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Golden Kamuy Episode #1 Anime Review

Alright everyone. I watched an anime today that doesn’t match with the usual suspects that I review. But that’s all good and well. I watched episode #1 of Golden Kamuy, season 1 available on Crunchyroll.

Golden Kamuy stars Saichi Sugimoto as the main character and is set in the Meiji era, that is the late 1800s into the early 1900s. Sugimoto arrives home from the war in desperate need of money. To accommodate that need, he begins panning for gold. While panning, an old man tells him the story of a prisoner who slaughtered an entire tribe of Ainu people and took all their gold. Tried for his crimes, the murderer hides all his gold where no one can find it. Placed on death row, the man quickly makes friends with the other death row inmates. He tattoos hints or clues to the treasures location on all the inmates. The inmates escape and thus the treasure map has now been separated over all their bodies. This anime is Sugimoto’s adventure to find all the inmates and track down the treasure.

Okay, there’s your synopsis. Let’s dive further into it, shall we?

The first thing is wow. Is that plot morbid? I mean, it is kind of implied Sugimoto will be killing these people and skinning them for the clues… So yeah, it is a gruesome version of One Piece. Hey, I’m all for that part of it. However, to find out why I am stumped, we have to examine Sugimoto a bit further.

The opening scene is of the Russian and Japanese war. Boy, is there a lot to unpack here. Our introduction to Sugimoto is on the front lines fighting for Japan in the war. He eats an ant out of desperation for food. When the order is given, Sugimoto rushes from the trenches to find a Russian to vanish and presumably eat, winters are tough after all. At this point, Sugimoto makes it clear his main objective is to survive.

He invades the Russian trenches and grotesquely slays all the troops. When he has flashbacks of the war, they are pretty gruesome and the soldiers are always decapitated. I bring this up to say, Sugimoto is one disturbed individual. He clearly has a bloodlust. He appears to crave inhumane and clever ways of annihilating the opposition. I question if his main goal is just survival anymore.

Now, let’s back it up a bit. While at war, his best friend asks him to raise 200 Yen and take his wife and kid to the United States to seek doctors who would help her with her vision problem. Just 200 Yen. Remember this.

Later in the anime, he runs into a native Ainu girl, Asirpa, who is out hunting bears in the wood. Long story short, the two must defeat a bear in order to save one of the former inmate’s bodies from being eaten by the bear. Finally, they slay the bear. This prompts Sugimoto to ask Asirpa to join him in finding the treasure. She humbly declines him saying she does not kill people. After hearing Sugimoto’s story about the wife with bad vision, she removes the bear’s gallbladder and tells him it is worth a lot of Yen.

Do you think this is enough for Sugimoto? Literally, yes. Of course it is. In his head? No. He wants that fortune. It is funny how Sugimoto seems like a cool, level headed guy until money or killing gets involved. After that a switch is flipped inside the man.

As a result, Saichi Sugimoto is one of the more interesting main characters I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing. The anime’s art and premise definitely interested me. But it the yearning to discover who Sugimoto really is that is compelling me to continue the adventures of Golden Kamuy. This is an anime I see myself slowly chipping away at.

Well let me know what you guys thought of this anime down below. And what is with the CGI bears?

Thanks again for reading! Have a great day!

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One Punch Man Episode #1 Review

Ah, yes. The day we’ve been waiting for. This review is going to have a story time attached to it following the review. I hope you guys enjoy.

One Punch Man Season 1 and 2 are both available on Hulu with sub and dub options.

One Punch Man promises to be high octane, action packed, bloody knuckle brawler of an anime. It firmly did not disappoint in that regard. It has been praised for it’s animation and well that also was a knock out. In fact, the positives are just straight forwardly good. The music is good. The action is spectacular. Saitama is a lovable nut. The coloring (for a setting that is being destroyed in nearly every scene) is beautiful. The villains, despite existing for literally one punch, are still well thought out, provoking, and detailed characters. In fact, that is a luxury of the show. The villains all are good. The design of the show causes them to not be memorable or stand a chance in a fight. However, the screen time they do get, they absolutely kill it.

His fight with Mole King Dream Form and all the smaller mole people was top notch, peak anime perfection. Saitama thinks at long last he has rediscovered that spark and it is exhilarating. The prior 20 minutes are spent roughly showing how Saitama has lost that spark himself.

