Tag: Attack on Titan

My Top Five OTP’s

What’s the most feels-inducing thing I could possibly write about? OTP’s. Be ready for fangirling, which can include a variety of virtual screaming, crying, laughing, and strange dying animal noises. Here it goes: my top five OTP’s. I’m limiting myself to five because that’s all my emotions can handle. Also, I am not counting the OTP’s in which I ship myself with fictional characters, because that would be weird.

 

5) KirisunaKirito and Asuna from ‘Sword Art Online’  I stated before in a post that I liked season 1 of SAO but not so much anything after it. That holds true, but the show still has one of my top OTP’s. I remember beating the heck out of my best friend when Kirito kissed Asuna the first time. It made me so happy and at first I couldn’t exactly explain why. I’m not sure you really need to have an explanation with fangirling, but I think I’ll give it a shot.

One of my top criteria for a good couple is that both people in the relationship need to have goals beyond just being together. I find it pretty pointless if both parties are like ‘nothing else matters but him/her!’. Also, the ‘love at first sight’ thing is just redundant to me. Their relationship builds from acquaintances trying to get through this game to allies when they’re both strong, to friendship, and then (quite suddenly) romance. They appealed to me because while they do develop emotions that border the whole world revolving around each other ideal, it makes sense. They’re stuck in this game, fighting for their lives. All they want is to get out and live their lives together in a real setting. They fight for each other, are willing to sacrifice everything for each other, which shows just how much they do care about each other. And that’s why I love them so much.

 

4) RivetraLevi Ackerman and Petra Ral from ‘Attack on Titan’  This one hurts. If you haven’t seen ‘Attack on Titan’, I would still recommend it, but skip to number 3 right now, please. Spoilers ahead.

Honestly, there aren’t many ‘ships’ in the AoT realm if you look at it from a realistic perspective. You see Levi/Eren and Marco/Jean and Eren/Armin and just so many strange ships that just aren’t even there that I’m not sure there are any real ones. If I’m perfectly honest with myself, Levi and Petra may never have been a thing either, but I still ship it just like everyone else ships their relatively creepy ships. I mean come on, Levi is double Eren’s age. It’s creepy.

Here’s my reasoning behind Levi and Petra and where I think it might actually be canon. After they come back from the mission where Petra is (most depressingly) killed, in which Levi is more deadpan than usual, Petra’s father comes up to Levi. He’s rambling as he’s talking to our favorite little corporal, and if you listen closely, he mentions something about marriage. Back it up. He’s speaking to Levi, Petra’s commanding officer, telling him that he thinks his daughter is too young for marriage. Now why would a commanding officer, no matter how high up the chain, have any say in whether one of his subordinates gets married or not? He wouldn’t. Therefore, I have a suspicion that Petra was engaged to none other than Levi himself. We never really get to see them alone together so we don’t get to see how they speak to one another.

Another factor is that Auruo clearly had feelings for Petra, unreturned feelings. However, it’s pointed out several times that he’s trying to emulate Levi, noting his hair and how he sometimes speaks and acts. I suspect that he was trying to emulate the person that Petra had feelings for, in an attempt to turn her attention his way. This is technically just a theory, unless I’ve missed some important interview, but it’s one I will hold on to as canon until the show and/or manga proves otherwise.

Also, they’re both short. And she’s a little spitfire. And she can clean. If any woman could turn Levi’s head, I have a deep feeling it’s Petra, which is what makes that one horrifying episode so very sad to me.

 

3) Luca Forelli and Lia Betarrini from the ‘River of Times’ series by Lisa T. Bergren  As far as I know, they don’t have a ship name. It’s a lesser known series and I can never find anything on it. The fanfiction for this series is so depressingly few it physically hurts sometimes.

This isn’t the main couple of the series, but it’s still my favorite. Technically Luca breaks my rule of ‘love at first sight’, but in his defense, aside from Gabriella (who was clearly already falling for Marcello, his best friend), he had probably never seen a beautiful woman ready to defend herself tooth and nail like that. For a while, he faces unrequited love and he struggles to get out of the medieval Friendzone. It’s never exactly clear the moment that Lia begins to turn his way, or at least I don’t remember if there is one, but Luca slowly draws her heart in. He’s so loyal to her and so incredibly patient that the guy really deserves a medal. It takes him years to win her over and even when he does win her over, she’s still too terrified of what she knows is coming to agree to marriage. And then when she does agree to marriage, all heck breaks loose. He just can’t catch a break.

