I wanted to babble on about what a year this has been but truth be told i would be lying if i said i remembered most of what happened in these 12 months, with regards to anime and manga that is.
It took me a while to realise that at the beginning of this year the otaku realm was raving about how big of a hit psycho pass would be; now i barely remember its existence in light of the many series that have emerged as the months have progressed.
Anyway, i thought it would be a novel idea to sit down and critically analyze the year 2013 in anime and manga, but not through that most general of lenses that is ‘best anime and/manga’, instead delineating the best of manga and anime this year into some of its finer points; and because no anime or manga would be worth the hype or loath it attracts without that most important of elements that is the villain, I thought I would kick this little 2013 anime and manga ‘best of’ series off by looking at the best villains anime and manga has produced this year.
So here goes:
1. Uchiha god Madara (Naruto)
Madara Uchiha has somehow managed to reign as total bad ass, not only in the Naruto anime but the manga as well, his initial appearance in the anime, his utter decimation of the shinobi alliance only surpassed by the madness he has unleashed in the manga, his conflict with the kages and consistent ability to bring absolute destruction upon the Naruto world
2. Don Quixotte Doflamingo (One Piece)
it is disturbing to see just how far Doflamingo has come in One piece this year, this initially unimportant warlord some how breaking into the upper echelons of the pirate world as a true threat. No doubt one piece's run this year wouldn't have been the ride it has turned out to be if not for the revelations made regarding Doflamingo.
3. Shogo Makishima (Psycho Pass)
Looking back on it Psycho pass was basically the Kogami/Makishima story, and why wouldn’t it be, these two proving to be some of the most brilliant minds in the series. The reason the show reached its great heights was because of how well the Makishima/Kogami dynamic played out; and the reason this relationship played out so well was because of how devious and down right psychopathic Makishima could be, basically a virus in the perfect system of the Psycho pass world.
4. Juha bach (Bleach)
Juha bach is nothing less than the man credited for bringing soul society to its knees and murdering the man that had led it through the last millennium; and this year he cemented his determination to bring this ancient enemy of his people to its knees by launching an all out assault against the remnants of soul society. Truth be told though, i am crediting Juha bach for the actions he executed last year, as he has been largely unimportant to bleach in 2013. Normally he should have featured at the very bottom of the list, but you do not kill yamamoto Genryusai everyday.
5. Rachel (Tower of God)
There is something about the innocent nature of this character that makes her so damn unlikable; playing the desperate damsel in the early portions of the series, Rachel stands above all the villainous entities we have seen emerge on the scene in Tower of God this year, the woman that took Baam’s heart, ripped it out of his chest, crushed it, pushed the bits back in and did it again, inflicting immense amounts of hurt to her greatest proponent.
I don’t know if i can call Rachel devious; i don’t know if that word fully encompasses how manic she has proven herself to be in the manhwa this year. On the plus side though, she gave us the awesome Viole.
6. Orochimaru (Naruto)
Orochimaru is...well, Orochimaru, the original Naruto devil, his reemergence onto the scene at the beginning of this year not only shaking the structure of events in the Naruto world, but portending great things to come. As a source of great turmoil for Naruto Uzumaki one can only ponder at what his next move will be, following his efforts in resolving the Madara incident.
7. 9arts dragon (The Beaker: New Waves)
Maybe i am jumping the gun here, and maybe Nine arts hasn't yet struck villain status; and truth be told i hope this hero of the first Breaker series never turns to the dark side; but things aren't looking too good for him, especially with all the violence that has been been committed in his name. Whatever the case nine arts is the ultimate good guy turned evil character this year, and i expect events to take an explosive turn in 2014 now that he has chosen to finally come to the fro and take Seoul.
8. Hisoka (HunterXHunter)
Hisoka has been a part of the HunterXHunter world from the beginning; yet despite his early appearance, Hisoka has managed to hold his own against more recent villains more powerful villains as a truly despicable member of the HXH world; or maybe despicable isn’t quite the world to describe him. Creepy maybe…yes, creepy, disturbing, sometimes gross, but in a good way, the sort of manner villains are expected to present.
9. Chrollo Lucifer/Phantom troupe (HunterXHunter)
I don’t know if it is really possible to separate the awesomeness of the phantom troupe from Chrollo’s epicness, a villain that in truth is yet to make his mark on the HXH world, at least in my opinion, but whose presence on screen has the ability to shake the foundation of our heroes. One might go so far as to say that the phantom troupe arc was the pinnacle of the HXH anime.
10. Reiner (Attack on Titan)
The ability to infiltrate and yet remain inconspicuous to your enemy is god-sent, and Reiner did just that! Imagine walking, working, trusting the evil you so much wish to eradicate yet you’re just so blind to it.
Reiner is…well, one of SNK’s many tragedies.
-Shiro (Deadman Wonderland)- This manga didn't only have one of the more epic finales i have seen this year, it created quite a monster in shiro while also laying her bare, allowing us to explore the inner workings of her twisted mind.
Really, what allowed Shiro to shine as such a great villain this year was how tortured she seemed even as she unleashed hell against Ganta.
-Priscilla (Claymore)- Priscilla from Claymore was epic this year, especially with the revelation regarding her secrets, the nature of her power as the abyssal one with the power to create her own matter, basically making her a new kind of beast, that and the revelation about her one true weakness.
-Zephr (One Piece Film Z)- my thoughts on Film Z are somewhat skewed by how the series chose to end things, specifically the rather cliché battle between Luffy and Z at the end; none the less i liked Z as a somewhat tragic villain, wronged far too many times and taking the law into his own hands to a bring justice to the world; and his end somewhat helped cement the character in my eyes.
