Dragon Ball Super: Broly Trailer released

Dragon Ball movies are rarely plot heavy, sometimes the story is ever incoherent. However, is that really the most important part of this series? My answer would be no. Fighting is the most important aspect of this series and this latest movie trailer shows that this will be continue to be the hallmark of the series. What surprised me was that it appears to be a remake of the DBZ film “Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan.”

This movie focuses on the Broly, a saiyan with immense power. When he was born he had a power level of about 10,000. King Vegeta saw his power as a threat and ordered his execution. King Vegeta was unsuccessful as Broly and his father survived. Broly having matured became rather violent and manic, even for a saiyan. It’s unclear that this story will retell that one, or what changes will be made. One change, Frieza verses Broly, is something I want to see.

Trailer courtesy of IGN.

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Burn the Witch: Tite Kubo manga one shot review

Seemly following on the heels of Hiro Mashima, creator of Fairy Tail and now Eden’s Zero, Tite Kubo, creator of Bleach, has now released a one shot called Burn the Witch. While, not a full manga series yet, one shots are often 15-60 pages. They tell a complete story, hoping to garner enough support to be turned into a full series. The process is similar to a television pilot.

The 62 page manga, Burn the Witch as the title suggests is about witches in London. Dragons are the main adversaries in this manga. Dragon were once reasonable for “72 % of all deaths,” the residents of “front London” were unable to see the dragons, but citizens from “reverse London” could. The story focuses on to witches, Wing Bind 1st order conservation ranger, Niihashi Noel and 2nd order, Ninii Spangle.

The “dragons,” are varied in design and uses in reverse London. The Conductor is used for “electric generation,” the Hammerback for “minerals,” the Wooly Wally “textiles,” the Matchbox for “fuel,” the Blue Appetite for “medicines,” and the Meatball for well food. The design of the dragons a weird and original, I liked them. Ordinary citizens from reverse London are banned from coming into contact with the dragons.

This is were the witches and wizards, whom passes the exam to become a member of “the wing bind agency.” I instantly thought of Harry Potter, but that’s not a bad thing. Meanwhile, in London a dragon sprouts out of a puppy and Niihashi and Ninii are ordered to exterminate it. The dragon is called a “Dark Dragon,” when “dragons come into contact with negative human emotions,” they become a threat to humanity.

They’re intelligent and can speak “the human language.” The dragon they’re facing is a “disguiser,” a dragon that “takes over a corpse.” Balgo the obligatory perv, taking care of the “corpse,” of the puppy he named Osushi-chan, but he’s in denial about his death. Just as Ninii attempt to capture Balgo’s friend, another disguiser attacks her. The new dragon “Selvie,” believes that by eating both witches he can gain “immortality.”

Ninii claims that it’s a myth, but Selvie believes that he won’t know for sure unless eat’s them. Selvie use to be the friend of Balgo that was killed saving his life when the were 7. He was hit by a train while protecting Balgo. Selvie attacks Ninii, but Balgo blocks it and is bitten. Balgo begins the typical, “we are friends and I’m going to save you,” speech. Niihashi steps in and destroys Selvie with “Absolute Dragon Shutter.” After being bitten by a dragon, Balgo becomes a “haunted one.” Haunted ones are classified as dragons and must be protected.

I really enjoyed this one shot, it didn’t reinvent the wheel but I found it charming. While I was gravely disappointed with how Bleach ended, I hoped Kubo may learned from how poorly that series ended. The most interesting part was the last two pages of the one shot that featured a reference to “soul society,” and a not so subtle reference to “Bleach” on the last page, seen in black letters in the title “Burn the Witch.” Is the Burn the Witch universe part of the Bleach universe? Is Kubo going to create a spin-off? Time will tell, but I hope Burn the Witch becomes a series.

 

Banana Fish Episode 1 Review: A Perfect Day for Bananafish

As the summer season begins (and I wait for AOT season 3) I decided to give a new anime called Banana Fish a try. Banana Fish is adapted from a Japanese manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Akimi Yoshida. Banana Fish will be a 24 episode series that began on July 5, 2018. The original was set in the 1980’s, but this adaption will be modernized. For example, the Vietnam war is replaced with the Iraq war.

