Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Anime Best of 2013, Part 1: An Introduction

2013 is nearly over, and 2014 is about to start. And throughout January 2014, I will be looking back at this past year of anime and all its highlights (and lowlights).



2013 was a very packed year of anime for me. This year, I finished a total of 57 shows that aired within the year (according to the criteria I list below), meaning I was essentially watching more than one entire 12-13-episode series a week--and that's not counting all the other anime I watched that aired before this year! That is definitely a lot of anime.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

12 Days of Anime (2013)

On May 19, 2013, the June issue of Ultra Jump debuted as any normal issue of a mangazine would.However, this particular issue was noticeably different with an announcement following the 113rd chapter of Needless stating that next month's chapter would be the final one.Without any preparation or any proper warning, the sudden and abrupt ending was only a month away.The announcement began to explain the accelerated pace of the last few chapters and the conclusions of many loose ends, but with so much more remaining and the peculiar developments of late, especially some of the absolutely shocking events in 113, you wondered just how the manga could end with an unfortunate amount of unanswered questions.But one month later, Needless 114 debuted and so ended the serialization of my favorite manga.



But rather than , which are all properly documented in my final post on the manga, I wanted to take a moment to remember just how important and significant the anime and manga were to me.

12 Days of Anime #1 Moment of the Year

The most impactful moment of the year for me is a speech, which ran more or less continuously for nine minutes. That's quite a long speech, and something that is easy to mess up, which makes how great it is all the more impactful. The speech in question appears in episode 9 of Maoyu (Maoyu Maou Yusha / Demon King and Hero), which aired this year. "The Red Scholar" spread knowledge and science to better the lives of the hungry poor, which has the political Central Church denounce her as a heretic, and then she gets a chance to make a speech in front of the people, a very moving speech, a defiant speech, about life, and the human spirit. .



"I am human!" - A moment of triumph of the human spirit.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Crescent's Thoughts On: Youtube on 3DS and Persona News or Youtube is completely broken and Atlus here is all of my savings!

My God... It's full of Chairs!



Sorry for posting two "Crescent's Thoughts On" in a row, but there has been some news this week that isn't Anita Sarkeesian related that I want to talk about. Said news is 3 parts awesome, 1 part suck, and 1 part "I have no idea what's going on." And you can probably gather from the title of today's post, this is about Youtube and the deity known as Atlus bringing us the second coming of the Messiah (Which for one of the news topics I'm going to discuss is actually surprisingly accurate). So while everyone is in a rush to consume as much Thanksgiving leftovers as possible before it all goes bad, I will go over this news one by one, starting with Youtube.

Winter Anine Review List 2013

Hope everyone is having a nice X-Mas vacation here's my quick reviews. (Making this really quick because I've finished more than 20 I think...)



Attack on Titan/Shingeki no Kyojin

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Black Butler Review (English)

Remember a couple weeks back, in my Night Raid 1931 review, when I mentioned I hadn't seen Black Butler yet? Guess who finally watched decided to watch it?



Black Butler is an Action/Fantasy/Comedy series based on the ongoing manga by Yana Toboso and Square Enix, with Yen Press as the North American licensor. The 24 episode series, Black Butler, comes from A-1 Pictures and director Toshiya Shinohara for the Fall of 2008. It is currently licensed by FUNimation Entertainment (US), Manga Entertainment (UK), and Madman Entertainment (AUS). An additional 12 episodes and 6 OVAs of the series under the name Black Butler II were released over the course of a year beginning in the Summer of 2010. A-1 Pictures and director Hirofumi Ogura are masterminds behind this series. Black Butler II is licensed by the previously mentioned companies. The OVA episodes will not be covered in this review.
Issue #25

December 8, 2013

North Republic Industries

2013 Anime

Moving swiftly on, here's some of my favourite ending themes of the year. This list was a lot harder to put together, much closer competition



Once again, picture not relatedmade me laugh, though~12:

The KKS Guide to a Comfy Christmas (through Anime binging) Pt.2

COMFY CHRISTMAS PT.2 (ROMANCE)



Here's the second installment of our comfy anime to binge on during this month of rest. This time we'll be discussing romance anime that will warm your heart like a hot bowl of soup (made of love).

Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio

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Suddenly, in every corner of the globe appeared the "Fleet of Fog" kitchenaid mixer (fleet fog), warships equipped with super-weapons. Humanity, unable to defend themselves, was crushed and lost the dominion of the seas, so the ability to travel kitchenaid mixer by water. At 17 years of devastating kitchenaid mixer war naval Gunzou on Chihaya and friends can take control of an enemy submarine fleet and rename kitchenaid mixer I-401. So with the help of Iona, the "mental kitchenaid mixer model" (an android) kitchenaid mixer I-401, are launching a counter-attack on the rest of the fleet of the fog.

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Comics, Magazines and Books from Diamond Distributors for December 18 2013

Digital Comics: Digital new releases available from your local comic book shop are marked below. [DIG] = Digital version available. [DIG/P+] = Print-Plus digital/print combo pack available. For more information, go to www.digitalcomicsreader.com.



COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Anime Music Tournament 2013 Semifinal "Analysis"

Wellwe made it. By "making it", meaning me jumping off the ship to avoid sounding like a . I've beendispleased to say the least with how the bracket has gone (not taken into consideration my torched bracket in the omochallenge, but that has been spilled milk for a while now). Partly because it makes me feel like I don't know what music is nowadays. When you have people saying things like "instrumentals/English songs shouldn't be involved in this competition", it makes me shake my head. I guess my definition of "anime music" is a lot looser than most people; if someone said this was an "Anison" contest, than maybe I'd understand.



So I've been refraining to comment on the past couple of rounds because of this feeling, but since we're running into the final four, I feel like I need to at least provide a sense of closure to myself (or at least not feeling like I just quit on this project). In going from 256 songs to 4, there's been a lot of ruminating on what songs mean for people. I still don't feel like I've got that yet, but I'll try somewhat.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Issue #24

November 28, 2013

North Republic Industries

Abbey-Neko says lots~!

Well, well, I'm not exactly sure what this post will entail but as usual I will just write about whatever it is that is on my mind. It isn't that often anymore that I get the urge to sit down calmly to write my stories like I used to which saddens me to a large extent because I really do want to be an author and write books and share my imagination with the world. I'm not sure why I feel this way but I do want to write, I do want to make a career with my passion for words. The passion and drive is still in me hidden underneath the ever craziness that is the modern world. My curiosity about everything tends to override my wanting to write. I get frustrated easily these days and all means of creativeness fades and I just want to curl up into a ball and hide under my blankets, sharing sweet cuddles with my boyfriend who I love so much. To forget all that is and isn't. I'm always tired from lack of sleep, lack of motivation, lack of wanting to do anything. I'm bored at home while school's out for me.

But what should I do?


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Issue #23

November 17, 2013

North Republic Industries

Spice and Wolf

Also known as OOKAMI TO KOUSHINRYOU.



That anime I watched long before I started this blog. Thanks to 's review, by he way. And I guess it will make a good change to talk about something nice, to make you forget about the horrors of , that we discussed last time.

Anime Review: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Nothing much changed with me other than FINALLY Nintendo has announced Youtube is coming to the 3DS. Unfortunately it is at a time where most people are completely fed up with Youtube and it's Google+ shenanigans. I don't have a Google+ account, never wanted one, but now I HAVE to get one to do something so simple as to even LEAVE A FREAKIN' COMMENT!? To be honest, the only reason I wanted Youtube on my 3DS is so that I can watch Spice and Wolf on the damn thing. It's a similar reason why I want Crunchyroll to release a 3DS app, so that I can watch Maoyu on my system. A message to Google: STOP SCREWING WITH YOUTUBE! It's fine if you do things that make the experience better, but all you are doing is making it worse! Anyway, on to reviewing this week's anime: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion.



