My most memorable anime’s for Winter 2021

Hey there, Long time no see huh?

I know for a fact we are still in November but I thought I’d do a couple of blogs talking about the most memorable anime’s I watched this year.

Over the next two months, I will be going through the season one by one, starting with the beginning of the year Winter.


1. Horimiya

Back in January, Horimiya defiantly hit some home truths for me, I defiantly felt a connection to Miyamura and what he felt like growing up (not that I got tattoos and pierced my ears lol)

I thoroughly enjoyed this series and because I liked it so much I’ve read all of the manga volumes too.


2. Dr Stone: Stone Wars

I have now completed both seasons of Dr Stone and Can’t wait for season 3.

As much as I loved this season, Half of it was ridiculous, and the ending was very sad but that’s what makes anime great to watch, the twist and turns leads the Kingdom of Science to Victory!


3. Beastars Season 2

Season 1 was so long ago I had to familiarise this series but I was soo ready for what I got

Tem’s murderer found, a Herbivore becoming the leader of Shishigumi and the blossoming love between Haru and Legoshi.

Beastars season 2 was the greatest gift I got this year with anime.


4. SK8 Infinity

Whether it be in Dub or Sub, this show blew it out of the park this year.

whether it be Adams Voice David Wald (dub) vs Takehito Koyasu (sub) or the relationship between all of the boys is what made Sk8 Infinity great.

I really wished we got more!


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Manga Discussion: Spy X Family

On Halloween this year we got a very exciting announcement that next year Manga produced by Manga Artist Tatsuya Endo.

Manga Spy X Family is going to be made into an anime!

Anime Trailer

A lot of people including youtube AkiDearest introduced me to this Manga and I just kept putting it off, So when I watched the trailer for the first time I knew I had to read it and Let’s just say I am now Obsessed!!


Synopsis

For the agent known as “Twilight,” no order is too tall if it is for the sake of peace. Operating as Westalis’ master spy, Twilight works tirelessly to prevent extremists from sparking a war with neighboring country Ostania. For his latest mission, he must investigate Ostanian politician Donovan Desmond by infiltrating his son’s school: the prestigious Eden Academy. Thus, the agent faces the most difficult task of his career: get married, have a child, and play family.

Twilight, or “Loid Forger,” quickly adopts the unassuming orphan Anya to play the role of a six-year-old daughter and prospective Eden Academy student. For a wife, he comes across Yor Briar, an absent-minded office worker who needs a pretend partner of her own to impress her friends. However, Loid is not the only one with a hidden nature. Yor moonlights as the lethal assassin “Thorn Princess.” For her, marrying Loid creates the perfect cover. Meanwhile, Anya is not the ordinary girl she appears to be; she is an esper, the product of secret experiments that allow her to read minds. Although she uncovers their true identities, Anya is thrilled that her new parents are cool secret agents! She would never tell them, of course. That would ruin the fun.

Under the guise of “The Forgers,” the spy, the assassin, and the esper must act as a family while carrying out their own agendas. Although these liars and misfits are only playing parts, they soon find that family is about far more than blood relations.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


( I will be showing some panel’s from the manga so if you want to watch without any surprises, I ask you to read no further 🙂 )

Chapter 1, Page 9

This guy he’s Agent twilight. We don’t know his real name, he’s a master spy, One of the main characters and well He’s been given a new mission

Chapter 1, Page 14

His new mission

Get Married

and have a child

I think he got the short end of the stick with this one…haha…

Chapter 1, Page 24

This girl, Her name is Anya, she is the new child of Loid Forger (Agent Twilight) and somehow she’s an Esper and can read minds

This manga just got even cooler (my mind at the time)

Chapter 2, Page 15

This is Yor Briar and on top of her day job shes an assassin codenamed ‘Thorn Princess’

Chapter 2, Page 24

she comes across Twilight and Anya at a clothing boutique/tailor

Anya reads her mind and immediately knows she is a hitman from her thoughts

(Anya’s faces crack me up 😂😂)

Chapter 3, Page 2

Twilights Phase 1 of his new mission is complete he has a child who is an esper, a wife whos a hitman and himself who is a spy

(and the funny thing is… Only anya knows who they truly are)

Chapter 4, Page 15

This chapter just made me wet my pants with laughing

The fact they had spare clothes just in case something happened, I think that level of readiness warrants a medal

I just want to know what there going to come up with next

Chapter 15.5, Page 15

Like I’m sorry, just how are those disguises going to work against the top spy in the country

but this isn’t what makes me laugh the most

Chapter 15.5, Page 30

Trying to save her fake mother melts my heart but also that a child could rig a bomb and look like that

I think I laughed for 10 minutes straight.


