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Goodbye, Bleach.

 

Naruto has ended. Now it’s time for Bleach to say its goodbyes to the manga world.

Not that I cared much for the series anyway, especially in this last arc. I mean, really… What was Kubo thinking? I don’t even want to know cos I see it in the last arc.

I’m rather disappointed. Bleach and Naruto both had rushed endings. I would have liked to learn more about some characters, like Isshin, Ryuuken, and even Uryu. I wanted to see what they did during those 10 years. Ryuuken never spoke much, but I really wanted to learn more about him (mostly cos I had a rather, er, fangirl crush on him). Chad… well, that was a surprise, but I guess it’s a good ending for him, too. He looked even more chiseled and dashingly handsome xD Bwahaha, gotta give props to Kubo’s artwork. Loved it, even until the end.

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Sesshomaru Character Analysis and Development

My Sesshomaru Character Analysis

I feel like discussing a lot of InuYasha on my blog this week, so I’ll kick it off with my own character analysis of Sesshomaru.

First, let me have my fangirl moment and admire this gorgeous demon-dog man.

KYAAHHH~!! The hair, the eyes, the demon-dog markings... Ahh, gotta love a good-looking anime/manga character.
KYAAHHH~!! The hair, the eyes, the demon-dog markings… Ahh, gotta love a good-looking anime/manga character.

Ahem… I’m okay now. Anyway, let’s get on with the blog post! Here are the main points I’ll be discussing:

Main Points Discussed in This Blog Post

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1. Don’t Know Anything About Sesshomaru? Here’s Some Background Info

2. Why Sesshomaru is Considered Emotionless and Hates Humans and Inuyasha

3. Sesshomaru’s Upbringing and How It May Affect His Character

4. How Sesshomaru Begins to Change – Rin, the Human Girl

5. Why Sesshomaru is One of the Best InuYasha Characters

Don’t Know Anything About Sesshomaru? Here’s Some Background Info

If you’re not familiar with Sesshomaru, or if it’s been a long time since you’ve seen InuYasha, let me give you some background info on him. Sesshomaru is one of the supporting characters in the anime and manga series, InuYasha, and he becomes a major part of the series’ story.ย 

At first, Sesshomaru is seen as a cold, emotionless, and arrogant person. He’s a noble dog demon, and he’s Inuyasha’s half brother; they both are the sons of the Inu no Taisho, a famous and noble dog demon. Sesshomaru is one of those power-hungry characters, and he only lives to seek power and get stronger. In the InuYasha movie, InuYasha the Movie: Swords of an Honorable Ruler, it’s hinted that Sesshomaru challenged his father many times since the Inu no Taisho was powerful. Sesshomaru even wanted his father’s swords before the Inu no Taisho went off to his last battle. This shows that Sesshomaru greatly admired and respected his father. But, to Sesshomaru, showing emotion or attachment to anyone is a weakness.

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Was Obito Uchiha’s Character Necessary in Naruto?

Obito Uchiha’s Character Analysis

Can you believe that it’s been a year since the Naruto manga ended? Wow, that went by so fast! It certainly hasn’t felt like a year, but that’s probably because I’ve been thinking about Naruto off and on and re-watching Naruto Shippuden from time to time.

Obito Uchiha as a kid.

Main Points Discussed in This Blog Post:

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1. Why Obito Uchiha’s Existence Was Significant in the Seriesย 

2. Why I Believe He Wasn’t Necessary to the Series

3. The Possible Reasons for Kishimoto “Reviving” Obito

4. What Could Be an Alternative?

I was recently talking to some of folks about the Naruto series as well as the characters, such as Obito Uchiha, and I wanted to write about Obito. I wondered if his character was truly necessary to the series because he did appear… out of nowhere. We all thought he died in a war, but he’s been alive and kicking and hanging out with Madara xD

Why Obito Uchiha’s Existence Was Significant in the Series

Kakashi and Obito as kids.
Kakashi and Obito as kids.

I liked Obito Uchiha a lot as a character, but only when he was a kid. His death in the war was honorable and admirable, and his idiocy attracted me, too. because he was funny. (Even when he was Tobi, I enjoyed it bwahaha) His death was significant because he helped Kakashi grow and mature, realizing what was truly important as a shinobi. Kakashi is the man he is today because of Obito, and I love that about Obito’s character. I think it would have meant so much more if Obito had not come back to the series.

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InuYasha Anime Review

My InuYasha Anime Review!

Beware of spoilers.

