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  • The “Symmetrical” Type

    Death the Kid

    “I’m going to keep fighting until this world is the way it should be. Until the world is balanced.”

    death the kid

    Death the Kid (usually goes by “Kid” on an everyday basis) is a powerful Shinigami that has power over the the Demon Twin Guns, Patty and Liz Thompson. Serving as a second apprentice for his father, Death, he is to inherit the responsibilities of a Shinigami.

     

    Personality

    I call the the symmetrical type because as if you didn’t know, he has OCPD (Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder). His disorder is so bad that he will stop in the middle of a fight to fix something and can easily get distracted with it. His favorite number is 8 because of its symmetry and its ability to divide out evenly.

    He’s very mature and precise in his own special way. Additionally, he’s also very cool,calm, and collected.

     

    “If you can pick a fight with the God of death, I can not guarantee your soul’s safety.”


  • Genre Talk: Action

    The Action Anime Genre

    Popularity: 10/10 (USA), 10/10 (Japan)

    Commonly mixed with any other genre.

    “If you cling to being alive, you become frightened and your eyes get clouded. If you don’t have that desire to begin with, you can fight on, right until the end of the world.”

    – Revy

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    Action is an extremely common genre for any form of animation, film, books, etc. Usually this genre is mixed with other genres such as adventure, fantasy, mecha, etc. Action anime’s are typically good if what you want is a bunch of fight scenes. In some cases that is what you get. Although they can get annoying, action anime have the best fight scenes (usually). Sometimes, though, the action genre can lack character development or underlying stories. This is not always the case though. Some actions are longer and allow for more character development.

    Examples of Action

    Attack on Titan

    The story follows what is left of the human race and how they survive amongst giant Titans.

    Bleach

    The story follows a new Soul Reaper, Ichigo. He must use his powers to save the human race from evil spirits and others to the afterlife.

    Fate/Zero

    It follows the events of the 4th Holy Grail War. Summoning seven Heroic Spirits, each member fights to obtain the Holy Grail.


  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Roy’s Gloves

    Roy’s Gloves

    Roy Mustang’s custom made gloves are the main ‘weapons’ he uses. He created them with pyrotex/ignition cloth, a cloth that when rubbed together, create a spark. He has a unique Transmutation Circle for flame alchemy on gloves that allow him to manipulate the oxygen in the air.

    When facing a target, Mustang raises the oxygen density around the them at which point it creates a pathway between the two. He can then use the gloves to create a spark and attack the target. He uses his hands differently in battles. His right hand is mostly used for large explosives while his left hand is used for more accurate and smaller attacks.

    The snap heard when Mustang is igniting his gloves is not him snapping his fingers. It is actually when the gases spark and react. It creates a popping sound. Most would think that his attack is useless in the water. He uses the Transmutation Circles to separate the hydrogen from the oxygen. It creates a highly combustible fuel as well as a volatile oxidizer. This can only be used when he is in a closed off space, has plenty of water, and a source to ignite it.

  • Inspirational Anime Girls

    Finding Inspiration in Anime

    Many argue that some anime are very sexist and stereotypical towards women. Anime tries to sometimes make girls strong and muscular or sometimes make them almost identical to a male character. Maybe even make them thin asf or make the male protagonist save the women. As a feminist I don’t think that’s way to promote feminism.

    I chose these three female characters on how powerful and special they are in their own ways.

     

    Hinata Hyuga

    Now, I know some people depict her as someone weak and useless. I don’t think so.

    Sure, she’s not strong, but her will to never give up is what makes her so inspiring and powerful. She shows that quiet people can be strong and can save the day once in a while.

    Especially with Naruto, she is willing to go all the way to protect who she cares about.

    Hinata Hyuga breaks all stereotypes, and proves that a strong woman doesn’t have to be masculine or tough.

     

    Super Sonico

    She’s the true figure of feminism. This was probably the first anime I watched where a girl was a little on the chubby side. I loved her immediately. She flaunts off her curves and I have mad respect for people who aren’t insecure about their bodies.

    Like Hinata, Sonico isn’t masculine, and you can even say she’s girly, but she doesn’t let that stop her from achieving her goals.

     

    Honoka Kousaka

    I’ve never seen a person so determined like Honoka. Especially when there’s a lack of support from those around her. She’s very determined to make her dream come true: becoming an idol.

