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In what is my first report-like blog, I am reporting an update to the upcoming One Piece: Pirate Warriors game that launches in Japan this March for the Playstation 3. Not entirely sure if this will ever see a US release as of now, but at least we can hope. Information below taken from CrunchyRoll (all respective rights reserved).

"The latest info on One Piece: Pirate Warriors ("One Piece Kaizoku Musou") hit the Japanese interwebs on Famitsu today, so we have some new screenshots and details about the story mode.

One Piece: Pirate Warriors (PS3)
One Piece: Pirate Warriors (PS3)

Story mode is called "Main Log" and features narration by Mahito Ooba (who has also provided other One Piece game narration and played some TV anime roles). There are two types of stages, Adventure and Musou. Adventure stages task you with using Luffy's Gum-Gum Fruit powers to overcome various obstacles, while Musou stages are battle-centric."

One Piece: Pirate Warriors (PS3)
One Piece: Pirate Warriors (PS3)

As a fan of both One Piece and video games, there is a part of me that hopes that this promising One Piece game does eventually see a release in the United States. It would be a blast to play as various members of the Strawhat Pirates from their adventure and battle against the fearsome Arlong and crew (Arlong Park Arc) to what appears to be the end of the Enies Lobby ordeal (Enies Lobby Arc) in the fights against the powerful CP9.

Images of the game below are from both CrunchyRoll and Famitsu's sites. All rights reserved.

Screenshots

One Piece: Pirate Warriors (PS3)
One Piece: Pirate Warriors (PS3)

Character Models

Nami (One Piece: Pirate Warriors for PS3)
Nami (One Piece: Pirate Warriors for PS3)

Link

http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2012/02/09-1/new-one-piece-pirate-warriors-screens-and-story-mode-info

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Today marks the 1st of what will be another long, arduous semester at Butte College as I try to knock out the majority of the core classes that makes up the Radio/TV/Film degree that I seek. With me having to stay at college from 8:00 AM to roughly 6:00 PM Monday thru Thursday every week until May 25th, the free time that I had is essentially gone, and with that being said, I will not be as active on this site. Fear not, for I will try to get in a hour or two every night on the days that I am at college after I complete my assignments and yes, I will be active like I usually am on the weekends (depending on either assignments or events that might interfere with my schedule).

With the return of college, my ability to perform the assorted Wiki Submissions that I am currently working on for three series will be limited for now and most likely will be moved to Friday/Saturday/Sunday if my schedule allows. I am currently working on various "large" submissions for Highschool DxD (manga + character pages), Sora no Otoshimono (character pages + new volume pages when Vol. 13/14 are released), and several smaller edits for Aria the Scarlet Ammo (character page work and main page work?), Kampfer (manga, resume work on Volume One), KanoKon (manga, doing volumes + info), Triage X (manga, for images), an "secret" project that I was helping sotyfan16 with, getting back into an active role for work in TEAM BEELZEBUB on Beelzebub with my three project teammates, and perhaps get to tweaking some character pages that relate to my recent edits (see above).

Wish me luck in my upcoming endeavors...and hopefully I can survive this tough semester (18 units) while still being a active contributor to AnimeVice with both my Wiki and Forum Mod work.

