30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 30: An Anime You Wish Never Ended and Continued On

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The time has come! It’s the last day in the 30 Day Anime Challenge and we’re thrilled to announce that as of yesterday our Kickstarter ended after successfully reaching it’s funding goal! Yay! Thanks so much to everyone who pledged 😀

Today for the final post in this series, we’re tasked with thinking of an anime that we wish never ended.

For me, I would really have liked Death Note to have carried on, maybe with a new person taking over the role of Kira and using the book, or maybe even a deeper insight into the Shinigami world.

Death Note Anime

Death Note


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The anime I often wish had never ended tend to be those with unsatisfying conclusions, mainly due to their short series length. There have been quite a few anime that have ended prematurely for me, and I have a few guesses as to why this happens. One reason could be that they just don’t get the ratings expected of them and are subsequently cancelled like any other poorly performing TV show; another could be that they catch up to the manga they’re based on too fast – which normally results in ‘filler’ arcs rather than an outright ending; and another could be simply because the studio or TV execs only order a short run of episodes. The latter is applicable I think to popular anime such as Soul Eater and Blue Exorcist which, despite having more than enough chapters of manga to last as source material for a while, both hurriedly build up a rich world and well-developed characters only to strangely finish at the 26th episode and always feel like they’ve been disappointingly cut short.

My pick for this post is going to be the most frustrating of these categories: a good anime series with a strong fan-base that was cancelled with NO conclusion and with no signs yet of ever returning to be finished properly – D.Gray-Man.

D.Gray-Man

D.Gray-Man

Despite having a big fan following and more than enough chapters for the manga left to cover, the show was cancelled after 103 episodes running from 2007 to 2009 for reasons which I still don’t know. Seriously – Google it. If you can find a reason then please tell me because it’s really baffling! The manga series, which is also incredibly popular, also suffers from sporadic release dates, but this is due (understandably) to a long-term severe illness that creator Katsura Hoshino suffers from.

It’s clear too that this cancellation was unplanned or unknown to the animators and production staff at the time, as the anime doesn’t exactly end on a cliffhanger, but just after the conclusion of the “Invasion of the Black Order” arc with absolutely no clear resolution to the story as a whole. Let me translate my frustration mathematically: 103 episodes at about 20 minutes in length adds up to over 2,000 hours of my life spent watching a show with no ending. (Kind of like watching Lost, I suppose.) And although I have been able to satiate my thirst for more story by reading the drip-fed chapters of the manga that are still being released, I don’t think I’ll ever get the feeling of proper closure on the anime cancellation until I at least find out the reason why 😦

D.Gray-Man

I miss you, guys!

Honourable mentions: Soul Eater, Blue Exorcist, Ouran High School Host Club, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, Cardcaptor Sakura


Huw Williams CO-Founder and Writer

This one is an easy one. SHAMAN KING!

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Shaman King was awesome. The manga is a lot better in my opinion (it actually ends properly for starters) but I really enjoyed the anime – both dubbed and subbed. I found myself liking all the characters in it and would often think about what my Guardian Spirit would be and how I would fight with it.

However, the end of the show has Yoh, our protagonist, defeating Hao/Zeke during the Shaman Tournament, and due to this disruption the tournament get’s cancelled. The gang re-group after some time and they all start talking about what they are going to do now that the tournament has either been put on hold or cancelled altogether. We then get a shot of Yoh’s Oracle Bell (a device used by tournament participants to receive information about the tournament), and the screen glows as a notification pops up. And that’s it. END.

An Oracle Bell.

An Oracle Bell.

Sooooo… is the tournament on? Are there more episodes? Nope! I’m not too sore about it as the manga is better and has a way more satisfying ending, but this still bugs me. There was clearly going to be more, the set up was there, all they had to do was continue, but no, they just didn’t.

Never mind. (Except I do!)


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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 29: An Anime You Wished Was Real

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Who hasn’t wished this anime was real? What would be better than going on an adventure with your best friends to train and fight pet like creatures? Of course, I’m talking about Pokemon.

Realistic Pokemon If Pokemon were real

Realistic Pokemon

Ugh. Maybe not if they looked like this!


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Pokemon was the very first thing that sprang to my mind too. I’ve been playing the games since they were first released and so I kind of feel like I’ve been living in them for about ten years of my life now anyway. I mean, it’s just the perfect fictional world to inhabit: close enough to our reality to be familiar, but different enough to be new and exciting; you can start your adventure from childhood into senility and have life-long, loyal companions; there are multiple jobs outside of being a trainer you could take on that still involve Pokemon; aside from past wars and eco-terrorists it’s relatively peaceful; and there are aliens, and dragons, and ghosts and…. POKEMON. FUCKING POKEMON. YEAH!

But, so as not to repeat Jess’ pick, I’m going to go for something completely different. Aside from Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and all the rest, my other favourite anime environments have to be High Schools/Academies/Guilds. Especially if they involve magic or some other weird specialist theme. And so in that vein, I think it’s a close toss-up between the Shibusen Academy from Soul Eater; True Cross Academy from Blue Exorcist, Binan High School from Cute High Earth Defence Club Love!, and the Fairy Tail Guild from Fairy Tail.

