Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Summary

And so, 2013 has nearly ended. It was an interesting year, in which a lot changed. The way I look at this blog has changed, and at the same time I have been making less posts. I just couldn't keep up with 12 posts a week anymore, however I still have my passion for anime, especially the good ones.

Having said that though, 2013 is the worst year for anime since the past decade, and I'm afraid that I need to say this. The big problem lied in the amount of series that aired. Every season had its gems, however when you look beyond these gems, that's where the problems lied: everything just looked the same, and there were lots of series that had potential, only to get bogged down by bad writing. This is the year I really realized that the way in which most anime are written is inherently flawed, with too few writers working on too many projects and people not really thinking about making anime whole conclusive stories that stay consistent. I've seen so many promising series this year that only ended up meh, when they could have been so much better, so it's really a shame to see this.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Winter 2014 Anime Season Streaming List

Just Like I Did For The Fall Season, I'm Doing A Winter 2014 Anime Season Streaming List, Since There Seems To Be More Streaming Places Available And Such, And Now Companies Are Announcing Dates And Stuff. Also Included On This List Are Continuing Fall Anime Season Titles. If You Learn Of Any Titles That Are Streaming Anywhere In Your Area, Feel Free To Let Me Know. Otherwise, The List Will Be Updated/fixed As January Goes On.


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

the ghost of christmas future


on tuesday night i tried watching HAJIME NO IPPO; it's nice that so much anime is available for free, but the quality of the experience is so bad that when i couldn't find the second part of episode one after two minutes i just gave up. besides, my "standing desk" made my legs tired and i was kinda irritated by the slow eating thing. it's still happening, i don't know what the deal is.

Friday, December 20, 2013

12 Days of Anime 5: 100+ Episodes of Punching and Dick Jokes

Earlier this year I decided to use the fact that Hajime no Ippo was to get a third season to shake myself off the fence and actually dive into this thing.

The results were pretty darn impressive if you ask me. Starting out, I wasn't really expecting to actually catch up on the anime in time for season 2 (which would require me to watch 102 episodes and a movie in 2 months), but I didn't take into account this show's very, very addictive pacing. Sure, perhaps it starts a bit slow, with Ippo's tale not being much more then your typical underdog tale, but that feeling didn't really last long, and by the time he had a couple legit matches under his belt, I was all in on this thing. Pretty much the biggest thing that kept me interested in this show early on were the varied foes that Ippo would come across. For the most part, this isn't a series that's content with getting the viewers behind one side by casting the opponents as "antagonists". Nah man, here we get a series that characterizes the various opponents the main characters come across as more then just cannon fodder or bad dudes (although it does this sometimes, not that this is a complaint since the matches are still entertaining as fuck).

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Winter 2014 Anime Preview

Hey all, it's season preview time again - doesn't time fly!?Anyway this upcoming Winter season is surprisingly decent looking, which is a good thing since it's cold and I don't want to go outside.These days it feels like the quality shows are being more evenly spread out over the year, rather than being clustered into the Spring & Autumn seasons - those seasons are still bigger, but Summer & Winter are definitely much more packed now than they were in the past.Hopefully the trend continues!

Right on to the preview then~!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Dragon Ball Z, episodes 1-5

I guess the decision to watch Dragon Ball Z before I watched the first season (Dragon Ball) is quite weird. But I wanted to see whether or not it is possible to enjoy the series as a separate show. People say it is possible. Some say it is not. Well, here is my answer.

Even if you have never seen Dragon Ball or any other incarnation of the series, you probably know who he is. Goku.

Anime List 11/13

There is only so much time in a day and I always try to sneak in an episode of anime any which way possible. I watch it on my laptop, on the iPad, or on my Phone. I have all my anime stored but a lot of times I watch it on the anime App called CrunchyRoll. When that App first came out it didn't matter where you were located you got to see all that was available but as of the last year you have to be in the US or Europe to see every Anime available which annoys me. I want access to my shows and I'm paying them monthly to stream everything so for that you should be able to watch whatever they have, these studio politics stops people from genuinely enjoying the shows they love. But I get to watch what I want one way or another.


Winter Season Preview

This season. It feels like a spring or autumn season is coming. Perhaps not a big one, but I'm surprised by the amount of solid titles that are coming out. There are quite a number of series I'm looking out for, plus also a few that already have the potential to become the best of the year unless the competition really ramps it up. We're in for an interesting season, that's the least. Unfortunately, there also are a lot of really bland series coming up. It's a season of extremes.


