Hello and welcome to Anime Rants! There’s a new blog challenge going around and I’m so excited to try it. I would like to thank Ethan from Anime as a Cup of Tea for nominating me! I loved the idea and it was fun to write about!
#1 Share your favourite stories—movies/books/anime/manga/drama/songs—by classifying them on these seven colours’ traits:
- red: passionate, exciting, invigorating
- blue: peaceful, calming
- pink: romantic, caring
- orange: warm, motivating
- black: mysterious, thrilling
- green: fresh, unexpected
- white: random
#2 Send this challenge invitation to at least one of your friends. Let them fear your superiority, as you—decide their fate.
#3 Link back to the original post here! And, enjoy!
And with that, let’s get started!
Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
I have several ideas for anime of this color, including Kill la Kill and Black Lagoon. However, I picked Attack on Titan, because to me, that has been a great source of inspiration at the key moments. It also gives me the delightful thrill of feeling understood through seeing the characters struggle in ways I empathize with. One of my favorite moments in Attack on Titan, any season, is when Historia makes the decision to to reject her father’s ideals and wishes, and make her own choice to free Eren. Though this show can be dark, it’s exciting and invigorating to me. The characters are so passionate. That’s why I think Attack on Titan is a Red Story.
If you don’t know about Mushishi, you should definitely look it up and check it out. Depending on who you ask, it can be creepy, and it has startling twists in some episodes. But in my mind, Mushishi is first and foremost a relaxing anime. I have very fond memories of relieving stress and healing from various things while I watched this show. Each episode is a different story, so it doesn’t require you to have a good memory. For that reason it’s also a great show to watch when stoned. The soft colors, the music, the abundant nature scenery, and the entrancing, otherworldly look of the Mushi just puts my mind at ease.
Mahoustukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus’ Bride)
I’m not sure what it means for an anime to feel “caring,” but I can get behind the “romantic” part. Shows that I find romantic include some rom-com classics like Toradora, but ultimately, those are not my favorite stories. I think my favorite would be Mahoutsukai no Yome. It’s a tale of a very unusual romance between a human girl and a nonhuman mage who is mostly without human emotions. The show has some dark moments, but for me it makes up for that with the abundance of sweetness and magic. The atmosphere of this anime is very “romanticist” even if there hadn’t been a romance between the characters.
I had trouble grasping the meaning of orange as a story. I don’t have a good sense of the word “warm” either. But since orange is sort of like a less rich and full red, I’m thinking it’s something that’s not as intense as red but still inspiring. As the description says, it’s “motivating.” I chose Angel Beats because it’s one of my favorite stories and to me it’s very motivating. The characters must all come to terms with their hard past lives and traumas, accept that pain, and move on. It’s inspiring to watch them find meaning in their lives, and that goes especially for Yuri Nakamura. It’s a “warm” anime in the sense that it’s more laidback, funny, and comfortable compared to what I normally watch.
Finally we have terms that I totally get and see all the time in anime. The majority of series I watch are “black.” Thrillers are my favorites, and mysteries are almost as great. For most of these colors, I only included one example: an anime of that color that I love. This is supposed to be about favorite stories, right? Thus, I have a little list of “thrilling, mysterious” anime series that are all in my top favorites.
-Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
-Puella Magi Madoka Magica
-Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
-Parasyte: The Maxim
-Serial Experiments Lain
Hunter x Hunter
An anime that’s fresh and creative, with lots of unexpected developments, Hunter x Hunter is a “green anime” for sure. This show (the 2011 one) is a major favorite of mine. I think it’s the best shounen series in existence. There are so many interesting creatures, unique characters, exciting battles, and enticing mysteries. It’s also a thematically rich story with many layers of psychological and philosophical elements, in addition to classic shounen motifs like the value of friendship, the struggle to become strong, and the longing for adventure. What’s not to love?
-Nichijou (My Ordinary Life)
I love random and absurd comedy anime series, but as with most of the other categories, I decided to stick to one. Nichijou is an anime that’s hilarious and filled with the most random shit. Rather than try to explain, I’ll just leave you that video of the Principle and the Deer. In case you watch it and start wandering, you’re not missing any context. There’s no context. I absolutely love this show.
Thank you so much for reading! I had a lot of fun with this post. Stay well everyone! Sayonara~