Your mother's dead... and your sister is blind... Oh and I think your cat ran away. You okay Lelouch?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Promote Yourself:Anime Minneapolis announces Leah Clark

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 21, 2013 - THE MINNEAPOLIS ANIME CONVENTION ANIMINNEAPOLIS ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT VOICE ACTRESS LEAH CLARK WILL BE ATTENDING THE CONVENTION IN 2014.

Leah Clark is a Random Force Of Nature working as a voice actress and script adapter for FUNimation Entertainment and voice artist for DuArt Films. She has also worked as a director for FUNimation as well as a stage actress in the Dallas-Ft Worth TX area. Some of her most memorable voice roles include Nodoka in Negima; Suzuka in Suzuka; Rin in Toriko; Fuyuki in Sgt Frog; Blair in Soul Eater; Minatsuki in Deadman Wonderland; Saki in Eden of the East; Nora in Spice and Wolf; Minami in Baka and Test; Jiji in Princess Jellyfish; Noah in Full Metal Alchemist--Conqueror of Shamballa; Coby and Miss Doublefinger in One Piece; Paris in Shin Chan; Eri in School Rumble; Maron in Dragonball GT; Carlita in Pokemon the Movie: Black/White--Victini and Reshiram; and Maru in XXXHolic.

Other notable works include: Aria in Aria, the Scarlet Ammo; Homura/Kagari in Sekirei; Akane in Rumbling Hearts; Ruby in Rosario + Vampire; Tenhou in Oh! Edo Rocket; Akagawa/Red Ranger in Level E; Hikari in Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (not) Advance; Miyabi in Freezing; Kagura in Ga Rei Zero; Miya Miya in Bamboo Blade; Doyle in Pokemon; and Mayu Otsuka in Darker Than Black. This year, Leah can be heard as Murmur in Future Diary; Yu in Guilty Crown; Giselle in Last Exile-Fam, the Silver Wing; as well as roles in Steins Gate, Wolf Children and Is This a Zombie?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Spicy Wolf

Spice and Wolf is an anime series with 2 seasons, based off of the light novel written by Isuna Hasekura. It's set in a time when humans still used horses to travel, and begins in a village where the inhabitants worship a local wolf goddess that brings good harvest to the wheat every year - the village's main source of income. Some people find it as a series that is not particularly enjoyable, because most of the plot involves pecuniary topics, as the main character is Kraft Lawrence - a professional travelling merchant. "Spice" from the title is supposed to be him. "Wolf" is the wolf goddess Horo/Holo that he encounters while doing business in the village and ends up travelling with throughout the series. Hence, Spice and Wolf.



In the beginning of the story, Holo decides to leave the village to travel with Lawrence, because she notices that the villagers don't actually appreciate her anymore. The villagers say that they don't need a harvest god. While she initially helped them by making a good harvest, she sometimes had to do the opposite to prevent the village from being struck by the , which caused resentment among the ignorant villagers. When she left, she was portrayed in the village harvest festivals as an oppressive force and a thief... you probably know how it goes.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Light Novel Review: Spice and Wolf Vol. #09

Spice and Wolf is a wildly popular light novel series that has spawned off an anime, an Internet radio show, and a manga series. While its European medieval setting is typical of high fantasy, this series hasa unique bent. Rather than swordfights and magic, the plot focuses on economics, trade, and peddling in a way that skillfully blends adventure and romance.



Yen Press has recently released the ninth volume of this series, and you can read on for the review. (You can also click for my reviews of previous Spice and Wolf releases).

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Oversexualization of Holo

When you look at the picture above, what do you see? What kind of series do you think this comes from? How do you think this character acts?



