In his travels, Huntsman has collected many things. Avatars of other gods, cultists, supernatural beasts, all collect magical artifacts quite frequently. Then Huntsman goes out and tears them in half, ending up with their toys. He prefers not to carry them around, but he occasionally breaks out the big guns for more powerful opponents, including avatars.
Anti-magic pendant- Prevents any magic from being used within a fourty foot radius. This is the only artifact that Huntsman normally carries with himself. It doesn't, however, affect preprepared magic like potions or other magic artifacts. It was collected from a cult leader in London, who thought it would protect him from Huntsman. It didn't.
Magic tarot deck- Very carefully kept in the deepest portions of the hoard, collected from an avatar in the Australian outback who accidentally killed himself with them. When two cards are looked at, the cards cause the effects you would normally predict from reading them. Huntsman keeps this hidden away for good reason. God forbid somebody draw the tower and world cards...
The Hellhorn- A bronze horn ripped from the skull of a steampunk demon summoned by a cult. The noise it makes when blown corrupts and twists the minds of those who hear it, making them sadistic, superhumanly strong, and somewhat stupid. The blower becomes more and more deadly and demonic over time. This was the case with the cult leader it was taken from in Cairo.
Labyrinth in a bottle- A bottle that, when opened, rearranges its surroundings into a massive, surreal maze, with mist obscuring every corner and horrid abominations clinging to its walls. It was first used in the South Pacific by the avatar who made it, and Huntsman only escaped when he found out closing the bottle undoes its effects.
Box of joy- It holds joy. Joy it took from people, leaving them hopeless and depressed. It was taken from a woman in Illinois who was addicted to the joy she stole from others.
Next- Huntsman's arsenal: The things he takes with him when he expects trouble.
1. Black Butler- i won’t lie, season 2 of this show is utter crap….okay maybe not crap, but it is proving to be quite a disappointment, more confusing than enlightening, doing little more than rehashing the structure of the first season. Here i was excited about how the series would continue after the somewhat tragic death of its lead character
RATING: 1/5, with everything i have seen in the 7 episodes i have watched, this series’ first season was its peak. It should have quite their and then. And how the heck is everyone that died in the last season suddenly back to the life?
2. Arata Kangatari- A waste of an anime as far as i am concerned, which is surprising considering how interesting the concept initially seemed, following the story of Arata, a miserable high school kid that takes the place of his double in a parallel universe. Unfortunately for him, despite taking the role of a sho, one empowered to access the power of a god sealed within an ancient weapon, the world that this modern day Arata enters is one of hostility, the Shinsho, the 13 disciples of some powerful princess, having murdered their master and pinned it on the original
Arata hours before he fled into modern day Japan.
More a story of survival than anything, Arata having to contend with the title of most hated man in a world he doesn’t know, hunted by all that live, Kangatari is a wildly disappointing series, its lead character ridiculously annoying and constantly whining, the support cast largely unoriginal, and some of the dullest fights i have seen all year.
This one mean looking Shinsho named Arachi does stand out a bit, but only in his role as a rampaging Shinsho, proving to be considerably nonsensical in his determination to seek revenge, one of those ‘i hate myself so much i must blame everyone else for my problems’ characters that anime has been prone to creating this year.
RATING: 0/5, not worth watching; this show literally has no saving elements. I was done with it once Kadokawi entered the mix, and i should have quit their and then because the finale was atrocious.
3. Asura Cryin- i have no idea why i am still watching this anime. Actually i am not, not any more, which is somewhat odd since i decided to quit at episode 8, the exact time when the Asura cryin was finally introduced, the purpose for which this show was named; it is because of how dull this how has proven, its characters too whiny for my taste, that i didn’t bother sticking around long enough to figure out what’s so special about the mech.
RATING: 1/5, again this show has some irritatingly whiny characters, especially the lead and his female ghost of a stalker, really all the females in this show irritate me, all of them so cliché it’s like i am watching every single anime i have ever come across all rolled into one.
4. Blazeblue- wow, i have no idea why so much of this year’s anime has proven to be such a disappointment. Here is where i should spend a few lines giving a brief description this show, specifically what it’s about; except i can’t. Seven episodes in i have absolutely no idea what the hell i am even watching. You have some guy with a giant sword running around, fighting anyone and everyone, almost always losing before a powerful rabbit eared lady appears to transport him to a handy doctor.
You then have all these other ambiguous characters with increasingly ambiguous powers and weapons, constantly spouting a whole load of nonsense about the past, present and future, ALWAYS MAKING ABSOLUTELY NOT EFFORT TO EXPLAIN ANY OF IT. Seriously, seven episodes in, i have absolutely no idea what the hell is going on.
RATING: –2/5, yes this anime is that infuriating, its characters all that pointless. And how is it that the main character Ragna is so feared, yet he always gets his ass kicked.
5. Senyuu- Unbelievable, this five minute episode anime is the only descent thing i have watched all week. Basically a demon lord defeated ages ago emerges to unleash his demon horde against humanity. The hero that defeated him centuries back is now dead, so it falls to his descendant to rise up and stop the demon lord. Only there are about 10,000 individuals in possession of the blood of this great hero.
All 10,000 are unleashed upon the world, with the tag hero, to fight against the Demon lord and prove themselves the one and true savior. Surely one of them is bound to succeed.
Yes, this is a comedy and a descent one, despite being so short.
HIGHLIGHTS: I am not particularly a fun of shoujo; which is why i surprised myself when i turned to Shinrei Tantei Yakumo for entertainment, an anime i dropped after two episodes a long while back; that is how bad the anime i watched this week has been.
Finally, some sanity. If there is one thing that can be said about manga, its that there is always something explosive to read somewhere, and you don’t even have to look that hard.
1.Claymore- CLAYMORE IS AWESOME, and i don’t know if i have said that enough times. I only wish it would make the leap from monthly to weekly; the story would benefit greatly. I am always surprised by how much the series gets done in each chapter. The ten chapters i read this week continued the struggle between Priscilla, the ghosts and the ancient male awakened beings, these battles growing increasingly erratic with each flipped page.
And Priscilla…wow, this character is nothing short of a monster, specifically with the revelation about her true power. I always wondered how Priscilla could take so much damage, so much of her body literally torn away until only mere scraps remained, only for her to emerge stronger and victorious. These chapters finally explained it, that Priscilla didn’t regenerate as other Abyssal ones did. Rather she could create matter, and basically recreated her body each time it was destroyed, which makes that last scene, with all the ghosts, remnants of the last generation, gathered to fight her, all the more perilous.
Saying that the next chapters are going to be epic is nothing short of an understatement. We have received so much from Claymore this year, watching as awakened beings, claymores and Abyssal ones, young and old, rose and fell in quick succession. Even the destroyer finally fell this year. Now only Priscilla still stands; and with the results of this battle it seems we will finally wrap this arc up, that started with Miria storming the organization. Soon we should be heading off the island. And i for one cannot wait to see the dragons.
RATING: 5/5, nothing short of brilliant. And Clarice; i appreciated the way her death was handled; always known for her status as a failed experiment, never truly merging with her yoma, the new number 47 finally found purpose, going down protecting Rabona and bringing Miata back to Sanity. It was sad, the crude nature of her death; she literally blew away, like dust. It’s been a while since we saw Clare as infuriated as she was when she arrived on the scene as Priscilla struck Raki down.
2. Ubel Blatt- Wow, that is all i can say with this manga; just wow. That is how good it has become and as i approach the finishing line, i dread reaching chapter 117, because something tells me Ubel Blatt is monthly, probably longer, and it might be a while before i come across another chapter. Not since Vinland saga have i come across a manga as thrilling as this, yet displaying such a dark and brutal tone; Ubel blatt is a riot to read, the crazy nature of its battles, its surprisingly good art (gets better with time) its absolutely warped villains and heroes.
Watching Koinzel marching down the warpath, determined to achieve his revenge despite the knowledge that it would plunge the world into darkness, the way the war of heroes has turned once great warriors into conniving villains, all the for sake of a throne allows Ubel Blatt to shine in a way few others series do. I don’t know when i stopped reading this manga for the sake of passing the time; probably when Elseria was walking through the streets of the city, trying to find hope in the possibility that her soldier’s might pull off a miracle and beat back the reinforcements of Balestar’s invading forces hours after doing the impossible and defeating the first wave; then Balestar’s new ship descended from the heavens, armed with a weapon so powerful it was laying the city to waste.
Then mere moments later the clouds parted to reveal a battalion of soldiers riding dragons, approaching the city, hell bent on wiping it off the face of the map for what the mad Balestar saw as insubordination. And all Elseria and her soldiers could do was look at the sky as there doom approached. Even Koinzel seemed somewhat outmatched.
RATING: 5/5, anyone reading this manga cannot tell they saw that big revelation at the end of Balestar’s invasion coming, because i didn’t. Also Ato was just a badass during the invasion, no longer the little runt we met several chapters back following Koinzell like a lost puppy ( i really don’t like that name, Koinzell).
3. The God of High school- I finally got back into reading this manhwa, which proved to be quite interesting following the chaos of the last arc and Jin Mori’s activation as the monkey king. This week i caught up on Jin’s story, Jin mori’s grandfather, his initial encounter with his grandson and the grand battles his team fought in the north.
I don’t know how comfortable i am with the revelation about Jin mori’s identity; it kind of makes all the coming battles a little uninteresting. We are basically dealing with a god, there is no chance of him losing; and it makes things a little bit unfair for his support cast. I like stories that allow all characters involved to undergo equal growth, or at least as equal as can be; not dragon ball Z type situations where Goku keeps climbing to the stars while the likes of Krillin vegetate in the background.
RATING: 4/5, i learned what we have all always known,that Jin Tae is an awesome monster of a Taekwondo master. And now we know he cut his own arm off.
4 Tower of God- Another manhwa i had taken a break from, but which i managed to slip back into with little hassle, the story continuing to progress along the tournament theme, Viole struggling to balance keeping the Fug happy while trying to keep his friends safe from his new friends’ rather manic manner of doing things, all the while still trying to hide the fact that he is indeed alive.
While i like Tower of God it can get a bit convoluted, specifically the structure of its tournaments, and the rather strange rules that govern them.
RATING: 4/5, i really cannot wait for Viole/Baam and Rachel to meet. Someone needs to bury that girl.
5. Noblesse- Little happened in Noblesse this week, though that didn’t make it any less entertaining. Frankenstein and Elder 9 are going at it. And the werewolves have entered the action. Frankenstein has a way of making every scene he appears in that much more interesting to follow.
6. Magi: The Labyrinth of magic- it took a while but we are finally in Balbadd, and i for one cannot wait for Kouen to enter the picture. I am curious to learn of the Kou emperor’s intentions. I say Kou emperor but it is his mother who’s in charge last time i checked; we are yet to find out what happened in the empire after father was defeated. Did the queen mother, also a magi from Solomon’s era retreat with Al Tharmen, or is she still lurking around, using the empire and its power to meet the needs of her master.
