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So over on Giantbomb two of the interns are doing a series called the Fear Gauntlet and it's hysterical. Basically the idea is that two self proclaimed cowards want to try and become tough and manly by playing the scariest games of all time and it's freaking hilarious. I highly recommend that everyone checks it out.

The AnimeVice Fear Gauntlet - It's gonna be freaky
The AnimeVice Fear Gauntlet - It's gonna be freaky

But it got me thinking, October is nearly here, and that's the perfect time for horror themed content to make its way onto the web, and there are tons of frightening animes and mangas out there, and let's be honest, AnimeVice could always do with some more content. So as an homage to the guys on Giantbomb, and as a way to celebrate the month of ghost and ghouls, I'm going to start my own Fear Gauntlet here. Granted I'll probably call it something different so that it doesn't look like I'm just flat out ripping off the hard working interns over on GB, but who are we kidding.

So here's what I need from you folks to help me prep. Give me your scariest horror recommendations. What are the scariest animes you've seen and mangas you've read. List them below so I can build this list!

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Well it's the Summer Time when the weather is hot, and I got anime on the mind (granted that's true the rest of the year too but I digress). I'm always looking for a way to get the whole Anime Vice community involved in something, and as I was looking around the site I saw that apparently I wasn't the only person who wanted to celebrate the summer spirit here. I noticed that some folks out there have been changing the main pic for several pages here to something having to do with summer (characters in swimsuits, at the beach, etc). So I say that for the rest of summer, all of us here on AV should work towards making this site more summer themed.  
 
Time to pack up and hit the beach... or your Anime Vice profile, both work.
Time to pack up and hit the beach... or your Anime Vice profile, both work.

There are several ways to do that. First off, if you have over 5000 points here then you can change the default image of a page to something more summery, or if you don't have enough points then you can always provide us with some pics to choose from by uploading any and all pics involving the beach, swimming pools, any other activities or locations you'd hit up this time of year. 
 
 Fireworks aren't just for us here in America
 Fireworks aren't just for us here in America
But hey, summer is not all about taking pictures and posting them in your scrapbook, it's about the experience as well. And there are tons of pages you can fill in here like The Beach or series that are set during this season like Summer Wars which would be great to spotlight for the next month and a half. And if you can think of any themes that fit this time of year that we don't have on this page yet, well then create away, we always love new pages here after all, they help fill in a more detailed view of the anime world.
 
So enjoy your summer, whether you spend it out in the sun and heat, or whether you spend it in front of your comp here on Anime Vice.
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So last week I put up a blog asking people to vote on what I should dedicate the month of June to here on Anime Vice, what series should I try to fill in as much as I could during this month. And I got some good suggestions, but most of the votes went for Bakuman, which works out well considering that the series's first season just wrapped up last week. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this series, it's the latest hit coming from the brains behind Death Note, Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba. It follows two young aspiring mangaka, Akito Takagi and Moritaka Mashiro, who dream of creating a popular manga series that will get turned into an anime. It's a series about following your dreams, facing your rivals, and pursuing true love. For a great breakdown of the series read my buddy Wales's review of the series here.  
 
For those of you wanting a quick intro here's a breakdown of who you need to know.  

Moritaka Mashiro

 Moritaka Mashiro
 Moritaka Mashiro
A young artist who wants to become a mangaka so that he can create an anime that his girlfriend Miho can do a voice in. Once he's achieved this dream they'll get married, which is the real dream of both of them. However it's hard for him to take this leap and dedicate himself to this life, because his uncle was also a former mangaka who worked himself literally to death trying to create a successful series. 
 
 

Akito Takagi

Akito Takagi
Akito Takagi
  A child prodigy who is a brilliant student, but wants nothing to do with the academic world, but chooses rather to dedicate his life to writing manga. He  teams up with Moritaka Mashiro and they become the manga team of Ashirogi Muto. He focuses on writing more dark series with anti-hero protagonist, which contradicts his light hearted and goofy attitude. 
 
 
 

Miho Azuki

 The girl who Mashiro has been in love with ever since he was a kid, she also shared these feelings for him but neither of them could bring themselves to say this. It wasn't until Akito spilled the beans to Mashiro that Miho's life long dream was to be a voice over actress that they finally got together. Now they have promised that they will one day marry as soon as Mashiro creates a manga that becomes an anime and Miho does the voice for it. However in order to encourage each other to do their best to achieve this, they have also promised not to actually see each other or talk to one another except through email and text message until this day comes.
 

Kaya Miyoshi

 Miho's best friend and Akito's girlfriend, she is the one to thank for Miho and Moritaka getting together more than anyone. She serves as the cheerleader for everyone in this series, doing everything she can to get Moritaka and Miho together, or to get Akito and Moritaka published, she is a ray of sunshine whenever things at the office get stressful.
 

Akira Hattori

 Akito and Moritaka's editor at Shonen Jump, he is the one to thank for most of the success those two have had. He serves as a father figure to the two as he teaches them about how best to use their talents and the way to create a winning manga. 
 

Eiji Nizuma

 Every protagonist needs a rival and Eiji serves that roll in this series. He is a gifted mangaka who doesn't even have to think about how to create a series, going as far as to draw a manga chapter on the spot without even thinking it out. He's very eccentric and childish, however even though he serves as a rival to the protagonist he also serves as a friend to them, constantly wanting them to do their best.
 

There are dozens of other great characters who I will be filling out, so for the rest of this month every day I'm going to focus on updating something about the series, whether it be adding more pictures, creating new pages, or just filling out what we already have. So I hope the rest of you enjoy this and give this great new series a try.
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Okay, so some of you might remember that last year I would dedicate specific months to specific series. Basically what this meant is that every day of that month I would update something on this page from that series, whether it be creating pages for characters, concepts, etc, or I would just fill in wiki pages, or add pictures. Well it's time for me to pick this back up again. However, the question is "Which Series Should I Pick?"

In the past I've been picking series that I knew a great deal about and wanted to give credit to, such as Fairy Tail (I was into it before it was cool darn it :P) Eyeshield 21, Soul Eater, and Katekyo Hitman Reborn. And I've got some ideas for next month, but in case anyone else has some better ideas I'll take your suggestions on it. If enough people tell me to check out a new series and update stuff on it or someone just gives me a very impassioned message about which series to do, then it shall be my choice for next month. However if you can't think of anything, here are some options to get you started.

A) Bakuman

B) Psyren
C) Toriko
Toriko
Toriko
D) Gaming Anime (various animes based around games)
E) Your choice
- I could keep going on and on here with idea folks, I've got a pretty good grasp on most series so go ahead and send me your recommendations, let me know what series or franchise you feel is severely lacking content here on AV. You have up until June to let me know so get your suggestions in.
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So recently I've decided that I want to try and expand my anime perspective. I like to think I've got a pretty good range when it comes to the anime I already know about, but when your screenname on a site is "obscure fan" you kind of have to make sure you keep looking to find more series so you can earn that title. So for the month of February I'm going to try and watch at least two episodes of a new series each day so that I can find something new to become obsessed with and at least gain a little more knowledge about what's out there. 
 
But I don't want to just go out there and start watching series at random, I want to get some recommendations from you, the Anime Vice community. Leave your suggestions for series for me to check out down below and I'll more than likely be able to work it in. Hopefully I'll do a heck of a lot of updating on this site from what I watch during this month as well, so even if its not your top recommendation and you just want to see someone update it, feel free to still put it down here.
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