Watching Japanese Anime

I’m pretty lucky this year and live only about 10 minutes away from my school (by foot). As a result, I get home before 5:30pm. I used to go to the gym 3-4 nights a week. The gym is about a 10-15 minute walk from my home, so I’d usually be gone 1.5-2 hours. For the past 6 weeks (because of the two back-to-back injuries), I’ve been doing light exercise at home for 30-45 minutes. During the first week of my most recent injury, I actually took a whole week off from all exercise. My ankle still hurts, so I have at least another week or two of only light exercise.

So, what do I do on my nights off? Lately, I’ve been watching A LOT of tv shows on my computer which, for all intents and purposes, is actually pretty boring. I’d much rather be healthy and busting my butt at the gym. *sigh* Anyway, this blog will be specifically about the anime I’ve watched in Korea, I’ll do one about other TV shows later.

The Black Butler


Black Butler (source)

One series that I absolutely love(d) this year is The Black Butler. It’s a Japanese anime and it has a very dark plot and some…unique…staging. The general idea is that the ‘black butler’ is actually a demon who made an agreement with a teenage boy for his soul. The teenage boy is the head of an estate and also goes on some ‘underground’ missions for the queen. It’s set in the 19th century and Queen Victoria is on the throne. Anyway, the show is riddled with dark humor and I would watch the series again in a heartbeat. The second season was not as good as the first, in my opinion, but it was still enjoyable. (I just wasn’t a fan of the ending.) OH! I also found a nifty application called “phone deco” and I changed my skin for “Kakaotalk” to The Black Butler. ^^

Vampire Princess Miyu

Vampire Princess Miyu and her Shinma–click the pic for the source

Before I watched The Black Butler (seasons 1 and 2), I watched a season called Vampire Princess Miyu. I actually had seen one or two episodes years ago when I would get together with a friend (co-worker) and veg out and watch anime on some of our time off. When I started re-watching the show, I had completely forgotten what I had seen. The general plot is that Miyu (who pretends to be a 13 year-old student during the day) is actually a vampire and a guardian of humanity. With her converted-shinma sidekick, she hunts down loose demons (shinma) who interfere with the human world. Each episode is about a new shinma and there’s usually a ‘great battle’ at the end. The battle scenes are fairly interesting, but I’d say that the series overall is pretty slow moving.

Abenobashi: Magical Shopping Arcade


Abenobashi (source)


When I first came to Korea, I had a movie/tv show friend. He introduced me to an anime series called Abenobashi: Magical Shopping Arcade. We only watched a couple of the episodes together, so I still haven’t finished it. It’s about a teenage boy and girl who get sucked into alternate realities each episode. Each reality has a new set of rules they have to learn. At the end of each episode, they try to get back into the real word, but instead get transported into another alternate reality. It’s fairly loaded with immature and slapstick humor (basically what a high-school boy would find funny). Regardless, I thought it was pretty funny. I only have half the series on my computer, though.

Rurouni Kenshin: Samurai X

My next anime in line is Rurouni Kenshin: Samurai X. I first learned about the series way back in high school when I was first introduced to anime. (My first anime series was Neon Genesis: Evangelion). I know that the action scenes are pretty good, so I can’t wait to start watching. ^^

For the record, I prefer to watch anime with subtitles. (I will watch it dubbed if I don’t have a choice.) Anybody have any more suggestions??


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