30 Day Anime Challenge

Day 30

Anime you wish never ended and continued on

Neon Genesis Evangelion

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When I first started watching Evangelion I was a child (maybe I shouldn’t have been watching the series at that age), I was obviously too young to comprehend the complexity and symbolism within the series. I just thought that it was a cool violent mecha anime. However, once I got older and more mature I was able to appreciate the series as a whole. I even wrote a college English paper on the series.

Evangelion has been credited with “revolutionized the giant-robot genre“. The series was so successful that it has earned billions. For those who don’t know Evangelion focuses on a futuristic Tokyo more than a decade after a “worldwide cataclysm“. The story centers on protagonist Shinji, a teenage boy who is recruited by his father for an organization called NERV to pilot an Evangelion.

Using the Evangelion Shinji along with fellow pilots Rei Ayanami and Asuka Langley Soryu, combat enemies known as Angels. The series the focuses on deep psychological effects that the pilots experience as they attempt to prevent another catastrophe. It features heavy religious symbolism “from Kabbalah, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Shinto“. Overall, Neon Genesis Evangelion manages to combine themes centered around philosophy, religion and psychoanalysis with an amazing mecha battles. I highly recommend this series, and wish it didn’t end.

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30 Day Anime Challenge

An Anime you wished was real

(Day 29)

Pokemon

I’m sure that I am not alone in this choice, but since Pokemon was introduced when I as 12 years old, I always thought it would be cool if the world of Pokemon was real. The Pokemon anime series seems to be based off the real world anyway. I would image that it would be similar to various sports. I would love to travel, hopefully with friends going to gym’s, battling and catching Pokemon similar to the video-games and anime series.

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30 Day Anime Challenge (Day 27 & 28)

Most Bad-ass Scene from any Anime character

Whitebeard vs Akainu

After Akainu murders Ace, he both manages to sadden and enrage many of Ace’s loved ones. The epicness of Whitebeard is shown once again. Battle ravaged and heartbroken he engages Akainu head on. With his strength he dominates most of the encounter, Akainu gets several powerful hits in burning off part of Whitebeard’s face. However, Whitebeard pushes through, delivering a devastating blow to Akainu, that also results in the destruction of Marineford.

Favorite Quote from any anime character

Korosensei said:
(Assassination Classroom)

The difference between the novice and the master is that the master has failed more times than the novice has tried.

Honestly, there isn’t much meaning to the splendid names given to you by your parents. What does have meaning, is what the person behind that name does during their actual lifetime. The name doesn’t make the person. The name simply remains gently within the footprint left on the path a person walks.
Trafalgar Law said:
(One Piece)

There are things you can’t see unless you change your standing.

Kuchiki Byakuya said:
(Bleach)

You and I, our levels are as distant as the earth from the heavens. Must I spell it out for you? I have discarded my left arm, discarded my left leg, and yet even then I have not nearly lowered myself to your level.

I… Despise the way you fight. Without ever lifting your own hand… To steal bonds of camraderie and torture opponents is the height of cowardice. It is a lack of shame deserving of death. I am here. Strike me down. I shall kill you and cast you aside… Before you finish swinging your blade.

Let me tell you about the difference between you and me. It’s like the story of the monkey trying to capture the moon. However close he thinks he is to the moon, it’s still just the reflection of the moon in the middle of the lake. No matter how he struggles to capture that “moon”, he inevitably sinks to the bottom of that lake to no avail. You will never reach me.

30 Day Anime Challenge (Day 25 & 26)

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The Saddest Anime Deaths (Day 25)

Ace’s Death

The death of Ace, was the one of the saddest deaths I’ve seen in anime. Most of the sadness was less about his death, and more about the response to it. Also the sacrifice of many of the Whitebeard Pirates to attempt to rescue him. He was technical freed, which only makes his death worse. The reaction of Luffy to his death was the most effective. The cruelty of Akainu in killing him and seeming mocking those who loved Ace afterwardsLuffy was rendered comatose, due to shock. An Whitebeard rage afterwards was somewhat satisfying. 

