Part 1 of my fan project.
Toriko in DBZ style!
Toriko Spiked Punch x5-100
Demon Devil Serpent-60
Jirou (Intimidation Knocking)-200,000,000
Starjun (GT robo)-150
Battle Wolf (tired)-30
Baby Regal Mammoth-40
Giant Gt Robo-60
Toriko(post Jewel meat)-155
Sunny(post Jewel meat)-125
Coco(post Jewel meat)-115
Grinpatch(not full power)-160
To be continued...
Welcome everyone! In the community, we have a fantastic team on a growing, popular anime series that debut in summer 2014 season, Akame ga Kill. I'm proud to be part of the team. We done a lot of great work together. Soon after 1 cour has passed (12 episodes has aired), I will post a recognition blog and highlight the achievements of this team.
For this blog, I'm proud to introduce the Akame ga Kill wiki crew. Please give them a round of applause for contributing to the site in their free time. Our wiki pages help the community and bring them together for the Akame ga Kill Discussion. Of course, you see the team along with folks who love the show or not on the front page.
For those who are new to the series, here is a summary from Anime Vice's wiki editors:
A young man named Tatsumi comes to the capital of his nation hoping to join the army, but things don't go so well. The army doesn't think he's worth recruiting, and a sexy lady steals all his money. With no other options, Tatsumi sulks until a wealthy girl comes along and offers him food and shelter.
Then one night, he discovers the shocking truth behind his new patron when the terrorist group "Night Raid" comes to kill them. Having seen the true horror of those who run the country, Tatsumi joins Night Raid and their goal of killing the country's Prime Minister in order to end the corruption at the very top, but the Prime Minister has the resources and manpower of the entire country at his disposal, and Night Raid finds themselves fighting a desperate battle where survival is not guaranteed.
My real name is Leonard Moore. I was born in December 1991. I've lived in Tuscaloosa, Al for fifteen years before finally moving to Starkville, MS late last year. I've been playing video games since I was four years old. I prefer playing science fiction or first person shooting since I was a teenager. But that doesn't mean i don't do other things, I also read books from time to time. In my other spare time, I do watch anime as well.
The reason I like Akame ga Kill were the action scenes and the diversity of the female characters. The plot is really good for this franchise that the Empire is corrupt from the inside and Night Raid has to destroy this corruption in order for the people to have meaning in life again.
I joined Animevice, Comicvine & Giantbomb back around 2008/2009 so that I could work on their wikis. I'm an awful procrastinator, and I've a bit of an aversion to explaining things, so I thought I'd work at those 2 problems by writing up wiki entries for series I'm familiar with. I've wandered back and forth from those sites for years, working on them in phases.
I took an interest in Akame Ga Kill after seeing some pages of the manga posted on 4chan mid-to-late 2012. While the series took a while to grow on me, and I still consider it fairly goofy, I did come to enjoy it after it got going.
I joined some years ago in order to edit and fix the information. At first my edit were minor and my grammar was bad and I think I still have some problem with my grammar. I edit pages belong to series, manga, franchise that I take an interest in. However, this doesn't mean that I don't edit other series, manga, franchise in order to help the site. I like editing because I feel that I am helping with something.
I also want to write a novel. I currently working on a novel that I hope that will be published, be successful, adapted into anime and manga one day. I also have other ideas for novel I hope to write after I am finished with the current novel.
From Saudi Arabia, MrWhiteX is a new wiki editor who works hard in our community. Despite his struggles with English, he soon found his wiki preferences, images, with the help of Takashichea, Taichokage, and ForgottenOne who helped him out.
Note: Intro written by Taka
Well, the feature that attracted me the most when I discovered the site was that you can have your own gallery, and by adding your images to the corresponding wiki page you can contribute to the site, both sides win. Also back in the day, completing quests was a lot of fun and it encouraged me to start making my first wiki edits. In general I enjoy uploading volume covers, screenshots and profile portraits for my favorite characters. The lists that I have to collect the personal info of anime girls also encourage me to create pages for the characters that had not been added yet.
Well, the feature that attracted me the most when I discovered the site was that you can have your own gallery, and by adding your images to the corresponding wiki page you can contribute to the site, both sides win. Also back in the day, completing quests was a lot of fun and it encouraged me to start making my first wiki edits.
In general I enjoy uploading volume covers, screenshots and profile portraits for my favorite characters. The lists that I have to collect the personal info of anime girls also encourage me to create pages for the characters that had not been added yet.
Hey everyone, I'm Takashichea, Taka for short (real name: Kerry). I was born and raised in Cambodia for about 10 years before immigrating to the US. Grew up in California. I started wiki editing in my sophomore year of college. I truly got into anime during college and it's thanks to Anime Vice. I edit any wiki pages. Will join any team wiki projects for shows I enjoy. For Akame ga Kill, it may be generic show, but I found it entertaining and one of the best shows for summer 2014.
Hello followers! An Absolute Destiny Whatever episode is pending next week after my classes are over with. However, I will be unable to attend Anime Weekend Atlanta due to a huge financial slump me and my parents got in about a month ago. It sucks all kinds since I planned to meet an fellow Anime Vice member outside the site, but it wasn't possible with the slump since I normally prepare in advance.
Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life project is still on! I will resume full work on it starting Thursday. A side project will arrive soon as well and it involves one of the shows that look "embarrassing" to others, but never embarrassed me in the case of it being one of my favorite anime series. That show is Princess Tutu.
I'm also preparing for the Monster Girl Tournament. Chances are, I will have a partner on this since it's literally my first time working on this type of voting format. It will also break the tie that the site had last year between two species.
That's pretty much it on this update. Thanks for reading!
Welcome everyone, it's my first year anniversary becoming a mod in this beautiful community. The title was awkward to make. I tweak it later.
Wow, time flies. It's almost 4 years being an Anime Vice user as we approach October. I make this blog sweet and fast. It was a wild roller coaster ride for me. It was out of blue when Daniel ask Tom to make me a mod after seeing the cultural interview projects and the 2nd Anime Vice reunion in an anime convention. I believe Sora_thekey was the first Anime Vice user among us to personally meet the Whiskey Media gang in person. It was cool hanging out with Tom Pinchuk and his crew at Anime Expo back in 2013 and this past summer of 2014. Daniel figured it was a crime to let a well rounded user who made so much contributions to the site not get promoted as a mod.
I rejected his offer since I had school on my plate, fall 2013 was rolling out. He didn't take no for an answer. I had no previous mod experiences in forums, but I had experiences being a Wikia Admin at Sket Dance and Btooom Wikia. To be honest, life would be easier if I never violated the laws of segregation in terms of mod roles. I couldn't help it. Being mod means folks from all niches of our site will ask you for help. Many said I was so active and they wanted resolutions quick. The only tasks I turned down were community projects I could not hold my promise to fulfill. That was the Tournament and CAV projects for the battle forums. I notice the teamwork was pretty shaky. I figured those were dead end projects that needed major overhaul by veteran battle users who had cohesive team work. I wasn't an expert in the battle forums.
Regrets or not, I did whatever was best for the community, and I kept working with users, constantly changing my approach to get things done no matter what hardships or pitfalls we fall in. I'm human and the rest of us are human. We just learned with it. I seen past teammates, old mods, and former users leave the site due to arguments or mistakes they felt regretful over. I'm here to stay until the very end.
