100 Day Anime Challenge – Day 32

Which anime characters would you want as a best friend

After thinking it through, it’s clear from my choices that the quality I want the most in an anime friend is the desire to kill or die for me. I do not know what that says about me (probably nothing good), but I figure if you’re willing to go that far for me, then you’ll let me borrow some money ever once in a while. Most of the anime I watch is shonen, so it’s probably the type of character that populates that genre that bias me in favor of these selfless characters. This question asks for multiple characters, so I’m going to go with my top three:

  1. Killua Zoldyck
  2. Monkey D. Luffy
  3. Mikasa Ackerman

100 Day Anime Challenge – Day 29

An Anime you wished was real (Pokemon)

Ever since the Pokemon series debuted in the 1990s, I have always wondered what it would be like to live in the Pokemon universe. I would imagine waking up as a child, excited to choose my first Pokemon. I usually picked Pikachu or Abra. Playing out my adventure, I would travel from city to city, collecting badges and Pokemon. During my journey, I would meet new friends and gain fame as one of the greatest Pokemon trainers. As I got older, these fantasies dimmed. However, Pokemon remained a part of my life. Playing hundreds of hours, I could experience what it would be like to live in the Pokemon universe.

Catching, training and naming these digital Pokemon was an acceptable substitute for the dreams of my childhood. I always thought it would be cool if the world of Pokemon was real. The Pokemon anime series seems based on the actual world, anyway. I would image that it would be like various sports. With the release of Pokemon Twilight Wings last year, the series took another step towards breathing life into the series. I may be too old for my childhood dreams of catching them all, but Pokemon remains a world I would love to live in.


Pokemon Twilight Wings – Episode 7

100 Day Anime Challenge – Day 28

Favorite Quote from any anime character

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.

Korosensei (Assassination Classroom)

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

Trafalgar Law (One Piece)

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.

Kuchiki Byakuya (Bleach)

100 Day Anime Challenge – Day 27

Garou in the middle of battle

Most Bad-ass Scene from any Anime character

Garou vs Everyone

Garou has been fighting no stop for what feels like days. He eventually runs into Saitama for the second. Like their last encounter, Saitama knocks him out easily. While taking a break, Garou is seen by A-Class Hero Death Gatling. Together with Stinger, Smile Man, Wildhorn, Chain’n’toad, Glasses, Gun Gun, and Shooter, Death Gatling gang up on Garou. Cornered, Garou loudly proclaims that after he defeats them, he will “have beaten 100 heroes.” What follows is an epic fight that is only given justice by watching it.

We expect Garou must lose at some point, if not because it must exhaust him, but because he’s the villain. Not only does he defeat Death Gatling and the rest of the heroes, but he also holds his own against Genos. The cyborg is updated and bests the tired Garou. However, before Genos uses his incineration cannon on Garou, Bang arrives. Garou may be the villain, but you end up rooting for him to win. He puts in a tremendous effort despite the odds.


100 Day Anime Challenge – Day 25

Saddest Anime Scene – Envy’s death in the Brotherhood 

The death of Envy was sad. Envy is a genderless shapeshifter. They can change everything when they shape-shift, directly copying others. Envy aims to make humanity suffer. Their hatred for human is at the core of Envy’s identity. In this scene, Envy goes from sadistic perpetrator to pathetic victim. The audience general goes from rooting for Colonel Mustang to burn Envy like he did to Lust, to siding with Ed and feeling sorry for Envy. It’s a magnificent moment. In the tunnels beneath Central City, Mustang and Riza search for the Homunculus. Envy attempts to trick Riza by taking Mustang’s form. He fails. Riza empties her pistol into Envy.

Drawn by the gunfire, Colonel Mustang appears. Seeking vengeance, Roy scorches Envy. Like Lust, Envy cannot regenerate and crumbles to dust. All that remains is Envy’s larval form. Mustang steps on Envy. As he prepares to kill Envy, Riza, Edward, and Scar stop him. This moment is about protecting Roy from becoming full of a hatred like Scar. Riza states that “she will not let Roy be consumed by vengeance.” Disgusted by human “sentiment”, Envy tries to create conflict. Ed remarks that Envy is “jealous” of humans. Being pitied by a human angers Envy. They remark that their “humiliated beyond imagination.” He cries and rips out his Philosopher Stone, committing suicide.


100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 24

Moment that Shocked You the Most in Any Anime

Reg tries to sever Riko’s hand

If you haven’t seen Made in Abyss your missing out. Despite its colorful environments and adorable characters, the series has a dark foreboding tone. They released season 1 of Made in Abyss in 2017. Based on Akihito Tsukushi’s manga, Made in Abyss follows two adventures, Reg and Riko as they travel though the levels of a bottomless pit. Each level gets worse, increasing the potential dangers. Our duo survived a few levels, however, once they reach the fourth, they encounter an Orb Piercer. The creature resembles a porcupine. The Piercer are herbivores, but they are territorial. In order for Delvers to pass through the 4th level, they must pass through the Orb Piercer’s territory. Over the years, the creature has either taken the limbs or lives of hundreds of Delvers.