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Best Anime Fight (Day 26)

Jiraiya vs Pain

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This was the first battle that demonstrated the full strength of one of the “Legendary Three“. Pain was completely unknown in terms of his power and abilities at this point in the series. I didn’t anticipate  the epicness of this fight. This battle featured everything from summons, to the introduction of Jiraiya’s sennin form. Pain changes bodies to feature a longer haired body. Pain summons a crab like creature that uses a bubble, Jiraiya uses a “ Raging Lion’s Mane Technique” and tangles the crab in his hair. The summon disappears and Jiraiya then uses his hair on Pain, who uses substitution jutsu.

Jiraiya summons a toad as Pain summons a chameleon. Jiraiya decides he’s “I’m going into sennin mode“, Pain hides in the mouth of the chameleon which turns invisible. Jiraiya counters with a barrier detection jutsu, Pain response by summoning a Cerberus like animal. Pain continues to use animal summons to conceal his location. Jiraiya wonders why he hasn’t use a technique other than summons. Jiraiya releases his summon and emerges transformed with two toads on his shoulders. The female toad uses her tongue to sniff out the chameleon, and uses acid to kill it.

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Pain summons two other humans to the battlefield, each with their own set of Rinnegan eyes. Confused Jiraiya aims to discover the secret to Pains power. One of the Pains attacks Jiraiya and he uses his Frog Karate to counter. He then uses his “Hermit Art: Deep Fryer“, but another Pain absorbs this jutsu. Jiraiya decides to try close combat, he attacks with a massive Rasengan. The Rasengan is also absorbed, a smoke bomb is used to give cover and Jiraiya attempts to attack Pain from behind.

He fails to land a direct hit, he uses a frog summon as an distraction and uses his “Hermit Art: Hair Needle Barrage“. It’s his fastest attack and Pain still manages to counter it, with a summon. Jiraiya realizes somethings up and retreats to come up with a plan. Jiraiya concludes that the eyes of the Pains are linked. He and the frogs determine they need to use genjutsu. The genjutsu has it’s effect and Jiraiya kills the three Pains. However, another Pain shows you, he attacks Jiraiya ripping of his arm.

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Confused again as all the previously dead Pain are alive. He now has six adversaries to contend with, “The six paths of Pain“. Jiraiya kills one of the Pains and manage to seek refuge inside another toad. Instead of escaping he decides to confront Pain one last time. He realizes that all the Pains are shinobi he’s fought before. At this point Pain crushes Jiraiya’s throat and all six Pains stabs him. Jiraiya uses his last moments leave a message on the back of one of the toads before he drowns. Throughout this battle Jiraiya use his techniques and observation to determine the weakness of Pain. He sacrifices himself for the Leaf and provides important Intel that latter aids in the defeat of Pain. This is why I think it was the best anime battle.

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30 Day Anime Challenge (Day 23 & 24)

Favorite Attack Someone Used in an Anime (Gomu Gomu no Gatling)

Day 23

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My favorite attack used in anime has to be my favorite attack. He has more powerful attacks, but I find this attack was one of the coolest. His technique is described as:

  • Gomu Gomu no Gatling – Luffy uses his stretching ability to bring his fists forward repeatedly in a blurry, rapid barrage of strong punches that creates the illusion of him having multiple arms, however he does not actually grow more arms so he can still be stopped by an opponent fast enough (as Enel, Rob Lucci and Usopp have demonstrated). This was first seen being used against a group of Black Cat Pirates after being accidentally hypnotized stronger by Jango. According to a fan poll, this is the favorite attack among fans with a total of 3785 votes. Courtesy of http://onepiece.wikia.com/.

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Moment that Shocked You the Most in Any Anime

Day 24

Death of Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto, I still can’t get over his death. His death itself wasn’t the only problem, but the manner in which he died. Yamamoto activates his Bankai, Zanka no Tachi, using  Zanka no Tachi, Nishi: Zanjitsu Gokui, and Zanka no Tachi, Minami: Kaka Jumanokushi Daisojin. Finally Yamamoto uses Zanka no Tachi, Kita: Tenchi Kaijin. He devastates, Yhwach quickly defeating him. However, it turns out that the dying Yhwach was an impostor Royd Lloyd.

