Winter Anime Poetry Anthology

Just relax and get cozy. Don’t even think about applauding with pretentious finger snaps!

When I was a little kid, I was read poetry. An entire step in my reading education was promptly skipped so that I started off with Robert Frost instead of Robert Munsch. It must have left an impression on me, because I still read poetry books regularly. I’m far from being a master poet (or anything remotely in that realm) but I thought it would be fun to stretch my imagination and do something a little more on the creative writing side of things compared to my usual monthly editorial. I think I’m also doing this in hopes that other people will write animu poems for me to read. o_o Anyways, since the winter anime are all fresh in my mind, I decided to write about a couple of the ones I’m watching. Enjoy some short free verse poems, haiku, and other, potentially made up formats!


Terrible weather.
Inside – stairs slick with her blood,
Outside – the rain pours.

The story is branded painfully into each of their minds,
Festering, blistered and raw.
No soft coaxing or pleading can obtain their secrets.
It’s all lost on their lips like wisps of smoke,
Never given a true form.
Like those unspoken words,
She too remains trapped in limbo.
Half dead, half alive,
But not more of one than the other.

Brave 10

He’s got a big sword
and nothing else quite matters
in this bishie-fest.


Guilty Crown

There once was a girl named Inori
The emotionless doll of this story.
She’s in love with a shoe,
But what will he do,
If she dies in a manner most gory?

Looming tall is the throne of steel,
As heavy as the pit forming in her gut.
Gravity laughs, merciless,
Ever an enemy to the fallen.
Only after muscles strain like soldiers
Does the queen rise into her throne once more,
Her eyes as steady as time,
Her legs as still as death itself.


Hunter x Hunter

Hello, little boy.
My, how strong you will be when
I rip your heart out.


Mirai Nikki

I will love you forever
With all my heart and skill
Don’t run away. Not now, not ever.

A bond that can’t sever,
An eternally devoted will,
I will love you forever.

Your friends all feign to be clever,
But I am always quicker to kill.
Don’t run away. Not now, not ever.

Just gently push the lever,
Watch them convulse from the pill.
I will love you forever.

A struggle, a battle, yet we endeavor,
Through feeling hurt, lost and ill,
Don’t run away. Not now, not ever.

I will follow you wherever,
Until you understand my love; this thrill.
I will love you forever,
Don’t run away. Not now, not ever.

Shin Prince of Tennis

Breaking all the rules.
Tennis without gravity.
All obey the prince.



The most daring of tongues does dance,
Behind soft, peach veils.
Which is sharper; her wit or those fangs?
Which would I prefer to make me bleed?

Little girl panties
Shame overcomes you from within


Persona 4

Narukami Yu
All the way or Goho-M
Swag levels maxed

The power of bonds
Weakens and fades away as
The train rumbles forth


Phi Brain

The puzzle calls out,
Its secrets bare before me.
It is puzzle time!

Who needs company?
All I need is this puzzle,
And you to solve it.


Rinne no Lagrange

Turn like the clock
See how the hour hand grows heavy,
Time growing bored with the very concept of itself
A maddening countdown in tedium.

Turn like the wheel of fate
Puppets hung from strings of destiny,
With childish grins painted on their faces.
The red string is but a noose.

Turn like the earth revolving.
Savour the feeling of hurtling through the universe,
Although you can’t quite feel it.
But do it while you can before it’s destroyed.



Senki Zesshou Symphogear

Singing a swan song
Of soul-searing sweetness.

Resound, sweet voice of mine
Don’t let the echo wane.
Singing so each and every line
Will never be in vain.


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45 Responses to “Winter Anime Poetry Anthology”

  1. Foshizzel says:

    omg omg omg these are awesome! Loved the Lagrange one..Turn, Turn, Turn…Maru! Perfect <3 And the Guilty Crown poem buahahaha

    Great job OC! Best anime themed poems ever <3

  2. Karakuri says:

    Ahahaha holy crap you’re fast. These are awesome! Though my favourite has to be the Symphogear ones.

