My Top 5 Anime Vampires

5, Staz from Blood Lad

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“The vampire, Staz C. Blood, is one of the most powerful district bosses in the demon world, fending off everyone who dares challenge him. But secretly, Staz is also quite obsessed with human culture, especially video games, manga, and everything that comes from Japan.

When Staz makes a decision that he wants something, he’s known for always accomplishing his goal and getting or doing whatever it is that he set out for. So, when the young Japanese girl, Fuyumi, wanders into the demon world by accident and dies, Staz declares that he’ll help bring her back to life and is determined to do just that. And in helping her he also gets the chance to travel to the human world, somewhere he’s always dreamed of going.” -MAL

What sucks blood and makes the ladies swoon? A vampire. And whats better than a vampire? A vampire that’s also an Otaku. Lazy, sarcastic and socially clueless, Staz lands the spot of number 5 on my list of top 5 anime vampires.

4, Saya Otonashi from Blood Plus

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“Saya is the main protagonist in the series Blood + who hunts chiropterans using a katana. It is implied that she is the last remaining vampire and called’ the only remaining original.’

Saya has no weakness to sunlight, although it is unknown if she has any of the other vulnerabilities often attributed to vampires.She does, however, become distressed when she encounters religious paraphernalia and angry when people mention God in her presence.” -MAL

On number four we have what i would consider to be one of my favorite anime heroines of all time. Saya is sensible, smart and kicks serious chiropteran butt. Yes the story line of Blood Plus is a bit unconventional than most other anime centered around vampires but having a strong female protagonist as this the show proves no moment a waste.

3, Ozaki Toshi from Shiki

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“The dean of the hospital in Sotoba, Toshio resigned from university hospital, returning to take up his father’s position when he passed away. He is fondly given a nickname, “Waka-sensei”, by his colleagues as well as the residents. Toshio has a dislike to both his mother and his late father, as both of them often put reputation of the Ozaki family before anything else.

He is childhood friends with Seishin Muroi and Mikiyasu Yasumori. He is a 32 years old chain smoker and is married to Kyouko who manages an antique shop. He is baffled by the mysterious deaths and swears to solve the case and protect his village. One of the two main protagonists in the series.” -MAL

Okay, i know, i know.. So he’s not technically a vampire. Still, the dude is the dean of a hospital at freaking 32, figures out the real cause of all the deaths in the area, comes up with a master plan and leads a freaking genocide against the vampires killing people in his village all while relying solely on the power of his brain against supernatural beings. The guy deserves this spot.

2, D from Vampire Hunter D; Bloodlust

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 “D is a Dhampir, the half-breed child of a vampire father the legendary Vampire lord and human mother, therefore he makes the ideal vampire hunter. He is renowned for his consummate skill and unearthly grace, but feared and despised for his mixed lineage: born of both races but belonging to neither. Often underestimated by his opponents, D has surprising power and resourcefulness, possessing most of the strengths and only mild levels of vampiric weaknesses. Unlike most Dhampirs, D is able to live as a “normal” human, though marked by his unearthly beauty and powerful aura, and thus rarely accepted by humans.

His only notable weaknesses are that he is, while not unfeeling, emotionally remote but sometimes sentimental. He is also (far more rarely than other dhampirs) randomly susceptible to sun-sickness, a severe type of sunstroke, about once every five years. Otherwise, D does not suffer from vampiric weaknesses usual to Dhampirs, possessing an imposing supernatural aura to his opponents and godlike reflexes surpassing even vampires.” -MAL

The first anime centered around Vampires that i saw was incidentally the Vampire Hunter D movie made in the 80’s, a while before my birth. Then as of the year 2000, the series went through a fantastic revamp to bring us the second movie. Namely, Vampire Hunter D Blood lust. I’ve always admired this character for its awesomeness and even is vulnerability to the part of him that’s human, but Bloodlust brought out all the positives ten fold. In Bloodlust we get to experience his struggle with himself more so than before. The fights are intensified and the amount of detailing in his character design is simply breath taking, all contributing to him securing the spot at number two.

1, Alucard Hellsing from Hellsing and Hellsing Ultimate

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“The secret weapon of the Hellsing organization, Alucard is a vampire, specializing in killing other vampires. At first glance he seems to be nothing but a rather odd gunman, but when he truly unleashes his powers, it becomes quite clear that he is not a mortal. 

After walking the night for half a millennium, he is constantly seeking a worthy opponent, and with his powers of regeneration, strength, and shape-shifting, not to mention his army of familiars, he lays waste to any of his master’s enemies. However, beneath his cool and heartless exterior lurks a dark and tragic past, and a longing for the only thing an immortal can never have..” -MAL

Ultimate Vampire, Bird of Hermes, Vlad Dracula III, Vlad Tepes, No-Life King, Count, Dracula, Vlad the Impaler, The Count, Zamiel, Arucard, Monster, King of Vampires, Abyss General, The Impaling Prince, True immortal, Hellsing’s trump card. Call him what you will but no one trumps the most bad ass vampire of them all. His name alone is justification of why he is and shall remain Number 1.

Honorable Mentions

Link Meier from Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust. Dude's a perfect example of a gentlemanly lady killer.
Link Meier from Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust. Dude’s a perfect example of a gentlemanly lady killer. To hell with the likes of Edward Cullen. This is how romance is done right.
Mochizuki Jiro from Black Blood Brothers. At first glance a bishounen imitation of Alucard but look deeper and you'll find a noble warrior and a caring older brother.
Mochizuki Jiro from Black Blood Brothers. At first glance a bishounen imitation of Alucard but look deeper and you’ll find a noble warrior and a caring older brother.
And Kaien Cross... the only remotely sensible character in Vampire Knight, also the only one you dont wanna grab by the shoulders and shake until they snap out of their angst. Again, not technically a vampire but still deserving of a mention
And Kaien Cross… the only remotely intelligent and witty character in Vampire Knight universe. Also the only one you dont wanna grab by the shoulders and shake until they snap out of their angst. Again, not technically a vampire but still worthy of a mention.

Anime Update 6 part I

Post may contain spoilers so please read at your own expense.

Hello gang. This time im not even gonna bother making lame excuses about why i havent been posting like i always do after taking a pause. Just know that life has been blog-blocking me as usual… and im lazy as hell, so that could also be a factor. Just.. thank you for bearing with me. I see you havent abandoned me yet. I’ll try to do better. Anyway moving on, my latest anime update was in April,so this may be a pretty lengthy post so im gonna break it off in two parts even though ive mostly been rewatching my favorites like Ghost In The Shell, Code Geass, Psycho Pass, etc to take in all their concepts better. Part 2 will be up soon in a few days as well.

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Speaking of Psycho Pass, i recently caught up on the extended version of the first season and believe me, it really elevated the overall impact of the show. I must recommend it to you. There are a total of 11 episodes each lasting around the duration of an hour or so. Do have a look at it. Especially if youre about to start watching the second season, which just began airing and has 4 episodes out as of this date, of which i just finished watching the 3rd one right now. Initially my impression of it was mixed because i hated Shimotsuki, the new inspector who came to take place for Ginoza after he got demoted to Enforcer. If you recall, she was the skeptical school girl in the highschool where Oryou Rikako carried out her murders in season 1. She joined the MWPSB by the end of the last episode in season 1 and in season 2 it seems she has been working as an inspector for about 2 years now.  I had high hopes for her but for now we can call her Ginoza’s replacement in the true sense with all her by the book-ness and her bias against Enforcers as well. (Edit; Eff you Shimotsuki!)

Ginoza as an Enforcer himself has been one of the favorite things of mine in this season so far. He has really matured up and you could say he has done well to fill his father’s shoes. Even wears the same kind of coat as him and called Shimotsuki ‘Missy’ not to mention the mechanical arm and all. Though it was hilarious watching him cringe a bit at Shimotsuki’s maltreatment against Enforcers. Too familiar Gino? LOL. Personally im happy with his transition though i miss the glasses horribly.

