Thursday, October 31, 2013

Na, na, na, na, Here at the Con

At the end of this week I plan on attending an anime convention on Detroit called Youmacon.It will be held at the Detroit Ren Cen and Cobo Hotel with a lot of panels and plenty of guests.It'll be my first convention I won't see Vic Mignogna at, but this will give me the chance to focus on other guests.

The guests I'm most excited for are:
Issue #22

October 31, 2013

North Republic Industries

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Death Note Review S1E1: "Rebirth"

"That in time, no one would do evil . . . Then the world would truly move in the right direction.And I would create a new world of earnest, kind humans."

-Yagami Light, Death Note S1E1: "Rebirth"

Animes i have seen

All the anime/manga i have watched/ read. Okay this won't be exact because i have watched and read A LOT of different series so this is me trying to remember

* Bleach

Anime Review: Attack on Titan

Every few seasons, an Anime comes around, that every one seems to be talking about before it even started airing and once it actually starts and seems to be decent, the fanbase around it grows bigger and bigger with every episode until it seems to have consumed every other fanbase around it. It gets so popular that even people that usually don't watch Anime get aware of it and start trying it out. This year's spring season Anime "Attack on Titan" is nothing but a summary of exactly this phenomenon, as it started off strong and kept growing, until it was almost as big as the big 3 themselves. Ladies and Gentlemen, today's topic shall be the immensely popular Anime from the spring season of 2013: Attack on Titan, or as others might say Shingeki no Kyojin!


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bakuman Series

I recently completed watching the final episodes of Bakuman 3 after picking up the series from the beginning approximately a month ago. I really did not expect to complete a 75 episode series within such a short amount of time, especially while keeping up with school and the ongoing Fall 2013 season. I must say that I did not expect to enjoy this series as much as I did since I had brushed it off so many times in the past before actually deciding to watch it. Be warned that this post contains SPOILERS so those who don't want to be spoiled, you have been warned!



Clannad is one of those shows that I love and hate at the same time because sometimes I feel like; OH MY GOD, THIS IS AMAZING! and other times I have a disappointing feeling like; really?

This show revolves around the lives of Tomoya and Nagisa (and an assortment of other people such as friends, family, and landlords) and I get that there supposed to be all "hormonal" with "impaired judgement" along withhaving "rough teenage lives" but some of the reasoning that goes on in their head really does not compute (in my opinion.If any of you found Clannad to be an emotionally powerful story I don't mean to say that that sounds silly.)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sunday, October 27, 2013


Last weekend was the Paris Mangamostly just shops, and it was very overcrowded, but I still had fun hanging out with people~

I didn't bring any actual cosplays to France, so I did my usual lazy thing where I just throw together some clothes and a wig in the morning and try my hardest to look like an anime character:SKIRT: Rose Melody (Taobao)

BLOUSE: Warehouse

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Bibliophilia: Bond Ruskin Bond!

Got my hands on a short story collection of , the famous Indian children's story writer. This collection is titled, "POTPOURRI", which means "a mixture of things" or "a mixture of dried petals and spices placed in a bowl to perfume a room". Origin, French - a rotten pot.

The meaning and the origin are the courtesy of THE OXFORD POCKET ENGLISH DICTIONARY which I have here by my computer table with its hard-covers ripped off with a few pages indexing the words initialized by 'Z', missing. There is nothing more satisfying to a reader (and a writer) than a worn and dilapidated dictionary. It is so fulfilling. Just by looking at it for a few microseconds you begin to feel proud/content with your vocabulary and literary achievements. If placed on a coffee table or somewhere in the living room, it will surely elicit praise and admiration from your guests and friends, as a symbol of your literacy and knowledge. (Irrespective of the fact that I have weak spelling retention but, a great meaning retention capacity.)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Asexual Anime and Manga Characters

I had a completely different post planned this weekend, but then I decided to do something to commemorate Asexual Awareness Week. Unfortunately, even if , there isn't much representation in anime and manga, as is the case with other forms of media everywhere. I decided to start with what and weed out preexisting conditions that would affect sexuality (alien species, robot, sociopath) , traumatized individuals, and instances where aromanticism is confused for asexuality (sexual attraction does not equal romantic attraction).What's left is small, but it's a starting point.

MITSUYA ("SWEET PRISONER", MIGITE NI JUU, HIDARITE NI AI) - He's the closest we get to an explicit canonical asexual character.He says he's neither gay nor straight and doesn't respond to sex.It's really cool to see a story about characters with different sexualities, but I do take issue with how Mitsuya's asexuality is treated as a problem to be solved.

