#TheJCS July 2021- Hosted by yours truly

Hello my wonderful readers!

This is the July edition of the Jon Spencer Showcase!! Hosted by yours truly

What exactly is it?

It’s a monthly unique event created by the lovely Jon Spencer Reviews, that brings together bloggers and other content providers from all around the internet. So I’m here to showcase the wonderful work everyone has submitted to me from the month of June. In truth, this is my very first time hosting and I feel very privileged to be hosting for the first time.

For July’s Showcase I submit my Review on Gangsta which I highly recommend checking it out!

But before I get into it, If you wanna check out last months showcase head over to Mechanical Anime review or read the post here: https://mechanicalanimereviews.com/2021/07/01/thejcs-jon-spencer-showcase-june-2021-edition/


Anime Posts

Yasuke & Trese’s Biggest Problem – A Continued Look at Netflix Anime by Jon Spencer Reviews

Jon does a detailed look into the two new Netflix anime’s Yasuke and Trese. He reviews the shows and gives a detailed explanation of what he thinks the story is trying to tell us but then shares his concerns about the problems that the two shows have.

It is an interesting read because what he picks up on I wouldn’t have been able to spot, let alone connect the dots but that’s okay because he also explains how you’re able to spot the problems yourself.


Anime Review 175 Gundam Build Divers Re:Rise by takamakijoker anime reviews

Takamakijoker reviews the anime Gundam Build Divers Re:Rise, but I have to be truthful that the only Gundam anime I’ve watched is Iron Blood orphans which for an anime lover, I must apologize for having only watched one out of the many Gundam anime’s we’ve had for so long.

Takamaki Gives a detailed review on the Gundam anime and talks about all aspects, defiantly give it a read if you are interested in watching!


Josee the Tiger and the Fish Review – Healing Through Love & Determination [Spoiler] by Yu Alexius

Josee the Tiger and the fish was released in Japan on Christmas day last year and it seems that Yu Alexius has already watched it, me on the other hand I will be watching it when It comes out in English Cinemas in August.

Unfortunately, It does contain spoilers (and is told to us within the title of the blog post) so please read at your discretion, If you have watched the film already then great go ahead and read this detailed review that even has a contents bit, highlighting the many topics he goes over in the review.


Re-Dive: Saga of Tanya the Evil: A Class of its own by Shallow Dives in Anime

Shallow Dives reviews the anime Saga of Tanya the evil, which I was very interested in reading as I think I watched only two episodes of this anime and didn’t continue so I was very interested in hearing what they had to say.

This was a fantastic read and it doesn’t even do into a depth analysis of the show, he just shares his views on why the show is a great one (I must admit once I read this I put it on my list to re-watch)


Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash, A Review and Reflection on the First Act, Messages of Regression in Society by The Infinite Zenith

If you have ever read a blog post Infinite Zenith you will know what I’m talking about, They hosted #TheJCS in February and it was very extra but that’s what we love about them, they love blogging and this is why every blog post is so detailed.

Infinite Zenith has chosen to review Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash and reflect on the first act, at first they talk about the movie itself, then while watching the movie they talk about key moments and then at the end wraps it all up.

It was a great read


Anime Corner: Dorohedoro Review by Never argue with a fish

Chris over at Never argue with a fish reviewed Dorohedoro (Unfortunately I stopped watching this after 2 episodes) so reading this review was interesting to get a second opinion.

Chris gives a very interesting opinion on the show and after reading this review I defiantly share his concerns. Give this a read because I read a real genuine post and it was really interesting!


Fruits Basket – The Final Episode 12 Review – I Won’t Budge on This by Crow’s World of Anime

I can see from Crow’s world blog that he reviewed every single episode of the Fruits basket final season and It was interesting to get a second opinion on how he felt when watching the last episodes.

Crow gives us a quick summary of the episode, His favourite quote from the episode and what part of the episode made it so great to watch.


What makes a proper Isekai anime? by Tiger anime

Tiger Anime writes about what makes a proper Isekai anime?

They have some very interesting Pointers and I very much agree with them!

my favourite Isekai anime’s have to be GATE and Knights and Magic


A review of Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro by Everything is bad for you

Everything is bad for you warns that this blog isn’t a repeat of what they have already written about the story itself, as they state they have blogged about the manga even before the anime came out.

They let us know the anime is very faithful to the manga and classes the anime as a romantic comedy as I read through the beginning of the piece it reminds me somewhat of Kaguya and Miyuki from Kaguya sama

Want to hear a faithful review on the anime, defiantly check out this post!


Chicken soup and comfort anime by Nonplayergirl

Everyone has their own preference of the anime they watch, it’s just as easy as knowing what your comfort food is, Nonplayer girls, talks about their comfort anime’s and categorizes them in a few categories

  • The anime that got me into otakudom
  • The one that really got me into otakudom
  • The one to share
  • the motivational one
  • The one I’ll watch over and over
  • the one that lead to the best friendship

If you are interested in which anime’s they picked head on over and check it out!


Anime (Spoiler-Free) Review: Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine by Matt-in-the-Hat

You have to love a good classic non spoiler review of a anime or a anime movie, Matt In the Hat has done exactly that and reviewed the anime Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine.

This Lupin the Third anime is all about our girl Fujiko who is probably one of my favorite characters other than Goemon, so give it a read if you interested in knowing more!


How Watching Dear Brother Can Hurt You by Mechanical Anime Reviews

I have to admit it took me to last minute to figure out which category this blog post went into, and in the end I ended up going with the most logical category.

Scott writes about How Watching Dear Brother Can Hurt You, it was a very interesting post to read and then I thought when aren’t his posts interesting to read!


Dying free or living as a slave in Galaxy express 999 by In Search of Number Nine

Talking about whether its better dying free or living as a slave gets In Search of Number nine asking the question in the anime Galaxy Express.

Apparently it is recommended that you have watched this series in particular episodes 47 and 48.


