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Hi I'm Hamilton and I have opinions on things! I'm from the south (lets keep that on the down low), I read lots of manga, and watch anime (less than I read manga), I also play way too much video games and like RPGs and Shooters.

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Stuff I Like:

Some of my favorite manga(s?) I've read are(in no particular order): Berserk, Zetman, Fullmetal Alchemist, Soul Eater, Gantz, Blood Lad, Air Gear, Black Jack, Naruto, the first few Bleach arcs, One Piece, Gintama, Hunter X Hunter, Ratman, Black Cat, Gamaran, Shingeki no Kyojin, Cage of Eden, Fairy Tail, Magi, Slam Dunk, Akira, History's strongest Disciple Kenichi (I've Read way more but this list is getting long)

I like anime too!: Most Ghibli works, Eureka Seven, [C], Samurai 7, Casshern Sins, Gurren Lagann, Trigun, Hellsing, Durarara, Dragon Ball(and Z)

Music I like: Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Oberhofer, Modest Mouse, the XX, Matt and Kim, Crystal Castles, No Age, Pavement, Neutral Milk Hotel.

Games I Like: Fallout 3, Chrono Trigger, Dark Souls, Skyrim, Minecraft, Day Z, Portal 1&2, Counter Strike, Street Fighter, Marvel Vs Capcom, Assorted final fantasies.

Sorry if my lists are too long for you.
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I've lost the brainpower to write full reviews, and so in this article, I've shoved together a bunch of shorter thoughts I have on a lot of shows I wanted to write about from the spring season and last year and on.

Shin Sekai Yori


There is some extensive yaoi and yuri, nothing dirty but it's there.

AKIRA but in the farmland, and already destroyed! And monsters! I guess it's not like Akira even with psychic kids. But SSY created an incredibly compelling world and it's methods of storytelling created a work that is one of my favorites I've EVER seen. The show covers the life and times of a girl named Saki, and her experiences in postcataclysmic psychic Japan, complete with monsters, political intrigue and missing children. 


I guess it's not like Akira

I found the fact that we watched Saki from elementary school into adulthood to be quite interesting, especially since it was a convienient way for the creators to create plots centered around certain characters (the Shun arc was my favorite) and the fact that these seemingly unrelated events all tied together into the show's mind bending finale was incredible. This show is truly one for the ages.
Find it on crunchyroll!


The Devil is a Part Timer
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I like this opening a lot

I'll be the first one to say I didn't have high expectations for this show. I've seen tons of manga that seem like this show lying around (demons in the human world), and it just didn't grab my attention, but I tried it out on a whim anyways, and boy was I surprised! This show is freaking hilarious, from when the demons arrive in the human world, to Lucifer becoming a NEET, to even the fact that Satan takes being a MgRonalds employee seriously, the show just has a sense for the comedic.

The plot consists of a hero banishing Satan into another world, which turns out to be the earth we live in, and depriving him of most of his magic power. Satan arrives along with his attendant, Alciel, and instead of going full demon on the earth, they decide to infiltrate from the inside, by acting as normal humans, setting the stage for brilliant comedy. Watch it on Funimation immediately

Arata the Legend

ARE YOU READY FOR AVERAGE!

I got what I wanted from this show, average shounen fare, with some solid action. A few weeks ago I felt like watching something new and actionish, and stumbled upon this show on Crunchyroll and found the generic shounen manga adaptation I was looking for. 

The show consists of Arata, a bullied kid who is swapped with a person of the same name in a fantasy world, and then Arata has to use magic powers to save a princess who has been betrayed by the knights of their world. And so Arata goes on a magical quest to save a world while running into his dark side and stopping bullying along the way. 

This show is not great, and I wouldn't reccomend it to most people, unless they were looking for shounen action, much like I was, and if that's what you're into, go for it, It's a pretty show with a somewhat unique plot and powers, and I found it pretty entertaining, albeit generic.

In closing, be on the lookout for another one of these consisting of more older shows, like Bakemonogatari and a Certain Magical Index, which I watched recently, along with some manga reviews, and until next time....

Cya








Ladies and gentlemen I watched CURRENT anime, and not stuff from last season~! Well I watched what was tagged under action, and here are the 2 series I have something that isnt repetitive to talk about. Go watch Attack on Titan, great manga, well done adaptation, I didnt feel like purely gushing in this blog, so I left Attack out.