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I do not miss this scene though. Breaks my heart even thinking about it. Which is why i posted it on my blog.. Where i’ll be reminded of it every time i visit… makes total sense. Anyway, the new villain is a nerdy average looking fellow with a twisted savior complex. Remember Makishima? Yeah, this Kamui Kirito guy is kind of an opposite of him. Very smart but sentimental unlike the previous antagonist. Even so he manages to creep the hell out of you for the very same reason. Also, thanks to the animators for not giving the antagonist a hair style that’s a dead give away to his villain-hood. Kumui has messy, brown hair usually reserved for Suzaku-ish characters in most anime, unlike Makishima’s flowing white locks. What they both seem to have in common is the desire for destruction of Sybil, albeit for different reasons. Makishima wishes to be a spectator to what people may do when freed, but Kamui just passionately wants people to be freed. His latest endeavor was somewhat similar to Makishima’s when he makes a helmet wearing man beat a woman to death in public with a base ball bat in season 1. However this time the woman was an inspector at the MWPSB. Im referring to Risa Aoyanagi of division 2.

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In other news, Shinya Kogami remains missing without a trace and in his place we have the dark haired Sakuya Tougane who has the same physical agility as Ko and even smokes the same brand of cigarettes as him. In episode 3, it is revealed that his psycho pass was the highest ever recorded and the mechanical Chief is seen telling Akane to keep an eye on him. In the opening credits however, there is a spoiler pertaining to him which really confused the ish out of me. What is Sybil doing? Trying to play with Tsunemori’s emotions by sending in a replacement for Kogami and trying to test the limits at which it affects her hue? Or keeping a closer eye on all her affairs by making Sakuya get close with her? I dont know. We’ll see. They did say they were intrigued by her abilities and wanted to observe her to evolve their system.

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I found the most relatable character in this series to be the Enforcer replacing good old Kagari. Hinakawa Shou is a socially awkward, early twenty something INXP who reminds me of myself in all his nerdy glory. The dude doesnt speak unless spoken to, seems to be off in his own mind and gets treated like fodder. The last time he actually had a meaningful dialogue was in episode 2 when he fanboyed over the intricacy of a hologram used by Kamui as a hostage. Heck he doesnt even have his own page on the Psycho Pass Wikia…. In other words, he’s a striking contrast to the late Kagari’s flamboyance and an unsettling reminder for me to make some non virtual friends. *sigh* Speaking of relatable characters though, no one and i repeat. No one.. beats Tomoko Kuroki from Watamote.

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*alarmingly relatable*

“Kuroki Tomoko is a super popular high school girl who has had 50 years of dating experience and 100 boys… in the Otome game world. In the real world, she is a 15-year-old shut-in who has all of the qualities of a “mojo” (a gloomy or unpopular woman).
However, when school isn’t going as she expected, and she isn’t as popular as she had thought she would be, she takes a look at herself in the mirror for the first time in a few years, and has some shocking revelations…” -MAL 

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Im not sure if im supposed to be happy or sad that this anime portrayed the last 23 years of my life with such an alarming accuracy.. provided that some of the weird ish this character did didnt really get to manifest itself outside of my head. So yeah, i guess Tomoko chan is only but a mere step above me on the weirdness scale. Still, close enough. From dreading to speak to the terrifying ‘normals’ to rejoicing in a day spent doing nothing but watching anime and eating to losing fellow weirdo friends because of their growing sense of conformity.. Tomoko chan is a reflection upon a past not unlike my own. The series doesnt really follow a linear story line. Its just about the daily adventures our protagonist undertakes in trying to ditch her hermit-like lifestyle in favor of a more glamorous image and of course, her miserable failure in trying to do so.

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Moving on, another one of the gems i came across this binge season was Princess Jellyfish or Kuragehime. A common element shared both by Watamote and Kuragehime was that both protagonists were female Otakus and NEETs. Makes you wonder just how many of us are there to be getting featured so much. Anyway, here goes.

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“Amamizukan is an apartment complex where no boys are allowed. Kurashita Tsukimi, a girl who adores jellyfish, lives there happily with her friends who all have nerdy obsessions of their own. Their peaceful lives gradually start to change when a beautiful woman helps Tsukimi out of a pinch.” -MAL

The story is about Tsukimi, a jellyfish enthusiast who lives with five other otaku chicks. Namely, Banba, Mayaya, Chieko, Jiji and the mysterious nocturnal shut in who makes her living as  hit yaoi mangaka. Banba has an obsession with trains, Mayaya with records of the historical three kingdoms, Jiji with her crush on old men and Chieko with kimonos and traditional Japanese dolls. Together, they are the AMARS. The series begins with Tsukimi running into a beautiful Gyarusa who helps her convince a pet shop worker to keep a Jellyfish from dying. They end up buying the Jellyfish and the Gyarusa crashes at Tsukimi’s place as it is late in the night. Tomorrow morning however..

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As it turns out, her beautiful savior is a dude. And not just any dude, but the eccentric, fashion conscious, illegitimate son of a millionaire politician. Kuronosuke spends his days running away from his father’s disappointments in him and his step mother’s scrutinizing gaze by burying himself with fashion magazines, friends and gossip about celebrities and music. He doesnt strike a chord with the AMARs initially but wins them over eventually by treating them to an expensive meat dish which he made his half brother smuggle for him. Also, through out the course of the series, they remain oblivious to his real gender so that may have helped things along.

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Together with the AMARs, Kuronosuke takes it upon himself to save Amikizukan from being sold in order to pave way for commercial development within the area, led by the devious she villain Shoko. The AMARs go through tough training sessions by holding yard sales, crafting and of course, getting makeovers from Kuro in order to gain confidence and people’s respect for themselves.

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Ba dum tiss!

Moving on. This series does a marvelous job in depicting how appearances affect one’s social impact. Kind of a sad reality but the fact remains that despite how good a book is from the inside, people will continue to judge it by its cover. An example of said fact is pertaining to an element of Tsukimi’s relationship with Shu, Kuronosuke’s thirty year old hunk of a brother.  Shu is a complete opposite of his brother as he is serious, diligent and takes an active interest in partaking in his father’s business and political pursuits. They meet by accident when Tsukimi run’s into him after getting a make over from Kuro and he falls in love with her at first sight. However, he is unable to recognize her in her normal clothes which causes a lot of misunderstandings between them.

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Shu and Tsuki’s first encounter

Enter Shoko Inari, the bitch faced real estate developer assigned with the task of luring AMAR’s landlady into selling Amamizukan who also complicates Shu and Tsuki’s love dynamics by slipping date rape drugs into Shu’s drink at a business meeting and pretending to have spent the night with him in order to blackmail his father. Of course, the fact that Kuronouke also begins to have the wretched feels for Tsuki doesnt help much. But with all the damage Shoko does to Tsuki and Shu’s relationship, in a way Tsuki owes her development to Shoko for if Shoko hadn’t f0rced Tsuki to face her demons instead of running away, she would never have realized her true potential as a fashion designer which Kuronosuke helped nurture and which ultimately led to the fulfilment of Tsuki’s dream about making Jellyfish Princesses coming to life, and managing to save Amimizukan from being sold in doing so.

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yes thats Kuro wearing the dress

For now, the fate of Shu, Kuro and Tsuki’s love triangle remains undecided, for the first season of the anime ended here, but the manga has had some astonishing developments. On a related note, Im Team Shu if it wasnt obvious enough already. Moreover, there’s a live action version of the show coming up. It is set to be released sometime during December this year. Here’s the trailer if you wanna check it out. I think they nailed all the AMARs but couldve done a better job with the casting of Kuronosuke and Shu.


