Thank God it’s Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. Thanksgiving is an important holiday for us Americans because we take this time and remember what we thankful for in our life. Besides eating turkey and dining with pumpkin pie, we take this time on this holiday and appreciate the things that made us happy whether it is little or big. For me, I am thankful having a family that cares about me and is willing to sacrifice everything to see me smile. I want to thank my friends who always got my back. My real life friends maybe small, but it’ small enough so I can trust them in my life. My online friends like bloggers and visitors help me continue to write and I have am honored to meet such wonderful people. I want to thank my current job in hospitality. I got employed way back in May 4th and I am so happy to be in a job where Christianity is a priority and my co-workers treat me with so much respect.
In this post, I want to talk about the anime I seen and why am I grateful for watching them. It was going to be a top post, but I feel like if it was numbered, it would be limited. To explain the purpose of this post, I have a question to ask you. Have you ever watched an anime and you have no regrets on watching it? Is there a particular anime that holds a special place in your heart? Out of all the anime you seen, was there one you hold dear and it’s considered one of your favorites no matter what? In this post, I want to share some anime that holds dear to my heart.
I am thankful for Pokemon. Like some people, I remember watching Pokemon as a kid and seeing Ash Ketchum start his adventures in the Kanto Region. Even though Pokemon started as a video game, it gained so much popularity in the anime that it spawned into movies, spinoffs and even toys. Pokemon is special to me because it what led me into watching anime. Unintentionally, Pokemon was an anime that will eventually lead me to other gateway anime in my childhood like Yu-Gi-Oh! and Dragon Ball. Some people say you never forget you first encounter or kiss, but I never forgot my first anime.
Dragon Ball is another anime I am thankful for experiencing in my childhood. Unlike Pokemon, Dragon Ball was a special anime that had the main focus on fighting and gave us so much memorable moments. As a kid in elementary school, we had like three different Dragon Ball series, the classic one with Kid Goku and introduced Evil King Piccolo, Dragon Ball Z which everyone knows about and even witness the iconic Super Saiyan Transformation and we had Dragon Ball GT which was even though noncanon, we had Super Saiyan 4. Before Dragon Ball Super, these three anime was one of the pinnacle in watching anime in Toonami in which kids would come home after school and watch anime. I fell in love with Dragon Ball Z as kid. I remember getting hyped when Goku joins the fight and beating the tar out of villains like Frieza and Buu. I used to play the video games on the GameCube, PS2 and GBA. Overall, Dragon Ball was an experience in which I will never regret watching and it’s one of the anime I wouldn’t mind watching no matter how many times to seen it. Thanks to Dragon Ball success, we later got other amazing anime that got popular such as Naruto, One Piece and Bleach.
As someone who really love anime, I didn’t care for drama series or slice of life anime, but I am thankful that I got to enjoy this anime. When I first heard about Clannad, I thought it was going to be a boring anime. Out of curiosity, I checked this anime out on YouTube and I didn’t have high expectations. However, once I got to around near episode 10 of the first season and they played that song called Ana, I started to break into tears. It was that moment that I got hooked into this anime and I even saw the second half of the anime, After Story. After Story is one heck of a emotional roller coaster and this anime almost killed me with the depressing moments. However, I held strong and watched all the episodes and I made it out alive, no doubt about that. Clannad, in opinion, is a great anime that does emphasis the slice of life genre and opened my heart for other anime that can pluck my heart strings.
Netflix anime – Devilman Crybaby and Violet Evergarden
I am late to join Netflix, but as soon as I got Netflix, I started to watch some shows and I am thankful for that. The first thing I jumped in was the anime Devilman Crybaby. Based on the manga in a updated setting focusing on a modern world, the story tells about a young man named Akira Fudo who becomes Devilman and uses his demonic powers to protect the ones he cares for from demons. Another anime I got into after Devilman Crybaby, was Violet Evergarden. Violet Evergarden tells a story about a girl named Violet who was once a child soldier, but now lives in a peaceful world where she has to re-train herself to have emotions. She takes a job as a doll and help write letters for people who want to express their feelings and thoughts but are unable to put it on paper. I chose these two anime because these anime made feel connected to the protagonist. We have Ryo who wants to protect his friends and innocent people that doesn’t deserve suffering. We have Violet who slowly learns what is like to have emotions and we get to see the impact on the importance of “I love you”.
Thank Toonami for the anime fanbase. Toonami is a special TV block in which Cartoon Network/Adult Swim allow Toonami to stream anime on public television. Back in the day, Toonami used to be on after school where kids were exposed to anime like YuYu Hakusho, Rurouni Kenshin, Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball. Ever since Toonami moved to Adult Swim, we gotten a lot more anime and it made watching TV fun on Saturdays. Thanks to Toonami we have gotten anime from different companies like Funimation, Viz, Sentai Filmworks, Aniplex and Discotek Media. In Funimation, we have Dragon Ball, Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia. In Viz, we have Naruto, Boruto, Hunter x Hunter and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures. Sentai Filmworks provided us Akame ga Kill and Parasyte. Aniplex offered us Sword Art Online and Blue Exorcist. Discotek gave us Lupin the 3rd Part 4. As we continue to get more anime English Dub, Toonami will try to attempt to show these anime before they get release on DVDs. I am so thankful to have anime on TV and made it easy for people to get into anime.
That’s the end of this post. I hope everyone have a great Thanksgiving and God bless you all! Thank you for the love and support.