-Bils (Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the gods)- i liked Battle of the gods and truth be told that was largely because of Bils, a character that, though irritating initially, began to endear himself to me as the sort of villain the series hasn’t produced since the dragon ball era. More importantly they managed to avoid the clichéd ending that Film Z had with regards to the final battle between hero and villain.
And that’s it from me and this year’s list of best villains; what was your 2013 like in anime and manga? Which villains most rocked your world?
Release Date: Dec 31, 2013 7:00am Pacific Time at Crunchyroll
Kirito and the others decide to go on an underwater quest within the world of ALO to grant Yui her wish to see a whale. As they all prepare for the quest, they face a shocking revelation... Leafa, or Suguha is afraid of water. So, Asuna and the other female members decide to teach Suguha how to swim at a pool in the real world. Meanwhile, Kirito was meeting somebody…
For a list of Winter 2014 trailers, please check out the #Anime Vice Discussion Threads because all anime trailers are converted into discussion threads with the exceptions of OVAs and Movies.
Hello everyone, welcome to this week's manga releases! It's the last Quick Pick manga edition for this year. We're wrapping it up with Attack on Titan, one of the best manga series this year, and a reverse harem series based on Quin Rose's otome games.
Note: For the manga covers, I wasn't able to get a decent English cover for both Attack on Titan and Crimson Empire. I'll replace them soon.
Attack on Titan Volume 10 "Fortress of Blood"
With no combat gear and Wall Rose breached, the 104th scrambles to evacuate the villages in the Titans' path. On their way to the safety of Wall Sheena, they decide to spend the night in Utgart Castle. But their sanctuary becomes a slaughterhouse when they discover that, for some reason, these Titans attack at night!
Crimson Empire: Circumstances to Serve a Noble is a shoujo manga series by QuinRose, the creator of Alice in the Country of Clover. Simultaneous to the release of Crimson Empire Volume 3, Seven Seas will release the newest installment in the Alice series— Alice Love Fables: Toy Box—which includes a 30-page, never before published Crimson Empire story.
From the time she was sold into servitude as a young girl and told by a handsome demonic figure that she had a destiny to fulfill, Sheila’s childhood was anything but easy. After joining an assassins’ guild to undergo rigorous training, Sheila is later taken in by the dashing Prince Edvard to serve as both his housemaid and bodyguard.
As skillful as she is with a blade, Sheila hasn’t a clue when it comes to courtly romance. While she uses her talents to help Edvard win the throne, can she stave off the many admirers who vie for her heart?
Welcome everyone! FUNimation has released news of its Winter 2014 simulcast guide. Usually, FUNimation announces its simulcast guide during the first 3 weeks of the anime season.
This list will be updated. My teammates, Acura Max and BigHeart711, and I will continue to provide coverage and trailers for the new season. I will compile a winter 2014 guide soon.
Yato is a minor deity who lacks even a single shrine. In order to build his own shrine, he scrawls his cell number on the wall of a downtown bathroom telling people he will help them in exchange for a 5-yen offering, becoming a self-styled "delivery god." Hiyori, the daughter of a respectable family, is almost in a traffic accident, but is rescued by Yato. This causes her to become a "hanyou," a person who can easily lose her soul. She chases Yato down, and they begin to work together. Yato also finds a boy named Yukine who becomes a "sacred treasure" that can be used by a god. The three of them battle "you" who bring harm to humans as Yato's hidden history is gradually revealed.
|2. Space Dandy|
Space Dandy is a dandy guy in space! This dreamy adventurer with a to-die-for pompadour travels across the galaxy in search of aliens no one has ever laid eyes on. Each new species he discovers earns him a hefty reward, but this dandy has to be quick on his feet because it’s first come – first served! Accompanied by his sidekicks, a rundown robot named QT and Meow the cat-looking space alien, Dandy bravely explores unknown worlds inhabited by a variety aliens. Join the best dressed alien hunter in all of space and time as he embarks on an adventure that ends at the edge of the universe!
|4. Maken-ki! Two|
The students of Tenbi Academy are back for round two! What trouble will Takeru get himself into for season 2? You’ll just have to watch to find out!
|5. Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha|
Inari is a cheerful girl with a crush on the coolest guy in school, but she can’t seem to confess her feelings to him. When a goddess blesses her with the ability to shapeshift—much to the chagrin to the spiritual world—can love bloom for the young girl?
Welcome everyone! This used to be called Quick Picks because my teammates and I used to do this together. We would pick some DVDs and Blu Rays that we were interested in just to promote a certain franchise.
This week, we have Sentai Filmworks and its two beautiful series. These will make great Christmas gifts if your friend, co-worker, or family member love the romance anime series, give Say I Love You anime series a try. If they love cute, satirical, comedic anime series, try the Humanity Has Declined anime. Merry Christmas everyone!
|Humanity Has Declined - Complete Collection (Sub.DVD)|
For years, declining birth rates have forced what's left of the human race to cede more and more territory to other beings who have appeared to take advantage of the emptying ecological niche. Now, only a handful of humans remain among the remnants of civilization and Earth is dominated by faeries - tiny, ten-inch tall creatures of surprising intelligence. But humanity's importance isn't over quite yet, as young Watashi learns as she makes the decision to return to her hometown and assume her grandfather's position as an arbitrator between the races. Unfortunately, the job isn't going to be anywhere near as simple as she expected, and it's going to take wisdom far beyond her years to achieve her most important mission. It's not about how often you fall and fail, it's about how often you get back up and try again, and the human race still has a lot left to accomplish.