Another series that i finished watching was Tokyo Ghoul. The first season has been a hit and the second has been set to release in January next year. Which is really just three months away. Here’s how MAL describes this show on their website.
“The suspense horror/dark fantasy story is set in Tokyo, which is haunted by mysterious “ghouls” who are devouring humans. People are gripped by the fear of these ghouls whose identities are masked in mystery. An ordinary college student named Kaneki encounters Rize, a girl who is an avid reader like him, at the café he frequents. Little does he realize that his fate will change overnight.” -MAL

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As the name suggests, this show is about ghouls.. in Tokyo. Ghouls who look like and feed on human beings. This show’s episode one marks as one of the most intense Ive seen in an anime. Most shows take their time in developing the pace but no, not this series. Things start getting crazy right off the bat. The first scene shows the figure of a purple haired woman swallowing human guts from what seems to be a pile of mutilated dead bodies and then having a brief duel with some creep in a white suit wearing a Jason X mask. Purple haired vixen, or Rize as we came to call her later, makes a swift escape after depriving Jason of his torture device which he completely loses his shit over. Fast forward, we meet Kaneki Ken, a university freshman and an avid reader, not to mention somewhat of a wuss, hanging out with his best bud Hide, who reminds me of Naruto for some reason, in this trendy cafe called Anteiku. Apparently they are discussing, or rather Hide is making fun of Kaneki’s date plans for asking out a girl he likes. Hide assumes it has to be the cute Kuudere-ish waitress Touka and embarrasses Kaneki by addressing her out of the blue.

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Meanwhile, the door opens and enters Kaneki’s dream girl aka purple haired vixen aka binge eater ghoul. Surprise surprise. By some twist of fate Kaneki and Rise end up going on a date and Kaneki ends up walking Rize to her house.. which was really an abnadoned train station where she showed him her true form and chased after him, stabbing and slicing and slashing any part of Kaneki’s body she could get her hands on as he made desperate attempts to escape. The scene ends with a huge beam mysteriously falling on top of Rise, killing her and Ken losing his consciousness because of his wounds. Its implied that while passed out, the dude gets operated on and some crazy arse doctor decides to transfer Rize’s organs into his body to save his life. The episode ends with Kaneki waking up looking like this.

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Aaand thats how good old boy next door Kaneki Ken became a human ghoul hybrid thingy. The second episode depicts him finally coming upon the dark realization that he isnt a human anymore, starving himself because human food tastes like crap to him now and avoiding people lest he not be able to help himself to a bite, running into a fellow ghoul feeding off of a corpse, getting beat up by Nishiki whose a senior at his and Hide’s university, who also happens to be a ghoul and then watch him get his ass handed back to him by Touka the Anteiku waitress who, wait for it,  is also a ghoul. In his adventures as a ghoul, Kaneki makes a ton of new friends such as Shu the Kaneki blood obsessed weirdo pedophile,  Uta the punk rock mask maker who gets away with sporting red eyes all the time because they dont stand out with all the tattoos and piercings he has, Nishiki aka the dude who beat him up and the one he almost killed later and Touka your resident Kuudere, all along while battling his split personality bestie Rize who often shows up in his delusions as a  guide of sorts around the Ghoul world.

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I have a lot of good things to say about this show. From the stunning art to the awesome OSTs to the plot development and the pace at which this show kept going without a moment leaving us bored. This show especially appealed to me with its exploits of one that was losing his sanity walking the thin line between good and evil, Kaneki finally accepting himself not only as a human but as a ghoul while he mourned over the innocence lost forever. My main issue with Tokyo Ghoul was that it censored all the good parts. We already know this anime isnt exactly for kids so why bother blurring up everything that made Tokyo Ghoul good? Now gore isnt really something im particularly fond of but im against censoring it out because it significantly decreases the impact that the creators are trying to make with it. However, if youre just as pissed off about the censorship as me, her’es some news. They are currently working on releasing an uncensored version of the show soon. So we can hang tight and wait for it just as we wait for the second season. Here’s a trailer so you can see for yourself how badass little old Kaneki has become.

Next comes Mekaku City Actors or Mekakushi Actors, whichever is the right way to spell it. Let me just tell you right now, SHAFT was having way too much fun with the animation. And even though i appreciate having to decipher the underlying meanings of the symbolism in this show and the whimsical..ness? of it all, it definitely made the story more confusing than it had to be. Also if you didnt watch the after credit scenes the story would make zero sense. I was making the same mistake but thank fully i caught myself.. at episode 7, at which point i had to go back and watch it all over again to be able to tie in everything together, which i failed at. This anime really is just one big WTF staring you in the face.

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‘The incidents which occurred on August 14th and 15th bring a group of young boys and girls together… They are members of a group they call themselves the “Mekakushi Dan” (Blindfold Organization) and each member possesses a strange power involving their eyes. Will the members of this peculiar organization be able to solve the mysteries behind these incidents and see the truth?”-MAL

Turns out Mekakushi dan is actually an anime adaptation of the Kagerou Project which is a Vocaloid song series by Jin. It also has five light novels and a standing manga adaptation. My opinion of the anime adaptation is limited to a ‘what pretty colors!’ and a ‘hey that was a nice song randomly thrown in the middle of an episode.’ because as for the story, i am unable to make sense of it. To be honest im still not quite sure exactly what i saw or how much of it i was supposed to take into consideration and how much i was meant to disregard as just SHAFT losing its mind again. So yeah, watch the music videos, catch up on the novels, read the manga or something if you wanna know what the hell really happened.

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Lets rewind to where we last left Hamatora, shall we? So, Sharky has a duel with Nice and its hard to say whose gonna win when suddenly Moral’s body gives out and he becomes too sick to keep fighting. Enters the presumable dead Art out of the blue and shoots Sharky square in the chest while a shell shocked Nice looks on in amazement. By the time Nice confronts Art about shooting Sharky, the latter is seen to have pulled a gun on Nice and a gun shot is heard as the first season comes to an end.

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*bang*

“It has been three months since the incident at Yokohama. Things have been settling down at Cafe Nowhere. Murasaki and Hajime have teamed up and started investigating again. After an unforeseen reunion, Art holds Nice at gunpoint. What are his real intentions? What will become of the connection between Art and Hamatora?” -MAL

So, fast forward 3 months and the crew is seen fighting over who gets to keep Nice’s hentai collection. It is implied that he’s dead but as it turns out he actually managed to escape after getting shot in the shoulder by Art kun and pretended to be dead to lure him out.  The whole show is really about a super angsty Art with regeneration abilities activated by Sharky shooting him multiple times (told you so!) running around stealing different people’s minimum powers and leaving them delirious. And also looking damn good doing that.

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*wipes off drool* Nevertheless, we find out that the real culprit was actually the crazy florist chick that was Sharky’s subordinate in the first season. Apparently she’s a billionaire psychopath who keeps herself entertained by the antics of people like Sharky and Art. The back story to Art going bat shit insane is because of the tragedy that took place at Facultas Academy where Nice, Art and Art’s brother were all kept. Also where Nice meets Hajime the first time and literally dies after getting shot through the heart while trying to escape with her, which brings out her Nihilist Minimum, a minimum which is triggered by grief and one whose ability is cancelling all the minimums in its area of range.

After Facultas discovered Art’s brother Skill’s ability to grant minimums to others they take him in for their so called ‘research’ an force him to create artificial minimum holders which all end up as mutated monsters. Art discovers this and after Skill pleads to his older brother to kill him, Art stabs him in the chest. This is followed by a large explosion coming from Skill’s body which cancels out the explosion by the Nihilist minimum coming out from Hajime’s body at the same time. Art was thrown by the force of the explosion and for some reason was able to survive even after his skull fell open and Sharky discover’s Skill’s half dead state of being to transfer his heart into Nice’s kun’s body which kept him alive as well.

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Im not gonna spoil the ending for you guys but i found it to be quite beautiful. All the concepts were neatly tied in together in the last episode and Art turns out to truly be a misunderstood hero we had all wished he was. The message was simple. Minimum abilities are just a metaphor for wishes. The world and life itself as we know it, is fueled by wishes. Without a will, life is meaningless and bland. Will gives us hope. To take away one’s will is to take away one’s hope. The only mystery that remained by the time the season ended was how the hell Art survived the fall.

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Loving the new hairstyle Art kun

This is all for now folks. There are at least five more anime i wanted to talk about but it didnt seem right fitting everything into one post. I’ll just include them in part 2 of this update so sit tight till then. The second part should be up in a couple of days. Toodley woo!

Anime Update 5

Post may contain spoilers so please read at your own expense.

During spring break, i broke my own record of  watching back to back anime marathons. I finished a few series and am still waiting on some to end. I will say that this season’s anime have over all been quite good for the most part. This post is gonna be a brief review depicting my thoughts on some of those shows.

