**Tokyo Ghoul** A Double Dose of Gore

This post was a long time coming, and was in our drafts for like forever and a day. I thought it was high time we posted it, lol! Just FYI, there may be some spoiler action in this post, not too much, but a little bit if you haven’t seen the show already. But it’s also right on time, because spring has sprung this anime’s new season! I can’t wait to start watching it!
So, we’re going to jump right into season one of this anime…
The setting is Tokyo in an almost Alternate Universe, a place where ghouls (man-eating beastly beings) and normal humans reside together in a relationship firmly set on the borders of fear and hatred between species.
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The main character is my kind of guy. Kaneki Ken is a serious bibliophile, loves the ambiance of coffee shops and his idea of the best date is taking a girl to the bookstore! My kinda man indeed! P.S. The manga section please!
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So, he lands his dream date with the beautiful bishoujo chick he normally sees at his favorite hangout, a coffee shop called Anteiku and the scene of many of the later happenings in this anime…let’s call it the “central location”.
Anyway, she agrees to let him take her out on a date and he comments on her diet (which is pretty rude to do in front of a lady) and after apologizing for his foot-in-the-mouth syndrome, he agrees to walk her home after she puts the teary frightened doe eyes on him. My personal opinion, Kaneki in the beginning of the anime can’t protect anyone from his own shadow, let alone any ghouls that are roaming the streets more frequently and nabbing unsuspecting humans in the middle of the night. But I give the man points for trying to be chivalrous.
Unbeknownst to our little lamb, he is about to be brought to the slaughter! His dream date happens to be a ghoul! And not just any ghoul, but the binge eater that has been all over the news, eating young men left and right. Guess what? She set her sights on our lovely little bookworm.

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After an accident that happened in an off-road construction site, where Kaneki was getting his insides scrambled, Kaneki finds himself in a hospital after a major surgery where organs had to be replaced and realizing he can’t eat normal food.
Later he comes to the conclusion that he is half ghoul and must eat what he once was to survive! The poor dear looks quite pitiful, doesn’t he?
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After almost getting killed over something as silly as a turf war, he fights with both halves of himself, the new and the old. Then he gets a hand from a ghoul named Touka, the same dark-haired chick his friend Hide was hitting on at the cafe.
Our poor boy is stuck in the middle of two warring worlds and is trying to make sense of the two. Who is right? The humans or the ghouls? Will there ever be a way to find peace between the two? If there is an answer, there’s only one person that sees both sides of the coin to try to puzzle out the problem! Welcome to the world of Tokyo Ghoul!
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If you haven’t seen it, it is a MUST SEE! Unless you’re not into fights and gore. Sorry, but if violence is not your thing, then you probably shouldn’t watch this. But if you don’t mind it getting a little dirty, have fun with the two seasons that are currently out on DVD!
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YOLO: Yuuri on ICE!!

こんいちは、みんあさん!Всем привет! 안녕하세요 여러분!

In honor of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, I want to put passion to paper and discuss Yuuri on ICE!! I know this post is late compared to when the anime actually came out, but I personally feel this is the perfect time to post this after being hyped up about figure skating this year!

Also, on a side note, this anime brought a lot of attention to social media as a world-wide communication platform. As a social media marketer and graphic designer, it made me feel warm inside that they gave that style of marketing some much needed attention.

First, we’re going to start this off right by giving you a taste of one of the many beautiful performances by consecutive gold medalist Hanyu Yuzuru-san for the Men’s Figure Skating in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

…now that we’ve whet your whistle, let’s jump into the anime! Just a note, I will be spelling Japanese Yuri as “Yuuri” and Victor as “Viktor”.

Katsuki Yuuri, Japanese figure skater who lacks confidence, suffers from frequent anxiety attacks, bottles his emotions and has the hugest crush on consecutive World Gold Medalist Viktor Nikiforov this side of the world, takes center stage as he completely bombs his short program in competition.

Mistaken for a fan by his biggest idol instead of a fellow competitor, the poor man heads home with his head low and hopes dashed. But not before he bawled to his mom in a bathroom stall and being confronted by a spitfire Russian skater that shares his first name. Give him a break, he’s had a rough day!

Arriving home and feeling as though he let down all his fans, Yuuri wallows in despair and self-deprecation, healing himself through many bowls of katsudon. Determined to redeem himself, of only slightly, he visits Hasetsu Castle to skate, copying Viktor Nikiforov’s program only to find out the Nishigori triplets uploaded a video of the private performance on social media…and it went viral!

Enter Viktor, with his over-the-top personality. Hitching a plane to the Katsuki Inn, Yu-topia, he seduces Yuuri in the baths (keepin’ it PG) and becomes his coach!

From then on, it’s truly a battle to improve himself. Yuuri, through training and new experiences, learns how to express himself with confidence on the ice.

He not only finds his Eros, understanding how truly sexy and valuable he is, but he also finds love like he’d never known before…a love he never thought he’d get the chance to know!

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There is so much more I want to say about this anime, from the animation to the music to the fluidity of the plot and the quirky little funny scenes. However, there isn’t enough space on the page to write everything I feel about this anime!

