<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent Anime Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/lists//anime http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/lists//anime <![CDATA[Anime With The Most Gorgeous Train Station Scenes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-with-the-most-gorgeous-train-station-scenes/hannah-collins

Whether on another planet or just in another country, decades in the past or far into the future, beautiful anime train station scenes entrance viewers all across the genre. Dreamy train station scenes in anime leave you with that tingling, wistful feeling of a journey about to be taken. As a picturesque and quaint form of travel, beautiful anime train station scenes allow the illustrators to flex their skills, depicting beautiful hills, oceans, and urban landscapes rolling by. Furthermore, a train's movement from one destination to another can symbolize a character's own growth, and the tranquility of a train car allows them peace in which to mull over their evolution.

Train stations have transfixed anime creators for quite some time, from the space operas of the '70s and '80s like Galaxy Express and Night On The Galactic Railroad to modern "slice of life" classics like Your Lie In April. In fact, train scenes have become such a staple there are even entire photoblogs dedicated purely to the depiction of travel in anime. Coupled with an anime's unique animation style, anime train scenes can be just as engaging, and as emotional, as any combat or death scenes in a series.


Anime With The Most Gorgeous Train Station Scenes, anime, other,

5 Centimeters Per Second

Night on the Galactic Railroad

Galaxy Express 999

Clannad After Story

Galaxy Railways

Rail Wars!

Au Haru Ride

Kabaneri Of The Iron Fortress Part One: The Light That Gathers

Kabaneri Of The Iron Fortress

Toki wa Meguru: Tokyo Station


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Mon, 01 May 2017 10:16:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-with-the-most-gorgeous-train-station-scenes/hannah-collins
<![CDATA[How "Magical Girls" Became Such A Big Thing In Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/why-does-magic-girl-anime-exist/hannah-collins

What do you get when you mix sparkly eyes, frilly skirts, endless curls, punchy catchphrases, unbeatable optimism, and magical powers together? Why, a whole lot of sweet, cute, and gutsy girls! These are the key ingredients that define Magical Girl anime today. But where did this sugary world of bright heroines come from?

Most Western fans credit '90s classics like Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura as the earliest examples of their exposure to this genre, but Magical Girl TV shows have a history in Japanese comics and animation that stretches all the way back the early '60s. Once upon a time, the neon-colored, plucky girls parading around today as "magical warriors" were once gender-bending knights, kick-*ss female superheroes, and "cute witches" from other dimensions. 

Also known as "Mahou Shoujo" or "Majokko" in Japanese, this unapologetically girly genre has come a long way, and its unwavering popularity has meant it's still developing in new and unexpected directions as time goes on. Some universities even have college courses on Magical Girl anime, as the genre has evolved and heavily influenced animation on various levels. Read on to discover how Mahou Shoujo anime started and how it has developed through the decades. 


How "Magical Girls" Became Such A Big Thing In Anime,

"Magical Girls" Are Not To Be Confused With "Magical Girlfriends"

These two archetypes are often confused, and while there can be overlaps, they're ostensibly two entirely separate things. Whilst both are heroines who can either be humans who possess magical powers or supernatural beings like witches or goddesses, there are key differences.

A Magical Girl fits more into the mold of superhero. She is a protagonist who uses her powers to fight crime or inspire good, and though she usually has a romantic sub-plot, she acts independently. On the other hand, a Magical Girlfriend exists predominantly as male wish fulfillment and has less of the same agency. Ah! My Goddess! is one of the most well-known examples of the girlfriend genre. 


Magical Angel Creamy Mami Was The First Magic Idol Singer Show

Studio Pierrot's first foray into the world of Magical Girls was Magical Angel Creamy Mami in 1983, which also birthed a whole new sub-genre - the "Magical Girl Idol." As the name suggests, this archetype is a Magical Girl whose secret identity is that of an entertainer (usually a singer). This comes about either by virtue of an already-famous girl being gifted magical powers, or a girl who uses her abilities to become a famous performer. For Yu Morisawa, the heroine of Creamy Mami, it's the latter, as she uses her alien-given powers to transform into her older, singing alter-ego known as "Creamy."  

 


Toei Animation Had The Monopoly On Magical Girl Shows Until The '80s

With Himitsu no Akko-chanSally the Witch, and every other Mahou Shoujo show carrying its logo from the get-go, Toei Animation appeared to exclusively own the Magical Girl genre as a franchise. However, this is all changed in 1982 with the release of Magical Princess Minky Momo by Production Reed (then known as Ashi Production).

While Westerners usually aren't familiar with the title, the anime was hugely popular in Japan at the time. With Ashi Production's success, the floodgates for non-Toei Magical Girls ripped opened. Studio Pierrot released a whole roster of shows throughout the '80s, including Magical Angel Creamy MamiPersia, the Magic Fairy, Magical Star Magical Emi, and Magical Idol Pastel Yumi.


Majokko Meg-Chan Developed A Lot Of The Genre's Staples, Including Its Name

Sally and Akko-chan kickstarted the genre, but Majokko Meg-chan (AKA Megu, the Little Witch) developed it much further when it aired in 1974. In fact, Meg-chan introduced and popularized the genre's very name.

Megu-chan had an incredible amount of genre "firsts" that would become future staples. It was the first Magical Girl show to be aimed at boys as well as girls; the first to feature a heroine who wasn't super-girly; the first to feature a "Dark Magical Girl" rival; the first to have seriously evil villain; and the first to treat its viewers to fan service (i.e. panty shots) in a show of its kind.  


Cutey Honey Developed The Magical Girl Warrior, Despite Being A Shounen Show

From the mind of the strange yet genius creator, Go Nagai, came Cutey Honey, airing in 1973. Most fans will be more familiar with the revival anime series, New Cutey Honey and Cutey Honey Flash that aired during the '90s.

Though its technically a Shounen show, Cutey Honey's shapeshifting android heroine qualifies as a Magical Girl Warrior prototype. Proof of Cutey Honey's influence on shaping the modern Magical Girl Warrior can be seen in the definitive example of the archetype, Sailor Moon, with the "Monster Of The Week" format and the "In The Name Of The Moon" speeches.   


The First Magical Girl Team Was Formed During A Crossover Special In The '80s

The culmination of Studio Pierrot's Magical Girl line-up in the '80s was a one-off OVA special in 1987 called Majokko Club Yoningumi: A Kuukan kara no Alien XIt crossed over characters from Magical Angel Creamy Mami, Persia, the Magic Fairy, Magical Star Magical Emi, and Magical Idol Pastel Yumi to create the very first Avengers-style Magical Girl team. 

Previously, Magical Girls had been solitary heroines with occasional human or magical companions, but this group format paved the way for Magical Girl Warrior Team shows like Sailor MoonTokyo Mew Mew, and Pretty Cure.


Bewitched Was The Inspiration Behind Sally The Witch

Believe or not, part of the inspiration for this quintessentially Japanese pop cultural phenomenon came from the US - specifically, the ABC sitcom Bewitched, which aired in 1964. The show was a frothy, comedic take on the supernatural, following the not-so-average housewife, Samantha Stephens, a witch married to a non-magical man.

The series inspired the creation of Sally the Witch, the very first Magical Girl anime to fly onto Japanese TV screens in 1966. Tribute has even been paid to the impact of Bewitched by way of the Magical Girl comedy series, Oku-sama wa Maho Shojo: Bewitched Agnes, which aired in 2005. 


The First Magical Girl On TV Was A Witch Named "Sally" From Another Dimension

Created by the legendary Mitsuteru Yokoyama (creator of Gigantor, AKA Tetsujin 28-go, the grandfather of the Mecha genre) Sally the Witch was the first Magical Girl anime when it aired in Japan in 1966, three years earlier than Himitsu no Akko-chan

Sally is a princess, who is also a witch, of the magical kingdom of Astoria (a fictional place, not to be confused with the real one). She accidentally teleports to Earth, makes human friends, and decides to use her powers for good. The anime introduced the "Cute Witch" archetype and the concept of a "princess" from another dimension who ends up on Earth to the Magical Girl genre. 


Himitsu No Akko-chan Was Technically The First Magical Girl

Although Sally The Witch is often credited as the first Magical Girl, the title technically belongs to Himitsi no Akko-chan ("The Secret Of Akkochan"), the manga of which predates Sally as it was published in 1962. It was produced as an anime that aired in 1969

While Sally embodies the Cute Witch archetype specifically, Akko-chan pioneered two fundamental characteristics of the Mahou Shoujo genre. The first is that heroine Kagami Atsuko is an ordinary human who is gifted, rather than born, with her powers as a reward for doing a good deed. The second is the all-important transformation ability that effectively creates a "secret identity" split between girl and magic. Kagami does this by way of a magical compact that endows her with shapeshifting powers. 


Princess Knight Was Technically The First Magical Girl

The starting point for the Magical Girl genre is the manga Princess Knight, created by Osamu "God of Manga" Tezuka (most famously known for works like Astro Boy). Beginning life as a manga series in 1953, Princess Knight was adapted into anime in 1967 and is also a notable early example of Shoujo. While historians agree that Princess Knight is not really a Magical Girl, it's generally accepted as the earliest prototype for one of the genre's key archetypes - the "Magical Girl Warrior," made more famous decades later by the hugely popular Sailor Moon franchise.

Princess Knight was also pretty revolutionary in terms of gender-bending, which is another common trope of both Shoujo and Magical Girl stories. Due to archaic gender rules, its heroine, Princess Sapphire, is forced to live her life as a Prince in order to ensure she inherits the throne from her father. Her boyish physicality laid the foundation for the fusion of the Magical Girl and Sentai archetypes to come.



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Mon, 01 May 2017 09:58:16 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/why-does-magic-girl-anime-exist/hannah-collins
<![CDATA[All The Times Digimon Was Too Intense For American Audiences]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/digimon-moments-censored-in-america/anna-lindwasser

Digimon is actually known as one of the more mature kids' shows out there. With violent imagery, character deaths, and serious family issues like divorce and adoption, you wouldn't necessarily know there are major differences in the Digimon dub. Seriously, where were they drawing the line? But weirdly, Digimon was heavily censored in America. And Digimon isn't the only anime censored in the US. The same thing happened to shows like Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon, too.

From touching up the outfits of scantily clad female Digimon to removing everything from guns to incest to Buddhism, 4Kids and Saban turned Toei Animation's original series into a barely recognizable version of itself. While some of these changes detracted from the quality of the series, some actually made it better. The merit of the changes may be up for debate, but one thing's for sure; the sub and the dub are so disparate they may as well be two different series.


All The Times Digimon Was Too Intense For American Audiences,

Most Of The Guns Were Edited Out

For a show that takes place in a country with little gun violence, Digimon sure has a lot of scenes with guns. Perhaps because of the prevalence of gun violence in America, the dubbed version was pretty different. In Digimon 01 and Digimon 02, guns were completely edited out, which led several scenes people just kind of pointing at each other awkwardly.

In one particularly odd scene, 11-year-old Ken Ichijouji is visibly terrified and angry because, in the original version, a guard shoved a gun in his face. Because this doesn't happen in the dubbed version, they need another explanation. What is that explanation? The guard called him a punk. In later series like Tamers, guns are present, but any scenes that depict people actually getting shot are removed.


There's A Bath Scene That Plays Out Very Differently In Each Version

In episode 8 of Digimon 01, the kids spend some time relaxing in a public bath. Despite the fact that public baths aren't exactly typical in America, the dub retained the scene. What it didn't retain was the bit where Joe walks into the bath area with a towel between his legs, Tai and Matt decide his reticence to get naked in front of his male friends is unacceptable, and that the proper response is to tackle him and pull his towel off.

While this is meant to be a joke, it's actually a particularly nasty example of boundary violation and physical assault. Since the scene does little besides make Matt and Tai look like bullies, it was probably a good decision to cut this one.


Frontier's Sexy Dynamite Scene Didn't Make The Cut

In Digimon Frontier, Zoe (or Izumi as she's called in the original version), tries on a bunch of swimsuits and does some cute poses in front of a mirror. She claims that she wants to be a gravure model, calls herself "sexy dynamite," and repeatedly compliments herself. Izumi, to clarify, is in 5th grade.

To many viewers, this looks like a little girl acting on developmentally appropriate impulses. That said, it's not exactly surprising that the dub version cut this scene. While it certainly isn't the worst that anime has to offer when it comes to sexualizing minors, it's still pretty creepy. 


Hitchhiking Was Taken Out Of The Show, Along With The Kids' Sex Appeal

In one episode of Digimon 01, the kids are trying to make their way home after being deposited back on Earth from the Digital World. In the original version, this is accomplished through hitchhiking. The kids stick their thumbs out, and attempt to use sex appeal to attract drivers.

Saban and 4Kids didn't think that kind of behavior would fly with its target audience, so they cut out the scene where Yamato (Matt) almost gets picked up by an adult woman with a huge bust, and all shots of the kids with their thumbs out. When they do get picked up thanks to Mimi and Sora, the dude in the car is coincidentally Sora's cousin, not some guy who's really into pre-teen girls.  


Some Things Were Weirdly Less Appropriate

While most changes made to the dub were intended to protect children from ideas or images that might be harmful, some of the changes did exactly the opposite. In the original version of Digimon Tamers, Ruki Makino's mother gave birth to her at age 18. That's pretty early to become a parent, but it's closing in on adulthood and it could be worse. The dub version makes it worse.

Rika Nonaka (Ruki's dub name) is three years older than her sub counterpart (she's 13 instead of 10). Her mother, meanwhile, stays the same age. This means her mother had her at age 15. Considering the fact that some 15-year-olds haven't even hit puberty yet, that's a major, intense change to make. 

Another change for the worse involved Joe Kido from Digimon 01. In the original version, he's a cautious kid with some anxiety issues, but he actually doesn't complain much. For some reason, the dub decided to reduce his personality to constantly whining about everything. They also saddled him with multiple health problems (asthma, potentially life-threatening allergies, and chronic pain) that he didn't have any means of treating in the Digital World. This was supposed to be a joke.

To repeat, the dub gave a 12-year-old kid several chronic illnesses (or severe hypochondria, which is also terrifying), and then spent the whole series making fun of him for it. That's not kid-friendly, that's teaching kids how to be ableist jerks.


A Giant Dog-Person Went On A Shooting Spree

Digimon Tamers is generally regarded as the most lightly censored version of Digimon, not counting later series like Digimon Savers and Digimon Tri that are aimed at an older audience. Unlike Digimon 01 and 02, which completely eliminate the existence of guns, Tamers actually has a Digimon named Gargomon, who carries around multiple guns and ends up shooting them in a wild, out-of-control rampage. So, yes, in both the sub and the dub a dog-man with big floppy ears commits an uncontrolled mass shooting.

What we don't see in the dub are the actual consequences of said shooting. In the American version, you never see any of the bullets hitting anyone. You also never see Renamon scratch Gargomon's face in an attempt to snap him out of his violent fugue state, though you do see the marks on his face later on. So, not only do you have a failure in continuity, you're also showing kids that violent acts and their consequences aren't connected. Not really a great choice, localization team.


Some Outfits Were Edited To Be Less Revealing

Digimon Heroes, a mobile Digimon game focusing on cards, originally included multiple cards featuring half-naked female Digimon in suggestive poses. When the game was updated, these images were altered slightly such that they covered more skin. The poses, which are arguably a bigger problem, stayed the same.

Predictably, reactions to this ranged from outrage to approval. Some of those opposed claimed to be against censorship in general, while others groused that feminism has gone too far and it's not fair they can't see breasts in their mobile game for children. Those in favor claimed that if anything is worth censoring, objectification of women in a kids' game is. 


There's No Buddhism Allowed

At one point in Digimon 01, Sora and Joe find themselves having to fight off a group of ghost Digimon called Bakemon. In the original version, they fend them off with a Buddhist chant. Because apparently religions other than Christianity are poisonous to the minds of American children, this harmless expression of Japanese culture was edited out and replaced with a hokey, bizarre speech about "mind over matter." Afterwards, the children recite a chant they apparently made up on the spot until the ghost Digimon were defeated.


The Deaths Were Much More Vague

Death is for sure a thing that happens in Digimon. It isn't common, but it does happen. One character, Iori, has a dead father. Another character, Ken, has a dead older brother. When the kids and their Digimon partners have to go into battle, they actually do fear for their lives. That's part of what makes Digimon so unusual, and so powerful. 

That said, sometimes the impact of these deaths are blunted by vagueness. For example, when Wizardmon dies in Digimon 01, it's powerful because you know he's dying. In the dub, death isn't mentioned, and when it finally becomes clear he's actually gone, it's implied he will be reborn in the Digimon Nursery. Of course, this event never happens because Wizardmon's death was always meant to be permanent. 


Incestuous Undertones Were Written Out

If Digimon is a source of meaningful childhood memories, you might want to skip this bit, because your youth is about to get dropkicked. We're going to talk about incest in anime, and it's not going to be pretty. 

While incest wasn't present throughout most of Digimon, it featured heavily in episode 21 of Digimon 01. The director of the episode, Mamoru Hosoda, claimed in an interview that he intentionally wrote the episode as a love triangle between 11-year-old Tai, his 8-year-old sister Kari, and his Digimon partner Koromon. Watching the episode through that lens, it's painfully obvious.

 At one point, Kari wets her bed, and Tai covers for her. The way he responds, and the way Kari's voice actress handles the scene, were intentionally written to reflect an abnormal sibling relationship. Also, at one point, Kari says, "no matter how one looks at me, one would know that I am not just worried about my onii-san." Meaning, she's not just worried about Tai as a brother, she's worried about him as a lover. Finally, Hosoda compares Kari to a "30-year-old rightful wife," and Koromon to the "20-year-old naive girl," who are competing for Tai's affections. 

The bed-wetting scene, and any other allusions to incest, were swiftly removed from the dub. This, honestly, was probably a good call.



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Thu, 06 Apr 2017 07:06:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/digimon-moments-censored-in-america/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[Anime With The Most Beautiful Water Animation]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-water-animation/jonah-dorrance

Though water takes no definite form, many an anime succeeds in using the best water animation techniques to make the universal solvent a subject as captivating as any character. From exceedingly gorgeous rivers and vibrant swimming pools to the best oceans in anime, these anime with the best water animation send your visual senses into overdrive, their attention to detail, motion, and color leaving you feeling ever so slightly damp. It may not be the most uniquely animated thing in an anime series, but when illustrated with care, water looks fit enough to submerged yourself in.

While water plays a major part in many of the series, like Free! or Ponyo, it also plays a more supporting role as a beautiful setting for shows like Kids on the Slope or March Comes in Like a Lion. Some series even use water as a means of exploring emotion, with Tsuritama and Your Lie in April likening feelings of stress and loneliness to being submerged. Their altogether distinct and unique animation styles turns an everyday compound into a subject worth exploring. The magical water animation makes these sports rivalries, coming-of-age tales, and love stories even more enjoyable, and that much more enthralling.


Anime With The Most Beautiful Water Animation,

5 Centimeters Per Second

Ponyo

Tsuritama

Garden of Words

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club

Nagi no Asukara

Your Lie in April

March Comes In Like A Lion

Amanchu!

Spirited Away


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Thu, 11 May 2017 06:40:50 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-water-animation/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[Best Anime Catchphrases]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-catchphrases/jonah-dorrance

The best anime catchphrases are the ones that are so memorable, even non-fans can recognize the words and know exactly where it’s from. These popular one-liners are the ones you find on t-shirts, posters, and even coffee mugs. You might even say these phrases aloud (if you aren't a closet otaku). Like some of the best Naruto quotes, such as Naruto's “Believe it!,” these phrases define both the characters and the series, becoming trademarks that fans can recite at the drop of a dime.

Some of these repetitive expressions are short and sweet, while others are a bit more wordy, but still totally bad*ss. Many times, the characters take on new variations of their respective phrase or the phrase is adopted by others characters in the series (like Kamina’s “Who hell do you think I am?”). Whether or not you have these phrases on your wall or wear them proudly as an anime tattoo, these catchphrases will live in your heart forever. Vote up the most memorable one-liners from anime that you love to shout - either in secret or in public. 


Best Anime Catchphrases,

Nico Yazawa's "Nico Nico Nii" From Love Live!

Katsura's "It's Not Zura, It's Katsura!" From Gintama

Izumi's "I'm Just A Passing Housewife!" From Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Itoshiki's "I'm In Despair!" From Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei

Naruto's "Believe It!" From Naruto

Sebastian's "Yes, My Lord" From Black Butler

Kamina's "Who The Hell Do You Think I Am?" From Gurren Lagann

Mayuri's "Duduru~" From Steins;Gate

Haru's "I Only Swim Free" From Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

Togame's "Cheerio!" From Katanagatari


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Thu, 11 May 2017 04:17:16 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-catchphrases/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[25 Memes Of Nina And Alexander From FMA That Will Make You Laugh, Then Cry]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-full-metal-alchemist-nina-and-dog-memes/tamara-jude

Fullmetal Alchemist remains one of the most popular anime around, meaning the Internet produces no shortage of Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood memes. The more lighthearted funny FMA memes poke fun at Edward’s height, Colonel Mustang’s powers, and the insanity of the Seven Deadly Sins. However, in the dark recesses of the Internet, more twisted fans created memes of Nina and Alexander from FMA, the daughter-dog pair who found out just how twisted both alchemy and FMA families can be. Regarded as one of the saddest moments in anime, people attempt to convert this somber moment into Fullmetal Alchemist Nina memes that induce laughter and sadness simultaneously.

One way to channel such somberness into laugher is through these messed up FMA little girl and dog memes. If you can't help but LOL, who is anyone else to judge? Below lie some of the most cringe-worthy yet funny memes with Nina and Alexander from FMA. As a warning to you now, they're pretty screwed up! Also, if you have not seen FMA, this is your final spoiler warning. Enjoy! (As best you can, that is).


25 Memes Of Nina And Alexander From FMA That Will Make You Laugh, Then Cry,

Dog Pun? Nice One, Tucker!

It's Too Real!

Like Two Peas In A Pod

Cheap Bastard...

Don't Give Him Ideas!

Beauty And The EEEEK!

4chan Would Do This

Embrace Your Body's Changes

An Old Question With New Answers

No Treats For This Trick


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Thu, 13 Apr 2017 06:51:33 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-full-metal-alchemist-nina-and-dog-memes/tamara-jude
<![CDATA[22 Hilarious Translator Notes Snuck Into Anime Subtitles]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/hilarious-translator-notes-in-anime-subtitles/hannah-collins

Anime translators are hardworking, dedicated fans who channel their bilingual talents to help non-Japanese-speaking otakus understand their favorite shows and films. While fans will always argue whether the best English-dubbed anime can even compare with the best subbed anime, it's undeniable that subs are necessary for otakus who watch more obscure shows. And often, things can get a little lost in translation, meaning additional notes from the translation team are necessary to overcome cultural barriers.

Unfortunately, not all translators are made equally. From misinterpretations to pointless explanations, translation notes (referred to as "TN" or "TL") can be deliberately or accidentally hilarious at times. This phenomenon of funny subtitles and TN in anime has been affectionately dubbed as "anime failsubs," and while they are often cringe-worthy, what would otaku culture be without them? Vote up the translation notes that made you laugh. 


22 Hilarious Translator Notes Snuck Into Anime Subtitles,

This Translation Note Proves One Word Can Mean A Lot More Than You Think

This Translator Swallowed A Meme Encyclopedia

This Translation Note That Went According To Keikaku

This Very Necessary Translation Of A Translation

This Deep Insight Into The Mind Of A Japanese Cow

This Translation Note Needs A Translation Note Of Its Own

This Translator Hopes You Understand Double Entendre

This Note Argues That Everything Is Better In Engrish

This Note Respects The Viewer's Intelligence

This Note That Seems Just A Little Patronizing


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Mon, 01 May 2017 09:28:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/hilarious-translator-notes-in-anime-subtitles/hannah-collins
<![CDATA[18 Anime Through The Years That Changed Anime Forever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-historically-significant-anime-ever-made/hannah-collins

While anime as a medium is often hard to categorically summarize or define, the shows and films that have made anime what it is in the 21st century are easily identifiable. Beyond just mere popularity and rabid otaku adoration, the anime on this list have birthed entire genres, sub-genres, tropes, and character archetypes. They have facilitated technical innovations, created lasting cultural legacies, significantly advanced or redefined the medium, and spread the gospel of anime to generations of fans around the world.

Before all the top '80s and '90s anime came shows like Astro Boy and Sally the Witch, which played historically important roles in shaping the anime art style and creating the "magical girl" genre. Action-packed shows like Dragon Ball and deep, thought-provoking films like Akira paved the way for some of the best anime series that all fans recognize. Check out this list of TV shows and movies that historically advanced and revolutionized anime into the mainstream media it has become since the turn of the century. 


18 Anime Through The Years That Changed Anime Forever,

The Great Adventure of Horus, Prince of the Sun

Better known outside of Japan as The Little Norse Prince, this 1968 anime film is notable as the directorial debut of Isao Takahata and as the first big feature that the internationally renowned animator, Hayao Miyazaki, worked on. This dynamic duo would go on to work together for the next 50 years. They would go on to co-found Studio Ghibli, a film company that has produced some of the most beloved and highest-grossing anime films in Japan. 

Though Prince of the Sun kick-started their partnership with an uncharacteristic financial flop, it was technically and stylistically innovative for its time. It also radically broke away from the Disney model of children's storytelling that their contemporaries, like Osamu Tezuka, borrowed so much from. 


Kimba the White Lion

Based on the manga by Astro Boy creator, Osamu Tezuka, and produced by his company Tezuka Productions, this series following the exploits of an adventurous lion cub is historically significant as the first ever anime TV series to be broadcast in color.

Aside from that historical first, the series aired between 1965 to 1966 and had a subsequent film adaptation in 1966. It enjoyed worldwide popularity that endures to this day. Similarities between Kimba, the story of a lion cub on a journey of self-discovery following the loss of his parents, and Disney's The Lion King didn't go unnoticed after the latter's release in 1994. This is pretty ironic, considering how much of an impact Walt Disney had on Tezuka. 


Princess Knight

Another brainchild of the prolific manga artist and animator, Osumu Tezuka, Princess Knight (or Choppy and the Princess in the US) was a gender-bending series that aired between 1967 and 1968 in Japan. It has since been credited as the originator of the shoujo genre.

"Shoujo," meaning "girl" in Japanese, is a genre that caters specifically to a young female audience. Its most defining traits, which can be traced back to Princess Knight, are gutsy heroines and plots revolving around conflicts of the heart. Notable and more well-known follow-ups include The Rose of Versailles (1979) and Revolutionary Girl Utena (1997).


Space Battleship Yamato

Also known as Star BlazersCosmoship Yamato, and Space Cruiser Yamato, this epic and psychedelic space adventure was the creation of highly-respected manga artist and animator, Leiji Matsumoto. Along with the hugely popular series Space Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999, which took place in the same universe as Yamamoto, Matsumoto almost single-handedly popularized the "space opera" genre in anime. Not only that, but Yamamoto was the first anime series to be broadcast in its intended episode order when translated for English-language audiences because of its unique over-arching plot.

Matsumoto's work would also later become known to an entirely new audience through his animated music videos for French electro-pioneers, Daft Punk. 


Astro Boy

Known as "Tetsuwan Atom" or "Mighty Atom" in Japan, this little robotic hero is the creation of legendary manga artist and animator, Osamu "God of Manga" Tezuka. Though it's technically not the first anime series every made (that lofty title arguably belongs to Manga Calendar), Astro Boy is considered to be the first "true" anime series ever because its distinctive style defined what people recognize anime to be. Its original run on Japanese TV began in 1963, and while he is as recognizable a face in Japan as Mickey Mouse, Astro Boy sadly doesn't enjoy the same iconic status outside of his home country. 


Daicon III Opening Animation

Daicon III and its sequel Daicon IV are two 8mm, short opening films that were created for the Nihon SF Taikai (Japanese sci-fi) conventions in 1981 and 1983 respectively. For the unfamiliar, their place in anime history may seem like an oddity compared to the more professionally-made titles on this list.

However, Daicon's place is justified by the critical appreciation of fans for the surprisingly high-quality of both works, which was unusual considering the amateur status of their animators. Secondly, those amateur animators (which included Neon Genesis Evangelion writer/director, Hideaki Anno) would go on to form the influential animation studio, Gainax. Thirdly, Daicon solidified the foundation for otaku culture, introducing a Playboy-like bunny girl that made fans go wild. 


Tetsujin 28-go

Better known in the US as Gigantor, this series first aired in Japan between 1963 and 1965. It is based on the manga of the same name by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, who also created Giant RoboTetsujin is historically notable as being one of the first - if not the first - shows to feature a giant robot with a human pilot, a staple feature in anime that would come to be called "humongous robot."

The show focuses on the adventures of a boy named Shotaro Kaneda, whose late father left him in the possession of giant robot that he could control remotely. These types of robots would later fall under the umbrella of "mecha," a genre featuring robots of varyingly large sizes that can be controlled, piloted, or worn as exoskeletons by humans.


Sazae-san

Unless you've spent significant time perusing the pages of the Guinness Book of World Records or you grew up in Japan, the chances are you will be completely unfamiliar with Sazae-san. What's record-breaking about it? Well, it's been on air since 1969 in Japan and is still airing! With over 7,000 episodes and counting under its belt, Sazae-san is the longest running animated TV show of all time, and remains one of the biggest ratings pullers in Japan.

Sazae-san depicts the ordinary life of titular wife and mother, Sazae Fugata, and her family. It's probably the earliest and most historically important example of the "slice of life" genre in anime.


Kyojin no Hoshi

Based on the sports manga by Ikki Kajiwara and Noboru Kawasaki, Star of the Giants is attributed as the very first sports anime to air in Japan. Initially broadcast in 1968, the series' popularity spawned numerous film adaptations and sequel series, the most recent of which was released in 1982.

Star of the Giants features a story around baseball, and the featured team was actually based on a real-life Japanese one called the Yomiuri Giants. Though sports anime like Captain TsubasaSlam Dunk, and Hajime no Ippo helped develop the genre further, Star of the Giants was hugely important in establishing it. 


Sally The Witch

Originally aired in black and white between 1966 and 1967 in Japan, Sally the Witch is another formative addition to the shoujo genre. It is regarded today as being the first ever "magical girl" anime.

Sally is the princess witch of the Magical Kingdom who teleports to Earth after longing for friends her own age. She starts using her unique powers to fight evil for the greater good. This basic plot line has come to be the established formula for most magical girl stories, from Himitsi no Akko-chanSailor MoonCardcaptor Sakura, and Pretty Cure.



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Mon, 01 May 2017 09:18:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/most-historically-significant-anime-ever-made/hannah-collins
<![CDATA[Best Fictional Friendships]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-fictional-friendships/sakuragimichi

You may ship some of these romantically, but this list is just for relationships that are non-romantic in canon. Friendships from anime, books, film, tv shows etc. 

FEEL FREE TO ADD ANY YOU WANT 


Best Fictional Friendships,

Leslie Knope and Ann Perkins

Pidge, Lance and Hunk

Captain Flint and John Silver

Harry, Ron and Hermione

Yona, Hak, Yoon, Kija, Shin-ah, Jae-ha and Zeno

Chewbacca and Han

Pippin and Merry

Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli

Korra, Mako, Bolin and Asami

Killua and Gon


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Fri, 19 May 2017 20:36:16 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-fictional-friendships/sakuragimichi
<![CDATA[Why One-Punch Man Is The Perfect Anime For Anime Fans Who Are Bored Of Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/why-you-should-watch-one-punch-man/jonathan-sherman

One-Punch Man began as a web comic, and has since gained worldwide notoriety as one of the best anime series in recent memory. The anime tells the story of Saitama, an ostensibly unremarkable young man who trains so diligently he becomes strong enough to defeat any enemy with just one punch.

So why is One-Punch Man such a great anime? Even the best anime has a reputation for repetition, with themes and motifs recycled across different series and genres. One-Punch Man, however, has gained a dedicated viewership because it satirizes these beloved tropes, reminding us just how funny the world of anime can be. Like RoboCop or any other secretly brilliant satire, One-Punch Man both celebrates and lampoons the trappings of its genre.  

With gorgeous animation, character-driven comedy, and legitimately intense action sequences, One-Punch Man is really one of the best anime of all time. If you gave up on anime after the heyday of Dragon Ball Z, One-Punch Man is the perfect series to re-ignite your love of the shōnen genre. 


Why One-Punch Man Is The Perfect Anime For Anime Fans Who Are Bored Of Anime,

Saitama’s Relationship With Genos Challenges The Typical Master-Apprentice Dynamic

In the second episode of the series, Saitama meets a powerful cyborg fighter named Genos. Genos fits in with the design aesthetic and techniques of other anime heroes much better than Saitama. He has spiked grey hair, yellow eyes, a partially metal body, and array of showy, elaborately named attacks. The moment Genos sees Saitama’s power, however, he recognizes his own weakness asks to be his apprentice.

The interesting thing is that Saitama doesn’t really know how he became so powerful. His training regimen is, simply, “100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats, and 10 kilometer running. Every single day!”

Because of this, Genos learns lessons of compassion, humanism, and dedication, from his master. This eschews the typical anime narrative of the wise old master, or training dedicated solely to physical prowess. Genos even said of one hero, “He reminds me of myself before I met [Saitama]. There is no mercy in his heart. A strong hatred for everything evil, eager to eliminate them all."


The Combat Animation Is Incredible

A lot of One-Punch Man is rooted in comedy, so one might expect the actual battles to be funny as well. However, the show’s combat animation is at the cutting edge of anime, with incredible battle sequences, visually stunning displays of destruction, and deeply awesome finishing moves.

The serious fight scenes only add to the quality of the show, providing a balance between hilarious jokes and jaw-dropping battles throughout the entire series.


The Classification Of Heroes And Disasters Make Everything Easy To Follow

Myriad anime are obsessed with the rising power of heroes, and the seemingly unfathomable and unbeatable (until they're beaten) power of villains. One-Punch Man, however, has made it hilariously simple to find out just how powerful a new character is.

Thanks to the Hero Association, the numerous heroes who work to defend the planet from evil are put into groups, ranging from C-Class at the lowest to S-Class at the highest. 

Villains have rankings as well, meant to let both heroes and citizens known how at-risk they are in a given situation. The lowest disaster level is Wolf, then Tiger, followed by Demon, then Dragon, with disaster level God (a threat that endangers the survival of humanity in general) at the very top. These classifications and levels are a hilarious, and true-to-life, way the show predicts a society would react if if it was populated by powerful heroes and villains. Think about it, of course we would try to put labels on everything. 


It Doesn't Take Years To Finish

Some of our favorite anime shows, while undeniably great, are often bogged down by entire arcs of filler, episodes dedicated to exposition, and a bevy of unimportant, tangential storylines.

This is not the case for One-Punch Man. The series only has a very manageable amount of animated episodes, and no pointless, long-running plotlines. In fact, One-Punch Man can be seen as a series of vignettes, in some ways. It’s one of the rare anime you can truly pick up wherever you want and enjoy an episode on its own, or find equal satisfaction in watching the entire series from start to finish.


It’s The Perfect Anime For Millennials

Much of Saitama’s appeal as a protagonist is that, unlike other anime heroes who feel an unwavering commitment to their destiny or goal, Saitama is just as confused about his life and future as the rest of us. In the very first episode, he explains that he does not have a death wish as “Crablante” (a half-man, half-crab) insists, but is instead just bored with his life and looking for a new line of work. “I’m no businessman,” Saitama explains. “I’m unemployed right now, I’m looking for a job.”

Throughout the series, Saitama questions his value, compares himself to his peers, and struggles with the responsibilities of burgeoning adulthood, just like so many of the young men and women who have fallen in love with this show.


Even The Villains Are Real People

Just as many anime heroes are myopically steadfast in their determination, so too are most villains single-mindedly dedicated to their sinister schemes (usually conquering and/or destroying the world). One-Punch Man, however, is able to find the humanity in its villains.

When Saitama and his cyborg apprentice Genos go up against Armored Gorilla, the gigantic ape bellows at them in a monstrous, robotic voice. However, once all of his evil buddies are dispatched (quite easily) by Saitama, he changes his tune.

“Look, I’m really sorry,” Armored Gorilla tells our heroes in a totally normal voice. “I’ll tell you everything just don’t kill me!” When asked what happened to his scary robot voice, AG responds, “Sorry, I was just trying to sound cool." That kind of honesty is hilarious, especially in a genre that relies so heavily on affected theatrics. 


It’s Downright Inspiring

More often than not, the hero in an anime series is born with their talent, or receives their gift without having to work for it. Not so for Saitama. He was born a normal human, but through hard work, self-confidence, and a dedication to stay true to himself, he was able to shape himself into the most powerful, albeit unknown, hero in the universe. It's an inspiring message, as One-Punch Man teaches viewers that with enough hard work, anything is possible. 


It’s Both Satirizes And Elevates The Shōnen Genre

One-Punch Man has the ability to both make fun of and honor the legacy of anime (the shōnen genre in particular). The classic tropes are present throughout the series, but they're taken to such an extreme level in OPM they become downright hilarious.

It takes a brilliant creative team (a manga artist simply known as One created the original manga, while Tomohiro Suzuki wrote the anime with Shingo Natsume directing) to be able to maintain a perfect balance between humor and serious themes. It also takes great skill to create a hero who we can identify with, even though he's stronger than all your other favorite anime characters.


Saitama’s Special Finishing Move Is Truly Epic (And Hilarious)

The finishing move of any anime hero is often the climax of a storyline. Think Goku’s Spirit Bomb, or Izuru Kira’s Wabisuke. For Saitama, his finishing move is just as impressive, but the name is downright hilarious.

In the final episode of the first season, Saitma must use his final move to defeat Lord Boros, saying, “In that case, I’m using my final move, too. Killer Move: Serious Series... Serious Punch.” The punch is devastating, atomizing Boros on impact. The fact that the name sounds more like a special kind of synthetic oil you’d put in your car than a dramatic and violent finishing move will surely give you a chuckle, however.


It Doesn't Gloss Over The Consequences Of Death And Destruction

Unlike other anime, One-Punch Man doesn't gloss over the death and destruction that takes place in order to "save" the day. Near the end of Season 1, Saitama uses his powerful punch to destroy an asteroid rocketing towards Earth.

As Saitama flies back to Earth, he says, "I guess that takes care of that," as a building gets smashed to bits by a large fragment of the space rock. This acknowledgement is a refreshing and realistic examination of the massive damage superheroes and supervillains would inevitably cause. It drives home the message that everything has consequences, an uncommon message in shōnen anime.



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Thu, 11 May 2017 04:07:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/why-you-should-watch-one-punch-man/jonathan-sherman
<![CDATA[Pictures Of The PokéPark]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pictures-of-the-japanese-pokepark/crystal-brackett

Once upon a time, an entire Pokémon amusement park existed, dedicated to the smash-hit Pocket Monster franchise. Kicking off in 2005, the traveling Pokémon theme park made its way across Japan and Taiwan, bringing Pokémon into the 3D world. Unfortunately, it never made its way to the Western side of the world. The park itself only stuck around for two years and shut its doors to the world in September of 2006. So what did the PokéPark look like? Thankfully, some snazzy photographers grabbed shots of the park while it remained in operation, supplying curious Pokémon fans with enough images from the PokéPark to somewhat experience every geek's fantasy. Prepare to live your wildest theme park fantasies vicariously through these fantastic pictures of the PokéPark.

Although it's doubtful the original PokéPark will ever reappear, hope still exists for some Pokemon-themed rides in the future, especially now that Universal Studios and Nintendo have gotten together to bring Nintendo characters to the Universal Studios parks. Anyone who knows how great Japanese amusement parks are understands the dire need for this childhood paradise to come back.


Pictures Of The PokéPark,

A Rayquaza Rollercoaster

Pikachu Bouncy House

Kyogre And Groudon

Pichu Brothers Train

Top-Down View Of The Park

Pikachu Mascot

Pokemon Mountain

Lakeside Venusaur And Their Buddy, Jigglypuff

Pokémon Merry-Go-Round Close Up

Entrance To PokéPark


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Fri, 05 May 2017 03:27:49 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/pictures-of-the-japanese-pokepark/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[15 Anime Universes, Ranked By How Awesome It Would Be To Live In Them]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-world-to-live-in/anna-lindwasser

There are plenty of reasons to love anime, especially because there are an incredibly diverse range of fantastic universes in which shows can be set. Some of the coolest worlds in anime are so awesome they aren't just entertainment; they're some of the best anime universes to live in.

With so many great choices, it's hard to decide which anime you'd want to live in. There's the ninja world of Naruto, where you can mold chakra to help you fly or shoot flames out of your mouth, and the world of Pokémon, where you can train amazing beasts to do that for you. Not into powers? Try the world of Aria, a futuristic version of Mars that looks like Venice. Tokyo Ghoul is a good choice if you don't mind danger and want to see what it's like to interact with non-human sentient beings. Whatever your preference, there's definitely a show that depicts your version of the best anime to move to for real.


15 Anime Universes, Ranked By How Awesome It Would Be To Live In Them,

Yu-Gi-Oh

In the world of Yu-Gi-Oh!, all problems can be solved via card games. Not only does this massively simplify things, it also makes it more likely the solution will be a positive one. Why? Because not only does it take intelligence to win a card game as convoluted as Duel Monsters, but the process also forces you to slow down and actually think the problem through. Violent crime would go down, because criminals would be using duel discs instead of guns. Elected officials would be chosen based on how good they are at strategy, instead of how much they look like an anthropomorphic circus peanut. Aside from the societal benefits, who doesn't want to live in a world where your hair can grow out of your head looking like a tri-colored starfish?

To be fair, some aspects of the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe are pretty terrible. You do not want to be a resident of Satellite in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, for example, because that means police brutality, poverty, and discrimination. We have that in the real world. But, we can't fix it with card games on motorcycles. 


Dragon Ball Z

The world of Dragon Ball Z is probably the safest fantasy world you can live in. Why? Because even though the Earth is constantly under alien attack, death isn’t actually a thing. When you die, you appear in the Other World, get a little halo around your head, and eventually get to come back to life either via Dragon Ball wishes or some other convoluted means. Sure, getting murdered by Cell or Freeza isn’t exactly fun, but you’ll come back to life, so it’s all good. Also, you don’t have to worry about death by any other means. Pandemics? Global warming? Old age? Who cares? Maybe overpopulation could become a concern, but since DBZ isn’t exactly known for its realism, this particular issue could just not happen, somehow. Plus, they have interstellar travel anyway, so they could totally just colonize other planets if they needed to. 

Also, the biggest celebrity in DBZ is Mr. Satan, who is basically Dwayne the Rock Johnson with hair and a sick 'stache. If you’re not swayed by the whole functional immortality thing, maybe that will convince you.


Pokemon

The world of Pokémon is inhabited almost exclusively by creatures called... Pokémon. Species include cute little dog-foxes called Eevees that can evolve into different cute little dog-foxes, with abilities ranging from shooting fire out of their mouths to harnessing the powers of darkness; cats that can magically generate money; birds who are also deities, and more. There are also sentient bags of trash, but that seems like a fair trade off for god-birds and money-cats.

Not only do these amazing creatures exist, but in the world of Pokémon, you can dedicate your entire life to them. Becoming a Pokémon master is a totally viable career path, one that typically starts when you're 10. If you ignore how wildly dangerous this is and focus on the potential for incredible adventures, this is a fantastic world to live in. After all, the biggest criminal organization in the world, Team Rocket, basically spends most of their time on practicing cool poses. 


Digimon

In the world of Digimon, creatures called Digimon from the Digital World pair bond with individual human children. While the primary reason for these match-ups is to allow the Digimon to transform into more powerful versions of themselves, there’s a side benefit, too. Many of the Digimon have personalities perfectly calibrated to help their human partner grow into a more powerful version of themselves. Emotionally powerful, that is.

One great example of this is Gomamon and his human partner, Joe Kido. Joe has overprotective parents who pressure him into becoming a doctor. The poor kid is wracked with anxiety, so much so that it's hard for him to enjoy his life or make good decisions. Meanwhile, his Digimon partner Gomamon is fun-loving and carefree. Gomamon pushes Joe to relax while still respecting the validity of his fears and anxiety.

There’s also Tentomon, who works tirelessly to get his partner Izzy to get off his computer and interact with other human beings, while still clearly admiring the amazing things the kid can do with said computer. Basically, the Digimon partners are therapists/best friends with superpowers. Who wouldn't want that?


Mushi-shi

The world of Mushi-shi is just as fascinating as it is beautiful. Mushi, or the most basic components of life, play a huge part in this world. Much like the bacteria of the real world, they can cause illness, but they can also do so much more. Mushi can create stunning rainbows, bestow their hosts with psychic powers, grant immortality, and more. They are mysterious beings that humanity will probably never fully comprehend. Their existence opens up endless possibilities, and few things are more exciting than that. 


Naruto

The ninja world of Naruto is divided up into five different countries: the Land of Fire, the Land of Lightning, the Land of Water, the Land of Wind, and the Land of Earth. Conflicts between these lands are settled by ninja, each region's warrior/ruling class. While there are obviously some major drawbacks to this system, in some ways it's pretty darn cool.

As a resident of one of these countries, you can become a ninja yourself. This means learning how to control chakra, a form of energy that allows you to defy gravity, clone yourself, control people's bodies with shadows, read minds, breathe fire, and more. Your powers depend on your particular genetic inheritance, but the possibilities are endless, and you never stop learning. If you're not a ninja, life is pretty much the same as it is in the real world, but better. No, really, it might look like Feudal Japan, but in addition to magic and endless amazing ramen bars, they have cell phones and computers and everything.


Tokyo Ghoul

Okay, this one is going to sound weird, but hang in there. It'll be worth it. In the world of Tokyo Ghoul, humanoid creatures (the titular ghouls) survive by eating human flesh, but still exist alongside humans. They are fully sentient beings with a capacity for striking emotional depth. Although some of them go on killing sprees, most only kill to survive, or don't kill at all, subsisting only on corpses they find. 

Now, being hunted down and eaten by ghouls does not sound appealing, but what does sound appealing is the fact that humans get to exist alongside another sentient species. Think about it — this is something human beings haven't experienced since the Neanderthals. No species is our equal, and that can be lonely. The existence of ghouls really calls into question humanity's self-image.

If we aren't the only sentient beings, what is our place in the world? If we abhor ghouls for preying on us, how do we reconcile the way we prey on the rest of the animal kingdom? What can our two sentient species learn from each other? These are some seriously fascinating philosophical anime questions, the answers to which could push humanity to the next level. The world of Tokyo Ghoul offers us growth as a species. Not many other anime worlds can boast that. 


The Hero Academy In My Hero Academia

In the world of My Hero Academia, nearly everyone is born with a quirk, or a superpower. Quirks range from objectively badass ones like the ability to control fire, to more unusual ones like being a human who can do everything a frog can do. It's possible to be born without a quirk – the protagonist Izuku doesn't have one – but with an 80% rate of quirk occurrence, chances are high you'll have some kind of awesome superpower. If you don't have one, or if yours isn't helpful in combat, there are no shortage of heroes who are ready and willing to protect you from harm. 

Also, you get to exist in the same universe as All Might, a superhero who is basically Might Guy from Naruto if Might Guy occasionally stopped shouting. Anyone who says they wouldn't want that is lying.


The World Of Demi-Humans From Interviews With Monster Girls

While some anime fantasy worlds are spectacular, they're also dangerous. Understandably, not everyone wants to deal with constantly risking their lives in exchange for being surrounded by magic. If that's you, but you still want a bit of magic in your world, Interviews With Monster Girls might just be the perfect universe to live in.

In Interviews With Monster Girls, the world is populated with demi-humans, or, people with mythological attributes. Some demi-humans are vampires, some are snow-women, some are dullahans, and some are succubi. The series implies the existence of other varieties, but those are the only four that appear in the show. Demi-humans have unique abilities and particular struggles related to their natures, but overall, they're just an ordinary part of a world slightly more magical than our own.


The Unprejudiced World Of Yuri!!! on ICE

Yuri!!! on ICE might seem like it's set in the real world, but there are some pretty key differences between our world and the one depicted in the ice skating anime. The story follows the developing romantic relationship between two professional ice skaters, Victor Nikiforov and Yuuri Katsuki. This same-sex couple is able to be open about their relationship; kissing on international television, and publicly declaring their engagement. 

While the real world will hopefully catch up with Yuri!!! on ICEit hasn't gotten there yet. Victor is from Russia, a country with such strict laws against so-called gay propaganda, some real-life Russians have actually been arrested for expressing their support of gay rights. Not only does Victor experience zero consequences for publicly kissing his boyfriend, their relationship is universally supported by everyone around them.

