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July 17, 2014

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Martina’s Corner

Oh HO HO HO so many things to talk about in this blog post!

Oh ho ho!

Let’s start with some terms for those of you that are new to this realm!

Manhwa 만화 is the Korean name for print comics/cartoons but the term is now expanded to embrace webtoons (comics on the internet) as well.

Manga 漫画 is simply the Japanese name for print comics and because I grew up mostly reading manga I can’t seem to shake the term even when I’m talking about Korean comics. BAH! I’m sorry! Now why don’t we just use the word comics to describe both Korean and Japanese comics you ask?

Manhwa and manga are indeed comics but if you say “I like reading comics” most people will assume you’re talking about American style comic books such as X-Men, Spiderman, Superman, Archie Comics, and so on. If you say you “I like reading graphic novels” then you’re in a new realm of comics as well. The style of drawing, the length of the comic, the colours being used, the plots, even the direction you read it in can all differ depending on what country’s version of a comic you are reading. So the different terms are necessary to help people easily discuss and differentiate.

When it comes to the word “anime” it is originally used to describe animated TV shows and movies produced in Japan but I think most anime fans have expanded that to mean animated TV shows/movies drawn using an Asian style of animation. The specific attributes and animation techniques that go with anime style animation is very different than most American/European styles of animation, hence, many people call Korean (or other Asian countries) cartoon shows, anime. Technically Korea calls it something different but I don’t know anyone that uses it. I think it’s safe to say that anime now describes a style of TV show or movie animation, more than just one country’s animation. For example, the TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender is actually created by an American TV network and it is described as an anime by most people. Even though it was made in America, it uses an Asian style of animation making it described as an anime, not as simply a TV cartoon series.

Now onto my favourites! I’m sure I forgot something important because I’ve been reading/watching for so long. I’m scared to think what I forgot! Also, I’m combing both manga/manhwa/anime in this list because sometimes they overlap into two categories. I’m dividing them according to my own personal genres because sometimes you want to read action stories, sometimes you want to read about high school drama, and sometimes you want a combo of everything! Hahaha!

Action/Adventure

Cowboy Bepop
Attack on Titan
Bleach
.hack//SIGN
Hellsing / The Legend of Vampire Hunter
Black Butler / Kuroshitsuji
Blue Exorcist / Ao no Futsumashi (thank you to the Aussie fans who gave this manga in me when we were in Australia)
One Piece
Fairy Tail
Death Note
Princess Resurrection

Romantic Action (hahaha get it?)

Sailor Moon / Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon / Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon
Vampire Knight
Gokusen
Perfect Girl Evolution/My Fair Lady

School Life Meets Romance

Hana Kimi / Hanazakari no Kimitachi e / For You in Full Blossom
Boys Over Flowers / Hana Yori Dango
Kaichou wa Maid-sama! / President Is A Maid!
Noblesse
Mei’s Butler/Mei-chan no Shitsuji
Switch Girl
Yankee-kun to Megane-chan
Ouran Host Club

Just Plain Old Romance

The Bride of the Water God / Habaek-eui Shinbu (manhwa)
Black Bird
Absolute Boyfriend / Zettai Kareshi
Goong
Crazy Girl Shin Bia

Just Awesome Studio Ghibli

Princess Mononoke
My Neighbour Totoro
Spirited Away
Castle in the Sky
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Howl’s Moving Castle

Simon’s Corner

For starters, I really wish I could have participated in this video. Unfortunately, I had a terrible headache. It was raining pretty hard that day, and I – at times – get bad headaches during rainstorms. Phooey! I would have loved to have talked about this as well.

But Martina, as you can tell, is more than capable of talking about animes and mangas. She’s definitely more into them than I am. All of the animes and mangas that I got into are because of her. The two that I watched outside of Martina’s influence – Samurai Champloo and Attack on Titan – were suggested to us by friends, but we weren’t really that into either.

Samurai Champloo isn’t terrible. It’s just…umm, a bit disjointed for us, which we should accept since we’re talking about anime, after all. But the soundtrack is just awesome. I think it’s by Nujabes, and we got so into the soundtrack that we started listening to his other stuff, and it’s bloody phenomenal. Summer Gypsy is a glorious song.

But, err, yeah! The anime itself! It’s cool. We’ve only gotten maybe, say, 5 episodes into it. Not fully sold on it.