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Up first, one of Spring 2014’s top rated anime, Hamatora the animation.
‘The story revolves around “Minimum” or “minor miracle”—special hereditary powers discovered only in an extremely limited number of humans. Those who possess such powers are known as “Minimum Holders.”‘ -MAL

Vibrant, action packed, suspenseful, colorful, and equipped with awesome OST’s, Hamatora was definitely worth pulling an all-nighter for. The story revolves around a group of minimum holders, i.e the Hamatora that lend their investigative and security services to people in need. Somewhere around the curve, they ended up being involved in something they hadnt bargained for. My spot for favorite character in this series is tied between Nice-kun, the protagonist and Art kun, the former nice guy aka current anti hero aka potential actually an antagonist. Moral san, the official antagonist of this season, or Sharky as i like to call him, makes for a pretty cool psychotic freak but in the end he ends up being shot by Art kun. Who then proceeds to pull a gun at Nice. In relations to his sudden 180 turn, i have a few theories.

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According to a friend of mine, Art was told by Sharky that Nice killed his younger brother and that led to Art pointing a gun at Nice. Its a probable theory but I just dont see Nice kun actually killing someone. Also i dont think the villain is Art kun’s brother cause his dead brother had a mole on his right cheek whereas Art kun has a mole on his Left cheek. And throughout the anime that remained constant. The only reason we even argue the possibility of twins is because of the way Art held his gun when he shot Sharky. I think Art had immortality minimum that he didnt know about because he hadnt died yet. Now that his death gave him the opportunity for his body to use his minimum im pretty sure he’s either being used or he’s become corrupted with power or something.Theres a chance Sharky knew about Art’s real minimum ability but decided not to tell him. I believe thats what he was whispering to him after Art kun collapsed from blood loss. Another theory involves Art kun being the villain all along just using Sharky as bait and Sharky’s assistant actually secretly working under Art kun to keep tabs on him.

Either way, i cant wait for the new season to air.. which might take a while considering how long SNK is taking to come up with another season. I know, i know.. not enough manga chapters or whatever. I still yearn to see Levi kun in action. Good for us though, it seems Funimation is about to debut the English dubbed version of Shingeki no Kyojin and they’ve already released a clip. Hey, a dubbed version is just another excuse for us Heichou fan girls to watch SNK all over again.. you know, for research purposes. How else are we gonna be able to tell the difference between the subbed and dubbed versions. Check out the clip!

Heichou!!! *squeals*
Moreover, the Attack on Titan live action movie is also in the works. It is currently in production and is rumored to be released sometime next year. Till then, i guess id have to be content with a new Shingeki no Kyojin manga chapter release on the 9th of every month.

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While im really happy that Shingeki no Kyojin is getting a live action movie, im also very concerned about how well it will be executed. For one i hope the graphics are better than those in the Death note live action movie and that the cast involves people of non-asian races as according to the plot, the asian race is supposedly gone extinct with Mikasa being the last Japanese in the titan-verse. Though i wont mind it as much if they manage to at least pull off the graphics successfully. Personally, i believe it wouldve been better if they had waited to make the movie after the second season airs because SNK is already become a very well known series in a very very short amount of time. Another season and its value would have gone high enough for them to have been able to afford a collaboration with hollywood directors, resulting in a block buster with crazy good effects. Anyhow, lets just keep our fingers crossed for the team working hard on the movie. Gambatte everyone! * i hope i spelled that right*

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‘Yato, a minor god, dreams to become the most revered deity in the world with big shrine and all. However, being a penniless god that he is, he has a long way to go and his shinki leaving him doesn’t help matter. Later, when he does his job, a high school girl named Hiyori Iki pushes him out of the way of a speeding bus; unaware of his status as deity.

Things get complicated when this incident triggers abnormality in Hiyori’s soul, causing her to make an Astral Projection whenever she falls unconscious. To turn herself back to normal, Hiyori must help Yato becoming a better god who can fix the problem, along with Yato’s new shinki, Yukine.’ -MAL

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Another one of the top few anime that i watched. Noragami is, put in a nutshell, awesome. If Yato’s piercing blue eyes are not enough to force you to become enamored with this show, then the tsundere Yukine’s adorableness will. Not to mention, the female lead is one of the only few that i actually dont find annoying.. and thats a big deal. I actually like Hyori a lot. She’s sensible, motivated, adventurous, not to mention no nonsense and straight forward. I mean do you remember this part where she’s all like ‘I want to stay with you. I want to be with you forever’  and then a blushing Yato replies with ‘Ill grant that wish for five yen’ *adorable* I ship them so much! Give me the next season already!

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‘Tada Banri, a newly admitted student at a private law school in Tokyo, found himself completely lost after the opening ceremony, trying to find his way to the freshman orientation. At that moment, he ran into another lost freshman from the same school, Yanagisawa Mitsuo, and they hit it off at once. Somehow arriving at their intended goal just on time, there appeared in front of the two a beautiful girl holding a bouquet of roses. The girl then whacked Mitsuo across the face with the bouquet and handed the flowers over to him. “Freshman, congratulations,” was all she said, and then left. The stylish, well dressed, perfect woman that had swung at Mitsuo was his childhood friend, Kaga Kouko. As children they had promised to marry each other one day, fulfilling their dreams. In order to escape from her, Mitsuo had gone out secretly and taken the examination for this well known private college, but now she showed up in the freshman orientation hall. She too had taken the law school entrance examination, catching up with him there.’ -MAL

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Koko, girl i love your fashion sense but please. You gotta see a doctor. All that obsessing and getting possessive over your guy aint healthy. Its called co dependency. Also you can get kinda annoying at times. Personally i favored Linda over Koko for Banri. Some people disagree saying that she had her chance and that she shouldve told him bla bla bla but heres the thing. If the person that loved you loses their memories and you tell them that they used to be in love with you, that will put them under a lot of pressure to fall in love with you and they might forced themselves to have feelings for you. Love takes time to develop on its own, as it should. It should not be forced. Linda didnt tell Banri about their past because she wanted them to start again as friends so that what ever feelings they develop will be genuine. Too bad Koko came into the picture and no matter how badly you ship KokoxBanri, you have to respect Linda for the fact that she stopped persuing Banri in respect of his and Koko’s relationship. She was mature enough to realize when her chance with Banri ended and was simply making sure of his well being. It wasnt her fault that Banri developed some kind of dual personality. That wouldnt have happened n the first place if Banri had been more accepting of his past and investigated about it. He would either have come to a closure or decided to revert back. His choice really.

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Anyway, im glad Koko and he ended together. I wish they had spent more time developing the Linda and Mitsuo couple as i think they could both do well with each other. But most of all, i ship 2d kun with Chinami san. In my opinion 2D kun was the most entertaining  and least annoying character and though i feel bad for Chinami, i seriously think she made a stupid mistake by playing too hard to get even though she liked the guy that proposed to her. So Chinami and 2D kun all the way!! The special appearance by Nana is also one of the best parts of this show.

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Steins; Gate. Yes, i know. This one was long overdue. But i have a personal rule to try to avoid watching an anime until its finished because the one week waiting period for the next episode to be released is torture to me. Unfortunately, due to this self serving principle, some really good anime sometimes get swept under the rug and i dont get to watch them for a long long time. *As is currently the case with Zetsuen no Tempest among a few.. okay, many others*

‘Steins;Gate is set in the summer of 2010, approximately one year after the events that took place in Chaos;Head, in Akihabara.
Steins;Gate is about a group of friends who have customized their microwave into a device that can send text messages to the past. As they perform different experiments, an organization named SERN, who has been doing their own research on time travel, tracks them down and now the characters have to find a way to avoid being captured by them.’ -MAL

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Well, ill admit i didnt expect much from the looks of the first few episodes. It was funny and had its moments but i didnt totally get into it until Mayuri died the first time. That was when it pulled an about turn and got all crazy and stuff. I remember feeling so overwhelmed for the poor protagonist that i screamed at the laptop screen in the dead of the night, which earned me a lot of embarrassment in turn. The only part i didnt like about this anime was when they forced a little bit of fan-service on the audience with the Moeka and Okabe kiss scene. Even for fan-service it looked rather painful and unnatural. Nevertheless, you cant tell how serious and dramatic it gets from the first few episodes but stick with it. Its definitely worth a watch. And while youre at it, do try the series Robotics; Notes afterwards. Im hearing a lot of good things about it and am in the process of watching it right now so a review is coming soon.