But in the end, it comes together nicely and they live happily ever after, so to speak. Their relationship is just so realistic in how patient he is and how Lia reacts to everything. It’s not just ‘girl gets thrown into the past, turns away from all she knows to leap into the arms of the handsome knight’. No, she handles it like a girl would actually handle it. She’s wary of staying in the past, she misses their mother, she’s logical about it all. When crap hits the fan five books later, she has an incredibly realistic breakdown and it takes her time to get over it. And through it all, they have each other. That’s why I absolutely love this series and this couple in particular.

 

2) Edwin and RoyaiEdward Elric X Winry Rockbell and Roy Mustang X Riza Hawkeye from ‘Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’ I literally can’t pick between these two and since it’s the same anime, I count it as one. Both couples mean so much to me. I shall now explain why, individually.

Edwin. This is a couple that builds up from a friendship as children to eventual marriage. And yes, it is indeed canon. Watch through to the ends of the credits and you’ll see a picture of all of the characters older. Ed is holding a little boy that looks just like him and Winry is standing close by with a baby girl that looks just like her. The picture is reminiscent (on purpose, I believe) of the picture their mother had taken with Ed, Al, herself and their father. It shows how Edward has taken a different path and has chosen his family over alchemy. Of course, Al and Mei are there in the final credits picture as well, which is another OTP entirely.

I always admired how Winry handled everything in ‘Brotherhood’. She took her own path in life and even as she suspects that she’s beginning to fall in love with Edward, she continues doing what she has to do believing that they’ll reunite later. Her constant fear that something will happen to both him and Al breaks my heart for her but she doesn’t let it slow her down. Then you have Edward who is completely focused on getting his little brother’s body back. He doesn’t have time for romance and I don’t think he ever once stops to evaluate how he feels toward Winry. He just feels it and that’s very clear in how easily defensive he becomes of her. When he calls to make sure she’s okay. When he jumps between her and Scar, even though Scar’s nearly killed him once already and Winry has a gun. When he doesn’t even have to act angry at Kimbley for Winry getting ‘kidnapped’ by Scar, because he’s legitimately that angry she got put in that situation. He cares for her, deeply, and for the longest time I don’t think even he realizes it. And let’s not forget he seeks solitude in her room when they’re hiding out in Resembool. To summarize, their relationship goes way back and there’s a great number of layers to it, which is what makes it so great.

 

Royai. If ever there were a true contender against the number one OTP on my list, it might be these two. I honestly don’t even know if I can fully explain what I love about this ship but I will try.

Roy and Riza go way back. Not as far as Edward and Winry, but Riza is part of Roy’s past and a big part of his future, and vice versa. They’re war buddies, so to speak, and Riza loyally follows Roy just about everywhere to make sure he stays out of trouble.

At first, I think Riza begins following him because she sees that spark of leadership in him. She sees what he’s capable of and she wants to help him get there, keep him safe in the process. So she becomes a super awesome sniper. My personal opinion is that Roy probably had a crush on her before the war, from meeting her after her father’s death. I think she ends up becoming his ideal woman, though, because she’s not only beautiful but actually terrifying. If there’s one person who scares Roy Mustang, I think it would probably be Riza Hawkeye. She’s not afraid to tell him what’s up and to butt heads with him when need be. That’s exactly what Roy needs and what makes them an incredible power couple. And if you have any arguments about whether they have feelings for each other, go back and watch how they look at each other after Mei heals Hawkeye. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is.

(Also, you can watch the AMV I made for these two here! Please enjoy. The above mentioned ‘look’ is at the very end for reference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OHvzoRIsnA )

 

1) PercabethPercy Jackson and Annabeth Chase from the ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ series by Rick Riordan

Read the series. You’ll understand.

Honestly, I could leave it at that. From start to finish, these two are relationship goals. They start off as barely even friends. They aren’t even supposed to be friends, because of who their godly parents are. They should be natural enemies, but they’re not. Somewhere along the way, they become best friends. And sometime after that, Percy begins to realize he sees her as more than just a friend. They’re each other’s first kiss and first relationship. In the ‘Heroes of Olympus’ series, Percy is very clearly thinking of a future with Annabeth in it and not just going to college with her. Everything about these two is perfect because their relationship isn’t perfect. They argue but they make up. They disagree but they find compromises. They get thrown into life threatening situations and find a way to get out together. It’s truly beautiful. Beyond that, there isn’t much I can say about this OTP to beat all OTP’s. The Percy Jackson world has completely taken over my life so it’s no surprise that these two are the top in my OTP book.

 

And I think that’s about it! If you read through all of that, I commend you. May you all have a great week! Until next time, nerd dudes and nerdettes!

