Summer 2012 Experience: Trying Some New Anime and Manga

Topic started by takashichea on Aug. 7, 2012. Last post by Destinyheroknight 2 years, 6 months ago.
Post by takashichea (15,916 posts) See mini bio Level 25

Hey everyone! I'm Taka, your friendly neighborhood wiki editor. Today, I like to share some of anime and manga series that I have heard about and finally have a chance to try it out. With summer, this is my only chance to get out there in the vast anime universe and outside of my comfort zones. There is so much anime and manga out there that I feel left out from the discussions here in the community. I can't comment. It's pretty ironic that a wiki editor like myself is a noob who can't call himself a true anime fan.

Some of these are old while some of these just began airing in Japan a month ago or so. I thank BigHeart711 who got me into the Summer and Spring 2012 trailer video projects. For the new stuff, I just post links to the weekly reports to make this blog shorter. I usually don't do long blogs because I don't want to bore you guys and gals.

One Piece (Manga Only)

Began in June: Some folks are surprised that I haven't read One Piece yet since I'm mostly a Shonen specialist wiki editor. I heard so much about it from my colleagues especially with the debate between Fairy Tail and One Piece. I, like many others, made a mistake and thought the first cover of Fairy Tail manga was one of Eiichiro Oda's works. In time, you see the differences. Anyways, I tried One Piece to support the fans when Godlen was gone. I got hooked on One Piece after the first chapter. Luffy reminds me so much of Goku. They are both big eaters, gentle spirited, and stupid at some points. The big difference between the two is Luffy's ambitions. His dream to become king of the pirates remind me of Naruto and Yoh Asakura. The only thing I had to get used is the drawing style. I seen it on the wiki pages and battle forums, but when I read the manga, their mouths are huge, and their faces are so simplistic.

Right now, I'm in Skypiea. I was surprised that they gone up to the sky to become sky pirates. In one of DestinyHeroKnight's blogs, I asked when are the mermaids appeared. It turns out they won't appear for a long time. One Piece is not a true pirate story until I get to see some mermaids.

Puella Magi Madoka★Magica

Started in early July: I heard about this anime when it made first place as best of 2011 in Anime Vice. I took BigHeart711's recommendation and instantly fall in love with the anime. It got dark in episode 3 which I can't spoil you. Like everyone said, this anime will change your perception on magical girls genre. It was surprising that Gen Urobuchi created the story since I usually associate him with Fate Zero, another favorite anime of mine. They both have a cyclic fate element sewn into them since witches and magical girls are doomed to repeat a cycle of despair. In Fate Zero's case, the servants are stuck in the past and brought back to life as a tool to get the grail. I seen this more in Saber than others. They had great characters who are unique in their own ways, and for characters I will not forget is Kyuubei because he is an interesting yet the most despised and creepiest character in the show. The show has a unique animation when you enter the witches' world. I can't seem to stop staring at the eyes that have this random pencil shading.

All in all, it's an awesome show. I'm glad I got to try it.

Astarotte's Toy

Started on July 28: I tried this one because I was researching reverse harem shows due to the recent wiki work in La Storia della Famiglia and Alice in the Country of Hearts. There was not much good reverse harem series that were originally based on video games. I chose to do Astarotte's Toy because of the premise, a young succubus must form a harem of men in order to live off of their "life seed." The bad thing was that Daniel and Sotyfan16 told me it was not a reverse harem which reminds me to remove it from the Reverse Harem concept page. After Daniel told how great the anime was on Tom's Watch and Learn article, I decided to check it out out of curiosity. What I have seen made me laugh hard. I heard how people didn't tried it because it had lolis in it. I didn't give a damn about it if it made me look a pedobear. The fan service is not that bad after I got used to the panty shots which I'm not a fan. It was Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? level. My little sister joined half way when she got curious. I hated the anime at first, but I eventually liked Astarotte (tsundere problems and mommy's girl problems) and Naoya (moral issues with his relationships with Astarotte and her mother). I did not expect that plot twist with Naoya and his daughter who is a weird girl. I did not want Naoya and Astarotte together, but the manga will probably have them married. Speaking of the manga, I haven't read it.