Attack on Titan is annoying us to no end. At first it started off as a brilliant concept, a great metaphor for how society is oppressed and getting crushed by senseless beings of gluttony, that don’t need to eat to survive, but just eat for shits and giggles. It’s very much got a 99% vs 1% kind of vibe to it, and mirrors how the 1% are eating into everything else not for need, but because they’re assholes.

That, right there, is a great concept, and exceptionally relevant for our time. Pair that with the awesome animation of the fight sequences, and the whole steampunky system of their grappling hook system, and it’s got a pretty amazing aesthetic as well. Lovely! Well, for the first few episodes at least. By the end of it, it totally loses its focus. The plot stops making sense. The characters, especially Erin, become dumber by the day. I appreciate Erin’s passion and dedication to the cause, but for Christ’s sake I don’t want to hear him have a monologue about it for 10 minutes of every 22 minute episode already. Shut up Erin and just do your damn job!

The Last Airbender & Korra are two animes that I don’t remember how we got into, but they’re lovely. Just so lovely. I was highly skeptical about them when we first started, because it’s not, umm, from Asia, right? I like cartoons, but they have a different feel than animes.

Anyhow, my concerns were quickly quelled. Avatar was lovely. The characters were all charming and not in the least bit annoying like Attack on Titan. Everyone had distinct personalities. The uncle was charming to the point of tears. The villains were awesome as well. The animation in the fight scenes was top notch. Just…wow. Great, great stuff.

And then Korra came afterwards, which takes place in the same universe as Avatar but a few generations later. I didn’t love the characters as much, but it was still highly satisfying. Especially in the second season, when they do the origins story, the animation at that part was very distinct from the rest of the show, kind of like the game Okami if you ever played it, and was jaw dropping.

Both series are very inspiring and have great philosophical messages to them as well. They’re easily some of our favorite animes ever. Check them out if you haven’t yet. Hotdamn they’re good. AND THE BIG FLYING SPUDGIES IN AVATAR AHHHH!!!! SPUUDDDGGYYY!!!

So that’s all we’re going to talk about for now, but we’d love to hear what you think! What did we miss out on? I know there are thousands upon thousands of things to talk about. We’re definitely going to watch Sailor Moon, TOGETHER! Oh! I forgot to mention that as well. I watched Sailor Moon as a kid, before I met Martina. I AIN’T ASHAMED! So I’m excited for both of us to watch it together. Let us know what you think, if you’ve seen it or not, and if it’s worth watching. I don’t want to be disappointed!

Also, if you like our TL;DRs, make sure you click on this pretty button below so that you don’t miss out on any more of them. Every click brings you one step closer to Sailor Moon Mondays! Ha…no. Well, I wonder. Sailor Moon Mondays? That sounds like a bit of fun, actually :D

OH OH OH! Also, if you live in or near Sweden, we’ll be attending and also cosplaying at NärCon 2014 which is being held at Linköping University on the 24-27th of July! Come on out to to mingle with other like minded people! Oh and Soozee has been working hard designing a special tote bag which is only available at this event!

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  1. *Simon mention Okami* OKAMI!!!! *sister look at me weirdly* *cough**cough*

    I played Okami and I really love the graphic(?)

    2 years ago
  2. my favorite animes are Death Note and Ouran High School Host Club. Prince Of Tennis is my first anime…I totally love it. Some silly animes like Brother’s Conflict is also my favorite.
    In Mangas..I am reading Dengeki Daisy..which is beautiful. I have also read Vampire Knight…and I loved it.
    I would like it if someone would recommend me some webtoons and Manhwas. I haven’t read any.

    2 years ago
  3. I agree, Eren is very frustrating.. also I really don’t like Vampire Knight… Yukki is just super annoying to me though, I LOVE ZERO!
    Sailor Moon! OMG, I love Sailor Moon, always have, always will :)
    Have you watched “School Rumble”? Its super cute and light but funny as heck. It was made for litteler kids but I still really like it. Also a really good but super dark anime is “Deadman Wonderland” its concept is super cool. Watch the first episode its awesome. :)

    2 years ago
    • School Rumble! A classic. I think I’ve rewatched it about three times now. It never gets old.

