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  • One Piece – Pre Time Skip – (Anime) Review

    One Piece (Pre-Time Skip) Anime Review

    “My treasure you say?
    If you want it you can have it!
    Go and seek it out
    I left everything in my life
    In that place”
    Hence the great era of freedom
    Was about to commence
    An age of pirates
    It’s time to sail now
    The route to our dreams awaits!

    One Piece Log Day 1

    This is the first day of I and my crew’s journey in this dangerous sea, writing down everything in this log. I am a pirate, pursuer of boundless fame and glory as the one who’ll become the next pirate king, the successor to Gold Roger, the one who found and hid the greatest treasure of all times only known as One Piece. Ever since the legendary pirate died, countless people sailed in search of the unknown legacy left by Roger, the man who incited the whole world as his last act of defiance. It won’t be an easy journey, many other pirates practising their right to be free are in search of the fabled One Piece as well…

    Prologue

    This is the adventerous review of the pre timeskip arcs of One Piece, the ongoing shounen anime series based on the award winning, Guinness breaking manga with the same name by Eichiro Oda. I am going to review the first 6 great arcs before episode 517 (Chapter 568) but with a notably more subjective take than my previous reviews. Will this deserve to be the king of shounen ? Then let us find this out !

    East Blue Arc

    Starts ep 1 and ends ep 61 (chapter 100). The arc is aimed at introducing us to the One Piece Universe and its basic characters. The most important parts being Romance Dawn, Syrup Village, Baratie Arc and Arlong Park arcs where Luffy, Zoro, Usop, Sanji and Nami are introduced. This arc is produced by Toei Animation during 1999 but the fully drawn animation is nice and colourful, character design and art is simple yet distinguished. East Blue reveals the earliest threats in the series for our crew, the cruelty and mercilessness of the world is shown, being a pirate is not a game, the sea is not a swimming pool

    • Bounty Score: 16.000.000 :moneybag:

    • Fav Character: Dracule Mihawk :japanese_goblin:

    Alabasta Arc

    Starts episode 61 and ends ep 135 (chapter 217). The arc is the first true fearsome challenge for the Strawhat Pirates, getting involved in a country plagued with civil war tension and the sinister plans of the criminal group Baroque Works and their mastermind leader. The sandy kingdom of Alabasta

    is wonderfully drawn, with a highlight to the middle eastern style of the arc. Animation improves, the story plot is thickened with the first mysteries and the first true major villain and themes in One Piece. The focus on the villain that passes himself off as the hero taking advantage of a population in despair to control everything is truely amazing

    • Bounty Score: 87.000.000 :moneybag:

    • Fav Character: Nico Robin :heart:

    Skypiea Arc

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    Starts ep 136 and ends ep 206 (chapter 302). The arc follows the exploits of our crew in an island that does not affect the course of the story as a whole but proves to be one of the most heart felt and flavourful of all arcs in One Piece. Following the legend of the sky island, Luffy and his crew eventually reaches Skypiea, a place isolated from the world

    and first reached by the navigator Noland, branded and killed as a foolish

    liar. The Strawhats will have to face the powerful god Enel that overthrew the previous one and bent the island to his thunderous will together with his priests. The Pre Columbian aspects of the arc make it overall one my favourites of all times, we are in the show’s golden age

    • Bounty Score: 143.000.000 :moneybag:

    • Fav Character: Enel :zap:

    Water 7 Arc

    Starts ep 207 and ends ep 325 (chapter 430). This arc is where the series starts to step up the whole game, reaching the greatest heights of the pre timeskip part of One Piece. Water 7 follows our crew in its visit to a majestic Venice like city built on water where different ship building companies compete with one another. When Nico Robin’s backstory starts to blast from her past, a secret government organization known as Cyber Pol 9 will try to take her away from the Strawhats Pirates. We can call this as one of the most iconic arcs of all times, boasting a new level in One Piece fights like we’ve never seen before, mystery and themes reach perfection, no fault whatsoever, only the best feels

    • Bounty Score: 300.000.000 :moneybag:

    • Fav Character: Rob Lucci :smiley_cat:

    Thriller Bark Arc

    Starts ep 326 and ends ep 384 (chapter 489). This is probably one of the shortest arcs in the whole series, located right after the colossal saga of Water 7/Enies Lobby and it rather pales in comparison. The Strawhats end up in the gigantic island ship of Thriller Bark, owned by one of the Shichibukai, the ghastly Gekko Moria that will stand in the way of our friends. Even though the arc the eccentric and quite particular skeleton Brook (whose backstory flashback is currently my favourite) and we have a nice halloween horror like setting this is however my least favourite of all One Piece Arcs, but it can be considered as a way to catch a fun break once in a while

