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Month: October 2015

What Kira (AKA Light) From Death Note Would Say About Starting Something New

What Kira (AKA Light) From Death Note Would Say About Starting Something New

What Kira (AKA Light) From Death Note Would Say About Starting Something New. Kira from Death Note did not reach his godlike status by slacking off when his responsibilities piled up. He started moonlighting as a god when his to-do list had already reached capacity […]

A Deep Discussion On Episode 2 of Death Note: Confrontation

A Deep Discussion On Episode 2 of Death Note: Confrontation

Death Note Episode 2 Confrontation Aired Japan: 10 OCT 2006 Aired English: 28 OCT 2007 Overall Rating: <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 Originality: <3 <3 <3 <3 <3  Suspense: <3 <3 <3 <3 <3  Storytelling: <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 Before I break down the […]

Death Note Episode 1 First Thoughts

Death Note Episode 1 First Thoughts

Death Note Episode One

Originally Aired in Japan: 3 OCT 2006

Aired in English: 21 OCT 2007

Overall: <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Originality: <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Suspense: <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Storytelling: <3 <3 <3 <3

So… This is a show about a young man named Light who finds the Death Note: A notebook that gives its wielder the power to kill any person they can think of simply by writing his/her name in the book. Or, at least that’s what the Death Note says it does.Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 7.04.59 AM

Initially Light believes that this is just a prank. Nothing like this could possibly exist. So, he tests the Death Note’s power as a hostage situation unfolds on the news. The assailant has several children as hostages, and he is reportedly responsible for the deaths of many innocent lives. Seeing this as an opportunity to rid the world of one evil man, Light writes the suspect’s name in the Death Note while keeping an image of the man in his head. To Light’s surprise, the man dies by heart attack and the kids are set free.

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Light is an interesting character in all of this. He only feels guilty momentarily, after that, he feels a surge of righteousness. He believes that he was chosen to judge the deeds of the people. He is meant to be a god. Narcissist much? He spends the next five days perusing the news and internet, meting out his judgement with his almighty pen.

When Light meets Shinigami (the god of death as well as the original owner of the Death Note), he is quickly disillusioned on the significance in receiving the Death Note. It was mere coincidence. He is not special. In this meeting, Shinigami spends some time telling Light about the risks of having such power. Some include being denied access to Heaven and Hell and mental and emotion breakdown. However, this does not seem to deter him. The episode ends with Light feeling like a god and accepting whatever emotional risks come with possessing such power.

I’m impressed. I have to say. It’s very interesting. One of the best features of this show is the arrogance of Light. He looks at Shinigami (who looks terrifying if I say so myself) with an air of indifference that does not fit the gravity of the situation. The next few episodes will tell us if his pride cometh before his fall. I suspect that it does.

Would I stick around to find out? Hellz yes. So should you.

This show is good for any level of anime lover.

The Perfect Insider: First Thoughts

The Perfect Insider: First Thoughts

The cover image drew me in immediately. I had no idea what was this is about since CrunchyRoll doesn’t have the description up yet. She just looked so beautiful so I wanted to watch it!  Within a few minutes, we see the opening theme song.The […]

Hackadoll the Animation: Review (E#1)

Hackadoll the Animation: Review (E#1)

Plot: (from crunchyroll) The original HackaDoll app delivers a customized feed of news for each user. The user answers some simple questions when launching the app for the first time, and then the app will filter the news that caters to the user’s personal interests — […]

One Punch Man: “First Thoughts” (E1)

One Punch Man: “First Thoughts” (E1)

Plot:

One Punch Man, superhero, is so strong can he defeat any enemy with just one punch! However, he becomes so strong that he is bored. Will he ever find a enemy that will challenge his strength?

My First Thoughts:

Typically, action themed anime is not my thing. I find that many of them don’t spend as much time on the plot as they do on their fight sequences.Not only that, I am not a big fan of shonen style art either.  Needless to say, I had low expectations for this series. But the first episode One Punched its way into my HEART….SO I DIED…. and it is most likely among the best animes of this fall season!

The series starts off with a huge explosion. Vaccine man, is destroying the city. Even the well known heroes “Smile Man” and “Lighting Max” are no match for him…. (yeah the hero names are hilarious). It looks hopeless until “One Punch Man” aka Saitama arrives and -with one punch- annihilates Vaccine Man. One Punch is so strong that he has become bored, wishing to meet a challenger that is worthy of his time.

The first episode seemed to have a lot of things going for it: comedy, action and even a philosophical nature to it. The visuals are hilarious from strange enemies to testical-looking-chinned boys. Also, the background music and scenery is so serious, making the petty banter between One Punch Man and his enemies all the more hilarious.  The action scenes are drawn beautifully and yet it’s not overwhelming. It is designed to complement the plot, not to fill holes!