The greatest thing about this manga, even with the storyline (which is awesome by the way and well thought out)

It has that level of hilarity that has me wetting my pants every chapter. I’ve watched anime for years and read manga, but this manga is one of my absolute favourites to read in terms of great storyline, fabulous characters, and dedication to it.

I can’t wait for the anime next year to see these great manga panels brought to life.


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The 5 Anime’s I’m currently watching

Hey there guys, Art of Anime here and I’m back.. for now at least haha

Even though my list hasn’t changed drastically since the last time I did this, there are 5 anime’s I’m currently watching but there is a difference I still watch Boruto every week and Detective Conan.

So here we go

1. My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X

I really enjoyed the first season of this show, I think I watched it within half a day during my last Isolation back in September. Season 2 came out and because I loved it so much, I couldn’t wait for the next episode of the dub to come out, so I left the episodes sitting in my files on my laptop.

I think I’m up to episode 10 now so I’m not that far away from the ending, I loved how much I related to Catarina, Loving sweets and just wanted to lounge around and read all day. Jeannie Tirado voices Catarina in the dub and I cannot fault her at all, she plays the role well and I always find myself laughing my head off.


2. Vantias no Carte

I have to admit, I watched the first episode of this and said, Nah

Then I saw it again in English and said to myself, “Zeno Robinson’s Vanitas is flawless!!” Even Noe and Lucius’ voices are precious, and I believe that is what drew me back to this amazing show.

Obviously, the sub must be good to the others as well, but the way I hear the dub being rolled out makes me fall in love with it even more. What irritates me is that the gap between episodes is getting longer.

GIVE ME MORE


3. Tokyo Revengers

This show blew everyone away when it first came out, and I knew I’d enjoy it after finishing Ikebukuro West Gate Park because it had a similar vibe. I started watching the dub because it had around a 15-episode head start, and I have no regrets. I hear voices from time to time, and after a few experiences, I have more questions than answers.

“What is Kisaki’s true motivation?” “What happened on Bloody Halloween?” “Why does Kisaki want to kill Mikey?”

I’m currently watching episode 17 and saving the rest to see how it all ends, and I’ll definitely be reading the manga after season 1 is through.


4. One Piece Dressrossa Arc

People are going to look at this and go, really?!

Yes really. I started watching One Piece in dub since the beginning and I wasn’t about to change now, I do keep up to date with what’s going on.

I know Who Sanji really is, I know the outcome of the big mom arc, I know that there is a new crew member of the straw hats but that doesn’t stop me from loving every single second, Dressrossa is one of the longest arc’s in the anime and I’m loving every single second.


5. The Honor at Magic High School

And Last not least, The Honor at Magic High school.

This series’s partner Irregular has been in my top 5 list for a very long time so when Honor came out, I thought it would be really crap since it’s just season 1 again but with Miyuki as the main focus, and boy was I wrong.

It’s just the little things added that I just love about this spin-off, but unfortunately It still doesn’t change my opinion of Mikyuki Shiba and her brother complex (just ew)


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Where Art of Anime has been, and where does it go from here

Hey! It’s been a while, How’s everyone been?

I started my second year of university at the end of September and I started a new job, then I got my first deadline and so many things to do and Now guess who has to Isolate again because of Covid… ME 🙄

That’s life these days Until I get my second vaccine of course I will now be in Isolation for the next 10 days which gives me time to get work done and start my new routine which gives me 2 hours a day to write something that is worthy of being on this blog.

I know I’ve said this multiple times over the last couple of months but this time I won’t be saying it’s permanent because I can’t keep saying that anymore.

I absolutely love blogging it’s why I started this blog in the first place and the fact I got a second part-time job writing blogs for my university, giving back to my community I should say.

