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.

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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 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!]


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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).


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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.

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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.

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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 21: Favourite Goofy Anime Character

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Without a doubt this has to be Joey Wheeler from Yu-Gi-Oh! He’s notoriously known for being a massive goofball and always seems to be getting himself into trouble.

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Joey Wheeler, Yu-Gi-Oh!

Favourite line:

Joey: “Duel Monsters, ya nimrod!”

Kaiba: “Any duelist late for registration will be disqualified. Mokuba, make sure Wheeler’s late.” [Walks away]

Joey: “Hey! I know an insult when I hear one! Look at me when I’m yelling at ya’!”

Joey: “Goodbye Seal of Oriwhositz!”


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The goofiest character from one of the goofiest anime for me has to be Excalibur from Soul Eater.

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Excalibur, Soul Eater

In the world of Soul Eater, there are living weapons and living wielders (meisters) of those weapons. Excalibur, aka “The Holy Sword”, is one of the most powerful weapons of all, and perhaps it’s the weight of this title that has driven him completely insane.

His stories make no sense, he loves to dance jigs, I have no idea what he’s supposed to look like, and every other character (and maybe some of the audience) groans every time he pops up in an episode to preach about one of his rambling and totally falsified ‘legends’:

Honourable mentions: Soul Evans & Black Star (Soul Eater), L (Death Note), Dandy (Space Dandy), Tamaki Souh (Ouran High School Host Club), Mephisto (Ao no Exorcist) Grell Sutcliffe (Black Butler).


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My favourite goofy character is a person who personifies goofiness, and yet he has the potential to be one of the greatest heroes of all time. My favourite goofy character is Kid Muscle from Ultimate Muscle (or Kinniku Mantaro from Kinnikuman Nisei).

Kid Muscle, looking not that goofy.

Kid Muscle… not looking that goofy.

Kid Muscle is the prince of planet Kinniku, home to a royal lineage of super strong individuals. Kinniku Nisei or Ultimate Muscle is the continuation of Kid’s father Kinnikuman or King Muscle (from here on I will use the english dub names, as I saw Ultimate Muscle before Kinnikuman or Kinniku Kisei). Being a member of planet Kinniku’s royalty, Kid possesses great strength and fighting ability…but he is totally unaware of it, and is a snot-nosed, whiney cry-baby who would rather mess around, playing games, and trying to ‘score chicks’.

But this doesn’t make him goofy. The main factor of his goofiness is his face.

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Duuuhhh

His big lips, big yet tiny eyes, and that tuft of hair… such a goof. His humor is where most of his goofdom is: Fart jokes, cross-dressing, and bad puns all add to his goofiness:

And of course this song:

He’s a dweeb, but also one of the greatest wrestlers and heroes out there!

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ULTIMATE MUSCLE


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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.

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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.

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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?

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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:

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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:

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Brum, brum, beep, beep!

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

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Family fun

Just let Gohan punch bad guys for crying out loud!


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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.

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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.

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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:

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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).


Huw Williams CO-Founder and Writer

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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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 15: Favourite Animal Sidekick, Pet, or Summoning From Any Anime

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With most of the anime I have watched featuring sidekicks and pets this was a hard choice for me. Do I go with lovable Gatomon from Digimon? Food-mad Kero from Cardcaptor Sakura? Or maybe even the evil Kyubey from Puella Magi Madoka Magika? So many choices… ARGH.

Okay, so I’ve decided to go with Psyduck, my favourite Pokemon, and my favourite episode of Pokemon is the one with all the baby Psyducks: “The Psyduck Stops Here”.

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Awww!


 

Hannah Collins Co-Founder and Artist

This is a no-brainer for me. Cardcaptor Sakura is one of my top three favourite anime of all time, and therefore Kero-chan (or Kerberos in his true form) has to be my favourite non-human sidekick character.

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Kero in his cute form and in his true form as ‘Kerberos’.

Whereas some anime sidekicks are often (excuse the pun) sidelined as just cute little pets, Kero-chan plays a crucial role in Cardcaptor Sakura as Sakura’s guide, teacher, friend, and battle coach. Whether he’s giving her sage advice on capturing the Clow Cards, or helping Tomoyo prepare new matching battle outfits for he and Sakura, or teasing Syaoran, or demanding pudding, he’s an irreplaceable part of the story, and totally loveable!

I mean just look at his adorable bedroom in Sakura’s sock drawer:

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EVERYTHING IS SO SMALL!