      2 years ago
    • I agree about School Rumble, the anime is so funny and the intro song is very catchy :)

      2 years ago
  4. I was waiting for a TLDR or a similar video on this matter. I totally nerded out. Martina, I am with you. I LOVE Sailor Moon! I grew up with the anime and manga. I think for General Romance manga would be Fushigi Yugi. I watched Free! and it was great. I love the opening and ending songs. I’ll have to come back to suggest more anime/manga. Martina and Simon, has their been any anime or manga that you guys read/watched that totally disappointed or one that took you guys by surprise and enjoyed?

    2 years ago
  5. Tia

    My favorites growing up in Toronto were Cardcaptors,Inuyasha (first 3 seasons) and Pokemon <3 sweet nostalgia In my teens my love for Ouran took over and I did get introduced to Hana Kimi from a new friend exchange student from Korea. :) So that was generally where my tastes were in the rom com department lol

    2 years ago
  6. Oh my god can someone find what anime Martina was talking about? It sounds awesome. I’m not really into anime, but I did watch one called xxxHolic.

    2 years ago
  7. Some really good shoujo mangas/manhwas are:
    – VB rose
    – Dengeki Daisy
    – Anatolia Story(ie red river)
    – Koukou Debut
    – Love in the Mask
    – BASICALLY ANYTHING BY Han Yu-rang AND Hwang Mi-ri
    – Love monster
    – The one
    – Hadashi De Bara Wo Fume
    – Gakuen Alice
    – Oresama Teacher
    – Crazy Girl Shin Bia
    – Reimei no Arcana
    – Ichigo Channel
    – Beauty pop
    – Special a
    – Crimson Hero
    – Kitchen princess
    – Do you want to try?
    – Honey bitter
    – Fruit baskets
    – Tokyo Crazy Paradise
    – Ageha 100%
    – Red lion
    – Bara to Juudan
    To be honest that is a lot, but there’s loads more that i can’t remember of the top of my head.

    2 years ago
  8. MARTINA!!! You have to watch Sailor Moon Crystal!!!
    I basically already needed to take a moment to calm down after watching the first few minutes, because I was already lying dead on the floor… <3 <3
    (I actually wanted to wait for a couple more episodes to come like you, but than I got too excited and lost it!) Ah, I'm so weak! :( :(

    2 years ago
  9. I’ve been into anime/manga for years and I absolutely love:
    Sailor Moon
    Nana
    Revolutionary Girl Utena (I recommend this one)
    Rose of Versailles (Berisaiyu no Bara)
    Nodame Cantabile
    Paradise Kiss
    Psycho Pass
    Detroit Metal City (hilarious manga; dirty humor)
    Anohana: the flower we saw that day (depressing)
    Beck: Mongolian chop squad
    Baccano! (Watch this it’s amazing)
    Fushigi Yugi
    Love Hina (manga is better than anime)
    Ghost in the shell: watch the movie and the anime series it is just awesome and beautiful.

    2 years ago
  10. It’s my first time posting a comment here. (>_<) I've been too shy to comment on anything but my inner anime/manga/manhwa fangirl couldn't keep herself from gushing over all of the titles that you've mentioned. They're all my favourites too~! <3 I'm not sure if you're a fan of sports anime, but I've been reading & watching Haikyuu! (a volleyball anime) recently and it's so adorable and hilarious! I've also just started reading & watching Tokyo Ghoul and it's pretty awesome too! The anime just started airing this summer and it's only up till the 3rd episode but it's been so deliciously creepy so far~ I also recommend Psycho Pass as well since we're on that same topic! Hehe <3 If you want an anime that's just totally nonsensical but strangely satisfying, I would totally recommend Free! & Free! Eternal Summer (2nd season that has just started). It's about…well…half naked swimming boys…and dolphins…and sharks…and penguins and a killer whale and a…butterfly. lol.

    On another note, are you guys watching the 3rd season of Korra? I wasn't really satisfied with the 2nd season but the 3rd season is off to great start in my opinion. :D Oh and I totally understand what you mean about Eren from Attack on Titan. I didn't even complete the anime but the manga's storyline progress rather quickly so it's not as painful. ^^" (Also, shoutout to Jean! He's my favourite character in the series. :3) And I think someone commented about Otome games in one of the comments, I would love to hear your thoughts on that as well~ Hehe \(^^)/
    (Martina, if you're interested, should totally play Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side. ;D)
    This was another TL;DR that I really enjoyed. Keep up the awesome work guys! <3

    2 years ago
  11. Martina’re great! I read / see any of the ones you mentioned … my favorite is Paradisse Kiss, I love it and I can see it many times without getting bored. And always gonna live with the frustration of Nana had never end.