Recent Purchases #7 ~ DS collecting

Ok, so I've been pretty busy this summer, a lot of stuff has been happening; issues with university such as exams and dissertation topic for next year, finding a flat for next academic year and leaving the flat I was in, arranging two work placements with optician multiples (Boots Opticians and Specsavers), fitting in a summer holiday to Chamonix in the French Alps and then a few days in Brugge in Belgium and unfortunately having some relatives and family relatives passing away, so quite a hectic rollercoaster of a summer so far, and we're approaching winter pretty quickly it looks like...

I've not really done one of these posts since back in February 2013, I believe...I was planning on doing a post where I kind of went in to more detail about what I've been up to this summer, and I think I may do that, but I found that I had this post as a draft from a while back and thought I'd finish it off. That was quite a slippery slope however, as I looked through my backlog I uncovered more and more games that I'd bought since I last posted... So lets get into the games I picked up, and wherever I can, I'll talk about my history with the series, and thoughts on each games.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

ANIMAX UK to Launch Anime Video On Demand Service

Japan's leading anime destination, ANIMAX, today announced further details regarding its UK Video On Demand launch, going live this Friday 25th October at The platform aims to become the UK's ultimate anime destination, showcasing a unique model providing free limited anime content for all users, in addition to a subscription service offering unlimited advert-free access to the genre's best movies and series, and authentic, addictive, UK-first content.

Under the SVoD service, for a monthly fee of EUR5.99, subscribers can expect to indulge in

complete seasons of the world's most loved anime, including BLACK LAGOON, DEATH NOTE,

Who's Your Favorite Sociopath?

is about a straight-A, high school senior named Light Yagami, who - through arbitrary circumstance and a Shinigami's boredom - comes across a mysterious notebook called a Death Note. Light learns that if you write someone's name (and envision their face) in the Death Note, that person will die. He then proceeds to use the Death Note to kill heinous criminals, to whom he feels deserve capital punishment, in an effort to create a better world...and be regarded as a "god" of this new & better world.

Unfortunately for Light, the police notice the several dozen criminals meeting an unfortunate demise and come to the conclusion that, somehow, someone is responsible for this. They hire the legendary, world-famous detective, known only as L, to solve this mystery - along with a task-force of the police's best officers (which includes Light's father).

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ghost in the Shell

So I've written about my favorite anime TV show (Mushi-shi), I've written about my favorite manga series (Bleach), now I shall write about my favorite anime movie; Ghost in the Shell.

Not much can be said about this movie without revealing its plot, and the plot itself is so complicated I don't think I could properly describe it.I had to watch the movie three times before I understood its entire plot; there are many pieces to the story, and the film itself is not long so viewers really have to pay attention to every detail.

The new hostel we went to (Pentlands) was pretty nice - a small clean hostel with a familiar atmosphere, located in Mt. Eden. Pretty weird: Mt. Eden (where the Eden Park - the rugby stadium is located) is a suburb about 30 minutes from the city centre, but it's so quiet and dozy there one could think it's an American provincial town.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Deathnote chapter 1 review

In the first chapter of Death Note two very different locations are set up, the Shinigami Realm in which the Gods of Death reside, and the Human Realm in which the main story takes place with Light Yagami in Japan. Ryuuk the Shinigami goes to the human world to look for his Death Note after supposedly 'dropping' it there. The Death Note is found by a high school student named Light Yagami. The Death Note is a supernatural notebook owned by Shinigami that has a lot of rules but ultimately will kill anyone whose name is written in it. Sceptical at first, Light Yagami tested the notebooks powers out of curiosity, and to his surprise, it worked. With his new God-like powers, Light decided to use them to exact his own brand of justice by killing criminals through heart attacks in the hope that people would realise someone is doing it and rejoice whereas criminals would live in fear. Ryuuk met Light and after they conversed he decided to stay with him, not as his partner or to aid him in anyway, but as an entertained spectator. At the end of the chapter, the police are in debate over the recent events, and a mysterious figure is introduced claiming this is a case he cannot pass up.

The overall theme of Death Note is morality; and in the way of justice the lines can be so blurred. Light Yagami is a straight A student and a respectable member of society. His initial intentions are innocent; in his eyes he is cleaning up the world and making it a better place by removing all of the villainy from it. Lights actions are something I believe most people of this generation would do if given the opportunity. The dilemma is, humans should not have authority over each others lives, in the end it is still murder regardless of intention, just like robbing a bank to support your family is still stealing, and that is why the police take it upon their selves to catch him. Feeling guilty about his first two kills, Light has an epiphany in which he concludes he has to carry on because he is the only one who could and would do what he's doing, narcissistic tendencies and a fixed perception of justice convinced him it was his personal responsibility to remove the world of evil and eventually, to furthermore, be worshiped as a God of the new world.