InuYasha is one of those old, classic anime that many people grew up with, but I’m not one of them. I actually just completed the InuYasha series a few weeks ago, and I’m in my early 20s xD But it’s one of those anime series that I really needed to get to and watch because of how popular it was. So what I’ll be talking about in this anime review are listed here in the list of main points I’ll be discussing:

Main Points Discussed in the InuYasha Anime Review

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1. First Impressions of InuYasha

2. What I Loved About InuYasha

3. What I Didn’t Like About InuYasha

4. My Favorite InuYasha Characters

First Impressions of InuYasha

I. Loved. It. The reason? 1) Inuyasha’s adorable dog ears; 2) the demons/youkai theme; and 3) the setting of the anime, which is mostly in the Feudal Era of Japan. I love Japanese history, so the setting was just great! I also loved Inuyasha’s character design. I also enjoyed the whole blast-to-the-past thing where Kagome goes back 500 years. I thought that was such a cool aspect of the series, and it proves to be even more meaningful later on.

Here’s a little background on the InuYasha series if you’re not familiar with it: InuYasha is about a teenage girl, Kagome, whose family owns a sacred shrine. There’s a well that takes her back to the Feudal Era, and that’s where she meets Inuyasha. Inuyasha is binded to a tree because a priestess named Kikyo sealed him to the tree 50 years ago. Kagome has something called the Sacred Jewel that demons and humans want because it helps increase their powers and gives them their desires, and it’s later learned that Kagome is Kikyo’s reincarnation. After Kikyo seals InuYasha, she dies of an injury and takes the Sacred Jewel with her, and Kagome was unknowingly born with the Sacred Jewel. Even though it’s a span of 500 years, Inuyasha’s and Kagome’s fates were intertwined :O <insert dramatic music here>

The series picks up the pace after several episodes, but it’s still enjoyable to watch. Basically, the first 15 or so episodes are about Kagome and Inuyasha’s adventures as well as an introduction of the other major characters in the series. I loved the entire youkai theme going on, and the demons in the series are based on Japanese folktales, etc., too, so that’s an added bonus.

Kagome feeling up Inuyasha’s dog ears before he wakes up xD

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Soul Eater Anime Review

My Soul Eater Anime Review!

Soul-Eater-Anime-Characters

Main Points Discussed in This Blog Post:

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1.ย  First Impression

2. What I Liked in “Soul Eater”

3. What I Didn’t Like in “Soul Eater”

4. My Favorite Soul Eater Characters

 

First Impression

Within a couple of weeks, I completed the 51-episode Soul Eater anime series and wanted to do a review on it, so here I am! ๐Ÿ˜€ If you don’t know what “Soul Eater” is all about, here’s a brief summary: The series centers around a group of teenagers who attend an academy, Shibusen, where they learn and train to become pro Death Weapon Meisters. The students attending Shibusen are either a Death Weapon Meister or Weapons. For example, Maka, one of the main characters of the series, is a Death Meister while her partner, Soul, is her weapon; he can transform into a weapon for Maka to fight with. The Death Weapon Meisters’ goal is to get 100 souls to turn their weapon into a Death Scythe. There are few Death Scythes in the Soul Eater world, so, as you can imagine, it’s quite hard to accomplish.

Shibusen is actually a military organization that was created by Death or Shinigami-sama to prevent another Kishin from arising. There’s an existing Kishin or Death God underneath Shibusen, but a witch named Medusa releases the Death God, whose name is Asura, and all hell and madness breaks loose. This event becomes the starting pointย  of the main plot in the “Soul Eater” series.

Anyway, let’s get on with my first impression of the series. After seeing the first episode, which featured Maka and Soul trying to get the 100th soul they needed to turn Soul into a Death Scythe, I was just like… What the hell is this anime? The anime didn’t capture me at first. Except the cute kitty-witch person, Blair xD I didn’t like the artwork at first, either, but it grew on me after watching a few more episodes.

Blair the kitty-witch :D
Blair the kitty-witch :D

Although Maka and Soul are considered the main characters of the series, I didn’t like them as much as the other characters. I started liking “Soul Eater” more after watching the episode featuring Black Star and Death the Kid. I really liked these characters a lot more, and I’ll get into more detail about them and other characters I loved in the series later.

Even though the series wasn’t anything special to me at first, I still managed to watch the entire series, so let’s get into the nitty-gritty of my thoughts on “Soul Eater.”

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One Piece Talk: Akainu Isn’t Evil!

Akainu
Look at that smug face…

Main Points Discussed in This Post:

1. Why Akainu Isn’t to Blame for Ace’s Death

2. Why People Love Luffy and See Him as the Good Guy in One Piece

3. Why Akainu Really Isn’t the Bad Guy

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YEAH, I SAID IT.

The one who killed Ace.

The magma brat who seriously injured Whitebeard.

The Red Dog of the Marines.

YEAH, HE AIN’T EVIL!

You know, I used to think he was totally bad and evil and rawr, but really… Akainu isn’t. You can’t blame him for Ace’s death. Ace chose to die to protect his brother, and Akainu knew that, so he aimed for Luffy. Objectively speaking, yeah, messing with your opponent’s mind and emotions is one way to defeat them. So he used that as his tactic.

