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30 Day Anime Challenge Two: Day 12

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It is now day 12 of the second 30 Day Anime Challenge.

#12: Longest Anime I’ve Marathoned

The longest anime I’ve marathoned by episode count is probably Fairytail. The first time I sat down to watch it I finished 37 of the shows then 130 something episodes. Let’s just say I didn’t sleep much that night. Coming in at a close second though is Bleach, of which I marathoned about 30 episodes when I first watched it.


What’s the longest anime you all have ever watched? Let me know in the comments below.

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30 Day Anime Challenge Two: Day One

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It has been a while since the last time I did any kind of challenge, so I figured it was time for another one.

#1: Favorite Guilty Pleasure Anime

It is hard to say that I have a particular “guilty pleasure” anime, because I generally do not feel bad for watching any particular show, and I am usually pretty open about the shows that I do enjoy, like March Comes in Like a lion. However, if I were to pick one, it would be Fairytail.

The main reason for this is that, despite it having previously been one of my favorite anime, it still feels like, a lot of the time, the show is just insulting my intelligence. A lot of this has to due with the fan-service that is peppered generously throughout the series. Some times it is OK, and can lighten the mode of a scene when needed, but most of the time it becomes an unnecessary distraction that takes away from the story.


As always, I would love for you all to give your opinions in the comments, so what is your guilty pleasure if you have one? Let me know.

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Fairytail Final Season Episode One Reaction

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I can say without a shadow of a doubt that Fairytail will, forever and always, have a place in my heart. The show has been with me since I figured out what anime actually was. In fact, the first time I started watching the show, I went through 37 episodes in one sitting. Sure, I didn’t get any sleep that night, but I enjoyed myself, nonetheless. 

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With that being said, as I have grown more and more over the years and my tastes have changed drastically, I have noticed quite a few of the flaws that are riddled throughout the show. Whether it is the repetitive character designs that Hiro Mashima uses for nearly all of his characters or the painfully generic villains that seem to come through in every arc, with the exception of a few, Fairytail often embodies the worst of generic shonen action traits. As such, my expectations for the show have gradually lowered over time in order to still get so enjoyment out of the show. 

Despite what I said in the last paragraph, the final season’s first episode did actually entertain me quite a bit. Maybe it is just the fact that the show has been off the air for a while, but it does make me happy seeing the characters that basically defined my childhood back on screen. Sure, Natsu and Lucy’s characters have never been much more complex than an idiot who blows things up and attractive female lead, but that does not mean they do not have their moments. 

I do also appreciate the story of the arc they are in right now, where the guild has disbanded after their insane battle with Tartaros, and now Natsu and Lucy are trying to get the guild back together. The concept behind it is not exactly the most original, but there are still enough interesting supporting characters in Fairytail that I am curious where they all ended up.  

The music, which has always been one of my favorite elements of the show, was also pretty good for the first episode, especially the opening and ending. Overall, it was a fun first episode, and I hope the show has some good storytelling for its last season.

This Week in Anime: Live-Action Bleach, InkyPen, and More…

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I’ll be honest, this week was a lot more interesting for me than the last few weeks. Sure, we got some new anime releases, and as always people writing some awesome stuff, but a lot of interesting things have been announced this week, and I’m just generally excited about what’s to come.

New Releases

Here’s what’s new when it comes to shows.

Shonen-Jump Rom-Com “We Never Learn” Gets TV Anime

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On Monday, the official website and Twitter account for the TV anime “We Never Learn” Announced new details about the project. Among these new details are the director of the show, who will be Yoshiaki Iwasaki(The Familiar of Zero, Love Hina). It was also revealed that the screenwriter will be Go Zappa, who screen wrote “Chronicles of the Going Home Club” and that Masakatsu Sasaki will be the character designer. Sasaki has previously done character designs for “Saki” and “A-Channel”

The show’s story will follow a well-educated boy hoping to successfully tutor two girls in order to get them scholarships. The only problem is that the two girls want to study outside of their talents. One is a science nerd who wants to study Liberal Arts, and the other is a reader who wants to be a scientist.

Fairytail Website Releases PV for Upcoming Series Finale

The official website for the Fairytail Anime released a Promotional Video for the final season of the fairytail anime. The video, shown above, gives small details about the new series, like character costumes and a glimpse of the actual story, among a cut of action scenes from the show.

