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Finished 2 episode summaries and 1 character page. I'm think I'm good. Kind of exhausted myself after not using that wiki technique for so long. Friday - I'll focus on the winter 2015 trailers. PM me if you need me.
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Overview

Welcome to the weekly Fairy Tail report! My teammate, Newten, will resume doing coverage for Fairy Tail this week. Check out Sora_thekey's thread about the winter watches. To watch the latest Fairy Tail, head over to Crunchyroll. For those who want to try the dub version, check out Funimation.

For those who are new to Anime Vice, my partners are Newten and Annabanana in addition to my old teammates, Obsidian609, Wales, Obscurefan, and Buhssuht. For image gallery, check this link to the wiki page. We also have a lovely stitched cap from Fairy Tail Wikia for this episode. I didn't do an animated GIF for this week.

Plot

Ep. 113: The Tenrou Tree - "Tenrō-ju" (天狼樹)

The Fairy Tail and Grimoire Heart members continue to battle. Gildartz fights Bluenote while Natsu's gang go back to the camp. Bixlow and Freed Justine jump in and defend the camp from Rustyrose. In Erza's battle, Azuma uses his magic to destroy the Tenrou tree. With the tree fallen, will Erza be able to defeat Azuma with everyone's lives on her shoulders?

Find out by watching Fairy Tail!

Verdict

Beware of Spoilers!

Good

Erza's armor of the week!
Erza's armor of the week!
  • For fans of Freed and Bixlow, you'll love this episode. They almost beat Rustyrose until the Tenrou Tree fell over which zaps the Fairy Tail guild's power.
  • Erza's battle with Azuma is picking up steam, and the next episode is going to be great. Armors she used are Black Wing, Morning Star, and Flame Empress. I dig her Flame Empress, but she didn't fight in it as much. Her other two armor takes the spotlight. This is the second time since the Edolas arc that Erza has used her Morning Star armor.

Bad

Gray's baffled by Ultear
Gray's baffled by Ultear
  • Despite the awesome battles, Erza's battle overshadows Freed & Bixlow and Gildartz. Freed & Bixlow takes 2nd place. I am hoping to have a good Gildartz battle like half a episode dedicated to it.
  • Another bad thing is Gray's conversation with Ultear. Nothing happen much so to me, it interrupted the flow of battles.

Bizarre

Who is he?
Who is he?
  • Off-Tangent Reference:Tenrou Tree reminds of the Green Lantern's lantern. Without the source of power, everyone became useless.
  • Mystery Character: Since I don't read the manga ahead of the anime, I find this boy a mystery. He wears clothes similar to Natsu's attire. My wildest speculations that he could be Natsu's son. No, I'm joking. I'm looking forward to a new guild member and his magic powers.

Overall, this episode is great. Deserves a B or 4 out of a 5. I'm definitely looking forward to Erza's battle with Azuma.

Stitched Image of the Week

Fairy Tail Wikia

Fairy Tail Wikia's community member, Rauleli, uploaded this image that reveals Freed and Bixlow in their glory.

Please thank Rauleli for this image.

Thanks

I thank you guys for reading my team's report, and I thank all of my teammates for working hard to support the community while juggling school.

For Wiki progress, Anna and I finished ep. 113's wiki page. That's it. I was working on Sket Dance and Beelzebub's characters this week and last week. Check out my team's wiki vitae list if you want to see the whole wiki work.

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Takashichea

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Overview

Welcome to the Beelzebub report! I couldn't fit the whole episode title "Today I'm Different on the Inside." We'll stick with the movie reference for now. For those who don't know my teammates, they are Arrussel, Sreenivas, Annabanana, and ShadowKnight508. Let's discuss this episode today. With the various anime reports, I have to state this fact, Beelzebub is available on Crunchyroll, a legal streaming website. Beelzebub 50 is available for everyone on January 21, 2012.