It is funny. The day of his origin story, life had lost all meaning to the point he was ready to die. Now, he questions if his work even makes a difference. Thus, zapping all emotion from the man. He fulfilled his dream of being a superhero and it brought no gratification.

So, yeah. You get it. I love Saitama and the art style. That is fine and dandy. What about the bad? Well, it is still the same. The show is incredibly boring. Don’t get me wrong. The manga is waaaaay more boring though. The anime gets the benefit of voice acting, quick cuts, lots of color and all the moving pieces. The manga is held together by black and white pages over word bubbles and imagery that is hard to keep up with inked out. In that regard, the anime is 100% more enjoyable. Still, the show lacks depth and remains a satire of genre that probably needed a good deconstruction.

If we wanted to commentate on the ridiculous nature of these animes, this is probably as close to perfection as it gets. The over the top training leading to baldness. The over muscularly villains. However, the show hasn’t really made any commentary on women in anime or the obsessive eating disorder main characters have (I’m half way surprised Saitama did not get his powers from ramen like Popeye meets Naruto.). The lack of a real rival still hinders the show, but than again, there’s still a lot of show left.

I’ll probably give the anime another shot before I ever buy volume 2 of the manga. Still there is no denying the shows popularity and the staying force it has. I liked enough stuff to give episode two a go soon enough. The show is just not at the top of my list though.

Score: 8 out of 10. My qualms with the show still have plenty of time to get fixed as the show goes on. In the mean time, what I liked far outweighed what I didn’t. Watch this anime. You will enjoy it.

Story Time:
One Punch Man Season 1 debuted back in 2015! It was a hit right out of the gate. I personally try to read the mangas first if I am interested. Hence, why I am only on season 2 of My Hero Academia. I ran out and bought One Punch Man Volume #1 in January of 2016, about a month after season 1 wrapped up. I was soooo disappointed and bored. My friends could not believe I did not care for it. However, once they found out I had only read the manga and not watched the anime, they all said I would think differently after watching the show. Again, they are kind of right. All the problems still exist they are just less noticeable due to all the eye candy on screen. Another factor is making yourself read the several chapters as opposed to watching an action packed cartoon for 25 minutes.

In short, they are completely different animals. One Punch Man as a concept works soooo much better in anime form than in manga form. So, yes. As my scores suggest, I do enjoy the anime way more than the manga.

When I first started I shared my blog post with all my friends. Now, the blog is bit more personal and most of them no longer read it. So I doubt any of them will actually read this review. If they do, I hope the 4 year wait was worth it. Haha.

I’m Standing on a Million Lives Episode #1 Review

After a month break, it’s time to finally get another review out. This time around we will be reviewing a new anime called I’m Standing on a Million Lives. Episode 1 and 2 are available on Crunchyroll.

The Plot: Not too much is known of the plot up to this point. At least 3 kids who all attend the same school, Yusuke Yotsuya, Iu Shindo and Kusue Hakozaki, are all teleported to a video game world. Admittedly, I have not watched to many shows from this genre of anime. However, one thing that makes it seem different, to me anyway, is the fact the characters can leave the video game world and than return back to said world at later points. Though, it does not appear they get to chose when to warp back between each world. Once a player arrives in the video game world, I am not sure if the world is named yet or not, they are greeted by a strange avatar that grants them their quest. A neat aspect to the team dynamic is the players can die as much as they want with no consequence. That is, as long as at least one party member is currently alive. If they all die before the other players can respond, they stay dead. It is not yet fully revealed if this means they die in the real world. The players seem to be acting as if they would though.

Characters:
Shindo: First up is Shindo. Technically not the main character, she is still the first of the 3 to arrive in the video game world. In the real world she is considered the total package. The guys find her attractive. She receives good grades. She’s even athletic. In the video game world she assumes the role of a wizard blessed with the elemental powers of wind.

Hakozaki: Hakozaki is not a complete polar opposite of Shindo, even if she appears so on the surface. She is tasked with being the sword wielding warrior. However, she lacks the confidence to be the fearsome brute the group needs her to be. She has a lot to learn and room to grow before she becomes the hero of this story. I’m sure her character will undergo some growth as the series develops but the jury is still out on whether she can reach that status or not.

