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World Trigger (Wārudo Torigā)

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World Trigger was a show I got into because I was being bombarded with ads from Crunchyroll. At first I didn’t want to want the show because the “enemy” were called neighbors. Which seemed absolutely ridiculous at the time but those ads were relentless so I had to check it out. Another thing that got my attention was that the show was greenlit for 50 episodes and I’m tired of shows only getting 12 episodes to try to tell a story. Most shows end up rushed or unfinished due to the lack of enough episodes.

Brief synopsis: Mikado City is where the events of World Trigger take place. One day a gate to another world opens and these monsters known as ‘neighbors’ come through the gate. Of course everyone is afraid of them, especially since Earth weapons have no affect on them. Then a mysterious group known as Border enters the scene to fight them off. 4 1/2 years later, a new gate opens where Yuma comes to Earth. Yuma and Osamu meet at school where Yuma is adjusting to Earth life and Osamu looks like an ordinary student. Not too long after, a new gate opens and Osamu reveals he’s a Border trainee and tries to fight off the ‘neighbor’ but it’s too strong for him so Yuma joins the fray. This is only the beginning, trust me. Continue reading

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To LOVE Ru Darkness 1st & 2nd season (To LOVEru Toraburu Dākunesu)

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In season 1 of To LOVE Ru, Rito met Lala and had many adventures and fights to defend her. In season 2 we were introduced to Lala’s sisters, Momo and Nana who were the main focus of that season with Lala taking a minor role. Season 3 brought some changes to the series that I’m not sure were positive. You went from the highly energetic Lala to Lala’s trouble making sisters to the most stoic character with Lala waaaaaaaaaaay in the background.

Being that it’s subtitled Darkness, yes it’s mostly about the ‘Golden Darkness’. Continue reading

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Norageki! (Five Numbers!)

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This shows takes place in an isolated prison where there are only 4 prisoners and a cat. One day, the prisoners find themselves released because a power outage unlocks all their cells. There are no guards and there is no way to escape. They stumble upon an old man and this old man is the key to everything that’s happening or at least a major part of it. Continue reading

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Witchblade

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Witchblade actually has a long history. It just ended it’s 20 year run as a comic with issue #185 for October 2015. It started out as a Top Cow comic in 1995 under Image Comics. There was a TV series in 2001-2002, a novel in 2006, a manga series and the anime which was broadcast in 2006 and ran for 24 episodes. There was even a movie planned in 2009 but it got cancelled. So there is definitely a lot in the history of the Witchblade property.

In this incarnation of Witchblade, the main character is a woman named Masane Amaha. She lose her memory during what is known as “The Great Quake”. She was found uninjured, holding a baby in her arms and a strange bracelet on her arm. 6 years later, Masane returns to Tokyo with the child who she believes is her daughter, looking to lead a peaceful life. Masane is a very kind hearted woman who is clumsy and not good around the house but her daughter is the opposite and she takes over those duties as Masane tries to keep a roof over their heads.

Unfortunately for Masane, she discovers that the “bracelet” on her arm is not a bracelet but it’s in fact, the legendary Witchblade, a very powerful weapon. Because of this, she ends up in the middle of a power struggle by 2 corporations to get the power of the Witchblade. Continue reading

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Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt (Kidō Senshi Gandamu Sandāboruto)

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By now, most of you reading my ramblings have heard about or seen Thunderbolt. It looks like it’s going to be a 4 episode ONA type thing created by Sunrise. To run another Gundam while Iron Blooded Orphans is still on does seem a bit odd but it’s what they’re doing. I’m not sure how often the episodes will be released but will check on that. Each episode will be available for online purchase after airing. No other plans have been announced for the series yet but I’d love to see this expanded on because after that first episode, it doesn’t seem like enough to tell a full story. Maybe it’s an ONA to get funding for a full season.

While it’s a web animation, it’s very cleanly drawn and animated. Everything in the show is hand drawn, no CGI or fancy ass tricks. The first episode is 15 minutes of engaging art, a great jazz soundtrack and lots of brutality. Definitely an old school Gundam feel to this show. If you’re a Gundam fan then to place where it is in the timeline, it’s part of the ‘Universal Century’ during the ‘One Year War’.  I know I’m waiting for the next episode, you probably will be too after watching this.

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[C] – The Money of Soul and Possibility Control

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[C] – The Money of Soul and Possibility Control also known as [C] – Control or C for Control or [C] or C. There are probably other names too. Why so many names? Who knows. There were different names for different markets and then of course people tried to make the name shorter, etc. But let’s get into the story of the show.

