My Top Ten Favorite Anime (Sort Of).

Everyone’s got a a list of their favorite shows and what’s on the list is always different for everyone because we’re all different people with differing opinions. But since I’m awesome, my opinion is fact and everything in this list is pure gold and if you disagree with that then… Okay. I hope you liked the list anyway!

Not everything in this list is an anime that I’d describe as a masterpiece per say. They’re all just shows that I really like for multitudes of reasons, but with that, let’s just get to it already starting with!

10) Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma (2015)

Food Wars is a cooking manga/anime (that I’ve reviewed.)

NSFW foodgasms inbound.

NSFW foodgasms inbound.

Here’s a tip for all you Food Wars fans out there—go read the manga. The anime’s just as good, but go read the manga because woof… the anime ended too soon and left out one of my favorite tournament arcs ever and one of my favorite scenes/speeches from a manga (Ch.102). For those who aren’t familiar with the show: Food Wars is a hilarious and strangely epic cooking anime that revolves around Yukihira Soma as he battles (cooking battles) his way to the top of Totsuki Culinary Academy, the best damned cooking academy in all of Japan. Seriously, if you want a good laugh and great thrills, go watch Food Wars… Just make sure that you have food in the house because you’ll get hungry.

9) One Piece

A grand adventure in an even grander world seen through the eyes of a small, but larger than life pirate crew.

800 chapters in and we're still probably only half way there.

800 chapters in and we’re still probably only half way there.

Okay so everyone knows what One Piece is about and some people might have groaned seeing a member of the Holy Shounen Trinity in a Top Ten anime list. But while my taste in anime have developed and I’ve fallen out of love with the rest of the trinity, One Piece remains to this day as one of my favorite shows to watch—okay maybe not favorite show to watch because as big a fan as I am, I’m not ignorant to the fact that it drags on way too long with it’s flashbacks. But I do love it all the same because at its core, One Piece is a really fun show featuring a cast of fun and awesome characters.

8) Kimi Ni Todoke/Ore Monogatari!!

One features a girl that looks like the creepy chick from The Ring while the other features a gorilla, I mean a boy… who looks like a gorilla—both shows are about two misunderstood teenagers who simply want to be accepted.

Kimi Ni Todoke has some annoying bits regarding misunderstandings, but I still find it to be very endearing.

Kimi Ni Todoke has some annoying bits regarding misunderstandings, but I still find it to be very endearing.

When I think of romance anime, I laugh. I laugh because when I think of romance anime I think of harems and ecchi anime—two things about anime that I despise. I’m not a prude by any means, but I like subtlety. I’m the type of guy who cringes at most girls that twerk and I prefer seeing women in fall fashion to no clothes or summer clothes. I’m also the type of guy who believes in the idea of love, or at least likes to, because even I’m not dumb enough to know that it’s all just a lie…

Screw moe anime, Ore Monogatari is the epitome of cuteness!

Screw moe anime, Ore Monogatari is the epitome of cuteness!

But lie or not, two anime that never fails to put a smile on my face are Kimi Ni Todoke and Ore Monogatari!! Yes, these two shows are only here because of how cute they can be… and because of how much joy they both give me. I’m a fairly pessimistic person, but even I feel fuzzy inside watching these shows. Are they the best ever? No, but I love them regardless. They both feature outcast teens that just want to be accepted and find true love, and though the idea of love in both is highly idealized and innocent, I love it all the same.

If you want to know more about Ore Monogatari then you’re in luck! I already reviewed it here!

7) Mekakucity Actors

A show about something

Someone please explain this to me!

I really don’t get why this is here either.

Look I’m not going to lie, Mekakucity Actors is in this list because I’m looking for someone to try and explain to me why I love it so much because even I don’t know why I love it. Like seriously… Mekakucity Actors is a fine show, but it’s not even an 8/10 in my book. And yet for some reason… I really love it. All I know is that it features an ensemble cast of teens with special powers and a plot… I guess. I also know that it’s an anime based on a series of Vocaloid songs and somehow, it made me not want to punch my computer screen in the face.

6) Death Parade

A show about life. (And another show that I’ve reviewed!)

Boom boom boom! Dancing through the skies!

Boom boom boom! Dancing through the skies!

