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Alright, today we have a fun blog. Its a quick review for the anime A Destructive God Sits Next to Me. I say quick, because I watched this anime last Monday (Whenever I put up the Tokay Ghoul review) and the days have just kinda blurred and ran together. This blog was suppose to come out the day afterwards and here we are on a Saturday night. So, I cannot promise I’ll remember everything, but I do remember enjoying it. Since this is a weird one we may review it a little differently compared to other post.
The first thing that stood out to me was the fact the dialogue exchange is very hectic and all over the place. It is a mix of external conversations with internal monologue. In English, this wouldn’t be a problem. In Japanese, the words are laced on top and bottom of the screen and several characters are talking at the same. I figured I was in over my head trying to follow the plot as I was completely lost in the opening scene. However, the nonchalant humor really kept me engaged.
For a show whose main character is a destructive god of unspeakable power, the humor is all over the place and I love it. In a way, I got Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo vibes and that is always a great thing. Our main character Seri Koyuki has very little in the way of confidence and actually was relying more on slapstick humor than I was expecting. Honestly, this was a turn off and I didn’t care much for him. Yet, when he is paired with Kabuto Hanadori (The Destructive God) and fellow classmate Utsugi Tsukimiya, the chemistry really clicks and the group are very funny and enjoyable.
The plot goes something like this. Handadori is a destructive god (Yeah, no kidding). Whenever a student belittles him or insults him in any way, he resorts to lifting his eye patch to unleash his real power. Koyuki consistently has to calm him before he takes vengeance on his classmates.
My thoughts with this show were a roller coaster. I was looking for something funny, charming, and lighthearted. At first, this show seemed like a mess that didn’t know what it was trying to do. By the time the gang was playing “Animal Crossing” on the roofs, I was sold. I don’t know if I’m in love with this anime yet, but clocking in with just 12 episodes, I should be able to sit down and churn through this one and get a more accurate gauge at some point.
As of now, I am excited for episode #2! We will certainly be revisiting this one at a later date to see if that humor, chemistry, and all around wackiness remains as enduring as it has started! Thanks for reading guys. I hope you all enjoyed this and will give the show a chance on Crunchyroll. Have a great night everyone.
Manga Monday is here once again. This time I take a look at a classic, Tokyo Ghoul. Tokyo Ghoul was created by Sui Ihida. It was brought stateside courtesy of Viz Media.
Spoilers: I try not to spoil or dive into anything too much so you guys can still go read it yourselves afterwards.
Plot: I cannot say Tokyo Ghoul’s plot is super original but it is super interesting and really well done. Sometimes that matters more. Ghouls are creatures that can blend in perfectly with humans, hiding their hunger, ghoulish features, and desire to inflict harm on humans. Our main character is Ken Kaneki. One day he meets a girl he is super compatible with only to discover she is a ghoul. She damages him but in the middle of killing Ken, she is killed by a freak accident. Not to dive too much into regurgitating what happens, an organ is transplanted from the woman to Ken, which turns him into a half breed. Half human, half ghoul. So at its essences, Tokyo Ghoul is a psychological thrilling horror story that can deviate from that genre to be slice of life, action, or comedy when it needs to. That is something I like about it. It is a horrifying story, yet it can be as fluid and flexible as it needs to be, just like the ghouls themselves. The rest of the book centers around Ken resisting the urges to fully change into a ghoul.
For the record, this is a beefy volume #1 and plenty of characters are introduced. However, Ken really is the only character that is fully fleshed out. In all, we meet one other human that gets panel time and about 3 or 4 other ghouls that get panel time. However, a lot of these characters are left kind of mysterious.
Ken Kaneki. After finally meeting a girl with similar interest, such as books, he thinks he has hit the jackpot. Only, this girl is a ghoul and tries to kill him. For the sake of not repeating the plot, just know Ken is now half ghoul and half human. This is one element that really makes this book stand out to me. If you have read/watched Parasyte, then you know when your main character is a monster with a conscious, it brings a whole lot of psychological and ethical conversations to the table. One of the bigger topics the book is treading around is is self preservation the ultimate goal. I mention this one in particular because as ghouls nothing else tastes good except for humans. However, Ken is still clinging to hope of being human. He refuses to eat humans even though he really cannot stomach anything else. It is a lot like the Santa Clarita Diet, if you’ve ever seen that (and if you haven’t, go watch it). Ken is one of the more interesting main characters we’ve covered so far.
