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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 20: A Character That Gets on My Nerves

Hello, Anifriends

For day 20 of the 30 Day Anime Challenge, I’ll be talking about a character that I absolutely cannot stand.

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This probably will not surprise anyone who has seen the show, but for this category, I think I am going to half to go with Asta from Black Clover.

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From the beginning of episode one, Asta came off as the most obnoxious, uninteresting, borderline copy and paste main characters that I have ever seen in my entire life. It really did not help that the show he is apart of could not be described as anything other than a mix between Naruto and Fairytail, and is somehow less interesting.

Getting back to Asta, though, he is just absolute garbage. His screaming in episode one and two are just the worst. The fact that anybody thought to give the voice acting role to the lead character in what was supposed to be Studio Pierrot’s next big hit shonen to someone who had literally only had one voice acting gig before must have been on drugs because my god is it obvious. Even after the screaming sort of disappears a bit he just exists as the main character and does not really do anything of interest.

Really the best way to describe him is flat. Somehow he is both annoying and uninteresting at the same time.


Which anime character can you not stand? Let me know in the comments below. Also, if you want to support the Aniwriter through donations or are just feeling generous, consider buying me a coffee on Ko-Fi. Otherwise, thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!

This Week in Anime: 12-21-17

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to another installment of This Week in Anime. The stories this week are all over the place, with some being warm welcomes and others being sad goodbyes. Without further ado, let’s get started.

Sound! Euphonium Gets Two New Movies

With the release of a trailer last Friday, It was announced that the hit Kyoto Animation franchise Sound! Euphonium will be getting two new movies, with the first coming out on April 21st, 2018. Titled Liz and the Bluebird, The movie’s plot will focus on two of the show’s characters: Nozomi Kasaki and Mizore Yorizuka. Those who have watched the show now that the two characters have a complicated history, to say the least.

Food Wars to Return in April

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Fans of Food Wars need not fret because the second half of the third season will be returning in April of 2018. The seasons second half will involve the Totsuki train arc, which is part of the larger current Promotion exam arc. The comeback was announced on Twitter from the show’s official account.

Black Clover: Quartet Knights Gets First English Trailer

After a very sudden and unexpected trailer was dropped for Black Clover game, we now have a one-minute English trailer. The trailer advertises the game as a third-person action game, with long-range fighting focusing on the character’s magical power. The game is slated for a 2018 release.

Little Witch Academia Writer Passes Away

Michiru Shimada

Arguably one of the most influential writers in the anime industry, Michiru Shimada, the writer behind shows like Little Witch Academia, Little Busters! and One Peice is dead. The news came from Shimada’s daughter on Twitter, where she announced the news last Friday. I hope that the family can make it through these troubling times and I wish them the best.


What did you guys think of the stories this week? How do you feel about the Black Clover Game? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!

12 Days of Anime #2: Highlighting Shonen’s Newest Generation in 2017

While many shows this year that were not Shonen made their debut this year, It is fair to say that Shonen has been this year’s center of attention. Today, let’s look back at this year’s Shonen offerings and the birth of the newest generation of shows about beating the crap out of each other.

My Hero Academia Season 2

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While it is true that My Hero Academia’s first season aired in 2016, It’s rise in popularity, as well as its quality, was really cemented in its second season this year. With these latest 25 episodes, the show went from an above average shonen show about hero’s to arguably being one of the best pieces of Hero fiction in recent decades, and there are a few reasons for this.

One is the large, but well-developed cast. Unlike other Shonen that tend to streamline the focus solely on the main character, My Hero Academia makes a concerted effort to make its entire cast feel like people that you might meet in real life. Another is its thematic questioning of what it really means to be a hero. Stain, while reaching a terrible conclusion, has solid reasoning when it comes to the nature of being a hero. When he posits that profit ruins the purity of a hero, that is an idea that resonates because that’s what most people think a hero should be, and it is an aspect of heroism that we often take for granted in the classic hero story.

Either way, My Hero Academia will remain a topic of discussion for a long time to come.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

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Quite literally the next generation, Boruto follows the Hidden Leaf Village 10 years after the events of Naruto, where the everything has become much more advanced, and the role of Ninja in society has become much less pronounced. Boruto, being Naruto and Hinata’s son, is the new main character, and the show follows him through his adventures through Ninja training.

It goes without saying that there was, and still is, a lot of comparisons to it and Naruto, because it is a direct sequel. Without Naruto, Boruto would not exist. Thankfully though, it seems as though Boruto has been shaping up to be above average overall. The show differentiates itself, while also keeping the nostalgic feeling of the original.

The Next Generation of Naruto is one that looks fairly bright.

Black Clover

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Well, they can’t all be winners. It’s fair to say that Black Clover will live in Infamy, more than anything. The new Soul Eater this is not.