Death Parade is an original anime by Studio Madhouse and it’s probably my favorite anime of 2015. The basic concept of Death Parade is simple, two people enter a bar, they’re forced to play a game, an Arbiter watches the proceedings of the game and based on how the players reacted while playing said game, the Arbiter will then decide which of the pair would be sent to the void and which one would be sent for reincarnation. Again, simple concept, but like any good show, there’s so much more to Death Parade. Because despite being a show featuring dead people, it is a show about life itself as well as the experiences people have living it, may they be good or bad.

5) Hajime no Ippo

An anime featuring a bullied youth that learns the true meaning of strength through boxing.

Packs a PUNCH... Get it? No? Okay then... v ~ v

Packs a PUNCH… Get it? No? Okay then… v ~ v

I don’t enjoy boxing, or sports—actually I watch a little soccer here and there, but for the most part I don’t care for any of it. And yet… One of my favorite animes of all time is a boxing anime. But saying that Hajime No Ippo is JUST a boxing anime is like saying that Moby Dick is just a story about trying to kill a white whale. There’s more to both these stories than just their surface plot, and though Hajime No Ippo doesn’t go as deep as Moby Dick does in a thematic way, Hajime No Ippo does do a pretty impressive job of telling a riveting, pulse pounding and inspiring drama about an underdog who makes it big as a boxer. And yes, I consider Hajime No Ippo as a drama more than I consider it a fighting or sport anime, because though there is fighting and sportsmanship involved but at it’s core, Hajime no Ippo’s really all about the main character Ippo Makunochi and his rise to glory and greatness.

4) Gatchaman: Crowds/Insight

An anime about clashing ideals regarding the evolution of humanity as a society.

IN THE NAME OF LOVE! GATCHAMEN! ASSEMBLE!

IN THE NAME OF LOVE! GATCHAMEN! ASSEMBLE!

I’ve never seen the Gatchaman of old, but from what I’ve gathered, (and please correct me if I’m wrong) the original Gatchaman was a fairly simplistic hero anime where a group of Power Rangers esque individuals get together to fight aliens who threaten to destroy the Earth. The Gatchamen of Crowds and Insight however are vastly different. Rather than have a black and white narrative, the newest reincarnation of Gatchaman focuses more on opposing ideologies. In both Crowds and Insight, there was never a clear villain (maybe more so Insight than Crowds), for the most part, the enemies that the Gatchamen are going up against are well meaning, but dangerous individuals or groups who just want to see the world be a better place. And it’s exactly because of this that I’m putting Gatchaman in my list—it’s an anime that not only has fun and interesting characters, but it also takes time to look at society and even criticize it in a non-pretentious manner.

3) Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

A show about sacrifice, brotherhood and a bunch of other really awesome shit.

Remember October 3rd.

Remember October 3rd.

Action, comedy and drama—FMA: Brotherhood has it all. I never really liked the original anime, I thought it was fine, but was severely flawed. Brotherhood on the other hand is hands down just a masterpiece of awesome. It has a well-written narrative, great characters and some of the best fight scenes in anime. Go check it out if you haven’t seen it yet what the hell are you doing with your life?!

2) OreGairu (My TEEN RomCom SNAFU!)

An anime about a loner who sees himself above his peers as he treks through the icy road to true maturity.

Chin up kid, you'll get there one day.

Chin up kid, you’ll get there one day.

My Teenage Rom-Com SNAFU! is a show with a fanbase that irritates the heck out of me… Sort of. I just don’t like how every time I go into comments sections of episodes or discussion boards I seem to always find people who are constantly obsessing about the protagonist Hachiman’s harem. I don’t like that because it’s not what the show is about and it goes against everything that Hachiman stands for. It’s just not genuine. But I get it, talking about pairings and harems is fun—sure, I’m not going to take that away from anyone.

But it’s not why I love SNAFU and it’s not why I watch the show. To me, SNAFU is more than just about romances or harems. It’s not about how cool it is to be a loner, because even the show itself depicts Hachiman as being in the wrong even though his methods work. SNAFU is Hikigaya Hachiman’s coming of age story. I know that the synopsis says otherwise, but ignore that because trust me, this show really is something special.

Similar to how I have Kimi Ni Todoke and Ore Monogatari in this list for mostly emotional reasons, part of why SNAFU’s on this list is because of how much I can relate to Hachiman’s struggles with life. It’s rare for any work of fiction (and non-fiction) to ever affect me this show has, which is why I have so much respect and adoration for it—because not only does it make me feel all weird inside, it’s also a very well-written show filled with great characters and both hilarious and dramatic scenes and conversations.

