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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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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Mairimashita! Iruma-kun Season 1

(**Disclaimer, Small spoilers ahead!!)

Rating: 7/10

Episodes: 23

Source: Manga

Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Supernatural

Premiered: Fall 2019

Trailer

I started to watch this series when It first came out in 2019, I stopped after 3 episodes and then recently started to watch it again since I needed something new to watch.

Ladies and Gentlemen I give you Iruma Kun season 1!


Synopsis

Fourteen-year-old Iruma Suzuki has been unfortunate all his life, having to work to earn money for his irresponsible parents despite being underage. One day, he finds out that his parents sold him to the demon Sullivan. However, Iruma’s worries about what will become of him are soon relieved, for Sullivan merely wants a grandchild, pampering him and making him attend the demon school Babyls.

At first, Iruma tries to keep a low profile in fear of his peers discovering that he is human. Unfortunately, this ends up being more difficult than he expected. It turns out that Sullivan himself is the chairman of the school, and everyone expects him to become the next Demon King!

Iruma immediately finds himself in an outrageous situation when he has to chant a forbidden spell in front of the entire school. With this, Iruma instantly earns a reputation he does not want. Even so, he is bound to be roped into more bizarre circumstances.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Review

Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun came out in fall 2019, given to us by Bandai Namco Pictures studios who gave us Gintama.

The story

The plot follows Iruma Suzuki, a 14-year-old human who is sold to a demon (and ends up being his grandson instead). He lacks the ability to say no when someone asks please, but he does have the ability to dodge danger and manages to make a high-ranking demon his age his servant.

If you were looking for a kick ass demon anime, you’ve come to the wrong place.

Iruma arrives in the demon realm shortly after being sold to a demon named Sullivan, who happens to be the headmaster of Babyls, the most prestigious demon school in the Neverworld, and decides to send him there (you find out that Iruma has never had the chance to go to school)

Iruma intends to blend in because he is human… BUT, as fate would have it, his (now demon) grandfather Sullivan chooses to introduce him to the entire school population, and as a result, he is forced to give the opening address and is now known as the honor student.

He is then picked out by Asmodeus Alice, who was scheduled to give a speech and is irritated that Iruma is taking his place in the spotlight; nevertheless, thanks to Iruma’s knack for avoiding danger, he manages to doge all of Asmodeus’s assaults before finally striking him with a German surplex.

After defeating Asmodeus, he agrees to be Iruma’s willing servant for the rest of his life simply for conquering him without the use of magic; this is how Iruma (the human) obtains his first servant.

The drama continues as Iruma tries to conceal the fact that he is a human among demons, telling himself that he will not stand out, and again…
Life has its own agenda.

Welcome to Demon School Iruma is a wonderful anime about a 14-year-old boy who meets his first friends and learns the ways of the Neverworld among demons, all the while fearing that they will eat him if they find out who he is.

But the more I watched this show, the more this notion went from my mind since I have a sneaking suspicion that no one will care.

Heading through the episodes, I felt like the plot was repeating itself, but as I got closer to episode 18, I realized it was actually going someplace. The show ended with a cliff hanger that I was fully prepared for and for certain made me want to watch more!

Even though the majority of the episodes focused on Iruma navigating his new life, you can tell that there are things going on at work in the background. In Episode 5, Iruma and his classmates are told they must take a test in order to receive their rank. Iruma takes the test and receives a ring in the process, which is called the Ring of Gluttony.

In the demon school Babyls, ranking is everything; lower-ranking demons have fewer privileges than higher-ranking demons. Iruma learns that he must climb the ranks in order to finally realize a desire he’s never had the chance to pursue.

If your looking for a laugh or just a wholesome anime then you’ve looked no further.

Characters

Iruma Suzuki

Iruma is a unique character; he’s the primary character you can’t despise; you have to adore him in every way!

