Hello all! Are you doing well? Tomorrow is back to work or school or whatever you are doing in your daily lives. The weekend is practically already over. What a bummer…
Friday there was no post from me like usual because for 1. I sort of forgot about it. Can you imagine that, lol. and 2. I was not really sure what I wanted to write about so I did not write anything. My motto is ‘When in doubt do nothing. At least until you are somewhat certain of what you want…‘, lol. 😛
Anyway, since it has somewhat been a while since I wrote anything anime related I wanted to write a brief post about the type of anime genre I like watching. As my blog post title states, I especially like ‘shounen’ anime. But for those of you who are not quite familiar with anime jargons etc. as yet, you might be thinking ‘What the heck is shounen anime?’ Well just as everything from books to movies and tv series have genres anime and manga also have their own type of genre too.
In anime and manga there are genres such as Shoujo, Shounen, Jousei, Seinen, as well as the regular genre everyone probably knows about such as slice of life, comedy, thriller, horror psychological etc. There are more genres but there are too many to mention in this one blog post so I will touch on the rest next time.
Anyway, going in order ‘Shoujo‘ in Japanese means girl, so shoujo anime and manga is a genre particularly targeted to teenage girls/ young females. While ‘Shounen’ in Japanese means boy, and so that genre is particularly targeted to boys/ young males between the ages of 8 and 18. Josei on the other hand ‘in Japanese, the word josei means simply “woman”, “female”, “feminine”, “womanhood”, and has no manga-related connotations at all. Josei comics can portray realistic romance, as opposed to the mostly idealized romance of shōjo manga.’ (Source: Wikipedia. 😛 )
As for Seinen according to Wikipedia again : ‘ “Seinen” (青年), on the other hand, refers to young men between the ages of 15-24. Seinen anime and manga tend to be of a more violent and/or psychological nature than shonen series.‘ I’m not so certain about that because I have seen some particularly violent and gory shounen anime and manga as well, but oh well.
So there you have it! I especially like shounen anime and manga but I also like seinen, psychological, sports and slice of life genres. I have watched a couple of sports anime though to many it may seem as boring (I thought that way as well before I decided to give it a try) but in fact it is very good. No kidding. Many times I have burst out in a cold sweat of excitement when watching sports anime just as I would for an action packed shounen anime. It’s amazing! I like anime that make my heart pound, make my pulse quicken and blood rush with excitement. When I get that excited it gives me a high and makes the hair on my arms stand on end. Now THAT is what I like in an anime. If an anime does not really make me feel this way than it is not doing quite a good job.
Besides the obvious excitement I also enjoy watching an anime with a good plot and character development which will then lead up to my excitement. I need to feel a connection with the character I am being introduced to. So much so that if the character were to die I would grieve and cry for that said character regardless of the fact that they are fictional characters. Just as I grieved and cried for the character Ace in One Piece when he died in that War arc. Indeed, I was very upset when he died.
I have watched so many anime aimed for boys and males and I am downloading them and putting the best on my external hard drive, just so I can have it for when I want to watch it later. I have watched everything from Bleach, Naruto, One Piece, Hajime no Ippo, Full Metal Alchemist (and Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood), the Dragon Ball series, Kuroko no Basket, Hunter x Hunter, Ao no Exercist, Soul Eater, Beserk, Gantz, Trigun, Death Note, Rurouni Kenshin, Yu Yu Hakusho, Shingeki no Kyojin, Rainbow Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin (I watched this quite recently) and Kingdom (Currently watching) and many more, too many to mention.
Though I don’t hate shoujo (hate is too strong of a word for me), but I don’t particularly like shoujo because just as Wikipedia mentions it idolises romance (and cutesy things) which sort of pisses me off because I want to watch so much more than just romance and cute things. It is way to girly for me! Or what some people expect girly to look like. And besides half of the time such corny romance basically makes me want to barf. As simple as that. Although, there are a few shoujo anime and manga that I do give an exception to such as Ore Monogatori and Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun just to name a few, but they are few and far between.