1) Gintama

An anime that made me cry way too much, especially since it’s primarily a comedy show about a feudal Japan that has been taken over and modernized by aliens.

Nobody with naturally wavy hair can be that bad.

Nobody with naturally wavy hair can be that bad.

When I first started watching Gintama I wasn’t sure what to think of it. I liked the protagonist Sakata Gintoki, but I couldn’t figure out what the show was going to be all about. There were hints of Gintoki’s past and how it might come back to form an overall and overarching plot, but fifteen episodes in and still there was nothing. For the most part, Gintama seemed to be just a comedy anime (a really funny and heartfelt comedy anime) but story or not, I was still in for the ride because like I said, I enjoyed the comedy bits a lot!

There were more hints of a plot thrown in there and I was satisfied just having a good time laughing at the almost self-contained comedy episodes. I loved the smaller dramatic episodes too and grew to really love the whole cast. But what really got me were episodes 58 to 61—that’s when everything changed. Not permanently. But it cemented Gintama as a series that would forever be in my list of favorite anime.

Episodes 58 to 61 were when the Benizakura Arc happened, Gintama’s first serious arc. Every Gintama fan knows what it was like to first to fill the thrills and chill of seeing our goofball favorite characters be put in a high stakes and life or death situation where they need to go up against a villain that better suited a more serious anime. The Benizakura arc still had plenty of comedy to it, but for the most part, it was the story arc that laid the foundation for what’s to come—it established the villain, the main story and a better look at Gintoki’s past. I mean we’ve always known that Gintoki was a badass, but it was his fight scenes in the Benizakura arc that showed just how awesome he could be.

I can’t really explain why I love Gintama so much, but I know that despite having hundreds of episodes I’d still recommend it to people. I know that that’s a commitment and I know that the payoff may not come until fifty episodes in, but my God, does it PAY OFF. And even after the Benizakura arc the show does return to form and remains a comedy for a dozen episodes before tackling another serious arc—but I’m okay with that. Others might not be, but I swear, you must give this show a chance. You owe it to yourself as an anime fan to watch Gintama because not only is it a hilarious parody comedy anime, but it’s also an exciting and touching story about a man who refuses to be broken by the world and how desperately he needs to pay his rent.

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Thoughts on the 8th Episode of Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru ZOKU! (My Teenage Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!)

Hikigaya Hachiman grows up in this episode.

Hikigaya Hachiman grows up in this episode.

I don’t ever post on message boards or episode discussion threads. I lurk a lot, but I don’t post? Why? I’m not really sure myself. I’ve seen some of the comments on message boards regarding this episode though—plenty of which are people fixating on the scene with Hiratsuka-sensei or the tears that came during Hachiman’s speech. And the goal that I have here isn’t to take away anything from people.

All I intend to do is share some of my thoughts and opinions on the most recent episode and the series. I want to talk about what I get out of watching SNAFU and what this show means to me. However I do warn anyone reading that I might come off as a preachy little asshole towards the end of this.

But if you don’t mind that, then I hope you found this read worth your while.


EPISODE REACTION

Now, the first thing I want to talk about is my general thoughts and reaction to this episode and the best way I can summarize it is with a, “WHOA.”

Unfortunately I didn’t cry while watching this episode—maybe it’s because I’m a robot disguised as a human, but just because I didn’t cry it doesn’t mean that Hachiman’s scene and speech didn’t hit me. I felt a certain weight in my heart as I watched Hachiman deliver his speech to the girls, and seeing Yukino struggling to figure out what it meant pained me even further.

Yukinoshita Yukino doesn't get it.

Yukinoshita Yukino doesn’t get it.

This season overall has been really hard to watch. The first season of Oregairu, SNAFU, Yahari or however you want to call this show was fairly standard in terms of it being your typical high school anime rom-com. The characters were always interesting yes, but the seeming lack of plot kind of bothered me. And it didn’t help that yet another romance anime ended with a non-ending and no progress in the romance department.

Now back then, I didn’t know that SNAFU was going to get a second season. I heard that there was a Light Novel that the anime was based on, but I never got around to reading it. Still, this season though. This season started with a callback to episode twelve of the first season when Hayama got really pissed of Hachiman. That opening really helped set up the mood for the entire season and really with this season, they dropped the more romantic aspect of the show and just went full-on SLICE OF LIFE. I mean, I’m sure we all noticed how this season really took the “Slice of Life” ball and just ran with it all the way pass the fucking ENDZONE.

