Shonen animes, something about the genre is so enticing it keeps wanting the audience wanting more. I mean, what's not to like about shonen animes and mangas? There's the protagonist with the 'can-do' attitude, and he must encounter a troublesome challenge in his past, present, or future that will forever change his life, thus leading to an embark in life that will forever touch the audience. Who doesn't love that!
Well , this Spring 2019, Demon Slayer premiered its anime adaptation and it gained A LOT of attention. So, what's wrong with the anime? Nothing, nothing at all as a matter of fact. Demon Slayer brings to the audience the shonen classic protagonist, Tanjiro, who must save his super cute demon sister, Nezuko, and turn her back to human. Both demon sister and warrior brother will melt your heart and want to protect these special siblings.
For those viewers that have not had the chance to watch this epic anime adaptation, here is a quick run down. Demon Slayer is a Japanese manga series by Koyoharu Gotoge . Iit has been adapted in the anime series by Ufotable , this dark fantasy follows the story of Tanjiro Kamado. He is a boy smith with a kind heart that his living by selling charcoal at the local market and vicinities. But one day his life changes when his family is slaughtered by demons (oni), to his shocking discovery the only sole survivor was his sister. His sister, Nezuko, survives the attack but is doomed by fate and becomes a demon herself. Even though Nezuko is no longer human, there still lingers signs of humanity within her thus giving her brother hope that he will find a cure for his sister. This small spark of faith intertwined his fate to become a demon slayer and embark on the path hope, adventure, and dark mysteries that surround the world of demon slayers.
The big question will remain, will Tanjiro be able to accomplish his goal? Who knows, perhaps there is an antidote to Nezuko's demon form or else she will forever remain as she is. But we can say, that Demon Slayer is gaining a lot of popularity and will likely become another big shonen hit among the classics. Demon Slayer is too good of a shonen story to pass up and it is most definitely worth the watch. Till then, let's enjoy the adventures of the odd pair of siblings and their journey to discover more of their world.
Alright guys, as some of you may know, I am a big Fairy Tail fan. BUT I am a bigger shipper fan, and I will go down my ships because that's just what a good old fangirl does. Fairy Tail ended last year and with it many people were upset by how some of of the popular ships ended. As a fan, so was I because I wanted to see all the FT ships to have closure. There was one ship in particular that angered A LOT of fans, the Jerza ship. Jella and Erza always struck me as a strange ship because of the history that the two characters have.
Both of these characters have a painful past, since they were forced to work as slaves. Both children obviously bonded by the trauma and treatment that they received from their suppressors. Jellal has shown to be a kind boy towards Erza and it is shown in the anime that the girl takes a liking to him. Especially since Jellal gave her a surname when she did not have one. It was then hinted that Erza started to have feelings for Jellal in the series, it may have started as a infantil crush and grown into a deeper love through out the years. Unfortunately, for Jellal, he was being manipulated by what he thought was the ghost of Zeref. If brainwashing was not enough for him, he took over the slave system where Erza and himself grew up, and manipulated the slaves to work twice as hard by 'treating them better'. Obviously, he did a lot of horrid things during the time he was brainwashed and was cruel to Erza to the point he threaten her; thus forcing her to leave the land. Later on Jellal breaks away from the state he was in by Wendy and does not fully remember everything he did but he does know that he was not a very kind person while under the control of 'Zeref's ghost'. This is the part where I as a fan feel conflicted over the relationship between Erza and Jellal. Jellal was kind to Erza before being controlled but later became a ruthless cruel person, and even though he commited a lot of crimes Erza still forgives him and loves him. It makes me question as if their relationship could ever become real or healthy. Jellal continues to carry the burden and the guilt of what he did commit in the past; even though Erza confronts him and tells him to keep on living. However, he does not feel worth of being her lover because of his past.