In Which I Wish it Was Friday

It’s been a long week! Oh, wait, it’s only Wednesday… drat.

Welcome to my Weekly Update Wednesday! I wish this were Weekly Update Friday, but alas, we’re only halfway there. I’m in the process of trying to sell my home and simultaneously find a new one, so needless to say, there hasn’t been too much time for anime. Or reading. Or anything, really. Most of what I’ve watched since last week was done Sunday night and most of what I’ve read has been done at work. Adulting is hard, guys.

 

Watching: ‘Fairy Tail’, currently on episode 82. I guess I made it a little farther than I thought. At least I’m past the 200 to go’ mark. It still seems like I’ll never actually get through this one, though, as enjoyable as it is.

I got ‘Attack on Titan’ on DVD as well! So I hope to re-watch and start vidding that over the weekend! Not sure what song I’ll use first, but I promise to share it here as soon as I have it done, maybe even some progress videos.

 

Reading: ‘Black Butler’ specifically volume 22. I am very nearly at the end of this one, with only one and a half to go. I’ll probably finish that tonight, actually. So far, I’m still liking the manga more than the anime, but I still need to go back and re-watch season 3. Maybe I’ll sidetrack from ‘Fairy Tail’ this weekend to do just that.

 

Sorry this post was so short, guys! As I said, it’s been a crazy week, so I’ll be able to do more this weekend (I hope)! Maybe I can actually get a full review of something in this Sunday. What do you guys think?

Wish me luck with the whole buying/selling thing! Until next time, nerd-dudes and nerdettes!

My Top Ten Favorite Anime

Compared to others, I’m still relatively new to the world of anime. I grew up incredibly sheltered, so up until a few years ago, I wasn’t allowed to really watch it. I knew nothing of the Japanese culture and really didn’t have any interest in it. Then a friend of mine got me watching ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ and ever since, I’ve been hooked on pretty much all things anime. My ‘have-watched’ list is still depressingly small compared to my ‘to-watch’ list, but I’m steadily making my way through it.

I have, at this point, watched enough to have a favorite top ten. My top five is a no-brainer, though everything from two to five tends to shuffle depending on my mood. Seven through ten I had to really think about, but here we are. My top ten favorite anime. Please keep in mind that I really only watch the English dubbed versions. I can watch subs, but if I can get a dub, I’m happier that way.

A quick heads up, there may be slight spoilers here. Nothing too bad, but I know some people are funny about spoilers.

 

10) Fairy Tail

Honestly, this one would be way higher up on the list if there weren’t so many episodes for me to get through. I normally get bored somewhere around episode 60, so 277 (at least on Funimation) is a bit excessive for me. Still, I’m pushing through it currently and maybe by the time I get finished, the dub of ‘Blue Exorcist’ season 2 will be out!

But seriously, this is a very good anime. There are plenty of things going on and a number of plot twists keep things interesting. The one thing I’m not fond of when it comes to the show is the whole bad guy might be a good guy thing or is the good guy really a bad guy. As much as I love the idea of ‘Jerza’, that whole plot line gave me a headache trying to figure it out. I also find it a little funny how characters can get beat within an inch of their life and there’s still not a sign of blood anywhere. All of the main characters should have been dead as dead can be, but they’re still alive and kicking. I guess being a wizard gives you some seriously tough skin.

But all that aside, I do still love this anime (as of episode 73, anyway). The characters are great, the plot keeps moving, so I’ll keep watching.

 

9) Sword Art Online (Season 1)

Really, just season one. I’m not entirely sure what happened with season two and I haven’t even tried season three. At some point I do plan to re-watch it all and probably play the video game, too.

This was one of those animes that I found on a weekend at my best friend’s house. We were scrolling through Netflix, found it, and binge watched the first season in no time at all. You can ask her, I nearly beat her to death with fangirl slaps at the Kirito and Asuna kiss. They were then, and still are, one of my biggest OTP’s. A couple that fights together, stays together!

The plot line of being stuck in a video game and at risk of actually being killed was really what caught my attention at first. I love playing video games, so getting stuck in a virtual reality fantasy land? Heck yeah! I wouldn’t last five minutes, probably, but it would still be loads of fun.

 

8) Fate/Stay Night

The premise of this show was what initially drew me in. I’ve always been a fan of the Arthurian legend, so when I heard ‘Holy Grail War’, I was instantly intrigued. After watching, I was not disappointed in the least. There were a few things that I disliked, or things that confused me, leading to it being farther down this list.