Fate Series

The three main characters of Fate/Zero: Saber, Kiritsugu Emiya, and Irisviel von Einzbern (Image taken from:

Alright, the Fate series was an utterly fantastic series in my opinion. The order or publications in comparison to the storyline order is probably the only negative I truly saw. Fate/Stay Night was put out first, but the two Fate/Zero seasons are prequels to Fate/Stay Night. Despite the reverse order, I watched Fate/Stay Night, and honestly it didn't really spoil Fate/Zero but rather assisted in understanding what was going on sooner. Anyways, the entire series focuses upon a Holy Grail War amongst mages whom have summoned partners (like Saber) whom represent heroes from history and are fighting each other for the Holy Grail, which is believed to be an all-powerful wish granter for the winner of the War. Of course there's a catch, and twists in the plot and whatnot, but that's the gist of the storyline, mages with powerful summoned partners fighting for a wish granting object.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sony TV to Launch Animax in the UK

Sony Pictures Television Networks has recently announced plans to launch a version of their anime channel, Animax, for the UK using a subscription VOD model. In support of the launch, Viz Media has signed a multi-year volume deal with Sony in order to be the exclusive content provider for the new service.

The initial catalogue that will be offered on Animax UK will include UK premieres such as Death Note and Vampire Nights, as well as other popular series such as Bleach and Black Lagoon.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Day 10 in South Korea-Snowpiercer, takoyaki, and lavender tea in Myeongdong

So today I finally managed to arrive on time for something! Day 10 in South Korea was a rather uneventful morning at Hanyang, an afternoon spent in Lotte Deparment Store, and an evening talking in Starbucks at Myeongdong. :)

This is a picture that I took of myself that day. I didn't intend to get my fascinating shower/sink contraption in the picture, too, but I'm glad I can share that with my readers in the United States who have probably never seen these. It's basically an open shower connected to the sink (you pull a knob to switch from the sink to the shower). I found it slightly frustrating because: 1. you cannot keep toilet paper in the bathroom 2. you must keep your clothes outside or in a cabinet in the bathroom and 3. if you left the shower head hanging up like it is in the picture, it would spray under a crack in the door and into the entrance way of our dorm, where we would then slip on the water because of our bare feet. Other than that, I really liked this contraption and found it incredibly convenient!

More Fall Impressions


Seiji Kishi pulls the classic "show random action scene in the beginning to hook the viewer's attention because the exposition right after is going to be really, really mind-numbingly bland"

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

ANIME REVIEW: Gatchaman Crowds

The Summer of Anime has just ended a couple of weeks ago. With that, it is time to take a look back at four shows that have piqued my interest. This is the first of a four-part, post-season review series, in which I share with you fellow geeks the ones you might might to consider watching while Fall set of shows is just starting.

Superheroes. This is a concept anime has toyed around for decades. From robots to special beings, to just oridinary humans with ridiculous costumes and fancy gadgets, they have always represented the ideas of justice, courage, and hope for humanity. We have looked up to them, and during our childhood we dreamed of becoming just like them, fighting monsters and world-threatening evil.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Appleseed XIII (2011)


Set after the events of World War V, Appleseed XIII follows the story of Deunan (voiced by Death Note's and Soul Eater's Maaya Sakamoto in Japanese and Elfen Lied's and One Piece's Luci Christian in English), a young woman and her cyborg companion, Briareos (voiced by Koichi Yamadera from Cowboy Bebop in Japanese and David Matranga from Devil May Cry in English). The two are ever on the lookout for 'paradise', a home where they can escape the violence and tragedy that made up their life on the road together. The series' main focus is on these two and their life in Olympus city, a vast metropolis made up majorly of bioroids, genetically designed humans programmed to work for the benefit of natural humans and for society in general, with some cyborgs and robots thrown in for good measure, and their time in ESWAT, Olympus' elite special police force. Pieces of the pair's history are revealed through frequent flashbacks of their time on the road together.