    • Bounty Score: 10.000.000 :moneybag:

    • Fav Character: Brook :skull:

    Summit War Arc

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    Starts ep 385 and ends ep 516 (chapter 597). Here we go with the last arc of the pre timeskip era of One Piece, the most fast paced and (for many) mind blowing arc. For the first time we have a war in the pirate world against the sworn enemies the Marines trying to execute one of the legendary Whitebeard’s “children” Luffy’s brother Portgas D. Ace, while the Strawhats are scattered, Luffy tries to join the battle for his brother, an ant amidst the giants. The arc has amazing parts like Sabaody, Amazon Lily, Impel Down and Marine Ford. Animation direction changes, making it not as appealing for nostalgic fans like me. Many iconic characters from all sagas return to join the greatest battles in the series as of now.

    • Bounty Score: 279.000.000 :moneybag:

    • Fav Character: Silvers Rayleigh :older_man:

    Overall One Piece is probably the father of the next generation of shounen. It may not be a perfect series but its narrative arcs will surely keep anyone entertained despite the animation for many people would not seem as mature as stuff like AoT and Tokyo Ghoul (sarcasm). If you can follow a long odissey that cares more about the journey rather than the destination then this is your series. It’s also one of the few shounen to deal with so many themes such as: slavery, tyranny, emancipation, brotherhood, war, human rights, discrimination, history, sacrifice, idealism, justice.

    Overall Score 8/10


  • Magi (Anime) Review

    Magi Series Anime Review 

    Summary of Magi: 

    In a mystical world based on the setting of the ‘1001 Nights’ story, Aliabab yearns to conquer a dungeon, a mysterious tower that, if beaten, can grant power and wealth. However, it isn’t until a young boy named Aladdin, who appears to posses his very own magical abilities, comes along that Alibaba gains the courage to venture inside. Soon, what appears to be an exciting adventure unravels into an evil plot much bigger than they anticipated.

     

    The Plot: 


    One of the few problems I had with this series is the rushed first few episodes and the lack of an overarching storyline at the beginning (this is apparent later on).

    Once you get past the first three episodes, though, you’ll start liking the little arcs and the speed dies down to fit in the development needed, especially in the second season.

    What I specifically found admirable about the plot and the world in general, however, were the issues discussed throughout the whole series such as slavery, poverty, war, identity, fate, and politics. There are some dark aspects in Magi, and I applaud the staff for it.

    Score: 8.1/10 

     

    The Characters of Magi: 


    Where the story lacks, the characters soar. I can honestly say that the cast was unique, fun to watch, and many of them were developed excellently. Despite all of that, the main three (Alibaba, Aladdin, and Morgiana) were still the stars.

    But before I ramble on too much, there is one key factor that I would like to point out: the amazing female characters. There are very few anime where the girls add as much to the story as the guys, and I’m proud to say that Magi is one of said anime. Morgiana, Kougyoku, Hakuei. The list goes on and on.

    I mean, even the fanservice providers (Yamuraiha and Meirs) have actual motivations and personalities. Thumbs up, Magi!

    Score: 9.3/10

     

    The Animation of Magi: 


    Although the animation was sort of choppy during the first season, the second season made up for it and absolutely blew me away. Just by looking at the opening, major improvements can be seen. I also enjoyed the vibrant colors and the fact that the censorship was kept to a minimum, which leads to some amazing imagery, even if it is a bit gory. Nothing too over the top, thought, so don’t get scared off.

    Score: 8.4/10 

     

    The Soundtrack of Magi: 

    As for the sound, it did its job well. The openings and endings were catchy (some more than others), and the music set the tone very nicely. I think the music definitely took flight in the second season, but the first season pulled the score back down. Still a good soundtrack overall.

    Score: 7.9/10 

     

    Overall Enjoyment of Magi: 


    I, personally, loved this anime. It has successfully landed a spot as one of my all time favorite anime, definitely in the top five. Plot was executed nicely for the most part, the characters were nothing short of legendary, and the entire series just put together everything perfectly. I was definitely impressed.

    Score: 9.0/10

    And so…

    Plot: 8.1/10
    Characters: 9.3/10
    Animation: 8.4/10
    Soundtrack: 7.9/10
    Overall Enjoyment: 9.0/10

    FINAL SCORE: 8.54/10

    I definitely recommend this anime.

    Thanks for reading!