Plot

Ep. 50: Today I'm Different on the Inside - "Kyō wa nakami ga chigaimasu" (今日は中身が違います)

After an exciting battle between Oga and Behemoth's men ends with a victory and Furuichi's reputation shattered, Oga and the gang have another bizarre day. The aftereffects of Super Milk Time has caused Oga and Beel to switch bodies, will Beel (Oga) get his body back with his reputation intact?

Verdict

Beware of Spoilers!

Good

Best Awkward Moment
Best Awkward Moment
  • Hilda and Aoi have an awesome fight which makes their first encounter look bad. It makes me want more.
  • Another Caught in a Lewd Position scene: I loved this one as much as Lamia and Furuichi's scene. Poor Hilda.
  • Aoi's super blush moments shine in this episode.

Bad

There's not much bad things, but I wish Aoi and Hilda had more fight time to settle the question whether Hilda or Aoi is stronger.

Bizarre

  • Despite how Furuichi is interpreted as a weak person, he makes some good observations in Hilda and Aoi's fight.
  • Oga and Beel finds Hilda dancing to the kid show where they repeat "pudding" multiple times.
  • Strange, the pudding song is pretty catchy.

This episode is funny, but it needs some actions such as more Hilda vs Aoi scenes.

Thanks

Thank you guys for reading my team's report. I thank my team for working hard to support the community. Check out the community spotlight and the winter anime reports, too!

Wiki Work Last Week

  • Hilda, Hecados, and Naga's story arcs and anime/manga differences sections were updated.

For Rave Master's fans, I wrote a Beginner's Guide to Rave Master. I get on the beginner guide for Beelzebub in the summer.

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Intro

Hiro Mashima
Hiro Mashima

This guide is for people who haven't tried Rave Master. If you are a fan of the series, please enjoy this guide as well. It will give you another side of Rave Master to think about. Hiro Mashima is the mangaka behind Rave Master, his first series. He is also known for his other works such as Monster Soul, Fairy Tail, and Monster Hunter Orage. His Rave Master and Fairy Tail are his longest manga series with an anime adaptation. Fairy Tail is Hiro Mashima's current ongoing manga and anime series with over 110 episodes aired and 30 volumes published. Compared to Rave Master, the series has ended with 35 volumes, and for the anime, it ended abruptly at 51 episodes. Despite Rave Master's early end, it is the catalyst and source of inspiration for Hiro Mashima's future works. You'll see the similarities between his works especially the characters. Other outside influences are Toriyama Akira's Dragon Ball work and Yoshinori Nakai and Takashi Shimada's Ultimate Muscle work.

Rave Master was first published by Kodansha in the Shonen Magazine during 1999 to 2005. The first volume was published in November 1999, and the final volume was published in September 2005. For the anime adaptation, Rave Master is produced by Studio Deen and directed by Takashi Watanabe and aired on TBS in October 2001. The series ended in September 2002. In North America, Cartoonnetwork aired Rave Master on its Toonami block in June 2004. After the series was cancelled, it aired on Syfy in 2009.

The Story

It's about a teenage boy named Haru Glory who is on a quest to find the Rave with the assistance of Plue in order to defeat Demon Card. In his adventures, he encounters Elie who lost her memories, and he promises to help her as they travel the world and save the innocent from Demon Card.

Terminology

  • Rave (Holy Bring) - These magical objects are the only things that can destroy Dark Bring. There are only five in existence that were created by Resha Valentine, and they transform Haru's sword into various different blades.
  • Dark Bring or Shadow Stone (Dub) - They are the antithesis to Rave stones, and they come in many shapes and sizes. They come from Mother Sinclair and have the power to corrupt the user.
  • Ten Commandments Sword or Decaforce (Dub) - This is Haru's main weapon that houses the Rave stones. In the dub version, they changed it to Decaforce to avoid a religious reference because the ten commandments are related to the Bible.
  • Demon Card or Shadow Guard (Dub) - An organization that uses Dark Bring to control the world.