I had ups and downs, but I won't let it bog me down because this is one of my online communities I put so much time in. I dropped my Admin roles and Giant Bomb and rest of online communities I spent time for Anime Vice.
Here are my accomplishments and failures in condense form. I hope to keep on working on making this a better site with everyone's help.
I tried to spotlight the reviews with the Anime Vice 2013's Top Reviewers which only got one vote. Taichokage voted on it. I didn't have time to promote it due to Fall 2013 seasonal project. SnowyMountain did most of the Screened 2013's Top Reviewers since he knew the reviewers and their styles personally than me. WayBig101010101 started the Anime Survey and Reviews (Summer 2014) to tackle the same goals. I'm working on that project with him.
For the RPGs, I still have yet to get to know them personally. I got into contact with them to minor disputes. I didn't resolve it as well since I wasn't the right person. It resolve on its own. I'm proud of the gang when they showcase their work on the front page, July 2014 RPG Highlights: Night at the Castle. I asked Tom to promote the RPG work.
Recommend and brought new two Mods, Acura Max and Dream.
Thank you everyone. I will continue to do my best to help the community. I look forward to working with everyone.
In dragonball z we have multiple instances of fusion. The resulting warrior born from these fusions are usually among the most powerful fighters in the series. im going to be voicing my personal opinion on who I think is the one superior fusion. Including the DBZ movies we can add gogeta to the pack. Here are all who are included.
Gogeta would have to place second. A fusion between goku and vegeta, no doubt stronger than their sons or son 'Gotenks' !
gotenks is easily the weakest link of the three fusions.
Lastly, Vegito is the single most powerful being in Dragonball z. He easily manhandled super buu and the old kai even stated due to goku and vegetas rivalry, the fusions power was boosted even further.
Welcome to this week's manga releases. Last week, we had a huge selection, and this week, we have a small selection. I'm pretty familiar with Seven Deadly Sins and From the New World. I don't recommend reading From the New World if you are an anime fan of the series. There are differences between manga and anime. I feel the anime for From the New World was serious and executed better than the manga adaptation. For Seven Deadly Sins, if you want a break from the HST, try this manga series. It's about adventure and action as you follow Elizabeth's quest to unite 7 Knights who bear a sin for their crimes in order to save her kingdom.
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.
|07-Ghost Volume 12|
The paths of one evil god, two rival empires, three unlikely bishops and seven brave ghosts converge in the destiny of Teito Klein, a boy who vows to master a powerful artifact known as the Eye of Mikael in order to lay bare the secrets of the world’s—and his own—murky past.
The Seven Ghosts, guardians of the seal on the evil god Verloren, have lived hundreds of lives over the span of a thousand years. When Teito is thrown deep into his memories by the Eye of God, he meets their previous incarnations. But back in the present, Teito and Frau are in serious danger when the Black Hawks, led by a healed and stronger than ever Ayanami, ambush the Hawkzile race!
|Arata: the Legend Volume 19|
In a mythical world where humans and gods coexist, a ceremony marking the new governing princess is about to occur for the first time in 60 years. Only a girl from the Hime Clan may take this position, but the lack of females born to this family means that a boy called Arata must pose for the role. Meanwhile in modern-day Japan, a boy named Arata Hinohara is starting his new life in high school. He wants to put memories of his difficult past behind him, but things aren't going to be simple when he discovers a mysterious connection to the first Arata...
|Blood Blockade Battlefront Volume 6|
Jerusalem's Lot - the Big Apple gone to otherworldly hell - has unique crime problems. One of the Lot's yakuza gangs is looking to up their armor, and dealers from the Beyond can provide serious arcane firepower that may be more than even the special agents of Libra can handle!
|Battle Angel Alita: Last Order Volume 19|
Cool and popular Nagase has no problem getting men to respond to his good looks and charm! But has he ever really been adored? And why is his ultra-shy friend Higuchi suddenly on his mind every minute of the day?
Will a quiet florist find the man of his dreams during business hours? And can an innocent friendship blossom into full-blown romance?
|From the New World Volume 6|
Saki and her schoolmates enjoy what they consider normal lives in a peaceful provincial setting. Only their village cannot be of this era. Its customs differ from those of any known in modern day Japan. The landscape, while familiar, is also much more constrained than what modern day maps may exhibit. So when six friends embark on a journey of mental and physical training, this fateful journey will lead them to a series of mind-shattering truths.
Underground Tokyo, creepier than ever, may be the conduit to humanity's last best hope: a unique WMD.
|Hayate the Combat Butler Volume 24|
Poor Hayate Ayasaki is responsible for repaying his parents' 150 million yen debt. One Christmas, he meets a girl named Nagi, and after a series of misunderstandings, he somehow ends up working as her butler. Nagi covers for Hayate's debt, but has Hayate dug himself deeper into a different kind of hole? A hilarious tale of butlers, love and battles (?!).
|Sherlock Bones Volume 7|
From petty theft to grisly murders, Takeru and Sherdog have tackled any mystery that comes their way. But after the elite detective Kento Munkata makes an astute deduction as to the truth behind Takeru and Sherdog's relationship, Takeru is left to handle his greatest challenge yet without his canine companion! *** This time, Takeru and Kento team up to solve the murder of a stage actor in a classic whodunit. Does the detective duo have what it takes to catch the culprit without the aid of the deductive dog detective!
|Seven Deadly Sins Vol. 4 - Farewell to the Deceased|
Distributor: Kodansha Comics Suggested retail price: $10.99 The Grizzly Sin, King, is alive! Unfortunately, King not only refuses to help Meliodas, he declares Ban as his mortal enemy for having attained eternal life at the cost of the life of his sister Elaine. During a gripping confrontation between King and Ban, the fearsomely skilled Holy Knight Gila comes bearing startling disaster and devastation!
|His FavoriteVolume 7|
Awkward Yoshida's life got flipped upside down when the hottest guy in school started going out with him. Sato's feelings for Yoshida are as strong as ever, but is he really planning on revealing their relationship to the entire class? And when a new hot guy joins the cast, things start getting even weirder for Yoshida!
Welcome to the 2nd week of September's DVD/Blu-Ray releases! It's a short selection this week. Out of the three, I'm only familiar with Tamako Market. Here's my two cents on the series. If you love slice of life shows with a bit of romance and comedy without the drama, this show is for you. It doesn't deal with too much school or romance much since it becomes ambiguous: Tamako can either go with Kanna or Mochizo. Also, there is another thing going on, a talking bird who thinks Tamako would make a good bride for his prince. In the end, the series focuses on Tamako and her town's activities. Listen to Me, Girls looks like a good title to try based on the summary. I can't judge a book by its cover after seeing the genres on it.
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.
None for this week.
|Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! - Complete Collection (Sub.Blu-Ray)|
Distributor: Sentai Filmworks Suggested retail price: $59.98
When Yuta Segawa's sister and her husband disappear after a plane crash, it's up to him to raise her daughter and two stepdaughters. Yuta's world is forever changed and, having just started college himself, caring for three girls whose ages range from an innocent 3 to a world-wise 14 won't make it any easier. At least he can count on help from his friends, though how much help they'll be is debatable.
It will be an educational experience for everyone, and Yuta's nieces may not be the only ones screaming "Uncle" when this nuclear family undergoes a total meltdown!
|Tamako Market - Complete Collection (DVD)|
Tamako knows just about everything there is to know about mochi, the traditional Japanese desert treats. When she's not attending her first year of high school, she even invents new flavors and varieties for Tama-ya, her family's mochi shop. School and growing up, on the other hand, are things that she's still trying to find the right recipe for. But with the help of her best friends Kanna and Midori, Tamako's determined to make the best of things.
