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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 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.

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100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 12

Ace dies

Saddest Anime Scene (Portgas D. Ace – One Piece)

Ace is the foster brother of Monkey D. Luffy and son of the legendary Gol. D. Roger. Raised by Monkey D. Garp, Ace became the 2nd division commander of Whitebeard Pirates. Captured by the World Government, Ace was sentenced to death. His imprisonment lead to the Battle of Marineford. The war between the Whitebeard Pirates, Whitebeard, the Seven Warlords of the Sea, and the Marines was an epic clash. Their primary goal was to rescue Ace. After Luffy rescues Ace, the pirates retreat. Akainu insults Whitebeard, calling him a “loser.” He triggers an angry response from Ace. However, Akainu’s magma is superior to Ace’s fire.

Akainu tries to kill Luffy, but Ace intercepts it. Akainu’s pierces Ace’s abdomen, burning his vital organs. Ace bleeds out, as Luffy begs the medics to save him. Before he dies, Ace tells Luffy that his only regret was “that he could not see Luffy’s dream come to pass.” Devastated, Luffy cries and screams. He eventually goes silent, falling into a catatonic state. Ace’s death always brings me to tears. He’s not a tremendous character in the series, but we know through Luffy that he’s a great big brother. They clearly love each other. As a result, we develop affection for Ace. From a story standpoint, I think Ace’s death could have been easily avoided, and it largely served the purpose of motivating Luffy. That said, Ace’s death was one of the saddest anime scenes.

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100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 9

Muzan Kibutsuji

Best Anime Villain

We I did this challenge in 2013 I choose Donquixote Doflamingo for my best villain. However, in 2020 Demon Slayer introduced us to Muzan Kibutsuji. The first Demon and progenitor of all other demons, Muzan is a pale man that appears to be in his twenties. His skin can give the impression that he’s sick, which causes great anger in the demon. What makes Muzan such a good villain is his ruthlessness and rare emotional reaction. All humans are inferior to his greatness. He sees no value in humanity and cares nothing about his own subordinates. He suffers from a God complex. Believing that he’s the perfect being. Muzan has no tolerance for failure but doesn’t believe that he ever fails. He hates being corrected or mocked. Muzan murders three people in an alley when they’re rude to him.

He thinks that he’s comparable to a “natural disaster.” He has no sympathy or remorse from his cruelty. Despite his self-serving view of his perfection, he’s a coward. Kibutsuji uses other demons so he can avoid conflict. He often preys on the weaknesses of humans before turning them into demons. It’s difficult to have sympathy for his demon subordinates, but the way Muzan treats them is appalling. He discards them on a whim, he cares nothing for their feelings, and can even read their thoughts. This creates an oppressive environment. Muzan bans his subordinates from even uttering his name. If they do so, they will be instantly killed. Muzan Kibutsuji is a powerful demon, that is cold-heart, self absorbed, and cruel. That makes him the perfect villain.

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100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 8

Inuyasha and Kagome on wedding day
Inuyasha and Kagome on wedding day

Favorite anime couple (Kagome Higurashi and Inuyasha)

Inuyasha was initially angry at Kagome because of her uncanny resemblance to his former love, Kikyo (who he thought betrayed him). He soon realized that she was not Kikyo and showed her kindness. They soon became friends. Over the course of the series, their friendship blossomed into a romance. However, when Kikyo returns, their relationship becomes strained as Inuyasha struggles with his feelings. The relationship becomes toxic enough that Kagome considers leaving Inuyasha. Kagome does become the object of affection of Koga. He develops feelings for her and claims her as “one of his women.” Kagome doesn’t return his feeling, though. Koga and Inuyasha compete for her affection, but it’s never a contest.

Kagome and Inuyasha’s relationship is one of the most sophisticated in anime. They deal with many obstacles like jealously, stubbornness, and romantic rivals. After Kikyo dies for the last time, the two finally share their first kiss. Kagome accepts her jealousy and Inuyasha comes to believe that they “were destined for each other as he claims Kagome was born for him and himself for her.” However, Kagome get locked out of the feudal world for three years. When she returns, Kagome and Inuyasha wed. She remains in the feudal era. After the marriage, Kagome gives birth to their daughter, Moroha.

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100 Day Anime Challenge – Day 3

Favorite Male Anime Character Ever

In 2013 I choose Monkey D. Luffy for my favorite male anime character. At the time he had a bounty of 400 million now it’s 1.5 billion. Since then, a new type of shonen protagonists has emerged. Gon from Hunter X Hunter is considered a “deconstruction” of the typical shonen hero. During the Chimera Ant arc, he almost kills himself due to the typical shonen heroes need to risk everything to save someone they care about. Izuku Midoriya is a highly determined shonen hero that was gifted with motivation and desire to be a hero. Unlike the typical shonen hero he has literally no powers at the start. In addition to that, Deku is analytical. Most shonen heroes are dumb. However, when they do show some kind of intellect it’s only in battle. Deku’s fighting prowess comes from hard work and studying. Finally, despite Deku recieving one of the most powerful Quirks, he’s never been the strongest in My Hero Academia, at least not yet.

Finally, there’s Tanjiro Kamado from Demon Slayer. Like Deku he’s smart but he also has sword fighting skills. Tanjiro has an emotional intellence that the others don’t. He’s more complicated. He’s motivated to stop demons, but once he kills them he has remorse for them. (Demon Slayer makes a deliberate effort to “humanize” the demons by giving them a back story.) This isn’t to say that Luffy doesn’t care about anyone or doesn’t have sympathy for his enemies but that he represents a different era of shonen hero that are less sophisticated. Regardless, I still pick Luffy as my favorite male a character. If I have more time with Deku or Tanjiro that might change but so far they haven’t surpassed the future Pirate King.


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100 Day Anime Challenge – Day 2

Favorite Anime you’ve watched so far

Over the years, several new anime have entered my top ten anime. However, none have topped Neon Genesis Evangelion. When I first began watching Neon Genesis Evangelion, it was for the epic and violent mecha battles. I couldn’t comprehend the more complex themes and imagery woven into the narrative. They credit Evangelion with revolutionizing anime as a medium. Set in the year 2000, a global cataclysm called the “Second Impact,” changes the world. Antarctica is destroyed and the planet’s axis shifts, causing flooding and an altered climate. After the nuclear war, half the world’s population is wiped out. Teenagers, Shinji Ikari, Asuka Langley Soryu and Rei Ayanami pilot massive mecha called Eva’s. Their enemy are physic altering monsters dubbed Angels.

Evangelion explores complex themes like depression, human subjectivity, and child abuse. The series makes many references to philosophical, psychoanalytic concepts, and references to Kabbalah, Christian and Jewish religions. Evangelion even uses religious texts like the Book of Genesis within the series, and the Angels share names found in religion like Sachiel. Evangelion has been described as a ” critique and deconstruction of the mecha genre.” On the surface, Evangelion is a mecha anime with distinctly designed robots that engage in brutal battles. However, the series has levels of deeper and more sophisticated themes that make Evangelion one of the most well-regarded series ever.