30 DAY ANIME CHALLENGE | 30

IT’S THE FINAL DAY!! I’ll do a final wrap-up final thoughts post tomorrow as my complete wrap up. But moving on!

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The anime that came to mind for this prompt is Trigun. I’m picking Trigun for a number of reasons. Overall the story was good and the character development of Vash was really good. I wrote about him on Day 3 – Favorite Male Character Ever. But there were a lot of unanswered questions regarding Vash; I get that there isn’t much to say about him overall but there was a connection he had with the “plants” of each city on the planet and he called them his brothers and sisters. We weren’t given much explanation though which has obviously irked me. I felt the second arc of Trigun to be a bit on the rushed side, and felt that maybe it would’ve benefited from a second season. I also would’ve liked to see what the future held for the Vash and Knives after the latter’s defeat in the duel.  How would Vash help Knives at that point? I was always so curious! It’s probably time for me to read the manga to see what happened.

However, even though this series had it’s share of flaws, it had an overwhelmingly positive impact on me as anime viewer. Trigun, to me has withstood the test of time and is one of my absolute favorites, if not a classic, in my library. I wouldn’t mind seeing more of Trigun maybe even as a reboot if it were to come around. One that possibly stayed more true to the manga.  I don’t think the anime followed it completely.

Is there any animes you wish had another season? If so, tell me your thoughts in the comments below!lovenpeace

30 DAY ANIME CHALLENGE | 29

A lot of the anime that I’ve written about in this challenge don’t exactly have the ideal environment.  You have a dystopian tokyo (psycho-pass), a western sci-fi wasteland (trigun), a world where mages are bent on killing one another (fate/stay night) and a world where frightening titans threaten your daily life (Attack on Titan). So where does that leave me?

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I don’t think I’ve watched an anime where I was like oh my gosh I wish that was real! But I think I’m going to have to go with my staple of this challenge, Fairy Tail. I’m a sucker for fantasy, especially when it involves magic and dragons. I wouldn’t mind living int he city of Magnolia alongside the Fairy Tail Guild, as long as they’re not destroying any parts of the city. As far as the world goes, it would be neat to have some magical powers. I personally would enjoy the abilities that Erza has. Being able to change outfits in the blink of an eye or have objects materialize from your invisible storage. Or maybe even Gray’s Ice Make Magic or Natsu’s flames. However, I’d be afraid of Acnologia flying around threatening to destory everything.

And that’s all I can say about this prompt today! On to the last post! Till tomorrow!

30 DAY ANIME CHALLENGE | 28

I used to be a quote monster, writing down whatever I found important/profound in a show or movie. This prompt makes me think I should go back and start this habit again – but do I really have time for that?

Picking a quote for today’s prompt (like all the other challenges) has been kinda difficult as I’ve found a few that I like. I like Vash the Stampede’s soliloquies at the end of most of his episodes, and Levi has said a few things that resonated with me as well. However, I think it’s time to acknowledge this particular anime. I’m sure MelinAnimeLand will appreciate this because she’s a huge fan of this show just as I am if not more. Yep, that’s right Kuroko No Basket (The Basketball which Kuroko Plays) is finally making its a appearance on the challenge! I’m going to sure two quotes from two characters because as any sport, their quotes are pretty motivating as they are relateable on an every day basis.

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I personally have used this one with my best friend a lot because as we’re both studying for our architectural exams she feels sometimes even though she only gets to spend maybe 30 minutes daily reviewing it’s completely useless. So, I like to quote Kagami Taiga, and remind her “There is no such thing as useless effort”. Without any context she got really motivated upon hearing me say that. Then I told her if it sounded cheesy I’m sorry because I grabbed it from an anime and she said it was actually a good quote regardless.

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Midorima’s quote is really great advice especially after experiencing a failure. It’s a good reminder that  no matter what shortcomings you experience, you get up and try again. I like this kind of outlook especially coming from Midorima who is absolutely confident that his shots will go in (which is true – the guy never misses).

