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Well, welcome to the first ADW of 2014 and this means and during all that time the blog wasn't updated, I had some heavy IRL stuff in the mix of raising my GPA, but I prevailed and everything was solved and it even had me closer to my family. (In short, fuck 2013. Right in that ass.) Now, let's get everything back up to speed for this year!

First off, Anime.

The previous season was bananas for what I ended up enjoying, but because school was getting real, I only managed to check out Lady Jewelpet, Chiaka, The Coffin Princess and Mekaku City Actors and out of these, Mekaku City Actors claimed my heart from Episode 1, was a bit iffy about Chiaka after 1 episode, and Jewelpet was a cheesefest, but it was fun. I got yet to check out some others, however and hope to do so soon after things wind down.

Thankfully, my Master Computer at home isn't like this...
Thankfully, my Master Computer at home isn't like this...

Sylveon and Gold

I went to two malls in separate days: The first was in the Great Mall of Georgia and the second was in North Pointe Mall. While North Point did have some charm and had a store where I found a plushie of Sylveon, I ended up having much more fun at the Great Mall for the areas we explored. I really want to look at the GMG when the Christmas decorations are about.

How I Feel about School Right Now

It actually feels like a corrupt system in my school despite my strong drive to reach for graduation. Recently, I had to switch a class to a refresher course (but I was refunded for that class, which was rare for a college) and found out that my academic advisor registered me one stage too early for the course. Well, better than getting auto-failed by someone who was nice most of the time (that's if I had declined the advisor's plan). There are also too many corrupt teachers, especially the few teachers who I had the most trouble with for one class until a much better teacher showed up and managed to get me out of these courses with great grades. One of them was so bad, it took me years until last quarter to pass it and the other times were from the one teacher who turns her students into academic cattle if they make just one false move. If it weren't for good teachers about and the people I met that turned out to be friends later on, my drive would be much less stronger than it is today.

Finally, a Tournament Report!

During the time that I was off, I participated in two tournaments. One was a draft for Vanguard, the other was a full tournament of the same game. In the previous draft, I only had two holo cards. One was pulled and the other was given to me on accident during the rotation (I kept it) I ended up being very close to first place until I decked out due to taking one damage point further than him. I got back at him when he asked if the one card I actually pulled (Ethics Buster Extreme) was open by replying that it was already traded. The look of his face was priceless. The full tournament was nearly as more troublesome as the draft, but I managed to reach into the top 8 with my deck (PR<3ISM Bermudas). Both actually ended up being fun despite the last battle where me and my opponent was gradelocked (Stuck at Grade 2 or lower).

I have another mat to consider, but I also want to use this one to piss my rivals off. XD
I have another mat to consider, but I also want to use this one to piss my rivals off. XD

Thanks for reading this rather long blog of mine. I hope to bring more of my misadventures to you guys soon. :)

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To end up having to share this when another convention is nearing is quite shameful, but school was kicking my ass to no end during the time. I'll share with you what I remember of AWA 2013. I managed to get a DVD boxset of Princess Tutu that was about and I also had a poster of Chi (Chobits). I can't remember what else I bought, however. What I clearly remember, however...

Cosplay Photos!

Many, many cosplay photos were taken, including someone dressed as Charlotte, the meet-up with someone who ended up on TV a couple of times (I also end up in a pic with her!), found someone in a rediculous Marshall Lee getup, end up meeting Chi and Fraeya, found Mitsuru loafing around and met up with a good ninja friend of mine.

Sorry that this is so short, but to compensate with it, my next adventure is the first of 2014 and it should already be up after this blog. Until next time, see you!

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As I was working on the Anime Expo wiki page, I was wondering how our former Staff Gia got so much points on a page that has a barebone article. I was stupid and realized Gia loves uploading cosplay photos in the wiki gallery as well as the news articles she had done. I know some of you guys and gals visit anime conventions this summer.

I know it's a bit more work after making a blog and uploading all those images due to the site's glitches. It's worth it. More images means more foot traffic for our site.

Please share your images and blogs of your Anime Conventions memories. It makes our community stronger and better. I hope you check out the Anime Convention Survival Guide! that and I co written for folks who haven't been to an anime convention. I wish everyone a good time this summer!

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Editor's Note: It will be easier to group all the announcements from Anime Expo's events.

If you are new to Anime Expo, the events are a separate attraction. You need to buy additional tickets in addition to purchasing your badge on their website. Do it early because they will be sold out.

angela

The official website for the K anime franchise announced that Anime Expo will host the Japanese band Angela in Los Angeles in July. Japan Expo in Paris will host cast members Kenjiro Tsuda (Mikoto Suoh) and Yui Horie (Anna Kushina).

Both Anime Expo and Japan Expo are hosting the world premieres of the K: Missing Kings anime film — before the film opens in Japan. Anime Expo will run from July 3 to July 6, while Japan Expo will run from July 2 to July 6.

Angela is performing "Different Colors," the theme song for K: Missing Kings. The duo made their major debut in 2003 with the opening and closing theme songs for the anime Stellvia. They have since contributed to the soundtracks of Asura Cryin', Coppelion, Corpse Princess, Fafner, Heroic Age, Jinki:Extend, the K television series, Seitokai Yakuindomo, Shikabane Hime: Kuro, Shin Hakkenden, and Valvrave the Liberator. More recently, they performed the opening theme song for the Knights of Sidonia television anime series.

Kill la Kill English Dub

Aniplex of America announced on Monday that it will co-host a Kill la Kill event with Sony Music Entertainment Japan at Anime Expo in Los Angeles. The event will include the first episode of the English dub, a concert by opening theme song performer Eir Aoi, and a talk session with guests of honor. Guests include original story and script writer Kazuki Nakashima, character designer and animation director SUSHIO, producer Yosuke Toba, and voice actresses Ami Koshimizu and Ryoka Yuzuki (Ryuko and Satsuki).