Fall Season 2013 Mid-Impressions

Obligatory season post.

Manly edition even.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Kill La Kill

The recent discussion on fanservice has gotten me thinking a bit, especially after I found infographic about Kill la Kill. It's true that the fanservice in Yozakura Quartet is just bad and distracts from what makes the show good or interesting, and the fanservice in Kill la Kill is much better because it objectifies everyone, and it has a reason behind it, and the argument you often hear is "it's awesome so who cares?" - but still I see no reason to bring some more nuance in the discussion.

I mean, reason or not: Kill la Kill cashes in on the popular female empowerment trope. A woman kicks ass while dressed in skimpy clothing. Alone, this would be fine, but with how often this is done, it's hinted that it's almost a requirement that if you want to kick ass, you need to show some too. The good shows indeed build all sorts of symbolism around it, but does that make it right? Personally, I still prefer watching strong female characters who can just be empowered because of who they are, and don't follow the cosmetic trends. Does having fanservice alone ruin a character? Nah. It's just one part of a show. But the problem is that everyone reacts to it in a different way: for some people it weighs more heavily than others. And in my personal experience, the best shows are the ones that don't care about the shounen or shoujo label, but are just catered to create a good story for everyone.

Friday, November 1, 2013

A Few Thoughts on a Few Anime

At last, I have watched Coppelion and Samurai Flamenco.Also, my dear readers, my brother is now enjoying Hajime no Ippo Rising with me.Actually, there is one more show which I have not mentioned yet: Freezing Vibration.Allow me to give a few brief observations on all of them lest I already fail to keep my goal of writing one post per diem!

1) Coppelion - 3 episodes

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fall 2013 Anime: Yowamushi Pedal

When you look at Japanese and American anime fandom, no subject polarizes the two more than sports anime/manga. While sports manga can grow to be insanely popular in Japan, they've never really exploded here in the U.S., despite the efforts of Viz media. One theory for why anime and manga based on sports aren't really popular in America is because of the stereotype that sports and nerds go together like oil and water so, to your average western anime fan, having sports, those things you hate that have left you ostracized from your peers, combined with anime, those things you love that have also left you ostracized from your peers, can lead to some pretty conflicting emotions. Never the less, this fall season brings us a number of sports-related anime. Some are new seasons for old favorite's like, Kuroko's Basketball and Hajime no Ippo while, others are new to the scene like, Ace of Diamond and Yowamushi Pedal.

ANALYSIS: The basic set up for your average shonen sports anime/manga is pretty simple. You take a protagonist who has no interest in the sport the story revolves around, despite have an uncanny potential to be super good at it, a rival who eats, drinks, sleeps and, dreams said sports, a supporting cast of quirky characters and, boom, you have yourself a winner. This show has all of these qualifications fit perfectly. Our protagonist, Sakamichi Onoda is a bright-eyed and cheerful mega-nerd who uses his bicycle to trek to and from Akihabara, the anime otaku mecca located in Tokyo. However he fails to notice that his excursions to Akiba and back are well beyond the scope of what someone should be capable of doing with a bulky old bicycle commonly ridden by old housewives. Sakamichi's soon-to-be rival, high school cycling aficionado, Shunsuke Imaizuni,takes notice of his uncanny cycling abilities and challenges him to a race. After that, it's only a matter of time before Sakamichi is embroiled in the fast paced world of competitive cycling.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

My Progress This Season

Well, I figure that my dear readers deserve to know how I have been occupying myself recently with anime, so I have decided to write a post on my general progress.Some older shows with which I have been dallying are Hunter x Hunter, a series of shorts named Sparrow's Hotel (completed in one evening), Majestic Prince, The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye, Solty Rei, and Tower of Druaga: The Sword of Uruk.At last, I've almost finished with the original Hunter x Hunter, having just watched Kurapica's major battle with one of the Spiders gang.It was so pleasant to see the god-like and glorious victory over a certain murdering blackguard-whatever his name is-that I have difficulty putting my feelings to words.Sparrow's Hotel is a great comedy about a kunoichi working at a midsized hotel, which I heartily recommend to anyone needing a laugh.I'm still trying to finish off Majestic Prince, which has to be one of the greatest mech shows of recent years-I place it next to Code Geass.You might know that two of those last three shows figure on my top fifty list, and hence deserve their own posts.Tower of Druaga is a great fantasy, and the first episode alone, which parodies fantasy anime in a grand style, suffices to give it a large place in any otaku's heart.