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When Yamamoto begins to initiate Bankai, to face the real Yhwach, it is stolen. Yamamoto is killed. He’s cut in half from his shoulder to his waist. Yhwach, cuts off his arm, and finally Yhwach “completely obliterates Yamamoto’s body” with a blast. For Genryusai to be completely incapable of sensing that Royd Lloyd was an impostor, seems completely implausible to me. Genryusai was considered the strongest shinigami in the last 1000 years, until Yhwach demolished him with ease. I’m not buying that at all, and he clearly was killed simply because Ichigo must kill Yhwach.

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30 Day Anime Challenge (Day 22)

30 Day Anime Challenge: Day 22

Favorite Weapon, Gear, Armor used in Anime

I’m not clear on whether the question was for a specific weapon (Ryujin Jakka) or type of weapon (Zanpakuto), so I’ll choose Zanpakuto.

Zanpakuto (Soul-Cutting Sword) – is the primary weapon of choice of the Shinigami, Arrancar, and Visored. Zanpakuto start off as “ Asauchi”, each Zanpakuto are forged by Oetsu Nimaiya. Each Zanpakuto is a part of the soul of the Shinigami. A Zanpakuto cannot be replaced once destroyed.

The size of the Zanpakuto correlate with the amount of Spirit Pressure.Every Zanpakuto has a name that each Shinigami must learn. Zanpakuto can withhold their names from their wielder if they deem them unworthy. Zanpakuto have many different forms, the Shikai and the Bankai.

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Shikai (Initial Release) – is the second form of a Zanpakuto (after it’s sealed form), the name of the Zanpakuto must be learned before entering this form.

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Bankai (Final Release) – is the final and most powerful form of a Zanpakuto. To reach Bankai, “one must be able to materialize and subjugate their Zanpakuto spirit”.

30 DAY ANIME CHALLENGE (DAY 19 – 21)

I’ve been distracted by tennis this week ( oh, Serena). I’ve definitely been slacking with the 30 Day challenge which has taken much longer than 30 days. I can’t quit I always aim to finish what I started. So let’s continue shall we. 

30 DAY ANIME CHALLENGE

Most Epic Anime Scene (White beards final stance)

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After the death of Ace at the hands of Akainu, White beard unsurprisingly flies into a rage. Akainu burns off half his face and he still continues to attack. Delivering a devastating blow to Akainu, cuts the plaza into two. He is then attacked by Black beard and his crew losing his powers and is killed. He NEVER falls to the ground and NEVER turns his back to flee. White beard showed his true strength in character, even in death.

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Anime Character that Gets on your nerves

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Uchiha Sasuke

Some annoying characters are funny and generally entertaining but other no so much. Even thought he has resentfully had a change of heart Uchiha Sasuke is annoying. At the beginning of the series he was a little brooding but tolerable. His arrogance was very of putting but it became clear after a while that he had a one track mind. Gaining enough power to kill Itachi ( who killed his entire clan) seemed like a admirable goal. However, Sasuke’s desperation lead him betray his friends and village in pursuing of power. He did gain this power and eventually gained enough strength to “kill” Itachi. After he learned the truth about why his brother did what he did Sasuke still decided to go against his brother wishes. He has change this stance (hopefully), but still doesn’t change how annoying he used to be.

Favorite Goofy Character

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Monkey D Luffy

Luffy is the ultimate goof. He typical like many anime characters, for example he loves food. Luffy is generally simple minded, some might say dumb. This simpleness leaves Luffy with a good heart and innocent heart. This leads him to ask silly questions and when given an answer he finds that he doesn’t understand. He seems to be always excited and playful annoying his crew among others.

30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 17 & 18

30 Day Anime Challenge

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Favorite Supporting Male Anime Character (Alphonse Elric)

Alphonse is one of the protagonists from “Full Metal Alchemist”. He takes a back seat to his older brother, Edward.  Alphonse (or Al for short) lost his entire body while attempting to bring his mother back from the dead using alchemy. His brother loses his right arm so he could seal Al into a suit of armor. Edward and Al travel in search of a way to restore Al’s body. They search for the Philosopher’s Stone, “which would allow them to restore their physical forms”.

