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John Wick – An Action Movie For Action Lovers

I realize this has nothing to do with anything this blog is about, and for that I apologize. I’ve just hit a bit of a dry spell in my anime watching and manga reading, but I still want to talk about the things I enjoy here on a somewhat regular basis. So that brings us to John Wick, the latest film that has truly kept me on the edge of my seat and entertained from beginning to end. It’s a heart pumping, blood soaked and adrenaline filled experience like no other in recent memory, and for any other action fans out there I highly suggest checking out the first film and catching Chapter 2 while it is still in theaters.

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Year In Review – 2016

It’s a new year, and new anime and manga are already starting to flood in. Before checking out what this year has to offer though, I wanted to look back at 2016 and talk about some of the highlights. I’ll be covering Anime, Manga, Video Games and Music, so hopefully there will be a little something in here for everyone. Hopefully I can get someone to check out something new from 2016, so let’s get started.

Anime

2016 was a pretty good year for anime. Not great, but not horrible. It was definitely weaker than some recent years for me, with a serious lack in anime I rated in the strong 9’s. Still, I found quite a few shows that I really enjoyed my time with that many other anime fans seem to have also enjoyed as well.

At the start of the year, Erased was triumphed as the anime of the year. As it went on, opinions started to change on just how good it was, but for the most part everyone walked away satisfied. Erased had a pretty common problem for anime, in that it was not able to stick its landing after a great run. Still, Erased had started off on such a strong note that ot undoubtedly deserved to have a spot in my 2016 highlights. It features one of the most precious characters of the year (Kayo, the abused girl the story is centered around) and most heartwarming scenes of the year as well (In Kayo’s first home-cooked meal and bath with Satoru’s mom). It has its problems, but Erased is still a great watch for those who have yet to check it out.

If you are in need of some cheering up, Kono Suba is the perfect anime to check out. A hilarious take on the stuck-in-a-fantasy-world story, Kono Suba doesn’t take itself too seriously and it works perfectly. The world of Kono Suba may be generic and boring, but the show uses it to its advantage. Ever wonder how you make money in these worlds? Turns out you do hard, physical labor. What skills would a new adventurer learn? Crappy party tricks and the ability to steal panties apparently. What really makes Kono Suba work though is its quirky cast of charactes. Just check it out and you will soon be shouting “EXPLOSION!” and be getting giddy at the fact that season 2 is right around the corner.

Like awesome animation in your show? Mob Psycho 100 is for you. Aesthetically Mob Psycho 100 isn’t the prettiest, since the original artist for the manga series was One (of One Punch Man fame). If you were unaware, One Punch Man’s manga was redrawn by Yusuke Murata, and it as redrawn for a reason. Simply put, One’s art is pretty bad (he could probably give Attack On Titan a run for worst art in a popular manga series). That didn’t stop Bones from making it look amazing though, as it features some of the best animation I have seen in a while. The show keeps the “unique” style of One’s art and touches it up a bit to make it more presentable, but uses superb animation to really bring the show to life and provide a visual treat.

The next show on the list is My Hero Academia, a show perfect for any Marvel fans out there. The concept is simple, the world is inhabited by super heroes and having super powers has become the norm for most people. The main character Izuku Midoriya was unfortunately one of the few people born without powers, though he still hopes to some day become a great hero like his idol All Might. At its core, My Hero Academia is a typical shonen story about an underdog that is given / has incredibly abilities that they do not know how to control. So naturally, the story follows Midoriya as he trains to become stronger and reach his goal to be a professional hero. There are some great fight scenes in this season, with one of the more memorable fight scenes of the year for me occurring at the end of the series in a grand finale. It has Saitama vs Boros levels of hype surrounding it (though the power levels and stakes are far less of coarse). Its a visual treat for sure though, and will undoubtedly make you anxious for more My Hero Academia.

Moving on to something that came as a bit of a surprise to me, Yuri on Ice was certainly a show that impressed me from 2016. The reason why this one surprised me was because I had no expectations going in to get so caught up in the sport of male figure skating, and I had no idea that it would look so good in animation. Each of the skaters in Yuri on Ice are given distinct personalities and styles, which is all reflected in their performances. There were quite a few times where I felt the art and animation took a significant hit, but all in all found myself enjoying the performances regardless (there are some really beautiful moments in there too though). This is probably the weakest show on my list for stand out anime, which is not bad considering how much I enjoyed it. It should go to show how much I loved the other shows on this list, and why you should make sure you check out each of them.

