Highschool DxD Review

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*WARNING! THIS POST MAY HAVE MINOR SPOILERS FOR HIGHSCHOOL DxD, I HAVE TRIES TO REFRAIN FROM USING SPOILERS BUT I CANNOT BE 100% SURE SO I HAVE WARNED YOU NOW JUST IN-CASE.

Genre

Action,Harem,Comedy,Ecchi,fantasy

plot

Issei Hyodo is a normal highschool student at Kuoh Academy a former all girls school which is now open to boys. One day Issei is killed then resurrected by a devil and he wakes up in his bed thinking it was a dream until he gets killed and resurrected again but this time when he wakes up he finds a girl in his bed with him, She tells him that she is devil and that he has been resurrected as a devil with her as his new master. Issei then has to join the Occult Research Club where everyone is a devil to serve his master by fighting fallen angels and other devils.

Main Characters

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Issei Hyodo

Issei is a second year student. He is your typical highschool pervert where he can’t stop thinking about girls breasts and will take any chance to look or touch them but he will help anyone who needs it. Issei uses the Boosted Gear which is a gauntlet that can double his power and even said has the power to kill a god.

Gremory Rias

Rias Gremory

Rias is a third year student and is the leader of her group of devils. She is a kind to all of her servants and is proud that she is a part of the Gremory Family but would like people see her as herself and not as someone from the Gremory family. Her power lie’s within her ability in magic.

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Asia Argento

Asia is a second year student and was a nun before becoming devil. She is very innocent and didn’t have any friends which is why she is bad at socializing. Her power is the Twilight Healing which allows her to heal anyone.

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Akeno Himejima

Akeno is a Third-Year Student. She is an elegant girl but when she is fighting someone she turns into a bit of a sadist. Her powers are in her ability to control lightning.

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Koneko Toujou

Koneko is a first year student. she has a cold personality not showing her emotions and she doesn’t like Issei because he is perverted. Koneko doesn’t have any powers she just has a lot of physical strength.

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Yuuto Kiba

Yuuto is a Second-Year Student. He is an upbeat person who cares for his comrades. His power is sword birth which allows him to make and sword he wants aswell as being a very skilled swordsman.

Good points

Ok plot.

interesting character.

Ok combat.

A lot of fan service.

Ok comedy.

Bad points

Fan service sometimes detracts from serious points.

Doesn’t feel like a harem because only two girls seem to have feelings for Issei.

my opinion

Going into this anime I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did it’s not the best thing I have ever watched but it’s also not the worst. I felt there was too much fan service in this anime getting to points were I was getting annoyed at it because there where scenes where it was not needed. As for the story there was enough there to keep me entertained and comedy was nothing new. It does have a some specials and ova along with a second season which I haven’t watched yet but I’m going to. I would recommend this to anyone who just want sit back and not take it seriously. The best thing I could say is to search up the ending theme and watch that and then you will know what you’re getting your self in to by watching this. I’m going to give this an 8 out of 10 because I can’t say I wasn’t entertained while watching it.

=Zenter

(I do not own any pictures used in this post all rights go to the respective owners.)

Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari – Shafts Occult mystery!

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June 3rd 2009, Studio shaft created “Bakemonogatari” and in January 8th 2012 “Nisemonogatari”. these two series were directed by none other than Akiyuki Shimbou and is well-known for its heavy use of unique and complex dialogue, unique characters and some very weird comedy. “Bakemonogatari” is about a boy called  Koyomi Araragi who has been recently attacked by a vampire and then finds himself helping out 5 girls who have been affected by oddities and apparitions. The story also follows the relationship mainly between Araragi and Senjougahara which is intertwined with the series. “Nisemonogatari” is a continuation of the story of “Bakemonogatari”.

The characters in the series are on of the strongest parts of the series. The main character is  Koyomi Araragi who is your typical protagonist, as he usually can’t help himself from helping people in need but he does diverge from this stereotype as you find out when he’s not helping people, he’s being constantly on the receiving end of Senjougahara’s abuse, touching and beating up a grade school student or doing weird stuff to his sister! (you’ll know when you see it!)

The other character worth mentioning in detail is Senjougahara Hitagi who is the tsundere heroine of the series but although this seems to follow the same pattern as most modern anime, her character breaks the mound for tsundere’s as she has the one of the most interesting and unique personality of any heroine to date as she is very sadistic and when she is with Araragi they have some of the funniest and most interesting dialogue i have seen in a long while in anime.

