Hi, I’m Jiraiyan.
A self-proclaimed Otaku
My name is Jerrell Robertson and I go by the name of Jiraiyan. That name is created from the name of the legendary sannin from Naruto, Jiraiya. I started this blog way back in 2013. After taking a business writing class in college I was inspired by a class project to begin this blog. I have been an anime fan since I was 9. Starting with classic anime like Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, and Yugioh, I became hooked on anime.
My goal with this blog is to establish an anime community with my opinions, essays, and reviews. Hopefully, we can share our thoughts and opinions in a fun and respectful manner.
In terms of what content I would produce, I have mostly been focusing on reviewing anime and manga. I review what I like. However, many people can tell you what happened in a given episode. In order to make my blog more unique, I need to do a better job of giving my opinion. To this end, I also will be writing more long-form essays on various topics involving anime and manga. My first essay was Why are shonen anime characters so stupid?
Favorite Anime Characters
Sakura is the only female ninja of Team 7. When she first meets Naruto she is physically weak and has an immense crush on Sasuke. She dislikes Naruto as well. The only thing she’s good at is her brain as the smartest girl in ninja academy her excellent chakra control, out of that she could be categorized as a kunoichi with no exceptional talent. In the first part of the Chuunin exam, she is easily able to answer the questions, but in the second part, she is unable to defeat the Sound ninja attacking Sasuke and Naruto. She makes a pledge to become a better ninja and a better person.
She trains Yusuke in the Spirit LightWave Fist (Reikō Hadō Ken) aka the Spirit Wave in the English dub and coaches him to the extreme. Though she may appear nasty towards Yusuke and the others, she truly cares about all of them, and tries to lead them down the right road. Genkai is an elderly martial arts expert who lives alone in a very large temple. She first appears during Yusuke’s second case as he infiltrates a tournament she is holding to find a successor to her techniques in search of the demon Rando. Genkai is a legendary reiki master, known both in the human and demon realms. Yusuke ends up winning the tournament, defeating Rando in the process, and is taken on as a student by Genkai.
Mikasa is Eren’s adoptive sister and mutual childhood friend of Armin. Mikasa shares an unbreakable bond with Eren following events in their past and rushes to protect him whenever he is in danger. Mikasa possesses impressive fighting skills and strength even as a child.
As a teen, Mikasa is considered a genius among all the army trainees and is incredibly skilled at combat and agility. She constantly worries for Eren’s well-being and lives to protect him.
Freeza is introduced in the series as the powerful galactic overlord on a mission for immortality and conquest, ruler of an empire said to control seventy-nine or more planets. Freeza creates armies from the planets that he conquers, his most utilized race was the Saiyans. Freeza had heard about the legend of the Super Saiyan, a being with unrivaled power, but dismissed it as simple mythology; however, after several Saiyans emerged with rapidly evolving potential, Freeza began to fear that the legend would indeed come true, so as a result, destroyed the Saiyan race. His actions and lust for power eventually bring him into conflict with the heroes of the series when he tries to take possession of the wish-granting Dragon Balls on Planet Namek.
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Yusuke has brown eyes and short black hair, which he usually keeps slightly spiked with hair gel. He has around half a dozen small bangs which he doesn’t keep spiked. Instead of wearing the school-issued blue uniform of Sarayashiki Junior High, he wears an identically designed green uniform. He does this in direct rebellion against the school’s strict dress code. Throughout the series, Yusuke’s clothing changes, but he usually wears some type of fighter’s garb. Yusuke looks rather skinny, a stark contrast to his unusual strength.
Kurama is first encountered in the series at the same time as Hiei. His ability is in manipulating plants, and he generally wields a whip created from a rose vine, complete with thorns. He is one of the wiser characters in the series and the smartest and calmest of the four main characters. Kurama is generally regarded as the calmest and level-headed member of the group. His analytical nature is present in a battle where he prefers to study the strengths and weaknesses of his opponents before devising a strategy of his own. He is protective of those he cares about and is often merciless to anyone that poses them a threat, a shift in his usually friendly manner. In many instances, Kurama has shown to be very self-sacrificing in the interests of the safety of his friends and family.