Things I liked: The plot twist. The identity of Archer was one I did not see coming at all. I had no idea who he would be, but I started growing suspicious about an episode or two before the actual reveal. Then I had to go back and look for all of the resemblances (if you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talking about). I also loved Saber but Shiro was my absolute favorite. There were a number of other things I liked, but then the list would be way too long.

Things I disliked: I’ll admit, I got a little confused after Archer’s identity comes out and Shiro’s fighting for his ‘ideals’. As much as I loved the plot twist itself, it brought about a number of other questions for me. The whole ‘hero of justice’ thing threw me and I’m not entirely sure why. I guess I didn’t understand why Shiro would base his ideals on someone else’s and why it would lead to… well, what he becomes (I don’t want to spoil it too much). Also, I didn’t like the ending handshake thing. For heaven’s sake, KISS THE GIRL. I didn’t just spend so many episodes shipping you two for a HANDSHAKE. You can ask my parents, I ranted about this for days. Maybe weeks.

But for all the downsides I saw in it, it was still a quality anime and I did really enjoy it. It doesn’t drag things out too much but it does have a prequel (and a sequel, I think…) However, they aren’t dependent on each other. You can watch them really in whatever order you want. I watched Stay Night first, then Zero. I would almost recommend watching Zero first, but that was just how I felt in the aftermath.

 

7) Noragami

It’s almost hard for me to really explain what I love so much about this show. Maybe it’s just the irony of a ‘delivery god’ or maybe it’s the characters themselves. Maybe it’s the adorable Yukine and wanting to know more about what he was before, or maybe it’s seeing how far Hiyori will journey with these two crazy guys. I really can’t say. I just enjoyed the show immensely, even though it has a few darker turns in it, especially in the second season. Yato’s background and what he was before also kept me curious. It was, to put it simply, one of those animes that I binged easily and would gladly binge again.

 

6) K

Just ‘K’. If you’re wondering whether that’s the actual title, it is and it is incredible.

It’s been a while since I watched this one, but I remember it quite well, especially the plot twist. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I think anyone who has watched it will know exactly what I’m talking about. I love to try and figure things out but I also love being surprised. I love thinking that I have it right only to be violently thrown a curve ball. This was one of those times. Maybe not everyone is like that and I simply missed the signs, but honestly, I think it was very, very well done. To be perfectly honest, if the first five in my list here did not exist (that’s a terrifying thought…), this would be my absolute favorite. It’s relatively short, it gets to the point, and while I wasn’t overly fond of the not-so-happy ending, it was still incredible. I would highly recommend this one, just as one of my friends highly recommended it to me.

 

5) Blue Exorcist

The son of Satan becomes an exorcist to spite his father. Literally, how do you get any better than that?

I loved almost everything about this show. I have always been a huge fangirl of shows with brothers (or sisters!) so this one is clearly a favorite. I never had siblings of my own, so I guess seeing these intense ‘we have to fight for our lives’ scenarios with siblings makes my life feel somehow more epic. Honestly, I prefer sibling relationships to romantic relationships any day, and that’s probably why this is one of my favorites. Rin and Yukio don’t always get along, but they do love each other. Even though Yukio sometimes doesn’t seem to care, closer to the end, you can tell that he absolutely does and always has. These two will always be there for each other and that alone puts this one in my top five. (To be honest, this one battles with the number 4 spot on my favorites list all the time.)

 

4) Free!

It should be pretty clear why I like this one. A bunch of incredibly hunky shirtless guys. What fangirl wouldn’t love this show?

There really is more to it than that, though. I almost got scared off of this show at first. I found ‘Eternal Summer’ on Funimation and two or three episodes in, I just felt like I was missing something. Then I found out it was season two. Clearly, I had already started watching the dubbed version, so I started searching for season one dubbed. The only place I could find it was on CrunchyRoll, for the paid account. Since I knew I could zip through it in no time at all, I signed up for the trial basis and made it through season one. Then I went back and watched season two. It made so much more sense and it made me love it even more.

This was an anime where I whole-heartedly approved of the ending. I’m perfectly okay with knowing there will never be a season three. It ended on a high note and I feel like it left it in a good place for you to imagine that they all had great futures.

I should say this now, since there are some rabid yaoi fangirls, I really don’t have any ships for this show. I’ve never been one for the whole ‘yaoi’ thing. I will argue with you all day that Haru and Makoto are just friends, or that Rin has no interest in Haru, Sosake, or Nitori in any romantic fashion. I will, however, offer that Rei and Nagisa are the closest thing to being ‘official’ in this show. If I did have a gay ship list (which I do, somewhere in that hidden part of me that refuses to come out in case my family decides to disown me), they’d be right up there behind Will and Nico from the ‘Percy Jackson’ series, along with Viktor and Yuri from ‘Yuri!!! On Ice’.

