Whenever someone comes up to our store and asks us what Batman/Joker comic they should they read, somehow in some way the name the Killing Joke always comes up each and every time without fail, sure it may get dismissed as, “yeah, I read it.”, type of comic but that;s the case or sometimes someone hasn’t read it and when given the synopsis it ends up becoming a guaranteed sale, why? Why is it so good? What makes it a top 5 recommendation alongside the likes of The Dark Knight returns, Batman Who laughs, infinite crisis on infinite earths and e.t.c.
Well let’s dive right in and find out.
The killing Joke created in 1988 by Alan Moore, Brian Bolland & John Higgins, takes at birth of Gotham’s, no in fact DC’s most popular villains ever, the Joker, the plot now popularly known starts of with a no name engineer who decides to leave his job to become a stand up comedian but fails miserably, desperate for some paper your boy decides to guide a group of criminals through his old workplace to rob the store next door, before the plan commences, he’s informed that his wife and unborn child died in a household accident, while still proceeding with the plan, the situation turns violent and Batman appears, terrified, the engineer dives straight into the chemical waste, gets swept out and discovers his physical features have been altered, making him look how he looks, torn by his loss and now disfigurement, he finally breaks and gives birth to the madman and legendary comic villain, Joker. Okay, synopsis done seems simple right? No, see the story surprisingly enough isn’t just about Joker vs Batman, see this is the comic where he becomes the crown prince, this is the comic where we don’t necessarily get the ultimate overview of why they have this grand rivalry but rather the psychology behind it.
The writer Moore did exceptionally well in illustrating how Batman and Joker are mirror images of each other, see Batman has spent his life experiencing and witnessing tragedy and as such he creates meaning behind it which you can say adds to the fact that he’s always almost prepared for anything if not everything, Joker on the opposite end has gone through similar pain and finds life completely absurd due to how randomly it hands out injustice, that’s why he puts Gordon through such torturing in order to prove that inside each individual is a lunatic that’s waiting to be uncovered, yet indirectly what is actually proven is that Joker and Batman are exactly alike, both insane man with different point of views but insane nonetheless while Joker’s insanity is surfaced in the form of a Joke.
The story is without a doubt and a masterpiece deserving of its awards as a comic classic for the ages, the story is without a doubt a thriller for all as well as the animated adaptation for those looking for a good watch, so if you’re looking for something that can not only offer you a good read but also arouse your psychological viewpoint pick up this graphic novel you won’t regret it.
So Attack on Titan is ending in a month, Jujutsu Kaisen is nearing its seasonal break and you, well you’ve got a Crunchyroll account that’s been paid for but now, the dilemma, what do you watch? Well… we’ve got you covered this season anime fans with our top ten anime you gotta watch this season.
10. Shaman King (April ??, Crunchyroll & Netflix)
Let us take a moment to remember all the shows promised to release last year and failed to, due to the global malware issue, sadly the long anticipated remake of the glorious Shaman King was caught in the mix, many fans were saddened by this but soon learnt to relax as we learnt, delays are good if only some studios could learn this then we’d have amazing shows, games and movies.
The show is anticipated to release this April but of course still under speculation as no date has been confirmed but anime fans are looking forward to this remake and if you're looking for something old school with a new spin on it, Shaman King is the choice for you.
9. Nomad: Megalo Box 2 (April ??, Crunchyroll)
Another one yet to receive a date, but boy oh boy if you’re looking for something different, something meaty then this is the meal for you, Megalo Box wowed viewers by taking boxing and simply turning it into something completely different and special to anime, sure we have the immortal Hajime no Ippo anime run that’ll forever sit at the top of the anime world of sports, but Megalo just felt amazing to watch, bringing feels that make you just sit in awe , every time, although it did have a sketchy and controversial ending for most viewers, I included, it didn’t take away from the fact that this anime was just amazing and is a definite watch this season, so yeah you’ve got a month to catch up, g get started!
8. Godzilla: S.P (March 25, Crunchyroll, Netflix)
Goooodzirrrrraaaaaaaa!!!! With the Godzilla vs King Kong movie coming out we figured what better way to educate you on why Godzilla will win then with a Godzilla anime, by the way spoiler alert Godzilla wins in the movie, haven’t watched it but like seriously you thing somehow in this world Kong will win? *proceeds to laugh* Jokes aside, or facts, Godzilla S.P looks good and the story sounds good if you’re a Zilla fan, so if you’re looking for something to spice up your Autumn this has to be it.
7. Mars Red (April 6, Crunchyroll)
It’s 1923, Humans have always been aware of vampires and their existence, but suddenly they’re numbers have begun to increase at a rapid pace, the government decides it’s time to dim those numbers and take out their top heads, but the catch is, you can’t track a vampire unless you’re a vampire… I narrated that good right? Right!? Geez tough crowd, it’s nice to get a crime based magical anime once in a while so this is a breath of fresh for most viewers but the question mark is whether it’ll be worth the watch but it’s vampires, mystery and it’s 1923 so why wouldn’t we watch it!?
6. Tokyo Revengers (April 11, Crunchyroll)
Erased fans, where you at!? We’ve got a spiritual successor, this is something we’re looking forward to, if it lives up to the hype this show can be something amazing magical, or a downright flop, the story is about a boy named Takemechi who has really crappy life, it gets even crappier at the start of the show, oh no what a shocker, but the key aspect is he suddenly ends up being transported 12 years into the past where he gets to uncover why everything is what it is and that’s where it kicks off, the show has potential but we just have to wait and see what’s in store for us on April 11.
5. Fruits Basket: The Final (April ??, Crunchyroll)
A solid drama, lovable characters and solid character development this 2019 show, though a show that didn’t break the web, it was nothing short of excellent and it deserves a proper send off without a doubt so to summarise with a quote from reddit,
“Is Fruits. Basket. Worth. Watching.?!?!
FRUITS BASKET IS SO WORTH WATCHING I CANNOT YELL IT ENOUGH!
It’s so much more than “just a shoujo”. It’s incredibly powerful, emotional, funny, sweet, and beautiful.
Give it a try, watch the first 3 episodes of the 2019 release.
I think you’re selling shoujo short here. You don’t mind if it’s “chick flicky” (so, shoujo), as long as the writing is good. Don’t assume the writing of shoujo is bad, because that’s a sad and uninformed mistake to make.”
There you go the people have spoken.
4. Hige wo Soru. Soshite Joshikousei wo Hirou. (April 5, Crunchyroll)
We’re doing something different here people!!!! We’re helping you become better, this is the anime that can make you a better person, this is it!! This is something we’ve been skeptical about but I mean it is a great concept for a slice of life anime while of course providing an infinite amount of fan service, but without giving away too much it’s about an adult and a stray highschool girl living under a roof while the adult helps straighten the young lady’s way of life, it’s a simple concept but it gets dynamic right from the get go if you give it a try.
Cestvs: The Roman Fighter54 AD. Cestus, a young boy orphaned by the Roman empire and made a slave, is placed into a training school for pugilists. It is here that he begins his journey to defy fate and fight for his own freedom. It took 12 years for this to be adapted to anime, like seriously we have anime on slines, zombies, half girls half horse anime but nothing with the gorey taste of old, this is the anime to look forward to this season if you’re into that life of hard work and pure violence anime.
2. Odd Taxi (April 6, Crunchyroll)
This is how far anime has sunk, we’re about to write a view about a Taxi anime, this is why anime is so mainstream, there is no concept to far fetched that it cannot reach and here we have taken one giant step as a form of media entertainment, but is this anime good, well, that’s why it’s number two on this list, it has all the makings of a comedy masterpiece this season but we’ll never know until April 6th.
