A usual suspects sort of ranking this week, though Dororo‘s domination actually increased – it just missed sweeping all first-place votes. Kimetsu no Yaiba had its best week yet, based on a very strong episode (this was the first week I ranked it). And in a heartening development (for me) Kono Oto Tomare breaks into the rankings for the first time.
We tackle another one of those revealing sorts of questions in “Ask the Writers” this week. The answers are an interesting melange – draw your own conclusions!
Weekly Staff Poll
Ask The Writers
“If the person you were in love with said “What anime should I watch that would show me what sort of person you are”, what would you have them watch?”
- Stilts: Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo, especially the end of episode eight. Understanding a complex human being through a single story is impossible (even if they wrote said story … unrelated, but trust me), yet anyone who’s seen that eight episode will at least understand the creative side of Stilts, for it elucidated my creative philosophy better than I ever could when I first joined along for the ride with those crazy boys and girls of Sakurasou.
- Stars: I think for my choice, it would have to be Mob Psycho. Ultimately, the main theme of the series is making connections with others, which can be difficult. Sometimes we hurt people who are close to us, and that hurts us in turn. All the pieces that make us who we are, there are times when they don’t fit together, and we can choose to make it work or go our separate ways. I’d want the person I love to know that I don’t know myself the way I’d like to, that I’ll make mistakes; have doubts and stumble, but if they’re willing to stand by me, regardless… then I’d like to try to be my best self for the both of us.
- Choya: I would have to say Arakawa Under the Bridge since its a combination of multiple elements that resonate with me. As a surreal romantic comedy that explores the meaningful connections we make with loved ones and acquaintances through a cute & quirky aesthetic, this anime combines all of these components to create an experience that encapsulates what appeals to me effectively.
- Zaiden: Caligula (Editor’s Note: I forget this anime even existed). The show puts into perspective the modern struggles that individuals and society face, in conjunction with the exponential growth of technology and the way it’s taking over our lives. We all have our fair share of problems and personal shortcomings. But like the characters in the series, most of us will continue to live life out and see where it goes, regardless of the obstacles. While I think there are other shows that would tell a person more about myself, I think that for the reasons I’ve mentioned above, Caligula would best convey myself to my lover. Honourable mentions go to Hanasaku Iroha and Little Busters – both which could very well have been deserved winners on another day depending on my mood.
- Enzo: Again, this is one of those “harder than it sounds” questions. I could have gone many different directions here including the most obvious, picking my favorite (Seirei no Moribito). But I think I’ll go with Kyousougiga, because it covers a lot of bases in terms of things I love. Fantasy, Kyoto, Japanese history, beautiful music. And it exemplifies why I love anime too (and that has to say something about me), with it’s limitless imagination and free-flowing narrative – it’s not a story you can easily imagine in any other medium. As I noted at the time it aired, Kyousougiga doesn’t just remind me why I love anime – it reminds me why I started loving it in the first place.
- Passerby: CLANNAD. And I feel like explaining why would defy the point of the question.
- Pancakes: Only choice for me is Psycho-Pass because nothing else can come close to fusing my love and interest in dystopia, near future sci-fi, engineering in all its forms, and critical philosophical thought together in one tasty pulp thriller cyberpunk series.