Here over the past couple days I have watched three short anime that have surprised me or inspired me in some way. I know my resolutions to read more, write more, and play more games are still in affect. I also found the time to do this. It’s called multi-tasking and what really happened is I didn’t read like I should have. Bad on me.
In any case the following three anime I want to talk about a little bit. What made them stand out to me, what I think the major take away for me was, and just a short shout out saying you all might should give them a try as well.
The first anime was Violet Evergardern. I did not know what to expect going into this show, just that it was a show about a woman after a war. The first episode took me by storm in finding out that Violet was a survivor after having both of her arms blown off while attempting to carry her commanding officer to safety. It becomes quickly apparent to the viewer that the commander did not make it but the doctors, nurses, and later everyone for quite awhile never tell her this directly. It is later in the anime that she is forced to deal with the full weight of the grief from losing him as she loved him. Two major moments for her are when his brother finally forgives her for his death and meeting his mother. Two powerful moments when Violet is finally able to some degree forgive herself for the commander not making it despite her attempts.
Violet after the war works writing letters for people who cannot and all of the major letters that she writes tell a story about the overarcing theme of the anime. Love. Violet is on a quest to find out what the phrase “I love you” means because while he was dying her commander said that phrase to her. Violet’s quest takes her far and wide in the country where she helps a woman write letters to her daughter to be delivered after she dies every year for 50 years on the daughters birthday. She helps a princess express her love for a prince over the course of several letters made public to the nation to help build unity. Violet even travels back to the front lines to help a soldier write a letter to his beloved after he was mortally wounded. Violet ends up delivering the letter and the news of his passing to her.
It is a powerful anime that tells an amazing story while driving home the point of telling the viewer to not waste a moment and tell the person who matters most just how much they mean to you.
Secondly I watched Chivalry of a Failed Knight. In this anime the main character Ikki is forced to defend his “weakness” throughout the entire series. Ikki is considered weak because he has no “talent” or the gift of “genius” and instead must work hard to overcome. I know, a common anime trope that has been done a thousand times.
The way it was done in this one though just felt so much cleaner. This could be because of the length of the show and the fact that the entire season was a tournament arc with side story. Until the end when the tournament became the side story and as the viewer you were sucked into what was unfolding on the outskirts of these fun fights.
I think the biggest part of the story for me that felt so good was that the main characters actually got together. Ikki actually dated Stella making the typical harem anime start to fall away. Then by the end he actually proposes to her completing the story. It just felt so damn satisfying. There are other reasons that that felt great but to find out why you really should watch the anime.
I think the big take away from this anime is to not only fight for yourself and who you are but to fight for the people that you love no matter who/what you are against. Ikki started by only fighting for himself but in the end was fighting for Stella and all the people he helped along his path.
Lastly I finally broke down and watched Girls Und Panzer which I thought would be far too redicolous for me to ever consider watching. After attempting and failing to get my internet to properly connect to play World of Tanks I sat back in my chair said fuck it and watched this “Tank” anime.
I was surprised. It started off being this really silly cutesy anime where they were comparing tanks to really ladylike things. So I was laughing and having a good time with it just going okay lets blow more things up. The story that was also happening wasn’t half bad so I kept watching.
The plot was okay. Play tanks or lose your school. Okay… Sure. For me that was just a side plot the bigger plot was the fight happening between the main character and tradition. The main character was sympathetic and good at bringing everyone together. Main character trope I know. She rallied people to her and brought the best out of them.
Versus the mentality of Victory above all else. Using clever menuevering and some actual levels of research this anime pulled off some fun tank fights that just reminded me that I really wanted to play World of Tanks. It kept me engaged with the pure silliness and the amount of things going boom.
I think the main take away from this anime was that it is okay to do things in your own way. As the main character did the entire time and in the end she was acknowledged for it.