The Characters

These are the main characters of Rave Master.

Haru Glory

A teenage boy who becomes the 2nd generation Rave Master after meeting Shiba, and before leaving Garage Island, he promises his sister (Cattleya Glory) that he will come back home after defeating Demon Card and helping Plue to get all the Five Rave stones. Haru is a bit of a naive boy since he never been outside of his small island of a home.

Voices: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese) and Yuri Lowenthal (English)

Elie

A mysterious girl who has amnesia and a past relating to the Rave stones. Don't be fooled by her looks, she packs a mean punch with her powerful Tonfan guns and has an unnaturally good luck on her side when it comes to gambling. Elie happens to like gambling a lot as well.

Voices: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese) and Michelle Ruff (English)

Hamrio Musica

A Silver Claimer and a thief whose family is massacred by a psychopath seeks the Silver Ray to honor his teacher's will. He's the leader of the Silver Rhythm Gang.

Voices: Showtaro Morikubo (Japanese) and Doug Erholtz (English)

Plue

A carrot nosed dog who helps Haru track down the Rave Stones. He loves lollipops and hates pudding. Go ask Griffon Kato for the whole story. Plue is one of the most adorable things in this franchise and in Fairy Tail.

Voices: Yukiji Kaoru (Japanese) and Mona Marshall (English)

Griffon Kato

Griffon Kato is a blue gourd-like, lecherous animal that looks like Squidward and has yellow cilia as feet. He's the map and transportation person.

Voices: Katsuya Shiga (Japanese) and Tom Kenny (English)

For Fairy Tail and Monster Soul fans, you see the familiar archetypes from these characters that have strong similarities to your favorite characters. Let's discuss that in the comments below.

Why Watch?

Audience

I recommend this to both males and females age 10 and up. As the series progresses into tragic and tear jerking moments, the audience has to have thicker skin for it.

Rave Master is an enjoyable series for many of us when we're young. It is cool to see a guy swinging a giant sword and going "Explosion!" and when the anime gets serious with the dramatic and mournful scenes, it made us cry. I watched this series twice, and it was for a team wiki project. Rave Master still appealed to me now because of its funny yet serious moments. Despite the Shonen cliches of friendship and dreams, Rave Master does it in a low key way. It's about friends fighting to protect each other to the very end with their last breaths. The manga is somewhat graphic with the dismemberment and blood than the anime version which is more toned down more. Though, the American version is more censored than its Japanese counterpart. The music of Rave Master is unforgettable and when Haru takes action to do something crazy, the music compliments the action.

Manga or Anime

For the people who are new, I definitely recommend checking the anime first then the manga. Despite the censorship, the anime is quite faithful to its manga story and the characters in the anime look maturer than its manga counterparts. When you get to episode 51 where the anime has abruptly ended, you can shift to the manga. Since Rave Master is Hiro Mashima's first work, his art style is a bit rough in the beginning volumes. As the manga progressed, the characters' design improve and mature.

Censorship and Name Changes

Like all good anime, they are subjected to censorship. Check out the wiki page or feel free to ask me what censorship they did. They censor the bath scenes that shows some bits of Elie's breasts, altered Griffon's flashback, changed the gun noises to laser noises, and censor Julius's beatings of Elie when she's down. Sorry for going off on a tangent, I'm becoming more like my mentor. As for name changes, the dub version changes the name such as Dark Bring, Demon Card, Ten Commandments and more.

Seiyuu

For dub and sub, I don't have a strong preference. I do watch the Japanese version because it's less censored than the English version. Sadly, I don't know my seiyuus really well. I love both the English and Japanese voices for Haru, Elie, Musica, and Plue. I am amazed that Yuri Lowenthal is the voice actor for Sasuke Uchiha and that Michelle Ruff is the voice actress for Rukia Kuchiki.

