Everything i have seen so far seems to forebode a pretty dark future for manga, because all the Manhwa that i have come across so far, no matter the genre, seems to stand a notch hire than most manga that i have read, at least in terms of quality, both art and story. Though it would be safe to say that Manhwa’s biggest selling point is its superb art, clearly unmatched by an manga i have seen so far; which does actually prove itself problematic to some Manhwa, seemingly too concerned with art to place any considerable thought into the quality of a story.
820 years after entering his slumber, Cadis Etrama Di Raizel, creature of the night, noble among nobles, awakens to a world wholly transformed and different from the realm he once inhabited; separated from his kind, convalescing from an eight century old tragedy, Rai ventures into a city darkened by human ambition, the infestation of vampires the least of threats as an ancient coalition of human knowledge takes giant yet deadly strides to achieve the power only privy to those of noble blood, those that have always stood above humanity, once reaching out a protective hand towards their lesser cousins, but no more…
There are so many reasons why this is the best Manhwa i have ever come across, okay maybe second to The Breaker: New Waves, but other than that Noblesse stands at the very top of the Manhwa mountain, for a myriad of reasons, but all of which do not really matter as much as this one fact; this manhwa is thrilling as heck.
Do you know those manga series you read that seemingly take you on a wild ride, a crazy roll coaster of breath taking ups and downs, each somehow more awes striking than the next? That is what noblesse is, but times ten.
Honestly, i am not even sure what is so great about this manhwa, or rather it isn’t anything i can quantify. For a shonen series there is a disturbing sophistication to it; yes purely shonen battle manga, yet considerably dramatic where necessary and heartfelt, the fluid art only accentuating the brilliance of the story.
+Premise- vampires; these are the waters that the series initially seems to swim in, a world of ghouls and monsters, vampires and hunters. Yet no so, the story doing what all manga and manhwa does, twisting a traditional and fictionally rational concept into something vastly superior, this story following the conflict between humanity and those that it once worshiped; though not really a conflict, at least not on both sides.
Once the nobles watched over humanity, their honor behooving them never to interfere in their petty quarrels, yet obliged to provide assistance and safety whenever the weak creatures where threatened. If there is a central message in this story it is pride, this particular failing nursing envy in a human race that saw nobility not as benevolent protector but as an enemy, a being to be envied; and thus strived to rise, committing horrible atrocities to grant their bodies power, their urge to reach the heights of nobility surpassing any mercy and humaneness they should have displayed.
War, that is what the comprehensive story of this manhwa feels like sometimes, each new chapter allowing us a glimpse into the fold of the Union, masterful in crafting hideous creatures from the flesh of men to display their superiority, moving strings in the shadows, manipulating sovereign nations in an effort to take from the masters of the world their rightful place.
Noblesse is shonen and does little to hide this fact, the battles particularly wild but each designed to further the plot, allowing one a glimpse into the secrets of the past, which one could call the anchor of the show. Rai wakes up from a 820 year long sleep, and all that follows his awakening is a consequences of those mysterious events that took place in Lukedonia centuries back, those movers and shakers that dared raise their hand against their lord, his lord and status quo and the ripples that were cast into the future as a result. Yet i do not think the premise of this story-which by the way isn’t the vampire story it is promises to be, casting these legendary creatures aside as experimental failures, instead raising the status of darker monsters- would be worth the hype without the characters.
+Characters- Noblesse is solely driven by its characters….scratch that, Noblesse is solely driven by the presence of Rai, noblesse as he is termed, the most awesome protagonist i have had the pleasure of encountering this year (okay, maybe second to Eren Jaeger); any sophistication this manhwa displays is mostly attributed to this one character: handsome, alluring, mostly mute, yet so…deep, elegant and powerful, deluging every panel with drastic amounts of drama and sophistication with his every brief appearance.
Not that he stands alone in the spotlight (yes he does), because rather than massively large and aimless, noblesse is endowed with a reasonably sized cast, each character playing a practical in the story, each visibly supporting a specific pillar of the plot. The villains are cruel, and manic when they need to be, their powers growingly increasingly hazardous with each new chapter, yet only serving to allow our heroes to evolve, displaying meteoric levels of courage and bravery in the face of danger.
As i have mentioned before, the mark of a great cast is its ability to deliver contentment and satisfaction outside action heavy plots; in other words any cast of any anime, manga or manhwa that can keep you entertained just by interacting for several scenes on end has captured that special ‘X’ factor that allows series to rise to greatness. And noblesse has that; be it M-21 and his broodiness or Regis pushing the pomp of nobility aside to cook, there is not end to the awesomeness these characters can unleash in any scene so long as they are together-kind of remind me of the straw hats, but better (straw hats do no have Rai- seriously i have not come across a cooler protagonist, not even in breaker).
