What’s up, what’s up my pandas?
Welcome to another lovely Top Ten Tuesday! This is where I post some of my favorite anime series and (where I also try) to talk you all into watching them as well. I love just sitting down with you guys and forcing…I mean coercing…oh that’s not the right word either…I like persuading you all into watching something you normally wouldn’t. You gotta expand those horizons my friends! It’s 2018 after all.
I promise I don’t bite! Well, not very hard at least 😉
With the upcoming release of Lostorage WIXOSS season 2 I thought it would be quite fitting to do some psychological anime this time around. I love me a solid anime that will blow my mind. Sometimes you just need an anime that makes you go, “WTF am I watching?” But in a good way of course! I’m not talking about trash anime…even though I love me some trash anime XD #weeabootrash
So without further ado, lets get into it!
Memories consists of 3 episodes; Magnetic Rose, Stink Bomb, and Cannon Fodder. Each episode is approximately 37 mins each. I want to turn your attention to Magnetic Rose. This particular episode has the perfect blend of Sci-fi, horror, and psychological drama. If you want to see some fucked up shit that will make you question your sanity then I highly suggest you check out Magnetic Rose. It isn’t like the usual gruesome horror but it more or less encompasses creepy horror. Here is the synopsis for the episode:
“In the far reaches of space, after tracing a distress signal to a large abandoned space station, a pair of engineers—Heintz Beckner and Miguel Costrela—find a derelict mansion and decide to explore on foot. Their investigation reveals a dark secret surrounding the fate of Eva Friedel, a renowned opera singer with a tragic history. Hallucinations soon begin to plague them, and they must fight to retain their sanity in order to escape the station alive.”
2. Death Parade
If you had to wager your life on a game of random choice do you think you could win? What if losing meant your soul would be lost for all eternity? Would you be able to beat the odds then? That is exactly what Death Parade explores when recently deceased pairs are chosen to participate in a random game in which their fate of either ascending into reincarnation or falling into the void is their prize. This show tackles the concept of life and death, while expanding it into a game style format. But this show is more than the sum of its concept, to put it figuratively, it’s more like playing life and death itself. Death Parade isn’t just a survival game like Juuni Taisen or Akuma no Riddle, because the characters are already dead. Death Parade is unlike any other show I have seen before and I highly suggest it if you enjoy the yin (life) and yang (death) theory.
3. Zankyou no Terror
“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” That’s the saying I associate with when I think of Zankyou no Terror. Zankyou no Terror is an anime based on secrets, destruction, and mayhem. As My Anime List best describes it, “Zankyou no Terror tells the story of Nine and Twelve, two boys behind the masked figures of Sphinx. They should not exist, yet they stand strong in a world of deception and secrets while they make the city fall around them, all in the hopes of burying their own tragic truth.” If you want to be bathed in action, mystery, and the psychological drama that is Nine and Twelve then give Zankyou no Terror a watch.
4. Ergo Proxy
Oh Ergo Proxy. Another Sci-fi, mystery and psychological anime that touches base on A.I. and what it really means to be human. In a way I get Ghost in the Shell vibes from Ergo Proxy. At first I wasn’t quite sure what to make of this anime, but as I dove deeper and deeper into the series I really started to enjoy it. This anime isn’t for the faint of heart and deserves your full attention if you are going to watch it. It is a complex story with though-provoking symbolism that might make you scratch your head at the very end. Ergo Proxy is definitely an anime show that is open to interpretation. So I always suggest going at these type of shows with an open mind.
5. Boku dake ga Inai Machi (Erased)
The concept of time has been very popular in anime over the last couple of years. From Re:Zero, and Steins;Gate to The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Boku dake ga Inai Machi (Erased). Time travel anime isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Boku dake ga Inai Machi (Erased) is a little different from the rest I mentioned above. It is more of a mystery, psychological, supernatural anime. It deals with heavy topics like child abuse, abduction, and murder. Erased is about finding out who murdered Satoru’s classmate, Kayo, 18 years ago. Satoru is on a mission to uncover what truly transpired 18 years ago and prevent the death of his classmate while protecting those he cares about in the present.