A particular moment where this occured is the 'kissing scene' between the two characters. The intensity of the moment and the mood truly highlighted the love between the two lovers but took a different turn when Jellal pulled away from Erza. Being the gentlemen that he is now, his excuse was that he had a fiance and could not kiss her. As fans, we know that was a lie because he does not. The fiance excuse was to, what I believe, an excuse to not hurt Erza's feeling by not reciprocating his feelings for her. In truth, I believe he still continues to carries his scars and sins and does not feel worthy of Erza. Also, it makes me questions Erza's feelings on how he treated her when he threaten her during his brainwashing transition. I know is not 'really' his fault, but doesn't that make Erza feel a little traumatized to be threaten by a person she cares deeply for? Does she truly trust Jellal without a doubt, even after everything he put her through and did to her friends? It makes me question as to whether this couple could actually function without any challenges and if they will ever be truly together or just a tragic romance. Afterall, Erza does not have the fondest memory of her childhood or her parents (for those fans that have the read the manga, you know what I mean). Personally, I feel that these characters are not bound to have an actual relationship because of the history between them and the fact that Jellal continues to remain neutral in their romance. I also doubt that the author, Hiro Mashima, will bring these guys together because it may be a conflicted relationship because we know their relationship has had a rough past. So what do you guys think? Feel free to comment or send me a message and don't forget to follow My Otaku Anime! Stay tuned for the next post or if you want to see a specific FT send a comment or message.
Season 9 of the Fairy Tail series came out last year 2018, and with it a lot of new feelings. For those fans that have not read the manga I will say that this article may contain some spoilers for you. If you are both a manga and anime fan, keep reading.
One of the most disappointing ships in Fairy Tail has been the 'Nalu' couple. In the manga, both Natsu and Lucy end up very single and continue to have a normal friendship. After all the hints and flirtatious moments both of these characters have, there continues to be no romance development between the two. Why? Well for starters the author, Hiro Mashima, has no intention of making them an official couple. When the manga ended he intentionally did not play the matchmaker game with the 'Nalu' ship because he felt his fans would be disappointed with Natsu being in a relationship with Lucy or with Lisanna. Mashima-sensei felt the necessity to keep Natsu single would be a safe play, since he did not want to anger with Nalu and Nali shippers.
Yikes! Apparently the 'shipping' wars has gone a little too far and causes Mashima-sensei to hesitate in bringing Lucy and Natsu (or Lisanna) together. Afterall, many fans were in an uproar since all the pairs (with the exception of Levy and Gajeel or Evergreen and Elfman) have not been officially confirmed. Fan satisfaction is not the only reason why the Nalu ship won't sail its sail, but rather out of convenience. Once a favored anime couple has established their relationship, it is soon expected that they will settle down and have children. Right? That's what we fangirls want after all! Darn it, I want to see some Nalu babies before I die! However, Mashima-sensei can't continue the story of Natsu and his friends generation because it is expected for the next generation of Fairy Tail members to continue the story. A good example is the Naruto franchise, Hinata and Naruto established their relationship and what do we get next? Boruto! The story must go on with the adventures of Naruto and Hinata's children and let's not forget Sasuke and Sakura's daughter Sarada. Therefore, it is expected that the offsprings of the Fairy Tail member's will continue the legacy.
I do not think the author is ready to let go of the Fairy Tail members and move on to the next generations. Also, Fairy Tail 100 Year Quest manga was released not too long ago and it continues to be inadequate time for the Nalu couple to get together. I am sure the spin-off will continue to thrive for a couple of years and that may put the idea of them together on hold for a really long time. The new release of Eden's Zero may also impact the bi-weekly spin-off since, Mashima-sensei is working on both the new manga and overlooking the spin-off. Some fans may not bat an eye but it takes a lot of work and effort to publish one manga chapter, and I am sure the author does not want to to take the time to make the 'perfect romantic confession' between Lucy and Natsu (at least not yet, right?).