It's everything in anime ever

Valvrave the Liberator
Sunrise, Directed by Ko Matsuo

Valvrave is an enigma, in that it could go one of two ways, good, or complete shitstorm. When the show begins, we are taken to space school, which sits on a neutral space nation, in the middle of a feud between two rival space factions (I'm gonna say space a lot). When we arrive in space school we meet Haruto, who is a whiny little teenager, with no discernible skills, except for a huge crush on (WAIT FOR IT), his childhood friend, Shoko. A little into the 1st episode, space nation (its actually called Jior), is bombed by space faction #1 (aka Dorssia), and is infiltrated by teenage Dorssian super spies with cute German codenames (L-Elf, Q-Vier), who can apparently take down entire space batallions.

The Dorssian agents are in Jior in order to secure this mecha, known as Valvrave, which is stronger than all other mecha apparently, and they almost manage to do it, but they press a button sending the robot to the surface. Meanwhile Jior is getting bombed to hell, and Haruto sees his childhood friend blown to smithereens, and gets really mad, and finds the Valverave. Haruto decides to get in the Valvrave in order to destroy the Dorssian army, and even gives up his humanity to the robot (more on that later), and he miraculously holds back the invading fleet. He then lands the robot and runs into the agents trying to take the Valvrave, and is promptly shot into swiss cheese, and the agents take the Valvrave. However Haruto turns around (while shot), and bites one of the agents (L-Elf), and bodyswaps with him, and then the director comes onscreen and says "DONT TAKE THIS SHOW SERIOUSLY" (not really, but that would be awesome).


In all seriousness, the action scenes are super cool, and merit watching alone

I've been laying on my sarcasm pretty thick in this synopsis, but in all honesty I've really enjoyed my time with Valvrave, as long as there's fighting going on. I was cringing whenever one of the school scenes happened, because they're uninteresting and cliche', and while some of the character development was interesting, none of it took place in the school. Luckily the majority of the time spend in the show amounts to sparkly robots stabbing each other with katanas in BEAUTIFUL action, and stuff like secret agents and space vampires make this show an interesting romp through space, assuming you aren't looking for Urobochi(more on him later~!) writing in ALL your mecha shows. Oh and its written by the same guy that wrote Code Geass, and the D-Gray Man author did the characters~!


Its Gen time

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
Production I.G, Directed by Kazuya Murata, WRITTEN BY GEN UROBOCHI

WHO'S READY FOR INTROSPECTION~! But seriously, this season's dose of Gen is here, and it's pretty good. Gargantia is about space cadet (ensign) Ledo, who is in the space army during an attack on an alien race, and after some intense talk about what it means to be a soldier Ledo's people are nearly wiped out, and during a retreat Ledo is blasted far away due to a wormhole malfunction, and is promptly knocked out. Ledo awakens 6 months later on a fleet of interconnected ships known as the Gargantia, on a now flooded earth, and doesnt speak the language of any of the people there, (who are humans) awkward. Ledo decides the best course of action is to calmly freak out, and use his vastly advanced technology to attempt to escape, despite the objections of his ship computer (who is an amusing fellow I might add). And so Ledo finds himself alone at the edge of his ship without a way to contact his peers and no idea of where he is, also all of the Gargantia fleet is freaking out.


The robot's name is Chamber apparently

Luckily, Ledo's ship computer can translate any language apparently, and quickly learns what is presumably Japanese, and he begins to make peace talks (sorta), and learns about the pirates who have captured one of the Gargantian resource boats, and Ledo sets out to free the boat, and kill every single pirate. Ledo's effortless slaughter of the pirates creates friction throughout the whole boat, as this means more pirates are going to come attack them, but the leaders eventually decide to let Ledo help them militarily, in exchange for Ledo being able to stay. During this time we also meet Kawaii girl Amy(our heroine I believe), who likes Ledo because he does justice type things, like slaughtering pirates and saving people. 