    I’ve learned from Honoka that no matter how impossible your dreams are, never give up and to never let go of your goals.

    Something else is that Honoka isn’t flashy, she’s a normal high school girl.


  • Beyond the Boundary (Anime) Review

    Beyond the Boundary (Anime) Review

    Anime fans often pose this question to the general public of its industry: “What makes an anime so great?” Or, “Which characteristics are essential to you within a series?”

    (…Okay, maybe not in those words exactly… but thanks for asking!)

    Well, while this might be a tad unfair of me to say, artwork and animation take top priority over everything else by a landslide. If any amount of visual style is presented so poorly that it distracts and/or confuses the audience at first glance, we have a major problem. And friend, you’re reading the blog from someone who takes pride in being a very, very picky audience member. Art, story line and character development are what I tend to to put in the spotlight upon reviewing an anime (or any sort of film, to be honest).

    Fortunately for this series, it seems to pull through enough for each of these categories. I present to you 境界の彼方,  Kyōkai no Kanata, or more commonly known in English as Beyond the Boundary.

     

    Story Line and Pacing of Beyond the Boundary

    Score: 8/10

    The first episode opens up with one evening at sunset, when a high school boy by the name of Akihito Kanbara witnesses one of his fellow classmates standing precariously atop the ledge of their school building. Assuming she plans to commit suicide, Akihito hurriedly rushes to her aid, approaches the girl from a distance, and shouts, “At any rate, someone who looks as good in glasses as you do simply should not die!” The young freshman, later known in the series as Mirai Kuriyama, then proceeds to take on the rational solution of stabbing him in the chest with a sword made entirely of her own blood. Strangely enough, Akihito kneels over in extreme pain… but does not die. Mirai learns that the boy is actually a half-youmu – the offspring of both human and youmu DNA – and utilizes this ability to her advantage by using Akihito for batting practice. Because as a Spirit World Warrior like herself, she is still unequipped with enough courage to kill another youmu for the good of humanity.

    Confused yet?

    In the interesting world of Beyond the Boundary, these odd creatures called youmu are actually raw manifestations of all mankind’s negative emotions, such as hatred, sadness, jealousy and the like. Therefore, it is said that so long as humans exist, youmu will continue to thrive as well. They come in all shapes and sizes, and can even take the form of a common person. Their abilities may also vary, though the basis on which they exist remains the same. And while most youmu can co-exist peacefully and unknowingly among humans, every so often a few of them will upset the balance of nature and need destroying, thus is the job of a Spirit World Warrior like Mirai. When one of these rotten creatures is finally terminated, their remains take the form of a small stone which is then traded as currency among other Spirit World Warriors.

    This is a very unique, and rather symbolic idea. You could go as far as to say that these youmu represent how human kind’s imperfections, if not dealt with properly, can cause the downfall of society, and even the world. Much later in the anime, this notion is visualized quite literally and I personally like it. A lot.

    The only thing I don’t particularly understand about the world itself is that most of mankind isn’t even present for the majority of the series… Hello? Where are all the people whose negativity supposedly created all these hideous monstrosities!? And why is no one alarmed that a handful of attractive teenagers are wielding weapons, playing with magic and essentially bleeding to death? Oh, Japan…

     

    Art and Animation of Beyond the Boundary

    Score: 8/10

    While I’ve seen better eye candy prior to viewing Beyond the Boundary, Kyoto never seems to disappoint regardless. The characters were built to move with exceptional fluidity; my inner artist still cried tears of joy every time someone did so much as lift a finger. From motion, to lighting, to color, to scenery… this anime had everything relatively down-pat and polished. It’s no wonder you see so many Mirai fan drawings – they’re all quite beautiful. And while its physical aesthetic was often skewed due to lack of action sequences where an art style like this one truly reaches its full potential, you can’t say even its still composition wasn’t absolutely stellar.

     

    Characters of Beyond the Boundary

    Score: 7.25/10

    Our main character, Mirai is a first-year high school student with the unique ability to use her own blood as a weapon. Despite its great power, however, Mirai is constantly shamed by other Spirit World Warriors due to the dangerous consequences of this rare talent when she was only a child. After accidentally murdering her best friend as an adolescent, Mirai’s had an intense fear of killing and often complains about her life via Internet. (Don’t we all?) “How unpleasant,” is her appropriate catchphrase. On the side, Kuriyama’s hobbies are raising small plants, blogging and mooching off her friends. She bears a fearsome appetite due to her deadbeat lifestyle, and timidly asks people to treat her from time to time.

