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Last Friday night when I got back home, I finished the Punk Hazard arc for One Piece. I can't post a lot of images right now. These two Shonen series I picked out were my biggest shows to marathon out of my Anime Experiences: Trying New Recommendations from Fellow Vicers project. For One Piece, I started out with the manga back in Summer 2012. I read up to Skypiea, and I had a long hiatus from reading One Piece due to being busy with college, wiki projects, and other Anime Vice projects. Until Toonami started airing One Piece's Long Ring arc in May 2013, I started watching it on Toonami. However, I got impatient and started doing a marathon on HULU.

For Toriko, it was for a wiki project. It was one of the biggest wiki projects in Anime Vice where it rocks the battle forums and wiki community. I started getting into Toriko around Fall 2013.

The purpose of this blog was to inspire folks in Anime Vice to share and to post blogs about shows they are doing a big marathon on. Please feel free to share comments and post blogs.

One Piece and Toriko Marathon Journal

*Don't worry, I don't put spoilers.

I found One Piece way addicting to watch than Toriko. Each weekday, I watch about 4 episodes a week for One Piece and 2 episodes for Toriko. In the weekends, I watch about 5 episodes of One Piece while working on homework. During Winter break, I watched a ton of One Piece. Toriko is a fun show, but it's not emotionally gripping. In the 80 episodes or so I watch of Toriko, no major character had died. Compared to One Piece, it was pretty heavy during Franky/Robin's moments in Water Seven arc and Luffy's moments in Marineford arc. I had to add one major One Piece character's death to my most tearful moments in anime.

One Piece

During Water Seven arc, there was a huge filler, recap arc on the Straw Hat pirates. This is a good arc for those who don't want to watch all these episodes of One Piece. It covers every backstory of the characters except for Robin and Franky at this point in the story. I skipped that after seeing the summaries on HULU. Of course, HULU does not have Thriller Bark arc or pieces of Robin's backstory. I was really angry at HULU. I'm a person who will not visit pirated sites, so I skipped Thriller Bark arc and read the arc summary at One Piece Wikia.

Each major arc in One Piece was great and pretty distinguished. Most Shonen series that progressed this far feels rinse and repeat because content is stale. One Piece was damn creative. Marineford, Luffy's backstory, and Impel Down was heavy with drama, sacrifices, freedom, and family themes. Punk Hazard, my most recent arc I finished, explores the drug abuse. I didn't expect that.

  • Simulcasts - From HULU to Crunchyroll

As you know I only watch on legal streaming sites, I got to episode 619 or 620. I saw Crunchyroll started steaming One Piece from that episode count. When I jumped from Hulu to Crunchyroll, I notice a big difference in video quality on my PlayStation 3. I watched all my shows on the TV if a show isn't on my wiki project, episode summaries.

  • Fall 2013 - Finished Water Seven Arc and skipped Thriller Bark Arc.
  • Winter Break - Finished Impel Down arc, Marineford arc, and Luffy's backstory with Ace and Sabo arc
  • January - Mid March - Finished Mermaid Island Arc
  • Mid March - May 2, 2014 - Finished Punk Hazard Arc

Toriko

I stopped at the beginning of the Meteor Garlic arc. I loved Toriko. It had a Willy Wonka feeling when the narrator talks about the wonders of the Gourmet World at the beginning of each episode. Komatsu, Toriko, and the gang grew on me. Toriko's lack of blood shed and censorship reminds me of Fairy Tail. I did skipped to Cooking Festival arc to provide screenshots for my wiki editing teammates. I did go back and rewatch the episodes I missed. I even watch the filler arcs like the Santa one. They were short, so I didn't notice the filler feeling.

I had said a lot of stuff about Toriko in my past blogs, so this is why my take on Toriko is short.

Well thank you fro reading. I rushed this blog because I need to work on papers. Plus, the site is glitching a lot, so I couldn't do lot of wiki editing today. This blog was fun to do. I do random blogs to unwind from the stress of school.

Please post blogs on shows you guys and gals are doing a marathon on this year or last year. It will be great to hear your experiences.

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The purpose of this thread to record all Roundtable discussion threads that past mods and regular users had hosted. To promote user content in the community. Part of Anime Vice's community and staff's goals is to promote user content because we are community driven. Feel free to use this thread to pool ideas.

My style was to promote anime and manga series that dealt with the wiki projects where my teammates and I worked on. That was when Fire Star was taking over Sora's job in the Roundtable discussions. Fire Star and Sora invited well rounded and respected users to partake in the roundtable discussions. With Fire Star and Sora being inactive, I'm somewhat reviving the roundtable discussions. I'm doing it less frequently given how much time it takes and what topics are hot during seasons. It's better to do a roundtable when you have a momentum during when a new anime or popular manga series is on the majority's watch/ read list. Today, I invite everyone who has a good standing with the community.

After my meeting with Tom Pinchuk back at Anime Expo 2013, he told me we're community driven. He said users shouldn't be shy in promoting their stuff on the front page. As I work with the community, I was looking for ideas. I ask Daniel, sickVisionz, Foxx, Gia, and plenty of others in Anime Vice and on Twitter. Finally in August or September 2013, I got a break through, the cultural interviews (An Entire World of Anime Fans! -- THE VICE PIT). Let's keep on working on it.

Lastly, remember, anyone in this community can start a roundtable of their own. I'm not a leader, just a facilitator.

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Oh Claymore! Why? Why did you do this to me?

Just when this chapter was started to go crazy, it ended…so suddenly that the thought of the four weeks it would take before the next chapter would be released seemed to echo in my brain. Such a long long long long, freakin long time.

AH, CLAYMORE, WHY?

THE CHAPTER:

Teresa and Claire reunite just as her battle with Priscilla commences.

MY REVIEW:

Everything that has happened in Claymore, all the years that I have followed this manga, have been leading up to this one event; the final clash between Priscilla and Teresa.

I love strong villains. I love strong villains that retain their strength, never losing out to irrational decisions on their part or silly nakama power plot holes. I love villains that remain strong despite the advantage the main characters have by being the primary protagonists.

It’s why I love Madara from Naruto, and its why I love Priscilla. Because despite the odds she has had to come up against, rather than write some silly and somewhat easy victory against her by what still amounts to a barely visible threat in the presence of her might, Nagi has allowed the story to follow its logical route.

We knew Clare, even awakened, stood zero chances against Priscilla; and even with their formidable strength, neither did the other ghosts (maybe Miria, in her awakened state).

But Teresa? Now that is a whole other story. Part of my interest in strong villains revolves around my excitement over how they will finally lose their various battles. And knowing Claymore’s rather dynamic approach to story telling, never truly favoring its character’s for story’s sake, these last two chapters have more than satisfied my curiosity over Priscilla’s eventual demise.

My only qualm with chapter 150 is how short it felt; I wanted to see Teresa finally enter the fight. But then again that one panel of action, that one display of her power was more than enough satiate my thirst, at least for today.

Who knows what will happen tomorrow? I will probably start hounding the internet until I find a raw claymore copy of the next chapter somewhere. That is how psyched I am to read chapter 151.

RATING; 20/10, this fight is going to be quite the event. Claymore doesn’t get better than this….well, being claymore it most obviously does. Let’s all pray that this isn’t the end of the show, that we are not slowly winding down to the series finale.

Because Claymore still has so much more to do. If we are lucky we might get a shipudden styled part 2 (or 3, depending on your thoughts regarding the time skip), one that allows the series to finally cross the island’s borders into the war across the sea.

