K-ON! Review

Do you like music?

Do you like anime?

If you answered yes to both of the above questions than boy do I have a show for you!

Alright, So K-ON! is the Japanese word for “Light Music Club” and that is exactly what this series is about. Most of the time it revolves around 4 high school students that all choose to join the light music club. There is Mugi on keyboard, Mio on bass, Ritsu on drums and Yui our main character on the guitar!

They all join the light music club to save it from being abolished and soon enough they are all great friends jamming some tunes, Problem is Yui cant play a musical instrument. The club begs Yui to stay and after some sweets and tea, she agrees.

The club then gets a teacher supervisor and she is a mentally broken down lady obsessed with the sole task of dressing the girls in different costumes. They also get part time jobs together and buy Yui a guitar, turns out Mugi-chan’s father owns the music shop and Yui gets the guitar that she has her eyes set on. The light music club then gives their sensational group of instruments a name, and after some bickering (and tea of course) they decide upon the name After-School Tea Time!!!

This is such a FUN Show, it made me laugh on so many occasions and the general feel of this anime is so laid-back. This is the kind of series’ that you just enjoy with some friends and popcorn! The animation is absolutely sensational and vibrant, The plot line is so feel-good and it actually has a very satisfying ending. The Music, do not even get me started on the music it so indescribably awesome!! The closing song is so catchy that I have gone back over and over again just to watch it!

K-ON! Is a thirteen episode series’ and it has some OVA’s at the end as well, Its a short, sweet and lovable show. Cant get enough of K-ON! well either can I and we are both in luck, The second series’ was announced in Japan not too long ago! So go flippin’ watch this series.

-Cheers

Full Metal Alchemist Review

I have been wanting to review Full Metal Alchemist (FMA) for quite a while as it is the series that truly got me into anime!

FMA is a 51 episode series developed by studio Bones, Its currently very popular and definitely left its mark on the main stream western audiences.  Fma follows the story of Edward and Alphonse Elric,  in their journey to obtain a powerful stone that has the ability to fix their bodies. You see in a failed attempt to bring back their mother to life with alchemy Alphonse lost his body and Edward lost a leg and arm. Using a scientific technique known as alchemy Edward is able to bind Alphonse’s soul to a suit of armor while Edward uses false limbs called Automail. So after this very traumatic experience Edward and Alphonse are off on an alchemy filled journey to get a hold of the Philosophers stone which is rumored to give the wielder great power in their alchemy.

The Plot line in Fma takes very significant twists and turns throughout the story and the brothers are often finding more challenges they must face. The animation itself is fantastic, the colors are very strong and the images very smooth. Voice acting in both the Japanese and English version is absolutely amazing, in fact the English version is probably one of the best dub’s I have ever listened to.

The great thing about Full Metal Alchemist is that even though there is plenty of twists and turns you never feel that the story is moving to fast, you never have to stop and think over what has just happened. The only real problem I had with Fma is that the story was completely different to the manga, the original manga developed in a much cleaner way. I was not the only person that thought the anime deserved to stay true to the manga and so studio bones being as fantastic as they are released “Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood”! Brotherhood is a complete makeover of Fma but this time stays closer to the original roots of the manga.

Full Metal Alchemist is a fantastic series’ that is absolutely worth the watch! Even though its a hefty 51 Episodes at the end of it all it feels like you’ve gone on a long life changing adventure.

Fma has been licensed and released on DVD by funimation along with the feature length movie “Full Metal Alchemist: Conquerer of Shambala” so be sure to check them out.

-Cheers

Shakugan No Shana Review

Shakugan No Shana (Often shortened to shana) Is a series that I watched early last year and when I found out that some of my friends had gotten into the series, it was a good enough reason to review the series.

Shakugan No Shana is a story about a boy named Yuji Sakai and his eye opening experience to the real world. It starts when Yuji finds out he is dead (Woah! Didn’t see that coming….seriously, I didnt) and that in rather a short time he will vanish and all memories of him will disappear as well. Following this he becomes an acquaintance to the Flame haired red hot eyed hunter, and she is a flame haze. Flame Haze is a name given to those that protects the balance of the world or something along those lines and basically throughout the series more different magical terms and beings are introduced to you. Yuji then gives the name shana to the flame haze and over time they begin to become friends and go through numerous battles.

Shana combines the slice of life genre with your action/adventure genre so well that the action fans don’t even realize they’re watching those parts of confession and romance. Although we have seen this method done before (Mai Hime etc.) it still feels original in its own way and you don’t really get sick of it.

Although shana was a good series I cannot say it was great, at times it left me wondering where the plot line had gone and if we were going to find it. I also noticed that it was rather anti-climatic, the finale really only goes for a few episodes and I felt like I could have watched only the last 5 episodes and still understood most of the plot.