But, now onto some brief descriptions of this season's shows.I still have to get around to Samurai Flamenco and Coppelion, but I expect to accomplish this soon.At any rate, my ability to keep up with new shows is much the highest since 2009.That says something about the quality of this season!

Autumn 2013 Kaleidoscope

Gingitsune - 03: Not blogging this episode because nothing much really happened, but still an adorable little episode to dream away to. I stand by my case that that fox is adorable. The turtle was a one-off character, but he did illustrate the concept of time really well, which is quite important for our white friend's development.

Golden Time - 03: I was surprised by the weird cult that appeared out of nowhere, but I guess that weird obsessions are a theme of this series. However, what happened afterwards was quite interesting: two characters just sat down and had quite a long talk for anime standards, in which they got to know each other much better. Lots of interesting stuff happened there.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Zola's Initial Thoughts on Fall 2013 Animes!

Hiyo! It's been a bit busy with midterms and all that (psh all Pokemon!) But as I said on the podcast 2 weeks ago, I'll be doing a small writeup on the shows that I started. Before I begin, some of these animes I only watched ONE episode of. As such, I might not be the best judge and should it actually get better (or potentially worse?), I'll make a note of it in a future post. Also, I won't be going over the "sequel" animes just because I feel that if you're curious about it, you probably watched the previous seasons. Also, I feel like I harp on the same idea too much when it comes to these. Therefore, no talk on Kuroko no Basuke, Hajime no Ippo, Little Busters (WATCH IT!), etcNow then let's begin!

btw, picture is of Hanazawa Kana's new role in Tokyo Ravens at Nastume. Kawaii deshou!? HAHAHAHA

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

My thoughts on Sports anime

i've made it fairly clear that i'm not the biggest fan of aport anime.

i never got into prince of tennis.

anything that has a tournament in it tends to bore me to tears (sport or otherwise)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Autumn 2013 Kaleidoscope

PHI BRAIN 03 - 02: Kaito, Rook: if you were in a giant room that was turning and moving aroundyou should have noticed that. I see that this series starts off well by pushing your suspense of disbelief to its limits. Everyone's taking puzzles even more seriously here. The villains are basically "mustdestroyall puzzlers in the world!! All Puzzlers must die, so let's beat them by using puzzles!" - I'm not kidding! But yeah, for the things that really mattered, this episode delivered. The characters were as fun as ever.

ORE NO NOUNAI BLAHBLAH - 02: Unfortunately a lot worse due to some bad direction and animation issues, but there still were plenty of good jokes in this episode.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Introduction to the Anime Grab Bag

Ani-Column is done from the blog. I'll still write them, but it's no longer going to be a weekly thing and will now happen randomly whilst this new weekly installment takes its place: the Anime Grab Bag.

I've been trying my hand on the episodic blogging thing, but ever since Sword Art Online, I realized that I'm just not good at coming up with something new to say about an episode every week. The fact that I keep picking shows that end up disappointing me or don't give me anything new to talk about each week works against me a bit, and whilst I thought about doing things in batches, I decided after a year of failure to combine my dropped "monthly summary" project with weekly episodic blogging in order to create the "not at all new because I've seen some blogs do his before" grab bag section. Basically, I just talk about a few random episodes I saw throughout the week and I might even toss in some older series I'm watching into the mix as well, just because. Simple, short, and effective, right?

Anime Grab Bag #1

So with all the new Fall 2013 shows out, let's sample some of their second episodes. BTW, picture captions are back.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