The other characters are mainly serve as a new girl in the next arc and also make reappearances for comical purposes or they serve their purpose as a supporting role. None the less the actual cast is quite small which allow a large amount of development for these characters and  the series makes you feel attached to these characters and their not being left behind. Another point to add is that the a large portion of the cast are girls which makes this series move into the genre of harem. (which speaks for itself.)

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So my main thoughts on the series was as follows. The story was good in my eyes but was not exactly an amazing feat of writing, it served its purpose and nothing less but I do give points for writing as it intertwines the romance aspects of the story brilliantly with the main plot-line. Although the plot was slightly lacking in “Nisemonogatari” in my opinion but I feel it was very controversial. one of the other points I have to make about is the dialogue in the series. At first glance the large majority of dialogue in the series as opposed to action can make the series a quite boring or feel really slow which could put many people off the series also the lack of dub may put off people who don’t like subtitles for your various reasons. The series also gets point for its great use of intertwining some comical dialogue into some scenes which isn’t too bold and in your face but it does have some blunt, unusual and vulgar humor which may put some people off.

Although this previous point is true the dialogue in the series can be considered a double-edged sword, as the dialogue is the strongest part of the series as the dialogue is never boring due to the way they use plays on words, references and the interesting ideals all the characters seem to express. The dialogue between characters is also quite comical especially when mixed with some of the quirky art they put in sometimes to spice up these scenes but they may be seen as an eyesore to some. They also used some unusual or darker art in some scenes which helped to set the mood as I couldn’t help but think it was typically shaft as you could see how the unusual art had an influence on one of shaft Newer series “Puella Magi Madoka Magica”

Speaking of art, The Art and Animation saw top-notch with great character designs which always caught your eye, the great use of color in the series and the attention to detail  with the landscape and backgrounds as they are so well done I actually feel I’m being drawn into the background unaware of what is happening. They also use vibrant colors when in conversation or what few fights the series has in parallel with fast transitions to make scenes much more interesting and vibrant even if it was only just simple dialogue, they also used very dull colors in some scenes to set the mood in some of the darker scenes which also looks great. They also use a variety transitions between wide shots and close shots which work great for setting the mood in a specific scene. The animation of the series was great as it was very smooth and the way they used transitions in parallel to dialogue really made it unique to most of the anime at the time or even now.

Some of the art used within the series and how the use of color is very bold.

Some of the art used within the series and how the use of color is very bold.

The music is one of my favorite parts of this anime as the music they use they manage to intertwine with the dialogue so well that it sets the mood perfectly that I give major points to this anime for. The soundtrack of “Bakemonogatari” consists mainly of piano melody and a few songs on guitar (both acoustic/ Electric) and vice-versa in “Nisemonogatari” as I heard less use of the piano which was a shame as in the first season they used it so well. But as I said previously it sets the mood perfectly for each scene as it fits the dialogue well and the melody flows through the scene well with the transitions to create some very powerful scenes which actually took my breath away. One of my favorite songs soundtrack was The piano Version of the Opening “Staple, Staple” which made for some of the most breath-taking scenes. To listen to it you can click this link : http://youtu.be/ccjQ4Hk_ejM .

My final verdict on the both Series is that it is a great story revolving around may arcs but its true strength lies in its ability to intertwine Breath taking art, Interesting and unique character and dialogue, Great transitions and dialogue and a beautiful soundtrack to create a wonderful experience, and with some good comedy (Although it is pretty weird). If you go into this with a with the mindset that you should expect a lot of text but if you look close enough you may find a unique experience that you will enjoy.  I’m sorry that this review may have seemed slightly bias but I feel that this series is truly a great anime if you are ready to tackle something so unique and genre defining and you can look past its large dialogue but remember this show may not be for the faint hearted or anyone looking for fast paced action. The rating I have given these anime are 9/10.

Anyway I hope you have enjoyed this very passionate review, I tried to keep open-minded and write a fair comparison but you just saw the end result and I REGRET NOTHING. I’m sorry if you didn’t enjoy it but I tried my best I promise but if you did feel free to like, follow us and look at our other reviews. Thanks for reading, again hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did writing it and until next post.

