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  • 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.


  • Character of the Month: Shūkurō Tsukishima

    Shūkurō Tsukishima

    Anime: Bleach

    Shūkurō Tsukishima
    Age: looks to be in late 20s
    Birthday: February 4th
    Gender: Male
    Race: Soul
    Affiliation: Kūgo Ginjō
    Previous Affiliation: Xcution
    Base of Operation: Naruki City, Japan
    Fullbring: Book of the End

     

    Biography

    Shūkurō Tsukishima

    Tsukishima is a former member of the group, Xcution. Xcution is a group of Fullbring users (I’ll explain later). He has brown eyes and black wavy hair that’s to his shoulders. He also has a visible scar on the left side of his face… above his eye due to a wound he got as a child. His attire is sort of nerd like; he wears a long sleeved collar shirt and black pants with suspenders. He is seen having and reading a book. He has a bookmark too, in which his Fullbring is sealed in.

    Tsukishima personality can be best described as cold. He rarely smiles and show emotion. He is very calm and collected as shown, but in reality, he is not. In battles, he is very cautious and composed. He is also sadistic due to his Fullbring power (I’ll explain this later too). He pushes his victims to the point of having a mental breakdown and without helping, watches them suffer. Not only that but, he’s extremely devoted to Kūgo. Kūgo is the first Substitute Shinigami who taught him how to survive, but not what to do in case he were to die. This is best shown when Ichigo, the current Substitute Shinigami who defeated Kūgo. Tsukishima was extremely upset and tried to kill Ichigo, but Riruka intervened so he cried in anguish.

    Tsukishima met Kūgo after he was seen alone and told him from that day on, he would come with him. This is how he was taught to survive: how to use his power and of course how to fight. Later on, they meet more Fullbringers and thus Xcution was formed. The members consist of Riruka, Yukio, Jackie and Giriko. Chad and Ichigo then joined seventeen months later. In Kūgo’s view, Tsukishima had gathered several different people’s Fullbring abilities in order to find a way to erase their powers. He formed a plan to pass their powers onto a Substitute Shinigami forming Xcution. Once the process begins, he had a change of heart and killed the Substitute Shinigami and others who were relieved of their powers. Tsukishima goal is to keep Ichigo away from them. This whole story is a complete lie created by his Fullbring in order to deceive Ichigo and take his Fullbring power so Kūgo can share it with the other Fullbringers.

     

    What is Fullbring?

    Shūkurō Tsukishima

    Before I discuss Tsukishima’s fighting abilities and Fullbring, I’m going to explain what a Fullbring is. Fullbringers are spiritually-aware born humans with the ability to use Fullbring. This allows them to manipulate souls that reside in all physical matter. The power resembles closely to a Hollow than a Shinigami. Each Fullbringer had a parent who survived a Hollow attack and traces of that Hollow power remained in their mothers’ bodies, so at birth, that power is passed onto them. Fullbring is a ability that enables them to manipulate the souls contained within matter. This power can be realized at any age; meaning it varies. So for example, you can be 10 when you discover your Fullbring ability. Lastly, they use their physical bodies due to extensive training. They build their stamina so they can use their power better. When a Fullbringer dies, all traces of their abilities disappears from the world, but they do carry their abilities into the afterlife.

    Tsukishima is very skilled in swordfighting. He can battle Ichigo and Kūgo without using his Fullbring. He also has tremendous speed in which he can strike an opponent before they can react. He also has excellent endurance in which he can still attack while being severely injured. He has superb durability, which means he can get kicked across two football fields and still not suffer any serious injuries. Additionally, he has a great amount of spiritual awareness.

    Book of the End is Tsukishima’s Fullbring ability. It’s a katana that has a bookmark shaped tsuba and is sealed in his bookmark. This is pretty cool if you ask me, because you can just pull out your bookmark and BOOM there’s your sword. Anyway, the sword itself can cut through anything and is capable of two types of cuts. One cut can injure or kill an opponent, as shown when Uryu Ishida was injured by his sword. The other cut allows him to insert himself into a person’s past. This cut was used more than the first cut. He’s capable of doing both simultaneously too.

    Insert Presence: This is the ability to split the past of whoever it cuts.
    The victims of this see Tsukishima as someone close to them such as a friend, relative or lover. This is best shown with Ichigo friends and sisters. They viewed Tsukishima as a friend who has always been there for them, while his sister viewed him as a family member. Tsukishima gains knowledge of their memories and can modify their past. However, the downfall of this ability is if a victim realizes that their past is inconsistent with reality, then they are at risk of having a mental breakdown. The bonus of this ability however, is it can be reversed if a victim is cut again or if Tsukishima dies they return back to normal.