+Action- the show thrives in the action section, literally inundating its arcs with explosive yet entertaining fights, never onceboring, never excessive or elongated, always just the right length to allow the characters to shine on both sides, through conversation, reminiscing the secret past and almost always bringing to light new secrets that usually confound the conflict; yet it isn’t the fighting itself, not the powers or transformations that stand out, but the characters, the depth of relationship revealed within, the camaraderie or hate, specifically in the case of Frankenstein, so powerful yet so subservient to Rai, displaying extreme levels of violence against any that might show the slightest of slights against this master, be it a threatening action or a harsh word.
I should also point out just how funny it is, surprising just how humorous the most violent of scenes can seem 9which actually goes to highlight how awesome Frankenstein himself is).
Rating: 10/10, AMAZING.
+Art- It is official, Lee Gwang Su is the best artist i have ever come across in manga and manhwa, noblesse vastly superior even to Feng shen ji; that claim might see somewhat erroneous if you have read Feng shen ji, yet i have made my thoughts on its art clear; impressive as it is, it is way too plane, too unimaginative. Noblesse is a superbly drawn series, the colors designed to perfectly match the scenes, the action scenes so fluid as to rise to the level of God of high school, sometimes surpassing even it; their is a movement within each panel, like the images were words, so intricately describing to you the logic of each and every scene within each battle, all in one image; and as i have said it before, i love manga that is easy to read, action scenes that do not need me to squint, to study the entire page to figure out what is happening in this one panel.
Rating: 10/10, actually more like 20/10; in comparison to what i have read so far, Noblesse truly is superior, even to my favorite, claymore. If nothing else the means through which the powers, thrown, unleashed, poured, are displayed will wow you. Simply put, reading Noblesse is pleasant.
Verdict: No, i cannot decide whether Noblesse stands above or below Breaker, because both of them are incredible manhwa, with incredible stories of hardship and regret, with amazing characters; though Rai most definitely stands above Shion as a primary protagonist. Noblesse is a must read, one of those manhwa/manga that must feature on any otaku’s reading list, or even none otaku. Because Noblesse is, in many places, basically a comic; that is how well drawn and colored it is. Any criticisms i can think of are limited to the characters, specifically the same old human characters playing the same old role of victim. If only Noblesse would assign them some actual roles to play.
RATING: Perfect 10/10, higher if possible. Each new arc has managed to raise the stakes, revealing so much about the Noblesse world, yet so inundated with story that there is always more to tell as the story progresses, more to reveal, more awe striking battles, more character surprises and betrayals, more, more, more, more…why haven’t you read this yet? Seriously, why not? There isn’t a more elegant manhwa or a more elegant cast of characters. And did i mention how funny Noblesse is?
-Noblesse is a web comic written by Son Jae Ho, illustrated by Lee Gwang Su and has been running since December 2007.
There was an official "most moe" character of the year poll that's been going on in an site called Saimoe that went annual since starting out as a thread in an random 2Channel thread (an Japanese version of 4Chan as presumed) and boy, was it crazy this time. Many characters were entered, but at the top 16, there were some real contenders. Here were the semifinalists and finalist...
Here were the other contestants from the poll and the bracket results:
Most of the Madoka Magica Main Characters ended up in the Top 16 along with some others from more recent anime series and movies, with best friends Madoka and Sayaka having to face each other in the finals after Kyouko and The Mediator were eliminated in the semi-finals. Hopefully next year becomes even crazier, even though this is the craziest that the polls have ever been.
Sentai Filmworks revealed the dub cast for Nyan Koi!. There was a Japanese only release back in 2010. Now, you can enjoy in dub! It will be released on December 31, 2013 in Blu-Ray and DVD.
Editor's Note: I will post a dub trailer soon if it's available. Here's the Japanese trailer for now.
Saying that Junpei Kosaka's allergic to cats is something of an understatement. Just thinking about cats can make him sneeze - a fact that seems to be lost on his mother and sister, who both ADORE cats. And if that wasn't bad enough, when Junpei inadvertently damages a statue of a cat deity, he becomes cursed with the ability to understand felines. Now Junpei must perform one hundred great favors for cat-kind or face the fate of being turned into a cat himself!
Life quickly becomes a purrfect hell as every cat in the neighborhood starts sending Junpei their list of "requests." But it's not just the cats: the local Yakuza's daughter is playing cat and mouse, the monk's daughters are acting catty, Junpei's childhood best friend is ready to use him as a scratching post, and the girl he has a secret crush on is as cat crazy as the rest!
English Vocal Cast
The Anime Network is releasing the DVD and Blu-Ray of Say"I Love You" on December 24, 2013.