Simultaneously, the site also released promotional art for the next season. The art depicts Natsu and Zeref, two characters who, in the last season, were revealed to be related.

Zeref and Natsu

The series is slated for a release this fall, with the first episode being released in October.

Bleach Live Action Movie Coming to Netflix

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In a video that came out last week, Netflix announced their list of new arrivals for September. The most interesting reveal on that list? Bleach. According to the list, the live-action adaptation of bleach that was released in Japanese theatres earlier this year will be coming state-side. The movie will be released on Netflix on September 14th, according to the same video.

The live action movie covers the first major arc of the Bleach manga, known as the Substitute Shinigami Arc, because of its focus on the main character Ichigo Kurosaki.

New Service “InkyPen” Coming to Nintendo Switch

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A new service called “InkyPen” recently announced that they would be available on the Nintendo Switch. The service is, surprisingly enough, a comic streaming service. As they write on their website, “InkyPen allows you to read thousands of comics from a wide selection of publishers and artists on Nintendo Switch. All content is available upon subscription, no premiums, no piecemeal content.”

This information is also interesting for another reason: the service seems to only be available on the Nintendo Switch. According to the Press Kit available on their website, The Switch is the only device on which the service is accessible.

The Price per month will be 7.99, and will give readers access to over 10,000 different comics and graphic novels, including many different manga series.

Article Shoutouts

Here are so awesome articles from around the web this week.

What’s up with Crunchyroll?

Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews gives a bit more of a sober take on the recent debacle surrounding Crunchyroll, including their first-ever original series “High Guardian Spice.” Short, but definitely well written. Go ahead and give it a read.

Japanese Literature?

Over on BiblioNyan, there is a great article about 5 books for newbs when it comes to Japanese books. I’ve definitely been more interested in reading Japanese literature, and the books they describe definitely sound awesome. Check it out.


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My Top Ten Favorite Anime (As of August 2018)

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Since I haven’t had a lot of interest in watching new shows as of late, and because this will be my 300th post on The Aniwriter, I’ve decided to document my top ten favorite anime of all time. I believe I’ve explained my philosophy on the subject before, but I’ll explain it again. This list is going to be a list of my Favorites, and not what I think is the best. That is a different list entirely, and one I would be happy to make if you’re interested. With that being said, here are my top ten favorite anime of all time, as of this month, anyway.


10. Phi Brain

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It’s really hard to describe this show to other people and not get some weird looks. Like, its a show about people battling each other with puzzles. On the surface, it seems like something that should be in the same boring vein as Beyblade, right?

Well, yes, but hear me out. The show has a lot of has a whole lot of entertainment value, from its hilariously edgy characters to the extreme situations they find themselves in. Not to mention the surprisingly messed up backstories of its villains. For those reasons alone, it’s absolutely one of my favorites

9. Terror in Resonance

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Two words: the soundtrack. If nothing else, you should absolutely go listen to this show’s soundtrack, even if you don’t like the premise of the show itself. Personally, however, I do think the show it is attached to is worth it. Sure, maybe it’s not the most well-executed story-wise, but I think there’s a lot to relate to when it comes to the main characters. Nine and Twelve go through the entirety of the show with an identity crisis on their hands. They rebel against society because it was society’s institutions that caused them to live without knowing who they are. It seems like their in a perpetual state of being lost, and there is certainly something about that I relate to a lot.

8. The Devil is a Part-Timer

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On a much lighter note, what if the Devil worked in fast food? Yeah, this show is entirely underrated, and the fact that it didn’t get a second season makes me extremely angry. It has a hilarious premise, plus the side characters make the show even better. One of my favorite running gags in the show is how Maou thinks that getting promoted at MgRonalds will somehow allow him to conquer earth. Lucifer is also pretty hilarious the way he just sits in the apartment all day and does literally nothing. If you’re ever looking for something to just sit back and relax with, give this a watch.