Tickets for the Kill la Kill event will be sold independently of Anime Expo tickets beginning on Thursday. AX Premier Fans will be able to order tickets early beginning on Monday evening.

Anime Expo will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 3-6.

Source: Anime News Network

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Aniplex of America announced on Monday that it will co-host a Kill la Kill event with Sony Music Entertainment Japan at Anime Expo in Los Angeles. The event will include the first episode of the English dub, a concert by opening theme song performer Eir Aoi, and a talk session with guests of honor. Guests include original story and script writer Kazuki Nakashima, character designer and animation director SUSHIO, producer Yosuke Toba, and voice actresses Ami Koshimizu and Ryoka Yuzuki (Ryuko and Satsuki).

Tickets for the Kill la Kill event will be sold independently of Anime Expo tickets beginning on Thursday. AX Premier Fans will be able to order tickets early beginning on Monday evening.

Anime Expo will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 3-6.

Source: Anime News Network

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Note: I couldn't fit the whole title in. It's supposed to be Bandai Channel to Stream "Tiger & Bunny: The Rising" for Free before Blu-ray/DVD Release.

The official site for the Tiger & Bunny anime films announced today that its second film Tiger & Bunny: The Rising will be streamed only once for free on Bandai Channel's live stream site Minna de Stream at 22:00 on May 24 (JST), six weeks before the official release of the Blu-ray/DVD in Japan, July 4. The URL for the stream will be announced later.

Plot Summary

Kotetsu T. Kaburagi, a.k.a. Wild Tiger, and Barnaby Brooks Jr.'s partnership comes to a sudden end when Apollon Media's new owner Mark Schneider fires Kotetsu and moves Barnaby back into the First League, pairing him up with Golden Ryan, a new hero with awesome powers and a huge ego to match. When the heroes are sent to investigate a string of strange incidents tied closely to the city's Goddess Legend, they discover three superpowered NEXTs plotting to bring terror and destruction to Stern Bild.

Editor's Note

If you haven't seen the movie like me, you check out that site.

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I don’t know what it is about manga this week and story progression; because while everything I am encountering so far has delivered in the action arena, I find myself unsatisfied by the stories told so far; truth be told this has less to do with this week’s particular chapters and more with the previous chapters of Noblesse and Nanatsu no Taizai, each of which has spent quite a while prioritizing action over story progression.

And it can become difficult to complain about Noblesse’ failings, especially with the quality of its art it consistently presents in its action packed panels, though I am finally at place where I must protest.

+THE CHAPTER:

The Lord collides with the elders, while M21 tries his hand out at contending with a true werewolf.

+MY THOUGHTS:

It is certainly true that these days I try to keep the chapter descriptions as brief and spoiler free as possible; yet it does astound me when a chapter description fits into a single line, without any attempts on my part to summarize the plot in question.

That is literally all that happened; and unlike with Nanatsu no Taizai I am not complaining, because this Manhwa is simply superbly drawn, so much so that every new chapter of little more than action always finds a way to entertain me.

But that doesn’t say anything about the story, which, I wish, would start rapidly progressing; because it feels like we have stagnated since Rai and crew clashed with Muzaka and left the island. I get it, there is only so much that can be done in a single chapter, but Noblesse isn’t allowing me to experience the same level of satisfaction I encountered when I first read the Manhwa.

I don’t even remember when RK4 first went into battle, it can’t be last chapter because that was all about Karias; but I have seen this too many times in the past to care, the group entering training to achieve greater power, to prove themselves useful to Rai, encountering a strong opponent, showing what they have learnt and getting their asses royally kicked.

Kind of reminds of Dragon Ball Z in which the Z warriors would spend the year training to defeat a foe that would wipe the floor with them almost instantly.

I am calling this the Fairy Tail syndrome, what Noblesse has been doing in the past 100 chapters, basically teasing some actual development for RK-4 but having them contribute almost nothing; and to think each of them were considered true threats when they first emerged in the beginning of the manga.

On the plus side, and I have already said this, I cannot get enough of this art, and the way the battles are arranged, choreographed and presented, allowing the speed and impact to come through, simply awesome.

+RATING: 6/10, this was little better than Nanatsu no Taizai, merely a tad bit more exciting.

+HIGHLIGHTS: RASKREA

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Nanatsu no Taizai can sometimes prove to be a difficult manga to follow on a weekly basis; and it has nothing to do with how satisfactory the various individual chapters can be, because the manga is fairly consistently action packed, delivering thrilling pages each and every week.

Yet there is something to be said about the amount of action in any given Nanatsu no Taizai chapter; because the mangaka clearly knows how to pack as much action as he can into each weekly collection of 21 pages, keeping the fights fast paced by cramming as much action into each panel as is humanly possible.

But it could be argued that the amount of action presented stifles actual story progression, of which we get very little in a number of recent chapters. Admittedly the manga avoids Bleach’s pitfalls, which can sometimes prove to be too brief for one’s liking, with Kubo wasting so many panels on irrelevant shots (which Bleach is actually famous for) instead of moving his various plots along.

Bleach’s failures are considerably greater because with Kubo even the fight can stagnate, with only one event (sometimes even less than that) occurring in each chapter and creating a feeling of waste. And by one event, I mean reading a chapter in which a character swings his sword once in all 21 pages to deliver a devastating attack and that’s it, the rest of the panels (usually coming before this final scene) wasted on various shots of the battle field and lengthy stares.

Anyway, The Seven Deadly Sins; Arthur and Meliodas finally meet and are now standing side by side, fighting against Hendricksen and Gilthuder. We learnt something important about Gil in the last few chapters, something about his being related to someone very important, I can’t remember.