Oh, and also, it's an interracial relationship, something that the real world still has a problem with (for some reason). The world of Yuri!!! on ICE is a world where people can just, you know, love each other. 



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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 03:05:38 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-world-to-live-in/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[Wildly Different Anime Characters Voiced By The Same Actor]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/wildly-different-anime-characters-voiced-by-the-same-actor/anna-lindwasser

If you watch tons of anime, you may notice several anime characters with the same voice actor. Some anime voice actors feature upwards of 100 different characters on their resumes, leading to many anime characters being voiced by the same actors. While some end up specializing in specific types of characters, many other actors fall all over the map. As such, many famous voiceover actors deserve much more credit than anime fans usually give them credit for. This collection of videos from GoBoiano on YouTube shows some of the more unexpected examples of different anime characters voiced by the same person. 

For example, did you know that Mamoru Miyano voiced Death Note's Light Yagami, Fullmetal Alchemist:Brotherhood's Ling Yao, and Free! Iwatobi Swim Club's Matsuka Rin? How about Jun Fukuyama playing Assassination Classroom’s Koro-Sensei and Code Geass' Lelouch Lamperouge? You'll find no shortage of completely different anime characters voiced by the same person, a trend that repeats itself as well when American actors lend their voice to anime.


Wildly Different Anime Characters Voiced By The Same Actor,

Ayane Sakura Voices Charlotte's Nao Aomori And Love Live's Arisa Ayase

Kaito Ishikawa Voices One Punch Man's Genos And Haikyuu's Tobio Kageyama

Kazuhiko Inoue Voices Naruto's Kakashi Hatake And Fruits Basket's Hatori Sohma

Saki Fujita Voices Hatsune Miku And Attack On Titan's Ymir

Tatsuhisa Suzuki Voices Free! Iwatobi Swim Club's Makoto Tachibana And My Little Monster's Haru Yoshida

Mamoru Miyano Voices Death Note's Light Yagami And Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood's Ling Yao

Jun Fukuyama Voices Assassination Classroom’s Koro-Sensei And Code Geass's Lelouch Lamperouge

Risa Taneda Voices Your Lie In April’s Kaori Miyazono And High School DxD's Xenovia

Hiroshi Kamiya Voices Attack On Titan's Levi And Angel Beats!!'s Otonashi

Ami Koshimizu Voices Kill la Kill's Ryuko Matoi And Sailor Moon Crystal's Sailor Jupiter


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Wed, 10 May 2017 09:16:58 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/wildly-different-anime-characters-voiced-by-the-same-actor/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[17 Insane Manga Versions Of Your Favorite Marvel Superheroes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/manga-versions-of-western-superheroes/stephanroget

There are manga versions of just about everything, so it stands to reason there are manga versions of Western superheroes out there. While there are plenty of unlicensed manga Batmen brooding around, both DC and Marvel Comics have attempted to enter the market by publishing their own, official manga. DC played things fairly safe, but Marvel embraced the madness of manga in full, with their long-running Marvel Mangaverse. No character history was too sacred to be drastically altered and “manga-fied” in the Mangaverse, and no superhero was safe from the chaos.

The Marvel Mangaverse included a manga Spider-Man, a manga Wolverine, and even a nigh-unrecognizable manga Punisher. Each character is somewhat recognizable as a famous superhero, they just happen to be insane manga versions of said famous superheroes. Manga is well-known (and well-loved), for its multitude of bizarre and occasionally off-putting tropes, and they’re all at play in the Marvel Mangaverse. All of this weirdness added up to success for Marvel, and the Mangaverse stuck around for two separate two-year runs. Those four non-consecutive years produced some of the most bananas versions of Marvel superheroes in the publishing company's long history. 


17 Insane Manga Versions Of Your Favorite Marvel Superheroes,

Wolverine Has A Mechanical Laser Hand Thanks To His Jerk Brother Cyclops

Mangaverse Wolverine was rocking white hair long before Old Man Logan was a thing. Unlike any other version of Logan, however, Manga Wolverine is the brother of Cyclops, which makes for an interesting dynamic since the Jean Grey love triangle remains very much a plot point.

At some point in the past, the brothers had a fight, which left Cyclops short an eye and Wolverine missing a hand. He’s replaced the hand with a high-tech prosthetic that includes a set of three laser claws. Mangaverse Wolverine also had an unexplained omega tattoo on his face, but this eventually disappeared, along with his white hair.


Spider-Man Is A Magical Ninja

Nothing is right when it comes to Mangaverse Spider-Man. No longer a victim of radioactive circumstances, the Manga Peter Parker is a member of the ninja Spider Clan, trained from a young age in the art of spider-related combat (whatever that means). Peter becomes the last member of the clan when his uncle and sensei, Ben, is killed by Venom.

He then gains the ability to shoot webs, for some reason, and is later able to pass that gift on amorously to Mary Jane Watson, making her Spider-Woman. His abilities appear to be on par with those of the mainstream Spider-Man, although we’re meant to believe that Peter gained them solely through training. It's fitting, given his character design’s similarity to Dragon Ball Z’s Krillin.


The Punisher Is A Geisha Dominatrix

No character is more different in the Mangaverse than Frank Castle, the Punisher. Mangaverse Punisher is a woman named Sosumi Brown, and she trades in guns for whips and a dominatrix/geisha-theme. No, really. And it gets weirder.

Sosumi spends her days as a principal at a boarding school, and her nights battling organized crime, using her whip to deadly effect. For defensive measures, Sosumi carries around wooden paddles which she uses both for spanking and stopping bullets, because that's how science works. 


Tigra Is A Furry Fantasy

Tigra is a relatively minor character in the mainstream Marvel universe, but her Manga-fied appearance gives a pretty clear indication of why she was chosen for the series. Mangaverse Tigra is the subject of a curse that leaves her in furry form until she completes 1000 good deeds.

The were-tiger woman then seeks out a younger, sexier Doctor Strange and becomes his assistant, helping him in his campaign against evil forces. Mangaverse Tigra eventually gains the Spear of Shamballah, which greatly increases her power, and also picks up a serious crush on T’Challa, the Black Panther (for obvious reasons).


Storm Is A Wicked Witch

Storm is often called the “weather witch” in mainstream comics, but the Manga version is just a straight-up witch. Ororo Munroe becomes involved with the X-Men while trying to stop one of her witchy friends from summoning Magnus, the evil spirit version of Magneto.

In later Mangaverse editions, Storm dropped the witch thing entirely, acting as if she was just a mutant all along. Storm might also be the only female character whose Mangaverse costume is actually less revealing than her normal attire. Sadly, Mangaverse Storm is killed off-panel along with a bunch of fellow mutants in between the series.


Black Panther Is Also The Falcon

There’s a reason that Black Panther and the Falcon share a title here. In the Mangaverse, T’Challa is a mystical shaman who can take on the powers of various guardian spirits, and thus gain animal-themed abilities. His go-to powers are those of a panther and a falcon, hence his dual identities.

Oddly enough, his Falcon persona just gives him a pair of wings, but the Black Panther side of things sees him transform into an anthropomorphic jungle cat. Mangaverse T’Challa ends up finding out that his sister has become Doctor Doom, and the two eventually battle to the death. The Mangaverse may be silly at times, but it's also profoundly awesome. 


Bruce Banner Can Summon Monsters

The Mangaverse Bruce Banner is predictably a brilliant scientist, but his expertise involves researching the Negative Zone rather than creating gamma bombs. Manga Banner is hired on two occasions, once through trickery by HYDRA and once by Tony Stark, to build an energy well that can tap into the Negative Zone’s energy.

This experimentation gives Banner strange abilities, but instead of turning into a giant monster, he gains the ability to summon giant monsters. This plot change is obviously inspired by the popularity of monster-battling mangas, and it makes Banner into a significantly different character. Banner’s go-to monster is still the Hulk, who happens to be over 100-feet tall in the Mangaverse. The Hulk may have flown off in a plane at the end of Age of Ultron, but the Manga Bruce Banner ends up ascending to an entirely different plane of existence!


Iron Maiden Is Tony Stark’s More Talented, Mech-Wielding Sister

There is a Mangaverse version of Iron Man, but much more interesting is Iron Maiden, his sister. Antoinette Stark is better known as Toni, which means that renowned genius Howard Stark thought it was a good idea to give his kids the same name. Go figure.

Toni, who is referred to as “Iron B*tch” by the Wasp, is the superior warrior to her brother, with some inherent martial talent to go along with her battle armor. Said armor comes equipped with outrageously gigantic guns, and Gundam-inspired mech evolutions. Toni Stark is in a romantic relationship with the Mangaverse Bruce Banner (who is not the Hulk), and the two “ascend to another plane of existence” at the end of the series.


Jonatha Storm Is A Musical, Female Human Torch

The Mangaverse version of the Human Torch, Jonatha Storm, may be a woman, but she’s actually way more buff than the regular Johnny Storm. Jonatha is the sister of Sioux Storm, and the two are members of the Mangaverse Fantastic Four.

Like Johnny, Jonatha has fire-based superpowers and poor impulse control. Unlike Johnny, Jonatha has a habit of breaking into song before battles. Like all members of the Manga FF, Jonatha receives her abilities from a suit created by Reed Richards, rather than a journey into space and exposure to cosmic rays.


Black Widow Is Evil And Fashionable

Black Widow has broken bad a few times in mainstream comics, but her Mangaverse counterpart is an outright villain. An employee of HYDRA, the brunette Mangaverse Widow is more analogous to the mainstream universe’s Viper than she is to Natasha Romanov, as she uses various venoms to attack her foes.

Borrowing from another Marvel villain, the Enchantress, this Widow has the Executioner hanging around as a sidekick. Mangaverse Black Widow sports a ridiculously revealing costume, and her underwear is constantly showing a little bit, for some reason. Unfortunately, these feminine wiles don’t save Black Widow from a rampaging Hulk, who wrecks a submarine she happens to be on and kills her.



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Thu, 11 May 2017 07:18:17 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/manga-versions-of-western-superheroes/stephanroget
<![CDATA[Horrifically Violent Anime Scenes That Came Out Of Nowhere]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/surprisingly-violent-anime-scenes/nida-sea

CAUTION: This list may contain anime spoilers. 

You're excitedly watching a new anime series, which has a great story and an adorable cast of characters. Then, suddenly, blood explodes all over your screen and you're left in shock as a character is killed off right before your eyes. You're left screaming, "No way! Did that just happen?" Sorry for your loss. It's always hard when you watch a well-loved or favorite anime character encounter a horrifying and unexpected death. 

The majority of violent scenes depicting murder and dismemberment are found in horror and gore anime, which prepares a viewer for the rain of blood. Still, this doesn't mean that surprisingly violent anime scenes can't be found in other genres. There are various anime that will make you nauseous from the unexpected guts and gore, even in the slice of life and school drama genres. In fact, many series have anime violence you didn't expect to see - even the cute Mahou Shoujo (magical girl) type! 

Save yourself from a broken heart, a queasy stomach, and never-ending tears by checking out this list of violent scenes that came out of nowhere. Vote up the most bloody anime scenes you probably weren't expecting. 


Horrifically Violent Anime Scenes That Came Out Of Nowhere,

When The Girls Discover They Aren't Eating Deer Meat In The Fruit Of Grisaia

After a horrific school bus accident in a ravine, Amane Suou and her classmates are left seriously injured and lost. As they wait for help to arrive, the class relies on their teacher and club president to care for them. It's now weeks later and help never arrived. Due to a lack of proper nutrition and medical attention, the students start to succumb to their injuries and starvation.

One day, the teacher claims to have caught a deer to feed everyone. While the other girls hungrily accept the meat, only Amane and Kazuki decide not to eat it. One evening, Kazuki and Amane decide they can't keep waiting for help and that they need to leave in secret. As they make their exit, Kazuki shows Amane the real source of the deer meat. Amane is horrified when she realizes that the teacher has been cutting up and cooking the bodies of the girls that have died. Yuck!


When Yukari Is Killed By An Umbrella In Another

When Yukari learns that her mother has been killed in a car wreck, she believes it's due to a curse. The news makes her distraught and she frantically dashes through the school halls. However, she unexpectedly comes across Mei Misaki, whom she believes is associated with the curse. Fearing she may be the next victim affected by the curse, she grabs her umbrella and makes a frantic dash down the stairs to get away from Mei.

In a cruel twist of fate, she suddenly trips and tumbles down the stairs. But before she even reaches the bottom, her umbrella pops open in front of her as she falls head first towards the umbrella’s sharp end. In a flash, Yukari is impaled through the neck by the sharp point of the umbrella and slowly dies. When she is discovered, there is a pool of blood surrounding her body. Seriously, WTF?


When Kanako Is Killed By Saya's Father In Blood C

In this scene, Saya helps her homeroom teacher Kanako Tsutsutori escape the jaws of a Cerberus type elder barin (a sort of monster), who has already killed several people. After escaping the ordeal, she panics and frantically looks for a safe place to hide. Kanako runs into the nearby temple maintained by Saya's father, Tadayoshi Kisaragi, where she pleads with him for help.

He holds her, seeming to comfort her in his embrace of safety. However, he suddenly bites Kanako on the neck, drinks her blood, and decapitates her. It turns out he, too, was an elder barin.


When Ganta's Entire Classroom Is Destroyed In Deadman Wonderland

The scene opens up with a regular day at school as Ganta Igarashi and his friends are conversing with one another before the school bell rings. Suddenly, Ganta hears a familiar melody, which causes him to look outside of the window. To his surprise, he sees a cloaked figure suspended in space, glaring at him. In an instant, the being known as the Red Man unleashes a strong power upon the school building, gruesomely obliterating the entire classroom.

When Ganta wakes up, he looks around for signs of life among the classroom, only to find the blood and body parts of his fellow peers. He quickly learns that he is the sole survivor of the horrific massacre. 


When Rika Commits Suicide In When They Cry

The scene takes place during a heated confrontation between Shion Sonozaki and Rika Higurashi. As it gets physical, it looks like Rika has the upper hand and is about to inject an unknown serum into Shion. However, Shion is quick and evades her trap, knocking Rika over and grabbing the injection, which she uses on Rika instead.

Rika, who is disoriented, grabs a large knife and staggers around the room. Shion begins to tease her and eggs her on about her failed mission. Rika clutches the knife, glaring angrily at Shion. However, instead of attacking Shion with the weapon, Rika use the knife on herself. She stabs herself in the head over and over again, splattering blood all over the room and ultimately committing suicide. 


When Lucy's Puppy Is Killed In Elfin Lied

Lucy becomes close to a stray puppy she found. She keeps the pup a secret from everyone, so that the bullies at the orphanage don't take the pup away from her. However, Lucy eventually tells a friend about the pup. Her friend accidently lets it slip to Tomu, the ringleader of Lucy's tormentors. Tomu quickly detains the puppy and makes Lucy watch in horror as he and his lackeys kick, toss, and brutally beat the dog to death.

However, they don’t get the last laugh, as Lucy uses her telekinetic abilities to kill the bullies where they stand, splattering large volumes of blood all over the room. 


When A Woman Is Hammered To Death In Psycho Pass

The scene takes place in the middle of a busy city with various people making their way through the streets. A random woman in a long trench coat becomes the main focus of the scene. She is steadily making her way through the crowd, busy with her agenda. Suddenly, a man in a helmet and red cloak brutally attacks her, hitting her repeatedly in the face and on the body with a hammer.

He then rips her clothing off and continues his sickening assault, right in front a Psycho-Pass scanner drone and in the middle of a large crowd of bystanders. What's even more terrifying is that the crowd is practically desensitized to the attack, casually watching and recording the horror that is unfolding before them. 


When Mami Is Decapitated In Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Madoka and Sayaka go out on another witch-hunting mission. With the experienced, gun-slinging Mami Tomoe to help them get the job done, what would possibly go wrong? Apparently, everything! Mami makes witch hunting look easy as she quickly takes down the witch named Charlotte, using only a few blasts from her weapons. However, before everyone can celebrate the victory, Charlotte reanimates and transforms into a huge caterpillar monster.

Suddenly, before Mami can fight or even run, the monster grabs her by the head and lifts her up into the air. Mami's struggling body quickly goes limp and is seen dangling in the witch’s jaws. In an instant, the monstrous witch bites off Mami's head and throws Mami's decapitated body up into the air before she devours it. In fact, you can hear the sound of the witch crunching on Mami's bones. Yeah, this is not your typical magical girl anime.


When Mike Zacharius Is Torn To Bits In Attack On Titan

When Mike Zacharius heroically sets out to divert a mass amount of titans from devouring the entire team as they escape, he never imagined that this might be his last battle. After all, he’s a seasoned soldier, a skilled fighter, and the Titans are mindless eating machines, right?

Wrong. Mike kills a handful of titans before looking to his horse to escape. However, an Abnormal titan suddenly kills his horse and Mike finds himself in the mouth of another titan. The Abnormal titan orders the smaller titan to stop, and when it continues to chew on Mike, the Abnormal one crushes the smaller titan. It then tries to question Mike, who is frozen in fear and unable to answer.

Growing annoying, the Abnormal titan tells the other titans that they can do whatever they want with Mike. In a horrific scene, the whole group of titans tear into Mike, slowly ripping him apart, limb by limb, as he wails out in pain and fear. 


When A Second Owl Ghoul Appears In Tokyo Ghoul

In an epic battle of ghoul against human, the CCG squad (Commission of Counter Ghoul) is seriously outnumbered in strength. This is especially true when it comes to fighting a powerful ghoul known as the one-eyed owl, who easily kills many investigators on the team. But, thanks to a recalibration of fighting tactics and mass teamwork from the remaining members of the Yukinori Shinohara crew, they are able to defeat the creature.

However, after defeating the one-eyed owl ghoul, a second unknown one-eyed owl ghoul comes out of nowhere and violently attacks the CCG squad, critically injuring Yukinori and the entire team.



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 06:39:17 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/surprisingly-violent-anime-scenes/nida-sea
<![CDATA[21 Attack On Titan Cosplays That The Live Action Film Needs To Take Notes From]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/awesome-attack-on-titan-cosplay/crystal-brackett

While Attack on Titan Season 2 wreaks havoc on both the soldiers in the Survey Corps and the audience's heartstrings, Attack on Titan cosplay allows you to enjoy the show without getting emotionally pummeled. Brace yourself for an onslaught of Attack on Titan cosplayers who bring the terror and action of this anime to life! As if the on-screen Titans weren't ghastly enough, cosplay of the Titans from Attack on Titan depicts these killer creatures in all their three-dimensional gory glory; you'll find your fight-or-flight response kicking in when confronted with the best Attack on Titan cosplay.

Thanks to some creative Attack on Titan fans, cosplay has never looked so horrifying and awesome at the same time. These hardcore fans truly embody the fighting spirit of humanity and their gruesome attackers—and the conflict engulfing them both. Your favorite Attack on Titan characters never looked more real, or more resolved.


21 Attack On Titan Cosplays That The Live Action Film Needs To Take Notes From,

Annie Titan Vs. Eren Titan

Annie Leonhardt (LauraNikoPhantomhive) and Eren Jaeger (MiyukiKurame) duke it out on a colossal scale in this killer shot by SongYongBin.


Hanji And Colossal Titan

Hanji (Pleppermint ) and the Colossal Titan (Hammy) are two peas in a pod in this stellar photograph from CharlightArt.


Captain Levi Takes Down A Titan

Levi Ackerman (Itchy-Hands) slays a Titan (Y0K3Y) in one blow in vaxzone's beautiful photography.


Colossal Killer

Gender0less is a colossally epic cosplayer decked out in mind-blowing makeup!


Eaten Alive

YukiGodbless embodies this horrific scene of Eren being eaten alive in JiakiDarkness's photo.


Annie Destroys

Annie in her Female Titan form (purebloodprincessxx) totally destroys! Cosplay captured fantastically by CharlightArt.


Eren And Levi Attack

Eren (carymono) and Levi (Seiran) go in for the kill in Eternitymoon's beautiful photo.


Female Titan

This fabulous Female Titan is an amazing cosplay piece by LauraNikoPhantomhive, shot by SongYongBin.


Female Titan

Annie's Female Titan form is beautiful, deadly, and displayed perfectly by FloreaFlavia.


Eren Titan

JayEm Sison cosplaying Titan Eren's face-off with the Colossal Titan is a truly epic display of power, captured perfectly by vaxzone.



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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 03:31:12 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/awesome-attack-on-titan-cosplay/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[14 Pretty Good Psychological Thriller Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pretty-good-psychological-thriller-anime/anna-lindwasser

Psychological thrillers are action-packed dramas that often focus on the unstable mental state of their characters. There's significant crossover with the mystery, slasher, and horror anime genres. Because the content is often pretty disturbing, this anime is often geared towards adults. While most people think of live-action films like Fight Club or Silence of the Lambs when they think about psychological thrillers, there's also some pretty good thriller anime out there too.

There's a lot of psychological thriller anime that's not bad. Not great, but not bad. Some shows deal in harmful stereotypes, others lack good character development, and some have art that's just kind of weird and hard to look at. But, despite the imperfect nature of the genre, you'll definitely be able to find some decent psychological thriller anime series that you won't regret watching.


14 Pretty Good Psychological Thriller Anime,

Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain is an avant-garde classic from the late '90's that every anime fan has heard of, but most haven't actually seen. It follows a 14-year-old girl named Lain, who finds herself embroiled in a series of mysteries about the Wired, a communication network similar to the Internet. It raises questions about how technology impacts humanity, and what the true meaning of reality is.

Because it came out in the late '90's, some of the points it makes about technology might seem out of date or alarmist. Also, some of the themes and motifs are obscure and difficult to grasp. There are fans who have a lot of fun trying to parse the symbolism. If that's you, Lain might be worth watching, but if you're the kind of fan who just wants to kick back and be entertained, you might find it frustrating rather than enjoyable.


Hell Girl

Hell Girl, also known as Jigoku Shōjo: Girl from Hell, is about a mysterious website that promises to send anyone whose name is typed into it straight to Hell. In exchange, whoever typed the name will be condemned to Hell themselves after they die. The premise is an interesting one; kind of a modernish take on Death Note where the Shinigami are actually cute.

With that in mind, a new story is introduced in almost every episode, and it takes forever to learn anything meaningful about the main characters, which can be annoying for some viewers. Also, the series first came out in 2005, which means that the Hell website in question looks dated to say the least, and that can really take viewers out of the experience. 


Monster

Monster is often cited in as one of the best anime out there. That's a gross overstatement, but it is pretty decent. Its basic concept is a promising one: Dr. Tenma makes the decision to operate on a destitute young boy at the expense of a wealthy politician. When said boy grows up to be a murderer, Dr. Tenma has to grapple with the ramifications of his choice.

Unfortunately, this potentially juicy premise is bogged down by poor pacing. At 74 episodes long, there's plenty of filler that could easily be eliminated. That said, if you're a fan of gargantuan sagas like Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach, or if you just have a plenty of patience, Monster is worth checking out.


Shiki

Fans of Tokyo Ghoul might enjoy Shiki, as the two series focus heavily on the question of what separates man from monster. It focuses on an unlikely alliance between a doctor named Toshio Ozaki and an aimless youth named Natsuno Yuuki, whose goal is to save the town of Sotoba from being destroyed by shiki, or vampires. 

Because the series explores the motivations of both the humans and the shiki, it's nuanced and morally grey. For some, this is a selling point. For others, it makes the show feel directionless and causes it to be difficult to get invested in the outcome. The art isn't to everyone's taste, and some of the bloodier scenes can be physically nauseating. Shiki isn't for everyone, but if you love morally ambiguous vampires, and aren't put off by a little gore, it might be for you.


xxxHOLiC

xxxHOLiC focuses on a young man named Kimihiro Watanuki. Much to his personal displeasure, he can see spirits and other supernatural beings. He'll do just about anything to get rid of them, including working for a mysterious woman named Yuuko at a store that grants wishes.

The major problem with xxxHOLiC is that the character designs are by CLAMP. While CLAMP is an accomplished organization beloved by many, they have a very... specific style that definitely isn't to everyone's taste. CLAMP characters tend to have enormous, wide eyes that spill across their face horizontally, absurdly lanky bodies that preclude any diversity, and super pointy chins. If this isn't your aesthetic, it might be difficult to get through all 24 episodes. That said, it's still an engaging story that's worth a chance.


Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a dark anime take on the usually happy and bubbly magical girl genre. In exchange for dedicating their lives to hunting witches, young girls are granted a wish. Of course, these wishes have unforeseen consequences, some of which are lethal.

If you're a fan of genre deconstruction, you'll probably enjoy this show. However, if the unrelenting suffering of little girls who are just trying their best makes you uncomfortable, you may want to sit this one out.


Another

Another follows a group of middle school students as they discover the brutal secrets of a curse that's been plaguing their classroom for years. The art and animation are top notch, and the plot twists are engaging. Unfortunately, some of them come too early to be fully satisfying.

Also, some of the characters are a bit flat, which can make it hard to get fully invested in their bloody deaths. If you like blood and guts, and prioritize memorable plots over memorable characters, Another is worth a look.


Btooom!

Ryouta Sakamoto, Japan's top competitor in a video game called Btooom!, finds himself transported to a deserted island, where he's forced to re-enact a real-world, potentially deadly version of that game. Btooom! is thematically reminiscent of both Sword Art Online and No Game No Life, so if you like those shows, you might like this one.

Unfortunately, the overall message of Btooom! is pretty misanthropic. Its focus is squarely on all the terrible things human beings do to each other if given the chance, with little representation of kindness. If grimdark is your speed, you might like Btooom!, but if you prefer some levity, you might want to choose something else.


Mirai Nikki - Another: World

Mirai Nikki, also known as Future Diary, focuses on a high school student named Yukiteru Amano, who is thrown headfirst into a fight for his life and the honor of being the God of Time and Space. In order to survive, he must use a diary that tells the future to help him kill the eleven other contestants for godhood. Already, we're looking at a unique premise with some serious potential.

However, some of the characters, particularly the owners of the other future diaries, aren't exactly fun to watch. One of the other main characters, Yuno Gasai, starts off as Yukiteru's stalker. In fact, her future diary tracks every move he's going to make. This is incredibly creepy, and while creepy can be good, Mirai Nikki lays it on pretty thick. 


Erased

Satoru Fujinuma is 28 and living a mundane life. One day, he finds himself in his ten-year-old body, transported back to the past. He doesn't understand why he's stuck as an elementary student again until he meets Kayo Hinazuki, the girl who was kidnapped and killed by a serial killer. Now, he's in a race against time to save young Kayo, desperately using all his wits and resources to outsmart a serial killer that was never caught. 



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 03:52:21 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/pretty-good-psychological-thriller-anime/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[18 Times Anime Characters Spoke English (And We Couldn't Help But Laugh)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-japanese-versions-of-english-accents-in-anime/nida-sea

Anime dubs are hard to pull off, whether you're going from Japanese to English or vice versa. So when the villain looks super bad*ss in an intense scene and they suddenly shout a line in a terrible English accent, the seriousness just melts into ridiculousness that makes you cringe, laugh, or cry. If you're an avid anime fan, you've probably witnessed a fair share of anime dubs with bad accents. 

Dubs aren't all bad - whether it be the best English dubbed anime or just a simple English line in a Japanese subbed anime, a few studios pull off smooth voice acting. In fact, American dubs have been successful enough in the past that fans have asked for Western audio in awesome anime that never got an English dub. However, it can't be denied that terrible dubs can ruin a scene.

For English-speaking fans, it can be amusing when a character whips out their "wow-so-good-at-English" card, only to speak in an anime American accent that just isn't intelligible. In fact, some of these accents are so bad that they’re pretty cute. Others may make you bust a gut.

Now, there's no disrespect to the Japanese voice actors. In fact, speaking the English language correctly is even hard for some Americans! So, you have to give props to the various Japanese voice actors who are doing their best to give characters in anime American accents. Here, for your amusement, is a fun compilation of Japanese voice actors who did their best at voicing American accents in some of your favorite anime series. Vote up the most terrible English accents in anime that just didn't hit the mark. 


18 Times Anime Characters Spoke English (And We Couldn't Help But Laugh),

Seitokai Yakuindomo

Rin Matsuoka

Shinobu, Miyagi, And Friend From Junjou Romantica

Father Andersen From Hellsing

Chiba International High School Foreign Competitors From Chihayafuru

Jail Scene From Heritage From Father

Finé From Senki Zesshō Symphogear

Kirima, Hoto, And Tedeza From Gochuumon Wa Usagi Desu Ka

Rintaro Okabe From Steins;Gate

Redd White From Ace Attorney


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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 05:20:38 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-japanese-versions-of-english-accents-in-anime/nida-sea
<![CDATA[13 Underrated Anime That Never Got An English Dub]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-without-an-english-dub/crystal-brackett

Americans only get a small taste of what Japan has to offer in the terms of anime. Usually, only the most visually interesting, marketable properties make the cut, leaving the ones that weren't in incredibly high demand in the dust. This, unfortunately, eventually piles up a long list of Japanese-only anime that's never made it to America. Although fandubs and fansubs might be out there, these poor unlicensed series are anime only available in Japan.

Without an English dub, it's up to hardcore otakus to scour out these series, because, without the licensing, there's no way you're going to find these gems anywhere other than conventions or Japanese retailers. For one reason or another, even though these anime are all great titles in their respective forms, they remain hidden as anime only in Japanese.

From magical girls to dark, dystopian themes and teachers with demonic monster arms, feast your eyes on some great, undubbed anime that's buried away in localization limbo.


13 Underrated Anime That Never Got An English Dub,

Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight!

In the desolate future of 2035, where the birthrate has left high school classrooms with empty seats and low morale, this dystopian anime comes to life through the actions of a young girl whose outlandish motivation has a butterfly effect throughout the entire school. Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! is part of an entire franchise of manga, games, and anime, and no part of the multimedia project ever made its way overseas.


Jigoku Sensei Nube

This insanely popular shounen anime was a hit amongst Japanese audiences due to its horror/psychological themes, intense action sequences, and superb pop culture references to anime and popular Japanese figures. Unfortunately, out of all of the Weekly Shounen Jump sagas to get pumped out of their anime distribution gold mine, Hell Teacher Nube got the cold shoulder, most likely due to the heavy censorship both the animation and script would have to endure in order to reach the young North American demographic.


Monochrome Factor

Monochrome Factor focuses on slaying shadow beasts in an epic anime filled with beautiful fight sequences and daring displays of romance. However, the manga (which had a glorious redistribution by Tokyopop) didn't include the same amount of heavy shounen-ai as the anime itself. American audiences already weren't buying the manga enough at the time of the anime's 2008 debut, preventing it from realizing localization opportunities.


Kaiba

Despite innocent-looking animation, surreal, psychedelic cyberpunk adventures and love stories await viewers in this dystopian world. In Kaiba, memories are transplanted between bodies via memory chips to prevent death. Kaiba won an Excellence Prize for Animation at the prestigious Japan Media Arts festival in 2008, and even made its way to some regions of Oceania. So far, however, those have been the only areas able to properly experience this amazing series.


Basquash!

Basquash! involves both sports and mecha action, as dwellers of a technologically advanced city play basketball with their big, beefy robots. It's exactly as awesome as it sounds.

Unfortunately, for some unknown reason, no American licensing company thought these giant, b-ball bouncing bots were marketable enough to bring overseas. As it originally launched in 2009, this anime is well past its debut period.


Sekushi Commando Gaiden: Sugoiyo! Masaru-san

Sexy Commando Gaiden might have dated animation, but the 10-minute segments of ferociously quippy gags, puns, and stunt-action skits pack a powerful comedic punch. This anime does a genuine service to the short manga it was based on, so it's hard to gauge whether it was the content delivery, the pacing, or just overall lack of interest in distributing a 1998 anime series that kept it away from dubbing.


Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch

Join a totally cute cast of humanized mermaid princesses in Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch, a glorious concoction of magical girl comedy and romantic drama about mer-girls who can't reveal their true identities without bursting into a billion bubbles. At one point, ADV films did actually license this wonderful mermaid tale, but due to lack of backers and TV support, they eventually passed it off to TV Aichi, who are sitting on it until it fizzles out.


Mahoraba ~Heartful days~

Mahoraba is a silly, spontaneous tale about a struggling children's book author and his crush with disassociate identity disorder. It dives deep into themes about mental illness and coping with unstable relationships, without leaving its lighthearted roots. Although Western audiences received pirated and fansubbed versions of this anime very well, it's been over 10 years since its Japanese debut. At this point, it's unlikely anyone other than hardcore fans are going to dub this gem.


.hack//Beyond The World AKA .hack//The Movie

This theatrical debut for the .hack// franchise is a beautifully animated CGI/animation hybrid where monsters from a popular MMORPG arise during the 2024 Summer Olympics, providing a chaotic setting and a sci-fi joyride for anyone who has a passion for gaming.

The movie was eventually released as a Blu-ray /PS3 hybrid, but because the accompanying fighting game (.hack//Versus) was never localized due to decreasing popularity and the discontinuation of the .hack// games for PS2, the movie itself never received a dub or a sub.


Kyouran Kazoku Nikki

This completely hectic anime is a nonsensically hilarious narrative featuring a demon, a jellyfish, a cross-dressing member of the mafia, a lion, and a cyborg. It will both endlessly entertain you and cater to all of your fan-service needs (as long as you speak Japanese, that is). Although totally loveable, Kyouran Kazoku Nikki might be a bit too eccentric for American companies to want to include it in their licensing. 



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 04:07:53 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-without-an-english-dub/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[English Anime Dubs That Made Biggest, Most Dramatic Changes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/english-anime-dubs-that-made-big-changes/crystal-brackett

As anime make their way overseas, they're localized and adapted to fit Western audiences. While there are definitely some amazing English dubbed anime, a fair share of the localization just doesn't match up. Writers and American daytime TV will change an anime to be more palatable for the little types in the Western side of the world, dismantling and ruining the original intent and purpose of the Japanese creators. 

Sure, there are cases where anime dubs change the script for of translation purposes but, regardless, such changes have definitely resulted in some of the best anime series turning into one big joke. What's even more unfortunate is that the English dubs can be changed multiple times, meaning that one agency changes an anime and then a second agency changes it again. This gives viewers a haphazardly sewn and censored version of the animation and voice overs.

You're about to dive headfirst into anime dubs that made big changes and succumbed to the burden of English adaptation to the point where it completely destroyed the original integrity. Vote up the anime that has been changed most drastically by its English localization. 


English Anime Dubs That Made Biggest, Most Dramatic Changes,

Dragon Ball Z

Poor Dragon Ball Z endured extreme censorship  in America, where the show was marketed toward kids watching daytime TV. Since the original bloody battles, lewd behavior, cursing, and drug and alcohol use were a dangerous concoction for their TV time slot and demographic, these scenes were either edited visually or completely removed, sometimes resulting in entire episodes being replaced.

Blood was turned green, alcohol was removed to create empty glasses, and cigarettes were completely erased. To make things more palatable for younger audiences, all references to Hell were removed, with one particular scene resulting in new reference to "HFIL," the new "Home for Infinite Losers."


Samurai Pizza Cats

When writers over at Saban got their hands on Kyattou Ninden Teyande, the scripts were so terribly translated that instead of hiring someone to localize the dialogue, Saban just said, "F*** THIS," and made up their own script. Yes, the English dub dialogue is completely fabricated by Saban's own heads. Now, the literal translation of the Japanese title is "Legendary Ninja Cats," but the Western release was titled Samurai Pizza Cats. 

Although a gloriously hilarious anime filled with puns and offbeat humor, the adaptation is completely different. It's full of plot holes due to Saban chopping and pasting the animation to fit their made-up script. On top this, 12 episodes were completely banned from the US. 


Shaman King

As any typical show that's being localized for the kiddies of America, Shaman King got its load of censorship when it came to mature themes. Blood was turned from red to black in some scenes and the plot was hacked and rewritten. However, although not as heavy or dark as the Japanese original, religious references that the anime was based on were left in. Notably, the symbolism for crosses and such were removed. 


Tokyo Mew Mew

Tokyo Mew Mew's name definitely got a localization change-up, but that's not all that changed when the anime was brought West. The dub of the show doesn't even have the same plot. Mew Mew Power starts on the 12th episode of Tokyo Mew Mew, promptly cutting out all essence of the heroine's back story - including how she even got her powers.

Because 4Kids aimed for this anime to entertain young audiences, mature themes were removed, including magical-girl transformation scenes, Zakuro's weapon due to it being shaped like a cross, and the aliens who wanted to reclaim Earth because humans were destroying their former home. What's even left of the original plot? 


Sailor Moon

The heavy amount of changes that this poor magical girl anime endured during its original run on US television is pitiful. The lesbian relationship between two of the sailors was changed to a slightly awkward cousin relationship. In addition, not only were entire episodes removed, which tainted the backstories for some characters such as Sailor V, but the entire fifth season was left completely out. The fifth season involved the gender-swapping Sailor Starlights and was considered too controversial to be aired as a popular kids show in the '90s.


Cardcaptor Sakura

Cardcaptor Sakura not only got a name change to Cardcaptors, it also had major pieces of the storyline altered to make the show more appealing to both boys and girls when the show was originally intended for young girls. The American dub started out at episode 8, went straight to 12, and continued to jump around from there. The relationships developed between characters (especially members of the same sex) were snipped from the final production, leaving Yukito's (a boy's) romantic endeavors towards Sakura's older brother totally out of the picture. 


Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories was an anime that didn't do too well in Japan, so when the time came for it to be adapted to the English language, the voice actors literally did whatever they wanted for the script. The majority of English audiences have actually come to revere this anime as one of the worst, yet funniest, dubs to ever exist. It turned spooky ghost stories into something that you'd watch on Adult Swim between Sealab 2021 and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. The voice actors never hesitated to admit that they completely ravaged the script to make it a dub that's an adult comedy, with the intent that it be verbal garbage to laugh at. 


Yu-Gi-Oh!

When Yu-Gi-Oh! made its appearance in the West, it was tactfully reconstructed as a card-game anime that was purely meant to be marketing fodder for young children. The original anime, which still included Dual Monsters, was more of a twisted, dark fantasy anime where Yami Yugi viciously murdered some of the opposing players in his "Shadow Games."

Much like the American horror classic Saw, the participants in these games gambled with their lives. Many players met their horrific ends by being burned alive, falling to their death, or suffering from grotesque visions of body horror while descending into madness. Of course, all of the death sequences were removed in the English adaptation and 4Kids Entertainment replaced these scenes with a fabricated "Shadow Realm" instead.


One Piece

When 4Kids got their hands on One Piece, they stripped it of all guns, drugs, and anything that looked like it could be used as a violent weapon. The most notable are the guns and drugs. Guns were replaced with very silly objects such as signs and things like... whatever the hell this is. As for the drugs, like Sanji's cigarette, they just put the top of a lollipop on it and called it a day. 


Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind AKA Warriors Of The Wind

The American adaptation of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind was vastly different from the original storyline, making the legendary Hayao Miyazaki so pissed off that he insisted that Disney sign a "no-edits" clause on his films when he partnered with the multimedia giant. Toshio Suzuki even went as far as to send a real katana to Miramax upon hearing that they wanted to cut Princess Mononoke to make it marketable, with very simple instructions: "No cuts." 

Its original English release in 1984 turned "one of the greatest anime films of all time" into a complete train wreck. It was transformed from a cinematic masterpiece into a stilted children's action-adventure film. Scenes that were considered to be too slow were cut, the plot was switched up, and the dialogue was almost completely rewritten. Thankfully, the film was brought to justice in Disney's "no cuts" version released much later on. 



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 06:19:11 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/english-anime-dubs-that-made-big-changes/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[The Most Screwed Up Sibling Relationships In Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/messed-up-anime-siblings/anna-lindwasser

There are a lot of anime siblings with screwed up relationships out there. Some of these horrible anime brothers and sisters are trying to kill each other, some are trying to screw each other, and others come from horrendously dysfunctional anime families with terrible parents who make it pretty much impossible for their kids to get along. You'll find weird anime sibling relationships in everything from action hits Naruto and Kill la Kill to emotionally driven shows like Yuri!!! on Ice and March Comes In Like A Lion. Some of these messed up anime siblings could seriously use some family therapy.


The Most Screwed Up Sibling Relationships In Anime,

Sasuke & Itachi Uchiha From Naruto

Sasuke Uchiha's primary goal in life is to murder his older brother Itachi. He doesn't care if he dies, doesn't care if he has to mortgage his body to the deplorably creepy Orochimaru, doesn't care if he has to kill hundreds of other people and betray his friends, he only wants to end his brother's life. Why is this so important to him? Because Itachi murdered all the rest of the Uchiha clan, leaving Sasuke an orphan.

This is screwed up enough, before you start layering on the complications. First of all, Sasuke adored his brother prior to the event, so the betrayal hits a lot harder than it might have if they weren't close. Second of all, Itachi had little choice in the matter. At age 13, he was convinced by a corrupt government leader named Danzo to take out his whole family. Why does he agree? Because if he doesn't, Danzo would have the whole family killed anyway. By killing his family, he was allowed to spare his own life, and that of his baby brother Sasuke. Had Itachi told his family and tried to fight back, it would have sparked a civil war, an option that a teenager with war-induced PSTD isn't likely to go for. 

Sasuke doesn't learn any of this until after he gets his revenge, so the two never have a chance to reconcile. Thanks for the heaping helping of tragedy, Kishimoto.


Shou & Ryou Marufuji From Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

It's impossible to have a list about bad family relationships and not mention Yu-Gi-Oh!. One shining example of sibling dysfunction is Shou and Ryou Marufuji, also known as Syrus and Zane Truesdale in the dub. Their relationship started off as your typical "younger brother worshipping his older brother" deal. It's not great — Shou considers himself vastly inferior as both a duelist and a human being, and Ryou don't do much to alleviate that feeling.

Things quickly spiral out of control when Ryou gets involved in illegal, dangerous underground card games, gets possessed by evil space energy, and eventually ends up hospitalized due to heart disease. Shou not only has to adjust to this shattered version of his former hero, but he also has to be his caretaker while he's still in high school. Also, Shou doesn't get much in the way of outside support. Not only are their parents completely absent, but Shou's best friend Judai actually advises him to let Ryou kill himself through dueling if he wants to. This isn't exactly helpful. In true Yu-Gi-Oh! fashion, few of these issues are resolved by the end of the series. Seriously, the Marufuji brothers need to clear the air. 


The Nase Siblings In Kyoukai No Kanata

Incest automatically makes sibling relationship wildly uncomfortable. Yes, even if it's played "as a joke" and it doesn't get physical, as is the case with Hiroomi and Mitsuki Nase from Kyoukai no Kanata. Hiroomi is sexually obsessed with his younger sister, and isn't afraid to tell her so. Every time she calls him onii-chan, a totally normal and nonsexual thing for a Japanese girl to call her older brother, he blushes or gets a nosebleed. In anime, nosebleeds are symbolic for erections, you see. For some reason, the series decides to treat this like it's on the same level as another character's predilection for girls in glasses. It's not, guys. Not even close.

Shockingly, Hiroomi's sister complex isn't the worst thing about the Nase siblings. The oldest sister, Izumi, ends up being controlled by a parasite and attacking her siblings, who have to fight her off. Once you introduce attempted murder into an incestuous sibling relationship, there's just no saving it.


Yuki & Ayame Sohma From Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket was a veritable clusterf*ck of terrible familial relationships. While the most horrible ties were between cousins, not siblings, there is a pair of siblings who are truly, deeply unsettling. 

Ayame was a 10-year-old with no interest in his baby brother, Yuki. Any chance they might have had at developing a relationship was ruined by their mother. She thought Ayame was worthless and said so, but her "love" for Yuki took the form of abuse, so both siblings grew up resenting each other. 

As Yuki developed into a teenager, Ayame tried to establish a relationship where none exists. This doesn't sound so bad if you never see how he tries to establish a relationship. Mostly, he flirts with their cousin Shigure, hits on Yuki's teenage friend Tohru, and makes sexual comments about Yuki himself. Understandably, Yuki isn't a huge fan of his older brother.


Kagura & Kamui From Gintama

Kagura and Kamui are both members of the elite Yato clan. Because their mother was sick and their father was away trying to track down medicine, Kamui essentially raised Kagura. That didn't stop them from becoming bitter enemies later on. Kamui tries to kill Kagura because he sees her as a pathetic weakling. This could be because she once begged him not to kill their father (a normal, coming-of-age ritual for Yato clan members). 

It was a particularly important one for Kamui, who believes their father is responsible for their mother's untimely death. It could also be because Kagura spends most of her time eating massive amounts of seaweed, kicking people, and doing odd jobs with her friends Shinpachi and Gintoki, behavior which isn't quite up to Yato clan standards.


Touka & Ayato Kirishima From Tokyo Ghoul

Before their parents died, Touka and Ayato were an inseparable team whose goal was to hunt and kill humans. This sounds horrifying until you realize that they are ghouls, non-human creatures who cannot survive without eating human flesh. That's not the screwed up part — it's just the premise of the series. The Kirishima sibling's relationship falls apart when it becomes clear that they have very different views on humans.

Touka wants to live peacefully with them as much as possible, which is what draws her to Anteiku, a coffee shop run by ghouls that protects its employees and gathers food for those who can't get it themselves. Meanwhile, Ayato finds her desires to be weak and pathetic, and the two end up on opposite sides of a ghoul-led civil war. When you're actively trying to kill your sibling and their friends, it's pretty much a top-tier bad relationship.


Tomoko & Tomoki Kuroki From Watamote

Watamote, also known as No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guys Fault I'm Not Popular!, focuses on a high school girl named Tomoko Kuroki whose social skills are, shall we say, lacking. She desperately wants to make friends, get a boyfriend, and be popular, but she has no idea how to go about it. She enlists her younger brother Tomoki to help her out, which could be heartwarming, if she weren't asking things like "Can I see your penis?" 

Needless to say, Tomoki isn't particularly fond of his creepy older sister. Most of their interactions involve him screaming at her to leave him alone, insulting her, or throwing her out of his room. Moments of kindness between the two are often laced with ulterior motives. For example, Tomoko tries to "take care of" Tomoki when he's sick, but actually just wants to catch his cold so that she can get out of school. With aggressive screaming from Tomoki and awkwardly sexual overtures from Tomoko, the relationship between the Kuroki siblings just plain sucks.


Inuyasha & Sesshoumaru From Inuyasha

Although their relationship does improve somewhat over the course of the series, Inuyasha and his half-brother Sesshoumaru pretty much hate each other. Why? Because Inuyasha is half-demon, half-human, and Sesshoumaru, a demon without the human influence, has a huge problem with that. Basically, his issue is fantasy-world racism. That, and the fact that their demon father gave Inuyasha the Tessaiga, a weapon far more powerful than the Tensaiga he gave Sesshoumaru. At one point, their relationship gets so bad Inuyasha chops Sesshoumaru's arm off. Obviously, it's not exactly loving.


Satsuki Kiryuin & Ryuko Matoi From Kill La Kill

To be fair, Ryuko and Satsuki don't actually know that they're sisters until the series is almost over, but considering the fact that every time they meet they try to murder each other, it's fair to say they still count as "dysfunctional siblings." Satsuki starts off as the leader of high school/military city called Honnouji Academy. Ryuko wants to kill Satsuki because she believes her to be behind her father's death.

Midway through the series, Ryuko's goal changes to toppling Satsuki from her seat of power. When they finally discover they're related, Satsuki wants to work together in order to defeat their common enemy (their mother Ragyo), but Ryuko is busy being mind-controlled by alien fibers. The two eventually do form a positive relationship and fight together, but it's an involved process to say the least. 


Michele & Sara Crispino From Yuri!!! on ICE

The Crispino twins are competitive ice skaters from Italy. Because they've dedicated their entire childhoods to their sport, they haven't had the opportunity to form developmentally appropriate social bonds outside the family unit. This results in some really weird sibling dynamics between the pair. Sara wants to socialize, make friends, and date. Meanwhile, her brother Michele is overbearingly protective of Sara, screaming at any man who gets within a 10-foot radius to stay away from his sister. Not only that, but he wants to be the only man she loves, and is so dependent on her that he has trouble doing his job without her presence. 

Sara seems to love her brother, but she's also aware of how unhealthy their relationship is. In one episode, she confronts him about it, and he promises to change. Predictably, this lasts for about one episode. Michele is still totally likely to punch fellow skater Emil Nekola in the face the next time he flirts with Sara.



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 03:16:41 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/messed-up-anime-siblings/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[14 Reasons Anime Is Definitely Not For Kids]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-anime-is-not-for-kids/anna-lindwasser

Contrary to popular belief, anime is not just for kids. In fact, there are a lot of mature themes in anime you need to be an adult to understand. So, how did we end up with the idea that anime isn't for adults? Maybe it's because in the Western world, animation is almost always aimed at children.