Comic/Manga Posts

I READ IT SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO — RON KAMONOHASHI REVIEW by allthefujoshiunite

Nora over at Allthejugoshiunite does a monthly blog, where she reads manga so we don’t have to, she gives us a review on the Manga Ron Kamonohashi and it only contains light spoilers which give us an incentive to read this review, if you are interested in what the manga has to offer.

I will defiantly be giving this a read after reading this great review.


Webtoon | Answer Me, My Prince — Sweet, Fluffy, and Classic Kind of Romance by black and yellow otaku gamers

Minty over at Black and Yellow Otaku gamers has submitted this webtoon review of Answer me, My prince.

It was a very interesting read as it is very detailed and long and you could defiantly tell she put a lot of effort into writing it, I love her dedication and it’s really worth reading what she has to say.

She gives us a list of what it’s good for and what she liked, it does contain Mild spoilers but do check it out 🙂


Dick Fight Island Vol 1 Review by Als Manga Blog

If you love a good BL manga look no further! Al has given us a recommendation and a review on the Manga Dick Fight Island.

While reviewing the manga she gives us a synopsis at the start and then gives her own opinion on the manga rather than an analytical one which I feel are the best types of reviews.


Remember when I said I don’t read Shojo Manga? Well…. by blerdy otaku

Blerdy Otaku talks about how she doesn’t like reading shojou manga, and an honest opinion, neither do I. Blerdy gives us a rundown on a Manga she recently just read called Yakuza Lover, and only halfway through this post I immediately had to read it!

I loved it and I read the current manga volumes in just half an hour!

Not that this gave me a good manga recommendation she also mentioned a few things about herself that I see in myself aha.


Celebrating Pride Month

Top 5 Comic Recommendations For Pride Month by Matt Doyle Media

As Many people know June was pride month and Matt goes over 5 Comic recommendations to read that are on the topics of the LGBTQ variety.

From the list, he gives us I have only read Seven Days but since going through this list I’m defiantly going to be giving the others a read and I recommend you do the same 😉


The Anime Nudist by aunatural

Nudity in anime, we all know about it, some of our favourite characters like to be naked or like to strip for the sake of being who they are.

Fred over at aunatural talks about Nudity and how it fits into anime culture but also our culture as well.


Voices of the Community – Game Devs on LGBTQ+ Representation in Games by Blerdy Otome

This post is well-structured and gives the LGBTQ+ community a powerful voice during the month dedicated to them.

Blerdy Otome cooperated with the community to give them the opportunity to answer questions on how they portray themselves in the gaming industry. The answers they gave are extremely intriguing, so make sure to read them!


It’s a Point of Pride by Season 1 Episode 1

Reading this post definitely gave me that feeling that I know exactly what their talking about in terms of ones sexuality, I have definitely struggled in the past couple of years and finally finding one term I am very clearly comfortable with.

In terms of support for our fellow bloggers, I would give this a read as strangely enough you may connect to it more than you realize.


Game Post

First Impressions: Arcanium by Animated Observations

Jack over at Animated Observations has been on a huge game kick as of lately, he recently bought the game Arcanium over on Steam for around 17 dollars which to me sounds like a very good price.

Jack gives a detailed low down on how he felt the game processed, he also gives us a picture of himself playing the game (on his twitch channel which I’ll link here https://www.twitch.tv/lmstorytella)

Defiantly give it a read if you’re interested in Gaming because he puts across some good pointers!


Tuesday’s Tea: Mr Love: Queen’s Choice by sailorotome

Sailor Otome’s post is about the Game Mr Love Queen Choice. My personally have played this game myself and very much enjoyed it and when the anime came out in summer 2020.

Sailor talks about the voice actor step down as Jonah Scott (a recent uprising voice actor in the dub universe) was recently fired as the voice of Victor just as he recently replaced Ben Diskin.

She touches on the decision made by the game producers and the aftermath that followed it. In my opinion if it Wasn’t for her writing this post I would have never known about this so It was a very interesting read!


King’s Heir: Rise to the Throne – A Stunningly Simple Yet Satisfying Hidden Object Gem – Video Game Review by biblionyan

Biblio Nyan does a interesting review of a steam game King’s Heir: Rise to the Throne.

They first talk about the game itself, when it was published who it was published by and at the end they give some key details about genre, platforms (where you can buy and play it) and what Language you can play or read subtitles in. They talk about what impressed them about the game, what let them down, we even get some screen grabs of the game.

If your interested in buying a new game on stream,I highly recommend you read this first before buying!


Five Game Franchises that would work well as Battle Royale by Nepiki Gaming

As you can guess from the title, Nepki gaming listed five franchises that could work well as a Battle Royale!

Not only do they try to be as varied as possible and they are some very interesting choices like assassins creed. For each choice, they answer a few questions

  1. Why do they think this franchise would work well
  2. How they think this game would work

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom by The Almighty Backlog

The Almightly Backlog reviews the game Ni no Kuni ll: Revenant Kingdom.

I love that everyone’s writing and reviewing skills are different and The Almighty blog is no different. We are given images of the gameplay which is always a must, the more I read I got a vibe it was more an opinion review more than an analytical one.


Neo: The World Ends With You Demo by The Gamer with Glasses

The Gamer with Glasses gives his opinion on the game. They got to play Neo: The World Ends With You’s demo. Based on 90 minutes of gameplay, here are his opinions.

This review starts with contents which is always a good thing to have, he starts with the things he liked like the music, the battles etc. and also what he didn’t like


It’s a Good Year to Love Strategy Games by Adventure Rules

I love a good strategy game as much as the next person and so does Adventure rules.

Adventure rules talks about the games they are very excited about playing, the list includes

  • Advance Wars 1+2 Reboot Camp
  • The Firaxis Marvel Rumor
  • Dark Deity
  • Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope
  • Project Triangle Strategy

Rocket League Review – Why I Love This Game So Much by streamers haven

So far out of all of the game reviews I have seen, streamer haven tops them all, I haven’t seen a well thought out blog before and It really shows when you give this a read.

Were given a short overview at the beginning along with some along with a rating system, I’d say if your looking for a really detailed review about a game, head over to Streamers Haven.