Art of Anime will continue to bring out content whenever it can but this time I’m not going to say for certain anyone’s going to get content.

So there’s where Art of anime has been where does it go from here.

My Favorite Junichi Suwabe Roles

As much as I love, English Voice actors I love Japanese Seiyu’s and I can pick a few voices out in Japanese including my favorite Japanese Voice actors.

Junichi Suwabe has been in the industry since 1999, when he first appeared in the anime Great Teacher Onizuka, and has since appeared in a slew of other shows, so I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite Junichi roles!


5. Ren jinguuji (Uta no Prince sama)

It was very hard choosing my favorite roles but when looking through his MyAnimeList, Ren kept on coming up and I just had to choose him for my number 5 favorite role, The thing is that I love about Junichi’s voice it can be very seductive in a way that my whole heart melts.

Plus his singing voice is much like an angel’s.


4. Archer (Fate/Stay Night)

Don’t get me wrong I love Liam O’brians’s take on Archer but as Always Junichi knows how to voice a character so well, he has a very beautiful voice but knows how to make it stronger for a character like Archer.


3. Akira Hayama (Shokugeki no Soma)

When I was first introduced to Hayama It took me a while to figure out that Junichi voiced Akira.

I chose Hayama because he was very different character to his other roles he has been given, there was always something high almighty about him and I always loved it, Food wars is in my top 10 anime and I will miss it.


2. Undertaker (Black Butler)

I am a big fan of Black Butler and I have watched it from the get go in dub but when book of the Atlantic came out I had to watch it in Japanese and then I was introduced to Junichi’s take on the undertaker and I have to say, he absoutley slays!

He absoutley nails the undertaker’s specific laugh.


1. Aomine Daiki (Kuroko no Basket)

Aomine Daiki is one of my favorite bad boys, Junichi’s voice paired with Aomine’s personality makes it a perfect fit (also with Benjamin Diskin for the dub)

Back in 2018, Kuroko no Basket was one of my most favorite anime’s I loved watching and it was the reason I chose this character for my favorite Junichi Role in anime.

Runner Ups

Yami Sukihiro – Black Clover

Mrs Hudson – Kabukichou sherlock

Shota Aizawa – My hero acadamia

Sukuna Ryoumen – Jujutsu Kaisen

Katsuto Juumonji – Irregular at Magic High school

Fall 2021 Collection and What I’ll be watching

Fall is slowly coming into view and honestly It’s my favorite season, its when I get to wear jeans and my favorite Jumpers!

But enough with the outfits; we’re here to check out the Fall anime lineup! I’m curious as to how many of the items on my list I’ll really watch, wanna know what’s coming out from October December then head to AniChart


1. Kimetsu no Yaiba: Yuukaku-hen

Release Date: Unconfirmed

Need I say more than I will never miss the second season of Demon slayer!

Not much is known from the season 2 trailer but what we do know, the second season will be centered around the Sound Hashira Tengen Uzui and that this anime will take place just after the film.


2. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stone Ocean

Release Date: December 2021

JoJo: Stone Ocean Introduces the 21st century Jostar Jolyne Cujoh.

Jolyne is the only female “JoJo” to date, and the daughter of Jotaro Kujo. I strongly advise anyone interested in watching Stone Ocean to first watch JoJo’s Bizzare Adventures because there is a lot of backstory to this anime.

Watching this trailer made me remember why I love this anime in the first place, I’m looking forward to see what this Jostar does to amaze me.


3. Isekai Shoukudou 2

Release Date: October 2nd

Besides my favorite food show which is obviously Shokugeki no Soma, this comes in a close second, I remember watching the first season and falling in love with the light hearted anime I could watch once a week.

Each episode of this show introduced a different character to the Restaurant from another world and it was just so cute to see fantasy characters fall in love with Japanese Cuisine.

I wonder what type of food we will be introduced to this time?


4. Sankaku Mado no Sotogawa wa Yoru

Release Date: October 3rd

WHY IS THIS NOT A YAOI!!! (Rant over haha)

The minute I watched this trailer a while ago, I was drawn in, and it wasn’t because of the storyline or the hot characters but it was the dynamic between the Main characters and this wasn’t categorized as Yaoi (how is that possible).