    So she has a history, a dark past… and it’s adorable. Classic, even. As one of my favorite female roles thus far, Mirai has the look, the personality and the skills which make her an excellent main character. She has a problem, a fear, and must overcome it to save a loved one. She has a goal, a longing, and must achieve it in the end, otherwise face an ultimate peril. Mirai the protagonist changes throughout the embodiment of the series. Perfect. 10/10. I love her.

    Her possy, on the other hand…? Ehh.

    Now don’t get me wrong, I adored Akihito’s no-nonsense personality from the get-go and knew his voice of reason meant well to the story as a whole. The banter between him and Hiroomi (far left) is priceless and without both of them, the plot would not have thickened the way it did in the first place. However, what do we truly understand about any of the supporting main characters other than their own strengths and weaknesses? Nothing. There were so many necessary questions left unanswered. And with a seemingly great cast like this, that is a huge issue. Their sorry excuses for back stories were unbalanced, whereas one character got a few lines of exposition, and others were never mentioned once. And for what? They seemed to be of pretty equal importance to me. Why one over the other? Of course within a certain time frame, not everyone can be fully described to a ‘T’, but some helpful information about each character in order of said importance would still be appreciated.

     

    Soundtrack of Beyond the Boundary

    Score: 7.75/10

    The very eerie original soundtrack for Beyond the Boundary was written and brought to us by Hiarku Nanase, a Japanese vocalist and composer from Ibaraki prefecture. She’s developed soundtracks for several other television shows in Japan and is part of a few different bands. The sound of this series consists of both the traditional positive slice of life bounciness we all know and love, with its own blend of strings and choir hymns that will leave you chilling with excitement, knowing something equally breathtaking is just around the corner.

    The moment I heard the very first hum voice the entrance of Mirai perched atop the school, wind blowing through her hair, it immediately felt like pure fantasy. The tracks grow more and more suspenseful as time passes, and while it does emulate what an anime soundtrack typically has to offer, some parts of it were so charming and mysterious, they reflected the intentions of each individual quite nicely and almost forced the plot to slow, focusing intently on a single moment in time between two characters. Definitely a work of musical art worth listening to, twice!

     

    Personal Enjoyment of Beyond the Boundary

    Score: 7.75

    I have to say, my motivation to watch this traveled in waves rather than an actual build-up. Usually I don’t take pure interest in an anime until about episode four or five, and after that I’m hooked ’till the very end. In the case of Beyond the Boundary, however, I’d been hooked, dropped, hooked again, and then left limping to the finish… then hooked a third time. There were moments of tension, frustration and bad-ass fight sequences, however few (not to mention one of the most amusing filler episodes I’ve ever seen)… and then there were episodes so stagnant and still I didn’t know whether to call them boring or just downright puzzling altogether. I’m not so sure if writers were scrambling to provide proper information while still making this anime fun and original, but again, it was a bit unbalanced.

    All in all though, I completed the series and was satisfied with its ending, which I can’t say for most. A nice little thumbs-up to those who may want to watch it in the future. It was solid. Not perfect, but solid.

     

    Overall Score: 7.75/10

     

    Your Friendly Enthusiast,

    -Lew


  • Portrayal of Female Characters: Reverse Harems

    Reverse Harems and the Female Character

    diabolik lovers

    Reverse Harems, the source of overexcited fangirls mooning over the beauty of the male body and admit to it myself, we are all guilty of it. Call me a feminist or whatever you like, my beliefs on the portrayal of women in anime and specifically this case Reverse Harems are moderately strong.

    But feminism is based on the idea that Women=Men, no more and no less, what our bodies are should not dictate how we are treated and if some of you lovely people have watched Emma Watson’s speech at the UN. She states that:’ If we stop defining each other by what we are not, and start defining ourselves by who we are, we can all be freer, […] It’s about freedom.’

