Saturday, December 24, 2011

Trigun


Short Review(sorry taking some time for myself for Christmas)

On a distant planet in a future unknown, small towns do their best to live their lives. However its not always easy with all of the outlaws and bandits. This story is about a man named Vash the Stampede, the humanoid typhoon. He is the man with a 60 billion double dollar bounty on his head. The story begins with two insurance agents who were dispatched to assess the situation involving Vash and find and follow him. They have nothing but rumors surrounding Vash to go on, and on their journey they come across quite afew people claiming to be Vash. However the one least likely to be the humanoid typhoon is a clumsy loud mouth lunatic that they come across. He is a man who values life above all else and refuses to kill even though he possesses reflexes and skill that are inhuman. The two insurance ladies finally realize that he is the real Vash and begin to follow him around. They soon realize that Vash is a magnet for trouble for the simple fact that he can’t seem to let others fall into harm’s way. It later comes to light the origins of Vash and his brother knives, and how all the people came to be on the planet. 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Death Note

 The death note is a notebook used by shinigami to kill people.  Its rules are as follows;
1. The human whose name is written in the note shall die.
2. The note will not take effect unless the writer has the person's face in their mind when writing his/her name. Therefore, people sharing the same name will not be affected.
3. If the cause of death is written within 40 seconds of writing the person's name, it will happen.
4. If the cause of death is not specified, the person will simply die of a heart attack.
5. After writing the cause of death, details of the death should be written in the next 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
6. The note shall become the property of the human world, once it touches the ground of (arrives in) the human world.
7. The owner of the note can recognize the image and voice of its original owner, i.e. a god of death.
8. The human who uses this note can neither go to Heaven nor Hell.
9. If the time of death is written within 40 seconds after writing the cause of death as a heart attack, the time of death can be manipulated, and the time can go into effect within 40 seconds after writing the name.
10. The human who touches the Death Note can recognize the image and voice of its original owner, a god of death, even if the human is not the owner of the note.
11. The person in possession of the Death Note is possessed by a god of death, its original owner, until they die.
12. If a human uses the note, a god of death usually appears in front of him/her within 39 days after he/she uses the note.
13. Gods of death, the original owners of the Death Note, do not do, in principle, anything which will help or prevent the deaths in the note.
14. A god of death has no obligation to completely explain how to use the note or rules which will apply to the human who owns it.
15. A god of death can extend his life by putting human names on the note, but humans cannot.
16. A person can shorten his or her own life by using the note.
17. The human who becomes the owner of the Death Note can, in exchange of half of his/her remaining life, yet the eyeballs of the god of death which will enable him/her to see a human's name and remaining lifetime when looking through them.
18. A god of death cannot be killed even if stabbed in his heart with a knife or shot in the head with a gun. However, there are ways to kill a god of death, which are not generally known to the gods of death.
19. The conditions for death will not be realized unless it is physically possible for that human or it is reasonably assumed to be carried out by that human.
20. The specific scope of the condition for death is not known to the gods of death, either. So, you must examine and find out.
21. One page taken from the Death Note, or even a fragment of the page, contains the full effects of the note.
22. The instrument to write with can be anything, ( e.g. cosmetics, blood, etc.) as long as it can write directly onto the note and remains as legible letters.
23. Even the original owners of the Death Note, gods of death, do not know much about the note.
24. You may also write the cause and/or details of death prior to filling in the name of the individuals. Be sure to insert the name in front of the written cause of death. You have about 19 days (according to the human calender0 in order to fill in a name.
25. Even if you do not actually possess the Death Note, the effect will be the same if you can recognize the person and his/her name to place in the blank.
26. The Death Note will not affect those under 780 days old.
27. The Death Note will be rendered useless if the victim's name is misspelled four times.
28.  "Suicide" is a valid cause of death. Basically, all humans are thought to possess the possibility to commit suicide, it is, therefore, not something "unbelievable to think of".
29. Whether the cause of the individual's death is either a suicide or accident, if the death leads to the death of more than the intended, the person will simply die of a heart attack. This is to ensure that other lives are not influenced.