HIGHLIGHT: Clare and Teresa’s reunion, Teresa putting Priscilla down.

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Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned was a 94-minute TV special that originally aired on Japanese TV on August 19, 1980. The TV special was adapted from Marvel Comics' “Tomb of Dracula” comic book series and was part of a business dealing between Toei and Marvel in the late 1970s where the former gained the rights to make several animated and live-action spins on Marvel Comics characters. The TV special was released on VHS in America in 1983 through Vestron Video and was dubbed by Harmony Gold, whom some older anime fans may know as the company who dubbed the popular 1980s animated mecha series Robotech. The VHS release for Dracula has been long out of print with the tape being very difficult to obtain through legal means.

The Plot

You'd think people would question why the couple is dressed in traditional vampire garb.
You'd think people would question why the couple is dressed in traditional vampire garb.

During a ritual by a Satanic cult to summon the devil, the vampire Dracula steals away their sacrifice in the form of a young woman named Dolores and makes her his wife. Wanting to live his life peacefully with his bride and their child Janus, Dracula finds himself hunted by vampire hunters seeking revenge on him and members of the Satanic cult wanting him killed as punishment for deceiving them in taking Dolores.

Notable Characters (from left to right)

  • Dracula- The vampire of legend who gained his undead form from Satan centuries earlier due to the violent and depraved acts he committed in protecting his land from other empires. He tricks a Satanic cult in thinking he is Satan and steals away their sacrifice Dolores, whom he makes his wife.
  • Dolores- A female member of a Satanic cult whom Dracula steals away to become his wife and give birth to a baby son named Janus.
  • Janus- The baby son of Dracula and Dolores. He is killed during an attack by the leader of the Satanic cult and is resurrected into an adult body to serve God's will in slaying the creations of Satan that cause suffering on Earth, which include his father Dracula.
  • Satan- The living personification of evil dwelling in the underworld who is responsible for turning Dracula into a vampire.
  • Frank Drake- A human descendant of Dracula's who is a skilled martial artist who joins a pair of vampire hunters in slaying Dracula.

Why It Sucks

Dracula: Sovereign of the Dracula appears to be an attempt at compressing the events of its source material into a 90-minute film, resulting in really sloppy storytelling and rushed pacing of its events.

The major element of the film that was rather confusing was how the title attempted to depict Dracula. Sovereign of the Damned tries making efforts at depicting him as a tragic figure who wanted to live happily with his family, wanted to be left alone and experience life as a mortal man. Yet at the same time, he had no qualms with sucking on the blood of humans or killing others who threaten him and he tries regaining his immortality later in the film when he loses his vampire power.

Sure, join the vampire hunters when one of them is threatening you with a freakin' crossbow.
Sure, join the vampire hunters when one of them is threatening you with a freakin' crossbow.

Other sloppy elements to the film have to do with the implementation of its storytelling. The title's logic with elements to its world get messy, deus ex machina is employed quite often, questionable plot directions take place, certain characters who seem relevant in the film are actually mostly worthless, plot twists occur without any prior foreshadowing and an anti-climactic ending takes place with Dracula's fate. Adding more to this fun mess is that Toei attempts rendering a Western animation style with its character designs, yet this makes them appear more stiff and lifeless in appearance compared to conventional anime designs of the time period.

The English dub for Sovereign of the Damned is also a nice example of the rather low standards of anime voice acting in many 1980s dubs with two different types of acting from the voice cast: either bored and flat acting or over-the-top in an attempt at being dramatic, such as the case with Dracula's dub actor in many of the film's moments. Scenes in the film are also usually accompanied by a narrator who acts just as over-the-top as Dracula in attempting to give Sovereign of the Damned's events any sort of meaning or emotion.

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It is surprising just how much I was looking forward to this particular chapter of The seven deadly sins; what is more surprising is that my excitement had nothing to do with Meliodas, who we finally got to see at the end.

Admittedly I was a little disappointed, probably because of how engrossing the king story had become. It wouldn’t have been that terrible of a decision to devote some more time to exploring the events that brought him into the deadly sins, following his arrest centuries ago.

But I guess we had to move on from that particular scene, after quite a number of weeks. And hey, Diana is alive, which was quite the surprise when you consider the level of punishment she suffered over the past few chapters.

AND IT’S FINALLY HERE. Meliodas and Arthur; it is ridiculous how excited I am for the latter portion of this arc, all because of those words spoken sometime back, about the event that would rock the kingdom once Arthur and Meliodas met.

One has to wonder what the young king has to do with the entire Deadly sins story, If he really is Merlin in disguise. But then again why wouldn’t Hendricksen recognize him or his accomplice after just seven years.

Right now, I cannot even take a guess as to what Meliodas’ arrival is going to mean for the story. I could say something about not getting my hopes up; that this could be a considerably blander meeting than I am anticipating.

But this is Nanatsu No Taizai. It has yet to disappoint me.

RATING: 10/10, King was pretty bad ass in this chapter, pretty much wiping the floor with Dreyfus. Which makes you wonder what chance Hendricksen stands against someone like Meliodas.

I can’t be the only one who thinks that these chapters could be a little longer.

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As you know, I have a series of lists where I classify anime girls according to their bust measurements in cm, resulting in the following categories:

The problem is that recently I have been asking myself how good or bad is this classification and I have compared it with other classifications of the same type. The one that seems to be commonly accepted, is this one which uses the cup size as criteria to determine the breasts size, however I don't think that classification is the best, considering that most of the girls in my lists have an unspecified cup size and that not all the girls wear the correct bra size. Besides that, the cup size is not only determined by the bust measurement, you also need to know the underbust measurement and follow an specific method, which can lead to situations where you have a girl with a bigger bust measurement than other one, but a smaller cup size, for example:

Also is important to mention that the systems for labeling bra size, vary depending on the country, so sometimes you have to make conversions. That's why I prefer to make classifications depending on the bust measurements in cm, however I still don't know if I should add or remove categories or just change the numerical range of each one.

I'm fine with the "Giant", "Huge", "Small" and "Flat" categories, however I don't know if it's ok to keep the "Large" and "Medium" categories with a numerical range smaller than the other categories, I mean, I originally planned to combine these 2 into one called "Average Breasts League [80-89]", however that would cause characters that have big boobs like: Ikaros, Sylvia van Hossen and Lucy Heartfilia to be labeled as "average", which sounds totally wrong.

So, my question for you guys is, what do you think I can change to make my lists a little bit more accurate or fair?, I know that in anime/manga some measurements don't make any sense, I just want to have categories that are in the "room of reason", if you know what I mean.

I hope I explained myself properly, and that you can leave me a comment. Thanks.

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A certain episode in the second half this series opens with three individuals communicating via an internet chat room about their intentions of committing suicide and how they could best go about achieving their goals. Finally deciding to meet to execute their wishes, the individuals are somewhat pleasantly surprised and horrified

The young man and elderly fellow pleasantly surprised to meet each other; both gentlemen horrified to meet the third member of their little suicide group, a little girl no older than 13, cheerfully anticipating death at her own hands.

Three individuals representing the major stages of human life, all seeking to commit suicide, a task they spend the day trying to accomplish, following an attempt by the two men to dissuade the young girl from the position she has taken (mind you she convinces them to allow her to tag along by making some silly argument about feeling left out); an episode that, while disturbing, is also quite funny.

This episode, I believe, best exemplifies the anime that is Paranoia Agent, a psychologically disturbing yet none the less thrilling ride, as confusing in its narrative as it is entertaining.