2013 Fall Season (R) Spring smurfs 3d Season (R)

Confirmed the arrival of the autumn season and the screen has not been given a guide prepared by animelerle neregate.com on. You can open a new tab to see the image in full screen size of 5.66MB. For any comments and suggestions on the subject of re-l124c41 + out or you can contact me by. Renewed and updated list of fragments in this title add to the blog. Season smurfs 3d interpretations

can be found here. Complete List of Characters Series: Aikatsu! 2 Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio-Arpeggio of Blue Steel-BlazBlue: Diabolik Lovers Alter Memory Coppelion Galilei Donna Diamond no Ace Crusher Freezing Vibration Gaist Gingitsune Golden Time Gundam-Build Fighters-Hajime no Ippo: IS-Infinite Stratos-2 Kakumeiki Valvrave Rising 2 kikou Kizutsukanai-Unbreakable Machine Doll-la wa Shoujo Kill Kill Kuroko no kyoukai no Kanata Kyousougiga Basuki 2 Little Busters! Log Horizon ~ Refrain ~ Lupin Sansei: Princess of the Breeze - Kakusareta Kuuchuu Toshi Magi: The Kingdom of Magic Meganebu! Miss Monochrome Nagi no Bushi Road Non Non Biyori smurfs 3d Kairiku Asukara Neppu ga Ore no nouna Sentakushi, Gakuen de Jama Shiteiru smurfs 3d Zenryoku Oshiri it Kajiri Lovecome Mushi 2 Outbreak Company Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle 3 Pocket Monsters: THE ORIGIN Ginga Saikyou Pupa Pocket Monsters Ultimate XY Zero: Battle Spirits Samurai Sentai Flamenco Seiyuu Voice-Torm 7 Sekai de Ichiban Narita Tsuyoku! Strike the Blood Brothers Super Seisyun Teekyuu 3 Tesagure! Walkure Romanze Bukatsu-mono White Album 2 Yowamushi Pedal Tokyo Ravens Yozakura Quartet ~ Hana no Uta ~ Shibushibu Shuushoku Yuusha wa Ore ni wo Narenakatta Shimashita Ketsui. OVA: Chihayafuru Fate / Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya Free! Genshiken Nidaime IS-Infinite Stratos-2 Kill Me Baby KissXsis Maken-ki! You can `yuu Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku Seitokai Yakuindomo. Dai 2 Ki Suisei no Gargantia Terra e ... Machigatte Iru wa Ore no Seishun Lovecome Yozakura Quartet Yahari Movies: ARISE: Ghost in the Shell 2 Captain Harlock Code Geass: Akito 2 Boukoku no Eiga Dokidoki! Precure:

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Autumn 2013 Kaleidoscope

I'll try to post these entries on Sunday Evening. They're just a collection of impressions about the series I watched that I didn't blog. No rankings, no systems, just raw impressions and opinions. Enjoy.

HUNTER X HUNTER 96 - 99: Hunter X Hunter reached another one of its annoying phases again. The context of these four episodes was wonderful. I love what the creators are trying to do here in the big picture. The inrigues that come from all kinds of sides, some characters being really careful in their approaches in order to win. Great. But what happened in these four episodes was completely inconsequential in which the named cast just one-sidedly takes down a bunch of ants with weird powers. The part with the spiders was fine: it actually showed lots of new things about them, and gave them much appreciated depth, and the ants they took down were ants we know. However, Gon's battle against that snake, bat and was really annoying to sit through and just served to kill some time. Not to mention that that fight just made no sense and it was way too overcomplicated for its own good.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Completely Baseless and Completely Accurate Assumptions About the Fall 2013 Season

Skipping over a bunch of new season stuff in favor of getting to some other new season stuff I can actually talk about. Don't have much to say about Gingitsune. It's perfectly acceptable but nothing I care about. I won't be watching any of this season's sequels, save for Teekyu 3, due to never watching or completing any of the previous seasons. So no Keroppi's Basketball or Valvrave or Hajime no Ippo or Pie Brain or Beatles White Album: Hard Day's Night Harder.

Also, no Gundam Model Builder You Will Buy More Toys Consumer Lackey, because Gundam sucks.

Kill La Kill

I'm going to hijack this post in order to write down my thoughts on a question that has me stumped in nearly every season: What the hell am I going to blog?

So with my mind on the past first episodes, I need to figure out: which series are interesting to talk about on a weekly basis? This season is exceptionally difficult, because there are just so many good series. It usually takes me quite a while to figure this out. Usually I keep this outside of the blog and to myself, but what the heck, this time I'm going to write down my thought process here.

First Impressions: Fall 2013

the new season has finally started and i play to watch one episode (or at least as much as i can stand of one episode) of every full length show i can get my hands on.

I did also watch Diabolik Lovers i'm not going to talk abotu it here... also it's only 15 mins long so it doens't fit under 'full length.'

