Well, 5 moments that were surprising for me, at least.
This topic was suggested by Tetrax, who unfortunately has gone on a hiatus in order to concentrate on his studies and real life in general. He was very proficient at writing up lengthy and detailed reviews on anime series and was very focused on keeping the anime blogging community together. Tetrax was a role model and I’m so sorry that I was too late. At least he’ll return in the near future, right? He’s not dead, right?
In regards to this list, these are, as noted earlier, 5 particular anime moments that caught me off-guard when I first experienced them. Needless to say, a lot of these moments happened early into my anime viewing experience (but not all of them).
I’ll try my best to keep each moment spoiler-free.
Alright, here goes!
Saki’s first on-screen rinshan kaihou (Saki episode 1)
Before 2009, I knew nothing about riichi mahjong so a lot of what happened in that first episode just flew over my head. But that very first moment our protagonist did a rinshan kaihou in order to keep a ±0 score while operating under an imposed handicap was a special one.
The special effects suddenly went wild and I was left in awe after seeing Saki accomplish a miracle. Little did I know she’d do that again and again since that was her signature move. Still, that very first rinshan kaihou tsumo was magical to me.
Jean’s secret plan (ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka episode 12)
Who would have thought that Jean ended up being the one pulling the strings towards the end? The fact that he secretly took an active role after he was forced to spend episode after episode being pulled along by and played with everyone else was very satisfying to witness and experience.
Mami meets Charlotte (Puella Magi Madoka Magica episode 3)
Yup. It got me.
The girl who won the Shingo Bowl (Mashiro-iro Symphony)
I sure didn’t expect the girl who won to be the winner in this series. And that’s all I’ll say about this. What a twist!
Megumi’s machinations (Sora yori mo Tooi Basho episode 5)
Sharper viewers might have caught on earlier. The hints were definitely there all along. But I was not such a detail-orientated viewer this time around, unfortunately. Wow!
Honorable mention: Diamond’s fight in episode 10 of Houseki no Kuni.
Aaaand that’s all, folks. Do you remember any specific moments in anime that caught you off-guard? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section!