7. Black Lagoon

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Black Lagoon is awesome, plain and simple. I remember the first time I watched this show, and it immediately blew my mind. It was a lot like those memes with people using song lyrics and then saying “My thirteen-year-old mind:” and then showing the Kermit the frog picture. Much of that awesomeness comes from Revy, who frequently rushes in and just starts blowing everything up without much of a second thought. By the end of the series, Rock becomes pretty awesome too, especially in the last scene of Roberta’s Blood Trail, where even Revy notices a large change in his behavior. Then, of course, there are the various fights which also look incredible, so yeah.

6. Spice and Wolf

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Shoutout to one of my best friends Sean for recomending this show to me, because without him it would have never even shown up on my radar. Slice of Life really is one of the most interesting genres to me, because there are so many possibilities in terms of characters, setting, and the challenges people face in their everyday lives. Spice and Wolf, though, manages to bring together such a unique combination of storytelling mechanics, and at the center of it all is Holo, one of the more interesting main characters not just in Slice of Life, but in anime in general. Her view on life is a blend of optimism and pessimism. Lawrence is cut from a similar cloth, which seems to be why they connect so early on in the show. And this is where I make a joke about medieval economics and then move on.

5. No Game No Life

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Definitely a newer entry on my list, but none the less an important one. You might also notice about most of the entries on this list that a lot of the main characters of these shows are ones that I find extremely relatable, and Sora and Shiro are not different. Their core philosophy is that “Life is just a shitty game,” and for a lot of people, that’s true. A lot of people don’t get the same opportunities to succeed as others. Most people are born in countries where the living conditions aren’t the best and some are even born into active war zones. For Sora and Shiro, from what has been revealed about their past, it was not having parents that even remotely cared for them. Having the ability to escape to another world in which everything is ultimately decided by your willingness to succeed is exactly what they wanted.

4. Robotics;Notes

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Two Words: The Opening. No, seriously, this shows opening is absolutely hype. I honestly might have to bring back opening of the week just to do a post about this show’s opening, because I love it so much. Yeah, it is pretty generic J-Rock, but Junjou Spectra by Zwei gets me hype every time I listen to it. However, it is not just the music in the show that makes it one of my favorites. Robotics;Notes has a wealth of interesting scientific lore. One of the most interesting parts by far is the Condition of the two main characters: Elephant and Mouse Syndrome. The former causes your perception of time to slow down, while the latter speeds it up. Without giving spoilers, the show is able to use this fictional condition to some interesting effects.

3. Oregairu

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Some might look at this show and think: “with a title like that I’m sure it will just be some generic garbage.” Now, to be honest, if you talked to me right before I started watching this show, I wouldn’t have blamed you. The English title is “My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU,” but at first I didn’t really feel like it was worth watching, and I sort of just started it on a whim. However, after having watched through the show, I changed my opinion a lot, and now we’re here. Sometimes it can be hard to know who you should really be letting into your life. A lot of people act fake, either because they want something from you or because they think being friends with you will offer some kind of benefit. Oregairu is a show that exposes that kind of fakeness and lays it out for everyone to see, and that’s what I love about it.

2. Fairytail

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Fairytail was, in a sense, a lot of my childhood. It was one of the first shows I watched when I discovered what anime was, and ever since then, I’ve watched it religiously. More and more viewing of the show has lead me to realize that it is most certainly not the greatest show out there, but its one that’s been with me for a while. If you had asked me in 2016 whether or not this show was my number one, I would have said yes without hesitation, but after seriously thinking about this list, there really was only one answer.

And for my number one…

1. March Comes in Like a Lion

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There isn’t much I can say here that I haven’t already said about this show in other posts. In fact, I think the last post I wrote about the show probably explains my feelings the best, so check it out. But, In summary, March Comes in Like a Lion provides a cathartic experience for me that no other show has. From its incredibly beautiful visual presentation to the characters whose lives sometimes feel more real than my own. If I could get everyone I know to watch one show, it would be this one.


I know I always ask a question at the end of my posts, but this time I am genuinely curious, what are some of your favorite anime? 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: Konosuba, Golden Kamuy, and More…

Sorry, this is coming out a day late, I was feeling a bit distracted and not really in a mood to write. Some painful memories recently got stirred up again and it put me in a really weird place, but now I am ok again. Anyway, on to this week’s news

New Anime

A list of new anime announcements:

Golden Kamuy Season 2 Will Air in the Fall

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It has now been officially announced that the popular manga turned spring 2018 anime adaptation will now be receiving another season. The show will reportedly be airing in the fall season of this year, and will have all of the staff return to work on the show, as well as again being animated by Studio Geno.

