Let’s get some more anime guilty pleasures in here, because a big one just came to me. I’m actually guilty of it as we speak! You may remember that I’ve written a post like this before…
Although re-reading it, I don’t feel really guilty about anything I wrote there. So I feel like I should double down with some TRUE guilty pleasures here!
#5. Antagonistic Soft Spot
This one is no secret, at least if you’ve read various posts of mine, you may have read me voice this before. I tend to have a real soft spot for antagonists. There’s a reason the turncoat trope is one of my favourites in anime!
The gist of this is that many times I find myself appreciating an antagonist more than the protagonist, often because the antagonist feels more real or unapologetic. If a protagonist feels too bland, or happy-go-lucky, or average, oftentimes I find myself appreciating the antagonist much more. Even if they are evil, or have bad intentions.
And I feel like the industry often realizes this, which is why the turncoat trope is so common. Many times the antagonist is just as interesting or even more interesting than the protagonist, and so them joining the main cast just feels like a boon to the series.
A couple great antagonists are Kaiki Deishuu and Kurumi Tokisaki.
#4. Death in Anime
This one is simple enough: there are many moments where I enjoy death in anime, or would like to see MORE death incorporated into a story. There are a few reasons, such as because I just don’t like the protagonist or a certain character, or because I think that the anime is too happy-go-lucky overall and could use a little more grit and shock value to spice things up.
Perfect example of this is from Arifureta, where for the last several episodes I was actively wishing that Hajime’s classmates would die in a conflict they found themselves in closer to the end of the anime. The anime was just such a mixed bag in terms of… everything. So I was hoping for some deaths to spice things up. Maybe that’d make things worse to some people, but in my eyes if the ship is sinking may as well resort to extreme measures right?
And it’s not just Arifureta, there are many other times where I think that a death would have been appropriate but the anime just bails a character out instead, which can kill the shock / tension. I guess some people enjoy that feeling of “Oh thank goodness he’s actually alive!” but oftentimes that feeling kills the excitement for me, instead leaving me thinking “Yeah of course they wouldn’t let him die, go figure”.
This is one reason why I like Akame ga Kill! so much, because it pulls no punches, which feels much more appropriate considering the setting. I also loved Claymore for similar reasons, and Kaiji too.
In the end it just depends on the anime, but there are many where I feel like a more liberal usage of death in the story could really improve things. And of course sometimes there’s too much death… like an anime I’ll be posting a review for in the future!
#3. Panty Shots
So last guilty pleasure post I mentioned ecchi, but let’s get more specific here. Panty shots are a premium commodity, or at least they can be. See, you can watch almost ANY anime and there’ll be at least one gal sporting some large breasts. Even shounen doesn’t shy away from that, with One Piece and Fairy Tail as prime examples.
But panty shots, well those are much more rare. You can go through entire anime without seeing them, because they are much more heavily restricted to fan service focused anime. To me this just makes me want to see them that much more. If I go through multiple series without seeing any panty shots, I kid you not I get a shot of happiness when I finally see one.
It’s a little odd because I never used to really care or even look for them. But I’ve found the more anime I watch, the more I notice when something is or isn’t there. And this just happens to have become one of those things. Bonus points if its a panty shot in a non-ecchi anime where you simply wouldn’t have expected one!
What can I say…
#2. Unapologetic Anime
Part of this might be attached to my tendencies to hate what has become of Western media and how politics and other topics have managed to crawl into shows, movies, and games, but I definitely have to say that I appreciate an unapologetic anime. Essentially, I appreciate when an anime does something the West would deem “politically incorrect”.
I feel like unapologeticism… is that a word? It is now. Just like with antagonists IN anime, I appreciate this quality OUT of anime too. Because these days, there’s just too much of people caving to popular demand, caving to society, caving to a handful of angry people… We need more unapologeticism out there. It’s like people aren’t allowed to stand firm in their beliefs anymore.
Anyways, this is why I appreciate anime that do just that, and rattle the gears of angry people in the West. Shield Hero was the latest big one I think, although maybe there’s been another since then. Goblin Slayer was another big one. And then before that there was Darling in the FranXX… there’s always something.
And I appreciate that. It’s funny how we’re encouraged to push boundaries, but we’re only allowed to push them in ONE direction. Well, I for one appreciate when ideas are explored in ALL directions. It’s just fiction after all, no one is physically being harmed by an anime story! If you don’t like what you see in an anime, then move onto another one. There’s plenty of anime to go around.
Yep. This is my ultimate guilty pleasure. It’s not even Japanese, it’s Swedish. But technically it’s in an anime style, so you bet I’m including it here. After all, I basically only wrote this entire post just so I could share this song.
It may be a meme song for many, but personally, I just really like the song. And the video of course. What a great video, doesn’t it just fill you with happy energy?
And the Swedish version is the best version. Sorry if you prefer the English version, but here on this blog we officially acknowledge the superiority of the Swedish original. Don’t even try to convince me otherwise, I’m too invested at this point.
And that does it for my Anime Guilty Pleasures 2.0.
I feel like these are more “guilty” than my last post, which means I’ve accomplished my goal here.
Anyone share these guilty pleasures?
Or have additional guilty pleasures to share?
I would love to chat about it in the comments!
Until next time,
Thanks for reading.