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Happy new year everyone and welcome to My Top Four Favorite Manga Fights Of 2012. Why Top Four? Because I different LOL! This list is about the best fights in manga I have read over this year, which is mostly Shonen titles (since they are the only action title I read LOL!). Anyway, this list is not in order (there are minor spoils).

All those are quick thoughts on the fight

1. Elfman Strauss Vs. Bacchus

The best fight in Grand Magic Games Arc, in my opinion. Elfman is one of my favorite characters in Fairy Tail (and one of the reason why I still read it LOL!). This fight was just pure awesome, it was a brawl between two men.

2. Itachi & Sasuke Vs. Kabuto Yakushi

I dislike Sasuke so much, but this fight was pretty good. I like how they was using teamwork on Kabuto, and how Kabuto was like two steps ahead of them (it was a good fight until the end)

3. Monkey D. Luffy Vs. Caesar Clown

Caesar Clown is a great villain, he is so evilly jerky. Every time Luffy punch CC it feel so good. (also love all the faces he made doing the fights)

4. Franken Stein & Marie Mjolnir Vs. Justin Law

I like this fight, it just Stein going crazy and all out on Law

And those are my very short thoughts about my favorites fights of this year. What are your favorites manga fights for this year?

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Have a Happy New Year

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The women of the Naruto world continue to go unsatisfied.
The women of the Naruto world continue to go unsatisfied.

I've pointed my finger at you, I've groaned, I've cursed you, and I've even dropped series because of you. I've said to myself, "a heterosexual high school boy having zero interest in the female form is impossible." Whenever I would see you throwing attractive girls off of you as they try to make out with you, I would remember my high school days and just not get the joke. I'd call you insane. It was impossible. I had an easier time believing that a character like Sasuke from Naruto could spit fire out of his eye and summon monster shields by flapping his hands around than suspending my disbelief that at the height of his sexual prime and with his hormones raging, he would turn down a fun and guilt-free time with Karin. But, my eyes have been opened.

This is actually a simulation of real world events.
This is actually a simulation of real world events.

According to a survey conducted by the Japan Family Planning Association, 36% of males aged 16 to 19 reported that they had "no interest" in sex, with some going as far as to say that they "despised" it. For women aged 16 to 19 the numbers were at a staggering 59%. All of this time I've thought that this was just some weird and bizarro take on teen life but low and behold, this is actually an incredibly accurate portrayal of the mindset of Japanese teens.

So, I'd like to formally apologize to you. I don't like to make fun of people for cultural differences and that's exactly what I've been doing. I'm Sorry. Honto ni Gomen-nasai... mooshiwake arimasen.

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Coffee Time With Evil Episode Three! Just for you! Technically the title is Shounen, Bishounen and Purple Hair, but I thought there might need to be some better explanation for why the third episode is posted on the forums while the others are just in blog format. Simple answer: I want to haz more views.

Found some better lighting, got some new hair, and I'm talking about a tonne today. No new manga, but you'll hear a woman's thoughts on Bleach and Gurren Lagann.
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In the past few years of my life as an anime fan, I find myself watching more and more shows online. Sometimes it's a simulcast and other times it's something from an archive on sites like Hulu or Crunchyroll.  One problem, albeit an awesome one, is that these shows have huge archives of content to shift through.  In my search for content to watch, I always thought that it'd cool if some kindhearted otaku was out there gathering links for cool shows that I could watch right now.  Well, today I've decided to be the generous otaku that I've been searching for. 
 
   Hold up, you're telling me One Piece is online?    
   Hold up, you're telling me One Piece is online?    
Every week I plan (keyword being plan) on highlighting one or two shows that I'm watching or have seen that are also available legally online.  Ideally they'll be free to everyone, but if they aren't i'll be sure to make a note of it.  I'll try to avoid shows that I think are super popular because, in all honesty, these shows have more than enough eyes on them and don't really need yet another person pointing them out.  So that means, no Naruto, no One Piece, no Haruhi, etc.  It's cool if it does, but I don't really intend for this to introduce a new person to anime and make them a fan.  I'm trying to introduce anime fans to shows that they might not have seen or heard of. 
 
Last week was bishounen and school girls so this week I decided to go with something a bit more in line with the type of shows that first got me into anime.
  

Kurokami (Crunchyroll Link)

The Basics 

You already know what time it is when people get naked on an astral plane. 
You already know what time it is when people get naked on an astral plane. 
There is a shadow world that everyday citizens are totally unaware of.  In this world, teams of people with magic powers beat the crap out of each other for the fate of the world.  For more details, please see the picture your right.

Described in Anime 
Take the Soul Eater style teams of alone we're not that great but as a team we're unstoppable!!!! who fight in a hyper-kinetic Dragon Ball Z style every episode.  Throw in mystery organization that is super powerful and secretly runs the world from Dance in the Vampire Bund, mix in a little My-Hime romance and you've got Kurokami.
   
Why I Like It  
 Somebody is about get their snot box rocked.
 Somebody is about get their snot box rocked.
 I like shounen.  Seeing people get the crap beaten out of them brings a smile to my face.  I've loved seeing that since I was 4 years old and at 27 I've come to the realization that i'll never grow tired of seeing someone put fist-to-face.  Kurokami certainly doesn't have the greatest story ever told.  A super important mystery world that regular people don't know about isn't exactly new and refreshing and the characters don't really do much to stand out amongst the crowd.  It's not so much that the story and characters are bad, because they aren't, but nothing about them really stands out.
 
So with all of that, why would I recommend this show?  The action.  The story and characters are serviceable enough to not make me change the channel but the action is what keeps me.  Every episode is packed to the brim with people opening up government issue 2-gallon cafeteria size cans of whup ass.  And these aren't your run of the meh-quality we're saving the budget for the real fight fights.  Imagine if every fight in Naruto looked as good as Sasuke vs Orochimaru or if every fight in Bleach was as awesome as Grimmjow vs Ichigo, Ikkaku vs Kenpachi or Kouga vs Byakuya. 
 
Cans of whup ass about this big get opened up on every episode. 
Cans of whup ass about this big get opened up on every episode. 
Kurokami delivers that for every episode and all of them are well animated, filled with acrobatics and extremely brutal.  The first episode sees the main protagonist getting hit with a baseball bat multiple times, have her face slammed through a car windshield and I believe she gets hit by car at some point.  But how does it end?  She gets up and does some insane 20-hit combo filled with rising uppercuts and spin kicks and completely crushes her opponent's face by the end of it.  You can't beat that with a stick.  If you like shounen action to any degree, you'll have a blast watching this.
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