If you only saw a naked, anthropomorphic girl and assumed that it was from a series with a very shallow plot, you'd have had the same impression as I did when I first saw this picture on a poster at a convention many years ago.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Anime Mondays #34 (yes, I am aware it's really Wednesday)

No, I didn't misplace a calendar, I just have been stupid busy.I said I would get this post out, though, and I do not want to disappoint, as the next Anime Monday might be the last one for the month.Plus, tomorrow is National Mean Girls Day.I didn't want anyone to forget.



All images below are from , and there are spoilers up to the episodes listed!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Gin no Saji

GIN NO SAJI, or SILVER SPOON, is a story about a fish out of water.Well, actually it's about a city kid who attends an agricultural school.Hachikenis a high school student who is quite obviously totally out of his element from the first day of school.Allof his fellow classmates are farm kids who have plans to take over their family farm business in the future or otherwise have agriculturally-related careers, like becoming a veterinarian.They are all totally dedicated to their goals and have a lot of basic farming knowledge. Hachiken by contrast, has no motivation and no goals in life, and it quickly becomes apparent that he's only at this agricultural high school because he's running away from something.



Surprisingly, Hachiken begins to learn the various aspects of agriculture, and even more surprisingly, he fits in with his fellow classmates.He has a lot to learn, some of it fairly painfully, but he also has some natural leadership ability, and is smart.In addition, he has no qualms about rolling his sleeves up and pitching in, whatever the task may be.His willingness to do all the jobs alongside everyone else, and sometimes his unique perspective on the job, helps him become easily accepted by his peers.And his ability to come up with schemes and to help his classmates out, helps them all become friends.He quickly falls for one of his fellow students a girl named Aki, and he joins the equestrian club to be near her since she loves horses.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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Cosplay boys and girls,are you looking for the special but for your cons or Halloween? Spice and wolf cosplay would be one of the most intriguing choices for you toe enjoy fantastic fun as long as you give it a try. At the same time,this great online site askcosplay.net offers you all kinds of beautiful but affordable dresses,wigs,shoes and wolf tail and others,such as the blue and purple Holo dress,the long brown wig and the wolf ears and so on.



In addition,any of you could custom-tailor any of the unique and the most fitted clothes,shoes and other accessories as long as you provide your requirements and measurements.Different from those anime series that have long story,like One Piece,Naruto or Bleach,Spice and Wolf has a short interesting story centering on the cute and beautiful wolf girl Holo and the smart and handsome merchant Kraft Lawrence,which is a special type which gives us a fresh impression,there is no too much characters,no grand scenes or complicated clothes,but Spice and Wolf is impressive and interesting enough to attact a good many of fans all over the whole world.

Monday, September 23, 2013

" Feelings can become genuine all by accident."-Hei (Darker than BLACK)

I'm a huge shipper. What can I say? A little romance when it's appropriate is really nice. And so, I've complied a few of my favorite anime couples. Some are canon, and some aren't. They are in no particular order despite the numbers because I couldn't POSSIBLY love one more than another:



1. SESSHOUMARU AND RIN (INUYASHA)

Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi

Hey, remember when light novel adaptations were something to actually be interested in? When they were something more than stories about your sister inexplicably wanting your dick/a harem of teenaged girls inexplicably wanting your dick/your sister in addition to a harem of teenaged girls inexplicably wanting your dick? Remember series like Kino's Journey, Spice and Wolf, and heck, even The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya? Well to be fair I don't actually remember that time, as that was a little before my time as an anime fan (and even if I was I certainly didn't know what a light novel was), but I know of it! I know that there was a brief period where light novels were interesting and original! But alas, no more.