Or the ‘Leave it to Kero-chan’ segments after each episode of the first series where he inexplicably had his own tiny office!

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Leave it to Kero!

OR JUST LOOK AT HOW HE EATS CAKE OMG:

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KAWAII!

Honourable mentions: Happy (Fairy Tail), Mokona (Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle & xxxHolic), Jiji (Kiki’s Delivery Service), The forest spirits (Princess Mononoke), The Baron (The Cat Returns), Ein (Cowboy Bebop), Timcampy (D.Gray-Man) Pikachu (Pokemon).


Huw Williams CO-Founder and Writer

The best creature sidekick for me needs to embody the bond between man and beast – the whole ‘man’s best friend’ thing. It needs to be your best friend, and most reliable support. It needs to be loyal, fast and powerful. It needs to have a skill that only an animal can have as well, otherwise you might as well just have another human friend, and finally, even though your animal friend needs to be powerful, it needs to also have adorable tendencies as well. This is anime, after all!

My favourite anime animal that comes to mind when thinking of all these qualities is Terry Cloth from Toriko.

Terry Cloth

Terry Cloth

Now, I know what you’re thinking: it’s just a wolf, but Terry is no ordinary wolf. Terry is a Battle Wolf. Battle Wolves are the largest and most powerful wolf species in the world of Toriko; a previously presumed extinct species native to the Gourmet World. One of its survivors has been revealed to be a member of the fearsome Eight Kings (The Eight Kings are eight beasts, each from a different ‘King’ species, individually regarded as the most powerful beings in the world). Terry, however, is the offspring of a Battle Wolf clone that the International Gourmet Organisation (IGO) created.

Toriko and Terry meet and after Toriko saves Terry’s life, the pair then bond, and Terry becomes his official Animal Partner which is rare as Battle Wolves are not known to like humans.

This battle was awesome.

This battle was awesome.

Now to tell you why Terry is awesome. Like all things in Toriko, Terry is huge. You see that orange dot on Terry’s head in the image above? That’s the seven-foot Toriko. Also bear in mind that the image above is Terry as a pup, he gets a lot bigger. And at that monstrous size anyone can ride him, making him an awesome steed for all.

But the best thing about Terry is his loyalty to Toriko. He is so loyal that he has undergone training to improve his strength and speed so he can stand by Toriko for any fight. The training pays off as well, Terry is naturally strong and fast but his training has taken him to crazy levels.

Scary...

Scary…

He can be a scary beast, but he’s also a loving companion. Look at these cute pictures of him. Look at them!

Oh

Oh

my

my

GOD

GOD


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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 14: Anime That Never Gets Old No Matter How Many Times You’ve Rewatched It

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For me this is a toss up between some of the anime series’ I watched when I was younger, including: Pokemon, Digimon and Cardcaptor Sakura. But I think my choice for this challenge is going to have to be Cardcaptor Sakura as it’s the one I’ve re-watched the most and always enjoy.

Some of the Pokemon episodes annoy me – especially when Ash can’t remember having a Butterfree – and with Digimon I never watched all of the series as I hated the one with the train… *Googles what series is called* Ah yes, Digimon Frontier. So Cardcaptor Sakura is a no-brainer!

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Carcaptor Sakura


Hannah Collins Co-Founder and Artist

My original choice was going to be Cardcaptor Sakura, as it’s the only series that I’ve re-watched 3 whole times, and I will almost definitely watch it again and again in the years to come. However, as I thought it would be better to pick something different to Jess, I’m going to with a Studio Ghibli favourite of mine: Howl’s Moving Castle.

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Howl’s Moving Castle

This film is like a classic Disney movie to me – I know all the words, I know the story back to front, and yet I never get sick of revisiting it, and it never ceases to make me feel exactly the same feelings I did upon first watching it. Films like this feel as good as a hot drink on a cold day – nurturing and fulfilling every time.

The story is essentially a fairy tale in which each character must learn a valuable lesson: selfish but talented wizard Howl must learn self-sacrifice in order to find true love; and shop girl Sophie must conversely learn to love herself before she can love another; the villainous witch must learn to let go of unreturned affections; and the King must learn to abandon a self-serving and pointless war… I could go on through the entire cast, but I won’t. Howl and Sophie are the missing pieces in each other’s lives – but they must overcome societal and personal obstacles before they can prove it to the other.

Moreover, like all Studio Ghibli films, it’s filled with vibrant and interesting characters, humour, magic, brilliant world-building, anti-war rhetoric, and breathtakingly drawn scenes like this one:

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Howl in his bedroom with Sophie by his side.