For some, the link between animation and kids' media is so powerful that a lot of American kids grew up watching totally inappropriate shows like Family Guy, Ren & Stimpy, or South Park. Their parents assumed that if it was animated, it must be kid-friendly. It could also be because the anime that gets imported over to the West tends to be aimed at kids. Anime-loving millennials grew up on Pokémon, Digimon, Sailor Moon, and DBZ. These series were also heavily censored in the dubbing process, making these already kid-oriented anime seem even more childish. 

Animation in Japan isn't all Digimon and DBZ. There's plenty of anime for grown-ups out there. From sexual anime to series that feature drug abuse, some anime ask serious moral questions. In fact, a lot of what's on offer simply isn't appropriate for kids. So, if you're post-college and you're still into anime, don't worry. It's totally appropriate, and there are plenty of reasons anime is not just for kids.


14 Reasons Anime Is Definitely Not For Kids,

Anime Can Get Super Raunchy

While shows aimed at kids might make the occasional thinly veiled sex joke, they typically don't go beyond acknowledging that sex exists. They certainly don't show the act in question. While there's plenty of adult-oriented anime that can be viewed in polite company, some of it is better suited to... private viewing. 

Some sexually explicit anime is ridiculous. For example, it's supposed to be super hot when some dude brushes his younger sister's teeth in Nisemonogatari. Some scenes depict the beautiful coming together of two people who love each other, though to be fair those scenes often fade-to-black. Some sex scenes are depressing. For that particular poison, check out the heart-stoppingly miserable sex that characterizes Scum's Wish. Some is disturbing, which you'll have noticed if you ever watched Berserk. Some is just straight-up erotic, and that happens more often than not. Obviously, none of it is even remotely child-appropriate.


Anime Makes You Question The True Value Of Revenge

Revenge is a concept that pops up frequently in anime, and it's not exactly a kid-friendly idea. Especially when that revenge involves copious amounts of blood, as it often does in anime. Anime with more mature themes can actually question whether or not revenge has value.

One of the most interesting examples is Scar from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Scar is one of the few survivors of a genocidal attack on his people, the Ishvalans. Understandably, he wants revenge on state alchemists, who are largely responsible for murdering his people. Two of the alchemists that he kills in his quest for revenge are Winry Rockbell's parents, which sparks a desire for revenge in Winry herself. Scar tells her that while she has the right to kill him for what he did to her parents, he will consider her an enemy if she does, and the cycle of hatred will continue. The series questions the purpose of revenge. Does it make anything better, or does it just create new problems and exacerbate old ones? Can things like genocide actually be forgiven? If so, how? If not, is revenge the only way to handle it? 

Of course, FMA isn't the only series where this concept comes up. We all know about Sasuke Uchiha's quest to kill his brother Itachi for murdering their entire clan in Naruto. Sasuke only finds out the terrible circumstances behind his brother's actions after he's already killed him. Once he finds out that Itachi was forced into the mass murder by a corrupt government leader named Danzo, and that Itachi's actions were the only thing that saved Sasuke's own life, his revenge feels hollow and meaningless. Naruto and FMA are both billed as kids' shows, but there are plenty of adult ideas about revenge to unpack.


Anime Characters Confront Complex Moral Decisions

There's no way to discuss complex moral decisions in anime without mentioning Death Note, so let's start there. For the uninitiated, Death Note focuses on Light Yagami, who finds a magical notebook that kills anyone whose name is written inside. He decides to use this notebook to kill criminals and improve society. Eventually, a combination of hubris and desperate attempts to avoid capture lead him to betray his original morals. Kids who watch Death Note tend to focus on how badass they think either Light or his detective opponent L are. Yes, L is badass (Light isn't, sorry guys) but the biggest hook for grown-up viewers is the major question posed by the series: does any one person truly have the right to decide who lives and who dies?

Death Note is a classic example of an anime that poses moral questions, but it's far from the only one. Another good one is Psycho Pass, which features the Sybil system, a series of tests that analyze your personality, your mental and physical health, your genetic heritage, and other traits to determine your station in life. Viewers of Psycho Pass have to grapple with the concept of free will. What does it mean? Is it real? Are our choices actually determined by traits we don't control? How does free will factor into the creation of an ideal society? These are not questions targeted at kids. 


Even The Kid Stuff Gets Intense

Ever seen the original version of Yu-Gi-Oh!? Technically, Yu-Gi-Oh! is a kids show and, given how aggressively it's been censored, it's pretty easy to dismiss as childish. However, if you look at the original Japanese version (and you can get past all the card games), you'll find a show that's actually pretty twisted. From rampant child abuse to systemic oppression so bad it causes one character in 5D's to try and commit suicide-by-cop and another attempt to murder a 12-year-old to escape the cycle of poverty, Yu-Gi-Oh! deals with surprisingly mature themes. 

Yu-Gi-Oh! isn't alone. Plenty of kid-oriented shows have hidden, dark underbellies. One of the first villains in Naruto is Orochimaru, a semi-immortal snake beast who desperately wants Sasuke's young body. Already, this is looking pretty adult. Later, we learn that he's a mass murderer whose scientific experiments on children are so grisly they look like they belong in Monster. Keep in mind, this guy is only the first villain in Naruto, and honestly, he's probably the tamest. He's got nothing on Madara, that's for sure. Naruto miiiight be acceptable viewing material for teenagers, but children? You're better off just putting on Totoro


Anime Features Adult Characters With Adult Problems

While it's true that a ton of anime focuses on the lives of high school students, there are plenty of series that center on the lives of adults. Regardless of a show's overall theme, most kids just aren't interested in the lives of anybody over the age of 20, which makes series like Welcome to the NHK, Mushi-shi, and Shirobako a bit of a hard sell for the younger crowd. That said, if you're a grown-up, you probably want at least some of your media to focus on adults, and anime can do that for you.


Anime Characters Get Drunk And Do Drugs

One thing that you typically don't see in kids' media is substance use. Kids can be impressionable, and encouraging kids to get high isn't something media creators want to be accused of. Unless it's a PSA, if drugs and alcohol are involved, you can bet the show featuring them probably isn't for kids. 

Anime, of course, is replete with shows that feature substance use. Cowboy Bebop has one episode where the whole cast gets high on 'shrooms. A character in Legendary Gambler Tetsuya struggles with a heroin addiction. Alcohol use is also fairly common in anime. Tsunade and Jiraiya from Naruto are constantly wasted, and Yuuri gets so drunk in Yuri on Ice!!! that he completely forgets getting half-naked and begging Victor to be his ice skating coach. 


Anime Often Tackles Physical And Mental Health Issues

While physical and mental health issues can absolutely touch the lives of children, an in-depth look into their ramifications can be a little heavy for young audiences. 

One series that weaves the two together is Your Lie in April. Yes, this show is about a bunch of middle schoolers, but because of its mature themes it's a great show for adults too. Kosei, a child prodigy, is so traumatized by his mother's long illness, rigid expectations, and eventual death that he is no longer able to play piano. Meanwhile, his friend Kaori suffers from a mysterious illness that threatens to cut her own music career short. While there are plenty of fun moments, one of the show's major themes is balancing physical and psychological issues with self-actualization. That's pretty intense. 

Your Lie in April is far from the only series that tackles health issues. You'll find it in everything from Tomoko Kuroki's severe (if humorously portrayed) social anxiety in WataMote to Kouichi Sakakibara's pneumothorax in Another.


Anime Deals With The Realities Of Grief And Loss

Death is one of the most difficult concepts human beings have to grapple with. Most adults aren't completely at peace with the fact that they and their loved ones will die, so you can't really expect kids to be ready to handle the idea. 

That said, death is rampant in anime. Some shows focus on a single death, and how it impacts those left behind. In Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, a little girl named Menma's untimely, accidental death traumatizes her friend group, and forces them to confront some harsh realities. In Free! Iwatobi Swim Club, Rin's whole character arc centers around his grief over the death of his father. In Erased, the main character's mother is brutally murdered by the end of the first episode.

Other shows deal with death en masse. Countless people are slaughtered in Attack on Titan, more people die in Death Note than a Shakespearean tragedy, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica makes Homura, and by extension the viewer, go through Madoka's death hundreds of times. No kid needs to see that, that's adult content. 


Anime Takes On Ethical Issues And Current Events

The kinds of food we choose to put into our bodies is actually a pretty serious issue, and not just in terms of our personal health. How far will we go to ensure our own survival? What about our own personal happiness? What kind of consumption makes you a monster? These aren't issues kids are necessarily ready to consider.

That said, there are some really interesting adult-oriented anime out there ask these kinds of questions. Tokyo Ghoul, which is explicitly violent enough to disqualify itself as a kids' show already, is one example. "Ghouls" are humanoid creatures who cannot survive without eating human flesh. Often, this means being forced to take human lives. As viewers watch Kaneki, who has been surgically transformed into a ghoul against his will, struggle to accept his survival needs, we have to ask: is it really wrong for ghouls to kill? Is it different from humans killing cows, chickens, and other animals for our own survival? 

On the flip side of this, we have The Eccentric Family, an anime about the conflict between humans and mythical creatures called tanuki and tengu. The tanuki patriarch of the Shimogamo family, Soichiro, was eaten alive by a group called the Friday Fellows. To the tanuki characters, this is terrifying, but to the humans, it's a joyful tradition that brings them together and gives them the chance to appreciate a unique food. Whose perspective is right? Can both be? Is consumption appreciation? If you love something and destroy it, is that still love?

There questions aren't easy to answer, and The Eccentric Family doesn't attempt to do so definitively. Like Tokyo Ghoul, it forces viewers to think seriously about their own food choices in a way that's unlikely to resonate with most kids.


Anime Characters Go Through Real Struggles, Like War

If it's taken even remotely seriously, war is not kid-friendly. While some shows like Hetalia flatten the realities of war so dramatically adults may find them annoying, other anime takes a good, hard look at the realities of war. 

One of the best examples is Studio Ghibli's Grave of the Fireflies, a movie so sad that if it doesn't make you cry, you should see a doctor about your non-functional tear ducts. This anime movie focuses on two siblings as they struggle to survive in a recently fire-bombed Tokyo. What makes this movie really devastating is the fact that it's so real. The kids in Grave of the Fireflies aren't too different from the actual Japanese children whose homes were destroyed during World War II.

Grave of the Fireflies is far the only anime that takes a closer look at the implications of war. Other examples include Code Geass,  Joker Game, Owari no Seraph, Attack on Titan, Kingdom, and more.



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:41:56 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-anime-is-not-for-kids/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[16 Absurd Anime Beach Episodes That Came Out Of Nowhere]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-beach-episodes-that-came-out-of-nowhere/anna-lindwasser

The beach episode is such a common anime trope it's practically synonymous with the medium itself. It doesn't matter what the genre is, ratings go up when there's fan service, and what better way to shoehorn some in than by setting up a situation where everyone is half-naked? While this might be pointless for a show like Kill la Kill, where everyone is naked all the time anyway, in other shows the beach is only logical way to make semi-nudity a thing.

While the beach episodes of anime sometimes move the plot along, more often than not, they come completely out of nowhere. The anime characters at the beach might be having a good time, but they're not necessarily doing anything particularly noteworthy from a plot or character development standpoint. Sometimes, you have to wonder if there was any reason to include the episode besides fan service. Here are some of the most inexplicable instances where your favorite characters got all sandy. 


16 Absurd Anime Beach Episodes That Came Out Of Nowhere,

When Takashi And The Gang Go To The Beach In High School Of The Dead

High School of the Dead is an anime about a group of kids struggling to survive a zombie outbreak. In an OVA titled Drifters of the Dead, the gang winds up on a deserted island, and uses the opportunity for out-of-nowhere beach time fun, complete with hallucination-induced make out sessions. It's utterly bizarre. 


When Yuuta And His Friends Go To The Beach In Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions

Oddly enough, the beach episode in Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions is the first episode that includes any level of serious character development, making it even more unexpected than your average sun-soaked episode. Here, we actually get to learn something about what's driving Rikka's eccentric and delusional behavior — it's a reaction to her father's untimely death.


When The Hinamizawa Gang Goes To The Beach In Higurashi

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is a profoundly disturbing series about a village-wide conspiracy and an imaginary psychiatric condition that causes people to go on killing sprees. So, not exactly a sunny premise. The episode where the main characters go to the beach and splash around in cute swimsuits, therefore, is utterly incongruous with the brutality of the rest of the series.


When The Shinigami Women's Association (And Some Dudes) Go To The Beach In Bleach

This episode feels like it really came out of nowhere, specifically because it takes place in the middle of a major arc. Yes, watching Orihime learn how to use her breasts as a bucket is entertaining, if a bit weird, but viewers who are invested in the main storyline may want to see it, you know, actually get resolved. Save it for the filler arc, okay guys?


When Chazz And Alexis Duel On The Beach In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

First of all, look at Chazz's insane choice for a beach outfit. He's actually wearing leather! Seriously, how edgy can you be? Anyway, in this episode, Chazz asks Alexis's brother Atticus to help him win Alexis's heart. Atticus suggests that Chazz challenge her to card game in order to go on date with him, because this is Yu-Gi-Oh! and that's how people get stuff done.

So why is this super weird? Because not only is there no particular reason for the duel to take place on the beach, but because Atticus, who has only just returned from being brainwashed and tortured for months, is now happily surfing in the background as if nothing ever happened. 


When The Iwatobi Swim Club Goes To The Beach In Free!

Okay, so this one doesn't immediately sound like it comes out of nowhere. Of course the guys from the swimming anime go to the beach, wondering about that is like wondering what the guys from Yowamushi Pedal are doing on a bike path, right?

What makes the beach episode in Free so unexpected isn't that they go to the beach, it's the fact that what happens there is a jarringtonal shift from the rest of the series. There's a huge storm, Rei almost drowns, and by the end of the episode you legitimately have no idea if he's going to survive or not. Unlike most anime beach episodes, this one is actually WAY darker than the rest of the series. 


When Chi And Hideki Go To The Beach In Chobits

Chobits is an anime about a dude named Hideki who falls in love with a breast-having robot named Chi, so it's not exactly what you'd call "plot heavy" to begin with. That said, there is an overarching story, and this beach episode has literally nothing to do with it. It's just sort of there. Why? Because robot boobies, that's why.


When Satou And His Childhood Crush Go To The Beach In Welcome To The NHK

The fact that Satou is outside doing anything with anyone is surprising; he's a shut-in with severe paranoid anxiety. The fact that he's going to the beach with his childhood crush is even more surprising, he can barely bring himself to speak to her most of the time. The fact that the beach trip ends up being the physical site of an Internet suicide pact is, unfortunately, not surprising at all.


When The Pirates Go To The Beach In Mars Daybreak

Mars Daybreak takes place on, you guessed it, Mars. Unlike the version of Mars that we're familiar with, this Mars is completely covered in water. The lack of anything resembling dry land makes it kind of hard for beaches to exist, but the series manages to come up with a beach episode anyway, when a group of pirates open up a swimming pool on top of their submarine. They really had to stretch for this one. 


When Team Natsu Goes To The Beach In Fairy Tail

Team Natsu is supposed to be training for the upcoming Grand Magic Games. Somehow, they end up completely distracted from their original goal, and spend the whole episode playing around in their bathing suits. Considering the big deal the team made over needing to start training immediately, the whole beach episode thing was more than a little surprising. 



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 06:44:02 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-beach-episodes-that-came-out-of-nowhere/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[9 Types Of Anime Fans That Are Giving Everyone Else A Bad Name]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-anime-fans/nida-sea

Mingling with other anime geeks allows you to discuss your favorite series and characters, as well as demonstrate how faithful an otaku you really are. However, there are a few annoying anime fans who may put a damper on your fun. These are often the worst types of anime fans, and they can really get under your skin. But don’t let these types of terrible anime fans end your enjoyment of anime or the pleasure of meeting another otaku. After all, everyone is entitled to their own opinions, likes, and dislikes. So, no matter now rude, obnoxious, or annoying these different types of insufferable anime geeks may be, in the end, they appreciate anime in their own way.  

Are you fretting about encountering these kinds of fans? Don't worry! Check out this horrible anime fandom breakdown list, and you'll get some great insight into every kind of annoying anime nerd you could possibly encounter at your next anime convention, group meet-up, or online forum.


9 Types Of Anime Fans That Are Giving Everyone Else A Bad Name,

The Manga Critic

Fandom Level: 9 filler episodes out of 10

Favorite Shows: Mushi-shi, Monster, Hellsing Ultimate 

Key Characteristics: This type of fan is not 100 % faithful to any given anime title, and often spends their time criticizing series and swearing the manga is better. Watching or talking about an anime series with this type of fan usually isn't fun, as they tend to pull up multiple comparison points to prove how the manga's storyline is better, instead of discussing the merits of the anime. They are also known to pick at an anime's art style, based on how it differs from the style of the original manga. Not because it's worse, you see, but simply because it's different. 


The Mainstream Only Fan

Fandom Level: 8 out of 10 Titans  

Favorite Shows: Attack On Titan, FMA: Brotherhood, Tokyo Ghoul 

Key Characteristics: This fan is known to only watch popular mainstream anime that has a lot of buzz in the community. They often bad mouth older series, and are opposed to watching any classic anime titles that aired in the past. In addition, they are more likely to favor rebooted series over the original. These people won't give most new series a shot either, until they've picked up enough heat to be considered worth their time. Frankly, having a discussion with them about anime is like talking to someone who only listens to the top 40 about music. 


The Cosplay Nazi

Fandom Level: 7 out of 10 "Nico Nico Nii!" poses from Nico Yazawa 

Favorite Shows: Love Live! School Idol Project, Sword Art Online, Black Butler

Key Characteristics: These fans are usually well-seasoned or professional cosplayers. They generally spend loads of time, cash, and effort working on costume designs and props to dress up as their favorite anime characters at conventions. While cosplay is for everyone, these hobbyists have been known to mock other cosplayer's costumes based on their execution and accuracy.

They'll also ridicule fellow cosplayers for not being "authentic" if they don’t design and build their own costumes. The really mean ones will even bash other cosplayers by saying they shouldn't portray particular characters based on their weight, gender, or ethnicity. That’s unforgivably uncool. 


The Alpha Nerd

Fandom Level: 10 shurikens out of 10  

Favorite Shows: Fullmetal Alchemist, Cowboy Bebop, Naruto 

Key Characteristics: These are the extreme smarty pants of the fandom. They've spent hundreds of hours watching, researching, and analyzing anime series inside and out so they can collect and analyze "solid facts." Because of their knowledge, they feel superior to other fans and will shoot others down for espousing personal theories or thoughts about a series. These big time know-it-alls will often get onto anime forums and write essay-long posts about a series, just to prove unimportant points. 


The Weeaboo

Fandom Level: 9 Pocky sticks out of 10

Favorite Shows: Oreimo, Lucky Star, Himouto! Umaru-chan

Key Characteristics: These fans often denounce their own culture, and live for everything Japan-related. Because they learn everything about Japanese culture through watching anime, their pronunciation is often inaccurate and they generally have little actual knowledge of what life is like in Japan. For example, they often use the Japanese linking word "desu," resulting in the incorrect linking of words. They usually furnish their rooms/homes with Japanese-style décor, and may strictly eat Asian-style dishes and snacks. Any suggestion they're not actually Japanese or criticism of their plan to "move to Tokyo and finally fit in," will be met with derision and inarticulate cries of baka


The Nostalgist

Fandom Level: 7 dragon balls out of 10

Favorite Shows: Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Fist of the North Star, Dragon Ball

Key Characteristics: They are completely dedicated to classic anime series and movies. They choose not to watch any new anime, and are known to criticize and bash new anime based on the animation style, character design, storyline, and even modern voice acting. Basically, imagine if someone only watched The Honeymooners, and constantly gave you a hard time for enjoying The Office.   


The Dub Hater

Fandom Level: 5 Totoros standing in the rain out of 10

Favorite Shows: Hanasaku Iroha, Tonari no Totoro, Desu nôto

Key Characteristics: These fanatics are faithful to Japanese subs, and are completely disgusted with any dubbed series. Even if a dub is great, they will still come out against it and argue why the Japanese subtitled version is better. They're often obstinate, close-minded, and generally exhausting to debate with.

They are also known for bashing anime newbies, who often get interested in anime through dubs, as well as anyone who enjoys or prefers dubbed series. They also tend to refer to anime by their untranslated Japanese names, which can be both confusing and frustrating. 


The Fictional Relationship Dakimakura Carrying Fan

Fandom Level: 10 Natsume Asahina dakimakura out of 10  

Favorite Shows: Angel Tales, Brothers Conflict, Nisekoi 

Key Characteristics: In the world of anime fandom, it's not uncommon to have an anime waifu or husbando, which are otaku terms used to describe your fictional wife or husband. However, there's one "special" breed of fan who are very devoted to their fictional anime relationship. In fact, they're known to carry around a dakimakura (body pillow) featuring their chosen waifu or husbando.

You may often see them walking around anime conventions with their pillow safely protected in their grasp. In extreme cases, these devoted fans carry their dakimakura everywhere with them, even to public places like cafés or amusement parks. While everyone is free to love whomever/whatever they want, and we shouldn't judge, the problem comes when the characters depicted on dakimakura are super young (as they sometimes are). It's insanely uncomfortable to see someone fondling an animated 12 year old on a pillow while you're just trying to grab a soft pretzel. 


The Fujioshi Fangirl

Fandom Level: 8 pork cutlet bowls out of 10

Favorite Shows: Yuri!!! On Ice, Junjou Romantica, Love Stage!!

Key Characteristics: These are female fanatics obsessed with yaoi (or boy love). These fans are hardcore, and dead serious about the pairings they make between male characters. Passion is one thing, but these fangirls just don't stop talking about handsome dudes having sex with each other. They are also known to ship non-homosexual characters together, and are ready to vehemently defend their views on who is the seme (top) or uke (bottom) in the relationship, even if you didn't ask. There is also a yaoi-obsessed male fanbase, known as fudanshi fanboys.



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:05:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-anime-fans/nida-sea
<![CDATA[20 People In The Real World Who Look Like Anime Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-look-like-anime-characters/crystal-brackett

If you look around you, anime lookalikes exist all around you. Feast your eyes on these photos of real people who look like anime characters, carrying about their business in the 3D world as if they walked straight out of your television set. Art reflects life, and these people who resemble animated characters definitely support that statement. Both men and women who look like animated characters inspire the rest of the world to up their game when it comes to fashion and fandom. These spitting images your favorite Japanese cartoon characters might convince you anime is totally real, and will leave you wondering if some of them were based off real people to begin with.

From big, beefy brawlers like Sousuke Yamazaki and Saitama, to peppy, otherworldly divas like Saber and Rena, feast your eyes a full-on display of cartoony, real-life people anime doppelgangers.  If they're lucky, maybe they'll inspire a spin-off of their own.


20 People In The Real World Who Look Like Anime Characters,

Bulma

Ichigo Kurosaki

Kenshiro

Saitama

Goku

C.C. From 'Code Geass'

Sousuke Yamazaki From 'Free!'

Kaneki Ken From 'Tokyo Ghoul'

Christophe Giacometti From 'Yuri!!! On Ice'

Edward From 'Cowboy Bepop'


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Thu, 13 Apr 2017 07:19:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-look-like-anime-characters/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[16 Anime Protagonists Who Are So Boring They Don't Deserve Harems]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-protagonists-who-should-not-have-a-harem/anna-lindwasser

The term harem anime refers to an anime series with a main character who has some kind of romantic connection with two or more other characters. Usually, the main character is male and the other characters are female. The reverse does exist, as do same-sex harems, but they aren't as common. The genre has significant crossover with ecchi anime, since it tends to involve extreme levels of fan service. 

One of the biggest problems with harem anime, aside from the blatant objectification of women that's endemic to the genre, is the fact that some of the protagonists are eye-rollingly boring. No, really, they're some of the worst anime protagonists out there, and they make for some of the worst anime boyfriends. Kirito is nobody's favorite character in Sword Art Online, and if you remember Love Hina at all, you definitely don't remember it for Keitaro.

This might be because the intended audiences for most harem anime is straight men and teenage boys projecting themselves onto the male main character. You know, like how teenage girls did with the oh-so-bland Bella from Twilight? Projection is a heck of a lot easier to accomplish when the protagonist is a blank slate. 

This doesn't exactly make for great storytelling. While some viewers are happy to use protagonists as wish fulfillment, others want, you know, actual character development. Or, at minimum, non-horrible anime relationships to project onto. Sadly, many of these anime heroes are so mind-numbingly dull, they shouldn't have harems at all.


16 Anime Protagonists Who Are So Boring They Don't Deserve Harems,

Keitaro Urashima

After failing his college entrance exams, Keitaro Urashima becomes the manager of his grandmother's women-only apartment complex. There, he meets a group of women and proceeds to be the least professional building manager in history. They all have some degree of crush on him, and he regularly trips and lands face-first in their cleavage.

He ultimately marries the one whose tsundere escapades border on domestic abuse, Naru Narusegawa. Keitaro marries her because his only character trait is his desire to track down his childhood bestie, who happens to be Naru. The fact that she constantly punches him in the face is apparently just whatever.


Tenchi Masaki

One way to translate the title of Tenchi Muyo is No Need For Tenchi, and that sentiment is absolutely correct. Despite being loved on by a harem of beautiful alien ladies who are constantly battling each other for dominance, Tenchi's presence is utterly unnecessary to the show.

He's just sort of there, meekly attempting to pacify Ryoko and Ayeka as they use him to fuel their personal rivalry. How does Tenchi ultimately solve the problem of multiple alien women vying for his affection? By marrying all of them. God forbid the most boring character on the show should have to make a decision. 


Tsukune Aono

Tsukune is an ordinary boy who enrolls in a school for monsters and demons called Yokai Academy. No human school would accept him, you see, due to poor grades. Apparently, the demon school has very low academic standards. Once there, Tsukune meets multiple monster girls who fall in love with him, despite his inability to do pretty much anything. He's a human in a school full of powerful monsters, and he isn't particularly strong or intelligent as far as humans go. 

Eventually, Tsukune becomes a vampire, which drastically increases his physical strength. Unfortunately, he doesn't really use said strength for much of anything. The manga uses the transformation as an opportunity for character development and cool action sequences, but the anime's focus is on pointless harem-based comedy, so a chance for potentially awesome character development is wasted.


Ataru Moroboshi

Rather than actually having his own harem, Ataru just desperately wants one. The only thing Ataru has resembling a relationship is with the alien princess Lum, who is so madly in love with him that she electrocutes him whenever he looks at other girls. Despite this, Ataru keeps trying to collect harem members, joyfully hitting on anyone with a vagina and a pulse. It's a miracle he doesn't die by the end of the series, and it's an enduring mystery why Lum loves him so much. The fact that he doesn't get the harem he's striving for, however, isn't mysterious at all.


Makoto Itou

Considering the fact that School Days ends with Makoto's harem straight-up murdering him, you'd think there'd be something about him to make him worthy of that kind of passion. There is not. Makoto's main personality trait is his propensity for cheating on (and manipulating) women.

The dude makes out with a girl in front of another girl (who he supposedly got pregnant), and he has sex with multiple girls concurrently despite their clear indication they did not sign on for polyamory. While this does make Makoto slightly... unique in terms of harem protagonists, there's not much to him besides general douchebaggery. Weirdly, the viewer is expected to feel sorry for him when he gets killed. Empathy does have a limit, School Days.  


Rito Yuki

Like the majority of aggressively dull harem protagonists, Rito is a "well-meaning" and "good-natured" boy who constantly grabs girls' private parts "by accident" or "in his sleep." The series takes the horrible trope so far that he sees a doctor about it. Said doctor describes it as "Cataplectic Indecency Syndrome." The eagle-eyed among you probably noticed that's not a real thing. It's an excuse for a teenage boy to molest hot girls for the enjoyment of the worst kind of anime fan.

Besides functionally living life as a sexual predator, Rito is engaged to an alien princess named Lala Satalin Deviluke. This also happens accidently. Sadly for Rito, he's also in love with a human girl named Haruna. Luckily, Lala's little sister Momo (who also has a huge crush on Rito) has a solution!

Rito can form a literal actual harem, because polygamy is legal on their planet. This means that Rito can be with Lala, Haruna, Momo, and nearly every other girl who shows up in the series. Because who doesn't want to be with a guy who is constantly groping them "by mistake?" Oh, right. Any sane woman. 


Yuto Amakawa

Yuto Amakawa is an orphan whose parents left him a magical relic prior to their deaths. His (weirdly same-aged) childhood friend has been taking care of him since he was orphaned. As it turns out, the relic is a link to his genetic destiny as a demon slayer. He ends up surrounded by large-breasted, big-eyed demon girls who are all madly in love with him.

So, what unique personal attributes does Yuto have to inspire such ardor? One. He's allergic to cats. It makes his cohabitation with a cat demon mildly problematic. That's it. When the only trait that makes you any different from any other person on the planet can be tamped down with a couple of Claritin, you know you're doing something wrong.


Kirito

While Sword Art Online doesn't fall neatly into the harem genre, it does meet the requirement of featuring multiple women vying for the affections of one very dull young man. Girls who like Kirito will do anything for him, including offering him unlimited free blacksmithing services (which is kind of a big deal if you make your living as a blacksmith). 

Kirito rarely expresses an opinion on anything. Flat affect and low emotional intelligence can make for a compelling character, but it has to be done right. This isn't. With his Hot Topic discount rack aesthetic and his failure to add any humor or pathos to the series, Kirito is just unforgivably boring. 


Kodaka Hasegawa

Kodaka's primary attribute is that he's the same character as Ryuuji Takasu from Toradora!, except that he isn't interesting. Because he has blonde hair, his classmates assume that Kodaka is a violent bully. This could be an interesting plot point, especially since his blonde hair is the result of his heritage (he's half-Japanese and half-British).

This could be an illuminating piece of social commentary about life as a mixed-race person in Japan, but this is a harem anime, so don't hold your breath. Kodaka's just kind of there, being mildly annoyed by all the girls in his after school club who like him more than they reasonably should.


Riku Aoba From Tokimeki Memorial Only Love

Riku is a teenage boy trying to adjust to life at a new school. Over the course of the story, he acquires several love interests, but doesn't develop a particularly meaningful relationship with any of them. After a series of nonsense adventures that involve him getting chased around school wearing cat ears (among other things), he finally ends up making a choice.

The girl he picks is Sayuri, who is just as bland as he is, if not moreso. Also, they don't swear undying love for one another or kiss or even hold hands. The series ends with Riku learning Sayuri's email address. Emotionally resonant it ain't.



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Thu, 06 Apr 2017 06:27:34 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-protagonists-who-should-not-have-a-harem/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[23 Pretty Good Anime You Can Binge On Hulu Right Now]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pretty-good-anime-you-can-peep-on-hulu-right-now/crystal-brackett

The era of streaming has knocked out industry giants like Blockbusters and paved the way for Netflix and Hulu. Gone are the days of walking into stores to rent movies on VHS tapes and DVDs. One of the best things about streaming services is that their content isn't limited to movies, but includes TV shows and documentaries. While there are lots of interesting facts about Hulu, one truth stands out for nerds and geeks: Hulu has a huge anime selection. 

From classics like Samurai Champloo and popular shonen like Naruto, there's a long list of options when it comes to streaming the best anime on Hulu. However, Hulu also offers anime that isn't quite A-list, but is still pretty good. Of course, it can be difficult to find those solid B-list shows in the wide pool of anime available online because there's a ton of garbage shows out there. Check out the list below for a list of decent anime streaming on Hulu and vote up the ones that are entertaining and worthwhile. 


23 Pretty Good Anime You Can Binge On Hulu Right Now,

Vampire Knight

What It's About: A school with separate day and night curriculums, except the night courses are for extremely beautiful vampires.

When You Should Watch It: You’ve watched the Twilight movies a thousand times and need something new.


Another

What It's About: A ghost mystery has surrounded a classroom for decades, with "Another" student who nobody knows is actually dead.

When You Should Watch It: You take pleasure in having the answer to a mystery ripped right out from under your feet every time you feel like you solve it, with an ending that makes you feel completely worthless for wasting your time.


My mental choices are completely interfering with my school romantic comedy

What It's About: A boy who suffers from a mental illness where he can only answer questions in the form of a mental multiple choice selection. The answer options are often crude.

When You Should Watch It: You, too, feel like life is a series of choices. 


Danganronpa The Animation

What It's About: A high school battle royale where one person must stealthily murder another student without being caught.

When You Should Watch It: You're too drunk to play the video game, but just drunk enough to enjoy a really rushed anime before you pass out.


Maid Sama!

What It's About: The most popular boy in school finds out that the Student Council President works at a maid cafe, which could leave her reputation in shambles.

When You Should Watch It: You don't want a good romance - you want a never-ending anime filled with side stories.


The Irregular at Magic High School

What It's About: A group of siblings who enroll in a high school where magic is honed as a technical skill. 

When You Should Watch It: A predictable anime with an overpowered hero sounds awesome to you.


Absolute Duo

What It's About: High school kids who can transform their souls into powerful weapons, so they all go to the same academy in order to learn how to wield them.

When You Should Watch It: You want to watch a harem anime and don't mind that there isn't a good plot or any character development.


Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

What It's About: Guns, swords, and boobs come together in an epic dungeon-crawling quest with an optimistic hero and a goddess heroine.

When You Should Watch It: You think a boring plot is okay as long as there are boobs.


Bungo Stray Dogs

What It's About: A young orphan discoverers he has a mystical, raging tiger living inside of him, and gets taken in by a group who also possesses supernatural abilities.

When You Should Watch It: When you miss shows like Neon Genesis Evangelion, and crave an anime with endless flashbacks to a traumatic childhood, solid fight scenes, and an interesting cast of outcast characters. 


Beautiful Bones

What It's About: Solve the mysteries behind decomposing bodies in an oddly romantic tale about life's secrets and the silence of death.

When You Should Watch It: You want to watch a murder mystery with an overpowered detective know-it-all because, quite frankly, you don't have the energy to try to solve them yourself.



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 07:32:04 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/pretty-good-anime-you-can-peep-on-hulu-right-now/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[14 Things You Definitely Won't See In The Netflix Version Of Death Note]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-that-wont-be-in-the-american-death-note/anna-lindwasser

CAUTION: This list contains Death Note spoilers. 

It's rare for an anime to have a unique concept that hasn't been beaten to death, so when Death Note first made its appearance, it makes sense that a huge fanbase exploded for the manga-turned-anime. This led to the release of anime similar to Death Note's concept, along with the possibility of an American television adaptation.

Rumors of an American version of Death Note have been circulating for years, ever since Zac Efron vaguely alluded to possibly playing Light Yagami back in 2010. Over five years later, Netflix released a trailer for a live-action movie that was slated to come out in August 2017. The original story takes place in the suburbs of Tokyo, while the Netflix one is set in Seattle.

Besides the location swapping, some controversial changes to the character's ethnicities, some renaming, and the fact that 75% of the characters from the anime/manga won't be included, there is not much known about the American Death Note. However, it can be said that this Netflix film adaptation is going to be very, very different from the manga. Fans can hope that they'll at least hear some of the best Death Note quotes in English, because there are a ton of things from the original series that definitely won't be in the American movie. Check out the list below and vote up the things that you probably won't see in the Netflix version of Death Note. 


14 Things You Definitely Won't See In The Netflix Version Of Death Note,

Actual Japanese People Playing Actual Japanese Characters

Netflix's new Death Note movie has been roundly criticized for whitewashing its Japanese characters. Light Yagami, a Japanese man from Japan, will now be Light Turner, played by white actor Nat Wolff. Misa Amane, a Japanese woman from Japan, will be Mia Sutton, played by white actress Margaret Qualley. 

Interestingly, the only characters who won't be white will be the only characters who were white in the anime/manga. L, originally a mix of various forms of white European and some Japanese, will be played by Keith Stanfield, a black actor. Watari, a British white man whose real name is Quillsh Wammy, will be played by an Asian-American actor named Paul Nakauchi.

The whitewashing of almost all the major characters sucks. Acting opportunities for Asian Americans are few and far between, which makes the choice to cast white people in Asian roles a slap in the face to Asian actors. 

There's also no obligation for the story to take place in Seattle. Americanizing the story only makes sense if the creators consider how crime plays out differently in America than it does in Japan, and race-bending only makes sense if the producers accurately depict the dynamics that creates. As with Ghost in the Shell and Avatar: The Last Airbender, whitewashing is not a good look, and it's probably going to hurt sales and ratings in the long run. 


Female Characters Being Treated Like Intelligent Human Beings

To be fair, the original Death Note didn't really portray females as brilliant, either. Misa Amane may have been a genius strategist whose ability to find Light in the first place is on par with L's detective skills, and Naomi Misora may have been a talented police agent who nearly catches Light out before he kills her. However, in the end, the women of Death Note are disposable fuel for Light Yagami's raging ego. They display unparalleled intelligence, but the narrative treats them like idiots. 

The Netflix version of Death Note probably won't be a whole lot different. The only female character to make the cut is Misa Amane, now named Mia Sutton. While not much is known about Mia, the fact that the creators of the remake saw fit to eliminate every other female character does not bode well. 


Taking A Potato Chip And Eating It

"I'll Take a Potato Chip and EAT IT!!is a meme that, like "Just According to Keikaku," is still recognizable ten years after its inception. It stems from a scene where Light tries to outsmart the cameras hidden in his room by hiding a TV in a bag of potato chips. The scene is absurdly dramatized, with Yoshihisa Hirano's epic "Death Note Theme" playing in the background as Light writes down names on a piece of paper while eating potato chips.

What's more, the potato chips glisten. You see Light eat the same chip like, ten times. It's amazing. The chances of Netflix's Death Note conveying that level of drama through a potato chip is practically zero. 


A Chocolate-Eating Mafioso Who Will Bomb Himself To Beat His Rival

There will be no Mello in the Netflix Death Note movie, which is unfortunate because he's a very entertaining villain (think Yuri Plisetsky from Yuri on Ice, but with mafia affiliations and a chocolate addiction). Mello was second in line to take L's place, and nothing makes him angrier than the fact that Near doesn't seem to care that he beat him. He also tries to find and eliminate Kira, but he his ultimate goal is to defeat Near and usurp his position. Yes, this means kidnapping Light's innocent sister, bombing a building while he's still inside it, and getting his best friend Matt killed, but it's all worth it as far as Mello is concerned. 


A Disturbing Method Of Training Child Detectives

L became a detective at age eight, after being taken in by a British orphanage called Wammy's House. Until he died at 25, he worked tirelessly to become the greatest detective in the world. He didn't have anything resembling a meaningful childhood. This part might make it into the new Death Note movie, but what won't make it in are some of the stranger details about Wammy's House.

Wammy's House isn't just an orphanage - it's a mill for churning out geniuses, as described in an associated light novel called Another Note. Long before L reached adulthood, two potential successors were named. One of them, A, commits suicide because of the pressure. The other, B, becomes a mass murderer who so desperately wants to gain L's favor that he dresses exactly like him and leaves clues about his murders to impress L. 

The anime/manga features Mello and Near, L's most recent successors after both A and B died. Mello and Near have been trained since they were small children to be the next L. They aren't the only ones - the whole orphanage is ranked based on their chances of taking over. A, B, Mello, and Near won't appear in the Netflix movie, so how L's strange past will be revealed is anyone's guess.


Light Somehow Acquiring A Harem

Okay, so this isn't exactly a bad change, since Light was definitely an anime character who did not need a harem, and the one that he did have was a bit of a travesty. But in the American adaptation, unless Top Hat Guy and Seattle Pedestrian become Light Turner's devoted followers, Light is mostly likely not going to have a harem. 

Light Yagami's harem consists of the following people: Misa Amane, who tracked him down in order to thank him personally after he used the Death Note on the guy who killed her parents and then situated herself as his unwanted girlfriend and very much wanted partner in crime; Kiyomi Takada, Light's college girlfriend turned reporter who he convinces to do his bidding; and Teru Mikami, who worships him like a god and would probably have his babies if he could. 

For Death Note fans who'd rather not watch Light manipulate Takada and Mikami into committing suicide again, the fact that neither character will be present to suffer such a horrible fate might be a good thing. 


Sakujo-Gasms

You haven't lived until you've watched a buttoned-up lawyer scream the word sakujo (Japanese for "delete") over and over again while murdering people via Death Note, all while drooling and writhing and eventually falling backwards in orgasmic delight. Mikami's sakujo-gasms were one of the most hilarious things to come out of the original Death Note anime, but you won't be seeing them in the Americanized version. Why? Because according ot the cast list, you won't be seeing Mikami at all.


The Colorblasted Joy Of Maximum The Hormone

The second opening theme to the Death Note anime, "What's Up People" by Maximum the Hormone, is one of the greatest anime opening themes to come out of 2007. The fandom didn't like it at first because it appeared to be at odds with the grim nature of the show and it was very different from its original opening theme ("The World" by Nitemare). But it slowly grows on you! 

Listening to Maximum the Hormone scream lyrics like, "HEY HEY! Ningen S*CKER!! Aa ningen... Ningen F*CKER!!" while watching a technicolor Ryuk chase an apple, Light's laughing head exploding into a million other heads, and Aizawa not even flinching as a bullet sails right by him is an experience no Death Note fan will ever forget. 

The Netflix version probably won't even have a theme song, and if it does, it won't be by Maximum the Hormone. Even if they had a theme song, it'll most likely be a lot like the trailer - dark, spooky, and forgettable. 


The Forbidden Love Between Death Gods And Humans

One interesting detail about the original Death Note series was a rule that Shinigami, or Death Gods, aren't allowed to extend human lives. Any action that they take with the intention of doing so will result in their bodies crumbling into dust. This happens twice in Death Note.

First, it happens to Gelus, a Shinigami who fell in love with Misa while she was working as a model. When Misa was about to be murdered, Gelus saved her life by writing the killer's name in his Death Note. After he died, another Death God named Rem took his Death Note to Misa. Later, due to a convoluted scheme by Light that forces Rem to save Misa, Rem dies, too. 

Sadly, this interesting rule for the Shinigami won't be fully fleshed out because the only Shinigami in the new movie is Ryuk, the goth clown who follows Light and begs for apples. Rem, who plays an equally important role in the original series and who is arguably a more nuanced and interesting character, will be left out. Thus, viewers have no opportunity to learn about the costs incurred when a Shinigami falls in love with a human in the American adaptation.


A Dedicated Fanbase

When Death Note first came out, it garnered had a massive fanbase that produced a deluge of fanfiction, fanart, and cosplay. Considering the negative press that the American remake is already receiving, it's highly unlikely that the Death Note fandom will react to Light Turner with anything similar to the enthusiasm they showed for Light Yagami. 



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 07:27:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/things-that-wont-be-in-the-american-death-note/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[Amazing Japanese Kids Movies You Should Watch]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/good-japanese-kids-movies/ranker-film

Sometimes big budget children's films leave a lot to be desired, but Japanese kids' films often prove to be thoughtful, insightful, and incredibly creative. The top Japanese movies for kids feature intriguing characters getting swept up into wonder and mystery. This is a list of the best kids' anime movies, including everything from Howl's Moving Castle to Princess Mononoke to Wolf Children.

What films will you find on this list of the best Japanese kids' movies? Spirited Away follows a young girl as she navigates a world of strange spirits. This universal tale was beloved by movie-goers all over the world. Grave of Fireflies is another great kids' movie produced in Japan. The Prince of the Cat Kingdom owes his life to a brave girl in the 2002 movie The Cat Returns. Other good films featured on this list include Whisper of the Heart, A Letter to Momo, and When Marnie was There.

Do you have a favorite kids' anime film? Vote the best movies up to the top of this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.


Amazing Japanese Kids Movies You Should Watch,

Pokémon: The First Movie

Spirited Away

Howl's Moving Castle

Kiki's Delivery Service

Castle in the Sky

My Neighbor Totoro

Ponyo

Princess Mononoke

Whisper of the Heart

A Letter to Momo


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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:05:23 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/good-japanese-kids-movies/ranker-film
<![CDATA[The Best Meganekkos In Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-meganekkos-in-anime/nida-sea

A combination of shyness and spectacles, the meganekko archetype occupies her own unique niche within the anime world. And no, this does not refer to "Mega Nekos," the "supersized cats" present in other anime. Instead, the anime meganekko, also known as the “glasses girl," often fills the role of supporting character with a sweet, quiet, and soft-spoken demeanor. Though seemingly helpless at times, a meganekko usually reveals herself to be the anime's smartest character. Her glasses are her most important feature, distinguishing her from the rest of the group while maintaining an air of intelligence, cuteness, and innocence.

However, there exists a subset of meganekko who possesses a more scheming nature, using her quiet disposition to get what she wants or hide a secret. Despite her devious nature, she always maintains her sweet attitude while carrying out plans, making her an equally compelling anime villain. As you can see, meganekkos might rock a certain aesthetic, but they use it to get away with all sorts of agendas, both benign and nefarious.


The Best Meganekkos In Anime,

Nina Einstein

Homura Akemi

Miyuki Takara

Anri Sonohara

Mey-Rin

Sheska

Yuki Nagato

Shino Asada

Moeka Kiryuu

Mirai Kuriyama


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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 06:32:43 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-meganekkos-in-anime/nida-sea
<![CDATA[Anime Only People Who've Just Been Introduced To Anime Enjoy]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-for-beginners/erin-mccann

Every anime fan has a starter anime, that first series that really inspired them to keep watching. For many fans, their introduction into the genre probably falls on this anime for beginners list. Many viewers move on to other, more underrated anime after completing these series, but other casual fans may not. The traits that make for a perfect beginners anime include series with broad appeal, an easy to follow storyline, and basic themes such as good versus evil. Concepts that require a better understanding of Japanese culture and a saturation of fan-service moments may turn new viewers off, and are not generally good anime for new fans. 

Accessible anime also employ nostalgia, whether you grew up watching something on this list, or – in the case of a long running series – have followed it for a long time. And don't think a true anime lover can't be a fan of one of these anime new fans enjoy. You may have graduated from school and moved on, after all, but you probably wouldn't go back and blow it up. And if you're tempted, you should probably watch less anime.


Anime Only People Who've Just Been Introduced To Anime Enjoy,

Death Note

Death Note is pretty much everyone's first "edgy" anime, and for a good reason. It features an easy to relate to main character facing a moral dilemma on an epic scale, one that most people would likely struggle with. The basic theme of justice vs mortality is extremely straightforward and easily accessible. Death Note's slowly unfolding saga is also packed with enough eccentric geniuses and plot twists of "who is the real bad guy?" to entice a binge watching marathon. It does, however, really go off the deep end in the later episodes, and Light is a bit too unflappable to make him interesting to watch in the long run.   


Dragon Ball Z

Epic battles and powerful characters drew many fans to Dragon Ball Z and its predecessor, Dragon Ball, and the escalation of threats kept them watching. The easily accessible plot hinges on the basic concept of good versus evil, as well as friendship, beating impossible odds through hard work, and a good dose of risque humor. These elements made Dragon Ball one of the first anime series to catch on in the West. For many fans, it's a big dose of nostalgia. But the animation (especially in the earlier episodes) verges on unwatchable, storylines are repeated and stretched to the breaking point, and cheesy dialog runs rampant. More advanced fans, therefore, journey on to less... loud-yet-bland pastures.  


Fullmetal Alchemist

Immediately accessible to some due to its Western-style setting, Fullmetal Alchemist features an epic journey storyline and an unusual conflict that grabs the viewers' attention. It also includes easily understandable themes of family, accountability, and the moral conflict of using superior power to help others versus harming them. In addition to action and adventure, there are plenty of comedic and emotional moments to appeal to a broad range of viewers.

More mature anime fans may be turned off by the series diverging into its own world though, and may prefer Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, a closer adaptation of the manga. 


InuYasha

Perhaps it's due to the long run InuYasha had on Cartoon Network, or maybe it's the combination of fantasy and love story, but this series was many fans' first exposure to anime. It's another with a mix of broad characters, allowing fans to pick a favorite without thinking too hard.

The basic quest storyline is easy to follow and features a battle between good and evil, with characters gradually developing advanced powers. Sound familiar? There is also a balance between epic fights and cheesy love scenes, creating appeal for lovers of both genres. However, sophisticated viewers may cringe at the amount of annoyingly adorable characters, random plot digressions, and characters who solely exist to provide comic relief.


Bleach

The vast variety of characters in Bleach ensures there's a likeable person/creature/spirit for everyone, even if they only have one personality trait. A human teen character serves as the relatable center, and embodies the tired trope of achieving seemingly unlimited power in the face of any challenge or villain with weird hair. Anime newbies find the simple storyline easy to understand – even with divergent filler episodes – and enjoy the entertaining balance of action, adventure, and comedy. However, advanced fans may tire of the overused battle tropes and constant reminders that we can all succeed at anything if we really want it (as long as we're willing to train hard enough with our monkey-snake swords).