Or so you might have thought, but along came Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi (AKA The Sunday Without God), looking and sounding interesting and original! On a Sunday 15 years ago, God abandoned the world. As a result, nobody can die or reproduce - or rather they can die, but continue to live normally, deteriorating all the while. The only people who can give the walking dead their eternal rest are the Gravekeepers, an enigmatic group of people whose powers and shovels can bury the dead for good. Ai Astin, our protagonist and focal character, is a young girl raised in a small village, who is unique in the short history of this era in that she's the only half-human/half-gravekeeper.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Single of the Week: Tabi no Tochuu by Kiyoura Natsumi (Spice and Wolf OP)

Like and , this is an opening I came across coincidentally. I have yet to see the anime Spice and Wolf, although I hear great things about it. Most notably, I hear about the world-building aspect behind the series, which leads it to be constantly compared to Maoyuu Maou Yuusha, a recently airing anime with a similar story and foundation, and an anime I actually did see. However, my main reason for featuring this song on my blog this week is thanks to (your vote counts!) for reinforcing my appreciation of the opening theme to a somber looking anime. What do you think? Should I watch Spice and Wolf?
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Monday, September 9, 2013

The Anime Music Tournament 2013 Bracket Jigglypuff

Given the nature of the Pokemon, I wouldn't be surprised if this was a sleep-inducing bracket on initial glance. Thankfully, this is not the case, as the here keep things lively in a good way.



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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

Voice Actor Jerry Russell Passes Away

The Dallas Voice news website is reporting on Thursday that stage actor and voice actor Jerry Russell passed away on Wednesday night surrounded by his family. Russell was 77. Russell's anime voice acting work includes Tim Marcoh in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, General Froi Tiedoll in D.Gray-man, Ohji in Casshern Sins, Papa in Funimation's dub of Initial D, Kogan Iwamoto in Shigurui, Aroldo Eklund in Spice and Wolf II, Saburota Negishi in Princess Jellyfish, and Lamies in Shakugan no Shana III (Final), among others. His latest work with Funimation included Grandpa Nirasaki in Wolf Children, and Chen Guoming in Jormungand. Russell had checked in to a hospital last week for a surgical procedure, but developed complications after getting pneumonia. Aside from his voice acting work, Russell was also the founder of Fort Worth's Stage West Theatre. Russell is also the father of Texas Senator Wendy Davis.
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Ongoing Investigations: Case #226

(vol. 1) byis the latest release from Vertical. The story tells the tale of a dark period of history set in and around the Alps in the mid-17th century centered around the (a fortress nicknamed Wolfsmund) and ensuing unrest of the peasant population.



The art of Mitsuhisa Kuji is well suited to details adding a lot to the historical period as well as the setting. I also found her depiction of Wolfram as perfectly unnerving in his clam expressions and easy smile.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Issue #20September 1, 2013North Republic Industries "We speak the truth" THE MESSENGER, WHAT'S HAPPENING?

Well that's right you are wondering what in the world is happening not only to The Messenger but to the entire paper industry. Well we can't say but we can tell you that the Allied Republican was criticized for one of it's main articles and not placing in ads and interviews and that Obito has made a tip about the paper

Industry, "the messenger speaks the truth, the allied republican speaks their mind, and the patriot speaks softly and carries a big stick.", this pretty much says it all and I also include to talking softly to not talking that much at all. But this tip put it very well for the companies. As you can see here we speak the truth.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

This Week in Comics for 8/28/13

This Week in Comics!

The list includes the different variant covers and Graphic Novels/Trade Paper Backs (TPB), Hardcovers (HC), and Softcovers (SC). Let us know if there is a title we missed, enjoy!


30 Day Anime Challenge, Day 8

In this case, I had to do some soul searching. I narrowed it down to two possible couples, but one of them just barely edged out the other. In second place, we have Takasu Ryuuji and Aisaka Taiga. They are fantastic together, and Toradora is an amazing anime. That being said, there is one couple that I really liked over all the other possible couples I've seen. If it weren't for this pairing, the show that they are from would be pretty boring. In fact, I would say that I kept watching this show specifically for their interactions. That fantastic couple is



KRAFT LAWRENCE AND HOLO (SPICE AND WOLF)

'Secret' #3 And Other Comics Of Note, August 28th

Nobody does intrigue quite like Jonathan Hickman, and Secret is rapidly becoming the best example of that. A full review, plus looks at this week's #1s and other notable books from DC, Dark Horse, and IDW.