    -Otaku_Cookies


  • Aku no Hana (Anime) Review

    Aku no Hana Anime Review

     

    Aku no Hana
    Aku no Hana

    Studio: Zexcs (Mushi-Shi, Diabolik Lovers, Fortune Arterial)
    Genres: Psychological thriller, drama, romance (?)
    Director: Hiroshi Nagahama
    Writer: Shuzo Oshimi

    With the popularity of shounens, there are many shows within any new season that are completely and utterly ignored. Approximately 3-5 shows get the attention of the season, with the rest being left behind as dregs for someone to pick up from a garbage bin and amuse themselves with. Quite a few hidden masterpieces have been developed from this habitual method of watching anime, therefore not amassing the popularity in which they deserve. This theory of mainstream popularity can also be applied to anime which try to be different and more obscure. Some succeed in catching the public eye like Bakemonogatari, whilst others are disregarded for their outwards appearance and aesthetics. Aku No Hana is exactly that, a misunderstood show which no-one gave the time of day, which is really unfortunate considering how good it truly is.

     

    Aku no Hana Plot

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    The premise for Aku No Hana is fairly basic to follow. A young man in middle school by the name of Takao Kasuga, a bookworm by all regards, leads a fairly normal life. Obsessed by his obscure and fascinating literature, he has observed their meanings and interpretations, immersing their message within his own life. Like most middle school students, he has a crush on the smartest, prettiest girl on the class by the name of Nanako Saeki. He never had the courage to go after her and ask her out, so he merely observed her from a distance, pondering whether or not he should pursue a relationship with her. All his observing, though, is short lived. After leaving his most treasured book, ‘The Flowers Of Evil’ by Charles Baudelaire, at school, coincidence or fate decided to allow Saeki’s gym bag to fall from the classroom shelf, spilling its contents onto the floor. Upon Kasuga’s inspection, it appeared to be her gym cloths. Whilst an internal debate ensues about how he should proceed, a loud noise startled him, causing him to stuff the gym cloths down his shirt and retreat to the safety of his home. Guilt burdened his mind as he pondered the repercussions of owning up to this act and whether or not he was spotted. Thankfully, no one saw what had happened, although additional turmoil is added after a distressed Saeki announces to the class that her cloths were stolen. Kasuga felt guilty, but he knew he was in the clear, right? Wrong. It turns out that Sawa Nakamura had seen Kasuga fleeing from the school, gym clothes bundled beneath his shirt. This sociopathic freak believes that Kasuga is a deviant from the mindless masses of generic society, and forms a contract with him. His secret theft would remain secret so long as she could break down his fragile psyche in order to expose a true deviant.

     

    Although the premise of the show is rather basic, the moral conflict, psychological deconstruction and the perspective of the world is really unique and fascinating. The 3 main characters are the only ones of significance, but their interactions and actions are what make this show brilliant. The conflicting natures of Nakamura and Kasuga makes it really compelling to watch more as Kasuga unwillingly goes along with her madness, his crime looming over him like a badge of shame. Between his psychological destruction, Nakamura’s pure madness and Saeki’s unknown motives and desires, the show truly is amazing in the way it handles character interactions and deconstructions. The show uses many elements to reinforce character interactions and crucial moments of dialogue or key segments of the show, utilising tension as an emotional reinforcement to keep its audience on its seat. That being said, the tension is presented through silence and walking, which honestly can be a bit of a kick in the balls for a casual watcher, and it does eventually get over-extended, making it seem more pointless than it actually is.

     

    Aku no Hana Characters

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    The Characters

     

    Takao Kasuga

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    Takao Kasuga is a middle school student and one of the three conjoined protagonists of this show. That being said, the world is shown through his perspective and his inner thoughts, turmoils and desires are expressed through internal monologues, dreams and even the music from the ending theme, with the instruments within it reflecting his psychological state. He isn’t a strong character, and is rather fragile and secretive in nature, allowing him to be bullied into ‘Deviant’ acts by Nakamura as the show progresses. That being said, he doesn’t remain that way for the entire duration of the show. His innate morality and psychological state gradually shift into one of a darker nature as the show progresses, allowing the audience to witness his changing perspective of the world, himself and life as he knows it.
    Sawa Nakamura

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    The crazy, sociopathic Sawa Nakamura is a brilliant antagonist, simultaneously holding the role of protagonist in her own unique way. She is revealed to be extremely twisted in nature, almost able to be labelled as clinically insane. She has a rather warped and skewed perspective of the world, seeing everyone in it as rotten and pathetic. She relishes tormenting Kasuga and is infatuated by the idea of breaking down his psychological walls and forcing her morbid ambition of escaping that town into his mind.
    Nanako Saeki

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    Kasuga’s crush and one of the three conjoined protagonists of this show. Although externally she is seen as the model student and the perfect child, it is revealed that Saeki has one weakness: she becomes obsessively attached to anyone that pays her true attention, leading to a deep, unrelenting infatuation with Kasuga. This, although revealed, isn’t deconstructed nearly as much as Kasuga’s psychological metamorphosis, but is referenced and expanded upon nonetheless.