Either way I was far from moved by chapter 76; honestly the King/Diana stuff was so much more interesting than this. Sure it was great action but nothing really happened, besides the revelation that Elizabeth’s sister, Margaret, was actually being incarcerated of her own free will- which doesn’t interest me much.

At this point Hawk’s story might prove to be a much more interesting plot than the Hendricksen/Meliodas brawl.

+RATING: 4/10, not a bad chapter, only I wasn’t greatly entertained.

+HIGHLIGHTS: GREAT LORD HAWK

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Now for the longest time ( since high school 1985 ) I have said art is simply opinion. An For years an years I have watched attacks on the video game industry by well meaning an not so well meaning people. So imagine my surprise to stumble across a well written an historical look at video games as art an the attacks their of.

http://reason.com/archives/2014/05/07/are-video-games-art

""Video games can never be art," thundered movie critic Roger Ebert in 2010. Responding to a provocative TED Talk that argued the opposite, Ebert dismissed the examples mentioned in the presentation, sniffing that they "do not raise my hopes for a video game that will deserve my attention long enough to play it. They are, I regret to say, pathetic."

Now this is one of among the many things I would disagree with Ebert . But for those interested in the history of video game attackers an a fair look at how the critics of video games were wrong with their long term predictions, please read the whole article. It covers all the big points an predictions of the nay sayers of negativity of video games.

Thought enuff of the 2 page article to make a blog post about it. But it does have a few things to discuss. As video games seem to have a large chunk of the entertainment dollar will we see more attacks soon? So even NPR fudging numbers so much so http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/12/10/247521444/do-americans-spend-more-on-video-games-or-movies NPR had to list movie advertising as a profit for movies not a expense. That seems like a sure thing we will see more but I think more subtle ones.

Also of note if one looks at gross then http://businesstech.co.za/news/general/19901/games-vs-movies-who-wins/ things look a bit different. Problem with the comparison is net. The movie industry can show a net loss an still make money. Its call Hollywood accounting http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20121018/01054720744/hollywood-accounting-how-19-million-movie-makes-150-million-still-isnt-profitable.shtml The video game industry can not do that. Or at least has not learned to do that.

Some would question if video games will ever be as big as movies. But it is time an accounting that will tell the tale. Think that line was crossed when Hollywood made movies based on video games. An continue to try an cash in on their popularity. Oddly enuff one could argue how the horror movie industry was attacked an predictions of what those movies would cause. Is fairly similar to the claims vs video games. Which were similar to the attacks on pen and paper rpgs Which was similar to attacks on books.

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I'll add the full list with DVD and Blu-Ray covers. I did copy and paste ANN's catalog as a temporary list. Sorry for the inconvenience. I was busy with finals this week.

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

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

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DVD and Blu Ray Releases

Deltora Quest - The Complete Series (Dub.DVD)New$79.95
Dragon Ball Z - Season Four (Blu-Ray)FUN$44.98
The Book of Bantorra - Complete Collection (DVD)Sentai$79.98
The Book of Bantorra - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray)Sentai$99.98
Yu-Gi-Oh! - Season 5 Volume 1 (Dub.DVD)New$19.95
Yu-Gi-Oh! - Season 5 Volume 2 (Dub.DVD)New$24.95
Yu-Gi-Oh! - Season 5 Volume 3 (Dub.DVD)New$19.95
Yu-Gi-Oh! - The Official Fifth Season (Dub.DVD)New$59.95
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I know it's fan made but this (if created) would probably be better than anything the so called stalled Americanised version would turn out to be

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So this is what Fairy Tail feels like when Hiro injects some effort into providing some character development; overall I would say, not bad. Not bad, rather than simply good because this is after all nothing but setup, setup that can go very bad depending on how Hiro chooses to approach the next chapter.

THE CHAPTERS:

Tartaros’ leader Mardgeer activates Alegria, which swallows all the fairies but for Lucy; and while it rampages, Lucy makes her stand against the Tartaros horde, standing as the last man against an impending disaster, with only her spirits for backup.

MY THOUGHTS:

I cannot help it; I know what Fairy Tail is and clearly the key to enjoying it lies in accepting its fun and light hearted side. But I have spent so many years treating it as something so much more serious that I cannot change that mindset now.

Which means I am going to continue holding the manga to much higher standards than is necessary.

That being said, these were two considerably kick ass chapters, portending what could be a massive amount of character development for Lucy.

YES, LUCY, OF ALL PEOPLE. Then again it makes all the sense in the world. Most of us Fairy Tail fans have a pretty uniform view of Lucy as an annoying, completely useless Sakura-esq character. Then again Sakura brings so much more to the Naruto world than Lucy does to Fairy Tail.

And this has nothing to do with her battle prowess; overall Lucy serves absolutely no purpose to Fairy Tail as a guild, and suddenly the fate of the guild and Foire lies in her hands. Is that really a good thing or more bad storytelling on Hiro’s part?

Because this follows what is fast becoming a trend with Hiro, ever since Wendy acquired dragon force; he is clearly taking steps to pour some purpose and power into his female characters, attempting to push them to the fro with Erza.

And that isn’t a bad thing; Lucy is in terrible need of development, only surpassed by Natsu as far as unbelievably underdeveloped characters are concerned (strange that Oda can make that work, because on a whole Luffy hasn’t changed much since his first appearance, precluding a power up or two. Only he still works as a character. Not so for Natsu, afflicted by the sorts of problems you find with heroes that come into play at the beginning of a series, fully formed, with little to learn from the world).

At some point during this arc I envision Natsu standing at Hell’s doors and taking on everything else that Tartaros still has to offer, including END, and obliterating them. And chances are I will fume about the pointlessness of Fairy Tail. Except I will probably keep pushing forward with the series, because Natsu is a power house.