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Steins; Gate Burdened Domain of Deja Vu. The Steins; Gate movie.

‘The film takes place one year after the events of the anime series. After going through a painstaking journey across multiple “World Lines” due to the invention of “D-Mail,” text messages that can be sent to the past, Rintarou Okabe has assumedly landed in the “Steins Gate” World Line, in which none of his friends would have to die and a future ruled by SERN due to the invention of a time machine no longer exists. However, Rintarou soon starts feeling the side effects of his constant time traveling across multiple World Lines, which soon builds up and causes Rintarou to suddenly vanish from existence, with only Kurisu Makise, the girl who he had saved thanks to his efforts, remembering him through déjà vu. It is now up to Kurisu to find a way to get Rintarou back.’- MAL

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Finally! Kurisu gets her time to shine and save Okabe this time around. I was very concerned for how things were going to end with her trying over and over again to save Okabe but im glad how it all went down. Try it once youve finished watching the series.

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‘Ryuko Matoi is a vagrant school girl traveling from place to place searching for clues to the truth behind her father’s death—the “woman with the scissor blade.” The journey has led Ryuko to Honnouji Academy.
Honnouji Academy—where an elite group of students is granted superhuman power by their special uniforms called the “Goku uniform.” With the power of the uniform, the student body president, Satsuki Kiryuin rules the students with unquestioned power and fear.
Satsuki holds the secret to the “scissor blade” and Ryuko confronts Satsuki to gain information but… Was their encounter a mere coincidence or fate? The clash between the two will soon consume the whole academy!’ -MAL

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Kill la kill aka the mother of all roller coaster rides at six flags roller coaster ride. Dont blink for a moment if you have any hopes of keeping up with this anime. Truly spontaneous and action packed. Kill la kill will have you spilling your guts out laughing. Plus that Senketsu Kamui outfit of her’s is totally bad arse. Infact, i intend to cosplay in it someday.. that is, of course after modifying it for the sake of modesty.

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‘Raku Ichijou is an average high school student. He also happens to be the sole heir to the head of a Yakuza Family called the Shuei-gumi. Ten years ago, Raku made a promise… a secret promise with a girl he met. They promised one another that they will “get married when they reunite”. Since then, Raku never let go of the pendant the girl gave him.

Then one day, a beautiful girl named Chitoge Kirisaki transfers into Raku’s class. Their chemistry was more than off. There was not a moment where they were not fighting. But by a weird turn of events, Raku and Chitoge agree to become fake lovers. Although his heart is really interested in his classmate Kosaki Onodera, Raku must continue pretending to be Chitoge’s boyfriend.’ -MAL

Let me tell you straight. I dont like harem anime. I cant stand them mostly because the protagonist is always such a dense, clueless character that cant figure out how to make up his mind. Nisekoi, however, is an exception. Raku actually is a like able character. He’s considerate, funny, not to mention a man of his word. Who even remembers a promise they made ten years ago anyway? Nevertheless, aside from the distracting art style, i find this anime tolerable.. sometimes even amusing. But its still a harem anime so it gets a 6 on a scale of 10 for me. Its an ongoing anime and is confirmed to end sometime during May 2014 so im looking forward to more plot twists and new characters.

The product reviews as well as make up looks will be up soon so please keep a look out. To part, i shall leave you with this picture of Levi Heichou being awesome as usual. See you around soon!

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Shingeki No Kyojin… the day i chose hope

Post may contain spoilers even though ive tried hard to keep it vague. Please read at your own expense.

Are you the meal? No, we are the hunter!

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Hello peoples.
Id think you would like an explanation about my disappearance from the blog (again) but what is to follow in this post is more interesting. I suppose its a given you already understand the annoying distractions of life.
After months and months and months of procrastination on my part, i was able to watch and become completely mentally and emotionally involved in an anime i made the mistake of not taking seriously enough while running around doing stuff that needed to be done. Even a scat load of distractions did not render me unable to watch Shingeki no Kyojin. Earlier, i had thought, what can be so interesting about an anime about skinless, brainless, giant sized, monstrous looking titans devouring human beings and a couple of kids wearing garter belts anyway but boy was i wrong. Shingeki no Kyojin or Attack on Titan was named the best anime of the year 2013 for a reason.

I came about watching this anime after accidentally over hearing someone play its opening song. The tune was catchy and rather inspiring as well so when i came home i decided to play it for myself. I checked out the video and was suddenly drawn in by how awesome it looked. And after playing and replaying and re-replaying its opening track for, say, about half an hour, i decided to watch it. Here’s the opening song if youre curious. Play it, for i am listening and rocking out to this as i write this post, swinging wildly in my chair while being given strange looks from the ‘sane ones’ across the room. Feh!

Inspiring is it not? No use denying it!
As i watched the anime i felt my heart stop at various moments. It made me cry for the bravery with which the characters faced the circumstances presented to them. Strangely, i also felt my bond with the whole of human kind become stronger. Something i have never felt before just because of some anime series. But then indeed, Shingeki No Kyojin is not just some anime series. It is what demonstrates humanity’s vulnerability and the fear that unites it against a common enemy. It is what demonstrates the hard choices one makes in order for the greater good to prevail. The deaths in Shingeki no Kyojin are not fodder. Each deceased character is portrayed as a human. Someone’s family, someone’s friend, someone’s lover. What’s harder to watch though, are the one’s alive, as they muster the strength to go on somehow. The scenes are heart breaking and capture the essence of losing someone precious in war… a war on humanity. The show had me feeling, to some extent, what a soldier might feel.

During the course of the series we meet a variety of different characters. Doe eyed beauties, fierce soldiers, complete weirdos, vicious killers, stubborn lunatics, desperate fanatics, political slaves and a weak, troubled and scared general populace all which leave their tracks in your mind while running like ants in a colony as it is invaded by man eating giants. Around this point, the opening track for the show is replaced with an equally awesome, if not better soundtrack, Flügel der Freiheit or Wings of Freedom, as you call it.

Makes the heart clench with determination. And i must say, while the openings are great, expect even better and fitting background music while watching the series. My favorite happens to be the song that plays just after (Spoiler Alert) Eren successfully manages to seal the breach in Wall Rose. Another thing, do expect to stay mentally stuck in the titan-verse for several days after finishing this anime. For me its been 48 hours and im still in somewhat of a daze. Feels as though i left my soul somewhere inside the three great walls fighting the titans with my comrades and trying to avenge the deaths of the one’s ive lost. The first season is complete and available to stream online but since there is no confirmed news about the second season, ive started and caught up to the manga which is a little ahead of the anime and has some shocking turn of events coming. The next chapter releases in early March so those of you that feel like keeping up with the manga after finishing the anime like me will not have to wait too long for even more gore-infested, feel-some goodness of the series.

I was unable to decide upon a single favorite character for this show. Yes, the protagonist plays the most important role but Attack on Titan is executed in such a manner that makes it almost impossible to pick out a single person. If youve been giving this anime the boot this long, you need to stop and give it a chance. Yes, it has become an extremely popular series but its nothing like the Big Three. It goes much, much deeper into your soul to show you human kind’s worst fear and its breaking resolve.

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Well, that’s that. In other news, i have begun watching multiple anime including Steins; Gate, Jormugand, Hamatora and Nobunga the fool all of which will be briefly reviewed in the coming anime update. I was gonna talk about SnK on the anime update too but i figured it was good enough to deserve its very own post. My beauty related articles are on a short hiatus as im still waiting on some products to include in the reviews coming up and ill also be posting a new look in the eye make up section soon enough. Also, the coming March will mark the day it became three years to me starting this blog as well as my birthday. Ill be sure to post a picture of the cake for you to feast your eyes on, *evil smirk*. On an unrelated note, since im bored and running out of things to say, i’ll add that it has been raining consistently every night, all night these days and they say there’s a storm coming towards Southern California. So stay safe everyone and pray for our safety as well.

