I’ve got the anime blues. I haven’t written in over a month. I haven’t been able to find anything to blog about. Granted, there has been a lot on my mind that is outside of the anime realm and usually anime is able to help me during times such as these. However, lately anime has not really offered anything new for me. I tweeted how I would really like another show cut from the same cloth of Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell, Samurai Champloo, Trigun; I would even take something like Inuyasha. A show with mature characters; adults, not just high school kids doing high school things. That’s starting to bore me. These cutesy shows with the cutesy characters even when the show has serious content is annoying. I know the anime fan base eats this up and thats why the creators make shows specifically for them so they can rake in the money. I don’t blame them for this but for goodness sake, throw us a bone here!
I like watching my anime on television so my easiest choices to watch anime is to purchase shows (which I did in large quantity at Anime Weekend Atlanta) or use Hulu, Crunchyroll, Manga channel, Netflix. Hulu tends to have a better selection of anime to me than Crunchyroll in terms of more mature viewing. Crunchyoll has tons and tons of cutesy anime and the popular status quo shows. Maybe I need to take some time and go through everything they have to offer. I’ve been feeling this way for a while with anime but Anime Weekend Atlanta was able to spark life back in to me for a moment but that wore off. Its not that I don’t like anything right now. I am watching Kill la Kill and Beyond the Boundary.
Kill la Kill almost got on the drop list for its ridiculous fanservice but there is something about it that has made me keep watching. The terrible animation, the over the top fight scenes, and the “ugliness” of the characters has its charm. The show is fun to watch. It hints at depth but there really isn’t much that has presented itself in the first 8 episodes. It makes me laugh and I could really use a good laugh. Beyond the Boundary; I’m not quite sure why I keep watching it when it really has been monotonous. Maybe its the hope of there actually being a story within the show. There are 13 episodes and the last few look like we might be getting somewhere. Still both of these shows are not shows I am overly excited about. I am generally watching at least 7-10 shows a season; whether all new or a combination of old and new. I would love some recommendations of anime from the early 2000s. I generally liked shows from that time period the best. I would love to get out of this funk.