The Struggle of Starting Something New by Frostilyte Writes

I totally understand what this feels like, Honestly I’ve been playing only animal crossing since I got my Nintendo switch lol

Frostilyte talks about the mental block and probably the mentality to start a new game, trust me when I got persona5 on my PS4 I couldn’t play anything else it was like it was consuming me.

maybe you have the same problem?


Dates & Wires | Game Review by sweet n spicy reviews

Much like streamers haven, Sweet n Spicy’s review of Dates and Wires is probably the most colorful of the two blog posts, and much like Streamers, they have a contents, a rating system and a very detailed review.

Sweet n Spicy have given analytical points including own preferences which is why this is probably my favorite game blog post this month.


Indietail – The Longing by Indiecator

Indietail talks about the game The longing, I kid you not, I tried leaving this review to the very last, not that it wasn’t any good, not at all!

Just that every time the creepy avatar picture kept on coming into my view it gave me the major creeps, The longing is a steam game which has a timer, integrated into the game which Indietail is not very fond of.

Read to find out more.


My 5 Standout Games From E3 2021 by WC Robinson

Another list blog post, WC Robinson talks about the 5 games from E3 that stood out to them most this year, this list includes

  1. Metroid Dread
  2. Death’s door
  3. The Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  4. Hunt the Night
  5. A Plague Tale: Requiem

Super Dungeon Friends by Tales of the Aggronaut

Tales of the aggronaut talks about anxiety within gamers and the more I read this post the more I understood the need for what they have created.

Ever feel like you’re alone and you want to participate in MMORPG games but have one one to play it with? well look no further.

Tales of the aggronaut has created a community for Final fantasy XIV gamers to join in and have people to play with that probably have the same anxiety’s.

Please give this a read if your interested!


Final Fantasy XIV Role Play Directory Launch! by Spot of Mummery

Another community post!

The goal of this site is to create a resource that helps FFXIV role players find new potential RP connections.

Please give this a read if your interested!


Review: World’s End Club (Switch) ~ Child-friendly Horror? by NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog

Many different gamers I have seen different tastes in games and NekoJonez is no different.

Reviewing the game World’s end club by Nintendo and from this one review, World’s end club will probably be the next game i buy with my pay check lol

Youtube/Podcasts

100 Worst Anime Openings! – K and Friends Rate “Bad” Anime OPs by K at the movies

Does this have any introduction? K at the movies and my fellow anime bloggers collaborated on the worst 100 anime openings of all time.

Want to know what they chose? Then i suggest you watch and I honnestly had to agree with most of the choices.


What is a blerd? by Blerd Senpai

Tye over at Blerd Senpai has been doing a podcast for a while now even though I’m don’t fully understand what the purpose of the podcast is (many apologies) It is quite interesting to listen to.

Tye does give us a very interesting piece of information at the beginning so make sure you give it listen!


Others

Book Review: King of Ashes by Raymond E. Feist by Time to Loot

I love reading books as much as the next person, I love watching tv and talking about it, here Time to loot has reviewed the book King of Ashes by Raymond E. Feist.

For this review they talk about the blurb and their thoughts


Mobius VII – Book 1: Escape From The City – Chapter 1 by Games with Coffee

A very interesting blog post if I don’t say so myself, here I was about put in the Game category and then I began to read and it was a fanfic written by Games with Coffee.

I was very interested in reading this as I also like to write myself, not that I’d ever publish anything, It was a very interesting read and suggest you read it too 🙂


They’re not really talking about algae. — Dramatical Murder’s “Slip on the Pumps” by GoatBed (English Version) by Shoujo Thoughts

A very short blog post but nonetheless it was very interesting to read.

Shoujo Thoughts talks about the song “Slip on the Pumps” by GoatBed and the translation from Japanese to English.

If you’ve ever been interested in learning more about lyrics in our beloved anime music, defiantly give this a read!


Air dry clay – Oddish/Luffy’s Straw Hat by Wretched and Divine

Rose over at Wretched and Divine is a resident cosplayer and she has decided to show us how she made Oddish/Luffy’s Straw Hat.


Character Design Sheet by EggheadLuna

unfortunately this blog post made no sense to me (No offense whatsoever)

But I’d say for what I was looking at was a character design sheet obviously in the title.


and that is it folks!

That is all from me Art of Anime this month, Keep and eye out for the next host Moya who will be hosting August’s JCS You can find her on twitter at: @The_Moyatorium or at her blog https://moyatorium.wordpress.com/

Beastars- Episode 1 “The Moon and the Beast”

**Spoilers ahead**

In the honor of season 2 being released on Netflix, I decided to re-watch season 1 and In honor of Season 1 I will be giving you my thoughts about the show through these series of episode reviews.

If you haven’t watched this series before I highly recommend you do before reading this

let the show commence!


As I re-watch the first ever episode, it reminds me how I was able to binge this show in basically a day, Right off the bat we get scenes that have emotion in them, fear and asking our self’s what’s going to happen next??

This scene, had chills going down my spine, after reading the synopsis for the first time and hearing about the Carnivore’s vs herbivorous thing I was really excited to see something way cool, not like a Centaurs Life that came out a while back, this was the real deal.

And now that I know who in fact is the killer, its pretty obvious when you look back at it now (at least for me anyways)

fear is a irrational thing, but to these guys its all they have to survive, but it saddens to know that a death could mean the destruction of something the drama club has been able to accomplish something better than one type of species vs another, but I guess this is what gives Beastars its charm.

I have to admit, at first, I thought legoshi was a psycho, I mean just look at him, Of course this is what the show wants us to see…

He’s such a sweetie, giving the letter to her, telling her not to worry about the rumors about him, but I get it, everyone fears him because they think he’s the big bad wolf

Louis, such a douche bag

Haru, besides Legoshi, I wasn’t sure about her voice actor at the beginning but now that I re-watch, Lara Miller voices her brilliantly, just as I got to know Jonah Scott’s voice for the first time and much like Damien Mills has been climbing my favorite voice actors list slowly and slowly over the last year.

She’s such a defiant bunny, I like it!