Languages: English Dub, Japanese Dub w/ English Subtitles
"To trust is to set yourself up for failure." That's the lesson Mei Tachibana learned when her heart was broken. She found a solution: never make any more friends. It's not as easy as it sounds, but it works for Mei. At least it did until handsome and charming Yamato Kurosawa showed up to complicate everything. Mei's not looking for a white knight. So why did he have to kiss her and ruin everything? Between heartbeats and behind trembling lips the specter of betrayals past, future and present haunt them both in Say "I Love You."
Eureka Seven is currently unlicensed after its former license holder Bandai Entertainment went under leaving prices for the now out of print dvds to sky rocket. It has been under speculation by fans for a while now that Funimation would be rescuing the series after picking up the show’s sequel Eureka Seven AO.
Early copies of the new One Piece dvd (Season 5 Volume 4) that will be coming out on December 3 have shown up with a Eureka Seven trailer announcing a blu-ray/dvd combo pack. While the trailer itself has yet to surface online, fans were quick to grab a few screen shots from the disk. Funimation has yet to make a formal announcement about acquiring the show, and though they still have time before the dvd in question hits retailers, it is a little strange to see such a major license rescue slip through the cracks like this.
This article was originally posted on my blog at: http://realjpoe.com/
Aniplex of America is looking to keep their Toonami slot filled with the announcement that their show Blue Exorcist will be premiering on Adult Swim's Saturday night anime block this coming March. Their other show Sword Art Online is projected to be finishing up its run on the block on February 15th while Soul Eater is ending on March 15th, leaving one to assume that Blue Exorcist will be taking the Soul Eater spot with yet another to be named show coming in February. With the announcement Toonami published a trailer for it on their official YouTube channel which can be seen below. Not much to say about the show outside of it being a good match to compliment an already solid line up of shonen action series. Aniplex has released the dub in two limited edition box sets earlier this year.
This article was originally posted on my blog at: http://realjpoe.com/
On November 21, 2013, the NEW YORK TIMES, one of the best selling newspapers in the U.S., hosted an ad for the blockbuster selling manga series, ONE PIECE. This full page ad can be found on Page A15.
This was apparently partially to celebrate ONE PIECE selling over 300 Million copies of Eiichiro Oda's creation. 130 Million of these having been sold since 2009. In every sense of the word, nothing in manga or comics sells quite like this series.
To give a little perspective. Last year, Shueisha published four collected volumes of ONE PIECE and those sold over 23 Million units. It's closest competitor KUROKO NO BASUKE's five volumes of the same year sold just over 8 Million copies. That doesn't even calculate in back issue sales.
It wouldn’t be too much of an exaggeration to say that the quality of an anime or manga series is determined as much by the villain as it is by the hero; and truth be told some of the best series i have ever come across have had some of the best villains, which got me thinking. What is a good villain? Or rather what constitutes a great villain in any given manga or anime.
Well, truth be told i am not particularly sure, this being a topic i will give greater thought to at a later date. While pondering on the subject though one random and rather idle day at work last week, i started thinking about villains as they had been portrayed in anime and manga so far, and what elements best stood out in the best series that i had encountered, which had best endeared me to them. I came to a very simple conclusion, which i will highlight at the end. But first these are the villains that anime and manga has strived to present to us for as long as i have been watching anime and reading manga.
They can be divided into two primary categories, namely:
As described above, it is my belief that the assignment ‘villain’ doesn’t necessary make a given character evil or really that bad.
N:B: The images inserted below represent just some of my favorite villains; they aren’t actually representations of the complaints they are neighboring.
I enjoy watching series with complicated plots, with winding twists and turns, stories that are as unpredictable as they are riveting. As such it might come as somewhat of a surprise that i would express abhorrence for complex villains in series. Okay maybe i do not abhor them but they have become somewhat of an irritation to me, and that’s because THEY ARE EVERYWHERE.
Here is the thing, i enjoy following the exploits of the odd complex villain once in a while but it feels like that is all there in anime and manga these days. I have heard the criticism, that anime and manga is filled with way too many straight forward characters, evil for the sake of being evil, with no particularly intriguing back story or objective. And while i would have joined in the chorus for anime dating back to the 90s, 80s and so on, such claims about anime today leave me chuckling and wondering; where exactly are these simplistic villains that they are speaking of? Because they aren’t in anything i have watched or read recently.
There is such a thing as too complicated; and today’s anime and manga stories have turned complex characterization into clichés. I have come across ridiculously silly and fluffy anime series that, halfway into the series, suddenly become so heavy, introducing dense and dark back stories to initially cheery characters, the result being somewhat discordant story, these new characterization simply failing to jell with the tone of the show.