     

    Aku no Hana Animation

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    The Animation

    The animation for Aku No Hana was extremely debated upon, which contributed to its less than glorious reception within the western anime world. With the almost broken rotoscoping being heavily debated on, the one thing that is clear is its intention. Most anime have a generic form of storytelling, in which the animation will serve as a barrier between real life and the anime itself, allowing the audience to differentiate from reality and fiction. Aku No Hana attempts to break down these barriers, and although it did so rather poorly, it was merely an experiment and in some aspects it did succeed. There are crucial moments in the show were the animation just skyrockets in quality, predominantly during a period in episode 7 and 12, not going to spoil anything, but it truly is remarkable.

     

    Aku no Hana Soundtrack

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    The Aku No Hana soundtrack is really strange. Rather than proper musical compositions, it appears to be based around static noises and sounds that add to the atmosphere juxtaposed to acting as its own form of music. That being said, the opening and ending were both played brilliantly. There were 4 openings, 3 of which were the spiritual representations of the 3 characters, whilst the 4th is revealed to be someone else. Perhaps the Flowers of Evil themselves? As for the ending, it allows the audience to once again immerse themselves in Kasuga’s emotions, with the different instruments from the deep bass guitar to the light wind instruments revealing his turmoil and emotions, almost reflecting on what occurs during each episode.

     

    Opinion and Verdict

    Aku no Hana

    Although I believe it to be rather amazing, there are definitely flaws and issues within the show that need to be addressed, the largest of which is its probability for continuation. The last episode not only concluded the show but acted as a precursor to future events. The manga will still continue and I read it eagerly, but one can only hope that a second season will conclude the show, as it truly deserves it. Aku No Hana is definitely not for everyone, but nevertheless, is a brilliant show that was unfortunately overlooked. Accumulating my thoughts, I give Aku No Hana an 8 out of 10. I recommend it for a more mature audience who is willing to watch it alone. It isn’t an experience to be shared, but rather a subjective and individual interpretation. Thanks for reading, and have a nice day.
    – IB (Internet Bear)


  • The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye (Anime) Review

    The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye Review

    The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye

    The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye, or The Third, is an underrated anime that teaches important life lessons without making them seem as if they are a lecture. The plot is original and the characters are both fun and loveable. Though comedic, the anime does have its times where it gets serious. From time to time, The Third will also show someone’s sad past. At times, the series does seem to drag, but the ending of the series is absolutely worth waiting for.

     

    The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye Plot

    One of the members of “The Third”

    The plot of The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye centers on a cheerful girl who is a “jack-of-all-trades.” She travels the desert inside of a tank, completing different jobs assigned to her. She meets several different people who choose to travel with her, occasionally helping her with her jobs. While Honoka is traveling the desert, other things are occurring. The Third is a race of human beings who rules all other human beings. They prohibit certain forms of technology and will punish anyone who attempts to break the rules they have set down regarding technology. They appeared after a major technological war and had h0ped to be able to erase all signs of the war. However, Honoka does encounter a few of them while working, therefore making her an important person to The Third.

     

    The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye Characters

    From right to left: Iks, Honoka, Millie, Paifu. In the background: Bogie

    Honoka is the main character of The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye, and a “jack-of-all-trades.” Her nickname is “Sword Dancer,” as her movements with her sword are fluid and graceful. She travels in a tank run by a computer machine named Bogie. Bogie acts like a father figure to Honoka and takes care of her, as well as watches out for her. While Honoka has a tendency to rush into dangerous situations, Bogie is a bit more cautious. Iks is one of Honoka’s friends. She meets him in the desert one night, where he requested to travel with her. He wantsto be able to see the rest of the desert and try to gain a better understanding of “this world.” Paifu is another one of Honoka’s friends, though she meets Honoka when someone asks her to accompany Honoka on a job. Paifu does not like Iks at all, as she claims she “hates men.” Millie is a young girl who is the daughter of the man that took in Honoka when Honoka was young. They treat each other almost like sisters, and Millie sometimes accompanies Honoka on her travels.