Trigun

Trigun combines a futuristic Western planet (a guaranteed fan-pleaser) and presents the audience with an unusually lovable protagonist: a pacifist gunslinger with amnesia. If that's not appealing as a new anime viewer, take said protagonist and pair him with a wisecracking assassin priest and a pair of nagging insurance agents. Comedic adventures and clashes of character ensue.

This wide-ranging combination of humor, action, and science fiction is paired with an easily understood storyline. More entrenched anime fans will likely point out that the story seems a little dumbed down and lacks depth, but they'll probably feel a little nostalgic as well.


Fairy Tail

Often criticized as a One Piece rip-off, Fairy Tail employs a repetitive story structure of introducing new characters, conflict, fight, new powers gained/revealed, and resolution. The series also features a massive cast of characters, each with their own unique powers but a singular personality trait.

Adventure, comedy, and emotional drama – as well as an obvious rivalry between fire and ice – are all included, making the series purposely accessible to the lowest common denominator. Epic battles, unbreakable heroes, and concepts such as loyalty to your friends are regurgitated again and again. Honestly, if you know what you're doing, there is better magic elsewhere.


Blue Exorcist

Blue Exorcist combines human characters with demons, both friendly and antagonistic, to create a diverse cast that allows most fans to choose a favorite. It also takes an identifiable high school story, but sets it in an exorcist high school, making the viewer relate in a non-direct way.

There is an obvious and literal conflict between good and evil, and the main protagonist has ties to both sides. The story in the anime diverges from the manga, since the book moves slower than the anime, but it's fast paced with many battles, cool powers, and a big finale. Blue Exorcist, however, employs an episodic, disconnected storyline, and lack of real character development making it a pass for most developed anime viewers. 


Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online wins many of its fans by attracting MMO gamers and fantasy lovers. It features a variety of characters to appeal to different viewers, and the boss clearing battles are (kind of) recognizable to gamers. Powerful characters with amazing abilities, characters uniting towards a common goal, and the combination of adventure and harem romance creates an easy-to-follow story structure. However, many experienced anime fans dislike the lack of character development in favor of fan service, and a premise that fails to live up to its potential.


Naruto

Naruto and its sequel series, Naruto Shippuden, features a basic storyline that moves in a virtual straight line, making it easy for newbies to follow. The broad appeal of Naruto is also credited to its vast array of characters, overused battle tropes, and the ability of the main character to power up in any situation because he has faith in himself. More advanced fans may have long since tired of the endlessly repeating themes of friendship, hard work, and the pain of loneliness. It also doesn't help when an anime series is almost 50% filler episodes, the majority of which are like receiving an unnecessary shuriken to the face.



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Thu, 06 Apr 2017 06:01:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-for-beginners/erin-mccann
<![CDATA[Live-Action American Versions Of Famous Anime Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/american-versions-of-famous-anime-characters/jonah-dorrance

When Hollywood decides to tackle live-action versions of anime characters, their decisions usually produce a combination of eye rolling, questions, and several face-palms. The anime characters in live-action American movies are much beloved by both domestic and international fans, headlining some of the most popular franchises in the anime community. Yet the pattern of American actors playing Asian characters rarely goes over well, especially with a community as dedicated to consistency as the anime community. While most of the films emerging from the Hollywood treatment are disappointments, whitewashing controversies being only the tip of the iceberg, a few have yet to be seen.

The Netflix adaptation of Death Note, which relocates the story to America, has fans anxiously waiting to see how the streaming service will handle the critically acclaimed series. A few American live-action films draw inspiration from manga or light novels, such as Edge of Tomorrow (All You Need Is Kill) and Oldboy, which don’t have anime adaptations just yet but have garnered loyal audiences. Hopefully, any upcoming live-action films can learn from the mistakes of the worst live-action adaptations that came before them.


Live-Action American Versions Of Famous Anime Characters,

Batou

Bulma

Motoko Kusanagi

Piccolo

Light Yagami

L

Speed Racer

Rita Vrataski

Goku

Michelle Rodriguez as Alita/Gally in 2018's 'Alita: Battle Angel'


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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:29:09 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/american-versions-of-famous-anime-characters/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[20 Anime Characters Drawn In Different Non-Anime Styles]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-drawn-in-a-different-style/crystal-brackett

Any otaku wonders what anime characters in different styles might look like, but those curious nerds need not worry anymore. Artists with the same questions made those farfetched nerdy daydreams come true by taking fan art to the next level. They completely break the traditional mold of anime character fan art, redesigning Japanese animated icons in new and imaginative styles. Talent knows no limits in this stunning display of creativity and innovation that allows fans to see their favorite characters in a new style

These different styles of anime characters provide a feast for the eyes to any anime fan who's hungry to see what their favorite series would look like if made in a different and unique style. From magical girls to humanoid typhoons to space cowboys, these experimental creatives didn't skip a beat when presented with the challenge of aesthetically flip-flopping the art style of anime itself.


20 Anime Characters Drawn In Different Non-Anime Styles,

Sailor Moon From 'Sailor Moon'

Rivan145th paints a riveting digital piece of Sailor Moon in this awesome fan art!


Yoko Littner From 'Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann'

Artgerm creates a beautiful American-style rendition of Yoko Littner from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann through their fantastic traditional art.


Misa Amane From 'Death Note'

The pinup artwork of Misa Amane from Death Note from fantasio is a stunning and brilliant flip of an iconic character.


Alucard From 'Hellsing'

AlexandrFaolchu's extraordinary flip of Hellsing Ultimate's Alucard is quite a unique take.


Vash The Stampede From 'Trigun'

Ap6y3's digital fan art of Vash the Stampede from Trigun is an awesome display of talent.


Edward Elric From 'Fullmetal Alchemist'

Fullmetal Alchemist's Edward Elric gets much more detailed in this sharp photo by BeyondStudiosSJP.


Kirito From 'Sword Art Online'

Kirito from Sword Art Online in realism style is an awesome stylistic take on anime by suixere.


Rem And Ram From 'Re:Zero − Starting Life In Another World

The sisters Rem and Ram from Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World are wonderfully transformed in this awesome digital artwork from magion02.


Death The Kid From 'Soul Eater'

This Death the Kid from the Soul Eater series created by korilin is unmatched!


Kaneki Ken From 'Tokyo Ghoul'

This killer Kaneki Ken Tokyo Ghoul fan art is a digital masterpiece by awanqi.



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 05:23:18 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-drawn-in-a-different-style/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[The Best And Feistiest Zombies In Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-zombies-in-anime/nida-sea

While zombies in most media typically center themselves around horror or violence, zombies from anime get a little complex in nature. More dynamic than the standard rotting corpses or the rage monsters of movies like 28 Days Later, the coolest zombies in anime possess greater capacities than simply shuffling and moaning, and often look desirable rather than decomposed. In fact, some zombie anime characters even work to keep up their human-like appearances and demeanors. This complexity makes anime with zombies in it much more captivating than standard zombie lore.

Sure, many of them do hunt down humans, and yes, they may still eat their flesh; after all, they are still zombies! But zombies from anime achieve a depth usually only explored for more glamorous monsters like vampires and werewolves, making these undead characters all the more captivating to watch. Not all anime series with zombies are pretty, but don't let that ruin your love of the undead. They're not monsters, they're just misunderstood... and maybe a bit hungry.


The Best And Feistiest Zombies In Anime,

Itachi Uchiha

Ayumu Aikawa

Ken Kaneki

Touka Kirishima

Zombina

Mumei

Makina Hoshimura

Rokugoh

Sid Barrett

Rea Sanka


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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 07:17:45 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-zombies-in-anime/nida-sea
<![CDATA[Best Butlers in Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-butlers/jonah-dorrance

The best anime butlers are exceptionally doting, always ready with tea, a biscuit, and probably a larger than necessary lunch. Their fierce loyalty and unwavering attachment make butlers in anime among of the most likeable characters in their respective series. Impeccably dressed and always well groomed, these butlers watch over their young master or mistress like an impervious, yet immaculate statue. Though they lie wait in the background, quite a few  of the coolest anime butlers aren't afraid to take the stage, or some lives if the situation calls for it.

Often the right-hand of their master who will do anything asked of them, anime butlers bond so tightly with their bosses you might think they're under contract (well, there might be one exception). Some of these butlers come equipped with supernatural abilities, and other times they simply are just naturally badass. These suited attendants are skilled in many areas, making them as versatile as characters as they are employees: from dining to fighting they can always be counted on to serve up something good.


Best Butlers in Anime,

Walter C. Dornez

Watari

Sebastian Michaelis

Sōshi Miketsukami

Agni

Gotoh

Frankenstein

Subaru Konoe

Shiro Ashiya

Tanaka


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Thu, 06 Apr 2017 06:59:03 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-butlers/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[15 Parents From Yu-Gi-Oh! That Definitely Scarred Their Children For Life]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-yu-gi-oh-parents/anna-lindwasser

As Tristan famously asked on LittleKuriboh's Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged Series, "don't our parents even care that we're missing?" When it comes to the official Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, the answer is a resounding no. It's really no surprise, given all the hardcore Yu-Gi-Oh! moments that had to be censored for American audiences. Parents in Yu-Gi-Oh! are usually dead, abusive, or so negligent that you have to wonder why CPS isn't involved. Some of the worst parents on Yu-Gi-Oh! include Mr. Ishtar, the Egyptian monster who forced his kids to live in an underground crypt and ritualistically tortured them. Then there was Joey's dad, who beats his son and ignores his critically ill daughter, and Kaiba's father, who uses one son for financial gain and uploads the other's consciousness to a computer and then ignores him once his sanity starts to erode. 

That's just the terrible parents in Yu-Gi-Oh! DM, and it isn't even all of them. Seriously, where are Yugi's parents, anyway? In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, you'll find parents who let their kid's leg get replaced with a dinosaur fossil, parents who foist caring for their dying son onto his younger brother, and more. The parents in 5D's, Zexal, and ARC V aren't much better. Keep reading if you think you can handle the neglectful details.


15 Parents From Yu-Gi-Oh! That Definitely Scarred Their Children For Life,

Gozaburo Kaiba From Yu-Gi-Oh! DM

When people think about bad parents in Yu-Gi-Oh!, they usually think about Gozaburo Kaiba first. This might be because they want to block out the existence of Mr. Ishtar, but it also might be because Gozaburo sucks Millennium Rod. Gozaburo first met his adopted children, Seto and Mokuba, when he was visiting an orphanage as a publicity stunt. After Seto defeated Gozaburo in a card game (this is the only way anything ever happens in Yu-Gi-Oh!, sorry) he begrudgingly adopted the brothers. 

After losing his company to Seto (it was a whole thing, card games were involved a non-zero amount) Gozaburo committed suicide, but not before reminding the viewer of how terrible he really was. Gozaburo had another son named Noah, who nearly died in a car accident years before. Noah's body was destroyed, but his mind lived on in a virtual world Gozaburo created. Once Noah started to go insane from the isolation, his father began to ignore him. To repeat: Gozaburo trapped a mortally wounded child in a virtual reality, forever, and then forgot about him when he became slightly inconvenient.

Before Gozaburo killed himself, he uploaded his own consciousness to the same virtual world. Apparently, he was so ignorant of the hell he forced upon his child, it didn't occur to him that was a bad idea. A fitting punishment for a terrible father. 


Yuki Judai's Parents From Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

When Yuki Judai, also known as Jaden Yuki in the dub, was a child, he started exhibiting some... unusual tendencies. He talked to Duel Spirits, the living embodiment of Duel Monster cards. Most people can't see Duel Spirits, so as a far as the people around him were concerned, he was hallucinating. No mention was made of any attempts on his parents' part to get the kid psychiatric help for his apparent mental illness, so that's strike one.

Strike two occurred when Duel Spirits were proven terrifyingly real when one of the spirits (Yubel, Judai's girlfriend from a past life... it's a long and somewhat terrible story) put a friend of Judai's in a coma. Like an actual, real coma. Not the Shadow Realm. A coma. 

Judai's parents respond in an overwhelmingly terrible way. After Judai got rid of the card by sending it into space (it's Yu-Gi-Oh!, just roll with it) he started having nightmares about Yubel suffering alone in the void. Instead of trying to comfort him, getting him therapy, or doing anything non-abusive, Judai's parents arranged for a medical procedure to erase his memory.

This caused some serious mental anguish when things started to remind Judai of Yubel. How could his parents have predicted that this card game-based problem would come up again? Maybe because, strike three, they sent him to card game school. Good parents would have, at minimum, given the kid a friendly heads up before putting him in that situation. Then again, good parents probably wouldn't have brainwashed their kid in the first place. 


Yugi's Entire Family In Yu-Gi-Oh! DM

One of the biggest mysteries in the first Yu-Gi-Oh! series is why Yugi lives with his grandfather instead of his parents. In the manga, his mother does appear to exist, but she also doesn't seem to have any idea that her son has been possessed by the spirit of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. She doesn't even seem to be aware of his more mundane problems, like being bullied in school.

In the anime, there's just no mom, and there's no dad, either. Only his sexually aggressive grandfather Sugoroku (Solomon) who makes comments about Yugi's teenage friend's breasts. In terms of parental guidance, the kid is kind of on his own here. 


Mr. Otogi From Yu-Gi-Oh! DM

Ryuuji Otogi, also known as Duke Devlin or the Dungeon Dice Monsters guy, has a horrifying back story involving his father. See, Mr. Otogi, also known as Mr. Clown, asked Sugoroku Mutou, a renowned gamer, to take him on as a disciple. The apprenticeship ended in a challenge for ownership of one of the more well-known magical items in Yu-Gi-Oh!, the Millennium Puzzle. Mr. Otogi lost, which meant he had to take an extreme penalty, aging 50 years in one night. 

Seeking revenge, he forced his son Ryuuji to play the same Shadow Game against Sugoroku's grandson, Yugi Mutou. When Ryuuji looked like he was about to lose, Mr. Otogi intervened, attempting to strangle Yugi, and telling his own son that he was a failure who was no longer allowed to live. It's also super important to remember: these are the same people who solve life-changing crises through a children's card game. 


Mr. Ishtar From Yu-Gi-Oh! DM

For generations, the Ishtar family was tasked with guarding the Millennium Items in an underground crypt. If you think that that sounds like a recipe for terrible parenting, you're totally right. Mr. Ishtar forbade his three children from ever leaving their underground home. Being trapped underground with no access to the outside world would be hard enough in a functional family, but for the dysfunctional Ishtars, it was a living nightmare. Basically, it was a way more terrifying version of The Room.  

Rishid (or Odion in the English dub) was an orphan who the Ishtar family adopted. Mr. Ishtar, ever the class act, never acknowledged the boy as his son. Instead, he treated him like a servant who he could assault when he got angry. Mr. Ishtar didn't beat his younger son, Marik, but he did expect him to have his back carved open in a brutal ritual. When Rishid tried to protect his adoptive brother, Mr. Ishtar threatened to cut off his tongue. 

Eventually, Marik and his sister Ishizu attempted a day trip to the outside world. When they left, Mr. Ishtar blamed Rishid and attacked him with a heated whip. This particular scene was cut from the English dub. When Marik found out what his father did, he snapped and murdered him, and developed a second, evil personality to handle the trauma. That's right, Mr. Ishtar was such a horrible parent his own son straight-up killed him to escape the abuse. 


Jounouchi And Shizuka's Father From Yu-Gi-Oh! DM

Jounouchi (Joey)'s dad, known as Mr. Wheeler in the dub, is one of the best-known terrible parents in the world of Yu-Gi-Oh!. While some of these examples involve nebulous magic and are therefore a little hard to judge, this one's pretty clear cut. Jounouchi's father is an abusive alcoholic who once threw a bottle of booze at his son's head. Most likely, Jounouchi constantly defending himself against his father caused him to become a high school bully at the beginning of the series. 

Besides physically abusing his son, this man completely failed to involve himself in his daughter Shizuka's life, even when she was hospitalized with a degenerative eye disease. While Shizuka was probably better off, that's still some serious negligence. 


Asuka & Fubuki's Parents From Yu-Gi-Oh GX

Asuka and Fubuki Tenjouin, also known as Alexis and Atticus Rhodes in the dub, have some seriously negligent parents. While attending the Duel Academy, Fubuki mysteriously disappeared along with several of his classmates. Not only did his parents seemingly make exactly zero effort to try and figure out what happened to him, they happily sent their younger daughter Asuka to the same school.

To clarify: they didn't send her to find him. That would have been putting a lot of undue pressure on a teenage girl, but it would have at least indicated a minimal level of parental involvement. No, they just sent her there to learn about card games. Because apparently that's more important than not randomly disappearing like their still very-much-missing son did. 


Tyranno Kenzan's Parents From Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

When Tyranno Kenzan (inexplicably known in the dub as Tyranno Hassleberry), was a little boy, his archeologist parents took him on a dig. That's not the bad part. It's dangerous, sure, but where else are they going to put him? Babysitters aren't exactly easy to find, especially in a universe where half the people you meet are secretly super villains who are trying to take over the world via card game. The bad part is that when Kenzan broke his leg in a rock slide, his parents apparently signed off on replacing his shattered tibia with a dinosaur fossil. 

Not only is this absurdly unprofessional – how is anybody going to study that fossil from inside of a kid's leg? – but it's also exquisitely bad parenting. Fossils are basically rocks. Replacing a person's bone with a rock is a medically disastrous idea. Kenzan could have gotten an infection, including one as serious as sepsis. Oh, and because it's a foreign object, his immune system could have attacked it, damaging or destroying the rest of his body in the process. Also, what if he grows more? The fossil's not going to grow along with him, it's a literal rock.

To be fair to Kenzan's parents, this is Yu-Gi-Oh!, so they might have been able to predict that he'd get card game-based dinosaur powers instead of dying a horrible death. But that's kind of like saying it's a good idea to expose your kid to radiation because it might turn them into a Hulk. Not exactly a Parent of the Year move.  


Shou & Ryou's Parents From Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

While Shou (Syrus) and Ryou (Zane) Marufuji (Truesdale)'s  parents never officially appear in Yu-Gi-Oh GX, their absence is baffling given the horrible things that happen to their children. After Ryou's initial success as a pro duelist, he suffers a serious losing streak. In despair over his failure to launch the career he'd been training for, Ryou becomes an underground duelist instead. Underground dueling is basically a cage match where contestants get electrocuted every time their life points are depleted. In other words, it's a pretty good way to end up dead.

As a result of being repeatedly electrocuted, and also getting possessed by a mind-controlling force called Darkness, Ryou ends up hospitalized with a failing heart and other assorted medical issues. You might think that at this point, the parents would step up to the plate and maybe try to take care of their kid. They didn't help him out when his career failed, but maybe that's just tough love, right? Maybe they wanted him to handle things on his own now that he's an adult! But of course they'd show up for their 20-year-old son when he's literally dying... right?

Well, this is Yu-Gi-Oh!, so no. Instead, the job of caring of Ryou fell to his younger brother, Shou. Shou was still recovering from the cataclysmic events of Season 3, a walk through Hell that destroyed his relationship with his best friend Judai. Shou, remember, is still basically in high schoolThe parents, who should be handling this, are nowhere to be found.


Aknadin From Yu-Gi-Oh! DM

Aknadin, brother to Pharaoh Aknamkanon, was father of Set, the ancient Egyptian counterpart to Seto Kaiba. Not only was he a terrible dad, but an outrageously terrible person in general. Aknadin created the Millennium Items by viciously slaughtering an entire village. Hoping to shield his wife and child from the backlash that would inevitably arise from his genocidal activities, he abandoned them.

Eventually, after his son has became a successful adult without any help from his murderous father, the two reconnected, and Aknadin started training Set to try and overthrow the current pharaoh, Atem. He created an army for his son by extracting ka (energy) from peasants, and forcing them to fight to the death. When Set found out what was going on and tried to save one of the peasants his father was trying to kill, Aknadin tried to take over Set's body and mind-control him into attacking Pharoah Atem. The whole ugly scene ended with Set stabbing his father to death.

When you think about Set's reincarnation Seto Kaiba, and his relationship with his adoptive father, you really have to feel sorry for Set. Can't he just get reincarnated into a kitten or something next time? Or at least a person with nice parents? Seriously, even medium parents would be an upgrade. 



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Thu, 13 Apr 2017 07:13:19 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-yu-gi-oh-parents/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[Princely Anime Characters Who Will Sweep You Off Your Feet]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/princely-anime-characters-who-will-sweep-you-off-your-feet/jonah-dorrance

These regal anime boys and girls possess a way with words, a sparkle in their eye, and backdrops of flowers blooming in their wake. Typically the most popular people at school who everyone wants to be or be with, anime princes fit the bill for ideal anime crushes. While likely at the top of their class and probably rich, princely anime boys and girl are also often humble, which just adds to their desirability. Everything they do looks cool, and even if they’re a little outlandish (see: Tamaki Suoh), they’re pretty easily forgiven. With unmatched looks, on-point style, and gazes that would melt diamonds, these anime boys and girls you'd want to date definitely check all the boxes when it comes to alluring cartoon characters.

The princely type isn’t reserved for the boys either, with Kashima (Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun) and Haruka (Sailor Moon) representing perfect examples of everyone’s dream date no matter the gender. Only a few of these most charming anime boys and girls are actual royalty, but their overwhelming extravagance would make you think otherwise.   


Princely Anime Characters Who Will Sweep You Off Your Feet,

Tamaki Suou

Wizard Howl

Yuki Sohma

Kaname Kuran

Yamato Kurosawa

Loke

Makoto Tachibana

Usui Takumi

Zen Wistaria

Victor Nikiforov


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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:24:52 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/princely-anime-characters-who-will-sweep-you-off-your-feet/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[The 15 Best Japanese Animated Films That Aren’t Studio Ghibli]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-non-studio-ghibli-japanese-animated-films/camille-medina

Ask the average Westerner what the best Japanese animated film is, and you're likely to hear one of three responses: Hayao Miyazaki’s Totoro, Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, or get away from me you weirdo, what are you even talking about, I'm an adult and I don't watch cartoons. Regardless, Japan is a country beloved for its animation, and there are myriad amazing anime films that aren't Studio Ghibli.

After Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name topped box offices worldwide and took the title of highest grossing anime film from Spirited Away, it’s clear that the best Japanese animated films are no longer limited to one studio. Studio Ghibli doesn't have a monopoly on childhood innocence or kids discovering themselves in fantastical settings. Other studios also have more freedom to tell darker stories that question technology, gender and identity, or even the existence of God. These films have fans all around the world, and they're definitely worth watching. Perhaps, for some of you, one of these films will be your introduction to a new world of Japanese animation.


The 15 Best Japanese Animated Films That Aren’t Studio Ghibli,

Akira

Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira takes place 31 years after WWIII in Neo-Tokyo, a dystopian cyberpunk society overrun by gangs and violence. Motorcycle gang leader Kaneda must rescue his friend Tetsuo, who was kidnapped by the army after an incident triggered his inert psychic abilities. Kaneda finds himself tangled in a web of political corruption, terror resistance, and scientific experimentation as he tries to stop Tetsuo’s increasingly explosive power from releasing a devastating destructive force. 

Released in 1988, Akira was one of the first anime films widely introduced to the West. It amazed audiences with its completely hand-drawn animation, violent and shocking imagery, and a story that took teenage angst to a whole new level.


5 Centimeters Per Second

“The speed at which cherry blossom petals fall... five centimeters per second,”  male protagonist Takaki says in this 2007 Makoto Shinkai film. 5 Centimeters Per Second’s story is a simple one, following childhood friends who fall in love but eventually drift apart. The fleeting nature of life is powerful and recurring theme throughout the film, accented by illuminating, visually stunning shots of painfully detailed scenery. From the wide open sky to notebooks on desks, the movie creates a nostalgic mood that finds beauty in even the simplest moments.


Ghost in the Shell

This 1995 science fiction film by Mamoru Oshii saw a future in which most of mankind is modified with robotic body parts. Federal agent Major Motoko Kusanagi and her team are hunting down “The Puppermaster,” a black hat charged with hacking into the minds of cyborg-human hybrids. As Motoko delves deeper into this case, her own existence comes into question, as do the questions of what life and identity mean in an age where humanity and technology are one.

Ghost in the Shell feels ahead of its time, with its rich animation, world building, and its vision of technology in 2029. It's easy to forget this movie was made in the '90s. The film’s influence can be seen in numerous film and TV series that followed, and including most notably The Matrix movies.


Paprika

Satoshi Kon reached the peak of his exploration of reality versus fiction in his 2006 sci-fi fantasy story, Paprika. In a future where people receive dream therapy through a device called the DC Mini, Dr. Atsuko Chiba is a dream psychiatrist who adopts the alter ego "Paprika" when she visits patients in their dreams.

Changes in people's dreams, the warping of reality, a non-linear plot, and over-the-top visuals keep you on your toes, and it's no surprise some believe Paprika to be a strong influence on Christopher Nolan’s Inception (2010). Paprika is visually gorgeous, colorful, shocking, and goes beyond what dreams are made of. 


Summer Wars

You may already know Mamoru Hosoda’s The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Wolf Children, but between those works was the incredible film Summer Wars – a story about youth, young love, the importance of family. Oh, and trying to thwart an AI program from shooting a probe into a nuclear power plant using virtual reality.

Summer Wars (2009) ties in tradition with modernity. It parallels the strength of networking in the past through bloodlines and familial connections with the digital connectivity of the world today.  


Wolf Children

What’s tougher than being a single mom? Apparently, being a single mom of half-human, half-wolf children. In this 2012 film by Mamoru Hosoda, we follow the story of Hana, a woman who moves to the countryside with her two hybrid children, Ame and Yuki, after the death of their werewolf father.

The film enraptures you with the gorgeous greenery of the countryside, as well as Hana’s struggle to raise children with dangerous wild sides. Viewers are also treated to Ame and Yuki’s own pubescent woes, as they try to figure out which side of their bloodline is more in line with their identity.


Hotarubi no Mori e

Before manga creator Midorikawa Yukiko's beloved series Natsume's Book of Friends, she wrote Hotarubi no Mori e, or Into the Forest of Fireflies. The short 2011 film directed by Takahiro Omori depicts a young girl named Hotaru who, one summer, befriends a masked forest spirit named Gin. However, Hotaru learns that her new friend cannot be touched by a human or he will disappear.

They promise to meet every summer after that, and the movie explores their friendship despite their limitations and Hotaru's growing feelings. The ending is touching, heartrending, and still somehow hopeful. It really comes at you as quickly and surprisingly as it does for Hotaru and Gin. Heads up, you might need some tissues for this one. 


Your Name

You go into Your Name expecting a simple body-switching teen romance between a high school girl in the country and a high school boy in the city. Makoto Shinkai’s 2016 box office hit goes far beyond that, however, transcending space and time itself.

Your Name, though fantasy, grounds itself with the beautiful and detailed animation Makoto is renowned for, coupled with a cohesive story line that binds everything together like the symbolic musubi, or threads of fate, in the film.


Garden of Words

Every time it rains, aspiring shoemaker student Takao meets with the mysterious woman Yukino in a park garden. Love grows slowly between them, although few words are spoken during their rainy day meetings.

Like the ancient poetry that inspired it, The Garden of Words focuses on love in terms of longing, loneliness, and distance. These themes are only magnified by the melancholic, nostalgic mood created by the rain, which is so beautifully animated it evokes more of a Platonic ideal than a reality. 


The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

A lot of embarrassing things can happen in high school, but what if you could go back in time to fix it? 17-year-old Makoto gets this chance in The Girl Who Leapt Through Time after an accident grants her the ability to literally “leap” back in time (with progressively larger jumps sending her further back in time).

Though she initially has a lot of fun, she learns there is a limit to her leaps, and that her warping of the past can affect those around her. The 2006 sci-fi film put Mamoru Hosoda on the map for many anime fans, and this is a great introduction to his films. It’s a fun and energetic study of youth, and there's a surprising twist at the end involving the origins of the time-leaping power.



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Tue, 04 Apr 2017 02:53:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-non-studio-ghibli-japanese-animated-films/camille-medina
<![CDATA[11 Anime That Are Better Versions Of Popular Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/better-versions-of-basic-anime/crystal-brackett

Trying to discover new anime can be a hassle. Even if you're a real otaku, you might pass up some truly great underrated anime gems if you don't do some serious digging. Typical recommendations generally lead people to a group of popular anime titles revered as "next level anime" but, quite frankly, get more hype than they deserve.

Anime that's better than average stuff rarely gets a proper recommendation. This is the anime you need to see if the basic titles interest you, but you don't want to invest in the same off-brand trash everybody else does. The anime that stands apart as unique and beautiful. If you can parse through the generic, fan-service flood of anime titles, better versions of popular anime are just waiting to be watched.


11 Anime That Are Better Versions Of Popular Anime,

Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad

Although K-On! is super adorable, it's still just a bunch of girls struggling to create a band throughout their school year. It's touching, but also kind of a pointless moe anime series. Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad hits the band-formation process from a different angle, however, with two misfits forming a band to save rock n' roll.

Because it's not restricted to a high school setting, Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad goes above and beyond just the band formation. It takes you on a journey as the protagonists face the trials and tribulations involved in making it as professional musicians.


Last Exile

Last Exile is a phenomenal anime geared towards anyone who enjoys industrialized settings with a military or steampunk vibe. Although Last Exile isn't focused on the concept of alchemy, it is centered around orphaned teenagers trying to make their way in the world.

Last Exile is much more of a cinematic treat, though. It has a refined look, and the show seamlessly blends in CG animation. The animation team, in fact, is composed of three producers who created the first CG anime series, Blue Submarine No. 6.


Nabari no Ou

It's hard to compare ninja anime without lumping them all together in the same genre, but Nabari no Ou sets a higher standard. It has an engaging, fast-paced storyline and, unlike Naruto, won't leave you waiting for the plot to progress while you slog through filler episodes.

If you like Naruto, however, Nabari no Ou is an anime worth checking out. It utilizes the concepts of ninjas holding things sealed away inside them, wielding cool weapons, and fighting epic battles, but with less whiny 14-year-olds and pointless, boring, drawn-out fight sequences. So yeah, it's just the good parts of Naruto


Bodacious Space Pirates

If colorful pirate antics are your thing, then Bodacious Space Pirates is an anime well worth your time. Honestly, it's much more entertaining than One Piece. Not only is the anime neatly wrapped up into a 26 episode bundle, as opposed to the 287+ episodes you commit to when you start watching One Piece, you still get the cool pirate costumes and peppy fan service.

You follow the main character as she learns the skills she needs to become a captain, but instead of being bound to this world and taking place over the span of the Seven Seas like One PieceBodacious Space Pirates (as you can probably already tell) takes place in outer space, which automatically sets this anime up for awesome, galactic-level adventures.


Rainbow: Nisha Rokubō no Shichinin

If you're looking for a delinquent-reformation program to force-feed you colors and loud noises, then Nanbaka is the perfect anime for you. Not everybody thinks that being on lockdown is an awesome party time, though. 

Rainbow: Nisha Rokubō No Shichinin is a reformation program with a more serious setting, focusing on a group of delinquents and the exploration of their dark pasts. This anime goes to show that following the lives of criminals can be entertaining, even if the series doesn't shove fan service down your throat. 


Terror in Resonance

Vigilante teenagers uniting to form gangs and take control of a city as part of a larger, grand design are apparently not terribly difficult to come across in Japan. In both Terror in Resonance and Durarara!!, bonding to form a self-righteous gang is a common theme. 

However, Terror in Resonance executes its pacing perfectly, while Durarara!! struggles to catch up with itself at some points. Durarara!! is also heavily focused on the supernatural, but lacks the mystery solving Terror In Resonance delivers in spades. 


Selector Infected Wixoss

Although Yu-Gi-Oh! was completely trashed when it came overseas by 4Kids Entertainment, it's an anime that fans still can't help but watch, especially if they're into high-stakes card games. However, if you're looking for card game-themed anime, Selector Infected Wixoss is a far superior use of your time.

Instead of being geared towards shōnen audiences, Selector Infected Wixoss takes on a magical girl theme. The main heroine dives head-first into games that grant her wishes, all against the backdrop of a dark fantasy-style setting. It's also much more emotional, exploring the psychological themes Yu-Gi-Oh! either completely missed or messed up due to the terrible dub.


Plastic Memories

While both of these anime revolve around utterly adorable robot girls, Plastic Memories goes a bit deeper than the "when you touch her crotch her hard drive resets so don't hook up with your robot" theme Chobits is centered around.

The dudes in both series are inevitably destined to hook up with their hot robo-companions, but the backstory behind the droids in Plastic Memories is much more emotionally resonant. Each robot, you see, has a time limit on their lifespan, regardless of whatever emotional or physical attachment their comrades might have towards them.


Digimon Adventure Tri Is A Better Version Of Pokemon

Digimon and Pokemon are franchises that share more than a similarity in names, they're both based around monsters that can be captured and battled with, with the goal of making them even bigger monsters. However, Pokemon is a completely pointless kids show, and the most you're going to get out of it is some light entertainment and life lessons for children. If you're in love with this concept but want something with more mature themes, Digimon Adventure Tri will do the trick.

In this reboot, Digimon are still the main premise, but the DigiDestined are in the final phases of their school years, dealing with heavy personal issues. The animation is also completely gorgeous, and certainly much easier on the eyes than Pokémon


Gate Is A Better Version Of Sword Art Online

The first season of Sword Art Online was totally serviceable, a video-game themed adventure with high stakes and some well-animated fight scenes. When it came time for the second season, and the third, however, everything went downhill and SAO was went spiraling down the drain.

Gate will make up for the bait-and-switch that left a Nerve Gear-shaped hole in your heart. This anime takes on essentially the same fantasy premise, but doesn't trail off into multiple seasons just for the sake of milking money out of their audience. Throughout the series, you'll feel the same excitement the initial season of SAO gave you, just without the inevitable disappointment.



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 08:46:35 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/better-versions-of-basic-anime/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[18 Times Yu-Gi-Oh! Was Censored To Be More Palatable For Sensitive Audiences]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/yu-gi-oh-moments-censored-in-america/crystal-brackett

Yu-Gi-Oh! has gotten more critical censorship than almost other anime that made its way overseas. Completely redirected and rebranded by 4Kids Entertainment as a kids' show about merchandisable trading cards, the watered-down content American television watchers were exposed to basically made Yu-Gi-Oh! an entirely different anime. With Yu-Gi-Oh! censored in America, like Sailor Moon before it, every ounce of adult content, blood, breasts, and even entire seasons were deemed inappropriate.  

Unfortunately, these compelling elements had to be abandoned to make the series a more wholesome experience for Western children. Poor Yugi and friends never stood a chance as soon as executives figured out that making trading cards is basically like printing money. Yu-Gi-Oh! eventually made it to the long list of anime censored in the US, leaving audiences with a Frankensteined hybrid of psychologically horrifying, occult Japanese anime and children's daytime TV.


18 Times Yu-Gi-Oh! Was Censored To Be More Palatable For Sensitive Audiences,

Harpies Had Body Armor Painted On Them And Nipple Armor Removed

The duelist Mai Valentine mostly used cards featuring Harpies. These Harpies were originally drawn as scantly-clad deviant bird women. Some even had large, golden spikes for nipple armor. This type of over-exposure was too indecent for the young audience 4Kids was aiming for, so the Harpies had their skin painted over to look like body suits, and their nipple armor was removed from their wardrobe.


There Was A Whole, Dark Season Without Card Games

There's an entire season before the Duelist Kingdom arc, titled Season 0, that never made it to the eyes of American TV audiences. This season involved a much darker version of Yugi. It still contained Shadow Games, but they weren't based on trading cards. When Yami Yugi possessed Yugi, he'd challenge criminals and bullies to lethal games which led to gruesome falls and bodily combustion. To easily integrate the card game into the series, 4Kids just skipped over this season and didn't include any games without Duel Monsters cards.


Scenes Of Marik Torturing Mai Were Completely Replaced

During a Battle City tournament, Mai Valentine and Marik Ishtar dueled it out in a heated battle of the decks. Marik's deck was mostly comprised of torture devices, and that terrifying fact had to be covered up when the anime made its way overseas. In the original series, Mai's mind was sealed away and trapped in an hourglass, living only to be tortured by Marik. Instead of mind-warping scenes featuring the top part of the hourglass getting filled with "brain insects" hungry for Mai's flesh, other elements were spliced so it seemed like Mai was just watching everyone forget who she was.


Guns Were Edited Out To Look Like Pointing Fingers

Instead of completely editing guns out of the anime dub, 4Kids "cleverly" replaced guns with other contraptions, like when Solomon Muto was knocked off balance by a slingshot, instead of a gunshot. More ridiculously, on multiple occasions, characters just straight-up use finger guns. Instead of completely getting rid of the weapon in hand or editing out the scene, characters simply point their fingers like a gun while their hostages accept their fate. The subtext, presumably, is that they're worried about wet willies. 


Dark Magician Girl's Breasts Were Made Smaller

In the original Japanese run of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Dark Magician Girl was made purely for fan service. Her character is spunky, master-apprentice relationship fetish fodder with a short skirt and large bust, but 4Kids Entertainment had different ideas. Any hints at cleavage were removed from the character's card (and the holographic representation in the anime) by blurring out the chest lines, making her appear much smaller and more childish.


Dark Magician Girl's Pentacle Was Removed

Since any hint at paganism would be simply too much for young American audiences to digest, the pentacle placed in the center of Dark Magician Girl's chest was completely removed. Instead, it was replaced with a subtle ruby, drawing no more attention to Dark Magician Girl's already reduced bust than necessary.


The Shadow Realm Is Totally Made Up

The whole concept of the "Shadow Realm" is a fabrication of the 4Kids localization team. Instead of characters dying when their mind is crushed after a game, in the English dub they're banished to the Shadow Realm where their souls are tormented forever (but their bodies are totally okay, somehow). The concept was developed from a line by Maximillion Pegasus, who used the "Dark Dimension" to describe the prison where souls became trapped.


They Cleaned Up Pegasus's Brutal Eye Replacement

The backstory behind Maximillion Pegasus's Millennium Eye was tragic, especially for children. It was even more psychologically damaging, however, in the original Japanese version. In Episode 40, after Pegasus's presumed death, we see a flashback that details how he obtained the ancient treasure. Shadi actually shoves the golden Millennium Eye into ol' Peggy's open eye socket, leaving his face a bloody mess. In America, all the blood was edited out.


The Mugger Was Originally A Pervert With A Camera

In Episode 22, the gang ran in to a mugger attempting to beat up Tea and take her money after luring her into a warehouse. She was initially brought there under the false presumption that Yugi was offering his help with her dance school but, in the original version, this mugger was actually a pervy creep with a video camera trying to get Tea to do scandalous acts on tape in the original. And, instead of sending her a nice letter from Yugi, he blackmailed Tea with photos he snapped of her at work. Needless to say, 4Kids found the story too salacious for American audiences. 


Real Saw Blades Were Changed To "Dark Energy Disks"

This entire scene was initially really messed up, until 4Kids got their hands on it. The Shadow Realm that 4Kids made up in order to mask people's deaths did a lot of heavy lifting in the series. For example, in the original anime, the loser of a particular duel between Yugi and Arkana was to meet their end via deadly saw blade.

Instead, Arkana's deadly metal saw blades were transformed into "Dark Energy Disks." Whoever touched them first was to be sent to the Shadow Realm, instead of having their legs butchered at the shins by a rotating saw. 



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Thu, 06 Apr 2017 06:17:47 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/yu-gi-oh-moments-censored-in-america/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[Anime You Wouldn't Be Able To Explain If Someone Walked In On You Watching]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-that-looks-weird-and-pervy/taeyura

It's hardly a secret that anime is considered niche entertainment in the US. While some of the best anime series are clearly action-packed stories with a beautiful message nestled at the heart of the plot, other series look downright weird and perverted. Most people wouldn't think twice about having someone walk in on them watching Dragonball Z or Bleach, but shows like Prison School and Manyuu Hikenchou can make for one seriously awkward encounter.

These anime series are ones you'd have a hard time explaining if someone happens by. Even though you'd frantically try to describe how the show is one of the funniest anime series of all time or how it has solid action scenes, the impossibly large breasts or the grown woman squatting on a toy horse would speak volumes otherwise. Vote up the anime that can be embarrassingly difficult to explain when someone walks in at the wrong time. 


Anime You Wouldn't Be Able To Explain If Someone Walked In On You Watching,

Elfen Lied

Elfen Lied is largely considered to be an anime classic by many, but to the outside eye, it’s just downright weird and horrific. The sheer amount of decapitations and severing of limbs throughout the anime is hard enough to explain. Throw in a weird love triangle that involves two cousins and a serial murderer, multiple instances of rape and molestation, the slaughter of an entire classroom of children, and you have yourself one gut wrenchingly twisted tale. That being said, Elfen Lied has an amazing plot, great character development, solid artwork, and an awesome soundtrack to go with it. 


Attack on Titan

The concept of trying to protect a walled nation from giant attackers isn’t that far-fetched for most anime series. At its core, Attack on Titan is about the power of humanity pushing through the most daunting hardships and working together toward a greater goal. All that is pretty touching and easy to explain, right? That is, until your parents catch a glimpse of the massive, naked, genital-less titans that are running around eating screaming humans. 


High School DxD

High School DxD packs so many panty shots, cleavage shots, and blatant nudity into every episode that it spends a lot of time tinkering on the border of ecchi and hentai. Even something as seemingly innocent as a tennis game takes an awkward turn when every move results in skirts flying up. Despite being an ecchi series, High School DxD offers an average story, good music, and funny moments, though you'd be hard-pressed if you tried to convince people that you're watching it solely for those reasons. 


Kill la Kill

Kill la Kill may be packed with some great comedy and action scenes, but your parents probably won’t be interested in hearing any of that once they catch sight of Ryuko Matoi’s magical, talking outfit. Ryuko’s clothes goes by the name Senketsu and he does a lot. He gives Ryuko superhuman abilities, provides an incredible layer of defense, and even talks enough to add a special brand of comedy to the series.

The only thing Senketsu doesn’t do well is actually cover Ryuko. When it’s time to fight, Senketsu shrinks down to little more than sleeves and fancy suspenders. Sure, there's a skirt there, but it's so short that it may not even qualify as a skirt. Either way, Kill la Kill has a stellar cast of characters, a great plot, and awesome fight sequences. 


Yuri Kuma Arashi

Yes, those are schoolgirls with guns fighting killer teddy bears that eat humans. At first glance, Yuri Kuma Arashi may look like an absurd fan service anime that follows two girls in their exploration of their love for each other. But within the not-so-subtle lines, this series actually offers an interesting perspective into homosexuality in society. 


Prison School

Prison School is an anime packed full of everything that makes for an awkward confrontation with your parents. You've got female characters with ridiculously large breasts that are always exposed, upskirt shots of girls’ panties, and blatant sexual innuendos (if they can even be called innuendos). Yet despite all the sexual pervasiveness, Prison School is still an anime worth watching because it consistently delivers some great adult comedy. 


Shimoneta: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist

Known as Shimoneta for short, this anime series is about a world where censorship laws have erased the concept of dirty jokes. You've got high school kids who don't know about much about sex, as it is a forbidden topic. It may be hard to explain why the main protagonist wears underwear like a hat, but Shimoneta presents a shockingly funny and deep commentary on sexual censorship. 


Akiba’s Trip The Animation

From the plot to the minute details, every corner of Akiba's Trip is filled with some pretty bizarre content. The anime follows the journey of two siblings who were out and about when Akihabara is suddenly attacked by vampiric, cosplaying monsters. One thing leads to another and before long, the siblings have embarked on a journey to dispatch the creatures they refer to as Bugged Ones. Comedic value is arguably high in this anime, and that shouldn't be too hard to explain after describing how bad guys are dispatched by stripping them of their clothes and exposing them to sunlight. Oh, wait... 


Golden Boy

The actual plot of Golden Boy is rather innocent and, quite frankly, it could be truly admirable in a sense. Golden Boy follows the journey of a young man named Kintarou Ooe who simply wants life to be his teacher so he runs around performing odd jobs. The 25 year old certainly learns a lot from his experiences, but he also always seems to find himself in some pretty awkward positions with beautiful, curvaceous women - many of which are scantily clad and have a knack for popping up nude. 


High School Of The Dead

High School of the Dead is an anime that starts with a simple premise: an apocalypse has left a group of students fighting to survive in a world that's been overcome by zombies. However, in the midst of this undead invasion, there's an insane amount of screentime given to cleavage and upskirt shots. The anime itself is actually a solid viewing experience, but you’ll have to get used to a lot of scenes that come pretty close to flashing it all if it weren’t for the help of some conveniently placed bath bubbles. 



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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:19:41 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-that-looks-weird-and-pervy/taeyura
<![CDATA[The 14 Types Of Anime Fans (You're Definitely One Of Them)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/types-of-anime-fans/anna-lindwasser

Anime fans are all a bunch of nerds. That much is obvious to everybody, both inside and outside of the community. What's not always obvious is what anime fans are actually like. They might seem like a monolith, but don't be fooled — there's a massive variety of otaku out there: weeaboos, fujoshis, casuals, cosplayers, and more.

If you're not an anime geek, you might not know what any of that means, but it's okay. You're about to read an anime fandom breakdown that's going to clear it up for you. If you are an anime fan, you probably have some idea of where you fall already. Because you definitely fall somewhere. Nobody escapes.

Despite their eccentricities, most anime fans are pretty cool people. Sure, there are a few folks who should be launched directly into the sun, but you get that in every community. Despite their differences, every kind of anime nerd shares a genuine love of the medium. Maybe that's the only thing that all these very different types of fans have in common, but hey, that's not nothing.


The 14 Types Of Anime Fans (You're Definitely One Of Them),

The Monogamist

Key Characteristics: The Monogamist is interested in one anime, and one anime only. They know everything there is to know about this anime, and every conversation they have somehow finds its way back to their favorite topic. They might be apologetic about it – “sorry to bring up Yowamushi Pedal again, but this reminds me...” – or they might be happy to monologue at you without a care in the world.

The Monogamist is an awesome person to have around if you share their interests, but can be slightly insufferable if you don’t. Obsessions can last anywhere from a few weeks to an entire lifetime.

Favorite Shows: Monogamists pop up in every fandom, from Gundam Wing to Sekko Boys. You know you're dealing with one when they're still going strong long after the rest of the fandom disbands.

Fandom Level: 4 symbolic water bottles out of 10.


The Fujoshi

Key Characteristics: Fujoshis are often parodied in anime — you’ll find them in everything from Barakamon to Kiss Him Not Me. Fujoshis are huge fans of yaoi, a genre that packages relationships between gay men for heterosexual female consumption. They buy seme/uke paddles and carry them around anime conventions, and they’re likely to have messenger bags covered in “I <3 Yaoi” pins. At their worst, they can be found following real life gay couples around anime conventions and badgering them to kiss.

Favorite Anime: Free, Black Butler, Yuri!!! on Ice (they like it because it’s “sinful,” not for the representation). Old school fujoshi have a huge soft spot for Gravitation.

Fandom Level: 2 Dorito-faced senpais out of 10.


The Casual

Key Characteristics: The Casual has seen the same handful of anime literally everybody else has seen, and it’s all dubbed. If it was on Kids WB, Toonami, or Adult Swim, they’ve seen half of it and don’t remember most of the details. Maybe they’ve seen one of the more wildly popular contemporary titles like One Punch Man or Yuri!!! on Ice, but don’t count on it. 

Favorite Shows: Naruto, DBZ, Sailor Moon, Yu-Gi-Oh! (only DM, the Casual has never seen GX, 5D’s or Zexal), and of course Pokémon.  

Fandom Level: It's over 9000!!!! out of 10.


The Seiyuu Fanatic

Key Characteristics: Seiyuu Fanatics are obsessed with voice actors. They have a favorite, and they can tell you every single character their favorite played. They're people who will wait in line for hours to get their character song CD signed, and they'll watch a new series solely because their fave is playing one of the characters. They care a lot about casting choices, too. Only ask a Seiyuu Fanatic who likes Free what they think about Vic Mignogna playing Rin in the dub if you have a few hours to kill and a hankering for some serious well-informed opinions.

Favorite Shows: Shirobako, Ouran Host Club, and Seiyu's Life!

Fandom Level: 5 characters voiced by Mamoru Miyano out of 10.


The Activist

Key Characteristics: Known to detractors as an SJW, the Activist is focused on rooting out oppression in fandom. Whether this means pointing out fat shaming in Yuri!!! on Ice, transmisogyny in Gintama, or imperialism in Attack on Titan, the Activist is always ready to stand up for what they believe in. Sometimes they go a little too far – moral absolutism isn’t a cute look – but they’re a pretty earnest and passionate bunch of fans.

