Friday, March 31, 2017

Haikyu!! Finale Highlights (Spicy Tendou and Trash King)

During the final episodes of Haikyu, fans were swept up in the heart pounding action, the wave of joy when Kama suro bopu- Whoops, I meant Karasuno achieved their well deserved victory. And now, we eagerly await another season. I was feeling a bit nostalgic, and thought I would post a bit on everyone's two favorite boys, Trash King and Spicy Tendou.

Who are these mysterious and oddly named characters? None other than Satori Tendou (right), the meme boi, and Oikawa Tooru (below), the finest piece of recycling I have laid eyes on. Tendou is basically the memeist character in the show, I would vote him most like to have Tumblr and check it religiously.

Behold, the name of my Zanpakuto, Walpurgisnacht!

I was wandering through the depths of Youtube when I stumbled across this Pewdiepie video. I saw Walpurgisnacht and thought it was a bit funny, as that was the name of the witch in Puella Magi Madoka Magica. And the Zanpakuto thing is a Bleach reference. IDK, the referenced were out of the blue and it caught me off guard. Maybe I should do a bit with different ultimate weapons names? 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

✿♥Shinka Nibutani♥✿

With her former chunibyou name of Mori Summer, Nibutani strives to leave behind her dark, delusional past and start over in high school as a popular and dependable person. While she acts aloof at times, she's just a tsundere who cares about all of her chunibyou friends deeply and loves them all. She looks after all her classmates, and will always pull through when someone needs her, whether they know it or not. 


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Your Name in Santa Cruz

YOUR NAME (SUBTITLED)Fantastic news! The Nickelodeon theater in Santa Cruz will begin airing the film 'Your Name' on April 9th, right during Spring Break. An emotionally moving film, it has been taking the animated film world by storm for the past few months. It will be out until April 12th, so get your tickets now, and go see it while you can. 

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From director Makoto Shinkai, the innovative mind behind 5 Centimeters Per Second and “Voices of a Distant Star,” comes a beautiful and vividly realized animated masterpiece about time, the thread of fate, and the hearts of two young souls. The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha (voice of Mone Kamishiraishi) and Taki (Ryunosuke Kamiki) are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint. When a dazzling comet lights up the night’s sky, it dawns on them: they want something more from this connection—a chance to meet, an opportunity to truly know each other. Tugging at the string of fate, they try to find a way to each other. But distance isn’t the only thing keeping them apart. Is their bond strong enough to face the cruel irony of time? Or is their meeting nothing more than a wish upon the stars?


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Yuki Yuna is a Hero

A member of the slowly but steadily increasing Dark Magical Girl genre, Yuki Yuna is a Hero is a beautiful yet painful series. In year 300, Era of the Gods, Yuki Yuna, a second year middle school girl, is a cheerful and dedicated member of the community, bravely helping out anyone in need. As a member of her schools Brave Hero Club, she does everything she can to make the world a better place, alongside her fellow club members Togo Mimori, Inubozaki Fu-senpai, and Inubozaki Itsuki. And then a blinding light froze everything and transported the unsuspecting members of the Hero Club to what seems to be another world. Fu-senpai reveals that they are part of the larger scheme of things, and have been selected to wield the power to fight against the Vertexes, that seek to destroy the great Shinju tree, the god who protects and blesses humanity. They work diligently for the sake of the Shinju, before the darker secret behind their powers is revealed.

Image result for yuki yuna is a heroThe series really digs deep on the existential terror of having great power, but having to make irreversible sacrifices. While the consequences the Hero Club faces become obsolete by the end of the series, there's still a very deep message that sticks with viewers long after they've finished watching. Truly a work of art that has made its mark in the anime history books, and something that should be watched.

Gonna Be the Twin-Tail!!

Soji Mitsuka is just your average teenage boy, except for the fact he has devoted his entire life to loving twin-tails. He lives, breathes and worships what he considers to be the superior hairstyle for girls. When invaders from another planet come stealing and feeding on the loves of twin-tails and stealing their attribute, of course Soji has to step in and play the role of the hero. With the help of a mysterious stranger, as well as various twin-tailed acquaintances along the way, he unleashes his ultimate power. That is, turning into an adolescent twin-tailed girl with insane power fueled by a love of tails? While Soji didn't expect his hero debut to be in the body of a cute yet underage girl, he still strides forward to protect the things he loves most.

Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu, Anime and Manga Portal, 2014.jpgWhen Crunchyroll added this to their catalog over Winter, it was hard to take it seriously, and it looked like a spoof anime not really worth the time. While it is a comedy, and the entire series is both ridiculous and out of the box, it's a very entertaining show. It blends in an unexpected plot with enough action to satisfy your battle craving, and has plenty of pretty characters. The artwork is decent, nothing too out of the ordinary, but the use of primary colors for the main trio, as well as how they incorporate that into the background scenes occasionally is nice. It does have some inappropriate references at times, so it's directed more towards and older audience, as well as those looking for fanservice. The characters are also a bit bland for the most part, the anime directs the viewers attention towards the various attributes or traits each character had, instead of their individual personality. Everyone was somewhat shallow, there was no buildup or depth in character, it was difficult to relate to them. For a comedy anime it's alright, but they really needed a more serious and relatable character that viewers could identify with, so they could be more interested in the series. Overall, a good series, but lacking some depth that could have made it more appealing beyond the fanservice.

Does Jumin Han is Gay? - Mystic Messenger has ruined me yet again

This is the most awkward group of people I have ever met and that's coming from me. Also, headcanon, Jumin Han and Zen are the best couple, I will ship them across the ocean and back. They bicker so much, they act like a married couple, and in a sense, they really look up to each other. They're good for each other as they both push themselves in order to surpass the other. But hey, just a personal headcanon. 
DOES JUMIN HAN IS GAY? Props to those of you who remember that reference. If not, I suggest looking it up, it's truly something. Someone help these awkward little beans, they did romantic help. Considering they're characters in a romance app, they're super memey and random. Especially Seven, things will be getting cute and romantic and then he'll pop into the chat with a "DON'T DRINK COFFE, YOU'LL DIE!"

Servamp Manga Quick Highlights

I have been reading the Servamp manga, and I have to say I have been really enjoying it. The anime was good as well, but there's something about the manga, the original work, which always has a unique flavor to it. I feel like I've gotten to know all of the character better, and the plot extends further as well. There's tons of things about the manga that I would love to talk about, but it would spoil a lot and would take up too much time, so I'll just do a couple highlights of things I was able to screenshot. It was hard to tear my eyes away from the pages long enough to even do it.

One one my favorite things about the whole series, is Kuro in his cat form. He's just this cute, tiny little kitty, and he has such a long tail. I will admit right now that I'm a cat addict, and I could ramble on for hours about how cute they are and all of their other merits. But this is an anime blog, not a cat blog! Anyway, look how cute and round he is after eating dinner! Even Mahiru says he looks like a little Dango, which is a round Japanese mochi treat. He's so cute, and his teeny arms are rubbing his plump dango belly, and I just want to scoop him up and cuddle him forever. I love Dango Kuro, and just cat form Kuro in general, he's so sweet and adorable. I'm a sucker for cats of any kind.

On one of the new chapter pages, they had a sort of fantasy AU for Mahiru and the new characters from C3. I was skimming it and thought it was cute how Strike Tanaka describes his own creations. Like Mahiru is the high school housewife, Kuro is the NEET vampire, and then there's new papa.... Wait, papa? As it, daddy? Wait wait... OH RIGHT HE HAD A KID. RIGHT. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS. NOTHING ELSE. Too bad I can't explain away the boot-licking scum one...
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Konosuba Season 2 Highlights

With Konsuba Season Two over, we honor an amazing show with an amazing Highlights feature with some of our favorite moments from later episodes. 

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Konosuba Season Two Finale Recap

Season two of one of the best comedy series on 2017 recently rolled to a close. Konosuba has introduced so many new concepts and characters, as well as top tier waifus. It's a shame to see season two coming to an end. And the creators, to honor their dedicated fans, gave the finale only the highest quality animation and graphics. 
Wait....


Did I say high quality? I meant the usual crappy animation that we have come to know and love. I mean, look at all of these faces. Kazuma, you look like you've been traumatized. Honestly, the randomly horrible graphics make Konosuba even funnier than if it had the best animation in the world. What makes a joke even funnier? A blank faced, fish-eyed, awkwardly posed Kazuma in the background of course. 

Akinator? More like Life-Hack-Inator

Am I funny yet? No? Damn... 

