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Hello everyone, I'm here to address a key issue in the community, voter awareness in how many folks vote in community projects. I'm currently compiling data from various projects I assisted with or started and finding a possible trend as well as discussing strategies to increase votes. In a small community like Anime Vice, we are close knit but separated at that same time. Each microcosm in Anime Vice have their own set values and culture in which project to participate. It's part of the challenge my friends and I faced. I worked with many community projects in the past because folks had asked me to help get folks to vote. I do my best to help my friends.

This blog will help future users who will take our roles and give a good picture of our demographics in the past 6 years of the site.

These are the projects:

  • sickVisionz's Top Anime in 2011
  • Best Battle Users started by myself in 2013
  • Top Manga started by myself in 2013
  • Top Wiki Editors and Reviewers by myself in 2013
  • WayBig's AMV project in 2014

WayBig1010101's AMV Contest

In 2014, WayBig1010101 thought of a fun project. He asked me to ask Tom if it was okay to post on the front page. Tom approved WayBig's project and asks me to help our young user with his community project, setting up the article, fixes any formatting issues, and getting votes in.

The ideas were executed successively because it involves our folks to post AMVs to enter the contest. Then, we post a voting session for folks to vote on the AMVs submitted by the community. Each theme we had, we had less votes coming as you see in the chart below.

DateThemesVotingResults#Votes
04/25/2014AMV 1: None - It was a test trialAMV 1Top 3 Winners: DBZ_Universe, Flashback180 & WayBig1010101 (Tied), Dream & Taka (Tied)21
06/04/2014AMV 2: Main Characters - No HSTAMV 2Top 3 Winners: WayBig1010101, Jinbieifan1, and Vapovile14
08/06/2014AMV 3: VillainsAMV 3Top 3 Winners: SpeedForceSpider, Low and Jinbeifan1 & Chronowolf (Tied)13
10/14/2014AMV 4: HalloweenAMV 4Top 3 Winners: JustalittleGirl, npcompete, and Whiskers9

Best Anime and Manga

In 2011, sickVisionz started a community project, a site wide poll to see what is our community's top anime. I jumped on the idea and promoting the project, writing on people's walls, come and vote! In 2013, he asked me to help create the voting sheets. I helped out to this day. On 2013, I started the manga version on my own. Asked sickVisionz on how he calculated the votes. I had a 10 ranking system for 2013 compared to 2014 where I used the 5 ranking system.

Unlike most polls, this one uses a weighting system as a way to rank the series, and it helps avoid ties for the most part. With a small community, the lower the votes, the higher chance we get ties. The votes were the highest in 2013 for both anime and manga. I believed after 2012 (the year where Whiskey Media was sold off), we had lost a lot of folks. We don't get a lot of folks coming and visiting each of the sister sites of Whiskey Media. I was still assertive in getting votes from our sister sites in 2013. I didn't promote the project to Comic Vine and Giant Bomb due to being busy. I believed that affected our voter outreach. I will try to increase votes in 2015 with more social media PR in all former sites.

Anime

YearsResults#Votes
2011Article: Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Steins;Gate Fate/Zero, Sket Dance, Mawaru Penguindrum, Tiger & Bunny, Anohana, Beelzebub?
2012Vice Pit: Fate/Zero, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Sword Art Online, Kids on the Slope, Persona 4: The Animation, Psycho-Pass, Bodacious Space Pirates, Naruto Shippuden, Space Brothers, Hyouka, Chihayafuru, Daily Lives of High School Boys, Another, Kokoro Connect, Fairy Tail, Binbo-gami ga! From the New World, Nisemonogatari43
2013Vice Pit: Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Monogatari, Psycho-Pass, The Eccentric Family, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Flowers of Evil, Hunter x Hunter, Kuroko's Basketball 2, Garden of Words, The Devil is a Part Timer!, Blast of Tempest, Watamote, One Piece, Pet Girl of Sakurasou, Golden Time, From the New World, Aikatsu54
2014Vice Pit: Parasyte: The Maxim, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, Kill la Kill, Space Dandy, Tokyo Ghoul, Hunter x Hunter (2011), Akame ga Kill!, No Game, No Life, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, TERRAFORMARS, One Piece, Fairy Tail (2014), Chaika - The Coffin Princess, Aldnoah.Zero, Psycho-Pass 2, Dragon Ball Kai, The Seven Deadly Sins, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Naruto Shippuden, Rage of Bahamut Genesis36

Manga

YearsResults#Votes
2013Article: Bleach, Attack on Titan, Claymore, One Piece, Magi - The Labyrinth of Magic, Toriko, Naruto, Vinland Saga, Medaka Box, Beelzebub, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Fairy Tail, One-Punch Man, The Seven Deadly Sins, Deadman Wonderland, Gintama, Pupa, Assassination Classroom, Mysterious Girlfriend X, Kingdom28
2014Vice Pit: Toriko, Naruto, One Piece, Bleach, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, One-Punch Man, Fairy Tail, Tokyo Ghoul, UQ Holder, The Seven Deadly Sins, Assassination Classroom, Claymore, Vinland Saga, Attack on Titan, Blue Spring Ride, Kingdom, The God of High School, World Trigger25

*Note: The bold is the top 10.

Best Battle Users

In Fall of 2013, we had chaos in the battle community. As a young, appointed wiki mod, I had the most difficulty helping Sonata in enforcing the rules. We later found out there was users outside making things worse. In order to keep the morale up and keep our community united, I look back to Fire_Star's Vicer of the Month and implemented the Best Battle User of the Month (formally known as Best Battlation of the Month - coined by AnimeDefender) in December 2013. The purpose of the community project was to highlight role model users to serve as an example as well as bringing in battle themes each month to add more variety and diversity such as promoting obscure manga/manhwa series.

Compared to most polls, this project was active. Every month, we got enough votes in. If there is a tie, we just do a run-off poll. It was only in September that there wasn't any poll because a user didn't do his interview.

MonthsBest Battle Vicers#Votes
December 2013Taichokage10
January 2014SpeedForceSpider12
February 2014WayBig101010116
March 2014Othus129
April 2014Vapovile12
May 2014DBZ_Universe19
June 2014Kurohige10
July 2014Low12
August 2014GIRUGAMESH8
September 2014Flashback1800
October 2014CosmicKnight7513
November 2014Taichokage20
December 2014Othus1217
January 2015EVA_0110
February 2015Falbium_Asmodeus23

Best Wiki Editor and Reviewer

Because there were low voter turnout, 1 in 2013 and then 2 in 2014, I decided to post a blog promoting the community's best wiki editors and reviewers (a small group) out of fairness. I believe we needed to spotlight wiki and reviews because it makes up the site. Unlike RPG and Battle communities, the wiki and reviewing communities do not have their own forums.

Strategies

For the Best Anime and Manga, wall posting isn't enough. I believe I should resort to mass PMs at the later stages as well as increased social media usage during all times. Plus, I need to remain contact with those in Twitter, Giant Bomb, and Comic Vine.

For the best reviewers and wiki editors, the community and its sub niches are very small. For voters, it's hard to choose. This project might be canceled or turn into something similar to the Vice Awards from the RPG community. I will try to think of something to promote wiki editors and reviewers.

Thank you everyone.

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Hello everyone! I'm happy to announce that the Chaika anime project is completed as of February 19, 2015. The project originally started as a team project with Sidapa, AgentFakku, and myself. (Chaika - Coffin Princess Wiki Project Update - Teammates). We work together to make these wiki pages the best we can in our free time. My teammates were relatively new to the site. I was working with them and helping them get adjusted in the wiki community. One of our members was a Wikia editor to Chaika. We had worked across Anime Vice and Chaika Wikia for a little period of time.

Team Members

Takashichea
Wiki Mod of Anime Vice, Admin of Sket Dance, Btooom, To Hollywood and Beyond Wikia
I'm in charge of episode summaries, but I also write up minor sections on character pages if I have time.
AgentFakku
Hentai Wiki Editor Specialist
He attaches pages to the episode pages and creates new pages.
Sidapa
Wikia editor at Hitsugime no Chaika Wikia.
He is a new wiki editor who works at Anime Vice, doing the same roles like AgentFakku. In addition, he writes up minor sections on characters and concept pages.

Like everyone, we are busy with outside obligations. I thank my teammates for all their contributions, minor or major. We worked on the first season together. For season 2, I worked on the rest of the episode summaries, uploading caps, and adding characters.

Thank you everyone. If you need to know about Chaika and the anime series, you can can count on our wiki pages.

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SOOOO glad that this bar allows pets!
SOOOO glad that this bar allows pets!

Welcome back to By The Week and man, the excitement for this one was real. But does it deliver....?

Disclaimer: This blog will contain major spoilers for the episode! Read at your own risk! To view the episode in question legally, you can go to Crunchyroll or FUNimation if you're subscribed to either one (note that as of this post, Funimation's late AGAIN!). After a week passes, it will be free for all users.

