One Piece Anime Review

One Piece Anime Review

One Piece, the classic anime that has been on air for a long time is still building up hype until now. All anime fans, and I mean all of them, have probably encountered or watched One Piece one way or the other. It’s that famous!

But is it worth the watch for first time anime watchers out there?

Read on and find out!

Why watch One Piece?

Well, why do you have to watch One Piece? One might ask. Why do you need to know about One Piece if you’re entering the anime world? There are a lot of mainstream anime out there, why should you watch it?

For this article, I will give you a few reasons why you should know or watch One Piece and why it is important if you’re an anime watcher yourself.

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1. It’s a Classic

Yeah, this is one of the most important reason. A lot of people tried watching any anime that they encounter and then brush it off saying that it’s not good then proceeds to take that judgment to other worthwhile animes out there. I’ll tell you, that’s a wrong approach!

If you’re planning to venture into the anime world, then make sure to watch or at least have a background on classic animes such as One Piece and the like before judging. If you’re a beginner in this field and you follow my advice, you’ll reconsider your outlook on anime.

I assure you 🙂

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2.Every Veteran Anime Watchers Know it or Have Watched it

This is the second most important reason as to why you should consider watching One Piece. But this is not at all important if you don’t want to relate to veteran anime watchers.

Then again, relating to them will make you climb your rants fast into becoming a veteran, so think again.

3. It is Mainstream!

The best advice any anime watchers can give a beginner is to tell them to watch a mainstream anime, this is supposed to be a sub-point to my first reason but I decided to separate it since it’s just as important. I’m not telling you on my first reason to not watch mainstream animes but to consider watching the classics first before delving in to the mainstream and the low-rated ones.

4. It’s a Good Watch for a Shounen Anime

Welp, this is just my opinion but I guess it’s important since a lot of animes have a shounen tag. The long and short of it- One Piece is a good watch (even though it’s so long already!) and I think you’ll be able to enjoy it as well. And most of all, it’s a classic, mainstream anime that’s still airing until now, not a lot of animes are like that so consider giving it a try.

As always, have a great time watching!

Fairy Tail: Why is it a Balanced Shounen Anime?

Fairy Tail: Why is it a Balanced Shounen Anime?

Hiro Mashima takes yet another step to the anime world after releasing his first- Rave Master. During the Fall Season of 2009, Hiro Mashima released the anime that took the world by a storm: Fairy Tail. After finishing the manga and binge-watching the anime (just for this review lol) I can clearly say that Fairy Tail is a very balanced shounen anime- something that is rare in the world.

Well, enough about the descriptions and complications, let’s delve in to how and why it’s became a popular anime, and to answer the question as to why I said that it’s balanced.

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Why is it balanced?

Opening of the anime series

You might wonder how a lot of people got hooked in on the series when the first episode was just released. Well, they probably read the manga, or they probably got hooked on the opening episode. For most, I think it’s the latter.

The opening episode of an anime is really important. It can either give some hype to anime watchers or leave a boring impression that would make anime watchers drop the series after seeing the first episode. I know that the iron-clad rule of judging an anime is to watch the first two or three episodes but when I see a boring opening episode, it gives a lowly feeling that makes you watch the first two or three episodes just for the sake of obeying the iron-clad rule. Some anime were able to hook me in on the second and third episode but some are just so plain that I ended up dropping it.

And that’s why the first episode of an anime is really important. Emphasis mine throughout.

Enough about that, let’s continue.

At the first episode, the good balance between comedy and action were densely packed together yet created a really good mix of both, which is really rare. I know that all mainstream shounen anime are like that but judging from that fact, there are only a handful of mainstream shounen anime even though a lot of shounen anime has already been released. That’s why it’s rare.

If you’re into shounen and you haven’t seen Fairy Tail, then go check out the first episode and see!

The pure comedy here and there

A lot of shounen anime (not just shounen but a few anime genres as well) couldn’t quite get a hold of pure comedy and it turns out to be forced on the screen. Fairy Tail, however, brings to light the drama and inserts a few comedy here and there, making it a roller coaster of a ride. I wouldn’t want to spoil anyone who hasn’t watched the anime so I won’t go into the details but in my opinion, the level of comedy in this one is somewhat on One Piece’s level, if you know what I mean (hehe).

