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100 Day Anime Challenge – Day 1

Way back in 2013, I started the 30 Day Anime Challenge. It was a fun challenge that encouraged me to think more about what I liked about anime. Since then, I’ve completed several more challenges like the 30 Day DC Challenge, the 30 Day Marvel Challenge, the 30 Day Video Game Challenge, and the Salty Anime Challenge. As we start the beginning of this 2021 year, I thought that I would tackle the 100 Day Anime Challenge. Since 2013 I have watched and reviewed so many new anime series that I think my answers from the 30 Day Anime Challenge have changed. So let’s get started:

The Very First Anime You Watched (Sailor Moon)

For anime fans, Sailor Moon is one of the most iconic anime and manga series. Written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi. Serialized in 1991, Toei Animation adapted Sailor Moon in 1992. Since then, praised for its art, characters, and humor, Sailor Moon has achieved critical acclaim. As a franchise, Sailor Moon has generated over $13 billion worldwide. My very first memory of watching anime was getting up at 5:oo in the morning, trying to glimpse the series.

Sailor Moon tells the story of middle school student, Usagi Tsukino. Her talking cat Luna gives her a magical brooch that transforms her into Sailor Moon. Together they form a team of Sailor Soldiers, Sailor Mercury, the studious Ami Mizuno, Sailor Mars, the shrine maiden Rei Hino, transfer student Makoto Kino becomes Sailor Jupiter, and aspiring idol Minako Aino awakens as Sailor Venus. The group fights against the Dark Kingdom, ruled by Queen Beryl and her Four Kings of Heaven, as they try to find the Silver Crystal and free Queen Metaria.

Toei rebooted Sailor Moon in 2014 as Sailor Moon Crystal and a two-part movie, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie will be released on January 8th 2021. Toei will release the second part on February 11, 2021. Sailor Moon Eternal will cover the Dream arc and act as the fourth season of Sailor Moon Crystal series. Sailor Moon continues to impact the anime world and was my gatekeeper anime. I haven’t looked back.


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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 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. 

Top Five Amoral Groups or Races in Anime

Misc

The Build a Harem Tag

First I must thank Merlin for tagging me. If you been reading this blog you’ll know that I have disdain for the harem genre. However, I don’t need to be that uptight about, this tag seems interesting. Reading other tags from Cactus Matt over at Anime Q & A (the creator of the tag), Karandi James at 100wordanime and Scott over at mechanicalanimereviews, I decided to take Karandi’s “amended” version, that kinda ignores the “character types.” I’m mostly doing so because I find it to limiting and I’m lazy. That said characters that I choose will inevitable fall into one of the categories anyway. First the rules:

The ‘Build A Harem’ Tag Rules:

1)Link back to the original post on Anime Q and A so they can check out everyone’s picks!

2)Use the ‘Build A Harem’ logo somewhere in the post.

3)Make sure to mention the person who nominated you too!

4)Pick 5 Anime Characters (any show & any gender) that would be in your ideal harem if you were the main character of a harem anime, explain a little bit as to why they are your picks (if you want).

5)Make sure each character you pick falls into some of the following harem character types: Childhood friend, tom boy/girl, genki girl/boy, loli/shota, trap, tsundere, yandere, kuudere, dandere, etc. (If there’s a character you’ve picked that doesn’t specifically fall into one of these types or falls into multiple types that’s fine too!)

6)Nominate 5 people to participate in this tag!


My Harem

Android 18

18 is a cool and confident woman, she has a sarcastic sense of humor that I love. She was asked once by the World Tournament announcer “if her real name is legitimately “No. 18”, to which she responds “My father was pretty dull.” 18 is very protective of her family and friends. She’s also incredibly powerful, capable of overpowering a typical Super Saiyan. Of course she possess infinite energy supply and she ages at a much slower rate. She also only requires water, which it think is cool.

Mako Mankanshoku

Mako has a lot energy, meaning she’s hyperactive. A lot of people might find her tiring but I like her. Weirdly, Mako is profoundly lazy. She’s fearless, willing to face major threats. When she was hard working when she was head of the “Fight Club.” Her biggest failing is her greed, due to being impoverish. That said she’s also hilarious.

Nico Robin

Unlike Mako, who’s loud and energetic, Nico is quite and reserve. She manages to remain calm even in the most dire situations. She like pointing out morbid facts, scaring her crew mates. Nico refuses to engage in anything that is embarrassing. Robin is often seen smiling, even in dangerous situation. Nico doesn’t play when it comes to battle, she’s brutal, willing to break the necks or spinal cords of her enemies.

Usagi Tsukino or Serena Tsukino (Sailor Moon)

I’ve always loved Serena. Sailor Moon was one of the first anime I watched as a child, so I have a soft spot for her. Serena is kinda a lazy, air head. She doesn’t study at school, or really apply herself. She’s also juvenile relative to her peers. Serena also has a tendency to whine and cry we she doesn’t get her way. I find her personality funny, she’s goofy and clumsy. Despite all this Serena will fight hard for those she loves.

Yoruichi Shihōin

Yoruichi is simply a bad ass. She’s highly intelligent, having imminence knowledge of the world she lives in. Even though she’s a noble, she’s not as obnoxious as other nobles. She doesn’t require being called with honorifics. Yoruichi has a well rounded personality, she’s mature and calm but can be relaxed and playful. She enjoys teasing others. She’s is very powerful fighter, she is the most proficient users of Hohō. and her Shunko, is the “highest form of Hakuda technique.” You can never go wrong with a strong woman right.

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  4. Satired of Anime
  5. Editorani
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Sailor Moon Crystal

Episode 3

Rei – Sailor Mars

Sailor MarsQueen Beryl chastises Jadeite for his failures. Two “Kings of the Dark Kingdom” arrive, Nephrite and Zoisite. Queen Beryl orders them to get rid of their enemies, the Sailor scouts. Ami and Usagi are hanging out at the arcade, they take a bus to cram school. While on the bus they see the beautiful, Rei. Usagi gets of the bus to follow her, Rei mistakes her for beginning a demon and attacks her with a paper charm.

One of Rei’s friends has gone missing, she believes that the “demon bus” is responsible. The next day Usagi returns to see Rei, while on the bus she meets Tuxedo Mask. He reveals that his name is Mamoru Chiba and he’s a second year high school student at Moto-Azabu Private High School. Rei is being accused of making Mii disappear.

Sailor Mars 2Usagi offers to help Rei locate Mii, as she leaves Rei has a vision of Usagi being captured. However, shes the one that is captured and Usagi and Luna see her trapped on the demon bus. Usagi quickly transforms into a flight attendant, and jumps onto the back of the bus as it travels through a portal. Usagi wanders through the dimension and beings to cry for help.

Ami and Luna contact her and tell her to transform, Ami does as well. They battle Jadeite who attacks them with his ice abilities. Rei uses her powers to stop Jadeite and activates her Mars powers. Jadeite’s ice powers are no match for Rei fire powers and he flees. The children are returned home and a mysterious chest arrives by plane.

I enjoyed this episode but I miss the comic conflict that existed between Rei and Usagi. I don’t know if they will establish that kind of relationship in the future, because it was part of what made the series so funny. As a kid I was always confused about whether Rei had actual powers without transforming, it seems like she does.

Mars