Before i take my leave, id like to present you a link to the official Twincon page where you can find even more pictures, videos and details about the recent cosplay event that happened in Islamabad a few days ago. Please click here for more photos from Twincon.

Have a good one peeps, and fight for the glory of humanity!
*Yes, i definitely plan on cosplaying as a member of the scouting legion.

Itazura Na Kiss… Something wrong with everything

Warning! This is a HATE post and may contain spoilers about the fore mentioned series. Read at your own disposal.

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*sigh* Itazura na kiss, where do i start?

So i had been hearing a lot of my otaku friends going on about how sweet and adorable this anime was for a while now and as much of a sucker for a good shoujo anime i am, i could not resist not checking it out for myself and so i did. And so i regretted it. Immensely, to add.

This is what MAL has to say about INK, ‘Ever since she entered high school, Kotoko Aihara wanted to be in the same class as Naoki Irie. The only problem is that Irie is the smartest student in school contrast to Kotoko being one of the dumbest. Now in her 3rd year of high school, she still isn’t there. However, one day her home gets destroyed and the only place left to go to was Irie’s home. Now that she lives close to him, will their relationship be the same, or will it become greater than it is?

Sounds good enough, right? Wrong! What MAL failed to mention was that our ‘heroine’ is the Japanese equivalent of a jersey shore bimbo with an IQ of a bucket thats full of dirty mop water and the ‘hero’ is a conceited, constipated sociopath who thinks of himself as a superior entity bestowed upon our world simply because he’s ‘smart’ and has an eidetic memory. By the way, having a photographic memory does not mean that one is smarter, as in one has better critical thinking or problem solving skills. It simply means you remember everything, including the methods that make it easier to solve problems, making you seem ‘smarter’ as a side effect. Anyway, If you think about it, these two make a perfect couple. You know why? Because the dude is a psycho and the chick is a masochist with zero self esteem.

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Whats so wrong about this perfect couple is that their whole relationship is based on co dependency. The guy lacks respect for the girl as a human being, loves establishing his ‘power’ by making her jealous, and wont hesitate to slap her in front of another woman who was flirting with him in front of his wife nor hesitate to play egoistical mind games with her just after their first kiss. The girl is needy and well, delusional. She refuses to consider the possibility that the only reason Naoki clings on to her now is because he’s gotten used to being chased by her and knows no other chick will give him an ego boost by having such an inferiority complex nor take his b.s like Kotoko does.

Also, what’s is the deal with the people in this anime playing hard to get and having physical altercations with their significant others instead of solving their issues like civilized human beings? I counted at least three such pairings. If you dont like someone, dont go out with them, dont marry them unless you genuinely want to give yourself a chance with them or if you start liking them because of some quality that they have and for goodness sake dont slap them around like misbehaving pets. Dont be with someone just to settle for who ever will take your ish so you can hold your head up high and think of yourself as a blessing to them. Honestly, what kind of relationship is one doomed to have if they cant get past acting ‘cool’ with the other? A very uncomfortable one i presume.

Yes, INK had some funny moments but over all it was a disturbingly unhealthy anime promoting dysfunctional relationships, superficiality and emotional dependency. I do not agree with its message. Here’s hoping Naoki and Kotoko make better parents than they made husband and wife. Amen.

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Anime Update 4

Post may contain spoilers so please read at your own expense.

Hi everyone.
This will probably be my latest anime related post for a while before i get a bit settled into my new schedule. During this time, ill be keeping an eye out for any news related to the new TwinCon dates and such. Ill also be posting more product reviews and brand promotions along with a new make up look sometime late first week or early second week of February. Right now, here’s a small sneak peak and review of all the anime i have watched since last.

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The Devil Is A Part-Timer! ‘Devil King Sadao is only one step away from conquering the world when he is beaten by Hero Emilia and forced to drift to the other world: modern-day Tokyo. As “conquering the world” are the only skills the Devil King possesses—and are obviously unnecessary in his new situation—he must work as a freeter to pay for his living expenses!’- MAL

Extremely hilarious. To add, references like MgRonalds and Sentucky Fried Chicken are like icing on the cake. My favorite character in this series would definitely be Shiro Ashiya. He used to be one of the devil’s most loyal a generals in the demon army back in the other realm, now he has been reduced to a care taker that plans the budget with the devil’s meager paycheck and does all the house hold chores. The slightly depressing thing about this show is that it will make you feel inadequate as a professional, make you second guess all your career choices and make you want to forget everything and get a job at MgRonalds.. Lol!

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Un-go! ‘He pursues his job as the “Last Great Detective”. Others call him the “Defeated Detective”. What’s certain is that he’s Shinjurou Yuuki, a young man with a passion for mysteries and a talent for solving them that has made him the target of dark forces now stirring within the sinister underworld of a near future Tokyo. That could prove lethal, given that not even the other “good guys”, including the police, are exactly on Shinjouro’s side. Fortunately Yuuki’s not completely on his own, and with the aid of his uniquely talented associate Inga, he’s ready to cut a swath through the veils of secrecy that have been laid before him. Get ready for mind against matter and a lot of cloak and dagger as the ultimate battle of clue and deduction begins in UN-GO! ‘-MAL

A mystery anime. We get to see Shinjouro solve many interesting cases as the series develops and learn about his mysterious friends that help him get to the truth in a situation. Overall a good enough anime. Can get boring in the first few episodes so just bear with it for a while.

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Code Geass; Boukoku No Akito (Akito the Exiled) ‘The story takes place in Europe in the year a.t.b. 2017. A Knightmare unit made of boys and girls from Area Eleven are thrown into a military operation with a 5% chance of survival. They must rescue an allied unit left behind on the European warfront.’-MAL

A three episode spin off from the original show, with the timeline set in between the period of Code Geass R1 and R2. Boukoku no Akito follows a Japanese young man named Akito Hyuga, an EU Knightmare pilot. As it turns out, his older brother who tried to kill him using the geass, is now one of the knight kings of Britannia and is hell bent on taking his life. It is not shown how Shaing, his brother acquired the power of Geass but somehow Akito was still able to survive. I suppose that his incident which happened during Akito’s childhood, has taken quite a toll on him as he seems to have become rather sadistic and apathetic.

So far only two episodes of the series have been released and the third is said to be set for release sometime this year. Contrary to expectations, while Suzaku Kururugi does make a special appearance during the series, there is some confusion to whether or not Lelouch Vi Britannia is present in the show. However, there is one mysterious young man seen travelling with Suzaku with a decorated patch over his left eye and a very Lelouch-esque appearance. He introduces himself as Julius Kingsley. My theory is that if this person is indeed Lelouch, then this incident happened around the time of his disappearance. The Black Knights get an honorable mention though only a handful of details are given about them. It is also said that C.C will be making a special appearance in the third episode which will conclude the series. Hopefully, Akito and his team survive the pitfall that starts with the beginning of Zero Requiem.

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Red Garden. ‘Strange suicides have been taking place in New York. One day, four girls from the same high school wake up in the morning feeling tired and dizzy and not being able to remember anything about the previous night. In school, they find out that one of their classmates has committed suicide. School is canceled for the rest of the day, but instead of going home, the girls are drawn to a park by butterflies only they can see. Suddenly a man and a woman approach the girls, telling them that they all died the previous night.’-MAL

First of al, let me say how much i absolutely loved the art. This anime isnt very recent, but i suppose its the fact that they chose to draw American’s in a Japanese style of animation is what makes it so unique. Ive notice in several other anime where anime artists would try to draw Europeans and fail but this anime does it quite perfectly.

The story revolves around four girls of completely unique back grounds and puts them in a predicament where they are forced to work together to understand each other and find a new kind of appreciation for what they had previously taken for granted. This anime can best be described as a female-centric supernatural horror mystery mash up. Also, i recommend that after this series, you watch the 45 minute movie epilogue, Dead Girls, which is set in the future hundreds of years after the series ends. It doesn’t really explain things much but it’s an extra serving for those of us that weren’t emotionally prepared for the series to end so soon.

