Full Moon wo Sagashite

This is one of my all time favorite shoujo animes ever.

Anime:
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Music, Romance, Shoujo, Supernatural, Tragedy.
My Rating: 8
Episodes: 52
Episode Length: 24 minutes
Aired: April 2002 – March 2003
Rating: PG13

Manga:
Mangaka: Tanemura Arina
Released: 2001
Ended: 2004
Chapters: 35
Volumes: 7

Description: When 12-year-old Mitsuki Kouyama is diagnosed with throat cancer, her dream to become a singer seems impossible. However, when a shinigami duo called “Negi Ramen,” tell Mitsuki that she has a year left to live, Mitsuki decides to make her dream come true before it’s too late. With the help of her two shinigamis – Meroko Yui and Takuto Kira – Mitsuki begins her new adventure.

Notes:
– I haven’t completed the manga. There are differences in the manga and anime.
– This anime is definitely emotional, adorable, and tragic. Even years after watching this anime, I still have certain scenes and lines memorized in my head. Despite what it may seem like, I would definitely recommend giving this anime a try to anyone.
– The ending was very open-ended, but after watching 52 episodes of feels, the ending seemed reasonable. (At least to me after 5+ years)

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Kiki’s Delivery Service

This was my favorite movie as a child.

Movie:
Genres: Fantasy
My Rating: 8
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Released: July 1989
Duration: 105 minutes
Main Cast: Kiki- Takayama Minami, Jiji- Sakuma Rei.
Rated: G

Description: Kiki is a young girl, who must leave on an adventure to become a full fledged witch. With her black cat Jiji, she establishes a delivery service out in a city. There Kiki must find her place in the world and face the challenges of growing up.

Notes:
– Kiki’s Delivery Service is also known as Majo no Takkyuubin.
– The voice actors above are the Japanese voice actors.
– Kiki’s Delivery Service is based on a book. The movie changed many things that were in the book, and it actually upsetted the author.

Warau Kanoko-sama

The story about a cynical middle school girl who learns to make true friends.

Manga:
Genres: Drama, School Life, Shoujo, Slice of Life.
My Rating: 7
Mangaka: Tsujita Ririko
Released: 2008
Ended: 2011
Chapters: 14
Volumes: 3

Description: After being forced to move and transfer over ninety times, Kanoko considers herself an “observer.” While she considers observing her classmates a hobby, things change when she finds herself involved with some of her classmates.

Notes:
– There is a sequel to this: Koi Dano Ai Dano
– This manga was OK overall. When it ended, I was bit frustrated because I didn’t know there was a sequel, but thanks to the sequel, the series has an OK ending.
– You could try to skip this part of the series and go straight to KDAD. But there would be many confusing chapters and scenes.
– I personally enjoyed KDAD more than this part.

Source: Pic 1.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

This is one of my favorite movies, and it is the movie that introduced me to anime.

Movie:
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-fi.
My Rating: 9
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Studio(s): Madhouse
Released: July 15, 2006
Duration: 98 minutes
Main Cast:  Makoto Konno– Riisa Naka
Rated: PG13

Description: In Tokyo, a baseball-loving, high school girl named Makoto Konno lives an ordinary life. She fights with her younger sister Miyuki over the last pudding cup and plays baseball with her friends Chiaki and Kousuke. However, Makoto’s ordinary life takes an unexpected turn when she reads a strange message on the school blackboard and falls on a walnut shaped object. She can now turn back time for better or worse.

Notes:
– The Girl Who Leapt Through Time = Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo
– This movie won the Animation of the Year in Tokyo Anime Awards back in 2007
– The Girl Who Leapt Through Time anime movie is adapted from a novel by Tsutsui Yasutaka. There was also a drama and manga adapted from the same novel.
– This movie is honestly confusing. After watching it three times, I’m still not a 100% sure that I actually get it. But then again, that’s one of many factors that I enjoy from this movie. If anyone watches the movie and is wondering about the ending, I would check this forum for really good theories.
– This movie really pushed me into anime, and is the reason why I’m here today. I found this movie on a plane in Japanese (many many) years ago and decided to watch it in English (sub) a while later.
– That being said, I might be biased towards this movie. I rated this movie a 9/10, while many other sites seem to rate it a 4/5 or an 8/10.

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K: Missing Kings

Movie:
Genres: Action, Supernatural
My Rating: 7
Director: Shingo Suzuki
Studio: GoHands
Released: July 12, 2014
Duration: 70 minutes
Main Cast: Yatogami Kurou – Ono Daisuke, Neko – Komatsu Mikako, Kushina Anna – Horie Yui
Rated: PG13

Description: After a year since the incident between the Blue, Red, and Silver King, Shiro still remains missing. While Kurou and Neko continue their search for Shiro, the Green clan makes a sudden movement and tries to capture HOMRA’s Anna and her powers. With Shiro still missing, what will Kurou and Neko do? What will happen to Anna?

Notes:
– This movie takes place after K-Project and before K: Return of Kings.
– This movie has a lot of fighting scenes which was beautiful. There wasn’t much story progression in beginning of the movie though.

Sources: Pic 1, Pic 2, Pic 3.

Koi Dano Ai Dano

This is a manga about an anti-social girl’s high school adventures and romance.