|Humanity Has Declined - Complete Collection (Sub.Blu-Ray)|
|Say "I love you." - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray)|
Friends suck, and trusting someone is just setting yourself up. That's the lesson Mei Tachibana learned after her heart was ripped out and only a shell was left where a girl used to be. But unlike so many, she found an easy solution: she'll never make another friend. Ever. Okay, maybe that's not as easy as it sounds, but it's worked for Mei - or at least, it did until handsome, charming and annoyingly popular Yamato Kurosawa came along. For some freakish reason, he seems to like Mei. He even gave her his phone number! As if she would ever call him. Except she did. But only because she needed help. Still, he came. He actually came. And now things are getting way too complicated. Mei's no princess in a tower. She's not waiting for a knight in shining armor to rescue her. So why did he have to kiss her and confuse everything? And why are those three little words so hard to say?
|Say "I love you." - Complete Collection (DVD)|
Below are 2 lists (S-league and A-league, S being better than A) which make up ALL the anime that I watched in 2013 which aired in 2013. They are ranked in terms of how much I enjoyed them. So the rankings are a relative indication of which anime I think is better than another ONLY in the sense that I can come up with reasons why I enjoyed some anime more than another. Different people may enjoy different anime for different reasons, I’m not gonna detail why/what I enjoyed/did not enjoy about each anime on these lists, so just take from these rankings what you will. =P Also ALL the anime listed below are available via Crunchyroll.com.
Flowers of Evil gets top for being bold, cold and ruthless. Samurai Flamenco was a pleasant surprise. It’s like a meta-superhero anime, and it does a brilliant job of commenting on social justice, heroes, idols and such, while balancing comedy, tragedy and action.
Roughly 47 of the currently 86 episodes of Space Brothers aired in 2013, and it still packs both comedic and emotional punches, with down-to-earth, memorable characters in realistic settings, dealing with realistic problems.
Chihayafuru commits to its card-game premise in an amazing way. I remember having a minor quibble while watching it that the card matches were being drawn out. Each match is framed with such intensity and a focus on characters’ psyche which can be taken as a good or bad thing. Ippo is my replacement for Chihayafuru, xD. It’s also a sports anime, but is about boxing. Having not watched an Ippo anime before or been exposed to any sports anime other than Chihayafuru , I was eager to get my feet wet in another sports anime, and it is great so far!
Genshiken is one of the first I’ve seen do the “anime/manga club” thing well. It is really smart about its humor. My only quibble is that it doesn’t make full use of its huge cast, but the story it tells in 12 episodes is fairly succinct and well done.
Silver Spoon is a coming of age story. It does a good job of looking at agriculture in a fun way, and making us more aware of how much we take from nature in living our lives.
I had a hard time placing TWGOK3 between the S-league and A-league. Like Genshiken and Samurai Flamenco, it is really smart about its humor. Despite this I still found some of the supernatural elements a bit silly. It pulls a huge reversal near the end which really deepens/darkens Keima’s character and his role. Yamishibai did some crazy stuff in such short time (4 minute episodes). The sound, voice and art work is spot on, and had me in chills each week.
Watamote’s anti-social/socially-anxious protagonist should strike a chord with geeks everywhere. There’s a little Tomoko in all of us isn’t there? I found myself swaying between sympathizing with her and being angry with her. It hits on teenage social issues in a fresh, fun ironic, cynical way. I also had a hard time placing Watamote. If I were to make further changes, I might switch TWGOK and Watamote for Genshiken and Silver Spoon respectively.* (see final note)
Kill la Kill and Attack on Titan were both pretty enjoyable, but I don’t think they did enough with the ideas they were exploring, and tended to be showy. Zetsuen no Tempest and Eccentric Family suffered from cases of the ‘moving mouths’ syndrome. Tempest had some neat ideas with time travel, 2 god-like trees, magic, murder etc. Eccentric Family also had some nice themes of family and nature, but it ended up feeling kind of shallow, while Tempest didn’t really integrate everything well enough.
In no particular order, these are anime which aired in 2013, which I did not have time to watch, but wish I did get around to watching. I have no doubt that these anime would shake up the rankings quite a bit.
If you want more of my thoughts on Flowers of Evil, Nagi no Asukara and Kill la Kill, check out their discussion threads. Also I commented on some of the anime on these lists in previous blogs, feel free to check those out too (blog on Flowers of Evil, blog on Space Brothers). =P
Remember these rankings only indicate relative enjoyment. I took something unique away from each of the anime listed above. As always thanks for reading, it was fun considering the anime I watched this past year in a relatively holistic way. Feel free to leave a comment with any thoughts on the above anime or other anime recommendations!
Also feedback on this blog’s format are much appreciated (length, style, picture use). I tried to be brief with my comments, but I had also considered splitting this into 3 blogs. Otherwise, merry Christmas, happy New Year and good luck to everyone in the upcoming year! =)
Here are pictures of my rough rankings. Haha, I guess if you really want, you can cross-reference these pics with the final rankings, but don’t read into them too much. Also the reason I considered MAL ratings (what I ranked each anime on Myanimelist) is because I only rate anime after I watch all the episodes, and after giving it some thought. So looking at my ratings helps me remember what I did/did not enjoy about that anime.
The more I think about it, the more I want to shift around the ratings. =P So I will say that the rankings which I feel a little uncomfortable with are S4-7 (Chihaya, Ippo, Genshiken, Silver) and A1+3 (TWGOK + Watamote). Which just means I’m not sure which I enjoyed more, since they are all so great in their own ways! xD.. and ties are no fun. :P
Hello everyone! sickVisionz and I have finished setting up the poll for the Vote for Your Favorite Anime in 2013! project. Please vote for your top 5 shows if you haven't done it yet.
Today, I was over at Giant Bomb, reading the community spotlights. I saw they were doing the Best of 2013 Games in list forms. It would be a great idea to do this too just for fun.