One day the shinigami named Ryuk decides to drop his death note to the human world out of boredom. A genius high school senior by the name of Light Yagami finds it and decides to give it a try. To his surprise he finds that it works. Light begins to start punishing criminals in massive numbers, and eventually draws the attention of world governments. They bring in a genius detective that only goes by the name of “L” who begins to narrow down the possibilities of who it is that is killing criminals. At the same time internet forums begin talking about a person named Kira who is killing people off, and start showing their support for him. Light eventually is put in the crosshairs of L when an FBI agent assigned to investigate all those related to the case, dies.  L introduces himself to Light at a college entrance ceremony and asks Light to help him with the case. This entire anime is a massive amount of mind fucks between Light and L. Each of them showing their massive intelligence and manipulative skills. I personally think that everybody should watch this show. It has an incredible cult following. People have even used this series as a premise for real world killings and death threats by creating a notebook that has the title Death Note, and including the same rules written inside as the anime. There have also been live action movies for this anime which use the same voice actors to make it seem more familiar to the anime followers.  WATCH IT! And Enjoy! 


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Denetsu No Yusha No Denetsu (Legend of the Legendary Heroes)

Warning Spoiler Alert!
Ryner Lute is a lazy magician and the bearer of the Alpha Stigma. The Alpha Stigma is basically the ability to see magic and understand every aspect of it by breaking it down making it so that the bearer can instantly recreate it. The alpha stigma bearer has always been looked at as a monster and feared by society, hence the reason why Ryner is so lazy. He pretends to be lazy in order not to draw attention to himself, when in reality he is very bright. He even takes the fall for a tragic massacre of his fellow military academy students. While imprisoned he reads nearly every book in the academy’s library, just going to show his true intelligence. He is later freed only due to his friendship with the King of the Roland Empire, Sion Astal. He is sent with Ferris Ellis on a journey to discover and recover the lost hero relic, items which were used in ancient times by heroes and which have unimaginable power. During this time Ryner and Ferris end up developing a strong bond between each other even though Ryner has always avoided making bonds because the ones he’s always made in the past have ended when the alpha stigma took control of him and either destroyed them or scared them so much that they wanted nothing to do with him. Throughout the series, Sion is constantly troubled with the thought of betraying Ryner in order to do what he believes is necessary for the future of the Roland Empire. Ryner while in prison wrote a report about how he thought the world would achieve peace based on his theory of taking naps. In the end Sion ends up betraying Ryner and the series is left open for a second season, which has yet to happen. Some may call it a cliché hero antihero storyline but call me a romantic, because I enjoyed this very much and am still waiting for the follow up. I recommend this to all. 


Monday, November 14, 2011

Yu Yu Hakusho


WARNING: SPOILER ALERT
Yusuke Yurameshi is a delinquent punk who nobody believes to be worth anything until he sacrifices his life to save a little boy from being hit by a speeding car. As a ghost he begins to see that his life had more importance than he first thought. He is given the opportunity to come back to life since his death was completely unexpected by the spirit world. Needless to say that he is once again alive, but is then told that heis the spirit detective of the living world. He has abilities above the normal person and is given cases to solve involving demons and other strange phenomenon.  He starts learning from a renowned psychic named Gen Kai, who instructs him on the ways of controlling his immense amount of spirit energy. His primary weapon using his spirit energy is his spirit gun. Basically he concentrates his energy nto his finger and releases it like a bullet. He also learns a similar method of releasing his energy called the shotgun, it’s the same idea only it is a more spread focus shot.  Eventually Gen Kai endows Yusuke with her spirit orb, a massive amount of spirit energy that he takes within himself that has the risk of tearing his body to shreds. He uses this power to fight against some very powerful demons, and in the process of the thought of the loss of his friends discovers his inner strength. Later he meets the spirit detective that came before him who has the goal of destroying the barrier between the living world and demon world. Yusuke once again finds himself dead and discovers that he is the descendant of a very powerful demon.  Several generations prior to Yusuke, a muzaku demon fell in love with a human and shared a night with her. The trait allows a muzaku to pass on his dna to a descendant powerful enough to control their power, is known as the atavism of the muzaku. At this point Yusuke has become the most wanted person in the living world with a warrant for his death from the spirit world. He travels to demon world to see his so called demon father and while there learns to harness his demon powers. There are three  rulers of the demon world and one just happens to be his demon father.  The three rulers are at war and when Yusukes father dies, he makes a trip to see of the other rulers and proposes a tournament to decide the ruler of the demon world. By doing so he gives the opportunity to all demons to be the ruler. As a result of the tournament, none of the rulers end up being in charge, because they all faced each other prior to the finals and as a result the ruler became somebody that never could have taken power by force. He declared that demons were not to kill humans and in the end there was an understanding between the three worlds(spirit, living, demon) that there would be peace. Okay, so a lot of people don’t like this anime. I’m not entirely sure why, maybe it got a bad rep or something because it looked a little childish, but I love it. For it time the animation is awesome, character development is outstanding, and the storyline kicked ass. I’m just going to recommend this to everybody! Enjoy!!