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The Setting and the Plot

Fairy Tail is set on a world where magic and guilds abound. It’s more like an RPG type of story, the only difference is friendship and comradeship (and a lot of ships lol). Magic-users earn a lot of money by doing quests and going on adventures together, this is a typical life for a magic-user. But there’s a guild who took the world by a storm because of their rogue firepower (literally!)

The Fairy Tail Guild.

The scene then focuses on a prince…er, I mean, a lady who has been looking forward to joining the Fairy Tail Guild and by some sort of Fate, she met one of the strongest member of the guild. She was able to join sooner than she had expected and together with that member, Natsu Dragneel, her life as a guild member started through quests and adventures.

It’s a typical start of a shounen anime but the good mixture of tags is great on this one and it has definitely hooked millions of anime watchers out there.

Character Build Ups

Yeah, the character build up is nice and fluid unlike a lot of shounen anime. The character build ups of the characters are nice and steady, enabling you to easily keep up with them. And I mean, easily since nothing will make you wonder how and why he got so powerful in just a significantly short amount of time.

And of course, the Fight Scenes

Shounen animes should have this so of course, it is as important as the other points in order to have a balanced shounen anime. The fight scenes are really eye-hooking (if there’s such a word) and it would make you want to watch more and more until it finishes. Mix that in with the good balance of genres and you’ll have Fairy Tail. That simple. If you want to see what I’m talking about, click the image below for a snippet of the fight scene. (I didn’t want to spoil so I put the very first fight scene as a feast for your eyes.)

As always, Happy watching!

Why Bleach is A Classic Anime

Why Bleach is A Classic Anime

You’ve probably heard of Bleach from your peers- or, if you’re an anime watcher and manga reader, you’ve probably seen it or watched it.

And there’s no doubt about it! Along with Pokemon, Detective Conan, Ghost Fighter and many more, it’s one of the few classic animes out there which has earned its reputation through time. But now that a few classic animes were already finished, fewer and fewer people are getting introduced to these types of animes and they are becoming buried under the mainstream one.

So in this article, I’ll be discussing why Bleach is a classic anime and why classic animes are a must-watch if you’re an anime watcher.

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Why is it a Classic?

1. An awesome mix among its tags

Why? You ask. Well, you see, a lot of animes out there kind of just forced some tags and called it that even though it doesn’t really fit. Among those classic animes out there, Bleach has a balanced-type of tags and they don’t override each other, making the flow of the anime a good one and not a cringy one (lol). It’s transitions are well-versed as well: from comedy to action, from drama to supernatural, you can clearly see that the transition is nicely done.

I’m not telling you that this anime is a perfect one where you won’t actually notice the tag transitions but it’s clearly one of the best out there.

2. A wide-range of connected arcs

Yeah, this is what I’m talking about! Bleach is an anime that has been aired when I was in my childhood days and I grew up watching it. The connected arcs never fail to impress me when I was growing up and until now, I still rewatch it from time to time.

You see, when you’ve watched an anime and realize that it only has a season of twelve episodes, you get really bored waiting for the day to come (if it’s ever coming, lol) when the producers would release the next season. For bleach, it was continuous all throughout and you don’t have to wait for the next episode to come since it’s already completed after all.

Trust me on this one!

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3. Good Character Build Ups and Introduction

Although I don’t usually like a zero-to-hero anime, this one is pretty cool to hook me in (probably because I grew up watching it). Anyway, the character build-up of the protagonist is really good and the character introductions are top-notch as well and if you mix both together, surprisingly, you can still easily keep up with it, unlike other animes which introduce characters and they don’t really stand up that much and forgotten after a few episodes. I’ll tell you, bleach has a lot, and I mean, a lot of characters and it would be a pain if you can’t keep up with the characters.

But this anime really changed my view on keeping up with the characters since it’s so easy (and I was a child when I started watching it to begin with!)

4. A good watch for all ages!

This anime can be watched by the whole family and enjoyed at the same time (unless one of you is skeptical about anime lol) and it can be enjoyed at any age. My family enjoyed watching it when it was still a series and until now, I still enjoy it. And Bleach is not the type of anime whereas you can’t watch it anymore when you’ve finished it.