The next show should come as no surprise to those who had watched season 1, and that show is Hibike! Euphonium S2. Season 2 was as stellar as season 1, in fact I found it to be even more enjoyable. Still beautifully animated and featuring a killer sound design, season 2 brought more drama to the table than season 1 and focused more on its wide cast of side characters. It should go without saying that if you have watched season 1 and enjoyed it, season 2 should be top priority. If you haven’t watched season 1 yet though, than get on that and start watching it! A great series that needs more love.

Even though it has not finished yet, what I have seen from March Comes in Like a Lion has been fantastic. It follows a young shogi player who is able to make it into the professional leagues while in middle school, solidifying his place in the shogi community as a prodigy. Rei Kiriyama’s life isn’t all roses and rainbows though, and he has a lot of emotional baggage following him around stemming from the loss of his family at a young age and a falling out with his foster siblings. The show is a great look at the effects depression can have on a person, and gives us plenty of inside looks into Rei’s mind as he contemplates his life. Once he secures himself into the professional leagues he debates why he should keep trying to improve his rank, since it doesn’t really matter to him. Once you add in a fun family of sisters that Rei becomes accompanied with (and their cat) and you have one of the most melancholic yet heartwarming shows of 2016. Everyone has something bringing them down in this show, but the show focuses more on how the characters deal with their past and emotions and carry on then it does just wallowing in their sadness. A great watch and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the second half has in store.

The last show I wanted to talk about is probably the most underappreciated show of 2016, and that is Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. The show is a drama that starts off with an ex-convict going to an old rakugo performer to become his apprentice, but quickly becomes much more than that. After some prying, the old rakuga master Yakumo decides to tell a story about his upbringing, beginning with his childhood leading all the way up to his adulthood. The story is filled with drama, tragedy and comedy as he and his new brother / rival Sukeroku grow up and learn rakugo together. It is a bit of a slow burn, but those interested in Japanese history and culture should find every minute interesting. The fact that it has one of the most tragic scenes from 2016 that legitimately depressed me is also a bonus, if you want to go on a bit of a feel trip (it will take a while to get to the heavy emotional stuff though).

Manga

I didn’t read as much new manga as I would have liked in 2016, but what I did read turned out to be pretty good. In terms of what was eligable for this list, it needed to have a North American release in 2016 for me to consider it. Therefore series that are old and finished are probably going to appear on here as new series for me. With that out of the way lets talk about some manga.

The first two series on the list didn’t actually start their North American publication in 2016, as they are ongoing series. The first of the two is Food Wars, and 2016 was a kind year to this series. Food Wars has rarely dropped its ball with its arcs for me, and consistently is able to keep me interested and hyped for the big shokugeki and challenges that face Souma and his classmates. In 2016 we got the school festival arc which remained exciting as Souma finally got to face off against one of the elite ten. The battle was fierce and consistently had me coming back for more. Thanks to Viz Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump we could also stay up to date with series like Food Wars, reading the newest chapters as they come out in Japan. The latest arc that the series is going through (and the tail end of 2016 was able to start into) has me the most interested in Food Wars since perhaps the beginning of the series when it was all fresh and new. Seeing Souma get a rematch against an old rival, leading into a battle of the century style shokugeki where Souma and his crew will have to face off against a crew of Tootsuki’s cooking elite has been keeping me on the edge of my seat.

Similarly, Tokyo Ghoul had a good year in 2016 as well. Though the series is long since finished in Japan, over here in North America we have only just gotten volumes 5-10 in the past year, leaving the last 4 volumes for 2017. Unfortunately 2016 has probably stolen all the thunder for this series as my favorite section of the manga had happened around volumes 7 and 8. The scenes I am talking about are Kaneki’s capture and torture by Jason which happens in volume 7, and the aftermath of these events. Aside from the initial shock Kaneki goes through when he finds out he is now a half ghoul, this is the second time Kaneki goes though intense psychological trauma. This time however, his psyche doesn’t really make it out all intact and he goes through some pretty crazy character developments as his ghoul side starts to take hold. If you have not read Tokyo Ghoul yet, get on it. Especially now that some of the best parts of the manga are finally officially available.