Breakdown and Thoughts

The beach episode has arrived and both the Earth Defense Club and the Student Council are in for some shenanigans. Through the side of "Wild Man Beach", we get Wombat and Yumoto partying like hell (and finding an obvious trap that looks like a dominatrix) while the others relax, a mystery over the usage of Io's toothbrush and a test of courage that turns out to be some rather close crap with the School Council and right next door to the side of the most quiet beach in anime history, said council relaxes up until when they decided to check out the forest for no good reason.

We get a lot of gags here throughout in place of the usual plot (despite the Earth Defense Club transforming in this one), but due to this whole episode's execution and the rather "shounen-ai" scenes being for laughs (and potential ships), it ended up working out for the better on their part (and the fujoshi's too ;] ). It was all in good fun, but next episode is going to be a trip for the Earth Defense Club. There's not much to say here, but it IS a beach episode after all. One of the best beach episodes seen in terms of enjoyment.

Highlights

Nevermind the noise, this guy is so pretty, he puts most of this season's gals to shame!
Nevermind the noise, this guy is so pretty, he puts most of this season's gals to shame!
Wow, McDonald's has an interesting new uniform.
Wow, McDonald's has an interesting new uniform.
Io, just be glad Yumoto asked you instead of people like...
Io, just be glad Yumoto asked you instead of people like...
AND...
AND...
They would choose a LOT worse! (Wrong shows, I know!)
They would choose a LOT worse! (Wrong shows, I know!)

[Other shows in order: Maria, The Virgin Witch, Tokyo Ghoul Season One.]

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Welcome everyone to this week's manga releases! Boy, we have a lot. Most of them are relatively obscure series since the 1st and 2nd week are heavy with Shonen releases. in my opinion, the best manga cover for this week goes to Raqiya. It has a beautiful, detail illustration of the character which makes her come out alive.

Shows I'm familiar with: Nurse Hitomi is a monster girl/guy genre with slice of life themes. I tried the first chapter. Loved the cute character design and the comedic interactions between our nurse and her students. Lastly, I watched Witch Craft Works' anime series. I still crave more for the series. Haven't read the manga yet. It involves a town full of witches, ones that support destruction while the other support order. One guy gets caught in the war, and he is under the protection of a beautiful witch who is the most popular gal at his school, Ayaka Kagari.

I would love to hear your recommendations on the rest of the manga series featured this week. All comments are welcome. Thank you.

Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release. All summaries are from ANN.

Sources

Notes

  • Blood Blockade Battlefront Vol. 7 was listed on Right Stuf this while Amazon has it on Feb. 24.
  • High School DxD Vol. 4 was listed this week while Amazon, Right Stuf, and comic stores have it on Feb. 24.
  • Sankarea Vol. 11 is available on Right and Amazon, March 24, 2015. ANN listed it this week.
  • Both ANN and Amazon have Raqiya: The New Book of Revelation Vols 3-5 this week. Right Stuf has Raqiya Vols 3-5 on March 11.

Manga Releases

Blood Blockade Battlefront Volume 7
  • Distributor: Dark Horse Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

In Jerusalem's Lot--the mystically transmogrified New York City--a bacteria-sized crimefighter is on the trail of an equally microscopic foe. But the tiny terrorist is hiding out inside the body of Libra agent Leonard Watch's pal Real, and any threat turns poor Real into a titanic monstrosity. Leo's job one is to get the mini-cop inside Real to even the odds before Jersusalem's Lot becomes a parking lot!

Cage of Eden Volume 17
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics USA
  • Suggested Retail Price: $10.99

Yarai is determined to do whatever it takes to save the life of his dear teacher, even if it means taking the life of his friend. But can Yarai actually go through with it? With Yarai and Sengoku facing each other in a battle to the death, it seems like Mami's dreaded vision is actually coming true. However, they may have a bigger problem on their hands, as it appears that the work of uncovering the traps surrounding the mysterious tower may have awoken a new and fearsome beast from its deep slumber.

Devils and Realist Volume 4
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

A New York Times bestseller, for fans of Black Butler

William Twining has it all—a sharp intelligence, dashing good looks, and a noble station in life. There’s only one problem: he’s broke. With no way to finance his prestigious education, William decides to search through his uncle’s mansion for something of value to sell. But William’s logical worldview is about to take a hit, when he comes across a mystical seal which he unintentionally uses to summon a demon.

he demon’s name is Dantalion, a Grand Duke of Hell, who informs the young nobleman of his destiny—that he is the new “Elector” whose sole responsibility is to appoint the next ruler of Hell in place of Lucifer. Such news might drive a lesser man mad but not William Twining. He’s a realist whose views don’t allow for the existence of demons, even when scores of demonic candidates begin to knock down his door and seek his favor. None of this can possibly be real—can it?—and besides, he’s got bills to pay.

Gangsta Volume 5
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

The Hunters and the Destroyers continue to rampage through the city, toying with their prey and piling atrocity upon atrocity. With no time to mourn their fallen, the Paulklee Guild are forced to fend off their enemies' increasingly deadly attacks. The surviving members mobilize to fight back, and despite the terrible losses, hope is kept alive in the form of old vows honored and new ones made.

High School DxD Volume 4
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $13

Issei's on a rampage?! "President Rias's virginity is gonna be mine!!" President Rias, the beautiful young devil, is betting her engagement on the outcome of a "rating game," and Issei's joining the fight. Does he even stand a chance against Riser's harem team of devil girls...?!

6. Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $18.99

For fans of Bleach and Berserk comes the adventure of a lifetime, in omnibus format

Everything about college student Amamiya Yuuhi is average: grades, looks, and his blasé outlook on life. So what happens when he awakens one day to a talking lizard, who informs him that there is a gigantic hammer in outer space that is poised to split the Earth into pieces and requests his allegiance in the fight against the forces of evil? Pretend it never happened? Unfortunately for Yuuhi, a bit of coercion in the form of a super-powered princess prevents him from returning to his mediocre life-as-usual.

In the adventure of a lifetime, Yuuhi will join forces with the capricious princess and a motley crew of companions to fight back against an evil mage and his horrifying homunculus before the Biscuit Hammer can destroy the planet!

Manga Dogs Volume 3
  • Distributor: Kodansha
  • Suggested Retail Price: $10.99

Teenage manga artist Kanna Tezuka's series about a high school for Buddhist statues is facing cancelation! Meanwhile, the manga course that's given her so much free time to draw at school is under threat from a principal taken with the next big thing: light novels! Their teacher's solution to this existential crisis is an inspiring field trip, but will it be enough to get these dogs to start drawing at last?!

Nurse Hitomi Monster Infirmary Volume 1
  • Distributor: Seven Seas
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Nurse Hitomi is not your typical school nurse. Newly-employed as a high school nurse, who just happens to be a cyclops, Nurse Hitomi must fumble her way through the many inhuman issues that arise in a school rife with monstrous characters. Welcome to the infirmary! We haven’t been expecting you.

Witch Craft Works Volume 3
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95

Witchcraft Works is a romance comedy set in a modern day world where magic and supernational powers shape the lives of the kids in this high school. High schooler Honoka Takamiya finds himself in the middle of a battle between witches - for his body!

Raqiya Volume 3
  • Distributor: One Peace Books
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95

A truck driver loses control in the Nevada desert and leaves one family dead in an explosive crash. But there is a sole survivor, Luna Hazuki, who makes a pact with a demon to regain the happiness that was robbed from her. Seven years later she is still living with the family that was supposed to be dead. But little does Luna know that the pact she made will lead to the Apocalypse and the end of the human race.

Raqiya Volume 4
  • Distributor: One Peace Books
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95
Raqiya Volume 5
  • Distributor: One Peace Books
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95
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Over the past years in the wiki community, we have a ton of new Shonen series especially for Shonen Jump. Not many new and veteran wiki editors know the work of this one wiki editor, DestinyHeroKnight, who has worked in the community since 2009. His project involves the Shonen Jump. Often he is one of the first Shonen wiki editors to add characters and attach them to the Shonen Jump Anthology magazines before these characters and their series become collected into Tankobon where most wiki editors start their project on.

Potential Issues

The main conflicts I run as a wiki mod is how fan subbing groups and official companies like Viz Media and Kodansha name their characters and the manga series. I often run into dupe pages. To prevent this, I created this blog to inform our wiki editors of all ages.

**It's imperative to check here if you are dealing with new Shonen Jump characters who haven't had a Tankobon yet.

This list will be updated by me or DHK. Please feel free to ask questions and also refer to the Winter 2015 Wiki Projects (Solo and Teams) thread for all active solo and team wiki projects. In this community, communication is key. Thank you.

My Hero Academia

In a world in which 80% of the population has superpowers there are people who abuse their powers and people who use it for the good. The world has become a world of superheroes and supervillains.