     

    Technos Taboo

    An item that violates the Technos Taboo

    Technos Taboo is a serious limitation on technology enforced by The Third. In order to protect humans, it was made to limit the amount of technology humans have access to. It also limits the type of machines that humans can create. Breaking the Technos Taboo can result in many forms of punishment, depending on the severity of the crime involving it. Some people have been dragged off and interrogated, others executed on the spot, while a few lucky people just get off by giving up their mechanic license. Several forms of technology that break the Technos Taboo are leftover from the war, but are hidden from the public.

    The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye is a wonderful watch that contains a bit of every genre. The artwork is (for the most part) good and the anime contains amazing fighting scenes. It is a great anime that should become more well-known.

    Overall Score: 9/10

     

     


  • Nisekoi (Anime) Review

    Nisekoi Review

    Nisekoi

    Nisekoi is a comedic harem anime. Though the plot is somewhat of a cliché, the series was still enjoyable and interesting. The manga is still ongoing and the anime left off at a random point, leaving room for a possible sequel in which the matters regarding love are solved and a suitable finish is provided.

     

    Nisekoi Plot

    The Pendant

    Nisekoi centers on a boy who made a promise to a girl when he was young. The promise stated that when the two of them meet again when they’re older, they would unlock a pendant and get married. The boy carries around a pendant while the girl holds a key. Several years later, the boy still remembers the promise but is tempted to forget it, as he now has a crush on a girl. However, things start to get complicated when he is forced into a relationship with another girl because of family matters. On top of that, his crush, his “girlfriend,” and another girl all have a key and believe that it is the key to his pendant! His “girlfriend” decides to try to open the pendant, but her key breaks and gets stuck inside of the pendant, making everyone have to wait to get the pendant fixed and leaving the boy wondering who is the actual girl he made the promise to.

     

    Nisekoi Characters

    From Right to Left: Ruri Miyamoto, Kosaki Onodera, Marika Tachibana, Raku Ichijou, Chitoge Kirisaki, Seishirou Tsugumi

    The boy who made the promise when he was young is named Raku Ichijou. He is a normal high schooler, with the exception of the fact that his father is the head of a yakuza gang. His “girlfriend,” Chitoge Kirisaki, is also the child of a head of a yakuza gang. To keep the gangs from nearly killing each other and demolishing the city, the fathers come to the agreement that their children should date each other. This plan is not the best and at times, the couple is questioned as to if they are actually dating. One of the gang members doesn’t believe that they are dating, so he sends Chitoge’s childhood friend, Seishirou Tsugumi, to find out if what they’re saying is true. Raku’s crush is Kosaki Onodera, and her friend is Ruri Miyamoto. Ruri is the only main character that doesn’t display any feelings of affection towards Raku. Marika Tachibana is the daughter of the head of the police force, and apparently Raku’s father made a promise to her father that they would get married when Marika comes of age.

     

    The Promise

    The Promised Girl

    Something strange about the promise that Raku Ichijou made when he was young is the fact that he doesn’t remember what the girl’s face looks like. This causes a whole bunch of confusion, because that means that the girl could be anybody! Apparently, he made promises with several girls when he was younger, but only one of them has the actual key. According to Chitoge’s father, Raku was playmates with Chitoge and Onodera when he was younger, and occasionally would visit Marika. Chitoge doesn’t remember Raku at all, or the promise, and Onodera doesn’t remember Chitoge, while Raku only remembers Marika. Marika remembers the promise and Raku, but never actually met Chitoge and Onodera. The mystery cannot be solved either, because Raku’s pendant is broken…

    Nisekoi is an interesting anime with a lot of plot twists involved. It is sweet at times and powerful during other times. Chitoge and Raku make a very funny couple, and provide a lot of comedy for the anime. If you plan to watch this, also be prepared for sparkles and blushes, as the anime is full of them.

    Overall Score: 8/10


  • Noragami (Anime) Review

    Noragami Review

    Noragami

    Noragami is a recently completed anime, having finished its 12th episode last Monday. Out of all the series I have watched this Winter season, Noragami is definitely my favorite. The plot is original and keeps you interested, but unfortunately not all the conflicts are resolved by the end of the anime.

     

    The Plot of Noragami

    Yato attacking a phantom

    Noragami is about how a minor deity named Yato, who attempts to fix a problem with a girl that he unintentionally caused. However, he does not know how to fix the girl’s problem, which involves her losing her body and becoming half-human, half-phantom. Throughout the story, Yato encounters several other problems (some that involve the girl) and is forced to deal with them before being able to have any chance of thinking about how to solve the initial issue. Meanwhile, Yato is also doing jobs for 5-yen in order to try to earn enough money to build his own shrine. On top of that, Yato, as a god, is required to defeat evil phantoms. He has a lot on his mind, so he cannot figure out what to do with the girl until the end of the anime.