1. My Hero Academia Season 5 (April 6, Crunchyroll,Netflix)
Well what were you expecting? You knew this would be here, Boku no Hero has gripped the world by storm and the world sits and awaits for its magnificent return well, except for the manga readers going around spoiling season 6...smh, but this season is set to be a blockbuster as a manga reader who’s caught up, this season does not fail to deliver so if you haven’t jumped on the hype train, you will oh you will!
Well that’s a wrap on this review, hope you enjoyed, but yeah this season isn’t setting the world alight as of course we have some big hitters making a return but we’re all waiting for that Bleach announcement later in the year, but if you’re looking for anime related merch thn head over to our website where we have manga, shirts, caps and much more.
Thanks for stopping by and happy Anime watching.
When we started watching anime many moons ago, we had seen countless anime clothed in beauty but yet a deeper darker more tragic side underneath, from Berserk, Grave of Fireflies, Clannad, Anohana and FMA Brotherhood, yet despite seeing all that, truth is, we had never seen Tokyo Ghoul coming and come it did.
Tokyo is a tough anime to talk about because it’s an anime that can have breathtaking highs, but when the anime under-delivers it can show viewers a new type of rock bottom. The anime was pretty good, amazing OST’s, some off the best out there, beautiful visuals and an amazing context, so, let’s talk about the story, this is where I expect the tomatoes to come raining in, so remember when you were little and you tried to bake that really awesome cake following the instructions on a cooking-book and ended up forgetting half the ingredients or using the wrong ones and the cake looked like complete shit and shit was all over the kitchen and then your mother walked in and slapped you across the face? Whether or not you remember, if you can picture that scenario then you can picture how Studio Pierrot's attempt at adapting Tokyo Ghoul into an anime unfolded, but I mean it couldn’t have been that bad right? *One long awkward silence later* right? Wrong. When I said Tokyo Ghoul can show you how bad an anime can get, this is what I mean, Tokyo Ghoul when first released as a manga was the most popular manga out there at the time and you expected the studio director to just copy and paste, easy win but no they went through and did their own special show and many anime viewers were robbed of something special, the show had 0 character development outside of Kaneki and that was development was just, ayt, no bear with me, Kaneki ever only became interesting in the final 5minutes of season 1 and in season 2 we were just lost in this maze randomly watching his ordinary anime.
The lack of the anime having character development meant the show needed to have a stunning and spectacular plot in 12 episodes, did we get that? Nope. Here’s the plot Humans vs Ghouls, ghouls eat humans so technically ghouls are bad, well there’s more to it you’d expect in anime and thus I didn’t call this part dreadful, just poorly done. The plot tackles a great subject. Identity.
The characters are interesting and there is a variety varying in personality as well. I really liked all the characters(Yet Lord have mercy on that development). The most pretentious thing about Tokyo Ghoul are the attempts at emotionally moving the audience by having some characters we know nothing about die and seeing other characters feel sad while the soundtrack playing assures us that this is indeed meant to be an emotional scene...awkward.
Music wise, this anime sits at the top of the food pack, HO-MI-GAWT this anime can give you feels just by sitting there and listening to the OST heck, forget about watching it, just listen to the OST.
INn summary though Tokyo Ghoul takes more L’s the W’s because it’s just mainstream for some odd reason (*coughs* *coughs Sword Art Online *coughs* *coughs*), Tokyo Ghoul is an amazing manga trust me, it really is, but as an anime I can’t see myself going back and rewatching this, unless I end up in a situation where I have to, who am I kidding I'm obviously gonna rewatch this for the 12th time tonight, oh and if you’re looking for Tokyo Ghoul or anime merch, head on down to our website we’re sure to have something for everybody.
I remember it was 2013, boy does time fly past, Rodman played basketball with Kim Jon-un, the Harlem shake became a thing and prior to that Crunchyroll was announced, Psycho Pass was rounding up oh and Attack on Titan was announced alongside SAO and looking back on all that right now it’s amazing, that Sword Art Online is still big, I swear, I said it would’ve died in 2015, I legit gambl - *cough*, but nothing would’ve prepared me 9 years later for the final season of Attack on Titans season 4.
Attack on Titan has without a doubt gone where no anime has gone before, blurring the line between spectacle and tragedy with every episode and completely shattered the barrier between good and evil with each season, becoming the current centerpiece for mainstream anime and how fitting indeed, like we said in our previous article Shingeki no Kyojin and Sword Art Online were the gateway and founding fathers of streaming anime for watchers back at the dawn of stream, it’s such a wonderful romance to see how when anime has finally become mainstream AoT gets the chance to stand at the top of it in its final season and not only that AoT has even gone as far as becoming the highest rated TV series on imDB something held by the likes of Game of Thrones and Big Bang, but what is that makes this show, so good.
Attack on Titan knows how to tell a story, that’s just it, the story seems linear at the start, with a main character, who has a linear mindset and yes a linear goal, he gets a power up which is cliche but with that mystery is born and questions arise and that was a theme for 3 seasons, we had questions, one would get answered but 3 more would take its place, but the thing is we didn’t mind, but it didn’t take long for us go from a linear plot to a vast throbbing world of mystery and questions, and a cast filled with amazing characters, I mean any cast with Erwin Smith in it is going to be fire no matter what. Even the main character goes through one of the most powerful and amazing developments ever told in a story, but that doesn’t go for the cast, each supporting character is different and impactful each in their own way and that is what makes this so show so spectacular, animation is so good, but if It had 1998 artwork i’d watch this ten times over just for the story.
It’s funny to think this came out around the same time as SAO and though both accomplished great feats well one more then the other, AoT has to undoubtedly be the best out of the two, Naruto had some great world building, Demon Slayer(though still ongoing) had a internet breaking episode 19, but in reality Attack on Titan is without a doubt a masterpiece, ever since part 2 of season 3 it has been nothing but a rollercoaster ride and being avid readers of the manga, trust when we say this trip is going nowhere else but up, all hail the Godfather of modern day anime and the current King of TV series, long may he reign, all hail AoT.
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There are numerous forms of acquiring bliss in this world, many, upon many, some are more fulfilling than others while the feeling is albeit the same and in recent weeks I have felt nothing but true glorious bliss, a bliss that could be described and explained in many ways but I shall use words that truly signify my bliss and these words are… “I told you Jujutsu Kaisen will be the best anime this season.”, Oh you think I’m capping, uh no that’s a fact don’t believe me then check out this blog I did back in oh guess what October! Here look at it! I thought y’all were loyal yeah now imma pull out my pitchforks due to this betrayal!
There are many ways to describe Jujutsu Kaisen, freaky, crazy, weird, goofy, downright beautiful but without a shadow of a doubt Jujutsu Kaisen ticks like every check mark on that list, It came in with the hype of Black Clover but delivered on a par almost comparable to Demon Slayer, It had memorable moments and even broke the web but let’s jump into what makes this show so good, or at least seem that way.
After the juggernaut year that anime had last year summarized in one word, Demon Slayer, many of us didn’t really expect much from other or new anime going forward for a while, sure we expected good shows here and there with some sturdy performances but not anything groundbreaking, but Jujutsu Kaisen did not seem to get the memo and came in with its own heat, set in a world that had Tokyo Ghoul type horror, but yet filled with intensity that could get your heart pumping faster than the world's purest coke, Jujutsu came with a statement to make and a statement it did make, normally we’ve had the pleasure and horror of witnessing Shounen of this type come in with similar plots but completely get derailed eventually become boring or downright stale, with repetitive plots, uninteresting fights or simply not enough action, but it seemed as though Jujutsu took a script from Kimetsu cause everything about the anime just clicked, the animation is just drop dead gorgeous and the characters in that world are anything but dull, you fall in love in a heartbeat with the cast and although my disappointment comes in the lack of waifu material and the absence of a quality loli, I soon found myself stuck in a panic revolving the fact that an anime can still be good without any of these aspects, like imagine I watched an anime and did not find waifu material and I’m rating the anime above 8!!!