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

First Impression: Hajime no Ippo: Rising

"Haha, time to watch my light-hearted favorite sports anime!"

"Hey! Guys! Guess who's an important character! Ippo's father! Whom you've never seen before! Well, ever wondered why? Because he's dead! Here! Have a flashback on that! This is relevant because just like Ippo's father, Ippo's upcoming opponent is a man of the sea!"

Rise of the Anime Titan: Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

This past year started out like any normal one for otaku worldwide.The spring calendar was full of colorful moe shows, a few comedies, a chunk of fan-service shows, and a couple of surprises.However, out of the few surprises, which included three mecha shows, no one saw this one coming. Written by Hajime Isayama and published by Kondansha (Kodansha Comics USA stateside), Attack on Titan (Called Shingeki no Kyojin in Japan), animated by Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex)made its debut and did more than conquer Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook for a few days.Attack on Titan has managed to do the one thing that hasn't been done since the heyday of Naruto, Bleach, Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist, and even Spirited Away: Make fans of anime, new and old, care again.

Hailed by many as "The Game of Thrones of Anime," Attack on Titan is a dark fantasy series focused on humanity's fight for survival against the indomitable gargantuan creatures, The Titans, which loom over the populace in their domed cities and rain down havoc and destruction at each turn. Eren Yaeger, a young man from the first city hit by the Titans, rises to oppose the creatures after watching his mother die at the hands of these monsters.Hell-bent on revenge, Eren, along with his adoptive sister, Mikasa, and their friend, Armin, join the military with a number of others to combat the beasts, using equipment and skills to perform action-packed feats that would make Spider-Man proud.Although it seems like a simple premise, there is more than meets the eye here (Yes, I went the Bay route).More twists than a pretzel and surprises abound in this series that is currently at 25 episodes. It's a mystery wrapped in thrilling action.Even the fans following the source material (the comic book) have been left guessing what happens next.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Fall 2013 Anime: What's Worth Watching

Fall is here and it's packed with some very good titles to watch. I haven't been through all of them but this list might help you to keep an eye on the most anticipated series.

* KUROKO NO BASKET 2: 2nd season of one of the best sports anime.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Hajime no Ippo Rising New Cast List, OP and ED Confirmations, and Trips to the Past!

Hajime no Ippo, or Fighting Spirit, was my first sports anime of any kind. It's a genre that's been incredibly kind to me with other works like Rookies and RRR, so I've always held Ippo close as one of the only long running manga, over 1000 chapters now, that I actually follow. It has it's ups and downs, as long running shonen tends to, but I've stuck with it and it remains good to me even now with fights like Volg vs. Mike.

So a new anime comes down the pipe, Hajime no Ippo: Rising, and we're all pretty interested. The news that the anime will run is actually pretty old, but all we've really gotten is that it will be made. It wasn't until just now that we've gotten a huge rush of new info with the translated version of Chapter 1032, riding the cusp of Ippo's world rank match. We've got all the new cast members:

Hajime no Ippo Rising Episode 1 "The Strongest Challenger" Teaser Episodes and First Impressions

Once again, I made these this time. I ran a better quality video, but I still apologize for any lacking quality in the images.

Welcome to the new season of Ippo!

Autumn 2013

October marks the beginning of the final anime season of 2013.The Autumn anime season is typically a heavy one, marking the beginning of many new shows and the return of a number of favorites that were lucky or popular enough to be brought back.And Autumn 2013 is no exception, seeing as the line-up for this season has numerous amounts of potentially good or great anime to choose from.And as is the case with every season, these next few weeks are crucial to deciding which shows are worth keeping and which ones can be forgotten.And as with every anime season preview prior, I'll take a quick but largely complete overview of all the shows airing this season while also including my thoughts and plans for each show.So onward, to the Autumn 2013 Anime Season Preview!