Whatever she is up to, i suspect hakuryuu will be striking soon, and with a vengeance, seeing as he now has possession of all the dark rukh unleashed during the battle.
7.Beelzebub- I initially thought we had come to the end of this arc, Oga finally finding Iris, Beel’s mom explaining the cause of her actions against the underworld, the spat she had with her husband, the actions the demon king took in response to his wife’s departure-sending their son to destroy the world- and Iris’ actions in using the Solomon Company to prevent her husband’s intentions.
Thinking about it though, just because the reaper was defeated doesn’t mean the company will let Iris go; only she can control the deadly sins, which makes her vital to their plans. The question is where Oga is going to go next, having given Beel back to Iris in those heartwarming last few pages. A delinquent without a demon is just a thug these days in Ishiyama, which counts him out of the upcoming chaos, the battles for the fate of the underworld.
RATING: 4/5, decent chapter; i loved seeing baby Beel’s rage when his mother was struck down. When are we going to explore the Fuji storyline? They have spent too much time talking about him. I want to see him now.
I am still considerably skeptical about fairy tail, so much so that i cannot bring myself to fall into the trap of getting excited about this week’s set up chapter. Maybe it is too early to despair though; i mean Erza rarely disappoints, and with MiraJane in the mix, Hiro is going to have to try really hard to disappoint me.
HIGHLIGHTS: All of you Raki haters cannot tell me you didn’t stand up to cheer when this runt actually stood his ground against Priscilla, a monster than many an awakened being had fled from. And Clare’s expression upon arriving was priceless. If Raki dies Clare is done for, because i don’t think anyone will stop her from awakening and losing herself in her lust for revenge.
That Ubel Blatt revelation about Glen shocked me; i can’t even begin to figure out how he pulled that off. Then again from what we have seen so far, he is the only level headed hero left around. The battle between Koinzel and his unknowing successor was awesome, especially when the young lad finally successfully unleashed the black wing against Koinzell, who couldn’t help but be proud, like he was fulfilling his promise to an old friend. The tale about the lances of betrayal has to be the saddest thing i have read in manga this year.
Anyway my week in manga was pretty exciting, not so much with regards to anime. What was yours like?
Itsudatte, My Santa! was a two-episode romantic comedy OVA series animated by TNK and released to video on December 7, 2005 in Japan. The series is based on the 1998 manga series created by Love Hina and Negima creator Ken Akamatsu. The series was licensed and released twice in America by Funimation. Funi's release was notable in that when first released in December 2007, Funi later ordered a recall of the series when they accidentally made a printing error with My Santa's TV rating being TV-PG. They released the series the following November, this time with a TV-MA rating for its packaging. Both releases of the series are now out of print.
A young man named Santa is known to hate Christmas because of being born on Christmas Eve and was never known to celebrate festive occasions as a child because of neglect from his parents. A cute girl named Mai appears before him on the streets on Christmas Eve night, claiming to be the real Santa Claus and wishing to make Santa happy for the holidays.
My Santa is a rarity for an anime in that it is themed around the Christmas holiday. However, the holiday theme doesn't save this short OVA series in being a cliched, poorly written and rushed mess.
The characters of the series are walking paper-thin archetypes that have little in the way of personality and depth, with any back story they have also lacking focus as they are only backdrops to set up the show's romantic antics with Santa and Mai. Even the romance to this is uninspired as the series rushes through developments in the relationship between Santa and Mai, lacking any kind of buildup or believability to have you think their love is anything besides superficial.
The comedy to the series is also uninspired, having the bad habit of rushing through gag after gag that lack much reason to even happen and the moments falling flat in getting a reaction out of yours truly due to feeling forced in their delivery. Plus if you are an Akamatsu fan, this series does have fan service and some ecchi content that pop up on occasion with innuendo gags and some nude shots of female characters. However due to the bad comedic delivery and subpar visuals of this series, the occasional sexual humor fails to deliver and the female characters aren't as appealing on the eyes compared to Akamatsu's work on the designs of his cute and attractive gals for Love Hina and Negima.
Now i know some would say the drones from a sub we have seen that before.. but not like this. They launched a air drone from a sub.An its design reminded me of some Robotech missle like drones that had a folding wing just like those. Heck the mother drone submarine their talking about puts one in mind of Blue Submarine No. 6 an Arpeggio of Blue Steel .
So yes let me be the 1st one to welcome our drone robotic submarine overlords.Futures getn here way to fast.
Calling all Evangelion fans. tell all your friends and family to bring EVANGELION: 3.0 YOU CAN (NOT) REDO to Baltimore metro area. that's all.
Welcome to another Quick Picks article! For those who are new, I post new anime and manga releases that come out every Tuesday. I don't have much time to do a full on manga table. I just copy and paste ANN's manga releases. Please enjoy.
|Girls und Panzer - Complete OVA Series (DVD and Blu-Ray)||Sentai Filmworks||BD: $39.98|
|Girls Und Panzer - Complete TV Series (DVD and Blu-Ray)||Sentai Filmworks||BD: $69.98|
|Pokémon - Limited Edition Collector's Set (Dub.DVD/R1)||Miramax||$9.99|
|Magical Play - Complete Collection (DVD/R1)||Sentai Filmworks||$29.98|
|One Piece - Season 5 Part 4 (DVD/R1)||FUNimation||$39.98|
|Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened (Dub.DVD/R1)||Viz Media||$19.97|
|Zatch Bell - The Complete Seasons 1&2 (Dub.DVD/R1)||New Video Group||$99.95|
|A Devil and Her Love Song (GN 12 of 13)||VIZ||$9.99|
|Alice Love Fables: Toy Box (GN)||SSE||$13.99|
|Berserk (GN 37)||DH||$14.99|
|Dance in the Vampire Bund: The Memories of Sledgehammer (GN 1)||SSE||$13.99|
|Demon Love Spell (GN 5)||VIZ||$9.99|
|Dengeki Daisy (GN 13)||VIZ||$9.99|
|Dragon Ball [3-in-1 Edition] (GN 3)||VIZ||$14.99|
|Fairy Tail (GN 33)||kodansha com||$10.99|
|Happy Marriage!? (GN 3 of 10)||VIZ||$9.99|
|Hunter X Hunter (GN 31)||VIZ||$9.99|
|Kanokon [Omnibus] (GN 5-6)||SSE||$18.99|
|Knights of Sidonia (GN 6)||VTL||$12.95|
|Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan (GN 18)||VIZ||$9.99|
|Oh My Goddess! (GN 45)||DH||$12.99|
|One Piece (GN 69)||VIZ||$9.99|
|Pokémon: Black and White (GN 13)||VIZ||$4.99|
|Skip Beat! (GN 32)||VIZ||$9.99|
|Slam Dunk (GN 31)||VIZ||$9.99|
|The Sacred Blacksmith (GN 3)||SSE||$13.99|
|Toriko (GN 19)||VIZ||$9.99|
|Voice Over! Seiyu Academy (GN 2 of 12)||VIZ||$9.99|
Welcome everyone, I'm Taka, your wiki mod. I was a historian for a club at my school, and my book keeping habits influenced my role in the Anime Vice community. Before I became mod in September 2013, I had done a lot of documenting for the wiki community because I love wiki editing so much. During these past two months, my recent experiences helping Sonata with the Battle Forums, I got attached to this community, too. Yesterday, I proposed a crazy idea that was overly ambitious. After some doing some thinking at my workplace, I realized I confused my idea for something I had done before, an archive. A project that records the annual efforts and achievements of our community.
If you are curious about the achievements of the wiki editors, please see the related threads at the bottom of the project page.
I'm going to divide this project into 12 months. I won't be able to complete in one sitting. I estimate a month to complete it.
Type is referring what kind of thread is it.
Please be aware that post counts are not accurate for active battle threads. I can't update post counts until a thread has been locked. Right now, I recording posts counts once just to fill out the table. I won't go back and update until a thread is lock.