Everyone has heard about the really stupid online Akinator game, with a little genie man who asks you questions to guess who you're thinking of. I tried the game today and was addicted right off the bat. I was obsessed with trying to stump this seemingly all-knowing game. The game obviously just uses the process of elimination, while factoring in your age and potential interests, to guess who you're thinking about. It's really not that hard. But it's so frustrating when he gets that smug look on his digital face as if he's all knowing and he really defeated me. I just wanted to see him admit defeat to me, so I spent at least an hour making him guess at obscure or fairly new characters. And he blew me away, it didn't take him that long to destroy me. He even guessed our beloved Toru, the cutest Maid Dragon. Well, the series is pretty popular, so it shouldn't be a surprise at this point. The lesson of the day, Akinator-sama is too powerful, and someone needs to stop him.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid - RE:watch Highlights

So as many of you saw through the Society Twitter feed, I have been super into Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid. I love the series so much, I love all the characters and the art and everything about it. I've taken tons of screenshots, but haven't gotten the time to write up a reaction piece for each episode. So last night, I watched all of the current episodes again, and decided to put it all together in a big RE:watch highlight with some of the interesting things I saw. Also, look at Tohru, she's so cute and loves Kobayashi so much and it makes me happy. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Policies

I have gotten a few questions regarding the way we run the site, and I figured I would just put them up for everyone to see since it's a frequent question.

Q: Why don't you swear?
A: Since this is a site affiliated with the school, we have to keep everything school appropriate. While if we swore we could probably get away with it, it's also just a matter of ethics. We also want this to be friendly for people of all ages, whether that's a young child, a teen, or your parents.

Koro Sensei Quest! - Episode 12 Highlight

Koro Sensei Quest was a nice series, a good breathe of fresh air. The last episode, while the ending was a bit lackluster, overall it was pretty interesting. We got the final shots of our favorite chibi characters, and while I don't have a lot to say about it, there was one thing that caught my eye.


Kudos to everyone who knows what this is referring to, and if you don't know and are confused, allow me to explain.
Right here we see a super macho Teresaka (who went missing in earlier episodes and was replaced with a better version) coming to save his friends from the Big Bad's wrath. With his edgy cloak and long sword that looks more like a slab of metal than anything, he's a spitting image of Guts from Berserk. There have been tons of other vague hints littered throughout the series, such as DBZ, Naruto, I believe there was a Sailor Moon one, but this is probably my favorite one so far. Have a favorite reference in the spoof series? Leave a comment and let me know, and I may do a feature article on it.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Nanbaka: Episode 1 Recap

 I finally am getting around to watching Nanbaka, and it's not quite what I expected. It has brilliant colors, is lighthearted, but it also seems to have some darker undertones. I'm looking forward to seeing where they plan on taking it in future episodes.

One thing that I really love is just the animation. I'm not super hyped up on the characters, maybe because I haven't really gotten familiar with them, but I love all of the art. It's bright, it's colorful, it just pops and really contrasts against the majority of anime that seem to sport softer colors. Notice that in pretty much every single scene, there are sparkles in the air? It's like everything has this sort of glow, not quite what you would expect from a state of the art prison.

I'm also enjoying just the lightness of it, the humor isn't always on point, but overall I really enjoy it. I think my favorite piece was when they referenced the Fujoshi, girls who are really into BL. I thought it was clever, and a bit funny, since it hasn't been common to find a lot of blatant references. Although Kiss Him Not Me is centered around a fujoshi... other than that it's rare. So far, like it a lot, and Am willing to invest more time into watching more of the series.

Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto - Episode 12 Recap

Although we all had a feeling it would happen eventually, Sakamoto is leaving all too soon. While there is Episode 13, which is somewhat of a follow up, this is the last time he will ever spend time with his class mates. After spending almost a full school year and building so many memories, it's difficult for them to just accept that they won't see Sakamoto again.

Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto - Episode 11 Recap

In this episode of Sakamoto, the first half is dedicated to Sakamoto and Acchan as they enjoy some winter activities together. Since in real life the heat is starting to creep up on us (at least in California), watching the snow gives a nice sense of nostalgia. Ah, how I miss those cooler times. 

Oh really? After all the class skipping you've done, you actually remember something? I'm a bit surprised, as I always just thought they would play the roles of the dumb fools through the rest of the series. They would always just back up Acchan, they never had any personal depth to them. But hey, maybe they're turning out to have intellect, and maybe this one could turn out to be someone who has a soft spot for science.

Happy White Day!

Happy White Day all my fellow Otakus! At long last this fateful day has rolled around. Unfamiliar with White Day?