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Welcome to my Blog

Hi, this is my first time making a blog so please be patient with me.

Before I begin I should explain what this blog will be about. As well as a little about myself.

This blog is so that I can share my thoughts and opinions on all things anime and manga! therefore what I write is my own opinions, I understand other people might not agree with them and thats ok, however I would appreciate no hate or derogatory comments 🙂

About me.

Although I’ve only properly got into anime properly in the last 5 years or so, I have grown up with shows such as Sailor Moon, Pokemon, Yugioh etc, and although some of those aren’t classed as “anime” they have helped introduce me into the culture. My first “proper” anime was Naruto when I was 14 or so, and since then I have watched a wide variety of animes including; Ouran High School Host Club, Fruits Basket, Durarara, Hetalia and many more. I tend to watch anime in Dubbed rather than Subbed, however I have watched my fair share of both Subbed and Dubbed.

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My Top 3 favourite animes are Hetalia, Durarara and Sailor Moon however there are many others which will always hold a place in my heart.
My Top 3 favourite manga are Blue Exorcist, Mizutama Honey Boy and Katekyo Hitman Reborn.

My manga collection has over 200+ volumes and counting, and I have a range of anime merchandise such as pins, posters, figures, plushies and artbooks. however my interests do not just include anime, I am also a fan of F.R.I.E.N.D.S and Batman (mainly Nightwing and Red Hood) as well as games such as Nier Automata, DMC and the Fire Emblem franchise.  I also enjoy music, such as Panic at the Disco and Nickelback, however I do not have a set music taste, and finally I also enjoy musicals, including Phantom of the Opera, Calamity Jane and The Greatest Showman.

Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy my Blog.

 

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Batman Ninja (Movie) Review

*POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR THE MOVIE BATMAN NINJA*

[Disclaimer: although I like the Batman franchise, I do not claim to know everything about it at all, and although I do try to research beforehand, the information I have might not be completely accurate therefore, if I get facts wrong I apologise, as well as this everything I write is my own opinion therefore I am not saying it is correct]

Batman ninja is a stand-alone Batman movie, which showcases a Japanese take on the Batman franchise, by teleporting Batman, and his friends and family, along with his greatest villains, to feudal japan, it is directed by Jumpei Mizusaki, who is best known for his work on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure as well as the Mega Man franchise, as well as character design by Takashi Okazaki who is the creator of Afro Samurai, (information taken from https://www.polygon.com/2017/10/2/16401524/batman-ninja-anime-afro-samurai-kill-la-kill-jojo-bizarre-adventure and https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-first-trailer-for-the-batman-ninja-anime-is-a-glori-1820907529 which you can follow and read for more information 😀 )

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The premise of the film is that Batman, while in a fight with Gorilla Grodd, ends up being sent back to medieval japan when Grodd’s time-displacement machine malfunctions, along with several of his family and friends, as well as his greatest enemies, where he must fight to stop villains such as the Joker, Two-Face, Deathstroke and Poison Ivy from taking over japan, with the help from Nightwing, Robin, Red robin and Red Hood, as well as a few more familiar faces.

The Bad

Although this film was overall very good in my opinion, there are a few things I feel I should point out, which could have made the film slightly more enjoyable in my opinion, the first of which is the Joker’s English dubbed voice, this comment is sort of a double edged sword in the way that at the beginning of the movie I strongly disliked the Jokers voice as I found it very squeaky and annoying, which very much stood out next the fantastic job of Harley Quinn by Tara Strong, although the Joker voice was not bad it was just a surprise as it was different from the iconic Joker voice I am used to in Batman movies such as Mark Hamill, however throughout the movie Tony Hale’s Joker grew on me and by the end of the movie this was no longer an issue for me.

Another issue for me is that the movie seemed unfinished in places and lots of scenes, felt like they could do with more to them, such as the one on one fight scenes near the end of the movie, the only fight we actually saw in full was Joker vs Batman, and lots of the other villains and side characters didn’t get much screen-time, which seems a shame considering the amount of effort was put into the amazing character designs, I feel this concept might have done better as a fully fledged anime series rather than a film, as it would allow for more character and plot development, especially when it came to the other characters during the 2 year time gap before Batman arrives in Japan.

The Good

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, especially the visuals and character design, this movie has one of the prettiest art styles I’ve seen in a while, which is most evident in the hand drawn, origami style backgrounds, this feudal Japanese style is such a refreshing change from Batman’s usual dark and gritty, and its so beautifully executed, with a smooth animation style which flows seamlessly throughout the film.  As well as this the Japanese elements implemented really work with what the movie creators are trying to achieve with this movie, as it really feels like a true Japanese/anime Batman experience.

