If I had more free time (and maybe a bigger brain), I would write multiple giant essays about women in anime. Female characters in anime can be such a mixed bag – compared to other media, anime has more female main characters, but those characters are also more likely to be ridiculously titty-licious. Of course, showing female sexuality onscreen isn’t always a bad thing, but it is problematic if she only exists to be gawked at, lacks any real personality, or gets trapped in a harem plotline where they’re reduced to nothing more than “potential girlfriend #3.”
At the same time, there are also some insanely great female characters who subvert those aforementioned expectations. I could write a whole series of blog posts on that but…well, like I said – no time, small brain.
LUCKILY THOUGH! Moyatori tagged me in this 9 underrated female characters tag many moons ago, thus giving me the perfect chance to attempt to gather my thoughts on anime ladies. She brings up some really excellent characters in her post – I was super excited to see she had Ilena from Claymore listed – so make sure you check it out.
Well, well, well. Another season has ended, which means I’m contractually obligated to post another eyebrow countdown. Just like with every other anime season, I’ve completely neglected to cover anything as it aired…BUT, I did take note of some sexy, sexy eyebrows. And by sexy, I mean “delightful and attractive in a non-sexual and lawful way,” because I’m realizing now that most of these brows are attached to underage characters. Boy, this one’s off to a great start, huh!
If you’ve missed the othereyebrow posts, let me give a brief synopsis: I love a good anime eyebrow. The meatier, the better. Though it doesn’t all come down to thickness…sometimes, a particularly expressive eyebrow is enough to warm the cockles of my heart.
Also, the best brows forever belong to Tsumugi Kotobuki, and she will never EVER be topped. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the list.
Today’s the big day, folks! It’s Welcome To Hell Zone’s birthday! I’m really proud that I’ve maintained my little slice of the web for a year. I might not have maintained it consistently…but I’m still proud!
I should be doing something mega-special, right? Well, honestly, me resurrecting my blog from the depths of depression hell is probably the biggest tribute I can give. I’ve been slacking lately, but I’m back, baybeeeeeeeeeeee!
Have I mentioned how much I love Cowboy Bebop? I really love Cowboy Bebop. It was one of the first anime series I ever watched, and it was definitely the first one I really fell in love with. The characters are all fantastic, the animation is stunning, and that soundtrack…
Yoko Kanno & The Seatbelts crafted such a magnificent OST. It’s one that critics and anime fans still gush over twenty years later. And for good reason! “Tank!” is a certified classic at this point, after all.
When it comes to the Bebop soundtrack, jazz is probably what comes to your mind first. It makes sense: songs like “Bad Dog No Biscuits,” “Space Lion,” and, obviously, “Tank!” definitely stand out. But it’s a disservice to the sheer diversity of this soundtrack to only focus on those jazz tracks. The entiresoundtrack is filled with an eclectic assortment of genre-hopping jams. There ARE three soundtrack albums for the entire series, after all, plus one full soundtrack for the movie and multiple mini-albums.
Which is why I present to you – 13 of my favorite songs from the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack that showcase just how expansive the soundtrack really is. Come, bask in the variety and worship Yoko Kanno’s majesty!
I’ve talked about my love for anime eyebrows before, but in case you didn’t see that, let me reiterate: I love me a good anime eyebrow. If they’re thick, scraggly, or just generally super expressive, then I’m in love. So many anime eyebrows seem little more than a simple line drawn onto a face with little thought…so whenever there’s an eyebrow that clearly has some LOVE etched into it, I can’t help but take notice.
Now, I meant to make one of these lists for the Spring 2018 season, but alas. My blogging has been very inconsistent in the past few months. It’s a shame, because Remy Fool gave me a lot of good nominations for Spring 2018 Best Eyebrows, too! I just didn’t get around to making the post, and by the time I had time, the season was long past.
But fear not, good followers. I have not forsaken the eyebrow countdown. This season, I’m back, and I actually watched a decent amount of series so that I could gather adequate eyebrow data for this list. Let’s start this list! Segway!!
I am a huge fan of schoolgirl anime comedies, but man, there are too many of them. The market has become over-saturated with anime comedies that are just girls in high-school or middle-school being like, “uwu, we’re being clumsy,” or “uwu, we’re eating pastries.” Stuff like that can be entertaining, but a lot of these series, especially short form ones like Wakaba Girl, are largely forgettable. If you’ve seen one, you get the gist of about twenty other ones.
Damn. I sound like one of those crotchety old anime fans, don’t I? I promise I’m not one of those anti-slice-of-lifers or moe haters…it’s just that, well, it’s the tropes of the genre can get real tired, real fast. A lot of these comedies are hell-bent on playing it safe and don’t provide any real laughs. But there are still shows out there getting it right.
Like, take this summer’s Asobi Asobase. The opening sequence, promotional artwork and, okay, yeah, even the summary makes it look like just another basic cute girls doing cute things show – it’s a story about three girls who get bored and start the Past-timers’ Club where they hang out and play games. It takes this basic, seemingly done-to-death plot and injects it with enough energy and ridiculous humor to make it work again.
Well, here we are. It’s Friday, and I haven’t caught up on my seasonals or watched any of my backlog, which means I don’t have a good essay lined up for the day. You know what that means! It’s listicle time!
I’m actually extra cheating with this post, because I wrote this before I started this blog. I posted it on GoBoiano, just to flex my anime writing abilities, but for some reason it got deleted? Which is fine, because that just means I can re-use it here! It was actually kind of fun to look back at something I wrote almost a year ago and spice it up to make it a little more “me.” Not to toot my own horn (toot), but my writing and voice has improved quite a bit since then…anyways, I hope you enjoy this quickie. Here we go!