Essentially, Secret follows a private security firm as they stumble onto something ugly, much uglier than they imagined. One can't really talk about the plot in detail because it's so intricate that you really need to go in cold, but Hickman mixes together revels and opening up new questions as the book goes along, while simultaneously deepening the characters. The opening of the book is not what you think, at all, and it tells you a lot about how this series works.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Economics, the anime (Spice and Wolf)

Even if economics isn't your thing, if you're a fan of girls with fox ears and bushy tails then Spice and Wolf might still work for you. It's a two-season light romance out of Imagin and released for North American audiences by Funimation (like more than half of all anime these days, I think). It was good enough to keep watching (or I wouldn't have kept watching it) and if you're into romance or economics you'll really like it. If you're into both, then you probably make more money than I do and should just get out of the house and take a girl/guy/both out on the town, maybe make some real romance instead of shutting yourself in and watching a formulaic anime about trade practices in a renaissance-ish guild system. Just saying.



So plot-wise it's pretty simple. This guy, Kraft Lawrence, is a merchant. More in the Dungeons and Dragons sense than the Wall Street one, even if sometimes it felt like a lesson for kids on commodities trading.
Issue #19August 6, 2013North Republic Industries



THE INDUSTRY STANDARD IS OUR FORBES

Friday, August 23, 2013

Okay, even Grumpy Shizuo would like this one (Robotics;Notes)

Hello again!! Shizuo's still gone, I think he said he was going to Koyasan to visit an old friend Oo. Anyway, I went and looked back through Shizuo's more recent posts, and Spice and Wolf totally deserves a higher mark. Four out of five from me, anyway.



Celty said I should pick something I think Shizuo would actually like this week, so I'm going to talk about Robotics;Notes, because it has intrigue, romance, and for Shizuo, giant robots, explosions, and a death toll. It actually feels a little bit like it's trying to please everyone. It has characters that fit well into stereotypes, and there are the young love elements, but there's also a big overarching plot and mystery. I think it works really well.

* ~Maid-sama's Otaku Stuff~ *

I have a pretty decent collection of what I call my 'Otaku Stuff'~



* ~MANGA~ *

Maid-sama's Anime

Anime I have watched;



* Wolf's Rain

Manga Review: Spice and Wolf Vol. #08

Spice and Wolf is a wildly popular light novel series that has spawned off an anime, an Internet radio show, and a manga series. While its European medieval setting is typical of high fantasy, this series hasa unique bent to it. Rather than swordfights and magic, the plot focuses on economics, trade, and peddling in a way that skillfully blends adventure and romance.



Yen Press has recently released the eighth volume of the Spice and Wolf manga, and you can read on for the review. (For my reviews of previous Spice and Wolf releases, .)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Spice and Wolf

The cover of the first volume of the Spice and Wolf light novel series released by Dengeki Bunko. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



is a series I've heard of for a long time, but never got to watch until recently. After watching , which , I've been told that this show is exceedingly similar to it. Having enjoyed Maoyu quite a bit I've decided to check it out. Part of what makes it so similar is what makes this the 2nd out of three posts about "mind-expanding anime" which star.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Maoyu

, as Maoyu Mao Yusha (Demon king and Hero) is more commonly known, is an anime that also takes the time to teach its viewers some real world concepts, and as such this post will be the first of the three "Mind Expanding Anime" posts, and all three happen to have portraying a main role in. Maoyu at its base is a tale of changing the world through technological and mercantile advancements, about the side-effects and benefits(!) of war, and is a romantic comedy show, of sorts.