 

15bfd54fe59f0d5a654c41f458db7a92Alphonse is a powerful alchemist in his own right and is good at hand to hand combat. He cannot feel due to have no body, he is almost invincible. Alphonse sacrifices himself (his soul) in order to restore Edwards arm aiding him in defeating father.Edward  decides to sacrifice his ability to use alchemy in exchange for bringing Alphonse back with him in his original body.

30 Day Anime Challenge

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Favorite Supporting Female Anime Character

(Asuka Langley Soryu)

Asuka Langley Soryu is the Second Child and the pilot of Unit 02. She is German and Japanese descent, but from America. Asuka has a rather abrasive, self absorbed, and often mean and abusive usually to Shinji.  She has a great confidence in her ability as an Eva pilot, and has managed to sync with Unit 02 better than average. She is severely insecure due to trauma from her childhood, and uses her attitude as a mask. In Rebuild of Evangelion series, her name is changed to Asuka Shikinami Langley.

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Asuka shining moment for many fans is when she single handely battles armed forces and 9 mass produced EVA’s. Though she successfully in defeating them at first, Unit 02’s run’s out of power.  The Mass Produced Eva’s had infinite power (“which allow them to remain functional despite being severely damaged or mutilated”) finally allows them “to eviscerate and dismember Unit 02 using their Lance of Longinus replicas”.

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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 16

30 Day Anime Challenge

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Anime with the best animation (Rebuild of Evangelion)

I don’t think I going to be able to correctly answer this one. The main issue is the fact that many anime have amazing animation, some have different styles. If you factor in the fact that some of the animators work on more than one series it can get even more tricky. However, in order to comply with the challenge I will have to choose one.

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After debating with myself I decided that “Rebuild of Evangelion” was the best. Rebuild of Evangelion is a series of four movies. Together these movies retelling of the original TV series. “Rebuild of Evangelion” is a separate continuity from the original TV series and movies, Death and Rebirth and The End of Evangelion. The Rebuild movie series is “intended accessible and understandable” to those who weren’t fans of the original series, but still be satisfying to those who were (like myself).

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So far three of the four movies have been released to great success (in Japan at least). Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone was released in 2007, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance was released in 2009 and Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo was released last year. The four and final movie “Evangelion: Final” is expected to bet released in a few years.

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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 15

30 Day Anime Challenge

Pikachu

Favorite Animal Sidekick, Pet or Summoning (Pikachu)

The was easy challenge, Ash’s Pikachu. For those who may not know Pikachu is a electric rodent Pokemon. Considering, the fact that Pikachu is the name of each member of the species I’m singling out Ash’s Pikachu. Pikachu was the first Pokemon Ash’s received. Pikachu didn’t initially take too Ash and would comically shock him with his electricity.  He refused to enter his Poke-ball, and disobeyed him. Pikachu’s tone changed after Ash risked getting injured to protect Pikachu from a group of Spearow. From that moment Ash and Pikachu have been inseparable.

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On average Pikachu’s aren’t terribly powerful, but Ash’s Pikachu manages to overcome the odds. The partnership between Ash and Pikachu is the main reason behind Pikachu’s success. Pikachu has twice refused to evolve via Thunder stone. It has been noted that Pikachu’s power exceeds that of normal Pikachu’s. Pikachu is powerful, determine, loyal not to mention ADORABLE.

30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 14

30 Day Anime Challenge

Dragonball-Z

Anime that Never Gets Old, No Matter How Many Times You’ve Re-watched It

The anime that never gets old was easy for me to determine, Dragon Ball Z (DBZ). Any average anime fan probability has seen DBZ. It was on of the premier anime from my childhood and I can’t seem to get over it. To be honest I talking about the fights that occurred in the series. Despite the facts that the disparity between most characters (that weren’t saiyans) became massive, I still manage to enjoy the fights.

Speaking of fights they weren’t particularly high quality in terms of creativeness. The battles can be linear and as a result predictable. Although, most anime is predictable on some level.  My tastes for the style of fights have become more sophisticated over time, but I still find DBZ to be enjoyable. I don’t remember how many times I’ve re-watched the series, but I think I’ll do it one more time.