The next manga is one I had already written about in 2016 so it should come as no surprise that it made it on here, and that manga is The Gods Lie. I called it one of the best volumes of manga to come out in 2016, and I still stand by that (though another series takes the number 1 spot with its incredible volume 1). It’s a complete and fulfilling story in one tiny volume, and every bit worth your time to check out if you have not. Check out my first impression on it if you want more details regarding it plot and what it’s about. Just know that it was an incredible read for such a short story.

Goodnight Punpun (also known as Oyasumi Punpun) has to be my favorite series I read from 2016. Volume 1 captivated me with its odd charm so much that I consider it to be the single best volume of manga that I had read in 2016. Its quirky yet deep, incredibly deatiled but simplistic, Goodnight Punpun is probably impossible to describe in a short paragraph without leaving out what makes it such a great series to read. Its a look into the life of a kid going through life and his hardships, and it perfectly captures what the life of a young boy is like while adding in all kinds of crazy and trippy scenes. Even if you aren’t in to all of is eccentric storytelling (that is just down right insane sometimes) I would still recommend checking it out just for its beautiful artwork alone. This series is not ranked #5 in MAL for nothing.

The last series I wanted to talk about is one that should be a safe choice for most manga fans, since it is created by the creators of Death Note and Bakuman, two hugely popular manga series. Obata and Ohba’s new series is called Platinum End, and even though it is extremely early into the series it already has a dark and engaging story similar to Death Note. For those who loved Death Note and wanted more from the duo once it was done (which was most people who read the series I am sure), Platinum End may be the next big series to sink your teeth into. Like The Gods Lie I already wrote up an initial impressions last year that you can check out for some more general info on the series first volume and setup, so check that out if this is your first time hearing about the series. If you have already heard about it though and still haven’t read it, this is the series you won’t want to pass by, and the fact that it is being created by such a legendary duo should give the series enough credability to trust that it won’t all fall down hill a few volumes in.

Video Games

Although 2016 was pretty alright for anime and manga for me, I found it to be severely lacking in great video game experiences for me to sink my teeth into and fall in love with. After such a great year that was 2015 which brought out games like The Witcher 3, Metal Gear Solid V and Rainbow 6 Siege, all of which still remain on my list of favorite games of the generation, 2016 really needed to bring some top notch titles to stand up in comparison. There were a few great games that I was able to check out last year, but much like my experience with anime the truly amazing experiences that I was seeking just weren’t there. That’s not to knock these few games I am about to talk about though, as they were each fantastic experiences for me through and through.

Overwatch was probably the first game from 2016 that I played, and I had been waiting for it for some time. When Blizzard first announced the title with its CG trailer, I thought the games artstyle looked fantastic and really brought the characters to life. When gameplay started to be shown I was hooked, since I love first-person shooters with a passion and I also love the strategic elements of games like League of Legends in that you need to create a team of characters that work well together and can take on the enemy characters. For the first month or so after Overwatch’s release I was completely hooked and playing it almost daily. I have fallen off a bit now but that mostly has to do with computer problems and my not wanting to deal with the xbox one players. If I had a good pc to run it again, I would still be playing this day after day.

The rest of this list is pretty much just a list of great games on Nintendo’s consoles, and that mostly has to do with the fact that nothing on the Xbox One really interested me this year (and I don’t have a PS4 or PC to play games on those). That’s not so bad though, since Nintendo had a pretty solid year, if not a bit of a slow one. The 3DS got new games for two highly beloved franchises of mine in Fire Emblem Fates and Monster Hunter Generations. The new Fire Emblem brought everything I love about the series back again. Strategic gameplay, fun characters and a blend of RPG and turn-based strategy that the series always gets right. I started off with Birthright, which even on hard mode felt a little easy. The game doesn’t shy away from giving you new characters who match or out-level your current characters meaning grinding isn’t really necessary, especially when you consider some of the come with legendary weapons that do insane amounts of damage. I have not gotten around to the other two paths of the game yet, but I hear Conquest ups the challenge quite a bit, giving seasoned veterans of the series a run for their money. It was definitely not my favorite entry into the series, but it still was a great game from beginning to end.