This series is great if you can tolerate the fan service and innuendos. When it got good, the anime ended abruptly. I hoped to see a second season.

Highschool of the Dead

Started on August 6: I avoided this one show for a long time, but as I get used to Anime Vice, the folks gradually stripped my innocence where I don't feel ashamed watching bad shows except for H wiki pages. I still feel dirty. I avoided shows that are not family friendly since I usually watch anime with my little sister. After watching Hagure Yusha no Estetica and Deadman Wonderland, I was ready to tried something extreme violence with a perverted fan service like Seikon no Qwaser. However, I did tried HOTD a year ago, but I started on episode 9 for a special wiki concept project: Implied Sex Scenes. I had to start all over yesterday to get the full story. HOTD was a thrilling experience when I watched Monday night. It was hella scary and mind numbing, and the panty shots were freaking annoying in the battles. In time, I got dehumanized as I got comfortable with the violence, immorality, and absurd fan service. I liked every character except for Saya Takagi and that messed up teacher.

I haven't finished the anime, but it's 12 episodes which is pretty damn short. From what Sotyfan16 said, I'm not looking forward to the ending. I will have to try out the manga to find out how it ends.

New Summer Anime Shows

Since I'm running out of time, I leave the weekly reports and first impressions that people made. Thank you guys and gals for reading this blog. I hope you continue discussing anime in this community. Please check out the discussion threads for the new summer anime shows.

Discussion Threads


Post by AURON570 (573 posts) See mini bio Level 15

I got a little peeved when you said you're at Skypiea in the One Piece manga, because that's where I am in the anime right now. D=<

Post by takashichea (15,916 posts) See mini bio Level 25


I won't have much time to read One Piece. The manga is damn long, and I haven't tried the anime from scratch.

Post by ShadowKnight508 (5,358 posts) See mini bio Level 19
Glad to hear that you are enjoying the One Piece manga so far, Takashichea. DestinyHeroKnight was right in telling you that you are a long way from the appearance of the mermaids in the story. I am pretty sure that you will enjoy the anime as well (as long as you avoid the horrible 4Kids cut from the early 2000's). Have fun with the Grand Line Saga: Skypiea Arc!
Post by takashichea (15,916 posts) See mini bio Level 25


You and DestinyHeroKnight got me into the One Piece craze. It's thanks to you guys.

Post by swaggity (27 posts) See mini bio Level 6

@takashichea: I actually like this idea of yours. I need to try this. Watch some series and write my reviews on them. Perhaps I can start getting involved with the community and contributing. And perhaps get my love of anime back.

Perhaps, since there are 5 shows here, can you recommend me 5 shows you would like for me to check out and give my thoughts on?

Post by takashichea (15,916 posts) See mini bio Level 25


Thanks, it was a random idea when I looked back at the shows that were recommended by my teammates. I didn't get a chance to try Baccano! or Black Lagoon.

I don't have a lot of variety of shows to recommend, and many of them are not that great, but I'll try my best. I checked your profile to see what you already tried or got sick of.

I won't put these shows: Gurren Lagann, Fairy Tail, Bleach, FLCL.

Okay, I pick these five.

1. Sket Dance

It's a slice of life, comedic/gag series with both manga and anime are still up and running. It revolves around three main characters of the Sket Dan club. They help their fellow students with requests.

The flaw or that people get put off by this show is the episodicness of the story. It feels like it is skipping around.

The anime has aired 69 episodes, and the manga has over 200 chapters. If you're familiar with Gintama, this is the lite beer version of it.

1. Bossun

He's the leader in the Sket Dan club. His skills are Concentration mode (where he puts on his goggles and figure things out), marksmanship, and great artistic skills.

2. Hime Onizuka

She's the powerhouse in the Sket Dan club. Don't be fool by her pretty appearance. Her field hockey stick, Cyclone, can dish a lot of damage such as bringing the down the roof.

3. Kazuyoshi Usui

He's the brains in the Sket Dan club. Even though he uses a laptop to speak, he can gather information quickly and helps his team with his gizmos such as a homing device.

2. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Vol. 7
Vol. 7

It's about a teacher who is very pessimistic with society, and he tried to commit suicide. His name is Nozomu Itoshiki, but a young, optimistic girl, Kafuka Fuura, bumps into him and saves him unintentionally. I don't remember the beginning, so I'll skip this. This show is about sarcasm, and Nozomu will point out every flaw, bad things, and other absurd things about a topic. The main cast is full of high school girls who are unique, and they will often tag along. Kafuka will often step in and show how this is a good. It's the general formula for most of the story. I read the manga, and I only watched 2 episodes due to Superevil225's Weird Or What? - Sayonara, Zetsubou Sensei blogs.

If you're going to read the manga, there are a lot of text. It usually takes me 2 hours or more to finish a volume due to the tiny print. I usually take my sweet time to enjoy the references and the ones I don't get. I look them up.

3. Fullmetal Alchemist Manga or the two anime series: the Original and Brotherhood

This is one of favorite shows. I'm not sure if you already tried this one. This is one of the best Shonen anime out there. It trumps those really long shonen anime shows: One Piece, Naruto, Fairy Tail, Bleach because it has the right balance of story, action, drama. Plus, it's short. It's 27 volumes, 51 episodes for the first anime, and 64 episodes.

It's about Edward Elric who commit a taboo, human transmutation, to bring back his mother back to life. However, things go wrong, and Edward loses his leg while his whole brother vanishes. Feeling desperate, Edward gives up anything to get his little brother back. The end result is linking his little brother's soul to hunk of armor. The two young boys set out in a quest to find the Philosopher's stone to restore their bodies while serving the military.

If you're going for the anime, most people would say go for the Brotherhood series because it's faithful to the manga. The first anime series had a bad ending which sours a lot of fans. However, Brotherhood skips a lot in the beginning until it reaches episode 15. I can't remember exactly. What I heard from folks is that you want to try the first 15 episodes of the 1st anime and then switch to Brotherhood episode 15. I was comparing the episode lists and reading the synopsis. It's pretty confusing to switch. It's up to you to decide.

I recommend reading the manga first, and then trying out Brotherhood anime.

4. Chibi Vampire

It's about Karin Maaka who is a strange vampire. She does not suck blood but gives blood. If she can't give blood to someone in time, she suffers a massive nosebleed! The vampires in that universe all have preferences which makes them hungry for a certain person that fits their preferences. Karin's blood acts up when she meets a person. I won't give away the preference due to spoilers.

It's a funny and romantic series with light fan service. I got hooked on when my little sister had me tried the first volume.

Oh, I recommend the manga over the anime because the anime had a different and unsatisfying ending. The manga did a much better job that brings closure between Karin and her love interest.

5. B. Ichi

B.ICHI Vol. 1 US B.ICHI Vol. 1 US (Oct 2008)
B.ICHI Vol. 1 US B.ICHI Vol. 1 US (Oct 2008)

I don't know why I chose this short manga series that's only four volumes. It's underrated manga that was rushed, but it did a good job in developing characters. I love the concepts behind their powers. There are special people called Dokeshi. They can use 60% of the brain capacity to get unique abilities. The cost is that they have to obey a certain rule. Each rule is unique with the Dokeshi. If they don't obey the rules, they will lose something precious from them.

It's funny, action packed series with some drama and lots of carnage.

I hope you enjoyed these recommendations.

6. Gosick

*I know you asked for five, but I did this just in case you already tried one of these shows already.

It's a mystery and crime series that revolves around a smart, bored little girl named Victorique who meets a Japanese boy named Kujo Kazuya. The two would solve crime and mysteries, and every time they do, Victorique gets close to unlocking her past. The surprising part of this series is that this genre becomes something else.

This anime was recommended by my partner .

Post by sickVisionz (4,327 posts) See mini bio Level 24

If you like Gosick, you should check out Kurenai. I could only stomach an episode of Gosick but on a quick comparison Kurenai has way better music and animation, it's less generic and lazily tropey, and the girl leads are voice by the same person playing a similar character but the Kurenai one is a way better version.