6. Selector Infected WIXOSS
Who doesn’t love a good card game? I mean Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh were huge successes as card games, as well as Magic:The Gathering. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that I would be into Selector Infected WIXOSS. I didn’t know that WIXOSS was a card game until after I watched the first season of the anime…and by golly! I was super impressed with the premise of this show. If you like anime about lies, deceit, and crushing people’s dreams/reality then WIXOSS is the show for you. While WIXOSS contains a lot of heartwarming scenes, it also has a dark side. I feel like most people weren’t into this show based solely on it’s synopsis. Maybe they thought it would be too girly or too much like Yu-Gi-Oh? I promise you it is MORE than that. It contains some twisted thoughts/feelings, not only amongst the character’s themselves but the world that is WIXOSS.
Inuyashiki is still fairly new to the anime scene. It just came out for fall season in 2017. Honestly, if you have a weak stomach for human brutality then I suggest you skip this one. The second and third episode of this show really dives deep into the psychological aspects of a killer who kills to feel alive (mainly due to the two main characters becoming inhuman robots that are also weapons). I felt like the ending was a little weak but it doesn’t hurt the shows overall premise. Overall the show does an excellent job portraying the ideas of what it means to be a “good guy” and “bad guy.”
8. Psycho Pass
What color would your “Psycho-Pass” be? In the distant future Japan is run by a system called Sybil, an objective means of determining the threat level of each citizen by examining their mental state for signs of criminal intent, known as their Psycho-Pass. Inspectors uphold the law by subjugating, often with lethal force, anyone harboring the slightest ill-will; alongside them are Enforcers, jaded Inspectors that have become latent criminals, granted relative freedom in exchange for carrying out the Inspectors’ dirty work. (Copied from MAL) Having your so called “Psycho-Pass” measured is an interesting concept to think about. I was pleasantly surprised on how well Psycho-Pass was done. While Psycho-Pass does take its time to build up to anything relevant (i.e. the climax of the show), it does however take us on one hell of a ride until the very end. It is one anime that keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you are into crime shows involving dark themes of drama then I suggest you check out Psycho-Pass for yourself.
9. Project Itoh (Empire of Corpses, Genocidal Organ, & <Harmony>)
Project Itoh was created by Satoshi Itō who wrote Genocidal Organ when he was still a web designer. Empire of Corpses was left unfinished due to Ito’s death in 2009. Toh Enjoe ended up finishing Empire of Corpses and it was published in August of 2012. Noitamina, a Fuji Television programming block devoted to anime, announced that they would be adapting three of Itoh’s novels into animated feature films. All three films would be handled by different studios and directors. Genocidal Organ directed by Shuko Murase at Manglobe, Harmony co-directed by Takashi Nakamura and Michael Arias at Studio 4°C and The Empire of Corpses directed by Ryotaro Makihara at Wit Studio. I watched Harmony first, then The Empire of Corpses, followed by Genocidal Organ (just last year). All three films are pretty impeccable. I love watching these type of films because they make me feel more intelligent. If you have ever asked yourself, “what is the meaning of life?” then watch these three films. They will really make you question our reality as we know it.
An anime film about one’s inner psyche and the possibility to dive into people’s dreams? Sign me up! Oh wait…I remember how Paprika actually ended XD Paprika is bright, colorful, chalk full of alternate realities but it is also full of repressed memories, psychological terrorism, and mental breakdowns. If you REALLY want your mind fucked then choose Paprika as your next anime watch. I’ll leave you guys with the synopsis if you haven’t seen Paprika yet:
“The world of dreams can be an incredible window into the psyche, showing one’s deepest desires, aspirations, and repressed memories. One hopeful tech lab has been developing the “DC Mini,” a device with the power to delve into the dreams of others. Atsuko Chiba and Kosaku Tokita have been tirelessly working to develop this technology with the hopes of using it to deeply explore patients’ minds and help cure them of their psychological disorders.
However, having access to the deepest corners of a person’s mind comes with a tremendous responsibility. In the wrong hands, the DC Mini could be used as a form of psychological terrorism and cause mental breakdowns in the minds of targets. When this technology is stolen and people around them start acting strangely, Atsuko and Kosaku know they have a serious problem on their hands. Enlisting the help of Officer Konakawa, who has been receiving this experimental therapy, they search both the real and dream worlds for their mental terrorist.”
Ghost in the Shell
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