The only requirement is that lists cannot exceed 10 items. You can list anime series that ran before 2013. It doesn't have to run in 2013. I did this, so folks who are catching up on old anime series can list shows they personally watch this year. Please drop a link to your list. I'll add them to the blog. Thank you.
I hope everyone have a nice Christmas break. For me, I probably be working.
|Users||Their Top 10 Lists|
Hi everyone, I'm Takashichea, one of the wiki editors who posts trailers for the upcoming anime seasons. Many of you are PMing me where are the trailers. I have answered a lot of these PMs, so I decided to make an announcement just to make things easier for everyone.
Since my friend Daniel Newton told my teammates and I to start making discussion threads instead of trailer threads back in the Fall 2013, it has been confusing for those who are looking for these trailers.
There are 4 places you find them.
Here are the past Anime Seasons:
They are no longer located in the anime series' forum pages. I'm sorry for the inconvenience. It is easier that all trailers are found in one forum location. It's just confusing where to access this forum thread.
If you're lost or new to this site, just PM me or my teamates. We will direct you to our seasonal anime guides.
Rage sits beside Greed-Yammy Llargo-10,0 and Aaroniero-9
Sacrifice sits in front of Aging.-Harribel-3 and Barragan-2
Despair sits in front of Madness.-Nnoitra Gilga- 5 and Szayel-8
Solitude sits in front of Intoxication.Stark Coyote-1 and Zommari-7
Nihilism sits in front of Destruction. Ulquiorra Schiffer-4 and Grimmjow-.6
I know it's not that creative but any ways see ya later ;)
FUNimation is planning to release the series in premium and standard edition on March 11, 2014.
Premium Edition includes:
In the future, even just thinking about a crime is enough to make you guilty – and justice is dispensed from the barrel of a gun. Detectives work in teams made up of Enforcers and Inspectors. Enforcers take out the bad guys, and Inspectors make sure their partners don’t cross the fine line between good and evil. The great equalizer in the war against thugs is the Dominator, a futuristic weapon that can read minds and assess the probability that a citizen will turn criminal. There are no trials. Only Enforcers, Inspectors, and the Dominator. Commit a crime in your mind – and the Dominator will make sure you pay the ultimate price. -
Hyperdimension Neptunia was a 12-episode fantasy/ comedy TV anime that aired from July 12 to September 27 of this year. The series is an adaptation of a video game RPG series developed by Idea Factory and Compile Heart, with the anime adaptation being created by David Production. Funimation currently has North American streaming rights to the series.
In the virtual world known as Gamindustri, the four goddesses of each country agree to a “friendship treaty” that bans each country from using military force to gather Share Energy, an energy source that grants a goddess influence and power over any territory in Gameindustri where their populace strongly believe in them. While the goddesses learn to get along with one another, they have to face enemy threats attempting to exploit Share Energy for their personal gain over the world of Gameindustri.
Neptunia is yet another case of an anime series shamelessly being used as promotional material for its video game source material. It also panders fairly heavily to the otaku crowd with its milking of the moe craze for its female cast and nods to the video game industry coming from characters, country names and elements to some of the worlds that the characters visit.
All the characters seen throughout this series milk differing character archetypes that they don't really grow out of and have little depth to show for it, many of said characters milking differing character types that have become popular from the moe craze. Much of the female cast serve to pander to its audience with their character quirks, idiosyncrasies, revealing or fetish-themed outfits (these especially prevalent with the transformed states of the goddesses) and usually getting into suggestive predicaments during comedic or serious moments.
The series also panders to video game fans as character names, countries and elements to the worlds that are visited by the characters are nods to past and present elements of the video game industry. For instance, Neptunia and Neptune are references to Sega's canned attempt to create a Genesis/ 32X combo video game system called the Neptune, and Nepgear being a nod to Sega's handheld game system from the 1990s called the Game Gear.
The series attempts to mix comedy and adventure in its focus on the goddesses focusing on the group either bonding in crazy predicaments involving whatever video game nods that are referenced or dealing with any random enemy threat either causing trouble for anyone among their group or attempting to whore up Share Energy for their personal gain. Both elements to the title's storytelling are hard to care for because of Neptunia's shallow characterization and a number of the villains in the series being hard to take seriously as threats because of their comical behavior or incompetent actions. Even in the instances where the group have to deal with a serious threat, Neptunia quite often milks plot devices that are either too convenient or milk the tiresome “power of friendship” cliche to thrash the enemy they confront.
Hello everyone, I know it's not Friday, but I was caught by surprise when my family had me work at the restaurant in the afternoon. I keep this blog short because I got to do finish Star Trek at Screened. Plus, these crazy blogs are good for destressing oneself from work and wiki.
Let's do this!
I asked some random folks in Anime Vice, Twitter, and Comic Vine.
BigHeart711 says this:
I'm most attached to the school uniforms more than the general work uniforms. A close second goes to the nurse uniforms.
Oh, I see BigHeart711 likes nurses, and I know why he watches Pokemon.
If we're talking about an outfit fetish then it's probably cat girl outfit that work for me the most.
Yes, Fairy Tail and other anime make us swoon over cat and bunny girl outfits. I should know Bigz007 likes Erza's cat outfit.
I love the sexy librarian look. Sexy and sophisticated.
Daniel Newton didn't say he had a uniform fetish, but in the Fetish Friday: Glasses are Hot, Baby edition, he dig the librarian look. I'm taking his answer as implied.
For me, I like a woman in business attire for some odd reason. That's why I'm have a thing for teachers! You can say I'm a guy who likes suiting up just like Barney from How I Met Met Your Mother. I have a thing for suits being a waiter.
Most folks ignored me like last time. This time, I asked Gia! Though, she didn't give me an answer. I guess I wasn't subtle enough. I should have worked on PR skills better.