Yotsuya: Yotsuya is the main character. He is uninspired to say the least. He cannot envision a future for himself. Instead, he would just prefer to play video games. As you can imagine, getting transported to a virtual reality is almost a dream come true. He is told once he finishes his missions he can go home. I’m not convinced he even wants to return home to Tokyo. Yotsuya is not very likable as a character. Though he seems to be a quick thinker and group player. Despite owning the occupation of farmer (one of the weaker titles), he has already carried his weight up to this point.

The World: Animes like this are always fun for this section. The story is divided into 2 locations. The first one seems to be a plain Jane interpretation of Tokyo. The second one is a brand new mystical video game dimension. So far, it has mythical creatures like sea beast and trolls, magic, and good old fashion towns and villages. I’m not sure if anything is named yet. Every player is assigned a title and than a status bar full of typical RPG stats. The players can summon weapons (and I assume other elements as the show continues) at will. I’m under the impression that whenever a player arrives in the world they are greeted by the same avatar (or Game Master as he is referred) and tasked with building a team and completing quests.

Recap: Though I am not overly familiar with the genre, this seems like a perfectly fine jumping in point for fans or newcomers of the genre alike.

Action: Not over dependent on action up to this point. The first scene is pretty bloody all things considered which, to me, implies there could be plenty of blood and violence in future episodes.
Romance: Who knows? There’s nothing overly hinting at romance at this point in time. I think Yotsuya at least has a crush on Shindo. Not confirmed explicitly though.
Plot: I don’t have a definitive opinion on the plot. It is plenty fine enough to carry this kind of story and that is probably good enough.
Characters: Despite my earlier comments, the characters here are fine. They are not in the same class as many of the animes I have watched. However, they just formed a squad and most of them lack charisma but they have a certain charm. Not an elite cast by any means, but still enjoyable in their own right.
The World: The worlds in animes like this are so important. This world seems to have some nice tricks thanks to the digital nature of it. One example being the data logs scattered throughout the world. If the show keeps doing cool stuff with their design space, I will like this world a lot. As of now, it is fine.

Verdict: This show seems to be a pretty surface level anime packed with room for plenty of potential.

Score: I’m going to sound really harsh here. I was going to go 6 out of 10, but I think I’ll just say 7 out of 10. Episode 1 did not blow me away like some Episode 1’s I’ve seen. It did do enough to get me invested in some of the character’s well being and motivate me to look forward to the coming episodes. This is a new anime. I may try to watch it weekly or so as they air and revisit it down the road here on the blog. Who knows?

Bonus Thoughts

I Mean You No Farm? I have to wonder if Yotsuya was only given the title farmer to make him weak at the start or maybe even just for comedic effect. Could this job have secret abilities or top notch skills he will discover in later episodes? Seems like a pretty big plot point to just do for a gag or to kneecap the main character at the start of the story.

Life is But a Stream. In the real world Yotsuya bumps into a table outside where a girl is streaming, inadvertently messing up her angle. She makes some comments that I cannot quite remember off the top of my head. I just wonder if this girl or streaming will come into play. The camera and the show itself took some time away from Yotsuya and the plot as a whole to show us this girl, though her face was not revealed if I recall right. She could be a throw away scene or important to the story.

Random Wednesday #2: Cells At Work Episode #1

Welcome to the second installment of “Random Wednesday”. A series where I review random anime. Read the first one here: Girlish Number- Random Wednesday Number 1

Typically, I let Crunchyroll roll a random wheel and that decides it. Today, I let Jessica pick the anime. I was very happy when she announced Cells At Work as the choice.

Boy, do things change. 5 years ago when I started this blog I was a Biology Education major. Now I am in the school of business. However, some things never change. Like my love of science. That’s why many times I grazed over at the manga form of Cells At Work and almost grabbed it on several occasions.

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Without further ado, let’s dive into episode #1.

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Cells At Work is like a modern day Osmosis Jones, if you kiddos remember that gem of a show. Every vital uh, species in the human body is working together to fend off viruses, fix problems as they arise and keep the body running smoothly.