It's complicated though, especially when it comes to emotions and her relationship with her best BOY friend Mochizo, whose family runs a rival mochi shop. And lately, Kanna's been feeling a little odd about her feelings towards Tamako as well. And what's with up with that strange bird fluttering around, the one that speaks fluent Japanese? It's all very mysterious and overwhelming, but at least Tamako always has one thing she can count on: no matter if your day's been good or bad, there's certain to be something sugary and delicious waiting at the end of every adventure!
|My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic DVD 8: Spooktacular Pony Tales (DVD)|
Distributor: SHOUT FACTORY Suggested Retail Price: $14.98
Join your favorite residents of Ponyville - Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Applejack, Pinkie Pie and, of course, Spike - as they take on some of the spookiest adventures Equestria's ever seen! Time to gather around and hold on tight, because these exciting tales are a chillingly good romp!
Contains the following episodes:
So this is finally it? The End?
I would really like to know what brought about this decision; Is the mangaka simply tired? Was Claymore simply not selling as many copies as it needed to to maintain publication?
Or as this all there ever was to the claymore story? Not that it matters, not one of those answers would satisfy me. And that is something I can appreciate about the so Called Holy Shonen Trinity.
That Kubo, Oda and Kishimoto aren’t likely to bring their stories to an end without exploring ever plot, subplot, mystery and myth introduced within the series long run.
Naruto seems to have spent the majority of the war arc doing just this, Edo Tensei acting as the tool through which Kishimoto could reveal all there was to his shinobi world.
One does wonder if Kubo actually had any of the intricacies of his plot planned out; or if some of Bleach’s mysteries won’t simply remain mysteries. One piece on the other will need its ten years to properly put to bed all its plots and mysteries.
One could say that One piece now is where Naruto was at the beginning of Shipudden; Naruto Shipudden has largely been the revelation story, in which Kishimoto took every mystery and inference and subplot hinted at in Part 1 and finally explored them all.
One piece seems to have began its exploration arc, in which all the legends and stories of the one piece arc introduced pre-time skip are ripped open.
Teresa unleashes her awakened form against a seemingly immortal Priscilla; within the throes of their battle, Priscilla comes to life, her wishes, intentions and deepest desires finally revealed.
SO, Teresa is kind of awesome in this chapter, even more than usual.
I cannot help but think back to Naruto and Bleach, reading this, the latest chapter of Claymore; the most recent episodes of Naruto basically came right round, returning to the status quo as it was in the first series, with Team 7 united.
Watching Teresa and Priscilla go at it, I was transported back to the earliest episodes of Claymore, in which Teresa and Priscilla faced off, with Teresa more or less dominating until the very end, when a show of mercy proved fatal.
If Claymore must end, then I guess there can be no better end at the moment, finally bringing to a close a fight that began so many chapters back, with the question of which of these two juggernauts stood supreme and superior finally answered.
Not much happened with Chapter 154 but that is hardly a complaint, claymore providing a hard hitting and visceral battle that showcased Priscilla and Teresa at their strongest, even while subtly telling the Priscilla story and the true reason that forced her to hunt down Clare and the essence of Teresa within her, the only hope Priscilla could see in finally ending her miserable life.
The rumor is this is the end, but I am hoping for a second part to this series like most fans, one that moves off the island to the war on the mainland. With the majority of island related plots finally solved-the organization destroyed, the majority of the most dangerous awakened beings eliminated, Priscilla at her end- there is nothing left to tie our heroes to their homes.
I want more claymore, simple as that; but it seems we will not be getting any more. Maybe there is a series out their that could take Claymore’s place once it finally ends, however I am yet to find it.
Everything we see in this chapter seems to suggest that the winged thing is Clare’s awakened form, with Teresa suggesting that her awakened state was something entirely different- which makes you wonder how the hell she would know what she looks like awakened.
This battle has been raging for quite a number of chapters, now that I think about, ever since the destroyer appeared on the scene. And not once did it get dull-if it did, I am failing to recall.
I guess other shonen battle oriented series should take a leaf out of Claymore’s book of long running fights.
Welcome everyone, I saw Taichokage's status bar and the comments at the Claymore Manga Ends 2014 thread. I realized we have a great opportunity for three separate, roundtables.
The interesting thing is that all three of the series' manga are going to end in Fall 2014. I haven't read the manga for all three of them. Please see List of Manga Series Ending in 2014. It didn't stop me to ask a few Hunter x Hunter fans to make a great roundtable, HUNTER X HUNTER Roundtable.
I have plenty of experience doing roundtables. I feel this are a great way for the community to express their thoughts and share it on the front page.
From experience, three or 4 would be the best number since having more will make the article longer and harder to expand since we would be repeating each other's words.
For users who want to sign up, I ask you to be courteous, respectful, and be punctual because unlike other community projects, Roundtables are only effective during certain periods of time. We have a momentum here with 3 series ending in a month or so this fall semester.
Thank you and let's have a fun time!
|Claymore||Sonata - Anime only|
|Mysterious Girlfriend X||Supreme Marvel|
|Kuroko's Basketball||FULL - Though we need 1 or 2 manga person|
Taichokage - Anime only
Takashichea - Anime only
Sonata - Anime Only
Katmic - Anime
Welcome everyone! I thought it would nice to do a fun and not a serious review of One Piece's 3D2Y special. It has been a long time since I did weekly reviews of Sket Dance, Beelzebub, and Guilty Crown with my teammates. I believe it was 2012. It will be like the old days for me. It will a short blog just to promote the comments. That's my style.
To celebrate One Piece's 15th anniversary, the fans get a cool TV special from Oda and his crew. It takes place during the two year period after the Marineford arc.
Beware of Spoilers!
As of now, I can't think of anything. I would say Buggy's scenes were good for me since I find him a bit annoying.
Definitely check this TV special after you finished Marineford arc and the Post-war arc which includes how Luffy and his crew train at different islands and a special flashback story of Luffy, Ace, and Sabo.
Regarding Sabo, I thought he was dead. I never read the manga past Skypiea arc in 2012 and then, I did a huge marathon on One Piece anime and finally caught up to the Dressrosa arc in 2014. This was the ending Oda was referring in the ANN and Crunchyroll news articles. I remember Ace and Sabo's final moments were tearful for me. It was a big shocker to see him alive after all this time. I guess I should learn if you don't see a body, the person isn't dead. That case applies to most shows I watched except Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.
In the weekly reviews I write back in 2012, I always highlight the wiki because my teammates and I watch anime and work on the wiki together. I thank Dekken for working hard on the One Piece project and uploading the images for this TV Special and the episodes. Also, I thank Foxx for doing the One Piece manga reviews on the front page. He did an awesome job on One Piece in the past. Check out the image gallery for the One Piece special if you interested. Dekken upload lots of Boa pics, so you know what character Dekken loves the most.
I'm a strange person. I like to watch the anime side by side with the manga, keeping them in the same pacing.
Thank you everyone for reading. I hope you all enjoy the One Piece 3D2Y special. What were your favorite moments?
Welcome everyone to the first week of September! For those who are in the US, I hope you had a great Labor Day Weekend. This week had a ton of manga releases, over 20 volumes feature in this blog.