Black Clover
Asta has a big dream—he wants to become the next Wizard King! There's just one problem—he can't use magic. Making matters worse, his best friend seems to have an abundance of magical ability. But Asta's not giving up! Not by a long shot! He's determined more than ever to bring out his powers and show the world he can be the King! In my opinion, a good issue of Weekly Shonen Jump should have a little bit of everything. Some sci-fi, fantasy, sports and battle manga. And maybe some kind of love story. We've been sorely lacking in the fantasy department for a while, so it's nice to get a taste of that genre, even if it is only for few weeks.
Kagamigami

According to the manga Bakuman, the second chapter is even more important than the first! Because it's easy enough to hook readers, but keeping them on the line is another story. For the record, I'm paraphrasing there. That being said, or paraphrased in this case, I'd say this is an excellent second chapter. We get to learn more about both the main characters in a fun and amusing way. And we also learn more of those cute/weird white blobby things' powers. And if you're anything like me, learning about new powers is always fun!

E-Robot

What appeared before high school student, Yuuki, was a mysterious cute girl—Ai Roborovskii!! The truth was that she was a robot created by the hands of Yuuki's father who was a professor in Robotics. And this Ai's strongest weapon was…eroticism!? A super slapstick, robotic, erotic comedy!!

Gakkyu Hotei

Bullying, corporal punishment, school hierarchies... In order to have the children solve the problems that thrive within educational settings with their own hands, the current government introduced the School Judgment System!! Taking place in all grade schools, a ruthless school trial begins now!!

Takujo No Ageha

Ririka Otsuka is the hottest girl at school and is at the center of every guy's attention. Her only secret was that her house was a shabby old table tennis center… One day, a transfer student appears before Ririka—Ageha Hanazono. Despite his fairy-tale name, he's a super lame and nerdy guy with glasses. Ririka lightheartedly goes and tries to tease Ageha. However, Ageha responds with— "I'm already in a committed relationship with table tennis. Therefore I do not intend to engage in an illicit sexual relationship with you." How...humiliating! There's actually a guy that doesn't fall for me—Ririka Otsuka?! Ririka sets up a table tennis match to try and outwit Ageha. Once the lame and nerdy pervert (a.k.a. the main character) is given a racket, he flies like a butterfly and dances atop the tables!! An all new hyper fast table tennis manga—Love all!!

Sporting Salt

The main character, Hiroyuki Shioya, at first sight looks to be just a short grade-schooler. However, the truth was that he was a high school student who had the eyes to look past a person's physical features in one look! He aims of becoming the number one sports doctor in Japan!! An all new sports medicine manga starts here!!

JUDOS

The headquarters of Japanese Judo—Sondokan. Who showed up there was what looked to be just an average boy, Hana Yanagi. But the truth was that he and his background concealed an unimaginable secret hidden away in the Japanese Judo world!?

Hi-Fi Cluster

A.D. 2045, Tokyo— A near future where it's normal for abilities to be turned into Apps, and they are downloadable by placing special labels onto the body. In this Ability Society, for some unknown reason, there was a poor boy who couldn't synchronize with any of the labels—Heita. Heita, who didn't have a place in society, unexpectedly meets a man in a black suit with a prosthetic arm—Kandera.

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WHAAAAAAAT! I honestly do not know if I read that right.

So Gowther isn’t even human. Hmm. That actually explains everything we have seen up to this point. Nanatsu no Taizai is getting crazier with each chapter, and I like it.

+THE CHAPTER:
Gowther’s true face is revealed. Camelot faces a dark threat.

+MY THOUGHTS:
Everything that happened in this chapter of Seven Deadly Sins pales in comparison to the revelation about Gowther. Which is sort of like how last week’s chapter revolved primarily around the Meliodas reveal.

Three things happened in chapter 114 of Nanatsu no Taizai:

-Slader- Funny, I thought Slader was called Threader. Or maybe he was and the translation just changed. Either way I am not a fan of the name. With Slader joining the Nanatsu no Taizai team, one can only hope to guess what the mangaka has in store for this arc.

We now have a multitude of characters on the move in this arc at the same time, but approaching the story from different perspectives; it actually reminds me of One Piece.

Though if this was One Piece, everyone would be running around inside Camelot already, but never meeting as they went about performing all sorts of small tasks with Oda pushing the story towards a convergence of sorts.

I like Deadly Sin’s simpler approach. King and Ban are lazing about in the Fairy King’s forest, and who knows what role they are supposed to play in the story.

Griamore, Gilthunder and Hauser left the kingdom for…some purpose the didn’t really explain. And now Slader is joining the sins in protecting Camelot against a demonic threat.

-Camelot- Speaking of Camelot, I am actually surprised that we took so long to head over there. The manga managed to keep things so entertaining that, in the several chapters since we heard the prophecy, the story didn’t have a Magi-esque feel of dragging.

None the less, considering how the chapters kept sidetracking, I am equally shocked that we got their so quickly, more or less instantly, and in time to do battle against the giant threatening Camelot.

Almost reminiscent of Eren emerging in the skies to face off against a menacing titan.

-Gowther- Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the man is a doll. Gowther was never alive, which explains everything that has happened since he appeared. His inability to understand emotions. The damage he was able to soak (to the point of surviving his neck being snapped).

Gowther is Pinocchio and he just wants a heart.

How great or terrible this revelation is (and it cannot be terrible) will depend on what the mangaka has planned for Gowther; let’s hope that he doesn’t remain locked away in some cabinet for the rest of the arc. We now know what Gowther is. Now we need to know what he can do. And what is with the armor?

RATING: 10/10. It looks like Nanatsu no Taizai can do no wrong this year. Every chapter is designed to intrigue and shock. Nanatsu no Taizai has never had more mysteries than it does today.

And Gowther suddenly matters so much more.
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I can't believe that I let myself get an episode behind for the blog last week.
I can't believe that I let myself get an episode behind for the blog last week.

Welcome back to "By The Week"! The ship is strong with this one.

Disclaimer: This blog will contain major spoilers for the episode! Read at your own risk! To view the episode in question legally, you can go to Crunchyroll or FUNimation if you're subscribed to either one. After a week passes, it will be free for all users (which it already has as of this post!).

Breakdown and Thoughts

This time, the Student Council makes TWO attempts to get the Earth Defense Club dissolved: they jack up the rules by adding a "preferred average" to the guys' test scores and manage to persuade everyone's favorite money lover, Io to become the treasurer of the Student Council. They also manage to make the top test scoring student's day a lot worse for him than before by turning him into a (literally) screwed up tank monster.

This round of humor was well done like some of the other episodes, and when the predicaments that the Student Council put them were applied, things only got a little more interesting for the Earth Defense Club. They even get to meet the Council in their villainous Four Heavenly Kings-like guise (with their faces blurred out, of course) and spark up some potential on a major battle. Also, to some people that ship Io and Ryuu already: This is your episode and judging from how Ryuu gets rescued from the Screw Tank, more ships could be about for those kind of fans. Episode 7 has arrived already and this is one of the few times that I'm excited for "the beach episode" since forever.

Highlights

Please don't ask Old Man Google that. He'll head you to something nasty.
Please don't ask Old Man Google that. He'll head you to something nasty.
Good-ass anime had us like...
Good-ass anime had us like...
It's too late, man. The nudes of you and your girlfriend are all over the internet.
It's too late, man. The nudes of you and your girlfriend are all over the internet.
Sounds like the start of almost every porno ever made.
Sounds like the start of almost every porno ever made.
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Take the One Piece: Which Pirate Are You?

Your Results:

Nico Robin 100%
You are like Indiana Jones, but sexier. Your ability to make your body parts “bloom” from everywhere is useful, but for a smart lady you don’t know how to use your power correctly. Work on it and you will become the most powerful pirate to wear a cowboy hat.
Brook
Skeleton Rockstar Afro Howard Stern = YOU!
79%
Borsalino
Admiral Kizaru sir! You are that old man porn star that everyone likes and everyone wants to be. Not only do you have sweet ass glasses, but you are made of light itself. I can see why everyone wants to be you.
68%
Portgas D. Ace
Flame on! You might be dead in a couple of volumes, but you will always live on in our hearts with your fire power and cowboy hat. Though, learn how to spell "Ace" before you get it tattooed on your arm.
67%
I retake the quiz again and this time it's robin
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Take the One Piece: Which Pirate Are You?

Your Results:

Roronoa Zoro 100%
A man who fights with three swords is a man I don't want to mess with, and that's you! You now hold the title of being the Chuck Norris of the pirating world.
Portgas D. Ace
Flame on! You might be dead in a couple of volumes, but you will always live on in our hearts with your fire power and cowboy hat. Though, learn how to spell "Ace" before you get it tattooed on your arm.
76.7%
Usopp
You might run away from battles, and constantly lie your ass off, but you are a true man. What makes you stand aside from all others is that in desperate times you can throw your cowardice aside and do what needs to be done; like dressing up like a super hero and smashing your enemies with a giant hammer.
75.6%
Nico Robin
You are like Indiana Jones, but sexier. Your ability to make your body parts “bloom” from everywhere is useful, but for a smart lady you don’t know how to use your power correctly. Work on it and you will become the most powerful pirate to wear a cowboy hat.
74.4%
I took the one piece quiz and my results turns out to be zoro
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Welcome everyone, we got a good selection this week. Here is my take. The only movie I seen is Pokemon's. I'm interested in watching Princess Kaguya, being a Ghibli fan. After Miyazaki's influence, I grew to love Ghibli films. I heard about Hozuki's Coolheadedness from Marshal Victory who was one of the few folks in the community to have watched it. Lastly, Patlabor is another mech show on my list to try. I heard a lot of good things about this series, and I'm looking to expand my list of watched mech anime series. I only seen mostly mech series set in war. It would be a refreshing change for me.