Likewise, Monster Hunter Generations brought back the classic Monster Hunter gameplay that I know and love. Hunting Monsters with groups of friends is still as fun as ever, and fighting your way up to the biggest, baddest monsters is satisfying to the very end. I liked the new addition of abilities that Generations added, where you could mount monsters and do massive damage with other abilities. If you liked past Monster Hunter games than Generations is more of the same, so it should be a safe bet to try out. If you are new to the series however, I will warn you that the game is pretty notorious for not being too welcoming to newcomers. I thought it did an alright job explaining the basics for new players, but I am sure there are a lot of things left out that you will have to figure out yourself as there are so many different mechanics when it comes to crafting items and gear and many other activities. Getting used to combat and learning each monsters attacks and behaviors can also be tricky, but that’s half the fun of a new Monster Hunter game.

On the Wii U side of things, it was a pretty slow year for Nintendo. Luckily there were a few gems released in the slow trickle that was the Wii U’s 2016 games lineup. Pokken Tournament was one of these games, bringing a unique blend of Tekken and Pokemon. I am a bit of a fighting game enthusiast, but I never really get very competitive with them. I just like figuring out their systems and doing cool stuff with the characters. Pokken was a bit different though, since it forgoes complex button inputs for simple one r two button inputs that often combo into each other with some pretty easy to learn timing. The complexity of its fighting system comes from the rock-paper-scissors gameplay that the attack-counters-grabs mechanic brings to the table. Essentially, it is up to the player to decide what the best approach is going to be based on what their opponent is likely to do, making it a bit more of a mind game and less of a competition of execution of specific button inputs. I found this to be incredibly fun and addicting since it didn’t take to long to figure out a new character and start kicking butt. On the flip side though, a smarter, more experienced player would always come out on top compared to someone who just picked up a new character and smashed buttons. It eliminated the frustration of not being able to execute the moves I wanted do to lack of practice day in and day out, but kept a competitive side to the game to make the wins feel rewarding. It would be wrong to think this game is a dumbed-down fighter, because you can dig deep into this game and still find yourself losing.

The last game of 2016 that I will be talking about is Tokyo Mirage Sessions, the Japanese idol RPG. As a huge fan of JRPG’s and Japanese pop culture, it was as if this game was made for me. It combines the worlds of Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem into a bright world full of j-pop and idols.  It features an incredibly fun and deep battle system and a fun cast of characters to hook you in, just don’t expect anything too amazing in terms of story (its passable, but nothing groundbreaking). Honestly, it is one of the few JRPGs where I was consistently able to pick it back up after hours and hours of playtime without needing a break.

Music

Running with the theme of “I didn’t get into as much of this as I wanted” we finally stumble upon the music of 2016. This theme is incredibly true for music though, as if I were to guess I probably listened to a total of 10 or less albums from last year. Honestly, I spent a lot of my time with music in 2016 revisiting old favorites from Green Day’s American Idiot to some of Billy Talent’s first albums. In terms of Japanese music, even then I spent a lot of time listening to Asian Kung-fu Generation’s early albums such as Houkai Amplifer. There were a few albums(two really, the other is a single) from 2016 that I listened to however that got me off these nostalgic albums for a bit, and I think they were good enough to warrant a listen if you haven’t already.

The first album is by Super Beaver and is titled 27. Super beaver has been a personal favorite band ever since their album Aisuru came out with their hit single Rashisa (the Barakamon opening for those who may be familiar with the show). I love the style of upbeat and catchy songs, and they can always put a smile on my face when I listen to them. 27 had some great singles on there such as Kotoba, Aiharu and Urusai (all of which I believe are available on youtube for those interested). A great album to jam out to in an afternoon, and I played the album many times while working on things in my room.

The next might come as no surprise for those who have seen the movie, but the other album that really caught my attention last year was the album Your Name by Radwimps. I haven’t actually seen the movie, but have been following the band for some time now. Every once in a while they come out with a song I love, and in this album the song Zen Zen Zense was that song. That’s not to knock the rest of the album which is mostly comprised of the instrumental soundtrack for the film (which is pretty great), but that song was stuck in my head for weeks after I first heard it, and I still play it on my way to school in the mornings. Truly fitting for the main theme of a blockbuster hit, the song is catchy as hell and will probably remain as one of my favorite anime themes for some time. I honestly cannot wait to see the movie just so I hear this song play with the beautiful animation of the film.

