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Hi everyone, I'm Takashichea (Taka for short). This blog is about me trying recommendations from the Anime Vice community. This is continuing off from the Summer Experiences where I venture into new genres of the animanga world thanks to my friends in this community. I was more of a Shonen fan and started reading manga that my little sister brought from the library. Most of them were Shonen titles.

Here are my first and final impressions of you guys and gals' recommendations. Don't worry, I don't put any spoilers.

Accel World

Recommended by Supreme Marvel

In 2046, people can access a virtual network known as the Neurolinker via their cellphone terminals. A perpetual victim of bullying, middle school student Haruyuki spends his time absorbed in games in a corner of his local network. One day he is approached by the most famous girl in his school, Kuroyukihime (Black Snow Princess). She gives him a strange program called Brain Burst that has the power to "accelerate the world."

After Sword Art Online was finished, I was curious about Reki Kawahara's work, Accel World. is my pal who was watching Sword Art Online at the time recommended to me to watch the anime. Upon looking at Accel World's cover, I saw a pink pig with beautiful girl in the ebony dress. Damn, that is a weird relationship. As I watched it, I found it It's about a video game just like SAO but more fan service, the loli kind. The uniqueness in this anime was the main character is not your average guy. Haruyuki is chubby and short and gets bullied by punks.

For the characters, I pretty much enjoyed everyone, but Haruyuki gets to me sometimes. It was weird that Haruyuki is voiced by Yuki Kaji who voiced Shu Ouma in Guilty Crown. Somehow, Haruyuki and Shu Ouma have this crybaby thing. I just want to punch them and tell them to be a man. Accel World was fun to watch until the last arc where it derailed. It's like SAO where the bad guy takes your precious girl and abuse her.

Angel Beats

Recommended by Sotyfan16

In a world after death, angels fight for their fate and their future. Yuri, the leader of the Shinda Sekai Sensen, rebels against the god who destined her to have an unreasonable life. On the otherhand, Tenshi, the chairperson of the student council for the world after death, battles against the SSS members. SSS members utilize armed weaponry to battle it out against the angels harnessing supernatural powers.

In January 2013, I finally had a chance to try Angel Beats on Netflix (Oddly enough, I didn't know it was on Crunchyroll). recommended the anime along with Infinite Stratos and Dream Eater Merry via Twitter after he and I talked about Astarotte's Toy. At first, I thought it was a cheesy Moe, Shojo anime with a Haruhi look-alike, and I expected to hate the anime. However, I was wrong. Angel Beats blew my mind. It's a beautiful yet bipolar anime because it made me laugh and cry within the same damn episode. I love the characters and their chemistry. While Hinata and the rest of the guys were barrels of laughter, this other group, Yuri, Otonashi, and Angel, provided a lot of drama, tension, and tears. It was a dangerous blend. The problems with the anime I have is that it's too short. A few characters have their back stories revealed. I was curious about the whole gang. How did they died? I made up some crazy theories with my little sister who was watching the anime with me. Plus, the anime crammed too much genre elements: drama, tragedy, romance, and comedy. The romance element was unexpected because the build up wasn't intense.

The music in Angel Beats is unforgettable. Every time I hear that opening or a song from Girls Dead Monster, flashbacks of this anime are vivid as day. I still have some withdrawals from this anime. It is a funny but sad anime.

Overall, Angel Beats joined my list of best anime series. I definitely recommend the anime to anyone.

Off-tangent

Regarding Netflix, I tried the one month free trial to see the anime selection they had. It was so small. Then, I came across Angel Beats and remembered Sotyfan16's recommendation. I watched it with my little sister that night. We finished in a 6 hours marathon. We couldn't put it down. After that, there was not much good anime series on Netflix for me to watch.

Black Lagoon (Manga)

Recommended by Sonata, FoxxFireArt, and Sotyfan16

Okajima Rokuro is a Japanese businessman…in a town full of Japanese businessmen. His normal day consists of social drinking with clients and being kicked around by his bosses. He finally gets a break though, as he’s sent by his company to the tropical seas of Eastern China to deliver a disc…only his boat gets hijacked by a band of mercenaries that were hired to steal it. “Rock” (as he is newly dubbed by his captors) catches the interest of the only female merc “Revy” as she thinks he’s worth a ransom, taking him hostage. However, the disc turns out to be more trouble than its worth, and complicates things both for Rock, and the mercenaries known as Black Lagoon.