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Our plot centers around two types of blood cells, red and white. Red blood cells deliver nutrients and other goodies throughout the body via oxygen. White blood cells act quickly to dispatch any foreign invaders the body may come in contact with. Our heroes are a veteran white blood cell clearly trained to eliminate viruses pretty efficiently and a rookie red blood cell on her first day, a la Leon Kennedy.  And, if you’ve ever played Resident Evil 2, then you know what happens next.

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A red blood cell on her first day to work gets assigned a simple enough task, deliver oxygen to the lungs. Mere seconds later, like a gaggle of geese, 3 or so viruses looking like rejected extras from the Cell Saga emerge. White blood cell makes quick work of them and then bathes in their blood all manly like. One camera pan later, and the audience sees one virus survived. So, as to not spoil the rest of the episode, I’ll end the rehashing of the story here.

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It is a quite enjoyable, pseudo rom-com, The Office lite, fantasyesque adventure anime. I had a lot of fun with this one. It is very funny. There’s light elements of romance budding but not in your face, yet anyway, while anatomy and biology nuts are going to have a lot of fun exploring the human body in this delightful anime.

I liked a lot of what I saw and I think most demographics will too. There’s nothing too vulgar or offensive, though when they kill the viruses at the start it is a little bloody (see previous pictures for references). Personally, my backlog of animes to watch is growing larger by the day, but this one might start to tick up the pecking order at this rate.

What do you guys think of Cells At Work? Am I bias as a science lover or does this show have legitimate chops as an anime? Let me know down below.

Thanks for reading and have a great day everybody!

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Goblin Slayer Anime- A Good Start but Where Do We Go From Here? (Episode #1 Review)

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Goblin Slayer Anime- A Good Start but Where Do We Go From Here? (Episode #1 Review)

Hey guys. We have an interesting and somewhat divisive anime review today. Episode #1 of Goblin Slayer. I do need to do a small content warning.

Content Warning- Goblin Slayer’s Episode #1, I cannot speak for the whole series, has very graphic scenes of murder, mutilation, and even rape. Personally, I will not be touching on the rape scenes during the overview. We may address it later on in the review because it is one of the factors leading to the divisive nature of reviewers. So, if you are someone who gets triggered, not using the word in a negative manner but in the way the word was intended to be used, I will keep talking about those scenes to a minimum. However, I can already tell you if any of the above factors sound like too much, you will not like this anime. Now let’s get on to the review.

The anime starts off promising enough. The animation production is high quality. The main character is a vibrant and happy lead character. The Adventure Guild is a sprawling hub full of cheery inhabitants bragging about their strengths. From here, Priestess, the main character, is quickly introduced to her team. 3 eager adventurers dead set on stopping a tribe of goblins who kidnapped some girls from a village. The show is littered with foreshadowing and irony from this point on.

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The bright undertones are swiftly replaced with the caves dark setting, void of any color except for a single torch frantically flickering, clinging to what little light there is in the world. There are several mentions of them all being rookies, and lackadaisically, almost mockingly, asking “they’re just goblins, what could possibly go wrong?”. Midway through the cave the camera pans showing just darkness, but trained eyes will notice it is a secondary pathway housing several Goblin soldiers. The young boy in the group, like the rookie he is, hits his sword against the top of the cave. In hindsight, for such a dark cave, their doom was clear as day.

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The adventurers inadvertently separate into groups of 2. This makes them easy pickings for the goblins who single out the mage first. Breaking her staff then stabbing her and infecting her with poison. Don’t worry, I will describe bits of the violence but I will not touch on the more graphic details, for those of you who still may be reading but aren’t comfortable with that level of disturbing content. Just know, Goblins 1-Adventurers 0

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Of course, Action Lad jumps in and kills a goblin or two just for the foreshadowing to now be in the forefront. His blade hits the top of the cave, dislodging it from his grip. The goblins make haste swarming him. They leave only his corpse behind.

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Lastly is Ms. Kick Boxer. She gets a few good kicks in (Papa Roach would be very happy). In the end though, she attempts to kick the big cheese, the Hobgoblin. This does not, in fact, end well. Her face promptly makes contact with the rocky, rough sides of the cave walls. Her body, not quite lifeless, is left for the goblins own devices

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All that’s left is Priestess as she tries in vain to carry the dying mage to safety. An arrow emerges from the darkness and breaks skin, penetrating her shoulder. The goblins close in on her in the same menacing manner. The goblin are about to claim the victorious 4-0 sweep. The adventurers are finished. Right? Well, not quite. Not yet.