Top 10 Anime Antagonists

Top 10 Anime Antagonists

Written by: ClayDragon and Shiggins

Steins; Gate (Part 2)


A self-proclaimed mad scientist. A microwave that seemingly just turns bananas into green, gelatinous blobs. A murder. These are the main factors setting the scene for the events of Steins;Gate, an anime series that manages to take the classic time travel adventure premise and turn it into a high-stakes game of fourth dimensional chess. Rintaro Okabe (voiced by Death Note's Light Yagami; Mamoru Miyano in Japanese and Deadman Wonderland's J. Michael Tatum in English), the aforementioned mad scientist and founder of the Future Gadget Laboratory lives in constant fear of the 'organization', which he maintains is out to get him for his insane brilliance, while everyone who knows him tends to write off his claims as a part of his abundant eccentricity. Events take several bizarre turns following the revelation that the remote controlled microwave he'd been working on is actually a functional time machine, allowing text messages to be sent into the past and alter present reality. What's more, only Okabe himself seems able to notice these changes as everyone else is absorbed into new realities seamlessly. As work on the time machine advances and nears perfection, Okabe's conspiracy theories prove to be more than a little accurate and he's soon battling with the past itself to combat a vast and uncompromising enemy without damaging the lives of those he loves.

The Worst Of The Worst

I love villains. I love good villains: great villains: AWESOME villains. That's why I'll be posting villain related entries this month, it's a fitting subject for this scary season. That said, there are some villains I just dislike. As in, they really make me hate them not for being so good in their role as villains, but for being so DULL. I like bad guys to be as interesting, entertaining, and fleshed out characters as good guys. These are the antagonists I consider to be very weak, bland, boring, unenjoyable villains.

THESE FOUR DISNEY VILLAINS: Edgar from "The Aristocats", Madame Medusa from "The Rescuers", Rourke from "Atlantis: The Lost Empire", and Alimeda Slim from "Home On The Range." UsuallyDisney Villains, even the lamer ones like Prince John and Governer Ratcliffe, will have something about them that makes them entertaining. Not these four: they're total bores. Edgar's a greedy, bumbling, almost too polite and even sympathetic to be a bad guy Butler who never leaves a last impression at all. Medusa's a vain, temperamental, ugly witch whose "funny" moments are not at all funny and who is also motivated by petty greed. Speaking of, Rourke is also only in it for the money and his plan is particularly stupid because he wants to commit genocide against an entire lost civilization just so he can get richer off of the valuable relics than he already would be anyway for even freaking discovering the lost empire to begin with! His voice is well performed, but when he's revealed as the villain, his character becomes this smirking, sneering, joke cracking asshole who is just plain bland. And Slim is the worst. A stereotypical cartoon western outlaw with a talent for yodeling. Need I even elaborate? What a disgrace to Disney villains!

CARS VILLAINS: Of all the bad guys to appear in Pixar movies, these guys were the worst. Chick Hicks from the first "Cars" is basically a more jerkish version of the protagonist minus the character development. He's just some asshole who wants glory. Take away Michael Keaton as his voice and he's got nothing going for him at all. Even worse is Dr. Z and Miles Axelrod in the sequel. Z is a tired mad doctor cliche who lacks any threat or presence, and Miles is the equally cliched corrupt corporate executive who wants to extort money from others. LAME!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Return Of The Maniac To Cosplay Mania

Over the weekend last week, Cosplay Mania - the Philippines' biggest and most well-known cosplay convention, was held at the SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City. With so many cosplayers, cosplay enthusiasts, photographers, otakus, as well as people who are casually into geeky stuff from all over the country as well as from other countries (especially Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore), it is one grand two-day feast in celebration of popular culture and visual media, with a much greater focus to cosplaying in general. But to me, this is just a footnote to what Cosplay Mania means to me. (click to read about my first Cosplay Mania, which is also my first ever cosplay convention) - a world where characters that I only find in anime shows, manga and comics, and movies come to life, a world that caused me to meet new true friends and pretty girls that are either real or fake (most recent one is fake), and a world that made me realize that I want a reinvention and become a fictional character myself on certain days of the year. Thus, this year, as a nod to the cosplay and otaku scene becoming a great part of my life and to the convention that opened this secret realm, I return for my third and so far the best Cosplay Mania I've had.


Friday, October 11, 2013

Manga Review: Bakuman Vol. 20

Bakuman is the latest collaboration of Ohba and Obata, the creators of the wildly popular Death Note series. Unlike Death Note, Bakuman is more or less grounded in reality, but it is no less entertaining as it follows the ups and downs of a mangaka duo as they strive to make it big in the publishing world!

This series is a personal favorite of mine, and Viz Media has just released the final volume. (My reviews of earlier Bakuman volumes can be found .)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

My relationship to Anime

It's been years since I watched anime, last one I remember picking up and actually enjoyed was Ouran High School Host Club. I sometimes watch afew episodes here and there, I think I've seen episode 9 "A Challenge from Lobelia Girls' Academy" at least ten times and I still think it's funny. After that series I never really picked up any, most of them looked all the same and I got bored, I turned to other interests and never looked back only watching a Ghibli movie or anything from Satoshi Kon once a year or so.