A must watch? Most definitely, if you are one anime fan searching for something…different, that will leave you pondering on its mysteries for several days on end.

THE PLOT:>

An elementary school kid dubbed "shounen bat" has been going around attacking people with his bent, golden baseball bat. When two detectives are put on the case, charged with putting his shenanigans to rest, they quickly learn that what might have seemed like mere juvenile behavior could be something so much more sinister.

MY REVIEW:>

I will admit that this was a rather anticipated experience for me; listen to enough opinions and thoughts and comments about any given element and it is only rational that you will seek to explore it, to understand whether it holds the water imputed to it.

And I have heard a TON of praise heaped upon Satoshi Kon without ever having watched any of his material. One might say that it is fitting that the first of works I am exposed to is his very first TV series, a foray out of the more complex field of movies, because that then allows me access to several hours of material to analyze in my attempts to truly judge Kon’s abilities.

I read a recent Miyazaki interview in which he had no positive comments to make about anime in today’s age; and a lot of that criticism (actually applicable to anime within the past decade) seemed particularly aimed towards the animation techniques utilized, most of which, he posited, failed to bring a sense of realism to their virtual world and its characters.

Watching Paranoia Agent one would be hard pressed to ignore the rather unique animation style utilized; I say unique only in comparison with today’s average anime series; there was a weightiness in each scene, each character generating a sense of realism in the way they moved, bringing to the fro Miyazaki’s comments and allowing me to appreciate the sense of realism that animation from older series brought to the table, but which has all but disappeared-and that doesn’t even take into account the fact that the characters where drawn with more than a few straight lines.

I emphasize the animation style because it was crucial in allowing the story to impact the way it did. I avoid mentioning the story because of how intimately intertwined it is with its characters; and how do you speak about an anime without mentioning its characters?

Because that is the one subject I find myself avoiding in this review. Paranoia Agent isn’t merely filled with a enormously intriguing cast; but rather each character is a story of its own, one more or less independent yet just as important in the final narrative.

And what makes Paranoia Agent work so well are the various revelations that litter its episodes, those events that aren’t necessary sudden twists and turns, but illuminating points that improve one’s overall enjoyment of the story. And it would be a shame to deprive anyone of the opportunity to experience these moments by spoiling them.

+So what was my first Satoshi Kon outing like? Well, I am still a little way off from calling him a legend. Yet I can see the appeal, as this anime spins quite the thriller. The series is brutal, not in any physical means or amounts of gore, but rather the psychological destruction it unleashes upon its various characters.

The series thrives on its various mysteries and delusions, and keeps you guessing with its numerous questions. Certainly the concept seems rather straight forward, a boy on roller blades going about murdering these innocent men, women and children.

But why? Who is Shonen bat and who are these various victims to him? How can the name of one little boy shake the lives of so many people, most of whom have never even encountered his wrath. And what is his wrath? What is shonen bat?

Does shonen bat even exist? Yes, that question rocks the series most of all, the idea of the insanity and delusion driving what might be truth and what could just as well be myth.

+VERDICT:> A simple appeal. Watch this show. Whatever your thoughts on its rather odd ending or rather confusing narrative –especially in the middle, where the show seems like it might have veered off at a tangent-you will not regret what should be a unique experience in anime.

+RATING:>7/10, a few glitches in the middle there that I thought the series could have dealt with better; certainly I understand the role they played. Butwatching the members of an anime studio literally kill themselves in an attempt to complete the production of an episode on time (which was not only intriguing on its own but very educational about the anime production process) seemed somewhat detached from a story that might or might have not wrapped up a few episodes earlier.

Not that I could call that an egregious failure; Paranoia Agent is still quite brilliant.

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I'll add images later. Sorry everyone.

All comments are welcome. I would love your two cents on these series. What series are you interested in? Thank you.

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Note: This time, I posted in Comic Vine first since Anime Vice's image uploading is lagging. Plus, it would be interesting to see how the list looks like from being pasted from CV in AV. I did the opposite way for the last Quick Picks.

Thanks to PikaHyper for uploading this week's manga releases.

For the Light Novels, I have to add them in AV's database later.

Last Week's Manga Quick Picks

Attack on Titan Vol. 11
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99
Erwin and the Survey Corps desperately mount a rescue operation to take Eren back from the Colossus Titan and Armored Titan. But without the numbers to form up properly outside the walls, how can the humans catch up before they're all slaughtered? Just whose side is Ymir on? And will Eren ever see his friends again?
Cardfighter!! Vanguard Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $10.95
Aichi Sendou is a timid middle school teen. He is so shy that even conversing in class is a bit of a challenge. However, one thing that keeps him going through all his struggles - Vanguard. With his ultra-rare Blaster Blade card always by his side, he knows that at least in the gaming world he has a chance to be different.Unfortunately for Aichi, his favorite card was stolen by a vengeful classmate. Furthermore, the Blaster Blade was later lost in a winner-takes-all competition to one of the best players around his community. Now to retrieve his priceless card, Aichi is going to have to break from his mold of shyness and win his property back by finally engaging someone, and in this case a local champ, in an actual Vanguard card-battle!His first battle with Toshiki Kai is an eye opener. It's part learning experience and part coming-of-age moment. And with that first battle and that unexpected first win, Aichi is now on his way towards fully immersing himself in the world of the card game!
Sankarea: Undying Love Vol. 6
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99
On the brink of death, Chihiro finally confesses his love, and Rea, despite being deep into the "turbid period," miraculously regains her reason! But their zombie cat Babu continues to grow more vicious, leaving Chihiro with a terrible choice to make...

Say I Love You. Vol. 1

  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

Mei Tachibana has no friends - and she doesn't need them! Ever since her "friends" betrayed her in elementary school,​ she's sworn off friendship entirely.​ All it leads to is betrayal and heartbreak,​ and she's well enough on her own.​ But everything changes when she accidentally roundhouse kicks the most popular boy in school!

However, ​ Yamato Kurosawa isn't angry in the slightest - in fact,​ he thinks his ordinary life could use an unusual girl like Mei! He won't take no for an answer,​ and soon Mei and Yamato embark on an unwanted friendship that will change both of them forever.​

Vinland Saga Vol. 3

  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $19.99

Askeladd's band has successfully extracted Prince Cnut and escaped into the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they seize control of a town and hunker down to endure the winter snows. But no ice could cool the rage of the terrifying Thorkell, whose chance meeting with a survivor of Askeladd's attack will put him back on their trail...

xxHOLic: Rei Vol. 1

  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

In the mysterious shop of the Space-Time Witch Yuko where wishes are granted - for a price - will Kimihiro Watanuki discover even more secrets?​ And what will he have to trade this time for the answers he seeks?​

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Here are the guests of honors for Yaoi Con 2014. Yaoi Con takes place on September 12 - 14, 2014.

Shoko TakakuDate and Time: Not Available
Shoko Takaku is a mangaka whose works are I've Seen it All, Kissing, Passion, and Shy Intentions.

Editor's Note

Since I'm busy with Anime Expo 2013 due to being close to my location, I might not be active enough to update this. I will try my best for everyone because an Anime Vice mod serves the community in anything anime and manga related.

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Here are the guests of honor announced by Anime Expo 2014. For a full list, see Anime Expo Guests of Honor.