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The titular Goblin Slayer ambles stoically from the bowels of the cave. From here, the anime completely switches gears. The goblins are annihilated one by one. The bonus points part is that they are slain in a multitude of ways. Sure, there is a lot of head cleaving, but we also see spears, traps, setting the hobgoblin on fire and rolling him down a hill. Most are brutal and brutish in nature, but that’s okay too. The story for this episode really wraps up at this point. The Goblin Slayer and the Priestess kill all the known goblins in the cave and rescue the kidnapped girls. The Goblin Slayer and the Priestess reconvene at the guild ready for more days of goblin slaying.

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Okay so, that’s your recap. Now, normally I try to avoid just recapping the episode, so why did we spend a lengthy time summarizing the first 10 minutes of the show? For several reasons. Let’s discuss.

Setting the Tone- A lot like with Attack on Titan and Akame Ga Kill, it is important to know that characters just get brutally murdered sometimes. Life is meaningless, to a certain degree anyway. If you don’t respect death and all the critters under your feet, in this instances goblins, you will be utterly and completely destroyed even if you are the hero. The gruesome mutilations and the depiction of rape scenes had many in the Crunchyroll comment section turned completely off of the anime. I understand that.

It Perfectly Tells You How To Feel- It’s a cartoon. Sure. But murder and rape are real life things. So, while I dont glorify these actions, I think this anime uses them to great conviction. What do I mean? Because the first 10 minutes are so brutal, so barbarian, it really paints Goblin Slayer as the most heroic and lifesaving dude in all of anime. You spend 10 minutes watching goblins molest, violate, and butcher a bunch of kids. Its’s grisly and savage, yet so commonplace in this world. When Goblin Slayer slices a goblin’s head open you cheer. Then he sets one on fire and you fist bump. He pierces the heart of a goblin with a spear and you let out a “Get em!”. He finds four baby goblins and bludgeons them to death and you ponder if the only good goblin is a dead one. Then you get flashbacks of Star Wars 3.

It Felt Real- Some people may disagree with this part. That’s fine. Kids today are clueless about a lot of parts of life. When adventure lad felt so sure of himself and that he was a hero just to get slaughtered by a world that felt nothing for his heroism, it just felt real. Kids today aren’t taught how to manage money, how to pay for a house, or how to change a tire. Yet, they still get thrown out in the world (most thinking they are ready for it). A lot of them get mercilessly fed to the beast. So many people I know are buried on financial burdens. The younger ones under student loans while the older ones are crushed under credit card debt or trying to pay off a house or what have you. And all those financial woes are just commonplace. I feel like you could go on and on and on about people just being unprepared for the real world but I think you guys get the point.

Now for the Bad.

Priestess is a Lame Character- Maybe she gets cooler or stronger in later episodes. I just did not relate to her as a character. Sure, I could sympathize with her in that situation. I mean, your crew was just brutally murdered before your eyes. There was an interesting discussion in the CR comment section about how what finally broke her was the baby goblins dying. One person defended her saying it was the weight of everything and that was the first moment she was able to breathe. Personally, I don’t buy it. I think they wanted to create a sense of moral ambiguity about killing baby goblins. Too which there is none. You kill them. They are not like humans which have at least a shred of humanity, even if buried real deep. So, she gets no sympathy from me in that moment. Couple the crying with the fact that she literally needed no time mourning her fallen teammates before she eagerly joined Goblin Slayer again felt disingenuous. There is a way to make it feel more real and earned. Show her grow in the cave. Honestly, I didn’t really see any growth on her part. Sure, she cast Holy Light twice. So what? How about more internal monologues? She gave plenty but yet I never really saw her say anything about a rush of adrenaline from killing goblins or how she wants to avenge her dead members. She just talks about how scarring and common events like these are but she is definitely an adventurer. It just felt like an ending they forced instead of a natural progression of her character. Maybe the novel dives more into it? Even so, we are judging the anime, and this has got to be one of the most unsatisfying endings. I’m not against the product of the outing being a stronger, more brave Priestess, just that they did nothing to make it a believable evolution.