    Sailor Moon Crystal is BEAUTIFUL!! but you’re right, when leaving the NEXT chapter TT.TT
    Love from México.

    2 years ago
  12. Naruto is the only one that I read the manga and watch the anime. I have read some of the Vampire Knight manga, and I absolutely love the anime. I’ve watched it several times. One of my absolute favorite animes is Ouran Host Club. I think it is hilarious and I have shown it to several of my friends and they also love it. I think my all time favorite anime though is Yu-Gi-Oh because I grew up on it. It is the only tv show that I remember watching with my brothers when I was young and I still watch it every Saturday with my Saturday morning cartoons. I also love Fullmetal Alchemist and Death Note. Inuyasha is also a good one. I have so many that I like, and I have been known to binge on anime and watch an entire series in just a couple of days.

    2 years ago
    • OMG Inuyasha!!!! It was the first anime i had watched that i knew was anime! [all the other ones i assumed were just cartoons] It holds such a special place in my heart! I finished the manga after the anime series ended!!!

      2 years ago
      • Yeah, I had never watched Inuyasha until my friend was telling me about it and I took a chance on her suggestion (we don’t always have the same tastes) and fell in love with the anime. I may look into reading the manga as soon as I have time.

        2 years ago
  13. OMG… An awesome TL;DR guys! Loved it! :D I was super excited that Martina is reading the Noblesse webtoon, since I’m also reading it and I love it! I don’t know why, but I just started reading webtoons and they are awesome! :D Furthermore, the other webtoons that I read also include:
    Orange Marmalade
    TAL
    The Gamer
    MRS ANGEL
    Has anyone read them? And what do you think about them?? :D

    2 years ago
    • Some of my students recommended Orange Marmalade, but I didn’t check it out… It’s good?

      2 years ago
  14. If you guys liked Legend of Korra, then you should watch the third season. It just came out ^ ^ They’re running it around 2 episodes per week because, unfortunately the ratings are low so they probably want to end the show soon since season 3 and 4 are pre-paid. But more episodes more quickly.
    I didn’t really like the second season that much. It focused on korra/Mako too much and Mako’s character has always been the weakest of the group. He’s just sort of there…
    But I promise third season is better. Korra’s way more mature. She reminded me of Eren last season..

    2 years ago
  15. Is the one you are thinking of “Cirque du Freak”?

    2 years ago
    • Hmm… From what I remember cirque du freak is based on an western novel series. I bought the first few volumes years ago but ended up donating them to the library.

      However yeah sounds similar, except that the protagonist in Cirque Du Freak is male. They even made a Cirque du Freak movie.

      2 years ago
  16. Yup we can be best friends for SURE Martina!
    I seriously read too much manga… right now i HIGHLY recommend: Nanatsu no taizai, Magi, Sinbad no bouken, one-punch man!, Cage of eden, Toukyou kushu, Hunter X Hunter, Immortal rain, Doraemon, Yamada and the 7 witches, Nisekoi, Akame ga kiru, Ao no exorcist AND… Hirunaka no ryuusei … just to name a tiny fraction of my trending manga.. no biggy

    2 years ago
  17. I was very submerged in anime and manga and had these big lists of the continuing ones that I was following. Alas, Jdramas, Kdramas and Kpop found me and stole all my time so I’ve only been checking up on my main favourites xD.

    Anime: Bleach, Skip Beat!, Kimi ni Todoke, OHSHC. I actually like a lot from many different genre’s but those are the main ones I remember.
    Manga: Skip Beat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, Bleach(so so far behind), Kimi ni Todoke(so far behind), The One(can’t even remember what chapter I’m on).
    Manhwa: Love in The Mask. I also read Full House before ever knowing it had a live-action but couldn’t really stick with it till the end.

    2 years ago
  18. I’m pretty sure the only manhwa I’ve ever really read was “I.N.V.U”. And that was years back in high school lol. (Like 10 years ago XD) The only webtoons I’ve read are the ones that gave me jumpscares lol. I’ll be sure to check more out.