The World– What is there to say about the world? It is our regular world, just imagine zombies live in it. Which isn’t even hard to do. Child abusers, rapist, murders and cannibals all live among us and sometimes we never find out about them until they are dead. So, while their appearances were sometimes meant to be disturbing or grotesques, ghouls actually felt no worse than humans. Perhaps that is the scariest part. I could be diving way too deep but that is half the fun of running a blog page. I get to put my personal spin and thoughts on the subject matter. Ken is a real good stand-in for the audience of readers who deal with similar things in the real world. We’ve all been in class or work where it becomes advantageous to cheat, steal, or otherwise prosper from unethical or unlawful methods. Do we try hard to resist these temptations? How about when we see others getting ahead in life from being shady? Which again, calls into question is self preservation the ultimate goal. The world is the same as ours with the end of the evil spectrum a bit exaggerated. Maybe it is not that deep. Maybe its pretty surface level and just a good action thriller. My opinion is that it is a little deeper than that and that is the scary part.
Recap: I think Tokyo Ghoul is really as deep as you make it. I believe the symbolism to the real world is there and it is pretty striking. However, if someone told me the plot was just an excuse to set up more Japanese monsters, I suppose I could believe that too.
Action: One of the more action packed and gory books we’ve reviewed. It totally fits the tone.
Romance: In a Fifty Shades of Gray kind of way.
Plot: Again, I really enjoy the plot. A monster, psychological thriller at it’s best.
Characters: Some characters got introduced that I thought had potential and were just murdered. Either way, there are a good bit of characters with potential moving forward. Also Ken is in my upper tier of main characters so far.
The World: I talked in great detail about this category above. Not sure what I could add here, honestly. Boring and terrifying all at the same time.
Humor: I read this book last week. Outside of Ken and his friend interacting, I don’t remember this one being very funny. I could be wrong or forgetting some parts, but I think comedy was pretty sparse here.
Verdict Now for the part I didn’t discuss. A, it is a big book which makes it a little more pricey. This shouldn’t stop you from enjoying it but it does slow me down on buying more volumes because those additional dollars add up. It is completely worth it however if this was the only series you collect (which for me, it is not.). B. In manga form, the action is very hard to follow. The action is huge sometimes and the pages are very dark.
Score This book would be a 9.75 if the pages weren’t hard to follow. It almost made me give up on it and I was just going to give it an 8 because I knew it was great just hard to follow. After sitting on it for a week, I’m going to grade it a 9.5 out of 10.
I have passed up volume #2 several times since purchasing the first volume forever ago. I think I might give the anime a try and eventually return to the manga.
Again these are all personal opinions. You may love or hate everything about the book so your miles will undoubtedly vary. With all that said, it is absolutely worth reading the first volume.
Recommended if you also enjoyed
Parasyte- Gore, violence, ethics, morality, half human half monster main character. They are pretty similar in a lot of regards.
Santa Clarita Diet- randomly slice of life, trying to live a normal life while also needing to eat people. Santa Clarita is more comedy and sitcom setup whereas Tokyo Ghoul relies a bit more on suspense and action.
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A comic book Youtuber just put out a video where he bought 100,000 comic books. That’s not a monster haul, that is insanity. I say all this to say his 100,000 comics dwarfs what I thought was a nice manga haul. Still this is the most amount of Mangas I’ve bought at any one time. I bought 11 mangas. Now the impressive part is that only one was over $4.25. I may add pictures later but it was a sweet haul. The highlights include Attack on Titan Volume #1 and Demon Slayer #1.
Now as discussed I will be doing Manga Haul post every 5 or so mangas. I’ll slowly be rolling them out over time to ensure I don’t run out of them.
Next week, we might put Manga Haul #2 out soon so be on the look out for that. In the meantime, check out last weeks manga haul here! If you really like mangas, read my review of Rave Master Volume #1 here!
So, as you guys know I recently shown off my Manga haul and did a Manga Monday. The goal was to make it a weekly event. The plan is still the same. However, it took me several sittings to finish Tokyo Ghoul, so I have not had a chance to start the review. I enjoyed the book but have some thoughts on it. I dont want to rush the review just to get it out.