The little digs at Howl – the fabulously vain ladies man – are also really funny. One scene in particular that I quote constantly is when Howl dyes his hair with the wrong potion (due to Sophie rearranging everything in an effort to clean the Castle) and laments about how hideous he looks. Sophie – who has been cursed with an ageing spell – tries (and fails) to comfort him:

(Sorry for the poor quality – that was the only clip I could find!)

Honourable mentions: Cardcaptor Sakura, Death Note, Princess Mononoke, Ouran High School Host Club, D.Gray-Man, Black Butler, Neon Genesis Evangelion.


Huw Williams CO-Founder and Writer

I don’t re-watch this anime often, but when I do, I love every episode all over again. The anime I that never gets old for me is Outlaw Star.

Outlaw Star

Outlaw Star

The series takes place in the “Toward Stars Era” universe in which spacecrafts are capable of traveling faster than the speed of light. The plot follows protagonist Gene Starwind and his motley crew of an inherited ship dubbed the “Outlaw Star”, as they search for a legendary, outer space treasure trove called the “Galactic Leyline”.

SPACESHIP!

SPACESHIP!

Most anime I can re-watch happily, but even in some of my favourite anime there are episodes that I either don’t like or are impartial to. But with Outlaw Star I love every episode. I love how ‘old timey’ it feels even though it’s set in space, and every member of the crew is interesting and are genuine, fully-rounded characters. Re-watching Outlaw Star to me is like reading your favourite childhood book, just like when a Harry Potter fan picks up The Philosopher’s Stone again and is reintroduced to Hogwarts.

The Crew

The Crew

Dragon Ball is always going to be my favourite anime ever, but when it comes to revisiting it, I prefer to read the manga than watch the anime. Whereas Outlaw Star is so fun to watch, and the cast are like old friends, even the narrator sounds like a parent is reading me the tale. It’s the best.


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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 13: Anime Character You Are Most Similar To

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In terms of personality, I find definitely find similarities between myself and Madoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magicka as she sees herself as a person without special qualities or talents and is against fighting. She also cares deeply about her friends and family.

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Madoka Kaname, Puella Magi Madoka Magicka


Hannah Collins Co-Founder and Artist

It’s difficult to relate to many anime characters as – less face it – they’re not exactly the most realistically written fictional characters, are they? If I had to pick a character that I identify the most with though, it would probably be Maka Albarn from Soul Eater.

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Maka Albarn, Soul Eater

I like that Maka is academically driven to do well in school (which I was) but also isn’t a stereotypical awkward nerdy girl – she can still kick some major butt. She’s also fiercely independent, get’s wound up easily, bottles up her insecurities, and highly values her friends and those close to her – all traits I can identify with. Plus, the Soul Eater Shibusen academy is like my Hogwarts. I’m still waiting for my acceptance letter from Lord Death.

Shibusen Soul Eater Academy

Shibusen Academy


Huw Williams CO-Founder and Writer

This is probably the hardest question on this list for me. Anime characters are so over the top that it’s hard to pick one that I think fits me. I guess I’m an emotional guy and I love to eat…so maybe, Toriko from Toriko?

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Toriko, from Toriko

Toriko is a Bishoku-ya or Gourmet Hunter, which means his role in the world is to hunt for ingredients for the Government (International Gourmet Organisation). These ingredients are then distributed around the world and sold to the public, or IGO-owned restaurants. Toriko is an incredibly powerful fighter and loves his job.

Toriko’s personality is like mine in certain aspects. He is described as a glutton and quite rightly so, as he has one of the biggest appetites in the world, which I can certainly identify with as I have admitted in the past that I do tend to eat for fun.

EAT!

EAT!

He is very particular with his food as well, only allowing the best ingredients in the world to be added to his ‘Full Course’. When it comes to food I would like to think that I’d eat anything, but it has to be just right. Especially with fruit, I love fruit, but if I notice anything ‘wrong’ with a piece of fruit I refuse to eat it.

He is also super-emotional, just like me. He also has strong bonds with all his friends, always insisting that he and his friends take part in feasts together, and he can’t help but overreact to delicious ingredients. He’s stubborn and has tendencies to throw his toys out of the pram as well, much like me. However, I have his good stuff as well. I may tend to overreact, but I feel that I have strong bonds with all my friends, and love eating food with them all.

Just wish I had his physique...

Just wish I had his physique…


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