    But I’m not here to spout some political views or just perhaps overbearing beliefs haha, so what is the link to Anime you may ask? I am getting there, but I hope the above gave you a brief introduction as to what I am getting at. Because at the end of the day we all inhabit the same planet and go through the same 24 hours of the day. If you read on longer, you’ll actually realize I begin to diverge from this kind of view, I fluctuate on opinions a lot, what can I say…

     

    Diabolik Lovers – Pros and Cons

    Diabolik Lovers

    Well I was going to focus on Diabolik Lovers specifically for this blog, so I apologize in advance if any fans will find this offensive. However, I will attempt to keep this to a bare minimum of neutrality… If I can. The show simply shows a girl called Yui being sent to a old house by her father, unbeknownst to her, this house is filled with vampires who are all ‘brothers’. So let me bring my complete and utterly honest opinion of this anime, it is the biggest waste of time I have ever spent on a anime, and was such a f-ing disappointment that I cannot even describe my intense feelings, nevertheless I shall try.

    What remained poignant in my mind was the portrayal of Yui as the main heroine, her inability to strike out and escape despite being given the chance. But more so was the weakness that she showed as a main character and as a female. Being left in a house full of vampires is not a good situation fair enough, and at first I disregarded Yui’s character as I expected the plot to pick up as the anime went along, but upon reaching the 6 or 7th episodes my patience was running out. After all how many times can a character be bitten and sucked at in each episode, similarly I am not sure if it were just me  ur there were underlying themes of explicit sadism and masochistic themes, the first few episodes already exploited the female characters’ weakness. Paralleling this train of thought, could these subtle or should I say obvious hints suggest there are intentional themes of suggestive rape?

    Anime is ultimately produced for the enjoyment of the audience which is apparently supposed to be 15+, likeliness of that being the general case perhaps not so much. And then there will be the general negative opinions that claim that calling Yui, bitch chan conveys a derogatory version of women. Furthermore, is Diabolik Lovers romanticizing the idea of abusive relationships through this media form.

    Diabolik Lovers

    Flipping the coin to the other side, many of us will actually propose that they cannot source where the anime is trying to get ate, and the plot seems rather thin and cluttered, there does not seem to be an immensely clear train of thought as to where the the storyline is going, and perhaps this is indicating that there is less emphasis on the plot and more about the overall theme. If we simplify the anime, to just involving the cold hard truth of how the ‘vampires’ treat Yui perhaps we will actually begin to see a greater depth.

    Haha, it seems I’m being dogged by gothic beginnings lately, can’t escape it, I study it at school, watched documentaries on this matter and just recently visited a exhibition on gothic and terror literature no less than 2 days ago. If we cast our minds back to ‘The Vampyre’ written by Polidori, said to be based on Byron, a famous poet that was very much a ‘sex icon’ in history and his period of time (19th Century). Some claim that Polidori was responsible for transforming vampires as a folklore to the embodiment of a creature of elegance that preys on the weaker human race. Since the 19th century vampires have been seen as supernatural creatures that are both alluring and dangerous at the same time, feelings are not an aspect that is associated with them and this is rightly so. Linking this idea with the attitudes of the vampires of Diabolik Lovers, could it then be justified?

    See, most of us see the surface meaning that Yui is a stupid little girl who has no will to fight back, but perhaps her meekness represents the meekness of a sheep, I don’t know, she reminds me of a sheep, and so is also a representation of prey, and vampires are more than the bane of humans, they’re intelligent and the ‘teasing’ seen on the anime is their form of playing with food. So could it all the sadistic themes just hint back to the cold reality of gothicism? Who knows? Because right down to the end, it all relies on intepretation. Either way, despite probably looking into the anime deeper, I am still unable to say that I am a fan, and I do partly blame the lack of storyline/plot because it was originally a otome game.

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  • 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


  • Between Two Worlds

    Between Two Worlds

    Neon Genesis Evangelion

    I’ve always loved the idea of other universes or other life far away in the stars and between spaces. Especially the thought of a gateway to such world. A gate, a door – you name it, it’s a pretty cool thing to let your mind wonder off to. Though the thought of it is more intriguing than it actually happening. Then again such transaction can be made already but visiting and experience other cultures – adventures if I may. AA can apply to that pretty much. Through the force of the internet one can talk with other people throughout the world which if you think about it is amazing.

