Kakashi’s face revealed

Hello again fellow geeks! I know that I’m a tad late on the hype train, but I hope that you’ll forgive me. Roughly two weeks ago fan of the anime Naruto were finally rewarded with the anime’s reveal of Kakashi Hatake’s face. A mystery that has been in the minds of thousands for years.

From www.playbuzz.com

From www.playbuzz.com

The first reveal of Kakashi’s face was included in the book that was released at the opening of the Naruto exhibit in Roppongi, Tokyo on April 25. Since that moment fans have been anxiously waiting for the anime version of this great reveal. What makes this event so exciting is how since the very first time we see Kakashi’s character the question of what he looks like behind the mask has always been present, but never answered. Even when we got flashbacks to when Kakashi was a child we see that he still has the mask. No matter what kind of situation Kakashi has been in, the mask has always been a constant.

From www.youtube.com

From www.youtube.com

What built up the reveal even more was how the show made the question of Kakashi’s mask a big deal in the anime itself. During the first seasons of Naruto back in the 90’s and early 2000’s the members of squad seven even ran their own special missions in an attempt to get Kakashi to take off his mask. In their attempt to find the truth squad seven tried to get him to eat food, take baths, and even give CPR. However, every time the universe seemed to go out of its way to keep the mystery a secret. In the end when the group simply came out and asked him to take off his mask he just showed them that under the mask was another mask.  After such an exaggerated and drawn out mystery the question of what was behind the mask became something of a community legend. We all knew it was coming, but never knew when it was going to happen.

From www.saiyanisland.com

From www.saiyanisland.com

If your a fan of Naruto and you’ve yet to see the great reveal I suggest you go and watch episode 469 for yourself and join the community hype. It’s fun to see how such a simple detail about a character has evolved into such a critical part of the show. I hope you will all join me again next week, until then I suggest you go see Suicide squad while its still in theaters I know I will be.

Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

Hey guys welcome back! This week I wanted to give a quick non-spoiler review of the anime Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (wow that’s a mouthful). Seeing as how the season is rounding up on its last few episodes I thought I would give my opinion on the anime thus far. My first thought of this show was that it was almost like Erased, but with a fantasy twist in it. Boy was I wrong!

From rezero.wikia.com

From rezero.wikia.com

I will admit that the first few episodes do have a feel that resembles what I can only describe as SAO (Sword Art Online) without the “You die in real life” deal or a more serious version of Konosuba. I must say that the anime gave a very pleasant vibe for starters. However, as the show progressed the atmosphere of the show became less whimsical and started to get my curiosity going. It was about this time that the show picks up like a hurricane and you can’t stop wishing for the next episode to be released.

From www.t411.ch

From www.t411.ch

But, I did say that this review would be SPOILER FREE so I won’t go any further than saying that the show is totally worth the long run for a series that will most likely go for about 24 episodes. After looking into the history of the anime to see how long the manga ran for I found that It didn’t actually start as a mange. In one of the more interesting origin tales I found that Re:Zero actually started as a Web Novel in 2012. When I read this I though that all the riveting anime are coming from the web recently I.e. One Punch Man started as a Web Comic. After having finished 17 episodes so far I can fully understand how this anime went from being a Web Novel to popular anime in just under 7 years.

From alpha.wallhaven.cc

From alpha.wallhaven.cc

The biggest compliment that I can give this anime is the same reason why I would so highly recommend the series to new or veteran fans of fantasy and or mystery anime. That being how the characters in this series are exquisitely well crafted. From the main character to the support, the show boasts some of the more complete character designs that I’ve seen. I highly enjoy how the show broke the troupe of the nice guy MC that can’t do anything wrong in the eyes of the cast.What this anime does is use its MC as a means of unraveling a seriously complex plot line in a way that will leave you glued to your screen.

From rezero.wikia.com

From rezero.wikia.com

To end my little rant here I would give Re:Zero an 11/10. My reasoning for this is that in a medium that has recently become stuff full of predictable stories and even more predictable characters Re:Zero breaks the mold. When I watch this anime I never know how the story will change and I’m never bored. With that I’ll leave you with one more piece of information to serve as a teaser of sorts for those interested, but not yet hooked on this show. Episode 15 will leave you speechless, that’s a promise.