You know what? When I started writing this I was sure I was going to go with the Shibusen Academy, but on second thought the Soul Eater world – as cool and gothic as it is – also has a high chance of making you mentally unstable and/or getting you brutally killed by psychotic witches. So, for a more pleasant quality of life, I think I’m going to have to go with Fairy Tail.

Fairy Tail Guild

Welcome to the Guild!

I mean, the Fairy Tail Guild is just like one big happy clubhouse. With magic! And adventures! And BFFs! And talking animals! And Gray’s abs…

Gray Fullbuster Fairy Tail

Oh, what were you saying? I got lost in your six-pack…

And as much as I’d love to think that I would be a kick-ass, tough-talking Knight like Erza Scarlet, in reality I think I would wield far less physical magical abilities that relied on summoning other things to fight for me, like Lucy’s ability to use keys that summon Zodiac-themed creatures. Or maybe I would just choose to be an adorable animal sidekick like Happy. After all, cat’s do have the best lives, right?

Happy Fairy Tail

AYE, SIR!

Honourable mentions: Soul Eater, Blue Exorcist, Ouran High School Host Club, Cute High Earth Defence Club Love!, Cardcaptor Sakura


Huw Williams CO-Founder and Writer

One of my favourite things to do it muck around with my mates, so now imagine if all my mates had superpowers, or are just stupid powerful, and now imagine we are all pirates. Yes, I would choose One Piece world to be real.

Squad goals = The One Piece.

Squad goals = The One Piece.

Yes the world is kind messed up, but no more than this world. Just imagine what it feels like when you and your squad are out. It feels great, doesn’t it? Now imagine that but you’re also kick-ass pirates with superpowers taking down corrupt governments and living a life of freedom on the waves! Sounds like bliss to me.

Of course I would be constantly terrified of crossing the path of the wrong pirate, but as long as I have my crew with me and I learn at least one type of Haki, I’ll be sound. Plus, pirate ships are dope. *Drops mike.*

The Thousand Sunny.

The Thousand Sunny Ship.


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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 28: Favourite Quote From Any Anime Character

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I had to think to REALLY think about this one, but I think in the end it has to be this amazing quote from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood:

“Everything we see, everyone we meet, is caught up in a great unseen flow. But it’s bigger than that. It’s the entire world, the entire universe even. And compared to something as big as that, Al, you and I are tiny, not even the size of ants. Only one small part within a much greater flow. Nothing more than a fraction of the whole. But by putting all those “ones” together, you get one great “All”, just like Teacher said. The flow of this universe follows laws of such magnitude that you and I can’t even imagine them.” – Edward Elric


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I could go with something beautiful, epic, or philosophical here, but instead I think I’m going to go with a line that always makes me chuckle, and that I frequently drop randomly into conversation or just say to myself and chuckle like a weirdo.

It’s a quote from a film that I know so well I could probably recite all the dialogue off the cuff like a 40s radio play – Howl’s Moving Castle from Studio Ghibli. Howl is a young, beautiful, powerful, and rebellious wizard, but he also wears his flaws very prominently on his fancy silken sleeves. His house-guest-come-cleaning-lady Sophie (a young woman aged by a witch scorned by Howl’s rejection) spends hours doing some much needed scrubbing and re-organising of the Castle, including the bathroom’s bewitched hair products – unbeknownst to Howl.

Howl's Moving Castle Dirty Bathroom

Bachelor Pad = GROSS.

The rest of the characters are in the castle’s kitchen and dining area, and Howl suddenly comes running downstairs screaming and dressed only in a towel around his waist, clutching his hair which is magically morphing from it’s usual blonde into a multitude of strange colours.

Howl's Moving Castle Hair dying Scene

Bad Hair Day?

He scolds Sophie for mixing his potions up, and when she tries to comfort him by putting his misery into perspective – you know, because there’s more to life than just great hair…

Howl's Moving Castle Sophie: 'You should look at it now, it's even better.'

… he comes out with this priceless reply:

Howl's Moving Castle:

It’s not a snappy retort or a sarcastic quip. It’s a genuine, melancholic whine from an absolute drama queen who really does think you can most definitely judge a book it’s well-conditioned and magically coloured cover – and that’s why I love it so much. Who doesn’t want to look beautiful every day of their life? I feel you, Howl. I feel you.

Does it also make it even funnier that it’s Christian Bale (the voice of Batman) who says this in the English dub? I think it does.

Honourable mentions: “YOU’VE. GOT. MAIL.” Izzy (Digimon: The Movie)


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Dudes. My favourite anime quote comes from a source that most wouldn’t go to for epic/profound quotes, but it does have one of the most well-known and well-written quotes ever.

My favourite quote is from Mewtwo’s speech at the end of Pokemon: The First Movie. Don’t judge – just read it:

So wise.

So wise.

This quote can apply to so many people, as it resonates with all kinds of race, class, sexuality etc. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, what family you were born into – it’s what you do with your life and your actions that are the things that define you. Something we can all relate too, no matter who we are. We all have the need to show that world who we are, and what it means to be us. Powerful stuff for a kids show, am I right?

Here is the quote, spoken by one of the best voice actors ever, Jay Goede who sadly passed away in 2001:

R.I.P Jay Goede.