In fact, you’ll enjoy it more and more when you rewatch it, and the animation is pretty takeable even at the first episode so you don’t have to worry about the animation as well!

5. It has passed the test of time

It has been a mainstream anime before and now, it became a classic, so it has stood the test of time and even new generation anime watchers enjoy watching it. This is why it became a classic anime and this is probably the best reason that I could ever think about.

A Classic Anime has stood the test of time after all.

So, if you haven’t seen the anime, why not try it out?

As always, have a great time watching!

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Tokyo Ghoul: Why is it Different from other Psychological Animes?

Tokyo Ghoul: Why is it Different from other Psychological Animes?

Tokyo Ghoul has finally reached its sequel in the anime world! However, the third season didn’t satiate the expectations of manga readers and anime watchers alike. But as for the first and second season, Tokyo Ghoul climbed the ranks and became a mainstream anime.

But in this article, we won’t be discussing much about the anime storyline (since I don’t want to spoil those who haven’t watched it yet.)

In this article, I will be discussing about why Tokyo Ghoul is different from other psychological animes.

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Why is it different?

Storyline

I did say that I won’t be discussing much about the storyline so as not to spoil anyone who’s planning to watch it, but I’ll just put it here for the benefit of giving an idea to those people who don’t know.

You probably heard the phrase counting in backwards in sevens from one thousand or probably heard the anime opening plenty of times but judging the anime on those things would give you this really dark anime with nothing but torture and psychological all throughout.

Well, you have another thing coming.

I won’t get into further details why (not spoiling hehe) but in any case, let’s dive into the storyline of the anime.

The storyline revolves around a teenager named Kaneki Ken as he and his friend, Hide, stumbled upon a coffee shop that serves great coffee. There, Kaneki saw a beatiful woman who has the same tastes of literature as him and he immediately noticed it. One thing led to another and the woman, Kamishiro Rize and apparently a ghoul, tried to eat him for dinner and they got into a mysterious accident.

Waking up and realizing that he just had a surgery, Kaneki Ken was relieved to be alive, but little did he know that the organs used for his surgery was that of the ghoul Rize, transforming him into a half, one-eyed ghoul.

That’s pretty much where it all started and Kaneki Ken entered the ghoul world before he knew it. But what’s a ghoul? You might ask.

Well, they eat people, that’s the long and short of it. They are a type of species that are ranked higher than humans in the food chain. And since they couldn’t eat nor drink any human food (except coffee, that is) they have no choice but to eat humans (or ghouls apparently- it’s called cannibalism in their area lol)

As you can see, this storyline is unlike any other psychological animes’ since it has an established plot and the plot only revolves around it, leaving no future plot-holes. When you hear Psychological Anime, what probably comes to mind are random killing or some type of curse revolving around deaths of a lot of people. Some might also think that it revolves around a mass-murderer and some sort of genocide.

Well, what you’re thinking is right.

In Tokyo Ghoul, those types of things are carefully mixed together with a spice of drama and slice of life. In more ways than one, it’s like seeing a carefully constructed masterpiece that has pin-point accuracy in mixing all the other ingredients. Tokyo Ghoul never fails to bring about the psychological tag without cringiness (if there’s such a word) unlike in some other psychological animes’ out there.

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Character Build-Up

When you hear character build-up, you’re probably thinking about some type of protagonist, with his plot-armor on, miraculously leveling up and defeating field bosses.

Uhm, sort of.

That kind of trope exists in a lot of animes’ out there but you can be rest assured that this is not the case for Tokyo Ghoul. In Tokyo Ghoul, each and everyone’s character build-up is based on their efforts and talent, not in their plot armor. If you compare it to an RPG, it’s like playing the legit game rather than playing the MOD with a lot of benefits (Just like a lot of protagonists in anime, they’re playing in their MOD world lol.) This type of character build-up is rare to come by, especially in a fantasy and dystopia anime.

Did I say that it has fantasy and dystopia tag? No, I didn’t?

Then there you have it!

The Ins and Outs of Human Nature

Just like a lot of psychological anime out there, Tokyo Ghoul depicts humanity nature pretty well, especially in dire circumstances.