Aside from Mashima's reason to avoid the Nalu ship, there is also character development. Natsu is a heroic member of the Fairy Tail guild but he lacks the maturity to comprehend a relationship. Relationships are built upon trust, love, and responsibility even though he has a strong bond with Lucy, he lacks the understanding of how their relationship could turn to a possible romantic one. As a character, he shows very childish behavior and often misinterprets flirtatious signals. He may act perverted on some occasions towards Lucy but he has not shown to be the romantic type of guy to swoop Lucy off her feet (with the exclusion of the time he sailed a Magnolia tree down the waterway for Lucy when she was sick, but I doubt it was meant to be romantic). Inexperience may be a major contributor as to why he does not take a step forward to the next base and hit off. Afterall, he was raised by a dragon and focused most of his energy on quests as well as searching for his foster father. Perhaps the lack of understanding of romance and relationships is what Natsu lacks, but it raises the question as to when we will see him have a change of character development.
In the new spin-off series, we do encounter a possible love rival for Lucy, the white mage Touka. She is infatuated with Natsu and claims to be love at first sight. That may be the case, but I doubt Natsu will return her feelings in a heart beat as well as to question his relationship with Natsu. More likely she will be the factor that enhances the love confession between Lucy and Natsu or be the power wheel to realize their relationship is more than platonic. Either way I hope to see more development between these two characters as well as a reaction from the Touka, Natsu, Lucy love triangle.
Looking for a thrilling anime to watch? We are glad that you are always savoring those awesome anime series, well this one is a must see!
Castlevania, where our beloved Vlad Tepes or Vlad the Impaler well know as Dracula, meets his match. A tremendous love story engulfed with anguish, destruction of the human race, guts spilling encounters, ( wait that doesn't sound romantic at all for a love story right?), ah, who cares we are talking about the ruler of Wallachia where heads on pikes were to the order of the day.
This story also brings an amazing group together, the lovely Sypha, member of an ancient brotherhood that is in charge of keeping historical records that are passed on from generation to generation. Along with her gifted talent for the arcane arts, this young woman doesn't need to show her body parts for one to know that there is beauty behind that worn out cloak she wears.
The handsome and fearless monsters hunter Trevor Belmont, if you ladies out there like the type of guy who lives his life like he has no worries in the world, look no further that's him alright, he is rough and a heck of a fighter. But also a guy who values his family's traditions and protects the innocent, being cast out by the church and according to the story the last member of his family he finally finds a sense of companionship.
And last but not least, Alucard, none other than a vampire himself, willing to change the current situation for humanity. Even at the cost of his life perhaps, but he will try to stop Dracula's plan to extinguish the human race from the planet. Almost as strong and powerful as Dracula he will need help to defeat such a mighty enemy.
Dracula surrounded by his own army of generals finds no peace in his mind knowing that loyalty is a hard thing to obtain when we rely on others to see our goals being achieved.
This awesome series is inspired by popular video game Castlevania, Netflix has come along in such a great way for us viewers, providing us with excellent programming for our entertainment.
Personally I loved this series because as a kid I was always fascinated by story of Dracula, I think a good percentage of us are always attracted to the unknown or mysterious ways that some parts of history have been recorded, ancient civilizations, world wars, major catastrophic events like the Pompeii city buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
What I like or dislike about this particular series?
I like, no wait let me recap that, I love the medieval setting where this story develops. It is dark but not boring, it has this very interesting ancient technology that is misunderstood by the people of that particular timeline, especially if it has not the approval of the church which in reality that's how it was during that specific time in history.
The fights (oh men) I really enjoyed the crude and gruesome ways to dispatch those poor bastards, ( I am not a violent person perse, but with a drink in hand and crunching chips in my mouth is all forgiven). Now what I don't like about the series, is the long wait for the third season, which is obviously being brewed somewhere. Yes, I know we do suffer when we anime lovers find a really cool production, we enjoyed it, we make time to watch it and then bam, no more, we are what?
Be patience, yes believe or not is a virtue, there will be a third season, I least I hope so but for now be nice, be cool, and keep on watching what you enjoy.
This review has been a collaboration work of 'Rainforest' and 'Anime Geek'! Keep looking for more of our collaboration works to bring you the insight of upcoming and recent anime. Stay tuned!
by Anime Geek
Some animes finish up with a great big bang and others seem to never end. Others may end but continue to commemorate as the best anime 'ever' no matter how many years have passed. However, I feel some of these 'best animes' are a bit mainstream and do not seem to have an end no matter how good they are. Nothing wrong with mainstream anime, as a matter of fact, I am a fan of some of them BUT sometimes it would be nice to see it end. So here are some of the most overrated animes I feel are overrated (it does not mean they are not good because some of these are!).