Thinking back at it there's very few anime's I watched overall, sure I've given them a try but almost all turned out to be a disappointment or I just got bored. Take Naruto for example, I was 13 I watched it with my friend. I watched up until their tests came or whatever that was and, I realized I didn't like it. It was 25 episodes of the same thing.

1. People staring at each other2. Long fights stretching over several episodes.3. Repeat the first two and you have 90% of the series.

Well, I guess this is another apology

Yesterday's in-bed-sickness was a mixture of upsetting and depressing, with just a hint of boredom. I woke up with a choke that ended with a sob of relief when my mom told me she wouldn't require me to attend school, due to my inability to stand on my own two feet without collapsing in a pool of weakness.

I mean

Ten favorite antagonists and antiheroes in anime

The world of literature and movies is full of good guys, bad guys and some in the middle. Sometimes, or even too often the baddies are forgotten, while we tend to concentrate on cheering for the hero; for example I've hated all the villain characters before, but now I've grown to like some of them. So this time I've decided to write a post about my ten favorite antagonist and antihero characters (not in order) appearing in different anime/manga series, one character per each anime/manga. Except these opinions, none of the material of this post belongs to me.

Warning! This list may include spoilers, blood and violence. So be extra careful, especially with the videos! Or two certain videos, to be exact. I'll warn you later again~


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Attack on Titan

Most of the people who stumble across this article are probably going to be more familiar with Attack on Titan () than I am. I don't read much shonen manga, but this is a series that has really gained a lot of attention and success over the last few years.

I picked up a new Sony PRS-T3 e-reader this week, it seems to have come under the radio without much fanfare. It's only an incremental update from the T2, but a big improvement from my old PRS-650. It included a few vouchers for the Sony e-reader store, so picked a few manga that I've been eyeing for a while, Attack on Titan was one of them.

Anime Corner: A Review of Death Note (the Anime)

"" is a name you may have heard by now, thanks largely to a devoted fanbase of teens and older anime fans.It has also created its fair share of controversy across the pond, as several countries have seen their schools ban the books for fear of kids emulating them.So you just KNOW it's gonna be good!

The idea behind "" is that there exists shinigami (basically gods of death), horrific looking creatures who keep with them a notebook called a Death Note.But the Death Note is no ordinary notebook.It can actually cause a person to die by simply writing their name in it.The person who controls a Death Note can even determine the specific way a person dies by simply writing it next to their name.

Death Note

This week's post will be about the anime show and manga series Death Note.

My favorite anime show and manga series has changed countless times over the years I've spent looking at all the available material, and even though my favorite anime series is Mushi-shi, and my favorite manga series is Bleach, Death Note vol. 1 is the best manga book I have ever read.

Rise of the Anime Titan: Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

This past year started out like any normal one for otaku worldwide.The spring calendar was full of colorful moe shows, a few comedies, a chunk of fan-service shows, and a couple of surprises.However, out of the few surprises, which included three mecha shows, no one saw this one coming. Written by Hajime Isayama and published by Kondansha (Kodansha Comics USA stateside), Attack on Titan (Called Shingeki no Kyojin in Japan), animated by Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex)made its debut and did more than conquer Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook for a few days.Attack on Titan has managed to do the one thing that hasn't been done since the heyday of Naruto, Bleach, Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist, and even Spirited Away: Make fans of anime, new and old, care again.

Hailed by many as "The Game of Thrones of Anime," Attack on Titan is a dark fantasy series focused on humanity's fight for survival against the indomitable gargantuan creatures, The Titans, which loom over the populace in their domed cities and rain down havoc and destruction at each turn. Eren Yaeger, a young man from the first city hit by the Titans, rises to oppose the creatures after watching his mother die at the hands of these monsters.Hell-bent on revenge, Eren, along with his adoptive sister, Mikasa, and their friend, Armin, join the military with a number of others to combat the beasts, using equipment and skills to perform action-packed feats that would make Spider-Man proud.Although it seems like a simple premise, there is more than meets the eye here (Yes, I went the Bay route).More twists than a pretzel and surprises abound in this series that is currently at 25 episodes. It's a mystery wrapped in thrilling action.Even the fans following the source material (the comic book) have been left guessing what happens next.

#AnimangaMonday: HanaKimi

Hana-Kimi or known originally as Hanazakari no Kimitachi e is a sh jo manga series written by Hisaya Nakajo. The manga series was first serialized in the 20th issue of Hakusensha's semi-monthly sh jo manga magazine, Hana to Yume in 1996. Its serialization continued until August 2004, where the series ended with 23 collected volumes. Hana-Kimi was also published in English by Viz Media. The English release was previously only limited to Waldenbooks from February to May 2004. It was then made available to other retail stores after May that year.