+And the fact that so many of them do it pisses me off, three primary irritations arising:
-Distinctness- the over complication of villain characterization is turning what should have been intriguing villains into perfect copies of each other. I don’t know how but modern anime has managed to transform complexity into a trope, an irritating cliché making the rounds through some of my favorite series. Anytime a new villain rolls onto the scene, if you are anything like me you will roll your eyes at his supposed vileness, waiting for the moment we learn of his dark past, the parents that abandoned him, the uncle that sold him into slavery, a disingenuous description of how spending his childhood crawling through the mud turned him into a monster.
And they are almost always children, both as the victims and eventual monster than emerges. 99% of these complex characters are all exactly the same manifestation of the same sob story. I will use Bleach as the most common example of this, with all the villains almost always mirroring each other’s motives as well as the supposedly tragic pasts that molded them. I think i have groused enough about how almost every arrancar and Espada in the series needed a flash back of their sad lives before they perished.
-Insipid finales- Why do all these series with complex villains end the same way, with the villain on his knees, weeping as he reminisces on the tragic past that brought him to his current status. There is a consistent lack of unpredictability, because i can always see it coming, that ten minute lull in the action, when the hero finally closes the emotional gap with his foe, reaches out to the villain empathetically, the entire fiasco ending in a hug or something similarly mushy, all forgiven, or the hero forced to kill the villain but through a mist of tears, suddenly sympathetic to his plight. It irritates me to no end.
--Where i can sometimes ignore the lack of distinct yet complex villains and silly finales, nothing irritates me as much as the way these series seeming depend on a rather false sense of sadness to mask their lack of quality. A complex villain isn’t truly complex unless their back stories are not only fraught with difficulty but awe strikingly tragic. While that in itself doesn’t bother me, what does is the way these series attempt to force this dark atmosphere to emerge, like they are not simply trying to chronicle the tragic past of a character, but trying to beat you over the head with it, again and again until you really understand how sad it was.
Character A cannot simply find themselves homeless; they have to be literally dragged through the mud or find refuge in a pig sty before you can truly appreciate how bad A had it. It all starts to feel really…fake, sometimes bordering on silly. I get that adults can show considerable violence towards little kids. But in which world are 7 or 8 bulky males going to surround a fallen 7 year old before continuously stumping down upon and kicking them senseless like a pack of dogs? These series will go to silly levels to force you to feel a sadness that is more often than not absent.
I am one of those otaku that will get quickly irritated by overly weepy anime and manga stories and characters, mostly because they always fall into this category, feigning what seems to me to be a false sense of sadness, clearly trying to draw unearned emotional engagement from the audience. Again i go back to bleach, with so many (previously vile) villains going down confessing some dark secret, Ichigo mopping over them before having to put them out of their misery.
+Now i can appreciate what some of these creators are going for in trying to craft such overly complex characters (and sometimes it really can get too convoluted), yet most are dogged by the same problems:
-Believability-The idea of complex villains is to create a negative character that does terrible things but which the audience can none the less relate to on some level. The problem with most anime and manga i have across is it does a poor job of brining the message across. 90% of the series that attempt to convert me to the villain’s point of view leave me somewhat amused; many of you must have come across these sorts of shows, that leave you asking ,’ Really? You expect me to believe that someone would commit genocide because of that?”
Few other things irritate me as much as a series failing to successfully explain to me why a villain is who he is or does what he does.
And this is usually where they start beating you over the head with their message, clearly unable to justify how rough the villain had it, which seemingly forces them to portray his or her past in increasingly darker tones. This goes back to the point i made above, where a three second assault with an open hand transforms into three minutes of the villain receiving brutal abuse from seemingly possessed adults during his childhood.
I don’t like watching a series or reading a manga and walking away frustrated; that’s what these sorts of series with complex characters do for me.
-Morality- Now sometimes even when the series does such a great job of breaking the complex villain down, it fails to matter. The point of flash backs and back stories is to progress the story or morph it in one way or another; understanding that the reason Frieza destroyed entire galaxies worth of planets was because of some ill that was done to him, some cruel act meted out of his parents, doesn’t change the fact that he committed a heinous crime, and the story will progress towards his inevitable demise, no matter how pitiful his plight might be.
There has to be a purpose to complicating a villain, a payoff of sorts that will allow the story to progress in a different direction. Learning that Itachi in Naruto had committed genocide on the word of his superiors actually made all the difference to the story. Had they done the same for Frieza (strange we didn’t get a lengthy back story) he would have still ended up fighting Goku on an exploding planet.
+Don’t get me wrong i am not advocating against complex villains in anime and manga. I have come across anime and manga with complex villains and characters that have been done quite well, with well narrated back stories, with just enough intertwining plots to become riveting, making few attempts to shove their messages down your throat, but simply presenting the story and allowing you to interpret it as you might wish. Series like Full metal alchemist managed to pull complex villains like Father off (actually making him and Wrath quite pitiful) without seeming like they were flailing their hands through out the series in confusion.