Personally I've found Amy uninteresting so far, she feels like the typical perky small girl, but luckily for her the robot steals the show. Ledo's robot has a speech function and a robotic personality (makes sense), and he serves as an outspoken voice of reason, and Ledo's only means of communication to the people of Gargantia. This makes for hilarious scenes where one group of people will be speaking gibberish, while the other will be speaking Japanese, and this flips between groups. I've also found Ledo (our hero I might add), pretty uninteresting, as he has a monotoned personality and also a very vague backstory. 

But Overall Gargantia has been living up to my expectations so far in terms of plot, and the interesting setting of flooded Earth helps too. I'm looking forward to further exploring the world, and hopefully the characters get more interesting (Amy and Ledo in particular), but robot Alphonse Elric has been carrying the show for me so far. Additionally the art is beautiful, and it makes the action scenes feel not only vibrant, but somewhat perilous, which is nice.

Overall on Both
It seems to be looking like a mecha spring for me, as these two series seem to have the most wow factor to me (pretty fight scenes).

In closing, How do you feel about these shows? Is Valvrave bad? Is Gargantia bad? Is Gen Urobochi overrated? Drop me a comment~! Be on the lookout for my impressions on Arata the Legend, and reviews of Shin Sekai Yori, and Denpa Kyoushi (back in the mangasphere for once). And until next time.....


So long space cowboy








I got bored the other day and ended up watching all of Girls Und Panzer in one sitting on Crunchyroll, opinions ahoy!


Awh. Not a moe guy but awh
Do you like moe? Do you like tanks? Do you like moe girls driving tanks? Girls Und Panzer has you covered. The show is set in a demilitarized Japan where schools can afford tanks for some reason. These tanks are then given to high school girls to destroy each other (it helps not to think about it so hard). The sport in which these tanks are driven is called tankery which is girls only, and crazy popular. Across Japan fleets of high school tanks battle each other in the national tournament for victory, and many teams from across the world to participate with varying degrees of funding and fleet size.

Miho Nihizumi hates tanks. Previously in her life she was a member of a world renowned tankery team, but an accident made her hate the sport to the point where she transferred to a school with no tankery program (Oorai Girls School). Shortly after arriving at her new school she meets some new friends: Saori Takabe, and Hana Isuzu, one fiery, another calm, and normal school life ensues, at least until the student council reinstates tankery, and Miho reluctantly joins due to her friends' interest in the elective.


Uhm yes.

The tankery portion of the show begins with the girls meeting their fellow club members, including a military otaku (and squad mate), the top student in their class, the school's volleyball team (whose funding was cut), and a whole other assortment of girls with no clue what the future lies in store. The show has essentially two parts, the tank battles, and the training and recruiting episodes inbetween battles (in which they recruit new members, find new tanks lying around the school for some reason, and do some quick character development). The tank portions are very well animated, and Miho's battle tactics make for interesting action sequences, and due to the girls colorful nature there's always comic relief.

A lot of the action is done through a first person perspective of Miho's tank, which takes a little getting used to but is a nice way to show off all the work being put into the cg tanks. Additionally the battles are made fun due to the electric settings, like when the girls fight a Russian team in the snow, which changes the feel of the battle to a significant degree.


A peek into the action
The backbone of this show is the characters, who string together a fairly straightforward story (battle, repair, repeat), and the characters do not disappoint. I specifically enjoyed the volleyball team and the student council, who never quite knew what they were doing, which created a lot of activity around them. However, the show does dump a lot of new squads and characters on the viewer near the end, and I found it difficult to care about them, which is a shame because their concepts were interesting, just underexplored. The main characters Miho, Hanan and Saori are solid and likeable to follow around, but ultimately play second fiddle to the rest of the team, which is fine, and their stories are still interesting enough to carry portions of the show (training segments).

Honestly the soundtrack is the weakest portion of the show, and it's very clear the soundtrack wasn't really a focus point on the show. The show consists of one tune being repeated in different keys, with a few different songs at times. The tanks sound effects are well done, ad the seiyuu's do a serviceable job, but the lack of music variation got annoying.


The opening

Ultimately Girls Und Panzer does a solid job in most categories, and doesnt do much wrong at all. However it feels like the show almost played it safe during the 13 episode run. I think that the show is definately an entertaining watch for the action, but don't come in expecting high level storytelling.