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Psychic Detective Yakumo. ‘Haruka Ozawa’s sophomore year is getting seriously scary. One of her friends is possessed, another has committed suicide and Haruka could be the next one to flunk the still-breathing test. Her only way out of this potentially lethal dead end? Yakumo Saito, an enigmatic student born with a mysterious red eye that allows him to see and communicate with the dead. But the deceased don’t always desist and some killers are more than ready to kill again to keep dead men from telling any more tales. That doesn’t stop Haruka’s knack for digging up buried secrets, and there’s even more evidence of bodies being exhumed by both Yakumo’s police contact and an investigative journalist with a newly made corpse in her closet! Can this pair of anything but normal paranormal detectives solve the ultimate dead case files or will they end up in cold storage themselves?’-MAL

It took me six months to finally finish this series. Not because it has like 1000+ episodes or anything. Its just what happens when you combine my procrastination with distractions. The fact that it took me so long to finish a thirteen episode show is because it takes its sweet time to develop the story and then everything goes too fast and then you get confused whether you missed something so you go back to the episode before for clues, then further and further and then watch the same episode three times because it was so boring you struggle to concentrate on what the characters are saying. You get the memo. Not a bad anime, just too slow for me. Watch for yourself and lemme know what you think.

Anime and Manga Updates 3

Post may contain spoilers so please read at your own expense.

Yes, its been a long break between fall and spring semesters and ive had a lot of time to indulge myself in the wonderful, magical, albeit fictional but spectacular world of anime and manga. Id say, during the holidays i became an otaku in the Japanese sense of the word, as in my face never saw the light of the sun during this period nor did i ‘mingle with my peers’ outside of those that exist in the virtual realm.  I think it is safe to assume that this has been the most fun ive had in a boring way since i attended a class that had a gassy instructor trying her best not to fart loudly during the lecture.

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One of the most colorful and beautifully designed anime ive come across. If you notice, characters are drawn in an art style similar to that of Nabari No Ou. Karneval mainly revolves around Nai, Gareki, Karoku and the members of Circus, a defense organization that works for the government. Nai is a rare magical creature called Niji with advanced hearing abilities that, for some reason able took on the appearance of a twelve year old human boy. Gareki, a small time crook, genius at lock picking and stealing, was sold by his parents at a young age to a group of human traffickers. He managed to survive when the ship that he was held captive was sunk by Circus. Karoku is a mysterious character in the series that can speak to Nai telepathically. For as long as Nai can remember before meeting Gareki, he had been living with Karoku before he went missing with only a Circus ID bracelet left for Nai to remember him by.

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The show begins with Nai held captive by Minne, a female Varuga. Varuga’s are post-humans and post-animals with special abilities. They were once human or animal, but a cell-modifying medicine given to them by Kafka, an illegal organization, slowly took over their bodies until they were fully transformed, at which point they became monsters. At this point, Gareki just happens to break in to Minne’s mansion where he and Nai make a deal to get him out of there in exchange for Karoku’s bracelet. However, things dont go as planned and as Gareki realizes his helplessness against Minne, they are saved by an explosion that he had set up before breaking in.

As they escape from the mansion by boarding a train, they run into more trouble as the train currently holds the Owner of a big corporation and his grand daughter hostage by angry employees. This is where they first encounter Airship Two Captain, Hirato and Tsukumo from Circus. By working together they manage to diffuse a bomb set up by the hijackers and save the Owner and his grand daughter. After that, Gareki and Nai hang around for a medical check up and things get puzzled once everyone discovers that Nai isnt actually a human. At that point, Nai declares his wish to find Karoku again and Gareki decides to stick with him with the hopes of getting opportunities to make money through Circus somehow. The crew of Airship Two, Tsukumo and Yogi, welcome them as guests and they begin to form bonds with each other with the passage of time.

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Although some may call this anime Shonen Ai for “obvious” reasons.. *rolls eyes* I like to call it a tale of friendship, especially between Nai, Gareki and Yogi. While it is true that moments of fan service exist for female viewers, i would not categorize it as a BL anime. Karneval includes many possible pairings not limited to Nai and Gareki. There’s Yogi and Kii-chi, Iva and Tsukumo, Uro and Eleska, Jin and Tsukumo, Karoku and Eleska as well as a personal favorite of mine, Hirato and Tsukumo which is hinted quite strongly at. Truthfully im tied between Jin and Tsukumo VS Hirato and Tsukumo. But can you blame me though? It cant be helped. Theyre both such hot potatoes.

The first season of the anime me wondering about a lot of unsolved mysteries. Firstly there;s the matter of what the hell actually happened to Karoku. Then there’s that box that exploded when Airship One Captain went near it. The alive/dead status of Uro and Tsukitachi, Nai’s transformation, etc etc. Im eagerly looking forward to the next season to be released so that these questions can be answered. In the mean time, i have also decided to check out Karneval’s manga version in hopes of finding out more.

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‘Friends suck, and trusting someone is just setting yourself up. That’s the lesson Mei Tachibana learned after her heart was ripped out and only a shell was left where a girl used to be. But unlike so many, she found an easy solution: she’ll never make another friend. Ever. Okay, maybe that’s not as easy as it sounds, but it’s worked for Mei – or at least, it did until handsome, charming and annoyingly popular Yamato Kurosawa came along. For some freakish reason, he seems to like Mei. He even gave her his phone number! As if she would ever call him. Except she did. But only because she needed help. Still, he came. He actually came. And now things are getting way too complicated. Mei’s no princess in a tower. She’s not waiting for a knight in shining armor to rescue her. So why did he have to kiss her and confuse everything? And why are those three little words so hard to say?’ -MAL

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Say, I Love You is another anime that i already watched a while ago but decided to watch again to fill up my Shoujo reserves. Mei Tachibana is a total loner. She does not believe in making friends because of being betrayed by her friends in her childhood. *Pfft.. a highschool student with child hood problems? Lel* Anywhoosers, she’s this shy Kuudere with trust issues going about her high school life when due to a misunderstanding she accidentally slaps Yamato, the most popular boy in the entire school. To her amazement, instead of retaliating, he asks her to be his girlfriend. *squeal squeal*

This is quite a impact inducing anime. Might make you curl your toes and hide under the blanket blushing at some parts, shake nervously at some moments, scream with anger at some parts and  bawl your eyes out crying at another.. or maybe that’s just me operating under the influence of orange soda and buttery popcorn.. I dunno. How about you guys watch it and let me know.

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*pictured above: self conscious little high school girl finally finding her courage* *Yes, i cheered for her at this part, you will too.*

Ah, what else? Lets see. I started watching Level E. Its this hilarious anime about an alien prince running to the planet Earth to escape from his responsibilities back at his home planet. Initially it gives off the vibe of being this serious, supernatural action anime but you’ll be laughing your guts out by the time the first few episodes end.

‘In the present day, hundreds of extraterrestrial species walk the Earth. Some are pacifistic, others violent. Some are here for research purposes, others are career criminals. However, humans don’t know they are here. Now, one more alien has arrived on Earth. One of the universe’s foremost geniuses with a personality that’s bound to attract all sorts of trouble.’ -MAL

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Watch it Peoples!

The mystery of K

Post may contain spoilers so please read at your own expense.

Hi there.
If you recall, in one of my anime and manga update posts, i mentioned following the anime Project K. Now if youve seen the anime, you might have been confused by some of the things in the story that didnt quite make sense. There were many questions left unanswered and many mysteries that were never solved by the time the anime ended. A few examples would be the relationship between Munakata and Suoh, the consequences that led to Fushimi’s betrayal of Homra, Kuroh’s past etc etc

However, Ive been doing some research online about Project K and ive discovered a few other adaptations that take care of all those things. Today im going to be telling you about them. Please note that some of those sources are not available on the internet for free but if you wish you could buy them online.

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K Side: Blue
A novel adaptation of K, focused on the history of the blue clan and the events which led to Munakata Reisi’s appointment as the current blue king. The novel has one volume with six chapters and was published in October 2012.