Black Lagoon was the big thing in Anime Vice just like Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. After I read the Beginner's Guide to Black Lagoon that was written by Sotyfan16, I was curious about this franchise. From what FoxxFireArt said, it was about Rock who picked what kind of bad guy he wanted to be (if I remember correctly). Black Lagoon was one hell of a roller coaster. It was funny and action packed, but the ugly scars popped up from the rotten underbelly. I stopped reading the manga after the Yakuza arc in Japan. The brutal ending just made it hard for me to stomach.

Black Lagoon is definitely a great recommendation for fans who aren't queasy with blood. Revy and the gang provide lots of entertainment with lots of profanity.

Durarara!!

Recommended by Wales

Ryūgamine Mikado is a boy who longs for the exciting life of the big city. At the invitation of his childhood friend Masaomi, he transfers to a school in Ikebukuro. Masaomi has warned him about people he doesn't want to cross in the city: a champion fighter, an informant, and a mysterious gang called "Dollars." Nervous from Masaomi's stories, Mikado witnesses an urban legend on his first day in the city, the Headless Rider astride a black motorcycle. From then on, the existence of supernatural cases and a gang called the Yellow Scarves will rise to the surface, and Ikebukuro will pushed to the breaking point.

Wales recommended me back then. I watched the first half back in 2011 then I resumed and finished it in December 2012. Durarara!! was great, but it was very slow at the beginning. Mikado was boring to tell you the truth. Only Celty and Shizuo were the reasons I continued to watch the series. The anime spends time building the world for you and revealing all the key players in this wacked out chess game. It immerses you in the urban myth.The latter half of the series was better. You had three friends who harbored secrets that forced them to collide eventually.

Durarara!! is a good anime for those who love the mystery themed shows.

Pet Girl of Sakurasou

Recommended by Daniel Newton

Sorata is kicked out of his high-school dorms for keeping a cat, and moves into a small dorm called Sakurasō. It turns out that all the residents, in addition to being uncontrollable and weird, are outstanding in some way: a well-known animator, a scriptwriter, a programmer. A beautiful girl called Mashiro moves in who is an internationally known painter but is so devoted to art that she can't even dress herself, and Sorata is given the job of looking after her. Through her and the other residents, he learns who he is and what he wants to do.

During the fall semester of 2012, Daniel and I were making discussion threads to get folks watching and discussing the new anime series that season. Daniel told me about Pet Girl of Sakurasou and how it was up my alley. Plus, he needed me to be on his team to tackle the wiki project if I get into it. Within the first 3 episodes, I got hooked on it. Sorata is the tsukkomi living in a hall of gifted but weird folks. The characters grew on me. All of their struggles with relationships and making their dreams come true is one hell of a ride.

Usually, I'm not into slice of life show, but I got into the genre back in the summer with Tari Tari. I would not say Sket Dance was my first slice of life show because it was more comedic than slice of life. Tari Tari was my first traditional slice of life. For Pet Girl of Sakurasou, it was a romantic slice of life anime series that wowed me. It's character driven with all the drama and emotions you see from high school students.

I recommend this anime to romance and slice of life fans.

Thank you for reading. Feel free to make recommendations to your friends here and outside of the community.

You can also make some recommendations for me, too. You can do it here in the comments or comment here at my list: Anime Vice Members' Little Anime/Manga Recommendations.

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Welcome everyone to the 37th Kodansha Manga Award ceremony! Here are your winners for this year.

Best Children's Manga

Animal Land

Animal Land
Animal Land
  • Written and illustrated by Makoto Raiku
  • Serialized in Besatsu Shonen Magazine
  • Alias: Dobutsu no Kuni

Plot

It takes place in a world with no humans that abides by the law of the jungle. The tanuki Monoko suddenly stumbles across a human baby and decides to raise it as her own.

Best Shonen Manga

April is Your Lie

April is Your Lie
April is Your Lie
  • Written and illustrated by Naoshi Arakawa
  • Serialized in Monthly Shonen Magazine
  • Alias: Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

Plot

The youth story revolves around a male middle school student who is also a genius pianist with rare ability, and a female violinist. Together the two help each other to cultivate each other's talents.

Best Shojo Manga

Ore Monogatari!!