My argument is that most series fail to execute complex characters appropriately, turning what was an interesting plot into an overused tool. This reminds me of the argument many made against the Man of Steel movie, most of these complaints actually aimed at Christopher Nolan, that everything super hero movie is taking an unnecessarily dark turn in the motif of the Dark Knight (which isn’t something i mind actually).
Now i call them evil villains because they are just that, evil; well, they bad or at least antagonists in the story. Maybe its just me but i feel like that has become a scarce element in many manga and anime series, villains that are actually…villainous. I call what has been happening in anime and manga in the last several yeas the Magneto complex.
Magneto is a character from the X-men universe, a mutant activist of sorts promoting mutant kind the best way he can. Again maybe its me but i have never really seen Magneto as a villain, maybe not an anti hero but a guy that is doing what he can for his race the best way he knows how to. And it feels like every villain i come across is nothing more than a whiny Magneto facsimile.
In fact i would say that there aren’t many actual villains left in anime. Because every villain these days has good intentions, every villain is a lost soul that needs to be saved; every demon or warlock has a good heart hidden beneath his fangs, every thug an innocuous intention gone wrong.
Basically all villains of this day and age are anti heroes taking things too far. What happened to villains that were actually…bad? I am talking about good old dark Vs. light stories that so many people are quick to disparage but which can manifest as much quality in story telling as the most complex of plots.
It is more than possible to craft a cast of villainous ‘evil and vile as they come’ characters within a great story and intriguing plot. I am not advocating for the sorts of aimless villains we used to see during the earlier days of anime, evil for the sake of it all, with not particular reasoning behind seeking the earth’s destruction.
I just want villains that are villains, that will not be talked down, that do not need some dark and tragic past to explain why they do what they do, that present the sort of threat that will not be eradicated through a little therapy. Most people have very negative impressions of basic good Vs. evil stories in anime and manga, never realizing how exhilarating they can be.
Just look at Last Air bender; most people zero in on the intricate plotting of morally conflicted characters and the decisions they have to make in trying to describe Avatar as a complex anime series with a deep story, not realizing that last air bender is as basic a Good Vs. Evil story as they can get; you have an evil fire lord reeking havoc on the land and a young avatar that must stop him. A story as straight forward as that, with a villain that was as evil as they can get proves that you can create riveting stories in anime and manga without resorting to creating convoluted back stories for an increasingly complicated villain.
+I don’t know if i got my point across but i will conclude as such; i am as big a fan of complicated stories with complex villains as any other otaku out there. But its become too much, with every anime and manga choosing to follow this same path instead of branching out into something different. As awesome as Johan (Monster) might be to appreciate, sometimes a little Vegeta goes a long way in making things a little more exciting.
Hello to everyone, this is DHK with another blog. I been playing a lot of Pokemon X on my 3DS, while I was playing old memories of the Pokemon Anime was popping into my head. And I start thinking about some of my favorite characters in the show Team Rocket. So in this blog I will be talking about Jessie, James and Meowth of Team Rocket is the protagonist of Pokemon. Yes, I know it sound funny and stupid, and I wasting my time and yours. But hear me out on this, I will try to make a case for them. So prepare for trouble, and make it one :/
Jessie, James and Meowth have the best back story in the Pokemon Anime. other character's back story are non existent, like Ash (who we do even know his father). In order to know more about a character, you have to know where they come from
I'll will start with James back story. James was born in a rich family, he got whatever his little heart can wish for, from food, Pokemon and toys. He truly have the good life, until his parents decided James will have a fiancée, name Jessebelle. Jessebelle is a bossy and spoil rich girl. She begin to tell James how to live his. She try to change James into something he is not. One day, James got sick of it and run away from home. Taking his Koffing with him and leaving Growlie to protect his parents.
Jessie was the opposite, she grow up in a poor foster home. She have little money and couldn't afford toys to play with or sometime food to eat. In the winter times, her foster mother make snow with soy sauce on it. Sometime later, someone catch an Ekans for her a gift. After some years, she left home to become a Pokemon Nurse, but she fail the test. Instead of giving up, she apply to another Pokemon Nurse School. But this time it was a school for Chanseys. She met an Chansey and they become friends. But Jessie fail again to graduate, instead of trying again she left to try something else.
