Some of My Favorites: Five of the Best Endings in Anime

The ending of an anime is what separates “great” from “legendary.”

An ending is the last hurrah, the thematic synopsis, the final moments in which an anime can distinguish itself from the rest.

These are some of my personal favorites, not the greatest literary, thematically satisfying, most powerful of all time.  So, other endings that would probably be considered the “top” might not be here!  Also, obviously, be prepared for spoilers!

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Reading Between Reviews: Clannad!

I’ve wanted to review this one for a while now.

Clannad is one of those series that is near and dear to many people’s hearts.  I talked about it recently, as my second favorite story of all time, and from what I know, it was an emotional trip for almost everyone that’s watched it.  But that’s all from personal preference, experiencing a story that I perceived as great.  Critically speaking, is there anything different about Clannad?  How good is it, really?

Well, that’s what this review is for, right?  Strip the feelings, and let’s get a good logical look at this series, and see how it holds up.

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Orange: Kakeru’s Depression, and an Application to Real Life

Warning: With this topic, I write rather honestly and personally on thoughts involving Depression, and as such, makes for a longer, more emotion-driven post.  It shouldn’t be anything too heavy, but if that’s not your thing, just wanted to give you a heads up!

Okay, so, Orange.

Kakeru, the central focus of Orange’s plot, spoke to me a lot.  His depression was depicted in a very real, tough way, that I know resonated with many other people as well.

It’s a great anime, that tackles a tough topic- Depression- but does it do it well?  How accurate is it to real life, and is there truly something to be learned from it?  Well.  That’s what I’d like to talk about today- clinically, psychologically speaking, does Kakeru’s depression in Orange hold any weight?   And what, exactly, can we learn about real-life depression from this example?

This is going to be a bit of rough, long topic, so strap yourself in- let’s get to it!

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A Review of: Orange (2016)

What does it mean to have depression?  What does it look like?  And how can we help stop it?

Orange is one of those feely anime.  You know the ones- through some way or another, they aim to make you cry, convey a message, and make some meaningful, powerful statement that makes you think about life.  Normally, these anime tackle powerful, crippling backstories, relationships that make the characters tackle huge moral questions, or romance that forces the characters to face their innermost demons.  However, Orange is not quite like that.

Simply put, Orange deals with depression.  It’s rather tame, as far as feely anime go, but that doesn’t stop it from being profound and powerful in its message.  Orange has many things it does wonderfully, and others that, honestly, I found a bit of fault with.  There’s a lot to say about it, and so, let’s get to it!

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Plastic Memories: Giftia Lifespans and Alzheimer’s Disease

JUST A WARNING- this post will talk about a topic I realize is sensitive to many- Alzheimer’s Disease.  I try to remain academic about it all, but if you think it may be distasteful, feel free to skip the post.
If you guys have read my post on five of the most emotional anime out there, you’ll know a little bit about the world of Plastic Memories.  If you’d like to take a gander at that list, there’ll be a link right here, but if you’d just like a refresher on the whole thing, then here you go.  Plastic Memories takes place in a futuristic world which is for the most part, peaceful.  Technology has advanced to the point where one company, SAI Corp, has been able to create Giftia, androids that supposedly have “a synthetic soul.”  They have verbal tics, distinguishable personalities, the ability to learn, and perhaps most significantly, the ability to feel, but there’s a catch.  After 81,920 hours, or about nine years and four months, they suffer from “personality disintegration, memory loss and outbreaks of violence,” resulting in the need for Terminal Service, a group that retrieves old Giftia from their owners, and wipes their memories.

With such a system, numerous questions arise as a result, confronted throughout the story, and several very real comparisons can be made to real life.  The three symptoms talked about in Plastic Memories reminded me of a very real diagnosis- Alzheimer’s Disease.  With some research, some interesting parallels were revealed, putting the approach of the Terminal Service into perspective, and revealing a rather .  It was all extremely interesting, and I’d like to share what I’ve found.

There will be some relatively big spoilers for Plastic Memories, but it won’t be drastic enough to take away from a blind watcher of the series.  If you happen to read this without watching the anime, trust me, it’s a great, thought-provoking, and emotional series that simple plot details won’t do justice.  Give it a shot!    With all that out of the way, let’s get to it!

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Some of My Favorites: Five Emotional Anime!

Anime is a great thing.

And I don’t mean that purely as a memetic statement, I think it’s  great that Japan embraces animation as a means of expression.  Cartoons in America are exemplified by Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, with a mainstream focus on kids, rather than adults.  Even the animation geared towards adults in America are comedies, like the Simpsons and Family Guy.  However, over in Japan, we can get stories that are, without a doubt, on par with the best TV shows America has to offer.  Through animation, it has become possible to tell thematically intricate, powerful stories- stories that have the ability to touch the hearts of those who watch them.

There are many, many such stories, too many for any one person to watch all on their own, but as someone who’s watched a decent amount, I’d like to share the anime that made me teary-eyed at points.  There’s too many to name, and more waiting to be discovered, but this won’t be a comprehensive list.   This’ll just be a quick list of some of the best (in my opinion) anime to get those emotions stimulated!

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