He understands that he is not a demon and that he lacks the magic that other demons possess, but he manages to ascend through the ranks of the school (very slowly might I add)

Iruma is kind-hearted and dislikes conflict. When others ask for favors, he can’t say no, and he’s especially vulnerable to the words “help,” “please,” and “I implore you.” His environment also helped him build a strong defense, allowing him to avoid any attack. He’s a big eater, having gone hungry for most of his life and having had little time to enjoy the food he did eat in the human world. He is a pacifist who despises utilizing violence to solve problems, even when dealing with those who are hostile to him.

Asmodeus Alice

Asmodeus is my favorite character!

He first starts off as a show off because of his immense power as a first year and is often put on a pedestal for it. After being defeated by Iruma, he becomes his servant and ends up putting his needs on a back burner.

It was so lovable to see him come into the term of friendship (obviously a human term)

Asmodeus still holds his powers and fire magic in high regard, seeing them as emblems of his family. Asmodeus is chilly and direct with the majority of people. He doesn’t try to be polite, and he frequently makes it clear that he is uninterested in the person with whom he is conversing.

Clara Valac

Clara pretty much reminds me so much of myself (personality wise)

Clara is one of the more unusual pupils at school, behaving like a giddy child. She has a lot of energy that most students can’t handle. Other pupils find her strange and difficult to work with, yet are drawn to her because of her innate strength. She would give students sweets and drinks as “payment” for playing with her because she had no friends.

Her immaturity makes it difficult for others to get along with her, to the point where the majority of the class can’t stand her and wonders how Alice and Iruma can put up with her. Despite her childishness, Clara is well aware of how others perceive her as an irritation and, in an effort to fit in, she gives in to their demands.

She also gets very jealous especially of the student council president.

Azazel Ameri

Ameri is the student council president and much a main character now as Sullivan (Iruma’s demon grandfather).

She is strong and beautiful . Ameri is first perceived as a severe, cold, and imposing figure who punishes demons that cause trouble at school. She takes her job as president of the student council very seriously and with a sense of responsibility. She may be rather forceful as a result of this, using her power and fearsome appearance to put demons in their place.

She has a temper, but it is only directed at someone who poses a threat to her or the institution. Despite this, she does not misuse her position of power, and she has helped several former delinquent students improve their grades and positions, gaining their eternal loyalty.

She does, however, have a sweet side, as evidenced by her love of romantic manga.

The Voice acting

Even though the sub has some fantastic voices of (Takaya Kuroda, Ryohei Kimura, Daisuke Ono and Ayumu Murase) I started watching in dub like I always do and I just pretty much prefer it.

Don’t quote me on this but the dub was possibly done by Crunchyroll because there is literally no information for me find aha.

Lets start with Laura Stahl who plays to Iruma. I feel like Iruma is a very simple character in terms of voice, Yes Iruma is a male and voiced by a Female voice actor but who gives a shit in 2021! (as Arim from attack on titan his Japanese voice actress is female).

I feel like Laura’s portrayal of Iruma is Ernest and I always think she has so much fun while in the booth, this is what makes dub so special.

Billy Kametz plays Asmodeus and the first time I heard Billy’s voice in an anime was his role has Josuke in the 4th part of Jojo’s bizarre adventures and he is truly a remarkable find.

Just as he smashed his role as Josuke, he rocks as Asmodus, you really hear the excitement in his voice when Asmodus gets excited or when he’s yelling at Clara you can really feel his rage. (he does wonderful for the character is clearly my favorite)

Kayli Mills plays Clara. Kayli is a voice actress that I haven’t had a pleasure of hearing way too often only the roles of (Runa from Kakegurui, Sasha from The misfit of demon academy and Alice from Sword art online).

Kayli is a delight to hear since Clara is probably one of the most difficult voices to do (In my own opinion anyways), I give her credit where credit is due, wonderful job!

we also have wonderful extra voices of Kyle Herbert and Kira buckland.