Lucy is a different case. If she stands against the entire Tartaros and comes out unscathed, utterly defeating her enemies, Fairy Tail will have reached new levels of idiocy. Because it makes absolutely no sense (And please Hiro, no Laxus making a sudden appearance, miraculously healed from his last battle; or Jella, who should be in no condition to fight).

Which is why the success or failure of this move will largely depend on what Hiro has in mind; because If this was any other series, this situation would be something to anticipate. Lucy as the last fairy tail survivor and standing by herself against Tartaros creates hope, to finally see her rise and prove herself worthy of the guild’s name.

But only if Hiro executes this part of the story right. Yes, Lucy can completely defeat Tartaros and it can be awesome, but only if Hiro doesn’t throw logic out the window and actually provides a credible solution to the Tartaros threat.

-Chapter 383 was a perfect example of Hiro allowing Lucy the chance to kick some ass, displaying her agility and durability in weathering the power of three spirit summons. Can she pull it off though, defeat Tartaros by all her lonesome?

And what is Lumen Histoire, the so called light or darkness of Fairy Tail?

What can Hiro do to create an outstanding battle royale for Lucy in the coming chapters?

Hiro’s art has been awesome for the past few chapters.

RATING: 6/10, if Hiro expects me to believe that Lucy can perform Urano Metria even after having so much of her magic sapped by three summons, then I am going to be disappointed. Because that is one ability that could give her the edge.

Wait, no, wait, we are forgetting Hiro’s pattern with such situations, having Lucy contend with opponents stronger than her, get her ass kicked, take loads of punishment and holding on until Natsu comes to the rescue. Somehow that sounds even worse than Lucy pulling off a Nakama power win.

Speaking of Sakura I really hope she gets the chance to prove herself before this war is over; the Sasori fight was a VERY LONG TIME AGO.

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This is another strange idea I got from the stress of studying for finals. Part of the reason for this idea is to promote the #Anime Vice Discussion Threads in the community. I'll be taking comments or pics to highlight the best moment of the anime series' episode on a weekly basis.

I wish I had more time to watch all the shows, including the reverse harem shows. I thought I could use Twitter to fill in ones that don't have a lot of love (looking at Crunchyroll's hashtags). It's hard to find out which Tweet was about last week's episode.

Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara

I have a hard time uploading images due to the site's month old lagging glitch. I was going to post shots of each date.

Which date did you enjoy the most?

Is the Trap, the Childhood Friend, or the Yandere
Is the Trap, the Childhood Friend, or the Yandere

Drop a comment at the Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara Discussion!

Dragonar Academy

I haven't seen the show. Couldn't use Twitter. Did a bit of Google search for the most recent episode.

Question is what was the most erotic scene in last week's episode? Is it the endowed maid's dressing scene, the loli dragon getting in heat scene, or other scenes?

No comment
No comment

Drop a comment at the Dragonar Academy Discussion!

Nisekoi

After the festival episode, we get a beach episode where we get T & A, your favorite trope. Every girl except Onodera and Onodera's friend, Neko have some sexy scenes. Which gal's bikini choice made your day?

Beach Fun!
Beach Fun!

Drop a comment at the Nisekoi Discussion!

Kamigami no Asobi

This week's male love interest is Totsuka. It was great seeing his character spotlighted. Do you guys and gals feel Totsuka and Yui is the best pairing so far? Who's our next lucky guy? I'm hoping Hades because his "Ahh, I give you misfortune" gag was hilarious.

Our latest pairing
Our latest pairing

Drop a comment at the Kamigami no Asobi Discussion!

I'll do Date a Live II and La Corda tomorrow. Sorry, I have to study for finals.

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In the Nikkei financial report, Walt Disney will air Doraemon (in English Dub) this summer on the Disney XD network. It has been 44 years since the original manga had debuted. The anime had aired in 35 countries outside of Japan. This will be the first television showing of Doraemon in the United States of America. The cultural significance of Doraemon is that he is seen as a cultural icon and ambassador of Japan to many Asian countries.

The schedule of Doraemon for Disney XD will be a total of 25 episodes, shown 5 times a week. The target audience would be elementary school children.

Changes to Doraemon's during Localization

Like all anime series being localized in the US, there will be some changes due to convenience sake. Some names are easier to pronounce in English especially for the younger children.

  • Nobita, Doraemon's owner, will be called Noby
  • Gian will be called Big G
  • Takecopter will be called Hopter
  • Dokodemo Door will be called Anywhere Door

Plot

In the story, the robotic cat was sent by a boy in the future to the present day to help the boy's hapless grandfather, Nobita. Doraemon, Nobita, and other children deal with everyday childhood issues, solve (and cause) problems with the gadgets in Doraemon's fourth-dimensional pocket, and embark on escapades through time and space.

ANN

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Welcome everyone to the Community Spotlight! My partner, FoxxFireArt, is on his break due to Golden Week. I realized this weekend is Mother's Day. I thought it would be great to combine both wonderful things for our community along with the Jojo's Bizarre Adventure craze. This blog is to help promote the community spotlights that Foxx had worked hard on. Check out the last week spotlight!

I hope everyone has a happy Mother's Day this Sunday. Let her know how much you love her. Don't be like Jotaro Kujo! A real man respects his mother.

Note: This isn't a complete exhaustive list of all things happened this week. I'm giving you a glimpse of what's going on across the communities in Anime Vice. The site is glitching badly, so I can't add as much images right now. It takes 2 hours to upload 20 images or so for wiki editing. This blog took an hour or so to complete.