Favorite Shows: Mob Psycho 100, Interviews With Monster Girls, Gangsta, and Michiko to Hatchin.

Fandom Level: 7 Tumblr fights out of 10.


The Fandom Intellectual

Key Characteristics: To the Fandom Intellectual, anime is an extension of their education. They probably majored in literature, media studies, science, history, psychology, or anthropology, and they’re looking at anime through that lens. While the Fandom Intellectual might focus their attention on anime that poses interesting philosophical and moral questions, they can also be found writing about how the little clown man from YuGiOh 5D’s struggled with internalized classism. Because, you know, why not.

Favorite Shows: Death Note, Library War, Mushishi, March Comes In Like A Lion, and Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Fandom Level: 6 thesis statements on whether or not Light Yagami has Narcissistic Personality Disorder out of 10.


The Weeaboo

Key Characteristics: Weeaboos, known back in the day as Wapanese or “wannabe Japanese,” are anime fans who aren’t just in it for the anime. They’re in it for what they’ve decided is Japanese culture. Weeaboos are usually white teenagers, but they can be any age and ethnicity. Except, you know, not Japanese. They wear kimonos incorrectly, call everything “kawaii!” or “sugoi!” and seem to think that Japanese cuisine consists exclusively of Pocky and ramen. They definitely, definitely want to move to Japan, because it’s just like real life anime, right? Right?!

Favorite Shows: Inuyasha, Code Geass, and Fruits Basket.

Fandom Level: 8 bottles of melon-flavored Ramune out of 10.


The Anime Hipster

Key Characteristics: The Anime Hipster hates everything that’s popular. Why? Because according to the Anime Hipster, everybody is stupid (except for them), so everything that’s popular must be stupid too. The Anime Hipster adamantly hates Tokyo Ghoul, Haikyuu, My Hero Academia, and anything else that other people recognize and enjoy. If, heaven forbid, their fave gets popular, then it’s either “I discovered it first,” or “I don’t even like it anymore, it's totally lame and mainstream now.” 

Favorite Shows: They liked Princess Tutu, Hell Girl, and Tatami Galaxy, but after reading this description, they’re worried those series might be too popular, so they don’t like them anymore.

Fandom Level: 1 pouting Tsukkis out of 10.


The Shipper

Key Characteristics: The Shipper is all about the love between characters. While there’s some crossover with the Fujoshi, the Shipper isn’t limited to dudes loving dudes. The Shipper might like straight ships, they might like queer ships, and they might like both. Shippers watch a series, decide on an OTP (one true pairing) and then apply their talents to fanart, fanfic, fanmixes, AMVs, or just screaming happily at each other about a cute moment that their OTP shared.

It’s not all sunshine and ice cream, though. Ship wars can sink a fandom pretty darn quick. 

Favorite Shows: Literally any anime with more than one character in it. 

Fandom Level: 6 coffee shop AUs out of 10.


The Cosplayer

Key Characteristics: The Cosplayer’s main goal is to physically embody the characters they love. They spend hours collecting materials, sewing, doing makeup, and otherwise perfecting the look they’re going to debut at the next anime convention. Some cosplayers pick their subjects based on how much they connect with the character, while others are all about how awesome the costume looks. Often, they go to conventions solely to show off their latest outfit.

Favorite Shows: Whatever's popular that season. Nothing's worse than going to a convention and nobody recognizing who you're supposed to be. 

Fandom Level: 10 sudden wig emergencies out of 10.



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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:45:47 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/types-of-anime-fans/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[The Hottest Ecchi Anime Girls Of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/hot-ecchi-anime-girls/crystal-brackett

Pervy and lewd acts in anime appear so often that someone eventually decided to give overindulgent sexual acts its own genre, blessing viewers with the ecchi anime babe. Ecchi anime, aka softcore hentai, provides viewers with panty shots, overexposed bouncing boobs, and casual licentious acts, all usually performed by sexy anime girls. As living embodiments of fanservice, girls from ecchi anime rock the shortest skirts and the biggest breasts, all for your viewing (and possibly other) pleasure.

Some of the hottest ecchi girls don't even realize how bombastic they are, their aloofness only adding to their allure. But underestimate the prettiest girls in anime history for their looks at your own peril, for many an ecchi babe knows her way around an action series. Get ready to be bombarded with hot girls in ecchi anime, from bold broad-chested ecchi babes to quirky bombshells. What would a sexually explicit-themed anime be without a rack of hot girls to go along with it?  Well, here's a rack that will surely make your head spin.


The Hottest Ecchi Anime Girls Of All Time,

Matsu

Akeno Himejima

Miyako Shiina

Rias Gremory

Meiko Shiraki From 'Prison School'

Haruko Amaya From 'Maken-Ki!'

Ayame Kajou From 'Shimoneta: A Boring World Where the Concept Of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist'

Rika Shiguma From 'Haganai (Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai)'

Katsuragi From 'Senran Kagura'

Seraphim From 'Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?'


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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:48:15 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/hot-ecchi-anime-girls/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[Reasons Krillin Is The MVP Of Dragon Ball Z]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-krillin-is-the-best-dbz-character/stephanroget

Of the many Z-Fighters who protect Earth in the various Dragon Ball series, Krillin is probably the least respected. In fact, that might be putting it mildly. Lots of characters on DBZ get their butts kicked with regularity, but somehow only Krillin has picked up a reputation as a total punching bag. The jokes about Krillin getting beat up are so popular that the renowned fan parody Dragon Ball Z: Abridged keeps an on-screen count of the amount of times that Krillin gets “owned” throughout the series, and it reaches the dozens.

To say that Krillin is the worst Dragon Ball character, however, would definitely be a mistake. Despite his many beatings, Krillin has still managed to remain a fan favorite from his debut in the manga as Kuririn in 1985 to his role in Dragon Ball Super. Convincing fans that Krillin is a great character is not a difficult task, as he’s given folks plenty of reason to love him over the years. Making the argument that Krillin is the best character in the Dragon Ball series might seem tougher, but there are actually a litany of compelling reasons Krillin is the most admirable and well-developed character in the entire saga.


Reasons Krillin Is The MVP Of Dragon Ball Z,

He Actually Cares About Civilians

The characters in the Dragon Ball series often face world-ending scenarios, so one can imagine how easy it might be for the Z-Fighters to lose sight of the little stuff. Not so with Krillin, however. The pint-sized pugilist always remembers the plight of ordinary people, and can be seen in almost every saga rescuing civilians or protecting the innocent in some way.

He puts his life at risk to protect a mother and daughter from a rampaging android in the Cell Saga, and rescues a young Namekian boy named Dende during the Frieza Saga. The latter act ends up being quite important, as Dende goes on to create the second set of Dragon Balls and serve as the Guardian of Earth. 


He’s Around For The Entire Saga

Krillin has been present for more of the Dragon Ball saga than anyone other than Goku. Krillin first showed up in the 25th issue of the manga in 1985, and he’s been by Goku’s side pretty much ever since.

Krillin was featured in the rest of Dragon Ball, all of Dragon Ball Z, the non-canon Dragon Ball GT, and the revival series Dragon Ball Super. Unlike other long-term characters like Bulma and Yamcha, Krillin did not really shrink into the background, but remained ready to fight whenever Earth needed protecting.


He Often Fights Way Above His Weight Class

As a (mostly) ordinary human, Krillin eventually found himself outclassed by most of the characters around him as the Dragon Ball franchise progressed. As a species, human beings have much a lower power potential than aliens like the Saiyans or Namekians. Therefore, Krillin’s power levels hit a ceiling long before most of the other Z-Fighters.

Despite this disadvantage, Krillin continued to throw himself at opponents far above his league whenever the situation called for it. Krillin attempted to take on foes as powerful as Frieza, the androids, and Perfect Cell, all because his friends needed help. That makes Krillin a true warrior, and an all around commendable character.


He Rescues Gohan From Frieza

Krillin is undoubtedly Goku’s best friend, and he’s also one of his most trustworthy allies. There is probably no one Goku trusts more with the life of his children, which is why Gohan has been left in Krillin’s care on more than one occasion.

Krillin proved himself as the world’s best babysitter a few times, like when he attacked the intergalactic warlord Frieza to save Gohan’s life. Krillin had already been impaled by Frieza’s horn, but he got back on his feet and launched a Destructo Disc just in time to save Gohan and cut off the villain’s tail.


He Motivates Goku’s First Super Saiyan Transformation

Krillin’s reputation as a punching bag who dies often is, weirdly, part of what makes him so awesome. Krillin has died on numerous occasions, including once during the original Dragon Ball series, but his most famous death occurs in the Frieza Saga.

The purple alien tyrant sadistically murdered Krillin in an attempt to infuriate his best friend, Goku, a move Frieza would come to regret. The death of Krillin enraged Goku like never before, prompting his first transformation into a Super Saiyan and the eventual defeat of Frieza.


His Character Design Has Real Martial Arts History Behind It

Series creator Akira Toriyama put a decent amount of effort into researching actual martial arts history in creating Dragon Ball. The characters’ fighting outfits are fairly accurate representations of real karate gis, and some of the techniques seen in their battles are legitimate, energy waves aside.

Real martial arts history definitely played a role in the design of Krillin, particularly the design of his head. Krillin shaves his head bald and wears six tattoo dots on his forehead, both of which are meant to invoke real-life Shaolin monk traditions.


He Killed Hella Saibamen

During the period between the opening arc of Dragon Ball Z – in which Goku was killed – and the Saiyan Saga, many of the Earth’s best fighters prepared for the alien invasion they knew was coming. No one trained harder than Krillin, and he finally got to show off the results when Nappa and Vegeta attacked the Z-Fighters with a horde of Saibamen.

Each Saibaman was reportedly as strong as Goku’s brother, Raditz, and a single Saibaman managed to kill Yamcha, one of the strongest human fighters. An incensed Krillin flew into a rage and managed to kill the remaining Saibamen with relative ease, proving how far he had come.


He Marries The Coolest Lady In The Series

The Dragon Ball series, especially Dragon Ball Z, centers mainly around fighting, and thus there isn’t always a ton of time for romance. Goku shares barely any scenes with his wife, Chi Chi, despite having a pair of kids with her, and Bulma and Vegeta’s courtship occurs mainly off-screen.

It could be argued, in fact, that the most successful relationship in the entire saga is between Krillin and Android 18, a deadly beauty who seems entirely out of his league. Krillin proves himself a hero on several occasions during the Cell Saga, risking his life to rescue 18 and using the Dragon Balls to remove the self-destruct feature hidden within her body. This leaves Android 18 smitten with the diminutive dynamo, and the two eventually marry and have a daughter.


The Destructo Disc Kicks Butt

Most of the fighters in Dragon Ball Z have their own signature special move. The Kamehameha Wave is undoubtedly the most famous, and there’s plenty to be said about Vegeta’s Final Flash, but the most badass special move of all probably belongs to Krillin.

The Destructo Disc doesn’t have the explosive capabilities of some of its fellow energy blasts, but it more than makes up for it with precision and deadliness. The sharp edges of the Destructo Disc make it a tool that lives up to its name, and it’s been used to sever many a body part over the course of Krillin’s countless battles, including the tails of both Vegeta and Frieza.


He’s The Strongest Human On Earth

Krillin is obviously not the strongest character in the Dragon Ball saga, what with all of the Super Saiyans and fused Namekians flying around. However, according to series creator Akira Toriyama, Krillin is the “strongest among the Earthlings.” That means that if you discount all of the Saiyans, Namekians, androids, and other non-human beings, Krillin is the strongest fighter in the series.

That puts him above characters like Yamcha and Tien, and it's impressive no matter how you slice it. Krillin remains in training for much of the series, always pushing himself despite not having the same raw potential as his non-human colleagues.



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Thu, 13 Apr 2017 07:38:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-krillin-is-the-best-dbz-character/stephanroget
<![CDATA[Criminally Underrated Horror Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/criminally-underrated-horror-anime/crystal-brackett

While many horror anime actually rank high in popularity among anime fans, there are some horror anime shows your nerd friends still don't know exist. Those of you in search of some fresh demonic and bloody plot lines need not look further than this list of horror anime no one knows about. Everyone's rightfully heard of Tokyo Ghoul and Hellsing, but many underrated horror anime can go toe-to-toe against these terrifying classics in terms of scare factor and originality.

If anything, these horror anime you should be watching possibly get even creepier given their status as less well-known series, giving them the opportunity to break the mold a bit. Zombies, witches, ghosts, and a wealth of other supernatural entities all appear in these horror anime that only otaku know about, so get caught up on what's happening and horrific with the titles below. 


Criminally Underrated Horror Anime,

Pet Shop of Horrors

Paranoia Agent

Boogiepop Phantom

Ghost Hunt

Requiem from the Darkness

Shiki

Ghost Hound

Mnemosyne

Yami Shibai - Japanese Ghost Stories

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia


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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:12:32 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/criminally-underrated-horror-anime/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[17 Anime Where All The Characters Are Way Too Emotional]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/overly-emotional-anime/jonah-dorrance

Anime with overly emotional characters can be a deal breaker for some viewers. Their overreactions are either pure entertainment or pure irritation. However, anime drama queens can be found in all anime genres, from action and adventure to slice-of-life. Sometimes entire casts can be so emotional that you can't fathom how they even function, and other times it just takes one crazy character to make them all seem a little wacky.

The anime on this list have some of the most teary-eyed, over-the-top angry, and even downright insane characters in the history of animation. Most of these antics wouldn’t slide in real life, and would likely elicit looks of horror and confusion. The overly emotional characters and their reactions don’t take away from the series they're in, however, and in many cases they provide the best comedy. Regardless, it's a trope that doesn’t sit well with everyone. However it sits with you, these series are still worth checking out just to see what all the fuss is all about.   


17 Anime Where All The Characters Are Way Too Emotional,

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion is well known, perhaps infamously, for the instability of its characters. Shinji is a tragic hero who has a difficult time coping with his own loneliness, while Asuka and Rei can't seem to relate to others and usually frighten them away. The show makes a point of exploring the characters' emotional journeys, so it's no wonder their feelings (intense though they may be) are put on display.

It might be frustrating to watch as characters sometimes take two steps backward for every one forward, but they are being forced to fight a war using giant robots, so hey, cut them some slack.


School Days

Young love hurts, but it's nothing to lose your head over. Unless, of course, you're fighting over a guy with other criminally insane people. Then things might get ugly. School Days is infamous for its violent ending and violent school girls. It shows audiences the kind of bloody love triangles they're familiar with from Dateline or on Lifetime movies. It doesn't seem possible that girls would get so crazy over a pathetic protagonist like Makoto (he's also gross and sleeps with multiple girls concurrently), but somehow they find that insanity deep down inside.


Sailor Moon

Heroine Usagi Tsukino is one of the most adored anime characters of all time, and also one of the biggest cry babies. Seriously, she beaks down in tears over nothing, and the frequency of her sobbing will leave you wondering exactly where all the tears are coming from. However, while her sensitivity can be grating, it's worth noting she's still a high school girl trying to live a normal life under extremely extenuating circumstances.


Toradora!

Toradora! is well-beloved, and for very good reason, but one character seems to split the fanbase: Taiga. A textbook tsundere, Taiga reacts to almost every embarrassing situation with a punch to the face. Take her first meeting with protagonist Ryuji, for instance, when he makes the mistake of running into her in the hallway. He is, of course, greeted with some punishing physical abuse.

While physical outbursts are pretty common in anime, usually involving guys getting slapped for doing something insensitive, this would definitely be unacceptable in real life. Oh, and super frightening. 


Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan features some extremely tense and emotional characters. After all, their lives are constantly under threat. The highly sensitive characters are a lot to handle each episode, and their worries can be so pronounced they start to wear on the viewers. Eren is easily one of the most angst-ridden protagonists ever, spending a great deal of time getting in people's faces or just yelling in general. Seriously, dude needs to learn what an inside voice is. 


Future Diary

Competing in a death game would definitely warrant some extreme emotions, but the characters in Future Diary still somehow manage to overreact. For example, take the character of Yuno Gasai. The epitome of yandere, she murders anyone who even looks at protagonist Yuki, which is obviously and objectively bonkers.

The characters only get more outrageous as the series progresses and the death count rises, making it difficult to really root for any of them. Their flaws make the show intriguing and unpredictable but seriously, these characters need to take some deep breaths.


Haganai

Haganai's over-the-top cast really makes the show enjoyable. From Sena's crazy obsessions to Rika's wild BL filled imagination, their insane antics are part of the reason none of them have any friends while simultaneously making them super fun to watch.

Regardless, their shenanigans would probably find them in handcuffs or at the very least fined for being a public nuisance. While these characters may be the kind of people you can't take anywhere, they provide some grade-A entertainment.


Nisekoi

With a main character as mercurial as Raku, it's no surprise that everyone in Nisekoi is so emotional. Series drama queen Chitoge is a classic tsundere who can't be honest about her feelings, while Onodera is the teary-eyed opposite, too shy to look in Raku's direction. Both refuse to forget their feelings, however, which is usually a catalyst for conflict (especially when they clash with Raku's other admirers). Although they're arguably overly dramatic, if any of the girls decided to take it easy, the show would probably not be as entertaining as it is. 


Prison School

Prison School thrives on the overreactions of its characters, as they find themselves in one ridiculous situation after another. None of the characters in this show have any experience with the opposite sex, which is largely the reason all of their interactions go sideways and usually end with the boys subjected to some kind of violence.

Hana, easily the most volatile character in the series, and Kiyoshi have some of the most absurd interactions – none of which could ever go down in a real school. Just check out her reaction to Kiyoshi's accidental erection in the above video. 


Konosuba: God’s Blessing On This Wonderful World!

When you take a goddess with you into another world, you probably expect her to be the one protecting you. In KonoSuba, however, this isn't the case. The goddess Aqua needs to be taken care of pretty much all the time, crying to protagonist Kazuma when she can't do something right or needs to be saved yet again. Aqua's overly emotional state is just part of the fun, as every character in KonoSuba brings their own exaggerated personality to the table.



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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:55:18 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/overly-emotional-anime/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[The Best Anime Like Tokyo Ghoul]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-like-tokyo-ghoul/nida-sea

Tokyo Ghoul follows the story of Ken Kaneki, a boy who undergoes a major change in appearance and personality when he becomes a human-ghoul hybrid. This dark anime details Kaneki's attempts to live in the balance between his human and ghoul sides, resulting in all sorts horrifying and entertaining situations. If you already watched the series, you know of the supernatural and psychological aspects found in this fantastic horror anime. The over-the-top violence, gore, and unwinding mysteries in Tokyo Ghoul make it an enthralling dark fantasy anime series enjoyed by many horror anime fanatics. 

If you already finished the series or just started it and realized you'll need a follow-up show, you may wonder what anime like Tokyo Ghoul will satisfy your killer craving for more mayhem, mystery, and horror. This list may help take some of the guesswork out of searching through different titles to find the best horror anime you can watch that are similar to Tokyo Ghoul. Many of these anime titles follow along the same line of Tokyo Ghoul's overall plot, uncovering mysteries to one’s existence and surviving in a dark and brutal supernatural world. Check out these recommendations for the best anime to watch after you finish Tokyo Ghoul


The Best Anime Like Tokyo Ghoul,

Deadman Wonderland

Future Diary

Psycho-Pass

Attack on Titan

Akame ga KILL!

Hellsing Ultimate

Parasyte: The Maxim

Death Parade

Blue Exorcists

AJIN: Demi-Human


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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:00:46 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-like-tokyo-ghoul/nida-sea
<![CDATA[Absolutely Terrific Attack On Titan Tattoos]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/cool-attack-on-titan-tattoos/crystal-brackett

Attack on Titan is epic in every sense of the word, so you know hardcore fans of the bloody terrific dark fantasy series created some equally as terrible and disturbing tattoos, in a totally awesome way, of course! The best Attack on Titan tattoos combine the anime's ferocity, daring, horror, and adventure to form truly awe-inspiring masterpieces, and the artists behind these captivating tattoos completely nailed it.

From Attack on Titan tattoo sleeves to Wings of Freedom and Survey Corps tattoos, every aspect of the anime gets transformed into wicked fan art in some way shape or form. Check out these die-hard anime devotees who got a brutal representation of their fandom engraved on their flesh forever in the form of cool Attack on Titan tattoos. Now that Attack on Titan Season 2 has finally arrived, let this list remind you why everyone's passion for this show is as large as its subject matter.


Absolutely Terrific Attack On Titan Tattoos,

Tiniest Attackers

Breaking Through The Skin Wall

'Attack On Titan' Sleeve Madness

Attack On Backs... Er... Titan!

Wings Of Freedom Full Back Canvas

Eren Titan In Full Force

Female Titan Tearing Through Skin

Levi Ackerman With Survey Corps Portrait

Black And Red Levi In Action

Mikasa In Flight


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Thu, 06 Apr 2017 05:27:53 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/cool-attack-on-titan-tattoos/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[24 Death Note Cosplays That Netflix Should Take Notes From]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/death-note-cosplay/crystal-brackett

One of the most popular anime of all time, Death Note has a massive fandom that enthusiastically embodies the show's distinct visual style in their Death Note cosplays. A combination of charismatic characters and macabre supernatural entities makes Death Note cosplayers stand out from the rest of the pack. The best Death Note cosplays convey the show's complicated storyline and morality through its equally complex characters, ranging from young children to fearsome shinigami, or death gods. These creative and talented cosplayers and photographers combine to bring justice to an epic anime that fell victim to American mass-media through their extraordinary cosplay of Death Note characters.

With Hollywood cashing in on anime's ever-growing popularity, it comes as no surprise that in their haste they'd make the same mistake studios made with the Scarlet Johannson-led Ghost in the Shell. Unfortunately, many of the beloved characters from Death Note cosplayed here are whitewashed into completely different ones, which means the story won't quite be the same. Although this is hard to swallow, just remember these fantastic Death Note cosplayers who brilliantly bring you Death Note cosplay much more faithful than Netflix's adaptation. The true story never dies thanks to their faithful adaptations.


24 Death Note Cosplays That Netflix Should Take Notes From,

Misa Amane Brings The Sweets

Death never looked sweeter than in this beautiful photo of BlackMageAlodia as Misa Amane by slumberdoll.


Insidious L

Umibe's photograph of this awesome L cosplay captures an eccentric, if slightly insidious vibe.


L Indulges On Sweets

Asturcosplay shows that L's sweet tooth knows no bounds in this playful photo.


Ravishing Remu

Ervan's Remu cosplay is the real deal! Awesome photo from Oni of EKYU.


Misa Amane

DashaOcean captures AmaneMiss as Misa Amane in all her stunning glory.


The Stunning Second Kira

Umibe got the perfect shot of the second Kira, Misa Amane.


Light Yagami Shinigami

This Light Yagami Shinigami portrait comes from the fabulous behindinfinity.


Near

LilaChan's marvelous Near is a lovely display of creativity.


Near Rolls The Dice

Life becomes a roll of the dice with this fabulous cosplay of Near from Crissey, taken by slumberdoll.


Mello

Pollypwnz is a marvelous Mello is this stunning photograph.



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Thu, 06 Apr 2017 06:45:52 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/death-note-cosplay/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[Anime That Will Make You Think]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/deep-philosophical-anime/anna-lindwasser

Though the anime genre comes in cartoon form, plenty of deep anime tackles subjects that cannot be solved in a single Toonami sitting. So what sets this kind of cerebral anime apart from the usual fare? Anime that makes you think raises serious moral and philosophical questions to make you think, nothing as simple as mecha fights or fan-service. In many cases, smart anime utilizes outlandish supernatural and sci-fi elements to address real-life-issues of morality, justice, and philosophy. Godlike schoolgirls and bionic alchemists may not appear to be gurus of wisdom, but you'd be surprised how adult these anime series can be.

Don't worry, though, because these series aren't just relentless intellectualizing - that would be boring. Though Death Note tackles serious issues about being a moral arbiter, it's also an anime with sakujo-gasms and jokes about cake. That being said, anime for smart people gets even more fun when you're stoned: the visuals look better, and you gain new perspective. Rather than be daunted by anime for smart people, instead try to sit down and see what you can learn from them. In fact, the intellectualization in these deep anime below led to some of them to be declared the best anime of all time.
 


Anime That Will Make You Think,

Code Geass

Death Note

Ghost in the Shell

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Cowboy Bebop

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Psycho-Pass

Your Name

Wolf’s Rain


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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:32:03 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/deep-philosophical-anime/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[13 Anime That Tackle Suicide In Different Ways]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-about-suicide/anna-lindwasser

Suicide is a serious issue everywhere, but in Japan it's a particular problem. The nation typically ranks among those with the highest suicide rate worldwide every year. Approximately 21.7 per 100,000 Japanese nationals commit suicide annually. Thankfully, those rates are going down, but the prevalence of the issue ensures that it will show up in all forms of media, including anime. 

Suicidal characters in anime appear in all genres, from shonen epics like Naruto to tightly focused slice-of-life shows like Orange. Some anime featuring suicide deal with this dark subject in a nuanced, respectful way, while others handle the issue poorly. Through the anime that does it well, viewers can better understand suicide and develop empathy for those it impacts. Through the anime that doesn't, we can start thinking about how media can better reflect our reality. 


13 Anime That Tackle Suicide In Different Ways,

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Asuka Langley Sohryu, one of the protagonists of Evangelion, is a self-assured, aggressive workaholic who serves as a foil for the meek and morose Shinji Ikari. Beneath her brash nature, however, lies a childhood marred by her mother's depression and eventual suicide. Due to her mental illness, Asuka's mother was unable to give her young daughter the love that she needed. In fact, there are times when she's outright abusive.

One day, Asuka found her mother hanging from a noose after a successful suicide attempt. After that, Asuka gave up on genuine emotional connection, and funneled all her energy into her work, including her job as an Eva pilot. We learn little, if anything, about what drove Asuka's mother to such depths of despair. 

Like most of the characters in Evangelion, Asuka and her mother were used as sounding boards for seriescreator Hideaki Anno's own emotional troubles. During production, he suffered a nervous breakdown, which is said to have influenced the direction of the series.


Paranoia Agent

Episode four of Satoshi Kon's Paranoia Agent focuses on three members of an Internet suicide pact who meet up with the intent to die together. When the group meets in person, they discover that while two of the members are adult men, one member is a 12-year-old girl. The adults attempt to ditch the young girl, and embark on as series of slapstick attempts to kill themselves, all of which are foiled. It's certainly not the most tasteful way suicide has ever been handled in anime.

Internet suicide pacts first began occurring in Japan and other parts of Asia around the year 2000. The media was saturated with reports of these events, so although these pacts only account for 2% of total suicides, they appear to be more frequent. It might be because of the sensational nature of these reports that Internet suicide pacts appear in anime like Paranoia Agent.


Colorful

Colorful, an award-winning movie released in 2010, focuses on an unnamed soul who arrives at the border between life and death. The soul is told that it will get another chance at life, if it can figure out what mistake it made during its last six months alive. The soul possesses its previous body, a middle school boy named Makoto Kobayashi, immediately after he attempted suicide by overdose. 

The soul, who lacks memories of its former life, has to find out why Makoto wanted to die. Makoto doesn't get along with his family, and he's deeply troubled by the sexual and moral indiscretions committed by his mother and his crush. With guidance from the unnamed soul, Makoto is able to adjust his attitude and give life another chance. The conclusions might be a bit too neat and reminiscent of It's A Wonderful Life, but it's still a heartwarming film.


Naruto

One of the main themes of Naruto is the impact social isolation has on a person's psyche. While the eponymous protagonist reacts to being rejected by his village with forgiveness, love, and determination to change his village for the better, not everyone in the series does the same. 

Sakumo Hatake, Kakashi's father, was rejected by his village after a tactical error caused him to fail an important ninja mission. Although the error involved him prioritizing saving his comrades' lives over finishing the mission, the community vilified him for it. Even the people whose lives he saved rejected him. As a result, he fell into a deep depression, and eventually committed suicide. While honor killings have a long history in Japan, Sakumo's death is perceived as a tragedy, not an appropriate response to being disgraced.

Because Sakumo is a secondary character, we don't learn much about what led him to that point. Instead, it's an important part of Kakashi's backstory. By the time the series starts, Kakashi has lost almost everyone he ever loved, and his father was the first. Kakashi attempts to use this loss to relate to his student, Sasuke, whose whole family was brutally murdered. However, he never uses to to relate to his other student, Naruto, who was a social pariah just like Sakumo. So overall, it's a bit of a mixed bag. 


Genshiken

Genshiken, a series about a college anime club, features a character named Chika Ogiue. She throws herself off a building after her "friends" traumatize a classmate by showing him a pornographic drawing Chika had made of him. She survives the suicide attempt.

While the show takes this particular event somewhat seriously, it's played for laughs throughout the series. Chika regularly attempts to leap out the window whenever she gets embarrassed about other people seeing her explicit artwork. The tone is more "haha, she draws yaoi and it's hilarious," rather than examining the implications of repeated suicide attempts, or the fact that drawing porn of real people and then letting them see it is actually a form sexual abuse. Frankly, it comes off fairly tone deaf. 


Welcome to the NHK

Welcome to the NHK focuses on the relationship between Tatasuhiro Satou and Misaki Nakahara. Satou is a college dropout and hikkikomori dealing with depression and paranoid delusions. Misaki offers him amateur therapy sessions and a self-styled "program" to help Satou overcome his inability to leave the house.

Misaki hides her own depression, but eventually, it is revealed that she's just as miserable as Satou, if not more so. Rather than trying to help him, she's actually been using him to feel superior, because he was the only person around she thought was lower than she was. 

Misaki's emotional manipulation, and her suicide attempt when Satou rejects her romantic advances, are truly disturbing. What follows, though, is actually quite touching. The two make a reverse suicide pact, agreeing that as long as the other is alive, neither Satou nor Misaki are allowed to kill themselves. Instead, when they want to die, they have to call the other and talk about it. Morbid, yes, but it's a meaningful coping mechanism that helps both characters move forward. 


Aoi Bungaku Series

Aoi Bungaku is an adaptation of several classic works of literature, including Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human. The arc focusing on Dazai's work features a high school student who deals with depression through self-harm, suicide attempts, and drug abuse. Each episode deals with a different point in the protagonist's life, and it ends with him alone, hollow, miserable, and barely recognizable as his former self. This bleak series met with many positive reviews, including praise for its handling of mature and difficult themes. 

Because the author Dazai attempted suicide multiple times and successfully took his own life soon after the books publication, many people believe that No Longer Human was autobiographical. 


Myself; Yourself

In Myself; Yourself, the two main characters, Sana Hidaka and Nanaka Yatsushiro, both have a history of suicide attempts. Sana was bullied severely in middle school, which caused him to slit his wrists. Though he survived, he's left with a debilitating fear of blood.

Meanwhile, Nanaka is repressing a traumatic memory. Her father burned himself and her mother to death when he found out that Nanaka wasn't his daughter, but rather the result of his wife's infidelity. When the memories return, she can't cope, and she attempts suicide. Sana saves her life, overcoming his blood phobia to do so. 

The series has been criticized (correctly) for glossing over the serious nature of the suicide attempts, and instead focusing more on romance and unrelated subplots than the legitimate mental health issues that come up.


Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is about teacher prone of fits of misery. He attempts suicide at the slightest provocation. He also spreads his negative outlook to his students, going so far as to try and persuade them to commit suicide, too. Because Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is a comedy, suicide and other mental mental health issues are played for laughs. 

Considering the high rates of suicide among both teachers and students in Japan, there are two ways to look at this. One is that a serious issues are best handled through laughter. The other is that attempting to wring humor out of such a painful and widespread problem is insensitive and counterproductive. You really kind of have to watch Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei to judge for yourself.


Orange

In Orange, a tight-knit group loses their friend Kakeru to suicide. They send letters back to their past selves with advice on how to prevent this tragedy.

At the start of the story, Kakeru's mother commits suicide after Kakeru refused to accompany her to a doctor's appointment. He wanted to spend time with his new friends, and felt stifled by her emotional needs. Kakeru blamed himself for his mother's death, and the guilt drove him to suicidal despair. The circumstances that led to his mother's death also made it difficult for him to turn to his friends for help. The advice in the letters focuses on not allowing Kakeru to isolate himself, and also making sure that the budding romance between Kakeru and the protagonist, Naho, actually blooms.

Romantic relationships somehow solving a person's depression is a well-worn and terribly inaccurate trope, but Orange manages to subvert it. Although Kakeru and Naho do end up together, it doesn't cure his depression. It's one of many subtle changes in his life that ultimately help him avoid death. He comes close to suicide, but his friends pull him out of that moment.

Orange doesn't conclude that because Kakeru falls in love, he will never be sad again. Rather, it concludes that being honest about one's feelings, and opening up to others, helps make happiness possible. 



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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:34:23 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-about-suicide/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[Signature Anime Attacks, Ranked By How Unwieldy They Would Be To Shout In Battle]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/longest-anime-attack-names/jonah-dorrance

One of the oldest tropes in the book, the craziest anime attack names are also among the most enjoyable and strange anime powers in the genre. These impractical anime battle cries often last way too long, sometimes don't make any sense, and almost all just sound ridiculous saying out loud. There are classic attacks and even those you may have forgotten about, from magical techniques to sword play to good old bare knuckle moves. If you consider yourself a dedicated anime fan, you’ve definitely tried yelling out one of these crazy anime attacks a few times, or at the very least fantasized about it.

Impractical or not, the longest attack names in anime remain genre staples that always guarantee a reaction from both characters and viewers. Despite their unwieldy names, several attacks on this list cause catastrophic and totally badass result; taken out of context though, they're just plain weird. None of these are suitable for real-life circumstances, but they would certainly make conflicts a little more interesting. At the very least, a battle cry like "Nipple Lights!" would render an enemy breathless from laughter.


Signature Anime Attacks, Ranked By How Unwieldy They Would Be To Shout In Battle,

'Naruto' - Sexy Jutsu: Reverse Harem Jutsu

Naruto knows that hot guys provide the ultimate distraction - especially when they're half-naked.


'Fairy Tail' - Metsuryuu Ougi Guren Bakuenjin (Crimson Lotus: Exploding Flame Blade)

Natsu's attack looks more like a giant spiral of fire than a blade, but it doesn't matter because it sounds really really cool.


'Gundam' - Bakunetsu God Finger Sekiha Love Love Tenkyoken

A one-time strike by Domon and Rain, this Gundam technique channels immense energy and shoots it from their adjoined hands, destroying their opponent with the power of love. 


'Hunter X Hunter' - Saisho Wa Guu, Jan Ken Guu! (First Comes Rock)

Gon's take on Rock Paper Scissors packs one heck of a punch, giving a whole new meaning to the children's game.


'Naruto' - Konohagakure Hiden Taijutsu Ōgi: Sennen Goroshi (One Thousand Years Of Death)

Kakashi's ultimate move - a finger jab to the butt. Side effects may include humiliation and/or digestive troubles.


'Sailor Moon' - Moon Tiara Magic!

This is such a literal attack name it's unnecessary, but shouting this in real life might freak out even the burliest of bullies.


'Bleach' - Senbonzakura Kageyoshi (Vibrant Display Of A Thousand Cherry Blossoms)

Quite the mouth full, Byakuya Kuchiki's Bankai is comprised of a thousand blades that then turn to millions of lethal flower petals. It could also be the name of a Jpop group.


'Fate/Stay Night' - Unlimited Blade Works Incantation

Shirou and Archer need to ensure they have enough time to say every word of this incantation: "I am the bone of my sword/ steel is my body and fire is my blood/I have created over a thousand blades/ Unknown to Death/Nor known to Life./Have withstood pain to create many weapons/Yet, those hands will never hold anything/So as I pray, Unlimited Blade Works."

What enemy would even wait around for you to finish this?


'Bleach' - Ultimate Technique: Stunning Charlotte Cuuhlhourne's Miracle Sweet Ultra-Funky Fantastic Dramatic Romantic Sadistic Erotic Exotic Athletic Guillotine Attack

What's more impressive: the fact that this isn't Charlotte's only ultimate technique, or that his opponent gives him time to say the entire thing?


'Dragonball Z' - Kamehameha

Instead of pretending you've never tried this, just acknowledge how ridiculous it sounds. It's all right, give it all you got.



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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:13:02 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/longest-anime-attack-names/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[Anime Guaranteed To Make You Physically Nauseous]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-guaranteed-to-make-you-nauseous/anna-lindwasser

Anime isn't just harems and sports rivalries. Hidden amongst the cutesy fun stuff is lots of seriously gross anime. Whether it's a violent anime like Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni,  a bloody anime like Hellsing Ultimate, or an anime that flat out shouldn't exist like Boku no Pico, watching anime can potentially be hazardous to your health. There are even some scenes that will make you sick to your stomach without a single drop of blood. 

Vote up the anime with the grossest and most stomach-churning scenes that had you reaching for the Pepto-Bismol. 
 


Anime Guaranteed To Make You Physically Nauseous,

Elfen Lied

Gantz

Boku no Pico

Berserk

Psycho-Pass

Attack on Titan

Hellsing Ultimate

Tokyo Ghoul

Corpse Party

Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni


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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 06:51:31 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-guaranteed-to-make-you-nauseous/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[18 Great Anime Series Most People Haven't Seen (Or Even Heard Of)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-people-haven-t-seen/anna-lindwasser

So, you just got through your anime starter pack. You're wearing a Konohagakure headband and an Attack on Titan t-shirt, you write your grocery lists in a Death Note you bought on Amazon, and you know way more about volleyball than a person who doesn't play the game has any reason to know. It's understandable that you're eager to show off your newly acquired nerd cred, but not so fast — there's a ton of great anime no one knows about that you should watch.

If you want to be a true anime expert, you have to watch the obscure, high-quality anime that other people haven't seen. Try some of these criminally underrated anime, and see if you find something you like. And if you don't find anything, it's totally cool to go rewatch your favorite Miyazaki movie again. Hey, at least you tried, right?


18 Great Anime Series Most People Haven't Seen (Or Even Heard Of),

.hack//Sign

Fans of Sword Art Online should definitely consider checking out .hack//Sign, another (far superior) anime about the perils and pleasures of online gaming. While the animation may not be as slick, and the ideas about how online gaming works might seem antiquated, it's still a must-see. What makes .hack//Sign truly stand out is its exceptional soundtrack, written and performed by the inimitable Yuki Kajiura. 


Paradise Kiss

Paradise Kiss, an anime by the same folks who brought us the more popular Nana, is one of the few anime that takes an in-depth look at the process behind fashion design. If that's something you're into, Paradise Kiss is right up your alley.

Besides the unique subject matter, Paradise Kiss features creative character designs, fun interactions, and theme songs by the fabulous Tomoko Kawase and, unexpectedly, Franz Ferdinand.


Honey and Clover

If you enjoyed the smash hit March Comes in Like a Lion, you should check out one of the creator's older works, Honey & Clover. This coming-of-age series follows a group of art students as they struggle with romantic entanglements and self-discovery. With beautiful animation and intricately developed characters, Honey & Clover is a fantastic show to put on your watch list.


Chihayafuru

Do you like the competitive aspect of the sports anime genre, but would rather they focused more on character development than cool new ways to smack a ball around? Would you have liked Yu-Gi-Oh! twenty times more if they'd spent more time showing you the actual relationships between the characters, instead of spending entire episode on a card game with no set rules that also inexplicably determined the fate of the world? Do you like awesome female protagonists? How about traditional Japanese poetry?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should watch Chihayafuru. The series takes us deep into the world of competitive karuta, a physically and mentally demanding card game based on Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, a Japanese anthology of one hundred poets.


The Eccentric Family

The Eccentric Family is one of the best anime you've never seen. It focuses on the Shimogamo family, a group of tanuki (mythological raccoon-like creatures who can transform into anything they want) struggling to cope with the loss of their father.

Boasting complex characters with nuanced and varied reactions to grief, colorful and exciting art, and scenes that range from madcap battles to philosophical debate about eating meat, this anime is one people have been missing out on for too long.


Welcome to the NHK

Tatasuhiro Satou is a depressed, paranoid shut-in who can't seem to get his life together. He eventually comes to believe that he's trapped in a never-ending cycle of porn addiction, joblessness, and suicidal thoughts because of a mass conspiracy perpetuated by the NHK, a television news network. With the help of Misaki, a neighbor girl with questionable motives, Satou gropes his way toward functional adulthood. 

What makes Welcome to the NHK so great is how painfully relatable it is. Now, most of us aren't hikikomori, but let's be real, the transition to from adolescence to adulthood is really hard. While the show's animation may be a little dated, the resonant stories it tells make it a gem of a series all the same. 


Shirobako

Shirobako follows a group of friends as they pursue different career paths in the anime industry. Because the show was obviously created by people in the anime business, the frustrations, pitfalls, and joys that the characters go through feels completely authentic.

Not only that, but it's a fun, effortless way to get educated about how the industry that makes the media you love functions. Watch Shirobako if you want to know what's taking Season 2 of your favorite anime so long, or if you just want to watch a group of young women follow their dreams. 


X/1999

X/1999 is one of CLAMP's lesser-known works. Originally produced in 1996, this movie focuses on life at the turn of the millennium. Kamui, the protagonist, must choose between aiding two powerful groups. One wants to protect the Earth, and the other wants to destroy it in a purification ritual.

Watching Kamui struggle to choose between the two factions is a delight, and so is seeing him finally make a decision in order to protect his childhood friends. 


Kodomo No Omocha

Kodomo no Omocha is worth watching for the opening theme alone. The shows starts with one of those songs that never gets old, even years after you finish the anime itself. Besides the song, Kodomo no Omocha is just plain fun.

The show focuses on Sana, a child pop star with a ton of energy, and her grumpy crush, Akito. While in many ways the sheries is your typical shojo romp, what makes it really stand out is Akito's tragic back story: his mother died giving birth to him, which created distance between him and the rest of his family. Instead of detracting from the upbeat nature of the show, this facet of Akito's life is handled compassionately and with respect, adding depth to all the characters involved. 


Charlotte

Yuu Otosaka, the protagonist of Charlotte, can slip into people's minds and control them for brief periods of time. He's not the only one with amazing powers — in fact, there's a whole school full of gifted individuals at Hoshinoumi Academy. Because the government is out to capture people with special abilities, Yuu and his friends track down and protect people with powers.

You'll like this anime if you liked Angel Beats, another (more popular) project by Charlotte's creator Jun Maeda. You'll also like it if you like X-Men, because Charlotte is basically anime X-Men. Except, you know, not terrible



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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:45:42 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-people-haven-t-seen/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[Anime With The Most Die-Hard Fans]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-with-the-most-die-hard-fans/tamara-jude

There are people who like anime, and then there are die-hard anime fans. A casual anime fan watches their favorite series and movies in their spare time. Committed fans create their own fanfiction, video games, and even live-action movies for their shows. Although many misconceptions about anime fans exist, no one can ever question the passion they have for their shows.

You have to give it to the most hardcore kinds of anime fans, whether they're creating unbelievably creative cosplay or using their imaginations to expand on the established continuity, intense anime fan bases work hard to bring the worlds of their heroes to life. So, this list is not just about the anime fans that defend their shows the hardest on social media or at conventions. It's about how much love these franchises are shown around the world and the lifestyles, projects, and (occasional) protests that go along with being a devoted fan. Let's explore the anime with the most passionate fans.


Anime With The Most Die-Hard Fans,

Dragon Ball Z

With a fan base beginning with the manga back in 1984, the Dragon Ball franchise has been around long enough for original fans of the show to have kids (who are obviously also fans). The newest dedicated fan project, Hyper Dragon Ball Z, is a Street Fighter-esque 2D game that's been receiving updated content for the last three years. Japan's love for the franchise takes the form of DBZ themed cafes, fast food items, and advertising throughout the country. Lead character Goku is even an ambassador for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. 

With so many unique and captivating character designs, fans of Dragon Ball have no shortage of cosplay options. The Dao of Dragon Ball shared this awesome picture of a group DBZ cosplayers attending the Los Angeles premiere of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.


Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell fans do not take kindly to their beloved anime being altered in any way. In response to the controversial casting in the live-action Hollywood adaptation, more than 100,000 fans petitioned DreamWorks to remove Scarlett Johansson from the lead role. Clearly, they're not messing around. 

This incredible photo of Major Motoko Kusanagi features Mad Alice Cosplay and was taken by McCaffrey Art.


Bleach

One of the most impressive hobbies of Bleach fans is the re-creation of unique zanpakutos (the cool swords) from the show. They have also created places online to share their own zanpakuto designs (with bankai) and DIY instructions. However, it is not all good vibes from these fans. Japanese fans were so angry about the ending of the series that they burned their entire manga collections of the series. They really take their fandom seriously.  

Above is a great Bleach group photo featuring Marty R. Scarlet as Soi Fon.


Pokemon

Pokémon fans are some of the most dedicated, hardworking nerds around. A plethora of fan-made games have been created since 1996, when the first generation was released. One project, however, proves that Pokémon fans are truly devoted. Pokémon Uranium took nine years to complete! The PC-based game was released in August 2016 to rave reviews. Have you played it yet? 

Pokémon fans are no stranger to spectacular cosplay either. For example, in the above video you'll see an amazing Team Rocket cosplay music video featuring RRArtGroup.


Gundam

Never underestimate the determination of a Gundam franchise fan. Not only have fans created their own Gundam models (or Gunpla) but they have also created wearable versions for cosplay. Recognizing the talent (and dedication) that goes into the mecha costumes, Bandai has sponsored an annual Gunpla Builders World Cup in Japan for years.

In addition to this high-level contest, Japan's Gundam love includes the Gundam Café at Akihabara and tours of the Bandai Hobby Center where all Gunpla are made exclusively. Above, we see some stellar Gundam cosplay by Alvin Tak featuring Clive Lee.


Sailor Moon

No one could ever question Sailor Moon fans and their love for the series. In 2015, fans hosted a one-day-only Sailor Moon Cafe in New York City. In Japan, there have been Sailor Moon cafes, museum exhibits, and even theme restaurants.  However, the most dedicated super fans have adapted the entire series into live-action movies. Two of the most popular films are Sailor Moon: The Movie and Sailor Moon & the Return of the Shadows. Check them out if you've ever wanted to see what a magical girl transformation really looks like. 

This amazing Sailor Scouts cosplay featuring JediManda (Amanda Dawn as Sailor Mars) was photographed by Eddie Bonneau.


Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail fans have actually started their own real-life guilds that you can join. A few guilds are so die-hard, members have gotten tattoos to reflect their devotion. Serious fans have also created their own manga, dragon-slayer magic spells, and games. For the 10th anniversary of the series, a special art exhibit was held in Japan, complete with life-sized characters and exclusive merchandise. 

The stunning Erza cosplay above features Cooper of Wintay & Cooper Cosplay


Naruto

Some Naruto fans were so passionate about Naruto and Sakura ending up together that they started a petition to have the manga banned if an alternate ending wasn't created. Say what you will, but that's dedication. The love for Naruto is so great in Japan that the show has been incorporated into product advertising, TV and print ads, and even entire subway trains.

There was also a Naruto exhibit in Tokyo to celebrate the end of series. The exhibit included original art, screenings of the best scenes, and Naruto-themed meals including (of course) his signature ramen. Also, Naruto is an ambassador 2020 Summer Olympics. No biggie. 

The above photo of some awesome Naruto, Kikashi, and Rock Lee cosplay featuring Kate Bridge (as Kakashi) was taken by Brandon Bhola.


Attack on Titan

While fans waited years for the second season of Attack on Titan, they became progressively more creative with passing the time. Not only are there fan-made episodes and games, but also working 3D Maneuvering Gear as well, as you can see in the above video.

However, nothing compares to Japan's love for AOT. Universal Studios Japan opened an exhibit dedicated to the show, complete with 50-foot Titans. Visitors can also see graphic scenes from the anime re-created throughout the park. Truly, it's a gruesome time for the whole family. 

 


One Piece

One Piece fans tend to be extremely passionate (and defensive) about the adventures of the Straw Hat Pirates. Other than defending the quality of the show, fans also spend time actually re-creating the fictional Devil Fruits and pirate crews just for fun. This fan base has also taken to creating electronic and card games based on the show's plot.

In Japan, they even opened Tokyo One Piece Tower theme park in celebration of the show's 15th anniversary. Main character Monkey D. Luffy will also serve an animated ambassador for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. 

This awesome photo of the Straw Hat Pirates features Hide Omega and friends.



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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:22:06 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-with-the-most-die-hard-fans/tamara-jude
<![CDATA[The 13 Bleakest, Most Depressing Anime Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/existentially-bleak-anime/jonah-dorrance

Anime has its fair share of heart-wrenching series that leave people in pieces by the final episode, but the depressing anime here is more than just anime that makes you cry. These bleak anime series and films sit with you long after they are over, challenging your views and inviting existential questions that are guaranteed to linger.

