**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!

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.”

Kuromukuro

Okay guys! I’ve been posting a lot lately, lol. I wanted to share another anime with you, and this one is fairly new, as in created within the last year or so. If you want to be technical, that makes it somewhat old when you think of recent anime shelf life huh? But I digress.

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We’re gonna focus on Kuromukuro, a production of P.A. Works. This plot is somewhat ambitious, mixing futuristic mecha technology and samurai/bushido culture connected by some strange form of cryostasis and and cloning used for time travel. It’s actually streaming on Netflix in Dub! Let’s delve into a brief rundown of these two seasons of awesomeness!

Plot

A United Nations research facility by the name of Kurobe Laboratory located in the Japanese mountains found an ancient artifact that they have yet to unlock. Many mysteries surround it, more so when they find out the mecha can only be opened by the Chief Researcher’s daughter, Shirahane Yukina (Japanese name order).

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And what of the recently re-awakened samurai who was trapped inside in cryogenic stasis for 400 years?! Why does he think Yukina is his long, lost princess?!

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Forced to become a working member of the facility, Yukina and the samurai, Kennosuke must put aside their initial differences and work together to fight the onslaught of an upcoming alien invasion!

Let the battles begin!

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Personal Takeaways

I love Yukina’s dad. He was so goofy, it was adorable. And he was a nice lookin’ old man to boot! You don’t actually get to see him in action until like episode 23 or 24 though.

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The artwork of this anime is amazing! I really love the thought they put into it based on art, plot and general cohesiveness of all its components. It was really well made and highly entertaining! If you haven’t seen it yet, I suggest giving it a look see!

They even have an official website!

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Check it out when you get the chance! Until my next post…mata ne!

Ao No Exorcist Gets Second Season!

OMG!! I am so excited about the new Ao no Exorcist season! I am a total Blue Exorcist fan girl and this is like the best thing EVER!
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For those of you who don’t know, Ao no Exorcist is a story revolving around a set of twins. Both are the spawn of Satan, but only one inherited powers from good ol’ dad. And get this, the brothers are adopted by a man of the cloth of all people! Being raised in the beginning of their life by old man Fujimoto, Okumura Rin, the demon twin, and Okumura Yukio, the human twin, began training as exorcists.
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Yukio retains an IQ level bordering on the insane, whereas his poor older twin is left sorely lacking in that regard. Seems like the younger brother stole all of Rin’s intelligence huh?
All throughout the anime, Rin struggles to pass his exorcist classes. Rin grows to be jealous of his brother Yukio who was light years ahead of him academically, already having reached the rank of Middle First Class and well on his way to becoming a Paladin. The younger twin also just so happens to be Rin’s Anti-Demon Pharmacology professor in Cram School! Despite all of the monumental setbacks, Rin strives to become the best exorcist he can be while wrestling with his out-of-control demonic powers.
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Now that’s out of the way, my thoughts on the first two episodes of season two are as follows…
The animation is just as superb as the last season. I see no marked change, which is a really good sign. Not like some other anime titles where the new seasons took on a different style that happened to be worse than the original. The backgrounds are also pretty awesome!
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I think it’s cute that Bon’s family has that distinct Kansai accent. And Bon looks so much better to me without that Mohawk, don’t you agree?
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Shura also gets a lot more screen time this round too! She wasn’t seen as much in the first season, so that is totally awesome!
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It starts out with action almost right off the bat. I had initially thought Rin was going to have become a tad more mature, but sadly, that isn’t really the case. Everyone seems to have a problem with our cute half blood, including his little brother. I hope eventually they get over their personal problems, especially since Rin never really hurt anyone. The second episode starts showing a bit more intrigue in the plot, I can’t wait to see how it goes! I can’t wait for episode two! Until next time guys!
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Bungou Stray Dogs