    • Overcooled says:

      When I finally sit down to write and I’m in a good mood, I can get a lot done XD If I’m not in the right mood I spend like an hour staring at screencaps and waiting for something to happen.

  3. Miyu says:

    OC these are awesomeeee. xD Enjoyed reading them a lot hurhur. I really like the Mirai Nikki one it has this.. sadistic/subtly violent ring to it (JUST LIKE YOU DO) and the Guilty Crown one HAHA SHOES.

    • Overcooled says:

      I should be worried if I can channel Yuno’s feelings so easily, I would assume…How did this knife get here? Ahahahaha

  4. Tofu says:

    I’ve never seen this done before and OC, don’t be modest, you do have great poetry skills xD There were heaps of different forms of poetry and as much as I like poetry, I would never be able to write one up 😛

    Is the Rinne Lagrange one about Madoka doing everything perfect? I didn’t quite understand that ^^;

    “singing a swan song… OH GOD, COUGHING BLOOD!!” AHAHAHAHA!!!! I totally didn’t expect a comedic jab at all, great work OC! Love to see more in the future xD

    • Overcooled says:

      I looked over it after I wrote the whole thing and started to panic thinking “WHY DID I WRITE ABOUT POETRY WHEN I’M NOT A POET?!?!” but ended up posting it anyways. XD I’m glad I did now. I haven’t seen any other anime poetry posts personally, although I’d love for it to be a thing that other people do <3

      The Rinne no Lagrange poem is supposed to be about the legend of the three mechs told at the end of episode 3.Show ▼

      I felt like I needed some humour in there so it didn't feel too pretentious haha, thanks so much for the comment Tofu~

  5. Hawthorne says:

    omg I love these! I really liked the Guilty Crown poems especially, the second one was my favorite. ^^

    Only after muscles strain like soldiers
    Does the queen rise into her throne once more,
    Her eyes as steady as time,
    Her legs as still as death itself.

    I love these lines so much, and the entire poem too!

    The Brave 10 haiku and the Symphogear haiku made me laugh so much, you really captured the pain of Tsubasa spewing blood from her face. x3

  6. Mint says:

    OC why are you
    so very very awesome

    • Overcooled says:

      A+ poem!


  7. Jrow says:

    Very nice, OC! Your Nisemonogatari poem is my favorite. I also like the Persona and Mirai Nikki ones.

    If you do a pt. 2, could you do Penguindrum please?

    • Overcooled says:

      Thanks! People seem to like it AND it was fun to do so there’s a good chance that I’ll do this again in the future. I’ll be sure to inlude some penguindrum poems for you :3

  8. BlackBriar says:

    Awesome poetry skills, OC. Every one is sweet and to the point. My favorites are Another, Guilty Crown, Mirai Nikki, Nisemonogatari, Phi Brain, Rinne no Lagrange and Senki Zesshou Symphogear.

    You captured Yuno’s “devotion” to her lover in Mirai Nikki, Tsubasa’s pain in Symphogear, Another’s creepiness and Inori’s unpredictability in Guilty Crown.

    The Nisemonogatari poem was the one that stuck out for me. Obviously the second half is about Koyomi, but who does the first half refer to? Senjougahara or Shinobu? Senjougahara is so dangerous, she might as well have fangs.

    • Overcooled says:

      I had Shinobu in mind (the bath scene in particular) when writing the first Nisemonogatari poem, but it could easily apply to almost any of the girls as long as you don’t take “fangs” too literally XD Interpret all of the poems however you want! That’s part of what I love about poetry (and I guess art in general)

  9. Moni Chan says:

    these are getting me into poems. wasn’t really into at all till now

  10. Zabobinator says:

    Pro. That is all. <3

  11. The_Magus_Killer says:

    Someone make a funny poem about Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou please. I’ll try to make a haiku.