I would love to hear your recommendations on the rest of the manga series featured this week. All comments are welcome. Thank you.

Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release. All summaries are from ANN.

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DVD and Blu Ray Releases

Hozuki's Coolheadedness
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested Retail Price: $59.98 (Blu-ray), $49.98 (DVD)

There are hard jobs and there are jobs that seem outright impossible, but in the end, the most difficult job in all creation probably belongs to Hozuki, Hell's hardest working bureaucrat. That's because Hozuki is Deputy Chief to Enma, the King of Hell. Enma spends all his time sitting in judgment of the recently deceased, so it's up to Hozuki to keep the dark half of the afterlife running smoothly. And that would be hellishly complicated even if Hell wasn't constantly short on good help.

Fortunately, Hozuki's not the typical bureaucratic hothead you'd expect to find heading a department of infernal affairs. Fiendishly clever and determined enough to dedicate multiple lifetimes to a task (though not necessarily his own lifetimes), he'll get the job done even if it means breaking a few unbreakable rules and running circles around Hell's normal operating procedures.

As for patience... well, Hell hasn't frozen over quite yet, so the verdict's still out on that, but he doesn't suffer fools lightly, let alone damned fools. After all, that Highway to Hell isn't going to get paved with just good intentions, so if someone has to suffer for all eternity, Hozuki's damned sure that it's not going to be himself!

Contains episodes 1-13. Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

A Certain Magical Index: The Movie - The Miracle of Endymion (Blu-Ray/DVD)
  • Distributor: FUNIMATION
  • Suggested Retail Price: $34.98

Welcome to Academy City, a futuristic metropolis populated with super-powered students. As the brightest intellectual minds in the city work to complete the world's first space elevator - a towering spire capable of taking citizens into the heavens - perpetually unlucky Kamijo and nun-in-training Index befriend a talented street musician named Arisa. When the beautiful singer lands a big break, her miraculous voice attracts unwanted attention, making the songstress a target for magicians and scholars alike. As the battle between sorcery and science blasts into space, Kamijo, Index, and their allies in Academy City are rocketed to a psychedelic stadium thousands of feet above Japan in a desperate attempt to keep Arisa - and the rest of the world - safe.

Special Features: Audio Commentary, Trailers, TV Spots, Promotional Videos. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Patlabor: The New Files
  • Distributor: MAIDEN JAPAN
  • Suggested Retail Price: $59.98 (Blu-ray), $49.98 (DVD)

Every cop has a story to tell, but not all of them are safe to show on television. That's especially true in the crazed world of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police's Special Vehicle Section, because when you toss giant robots into the mix almost anything can happen. A teddy bear holding people hostage and a search for albino alligators may just be typical days on the job, but what about an undercover mission into a public bathhouse looking for suspicious moles?

What happens when the only place where you and your coworker can wait out a typhoon is a room in one of Japan's notorious "Love Hotels"? Then there's that drunken weekend at the hot springs and the infamous "underwear incident." But not every story has a humorous edge, and what begins as a battle for corporate survival turns into a melee in the streets as the makers of the deadly Griffin return for the ultimate exercise in urban combat! Noa Izumi and the men and women of the SV2 reveal the stories that couldn't be told before!

Contains episodes 1-16. Spoken Languages (episodes 1-4): English, Japanese, English subtitles. Spoken Languages (episodes 5-16): Japanese, English subtitles.

Pokemon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (DVD)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $19.97

In a country called "Diamond Domain" lies the powerful Heart Diamond, which has served as the kingdom's source of energy and maintained the Ore Country for centuries. Many Carbink live in Diamond Domain, including their princess - the Jewel Pokemon, Diancie, who created the Heart Diamond. Diancie no longer has the power to control the Heart Diamond and her country is falling into chaos as a result.

One day, Diancie meets with Ash and his friends and asks them to go on a journey to find the Life Pokemon, Xerneas, in order to restore the Heart Diamond. Standing in their way is the Pokemon of Destruction, Yveltal, who once stole all of the life in the Kalos Region.

Spoken Languages: English.

Tale of Princess Kaguya
  • Distributor: NEW VIDEO
  • Suggested Retail Price: $34.98 (Blu-Ray+DVD), $29.98 (DVD)

While working in the fields, a bamboo cutter named Okina comes across a glowing bamboo shoot. When he cuts it open, he discovers a tiny girl named Kaguya inside. He takes the girl home, where he and his wife, Ona, raise her. Kaguya grows into a beautiful woman, and when Okina finds gold near the glowing bamboo shoot, he is convinced Kaguya is of royal lineage. But Kaguya is more than mere royalty. The secrets of her past are about to be revealed. When they are, Kaguya's life, and the lives of her adoptive parents, will change forever. Features TBA.

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One  would be hard pressed to call 2014 a terrible year in anime and manga; more mediocre than anything. Which isn’t bad by the way. It just means that very little actually exploded on screen or on page, except for a select few titles.

Rather than dive into another top ten anime and manga series list, I though it more practical to focus on those moments within anime and manga that impressed best.

Why? Well, a manga or anime doesn’t actually need to be great or even good to dish out one or two surprising moments, which, hence, expands the pool of anime and manga to choose from.

It is worth keeping in mind that this list attempts to present moments, events or even chapters and episodes from anime I watched and manga that I read in 2014. As such the list will be subjective (naturally) and restricted to what I actually watched or read, which is only a small portion of the manga and anime that came out in 2014.

But before we get to my list of greatest moments of anime and manga in 2014:

NOTABLE MENTIONS:

+YATO VS RABO (NORAGAMI ANIME)
Cool Fight.

+NATSU/GAJEEL/WENDY (FAIRY TAIL ANIME: DRAGONS

Dragons, dragons and more dragons.

+RAI/MUZAKA (NOBLESSE MANHWA): AWAKENING
Muzaka looks great and might actually give Rai a run for his money. Several months down the road though, not much has really happened, which is a disappointment. 


+KIRITO (SWORDART ONLINE ANIME SN II): KIRITO’S SWORDSMANSHIP
Watching Kirito deflect a hail of bullets exploding out of a bush for close to ten seconds dropped my jaw; it might have had something to do with the animation, especially the fluidity with which Kirito’s acrobatic abilities and reflexes manifested.

Or maybe it was the rotating angles from which the entire scene was presented. Either way. It was a pretty cool showing.


+NARUTO VS SASUKE (NARUTO MANGA): CHAPTER 698
Whether you loved it or hated it, you simply cannot deny the simple fact that Kishimoto really rushed those final chapters of the series. Yes we got the Naruto/Sasuke fight we wanted, but it could have been handled better, possibly after a few weeks break following the fall of the final villain.

Heck, it could have been its own mini arc; alas, there isn’t much that we can do about it now. And the manga wasn’t without its bright spots.

Of the four chapters that constituted the Naruto/Sasuke battle, chapter 698 really stood out; with the big attacks finally out of the way, watching Naruto and Sasuke beat the holy hell out of one another, depending on nothing other than their fists and wits was, well, thrilling. 

The sort of battle that makes ninja fights so interesting to watch; if only the fight had run on for another chapter or two, it could have transformed into something truly great.

TOP 15 ANIME&MANGA MOMENTS of 2014
The criteria I utilized in generating this list was pretty simple and straightforward: I was looking for scenes and events that were particularly memorable from 2014. I am not talking about moments that were simply ‘good’, but occurrences in anime and manga that blew your mind to one extent or another, with my list ranked as such:  


15. SLAINE (ALDNOAH ZERO ANIME): INOHA/SAAZBAUM/ASSEYLUM
Aldnoah Zero had a select few bright spots; not a bad show, but I thought it was simply too reminiscent of Code Geass. 

While far from terrible, I found the anime to be surprisingly average; which is why the role Slaine eventually played in the events of the final episodes of the first season of Aldnoah Zero where particularly unexpected, especially the actions he took against Inoha and even going so far as to get one over Saazbaum, finally finding his place in the grand scheme of things. 


14. HAIKYUU ANIME: EPISODE 16
Haikyuu is not my favorite sports anime; however it has some of the best characters I have ever encountered in a sports anime.

Episode 16 might not have been the most explosive of the season but it was certainly the most poignant in the face of devastation from the team’s defeat.


13. RUKIA/ASNODT (BLEACH MANGA): ASNODT’S DEFEAT
Rukia is the Bleach equivalent of Sakura. Yes, I know what I just said, and some people probably just gasped in horror; but let’s consider this objectively.

Sure, Rukia’s count of noteworthy battles is considerably higher than Sakura’s and she’s probably won more than her fair share of fights without Ichigo’s interference.

Except that I cannot recall a single one of her significant victories; and that’s because Rukia is one of Bleach’s most underused and under developed characters. Love her all you like, if Kubo had cut her out of the manga all together, her absence wouldn’t have impacted Bleach in any major way.

