30 Sep 2015

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu

Part of the anime series Full Metal Panic!, Full Metal Panic Fumoffu is the one to go for if you want pure comedy. This is set between the first season of FMP and The Second Raid, but Fumoffu is more of a spin-off than it is a direct sequel.

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu continues with main characters Sousuke Sagara and Kaname Chidori. For those of you who haven't seen Full Metal Panic? and/or The Second Raid (like me), Sousuke is not your average teenager. He's been brought up in a war infested area, resulting in him taking a militaristic approach to everything rather than reacting how a normal teenager would/should. Because of his personality, you can expect so many golden moments in this comedy spin-off, including plenty of explosions and trouble wherever he goes. Then there's Chidori, a high school student who studied in the US before coming to Japan. Again, she's not your timid high school girl, but rather a loud mouth "say it how it is" type of girl. Her personality causes her to get annoyed at 99% of everything Sousuke does (he hardly reacts to this), but she does have a soft spot for him and tries to help him when he's trying to fit in at high school (he fails at this).

29 Sep 2015

Avatar: The Legend of Korra (Book 1)


This is one of the strongest sequels to a very strong anime in my opinion. Avatar: The Legend of Korra follows the new Avatar Korra, who is a Waterbender. She has already learned how to Firebend and Earthbend (probably on her own), and now needs to learn how to Airbend. But it doesn't just focus all on her, for there is a returning character from Avatar: The Last Airbender, and who better than the Aang's wife turned widow Katara? She is now older and helps Korra with her bending training. Korra isn't as calm a character as Aang was, which can get her into trouble at times. Her feisty nature contributes to it too, and results in her running away to Republic City to learn Airbending from Aang's youngest son Tenzin. Whilst getting used to the hustle and bustle of a city, Korra meets Lin Beifong, police chief and daughter of beloved Toph Beifong. It's so good to have these links to old characters!

27 Sep 2015

Fate Zero


The Holy Grail grants any wish the user desires. But it cannot be obtained easily, for 7 people worthy of the Holy Grail are chosen by it to become Masters of Heroic Spirits which only they can summon. These Spirits then battle against one another to win the Grail for their Master. Got your attention? It did mine when I saw a review of Fate Zero on YouTube since it wasn't your mainstream anime, and this is one I highly recommend.

Fate Zero is the prequel to Fate Stay/Night which recently got a remake, and I must say that it is a very strong prequel. I have seen some of the remake of Fate Stay/Night, but it wasn't as engaging in my opinion. Anyway, it follows the story of the Fourth War of the Holy Grail that took place 10 years before Stay/Night, featuring Kotomine Kirei and Emiya Kiritsugu.

25 Sep 2015

Overlord


Continuing the "trapped in a MMORPG" trend is Overlord, an anime based on a light novel and one that came out recently this summer. But don't judge it because it's plot is similar to Sword Art Online and Log Horizon where the main character is trapped in a game, because those two are different from one another - despite similar plots - when you delve deeper into their stories. If you don't believe me, I have done a comparison of the two which you can check out here, and I recommend watching both of them.

Anyway, back to Overlord. The game featured in the anime is a Dive MMORPG (or DMMORPG) known as Yggdrasil. Back in its hey day it was a big hit, but there was an announcement that the servers were going to shut down which gradually made players leave. Main character Momonga is staying in the game until the time the servers shut down, so he goes around his guild to see what he can do before the servers turn off, such as changing the settings for one of the guild's servants. But just as he's hoping to be logged out when the time hits 00:00, he notices that he's still in the game, only he can't contact the GMs or access the in-game menu, similar to Log Horizon. He sets off to summon all the servants to see whether or not they are faithful to him before he plans to find out what is happening in this "new" version of Yggdrasil.

21 Sep 2015

Last Order: Final Fantasy VII

Fans of the Final Fantasy series (especially fans of FFVII) will probably know of the anime for FFVII, known as Last Order: Final Fantasy VII or Final Fantasy VII: The Last Order. It's the same thing really. Those of you who haven't played through or watched the cutscenes for the most recent addition to the FFVII compilation (Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII) may be left confused as to what happens during this and before, considering it's only a 30 minute video. I will give you a sort of brief summary of what has happened before the events of the Last Order:

