Hello. I'm Aurora. I've been into anime for about 16 years. My 1st anime was pokemon but my "starter" anime I consider to be Naruto as that has gotten me into Anime overall. I mainly use this site to update my Anime list and keep track of what I'm watching.
If you want to know more about me feel free to ask. I'll probally want to know more about you in exchange. I'll tell you simple things, but I will never say anything too personal like my "real name" even if you tell me yours so do not ask please.
Typically I don't have a particular favorite genre. Generally they involve an element of fantasy/sci-fi and psychological part. As long as the anime can hold my interest and allow me to connect with at least 1 of the main characters, I can watch almost any anime. Sometimes I'm in the mood for epic or dark fantasy. Other times, I'm down for a good romance, slice of life, or sci-fi.
I also enjoy playing video games, mostly JRPGs, Metroidvanias, Strategies, or puzzles. As well as reading Visual Novels and Fantasy/Sci-Fi novels.
Even though its not directly related to anime, I have recently been getting into watching K-Dramas. A few of the ones I've seen have been very good and it is still mostly unexplored territory for me.
Here are some of my top favorite animes of all time. This list will continue to change as I watch more anime, or my feelings toward anime I've watched before change as well as gain new perspectives.
1. Violet Evergarden - If there is such a thing as a Masterpiece anime, I feel Violet Evergarden hits the note very closely. An anime that focuses on life after war and how to deal with losing someone important. Violet's reason for becoming an Auto Memory Doll (A type of Ghostwriter) is insiprational as it shows us the importance and power of letters, and how they help with truly understanding people. It asks a basic question with Violet wanting to figure out the meaning behind "I Love You" While a basic question, ultimately it is one of the most complex topics out there and the show explores it perfectly and really explores deep emotions.
2. Elfen Lied- I enjoy the themes of Nature vs. Nurture that this Anime presents, and it really does a great job with showing the absolute worst that humans are capable of as well as the absolute best. It feels like it becomes more relevant as the years continue by as discrimination does still continue and the advancements of science make one wonder "Where is the line?" Are humans more monsterous than the Diclonius they view as monsters? If one has commited mass murder, can they be forgiven if they have an alternate personality that has forgotten those atrocities and craves love and affection just as any ordinary human does? It still has me question these things to this day.
3. Psycho Pass- This anime is true art. It is a sci-fi that takes place in a 1984 similar type of world. A person's potential to commit crime can be quantified and visualized. Even just thinking about a crime is enough to get you branded a latent criminal for the rest of your life. This is Japan ruled by the Sibyl System. The protagonist Akane Tsunemori is a new inspector who's job it is to track down criminals. With her are enforcers, who are latent criminals themselves, and track down other criminals while being watched by the inspectors. Their guns are sentient, they will only work if a target's crime coefficient is high enough. Opposing the Sibyl System is antagonist Shogo Makishima who seeks to bring people's free wills back. This is sort of a law vs chaos type of anime written by Gen Urobuchi (same person who wrote Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, another great anime). The next generation Death Note. And has you decide which is the better of the 2 trying to make the world better. It is perfection, or as close to perfection as one can get.
4. Yona of the Dawn- The journey of Yona is one I absolutely adore. All of the characters, even the antagonists have strong depth to them behind what they do. The Dragon allies that Yona gain make the journey unforgettable. It is also very political in how it questions the best way to govern a country. Yona has been wronged by someone who was once close to her and no doubt wishes she could have revenge. But instead of acting on that feeling, instead she learns about the world outside of the palace she lived in for most of her life and learns about the people to solve the issues they are dealing with and make everyone's lives in the country better. It also makes one question if a leader has taken power by horrible means, if it can be justified if they make the world a better place. It doesn't provide easy answers to those questions.
5. Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel - Recently this has become one of my favorite movie trilogies of all time. The experience was enhanced by watching both the Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works anime and Fate/Zero prequel before this one to give the needed context of the characters. And the result is incredible. Animation quality usually isn't a deciding factor for me when watching anime as I weigh story and characters more importantly, but the animation here is some of the best ever. The Holy Grail War from previous entries is quite literally corrutped to a degree never before seen in previous entries, and the encouraching shadow makes it more horrific as the truth unfolds.
The relationship between Shirou and Sakura is also one of the best romances ever developed that I've seen in recent memory. After finishing the trilogy, I realized this had earned a spot in my all time top 5 favorites.
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I actually took a short break of anime, but I recently finished Konosuba, which was very funny but very crude. I am also watching devil is a part timer which I also find fairly funny.
I started watching One piece again, I'm on thriller bark which starts around ep 337 if you haven't seen it. I dont understand the hate this arc got, I understand that the previous arc was a very emotional and action heavy arc, but that doesn't mean that the next arc has to be compared to the previous. Thriller bark doesn't even try to be remotely close to the previous arc but people still like to compare the two. So far I am enjoying Thriller Bark.
Hey aurora how are you liking the new Vinland saga season
You're welcome Aurora, so thanks for liking my username :)
And omg – I'm sorry if I didn't respond to your comment very late! I've been kinda busy with school stuff going on...
Well, that's cool. And yeah, I agree with your point lol. I saw that you rated The Journey of Elaina five stars. It's really a good series to watch but the storyline was quite interesting, as well as the artstyle. Both Elaina and Violet Evergarden are different characters though. Also, I haven't seen Lost Song yet.
Even if I do have the time to watch anime for convenience. I'm almost done finishing Lycoris Recoil and Spy Classroom. I am waiting for new episodes for the Swordsmith Village arc of Demon Slayer, Dr. Stone: New World, Oshi no Ko and Mashle are currently airing in the Spring 2023 season.
As for the manhwa/webtoon adaptations of Solo Leveling, The Reason Why Raeliana Ended Up at the Duke's Mansion and Doctor Elise.
Finally, I hope you're doing good so far, and I'm glad to hear from you soon :)
Hello! Thanks for the follow, I've followed you back. Are you watching/reading anything good at the moment?
PS - sorry for the wall of text... bad habit of mine (one i will probably never fix).