Which is why it was so gratifying to watch her fight and defeat As Nodt,  an enemy that brought her brother, Byakuya, to his knees.

And yes. Everyone one has one these days; yet we all have to admit that Rukia finally earning bankai was very deserved. It was a certainly more convincing power-up than whatever happened to Sakura during the war arc.

It’s too late to hope for anything more from Rukia at this point, but at least she can disappear from the series having garnered some noteworthy achievements following years of running after Ichigo.

12. WHITE HAIR KANEKI (TOKYO GHOUL ANIME): KANEKI VS YAMORI
I will not mince my words; I thought the finale of the first season of Tokyo Ghoul was terrible. It was abrupt and almost felt unplanned, like the studio had suddenly run out of money or something and decided to call it quits for the moment. 

Ignoring its place as the season’s finale though, the last episode in the Tokyo Ghoul anime adaptation had one gem in the form of Kaneki; driven to the brink of despair, broken, bruised and mangled, Kaneki essentially dies.

Or rather the young boy that cowered in the face of his strength, looking to Touka for protection finally faded away, to be replaced by a murderous ghoul driven by his thirst to deliver to Yamori the sum total of every modicum of pain he had endured at the large man’s hands.

Satisfying; that is how one would describe kaneki’s counter attack against Yamori, delivering well deserved vengeance even while giving birth to a new hero.


11. NIMAIYA (BLEACH MANGA)- VS THE QUINCY Nimaiya is the best thing to come out of the Bleach manga in 2014; yes, yes, Ichibei is awesome. But, think about this. Ten years from now, after Bleach has long since ended. Which character will you be able to recall with great detail? Ichibei or Nimaiya?

Yes, that’s right. Nimaiya. This particular shiningami made one of the most impressive entrances we have seen in Bleach since…Ichigo?

The way he casually strode onto the battlefield, so self assured, zanpankutou in hand, before he singlehandedly decimated the small group of irritatingly arrogant quincy.

I want more Nimaiya. But you know what? I don’t think we are gong to see him again. Shame on your, Kubo.


10. KIRITO/SHINON/DEATH GUN (SWORDART ONLINE ANIME SN II): FINAL FIGHT I hated SAO SN II before I even watched it. Then I actually mustered the courage to give it a decent chance and, to my utter shock, ended up enjoying it.

That is until the 13 episode mark, when the Gun Gale Online portion of the season ended, and then it went from  thrilling to mediocre to outright boring the hell out of me. And I think I could make a pretty good argument about how Asuke ruined the second portion of another SAO season once again. Then again it would be more accurate to fault the writer(s). I wish they would simply make their minds up about the kind of story they wish to tell. This business of shifting back and forth between shonen/action and drama/romance/shoujo, in a rather uncoordinated manner just doesn’t work.

For all its faults, Gun Gale Online ended with a bang; yes, Kirito was never in any real danger. Yet that didn’t take the thrill and tension out of his final battle with Death Gun in the desert. The entire scene was beautifully animated, displaying the desperation of both combatants to achieve victory in a fight where a single projectile would permanently end the life of our hero.

It was great stuff, far more than what I expected out of SwordArt Online; fast paced, frenetic and explosive.


9. AOMINE/KOGAMI/KISE (KUROKO NO BASKET ANIME): THE ZONE
For the record, I hate the zone, or at least I thought I did. I understand the spirit of Kuroko no Basuke as a sports show that allows its characters to utilize near superhuman capabilities to play basketball. Yet, the zone feels like a step too far, essentially a power-up designed to deliver victory through the skills of a single individual.

But like I said, I thought I hated the Zone; but further thought revealed that I simply despised the idea of Kogami using the skill to attain victory that one time in earlier seasons.

When it comes to Aomine though, that is a whole other matter; essentially the most badass character of the anime, and possibly most skilled player of the Generation of Miracles ( or rather he will be, with a little more practice), Aomine might  not have carried the first season of the series, but he most definitely lit Kuroko no Basket up.

His performance against Kogami pales in my opinion only because I do not like Kogami; it was the match against Kise, though, that allowed us our first glimpse of this monster of a basketball player.

Thrown against the only other player more naturally talented than him, even while holding back, their match was a sight to behold, especially the effort and ingenuity that Kise threw against the brick wall that was Aomine, failing to overcome the obstacle but no less of a hero for his struggles. 

I have no clue about the contents of the manga; however my only hope is that we get the opportunity to see Aomine in action once more.


8. MIGHT GAI (NARUTO MANGA): VS MADARA
Gai’s awesomeness doesn’t need words to describe. Sufficing to say he is a beast.


7. GON/PITOU (HUNTER X HUNTER): FINAL FIGHT
Pitou is the one character during the Chimera Ant arc that had a presence possibly even greater than that of the Ant King, Meruem; emerging on the screen in a rather explosive manner, proving the threat she posed by putting Kite down rather casually, Pitou was the first sign that the Hunter X Hunter series had reached new heights in the story, and that Gon and Killua would have to strive for new levels of strength to engage with a world that had taken a very dangerous turn.

Even with the threat of Meruem, it was only fitting for Gon to be the one to face Pitou, that arc-long foe who had first struck fear in the young hunter’s heart, revealing to him, in crisp detail, his own weakness.

And their final fight didn’t disappoint, indeed exceeding expectations; watching Gon’s rage compound over a series of several episodes, reducing the young hunter’s typically cheerful demeanor to one of  uncontrollable fury was almost chilling.

Watching that fury explode in one ridiculous burst, with Gon showing us a glimpse of just what makes him special, was…well, enthralling. It was the manifestation of all that is great about HXH (along with Meruem’s death, of course).

Fault the Chimera Ant arc all you want, it had some of the most explosive highlights in anime 2014.


6. DRESSROSSA ARC (ONE PIECE): SABO’S RETURN
I am no One Piece fanatic; yet even I cannot deny the fact that, when it gets good, it gets really good; most people speaking of the greatest arcs, chapters, even episodes of One Piece often look to Marine Ford and all the stories that surround it.

I would be more inclined to highlight the arc that came after MarineFord, during which we were introduced to a much younger Luffy, the story that unfolded around his birth and the events that precipitated his growth into the man he is today.

Energetic as Luffy was though, it was Sabo and Ace that stole that particular arc for me; fun, lively and ultimately tragic, that, in my opinion, has to be one of the best arcs (mini arc?) in One Piece.

And the lynch pin of its greatness was always Sabo’s untimely and shockingly unjust death; as such, watching him return to the fold of One Piece, stronger than ever, determined to carry Ace’s legacy forward was awesome.


5. NARUTO UZUMAKI AND SASUKE UCHIHA (NARUTO MANGA): SAGE.
Naruto and Sasuke’s finest hour. Seriously, Just look at them. How is that not the most awesome thing you have seen in Naruto in a long while?


4. INTER HIGH (YOWAMUSHI PEDAL ANIME): ONODA’S MIRACLE
Yowamushi pedal is such a thrilling anime that you would expect it to be that much more difficult to select one single moment in a season filled with greatness. But that isn’t quite true.

Yes, there is a near saturation of breathtaking races in most episodes of Yowamushi Pedal. But most, if not all of them pale in comparison to the second stage of Inter High, when Onoda dropped out of the top five, slid all the way down to the last position and somehow managed to pass a hundred men to make the leap back to the top.

I am no sports fan; but if I had been in the crowd that day, watching that race, it would have been Onada’s meteoric comeback that would have forced me to my feet, cheering, possibly even singing along with “Hime, Hime”.


3. MERUEM/KAMUGI (HUNTER X HUNTER (2011))- DEATH SCENE
Meruem was essentially a god in his universe; and if there is one problem that often plagues god like villains in anime, it is the manner in which they eventually go out.

Epic as they were in life, the common presumption is that they should meet their death in an equally epic manner; which is what made Meruem’s fall such a shocking, yet moving experience.

Thinking on it, Meruem lived large and indeed, he died in just as grandiose a manner (alongside the equally epic chairman).

However, for all his strength and the imposing threat that seemed to emanate from his being, it could be argued that no other facet of the Ant King’s short lived life was ever more important than that initial meeting with Kamugi, during which the powerful figure learned, for the very first time, to appreciate life and the rationale of mercy, even as he found his spirit slowly but steadily bound to the world of a young blind girl.

It was only fitting that Meruem and Kamugi would perish together in what is arguably one of the saddest villain deaths in anime history. There is little to fault in that final scene, which chose to manifest the essence of Kamugi and Meruem’s relationship to the very end.


2. KAKASHI/OBITO (NARUTO ANIME): RAMPAGE
Say what you will about Obito and Kakashi’s roles; the simple fact is they produced two of the most epic episodes of Naruto in 2014.

Whatever your opinion might be on his role as a villain, it is difficult to watch the events surrounding Rin’s death without experiencing a sliver of sympathy for Obito.

Driven by madness at the passing of the target of his obsession, more thrilling, though, was watching Obito lose control, obliterating his enemies without remorse in a 15 minute festival of blood.

