Like a lot of people, I am a huge anime fan. I've got my start on well known ones like Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon, but have extended my palette to other ones, whether they're well known or not. My tastes ranging from action, to horror, to even slice of life moment ones like Ponyo. But the one thing Anime has had a constant of, that many western cartoons tried to compete with over nearly a century now, is all the weird and fucked up moments one see. Whether it's played for laughs like the old gag of someone having a random washtub fall on their head, played for horror like many many scary moments in Anime (Can't wait for Uzumaki to take them down a peg) or played seriously in action like the various random beam moves they use.
There are some moments, that people do know about and others that have to be seen to believe. Here are my top 3. Spoilers.
- Jason-Claus in Hare + Guu. For context, here's the story. It takes place in a jungle and revolves around a boy named Hare. Whom for a very tragic reason, his mother left her parents home and raised him in the jungle. His mother, brings home and adopts a little girl named Guu. Who seems too perfect to be real at first. Adorable, Friendly and possible hints of Hare maybe falling in love with her. Then the morning after, Guu is anything but that. Her adorable appearance changed into something as plain as plain can be. Her personality, going from nice to snarky and cynical. To top if off, she may or may not even be human, as shown when she possesses a lot of reality warping powers including but not limited to being able to eat people and send them to a dimension full of the most random shit you can imagine. Hare + Guu, is balls to the walls random, hilarious and has their fair share of fucked up moments. Including, but not limited to, some how Hare accidentally charming the pants off of two adult women, who go absolutely Yandere over him. My personal favourite moment, being that Hare, whom has been known to be a very competent kid, going so far as being able to make gourmet meals without even thinking, freaks out over said competence. However, the moment that stood out for me, that stuck to my head to this day, was this. It was during the 20th epsiode entitled Illusion #20: Macchiro. The jungle is suffering it's biggest heatwave yet. Mari, one of Hare's love interests on the show, is envious of the world outside the jungle and wishes she can play in the snow. The rest of the class agrees except for Hare. Since Guu can read his mind, he made the mistake of even thinking of hating snow. So Guu, being the helpful kid she is, decides to make it snow. People enjoy it at first, but of course, since Guu likes teaching people "Lessons" it backfires horribly turning the jungle into a winter wasteland while people try to stay alive. One of the ways they pass the time is tell winter stories. In which of course Christmas and Santa Claus gets brought up. It seems wholesome at first, but then they start telling scary santa stories. The build up was funny, it started with the usual jokes like "Why an old man would sneak into kid's houses at night." but then it takes a horrifyingly randomly hilarious left turn. One of the classmates Gupta imagines him to be horrifying monster and it doesn't take long for the other classmates to follow suit. Wagi, the class clown of the group, imagines him with a creepy demon mask offering the chest hair of their village elder Chorou. (A running gag on the show is that, Hare in retaliation for smothering her with it, ripped off his chest hair in retaliation and kept it as a trophy/disco wig. Anytime it grew back, she'd just rip it off again.) Then to escalate things, is where I find the best WTF moment in one of the most hilarious WTF animes in the world. Toposte, the Elder's grandson, asks what if he doesn't want the gift. Since it's his grandfather's chest hair, he fears he may grow one like his. So in his imagine sequence, the hair consumes and contains him for Santa to collect when we hear their version of "Ki Ki Ki Ma Ma Ma" in the background. Toposte's imaginary Santa, wearing a hockey mask as he collects the "Present". Now I seen a lot of fucked up moments on this show, many of which played for light horror and laughs. Yet, that was the one that never made sense to me. To add further salt on the wound, Guu "Happens" to have a mini Jason-Claus outfit to further scare Hare and the others. It still haunts me to this day and it has to be seen to believe.
- Spirit of The Guns on Hellsing Ultimate. Now if you're an anime fan and don't know about Hellsing or at least Hellsing abridged then strap in for this one. Hellsing is a story about Integra Hellsing, the last living descendent of Dracula's long time foe, Abraham Van Helsing (In the actual lore, his foe should have been Jonathan Harker, since he was the one that originally killed him, but it's a common mistake.) She is head of Hellsing, a group that specializes in both hunting domestic terrorists as well as hunting monsters. Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies, you name it. With the help of allies including Alucard, an enhanced, immortal vampire with many powers and firearms, Seras Victoria, a former police officer turned Draculina with a specialty for using big anti-tank rifles for sniper missions, Walter, a former vampire hunter/butler who provides the weapons and gadgets and is a master of wire combat and Pip, a french mercenary who has the hots for Seras. Now this show has had it's fair share of genuine WTF moments. Such as whenever Alucard cuts loose with his powers or Seras goes into a blood rage. But the thing that really threw me off, was a small gag they did. In the OVA series, Hellsing Ultimate, Seras is handed a Harkonnen brand Anti-Tank rifle. In the third of the series, the Gun's Spirit appears to her in a dream. Modeled after it's namesake Vladimir Harkonnen of Dune. Now if this were a one-off gag, I would have ignored it, but the gag showed up twice in the series. The second time in the fifth OVA of the series. Only this time it was Alucard's signature gun "The Jackal". This spirit modelled after Bruce Willis who played the character, but does nothing but spout references to his movies. Now the thing that bothers me is not the hilariously trippy scenery that comes with both scenes, but after all is said and done. Even well after Millennium's defeat, no one ever speaks of it again. You'd think at one point Alucard and Seras would talk about it. "Master? What the fuck is up with our Gun spirits?" It's strange, it's nonsensical and it has to be seen to believe.
- Lucifer's Brainwashing in Angel Cop. Major spoilers for this one. Angel Cop is a cult followed Anime series, based off the manga of the same name. The Anime, revolves around Tokyo in the future, becoming world economy, being threatened by a rogue communist group called The Red May. With Angel Cop and other characters being a special police force created to deal with them. The series takes a major left turn when there is a rogue group of psychics called "The Hunters" who use their powers to kill terrorists before the police or Angel can get to them. Their leader, aptly named Lucifer, claims that she's fighting for justice and that the Cops are in league with the Red May. When in fact, the reason the cops were targeted, was because they managed to successfully catch the Red May's acting leader and through a brutal interrogation, he was gonna spill the guts on why they were really causing terrorism. That depending on the dub (Jewish in Japanese, American in the English Dub), they were hired by a rogue Japanese politician who was being paid by a shady group, to allow them to use Tokyo as a dumping ground. He hired the Red May as a distraction, funded the Special Security Force that was tasked to stop them and used The Hunters kill anyone that would spill their guts. The chief of the Special Security Force deduces that Lucifer must have been brainwashed to comply and while there is dialogue from her that suggest it, there are a lot of moments that not only contradict it or outright call bullshit. For starters, during the times when Lucifer personally tortures those she deems a threat, she derives a sick enjoyment from it, especially when she by her own admission rapes minds. When she does stick to her claims, the tone literally suggests that she's not brainwashed, but rather lying to themselves. Normally when a character gets brainwashed there was at least some kind of break or some kind of moment, where they regain themselves, even pleading those nearby for help. Yet Lucifer never once broke, no matter how much punishment she takes from Angel, Raiden, the cops and The Hunters, whom turned against her. Not even at the moment of her death. Could be an error, but weird regardless.
So what are the moments you find weird, random and nonsensical even by anime standards? Let me know.