Wiki Spotlight

Awesome job to Demonic13 and Taichokage for doing a great job! The site has been glitching hard, so wiki pages are hard to write up. The Jojo gang, Toxin45, ForgottenOne, RubberLuffy, and I, are working hard on the series. Off-site, Dekken is working hard in his little Wikia called Anime Boobs.

Best Wiki Pages

Hot Stuff in the Forums

In the Ecchi Club, Daniel started a new contest. Sonata, Dekken, and I started posting images with the best booty of anime.

New challenge for the Ecchi Club! Who has the most bangin' booty? Have your say in who has the best butt in anime and manga! Only images from screen caps, scans, or official artwork count!

For this week, our hottest anime discussion threads are Black Bullet, Soul Eater Not!, and Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders.

Battle Spotlight

Today, DBZ Universe and I finished our interview because he was May 2014's Best Battle User. Check the thread, Best Battle User of May 2014: DBZ_Universe.

One key movement in the battle forum is that Kurohige starting a theme on in-verse threads with the help of Jinbeifan1. Please help out promote either DBZ Universe's Kekkaishi theme or Kurohige's in-verse battle themes.

Lists

RPG

There were some trouble in the RPG forum, but things have calm down. Unfortunately, Kuma isn't able to write a weekly RPG news this week due to outside obligations with his job.

Hot RPG Threads

Front News

Anime Convention Survival Guide
Anime Convention Survival Guide
BigHeart711, sickVisionz, and I wrote an article together on how to survive your first Anime Convention!
Check out Tom Pinchuk's W & L on Ep. 10 and 11
JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE is the Shonen Antidote!
How much crazier could this show get?!
Check out Daniel's latest Anime Caption Contest!
Everyone loves a hug! Well, almost everyone.
Here's another One Piece review by Tom Pinchuk:
What's the Appeal of ONE PIECE #643? Special Review. Oh, it's good to visit with you Straw Hats again.
Here's a review by Tom Pinchuk on Hunter x Hunter:
HUNTER X HUNTER Has Totally Lost My Interest, Now Episode #101-110. Runny-nose girl is having a laugh at our expense.
Check out Tom's review on Magica Wars!
Tom does a double review on Haikyu and Baby's Step.
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Hello everyone and welcome to this week's manga releases. This blog was one of Sora_thekey's project back in Anime Vice where he informs folks about weekly manga releases in the states. This is our way of encouraging folks to support the industry.

For this last week's releases, I'm psyched for Attack on Titan. Still haven't read the manga chapters after the anime. I'm interested in Vinland Saga that made in Anime Vice's Top Manga Series of 2013. Finally, Sankarea is on my To Read list after hearing Ben Applegate talked how cool it was back in Kodansha Panel at AX 2013.

Sources

All summaries are from Anime News Network. It's thanks to PikaHyper for uploading the English covers.

Notes:

There are differences between Comic Book stores, Manga exclusive stores, and online stores with their manga releases.

For Mayo Chiki, Familiar's Zero: Chevaliar, and Monster Musume, they are available this week through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Right Stuf.

Temporary Quick Picks Manga

Bleach [3-in-1 Edition] Vol. 8

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Ichigo and his friends have returned home from the battle in the Seireitei,​ but everything is far from back to normal.​ Ichigo's inner Hollow is getting more powerful and can't wait to devour him,​ and having to deal with the sinister new transfer student isn't helping matters.​ Plus,​ a deadly new enemy is poised to attack Karakura Town!

Claymore Vol. 24

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

In a world where monsters called Yoma prey on humans and live among them in disguise, humanity's only hope is a new breed of warrior known as Claymores. Half human, half monster, these silver-eyed slayers possess supernatural strength but are condemned to fight their savage impulses or lose their humanity completely.

Priscilla, whose monstrous savagery was reawakened in the previous battle, is bent on absorbing the power of those who fell in her wake and destroying the rebel Claymores. Raki and several former top warriors band together with a defensive plan, but even their skills may be no match against Priscilla’s poisoned wrath. Meanwhile, the terrifying Yoma-based creature coalescing outside of the holy city of Rabona may seek to defeat Priscilla…but it may also be seeking the defeat of the rebel warriors!

Gantz Volume 31

  • Distributor: Dark Horse Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

The Tokyo team uses their Gantz orb to recruit fellow warriors for a desperate assault to free humans imprisoned on the alien mother ship. But the orb no longer has the power to heal or regenerate them, so if they die on this mission, they stay dead!

High School Debut [3-in-1 Edition] Vol. 2

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

When Haruna and Yoh start dating, their path to true love is filled with obstacles—awkward dates, a manipulative sister, and even a vengeful nemesis! Through it all, Haruna’s determination keeps her going! But when Yoh’s ex-girlfriend shows up, how will she handle the competition?

Mayo Chiki! Volume 6

  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

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 occassional 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.

Is Kanade simply sadistic or does she really want to help Kinjiro overcome his fears? It makes no difference to poor Kinjiro, because his life has just become a living hell.

Midnight Secretary Vol. 5

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Kaya Satozuka prides herself on being an excellent secretary and a consummate professional, so she doesn’t even bat an eye when she’s reassigned to the offi ce of her company’s diffi cult director, Kyohei Tohma. He’s as prickly–and hot–as rumors paint him, but Kaya is unfazed...until she discovers that he’s a vampire!!

After Kaya’s contract with Erde ended, Kyohei hired her to be his executive secretary at his new company, LVC. Working openly day and night with the man she loves is a dream come true for Kaya, but the honeymoon is short-lived. Mariko, the daughter of one of the LVC executives, has a long history with Kyohei and is determined to renew their special friendship. Can love conquer family ties and vampire politics?

Monster Musume Volume 3

  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Monster Musume is an all-new manga series that presents the classic harem comedy with a fantastical twist: the female cast of characters that tempts our male hero is comprised of exotic and enticing supernatural creatures like lamias, centaurs and harpies!