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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 26: Best Anime Fight

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My favourite anime fight is without a doubt between Titan Eren and the Female Titan in Attack On Titan. It’s absolutely epic and intense:

Honorable mentions: Edward vs. Father (Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood) Kaneki vs. Jason (Tokyo Ghoul)


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I’ve mentioned before that I’m not massively into shonen fighter anime like Dragon Ball and Naruto that specialise in big OTT fights that go on for ages, so my picks for this one are largely motivated by emotional intensity. And in that vein, I find myself really stuck between two particular fight scenes that come right at the end of two of my favourite anime series’, and both happen to be the brainchild of the great Shinichirō Watanabe.

The first scene I have to talk about as my top honourable mention is the finale of Samurai Champloo, in which wandering samurai Jin and Mugen square off against Shogun Kariya who has come to kill them for aiding Fuu in finding her father – a declared traitor by the Japanese Government. Mugen’s flashy breakdance-inspired moves are no match for Kariya’s minimal but effective swings, and soon it comes down to a classic one-on-one show-down between the two most-measured and skilled warriors: Jin and Kariya.

Samurai Champloo Jin vs Kariya

Jin goes up against Kariya.

You know this set-up so well it’s probably a cliche by now, but it’s none-the-less intense when replicated here. It has all the pacing and tension of a cinematic Western quick-on-the-draw fight, climaxing so quickly, you literally have no idea who the victor is at first:

But as brilliant as this fight is, I have to give my actual pick to the finale of Watanabe’s 1990s intergalactic adventure series’ Cowboy Bebop. Just like Samurai Champloo‘s ingenious blend of hip-hop with samurai cinema (‘chanbara‘), Watanabe feeds influences as diverse as film-noir, John Woo, jazz, sci-fi, and cyberpunk into Cowboy Bebop, making it one of the most original, stylish, and influential anime series of all time.

The final fight – as though a precursor to Samurai Champloo – is also a classic stand-off between our rogue hero Spike Spiegel and his friend-turned-enemy Vicious. At the top of the Red Dragon Syndicate skyscraper, the pair slug it out in a quick flurry of swords and guns, dancing in and out of the shadows. Both are furious, desperate, and resolved to end their feud once and for all – you can see it in their screwed-up expressions and hear it in their grunts of exertion. Spike is eventually victorious – but at a great cost.

Cowboy Bebop Spike and Vicious confront each other for the final time

Spike and Vicious confront each other for the final time.

As he slowly limps out of the building, the shadows are dispelled by a bath of golden light pouring over him, and as his body crumples to the ground, the camera slowly zooms out until his body is almost too small to see, lifting up out of the city to the sky. This sudden contrast in light and tone somehow lifts the tension of the brutal fight into a peaceful ambiguity, and Yoko Kanno’s ‘Blue’ playing over the credits just completes it perfectly. We’re not completely sure if Spike is dead, but either way – his psychological turmoil that he has wrestles with throughout the series seems to have been resolved. I still haven’t gotten over the goosebumps it gave me years after first watching it!

 Honourable mentions: Kanda Yuu vs. Skin Bolic (D.Gray-Man), Edward Elric vs. Greed (Full Metal Alchemist & Brotherhood), Roy Mustang vs. Lust (Full Metal Alchemist & Brotherhood) Levi vs. Female Titan (Attack on Titan), Kirito & Asuna vs. Level Boss (first team-up) (Sword Art Online), Sebsatian Michaelis vs. Grell Sutcliffe (Black Butler), Ichigo vs. Grimmjow (Bleach), Cloud vs. Septhorith (Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children)


Huw Williams CO-Founder and Writer

I’ve talked a lot about Dragon Ball and One Piece already over this blog series, so I want to talk about an epic fight that isn’t apart of the gallery of epic DBZ and OP fights for this one.

The fight I want to talk about is Cloud vs. Sephiroth in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Advent Children might not be a traditional anime, but I still regard it as an anime none-the-less.

Slice and Dice.

Slice and Dice.

This fight scene has everything you want from an epic anime battle: Huge swords, high jumps, crashing buildings, and glorious hair. The action is fast and fluid, and almost a little too fast for the eye providing a god-like quality to the combatants. My favourite part of the fight is when Sephiroth and Cloud are falling with the debris of a crumbling building that Sephiroth cut up, slicing chunks of the building to either dodge or attack and colliding mid-air, sword against sword, all happening while Sephiroth’s theme plays. Cloud’s final move is awesome as well, ripping Sephiroth to shreds. So cool.

Here is the full fight:


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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 23: Favourite Attack Someone Used in an Anime

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Some of these topics are really tough to name just one particular anime for! This was another one of those topics for me. So much too choose from, but I’m going to go with the attack Kaneki uses to defeat Jason at the end of Tokyo Ghoul. After being completely broken, Kaneki turns the fight around and Jason gets a taste of his own brutality. I’ve also chosen this one because all of the Kagune attacks are brilliant, beautiful, and terrifying all at the same time.

[Warning: The video below is the uncensored version!]


Hannah Collins Co-Founder and Artist

There are some big gaps in my fighting anime knowledge, so as much as I know that iconic attacks from Gurren Lagan, Beserk, and Fist of the North Star should probably be mentioned here, I unfortunately have yet to watch them! Massive, OTT displays of power and prowess can be impressive, but my choice for this post is an attack that is neither big, bloody, or even physical. It is instead one that I think is one of the most creative and ingenious I’ve ever seen in anime: Writing a name in the Death Note from Death Note.