Number Score
7.5/10

In closing what did you think of Girls Und Panzer? Have a favorite squad? Is the soundtrack actually great? Am I wrong? Drop me a comment! Share my blogs if you like them, and be on the lookout for a Denpa Kyoushi review soon, I finally finished reading it! And until next time.......


Cya








I recently came across a lot of time to read manga due to an excessive amounts of traveling, so here's the first in a series of reviews coming out in the next few weeks

Some Background

Deep in the bowel in the internet there lies a man capable of conqiering any galgame, he is a mysterious figure who can capture 8 heroines simultabeously, an is known on the internet as Kami-sama. Keima Katsuragi is this god, along with being a 17 year old otaku completely disenfranchised with the real world, and a high school student (and genius) to boot. Enter Elsea, a newly graduated devil who is tasked with catching spirits escaped from Old Hell, but there's a catch, the spirits are possessing people (girls mostly, I don't know about men), and the spirits can only be captured by filling an emotional gap in girls' hearts, the issue being, humans have to fix the gaps, and the devils just seal the spirits.

In a twist of fate Elsea is partnered with Keima (against his will), and if they don't capture the spirits, they both die, and so thus begins the great big real world dating sim. Keima must free the runaway spirits by making the host girls fall in love with him, and Keima begins putting his experience in galgames to the test (albeit reluctantly).


He needs to teach me his moves...

TWGOK launched in Shounen Sunday in 2008, and is written by Tamiki Wakaki, there's currently 20+ volumes, and an anime with three seasons, the manga is a full blown phenomenon.

My Thoughts

I came into The World God Only Knows expecting very little, other than something to read on an airplane, and some quick easy ecchi harem fun, 200 chapters later I couldn't wait for more. One has to give the author a lot of credit on his work here, because this series would only work as long as the girls are interesting, and they are 90% of the time. Wakaki manages to put small twists on well established galgame (and manga) archetypes, and manages to put interesting twists on them, which makes Keima's attempts to make them fall in love with him all the more interesting. Additionally, I was pleasantly surprised at how pure the romance is in the manga, fanservice is there, but not nearly as often as I expected it to appear after reading descriptions of the series. Additionally, the manga ends up building more and more on the fantasy elements, with goddesses, conspiracies, and backstory galore (but I wouldn't want to spoil that).

But tragically, not all is well in fictional Japan, because TWGOK suffers from several flaws that bog down the good positive story elements, the biggest one being the main character, Keima. Keima is an unlikeable jerk, plain and simple. Keima is so invested in the game world,that he treats all real people as of they're trash, and so he has no friends (except Elsea, who isn't the smartest), and for the first 50 chapters Keima seems to have no redeeming qualities. Eventually Keima becomes more and more likeable (but he's still a jerk), but his disdain can make reading some Of the early chapters hard. Another issue I have is the cast of characters in general, first off its all girls save Keima, second there aren't any major recurring characters until 75 chapters in (so theres essentially a cast of 3 for a long time: Keima, Elsea, and the girl he's seducing). Ironically the reason for this small cast is also what makes the series unique; the girls Keima seduces forget him after Elsea captures their spirit, meaning besides small personality changes all the girls go back to their old selves (or so it seems). These issues are important, but I was able to cope with it enough to say that this is a story I liked overall, and the small cast and unlikeable hero shouldn't be an issue to a lot of people, especially those who've read Welcome to the N.H.K. (which I enjoyed a lot), and eventually the cast expands (and many of the characters come back, but I won't spoil why).


Seriously teach me your tricks sensei..

I'm happy to say that I liked the series' art a lot, and that it's certainly above average, but not really all that unique in style. If you're expecting art like Berserk in your harem manga then you're silly and probably havent read harem manga before. I liked the contrast between the full sized characters and the author's use of deformed characters (chibi etc), and Wakaki does a good job of mixing up those styles to keep readers interested.
One last point worth mentioning is the plot is Katauragi making a girl fall in love with him over 6ish chapters for the entire first 100ish chapters, and it can get a bit repetitive, so your mileage may vary.

In summation don't expect Shakespeare, TWGOK is a harem manga at heart, however it's unique dating sim twist and interesting mythological elements make for an interesting story that kept me hooked, and I HATE harem manga (except Ichigo 100% and Suzuka). The art is above average and the character designs are unique, and the different styles used is a nice touch. I'd be wary if a likeable protagonist is important to you, or if you absolutely despise repetitive plots (it's all making girls fall in love for the first 100ish chapters), but overall I think TWGOK is a heartwarming ad unique story worth at least a glance from most readers.