    “Imouto” (read this as though Tadakuni was reading it)
    I shall put them on
    My imouto’s pink panties
    She punches my face

    IMOUTO!!! XD

    • Overcooled says:

      AWESOME! A tale of comedic-tragedy indeed… XD I actually started writing “Ode to a nipple” but decided I didn’t want to be THAT weird. Imouto panties would’ve been a better topic to attempt haha.

  12. Snowley says:

    This is the best thing that could happen to me at 07.10 in the morning on Saturday. I especially like Nisemono one (first part) and Guilty Crown. They have some hidden depths. The rest is great too, of course.

  13. Kyokai says:

    OC, this is awesome sauce. <3

  14. Reaper says:

    This is some seriously awesome stuff OC! Love the longer poems like Mirai Nikki and Guilty Crown (heh, that little reference at the end…what WOULD he do if Inori died…) but those smaller, shorter ones like Persona, Symphogear and Nisemonogatari (that second haiku, so much rofl!). From one lover of literacy to another, I salute you! 😀

    • Overcooled says:

      Thanks! Shu always has the misfortune of being the one who has to watch people die and having to go through changes because of it, so I wondered what type of person he’d become if Inori kicked the bucket.

  15. Yippy says:

    To be honest, I’m not really fond of poetry. Perhaps I can pin the blame on the crappy poems by unknown authors I was forced to swallow back in school or the sometimes abstract and undefined meaning of a poem.

    But Overcooled, thanks for showing me that poems can come from anybody and be about anything. I particularly enjoyed your more comical ones such as Brave 10’s big sword, Inori’s shoe-love and the Goho-M reference.

    About the second P4 poem though, were you referring to a particular ending in the game? I had to think for a while before I made sense of it. Anyway, thanks again for the interesting article, I enjoyed it. *snaps fingers*

    • Overcooled says:

      It’s quite flattering that I got someone who doesn’t even like poetry all that much to read my post~ Poems don’t have to be obscure and saturated with difficult metaphors for the heck of it…they can be fun :3

      I’m glad someone caught that, the P4 poem about the train is a reference to the bad ending! Or even the good ending if you want to be cynical.

  16. Gecko says:

    *finger snaps* (I’m in a poetry club at school so I have to.)
    Quite a few of these poems have interesting twists at the end, especially the second Nisemonogatari one. And Inori’s shoe love. Just wonderful.
    And now, my own poetry…
    Guilty Crown
    The right to use my friends
    As their own weapons
    Their own murderers
    Is not worth quite that much
    When compared with
    The dull life I once had
    When nothing mattered
    When nothing happened
    And I could just sit
    And watch the cherry blossoms fall
    In springtime.

    • Overcooled says:

      Do you guys actually finger snap as an applause? That’s pretty impressive. I wonder if my university has a poetry club…

      I’m so pleased that people are commenting with poems of their own! I like the hard contrast between murdering and relaxing cherry petals *finger snap applause* (Fun fact: I can’t actually snap my fingers…thank goodness for the internet).

  17. pp says:

    Prince of tennis poem looks more like a rap 😛

    • Overcooled says:

      Now that I look at it again, you’re right. The Persona 4 poem about swag is also looking a lot like a rap song too XD

  18. Hime says:

    Someone is going to need a cloth to wipe my brains off the wall, cause my mind was just blown.

    OC these are beautiful and hilarious. Love the Brave 10 and Mirai Nikki ones <3 You have real talent

    • Overcooled says:

      OH BOY, I CAN PRACTICE FOR MY NEUROANATOMY EXAM WITH THIS! Into the bucket ye go, brain scraps.

      But seriously, thanks for the compliments Hime >w<

  19. Alynn says:

    Mmm, I really like these. My favourites are the Guilty Crown, Mirai Nikki and Brave 10 related ones.

  20. Renn says:

    My favorite’s the one about Guilty Crown
    The show never fails to let me down
    But your great poetry
    Truly moves me
    To smile in place of the frown!

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