Voice Actor/Actresses Guests

Karen Bernstein
Karen Bernstein
Date and Time: Not Available
Karen Bernstein is best known for voicing Sailor Mercury.
Katie Griffin
Katie Griffin
Date and Time: Not Available
Katie Griffin is best known for voicing Sailor Mars
Linda Ballantyne
Linda Ballantyne
Date and Time: Not Available
Linda Ballantyne (known for her role in voicing Sailor Moon. She and some of the Sailor Moon voice actresses are participating in a Sailor Moon panel as well as doing individual autograph sessions.
Stephanie Morgenstern
Stephanie Morgenstern
Date and Time: Not Available
Stephanie Morgenstern is best known for voicing Sailor Venus.
Susan Roman
Susan Roman
Date and Time: Not Available
Susan Roman is best known for voicing Sailor Jupiter.

Industry Guests

Eiko Tanaka
Eiko Tanaka
Date and Time: Not available
Eiko Tanaka (CEO of Studio 4°C) will be hosting an Q & A panel.

Editor's Note

Rather than making individual news pieces on each guest of honor, this would be a hub blog for all the news and updates on Anime Expo 2014. It will be updated frequently with dates and time. Let me know if I miss anything.

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Plot

FUNimation has released the DVDs and Blu-Rays on February 18, 2014 (Part 1) and March 25, 2014 (Part 2)

Kai and Aki dream of building a giant fighting robot based on a super-popular anime, but that's going to be impossible if they don't get more members into their school's Robot Research Club. They'll take anyone they can talk—or force—into joining them, including an eccentric robotics champion with a secret identity and a l33t video-game designer who's spent one too many late nights online. Finally, their goal looks like it's within reach.

But when a sentient AI program tells Kai about mysterious documents hidden on the internet, things start to get strange for everyone. As the club members track down the secret messages, they realize that the information might be far bigger—and more dangerous—than they expected.

Cast

  • Akiho – Lindsay Seidel
  • Kaito – Clifford Chapin
  • Subaru – Jarrod Greene
  • Junna – Monica Rial
  • Frau – Leah Clark
  • Airi – Apphia Yu
  • Kimijima – Eric Vale
  • Misaki – Caitlin Glass
  • Mitchi – Robert McCollum
  • Mizuka – Lydia Mackay
  • Nae – Brina Palencia
  • Usui – Linda Leonard
  • Doc – R Bruce Elliott
  • Genki – Ian Sinclair
  • Takahashi – Josh Grelle
  • Sumio – David Wald
  • Kenichirou – Bradley Campbell
  • Hiromu – Bill Jenkins
  • Hayakawa – Alexis Tipton

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In volume 60 of Futari Ecchi, it has been announced that a new OVA adaptation in the works. Tetsuro Amino is directing the OVA while Kazuki Yamanobe is in charge of the scripts. Toshihide Masudate will be in charge of character designs.

More Information about the staff and crew will be available on May 2nd.

For those who are new to the series, the manga series is for adult audiences because of the graphic nature.

Plot

It's about a newly wed couple whose sex life is struggling. The manga series' purpose is educate the audience on how to improve one's sex life through rekindling romance by trying "new things."

The new anime, which is the first new anime for the franchise in 12 years, will have three volumes and will tell an all-new original story. The first episode will be titled "Futari no First Christmas" (Our First Christmas). The story will revolve around Makoto and Yura's first Christmas together after they have gotten married and had sex for the first time.

The second episode is titled "Toaru Joshi Gakusei no Second Impression" (The Second Impression of A Certain Female Student), and the third episode is titled "Totsuzen Office de Third Love" (A Sudden Third Love in the Office).

The new video anime is slated to debut this fall.

Editor's Note:

ANN's summary is more precise than the summary I had given.

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Welcome to this week's DVD and Blu-Ray releases! I'm only familiar with one series, Cuticle Detective Inaba, which is about hair not cuticles. I haven't watched it yet. I'm interested in Amazing Nuts (don't know why they named it that way) and Shangri-La. Shangri-La has the best cover I seen this month. From the plot, it reminds me of the Winds that Bring Amnesia except without the aliens and amnesia element.

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.

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DVD and Blu Ray Releases

Amazing Nuts! (Sub.DVD)

  • Distributor: Eastern Star
  • Suggested retail price: $19.95

Blending a variety of animation techniques from traditional 2D to CG and rotoscoping, Amazing Nuts is a short anthology from Studio 4C.

  • The Global Astroliner

Earth has become a prison for battling gangs, all kept in line under the hand of the glorious idol Rara. When Rara's influence becomes corrupted, a brave office needs to descend from space and restore order. Featuring music from m-flo.

  • Glass Eye

A couple are given the chance to recreate their surroundings through the "God Child" particle research project. Can they overcome their internal issues and instabilities and find happiness in each other and a new world? Featuring music from RAM RIDER.

  • Kung-Fu Love

Hanako has left behind her kung-fu fighting past for love, only to be dumped when an international governing body selects her at random to be humanity's combined enemy. As the entire world literally turns against her, Hanako is fighting to stay alive and maybe - just maybe - win back her lost love. Featuring music from Kumi Koda.

  • Joe and Marilyn

A return to gangland as love and war break out in a nightclub featuring a sultry singer. Featuring music by mink.

Arakawa under the Bridge × Bridge (Sub.Blu-Ray + DVD)
  • Distributor: NIS America
  • Suggested retail price: $49.99

Just when you thought things couldn't get any weirder by the banks of the mighty Arakawa, they go ahead and get weirder by a whole lot. Rec, Nino, and the rest of the riverside residents return, and with the addition of another batch of nutty citizens the insanity gets turned up to eleven... thousand. Now Rec has to deal with a sci-fi loving comic nerd who's convinced he's a captain in the Earth Defense Force, and the less said about the Amazon woman living upstream with her demonic "female" Amazon followers, the better.

On top of that, Rec struggles with the pressing issues of romantic expression, media obsession, weight loss, weight gain, beach parties, haunted houses, interplanetary travel, and the ever-present threat of global thermonuclear war!

  • Contains episodes 1-13 of season 2 and a story guide leaflet.
  • Special Features: Commentaries for Episodes 1-4 with Voice Actors & Hikaru Nakamura (Original Author), End Card Gallery, TV Spots.
Cuticle Detective Inaba - The Complete Collection (Sub.DVD) and (Sub.Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $49.98 (DVD) and (Blu-Ray)

In a world where half-human, half-animal chimeras live and work alongside normal people, there are sure to be a few bad apples in the bunch. Unfortunately, criminals who are only half-human means there are often non-human clues that leave the police stumped. That's where lone-wolf detective Hiroshi Inaba comes in. He's literally part wolf and has the amazing ability to extract critical information just by examining or tasting a sample of someone's hair!

Of course, that ability has also resulted in Inaba having a little bit of a hair fetish, but that doesn't seem to be a problem for his two assistants. Well, at least the cross-dressing one isn't complaining much. And it's nothing compared to the strange tastes of Inaba's nemesis, the omnivorous, half-goat crime boss Don Valentino, who has an appetite for green legal tender instead of tender young greens!

Inaba's sworn to cut Valentino out of the criminal flock before the Don can wolf down more ill-gotten dough, but he's going to have to chew his way through a lot of evidence to get his goat. Can sheer dogged detective work put the baaaaad guys behind bars?

  • Contains episodes 1-12.
  • Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation.
Mazinger Z - TV Series Vol. 1 (Sub.DVD)
  • Distributor: Eastern Star
  • Suggested retail price: $69.95

Koji Kabuto's grandfather has discovered two resources which can save humanity: Photon Light Energy and the ultra-impregnable alloy Chogokin Z. However, Dr. Kabuto's research is abruptly cut off when the evil Dr. Hell sends his trusted lieutenant, the bisected Baron Ashura, to assassinate him! Koji, now orphaned along with younger brother Shiro, swear revenge using Dr. Kabuto's last and greatest invention: the super robot Mazinger Z!

