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ANIME:
--Beast Saga- This anime is atrocious; or maybe i am being too harsh, though i am starting to think that the person who recommended it to me on theinternet was trying to be funny. Beast saga takes place in a distant galaxy called beast. So basically a world inhabited by talking humanoid creatures, divided into the land, sky and water tribes, each fighting for an elemental power called Godlot.
This anime reminds me of the sorts of shows i used to watch as a kid on Nickelodeon, which probably explains why i found it to be quite silly.

--Danball- This is another fairly childish anime that i initially took too seriously, taking place in a future dominated by LBX’s (little battle experience), tiny robots used to do battle in virtual environment as full sized robots. The story follows two kids that enroll in a prestigious academy on an island specializing in teaching its students mastery over LBXs, while allowing them topartake in a world war in second world, a virtual world built under the school.
With the kids divided into platoons/teams, each class representing a fictional nation and holding its own assets, second world was apparently created by the UN to bring about peace by simulating how another world war would progress with advanced technology.
The series does little to explain how figuring out the progression of another world war would somehow help avoid it. It makes little sense to me, especially the importance of LBX, though it seems elevated to the level of sport, which sort of adds some logic to the anime. None the less it comes off, four episodes in, as badly done mecha, with victory in battle coming down to the power of the machine rather than skill and strategy.
And the main characters are irritating. Despite its childish tone though i will probably continue to watch danboll, whereas i dropped beast saga on episode one. It is strange though that this anime is compared to the football oriented Inazuma 11, which i actually enjoyed.

--Asura Cryin- It has to be more than two years since i last picked up, dropped, picked up again and dropped this series a second time, each time finding myself unable to retain interest in the story it told. Or maybe it wasn’t the story but the characters. I have said it before that i do not mind recycled plots andcharacters so long as they are presented in a new and refreshing way.
Asura Cryin had this ridiculously clichéd hero surrounded by these even more ridiculously clichéd female characters that tended to drive me into a rage. With my third viewing though, i seem to have developed a higher tolerance for these elements, the story following a high school kid that receives a metal box from his older brother, within which is contained a weapon that many consider too fearsome to loose outside their own control, making our protagonist the target of many an attack.
And then their is the mystery regarding the female ghost that has been following him around for a few years now, which might not be a ghost after all. The story is decent, though five episodes in i still find myself fast forwarding over certain moments that either seem too silly or which i have seen played out in the exact same manner over and over and over again in other anime.
Highlights: Beast saga; i am actually thinking of going back on my decision and watching it. There were moments that were so silly they proved almost entertaining.

MANGA:

--Ubel Blatt- Having to decided to give Noblese a break this week, i came across Ubel blatt, which tells the story of a group of 14 warriors commissioned by the emperor to defeat an enemy called Wirtschtech, monstrous and in possession of great magic (more like alchemy as it is said to manipulate science and technology to bring about miraculous events). Three a slain on the way, four betray their cause and switch sides, while seven achieve victory, defeat the evil that threatens the medieval land and eliminate the four lances of betrayal, forever branding themselves as the seven heroic lances that would go on to achieve great power, wealth and near god like status, second only to the emperor.
The story kicks off at a period in time when Wistchtech has returned and, with the people looking to the seven lances for their salvation, a new figure arrives on the scene, one gifted with great skill, mysterious black blades, youth and a secret that threatens the order that the seven heroes have created; as the last of the so called lances of betrayal, this man in a boy’s body seeks to reveal the truth about what really happened years ago and who the true heroes and betrayers of the war were, secrets that put the scarred fellow against honorable foes that seek to perpetrate this lie if only to protect the peace the heroes have brought about.
With the 20 chapters i have read so far, Ubel Blatt shows potential for greatness, with the hero of the series having to traverse a world that worships his enemies while loathing those like him that actually gave their lives for humanity. Being a seinen, the series is filled with lots of gore and nudity. This far in, i think i will give it another 20 chapters before determining if it can take advantage of the potential it has shown so far; because lots of shows display great potential and lots of shows fail to take advantage of that potential.

--Aphorism- This manga is crap, the first i have dropped in quite a while. The premise was so inviting, the story following ayoung boy that enrolls at a prestigious high school, only to realize that those chosen to enter its doors, having chosen the individual name that will define their power, will have to spend each and every day partaking in one monstrous trial after another, only those that survive the year receiving the opportunity to graduate from the institution and escape its horros.
I think there was mention of the apocalypse, a floating island in the sky responsible for unleashing the horrors against the school and how it was the students’ duty to defend mankind by surviving each and every day of there school life. There was potential; or maybe the problem is my expectations, because this wasn’t the high school of the dead i was expecting it to be. The manga simply couldn’t ratchet the fear and anxiety high enough; the art was mediocre and, while it was a good idea for each chapter to follow each new day of monster madness, the story wasn’t captivating.
I expected this to be a survival story on the level of Attack on Titan. It proved way too tame, despite the gore.
--Full contact- another series that came highly recommended, following the story of a kid that is shot down by a girl he confesses to because she only dates strong guys, forcing him to enroll at a dojo and enter a world of karate that leads him down many a battle. I guess i can see the appeal…no i cannot. And six chapters of boredom proved that.
Oh and the art is severely lacking. I cannot see how some of these sites assigned Full contact nine whole stars. I think i am done using these review sites as a means of determining what is good to read.

--Fairy tail- I still cannot get over my disappointment for this chapter. I thought that with the passing of time my thoughts on itsevents would change, but even my excitement over Laxus’ awesomeness cannot change the fact that the chapter did an atrocious job of introducing Tartaros as the big bad villain of the story. I still cannot get over how a demon of zeref could lose in three strikes. I really hope Hiro knows what he is doing with this chapter. God knows we are in need of a great arc after the fairly lackluster ones we have been having.
--Magi: The Labyrinth of magic- Finally Magi is back, with a fairly tame chapter opening up this new arc. Very little happened, yet it was still entertaining, with everyone taking steps to get to the meeting point for the summit between Kouen and Sinbad. IN this chapter Kouen summoned Aladdin and Alibaba to be his guides to the meeting point, clearly a ruse to acquire Aladdin and all he knew before hand. Alibaba chose to go in his place. I suppose we can expect a clash when Alibaba and Kouen meet in his kingdom, what with the arrogance Kouen has been known to display.
Highlights: nothing stuck out for me this week. I should have just read Noblese.
Anyway that was my week in manga and anime. What was yours like?

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