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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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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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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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Vampire Knight

Rating: 5/10

Episodes: 26

Seasons: 2

Source: Manga

Genres: Drama, Romance, Supernatural

Premiered: Spring 2008

What’s that one season you constantly re-watch even though you know its really bad

I’ll go first

Vampire Knight

Synopsis

The cheerful Yuuki Cross and the gruff Zero Kiryuu are members of the disciplinary committee at Cross Academy, which houses two very distinct classes: the Day Class and the Night Class. Their job consists of upholding order between the classes when they switch out. While that may not seem like an especially difficult task, the Day Class is unaware of the truth behind the Night Class—their utterly gorgeous students are vampires.

Ten years ago, Yuuki was saved from a vampire attack by Kaname Kuran, a Pureblood vampire. Now, Kaname is the leader of the Night Class, and Yuuki’s disciplinary committee position allows her to see him again, making her feelings for him grow complicated. Meanwhile, Zero bears a white-hot hatred of all vampires and believes they can never live in harmony with humans. But a secret from Zero’s past soon threatens the fragile peace of all at the academy, and things may never be the same again.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Review

Now that I’m watching this anime for the 50th time, and I know it’s one of the worst anime’s I’ve ever seen, that doesn’t stop me from binge-watching the entire two series in one day.

Now I love a good vampire anime as much as the next person and honestly the types of vampires that Vampire knight produces are probably one of the most civilized, No vampires that sparkle in the sun (yes I’m referring to Twilight)

Despite being dead they all have special powers which is also cool, I want Aido’s power to freeze stuff!

Just to let you readers know, that this anime’s appeal is the pretty looking vampires and their undying love to the pure blood Kaname Kuran and his lineage but that’s the only thing going for it!


Characters

Vampires, Purebloods, Level E, Vampire Hunters and Humans

So many species and 3 of them are different types of Vampire clans, If your watching Vampire Knight then you will know this anime has quite a few different characters but the main story follows Yuki Cross, Kaname Kuran and Zero Kiryu.

The anime’s appeal has to be the vampires that can walk in the sun even though it does weaken them, the powerful vampires have powers and that some vampire’s loose themselves and attack every human they come across, but In my opinion this show is nothing special and is much like twilight, the fight between two men for one woman, even though she isn’t what she seems to be.

Yuki Cross

Yuki is our main girl, she’s a guardian at true cross academy.

Yuki is a happy, loving, and somewhat comedic girl with her trademark smile. She was labelled a mediocre student because she dislikes studying and falls asleep in class as a result of staying up all night guarding the school grounds and preventing Day Class students finding out about the Night Class.

She sides with vampires, but she fears all vampires, with the exception of Kaname Kuran, because a vampire had attacked her when she was a child and he saved her.

She rarely left the Cross Academy grounds on her own because of this terror. Yuki doesn’t want to show her doubts, so she hides them behind a smile. Zero, on the other hand, had spent four years with her and could still tell when something was bothering her, making it difficult for her to hide anything from him and vice versa.

Zero Kiryu

Zero is a calm and collected person. He is also Yuki’s protector. While he appears cold and aggressive to other students, he is friendlier to Yuki and sometimes expresses his true emotions to her.

He is a gentle and kind human, despite his outward appearance. Due to his youth, he constructs walls around himself that he does not completely dismantle, except for Yuki. Despite this, he has a compassionate heart that yearns to protect humans, and he will never abandon those he loves.

Zero is disgusted with himself after his full awakening as a vampire due to his inability to control his appetite and his dependence on Yuki. His pessimistic outlook on the future, as well as his fear of what he might do if he reaches level E

Kaname Kuran

Kaname is a cool, elegant, stoic, and authoritative person in general. With Yuki Cross, however, he transforms into a completely different person; to her, Kaname is very gentle and sweet. This attitude irritates the Night Class vampires, who at first don’t understand why he favours her.
Yuki herself is perplexed by Kaname’s tender concern for her.