Monster Musume will appeal to fans of supernatural comedies like Inukami! and harem comedies like Love Hina. Each volume is lavishly illustrated and includes a color insert.

Monsters—they’re real, and they want to date us! Three years ago, the world learned that harpies, centaurs, catgirls, and all manners of fabulous creatures are not merely fiction; they are flesh and blood—not to mention scale, feather, horn, and fang. Thanks to the "Cultural Exchange Between Species Act," these once-mythical creatures have assimilated into society, or at least, they’re trying.When a hapless human teenager named Kurusu Kimihito is inducted as a "volunteer" into the government exchange program, his world is turned upside down. A snake-like lamia named Miia comes to live with him, and it is Kurusu’s job to take care of her and make sure she integrates into his everyday life. Unfortunately for Kurusu, Miia is undeniably sexy, and the law against interspecies breeding is very strict. Even worse, when a ravishing centaur girl and a flirtatious harpy move in, what’s a full-blooded teenage human with raging hormones to do?!

Naruto [3-in-1 Edition] Vol. 8
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Naruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He’s got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world’s greatest ninja!

Orochimaru’s nefarious plans for Sasuke are revealed, and Naruto vows to save his friend. But first he and the others must battle the mysterious Kimimaro, who has deadly past ties to the Sound Ninja Four! Kankuro, Temari and Gaara unexpectedly aid Konohagakure against the Sound Ninja. But what is behind this rekindling of the Leaf and Sand alliance?

Nisekoi: False Love - What's In A Name? Vol. 3

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
When Chitoge transfers into Raku's class, they're forced into a false love relationship to keep the peace between their feuding gangster families. Everyone at school's fooled by their act—even Raku's crush, Onodera! Raku wants Onodera to know the truth, but he just can't seem to find a way to tell her. Meanwhile, the ever-vigilant CLAUDE sends his protégé Tsugumi to watch over Raku and rescue Chitoge from his evil intentions. What chance does Raku stand against a highly trained assassin?!

Otomen Vol. 18

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
For the sake of his mom, Asuka turns away from his friends and Ryo… But the unimaginable happens when Asuka’s friends stage an intervention at his graduation! With everything on the line, how will things end for our beloved otomen?!

Phantom Thief Jeanne Vol. 2

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

Devastated by Chiaki’s deceit, Maron decides to cut him out of her life and never to rely on anyone. After the announcement is issued that Phantom Thief Jeanne intends to steal another painting, Maron goes missing, leaving the painting for Phantom Thief Sinbad to take. Has Maron now turned her back on being Phantom Thief Jeanne too?

Pokémon Adventures - Ruby & Sapphire Vol. 22

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

As the battle between Legendary Pokémon Groudon and Kyogre rages on,​ so does the battle to control the orbs that control them.​ Then,​ when tragedy strikes,​ long hidden secrets are revealed,​ and Ruby comes to a profound realization.​

Now,​ what role will Ruby's secret sixth Pokémon play in turning things around.​..?

Psyren Vol. 16

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

In this final volume, Ageha’s fellow Psionists and the Elmore Wood gang attack W.I.S.E’s capital to rescue their friends, and Kyle and the others find themselves in a desperate struggle for their lives against the Star Commanders. Fortunately, the long lost Oboro appears just in time, as do Matsuri and Kagetora, who have finally made it to Psyren. As the melee intensifies, Ageha confronts Miroku Amagi alone to settle the score once and for all.

Ranma ½ [2-in-1 Edition]

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Being a martial artist, Ranma just can't resist the call to combat and takes on one opponent after another: Ryoga, a lone-wolf fighter with no sense of direction; Shampoo, a Chinese Amazon who has pledged to kill him; and finally Shampoo's suitor Mousse, a martial arts master of hidden weapons. Is there such a thing as TOO much fighting spirit?

Strobe Edge Vol. 10

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Ninako loves Ren, but seeing Ando get hurt while protecting her makes her feel sad and confused - to the point where she turns Ren down when he confesses his love for her! Has Ninako lost her chance with Ren? Or will they find a way to be together?

Vampire Knight Vol. 18

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
Cross Academy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy’s dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires!

Zero's Familiar: Chevalier Volume 1

  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Zero’s Familiar Chevalier is a four-volume sequel series to the popular Zero’s Familiar manga series about a headstrong witch girl and her quarrelsome relationship with a teenage boy.

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?

Trigun Maximum Omnibus 3

  • Distributor: Dark Horse Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $19.99
Though a man (plant?) of peace, Vash the Stampede may be the deadliest gunslinger in the galaxy. But his brother, Knives, may be the deadliest creature in existence. Orchestrating a campaign of terror and destruction, Knives and his plant army are out to turn planet Gunsmoke into just that, and Knives may soon grow too powerful to be stopped - though Vash may die trying!
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I can’t say this enough times; but is their really any colored manga, manhawa, manhua series better drawn than Noblesse? Because these action scenes never fail to impress me, even when the story seems to stagnate.

THE CHAPTER-

Karias meets his match in the two werewolf elders. The lord of Lukedonia emerges

MY THOUGHTS:

Whoa, I actually didn’t see that. Noblesse chapters have a habit of always coming to a close on an extremely high note. And while initially fairly unimpressed, it wasn’t until I leafed through the chapter once more that I noticed it.

That wasn’t Seira at the end; I couldn’t figure out why her appearance was that big of a deal, especially following her recent fight and current state of health; it wasn’t until I noticed Karias’ last word ‘Lord’, that it hit me.

‘Lord, which lord? Why do I care? OH, YES,THE LORD OF LUKEDONIA, RASKREA HER SELF?’ And suddenly all those feelings of fair disinterest turned into excitement. Because I can now sort of see where this is going.