I just go over familiar titles that I really love and recommend. We also have 3-in-1 and 2-in-1 special manga series for Naruto, Bleach, and Ranma as lovely box sets for Pokemon Black and White and Adventures.
I would definitely recommend Nisekoi for harem fans, Time Killers for Blue Exorcist fans, Noragami for folks who love Bleach and supernatural, comedic with a action/drama series, and One Piece for all Shonen fans.
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.
|A Centaur Volume 4|
Being a teenager is never easy...especially for a centaur!
A Centaur’s Life is an all-new manga series with a wholly unique take on the slice-of-life genre—it focuses on the daily school life of supernatural creatures. This ongoing manga series features quirky and adorable artwork presented in oversized editions that include a color insert in each volume.
Himeno is a sweet, shy girl, who like many teens her age, struggles with the trials and tribulations of attending high school. The difference is she’s a centaur; but she’s not alone. In fact, all of her classmates are supernatural creatures, sporting either horns, wings, tails, halos, or some other unearthly body appendage. Yet despite their fantastical natures, Himeno and her best friends—the dragon-winged Nozomi, and Kyoko with her spiraled horns—are down-to-earth, fun-loving teenagers who grapple with issues of life and love in a mostly normal daily school setting.
|Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight's Knowledge Volume 2|
Romance and danger with the Knave of Hearts continues!
Seven Seas is pleased to present Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight’s Knowledge, a new ongoing series that focuses on perhaps the most popular character in the Alice series, the Ace of Hearts.
Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight’s Knowledge chronicles the further adventures of Alice as she goes deeper down the rabbit hole. Like the other New York Times bestselling books in the Alice in the Country of Clover series, this new volume is an oversized edition that features impressive artwork and color pinups.
The Ace of Hearts, the Knight of Heart Castle, is Wonderland’s resident bad boy and master swordsman. He may be dashing and handsome, but his love represents a danger the likes of which Alice has never seen. Can the cruel yet charming knight win Alice’s heart?
|Dawn of the Arcana Volume 13|
Princess Nakaba of Senan is forced to marry Prince Caesar of the enemy country Belquat, tantamount to becoming a hostage. While Caesar is pleasing to the eye, he is also selfish and possessive, telling Nakaba outright: “You are my property.” With only her attendant Loki at her side, Nakaba must find a way to cope with her hostile surroundings, her fake marriage...and a mysterious power!
|Library Wars Volume 12|
In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves--the Library Forces!
Library Forces member Iku Kasahara has plans to go out for tea with her supervisor and secret crush, Dojo, but just figuring out what to wear puts her in a tailspin. When an urgent call comes in about an author seeking protection from the government, Iku realizes that the fight against censorship never takes a break!
|Mayo Chiki Volume 7|
Kinjiro Sakamachi is a “normal” seventeen-year-old boy who happens to suffer from an abnormal fear of women, otherwise known as gynophobia. His phobia, which surfaces as an occasional nosebleed, has been kept more or less under control...until now.
A fateful visit to the school bathroom turns Kinjiro’s world upside down, as he discovers the dashing and popular Konoe Subaru is actually a girl!? What’s worse, the principal’s cruel and domineering daughter, Kanade Suzutsuki, has every reason to keep this secret from leaking out and makes it her life’s work to torment Kinjiro, while attempting to cure his gynophobia.
|Midnight Secretary Volume 7|
Kyohei has been banished from his clan because he refuses to renounce his love for Kaya. But a lone vampire is a dangerous thing to be, and Kyohei finds himself cut off from the vampires' power and protection. He doesn't even have access to blood substitutes anymore! Kaya wants to support him through this crisis, but arranging "dinner dates" for him again might be more than her heart can take!
Miyamoto Musashi, the legendary samurai, is known throughout the world as a master swordsman, spiritual seeker, and author of the classic Book of Five Rings. Acclaimed manga creator Sean Michael Wilson has created both a vivid account of a fascinating period in feudal Japan and a portrait of a courageous, iconoclastic samurai who wrestled with philosophical and spiritual ideas that are as relevant today as they were in his time. For Musashi, the way of the martial arts was about mastery of the mind rather than simply technical prowess. Over 350 years after his death, Musashi still intrigues us—and his Book of Five Rings is essential reading for students of all martial arts and those interested in cultivating a strategic mind.
|Nisekoi Vol. 5 - "Typhoon"|
Love triangle! Comedic antics!! Gang warfare?! You won’t want to miss out on Weekly Shonen Jump's laugh-out-loud feel-good manga series!
It's hate at first sight when Raku Ichijo first meets Chitoge Kirisaki. But much to their chagrin, the two are forced into a false love relationship to keep the peace between their feuding gangster families. Meanwhile, Raku's still hung up over the girl he made a promise with ten years ago, keeping a pendant around his neck as a memento. The girl, in turn, holds the key that opens the pendant. To Raku's surprise, he discovers three girls have keys from a promise they also made ten years ago—Chitoge, his current crush Onodera, and the police chief's daughter Marika!
|Noragami Volume 1|
Yato is a homeless god. He doesn't even have a shrine, not to mention worshippers! So to achieve his ambitious goals, he's set up a service to help those in need (for a small fee), hoping he'll eventually raise enough money to build himself the lavish temple of his dreams. Of course, he can't afford to be picky, so Yato accepts all kinds of jobs, from finding lost kittens to helping a student overcome bullies at school.
|One Piece Vol. 72 - "Dressrosa's Forgotten"|
As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally gained the power to stretch like rubber…at the cost of never being able to swim again! Years, later, Luffy sets off in search of the "One Piece," said to be the greatest treasure in the world...
|Phantom Thief Jeanne Volume 4|
High school student Maron Kusakabe has a secret: she’s Phantom Thief Jeanne. She sneaks into private art collections to steal paintings in which demons reside. Jeanne’s task is to seal the demons before they can devour human hearts. So far she’s been able to evade the police on her midnight outings, but now another thief has come onto the scene—Phantom Thief Sinbad—and he’s trying to take the paintings before she does!
|Seraph of the End Volume 2|
Now that Yuichiro has earned his place in the Japanese Imperial Demon Army, he prepares to undergo a fiendish test to acquire the most powerful and deadly of humanity's weapons against vampires: Black Demon Series Cursed Gear.
Meanwhile, the vampire nobility welcome a new member: Mika, the best friend Yuichiro thinks died in their escape but who has his own bitter story of survival.
|Skip Beat! Volume 33|
Kyoko Mogami followed her true love Sho to Tokyo to support him while he made it big as an idol. But he's casting her out now that he's famous! Kyoko won't suffer in silence--she's going to get her sweet revenge by beating Sho in show biz!
|Time Killers - Kazue Kato Short Story Collection Volume 1|
Explore realms of imagination in this collection of short stories by Kazue Kato, creator of Blue Exorcist! Time Killers includes Kato's first work, Boku to Usagi (Rabbit and I) and features the stories and character designs that would become Blue Exorcist.
|Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's Volume 6|
In New Domino City, the hottest game in town is the Turbo Duel, fought from blazingly fast motorcycles called Duel Runners. On the outskirts of New Domino City, in a district known as Satellite, a new Turbo Duel hero emerges--Yusei Fudo! On his custom-built Duel Runner, Yusei takes on all challengers, fighting for his friends and the future of Satellite!
|Zero's Familiar: Chevalier Volume 2|
The sequel to the hit manga series about a witch and her teenage manservant
Summoned by mistake to the wonderful world of Halkeginia by the bumbling witch Louise “the Zero,” Saito’s role as Louise’s familiar has had its share of ups and downs. At first an unwilling servant, Saito gradually develops feelings for his headstrong mistress Louise, and she, too, has begun to reciprocate. But life keeps getting in the way of a possibly budding relationship.