Are there any character’s that have said something that stood out to you in any anime?

Two more days left of the challenge! Till next time.

30 DAY ANIME CHALLENGE | 27

When I think bad-ass; there are a handful of character’s that run through my head. However, when I think of an ultimate bad-ass scene from an anime character – I’d have to pick one of my all-time favorites: Captain Levi of the Scouting Legion.

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If you haven’t seen the OVA about his life before the scouts I highly recommend watching it.  Not only does it set-up Levi’s backstory but also sets up how he comes to view the world of titans and how he comes to terms with his belief in Commander Erwin and the scouting regiment. On top of that Levi goes absolutely berserk spurned on heavily by his emotions. It’s pretty clear that Levi never wears his emotions or heart on his sleeve, and with good measure. If you’ve been reading the manga you know why; Levi’s story is actually quite tragic and the OVA depicts it pretty well. We see him performing at his peak and we also see him in his most vulnerable state,  he’s actually devastated and crying!

The only other time we’ve ever seen Levi perform at this kind of level is against the female titan when he retrieves Eren in the forest. But this OVA is a whole other level; you really need to see it if you haven’t already! I cannot stress this enough!

This scene is extremely violent and really graphic. It really pushes the tragedy that’s befallen Levi home. The juxtaposition of the sad melancholic piano piece over this scene encapsulates and expresses the sorrow that Levi is feeling; however instead of showing sadness he chooses to express himself with pure rage. Here’s a clip of him going berserk:

Attack on Titan has a lot of OVA’s. Levi’s backstory ranks at the top followed by Jean’s short story (that includes cooking).  I hope you enjoyed the clip – despite the goriness of it all. What other bad ass scenes come to mind? I’d love to hear in the comments below! Maybe I’ll add more to my long list of anime’s to watch!

30 DAY ANIME CHALLENGE | 26

I love action; action films are my absolute favorite to watch in movie theaters. The cheesier the action film the better the fight scenes are typically – despite how crappy the story is the action to me is always well worth my time.

However, this anime is not necessarily crappy. I’ve talked about Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works probably as much as I’ve written about Fairy Tail  throughout this challenge; but these fight scenes have by far been the best animated series (in my humble opinion).There are a few pretty epic fights in this anime, and it’s hard to choose one over the other. So I’ll write about both. I’ll try to be as spoiler free as possible – but I can’t guarantee it, so proceed with caution! ESPECIALLY THE YOUTUBE LINKS.

First: Archer Vs. Lancer.
This is one of the top fights of UBW. Archer and Lancer square of in this major battle of the series. And it is phenomenal. The first time we see Archer and Lancer fight is in episode 0 and Lancer isn’t fighting at his full 100%. However, Archer’s abilities are not at a full 100% either because….reasons. (You’ll have to watch it to see) But we’re able to see their noble phantasms against one another and all the tricks Archer has up his sleeves especially his greatest defense. Very few .gifs can be found for this particular fight, so I’ve also attached the actual fight:

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Second: Shirou Emiya Vs. Gilgamesh
The final battle of the series. Shirou takes on Gilgamesh after learning some very important pieces of information about himself. He’s also gathered more magic power to be able to pull this battle off due to Rin’s help. This is shirou’s ultimate power versus the Noble Phatasms that Gilgamesh posesses, The Gates of Babylon. If I could ever have a noble phantasm: I’d want Gilgamesh or Shirou’s.  Here’s a .gif as a teaser followed by the actual fight:

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That would do it for the the best anime fights. I chose these because not only are they great fights but the animation is top notch.

What epic fight scenes come to mind for you?