Gia, tell me!
The only person that replied was my buddy Samimista.
Hey you! =D How have you been? Hard to believe the year is almost over. =O Hehehe! xD Uniform fetishes? =O Hehe! xD Nothing swoons me over more than the Assassin Creed's hoodie and Master Chief's armor. =O Anime-wise though, I'd say Lelouch's outfit! =3 Hehe! xD Do you have any? Would make a great article for AV! Hehehe! Maybe it's the innocence! xD You should do a belt fetish for Nomura! =O
Tetsuya Nomura, the godfather of Final Fantasy has a thing for belts and zippers. I think she likes military men and men of stature.
I forgot to do this. Do you know any characters in anime and manga that have a uniform fetish? Don't forget to share your uniform fetishes!
I'm not happy with my captions if you notice how many times I changed it.
She loves cops.
Don't read this blog if you haven't watched up to episode 11.
This is sort of a mini-review or something to get off my chest since the Samurai Flamenco Discussion doesn't promote blogs and reviews.
I was not a fan of slice of life shows because I was mostly a Shonen fan. I was attracted to this show because I was a fan of Tiger and Bunny and this series reminded me of it. I thought it was going to involve real folks becoming heroes. After episode 7, the show did a major game changer. Things became unreal. You don't see a lot of anime series that have the guts or balls to do this. The tone of the show was comedic became dark all of the sudden. After episode 10, I thought it was the end of the show. What can Samurai Flamenco do? You have your final climax, and the heroes are pushed over the edge. With episode 11, it introduces a new team of characters while Goto and Mari are not shown at all. I feel there is an inconsistency with the tone of this show. Samurai Flamenco is desensitizing the audience of the brutal violence. The show is becoming more of a satire on Power Rangers with some dark humor. While people were slaughtered, your so called heroes were bickering about who is the leader, who is red. Personally, I enjoy the first half of the series. It could have ended on episode 10.
Samurai Flamenco is one of those underrated shows. It's not for everyone. I wonder about the direction of the show. Who knows? I hoping this series has a well thought out and satisfying ending that tops episode 10.
The above image is from the Aqua City Odaiba Shopping Mall in Tokyo, Japan. Seems they added something far better than just some run-of-the-mill Christmas tree. They have a huge Godzilla tree decorated with lights, and it even fires out a plume of smoke.
It's a shame we never seen awesome stuff like this in the US. You know if someone did, Fox News would be screaming about the War on Christmas.
Hiya everyone! After doing the Which Shonen Series has the Most Damsels in Distress?, I got to do it for the opposite sex. Instead of Shonen shows, I made it broad. Please enjoy this list. I tried not to put too many spoilers.
Just to balance the Damsel in Distress lists.
He's like the Krillin in the Toriko franchise. Wait, Krillin didn't get kidnapped. You get my point. He's a sidekick character who has no real powers. He's more like Manta from Shaman King, a kind man. He got kidnapped by a thug in the Puffer Whale cave.
|2. Ash's Pikachu|
Despite being level 100, he gets kidnapped by Team Rocket. Ash is too stupid to keep Team Rocket from jacking his Pokemon. Or maybe Pikachu needs some space from Ash.
|3. Ichigo Kurosaki|
Gets his ass saved by Rukia and vice versa. Oh, he got his ass save by Nel. He's a lucky bastard to be saved Rukia and Nel who are sexy. Was Ichigo pretending to lose?
|4. Eren Yeager|
Gets his ass saved by Mikasa and Levi. I seen fans shipping Eren with these two and fan art of Eren getting carried bridal style.
|5. Yukiteru Amano|
Gets his ass kidnapped by his stalker.
|6. Portgas D. Ace|
Spoilers - Can't tell you. He was Luffy's bad ass brother whose pride got him in trouble.
Pre time skip Usopp was a weak, but he was a smart guy.
In his plushie form, he can't do crap on his own.
Needs Natsu and Lucy to save his butt.
Kidnapped by the Akatsuki.
|11. Kakashi Hatake|
Was Zabuza's Bitch. Pardon my language, he was a prisoner held in Zabuza's water prison jutsu. His students had to save him.
|12. Mokuba Kaiba|
Gets kidnapped by that green haired dude.
|13. Manta Oyamada|
Gets kidnapped by Faust who was dissecting him. It's pretty brutal.
Krillin saved him after his chest was stabbed by some androids.
As a little kid, all he could was throw tantrums and call daddy.
|16. Mamoru Chiba|
The human plot device for saving the day has himself been embarrassingly captured more than once and is rescued by the ones meant to be rescued. How he still keeps the Batman-like persona of arrogance and cockiness is a mystery.
Claimed his Hokuto Shinken technique was invincible, Captured without inflicting any damage and was rescued by a child.
Probably the only character in the series to be taken by both the Protagonists and the Antagonists. The guy can't catch a break.
|19. Trafalgar Law|
Masterminded a brilliant strategy, Beaten and captured by a greater Mastermind!
|20. Rokuro Okajima|
You know you are not irreplaceable when you're kidnapped and your company won't pay your ransom.
|21. Natsu Dragneel|
yes, it's the true, Natsu was kidnapped one time. I guess it's the first and only time that he needed help from someone.
|22. Joshua Lundgren|
taken by Claw's group
|23. Killua Zoldyck|
got kidnapped and tortured by his brother Illumi
he was saved by Strawhats at Nami's request
saved by Clare just before he was about to be eaten by a yoma.
|26. Alphonse Elric|
since his body is a metal armor, he got taken and worn by a kid. He had to convince that kid to stop wearing him.
|27. Sado Yasutora|
Sado aka Chad is a nice guy and a great friend. He tries so hard. He will fight to failure reapedly if necessary. Unfortunately that's exactly what happens with Chad. When you are rescued by the friend you promised to fight for at least 5 times and you're captured twice, your relevance is put into serious question.
|28. Furuichi Takayuki|
The #1 pervert in Beelzebub. He is captured, threatened or beaten many times but is usually rescued by his best friend Oga
|29. Kazuma Kuwabara|
Nishi99 and Taichokage:
While somewhat over the top, he is actually a fairly reliable guy. Nevertheless, he was captured and used to lure out his best friend into a trap. Not so reliable there I suppose.
|30. King Neptune|
He's a nice enough King, but he was foolish enough to accuse some Pirates without proof and tried to apprehend them personally. He was beaten and captured with ease, but was lucky that those same "Pirates" were good guys and they let him go.