The impact of Obito’s rampage was most likely elevated in the eyes of anime only Naruto fans like me, for whom these events couldn’t have been more surprising.

Yet even these events pale in comparison to the final showdown between Obito and Kakashi; a clash barely  3 minutes long, which saw former teammates meet in a life and death battle, haunted by the ghosts of their pasts, their mistakes and the camaraderie responsible for turning Kakashi into the man he is today.

As a Naruto fan, you cannot watch this fight without getting a shiver or two; the animation was fluid. The Music was haunting.

The effects were explosive and the memories interspersed between each blow heartwarming in reminiscing upon the bonds that once existed between these two shinobi.

Naruto always exceeds expectations when it sticks to hand to hand combat.


1. PRISCILLA/THE GHOSTS (CLAYMORE MANGA): AWAKENING
If you ask me what I think was the most shocking part of the Claymore finale, I would have to mention the death count. The manga has shown such a disregard for the lives of all characters that are not Clare that I was envisioning a brutal slaughter to close the Claymore story, with a number of our favorite characters dying in some memorable fashion.

That the number of deaths in the final battle would be so low is something to marvel at.

Oh, and Teresa is the best character in Claymore. Seeing her return AND THEN AWAKEN made my year. Definitely the best moment I came across in manga in 2014 (at least as far as I can remember).
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Hello everyone! Just sharing some cool artwork from Valentine's Day this year. Figured it would be a nice break to post this before getting back to work. I wish I posted this on Feb. 14, but I was out sick the whole weekend while trying to study for midterms this week. Please share any artwork, official or fan art.

Artwork

Infinite Stratos (Charlotte and Francesca)
Infinite Stratos (Charlotte and Francesca)

For you Infinite Stratos fan, a dose of cat girl maids with juicy chocolate is a double whammy here.

Fairy Tail (Wendy)
Fairy Tail (Wendy)

Was expecting Hiro Mashima to put Lucy or Erza, two of the most popular and endowed Fairy Tail gals. Seeing Wendy here was just so adorable. She has that shy but determined look to give out chocolate to someone.

Nurse Hitomi
Nurse Hitomi

Have read Nurse-Teacher Hitomi's infirmary to sample it once I heard about another monster manga series being licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment. It reminds me of Monster Musume. Nurse and cyclops combo is a double win!

Didn't know it was Ban's birthday! Ban is one cool dude.

Lastly, we have Sonico and Pochaco. Sonico is rocking the cute succubus theme while Pochaco is very risque with her outfit and theme. Pochaco is one of the few anime characters that have very wide hips. Most of time, you see well endowed characters with thin figure or hour glass shape (cough One Piece). It's nice to see diversity in beauty.

Thank you everyone for reading. I bet you all had a great Valentines weekend.

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Screw that dagger, you need the Ultima Weapon to kill THAT Heartless!
Screw that dagger, you need the Ultima Weapon to kill THAT Heartless!

Welcome back to By The Week! Protip: Be careful about doing push-ups on your co-worker's balcony. You do that on the living room floor near the TV.

Disclaimer: This will majorly spoil the episode in question since I will talk about some major (and rather graphic) parts! Read this at your own risk! To view the episode in question legally, you can go to FUNimation or Hulu if you're a subscribed member. After a week passes, it will be free for all viewers.

Breakdown and Thoughts

After the two-episode long war zone, as we notice Kaneki just writhing in pain on his recent transformation (probably indigestion from eating Shinohara's armor instead of his body as confirmed by the top of the show), we get more backstory on Juuzo (also, I apologize on screwing up his name entirely on the last blog) and how he had such a crazy personality to him (being raised by ghouls for killing people for sport and getting your nuts plucked out(?) can do that to you). We also get more on Amon and Akira, whom are still shaken by Kureo's death, but seem to be getting along together.

I admit that the story has been all over the place since the start (and that I was enjoying the battles like no tomorrow), but everything's being placed rather nicely here in comparison to the breakneck pacing from season one, but they need to be careful about creating more plot holes (and the return of the heavy black mist censorship) from here on, especially considering that the CCG plans to get back at Aogiri by going to their hideout as stated in this episode. I consider this a real good episode, but I hope that there will be a good medium (if at all) for this story in the next episode.

Highlights

Yeah, I had no clue how your hand pulled a Melodias either.
Yeah, I had no clue how your hand pulled a Melodias either.
Another protip: There IS a wrong place and time to back your ass up.
Another protip: There IS a wrong place and time to back your ass up.
Aaaaall aboard the ship! An interesting ship!
Aaaaall aboard the ship! An interesting ship!
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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Winter 2014-15 experiences where I share what recommendations I took up during the seasons. Every season, I check this list (Anime Vicer's Recommendations) that has recommendations from my friends, teammates, and folks from the community. I do this fun project to promote sharing and recommending new anime and manga. I hope you guys and gals share, too. Makes our community feel a lot closer.

Don't worry, I don't mention any spoilers in this blog. I'm going to highlight the fun, the weird, and the bad parts in my experience. For my little winter break, I only tried three anime series: Kaichou wa Maid-sama!, Persona 4 the Animation, and Persona 4 the Golden Animation.

Maid-Sama!

In the Wolf Girl & Black Prince Discussion, the anime series had some unfortunate things that annoy viewers/turn them away such as how gullible Erika is and how messed up the main love interest. I had a recommendation from both my friends to clean out the taste of bad Shoujo rom com with Maid Sama.

Maid Sama was a cute Shoujo series set in your average high school. Your heroine is Misaki who dislikes boys and protects her female classmates with the power of being the school president. She is a tough tomboy who has a secret, being maid waitress at a cafe to support her family. Her secret was eventually found out by Takumi. (I can't remember if it was a blackmail or not) She spends time with Takumi to make no one knows she has a double life.

I enjoy the series well. If you don't focus on the unfortunate gender roles. There was an implication on Misaki who is a strong girl yet she works as a maid. Another issue was the characters especially Takumi's backstory wasn't reveal much except for hints in the credits. The ending was decent but left things unsolved.

I recommend this to folks who don't mind another regular Shoujo, romantic comedic series. It was definitely better than Wolf Girl and Black Prince.

Persona 4

We had a huge Persona craze back in the old days of Anime Vice when the first Persona 4 anime series hit Japan. Foxx and Nick were working on the Persona 4 reviews. I didn't try it back then. Some time later, I asked Hailinel on which Persona game to try since I thought I needed to play the game first to enjoy the anime. I believe he recommended Persona 2. BigHeart711 was a huge fan, and he had a Velvet Room theme going on.

In the winter, I watched Persona 4 the Golden Animation, thinking it was a remake. That was a dumb mistake since I got lost. I realized I got to try the 1st anime series. Here are what both series offered:

  • 1st Anime - Offers action and character development along with a faithful adaptation of the game
  • Golden - I believe it was pure fan service for the folks who played the game. Marie is the main center, but if you don't like her, your mileage might vary with the 2nd series.

I enjoyed the first series the most. Golden is very rushed since it skips around. If you haven't play the game, don't worry, the 1st series does a fantastic job explaining what the world is about and making you be attached to the characters. The only thing that was confusing was the Personas, the creatures our main heroes and heroines summon to fight shadows. I finally figured out after playing the game that there are social links and only the main character can change Persona. Social Links are part of the game mechanics where you improve your relationship which makes leveling up Persona easier during summoning. The anime doesn't focus a lot on game play mechanics but rather the characters and story.

I would recommend to folks who enjoy mystery drama with a side of pseudo harem elements. After seeing the anime, there were jokes on the protagonist on being a man whore. After playing the game, he is a man whore due to the social links and dating sim elements. First time for me to experience SIM stuff in a RPG game.

Thank you everyone for reading. I hope you recommend anime and manga series to your friends! I would love to hear recommendations, too.

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Having to place your portfolio under a template that your teacher failed to mention to everyone sucks major centipede.
Having to place your portfolio under a template that your teacher failed to mention to everyone sucks major centipede.

Welcome back to By The Week (and sorry for the long wait)! We have a lot to talk about over here. A LOT.

Disclaimer: This will majorly spoil the episode in question since I will talk about some major (and rather graphic) parts! Read this at your own risk! To view the episode in question legally, you can go to FUNimation or Hulu if you're a subscribed member. After a week passes, it will be free for all viewers.

Breakdown and Thoughts

The continuous of the jailbreak battles kick off with the Ghoul Twins, Nashiro and Kurona fighting Rei which picks up a flashback of all three of them as classmates of Mr. Amon and following after, the death of the Twins' friend, Shizuku and the crazy side of Rei unraveling before coming back into the battle at hand. Meanwhile, the (apparent) father-son fight of Ayato and Mr. Shinohara gains a rather sudden conclusion with one of the victors having to fight off Kaneki in an more powerful, centipede-like form, whom afterwards, must deal with Amon, whom becomes a shocking bombshell for those who watched Season One and forgot Black-Haired Kaneki's ideals until right there. This sounds like a battle chain, but some of them happen around the same time as the other, more relevant battles.