TELL ME PLEASE KAMI-SAMA

The Number Score
8/10

That's it for this blog, keep an eye out for an Eureka Seven review soon (and ten years too late), Denpa Kyoushi review, and a reply for this month's bloggers wanted. Also, are my opinions wrong? Is Keima not a jerk? Is Elsea the star? Got a particular waifu from this series? Just wanna discuss TWGOK? Drop me a comment! Tweet my Blogs and vote them up if you like them!

And until next time


Baii~!








In the year 200X mankind is suffering from a debilitating plague due to ongoing overpopulation and alien invasion, however the human race has one last hope, a subtle time machine in which media is sent to the past in a way to avoid suspicion and released as science fiction so that the public fixes the mistakes of the past, unkowingly.


Fear them

Yes, as implausible as it may seem science fiction is actually an account of the future of the human race, an account beginning as of right now, with scientific advances inching humans toward real like Gundams and Ganmen. I'd go as far as to say I know the order of events in which these anime happen, and why they happen as such! Prepare yourselves for the abridged history of the future human race.

2100-2200

All of this happens

In the early 2100's the technology to terraform uninhabitable planets is invented, a discovery used in junction with the improved space engine created in years past allowed for the colonization of planets across the galaxy, creating a new market for trade and housing but also for crime. This space revolution allows for many new jobs, including cleaning litter from wrecked satellites and tracking criminals throughout the galaxy, and the human lifestyle was forever changed.

2200-2300



A Japanese boy by the name of Naoto is struck in the head by an alien, unknowingly creating a portal in his head somehow, which begins introducing incredibly advanced robots into earth's economy, sparking a military and labor robotic revolution. Later, advancements in robotic technology allowed a province known as Zeon to secede from the United Nations, sparking international warfare, contrary to expectations Zeon begins to win battles due to their advanced robotic technology known only as Mobile Suits. Sadly fate had other plans for Zeon, as UN citizen Ray Amuro begins to pilot the UN's response to Mobile Suits (the RX-78 Gundam) the tide turns in the UN's favor, defeating the Zeon, but at the cost of losing half of earth's population.

2400-2500


Yes he was real, don't you feel silly

The earth's core is shattered as the plant species Scub Coral begins to take hold over the entire planet, luckily humans escape via massive arks onto the new human mother planet Gunsmoke. Mankind spends 100 years on Gunsmoke, until a new form of transportation is invented, known as the Galaxy Express.

2500-2600


In the future soundtracks play along to all your actions. Sidenote: HOW GOOD WAS THE CHARLES AND RAY ARC OH MY GOD <3

Traveling along the Galaxy Express mankind unknowingly returns to Earth, due to it having taken a much different form because of the Scub Coral. Humans uncover a prototype mecha in a hole in the deserts, which comes to be called the Nirvash Type-0, along with the discovery of the trapars (physics defying particles allowing for flight), creating an all new type of mechanized warfare, based on the surfing design of the Nirvash Type-0. Meanwhile, scientific studies on the Scub Coral yield a startling discovery, the universe can only contain a certain amount of living organisms, and due to the sheer amount of Scub Coral on Earth that limit is approaching. As with all of human history, great humans step up to fix these problems, and in this era the heroes are Adroc and Renton Thurston, father and son respectively, who fight political corruption and the impending doom using peaceful methods in mechas, now known as LFOs, ushering in 200 years of peace.

2800-3100


And life was in black and white for some reason

The unthinkable happens, the life limit is nearly reached again! However a man known only as the Spiral King comes into power, and commits a mass human genocide using genetically engineered animal hybrids known as beastmen. The beastmen force humans underground, where they live a miserable existance for 300 years.

