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Feeding the Flames Pt. 3: Even More Spicy Hot Takes

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The internet certainly is a place, or rather a space? It does feel a little weird to try and quantify it in terms of geographical space when for all practical purposes the internet is more or less infinite. Yet, increasingly it feels as though there is less and less space for people’s terrible opinions. Well, unfortunately you all are getting mine today, as it is time for another installation of feeding the flames.

Mamoru Hosoda makes better films than Makoto Shinkai

I had been thinking about this one for a while, and prior to the release of Belle I was still somewhat in the camp of both of them being relatively equal. However, while I still have plenty of criticism of the film itself, Belle did make me realize that Hosoda is just a better storyteller, straight up. While the more style over substance approach Shinkai has since popularized works sometimes, riding on it for a significant portion of his career leaves a lot to be desired.


Marin from My Dress-Up Darling is a good character, actually

The early episodes of My Dress-Up Darling seemed to promise a fun albeit uncompelling slice of life/romance. After all, its entire second episode was dedicated to an unfunny bit where Gojo was nervous about taking her measurement. Yet, as the series has continued over the season, Marin has become significantly more 3-Dimensional in terms of her development and is otherwise turning out to be incredibly likable. Assuming this blurb does not jinx the series into a terrible ending, it feels like Marin will only continue to get better as a character.

The Tokyo Ghoul manga is better

This is probably only a hot take amongst the hardcore anime fans, but yeah, it is true. As much as I enjoyed both seasons of the original Tokyo Ghoul, it would be hard to argue that it’s handling of the manga’s original story was worthwhile. Whereas the manga took the time to tie together threads which gave some of the side characters and villains the characterization they needed to be compelling, the anime forgoes this development in favor of a more rushed and sloppy ending.

Fanservice is only good in context

People have been arguing about the merits and demerits of fanservice basically as long as the anime community. However, fanservice as a concept is not just good or bad. What counts as good fanservice depends entirely on what is happening in the story. the fanservice in Fire Force, for example, is not bad because it is fanservice but rather because it often takes a very serious tone and immediately interrupts it.

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30 Day Anime Challenge Two: Day 15

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It is day 15 of the second 30 Day Anime Challenge.

#15: Manga That Was Better Than the Anime

“Tokyo Ghoul,” no question. Tokyo Ghoul’s manga is one of best written, with some really good art to boot. However, as many are aware, its anime counterpart is definitely a lesser version of its story, one that leaves out a lot of important material from the original manga. Now, that is not to say that the anime is completely garbage, as some like to claim, but it does make it significantly worse from a storytelling perspective than the manga.

What manga is better than the anime for you? Let me know in the comments.

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Tokyo Ghoul:re Episode 1 Reaction

Another popular series which is now back on the air, Tokyo Ghoul:re has been extremely anticipated by fans, even six months ago when all we had was a PV. Many did not like the show’s second season for a variety of reasons, including a few divergences from the manga. So, how does this new series stack up?

Well first, let’s talk about the story. Two years after the incident with Aogiri Tree, things have returned to a relative calm. Relative being the key word here. In that time, the CCG, a group of dedicated Ghoul Hunters, have now started a new squadron called the “Quinx,” a group of half-ghouls lead by none other than Kaneki himself, now called Haise Sasaki.

Considering I never read the manga and that I have not bothered to spoil much of the storyline for myself, I went into :re only knowing that there was a two-year time skip. Other than that, I was just wondering exactly what this new season of Tokyo Ghoul had to offer. So, what did it have to offer?

Well, certainly a lot more than My Hero Academia’s first episode. Right away the show begins introducing the cast that is presumably going to have the lion share of the screentime for the season. The first two that we meet are Uri and Shirazu, two members of the Quinx squad and ones that do not seem particularly intelligent. The episode opens with them fighting a Ghoul, who they easily kill, but instead of making sure it is dead, they immediately have to get rescued by Sasaki.

I will say that the sub-plot with Urie that seems to be forming right at the beginning about his wanting to ascend further in the ranks of the CCG should keep the show interesting. Although, his backstory seems a bit generic, to say the least.

Overall, the episode was a fantastic start, and I am curious to see where it goes from here.

