I'm almost done watching Mononoke. It's such a unique and fascinatingly surreal series. The fact that Takahiro Sakurai voiced the lead Mononoke-slaying Medicine Seller makes it even better. It's too bad it only has 12 episodes.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica :: Two girls, Madoka and Sayaka, find a strange creature called Kyuubey who encourages them to make a wish which will contractually bind them into becoming magical girls, and help save the world from witches.
Strictly talking about the series, I have not seen any of the movies lol, but this series is probably the most popular on the list. This one was formative for me honestly, one of those 'watched it at the right time' type things. The writing is overall decent but what stuck with me was- shocker- the worldbuilding regarding the contracts and the witches. I wouldn't consider it the best deconstruction of the magical girl concept, but it definitely had an interesting take on it!
Yes! The series handled that very well, I was pleasantly surprised by that upon rewatching it after years.What I liked about this series was its method of building hope, and then pulling it away. I thought the show did a good job of making you think things were about to go well, only to pull one back into darkness when it folded.
I'd say D.Gray Man is the best manga out there:
D.Gray Man is probably my favorite manga, and one of the manga I believe to be the most underrated in the West. A lot of this is due to a major hiatuses that manga had been forced to take due to au…warfantasy.wordpress.com
Unfortunately, Hoshino's health had led to frequent hiatuses, and as a result it has lost a lot of popularity.