This scene was sad, I was bullied at school but I never got anything like this, I guess the herbivores aren’t all as innocent as they lead themselves to be

This scene totally caught me off guard, I must say Beastars has some great animation, Louis is still a douche bag thou, how dare you treat someone this way.

Now this was something I wasn’t expecting… GO LEGOSHI!!

and then were right back the beginning, giving some kind of context to the first scene and I think from this moment on, I fell in love with this fantastic anime


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Anime Discussion: My favorite Couples/Ships

As one of my favorite anime’s end and the guy gets the girl, I wondered which are my favorite Couples and ships

Small disclaimer: This is in now way rated from 1 to 10 its just counting all of them.

so here you go!


1. Couple: Kyo and Tohru from Fruit Basket

Kyo Sohma and Tohru Honda

The remake is finally finished and I defiantly cried into my dinner while watching the final episode.

We knew back in the day when we watched the original that we weren’t getting the whole story so people went to read the manga and ending up spoiling it for all of us by telling the voice actors that they are both married.

Watching the love between these two grow was a definite privilege to get a story such as fruits basket, to me it is one of the greatest anime’s of all times.

Natsuki Takaya is simply a great manga artist


2. Couple: Usui and Misaki from Maid Sama

Usui Takumi and Misaki Ayuzawa

Usui and Misaki, even though only having one season they deserve a round of applause as I have read the manga because I see no new season in the near future.

it’s actually quite a funny and sweet relationship between Usui and Misaki but it’s nice that he keeps her secret that she is a maid, at the end of the season, they confess that they like each other.

Since Maid Sama came out quite a while ago so Takumi and Ayuzawa are a couple anime lovers know and love.


3. Ship: Ash and Eiji from Banana Fish

Ash Lynx and Eiji Okumura

Banana Fish came out in 2018 and Ash and Eiji became the talk of the town slowly taking over the ship of Yuri and Viktor.

These two are adorable and their story was very tragic but it was lovely to see the two friends connect, and I was not ready for the ending they gave us, these two deserved better.


4. Couple: Asuna and Kirito from Sword Art Online

Kazuto Kirigaya and Asuna Yuuki

Kirito and Asuna are a well-known couple in anime, even though many people hate on sword art online, I actually like it and in turn, I love these two as Partners, Husband and wife and Boyfriend and Girlfriend, these two are just the cutest pair ever!!


5. Ship: Natsu and Lucy from Fairy Tail

Natsu Dragneel and Lucy Heatfilia

NATSU AND LUCY have always been in my heart ever since I first started watching fairy tail back in the day, these two were the main act and will forever be in my heart!


6. Ship: Gajeel and Levy from Fairy Tail

Gajeel Redfox and Levy McGarden

These two became a couple at the end of the final season but they aren’t considered official in the eyes of the author, Gajeel confessed his love to Levy as he thought he was dying, these broke my heart watching them two drift apart.

There reunion was very beautiful


7. Ship: Kogami and Akane from Psycho-Pass

Kogami Shinya and Akane Tsunemori

These two are an unusual pairing for the anime community but Kogami and Akane were a very good pair when working together.

Throughout the season Akane slightly changes as she gets closer to Kogami, sometimes we asks ourselves, was it healthy for Akane to meet Kogami in the first place, I say no but when shipping them together, I’d say they are the most adult pairing I’ve shipped.


8. Couple: Takeo and Rinko from My Love story

Takeo Gouda and Rinko Yammato

I hate pure romance anime’s but there is something about my love story that there is still humanity left in the world for the oddest couple to become one of the best love story’s out there for me.

If you haven’t watched this series yet, Go do so!!


9. Ship: Soul and Maka from Soul Eater

Soul Evans and Maka Albarn

Maka and Soul. Weapon and meister.

Their wavelength must be in sync to work together so in some ways there is some level of commitment between them both.

they worry about each other, there are scenes I could watch over and over again as they protect each other from evil, They are concerned for each other, as they are connected I would have loved for them to be together in the end.


10. Couple: Naruto and Hinata from Naruto

Need I say more.

The more I watch Boruto episodes, I see Hinata support Naruto even though he’s never around or misses the children’s birthdays.

they support each other in many ways and I will continue to support them for just as long I see them on the screen.


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Summer 2021 collection and What I’ll be watching

A new season is fast approaching and for a while we have known what will be out this Summer, and I know for a fact us as a community have picked our ones that we really want to watch and here is my list!


1. Vanitas no Carte

Release date: July 3rd
Trailer

The minute I saw the first trailer for this way back when, I honestly thought it was beautiful and I thought nothing less of Studio BONES who is producing this wonderful anime this summer.

The animation looks beautiful, the story sounds interesting, I am very excited to watch this every week.


2. Tantei wa mou, Shindeiru

Release Date: July 4th
Trailer

This anime called ‘The detective is already dead’ is being produced by studio ENGI which is relatively new studios that started producing in 2019.

Even though it has an official trailer it has no words or subtitles which makes it more interesting to give a go when it releases soon, I love a good detective anime so I’m looking forward to what this anime will give us.


3. Uramichi Oniisan

Release date: July 6th

This anime is my first wild card of this season, produced by Studio BLANC.

I think I’m more interested in watching this because of the voice cast more than the anime itself, we have some great voices like Hiroshi Kamiya (Levi in Attack on Titan), Ryouhei Kimura (Bokuto in Haikyuu), Mamoru Miyano (Osamu Dazai in Bungo stray dogs) and Yuuichi Nakamura (Gojou in Jujustsu Kaisen).


4. Deatte 5-byou de Battle

Release Date: July 13th

The second wild card this season, produced apparently by 2 studios SynergySP and Vega entertainment. (I’ve never seen this happen before)

There isn’t much known about this anime as there isn’t any subtitles to the trailer yet, unlike The detective is already dead, this trailer has got speaking in it but if you don’t know Japanese it just sounds like a bunch of words.

I’m interested in what this anime will give.


5. Mahouka Koukou no Yuutousei

Release Date: July 3rd

Irregular at magic high school has always been a top anime for me, Its very special to me and I love re-watching it.