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Mutsu Enmei Ryuu Gaiden: Shura No Toki


Short Review
This is the story of the legendary Mutsu Fighting style, the style said to have never lost a fight. It is an unarmed fighting style that is only known by a single person at a time. Passed down from father to son, this story follows three different generations of mutsu fighters.  There is very little character development in this series seeing as it is divided up into three different short stories. However I found it very interesting.  It focuses almost solely on fighting, but throws in a little bit of a storyline to connect it all. The mutsu fighters all typically share the same characteristics and lifestyle, along with their ideals. Each ends up falling in love with a female companion whom they had just recently met, and that is when the next story starts. This could have been done with more detail and spread out to allow more character development and a better story line, but I think they did this on purpose to avoid a long drawn out series that most likely would have eventually been cut short. Check it out if you want a quick series to watch and just want to see some good unarmed vs. sword fights. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Kaze No Stigma


Kaze No Stigma is the story of elemental magic users. Typically born into a specific family yields a person the ability to use a certain elemental magic. Kazuma is born into the Kannagi family, a family of fire users. Unfortunately he himself cannot control his fire magic. After a dual with his cousin to decide the heir to the family, which Kazuma loses terribly, his father disowns him and banishes him from the house.  After a couple years Kazuma returns and unexpectedly has the ability to control wind magic. As soon as he returns, Kannagi family members are murdered by wind magic and the first suspect is Kazuma. The most powerful fire magic user, kazuma’s father, makes an attempt to bring kazuma in to question him but has no luck. It is revealed that Kazuma has become a contractor. A contractor is one who has been granted a contract with a demon king of an element. The last known contractor was the first member of the Kannagi family to use fire magic, and as a result enabled the future members their abilities with fire as well. Through the series Kazuma helps Ayano, the cousin he lost his duel with, to become a worthy heir all the while dealing with his past with the family and the trouble he went through after he was banished. For as short as this series was, I am a major fan of the magic genre of anime. I enjoyed this but thought it could have been done a little better and continued for a little while longer. Certain characters had an adequate amount of development but many were lacking quite a bit, a problem which would have been solved had there been another season. Enjoy the magic!



Friday, October 28, 2011

Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood



Short Review
Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a retelling otf the original FMA. Many of the beginning stories are very similar if not identical, however it begins to completely rewrite the story as it goes on.  All of the same characters are present and most have the same personalities. The animation is as good if not better than the original and the storyline is far superior in my opinion. I am a very big fan of the original FMA, and have re-watched it several times. Even though I believe Brotherhood is a better story, I have to show some respect for the original and how groundbreaking it was. This anime is well worth watching for anybody who was a fan of the original, however I suggest that you keep an open mind when watching. Like I said, It starts to become drastically different from the original and some hardcore fans might not take kindly to that. Other than that, please enjoy!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fullmetal Alchemist



The Full Metal Alchemist is Edward Elrich and his brother Alphonse Elrich are two young teens who have paid the ultimate price for their sins. Alchemy is the science of understanding the composition and structure of something and using energy to deconstruct and reconstruct the elements  into something else.  As children, the Elrich brothers learned that their father was an alchemist after finding one of his alchemy books. They are fascinated by it and teach themselves what they can of alchemy.  One day their mother becomes ill and dies, leave the two of them alone. They find themselves  somebody to teach them proper alchemy and after a while return. They foolishly attempt to bring their mother back to life. In alchemy there are laws. Alchemists are forbidden to transmute lead into gold and even more forbidden is attempting a human transmutation.  During the transmutation Edward loses his right arm and Alphonse loses his entire body, but in desperation Edward uses his left leg as a catalyst to bind Al’s soul to a suit of armor. Al manages to carry Ed to their family friend’s, the Rockbells, house. The Rockbells are automail mechanics. Automail is a type of mechanical prosthetics. The Rockbells fit Ed with their best automail where his arm and leg once were. After he is better they head to Central, the capital city, where Ed takes the exam to become a state alchemist. Their goal is to use the information available to state alchemists to create a philosopher’s, an alchemic amplifier that is said to be able to allow the user to do alchemy without an equivalent exchange. The brothers want to use it to return their bodies to normal. The brother travel many places and go through hell in order to achieve their goal. I LOVED this anime and would recommend this to anybody! It has exceptional character development and great animation. It has tones of adventure, fantasy, magic, science, romance, drama, and many more genres.  I hope you all enjoy this as much I did!