I love philosophy, so I might be projecting a bit here, but the first episode seemed to ask important questions: What are we fighting for? When you become the best, does that really bring satisfaction? How do you break the proverbial glass ceiling, when there seems to be no more obstacles in your path? I hope the series will eventually attempt to answer those questions, as that would just take this over the top.

Based on this first episode, I predict this can become one of the most promising series of the season! I can’t wait to see what happens next!

check it out here:

http://wwwhttp://www.viz.com/anime/streaming/one-punch-man.viz.com/anime/streaming/one-punch-man

I rate this episode 4 out of 5

4_5 stars

2015 Fall Season Anime Simulcast List

2015 Fall Season Anime Simulcast List

Series Premiere Date Genre Simulcast Review Shin Atashinchi 9/22/2015 Comedy Crunchyroll.com Hackadoll the Animation 10/2/2015 Comedy, Shoujo, Fan service Crunchyroll.com First Thoughts KAGEWANI 10/2/2015 horror, suspense, mystery Crunchyroll.com Lovely Muuuuuuuco! 10/2/2015 animals, comedy, slice of life Crunchyroll.com Heavy Object 10/2/2015 Action,Mecha,Sci Fi funimation.com The Asterisk […]

Attack on Titan Junior High: First Thoughts (E #1)

Attack on Titan Junior High: First Thoughts (E #1)

Plot: The amazing characters from Attack on Titan are back, but in junior high school!!!!!! This parody re-imagines all if the Attack on Titan favorites as students and teachers in Junior high school. My First Thoughts I freaking LOVED ATTACK ON TITAN so I came […]

“No Game No Life” S1 Review

“No Game No Life” S1 Review

Summary

Sora and Shiro- Neet, Gamer obsessed step-siblings – are the faces behind the mysterious, legendary online gamer  “[blank]”. These gamer pros find that real world is just another lousy game.   In a series of events, they are plunged into a new world where they meet Tet, the God of Games. In this world, everything is decided through games! Can the sibling master this world?


(Sora and Shiro)

My review

The thing is, I am not much of a gamer, so  I feared that this may be one of my many anime regrets.  I must admit, I started watching this because I had nothing else to watch and I was just passing the time…After clicking “watch now” it didn’t take longer than 5 mins for me to get my first panty shot, so my doubts really began to rise.  Little did I know, however, I was watching a show that will be among my favorite all time anime series!

This story starts in Japan. Shiro and Sora are shut in a dark room while gaming online . Together, they dominate the game, leaving the competition baffled! This duo is so good they have become an urban legend. However the siblings seem unphased by their renown, as they “never lose a game”.

You can quickly see that they are very close and even slightly “incesty”.That aside,I can appreciate is that they have each other. Oftentimes, there is this ONE AMAZING CHARACTER, who is good at EVERYTHING … you know blah blah blah. However ,Shiro and Sora are a team and they really compliment each other well. Sora, 18, is the master negotiator. He can catch a lie and could fool anyone. Shiro, 11, is a child genius. She can crack any puzzle, using math and logic.

When they are summoned into this new world, after beating Tet(the God of Games) in a chess games, it is really cool seeing their skills be put to the test. With every game they play there is always this great message mixed within it. Not only that, I found that both of the main characters were really likable.

What makes this show so great is that it became bigger than itself. It was more than a gamer anime, more than another harem, more than social commentary, and more than a comedy because it weaves everything nicely together. Moreover we are introduced to this new world with different creatures and landscapes. All of these elements combined make this series pretty darn unpredictable, so I am very engaged from beginning to end.

Another element I appreciated about this story was this underlining message against conformity. Here we have two great characters who could easily master the real world.  However, they refuse to, since it would require joining the rat race – so to speak. They call real life “a lousy game”, because:    

“the world is chaotic, unreasonable and unfair. It has no meaning at all. It is the wish of those who realize this, who refuse to accept it….

there is no way to know the rules or goals, yet there are 7 billion players making whatever moves they want. If you lose too much or win too much there are penalties. You can’t pass your turn, and if you talk too much you’ll be ostracized. There are no parameters and  no way to even know the genre.. the world is just one crappy game.”

There is so much truth to this statement and it really resonates with me. I would like to see them take that message a step further, though.  Life can be a crappy game depending on how you play it. Sure you can be ostracized but that’s why we should focus on the only opinions that matter- what we think of ourselves.

Besides the above mentioned criticism, I found that some of the ecchi moments felt forced. This series could have gotten away with having no ecchi at all.Therefore, it could have spaced out those moments more often so that it didn’t feel so fan service-y and random.

Again…..I FACKIN LUVED DIS SHO (so much I NEEDED to spell it wrong for emphasis lol)

4.5 out of 5 rating!

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‘life is a game for masochists.”