I am late, but I’ve always been a slow bloomer to such things. Welcome to my Tagging Anime With Color! Expect one thing that isn’t anime because fuck me if I make things simple. First and foremost thanks (and check out) Edy over at Convoluted Situation for tagging me. This is a little outside of my zone, but after some thought, I decided I wanted to interact more with the anime community on this platform, and what more a red carpet than this?
So, the rules.
- Share your favourite stories—movies/books/anime/manga/drama/songs—by classifying them on these seven colours’ traits
- Red: passionate, exciting, invigorating
- Blue: peaceful, calming
- Pink: romantic, caring
- Orange: warm, motivating
- Black: mysterious, thrilling
- Green: fresh, unexpected
- White: random
2. Send this challenge invitation to at least one of your friends. Let them fear your superiority, as you—decide their fate. (I decided against this since most of my readers and blogs I follow have already done this)
3. Link back to the original post here! And, enjoy!
And without further ado, RED!
DAMN, an album by Kendrick Lamar.
Wait, I know, anime blogger, anime post. I guess I should explain. I grew up in a southern region of the US. Hip-hop or even rap was around me, but it was something I never understood. I’ve been a music fiend most of my life, but it was classic rock, 90s alt bands, and the rise of garage rock. The Stroke, Radiohead, The White Stripes, shit, Pink Floyd, Jacks Mannequin, that was my jam. Years passed, 2017 dropped and an album known as DAMN came with it, then it won a Pulitzer. Ah, the whitest way to get into hip-hop, I’m not proud of it but listen.
DUCKSWORTH was the first track I listened to, a mixture of storytelling, hardship, and good karma. But for those who listened to the rest of the album or that vein of hip hop, that track is an expectation. It is a hard take of what it means to “jump onto wax” and now can say confidently say it’s one of the most underrated tracks on this record-breaking album, but that isn’t the point. Time passes, some albums and songs here and there, but nothing clicked in me. Welcome to the weeb part of this! I was watching Trash Taste Podcast and it was the episode with Calliope, Joey mentioned her rapping so I looked it up, and I will say she is not bad.
But this opened up a door in my life, suddenly this type of cadence and alliteration made sense in my brain, so going back to DAMN, I flipped through some of the tracks. This slowly grew (with the recommendation of many friends) to check out good kid, m.A.A.d city, works from J. Cole, RDJ and Anderson .Paak which all have created a new understating within me. I choose this for red because well, DAMN is passionate, exciting, and invigorating. Lamar’s ability of storytelling changed how I see a whole genre of music, actually the largest in the United States, and I’m grateful for it.
Thank god it’s anime eh? Kiznaiver might not seem peaceful or calming on its face. A story about a group of friends, sharing pain and hardship, how is this calming? And with that, I simply say pain is real, and it is something all of us experience. Maybe I am being too upfront, but I find peace in being a human, I love the idea of understanding, pain, victory, success, what does all of it mean? Life is nothing a gauntlet to be happy, to be happy with oneself. And I really think the fight to find that was well depicted in Kiznaiver.
Pink: Spice And Wolf
Few beings could ever exist that are on equal footing as Holo, the world’s waifu of economics. Spice and Wolf to me was a different type of romance anime. Usually, I’m a sucker to tsundere type but this himedere turn best girl was a change I didn’t expect but adored. To charm the heart of a god to the point they plead for you, that even tropes sibling’s love. (but is more accepted? Actually, I redact that statement)
Orange: New Game
Literally, all my closest friends growing up wanted one thing, to make games. I can’t say I didn’t feel the same, but the role I wanted to play within it was different. Rather it is a Dragon Age or a Doki Doki Literature Club. From day one I wanted to create something that ultimately played around the story, an interesting narrative. New Game is like my childhood dream turned anime. It is just a relaxing, fun series that follows a fresh-out-of-school developer living her dream of making video games, finding itself as one of my all-time favorite feel-good shows.
Shiki to me is one of the most underrated dark thrillers out there. The atmosphere is intense, the story is interesting and the characters are all sociopaths. It is without a doubt the best vampire series to come out of the medium and it a roller coaster of a ride. So if you want a dark, graphic, tragedy that follows the plague of vampires upon a small village, Shiki is without a doubt worth checking out.
Green: Violet Evergarden
When it comes to series that really surprised me, Violet Evergarden has to be high on that list. Yes, yes I know it has a massive following on MAL and critically is considered one of the best series to ever come out of Kyoto Animation but to me, well I hated it. The show started so painfully slow I dropped it twice, only finishing it due to the pleads of a friend. And I am thankful for that. Violet Evergarden is without a doubt one of the most painfully beautiful shows I have seen in my life, it plays on heartstrings I wasn’t prepared to be played and had me in tears many times. It approaches a type of slow-burn storytelling that was unfamiliar to me but hit like a truck when it all comes together. So even with the hype and all the acclaim I can say whole heartily Violet Evergarden to me, was an expected series.
White: Qualidea Code
Qualidea Code is an interesting series in a lot of ways. It wasn’t particularly popular, or good for the matter. The story was all over the place and the animation fell HARD in the later episodes. It starts off with one of the most annoying protagonists I have ever seen in a while and takes a bit to recover, so why do I have it on here? Simple, Chigusa, Asuha. One of the six mains and sister of Kasumi Chigusa, their dynamic saved the series for me. Kasumi is the typical laid-back smart ass and Asuha is pretty much the same. They are a pair that vibe extremely well in context to storytelling and pick on each other throughout the series except when it matters. Being the only family pair they ruthlessly defend one another and it’s refreshing to see the lengths they will go to protect each other even at expense of the other mains. I’m just a sucker for these unrestrained arc-types, a pair doing whatever possible for that they believe is best for them, its cheesy I just love it.
And there we have it! Hopefully, this was entraining for you readers and possibly make someone want to check out one of these series. This was a lot more fun and difficult than I was expecting, but I decided to go on with it until the end, and I’m glad.
As always, thanks for the read!