Sure, I’ve talked about the top 5 anime I’ll rewatch countless times because I just adore it so much. Or maybe how I’d choose which anime to watch and I tend to stick my favorite genres. I won’t hesitate to give other genres a go, of course. Otherwise, I won’t be watching Haganai or Mayo Chiki. They’re not that bad. I have a habit of ranking my favorite anime of the year too.
But what make an anime memorable? Memorable, as in easily remembered. What makes it stands out more than the rest? An anime season consists of a lot of series so it needs that extra special something to stand out from the rest. After thinking for a while, I decided I have a list if a few criteria that makes an anime memorable for me.
Too Scary or Weird
Anyone watching Psycho-pass this season? What do you think of it? Personally, I find it disturbing – whether it’s the gruesome nature of a crime or the reasoning behind an action. Thank goodness I’ve gotten passed all episodes without having a single nightmare. Despite being realistically scary, Psycho-pass has a way of keeping its audience’s attention. That’s what a good story do, I suppose.
Chaos;Head is another example. I don’t think of it as a good anime; it could’ve better. However, the impact it made with the equally scary scenes during the first half of the series made it memorable.
By the way, I say scary, I really meant scary, and it’s not in Another kind of way. It isn’t really that scary. Another reminded me of Final Destination, but I can’t guarantee I’ll be reminded of Another at the mere mention of Final Destination.
I’m a lover of music, so it makes it easier for me to recall anime with good music. Or rather, anime that focuses on music. Nodame Cantabile, Sakamichi no Apollon, and even K-ON! are memorable because they are all music-centric. It doesn’t really matter what genre the music is, so long there’s good music.
Occasionally though, an anime can be memorable without good music. It goes without saying that when there are unforgettable tunes, I’m bound to be able to recall the related anime. That’s how my brain works anyway.
Resonated with Me
There’s this aha! moment or I-did-that-too moment in an anime. And there were a ton in Lucky Star. For example, Konata was complaining about her dilemma about when to pick up her phone ever since she set a new ring tone (back then I didn’t know how to extract only the chorus from a song before setting it as my ring tone). Or how she hated cleaning right after she started. It’s little things like things that made me remember the series.
Utterly Confusing or Mind-boggling
I bet whoever saw Mawaru Penguindrum will remember it, although it could be for different reasons. For some, the series is filled with fascinating puzzles that were open for interpretations. On the other hand, there are some who find the series completely confusing and thus, hated it. The bottom point is, whether one hate it or love it, he/she remembers the series.
Simply Being Different
In an era in which anime series are dominated by (at least four) high school girls, being the opposite can make it memorable. I remember series like Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou and Kimi to Boku because they’re simply different. Both series’ main characters are high school boys and it’s not harem. I must say thought, I like neither series.
Having a boldly different character design also makes a series memorable for me. Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt anyone? I tried watching the series, but I just couldn’t finish it. Still, I’ll remember it.
These five points round my list of what makes an anime memorable for me personally. It’s something that popped up in my head when I was trying to list out my favorites of 2012. What makes an anime memorable for you?