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Top 5 Magical Girl series

Kill la Kill

Technically Kill La Kill isn’t a magical girl series, however, it does feature some elements from the genre. The series debuted in fall 0f 2013 and was produced by Studio Trigger. Ryuuko Matoi is a young girl seeking revenge for her father’s murder. Armed with half of a scissor blade she battles the student council at Honnouji Academy. Kill La Kill is most notable for its fanservice, displayed during the character’s transformation. 

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

A middle school girl named Madoka Kaname meets a transfer student named Homura. Elsewhere, a war between creatures called “witches” and magical girls. A cat-like creature named Kyubey offers Madoka a chance to save the world but things aren’t as they seem. Magical girl series are generally happy affairs will young girls and bright colors. Puella Magi Madoka Magica takes the magical girl series and twists it into a dark tale, focusing on topics like hope, despair, and entropy. The magical girls are put through psychological trauma. Puella Magi is considered to be in the deconstructive sub-genre of the Magical Girl Warrior genre. 

Pretty Cure

Pretty Cure is one of the longest-running magical girl series with over 600 episodes. Considered within the Action Hero sub-genre of the Magical Girl Warrior genre, Pretty Cure emphasizes action. Aimed at teenage and adult males, Pretty Cure features fanservice and focuses on the “power of friendship.” Toei Animation has produced a season since 2004, with the latest series premiering during the summer of 2020. 

Cardcaptor Sakura

Also within the Magical Girl Warrior genre, Cardcaptor Sakura is a neo-classical sub-genre. An old school magical girl comes of age in the modern age. One of the most famous Magical Girl series, Cardcaptor Sakura was created and written by CLAMP. Following a young girl named Sakura Kinomoto, who releases the tarot-like cards with magical powers. She is tasked with recovering those cards with the aid of her friends Tomoyo and Kerberos. 

Sailor Moon

If there’s a pioneer for the Magical Girl genre, Sailor Moon is it. Beginning as a manga series in the early 1990s, Sailor Moon follows the life of clumsy, whiny school girl Usagi Tsukino. When she learns that she was the Reincarnation of an “ancient lunar warrior from the Moon Kingdom,” Usagi is tasked with saving the Earth. Usagi is joined by her mentor, Luna, and fellow Sailor scouts, Sailor Mars, Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter. Sailor Moon remains one of the most popular anime and manga series, as well as being one of the series that started America’s love of anime. 

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Top 5 Anime Afros

Anime characters often sport wild hairstyles. However, most hairstyles are usually long or spikey. Some characters wear Afros. Generally, this style is a large, rounded style created by combing one’s hair from the scalp with a pix. The hairstyle is more common with characters of African descent, however, in anime hair texture doesn’t matter. Here’s the top 5:

5. Atsuko Jackson

The outlaw vigilante from the Michiko to Hatchin series, Atsuko a black Brazilian protagonist. She has a massive blond Afro that contrasts beautifully with her dark brown skin. 

2. Favaro Leone

A self-proclaimed “ladies man,” Favaro is a selfish (at least at first) main character in the Shingeki no Bahamut series. He’s a bounty hunter that ends up transporting a demon named Amira. Favaro has several distinct qualities like his facial scar, and demon tail but his orange Afro stands out. 

3. Mr. Satan

Mr. Satan or Hercule Satan is the World Martial Arts Champion from Dragon Ball Z. His real name is Mark. He won his Championship without going through Goku or the Z Fighters. Mr. Satan is known for his personality, handlebar mustache, sideburns, and Afro. Later in the series, his trademark Afro features a natural bald spot. 

2. Brook

The musician from the Straw Hat Pirates, Brook is the Yomi Yomi no Mi devil fruit user. Before his death, Brook was a skinny man with a goatee and sideburns. After head died, the only hair that remained on the head was his Afro. Brook resembles rockers, Ozzy Osbourne, Jimi Hendriks, and Slash. 

1. Afro Samurai

The main protagonists of the Afro Samurai series is named Afro. A super serious and quiet character, Afro’s most exciting characteristic is his large flowing Afro. His fro isn’t round but long and messy, coupled with his extremely long headband it’s almost another character. 

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Top 5 Anime Vampires

Dio Brando from Jo Jo Bizarree Adventures

Dio Brando

Brando is the main antagonist of Part 1 and 3 of the series JoJo Bizarre Adventures. A vampire and Stand user, Dio is responsible for Jonathan Joestar’s death and the ability of the Joestar family to use Stand power. Abused by his father, Dio became manipulative, violent, and lacks empathy. His Stand, The World, is a “humanoid Stand that specializes in melee attack,” it’s capable of stopping time. 

