Monthly Archives: May 2015

No Game No Life (Nōgēmu Nōraifu)

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No Game No Life is another show that was recommended by the woman I call senpai. As I’ve mentioned, she seemed to get it right most of the time with the ones she picked and it’s probably because we have a lot in common, which may be more of a curse than a good thing. This is one that I don’t know if I would have picked on my own unless it randomly came up like a Youtube side video or link in Crunchyroll.

The story is based around 2 NEETs in Sora and Shiro. Sora is 18 and Shiro is 11. They are “brother and sister” though not blood related. Together they are known as Blank, a team of skilled video game players that dominate every game they’re in. One day, they receive a message which had a test to see just how good they are and when they passed the test, they were transported to another world with nothing in their pockets and no way to survive. Shiro and Sora had to learn and adapt quickly so they could get a place to stay and begin their adventure in this new world that is based on games. How will they fare in this new world? Continue reading

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Dog & Scissors (Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyō or InuHasa)

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Dog and Scissors came as a recommendation from someone who just seemed to know what I would like I guess. This was the first one she mentioned and it was after my interest in anime waned, there was a lot of crap being put out there. She did tell me that part of her reasoning is because the two main characters were similar to us in some ways and she was right on that. Plus we do share a lot of similar thoughts on things so I figured why not give it a try. This along with Dusk Maiden of Amnesia, No Game No Life, Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai!, Maid Sama! and a few others came from her and you can check my ratings on all of them. It’s kind of weird how a lot of shows have characters that are kind of like us, we aren’t Japanese tropes dammit. Are we?

The show is centered around a high school student named Kazuhito Harumi, who is obsessed with reading books. One day he was reading a book in a cafe and a robbery takes place. There is a dark haired woman, named Kirihime Natsuno, who becomes the target of the robber and Kazuhito jumps in to protect her. Kazuhito was killed but he had one burning desire, to read the last book in a series by his favorite writer. He gets a second chance at life but as a dog and this is where the story gets interesting and their adventures begin. Continue reading

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Samurai Flamenco (Samurai Furamenko)

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Samurai Flamenco is a show I randomly picked on Crunchyroll. With anime, sometimes you can’t tell from the title, if the show will be something of interest or not. I like Samurai lore but I don’t flamenco but the show isn’t about either.

This is a show about a male model who decides to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a superhero. Yes, you read that right, male model, childhood dream, superhero. Does he have superpowers? No. Does he have a super suit? No. All he has is a burning desire to achieve this dream.

Masayoshi Hazama is the main protagonist who has decided to become a superhero. He has your usual superhero issues like hiding his identity, deciding which fights to take on and which to pass on, a scientist trying to help him out and even has a newspaper publisher who is trying to unmask him (sound familiar? Peter Parker?) Continue reading

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Part 2 of My Spring Anime Watching

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So we’re about halfway through the spring season so let’s check out what Killswitch is still watching, liking, hating and all that good stuff. Here is a link to my first run through on the season. This list does not include the Funimation shows which I will have to start watching at some point but I’m waiting for dubs on those since a lot are in the process already. Funimation does look like they have some really good ones. So here we go… Continue reading

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Btooom!

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Btooom! is an action anime with psychological twists. Ryouta, the main character is one of the world’s top players of the game Btooom! One day he wakes up and he’s been transported to an island which he doesn’t remember how or why he got there. What Ryouta doesn’t realize is that he was transported into a real life version of his favorite game.

When it comes to these type of shows, you’re not going to get much character development. The main focus is on the main characters and their partners usually and the same applies here. How much development do you need when the world or your life is on the line? The main characters do make the show interesting. The last thing you need in a show like this is an unlikable main character. Continue reading

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Servant × Service (Sābanto × Sābisu)

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Servant x Service is an office based, workplace comedy anime. It’s a light hearted comedy centered around a workplace with an oddball cast. Don’t expect them to go on an epic quest, discover the holy grail or anything like that. It’s just straight comedy and romance with one little subplot.

The characters are an odd blend of kind of funny and kind of not funny. You always have your straight man but they are usually funny in some way. Here, they really aren’t. In this show, all the females have the personality and the guys are a guy who seems to goof off though he does know what he’s doing and a guy who gets stepped on. You also have a boss who is inside a stuffed rabbit. So it has the odd collection of characters down but something lacks in some of them. Just not sure what it is. Continue reading

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Denkigai no Honya-san (Denki-Gai)

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Denki-Gai is another workplace comedy, this time centered around a manga store that sells a heavy dose of erotic type manga. You won’t find heavy storylines or plots here, this is not that type of show. Denki-Gai is a show that is just here to make you laugh.

The show is centered around Umio and his coworkers. Umio is just your regular, run of the mill otaku but his coworkers are the ones who make the show go. You have a very stiff mangaka who is socially awkward, a bubbly sweet blond girl, an erotic magazine inspector and a host of others who push the story along. Their personalities are what makes this show. Continue reading

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Astra Etherium – The Graphic Novel!?!?!

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As some of you reading this know, I planned to have a light novel or graphic novel of my game Astra Etherium: Adventures of a Space Bounty Hunter in Space available in the future. Well there is an opportunity with Oni Press where they are looking for submissions so this may be my chance to make this happen without going the Kickstarter route or shopping for publishers. I wanted to keep it as a light novel so that it isn’t completely art heavy but now that the opportunity is here, I’m writing out a few graphic novel pages to see if they’ll take me on. If not, then it will go back to being a light novel plan and hopefully some day maybe an anime show. Whether it happens or not, Maximillian has many more adventures to come.

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Anime Ratings

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As I go along I’m giving some shows higher scores than I would normally and that’s because I’m using the breakdown system where I grade 5 categories. When those categories are added up, they bring the score higher in some cases when they get averaged out. So I’m going to drop those and only leave one rating on a show. I don’t want people getting the wrong impression on my thoughts.

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