Now, Louise and her friends are embroiled in a full-scale war, and must defend the land of Tristain at all costs. Can Saito prove himself in battle to Louise, and win her heart once and for all?
|Bleach [3-in-1 Edition] Volume 9|
Ichigo has been hoping to put off dealing with his inner Hollow until after the Arrancar are dealt with. But it becomes horribly clear that he has no chance against Aizen's new army if he doesn't get his Hollow in line. Luckily, he's met a group of ex-Soul Reapers called the Visored, who have harnessed their own Hollows. But can Ichigo really trust his new teachers?!
Collects volumes 25-27 in an omnibus format.
|Dragon Ball [3-in-1 Edition] Volume 6|
The Greatest Hero on Earth Goku and Piccolo finally face each other down in the final match of the Tenka'ichi Budokai! Piccolo is ready and willing to unleash all his power to win - something Goku may hesitate to do. Taking down Piccolo is going to take all of Goku's skill and wits... and courage! But after the tournament is over, life goes on. There will be new enemies to face and even more surprising new allies!
Collects volumes 16-18 in an omnibus format.
|Naruto [3-in-1 Edition] Volume 9|
Sasuke delves deep into his own past to reveal how his ideal big brother, Itachi, became the feared ninja he is today. Then Naruto is drawn into a bloody battle with his best friend. And as their battle rages on, Sasuke and Naruto find themselves to be the fiercest foes either has ever faced.
Collects volumes 25-27 in an omnibus format.
|Ranma ½ [2-in-1 Edition] Volume 4|
Back when Ranma’s father, Genma, and Akane’s father, Soun, were young martial artists, they learned the secrets of Anything-Goes Martial Arts from one of the greatest masters of all time. Unfortunately, he’s also someone they would do just about anything to get away from, and the entire Tendo household is about to find out why. Followed by a stirring rendition of Romeo and Juliet…and Juliet…and Romeo…
Collects volumes 7-8 in an omnibus format.
|Pokémon: Black and White - Box Set (Vol. 9-14)|
Meet Pokémon Trainers Black and White! His entire life, Black has dreamed of winning the Pokémon League! Now he embarks on a journey to explore the Unova region and fill a Pokédex for Professor Juniper. White has an exciting career as the Trainer of a talented troupe of performing Pokémon. She dreams of making her Tepig Gigi a star! Together, Black and White continue on their journey... What surprising new Pokémon and people will they meet next?!
|Pokémon Adventures - Ruby & Sapphire Box Set (GN 15-22)|
Ruby's father Norman is the new Gym Leader of Petalburg City. But Ruby doesn?t want to follow in his father?s footsteps?he wants to win Pokémon Contests! Sapphire?s father Professor Birch is the local Pokémon researcher. But Sapphire is tired of gathering scientific data?she wants to win Pokémon Battles! When Ruby and Sapphire meet, they?re more likely to hit each other than hit it off. But then Sapphire challenges Ruby to a competition! Which of them will achieve their dreams in just eighty days?!
Welcome everyone to the first week of September! For folks in the US, I hope you had a good Labor Day Weekend. For this week, I'm choosing Blood Lad, Gatchaman Crowds, and Fate Kaleid. That's all the shows I'm familiar with. For unfamiliar titles, I wouldn't mind trying Baka and Test. It looks fun.
|Blood Lad DVD Complete Series (Hyb) (DVD)|
Werewolves, zombies, and even the Abominable Snowman fight day and night for the title of Territory Boss. The vampire Staz, however, finds the whole thing to be a serious pain. He spends his time watching anime, playing video games, and daydreaming about going to the Human World. That all changes when he meets Fuyumi, a human girl who instantly win's Staz's heart, and who then loses her life to a man-eating plant.
Refusing to give up on the girl of his dreams, Staz travels across the Demon and Human Worlds in search of a way to bring Fuyumi back to life by any bloody means necessary.
|Blood Lad DVD/Blu-ray Complete Series (Hyb) (DVD)|
DVD/Blu-Ray includes Contains episodes 1-10 plus the OVA and a 96-page booklet, all housed in a premium chipboard artbox! Special Features: Interactive Art Gallery, English Dub Outtakes, Convention Chalk Art Video, Clean Opening & Ending, Trailers.
|Baka and Test Season 1 Collection- [SAVE] (DVD)|
When a fight breaks out at Fumizuki Academy, nobody throws a single punch. Instead, the students utilize the school's technology to summon Avatars, pint-sized stand-ins with battle powers based on academic ability. That "academic ability" part is bad news for Yoshii: he's an idiot, stuck in lowly Class F with the slackers. If these misfits want to escape their dump of a classroom and earn some respect, they'll have to fight their way up the ranks and take on Class A, the Academy's brightest students. It's going to be tough, that's for sure, but once the underachievers of Class F get motivated, they don't give up - and Yoshii can't even spell surrender!
|Baka and Test Season 2 Collection- [SAVE] (DVD)|
The loveable losers of lowly Class F are back for more fun in the second season of Baka and Test – Summon the Beasts! Goofball Yoshii’s still leading his crew in Avatar battles against the brainier students in school, but the girls in Class F have grown way less concerned with improving their status on campus. Instead of moving up in the world, the girls are more interested in getting closer to the guys in the gang! Of course, some of the boys are totally oblivious to the romantic intentions of their female friends. That’s to be expected in a group of dim-wits and misfits. Nonetheless, the femmes of Class F aren’t giving up anytime soon. Because when love is on the line, even the biggest underachievers can find motivation – even if they can’t spell it!
|Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya (Blu-Ray or DVD)|
Illyasviel von Einzbern's normal life is suddenly halted by the Kaleidostick Ruby, a magical wand on the run from her former master who instantly decides that little Illya has all the right stuff to become the next great magical girl. However, Ruby's previous owner Rin Tohsaka isn't exactly thrilled to be de-wanded, especially since she's just accepted an assignment to collect the seven legendary Class Cards. It seems the only solution is for Illya to take up the task and learn the ropes under Rin's supervision.
Meanwhile, a girl named Miyu has been chosen by the Kaleidostick Sapphire as HER new master, much to the irritation of Sapphire's previous master, Rin's arch rival Luviagelita Edelfelt! Exactly what kind of plan are the wands conjuring up? Find out as the Fate/stay night universe "kaleids" with a healthy dose of magical girl mayhem!
|Gatchaman Crowds - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray) or (DVD)|
For most of the residents of Tachikawa city, life seems to be perfectly normal. That's how it seems, but the truth, known only by a tiny select handful, is that this is a city at war. Every day, as the citizens go about their business, they are under attack by alien criminals and mysterious organizations seeking to conquer, enslave and destroy. But to combat these threats, a covert council has secretly selected certain individuals to serve as protectors.
