Saturday, April 25, 2015

Seiken Tsukai no World Break


Last season had a string of harem anime coming out, and while none of them were truly bad, I don't think they were truly amazing either. It's weird, harem anime have always been a big guilty pleasure of mine, not because I want to have a harem, mind you. I don't. I simply find the concept amusing and enjoy the artwork. Generally, girls in harem anime are way more pretty than girls who aren't in harem anime. I guess it's because the animators want harem anime girls to be more appealing.

Out of the four harem anime to have come out in the winter of 2015, I would have to say that I like Seiken Tsukai no World Break the best. Now, I know what you're thinking. "But wait! Brandon! How could you like this anime when Shinmai Maou no Testament was so much better?" The truth is, I actually don't think Shinmai Maou was that good, just really ecchi. Seiken Tsukai was a lot better in my humble opinion, and I'll tell you why.

The first thing about Seiken Tsukai that I like is the storyline and its concept. The idea of ancient heroes being reincarnated to battle against strange monsters appeals to me. It's a unique concept that I haven't seen often, so it has more originally than others. I also like the characters a lot. They're different than what you usually find in standard harem anime these days. I don't know why, but a lot of female characters in anime seem to be pretty much set into an archetype. In Seiken Tsukai, I feel like the characters are more real.

Another reason I like Seiken better than some of the others is the lack of fanservice. Now, don't get me wrong, this anime does have some fanservice. There are several scenes where the girls are skimpy clothes, and even a few scenes of nudity, but the fanservice isn't the driving point for this story, and that's what I like about it. Too many times a harem anime will be all about the boobs. In fact, ever since Highschool DxD became a hit, I feel like the harem anime that have come after it are trying to outdo DxD in the sheer amount of tits they show off each scene. Seiken Tsukai does their fanservice more tastefully and follows the belief that less is more. I like that.

Of course, being a harem anime, this story has plenty of faults. The main character is really overpowered, for one thing. For another, despite having several women falling for him, he does absolutely nothing with them. Not even a kiss. This is typical in most harem anime, but damn, does it piss me off. It's like harem leads have an aversion to kissing or something. I don't really get it, but if I had to have one thing that truly bothered me about this, and about harem anime in general, it's the lack of actual romance. I sometimes feel like the animators enjoy making us suffer, bringing us right to the edge by making us think something will happen, and then yanking us back in with a heavy dose of PSYCHE.

Overall, I would say this anime was good, but not the best.

Art work: 7/10
Character Designs: 8/10
Character Development: 7/10
Storyline: 7/10
Musical Composition: 5/10
Overall Score: 6.8/10

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Seven Deadly Sins


The Seven Deadly Sins is probably the most underrated anime of 2014. I'm being serious here. This anime was awesome. It was so much fun to watch, but it got smothered by titles like Noragami, Gun Gale Online, Fate/Stay Night, Nisekoi and so many others. Which is why I'm reviewing it here, so you guys can know about it and watch it.

This anime is about a young woman, Princess Elizabeth, who goes on a journey to find The Seven Deadly Sins, a group of knights who were said to be the strongest knights of the Britannian Empire. I know, the name itself is kind of cliche'd these days, but bear with me. Cliche or not, this is an awesome anime, and yes, the woman getting groped in the picture is Princess Elizabeth.


One of the things I love the most about this anime is how it blends action, comedy, fantasy and some serious moments together quite well. This anime does have some fanservice, but it's not overloaded with fanservice like some of the other anime out there. It's done in a way that I feel is both tasteful and funny, and I also love Elizabeth's reactions to Meliodas' blatant perverted advances. They never cease to amuse me.


One thing I love about this anime is the phenomenal cast. I don't think there is a single member of the cast that I truly dislike. Naturally, my two favorite characters are Princess Elizabeth and Meliodas (the leader of the Seven Deadly Sins). Their antics are always fun to watch, and both of them have personalities that I feel like I can relate to. Meliodas is strong, but often comes across as simple-minded, violent and perverted. Despite this, he's a very likable character. And Elizabeth is a sweetheart. I know a lot of people love Lucy Heartfilia from Fairy Tail, but honestly, Elizabeth kicks Lucy's ass in the Female Heroine department. She is everything that Lucy tries to be but isn't, and I love watching how Elizabeth grows into a stronger person throughout the series.

Of course, if we're going to talk about anime, then one can never forget to talk about the artwork. While not awesome on a scale that's over 9,000, the artwork for this anime is very nice. It's one of the few anime who's artwork truly stands out in this age of digital animation. The characters all look fairly unique, The animation itself is smooth, and I absolutely love the fight scenes in it. I swear to kami, I don't know how they do it, but every single fight scene in this anime is epic. This anime is also pretty bloody. There's a lot of people getting impaled, or having holes blasted through their bodies. If you enjoy epic battles with a lot of gore, you'll love this.


And now it's time for my rating! Drum roll, please--what do you mean we don't have a drum roll?! Oh, that is just so, ugh, whatever. Alright, here is my rating for The Seven Deadly Sins!
Artwork: 9/10
Character Designs: 9/10
Storyline: 7/10
Character Development: 8/10
Musical Composition: 6/10
Overall score: 7.8/10

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Good news!


Good news everyone! My book, A Fox's Tail, has just become available through Amazon.com. If you'd like to help support me through my writing journey, then just click on the large book cover at the top and it'll take you to my book's page on Amazon.

Thanks everyone!