30 DAY ANIME CHALLENGE | 25

The scene I want to talk about today is both a mixture of utter shock and sadness. I’m not exactly the biggest fan of Illyasviel Von Einzbern in UBW. She’s basically one of the bad guys. There wasn’t enough character development of her for me to get attached to her. So what happens to her didn’t exactly pull on my heartstrings or make me bawl my eyes out like Your Lie in April. But what happens is indeed really sad

SPOILERS ahead if you haven’t seen Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works

Gilgamesh probably ranks second in favorite villain category. He’s got this disdain for humanity and his greed for the holy grail and he’s incredibly full of himself – the so-called the King of Heroes. Illyasviel isn’t exactly human. She’s a homunculus created and raised by the Einzbern family. She’s got a bit of a really sad backstory involving the M.C Shirou; but that’s another story.

Anyways, this scene is really brutal. Gilgamesh is a total sadist in this scene. If you didn’t like him before you’d definitely hate him now. I know I definitely did!  He’s a servant just like Illyasviel’s Berserker. In this scene he’s just finished killing Berserker leaving Illyasviel all alone in the world. As shes stands in her state of grief, Gilgamesh pulls a sword out and when she looks at him, it’s implied that he blinds her.  As shes stumbling around trying to get to Berserker’s body, he casually walks up to her and sticks her with his blade. She collapses and as she lays dying she thinks she’s finally touched Berserker and dies peacefully. However, she’s actually touching a rock. All while doing this, Gilgamesh is just standing there watching her with a smirk on his face. What makes this really sad is actually watching her die and stumble around completely weak. I’m attaching the clip; however it’s title honorable death – I don’t think she died honorably at all.

 

Ah, just watching this makes me feel kind of sad and frustrated again with how she dies and Gilgamesh’s lack of humanity.

Anyways, that’s all for today’s prompt! 5 more days! Whats the saddest death scene you’ve guys watched?

30 DAY ANIME CHALLENGE | 24

A moment that shocked me the most in an anime. Hmm, there’s one in mind I had but I’m going to save that for tomorrow’s prompt because it’s both shocking and really really sad. I don’t exactly like the horror genre, so I tend to avoid it because I end up sleeping with the lights on for a few weeks after watching something scary. But one day I was home sick and I figured it didn’t hurt to try one in the middle of the day and it had been on my “to watch” list for quite some time.

Another, is the first of the horror genre for me and it won’t be the last. I was actually surprised that I ENJOYED this one. Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen it! 

But I have to say there were a LOT of shocking moments in this show just because I wasn’t expecting a lot of this stuff to happen! First was the nurse in the elevator! My jaw literally dropped by how gory her untimely death was. Then the umbrella incident! Gah! My eyes! Watching this reminded me of that one teen movie, “Final Destination”.

But the most memorable shocking moments was one of the last episodes, when they’re at the lodge in the woods. Almost half the class dies in all kinds of unfortunate incidents. It was just a mass slaughter of characters that seemed to be senseless. I’ve never seen so much death in that short of a span (I’m not going to count AoT in that regard). Such a crazy ending to this anime! I don’t think I even rememeber the outcome of it…seems like I may have to re-watch this one at some point…hmmmm *contemplates* I’ve linked the episode with some of these deaths above

I think that’s all for today’s prompt. Do any you have a particular anime that shocked you?

30 DAY ANIME CHALLENGE | 23

I thought sitting on this one would help me figure out what I thought was my favorite attack. But I don’t think I was able to narrow it down to one. I was going to use another Fairy Tail reference, but have decided against it – and re-visit another anime that I’ve spoken about already, One Punch Man.

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Saitama’s attack “Consecutive Normal Punches” is so normal that you can’t help but laugh. But in action it’s actually quite incredible; especially in his fight against Boros. I’m going to post a link but FAIR WARNING, if you haven’t seen One Punch Man this is probably a huge spoiler considering its the LAST FIGHT of the season. You have been warned! The second link is from one of the earlier episodes but, the disclaimer still stands.

What I really love about One Punch’s Satire is the fact that these battles poke fun at most of the shonen genre. There’s always the long drawn out monologues of characters as they face their opponent; and then sometimes there comes a time for character’s to power up – which can take forever sometimes THEN they leave you hanging till the next episode for the actual fight to occur. Saitama actually get’s bored with said monologues and just wants to get the fight over with – and he ends them much more quickly than they even began.