Jujutsu is without its flaws but the sad reality is that its flaws aren’t flaws in the actual show but rather the flaws that the community impose onto it. See, from the start of this blog i’ve used a repeated theme that is unfair to any anime, but a theme that is used in almost all reviews and that is, comparison, see Jujutsu is a quality anime and while it may have its flaws they are quickly blotted out by just how good the show actually is but because of timing it is almost immediately compared to Demon Slayer even if it was released 3 years from now it would have been compared to it regardless and that’s were the problems Jujutsu has lies and i’m not saying the issues are not valid in some cases but in most cases they are simply unfair, for example there was a fight scene in Jujutsu that so badass it broke the web, but yeah you guessed they compared it to Demon Slayer ep19 and the fight was on par with it but just and I mean only just fell under. Another aspect is that Kimetsu no Yaiba is mainstream and I mean mainstream the manga is so big it literally dethroned One Piece as the number one selling shonen of 2019, I know right, absolute madness, but it definitely deserved that and all credits to the show but that just goes to testament that you can’t compare these two as the hype around Kimetsu is so big it just swallows up anything and everything around it, I mean look at Vinland Saga.
So the question remains is, Jujutsu the best anime this season, no… it’s the best anime this year, by a fine margin, like believe me when I tell you this anime is worth every minute of your time, but hey don’t take my word for it, head over to your nearest streaming service and check it out and while your at it don’t forget to check out our anime merch and see what goodies you can pick up!
You know growing up I used to consider myself, a nerd, who’d never get a girlfriend, I’d look in the mirror and be like damn, is this my fate, to forever be this good looking but yet these people were so self conscious they’d overlook it and assume the worse, I mean, people would say it was game but, I mean, my game was so on point I could hit you up with anime pick up lines so good that your waifu would choose me everyday of the week, doubt me? Well here take a sit in how to pick up waifus 101:
Pick up line 1: Abdel: Hey beautiful, do you believe in Fate?
Her Yes/No, why?
Abdel: Cause it’s asking you to stay the night.
Pick up Line 2:
Abdel: Do You Have a Death Note?
Ab: Cause every time you smile, I feel like I'm having a Heart Attack.
I know right, settle down kids, this is a lifetime of hard work, it ain’t easy flexing a yearly watch time of 14088 hours on anime (Lol I don’t actually spend that much time on anime, I’ve got a life.), but yet in all this time of wasted opportunities, I came across an anime that shook the foundation of how I viewed anime, you know it’s saying something when you legit waste 90% of your day consuming a form of media that will in no way add value to your life, yes I said anime, doesn’t change anything-about-you, but yet while consuming it you begin to see themes that recurred and reappeared in so many anime, you felt like this was it, the standard, well that was until I watched Fate.
Now of course as with every other anime produced by Type Moon the number one question here is, “Where do I start?”, “Which one?”, well… that’s not my problem go here, seriously how you guys just go come here and read all this just for the order, no! Jeez, but that aside we were talking about Fate, truth be told, if you decided to go on Netflix and binge this randomly you’ll get lost, no seriously the publishers were like, “Hey let’s produce a show, but, we’ll release the 2nd part first then part two to the second part and then while everyone thinks part 2 is part 1 we’ll make the real part 1 to hide our flaws but ruin the fun for the original watchers cause they’ll already know the winner!.”
I can imagine that’s how the creative team went about things, but although they might sound as though they were blazing some rare exotic plant from India, I highly encourage them to keep on it, you see, the Fate Series has to be one of the most well written stories I've seen, I know, I know, it’s slow, I know, but hear me out as I give a basic summary, basically there’s a war held every few years amongst Master Magician, mostly among noble families since Shenron knows when and they fight for the Holy Grail which can grant the victor any one wish in a battle called the Holy Grail War, it’s literally a battle til’ the death, last man standing vibes, but see we wouldn’t love it for that nooooo, oh no, see, basically all 13 magicians have access to an ally called servants comprised of different classes which serve them in their quest to get the Holy Grail, but of course they both have a mind of their own and are capable of disobeying them, I mean after all they are the living spiritual embodiment of Legendary Heroes of old, Like Saber Class: Her Majesty King Arthur, no, that wasn’t a typo King Arthur was a woman, I know! I won’t lie, I didn’t care, not even in the least but this creative team went out of their way to make her just fit in, and don’t get me started on Gilgamesh, like man when he hits you with the line, “Who asked you to gaze up at me scoundrel?”, you can’t help but just fall in love with him, no, that was not a moment.
Fate has to be one of the most beautiful looking anime, I've ever seen, you could swear the studios broke the bank every episode to deliver such a spectacle and it doesn’t even look like it aged for a show from nearly one and a half ago, like I said this creative team is just on point the whole show, but I'm sure you’re all wondering when am I going to stop praising it, give me a moment, I’m almost there, another aspect Fate shines is in its story, see every character shines, from masters, to servants, especially servants, see every servant is a hero from a passed age, and they have lived and they have died, and all have failed in their greatness to bring about the change, goal and dream they sought, such as Gilgamesh in his search for eternal life, or Arthur in her search for world peace, all have searched and none have succeeded and when you pit such personalities and great individuals against each other well then of course you’re in for a battle bigger than Ragnarok all in an attempt to change their fate.
Well now for the harsh truth and the con of Fate, the continuity or whatever word you want to throw in, see Fate makes no sense, hold up put down those pitchforks, listen, if you were an anime fan today without google and I gave you Fate with a usb and said yo bro watch this, would you get it? Don’t even try and cap, you know what I’m saying, this show makes no sense unless you actually invested time in it, it’s like watching Avengers Endgame but not watching Infinity War first, like what kind of monster do you have to be to do that? Like no, what’s wrong with you? Point here though is, Fate is hard to get in cause honestly the first part of it is like a 7.0 out of ten and it should be a ten since Gilgamesh is there but these other props just bring down my boy’s swagger, he can’t carry a show alone, in fact the whole Fate franchise would be a ten if Gilgamesh played all the roles really, but sadly he’s only a king.
So am I saying Fate is unwatchable because of its beginning, absolutely not, Fate is good, it really is, but like I said earlier the creatives are on roids so sometimes they make great choices and downright rubbish moves, the show starts of slow with Fate: Zero it could take you a week or two to finish not because of length but more so cause of enjoyment, but once you hit the final episode of it and move to Fate: Stay Night you may need to call in sick on Monday cause damn, you’ll be dying to see what Fate has in store for this cast, yeah I know this closing was trashy for days, but I still catfished you into reading a review on Fate and also checking out our anime merch.
Hello, all you shiny cardboard lovers, and welcome to our next blog, where we dive deep into Konami's latest golden depths of their product and reveal this exciting set that players both new and old will definitely want to get their hands on.
We introduce the Maximum Gold 2020 set, which gives us a plethora of good, old staples and cards to choose from in all new rarities. Coming in this set, we have 2 new rarities. One resembling the rares that have been discontinued in packs, but this time with gold plated card names, and the all new Maximum Gold Rare, where even the pictures themselves are highlighted in a beautiful, bright gold shimmer.
What makes this set perfect for now, is that it allows new players and players who missed Duel Devastator, a chance to get some staples for their decks, especially some of the best hand traps in the game. Some of them, most notably being Nibiru The Primal Being and Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring, along with all the other Ghost Girls and even the likes of Infinite Impermanence, makes its fourth printing, or fifth if you count the special edition.
There are a lot of reprints of some old archetypes that I know you would be excited for. Madolche, Zoodiac, Traptrix, Firefist, Nobelknights, Darklords, Barrier statues, and what people may be the most excited for, is the first reprint of some of the Dragonmaids.