Banana Fish was critically acclaimed, due to it’s plot, characters and action. The series has sold over 11 million copies. Banana Fish was originally meant to be a Shojo series, appealing largely to young teenage girls. However, it was marketed as a seinen series attracting a male and female fan-base. The series is considered to be part of the Yaoi (boy love) genre, with the title characters Ash Lynx, a “seventeen year-old leader of a street gang,” and Eiji Okumura a “Japanese photographer’s assistant,” being in some kind of “relationship.”

Carl Gustav Horn, an editor on the English language translation of Banana Fish, stated:

“There’s nothing wrong with manga that make eroticism and teasing their focus, but if you want to make character and narrative your focus, I think you have to show some self-discipline as a creator. If you do so, you may also achieve more profound effects than if you just went for the fan service and easy thrills. I think some Banana Fish fans would argue that Ash and Eiji’s relationship ends up being much more romantic because Yoshida places the emphasis on the struggles they face together, not the snuggles.” – Wikipedia

Any actual sexually contact is seemingly limited to “exclusively to acts of sexual violence and rape, though critics have commended the series’ depiction of rape as universally negative and traumatic, contrasting the common theme of rape fantasy in yaoi.” 

Plot

Banana Fish tells the story of Ash Lynx, as he tries to take down crime boss Papa Dino, while deciphering the meaning of “Banana Fish.” The phrase, Banana Fish is uttered several times by different characters in the series. Eiji Okumura aids Ash in discovering the secret.

The series isn’t for children, featuring a lot of violence. For example the opening scene in episode one “A Perfect Day of Bananafish,” shows a solider massacre his fellow comrades as he’s in a daze. The animation of this series is top notch especially during the bar brawl. While I am unfamiliar with the manga’s art style, I liked the art presented in this series. The color pallet is vivid but not so much that the world feels unrealistic.

 

Banana Fish seems to have earned the hype. It’s not really my type of anime. However, it’s not FOR young men, it’s FOR young women and made by women. That’s not to say men won’t like it, but they may not. I will say that it is a high quality anime, the characters are likable, except Papa Dino (although he’s not suppose to be liked). I’m also rather intrigued by what Banana Fish means and think that many viewers would.

FLCL Progressive Episode 5 Review: Fool on the Planet

The animated creativity of this episode was stunning. Fool on the Planet feature several different animation styles throughout the episode. It begins with what seems like a charcoal watercolor like painting. Then it moves to a sketch style that makes the episode feel unfinished. Finally, the episode transitions to a manga style, black and white with panels. The shifts between the various styles happen sometime between frames as well as scenes.

Ide “fights” Haruko in a abandoned pool, she dominates him, mocking his lack of strength. Ide’s relationship with Haruko is odd, it appears to be sexual on some level but never really progresses pass innuendo. Regardless, after she defeat him, she straddles him telling him that he “knows nothing.” Ide responds in kind telling her that “you don’t satisfy me!” This pisses Haruko off, meanwhile, Hidomi races to the roof and becomes jealous.

She weirdly absorbs Ide in a fit of rage, leaving behind a weird black human shaped rubber type thing. We learn that Hidomi’s mother is closing the cafe, seemingly abandoning any hope that her father will return. It appears that Haruko is working with “the Department of Interstellar Immigration,” and the weird amusement park is finally implemented. Draining the N.O. energy from the students to power a robot. They attack a “Medical Mechanica factory.”

Meanwhile, the rubber suit floats up into space where it’s sucked into a giant satellite and feed to a Canti-like dog by an elderly woman. This is similar to what occurred in the last episode of FLCL, the terminal dog ended up becoming a world destroying machine. Hidomi’s attacks Haruko in her new cyborg form. She chastises Haruko for being “just a girl in love.” Before Haruko can respond the sky turns red signalling the return of Atomsk. While, I enjoyed the animation change, I found it so distracting that I had to re-watch the episode to remember what happened. Which is bad enough considering that this whole series will require re-watching. Anyway, I’m curious what the final episode will bring.