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The Death Note

Dropped by a Death God named Ryuk, the Death Note has the power to kill simply by the writer describing a person’s name, the cause of death, it’s consequences, and picturing their victim in their head as they write. How can any other attack even compare to the nightmarish, omnipotent power of that? No wonder it turns it’s user – the conniving and sociopathic Light Yagami – from a bored, straight-A school boy into a supreme megalomaniac. (And a supreme dick.)

But, the one thing it certainly does have in common with most other anime attacks is ridiculous melodrama:

Honourable mentions: Titan transformation (Attack on Titan), Miranda Lotto’s ‘Time Record’ (D.Gray-Man), Maka Albarn’s “Witch Hunter” (Soul Eater), Allen Walker’s “Crown Clown” (D.Gray-Man), Captain Byakuya Kuchiki’s “Senbonzakura Kageyoshi” (Bleach)


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First you have to ask yourself, what do I want my attack to do? You want it to destroy your enemies, and you want it done fast. Normally in these situations I would go for a Dragon Ball move, but they take up so much time to power up!

One of the fastest and hardest-hitting heroes that I know in anime, is Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece. I remember watching One Piece for the first time (unfortunately it was the awful 4Kids dub), and being amazed at how strong Luffy was, but also how fast and agile he was. I was also impressed how imaginative Oda is with Luffy’s powers. He might just be made of rubber, but damn he can utilise it. My favourite attack by Luffy is one that I feel truly utilises all of his ‘Rubber Man’ powers.

Luffy can inflate his body by puncturing his bones and blowing into them, this is called Gear 3rd. His over-sized limbs possess huge strength, mostly used to smash bad guys, breaking their bones into a million pieces.

Luffy busting out a fortress with Gear 3rd.

Luffy busting out a fortress with Gear 3rd.

Luffy also learns how to control Haki. Haki, literally meaning ‘Will,’ is a power that anyone can control as long as they have strong enough willpower at their disposal. One of the abilities you can master with your Haki is called, Adamant Haki. This gives you the ability to strengthen any part of your body, or any weapon you hold with potentially limitless strength and durability.

Luffy using his Adamant Haki.

Luffy using his Adamant Haki.

Now I have explained the two elements of my favourite attack, I will now show and tell. My favourite attack is the Gommu Gommu no Elephant Gatling Gun. To pull this move off, Luffy inflates his bones to provide him with humongous fists, then using his Adamant Haki to harden them, he essentially turns his fists into ‘Battleship Sized Cannon Balls’. Finally with his elastic band speed he launches his fists into a flurry of punches. This move is fast and powerful, it can destroy buildings in seconds.

To watch the destruction, check out this clip (it takes him to warm up, as it’s his first time using the move):


 

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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 22: Favourite Weapon, Gear, or Armour Used in an Anime

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My favourite weapon has to be the Psycho Pass Dominator from Psycho Pass. Not only is it super-cool looking, but it has the ability to switch from non-lethal ‘stun’ to ‘kill’ in seconds. It can also only be used by the registered user, meaning that if anyone was to get hold of one not belonging to them it wouldn’t work.

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Lethal Eliminator, Psycho Pass

Also, check out how awesome the transformation of the weapon is:

Honorable mentions: 3D Maneuver Gear (Attack On Titan), Sealing Wand (Cardcaptor Sakura) and Death Note (Death Note).


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This was a really close one for me between Cloud’s Buster Sword (Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children), Allen Walker’s “Crown Clown” form (D.Gray-Man) and Erza Scarlet’s “Heaven’s Wheel” armour (Fairy Tail), but in the end, I think I’m going to have to go with the latter.

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Erza’s “Heaven’s Wheel” Armour, Fairy Tail

I MEAN… Just look at it. Stunning and deadly – just like Erza. If there’s one thing I’m a sucker for in any anime involving fighting it’s combining magic and weaponry, and although I’ve fallen way behind on watching Fairy Tail, Erza remains one of my favourite female characters and her armour one of my favourite abilities.

Erza’s magic allows her to equip herself from a choice of over one hundred different types of armour and over two hundred different types of weapons, which means that unlike fellow Guild-mate Lucy Heartfillia – whose magic relies on summoning Celestial Spirits to fight for her – Erza’s means she also has to be fully trained for physical combat too. No disrespect to Lucy, but I just prefer to see a female character getting more stuck into the action.

Here’s a few more of Erza’s awesome armours:

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Black Wing Armour

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Adamantine Armour

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Armadura Fairy Armour

Honourable mentions: Scissor Blade (Kill la Kill), Sakura’s Sealing Wand (Cardcaptor Sakura), the Death Note (Death Note), Tanuki Balls (Pom Poko), 3D Maneuver Gear (Attack On Titan), Black Lustre Soldier’s Armour (Yu-Gi-Oh!), InuYasha’s Tessaiga sword (InuYasha), San’s mask (Princess Mononoke), Cloud’s Buster Sword (Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children), Kanda’s “Mugen” Sword and Allen Walker’s “Crown Clown” form (D.Gray-Man).