Mikaela Hyakuya

Mikaela is turned into a vampire by Krul Tepes, like Yuichiro Hyakuya he possesses the seraph gene. He was abandoned by his parents and was taken in by the Hyakuya orphanage. After becoming an incomplete vampire he develops fangs and pointed ears, he becomes complete after drinking Yu’s blood and his eyes turn red. Unlike other vampires, Mika doesn’t view humans as livestock. He also maintains his love of family. 

Shinobu Oshino 

Shinobu is a former human child named Laura who was cursed into causing anyone in her presence to commit suicide. She was turned into a powerful vampire named Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade. She was the only daughter of a noble family and was famous for her beauty. Wishing that people would see her for what’s inside, she was granted her wish by a witch. Unfortunately for Shinobu, her inner beauty was more alluring. This lead to people committing suicide including her parents. The witch warned her to avoid people. 

Alucard

The main protagonist of the Hellsing series. Alucard is the most powerful weapon of the Hellsing Organization. He’s considered to be the most powerful vampire in the series. Alucard can appear as whatever he wishes, although he typically appears as a young man. Alucard is extremely cruel when he fights, often disabling and humiliating his opponents before shooting them. Alucard is also arrogant which can lead to him being taken by surprise in battle. Alucard is envious of humanity. Unlike himself, humans endure old age and death. He becomes enraged when Anderson stabs himself with Helena’s Nail, as he saw it as making the same mistake he made. As a vampire, he has super strength, speed, reflexes, endurance, regeneration, shapeshifting, telepathy, and many more abilities. 

D

Vampire Hunter D is a dhampir (half-vampire/half-human) that travels searching for Nobility. D is superior to most dhampirs, this is hinted at as being due to a connection to the Sacred Ancestor and experimental crossbreeding. D is considered so gorgeous that men and women are attracted to him. He’s described as being “between 17-18 years with a milky white complexion, a powerful frame, and a low voice.” When D drinks blood he transforms into a full vampire. Emotionally, D is largely emotionless, regardless he’s selfless. Like most immortals, D hasn’t aged and is over 10,000 years old. He can regenerate, survive nearly being destroyed, has superhuman strength, speed, durability, reflexes, stamina, and is a genius. At some point, D developed the ability to alter reality. D also has a symbiotic left hand that talks and have supernatural powers. 

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Celebrating the 7th Anniversary of blogging at Otaku Orbit

Mob Psycho 100 celebrating
Mob Psycho 100 celebrating

There was a time when I was afraid of writing for the public. I didn’t think I was smart enough or a good writer. Regardless, this blog has done well since 2013. Today marks my 7th-anniversary blogging on WordPress. To celebrate, I created a list of 7 things I learned while blogging. 

Here we go:

  1. I learned to be a much better writer. On way to become better at something is to do it frequently. Having read some of my older posts, I use to be a terrible writer. Poor sentence structure, grammar, and word choices. I’m not saying that my writing is perfect now, but it’s much better than it uses to be.
  2. Joining a larger anime community. I was initially afraid that nobody would read my blog let alone comment. However, over time I started to receive likes and comments. Some bloggers were more active than others and unfortunately some stop blogging. I have fallen short of the kind of interaction that I wanted but I’m working on it. 
  3. I expanded my anime tastes. Before this blog, all my anime favs were largely shonen. Part of the reason I want to blog was to watch different anime. While most of the anime is still popular among fans, the genre’s were different from what I found typical. Particularly, series like Yuri on Ice, Made in Abyss, and Haikyuu. 
  4. Willing to be critical. I was afraid of being criticized for some of my thoughts. However, being critical of someone else can be even harder. It’s not like MAPPA would read my blog or care, but being will to be negative can feel daunting. It’s important to be clear and kind, as your being critical. 
  5. Reignited my love of comics. I abandoned comics after discovering anime and manga. It wasn’t that I didn’t love Batman or the X-Men but comics were too inconsistent. Unlike in the manga, American comic books can have multiple artists and writers. This leads to inconsistent art styles and storylines. Despite this, I reestablished my love of comics. Many comics still have consistency issues, but I could find a more consistent series. Pepe Larraz art rocks. 
  6. Increased my knowledge of animation. Anime is nothing without good animation. Opinions vary on what makes animation good. Generally, I believe Sakuga animation is best. However, before writing this blog I was ignorant of the term. If you want to learn more read this blog and you will understand. 
  7. I’m a better blogger. This should be obvious but I’m a much superior blogger than used to be. I understand more about SEO, blogging on schedules, keywords, and content quality. My posts are longer (they use to be one sentence) and more sophisticated. I have learned to use social media to promote my blog (except Facebook, I haven’t figured it out yet). Like my writing, I still need to improve. I’m eager to learn. 

