It’s that time of year again. With fall season wrapping up, it’s time to look back at the anime of 2014. As the same with last year, I’ll be participating in 12 Days of Anime, a seasonal blogging project for anibloggers that involves daily posts on twelve notable “anime moments of the year”, with the first post starting on December 14th and the final post ending on Christmas Day.
12 Days of Anime is a great way for all anibloggers–established, new, or aspiring–to generate some great thoughts on anime. I highly encourage any interested bloggers (and about-to-be-bloggers) to take part in this.
Unlike last year’s sporadic posts, this year I’m doing something new and attempt to build my 12 Days posts around a certain theme.
This year’s theme is “A Place to Belong.” It’s a theme that resonates in many, if not most, of the anime this year. People are, in general, social creatures, and our identities are forged by the people, the places, the ideas that touch us. And with that identity formation, we find ourselves at one point, figuring out where we actually belong–geographically, socially, ideologically, and emotionally. It’s also a theme that works with the holiday season.
To make things a little fun, here is a sneak preview schedule of the 12 Days of Anime posts for this year. See if you can match up each moment with the correct anime!
How does a minor god survive in a dominantly secular world? For the price of 5 yen, he’ll do anything you’d like from taking down bad guys to cleaning your bathroom. A former god of calamity starts a business to gain worshippers.
At least for those of us who had to suffer through compulsory school dress code, school uniforms aren’t something we look too fondly back on. But the clothes we wear and whether or not we feel comfortable in them, says a lot about us. A young girl who goes on a quest for vengeance ends up finding love and friendship, their threads sewn lovingly into every stitch of her life.
You know that feeling when you love something so much it consumes every moment of your day? Story of every overachieving high schooler or college student. A city boy learns to be one with his horse while juggling a million other responsibilities in high school.
Highly experienced assassin seeking employment. Discounts available upon request during peacetime. Willing to accept all forms of payment including but not limited to silver coins, good food, and company with bazooka wielding, coffin-carrying lolis.
No, really, you won’t.
Did you know that “left-handedness” was thought to be associated with evil and all things sinister? Japanese Peter Parker, whose right hand has a penchant for Dostoyevsky, struggles to find a balance between humanity and rationality, emotion and reason, and right from wrong.
Having fun is easy. Making it fun for others? That’s a whole other story. An apathetic former child actor is threatened by gunpoint (quite literally) to revive a dying amusement park and rekindles the spark of childhood fun.