A teacher at Tokyo Metropolitan Jujutsu Technical High School. Often seen as an attractive man, Gojou is most known for his sky-blue eyes and his light, spiky white hair. He often wears a black cloth covering his eyes, a black high-necked coat, long black pants, and black shoes. Gojou is said to be one of, if not the strongest sorcerer in the series, holding both immense amounts of curse power and a dangerously powerful technique.
During the Shibuya incident, Gojo is led into a trap and is sealed in a box where he’s incapable of doing anything and is later deemed a criminal by the higher-ups and exiled from the Jujutsu world, furthermore removing the seal on Gojo will be considered a criminal act no matter who does it.
He is greatly enthusiastic in regard to his duties as Flame Pillar and often cheerfully eccentric. He is amiable, kind and boasts extraordinary flame techniques and swordsmanship stemming from strict practice and discipline. He is an honorable warrior who adheres to his code of morals and principles that was instilled into him by his mother at a young age – the most significant being that those who were born strong have a duty to protect the weak.
The main protagonist, an energetic and optimistic Japanese girl who attends Luna Nova after being inspired by the witch Shiny Chariot. Having come from a non-magical background, she struggles using magic much of the time and is disappointed by the mundanity of her classes as opposed to Chariot’s more spectacular performances. However, her strong sense of self-confidence enables her to wield Chariot’s Shiny Rod, which accepts her as its new master.
Yoruichi Shihouin is an attractive, dark-skinned woman who can transform into a black cat for long periods of time. She is intelligent and witty, and is intimately knowledgeable of Soul Society and its workings, as she was the former leader of the special forces. Although of noble birth, she acts differently from other nobles. For instance, she instructed Soifon to refer to her without using honorific suffixes. She also transforms into her human form directly in front of Ichigo on several occasions just to see his reaction to seeing her naked.
Hinata has an unusually high ability to jump. Since he was young, Hinata trained his legs to compensate for his lack of height. He joins the Karusuno High School Volleyball team and amazes the team with his natural affinity as a spiker. Although he is a complete beginner and never had any experience playing in a volleyball team, he grows rapidly through each match.
Monkey D. Luffy.
Luffy is the captain of the Straw Hat Pirates and is best friends with all of them and values them over all else. At first glance, Luffy does not appear to be very intelligent, often seeing things in a childish manner, and can easily be amazed by the simplest things. However, because he views the world in a straightforward and simple manner, he is occasionally the only person who can see past the events and see what should be done.
Luffy seems to have an unstoppable appetite, a characteristic that is common to the Japanese archetype of the (at times simple-minded) young adventurer with a heart of gold; perhaps the hunger more so in Luffy’s case due to having an elastic stomach. Luffy is also another one of the several characters given the middle initial “D”.
Favorite Manga Series
My Hero Academia
Author: Kohei Horikoshi
Publisher: Weekly Shonen Jump
Before the series was published in Weekly Shonen Jump, Kohei Horikoshi tested My Hero Academia ideas in a One-Shot that was published within Akamaru Jump in Winter 2008. On January 26, 2015, Viz Media announced that starting on February 9, 2015, of that year, they would officially translate the series into English for release in Viz Shonen Jump.
On August 7, 2018, My Hero Academia had sold over 16 million copies.
December 4, 2018, brought another reprint of Volumes 1-20 bringing about 18 million more copies into circulation. By December 6, 2019, the series had a cumulative 26 million copies in circulation.
My Hero Academia is a manga written and illustrated by Kohei Horikoshi and is published in Weekly Shonen Jump. The first chapter was published on July 7, 2014, in issue 32 of Weekly Shonen Jump. People are not born equal, a realization that four-year-old Izuku Midoriya faced when bullied by his classmates who had unique special powers.
Izuku was one of the rare cases where he was born with absolutely no unique powers. This did not stop Izuku from pursuing his dream, a dream of becoming a great hero like the legendary All-Might. To become the great hero he hopelessly wants to become, he will now join the ranks of one of the highest-rated “Hero Academies” in the country: U.A. High School. With the help of his idol All-Might, will he be able to claim the ranks and become a true hero?
Author: Tite Kubo
Publisher: Weekly Shonen Jump
Bleach is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tite Kubo. Bleach follows the adventures of the hotheaded teenager Ichigo Kurosaki, who inherits his parents’ destiny after he obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper—a death personification similar to the Grim Reaper—from another Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchiki. His new-found powers force him to take on the duties of defending humans from evil spirits and guiding departed souls to the afterlife and set him on journeys to various ghostly realms of existence.
