30 Day Anime Challenge: Day 2

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Day 2 and they are already hitting the hard to answer questions. An anime I’m ashamed I enjoyed? Generally speaking I don’t feel ashamed about anything I watch but I guess there are probably two anime that I’ve kind of flinched when someone has come in and I’ve been watching them. This is different from the anime just happening to be on the one bathroom sequence in the whole series and someone walks in because that’s just to be expected at this point.

The first would be Junjou Romantica. I actually really love that anime and it is probably the reason I originally looked into AnimeLab because Crunchyroll doesn’t play this in Australia but AnimeLab had the third season. Really glad about that anyway because AnimeLab has since aired lots of shows that either weren’t on Crunchyroll in Australia, Crunchyroll didn’t get them, or they are on Crunchyroll but it turns out AnimeLab streams better for me. That doesn’t change the fact that the first episode of Junjou Romantica really should have been enough for me to hit the stop button and walk away. It is confronting and if someone told me that the two characters met this way and then ended up in a relationship as the salepitch for a show I’d probably not even consider watching. Why I watched beyond episode 1 I don’t remember but I do know I’m kind of hooked on the show now but it is one I’ve never even tried to suggest to someone in real life that they should watch.


The other anime that I’ve probably hidden away in my collection and don’t really mention is Tenchi Muyo: War On Geminar. I actually had no idea what I was getting into when I started this but given the first episode doesn’t really hide its obsession with putting girls in ridiculous outfits and over-sexualising everything I can’t say I didn’t know what I was getting into. Despite that, and the really boring protagonist, and the story that kind of doesn’t make sense, and everything else that is wrong with the show, I still really enjoyed watching it. There are so many moments where you just want to cover your face and ask why and yet the show is fun.


At some point I’ll have to review both of these series but so far I’ve kind of avoided that. I get the feeling when I review them the negative points will seem to outweigh the positive (and that’s probably very true from any objective point of view). However, I really did enjoy both series even if I still won’t watch them with anyone. And just so we’re clear, it isn’t that both of these anime have sex as a focus. It is more the way the relationships are portrayed and some really uncomfortable, line crossing moments that both series have that make them ones that are a bit harder to talk about.

Over to you and which anime are you ashamed you enjoyed?

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Karandi James.