But here is a taste, a picture (or video) is worth a thousand words after all…ENJOY!

And Crunchyroll shared something special too!

Sherlock Meets Manga!

So, whilst enjoying my time in a local Barnes & Noble in Fort Myers, Florida, I ran across something interesting.

Lo and behold, I found out that my favorite BBC show, “Sherlock”, has a graphic novel adaptation created by the cooperative efforts of Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and the very talented Jay! Who knew?!

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Oh my gosh, this is epic! It’s a manga adaptation from the episode “A Study in Pink”, and might I say the artwork is phenomenal! Cumberbatch never looked so good in Black and White!

It’s Sherlock and Watson’s first mission together, and you’re in for a wild ride if you haven’t seen the show (or even if you have, lol)!

The manga pretty much follows the show, so if you’ve seen it, you aren’t really missing anything…only the awesome artwork done by the adapters! But I still suggest you check it out, if only for the flashbacks. This show in particular is always great, even the second or third time around!

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And if you haven’t seen the show…well, then I definitely think you should give this one a read!

Just to put the icing on the cake, there’s a whole line of adapted “Sherlock” episodes into manga, this isn’t the only one. So, submerse yourself in mystery…

It’s elementary my dear Watson!

For those of you also interested in the show, here is a trailer for the first episode!

Violet Evergarden: Metamorphosis of a Soldier

I wanted to introduce another masterpiece by Kyoto Animation! It matches all of their magical, intricate, emotion-filled plots KyoAni is known for! It is more dramatic and angsty than the normally upbeat titles they have, but no less amazing in conception, illustration, animation and overall execution! As the studio I most admire, they have not disappointed!

Sorry I missed Valentine’s Day, but since it’s still in-between Valentine’s and White Day, I believe it’s the perfect time to post a somewhat unorthodox love story.

A young woman, meant to only be used as a tool, is slowly taught to live her own life as someone worth more than her use on the battlefield and finding her place at a postal office.

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Set in Germany seemingly after World War II, the story begins with the tragic death of a budding love, the meaning of which she could not understand.

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Not even knowing what love meant, raised by the military as a disposable weapon of war, conditioned by a life rooted in attrition and bathed in the blood of her enemies, at the end of the war she finds herself lost and clinging to the belief that her superior officer is alive. She now must wade through the fog of a society she cannot connect with and learn to live with normal people, a soldier without true orders, with emotions seemingly nonexistent and seeking to know what state of mind encompasses a person when they say “I love you”.

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Becoming a ghostwriter for people of Leiden who can’t write, her new purpose is to find the meaning of “love” through her new job as a “doll” by understanding the myriad facets of how words are translated into emotion by writing letters of the heart for those who are illiterate in the town.

An old wealthy lady became Violet’s guarantor despite not being well received by the girl and decided to continue to fund the girl’s way of life in place of her late son that she lost in the war.

She is now Violet Evergarden, somewhat nonconsensually becoming adopted into the old lady’s family. Not knowing how to function, feeling she has no place now that the war is over and attached only to the brooch her beloved Colonel gave her, she tries to live the new life granted to her as a lady in normal society.

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The last orders Colonel Gilbert gave her were:

“Run away and live free…

I love you.”

Young Black Jack

This was a post that I had in my drafts for over half the year, lol. Life took over and I was not able to post it until now. This is a pretty interesting post to be coming out for the new year. Whilst searching for something new to watch before the Spring Line-up came out for last year, I stumbled across this anime called Young Black Jack. I thought it was good enough to share with you guys, so here goes…

Plot

The world was rife with inequality and corruption. It was during the time of the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement in America and the Student Riots in Japan. Hazama Kurou was a medial student on his way to get his license, but he was an undiscovered genius in the medical field. He also is indebted to a debt collector for borrowed funds. When he is faced with risking his license to save a life, he quickly chooses to save them due to his struggle with his abandonment issues.

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Many of these same scenarios come into play during the anime where Hazama must fight against normal protocol in the interest of saving someone’s life. This is one of the first anime I have seen that has a couple of episodes actually dedicated to the Civil Rights Movement in America.

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The anime is based on a really old manga, with the Japanese animation style of the 60’s and 70’s. Remember the old cartoon Inspector Gadget? The style of this anime strongly resembles that, but only certain characters have the strange, obtuse features that shares the style of those older cartoons. The main characters take a more modern-style approach to the animation.

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I really did enjoy the anime, though I had to get used to the opening song, as the music seemed slightly out of place and the artwork also took a bit to get used to.

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Young Black Jack is a very dark anime. Parts of it seem upbeat with a normal amount of darkness for the plot, but the more you watch, the darker it gets.

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I’m not gonna lie, there were times during the anime where I thought the main character was going to find a happy ending and things were finally going to pan out in a bright way, but more darkness ensued. I was actually surprised at the ending. I won’t spoil it for you, but just fasten your seatbelt for a wild ride!

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Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

I want to tell everyone every single detail of this K Drama sooo bad but I don’t want to spoil this 😭

So I’ll settle for an overview and hopefully this alone will piqued your interest in this heart wrenching drama.

