So, being a bit on the geeky side, I have a weakness for anime. The good kind Or, what I think is good anyway.
I’m a huge fan of anything made by Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki. Spirited Away is my absolute favorite film of theirs, but Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle and Whisper of the Heart come really close. Of course I like all the others too, like Nausicaa, Castle in the Sky, Ponyo and many more.
But I’m also a fan of all sorts of anime series. Much of my obsession with it comes from my husband, who hooked me on anime in college.
Anyway, here’s my new favorite series, called Mushi-Shi. It’s focuses on the supernatural and the unexplained, in the form of little creatures called Mushi and Ginko, the “mushi master” (hence the title of the series).
This series is unique in that it’s non-linear–you can come in on episode 12 and not be lost. Each episode is a story in itself and Ginko (the mushi master) is the only character present in every episode.
The next series I haven’t finished yet–I’ve still got more than half the first season and the entire second season to watch. It’s called Saiunkoku Monogatari (The Tale of Saiunkoku) and it’s about the fictional land of Saiunkoku–which is very loosely based on Tang dynasty China (outfits and possibly the way the government is set up). I like it so far. Here’s the intro:
And finally, the one that I’ve watched like four times over and am now watching the English dub on YouTube: Ouran High School Host Club.
This one, I’ll admit, is very…odd, and at first I didn’t want to watch it. I won’t say much about it, only that it’s surprisingly good and very, very girly at parts. If ever I became fan-girlish, this show definitely did it. Sad but true.
I believe most of the episodes are in English on YouTube, courtesy of Funimation. I’m still partial to the original subbed Japanese, but I have to watch it now in English just to say I did. I can’t embed the video here since it won’t let me, but if anything watch the intro. It’ll show you the silliness.
There’s lots of other great series out there, like Rurouni Kenshin, Fruits Basket and the darker but addictive Death Note. And of course there’s some utter garbage too, but that’s like any sort of media.
Well there you have it. You got to see another side of my geekishness.