That’s all I could come up with for this post. What are your thoughts on favorite attacks? I feel like I’m forgetting some other major attacks out of the series’ I’ve seen but this is the one that sprang to mind.

I can’t believe this is the last week of the challenge! Till next time! 😀

30 DAY ANIME CHALLENGE | 22

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There are a lot of cool gadgets out there in the anime universe. Especially in the weaponry department. But one weapon stands out above the rest to me; the weapon OF choice in Psycho-pass: The Dominator.

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The Dominator, a.k.a. Dominator Portable Psychological Diagnosis and Suppression System is a firearm carried by Inspectors and Enforcers in the MWPSB. The gun is programmed to an individual user and requires authentication via the SIBYL system. Once the Dominator recognizes it’s user – it’s like a mini-computer that links to your brain and you can see the screen in your periphery. When pointed at an individual it’s constantly assessing the psychological status of that person and determines the value of their crime coefficient. There are different modes that the Dominator functions at. The lowest being is the “non-lethal paralyzer” in which it just stuns the target and knocks them out. If the crime co-efficient goes beyond a certain level (300) the gun transforms and actually fires in “Lethal Eliminator” mode which completely kills the target, also known as the “anti-person lethal mode”.  The last mode is “Destory Decomposer” – the target is annihilated, also known as the “anti-material mode” in which it works best against drones.

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The transformative properties of the dominator is what makes it the coolest weapon I’ve seen. The fact that it transformst and is linked to an overall system that helps appraise the status of their targets is pretty amazing really intricate in design. And I am definitely a sucker for great design. The gun is pretty sweet looking too. I admit I’ve been tempted to buy a replica for display but…unfortunately I think it’s absurd to pay $1,000 for it, even if it transforms like the anime (T_T). The destruction this weapon produces really violent results. I remember the first time Kogami fired the domintor I was in total shock and awe that it produced that much power. If you haven’t seen it; you really need to see the dominator in action!dominator_transformation

30 DAY ANIME CHALLENGE | 21

Okay, so again I’m really torn about today’s prompt. I have a few in mind, especially after talking with melinanimeland about this. She brought up a character that I forgot was hilariously goofy from Kuroko No Basket. So then I was torn because there was another sports anime character I wanted to write about. But I think, I’m going to go with my original thought and not the KnB character. Just because, like mel is biased to KnB, I’m a bit biased to Haikyuu!

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Tanaka Ryuunosuke, one of Karasuno’s wing spikers, is adorably hilarious with his crazy antics. Often described as loud mouthed,  hot headed, and a bit of a slacker when it comes to his studies, Tanaka is basically your every day punk/delinquent. Even though he’s hot headed, he plays volleyball seriously and once he gets in a groove he can be unstoppable. When he scores he’s usually shown taking off his shirt and swinging it around (see gif below) in an over-the-top celebration. Daichi Sawamura is always scolding him whenever Tanaka decides to make silly faces to intimidate opponents or anyone that looks down on his team and teammates. He has a huge crush on the club manager Shimizu Kiyoko and tries to greet her from time to time; but she usually ignores him. Even thought she does that – he’s often shown loving the fact he’s been ignored and that it’s a turn on for him. He’s a riot! Also it seems like his BFF is Nishinoya Yuu – and their bromance is adorable.  They both have crushes on Kiyoko and are often shown together in the series.

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if you follow my twitter you will have seen this on a recent tweet. Also one of my fave gifs of him ever.

Tanaka may  appear to be a punk; but behind that facade is a very warm-hearted, supportive of his teammates and also surprisingly protective. He’s basically the older brother you wish you had; which is why he’s actually one of my favorite Haikyuu characters.

I’ll leave you with a bunch of gif’s to finish this post off.

Who stands out to you as a goofy character?