There are so many staples in this set, you will be swimming in them. Anything from Harpies Feather Duster all the way to There Can Be Only One. Also, a reprint that sparked big controversy, Eldlich the Golden Lord...In Gold Rare, how cool is that?! A great reprint for a great deck strategy that is still pretty raw and fresh.
This gold mine also contains some alternate artworks of some very well known cards, like Elemental Hero Stratos, Aleister the Invoker, Droll & Lock Bird, Apollousa Bow of the Goddess and Even Fantastical Dragon Phantazmay. Nothing like seeing the card in a different perspective, and for all you lore junkies out there, it might just reveal more.
For you original Yugioh fans, you may get the chance to pull one or more of the three famous signature monsters from the main series. Dark Magician, Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Red-Eyes Black Dragon all come in the new Maximum Gold rarity. Try see if you can collect them all!
This is a real Gold mine that you are going to want to dig into. Such an amazing set for this time of the format, helping a lot of up and coming players boost their strategies. Get your shovels and dig into your wallets, because this is gonna be worth it!
We all know Dragon Ball Z is the greatest fighting anime of all ti- woah, I’m sorry guys I was just messing around, that was a lie, like that cap was so bad, I bet you were laughing, haha, check out the grin on your face, no? Okay. For years the anime world has had this massive argument, since the dawn of the first weeb, the question has been which is the best fighting, action themed anime ever? Well today ladies and gentlemen I seek not to answer that question, but rather add more bad blood to it, behold on the left side we have all your average anime thinking they’ve got good fight scenes so it makes them think they’re good but really they’re not, and on the right side of the ring the holder of the best anime meme(s) of all time, Fist-OF-THE-NORTH-STAR!
It’s one thing when an anime holds the title for one of the most iconic memes ever, hold up Dio fans I already made a blog about you, but it’s another thing when the anime itself lives up to the par standard set for it by its respected meme and Fist of the North Star by far delivers I mean before you even know it, you’re in love with the show, ha, see what I did there, see? Fine. The question though is why do I stand by the point of it being so better at just raw fighting, I mean, the story is cliché and the fight scenes are absurd, lord knows they are just downright insane, but hey some of you guys think anime characters shooting blue magical blast wave thingies from their hands is normal and cool, so I bet Fist of the North Star will fit in just fine on your list of anime to watch, but that would be injustice to an anime such as this, to simply just add it to your list is blasphemy, this should be put at the very top! A show that once ran the pages of Shonen Jump in the 80’s and later adapted to a 72 volume manga and not far after adapted to anime this anime is something that deserves way more then it's made out to be, it was born back when anime was still finding its footsteps and was out before anime became the monolith it is today, this anime was the Senpai of Dragon Ball as this was one of the anime it took its inspiration from so in truth this show could be considered the Granddaddy of modern action anime.
Story wise the show does not disappoint, I mean it’s an anime from the 80’s since when does an anime from the 80’s have bad storyline, yeah I’m looking at you Project A-ko, Fist of the North Star’s plot is amazing and of course like all 80’s shows the author figures it out along the way before actually sitting down and saying to themselves I know exactly what I’m doing now, and yet the viewer is left completely unaware of this and feels everything the creator is doing is profound and well thought out, and that’s what makes the show that good, that even if it’s done on improv it can still feel so good to watch our protagonist use his amazing punchline, speaking of cast, Fist of the North Star boasts a cast that is still seen as one of the best and most robust in anime today, they even boast a antagonist in Ra-oh that is seen as the most formidable villain in all of anime & yet the character development and relationship surrounding each and every character is far from forsaken as each individual is so fleshed out that you can tell and imagine how they came to be and where they’re headed, there’s never a sense of a character feeling overused or too boring plus you never feel as though their development is wasted or even not there at all no matter how brief their stay is, even in regards to that characters never overstay their welcome, you’ll draw out your favourite character and be left with a satisfying yet heart gaping please don’t go moment, damn I miss you Juza.
Fist of the North is an amazing show and a gem in anime history and would it have been able to hold its own if it were released in modern day anime? Absolutely not, you see this is the underlier, Fist of the North Star at its time was revolutionary, everything about it was, amazing and simply groundbreaking, but the aspects that made it revolutionary are so common in modern day anime, to the point where it’s been improved on and refined and I wouldn’t say perfected but it’s somewhere there, the show can be the source of all action and fighting anime but anime has reached a point where the student has become the master, well the master in all but one field, cause after it’s all said and done, put Goku, Jotaro, Madara, Jiren, Luffy, Ichigo, Midoriya or whoever you want in a ring, I bet you they’ll be dead before they even know it.
Well then since I've added my two cents into the fold of what a good anime should look like, rather than flame me later for writing the truth, you could just head over to our online website and check out our manga and anime merch selection as a peace offering from me.
Monster, a word used as a noun and sometimes informally as a verb, I dunno who’d do that but hey, Britain, i remember as a kid my mom always told me don’t watch this or don’t watch that but as a kid you know you’re naturally wired to do the opposite, it’s the exploratory side of you that simply compels you to do otherwise and it was that faithful evening on some random rainy night, I think, in 2013 when I decided to torrent Monster, yeah, and it messed-me-up.
Monster has to be one of if not the greatest and most thought-provoking anime out there both in the past and present generation you could pretty much call it timeless, but it’s really hard to say that huh? Reason being because not a lot of people talk about it, we know and anime is built on sales and popularity but we know Monster isn’t the highest grossing anime show out there and that it doesn’t have a toxic fanbase so without these key components why does it seem as though i’m hyping nothing? Well truth is the reason it's not that loud irrespective of age and quality is down to multiple factors, for instance if we took into account the plot of Monster it was straightforward, find the monster, but the dynamics and ingenuity and yes thought process required was simply out of this world, Urasawa created a show that had you on your toe in a methodical and slow fashion were you danced to the rhythm of the show and couldn’t just casually watch the show, think Steins Gate, every reference is important every detail cannot be wasted, to create that structure just in a anime show alone is simply fantastic.
Yet should Monster be something considered mainstream? when Monster first started it was home to a mature audience, so in an era dominated by DBZ and Shonen big 3 there was no space for Monster, streaming had yet to be invented so if you lived out of Japan or lived outside of the US in the 2004-2006 period, ithen you had no chance of watching this and even so, being new to anime would you have watch it then? To answer all this it simply comes down to the viewer as you see when you take everything that makes anime, well anime, and compare it to Monster you’ll immediately see that monster is literally the opposite of everything called anime today, in terms of views, ideals and values, for instance one thing that stands out is simple storytelling only few shows actually capture this but the majority of anime shows is to show this fantastical, unrealistic, out of this world side to it and there’s nothing wrong with it as opposed to Monster where the story stored in it is on a whole new level, Monster has no special powers, no giant robots, no superheroes, no unrealistic simp energy love stories, no its just raw storytelling and it’s done so, so well and yes as it is anime, it does have some side to it that may seem or feel unrealistic it is ground in facts and reality or to a extreme the facet of a character’s subconscious, that’s just a tip of the iceberg.
One thing Monster underlines at the start of the show is the reality of choices, we see that our protagonist is faced with a decision no doctor would want to make, save one life over another, a tough and in a sense simple decision from our perspective but that one action ended up setting the pace for the entire show run as it affected the entire cast of that show in dynamic fashion, our protagonist is then forced to deal with his actions as the consequences play out in front of him, all the while dealing with provocative questions such as what is justice? Morality, law, ethics, standards? Why do they exist? Who implemented them? Why go by it? Is everything on it true? Let’s not forget Johan the OG Kira Hoshikage! It took the very foundation of society and tore it wide open for it to be re-evaluated through the eyes of the villain as well as the audience, something like this or equivalent has yet to be done or reproduced in the world of anime, which is another reason for why Monster is so damn good.