But ships aside, I still love this show, and I would still love it even if it turned out every single character was indeed gay. Except for Makoto. That boy mine.

 

3) Ouran High School Host Club

This is another one of those that is hard to explain what is so addicting about this show. I mean, where do you even start? This show is full of irony and I love it.

Before I had every watched it, my best friend’s little sister was talking about this anime called ‘Ouran’ and how she loved it. I asked her what it was about and her explanation was something along the lines of a high school harem of boys led by a girl, or maybe I just misunderstood her at the time. Either way, I avoided it for a while, until I got bored and decided to give it a try. Now it’s one of my absolute favorites.

Tamaki is one of the strangest characters I’ve ever seen and I love him for that. He’s charming but annoying, brilliant but clueless, a great friend but arrogant. He’s got so many good factors but can then become the complete opposite without being a ‘bad guy’ and I think that it’s because deep down he’s so pure. All he wants is to make people smile and be happy. No matter how annoying he might be or how arrogant he can sometimes become, he still truly just wants people to be happy.

I could spend days talking about each of the characters but since I’m already at a long post as is, I’ll leave it at this: All of the characters have much more to them than meets the eye. They have their quirks and having a ‘host club’ in general is rather strange, but it works. They’re always there for each other and care for each other no matter what. And that’s why this show is so beautiful.

 

2) Attack on Titan

This is one of my more recent anime views. It also happened to be my first cosplay, which was so much fun, but painful. I’ll admit, I’m glad I waited longer to get on this fandom train. I only had to wait a year for the second season. Everyone else had to wait four. I think I win.

Still, that means I missed out on this longer. This show is absolutely incredible. Everything from the music to the animation to the plot line is just so intense and amazing. Some people think it’s ‘over-rated’, but I don’t think this show could ever get the credit it deserves. It seems so simple on the surface. People are trapped in walls against man-eating Titans and are safe for around two hundred years. There is nothing outside the walls but these Titans, everyone knows that. Then, one day, the Colossal Titan appears, breaches the wall, and allows smaller Titans inside. Death and destruction happens. So there’s not much going on other than our main protagonist, Eren Jaeger, killing Titans three years after the main attack, right?  Wrong.

The mystery element to this anime, and the manga as well, keeps you in absolute suspense. You want to know where the Titans came from, why they only die if you slice their neck, and what the heck is in that basement? (If you’ve kept up with the manga, you now know what is in the basement!)

While there is a lot of death and plenty of gore, this is still an incredible anime. Armin is my absolute favorite and Levi is a close second. There’s just so much going on with so many layers that you just have to keep watching. And re-watching. And re-watching again, until season two is here! Just a few more weeks, guys, we’re almost there!

 

1) Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Literally the best of the best. I’m not talking the original, either, because the ending on that one was so disappointing. I almost didn’t even watch ‘Brotherhood’ because of how the original ended, but I’m so glad I did.

The premise remains the same in both. Two young alchemist brothers (again with the brothers! Yay!) try to transmute their dead mother back to life and find out that the whole ‘human transmutation is taboo’ thing was not just a useless warning label. Edward, the elder brother, loses his left leg and Alphonse, the younger brother, loses his entire body. Edward then sacrifices his left arm to attach Alphonse’s soul to a suit of armor. After a year of painful automail rehabilitation, Edward ends up joining the military to get further access to research on how to get their bodies back. Note: this is an incredibly generic explanation of the show and does not come even close to covering how amazing it is.

The fact that Ed and Al are willing to go to such lengths for each other is just beautiful and one of my favorite things about this show. They would literally give up their lives for each other, if the situation called for it, and it very nearly does on several occasions.

Another one of the things I love about this show is how strong the women are. Riza Hawkeye is one of the best characters I’ve seen anywhere and if I had to pick a favorite for this show, I think it’d be her. Also Roy/Riza is one of the best ships that ever has sailed. Winry is also amazing and I love how she doesn’t sit around waiting for Ed and Al to come back. She takes her future into her own hands and does what she needs to do to help them in the meantime. You also have Lan Fan and Mei Chang who are both incredibly strong girls. There seems to be no end to the women who can kick butt in this show and I love that.

There’s so many things I love about this show that I could never list them all and while there are a few things I dislike, they’re hardly worth mentioning. This show is incredible and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

 

So that’s my top ten favorite anime! What are yours?