Starting off with the returning anime for Autumn 2013, a dozen anime will resume, beginning each franchise again with a continuation, sequel, spin-off or some other type of series revival.Of course, this doesn't even mention all the OVAs and movies coming out this season too, which continue to expand and grow at an amazing rate.Nevertheless, the line-up for TV anime returning this season are: FREEZING VIBRATION, HAJIME NO IPPO 3, INFINITE STRATOS S2, KAKUMEIKI VALVRAVE 2, KUROKO NO BASKET S2, KYOUSUGIGA TV, LITTLE BUSTERS!: REFRAIN, MAGI: THE KINGDOM OF MAGIC, PHI BRAIN S3, POKEMON XY, TEEKYUU S3, WHITE ALBUM 2, and YOZAKURA QUARTET: HANA NO UTA.Of course, I'm unfamiliar with a number of these franchises, so if you've seen them and plan on continuing to watch them, I have nothing of value here.And if you're watching to watch them without any prior knowledge, I recommend you look elsewhere since other sources would be much more valuable and experienced than what you'd find here.However, about half of these anime I am familiar with and have plans to continue this season.So with that, here is my outlook on the sequels I plan on following this season:

Monday, September 30, 2013

Autumn 2013 Anime Preview

I'm back bitches~!I have been back in the warm embrace of my PC & wonderful internet connection for three weeks now - it's been a strange experience.For a start Ireland feels bloody tiny, but the crap public transport means that I am sorely missing not having a car.I am pretty much bankrupt thanks to my trip (which was loads of fun) so had a frantic first week home of job searching.Thankfully I got a temporary 2 month contract to tide me over for a while .which meant very little time being a NEET and catching up on things.

Being the obsessive fan I am, I did manage to keep up with a choice selection of shows from the seasons I was AWOL, but still have a lengthy list of things I want to check out - will get round to them eventually.But anyhoo, you're here for the Autumn Preview, so lets get cracking! (Can't tell you how much I missed doing these things - exhausting, but satisfying~!)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Hajime No Ippo

Hajime No ippoA Japanese boxing manga series written and illustrated by George Morikawa. It has been serializedby Kodansha in Weekly Sh nen Magazine since 1989, and collected in over 100 tank bon to date. The plot follows the story of high school student Makunouchi Ippo, as he begins his career in boxing and over time obtains many titles and defeats various opponents.

A 76-episode anime adaption titled Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting! was produced by Madhouse, Nippon Television and VAP, directed by Satoshi Nishimura and ran on the Nippon Television Network from October 2000 to March 2002. A TV film and an OVA were also produced. On September 15, 2008 it was announced in Weekly Sh nen Magazine that a second season of Hajime no Ippo would begin airing on January 6, 2009. The second season is called Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger and concluded on June 30, 2009. At the end of 2003, the first season of anime was licensed in North America by Geneon,[1] who released it under the name Fighting Spirit.

Watch Hajime No Ippo Go to

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Uchuu Kyoudai

The past four episodes: character-development. It's slow and steady, but definitely there, and in all kinds of forms. Mutta changed and finally realized his strengths, gaining lots of confidence from it, and also becoming mature enough to forgive his former employer that he gave the Zidane, Sharon's condition subtly gets worse, the chief of Nasa gets some unexpected background (also I love that small scene of a young Deneil Young). And whoa, Hibito actually left with a big post-traumatic stress disorder after what happened on the moon.

I like that recently, the series has at least remembered to be varied: a few months ago I remember complaining that the arcs take too long, and that the series got too monotone. This arc again solves this by focusing on many things at the same time, so that we're not just stuck with just one scenario. It's still nowhere near the levels of the first 40 episodes, but I can't deny that these events really pushed the characters further.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fall 2013 Anime Season

I'm back from the dead! Stuff has happened this summer, like moving and new job hunting, but the real reason for my hiatus here (given that I have continued blogging during other wonky periods) is that I am selfish and just got burnt out. I feel up to doing it again, so if you want to read my thoughts on nerdy crap I like, I hope you enjoy it. (Especially my favorite nerd, who encouraged me to write again.)

As always, most of what's airing this season is bad, but there are some good-looking choices. I opted not to include seiyuu lists this time (although I note seiyuu a few times- I just don't feel like giving an exhaustive list of noteworthy seiyuu for the tenth horrible harem show of the season), but otherwise it's the same as previous season posts.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Goo ranks the best characters in anime and manga that you would want to call big brother

In Japan, big brothers are often called "aniki", but that term ain't just for guys who are actually elder brothers but also for the strong, powerful and wise people you would really want to call "big brother".These strong, manly characters would definitely make you want to serve them whether in a group or as actual elder brothers.

is no short of these characters and Japanese media website ranks the 25 best anime characters you would want to call "aniki" or big brother. Here are their results:

Monday, September 23, 2013

Hajime no Ippo



Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Favorites for the New Season

The blogosphere seems to be a buzz with news concerning the autumn anime season.You can see Caraniel's thorough description of each show .Of these, three familiar titles stand out: Hajime no Ippo, Coppelion, and Unbreakable Machine Doll.I have watched the prior seasons of Hajime no Ippo, and hope for good things in the latest installment.