|03/30||xlab3000||Yugi vs Jaden vs Yusei vs Yuma||86||N||R|
|05/04||Ikki_Minami_||Four Heavenly Kings Vs Hulk||32||N||T|
|05/05||nishi99||Barragan Vs Blackbeard||16||N||S|
|07/16||Masterofdeath||Ultimate Gundam Battle Royale||52||N||R|
|07/25||Sylvain||Pixie Versus Suzumebachi (Blog post)||20||N||S|
|06/19||SMXLR8||The Abyssal Ones (1st) VS The 3 Admirals||38||N||T|
|08/03||LordCraven||Shadows vs Hollows vs Akuma||33||N||R|
|08/30||SMXLR8||Shounen - Jump Alliance VS Manga Warriors||118||N||T|
|09/10||GoldenStar66||BM Naruto vs Whitebeard||40||N||S|
|0915||othus12||toshiro hitsugaya vs natsu||27||Y||S|
|09/20||Grinpatch||Sanji,Zoro,Luffy vs Gourmed Pyramid Nitro||T|
|09/23||KingofAsh||Z vs Q||31||N||S|
|10/17||alternative_backup||Heinrich Lunge (Monster) vs. Light Yagami (Death Note)||31||N||S|
|11/01||WorldEater||Naruto and Sasuke vs Akainu and Aokiji||T|
|11/03||SavageBeast||Nappa vs 4 Beast||25||Y||T|
|11/03||xlab3000||Greek Gods vs Anime Team||54||N||T|
|11/05||Carter_esque||Gotei 13 Captains vs. Three Admirals||153||Y|
|11/08||ImDictatorBowDown||Ichiryuu vs Jio Freed||14||N||S|
|11/08||axavierhansz||Goku vs Monkey King||28||Y||S|
|11/08||Carter_esque||Dr. Solar (Valiant) vs. Lambadelta||9||N|
|11/09||Carter_esque||Afro vs. King Bradley a.k.a. "Wrath" (FMA Brotherhood) - 2 Rounds||36||N|
|11/09||Carter_esque||Yusuke Urameshi (EoS) vs. Goku (Namek Saga)||38||N|
|11/09||Ikki_Minami_||Hashirama Senju, Madara Uchiha Vs Donquixote Doflamingo, Kuma||32||N||T|
|11/09||Kobra678||Kambei vs Afro||10||N|
|11/10||ImDictatorBowDown||Chad vs Gaou||9||N|
|11/10||IndridCold||Saiyans vs Corefire||26||N|
|11/10||luthluth||Bills & Kid buu vs Zeus||54|
|11/10||NarutardKiller||Bills vs Pegasus Seiya||25||Y|
|11/10||Carter_esque||Lyra VS Konoha Kunoichi Team||13||N|
|11/10||luthluth||Strawhat Alliance & Aokiji vs Don, Kizaru and Fujitora||8|
|11/10||Stezzy||Juubito vs Mewtwo||33||N|
|11/10||xlab3000||Juubito vs Team|
|11/11||alternative_backup||Johan Liebert (Monster) vs. L (Death Note) in a chess game!||10|
|11/11||alternative_backup||L (Death Note) vs. The Riddler (DC)||3||N|
|11/11||DarkScarecrow||Bills Vs Kid Buu||28||Y|
|11/11||Ikki_Minami_||3rd Raikage Vs Minato Namikaze||7||N|
|11/11||LHWKnight||Obito who has just gained control of the Juubi vs Aizen||23||N|
|11/11||LHWKnight||Sesshomaru vs Mayuri||26||Y|
|11/11||luthluth||Whitebeard vs Knuckles||16||N|
|11/11||nishi99||Barragan Vs Father||18||Y|
|11/11||Platinum_94||Monkey D Garp + Kizaru Vs DCUA Superman + DCUA wonder woman||7||N|
|11/12||Carter_esque||Tenchi Masaki vs. Thanos (w/ The Heart of the Universe)||23||Y|
|11/12||Carter_esque||Kenpachi Zaraki vs. Kratos: The Battle of the Bad-Asses||52||N||S|
|11/12||ImmortalWatchDog||Naraku Vs sanji pts||8||Y|
|11/12||ImmortalWatchDog||Naraku Vs TS LUFFY||15||Y|
|11/12||LHWKnight||Tobirama Senju vs Hei||11||N|
|11/12||SavageBeast||Shinobu Sensui vs Juubito||5||N|
|11/12||SMXLR8||Anime Avengers VS Guardians of the Galaxy||42||N||T|
|11/12||Stezzy||Goku vs Ms Marvel||3||Y|
|11/12||Stezzy||Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann vs Galactus||2||Y|
|11/12||Stezzy||Erza Scarlet vs Hidan||37||N||S|
|11/13||AlphaQIndyAs||Mayuri Kurotsuchi vs Caesar Clown|
|11/13||Carter_esque||Vegito vs. Thanoseid (Amalgam)||36||Y|
|11/13||Carter_esque||Afro vs. Tomi Shishido a.k.a. "Gorgon" (Marvel)||1||N|
|11/13||Carter_esque||Ginyu Force vs. Admirals||34||Y|
|11/13||Galenbeta||Hollow Ichigo vs. Starrk|
|11/13||IndridCold||Samus vs Juubito||16||N||S|
|11/13||Platinum_94||Fusion Rage runs a Gauntlet|
|11/13||Scuber||Caesar Clown VS Toriko||6||Y|
|11/13||Stezzy||STTGL vs Dormammu||20||N||S|
|11/13||Stezzy||Natsu vs Kagura||2||Y|
|11/13||Stezzy||Jenny the robot vs Megatron||4||N||S|
|11/13||Stezzy||Cloud vs Inuyasha||38||N||S|
|11/13||supernova7005||Current Naruto vs Dangai Ichigo vs Current Luffy||47||N||T|
|11/13||WorldEater||Roronoa Zoro vs Toshiro Hitsugaya||16||N||S|
|11/14||Carter_esque||Pegasus Seiya vs. Thought Robot a.k.a. "Cosmic Armor Superman"||4||Y|
|11/14||Ikki_Minami_||Current Sajin Komamura Vs Madara Uchiha||22||N||S|
|11/14||LHWKnight||Ayumu Aikawa vs Shizuo Heiwajima||1||N|
|11/14||LHWKnight||Kusanagi Godou vs Shiro Emiya||3||Y|
|11/14||LHWKnight||Kusanagi Godou vs Archer (Shiro Emiya)||2||Y|
|11/14||LHWKnight||Kusanagi Godou vs Gilgamesh||13||Y|
|11/14||luthluth||Monkey D Luffy vs Durins bane, Gothmog ( Balrogs ) & Smaug|
|11/14||NarutardKiller||Sun Wukong vs Gold Saint Seiya||2||N|
|11/14||OfficialRikudouSennin||Madara Uchiha Vs Sesshomaru||8||N||S|
|11/14||Platinum_94||SSj4 Gogeta Blink vs SSj4 Goku 10x Kamehameha||10||Y|
|11/14||Stezzy||Ssj4 Goku vs Kirby||25||Y|
|11/14||SMXLR8||Nami VS Usopp||13||N||S|
|11/14||xlab3000||Blackbeard vs Barragan||15||Y||S|
|11/15||alternative_backup||Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann vs. The Galactus Engine||3||N|
|11/15||blackdemon||Marvel's Scorpion Runs The Gauntlet!||1||N||G|
|11/15||blackdemon||Magneto Runs The Gauntlet!||3||N||G|
|11/15||blackdemon||Garurumon(Digimon Adventure)VS Venom(Marvel Comics)||1||N||S|
|11/15||IndridCold||The Dragon (Revelation) vs Dark Schneider||7||N||S|
|11/15||IndridCold||Ultimate Ben vs King Piccolo||18||N||S|
|11/15||LHWKnight||Akuto Sai vs Mao Satan vs Devil Jin vs Abel Night Road vs Kazuya||2||N|
|11/15||LHWKnight||Casshern (Casshern sins) vs Alucard (First Anime) & Alucard Manga||19||N||T|
|11/15||LHWKnight||Erza vs Konan||15||Y||S|
|11/15||LHWKnight||Pain and the six paths vs Team Natsu||30||Y||T|
|11/15||LHWKnight||Naruto vs Gildarts||9||N||S|
|11/15||LHWKnight||Giglamesh vs Alucard||6||N||S|
|11/15||OfficialRikudouSennin||James Heller Vs Hulk||2||Y||S|
|11/15||OfficialRikudouSennin||James Heller Vs Alex Mercer||2||Y||S|
|11/15||shinjihirako123||percer vs kenpachi||24||N||S|
|11/15||WorldEater||Jinbei vs Ivankov||5||N||S|
|11/16||alternative_backup||Bernkastel (Umineko no Naku Koro ni) vs. Mister Mxyzptlk (DC)||20||Y||S|
|11/16||alternative_backup||Iron Fist (Marvel) vs. Mercenary Tao (Dragon Ball)||36||N||S|
|11/16||blackdemon||WereGarurumon VS Wendigo||3||N||S|
|11/16||blackdemon||Tiger Of The Wind and his pack VS Marvel animal villains||1||N||S|
|11/16||Carter_esque||Recoome vs. World Breaker Hulk||23||N|
|11/16||Carter_esque||Kami Tenchi vs. Pre-Retcon Beyonder||9||Y||S|
|11/16||cosmicdude||Superman runs the gauntlet||29||N||G|
|11/16||Dream||Yamamoto vs Human Torch||107||Y||S|
|11/16||OfficialRikudouSennin||Juubito Vs Ichigo||36||N||S|
|11/16||SaladKing||Deathstroke vs Hellboy||6||Y||S|
|11/16||SaladKing||Spyro vs Charizard||14||Y||S|
|11/16||Sylvain||Kurapika Versus Itachi (Blog post)||5||N||S|
|11/17||AnimeDefender||MewTwo vs The Six Paths of Pain||17||N||T|
|11/17||Galenbeta||Xenovia vs. Saber||3||N|
|11/17||GoldenStar66||Ichigo vs Erza||2||Y||S|
|11/17||LHWKnight||Kid Buu vs Akira||9||N|
|11/17||LHWKnight||Superman vs Kefka||4||N||S|
|11/17||LHWKnight||Beatrice vs Superman||3||Y||S|
|11/17||SaladKing||Rias Gremory vs Ghost Rider||2||N||S|
|11/17||shinjihirako123||All of the Kages Vs All of the Captains||6||Y||R|
|11/17||Supreme Marvel||Spike the Devil Man Vs Master Roshi||4||N||S|
|11/17||Takashichea||Valvrave One vs Gundam Epyon||7||N||S|
|11/17||UssjFutureTrunks||Barragan vs Luffy||2||Y||S|
|11/17||UssjFutureTrunks||Goku vs Z (Tenchi Muyo)||2||Y||S|
|11/18||Galenbeta||Xenovia vs. Naruto||21||N||S|
|11/18||nishi99||The Three Admirals Vs The Top Three Akatsuki Members||61||N||T|
|11/18||supernova7005||SSJG Goku vs CCC Gilgamesh||107||Y||S|
|11/18||SaladKing||Kakuzu and Kisame vs Natsu, Gajeel, and Wendy||21||N||T|
|11/19||SMXLR8||Borsalino VS Monica Rambeau||18||N||S|
|11/19||Braxckloff||Mario VS Sonic||64||N||S|
|11/20||AnimeDefender||Jack Atlas vs Jaden||18||N||S|
|11/20||AnimeDefender||Yuki Nagato vs Lex Luthor||9||N||S|
|11/20||KingofAsh||Beatrice vs Pennywise||9||N||S|
|11/20||SavageBeast||SM Naruto vs Kisame, Deidara, Kakuzu||20||N||T|
|11/21||Kuro_San||Seijuro Hiko Vs Afro||11||N||S|
|11/21||luthluth||Donquixote Doflamingo vs Whitebeard|
|11/21||LHWKnight||Masane Amaha & Reina Soho vs Satsuki & Ryuuko|
|11/21||OfficialRikudouSennin||Akatsuki Vs Gotei 13 Captains Vs Admirals||48||Y||R|
|11/21||OfficialRikudouSennin||Aizen Vs Enel||63||N||S|
|11/21||SMXLR8||Buggy the Star Clown VS Robin|
|11/21||Thitiki||Konoha 11 vs Luffy||76||N||T|
|11/22||cosmicdude||The doctors run the gauntlet.||4||N||G|
|11/22||cosmicdude||Team runs the gauntlet.||7||Y||G|
|11/22||cosmicdude||The specter runs the gauntlet.||2||Y||G|
