Best Characters of Every Show I’ve Seen – Part XIII: “N”

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. My Thanksgiving was hit and miss, off and on. I had a lot of fun, but also apparently made a jackass of myself (I can’t remember). Looks like I suck. Anyway, while I actually have some time, here’s this.

Naruto – Shikamaru Nara

I find myself only now semi-agreeing with…whoever it was I sort of half disagreed with (I can’t find it, but they had him in their top ten characters….crap I thought I was subscribed too). But yea, Shikamaru is pretty awesome, for these main facts:

  • He really doesn’t give a shit.
  • He’d rather sleep.
  • He’s still a fucking nasty tactician.

He’s not really the greatest fighter of the cast (I mean, if it’s cloudy, he’s kind of fucked). But damn it, he used his skills (as well as other people’s skills) to the best of their ability. Why else do you think he’s so much farther than everyone else, class wise? It’s because he’s a genius. But at the end of the day, to him, everything is just “troublesome”.

I actually liked Naruto, but then I did a stupid thing and watched all of the filler episodes…….Naruto sucks.

EDIT: It was YUMEKA! (smacks himself in the face)

Natsu no Arashi – Sayaka

I was close, my friends. Very close, to choosing Salt Guy, because he gave us (or me at least) a running joke that will never get old. I love running jokes. But then I remembered, Sayaka is the shit.

Whenever I hear or read, “Natsu no Arashi”, the upward picture immediately pops into my head. That’s such a sick pose. So we already know that Sayako is good at poses, but what else? Well, she’s a con artist. Con artists are awesome. They’re almost as cool as bounty hunters! Now, when I hear the term, “Con artist” I immediately think of Sawyer from LOST. Sawyer kicks ass.

The only drawback from Sayako is that she really doesn’t understand Time Travel. Whenever something goes bad (like milk) she tells them to go back in time and return it, or drink it. It’s still going to be spoiled even if you bring it back in time……I mean a person doesn’t age when they go back in time, so there. I guess in the end I just like how her character is a bit rough around the edges.

Negima!? – Motsu

Personally, I think that this is the only logical choice. Well, okay pretty much every character kicked ass in this anime. So funny, so great, so awesome. Who directed it again (BAM). So yea, Motsu wins simply because he gave us the quote, “in a good way”, in a good way. I mean, no matter what the subject matter of the sentence is, he seems to end with, “in a good way” every time. I wish everyone saw this so I could actually use the quote, “in a good way” more often. It’s just not funny if no one gets the reference.

Besides the quote, Motsu somehow gets sucked into becoming Sasaki’s father, which is hilarious in itself. The anime was actually awesome.

NOTE: I have sense started reading the manga, and it’s good.

Neon Genesis Evangelion – Misato Katsuragi

Most people tend to go for either Rei or Asura. While both are indeed quite awesome, it is in my opinion that Misato is the best character of this entire show. Her mere presence in scenes makes the show better, and I found myself more interested in her story than Shinji the emo’s story.

Misato is great, and don’t just take my word for it, Shinji’s entire class seemed obsessed with her beauty awesomeness. One kid even video’s her. And as you can tell, she enjoys her beer, and also lives with a genetically altered penguin, which is pretty fuckin cool.

Misato, besides the traits already discussed, Is great at her job. I mean, she’s pretty much the most important person at NERV:

  • She brought in Shinji and others.
  • She is in charge of battle operations (or something).
  • It is her job to rule and kick ass.

I also like her backstory, about how she was in the first, Angel incident, and was in fact the only survivor. Everything is cool

Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu – Hazuki Sakurazaka

Haruka might have had what it takes to be a good wife of mine had she been a living, actual human, but that doesn’t mean she’s my favorite character in this anime. Hazuki kicks a serious amount of ass in this show, and if you don’t believe me then you’re a big stupid head.

One of the main reasons why I prefer Hazuki could be because I feel like Kaori Shimizu (Lain, Serial Experiments Lain) does a fantastic job voicing her. She gives her that dull, emotionless, deep voice, and as you must surly know by now, the emotionless characters are of my favorite genre.

But what’s better than an emotionless character? How about an emotionless character with emotion? Is that even possible? Yes. As it turns out Hazuki loves stuffed animals, and her entire personality seems to change when she’s around them. This is just awesome. She has also been known to wield a chainsaw.

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Anime Films vs Anime Series

A post inspired by the poll on Cello’s blog, which is awesome in case you’ve never been there. Basically, this poll made me think about what I like more, Anime Films, or Anime Series. Personally, I think that the answer is pretty clear, as anime movies tend to always be superior to anime series.

Anime Movies

When I was at a party in Brooklyn this past weekend, they were playing this movie on a projector. Not only was I very surprised to see anime at a party, but I also busted in my pants, and then ignored it, because hey, I was at a party, and there was a fucking live DJ, so you know I was grinding with Asians (one asian....once) We mainly just made up retarded dance moves that kick ass.