Let's get one thing out there first: I do understand that Japan recently had that horrible ISIS-related incident where a reporter was killed (assumed via beheading) under a hefty ransom to the country for trying to rescue a comrade, but the censorship of the knife-related violence in the first battle was still in very poor taste, especially considering that there was only one bit of censorship in the show (when Akira Mado sliced the top part of a ghoul's head off on last episode). All of the battles were very good here, except for the Ayato/Shinohara battle, which honestly ended rather weakly.

Right after Kaneki does what Shinohara could've done to Ayato (which was to kill him. Shinohara's not a ghoul) the moment that his feelings took over him, was when Amon reminded me of the ideals that he was told during the last fight that he had with Kaneki and how they were tarnished under the insanity and power that the white-haired powerhouse had been subjected to at season one. (And him eating Shinohara like a dinner from the mall.) One other thing that was dismissed was the info on the CRC gas that wasn't considered until after Amon's battle against Kaneki shifted into his side. That was the other thing that bothered me, but it was a solid fighting sequence to end off a rather solid episode. Let's hope that the next one delivers (and explains) very nicely.

Highlights

Relax. There's plenty for everyone! <3
Relax. There's plenty for everyone! <3
Cool new mask, but the Persona 5 Protagonist already has you beat.
Cool new mask, but the Persona 5 Protagonist already has you beat.
Good luck explaining THIS to the D.E.A.
Good luck explaining THIS to the D.E.A.
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Hello everyone, we have a small but beautiful selection. Best DVD cover goes to Reideen since the silver coloring and mech theme rocks!

Familiar Shows I Recommend

  • Digimon Fusion (known as Digimon Xros Wars) - I used to watch the Japanese version on Crunchyroll. I couldn't get used to the dub. I love Digimon in dub for seasons 1-5. This was the first Digimon I seen in Japanese. I know there are TV censorship and such. I recommend English or Japanese for anyone. Besides the dub vs sub thing, it's a light hearted Digimon show. Not a lot of death. There is more sex appeal in this series compared to the other shows.

Unfamiliar Series I would Try

Engaged to the Unidentified - I seen GIFs and memes. One of my teammates, Vapovile, was a fan of the show. I'm interested in it. I'm not much of a slice of life fan, but I would try anything. It has very cute characters.

I would love to hear your recommendations on these series. All comments are welcome. Thank you.

Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release. All summaries are from ANN.

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Notes

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Digimon Fusion - Season 1 (DVD)
  • Distributor: New Video Group
  • Suggested retail price: $44.99

The massive anime franchise continues with FUSION, an all-new installment currently airing on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons, perfect for fans of the original series and of the current reboot.

Seventh grader Mikey Kudo is transported into the Digital World along with his two best friends. They are charged with saving the Digimon against annihilation and must lead the Fusion Fighters against the evil Bagra Army.

Engaged to the Unidentified Complete Collection
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98 (Blu-Ray), $49.98 (DVD)

Not every girl gets what she wants on her 16th birthday, but Kobeni's gift is something she never saw coming: an arranged marriage! Thanks to her late grandfather, Kobeni's been engaged to a total stranger since childhood, and even though she's supposedly met him she doesn't remember a single thing about him. Even weirder is that both her Mom and creepily over-doting sister, Benio, seem completely unsurprised when the groom-to-be, Hakuya, and his younger sister, Mashiro, show up on the family's doorstep to move in with them!

But it's not until they start attending Kobeni's school that things take an even stranger turn after she starts to pick up some very... unusual vibes from her potential future family. From Mashiro's obsession with aliens and UMAs (Unidentified Mysterious Animals) to Hakuya's disconcerting lack of emotion, there's something very off about them that Kobeni can't quite put her finger on. What has her grandfather gotten her into, and how does this relate to the strange gap in Kobeni's memory?

Contains episodes 1-12. Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Reideen - Collection 2
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $49.98

As the attacks by the Mechanical Beasts continue to escalate and Earth's defenders struggle to develop new technology capable of stopping them, the mystery surrounding our planet's greatest protector only deepens. After all, if a weapon is only as dangerous as the being who wields it, why has the robot-like goliath known as Reideen chosen a high school student like Junki Saiga to be its pilot?

What is Reideen's real purpose here on Earth? Is it our last line of defense in this war, or could it actually be the cause of it? And how many weapons and capabilities does it possess that have yet to be seen? Solving these riddles could be the key to saving everything, but the clock is running down for the Vigilant Corps. The enemy is no longer content to simply attack from space-they're here, infiltrating our cities, and they already know who the pilot of Reideen is. As Junki and Hoshikawa find themselves the targets of both human and alien covert action, the battle for the fate of our world expands to an even wider front! Contains episodes 14-26. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Sailor Moon - Season 1 Part 2
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $44.82

Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury, and Sailor Mars continue their quest for the Legendary Silver Crystal as two new powerful allies join the fight. Sailor Jupiter is the tall and tough Guardian of Thunder, and Sailor Venus is the Guardian of Love and the most experienced member. Sailor Moon herself gets an impressive new power and learns more about the mysterious Tuxedo Mask. Could their distant past be intertwined, and does that have anything to do with the Moon Princess they seek? The final ordeal with Queen Beryl looms on the horizon, and it will take everything the Sailor Guardians have to be victorious!

Contains episodes 24-46. Special Features: Sailor Moon Day Convention Event Highlights. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

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Here in Anime Vice, users are encourage to watch anime legally whenever possible. Language and territories are listed below since Viewster's services are available in over 120 countries in 4 main languages: English, Spanish, German, French.

Note: I was contacted by the company via Twitter after I posted the Winter 2015 Simulcast Guide for the community. It was my first time hearing of this company. I'll attach this blog as an addendum to the article.

Simulcasts

Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!
Summary:

Five beautiful high school boys are members of the Defense Club which basically does nothing. One day a mysterious pink creature appears named Wombat who gives the boys bracelets and charges them with protecting the Earth.

  • With English subtitles in USA, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland
  • With English, German, French subtitles in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium
Death Parade
Summary:

This series takes place in a mysterious bar located in the middle of nowhere. People arrive in pairs and are met by a bartender who informs them that they must play games against each other with their lives on the line. What secrets do these people hide within themselves and who are the mysterious people who run this bar and force people to play these games?

  • With English subtitles in United Kingdom, Ireland
Fafner Exodus
Summary:

Tatsumiyajima is the central island in the middle of a small cluster of islands, in a sleepy backwater of the Japanese isles. Not much happens there, and the island's young people go to school knowing that their lives are likely to remain peaceful and undisturbed. Or so they have been taught... but the truth is different. The fate of mankind is on the line, and Tatsumiyajima is the last line of defense against a hostile and incomprehensible enemy. At the center of it all, fighting for Humanity's continued existence, is the giant robot Fafner, the dragon that guards this final treasure of mankind. Fafner Exodus will be set 2 years after the first attacks of the festums.

  • With English, German, French subtitles in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Spain
Rolling Girls
Summary:

Ten years after the Great Tokyo War all the prefectures of Japan have become their own independent nations which now like to fight, feud and squabble with each other over land. Four girls from Saitama have been given the job of riding around Japan on their motorcycles to settle disputes but that job is proving to be no easy task.

  • With English subtitles in United Kingdom, and Ireland
Samurai Warriors
Summary:

The story of this series follows the Sanada brothers who have both sworn an oath to fight together to the bitter end (which already tells me that this is not going to be a happy, fluffy series). When the story begins, Toyotomi Hideyoshi is about to unify the realm with only Odawara Castle left to conquer. The battle is fierce but as one side starts to gain an advantage, the younger Sanada brother named Yukimura rides in with his brother close behind.

  • With English subtitles in USA, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland
  • With English, German, French subtitles in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Italy
World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman
Summary:

In this world there is a private high school where the students are made up of those with memories of their past lives; either they were once Shirogane who defeated enemies with weapons or they were Kuroma who wiped out enemies with magic. At the start of the series, we meet our main character named Moroha Haimura who has memories of being both a Shirogane and a Kuroma.

  • With English subtitles in USA, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland
  • With English, German, French subtitles in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Italy
Yatterman Night
Summary:

A band of great thieves called Doronbo do battle with the Yattermen but lose and are banished to a remote land. Rising up from this band are the main characters Doronjo, Boyacky and Tonzura.

  • With English subtitles in United Kingdom, and Ireland
  • With English, German, French subtitles in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Belgium

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Welcome everyone to the Crunchyroll's 2015 simulpub list. Here in Anime Vice, we highly encourage users to read manga legally whenever possible. Mods, staff, and users are welcome to promote legal venues at all times. I'll will update this as much as I can.

Thank you.