See Ya! ~Zero

An Epic Quote, From An Epic Anime!

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann FTW, So many manly tear were shed that day!

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann FTW, So many manly tear were shed that day!

“Listen, Simon. Never forget. Just believe in yourself. Not in the Simon that I believe in; not in the Kamina that you believe in. Have faith in the Simon who believes in you.”

Attack on Titan Episode 17 – Why is this not as epic as I remember?

 

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Attack on titan episode 17, the episode I was most anticipated because shit was so going to go down and it did. The survey corps have gone out on their expedition to begin their retaking of the wall whilst implementing their plan, but Shit hit the fan big time and Titan’s started to break their formation  due to a new titan leading them which show signs of intelligence and Armin and Pals have to try to slow her down. yeah that’s basically it for this episode.

Although I felt it was pretty cool seeing a new titan and the return of the 3D maneuver gear on flat land which did raise an interesting concept of how they combat the titans on flat land, nothing in this episode stood out and slapped me in the face which is already filled with awe. whilst watching this particular episode it made me feel that the pacing of the series will never peek to the brilliance  that it was at the start of the series. This may be mainly because of the way the series started as it just dropped you in the action but their needs to be built up at this point in the series but I don’t feel that until they retake the wall this brilliant plot point will appear and leave us in awe. Although I do feel some epic Titan on Titan fights coming on, which may give a much-needed change of pace to the series as there are now multiple intelligent titans we may see some really unique fights which may be spectacle to behold.

My opinion on this episode was that was quite anti-climatic I was expecting a bit more from it but it was still a great episode we saw some pretty cool scenes and more weird immersion-breaking Titans so I was not to disappointed but I expect so much more A-1 Pictures so supply me with the goods next episode with more Rivaille as he kicks ass with style!

Anyway thanks for reading, same as usual Like and follow us,and visit our FB, Tumblr or our brand new Twitter. Thanks again and I’ll see you next post 😀 !

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Don’t care if it’s getting old have to share the love for Levi cause he’s FABULOUS!

 

Podtaku Live Stream – “You should be watching!”

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Awesome Fan-art BTW don’t own it but it looks badass

Hey guys, Stayed up until three in the morning ( UK time) and this was the greatest experience of this year. I have been huge fan of podtaku since day one and this Livestream sums up why it was awesome. if you didn’t watch it you have missed out on soo much and you can watch it here, http://youtu.be/2vrvnGWKFvs , to sum up what happened they basically took questions from the fans and answered them leading to many hilarious scenarios  like Holden fornicating his Senjougahara figure, Jeanne getting Drunk and many other things for our amusement. so highly recommend you check it out.

So thank you podtaku for an awesome year of Podcasting and i wish you good luck. For anyone who wants to check them out you can  find Gigguk’s (Garnt’s) channel at http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7dF9qfBMXrSlaaFFDvV_Yg , The Casanova Holden at http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7dF9qfBMXrSlaaFFDvV_Yg , Arkarda (AKA Tristan) at http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmEbe0XH51CI09gm_9Fcn8Q and Jeanne at http://www.youtube.com/user/xDisturbedJeans.

So anyway thank’s Guys if you ever read this for making every other week awesome with your podcast and keep doing what you do! so guys if you haven’t Checked them out DO SO NOW if you have not you won’t regret it. so check them out, thanks for listening and I’ll see you next post.

Added Notification: I will be doing my Attack on Titan reaction later tonight plus We have twitter now so follow us there!

hillarious fan-art, shout out to Jillian Ickes @WeirdOtakuChick

hilarious fan-art, shout out to Jillian Ickes @WeirdOtakuChick

Gun Gale Online – Phantom Bullet (Sword Art Online) First impressions

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Last year A-1 Pictures made an anime adaptation for the light novel series “Sword Art Online” wrote by Reki Kawahara, directed by Tomohiko Ito and music by (the goddess) Yuki kajura. The series showed lot’s of promise but was let down early on by the story, the filler and the amount of diversity in genre meaning it didn’t focus on romance or the action. despite these problems I still saw promise in the series as a whole and saw through the fandom for the series which lead me to read the light novels for the series as it was the source material and from forums I heard the light novel were “superior” so I gave them a go.

