My iPod Anime Backgrounds

Despite my consistent refusal to label myself an otaku (protests that I will continue to maintain despite the content of this post), I do have a few admittedly otaku-like behaviors. The one I am going to feature today is pretty simple and not all that intrusive: the anime themes I use for the homepage and lock-screen of my iPod.

How do I select said backgrounds? There’s really not too much to it, except that they are all from anime to which I have strong emotional ties. I also like to find ones that are high quality and look nice for the actual screen.

I’m currently using the Black Rock Shooter one for my lock screen and the Golden Time one for my home screen. The Blast of Tempest had been my lock screen for the longest time, with Toradora! and White Album 2 sharing time as the home screen. Hope you like them! Maybe you’ll find one you want for yourself!

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I will try to update the slideshow as I continue to add wallpapers to my collection!

What Anime Should I Watch? Anime Rankings by an Anime Newcomer

Updated rankings can be found here:

What anime should I watch next? This is a difficult question for anyone who has just finished an anime they really enjoyed, or for anyone who wants to try out anime for the first time. There are many anime reviews drifting around online, but it can be tough to wade through all of them. To help answer this question, I have created a list of anime, ranking them into three tiers. Consider them a list of anime recommendations, if you wish. I plan to eventually elaborate on my rankings, but for now, I hope that my qualifications and rankings will help you cut through the many anime reviews online and address the question: what anime should I watch?

Tier I Qualifications: Great characters, top-notch storytelling, compelling character relations, a potent human element and transcending themes. angel-beatsAll of these are uplifting in nature, at least by the end of the story. Furthermore, they all possess the ability to create an emotional reaction in the viewer, while simultaneously providing room for deep though. In short, they are anime that I would recommend to anyone solely on their virtues, although some I might give caution about for certain elements (such as blood, sexuality, etc.). Among the top 4 in the tier, I have no set ranking; they are essentially interchangeable depending on my mood at the time. The fifth is solidly set as the fifth-place show on the list.


T1: Angel Beats! (2010)

T1: Sword Art Online (2012)

T1: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009-2010)

T1: Blast of Tempest (2012-2013)

2: A Certain Scientific Railgun (2009-ongoing)

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