Saved his waifu from Cell and became a damsel by Cell
Kidnapped by Alvida
|33. Yusuke Urameshi|
Kidnapped by nerds
|34. Honoka Takamiya|
He gets saved by the school idol, Ayaka Kagari, who is a witch.
|35. Ciel Phantomhive|
Without Sebastian, he's just a kid. And as such, he has been snatched up on multiple occasions. Even his soul was kidnapped once lol
Apprehended by witches and thrown into a dungeon, this non aging, immortal magic wielder was rescued by traitor Witches because he was too simple to think about breaking the small iron bars
|37. Albert Morcerf|
Kidnapped by hired Pirates and rescued by the one that paid for his capture in order to manipulate the naive Albert into befriending and working with him.
Hello everyone, welcome to this week's manga releases! One of the manga series I'm looking forward to read is Summer Wars. Are there any manga series that you guys and gals are dying to read? Sorry, I did a Sankarea pun. I haven't started Sankarea, but it looks interesting.
Are You Alice? Volume 3
Alice tags along on a little excursion with the Queen of Hearts, hoping to prove his loyalty and thereby gain entrance to Caterpillar Lane. Though initially Alice strongly opposed the cruelty of the Queen's murderous methods, he is surprised to find himself hesitating when the Queen moves to kill three children who defied royal orders. How long can Alice forsake his true self?
Bloody Cross Volume 1
Half angel, half demon, Tsukimiya must drink pure demon blood to stave off the curse that will eventually claim her life. When she meets an angel named Hinata, he's eager to team up with the half-blood to take down a vampire that has been attacking humans. Tsukimiya is surprised to find that Hinata is a capable partner, but when the vampire is slain, it is Hinata who claims its demon blood, leaving Tsukimiya to be taken by the curse. In a last-ditch effort to save herself, Tsukimiya tries to drink Hinata's blood, now mixed with the vampire's pure demon blood. But in taking the blood that will save her, Tsukimiya has also transmitted the curse that will kill her. Hinata and Tsukimiya now share the curse... and they're running out of time.
Caiman finds his true face, and the person who cursed him is revealed, shaking the world to its foundation! The severely injured Nikaido's heath is draining perilously. Meanwhile, En may just possibly have met his match. What drives him? A dark secret known to none save En himself...
The truth of the being known as Oz Vessalius is exposed to Pandora, which has been captured by Leo and the Baskervilles. Amidst the warped tragedy that plays out mercilessly, the one who has lost everything catches a glimpse of the ridiculous fairy tale contrived by one man. The forbidden box has just been opened... What will be found within?
A strange foreign doctor warns Rea that her "turbid period" is approaching... and that it will bring with an insatiable desire to eat Furuya's flesh! Realizing she may not have much time left to live as a sane, normal girl, Rea works as hard as she can to enjoy her first, and maybe last, summer festival with Chihiro. But is it already too late for them both?!
Kenji is your typical teenage misfit. He's good at math, bad with girls, and spends most of his time hanging out in the all-powerful, online community known as OZ. His second life is the only life he has - until the girl of his dreams, Natsuki, hijacks him for a starring role as a fake fiancee at her family reunion. Things only get stranger from there.
With the seniors staring their college entrance exams straight in the face, the underclassman of the Hidamari Apartments are reminded that their own graduation is just a short time away. The girls have grown close during their time as neighbors and classmates, and even if life leads them along different paths, the bonds of their friendships will not be so easily broken... But there's still plenty of time for building fun memories before the seniors graduate! The girls' daily lives carry on, full of the warmth, gentleness, and happiness that can be found just where they've always been - at the Hidamari Apartments!
One weekend, when Kyon reaches the usual SOS Brigade rendezvous spot, he is met not by his fellow club members but instead by Sasaki, an old friend from middle school. Haruhi isn't thrilled to find Kyon already waiting when she arrives (who's going to buy drinks?!) and is even less thrilled by his attractive female friend!
Caught in Wiseman's trap and besieged on all sides by snipers and drug-crazed attackers, Mamoru is saved only by the arrival of Haruka and a stroke of good fortune. Frustrated by his own helplessness, Mamoru abandons the Element Network to further hone his skills. He can't rely on luck alone if he wants to survive his next encounter with Wiseman...
Plot development? In MY The Shinji Ikari Raising Project? It's more likely than you think! SEELE's frustrations with Gendo's plans leads their agent inside the school to abduct Shinji and place him under their mental control... which means Rei and Asuka must put aside their own rivalry long enough to join forces and rescue him!
THE SHOWS I’VE WATCHED BUT NOT REVIEWED
Well, folks, 2013 is drawing to a near close, meaning it is that time again where people make their best of, worst of lists of whatever movies, TV shows, and music, comics they either watched, read or listened to. Now, last year, I have made a list of anime that I have watched but not made a review of and I did noticed I haven’t watched much new anime last year and surprisingly this year, I’ve watched plenty of new anime from this year and it was a pretty great year for most anime titles, especially for one anime in particular.