Wearing special suits that amplify latent powers hitherto unsuspected, they blend into the crowds and shadows, waiting until the call is given to fight again. They could be anyone: your neighbor, your best friend's mom, even high school students like Sugune Tachibana and recent college grad Joe Hibiki. And needless to say, schoolgirl artist Hajime Ichinose is probably the last person anyone would ever suspect of being a soldier entrusted with defending mankind. But she is, even if as the latest recruit she still has an awful lot of learning to do. Hiding like ninjas, powered by super-science, they are humanity's first and greatest line of defense.
|Junjo Romantica - Season 1 Collection [litebox] (Sub.DVD)|
Three very different couples caught up in a storm of pure romance!
|Love Live! School idol project - Season 1 [Premium Edition] (Sub.Blu-Ray)|
The traditional school Otonokizaka High is situated between the three towns of Akihabara, Kanda, and Jimbocho. This school is also in imminent danger of closing. Because of this crisis, the second-year student Honoka Kosaka takes center stage with eight others to do something about it!
"To protect the school we love so much, we have to do all we can... We have to become school idols! By becoming idols and advertising how great our school is to the world, more students will want to apply!"
This premium edition includes a 28-page, full-color, hardcover artbook with episode guides, character info, and illustrations! Contains episodes 1-13. Special Features: Clean Opening and Ending, Clean Episode 1 Ending, Clean Episode 13 Ending, Japanese Trailers, Japanese TV Spots. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
|Special Measures Unit: Stella Girls' Academy High School's C3 Club|
|Black Widow (OAV)|
An erotic camping trip takes a turn for the wild when Seiya discovers a mystery mansion in the woods. Excitement turns to thrills of terror as her friends begin to disappear. Too late, they realize they are trapped in the clutches of the Black Widow, a deadly temptress who lures unsuspecting victims into a web of lust, intrigue, and murder!
Special Features: Trailer, Art Gallery, Anime Artform, Previews. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
|Demon Warrior Koji DVD|
It's hungry for vengeance. She's hungry for more! A monster is out for blood, and only the man-demon Koji can hunt down the preternatural killer. Aided by a morbid psychic, he follows the grisly trail of victims to a lonely woman. What unspeakable horrors will he find? And are even Koji's powers enough to curb this devastating threat?
Special Features: Meet the Characters, Meet Mr. Maeda, Anime Artform, DVD-ROM Features (Art Gallery, Scripts, Cast Lists, Production Credits). Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
It is possible that I am one of few people that actually care about what is written in the speech bubbles of a manga; to most people a great manga or manhwa is determined by its art, characters and the story.
And to an extent that is true; however with regards to the story, I am as interested in the words of the story as I am with the progress that occurs over each chapter.
Manhwa has a tendency to fail in this regard, so certain that the pictures will tell the story that it puts little effort into refining the words written within the pages and the speech bubbles.
Which I think is a shame because most such manga miss the opportunity to accentuate their plots; I cannot help but appreciate Ubel Blatt and the likes of Vinland Saga, titles that place as much emphasis upon the words that are written as they do on the imagery, this better conveying the emotion behind each scene.
Lord Glenn’s war machine begins to grind as the order of Gugnir is dispatched to make loyal subjects and followers of the confused masses of the empire, reeling from the blood letting of Lord Lebellont’s war.
Ascherit’s will is set to complete his task, to bring the legend of the heroes to a bloody end, Lord Glenn his latest target. Only he might not have to go at it alone anymore.
I feels like it has been a while since I last read Ubel Blatt, to the point where I almost forgot what the hell had been happening in the manga since chapter chapter 123.
Once more, I point out this irritation that Monthly series simply cannot escape, especially when they exceed their four week quota in availing chapter releases. Seriously though, I don’t think monthly manga and manhwa should even be allowed to take breaks. Because waiting for four weeks to read the next manga, only to be informed of a whole other four week break, that is just criminal.
These four chapters of Ubel Blat were released within mere days to a week of each other. And I am somewhat grateful because some of the individual chapters were a little slow and wouldn’t have been the most interesting reads.
+I want to say that these chapters began pushing the Glenn plot towards something resembling progress but that would be a lie. It’s been quite a few chapters since Lord lebellont finally bit the dust and Koinzel disappeared with a pursuing party in toe, even as his crew parted.
And considering the pace at which Lord Glenn was progressing within those early chapters, challenging the other heroes and making his claim on the kingdom, it feels like we spent a little too much time underground with the remnants of Lebellont’s followers.
Granted this perception might come down to the manga’s monthly release schedule; chances are it hasn’t been that long since Lord Glenn first emerged; however counting the months that have past since then, it feels like a damn long time.
Ascherit (I prefer Ascherit over Koinzel-its kind of a dumb name) shows his stuff once more against his former master’s raging student. The order of Gugnir, Glenn’s primary force of attack moves to secure the loyalty of various key elements, a job previously executed by Glenn himself.
And they seem intent upon spreading Wischtech’s will across the empire; indeed it would be accurate to say that the invasion has began, so much more subtly than the magical force’s initial brutal assault several decades back.
Now shrouded behind the name of Glenn, the empire’s most beloved hero, the world as Ascherit knows it seems doomed; and the pessimism is more than justified, specifically taking into account the fickleness of a population that was so quick to raise up a selection of villains as their leaders for the sake of temporary peace.
I don’t know if Ubel Blatt is fulfilling its potential these days; there is a clear attempt to further expand the mythology of the series, develop the cast and interweave their stories together.
These chapters allowed the lines to be further drawn between Glenn and those people that will oppose him, led by Ascherit. Ascherit’s fights were pretty awesome, well illustrated and choreographed to display skill rather than power.
But I am not feeling the excitement and the rush the Ubel Blatt story used to generate in me. And again it is most likely the monthly releases.
Yet this should be the foremost consideration of all monthly manga, telling a story befitting of four whole weeks of waiting, more than four weeks with Ubel Blatt, which these chapters failed to do.
RATING: 6/10, the series just came out of a massive war arc. We don’t necessary need another so soon. But the plot could benefit from accelerated pacing. I want to see more of Glenn’s madness and the infighting between the rest of the heroes continue to intensify.
It’s amusing how Ato seems to have adopted Ascherit’s dead eyed stare.
I thought Diabolik Lovers was the dumbest thing I had ever watched. But thinking on it, it’s merely odd, but an oddness like I haven’t witnessed in my recent anime watching manga reading history.
Considering the nature of the content I encountered within this 12 episode anime, more stunning than the strange finale are the reviews, which are all over the place, some praising Diabolik lovers to death while others curse it to the very depths of hell.
But seriously, what the hell was this? I can’t decide if it was so bad it became compelling or if it was because it attempted to be so compelling that it was bad.
Komori Yui is a positive-thinking girl who nevertheless is troubled by seeing spirits and experiencing poltergeist phenomena. In her second year in high school, she transfers to a new school—a night school for entertainers and celebrities—due to her father's work. There are rumors that vampires exist among the student body, and Yui ends up living with the six sadistic Sakamaki brothers.
Diabolik lovers was adapted from a fairly well known visual novel, and I am starting to notice a trend here; adapting visual novels is either the hardest thing in the world, or the same team of writers keeps messing up, because rarely do projects such as this achieve their purpose, most very messy and convoluted and very much pointless.
Which makes sense, seeing as the material they are being adapted from tends to meander through different paths of plot and story, with the outcome of different personalities and characters determined by the readers, to the point where selecting a singular path to follow and locating a definitive characterization becomes rather difficult.
That being said, a lot of female reviewers I came across slammed Diabolik lovers. I say slammed but maybe that doesn’t quite convey the seething Roth that I found was directed towards this anime. And I thought that was interested, more or less driving me to figure out what all the fuss was about.