There’s no reason to blame Akainu for Ace’s death because he had zero feelings for Ace. For instance, would you protect someone who was a complete stranger to you? I wouldn’t because I’d rather use my life to protect someone I loved and cared for. I don’t blame Akainu for what he did. It was his job as an Admiral to go through with Ace’s execution. As we One Piece fans know, Akainu gets shit done. He doesn’t fuck around with emotions or anything; if he did, don’t think he would have done a lot of things during the Marineford Arc.

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Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai Chapter 1 Review

Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai Chapter 1 Review

Whether you’re new to manga or looking for something different to read, I’m going to tell you to read Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai. Yeah. I’m telling you aka ordering you to read this. Why? Let me do a review for you and you tell me why you should read it.

Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai is a josei, romance manga that is different from any josei manga I’ve ever read. The manga story is about a woman, Michiko Shibata (or Shibata Michiko, if that floats your boat more) who’s about to turn 30 years old, and she’s never been in a real, serious relationship before. Michiko is a simpleton, too, and I personally think she’s a stupid teenage girl trapped inside an older woman’s body.

But I really love the humor that the mangaka weaves into the story. It’s just so hilarious, and that’s why this manga has charmed me. The comedy is topnotch; however, there’s a dark shadow that lies behind the funny. The thing is, Michiko hasn’t figured out her life yet, and she’s being put down by many people in her life, such as her parents who want her to get married and be a responsible adult. It’s quite pitiful, really, the life Michiko lives. I think this is a wonderful josei that many people, men and women, can relate to, so it’s definitely worth the read. But continue reading my review cos I want to show you all the funnies that this manga presents. I’m sure you’ll love it, too ๐Ÿ˜€ I mean, just look at the first page of Chapter 1 xD

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One Piece 800: Exchanging Sakazukis

One Piece 800 Review! The Straw Hat Grand Fleet

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Lately, I haven’t been up for blogging. It’s been about a month now, I believe, since my last post. But, and I know I said this before, I’ll be more active because I have a lot of new plans that I’m working on, which includes this blog. I’m excited!

To kick off my activity, let’s do a review for One Piece Chapter 800. It’s the big 800, guys! Only 200 more chapters until we reach 1,000, and that’s a huge milestone. I wouldn’t be surprised if One Piece went to 3,000 chapters xD Also, I can’t help but think of Akainu because of the chapter title bwahaha

Anyway… after the grand fight between the Donquixote family and the Colosseum warriors and between Doffy and Luffy, everyone is grateful to Luffy; even the citizens of Dressrosa want to help him out ๐Ÿ˜€ Well… of course, Luffy being Luffy, he’s refused the offer of being the captain of the grand fleet. Naturally, he’s let them know that they’re his allies and vice versa! That’s more like it. I’m glad Luffy didn’t accept being a captain to them all xD That’d just be chaotic. Much better having them as allies. Plus, I really don’t think they’d all be the type to be subordinates…

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One Piece 795: Suicide

One Piece 795 Chapter Review!

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Yes, yes, I know, it’s been a while. Things happened here and there, but today is a special day. Why? Because, if you read the chapter today, then I don’t need to give you a why. I’m making time today to write a review on possibly the best chapter this year so far. Sorry, Gear Fourth chapter.

So much has happened so far. Doffy’s been defeated, the Kid alliance is going after Shanks (well, about that… dunno if it’s happening after this chapter!), things are getting heated between the marines and Gorosei (shoutout to Akainu, you birthday candle lighter), and so much more.

But… I gotta say, this chapter took the fucking cake and pie! First, we finally get to see the Sunny Team! I’m so, so relieved they’re doing okay. They’re actually doing more than okay since there was some comedy scenes in there, even though they were in a bind. So, I’m pretty sure they just landed on an island that belongs to Kaido, since we see a sheep dude wearing Kaido’s Jolly Rogerl:

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Naruto Gaiden Mini Series

Naruto Gaiden Mini Series Review

Okay, so, since there are nine chapters out already, I’m just going to talk about the main points here in this review.

First off, let’s talk about the main character, which is obviously Sarada. You definitely see the ‘next generation’ of Naruto shine in this series. I’ve heard that it’s a kick-off series for the Boruto movie coming out in August. The movie’s supposed to be centered around Boruto and how he grows, too, so I think this series is for Sarada since I think Boruto and her will be incredible ninjas in the future, and I’m not ashamed to say that they may even become a couple or at least best friends later xD Sarada understands Boruto quite well, especially when it comes to their dads.

So the Naruto Gaiden Mini Series is about Sarada trying to find out her roots. She questions Sakura about Sasuke and Sakura’s relationship with Sasuke, even asking if Sakura is really married to Sasuke. I mean… I think Sarada has every right to question her mother. Sarada notices something strange and she wants answers. She’s just a child still and not even a full-fledged ninja, so she wants to find out the truth for her own reasons. Her Sasuke-like attitude is completely warranted. She’s just lost and wants answers, which I can totally understand.

Uchiha-Sarada-Chapter-1-Naruto-Gaiden

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