Huw Williams CO-Founder and Writer

There are so many weapons! Which one is my favourite!? I can’t choose! 😦

Wait… I know. My favourite weapon is the Swiss Army Knife of epic anime swords: The 10 Commandments from Rave Master.

10 Commandments - Eisenmeteor

10 Commandments – Eisenmeteor

The 10 Commandments sword is the blade used by the ‘Rave Master’. Pictured above is the current Rave Master Haru Glory, the protagonist of Rave Master. This blade is huge, and strong enough to be able to cut through anything, even magic shields, but that’s not what makes the sword awesome. During the story of Rave Master, Haru unlocks the ten different forms that the 10 Commandments sword possesses. The first is the Eisenmeteor, which I talked about earlier.

10 Commandments - Explosion

10 Commandments – Explosion

The 10 Commandments sword has nine other forms, and above is the second to emerge. ‘Explosion’ does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s a smaller sword, but can create huge explosions when it strikes another object. As the show progresses Haru unlocks more and more powers: ‘Supersonic Speed’; ‘Magic Absorption’; ‘Dual Blades’ that can create Ice and Fire; ‘Air Blasts’; a bigger sword that can break everything; ‘Darkness Destroying Light Beams’; a ‘Berserker Mode’ and finally ‘The Star Raver’, which is the strongest blade form. Ability: just nails.

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10 Commandments – Melforce (Air Blasts)

Every form of the 10 Commandments has a beautiful design, all completely different from the last, and the story makes each reveal a big event. What will it look like? What powers does it have? How can they be used? It’s so fun, and you’re never bogged down with just one ability, the only downside is that you have to switch between forms, but let’s be honest: who cares when you look this good doing it:

Haru Glory using Blue Crimson (Fire and Ice)

Haru Glory using Blue Crimson (Fire and Ice)


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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 20: Anime Character that Gets on Your Nerves

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This one really made me think, but in the end I’ve decided to choose Yuka from Elfen Lied because not only is she annoying, but she’s also jealous, incestuous, and definitely whines far too much! I can’t stand her – even her voice winds me up! I’ve never wished death on a character before but when it came to Yuka I really wanted Lucy to kill her. If she’s not clinging to Kouta, she’s crying or nagging or just generally being a pain in the ass!

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SO ANNOYING! Yuka, Elfen Lied


 

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My choice for this post may be a little controversial as she’s such a fan favourite, but bear with me. The character that gets on my nerves the most has to be Asuna from Sword Art Online.

Double Asuna Sword Art Online

Double Asuna = Double Annoying! Sword Art Online

Some characters are annoying from the very start of a show and your opinion of them never really changes. You sigh every time they come on screen, and you’re pleasantly relieved when they don’t get any airtime for a while. Is there anything worse than a constantly irritating character? Well, how about a character who starts off as your favourite only for you to grow to hate?

Let’s be real here: Sword Art Online started out as a refreshingly original, philosophical, and breathtakingly animated show, but by the end of the first series it’s ideas became tired and some of its characters’ suffered from disappointing arcs. Asuna is one of those characters. Beginning as one of the strongest players in the entire game, Asuna was tough-talking and crazy talented with a sword – even giving Beta tester Kirito a run for his money. As an inevitable but nonetheless sweet romance blossomed between them, Asuna’s vulnerabilities started to come out more and more – as did Kirito’s. But the difference between Asuna and Kirito was that whilst he continued to go from strength to strength in the game, Asuna’s strength and agency fell further and further back, until she seemed to be more a of simpering damsel than the once powerful knight she began as. Eventually, through strange plot contrivances, Kirito leaves her behind altogether and continues adventuring with a different partner.

If you compare Asuna’s character development to that of her nearest equivalent – Cecily Campbell from The Sacred Blacksmith – you can see how nonsensical this regression really is. Cecily is a lone female knight in a fantasy kingdom who begins as an untrained, clumsy novice and grows to overcome the inherent sexism of her faux-medieval setting; her own personal weaknesses; and a traumatic sexual assault to become a well-respected warrior.

Cecily Campbell battling on even with a broken sword.

Cecily Campbell battling on even with a broken sword.

This is not only a satisfying arc for a ‘strong female character’ stereotype, but just generally a satisfying and straightforward arc for any heroic character; making Asuna’s comparative strong-to-weak transition look even more bizarre for the action-fantasy genre that I thought the show was supposedly updating.

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Asuna battling in an early episode…

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…and Asuna later on in the series.

Honourable mentions: Misa Amane (Death Note), Tea Gardener (Yu-Gi-Oh!), Nunnaly Lamperouge (Code Geass), Suzaku Kururugi (Code Geass), Eren Jaeger (Attack on Titan).


 

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Although I certainly don’t hate this character, her choices annoy the hell out of me. My most annoying character is Chi Chi from Dragon Ball Z.

Chi Chi

Chi Chi, Dragon Ball Z

Chi Chi didn’t always bug me. She started off as a cute kid, then at the end of Dragon Ball she was a fiery individual and the perfect match for Goku. It was in Dragon Ball Z that Chi Chi really started to anger me. Her dreams and aspirations for Gohan were for him to knuckle down with school and one day become a great scholar. However, it is clear from episode one that Gohan was born with great power lying dormant, and he is clearly destined to follow in his father’s foot steps of becoming the world’s next savior.