Interesting Fact: For Fairy Tail fans, I looked up Tomokazu Seki and Ayako Kawasumi, and they had did some Fairy Tail characters, Lucky and Marl. Like their roles: Haru and Elie, these characters are also a couple. Now, that's deep romance for those pairs.

Conclusion

Rave Master is one of those Shonen series that go beyond with action, romance, and drama with powerful themes of love, friendship, and determination to make things right. For those who think most Shonen animes have a male protagonist who's not in a real relationship, Rave Master will change your mind. The love between the main characters go a long way and withstand time.

Thanks

Thank you, everyone for reading this 2nd beginner guide. I thank my teammate, Fire_Star, for working on Rave Master project with me during summer of 2011, SuperTiencha for his determination to bring both Anime Vice and Rave Master Wikia together, Sotyfan16 for his helpful guides and advice, and the rest of my team for their hard work to support the community.

Check out these Rad Rave Master Blogs and Sotyfan16's Guide for those who want to make a Beginner Guide themselves.

Takashichea

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Overview

Welcome to the 16th Sket Dance report! I'm Taka of Team W.I.K.I. Nation with another review of this week's Sket Dance. Last time, I said we do a biweekly report for everything, but I'll do that next week.

For those who do not know my team, they are

  • Annabanana
  • KuroNekoXIII
  • MohsinMan99
  • HalberdierV2
  • Hibaru
  • Piface314

This week's Sket Dance episode is pretty awesome and damn more hilarious than the last two episodes because it's all about Bossun and Sasuke. Also, we get a bonus story called Biscuit Dance - Sensei's Favorite. It's another adorable story with the toddlers.

Don't forget to check out rad gallery of images for episode 40! We also have new Trivia Questions for everyone!

Plot

Ep. 40: Stakeout Blues - "Suteikuauto burūsu" (ステイクアウト・ブルース)

After a lovely flower scene is wilted away when Bossun and Sasuke fight, they both learn from Takaaki Uchida about an extortionist who has been picking students and taking their cash. Sasuke and Bossun do a little stake out to confront the punk, yet they bump into each other. Will the two ever get along to take out the scumbag?

Verdict

Beware of Spoilers!

Good

*Since there are so many hilarious scenes, I pick these three to be the highlights. What are your favorite scenes?

Bossun's a troll
Bossun's a troll
  • This episode is packed with Bossun and Sasuke's humorous little fights. You got to love how Bossun can make Sasuke mad.
  • The beginning scene where Bossun and Hime talk about the flowers and how that got ruined was the best way to begin this episode.
  • The stakeout scene where Bossun just bothers Sasuke with the troll face is awesome.

Bad

Hime's bad scene
Hime's bad scene
  • One awkward scene is how Hime describe how sick she is. If you guys don't like fan service, you probably didn't enjoy where the camera just pans over Hime's body while her skirt magically flutters. I just found this scene not that great.

Bizarre

Switch watching moe cheerleaders
Switch watching moe cheerleaders
  • Love Switch when he breaks the 4th wall as he tells the viewers how Hime and he recover from their cold. Switch's scene is so wacky when he watches those girls, "Go! Go! Onii-chan!" and "Hang in There, Onii-chan!"
  • How Sasuke believes Bossun has martial arts moves is pure brilliant scene.
  • Sasuke and Bossun are in synch despite they are rivals. Strange huh?
  • Off Tangent Point: For those who are Rave Master fans like me, Tsubaki Explosion sounds like a move Haru Glory would use.

Biscuit Dance

I love how the toddlers look cute and the art style. Plus, Daisy is a bit of a tsundere which adds to the cuteness. The ending is a great surprise.

Trivia Section

Thanks

I thank you guys for reading my team's report, and I thank my team for working hard to support this community. Please check out the community spotlight by FoxxFireArt and the wiki vitae list for Sket Dance to see our progress for the wiki project. This week, we finished episode 40's wiki page except for the anime/manga differences. I have to find the manga story equivalent.