Manga:
Genres: Drama, Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Slice of Life.
My Rating: 7
Mangaka: Tsujita Ririko
Released: 2009
Ended: 2016
Chapters: 39
Volumes: 11

Description: After constantly having to transfer and move through her middle school life, Kanoko can finally live a stable high school life with her friend Tsubaki. At least, that’s what she thought before becoming the Newspaper Club’s strategist! (The sequel to Warau Kanoko-sama)

Notes:
– Koi Dano Ai Dano = KDAD
– Besides being the sequel to Warau Kanoko-sama, this manga has a spin-off called Koi Nashi Ai Nashi.
– I enjoyed this manga more as a “side-manga.” It’s perfect to read right after Warau Kanoko-sama, but the romance aspect that was left unanswered in Warau, is only answered at the very end of KDAD.

Sources: Pic 1, Pic 2.

Nanatsu no Taizai

Nanatsu no Taizai or The Seven Deadly Sins is an anime with a strange charm and silly characters.

Both:
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Shounen.
My Rating: 9

Anime:
Episodes: 24
Episode Length: 24 minutes
Aired: Oct 2014 – March 2015
Rated: R

Manga:
Mangaka: Suzuki Nakaba
Released: 2012
Ended: ONGOING
Chapters: 170*
Volumes: 21*

Description: In an incident many years ago, seven powerful soldiers – named the Seven Deadly Sins – were said to have killed thousands of Holy knights in trying to overthrow the Kingdom. Rumors of these soldiers claimed that they were ruthlessly strong and dangerous. Then years after the incident, a young girl named Elizabeth Liones stumbles upon bar owner named Meliodas. While Elizabeth seeks the help of the Seven Deadly Sins, the mysterious Meliodas helps her on her journey. With the two off on their journey, what secrets and battles will they face?

Notes:
– Nanatsu no Taizai = The Seven Deadly Sins
– I have not read the manga.
– * On official online manga sites (possibly non-illegal), and from some fan-base sites, these are the numbers I’m seeing. Please feel free to correct me if I am wrong.
– There is a second season.
– After putting in a lot of consideration, I felt that this anime should be rated an 9. There were definitely some issues with the ways things played out, but when I look back at this anime months later, those issues seem very vague and minuscule.
– My favorite part about this anime was the action along with character development. It was certainly heartwarming, funny, and thrilling all at the same time.
– This anime constantly reminded me of the (pre-2014) Fairy Tail. Although the concepts of each series is different, the energy and character relationships felt very similar.
– There was a crossover done between Fairy Tail and Nanatsu no Taizai

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Orange (Takano Ichigo)

A story about friendship and romance that’s timeless and can last through parallel universes.

Anime
Genres: Drama, Psychological, Romance, School Life, Sci-fi*, Slice of Life, Shoujo, Tragedy.
My Rating: 8
Episodes: 13
Episode Length: 23 minutes
Aired: July 2016 – Sept 2016
Rating: PG13

Manga:
Mangaka: Takano Ichcigo
Released: 2012
Ended: 2015
Chapters: 22
Volumes: 5

Description: Naho Takamiya receives letters from her future-self ten years away. The first letter describes events that take place on the first day of school, which includes the transfer of Kakeru Naruse. While Naho and her friends befriend Kakeru, Naho learns that the purpose of her future-self’s letters is to save Kakeru’s life. Now, Naho must struggle to change the future for the better in order to save Kakeru before it’s too late.

Notes:
– * The parallel world aspect of this manga is the only thing that makes it sci-fi-ish. It’s like time travel mixed in with parallel universes.
– I’ve read the entire manga, and I have not yet watched the anime.
– The whole sci-fi element in this manga, makes it very different from most shoujo mangas.
– I have to admit that I’ve had very mixed feelings about the ships in this manga. Mainly because I’ve never been a big fan of (the concept of) changing the future/past.

Source: Pic 1, Pic 2.

Boy of the Female Wolf

This manhwa is probably one of my favorites after Love in The Mask and 1/2 Prince.

Manga:
Genres: Drama, Gender Bender, Romance, School Life, Shoujo.
My Rating: 7
Mangaka: Han Yu-rang
Released: 2007
Ended: 2016
Chapters: 100+
Volumes: 17
Rated: T

Description: After being abandoned by her mother, Eun-soo Cha grew up to be wild and violent despite her grandmother’s care. Eun-soo finds that no one believes that she is a girl with her fighting and personality, and she often takes advantage of this while fooling around. It is isn’t until Eun-soo’s grandmother dies, however, that she promises to stop fighting and follow her grandmother’s wishes. With her grandmother gone, Eun-soo Cha must move in with stepbrother in Seoul and face the many difficulties yet to come.

Notes:
– I assigned the rating.
Translated chapters sometimes can take months to release. Although they’ve been frequently updating these past three months, this is not very usual.
– The ending was very sudden. The previous chapters did not prepare readers for the ending, and the previous chapters actually made me think there was a whole lot of things left to do.
– If you like Boy of The Female Wolf try out Love in The Mask. It has a better ending and is also by Han Yu-rang.

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Catharsis

Webtoon
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural.
My Rating: 9
Makers: Ahniki
Updates: Every Thursdays
Chapters: 88
Released: 2015
Ended: ONGOING
Age Appropriation: T

Description: In a world where fear can cause demonic monsters to appear, is a young, almost average, teenage boy named Leon. If Leon thought that seeing sounds as colors was the most abnormal his life would get, he couldn’t have been more wrong.

Notes:
– I assigned the Age Appropriation.
– Start reading Catharsis from the preview, here.