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The character design is a big part of why this movie works so well, especially with the villains, as Joker especially looks great in this movie, as they have managed to integrate lots of traditional Japanese elements such as Jokers hairstyle and collar, however they have also managed to keep true to what makes Joker … Joker, by keeping his green hair, red lips and purple and green colour scheme. Every character in this movie really works together and looks fantastic.

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Another of the many good points of this movie is the soundtrack, as its mostly in the background, and therefore doesn’t take away from the other aspects of the film such as the action scenes and the art style. On another note the plot of this movie is a little eccentric and is definitely different from the plot of most of the Batman animated movies before it, and its filled with loads of anime tropes such as big mechas, cool fight scenes, and rooftop sword fights, which has been really well implemented into the Batman world, and although the plot is kinda crazy, it works and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the film. Overall I feel this movie is pretty great and it’s a must see for both Batman and Anime fans, as it doesn’t really require you to know too much about the Batman comics.

Banana Fish First Impressions (Episodes 1-4)

*SPOILER WARNING FOR BANANA FISH * *WARNING TOPICS MAY BE UNCOMFORTABLE OR DISTURBING TO SOME PEOPLE*

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Banana Fish is a manga series written by Akimi Yoshida and was originally published in 1986 and consisted of 19 volumes, since then an anime adaptation was announced in 2017 and has started airing in 2018 subbed, at the time of writing this the anime is only on episode 4.

Series Synopsis :

Nature made Ash Lynx beautiful; nurture made him a cold ruthless killer. A runaway brought up as the adopted heir and sex toy of “Papa” Dino Golzine, Ash, now at the rebellious age of seventeen, forsakes the kingdom held out by the devil who raised him. But the hideous secret that drove Ash’s older brother mad in Vietnam has suddenly fallen into Papa’s insatiably ambitious hands–and it’s exactly the wrong time for Eiji Okamura, a pure-hearted young photographer from Japan, to make Ash Lynx’s acquaintance

Impressions Before Starting:

I went into this series almost blind as I have never read the manga and only heard about the anime from people online, however when I came to the decision to watch it, I had been warned from my brother of some of the sensitive topics the anime portrayed, as well as the vague set up for the story, however I decided to watch the first few episodes at least to see for myself, as I still thought the series seemed interesting and also because the anime was only on episode 4 so I thought I’d watch the first 4 episodes and see if I wanted to continue.

The Bad:

There isn’t much I can fault this series on, especially as I have only watched 4 episodes, however the only thing I will bring to attention which made not enjoy the series as much as I probably could have, is the heavy theme of rape and child pornography, as throughout the first 4 episodes there are lots of people who are very creepy and have less than innocent intentions towards the 17 year old main character Ash, and often sexually, physically or verbally abuse him, as he is seen as a “doll” or “plaything”, however that being said, they have not actually specifically showed you in great detail any sex or rape scenes which is good, but it is very heavily implied and you as the audience is often shown the aftermath, however that being said ash himself can very much hold his own against his advancers and as for the time period it is set in as well as themes the show has, this type of thing was probably more common, and therefore works with the show, as well as this I was pre-warned about this type of sensitive material within the anime, however I do feel the show sometimes shoves the rape and child pornography theme in your face and tends to shows more of this theme than any other, especially as pretty much every male Ash has come into contact with (other than a few individuals) have seen him as a plaything (in my opinion) , however this is easily overcome and doesn’t take away from the shows many many strengths.

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The Good:

Overall I really enjoyed the first 4 episodes of this anime, as not only does it have great characters, beautiful art style and an amazing opening, but the plot handles very sensitive themes, such as rape, violence and abuse, as well as post traumatic stress and  death, as well as other themes such as child pornography and homosexuality and in my opinion handles most these themes very well, considering the time period its set in. As well as this the series although it has dark themes and setting, it doesn’t dwell too much on it, and therefore the series doesn’t come off as too gritty and become boring due to being “too serious” however on the other hand it doesn’t take itself or its themes lightly by turning everything into a joke, which is one of the reasons I think the series is so interesting, this series reminds me a little bit of Durarara and Bungo Stray Dogs but a little more serious, handles similar themes to Berserk and has a beautiful art style like Yuri on Ice. Finally to sum up the opening theme and soundtrack for this series as well as the visuals and plot is fantastic and I’m really looking forward to watching more.