1. Death Note
Death Note is considered a masterpiece and the best anime out there for many fans. I can sympathize, why? Because the plot is orchestrated diligently and the suspense on the mystery of catching 'Kira' is thrilling. There are not many animes out there that can bring forth an intriguing story about a guy killing people with a book and a pen, so I will applaud the author. HOWEVER, I feel fans have placed this anime on a golden throne and praise it to be the best ever. Could it be that the anime has gotten more attention because of Netflix? YouTube? There are many more animes out there that are just as good as Death Note and not much praise is given to them. It is quite unfortunate and I feel it is overly done. This is a great anime for a newcomer to the anime community or for someone who has never watched an anime in his or her life, but as an anime fan, I feel there is more to Death Note in the fandom.
What can I say? Naruto is considered to be one of the best animes out there. The anime does encourage positive image to young teens and adults so I am not going to be 'nay' to it. It has comedy, action, and a well-paced plot that some animes may lack. BUT since it is so well known in the anime community, it is pretty mainstream. Naruto is long overdue and perhaps one of the first animes seen by many fans, but it has gotten pretty old. The franchise cannot get enough and has continued to promote its spinoff, Boruto, based on Naruto and Hinata's son. Which I think satisfies the nostalgia of many fans, yet keeps on stretching the Naruto franchise. In my personal opinion, it is way overdone and it never seems to end.
3. Dragonball Z
I remember as a child watching DBZ in my pajamas and eating my favorite snack. What perfect days those were! However, not so perfect now that I am an adult. I do enjoy cruising through other bloggers and YouTubers channels on DBZ news, but I feel that it has lasted way too long. The series never seems to end no matter what turns and twists it takes, as a matter of fact, Goku became a grandparent! Wow! Yes, DBZ is that old that even the main character became a grandparent and still looks pretty damn good for an old fellow that never seems to age no matter what. Anyways, I am quite surprised it continues to have a lot of followers and many continue to be loyal to the series (which is fine if that is what you like) but it baffles me that it is regarded with a lot of support from the community. To me, it will hold a special place in my childhood memories but that is about it.
As a child that grew up watching Pikachu and Ash every weekend morning, I can say it was awesome!! As an adult, I can say that I am surprised that it continues to release movies and new episodes. Before joining the anime fandom, I thought Pokemon was finished but boy was I wrong. The franchise continues to market merchandise as well as the series in every possible way. Which is nice if you are a pre-teen and have never watched anime before, but as an adult it feels disappointing that Ash never grew up. In other anime series, the main protagonist grows up and has children of his or her own like Naruto or DBZ but not Ash. The poor fellow continues to be a 12-year-old child that only gets an update every 3 to 5 years on his face, clothing, and hat. It would be nice to see Ash grow up and introduce a new protagonist to the franchise rather than keeping an eternal 12-year-old boy. However, marketing specialist does not feel the same as I do, but that is ok maybe in 30 years right?
5. Sword Art
Online I remember when SAO was not mainstream yet, and it was quite enjoyable. However, it has gotten pretty big and continues to be extremely popular. The storyline is pretty good, and there is enough butt-kicking for me to stick around. BUT it has joined the mainstream ranks in these past few years because it everyone knows about, reads about, breathes about it, and continues to talk about it. Which is fine but there are other animes like SAO where the protagonists are 'stuck' in the game that are more intriguing. The series is still enjoyable, but it never seems to end. Why can't Asuna and Kirito get married and live happily ever after? Please do not let this be another eternal teen story. Then again this is my opinion and I think the story should start wrapping up after this upcoming season on October.
These are what I consider to be the top 5 most overrated animes, and do not get me wrong some of these continue to be enjoyable. However, I feel that it should end at some point (20 years is enough time) and let new fresh ideas give way.