When we got season 2 I was overjoyed and now we get another anime but from Miyuki’s side of season 1 which intrigues me. Yes we got to see a lot of miyuki in the first side of the anime but it was always from Tatsuya’s point of view, I’m really excited to see what Miyuki’s problems were being one of the most talented magicians of her time.

6. SCARLET NEXUS

Release Date: July 1st

Scarlet nexus much like Vanitas no Carte is a much watch this season and I’m excites to watch it, this official trailer gives us a sneak peek into the anime and it is another series I will be watching every week instead of building up the episodes until I cant wait anymore.

Kemono Jihen Episode 1 First Impression

Kemono Jihen! Funimation recently dubbed the series, and we have voices of Patrick Seitz and Madaline Morris as the two main characters

Ajia-Do Studios, which gave us anime-like, How Not to Summon a Demon Lord, Ascendance of a Bookworm and Izetta: The Last Witch. it released in Winter 2021.

Kemono Jihen is one of the strangest anime’s I’ve watched this year, and here provides some insight and my first impression of the first episode.

Trailer

Synopsis

Kohachi Inugami, a detective who specializes in the occult, arrives at a remote village in the Japanese countryside, tasked by a hostess at a local inn to investigate a string of incidents involving rotting and mutilated livestock corpses that have been appearing for seemingly no reason. While surveying, Inugami notices a peculiar young boy working in the fields. Evaded by his peers and called “Dorotabou” for his stench, the young farmhand is surprised that anybody would take an interest in him.

Inugami, piqued with curiosity, enlists Dorotabou in helping him with the investigation, despite scorned looks from the villagers. Unbeknownst to Dorotabou, this investigation will reveal a strange new world to him—one of the beast-like entities known as Kemono existing in tandem with humans—along with breathing new purpose into his previously empty life.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Review

The Episode starts off slow, young boys are walking home from school gloating to one boy, picking on a small boy named Dorotabou who is doing something in the fields

Dorotabou

it kinda reminded me a bit about My hero when Bakugo and Midoriya were kids and the others would favor the cool kid because of what he had and the others didn’t (this was no different than that) which reminds me how much I want to teach my future niece or nephew that never think less of themselves.

anyways

The boys talk about the man coming from Tokyo

Inugami

This guy arrives in the village (named Inugami) to take on a job from the land lady of the local inn, local livestock are turning up mutilated and this guy is here to help!

When arriving at the inn he comes across Dorotabou, and becomes interested in him.

After being served by the Inn’s son he asks the Hostess if Dorotabou would serve him instead, this makes the boy angry at the other

After asking Dorotabou a couple of questions finds out nothing else will happen for a couple of days, after a taking a liking to the boy, Inugami decides to spend his days helping Dorotabou with the chores.

Dorotabou’s necklace

Inugami asks Dorotabou about his necklace, he explains that his parents gave it to him, he has never met them and thinks their probably dead, Inugami corrects him and explains, they are most probably alive, and asks him “Would you like to meet them?”

On the night in question, the inn’s son gets angry at Dorotabou for stealing the glory from him

He begins to rip the necklace from him, and dorotabu starts fighting back when this happens

What next level shit is this?

The young boy runs away and Inugami explains to Dorotabu what he is and that he isn’t alone, this is when things got totally weird and I understood nothing of the explanations

Dorotabu is scared and thinks he’s the reason the livestock is dead and Inugami says it isnt him but he knows what is, dorotabu explains that the boy from earlier was in the woods and that they had to find him before the thing did.

and then the fight scene happened, IT WAS SO COOL

Dorotabu’s arm down the monsters throat

it was some next level shit im telling ya

as for the ending I was not expecting what happened at all


Watch or Drop?

Unfortunately even though the fight scene was really cool, I couldn’t get much information out for the first episode, I think because mainly I didn’t understand.

But I will be continuing for a few more episodes to see whether it is truly worth the watch


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My Roommate is a Cat

Rating: 8.5/10

Episodes: 12

Source: web manga

Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy

Premiered: Winter 2019

Trailer

This week I decided to watch something light and wholesome, so I give you ladies and gentleman

My Roommate is a Cat.


Synopsis

Subaru Mikazuki is a 23-year-old mystery novel author, major introvert, and an awkwardly shy person. He would much rather stay home to read a book than go outside and interact with others. Further exacerbating this life of solitude, his parents tragically died in an accident many years ago, leaving him alone in the world.

One day, while giving offerings at his parents’ grave, Subaru runs into a small grey and white cat named Haru, which he ends up taking home with him. Subaru, however, has never taken care of anyone else in his life—can he even take care of a cat? Haru is grateful toward Subaru, as he gives her all the food she wants—a luxury for a cat who is used to a rough life on the streets. But she notices that Subaru can’t even seem to take care of himself! Will she be okay with this dunce?

Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue. tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a human and a cat who try to foster an understanding with each other.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Review

My roommate is a cat was released in Winter 2019 by Zero-G Studios, the studio behind Grand Blue, High-Rise Invasion, and Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It.

It was wonderful to watch something so wholesome and light, even though it did touch on some very real-life issues, as this anime was classified as a Slice of Life. The anime follows Subaru Mikazuki, a 23-year-old author who is essentially a shut-in author, unlike other anime authors such as Shigure Soma from Fruits Basket and Jiraiya from Naruto.

When Subaru was 20, he lost his parents. 3 years later Subaru has just finished his first novel and he’s working with his agent to come up with new ideas, but Subaru is uncomfortable with being around people in general, he could be classified as a major introvert, after his meeting he goes to visit his parent’s grave and as he is about to give an offering a small black and white cat with big red eyes steals the food, Subaru becomes inspired for his next book and takes the cat in.

This anime is 12 episodes and you see that most episodes are split in half which makes is hilarious but you actually ask yourself, why am I watching the first part all over again?

The way they did it was the first part was Subaru’s point of view but then, you get the Cat’s point of view.

