The title mentions “experiencing” since anime is something that stimulates your visual and auditory senses which would have made the title a bit too long for my tastes. Yeah, I’m talking about anime even though the featured image is from a manga panel. Fight me.
But yes, this is a top 5 list. This should really go without saying, but the things mentioned in this list are just my opinion.
This particular topic was suggested by the amazing raistlin0903, who recently hit 1000 followers. Of course, that was only to be expected since he’s such a caring man and friend. He’s a great blogger and I highly recommend you strike up a chat with him. He won’t bite! And his warm attitude always cheers me up.
Thank you for the excellent suggestion, raistlin!
Okay, here we go!
I Love Insert Songs!
I love insert songs.
For those of you who don’t know, an insert song is a song with actual lyrics (so the instrumental tracks which play in every episode and in many scenes do not count as insert songs) that are “inserted” during an important scene. Typically the lyrics are somewhat relevant to what’s happening on-screen so the insert song makes the aforementioned scene even more poignant.
Bonus points are given, in my book, when the OP (and possibly the ED, but that’s a lot more rare) are used.
I just really like hearing music. Especially music with lyrics. Instrumental tracks are okay, but lyrics really make a song that much more lovely. Great, now I sound like one of those tools who obsess over the vocalist at the expense of the people who play instruments. Well, I liked Ringo Starr the best out of the four Mop Tops, so there.
I Love Background Events!
You all know what background events are. Hopefully.
Whether elementary school students are talking about wanting to become kiwis or battle-worn assassins from another world are being amazed by the concept of carbonated drinks, events that happen in the, well, background almost always keep me entertained and amused.
Sometimes we need a bit of distraction to spice up some dry conversations or exposition-heavy segments. Or maybe I’m just entitled and easily bored. Either way, it’s greatly appreciated.
I Love Different School Uniforms!
Maybe there are girls who attend different high schools (c’mon, uniforms for high school boys are so boring. It’s a fact) so they are representing their schools by wearing the mandated uniforms.
Or maybe the girls who are all attending the same high school customize their uniforms and back it more personalized. Expect cardigans, substituting ties for ribbons, modified sleeve lengths, etc. I’m not quite sure how these kids are getting away with not adhering to the school guidelines in regards to appearance, but they sure can get creative!
I already sort of said this, but men’s fashion is just way too boring in comparison. T-that’s the only reason why I like women’s fashion more, okay?
I Love Evolving Credits!
Evolving credits, to me, show that the studio is willing to go the extra mile to reward the viewers who actually sit down and watch the OP and/or ED every week. It’s also sometimes subtle so you can feel really smart for having noticed the small changes!
I Love Snarky Characters!
I appreciate smugness.
Sometimes I’m even a practitioner who drops mounts of sass onto the unworthy. Only if I like you, though, since my emotional maturity is akin to that of a young kid’s. But other times, my wit fails me and I stutter or am generally unable to perform. Typing sass is a lot easier!
Thankfully, I can always turn to these cheeky characters who have perfect deadpan delivery. They (typically) don’t flub their lines and they (usually) are hilarious! Let me vividly live through them so I can at least attempt to act cheeky in real life every once in a while, please.
Soooo that’s a top 5 list. I think I’ll try to publish one at least every week? You all gave me a lot and I’ll try my best to do the ones I can.
Do you think I’m weird for looking forward to these 5 things in anime? Do you agree? Please, leave your questions, comments, and concerns down below.
Thanks for reading!