Crunchyroll 2015 Manga Simulpub

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Side: P4
Summary:
The story of the original game takes place on the last day of the Yasogami High culture festival. During the event, the heroes of Persona 4 see a strange bell tower appear on the school grounds. The heroes of Persona 3 also hear the bell, and are dragged into the future where the Persona 4 cast awaits. The two groups are locked in the school covered in Shadows, but meet two mysterious individuals named Zen and Rei, who have lost their memories. The cast soon learns that Zen and Rei's lost memories may be the key to solving the mystery of the bell tower's sudden appearance.
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Side:P3
Summary:
Persona Q, the latest RPG in Atlus's Persona series, is now a manga! Serialization has begun for two sides of the story: Persona 3 and Persona 4. The split plot follows two protagonists, who were never fated to meet, and their friends. But as their adventures progress, the two groups' stories start to merge! One stormy autumn night, the P3 gang is bummed that Gekkoukan High School's Culture Festival was canceled due to the weather. But out of nowhere, they hear a bell begin to ring. The next thing they know..

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What we do here is create characters and stories, and have a lot of fun while doing it. Here we like to write and develop as writers, helping each other along and making friends along the way.

What do you need to participate? You need internet access, decent grammar and a good imagination!

So, what do you need to know before you join in?

Tips for making a Character

Originality

In the Animevice RPG Forum, we aspire to create original content inspired by anime. This doesn't mean OCs of established series, but creating new characters that are merely inspired by the style of writing anime and manga have.

Imagine your character as the protagonist of his own series and then fit that series into the joint world we call the Viceverse. Each player can make an impact on the world with their characters and the interactions the characters have.

Personality

Something important to consider is that making a character also includes his or her personality. This means you should try to make a character that isn't yourself with powers, but a completely different person than yourself.

This not only allows more kinds of personalities, but also allows the players to avoid over investing on their characters fates as if they were parts of them. Over investing can be dangerous.

Appearance

Finding a look is easy, you can either design your character around it or design a character with general traits common enough. You could use pages like Zerochan.net to find an image using tags. Like Swordsman, or Knight, or Spy… etc. You can also check anime character databases online to find somebody through tags.

Always consider looking for an image while or before you do the bio, as sometimes you never seem to find a proper one for your idea after you have done it. Another consideration is trying to make characters look different from others, as having 100 skinny teenagers with black or white hair tends to make things confusing.

Note: If you take the appearance of a famous character, your own might be subjected to typecasting as the same character rather than an original one.

Powers

A common pitfall many fall into when making a character is thinking that “If my character is weak then he isn't interesting” and that’s, if you can excuse my french, a load of bull****. Being less or more powerful isn't a proper measurement of a character’s worth.

I’m not saying you must make a weak character either. But there must be a balance, as too powerful characters break the game and characters that are too weak tend to frustrate the player and most of the time they end up rebounding into overpowered characters.

When you make a character (more about this in the Character Creation Guide) you must always consider your character’s story and personality and how it relates to his or her powers. If he is too powerful, almost any conflict you place in his way shouldn't be too hard to overcome and that’s a big no-no.

Try to be inventive with your character powers, like for example a Martial Artist that can throw balls of Ki and move faster than sound is elemental, think outside the box, like for example a young magician only proficient in utility magic he uses for combat, like making the ground slippery or altering the density of objects to plant traps.

Having an overpowered or hax character only makes other players distrust you as they don’t know what your character can pull off. The same goes for explaining the powers, you always must explain how your character powers work and what their limits are.

Threads

OOC

An OOC (Out Of Character) Thread is the “lobby” of Online Game. Here whomever made it presents the basic idea of the thread and some information about it, as well as any limitations for the characters, like only Street Level Characters.

In these threads, you can sign up to participate in the Story RPG’s or get to know more about the thread its related to. The creator of the Thread also decides how the turns should be ordered (Learn more about this in the Turns section)

RPs

There are three types of RPs. Story threads tell a story and tend to include many characters, Battle threads are usually 1v1 fights that can be in or out of canon, finally there are Fluff threads that are mostly filler, perfect for character interaction and development, usually with more of a slice-of-life vibe.

All these threads can be divided into two categories (Most of the time these categories are clearly stated on the title)

Open: Are threads in which anybody who fulfills the requirements can enter, they tend to be Story or Fluff threads and are the majority of threads most of the time. All will have OOC threads in which the newcomers can learn about the story and other related stuff.

Closed: Are threads in which a limited amount of players interact, these are usually Battles or Story heavy threads. Most of the time the players tend to organize these through private messages.

Your turn

In each thread, your character is allowed to have a single turn per cycle (Cycle being 1 turn for each player) Most of the turns usually share a restricted time, meaning they happen in a limited amount of time, relative to the other players.

In battles turns tend to be shorter, describing each character’s actions and reactions to other characters, while out of combat turns may last longer. It’s always a question of reading other posts and trying to match the in-game length.

The order of the turns is usually decided by the creator of the thread. The most common way is a Fixed Posting Order, in which every player has a fixed position and when the cycle reaches the last then the first one in the order re-starts the cycle

Other variants are free-posting, in which the order is subordinated to character interactions, if two characters are only interacting between each other the players can post faster, while the others have to wait for the reactions of the character to whom they are interacting.

Always check the OOC threads to see how the Creator of the Thread is handling turns.

Thread Etiquette

Usually in Story threads the Creator has an idea about how the plot should play out, most of the time they give the other players an idea about it in the OOC. If you enter a thread you surely will have your own story with your characters, yet you have to respect the overarching story, trying to get out of it without a good reason or trying outright to break it is bad.

Yet there are limits to that. If you feel that the Game Creator is forcing the story onto your character, forcing you to take roads you feel your character wouldn't take or do stuff it wouldn't do then the Game Creator could be railroading the thread, where just like a Rail Shooter, you are forced to follow a linear path. Feel free to call out the Creator in the OOC or leave the thread.

Most of the Open threads are made so anybody can enter, even if they are halfway done. But you should always consult the Thread creator first before entering a thread that is already moving.

Creating Threads

You can create your own threads, first make an OOC with the concept and ideas, trying to recruit people to play it, read other OOCs to get the idea of how to present the story. When you get the desired amount of players in you should start it with the RP thread.

Always remember to state if the thread is Open or Closed in the title, and always remember to place the requirements or limitations for the thread in the OOC to avoid problems later if a character does something that breaks the game.

You should read previous threads (easily accessible through the Vice Canon Thread) to get some inspiration, ideas and structure to make your own. There are many excellent threads you can read to get the feel of how you should make one.

COMBAT!

Fighting in the forum is quite easy, as it’s purely narrative, no dice, no point systems or any other numerical mechanics. You state what your character does, like throwing a punch and the other player must, using your bio and description as reference, make his character react according to his own powers and skills.

Combat in the forum, specially against other players characters is a matter of cooperation and respect. If your enemy launches an attack your character can’t possibly avoid then you must take the damage. This is called Selling. Selling is extremely important, as that’s a way to showcase your character struggling, a pivotal part of RPGing.

When you post an attack you never write about it connecting, you never say “My character punches yours and breaks his ribs” That’s called autohitting and is one of the main things you should never do. On the other side of the equation there is God Moding, when you ignore damage you should take without giving a proper explanation. Once again, you should never do this.

Another common mistake are retroactive actions. You aren't allowed to do stuff like “No, you can’t hit me because when you weren't looking two hours ago I made a trap in this exact location” without any foreshadowing. You also can't change what your character did before to better suit you in a new action.

What’s the Canon?

Since January 2013 the Animevice RPG Forum has a Canon, meaning that it has a coherent and cohesive universe and most of the stories happen in the same universe, through a chronological progression of events.

Characters, locations, events and organizations are the building block of this world in which almost anything can happen, magic users, ki users, advanced technology, interdimensional and time travellers.

When we started this iteration of the Viceverse (as we colloquially refer to the universe) the active players designed the world to allow almost any type of origin as well as to limit the power or the possible collateral damage Story or Battle threads could do to the World.

We more or less designed the Universe with the intent of maintaining a Status Quo so there could be many threads and many opportunities for new players to join without having radical changes on the world and the story that could confuse new and old players alike.

The events that enter the canon are the ones approved by the majority of players and are included in the canon thread. This doesn't mean you can only do canon threads, sometimes threads might not be part of the canon but they are still playable in the forum.

The canon also includes any relationships between character, being couples, friends, rivals or enemies. Always remember to reference this kind of stuff when playing, it gives even more cohesion to the world when characters quote past events.

Finally another part of the canon are Organizations, large, player controlled groups of characters which tend to have a clear goal or mission in the world. These groups are sometimes all composed by characters controlled by one player, but other times many players have characters in the same organizations.

Organizations tend to serve as balancing forces in the world, limiting world shattering events or abrupt disaster that could cause major damage. Stability in the in-game universe allows for more threads to be played.

Obviously there are limitations for the Organizations, as you can’t go prancing around interfering with other threads or events without permission of the Game Creator, but the Game Creator should respect the area of influence of the Organization as well and ask the Organization leader for permission or collaboration if he plans to do something big on the area of influence.

Links

Here you will find a list with useful links with information about characters, bio creation, threads, locations, organizations and more…

Character Creation Guide

Vice Verse Canon (Threads)

World of the Vice (Locations)

Character Index

Dreaming Kombat (Fights off canon)

Vice Monthly Awards

Guide to Originality

Mandatory Network

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