"Hello! I don't want to fight" said the Demon King to the Hero

Friday, July 12, 2013

Review: Maoyuu Maou Yuusha

Maoyuu is an entertaining, remarkably complex anime which features aspects of the romance, adventure, and even gag genres. With little effort, it sucks the audience in with a unique perspective of black and white worlds, but does it with a fairly lighthearted overtone. A piece that appeals to fans of shows such as Spice and Wolf, Maoyuu mixes sociology, religion, and economics into an entertaining package which is easily digestible due to its often side notes of magical whimsy. The show plays upon many forms of social commentary, but the biggest and most important by far is the perspective conundrum, particularly concerning massive bodies of combatants.



It shouldn't take much to understand the Maoyuuu, as the show does a fairly thorough job of developing proper sequences to a determined interpretation. The Demon Lord and Hero find that the worlds they are fighting for are corrupt, and seek to change it for the better. While doing so they face social class conflicts, overcoming racism, and appeal a general condemnation of religion as a justification for violence. The biggest part of the whole series though, is the range with which all the characters eventually find themselves similar to one another; especially those on the opposite sides of the battle-lines. The whole hero/demon ideologies are flipped upside down, with the hero at times playing the monster (although never bloodthirsty) and the demon lord becomes a kind of ideal ruler to a small country. The main characters struggle not with physical battles (which are rather easily won), but far more so their situations and often mistaken assumptions about the world. They are constantly trying to find a balance between the needs of justice and mercy, right and wrong, society and morality. It really does make for a rather impressively entertaining piece of anime, and one with great potentials for further iterations.

Maoyu (Maoyuu Mao Yuusha) Final Impressions--Needs Less Cowgirl

Nobody actually thought that this was hot, right? Right?



There's a scene roughly halfway through Maoyu that summarizes my experience with it pretty well. After a public flogging in the place of the person she trusts, a character gives an uplifting speech about freedom and human agency, urging the people listening to rise up against the corrupt system that has held them down. The music swells and pans across the crowd...showing a sea of badly animated faces that look either bored or asleep. And that's the problem with Maoyu; it's convinced that it's offering something really compelling when the truth is that the execution makes it fall flat.

Honey Spiced Fruits from Spice and Wolf

Recently I re-watched one of my favorite anime series which is Spice and Wolf. Its the a story about a young traveling merchant, Kraft Lawrence, who roams the medieval European settings peddling his goods from town to town. His dream is to gather enough currency to open up his own shop. One night while passing through a town he finds the pagan wolf-deity Holo (Horo) in his cart. Horo has taken human form and appears as a 15 year old girl except with wolf's ears and tail. Leaving her responsibilities of blessing the towns harvest behind she accompanies Lawrence who agrees to escort her to the northern countries. As they travel her wisdom helps increase Lawrence's profits while her true nature begins to draw unwanted attention from the church.



Horo has an incredible love for fruit, especially Apples, and in one of the episodes Lawrence mentions a method of preserving and eating Apples (fruit) that is fit only for nobles. Lawrence goes on to describe how people would preserve fruit in honey and spice, which in turn makes the fruit even sweeter.

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia Review

Here we are with yet another review, this time with Dusk Maiden of Amnesia! Available from Hanabee on Blu-ray or DVD, the Blu-ray can be reached at



Look forward to more reviews in the future, as we work through our backlog of anime~.

Best Anime Series of 2009

Now that I have just over a month of free time before I start working again, I finally have some time to write a few more articles for my blog. Since we are still have a year away from a 2013 anime review, I am going back in time and catching up with earlier years, which brings us to 2009.Here are the top ten anime series based on composite scores from different anime websites:10. EDEN OF THE EAST ()



No. of episodes: 11

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Review: Maoyuu Maou Yuusha

Maoyuu is an entertaining, remarkably complex anime which features aspects of the romance, adventure, and even gag genres. With little effort, it sucks the audience in with a unique perspective of black and white worlds, but does it with a fairly lighthearted overtone. A piece that appeals to fans of shows such as Spice and Wolf, Maoyuu mixes sociology, religion, and economics into an entertaining package which is easily digestible due to its often side notes of magical whimsy. The show plays upon many forms of social commentary, but the biggest and most important by far is the perspective conundrum, particularly concerning massive bodies of combatants.