|11/22||DarkScarecrow||Natsu and Gray vs Sasori||18||N||S|
|11/22||Dream||Alucard vs Jedah Dohma||13||Y||S|
|11/22||GeneralVan||Featherine vs Counter-Actor||15||Y||S|
|11/22||ImDictatorBowDown||Gurren Lagann (base) vs HST team||25||N||T|
|11/22||LHWKnight||Dio vs Naruto & Sasuke||12||N||T|
|11/22||LHWKnight||Current Naruto & Sasuke vs Current Natsu & Gray||5||Y||T|
|11/22||LHWKnight||Naruto and Sasuke runs the Fairy tail||25||Y||G|
|11/22||Ikki_Minami_||History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi Team vs Tenge Tenjou Team||18||N||T|
|11/22||SaladKing||Android 18 vs Ultron||11||N||S|
|11/22||SaladKing||Sora (KH) runs the Kirby gauntlet||1||N||G|
|11/22||SaladKing||Dangai Ichigo vs Kazuma Torisuna (S-Cry-ed)||6||N||S|
|11/22||SavageBeast||Trafalgar Law vs Sir Crocodile||20||N||S|
|11/22||SMXLR8||Nami & Usopp VS Pacifista||11||N||T|
|11/22||SMXLR8||The Justice League vs. JJBA Villains||16||N||T|
|11/22||xlab3000||Jaden Chazz and Aster vs Dartz||12||N||T|
|11/23||DarkScarecrow||Erza Scarlet vs Byakuya Kuchiki||42||N||S|
|11/23||Dream||Ichigo Kurosaki vs Younger Toguro||5||Y||S|
|11/23||Dream||Yusuke Urameshi vs Elder Toguro||17||N||S|
|11/23||luthluth||Angus vs Super perfect cell||78||N||S|
|11/23||NighThunder||Ay Vs Laxus||21||N||S|
|11/23||Stingerrain||Ryu Hayabusa vs Hiei||9||Y||S|
|11/23||UltimateHero0406||Blood Battle Royale||5||N||R|
|11/23||Vapovile||Hiei vs Akainu, Yamamoto and Human Torch||25||N||T|
|11/23||xlab3000||Nagato vs Yammy Llargo||29||N||S|
|11/24||321zigzag1||Madara vs Hades (Additional Bonus)||11||N||S|
|11/24||Ikki_Minami_||Katekyō Hitman Reborn! Team Vs Rave Master Team||25||N||T|
|11/24||Jgames||SSJ God Goku and Pre 52 Superman takes the Villain gauntlet (Senzu bean after each round)||2||Y||G|
|11/24||Jgames||SSJ God Goku and Pre 52 Superman takes Villain Gauntlet||31||N||G|
|11/24||luthluth||Roronoa Zoro vs Gin Ichimaru||59||N||S|
|11/24||nishi99||Baki Hanma Vs Shin Natsume||4||N||S|
|11/24||othus12||Sinbad vs luffy||17||N||S|
|11/24||SaladKing||Miami Heat vs Seirin High (Kuroko no Basket)||7||N||S|
|11/24||SaladKing||Wendy Marvall vs Kagura (Inuyasha)||4||N||S|
|11/24||SavageBeast||Pain vs Younger Toguro||12||N||S|
|11/24||Scuber||Regal Mamoth VS Konoha 11||7||N||S|
|11/24||SpeedForceSpider||Joseph Joestar runs the YYH Gauntlet||4||N||G|
|11/24||Stingerrain||Hotsuma (Shinobi) vs Afro Samurai||5||N||S|
|11/25||Dream||Yoko Kurama vs Younger Toguro||4||N||S|
|11/25||Galenbeta||Sajin Komamura and Kenpachi vs. Eight Tails||10||N||T|
|11/25||GeneralVan||Lain Iwakura vs Z||1||N||S|
|11/25||IndridCold||Kurama vs Coco||8||Y||S|
|11/25||IndridCold||Mithos Yggdrasil vs Dio Brando||5||N||S|
|11/25||luthluth||Chopper vs Sakura, Rock Lee and Kiba||30||N||T|
|11/25||OfficialRikudouSennin||JLU Gold Amazo Vs Ultron||3||Y||S|
|11/25||othus12||yujiro hanma vs captain america||9||N||S|
|11/25||Stingerrain||Jin Kazama vs Rock Lee||9||N||S|
|11/25||Vapovile||Ezio Auditore vs White Power Ranger||12||N||S|
|11/25||WorldEater||Emporio Ivankov vs Donquixote Doflamingo||8||N||S|
|11/26||ALMIGHTY||Sosuke Aizen vs Sajin Komamura||10||Y||S|
|11/26||ALMIGHTY||Kenpachi Zaracki vs Roronoa zoro||15||N||S|
|11/26||ALMIGHTY||Beast Boy vs Ben 10||2||Y||S|
|11/26||axavierhansz||Majin Vegeta + Sesshomaru vs fat buu||8||Y||T|
|11/26||Galenbeta||Mayuri vs. Orochimaru||5||Y||S|
|11/26||IndridCold||Mario (Manga version) vs Natsu||1||N||S|
|11/26||Kobra678||Coby runs the CP9 Gauntlet||23||N||G|
|11/26||Stingerrain||Karas runs the Shichibukai gauntlet||9||N||G|
|11/26||SMXLR8||Shichibukai VS Shichinintai||10||N||T|
|11/26||supernova7005||Treebi vs Kurama||21||N||S|
|11/27||ALMIGHTY||Juubito & Madara vs Sensui & Toguro||23||N||S|
|11/27||ALMIGHTY||Jinbei vs Kisame||3||Y||S|
|11/27||alternative_backup||Doctor Solar (Valiant) vs. ZeedMillenniummon (Digimon)||4||N||S|
|11/27||GeneralVan||Soifon and Yoruichi vs Sasori and Deidara||19||N||T|
|11/27||IndridCold||Toriko vs Kefka||11||N||S|
|11/27||Obito||Chopper vs Arlong||9||N||S|
|11/27||othus12||strawhats vs Regal mamooth||18||N||T|
|11/27||nishi99||Dark Tournament Yusuke Vs The Six Paths of Pain||8||N||T|
|11/27||SaladKing||Goku vs Laharl||9||Y||S|
|11/27||SMXLR8||Bleach team vs Comics team (post From vine)||52||N||T|
|11/27||Stingerrain||Vergo vs Younger Toguro||29||N||S|
|11/27||Galenbeta||Tailed Beast vs. DxD Dragons||11||Y||T|
|11/27||WorldEater||Kid Goku vs Hannya Panda||14||N||S|
|11/28||100Rings||Super Vegito vs. The Sun||13||Y||S|
|11/28||AnimeDefender||Ikaros vs Deidara||33||Y||S|
|11/28||Galenbeta||DxD Team runs Naruto Gauntlet||30||N||G|
|11/28||Ikki_Minami_||Souichiro Nagi Vs Furinji Hayato||9||N||S|
|11/28||luthluth||Whitebeard vs Wolverine||34||N||S|
|11/28||OfficialRikudouSennin||LSSJ Broly Vs SSJ2 Teen Gohan||17||Y||S|
|11/28||othus12||terror guma vs BoS toriko||12||N||S|
|11/28||ShinsuiDreyar||(bleach)Komamura Vs. (yu yu Hakasho) Kuwabara(read special rules)||8||N||S|
|11/28||TheNeutralOne||Senator Pak vs The six paths of pein||18||Y||T|
|11/28||Vapovile||Assassin's Creed Protagonists vs TMNT||13||N||T|
|11/29||Dream||Accelerator (ToAru) vs Berserker (Fate/ Stay Night)||11||N||S|
|11/29||nishi99||Sensui Vs Aizen and Madara||15||N||S|
|11/29||SaladKing||Issei (High School DxD) vs Kazuma (S-Cry-ed)||106||N||S|
|11/29||SaladKing||Kirito (SAO) vs Psycho Mantis (Metal Gear)||4||N||S|
|11/30||bigz007||Satsuki Kiryuin vs Kagura Mikazuchi||1||N||S|
|11/30||Dream||Mikoto Misaka (ToAru) vs Electro||5||N||S|
|11/30||GeneralVan||Yoruichi vs Shinji||18||N||S|
|11/30||Ikki_Minami_||Current Naruto, Sasuke Vs EoS Tsuna Sawada, Adult Reborn||6||N||T|
|11/30||Ikki_Minami||Saitama Vs EoS Tsuna, Adult Reborn||8||N||R|
|11/30||luthluth||Shunsui Kyoraku and Kizaru vs Akatsuki||7||N||T|
|11/30||nishi99||Sasuke Vs Nagato||15||N||S|
|11/30||SaladKing||Sting (Fairy Tail) vs Erza Scarlet||25||N||S|
|11/30||TheNeutralOne||Madara and Hashirama(no edo) vs Sang man duk and Jun jae san(GOH)||1||N||S|
|12/01||IndridCold||Saitama and Garou vs Ginyu Force||4||N||S|
|12/01||Stingerrain||Hazama vs Gilgamesh||10||N||S|
|12/01||supernova7005||Whitebeard vs Current Naruto||10||Y||S|
|12/01||Takashichea||Judar vs Gray Fullbuster||10||N||S|
|12/01||Takashichea||Aladdin & Alibaba vs Natsu Dragneel & Gray Fullbuster||13||N||T|
|12/01||UltimateHero0406||Dracule Mihawk vs Date Masamune||13||N||S|
|12/02||ALMIGHTY||Kankuro, Chiyo, & Sasori vs Doflamingo||8||N||T|
|12/02||alternative_backup||Dark Schneider (Bastard!) vs Tyrant (Marvel)||2||N||S|
|12/02||Dream||Kimimaro (Naruto) vs Senji Kyomasa (Deadman Wonderland)||15||N||S|
|12/02||GhostRipple||Kira runs an Espada Gauntlet||5||N||G|
|12/02||IndridCold||Bang vs Hayato Furinji||6||N||S|
|12/02||luthluth||Monkey D Garp vs Roshi||30||N||S|
|12/02||nishi99||Aizen Vs Akatsuki||26||N||S|
|12/02||othus12||Naruto vs Buranchi||6||N||S|
|12/02||ridtom2||Neji Hyuuga vs Daz Bones||11||Y||S|
|12/02||GeneralVan||Whitebeard vs Mr. Popo||17||N||S|
|12/03||eddz99||Fujitora[One Piece] vs. Bluenote [Fairytail]||16||N||S|
|12/03||ImmortalWatchDog||Yammamoto genryusai Vs Mihawk||3||Y||S|
|12/03||Obito||Madara vs Fujitora||20||N||S|
|12/03||SaladKing||Bayonetta vs Laharl (Disgaea)||3||N||S|
|12/03||SaladKing||Scizor (Pokemon) vs Stingmon (Digimon)||3||N||S|
|12/04||CosmicDude||Captain Marvel (DC) vs team||5||Y||T|
|12/04||shinjihirako123||Team Soul Eater vs Team GB||6||N||T|
|12/05||Ikki_Minami_||EoS Ryohei Sasagawa vs Current Kensei Muguruma||2||N||S|
|12/05||jinbeifan1||Optimus Prime vs Titans||9||N||T|
|12/05||OfficialRikudouSennin||LSSJ Broly Vs Kid Buu Vs SP Cell Vs Janemba Vs Frizea||R|
|12/05||SMXLR8||Shinji vs Sanji||8||N||S|
|12/06||cosmicdude||Dark schneider vs horror villians (Freddy, pennywise, etc).||S|
|12/07||Ikki_Minami_||Laxus Dreyar vs Xanxus||S|
|12/07||ImDictatorBowDown||Killer Bee (Naruto) vs Killua (HxH)||S|
|12/07||luthluth||Luffy & Zoro(east blue) vs Levi & Mikasa||T|
|12/07||nishi99||Hanzo Vs Jiraiya|
|12/07||ridtom2||Rock Lee vs Spider-Man||S|
|12/07||SaladKing||Neji Hyuga vs Shikachi Yasuri|
|12/08||Vapovile||Kuwabara vs Mr. Satan||S|
|12/08||Galenbeta||Team Natsu vs. Toshiro Hitsuguya||T|
|12/08||Galenbeta||Deliora vs. Armored Titan||S|
|12/08||ShadowChaos||Hikaru Shindo vs Yugi Muto||S|
|12/08||SMXLR8||Rurouni Kenshin Team VS Daz Bones & Paula||T|
|12/09||nishi99||Szayelaporro Granz Vs Kabuto Yakushi||S|
|12/09||othus12||pre timeskip Tenten (Naruto) vs Kenshin Himura (Rurouni Kenshin)|
|12/09||KingofAsh||Bills vs Sailor Galaxia||S|
|12/10||OfficialRikudouSennin||Broly Vs Janemba||S|