K Side: Red
Also a novel adaptation of K, tells the story of how the current red clan was created, the background story of Kushina Anna, and details of Kamamoto Rikio, Yata Misaki and Fushimi Saruhiko joining the red clan and their time together as a clan. Side: Red was published after Side: Blue in November of 2012 and has one volume with eight chapters.

K Side: Black & White
Novel adaptation focused on Isana Yashiro, Yatogami Kuroh, and Neko. This was K’s last novel adaptation that was published in May of 2013 and has one volume with five chapters.

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K: Memories of Red
‘In Shizume city there’s a legend about a red king with demon-like abilities that single-handendly created the Homra organization, as long as you get accepted into Homra, you can gain extraordinary powers.’ -MAL

This is a manga spin off to Project K. A prequel revolving around the story of Homra. The great thing about it, is that its complete, translated scans are available online on both Mangahere and Mangafox so you can start reading up ASAP. The manga has 3 volumes and sixteen chapters and was published from May 2012 to July 2013.

K: Stray Dog Story
‘Yatogami Kuroh has lost the only thing remotely close to family he had left—and to make matters worse, he’s been charged with a final task by his master that he isn’t entirely sure he’ll be able to fulfill. Follow this young modern-era samurai as he sets off on a quest to track down the next Colorless King and determine if he’s evil or not…and to strike him down where he stands if he is.’ -MAL

As told by the summary, this series gives us a glimpse of Kuroh’s past up until the point where he mees Shiro in the first episode of the anime. Stray Dog Story was published from November 2012 to March 2013 and has one volume with five chapters.

K: Days of Blue
‘Tokyo Regional Legal Affairs Bureau Census Division, Annex 4 also known as SCEPTER 4 is a police institution that aims to stop criminals with special skills. But for them, their real target are… ?’ -MAL

Sequel to Memories of Red and a prelude to the second season of the main anime, Days of Blue is an ongoing manga adaptation of K. This one started publishing in November 2013 so only three chapters have been released so far. Personally i liked Memories of Red better but i guess this manga hasnt had the time to develop much yet so i’ll hold off my judgement.

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Gauken K
‘Shiro and Kuroh are not the only ones who go to high school. Instead, the members of Homra (including their leader Suoh) and the members of Scepter 4 attend school together. The students are sometimes lax, but at other times, they are hot-headed.’ -MAL

A spin off to Project K. Depicts the character in a high school setting. Pretty much the Rock Lee and His Ninja Pals of Project K. Started publishing just days ago on January 2014.

K: The First
‘The story takes place in a world where seven people with unusual powers are crowned as “kings,” and revolves around the “bonds” and “fate” between the people involved.’ -MAL

Manga adaptation of the first season of Project K. Started publishing on December 2013 so only one chapter has been released thus far. The first chapter is basically a retelling of the anime and the chapter ends where the Red king breaks out of prison. It is possible that the anime’s plot will be used as the background for telling the story of the First king or it could just be an exact adaptation of the anime. At the time being it is too soon to tell where the authors tend to go with this one.

K: The Movie

Although initially there were some confusions about whether there will be a second season or not to Project K, Anime News Network recently confirmed that the story will continue from the point at which season one ended in a movie sequel set to release sometime mid 2014. We can say it’s safe to assume that the translated/subbed version will not be available till the end of this year and the dubbed version could take as much as up to the start of 2015 to be available. Speculations about the upcoming movie include introduction of new characters, especially one highly anticipated Green King as well as many others.

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Anime and Manga Updates 2

Hello there peeps.

Hope you all didnt miss me too much. I have been stuck between studying, sleeping and eating for the past two weeks now, and i am about to take a break from blogging again for at least another week so i thought id write a bit before doing so.  Post may contain spoilers so please read at your own expense.

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Much has happened since last. For one, i finally finished Psycho Pass. I really enjoyed that show. My only problem was with the predictability of the antagonist’s actions. Our ‘good guys’ turned out to be not as smart as they thought they were. The show definitely has mild adult themes, mostly pertaining of violence and language, although suggestivity is not entirely absent.

I find myself hanging in mid air with which side to take, much like the protagonist of the show, a young, cutesy brunette! There are no canon pairings in the show but i find myself rooting for Inspector Ginoza and the heroin. The supporting hero and the antagonist are on a different level though..like the opposite sides of a coin. So similar yet so different. A little bit like Light Yagami and L Lawliet from Deathnote.

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Hyouka was another anime i watched and loved this fall. Oreki Houtarou is a minimalistic high school boy. One day, he joins the Classic Literature Club at his elder sister’s request. 
There he meets Chitanda Eru, Fukube Satoshi, and Ibara Mayaka. Chitanda is a calm beautiful girl but she turns into an embodiment of curiosity once she says, “I’m interested in it (Watashi, Kininarimasu)”. Fukube is a smiling boy with a fantastic memory who calls himself a database. Ibara is a short girl and is strict with others and herself. She loves Fukube, but he always dodges her approaches. 
They begin to investigate a case that occurred 45 years ago. Hints of the mystery are buried in an old collection of works of the former members of Classics Club. The collection is titled “Hyouka.” (Source; MAL)

I enjoyed this show quite a bit. I would recommend it to anyone interested in a slice-of-life highschool anime with a dash of mystery added to the mix. Honestly speaking, i wish it had been a mystery anime to begin with. The art is absolutely breath taking and the opening song was something i hummed for weeks following during errands.

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In other news, I also started reading two manga. Mairunovich and Switch girl.

Mairunovich is about the struggles of a young high school girl, Kinoshita Mairu. She has a cute name and she’s apologetic for it, because she’s ugly. In fact, she’s apologetic for her very existence because she’s not cute. Classmates call her “Poison Mushroom” behind her back and even her own brother treats her with disdain. However, all of that is about to change with the help of her transvestite mentor/neighbor, Fuwari-chan, and the “school king,” Kumada Tenyuu! (Source; MAL)

At times i find myself annoyed by the mild dosages of superficiality and sexism shown in this manga, but overall, it tugs at your heart strings. Do keep in mind that our protagonist is a young teenager with an inferiority complex with little to no experience in the matters of the heart. The author does a swell job at making the protagonist relate to some part of the scared little child hidden inside all of us.

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Next up is Switch Girl, a hilarious story centered about Tamiya Nika. A beautiful, outgoing, popular high school girl. She has just the right look, just the right fashions, and is everyone’s friend. What everyone at school does not know is how hard Nika works to keep up this perfect image, and what she is REALLY like at home. When not at school, Nika is a scary, sloppy, tight-fisted girl who wears glasses, an ugly sweatsuit, and has her hair pulled back into unattractive buns. She lays around playing video games and reading manga. Her attitude is bossy and cranky, and she travels far out of her way to shop where she won’t be recognized.

Every day, Nika “Switches On” with a strict regimen of beautification that involves primping and plucking and careful dressing. The only person who knows about Nika’s Switched On/Off modes is her best friend, who is also aware of the reasons behind the changes.

However, soon a second person finds about about Nika’s personalities – someone who has his own On/Off switch, but in reverse! His name is Kamiyama Arata, and he is a recent transfer student. He meets Nika when she is in OFF Mode, and then again at school when she is ON. However Nika can see that he has his little secret. At school, Arata wears thick swirly-eyed glasses and messy hair that make some bullies think he is an otaku. However, at home, he ditches the glasses and is downright gorgeous! (Source; MAL)

Trust me, if you arent reading this manga, you are missing out big time! The manga includes quirky author’s notes from the mangaka, a master Switch Girl herself. Her tips and tricks make everything ten times better than it already is. However, if youre too lazy to read, watch the live action version! Its just as awesome as the live action version of Lovely Complex.

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Now that ive talked about that, let me give you a sneak preview of what i’ll be blogging about next. I was referred to try To the Moon, an indie Adventure RPG by Freebird Games, about two doctors traversing through the memories of a dying man to fulfill his last wish by my friends over at The Rainbow’s Edge . I have not yet tried it, but i have read the reviews and i intend to do a review on it soon. I will also be posting a restaurant review about a place with the best burgers in town! Do keep checking back.

That’s it for now. Take care guys!