So if you need an anime recommendation or about to move unto your next anime on that list of things t watch take a break and just pick up this brilliant piece of anime, and be enthralled in a world that is simply begging you to think outside the box a world that can challenge you to a degree no anime ever has and ever wll, step into the world of a Monster and see what makes them tick oh and check out our manga stuff, yeah you know I was gonna slide my sales pitch somewhere here anyways.
Auth Abdel G.
Many consider SAO to be the godfather of Isekai, the source of the worlds problems in anime, the reason why anime fans are anime fans the birthplace of Otaku...me? Well I think it’s the biggest pile of rubbish I've ever laid eyes on, psssh you think I'm just exaggerating especially since I said Kimetsu no Yaiba is bad...well then again, I’m right trust me, deep down you know that SAO is the root of all that is bad in Isekai, but the real question here is why?! Why have so many anime fans taken to the streets to boycott this anime and purge it from anime history, well then ladies and gentleman today I shall diagnose the problem today I shall give you the name, the most vile name to ever grace the lips of an otak- too much hype I know but yeah the reason Isekai sucks is because of Kirito...and here comes the pitchforks.
Hold up before we start WW3 I need you to understand that I am being unbiased as possible, strolling down the narrow path of being neutral as possible and yes I view SAO as a 6 star rated show...put down those pitchforks and let’s quickly breakdown SAO for a moment, there are lots of nouns that can be associated with SAO such as dung, stool e.t.c but why? Well concept wise SAO is really good, boy gets sent to another world, becomes an overpowered swordsman (everyone's dream), meets cute girl, dates cute girls, becomes the messiah to a futuristic virtual world, oh and by the way that world looks super beautiful and yet in the midst of that beauty even die-hard fans admit that the character development, investments and depth simply just fall flat, a romance that’s just lacking so much, I mean let's not lie, Naruto’s relationship arcs had way better meat and way more drama, but that aside we’ve established that SAO is mediocre but yet it’s a giant in the anime world, why?
When anime first became the biggest talking block on the street it had arrived at a time where most viewers didn’t know what was good, there was no IGN, Gigguk, Anime man, YouTube, nothing and as a result most people had no clue on what to watch, DBZ brought them in but what could keep them in and guide them, so they were immediately drawn in by the Big 3 at the time which served as a medium for young otakus to get immersed in this form of media entertainment but as we all know shows end, Shonen drags and there was a new itch that needed to be scratched for anime fans, streaming shows slowly became...hehehe, mainstream… but anime really started to show it can be a juggernaut media when Crunchyroll first rolled through, you gotta admit that pun was cool, nothing? No? Ayt. When Crunchyroll hit the web it quickly became the go to form of anime digestion (but that’s another blog), due to Crunchyroll's appearance we began to experience having so much anime at our disposal, so much content that we became unforgiving to bigger shows that threw filler in our face and we had to take it, but no more, yet with a robust of anime and a majority of shows we faced a problem that arose at the dawning of anime, we needed a new show like the big 3 to guide us into this new era, a from of gateway and SAO alongside AOT stepped up to the plate. SAO came in at the time where technology was being reshaped into something holistically new, from Androids, to smartphones, the ps4 was speculated, social media had hit a new stride and we began to believe that our technological exploits were limitless I mean WIFI is easier to excess then water and this was supposedly the mindset in the western world so when SAO hit the web with its futuristic plot, characters and setting it hit the western world with force equivalent to a nuclear bomb.
Yet even so we had shows like this before in the world of anime, but the truth is timing is key here, you could even make a mention that it's all there is here, SAO was not necessarily the start of Isekai but you could say it was the start of a theme where anime shows targeted gamers since that was the thrill, remember in 2012 the VR was announce, which legit blew open the doors of gaming, yet not as revolutionary as the ones used in Log Horizon, SAO, and respective shows, SAO was there when anime needed a new doorway for new and old viewers and the show doesn’t pride itself in Kirito but the viewer, it opens the doors to fans to venture into a world through anime and experience a world they choose to create for themselves and yes it's not as methodically thought out as One Piece, beautiful as Demon Slayer, it’s still a great show in itself, the fact that SAO can pick on recurring and new themes in the world of videogames and integrate it so well, that alone is amazing and testament to the shows sustain, so the thing here is does everyone hate Kirito yes, but deep down, there was a time when you loved and adored him, when the world of SAO was beautiful in your eyes, ha! Sike!
Well then I hope you enjoyed this blog and look forward to your opinions on whether you think SAO was goo- well we all know the only comments we’ll be getting are ones focused on why the show is so bad am I right? So let us know whether you think SAO was the pioneer for present day anime and its fan base and don’t forget to check out our online catalogue on anime merch.
Hello fellow duelists and Yu-Gi-Oh enthusiasts, and welcome to another one of our blogs. Our blog today is gonna be catered to one specific card that is so feared, so terrifying and rampant, that I can actually write an entire blog about it. This card is Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon.
Now as we know, Red-Eyes Dark Dragoon arrived in the 2020 Mega-tins. It is an extremely powerful card. It is a level 8, Dark, Spellcaster type fusion effect monster. Its effect allows you to have an omni negate and destroy, so long as you have a card in your hand to discard for it, only once per turn, and it gains 1000 attack if it does. It also has the ability to destroy an opponent's monster and inflict damage equal to that monster's attack points, and not to mention, it can be as many times as the amount of normal monsters used for its fusion summon. Then, on top of all of this, it also cannot be targeted or destroyed by card effects. This is singularly one of the most broken boss monsters Yugioh has had in the game so far, in my opinion.
The thing that also makes this card so good, is Red-Eyes Fusion, which allows you to use the monsters in your deck to summon it. Also, the fact that you only need Dark Magician and either Red-Eyes Black Dragon or any other Dragon type monster, it makes it a Foolish Burial for dragons. As if it wasn't easy enough to summon, we now also have Predaplant Verte Anaconda, which allows you to copy a fusion spell's effect from deck, and Verte only takes 2 monsters to summon it.
Since this card is so terrifying and almost unstoppable, we need to find way to stop it. So I am here to help you guys with some ideas.
First off, let us try to prevent that thing from entering the battle field. Normally, you can use Ash Blossom & Joyous Springs to stop the activation of Red-Eyes Fusion, which could stop them from getting it out. However, you cannot use Ash on Predaplant Verte Anaconda, instead, you would have to use Effect Veiler or Infinite Impermanence. This is if you are going second, of course, or it is not your turn and you need to stop it. However, there are a Miriad of other traps and some archetypal monsters that have negates for those cards as well. So as long as you have a Spell or Monster negate, you can stop it. Another interesting tech that can be used is Dimensional Barrier, which not only would prevent it from hitting the field, but it could also negate it if it is already on the field, leaving it vulnerable to destruction and targeting.
This leads us into how would you stop it if it was already staring you down in the face and tickling your life points. You can attempt to destroy it by battle, which could be quite difficult considering it's at 3000 attack and will gain more if it negates. But there are monsters like Mekk-Knight Crusader Avramax and Borrelsword, which could be really good monsters to beat over it, and for Avramax, even if it gets negated and destroyed, you can still shuffle Dragoons back. If you want other types of removal, Kaijus would probably be your best option, an easy way to get rid of the monster, or you could use Forbidden Droplets or Triple Tactical Talents to deal with it. Superpolymerization is also a really good card to out it with, and since it's a dark attribute, it makes it a bit easier to have a fusion target for it. However, some main deck outs are really tough to draw into, so what else could we use in the extra deck that could be relatively easy to summon that can out it? Well, I have thought up two monsters that are really powerful outs to it. We have Ningirsu the World Chalice Warrior. Non-targeting sending to the graveyard is a really good way to out. Or, if you would like to acquire your own Dragoons, and if it is easy to summon, you can get out a Borreload Dragon and just borrow his Dragoons. Give your opponent a little bit of payback.