The beginning starts off with this poor woman who discovers that her boyfriend and best friend have been going together behind her back. *gasp* Literally in less than 10 minutes the viewer gets to see main character, Go Ha-Jin, get beat up by her best friend while the boyfriend stands there and does nothing. Then to add to all of that mess, they kick her out of her own apartment she shared with him. Just when I thought her life could not get any worse…bam!! It does. While rescuing a drowning child Ha-Jin actually drowns instead. She wakes up and finds herself transported to the year 941 of the Goryeo dynasty and in the body of a younger woman named Hae Soo. Now this is where it becomes paradise for me. She learns that she is the cousin of the 8th Prince’s wife. There are about 7 princes in this show and at least 4 of them are omg drool worthy.

The 8th prince, Prince Wang Wook, is calm and gentle. He’s wise and very heart warming. His character does a huge transformation in this drama. He is portrayed by Kang Ha-neul, whom we all may know from the hit drama The Heirs.

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The 10th prince, Prince Wang Eun, is cute and adorable. I literally had a slight fangirl moment when I realized this was Baekhyun from EXO. His character will make you smile throughout the entire show. eun1

 

The 4th Prince…is bae alright. Prince Wang So is perfect in every way and he’s mine. He’s dark. He’s mysterious. He just steals my attention throughout the entire show. This character has it the hardest out of everyone on the show. He struggles with his own identity and fights for the love of his parents, which unlike, his other brothers he did not receive. He is portrayed by Lee Joon-gi. You might know this sexiness from Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and also the Criminal Minds (K-Drama Version).

 

The 13th Prince, Wang Baek Ah, is on the slick sexy cute. He’s that brother that starts off aggressive but then you figure out what’s his issues are and you have no choice to let his feelings pull at your heart strings. He is an extremely gifted artist and has many scenes where he is just drawing his surroundings and people he encounters. He is portrayed by Nam Joo-Hyuk who just recently completed his work on Bride of Habaek which the K drama version of the populr manhwa Bride of the Water God. He portrays Ha-Baek the God of Water. I actually finished that drama and will have an entire blog on that one too.

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As the viewer you get to watch Hae Soo, the main character, as she struggles with palace politics and finding love. This show is really worth a look. If not for the plot, watch it for the Princes. I swore up and down that the 3rd Prince was related to T.O.P because he looked exactly like him.   There are many  side characters that will make you cringe and want to strangle them. I cried watching this show. I laughed and giggled and I also fangirled sooo many times.

If you like sexy men and historical dramas this one is quite the watch. The only thing that grinded my gears about this show is that it should have had a second season. I know must dramas don’t but the Chinese version Scarlet Heart did and it completed the story line. What do I mean by that?? Well, you’ll just have to watch this drama and see ^_^

 

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Check Out This Drama Fever Link:

https://www.dramafever.com/drama/4926/Scarlet_Heart%3A_Ryeo/

 

Owari no Seraph

***POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!!!*****

Today we shall discuss an anime that has one of my favorite OTP of all time, Owari no Seraph. At the time this came out, I had been waiting for a good vampire plot line to pop up and this anime does not disappoint. I’m kinda late on this, as there is a second season, but I still wanted to cover it. So let’s jump right into it.
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Plot
The story starts off with an child named Yuuichirou, taken in by an orphanage because his parents tried to kill him. Yuu-chan tries to be closed off but he’s secretly a softie (tsundere). He meets the other kids in the orphanage, especially another kid by the name of Mikaela.

Mikaela is clingy and outgoing, forcing Yuuichirou to accept him and the other orphans as family.

This doesn’t work out so well until later.

Shortly after, all hell breaks loose and people start dying all around them, choking on air and their own blood. Absolute mayhem occurs, but the only ones affected seem to be all humans over age 13.

Vampires then come out to collect all the children and put them in livestock camps all over Japan (but it is implied that this is a global crisis).

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The children from the orphanage enact a plan to escape, resulting in many of their deaths and only one child actually escaping. Hyakuya Yuuichirou is found by a group of humans surviving on the outside as part of the Moon Demon Company in the Japanese Imperial Army. Colonel Ichinose Guren then takes Yuuichirou on as an apprentice, forcing him to go to school and make friends, ultimately learning how to work as part of a team.

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Mika barely survives the attack and is “saved” by the vampire queen, who proceeds to turn him into one of the enemy against his will. He then finds out about the experiments his orphanage has been conducting on him and his fellow orphans even before the world went to hell.

Thus he has a new goal, to save Yuuichirou from the humans and their manipulation of him.

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That’s as far as I will go for the plot…

The artwork is masterfully done in both the manga and anime in my opinion, and the casting of the anime characters was also pretty good. Some of the animation is rather dubious, like backgrounds and some random CGI, but not enough to turn me off or to not recommend the anime. Those instances are few and far between except backgrounds, because those continue throughout the anime, but attention is drawn away from it due to the action. GO WATCH IT!!!

The music is also great. I am pretty impressed overall with the anime and the manga is just awesome. It satisfied the insane craving I’ve had for a while.

I’ve also found a new OTP with Yuu-chan and Mika. All you fujoshi out there should check out the few really good fanfiction stories on them. Please add to this budding fandom!

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