FFVII is known for its main protagonist Cloud Strife, but he wasn't as big as he was in Crisis Core. There the protagonist is Zack Fair, a second class SOLDIER (elite fighting force of Shinra Electric Power Company) with a positive attitude who dreams of becoming a hero and first class SOLDIER. He idolises first class SOLDIER Sephiroth, who was a good guy before he turned bad. Anyway one day Zack is ordered by Director Lazzard(?) to go look for first class SOLDIER Genesis who seems to have disappeared for some reason. He goes with his mentor and friend Angeal who disappears during the mission. Sephiroth helps Zack out since Angeal and Genesis are his friends. Zack finds things out such as S cells, Jenova and what have you, and meets Cloud who dreams of becoming SOLDIER. The two become friends. Sephiroth ends up turning evil when he learns of his origins in Niebelheim, Cloud's hometown. Some other stuff happens and Zack and Cloud are eventually caught and injected with mako (Zack was already injected with mako). Five years later and the two are able to escape the lab which is run by Professor Hojo. Cloud is pretty much unconscious due to an overdose of mako so Zack has to carry him around whilst trying to fight and defend themselves from SOLDIER who have turned against them.

19 Sep 2015

Code Geass: Nunnally in Wonderland

It's been a while since I've seen some Code Geass, so why not get my dose of the series with this. Code Geass: Nunnally in Wonderland is a spin off of the Code Geass series which, as you could tell from the title or image (or both), is a parody of Alice in Wonderland. It's only 30 minutes long however, so expect a concise version of the story with the Code Geass company.

Nunnally in Wonderland starts off with siblings Lelouch and Nunnally sitting under a tree. Whilst talking, Nunnally asks Lelouch if he can tell her a story like he used to when they were younger. He reminisces about those days before he "uses" his Geass to order all the characters to be included in the story he's about to tell his dear sister. Nunally is able to see again since she's the main character in his story, and Lelouch begins the story.

17 Sep 2015

Owari no Serafu

Owari no Serafu or Seraph of the End is the second vampire manga I've read, and this is a lot different to Vampire Knight, which is also good. The setting for this one is different, as part of Japan has been infected by a virus which only affects those over the age of 13, and vampires have taken over as a result. Because of their immunity, children under the age of 13 have been taken by the vampires as livestock to help quench their thirst for blood.

13 Sep 2015

School-Live!

I decided to check this anime out after reading the description as it mentioned zombies. The only other anime I have seen featuring a zombie apocalypse is High School of the Dead, which is really good but has a mature tone to it for those of you who don't know, so I'll only recommend it to older readers. But this one plays with your mind at the end of episode 1, even though it's portrayed as a bubbly anime most of the time.

School-Live! (Japanese; Gakkou Gurashi!) is about four girls who have joined the School Living Club, one of which is Takeya Yuki. She loves school and everything about it, especially her school club activities which requires her to sleep in school too. The President of the club is Rii, and the other two members are Kurumi and Mi. They are accompanied by Megumi Sakura, one of the teachers and student faculty advisor.

11 Sep 2015

Avatar: The Last Airbender (Book 3)

So a lot has happened since Book 2 no? Toph has learned to Metalbend, making her the first ever Metalbender in existence, Aang has been attacked in the back by Azula whilst in his Avatar State, Iroh has been branded a traitor and Zuko has joined forces with Azula. Now, everyone thinks the Avatar is dead because of Zuko due to Azula giving all the credit to her big brother and telling their father that he killed him, meaning Zuko can now go home. Iroh is in prison now, but he's not just sitting around.

Book 3 begins when Aang wakes up. He was healed by Katara using the Spirit Water she obtained back in Book 1 (if i remember correctly), and he now has hair. The group is undercover in the Fire Nation and Aang is told that the world believes him to be dead again. During this season Zuko learns more about his mother and his father, and is in two minds about whether coming home was the right thing for him to do after learning something else that is connected to him, which I shall not spoil here.

10 Sep 2015

Blood+

One of the best anime I have seen, and I don't say that to all the good anime I have seen so far. Released in 2005, Blood+ features monsters known as Chiropterans who can change their appearances to that of humans, and feed on the blood of the living. The Chiropterans are being hunted by a group known as Red Shield.

8 Sep 2015

Gintama: Genderbend Arc (Episodes 275-277)

With long-running anime series such as Naruto, One Piece and Gintama, I might as well review them based on arcs. Because, and I'm sure most of you will agree, these types of anime have their high and low points with plenty of fillers. So why not start off with Gintama?

Unlike other anime, Gintama doesn't waste time by dragging out arcs, which is what makes it one of the best long-running series in my opinion. Naruto and Bleach have done that by dedicating around 10-20 episodes per arc, but whilst some of them are really good, others I find become boring because not much is going on. This puts me off and I ended up watching Bleach in 5/6 years, and Naruto took probably the same amount of time before I finally reached Naruto Shippuden. I haven't seen One Piece so I have no idea what that's like, but let me know in the comments.