Meowth grow up on the streets, with little food and no one to look after him. Meowth was so hungry, that he thought baseballs was food and try to eat it. The coach caught him trying to eat the baseballs, instead of helping the poor Pokemon the coach beat up poor Meowth and tied him to a tree. Hours later, Meowth wake up from his coma in time for a movie in a park. The movie was about a Meowth going to Hollywood having a good and ice cream. Our Meowth, decide to go to Hollywood. Where he think he will be treated better, so he got untie and jump on a car to Hollywood. Where he got there, Hollywood wasn't all gumdrops and ice cream he thought it was. He still have to play the survive game, that he was so bad at. But a gang of Meowth led by a Persian, show him the ropes and let him join there little gang. Sometime later, Meowth met the Pokemon of his dreams, a female Meowth named Meowzie. Our Meowth, try to ask her out but she rejected him by basically saying he poor and isn't a human. Heartbroken, Meowth decide to learn to be a human in hope Meowzie would fell for him. It take him months to learn how to walk like humans and talk like humans. He quit the Persian's gang, so he can focus on being human. Meowth have learn human language and able to walk like one at the cost of not being able to learn any new moves. He met Meowzie again to impress her, but she rejected him again, because he was poor and now is a freak. Heartbroken again, Meowth left Hollywood
Years later. Both Jessie and James enrolled into Pokemon Tech, where they met for the first time. The two become friends, but there grades was so bad that they drop out of school. Some time later, Jessie and Jamie join and become leaders of a bike gang in Sunny Town. There nicknames was Little Jim (for James) and Chainer Jessie (For Jessie). They was part a bike gang for awhile, but both of them quit to join Team Rocket where they first met Meowth and become the trio we all love
Team Rocket back stories all are interested and give a reason why they act the way they do. Why Ash want to be a Pokemon Master, because it is in the strip. While James join Team Rocket to be free and anything he want to do, Jessie join Team Rocket to become a big shot and live the good life and Meowth join to get more attention (Still wondering why nobody is interested in Meowth, he a talking Pokemon who understand other Pokemon). It seem like the creators put a lot of time on Team Rocket back stories then any other characters of the Pokemon Anime
Team Rocket have a lot of personality, then the other characters. They not just playing the bad guy role, they sometime help the twerps or just help others out of the goodness of there hearts (even though they will decline it). James have have a sense of honor when he do contests (like in PokeRinger), he will refuse to cheat or ask the others to cheat for him. But he will cheat if he is losing so badly, but he did grow out of it later. He treat his family and friends with respect and put his life on the line to them from hurt.
Jessie seem to be a heartless lady, but she does have a soft spot for her friends. She will help them with there problems. Like when she met her old friend Blissey from the Pokemon Nurse School, Blissey have given Team Rocket all the food in the Pokemon Center because they was dying of hunger. Instead of Jessie being happy she getting all that food, she have a worry look on her face, because she know Blissey will get fire for giving them the food. So she come back with the others, and say they trick Blissey into giving them the food. This show Jessie more layers to her character. And I can't really think of a moment with Meowth, the only one I can think of where he could life the good life with a village who see him as a god.
With Ash and the others are just goody to shoes, Team Rocket have more layers then the twerps. It seem like the creators like Team Rocket more then the Ash and the others
Team Rocket are the best characters and have the best episodes of the Pokemon Anime. So I feel they are protagonist of the Pokemon Anime, now enjoy this nostalgia video
Anyway, thank you for reading my crazy blog. I will try to make more blogs weekly, next one might be about the US Shonen Jump and I might hold a contest for a free year of (paid by me) Shonen Jump. (Have to ask viz if it ok first) Sorry if their was any typo.
Here a couple of cool blogs to check out
Welcome everyone to the Quick Picks edition for the November manga releases! Quick Picks is about supporting the anime and manga industry by getting you guys and gals to buy these things legally.
Check out these pages:
|Image||Name & Volume||Publisher||SRP||Amazon.com||RightStuf.com|
|A Centaur's Life Vol. 1||Seven Seas Entertainment||$12.99||$10.05||$9.74|
|Air Gear Omnibus Vol. 2||Kodansha Comics||$19.99||$15.50||$14.99|
|Bride of the Water God Vol. 14||Dark Horse||$9.99||$8.99||$7.49|
|D. Gray-man [3-in-1 Editon] Vol. 2||Viz Media||$14.99||$11.61||$11.24|
|Mayo Chiki! Omnibus Vol. 4||Seven Seas Entertainment||$19.99||$15.13||$14.99|
|Gantz Vol. 29||Dark Horse Comics||$13.99||$10.69||$10.49|
|Mayo Chiki! Vol. 4||Seven Seas Entertainment||$12.99||$8.70||$9.74|
|Midnight Secretary Vol. 2||Viz Media||$9.99||$8.48||$7.49|
|Naruto Vol. 63||Viz Media||$9.99||$5.99||$7.49|
|One Piece - Box Set (Vol. 1-23)||Viz Media||$185.99||$92.99||$139.49|
|Oresama Teacher Vol. 15||Viz Media||$9.99|
|Pokémon Adventures: Ruby & Sapphire Vol. 19||Viz Media||$9.99||$8.80||$7.49|
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In the pilot after the main character usesa machine tor recover memeories he rembers his ex girl friend an has a nose bleed right after.Right off the bat thats a anime trope.It has a few others an some have got a ghost in the shell vibe from the series.