Anime in this vein grapples with complex philosophies of humanity, survival, and judgment. It can also examine issues closer to home for people, like depression and social anxiety. It's the job of anime like this to present hard, difficult truths, and it can leave you with lasting pangs of sorrow at the very mention of a character's name.

The lessons and themes expressed in these stories may not be sparkly and hopeful, and the endings may be more bitter than sweet, but they remain grounded stories featuring the hardships and struggles many fans face on a daily basis. While they aren’t afraid to point out the negative, they do so with spectacular writing, outstanding animation, and extraordinary characters. They may leave you bummed out, but you won’t be disappointed.


The 13 Bleakest, Most Depressing Anime Ever,

5 Centimeters Per Second

Among the legion anime that deal with childhood promises, Makoto Shinkai's 5 Centimeters Per Second stands out as a film that offers a realistic - if somewhat tragic - depiction of young love. While it might be more fun to watch star-crossed lovers find their way to each other, that's not always the way it works in real life.

It's a tragic reality of existence that sometimes people move on while others remain stuck in the past. This film, a visual masterpiece, captures that kind of loneliness almost too well. If nothing else, you'll never look at falling flower petals the same way again.


Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion is a classic for a reason, setting the bar for existential crises in anime. Shinji's introversion is painful to watch and relate to, and the deeper you go into each character's personal issues the more depressing it all gets. Also, the rampant death and destruction will leave you wondering about the inherent goodness of humanity. While the series grapples with some incredibly complex philosophies, it never loses the resonance of the story or viewers' interest.


Monster

Monster, the story of Doctor Kenzo Tenma, deserves every bit of the critical acclaim lit gets. The series deftly confronts questions of morality and the dire consequences that can result from a single decision. Monster unravels some profoundly deep and disturbing perspectives on life, death, power, and politics, providing viewers with incredible character studies and developments. This isn't a happy-go-lucky, hope-conquers-all kind of story, but it will have you hooked and keep you guessing.


Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Famous for throwing its viewers for a loop, Puella Magi Madoka Magica is not what most people were expecting from a magical girl anime. Seriously, it's sometimes hard to sit through the amount of suffering on screen. Part of this series' popularity stems from the way it examines the sacrifices, dangers, and hardships associated with gaining otherworldly powers. It provides a tragic view of a classic trope.

Featuring incredible action, imagery, and character development, the trials and tribulations the cast of girls goes through is worth the heart ache. In the end, the show serves as a reminder to read the fine print, because every deal has a price.


Psycho-Pass

A real treat for cyber-punk fans, Psycho-Pass considers a civil system where psychological and emotional states determine civil judgment. Basically, you can get executed if you're not considered "normal" psychologically. This abuse of psychosis forces characters to examine the role emotional responses play in administering control of a society, and the limits of relying on computer technology. In addition to some heartbreaking deaths (that might make you ugly-cry), the main villain harbors views and ambitions you probably won't find all that unreasonable. It's a captivating, if mostly depressing, journey. 


Attack on Titan

Despite its intense popularity and mainstream appeal, Attack on Titan is exceedingly depressing. Almost every episode delivers some sort of hope-crushing moment that makes humanity's chance at survival seem increasingly futile.

If you're the type of fan that gets attached to characters easily, you're probably in for a bad time. On the lighter side of things, Attack on Titan boasts some really interesting themes, an outstanding soundtrack, and exciting action sequences, all of which are worth the watch.


Terror in Resonance

Terror in Resonance, brought to life by the acclaimed director Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop), follows a cast of haunted and socially distant characters, all of whom need a hug because they obviously haven't had enough of them. From Nine and Twelve's desperate mission to Lisa's frustration at her own helplessness, their story is one of struggle and anger.

The show boasts stellar animation and emotionally charged scenes, and the whole thing is underpinned with an intense score by brilliant composer Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop, Kids on the Slope). 


Welcome to the NHK

Welcome to the N.H.K. has been known to hit a little too close to home for many anime fans. See, the series explores otaku and hikikomori culture in the lives of several adult individuals. Themes of loneliness, social anxiety, depression, and isolation combine to create an exceptionally poignant series, bringing to light some unpleasant, but very real struggles. Despite the heavy content, the great writing and enjoyable cast will take you through to the end.


Parasyte: The Maxim

Parasyte asks what it means to be human, following the main character as he slowly loses his emotions and struggles to retain his empathy. As if that wasn't sad enough, you also find yourself sympathizing with the aliens' attempts to find meaning in their existence, making it difficult to see them as true villains. Despite unexpected deaths that will likely leave you a sobbing mess, the tumultuous story of the main duo will keep you coming back for more.


Death Parade

Don't let the high kicks and dance numbers in Death Parade's opening fool you, this show examines some dark and upsetting concepts. It's set in the afterlife, where two souls compete in games in order to determine whether they go towards enlightenment or descend into the void.

In each episode you watch two souls get pushed to their limits, forced to confront not only how they died but the circumstances of their lives: their regrets, their losses, their dreams. If you're not into series with episodic structures, the overarching plot between the main characters is one of the most enjoyable and moving parts of the show.



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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:10:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/existentially-bleak-anime/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[32 Studio Ghibli Tattoos So Magical You'll Want To Get One Of Your Own]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-studio-ghibli-tattoos/jonah-dorrance

Studio Ghibli films captivate millions of hearts both young and old, so it comes as no surprise that tattoos inspired by Miyazaki and his stories look so incredible. In this list of stunning studio Ghibli tattoos, artists and fans show their love for the cherished films Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke and more. They celebrate the detail and imagination Ghibli is known for, and even put their own artistic spin on their favorite characters. Miyazaki tattoos come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and locations, all of which evoke a great sense of nostalgia and showcase some amazing talent. Like a Ponyo screening, cool Ghibli tattoos hold your attention with their vibrancy and animated style, much more fun than a butterfly back tattoo.

Relive the magic of these amazing films with this collection, and maybe even find some inspiration for a tattoo of your own. For more, check out the fans and artists who joined forces to create these tattoos inspired by some of your favorite anime, Avatar The Last Airbender, and beloved Pokemon. But Miyazaki tattoos lie in a realm all their own, drawing from a wealth of inspiration from a mind that gave the world more classics than anyone realizes.


32 Studio Ghibli Tattoos So Magical You'll Want To Get One Of Your Own,

Haku From 'Spirited Away' In His Most Majestic Form

No Face From 'Spirited Away' Gets A Splash Of Color And A Smile

'Princess Mononoke' And Watercolor Were Meant To Be

'Howl's Moving Castle' In All Of Its Magical Glory

Lunch Break For The Hardworking Sprites Of 'Spirited Away'

Six Small Symbols Of Ghibli's Greatest Hits

An Ensemble Of Ghibli's Finest Spirits And Sidekicks

A Sleeve As Extraordinary As The Movies It's Made Of

An Intricate And Realistic Vision Of 'Princess Mononoke'

A Brilliant Celebration Of The Epic That Is 'Princess Mononoke'


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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:03:28 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-studio-ghibli-tattoos/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[Best Twins In Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-twins/tamara-jude

The trope of twins in anime can take several different narrative paths depending on the series. One character by their lonesome is simply a plot, but with anime twins, you get both a plot and a plot device. Certain anime with twins begin with either one or both twins in leading roles, aware of their status as siblings. Other shows uncover this information as a twist, usually adding to the dynamic of one “good guy” twin and one “bad guy” twin. In fact, many of your favorite anime twins have been polar opposites of one another. Another common trope for twins featured in anime is the slightly nauseating “twincest” where the siblings either hint at or are physically engaged in an incestuous relationship. Whatever the scenario may be, the best anime twins are the ones that the audience connects with.

Whether complete opposites or unbelievable mirrors of one another, the greatest anime twins of all time possess one unifying trait: legions of devoted fans who call them their favorite anime twins of all time. The ones below come with no shortage of fans, or for that matter, drama, standing out among the many important siblings in the anime world. Twins in anime, like twins in real life, simply double the fun of whatever they're involved in.

Warning: several relationships depicted below are spoilers.


Best Twins In Anime,

Ryou And Kyou Fujibayashi

Hideyoshi And Yuuko Kinoshita

Ichiru And Zero Kiriyu

Vash And Knives Millions

Mairu And Kururi Orihara

Hikaru And Kaoru Hitachiin

Karin And Yuzu Kurosaki

Yukio And Rin Okumura

Takumi And Isami Aldini

Nashiro And Kurona


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Thu, 06 Apr 2017 06:53:01 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-twins/tamara-jude
<![CDATA[The Most Wildly Impractical Sexy Costumes In Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/impractical-sexy-anime-costumes/jonah-dorrance

Sexy but impractical anime costumes appear as a staple in any action series, giving audiences a large dose of fan service to go with their battle sequences, effectively leaving very little to the imagination. In real life these crazy anime costumes may not be the most suitable outfit for everyday use, but the magic of anime lies in its ability to make even the impossible seem possible. A little cloth, some string, and maybe even leather are all these impractical anime outfits need to function, all the while ensuring each body part gets accentuated to its full potential.

Anime cares very much how its characters present themselves, no different than the way the comic industry frames its own superheroines. But while subpar superhero costume changes add little to the excitement, the ensembles on this list instantly make any moment more exciting. Here, less is more.


The Most Wildly Impractical Sexy Costumes In Anime,

Ryuko Matoi

What Ryuko's sailor uniform (aka Senketsu) lacks in concealment makes up for in power, so she doesn't have to worry about those wire thin suspenders snapping at any given time.


Raynare

High School DxD's Raynare sports an outfit one would probably see at a Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, wings and all.


Eirenus Makes Bat Ears Look Both Cute And Frightening

Creators behind Eirenus of Chain Chronicle probably thought that with such long gloves, Eirenus didn't really need much fabric anywhere else. 


When It Comes to Battle, Maria Can Hardly Contain Herself (In More Ways Than One)

Worn like a true succubus, Maria's dubiously functional battle gear doesn't impede her dedication to a fight when fellow cast mates of Shinmai Maou no Keiyakusha are in peril.   


The Entire Cast Of "Bikini Warriors" Satisfies All Of Your Suit Fantasies

Nothing less should be expected from a show with bikini in the title; every suit you've ever imagined is definitely being worn by someone. 


Nashetania Is One Badass Bunny

Rokka no Yusha's rabbit-eared warrior certainly boasts one of the cutest outfits of the bunch, rabbit paws and all, but this can't be easy to get in and out of.


Melona's Hair Is the Handiest Accessory Around

In a sea of impractical outfits that flood the fantasy anime Queen's Blade, Melona's hair and sole support system for her otherwise bare chest still manages to stand out.


The Yamai Twins Are Double the Trouble in These Scanty Battle Suits From "Date A Live"

The Date a Live duo somehow makes every one of their matching straps look both comfortable and efficient.


Freya Boasts Her Divinity In This Piecey Combo

You don't need logical outfits when you're a goddess, as DanMachi's Freya demonstrates with a look that combines pants, a leotard, and a dress - all of which remain perfectly in place.


Yuran Showcases The Magic Of Spandex

Blade and Soul's bloodthirsty babe wears a body suit so skin-tight it defies the need for straps of any kind.



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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:14:22 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/impractical-sexy-anime-costumes/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/american-shows-that-are-basically-anime/crystal-brackett

When a cartoon on American television looks like anime, the average person usually assumes it's anime. Given anime's ever-expanding global popularity, it's easy to deem shows with anime characteristics as authentic forms of the genre. But in order to be anime, the series must be made in Japan, and the titles below, though stylistically influenced by anime, are not. But hey, that was the intention, right? These popular series are American shows that seem like anime. They're inspired by the anime genre's physical attributes, fight scenes, and of course, beautiful women.

From full-fledged series on popular channels such as Cartoon Network to titles on streaming services such as Netflix, these Western cartoons that look like anime definitely fooled someone into believing they were actually anime at some point or another.


18 Non-Japanese Shows People Always Think Are Anime,

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Batman Beyond

Ben 10

Code Lyoko

Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi

Samurai Jack

The Boondocks

Teen Titans

Avatar: Legend of Korra

RWBY


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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:50:30 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/american-shows-that-are-basically-anime/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[22 Steampunk Versions Of Your Favorite Anime Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/steampunk-anime-fan-art/jonah-dorrance

Animation and Victorian aesthetic come together in this collection of incredibly cool anime steampunk fan art. From Dragon Ball Z to One Punch Man, characters of both classic and contemporary series don historical garb with top hats, gears, and goggles, not to mention some pretty badass upgrades to their weaponry. The talented artists of these steampunk anime drawings not only gave these characters makeovers, but illustrated new worlds for them to reside in and new gadgets to wield. They re-envisioned basketball stars, shinigami, magical girls, heroes, and even idols as steampunks.

Their imaginative steampunk takes on these anime make for some of the most unique fan art contributions out there, and are more than worth checking out. To see beloved characters through the lens of steampunk goggles adds an entirely new layer to these anime. Spin-off, anyone?


22 Steampunk Versions Of Your Favorite Anime Characters,

Kaneki, Tokyo Ghoul

This spectacular portrayal of the eye-patch ghoul is part of this artist's larger work featuring several characters of Tokyo Ghoul in the steampunk design.


One Piece Cast

This talented artist designed a masterful snapshot of One Piece's lively crew decked out in steampunk attire.


Levi And Erwin, Attack On Titan

Captain and commander look beyond dapper in their waistcoats, a costume change courtesy of Tumblr artist 7walker.


Natsu And Lucy, Fairy Tail

Artist leons-7 gives an incredible Victorian makeover to this fire demon and celestial beauty.


Genos, One Punch Man

The mechanics of the Demon Cyborg get a steampunk style upgrade in this pixiv artist's vision of the s-class hero. 


Fullmetal Alchemist Trio

Ed, Al, and Winry pose for a family portrait Victorian-style in peace-of-hope's incredible illustration.


England, Hetalia

Artists hakuku's awesome portrait of England has him looking perfectly at home in his Victorian garb.


Aomine And Kagami, Kuroko's Basketball

This incredible artist proves that no matter which uniform they wear, these rivals of Kuroko's Basketball will always look as dashing as they do intimidating.


Team 7, Naruto

Sakura, Sasuke, and Naruto make their journey in KohiChapeau's remarkable reimagining of the series' main trio.


Howl's Moving Castle

Brilliant artist Toothbird personifies the moving castle from the Ghibli classic with steampunk flair. 



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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:59:05 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/steampunk-anime-fan-art/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[Attack On Titan Is Totally Overrated]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/why-attack-on-titan-sucks/anna-lindwasser

Attack on Titan, also known as Shingeki no Kyojin, is one of the most popular anime around. Based on a manga by Isayama Hajime, it depicts a post-apocalyptic world where humanoid, man-eating monsters called Titans have forced humanity to live behind a series of walls. After 100 years of peace, the wall is suddenly breached. Teeangers Eren Jaeger, Mikasa Ackerman, and Armin Arlert join the Survey Corps, a military branch dedicated to rescuing humanity from the Titan’s reign of terror. 

Sounds awesome, right? That’s what a lot of people thought... until they actually watched it. Unfortunately, Attack on Titan doesn't live up to its exciting premise. For reasons ranging from poor pacing and an unsatisfying plot, to one character being lovingly created to resemble a Japanese war criminal, Attack on Titan sucks pretty hard.

Like Dragon Ball Z and the Zelda franchise, there are many dumb things about Attack on Titan, despite its widespread popularity. Attack on Titan is just one of the most overrated anime of all time, and a cursory examination will prove that it really doesn't deserve all the hype.  

Also, obviously, MASSIVE SPOILERS AHEAD.


Attack On Titan Is Totally Overrated,

Mikasa's Backstory Is Handled Terribly

Mikasa Ackerman, one of the main characters in Attack on Titan, has a horrific backstory. As a little girl, her parents were murdered in front of her eyes by slave traders, who then kidnapped her with the intention of selling her into sexual slavery. Eren rescues her after murdering two of her kidnappers. When a third slaver appears and starts choking Eren, Eren screams at Mikasa to fight, and she does. She murders the third kidnapper and saves Eren, allowing the two of them to escape. After that, Eren's parents adopt the now orphaned Mikasa, and the two of them develop a sibling-like bond.

That's all well and good, but the incident never really comes up again after that. It's used to explain why Mikasa is so attached to Eren, and why she can sometimes be cavalier about death, but beyond that, it's not mentioned. Parental death might be common trope in anime, but you know what isn't? Sexual slavery. Mikasa was kidnapped so that she could be sold into sexual slavery. While the kidnappers weren't successful, this is still very much a thing that happened, and for the rest of the series it's completely ignored.

Not only is this serious topic swept under the rug, but the fact that the victim is Mikasa, a Japanese girl, is incredibly twisted. Remember, the Japanese imperial army actively sold Korean women into sexual slavery. One character in Attack on Titan, Dot Pixis, is a tribute to a general from the Imperial Japanese Army. That's like if a Christian German author based one of his good guys off of a renowned Nazi, then wrote a scene where a Christian German girl was sent to Treblinka. 


The Biggest Ship Is Horrifying And Distracting

The most popular ship in the Attack on Titan fandom is Eren x Levi, also known as Ereri. This is a terrible, terrible ship. Eren Jaeger is a severely traumatized child soldier. At the start of the series, he is 15 years old. Levi Ackerman is his military commander. Levi is probably somewhere in his early 30s. So that’s a major age gap, combined with the fact that Eren is legally obliged to obey Levi or risk being imprisoned or killed.

There’s a scene where Levi savagely beats Eren in order to prove a point, and that’s deemed appropriate by the higher-ups. Not exactly a great set-up for a romantic relationship. While it’s not the fault of Attack on Titan itself that this pairing dominates the fandom, it’s hard to get invested in a series beyond the initial viewing if every time you Google the show name, you have to think about a 30-something military commander banging his teenage cadet.  


It's Relentlessly Grim And Cheerless

Given the popularity of gritty reboots of everything from Pokémon to Power Rangers, it's no surprise that the Internet likes dark stuff. There's nothing wrong with a show taking on serious themes, and it's to be expected that a series about man-eating monsters terrorizing humanity is going to be kind of upsetting, but Attack on Titan can be absolutely relentless with its negativity.

To be fair, there are some jokes, but those jokes always have an undercurrent of pain. Sasha's the potato girl, and that's sometimes funny (but honestly kind of one-note), but then we realize that she's obsessed with food because she spent her childhood starving half to death. Not so funny now, right? The overall message about becoming a monster in order to defeat monsters is crushingly sad, and the endlessness of the suffering can be so intense that it loses its intended meaning.


The Titans Show Up The Instant They're Mentioned, After Being Absent For 100 Years

In the first episode of Attack on Titan, Armin gives a dramatic speech about how everyone is too complacent, and just because the Titans haven’t shown up for 100 years doesn’t mean that they never will. Not one second after the words leave his mouth, a Titan kicks down the wall and all hell breaks loose. 

Coincidences happen, sure, but relying on them to get your point across is just lazy writing.


The Cliffhanger At The End Is Just Annoying

At the end of the first season, we find out that the Female Titan, who has been terrorizing the Survey Corps, is actually Annie, one of the cadets. The season ends with Annie trapped in a crystalline substance, unwilling and unable to explain what motivated any of her actions. We see a couple of flashbacks featuring her dad telling her that he supports her, but all that does is add to the confusion. Oh, and we don't find out what's up with the mysterious basement door that Eren's creepy dad wants him to unlock. 

While it's unfair to expect that a series to reveal all of its secrets in the first season, the fact that we end without so much as a hint as to Annie's motives is less intriguing than it is frustrating. Rather than creating suspense, it just creates a sense that the writers didn't know what they were doing.


The Protagonist Has No Character Development

Eren Jaeger, the protagonist of Attack on Titan, is one of the least interesting characters in the whole show. Eren starts off the series dissatisfied with living life inside the walls. He feels trapped, like he's being treated like cattle. He wants to escape, and he wants to destroy the Titans. When Titans attack his hometown of Zhiganshina, destroying his home and killing his mother, his desire to kill Titans intensifies. 

After that... things don't really change much. While he does learn more about the Titans, including coming to terms with his own identity as a Titan shifter, in the end, he's still motivated purely by rage and revenge. He still wants to kill all the Titans, he's just louder about it. 


The Manga Art Is Super Ugly

Considering the high production value of the anime, the sloppy manga art is actually pretty surprising if you aren’t expecting it. Isayama doesn’t seem to have a grasp on how human anatomy works, which is kind of important in a series that takes liberties with people's form and structure. What's worse is, unlike some other manga, the art doesn’t seem to improve at all as the series progresses. 


There's Basically No Ethnic Diversity

To be fair, this particular issue is endemic to anime in general. Japan is a fairly homogenous country, and their media reflects that. Western audiences need to keep that in mind when discussing issues of representation. That said, Attack on Titan takes place in a fictionalized version of Europe.

Europe has never been as white as popular culture makes it out to be, but nearly every character in Attack on Titan looks super white, except for Mikasa, who is half-white, half-Japanese. Apparently, she's the only Asian person left inside the walls. The idea that people would start to homogenize a little bit when they've been stuck inside a wall for 100 years is semi-plausible, but if that's the case, why is everyone white? Why did no one from say, Africa, make it into the walls? That's a pretty glaring omission. Also, this is supposed to be Europe, so where are the Jews? You can’t just name a character Levi Ackerman and then not mention Jews. 

The lack of ethnic diversity in Attack on Titan isn't just bad because representation is awesome and important (which it is), it's bad because it doesn't make any sense.


It Relies Too Much On Shock Value

There's no question that watching the Titans gobble up their human prey is both terrifying and exhilarating. Well, the first 10 or 15 times it happens anyway. After that, the concept starts to wear a little thin, and it becomes clear that the main thing holding the show up is shock value. Of course Titans are going to keep on eating people, but it'd be nice to see something other than Eren Yeager reacting in an endless cycle of rage and disgust.

Free! Iwatobi Swim Club came out at the same time as Attack on Titan, and a lot of people watched both simultaneously. The fact that some viewers were more emotionally affected by crying teenage boys on a swim team than they were by child soldiers getting vored on says something about the over-reliance on shock value, and the under-utilization of character development.


It Might Just Be Japanese Military Propaganda

In 2010, Hajime Isayama (the series creator) said that Dot Pixis, a military official in Attack on Titan, was based on an actual military figure from Japanese history, Akiyama Yoshifuru. Isayama claimed the Yoshifuru was “frugal and respectable.”

Akiyama was a general in the Imperial Japanese Army. He was the commander stationed in Korea while it was under occupation by Japan, and he contributed to its colonization. The Japanese Army forced Koreans to change their surnames to Japanese ones, tortured and experimented on Korean citizens, sold Korean women into sexual slavery, and forced Korean men to perform dangerous military activities. 

Koreans, therefore, generally view Akiyama as a war criminal. With that track record, it’s no wonder. The fact that Isayama apparently approved of torture and slavery didn’t go over well with the fandom, particularly the Korean fandom. He actually received a number of death threats over it.

The fact that Dot Pixis, one of the good guys in Attack on Titan, was based on Akiyama, really makes it hard to enjoy the series, or to place value on any political points it might try to make.



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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:39:46 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/why-attack-on-titan-sucks/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[The 15 Most Overpowered Cards They Used In The Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-overpowered-cards-in-yu-gi-oh-anime/preston-lewis

The original Yu-Gi-Oh! anime followed the adventures of Yugi and his friends as they traveled the world and engaged in numerous duels. Throughout the series, viewers were introduced to hundreds of different Duel Monsters cards, including some overpowered Yu-Gi-Oh! cards like the Dark Magician and the Blue Eyes White Dragon.

The most powerful Yu-Gi-Oh! cards would probably ruin any reasonable trading card game. Anime about trading cards, however, operates on a different set of rules. These cards possess arbitrarily high Attack Points, insane special abilities, and can unfairly cripple an opponent. These cards sometimes required complex strategies, but often were just unfairly overpowered in order to save the protagonists. These Yu-Gi-Oh! cards are too powerful, and often didn't make any sense within the rules of the actual game.  

Simply put, there is a reason why the real world versions of these cards have been altered to drastically reduce their power.


The 15 Most Overpowered Cards They Used In The Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime,

Multiply Creates A Massive Wall Of Low Level Monsters That Can’t Be Destroyed

This Spell Card allows the user to infinitely multiply a Monster they control with 500 Attack Points or less. It essentially allows whoever plays it to fill their side of the field with an impenetrable wall of low-level Monster clones.

The absurd defensive power of Multiply was fully displayed when Yugi used it against Kaiba during the Duelist Kingdom arc. Yugi’s endless army of multiplied Kuribohs, a Monster with only 300 Attack Points, withstood multiple attacks from Kaiba’s Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon, which had a staggering 4500 Attack Points.

The card’s defensive capabilities are ridiculously high, and it prevents a duelist from having their Life Points attacked directly. It gives the user all the time in the world to relax and wait to draw better cards, and there’s little an opponent can do about it. 


Obelisk The Tormentor Can Make Its Attack Power Infinite With Two Monster Tributes

This terrifying God Card is without a doubt a force to be reckoned with. Just at his base, Obelisk the Tormentor possesses 4000 Attack and Defense Points. As if his extremely high Attack and Defense weren’t enough, Obelisk the Tormentor also has two devastating special abilities. The first allows Obelisk to destroy all Monsters on the opponent’s side of the field and inflict 4000 points of damage to an opponent’s Life Points, all for the low cost of sacrificing two Monsters.

What really makes Obelisk the Tormentor overpowered, however, is its other special ability. By sacrificing two Monsters, the user can make Obelisk the Tormentor’s Attack power infinite. This means that no matter how many Attack Points an opponent's Monster possesses, if Obelisk strikes it in Attack Mode or attacks an opponent’s Life Points directly, the duel is immediately over. With his raw destructive power and insane special abilities, Obelisk is truly worthy of the title Tormentor.    


The Winged Dragon Of Ra Can Dramatically Increase Its Attack Points And Can Become Temporarily Invincible

It’s not surprising that the Egyptian God Card touted as the greatest would also be overpowered. The Winged Dragon of Ra’s Attack and Defense stats are dependent on the Attack and Defense points of the three Monsters used to Summon it. This means that its Attack can easily soar well above 3000, unless extremely weak Monsters are used as tribute. Even if weak Monsters are used to summon Ra, its special abilities would more than make up for a lack of Attack and Defense points. The Winged Dragon of Ra has a special ability that allows it to absorb the Attack and Defense points of tributed Monsters, and then attack each Monster an opponent has on their side of the field.

Ra’s second ability known as its "God Phoenix effect," and it prevents the user from taking any damage. By paying 1000 Life Points while Ra is in this form, it can destroy all Monsters an opponent controls.

Its last, and possibly most devastating, ability is its “one turn kill” effect. This ability allows Ra to absorb all but one of its owner’s Life Points to increase its Attack and Defense Points. This means that Ra could potentially add 3999 Attack and Defense Points to its already existing stats. The Winged Dragon of Ra was an overpowered beast that even Yugi barely managed to defeat, even when he was using the combined power of Slifer the Sky Dragon and Obelisk the Tormentor.


Slifer The Sky Dragon Automatically Destroys Any Monster With Less Than 2000 Attack Points

At first glance, Slifer the Sky Dragon appears to be vastly weaker than its God Card brethren. Its power is solely dependent on the number of cards the user holds times 1000. This means that its Attack Points could easily drop to zero if a duelist is not careful. However, what makes Slifer the Sky Dragon truly terrifying is its special ability. When an opposing Monster is Summoned to the field, Slifer will automatically attack with its second mouth. This ability instantly lowers the power of the enemy Monster by 2000 Attack Points, then destroys any Monster whose Attack Points drop to zero.

This means that lower-level Monsters used to Summon stronger Monsters are going to be destroyed the second they are Summoned. Even if an opponent manages to Summon a high powered Monster, Slifer’s second mouth prevents it from being a threat by reducing its Attack Points. Slifer the Sky Dragon’s special ability is devastating enough that it more than makes up for its fluctuating Attack power, as it consistently destroys or significantly nerfs any Monster that faces it.


Monster Reborn Can Instantly Bring Back A Monster Back From The Graveyard With No Cost To The User

This Spell Card allows the user to revive any Monster from their graveyard (or their opponent’s graveyard) and Summon it to the field. It doesn’t matter if the desired Monster has 500 Attack Points or 5000, just throw this card down and it’s back in the game for no cost. 

This card’s power is evident not only by how useful it is - it was often used by Yugi to execute a winning strategy - but also by the fact that everyone and their grandmother had this card in their deck. Monster Reborn is one of the most frequently used cards in the first Yu-Gi-Oh! series, appearing in over 50 episodes of the series. Considering how overpowered it was, it’s not at all surprising it was used in nearly every duel.


The Seal Of Orichalcos Boost All Monsters By 500 Attack Points, And Steals Souls

This Spell Card has multiple abilities that would frighten any duelist unfortunate enough to face it. Once a duelist activates the Seal of Orichalcos, all Monsters they control have their Attack Points increased by 500. As if having an automatic 500 Attack Point increase for every monster isn’t enough, the user of this card can also have more than five Monsters on their side of the field. By utilizing their Spell and Trap Card Zones, they can have a total of 10 Monsters on their side of the field.

Also, Monster Cards placed in the Spell and Trap Card Zones cannot be attacked by enemy monsters until all creatures located in the Monster Card Zone have been destroyed. The Seal of Orichalcos allows the user to not only have a squad of powered-up Monsters but also gives the user the options to protect their stronger Monsters by placing them in the Spell and Trap Card Zones. This way, their Special Monsters can launch attacks while a line of expendable Monsters protect them. 

The Seal of Orichalcos also takes the loser of the duel's soul. That obviously sucks if you’re the loser, but also kind of sucks if you’re the winner. What are you suppose to do with someone’s sou, anyway? Most people would rather take their opponent's rarest card, like in the Battle City arc, or get a little money instead.


Crush Card Prevents Opponents From Playing Monster With Over 1500 Attack Points

The Crush Card is utilized by infecting a Monster with less than 1000 Attack Points. When that Monster is destroyed in battle, the Crush Card infects the opponent’s deck and prevents them from using any Monster with more than 1500 Attack Points.

This card is to high-level Monsters what the plague was to 13th-century Europeans. There is nothing the duelist it’s used against can do to remove the damage done by this card: it’s active until the end of the duel. Preventing a duelist from utilizing their strongest monsters, without any type of penalty to the user, essentially ensures the opponent's defeat.


Call Of The Haunted Creates An Army Of Invincible Zombies

Call of the Haunted is a Trap Card that delivers on the promise of its name. Upon activation, up to five Monsters from the user’s graveyard return to the field. That alone would be super overpowered, but the resurrected creatures are also gifted with the power of the undead.

Unlike normal zombies, which can be put down with a headshot, these undead Monsters are invincible and cannot be killed by enemy Monsters. It’s no surprise that Joey needed Yugi to help him devise a strategy to defeat the effects of this powerful card.


Mirror Force Can Rebound An Enemy Attack And Destroy All Their Attack Position Monsters

Mirror Force is a Trap Card found in Yugi’s deck that has saved him quite a few times. This card activates when an enemy Monster targets a Monster the user controls. Not only does it repel the enemies attack back at them, but it also destroys all Monsters on the opponent's side of the field in the Attack Position.

This card is way too brutal. Mirror Force can completely obliterate an opponent’s defenses, leaving them completely open to a direct attack. If it simply destroyed the attacking Monster that would be fine. However, having up to five of an opponent’s Monsters destroyed at once, regardless of Attack Points, is ridiculously overpowered.


Exodia The Forbidden One Instantly Grants Victory To Whoever Holds All Five Pieces

Anyone who watched the original Yu-Gi-Oh! anime will remember this Monster well. Once a duelist holds all five piece of Exodia in their hand, they are automatically declared the winner of the duel. Having to pull all the necessary cards to Summon this all powerful Monster may sound difficult, but it becomes easier with a properly constructed deck. A duelist can load their deck with cards like Pot of Greed (which allows them to draw TWO CARDS) and Graceful Charity to increase the number of cards they can draw. This, in turn, raises their chances of getting all five pieces.

Exodia was the reason that Yugi was able to defeat Kaiba in the beginning of the anime. Despite facing all three of Kaiba’s Blue Eyes White Dragons, Yugi managed to Summon Exodia the Forbidden One, instantly granting him victory. When you consider how overpowered this card is, it’s not surprising that Yugi, shortly after his duel with Kaiba, lost three of the five pieces of Exodia when Weevil Underwood threw them off the side of a boat. It would have been very difficult for the audience to be worried about Yugi losing a duel if Exodia could be Summoned to save him, no matter how screwed he was.



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Thu, 09 Mar 2017 03:11:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/most-overpowered-cards-in-yu-gi-oh-anime/preston-lewis
<![CDATA[The Most Aggressively Sexual Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/super-sexual-anime/jonah-dorrance

Believe it or not, these super sexual anime are not hentai. They may be lewd, racy, and naughty, but they don’t quite cross the line into all-out porn. Though not hentai, their plots abound with sexual themes, if sex isn't already the main plot. In these shows, breasts possess a mighty power, scantily clad bodies are the norm, and a male character gets at least three females to fawn over him, whether he wants it or not. One show's entirety centers on the fictional sport "Keijo," where women in swimsuits use breasts and booty to knock their opponent off a platform and into the pool below. Super sexual anime will cross all sorts of lines with absolutely no qualms about it.

You probably wouldn’t want to watch these series with your parents, and you might be reluctant to admit you actually like them. However, no one can deny these naughty anime are entertaining, and satisfy every kind of fan service imaginable.


The Most Aggressively Sexual Anime,

Sekirei

Heaven's Lost Property

High School DxD

To Love-Ru

High School of the Dead

Kiss x sis

Shinmai Maou no Testament

Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls

Prison School

Shimoneta: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist


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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:26:50 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/super-sexual-anime/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[The 15 Most Blatant Fan Service Moments On One Piece]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/fan-service-in-one-piece/crystal-brackett

One Piece is a lengthy pirate epic filled with glorious adventure, heartbreaking tales of the Straw Hats' journey across the seven seas, and, last but not least, loads of fan service. If you're unfamiliar with what exactly the term "fan service" means, you might be able to guess what it is just by the terminology itself.

Whenever a show like One Piece does something explicitly to get a rise out of the viewer, such as when Nami or Nico Robin are in the middle of a conversation and their boobs inexplicably jiggle, it's 100% fan service. Here, you'll find prime moments of obvious One Piece fan service made for your viewing pleasure. Now, you can fondly reminisce about all those times where the Luffy and Nami fan service in One Piece got so in-your-face you almost stopped caring whether or not they ever actually find the One Piece treasure. While the fan service in One Piece is usually quite blatant, that doesn't mean it's not fun.


The 15 Most Blatant Fan Service Moments On One Piece,

Nami's Bathing Suit Scene In The Glorious Island Episode Is A Montage Of Boob And Crotch Shots

Rebecca's Armor Was Modeled After Red Sonja, And It Was Totally Provocative

Absalom Sneaks In And Spys On Nami In The Shower, Giving The Viewer An Entire Compilation Of Her Stripping And Bathing

When Nami Meets Usopp After The Timeskip, She Embraces Him In Her Boobs And He Admires Them Thoroughly

Sadi-chan From Impel Down Is An Erotic S&M Freak Who Is Pure Underboob Fan Service, Especially When She Gets Tied Up And Suspended In Rope

Mr. 2 Copied Nami And Flashed The Whole Crew

Nami And Robin's Boobs Grew Phenomnenly After The Time Skip

The Fight Between Kalifa And Nami Starts Off With Both Of Them Completely Naked In A Bathtub, Then Progresses Into An Erotic One-On-One

When Nami And Robin Play Volleyball, The Ball Isn't The Only Thing Bouncing

Every Time A Woman's Boobs Jiggle For Absolutely No Reason, Especially During Dialogue


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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:41:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/fan-service-in-one-piece/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[The Best Anime Cosplayers In America]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-cosplayers-in-america/crystal-brackett

The artists you're about to meet are the absolute best of the best in cosplay. "Cosplay" is the abbreviated word for the term "costume play," except with cosplay this good, it's hard to classify their serious costume crafting as simply "playing." They've earned the title of greatest cosplayers for a reason, and you can see the unabashed commitment to their work shine through in their photos, videos, and livestreams.

Cosplay enthusiasts from all over the world have settled in America, and the country is seriously beaming with talent when it comes to costuming, designing, modeling, and all sorts of other entertainment involving geeky fandom. Professional cosplayers in the United States consistently engage in high-level cosplay overflowing with creativity and skill. Seriously, these are the very best cosplayers in the US, so get ready to be blown away by some insane skill and dedication.


The Best Anime Cosplayers In America,

Ginny McQueen

Ginny McQueen is known as "G-chan" to many in the cosplay world, and she's been around for quite some time. Since she started cosplaying in 1998, she has grown to have quite a large following and is engaged in a variety of multimedia endeavors. See the full extent on her website, where she addresses controversial subjects and exposits her views on feminism, fashion, and fandom.


Vampy Bit Me

Linda Le, AKA "Vampy Bit Me" or simply "Vampy," is a cosplayer and costumer named after her own fictional character persona. Her prop-building goes to the extreme, as you can see in her fully-mobile Gundam girl cosplay. Her online store is loaded with cosplay prints and merch that show off her variety of crafting skills.


Riki LeCotey

Riki LeCotey is a Canadian cosplayer and model based out of the United States. In the cosplay world, she goes by the handle "Riddle." With over 14 years in the fashion and costume design industry, she's renowned as one of the best cosplayers and costumers in the North American region. She has also worked on films, serving in the costume and wardrobe department for X-Men: First Class and Captain America: Civil War.


Jessica Nigri

Jessica Nigri is a New Zealand-American cosplay celebrity that can often be found streaming on Twitch and various YouTube channels. In addition to maintaining a popular online persona, she is often a cosplay correspondent for major anime and video game events. 


Megan Coffey

Megan Coffey, AKA "Starbuxx," is a beauty pageant queen with a love for anime. She competed in the Miss America pageant in 2007 (anime cosplay was not her talent, unfortunately) and has an arsenal of diverse cosplay under her belt, which you can see on her variety of social media sites like DeviantArt and Facebook. She's also an artist who loves to show off her anime works, which you can also check out on her other DeviantArt page.


Stella Chuu

You can usually catch the burlesque performer/model Stella Chuu during one of her online Twitch streams, where she will makes elaborate costumes and teaches makeup tutorials. The entertaining and bubbly Stella Chuu travels to multiple conventions a year, where she both models and promotes body positivity during panels.


Nana Bear

Nana Bear is a powerhouse of creativity and fun. Nana takes anime cosplay to the next level by crafting new and innovative mash-ups, which you can clearly see in her Darth Vader-Pikachu hybrid. Her Facebook fan page and Patreon are loaded with pictures and exclusive content that fans of her work can enjoy while she brings her quirky cosplay ideas to life.


Yaya Han

Yaya Han is an extremely talented Chinese-American anime cosplayer based out of the United States. Her works in fashion have even allowed for her to launch an exclusive line of cosplay fabric that's currently sold through the major fabric outlet Jo-Ann Fabrics. Her extraordinary costume creations are also available on her online store.

 


Meg Turney

Megan Turney is an Internet personality and cosplayer best known for her work on SourceFed and Rooster Teeth's The Know. You can currently find her on her own streaming channels on Twitch and YouTube, and get exclusive updates through her Patreon, which she uses to help fund her cosplay adventures.



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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:22:47 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-cosplayers-in-america/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[American TV Shows That Would Make Amazing Anime Series]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/american-tv-shows-that-would-make-great-anime/travis-morgan

Both Hollywood and anime have traded notes for years, spawning The Matrix, Kill Bill, and a Japanese remake of Unforgiven, to name a few. There aren't many TV shows that follow this pattern, but you can see how American movies could be made into anime. In the same vein, TV show anime adaptations could also work. In fact, they're already designed for television, so they'd probably be even better.

American TV and Japanese animation share more than the same broadcast medium. Angry teens with special powers, wacky humor, and over-the-top fight scenes are present in both. Anime also doesn't shy away from mature themes, so incorporating crime or baby mama drama wouldn't seem out of place. Also, some shows would definitely benefit from animation. Everyone's seen cheesy effects in live action that would not only look better if animated, but totally bad ass. There are plenty of American shows that could be great anime series given the right conditions. 


American TV Shows That Would Make Amazing Anime Series,

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

You can't go wrong with hot girls and guys kicking (or kissing) vampire ass. People who have seen Blood C may beg to differ, but Buffy knows exactly what it wants to do. It aims to be campy and fun and it delivers. Sure, the older mentor adds some sobering reality, but that gets quickly drowned out by awesome fight scenes and cheesy sound effects.

Said scenes would look way better animated (or at least not as silly) and provide some gravitas to the property. Speaking of fight scenes, if they could blend the best of Hellsing and Vampire Hunter D, it would go down as one of the best action series in anime history.


Dexter

Dexter wouldn't be the first guy in Japanese animation to exact justice through questionable means (two words: The Rapeman). But if the "serial killer with a heart of gold" angle doesn't convince you, then the gory visuals will. After all, if there's one thing anime does well, it's pools of blood. And considering how breathtaking South America looked in Michiko & Hatchin, you've gotta be itching to see what animators could do with South Beach.


Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Power Rangers already has its roots in Japan, and it would be so much less cheesy in animation. The Zord battles would go from Rock'em Sock'em Robots to a mecha fans wet dream. And the rangers' transformation sequences would be more believable. Overall, less Power Point and more magical girl. Lastly, the "monster of the week" story structure is right out of a shōnen battle series. The series is perfectly suited for animation. 


Scrubs

Essentially, Scurbs is a screwball comedy with live-action cartoon characters. Also, they explode with melodrama from time to time. This bipolar shift in tone is a trademark of many anime, and Scrubs only gets more anime-like when you look at the large cast of characters.

It's easy to picture them all in an opening sequence: running aimlessly, high fiving during surgery, more running, a group photo shoot, and a quick pan up to the sky. It pretty much animates itself. 


Smallville

Nothing screams "anime" louder than a super-powered teen. Toss in a love triangle, a rival who's a frenemy, and you've got a classic recipe for success. No, it's not the most original concept, but it leaves a lot of room to experiment.

For one, you could swap small town Kansas for the Japanese countryside, and Clark could be the hafu child of his adoptive parents. It would offer an interesting twist on the classic Superman story. 


Breaking Bad

Walter White is a lot like Death Note's Light Yagami. Both started out with good intentions but were eventually corrupted by their power. They're also insanely smart and are always one step ahead of their pursuers. Also, Walt's foil - Gus Fring - is far more intimidating than the quirky but lovable L. Plus, both men wear corrective eye wear! Just imagine all of the dramatic glasses-flashes we'd be treated to. 


The Walking Dead

With the passing of the manga creator, it's unlikely that the High School of the Dead anime will get a second season. Even so, audiences are pining for a zombie apocalypse anime that's a bit more serious. An adaptation of The Walking Dead would satisfy all parties, as it has both depth and sex appeal. There's no guarantee that this incarnation would summon the power of “Matrix boobs,” but we can always dream. 


American Horror Story

American Horror Story is equal parts grotesque and psychologically horrifying, which are two of anime's fortes. Also, it offers a good blend of adult and teenage characters, something that anime needs more of. Viewers aren't going to feel too young (or too old) to enjoy it.

However, “enjoy" might not be the best choice of words. A latex-clad ninja named “The Rubber Man” isn't necessarily conducive to happy fun times.  


Daredevil

There needs to be an anime that does the Western-style superhero justice. Daredevil's costume looks like a super serious, super sentai, so he's a natural choice. Now, you can't talk about Daredevil without mentioning the action (that corridor scene!). Well, in a world where there are no limits in regards to camera placement or physics, imagine what could be done? If that doesn't get you excited, think of King Pin with a huge sweat drop on his bald head. That's an instant classic waiting to happen. 


Stranger Things

An alternate universe, a super-powered lab escapee, and kids who have the fate of the town resting on their shoulders. Out of all the American shows that could be anime series, Stranger Things might be the most easily adaptable. Heck, the Duffer Brothers (the show's creators) even cited Elfen Lied as one of their inspirations.

That doesn't mean everything would translate well to animation, but anime does have a gift for creepy and gross monsters. Not that they need to go full-on Tetsuo from Akira. You never go full Tetsuo.



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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:48:38 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/american-tv-shows-that-would-make-great-anime/travis-morgan
<![CDATA[16 Absurdly Bad '90s Outfits On Sailor Moon]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-outfits-sailor-moon/melissa-brinks

However impractical, anime has given us some pretty amazing fashion inspiration. Sailor Moon, the absurd '90s anime featuring a crybaby heroine and her squad of impeccably dressed Sailor Scouts is no exception... most of the time. All anime has flaws, especially when it's from the '90s, and the weirdest Sailor Moon outfits outshine even the craziest anime attire.

Because the show frequently featured a "villain of the week" structure, there's a whole host of crazy Sailor Moon outfits out there. Even some of the heroes dabbled in the occasional fashion disaster, proving that good taste isn't always universal. Like superheroes, sometimes attempts at costuming venture from cool and unique to weird and off-putting, especially when there's a combination of realistic, decades-old outfits and clothes that are literally from space.

When "pretty" is right there in the name Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, we can expect a higher caliber of fashion. The show usually delivers, and even the weirdest clothes in Sailor Moon are inspiring in their singular badness. Even if we wouldn't want to wear any of these bizarre getups ourselves, there's something great about a show so willing to lean into the weird and unusual possibilities of clothing.


16 Absurdly Bad '90s Outfits On Sailor Moon,

What Is There To Say Beyond "Sexy Elephant Vacuum Cosplay?"

This is so weird it almost comes right around the bend and becomes great again. Almost. While Daimons can't help that they're inanimate objects turned into villains, the animators could have at least tried to make them cool. Why the breast tubing? Why the elephant head? Just... why?


U-Estern Invents The Sexy Poncho

U-Estern, a western-themed Daimon, proves that even an over-the-top villain can be too on the nose. Between the cactus hat, deep-cut poncho, horseshoe earrings, gun holster, and the horse (which is actually just a head on a pogo stick), there's no good place to start with this weirdness because it's all just terrible.


Fish Eye's Jumpsuit Is Evocative Of The Michelin Man

Though Fish Eye's color palette is wonderful (as per usual), his bulging jumpsuit is a bizarre choice. The entire Dark Moon Circus has a strange fashion sense, but Fish Eye's in particular feels less like a circus performer and more like the Michelin Man.


Eternal Sailor Moon Needs To Learn That Less Is More

We get it, Eternal Sailor Moon is her most powerful form. But that doesn't mean we need clashing primary colors, gumball shoulders, and wings. Tone it down a bit, Usagi. Try to have some class. 


Iron Mouse's Journalist Getup Looks Out Of Place And Time

There's a way to make the journalist look work, and Iron Mouse's take isn't it. Her dark suit and hat look terribly out of place in the pastel world of Sailor Moon, and what's most disappointing is that this could have been cute. Instead, it looks like a cheap Halloween costume.


Mamoru Channels A Pastel Clown

Hey, Mamoru? Heads up: this is not what normal human beings wear to go jogging. Perhaps if you wore one of these ruffly pieces you could get away with it, but having what appears to be three separate bunchy shirts looks straight-up absurd.


Seiya Sends A Sincere Emergency Message In This Atrocious Outfit

SOS indeed. While Seiya's ponytail and structured suit are weird enough, his street clothes are just as unappealing. This giant jersey, red baseball cap, and mint pants suggest he got dressed in the dark and avoided all mirrors before heading out on his not-date with Usagi.


Shoes Can Be A Great Statement Piece, But Maybe Not Like This

Daimons tend to make particularly ridiculous fashion statements, as Hurdler proves with her giant shoe. It's impractical, silly, and unappealing. If you're going to defy all rational sense of fashion, it should at least look neat. In this case, it looks like a bad Halloween costume.


Mamo Strikes Again In An Abstract Graphic Tee

Mamoru, sometimes you need to make a hard choice. In this case, that choice is sleeve ruffle, graphic tee, or mustard high-waisted pants. All three make you look like you ate a fashion magazine and barfed up an outfit - it's mismatched, weird, and unflattering.


Usagi's Mismatched Power Suit Is A Pepto-Bismol Mess

If Usagi's powerful blazer fit a little bit better (or if she hadn't paired it with ostentatious teal shorts), this outfit might have had a chance. As it is, she looks like a little girl who's stolen her mother's jacket to play dress up. The fact that she's stepping on Artemis only makes it worse.