Kaname is occasionally envious of Zero Kiryu because of Yuki’s relationship with him, and he is not ashamed to reveal it to Yuki.

As the Dorm President, he is very stern and always imposes discipline in a harsh manner, but he is indulgent and kind to Yuki. Kaname has admitted to Rido Kuran that he has a conflicting personality, which leads him to want to lock Yuki up and keep her to himself, but yet to want to watch over her and encourage her to be herself. Kaname never hides the fact that he is only concerned with Yuki’s well-being.

Everyone respects him but they wonder why he favors a human over his own kind.


Story

Vampire knight premiered in 2008 and was produced by Studio Deen (Fate/Stay night, Junjou Romantica and Log Horizon)

The first season of Vampire Knight only took me a couple of hours to watch, and most of it was just really basic material.

Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are also students at True Cross Academy, but they are both guards, ensuring that the day students do not discover that the lovely night students are monsters, vampires.

The plot revolves around these two and pure blood vampire Kaname Kuran, who saved Yuki from a bad vampire ten years prior, while Zero despises vampires because a pure blood similar to Kaname killed his parents.

To summarize the majority of season one, half of it is just a girl trying to sort out her feelings to someone she cares for profoundly, while the other half is the harsh cruel truth and trying to keep it hidden from the rest of the world, and the season one ending was uneventful and unsatisfying.

Season 2 has a little more of a plot, but it’s just a little too far-fetched. When I first saw the second season, I was blown away.

As I watched it over and over again, it became tedious, even though the ending was identical to that of a manga. I can see why no one is talking about it now.

Even though I bash on it so much I continue to watch it again and again it’s just one of those anime’s you watch even though its bad.

this is the question that just makes this anime so cheesy to ask its viewers “Are you team Kaname or team zero?” makes it relate to twilight so much.


The voice acting

The dub for Vampire Knight was created by Viz Media, and the main cast includes Mela Lee as Yuki, Vic Mignogna as Zero, and Ezra Weisz as Kaname.

Bryce Papenbrook, Corey Christopher Smith, Wendee Lee, Spike Spencer, and a slew of other fantastic voice actors round out the supporting cast.

this anime is 13 years old and it defiantly shows, as much as I love both Mela Lee, and Erza Weisz as voice actors I really felt like if this show had been produced in the last 3 years the voice acting would be so much better in terms of equipment in the studio.

Vic does a fantastic job as Zero and Ichiru but there was several times that his voice wasn’t at its fullest potential. For research I watched a scene in Japanese and If I didn’t have things to do while watching this show I would watch the sub.

so watch at your own digression.


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Demon Slayer Movie Mugen Train

What’s up guys! It’s been a long time 😀

Just the other day I got to watch the English dub for the new demon slayer movie….

Synopsis

After a string of mysterious disappearances begin to plague a train, the Demon Slayer Corps’ multiple attempts to remedy the problem prove fruitless. To prevent further casualties, the flame pillar, Kyoujurou Rengoku, takes it upon himself to eliminate the threat. Accompanying him are some of the Corps’ most promising new blood: Tanjirou Kamado, Zenitsu Agatsuma, and Inosuke Hashibira, who all hope to witness the fiery feats of this model demon slayer firsthand.

Unbeknownst to them, the demonic forces responsible for the disappearances have already put their sinister plan in motion. Under this demonic presence, the group must muster every ounce of their willpower and draw their swords to save all two hundred passengers onboard. Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen delves into the deepest corners of Tanjirou’s mind, putting his resolve and commitment to duty to the test.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]



Review

Let’s talk about the nice opening of the film where It’s just head honcho Kagaya is walking around with his lovely wife Amane, its a lovely slow start to the film which now has reached over 15 billion yen in Japan just recently! (how awesome is that)

The film picks up where the first season left off, with Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inouske after healing and then heading to a train to assist Flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku with a demon crisis.