3100-3125


How the Earth Was Won

A few humans from underground rise up, and begin taking beastmen's mechas from them, particularly one known as Gurren, and another known as Lagann. Gurren and Lagann have the ability to combine, to create a mecha more powerful than all others on Earth, and their pilots Simon and Kamina end up leading a very successful revolt against the then-immortal Spiral King, albeit not without its losses. Kamina is killed along the way but Simon manages to overthrow the Spiral King and begin a new above ground civilization on Earth. However this causes a massive spike in the human population, and the life limit is reached! It turns out the life limit is enforced by aliens opposed to DNA, and these aliens are insurmountably powerful, but by some miracle Simon and his army defeats the aliens, and humankind lives safe for a few more precious years, however how many is unknown until we begin receiving more tapes, so hey, look out for new anime on Crunchyroll or on DVD!


In Closing, is any of this plausible? Should we be worried? Am I just BSing you guys? Drop me a comment! Look out for some manga reviews once my iPad is fixed, so follow my blog here on Japanator!

Open Ended Question of the Blog: What's your favorite or some of your favorite story arcs?
I can rattle off Jupiter Jazz from Cowboy Bebop, the Charles and Ray Arc from Eureka Seven, and Greed Island from Hunter X Hunter to name a few, tell me yours in the comments section, and until next time....


Baii~!








When looking through the annals of history one finds many instances of brutal causality, where something leads directly to events that affect the world in big ways. As I look throughout my history I find that anime has often been my cause, and affected me, in big ways, and here are my 5 favorite examples, lets get biographical.

Another Note to begin, these are not necessarily my favorite anime ever, however they are the ones I believe have prompted me to change my life the most.

5. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

I only watched the show recently, but its paid dividends
"Believe in the me that believes in you" is something I said to the cast of a play I was part of recently, becuase our show wasn't going how we wanted, and things turned around, probably not because of my quote but still, if nothing elseGurren Lagann has stuck in my mind and has caused me to make pushes to get what I want, or try something new, or meet someone new, I often think of Kamina and Simon and their adventures.

For the unfamiliar, Gurren Lagann is about Simon and Kamina, two subterranean people who end up leading the charge for a rebellion against humankind's alien slavers, which causes the world to almost explode and a battle against evolution, exploring the medium of anime and the stories it tells all the while. Gurren Lagann has stuck with me because of things Kamina says to Simon, and has led me to play a varsity sport, start acting, and even singing in front of audience, and I couldn't be happier.

4. Cowboy Bebop/Gundam Wing

Yeah it's two series, get your own list if you're mad.
I dont remember much of Gundam Wing, I was around 5 when it was on TV, and the show was past my bedtime, so my memories are hazy at best. However a few distinct shots of gigantic robots fighting in space stick in my memory, and have left me in awe of space, and the stars. Now I'm 17, and I've seen Cowboy Bebop(when I was like 13, and I've been continually DVRing and watching my favorites since), and space continues to fascinate me, to the point where its what I want to work about for the rest of my life. I know space isn't like how Bebop portrays it, but even so the possibility of other worlds, infinite space, and aliens continues to hook me on what's out in the sky.

If you haven't seen Cowboy Bebop you can get out from under your rock and buy the dvd's, or watch it on Toonami on saturdays (LATE), so that you too can enjoy the exploits of space bounty hunters Spike, Jet, Faye, Ed, and Ein, and their exploits throughout the galaxy, along with a perfect soundtrack and jazzlike structure. Gundam Wing however, is Gundam and I imagine many of you know what to expect, the best mecha action scenes around, along with a great plot, and good characters that I can't remember at all. I tried to revisit Wing recently, only to find the dub intolerably bad, and just not hooked by the series anymore, find it on DVD or online somewhere.

3. Naruto

I dragged my father 2 hours away on a school night to see this movie
Naruto served as an awakening to me, an awakening to the American anime (and manga) community through Shounen Jump magazine, and the old Toonami block on Cartoon Network. When I first saw Naruto I was in 4th grade, and I hated the idea of it, thinking it was just like Avatar: The Last Airbender(hate that show), but then my friend Simon forced me to watch it (in the middle of the Chunin Exam arc), and I fell in love immediately with the action, and the characters, but mainly the action. Naruto was a lifestyle to me, I bought the games, I subscribed to the magazine (American Monthly Shounen Jump, which was a fantastic product by the way), I saw the one night only movie, and I regret nothing, because it introduced me to the Japanese side of manga, because I heard of a mysterious Naruto Shippuden in Japan, and wanted to be more in the know than my friends, and this led me to manga scans, and online anime sites (sorry fans, I buy stuff now).