But it’s more than just that really.

Yuigahama Yui tries to wake Hachiman up.

Yuigahama Yui tries to wake Hachiman up.

It’s more than just a genre shift that’s making this season amazing. To me, the writing of the series simply escalated in quality. It now has a better-focused story arc. I even feel as if season one was nothing but a mere setup to this current season.

Yeah. Season One felt like the first Phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We get all these little stories about other characters, while seeing bits and pieces of development in the heroes (Hachiman) and when it’s time for the actual Avengers movie (or in SNAFU’s case, the second season) you buy what’s happening on the screen because the characters and the tensions have been built up enough in previous movies (or episodes and season for SNAFU).

It doesn’t feel rushed nor does it feel forced. Everything makes sense based on what we’ve seen so far. I just wish that the first and second seasons were just one full series. The two-year wait aside, I feel as if there would have been a better story and conclusion for the first season if they had just made the series 24 episodes rather than the original 13. But that’s just me rambling.

But speaking of rambling.


IT’S NOT A HAREM

Often when I would go onto forums and discussion boards about SNAFU I would always see fans obsessing over which girl should Hachiman end up with or who’s now a member of his harem. And personally, I don’t like any of that—which is why I don’t go to those conversations and discussions. People want to talk about SNAFU in that kind of way? Fine, have at it.

But I do feel as if doing so is a bit of a disservice to what the show is.

The girls of the Volunteer Service Club are more than just harem girls.

The girls of the Volunteer Service Club are more than just harem girls.

To me, SNAFU, is more than just the harems and the shallow little shippings that fans gush over. To me, SNAFU is more Slice of Life than anything. Because SNAFU goes onto depths that even other anime of the genre often don’t.

I actually saw all of Nisekoi’s first season and I’m not going to lie—I haven’t seen a single episode past the first episode of the second season, because I’ve lost hope for that show. And it’s kind of sad because I actually enjoyed most of the first season. But when I say that I’ve lost hope for it, I mean that I feel as if it’s just not going to go anywhere. And even if it does, I’m just no longer invested in it.

Nisekoi is a harem.

Nisekoi is a harem.

And, I mention Nisekoi because THAT is a harem anime. Infinite Stratos? Harem. Love Hina? Harem. Baki the Grappler? Gay Harem.

SNAFU? No… I just don’t see it.

There are multiple girls in SNAFU. There’s a protagonist. But, it doesn’t follow the harem formula so I really don’t understand why people think that this show is a harem—because first off, if this were a harem, Hachiman would be way more non-descript to help viewers see themselves in his shoes. Also, the girls would be way more exaggerated and if this were a harem, the girls would all be all over Hachiman. Looking back to the first season though, I can see why people might think that this is a harem, but this season? Not anymore.

Because again, SNAFU is more slice of life than anything.

It’s more slice of life than comedy.

It’s more slice of life than romance.

And it is definitely more slice of life than a fucking harem.

Now I think this, primarily because of two things:

ONE. Though SNAFU is a bit melodramatic at times and offbeat and unrealistic, it’s still grounded in it’s own reality. Nisekoi, obviously, has assassins and Yakuza wars and that’s—that’s a thing in real life I suppose, but it’s still unrealistic, at least for it to have the tone the quirky tone that it has. And, really harems are unrealistic to me. They belong in the quirky and stylized world of Nisekoi.

That harem shit doesn’t happen in real life as much as the typical otaku would like.

Maybe it’s because I don’t like the idea of harems that I don’t want to look at SNAFU in this light. I don’t care for harems in real nor do I care for them in fiction. They’re unrealistic to me and devoid of that genuine connection that Hachiman and SNAFU are after. And again, I’m not trying to take these little shippings and harems from other fans, all I’m saying is that, never forget that SNAFU is more than just that.

But uh... let's also not forget that Isshiki is best girl... because fuck you if you disagree.

But uh… let’s also not forget that Isshiki is best girl… because fuck you if you disagree.

SNAFU is a bildungsroman—it’s the coming of age story of Hikigaya Hachiman. It’s not just about which girl he’s going to end up with or not.