It’s amusing to note that both Insouke and Tanjiro have never seen a train before, and as you might have seen from trailers and other promotional materials, Inosuke is seen hanging out the window for the first half of the film because he’s excited, nothing less from our demon slayer with a boar head.

We only met the Hashira’s briefly last season, and we only really got to know Giyu and Shinobu, so it was great to meet another powerful demon slayer. Considering the fact that all of the Hashira’s are super strong and have their own aspect, it’s good to know that each of them has their own personality aside from “I must destroy demons.”

Rengoku is a very peculiar man, and he is a man with few words, as I and Zenitsu both realized.

I must admit, I had read the manga before seeing the film, so I knew what was going to happen next. When I’ve read something (like I read a bit of Attack on Titan before the last season came out), I’m still excited to see the pictures come to life in the anime, and I’m no stranger to loving Zenitsu’s panic attacks.

This film covers approximately 15 chapters of the manga, and I was not disappointed in the adaptation at all. It took me a long time to become involved in the demon slayer fandom, but the oddity of the characters and the deep conviction of the plot gradually pulled me in, reminding me of Jujutsu Kaisen and Ao no Exorcist.

Its nice to know that almost 12 minutes in, the film is starting to move in the way towards the whole point of the mission, and I’ve watched the whole first season and nothing is as horrible as the demon in front of the boys…

It doesn’t take long for Insouke to charge head first into enemy territory, only to be saved by Rengoku, demonstrating how much more training he needs to even come close to being as strong as a Hashira. I adore the silly goof ball as much as the next person, but I would love to see him grow stronger and learn how to prepare before going into battle later on, not just in the film.

Although the manga has finished, I continue to read and watch in the hopes that this will come true.

Watching each of them dream about something under the demon’s influence doesn’t surprise me all that much; we already know about Zenitsu’s love for Nezuko, Tanjiro’s love for his deceased relatives, and we just let Insouke slide because I believe he was dropped on his head when he was a baby 😉

When I looked at all of the dreams together, it didn’t surprise me that Tanjiro’s core is just a really clear sky, while Rengoku’s core is a pit of fire, almost symbolizing the forces they hold because Tanjiro practices water art and Rengoku practices flame art.

Then when it comes to the two other boys Zentisu is kind of a psychopath when it comes to the things he wants where as Inouske is practically a wild animal hence the boar head he always wears, In all I think this film gives us the sense of who they are not just on the outside but on the inside as well.

So let’s talk about the two brand new cast members that Funimation has given us for this film, Mark Whitten as Rengoku and Landon McDonald as Enmu, the movie’s powerful demon, and I have to say they did an amazing job bringing these two characters to life. As a long time dub watcher, I have heard a lot of new voices over the last two years to see more and more new opportunities being given to the new voice actors.

Despite all of the hard and fast-paced scenes that keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next, the film knows how to pull on heartstrings, and you’ll definitely be bawling your eyes out by the end because If you know what I mean, grab some tissues and get ready!


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Koi to Yobu ni wa Kimochi Warui: Episode 1 First impression

Koi to Yobu ni wa Kimochi Warui was the first thing I watched this spring and boy do I have an strong opinion about this anime.

The studios behind this show are Studio Normad; the number of episodes has yet to be announced, but based on the manga’s current chapter count of 25, I’m sure it will be 12 episodes.

This was my initial reaction after watching the first episode.


Synopsis

Once you fall for someone, you can’t stop the love.

A strange encounter spurs the meeting of Amakusa Ryou, a high spec businessman who is loose with women, and his high school sister’s best friend, Arima Ichika. From there, he falls madly in love. On one hand, he approaches her with almost too straight-forward methods, while she responds simply disgusted, insulting him without hesitation… and he takes it as her way of showing love.

This is a romantic comedy about a twisted elite employee and a normal otaku high school girl.

