€™t watched but supposedly that one is quite terrible). But Fronties is excellent, especially as itโ€™s kind of a reboot for the entire series.
        Will be looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Your Lie in April. It will only get more impressive, trust me on that ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. Milly X Wolfwood was the best couple on the show. I was a more a fan of Milly than Meryl myself. Trigun got really sad as it progressed but it’s still an excellent show no doubt. Badlands Rumble was an average longer episode.

    I lost interest in the “Let’s turn Mario’s enemies into cute and sexy girls” frenzy one day after it began. Bowsette looks great but I didn’t become obsessed with her like others.

      • I’m not sure what to make of Peach x Bowsette. Would dating a doppelganger be classed as incest? Like most memes I am sure people will tire of Bowsette, just like you have. All that said I have been impressed by some of the artwork this craze has inspired. Manga artists have gotten into the act and some of the other enemy Peaches are pretty cool too.

        Meryl is okay, but I much prefer Milly. She isn’t uptight and despite acting dim proves to be sharp in certain situations. Shame she couldn’t have a happy ending with Wolfwood. Trigun was probably best around the midway point. Early on it was very silly and towards the end it got a tad depressing.

      • Best not to think about it too much.

        Yup. It already died down a bit and that’s a good thing.

        She’s also tall and strong.

        I liked the silly stuff myself.

        Yup. Was sad seeing Milly lose her man.

  3. I like Mech too. I like Mech games though. If I had one as a boyfriend it would be heaven. I actually once wrote a song dedicated to my make believe Mech boyfriend. I think that was last year.

  4. I recall the one death that hit me most was Mayuri’s in the first Steins;Gate series, although we now know that is the main conceit of the show, it was a shocker when it happened. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    I have to admit I thought the doctor in that video was going to crap all over Cells At Work but it’s great he’s actually on board with it. Top chap! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Mayuri is a sweet character so her sudden death was a shock. I wouldn’t put her on my personal sad list though. The same applies to some of the Clannad deaths, as they don’t end up being permanent. Like you I expected that doctors would look down on anime so it was neat to find one that speaks so enthusiastically about Cells at Work.

  5. Oh no Nicholas D. Wolfwood! ๐Ÿ˜ข That is really sad ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    Code Geass is a show that keeps popping up in favourite lists/posts ๐Ÿ™‚ It sounds really interesting, I must watch it some time ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. I saw Bowsette and I still don’t really understand what it is. I might have to see this death that you wrote about because it got me thinking about the saddest anime death I’ve seen and I don’t know if I have an answer.

    • Basically in the new Mario game, for the Switch, Nintendo are adding a power-up that transforms Toadette into Peach. It didn’t take long for the internet to speculate what would happen if other characters could use that item.

  7. I don’t get the Bowsette thing either. I mean… I get sexy renditions of characters, but I never would’ve thought gender-bending and sexualizing a character like Bowser! The internets is crazy, man. That said, the sheer amount and quality of the fan art is pretty incredible!

    • The internet does seem to be filled with exceptional artists. Makes me wonder why some comic book companies settle for people who produce weaker artwork. A sexy version of Bowser does sound nuts, but I guess Bowsette works because she is pretty much a sinister looking Peach.

      • The Peach-with-an-edge angle is a way I hadn’t thought of it before, and now Bowsette makes a lot more sense to me. It’s still a little weird though, haha.

        I also didn’t realize it came about from some transforming power-up. I’m guessing we’ll be seeing Luigette and everyone else soon!

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