Hopefully all my thoughts about Episode #1 are clear and not too confusing. I’ve read some other people’s reviews and everyone tends to have a lot to say about the anime. Personally, I saw some metaphors for life today. maybe I’m off base with those connections. I don’t the anime is completely tasteless or void of substance, but I can see other people not caring for it. I had a lot of thoughts and just wasn’t entirely sure how to structure everything.

Goblin Slayer Episode #1 is good. It certainly is not for everyone. It is important to remember that some people will not be able handle this level of disturbing anime. That’s okay. And if you enjoyed the darker side of this anime, that is okay too. Everyone’s taste is different.

My score for this episode changed a lot over the course of writing this. Episode #1 was an adrenaline trip of mixed emotions. Ultimately, I was ready to watch the next one and rate this one a very solid 9 out of 10. But after bouncing everything in my head a few times, I still really liked the first episode, bad ending aside, I landed on 7.5 out 10. Goblin Slayer more than makes up for how meh Priestess is. The ending didn’t deter how action packed the first episode was. Though I do question where we go from here. Not perfect by any stretch, yet still solid. Here’s a recap for anyone interested.

Action- Some of the best of any anime I have reviewed.
Romance– Not the good kind.
Plot- As of right now it is very grounded. There is no immanent, greater danger. In comics, we call this street level villains. Yet I’m not sure where we go from here.
Characters- Priestess was easily the most boring, so of course she is the one who lived. I loved the goblins as far as villains go. Perfect villains. And Goblin Slayer is the perfect hero.
The World- Most of the episode took place in a cave. Other episodes might follow suit. The world is cool as a whole. I’m just not sure how much of it we will see.
Humor– I’m not sure there was a single funny part in this whole anime. Maybe something chuckle worthy before the cave, but virtually nothing past that. I did laugh a couple times when goblins died, but who didn’t?

What did you guys think about Goblin Slayer? Which side of the coin did you fall under? I’m not really sure where the anime goes from here. It did get a 2nd season so I guess it has to go somewhere, right?

Thanks for reading! Have a great day everybody!
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The God of High School Episode #1 Review (Anime)

The God of High School drew me in with an absurd name and tournament combat scenario akin to the classic animes I grew up watching. Did it disappoint or did it manage to live up to a name like The God of High School?

The God of High School positions itself as an all out brawl of an anime. If you can, imagine Dragon Ball’s Strongest Under the Heaven tournament style. Whoever happens to win the tournament gets their wish granted. Talent scouts have been testing many contestants to gather what they assume to be the strongest fighters. The big day arrives and BOOM, it is go time. The first episode has a fun little mini arc revolving around a petty thief who steals a grandma’s money and how our three main characters team up to stop him. It only takes about half the episode but it is a great introduction. This opening showcases each character’s personality and strengths. It’s fast-paced, action packed, and a fun joyride.

After that sequence, we get right into the heart of the premise. Our three heroic teens from the start: Jin Mori, Han Daewi and Yu Mira, all happen to be entered into the contest. Well, it is mostly action from this moment worth. A lot of cool characters are introduced, but few to none are named.

That’s about it as far as plots go. There’s something going on at the very beginning about running the country or some other babble, but that is lost on me at this point. No other hints of world danger are present, so we just have to wait and see what the dangerous, world threatening organization has in store for us in later chapters.

So, with plot out of the way, let’s dive into characters. We will be talking about 3 in particular.

Jin Mori- Our main character. As of right now, he does not have any super powers. He is just really well trained in taewkondo. He seems to be of pure heart as he drops everything he is doing to help recover the grandma’s money. So far, he is a likable lead character.

Han Daewi- As of right now, he come’s across as another good intentions kind of guy. He works hard and still needs more shifts for more money. I don’t believe the show reveals why he needs the money. However, he is the one who ultimately stops the thief. I don’t think he takes any of the recovered money either, even though it is documented he needs more money for something.

Yu Mira- Admitted, I don’t know what to make of her. She is introduced just going ga ga over some muscular men. With little to no hesitation, she joins Jin on his quest to stop the thief. I don’t quite understand the source of her power but she is very strong, no doubt.

This is normally the time when I address the world. However, the world seems pretty normal outside of the fact that there is a fighting tournament going on.