Chapter 41, Ashikabi no Shinobi

Fanfic Addict: This might just be me losing interest,but it feels like the climax of the story has already passed,and now you're just writing out relationship filler,I know character development and stuff are important,but we really don't need 2-3 chapters of stuff about Naruto and his harem,and maybe a bit of action every once in a long while.

Answer: The reason it feels like the climax has already happened is because the climax HAS already happened. The climax was after Naruto thrashed Benitsubasa, when he finally accepted the love of Musubi and the other Sekirei. This story has always been about Naruto's journey toward healing from the pain of losing everyone he's ever held dear. Naturally, my climax would reflect that. What you're getting now is me tying up lose ends and rewarding everyone who stuck with this story by giving them some fluff.


Ryder93: good story till I have a doubt.

The rinnegan's outer path can contact
dead spirits like showed in ch 699.
You already told about the divergence
but can't you use this overcome his survivors guilt?


Answer: This story was written before chapter 699 ever came out, so I'm not going to give the Rinnegan the ability to contact the dead. In my story, the only ability over death the Rinnegan has is the one that allows the revival of people who have died within a twenty-four hour period. However, even that doesn't mean squat if the body of the person who died is burned at the stake or their body's been dismembered.

Erasels: He was controlled? Oh god, please don't bring back Madara or Obito or some other Naruto character, please please please don't.
Other than that, it's great to see the next installment of my probably favorite fanfiction at the moment.
Even with 20 thousand words this story never bores me and I find myself craving for more.
I'm not sure if it's a good idea to create more space for the mountain of plotholes you have amassed already (not that i care, they're all so minor), in regards to the borrowing space from other dimensions thing.
I must say I'm interested in how Naruto will Train Yume/Musubi in one week, because I don't think a sekirei can build enough muscle in the right are and lose as much muscles in another in just one week, if at all. I'd bet something about adapting her fighting style plus some chakra techniques, let's see.
Thanks for posting another chapter of this excellent story, I'm happy to see it being continues after such a long time.
(•3•) Puhhh


Answer: Actually, he was being controlled by Naruto. You remember how I've mentioned Naruto having seals that he uses to control people with? That's what happened to Higa.

Don't worry. My only intention with this was to emphasis Naruto's abilities and inform you all that he's not really sane anymore. Naruto is literally so uncaring that he doesn't even care if he borrows time from other dimensions and summons Old Ones to this plane of existence.

cmcwiki: I have to ask, how long did you have the Jinki immortality bit written? because that is awesome.

Answer: I've always had a plan for the jinki ever since, I want to say... around chapter 20? Somewhere around there. It was an idea I got from writing emo-Naruto for so long. I thought to myself, "Naruto really needs some people who can stay by his side forever." and that's when I decided the jinki would be the perfect way to do this.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Freezing


Freezing is an anime about boobs. Wait. It's not about boobs? Are you sure? I could have sworn this entire anime revolved around women getting stripped naked and showing off their tatas. It's not? You mean to tell me it's actually about an invasion of extra dimensional aliens and the women who are trained to fight them? Get out of here.

In all seriousness, this anime is about a group of girls called Pandora who, upon being given something called a stigmata, gain incredible powers and use those powers to fight against beings called Nova. Of course, these sexy vixens aren't alone in their fight. Partnered with them are young men with the ability to create and nullify freezing fields. And the two characters starring in this particular anime are Satellizer L Bridget and Kazuya Aoi.


I'm going to be completely honest here. This anime is the definition of a guilty pleasure anime. While the story technically revolves around the concept of Pandora and Limiters fighting against the Nova, it feels more like a silly boob anime with a lot of fighting. The number of times a female will have her clothes ripped off, or just the clothing on her chest torn, is incalculable, I don't think I went a single episode without seeing at least two or three different women getting naked.

Despite this, I'll admit that I did like this anime. The characters are actually interesting, and Kazuya isn't one of those harem protagonists who are completely useless. He actually, you know, does stuff. He's not just walking around and having girls randomly fall in love with him for, uh, reasons. And Satellizer is another interesting character, though I will admit that I dislike how easily she fell for Kazuya. Seriously, before the anime starts, we learn that she can't stand being touched, and then Kazuya touches her and suddenly she's all, "Ah! I don't mind being touched by him!" It's one of those examples of a ridiculous 180 reversal, and it's probably my biggest complain with the characters.


One thing I feel like I should also mention is that this anime is abnormally violent. There's a lot of instances where Pandora are getting their limbs chopped off or ripped in half or sliced apart. I remember watching one scene where Satellizer got her throat slit with a blade and had gore spraying from her trachea. There is even more violence in this anime than there is nudity, so it's definitely not something you should let your 12-year old kid watch.

All that being said, I still like this anime, and it's not because of the boobs. No, seriously. I'm being serious. I actually watch this anime for the Plot. I'm not lying. It's all for the Plot--I mean the story. Yes, the story.

In all seriousness, this isn't a bad anime. The artwork is lovely. I enjoyed their opening and closing themes. The storyline is sound and interesting, and yes, there are a lot of pretty girls who are getting randomly stripped naked in the middle of combat. If you're a fan of ecchi, violence and alien invasions, then you'll love this. If you're not a fan of ecchi, violence or alien invasions, then I can't recommend this to you.
Art style: 9/10
Character designs: 10/10
Storyline: 6/10
Musical Composition: 7/10
Character Development: 5/10
Overall score: 7.4/10.