What makes them so dangerous is their poisonous needles that surround their bodies. These needles can pierce metal. The poison is slow acting but spreads quickly. Reg and Riko become the latest victims of the creature. When Riko gets hit in her hand by a quill, she becomes poisoned. Panicked, Riko and Reg have no choice but to descend further into the Abyss. This causes Riko to hallucinate and then bleeds from every orifice. Riko’s hand swells. She tells Reg that he must amputate. First, he has to break the bone of her arm. Then he has to cut the arm off. Suddenly, a swarm of insect appear. Riko stops breathing. The entire scene is the most gruesome thing I’ve seen in anime.


100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 23

Favorite Attack Someone Used in an Anime (Rasengan)

On the surface, the Rasengan is just a sphere of energy. The technique is more complicated, both in its creation and impact. In Naruto, the Rasengan is a signature move of Naruto Uzumaki. Shonen anime often have signature techniques that the main protagonists consistently use throughout the series. Dragon Ball’s KameHameHa, Yu Yu Hakusho’s Spirit Gun, and Hunter X Hunter’s Jajanken (Rock, Paper, Scissors) are some of the most well-known signature moves in anime. The fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze, created the Rasengan. He based it on the Tailed Beast Ball. It took him three years to complete.

I fell in love with the Rasengan after watching Naruto learn the technique. It was the level of difficulty that impressed me. The Rasengan is a high form of shape transformation. It requires no hand seals and once formed doesn’t need additional chakra. The Rasengan can vary in size. When the technique comes in contact with a surface, it “grinds into its target,” then it bursts, resulting in massive damage. To learn the Rasengan, the user needs to refine their chakra. Jiraiya breaks the Rasengan into three steps: 1) Rotation, 2) Power, and 3) Containment. Rasengan has many forms. Big Ball Rasengan. Spiralling Serial Spheres. Wind Release: Rasengan. Wind Release: Rasenshuriken. And Ultra-Big Ball Rasengan. The Rasengan is signature technique in Shonen, but it’s the most complex and difficult to master.

100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 22

Favorite Weapon, Gear, Armor used in Anime (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 forms, the Shikai and the Bankai.

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.

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”.

My Top five Zanpakuto:

  1. Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto’s Ryujin Jakka
  2. Shunsui Kyoraku’s Katen Kyokotsu
  3. Mayuri Kurotsuchi’s Ashisogi Jizo
  4. Rukia Kuchiki’s Sode no Shirayuki
  5. Byakuya Kuchiki’s Senbonzakura

100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 21

Favorite Goofy Character (Monkey D. Luffy)

Luffy is the ultimate goof. He’s typical like many shonen anime characters, for example, he loves food. Luffy is simple-minded, some might say dumb. This simpleness leaves Luffy with an innocent heart. When he finds something too complicated to understand, he will call it a “mystery thing.” This leads him to ask silly questions. A running gag in One Piece is when Luffy encounters non-human species, he asks them “if they poop.” His naïve comments can cause misunderstandings. During the battle, his opponents often mistake his questions for insults and become enraged. In battle, he can unwittingly poke fun at his enemies. For example, he calls Buggy “big nose,” Alvida “the fat lady,” and Kureha “old hag”. Luffy’s goofy side only subsides when someone is in danger.

Luffy will forget people he’s encountered, or he only remembers them from the humiliating situations they were in. Another running gag is his ability to notice things with little resemblance (like Sanji and his wanted poster image). However, he can’t see similarities when they’re more obvious (like the fact that Sogeking is Usopp). Overall, Monkey D. Luffy’s goofiness is only part of his personality. He possesses confidence, a righteous heart, compassion, and other excellent qualities.

100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 20

Anime Character that gets on your nerves (Buggy the Clown)

Buggy the Star Clown is the captain of the Buggy Pirates, coleader of the Buggy and Alvida Alliance, former apprentice of the Roger Pirates, and a former member of the Seven Warlords of the Sea. Buggy was the principal antagonist of the Orange Town Arc. Since then, Buggy has become a recurring character. What annoys me about Buggy is his cowardice, personality, selfishness, and weakness. Buggy is self absorbed, hoping to earn the glory and respect that other pirates have. The problem is that he’s completely unwilling to work for it. He doesn’t spend any time getting stronger himself, but recruits others to do his bidding.

An opportunist, when Buggy is given a chance to capitalize on a situation to grant himself power or attention, he will. One Piece often creates scenarios for Buggy to gain this notoriety. For example, Buggy was a low level member of the Roger Pirates. This makes him infamous, even though unlike his crewmate Shanks he never got stronger. Buggy is easily manipulated by flattery. He can succumb to delusion of grandeur, at one point believing that with the escapees of the Impel Down he could take down Whitebeard and his crew. Buggy uses the word flashy too much, choosing to inject it into almost all his sentences. Buggy is also greedy.

Considering that he’s a pirate, this isn’t surprising. However, most pirates would never betray their crewmates for treasure, Buggy is different. He was willing to abandon the Roger Pirates for treasure and even wanted to steal from them. He’s willing to kill anyone that gets in his way and has even held a grudge against Shanks for 30 years after the latter cost him treasure. Buggy has stated that “the most important thing to a pirate is the physical treasure they find.” Buggy can be funny, and it’s amusing to witness how he accidentally falls forward into success. However, Buggy embodies all the negative qualities of a Pirate in One Piece and none of the good ones.