One Piece Chapter 910 Review: Now, to Wano

This chapter was largely a throw away, were I’m concerned. It’s not that it doesn’t do anything to progress the story, spoiler alert they reach Wano, it’s that well that’s all that really happens. As I’ve mentioned in the last chapter review, the visual styling of the Wano arc is striking. The koi fish were impressively rendered, I really like the use of thick outlines. Wano seems like a world separate from the rest of the One Piece world.

The chapter opens showing that the Strawhat’s have learned what going on in Reverie. Luffy, Sanji and Chopper get into their usually hi-jinks, fighting with one another as they rip the pieces of the newspaper that they want to read while Nami’s reading it. Oda seems to intend to infuse this arc with Japanese cultural references. Oda’s homage to the famous woodblock print  “Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Hokusai on page 9 was great.

One potential criticism is that Oda seems to be setting the Strawhat’s for yet another separation. The Strawhat’s are already split in half, I don’t think they also need to be separated individually, it’s tedious. Obviously, I don’t know that Oda is going there but he tends to do that. Finally, giant animals with katana’s is epic.

FLCL Progressive Episode 4 Review: Loopqr

After the last episode, Hidomi has a complete personality change. She becomes rather manic, unlike the previous episodes this one doesn’t start with a dream sequence. Hidomi’s headphone are now drilled into her head, releasing this personality. The animation style seems to adapt to this new dynamic in Hidomi’s personality. Ide and the others attempt to figure out how to remove the headphone’s to return her to normal.

Aiko’s “emotional support plant” from the previous episode turns out to be a N.O. device, created from Canti’s robot shell. Marco falls for the “new” Hidomi, but this feels like an aside that will be quickly ignored. Anyway, Marco is tasked with trying out a new theme part ride. At this park is also Aiko, selling a bear statue to a customer. It turns out that this bear along with the plant are both made of parts of Canti. They apparently reverse the “N.O. field that transports beings through people’s heads.”

Meanwhile, Jinyu and Hidomi alliance from last episode ends. While inside a Medical Mechanica factory, Jinyu attempts to get Haruko to join her and give up her attempt to chase the pirate King Atmosk’s. However, Haruko decides that she rather “devour” Jinyu instead. They begin to battle destroying the transmitter in Hidomi’s head, both Jinyu and Haruko burst out of her head. In a series of flashbacks we see that Haruko did get the pirate kings power, causing her to split into Jinyu. The action sequence at the end of this episode is worth watching. Haruko eventually “kills” Jinyu by turning into a monster and eating her.

FLCL Progressive Episode 3 Review: Stone Skipping

We are once again treated to a surreal dream from Hidomi. I’ll admit I have no idea what it meant, but It seemed to have something to do with Hidomi’s sexual awakening. I don’t know how I failed to notice this, but many anime seem to have an obligatory beach episode. Haruko and Jinyu accompany the students on a beach trip. Beach episode tend to be an excuse for excessive fan-service. We meet Aiko, Mori’s shy girlfriend and her emotional support plant.

Then everyone begins to play various beach games, the first part of this episode is dull too be honest. We do get a vague answer from Jinyu as to what she wants. She says that “they are searching for an amazing person they once knew.” Oh, it turns out that Aiko is kinda a “prostitute,” or a she puts it a “rent a date.” Anyway, at night Ide goes looking for Hidomi and finds Haruko stripping her down. Ide confronts her and a robot springs from his head.

Meanwhile, the “support plant” ends up being more important than we realize as Aiko’s roommate is seen telling a mysterious older man that he lost it. Ide and Haruko face-off, during this confrontation Hidomi transforms when she comes into contact with Ide. Using a newly acquired guitar from Jinyu, Ide cracks the cocoon like encasing that Hidomi’s was in. Haruko tells Ide to “take of Hidomi’s headphones,” he tries but they drill themselves into her skull. According to Jinyu the “the emergency system has been activated,” to what we don’t know. However, the episode does end with some concert, both Jinyu and Haruko are after “Medical Mechanica.”