Coming back from a pretty long break, Noblesse hits the ground running in bringing to us the fast paced conflict between Karias and the two elders, not only showing us the ferocity of the werewolves but elaborating on Karias’ particular abilities.

And while the eventual outcome of the battle was teased quite well, Karias initially proving strong enough to hold his own, only to take quite the pummeling from that mysterious male werewolf, but even then showing the strength to resist utter obliteration; I didn’t feel myself really caring much about what I was reading.

Certainly great action, one that leaves our new Hero stranded, what with Rai completely out of the game, along with Regis and Seira. But, sometimes action isn’t enough. Hopefully next week delivers a little bit more story.

The origins of this battle didn’t really make that much sense to me in the first place; considering how cordial both parties initially seemed, the werewolves’ sudden belligerence made no sense. They didn’t really explain why Karias suddenly had to die, especially when it was clear they weren’t on Union business to begin with.

This is probably the first ‘fighting for fighting’s sake’ situation I have come across in the Manhwa. Lucky for them the action looked pretty awesome, was gorgeously drawn, enough to hold my attention.

RATING: 5/10, not much to sink my teeth into, except for maybe that last panel.

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Welcome everyone to the first week of May's DVD and Blu-Ray releases. This week's batch is small, and we have two adult titles for those who are 18 and older, check them out. I have nothing this week to be interested in except Persona 4. I remember the time when Foxx and the majority of the community talked about the show. I had watched a similar show Devil Survivor 2: the Animation. I'll try the anime series someday.

Notes:

  • Fuse: Memoris of a Huntress is only available this week via Right Stuf. It's not in Amazon.

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

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

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DVD and Blu Ray Releases

Aria the Origination - Collection [Litebox] (Sub.DVD)
  • Distributor: The Right Stuf International
  • Suggested retail price: $39.99

As winter melts into spring, Akari, Aika, and Alice continue to work hard on becoming Neo-Venezia's top gondoliers. Aika starts to take on more responsibility around Himeya, Alice travels up the challenging canal near Hope Hill; even Akari spends a day working on a huge gondola called a traghetto! But there's still so much to learn... and the final test to become a Prima, which once seemed so far off in the future, might not be so far off anymore.

  • Contains all 13 episodes of Aria The Origination plus bonus episode 5.5 as well as the the ~Arietta~ OVA.
  • Special Features: Picture Dramas 1-7, Clean Closing, U.S. Trailer, Cast Discussion, Director Discussion, "Venice, I'm Sorry!" Returns 1-2, Previews.
  • Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles
Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress [Premium Edition] (Sub.Blu-Ray)

Distributor: NIS America Suggested retail price: $49.99 Hamaji, a young huntress from the mountains, stumbles into the middle of a shogun's vendetta against a group of human and dog hybrids - the Fuse. Rumors of Fuse murdering innocent people in the bustling city of Edo have sparked a bounty for their heads. Hamaji joins the hunt for this dangerous quarry along with her brother, but after accidentally befriending one of them, Hamaji is torn between two worlds: her life as a self-reliant huntress, and the young woman her new friend has helped her to uncover.

This premium edition includes a hardcover, 32-page, full-color artbook, which contains character information, concept sketches, an interview with the director, and setting illustrations.

  • Special Features: Original Japanese Commercials.
  • Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
**Due to license restrictions, this item cannot be shipped to Japan.
Persona 4: The Animation - Complete Collection (DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $79.98

When Yu Narukami moves to the country town of Inaba to stay with his uncle and cousin, he's expecting a lot more peace and quiet than he's used to in the big city. What he isn't expecting is for his uncle's job as a police detective to spill over into his own life, or for the murders that are occurring across town to be somehow linked to Yu's own strange experiences, odd local weather patterns, and a mysterious TV show world that seems to be attempting to get Yu to enter it!

Now, together with a new group of friends, Yu must plunge into a bizarre alternate reality where he gains unique abilities that will either help him solve the riddle of the mystery killer... or lead him to his doom.

  • Contains episodes 1-26.
  • Special Features: Director's Cut Episode 1, Japanese Commentaries, Person 4's Mr. Experiment; The Unlucky Ninja, Mr. Experiment; The Unlucky Gentleman, Mr. Experiment; The Unlucky Ninja, Mr. Experiment ~ Final Episode; The Unlucky Ninja, Experiment Girl; A Brief lesson on Izanagi & Izanami, Japanese Promos, TV Spots, Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation.
  • Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Space Adventure Cobra - Part 2 (Sub.DVD)
  • Distributor: The Right Stuf International
  • Suggested retail price: $49.99

When the buxom blonde bombshell Dominique asks Cobra to infiltrate a Pirate Guild drug ring, how could he possibly say no? However, the drug ring operates under the guise of a popular sport called Rug Ball. It's a game that combines football and baseball, where killing someone on the opposing team is considered to be a good play!

With the continued disruption of the Pirate Guild's business, their pursuit for Cobra turns deadly as they hunt him and all he holds dear!

  • Contains episodes 16-31.
  • Special Features: U.S. Trailer, Promotional Video, Trailers.
  • Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Adult DVDs (NSFW)

There is also one DVD that is out only on Right Stuf, Coed Cuties. I can't post the image since it has nudity.

Coed Cuties (DVD)

  • Distributor: Adult Source Media
  • Suggested retail price: $24.99
Slumber parties and sleepovers, perverted experiments in coed dorms... Higher education is a beautiful thing! Bask in the glory of hot, young college students who double major in sex, with a concentration in oral pleasure!
Slave Market (DVD)
  • Distributor: Critical Mass Video
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Looking for some flesh? Then you've come to the right place! Welcome to the slave market, where all of your perverted fantasies can be fulfilled... for a price. Drawn by irresistible temptation, secret agents risk their missions to satisfy their cravings at this carnival of sin!