(Source: MU, edited)


Review

Characters and voice actors

Lets first start off with the two main characters voiced by Yurie Kozaki who recently voiced Yuki Yoshikawa in Horimiya and Toshiyuki Toyonaga who voiced everyone’s favorite Yuri Katsuki in Yuri on ice.

Ichika, Arima

Ichika is your typical otaku high school girl, What I love about her that she isn’t afraid to say what’s on her mind but then gets very flustered after shes said something totally embarrassing.

Ryou Amakusa

My first impression of the guy wasn’t a good one, Ryou is a womanizer through and through and I don’t particularly like characters like him, unfortunately my opinions changed throughout the first episode leaving my opinion to be half and half.

Rio Amakusa

Rio is Ryou’s little sister and Ichika’s best friend.

Were even in store for new characters and voices from Junya Enoki who recently voiced Yuuji Idatori in Jujustsu Kaisen and Ryouhei Kimura who voiced Bokuto in Haikyuu.

Just from the voice actor cast I’m so excited to see how they bring these characters to the screen.

Opening and ending

I don’t usually like listening to openings from 12 episode anime’s as they never seem to stand out as much as anime’s that have 24 episodes but what I listened to actually surprised me!

It was just as good at the Wotaku ni koi wa muzukashi opening Fiction by Sumika. Koi to Yobu’s opening is Monochrome City by ACE COLLECTION and straight away I had myself swaying and dancing in my seat.

Linaria by Maruritoryuga was the ending and I was also really surprised that I loved the delicacy of the song and It was very pleasant to listen to.

I have found myself adding both songs onto my Japanese Playlist on iTunes.

The Episode

The episode starts where we meet Ryou, and this is where we get the sense of what type of guy he is, then we meet Ichika who heads out to school.

THE MAN SPEAKS ENGLISH! and very perfect English may I add, I commend Toshiyuki Toyonaga to be able to speak almost perfect English without the term Engrish thrown out there.

Ryou and some woman

This is when my impression of this guy was at an all-time low, and I couldn’t stand his style of personality, despite the fact that he was extremely attractive.

Ichika saving Ryou from falling

As you see from the trailer this is the thing that sparks the story of this anime as Ichika saves Ryou from falling down the stairs.

When returning home Ryou encounters Ichika again as she is his little sister’s best friend and they immediately recognize each other.

Ryou and Ichika meeting each other for the second time

Rio asks them if they know each other and Ichika tells her what she did for him this morning, they introduce themselves, Ryou starts listening the various things he could buy for her for saving his life and then settles with a kiss.

The next reaction was priceless which is why I love Ichika

Ichika telling Ryou what she thinks

I couldn’t stop myself from bursting out laughing as its the whole concept of the story as explained in the synopsis.

But of course this doesn’t stop him from quote “falling in love”.

Rio and Ichika at school

because of that encounter Ryou has taken it upon himself to send Ichika gifts even though she really doesn’t like it or him, Rio asks Ichika why doesn’t she go out with him with a really straight face and I’m like, are you serious right now?

Rio describes her brother has Handsome, smart, fairly rich…. and total scumball which from only about 5 minutes of screen time with him I totally agree with her.

third encounter

through out the rest of the episode we get to see them meet up twice and both times we totally different sides to Ryou where Ichika doesn’t exactly change in the way she interacts with him.

fourth encounter

Just when I think my opinion is changing we see his womanizing side which I’m hoping by the end of the series he will change in his ways as he falls in love with a girl who’s most probably half his age!

(secretly reminding me of the anime Junjou Romantica with the pairing of Usami and Misaki)

Ryou’s taste in women exposed

and at the end of the episode we see this

Ryou Angry

Makes you wonder how many sides there are to this guy

The end of the episode finishes rather smoothly.


Watch or drop?

Watch or drop?

Honestly I rather liked it, the story is different, the characters are amusing, I really depends on what your cup of tea is.

I will continue to watch this series and I wonder if my opinions change over time

Thanks for reading


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