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What I’m (Probably) Watching in Spring 2018 and Why

Having not actually talked about, or even kept up with much from Winter 2018, aside from A Place Further Than the Universe, which is wonderful, I decided that it was totally appropriate to talk about what’s airing next season. Spring 2018 is definitely one of the more packed seasons in a while. Not necessarily because of the number of shows, but because of the number of high profile shows that are airing. It’s a good thing too because there is a lot here that I am excited to see return.

Steins;Gate Zero

This show absolutely came out of left field, at least for me. The last thing that I had heard about Steins;Gate as a series was the sequel movie that apparently messed up the ending of the original series. So, when I heard about this, I was a bit skeptical, to say the least.

However, based on what I’ve read, and what looks to be the focus of the show, that being an alternate timeline where Okabe gives up on trying to save Kirisu, I am convinced that the show has potential. Hopefully, this goes well.

My Hero Academia Season 3

I am not sure I really have to justify this. The show’s second season brought My Hero Academia into its own, showing just how much potential the show has to tell a good superhero story. Also, I know that There were a lot of categories that My Hero Academia one that they did not deserve to win, but Stain absolutely was the best Villain. He brought with his character not just a question of who is evil, but what is evil, and questioned the status quo of Hero society.

Super excited to see how it plays out.

Tokyo Ghoul:re

Fun Fact: Tokyo Ghoul (The Original) is one of the only manga I’ve read, along with a few other obscure ones like MAR and a little bit of Air Gear, as well as my favorite Arakawa Under the Bridge. After watching and for the most part enjoying the ending of Tokyo Ghoul, I was fairly surprised to find out that there was going to be a sequel series to the original.

It looks like, based on the setup, that there is going to be a lot of room for awesome action scenes and for some interesting developments with Sasaki and his forgotten Identity.

Food Wars Season 4

To Be Honest, The last two seasons of Food Wars were not as good as the first. Nowhere near, in fact, but I still have a lot of fun with it. It makes good use of the premise it has set up, and even with the focus away from the actual food, and more on the battles for saving the school, there is certainly a lot of enjoyment to be had.

My only hope is that it does not go full shonen stupid and people do not just magically obtain ingredients they did not have at the beginning of the fight.

Golden Kamuy

The first original series on this list, Golden Kamuy really peaked my interest as I was researching for this post. It’s setting in Post World War 2 Japan already was pulling me in, but the premise of a rush for Gold while fighting others who have the same goal just convinced me, especially since the two main characters look like one of the most awesome teams I have ever seen. I think this is definitely something to get excited about.


I don’t know what to say about Hinamatsuri other than “I am intrigued.” It just looks like a boatload of fun.

It is possible that it becomes just a bunch of repeating jokes that are not funny and a couple of main characters who do not even work that well on their own, let alone together. However, I am willing to give the show the benefit of the doubt, at least for a few episodes.

If I find out something else this season is really good, I might pick it up, but I do not want to overload my schedule with more than I can handle.

How do you guys feel about the upcoming season? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!




This Week in Anime: 2-22-18

Henlo, Anifriends,

First, let me say I apologize the blog has been a little lite on content as of late. School and other stressors have been getting in the way of being able to be creative. I will have something a bit different up tomorrow, so look forward to that. With that being said, in a return to spirit this week, there were a lot of anime announcements this week, both new releases and release days for already announced projects.

“DanMachi” Announcement Reveals Season 2 and An Original Movie Are Coming

At the recent Wonder Fest event in Japan, it was announced that DanMachi will be receiving not only a second season but an original movie written by Fujino Omori, the series’ creator. Not many details have been released, so it is unclear whether or not J.C. Staff, who created the show’s first season, will be returning to work on season two. A trailer has already been released for the second season:

As someone who has not seen DanMachi’s first season, I cannot really say I am all that excited. I have heard many good things about the show’s first season, but until I see it, I will just have to go on others reactions.

“Kaiji” Spin-off Manga Gets Anime Adaptation


The popular franchise “Kaiji,” which centers around a man caught in debt trying to gamble his way out, inspired a spin-off about the series’ first main antagonist, and now that spin-off will get its own anime. The series titled “Middle Management Chronicle Tonegawa” is a comedy that centers around Tonegawa’s dealings with other Black Suits in the underworld of gambling.