Golden Kamuy centers around Sugimoto, a Russo-Japanese war veteran who, after finding out his friends wife will soon go blind, heads out on a mission to find a hidden treasure that will help him get her the medicine he needs. Along the way, he meets up with various dangerous individuals who also happen to be looking for the treasure.

Kadokawa Releases Trailer for Overlord Season 3

On top of a few promotional images, Kadokawa has now also officially released a trailer for the widely popular Overlord series.

The trailer highlights some of the upcoming plot points of the new season, as well as displaying some of the grittiness the show is well known for. The show’s third season will be produced by Madhouse, and Satoshi Hino will be returning to voice the show’s main character.

Overlord takes place in the world of an MMORPG that is set to shut down. After a player refuses to log out of the game, he finds that many of the world’s NPCs take on personalities of their own.

Konosuba to Receive Full-Length Film

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Fans of the instant hit parody series Konosuba will be pleased to find out that the series will be receiving a full-length feature film sometime in the future. Many details about the show’s production are not yet known as of the writing of this piece, but it has been confirmed that the show will have a shift in studios, as J.C. Staff will be taking over for Studio Deen.

Konosuba’s story follows Kazuma, a NEET who, after dying from shock, is given a chance to be reborn by the goddess Aqua, who he requests comes with him as he starts his new life in another world.

Hiro Mashima Reveals New Fairytail Spinoff Manga

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After a slew of announcements from Mangaka Hiro Mashima earlier this year about future projects, including one about his newest Manga Eden’s Zero, Mashima has now revealed one of the destinies of his hit series Fairytail. Mashima announced this week the name of one of the new fairytail spinoff’s that he has planned for the future, that being Fairytail Hero City. Details about the specific story have yet to be released, but reportedly, the manga will be out sometime this fall.

Article Shoutouts

For this week, I’ll admit that I really haven’t read that many blog posts or articles because of my slump, but I do want to give a shoutout to my fellow OWLS members who had blog posts this week. So here are the links to those:

22: Gloria (The Nerdy Girl News)

23: Marina (Anime B&B)

24: Dale (That Baka Blog)

25: Gigi (Animepalooza)

26: Takuto (Takuto’s Anime Cafe)

27: Scott (Mechanical Anime Reviews)

28: Crimson (Crimson is Blogging)

29: Carla (PopCultureLiterary)


What do you guys think of this week’s anime-related news? 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!

30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 30: An Anime That Could Go On Forever

Hello, Anifriends

Today is the last day of the 30 Day Anime Challenge. It has been a lot of fun exploring my own opinions on anime, but all good things must come to an end. For the last day, I will be talking about an anime I wish never ended.

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To be completely honest, this is another category that I feel like I just do not agree with the premise at all because to me, all stories should end. Having resolution is part of what makes a story so interesting. Seeing characters that you have been with for so long finally get there happy, or even not so happy, ending makes a story so much more compelling.

But, for the sake entertaining of the premise, at least, my answer would be Fairytail.

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I’ve said it before, but I do completely acknowledge the faults of Fairytail, and there are a lot of them, but if I could see fairytail go on for as long as One Piece, then I definitely would not complain. It is a little piece of Nostalgia that I would love to have around for a long time.


What anime would you want to have go on forever? 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!

Opening of the Week: Chain by BACK-ON (Air Gear OP)

The other week, I talked about another opening from a band called Back-On. It was the 16th opening known as Strike Back, and it made me remember just how much I love opening songs by this band. As ridiculous as it sounds, they actually have an enjoyable Linkin Park-esc sound. So this week, I’ll be looking at their opening song for the anime Air Gear: Strike Back

If the immediate Linkin Park comparison above didn’t convince you, then let me tell you a little bit about Air Gear. The show centers around Ikki, a teen who wants to ride using Air trecks. One day, while looking through his room, he finds a pair, and begins his riding career. What are Air trecks? Motor powered roller blades.