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QQ Sweeper Series Review

*SPOILER WARNING FOR QQ SWEEPER AND POSSIBLY QUEENS QUALITY*

QQ Sweeper is a manga series written by Kyousuke Motomi, who is well known for the manga series Dengeki Daisy and Beast Master.

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Synopsis from the back of QQ Sweeper volume 1:

One day Kyutaro Horikita, the tall, dark and handsome cleaning expert of Kurokado High, comes across a sleeping maiden named Fumi Nishioka at school …, unfortunately their meeting is anything but a fairy-tale encounter! It turns out Kyutaro is a “Sweeper” who cleans away negative energy from peoples hears – and Fumi is about to become his apprentice!

In the old building at their school, a mysterious room has a door that beckons Fumi, even though she shouldn’t be able to see it! Kyutaro goes in after her, but will he be able to save her before she’s devoured by otherworldly creatures?

The Good:

The good parts of this series is that although the series is short (only having 3 volumes) it is also fast paced and has a wonderful cast of funny and interesting characters, as well as plot twists and emotional moments throughout. I really enjoyed reading this series, especially since I am a big fan of shojo manga and have previously read Beast Master, which is one of the mangaka’s other works.

You really see the two main characters Fumi and Kyutaro, grow throughout the 3 volumes and see their feelings come to light. I think one of the things which really worked well in this manga is the dynamic between the two main characters;  A guy who is a loner and easily angered, but who acts grumpy (despite really being a softy), and a clumsy innocent girl, this really reminded me of the relationship between Kyo and Tohru in Fruits Basket as well as the boss and employee relationship between Shibata and Kurosawa (her former boss) from Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai.

The Bad:

My only criticisms about this series is that for one, it was a little predictable in places, especially with Kyutaro constantly saving Fumi from any danger she was in, there were a few moments where Fumi herself kicked ass or was badass, however that was not very often as Kyutaro tended to save her most of the time, before anything could really happen, as well as this there were lots of bugs within the series, as the Sweepers had to kill bugs which were the manifestation of peoples bad thoughts, and me having a slight phobia of bugs found this a little hard to read at times, however if people do not have this phobia then they will be absolutely fine, it didn’t ruin the manga for me in any way but I would have enjoyed it a lot more without them lol. Finally the manga set up lots of plot points near the end which did not go anywhere, as well as ended on a cliff-hanger which felt very rushed.

However at the end of the final volume it is revealed that QQ Sweeper is a prequel series to Queens Quality, which is the mangaka’s latest series, so on the one hand I’m happy there is more to the series and that hopefully the plot points set up by QQ Sweeper will be developed in Queens Quality, however on the other hand I thought I had finished the series lol.

Hope you enjoyed this review of QQ Sweeper and let me know if you’ve also read it and what your thoughts were.

My Thoughts on Blue Exorcist.

*SPOILER WARNING, FOR BLUE EXORCIST*

Synopsis (from the back of the first manga volume):
Raised by Father Fujimoto, a famous exorcist, Rin Okumura never knew his real father, one day a fateful argument with father Fukimoto forces Rin to face a terrible truth – the blood of the demon lord Satan runs in Rin’s veins! Rin swears to defeat Satan, but doing that means entering the mysterious True Cross Academy and becoming an exorcist himself. Can Rin fight demons and keep his infernal bloodline a secret? it wont be easy, especially when drawing his fathers sword releases the demonic power within him.

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To me Blue Exorcist is such a great series for many reasons, the humour, the action, the compelling story, the plot twists, the characters, the law and so much more, as anyone who know me will tell you, I absolutely LOVE Blue Exorcist, however I only read the manga, this is for a few reasons which some people have told me are stupid, but I wanted to discuss it on here. I apologise in advance for my fangirling over the manga and complaining about the anime.

I’ve been reading Blue Exorcist since back when I started collecting manga in 2013 when my friend lent me the first volume and fell in love with it, (just to clarify I only read the English released volumes, so I avoid spoilers about the Japanese volumes) since then I started buying and reading each new volume which came out and continue to do so to this day. Blue Exorcist is a fantastic series, and is my all-time favourite manga, I love everything about it, I could go on and on, especially about the latest volume (volume 19) which was amazing, and full of interesting plot points and plot twists (not like every volume isn’t amazing 😀 ) , however I tried watching the first episode of the anime, as its my favourite manga, and unfortunately I really didn’t like it, mainly because, in the anime they changed the order of events which happen, as well as added new scenes and being such a huge fan of the manga, this seemed a weird and confusing order and way to portray the start of the series. As well as this I have also been told by several people that one of the final episodes of season one, Rin and Yukio (who has already unlocked his demon powers, despite still discovering and denying them in the manga currently) fighting Satan, which to me is confusing as this still hasn’t happened in the current manga what so ever, and the next season is about the impure king arc in which in the manga Yukio first discovers he even has powers, therefore for him to have already unlocked and used his demon powers in the first season is really confusing to me.