I have a busy day ahead of myself starting around 3. So, if I dont have the review done by 3, it probably wont happen today. I also have to run to Walmart and get some other stuff done by 3, so no promises either way.
Thank you guys for understanding. If I do get the blog up, this post will either be put on private or deleted or something. If I dont, Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 will be uploaded next Monday.
Tower of God is a new anime I just started watching last night. It is shaping up be either the most interesting anime I’ve ever seen or it will crash on its own momentum. The first episode sets up a fantasy setting, a strange objective, and a hole host of characters. What this means for the series as a whole is yet to be seen
Plot: The plot seems straightforward yet eerily mysterious. A tower stands tall tempting its challengers with a simple promise. All that you wish can be found at the top of the tower. Who is brave enough to accept the challenge and who is strong enough to complete the challenge? A better question may be why would someone challenge that. Well, we have the answer for the two main characters, Rachel and Bam.
Rachel. Rachel is the presumed love interest of the story. The story comes right out and says this is her and Bam’s story, though I find it hard to call her the main character. She almost seems like an unrealistic goal or dream Bam aspires to reach. I call her the presumed love interest because I don’t think the show elaborates on what kind of love the two characters share and if that love is even mutual. She saves Bam earlier in their lives (how much earlier is not known to the viewer). However, she still chooses to abandon Bam to challenge the tower. Her quest is to see the stars, something she makes known the second they meet.
Bam. Bam is more inline with what I think of a main character. The scene is vague, but I feel led to believe he was trapped in a cave until Rachel finds him. In a way, she may very well be the only other person Bam knows which would explain the obsession with Rachel. Of course, he joins the tower challenge all to find Rachel and reunite with her. He seems very Jon Snow in that manner. He wants to do right by Rachel even though every other character in the show is in it for personal gain. This makes you like him and at times go “kids going to get himself killed.”
Headron- Headron introduces himself on the first level of the tower but his exact role still seems fuzzy to me. He is like a game show host in a way. He introduces the challenger to the floor and what task they will have to undertake. He seems to get a sick thrill from challengers dying or, at least being at a disadvantage. Despite us leaving him on floor 1, I doubt this will be the last time we see Headron.
Princess Yuri and Evan- Princess Yuri shows up to help Bam out in the first floor, and just in time I might add. With her comes a ton of mystery and allure. Her dialogue with Headron leads us to believe their is a royal family lurking around. What do they gain from the tower and the gauntlet the inhabitants undergo? I’m sure all this will be explored later. As for now, Yuri grants Bam access to her powerful sword which allows him to progress through the floors.
The World: The world actually seems terrible. Again, it is revealed Bam was trapped in a hole in a cave until Rachel finds him. Also, stars and the sky are all rumors. This implies people havent even seen beyond the cave ceilings. Such a wild thought. The tower itself is intriguing. The tower will ultimately be made up of several floors (I’m not sure how many floors there will be in total). The floors all range in difficulty, aesthetics, and challenges.
Floor One- Floor one appears straightforward yet is layered in complexity. Bam is also the only challenger on this floor. The room is almost a sewer or water chamber protected by a giant, majestic eel. The goal? Break a giant, black ball while not being ate by the eel.
Floor Two- Floor two is completely different. It is a wide open field where each contestant is tasked with killing the other. The round begins with 400 contestant and they are told to get that number down to 200. This is where the show turns into a Hunger Games or PUBG style elimination event. Honestly, I’m not crazy about the pacing here. People just die left and right. There’s a jump of adrenaline from characters getting absolutely swatted left and right. That jolt of suspense wears off when you realize you don’t know any of the characters and it is just mindless murdering. Still an exciting scene in the moment. I do hope it slows down a bit in the second episode.
Recap: This show has insane potential or could flop. I could completely see it going either way. Everyone was hating on the graphics. It was noticeable but it didn’t derail my enjoyment.
Action Each floor looks as if it will rely on action. I’m sure some floors will be more mentally taxing as we go, but that’s yet to be seen.
Romance Again, the plot seems to be a love story. How stable or romantic it is is to be determined.
Plot The plot isnt super interesting in and of itself. The plot is mostly used to justify the setting and Bam’s motivation.
