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.

I Tag( without obligation)

  1. The Anime Writer
  2. Thinking Anime
  3. Anime Otaku 139
  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.

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Sailor Moon Crystal

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Ami – Sailor Mercury

At the beginning of this episode we are introduced to Ami Mizuno, a highly intelligent student at “Juban Middle School” Usagi’s (Sailor Moons) school. She begins to admire Usagi’s ability to make friends. Queen Beryl orders Jadeite to get more energy for her, her quickly creates a new monster.

Luna warns Usagi that more evil will come. She tells her that allies must be found so they can save the princess. It is revealed the next day at school that Ami got perfect scores on all her exams. Unsurprising, Usagi’s grades are horrible. While walking home she see’s Luna with Ami and introduces herself.

mer3She invites Ami to the arcade where she excels at the arcade game drawing attention and beating the highest score. They both “win” pens and Ami tells Usagi that she wants to be a doctor like her mother. While studying at the “Crystal Center” she is given a disk to study from.

At school all the students that study using the PC program begin acting strangely. At home Usagi and Luna investigate the disk and realize that its being use to hypnotize student so they can find information on the “Silver Crystal”. Usagi uses her pen to transform her clothing into a doctor. The monster plans on using Ami’s intelligence to conquer Japan.

mer5Usagi exposes the monsters (Garoben) plan and it transforms, so does Usagi in response. Usagi is quickly overwhelmed and begins to cry like before. However, her ultra sonic waves are ineffective. As the monster aim to destroy her Ami activates her powers using the phrase “Mercury Power Makeup”. She uses her “Mercury Aqua Mist” technique blinding Garoben, Usagi is saved by Tuxedo Mask and Usagi defeats Garoben.

This episode was pretty much what you expect from a sailor moon episode. I enjoyed it and expect it to follow the same formula of finding the other three Sailor scouts in the next episodes. I appears to be that sailor Mars is next and she was the most competent and fearless of all the sailor scouts if they haven’t change anything. She also had the most conflict with Usagi as well.

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Sailor Moon Crystal

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Episode 1

Usagi – Sailor Moon

This series reboot start much the way the previous one did, with Usagi (Serena in the English) waking up late for school. She is 14 years old and clumsy as she falls down the stairs rushing to school. On her way she steps on and trips on a cat, she removes it bandage revealing a crescent moon.

Naru Osaka her best friend takes her to her mother jewelry store, were a sale is occurring. Usagi having just received a 30 on her test knows her mother won’t be buying her anything. On her way home she runs into a guy in a tuxedo, who picks on her for her poor grades.

While laying down in her bed dreaming she’s scratched by a talking cat named Luna. Luna give Usagi the broad that transforms her into Sailor Moon. While transformed Usagi hears her friend Naru’s in danger. She arrives to save her friend, defeating Morga with ” Moon Tiara Boomerang”.

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Opinion:

It’s been a number of years since I last watched sailor moon, so I don’t remember much of the detail of each episode. This turns out to have been a good thing. While many aspects of this episode felt familiar, I don’t recall much and this series so far feels new. Of course I’m sure that much is different in this series reboot.

I originally thought that I wouldn’t appreciate the artistic style but looking at it in motion I changed my mind. The art style is reminiscent of the manga, and it’s basically the live version of the manga series. The colors are a bit muted but it feels appropriate in order to create a specific mood of this series. The elongated style of the limbs add a distinct look to the series.

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I’m not sure but the series seems to use 3D or at least heavy shadow. It’s is clearly on display during Usagi’s transformation into Sailor Moon. The series maintains the humor I remember, as well as the clumsy nature of Usagi. It also has the romance part is also still in this series (which too be honest as a little boy I didn’t really care about). I still don’t, but I don’t mind that its still there.

What is different about the series seems to be some of Sailor Moon’s abilities. I don’t recall her having a “Ultrasonic Scream”, that can knock people unconscious. Her classic ability “Moon Tiara Boomerang” looks more epic than I remember. If I had one problem with this series as a kid it was that the Sailor Scouts had very few attacks at their disposal. I’m hoping they add some more depth to their fighting ability this time around. Oh, I miss the origin American intro to the series.

SM2For anyone new to the Sailor Moon series “Wired.com” has a wonderful FAQ.

 

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.