Top 10: Anime Clichés

Welcome to our monthly Top 10 anime list.
This month I am going to be discussing anime Clichés, you know what I’m talking about, the main character sitting at the back of the classroom next to the wind, playing with their bright green and blue hair that sticks up in a vertical line.  This list isn’t in any particular order I’ve just numbered it for simplicity.

10. Back of the classroom

Here an original thought, I’m not sure how many animes I’ve seen where the main character chair is position at the back (or near enough) and/ or next to the window of the classroom. In most cases we see them staring off into space pondering one thing or another. Just of the top of my head, I can think of several animes where this Cliché is present and yet only one where it is not. I’m not saying that this is always the case and I’m sure if I took a moment more to think about it I could come up with a few more that don’t follow this Cliché, but for the most part, this seems to be quite a common seat placement.

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(Deathnote)

9. The nose bleed

What comes to your head when you think of someone getting a blood nose in a anime, I bet it isn’t getting hit in the face. No, I bet we’re all thinking of the infamous nose bleed that many characters suffer when they find themselves excited over one bosom or another. Despite this occurrence being completely unfounded in any source of reality, it is still an incredibly common way of expressing when a character is feeling sexually aroused. Still, it always makes for a good laugh to see one of our characters get shot across the room by a jet stream of blood.

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(Rosario + Vampire)

8. Bad hair day

Anime seems to have a serious issue with its hair, its either so boring and similar that it’s almost impossible to distinguish characters, or is so ridiculous you can’t take the character seriously. I mean talk about overdoing it, although I suppose it’s better than getting the characters mixed up so I’ll accept it.

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(Yu-Gi-Oh!)

7. “YAAAAAAAAAA”

Ever wanted to know how to hit harder, run faster and beat the bad guys better. Simple, try yelling, yes yelling. Every anime character knows that by yelling loud enough you will be able to anyone who opposes you, either that of the power of love. But seriously I don’t know why this became a thing, but it’s cool and silly at the same time.

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(Dragon Ball Z)

6. Them be fighting clothes

What’s cooler than an all our brawl filled with furious fighting and super awesome powers, taking 20 minutes before a fight to change into another pair of pants. That’s right I’m talking about the changing scene that happens before every fight. There always way too long and if it’s a feature of a show then it’s in every episode. I just find it to be way to over the top, especially in today’s animes.

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(Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt)

5. Cop a feel

We’ve all been there, you’re just walking around minding your own business when all of a sudden you trip over the floor and fall on top of you sweetheart, in the process somehow managing to get a big old handful. Like seriously the amount of time this happens in anime is beyond any mere coincidence. While I can understand the comedy of the situation but when it happens over and over again it makes me that it’s about time to come up with something new to spark the romance.

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(Absolute Duo)

4. For my next attack

In a similar vein to changing outfit for a fight, why anime characters feel the need to yell out the name of their attack right before they do it. What are the rules for yelling anyway, sometimes they yell the name and other times they don’t? If you don’t need to say the name then why bother in the first place since all that’s doing is telling the enemy what you’re going to do.

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(Fairytail)

3. Are you a boy? Or are you a girl?

What is it with a male character who looks like chicks. Primarily but not limited to the Ecchi genre it is not an uncommon sight to see a questionably male character forced to dress up as a female; usually resulting in some poor unsuspecting poor smuck falling smitten with the character.

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(Sword Art Online II)

2. My master plan is as follows

This can be applied past the realm of anime, what’s with bad guys always revealing their evil plan to the hero. I mean no wonder bad guys always loose if the tell the hero how to stop them. I understand that its an easy mechanism to add in exponential information but it quite often just seems like lazy writing.

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(Naruto Shippuden)

1. Technically Invincible

You know what I’m talking about when the main character is totally beaten down and the villain is standing perfectly fine, the hero just believes in themselves or one of their friends says they can do it and they just get up all fine and dandy and subsequently overpower the opponent.

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(One Piece)

Thank you for reading my list, I hope you enjoyed it. If you have an idea of something you feel should have been on the list then leave a comment and let me know.

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Rosario + Vampire Capu2 Review

1342595255462Rosario + Vampire Capu2 is the second season of this anime, read my review for the first season here. This show aider several months after the completion of the first, starting in October 2008 and finishing in December. This season pick up a year after the events of the first season. Tsukune has finally managed to more or less settle down to live at Youkai academy. However returning as a second-year student he finds that his friends are idolised by all the freshmen students. That is, all except one, Shuzen Kokoa, a brash redhead with a sour attitude. Along with that, someone is sending Moka death threat letters. Tsukune will need to double down on his determination to remain at Youkai academy all the while dealing with the new dangers that lurk around every corner.

My Review: Many of my criticisms from the first season carry over to this one. The plot, or what there is of it, is for the most part random one episode events that rarely have a consistent connection. The ending wasn’t too bad though and I did think that it was quite nicely wrapped up. Regardless of that, I did find that this season was a lot funnier and I definitely laughed much more than the previous season. The characters are still quite enjoyable although I did think that they seemed to deteriorate into almost “one note characters” but that’s just me being picky. The art is still pretty basic although the backgrounds are quite good. Despite my criticism, I would like to see a third season mainly just because of the characters, but If the writer could reduce the number of filler episodes and perhaps make the story a bit more serious then I think it could be quite solid. If you’re planning on watching this then I would watch it as though it was part of the first season.

I rate this anime 2.5/5.

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Rosario + Vampire Review

UntitledRosario + Vampire first aired from January to March 2008. The story follows Tsukune Aono, your everyday average high school freshman. Unfortunately, due to his poor grades, he is unable to enrol into the school of his choosing. In a strange turn of events; he is mistakenly enrolled into Youkai Academy. Youkai Academy is much like any other high school, the only difference is that this school is for monsters, by monsters. The school has two golden rules, everyone must remain in their human form, and any human found on campus must be exterminated immediately. Tsukune, being human, begins to freak out and starts tossing up the idea of running away from the school forever. The only thing that stops him is his new friend, Moka Akashiya. Now Tsukune must deal with all the dramas involved with life at High school, all the while trying not to be discovered as human.

My Review: I have mixed feelings about this show. There are thinks that I really like, such as the cast of characters. Each one stood out and, particularly in the case of the main characters, really brought the show to life. If it were not for the dynamic between the character then I would not have enjoyed this anywhere as much as I did. On the other hand, however, I thought that the plot was mediocre at best, essentially repeating the same series of events again and again. The animation, particularly on the characters, was pretty bland and very dated, although I did like the general design of the monsters. Never the less, It has to be said that this show has some strong ecchi game, with many views of ladies undergarments, so If you’re looking for some ecchi comedy then, yes, I would watch this one. But as I said before, I wasn’t particularly enamoured with anything past the cast.

I rate this anime 2/5.

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