Subaru POV

Subaru spends the first half of the show going about his daily routine, whether it’s working or reading, but it’s later revealed that he rarely eats and can pass out from lack of sleep or food. You can see his life change as he takes in the cat; each episode is unique, as he tries to balance life while caring for an animal (he named her after a story he read and wrote when he was younger)

After meeting Nana, who is also a cat owner, he realizes how much work goes into caring for a cat; which collar would look better on her? How much food should I feed her to keep her diet in check? It’s imperative that you take her to the veterinarian!

He gradually learns how to be human, but he also learns more about his parents, which bothers him immensely because he will never be able to speak to them again. However, he soon realizes that he has a family, his closest friend and his family, his editor, Nana, and her younger brother.

Haru’s POV

Haru’s perspective occupies the second half of the episode. Haru was a stray who had to look after her younger siblings, but she eventually lost them and was taken in by Subaru. Haru had been taught a lot of things by another cat and was told she had to pay back all of her obligations, so when Subaru feeds her, she feels beholden to him and follows him home.

She soon sees he is an unskilled person who is unable of doing anything on his own, and when it comes to feeding, she tries to leave her food for him in the hopes that he will eat it, only to become enraged when he does not. Unfortunately, humans are unable to communicate with animals, but we have learnt to understand the signs and emotions of our animals over time. Subaru, however, is perplexed as to why she continuously puts her food outside his room on the floor for him. (mainly because he’s never had a pet before)

Its quite comical when Subaru is trying to think of a name for her, he thinks of Haru, but Haru thinks that the word means food as a young girl used to feed her food and her name was haru, It was lovely to watch her realise that the word doesn’t mean food, but rather her name, something that belonged to her

The majority of her side of the episode is spent worrying about Subaru and being wary of everyone she meets, such as editor Kawase and bestfriend Hiroto, whom she tries to avoid as much as possible.

The ending was the most human episode of them all, as they both realize they are safe and have family in each other, I have only re watched this anime once but if the near future I need something to watch again, I would defiantly watch this again, it just shows you that humans and animals are family.


The Voice acting

The rights to the dub went to funimation with the main characters voiced by Austin Tindle as Subaru and Jad Saxton as Haru.

I think this was the first time I saw them work together in something on their own but I have to say they did a wonderful job, Austin Tindle really knows how to voice so many emotions in a character and as for Jad, I suspected nothing less of such as fantastic voice actor such as herself.

The supporting cast included Josh Grelle, Alexis Tipton and Kyle Ignezi.


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Anime Discussion: The Sailor Guardian I relate to the most

The Latest sailor moon movie just came out and people are raving about it! I am not the biggest fan on the series but I cannot fault the beautiful work that went into it. Sailor Moon has been a big part of the anime community for many years and there have been some anime’s trying to follow the hype of this type of anime such as Tokyo mew mew and failed miserably which only had 52 episodes but is going for a re-boot sometime in the near future.

Tokyo mew Mew

(But honestly I love the music better in Tokyo mew mew than sailor moon)

While watching the latest Sailor moon movie, I asked myself, who am I most like?

well I am…

Sailor Mercury

Why do I think I relate to Miss Ami Mizuno the most? Well there are a few reasons.

I love learning. Unlike Ami I’m not the smartest person around but I love learning, even though I know about my career path now, doesn’t mean I knew when I was 16 and heading for college. I loved most subjects in school mostly English and History, I went to college and did several different things including arts and IT/programming, I am now 22 and I feel like I’m still learning a little by little, about politics, more about my country’s history and other country’s history’s, I am constantly learning and I love it.

I love reading! You can always find me with my nose stuck in a book or a manga, if you came to my home you would see the mountain of books I have bought over the years, my favorite authors are Cassandra Clare and Derek Landy.

I’m strategic not a fighter. I have been on this earth for a very long time and yes I have gotten myself in my fair share of disagreements with others but Instead of fighting like other women with pride do, I settle it by using strategies, especially when talking with a very angry customer, I have my ways of talking them down, even if it may be my fault to begin with!

I was a very shy person until I met a certain person or may I say certain people, At the age of 18 I moved away from my home town and moved down to south where I lived and worked at one of the biggest holiday camps in the UK, If it wasn’t for my leaders in my venue I’d still be the most awkwardest human beings ever, I would have never become comfortable in myself and now I can go into anything with a smile on my face, never feeling nervous ever again.

and that is it!

Comment bellow which sailor guardian you think you are!


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Gangsta.

Rating: 7/10

Episodes: 12

Source: Manga

Genres: Crime, seinen, drama, action

Premiered: Summer 2015

Following Jormungand, crime anime is one of my favorite genres on top of sports, today I will be reviewing the anime.

Gangsta.


Synopsis

Nicholas Brown and Worick Arcangelo, known in the city of Ergastalum as the “Handymen,” are mercenaries for hire who take on jobs no one else can handle. Contracted by powerful mob syndicates and police alike, the Handymen have to be ready and willing for anything. After completing the order of killing a local pimp, the Handymen add Alex Benedetto—a prostitute also designated for elimination—to their ranks to protect her from forces that want her gone from the decrepit hellhole of a city she has come to call home. However, this criminal’s paradise is undergoing a profound period of change that threatens to corrode the delicate balance of power.

Ergastalum was once a safe haven for “Twilights,” super-human beings born as the result of a special drug but are now being hunted down by a fierce underground organization. This new threat is rising up to challenge everything the city stands for, and the Handymen will not be able to avoid this coming war.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Review

The Story

Gangsta was produced in summer 2015 by Manglobe studios that gave us anime’s such as Karneval and deadman wonderland. unfortunately the studios went bankrupt 5 years ago.

The men known as “The Handymen” are recruited by the heads of the city and the police to take out a local pimp trying to sneak his way into territory previously claimed by the Monroe criminal family. While completing the job they come across the pimps prostitute Alex, who had previously been seen about, and would always be seen near the Handymen’s office singing/humming to herself.

The story follows Worrick and Nicolas as they execute work no one else can perform, outside the rules of Ergastalum. After the mission is complete they take Alex in and decide to let her help around the office.

Following the course of the next few episodes, we learn about Worrick, Nicolas and Alex while meeting some interesting people in the process, the anime is based around a city called Ergastalum that houses people called ‘Twilights’. Ergastalum is protected by four crime families and laws that are punishable by death.