Putting that aside, I’m really interested in what this anime will bring to the table this Fall.


5. Lupin the 3rd: Part VI

Release Date: October 10th

Lupin the dark horse of anime, It has been running since 1971!

Even longer than Detective Conan.

Tony Oliver is my Lupin voice, and I’m eager to see what Lupin has in store for us this time around. Part 5 was wonderful, and that’s why I’m looking forward to Part 6.


6. Blue Period

Release Date: September 25th

Blue Period is my dark horse this season, not much is known about Blue Period other than it will be releasing on Netflix in 2 days time.

Unfortunately if the first episode isn’t interesting enough I will be dropping it.


7. The way of the House Husband Part 2

Release Date: October 7th

When it comes to the Way of the House Husband, you may either love it or hate it; it demands a very certain taste when it comes to the animation, which is very much in the form of a comic book; reviews say different things by different people.

I absolutely adore this series, and while the fact that each episode is just 15 minutes long and there are only 5 episodes is upsetting, there is something about this anime that I just can’t get enough of.

(Maybe tatsu’s voice actor Kenjirou Tsuda 😉 )

Yona Of the Dawn (Akatsuki no Yona)

Rating: 8.5/10

Episodes: 24

Source: Manga

Genres: Historical, Adventure, Romance, Shoujou

Premiered: Fall 2014

Trailer

Synopsis

Princess Yona lives a life of luxury and ease, completely sheltered from the problems of the seemingly peaceful Kingdom of Kouka; however, the sudden murder of the king and betrayal of her beloved cousin Su-won places Yona’s life in mortal peril. Forced to escape only with Son Hak, who is both her childhood friend and bodyguard, the naïve princess soon discovers that Kouka is not the idyllic place she envisioned it to be. Poverty, strife, and corruption run rampant, making reclaiming the throne nothing more than a wishful fantasy given the kingdom’s current state.

Based on the popular manga of the same name by Mizuho Kusanagi, Akatsuki no Yona follows Princess Yona on a coming-of-age adventure as she faces the harsh realities of her kingdom. With only a mysterious legend to guide her, Yona must discover a way to restore Kouka to its former glory while being pursued relentlessly by the forces of the new King of Kouka.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Review

Atatsuki no Yona premiered in the fall of 2014 and was bought to us by Studio Pierrot, these studios gave us anime’s such as Tokyo Ghoul, Naruto and Black Clover.

Story

Once once a time, 2,000 years ago, the Kingdom of Kouka was founded and ruled by Hiryuu, a red dragon who descended from the heavens and transformed into a human. Four soldiers infused with dragon blood from the Gods stood by his side, assisting him in leading the country to prosperity. With the passage of time, this myth became a legend to be told to children.

The kingdom had no male successors 2,000 years later, only a single princess named Yona who enjoyed a life of luxury. She had everything she ever desired and was hidden from the horrible reality outside the castle walls because she was in love with her cousin, Soo-Won, and was protected by her bodyguard, Son Hak. In contrast to this idyllic image, Kouka was subjected to political turmoil from within the country. Yona was forced to flee with just Hak by her side after her beloved Su-won conducted a bloody coup and murdered her father, and she began to live a life on the run.

Despite being encircled on all sides by enemies, the exiled princess still wishes to live and preserve her realm. Her solution comes from an exiled priest, who tells her that finding the four legendary dragon warriors is her only hope. Yona sets out to find these warriors, determined to battle for the throne and restore the kingdom, while meeting new friends and allies along the road, guided by this seemingly imaginary narrative.


Characters

Yona is the crowned princess of the Kokua Kingdom,she has an adaptive and a pleasant personality as well as a strong sense of conviction. Throughout her journey, she demonstrates an unwavering eagerness to learn and maintains her optimistic outlook even in the face of adversity. She was initially self-centered and demanding of others, as Yoon reprimands her for not thanking him for looking after Hak. Through her travels, she finally learns to appreciate others. Yona has a positive view on life despite her traumatic past and chooses to serve others in need. She grows more mature and self-assured as she travels. During her trip, she begins to overcome her fears, realizing what is most important in life.