Similar to “Danmachi,” “Kaiji” is a series I have yet to properly dive into on a serious level. It does look like a show I would enjoy a lot, but being so busy lately, I cannot just dump 12+ hours into a series anymore, so it will have to stay on the back burner for now.

“Piano no Mori” and “Tokyo Ghoul:re” Get Official Release Dates

Both “Piano no More” and “Tokyo Ghoul:re” have received official release dates for the spring season of 2018. “Piano no Mori will premiere on April ninth, and “Tokyo Ghoul:re” will be released on April third.”

Based on the information that has been released so far, Piano no Mori doesn’t really look that promising. However, I am extremely excited for the continuation of Tokyo Ghoul. It was a series that really grabbed my attention when I first started it, and now that it is back I cannot help but just sit anxiously waiting.

What do you guys think? Excited for any of these announcements? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos! Also, if you like what you’re reading and want to support The Aniwriter, consider supporting the blog on Patreon. It would mean a lot and you can do so for as little as a dollar.



What Else Should You Watch?: Attack on Titan

Despite its major setbacks, Attack on Titan has a lot to like about it. From the epic music to the incredible slugfests between humanity’s last hope, the 3D maneuver gear and the Titans, There is something for everyone. But while we’re waiting on season 3 to start in 2018, you might be craving something similar. Hello everyone, and welcome to What Else Should You Watch, the Post series where I️ take a series and give you recommendations based on that show. Without further ado, here are some things to watch after Attack on Titan.

Tokyo Ghoul

If you’ve been paying even a little attention to popular anime in the last couple years, you’ll have at least heard of this show. Since it’s first episode back in 2014, Tokyo Ghoul became a smash hit among fans, but just in case you haven’t seen it, go watch it.

It stars Kaneki Ken, a university student who finds a cute girl at his local coffee shop and decides to take her on a date. Little does he know, she’s actually a Ghoul, a creature that looks like a human but needs to eat human flesh to survive. Unfortunately, he realizes a little too late and gets attacked by his date. He manages to survive the ordeal, but in the process, he becomes a Ghoul himself.

Like Attack on Titan, Tokyo Ghoul is a seinen action series, and also like Attack on Titan, one with a lot of blood. Between fighting other ghouls and fighting an organization that hunts ghouls, Kaneki and his newfound group of Ghoul allies have to spill a log of blood, and it gets pretty graphic.

This isn’t to say, though, that everything else about the show is bad. On the contrary, it’s quite good, but the gore is certainly one of its main appeals.

Black Bullet

If an ever looming threat of giant creatures coming to murder you and your family is more your speed, then you might want to check out Black Bullet.

Set in the near future, Black Bullet details the lives of private agents who are tasked with eliminating humans who have turned into monsters because of a disease known as “Gastrea.” The last remaining human city in Japan is surrounded by Varanium, the only metal that can repel these monsters. There is also a certain segment of the population known as cursed children. They are called as such because they were born from mothers who were infected while they were in the womb, and because of that have superhuman abilities.

The show, for whatever reason, has flown a bit under the radar, remaining in relative obscurity and not being discussed as much as it probably should. It’s filled to the brim with awesome gunfights and badass little girls. I️ mean, what more could you want?

In all seriousness, though, Black Bullet is worth your time. Its story is an emotional rollercoaster that will have you very confused by its admittedly less than stellar ending. But watch it anyway. Just trust me on this one.


Did you ever play Call of Duty and wonder “How cool would this game be if it were only grenades?” Well, even if you haven’t been in that scenario, you’ll want to check out Btooom!.

Taking the battle royale format to a whole new level, Btooom follows the story of a Pro-Gamer, who is number one at Btooom!, a game where you must kill the opposing team using different types of grenades. One day, this gamer gets dropped off on an island, where he finds out he must play a real-life game of Btooom!

A lot of the entertainment value of this show actually comes in seeing the different types of grenades the characters use, and how each one helps them in a given situation because most of the time they will need to use them. In order to leave this real world Btooom! they must gather seven of the chips that have been implanted in them in order to track their movements. It’s a fustercluck of explosions, murder, and crazy psychotic 12-year-olds.

What do you think of these recommendations? Which of these have you seen, and which ones do you like? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!