The Corsica Family : The Corsica Family smuggles weapons into the city and also runs the sex industry within the city

The Monroe Family : The Monroe Family deals with commerce within the city and also provides support for Twilights unaffiliated with the Paulklee Guild.

The Cristiano Family : Within the city, the Cristiano Family’s sole responsibility is distributing Celebrer to the Twilights

The Paulklee Guild : The Paulklee Guild supplies Tagged mercenaries to a wide variety of clients, including the three major families

lot of technical terminology are thrown around throughout the series, and I love how unique it is and how well it is made up while still making sense. I feel like this anime is more about what’s going on in the background than what’s going on in the foreground, and it’s difficult not to give anything away because that’s what makes the anime so good the first time you watch it.

This has some awesome fight scenes to say that most of the characters are like mostly human 😉

Even though this anime is only 12 episodes long, there is a lot of explanation but also a lot of mystery, such as what happened to Worick’s eyes, what is a twilight, and who are the four fathers. Each episode makes you want to watch more, from the music to the storyline to the mountain of characters, this tale is very well thought out and well made, and if it ever came back on-screen I would be jumping up and down to watch it.

What is a downside that you get a cliff hanger and that the anime brings out its chapters not fast enough, so its best if you don’t get too attached to it.


Characters

Worick is a laid-back, upbeat individual who showers others with grins like confetti at a parade. He is exceedingly kind-hearted and protective of those he cares about, however despite his welcoming demeanor, he seems to keep most people at a distance when it comes to his personal difficulties.

While he has a laid-back demeanor, he takes things seriously when they are vital and completes the task at hand. Worick is prone to teasing others and has a naturally cheeky demeanor.

If I had to choose between him and Nicolas when it comes to looks, I would choose Worick in a heart beat even though it feels like Nicolas cares more about his appearance than Worick

Despite his upbeat facade and laid-back approach, Worick appears to have a nihilistic outlook on society as a whole, which he covers behind comedy and a pleasant disposition.
While his alignment isn’t wholly a ruse, he does admit to despise for both Twilights and non-Twilight’s, but he soon covers it up with a joke.

Nicolas is a strong fighter/twilight but even though he is a capable fighter he usually overdoses on his meds which makes him stronger, faster and more agile but there are a few Twilights that don’t accept his rank of A/O because of this.

Nic is usually quiet and aloof, even when he is around people he likes. He speaks occasionally out of frustration or when someone can’t comprehend sign language, but he mainly keeps to himself to avoid having to accommodate those who can’t communicate with him. Despite his irritability, he is capable of little acts of generosity, such as playing with Nina or steadying Alex when she is shaking too much to open her medicine. He seems to get a kick out of picking on people, which demonstrates his dark and caustic sense of humour.

Alex is cryptic, troubled, and quiet, however she speaks up more once Worick and Nicolas take her in. She’s sweet, kind, and to some, she acts as a big sister or mother figure.
Alex is shown to be protective and brave, prepared to put herself in danger to defend the people she loves about. We see this when she tries to defend Nic when he is harassed by prostitutes, comforting Worick when he has dreams about his past, and even beating a thug with a pipe to prevent him from raping a young Twilight girl.

Alex has also put her life on the line to keep Loretta safe from Erica. She’s capable as well as fiery.

There are a very different opinions of Alex as a main character as some people think there was no need for her and she was just dead weight but some people like 100 word anime had this to say “Alex is a necessary plot device in the story but as a character”

Besides the main three you have many characters that are cruicel to the story this includes the heads of the four families, Daniel Monroe, Gina Paulklee, Uranos Corsica and Loretta Cristiano.

You also have Dr. Theo and Nina,and the known Twilights such as Doug, Galahad, Delico, Mikahil and Erica.


Voice acting

Gangsta was given to funimation to dub, with Christopher Bevins as the ADR director while he still lived in Dallas.

Worrick voiced by my favorite man Ian Sinclair, Alex voiced by Felecia Angelle and Nicolas voiced by the fantastic Brandon potter who I say had the hardest job since Nicolas doesn’t speak that often but when he goes its very broken since he’s deaf, I would feel Brandon had to do many takes to get the right voice but since he’s been in the industry for over decade I think he did a great job!

also hearing voices of Eric Vale, Alexis Tipton, Greg Ayres, Mark Stoddard, Robert McCollum and Bryn Apprill


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My top 5 favorite MHA Characters

My hero has been climbing the ranks as a great anime and has just entered its 5th season. We all have our favorite characters, here are mine.

5. Twice also known as Jin Bubaigawara

My 5th favorite MHA character is the villain Twice. It was very hard to choose my top 5 as My hero isn’t a big favorite of mine (yes it is very unfortunate).

Twice’s dub voice is Newton Pittman and newton voiced beautiful Gray fullbuster in Fairy Tail, but i chose him for another reason, if you are a manga reader then fantastic if you are not, read on…

I chose Twice because he was willing to risk his life in the heart of the battle he protected and became more than just a villain, I always believed he could have been a true hero if he was put on the right path.

4. Hitoshi Shinso

Shinsou has been the talk of the town since this latest season of him wanting to join the hero course. We first meet him during the UA sports festival as is voiced by the fantastic Jarrod Greene in the English dub.

His power over the years has kept people from liking him, telling him he’d be an awesome villain, but getting to know him a little bit more, he’s a sweet boy and is just misunderstood and If the manga ever gets to the second year for the UA students I think were going to see him a bit more 😉

3. Eijiro Kirishima

The only character in 1-A on my top 5 list is Eijiro Kirishima at number 3. Kirishima is very optimistic and is considered apart of the Bakugo Squad with Kaminari, Mina and Sero.

Someone as Optimistic as Kirishima, does have a back story and he very much second guesses himself and he reminds me so much of myself in someway or another.

his catchphrase is obviously “Manly” and I think that is the only thing I would change but he will always be my number 3.

2. Tamaki Amajiki

The introvert of the big 3, my second favorite character has to be no other than Tamaki Amajiki. we first meet him in the last episode of the third season.