Diabolic lovers is a reverse harem; think typical harem with a primary male protagonist suddenly inundated by hordes of largely badass female characters fighting for his attention.
In this case, it’s a girl and she finds herself under siege from adoring-or rather villainous- male characters. What I found interesting was the fact that Diabolik Lovers is categorized in the supernatural genre.
And that isn’t a total lie, with innocent Yui finding herself surrounded by six hungry vampires that cannot get enough of her blood. I personally expected something within the range of Saw, with this little girl fighting throughout 12 episodes to survive her bloodthirsty pursuers.
What ensued wasn’t quite as intriguing, with Yui basically passing from one brother to the other through out each episode as they went about torturing her mentally and physically before finally relieving her of entire pints of her blood.
Then would come the peace, as she recuperated for a few hours, before finding herself back in the vampires den, being thrown out of windows and into walls, experiencing all manner of torment and pain, all the while fighting to locate an exit from the nightmare of a mansion.
All seemingly fairly interesting stuff in a world of action oriented anime that is all basically the same stuff with different faces; but that doesn’t take into account the oddity that is Yui, a female character like I haven’t seen anywhere.
If anything I just described sounds like material for unique horror, it isn’t; not when Yui spends a considerable portion of each episode trying and failing and TRYING AGAIN to reach across the divide between her and her tormentors in some sort of effort to create a connection.
If that sounds like some cunning strategy to escape her doomed fate; it isn’t. This girl genuinely wants to know and sympathize with her captors, and she doesn’t quite trying to forgive, connect with and show a modicum of kindness of the Sakamaki brothers, disregarding how terribly each encounter ends.
And maybe that is how I made it to the end; I just couldn’t get enough of Yui and her crazy brain; the way she would lend a pitying shoulder to her weeping captors in one scene, mere minutes after having her arms nearly twisted out of their sockets by the same individual, was not only astonishing, it was disturbing.
This wasn’t horror; this was a disturbing game of hide and seek, but with lots of physical torment. If anything the quiet scenes between her and the likes of Kotano and Ayato only made it that much more difficult to take her screams of horror seriously in the episodes that followed, even with the clear signs of danger.
No, just No. I do not know what the hell I was watching throughout all 12 episodes, but none of it made any sense. The master/tormentor/victim dynamic made absolutely no sense, even though that managed to work for the story’s character development arcs. Was I supposed to hate these characters or empathize with them? Despise them or sympathize with them?
Because considering how detestable they were, attempts to make them likeable just fell flat.
There is considerable effort placed into crafting the Sakamaki brothers, each of which is developed as some sad and tragic child forced into the skin of a monster, the consequence of past rivalries between their three mothers.
Primary differences arose most in the way the brothers approached Yui, and which form of torture they chose in displaying their love/hate for her, almost always fighting to see who could elicit the greatest anguish from Yui.
None of these people were by any means great works of art, and included typical archetypes, with a brooding eldest brother, a wimpy but cruel youngest sibling, the cool, calm quiet second eldest that showed the most amount of cruelty but whom Yui was most drawn to…
But the anime does distinguish its characters into clear personalities, and that is actually worth commending, even if Yui comes off as the WORST FEMALE CHARACTER IN ANIME AND MANGA EVER.
+Why you Should Watch this?
Why should I watch Diabolic lovers, you ask? A better question is, why the hell would you not watch this anime?. If you are one Otaku that spends your hours of entertainment watching epic protagonist facing off against dark antagonists, and simply wish to escape that endless circle of heroics and villainy, then Diabolik Lovers is a must watch.
There have been rumors of a second season; and I hope there is no truth to them because I don’t see the point. And I wouldn’t even watch it even if they made one.
That being said, Magical Warfare was a pointless anime, totally useless in its utilization of typical tropes, basically an amalgamation of every anime I have ever seen, bad and good. It might have as well never exited because it brought absolutely nothing of note to the table.
Diabolik Lovers might not be my favorite anime; in fact I would be lying if I sais I actually liked it; however it was something…different; it actually tried to separate itself from the masses.
As such it is worth watching, if only as that odd 12 episode experience that you didn’t truly understand.
Thinking on it, Diabolik Lovers reminds me of true blood, but not as bad.
RATING: 4/10, an interesting experience indeed. Diabolik lovers would actually benefit from a reboot. Because, looking at the primary story arc, whoever wrote this script had absolutely no idea what they were doing or even wanted to do.
Focused story telling with a true purpose at the end, something less silly than the finale we got-which felt like it was shoehorned into the story- and Diabolik Lovers might have made for better viewing.
I have never really been a fan of the mech genre. It's not to say that I don't enjoy mech anime, quite the contrary. However, I just find myself not drawn to them as much as I am other genres. So it was quite a surprise for me to find myself drawn to Aldnoah Zero. I think a lot of it had to do with the music. I am a fan of Hiroyuki Sawano. I constantly listen to the soundtracks for Attack on Titan and Kill la Kill and the music for this series is shaping up to be pretty awesome as well. The question is can the rest of the series live up to that same bar. Let's take a look at the first 5 episodes and see how it shapes up.
In 1972, mankind discovered an ancient alien artifact on the Moon called the Hypergate. It sent them to Mars where they discovered more ancient technology allowing them to colonize the planet. However, these first settlers came together to form the Vers Empire. They claimed Mars for themselves and tensions with the United Empire on Earth grew worse. Using the power of the alien tech known as "Aldnoah" they started a war in 1999. A battle took place on the Moon causing the hypergate to explode and destroy half of the moon and cause the debris to float around the Earth. The soldiers of the Vers Empire were now stranded on Earth and they build several massive orbital space stations to keep watch over Earth. 15 years later the princess of the Vers Empire wants to go to Earth to re-establish friendly ties but is assassinated ending the cease-fire and re-igniting the war between the Vers Empire and Earth.
What I Liked:
As I said before the music in this show is phenomenal. The opening songs and songs used during the show and excellent and worth listening to outside of the anime. I also really enjoyed the orchestral music. I thought it was powerful and epic and really helped sell me on the mood and action of the show. Given the history of the composer it should come as no surprise but it is still worth celebrating. Similarly I enjoyed the animation. The end of the first episode especially with the explosion was done very well. The characters do not stand out to me but they are well drawn and animate well. The same goes for the mechs. I didn't really enjoy the design of the mechs but the animation on them was really well done especially in the fight scenes.
One thing about this show that has impressed me as well is the story. I won't spoil anything but the assassination of the Princess is handled well and implies a larger conspiracy. There is a good mystery that has been built up around her murder and I am interested to see how it progresses. Similarly I enjoyed the dynamics of both sides. The coordinated attacks and military might of the Vers Empire is portrayed quite well but underneath it exists a network of spies and traitors. Meanwhile the Terrans who are seemingly outmatched by the superior technology and military strength of the Vers Empire do a great job of using tactics and strategy to survive and defeat the enemy rather than overpowering them. However, while the story is interesting the storytelling is not.