Hello guys! It’s Tonisenpai again with another super late update! (Ducks rocks thrown by angry fans)…OTL And as for the featured image, I know there’s a watermark on it, but it was one of the best images that gave the whole lineup of characters, names included, to give you a good view of most of the cast. Now, without further ado…
Bungou Stray Dogs has just about ended another wonderful season! I would be remiss if I would not discuss this wonderful anime with you guys, so here goes…
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The manga’s anime adaptation was created by our beloved anime company Bones, the creators of the famed anime Fullmetal Alchemist. Season one starts off with the main character, Nakajima Atsushi, who was an orphan unfortunate enough to be kicked out of the orphanage and onto the streets. Dressed in rags, penniless, and contemplating theft, poor Atsushi-kun wanders along the shores of starvation…or is it the local river?
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In the water, he notices someone casually drowning (how does that work?). At risk to himself and against his better judgment, the orphan boy saves the man, only to find out he a crazed detective with an unhealthy obsession with committing suicide named Dazai Osamu.
Dazai, ever the strange individual, invites the kid to a free meal to be paid (unwillingly) by his partner Kunikida, also from the same agency. During their outing, Dazai informs Atsushi of a dangerous tiger that is wandering the streets, wreaking havoc on the surrounding population and that they are in hot pursuit of the creature.
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This revelation leads to a series of plot twists that reveals the culprit and brings about Atsushi’s eventual induction into the paranormal detective agency.
I really love this anime a lot. Dazai is one of my favorite characters. There are times when he gets serious and his past is shrouded in mystery, but he mostly serves as comic relief for the majority of his screen time. His relationship with Atsushi is the cutest thing, as he is forever protecting his kouhai. Eventually finding out about a price on his head and dodging kidnapping attempts from the Port Mafia, Atsushi needs all the protection he can get!
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Atsushi’s personality fits right in with the weirdos at the agency, what with his penchant for degrading himself and finding everything about himself worthless. But despite their strangeness, they are a close-knit group and act like a family.
The fights are epic, the artwork is beautiful, the music is awesome and the plot twists will throw you for a loop (they sure did for me)! I guarantee you’ll love it if you haven’t seen it already. I can’t wait for it to be translated over and buy the DVD set! I recommend both seasons for your viewing pleasure! Until next time!
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Fall Anime 2015: One Punch Man

Hi guys! I haven’t been back for a while, sorry! This is the first blog of the year. I am a terrible blogger when it comes to finding time. This Fall we have a serious line-up of new anime! And a lot of them look good!!
Today I’m going to talk about one that I recently got into…One Punch Man!
I was first introduced to this anime through a Facebook post my friend put up about the fight between the main character and a ninja and I was sold!
This anime is pure gold! It is hilarious and has a pretty decent story line despite the many comic moments in it.
So, the story is about this guy named Saitama who couldn’t find work anywhere. He applied and got rejected so many times, he did not feel life worth living and walked the streets as if in a trance.
On the way home, a crab monster appeared in front of him after having killed many people. It was going to kill him off, but it didn’t because he said Saitama had the same dead look to his eyes that he did. While he spared our main character, he was on his way to find and kill this kid with a butt-shaped chin that had drawn on him while he was asleep.
Saitama comes across the kid and decides he’s going to save him.
After defeating the monster, Saitama decides he will give up on trying to get a job and will become a hero for fun.
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As he fights new monsters, he continually defeats them with only one punch. Thus the name of the show.
I love this anime. At first I thought it was going to be less than impressive, and it certainly does have many gag anime elements, but the action in the anime was surprising. I was really not expecting One Punch Man to be as epic as they have made it.
These are a few pictures showing some moments of hilarity for me in the anime:
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**side note, though it would have been extremely funny, the first and second photos are from unrelated scenes…
One of my favorite fights was the one Saitama had with the ninja in episode three. If you haven’t seen it, go and watch it, that episode is HILARIOUS!
I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a new fall anime to watch (if you haven’t already started this one)!
Till next time, Otaku no minna, mata ne!