|12/10||luthluth||Whitebeard pirates vs Sauron & The Which King|
|12/11||Vapovile||Jin Kariya vs Shusuke Amagai vs Koga Kuchiki||R|
|12/12||Shinigami_Dragon||Juubi vs kid goku and oolong.||T|
|12/12||Ikki_Minami_||Fairy Tail S-Class Vs Real Six Funeral Wreaths||T|
|12/12||LHWKnight||Akatsuki Ousawa vs Erza Scarlet|
|12/12||takashichea||Sakura Haruno vs Morgiana|
|12/13||Alpha_Watcher_3000||Ichiro Miyata (Hajime no ippo) vs Carlos Rivera (Ashita no joe 2)|
|12/13||LHWKnight||Kusanagi Godou runs God of War Gauntlet|
|12/13||othus12||Dangai ichigo vs Monkey D. Garp|
|12/13||Stingerrain||Leon Kennedy vs Spike Spiegel|
|12/14||GomuGomuJyaku973||(DT) Kuwabara vs. (End DB) Goku|
|12/14||IndridCold||Kratos Aurion vs Kakashi Hatake|
|12/14||LelouchCommandsYou||King Cold 4th form 100% 100% Vs Imperfect Cell|
|12/14||luthluth||Majin Vegeta & Goku vs Midora, Ichiryuu & The Four Heavenly Kings|
|12/14||nishi99||The Six Paths of Pain Vs Byakuya Kuchiki|
|12/14||worldeater||Madara vs Garp||S|
|12/15||DestinyHeroKnight||Black Star & Tsubaki Vs Mask De Masculine||S|
|12/15||GomuGomuJyaku973||Ryu & Ken vs. Terry Bogard & Ryo Sakazaki|
|12/15||luthluth||Marshall D Teach vs Hashirama Senju|
|12/16||Galenbeta||Akeno Himejima vs. Laxus Dreyar|
|12/16||Dream||Master Asia vs RX-78 Gundam|
|12/16||xlab3000||Ulquiorra vs Killer Bee|
|12/17||Ikki_Minami_||EoS Black Star Vs EoS Kyoya Hibari||S|
|12/17||IndridCold||Starjun vs Demon Eyes Kyo|
|12/17||ImDictatorBowDown||Sanji (OP) vs Meruem (HxH)|
|12/17||Jinbeifan1||Luffy vs Alucard||S|
|12/17||Jinbeifan1||Doflamingo vs Ulqiuorra||Y|
|12/17||KingofAsh||Mal vs Spike|
|12/17||LHWKnight||Issei vs Yusuke|
|12/17||LHWKnight||Issei Hyoudou & Team DXD vs Black star & Team Soul eater|
|12/17||nish99||Deidara Vs Laxus|
|12/17||SaladKing||Erza Scarlet vs Sephiroth||S|
|12/17||SaladKing||Dark Shneider vs Shuma Gorath|
|12/17||Savage Beast||Hiruzen Sarutobi vs Danzo Shimura|
|12/17||ShadowChaos||Issei Hyoudou vs Gundam||101||Y||T|
|12/17||SMXLR8||Leonardo (TMNT) VS Kenichi Shirahama (HSDK)|
|12/17||supernova7005||Renji vs Yamamoto|
|12/17||takashichea||Cobra (Fairy Tail) vs Coco (Toriko)||S|
|12/17||worldeater||Ulquiorra Cifer vs Naruto and Sasuke||R|
|12/18||Galenbeta||Issei and Vali vs. Goku and Vegeta|
|12/18||luthluth||Minato Namikaze vs Isshin Kurosaki|
|12/18||othus12||Sani vs ichigo Kurosaki|
|12/18||Vapovile||Tsuna vs Iron Man|
|12/19||OfficialRikudouSennin||Hinata Hyuuga Vs Sakura Haruno|
|12/19||SaladKing||Accelerator vs Dr Doom|
|12/19||ShadowChaos||Shuuichi Asakawa vs Lucy|
|12/19||shinjihirako123||Nentou Vs Fujitora|
|12/19||UltimateHero0406||Iron Fist Vs Ryozanpaku|
|12/20||UssjFutureTrunks||Mecha Godzilla vs Itachi Uchiha|
|12/21||Crosswindvortex||Kirito ( SAO) vs Neptune (Hyperdimension Neptunia)|
|12/21||Galenbeta||Natsu Dragneel vs. Sasuke Uchiha|
|12/21||LelouchCommandsYou||Goku (Dragon Ball Z) Vs. Hyoudou Issei (High School DxD)|
|12/21||Low||Morgiana vs Toph|
|12/21||luthluth||Ace & Enel vs Zoro & Sanji||T|
|12/21||thundercat35||SSJG Goku vs SSJ8 Gogeta and SSJ8 Vegito|
|12/21||UssjFutureTrunks||Barragan vs Vice Admiral Garp and Third Raikage||T|
|12/21||UltimateHero0406||Akisame Vs Spider-Man|
|12/22||CosmicDude||Hao Asakura, Father, Milenium Earl and Eve VS Super perfect Cell.|
|12/22||CrossWindVortex||Mewtwo vs Beelzemon||S|
|12/22||gokugx||Bills vs SSJ4 Goku||T|
|12/22||ImDictatorBowDown||Morgiana (Magi) vs Uvogin (HxH)|
|12/22||Jinbeifan1||Doflamingo vs Asura (Soul Eater)|
|12/22||LHWKnight||Kagato vs Aizen|
|12/22||LHWKnight||23 budokai Krillen vs Aikawa Ayumu|
|12/22||maxxon||Nirvash type TheEND (Eureka Seven) Vs. Reborns Gundam (Gundam 00) ?|
|12/22||SaladKing||Revy (Black Lagoon) vs Punisher (Marvel)|
|12/22||supernova7005||Barragan vs a Saibaman|
|12/22||xBankaiChrisx||Oni Akuma (StreetFighter) vs SSJ 2 Majin Vegeta (Dragonball Z)|
|12/23||Ikki_Minami_||Kyuubi Naruto, EMS Sasuke Vs Tsunayoshi Sawada, Enma Kozato|
|12/23||LHWKnight||Haze Shenran/ Ryan Shenron vs Minato Namikaze|
|12/23||LHWKnight||Geat Red & Issei vs Acnologia, Zirconis, Atlas Flame|
|12/23||SpeedForceSpider||Toriko vs Jonathan vs Uvogin||N||R|
|12/23||othus12||marvel vs shonen alliance||T|
|12/23||WorldEater||Younger Toguro vs Yammy Llargo||S|
|12/23||GIRUGAMESH||Fairy Tail vs Grimoire Heart (alternate)||T|
|12/24||SavageBeast||Asura vs Alucard||S|
|12/24||gokugx||Majin Buu vs General Rilldo||S|
|12/24||nishi99||Nagato Vs Menma||S|
|12/24||UltimateHero0406||L Lawliet and Miles Edgeworth Vs Light Yagami and Phoenix Wright||T|
|12/25||ridtom2||Electric User Battle||R|
|12/25||ShadowChaos||U-DO vs Main DxD Cast||T|
|12/26||Endless_Khaos||Team Soul Eater Vs Team Psyren||T|
|12/26||KingofAsh||The Anti-Spiral vs Giygas||S|
|12/26||LHWKnight||Kain vs Monster Aizen and Juubito Madara||T|
|12/26||LHWKnight||Kain, Kagato & Yuzuha vs Goku, Vegeta & Gohan||T|
|12/26||nishi99||Juubito Vs Dangai ichigo Hashirama and Kizaru||T|
|12/26||supernova7005||EoS Tsuna vs DB Goku||S|
|12/26||Vapovile||Vongola Family vs Soul Eater Team||T|
|12/26||xlab3000||1 billion Batmen vs Madara Uchiha||S|
|12/27||Destinyheroknight||Naruto U. & Ichigo K. & Luffy Vs Negi S. & Meliodas & Natsu D.||9||N||T|
|12/27||LHWKnight||Kain vs Omega Shenron||3||N||S|
|12/27||luthluth||Dangai Ichigo vs Donquixote Doflamingo||25||N||S|
|12/27||othus12||Dangai ichigo vs Barragan||28||N||S|
|12/27||othus12||Invaitdeath vs Sasuke and Naruto||6||N||T|
|12/27||SavageBeast||Donquixote Doflamingo vs Admiral Kizaru||8||N||S|
|12/27||Shiryu||Playstation All Stars vs Gangan Heroes||14||N||T|
|12/28||Beelzebub64||Dangai Ichigo vs BM Naruto||7||Y||S|
|12/28||Beelzbub64||Allen Walker vs Natsu Dragneel||2||N||S|
|12/28||cosmicdude||Virgo Shaka, Aries Mu and Gemini Saga VS Majin Buu.||39||N||T|
|12/28||GeneralVan||Soifon vs Mercenary Tao||32||N||T|
|12/28||LelouchCommandsYou||Vegeta (Final Zenkai Frieza Saga) Vs. Second Form Frieza||12||N||S|
|12/28||nishi99||Aizen Vs Barragan rematch||5||N||S|
|12/28||phantomrant||Jio Freed vs. Dragon Ball Z||6||N||S|
|12/28||SMXLR8||Morgiana VS Hakufu Sonsaku||5||N||S|
|12/28||Vapovile||Aizen vs Mukuro vs Itachi vs Babidi||33||N||T|
|12/29||Dream||Aizen vs Professor X (Read OP)||10||N||S|
|12/29||eddz99||Blossom and Dexter vs. Batman and Goku||33||N||S|
|12/29||GeneralVan||Powerpuff Girls vs Team Anime||42||N||T|
|12/29||Ikki_Minami_||Kagura Mikazuchi Vs Adelheid Suzuki||3||N||S|
|12/29||ImDictatorBowDown||Jinbei vs Chinjao||15||N||S|
|12/29||Kobra678||Pan vs Frieza||18||N||S|
|12/29||LHWKnight||Kenshi vs Spike spiegal||3||N||S|
|12/29||LHWKnight||Suzaku Kururugi vs Kenshi Masaki||1||N||S|
|12/29||LHWKnight||Rushuna vs TenTen||2||N||S|
|12/29||LHWKnight||Rushuna Tendo vs Vash the Stampede||13||N||S|
|12/29||SMXLR8||Top Cow Trinity VS Holy Shonen Trilogy||12||N||T|
|12/30||Beelzebub64||Natsu Dragneel vs Rob Lucci||15||Y||S|
|12/30||CerusSerenade||Lambdadelta and Bernkastel vs Living Tribunal (re-evaluated)||82||Y||T|
|12/30||ChromeDisaster||Pre-Timeskip Natsu VS Ogami Rei||2||N||S|
|12/30||CrosswindVortex||Ghost Rider vs Flandre Scarlet||4||N||S|
|12/30||Haiken||Aikawa Ayumu VS. Wolverine||16||N||S|
|12/30||ImDictatorBowDown||Jinbei vs Chinjao||23||N||T|
|12/30||Stingerrain||Alex Mercer vs Seras Victoria||4||N||S|
|12/31||Beelzebub64||Oga Tatsumi vs Fullbring Ichigo||2||N||S|
|12/31||chrono122||Kenichi Shirahama vs Takeda the puncher||7||N||S|
|12/31||Haiken||Accelerator (to aru majutsu no index) vs Lucy (Elfen lied)||18||N||S|
|12/31||ImDictatorBowDown||Kirito (SAO) vs Prince (1/2 Prince)||1||N||S|
|12/31||ImDictatorBowDown||Senji Kiyomasa vs Alex Armstrong||2||N||S|
|12/31||Othus12||Iron Man (Hulk buster) vs Goku (ssj1)||25||N||S|
|12/31||SMXLR8||Son Goku VS Kū Fei||7||N||S|
|12/31||WorldEater||Shinobu Sensui vs Gaoh||5||N||S|
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If you've been keeping tabs on the blurbs from my profile, you'll see that I will be bringing back Ani-Crap Review next weekend. For those new to my contribution to Vice, this is a section where I post my thoughts on the worst offerings that anime has to offer which can consist of anything like ecchi titles, ultra-violent 80s/ 90s anime, horrible adaptations of video games and even some trash from notable figures of anime whom you may be familiar with. In most instances, I determine the next title I cover through a poll where I leave it up to members of this forum to determine what I will rip apart for my next review with a listing of ten titles featuring five recent duds and five older duds.