30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 13

30 Day Anime Challenge

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Anime Character Your Most Similar

Figuring out the anime character that was similar to me was difficult. But, doing a little introspection I concluded that I’m not very tough, courageous, I don’t have angry issues or anything like that. However, I am really lazy. I’m better than I use to be but ultimately I’m still lazy. The anime character that first came to mind was “Shikamaru Nara”.

Shikamaru Nara, is one of the primary characters in the Naruto series. Shikamaru was born into the Nara clan . He has a strong friendship another character named “Chōji Akimichi”. While others teased Chōji for his weight, Shikamaru showed kindness toward him. Shikamaru also is very loyal to him. I would like to think I’m similar to him,  in terms of his kindness and loyalty.

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Shikamaru Nara is generally unenthusiastic, like me it takes a lot to get me excited.  He  avoids responsibility when every he can, a bad quality I unfortunately possess. He also does not like fighting, neither do I even though it’s more required in the world of Naruto. Shikamaru is completely aware of his own personality and limitations as a consequence (so am I).

However, when his comrades need him a more noble characteristic is reveal (Bravery). I haven’t found myself (fortunately) in similar situations but I’m willing to make some sacrifices for others. So that’s it. Even though I didn’t highlight many positive qualities, I do think that Shikamaru and I have many similarities except I’m not even close to being that intelligent.naruto_shikamaru0025

30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 12

30 Day Anime Challenge

Saddest Anime Scene

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Vegeta’s Death’s

A character in DBZ is never truly death, however when Vegeta died twice in the series both times were significant. Those who don’t know who Vegeta is, he is prince of the fallen Saiyan race. As royalty he is rather arrogant and prideful. He began the series as a cold blooded ruthless killer. Over the series Vegeta changes for the better and his two death’s are example’s of this change. The first death was at the hands of Frieza.

When Goku arrived Vegeta tearful explained the horrible treatment he received at the hands of Frieza. This was an important changed in his character. Showing his vulnerable side (just before he was killed) made him more sympathetic. His second death was more of a suicide in order to save earth. In his fight against Majin Buu he is rather easily defeated. In a last ditch effort to stop Buu he decided to sacrifice himself. Vegeta hugs his son goodbye, a sign of love he rarely shows and proceeds to use his “Final Explosion”.

30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 11

30 Day Anime Challenge

Favorite Mech Anime

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Neon Genesis Evangelion

This one was easy. Neon Genesis Evangelion was created by Gainax. Hideaki Anno wrote and directed the series. Evangelion is an apocalyptic anime that focuses on a teenage boy named Shinji Ikari. He is given the opportunity to save the world using a mecha called an “Eva” to defeat enemies called Angels. It’s considered one of the most successful anime of all time, grossing over 150 Billion yen. I think Evangelion is one of the most impressive, intellectual and though provoking anime ever created. Evangelion has tremendous action sequences. They can be rather violent so caution should be taken if your easily offended.  You can miss the underlining symbolism that Evangelion features so it’s probably would recommend re watching the series several times. Evangelion has complicated themes based off of religion and philosophy.

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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 10

30 Day Anime Challenge

Favorite Fighter Anime

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Bleach

Its been a while since my last “Anime Challenge Entry” but I’m back on it. So let’s continue. The term “fighter anime” threw me a little bit but, after a little research I got my answer. Basically it means ” Shounen anime“. Bleach is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tite Kubo. Bleach follows the protagonist Ichigo Kurosaki.  I like the Bleach style and the structure of the fighting. The use of katana’s and kimono’s are stylistically pleasing. What set Bleach apart from other manga and anime is the Zanpakuto. Zanpakuto is the primary weapon of the Shinigami, Arrancar and Visored. The Zanpakuto posses a name which is generally known by the wielder. A Zanpakuto in its seal state appears in the form of a Japanese sword. Each sword has a unique look and series of abilities and are generated based on the Shinigami’s soul. Shikai (Initial Release) is the second form of the Zanpakuto. The second form is activated by the use of the Zanpakuto’s name. Bankai (Final Release) is the final form of a Zanpakuto. Bankai generally requires a decade to achieve and more time to master. Their are various types of Zanpakuto (fire or ice for example) and the transformation from shikai to bankai can be very interesting.

