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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 10

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Favorite Fighter Anime

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Ichigo and his Zanpakuto’s

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

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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 9

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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

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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

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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.

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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 6

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

Anime You’re Ashamed to Enjoy

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).

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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 4

Favorite Female Anime Character Ever

Most female characters in anime are generally secondary. This also true of Sakura Haruno. She always had potential to be a great kunoichi (female ninja), but it took her until just recently to achieve that potential. For some reason I’ve always loved medic type characters and Sakura  is one of the best medic in Naruto. Sakura has always wanted to get stronger as she became tired of being protected.  She has a fiery personality and had a crush on Sasuke Uchiha. She was trained by Tsunade the strongest kunoichi, although Sakura may have surpassed her. With medical skills, fearlessness and massive strength Sakura is hands down my favorite.

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Favorite Male Anime Character Ever

Unlike the last post this was easy to answer Monkey D. Luffy hands down.

Monkey D. Luffy ( Also known as Straw Hat Luffy) is a pirate and the main character of the anime and manga One Piece. His life long dream is to become pirate king and obtain the much sought after “one piece”. He ate the devil fruit Gomu Gomu no Mi and leads the pirate crew “the straw hat pirates”. Luffy quickly rises to fame through his adventures and misdeeds. Luffy is a character that has compassion, courage and intergity. He never kills his opponents and always fights hard. This has lad to him having a 400,000,000 bounty on his head. He loves his crew (nakama) and would never leave them behind. Much like his personality Luffy’s fighting style can be unpredictable, being rubber can create interesting, silly and cool attacks that do some series damage. Luffy is fast becoming one of the strongest characters in one piece.

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Monkey D. Luffy from Movie 10
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Monkey D. Luffy from Movie 10

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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 2

Favorite Anime you’ve watched so far

This question seems almost impossible to answer but I’ll try. The difference between anime can be vast. However, there are many high quality anime that has been produced and are currently being produced. So in order to determine which anime I liked the best so far I decided to compare the likely hood that I re-watch them after I’ve seen them. Whether they stand the test of time (do I still enjoy them as much as I use to). The engaging story, quality of characters and animation. I also compared the quality of battles. For more check out my post “What I look for in Anime and Manga“. First I’ll give my top ten then I’ll give my favorite. My top ten is (in no special order):

  1. Bleach
  2. One Piece
  3. Naruto
  4. Gurren Lagann
  5. Dragon Ball Z
  6. Neon Genesis Evangelion
  7. Samurai Champloo
  8. Yu Yu Hakusho
  9. Pokemon
  10. Attack on Titan

My favorite anime is NARUTO.

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Naruto using the Rasengan

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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 1

While checking out the blog lazyusagi.wordpress.com I read her latest post. So I decided to join in on the challenge.

The Very First Anime You Watched

Sailor Moon. Like most Americans I was exposed to only a handful of anime as a child. Most anime came on too early in the morning for me to watch (5:00am to be exact) so I could only catch “Sailor Moon”. For those who are unaware sailor moon is an anime about 14 year old girl named Usagi Tsukino (Serena in America). She meets a cat named Luna. Luna tells her that she is magical warrior with the destiny to save the earth from evil. As the series progresses Serena and Luna search for the other Moon princesses. They find Sailor Mars, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Venus and Sailor Jupiter among others. The story is decided into five arcs.

  1. The Dark Kingdom Arc (Sailor Moon)
  2. The Black Moon Arc (Sailor Moon R)
  3. The Infinity Arc (Sailor Moon S)
  4. The Dream Arc (Sailor Moon SuperS)
  5. The Stars Arc (Sailor Stars)

I loved Sailor Moon. It featured love, action, and humor. My favorite character is Serena she’s the most entertaining.