This will be my last run that I plan to do with Ani-Crap Review as I am starting to get to the point where I'm probably gonna settle down on my regular load of anime offerings. I'm hoping to push up to 50 reviews, but I'm not gonna make any guarantees depending on how long I can push things with my viewing. But at the very least, I have a few things I plan to definitely cover before I have my swan song from Ani-Crap all together. Here are the definite plans I have to cover for my upcoming run of Ani-Crap:
That's all I have to present, for now. I'll be seeing folks next weekend in my return of Ani-Crap Review.
After I posted that weird and embarrassing Is Bleach Sexist? blog, Supreme Marvel, Nishi99, SpeedForceSpider helped me create several lists.
Don't worry, I didn't put too much spoilers, I believe.
|1. Krista Lenz|
Saved by Ymir
|2. Sasha Braus|
Saved by Mikasa - Supreme Marvel suggested this one.
She is Beelzebub's wet nurse, and she got kidnapped once. Saved by Oga.
A cute doctor's assistant who got kidnapped in the demon world. Saved by Oga
|1. Rukia Kuchiki|
Got kidnapped in Soul Society Arc.
|2. Orihime Inoue|
Got kidnapped in the Hueco Mundo Arc, the second major arc in Bleach. Kubo is making a pattern.
My favorite character who I forgot was actually a damsel in her own movie.
|4. Rurichiyo Kasumiōji|
I don't even remember this little girl, but thank you Bigz007.
In Dragon Ball, she got kidnapped by a flying dinosaur.
Got kidnapped early in Dragon Ball.
Can't remember who kidnapped her. Gohan saved her.
Krillin's ex needed protection from Garlic Jr.'s men and Krillin's friends.
Grandpa Goku and Trunks had to save her.
|1. Lucy Heartfilia|
Natsu and the guild had to save her in the Phantom Guild arc.
Can't really say too much without spoiling the movie. Like Senna from Bleach, she was a damsel in her own movie.
|3. Juvia Lockser|
She was saved by the person she loved and stalked, Gray.
|1. Riza Hawkeye|
It's a bit weird. Some argue she was a damsel when Roy couldn't grab her from King Bradley.
|2. Winry Rockbell|
Same with Riza.
Was molested and kidnapped by a Genie.
Was kidnapped by the Kou Empire.
She is 100% damsel in distress because she gets kidnapped by naughty bugs and spiders.
|2. Insect Magistrate|
She was a damsel near the end of the anime series.
She was about to get eaten by insects.
|1. Kushina Uzumaki|
Can't say anything because of spoilers.
|2. Rin Nohara|
|3. Yukie Fujikaze|
Damsel in her own movie
|4. Sakura Haruno|
Pre timeskip - she couldn't do anything.
She was somewhat a damsel in the Arlong arc.
|2. Nico Robin|
Damsel in the Water Seven arc - I haven't seen this story arc in One Piece yet.
|3. Nefertari Vivi|
Luffy and the gang had to protect her when they were on a trip to Alabasta.
She's a harpy? I guessing that they put her in a bird cage.
Guess who saves her, Luffy!
I can't remember, but I know Ash and Brock had to save her.
Don't remember either. I'm not guessing. It's gut instinct. I think Dawn got kidnapped by Team Rocket or some naughty Pokemon.
|1. Chiaki Takahashi|
Saved by Himeko in the past
|2. Hime Onizuka|
Saved by Bossun and Switch during the first encounter with Momoka.
|3. Kikuno Asahina|
Saved by her friend Tsubaki
|1. Saori Kido|
This was tough. SpeedForceSpider helped me with this one.
Thanks Nishi99 for reminding me about this show.
Kidnapped by some crazy drug dealers. Yusuke, Hiei, and Kuwabara had to rescue her.
|2. Keiko Yukimura|
Saved by her boyfriend Yusuke
We're done! If I miss anything, tell me.
Dragon Ball Z and Naruto had the most damsels. I was thinking Bleach because their whole story arcs revolves around damsels.
Stay tuned for Dudes in Distress!
A while back, I had some crazy ideas to help kick start the forums. One idea was make a blog every day of the week with a theme. Though, I couldn't do it because of school. One of those blogs was Moe Mondays: My first Moe Anime, Tamako Market, and it was a stupid idea because I hate Moe and probably butcher the concept. Anyways, I had one of those flashbacks about this old idea when I was watching Meganebu. Long ago on Twitter, I asked some of my colleagues some strange questions. What do you find hot about women wearing glasses and hot about guys wearing glasses? I had three responses while the others ignored me or told me I was weird. Am I weird? I was just curious.
It's time to give this idea a shot.
Two of my friends tweeted me back. One said, "sexy librarian." The other one I can't remember. I think he said, "Geek sandwich."
I only know one gal in this community. She was just crazy, and she made me watch these romantic shows like Natsuyuki Rendezvous. She mentions that guys with glasses are attractive because it makes them look intelligent, elegant, and charismatic.
Do glasses rock? Can you name some hot babes or guys (anime or not) with glasses?
I was bored from work. That's why I was watching Meganebu and working the wiki.
Everything i have seen so far seems to forebode a pretty dark future for manga, because all the Manhwa that i have come across so far, no matter the genre, seems to stand a notch hire than most manga that i have read, at least in terms of quality, both art and story. Though it would be safe to say that Manhwa’s biggest selling point is its superb art, clearly unmatched by an manga i have seen so far; which does actually prove itself problematic to some Manhwa, seemingly too concerned with art to place any considerable thought into the quality of a story.
820 years after entering his slumber, Cadis Etrama Di Raizel, creature of the night, noble among nobles, awakens to a world wholly transformed and different from the realm he once inhabited; separated from his kind, convalescing from an eight century old tragedy, Rai ventures into a city darkened by human ambition, the infestation of vampires the least of threats as an ancient coalition of human knowledge takes giant yet deadly strides to achieve the power only privy to those of noble blood, those that have always stood above humanity, once reaching out a protective hand towards their lesser cousins, but no more…
There are so many reasons why this is the best Manhwa i have ever come across, okay maybe second to The Breaker: New Waves, but other than that Noblesse stands at the very top of the Manhwa mountain, for a myriad of reasons, but all of which do not really matter as much as this one fact; this manhwa is thrilling as heck.
Do you know those manga series you read that seemingly take you on a wild ride, a crazy roll coaster of breath taking ups and downs, each somehow more awes striking than the next? That is what noblesse is, but times ten.
Honestly, i am not even sure what is so great about this manhwa, or rather it isn’t anything i can quantify. For a shonen series there is a disturbing sophistication to it; yes purely shonen battle manga, yet considerably dramatic where necessary and heartfelt, the fluid art only accentuating the brilliance of the story.
+Premise- vampires; these are the waters that the series initially seems to swim in, a world of ghouls and monsters, vampires and hunters. Yet no so, the story doing what all manga and manhwa does, twisting a traditional and fictionally rational concept into something vastly superior, this story following the conflict between humanity and those that it once worshiped; though not really a conflict, at least not on both sides.
Once the nobles watched over humanity, their honor behooving them never to interfere in their petty quarrels, yet obliged to provide assistance and safety whenever the weak creatures where threatened. If there is a central message in this story it is pride, this particular failing nursing envy in a human race that saw nobility not as benevolent protector but as an enemy, a being to be envied; and thus strived to rise, committing horrible atrocities to grant their bodies power, their urge to reach the heights of nobility surpassing any mercy and humaneness they should have displayed.
War, that is what the comprehensive story of this manhwa feels like sometimes, each new chapter allowing us a glimpse into the fold of the Union, masterful in crafting hideous creatures from the flesh of men to display their superiority, moving strings in the shadows, manipulating sovereign nations in an effort to take from the masters of the world their rightful place.
Noblesse is shonen and does little to hide this fact, the battles particularly wild but each designed to further the plot, allowing one a glimpse into the secrets of the past, which one could call the anchor of the show. Rai wakes up from a 820 year long sleep, and all that follows his awakening is a consequences of those mysterious events that took place in Lukedonia centuries back, those movers and shakers that dared raise their hand against their lord, his lord and status quo and the ripples that were cast into the future as a result. Yet i do not think the premise of this story-which by the way isn’t the vampire story it is promises to be, casting these legendary creatures aside as experimental failures, instead raising the status of darker monsters- would be worth the hype without the characters.
+Characters- Noblesse is solely driven by its characters….scratch that, Noblesse is solely driven by the presence of Rai, noblesse as he is termed, the most awesome protagonist i have had the pleasure of encountering this year (okay, maybe second to Eren Jaeger); any sophistication this manhwa displays is mostly attributed to this one character: handsome, alluring, mostly mute, yet so…deep, elegant and powerful, deluging every panel with drastic amounts of drama and sophistication with his every brief appearance.
Not that he stands alone in the spotlight (yes he does), because rather than massively large and aimless, noblesse is endowed with a reasonably sized cast, each character playing a practical in the story, each visibly supporting a specific pillar of the plot. The villains are cruel, and manic when they need to be, their powers growingly increasingly hazardous with each new chapter, yet only serving to allow our heroes to evolve, displaying meteoric levels of courage and bravery in the face of danger.
As i have mentioned before, the mark of a great cast is its ability to deliver contentment and satisfaction outside action heavy plots; in other words any cast of any anime, manga or manhwa that can keep you entertained just by interacting for several scenes on end has captured that special ‘X’ factor that allows series to rise to greatness. And noblesse has that; be it M-21 and his broodiness or Regis pushing the pomp of nobility aside to cook, there is not end to the awesomeness these characters can unleash in any scene so long as they are together-kind of remind me of the straw hats, but better (straw hats do no have Rai- seriously i have not come across a cooler protagonist, not even in breaker).