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Hitsugaya using his Ice Zanpakuto

30 day anime challenge – Day 9

30 Day Anime Challenge

Best Anime Villian

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Doflamingo Heads to Punk Hazard

Donquixote Doflamingo

Donquixote Doflamingo is a member of the Shickibukai in One Piece. He’s captain of the Doflamingo pirates and King of Dressrosa. Under the alias “Joker” he’s an underground broker. His bounty reached 340 million beli before he became a shickibukai. For most of the first half of the series he remain mysterious, but he’s since become the focus of the series. Donquixote’s abilities haven’t been clearly defined yet however, it seems to be that it was related to strings in some way.

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Doflamingo Dices Meteorite

What makes Donquixote such a good anime villian is his seeming sadistic nature. Donquixote has a rather carefree personality on the surface and he appears to be completely fearless. He generally gleeful when being cruel to his opponents. His string ability has a puppeteer effect, and he seems to enjoy pitting comrades against each other. He shows glee at the death and mayhem during the war. He loved killing Gekko Moriah (even though he failed), he had no issue selling slaves. Despite his appearance Donquixote Doflamingo is clearly a man without much morals and his cruelty know no bounds.

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Doflamingo’s Haoshoku Haki

All images from One Piece Wikia

30 day anime challenge – Day 8

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Favorite anime couple

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Kagome Higurashi and Inuyasha

Inuyasha was initially angry at Kagome due to her uncanny resemblence to his former love Kikyo (who he thought betrayed him). He soon realized that she was not Kikyo and began to show her kindness. Their relationship is seen and discussed often by their friends. Throughout the series their relationship changes from being close friends to falling in love. They were separated for a few years after Naraku’s death. Soon, Kagome was able to return and marries Inuyasha, and is living  in the feudal era as Inuyasha’s wife.

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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 7

30 Day Anime Challenge

Your Anime Crush

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Mikasa Ackerman

Mikasa Ackerman is my anime crush (I guess). If you don’t know  she is one of the title characters of Attack on Titan. What’s not to love about Mikasa. She’s loyal, pretty and strong. She’s a little dark due to the fact that her parents were murdered. She loves Eren and Armin fiercely and will do any thing for them. Mikasa has a strong sense of morality. I do think her dependence on Eren is a little unhealthy but nobody is perfect. She’s brave and was the top graduate of her class. Her ability to fight is impressive and I think she’s bad ass. Mikasa is a strong character with good morals, a good heart and great fighting skills.

30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 6

30 Day Anime Challenge

Anime You Want to See But Haven’t Seen Yet

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Air Gear

Air Gear  is a shōnen manga written and illustrated by Ito Ōgure. Air Gear main protagonist Itsuki Minami  also known as “Baby Face” or “Crow” to his friends. The characters use Air Treks, an “in-universe invention derived from inline skates”. The characters compete against each other in teams. The series concluded on May 28, 2012 with Chapter 357. I’ve always wanted to read this manga and watch the anime it seems like a very interesting. I have seen some of the art of the manga and I think its very well done, great detail and well done character designs. I think the battle style is also original and impressively complex. I will begin reading the manga at some point, but so far I haven’t yet.

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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 5

30 Day Anime Challenge

Anime You’re Ashamed to Enjoy

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Samurai Pizza Cats

Too be honest I’m not deeply ashamed that I liked “Samurai Pizza Cats”, but do have a little shame. The series was set in the city of “little Tokyo”. The city is headed by Emperor Fred. The city is truly controlled by “the Big Cheese” who’s a rat trying to over throw the Emperor. He has his minions Jerry Atric and Bad Bird and a army of ninja crows. Speedy Cerviche, Polly Esther, and Guido Anchovy are three cyborg cat samurais chosen to guard the city. Samurai Pizza Cats is rather ridiculous from the story to the names but I still enjoyed it. By far the best part of the series is the theme song (English version).