There are also other odd and gimmicky ways to out it, like you can Called by the Grave a Dragoon that's already in the grave. There is Dark Ruler No More, that can outright negate its effects. Dinos can out it easily just by flipping it face down and going to town with Ultimate Conducter Tyranno. If flipping it face down makes it vulnerable, then you could also use Swords of Concealing Light or Book of Eclipse. There is also a card called Herald of the Abyss, that can force your opponent to send it to the grave. If you have your own Dragoons, you could use Ghost Reaper & Winter Cherries.
Yes, there are a lot of cards that can out it, but it is a very powerful card to get over and most likely it will be backed up by more than just itself. Which leads us to wonder what its fate will be on the banlist to come.
So what are your crazy Dragoon stories? What are your Crazy Techs to out it? What fate do you think the banlist should hold for this terrifying Spellcaster?
Auth: Abdel G.
The term anime of the year had only been nothing more then just that a term, an argument that would be held on public forums and even in your living room were you and your friends would grab knives, pitchforks and the nearest harmful thing all in an effort to exert your opinion on whether or not your anime pick was mightier than theirs, but this madness would only be amplified as it became an official event in 2017 held by Crunchyroll, it became an event were the juggernaut shows of that year would test their mettle in a battle for the hearts of its audience and it lived up to its hype every year carrying on the tradition of the average weeb and putting a spotlight on the discussion, from controversial wins to downright undisputed victors and let's be honest Jojo should have won 2018 but heyyyy i’m going to be as unbiased as possible as possible as to why Vinland Saga was downright robbed.
Vinland Saga was first published in Shonen Jump in 2005 and was almost immediately destined for greatness, it matched both Kingdom and Berserk in popularity but just like the two there was no space in media form dominated by the then big 3 (Bleach, Naruto & One Piece) as a result tit continued its run as a manga while fans cried out for a anime adaptation for years, the manga is based of off the original true story of the Vinland Sagas and even features key historical figures such as Thorfinn, Askeladd, King Canute and e.t.c, but it wasn’t until recently in 2019 where it would be given its first big break when Twin Engine announced that Wit studio would be adapting it into anime format, the moment it released its first 3 episodes the anime world was immediately set ablaze and stunned by what would become a masterpiece of the show, oh and its opening legit smacked Tokyo Ghoul Unravel outta the park...just saying.
So then the question is why didn’t it win, if it’s so good, well the thing is at the present moment anime is in a peculiar position as at the moment there is no big 3, the thing is the big 3 need to consist of particular aspects apart from just selling a lot of manga adn being kinda popular but that’s a whole other blog, the point heere is that at the moment Demon Slayer is extremely popular, there is no denying that, a good studio, quality animation and amazing sales in merch and manga, so then doesn’t that make it a candidate for anime of the year? In some sense yes, but in other cases no? Dbz is the most popular anime of all time as well as One Piece and they both had amazing arcs last year but you cannot sub popularity for quality, Demon Slayer delivered that in every way graphically and story wise but in retrospect Vinland Saga did just that ad far more, when it comes to colour and beauty, Demon Slayer shows up there’s no denying that but if we had to go for raw story and casting, Vinland Saga does just the same if not more, it took a piece of history and brought it to life, it was relatable on so many levels to its viewers, and yet even after all that it brought with it so much more, even the cliffhanger at the end was one of the most gut wrenching scenes in anime history.
Don’t get me wrong towards the end of the first season Demon Slayer portrayed one of the best fights in history, it had to be one of the best fight scenes of the last decade in anime, I have to give it that, yet Vinland Saga, portrayed realism and the beautiful use of realism rivaled the way Demon Slayer portrayed its folklore, even in terms of Villains Demon Slayer has one of the best and most despicable villains i’ve seen in years, it’s been long since you’ve seen a villain who’s just well evil and bad to the bone, ha, see what I did there, they even have an amazing protagonist in Tanjiro, but if it were a battle of protagonist without a shadow of a doubt Thorfinn would be the better of the two, believe me they are leveled in terms of their coll-factor and development pacing but in terms of raw story once more Thorfinn has a far more interesting story, Tanjiro’s story could be equated to being Hokage or finding the One Piece but Thorfinns story is like no other, the depths and swerve to it is simply untouched.
So am I saying Vnland is better than Demon Slayer and that it was robbed of anime of the year….yes, but am I also saying Demon Slayer is a bad anime? By no means! Vinland and Kimetsu are such great anime that it be tough to tell them apart, from an unbiased opinion they are both great and amazing anime and it's the fresh air we’ve been needing for such a long time 2020 could barely reproduce anything of that magnitude and I fear it may be the case for sometime.
Well then now that we’ve settled which anime is the best, let us know in the comments below what you think and whether or not you feel Vinland was better or whether or not you disagree with this and as always feel free to check out what anime merch we have in stock and as always stay safe and i’ll see again on our next blog!
Auth: Abdel G.
Make way peasants and other shows that have never seen top 5 on Shonen Jump, today we give way to the king of all Shonen, or is it? One Piece sits comfortably at the top of the trash heap as the centre of all that is trash and bad in the anime world, and many fans don’t even know that the show itself is 23 years old, yeah I know right?! Yet how is it that a show this old has managed to remain steadfast and a continuous presence in the world of anime to the point where it doesn’t lose fans, but gain and gain and guess what? Gain some more, wanna become a fan or at least know why you are? Well then let's jump right in and get started shall we?
When One Piece first appeared in Shonen Jump in 1997 it wasted no time in steam rolling its way to the top of the food chain it enjoyed immediate success where it even humbled the almighty Goku and topped Dragon Ball Z, it didn’t take long for it to become part of what anime fans refer to as the Shonen Big 3, featuring alongside Bleach and Naruto in the early 2000’s, but sure yeah it started of big and did the big things that we expect hit anime to do, but still that doesn’t attest for why the show has stood tall and strong for so long, and one thing long time anime viewers are aware of is the infamous reputation Shonen has for prolonging anime, it’s so tough to get unto it to begin with as if a smanga appears on it and doesn’t get popular immediately then it’s cancelled in a heartbeat and if it does get popular then the show is prolonged and milked to the bone until it loses its popularity, something Bleach and Death Note can bare witness to, yet lucky enough Eichiro Oda the author of One Piece designed One Piece to be a long running anime, did he design it to be 23 years and ongoing beats me, but he always planned for it to be long he had a goal on how the show would end and has worked towards it step by step and lucky enough he hasn’t missed a step along the way.
One Piece’s longevity has led to many animes picking up traits from it especially its goal settings, Naruto did the same thing hence it went out on the high that it did as well and showed why anime like Bleach lost steam due to the fact that we just ended up in a cycle of fights, fights and more fights, even so you can set a goal and still lose traction on your way to it or even lose traction because fans aren’t interested in it, but the thing is One Piece has done neither rather it has set a goal in which the world it revolves around including its audience have been sucked in on the hunt to find out what it is, no seriously it’s been 23 years and we still have nothing, 0, zilch, nada, absolutely no clue on what the One Piece actually is and here’s the thing, we’re dying to find out what it is, but the catch is, we don’t mind, because Oda has set sub goals in between in the form of different arcs and each arc has been nothing short of spectacular if Luffy isn’t unlocking a new gear, the Zoro is off solving his life problems, One Piece really does a lot to bring its characters and world to life, heck my favourite character in One Piece is a villain and a darn good one if I must say so myself I mean Donquixote Doflamingo has the best fashion sense i’ve ever seen in my life, and i’m not even exaggerating plus lets not forget about his arsenal of moves at his disposal...okay I got carried away but legit Flamingo is a character you have to see to believe what I’m saying.