Son Hak is the former General of the wind clan and is the adopted grandson of the previous general Mundok, Hak grew up along side Suu-won and Yona as Yona’s bodyguard. Hak was willing to risk his life for Yona and in the future Suu-won if they ever got married, this quickly changed when Suu-won betrayed everyone’s trust and Hak and Yona had to go on the run.

Hak is a witty, straightforward young guy who will go to any length to protect Yona. When it comes to her well-being, he is both physically and emotionally self-sacrificing, as well as very loyal to people he respects and obeys. Hak has also been revealed to have a mischievous side, frequently tormenting Yona and the rest of his group, as well as “having a habit” of being a bully who enjoys mockingly nicknaming some of their other comrades, such as “White Snake” (Kija) and “Droopy Eyes” (Jae-Ha)

Soo-Won is the son of the deceased General Yu-Hon and Lady Yong-Hi, the older cousin of Princess Yona, and the childhood friend of Hak. He is a difficult character to understand. Most of the time, he has a peaceful and cheery personality. He had tremendous emotional strength and maturity, and unlike other people in the room, He has the ability to adapt to any scenario. He is gentle and loving to those he likes. Soo-Won, on the other hand, is a calculated individual. He has a good sense of observation, which aids him in deciphering people’s true intentions. If it suited his purposes, he will act naive and carefree. This is a genuine aspect of his character, but it’s also a strategy he uses to make his opponents underestimate him and redirect their attention away from him.

Despite all of the good qualities to pursue his goals, he was willing to take himself away from Hak and Yona and destroy their relationships. Not much is known about him in the anime as there is still so much we don’t know about him as a character.

Jae-Ha is the current Ryokuryuu (English: Green Dragon), one of the four Dragon Warriors who possesses the green dragon deity’s blood. His strength comes from his right leg, which allows him to fly by jumping high and over vast distances.

Jae-Ha is a carefree, vain, bold, confident, persistent, flamboyant, womanizer, and observant man who takes care in his appearance and appreciates the finer things in life. To the irritation of some of his companions, he has a tendency to rush after whatever he considers to be lovely and to openly demonstrate his masochistic nature when someone hurts him lightly. Despite his pranks, he despises being pursued and craves freedom above all else.

Jae-ha is probably my favorite out of the four dragons

Kija is the current Hakuryuu (White Dragon in English), one of the four Dragon Warriors who carries the white dragon deity’s blood. His right arm is the source of his strength. Kija was the guardian and tribal leader, having been born and nurtured in a village deep in the woods and carrying the White Dragon’s genes. His village has taught him to serve and be entirely obedient to the next reincarnation of King Hiryuu, who is claimed to be his master, since he was born.

Kija has a forceful, straightforward, and polite demeanour, which is mostly attributable to his upbringing. He values the power he wields, the other dragon warriors, and Yona, whom he perceives to be King Hiryuu’s return, as he has always known about the legend of the dragon deities and his place within it; he also strongly believes that those who are the dragon deities should fulfil their duties no matter what. As a result, he can be irritated by those who do not share his reverence, and he frequently chastises members of his squad (particularly the dragon warriors) for being immature or disregarding their positions.

Shin-Ah is the current Seiryuu (Blue Dragon in English), one of the four Dragon Warriors who possesses the blue dragon deity’s blood. His strength resides in his eyes, which he can utilise to produce hallucinations and paralyse his opponent.

He has almost no social skills due to his upbringing in utter seclusion. He is extremely silent and rarely talks, instead responding to questions with nods and motions or blank, awkward stares. As a result, he is frequently misconstrued by others, who believe he is suspicious and even frightening. His disposition, on the other hand, is incredibly compassionate and sympathetic, especially toward others in his community who despise and dread him. He adores Yona and the rest of the gang, and he has a special affinity with a squirrel named Ao. He also despises the cold.

Yoon is the first person to join Hak and Yona on their journey to find the four dragon warriors, He is the self-proclaimed “beautiful boy genius” caretaker of High Priest Ik-Soo, and the one who helps Yona and Hak recover after they are hurt after feeling the fire clan.

Yoon is a kind, compassionate, intellectual, nonviolent, and skilled young man who takes great delight in his intellect and appearance. He throws comments at everyone from time to time, observing how the gang can be raucous despite their need to maintain a low profile. He is easily brought to tears, despite his caustic tongue, and sincerely cares for everyone’s well-being.