                                                                                                                                            

Monday, October 24, 2011

Darker Than Black: Ryuusei No Gemini

This going to be a short review.

The second season of Darker Than Black takes place a while after the first season ends. It starts with a young girl whose father is an organization scientist who developed the technology to erase memories. Her brother is a very powerful contractor, however his remuneration is also very severe. The young girl becomes a false contractor after meeting Hei. Hei has changed to the point that he no longer resembles his old self. He is an alcoholic and doesn't eat. He is also out to kill Yin who he once realized he had fallen in love with. I was not a fan of the second season even at first, however after watching the OVA's it made a lot more sense. I would recommend this only after watching the first season AND the OVA's. Other than that it is very similar to the first season, Enjoy!

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Darker Than Black


Darker Than Black is the story of those with supernatural abilities called contractors. An event happens that creates two spot on Earth that are called Heave's Gate(South America) and Hell's Gate(Tokyo), where strange occurrences happen. Anybody that trespasses into the area is never heard from again. At that same time the sky was replaced by a sky full of false stars, which represent the life of a contractor. Contractors are those who have abilities develop which range from controlling gravity to materializing items and even controlling weather. Contractors can use their abilities but must pay a remuneration (a payment of sorts) that is usually strange. Some have to break their own fingers, drink beer, eat cigarettes, etc. They have also lost all emotional reasoning which is replaced by pure logical reasoning. As a result, many contractors work as assassins and the like. This story revolves around a chinese contracor named Hei. Hei is slightly different since he does not have a remuneration for his abilities. Hei works with a girl named Yin that is a "Doll." Dolls have zero personality and act as support for contractors. Each doll has an affinity for an element or substance, that when they are in contact can project themselves to any other place that substance might be. Hei also works with another contractor named Mao that had the ability to  transfer his consciousness into animals. But at a period in the past an incident occurred and he lost his real body. He now prefers the body of a black cat. Their team also has a human contact who was once a police officer by the name of Huang.  Huang is the contact for the organization they work for and hands down missions for Hei to complete. Over the coares of the series it becomes obvious that Hei is not a normal contractor, most obviously because he has no remuneration. But also because he does not always follow logic and at times he is very driven by emotion. I would recommend this to those who prefer supernatural abilities. This series gives a different kind of feel and variety to the genre. It does its best to show as much character development as possible while still leaving a sense of mystery. Making you want more and more. There is also a second season to this along with some OAV's to fill in between the first and second season. I will be writing a review of the second season next. Enjoy!

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hunter x Hunter



Hunter x Hunter(just called Hunter Hunter) is an anime from the late '90s that is currently being remade. The main character is Gon Freecs, a boy with superhuman reflexes and strength. It is his goal to become a Hunter like his father, who was known as the worlds greatest hunter. Hunters are people who must complete an exam of all kinds of challenges to prove themselves capable of the tasks that they might need to complete. The exams focus on physical condition, mental ability, and general reasoning, along with quite a few other things mixed in to help weed out those who shouldn't become Hunters. Hunters are issued a license which basically gives them free reign to do as they please. On his way to the exams he meets a couple other people who are also wanting to become hunters. To be exact he first comes across Leorio and Kurapica, they help each other on the way to the exams. Leorio has a dream to become a doctor but cant afford the tuition costs, so he decided to become a hunter because the tuition is waived. Kurapica wishes to become a hunter to avenge his people who had been wiped out in a genocide for the simple fact of their crimson eyes. Eyes that when in battle turn from their normal color to a bright crimson. Once at the exams they come across a kid the same age as Gon, who is at the minimum age of 12 for becoming a hunter, by the name of Killua. Killua is an odd kid that Gon instantly takes a liking to. Killua has sort of the same reaction to Gon but was brought up far differently and never had any friends, so is unsure of why he likes Gon except that he doesn't feel bored around him. Killua is the heir to a family of assasins known throughout the world as the most feared. He decided to take the hunter exam out of boredom and later it is revealed that he also felt that he wanted to become his own person and not be just like everybody else in his family. All four of them team up and help each other, and later go through many trials and tribulations to do what they came to do. I really enjoyed this anime. Although it received a lot of criticism for being a Son Goku(Dragonball) knock off, it was well done and even though some of the aspects are very similar it has its own life. Some of the characters were cliche but it is hard to find an anime that doesn't have some characters that are there for a comic relief or as filler material. I recommend this to those that enjoy adventure, superhuman, fighting or logical thought process type anime. If you were a Dragonball fan I suggest watching this anime, but judge it for itself and not try to compare the two. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple



Kenichi Shirhama is a weak knees pervert who is always being bullied. One day on his way to school he meets a big breasted blonde named Miu Furinji. She sees a yin-yang pin on his collar and assumes he is a martial artist. She appears to be a dimwitted, naive, girl in glasses, however she performs maneuvers that are inhuman. Later that day on the way home Kenichi comes across a group of thugs bullying an old man, so he decides to hide. Miu shows up and stands between the thugs and the old man. Kenichi sees this and out of principle he jumps between them. As a result Miu is impressed (even though she is the one who basically cripples the thugs) and tells him about  place where he can learn martial arts, with the warning that it is only if he can survive the training! When he gets there, he is scared out of his mind but is set on learning. He then undergoes rigorous training by various masters of different martial arts including Karate, Chinese kung fu, muy thai, weapons specialist, and more. One of the key character attributes of Kenichi is that he has no courage, however he never backs down when the ones he cares about are on the line or his courage is in question. And as a result, he is willing to undergo the torturous training of his masters. I find this anime very inspirational and even slightly educational. It does a very adequate job of explaining  some of the concepts behind various forms of martials arts. It may seem a bit childish and immature at times, but I didn't mind. The anime is worth the bad points. I would recommend this to anybody who enjoys the fighting, martial arts, superhuman, or similar genres. Enjoy!

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Rurouni Kenshin



Rurouni Kenshin is the stroy of Kenshin Himura, the Batousai. A wandering swordsman who has made a vow to never kill again. He does this to attempt to repent for all the lives he took as the legendary manslayer known as Batousai. Kenshin helps out a female dojo master by the name of Kaoru and ends up staying there. He meets a young boy with aspirations of being a samurai named Yahiko, and a thug muscle for hire named Sanosuke. Together they fight to protect each other and their ideals. Along the way Kenshin has to deal with his past as a manslayer and attempt to surpass his past self without killing. This is one of my all time favorite anime. I would recommend this to anyone, it has elements of many genres from action, adventure, love, history, comedy, etc. It also has many OVA's which are both prequels and sequels to the anime series. Enjoy!

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Ao No Exorcist (Blue Exorcist)

Ao No Exorcist is the story of Rin Okumura, one of two twins born from a human mother and Satan as a father. Rin is a trouble maker and not particularly good at anything. However he has the urge to protect his brother and prove himself, all the while he is quite self loathing. The two brother's mother died during child birth and they were taken in by a priest. He raised them as his own children and taught them the best he could. One day Rin discovers that he is the son of Satan and loses control. The priest, being a the highest class of exorcist a Paladin, is the only one capable of withstanding being possesed by Satan and ends up losing his life as a result. Rin then swears an oath to kill his father Satan and become a Paladin himself. He joins True Cross academy and begins learning what it means to become an exorcist. Rin battle both demon and humans who want to see the son of Satan die. I find this anime very interesting and like the fact that someone took a different approach to the theological genre of anime. It is good for both entertainment and a storyline to follow.

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Nurarihyon no Mago

Nurarihyon no Mago is the story of Nura Rikuo, a boy who is 1/4 yokai born of the Nura clan. The Nura clan is a clan of yokai led by Rikuo's grandfather Nurarihyon, the supreme commander of the yokai. He is also known as the Lord of Pandemonium and commands the night parade of 100 demons. Rikuo is like any other teenage boy, he wants to enjoy being human and have friends. However, his grandfathers loyal yokai don't believe he is worthy of the title third heir because Rikuo has no desire to rule the yokai. Through many trials and dangers protecting both his friends and the fact that he is a yokai, he realizes that he has the ability to transform into a most powerful yokai by night. Dealing in the amount of fear he can cast upon others he is the spitting image of his grandfather. I would recommend this to those that enjoy yokai and ayakashi lore or those that enjoy supernatural or fantasy type anime. The animation is very well done and for a shorter anime it is pretty good. The second season is currently in progress and shows even more potential. The characters are showing more development and the story line is improving. Enjoy!

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