Much like a later series on this list, Naruto is a fantastic introduction to anime, with gobs of western appeal, and flashy action to keep kids hooked. Naruto is the tale of Naruto Uzumaki, and his squad of other ninjas as they go about the ninja world doing ninja things, and end up getting involved in political warfare, and conspiracies involving demons. I love Naruto and read it to this day, and think it's relevant to people of all ages and should be seen by all, period.

2. Dragon Ball/Z

I see so many Cells in anime today
Dragon Ball Z is another Gundam Wing to me, except I kept up with it, and I continued watching DBZ, and thus my memory of it is crystal clear, and what a memory it is. Dragon Ball/Z is remarkable if not just for the fact that it tell's our hero, Goku's whole life story, but also because of how innovative it's action and plot structure are, and for it's widespread appeal, how many other 20 year old series still get western releases, none. Dragon Ball had me trying to shoot lasers out of my hands, buy video games, even take karate classes, all to be like Goku, the man who taught me the value of hard work. which my father should've done (no fault to him, he's a wonderful father, its just Goku beat him to it), Goku taught me I have to work for things, mainly by how he beats things up so well.

I distinctly remember being three years old and living in Maryland, I had stayed home sick from preschool, and turned on the TV and watched Dragon Ball Z for the first time, it was the Majin Buu arc at the time, and I remember seeing Goku and Vegeta fighting it out, and obviously my young brain was taken captive. Since then I've watched every episode of Dragon Ball and DBZ, along with DBZ Kai and all the movies, talk about addictive. But DBZ is more than addictive, I grew up with Goku, as he grew up, and while I didn't develop into the biggest asskicker this side of Superman, I did mature with him, and that isn't seen in many other series, and it's a very personal trait, and I've come to adore the series for that reason, and I imagine if I ever have children they'll be watching DBZ from early on.

1. Pokemon

Wish I could've been like that at 10
Much like DBZ I've been watching Pokemon since around age 3, and while I've dropped Pokemon due to it's drop in quality season by season, the first few seasons introduced me to video games, the DS generation introduced me to eSports, roguelikes, gaming clans, and import gaming. The first video game I ever played was Pokemon Crystal for my blue Gameboy Color, which I have to this day. I've now played Pokemon Crystal seven times, most recently importing in Kanto starters and a Mew I glitched in Pokemon Red, but I'm getting off topic. Ash, Misty and Brock kept me hooked on video games throughout generations, by supplementing my gaming imagination with their tv adventures, which led me to subsequent Gameboy Advances, Gamecubes, and Dses (I jumped ship to Pc and Sony handhelds, but X and Y may change things).

Pokemon[i] taught me many things: trust your friends, be kind to others, value the good in the world, and much like DBZ, that I have to work for things, valuable lessons to say the least. However it's the unspoken that makes [i]Pokemon[i] important in my life; [i]Pokemon made me lifetime friends, through trading and general Gameboy envy at young ages, Pokemon also brought me into the eSports community through a clan I joined ({UA} Ultimate Annihilation), I learned about forums, IRC, tournaments, and metagames, which has served me so well that I play on a sponsored DOTA 2 team now (we aren't that good but still), and various eSports have carried my social life in various points of time, all due to my introduction through Pokemon.

Pokemon has led me to buying several game systems, and has often carried my interest in video games, and their surrounding media, and it's impact on who I am cannot be understated as without it I'm not sure where I'd be in this point in time, but what I do know, is I certainly wouldn't be blogging here, because if all of it's other effects weren't enough; Pokemon was my first real foray into anime, if that's not a clincher I don't know what is.

Lastly I have a few other series worth noting that didn't quite make the cut
Honorable Mentions:
Spirited Away: Saw it when I was really young, various psychological impacts.
One Piece: Similar to Naruto but I was way more into Naruto
Yu Gi OH: I ate it up, period.
Fullmetal Alchemist Another one of my major early anime encounters.

Wow it's been a long time since my last blog! Thanks Japanator staff for this wonderful bloggers wanted topic! I've been busy lately and I hope to keep up a more regular blogging schedule, but annyways....
What anime have affected you in your lives? Drop me a comment! I'd love to hear. And until next time...


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