    Shūkurō Tsukishima

    I chose Tsukishima as my character of the month because he’s cool. He doesn’t judge anyone and is carefree. I would say that his sneak attacks are coward moves. He’s good at fighting so there really isn’t a need for it… well, unless he wants the upper hand then by all means sneak attack as much as he like. Also, when he pops up out of nowhere it’s sort of creepy. I don’t remember which episode, but when he suddenly appeared on Orihime’s porch reading a book… like dude where you come from? He is cool and cocky just a bit… naw he’s cocky. The only thing I don’t like about him is that he’s shown as boring. What I mean by this is he appears, talk smack, cut and leaves… like dude can you do something else? This gives me the feeling that he is boring, but he’s still cool because he can fight and his Fullbring is nice.


  • Character of the Month: Sōsuke Aizen

    Sōsuke Aizen

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    Name: Sōsuke Aizen
    Anime/Manga: Bleach
    Age: looks to be in late 20s to early 30s
    Birthday: May 29th
    Race: Soul
    Affiliation: Arrancar Army
    Previous Affiliation: Gotei 13 Soul Society
    Previous Division: 5th division captain and 5th division lieutenant
    Base of Operation: Las Noches, Hueco Mundo
    Zanpakuto: Kyoka Suigetsu

    Aizen is the former captain of Gotei 13’s 5th division, leader of the Arrancar Army who was defeated by substitute soul reaper, Ichigo Kurosaki but was sealed away by Kisuke Urahara and is currently serving 20,000 years in Muken. Muken is a underground prison where the worst criminals in the Soul Society are held. He is one of many antagonist characters in the Bleach series. Aizen is a handsome guy who looks to be in his late 20s to early 30s who at first was well-respected. He was very known in the Soul Society for his teachings as a calligraphy teacher but is now known as a traitor due to his invasion of the Soul Society. As former captain, we first see Aizen in square shaped glasses with short brown hair and brown eyes. When he leaves the Soul Society, he changes his appearance. He now has his hair swept back with one stand in front of his face and the glasses are gone so now his brown eyes are more visible.

    Since leaving Gotei 13, his personality is very arrogant and cocky. Even though he’s that way, he still is soft-spoken and addresses everyone by their given name. He rarely shows any distress and often has every situation he’s been in figured out. When confronted, Aizen is extremely casual and make small talk. While in the Soul Society, he was kind that Momo Hinamori and others looked up to him a lot. He cared for his underlings and was respected. This however isn’t his true nature whatsoever. His true nature is highly manipulative and dangerous. He doesn’t care for his underlings at all and is willing to use everyone as a pawn to achieve his goal. He toys with his underlings and will stop at nothing to further his ambitions and will kill anyone if needed to fulfill it. As leader of the Arrancars, he controls his army through fear or respect. As for Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez, a member of his elite group the Espada, he controls him by intimidation and mind games. Since gaining new powers, Urahara has noted that he’s become less cautious in battle in which he admits that he has let his guard since having new powers with the Hygōku. Aizen’s attitude has changed too in which now he’s even more arrogant and overconfident. He’s also gets very anger when he doesn’t understand something. A example of this is when Ichigo transforms into Mugetsu Getsuga Tenshō (the final getsuga tenshō). He was extremely pissed because he couldn’t figure out how Ichigo has surpassed him.

    In the beginning, Aizen was the lieutenant of the 5th division under Shinji Hirako, the leader of the Vizards. While under his wing, Aizen invested in the research and creation of the Hygōku before Kisuke. He sacrificed hundreds of shinigami & Rukongai citizens to his own Hygōku but it wasn’t satisfied. After Urahara is appointed as new captain of the 12th division, he and Shinji were talking and Shinji reveals Aizen who concealed himself in camouflage. He was inpressed and complimented Shinji and asked when did he sense him there. Shinji responded in a rude way that he known him ever since he was in his mother’s womb and ordered him to follow him. Aizen replied with a comment on how scary he was but Shinji says he’s the scary one. Later on, Aizen witnesses Gin killing 3rd seat member of his division. Aizen is once again impressed and asked how did he find the fight. Gin with a simple and one word response says pathetic. Years later, Aizen & Shinji are walking around the Seireitei when they encounter Urahara, Hiyori (another Vizard member) and 12th division 3rd seat Mayuri Kurotsuchi. Aizen asks Kisuke has he heard the news about the series of strange deaths that has been in the Rokongai. Urahara didn’t know so Shinji tells him about it and says that the 9th division squad had been sent to investigate. Soon the 9th division disappears and head captain Yamamoto calls for an emergency meeting. He forms a team to investigate and they arrive on scene to see that all members of the 9th division hollowified and is soon dispatched by an unseen assailant. The attacker is later revealed as Kaname Tosen. He is 5th seat member of the 9th division and the only one who survived. Soon Shinji arrives and is injured and asks Tosen why in which he replied Aizen. Aizen then reveals to Shinji that he’s been the one behind him for the past month. He explains his zanpakuto (I’ll explain later) and tells Shinji that their lack of trust allowed him to fool him. Shinji gets upset and the hollowification process speeds up. Aizen then thanks him and prepares to kill him but Kisuke intervened and cuts off Aizen’s lieutenant badge.