I put this show on a pedestal, more so than I did last season, because I actually respect this show. I respect its writing because of how raw and real it can be at times. And I respect its characters because of how real they feel at times. Of course, it’s not a perfect depiction of real life, but what is?

I put this show on a pedestal, more so than I did last season, because I actually respect this show. I respect its writing because of how raw and real it can be at times. And I respect its characters because of how real they feel at times. Of course, it’s not a perfect depiction of real life, but what is?

SNAFU is about the struggles of a young man who’s been hurt too much to let anyone in. It’s the story of him trying to find his place in the world. And it’s the story of Hachiman trying to figure out what he wants out of life.


HACHIMAN’S PHILOSOPHY

A common complaint about SNAFU from none-fans is the pseudo-intellectual philosophies of the show. I’ve seen ill-favored reviews of the anime that scoff at Hachiman’s inner-monologue as something that reeks of teenage angst. They think that Hachiman’s your typical edgy little shit who preaches about how great it is to be alone simply because no one would love him back.

An image showing how  emo cunts worships Hachiman's bad side.

An image showing how emo tweens worship Hachiman’s bad side. It’s so edgy that I actually cut myself by accident posting it.

I agree. Hachiman is a loser. And a smug little punk.

But that’s the point of his character though. Even in the first season, Hachiman’s loner-lifestyle was criticized, mocked and challenged by various characters of the series. He was never put on a pedestal by the show itself for thinking this way, maybe fans who identified with Hachiman did put him on a pedestal for preaching to the choir about how great it is to be alone.

But remember that the show never did. It was only Hachiman that ever thought that he was cool. Totsuka thinks that he’s cool, but not because he’s edgy and thinks that the world sucks. Totsuka thinks that Hachiman is cool because of how kind and strong he is.

When they were in summer camp dealing with Tsurumi Rumi and others, Hachiman takes the lead and suggests to everyone that they should execute a plan fueled by Hachiman’s own cynicism and mistrust of people. And although Hayama went along with it, he didn’t agree with the philosophy behind it. No one did.

Hayama detested Hachiman. And we see more of this disgust for Hachiman and his way of thinking during the Sagami chapter. Hayama got physical with Hachiman after he had enough of Hachiman running his mouth and asked him, “Why is that the only way you can handle things?”

If this were a different show, Hachiman would have been depicted as being the coolest motherfucker for thinking all these UNIQUE life philosophies and for having this alternative way of thinking, rather than depict him as an edgy little shit. And yeah, while Hachiman is the protagonist of SNAFU and while he does solve plenty of the problems that the group encounters—he’s still depicted as that flawed edgy little shit. He’s not put on a pedestal for thinking the way he does and he’s constantly criticized for his way of thinking. And there are always consequences to his actions, choices and philosophies even if they don’t manifest until now.

I like Hachiman more because of this. I don’t like him because he’s proof that being a loner is okay and that cynicism and mistrust for people is okay. I like Hachiman’s character because he’s a terrifying reflection of who I was, can be and is. I feel for him because I know his pain and I feel for him even more, because I am familiar with that veneer of pessimistic wisdom that he holds onto so dearly.

Hachiman decides to be honest.

Hachiman decides to be honest.

He is a character that many people could resonate with, but I hope that they’re still resonating with him till now. Because often I’ve noticed that when faced with the truth and great consequences, as Hachiman has been this past few weeks, we often ignore these realities because it would be much easier for all of us to just live in a shell, devoid of pain and misery. To some, Hachiman can be an excuse for this loner lifestyle, but let’s not ignore the fact that even the story that he’s the star of paints him as a tragedy of youthful cynicism.

Let’s not ignore the fact that some of us are like Hikigaya Hachiman. Some of us did or do mistake this clouded and cynical view of the world makes us better, makes us smarter than the rest of the world because we consider everything fake and unreal. I like to pretend that I don’t see the world as cynically as I used to as I did when I was younger, but truth is, even now after seeing this recent episode I feel that sting of self-realization that aches and pokes at the heart, because I’m still, in a way, that cynic that I was and Hachiman is.

But that’s okay.

Hiratsuka-sensei is awesome.

Hiratsuka-sensei is awesome.

Because, admitting and realizing our faults and flaws is part of the process. It’s an impossible battle that’s part of growing up whichI live by on a day to day basis—and I don’t mind that, because just as the SNAFU shows us, being closed off from the world and putting on walls will only hurt us in the end. It will rob us of a chance to feel genuine happiness.