The series centers on Mizuki Ashiya, a Japanese girl who lives in the United States. One day, she sees a track and field competition on TV, and becomes attracted to one of the high jump competitors, Izumi Sano. She begins to idolize the young athlete and eventually transfers to Japan to attend the same school that Sano attends. There is a catch, however: Sano attends an all-boys high school, named Osaka Gakuen and Mizuki must disguise herself as a boy to enter.

Death Note Prompt #1

A fictitious death note is created in this manga. At the first few episodes, it provides many detailed description on how to use death note. Therefore, compared to other mangas, we can see more words in each balloon or panel. We have to pay more attention on the words rather than the pictures in order not to lose any clues to solve this case. Moreover, it's tricky that Ryuk doesn't tell Light all of the rules at first. We have to read all the episodes, and then we can understand the rules of death note little by little.

Based on the basic settings, Light and L start their battle of wits. Light knows the rules, and he makes use of it. Light tries to kill all the bad guys in the world, and create a world full of peace. However, as the story develops, Light's value seems to be twisted. He starts to kill someone who is not a criminal just to prevent himself from being caught. L, who doesn't know anything about the death note, wants to find out the murderer step by step. I think they are somehow playing chess. Both of them have to pay attention to their next step, or one may easily lose this game.

Miyano Mamoru Budokan report

Prolific seiyuu Miyano Mamoru, the voice of Light from Death Note and Ichinose Tokiya from Uta No Prince Sama, successfully had his first Budokan live show this October 4 in Japan and at the show, he ANNOUNCED THE RELEASE OF HIS 10TH SINGLE, which will be the opening theme of the second season of the Wooser's Hand-to-mouth Life anime that is due in January 2014 where Miyano voices of the main character.

Miyano's Budokan live show also marks the first solo live show at Budokan by a male artist who is also a voice actor.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Top 5 Anime Protagonists

Top 5 Anime Protagonists

Written by ClayDragon

Ryuk: Prompt 3

I know it may be weird to say, but in all actuality Ryuk is my favorite character in both the manga and the anime. Light is a little to insane for me to like him and his god complex is a little ridiculous. L I like as a character, but I think there could be more character development for him, he is kind of personality-less. Ryuk on the other hand is just full of spunk and charisma. He starts this whole situation simply for the fun of it. The amusement he seems to get out of humans is like the fascination people have with car accidents. It's tragic but curiosity always gets the better of people and they can't help but stare. Ryuk is content to sit back, relax and watch this train wreck unfold before him. I can understand how he might be equated to the devil of the crossroads because he is in a way making a deal with Light to protect and use his book, especially because at the end Ryuk is the one to kill Light. So it is somewhat a selling of the soul type deal that you would make with the devil. Personally I don't see Ryuk as a devil; however, he is not the one to corrupt Light. Without his help or guidance Light begins to kill people and "purify" the world on his own. Ryuk simply drops the book to the human world, it is simply chance that Light decides to pick up the book and bring it home with him. Now had Ryuk specifically chosen Light or actually given him the book it would have been a different situation. I do think Ryuk does play an important role in the manga though.He is the reason this epic power struggle between Light and L begins. Without Ryuk's Death Note, Light would never have gained the power to start his fight against the corruption of the world and L would never be tasked with ending his "righteous" crusade. Ryuk almost becomes an innocent bystander in the manga, as he is always at the sidelines of the action. But without Ryuk the manga would not have the demonic and threatening overtones that occur throughout the book. He is the mystery and the darkness that makes this manga so incredibly compelling to read.
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Ryuk: Prompt 3

I know it may be weird to say, but in all actuality Ryuk is my favorite character in both the manga and the anime. Light is a little to insane for me to like him and his god complex is a little ridiculous. L I like as a character, but I think there could be more character development for him, he is kind of personality-less. Ryuk on the other hand is just full of spunk and charisma. He starts this whole situation simply for the fun of it. The amusement he seems to get out of humans is like the fascination people have with car accidents. It's tragic but curiosity always gets the better of people and they can't help but stare. Ryuk is content to sit back, relax and watch this train wreck unfold before him. I can understand how he might be equated to the devil of the crossroads because he is in a way making a deal with Light to protect and use his book, especially because at the end Ryuk is the one to kill Light. So it is somewhat a selling of the soul type deal that you would make with the devil. Personally I don't see Ryuk as a devil; however, he is not the one to corrupt Light. Without his help or guidance Light begins to kill people and "purify" the world on his own. Ryuk simply drops the book to the human world, it is simply chance that Light decides to pick up the book and bring it home with him. Now had Ryuk specifically chosen Light or actually given him the book it would have been a different situation. I do think Ryuk does play an important role in the manga though.He is the reason this epic power struggle between Light and L begins. Without Ryuk's Death Note, Light would never have gained the power to start his fight against the corruption of the world and L would never be tasked with ending his "righteous" crusade. Ryuk almost becomes an innocent bystander in the manga, as he is always at the sidelines of the action. But without Ryuk the manga would not have the demonic and threatening overtones that occur throughout the book. He is the mystery and the darkness that makes this manga so incredibly compelling to read.
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Attack on Titan Final Thoughts