Now I have only seen the first season and because of that obviously this review is only on the first season. Following the first series there is a movie, ova, “Shakugan no shana second” and currently airing in japan is “Shakugan no shana S” .

So for those looking for a fairly decent series with solid character development and good animation Shakugan no Shana is probably for you, But if your a hardcore Otaku and you don’t enjoy anime that is unnecessarily complicated then maybe you can give Shana a miss.

Oh by the way, Did I mention that there are some siblings that are constantly making out!?!

All for now

-Cheers

Japan’s Anime rankings

Japan has released their final anime rankings for 2009 so how did your favorite anime place?

Coming in 1st and 2nd place are 2 childrens programs, Sazae-San and Chibi Maruka Chan. Now chances are you’ve never seen them before and either have I.  While writing this post I have decided that just for the hell of it I’m going to show you guys a clip of Sazae-San the most popular Japanese televison!

Ok…..So, thats the number one animated program on Japanese television as voted by Japan.

But all Jokes aside It makes sense for Sazae-San to be at the top of the list because of its family friendly nature and the popularity it has with Japanese kids.

After Sazae-San and Chibi Maruka-chan we have the 3rd and my all time favorite show “OnePiece” Thats right One Piece ranked 3rd favorite animated television show and technically 1st for being the first actual anime on the list. OP definitely deserves the spot It was given and gratz to Eiichiro Oda!

One Piece

To celebrate One Piece’s epic win, I thought I would share with you the best OP Amv (Animated Music Video) I have ever seen. It brings me great pleasure to introduce you to “Sail On!”

Epic, right?

Now I’m sure you would like to find out the rest of the list so lets roll!

Coming in 4th we have “Dragon Ball Kai

DragonBall Kai

We then have “Detective Conan” in a very well placed 5th position

Detective Conan

In 6th and 7th we have “Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl” and “Tamagotchi!

In 8th position we have your generic Tournament anime “Inazuma eleven

Still staying strong in 9th position we have the very well known “Naruto Shippuden

And last and probably least in the list we have a new Beyblade series “Metal Fight BeyBlade” in 10th

I’m really not surprised to see Pokemon so high with all its success it shows no signs of ever stepping down, ever. Naruto Shippuden was destined to be up there along with DB Kai, I find it interesting that Tamagotchi does so unbelievably well in japan after the horrible feedback it got everywhere else.

Ohk, So I hope you guys enjoyed this post.

-Tallyho!

Luffy has Arrived!

After receiving a call today it was confirmed that it had arrived.

A parcel for me.

love that feeling of having something to open and knowing its for you

After a short walk to my community mailbox I saw the parcel crammed into the green box of dreadfully slow communication. aka My MailBox

Rushing home so that I can open the small white package in the tranquility of my own home.

You see, I knew what was in the parcel.

But the excitement of receiving the item that I had un-patiently waited for was exhilarating.

Is it sad to say that opening a package of which I knew the contents is exhilarating?

who cares. its my blog.

I opened it.

And there It was.

Luffy in all his PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) Fantasticism

yes. its a real word.

Luffy as a Statuette looks something like this

Luffy!

I thought I would share my excitement of the day with you.

That Is all.

Oh and Luffy looks insanely epic am I right!?

-Cheers

FLCL Review

There aren’t that many words you can use to really descripe FLCL (Furi Kuri, Fooly Cooly). It is definitely one of the more original series’ out there.

FLCL

Honestly when I first watched FLCL I really wandered what the hell I had gotten myself into. It was just so different to anything I had seen before, The animation alone sets itself apart from others. Ohk now for those unaware FLCL Is a six part OVA (Original Video Animation) and it follows the story of s 12 year old boy by the name of Naoto. And the plotline goes something like this, There is a town with a giant Steam Iron in the middle of it and Naoto’s older brother’s Girlfriend starts flirting with him and then a girl on a scooter hits Naoto on his head with a guitar. The hit to the head causes Naoto to get a lump on his head that starts growing and then robots start coming out of it.

O_o

Now I understand you must be rather confused at this point of time, and you should be confused but in a good way. Even though the plot line sounds rather strange there, and dont get me wrong it is very strange, but that was just a vague overview and the series does make more sense. I might add that FLCL’s art and music is exceptional and that is really what it is remembered for, FLCL introduced a new art form that changed the way a lot of people see anime now. As I said FLCL was also very well known for its soundtrack as it featured the closing theme for the series “Ride on a shooting star” by The Pillows.

Therefore the series although strange, is a definite must for all true otaku’s and all those looking for a rather interesting yet fun series. Now I reviewed this series not only because its worth reviewing but also for the fact that Funimation recently made a statement that FLCL will be re-bundled on Blu-Ray! Thats right, looks like blu-ray is quickly becoming the future of entertainment for us anime folk and the rest of the modern world :P.