Yoon learned to be self-sufficient and resourceful at a young age in order to survive.


Voice acting

Funimation took the dub for Yona of the dawn and I must say, whoever directed the dub did a fabulous job in picking the voice actors as they fit their roles perfectly, I felt every ounce of emotion that came off every single character especially the two main characters Yona and Hawk voiced by Monica Rial and Christopher sabat.


My opinion

Since being in Self Isolation I have had more time to read into things than I would usually, I re-watched this series within a day which can be very easy if you really enjoy watching something.

Lately I have been obsessed with history, folk lore and myths, I recently finished watching a TV show called Kung Fu which was absoutley amazing! and it was nice to learn a bit more about Chinese history and culture. I was so shocked to hear that Yona of the Dawn is set in the korean past and not Japanese but It made sense because the character designs looked nothing like the Japanese era.

I’ve made it apparent that I’m not a big fan of Shojou anime, but there was something about Yona of the Dawn that made me not hate it. In 24 episodes, a lot happens as the main characters Yona and Hak search for the four dragons; it’s a well-crafted plot, but there’s a flaw that earns the anime an 8.5 out of 10 rating.

Searching for the four dragons took up most of the series! Like when it got the end of the season you ask yourself, “That was it?”

I guess that does make you want to go out and read the manga but they just left it on the cliffhanger, what do they do next now that the four dragons as assembled?

I would suggest you go and watch the anime to find that answer yourself, and I will now be defiantly be starting the manga where the anime left of.


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Kid characters I wouldn’t mind having as my little brother/sister

Going through the many anime’s I’ve ever watched, there have been many adorable children characters that I wouldnt mind being the big sister of.

Let’s get into my list shall we?


Anna Kushina

Anna is from the anime K/K Project. Anna is from the Red clan and I must say she is absoutley adorable! She is loved by her family in the Red clan and is extremely loyal to the Previous Red King Mikoto Suho.

With Anna’s lovely snowy white hair, I’d love to have her as my little sister but not just because she is adorable, she’s strong and cares about the people she loves.


Killua and Gon

I have probably watched Hunter x Hunter twice in my life hood and I always stop at the chimera ant arc because I really can’t get into it, but enough of that, I say having Gon as my little brother he’d come as a package deal along with Killua, but to be honest I’d love both of them to have my little brothers as they have always complimented each other as best friends.

Both of them are adorable, strong and I’d also want to help Killua with his past and trust issues because that is what kind of big sister I’d love to be.


Sakura Kinomoto

Sakura from Card Capture is my favorite on this list.

Even though Toya is a fantastic big brother for Sakura, I wouldn’t mind joining the Kinomoto family 😉 .

Not only Is Sakura totally adorable, she knows how to bake and cook, I’d wouldn’t mind being taken care of Sakura while ill ❤


Eri

Season 4 of My hero academia took the anime world by storm when they introduced this little cutie, Eri.

My heart exploded when she first smiled at the school festival and when she dressed up as Santa for Christmas. I would have took this adorable girl in, in a heart beat, I would have beaten the shit out of Overhaul myself if I was apart of the my hero fandom.

I would give this little girl anything she wanted and love her to the ends of the earth.


Shippo

I’m working my way through the Inuyasha anime. Yes, there are probably cuter children than Shippo, but I’ve grown very close to the little boy.

Even though Shippo is a demon, he cares about his friends and would do anything to save them, even if it meant he would get hurt in the process.


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Terror in Resonance (Zankyou no Terror)

Rating: 10/10

Episodes: 12

Source: Original

Genres: Mystery, Psycholgical, Thrillar

Premiered: Summer 2014

Trailer

Just a year ago Terror in resonance was my favorite anime of all time, It has now been replaced but in honor of my previous number 1.

I give you my opinion of one of favorite anime’s of all time.