Upcoming Work

Series to Work On:What Needs to Be DoneSchedule (TBA/TBD)
Sora no Otoshimono Vol. 12 JPN (Jun 2011)
Sora no Otoshimono Vol. 12 JPN (Jun 2011)
1. Sora no Otoshimono (Manga)
Tomoki, Sohara, Ikaros, Eishiro, Mikako pages need to be reworked or completed.
Updates to Astraea, Chaos, Nymph, and Man of Synapse pages.
Add/Create Volume 13 and 14 when they "officially" come out.
Start:
1/28/2012
End: TBD
Highschool DxD (Contents Page)
Highschool DxD (Contents Page)
2. Highschool DxD (Manga)
Continue work on Issei Hyoudou's page and get to work on Rias Gremory, Koneko
Tojo, Asia Argento, Yuto Kiba, and Akeno Himejima pages.
Resume work for Volume One and Two (manga)
Start:
1/28/2012
End: TBD
Natsuru (Kampfer)
Natsuru (Kampfer)
3. Kampfer (Manga)
Resume postponed work on Volume One, prep Volumes 2-4 for upcoming work.
Go back and make adjustments/edits for character pages and add content.
Start: 1/28/2012
End: TBD
Chizuru Minamoto
Chizuru Minamoto
4. KanoKon (Manga)
Work on Volume One, look into work for other volumes.
Add basic info to the majority of character pages and submit new content.
Start: 2/4/2012 (?)
End: TBD
Triage X (Volume Three Cover)
Triage X (Volume Three Cover)
5. Triage X (Manga)






Furuichi, Oga, and Beel
Furuichi, Oga, and Beel
ONE PIECE
ONE PIECE
6. Beelzebub (Anime)





7. One Piece
(Anime)
Mainly add images (if needed). Minor work on pages as well (only if needed)








Catch up to where TEAM BEELZEBUB is at and contribute images & minor edits.






Work on pages related to Baroque Works Saga (and Alabasta)
Start: 1/27/2012
End: TBD







(See Above)







(1/31/2012)
Aria the Scarlet Ammo
Aria the Scarlet Ammo
8. Aria the Scarlet Ammo (Anime)
Do work on Episode pages.
Perform work on several Character pages that are lacking in content/format
Start: 1/27/2012
End: TBD
Quiet! 'Tis a Secret!
Quiet! 'Tis a Secret!
9. Secret Project (powered by sotyfan16 and others)
Contribute to Project (via images, minor work on character pages or volume pages)Start: TBA (?)
End: TBD

Reading

As of now, I am on Volume Two of the four volumes included in the Highschool of the Dead: Full Color Edition Vol. One that I purchased last year.

Highschool of the Dead Full Color Edition Vol 1 JPN (Feb 2011)
Highschool of the Dead Full Color Edition Vol 1 JPN (Feb 2011)
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In this blog that is intended for the project that the Moderators here on AnimeVice are putting together in regards to the upcoming Best of 2011 Feature, my reasonings for my Top-3 anime series that I have selected will follow below:

I. Beelzebub

With a great cast of characters, interesting story/plot, and enjoyable moments, Beelzebub wins my overall top pick of 2011.

Oga and Beel panic as Lord En heats up the room. His wet nurses and Hildagarde try to stop him from unleashing his destructive tears by distracting him.
Oga and Beel panic as Lord En heats up the room. His wet nurses and Hildagarde try to stop him from unleashing his destructive tears by distracting him.

Hands down my favorite show of the past year, Beelzebub won me over with it's characters, humor, fights, and the overall story. Beelzebub follows the life of Oga Tatsumi, a ruthless, brutal teenager who takes great pleasure in getting into fights just for the fun of it. One day, after he wraps up dunking some punks into the river shortly after they lose to him in a fight, Oga notices a strange thing floating down the river and goes to investigate it. When he discovers that it is a body, he pauses to think over what he should do, but before he can finish his thoughts, the body "splits open" and a green haired baby emerges. Unsure as what to make of this situation, Oga makes several attempts to scare the baby, but his scary actions only result in the wide-eyed baby taking more interest in him.

He later finds out from Hildagarde (the cold, indifferent wet nurse who is responsible for the baby) that it is Kaiser de Emperana Beelzebub IV, the child of the powerful Demon King and that he has been "chosen" by it to become it's surrogate father. Not wanting to be burdened with raising the child that will one day be the thing that destroys humanity, Oga decides that if he can find someone else tougher and more evil than he is, perhaps he can hopefully dump off Baby Beel on them.