Joined by Dr. Kabuto's successor, Dr. Yumi, his daughter Sayaka, and her research robot Aphrodite A, Koji sets out to protect Japan from Dr. Hell's menacing mecha monsters and ensure the peaceful work of the Photon Light Institute. Can Koji and Sayaka, along with local bully boy Boss, prevent this most dangerous of villains from running amok and conquering the world?

  • Contains episodes 1-46.
  • Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (DVD)
  • Distributor: Eastern Star
  • Suggested retail price: $19.95

In a very different Tokyo from the one we know today, the totalitarian government rules with an iron fist. But a group called "the Sect" is staging demonstrations and challenging the government's martial law. Constable Fuse of the Capital Police's Special Unit is on a mission to stop a Sect demonstration when he encounters a girl in the sewers under Tokyo. When he fails to shoot as ordered, he is put on trail, questioned, and "re-conditioned" as a soldier.

The dead girl haunts him, both in his dreams and in the face of her sister, whom Fuse has befriended. But Fuse has made himself a target for some very powerful men. And as the world comes crashing down around him, Fuse is continually challenged to decide what is real and what is right.

  • Special Features: Interviews, Trailer.
Shangri La - Complete Series [S.A.V.E.] (DVD)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $19.98

In the distant future, earthquakes and the effects of global warming have splintered Japanese society. Some struggle hand-to-mouth in the jungle-tangled ruins of civilization. Some live comfortably within the closed-off city of Atlas. Others lurk online, anonymously hacking the global economy. As nature grows more violent and the divide between classes expands, one spirited girl, Kuniko, must face her destiny and lead her people into the utopia of Atlas.

The city's ruthless government isn't going to welcome them with open arms, but Kuniko won't give up until the gates of Atlas are kicked open for good - even if it means discovering that the promised land she dreamed of is built upon a foundation of twisted secrets and lies.

  • Contains episodes 1-24. Special Features: Episode Commentary (1, 10, 15, 23), Promotional Video for "Magical Gina the Akiba Fairy," Textless Opening & Closing Songs, Trailers.
  • Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles. (added on 2014-04-23, modified on 2014-04-23)
Unico Double Feature (DVD)
  • Distributor: Eastern Star
  • Suggested retail price: $19.95

This double feature set contains The Fantastic Adventures of Unico and Unico in the Island of Magic.

  • The Fantastic Adventures of Unico

Unico the Unicorn has the amazing power to make anyone he meets happy. Whether it's because of his personality or the powers of his horn, no one knows. However, the gods become jealous of Unico, thinking that only they should be able to decide or allow people to be happy. Unico is banished to the Hill of Oblivion, and the West Wind is ordered to take him there. She can't stand giving this fate to Unico, so Unico's adventures begin, as the West Wind takes him from one place and time to the next, in a never-ending journey to escape the wrath of the gods.

  • Unico in the Island of Magic

Unico the unicorn has the amazing power to make anyone he meets happy. In this adventure, Unico finds himself with a new friend, a young girl named Cherry. However, Cherry's long-lost older brother Toby has finally come home, and is now a misguided apprentice to an insane (and not human) magician named Kuruku.

When Cherry's parents get turned into weird, almost zombie-like dolls called living puppets, she and Unico start a quest to the very ends of the earth to get her parents and brother back before Kuruku takes over the world. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

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Hey, so I had another surgery and am now stuck at home for a while. Any good anime recommendations? I like comedy, horror, and gothic/emo themed anime. And some cutesy anime, depending on what it is (something like Lucky Star or Yuru Yuri) so...yea! Thanks!

Here are some anime I have seen and absolutely love: Black Butler, Naruto (Shippuden also) Bleach, Sora No Woto, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, Roroni Kenshin, Inu-Yasha, Sgt. Frog, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumia, Black Cat, Chrono Crusade, Loveless, Fullmetal Alchemist, Negima!, Is it a zombie?, Air, Clannad, Angel Beats, Ouran High school Host Club, Soul Eater, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokémon, Hetalia, Howl's Moving Castle, The Secret Life of Erieti, My Neighbor Totoro, Death Note, Save Me! Lollipop, Princess Mononoke, and a few others (and by a 'few' I mean 'a lot')

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Suffice to say, this is a rather underwhelming way to go out on as this last title I'm covering isn't really as much of a dud as I've heard of it to be, even with my indifference on it. I don't feel like going out on this forgettable kind of note. So next weekend, I will have a better final review covering something I've wanted to cover on Ani-Crap Review for a while now that will make for a better swan song and being a fun way to celebrate my fifth year on Anime Vice. Otherwise for now, I will be tweaking my review format slightly to reflect my thoughts on Dog and Scissors.

Dog and Scissors was a 12-episode comedy TV anime series animated by Gonzo and aired on Japanese TV from July 1 to September 16 of 2013. The series is based on the ongoing light novel series that has been written by Shunsuke Sarai since February 28, 2011. The anime is licensed for American video distribution by Sentai Filmworks.

The Plot

Our novelist seems to have a bondage fetish.
Our novelist seems to have a bondage fetish.

Kazuhito Harumi is a high school student with a strong love for reading books who is killed while trying to protect a girl at a restaurant. Reincarnated as a dachshund dog, Harumi is adopted by the girl he tried to save in the form of Kirihime Natsuno, a popular novelist whom Harumi is a fan of. Unfortunately, Kirihime turns out to have a rather sadistic personality who lashes out at others with a pair of scissors.

Notable Characters (from left to right)

  • Kazuhito Harumi- A high school bookworm killed while trying to protect Kirihime from a burglar and reincarnated into the body of a dachshund. He winds up under ownership to Kirihime as he regularly puts up with her sadistic personality.
  • Kirihime Natsuno- A popular novelist with a sadistic personality who is known to lash out at others with her thick pair of scissors known as Hasajiro. She is one of a few people capable of listening to Kazuhito's thoughts and has feelings for him.
  • Madoka Harumi- Kazuhito's little sister who is a bad cook and known to wield a technologically-advanced knife that can turn into a chainsaw and cannon.
  • Suzuna Hiiragi- Kirihime's editor sporting an unstable and masochistic personality who enjoys suffering abuse from Kirihime.
  • Hami Ohsawa- Kazuhito's female underclassman who is very shy and apologetic. The two met while he was still alive where he promised to read the completed novel she would write after he came across an unfinished script for it. She is capable of utilizing several mind control methods such as suggestion and hypnosis on others through her writing.
  • Maxi Akizuki- A popular idol and writer who fancies herself as a rival to Kirihime. As a running gag throughout the series, she attempts stealing the spotlight in an episode only to be dragged away by her bodyguards.

The Review

By the looks of it, Dog and Scissors' comedy stems from milking Kazuhito's unique predicament, his chemistry with Kirihime and his encounters with the several eccentric characters that cross paths with him and Kirihime. Kirihime and Kazuhito's chemistry consists of her milking the “tsun tsun” variant of the tsundere character in her abuse of Kazuhito and the latter serving as doormat to the antics of Kirihime and others that he encounters. The antics of these characters unfold either through self-contained episodes or episode arcs running for two to three episodes when Kazuhito encounters a new character.

These beefcake guys are in the anime. I kid you not!
These beefcake guys are in the anime. I kid you not!

