Light Novels

One of my current pass times has been reading Light Novel’s that anime’s I’ve enjoyed where based on. As there is only a small fraction of those that are licensed here in the States the main way to read these are through fan translations. While some can be a little rough to read most are done well enough to at the very least understand what is going on in the story. The problem though is that there is many different groups that do these translations that it is hard to keep track of what’s being done and by who.

In the last few days I have been keeping a list of all the novels that are being done. While the list isn’t complete it has over 200 novels that I am trying to keep track of. If there is any novels that you know of that are missing let me know.

Anime Harem Ranking’s

The harem genre of anime is based around three or more characters having interest in the main character. While that usually involves three or more girls fighting over a male main character it doesn’t necessary mean that is always the case. A combination of males/females trying to win the affection would also be considered a harem. The same as if the main character was female and the suitors where male (however in that case it is considered a reverse-harem).

The genre is often looked down on. As most shows under this genre can offer little to no substance. Instead they resort to ecchi (perverted) plots with half naked or in some cases fully naked characters doing accidentally perverted things. All in the hopes of selling DVD’s that will contain the uncensored scenes. A quick and sometimes easy cash grab by a studio who wants to use the funds to keep afloat or fund an anime that might be less financially successful.

Even with taking out the problem of ecchi that is abundant in these shows the other main issue is the basic premise of this genre. In most cases the girls who fall for the main character do so for no other reason then he was nice to them or in a slight variation that he treated them like normal girls (if a supernatural element is involved). Reducing the females into needy codependent people who can’t function without the main character in most cases.

Which in truth isn’t that big of a problem when you consider the role the main character has to play. Unless the story shoots for a harem end (an ending where the main character get’s with all the girls) he has to spend the entire length of the show outside of the last 1/10 of the story completely dense and unaware of the girl’s feelings. In order to string along the audience waiting to see who ‘wins’.

At the end of the day though this genre is just mindless fun. Most of the time you can turn off your brain and watch the antics of the characters and have zero vested interest in how it ends. Well outside of rooting for who you think is ‘best’ girl.

So with all that said I will now rank the anime’s I have seen based on how I enjoyed them.

  1. Rokujouma no Shinryakausha
  2. D-Frag
  3. High School DxD
  4. Hagranai
  5. Monogatari
  6. No Game No Life
  7. Nisekoi
  8. Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance
  9. Campione
  10. NouCome
  11. Oreshura
  12. HenNeko
  13. Yusibu
  14. Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?
  15. Seitokai no Ichizon
  16. Date A Live
  17. Seikoku no Dragonar
  18. Strike the Blood
  19. Nyan Koi
  20. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
  21. Outbreak Company
  22. Black Bullet
  23. Hidan no Aria
  24. Rosario to Vampire
  25. Sekirei
  26. Sword Art Online
  27. Gaworare
  28. IS
  29. Kiss x Sis
  30. Gokukoku no Brynhildr
  31. Asobi ni Iku yo
  32. Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai
  33. Kaminomi
  34. Nyaruko-san
  35. Dakara Boku wa H ga Dekinai
  36. NakaImo
  37. Omamori Himari
  38. Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Mao
  39. Hagure yuusha no Estetica
  40. Sora no Otoshimono

Hiatus

After writing the three recommendation I lost focus as to trying to figure out what it was that I wanted to write next. As this was a new project I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. Then I just got sidetracked with other things. Now that I have the time I thought about getting back to using this. Instead of just recommending anime’s at random based on the ones I like. I’m going to try and go based on category. Posting a short ranking of specific genres than doing a full break down of the show’s in relation to that.

In short the next posts will be focused on the Harem genre of anime as that is a highly request posts on animesuggest and it also happens to be a guilty pleasure of mine.