The One Piece worldbuilding is truly second to none, as the structures in place both society wise and political wise simply make sense, Oda doesn’t shy away from making sure there’s a balance in this world filled with pirates there must be a sense of law and order and it’s with those tiny intricate details that One Piece has managed to stay afloat all these years and not only afloat but simply dominate, I mean with 450 million copies sold worldwide and oh did you know that the highest selling comic of all time is Batman and it has sold 474 million copies and it has 16000 chapters released since 1939 while one piece has only amassed 1000 chapters in 23 years and yet its not even halfway done and you feel it’s only a matter of time before it truly sits on the top of not only the trash heap of anime but also at the top of the entire anime world, yeah witness the king of all trash ascend beyond the border of Otaku and sit upon the top of the comic world, it’s happening baby anime is going to be mainstream and our toxicity will finally be justified!
Well then I hope you enjoyed that history lesson as we took you on a trip to learn more about the almighty One Piece, and as always if you enjoyed this read let us know what you think about One Piece, is it as good as it’s made out to be or is it 23 years worth of just hype and if you didn’t like this article well just go buy our One Piece Merch as an apology to yourself for wasting so much time reading and a s always stay chilled fellow weebs and hopefully one day we can finally talk about what the heck is the One Piece.
Auth: Abdel G.
It all started on a warm Saturday morning the birds chirped, the sun shined, the wind blew, it seemed as though it was going to be another beautiful day a day in which I would just, well live, but no, not this day, this would be the day when the source of all my toxicity would sprout it was on that day back in 2014 where my life would forever be stained by the toxicity that is…
During my early years as an Otaku I spent most of my time around mainstream waste you know, Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, Jik also known as bleach, one piece, e.t.c and for years i’d hear different suggestions from people and somehow, in some way someone would just say Jojo, jojo, oh yeah bro check out jojo, wanna watch something cool, well check out, yeah you guessed it, Jojo and although i’d hear it ring in my ears I only actually picked up the anime years later when I stumbled on Stardust Crusade while browsing my good old pal country roll, real talk they should sponsor I mean i’ve been low key advertising them, anyways… when I did stumble upon it I was immediately blown away by it, sure it starts off with a 17 year old Jotaro Kujo in a jail cell, great example for youth, but what caught me was how I was immediately taken back by the characters and their uniqueness, each character just pouring something valuable that has you falling in love with the whole cast from the get go, the artwork behind it to was telling as it took inspiration from movie characters in the 90’s and late 80’s in terms of how their main characters were always so jacked up, I mean think about it, every single action movie from back then just had main actors/heroes so big they looked like they consumed the national supply of USN.
Yet even if you had to take away the huge muscles and amazing cast Jojo would still have enough gas in the tank to make it a banger of a show, no really it’s that good, am I blowing its horn, hell yeah I am, Jojo packs enough richness and content to simply make it a banger every episode of the week, it packs so much humour and comedy in it, you’d swear it wasn’t an action or thriller anime, but yet it still manages to pack that in every episode, you can go from laughter to edge of your seat tension in a heartbeat and not know how that transition occurred because you’’ get so caught up in how seamless the flow actually is.
You know I just realised I spent all this time talking about the contents and tags associated with the show that i’ve failed to bring up the thing that kept me watching all the generations of Jojo and there’s 8 if you’re wondering but the reason one keeps coming to each generation is simply for one reason and that’s the story, Jojo follows a story built around its family’s bloodline as they face an evil bent on ending the Jojo bloodline and each generation manages to defeat it yet it gets stronger for the next and though simplistic as it seems the dynamics that surround this plot is what truly tells it apart from regular plots along the same line oh and let’s no forget the action, you can have good story but if you don’t have the sauce then I mean, okay that was week but still let my man Jotaro give you an example of that action I be telling you about.
So I was trying to tell you about how toxic this show is and why it’s the reason for mine, well the whole anime communities’ cringe jokes but instead I ended up spending all this time giving you reasons on why it’s a 10/10 anime and why you aren’t an Otaku if you haven’t watched it yet I mean my word it’s 2020 what’s taking you so long!? Jokes aside though if I have to recommend an anime to you, this would be it, the crown Jewel of anime, basking numerous awards and anime nominations, it truly has solidified a place in the world of toxicity and anime and hopefully in time it will end up being in your top 1 anime, yeah that wasn’t a typo if you haven’t watched Jojo then it’s better than all the anime you watch.
Oh and before you return to your everyday life and binge on whatever anime you planned on watching or you’ve been converted and are now but of the Jojo meme hell circle then I highly recommend checking out our Jojo merch, yes its a sales pitch ladies and gentleman step right up and buy all you can! Yet we thank you once more for reading this blog and hope you enjoyed and look forward to your opinions on whether Jojo is as toxic as the anime community claims it to be.
What a great success this last tournament was and it amazing to see all of you there. Congratulations to the winner, Byron Lilford, taking first place with the unlikeliest of decks, Dragonmaids. Quite the accomplishment! Even though so many decks were the ones to look out for, one unexpected deck took the win, and interestingly enough, it wasn't the Dragon Link variant, but more a control pure version of the deck.
As expected, the decks we thought we may have seen, we definitely saw. There were a number of Dragon Link decks, a number of Eldlich variants, and even Dinos. Not to mention, Infernobleknight was there in full force, winning all the way until the top 4.
Our top 4 consisted of 1 pure Dino deck, 1 Eldlich Invoked, 1 Infernobknight, and obviously the champion, Dragonmaids.
One card that was very prominent as expected was Dragoons; it was played in almost every deck that was at the tournament. Walking past tables, a lot of times, I noticed people trying to find an out to Dragoon. Which leads us to wonder what the ban list holds for this terrifying monster.
There were a few Altergeist players and control decks that entered the tournament, but sadly, none made it to the top 4. However, from what I saw, the tournament had some of the best players from the Joburg area, and it was all very tough and fierce competition.
Thank you to all those who came, and we look forward to seeing you all at our next tournament! Keep dueling, and try not to slip into the shadow realm while you're at it!
Auth: Abdel G.
I remember in mid 2016 when I was mindlessly going through the trash bin of anime looking for something interesting to watch, I had just finished watching the fan favourite Boku no Pico and I was left with this gaping hole in my chest, what do I watch? Oh what do I watch and there it was in front of me a show that had received tons of praises and high ratings, I was skeptical at first, to me it seemed as though it was another good anime, but nothing that would become “mainstream” in the world of anime, boy... did I eat my words.
My Hero Academia, first aired in 2016, although the manga debuted in 2014 it wasn’t viewed as the it manga at the time, but it was regarded good enough to get an adaptation, the show surfaced in a time where isekai anime where sprouting left, right and centre to the point that the WWII baby boom looked like an absolute joke compared to it, oh you think i’m exaggerating, well then let’s not forget there’s an anime called, The Time I Got Reincarnated as a Vending Machine and Now I wonder the dungeon oh I’m just overreacting? Okay then how about, I was Reincarnated as a Hot Spring in an alternate world and i’m way to effective, am I complaining absolutely no, I bathed in trash of isekai and I would again, but My Hero brought something to the table it was as though someone reached into the bottom of a bin and placed its contents on the table next to you and of course you can’t help but notice its eerie presence, it was the beginning of a new era.
When My Hero first dropped, it didn’t set the world on fire, wait! Put down your pitchforks and listen to reason, yes at the start we were drawn in by this intriguing world of heroes and Quirks but it always felt like it lacked that oomph, sure Midoriya could be seen as a likeable lead character but the entire anime community despised this man, I mean I would take the blond cat boy from that show Naruto over Midoriya any day of the week, I mean don’t get me wrong he’s funny and all but his plotline always felt linear right, from the start, but later on as we made our way through the show, My Hero showed its true colours as it blew my mind wide open, I ended up getting attached to way too many characters and you know what, I don’t mind, My Hero does something special here, no character is left to rot in the background and have their potential wasted, yeah i’m looking at you DBZ, you can’t hide what you did to Gohan, it was with that that I ended up rooting for characters like Kirishma and Tokoyami, but we all know which arc will definitely be the best arc, the Minetta arc, definitely, you can’t sleep on my boy for too long, just give him time and you’ll see that he’s just misunderstood.