At the end of the Cell Saga we think that’s going to happen: Gohan becomes a beast, and the very first to master the Super Saiyan 2 transformation. Below is a clip of the final blow he hits Cell with, named the ‘Father-Son Kamehameha’ as Goku (his father) is the one that finally gives Gohan the inspiration to release his full power, and with it he annihilates Cell, and becomes the most powerful Dragon Ball character.

However, Chi Chi destroys this and makes Gohan go to school and he becomes and absolute lame person! Gohan fights back by training in secret, and taking on the identity of the ‘Great Saiyaman’ to fight crime. It makes you think though: what would Gohan’s power be like if he continued on the path he was on during the Cell Saga?

SHUT UP CHI CHI

SHUT UP CHI CHI.

She’s bossy, she’s complains all the time, she doesn’t see the bigger picture, and she’s controlling. The worst thing is that she wasn’t always this way, she used to be adorable and understanding, so I try to remember the good times. Like in this adorable picture:

Aww

Awww!

But now all I see is this annoying woman who tries to make the two most powerful individuals in the world do homework, go to parent evenings, and take driving lessons… but I guess if that didn’t happen we wouldn’t have these hilarious moments:

Brum, brum, beep, beep

Brum, brum, beep, beep!

And Goku loves her, so I guess she can’t be that bad…

Family fun

Family fun

Just let Gohan punch bad guys for crying out loud!


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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 19: Most Epic Scene Ever

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[SPOILER ALERT: There are some spoilers in this post about character deaths and the results of epic battles!]

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For me, one of the most epic scenes I’ve ever seen in anime is in The Irregular at Magic High School, in a scene in which Tatsuya Shiba is challenged by Hanzo Gyoubushoujo Hattori when he is proposed to be added as a member of the School’s council. Because Tatsuya isn’t a particularly strong magic user Hanzo believes defeating him will be a piece of cake… and then Tatsuya kicks his ass:


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To love anime is to love its preoccupation with melodrama and exaggeration, I think. Everything from Ichigo Kurosaki fighting on after losing half his body weight in blood in Bleach, to Light Yagami furiously writing in his room and manically laughing to himself in Death Note. Whenever someone mentions epic moments in anime to me, there’s a bunch of scenes that spring to mind, but the very first one nearly every single time is the opening 6-minute battle scene from Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo featuring Asuka battling an Angel in space.

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Film poster for Evangelion 3.0

Evangelion is packed full of WTF and epic moments – both quietly devastating and irrepressibly loud – but this battle, rendered in gorgeous HD and cinematic scope from the Evangelion rebuild series of films in 2013, truly left me gobsmacked when I first watched it. It’s fast, furious, intense, and one of the best pieces of animation I’ve ever seen.

It starts off with nothing but the blackness of space and whispered voices over multiple telecommunications devices. Then, slowly, Asuka’s ship fades into view. The camera follows it, the voices get louder, and the ship becomes clearer. We see Asuka housed in the cockpit – fingers flicking at switches and her breathing raspy and meditated. Then we are swung downwards to see a shot of the eerily red sea of Earth. Asuka begins to lock in on her target, and then suddenly it zooms into a view – an Angel – screaming as though it were human.

Asuka tears through the Angel’s A.T field as though it were jelly, and then rips off her own helmet to scream through her intense exertion. This is when the real fight begins, and you can watch the full 6-minutes and 38-seconds here in all its insane glory – trust me, it’s worth it!

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Asuka in battle, Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo

Honourable mentions: Asuka’s death (End of Evangelion), Tetsuo’s end (Akira), Titan reappears behind Eren (Attack on Titan), Allen Walker fights the Earl and saves Lenalee (D.Gray-Man), “YOU’VE GOT MAIL!” (Digimon – The First Movie), pretty much everything in Death Note, the reveal at the end of Full Metal Alchemist, the Takihoma sacrifice themselves (Ghost in The Shell: Stand Alone Complex), Cloud vs. Sephorith (Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children).


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One Piece is one of the most epic anime out there. Everything is big: big moves, big people, big countries, big boats…it’s crazy. So it’s no surprise to me that I turn straight to One Piece in terms of epic scenes. For my most epic scene though it has to be the final moments of Whitebeard.

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Edward ‘Whitebeard’ Newgate

This is Edward Newgate, otherwise known by his pirate name of ‘Whitebeard’. He is one of the most powerful pirates in One Piece, classified as one of the ‘Four Warlords’, and he and his fleet are seen as one of the biggest superpowers in the world. Back in the day, he was rival to Gold Roger, the King of the Pirates, and was constantly battling him for the title.

Whitebeard may be old now, but he still rightfully deserves the title of most powerful man. He is able to use a technique known as ‘Haki’ which enables him to battle the strongest of the strong. He also boasts a Devil Fruit power which enables him to manipulate vibrations. These vibrations are more like quakes, and with them he can create tsunamis, earthquakes, or just blast through the air and destroy anything in his path.

Ka-Boom!

Ka-Boom!