+Action- the show thrives in the action section, literally inundating its arcs with explosive yet entertaining fights, never onceboring, never excessive or elongated, always just the right length to allow the characters to shine on both sides, through conversation, reminiscing the secret past and almost always bringing to light new secrets that usually confound the conflict; yet it isn’t the fighting itself, not the powers or transformations that stand out, but the characters, the depth of relationship revealed within, the camaraderie or hate, specifically in the case of Frankenstein, so powerful yet so subservient to Rai, displaying extreme levels of violence against any that might show the slightest of slights against this master, be it a threatening action or a harsh word.
I should also point out just how funny it is, surprising just how humorous the most violent of scenes can seem 9which actually goes to highlight how awesome Frankenstein himself is).
Rating: 10/10, AMAZING.
+Art- It is official, Lee Gwang Su is the best artist i have ever come across in manga and manhwa, noblesse vastly superior even to Feng shen ji; that claim might see somewhat erroneous if you have read Feng shen ji, yet i have made my thoughts on its art clear; impressive as it is, it is way too plane, too unimaginative. Noblesse is a superbly drawn series, the colors designed to perfectly match the scenes, the action scenes so fluid as to rise to the level of God of high school, sometimes surpassing even it; their is a movement within each panel, like the images were words, so intricately describing to you the logic of each and every scene within each battle, all in one image; and as i have said it before, i love manga that is easy to read, action scenes that do not need me to squint, to study the entire page to figure out what is happening in this one panel.
Rating: 10/10, actually more like 20/10; in comparison to what i have read so far, Noblesse truly is superior, even to my favorite, claymore. If nothing else the means through which the powers, thrown, unleashed, poured, are displayed will wow you. Simply put, reading Noblesse is pleasant.
Verdict: No, i cannot decide whether Noblesse stands above or below Breaker, because both of them are incredible manhwa, with incredible stories of hardship and regret, with amazing characters; though Rai most definitely stands above Shion as a primary protagonist. Noblesse is a must read, one of those manhwa/manga that must feature on any otaku’s reading list, or even none otaku. Because Noblesse is, in many places, basically a comic; that is how well drawn and colored it is. Any criticisms i can think of are limited to the characters, specifically the same old human characters playing the same old role of victim. If only Noblesse would assign them some actual roles to play.
RATING: Perfect 10/10, higher if possible. Each new arc has managed to raise the stakes, revealing so much about the Noblesse world, yet so inundated with story that there is always more to tell as the story progresses, more to reveal, more awe striking battles, more character surprises and betrayals, more, more, more, more…why haven’t you read this yet? Seriously, why not? There isn’t a more elegant manhwa or a more elegant cast of characters. And did i mention how funny Noblesse is?
-Noblesse is a web comic written by Son Jae Ho, illustrated by Lee Gwang Su and has been running since December 2007.
There was an official "most moe" character of the year poll that's been going on in an site called Saimoe that went annual since starting out as a thread in an random 2Channel thread (an Japanese version of 4Chan as presumed) and boy, was it crazy this time. Many characters were entered, but at the top 16, there were some real contenders. Here were the semifinalists and finalist...
Here were the other contestants from the poll and the bracket results:
Most of the Madoka Magica Main Characters ended up in the Top 16 along with some others from more recent anime series and movies, with best friends Madoka and Sayaka having to face each other in the finals after Kyouko and The Mediator were eliminated in the semi-finals. Hopefully next year becomes even crazier, even though this is the craziest that the polls have ever been.
Sentai Filmworks revealed the dub cast for Nyan Koi!. There was a Japanese only release back in 2010. Now, you can enjoy in dub! It will be released on December 31, 2013 in Blu-Ray and DVD.
Editor's Note: I will post a dub trailer soon if it's available. Here's the Japanese trailer for now.
Saying that Junpei Kosaka's allergic to cats is something of an understatement. Just thinking about cats can make him sneeze - a fact that seems to be lost on his mother and sister, who both ADORE cats. And if that wasn't bad enough, when Junpei inadvertently damages a statue of a cat deity, he becomes cursed with the ability to understand felines. Now Junpei must perform one hundred great favors for cat-kind or face the fate of being turned into a cat himself!
Life quickly becomes a purrfect hell as every cat in the neighborhood starts sending Junpei their list of "requests." But it's not just the cats: the local Yakuza's daughter is playing cat and mouse, the monk's daughters are acting catty, Junpei's childhood best friend is ready to use him as a scratching post, and the girl he has a secret crush on is as cat crazy as the rest!
English Vocal Cast
The Anime Network is releasing the DVD and Blu-Ray of Say"I Love You" on December 24, 2013.
Languages: English Dub, Japanese Dub w/ English Subtitles
"To trust is to set yourself up for failure." That's the lesson Mei Tachibana learned when her heart was broken. She found a solution: never make any more friends. It's not as easy as it sounds, but it works for Mei. At least it did until handsome and charming Yamato Kurosawa showed up to complicate everything. Mei's not looking for a white knight. So why did he have to kiss her and ruin everything? Between heartbeats and behind trembling lips the specter of betrayals past, future and present haunt them both in Say "I Love You."
Eureka Seven is currently unlicensed after its former license holder Bandai Entertainment went under leaving prices for the now out of print dvds to sky rocket. It has been under speculation by fans for a while now that Funimation would be rescuing the series after picking up the show’s sequel Eureka Seven AO.
Early copies of the new One Piece dvd (Season 5 Volume 4) that will be coming out on December 3 have shown up with a Eureka Seven trailer announcing a blu-ray/dvd combo pack. While the trailer itself has yet to surface online, fans were quick to grab a few screen shots from the disk. Funimation has yet to make a formal announcement about acquiring the show, and though they still have time before the dvd in question hits retailers, it is a little strange to see such a major license rescue slip through the cracks like this.
This article was originally posted on my blog at: http://realjpoe.com/
Aniplex of America is looking to keep their Toonami slot filled with the announcement that their show Blue Exorcist will be premiering on Adult Swim's Saturday night anime block this coming March. Their other show Sword Art Online is projected to be finishing up its run on the block on February 15th while Soul Eater is ending on March 15th, leaving one to assume that Blue Exorcist will be taking the Soul Eater spot with yet another to be named show coming in February. With the announcement Toonami published a trailer for it on their official YouTube channel which can be seen below. Not much to say about the show outside of it being a good match to compliment an already solid line up of shonen action series. Aniplex has released the dub in two limited edition box sets earlier this year.
This article was originally posted on my blog at: http://realjpoe.com/
On November 21, 2013, the NEW YORK TIMES, one of the best selling newspapers in the U.S., hosted an ad for the blockbuster selling manga series, ONE PIECE. This full page ad can be found on Page A15.
This was apparently partially to celebrate ONE PIECE selling over 300 Million copies of Eiichiro Oda's creation. 130 Million of these having been sold since 2009. In every sense of the word, nothing in manga or comics sells quite like this series.
To give a little perspective. Last year, Shueisha published four collected volumes of ONE PIECE and those sold over 23 Million units. It's closest competitor KUROKO NO BASUKE's five volumes of the same year sold just over 8 Million copies. That doesn't even calculate in back issue sales.
It wouldn’t be too much of an exaggeration to say that the quality of an anime or manga series is determined as much by the villain as it is by the hero; and truth be told some of the best series i have ever come across have had some of the best villains, which got me thinking. What is a good villain? Or rather what constitutes a great villain in any given manga or anime.
Well, truth be told i am not particularly sure, this being a topic i will give greater thought to at a later date. While pondering on the subject though one random and rather idle day at work last week, i started thinking about villains as they had been portrayed in anime and manga so far, and what elements best stood out in the best series that i had encountered, which had best endeared me to them. I came to a very simple conclusion, which i will highlight at the end. But first these are the villains that anime and manga has strived to present to us for as long as i have been watching anime and reading manga.
They can be divided into two primary categories, namely:
As described above, it is my belief that the assignment ‘villain’ doesn’t necessary make a given character evil or really that bad.
N:B: The images inserted below represent just some of my favorite villains; they aren’t actually representations of the complaints they are neighboring.
I enjoy watching series with complicated plots, with winding twists and turns, stories that are as unpredictable as they are riveting. As such it might come as somewhat of a surprise that i would express abhorrence for complex villains in series. Okay maybe i do not abhor them but they have become somewhat of an irritation to me, and that’s because THEY ARE EVERYWHERE.
Here is the thing, i enjoy following the exploits of the odd complex villain once in a while but it feels like that is all there in anime and manga these days. I have heard the criticism, that anime and manga is filled with way too many straight forward characters, evil for the sake of being evil, with no particularly intriguing back story or objective. And while i would have joined in the chorus for anime dating back to the 90s, 80s and so on, such claims about anime today leave me chuckling and wondering; where exactly are these simplistic villains that they are speaking of? Because they aren’t in anything i have watched or read recently.
There is such a thing as too complicated; and today’s anime and manga stories have turned complex characterization into clichés. I have come across ridiculously silly and fluffy anime series that, halfway into the series, suddenly become so heavy, introducing dense and dark back stories to initially cheery characters, the result being somewhat discordant story, these new characterization simply failing to jell with the tone of the show.
+And the fact that so many of them do it pisses me off, three primary irritations arising:
-Distinctness- the over complication of villain characterization is turning what should have been intriguing villains into perfect copies of each other. I don’t know how but modern anime has managed to transform complexity into a trope, an irritating cliché making the rounds through some of my favorite series. Anytime a new villain rolls onto the scene, if you are anything like me you will roll your eyes at his supposed vileness, waiting for the moment we learn of his dark past, the parents that abandoned him, the uncle that sold him into slavery, a disingenuous description of how spending his childhood crawling through the mud turned him into a monster.
And they are almost always children, both as the victims and eventual monster than emerges. 99% of these complex characters are all exactly the same manifestation of the same sob story. I will use Bleach as the most common example of this, with all the villains almost always mirroring each other’s motives as well as the supposedly tragic pasts that molded them. I think i have groused enough about how almost every arrancar and Espada in the series needed a flash back of their sad lives before they perished.
-Insipid finales- Why do all these series with complex villains end the same way, with the villain on his knees, weeping as he reminisces on the tragic past that brought him to his current status. There is a consistent lack of unpredictability, because i can always see it coming, that ten minute lull in the action, when the hero finally closes the emotional gap with his foe, reaches out to the villain empathetically, the entire fiasco ending in a hug or something similarly mushy, all forgiven, or the hero forced to kill the villain but through a mist of tears, suddenly sympathetic to his plight. It irritates me to no end.