“...but we all know which arc will definitely be the best arc, the Minetta arc, definitely, you can’t sleep on my boy for too long, just give him time and you’ll see that he’s just misunderstood.”
My Hero Academia seems to tick all the boxes and it rightfully should, the only issue is that it does not. Put down those Pitchforks for crying out loud, again hear me out on this, think of every single fight scene in My Hero, and look at other fights from other anime, Goku vs Frieza, Naruto vs Sasuke, Mikoto Suoh vs Reisi Munakata, Levi vs the Beast Titan, all those fights would bring you to the edge of your seat, with slick combat fluidity, tight last minute ability swaps and counters, the flights always carried meat like a good skopo in Jozi, but in My Hero that’s not the case, none of that is there, the only reason My Hero fights are good is simply because of one thing, the feels. That’s it that's the summary of My Hero Academia fights, you’ve been drawn into the fight and are blown away by the story that encaptures it but imagine having to show your friend the same scene so you can try and get him into it, well? Exactly it won’t make sense to him as opposed to me showing him a fight scene from Sword of a Stranger, he’ll lose his mind almost instantly, look i’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but when you consider all this don’t lose your marbles when you never see My Hero in the top 100 for anime fights heck even top 500, now you can raise the pitchforks.
My Hero Academia has without doubt though taken anime to new heights, it has managed to take advantage of today's modern production tech and combined it with actual good story, the fact that the fights revolve around feels and not just classic animation is a testament to the quality of the show, and combine that with amazing OST’s that just get your feels all worked up it just goes to show how much this show is capable of, is it the missing piece needed to make anime mainstream, only time will tell, but there is no doubt that My Hero has helped turn a page in anime and showed us that there are numerous other genres and ways to enjoy anime you just have to find it after watching a moral questioning harem.
Don’t forget to check out what My Hero Academia Merch we have and leave a comment on whether you think My Hero Academia is the future of anime or am I just weebing hard right now.
Auth: Abdel G.
You know I was going to make Demon Slayer blog sometime soon, in my own time while I focused on better anime like Jojo, but then on friday night last week my phone started buzzing as the reminder I set early in the year about the new Demon Slayer movie went off I was excited but did I watch it though, well of course not it only released in Japan, well then what’s the point of me writing a blog about it, well I was trying to flex that it made oh I dunno, 1 billion yen in its opening weekend!
So what? Well of course it's only half the amount Frozen 2 hauled in last year but remember Frozen 1 hauled in $65 million dollars in its opening weekend, and though this isn’t a yard measuring contest as a weeb my task is too show that anime is and always will be supreme, you know i’m right don’t you? The point though is that for an anime to haul in that amount is testament to how far Anime has come in all these years as well as what it is doing, we do not take anything away from Demon Slayer of course, it deserves every bit of spotlight without a doubt kicking the former anime box office king “Your Name.” which made $17 million dollars in its opening weekend and it was richly deserved, a movie that truly remains timeless without a doubt yet Demon Slayer still managed to more than triple the figures of the latter and it only took 4 years for a spiritual successor to emerge and remind the world that anime is dominant figure in today's modern pop culture.
Demon Slayer deserves all the attention and hype it has received of late, after it concluded its manga with it officially ending this year, not far behind that a glorious season 1 that ended up winning anime of the year last year, its safe to say that Demon Slayer has indeed in a short time, reminded the anime community that anime can sometimes be more than just trash but rather a whole pool of toxic waste and that's fine, cause that’s the joy in anime and its glad to see that this form of media has gotten even better over the years, man can’t wait for the live action to be announced right!?
What do you think of this? Is it just hype or does Demon Slayer pave the way for future anime? Leave your comment below and don’t forget to check out our website for Demon Slayer Merch, we have something for everyone.
Welcome to the induction of a new era of Yu-Gi-Oh, the first set of the brand new season of Yu-Gi-Oh; the first set that encompassed the new rules of Yu-Gi-Oh, the new master rule 5, and with this combination of links, pendulums, xz, synchro, fusion and ritual, we enter the realm of Eternity Code. Bringing forth a plathora of new Archetypes and staples.
Starting off with the new archetype, Nemeses. I don't think it will be a deck on its own but it has really niche and interesting effects that can help other strategies along the way, being able to return banished cards to summon themselves and all being different levels and attributes.
This set does come out with a lot of support for some good old archetypes that make a really good impact, with Dragonmaid Sheou and Chamber being really strong additions to the strategy. There is also some Deep sea support for all you water players out there, even a card that can remove cards from your opponent's hand.
For all you fans of traversing the 7 seas, we have more support for your Plunder Patrol decks in this set, pushing up this deck to be quite the competitor. Along with some marincess support. There is even more monsters for Invoked, Generaiders, even Orcust get a new card which helps them and mekk-knights, and on top of that, we have Animadorned Archosaur which pushes dinos all the way up to tier 1 status. There are even some more Ancient Warrior cards.
Along with all these Archetypes and support cards, we have some really good staple cards that are really helpful. A new monster negation in trap form to add to your trap hole collection, along with Magical hound that can bounce back those pesky floodgates. Parallel Exceed is another really good card that gives you an easy rank 4 and is really good for any cyberse or link strategy.
Speaking of links, we have some really powerful link monsters in this set, like Linkross, which helps with a lot of combos and strategies, pushing up a lot of decks, and on top of that, we have Accesscode Talker, which can wipe your opponent's field out without giving them a chance to respond.
One of the cards we were all waiting for in this set was the last handtrap girl. The last of the ghost girls, the wind handtrap, Ghost Mourner and Moonlit Chill. A really good handtrap that can negate a monster's effect on field and burn your opponent if they lose the monster, and as a teaser, it was not the only handtrap you can find in here. You have yourself a chance to pull a starlight rare, Effect Veiler.
All this and much more to be found in this exciting new set, this new era of Yu-Gi-Oh, the new Code that will last an Eternity.
Hello, fellow duelist, and thank you so much for coming back to our blog. I am sure all of you have anticipated this set that we are going to talk about for a very long time. Question is, does it have what you need? I mean, not all booster sets are for everyone.
As we all know, Heroes of Games and Comics at Melrose Arch will be hosting a big tournament allowing players to acquire some boosters of one of the new sets, Rise of the Duelist, which we have spoken about in one of our previous blogs.
The big question is; What should we look out for and what are we to expect at this tournament?
As we know, cards in South Africa are very hard to come by, especially with the shortage of boosters. However, there are still some really good cards and decks that we should look out for.
One of the decks that has seen a lot of play in Joburg especially, is Eldlich. This is a really powerful deck that wasn't even hit on the ban-list, and with Numeron and invoked still being really good variants for it, this deck could still be a formidable force.
You may see some Dragon Link decks, especially since the structure deck is easy to acquire and along with that, there may also be many different variants of Dinosaur decks that will be running around. These are 2 very explosive and dangerous combo/aggro decks that can kill you very quickly.
As always, also look out for any control decks. Trap decks these days are still very prominent, and anything from Altergeist or Guru Control, all the way to stun decks like Mine Burn, and Barrier Statues.
One card, however, that everyone needs to have an out to, is Dragoon; One of the most oppressive fusion monsters in the game right now, and the fact that it takes just 2 monsters on the field in order to summon it, makes it a very scary force to be reckoned with.
We are all excited to see what this tournament will bring, and what crazy ideas some people may come up with. Look forward to seeing you all there, and may the best duelist win.
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