Bleach was serialized in Shueisha‘s manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from August 2001 to August 2016, with its chapters collected into 74 tankōbon volumes. The series has spawned a media franchise that includes an anime television series adaptation that was produced by Tokyo-based Studio Pierrot from 2004 to 2012, two original video animation (OVA) episodes, four animated feature films, ten stage musicals, and numerous video games, as well as many types of Bleach-related merchandise.
English-language releases of Bleach are coordinated by Viz Media, which has released several volumes of the manga each year since 2004, and published chapters of Bleach in its Shonen Jump magazine since November 2007. Bleach received the 50th Shogakukan Manga Award for the shōnen (teenage males) category in 2005 and is among the best-selling manga in both Japan and the United States. Despite significant downturns in both the Japanese and English manga markets, Bleach continued to perform well commercially and had over 120 million tankōbon volumes in circulation worldwide as of 2018.
Author: Makoto Yukimura
Publisher: Weekly Shonen Jump
Fifteen years ago the Viking commander, Thors Snorresson, deserted a sea battle and commenced a peaceful life in Iceland with his wife Helga. Now, in the year 1002, their young son, Thorfinn, longs to see the paradise called Vinland. One day, the Jomsviking Floki arrives at Thorfinn’s village to enlist Thors into battle, who is revealed to be a former Jomsviking himself. However, Floki’s true motive is to murder Thors as punishment for deserting fifteen years prior.
Thorfinn sneaks on his father’s ship despite his orders to remain home, and the ship is eventually lured into a trap at the Faroe Islands and ambushed by a band of mercenaries led by Askeladd, with whom Floki had conspired to kill Thors. With his great strength and skill, Thors at first fights off the attackers even without using deadly force but submits to execution after Thorfinn is taken, hostage. After his father’s death, Thorfinn joins Askeladd’s crew in order to avenge his father and constantly challenges his commander to various duels. By 1013, Askeladd’s company find employment as mercenaries in the Danish invasion of London under Thorkell the Tall.
Author: Masashi Kishimoto
Publisher: Weekly Shonen Jump
The Naruto manga is written by Masashi Kishimoto and published by Shueisha in Weekly Shōnen Jump. The series began its serialization in issue 43 from 1999. Shueisha later collected these chapters in tankōbon bound volumes. The first 244 chapters are known as Part I, and constitute the first part of the Naruto storyline. All subsequent chapters belong to Part II, which continues the storyline from Part I after a two-and-a-half-year ellipsis. Viz Media licenses the Naruto manga for an English adaptation in North America, where it is serialized in the American Shonen Jump and released in volume format.
Several adaptations based on Naruto have been made, including two anime series and seven feature films. The first anime series, also titled Naruto, covers the entirety of Part I over 220 episodes. The second, named Naruto Shippuden is based on Part II. Both series are produced by Studio Pierrot and TV Tokyo, and air on TV Tokyo. Shueisha has released 72 tankōbon in Japan, with the first 27 containing Part I and the remaining 45 belong to Part II. The first tankōbon was released on March 3, 2000, and the latest volume 72 was released on February 4, 2015.
Author: Eiichiro Oda
Publisher: Weekly Shonen Jump
Originally, Oda wanted his series to run for 5 years (meaning One Piece could have ended in 2002), but he went longer than expected and has no idea how many more years his story will be. However, it should be noted that Oda has stated that the end of Chapter 597 marks the end of the first half of One Piece. Oda has already planned the ending for One Piece. Despite how long it will take him to complete it, he will end One Piece the way he planned from the start
22 years ago, the Pirate King, Gol D. Roger, was executed. However, before his death he revealed to everyone that his treasure, the One Piece, was hidden at the end of the Grand Line. This inspired people to become pirates and sail toward the treasure, beginning the Great Age of Pirates. Twelve years later, a young boy from the East Blue named Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of finding the One Piece, but lost the ability to swim after eating a Devil Fruit giving him the ability to stretch his body like rubber. He was given a straw hat by the pirate Shanks, who would later go on to become an Emperor, one of the four most powerful pirates in the world, on the agreement that he would return the hat once he became a pirate and surpassed Shanks.