This looks to be a case where Dog and Scissors is attempting to make itself unique as a comedy, which I will compliment it for as it doesn't fall under any conventional premise that is peppered in recent titles like harem comedies or slice-of-life comedies involving high school girls. Yet at the same time, it suffers from the shortcoming of any pure comedy title in that the title's enjoyment from audiences stems from how receptive one is to the show's style of comedy. This is a case where I'm not really into the show's style of comedy as Kirihime's yet another variant of the tsundere archetype and the comedy of the series mostly relies on the eccentricities of its cast to carry it along. Several of the characters in the series are notable for their violent tendencies with certain weapons and abilities that the show milked for much of its run for comedy, which killed my interest in the comedy as the show progressed when I realized that it was the dominant comedic element of the series and lacked much else to offer.

This isn't to say that Dog and Scissors is a horrible title as it does have a style of comedy that is a little different from the norm. But like any pure comedy title, your mileage will vary with how well you enjoy it.

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But you're 8 years younger than me
But you're 8 years younger than me

I know it's Saturday, but I was busy with a business trip over at Little Tokyo, Los Angeles that took the whole day. Pretend it's Friday. I ran out of fetishes that were unisexual. I wanted to cater to both guys and gals with my past blogs.

Looking back at the blog I started, Help Me Find Anime/Manga with Older Women & Younger Men Couples, I realized it was a fetish.

Sorry, I haven't wind down lately with finals approaching.

For older women fetish in anime and manga, it's not common, but it's not too rare. Thanks to

Older Women

Let's go over why younger guys think older women are hot.

  • She's hot, sexy, and mature (especially if you're a high school guy, and the rest of the female students are pretty underdeveloped while your teachers are endowed)
  • For anime and manga series that borders with cheating fetishes, the woman, usually a house wife, has sexual frustrations. (Okay, this belongs to hentai series except for Chobits's situation where Takako's husband left her for a robot chick. Oh cool, I have a new fetish, Artificial Intelligence).

Anime/Manga Couples: Older Women Examples

See Help Me Find Anime/Manga with Older Women & Younger Men Couples. Thanks to Dream, Taichokage, and the rest of the users in the thread for their help.

1. Nike Remercier

World Is Still Beautiful

2. Livius I

World Is Still Beautiful

3. Haruko Haruhara

FLCL

4. Naota Nandaba

FLCL

5. Hiromu Shinbo

Chobits

6. Takako Shimizu

Chobits

7. Kaho Mizuki

Cardcaptor Sakura (formerly)

8. Touya Kinomoto

Cardcaptor Sakura (formerly)

9. Ayato Kamina

RahXephon

10. Haruka Shitou

RahXephon

11. Shuji

Saikano - Wiki Page: Not added Yet

12. Fuyumi

Saikano

13. The Garden of Words

Takao Akizuki and Yukari Yukino (Garden of Words)

14. Takumi Mayama

Honey and Clover

15. Rika Harada

Honey and Clover

16. Yusaku Godai

Maison Ikkoku

17. Kyoko Otonashi

Maison Ikkoku

18. Negi Springfield

Negima Neo

19. Asuna Kagurazaka

Negima Neo

20. Haruka Kasugano

(Yosuga no Sora)- Among one of the scenarios in the anime.

21. Nao Yorihime

(Yosuga no Sora)- Among one of the scenarios in the anime.

22. Hikaru Ichijou

Macross

23. Misa Hayase

Macross

24. Clare

Claymore - Taichokage: It's not an intimate relationship (yet) but their feelings for one another are known.

25. Raki

Claymore

26. Hae-Young Nah

Unbalance x2

27. Jin-Ho Myung

Unbalance x2

I forgot that this is a common trope in teacher fetishes.

Older Men

This is more common than older women fetish because most societies have guys marrying down while girls marrying up in the social and economic ladder.

  • He's dependable and mature.
  • Same with the teacher fetish. For girls, they find male teachers attractive due to their kindness and maturity.

I don't have a lot of reasons listed.

If you got more reasons or characters you like to bring up, feel free to share them.

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An avatar has nearly come to fruition. Clouds gather over San Francisco, creating the darkness that this newborn god thrives in. The Huntsman races to the island where the world will end, but he knows he cannot stop this being alone. Fortunately, the waves of darkness coming forth from this being are picked up by many. Heroes, villains, and whatever the hell Huntsman is must work together to stop the Swallower of Worlds from releasing his forces through the rift he tears in reality and taking another planet in his jaws.

  • Open RPG
  • Standard rules apply
  • Any tier allowed, although street levelers should be well armed.
  • Don't blow up the island
  • Won't start for a while because my workload is currently pretty heavy
  • Be careful around doorways...
  • Have fun!

I felt it was time to do something with Huntsman now that Warden and Ariana have had a chance, and to expand upon my avatar idea. Hopefully it turns out well.

His teeth are like mountains

In the dark heart of Alcatraz, the line between God and Devil blurs. Come to be the first to be swallowed by the new lord of the Earth. My mouth awaits. Come jump in.

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Welcome and good evening everybody! simmering from the heat, this is your host Hal, bringing back from a 5 month Haitus, the RoundTable Discussion! Tonight, we are looking at the anime Sket Dance, after just over 1 year's viewing, and we're gonna give our two cents on the show, its ups and downs, and where it should head from hereon. Joining me this evening are two guys fairly versed in all matters Sket, with Takashichea (AKA Taka) and KuroNekoXIII (AKA Kuro)!

We've seen this show out for one year so far, and this light-hearted High School comedy has made strides at being possibly a new mainstay anime for years to come.

The first part of the discussion focuses on the characters of the show. What are your opinions on them, do you like their development, what could use some more work?

Kuro: Personally, I love all three characters. I think Shinohara did an amazing job creating Bossun, Hime and Switch. They are very unique for a shonen cast.

  • Sket Dan
    Sket Dan
    Bossun: I think Bossun is an awesome main character, despite what he thinks :P I think he is a well-rounded character. Bossun started off in the series as a "not the coolest main character", which he actually tells the audience (referring to episode 9 I believe). I think Shinohara wanted Bossun to appear as an average guy, so the audience to relate to him more. I noticed as the series progresses, Bossun's leadership and responsibility shines through and his passion to help others no matter what, showing the audience that he truly is fit to be the main character. I guess in the end, I'm glad with how Shinohara created Bossun, and I don't think he needs any fixing.
  • Himeko: Himeko is a sweetheart! I love her character, and her origin story! I think Shinohara did an amazing job with her. I like how she has two sides to her: the tough-guy side and the girly side. Same as my opinion for Bossun, I think Hime is perfect the way she is!
  • Switch: Switch is hilarious! You don't see a guy talking with a laptop around that often! I like how Switch has that smart-side to him, and that crazy otaku side to him as well. And his inventions! Man those are epic! The only thing I'd suggest to work on for Switch is to add to his origin story. I feel like the origin story cut-off too soon. I wanted to see how he met with Bossun (the way Hime's origin did).
More Supporting Characters
More Supporting Characters

Taka: This whole year of Sket Dance has covered the three main characters' origin stories. They're awesome, but the only thing I find left unanswered is how did Switch get into an Otaku: love anime, pop idols, and playing Sim games. For Himeko, it was a story about being betrayed and finally getting friends. Bossun's origin story is different because he actually lack something from the start.

For the supporting characters, Tsubaki and Momoka stand out for me. Sure, Shinzo, Roman, and Reiko are unique in their personalities, but they do grow up a little, but they don't change much. It's good for the show because they're funny in their own way. Back to Sasuke and Momoka, they change without having a prominent flashback arc. Sasuke is a mild tsundere character who acts harsh to Sket Dance and a rival to Bossun, but when you get to know him close, you know he cares for them. Momoka is a former delinquent who becomes a pop idol. She is just like Himeko: tough looking on the outside, but she has sweet side to her.