The story of the phantom bullet arc takes place in the world of Gun Gale Online where the game is mainly focused on guns where the previous series focused mainly on a fantasy setting. The main story line of the arc is that a player known as death gun who is evidently causing the death of high-ranking players, so it’s up to kirito (as per usual) to save the day with his new companion Sinon (Asada Shino) whilst swooning his lover Asuna Yuki.

So far the plot of this arc doesn’t seem to special it seems to follow the same concept as the last few arcs but the thing that’s kept me interested was the new character they introduced called Sinon, who I found very intriguing as in the game she is an ice queen who brutally kills all who stand in her way but in the real world she is a shy girl who can’t stand up for herself, is bullied constantly and cannot even look at a gun because of her dark past shrouded in mystery.

the other thing that was interesting was the entire change in setting as instead of a fantasy setting they use a much more modern setting which is a much-needed change of pace and it will be very interesting to see how Kirito will adapt to the new world, game mechanics and weapons which will be a completely new experience for him to fight against long ranged weapons.

After reading the first few chapters of this volume I am very hooked on the new arc so I highly recommend you check out the light novel series if you’re a fan of light novels or SAO as it is very good, probably better than the anime but that’s up to debate if you don’t like text. So I will continue to read this and keep you up to date on it as I read. anyway thanks for reading its much appreciated. like us, follow us and like us on the Facebook’s ect, and I will be putting up an attack on titan episode reaction tommorow as it will be big and I hope you check it out and make sure you guys check out the Podtaku livestream with the link in my previous post. so thanks again for reading  and I will see you next post! and now I will continue to do nothing as per usual… sayonara!

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Back from holiday – Ready to post sum epic sh*t!

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Hey guys, Zero here! Sorry I have not posted recently I have been away on holiday to the rainiest parts of the UK so i could not post. As Zenter knew I was pretty bored being dragged away on holiday and he had many phone calls from me dying in hot cars and caravans, and starving to death with a lack of food which he probably found funny at my expense.

As the proud Otaku I am, I did make sure to be fully stocked up on anime and light novels before I went so all was not lost. so to elaborate on this the anime I watched while away was “Sailor moon” and I re-watched “The disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya” which are both awesome and I advise you check them both out but only check out the disappearance if you have seen both seasons of “The melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” as this is the final part of the story so you should not watch this first as you wont’ get it. (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, zenter 😉 )

I also read some more of the 5th installment in the “sword art online” light novel series “Phantom Bullet” which is also very interesting and I advise you check it out if you liked the SAO anime.

So I apologize for the lack of posts and I will make up for this over the next couple of days as I have some interesting posts that I thought of in my absence which i will post about and most will be very controversial so you may give your opinions on them and I hope you will enjoy them. so thanks again for reading leave a like or comment on any of our previous posts and feel free to follow us on the Facebook’s and Tumblr. so thanks again and make sure to check out any previous or future posts we make, “Or in the name of the moon, I shall punish you!”

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Added notification:

Just to let you guys know a really bad-ass podcast called “Podtaku” are celebrating their 1 year anniversary by doing a live stream on Saturday August 3rd at 7PM EST on http://www.justin.tv/podtaku . I highly recommend you check them out if you have not already, they are a hilarious group of people and I have followed their channels from almost day one. they are a great influence on what I do and they have taught me everything i know and I am a huge fan. so now that I’m done dick riding them like the fully fledged fanboy I am I will leave the video bellow, leave you to your own devices and thank you again for stopping by, Sayonara!

Mirai Nikki review

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*WARNING! THIS POST MAY HAVE MINOR SPOILERS FOR MIRAI NIKKI, I HAVE TRIES TO REFRAIN FROM USING SPOILERS BUT I CANNOT BE 100% SURE SO I HAVE WARNED YOU NOW JUST IN-CASE.

Genre

Action,romance,supernatural,survival

plot

This anime is centered around Yukiteru Amano or Yuki for short who is a 14-year-old middle school who is always alone spending most of his time writing in he’s phone diary. One day when he is talking to his imaginary friend, Deus Ex Machina who is the god of time and space, Deus gives Yuki the power to tell the future by looking at his diary entries. Yuki then find out that he’s now participating in a survival game with twelve other people to determine who will succeed Dues and become the new god of time and space. He finds that he’s going to do this alone as a mysterious girl say that she will help Yuki win the survival game.