  • Ore Monogatari
    Ore Monogatari
    Written by Kazune Kawahara and illustrated by Aruko
  • Serialized in Betsuma

Plot

The romantic comedy manga revolves around the love triangle between the unattractive and stern-faced Takeo Gouda, his cool and attractive childhood friend Sunagawa, and the pure Yamato, whose specialty is making sweets.

Best General Manga

It's a tie!

Gurazeni

Gurazeni
Gurazeni
  • Written by Yuji Moritaka and illustrated by Keiji Adachi
  • Serialized in Morning

The sports manga focuses on a baseball team that operates as a highly-stratified society and where the player's performance determines his annual salary. The story follows an eight-year relief pitcher with an odd left-handed side-arm throw as he fights to survive under the team's strict system.

Prison School

Prison School
Prison School
  • Written and illustrated by Akira Hiramoto
  • Serialized in Young Magazine
  • Alias: Kangoku Gakuen

The comedy manga takes place at a prestigious all-girls high school with a student body of 1,000. The school decides to allow boys to attend, and five boys enter the school dreaming of a harem life, but end up instead forced to live almost as prisoners within the school.

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Magi Anime Default Image
Magi Anime Default Image

Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine listed the sequel to A-1 Pictures' Magi television anime as "opening" this fall, as opposed to "airing." "Opening" is the term normally used for film releases. The final episode of the Magi television anime series aired in March with the announcement that a sequel was green-lit, but did not indicate how the sequel will be released. The story's setting will take place in Magnostadt.

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I spotted a Crunchyroll article on Game Stop ending all Playstation 2 trade-ins and related merchandising. In that article, I didn't notice that Sony had discontinued manufacturing Playstation 2 consoles back in January 2013. I thought Sony had stopped producing PS2 consoles when the PS3 came in town.

My personal experience with Sony games is short. I was a Nintendo fanboy back in the 90's when the neighbor boys and girls had most Nintendo 64 games. Only one person on the block had a Playstation 1 console. That's how I came into the video game experience. I went with Nintendo, and it was my first console. I got into Playstation when I was playing with my neighbor during that decade but never own a Sony console. It was up until January 2012 that I bought the Playstation 2 console and the following games: Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 for my little sister as a late Christmas gift. I was too poor and had to work a 2nd job because I don't get paid at my family restaurant. On a related note, I didn't know Re:Chains of Memories was the sequel to Kingdom Hearts 1, but that's another story.

Now for the blog, I discover I'm an RPG fan as I work the wiki pages at Giant Bomb. I own these games:

  • Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2, Re:Chain of Memories
  • Legend of Mana
  • Dark Cloud

That is all I have.

It's almost summer and I need a break from Anime Vice, Anime Wikia communities, and anime stuff. I'm open to anything. Though, I admit I'm scared of Silent Hill and other horror games. My neighbor's older brother enjoys forcing my friend and I to play Silent Hill in the dark. It was a bit traumatizing.

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Sentai Filmworks and Section23 Films announced that the Dusk Maiden of Amnesia Blu-Ray and DVD will be released in English and Japanese (w/ English subtitles) languages on June 4, 2013.

There is currently no trailer available.

Plot

At the Private Seikyō Academy, there is a legend that all students have heard. Sixty years ago, there was a girl who for some reason, was left behind in the old, abandoned school building to die. Teiichi Niiya one day meets a beautiful, mysterious girl named Yūko Kanoe at the old school building and gets a surprise—she's the ghost of the girl who died 60 years ago, but does not remember her past or how she died. Teiichi becomes determined to help her remember, and together, they seek the truth behind the gruesome legend.

Staff

  • Christopher Ayres

Cast

  • Teiichi Niiya voiced by Clint Bickham
  • Yuuko Kanoe voiced by Emily Neves
  • Momoe Okonogi voiced by Brittney Karbwoski
  • Kirie Kanoe voiced by Jessica Boone

Specs

Title: DUSK MAIDEN OF AMNESIA COMPLETE BLU-RAY

Published by: Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by: Section23 Films

Run Time: 325 min.

Street Date: 6/4/2013

Format: BD

Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP: $69.98

Title: DUSK MAIDEN OF AMNESIA COMPLETE

Published by: Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by: Section23 Films

Run Time: 325 min.

Street Date: 6/4/2013

Format: DVD

Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP: $59.98

Sources

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