Now, just to be clear, I have not watched every anime that aired this year because there is a lot of anime and most of them, I really don’t give a shit that much to watch or at least, wait until it gets a physical release and/or if it gets an English dub and speaking of that, I’m splitting this into two sections: First being the Simulcasts, for the newly aired titles and the second part being dedicated to English dubs, some related to Toonami and Neon Alley, as I believe both of them have majorly contributed to airing English-dubbed anime in the States and will be a big part in that half.
Now keep in mind that most of the anime titles I’m talking about in the SIMULCASTS section have not finished their series run or there could be the fact that I dropped it or took a break from that specific show and the fact that THIS IS NOT A FORMAL REVIEW, mostly just my thoughts on whatever show. Now, let’s start with a title that I really just dropped after 4 or 5 episodes and that is…..
OK, Yes, I dropped this show after 4 episodes and there’s only 15 minutes in each show. I couldn’t last an hour of this and I couldn’t give a damn about any of the 6 vampire brothers and yes, they are the typical brooding “oh woe is me, I was treated like shit as a child” character type and the main heroine is just a doll for them to play with, and by play, I mean abuse. I mean, Yui isn’t really that great of a character. Actually, no, she’s pretty much a pathetic character but hey, I dropped this show so I really don’t know much about it in the end but I couldn’t take more of this. Also, the music wasn’t really that noticeable The animation is typical good-looking dark and gothic style and considering the show was made by ZEXCS, who actually made a better anime series (to me, reception of that show is quite polarizing) and speaking of that show……. (Oh yeah, this show is a 1/10 – A fucking CLOWNSHOES)
I had some friends who watched this show in the Spring Season this year and I skipped this one……in favor of another anime and unfortunately, Valvrave Season 1. Boy, I was stupid to wait that long. Like I said, not too many people liked this show. However, some may not like it or dropped due to its choice of art style, i.e. rotoscoping and not doing the traditional attractive-looking characters and those people are well……idiots. If you drop it or didn’t like it due to something more plausible, then good for you. As for me, I really like this show and its choice of animation just fine. It’s a high school anime that’s actually more like how you went to high school instead of some fantasy place where everything is clean cut. This show really captured my attention with its main characters Kasugi and Saeki, who may seem like a typical bookworm and innocent love interest but they are proven to usurp that trait of theirs and my favorite character on that show is Nakamura and the way she endure chaos in her soul in a twisted way and I love that about her. Plus, the opening and ending themes are quite fitting for the tone of the show. It’s definitely worth checking out for yourself. (7.5/10 – Low SOLID B.)
Yes, I opted to watch this show instead for the first season and boy, the response at first was mostly corny mecha show by SUNRISE aka those guys that made Gundam A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H something 11 227 Build Fighter MF Doom and I was fine by that but when episode 10 came around, everyone lost their shit over that one. (Yes, it was the episode where the main character Haruto sexually assaulted or raped his classmate Saki while his friend Shoko won the student body Election (in other words, she got the election while Saki got the erection.) While I thought that scene was a bit jarring and uncomfortable, the worst thing about it for me is did it really need to be there? No, it didn’t. They just wanted to add in shock value and doing that for the sake of a cheap reaction lessens the value of the show, which wasn’t that high to begin with. 2 season, on the other hand, has started to get a little bit better or back to that cheesy mecha show route although I think there was an even more uncomfortable sequence in episode 9 that rivals that rape scene in the first season. This one might appeal to some fans but you can’t please them all. (4.5/10 – Low AN ACQUIRED TASTE)
And speaking of FUNimation getting such lackluster titles this year, you remember when Persona 4: The Animation came out and some people are split between those. Some like it, others hated it including some I know either via Twitter and Planet Tyro but with this show, this was just bad and uninteresting because it feels like a long videogame cut scene every episode. Not to mention most of the humor is just annoying along with some side characters like the cat. Animation-wise, it’s not that impressive, it’s just “meh” and as for the overall show, I couldn’t care less about finishing it or not, it’s just not that good of an adaptation. (So far…3/10 – Low NOT FEELING THIS)
Yeah, I got to confess. I only watched it because the name sounded cool and the show is……well, passable. IT HAS GIRLS WHO TURN INTO BATTLESHIPS!!! Well, at least it sounds better than the overall Battleship movie. The CG on the show is a bit jarring and I wasn’t really into the story as much although if you’re just looking for some good action, this could meet your quota. (6/10 – High VANILLA)
VAMPIRES!! Again, I notice some vampire anime this year, whether it be Diabolik blah blah and Valvrave (well, mecha vampires) and this one is more of the comedy side and for the show that it is, I did enjoy watching it. I wouldn’t say it was excellent but I would watch it if I’m bored or on a rainy day. Most of the characters are pretty alright but some fall into typical anime archetypes, such as Fuyumi being the lady in distress and also having big boobs and there’s Staz as an otaku vampire. Granted, that is an unusual character trait but everything else about him isn’t that standout-ish. (7/10 – It’s S’alright)
Well, this is the second GoHands show I’ve watched this year, with me already reviewed K (K Project) and while I thought K was in the middle of the road show for me, Coppelion was all over the place. I was either interested, annoyed and befuddled with the show. Most of the first half was slow until more characters like Haruto and the Ozu sisters showed up later into the show, the latter characters I have been waiting for since I saw that trailer. The main three female characters do get overly emotional where it’s not needed but I hardly felt irritated but them, except for Aoi, who was just useless through most of the show and her development as a character just went downhill as Ibara and Taeko were okay characters though. (6/10 – Low VANILLA)
At first glance, people would think this show is mostly cutesy-looking, knowing that it’s a slice-of-life show that has some aquatic themes and outlook…..and there’s also the theme of prejudice of sea people vs. land people, the jealousy from your best friend when she’s in love with a guy that’s not him, lost loved ones and moving on although your kids may feel different about that and pretty much some aspects of a coming-of-age tale. This is actually a very interesting show as it does have a mix of fantasy but not completely swallowed by it with a dose of reality. P.A. Works are known for making incredible looking animation and it shows but I do feel the character designs are too moe for my taste. Characters are mixed as Manaka and Hikari are not exactly a favorite as they are the weakest ones, especially Hikari for being a jerk asshole for most of the part but fortunately he managed to be tolerable as the show goes along (So far…..8/10 – Solid B.)