When I was at a party in Brooklyn this past weekend, they were playing this movie on a projector. Not only was I very surprised to see anime at a party, but I also busted in my pants, and then ignored it, because hey, I was at a party, and there was a fucking live DJ, so you know I was grinding with Asians (one asian....once) We mainly just made up retarded dance moves that kick ass.

Anime movies win here because rarely do I see an anime movie that disappoints me to the point where I don’t want to keep watching it. The worst movie that I ever saw was probably A Kite, well, statistically, that’s the worst, but I also look at all of the Naruto movies and One Piece movies for being pretty shitty. Still, those movies aren’t half as bad as many of the shows that I’ve seen. For a full list of my movies you can look at “The List” page up at the top.

So, what makes anime movies so great? I’ll list and explain with bullets today:

  • Plot

For one thing, movies are able to incorporate an entire plot, beginning, middle, climax, and end, into a short, 1-2 hour time period, which usually yields better results for those who want to take in an entire story, but don’t want to spend a day or so doing it. This also rings true for anime movies that are based off of a series, as the movie usually contains the same characters, albeit a different and usually unrelated story line. In case you didn’t understand the point I was trying to say, here’s an example:

InuYasha is an awesome show, we all I know this. Likewise, InuYasha movies are awesome too, in accordance with Glo’s Law. They never have any real correlation to the plot in the manga/visual novel/video game/anime series/pachinko game/etc, but that’s what makes them great.

Doesn’t that make them like…..giant fillers?

No you giant fuck-head! A movie such as InuYasha: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass is not just a long filler. It’s an entertaining side story with a cool plot, bad guys, etc. I mean, if you look at it that way, isn’t any non-main plot related episode or side-story just a filler? I mean, what’s the difference between some anime series related movies and regular anime series filler arcs (notice I said filler arcs. This will come into play again later in this post). Wow, I got way off track.

Basically: Anime Movies have great plots.

  • Animation

Name me an anime movie with horrible animation, and I’ll tell you that I probably haven’t seen it. The movie with the best animation that I’ve seen was probably definitely one of the films by the great Hayao Miyazaki. Although I don’t know which one. I liked Ponyo because it was all hand-drawn animation, although Spirited Away was simply amazing. You know, I bet Miyazaki ends up dying in 2012, because that’s when the Apocalypse is supposed to happen, and I can’t imagine any other reason for an Apocalypse. I still hold on to my belief that Miyazaki is immortal.

Anime Series

Welcome to the N.H.K.

This show was fucking awesome and probably won't ever come off of my top ten....unless it does.

Now, when I say that I think anime movies are better than series, I obviously don’t mean that anime series are by any means bad. I mean, right now, I can’t get enough anime. All I want to do lately is watch anime (or play soccer, which I CAN’T FUCKIN DO BECAUSE INTRAMURALS AT CCSU ARE RETARDED AND SHITTY!). But there are certainly differences between them, the major difference being:

  • Time

Obviously, an anime series is going to be longer, and take longer to watch, than pretty much any anime movie. I mean, sure some anime are short (FLCL), but for the most part, you’re going to find it more difficult watching an entire series in one sitting than a movie. Of course, one good aspect of this is:

  • Progression and Character Development

Usually, due to the amount of time we spend watching an anime series in comparison to a movie, we end up seeing more character depth and development in series (except K-ON, which is just stupid). A good example of this is a show which I just completed, Touch (I’ve been saying a lot about this show of late…I also just watched Daisuke shut down the Angels, and was comparing him to Tatsuya as he pitched). The character development in Touch was phenomenal, as it should be, seeing as it’s 101 episodes (and two movies I have yet to  see……5 if you want to get technical). The plot can also be more intricate, of course, with that being said, lengthy anime (even some non lengthly anime) can also have drawbacks, and I think you know what I’m  talking about here….

  • Fillers

I already talked about fillers. To me, a filler isn’t a couple episodes that have nothing to do with the main plot. To me, a filler is one or maybe two episodes that by themselves have nothing to do with the main plot….well….sort of. I’m more defining bad fillers, because there could be good fillers. I already talked about the Bleach Bount arc (which I didn’t even know was a filler until weeks after it ended….I don’t read the manga…in fact I’ve stopped watching the show). This is an entire arc, and entire arcs can be entertaining. A good example of a shitty filler (which is the usual type of filler) would be this shit. Or this shit. Or any of this shit. Get it? If there’s a whole arc, with a bad guy, premise, etc, then I don’t really tend to get annoyed, just don’t make a shitload of Naruto fillers that are all one episode and all similar in some way (I still watched them all, just like a champ).

Fucking End

So yea, This was a filler. Good filler or bad filler? All in all I just like the way that movies are put together. I’m sort of running out of good ones to watch, so if you see any that aren’t on my list, feel free to give me some good ones. This leaves me with a question:

What do you like more, movies or series?