Synopsis

Painted in red, the word “VON” is all that is left behind after a terrorist attack on a nuclear facility in Japan. The government is shattered by their inability to act, and the police are left frantically searching for ways to crack down the perpetrators. The public are clueless—until, six months later, a strange video makes its way onto the internet. In it, two teenage boys who identify themselves only as “Sphinx” directly challenge the police, threatening to cause destruction and mayhem across Tokyo. Unable to stop the mass panic quickly spreading through the city and desperate for any leads in their investigation, the police struggle to act effectively against these terrorists, with Detective Kenjirou Shibazaki caught in the middle of it all.

Zankyou no Terror tells the story of Nine and Twelve, the two boys behind the masked figures of Sphinx. They should not exist, yet they stand strong in a world of deception and secrets while they make the city fall around them, all in the hopes of burying their own tragic truth.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Review

Zankyou no Terror came out in Summer 2014 and was given to us by MAPPA Studios who recently gave us anime such as Jujutsu Kaisen and Dorohedoro.

Story

The words “VON” are scrawled in red on the floor of a Japanese warehouse storing a lethal weapon, causing the Japanese cabinet and police to go insane.

Six months later, when two boys calling themselves “Sphinx” defy the police, threatening to inflict havoc and mayhem across Tokyo, the authorities resort to the internet


The police struggle to act effectively against these terrorists, unable to stop the rapid spread of panic throughout the city and eager for any clues in their investigation, with Detective Kenjirou Shibazaki caught in the heart of it all.

The plot follows two boys named Nine and Twelve, who go by the codename Sphinx, but you soon understand they’re not actual terrorists who are only uncovering their horrific past.


Music

Everyone watches anime for the story and plot, but what really drew me in was Yoko Kanno’s soundtrack throughout the entire anime.

Every time I search for the soundtrack online I can never find it at least I have it saved it on my mobile phone. Most of the OST for Zankyou No Terror puts me to sleep, which is ironic given the tragic and action-packed nature of the anime.

Most of the OST Is played on a piano which I love even more as it gives the anime a soft side to the devastating story that lies behind the plot you are seeing on screen.

My favorite songs have to be Walt, Seele, Von and Fugl.


Characters

As the show suggests Nine and Twelve are the main characters of this show, each boy is not like the other, they see things differently in what happened to them but they stay together until the end and we realize they weren’t so different after all.

Nine

Nine is the taller boy with black hair and seems to be the calmest out of the two, you see him more behind the scenes than out in the open like his partner in crime. Nine has a stern, aloof, and austere demeanor.
With his outstanding computing and hacking skills, he has a propensity for concocting creative criminal schemes while neatly hiding his tracks.

Twelve

On the surface twelve, he appears to be a typical jokester, light-hearted and active, and fond of meddling in other people’s affairs.
He is, however, capable and prepared to use cruel and violent means if the occasion demanded it, and it was safe to presume that his stint at the aforementioned children’s institution had left him psychologically scarred.
Despite this, he is dependable and loyal, possessed a high sense of social intuition, was on brotherly terms with Nine, and had demonstrated countless compassionate acts towards Lisa Mishima.

Lisa

Lisa is that one character that you say to yourself, were you absoutley necessary?

Lisa is a shy, introverted girl who is easily bullied because of her clumsy actions.
Because of her introversion, she tends to keep her troubles to herself and resents the outside world.
She believes she has a link with the Sphinx couple, and that the three of them are disconnected from the rest of the world.
Despite her initial disappointments and the risky operations she undertakes as a result, she decides to live, demonstrating her strength and perseverance.

Shibazaki

Detective Kenjirou Shibazaki is behind the force that drives the Tokyo police as he is the first to realize there the first riddle of there plan, he is then put in charge of the case despite being demoted years before and sent down to archives.

Shibasaki appears to be aloof and lacklustre at first, unwilling to work, but when people’s lives are threatened, he suddenly transforms into a brilliant, quick-witted man capable of solving most problems that emerge.
He is well-versed in his industry and has a strong sense of justice.

because Shibazaki’s past the boys home in on his skills for him to realize there plan. He was probably my favourite character of the whole show.

Five

Five is just like Nine and Twelve but was hired by the US Government FBI years before, she travels to Japan in pursuit of the boys, to me her character wasn’t needed per se but it put pressure on Nine who seemed to have liked her in the past and is out-put when she arrives.