    I know everyone seems to be watching Attack on Titan, but I have yet to do so. I’ll probably check it out soon. And omg, I’m so excited to start watching Sailor Moon Crystal soon. Great video, Martina. thumbs up

    2 years ago
    • OMG INVU! lol i thought it was just a manga but was confused why the reading direction wasn’t backwards XD oooooo memories :’ D

      2 years ago
    • Oh flashback. I actually bought and read the first few volumes of INVU years ago when I was in college. I forget how I found it.

      I also have collected Wing Shin Ma’s ‘Storm Riders’ Manhwa series because it was so beautifully drawn.

      2 years ago
    • BTW, if anyone here has MyAnimeList, add me lol: http://myanimelist.net/profile/ayamefan13

      2 years ago
  19. I can’t even count how many mangas I’ve read and loved- but my current favorites are ‘Kimi ni Todoke’ (a cute and, imo, unique school-romance with a focus on the awkwardness of dating in high school and the MAGIC OF FRIENDSHIP) and One Piece (definitely my all-time favorite).
    I did grow up watching the Sailor Moon anime, but my absolute favorite childhood transformation-magical-girl mangas were ‘Kaitou Saint Tail’ and ‘Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne’! Ooh, and I also loved the Pokemon Special manga, which was completely different from the TV show and SO MUCH BETTER OMG.
    Oh man, getting all nostalgic over here.
    And a big, resounding YES to Sailor Moon Mondays! :D

    2 years ago
  20. I follow Noblessse…i thought it was a manhwa not a webtoon! I wouldnt say its school life meets Romance…i feel there is barely any romance in it! More School life meets action! I also read another Korean webtoon(?) called The Breaker. U guys..err Martina, need to read it. Its awesome!!! So much awesomeness packed into one webtoon.

    Loved Avatar…so much so that im not watching the Legend of Korra….i dont wanna move on yet! Also Avatar live action needs to be made…that m. knight shamalan one doesn’t exist!

    I followed Vampire Knight earlier…had to stop because i was getting confused and it was getting up there in terms of cheesyness. Now that its complete though, i just gonna zoom thru all of it!

    I started watching Attack on Titan anime, but i really liked it and i could marathon thru the episodes so i read the manga! OMG guys the manga is sooooo much better than the anime. Animes, as they all do, drag things out and make some changes…but the manga… AWESOMESAUCE!!! the only thing is it comes out once a monthly…waiting is a bitch.

    I dont really watch animes as i dont have the time dedication to it…the only ones i watch are One Piece and Naruto Shippuden! Mangas that m reading currently….so many, Bleach, Claymore, Fairy Tail (awesome), History’s Strongest Disciple Keninchi, D.Gray-Man (i don’t know what’s happening with this one as chapters havent come out in a while), Witch Hunter. I also have an every growing list that i need to start reading….so many mangas, so little time!!!!

    Obviously watching the new Sailor Moon…sailor moon gave me life as a kid! Martina, the episodes come out once every two weeks….thats gonna be a lot of waiting!!!

    2 years ago
    • UUUUU another awesome anime that i watched a really long time ago… Monster! Oh boy…that anime is just awesome! the exploration of pure evilness in a tiny little boy!

      2 years ago
    • I’m gonna have to check out the AOT manga, then. I gored too bored of the show…

      2 years ago
      • I always prefer the manga, but with Attack on Titan, I can’t bring myself to watch it. I think it’s because of the drawings, they’re so ugly compared to what I’m used to read. But you guys might like it.

        2 years ago
  21. Woot! Woot! Love this week’s TL:DR! :D
    You read Black Bird too! My friend and I read it too. We call it our toe-curling manga cause the romance scenes make our toes curl. Hahahahah! And about that manga that you asked us to name…I think I read that before. Can’t remember what it’s called either. I shall search for it!

    2 years ago
    • You guys should check out Deadman Wonderland as well. It’s a damn awesome manga.
      By the way, the vampire manhwa that I was thinking of was called “Model” but I don’t think it is what you described.

      2 years ago
  22. WHAAAAT?!
    Simon and Martina haven’t read/don’t care about Full Metal Alchemist? Well, I seriously urge you to read it/change your mind. It’s really fantastic and original and if your do like half the things you listed there, at least for the action/adventure segment, then your should see about reading or watching it.