Kuro: We can't forget about the teachers, notably Chu-san and J-son. I like how Chu-san has that distant and care-free aura to him, yet he does have his wise moments. I think he has a great presence in the plot-line. As for J-son, he is also a very funny and random character. He adds more humor to the anime and plot in my opinion, and I personally think he deserves more screen-time!

Hal: I do like the cast of Sket Dance a lot, they seem to get a comedic and satirical interpretation of the general character types in high school, and do it well, making them well rounded with multiple aspects to their personality rather than one-dimensional. Bossun, Himeko and Switch are easily the funniest and best developed out of the cast, with a unique dynamic between the three of them. My only fault so far, which hopefully can be attributed to the fact that the anime is only a year old, aside from Momoka (waifu! <3) and Captain, there really isn't much history behind the rest of the characters. Humor is one of the major driving forces of the show, and has had many a sidesplitting moment.

What have been some of your favorite funny moments in the show?

Switch: Give Me Autograph
Switch: Give Me Autograph

Taka: Darn, there are a lot of funny moments. I love how Switch ruined the moment during episode 56 where Momoka waits for Switch's answer. Then, he wrote "Give me your autograph." Another thing, I loved the expressions on their faces. Bossun's face has that trademark blush face, and Sasuke and Rumi made that face as well. It is hilarious. Switch and Reiko are my favorite, funniest characters while Himeko and Bossun make a great comedic duo due to their questionable relationship. Two of the funniest and memorable episodes are episode 9 where Switch and Himeko become the parents of little Bossun, and episode 43 where Himeko tries to take Bossun on a date.

Kuro: Man I've got a lot of funny moments that I can't get over!

Attaining Perfect Field
Attaining Perfect Field
  • Episode 42 - when Bossun, Himeko and Switch were helping out Momoka for her play. The entire episode was hilarious, but the funniest part is when they start changing the script to English! XD Shinji run away!
  • I forgot which episode number this was, but when J-son was first introduced! Man that episode was hilarious, with his hockey-mask face and all lol
  • Episode 19 - when Himeko kept messing up Bossun's hair and they kept using Tocolotion-10 to make it grow. The way the hair would grow instantaneously and how Himeko instinctively slapped Bossun's head was priceless!
  • When Himeko, Bossun and Switch got stuck in the storage room while they were in costume. The entire episode was hilarious! Especially how their plans of escape kept backfiring. I guess the best part was the explosion in the end and them walking out all burned, but alive! And they still performed!

Man, I can go on and on, but those are the ones that come to my mind at the moment. If I kept going on, I'd probably take over an hour to list them all :P

Hal: Don't forget about The Invisible Bossun in Episode 58! starts off pretty awesome with Chu-Sensei cooking up a slick invisible potion, which Bossun drinks by accident. he goes to scare Himeko, but in order to work properly, he has to strip naked. then after he scares her, the potion begins to wear off, and the two of them have to make it back to school, covering him up as they go along! needless to say, Bossun owes himeko big time for having her look like she's runnign around with a moose head like a crazy girl!

Moving on. The story also played a big role in the show, outside from the episodic silliness that punctuates it. how did you find the development of Sket Dance's story?

Ryosuke: Friends are treasures. Help each other and value the bonds you have
Ryosuke: Friends are treasures. Help each other and value the bonds you have

Kuro: I like the development of the Sket Dance story. I like how each episode is a well-rounded story with at least one take-home message that the viewer can learn. What's also something that I like about the Sket Dance plot is that there are links to previous episodes. For example, episode 9 was when Chu-san created his invention that was supposed to grow hair, but he ended up making people become younger. In episode 19, his invention actually worked, and he created the Tocolotion-10 cream that lets hair grow.

All in all, I like how the series is outlined; its light, humorous, yet filled with loads of life lessons.

Taka: For story development, we haven't seen any drastic changes to the current cast of characters, so it's not much. Only a few characters change due to events such as the Kindergarten performance and the origin stories, but the story still remains the same, comedic with a few serious episodes.

Hal: The story is still developing, in my opinion. we've got a good foundation in relation to the main members, and a few of the outside characters, and in a shift from the lighthearted tone that most episodes have, these arcs are rather deep and dark in comparison. even though the other characters have their own charm, their still isn't that depth in their development yet, but so far (and also since I haven't read the manga for it) it feels like there is a lot more to come in the future involving these characters than their initial portrayals. Mokoka is a good example, with her character development, being as deep as the main trio, shows her going from a Yankee to a pop superstar. so I hope we get good character depth with Saaya as a new Sket Dan member!

Of course, no production is 100% perfect, and Sket Dance isn't any exception. tell us about some of the shortcomings that you believe the show has, and what it could do to address them.

Fan Service felt out of place
Fan Service felt out of place

Taka: I think the fan service aspect is pretty useless, and I don't mind fan service, but Sket Dance does not really need them to boost its ratings. Not every character and their special story is awesome. One character I disliked overall for their episode is Yamanobe. I just find the episodes too dragged out except for the video game references in the New Year Special. They got me there.

Kuro: It's hard to pinpoint shortcomings for Sket Dance (I guess I'm biased since I really love the series). I know for one thing that I don't like seeing in Sket Dance is fan service. I don't know why, but I feel it doesn't suit the anime. I think the little fan service moments that do come up from time to time ruins the innocent air to the series.

Hal: Ok guys, we are starting to wrap things up. the last question of the night is, what do you think Sket Dance's best approach should be now for year 2?

Kuro: I think Sket Dance should keep doing what it does! The only thing I'd suggest for year 2 is to slowly add in a few more linear story-lines and to add more development to the side cast. Other than those two pointers, I'd say Sket Dance is perfect the way it is!

Taka: More minor characters appearing especially Roman, Reiko, Chiaki, and Shinzo. For the newer episodes, I want to see them centering more on certain pairs like Bossun and Himeko, Switch and Reiko, and Momoka and Himeko.

Hal: Well for the most part, you've said what I wanted to for character appearances. I'm not sure that the producers want to go down the shipping lanes as of yet, but we'll see. Well guys, we've reached the end of the show here, care to say any last words before we head out?

Kuro: Thanks Hal for holding this roundtable! I'd also like to thank all of the wiki editors and Team W.I.K.I. Nation. that work on the Sket Dance wiki pages. Finally, I'd like to urge you all to start watching (for the new Sket Dance fans) and continue watching (for the current Sket Dance fans) the Sket Dance anime! You have my word that you'll never get sick of it!

That's all from me folks!

Taka: Please try out Sket Dance! If you love comedy and slice life types of anime, then you'll dig the marvelous misadventures of three high school students whose mission to help out their fellow students with problems stemming from bullying to quests for love.

Hal: You've heard it that this trio advise you to check out the other trio, the Sket Dan trio. this is your host Hal, signing out.

SKETO-DAN! *Fistpump*

In the memory of Team W.I.K.I. Nation, please visit the thread to find out about my teammates on the Sket Dance Wiki project.