It shouldn't take much to understand the Maoyuuu, as the show does a fairly thorough job of developing proper sequences to a determined interpretation. The Demon Lord and Hero find that the worlds they are fighting for are corrupt, and seek to change it for the better. While doing so they face social class conflicts, overcoming racism, and appeal a general condemnation of religion as a justification for violence. The biggest part of the whole series though, is the range with which all the characters eventually find themselves similar to one another; especially those on the opposite sides of the battle-lines. The whole hero/demon ideologies are flipped upside down, with the hero at times playing the monster (although never bloodthirsty) and the demon lord becomes a kind of ideal ruler to a small country. The main characters struggle not with physical battles (which are rather easily won), but far more so their situations and often mistaken assumptions about the world. They are constantly trying to find a balance between the needs of justice and mercy, right and wrong, society and morality. It really does make for a rather impressively entertaining piece of anime, and one with great potentials for further iterations.

Honey Spiced Fruits from Spice and Wolf

Recently I re-watched one of my favorite anime series which is Spice and Wolf. Its the a story about a young traveling merchant, Kraft Lawrence, who roams the medieval European settings peddling his goods from town to town. His dream is to gather enough currency to open up his own shop. One night while passing through a town he finds the pagan wolf-deity Holo (Horo) in his cart. Horo has taken human form and appears as a 15 year old girl except with wolf's ears and tail. Leaving her responsibilities of blessing the towns harvest behind she accompanies Lawrence who agrees to escort her to the northern countries. As they travel her wisdom helps increase Lawrence's profits while her true nature begins to draw unwanted attention from the church.



Horo has an incredible love for fruit, especially Apples, and in one of the episodes Lawrence mentions a method of preserving and eating Apples (fruit) that is fit only for nobles. Lawrence goes on to describe how people would preserve fruit in honey and spice, which in turn makes the fruit even sweeter.

Nominations for Anime Music Tourney

Oh look! A post about anime. Taka here! Yes I have risen from the depths to once again place a post upon Digitalboy's humble little blog about Ponies.



Gasp! The light of the viewer's gaze chars my flesh. I shall be with you but a moment.

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia Review

Here we are with yet another review, this time with Dusk Maiden of Amnesia! Available from Hanabee on Blu-ray or DVD, the Blu-ray can be reached at



Look forward to more reviews in the future, as we work through our backlog of anime~.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

JAPAN EXPO 2013 : le programme

Shôji Kawamori (Macross) est l'invité d'honneur anime. Conférence et ...

World End Economica Visual Novel by Spice and Wolf's Hasekura Offered in ...

The official English version of Spice and Wolf author Isuna Hasekura 's visual novel World End Economica launched on Wednesday. Three visual novels are planned for the series. The first "episode" launched in Japan in 2011 followed by the second episode ...

Le Monde du manga #32

L'éditeur Ototo est fier de faire venir un de ses auteurs phare : Keito Koume, le dessinateur de Spice & Wolf ! A cette occasion sortira le 7e volume de la série. - Après moins d'un an d'existence, les jeunes éditions Komikku ont réussi à faire venir ...

Preview

Manga-newsLe manga se réfère au roman de & et non à l'anime donc il y aura bien une vraie fin. ^^. Levine. De Levine, le 23 Juin 2013 à 15h34. J'aurai bien commencée la série si l'anime ne m'avait pas autant déçu...

Clover man faces drug charges

July 25, 1:30-3:30 p.m., McClancy Seasoning Co., 1 Spice Road, Fort Mill. • July 27, 2013, 4-8 p.m., Charlotte Knights, ...