Because closing off life doesn’t just close off the bad. It also closes off all that is good and worthwhile.

There’s nothing wrong with pain, there’s nothing wrong with being lost and confused and there’s nothing with struggling, because it’s all a part of life. The reason why people commit suicide is to end all of that—but the thing is, life is suffering, life is misery and life is despair, but adulthood, in actuality demands that we don’t give a shit either way. Growing up doesn’t mean what it meant when we were angsty teenagers who saw ourselves as geniuses who figured everything out and have decided to close off the world because it’s fake and that we’re all above it.

No.

Adulthood and growing up is realizing that the world is the way it is and that we can’t just whine and cry about it nor can we just let it beat us. Adulthood is about standing on your own two feet and taking on the world for all that it is without putting on walls of cynicism and pessimism. There’s more to be an adult than that of course, and I really I have no right to say any of this because even I don’t live up to my own ideal image of an adult. But I’ll try, because really, sometimes that’s all the world asks of us.

And, this episode ended with Yui and Yukino being extremely confused by what Hachiman said in his speech to them. He said that he wanted something genuine—whatever that means. Yukino, as smart as she is, couldn’t handle not knowing what that meant, but Yui’s more simplistic view of the world that others might find superficial and fake allowed her to not care and is what ultimately brought them together. Yui’s optimism and how much she stands out in between the cold-calculating Yukino and the cynical Hachiman is one thing that I’ve always enjoyed about this show. She may come off as ditzy, but at least she knows enough to humble herself.

Yuigahama Yui doesn't give up.

Yuigahama Yui doesn’t give up.

Yuigahama Yui’s overwhelming optimism allows her to keep going and to keep holding onto the bonds and people that she loves. It’s her optimism that allow her to say, “I don’t know what it means either—but who cares? We’ll figure it out together.” To me, that’s the life philosophy that the SNAFU’s author Wataru Watari is trying to pass onto the readers. It’s not the loner lifestyle of Hachiman that he’s celebrating; it’s the ability to not be afraid of the world and to admit that we don’t know anything that he wants to pass on.

In the earlier episodes of the series, Hachiman would write these philosophical essays for Hiratsuka-sensei. And in them, he declares and defends his loner way of life. Hachiman looked at the world as if it was wrong—as if it was his choice to be alone rather than just him lacking the ability to connect.

Hachiman’s thoughts, they’re walls. They’re a teenager’s self-crafted philosophies and rationale. It’s like when you or another loner would make excuses as to why they’re all by themselves and not with other people. His philosophies are just excuses that he convinces himself of as being facts and a reality. But in truth, all Hachiman wants is to have friends and not be hurt.

And yeah, I know Hachiman said in his speech that it’s not friends or companionships that he wants—he wants something genuine. I think what he means by this is the ability to stop lying to himself. Because cynicism to me is nothing more than a defense mechanism and excuse disguised as a legitimate philosophy. And ultimately, SNAFU shows that letting our guards down is what will ultimately let us experience and enjoy life.

What Hachiman did wasn’t just bear himself to the girls. What Hachiman did was an act of humility. For so long he’s pretended like he knew how to deal with the world when in reality he was just as terrified as any of us. And that’s really what I get from this episode: There’s nothing wrong with being humble, it let’s us look at our flaws critically so that we may better ourselves and it let’s us not see ourselves better than others and let’s us better connect with them.

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CLOSING

In conclusion, I just want to say how much I enjoyed this recent episode and how much I’m looking forward for the rest of the season. I’m aware that the chances of the Japanese writer and production studio that brings us this amazing story may never read this, but that’s fine. I guess this is just my way of saying to the world, “Hi. I love this show? Isn’t it great?” I’m a big fan of the subtleties of SNAFU and it’s very novel-esque style of writing. Of course, STUDIO FEEL gets mad props for animating emotions as well they do, because it is on point.

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AND ALSO: I still can’t believe that Hikigaya Hachiman’s voice actor (Takuya Eguchi) is also the voice for Ore Monogatarii!!’s, Gouda Takeo. That’s fucking amazing. And that guy did an amazing job during this episode.

Gouda Takeo from Ore Monogatari!

Gouda Takeo from Ore Monogatari!

Oh and before I forget, fuck you COMMIE SUBS! You and your hype machine.

Keep fucking that chicken fellas.

Keep fucking that chicken fellas.