Astrology is a system that can be really interesting to look into and come to understand. Those who are interested cite its ability to make one reflect more on themselves and their interactions with the world around them; a world they believe is interconnected. So we did some digging into some of the Zodiac signs and decided to get working on the anime each sign would enjoy, based on some of the more common ideas of what each sign may be into! This time around, we’re bringing recommendations to the 10th sign of the Zodiac, the all-knowing, ever-ambitious and ever-stubborn Capricorn!
1. Aoi Bungaku Series (Blue Literature)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2009 – December 2009
This consists of a series of adaptations of six modern Japanese literature classics: Dazai Osamu’s No Longer Human and Run, Melos!; Natsume Souseki’s Kokoro; Akutagawa Ryuunosuke’s Hell Screen and The Spider’s Thread, as well as Sakaguchi Ango’s In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom. Naturally, these stories do not flow together to form a consistent narrative but rather, the series is a retelling of some of the most celebrated works in the early-to-mid 20th century.
Being the intense wells of knowledge that they are, Capricorns tend to be well-read, well-studied clusters of intense cynicism. The literary works depicted in the Aoi Bungaku series hence reflect a sense of cynicism and overall gloom that probably spills over from the lives of the authors themselves, particularly Dazai Osamu. Cynicism aside, the way in which the stories put together feature realistic elements as well as elements of absurdism, an aspect that reflects the Capricorn’s paradox of aloofness amongst a sea of closed-off emotions.
2. C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control
- Episodes: 11
- Aired: April 2011 – June 2011
Second-year Economics student Yoga Kimimaro understands the power of money all too well. Being in the midst of his silver-spoon peers, Kimimaro works hard to make ends meet. However, his life changes forever when a strange man in a top hat arrives at his door late one night. Introducing himself as Masakaki, the man tells Kimimaro about a place called the Eastern Financial District, a place where people place their futures as collateral in order to achieve immense wealth. It turns out that the Financial District is an alternate realm where participants have to engage in “Deals”, putting their collateral at stake.
As Earth signs, Capricorns are very much connected to the material world and know how it works almost innately. Which brings us to their love of money and their high ambition which makes them one of the overachievers of the Zodiac. C is the type of anime that brings these elements together into one intense show. The sobering realities presented in some of the latter episodes are definitely a Capricorn’s cup of tea.
3. Serial Experiments Lain
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: July 1998 – September 1998
Iwakura Lain is an awkward fourteen-year-old. She is one of many girls at her school to receive a strange email from their classmate Yomoda Chisa – a girl who had recently committed suicide. Lain is technologically awkward and can barely handle basic technology; however, upon opening the email, Lain is transported to The Wired; a virtual world similar to the internet. Her life is changed forever as she starts experiencing cryptic mysterious and strange men called the Men in Black show up everywhere she goes, asking her questions while seeming to know more about her than she does.
Serial Experiments Lain is convoluted, confusing at times and thus the perfect anime for a Capricorn because it challenges them to think more than many other anime would. The way in which Lain herself seems to be closed off, maybe even detached or stoic is very similar to how the average Capricorn is thought to carry themselves, and with the series playing with concepts of reality, Capricorns and their understanding of the material world will feel instantly attracted to this show.
4. Nana Maru San Batsu (7O3X/Fastest Finger First)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2017 – September 2017
Koshiyama Shiki is a first-year high schooler at Buzou High School who on his first day at school, suddenly finds himself approached by the Quiz Study Group, a school club involved in all things quiz related! The shy bookworm spends all his time reading rather than socialising, which prompts him to sign up to be one of the two librarians in his class. Shiki’s frail physical constitution makes him ill-suited to sports clubs, but his lack of interest in the more cultural societies at the school makes it hard for him to choose a club. However, he finds himself up on stage during the Quiz Club’s presentation at assembly and does something amazing! Is the Quiz Study Group Shiki’s chance to finally have a balanced school life?
An entire anime based on the idea of epic displays of one’s general knowledge with some light-hearted humour? Count the Capricorns in! As we mentioned before, Capricorns tend to be people who know a lot and really love to show it. Absolutely love showing off their knowledge in subjects vast and wide. They love it. Did we mention that they love it? They enjoy it to the point of being condescending know-it-alls!
5. Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai (Bunny Girl Senpai)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: October 2018 – December 2018
Puberty Syndrome is a mythological condition which seems to only affect teenagers, causing inexplicable supernatural symptoms that are often dismissed as legitimate occurrences. However, Azusagawa Sakura knows from experience that it is real and is quite prevalent at his high school. Sakurajima Mai is a third-year high schooler who gained fame as a child actress but halted her promising career for unknown reasons. She is known throughout the school and bears an air of unapproachability, so nobody interacts with her. That is at least until Sakuta sees her wandering the public library in a bunny girl costume. No one seems to notice her despite the conspicuous outfit and after talking to her, Sakuta realises that she is another victim of Puberty Syndrome. As Sakuta tries to help Mai through her situation, he comes into contact with more girls who are experiencing the condition.
Featuring a deadpan protagonist and supernatural setting, Bunny Girl Senpai is one recent show that would definitely entertain the quintessential Capricorn. The biggest selling point for them is the extremely sarcastic, deadpan Sakuta, a protagonist they’d find both entertaining and maybe a little bit like them! The relationships between characters are also the type to warm the heart and sometimes, a Capricorn needs to thaw out their icy cores.
While many of the sentiments in this article have been someone tongue-in-cheek, the very Capricorn author thought it would best reflect a Capricorn’s insight into what they tend to enjoy. That being said, some may disagree - maybe we aren’t totally cold and unfeeling with a funny side. Are there other shows you think Capricorns would like? Drop a comment below, with your suggestions!