As I said above, the last one on this list is a single rather than an album, but it was such a good single I just had to put it on here. Ever since I first heard the song in March Comes in Like a Lion’s opening I knew I just needed it to listen to on the go, and as soon as the single Answer by Bump of Chicken dropped I picked it up. I don’t really know what it is that makes me love the song so much, but something about it just kind of puts me at ease. Its a song I can easily relax to or play in the background as I do work. You can check out the song yourself on youtube to see if the single is something you might be interested in as well.

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So there you have it, all my favorite stuff from 2016. It may not have been a great year for anything, but there were still some gems in there that I am glad to have experienced. Hopefully 2017 can give me some more great experiences, preferably more than 2016 was able to. I wouldn’t mind some new shows to enter my top 10 either, so lets see what 2017 has in store!

 

It’s My Blogiversary!

A whole year has passed since I first started atop the clouds as my personal blog to talk about manga, anime and games. A lot has happened since then, or in some instances (my blogs…) not much has happened. I thought it would be cool to look back at everything I have done on here in the past year.

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At first glance it probably seems like my blog is pretty much dedicated to manga! There is a reason for that. I generally have only been writing about things I want to talk about. Whether after doing something and I just want to share my thoughts on it or if I get the urge to write something so I just write about whatever I have been into recently. Either way, manga has been my go-to thing to do over this past year when I am not busy wasting away hours online. It just ended up being on my mind more-so than most things because of that.

So over the past year I have looked at 12 different manga series, some were better than others. Of the series I did a first impressions on, Food Wars is probably my current favorite of them. I am currently up-to-date on the latest chapters thanks to weekly shonen jump, and man does it get good. The story doesn’t really take many breaks, with each arc building on the last. Currently the story is in the middle of a heated rivalry between two different factions, and things just keep getting better. (Chapter 189)

Tokyo Ghoul has also been a great read so far. Kaneki is a fascinating character, as he is made out to be both incredibly powerful and weak. His human side is in constant internal conflict as his morals are constantly put to the test. Eating humans is obviously not something he want to do (whether done through “humane” practices or not) and he wishes to protect his friends while avoiding conflict with others (seen in his fight with Amon). At the same time his ghoul half is constantly craving flesh and to take over his body, unleashing unbelievable power at the expense of his sanity. Honestly, its one of the better manga I have read in a while, and could possibly end up in my all time favorites for sure.

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Nothing out of my first impressions has let me down yet, but I haven’t really been keeping up to date with most of them. I finished Prophecy, which turned out to be a pretty decent read. It was no Death Note, but the cat and mouse game played in the story was still fun to see unfold. The ending was a bit bitter-sweet for me. I didn’t like some of the later targets honestly, as they came off as just giant stereotypes rather than characters I should care about. They were there to serve one purpose really, which was to be giant ass-hats that I felt like were getting their just-desserts. The ending itself was kind of nice though (if not a bit predictable). It wrapped everything up nicely, and pretty much gave you an idea of how the characters lives were after the events of the story.

If I were to tell you to go and read just three of the series I looked at over the year though, it would have to be Food WarsTokyo Ghoul, and Claymore. Claymore’s ending was both cool as hell and anti-climatic at the same time. The concept on how they defeat Priscillia was awesome, and I didn’t expect it to happen like that. I honestly loved how it happened. What felt anti-climatic to me was the fact that the fight lasted no longer than any other fight in the series, it was actually shorter than some of the big ones. I would have loved if there was more back and forth, or if the warriors had to fight Priscillia for a bit longer before the trump card was played. I get why it all went down so fast (I am not going to talk about it because of heavy spoilers) but it would still have been cool to see more fighting. It also left a lot of open ends in the story that I doubt we will ever have addressed, but we will see.

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Hoestly, I’m a bit ashamed about how little I talked about anime on here. I didn’t really talk about much on here really, I really didn’t do a whole lot of blogging at all… but still there were so many shows I watched that I had some strong opinions on and I just sat on them. I may one day go back and try to re-formulate some of them, but I feel like the best time to talk about something is when it is in the spotlight and your opinions and feelings towards it are fresh. Not only will your arguments and points be that much clearer and stronger, other peoples thoughts and feelings towards it will also still be fresh making it a more interesting read for them. If there is one thing I will be doing a lot more of in the coming year, it will be talking about anime.