But what’s the difference?

Well, the only difference is…

You can clearly relate to their decisions and their experiences. So vividly in fact that you’ll be forced to think what would you have done in that situation. I know that the experiences that they depicted in Tokyo Ghoul don’t happen in everyday life but, putting yourself in their shoes is a different matter.

So, what makes it different?

Go ahead and watch the series to see what I’m talking about. But as a reminder, the anime is psychological and therefore not recommended for the weak-hearted and weak-minded. But if you think you can stomach it, then go ahead.

And as always, happy watching!

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One Punch Man Review

One Punch Man Review

A man who can defeat anyone by one punch. That’s the main plot of the anime One Punch Man and yet, you can see that anime fans, young and adults alike, enjoyed watching the series. Now, it became so popular that it became a mainstream anime even though the main story only has one season (yet.)

You’re probably wondering why such a simple plot could get millions of anime watchers around the globe hooked on the series.

Here’s why:

Things One Punch Man depicts that made it a mainstream anime.

1.Setting

Yeah yeah, it’s main setting is action-superhero-shounen-blah blah blah right? Before you react and close this article, you should probably read on why the setting of the anime greatly affected it becoming mainstream.

The main setting is, of course, is a world where superheroes abound, hired by the government to fend off villains. Typical background for any superhero animes, right? Well, you’re almost correct, almost.

For one, the superheroes on this anime are just regular human beings who possessed a few talents. Some examples of this would be, ninjas, ex-convicts, bikers, martial artists, and the like. So this is not your typical impossible-in-real-life superheroes, they’re more like, talented human beings who uses their talents to the fullest. Once you started watching it, you’ll probably think you know, I think this is possible in real life and I assure you, a lot of one punch man fans think of the same, especially for the protagonist who did a hundred push ups, a hundred sit ups, and a hundred squats everyday for three years until he turned bald and became the most powerful hero in their generation.

2. Backstory/ Character Build-Up

He’s already the most powerful hero even though it’s just the first episode?! How on the anime world could you get some backstory even after becoming the strongest? It’s like watching the final episode of Naruto and not knowing everything before that.

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Hold on just a moment! Before you start assuming things, just remember that millions of anime fans enjoyed this anime. Those anime fans, like me of course, also thought of the same before we started watching One Punch Man

But boy! Was I wrong!

You see, one punch man captured the hearts of the watchers (and readers!) by putting a few snippets of Saitama’s backstory. There, it was shown how he worked his butt off trying to become the strongest hero, for the sole purpose of becoming one. Mix the backstory with the current character build-up, you’ll get a masterpiece like One Punch Man, easy to follow, and at the same time, exciting and fun to watch.

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3. Power of Friendship and Superhero anime tropes

The power of friendship, the everything is in my hands trope, the zero-to-hero trope that happens without hard work.

You’re probably thinking why I’m mentioning these things, right now.

That’s because, One Punch Man crushes every single one of those famous superhero anime tropes. He’s not the cliched type of anime that is impossible to relate to, it’s the anime that doesn’t rely on tropes and plot armors to get things going. Everything that happens in the anime is the result of the protagonist working hard towards his goal. That’s why a lot of One Punch Man can relate to this anime and not get bored at the same time.

Try watching it, and tell me on the comments below if you see a famous superhero anime trope.

You’ll probably see a few tropes…but I assure you, they’re not the “Mainstream” type of tropes you always see in animes.

4. Realistic view on things

Aside from not going to the path of cliches, this anime also has a realistic view on things, unlike other superhero animes. Moreover, the protagonist, Saitama, never gets ahead of himself even though he has the power to rank number one in an instant. Buying when the grocery are on sales, trying to budget while not having an empty stomach, trying to get a government type of job to earn money: these are only a few realistic things One Punch Man tackles. Everything cannot be achieved by brute strength alone and that is the most realistic view you won’t see in any other animes out there. When you start watching it, you’ll start wondering why didn’t they put a slice of life tag on this anime?

So, before you start assuming things, give it a try, and I assure you, you won’t get disappointed watching One Punch Man.

All the best in watching!