Main Characters

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Yukiteru Amano (Yuki)

Yuki is the protagonist of the anime and he has the Random Diary which can give him future or present details about he’s surrounding. As for Yuki personality lonely,weak,scared and doesn’t want to kill anyone or become the god of time and space, but as the anime goes on he becomes the complete opposite a stronger character willing to kill and wanting to become god. When it comes to fighting Yuki mostly stays back an lets yuno take care of it but he will join in and help yuno some of the time.

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Yuno Gasai

Yuno is another dairy user and wants to help Yuki win the game. she uses the Yukiteru Diary which tell her what Yuki is doing ever ten minutes. As for her personality she is Smart and polite girl but this is just a fake personality for she is actually Yandere and can get jealous when Yuki is around other people she continuously stalks Yuki and will even go as far to break in to he’s house. when it comes to fighting Yuno is the one who does most of fighting she uses a knife and it very skilled even being able to deflect knifes being thrown at her.

my opinion

This anime is defiantly something I would recommend you to watch as long as you not offended by violence and gore or if you’re not in to thing with a story. When it comes down to it most of it done well it keeps you hooked on the story you’re wondering who are they going to fight next what can there diary do and how are they going to over come it. This anime has good but sad ending to it I’m not going to go into to detail but there are somethings that didn’t get which had me thinking why could you have not done it this way and everyone would be happy but it didn’t detract from the ending. With the character it’s not just here are the people that Yuki is going to fighting everyone gets good development you actually get to know about their feeling their past and why each one wants to become god. There are also some bit that made me laugh mostly Yuno being Yandere but they don’t conflict with the serious parts of the anime. the fight scenes are average with nothing to over the top because no one has any power except Yuno’s knife skill. When I watched this I watch in sub and I do know there is a dub going to be coming out but I would recommend watching it in subs than waiting for the dub and to be honest I don’t think the dub will be all that good. I will give this anime 10 out 10 because I usually don’t get that much enjoyment out of thing like this but this show really griped me and surpassed my expectation for it but this is just my opinion and you would have to check it out for yourself but I really do recommend watching it.

=Zenter

(I do not own any pictures used in this post all rights go to the respective owners.)

Attack on Titan episode 16 – Building up or slowing down?

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In one of my previous posts where I discussed my thoughts on attack on titan I mentioned that i felt the series was slowing down or that the pacing of the series had changed. this was because after the battle for Tross the pacing of the series change because we had reached a turning point where the humans managed to achieve victory and they weren’t in constant battle or training, as it was time of peace. This allowed the story to take a much different approach rather than throwing us in the mists of battle, we would be told much more about the past in this world we know little about and establish a new plot point in the series.

For the series this pace change felt really weird because of the ridiculously fast pace at the start of the series which made it seemed much slower than it was. In hindsight the pace at that point was probably on par with many other good series it was just slow in comparison to the series. But at the end of episode 15 and episode 16 i came to a realization that this was mainly build up to the next plot point and this pace change may actually serve a more sinister purpose to make the next plot point that may appear next episode have a much larger impact.

Although this seems like a great idea it does make me think about whether this upcoming plot point will have an as large or larger impact on the viewer as the start of the series. This is mainly due to the fact that at the start of the series we were thrown into the middle of the action but at this point there has been build up to this plot point.

I have not read the manga for the series so I do not know the direction the series will be taking but from speculation and from what we saw in the last episode we may see other titan-shifter’s like Eren which could make the series much more interesting but although it seems like a brilliant explanation as it still leaves questions unanswered and it does not explain why somebody would work against the military and decrease the chances of beating the titans. but this reason does explain the existence of  the female titan (in episode 17 preview and op 2), the colossal titan and the armored titan but that also leaves questions like why do they also exist, what is their motivation for helping the titans and who are they? are they a character we have previously encountered or new characters to be revealed?

So i am very interested to see what happens for the next 8 episodes of the series. For all the non-manga, feel free to comment on what you think will happen next. For anybody reading the manga… NO SPOILERS! So anyway feel free to like and follow us for the latest post’s and like us on our new Facebook and Tumblr page to get all the new posts there. Thanks for reading i hope you enjoyed it as much as i did, thank you and I’ll see you next post.

~Zero

And I will also leave you with this…

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