Thus begins the wild and hectic life of Oga Tatsumi, who not only has split his time so that he can raise the future Demon King along with attending classes at Ishiyama High, but now becomes a target of the powerful TKKH, an alliance of four students and their followers that maintain control at the school and take interest in Oga's rise to power. People should watch this show since it is quite enjoyable in almost every aspect, from the humor to the WTF? moments all the way to the interesting cast of characters that make Beelzebub so interesting.

Pros: Interesting Cast, Great Humor, Interesting Story/Plot, Interesting Concepts, Great Animation

Cons: Some slow (boring) parts, but those are rare and hardly affect the series.

II. Aria the Scarlet Ammo

Due to my love of shows that have great action, enjoyable characters, and interesting concepts, Aria the Scarlet Ammo gets the nod for 2nd Best of 2011.

She may not look like much, but Aria Holmes Kanzaki will kick you ass without hesitation if you incur her wrath.
She may not look like much, but Aria Holmes Kanzaki will kick you ass without hesitation if you incur her wrath.

While in the middle of my viewing of the Skypiea Arc in One Piece, I decided to take a break and look into something that had some action and humor in it. Little did I know that I would find what I was looking for in Aria the Scarlet Ammo (Hidan no Aria), which was recommended to me by a big anime fan on Playfire. The show follows the everyday life of E-Rank Butei High School student Kinji Tohyama, who becomes the latest target of the infamous Butei Killer's wrath when he discovers a speed-engaged bomb underneath his bike and is chased by a segway armed with a Uzi that will shoot him if he tries to escape from his fate. Racing around town, Kinji is eventually saved after the arrival of S-Rank student Aria Holmes Kanzaki, who parachutes down from the skies and takes out the armed segway before helping him escape his explosive bike. From that point onwards, Kinji becomes involved with Aria as she tries to assemble and recruit members to create an group of elite Assault agents for her department that will be the best around. As they take up more assignments, Kinji and Aria find themselves becoming involved in dangerous events until a betrayal

What makes this show fun (in my opinion) is the humor, the characters, and the concept of Kinji's genetically-inherited Hysteria Mode. For those who don't know, it works like this: Whenever Kinji becomes sexually aroused by the females around him, his body enters "Hysteria Mode", in which his strength, speed, and intellect soar to staggering levels in combat. However, once in this mode, he can not attack or harm women directly, but he can restrain them and use indirect methods to attack them. The oddest feature of his Hysteria Mode is that he becomes a true seducer of women with a suave personality whenever he is under it's effects, making him look ultra attractive to the girls around him and doing things that he later regrets doing.

While some might not enjoy this series, I found it to be quite enjoyable and a blast to watch, so that is why it gains my favor for being my 2nd best anime of 2011. I will wrap up the final few episodes by the end of this week so that I can see how it ends.

Pros: Interesting characters, Great Action, Good Humor, Interesting Concepts, Good Story/Plot, Good Animation, and Fanservice (for those who enjoy it)

Cons: Fanservice (for those who don't care much for it), and Confusing Segments (at times)

III. Yumekui Merry

Follow the wild mis-adventures of teenager Yumeji Fujiwara, a boy who can see the arua of dreams that eminate from people and can see when people are going to have a nightmare. He gets knocked down when the mysterious Merry Nightmare, a dream demon who seeks to return to the World of Dreams, falls upon him.

Enter the world of dreams and experience a series that most can enjoy...
Enter the world of dreams and experience a series that most can enjoy...

Now, I know that this series has gotten mixed reviews and thoughts from other people, and I was tempted to put Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? here for third place, but when I looked back at Yumekui Merry, I decided to go with it since I found it to be a great overall series to enjoy (even with it's dull parts). Now, I did not officially "finish" all of the episodes for this series (stopped at Episode 8 due to my watching of Gintama, Beelzebub, and ONE PIECE), but from the eight episodes that I had the chance to watch, I found the tales of both average human Yumeji Fujiwara and the dream demon Merry Nightmare to be one that I enjoyed. I will wrap up the final few episodes by the end of this week so that I can see how it ends.