Any one else watching an geting a anime vibe from the show?
I almost didn’t bother reviewing this chapter Magi, if not for the second half that somewhat attempted to progress the story, beyond the comedic elements of Alibaba and crew.
Alibaba and Morgiana clear up their misunderstanding, with Alibaba coming across as a considerable embarrassment. Aladdin is visited by Yunan, Aladdin revealing that he had taught Morgiana how to use her household vessels as well as teaching her the Toran language. It is revealed that Sinbad is eavesdropping on their conversation.
Their conversation quickly turns sour, Aladdin realizing that the pair isn’t on the best of terms.
Finally it seems like Magi is taking strides to progress the plot; the first half of this chapter continued with the motif of the last two chapters, focusing on Alibaba’s little adventure, which proves somewhat humorous, with Mori admitting her lacking knowledge in the area of relationships. It seems the purpose of the scene though was to cement the loyalty Alibaba’s household held for him, the trio commending Alibaba for his honesty.
Clearly the entire scene was crafted with comedy in mind, yet it wasn’t completely wasteful, bringing Alibaba forth as a man that wears his heart on his sleeve, earning the respect of his household in the process.
The core of the chapter though lay in the second half, with Yunan’s emergence allowing us to finally see the hostility between the magi and Sinbad manifest. We had mostly speculated from their initial meeting during father’s defeat that Sinbad and Yunan had an unpleasant past. Sinbad was clearly not comfortable with the time Mori had spend with Yunan.
Yet even then they managed to remain fairly civil with each other. This chapter seems to highlight that hostility in a harsher light. We have known for a while that Sinbad had his unpleasant side, specifically the fact that he was partially depraved, his fairly underhanded tactics, be it using Alibaba, trying to acquire Aladdin’s wisdom, using the Koe empire princess’ feelings for him to manipulate her and so on; and i assumed that it was because of how far Sinbad was willing to go to safe guard Sindria that placed him on Yunan’s bad side.
Yet it seems like Yunan isn’t the hero he initially seemed; after all we know that whatever his actions say about him, Sinbad is, at his core, a hero, only doing what he thinks is best for his people; by outright calling him a villain, Sinbad might be trying to tell us that Yunan exceeds the ‘doing bad for a good reason’ mark.
We know from earlier Magi chapters, as well as the Adventures of Sinbad manga, that Yunan is responsible for creating the dungeons. Sinbd is the ultimate dungeon conqueror, leaving the like of even the mighty Kouen in the dust. Clearly any history that might exist between them is linked to the dungeons and what Yunan’s true purpose is in unleashing their power. For all we know Sinbad blames him for all the hell that has been unleashed by the vessels released from these dungeons.
Whatever the case i am quite excited to explore this relationship further. More importantly Alibaba is finally at Balbad, which means we can finally get into this new arc. I want to see Kouen and Sinbad talk.
+RATING:> 3/5, decent chapter, forebodes exciting things to come.
I initially thought that Sinbad was making very little progress in telling the story of its titular hero. Now that i think about it though, i cannot expect a story like this to barrel forward at break neck speed, not when its objective is to tell the story of how this legendary character rose to fame. I can understand where the author is coming from, allowing use a chance to view Sinbad both during times of epic adventure and simplistic fun, which is what these two chapters were largely about.
Following his escape from the empire, Sinbad finds himself adrift in an empty sea, void of food or fresh water; on the verge of death he encounters pipirika and her younger brother, fairly large persons from a tribe of somewhat gigantic people known as Imuchack. Sinbad learns of the rituals that precede one’s entrance into manhood, the process of attaining one’s name, through conquering the great rampaging unicorn, a prize Pipirika’s brother has yet to attain.
Tickled by the sense of adventure Sinbad decides to join into this family endeavor of maturity.
The thing about Sinbad is i still have no idea where the hell it is going, mostly because the manga is so recent; we know so little about Sinbad even with all we have seen in Magi, which is both good and bad. Good in that there is a sense of unpredictability with each new chapter, bad in that i have nothing exciting to look forward to.
Unlike chapter 13, 14 proved to be somewhat entertaining for what it was, mostly because Sinbad finally unleashed Baal. I don’t have as much of a problem with the direction this manga’s taking as i initially did; Sinbad’s story is one of adventure. Aladdin is all about saving the world; there are elements of fun and adventure of course, but the majority of the story centers around his mission as a Magi to safeguard humanity.