  • Special Features: Art Gallery, Storyboards.
  • Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Stepmother's Sin (DVD)
  • Distributor: Critical Mass Video
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Yusuke's been very naughty. He's seduced his father's fiancee, transforming her into a debased slave to fulfill his own twisted desires. But as his hold on her tightens, his sanity slips and the forbidden family fun descends into a nightmare of lust! Trapped in madness of their own creation, they will pay the ultimate price for a stepmother's sin!

  • Special Features: Art Gallery, Anime Artform, Character Sketches, Storyboards, Previews.
  • Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
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FUNimation is announcing the dub cast in small parts. Check back when we get more updates.

So far we have these three characters:

  • Anthony Bowling as Shiro Ashiya/Alciel
  • Alex Moore as Suzuno Kamazuki
  • Aaron Dismuke as Hanzo Urushihara/Lucifer

Here's the plot summary for those who are new to the series:

When Satan is run out of his infernal kingdom, he finds himself virtually powerless in modern-day Tokyo. Stuck in a feeble mortal body and desperate for cash, there's only one way for the dark lord to survive: by getting a job manning the deep fryer at “MgRonald”! As Satan flips burgers and tries to regain his evil magic, he's pestered by a righteous hero who tracked him to Earth, a video-game-loving fallen angel looking for a way back into heaven, and the most unholy of enemies: a rival fast food franchise. Will he figure out a way to reclaim his homeland and throne? And if not, will this demonic burger king at least sell enough featured menu items to be promoted to shift supervisor?

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Editor's Note

I will add the trailer in the near future.

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Hello everyone, I'm Taka, one of the wiki editors in the community. This is the first blog of a project called Trends in Anime Vice. Originally, I had planned to release surveys, but the surveys didn't work out like I wanted them to. Instead of using the surveys, I have to rely on experiences and observations in my 3 to 4 years in the community. I'll be explaining the pros and cons of these different formats. With different communities, you have to use one or both depending on the situation: small vs big community, active writers, etc.

Background

One of the complaints in Anime Vice was that we don't discuss anime and manga. You see this from the former Whiskey Media sites and other sites outside of the family. That's obviously a wrong statement made about our community. We do talk about anime and manga.

A group of of us, well rounded users and the mods, took out weekly reviews of our favorite shows. The mods did reviews on the Winter 2011-12, and they will PM their reviews to Tom Pinchuk who posts them on the front page. For me, I was a regular user, and I started in Fall 2011 with reviews on Beelzebub, Sket Dance, and Blue Exorcist. My purpose was to spotlight my teammates' wiki work while informing folks about these great shows. The more people knowing our wiki projects, we can get more help. Kuro joined me with his reviews on Guilty Crown. We were both wiki editors working on 2 projects together, Sket Dance and Guilty Crown.

During the Whiskey Media sale off in March 2012, the mods stopped doing their Winter Watch articles. After that day, we don't see any episode reviews from the mods. One of the reasons was that there wasn't much comments. In Summer 2012, BigHeart711 was reviewing Humanity has Declined while I was reviewing a few shows like Campione. I started experimenting with things from what I saw from My Anime List. I didn't want folks to bear so much burden especially my teammates on doing weekly episode reviews on top of wiki and school work. My Anime List had discussion threads where folks chimed in to talk about that episode. I found out less time consuming to do. I started a few discussion threads based on much hype and interests from the comments I got from the Summer Anime 2012 Trailers Anthology Blog. It was better to put out discussion threads on popular shows like Binbogami Ga! anime Discussion.

In Fall 2013, Daniel notice the discussion threads and talked to both BigHeart711 and I to start making them with wiki attachments. Then, we abandoned the trailer threads and converted everyone into a discussion thread.

That's our community's history in a nutshell.

Pros and Cons

Weekly Reviews

ProsCons
  • With a weekly thread, you putting influence on the community. Informing them directly by comments and indirectly by one's presence. Example: Sket Dance and Beelzebub had been placed in the Anime Vice's Top 2011 Anime.
  • In a personality driven site like Random Curiosity, the reviews have more individualistic appeal. You're able to share what your thoughts on. It's your opinion.
  • It's time consuming. One has to keep up a schedule and upload screenshots. If one is a wiki editor and a reviewer, you have double the work.
  • Division of Comments: one who likes the reviewer's style while one does not like the reviewer's style. It all falls on the reviewer. It can be a hit or miss. We are have our unique preferences. Some folks love friendly reviews while others prefer blunt reviewers.
  • You can say the funnel of comments pattern also takes place in weekly reviews. Same thing happens. Folks will drop the show and won't comment. It's okay because it's up to them.

Discussion Threads

ProsCons
  • It's not time consuming because the thread gets created.
  • A set pacing: Some folks cannot catch up to the reviewer in a weekly review setting. In a discussion format, users can comment on their own leisure. You don't feel rushed to post comment.
  • Without a one personality being dominated, a lot of opinions can be expressed. There is more freedom to express any thoughts, good or bad.
  • It's comment driven. You need at least 2 folks to comment. If there is only one person, the discussion thread is dead.
  • Funnel of Comments: You get more variety of comments in the discussions, those who love and those who hate. For those who dislike the show, they will drop the show and discussion. For those who love the show, they will still put the good and bad but not as severe as the ones who dropped the show.

There is also a common con for the two, and it's more on how your readers watch anime.

  • Marathon: There are folks who prefer to watch the whole series once it's finished airing. It's normal because some shows are more enjoyable in that style.

Nothing is perfect. All we have to do is adjust one or both for the community. Let me know if I missed some pros or cons.

Thank you for reading.

Next topic would be: Personality vs Community.

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