    2 years ago
    • That’s what I can’t figure out!!!! D : They need to watch it T_T

      2 years ago
    • Full Metal was awesome! Watched its anime….the good one…and it was just amazing!!!

      2 years ago
      • Make sure you watch FMA: Brotherhood. WAY more angsty.
        Though both are very good, just Brotherhood is way closer to the manga. and waaayyyy more angsty. WAYYYY more. like. buckets of tears.

        2 years ago
  23. Loved the video; Martina should do a full cover of Tank!! As for quality viewing material, I strongly recommend Madoka Magica, a VERY cool take on the magical girl genre, as well as Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood which is about the same length as Avatar with similar vibes to Attack on Titan but with more likable characters.

    2 years ago
  24. Sailor Moon! YES!!! I was so excited when VIZ announced that they got the license! I already pre-ordered the DVD/Blu-ray first season set. I remember running home from the bus after school to catch the start of the first english dub… oh the memories…

    I love Cowboy Beebop, too. It gets so deep. And Samurai Champloo finishes real strong, keep with it, Simon!

    I’ve watched several animes and there are too many to list. Does anyone else keep track of what you’ve watched on a site like myanimelist.com?

    2 years ago
  25. OH MY SWEET DEAR!!! I’ve read and/or watched most of the Animes, Mangas and Manhwas you said.. I’m so happy right now! I read Noblesse too! Good thing there are websites where you could read this mangas/manhwas in English, awesome right?! I LOVE ANIME and anime is embraced here in Philippines. The feels~ Question though, do you read fanfiction too? Do you have OTPs in Anime?

    Oh, and did you read the Attack on Titan Manga?! It’s EPIC!!!!

    2 years ago
  26. My favourite anime right now is Free! it’s so cool, and even though it was huge last year I only started watching last week and I’m all caught up already. In terms of manga I mainly reed shoujo (school life meets romance) ones and my favourite may be Ao Haru Ride, which was just turned into anime.
    Kaichou wa Maid-Sama! was a really cool anime and manga but I think the manga went on for too long, I got a bit bored of it near the end, but still one of my top favourites.
    I really like Sailor Moon but since Martina already talk about it I must talk about Dragon Ball, it was so cool, I loved it, and all the kids in school talked about it.

    P.S.: Gokusan live action was so good. One of my favourite dramas in general.

    2 years ago
  27. wow martina i love how you’re so excited over anime and manga because i can relate to it 100% :D you should try reading hirunaka no ryuusei i love the romance it’s really cute (and the pain ouch) and wow you guys haven’t seen fullmetal alchemist / fullmetal alchemist brotherhood?????? you need to like watch it omg and lots of other amazing anime IM SCREAMING

    2 years ago
    • OMG I LOVE Hiranuka no ryuusei I read the whole thing in just a few days O_o btw who is your favourite Mamura or Shishio-sensei?

      2 years ago
  28. Martina! What are your thoughts on Crystal? I know you said you didn’t watch episode 1, but what about the character sheets, VAs etc.? :) Or did you see any of the promo art or anything? Who’s your favourite senshi? Also, I wouldn’t say that it’s a romance anime – it’s more of a friendship anime imho :) lol I dunno if you can tell *points at username* but I’m an avid Moonie :3

    2 years ago
  29. Martina let me start out by saying that you are awesome <3 I would recommend Fruits Basket (the anime is fun and fluffy but unfinished and the manga is amazing and gets kind deep) also since you grew up in the same anime period as me Card Captor Sakura is making its come back and it is sweet and fun and magical girl. I also think you would enjoy Princess Jellyfish (both anime and manga) it has a really cool art style and is a really hilarious anime. <3 PS: there is a Switch Girl live action in Japanese and the first season is comedic gold! (the second one gets a little iffy with some serious topics but it has its charms too) Thankyou so much for making this TLDR <3

    2 years ago
  30. I loved OHSHC from the list and also Shingeki no Kyojin’s manga. The anime flopped for me near the end and even though it is almost exactly the same as the manga, the manga still has my attention.