Sinbad doesn’t have any such ties, so yes it makes sense that we would spend two whole chapters watching him trying to catch a giant unicorn whale. Because technically this is what i expect him to do, sailing the seas and getting into all sorts of mischief before finally finding his destiny. While not particularly excited about the manga, Sinbad prototype has so far managed to set itself apart from Magi and its story.
There was a time where i was afraid that the two series would meld into each other, each seemingly a mirror of the other; but Sinbad has managed to stand out, separate in story and structure from Magi, which allows me to feel like i am actually reading a separate manga rather than a side story of Magi.
+RATING:>3/5, not bad, funny; let’s hope the next chapter is better.
For sickVisionz's annual community event, I have completed the list of 2013 anime series that has aired. I'm not sure if I have all the anime series that have finished in 2013 with more than a week into the year.
Here's the Gdoc sheet.
Check over the list and drop a comment if I miss anything. Thank you.
There will be a news article for you guys and gals who want to vote in this community event before the end of November. Thank you.
Please check the front news article! We got the 2 polls up.
I have never been able to put into words why I dislike battle threads so much until now. It's because underlying all Battle threads is aggression. It puts two characters from two different anime and reduces them to ONE characteristic, their power.
Instead of having Battle threads, why don't we have "Friend threads"? Take two characters from different anime and consider how likely or unlikely they are to become friends, or get along, and explaining why. This would involve a deeper consideration of each character's personality, behavior and psychology, and would NOT reduce each character to just their power.
I think maybe part of the reason Battle threads are getting out of hand is because of the inherent aggression that underlies them. If we flip the switch and start making "Friend threads" I think it could make these forums a lot more warm and enjoyable for everyone. For me at least it seems a lot more fun and positive to consider how two characters might become friends than to consider how they might beat each other up. But again this is just an idea.
Perhaps we could create a new concept page for these "Friend threads" and go from there. If it were up to me I would abolish Battles threads entirely, have Friend threads as a replacement, and put more focus behind discussion threads and encouraging users to post their thoughts about the anime they're watching. But hey this is just an idea, take from it what you will. And as always, enjoy your anime!
As of now, there is no date given for the movie release. All I have are movie posters.
When I or someone else get trailers and more info, I will bump this blog and change the title.
For those who are new to the series:
From GoHands, the studio that brought you the cyberpunk anime film series Mardock Scramble, and the enigmatic writers’ collective GoRA Project comes K, the newest original anime series of 2012. Set in a world where history has taken a slightly different course from the one we’re familiar with, K follows the story of a young boy whose life is caught in a psychic war between seven kings. Yashiro Isana, also known as Shiro, is wanted for a crime he has no recollection of committing. He finds himself being hunted by the groups HOMRA, led by Mikoto Suoh, “The Red King,” and SCEPTER 4, led by Reisi Munakata, “The Blue King.” While on the run, a young man named Kuroh Yatogami helps him. This fated encounter will change Shiro’s life forever.
Sentai Filmworks will release a Blu-Ray and DVD version of this series on November 26, 2013.
"I will decide my own path!" The prosperous island of Regalo in the Mediterranean Sea is protected by a vigilante group called "Arcana Famiglia." The group's members are granted special powers through contracts with the "Toracco." Felicitá, the only daughter of the Papa and head of the family, has her mother's beauty as well as superior skill with knives. Though she was raised deep in the island, at age 16 she takes her first steps into the spotlight as a member of the family. Then, at her birthday party, her father, Mondo, announces that he is retiring. He declares a competition to determine his successor - and Felicitá must marry the winner. Felicitá enters the competition herself, determined to win so that she can decide her own path. The curtain will soon rise on the battle that will determine her fate!
Editor's Note: I caught this late when I was finishing the Quick Picks: November 2013 (Anime) table, and I saw this series had a dubbed release for its DVD and Blu-Ray.
I will post a trailer for this thread as soon as I find it.
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Hi there, welcome to "Building a Better Wiki", a blog series where I aim to explore different aspects of our giant wiki database to find out how to best utilize them or improve upon them to make sure we're building the best anime and manga wiki on the web!
The main image for franchise pages is typically a manga volume cover or an anime poster. That's okay, but that means there are lots of pages with the same main image in the wiki. Using a logo differentiates franchise pages from anime and manga pages, and it looks nice to boot.
As for the image itself, using a transparent background is best, but only use it if it's a clean logo from a legitimate source. A plain background, white preferably, is the second best option. If you can't get a plain background, just make sure the logo isn't obscured. Also, leave a small gap between the sides of the logo and the edge of the image. Below are some examples using these guidelines. If you make any logo image, please post them here too!
~Thanks for reading, keep up the good wiki work!