For those who don't know, Yumekui Merry (also known as Dream Eater Merry) follows the life of teenager Yumeji Fujiwara, who has been able to see the dream auras from other people and be able to know when someone is going to have a nightmare. For the past ten years, he has had this strange ability, but it seems to have come with a odd side effect: his dreams always seems to involve being harassed by a legion of talking cats and their wicked master Chaser John Doe, who seeks to use Yumeji's body as a vessel to posses in order to enter the human world. He is saved from his fate by the arrival of the mysterious Merry Nightmare, a dream demon who has been trapped in the human world for ten years and longs to return to the world of dreams. Being the helpful person that he is, Yumeji decides to help her and so begins their ordeals together as they seek to get Merry back to the dream world and to stop the evil scheme of Pharos Hercules, a powerful dream demons that seek to posses humans so that they can escape to the human world and replace humanity. (However, the anime differs by introducing a different villian by the name of Mystletainn, who uses her powers to force dream demons into human vessels so that later on, she can come back and kill them off, resulting in the loss of all ambition in the vessel)

The whole concepts of dream demons, the world of dreams, and the strange cat-filled dreams that Yumeji keeps finding himself in also made this show stand out for me. This show might not appeal to everyone, but in my personal taste, it made for a good overall watch and that is why I place this series over Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?.

Pros: Interesting Story/Plot (most of the time), Neat Concepts, Good Characters, Good Animation

Cons: The Occasional Confusing Segment or Two, Annoying Parts (every now and then)

(NOW FINISHED!)

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In this mini-feature, I share a rare occurrence in the usual TV landscape....quasi-anime sequences!

Anime in Community (NBC)
Anime in Community (NBC)

Tonight's episode of the hit NBC show Community featured two short segments that had both Jeff and Shirley facing off against each other in a heated fooseball match. What took me by surprise is when they both began shouting at each other and the show transformed into a animated mode that reminded me of the anime that was "seen back in the late 1980's and early 1990's", or so it was stated by sources. While not "purely" anime in nature, it was still quite interesting to watch the two of them duel against each other on a small pillar of rocks in the middle of a barren crater with bubbling magma below. While it lasted for perhaps no more than a minute when the two "anime" segments are combined, I still found it quite interesting. I took several screenshots of the sequence to share.

In other words, have you AV Members seen any other shows on TV pull off similar moments in which the show goes into a "quasi-anime" mode?

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Ever since my fellow AV moderator FoxxFireArt created the main page along with the twelve volume pages for the Sora no Otoshimono manga franchise, I have been working hard on trying to give the main page and each volume page the best treatment that I can give them wiki-wise. Over the past three/four weeks, I have been chipping away at the main page for Sora no Otoshimono, and after 10 or so hours of writing, image hunting, editing, and tweaking the page, I have finally finished it.

Coming in at a staggering 5,005 points (my second highest total on a singe page that I have worked on next to my work for the Chaos page), the page is finally complete (until it needs to be updated with the eventual release of Vol. 13 and 14 of the manga, in which I will resume work on this page). It has the following info:

  • A summary of how the main story begins, along with who created it and who published it.
  • Features multiple mini-bios for each character involved in the 12 volumes so far.
  • Images to support/showcase what I have been writing to give the user a image to associate with.
  • Covered all other media (anime series/movie/light novels) that were created from the story the manga started in 2007.

At the moment, I am working on the first of the 12 volume pages (Sora no Otoshimono: Vol. One) and so far have amassed over 3,500 points on it since my work began. Wish me the best of luck in my latest solo endeavor (apart from the work I perform on Team Beelzebub, Tsundero, and Seka x Seka)!

Bonus Image!

Sora no Otoshimono (Chapter 49)
Sora no Otoshimono (Chapter 49)

EDIT: Fixed Links

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