So if you follow this blog in any capacity, you know I do daily posts. You also probably know I havent been doing it regularly. I’ve talked about this once, and I’m still having trouble with it.
A. I’ve been sick all this week. It’s just a running nose, sore throat, and cough. With the occasional headache. I do not take medicine for anything that wont kill me, so I’m naturally fighting it with water and sleep. Which takes time.
Also, I had a three page paper due and a test. Albeit, these are not hard, but the study and prep time take time away from the blog.
I’m happy to say I shuld get a top five out today for favorite Majora’s Mask mask. So if that interest you, stay tune!
I’ve talked about it before, but I’ll mention it again because it is relevant. I started this blog with the hopes of creating a safe and healthy environment for lovers of anime/manga/video game/etc to come together, to meet and discuss interests. I’m proud to say I took the next step today. I made a forum.
Here we have topics like “Suggest a manga to everyone” or “What anime are you currently watchi
ng” I’m open to suggestion and I really want to turn this into a hangout spot for everyone.
When I was Freshman in High School, I took part in a forum that changed my life. It was pokemon forum and I made awesome friends. Unfortunately, those people(Myself included) all took a break from it and we failed to stay in touch. But that truly made my summer incredible. I was an introvert and did not have real good friends in school yet(that changed my junior year). But this was a big stepping stone into helping me grow out of some of those problems. I would love to give back to a community, the way a community gave to me.
Please do not hesitate to check it out, make suggestions, and tell your friends. Of course it is small now, but we can make it grow!
Here’s a link http://dahubbz.proboards.com/
Thanks for taking the time to read this!
Check back later today for a top five, and next week for more big announcement
Today on A Trip Down Memory Lane, I will be talking about the first manga I ever read and owned. That manga was Naruto Vol 4.
I loved comic books and I loved animes. Where do these two worlds meet? In mangas. Mangas might be my favorite form of entertainment and it all started while I was in middle school.
For those of you who might not know exactly where vol 4 is in the story, it takes place when Naruto and Haku fight. I had seen the anime up to this point so I knew what was going on. Though I haven’t read much of manga since than(Yet!), I am caught up entirely on the anime. I must say, this is one of the most important story lines in the entire series. This volume is a tone setter for sure. There is a chapter entitled “The Tools Called Shinobi”. The few chapters leading up to this painted that very picture. Ninjas were just tools the villages used to carry out missions of all sizes. When a ninja could no longer preform their duties, it was to the gallows for them. If a ninja died on duty, a new ninja would take their place and the world would keep on spinning. The relationship between Zabuza and Haku demonstrated this dynamic. Haku is a weapon of war for Zabuza. When Naruto and Kakashi defeat Haku, Zabuza shows no emotion. Haku even blames himself for not being good enough.
This is also a huge scene in showing how Naruto will impact the world. He shows compassion and mercy for his enemies, which is relatively unheard of. He even gets Zabuza to a shed a tear. This whole act may seem small considering how small of a role Haku and Zabazu play after this, but I think it is huge. It’s foreshadowing that the ninja world is tired of violence and heroes will be stepping up to challenge this mentality of shonobi as tools.
The fight scenes are also great. Naruto gets a small version of the nine tails cloak. His fight with Haku is awesome, as Haku is helpless to stop Naruto. The fight between Kakashi and Zabuza in the mist is also great. Kakashi’s Fanged Vengeance Technique is awesome but the lightening blade jutsu is still one of the sickest jutsu.
This manga opened my eyes to a brand new medium, a powerful medium. Mangas can be silly, humorous, sappy, romantic, but most importantly they can be powerful! Mangas are an adventure and you will have a hard time not bonding with all the characters. The characters, the life lessons, the atmosphere, make the pay-off completely worth it.
All in all, it is a very solid manga. If you’ve never read a manga or a Naruto manga before, of course I recommend starting at the beginning, but if you are just trying to jump into some awesome action scenes with characters expressing a moral lesson bigger than themselves, than this is the perfect manga. This was the first ever manga I owned and now, some odd years later, I am still collecting mangas.
Everyone knows about Naruto and Once Piece. If you are looking to add some good quality spice to your anime watching list, this list is definitely for you!
Here is my list of Animes you should be watching:
#5 Attack On Titan- Season one of AoT was ferocious and blow up instantly over here in the states. Odds are you’ve probably heard of it but if you are on the fence about it, it is definitely worth the watch. Season two of the anime is still a while away so you can watch this one at your own pace. It is only 25 episodes long. My friend and I knocked it out in two viewings and thought it was great. It has its flaws, of course. I am not a huge fan of Eren until about episode 23 or so, but the other main characters make up for that. Plus the titans are some of the cooler villains I have seen and only get cooler as the season progresses. Watch as the human race tries to take Earth back in this action thriller! It is a great starting point to kick off your summer anime indulgence. You can watch this on crunchy roll and netflix
#4 Death Parade- Death Parade is over, clocking out with just 12 episodes, but boy is it ever a thrill ride. The story is about how we get judged after death. Two recently deceased souls enter this realm and compete in intense games of life and death. I wont spoil anything but it definitely gets better as the seasons goes on. The last two or three episodes are SO intense. You can catch this one on Hulu
#3 Amagi Brilliant Park- If you are looking for something a little more light-hearted and a lot more humorous then look no farther than Amagi Brilliant Park. A high schooler, Kanie, is asked to be the acting the GM and is tasked with the job of getting the desired amount of visitors in three months or the park will close down. The main characters, Kanie, Latifah, and sento, are very likable but the three mascots steal the show. Crunchyroll has twelve episodes so is not hard to finish but you wont want to stop once you have started. It is brilliant.
#2 Is it Wrong To Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon?- This is the first anime on this list that is still being updated weekly. It has become one of my top favorite animes in its short time. Ive only seen about the first eight episodes of Sword Art Online but IIWTTTPUGIAD plays a lot like SAO from what ive seen. Gods come down to live with us humans and form Familia’s. The God’s are the head of each Familia and they get the humans to go into dungeons. The humans goals are to go deeper into the dungeons. It is not set in a video game world like SAO but the characters level up, learn spells, and fight monsters much like a character would in an rpg. There is a weird love decagon going on where every female character seems to be in love with Bell, the main character. But I stick around for Bells progression from a weak fighter that no one wanted as their partner to now the slightly better version of him ten episodes in. With only ten episodes, itll be easy to catch up with.
Two way tie for first
We have a two tie for number one
#1 Assassination Classroom- This show is awesome! Brief plot recap without spoilers: An alien lands on Earth and we cannot kill it. The alien decides he wants to teach a class of reject students in hopes they can make better exam grades then the head of class kids. The only catch is the kids also have to find a way to kill the alien by next summer or he will destroy earth. When I first heard this plot I thought it was the craziest sounding plot, but nearly 20 or so episodes in and I am addicted. I am so pumped to see where it goes. It is only about 20 episodes in, so catching up shouldn’t be a problem, but it is updated every Friday on Hulu.
#1 Parasyte- The Maxim- This is an absolute gem. I started watching it when it was on its final arc, and probably finished it in three sittings. It has 24 episodes all on crunchyroll and is over, so you can catch up easily. It is based off a 1980’s manga series but the message it delivers is still true today. When these new species start emerging on earth, humans fear for their extinction. These creatures, later named parasytes, latch to a humans bloodstream and travel to the brain. From their the parasytes than feed on humans to survive It brings into question the hierarchy of living species and how important life is. It is absolutely gory in an awesome way but it also profoundly beautiful and has a lot of heart and thought. It is a much watch for sure!
Enjoy your summer of Anime right!