    Getting Into That World

    Welcome to the NHK

    I’ve mentioned in previous blogs on Anime Amino about how manga/anime or art in general expands your mind. You, yourself make it into reality – not literally but it’s, again, amazing such attribute is with us. There’s a lot of polls on Anime Amino which asks “which anime would you live in (Aniverse, if I may)”. To be honest, I would choose none every time. The idea and concept is alluring enough to me, and by watching/reading series – I experience it’s world through that.

    “We’re each our own Devil, and we make the world our own hell”

    I’ve always believed that heaven or hell doesn’t literally exist, but it exists in our own mind and heart. To apply the phrase “I’m in heaven” is more than enough heaven for me. Heaven for me is when life is good. Hell would be the opposite. metaphor so to speak.

     

    Escaping Reality

    Nerve Gear

    So when people say that they use anime/manga to escape reality I get curious. Is it temporary like “hard day at work, sits down in sofa and just relax” or is it the actual case that their lives are so miserable that they’d rather spend the rest of their lives in an imaginary world. Maybe I’m a little dramatic when it comes to this but I get a little sad to see it. Sure I’ve had the thought “if the world were more like this series there wouldn’t be so much hate and violence”. But then again, it’s your life and you make it what it is.

     

    It’s a sensitive matter but what do you guys think about it?

    Do you use anime/manga to escape reality?

    General thoughts about it?

     

    -Shogo


  • Where are the Parents?

    Where are the Parents?

    Had an interesting conversation the other day with a fellow Anime Amino user about parents in series, ‘Where are they?’. Sure it depends which series we’re talking about here, but the parents are often absent. Is this on purpose, maybe?

    It’s important to note that in all of those case, even if the parents are not around, they are still alive, and the hero know where they are. If the parents (at least one) are dead/have disappeared, they will usually have an important place in the story. In some cases where both parents are dead, the parents are a whole separate thing. Absent parents can pretty much define a story all by themselves. You can also say that the the removal from the parents indeed frees the character to action (sounds tough but I think there’s something in it).

    Sure this doesn’t only apply to anime – Narnia, Harry Potter with more. So the pattern is quite common and useful for the protagonist/protagonists journey.These series are of course “more” aimed towards teens. In essence the parents kinda ‘dampens’ the storytelling common to these works. Most stories with high school-age characters just don’t benefit from parents – they’re adventures, they’re romances, they’re all based in the sorts of things kids/teenagers do when parents aren’t around. It’s the same with Charlie Brown and Snoopy from Peanuts. You enter the kids perspective in a school environment and you never see the adults faces and their voices just blabs.

     

    Removing the parents also removes the authority. So when when tension rises they characters have no one to rely on. There’s also common to follow characters as the part from their parents. We join the story when the character enters the stage their story is depicting. This allows us, the viewers to better connect ourselves with the characters since the formula is for us to react the same way as the character.

    What’s your view on this?

    – Shogo


  • Simple Hero?

    Simple Hero?

    they’ll stop you – you’re already one of them

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    What Throws Them Off?

    As we enter the Aniverse for our own curiosity we find out that some of them just wants to be normal. A steady life and where they just want to be masters of their own fate. Well, they can’t. Surely some of you must have read/seen manga/anime where the protagonist is just about to enter a new semester of school. Everything is perfect till another character shows up being the oddball.

    They’re already screwed. They’ve entered the world of weirdness, and we viewers gets sucked in as well. The normal life they’d imagined gets crushed like a bug. There’s no escape – you’re already apart of their world and their crazy lives whom which we cannot fathom.

    As series ventures further in, we should pause – reflect what’s happened to our innocent protagonist. Is he/she one of them already? – – good!

    But Is It Good?

    This topic is actually rather deep to me. We see these characters experiencing the wildest adventures when they in the beginning just wanted a normal life. However, define normal. Anime/manga made me the weirdo I am today – thus I encourage weirdness. Be weird and random and I’ll give you a virtual high five. We get caught up trying to be normal, and when I look at the great people I’ve talked to thanks to Anime Amino I just think to myself ‘thanks for being weird’.

    The great individuals in anime/manga shows that there’s no defining to normal. But their own personality and their way of life is to me the definition of normal. This of course varies in series but I think you get my point there.

    Symbolic speaking, the characters that drags the protagonist in is the doorway to adventure. They’re the adventure.

    They struggle the need for cake

    They struggle the over sexual senpai

    They struggle love

    The love for potatoes

    You’re one of them, praise pig day.

    B