Five is a childishly sadistic character who enjoys torturing others and has a frigid demeanor.
She also enjoys psychological games, as seen by her transformation of an airport into a chess board to “play” with Sphinx.

On a deeper level, though, her acts could indicate that she is a lonely person who longs for human contact, particularly from Nine, whom she appears to have always liked or at least considered as a worthy opponent, owing to her feelings of abandonment by Sphinx.


Voice actors

Funimation took the dub for this anime but when I comb through the sub cast I can defiantly tell it was a very thought out original anime and the voice acting was absoutley fantastic I couldn’t fault it.

Christopher bevins voiced Nine. Christopher much like Robert are the two eldest apart of the main cast but when you heard Chris talk as Nine, you believed he was a 16 year old boy. His voice was strong, Nine is a strong character as he out of the two boys he showed the bigger sense of justice

Aaron Dimuske voiced twelve and I defiantly felt this as a good fit. Aaron has been voice acting since he was young as he voiced Alphonse Elric in the first ever series of Fullmetal Alchemist, he has a sense of humor in his voice which makes the character sound so much more believable.

Jad Saxton voiced Lisa. Now I love Jad as she has a voice that can be really gentle and this is what Lisa’s character needed. Lisa is timid and is probably afraid of her own shadow.

Robert Mccolum voiced Shibazaki. As Shibazaki is my favorite character, Robert was the best fit for him. His deep voice gives him the intimidation a policeman needs (even as a disgraced one), I really enjoyed his scenes and I always feel that Robert puts 110% into the character he’s voicing.

Jamie Marchi voiced Five. The greatest thing about Jamie is that she can have a gentle voice but then she can have a very scary voice and this is what was desperately needed for Five as a character (much like Junko Enoshima from Danganronpa)


My Opinion

When I first saw this anime, I fell in love with it. While some people consider Clannad or Angel Beats to be among the saddest anime series ever, Zankyou no Terror is, in my opinion, the saddest anime I’ve ever seen.

The series begins with a brief introduction to the main characters Nine and Twelve, as well as Lisa and Shibazaki.
As the story unfolds, you begin to believe that Nine and Twelve are the evil guys, but as hypotheses form in your mind, does it make sense to label them terrorists when they haven’t killed anyone?

Nine is plainly opposed to the notion, but you can see how having her around would make it easier for them to do what they need to do while having someone to distract them, but I never thought it was a good thing, and Lisa’s role was unneeded.

The show went on with Sphinx giving out clues to the police, to a certain point their goal is unclear but that’s why I love Shibazaki, he was smart enough to uncover all of the clues and even get to the point the boys were trying to uncover for the country of Japan, to learn of the governments evil deeds and there were parts in the second half of the series that had me in complete tears.

This show was smartly crafted in a way to have people thinking the reality behind Good and Evil, Who are the bad guys, Nine and Twelve and their so-called terrorism towards the country of Japan, or the way the Japanese Government used children as Lab rats

We are left to decide this choice and I wish the ending didn’t go the way it did, but we are always left wondering, what could have anyone done differently so these events didn’t occur.


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This decision wasn’t made lightly…

I bet your wondering what’s going on?

Well hear me out

Hi most of you know me as Tori over at Art of Anime its been a pleasure writing blogs over the last year and a half.

I’m actually almost to a 100 blog posts which is amazing!

But this summer made me realize something…

I have absolutely no time to write anything good at the moment, because working for one of the biggest holiday camps in the UK is very hard work and especially that I’m the only team member my manager has at the moment she can trust (sometimes I don’t even see why lol)

I am working over 40 hours a week with only one day off every 8-9 days or so, and the fact that I am also a university student with summer homework doesn’t help one little bit.

I realized you guys are my salvation when it comes to blogging about something I’ve loved for almost 10 years. (still got another 3 years to go 😉 )

But there is a line I must not cross and so as of Today Art of anime is shutting down…


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Got you there for a second didn’t you 😉

Well tbh its not entirely not true, I will be leaving the Art of anime blog, and will be returning on

24th September at 5pm

So mark your calendars ladies and gentlemen, This will give me time to finish my summer job, move back to university and get settled in and to get a lot of summer homework done.

I will still be around you can find me on my twitter page @artof_anime as I love to talk to my community.