However, when he goes to war against the whole of the World’s Navy to rescue Luffy’s brother Ace (who has becomes like a son to Whitebeard) he is pushed beyond his limits and is killed in action. However, its what he says and how he dies that makes this scene so epic.

In the world of One Piece, there are a growing amount of people who stop believing in the grand treasure called the ‘One Piece’, and it would seem that the Great Age of Pirates may be coming to a close. However, Whitebeard’s final words are an announcement to the world, to those who are watching the battle that the One Piece is most certainly real. After he says this he dies…standing up. I know this is a cliche in anime and Eastern mythology, but you can’t help but admit that it’s the coolest thing ever. This was also the first time I saw this cliche, so for me it will always be amazing and unique.

So boss.

So boss.

But it doesn’t stop there. The narrator lists the amount of injuries he sustained in the war, and how many scars he bears on his body: two-hundred-and-sixty-seven sword wounds, one-hundred-and-fifty-one guns shot wounds, he took forty-six cannon shots, he was punched through the torso twice, but as the wind blows his jacket off his back, it is revealed that he has never sustained an injury on his back, as he never retreated or surrendered.

So three epic, epic, points for this scene showed Whitebeard to be a boss, not once, but twice! But not only that, his announcement led to a new era in the Pirate Age, an era in which everyone believes in the ultimate treasure – the One Piece.


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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 18: Favourite Supporting Female Character

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My favourite supporting female character is Madison Taylor from the English Cardcaptor Sakura dub. Not only does she make awesome costumes for Sakura to fight against the Clow cards in, but she also films the fights as well. She’s also clever as she often spots the Clow cards before Sakura!

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Madison Taylor, Cardcaptors

Honorable mentions: Winry Rockbell (Full Metal Alchemist & Brotherhood), Mami Tomoe (Puella Magi Madoka Magicka)


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My favourite female supporting character by far has to be the ultimate anime tough girl, Asuka Langley Soryu from Neon Genesis Evangelion.

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Asuka Langley Soryu, Neon Genesis Evangelion

If main character Shinji can be characterised by crippling depression, self-doubt, and self-confidence issues (What a catch! Am I right, ladies?) then Asuka as a supporting female character serves as his polar opposite. Feisty, hot-headed, and supremely self-assured in her skills as her NERV’s “best” Eva pilot, Asuka fulfils all the expectations of an anime action hero that Shinji subverts. Perhaps in another version of the story that hasn’t already been explored through TV, manga, or film, Asuka would be the main character leading the charge against the Angels, and meek and nervous Shinji her sidekick instead.

However, as the series progresses, this dynamic begins to break down as the cracks in her resilient armour start to show under the immense pressure of constantly averting global devastation and a devastatingly brutal battle, causing both her mental and physical health to disintegrate.

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The less said about THIS scene the better.

Despite this, she’s still an absolute boss in battle:

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Asuka kicking butt.

And a hilarious bully:

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BAKA Shinji!

Honourable mentions: Tsubaki Nakatsukasa (Soul Eater), Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail), Rukia Kuckiki (Bleach), Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop) Riza Hawkeye (Full Metal Alchemist & Brotherhood).


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My favourite female supporting character is R. Dorothy Waynewright from The Big O.

R. Dorothy Wainright

R. Dorothy Wayneright

Dorothy is an android created by scientist Miguel Soldano. Roger, the show’s protagonist, rescues her in the first episode of the anime and to repay Roger for saving her life, she moves into Roger’s house and assists him in whatever way she can.

Being an android Dorothy possess superhuman strength, speed, agility and intelligence, though she still has a lot to learn to what it means to be human. These physical attributes makes her a great partner for debonair Roger in Big O. She’s kind of the Robin to his Batman.

Dynamic Duo

Dynamic Duo!

As a character, Dorothy is also great to watch. Her dry, sarcastic humor is hilarious especially when she gets the opportunity to rattle the ‘too cool for school’ Roger Smith. She is also a confusing character, as you never know what she’s thinking. She is able to show emotions, and she definitely has them, but she hides them well too. Her cold humor and expressions are also kick-ass in a fight as well, making all of her athletic stunts look effortless, and every time she’s talking to a bad guy, it feels like shes holding up a middle finger throughout the whole conversation.

Her relationship with Roger is interesting as well, as the two clearly have feelings for each other, but they both silently agree that it will never work what with the slight hurdle of Dorothy being an android and all. But this doesn’t stop the two from caring for each other and having those infuriating ‘will-they-won’t- they’ moments.

She’s also an amazing pianist:

The GIF also goes with any music.

This GIF goes with pretty much any music.


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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 17: Favourite Supporting Male Anime Character

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My favourite supporting male anime character is without a doubt Captain Levi Ackerman from Attack On Titan. You only have to watch this clip to see how awesome he is:

Honorable mentions: Shogo Makishima (Psycho Pass), Roy Mustang (Full Metal Alchemist & Brotherhood) and Daru (Steins Gate)


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I had a real tough time with this one as I often love the supporting characters even more than the main characters in some anime. I’ve noticed as well that a lot of the supporting characters I love are kiiiiiiind of either psychopaths or douchebags. Hmm.

So with this in mind, my favourite supporting character pick is unsurprisingly my favourite loveable douchebag of all anime: Kanda Yuu from D.Gray-Man.