    And I Strongly recommend watching Fullmetal Alchemist (the first series has better character development while the remake has a smoother story-line. It’s your choice. I watched both. Love both to pieces)

    And also “Clannad~ After story” (You should watch the 1st season beforehand to fully get the plot, but I guess it would be possible to watch and … enjoy it without seeing the 1st series)

    2 years ago
  31. *Brook style* YO HO HO HO!!! this is my kinda topic!!! i could talk SO much about this too!!
    i absolutely loved the Japanese version of Hana Kimi!!! it’s so silly and fun!!
    GOKUSEN!!! haven’t read the manga but love the drama!!
    Attack on Titan is awesome!! and i know what you mean about Eren!! so annoying!!

    what Sailor Moon is to you Martina, is Cardcaptor Sakura for me! it’s my all time fave as a kid!! of course i liked Sailor Moon too!!
    and i watched the new version which i thought was good!! (but the CGI personally creeped me out a little)

    WOO STUDIO GHIBLI!!! have you watched Grave of the Fireflies!!? so go~od but so sad!!

    i’d like to read some manhwa, but do they have English versions?
    and let me recommend the manga ‘Yotsuba’!! it’s freakin’ awesome and hilarious!!

    2 years ago
  32. Martina! You should definitely watch this anime called “Chihayafuru”! It’s so beautiful and amazing! Almost every character in this anime is likable and the episodes go by so quickly! I also recommend you read the manga, Fruits Basket! I really like it! <3

    2 years ago
  33. I really love the anime fairy tail.

    2 years ago
  34. I’ve watched many of what you’ve mentioned, and many I want to try too…
    Hey Martina! if you enjoyed perfect girl evolution, maybe you want to try the manga SKIP BEAT too! It’s so fun! Really!

    2 years ago
  35. Everyone needs to see Vampire Knight & Death Note <3

    2 years ago
  36. I think the manga you were talking about is Kuro Bara Alice by Mizushiro Setona. At least it sounds like it.

    2 years ago
  37. My childhood anime/cartoon list include:
    naruto
    yakitate japan
    mirmo de pon
    flame of recca
    dragonball z
    slam dunk
    ghost fighter
    inuyasha
    yugioh

    and there are still many others i think i forget but that’s the main animes in my life

    2 years ago
  38. On a related note: What can you tell me about Korean “otome games” (dating sims for girls)? They’ve started to develop popularity in the United States thanks to a relatively new company called Cheritz (http://www.cheritz.com/). In addition to Cheritz, the game “Star Project,” (http://star.vvvic.com/main.asp) which was started in Korea, also has a pretty loyal following.

    Are there other games like this that are in Korea, or these just one-offs? If there are more, can you touch upon some of the more popular ones?

    Thank you so much! <3

    2 years ago
  39. My favourites? Sailormoon, Card Captor Sakura, Serial Experiments Lain, Ghost in the Shell, Fruits Basket, FLCL, and anything studio Ghibli. #oldschoolforlyfe

    2 years ago
    • Oooh~ Lain is So good! Have you watched any other anime of the similar kind? (Ergo Proxy, Haibane Renmei, Paprika, Paranoia Agent?)

      2 years ago
    • Oh, and Ebichu! So messed up, but hilarious. :D

      2 years ago
  40. I’m really loving the new Sailor Moon Crystal~ but the sad part is that it only comes out twice a month T^T The sad realization last week, when I couldn’t find episode 2. On the bright side, 26 episodes of glorious animation :D

    2 years ago
    • And what is worse is SAO II is out every week (started same day as SMC) so my other half gets a new anime every week and I have to wait two weeks T_T so much sads

      2 years ago
    • Whoa, only twice a month? Well, summer’s gonna feel even longer now lol. I might end up watching Ep 1 soon anyway. XD

      2 years ago
      • That’s why I can’t start yet! It’s KILLING ME!!!!!!

        2 years ago
        • Martina, since its a 26 episode series airing bi-weekly. The last episode won’t air till around June 2015. D: Can you wait that long?!

          2 years ago
    • ONLY TWICE A MONTH!!!!???
      no way!!!
      thanks for letting us know!
      man i knew i had to wait some time for ep 2 while looking for it….but sheesh didn’t know it was gonna be like that!!
      totally gonna do it like Martina and wait from now on!! i’ll probably start watching it when the last few episodes’ll come out!

      2 years ago
    • Really? Only twice a month? No wonder I couldn’t find the next episode for it on Saturday D:

      2 years ago