--Where i can sometimes ignore the lack of distinct yet complex villains and silly finales, nothing irritates me as much as the way these series seeming depend on a rather false sense of sadness to mask their lack of quality. A complex villain isn’t truly complex unless their back stories are not only fraught with difficulty but awe strikingly tragic. While that in itself doesn’t bother me, what does is the way these series attempt to force this dark atmosphere to emerge, like they are not simply trying to chronicle the tragic past of a character, but trying to beat you over the head with it, again and again until you really understand how sad it was.
Character A cannot simply find themselves homeless; they have to be literally dragged through the mud or find refuge in a pig sty before you can truly appreciate how bad A had it. It all starts to feel really…fake, sometimes bordering on silly. I get that adults can show considerable violence towards little kids. But in which world are 7 or 8 bulky males going to surround a fallen 7 year old before continuously stumping down upon and kicking them senseless like a pack of dogs? These series will go to silly levels to force you to feel a sadness that is more often than not absent.
I am one of those otaku that will get quickly irritated by overly weepy anime and manga stories and characters, mostly because they always fall into this category, feigning what seems to me to be a false sense of sadness, clearly trying to draw unearned emotional engagement from the audience. Again i go back to bleach, with so many (previously vile) villains going down confessing some dark secret, Ichigo mopping over them before having to put them out of their misery.
+Now i can appreciate what some of these creators are going for in trying to craft such overly complex characters (and sometimes it really can get too convoluted), yet most are dogged by the same problems:
-Believability-The idea of complex villains is to create a negative character that does terrible things but which the audience can none the less relate to on some level. The problem with most anime and manga i have across is it does a poor job of brining the message across. 90% of the series that attempt to convert me to the villain’s point of view leave me somewhat amused; many of you must have come across these sorts of shows, that leave you asking ,’ Really? You expect me to believe that someone would commit genocide because of that?”
Few other things irritate me as much as a series failing to successfully explain to me why a villain is who he is or does what he does.
And this is usually where they start beating you over the head with their message, clearly unable to justify how rough the villain had it, which seemingly forces them to portray his or her past in increasingly darker tones. This goes back to the point i made above, where a three second assault with an open hand transforms into three minutes of the villain receiving brutal abuse from seemingly possessed adults during his childhood.
I don’t like watching a series or reading a manga and walking away frustrated; that’s what these sorts of series with complex characters do for me.
-Morality- Now sometimes even when the series does such a great job of breaking the complex villain down, it fails to matter. The point of flash backs and back stories is to progress the story or morph it in one way or another; understanding that the reason Frieza destroyed entire galaxies worth of planets was because of some ill that was done to him, some cruel act meted out of his parents, doesn’t change the fact that he committed a heinous crime, and the story will progress towards his inevitable demise, no matter how pitiful his plight might be.
There has to be a purpose to complicating a villain, a payoff of sorts that will allow the story to progress in a different direction. Learning that Itachi in Naruto had committed genocide on the word of his superiors actually made all the difference to the story. Had they done the same for Frieza (strange we didn’t get a lengthy back story) he would have still ended up fighting Goku on an exploding planet.
+Don’t get me wrong i am not advocating against complex villains in anime and manga. I have come across anime and manga with complex villains and characters that have been done quite well, with well narrated back stories, with just enough intertwining plots to become riveting, making few attempts to shove their messages down your throat, but simply presenting the story and allowing you to interpret it as you might wish. Series like Full metal alchemist managed to pull complex villains like Father off (actually making him and Wrath quite pitiful) without seeming like they were flailing their hands through out the series in confusion.
My argument is that most series fail to execute complex characters appropriately, turning what was an interesting plot into an overused tool. This reminds me of the argument many made against the Man of Steel movie, most of these complaints actually aimed at Christopher Nolan, that everything super hero movie is taking an unnecessarily dark turn in the motif of the Dark Knight (which isn’t something i mind actually).
Now i call them evil villains because they are just that, evil; well, they bad or at least antagonists in the story. Maybe its just me but i feel like that has become a scarce element in many manga and anime series, villains that are actually…villainous. I call what has been happening in anime and manga in the last several yeas the Magneto complex.
Magneto is a character from the X-men universe, a mutant activist of sorts promoting mutant kind the best way he can. Again maybe its me but i have never really seen Magneto as a villain, maybe not an anti hero but a guy that is doing what he can for his race the best way he knows how to. And it feels like every villain i come across is nothing more than a whiny Magneto facsimile.
In fact i would say that there aren’t many actual villains left in anime. Because every villain these days has good intentions, every villain is a lost soul that needs to be saved; every demon or warlock has a good heart hidden beneath his fangs, every thug an innocuous intention gone wrong.
Basically all villains of this day and age are anti heroes taking things too far. What happened to villains that were actually…bad? I am talking about good old dark Vs. light stories that so many people are quick to disparage but which can manifest as much quality in story telling as the most complex of plots.
It is more than possible to craft a cast of villainous ‘evil and vile as they come’ characters within a great story and intriguing plot. I am not advocating for the sorts of aimless villains we used to see during the earlier days of anime, evil for the sake of it all, with not particular reasoning behind seeking the earth’s destruction.
I just want villains that are villains, that will not be talked down, that do not need some dark and tragic past to explain why they do what they do, that present the sort of threat that will not be eradicated through a little therapy. Most people have very negative impressions of basic good Vs. evil stories in anime and manga, never realizing how exhilarating they can be.
Just look at Last Air bender; most people zero in on the intricate plotting of morally conflicted characters and the decisions they have to make in trying to describe Avatar as a complex anime series with a deep story, not realizing that last air bender is as basic a Good Vs. Evil story as they can get; you have an evil fire lord reeking havoc on the land and a young avatar that must stop him. A story as straight forward as that, with a villain that was as evil as they can get proves that you can create riveting stories in anime and manga without resorting to creating convoluted back stories for an increasingly complicated villain.
+I don’t know if i got my point across but i will conclude as such; i am as big a fan of complicated stories with complex villains as any other otaku out there. But its become too much, with every anime and manga choosing to follow this same path instead of branching out into something different. As awesome as Johan (Monster) might be to appreciate, sometimes a little Vegeta goes a long way in making things a little more exciting.
Hello to everyone, this is DHK with another blog. I been playing a lot of Pokemon X on my 3DS, while I was playing old memories of the Pokemon Anime was popping into my head. And I start thinking about some of my favorite characters in the show Team Rocket. So in this blog I will be talking about Jessie, James and Meowth of Team Rocket is the protagonist of Pokemon. Yes, I know it sound funny and stupid, and I wasting my time and yours. But hear me out on this, I will try to make a case for them. So prepare for trouble, and make it one :/
Jessie, James and Meowth have the best back story in the Pokemon Anime. other character's back story are non existent, like Ash (who we do even know his father). In order to know more about a character, you have to know where they come from
I'll will start with James back story. James was born in a rich family, he got whatever his little heart can wish for, from food, Pokemon and toys. He truly have the good life, until his parents decided James will have a fiancée, name Jessebelle. Jessebelle is a bossy and spoil rich girl. She begin to tell James how to live his. She try to change James into something he is not. One day, James got sick of it and run away from home. Taking his Koffing with him and leaving Growlie to protect his parents.
Jessie was the opposite, she grow up in a poor foster home. She have little money and couldn't afford toys to play with or sometime food to eat. In the winter times, her foster mother make snow with soy sauce on it. Sometime later, someone catch an Ekans for her a gift. After some years, she left home to become a Pokemon Nurse, but she fail the test. Instead of giving up, she apply to another Pokemon Nurse School. But this time it was a school for Chanseys. She met an Chansey and they become friends. But Jessie fail again to graduate, instead of trying again she left to try something else.
Meowth grow up on the streets, with little food and no one to look after him. Meowth was so hungry, that he thought baseballs was food and try to eat it. The coach caught him trying to eat the baseballs, instead of helping the poor Pokemon the coach beat up poor Meowth and tied him to a tree. Hours later, Meowth wake up from his coma in time for a movie in a park. The movie was about a Meowth going to Hollywood having a good and ice cream. Our Meowth, decide to go to Hollywood. Where he think he will be treated better, so he got untie and jump on a car to Hollywood. Where he got there, Hollywood wasn't all gumdrops and ice cream he thought it was. He still have to play the survive game, that he was so bad at. But a gang of Meowth led by a Persian, show him the ropes and let him join there little gang. Sometime later, Meowth met the Pokemon of his dreams, a female Meowth named Meowzie. Our Meowth, try to ask her out but she rejected him by basically saying he poor and isn't a human. Heartbroken, Meowth decide to learn to be a human in hope Meowzie would fell for him. It take him months to learn how to walk like humans and talk like humans. He quit the Persian's gang, so he can focus on being human. Meowth have learn human language and able to walk like one at the cost of not being able to learn any new moves. He met Meowzie again to impress her, but she rejected him again, because he was poor and now is a freak. Heartbroken again, Meowth left Hollywood
Years later. Both Jessie and James enrolled into Pokemon Tech, where they met for the first time. The two become friends, but there grades was so bad that they drop out of school. Some time later, Jessie and Jamie join and become leaders of a bike gang in Sunny Town. There nicknames was Little Jim (for James) and Chainer Jessie (For Jessie). They was part a bike gang for awhile, but both of them quit to join Team Rocket where they first met Meowth and become the trio we all love
Team Rocket back stories all are interested and give a reason why they act the way they do. Why Ash want to be a Pokemon Master, because it is in the strip. While James join Team Rocket to be free and anything he want to do, Jessie join Team Rocket to become a big shot and live the good life and Meowth join to get more attention (Still wondering why nobody is interested in Meowth, he a talking Pokemon who understand other Pokemon). It seem like the creators put a lot of time on Team Rocket back stories then any other characters of the Pokemon Anime
Team Rocket have a lot of personality, then the other characters. They not just playing the bad guy role, they sometime help the twerps or just help others out of the goodness of there hearts (even though they will decline it). James have have a sense of honor when he do contests (like in PokeRinger), he will refuse to cheat or ask the others to cheat for him. But he will cheat if he is losing so badly, but he did grow out of it later. He treat his family and friends with respect and put his life on the line to them from hurt.
Jessie seem to be a heartless lady, but she does have a soft spot for her friends. She will help them with there problems. Like when she met her old friend Blissey from the Pokemon Nurse School, Blissey have given Team Rocket all the food in the Pokemon Center because they was dying of hunger. Instead of Jessie being happy she getting all that food, she have a worry look on her face, because she know Blissey will get fire for giving them the food. So she come back with the others, and say they trick Blissey into giving them the food. This show Jessie more layers to her character. And I can't really think of a moment with Meowth, the only one I can think of where he could life the good life with a village who see him as a god.
With Ash and the others are just goody to shoes, Team Rocket have more layers then the twerps. It seem like the creators like Team Rocket more then the Ash and the others
Team Rocket are the best characters and have the best episodes of the Pokemon Anime. So I feel they are protagonist of the Pokemon Anime, now enjoy this nostalgia video
Anyway, thank you for reading my crazy blog. I will try to make more blogs weekly, next one might be about the US Shonen Jump and I might hold a contest for a free year of (paid by me) Shonen Jump. (Have to ask viz if it ok first) Sorry if their was any typo.
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