Huge Spoilers and a huge wayward post listing things I loved about it.

I started reading the manga in 2011 (it began publication in 2009) around the time . I was reading a lot of dystopian manga like Eden: It's an Endless World and King of Thorn and I was immediately drawn to Attack on Titan's story of survival in a strange world full of mysteries and giants gobbling up cool looking characters. It had many elements that only anime and manga seem to do that I love such as an intriguing dystopian world, slight tweaking of gender roles - intelligent males and aggressive and confident female characters, and a boatload of existentialism that pointed out the cages humans make for themselves and give fancy labels like society, family and religion. While I'm no anarchist but I do like a story which tears these things down or at least questions them and to see characters do their best to survive in the word and transcend their circumstances.

Blog Prompts for this Week

Since we have our Midterm Exam on Thursday and will only be covering one text this week, the prompts below are the same for Tuesday and Thursday posts.

1. In contrast to many shonen manga and anime series that focus on physical action and adventure, Death Note is far more cerebral in its overall narrative mode. Discuss how this plays out in the manga and explain why you think it does or does not manage to create appropriate suspense for readers. Be sure to talk about some specific examples or moments in the story.

Prompt #3, Shinigami Ryuk!

Ryuk is definitely the most obscure character in the Death Note series. Despite of not knowing much, he still has quite some depth to his personality and is my favorite character. He finds humans amusing and really enjoys devouring apples!

I found Ryuk to play a influential role on Light. Even though Ryuk boldly stated that he would be hanging around in the human world purely for amusement, his commentary stimulates Lights cat and mouse game with L. In the very beginning, right after Light was outplayed by L who faked his death and then confirmed about Lights location, we could see Ryuk laughing, and exclaiming the brilliance of L. Light considered himself "The God of the new World" as the Death Note gave him a sort of supernatural power. Being outplayed by a mortal with no supernatural ability was bad enough, but having a Death God acknowledge the mortal and laugh at the scenario made it far worse. If Ryuk hadn't been there, his ego wouldn't have been damaged as hard as it was.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Top 10 Horror TV Shows: The television programs that entertained and terrified us.

This year, I'm going to try to do a Top 10 or two every weekend, so today, I'm counting down the top 10 horror-oriented television programs. (No miniseries, so no IT or Salem's Lot)

10. "Masters of Horror": This anthology series gets it's title from the fact that each episode is directed by a famous and influential horror director, including people such as Dario Argento, John Carpenter, Mick Garris, Jon Landis, Tobe Hooper, Tom Holland, Stuart Gordon, Larry Cohen, and Takashi Miike. It was created by horror filmmaker Mick Garris. Despite the episodes being hit-or-miss, the series is very entertaining, and, like the BBC series Sherlock, each episode is like it's own short movie. Unfortunately, Showtime no longer wanted to show the series after season two, so Garris edited the content down, and transformed the third season into a new series on NBC, Fear Itself, which had a similar premise as this series but only lasted one season.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Attack on Titan (2013) Review

Attack on Titan is the blockbuster summer anime of 2013. It's the show everyone is talking about, and above all, raving about. In fact it almost seems like if you aren't watching this show, you're missing out on the coming of Christ. But is this show as amazing as everyone claims it to be? Welllllllll

Attack on Titan drops us into a world where humanity is almost extinct and their natural predators are creatures called titans who are as tall as buildings and only exist to eat humans. Due to this danger, humanity has safely confined itself inside 3 incredibly huge walls, that is until an even larger titan shows up and smashes a hole in one of them. Here's where we meet Erin Jaeger who barely escapes the destruction of his hometown with his two friends Armin and Mikasa. After witnessing his mother become titan lunch, Erin vows an oath to kill all the titans and thus he and his friends join the military. From there we encounter many an epic battle with the titans, but for the sake of spoilers I won't go into details.