Characters Bam is the only character we got some level of peek into. Here’s a funny thought. Bam rarely says a word that isnt more or less “I’m doing this for Rachel” yet he easily comes off as a main character. It’s a bullheaded, reckless abandonment, throw caution to the wind, that would get old or come off as stupid that I find compelling about Bam. But again, it is kind of stupid still.
The World World, meh. Tower, very captivating.
Humor laugh out loud moments were pretty sparse. It might have had moments that make you giggle but it wont make you fall out of your seat dying of laughter.
Verdict I cannot wait to see how this one unfolds. It will either lose steam or be amazing. Let’s keep an eye out on this one.
Score I’ll give it a solid 8 out of 10. We will see how this score changes as we go.
I watched episode one of this anime last night before bed. I was about to pass out and jotted down some notes so I could freshen up my memory. Check out my early thoughts below.
Love story in epic setting. Each floor has challenges. First one, survive and open ball. 2nd one, survive and eliminate other challengers.
Great plot and characters, animation quality dipped at certain times but was surprising charming and grew on me.
8.0 out of 10.
I’ve been buying mangas since the blog started. One of my first hauls evolved Blue Exorcist and Dead Man Wonderland and maybe a Dragon Ball or Seven Deadly Sins thrown in there. However, I didn’t really make a hauls post (at least I don’t think I did.). This will eventually make its way to the Youtube channel, but you guys can have a sneak peak here first. Enjoy!
Rave Master Volume #1
Dragon Eye Volume #1
Boruto Volume #8
This is where Jessica’s haul start as she continues her Boruto run!
Persona 5 Volume #1
I am A Hero Volume #1
We had a pretty good haul all things considered. I’m very happy with my Rave Master. I already put up a review which can be found here. Dragon Eye will get a review soon. Maybe I can talk Jessica into reviewing one of her books? We will see. I’ll try to round up another 5 or so mangas again before I do another haul post, but I hope you guys enjoyed this post.
Rave Master was written and illustrated by Hiro Mashima. It was brought stateside by TokyoPop. Rave Master originally debuted in 1999.
Spoilers: Today, were only looking at the first volume, so spoilers will be very limited.
Plot: The story centers around future hero Haru Glory, a teenager raised by his sister, as he encounters the seemingly mythical creature dog-thing, Plue. The grander scale is that there is a war between light and dark. The light side use the Rave stones while the Demon Card organization harness the power of Dark Bring. Old man Shiba use to be the Rave Master but finds out the stones no longer respond to him. The stones have now chosen Haru to be the Rave Master. He wields the massive sword seen pictured on the cover which responds to his rave and takes on ten forms. The first being “Explosion”, the explosive sword. After defeating some small time thugs who are equipped with a Dark Bring, Haru decides to set off to save the world. You know typical teenage stuff.
Characters: We are introduced to a handful of characters right off the bat. From Haru to his sister Cattleya, we meet a nice group of people. The problem is that by the end of the volume, only Haru and Plue leave the island. Cattleya, Gemma, and I think even Shiba all still reside on Garage Island. I’m sure they will reoccur but for now, we will mostly focus on Haru while discussing the minor characters briefly.
Haru- I really like Haru. The teenage hero archetype has been beaten to death, even in 1999. I can’t really say Haru breaks the mold in anyway other than he feels more genuine then other characters. He is strong right out of the gates. Nothing new. However, Haru trains hard everyday so he can protect his sister since both of their parents are presumed dead. Also, early in the story the rave has already deemed him the new master which probably made him even stronger. So, yeah. I like him. I believe him when he speaks about getting strong to protect Cattleya.
Plue struck me as a mascot/comedy relief but he hasn’t really been used in that direction much. He actually holds great weight to the story since he is a protector of the raves (I think. Whether he is a rave or protects them is something I get mixed up). Regardless, he is very critical to the story.
As discussed Shiba, Gemma, and Cattleya are all still on the island. I assume they wont just be forgotten but time will tell i suppose.
Recap- This is almost a complete throw away section. The story takes place on Garage Island and by the end we have set sail for the mainland. How many more times will we even see Garage Island? I’m not sure. Either way, the island itself is still interesting. Supposedly, people on the island are not aware of all the Demon Card and Raves and such found on the mainland. Yet, Haru’s dad left the island in search of the raves. So, somehow daddy-o found about them so word travels. As more is revealed about the island we will touch on it in more detail.