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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:54:25 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-outfits-sailor-moon/melissa-brinks
<![CDATA[The Best Body Swap Anime Ever Made]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-body-swap-anime/anna-lindwasser

You probably know about body-swapping from American movies like Freaky Friday. What you may not have known about is the trope's common usage in anime. In a body-swap story, Character A's consciousness transfers to Character B's body, and vice versa. This leads to character development, where they learn to understand themselves and each other; it can also result in one character running into the bedroom to have "fun" with their new body. Depends on the anime, guys. 

Some anime, like Kokoro Connect, Your Name, and Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches use body swapping as their central theme, utilizing its nuances to drive the plot and characterization. In other anime, including classics like One Piece, Card Captor Sakura, and Dragon Ball Z, body swapping acts as one plot device amidst a larger story. The list below features the greatest body-swapping anime for you to peruse and vote on. These are the tales going out of their way to switch it up for your entertainment, literally. 


The Best Body Swap Anime Ever Made,

Kimagure Orange Road

Ranma ½

Kaiba

Miracle Girls

Kokoro Connect

Your Name

To Love-Ru

Yamada and the Seven Witches

Murder Princess

Punch Line


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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:38:40 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/best-body-swap-anime/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[Anime Characters Seemingly Designed Specifically To Frustrate Cosplayers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-frustrating-anime-characters-to-cosplay/ranker-anime

Often, cosplayers find brilliant ways to tackle hard anime cosplay. They call forth unimaginable levels of creativity, until even the most difficult anime cosplay can be created, put on, and functioned in. Sometimes, the anime cosplay is just impossible to look away from. The truth, however, is that most cosplayers have run into a character design somewhere that’s made them want to give up entirely.

Sometimes, the last straw is having to draft an original pattern, because the garment on a character has no "real" pattern close to it. Other times, piecing together homemade armor is what drives cosplayers to madness. There are some cosplayers who find themselves anxious when there’s a wig to style capable of draining a hairspray can. Other curse-worthy challenges include: shoes that can't be walked in comfortably, gravity-defying accessories, weapons that convention security will hate, and pieces that light up, fold, and/or transform.

You don’t have to be a cosplayer yourself to suspect that certain characters might be the hardest anime characters to cosplay. These are some of the most intimidating examples, and it really seems like they were created just to frustrate cosplayers.


Anime Characters Seemingly Designed Specifically To Frustrate Cosplayers,

Suzaku Kururugi

Although there is nothing physical Suzaku Kururugi cannot do - including wearing, fighting, and spin-kicking in his Knight of Zero outfit - cosplayers might have a tougher time mimicking Suzaku's grace.

Is the circus-tent hood on his cape meant to... work? Just how many collars are involved on that pilot suit? Don't underestimate the riddles on the back of the body suit or the number of flaps and jewels on the ensemble, either. All of it combines to make a functionally inimitable costume. 


Sheryl Nome

Sheryl is like Lady Gaga, but in space: she's a famous singer with a wardrobe of unique, fabulous ensembles. Unlike Gaga, however, Sheryl's performance outfits are holographic. Her clothes on stage - even her hair color - can transform in less time than it takes Alto to get angsty.

The frustration for cosplayers, therefore, seems less about how to make any one of Sheryl's bold outfits and more about how to pull off the world's fastest costume and wig changes. Who doesn't want to belt out songs, steal audience attention and create incredible illusions? Extra points if you can appear to clone and interact with yourself during your holographic stage performance.


Levi Ackerman

This one might not seem super difficult. If you exclude the weapons from the 3D Maneuver Gear, isn't this cosplay just a pair of normal pants, a simple shirt and cloak, plain boots, a jacket of debatable color, and straps?

Well, the problem is, those harnesses involve a lot of straps. Where do pieces connect to one another, and should they be able to stretch, or not? Can one use the bathroom in Levi's gear, or must the whole harness be taken off in order to relieve oneself? Then you've got Levi's shaved-in-back haircut, which can make the issue of creating a proper wig for him a challenge.


Prue From Valvrave The Liberator

Prue exists inside a virtual system, and while that might explain some of his character design, it fails to justify his challenging color palette. Is that hair a total of four different neons, or is the braid-like strand that crowns his head a detachable headband of some sort?

Also, is it only Prue's wings that glow lime green, or does his clothing emanate light as well? Anybody looking to cosplay Prue might need to study light-up cosplay methods in depth first, and that's a real pain. 


Maestro Delphine Eraclea From Last Exile

In the real world, Delphine would not be able to sit down with her pointy hip-and-butt pieces. It's also basically impossible to determine what materials are best to choose for this outfit in terms of function versus fashion.

Part of this design appears stretchy, but other parts look to be plastic (or metal). Also, it's difficult to tell if the ensemble is a single article of clothing or multiple pieces. Successfully building and walking in Delphine's hoof-like shoes would be a feat as well. 


Ragyo Kiryuin From Kill La Kill

Most of the characters in Kill la Kill wear clothes that make no sense, but Ragyo's character design is its own, maddening brand of frustration. Assuming one can navigate the initial challenge involved in the skimpiness of her attire, there's still that feather boa to consider - or is it more of a cloak or a jacket? And how does it stay up on her arms?

Also, don't forget Ragyo's gravity-defying hair emits borderline-blinding radiance in the form of rainbow light rays. That's... not easy to replicate.


Shouto Todoroki From My Hero Academia

This design is a quirky one: half of Shouto's body is covered in ice. While there is probably a cosplayer somewhere willing to ice sculpt half a body, then fit themselves inside it for a photoshoot, most cosplayers looking to dress like Shouto will need to find a better route. How does one achieve a glinting, icy effect while still retaining range of motion? 


Haydee From Gankutsuou: The Count Of Monte Cristo

Gankutsuou's kaleidoscopic animation style uses moving patterns for its character designs. Cosplaying any character from this show would be a challenge, but Haydee's kimono sports an irregular spread of geographic shapes, flowers, and human faces no real-life fabric can mimic.

Even Haydee's hair is patterned. If tackling the wig is not enough to frustrate a cosplayer, add in Haydee's otherworldly, intricate harp, her pointed elf ears, and her unnatural skin color. Alexander Dumas didn't anticipate how difficult he was going to make lives for cosplayers when he wrote The Count of Monte Cristo


Sugata Shindou From Star Driver

Sugata seems like the least flamboyant character in Star Driver, until he shows up wearing this fanning cloak of peacock feathers and a combination masquerade mask/crown. Peacock feathers are super expensive, sure, but that's not the worst part for cosplayers here.

This outfit involves unusually pointy armor that covers Sugata's limbs to the digits. There's also a skin-tight body suit with most of the chest and the waist cut out, too. There is no practical way to replicate and article of clothing like that. It would be impossible to make it both stay up and cling to the torso.


Sagittarius Seiya From Saint Seiya Omega

The patterning phase of armor is important. Unless you like the idea of being immobile for long periods of time, you've got to conceptualize each piece carefully. This is easier to manage when an armor design leaves space for silly things, like the natural human range of motion.

Range of motion is apparently not important to Seiya. Sagittarius Seiya's body is almost entirely covered in overlapping armor pieces that seem to prevent joints from bending - and he's got gravity defying metal wings to boot. This armor is unwearable for flesh-and-blood people. 



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Wed, 08 Mar 2017 08:37:34 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/most-frustrating-anime-characters-to-cosplay/ranker-anime
<![CDATA[15 Reasons Your Name Is The Anime Masterpiece Of Our Generation]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-to-watch-your-name/jonah-dorrance

From visionary director Makoto Shinkai, master of the most aesthetically pleasing films ever made, comes the box-office hit Your Name. Quickly regarded as one of the best anime of all time, this contemporary tale follows high school students Taki and Mitsuha, a city boy and a country girl who suddenly swap bodies. They must adapt to each other's profoundly different lives while facing some important questions: why is this happening, and how can they find each other? 

Aside from the awe-inspiring animation that Shinkai’s films regularly bestow upon audiences, there are many reasons why Your Name is a great anime and a great story. Like Beauty and the Beast, or A Goofy MovieYour Name is something special, something more than the sum of its parts that becomes an instant classic. You don't want to miss out on the this masterpiece.


15 Reasons Your Name Is The Anime Masterpiece Of Our Generation,

The Storytelling Is Masterful

Your Name isn't a run-of-the mill story, and it's certainly not told in an unimaginative fashion. Despite the ambitious story and level of mystique present throughout the film, it never loses you. It keeps you hooked with a need to not only unravel the mystery, but see the two protagonists find each other.

Every detail the viewer is given means something and finds its way into the plot somehow, allowing the audience to pick up these pieces and follow Taki and Mitsuha's journey just as they do. Those unfamiliar with anime might assume the structure will be simple, something standard for adolescent audiences, but that's simply not the case.


The Soundtrack Is Magical

Courtesy of the Japanese rock band RADWIMPS, Your Name comes with a sentimental and compelling soundtrack. The music complements the many facets of the film, jump-starting the raucous confusion of the body-swapping while shifting effortlessly to the intense longing between Taki and Mitsuha. Paired with the astonishingly vivid animation, the music draws out every expression moment to moment, and stays with you even when the film is over.


The Hero And Heroine Feel Like Real People

Considering that Mitsuha and Taki live as each other on random days, it's a given that their characters are going to be a little complex. It's their blend of personalities in one another that elevate them above regular anime protagonists, both of them becoming more attuned to who they are the more they spend their time as someone else.

Their characters are full of depth and surprises, undergoing poignant development in their attempt to understand what's happening to them. Refreshingly, Mitsuha isn't a female character written just to bring boys to the theater. She's entirely her own individual. She's smart, brave, caring, and headstrong, while Taki proves to be wonderfully thoughtful and not just your standard Tokyo anime boy.


The Incredible World Building

One can't mention Makoto Shinkai without addressing his powerful use of atmosphere and landscapes. Shinkai expertly proves how versatile animation can be, never wasting a frame and always bringing the beauty out of the simplest things.

Part of the experience of a Shinkai film is experiencing the emotions each setting is capable of evoking, from tinges of loneliness in a crowded train, to the awe of a falling star, and even a sense of nostalgia for a home that belongs to someone else. This is a visual experience only a handful of creators are capable of crafting, and it's not one to be missed.


The Accurately Depicted Obstacles Of Body-Swapping

Normally, in banal fare like Freaky Friday or The Hot Chick, the small details of body-swapping are swept under the rug. Not so in this movie. It looks into the everyday hurdles one would face living someone else's life, such as working a job you've never done before, and the practicalities of using the restroom in a body that is wildly different from the one you're used to.

Also, as embarrassing as it might be to admit, it can't be denied that most people would definitely find themselves curious about certain body parts they don't usually have, and this film delivers that too. The movie presents a realistic approach to a fantastical phenomenon, and it's more than worth it to see how the two leads figure it all out.


It's Artistic, But Not Pretentious

The box-office numbers are enough to prove that this film isn't reserved for only anime enthusiasts, but rather that it's a story everyone can enjoy. Your Name comes from a critically admired film creator, but the movie is down to earth, inviting, and enjoyable for even first-time anime watchers.

The humor connects with all ages, and the interwoven, diverse genres provide something for everyone. This isn't some cookie-cutter romance or a superhero action flick, but rather a driven tale not only better than most other anime films, but the majority of live-action ones as well.


It's A Love Story That Embraces The Wonders Of Technology

Society seems to be stuck on the idea that the old-fashioned way of falling in love is the most romantic, constantly reminding us that technology drives us apart instead of bringing us together. This film proves that wrong beautifully, giving viewers a contemporary take on exchanging letters and saving dates.

The protagonists Mitsuha and Taki use their cell phones to keep diaries of their days spent in one another's bodies, allowing them to learn about each other and document the changes they go through. This is a love story that younger generations might relate to and find accessible, but it's also a romance so steeped in longing that anyone and everyone can appreciate their journey.


The Unpredictable Storyline

You know a movie is original when you can't guess what's going to happen. Your Name might seem like a body-swapping comedy on the surface, but you quickly realize it's so much more than that. So many movies with young adult protagonists are formulaic, usually opting for something simple and stereotypical with cliques and frenemy wars.

This is far from that, and more so, this film inspires universal feelings of love and loss within a highly complex plot. It will throw you for a loop and keep you on your toes until the very end, an aspect that cements this film into the masterpiece that it is.


It Seamlessly Blends Genres

Your Name is a love story and mystery wrapped in a science-fiction, a magically real universe under the threat of disaster. Although that may seems like a collection of incompatible categories, they come together coherently, bringing out the best qualities of each different genre.

Rarely can a movie attempt so many plotlines and execute them well, making sure each one is not only addressed but satisfied. If you've been looking for something that checks off multiple, disparate boxes, this film is for you. Your Name won't leave you hanging. You won't be able to see where one genre ends the other begins, it's a perfect blend of ideas that make for an exciting, entertaining experience.


There Are So Many Feels

This story gets under your skin and buries itself in your heart, bringing forth both joyful tears and gross sobbing. There is a reason this film did so remarkably well, and it's because of how personal it feels, despite it being someone else's story.

You want the heroes to find each other so badly and you watch them work so hard for it, before you know it you're a part of their struggle. It's a rollercoaster no doubt, but definitely one you need to ride.



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Wed, 08 Mar 2017 08:07:58 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/reasons-to-watch-your-name/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[A Glossary Of Anime Terms You Really Have To Know To Be An Otaku]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-term-glossary/crystal-brackett

Ever been in the middle of a heated conversation with an otaku and find yourself stumped over whatever anime terminology they're talking about? Well, you'll never have to scour the web for whatever that otaku jargon meant because you have your anime dictionary right here. Here, you'll find anime terms and common words that you'll hear at every single convention, so be sure to pay attention to the otaku terminology that you need to know in order to survive out in the nerd world. Seriously, get ready to beef up your anime vocabulary.

This repository includes both Japanese and American super-geek-charged terminology, and everything's a necessity for navigating your way around anime fandom. After all, you don't want to be a lost and confused wannabe-weeaboo. 


A Glossary Of Anime Terms You Really Have To Know To Be An Otaku,

Cosplay

Short for "costume play," cosplay is the act of dressing up as a character from media. In this case, that media is anime.


Manga

Manga are Japanese comics that are typically read from back to front, and from left to right. When they're localized for the West, they're called graphic novels.


Chibi

A Japanese word coined from "Chicchanabito" or "Chicchana no Hito," it means "short" or "small" person. When something is chibi, it is usually small and cute, and can often refer to fan art where anime characters are drawn in a bobble-head fashion.


Otaku

Otaku is a Japanese term used for a die-hard fan of anything, not just anime. If you're obsessed with something geeky, then you're an otaku.


Shōnen

Shōnen, which is a Japanese word meaning "boy," is also a style of anime and manga that's aimed towards a young male audience, usually between the ages of 8 and 18. The most popular fighting and adventure franchises come from this genre, such as Naruto, One Piece, and Dragon Ball Z.


Yandere

Yandere refers to a person who starts out sweet, but ends up being obsessive and often violent with their emotions towards people. Their complete devotion to another character becomes mentally deranged, devastating, and destructive.


Baka

A Japanese word meaning "fool" or "idiot". Usually, this word is used in its own sentence as a jabbing insult.


Kawaii

To put it simply, "kawaii" means cute. Since the Japanese word stems from kanji meaning "to love," whatever you find lovely and charming can be considered kawaii.


Sensei

When a person is called sensei, it means that they are a teacher in some form. Most commonly seen in martial arts or classroom settings, the sensei is the person who has a profession or skill that is higher than another. It is also a Japanese honorific which means one who is born before another.


Senpai

Japanese terminology used as the title for an upperclassman, usually being someone who is older. This person is typically a mentor of some sort, but is below the rank of sensei. The word can often have a silly or affectionate meaning behind it.



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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:54:13 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-term-glossary/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[Famous Anime Last Words That Will Make You Cry Like A Baby]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/saddest-anime-last-words/crystal-brackett

Prepare to have your feelings ripped out and thrown into a shredder, because these famous last anime words will make you cry like a total baby. If you're ready to reflect on the saddest, best last words in anime, do yourself a favor and have some tissues handy. 

Also, MASSIVE SPOILERS AHEAD. Because, well, it's about the cool yet depressing things anime characters have said on their deathbed. By definition it's going to cover the deaths of your favorite heroes. 

These deaths are the result of everything from tragic illnesses to epic space battles and sacrifices for the human race. Whatever the inciting incident, however, these scenes are bound to slap your feelings around without any remorse. Get ready for some crazy anime tears and try not to blow one of those gross snot bubbles. 


Famous Anime Last Words That Will Make You Cry Like A Baby,

Lelouch Lamperouge

Last Words: "Yes... I... destroy... the world... and... create it... anew."

Lelouch chose to die. He sacrificed himself to save the world. As he finally laid to rest after a fatal stabbing, he spoke his last words to Nunnally, his sister. 

After the long, rugged, bloody road Lelouch Lamperouge endured, it ended with his final act of heroism to the world. If all of this (plus the montage of his life playing in the background and Nunnally crying out desperately next to him) isn't enough to start the waterworks, you just might be a heartless monster.


Spike Spiegel

Last Words: "Bang."

That's all he had to say. Throughout the entire Cowboy Bebop series, you grow to know and love Spike Spiegel. Then, during the very last episode, you watch him finally conclude everything to the point where you think he's going to make it out of this last epic fight.

He holds up his fingers like a gun in an ostensible gesture of triumph. Our quirky bounty hunter did it! He can finally move on with his life. Then you look at him and see how seriously injured up he is and... "Bang." Instead of walking away from the scene in glory, he collapses and dies. It's like the show just shot a big hole in your heart where Spike used to be.


Zabuza Momochi

Last Words: "I know I cannot be, but I wish I could go to where you have gone... How I wish I could join you there... Haku..."

Zabuza came rolling through Naruto as a bad dude on a bad mission. You don't really have any sympathy for him until you learn about his relationship with his young ward, Haku. After Haku dies, Zabuza gets taken down not long after. 

His final sentence is so self-aware and clings so desperately to the solidarity of his life that it cuts deeper than any kunai.


maes hughes

Last Words: "Hey, hey, cut me some slack. I've got a wife and kid at home."

Indeed he did. The kind, caring, cheery Maes Hughes was one person who definitely did not deserve to die. Worst of all, you know he's never going back to see his family, and soon, that same family will have to bury him. The fact that he didn't even kill Envy (who was disguised as his wife at the time) on his way out just throws salt in the wound.


Kamina

Last Words: "Later, Buddy."

Although Kamina's role in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is brief, it's incredibly important, dramatic, and powerful. The strong-willed and spunky Kamina convinced Simon to break out of the underground, to be free, and to not just believe in himself, but to believe in the Kamina who believes in him.

He left as joyously and abruptly as he came, with his final words a simple "Later, Buddy." That was it, but we all knew we'd never see him again.


Senketsu

Last Words: "Don't cry, Ryuko. Sailor uniforms are made to be grown out of. From now on, you're free to wear what you like. Clothes far cuter than I could ever be."

Those were the last words of Senketsu, Ryuko from Kill la Kill's faithful, empowering, and sentient clothing. Possessing a genuine, fatherly attitude towards Ryuko, Senketsu has served as solid moral support during her quest to take down her father's killer. 

Not only was her sailor uniform now grown out of (AKA dead) the story was also coming to its conclusion at that point in the narrative. Overall, it was overwhelming, and also probably only one of the only times in your life that you were sad over a talking shirt. Also, Senketsu knows it was super cute.


Going Merry From One Piece

Last Words: "You always treated me well. Thank you."

Going Merry was the very first ship that the rag-tag Straw Hat Pirates used to sail the seas in One Piece and unfortunately, like many pirate ships, the Going Merry had to go down. When it did, it gave the crew a heartbreaking speech.

After unleashing an arsenal of sentimental as it went down, the most affecting are the beautifully sentimental: "You always treated me well. Thank you." It's enough to take your heart and rip it to shreds, even if it was "just" a ship. 


Menma From Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Last Words: "You found me."

After the entire, tragic story behind Anohana, Menma finally has to has to say goodbye to the gang again, but this time, she has to do it properly.

Menma was a ghost, and it was a struggle for everyone who watched her die the first time to see her again. Ultimately, she is able to leave the physical world, but not without saying her final words to her friends and leaving everyone, including the viewer, to crumble into a pile of emotional dust.


Rem From Trigun

Last Words: "Take care of Knives."

Rem's last words as Project Seed went haywire and she sent Vash and Knives shooting off into space were ones of unparalleled selflessness. By that point in the narrative, the viewer knew Knives, had a major part in the deaths of everyone on board. Vash, losing someone who had treated him and Knives as a mother, was a devastated, crying mess. If the viewer wasn't dead inside, so were they.  


Ushio Okazaki From Clannad: After Story

Last Words: "Daddy? I love you."

In an anime about death, both the audience and Tomoya were forced to go through an insane amount of tragedy and heartbreak. But the death of Tomoya's child in Clannad: After Story is enough to break down even the toughest anime fan.

Although cliché, her final words before her body goes limp and passes away took your heart and threw it in a garbage disposal. Oh, and the fact that Tomoya calls for the help of his dead wife while his daughter dies in his arms doesn't help either.



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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:34:40 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/saddest-anime-last-words/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[Who Would You Cast Instead Of Scarlett Johansson In Ghost In The Shell]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ghost-in-the-shell-fantasy-casting/nida-sea

It’s always fun to fantasy cast an upcoming live-action film based off a Japanese anime or manga series. When Warner Brothers announced a possible live-action version of Attack on Titan, fans took to the web to fantasy cast the role of Eren Jaeger, the lead protagonist. Although the live-action Americanized version of Attack on Titan is still to-be-determined, one anime-turned-live-action for American audiences has already cast its stars, filmed its script, and is ready to hit theaters in March 2017. The film is none other than the highly-anticipated Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson. 

When the production team of the Ghost in the Shell film announced the lead role of Motoko Kusanagi would be played by Johansson, concerns were raised that such casting stood as an example of whitewashing. Many felt the best actors to play Kusanagi should be of Asian descent, while others felt that although Johansson was an okay choice, she’s been intensely overused for many similar, action-themed films.

Given the strong feelings surrounding this, this Ghost in the Shell fantasy casting list is for you to choose who should play Motoko Kusanagi. 


Who Would You Cast Instead Of Scarlett Johansson In Ghost In The Shell,

Chiaki Kuriyama

Fan Bingbing

Lucy Liu

Maggie Q

Ming-Na Wen

Rinko Kikuchi

Jamie Chung

Rila Fukushima

Tao Okamoto

Karen Fukuhara


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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:35:35 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/ghost-in-the-shell-fantasy-casting/nida-sea
<![CDATA[13 Pretty Good Anime Series You Can Binge On Netflix Tonight]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pretty-good-adult-anime-on-netflix/jonah-dorrance

Anime for grown-ups can be a little hard to come by for the adult fan, but thankfully Netflix has acquired a pretty good mixture of series and films with more mature themes and complex plotlines. Violence, profanity, and sexuality are all on display in the following series, making them bad anime for kids, but totally worth checking out for adults.

They may not be the best of the best, but they're definitely not the worst of the worst. Some, like Kill la Kill, are successful in many ways but can be too wacky for the average fan to enjoy. Others stick too closely to genre convention, but throw in a few original concepts or characters that make them a pretty good watch. Like these decidedly average ghost films, horror movies, and horror anime series, these shows are perfect for that comfortable Saturday night when you’re trying to find something watch and just want to take it easy.


13 Pretty Good Anime Series You Can Binge On Netflix Tonight,

The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins is a thoroughbred shonen series with ample fan service and energetic fights. If you're in to that sort of thing, it promises non-stop entertainment. What holds this anime back from being more than just "pretty good" is how familiar the plot is.

It explores very common themes and tropes present in the shonen-adventure genre, following a band of misfit companions on their journey to find those who can restore balance to the kingdom. Despite its simple and rather formulaic plot, the series shines when it comes to characters. They are multidimensional, amusing, and charismatic, breathing a lot of life into the series with their backgrounds and goals. The show is colorful and fun, and it doesn't try to be anything more than what it is.


Expelled From Paradise

This film is animated using CGI instead of traditional 2D-animation, which can be a deal-breaker or a welcome change, as the graphics in this film are detailed and vibrant. Expelled from Paradise isn't entirely different from the norm, however, it won't be life-changing or philosophically challenging. But it does promise big action with larger-than-life robotic weapons, and you can't really ask for much more.

The banter between protagonists Angela and Dingo offers good comedy, and watching them grow together despite their clashing attitudes is endearing, if slightly banal. If you're a mecha fan, or just someone in it for the fan service, this film delivers. 


K Project

K Project has an incredibly unique animation style, which makes the colorful fights much more engaging. The large cast of characters and their gang politics are the driving force behind the plot's progression, their clashes made more interesting with the addition of their spectacular powers.

The dynamic between protagonists Shiro and Kuro is enjoyable, while slightly cliché: the two of them develop into loyal friends despite a rocky start. However, with so many characters, some lack the development they deserve. The few female characters who exist are reduced to a few scenes that highlight their bodies, not their skills.


Nura: Rise Of The Yokai Clan

Yokai Clan borders on its intended age group, definitely catering to teen audiences, but the interesting and complex politics of the yokai world can easily satisfy older fans who aren't interested in run-of-the-mill shonen.

The reluctant protagonist is not by any means a new character type, but anime leads who don't actually want to be stars in their own story always guarantee substantial personalities. The plot is more slow-paced than most fantasy, but the humor, action sequences, and character interactions are engaging enough to inspire interest in the story.


Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Bladeworks

The Fate series has some of the best action sequences in anime, with creative, innovative fighting choreography illuminated by vivid animation. The battles are definitely one of the strongest aspects of Unlimited Bladeworks, a mixture of magic and might setting it apart from other series.

This installment falls short, however, in the plot department. It sounds really cool (it's a high-fantasy all-out war for the holy grail), but it ends up being rather average and predictable. This isn't to say it lacks entertainment. The cast of characters is large, and varied in their personalities as well, which make for compelling interactions and good comedy. The protagonist Shirou is a largely generic hero, but as a result he's accessible to viewers, and his alliance with Rin makes you root for him. Overall, the series packs a lot of punch, and certainly gets you excited about the franchise as a whole.  


Sword Art Online II

Sword Art Online II is decidedly worse than the first installment of the series, with Kirito being heavily over-powered (and somehow getting every girl he encounters to fall in love with him) despite his rather bland personality. However, you can't deny that SAO's action is exceedingly fun to watch and Kirito's talent in every world he plays in makes for some good entertainment.

Fighting is one thing this franchise delivers well, and this series capitalizes on the cool world-building of the MMORPG virtual realities and offers a pretty intriguing murder mystery. If you're more a fan of speed queen Asuna, this second series also features an arc with her at the center, which gives a refreshing change to the show's pace. No one wanted to see her trapped in a tower again. 


Kill La Kill

Kill la Kill is a wild ride by Studio Trigger (who seem to specialize in wonderfully wacky stories, like Space Patrol Luluco), but its intensity is both its draw and its potential setback. Kill la Kill is unique in premise and animation, and it celebrates female protagonists in a positive way, something sorely needed in anime. The over-the-top antics of the characters, however, can cross into the obnoxious. It's loud and unapologetic (just take a look at their outfit transformation above for a quick glimpse), and it may not be the most coherent series, but it's an experience worth giving a shot.


Knights Of Sidonia

Fans of futuristic space adventures rejoice, Netflix original Knights of Sidonia is a totally serviceable show. This series boasts some incredible animation, as the above clip showcases thoroughly, and some fascinating world-building that includes advanced technology and the realities of different sentient species co-existing together.

What keeps this show in the average range is its cliché treatment of characters. They just don't bring anything remarkably new to the table. They're pretty fun to be around, yes, but we've seen them before. However, the space action is fun, the story is well-paced, and it promises one of the most interesting kiss scenes in recent anime history.


Aldnoah.Zero

Princesses, space warfare, and giant piloted robots. Aldnoah.Zero promises a lot of interesting, out of this world concepts, but its execution is ultimately what makes this show "pretty good," not great. The protagonist Inaho carries a familiar personality (the detached but ingenious male lead), and the politics between those that live on Earth and those that live on Mars strongly apes better shows of the same genre.

However, it's fast paced with a lot of action and drama, and the three main characters undergo some interesting and turbulent development. You'll find yourself sucked into their struggles before you know it. One guarantee of quality you can have going into this show is its incredible soundtrack, which was scored by veteran composer Hiroyuki Sawano (Attack on Titan).


Ajin: Demi-Human

While CGI animation isn't always the greatest medium for anime, the gritty adventure of Ajin: Demi Human is worth sticking around for. Protagonist Kei discovers he is an immortal demi-human called an Ajin, a race that is discriminated against and usually captured for experimentation. Fans of this genre might notice similarities with contemporaries like Tokyo Ghoul, as Kei discovers not only the grim life led by Ajins but also the power he's capable of wielding.

These parallels keep this series from being completely unique in terms of themes or character development, but it's definitely original in its designs. Especially with the Black Ghosts, the hulking, nightmarish creature seen above. Lastly, the scene in which series villain Sato faces the SWAT team at Grant Pharmaceuticals is so cool, it easily makes him one of the most badass characters in recent memory.



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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:32:28 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/pretty-good-adult-anime-on-netflix/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[13 Sailor Moon Moments Deemed "Too Much" For American Kids]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/sailor-moon-moments-censored-in-america/crystal-brackett

When Sailor Moon made its way overseas, the anime series experienced some pretty extreme censorship. Apparently, just about everything in the series was too intense for American audiences, including the entirety of the 5th season. With Sailor Moon censored so heavily, fans really had to do some digging to find out even the basic story behind the anime. There are moments, and even full episodes and arcs, from the original Japanese Sailor Moon series that were considered to be just too much for America. This serious Sailor Moon censorship will make you wonder about the other anime censored in the US.

Blood, boob lines, references to death, and every LGBT relationship was heavily censored and edited out of the original American TV run edited by DiC, and Viz later swooped in to re-dub the series and bring fans a truer, more faithful version of Sailor Moon. But that doesn't mean the original chopping and screwing hadn't already been done, so prepare yourself for some cringe-inducing edits of the Sailor Moon moments that America seemingly just couldn't handle.


13 Sailor Moon Moments Deemed "Too Much" For American Kids,

The Whole Final Season Was Cut

The final season of Sailor Moon, Sailor Moon Stars, was never dubbed. The story, which involves a new set of Pretty Soldiers called the Sailor Starlights, has some pretty heavy LGBT themes. The Starlights transform from male to female, and our main heroine, Sailor Moon, becomes infatuated with one of them.

Since the two of them develop a pretty strong (and flirtatious) relationship, Sailor Moon doesn't seem to care about any gender swapping. There was no way to edit out an entire season that's centered around trans, celestial soldiers and their romantic endeavors, so it was never even dubbed in the first place.


Sailor Moon Getting Wasted

Because Sailor Moon was adapted for young children, alcohol references were censored. So, instead of drinking too much spiked punch, the English dub decided Usagi was just super wasted and babbling nonsense because she had food poisoning, not because she was drunk.

She has her first kiss with Tuxedo Mask while she's tipsy, which got changed to a dream in the dubbed version, even though it totally happened. If only every hangover could be edited out. Viz eventually patched all this up in their dub.


Panty (And Leotard) Shots

All the possible-panty shots that occurred during the anime series were totally removed. Now, to be fair, they weren't all just fan service. Those constant runs, jumps, flips, and Moon Prism Powers are bound to cause some skirt-hikes here and there, and the original anime had no problem including them.

However, when Sailor Moon made its way to America, all those sudden leotard flashes had to go, even though they were part of the Pretty Soldier uniforms.


Sailor Moon's Body-Shaming

Sailor Moon features an episode where she freaks out because she gains a few pounds and essentially begins fat shaming herself. Horrifyingly, it promoted the idea of starving yourself to lose weight. In the English version, this episode was edited to encourage healthy eating habits and a more body-positive attitude.

This episode is still pretty awkwardly localized for American audiences, but at least in English there isn't a girl talking about starving herself to get a boy to like her.


Anything That Looked Like Nudity Was Erased

In transformation sequences, anything that remotely even looked like the outline of a boob or other "objectionable" body part was removed. In bath scenes, the problem was solved by either raising the water level or making the water a completely solid color.

It's not even like the original Japanese version even had nudity, there were just outlines of underboob and butts. However, this was a bit too risque for overseas adaptation, so everything was completely erased in one way or another.


Feminine Male Characters Were Changed To Women

Zoisite and Fisheye were two characters forced to swap genders for the presumed prejudices of Western audiences. Both characters are biologically male in the original anime, but were changed to females due to their feminine personality traits.

Zoisite, a gay man, and Fisheye, a cross-dressing villain who appeared later on in the series, magically saw a change in gender when they made their way overseas. There was also Zirconia, the gruff female leader of the Dead Moon Circus who was (for whatever weird reason), made male in the English dub.


All The Blood Was Re-Colored Green

Most instances of violence were completely edited out, but when particular scenes could not be removed, excessive blood was re-colored. Instead of someone's insides spewing bloody red, the color of the blood was changed to green.

Many American audiences probably noticed this when Nephlite was stabbed and his blood came out a brilliant green, which actually made him seem even more inhuman.


Sailor Uranus And Sailor Neptune Are Only "Cousins"

Apparently, the relationship between two of the Pretty Soldiers in Sailor Moon, Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune, was too progressive for American audiences in the '90s. In fact, the English dubbing of the anime made sure that instead of the two ladies being in a relationship, they were "only cousins." This motif was assertively reinforced. 

It's a very, very bad cover-up. There's even a scene where Neptune even has a flashback to her "first kiss" with some totally made-up character named "Brad," and it's a very obvious makeout scene between her and her so-called "cousin" Uranus.


Sailor Mars And Her Abuse Of Sailor Moon

Sailor Mars likes to slap Sailor Moon. A lot. Even it was played for laughs, mostly out of frustration with Usagi, it was deemed as far too violent for American audiences, and all of it was removed. This was probably done to make their relation seem a bit less "physically abusive," and more "bitter and catty."


No One Dies, They're Just Stuck In The Negaverse

During the final fight with Queen Beryl, all references to the death of the Sailor Scouts were completely removed. Instead, the villains say that they've been captured and are being held in the "Negaverse." In the Japanese version, of course, they were just straight-up murdered. 

They did end up coming back to life in the end, however, when Sailor Moon kills Queen Beryl. At least, that was the case in the original series. In the English dub, Sailor Moon only seals her in the Negaverse.



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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 05:13:08 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/sailor-moon-moments-censored-in-america/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[30 "Food Wars!" Meals, Ranked By How Orgasmic They Were]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-food-in-shokugeki-no-soma/jonah-dorrance

Fans everywhere have been salivating over the gourmet cooking in the explosive anime series Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma, which follows aspiring chef Soma Yukihira and his adventures at the cut-throat Totsuki Culinary Academy. This collection of the best food from Food Wars! is mostly creations from the students' shokugekis, or cooking duels, which are used to settle any and every disagreement. Many dishes are inspired by different parts of the world, from Hawaii to Italy, celebrating a variety of spices, styles, and flavors. This series expands the incredibly mouth-watering list of the delicious food featured in anime, guaranteed to give you a food orgasm through the screen.

Care to try your hand at one of these tasty meals? You're in luck! Fellow anime and cooking enthusiasts have compiled most of these recipes for reference, and many have even given them a shot. But be forewarned: these meals are hot enough to get you going in more ways than one.


30 "Food Wars!" Meals, Ranked By How Orgasmic They Were,

Rainbow Terrine

This multi-colored fare is a dual effort by Soma and Megumi in their shokugeki against professional chef Kojiro Shinomiya. Their terrine, which is a layered dish of vegetables, meat, eggs and seasoning, features seven vegetables to create different levels of flavor. 


Quail Stuffed With Risotto And Eggs

Soma conjured this rich dish during his stagiaire stage with chef Kojiro Shinomiya. The quail is roasted, stuffed with creamy risotto, cabbage, and poached eggs.


Gotcha! Pork Roast

The king of creation Soma presented this take on a pork roast, using potatoes, onions, and mushrooms to imitate meat after the meat products in his kitchen are sabotaged. He wrapped his mixture with bacon and herbs, then poured a red wine sauce over it to finish it off.


Mini Souffle Omelet

Soma's breakfast buffet challenger in the Friendship and Rapport Training Camp was this soft, fluffy omelette with a sweet tomato sauce to go with it.


Eggs Benedict

With her "God's Tongue," Erina made this eggs benedict for the Breakfast Buffet Challenge. In addition to her perfectly poached egg, golden sauce, and crispy bacon, Erina added karasumi (salted mullet roe) powder to make this dish extra special.


Chaliapin Steak Bowl

Soma delivered this winning dish in his first shokugeki, defeating Meat Queen, Ikumi Mito. It's a juicy sirloin steak served over rice and topped with minced onions.


Autumn Election Special Beef Stew

Soma used various beef parts in this stew, awarding him victory in his Shokugeki against Subaru during the Autumn Election semi-finals. As a stew, the juices from the vegetables and the meat simmer together, making for some explosive flavor.


French Curry Lobster Rice With Cognac

This simmering was made by "Mad Dog" Ryo Kurokiba during the preliminary round of the Autumn Election Tournament. Ryo used one of the highest grades of cognac in his combination of rice, curry, and lobster.


Loco Moco Bowl

Ikumi Mito's Hawaiian inspired breakfast bowl consists of hamburger steak, white rice, a sunny side up egg, and drizzled with a vinaigrette. She whipped this up for the breakfast buffet challenge in the Friendship and Rapport Training camp. 


Special Smoked Curry

"Prince of Smoke" Shun Ibasaki brought his talent to his dish for the Autumn Election's preliminary round. He laid his smoked bacon, eggs, potatoes and more in a smoked curry, revealing this masterpiece of a meal. 



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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:14:44 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-food-in-shokugeki-no-soma/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[30 Gorgeous Anime Tattoos You Would Actually Get]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-tattoos/jonah-dorrance

Have you ever loved something so much you wish you could keep it forever? If so, take some inspiration from the coolest anime tattoos ever inked. These fans fabulously enshrined a piece of their favorite anime on their body canvas, paying eternal tribute to the characters and symbols they love. Some have gone big, some small, some went subtle, and others went all-out.

Like these tattoos of Avatar: the Last Airbender, Rick and Morty, and Pokemon, this collection of inked artwork features unique illustrations, some remaining faithful to the original work and others opting for a newer spin on a classic. From Ghibli heroines to the iconic mask of Tokyo Ghoul, fans from a wide variety of genres found incredibly creative ways to express their dedication, and on a wide variety of body parts.


30 Gorgeous Anime Tattoos You Would Actually Get,

This Colossal Attack On Titan Tattoo Would Make Even The Smallest Of Squad Captains Proud

A Nostalgia Inducing Forearm Tat Inspired By Anime Classic Cowboy Bebop

This Frighteningly Good Ghost Evolution From Pokemon

This Dragon Ball Sleeve Is Over 9000!

An Adorable Tribute To Demons And Creatures Of The Ghibli Universe

Kaneki Looks Positively Ghoulish In This Vibrant Portrayal Of The Tragic Hero

Even A Miniature Inked Up Evangelion Looks Totally Badass

A Beautifully Intricate Portrait Of Young Witch Kiki Of Kiki's Delivery Service

This Brilliantly Pink Silhouette Of Everyone's Favorite Sailor Scout, Sailor Moon

A Stunning Reimagining Of Princess Mononoke's Heroine


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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 01:37:25 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-tattoos/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[15 Very Disturbing Crimes Committed By Cute High School Girls In Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/most-depraved-anime-school-girls/anna-lindwasser

Anime schoolgirls often look sweet and innocent. They have bright, shiny eyes, cute sailor-themed uniforms, high-pitched voices, and unrealistically wonderful bento making skills. But don't get distracted by how adorable they are chasing after their senpai, though, because beneath that bubbly exterior might lie the heart of a killer. 

These crazy anime schoolgirls electrocute, stab, and shove anyone who gets near the boy they're obsessed with. Some lock their parents in cages and starve them to death. Some psychologically manipulate their neighbors. But whatever dark, horrible act they choose to carry out, they look cute as hell the whole time.

Seriously, don't underestimate anime schoolgirls. There are some nightmarishly terrible anime characters, and schoolgirls are among them. For real, you don't want to mess around with these obsessed anime schoolgirls. They've done some... questionable things.  


15 Very Disturbing Crimes Committed By Cute High School Girls In Anime,

Sekai Saionji

School Days is probably the first series most people think of when they hear the phrase “twisted school girl.” The most extreme violence comes from Sekai Saionji. Sekai’s boyfriend Makoto cheats on her with another girl named Kotonoha, breaks up with her in favor of Kotonoha, and then demands that she get an abortion when he finds out she’s pregnant with his kid. He even makes out with Kotonoha in front of her. Yeah... it's pretty dark.

This is too much for Sekai to take, and she responds by stabbing Makoto repeatedly in the chest, and then cutting off his head. An honorable mention goes to Kotonoha, who kills Sekai upon finding Makoto’s severed head in a bag, and then cuddles said head like a teddy bear.


Saya Kisaragi

Blood-C’s Saya Kisaragi is leading a double life. By day, she’s a friendly, cheerful high school girl, but by night she defends her community from terrifying monsters. By murdering them. Oh, and that is something she’s really, really good at.

Or so she thinks. Most of the conflict is actually manufactured. As it turns out, Saya herself is a monster, and she’s in the middle of a social experiment to determine whether or not her nature can be changed. The result: she totally loves murdering.


Shōko Kirishima

Shōko Kirishima of Baka to Test declared herself the wife of childhood friend Yuuji Nakamoto. While he hasn’t reciprocated her feelings, she’s already picked out names for their kids. If anybody gets near Yuuji, she will stab them in the eyes or electrocute them. Yes, you read that right. She has a taser and she's not afraid to use it. 


Yuno Gasai

When we first meet Yuno Gasai, she has a magical diary that tracks the movements of her childhood crush Yukiteru. Since this is Mirai Nikki, this diary actually pretty useful, but it’s also a tool for stalking. Yuno wants to murder anyone who tries to get too close to Yukiteru, and she's not shy about threatening them.

Oh, also she locked her parents in a cage and starved them to death. To be fair, they were abusing her, so it wasn’t unprompted, but that doesn’t make the part where she talks to their corpses about how her day went any less creepy. 


Hibana Daida

This little girl from Deadman Wonderland might look sweet, but with a nickname like "The Punisher," you can bet she’s anything but. Hibana has a strong sense of justice, so when someone does something she thinks is wrong, she brings the pain.

When she was in kindergarten, some boys flipped her skirt, and she reacted by torturing and killing them. At age seven, she became part of a group of criminals called The Undertakers.


Kaede Fuyou Assaults The Women Her Childhood Friend Talks To

After the death of her parents, Kaede from Shuffle lives with her childhood friend, Rin. She’s desperately in love with him, and she expresses that love in some pretty... bizarre ways. She insists on doing all of the cooking and cleaning (despite Rin’s attempts to help), because caring for him is her whole world. 

This guilt-inducing kindness might not be so bad if she could handle the fact that Rin, who is not her boyfriend, wants to talk to other women. When that happens, she shoves them, demands that they leave, and insists that Rin is “hers.” Yikes.


Anna Nishikinomiya Is A Rapist Who Forced Her Crush To Drink Her "Love Nectar"

Sometimes, a character comes along who makes you think, "huh, maybe anime was a mistake." Anna Nishikinomiya from Shimoneta is one such character. 

Anna appears to be a strictly moral student council president who opposes all things sexual. Beneath her chaste exterior, however, beats the heart of a literal rapist. No, seriously, she repeatedly sexually assaults her crush, Tanukichi Okuma. Even more horrifying, she makes him drink a full bottle of "love nectar" which is... well, use your imagination. She bakes it into bread and makes him eat it, too. 


Junko Enoshima Killed A Bunch Of People, Died, Then Came Back To Life As A Computer Virus

Junko is the main antagonist of Danganronpa: Hope's Peak Academy Saga. You’d expect an antagonist to do some pretty jacked up things, and Junko doesn’t disappoint. She kills her childhood friend, her older sister, and herself. In Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, she comes back to life as an AI/computer virus (it's a whole thing). 


Hana Midorikawa Kicks A Dent In Someone's Skull For Saying "Yes" More Than Once

Hana Midorikawa, a supporting character in Prison School, is the secretary of the Underground Student Council, a vigilante organization. Part of her duties include disciplining a group of unruly male students, and she’s extremely effective at it.

This might actually be a good thing... if wasn’t so violent. She’s the fourth strongest karate user in her area, and she isn’t afraid to use those skills on anybody who even mildly annoys her. At one point, she literally kicks a dent into somebody’s skull. Ouch.


Shion Sonozaki Went On A Killing Spree

Shion is far from the only murderous character in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, but she’s certainly one of the most memorable. When Satoshi, who Shion is in love with, disappears and dies, she goes on a killing spree, targeting all the people she thought were involved in his death. 

Victims of the spree include her twin sister, her grandmother, the village chief, two of her friends, and Satoshi’s younger sister. It’s hard to get more twisted than straight-up mass murder.



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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:43:09 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/most-depraved-anime-school-girls/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[17 Anime Voice Actresses Who Are Nothing Like Their Male Roles]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/women-who-voiced-male-anime-characters/crystal-brackett

Ever watch an anime with original Japanese voices and realized that something about a dude's voice is a little off? It might be because, much like many American cartoons, tons of men in anime are voiced by women. On this list, you'll find many lead male characters in anime whose roles are reversed behind the scenes. From tough guys to young adolescents, these ladies not only voice both men and women, they win awards for their work too.

You'll find that many lead roles of A-list and insanely popular shounen anime are actually voiced by leading ladies in the industry, many of whom possess a stellar singing career on the side! With magnitudes of talent, these women are really a huge staple in the entertainment industry as a whole.


17 Anime Voice Actresses Who Are Nothing Like Their Male Roles,

Ash Ketchum

Rica Matsumoto has a track record of voicing young boys in huge franchises such as Pokémon's lead character Satoshi (Ash Ketchum) and Yu-Gi-Oh!'s protagonist/antagonist switch-off Ryo Bakura and Yami Bakura. In the Japanese Pokémon anime series, she even sings many of the opening songs. Born in 1968 and active since 1980, Rica Matsumoto's singing and voice acting career is a staple in anime history.


Edward Elric

Born in 1972, Romi Park is a Korean voice actress whose main typecast is tough and mature preteen boys who also double as prodigies. Edward Elric of Full Metal Alchemist and Shaman King's Tao Ren are perfect examples of this. Park's voice acting isn't just limited to tough guys, though; studios also like to cast her as "punky" females in anime, such as Naruto's Tamari.


Himura Kenshin

Kaname Morinaga, who goes by the stage name of Mayo Suzukaze, is known for her large voice acting role as Himura Kenshin in Rurouni Kenshin. Born in 1960, she's been an active actress both behind the drawing board and in thearte since 1981. Other than Kenshin, she doesn't really cover many male roles in anime, with her other projects being on The Snow Queen as the titular character and other roles in Taiga dramas.


Monkey D. Luffy

Mayumi Tanaka was born in 1955, started voice acting in 1978, and has been a very prominent in the both the voice acting and anime industries since she began. Playing legendary characters of spry and adventurous young men like Pazu in Hayao Miyazaki's Lapuza: Castle in the Sky and Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece, she's gained recognition for her wonderful roles. Mayumi Tanaka won the Kazue Takahashi Award at the 5th Seiyu Awards, which honors outstanding voice acting.


Naruto Uzumaki

Born in 1972, and pushing her way through major series in the anime industry ever since, Junko Takeuchi's niche is voicing goofy and quirky male anime characters. It seems to be working out stunningly for her, as she's taken many roles since she started her career in 1996, such as Naruto's own title hero Uzumaki Naruto, Metabee in Medabots, Mamoru Endou in Inazuma Eleven, and even Gumball Watterson in the Japanese localization of The Amazing World of Gumball.


Shinji Ikari

Megumi Ogata is the voice behind Evangelion's erratic and burdened Shinji Ikari. Born in 1965 and active since 1992, Megumi Ogata is well known in the industry for her "husky" voice and acting as the role of tomboyish characters such as Sailor Moon's Sailor Uranus. 


Yuki Sohma

Aya Hisakawa was born in 1968 and is a both a voice actress and J-pop singer with numerous CDs under her belt. Active since 1988, her roles not only include Yuki Sohma from Fruits Basket, she's also famous for Sailor Mercury from Sailor Moon and Kero from Cardcaptor Sakura. She performs her roles in her native Kansai dialect, which is described as "more melodic and harsher" than the standard Japanese language.