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Overview

Welcome to the 7th weekly Fairy Tail report! I'm Taka, and I'm here to discuss Fairy Tail episode 111 and 112 with you guys and my team. Juvia and Meldy's battle is going end with unexpected yet fantastic way. After that, we get another origin story about Cana. It's going to be interesting to see who is Cana after.

Check out the image galleries for 111 and 112. Feel free to add some images. I'll add some more to it as soon as my partner gives me the green light.

Plot

Ep. 111: Tears of Love and Vigor - "Ai to Katsuryoku no Namida" (愛と活力の涙)

Meldy hugs Ultear
Meldy hugs Ultear

Juvia and Meldy fight with their lives and Gray's on the line. Juvia ends the battle in the only way that Juvia knows, love. After that battle, Fairy Tail gets three more battles: RustyRose finds the camp where the injured Fairy Tail members are, Azuma finds Erza, and Bluenote encounters Natsu's group. Will things go well for Fairy Tail?

Ep. 112: The Words I Couldn't Say - Ienakatta Hitokoto" (言えなかった一言)

Lil' Cana and her tarot cards
Lil' Cana and her tarot cards

Cana is at Mavis's grave where she remembers her story about twelve years ago, the first time she encounters Fairy Tail and her father. However, her father did not recognize as her daughter. Due to her father's frequent missions, Cana find herself unable to confess the truth to him. After the flashback, Cana gains the resolve to realize what is most important to her, her guild. Before she leaves, she is blessed by Mavis's sacred spells, Fairy Glitter. Will Cana be able to protect Lucy and her group from Bluenote?

Verdict

Beware of Spoilers!

Good

Ep. 111

Natsu's team
Natsu's team
  • Juvia and Meldy's battle is truly emotional. Viewers learn how deep Meldy's love for Ultear is.
  • Even though Erza and Azuma's battle has not yet begun, it's going to be an awesome battle to wait for.
  • Gray and Ultear's talk got dramatic. Who knows if Ultear is saying the truth about Gray's master, Ur?

Ep. 112

Cheer up, Cana!
Cheer up, Cana!
  • Cana's origin story is just fantastic. It's not the same as Laxus's problem with the daddy issues which is good. You'll see why Cana became a tarot card user and why she became an alcoholic. Alcohol is just another way to bury your misery.
  • New Theme songs! I loved the ending. It's a nice change from the usual character based and calendar wheel themes. It's all about their adventures.
  • Gildartz is Cana's father for some, it would be unexpected surprise or not. For me, it surprise me because Cana and Gildartz do not have much similarities. Then, I wonder why Cana did not attack Gildartz with the other kids. She isn't comfortable enough, I think.

Bad

I don't have bad stuff to report.

Bizarre

  • Ep. 111: You have to wonder how Ultear feels about Meldy. Ultear didn't notice that Meldy is defeated.
  • Ep. 112: Looking at young Cana and Macao, I look at their relationship and wonder what's the age gap between two. I do believe love should have no limits, but if the age gap is too big, it's going to be awkward.

This video is the ending of Fairy Tail. However, it's mirrored. I will find another one. Sorry about that.

Overall, these episodes were great because Meldy and Cana's back stories are reveal, and the action is just getting started.

Bonus

Newten's Stitched Cap Gallery

Newten was working on the bikini page. He is the bikini otaku for anime. Check out his page. He has some nice stitched caps for Fairy Tail. This one is from episode 111.

Taka's GIF of the Week

Erza Scarlet
Erza Scarlet

When I saw this scene, I was like I'm going to make a GIF for this. I call it, Lucy Distress Card.

Click on it to see animated! I made it at Ninja GIF.

Thanks

I thank you guys for reading my team's report. You guys are awesome. I thank my team for being there to support the community with their contributions. For wiki work, I was too busy working on Guilty Crown episodes and the Wiki Editor Archive blog. Not much Fairy Tail wiki work updates is present for last week. I finished Fairy Tail's ep. 112's wiki page.

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