In this blog that is intended for the project that the Moderators here on AnimeVice are putting together in regards to the upcoming Best of 2011 Feature, my reasonings for my Top-3 anime series that I have selected will follow below:
With a great cast of characters, interesting story/plot, and enjoyable moments, Beelzebub wins my overall top pick of 2011.
Hands down my favorite show of the past year, Beelzebub won me over with it's characters, humor, fights, and the overall story. Beelzebub follows the life of Oga Tatsumi, a ruthless, brutal teenager who takes great pleasure in getting into fights just for the fun of it. One day, after he wraps up dunking some punks into the river shortly after they lose to him in a fight, Oga notices a strange thing floating down the river and goes to investigate it. When he discovers that it is a body, he pauses to think over what he should do, but before he can finish his thoughts, the body "splits open" and a green haired baby emerges. Unsure as what to make of this situation, Oga makes several attempts to scare the baby, but his scary actions only result in the wide-eyed baby taking more interest in him.
He later finds out from Hildagarde (the cold, indifferent wet nurse who is responsible for the baby) that it is Kaiser de Emperana Beelzebub IV, the child of the powerful Demon King and that he has been "chosen" by it to become it's surrogate father. Not wanting to be burdened with raising the child that will one day be the thing that destroys humanity, Oga decides that if he can find someone else tougher and more evil than he is, perhaps he can hopefully dump off Baby Beel on them.
Thus begins the wild and hectic life of Oga Tatsumi, who not only has split his time so that he can raise the future Demon King along with attending classes at Ishiyama High, but now becomes a target of the powerful TKKH, an alliance of four students and their followers that maintain control at the school and take interest in Oga's rise to power. People should watch this show since it is quite enjoyable in almost every aspect, from the humor to the WTF? moments all the way to the interesting cast of characters that make Beelzebub so interesting.
Pros: Interesting Cast, Great Humor, Interesting Story/Plot, Interesting Concepts, Great Animation
Cons: Some slow (boring) parts, but those are rare and hardly affect the series.
Due to my love of shows that have great action, enjoyable characters, and interesting concepts, Aria the Scarlet Ammo gets the nod for 2nd Best of 2011.
While in the middle of my viewing of the Skypiea Arc in One Piece, I decided to take a break and look into something that had some action and humor in it. Little did I know that I would find what I was looking for in Aria the Scarlet Ammo (Hidan no Aria), which was recommended to me by a big anime fan on Playfire. The show follows the everyday life of E-Rank Butei High School student Kinji Tohyama, who becomes the latest target of the infamous Butei Killer's wrath when he discovers a speed-engaged bomb underneath his bike and is chased by a segway armed with a Uzi that will shoot him if he tries to escape from his fate. Racing around town, Kinji is eventually saved after the arrival of S-Rank student Aria Holmes Kanzaki, who parachutes down from the skies and takes out the armed segway before helping him escape his explosive bike. From that point onwards, Kinji becomes involved with Aria as she tries to assemble and recruit members to create an group of elite Assault agents for her department that will be the best around. As they take up more assignments, Kinji and Aria find themselves becoming involved in dangerous events until a betrayal
What makes this show fun (in my opinion) is the humor, the characters, and the concept of Kinji's genetically-inherited Hysteria Mode. For those who don't know, it works like this: Whenever Kinji becomes sexually aroused by the females around him, his body enters "Hysteria Mode", in which his strength, speed, and intellect soar to staggering levels in combat. However, once in this mode, he can not attack or harm women directly, but he can restrain them and use indirect methods to attack them. The oddest feature of his Hysteria Mode is that he becomes a true seducer of women with a suave personality whenever he is under it's effects, making him look ultra attractive to the girls around him and doing things that he later regrets doing.
While some might not enjoy this series, I found it to be quite enjoyable and a blast to watch, so that is why it gains my favor for being my 2nd best anime of 2011. I will wrap up the final few episodes by the end of this week so that I can see how it ends.
Pros: Interesting characters, Great Action, Good Humor, Interesting Concepts, Good Story/Plot, Good Animation, and Fanservice (for those who enjoy it)
Cons: Fanservice (for those who don't care much for it), and Confusing Segments (at times)
Follow the wild mis-adventures of teenager Yumeji Fujiwara, a boy who can see the arua of dreams that eminate from people and can see when people are going to have a nightmare. He gets knocked down when the mysterious Merry Nightmare, a dream demon who seeks to return to the World of Dreams, falls upon him.
Now, I know that this series has gotten mixed reviews and thoughts from other people, and I was tempted to put Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? here for third place, but when I looked back at Yumekui Merry, I decided to go with it since I found it to be a great overall series to enjoy (even with it's dull parts). Now, I did not officially "finish" all of the episodes for this series (stopped at Episode 8 due to my watching of Gintama, Beelzebub, and ONE PIECE), but from the eight episodes that I had the chance to watch, I found the tales of both average human Yumeji Fujiwara and the dream demon Merry Nightmare to be one that I enjoyed. I will wrap up the final few episodes by the end of this week so that I can see how it ends.
For those who don't know, Yumekui Merry (also known as Dream Eater Merry) follows the life of teenager Yumeji Fujiwara, who has been able to see the dream auras from other people and be able to know when someone is going to have a nightmare. For the past ten years, he has had this strange ability, but it seems to have come with a odd side effect: his dreams always seems to involve being harassed by a legion of talking cats and their wicked master Chaser John Doe, who seeks to use Yumeji's body as a vessel to posses in order to enter the human world. He is saved from his fate by the arrival of the mysterious Merry Nightmare, a dream demon who has been trapped in the human world for ten years and longs to return to the world of dreams. Being the helpful person that he is, Yumeji decides to help her and so begins their ordeals together as they seek to get Merry back to the dream world and to stop the evil scheme of Pharos Hercules, a powerful dream demons that seek to posses humans so that they can escape to the human world and replace humanity. (However, the anime differs by introducing a different villian by the name of Mystletainn, who uses her powers to force dream demons into human vessels so that later on, she can come back and kill them off, resulting in the loss of all ambition in the vessel)
The whole concepts of dream demons, the world of dreams, and the strange cat-filled dreams that Yumeji keeps finding himself in also made this show stand out for me. This show might not appeal to everyone, but in my personal taste, it made for a good overall watch and that is why I place this series over Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?.
Pros: Interesting Story/Plot (most of the time), Neat Concepts, Good Characters, Good Animation
Cons: The Occasional Confusing Segment or Two, Annoying Parts (every now and then)