Post by PenguinDust (1,008 posts) See mini bio Level 13

This was a good read. If you're still looking for a reverse harem I really enjoyed Cheeky Angel (Tenshi na Konamaiki). It's one part rom-com, one part gender switch (or is it?) with a dash of adventure mixed in, too. It's about a boy who met up with a jerk of a genie and was turned into a girl. Years later, she's grown comfortable with her sex although she still seeks to find the genie and undo the transformation. Even though she's an aggressive young woman, she manages to attract several suitors including the school's most notorious delinquent. The anime was never licensed so it might be a challenge to find these days, but not impossible. The manga is also online although I haven't read too much of it.

I've always wanted to sit down and read One Piece. Maybe someday.

Post by takashichea (15,916 posts) See mini bio Level 25


Oh cool, I will try out Kurenai. Thanks sickVisionz.


Sounds like Ranma 1/2 which I haven't tried. I'm curious about the outcome if the girl can find the genie and return back to a boy.

Thanks, I wanted to find some good reverse harem titles. I did a blog on Reverse harem based games/visual novels to see if their manga/anime adaptations fare well or not. So far, they don't.

Post by Destinyheroknight (10,466 posts) See mini bio Level 21


I just remember, you have saw a mermaid. In the Hachi's cover arc. Man, I can't believe I forgot about that cover arc LOL! So, glad you enjoying One Piece :)

Post by takashichea (15,916 posts) See mini bio Level 25


I was searching the chapters. I finally remember I did saw one. It was in chapter 195. Whoo, that was a lot of stuff in One Piece. I remember I was in the Arlong Arc when I was wondering about Mermaids.

Post by Destinyheroknight (10,466 posts) See mini bio Level 21


Man, I'm so sad I forgot about that cover story (it one of my favorites), I'm so glad I was rereading Volume 24.

You want to know the sad thing about One Piece anime, they skip the cover page arcs. So if you was watching the anime, it would take you about 300 episodes to see a Mermaid

Post by takashichea (15,916 posts) See mini bio Level 25


I wouldn't get to episode 300 in two months. My brain would fry. I wonder why the anime does that, and I chose to read the manga than the anime because of the filler arcs and how massive the story is. I don't know if the filler arcs are more massive than Naruto or Bleach. Speaking of One Piece and Fairy Tail similarities, I tried one of Annabanana's favorite manga, Buster Keel! last night.

I was surprised at the similarities between Fairy Tail and Buster Keel. Buster Keel is most cliche shonen series with an RPG/Dragon Monster Warrior element. It also shares similarities with Naruto especially with Keel and Blue.

Have you tried this one yet? So far, I like it despite the overused cliches.

I have done a similarity and differences blog for Gintama vs Sket Dance while you did one for Fairy Tail and One Piece. I will cover this and Fairy Tail in the next blog.

Post by Destinyheroknight (10,466 posts) See mini bio Level 21


Wow, Buster Keel look a lot like Fairy Tail. But no, I haven't read it yet since this is the first time I see it

Sadly, I won't be able to read it, since my limit of Manga I can read is at the max at the moment

I can't wait for your blog about this

Post by ShadowKnight508 (5,358 posts) See mini bio Level 19

@takashichea: The filler arcs in One Piece (anime) are not too bad, usually lasting several episodes (range of 3 to 8 in length, perhaps in some cases 10 to 12). The longest one I noticed was the G-8 Filler (post-Skypiea). That one was like 10 episodes or so, with the Strawhats falling into the impenetrable G-8 Marine base, having to find a way back to their ship, and mingle amongst the Marines while their escape plans come together. The other ones (filler arcs) are Goat Island, Warship Island, Little Buggy, Rainbow Mist, Memory Island, Spa Island, and the Lost Friends Mini Arcs (Part One and Two). Some filler (the feudal shogun-era Boss Luffy and the Superhero Tony Tony Chopper ones) are tossed in every now and then roughly 40% of the way in.

Post by Destinyheroknight (10,466 posts) See mini bio Level 21


Little Buggy

Oh yeah, Little Buggy is one of two cover pages that the anime did (the another being Cody and Helmeppo). Still wondering why they don't do the cover arc

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