The street gang, fighting aspect of the show lends itself to a lot of edge, which is very much reflected in the opening music. Kenji03’s vocals on the prechorus are very reminiscent of Linkin Park’s lead vocalist, and Back-On’s MC Teeda also feels a lot like Mike Shinoda.

Overall, the song is extremely catchy and fun. The Japanese lyrics don’t really inhibit the fun to be had with the song, especially with it’s slower, more powerful build-up.


What do you guys think of this opening? 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: Megalo Box Soundtrack, FLCL Behind the Scenes, and More…

A lot has happened over the last week, most of it pretty light-hearted.

Welcome back, everyone. For today’s This Week in Anime, there is going to be a lot of cool stuff to cover, so let’s get started.

Megalo Box Soundtrack to be Released in June

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Source: Crunchyroll.com 

It was recently announced that the soundtrack to the recent hit Megalo Box, a show inspired by the 50th anniversary of the critically acclaimed manga Ashita no Joe, will be released in June. The soundtrack includes a collection of 47 tracks from the show, with songs from Japanese artists, including the Yasei Collective, COMA-CHI, and DJ Baku. Another version will be available that includes 12 additional tracks, totaling 59. The full soundtrack will be released sometime in June

If I were to pick the best soundtrack from the Spring 2018 anime season, it would hands down be Megabox. Its mix of 90s inspired hip-hop and classic rock does a great job at elevating the hype every time I watch it. Out of all of the anime soundtracks that I have come across, there have only ever been a few that made me think, “I would be totally ok with paying money to listen to this.” Before Megalo Box,  it was Hyouka, Terror in Resonance, Phi Brain, and Jormungund. Now, Megalo Box is definitely on that list.

FLCL Releases a Behind the Scenes Video of English Dub Production

On Saturday, Adult Swin released a behind the scenes video for the upcoming sequels to the original Fooly Cooly, FLCL Progressive and FLCL Alternative. The video contains interviews with each of the main cast of the upcoming series’, including Kari Wahlgreen, who is playing Haruko, and who also played her in the original series.

Other members of the cast include Xanthe Huynh, who will be playing Hidomi, Ray Chase as Handa, and Steve Blum as Yoga. The first of the show’s sequels, FLCL Progressive, will be released starting on June 2nd, and Alternative will be released sometime in September.

As someone who enjoyed the original FLCL a lot, I can only hope that these sequels live up to the hype. Reading some interviews from the past couple of months, it very much sounded like a lot of the people involved in the project did not really want to create it. However, at least on the production side, Production I.G. has always been a reliable source of quality, so there is a bit of hope there. Hopefully, that will translate into some fun sequels.

Hiro Mashima Unveils New Secret Project

On Monday, Hiro Mashima unveiled on Twitter that he was working on a new project, despite already working on two other projects. According to Mashima’s tweet, “We are moving forward with three switching heads.” That part refers to both the series finale for Fairytail and another new project that will be released in the summer.

Fairytail was my initial introduction to Mashima, but I would be lying if I said I had done much exploration of his work other than that. Still, seeing all of this new work from him does make me excited, especially with the free time I’ll have this summer.


What do you guys think of this week’s anime related news? 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!

30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 22: My Favorite Weapon/Armor

Hello, Anifriends

For today, I get to talk about a topic that I am sure many anime fans love to discuss: weapons. On Day 22 of the 30 Day Anime Challenge, I’ll be talking about my favorite weapon, armor or gear.

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For this topic, I am going to be using a bit of a looser definition of a weapon, because honestly, this has probably been my favorite one ever since I saw it.

My favorite weapon is by far Gravity Magic from Fairytail

Gravity Magic

I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t help but feel that magic that allows you to control gravity around you and others is an inherently useful skill, both as a weapon and as a tool.

As a weapon, you could use gravity magic in a number of ways. You could make an enemy float in the air, and then take them out while they have no way of leaving. You could make yourself float in the air to get away from an attack. You could keep your enemy held down on the ground. Having gravity magic also means someone could shoot themselves toward another person like a bullet.

It’s also a good tool. Being able to change the gravity around you means that you could lift yourself up in order to reach higher places.  On top of that, someone could use gravity magic to pull something down.

Overall, it just seems like a really good weapon to have, because of how versatile it is.


What is your favorite weapon or piece of armor or gear? 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!