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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

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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.

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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.

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100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 19

Most Epic Anime Scene (Whitebeards Final Stance)

I tried to come up with the single greatest anime scene and decided that it’s impossible to make that case. In recent years, anime scene’s such as Tanjiro and Nezuko vs Rui, Levi vs The Beast Titan, and Gon vs Pitou have proved to be “epic.” Regardless, I think the most epic “scene” in anime is Whitebeard verses the Marines. During the Marineford arc, Whitebeard sustains a great deal of damage. Sengoku orders the Marines to “take Whitebeards head.” The Marines charge at him, impaling him with swords. He’s then hit in the face with a cannonball, falling backwards. When his Pirate crew tries to aid him he tells them to “stay back.”

Whitebeard regains his balance, claiming that he doesn’t need help “because he’s Whitebeard.” HIs power and fearlessness is impressive, but so is his self-confidence. 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 Blackbeard and his crew losing his powers and is killed. He NEVER falls to the ground and NEVER turns his back to flee. Whitebeard showed his strength of character, even in death.


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100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 18

Favorite Supporting Female Anime Character

(Asuka Langley Soryu)

My favorite supporting female character is Asuka Langley Soryu. She is the “Second Child” and the pilot of Unit 02. She is of German and Japanese descent but from America. Asuka has rather abrasive, self-absorbed, and often mean and abusive, usually toward Shinji. She has great confidence in her ability as an Eva pilot and has synced with Unit 02 better than average. She is severely insecure because of trauma from her childhood and uses her attitude as a mask. In the Rebuild of Evangelion series, it changes her name to Asuka Shikinami Langley.

This version of Asuka is like her original. She’s confident, opinionated, and aggressive. However, she doesn’t have the same relationships that the old Asuka had. Another change is with her backstory. In the original, Asuka graduates from University at age 14. In the Rebuild of Evangelion, Asuka joins the European Air Force, becoming a Captain at age 14. Asuka’s genius and cockiness the follows isn’t for show. She’s got the skills.

Asuka’s shining moment for many fans is when she single-handedly battles armed forces and 9 mass-produced EVA’s. Though she succeeded in defeating them at first, Unit 02’s run’s out of power. The Mass-Produced Eva’s have infinite power “which allows them to remain functional despite being severely damaged or mutilated” and finally allows them to “eviscerate and dismember” Unit 02 using their “Lance of Longinus” replicas. I didn’t like Asuka until this moment. I found her offputting, but she proved she was the best Eva pilot.

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100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 17

Favorite Supporting Male Anime Character (Alphonse Elric)

Alphonse is one protagonist 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”.

Alphonse 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 Edward’s arm, aiding him in defeating father. Edward sacrifices his ability to use alchemy for bringing Alphonse back with him in his original body. Al is a kind, fearless little boy. Despite his loss he never let it make him into a bitter person.

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100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 16

Anime with the best animation

I think it’s impossible to answer this question. Animation quality varies with each series (and sometimes seasons), however, they categorize the best animation as Sakuga. Animators “skip frames” in order to save money. Motion exists, but it’s not fluid. A scene may only depict the mouths of characters moving if the scene only called for speaking. Sakuga is different. It animates each frame, resulting in movement that is so fluid that its realistic. They do not limit anime to reproducing realistic scenes. So even unreal scenes have realistic effects. Action oriented anime series often use sakuga the most. Fight scenes benefit the most from fluid action. Some anime series reserve sakuga animation specifically for action scenes. The episodes produced can have select moments that are sakuga, but the rest of the episode isn’t.

They also use Sakuga animation for emotional moments. Some sakuga animation can take the “fluid” motion too far. This can make characters appear distorted. Fans can find this of putting. If done correctly and with artistic style, the distortion may be more appealing. Sakuga does more than look good. It can make an anime feel for alive. This is especially important for series with complicated motion. Sport anime like Yuri on Ice and Haikyuu come to mind. As I’ve mentioned previous action or shonen anime, benefit the most. Anime like Naruto and Bleach selectively use the animation style, focusing on the most important battle and fight scenes. Regardless, sakuga animation isn’t for everyone. Some anime fans seem to hate it. I think sakuga allows anime to reach its peak. Breathing life into characters and environments that can feel lifeless and unrealistic.

One of my favorite sakuga scenes is Kakashi vs Obito. Check it out:


Kakashi vs Obito

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100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 15

Kero in both his forms
Kero in both his forms

Favorite Animal Sidekick, Pet or Summoning (Cerberus)

Cerberus (Kero) is one of the two Guardians of the Clow Cards in the anime series, Cardcaptor Sakura. Appointed to be the next “master of the cards.” When Sakura Kinomoto accidently releases the cards, he chooses her to be the next candidate. In his correct form, Kero is a huge lionlike beast with large white wings. He wears a helmet and breastplate with a massive ruby in the center. When he’s in his borrowed form, he looks like an adorable plush toy with big ears and small wings. Kero is bossy and greedy. He has a fondness for sweets, particularly cake, cookies, and chocolates. Kero is self absorbed. He loves to be filmed by Sakura’s friend, Tomoyo Daidouji, and loves the cute outfits she makes him. He cares about his image and often wants to watch the recordings.

Kero has a love of video-games. He avoids the sad facts of life, which is why he focuses of enjoying life. Despite his love of sweets, he doesn’t need to eat because he gets all his energy from the sun. Despite his poor qualities, Kero is a good friend and mentor to Sakura. Kero tries to keep her happy and comforts her when necessary. He’s willing to protect her from danger and she returns the favor. Kero’s relationship with Syaoran Li is the most interesting. They hate each other. They play their relationship for laughs. Constantly bickering, Li calls him a “plush toy” or “stuffed animal,” and Kero responding with “brat.” Kero often bites Li while in his “borrowed form.” Their relationship always brought me joy.

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100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 14


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

The anime that never gets old is Dragon Ball Z (DBZ). Any average anime fan probability has seen DBZ. It was one 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 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.

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100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 13

Anime Character Your Most Similar

The character I most similar to hasn’t changed so I’ll just repost what I wrote in 2013.

Figuring out the anime character that was like 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 used 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 with 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 like him, in terms of his kindness and loyalty.

Shikamaru Nara is unenthusiastic, like me it takes a lot to get me excited. He avoids responsibility when every he can, a terrible quality I unfortunately possess. He also does not enjoy 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 result (so am I). However, when his comrades need him, a more noble characteristic is revealed (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 think that Shikamaru and I have many similarities, except I’m not even close to being that intelligent.