     

    The Characters of Noragami

    Characters of Noragami

    There are quite a few characters within Noragami, due to the fact that there are several side conflicts involving them. There are only three main characters: Yato, Yukine, and Hiyori Iki. Yato is an unknown god who has dreams to become the most well-known god out there. He will advertize himself by vandalizing signs and buildings, saying that he will solve your problems fast and also listing his phone number. He usually ends up doing odd and unwanted jobs, but he will not complain and only charge a 5-yen piece for his services. Yukine is Yato’s “shinki,” a human spirit turned into a scared weapon used by gods. Yukine causes a lot of trouble for Yato, and doesn’t seem to want to do any jobs with him, but Yato decides to not get rid of Yukine. Yukine’s weapon name is “Sekki,” and when called that he turns into a silver katana. Hiyori Iki is the girl who continuously loses her body and becomes a half-phantom. She became like this after trying to save Yato from getting hit by a car. She bonds with Yato overtime and eventually refuses to leave him alone. She also becomes Yukine’s friend and helps him get through some of his problems.

     

    Shinki

    Another Shinki, named Kazuma

    Shinki is the name commonly used to refer to items, tools, or weapons that are made up of loose spirits. Loose spirits are spirits of people who have been murderer or killed in an accident. Another commonly known name for them is Regalia. Regalias can come in many forms, from swords to animals to even clothing. They have two main forms: their “item” form and then their spirit form, in which they look like a human. Since most loose spirits die at a young age, they usually appear to be young, like Yukine, who appears to be in his teens.

    Noragami is a very interesting anime to watch and one that I will recommend. The ending was really cute, but as I said, the anime did not finish all the conflicts. The manga is ongoing, so I am hoping that a possible second season will be made.

    Support Noragami.

    Overall Score: 9/10

     


  • Inazuma Eleven (Anime) Review

    Inazuma Eleven Anime Review

    Inazuma Eleven
    Inazuma Eleven DVD Cover
    I do not watch a lot of sports anime, but this one really sparked my interest and after watching it, I really enjoyed it. Inazuma Eleven is a soccer anime that adds the twist of having super powered moves known as hissatsu techniques to soccer. The anime focuses on the main character and his soccer team that strives to defeat the enemies that try to destroy their soccer along with making new friends and allies. There are more seasons such as Inazuma Eleven Go and Chrono Stone, however I think that the original is the most entertaining.

    Plot of Inazuma Eleven

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    Screenshot of Izanuma Eleven
    Inazumi Eleven consist of three arcs, each with a new enemy and soccer teams. The protagonist faces evil from cheating soccer directors, to aliens, and even people who control other teams in the Football Frontier International. The anime has a consistent message of friends, teamwork, and never giving up. The main soccer team run by Endou, goes through a series of being defeated, powering up, and defeating the enemy. This cycle is used constantly throughout the show which can sometimes make things predictable and dull; however the consistently keeps a straightforward plot that isn’t too complex for kids to figure out.

    Characters of Inazuma Eleven

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    Inazuma Eleven Characters
    Inazuma Eleven is known for having a numerous amount of characters. Each team seems to have its own theme of hissatsu techniques however they don’t appear often in the show except for a select few.
    The main character throughout the show is Endou Mamoru a “soccer freak” who wants everyone to enjoy soccer in the world. His child like ideals and never give up attitude makes him similar to other anime protagonist such as Naruto or Ash from Pokemon. He plays as a goalie thus making most of his hissatsus blocking types and is also given the title as captain. Almost all characters look up to him for he is the center of motivation for everyone else.
    Other characters that appear frequently are Gouenji, Fubuki, Kidou, the four managers, and Aliea Academy captains such as Hiroto and Midorikawa. Past enemies such as Kageyama appear along with coaches like Hibiki. Most characters do not get too much of a background story, like Kabeyama or Handa; however most of the second season contributed to the character Fubuki Shirou’s past which linked to his double personality disorder.
    Having many characters introduces different personalities, however it can sometimes lack character development.

    Conclusion

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    Inzauma Eleven
    Overall, Inazuma Eleven is a good anime with a consistent and strong message along with a straightforward plot that gives a decent closure in the end. It puts a twist on the sport giving it a more magical vibe that causes the audience to suspend their disbelief and makes it more entertaining. The anime stays its hot-blooded spirited self never getting too depressing and yet manages to have some dramatic scenes. It is a perfect show directed to a younger audience for boys, however I think that anyone’s inner child will enjoy this sports anime.
    GazerockGirl Rating: 10/10

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    – GazerockGirl


  • Fate/Stay Night (Anime) Review

    Fate/Stay Night Anime Review

     

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    Fate/Stay Night is a very hard anime to get into once you have seen Fate/Zero. This is a continuous story of the War of the Holy Grail. Most characters are the same from the original but obviously older. The story revolves around Emiya Shirou, the adopted son of Emiya Kiritsugu. He battles with Saber as Kiritsugu did in Fate/Zero. At first Saber makes no mention of working with Kiritsugu in the last Holy Grail War until the story is nearly completed.

