Anime Starter Guide

I’m still nursing my wounds from the Netherlands loss today at the World Cup.. So let’s hope Germany wins it all and in the mean time let us talk about something that will make us all happy…

A N I M E

So recently I’ve become addicted to Anime. This isn’t so much a “starter guide” in the usual sense as I am by NO means an expert.. so here’s a look at how I’ve delved into this AMAZING genre that I had no idea even existed really. Seriously, where have I been? It completely blows my mind that I hadn’t even seen a single Studio Ghibli film until I was 22 years old. It’s really weird how I’ve gone to multiple cons every year, watched Pokemon and DBZ growing up, have a Tumblr, and have even played games like Final Fantasy.. yet I have NEVER watched an anime film.  Well that has all changed!!! Now I can’t get enough. I’m reading my first Manga, watching several Anime films each week, own a couple AoT (Attack on Titan) shirts, and am now drinking out of a Totoro mug at my home office. I know, I know… this by no means makes me into an Anime Super-Fan… BUT I LOVE IT. Seriously the cuteness of it all. I can’t handle it. If like myself you are completely unfamiliar with Anime but need some advice on where to start, here is where I did.

1) Studio Ghibli – Spirited Away

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Spirited Away is the first anime film I saw thanks to the recommendation of my bestest nerd Jenna. It is my favorite Studio Ghibli film (so far) and is directed by the talented and wonderful Hayao Miyazaki. However, I had some reservations when I thought about putting this first on my list because I’m about to make a huge generalization. We Americans tend to be uncomfortable with the unfamiliar. I love America. It’s my home and I wouldn’t have it any other way, but you know it’s true. So on the American scale of “weird” and unfamiliar Spirited Away is high up there. Yet, that’s what makes it so FREAKING AMAZING. I love movies but I L O V E movies that literally take you out of your seat and completely immerse you into a fantastical world. When this film was over for a second I thought my life was over. Yes, I know that’s dramatic. I was just so pissed that I wasn’t still in Sen and Haku’s world. If you Google the plot and find a movie about a bath house for the spirit world too bizarre, very well but please do yourself a favor and start with another Ghibli film at least.

2) Anime TV Show & Manga – Attack on Titan

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As I mentioned earlier growing up I loved Pokemon and Dragon Ball Z and still watch them on occasion. However, since the glory days I have been pretty unaware of any anime shows until Attack on Titan came guns blazing into Hot Topic and alternative American teen hearts everywhere. Don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s a fad. As one reviewer put it – Attack on Titan is one of the few shows that live up to the hype. It goes beyond the hype if you ask me though. It’s THAT good. So naturally I went to Hot Topic and bought the shirt. I initially watched the subbed version because that’s all that was on Netflix but if you hate subtitles don’t fret the dubbed version is now available on amazon. Since I loved the show so much I decided to read the Manga (Manga is Japan’s version of Comics). It’s really exciting reading in the other direction for the first time!

3) Wolf Children – Anime Movie

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Wolf Children is a really precious film directed by Mamoru Hosoda and it was the first Anime film I watched that was not from Studio Ghibli. I wanted to add it because it was such a wonderful mix of sad and happy. This film has a lot of depth and is my favorite after Spirited Away. I would recommend this to anyone. It’s available on Amazon instant. If you want to see the different films I’m watching every week follow me on twitter @jessicarosesith or subscribe to my blog!

Well, I’m off to a Ghibli-Viewing & Pokemon-Cupcake-Creating party with my dearest Jenna. I hope you guys enjoyed this and give it a try, you won’t regret it! If you do, tell me why on twitter! Thanks for reading.

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