A Byte of Gaming

Much like anime, I didn’t talk too much about gaming in the past year. I started Game Bytes hoping I would do it at least on a monthly basis, talking about whatever game had really struck a chord with me recently. The only problem was that I didn’t do too much gaming through most of 2016. Whenever I did play games, it was a multiplayer game like Overwatch or Rainbow Six Siege which I spent way too much time playing.

My backlog has been growing over the past few years though so I have started to try and focus on getting through more games over the past month. I started Tokyo Mirage Sessions back in September, and though I have yet to beat it I am still having a blast with it. One of the better games on the Wii U, especially for those hungry for a fresh new JRPG. I have a funny feeling it is going to be one of the harder to find (and expensive) Wii U games in the coming years, so if you have yet to pick up your copy I would advise you do so now if you plan on checking it out.

Also, if you own a 3DS and are into fun little games (and Japanese stuff!) make sure you check out Attack of the Friday Monsters: A Tokyo Tale on the eShop. There is not much to the game, as most of it is just dialogue and running around town. It gets the feel of an old and quite Japanese town down just right though, making it a pleasure to play. If you ever feel like playing a short and comfy game (especially over the holidays which are fast approaching) give it a shot.

All The Mumblings

I did a lot of more personal, random topic blogs over the year as well. During the holidays last year I participated in the 12 Days of Anime event that is held on Youtube every year by the anime community. I started off the first two days with videos, but quickly found it was too much work (especially with everything going on) and began just writing quick little blogs. I didn’t even finish the event sadly, missing the last two or three days of blogging. I plan on tackling it again this year, though this time I plan on doing all the hard work in advance so I am not last minute trying to put everything together.

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I also talked about a few music albums that I had been listening to over the year. There were many, many albums that I didn’t talk about that were released (or I had picked up) over the past year I might do a big “listen to these albums” type post at the end of the year. Maybe a top 5 or top 10 of 2016.

Looking Forward

Well, that’s it! As I said earlier, I didn’t do a whole lot of blogging in the past year. I hope to kind of fix that moving forward by creating a schedule for when I put out certain blogs. Obviously writing when I feel like it doesn’t really work, often just leading to one blog a month (and some of those blogs only coming out because I felt guilty that I had left my blog alone for so long…).

As of right now, the schedule I will be aiming for is one manga blog per week, on every Monday (Either a first impressions on a new series I picked up or a series review). I haven’t figured out how often I would like to write about other stuff, but I will be writing about anime and games randomly as I get through them. At the begging and end of each anime season I will probably be writing more about anime, and in the middle I may try and fill in the gaps with gaming blogs and other types of content (like more music blogs).

To those who read this, thanks for sticking around and checking out my blog! I hope it has helped you in some way, whether finding a new manga or game to play, or just to help pass by a few minutes of your boredom. It’s only going to be getting better from here, so if you like what you see make sure to pop back around in the future to check out whats new. Until next time, peace!

Day 8 + 9: Favorite Opening and Ending

Another double whammy today, as I didn’t get a chance to do much yesterday thanks to my procrastination with holiday shopping and festivities. It is all good though, as once again the topics are similar enough that they go well together and make it seem like it was all part of the plan. So lets hop into it shall we?

Favorite Opening

There were so many great openings this year. One Punch Man featured an adrenaline pumping metal opening, Rolling Girls hit home with a Blue Hearts opening (as well as several other songs in the soundtrack)… there are actually too many for me to list off any further. We could be here all day. The fact there there are too many great openings to even list off should be able to tell you how hard this is for me to decide, because frankly I have no idea what my absolute favorite is. So what I have decided to do is just tell you guys of one of my favorites, even though it may not be my absolute favorite if I sat here long enough to think about it.

Naruto Shippuden’s 17th opening will be my pick this year, featuring the song “Kaze” by Yamazaru. I will admit that I have a bit of a soft spot for Naruto openings, mostly for their catchy songs and sweet animation that remind me how cool Naruto can actually be when they aren’t in the middle of endless filler with crappy animation and fight choreography. That’s a discussion for another day though, as today we are here for the sweet opening.