     

    The Story

    Fate/Stay Night
    Shiro and Saber

    There are many reasons why I did not really care for Fate/Stay Night as a sequel to Fate/Zero. I feel as though this was the child’s version. The Masters consist of a bunch of high school kids that go to the same high school, unlike Fate/Zero which consisted of a much more adult based Master and they gathered from different parts of the world. It was a disappointment due to the fact that the story really was not consistent to the prequel. I was not truly interested in Fate/Stay Night until Gilgamesh made an appearance. From then the anime had the same feeling as prequel. It was more destructive in nature and as heart wrenching as the prequel. The fact that Shirou allowed Saber to finish her duties and did order her to stay was a very noble thing of him. He let her go even though they loved each other so much.

     

    The Art

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    The art in Fate/Stay Night is the exact same as Fate/Zero. The only issue I had was episode 15. The CG dragon was not impressive at all. I felt as though the CG graphic was too similar to Reboot, which is a 90s American made cartoon. That is just sad really to have to compare a 2006 anime to a 90s cartoon.

     

    The Characters

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    Like I said the majority of characters in Fate/Stay Night are ones once previously met in Fate/Zero Really the only character that remains the same is Tohsaka. She is still the strong headed child (now teen) from the prequel. At first there was no mention of the fact that Sakura was her sister in Fate/Stay Night, but eventually that story came along. Sakura’s character should not have been the way it was though. I feel as though her character would have been more messed up in the head from what occurred in Fate/Zero. Plus she was being trained to be the replacement of the Mato’s Master, but it was Shinji instead. There was no mention of Shinji’s character in the prequel so I am unsure of where he came from. Shirou’s character is only mentioned in the last episode of Fate/Zero so his character was allowed to be played around with at the time.

    Kotomine’s character is pretty much the same as well. Ilya, though, was also another problem. There is never any mention what-so-ever about the fact that Kiritsugu was her biological father and that Shirou is her adopted brother in Fate/Stay Night. I am sure there is a reason for that, but still at least a mention of it at the end would’ve been nice. Gilgamesh’s character remains the same as well. He is still the over cocky king from Fate/Zero.

     

    Overall Grade 5/10

     


  • Loveless (Anime) Review

    Loveless Anime Review

     

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    I came across Loveless by mistake when I was looking for cute neko anime characters. I loved the art style of the manga, but could only find the anime at the time. I watched it not knowing what to expect. Even though it leaves an opening for a second season and never officially wraps things up, it was a good anime. It was a bit hard to get into at first, but it was worth the wait.

    The Plot of Loveless

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    Ritsuka’s older brother was murdered and devastated him so much that he created a “new” personality. His mother went insane and beats him, saying he is not her Ritsuka. This just furthers his belief that he is not this Ritsuka. Even worse, he is placed in a new school. Yuiko is the only girl who speaks with him and they soon become friends.

    Soubi is waiting for Ritsuka on his first day of school. He grabs him on his way out and tells him he knew his brother Seimei. Ritsuka becomes enthralled with this and immediately trusts Soubi. Soubi tells him he is Loveless and that Soubi was there to protect him. Ritsuka was his sacrifice in this underground battle. Since Soubi once belonged to his brother Beloved, that made it illegal for him to have another sacrifice. Someone is after Ritsuka and wants him for their own cause. They must get rid of Soubi to accomplish this.

    The Characters of Loveless

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    From Left to Right: Yuiko, Shinonome, Ritsuka, Soubi, (top) Kaidou, (Bottom) Yayoi

    Ritsuka is the main character of Loveless, and also goes by the name of Loveless. He is only a 16 year old kid and has been through a lot. He always has his defenses up, but not so much around Soubi. Soubi claims to be his fighter and previous fighter of Ritsuka’s brother Seimei. He is an adult and very mysterious. He constantly says he will do anything for Ritsuka, but this is only due to Seimei’s order.

    Ritsuka has many supporting friends which come along the way. Shinonome is his teacher and actually has a crush on Soubi. She is picked on since she stills has her ears and tail. Yuiko is the happy go lucky girl who follows Ritsuka around, making him at times feel like someone cares for him. She is always happy and has a crush on Ritsuka. Yayoi happens to have been in love with Yuiko (and still is), but she rejected him because he is to short. He therefore does not feel as threatened by Ritsuka because he is short as well.