Edens Zero chapter 002 Review – The Girl and the Blue Cat

A mysterious alien being asks what will become of Shiki, asking if he will become the universes “legendary hero or become the demon king.” Rebecca and Happy explain that they are “B-Cubers.” They make a living selling their content. They plan on registering Shiki as an “adventurer,” which permits you to travel from planet to planet. Rebecca asks Shiki to be her bodyguard and he agrees. They arrive at Blue Garden, the planet of adventures.

Shiki’s ignorance reveals himself as he thinks it’s appropriate to just touch the many humans he sees. As Rebecca explains that humans are ” good, bad and indifferent” a theft kidnaps Happy. Shiki gives chase, while, Rebecca remembers when she first meet Happy as a child. The kidnappers prove to be jackasses, Shiki begins to fight them as the leader pulls out a machine gun. During the commotion, the theft drops Happy and he’s freed.

As Rebecca has another flashback, when see that Happy was injured in a vehicle accident. He then transforms into a pair of robotic like guns, that Rebecca uses against the thieves. Every shoot is a head shot with aether bullets. Turns out that Happy was turned into an android after his accident. Finally, we see that Space Pirate Elise Crimson ( or space Ezra) has been alerted to Shiki’s presence on Blue Garden.

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This series still has too many similarities to Fairy Tail, but when I’m so certain that it’s going to be ordinary I’m surprised. Happy being a robot wasn’t expected, and while it’s not the most shocked I’ve been reading manga, I was surprised. That can only be a good thing for a series that clearly has the same visually styling as it’s authors previous series.

The build a harem tag

First I must thank Merlin for tagging me. If you been reading this blog you’ll know that I have disdain for the harem genre. However, I don’t need to be that uptight about, this tag seems interesting. Reading other tags from Cactus Matt over at Anime Q & A (the creator of the tag), Karandi James at 100wordanime and Scott over at mechanicalanimereviews, I decided to take Karandi’s “amended” version, that kinda ignores the “character types.” I’m mostly doing so because I find it to limiting and I’m lazy. That said characters that I choose will inevitable fall into one of the categories anyway. First the rules:

The ‘Build A Harem’ Tag Rules:

1)Link back to the original post on Anime Q and A so they can check out everyone’s picks!

2)Use the ‘Build A Harem’ logo somewhere in the post.

3)Make sure to mention the person who nominated you too!

4)Pick 5 Anime Characters (any show & any gender) that would be in your ideal harem if you were the main character of a harem anime, explain a little bit as to why they are your picks (if you want).

5)Make sure each character you pick falls into some of the following harem character types: Childhood friend, tom boy/girl, genki girl/boy, loli/shota, trap, tsundere, yandere, kuudere, dandere, etc. (If there’s a character you’ve picked that doesn’t specifically fall into one of these types or falls into multiple types that’s fine too!)

6)Nominate 5 people to participate in this tag!


My Harem

Android 18

18 is a cool and confident woman, she has a sarcastic sense of humor that I love. She was asked once by the World Tournament announcer “if her real name is legitimately “No. 18”, to which she responds “My father was pretty dull.” 18 is very protective of her family and friends. She’s also incredibly powerful, capable of overpowering a typical Super Saiyan. Of course she possess infinite energy supply and she ages at a much slower rate. She also only requires water, which it think is cool.

Mako Mankanshoku

Mako has a lot energy, meaning she’s hyperactive. A lot of people might find her tiring but I like her. Weirdly, Mako is profoundly lazy. She’s fearless, willing to face major threats. When she was hard working when she was head of the “Fight Club.” Her biggest failing is her greed, due to being impoverish. That said she’s also hilarious.