So this is an anime centered around an MMORPG and at first glance, people say this is a clone of some other anime although there was been a lot of anime with that almost similar premise only this feels more like a MMORPG game rather than anything too much of a life-or-death situation. It’s rather fun and light-hearted with a rather slow pace but not snail-like slow and it has some interesting dialogue between most of the characters, which most of them do any some equal screen time and give us a chance to know more about them. This make want to watch more of the series but this is more of a marathon-type rather than once a week. (So far….8/10 – Solid B.)
So to me, this was one of the Fall 2013 anime titles I was really looking forward to, because the plot of it was very interesting, some of the characters were likable, especially Hozuki (the younger sister), the animation and artwork are quite good, although some of the character designs on the girls do remind me of Sword Art Online (Hint: Character designer worked for this show and SAO, such as A-1 Pictures) but the direction is sometimes unfocused and out of tone most of the time that the show doesn’t know what it wants to be midway and given that it’s Yasuomi Umetsu, who is the director of OVAs Kite and Mezzo Forte, I had a slight feeling that it can fuck up on its own but for the majority of the show, it was a good anime, not the one I thought was grand, but nevertheless a good watch. (8.5 – HIGH Solid B.)
Now I know most of you guess that I saw this earlier in the year. Hell, everybody (including some non-anime fans) have gotten to watch this show. It’s practically the most popular anime in all of 2013 (or at least for the first half) but the real question is…..is the show actually good at all? Yes. This is a great show, it’s not a God-tier show or THE BEST ANIME EVAR as some people make it. The show has a great premise, horrifying sequences of action and drama, good comedic elements that doesn’t feel out of place, characters that are likable and most important ones you do feel an emotional feel when some of them die and believe it, most of the characters (not just the Red Shirts) do die; however, the pacing issues are a factor but not exactly that’ll hurt the show’s quality. It’s a great thing that this is both a popular anime title that is a well-liked but also a title that is actually good, even to get non-anime people into this series and I’m not sure if a 2 season is confirmed, but I think it’s going to happen sooner or later. (8.5/10 – Low FIRST CLASS)
One of the most underrated titles of 2013 and this is a NoitaminA anime to be exact, as they are held to be some of the most top-tier quality anime (Kids on the Slope, Shiki, Paradise Kiss) and most of the time, some of them happened to suck (I’m looking at you, Fractale and Guilty Crown) and this particular title is more unique in an anime sense; somebody wants to follow their childhood dream of being a superhero. The one thing I thought watching this was the movie Kick-Ass and it had some similarities like Masayoshi being the hero that isn’t exactly super, if you get the draft while there are better ones like Mari Maya aka Flamenco Girl (think Mindy McCready/Hit-Girl but in a female idol group along with two other members, who joined her in her superhero team) with some exceptions like replace comic books with tokusatsu shows. Granted it started like that but it actually gotten more serious as goes along and I like how that went. Hell, it surpasses my expectations as I thought Galilei Donna would be higher than this but I was wrong. This is a really excellent show and I highly say people should watch this. (So far…..9/10 – FIRST CLASS)
You know, I have been guilty of saying some things are perfect when we all know nothing is ever perfect and while I really meant in my eyes, this particular thing is perfect. Kill La Kill is a good example of how this show is perfect in my eyes. At surface value, people may say the animation (or art) is very cartoonish-looking and honestly, it fits within the style of the show and that’s why I favor this type over the generic good-looking bland-visualized anime that most studios tend to do as I’m kind of getting sick of people dismissing some shows because of the art style (see Aku on Hana above) as I watch anime not just for look at the art, but get into the story as well and it is very energetic and lively. Speaking of the story, this is nothing new. I will admit that it is a story of a girl wanting revenge for the murder of her father but it is how the execution is done and it has been very unpredictable and has some unexpected twists unless you thought you expected it. Plus, I know some people are going to mention the fan service and here are two things: 1. They are very self-aware of it as it’s meant to poke fun, not to sexualize the character or do a poor attempt at that and yes, both male and female audiences get their fair share of it. 2. There are far worst shows than this. Also, like the animation, its characters are very energetic and lively and I didn’t have one thing to find them annoying as they were all very likable characters. This is definitely my favorite new anime of 2013. I commend Studio Trigger for their first studio anime effort since most of them left Gainax as that Gurren Lagann-like spirit lives on in Kill La Kill. This is highly recommended to all of you. (So far and possibly forever….10/10 – HALL OF FAME!!!)
And that is it for Simulcasts part of Anime Discovery Recap 2013. Tune in next time for the English dub edition!!
Until then, this is MAK2.0 aka Blue Hybrid, bringing all the elements in one format.
I noticed there are some problems with links for specific anime/manga genre and theme, and especially theme link. I'm not sure if it's supposed to be like that, but to me it's quite bothersome. I made this blog since I like things to be organized, and I hope I can help someone out with this.
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|?theme=37||196||Fan Service, Fan Disservice, Fan Service Fight|
|?theme=38||175||Harem, Reverse Harem|
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