    Then there are those who are trying to get a hold of Loveless. The two to show up first was Breathless. They were both teenagers around Ritsuka’s age. Sleepless shows up as well, failing to bring Ritsuka into the boss. Another pair of children show up calling themselves Zero. They feel no pain and therefore are much harder to beat. They actually become friends with Soubi and Ritsuka. Eventually another pair show up claiming to be Zero as well. These two females are the original Zero’s and therefore much stronger.

    The Cats of Loveless

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    Kemonomimi is a type of anime in which the characters have cat features such as a tail or ears or both. In Loveless, the kemononmimi characters serves a purpose on an adult level. When people lose their virginity in this anime, their ears and tails fall off. Therefore it is easier to tell if someone is an adult or not. Shinonome is one of the few adults in the anime that still has her ears and tail and is constantly picked on due to this. Some teens will wear fake ears and tails to hide it from their parents or schoolmates.

     

    Loveless was a good anime, and honestly it should have gone on to a second season. The anime is different at some points than the anime, because the manga was not complete until after the anime was. Therefore only the first four volumes are what the anime is based after. So if you want the rest of the story, just read the manga. I know I am.

     

    Overall Grade: 7/10


  • Sword Art Online (Anime) Review

    Sword Art Online Review

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    I had many friends recommend Sword Art Online (SAO) to me. I never really get into big anime’s until after they are done airing because, well, I just don’t like waiting around to watch the next episode. I am glad I waited to watch SAO, because I finished the series in two days. I could not hit the stop button! You are given enough information each episode to want more the next episode.

     

    Sadly this is not true throughout the whole series. Like I said it took two days to finish the entire anime, but it was dragging the last half of the series. After Sword Art Online is defeated and Kirito goes into Alfheim to save Asuna, it loses its touch. I understood the story line, but it was just less interesting. Still good though.

     

    Plot of Sword Art Online

     

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    Kayaba Akihiko Announcing New Rules

     

    A new gaming experience has been created by Argus called a VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game). The game that everyone has anticipated, Sword Art Online, is about to begin. With the Nerve Gear, everyone will be able to experience the game through the eyes of the avatar. Once inside the game everyone finds out the log out button is no where on the menu. The creator, Kayaba Akihiko, announces to the players that it is not a glitch. If you can not defeat the game you will not get out, but if you die in the game the Nerve Gear will destroy your brain. Kirito is one of the players that was lucky enough to be a Beta Tester. He intends to defeat all 100 floors and free himself from the game.

     

    Through many floors, Kirito travels to find the last boss. He mostly goes solo, but will team up with Asuna Yuuki many times. The two eventual fall in love and marry in the game. The two are part of the Knights of Blood guild that is trying its hardest to get to the top floor. Heathcliff is the leader of the guild and only fighter to defeat Kirito in a duel. On the 74th floor, Heathcliff makes an announce. It is here that Kirito defeats the game and frees the players. All but 300 are released while the rest are stuck in VRMMORPG ‘limbo.’

     

    Alfheim Online is a game created by Asuna’s fathers company. She is one of the 300 players stuck in the limbo. Kirito sees a picture of an avatar that looks like Asuna in the game. He dives into another game with his Nerve Gear and tries to find Asuna. Here he discovers the truth behind the game and the administrators. He fights to save the 300 people stuck int he limbo and free the love of his life.

     

    Characters of Sword Art Online

     

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    Kirito and Asuna

     

    Kirito (Kazuto Kirigaya) is the main male protagonist. He has an advantage due to his beta testing experience. He takes alot of heat from other players due to this and mainly works alone. Asuna (Asuna Yuuki) is the only player he really gets to know. At first Asuna is scared of playing the game and a bit suicidal. When Kirito later meets up with her she has changed into a brave woman willing to die for a comrade. The romance between the two is worth watching the anime alone. The two characters are well developed.

     

    Many of the characters in this anime is very well developed. You get to know each one intimately and want each one to survive. Honestly no character is invincible, so be prepared to lose some loved ones. This really is crucial to the anime development because it allows the viewer to relate to the characters more.

     

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    Honestly no Otaku should go without watching this anime. The soundtrack is amazing, the characters, the story, and as an added bonus there are alot of nice twists and turns in the anime. I recommend this to anyone who plays video games as well. I feel like this will be another ‘gateway’ anime and even in the future a possible classic.

    Anime Series One Grade: 9 out of 10