This show is just 3 or 4 episodes into the anime. My plan is to get caught up over the coming days and then maybe do a review of the show in a few weeks. Maybe after it hits 12 episodes or whatever it calls a season.  This was a very strong start to an anime. It gave the lighthearted vibes of One Piece at times while also having that battle royale tournament set up that old school animes perfected in the 90’s and early 2000’s. In other words, as of right, this anime is right up my alley.

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Tower Of God Episode #2 Anime Review

Hey guys, today were going to keep the review train going. This will be a follow up to our Tower Of God Episode #1 Anime Review found here. Make sure you’ve read that one first!

Alright let’s dive into it.

Plot Updated:  I really don’t think there’s been any big reveals or revelations at this point. I’ll be honest. The show has begun explaining a new concept. Regulars vs irregulars. This part is new to me and went a little over my head a bit. The gist of it seems to be irregulars are people born outside the tower. I could be completely wrong there. Bam seems to say something about him and Rachel being the only ones born outside the tower. Again, I could be wrong there. One of the superiors also says “Bam is a monster” so there’s more to Bam than initially lead on.

Characters: Alright, so I would say we were introduced to at least five more characters! And two minor characters that will either develop into bigger characters or be comedy reliefs of sorts.

Khun- Khun is the most interesting character to dive into this episode but not the most mysterious. Due to Bam wielding the The Black March, Khun decides to follow him and figure out how Bam got the princess’s signature weapon. Bam has been warned to not trust Khun so we will see where that goes.

Rak Wraithraiser- Rak is pretty fun for a dumb brute. I think there’s a lot to like about the character. The tower has strict guidelines but Rak goes by his own code which might get him in trouble. This episode highlights him as a strong warrior and a joke at different times. He reminds me in a lot of ways to Drax the Destroyer from the Guardian of the Galaxy movies.

Anak and Hatsu- I really wish we could go more in depth here, but I’m not sure they talk too much. They are strong, silent, and clearly respect each others as rivals. For some reason, they gave me Yu Yu Hakusho vibes. Could just be me though. Either way, they are shaping up to be legitimate contenders here.

 

Lero-Ro So this guy is basically an instructor. He shows up and intimidates the contestants. Again, not too much is lead on about this guy. Much like Headron, I still felt like he was worth mentioning.

Princess Yuri and Rachel were both completely absent from this episode other then in mention.

The World/The Tower-

Lets dive into the floors.

Floor Two- Floor two’s style remained the same of course, a battle royale. However, the pacing slowed down as we focused on the above characters. This was enjoyable yet the combat was almost nonexistent in a weird way. Khun and Bam just evaded Rak until time ran out. Anak and Hatsu simply matched blows for blows. It all culminated into one final test on the floor. Of the 200, form a team of 3. Forming teams of 3 must be an anime trope or something. Either way, Rak, Khan and Bam form a team. Anak, Hatsu, and Purple Jumpsuit guy form their own team. With these out of the way, we meet our characters on Floor 3.

Floor Three- Okay, so I watched this episode a few days ago. The water concept is a little weird to me. Shinsu, or that weird water looking stuff, is apparently the tower source of power. Either way, being in its presence is very taxing on the body. Shinsu forms a wall that only the strongest can pass. Lero-Ro claims on the higher floors, the Shinsu will be almost unbearable. Either way, Bam is not pushed back by the giant tidal wave of Shinsu. He automatically passes. His teammates aren’t so lucky. Yet, Rak and Khun still pass through the Shinsu very easily. Well, Khun’s briefcase isnt as strong but it still gets through. Hatsu and Anak both move pass the wall with ease as well. Finally, after some lollygaggin around, Purple Jumpsuit Guy clears the wall and were onto the next floor.

So that’s really it for this one. There was major tonal shifts in this episode. Rachel is still the goal, but we focus on the challenges at hand more so in this one instead of fantasizing about the higher floors. As far as I am concerned, the momentum is still going strong. Two episodes in and it still has my approval. Go watch.

Thanks so much for reading guys. Have a good night guys!

 

 

A Destructive God Sits Next to Me Episode #1 Review

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tower Of God Episode #1 Anime Review

Manga Monday: Tokyo Ghoul Volume #1

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Manga Monday Next Week!

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.

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Tower Of God Episode #1 Anime Review

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.

Characters: 

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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.

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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- 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.

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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.

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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.

Bonus material
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.