    Aizen is by far the smartest guy on Bleach due to his genius intellect. He knows the Soul Society strategies, history, tactics and the existence of the Oken. He even know how to create both a Oken and Hygōku. He has created Arrancars and hollows all while avoiding any suspicion from his fellow shingami. Aizen has been doing experiments that has involved dangerous manipulations of Reishi and hollowification for 110 years. The man even knows how to destroy the Hygōku. He’s a master at manipulation and strategic methods. Not only that, but he’s also a master at Kido too and shunpo since he’s extremely fast.

    Aizen’s zanpakuto is called Kyoka Suigestu. It looks like a normal katana when sealed away but when it’s released, the sword itself has two sides parallel to the blade. They are long while the four sides above and below the blade are shortened making almost a diamond or prism-like shape. The handle is green. To activate his zanpakuto, he uses the word shatter. The motion is almost similar to Byakuya’s shiki release of Senbonzakura. The special ability of his zanpakuto is Kanzen Saimin. The ability is a hypnosis technique that controls all five senses. The technique is so flawless that the intended target misinterpret another’s form, shape, mass, feel and smell. It only takes one look at his zanpakuto and the person is completely succumb to hypnosis. It’s long lasting too that even the Vizards are still affected by his zanpakuto from 110 years ago. When he puts his sword away or turns it off, the image melts away or shatters.

    Hygōku Implantion Transformations

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    Aizen has the Hygōku embedded in the center of his chest. He takes 5 forms since he is now fused with the Hygōku. The 1st stage really isn’t anything major at the moment. He has gained a new power known as protective regeneration and strength & durability augmentation.

    In stage 2, Aizen appearance changes to a phantom-like figure and face is completely covered with a white canvas. He now has enhanced durability, speed, strength, endurance, spiritual power and regeneration. This form is known as Chrysalis.

    In stage 3, his appearance changes again in which the phantom-like form sheds into a form similar to his original one. His hair is now long and his eyes are gray with purple sclera. Now his spiritual power and durability has enhanced even more.

    In stage four, Aizen now has a hole in the center of his chest with a cross. He has now a form fitting robe that’s white and flares out at the end. His irises, eyebrows and his one strand of hair that was in front of his face vanishes. Also there’s now a diamond shaped object in his forehead. Lastly, he gain three sets of butterfly-like wings that becomes pointed when he fights Ichigo. He also now is even faster regeneration, enhanced strength and teleportation.

    In the final stage, he has a hollow-like form. The diamond-shaped points breaks revealing a black vertical third eye. The skin on his face splits open down the middle and pulls back revealing a blackened demon-like skull. He has three holes vertically down his chest and the Hygōku stands in the center of the top hole. His feet are claws and hands and feet blackens. The wings are now in a set of six sheet-like with hollow heads at the end and eyes in the center. In this form, he uses two techniques against Ichigo…
    Fragor: a bluish-purple energy sphere that comes from the hollow-like skulls at the top of his wings
    Ultrafragor: a bluish-purple circle of spiritual energy that surrounds the target

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    I choose Aizen as my character of the week because he’s the baddest antagonist I’ve see. At first, I didn’t like Aizen at all because he was such a jerk. Then watching him more in action my view changed. He is extremely smart and is very calm. This makes me mad because he didn’t get upset when he was confronted and carry on long conversation. Well actually, his long speeches does have good points but come on end it already. He talks too much but he does back his words up so that makes him even more greater. The fusion with the Hygōku had gotten to Aizen head and thus is the reason he lost. He depended on the power of the Hygōku too much and got way too cocky. He still remain himself even while begin restrain to hear his sentence. He made a comical remark that made his sentence of 18,600 years to go to 20,000 years. I hope to see a return of Aizen in the manga. He is immortal so he should at least show up and if he doesn’t…that’s so not cool to kill him out the series by sending him to Muken. Lastly, the glasses he wore didn’t help his appearance at all but once they came off and the hair swept back, his sexiness explodes. See ya next month for a new character pick