The Japanese government is rescued from the brink of financial collapse by what is known as the Sovereign Wealth Fund. For the citizens of Japan, things have not improved. Unemployment, crime, suicide, despair, homelessness are all still a major part of their society. Kimimaro is a scholarship student whose dream is to live an ordinary life. One day, he’s going about his ‘ordinary life’ and someone offers him stacks of cash if he gives up his future as collateral. From that point on his life gets a lot more interesting. He’s pulled into a world known as the Financial District. In this district, he has to battle others in order to secure his future. But this Financial District holds an even bigger secret that effects everyone worldwide. Continue reading

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The Unlimited – Hyōbu Kyōsuke (Zettai Karen Children: The Unlimited)

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The Unlimited is another show that I feel was overlooked and underrated. As you know, I love the end of the world, sci-fi, super power type shows so my opinion may be biased. Screw it, it probably is biased but that doesn’t mean this show is any less of a quality show.

So what is The Unlimited about? I’m glad you asked. The Unlimited takes place in an alternate world where there are “normal” humans and also espers who are humans that have evolved to the point of having ESP. But we all know that humans have a hard time adjusting and accepting people who are different, so the espers are treated like freaks. Hyobu is an esper who exceeds the others though and because of it, he’s been scarred by those around him and society at large. He’s a fugitive and one of the world’s most wanted espers even though he’s just trying to free his fellow espers. His answer to this treatment was to form an organization, known as PANDRA, that strives to protect espers and their rights, usually by force.  Continue reading

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Steins;Gate (Shutainzu Gēto)

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Now if I said there was time travelling in an anime, you’d probably look at me and say “so what?” But what if I told you there was one that is based on the actual theory and not just jumping in a time machine? What if I told you that the name John Titor is heavily involved? Interested yet? I know that sci-fi can be over some people’s heads or be too obtuse but here it’s laid out in a way that is easy to follow.

Okabe the “mad scientist”, along with his childhood friend Mayuri and an otaku hacker Daru, have formed a club known as the “Future Gadget Research Laboratory,” and they spend their time hanging out and attempting to invent futuristic gadgets. None of their inventions really does anything much until they make the Phone Microwave which transforms bananas into a green ooze. When one of their tests goes sideways, they discover that thePhone Microwave can send text messages to the past. When they start sending messages and changing events, they are not prepared for the ramifications of messing with timelines. Especially Okabe who seems to be the only one unaffected by the timeline jumping and can remember everything from every timeline.

 

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Gunslinger Stratos: THE ANIMATION (Gansuringā sutoratosu Animēshon)

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The story of Gunslinger Stratos revolves around a group of gunslingers, well 2 groups to be precise since there are 2 universes and they each have a doppleganger in the other universe. The 2 universes are Frontier S and the 17th Far East Imperial City Management District. Frontier S is an outlaw universe where it’s basically every man for himself. The 17th Far East is a totalitarian universe with no freedom and is under constant surveillance.  An issue is causing the universes to collapse into each other and the governments from each side sends in their team back to 2015, thinking that taking out the team from the other side will stop the impending destruction. Continue reading

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Black Bullet (Burakku Buretto)

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Have to admit that Black Bullet is one I picked for the name. I figured that with a name like that, someone’s getting shot. Though I thought more like a survival thing where you only have one shot or it’s some special bullet like how silver bullets kill werewolves. It wasn’t any of those but it was still an action show and I’m a fan of action so at least that part worked out.

It’s the year 2021 and humanity has been ravaged by the Gastrea epidemic, a parasitic virus which takes over the human host and turns them into a monster. People have been forced to live within the barrier of Monolith walls which are created from Varanium, a metal that is able to subdue Gastrea. Soon after the epidemic there are children who are born with the virus and they obtain supernatural powers because of it. Because of the virus, these children are all female and are known as “Cursed Children”.

Groups known as Civil Securities are formed to fight the Gastrea. They are formed by a Promoter, a skilled fighter and an Initiator, a Cursed Child. 10 years after the epidemic starts, Rentaro Satomi,a high school student and Promoter, joined by Enju Aihara his Initiator and Kisara Tendo, a childhood friend form the Tendo Civil Security Agency. Together, Rentaro and Enju go on missions to prevent the destruction of Tokyo and the rest of the world. Continue reading

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