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Why Attack on Titan Anime is Worth Watching

Why Attack on Titan Anime is Worth Watching

The third season of Attack on Titan anime (Shingeki no Kyojin) is now airing! It’s already a feat for an anime to get a third season but it’s as if it’s a walk-in-the-park for Attack on Titan.

How did it become a mainstream anime? Is it worth the watch?

5 Reasons why Attack on Titan Anime is worth the watch

  • 1.Dark Fantasy and Post-Apocalyptic Tag

So, to sum it all up? It’s just a psychological anime, right? Well, before you get all skeptic about the matter, read along.

Unlike any dark fantasy (or, rather, psychological if you prefer) or post apocalyptic anime out there, Attack on Titan anime is a rare gem that would get you glued on the screen on every episode; not to mention the emptiness you’ll feel when you have to wait for episodes every week (happens to me all the time lol.) It’s an anime that greatly uncovers vivid facts about how human nature works on a worst-case scenario. It would also make you think on the character’s shoes everytime they make a decision. It’s one of those animes that come by once in a blue moon that boomed in popularity in a short span of time.

However, just like any other dark-fantasy and post apocalyptic animes, it’s not for the weak hearted people. If you think gore is real on some of the dark-fantasy animes that you watch, then you would probably think that the gore on this one is insane. From flying limbs everywhere to people getting chewed on literally, you won’t get enough of it, not until you finish the anime or the manga.

As mentioned above, it’s not for the weak hearted. But if you’re the kind of person who could stand the sight of blood (and I mean, a lot of blood, literally a pool) then go ahead, this anime might be the one you’re looking for! (lol)

  • Settings

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The story is set on an island called Paradis where humans live inside the walls. At the first episode of the anime, it is revealed that the titans haven’t attacked for years and years and people began living peacefully. The titans are giant humanoids, usually ranging from three to fifteen meters in average and they’re said to chew people on sight (literally speaking). Since they have no reproductive organs and they only rely on sunlight to live, they’re believed to eat humans just for the sheer fun of it, spitting them out later on what people call hair-balls (humans scrunched up together and spat out everywhere after the killing spree.)

At first glance, titans’ behaviors are mysterious and baffling, but as the story progresses, the secrets of the titans and some hidden agendas will be revealed, making you think how did the author put so much detail into this and not leave any plot-holes? If you’re planning to watch it, I recommend reading the manga after since more details were put in the manga. That way, you won’t experience guessing out on the plot holes like a few beginner anime watchers out there.

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  • Plot

The story focuses on Eren Jaeger, Mikasa Ackerman, and Armin Arlert living peacefully in the Shiganshina District, a town located on the south edge of Wall Maria. Their lives changed as a titan larger than fifty meters broke the walls and let the titans in, destroying their homeland in the process. Eren Jaeger saw his mom getting eaten alive as someone got them to safety (it’s hard writing without putting spoilers lol). After that fateful day, Eren swore to kill all the titans. You might think that this is just a typical shounen anime where the protagonist promised something then achieve it later on, but it’s totally different.

Well, when you see someone close to you getting murdered and you can’t do anything but run away because of your powerlessness, what would you tell yourself?

Anyway, enough about that morbid question, just take a look at the sneak-peek to that fateful day (lol):

Once again, this is not for the weak-hearted. Watch at your own risk!

  • Epic Character build-up

The character build-up of Eren, Mikasa, and Armin are as epic as it could get. Starting from their young age, and finally signing up for military, that’s just the start of their character build up. I wouldn’t spoil you in the details (because I want to keep your hopes up when you watch the anime) but all of the character build up on this anime are epic- not just for the main characters, but to the side-characters as well (both dead and living alike)

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  • Secrets and Hidden Agendas

From Eren’s weird dream about his father and the basement to their house, to the secrets of the titan, the walls, and the island, everything were carefully laid out and revealed in a cunning pace in the manga as if Hajime Isayama (manga-writer of Attack on Titan) was looking at the back of his hands. In my opinion, Attack on Titan anime is a masterpiece with no plot-holes whatsoever.

All in all, this anime is a good watch and I would rate it nine out of ten (since I’m not a huge fan of gore myself lol.) If you’re into gory action and dark-fantasy, then you shouldn’t miss out on this anime!

What are you waiting for? Will you watch it or not? 🙂

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