Favorite Ending

Although there were an equal amount of amazing ending theme’s this year, my favorite is easily decided from the rest. The combination of interesting and changing visuals each episode meant that the ending never grew boring, and then when you add in the fact that the ending song was just phenomenal and it became clear pretty early on that this was probably going to be my favorite. It even introduced my to an artist who I absolutely love, and have since bought multiple albums from. The ending is that f Tokyo Ghoul √A with the song “Seasons Die One After Anther” by Amazarashi.

Day 7: AMV of the Year

AMV’s are a pretty cool way of showing off your passion for anime. Meticulously editing video clips to get the exact image desired and syncing it with a song takes a lot of effort. This effort that is put into an AMV can easily be seen when watching them, and my favorite AMV of the year is one that goes above and beyond the norm. My favorite AMV of the year has to be Animography 2015

I think this is the 4th video in the series by Qyll, and each one is a amazing in its own right. Finding the perfect clip from over 200 shows to feature in his AMV’s must take up a lot of time, then blending them all together the way he does to make a flowing video is just staggering. Major props to the person who puts these together, as they must spend many, many hours perfecting each section to make sure it all comes together perfectly.

Day 6: Favorite Fight Scene

It has been quite some time since I last binge watched any type of show. Last year I binged the entirety of the Game of Thrones just for the fun of re-watching it, but other than that I can’t think of any show that I sped through to get to the ending. I like to enjoy my shows slowly, letting me think about each episode, what I liked and didn’t like, as well as just give me time to enjoy other shows or hobbies. So even when I really get into a series, I like to set a rule for myself where I will only watch a couple of episodes a day so I don’t burn through it too fast. One Punch Man broke this rule for me, because with fight scenes as hype as the ones featured in this series, the urge to see more was just to strong.

I bet most fans of the show might already know what scene I choose as my favorite, because it is simply jaw dropping. I loved every second of the scene, from the beginning to the very end. The scene I am talking about is the match between Genos and Saitama during episode 5.

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Holy crap was this scene epic. Genos moves were awesome and packed a punch, making my adrenaline pump as I watched him move around. Saitama looks kinda goofy as always during most of it, and when he isn’t being goofy is fighting (or dodging really) with ease. That is until the very last moment when Saitama gives Genos a taste of his raw power, stopping just in time so that he didn’t obliterate the poor cyborg and acting like he was just playing around.

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Day 4+5: Favorite Anime OST and Favorite Japanese Album

It seems I have missed a day in the 12 Days of Anime, so this is my “catch-up with everyone” else blog where I pretend like it was all according to plan because the topics are so similar. Totally on purpose. I mean, it’s all about music today!

Favorite OST

Alright, so I will start off with something that actually has to do with anime, which is my favorite OST of the year. A series can be defined by their soundtracks, so they are an incredibly important in creating a great series. 2015 has no shortage of great soundtracks to accompany some great shows, but one in particular has stood out to me. As soon as I heard the first background track play it brought with it so many memories, and each track fit the series perfectly. My favorite OST of the year goes to Durarara x2.

Favorite Japanese Album

So I will admit, this doesn’t really fit into the “12 Days of Anime” so much. As I said in my introduction video though, my interests are not solely focused on anime, so I wanted to share some of my favorite experiences in my other hobbies as well. Hopefully you guys enjoy it none-the-less.

So 2015 was a year of discovery for me a bit in terms of music. I discovered so many great bands that I had never heard of before, and looked more into ones I didn’t know much about. Since I was so busy checking out all these new bands and artists though, I haven’t really been paying attention to what came out this year and what was popular. Oops.

It’s totally all right though, because I doubt there was an album that could sway me from picking this one as my favorite of the year. From a band I have been following since early last year after listening to some old Naruto opening and endings, my pick for favorite album of 2015 goes to SUPER BEAVER’s album Aisuru (愛する).

So I guess this one isn’t totally irrelevant to anime, because as I am sure many of you are aware it is hard to find a popular Japanese band who hasn’t performed a song for an anime series. I already knew they had one of their songs used in an old Naruto ending, but to my enjoyment their single Rashisa was featured as the opening theme to last summer’s hit slice of life series Barakamon. In their album Aisuru, Rashisa shows up on the track list next to many other great songs. Honestly, I think it is impossible for me to dislike one of their songs, because they are just so good!