Ciel Phantomhive

Voice actress and singer Maaya Sakamoto made her debut in the world of voice acting in 1992 and has been a complete powerhouse ever since. Best known for her female lead roles of Hitomi Kanzaki in The Vision of Escaflowne, and Motoko Kusanagi of Ghost in the Shell, she also possesses a delicate yet abrasive voice capable of making a perfect match for younger male characters like Ciel Phantomhive, the lead character in Black Butler.


Conan Edogawa

Detective Conan's Conan Edogawa is voiced by none other than the lovely Minami Takayama. She's also behind the voices of male characters Hajime Hinata/Izuru Kamukura of Danganronpa. Aside from male roles, she's also the voice behind the young witch Kiki in Hayao Miyazaki's legendary animated film, Kiki's Delivery Service.


Armin Arlelt

Marina Inoue made her big debut as a singer and voice actress when she was chosen for the title role in OVA Le Portrait de Petit Cossette on "Gonna Be A Star." Since 2004, her dynamic voice allowed her to play a variety of major roles in highly popular anime series like the beautiful Kyōko Mogami in Skip-Beat! and Armin Arlelt in Attack on Titan



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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:58:22 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/women-who-voiced-male-anime-characters/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[24 Anime Versions Of Harry Potter Characters You Wish Were From A Real Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/harry-potter-as-anime-fan-art/crystal-brackett

Pretty much everyone on this planet familiar with pop culture is also familiar with the wizarding adventures of Harry Potter, but anime Harry Potter is a whole new realm of magic. Combining two beloved pieces of pop culture, this list is stacked with Harry Potter cartoon characters reimagined in glorious anime style. Complete with heroes and villains, this list displays how fandom can bring about entirely new layers to a franchise.

Some pieces capture Harry and co. in cutesy anime form while others take a serious approach, ensuring all bases are covered for your viewing pleasure. If you thought the thrill ended with the seventh book, these anime renditions of the Harry Potter universe will change your mind.


24 Anime Versions Of Harry Potter Characters You Wish Were From A Real Anime,

Albus Dumbledore

This digital anime Albus Dumbledore by kanogt is a spectacular sight!


Luna Lovegood Anime

This anime render of lovely Luna Lovegood by ditzydaffy is magical. 


Harry And Hedwig

Galia-and-kitty puts Harry and Hedwig right in the middle of an anime with this fantastic digital drawing!


Hermione Granger

GENZOMAN's Hermione Granger spellbinds in this wonderful digital rendition.


Severus Snape

Outstandingly spectacular Severus Snape in anime form created epically by GENZOMAN!


Golden Trio

Harry Potter's glorious golden trio is truly illuminated through ichan-desu's digital painting!


Draco Malfoy

Devious Draco Malfoy is transformed into an anime character in hakumo's beautiful reimagining.


Fred And George, Anime Style

Fred and George go full-on anime in this super cool digital drawing!


Ginny Weasley Takes Flight

Ginny Weasley flies on in circe-nausicca's gorgeous anime art!


Remus Lupin And Sirius Black

Iloveremus made this awesome fan art of Remus Lupin and Sirius Black during their school days!



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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 02:19:16 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/harry-potter-as-anime-fan-art/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[One-Punch Man Cosplay That Will Knock You Out]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/awesome-one-punch-man-cosplay/crystal-brackett

Get ready for some rad One-Punch Man cosplay to knock you out! On this list, you'll find Saitama cosplay, Tatsumaki cosplay, and even a soul brave enough to shamelessly bust out their Mumen Rider cosplay. This list of One-Punch Man cosplay packs such a powerful punch it will make you see stars! Vote up the cosplayers who epically capture these anime characters from the super-powered shonen anime series, and vote down the ones that can't keep up.

With the help of some stellar photographers and editors, these cosplayers perfectly embody these tough characters and their personalities. After reading, you may have some new heroes to look up to.


One-Punch Man Cosplay That Will Knock You Out,

Tatsumaki In The City

NoSoM's Tatsumaki cosplay is a fantastic display of creativity! Shot by TEAMYF.


Tatsumaki Fighting Stance

Misachiang's Tatsumaki brings this gorgeous anime character to life!


Genos And Saitama

Wonyo (Saitama) and Knitemaya (Genos) make a duo that you don't want to mess with! Captured and edited beautifully by Deerstalker Pictures.


Genos

Okageo's Genos takes anime into real life with this seriously cool cosplay.


Mosquito Girl

Jas69per slays as the human-hybrid Mosquito Girl, shot by Vaxzone.


Tough Tatsumaki

Tatsumaki is recreated in stunning proportion by cosplayer KiraHokuten.


Saitama's Knock Out

Yellowminion20's Saitama packs a powerful punch, shot by Xeno-Photography.


The Fastest Speed-O'-Sound Sonic

DakunCosplay is fast and dangerous as Speed-o'-Sound Sonic, with awesome shot from Matteo Domizioli.


Genos In Action

HaraNoSakana's breathtaking Genos cosplay was captured by photographer Studio Omoshiroi.


Fubuki

Mimi Mon is the perfect Fubuki for riskbreaker's amazing eye for photography.



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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 04:53:08 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/awesome-one-punch-man-cosplay/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[Super Perverted Ladies In Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dirty-anime-ladies/crystal-brackett

You think guys can be the only perverted characters in anime? Well, you're wrong, weirdly close-minded hypothetical anime fan. There are plenty of hot anime girls who are total pervs too. It's their turn in the saucy spotlight! These anime girls with dirty minds put pervy stalwarts like Dragon Ball's Master Roshi to complete shame. If you're itching to know more, check out why these lovely ladies should be counted amongst the most perverted anime characters.

From super-pervs whose version of saving the day is wearing panties on their face and spreading porno propaganda, to girls who are determined to make harems for the love of their life (oh, and they're so into BDSM they completely wrap their otherwise-innocent teddy bear in bondage ropes, complete with ball gag), let's expose the true colors of anime girls who are lecherous sex freaks and over-the-top sexual deviants! 


Super Perverted Ladies In Anime,

Haruhi Suzumiya

Haruhi Suzumiya might as well just be a dirty old man in a girl's body. She doesn't even try to hide her perversion. In fact, she's pretty straight forward about her sexual deviance and likes to express it via dirty jokes and grope sessions.

She also likes to frame the male lead of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya for being perverted, while she's actually the one getting the thrill from it.


Chizuru Minamoto

Kanokon's star fox demon, Chizuru Minamoto, is obsessed with committing "disgraceful acts" in public. She claims to be out of touch with the human world, and that argument is almost convincing since she's 400 years old. However, it really seems like she's got a fetish for taking the virginity of the main character in public simply because she's a big ol' pervert.


Rias Gremory

Rias Gremory is a total dom in a show that's dedicated to fan service (well, for those who are into the whole master/slave relationship thing). Throughout Highschool DxD, she toys around with another perverted character, Issei Hyodo, and the pleasure she gets from manipulating him is overtly sexual. Oh, also she's a devil who battles against scantily-clad angels (who are also her classmates). Anime is super weird sometimes.


Shino Amakusa Loves Bondage So Much Her Teddy Bear Is Bound In Ropes

The best thing about the BDSM fanatic Shino Amakusa from Seitokai Yakuindomo is probably the giant teddy bear that she keeps wrapped up in rope bondage. Although she might appear as a model student, underneath her refined exterior is a giant perv who loves making lewd jokes, just like many of the other girls in her class.

Her mind often wanders to thoughts about what her class members, uh, members look like, and the different sex positions that the judo club is capable of.


Yamada's High School Goal Is To Hook Up With 100 People

When Yamada first steps foot into high school in B Gata H Kei, she decides that her goal is to have freaky casual sex with 100 people. She soon figures out that this might be a bit difficult, as she knows nothing about sex and is also a bit self-conscious about her body.

However, she finds an easy solution to this problem: a fellow virgin. She aims her sights to said virgin so she can start small and rack up experience for her 99 other sexy escapades. The title of the show, Yamada's First Time: B Gata H Kei, is a bit of lewd and satirical wordplay, referring to her bust size along with her "H" or "Hentai" attitude.


Rika Is A Nerdy Pervy Scientist Full Of Sexual Innuendos

Miss Rika is a straight-up perv and she's proud of it. She constantly uses any and all opportunities to insert sexual innuendo into a sentence or scenario and is very open about her massive collection of yaoi doujinshi and the fact that "mecha sex" is a turn on for her.

Although Haganai's Rika Shiguma is a woman of science, she believes she'd be completely boring if that was all she did. Guided by this philosophy, she's pretty abrasive and straight-forward with her sassy sexual nature.


Nobara Yukinokouji Is A Complete Sexual Maniac With A Long List Of Fetishes

Nobara Yukinokouji is a perverted maniac who can't get enough of the ladies. She's no stranger to openly jiggling boobs (that don't belong to her) and displaying her seemingly never-ending list of fetishes for all the parts of the female body. 

She's known for confessing her sexual desires to other women in Inu x Boku SS with absolutely no filter, regardless of whether they like it or not.


Yukari Sendo Is Always Groping People

Miss Yukari Sendo never misses out on a chance to cop a feel. Because she longs for big breasts of her own, she's drawn to the big ol' bosoms of the other ladies in the cast of Rosario + Vampire. While her groping is (mostly) portrayed as innocent, the irresistible urge to squeeze the honkers of girls is completely pervy, no matter the gender of the person doing the grabbing.


Kajou Ayame, The Panty-Faced Pervert Terrorist

In a land filled with public morality laws, Kajou Ayame from Shimoneta takes it upon herself to lead a perverted revolution for the sake of saving the last remaining lewdness in the world. 

On her off hours, she covers her face with a pair of panties and acts under the alias "Blue Snow," spreading risque media and shouting dirty jokes. She also recruits other members to her team. Well, as long as they know how to draw naughty pictures or on occasion if their hairstyle resembles something phallic.


Momo Deviluke Is Determined To Build A Harem

Momo Deviluke from To LOVE-Ru is totally a pervert, right down to her boxer-sniffing core. She is utterly determined to establish a thriving harem for the main character of the series, Rito, who she also has a very obvious crush on. She has no shame and valiantly flaunts her love for naughty endeavors. 



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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:36:49 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/dirty-anime-ladies/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[The Best Anime For Pro Wrestling Fans]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-for-pro-wrestling-fans/erik-barnes

Pro wrestling usually features over-the-top characters getting into epic fights with melodrama thrown in between battles. Anime also features over-the-top characters getting into epic fights with melodrama thrown in between battles. It's a match made in heaven! 

While not all anime will interest pro wrestling fans, there are a great number of quality anime titles that can turn a mark into a full-blown otaku. So if you're looking for a recommendation for a friend a co-worker, or you just want something to watch after WrestleMania, check out these anime shows that pro wrestling fans would also enjoy.


The Best Anime For Pro Wrestling Fans,

Dragon Ball Z

Imagine something with characters in colorful costumes battling it out, forming rivalries, negotiating alliances, competing in tournaments, engaging in high melodrama, using unrealistic moves in a fight. It's full of distinct archetypal personalities, face turns, heel turns, and second generation superstars. Now, does that describe Dragon Ball Z or pro wrestling? Trick question: It's both!


Fist of the North Star

Fans of beefy, muscular wrestlers would enjoy this testosterone-fueled anime. Kenshiro uses his martial arts mastery to seek revenge and defend the weak in a post-apocalyptic world. This anime is great for wrestling fans and kung-fu fans alike with a plethora of gore to boot. Not only that, it's John Cena's favorite anime. True story. 


Ultimate Muscle

A sequel series to Kinnikuman, Ultimate Muscle follows Kinnikuman's son, Mantaro, as he tries to live up to his father's legacy and quash the Demon Making Plant (or dMp) organization that threatens to take over Earth.

Many Americans have had a taste of this anime thanks to Fox Kids' Saturday morning cartoon block, but they may not have seen the whole series. This funny anime still features vicious and insane in-ring bouts.


Kinnikuman

Kinnikuman is an '80s wrestling anime that features wacky characters and epic battles. The anime follows the clumsy, yet good-hearted Kinnikuman as he battles space monsters both in and out of the wrestling ring. The two series under the Kinnikuman banner total a whopping 183 episodes.

Sadly, you're going to have to find some fan-subs online to watch it, since it was never given an official U.S. release. Despite that, some of the characters may look familiar. That's because the Kinnikuman toys were re-branded as M.U.S.C.L.E. toys in the United States. 

The show also influenced modern wrestling in the real world. While touring in Japan, Samoa Joe caught a glimpse of the show, more specifically Kinnikuman's finishing move "The Kinniku Buster." Samoa Joe revealed on the Steve Austin Show that he stole that fictional move and added it to his repertoire as "The Muscle Buster."


Jushin Liger

The anime is particularly special, because without it, we wouldn't have Japanese wrestling legend Jushin "Thunder" Liger! The Liger we know and love was actually a character created to help promote the anime. The wrestler's costume and theme song were lifted directly from the anime. However, Liger the anime was canceled in 1990 whereas Liger the wrestler is still competing in matches over 20 years later.


Naruto

Naruto is very much like pro wrestling in terms of eccentric and distinct fighters using and developing trademark moves. The team-up and rivalry between the two signature characters, Naruto and Sasuke, is reminiscent of the many times tag teams bond then break up in the world of wrestling. Filler is expected yet, like wrestling, it helps build to a bigger, better battle.


Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure fits into the pro wrestling mold because of it's overly muscular cast, unique characters, and signature moves. What sets it apart from the other anime is that the battles are almost like tag-team bouts, featuring each character with their Stand, a supernatural power that is usually manifested as a spirit. If you want a sample, check out some battles from the show above and you'll see how much it echoes tag-team wrestling.


Tiger Mask

It's easy to see why wrestling fans, especially fans of Japanese pro wrestling, would love Tiger Mask W. The show's action usually takes place in the wrestling ring, as Naoto Azuma dons the fabled Tiger Mask to fend off wrestlers from the Global Wrestling Monopoly (gee, who could have inspired that group) and seek revenge for his master's injury.

Tiger Mask W also features cameos from several stars of New Japan Pro Wrestling, including Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, and Kazuchika Okada, as they battle the GWM wrestlers brought in by Miss X. The show is so tied in with current wrestling, that NJPW featured a bout between Tiger Mask and Tiger the Dark at the 2017 WrestleKingdom show.


Hajime no Ippo

Okay, okay, boxing and wrestling are two different things, but this anime will still get wrestling fans interested. Ippo Makunouchi is a humble young man training and striving to become the best boxer in the world. Along the way he fights a number of different opponents with colorful personalities, dealing with wins and losses much like a pro wrestler would.

Unlike real boxing, many of the main characters have their own signature moves, like in pro wrestling. If a boxing anime features a character who calls his signature move "The Bloody Cross," how is NOT just pro wrestling with big red gloves?


Wanna Be the Strongest in the World

A Japanese pop idol trains to become a pro wrestler in Wanna Be The Strongest In The World. It is one of the few wrestling anime that focuses on women. Don't let the cheescake fan service fool you, this show features some great hard-hitting joshi action.



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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:31:05 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-for-pro-wrestling-fans/erik-barnes
<![CDATA[Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/sad-anime-characters-with-dead-parents-v1/anna-lindwasser

Dead parents, like battle mechs and nosebleeds, remain a common plot device in many anime series. Some parents die in spectacularly dramatic ways, like dying in explosions, being eaten alive, or even being murdered by their own children. Others die in more everyday ways, like illness, car accidents, childbirth, and suicide. 

Despite the frequency with which the trope appears, it serves as a catalyst for compelling character development on the part of their sad orphaned children, and can help darken the mood of a particular series. Vote up the characters whose loss affected you the most, and left you wishing you were watching something happier, like Digimon. Oh, wait, Iori's dad dies in Digimon. Never mind.


Anime Characters Ranked By How Tragically Their Parents Died,

Naruto Uzumaki

Rin

Sasuke Uchiha

Itachi Uchiha

Rin Okumura

Mikasa Ackerman

Eren Jaeger

Ken Kaneki

Edward Elric

Ciel Phantomhive


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Wed, 08 Mar 2017 07:04:42 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/sad-anime-characters-with-dead-parents-v1/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[Anime Characters You Wish Were Your Friends]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-you-want-to-be-friends-with/jonah-dorrance

The "power of friendship" is one of the strongest forces in all of anime, reviving defeated heroes and heroines better than any superpower or magic spell. Thanks to the best friends below, your favorite characters have the strength to fight another titan or upgrade their automail. These are the anime characters you want to hang out with, the ones who bring color into your life, the ones who defend you when you're not around to defend yourself. They vibe with any supernatural companion you might have and they don't care if you're a flesh-eating ghoul, a self-proclaimed mad scientist, or the son of Satan. They've got your back, and their charisma and enthusiasm brings even the shyest out of their shell. Amidst all of the anime characters you hate, these best bros and girls remind you of all the good things in the world.


Anime Characters You Wish Were Your Friends,

Killua Zaoldyeck

Naruto Uzumaki

Roronoa Zoro

Tamaki Suou

Winry Rockbell

Natsu Dragneel

Makoto Tachibana

Mako Mankanshoku

Hideyoshi Nagachika

Aladdin


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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:02:50 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-you-want-to-be-friends-with/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[Anime Characters With The Least Expressive Faces]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-with-the-least-expressive-faces/jonah-dorrance

Expressionless anime characters may not be as flashy as their more enthusiastic friends and foes, but they are far from dull. Often the kuudere or dandere type, these guys and gals are low energy to the max, rarely wearing their emotions on their sleeves and usually being the bluntest member of their group. This character type can range from comically cool, like Sakamoto from Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto, to tragically indifferent like Neon Genesis Evangelion's Rei Ayanami.

Most of the time, expressing feelings for these characters is either difficult or simply wasted energy, which makes any emotional moment from them that much more powerful and significant. Like anime characters who always have their eyes closed, part of the adventure with expressionless characters is witnessing the kinds of events that inspire a change in their usual demeanor. A smile might come only once in a blue moon, but it’s always worth waiting for, since these anime characters always have the same face.


Anime Characters With The Least Expressive Faces,

Byakuya Kuchiki

Angel

Tetsuya Kuroko

Hōtarō Oreki

Tanaka From Tanaka Is Always Listless

Decim From Death Parade

Levi From Attack On Titan

Haru From Free!

Mori From Ouran High School Host Club

Sakamoto From Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto


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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:24:12 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-with-the-least-expressive-faces/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[18 Times American Celebrities Lent Their Voice To Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-voiced-anime-characters/nida-sea

How do you watch your anime: subtitled or dubbed? Although some anime enthusiasts prefer Japanese voices with subtitles, many reasons exist to give English-dubbed episodes a try, foremost being that you may recognize some voices. Assembled here are famous Western actors you might not realize also lent their talents to anime movies and series.

Many of these actors have helped produce English versions of beloved Japanese titles, including various Studio Ghibli films. Additionally, celebrities who voiced anime characters are not limited to just films; some celebrities have even been hired to voice characters in several series. As anime continues to expand in popularity, expect to see more Western celebrities hopping on the bandwagon.


18 Times American Celebrities Lent Their Voice To Anime,

Bryan Cranston

Carol Burnett

Cary Elwes

Christian Bale

Dakota Fanning

Kirsten Dunst

Mark Hamill

Michael Keaton

Patrick Stewart

Samuel L. Jackson


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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 02:40:45 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-voiced-anime-characters/nida-sea
<![CDATA[17 Anime That Start Off Slow But Eventually Become Amazing]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-series-that-start-terrible-but-become-great/laura-allan

Have you ever started an anime series, given up on it partway through, then come back later only to find it was one of the best things ever? You're not the only one. Just about every anime fan has come across a boring anime series that got interesting partway through, and it can be a confusing though exciting experience. Just when your expectations were lowest, you were treated to something amazing!

The downside is that many people drop these anime before they have a chance to get good. Anime that got off to a slow start in particular tends to be a victim of the early drop. So, here are some series that are worth toughing it out, even if the first few episodes leave you snoring or screaming. All too often it's the other way around, with anime series that start off great then become terrible over time

If you're curious about bad anime series that became good, however, then read on. You might find that something you once gave up on is worth a second chance. 


17 Anime That Start Off Slow But Eventually Become Amazing,

Gurren Lagann

Okay, for this one you might actually adore the beginning of this show, depending on what your sense of humor is like. Initially, it has fan service, complete irreverence for logic, and a plot that meanders rather than moving forward. It's just light and nonsensical and fluffy. And the mechs are seriously infuriating. They should not be able to fit together like that and actually work! Episode four is also guest directed and the animation is... not so good.

You might want to stop because the show seems like it's just not going anywhere serious. But Gurren Lagann is waiting to sucker punch you, and it's going to get you good. Without giving anything away, your attachment to these silly fun-loving characters is going to come back to haunt you when they have to go through various hardships. A tear or two may even be shed. But don't worry, the anime never really loses its weird sense of humor.


Clannad

This show is incredibly divisive in the anime community. People either worship it, or they can't stand it. Many of those who can't stand it likely dropped it only partway through, and that's a shame because the show definitely does improve over time. First, you have to get used to the animation style (it has even larger-than-normal anime eyes). Then you have to push past the idea that this is just another light, pointless school anime.

Seriously though, it's not just another one of those. Things will start to get weird. Sure, we start with the usual clichés of cute schoolgirl anime humor, but there are some darker themes under the surface that might actually make you tear up. You just have to push through the Fuko arc, that's the one that fans find the most difficult.


Berserk

Okay, all you've got to do here is push past that first episode. You've got this, you can do it. The weird thing here is that the first episode actually takes place years after much of the rest of the series, so for the most part, it doesn't make much sense. The characters kind of come across as caricatures. Oh, and get ready for needless violence, because this episode sets the bar high for the rest of the series.

But here's the catch: the rest of the series causes the pilot to make sense. The second episode goes back to before Guts (the protagonsit) was quite so cold, and the plot launches into motion from then on. Also, if you watch the series a second time, that first episode is actually kind of amazing. 


Durarara!!

As you watch the first episodes of this anime, you might find yourself wondering why everything is dragging quite so hard. When does it get to the point? What connections do these episodes even have with each other? Why are there so many characters to introduce? Patience. Good things come to those who wait with Durarara!!, and this show knows how to bring it. 

There are a lot of characters and story threads to introduce here, and the show takes its time in doing this (to the point where many people drop the anime altogether). The plot lines take forever to meet, and, admittedly, there's a lot of narration that probably could have been done another way (or not at all). But once episode 10 or so rolls around, the action and conflict get cranked up to a whole new level. That's also around when the plot lines actually do intersect and begin to become one.


Steins;Gate

Most fans agree that this show starts off with a slow burn, where techno-babble and character interaction drives the plotline, and not a lot actually happens. But then stuff gets weird, and it happens so suddenly that you could get whiplash from the pace change. However, with a world and characters that are well-established at this point, many will say this is for the better. The built a solid, if boring, foundation and then went buckwild with it. Also, there's a few twists that happen about twelve episodes in that you won't want to miss.

True, when this series gets going it strays from a meandering plot which is fun and kind of silly, but it also begins to actually have things happen. Plus we finally get more time travel, and no one can complain about that.  


Fate/Zero

When you need an example of an anime with a super weird start that eventually gets good, Fate/Zero should probably come to mind. The first episode, which some fans call confusing or just plain boring, feels like a gigantic info dump, so it's hard to make yourself care.

There's a lot of build up and the viewer is left waiting for the fighting to finally start. Luckily, the action does eventually get going, and that's when the show gets all kinds of fun. Just brave the first four episodes, settle in for a battle, and you'll be rewarded with an ending so full of excitement you'll be on the edge of your seat.

Now, keep in mind that Fate/Zero is actually a sort of prequel to Fate/Stay Night. So, frustration with the beginning of the series might (just might) be lessened some by familiarity with the other show. 


Toradora!

You know what's old news? Humor where people fall down, get hit in the face, and are angry about being short. There's nothing new there and, unfortunately, that means that there's nothing new in the first episodes of Toradora! Seriously, it's all bad slapstick that makes you want to tear your teeth out.

After episode three or so, however, this anime starts to chill out a little. It relies less on visual gags and moves into the romantic comedy territory that makes it so endearing. Sure, it still keeps the humor, but there's also an awkward romance that blossoms so easily and pleasantly in this anime that it's hard not to love it. Tsundere as a concept is played with well here. Seriously though, good luck getting through episodes one and two. You'll probably find yourself groaning at the jokes more than once.


Katekyo Hitman Reborn!

To get past the boring part of Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, it'll admittedly take a while. Some fans even say it takes an entire arc to warm up - think like 20 episodes. But when it gets going it really gets going, and that second arc is when the series hits its stride.

The premise might scare a lot of people off, considering it involves an infant hitman mentoring a cowardly teen into manhood. The first arc is like a weird slice of life, and it's hard to get invested when you were expecting action and conflict (you know, because of the baby hitman and everything). 

It does eventually get there, however, as it indulges in wonderful fight sequences and drops the slice of life feel. It'll never be one of the best anime in the world, but as far as shows that start out badly and then get enjoyable part way through, this is worth watching.


Log Horizon

Log Horizon is fun, witty, action-packed, and has many similarities to the acclaimed first season of Sword Art Online. Except, you know, good. Of course, that's not taking into account the first few episodes. The initial plot and first battle are bland and cliché if you've seen pretty much any fighting anime ever.

The world building is done slowly, which is nice later, but annoying early on. It ends up being boring to many viewers, because we are left with undeveloped heroes and a lack of action. As time passes, however, you get to meet such a wide range of interesting and colorful characters.

The world built around the characters expands and seems to go on forever, and there are a few fascinating moral questions raised by the NPCs and gamers themselves that leave you feeling torn. The later part of the series is not as action-packed, but honestly it's better for that. 


Gintama

This anime has one of the slowest (and most contentious) starts of all time. It may actually take you a full season to fall in love with the characters (and by extension, the show), because it shies away from staying serious at times when things get too dark.

The main problem with this one is probably the first two episodes. It's basically just one introduction after another, and you meet pretty much every character in the series. Why do this? Why not introduce them gradually? It takes a full hour before the series at last dives into the meat of the plot, and shows how two of our major characters first met.

From there, Gintama actually gets super funny, the serious elements are mature and deep, and Kagura is just all-around amazing. Outside of the first two episodes, it's easy to love. 



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Tue, 10 Jan 2017 04:26:59 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-series-that-start-terrible-but-become-great/laura-allan
<![CDATA[Eren Jaeger Fantasy Casting]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/eren-jaeger-fantasy-casting/nida-sea

When Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan horror manga first connected with American audiences, people were enthralled by the action-packed story and dramatic artwork. The Attack on Titan story takes place in a world overrun with colossal man-eating monsters known as Titans. It’s up to protagonist Eren Jaeger and his Survey Corps teammates to stop the Titans and save the human race.

Rumor has it Warner Bros. might be planning an American remake of the series, posing the question of who should play Eren Jaeger. Casting ideas are popping up from fans worldwide, and many are wondering how well an American actor will portray Eren, in contrast to Japanese actor Haruma Miura’s live representation of the character. If you’re ready to look through some of the best actors to play Eren Jaeger in a live-action Warner Bros. adaptation, this list will provide some fantasy casting ideas to help narrow down the Eren Jaeger role for an Americanized Attack on Titan film. 


Eren Jaeger Fantasy Casting,

Jared Padalecki

Jeremy Sumpter

Justin Chon

Logan Lerman

Skandar Keynes

Jamie Campbell Bower

Harry Shum, Jr.

Kellan Rhude

Steven Yeun

Grant Gustin


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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 01:57:36 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/eren-jaeger-fantasy-casting/nida-sea
<![CDATA[Anime With The Most Annoying Fanbases]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-with-the-most-annoying-fans/jonah-dorrance

For some reason or another, the shows on this list possess fanbases that inspire everything from eye-rolling to ardent rejection. Like many other nerdy shows, the anime with the most annoying fanbases are diverse in genre, including the likes of shonen, ecchi, and yaoi. The antics of these fans turn many away from certain franchises, just to avoid dealing with rabid devotees. Maybe it's the fan who insists anime of the '90s is far superior to anything produced in the last few years. Or maybe it's that 14-year-old kid insisting Sword Art Online is the best thing to ever happen, ever.

Though it’s unfair to judge an entire fanbase on the behaviors of a fraction at the end of the day, you just can’t help but inwardly (and maybe outwardly) groan at the sight of their profile pics and cosplays.


Anime With The Most Annoying Fanbases,

Dragon Ball Z

Pokemon

Black Butler

Hetalia - Axis Powers

Sword Art Online

Naruto

Attack on Titan

One Piece

Love Live! School idol project

Kissxsis


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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 02:10:23 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-with-the-most-annoying-fans/jonah-dorrance
<![CDATA[18 Toonami Shows You Totally Forgot About]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/toonami-shows-you-forgot-about/erik-barnes

Cartoon Network's Toonami block had action, adventure, and anime to show off after school for kids in the '90s and early-2000s. The programming block was a great intro to anime for American kids, and it exposed them to some awesome American action cartoons for good measure. There may be Fox Kids shows you forgot about or shows from One Saturday Morning that you don't remember, but Toonami has some of the best gems that are totally worth rediscovering. While there were memorable cartoons such as Dragon Ball Z and Gundam Wing featured on the block, there were a greater number of Toonami shows you forgot. 

Do you remember Toonami TV shows featuring a group of cute hamsters, or the cool anime space western that wasn't Cowboy Bebop? What about the one with the guy who fights enemies with his nose hair? Check out this list of old Toonami shows that you totally watched yet forgot about and dust off some of your favorite memories. 


18 Toonami Shows You Totally Forgot About,

Cyborg 009

In Cyborg 009, nine regular humans are kidnapped and experimented on, resulting in their transformation into powerful cyborgs. They band together to fight against the organization that kidnapped them in the hopes to prevent a massive world war. Despite the cutesy character models, Cyborg 009 had some serious dark and bleak moments.  


Megas XLR

A giant battle robot that's based off hot rods? SOLD! Megas XLR featured an awesome adventure as heroes Coop, Kiva, and Jamie defended Earth against the alien Glorft menace. It was truly a passionate American homage to classic Japanese mecha anime.


ReBoot

A product of Canada, ReBoot was a CGI-animated adventure which followed characters that lived within a computer mainframe to fight off viruses and other foes. While the look of the show seems primitive today, it was one of the first mass-produced computer-animated shows on television. At the time, it was very impressive. 


The Big O

Imagine if Bruce Wayne piloted a giant robot. That's essentially the selling point of The Big-O. Roger Smith works as a negotiator in a city that has no memory of its past, with no one remembering anything past 40 years ago. This mystery along with massive robot fights make this series a mix of Batman: The Animated Series and Gigantor, but only lasted two seasons that were several years apart.


Zatch Bell!

Zatch Bell was a unique battle anime that starred a kind of magical war puppet in a dress. One hundred Mamodo (small, powerful beings) are sent to Earth to battle every 1,000 years to determine who is the king of the Mamodo world. Each Mamodo has to find a human partner to cast spells from the Mamado's spell book. This series is an old school Toonami treasure, even if it wasn't particularly memorable.


Outlaw Star

What do you get when you put together a team of space treasure hunters, a cat girl, a samurai woman, and a grappling spaceship? You get an awesomely fun action anime that Toonami viewers enjoyed in 2001. This fine space western anime is a forgotten favorite to many.


Zoids: Chaotic Century

While young people piloting animalistic robots isn't the most original premise, Zoids still provided great robo-animal action and drama. Viewers still tuned in to see Van Flyheight merge with his Zoid in the hopes of preventing a major war. Oh, and to see robot lions fight robot dinosaurs, because that's objectively awesome.  


Ronin Warriors (US)

This forgotten Toonami classic featured great action among modern-day samurai bestowed with mystical armor. While the show hit Japanese airwaves in the 1980s, Ronin Warriors is best known in the United States for its Toonami run in 1999.  


ThunderCats

This 2011 reboot of the 1980s classic didn't last as long as it should have. Despite having a more engaging story, better animation, and better action than the original, Thundercats didn't get more than one season. Low ratings, a high production budget, and constantly changing the time slot from Toonami to Adult Swim put this kitty to sleep early.


Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team

An often-overlooked Gundam series in the United States, Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team provided intense robot fighting action, political intrigue, and a love story all rolled into one. This series followed the main Gundam continuity, following the struggles of the One Year War between the Federation and Zeong forces. Despite being in canon, fans can watch the series without it being mired in continuity.



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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 03:44:24 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/toonami-shows-you-forgot-about/erik-barnes
<![CDATA[The Best Demon Anime]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-demon-anime/anna-lindwasser

Demons get a bit of an unfair rep, but some anime go out of their ways to introduce viewers to different kinds of demons. From a devilishly handsome butler who wants to eat your soul to the demon working at McDonald's, these fiends possess more roles than people, and show off another side of the demonic. Now when you think of demons, you'll be less inclined to this of goat heads and pentagrams and more about how demons, like ogres, have layers.

Let the world, and the underworld, know which demon anime you think is the greatest by voting it up.


The Best Demon Anime,

Devil May Cry

InuYasha

Yu Yu Hakusho

Black Butler

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan

Blue Exorcist

High School DxD

Blood Lad

Devil is a Part-Timer!

D.Gray-man


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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 02:58:52 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-demon-anime/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[The Worst Zombie Anime Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-zombie-anime-of-all-time/anna-lindwasser

Zombies, undead shambling brain-eating horror tropes, are totally gross, but you gotta love 'em anyway. At least they know what they want, right? Heck, some people even want them - just ask zombie connoisseur Chihiro Furuya of Sankarea: Undying Love. 

That’s just one of the weird concepts you’ll encounter when you get into zombie anime. While some zombie anime gets pretty cool, other series lack the brains these monsters typically chase after. Considering the rarity of anime about zombies, it's a shame that some of them are better off dying and staying dead. But like any decent undead, they keeping coming back for more.


The Worst Zombie Anime Ever,

Le Chevalier D'Eon

Zombie-Loan

Tokko

Sunday Without God

Sankarea: Undying Love

Zonmi-chan: Meat Pie Of The Dead

The Empire Of Corpses

Kyoufu! Zombie Neko

Hitori no Shita: The Outcast

Hungry Zombie Francesca


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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 03:06:34 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-zombie-anime-of-all-time/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[Anime With The Darkest Endings]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-with-dark-endings/anna-lindwasser

While plenty of anime ends on a happy note, sometimes a series takes your heart and Gundam-blasts it into a million little pieces. A dark ending sometimes works best, especially for a darker show like Berserk, but watching one can still make you cry. Some anime concludes in a way that you never fully recover from it—spoilers ahead, by the way!

Be honest: if you watched Death Note, there's a little part of your soul that's still crying (or laughing, we won’t judge) about Light Yagami crawling around on the floor screaming and begging for his life. Nobody’s getting over the end of School Days—that severed head is going to haunt your dreams forever. 

Vote up the anime with the darkest, most shocking, most miserably messed-up finales that left you running for your copy of My Neighbor Totoro.


Anime With The Darkest Endings,

Code Geass

Death Note

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Clannad

Berserk

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Guilty Crown

Another

Fate/Zero

Psycho-Pass


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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 04:49:32 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-with-dark-endings/anna-lindwasser
<![CDATA[Which Anime Universe Would You Want To Live In?]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-universe-to-live-in/ashley-reign

The diverse world-building in anime makes choosing a universe to live in an almost impossible decision, but this list of the best anime worlds can help you get started. These series host the best worlds to live in, filled with the magic and adventure you've dreamt of ever since you could first say kamehameha. Whether you want to be a pirate or a Pokémon master, a hero or a hunter, in these worlds, it's entirely possible.

You can defeat vampires and demons, explore colorful cities completely underwater, or dive into an alternate reality to live the digital life you've always wanted. For history buffs, other anime boast time periods from the Edo era in Japan to Victorian England. If you're more interested in the future, cyber-punk dystopias and space adventures await you. With such imaginative realms, it's no wonder many of these series are also considered some of the best anime of all time, both subbed and dubbed. When it comes to these worlds, every choice is the right choice.


Which Anime Universe Would You Want To Live In?,

Digimon: Digital Monsters

Dragon Ball Z

Bleach

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Soul Eater

Fairy Tail

Sword Art Online

Naruto

One Piece

Pokemon XY


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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:17:03 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/best-anime-universe-to-live-in/ashley-reign
<![CDATA[22 Anime Boys That You Definitely Thought Were Girls]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-boys-you-thought-were-anime-girls/tamara-jude

Anime has become such a prevalent art form that its style is instantly recognizable, and not just because of tropes like mech-armor or crazy powerful aliens. Japanimation incorporates unique facial features, over-the-top expressions, and distinctive illustration techniques nonexistent in other forms of animation to create its characters. These specific techniques allow illustrators to depict characters, namely men and boys, with more typically feminine features, which leads to another famous anime trope: anime guys who look like girls.

Bending the rules of an anime character's gender is nothing new. In fact, many shows feature anime boys who look like girls. These men sport delicate features that you could easily confuse them for women, and can appear in various shows ranging from the typical slice-of-life anime to the action-adventure stories of shonen anime.

Check out this list of male anime characters who look like girls and see if you can really tell the difference.  


22 Anime Boys That You Definitely Thought Were Girls,

Haku

Momiji Sohma

Ritsu Sohma

Ryoji Fujioka

Hideyoshi Kinoshita

Jakotsu From InuYasha

Chihiro Fujisaki From Danganronpa: The Animation

Hitoshi Sugoroku From Nanbaka

Fish Eye From Sailor Moon

Ruka Urushibara From Steins;Gate


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Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:11:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-boys-you-thought-were-anime-girls/tamara-jude
<![CDATA[The 22 Dirtiest Dragon Ball Z Memes On The Internet]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dirty-dragon-ball-z-memes/tamara-jude

In the early days of Dragon Ball, poor Bulma was at the center of a lot of fan service. Whether it was Goku taking off her panties or giving a flash to Master Roshi, Bulma was constantly showing off the goods. And, while the focus on Bulma did die down some over the years, the fan service still remains in the show. So it is no surprise that some of the best Dragon Ball Z memes are filled with dirty jokes.

Can’t you just feel the potential for some amazing dirty Dragon Ball Z memes with the name “Chi-Chi” alone? When it comes to any level of sexual Dragon Ball Z jokes, the Internet never disappoints. Assembled here are some of the funniest memes around with just a hint of dirty Dragon Ball Z innuendo. Well, some of them at least.

Here are the funniest dirty Dragon Ball Z memes that would make even Master Roshi proud.


The 22 Dirtiest Dragon Ball Z Memes On The Internet,

Here It Comes

Different Strokes

Hey, Good Lookin'

Beast Mode!

Round Two

Senzu: The Viagra Of DBZ

Who's Your Daddy?

Grower Not A Show-er

Squad Goals

Slurp


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Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/dirty-dragon-ball-z-memes/tamara-jude
<![CDATA[16 Anime Characters Who Get Completely Consumed By Vengeance]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-driven-by-vengeance/crystal-brackett

A lot of characters in anime are completely consumed by their thirst for vengeance. This overpowering need to seek revenge ends up being the driving force behind everything they do, even if they lead others to think that they have ulterior motives. These anime characters want nothing more than to take their full revenge on those who have wronged them, in the grand tradition of sick and twisted anime characters

Of course, vengeful anime characters often suffer from tragic back-stories, including murdered families, abuse, and heartbreak. These hardships are all emotionally traumatic to the point where it totally takes over the lives of the victims. These events all pave the path of vengeance for these anime characters who want revenge to stride down in full force.


16 Anime Characters Who Get Completely Consumed By Vengeance,

Lelouch Lamperouge

Lelouch vi Britannia, AKA Lelouch Lamperouge, is the Eleventh Prince of the Holy Britannian Empire and comes from a family well-accustomed to bloodshed. He seeks vengeance against his mother's killer and the Empire that cast him away, while striving to achieve a safe world for his younger sister, Nunnally. 


Sasuke Uchiha

As one of the last surviving members of the Uchiha clan, Sasuke from Naruto is an anime character whose only real goal is vengeance. Throughout the entire series, he strives to become more powerful so that he can fight his older brother Itachi, who murdered his entire family.


Scar

Scar's country was completely destroyed, and he stands as the lone survivor with revenge (understandably) in his sights. Since alchemists slaughtered pretty much everyone he knew and loved in his homeland, he now hunts them as a way to even the score.


Guts

Guts is an anime character that's consumed by revenge. He seeks revenge on his ex-bestfriend, Griffith, who sacrificed everyone he loved to "God Hand." Guts fights his way through a variety of monstrous creatures, gathering clues as to Griffith's whereabouts.


Afro Samurai

Afro Samurai takes place in a kind of futuristic, feudal Japan. After seeing his father decapitated in front of his own eyes, the titular Afro sets out on a path of vengeance to find the Number One headband and bring justice to his father's memory. Throughout the series, he ranks as Number Two and is forced to carve through a horde of enemies who try to usurp his position. 


Mahiro Fuwa

Mahiro Fuwa is an anime character whose only motive is revenge. Before the start of the series, his entire immediate family was brutally murdered. The whole reason he has returned is to find and kill the murderer of his sister, Aika.


Ryuko Matoi

Ryuko Matoi, the main protagonist of KILL la KILL, has sworn to find the other half of the Scissor Blade that she wields. Why? Because the other half was used to kill her father. She transfers to Honnoji Academy, the primary setting of the anime, in order to fight the woman who wields the other half of her weapon. 


Eren Jaeger

Pledging his life to fight for the human race, Eren Jaeger from Attack on Titan takes on the hordes of towering, slow-witted giants that have corralled the last remains of humanity into a tiny, walled-in city. Refusing to let the titans pummel, shred, and eat what's left of intelligent life into a bloody mess, Eren has a relentless thirst for vengeance that makes him incredibly dangerous.


Frieza From Dragon Ball Z

No matter what arc you see Frieza in, he's always after some sort of revenge. When he's nearly killed by Goku, he decides that going to Earth and blowing it up is an adequate punishment. He's a big believer in proportionate response, you see. No matter how many times he escapes death (or comes back to life), he's always got vengeance against the Saiyains on mind.


Masamune Makabe From Masamune-Kun No Revenge

Although not your typical "crazy-blood-feud-murder-everyone" anime vengeance, Manamune-kun no Revenge is the story of the double-crossed Masamune Makabe. He has come back to town as a stunning young man with the intent to break the heart of the girl that broke his. Still pretty brutal, in its own way.



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Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:09:08 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-characters-driven-by-vengeance/crystal-brackett
<![CDATA[13 Anime That Are Just Way Too Long]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-that-went-on-for-way-too-long/taeyura

There is nothing better than an engaging anime with a story so dynamic that you can’t help but become completely devoted to witnessing the fate of your favorite characters. There is nothing worse, however, than seeing a great anime run on for entirely too long.

There are many anime that easily soar into the triple digits when it comes to their total episode count, despite the fact that it might not be necessary to carry the plot on for that long (or half that long, in some cases). Unfortunately, this is a fate that is all too common for many of the highest rated anime series. What starts out as a great story quickly devolves into a sad attempt to keep a dragging on even though the quality of the story development is starting to suffer. Simply put, even in the world of anime, too much of a good thing always turns out bad. 


13 Anime That Are Just Way Too Long,

Dragon Ball Z

The Dragon Ball franchise will forever be watched and beloved. Nobody will ever forget anime's longest battle ever between Goku and Frieza. And come on, every time a Saiyan achieved a new level of Super Saiyan, it felt like Christmas regardless of the time of year.

Unfortunately, this series is still trucking on and getting farther and farther away from its awesome roots. There are now a ridiculous amount of different timelines and universes, which means there are also too many different versions of one character. The villains are starting to lose depth in exchange for creators just trying to make a bad guy more powerful than any we have seen before.

All this has done is force the Saiyans to keep getting more powerful in obscure ways —Super Saiyan Blue, anyone? All of this means that human characters are increasingly pointless, since they will immediately be annihilated by any villain they dare try to challenge. The series could have easily ended after Dragon Ball Z and still kept fans happy. 


Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

The Gundam franchise has been running since 1979, and throughout the decades has created a massive and confusing multiverse that can be difficult to keep up with. Sadly enough, it turns out that most of the sagas just aren't worth watching. Despite having more than 30 different sagas and movies throughout the Gundam series, roughly 10 of them are actually worth watching.

The rest seem to sway back and forth between being somewhat amusing and downright flat and one dimensional. Some of them don't even seem to fit well into the Universal Century, which is supposed to serve as the one quasi-foundation among all the different Gundam series.  


Shakugan no Shana

Another anime brought down by the desire to keep a good thing going well after its glory days are over, Shakugan no Shana was a big disappointment for many of its fans. The first two seasons were solid and actually enjoyable experiences.

The end of Season 2 brought a decent amount of closure, and it seemed like the show could have easily ended there. Unfortunately, Season 3 came anyway. It had an... interesting premise, but ultimately it failed to lead to a satisfying conclusion. 


Pokémon

Pokémon is one of the longest running anime series of all time. While the show is certainly enduringly popular (and a consistent money-maker), that doesn't mean all of its fans are content with the anime running on for so long. Pokémon is a bit of a different case from other long-running anime, however.

The games are still one of Nintendo's best-sellers and even the phone-based Pokémon GO became a global sensation. The problem with the Pokémon franchise is that after all these years, it (ironically) has never really evolved. For more than two decades, we have seen Ash Ketchum attempt to "catch 'em all" as a 10-year-old boy. And for over 20 years the Pokémon anime has been holding on to the same cookie cutter plot lines. It makes the entire series rather predictable. The Pokémon anime just seems to be past its prime with no plans in sight to actually make the series more dynamic and less stagnant. 


Bleach

A whopping 366 episodes of this anime ran between 2004 to 2012, and unsurprisingly the series failed to retain its value throughout the entire stretch. To be clear, Bleach is an anime that deserves what praise it gets. It has an interesting collection of characters, and some story arcs  really keep you engaged. That is, until the end of Season 6.

There are no shortage of forums that focus on debating when Bleach should have ended its televised anime series, but no suggestion seems quite as popular as the end of the Arrancar arc. By the end of this narrative, Bleach just seemed to lose its luster in a sea of story arcs that felt repetitive and forced. Seriously, what the hell is a fullbringer? 


Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water

Nadia: The Secret of the Blue Water was an anime that was originally slated to end far earlier than it actually did. The series' success encouraged creators to tack on some extra episodes and stretch out the anime, which (of course) ultimately resulted in a huge pile of filler episodes. Episodes 24 - 29 and 32 - 34 add little to no value to the story, which isn't surprising considering they were never originally supposed to be in the series anyway. 


Yu Yu Hakusho

Yu Yu Hakusho is largely considered an anime classic, but that doesn't mean it didn't go on longer than necessary. The entire series was focused on building up to the Dark Tournament arc, which clearly served as the climax of the overarching story. At the end of this arc, however, the anime just kept on going.

What made the continuation of Yu Yu Hakusho particularly troublesome is that everything that happened after the Dark Tournament arc seemed to negate the entire adventure and Yusuke's overall development as a character. From this point forward, the series seemed to be competing with every episode before it to see just how dark and eerie things could get inside the Yu Yu Hakusho universe. In the end, it just really took the magic out of the entire series. 


Yu-Gi-Oh!

The Yu-Gi-Oh! series was easily the most popular "gaming" anime of its time (well, in terms of card games come to life, anyway). Maybe that's why creators felt the need to drag it on for so long. The first season of Yu-Gi-Oh! was a wonderful balance of character development, intense plotlines, and epic battles.

It seems to be the only season that truly understood that while the battles themselves were cool, they meant nothing without a dynamic plot surrounding them.  The Duelist Kingdom arc was great for that. Afterwards, however, the series seemed to go off the rails a bit with arcs that focused too heavily on introducing new monsters and new battle mechanics without giving viewers much to enjoy from a storyline or character development perspective. It became a show all about the card battles, while a shallow plot plodded along in the background to make it seem like the duels were necessary. 


Naruto

The entire Naruto series has more than 600 episodes under its belt between the original series and its successor Naruto: Shippuden. Of course, fans would hardly find reason to complain about Naruto’s length if the anime was packed with original content driving the overarching plot, while also still providing a decent amount of closure on subplots along the way.

Instead, the anime starts to just feel like it never ends. There are a lot of filler episodes that stretch the series out with multiple “big finish” fights that seem like they would be epic enough to end the series. The anime series is just insanely bloated, even down to the final arc. 


Detective Conan Magic File

When it comes to dragging an anime series into the depths of repetitive plots, Detective Conan seems to be a bit of a champion. The anime has aired more than 800 freakin' episodes since it first premiered back in 1996. It actually holds the record as the fifteenth longest-running anime series.

But just having a lot of episodes doesn’t necessarily mean an anime has gone on for too long. The problem with Detective Conan is that after a few seasons it seemed like all the once fascinating detective tricks had been unveiled and recycled far too many times. 



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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:30:52 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/anime-that-went-on-for-way-too-long/taeyura