7 Sep 2015

Attack on Titan Live-Action Movie Announcement (Part 2)

If you've seen the Attack on Titan live-action movie, you'll know that there will be a second part called Attack on Titan: End of the World. It's a continuation from part 1, which ended when Eren transformed into a titan and started attacking the other titans before collapsing and being cut out from the nape. Apparently, critics have been given advanced showings of the movie due to release later on this month according to Forbes, but Funimation has provided release dates in selected theatres in October; their reviews don't show any promise that this one will be any better than the first movie. Also, the trailer for part 2 spoils a major plot point, as stated by Tech Times. You can find the trailer for part 2 on their site.

Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji Live-Action Movie Announcement

Earlier on today it was announced that there will be a Live-Action film adaptation of Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji, also known as Wolf Girl and Black Prince. The film will be released in May 2016 in Japan. Releases in the USA and UK are unknown. Protagonist Shinohara Erika will be played by 20-year old Fumi Nikaidou, and Sata Kyouya will be played by 21-year old Kento Yamazaki, who plays L in the Death Note Live-Action Drama series. For now there is just a 10 second teaser showing the two characters and their actors. The film will be directed by 61-year old Ryuichi Hiroki who has also worked on two other live-action film adaptations for manga Otoko no Isshou and Strobe Edge.

6 Sep 2015

Hanazakari no Kimitachi

I seem to read a lot of manga where the guy likes sports and is based in a high school. But then again, the majority of anime and manga are. Anyway. the guy in Hanazakari no Kimitachi (or Hana Kimi), Izumi Sano, a Japanese high school student is a pro at high jump, and main character Mizuki, who lives in America, is a fan of his after seeing him on TV. She decides to enrol at the same high school he is in, only to find out that it is a boys only school. Keeping this a secret from her family, she cuts her hair etc to disguise herself as a boy. But things turn for better and worse when Sano is Mizuki's roommate, which now means she must keep her secret in her own room and not just in the locker rooms and classrooms. Not only that, when she asks him about high jumping, it turns out Sano has retired from it.

Avatar: The Last Airbender (Book 2)


Time for some more Avatar: The Last Airbender with Book 2. Following on from Book 1, Aang and Katara have successfully learned how to Waterbend from a teacher in the North Pole. Along with Sokka, the three are now travelling to find an Earthbending teacher for Aang. It stops when they find Toph Beifong who, though blind, can be considered one of the best Earthbenders out there. But the story doesn't just stop there, for the many-layered aspect comes into play once again when the gang learn more of the Fire Nation war and internal government corruption in the Earth Kingdom capital, Ba Sing Se. New characters are introduced into the story, such as Toph, Zuko's younger sister Azula (who we see at the end of Book 1), and those in the Earth Kingdom.

4 Sep 2015

Avatar: The Last Airbender (Book 1)

Some people may not class this as an anime due to it being produced by Nickelodeon, but I recommend this to you all anyway.

Avatar: The Last Airbender follows the story of Aang, a 12-year-old boy who turns out to be the Avatar, a person who can master the bending of all 4 elements: Earth; Water; Fire: and Air. He is found in an iceberg by siblings Katara and Sokka who are part of the Southern Water Tribe. From there his journey begins, along with Katara and Sokka, to master the other elements in a bid to end the 100 year war between the Fire Nation and the other Nations that started in Aang's absence.

3 Sep 2015

Black Bird

This manga is so gripping that whilst it was being updated on Mangahere, I reread the chapters that had already been released and read summaries I found on another blog. Now that it is complete, I can read the manga again, this time fully.

Black Bird is a supernatural manga by Sakurakoji Kanoko that deserves an anime. It follows the story of Harada Misao, a high school student who is able to see things (demons) that no one else can. She hasn't told anyone of this, but when they do things such as trip her over or push her, it makes those around her think she is strange. But one boy she met when she was younger could see them too but went away, promising that one day he would come back for her. She thinks about meeting him, and one day after school she notices that the door leading to her next-door neighbour's home is open. Misao goes to check it out, and sees a beautiful person, making her think it's a woman. The person notices her and says her name, tells her that they are called Usui Kyo and have come back to marry Misao as promised all those years ago.

1 Sep 2015

Gakuen Alice

I can't remember how I came across this manga, but I love it.

Gakuen Alice or Alice Academy is a manga by Higuhi Tachibana which follows the story of Mikan, an 11 year old who runs away from home after her best friend Hotaru is enrolled in an exclusive school for geniuses. But it's no ordinary school for geniuses, as the students that enrol there have supernatural abilities.  Mikan reaches the school and encounters a mysterious student there, and things take an unexpected turn when the member of staff following that student tells Mikan that she too has an ability - although unknown for now - and enrols her at the school.