Since then I have had friends who have watched the anime, as well as other people tell me I am overreacting and I should still watch it, especially if I love the manga, however I have not said I will never watch the anime, and in the future I will probably give in and watch it, however I am unsure as to how much I will enjoy it. If I do watch the anime I have also made the personal choice to watch it in Japanese with English subs, this is because as much as I love and respect the voice actors who voice the characters in the English dub, I don’t want to think of their voice when I read future volumes of Blue Exorcist as I have been going so long giving the characters my own voice in my head, therefore If I do decide to watch the anime I will either watch it in Japanese with English subtitles or wait for the manga to finish before watching the anime. I know lots of people watched and liked the anime and that’s great I’m glad people are supporting Blue Exorcist and Kazue Kato, however I wish more people would read the manga as in my opinion it is so much better.

Thanks for listening and sorry for the rant, I just wanted to share my thoughts.

My Hero Academia Volume 1 Review

WARNING POSSIBLE SPOILER AHEAD (I will try keep spoilers to a minimum if any however if I do start to stray into spoilers you have been warned)

Series Synopsis: My Hero Academia is a Shonen Jump series by Kohei Horikoshi, which has gotten very popular recently and now has an anime with currently 3 seasons, it is about a young boy called Izuki Midoriya (or “Deku” as he is called by his childhood bully Katsuki Bakugo) who wants to be a hero, the world is made up of “exceptional individuals” who are born with powers called “quirks”, however only 80% of the population are born with “quirks” and Izuki is one of the rare 20% who are born quirkless, but all that might change when he meets the famous hero Allmight…

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Thoughts Before Starting: I tried to avoid this series for a while, not because I didn’t find it interesting, but because I didn’t want to start it yet and wanted to avoid spoilers. I’d been told the vague synopsis by my brother who had bought and started reading the series a while ago, however I didn’t know much, I expected the typical Shonen manga tropes of sad backstories, training to get stronger and lots of action.

The Good: My Hero Academia has a lot of very interesting characters which is one of the main thing that drew me to the series, it is also very fast paced (well at least judging by the first volume) as a lot happened over the course of one volume, as well as that (typical of a Shonen manga) it has lots of cool fight scenes and action which helped keep it very fast paced, and had humour throughout, although it was a little subtle in places. This series so far reminds me a lot of Hitman Reborn, with its protagonist starting off sort of disliked by others, and its training montage, as well as One Punch Man, with its character design and powers which are both good things because I love those series 😀

The Bad: so far the series has been pretty typical and generic Shonen manga, which in a way is what I expected however it makes it somewhat predictable in places, as well as this as so much happened within the first volume it is hard to see whether the series will keep this level of progression, also “Deku”, although he now has powers thanks to Allmight, he is still getting used to them therefore this has put him at a massive disadvantage compared to the other characters, therefore I feel like it will take a while for him to get used to his power and by then all the other characters will have been progressing further, however as this is the first volume I am going to try not to give a final judgement of the series as quite often first issues aren’t the best as the writer is just getting started and the series hasn’t gotten into it yet.

Overall although this review may have seemed kinda negative I do think this series has a lot of potential, especially when it properly gets into it, I’m looking forward to see how the series and the characters progress, however I can’t tell if I should stick to reading more of the manga or switch to watching the anime :-/ (which is most likely what I might end up doing) if anyone has watched the anime or read more of the manga please let me know your thoughts on this review.

I hope you enjoyed this review.

Update July 2018

Hi! its been so long since I last posted to this, i’ve finally finished moving house and it took way longer than I expected to settle in, I will hopefully be able to start regularly  posting about once a week especially now I have broken up from college.

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Thanks for being so patient with me, so sorry for the wait and I hope you enjoy my future content 😀

Update

Hi, i’m so sorry I haven’t uploaded anything in about a week or two, the reason for that is due to it coming to the end of the academic year I have had loads of college work to finish and hand in, so therefore I haven’t been able to read manga or watch anime much, or had the time to type out reviews or articles.

I have half term coming up soon and after that, I should be handing in my last assignment and finishing for summer therefore I will be able to post regularly but until then it is unlikely I can post on a regular schedule.

Thank you for being patient and I hope you stick around as there is definitely more regular updates to come.  🙂