Yet, the last season caused me to worry that the show might be losing its way, especially in the last fight with Mamoru Takamura.That fight featured less of the highly realistic, blow by blow fighting one comes to love in the show.That fight contained moves which seemed to make it degenerate into a DBZ skirmish, with the boxers moving faster than the eye could follow and delivering hundreds of punches at once.If they manage to veer away from that course, then I'm sure that this will be a great season of Hajime no Ippo.I'm especially curious to see Miyata and Ippo in the same ring, but my brother said that this hasn't even occurred in the manga; so, I don't have much of a hope of that.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A Look Ahead to the Fall and Why it Doesn't Really Matter

There's the big image you come to expect from me at the end. I, of course lead with this under-appreciated character.

I will get this statement of fact out of the way quickly. There are 47 series airing in the fall. Only 2 of them are continuations of series that began in the summer. One of them is Kingdom which doesn't really count. When you have that many shows I think it's kind of pointless to write a lot on each and every series. I think I wrote about 3000 words on 20 organizations engaging in a competitive business against each other over the course of 9 months. That's the most distant description I could write of describing sport I could think of by the way.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Anime Backlog Habits: What Makes You Prioritise One Series Over Another?

First World Problems - but hey, everyone's experienced this. There is simply too much anime out there for one person, no matter how much of a dedicated fan you might be, to watch. So pretty much every anime fan has a backlog or a to-watch list floating around somewhere, whether it's in your head or written down.

Here's an interesting thought to ponder: assuming that everything on your backlog is something you want to watch, what makes you prioritise one series over another?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Anime Nite Orlando: Fighting Spirit! (9/12)

Our next ANIME NITE ORLANDO will be Thursday, September 12 at , located at 1919 E. Colonial Dr. Orlando, FL! The theme this time is FIGHTING SPIRIT with a one-two punch of Hajime no Ippo and the first ever crowd-funded anime, Kick-Heart!

Hajime no Ippo, or Fighting Spirit as it was brought over to America years ago, is perhaps the most popular sports anime in this country.

Friday, August 23, 2013




Legend of the Galactic Heroes, episodes 3 and 4. Next, Dragon Ball Z

Also known as Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu

After watching 4 episodes of Legend of the Galactic Heroes I think I can see why people like it a little more clearly.

Autumn Season Preview

My impression of the upcoming season? Holy crap! There are tons of different series to watch out for! Lots of big names will return, and we will get a ton of series with amazing animation. This could very easily become the best season of the year, especially in terms of TV-Series. To give an indication: there are a whopping seven series that I'm psyched for to come out. It's rare for a season to get to that number the last couple of years.



** Tokyo Ravens

Sounds... well, pretty fucking stupid. But the staff? The name of at least promises good comedy.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Hajime No Ippo (1st season) Review


With the summer season on a roll and a bunch of games I need to play soon, i've had a bit of free time on my hands, I've also been watching a lot of sport throughout the summer including Wimbledon, The Golf Open and to a certain degree, the Evo gaming tournament.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Fall 2013

"Hey there, Zaku, don't you think it's a bit lazy to go back to season previews and then do one this early in the game just because you can't figure out what else there is to write about?"


Friday, July 19, 2013

Hajime No Ippo

On this blog,I usually talk about games and anime and stuff.

While I usually don't put much thought into most of my posts,I would like to introduce something new to whoever's reading these,like with my Saint Seiya entries.

Thursday, July 18, 2013


Hello again !

I haven't blogged in ages , and I still have a little bit of energy left , might as well blog bout something HAHA

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Best Anime Series of 2009 - Meta Ranking & Analysis

Now that I have just over a month of free time before I start working again, I finally have some time to write a few more articles for my blog. Since we are still have a year away from a 2013 anime review, I am going back in time and catching up with earlier years, which brings us to 2009.Here are the top ten anime series based on composite scores from different anime websites:10. EDEN OF THE EAST ()

No. of episodes: 11