As I’ve explained before in a previous post about Black Clover, the show had a lot of hype behind it and even despite looking somewhat generic, seemed like it could be good. Unfortunately, what we have so far has not delivered on the hype. In Fact, it almost seems like Black Clover has been reveling in its mediocrity.

Hopefully, it gets better, and we have something a bit more enjoyable to watch.


It seems a though Shonen’s newest generation is a bit of a mixed bag(mostly because of Black Clover though). What do you guys think? What Shonen were you watching in 2017? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!

 

 

 

 

This Week in Anime: 12-7-17

Hey, Friendos! For this week, there was a lot going on. Announcements for new video games, End of the year lists, and some disappointing updates. Enjoy!

This Week’s links:

The Best Selling Manga of 2017

The Best Selling Light Novel of 2017

Hunter X Hunter is Back!

Batman Ninja!

Yasuhiro Irie’s Kickstarter Fail

Black Clover Game

My Hero Academia Game


What did you guys think of the stories for this week? What are you expecting from the Black Clover and My Hero Academia Games? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!

Has Black Clover Gotten Any Better?

To many in the anime community, Black Clover’s first episode was seen as a huge disappointment. The show had a huge push behind it and Crunchyroll was really hoping it would do well. Unfortunately for them, the show has been met with almost universal criticism that it is just another generic Shonen with a lot of adaptation problems. Skip ahead two months though: has Black Clover gotten any better?

 

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Has it?

 

Well, I️ think that honestly depends on what exactly you mean by better. If by better, you mean good, than I’m going to ask you to calm down, take a seat and let me explain.

From the beginning, Black Clover didn’t really have a lot going for it. Many people were calling it a clone of Naruto, with Asta. a loner orphan who never gives up and wants to be the ruler of his kingdom, being the main character. Not exactly doing a great job at differentiating itself. Crunchyroll didn’t really help this in its push for the show, literally calling it the next Naruto on their website.

Unfortunately, Black Clover hasn’t been able to live up to this comparison. The show started with a lot of problems and hasn’t really been able to get rid of any of them. As Mother’s Basement pointed out in his recent video on the show, Black Clover has terrible pacing, seemingly speeding up and slowing down with no real rhyme or reason. Take episode 8, for example. The show spends almost 5 minutes just showing Asta cleaning up the Black Bulls base. By the end of the episode, we see him and Noelle get their first mission, but we don’t actually get to see any of the mission.

Oh, and let us not forget about the main man Asta himself. Granted, the show has only been on for 8 episodes and is going to be 51 total, but one would expect at least a little development or change to happen with the main character, especially considering that he became a Member of the Black Bulls. That’s just not the case, and let’s not forget to mention the incredible amount of times that Asta think’s its necessary to scream at the top of his lungs. Sure it’s tolerable by episode 5 or so, but only after you’ve heard it like 30 times.

Now, if your definition of better is that the show has improved since the first episode, then I think it’s fair to say yes. Since the first episode, we’ve gotten a little taste of the show’s action. When Asta gets to the Kingdom’s capital in order to become a magical knight, part of the exam that he must take involves a one on one battle with one of the other examinees. Now, the fight literally only lasted a minute, but I would be lying if I said that it wasn’t one of the things that kept me watching. No matter how much I try to deny it, seeing Asta swing around his giant sword makes me want to see what is going to happen next, especially when it comes to finding out the root of his powers.

It would also be disingenuous of to not mention the other members of the Black Bulls. Their addition to the cast, while not being the best side characters, certainly make it more bearable than just having Asta on screen for a full 20 minutes by himself. Noelle and Magna especially seem like they are going to be worthwhile characters.

While I’m not optimistic about Black Clover, I haven’t given up hope either. There have been plenty of show’s before that started off kind of week but got a lot stronger as they went on, and hopefully, Black Clover can end up in that same category.


What do you think of Black Clover so far? Love it? Hate it? Is there stuff that I didn’t mention that it needs to work on? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!

What Else Should You Watch?: Black Clover

Despite Crunchyroll’s push to make it the new Naruto, Black Clover turned out to be mostly a flop. From the very beginning, the show took no time in reveling in all of the least interesting shonen troupes and came out a much worse show because of it. However, whether you like it or not, there are plenty of other shows that also deserve your attention after watching Black Clover. Welcome, everyone, to another iteration of What Else Should You Watch. Here are some other recommendations for your viewing pleasure.

Seven Deadly Sins

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Asta himself is seen by many being quite generic and uninteresting, like the rest of the show. Seven Deadly Sins, while admittedly not being much better, still manages to bring together a unique cast of characters and makes their relationships much more interesting.

The show centers around a group of former knights known as the seven deadly sins. The seven of them have been sentenced to death for betraying the kingdom, to which they all ran away. Meliodus, their former leader, has gone on a mission to gather the other six now dispersed knights.

In terms of unique shonen ideas, It really doesn’t come up with anything new. There is a lot of fanservice and generic shonen concepts like demons and immortality, but it delivers those ideas in ways that make it fun and enjoyable without being repetitive.