About the Authors

KuronekoXIII is an interdisciplinary science student, with a passion for story writing and character design. Follow him@KuroNekoXIII
HalberdierV2 is a student, video game and manga specialist, voice actor, sports enthusiast, and Christian. Yeah, that's about me. Follow him

@HalberdierV2

Takashichea is an Asian American Studies student who is a big wiki and anime nerd. He's an Anime Vice mod and Sket Dance Wikia Admin. Follow him @Takashichea
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Welcome everyone! This blog is designed to supplement Foxx's Community Spotlight articles, adding more breadth and showcasing more of user content and major trends in our community on a monthly basis. I was debating whether to make it weekly. Given my current responsibilities (school, family, wiki, and mod duty), I don't think I can keep up.

I do make wiki/review reports to Foxx on a weekly basis, making sure our reviewers and wiki editors get spotlighted. Seeing Acura Max and Zombie Pie's community spotlight articles, I thought it would great to incorporate more content. This will help the community spotlights.

Recent Spotlights

Battle

Battle Themes 2014
Battle Themes 2014

Despite we had battle themes set up by our best battle users (Battlation of the Month), it's natural that we had some major trends that rock our forum, characters who become extremely popular with new feats revealed. Like What's Out of the Bag noted, the battle community hypes these characters by making lots of battle threads. I remembered Lil SMXLR8 was confused as I was during Might Guy March madness. This month, Gremmy is stealing the spotlight for this month's battle theme. We had a good Hitman Reborn theme going thanks to few users: Haiken, Low, General Van.

If you notice January is blank, it's because I can't remember what major character was popular in the battle threads during that period. Let me know if you remember. This is what stress does to me. Makes me forgetful.

Wiki

Rising Rookies

  • Taichokage - Being one of the veteran battle user, he helps out with the Toriko and Seven Deadly Sin project. His newest projects are Magi and D. Gray-Man starting with Hakuryuu and Allen Walker.
  • Demonic13 - One of the new wiki editors I help moderate his submissions. It started out with a few hentai series, mainly images. Demonic13 has taken up writing up articles. Check out his wiki pages.
  • Gyn - Another new wiki editor I help moderate. It started out images, Viola and One Piece. He's very organized with his images, and he helps upload great, Hi RES images. After doing One Piece and Hellsing, he's uploading images for Bayonetta: Bloody Fate. The site has been glitching heavily especially with images. Gyn keeps on working hard and uploading the images despite the glitches in our site.
  • ForgottenOne - He joined the Toriko project and help developed the character and concept pages. His best Toriko page was the Full Course Menu. Now, he's working on Medaka Box and lending a hand in the Seven Deadly Sins project.

I feel bad that our new wiki editors are confronting these 3 to 4 week old image uploading glitches.

Lists

Friends, rivals, brothers or comrades that something happened to them that made them become enemies, started to hate each other, one or the two of them want to kill the other or became on different sides.

For more lists, check out Daniel's List Redist ~ Share & Build Lists with the Community!

Discussion Threads

The hottest discussion threads we have for Spring 2014 are...

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Discussion

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I had every intention of waiting for this particular flashback to end before taking steps to review its intricacies, mostly because a number of the earlier chapters were so uneventful.

However this is starting to feel less like a basic flashback and more like a mini arc of its own, which isn’t a bad thing, granting us the opportunity to understand and follow the progress of this character formally presumed to be the god of the Magi world.

And besides, the past few chapters have been quite action packed, going about laying open all the secrets of the Magi world, so many little details that we (or at least I) paid little heed to but which are suddenly proving to be quite important to the structure of the Magi universe.

THE CHAPTERS:

Young Solomon attempts to break away from the evils of his Father David, in his attempts to unite the world under the teachings of Illah, resisting the campaigns of the orthodox authorities with the assistance of a select few helpers, magicians in their own right, whose names later take on greater significance as the various DJinn of the current Magi world.

MY THOUGHTS:

I have to say that Shinobu Ohtaka’s art has faltered somewhat in some of these recent chapters, especially during battle scenes, where some panels came off as somewhat messy, making very little sense in others. And while I have come up against these faults before in Magi, they have never affected my enjoyment of the series as they did with this flash back.

A flash back that is actually so much more fleshed out than I thought it would be; if these past few chapters have achieved one thing, it has been to allow us a true glimpse into life as it was before the great catastrophe of Alma Toran, presenting the various Djinn as they were before acquiring their current status.

Does this really change events on the ground though? I would say, yes. After all we see what humanity was like before acquiring magic, that they were little more than insects to be hunted by the monsters that roamed Alma Toran, that they were granted power by Illah because they more than anyone else knew what it felt like to be weak and would know best how to temper their greed; that these same humans went about doing to other species what was done to them.

Looking back on those events, the current stand off fares no different; you have two rulers in Kouen and Sinbad, one seemingly righteous and another evil, but both wanting the best for their world and both doing whatever it takes to achieve peace, even bringing about great war.

Aladdin stands in the place of Solomon, a true seeker of peace, one that will see the races united on an equal playing field, with no interest in ruling, but only looking for the best in his comrades and enemies; well, maybe comparing Aladdin to Solomon is a bit of a stretch, because Aladdin is indeed much more innocent and pure than his comrades.

Yet only because he doesn’t have the power that Sinbad has; which Solomon also possessed, so greatly endowed with skill and magic that many around him where ready to worship him; just like Sinbad who dazzles everyone he meets. And while Solomon saw his own short comings and gathered people around him to keep him in check, Sinbad seems to have lost his way a long time ago.

So maybe Sinbad is truly Solomon’s incarnation; because we know things went wrong in Solomon’s utopia; he too must have fallen. And why wouldn’t Aladdin then reveal these events to the most powerful persons in the world, if he can see them slowly starting to repeat the mistakes of Alma Toran.

+The primary goal of this flashback seems to be to flesh out the grand characters of the current magi world, and it is doing a hell of a job, laying out the secrets of the world’s creation, the various beasts that inhabited the planet before humans, the source of the DJinn equip theory, the mechanisms behind Magoi and rukh control, even providing a glimpse at the early life of what must only be Gyokuen.

I mean, we all agree that Sheba is Gyokuen, right? Who else could she be? And why place so much focus around her if she is not growing up to be the great evil of the Alma Toran world? We saw just how nasty she was as a child. That genocidal hate doesn’t go away after just a few years and even Solomon commented on seeing that rage hiding about behind her eyes.

Will she be the one to bring Solomon to his knees? Or does his downfall connect somewhat to the works of his father, David, in bringing about the death of their god, who we can guess will become the source of black rukh and that ‘father’ thing we witnessed in the previous arc.

So many questions littered among so many answers being provided in these chapters. Following the conclusion of Aladdin’s little show and tell, I cannot wait to witness the reaction among his guests, Kouen and Sinbad most of all.

IS this really the beginning of war? Will Alibaba really betray Sinbad? Because for all his deviousness, we know Sinbad stands as the more righteous of the two. Is Yunan a descendant of the mother dragons? And how about the Fanalis and their connection to the red lions, one of the two earliest inhabitants of Alma Toran?

Note: Has anyone read chapter 222.5 of Magi? Because I think Hiro Mashima needs to have a read of what is essentially a five page chapter special, which somehow manages to drastically progress the Magi story .

Hiro, this is how you do a manga special, one that takes an already complex story and further entangles it, allowing David’s time line to intertwine with the current world, giving us a glimpse at the master plan of his intentions, an inkling of the insight he possessed in foretelling the events of the current Magi world and taking steps to manipulate events to his own end.

Five pages; and all Hiro presents us in his 20 something page specials are stories about missing cats and the like. Really, Hiro?

RATING: 6/10, The Alma Toran Arc has been all but flawless, introducing a wealth of well developed and highly entertaining characters; and if not for the sometimes wonky art, these chapters would have had a higher rating.

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