Nico Robin

Unlike Mako, who’s loud and energetic, Nico is quite and reserve. She manages to remain calm even in the most dire situations. She like pointing out morbid facts, scaring her crew mates. Nico refuses to engage in anything that is embarrassing. Robin is often seen smiling, even in dangerous situation. Nico doesn’t play when it comes to battle, she’s brutal, willing to break the necks or spinal cords of her enemies.

Usagi Tsukino or Serena Tsukino (Sailor Moon)

I’ve always loved Serena. Sailor Moon was one of the first anime I watched as a child, so I have a soft spot for her. Serena is kinda a lazy, air head. She doesn’t study at school, or really apply herself. She’s also juvenile relative to her peers. Serena also has a tendency to whine and cry we she doesn’t get her way. I find her personality funny, she’s goofy and clumsy. Despite all this Serena will fight hard for those she loves.

Yoruichi Shihōin

Yoruichi is simply a bad ass. She’s highly intelligent, having imminence knowledge of the world she lives in. Even though she’s a noble, she’s not as obnoxious as other nobles. She doesn’t require being called with honorifics. Yoruichi has a well rounded personality, she’s mature and calm but can be relaxed and playful. She enjoys teasing others. She’s is very powerful fighter, she is the most proficient users of Hohō. and her Shunko, is the “highest form of Hakuda technique.” You can never go wrong with a strong woman right.

I Tag( without obligation)

  1. The Anime Writer
  2. Thinking Anime
  3. Anime Otaku 139
  4. Satired of Anime
  5. Editorani

One Piece Chapter 909 Review: Seppuku

One Piece is just always exciting to read. The world is so big, with so many fun characters. This chapter entitled, “Seppuku” shifts focus from Reverie to Wano. We get more background on some of the characters that may have been forgotten. Nekomamushi and his Mink crew arrive to Whitebeard’s home island. We get reminded that Marco the is alive. Marco the former commander of Whitebeard Pirates, has basically been hiding out trying to do right by Whitebeard.

He fleeing from another character that I forgot about, the alleged son of Whitebeard, Edward Weevil. Also known as Whitebeard Jr, Weevil is alleged to be the biological son Whitebeard. His mother Miss Bakkin claims to have been Newgate’s former lover. She completely controls her son, who is strong enough to be a Shichibukai, with a former bounty of 480 million Beli. Together with his mother, has been hunting down former Whitebeard crew mates looking for Weevil’s “inheritance.”

Marco has been hiding out from them, acting as a doctor. We learn that Whitebeard was orphaned on the island that was too poor to join the World Government. Whitebeard send some of his ill gotten gains back to his home island. Regardless, he tells Nekomamushi that he can’t join Luffy but has a message for him. Meanwhile, we pivot to Wano Country, where we get to see the remaining members of the Strawhat crew.

Kin’emon tells Franky, Usopp, Robin and Zoro that they must assimilate into Wano society, to rally support to overthrow Kaido ally, Kurozumi Orochi. He says that it’s important that they keep a low profile. The first thing that struck me about Wano is it’s vibrant and beautiful. While being in black and white of course, I know that it would be a highly colorful. Wano is clearly based on Japan. Regardless, the Strawhat’s are not suppose to get unwanted attention, or they will alert Kiado.

Meanwhile, Zoro posing as a ronin, is under arrest for allegedly murdering 3 people. Due to Zoro having possession of the famed swordsman Ryuma’s, sword Shusui. The clearly corrupt magistrate orders Zoro to commit “Seppuku.” Zoro comments that ” the magistrate himself smells like blood and queries if he is the true culprit,” he then slashes him with the small sword he was given to commit seppuku, seemingly killing the magistrate while cutting the building and part of the ground.

With that epic moment the Wano arc officially begins. Oda has expanded the One piece universe greatly. I wonder how he will balance both Reverie and Wano. This arc seems perfect to witness Zoro’s new skills he hasn’t really fought since the time skip. This chapter creates so many questions. Will we get proof that Weevil is Whitebeard’s son? Will the rest of the Strawhat crew arrive in time? Will we see Kiado in action? Anyway, I’m excited to see what this arc brings.