What I Didn't Like:
I have said several times before that I hate exposition in any form of fiction. To me it is a cheap and lazy way to convey storytelling. Unfortunately this show starts right off the bat with it. All that information I wrote earlier is presented in a 30 second presentation by a bunch of high school kids while taking the bus to school. It's stupid because A) no high school kid talks about things like that while on a bus to school and B) these kids know about this stuff already so there is no point in explaining this stuff aside from being a lazy way to give backstory exposition. I know its a small thing to nitpick but it shows a poor sense of pacing and storytelling when things have to be explicitly explained to the audience in what is essentially a Power-Point Presentaiton. It also seems that the writers were so busy building their world and fiction that they forgot to fill it with interesting people. The characters in this show are completely forgettable and bland. They have no unique personality and speak with a monotonous voice. They almost feel like vessels to move the story along. The main character, Inaho, is so bland and boring and lifeless that it seems the writers and voice actor didn't care about him at all. He delivers his lines with a flat affect and has no emotion whatsoever. He watches friends die and people suffer and all he does is tell people how he is feeling rather than show people how he is feeling. The only two characters I found even remotely interesting. One is his sister Yuki who at least has some personality and displays it. The other is Slaine, the Terran slave. He was rescued by the Vers and works for them but is constantly looked down upon. Nonetheless he has a strong devotion to the Princess whom he owes his life and his journey to uncover the truth behind her murder is the closest this show got to character development for me.
It is obviously to early to judge how the rest of this show will be but they have a lot of issues they need to address. My main gripes with the exposition of the backstory only happened in the first episode. Since then the show has done a better job of its storytelling. However, they need to give these characters some life and make me care not just about what is happening to the world but also what happens to these people because right now I could care less.
Hello everyone! I barely notice it, but we hit over 25,000 character wiki pages!
Technically, we made 25,115 characters in the database and made 25,100 character pages on August 30, 2014. I wished I check the numbers more frequently. It would nice to get a date on when we hit 25,000 and put a date in our Anime Vice's 2014 Wiki Archive or the Timeline. I recall sickVisionz mentioning we had an unknown amount of test pages which are blank wiki pages without a Top Editor feature on it. Don't worry about the technical thing.
We as a community should be proud of our wiki editors who invested their free time to make our site better. Without wiki pages, Anime Vice doesn't have much foundation to attach reviews, blogs, forums, lists, and more. We need wiki pages as much as we need battle forums, RPG threads, and every feature of the site because we are a unique anime oriented community. No other community has what we have!
Like any community, we had hardships and struggles. One of our struggles is what counts as anime and manga which plays a huge factor on what characters we include in our database. We do include video game characters who have anime and manga adaptations. Anime influenced shows such as RWBY and Korra/Avatar and Manhwas characters are also included despite not being traditional pages. We do emphasize quality wiki editing so our folks will depend on our wiki pages not the Wikia or Wikipedia. Not every wiki page of a project gets equal love.
No matter what happens in the past and the future, we are making our wiki scope broad as we grow as a site to welcome all folks to this community. The wiki serves as a main attraction that keeps our site running.
Keep on working hard everyone. Thank you to everyone who support our wiki pages and contribute on it.
Welcome everyone! I know it's a bit late, but I wanted to do a blog similar to my project called Anime Vice Recommendations and Experiences where I take folks' recommended anime and manga and try it out. I do a marathon, might not finish it, but I share my experiences and recommend to the right folks who will love it. Originally, I wanted to do as my last blog in Screened when it shut down on March 2014. I never got a chance due to school and trying to save people's wiki work and reviews from Screened.
I do these series of blogs to show our community does discuss anime and manga while getting folks to try new and old shows!
Don't worry, I won't go into spoilers. I just want to give a general impression, not a traditional review.
Recommended by Mike20, FinalDasa, and Acura Max
This is the original series. Back in the fall 2013 or was it summer 2013, we had a Star Trek wiki project. Acura Max asks me to help out. I never watched Star Trek before. I have heard of it back then. FinalDasa and Mike20 mentions this series is episodic, so I won't be too lost when I work on certain episodes and upload caps. Acura Max and FinalDasa told me it was good Sci-Fi show for a beginner like me. I don't watch a lot of TV shows since I didn't have cable or rely on the internet much until college. I had cable once in middle school for a year, but I ended up watching Cartoon Network, Nick, and Tech TV's cartoons instead.
This is my list of TV series I watched in my entire life:
If you ask me about Hollywood celebrities, I wouldn't know anything despite being a Californian.
I heard of the series when I writing an autobiography of George Takei in middle school for English class. Dad picked out a book and told me to write about Asian Americans. Sorry, my dad wasn't warming up to Americans and other nationalities who aren't from our country at that the time. I never picked up Star Trek until Screened in 2013. My first episode was the Naked Truth which coincidentally features Sulu. It got me in. I only watched a few episodes:
My favorite characters included Captain Kirk, Spock, and Sulu. Star Trek is more about exploration and how Captain Kirk's crew get out of tough situations. Miri wasn't my favorite since it was kind of creepy. I would say The City on the Edge of Forever and Naked Truth were my favorite episodes. Naked Truth had more excitement for me while The City one involved time travel and a bit of drama. Captain Kirk is a playboy in the series. Lots of women all develop crushes on him, Miri, Edith, and Christine Chapel. Wish I saw more episodes about Spock and learn about his Vulcan kind.
It's a bit difficult for me to recommend this show since I haven't watch enough, and I need to refresh my memory. If you like space opera shows with exploration and how mankind interacts with aliens, try this show out.
Recommended by Acura Max
During the fall of 2013, Acura Max and the Screened crew were talking a lot about Walking Dead in their discussion thread. It was one of the most popular shows next to Breaking Bad and Hannibal if I recall correctly in the community. I was curious about Walking Dead. After I became mod in Anime Vice right in the middle of fall semester, I started losing control and mismanage my time. There was too much crap with school and too much crap with the battle forums. Wiki community was my safe haven since I did better as a wiki mod, given it was my preferred job where I was happy and comfortable in. I dropped all my classes and change my major for the 3rd time from Microbiology to Asian American Studies. In November, I felt so weird. I had no school. I had all this free time which I used to help both Screened and Anime Vice. With any time leftover, I dedicated to watching a new TV show, Walking Dead.
Recommendation from Acura Max was a heavy, horror drama show and it requires a thick skin. He told me it was more brutal than Supernatural. I'm not a big fan of horror movies, shows, or video games. Supernatural was unique because it had bizarre humor to supplement its horror. Walking Dead was a different beast.
Walking Dead was a hell of roller coaster ride. Don't expect your favorite characters to live. Anything can happened. Crap just hits the fan several times. In season 3/prison arc, I cried a lot. Don't want to spoil folks, but I should have saw the death flags. The story and the writing was better than most TV shows and anime I seen in my life. I will keep Walking Dead on par with Fullmetal Alchemist because Hiromu Arakawa is one of the best Shonen mangaka I seen in anime. The TV series was built weird. I first watched the series on Amazon Instant Video and completed season 1 on it. Season 1 only had 6 episodes. Then, I purchase the DVD Set 1-3 since I couldn't find Set 2 and 3 together for a cheaper, better price. I regret selling the Walking Dead DVDs because the bonus clips shares a lot of info on the characters, story, and how they create the set. It's so awe inspiring to see the magic work.
I would definitely recommend this show to fans who like zombie apocalypse shows. It's like a soap opera show. Is that right word? Anyways, it's a show that's full of surprises, victory, and hardships. It shows you that when the world is in hell, it brings out everyone's ugly side, but there is a spark of humanity you will see every now and then. I recall a flaw from FinalDasa. He points out the series is too over stretch. If you like shorter shows, you might not pick this up.