My Inspirations: Bennett The Sage

I' am a self proclaimed anime Otaku. As a result, I feel that I' am a member of a private club of some kind; to some extent at least. Additionally, I feel an incredible sense of camaraderie when I meet people who are just as devoted to the medium of anime as I' am. Have any of you guys experienced a similar emotion when communicating with another Otaku? Regardless, I remember when I was a member of an anime review organization while I was studying at Michigan Technological University. I have some very, very fond memories of my time there. In fact, I get a little misty eyed whenever I look back on those days. I was a different person back then but, even now I can still feel the weight of those memories within me. Anyway, not only was I a member of H.A.R.O, the Houghton Anime Review Organization, I was also living in close proximity to people who were Otakus much like myself.

My old roommate Josh was one of them and he and I had a lot of fun watching anime in our dorm room. He had a massive television and practically everyday he would let an entire anime play out on that television. It was a glorious time I must say. One of my favorite memories ofMichigan Tech was one weekend Josh and I watched the entire Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion series in one sitting. I remember watching the Sun rise as we got further and further into the series. It was also in my dorm room that I first saw series like Rosario + Vampire, School Days, Elfen Lied, High School of the Dead, Durarara!!, Another, Seto No Hanayome, and Mirai Nikki to name a few.Watching School Days in particular was one of the most memorable experiences of my life but, I really don't feel like talking about it right now (In the meantime I recommend that you go and watch the series for yourself).

Review: WataMote (2013)

NO MATTER HOW I LOOK AT IT, IT'S YOU GUYS' FAULT I'M NOT POPULAR!Sounds familiar? Yes, been there before! One look at this eccentric anime title and we're sure it will quickly convince you to watch the show within seconds. Also known as Watashi ga Motenai no wa dKangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! or WATAMOTE for short, this black comedy show will -- without a doubt -- serve your curiosity.

At first glance, many would have assumed WATAMOTE to be another classic SHAFT production like Sasami-san@ganbaranai. Not only does it display a variation of illustrations and animated styles from retro to simplified, but it tends to cheekily play tribute to many mediums such as Yugioh, Death Note and also famous artists such as Picasso and Salvador Dali.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Cosplay Dos and Don'ts

Greetings, blog readers! I recently received a guest post submission from user AAPPOLON04 over at . I thought her article was perfect because I've been wanting to add more cosplay stuff here on my blog for quite a while now.

Here goes:So, you want to do a cosplay, but you don't want it to look like something your mother threw together the night before your local Con after you showed her a picture of the character and she had to ask you what that was?Well, there are certain ways to go about cosplays that make them look authentic and believable.No matter where you go to cosplay, you should keep these ideas in mind whether it's in an exotic location or your own backyard. (Which, if you are interested in exotic vacations, you can )

A clash of cultures

My daughter recently checked out the first volume of Death Note (manga) from the school library.She says they also have Bleach there, so I told her to get the first one for me so I could see what it looks like.

Anyway, the other day she got out the Death Note book so she could show it to me, and she flipped open the front cover.I told her, "You know you have to read that from front to back, bottom to top."

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Foundations of the Anglican Church XLIII--The Rise and Fall of Thomas Wolsey, I

Hampton Court, Gate House

Before we go too far on into Henry's split with Rome, we need to tie up a few odds and ends here.I want to take a look at the rise and fall of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and of Lord Chancellor, Sir Thomas More.I also need to introduce you to a third Thomas, Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury who granted Henry's annulment and was his ecclesiastical agent in the break with Rome. And as long as we are looking at Thomases, we will add a fourth--Thomas Cromwell, the secular agent of the break with Rome.But let's start with Wolsey.

In One Week, In Two Weeks

Next week sees the launch of Shaolin Cowboy, Coffin Hill, Superman/Wonder Woman, Forever Evil Arkham, Memory Collectors, Triple Helix,Three, Rocket Girl, the final issue of America's Got Powers, the beginning of Walking Dead's All Out War and new Infinity

There's also Paul Pope's Battling Boy from First Second, Afterlife With Archie and Death Note from Titan.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Sandman Overture Tops Advance Reorders. Both Covers.

Greetings from the coal face of the direct comics market. Where retailers try to increase their orders of certain comics ahead of sale. Where supply and demand and most accurately reflected, where you can see which books are hot, where new orders are coming in and how retailers are reacting to new, unanticipated desire!

Has everyone worked out that Sandman: Overture is going to be a really big seller. Retailers seem to be getting there. Especially when DC Comics has made the book returnable if retailers order enough. But will anyone be able to strip covers of any excess copies without feeling a complete Philistine? Maybe that's what DC is banking on.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

World Aoyama Nakagawa Wallpaper Anime

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The World God Only Knows Aoyama Mio Nakagawa Hd Wallpaper Of Anime.