Thank you for reading. Let’s hope I can blog for 7 more.

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Top 5 Anime Tropes I Hate

The Sailor Scouts
The Sailor Scouts

Parental Abandonment

It’s common for heroes to have no parents. They’re either dead, strangely not mentioned, or abusive. Everyone is “conveniently an orphan.” This often avoids the question of why would someone allow their child to leave home alone? Even if the parent didn’t care it would still be parental neglect. Furthermore, if the main protagonists is a super-powered demon slayer or an actual demon, it would be necessary to explain why their parents didn’t know or didn’t tell them. It’s an understandable trope but one that’s overused. 

  1. Sailor Moon. Rei lives with her grandfather. Her mother died and her father abandoned her, leaving her to be raised by his mother. Ami’s parents are divorced. Makoto’s and Mamoru’s parents both die in tragic accidents. 
  2. Naruto. Sasuke’s parents were slaughtered by his brother. Naruto’s parents died fighting the Nine-Tails. Gaara’s mother died during childbirth. Asuma dies before his child is born.
  3. Bleach. Orhimes parents abandoned her, shes lived alone since she was 12. Chad’s parents died, then his grandfather leaving him to take care of himself since the age of 15. Uryuu’s mother died and his father is estranged. 

Instant Expert

Every once in a while a character must learn something that is conveniently helpful. Not only that the user can master the new power instantly. If you think too hard you will realize that it probably would take years if not decades for the character to learn the new skill. Of course, that’s why writers grant their characters instant abilities in the first place.

  1. Kamehameha. It took Master Roshi almost a century to learn it, Goku does it after seeing Master Roshi do it once. 
  2. Rasengan. Naruto’s father Minato learned the Rasengan after years. Naruto learns it in a week, although he didn’t master it.
  3. Bankai. Normally it takes decades to learn the Bankai. Ichigo learns his Bankai in three days. 

Calling Your Attacks

In anime, long-winded names given to attacks are the norm. Whether its the name of a punch, weapon, or magical attack these names are important to their coolness. The origin of this behavior can be connected to the ancient concept that “special words can invoke control over the supernatural.” The use of a spell’s name can sometimes be part of an incantation. The Kido in Bleach require long incantations that seem to be a random collection of words, however, a user can avoid saying the entire spell, but must sacrifice some power. These names use to be limited to special moves, now every attack has to have a title. 

  1. Bleach. Ultimate Technique: Stunning Charlotte Chuhlhourne’s Miracle Sweet Ultra-Funky Fantastic Dramatic Romantic Sadistic Erotic Exotic Athletic Guillotine Attack. 
  2. Fairy Tail. Metsuryuu Ougi Guren Bakuenjin (Crimson Lotus: Exploding Flame Blade)
  3. Kenshin. Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu Ougi Ama Kakeru Ryu no Hirameki

The Power of Friendship

The villain in many series often mock friendship. Why would you rely on others when you can do everything yourself? Of course, these villains generally have massive group followers that fight for them. However, they’re not friends so it’s different right. What the villain doesn’t know is that these friends are also a secret power. The hero will reach a new level of power to protect his friends or they will work together to defeat the villain. 

  1. Fairy Tail. Wizards gain power based on the strength of their friendships.
  2. Naruto. Like most Shonen heroes Naruto can get stronger to save his friends. Also known as Friendship no Jutsu. 
  3. One Piece. Basic this series runs on the power of friendship or Nakama. 

Explaining Your Power to the Enemy

The villain monologue has become a trope and is now mocked often. The practical reason for it is to inform the audience, however, this info could be gained without telling the villain. Like having the character think about the effect of their attack or its power. The explanation can range from what an ability does to how to counter it. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what they explain as their too powerful to lose, although, they usually make their lives harder. 

  1. Berserk. A demon tells Guts that he can’t regenerate if his head cut off. Gut’s immediately cuts his head off. 
  2. Bleach. Hirako Shinji does this twice the time. First, he tells Aizen how his Shikai works. (its powers reverse his opponents’ senses and movements). He then does it again when fighting Bambietta. 
  3. Dragon Ball Z. Gohan explains that his true power only comes out when he’s angry. So Cell tries to kill his father and his friends. 

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