As for the world itself, the mainland will most likely serve a huge role as the series continues.
Recap: This is an enjoyable, fun story right from the get go.
Action: Probably not as much as you’d expect, but it is definitely there.
Romance: I can honestly say this story does not even feature the slightest hint of romance. In fact, Hiro said late in the development of the story, Cattleya was actually Haru’s uncle, but he wasn’t happy that there weren’t female characters. So yeah, no romance.
Plot: Its very basic light vs dark, pretty boy teenager hero. However, the potential for a just enough fun and engaging plot exist.
Characters: Almost every character was quite enjoyable besides Feber (the low level thug for this volume). Certainly a highlight for the book.
The World: I feel like I sufficiently covered this topic in the above post. So I dont have much to add here. haha.
Humor: Not the funniest in the genre by far. It is lighthearted and a good time. Humor is sprinkled in just enough to keep you laughing.
Verdict: Compared to other action mangas of its time, I’m not sure where I think Rave Master stands. It definitely holds its own without surmounting the likes of One Piece or Dragon Ball. At no point did I ever think “Man, I could just be reading Naruto.”. With all that said, I am actually eager to check out volume 2 whenever I find it.
Score: 7.5 out of 10. I think this score might end up being a little low when it is all said and done, but it feels right for right now.
Thanks again for reading and have a great day everybody!
Hey guys as discussed, I want to return to regularly scheduled Manga Mondays if nothing else. Below is a picture featuring some candidates.
Starting top left and going left to right the titles are as followed:
- Rave Master Volume 1
- Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1
- Rebirth Volume 2
- Dragon Eye Volume
- Astra Volume 1
- Deathnote Volume 1
- Eureka Volume 1
- Seven Deadly Sins Volume 2
Ive read all of Rave Masters and half of Tokyo Ghoul, Death Note, and Astra.
As always feel free to make recommendations but mangas are not the easiest to find for me, so keep that in mind!
For now, expect Rave Master Volume 1 review to be up Monday as long as I can stay on schedule. Also, subscribe to the Dahubbz Youtube channel because Im planning on doing some manga related content. Of course, following the blog will let you see some manga goodies before the channel.
On the channel, I’m also doing a Lets Play of Mario Odyssey 64 and Jessica and I are doing an LP of Pikmin 1 on Gamecube.
Thank you guys for taking the time to read this. Have a great day.
I really like doing these life updates. I like going back and reading them and seeing where I was at in one point of my life. So today, I’m sitting in a tire shops waiting room getting 3 tires replaced. Jessica and I have began full time babysitting her cousins since their school is closed. (We get them Sunday afternoon and they go Friday night. And this has been going on for a month now). I just finished one of the weirdest semesters I’ve ever had. Not the hardest by any means, but certainly weird.
All my classes moved to online due to the Coronavirus. That really threw off the whole groove of the semester being entirely online.
Earlier in the year, my passion for blogging was on fire. I had what I consider to be some of my greatest post to date. However, I tried to channel all that energy into both the Dahubbz YouTube channel and the Dahubbz blog post (the site you’re reading on right now.). Well, the candle burned on both ends burns out twice as fast or something like that.
So I decided to focus on the channel. I started streaming twice a week and they were successful for a channel my size. We streamed custom mods for A Hat in Time. All our viewers really enjoy them. Right now, due to us watching the kids nearly everyday, we havent been able to stream much. We have plans to restart soon.
Of course, most of my readers on here are here for the manga/anime reviews and the Pokemon content. Well, I fully plan to bring those back in strides now that school is over and I can’t really stream and record as much as years past.
Tomorrow or so, I’ll post a blog about some of the options we have available. Jessica and I each picked up about 3 mangas last week.
I dont have a detailed list of blog post I’m planning. I’m just going to kind of post what comes to my mind. In the mean time, if you enjoy our content and want more regular updates, go check out the Dahubbz youtube page (if I remember, I’ll add links later because I’m on mobile at the moment.)
I’m just happy to make post again. I’m always looking for more creative outlets. Here’s to finishing 2020 strong.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!