Thats all for now.

-Cheers.

Death Note Review

Ohk,  Now anybody that knows anything at all about anime has heard of deathnote,  It has a ridiculously large fan base most of them being diehard L fan girls >< .

Haha, Anyway so although I watched Death Note about 2 years ago I thought it might be a good idea to review such a big series to get this newly anime dedicated blog rolling.

Death Note is a 37 episode series and as any well known shonen series it started in Shonen Jump’s weekly magazine as the manga written by Tsugumi Ohba. The series focuses around a Super Natural notebook found by a young university student by the name of Light Yagami, the notebook was dropped by a shinigami looking for some entertainment.

Lights father happens to be the chief of police and thats where light gets his firm sense of justice from and he hates the world that is now filled with crime. Light opens the notebook and finds out that it has the ability to kill anyone that is written on its pages, But of course there is a set of rules that helps the series advance in plot and create a few interesting twists.

Light starts killing the criminals with the extreme power that he now posses’s but along comes a world famous really rich and rather weird detective. His name is unknown to most and goes by the alias of L and his mission is to track down Light and make him pay for killing all the criminals.

Did I happen to mention that both of them are genius’s that come up with very precise plans to out do the other in the on-going game of cat and mouse. Death Note is different from most other shonen series because there is practically no fighting action, Its got a plot line that lures you in with its very intriguing mysteries.

Death Note all though some may some is over rated is definitely a series that is worth checking out, even for people that only like the more action type anime its still worth a look. There is a midway point that takes the series on a rather sharp turn and the plot develops rather well from that point on.

Funimation has made a rather bearable dub for all the animaniac’s that enjoy getting their dose of anime in english and 3 live action movies are released. Therefore if I were you I would go buy the series or if your broke at least go rent it out.

Light and L

-Cheers

Anime Dedicated Blog!

Hello Humans!

I have recently discovered that my love for anime is to strong and that resisting that love is a futile attempt. So I am very happy to announce that from now on my blog is an Anime Dedicated Blog.

I will be pumping out reviews, recommendation’s and news daily and keeping everyone up to date on the goss of the anime world. So please If you are a fan of Anime or you just wanna stick around for the show be sure to Follow this blog so you can get your Wilkojunior anime news as soon as possible!

-Cheers

HIMYM is Legen…Wait for it…Dary!

The Crew

There are a lot of thing’s I’m passionate about, And one of them would have to be How I met your mother. It may sound rather strange to be passionate about an american sitcom, But the show has taught me many life lessons.

So For those people unfamiliar with HIMYM it is a sitcom created by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, The story is Framed by Ted Mosby in the year 2030 as he tells the story of how he met his wife to his kids. Future Ted (As I like to call him) Informs his off-spring about his 4 best friends and their adventures, and each episode is like a bit of a really nice donut. Thats right How I met your mother is like a donut in the way that every bite tastes amazing but your eager to make your way to the jam filled center, and in this case the jam is the part where we actually find out who the mother is and how he met her.

So why take a bite of the metaphorical donut you ask? Well you see How I met your mother is the funniest piece of television I have ever seen, 4 real. No joke though HIMYM will have you in stitches like every episode and I would no cause I have seen every episode, and they are amazing! Neil Patrick Harris’s stand up performance as the witty player Barney Stinson is sensational and he is by far the most likable fictional character I have ever known!

The show is currently on break and is in the middle of its awesome 5th season, If you havent seen it then go get busy and if you have seen it….well watch some more!

-Cheers

A year of Fail has passed

When 2010 came upon us I was watching “Atlantis: The lost empire” and unlike the rest of the world paying no attention what so ever towards the grandfather and which way his arms were pointing. Different people see New years eve in completely different ways. There is the person that takes the passing year as what it is, just another day of the 365 that we had already experienced that happens to signify the creation of a way to keep track of the seasons. And there is the person that experiences the night as a night of celebration, fireworks and possibly a new year’s kiss.

Personally I am the former, I see the night as nothing special and usually spend it like I would most. Either way that’s enough of deep meaningless philosophical babble and metaphors, I gather you here today to celebrate the year of 2009 for what it was!

2009 was not a year of fitness or money 2009 was a year of fail!

Everyone makes mistakes, its an unavoidable part of life that just happens to be extremely funny to everyone that didn’t make said mistake. So because of the year of fails and the failures that created those fails, and the smart people that were smart enough to capture the failures creating the fails we have a compilation. a compilation, of fail.

I did not put together the compilation, just a prophet to share with you the good news of fails.

enjoy.

Anyway……I haven’t taken a shower since last year, so cya