In the fourth season we got to see more of this guy as we went into the Shie Hassaikai raid, despite his timid personality hes a really lovely human and defiantly will become one of the top hero’s in the future.

I love this guy and so does everyone else.

1. Mei Hatsume

Mei is my number one and always will be, yes it is true we don’t get to see her that often, we first meet her in season 2’s sports festival and is voiced by Alexis Tipton.

She isn’t a main character but because of her love for support items makes her a fantastic person, she always tries her hardest and never gives up helping people, I think my favorite support item she has made so far has to be Kaminari’s new shooting gear.

She is a very interesting person and I can defiantly see her having her own company in the near future.


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Jormungand

Rating: 7/10

Episodes: 24

Source: manga

Genres: Action, adventure

Premiered: Spring 2012

Jormungand is one of the few anime’s that I can continue to re watch without ever getting bored, Jormungand isn’t one of the best anime’s I’ve seen but it definitely is different.


Synopsis

Brought up in a conflict-ridden environment, child soldier Jonathan “Jonah” Mar hates weapons and those who deals in them. But when Koko Hekmatyar, an international arms dealer, takes on Jonah as one of her bodyguards, he has little choice but to take up arms. Along with Koko’s other bodyguards, composed mostly of former special-ops soldiers, Jonah is now tasked with protecting Koko and her overly idealistic goal of world peace from the countless dangers that come from her line of work.

Jormungand follows Koko, Jonah, and the rest of the crew as they travel the world selling weapons under the international shipping company HCLI. As Koko’s work is illegal under international law, she is forced to constantly sidestep both local and international authorities while doing business with armies, private militaries, and militias. With the CIA always hot on her trail, and assassins around every corner, Jonah and the crew must guard Koko and her dream of world peace with their lives or die trying.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Review

Opening and Ending

The show has two opening songs and two closing songs

Mami Kawada- Borderland
Maon Kurosaki – under/shaft

These two are the two openings for the show and they have the energy, I always enjoyed listening to them, but what I also liked were the background songs throughout the show the OST for Jormungand is tailored to the show and its characters there is even an OST named ‘Time to Rock and role’ and its lyrics even include “her name is Koko she is loco”


The Story

In the spring of 2012, Jormungand premiered at the White Fox Studios, which gave us shows like Akame ga Kill and Steins; Gate. The show is divided into two seasons

You believe Jonah is the most important character, but you realize that the whole Koko team is the principal character as the first two episodes progress. I haven’t been a big fan of large casts as I have said in my review before, but Jormungand needs them to remain relevant. In several episodes we also get character history and backgrounds, which I must say are thought out brilliantly.

There is nothing evident in Jormungand’s early season, but in episode 15, we lost one favourite and everything changed for everyone; Koko loses one bodyguard; that was part of Operation Undershaft, an operation that transformed the HCLI information network into a military logistical asset through Koko.

This show has a lot of different characters with different personalities and skill sets who help Koko sell weapons and other items to different people; there is a lot of death in this show, as it should be; I’d also compare it to the anime ‘Black Lagoon,’ which is also one of my favorite different anime’s I’ve watched.

Since this is a Japanese anime, we see a variety of countries, not just within the borders of Japan.
In addition to that, we see several agencies like the CIA, as well as groups of mercenaries and assassins like the Orchestra and the Balkan Dragons, a militia.

In this anime there are many fan services, which I love, for nobody appreciates beautiful people so much as I.
There are many different ways of enjoying the plot, either due to the storyline and magnificent characters, or because it is near regular law shows.

Jormungand’s worth your time if you have a sense of humour and enjoy killing, fighting, and chasing scenes.


Characters

Jonah Marr

Jonah is a young child who is enlisted into HCLI as Koko’s bodyguard after being found by her brother Kasper and imprisoned in a storage container for days without food or water for interfering with his plans, driving Jonah to loathe Kasper and serve for Koko. He gradually changes after meeting Miss Hekmatyar; he is obliged to work as a team and even establishes ties with her troop of Bodyguards.

Jonah is still a child and lacks the mindset of the others, but he shows that he still has humanity when he holds firm in his opposition to weapons, despite the fact that he must use them for his work.

Koko

Koko, there’s a lot I can say about this woman.

Koko is a mostly cryptic character who rarely expresses her genuine feelings. She appears cheerful and pleasant most of the time, yet she may be immature with her subordinates, throwing fits when irritated or angry. She, on the other hand, is able to bounce back swiftly and rarely gets stuck. She is able to have a clear head even in risky situations and often smiles when she is in danger.

Koko may be mad, cruel, and determined, making her a dangerous opponent who will not hesitate to use any means necessary to achieve her goals, including lethal force.
However, depending on the circumstances, a single action or phrase by her opponent can urge her to show pity to them, and she has been willing to spare them on occasion.

Koko’s Squad

Koko, Jonah, Lehm, Lutz, Mao, Tojo, Ugo, Velmet, Wiley, R

Koko’s Squad is an international bodyguards team that supports and protects Koko Hekmatyar throughout the globe. They usually follow her and remain together, because of the highly dangerous nature of Koko’s work, for mutual protection. Almost all of them are former soldiers and bring an eclectic combination of talents and abilities together. Trained cross-sectionally in a variety of firearms, the group is supported by HCLI to freely choose anything that they want or need.

Throughout the anime you get a backstory from most of the crew and learn how they became to be specialists in there own field and how they began working for Koko.


The Voice acting

The english dub for Jormungand was given to Funimation with Christopher Bevins as the ADR director. It is not uncommon for the ADR director to have a part as well, Christopher voiced Tojo.

Koko’s character was given to Anastasia Munoz who has a fantastic voice and I have been a big fan of hers, Much like Shelley Calene Black, she isn’t well known but they are both fantastic voice actors.

Jonah’s role was given to Micah Solusod who back then was a rising star within funimation back then with his roles in Soul eater and A Certain Magical Index.

The cast also included names like Carli Mosier, Eric Vale, Partick Seitz and Robert McCollum.


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