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Kanda Yuu, D.Gray-Man

The online D.Gray-Man Encyclopaedia describes Kanda as “a handsome young Japanese man usually found in a foul mood,” and I think this summary is pretty much nails Kanda. Raised by the European branch of the ‘Black Order’ (Exorcist soldiers) to fight against The Earl (aka the Devil), Kanda is a ‘Second Exorcist’ who wields a supernatural blade named ‘Mugen’ and also possesses enhanced artificial regeneration abilities that enable him to take massive amounts of damage in battle and recover fairly quickly.

Personality-wise, Kanda is grumpy, uncooperative, and snappy – your typical ‘lone-wolf’ stereotype. Imagine a prettier, taller, and less hairy version of Wolverine and you’re pretty much there, as this clip demonstrates:

However, main character Allen Walker’s unrelenting positivity and determination to befriend Kanda result in some pretty funny squabbles between the mismatched pair, with Kanda bestowing him with the nickname ‘beansprout’ due to Allen’s weediness at the start of the story.

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Kanda gets wound up by Allen a lot.

However, as Allen goes from strength to strength through the show, Kanda’s respect also grows for him, and he proves himself again and again to be fiercely loyal and honourable – even at the risk of his own life. The more recent chapters of the on-again, off-again manga have also revealed the tragic truth of Kanda’s origins – which only made my love for him as a character even stronger.

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Kanda’s secret past is revealed.

Plus, just like Wolverine, he’s ridiculously unstoppable in battle:

Honourable mentions: Lavi (D.Gray-Man), Calcifer (Howl’s Moving Castle), Grell Sutcliffe (Black Butler), Dr. Stein (Soul Eater), Bakura (Yu-Gi-Oh!), Shuu Tsukiyama (Tokyo Ghoul), Levi Ackerman (Attack on Titan).


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For my favourite supporting male character, I have to return to Dragon Ball.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, and no -I’m not talking about Vegeta. I’m going to talk about someone with an even more interesting story arc, and that’s my man Piccolo.

My Namekian.

Piccolo, Dragon Ball

Piccolo is a champ with an odd origin story. Long ago, a Namekian landed on Earth. This Namekian would one day visit the Gaurdian of Earth and wish to take his place. However, the Gaurdian of Earth at the time told this Namekian that he had too much evil within his heart to protect the world. So, this Namekian split his mind, body, and soul in two parts and became two different Namekians: one being Kami the Guardian of Earth in Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z; the other becoming The Demon King Piccolo.

King Piccolo

King Piccolo

Now, King Piccolo is our Piccolo’s father. King Piccolo terrorised the world for years until a martial arts master sealed him away in a jar like a Genie. Decades later, this Piccolo is set free and is on the hunt for the Dragon Balls to restore his youth. Unfortunately he does so, and it’s up to Goku and the gang to stop him. Goku does so by punching a hole right through his chest (so bad ass), but with his last breath King Piccolo spawns an offspring, and sends him to a forest to hatch and grow.

Piccolo Vs. Goku

Piccolo Vs. Goku

Piccolo is born with his fathers’ hatred and evil, and dedicates his life to killing Goku and taking over the world. Piccolo faces Goku in the final of the World Martial Arts Tournament and it’s this fight that brings Goku’s story in Dragon Ball to an end, to be concluded in Dragon Ball Z. However, Dragon Ball Z is also where Piccolo’s story continues, and this is where it gets really interesting.

Piccolo training Gohan.

Piccolo training Gohan.

In Dragon Ball Z, Goku dies, but don’t worry – he doesn’t stay that way for long. In the meantime however, Piccolo takes Goku’s son, Gohan, away to train him for the Saiyan’s arrival. It is at this point that Piccolo’s character changes for the better. Piccolo and Gohan become close friends as Gohan becomes older, and it’s this friendship that starts to turn Piccolo into one of the greatest fighters for good.

Piccolo and Kami fuse.

Piccolo and Kami fuse.

Piccolo is a funny character is great as well as he’s such a grumpy guy. In Dragon Ball you have a lot of happy characters and a few angsty characters, but Piccolo I feel is the only grumpy character there, which makes him stand out, and that’s why this image of him hiding at a dinner party is amazing:

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Lol

He is the most powerful Namekian, and for a short time was one of the most powerful fighters in the world, being even more powerful that Super Saiyan Goku at one point. His fight with Android 17 is something that everyone should watch, as it truly shows what he can do. Later he kicks back and becomes more of a teacher, and teaches Trunks and Goten how to fuse to become Gotenks.

But for me, it’s his relationships that make him a great character. His friendship with Gohan will always be the best thing ever in anything, but Piccolo and Goku become close friends and sort of colleagues in martial arts. He gets pushed around by Chi Chi and Bulma (just like everyone else); him and Vegeta have a silent understanding; and Piccolo also forms tight friendships with the other Z Fighters – friendships you would think to be impossible after watching the original Dragon Ball.

He still tries to be the big scary guy though, which makes these GIFs that much more hilarious:

Yes, there is an episode when Piccolo and Goku learn to drive.

Yes, there is an episode when Piccolo and Goku learn to drive.

IN DUH CLUB!

IN DA CLUB.

He’s also named after a type of Flute:

Is she, crying?

Is she… crying?


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