Busou Renkin

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Renkin is a 2006 studio xebec production that in many ways has a lot of the same problems that Black Clober does, but Busou Renkin still comes out a lot more likable. The show’s main character Kazuki is brought into a much more bloodthirsty world of battling homunculus with his newly discovered alchemic powers. Tokiko Tsumura, a girl who saves him after he is first attacked by a homunculus, guides him through the world of fighting horrendous monsters.

Similar to Seven Deadly Sins, what the show lacks in new ideas it makes up for in a unique presentation. Tokiko, the shows main female lead, has a distinct level of awesome surrounding her, Training Kazuki to use his powers and not taking crap from anyone. Fights are an important part of any shonen, and the fights in this show are top of the line.

Sword Art Online

Despite its many problems as well, Sword Art Online is nothing if not a good Action romp. The show’s setting in a virtual reality MMO makes it to where a lot of crazy stuff can happen, without having to take it to seriously. Translation: it’s a lot of fun.

The music also adds a lot to the fight scenes. Much of the soundtrack is comprised of epic choruses backed by eloquent orchestral pieces. The show is guaranteed to hype you up, if nothing else.


How do you guys feel about Black Clover? What would you recommend instead? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading. Bye for now, friendos!

You Know What Would Make Black Clover Better? Emphasizing Poverty

Studio Pierrot’s recent endeavor Black Clover was hyped up as the new Shonen show that everyone should be watching, even being advertised as the next Naruto. Unfortunately, what we got was a lot less impressive. The opening episodes have been uninspiring, and the main characters are a lot of the focus of this lack of enthusiasm.

Asta and Yuno have mostly been cookie-cutter shonen archetypes, with Asta filling the role of the young protagonist and Yuno being cast as his distant but driven rival. It certainly feels like Naruto in that sense, but not as well done.

For any shonen action series, it is important to carve out a unique identity that makes them stand out in the crowd. Hunter X Hunter did this by doing intricate world building and an interesting power system that didn’t rely on deus ex machina story turns whenever the writer put himself in a narrative corner.

So far, Black Clover is nothing but a borrowing of other shonen troupes and has done nothing new with its premise. This doesn’t mean that they can’t do something new and interesting. In fact, Black Clover has already hinted at something that would make them distinct in shonen stories: focusing on the character’s economic situation.

Black Clover’s setting is a rural village far from the kingdom’s capital or any urban area, with the people in the village just barely getting by. So far, it has been shown Yuno and Asta’s adopted father has to frequently ask for extra food or people will go hungry. There isn’t much infrastructure other than the church, and magic is the only way people are able to support themselves.

These parts of the setting and plot are emphasized heavily, and yet it seems as though the only time the show talks about it is when Asta brings up he’s an orphan. Beyond that, the show remains a typical shonen anime where the main character tries to take on the world and become the strongest. If Black Clover decided to use it’s set up to the full effect, the show could tell a compelling, underdog tale about Asta, the poor, underprivileged kid who rises out of poverty to achieve his goals.

Unfortunately, I have little reason to believe that the show will ever tap into that uniqueness. Black Clover is more than happy with bathing in cliche’s and coasting off the hype of the manga, and that’s a real shame, because this much potential shouldn’t be thrown out so easily.

Black Clover Episode 1 Reaction

After having watched the first episode of Black Clover, I can admit at least that I wasn’t entirely correct in dismissing the hype around the show. The criticism of Black Clover being similar in setup to Naruto is in some way merited, but I get the feeling this show will be able to escape that stigma around it.

As of right now; however, the show is very much caught up in those cliches. Asta and Yuno come off as Naruto and Sasuke clones but with magic, and even how they explain the main characters new found powers is the same. Naruto invoked the power of the nine tails, and Asta unlocks the five leave clover, and the fifth leaf represents a demon. Asta and Naruto are also both orphans that want to become the rulers of their respective kingdoms.

It is interesting to note that Black Clover seems a lot more concerned, at least as of the first episode, with the fact that Asta and Yuno both came out of poverty, and the idea that your beginnings don’t have to define who you are. If that is going to be a theme throughout the show, then it is wholly welcome. A show focusing on poverty and not held back by where you were born, in this case, a rural village, would be a great addition to shonen genre.

Of course, I couldn’t write this reaction without mentioning Asta’s voice actor. For whatever reason, the director of this show decided that Asta’s voice needed to be as annoying as possible, and he found Gakuto Kajiwara, who then internalized that request and gave us the ear scraping noise that is the main character’s voice. I can certainly understand why people would stop watching because of it. We’ll just have to wait and see if it improves, but as of right now, I think this comment on MyAnimeList perfectly summarizes my feelings.

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Overall, I’m still excited for this show. The animation looks comparable to other Pierrot productions, and the music that we did hear in this episode was, for lack of a better term, hype. I do hope that the show comes into its own more as time goes on because it would be a shame to see all this potential wasted.