Geek Wish-List: Summer Anime Season

Welcome back everyone! this week I wanted to give my top three recommendations for the new wave of anime coming out. There are tons of anime coming out every season, but the ones that I’ve seen this season that are catching my attention are actually the continuations. The second season for quite a few anime that did well in the past are finally coming out this season. I also noticed a lot of anime porn being released, yes that’s right I said anime porn, if you don’t believe me have a look here www.tubev.sex/categories/1829/cartoon.

The anime that I want to cover in this weeks rant include the second season of Shokugeki no Soma, D-Grey Man Hallow, and the newcomer Amaama to Inazuma. The reason for my recommendations are that these anime are both very well done and are very entertaining no matter what kind of anime you favor. As a footnote I recommend watching the first seasons of the second season anime before getting into the first two listed naturally.

From shumijin.deviantart.com by shumijin

From shumijin.deviantart.com by shumijin

First up is the food war anime Shokugeki no Soma. When the first season of this anime was released it became extremely popular. Not only for its quality use of etchi scenes, by quality I mean that they don’t interrupt or take away from the anime for no reason. As well as its ability to make you extremely hungry and want to start cooking right after an episode. The character development is masterfully done and the overarching plot is quite riveting. However, the part that makes this anime in my opinion, is how seriously the anime takes its cooking matches. This anime shines in its ability to get you super hyped for every Shokugeki that graces the screen. The way that the chefs become warriors and how the show makes eating the food so dramatic is so unique and entertaining. I would highly recommend this anime to fans of any genre looking for an anime to add to the list.

From www.zerochan.net by Zerochan

From www.zerochan.net by Zerochan

My second recommendation is the continuation of the D-Grey Man series D-Grey Man Hallow. This season picks up a couple of months after the ending of the first. In my personal opinion this anime is a must watch if you enjoyed the quality of drama and action that the first season had. It’s my prediction that this season will be answering many of the questions that fans were left with when the first season ended. I’m going to make this review slightly shorter than the last because although this anime doesn’t showcase any huge following like Shokugeki no Soma, what it does showcase is a very well crafted sequel to the first season. If you enjoyed the first season then this anime should already be in your line up of anime to watch this summer, period.

From animeholik.rssing.com

From animeholik.rssing.com

At last we get to the newly released anime that I’ll be watching this summer. If you’re looking for a new show to base your next Dakimakura Pillow on, this may be your best bet.Amaama to Inazuma is the story of a school teacher raising his daughter when he meets up with a student of his named Kotori that helps feed them due to his lack of cooking skills. Although the initial prediction of a school teacher getting into a romantic relationship with his student may seem odd I think that this anime will be a well needed change of pace among the recently popular anime. During my time watching anime I rarely watch shows that fall into the slice of life genre, mostly it’s because I don’t like the lack of action that keeps me entertained with anime. Yet, occasionally the rare anime will come out that just captures my attention. My first glance opinion about this anime is that it will provide a unique perspective for fans that are usually given a clear cut, almost cookie cutter, romance that could be predicted by any level of anime fan. I feel that this anime will instead include not so much as a romance between teacher and student, but rather show a fathers love for his daughter from Kotori’s point of view. With Kotori’s parents being absent in this anime I figure that she will fall in love not so much with the father as she will fall for the quality of parental affection that he gives his daughter. Affection that she is lacking in her life due to unfortunate circumstance. I would say that this anime has the potential to become a real heart warming, yet funny anime that fans will highly enjoy.

Well I know that this post was ridiculously long this time around, but I felt that I really needed to give a quality review for my top three picks for this season of anime. I really hope that I’ve peaked your interest in at least one of these anime. With that Geek-Out and I’ll hope to see you all next week!

Geek Wish-List: Anime 2016

Hello everyone, first of all I want to say that I’m very sorry about missing last weeks Wish-List. However, today I want to talk about the new wave of anime that will be arriving for the Spring Season. To be specific I want to mention two new anime that I’m looking forward to watching and talk about the shows that I wish will be getting a new season in the Spring release.

From all the videos and news feed that have been released so far we have gotten a good look at the new line up for anime this season. As of now the two shows that I have the highest hope for include Hundreds and Shingeki No Bahamut: Manaria Friends.  However, despite the great line up for the new season I’m really hoping that they will bring back One Punch Man and Overlord for a second season in the near future.

After watching the trailers and reading the synopsis the show Hundreds looks like it will be another Ecchi, action, fantasy anime. Yet, I have high hopes seeing as how it looks like it will be very entertaining once the main characters get past the showcase phase that these kind of anime usually go through before any really meaningful action takes place.

From www.koi-nya.net

From www.koi-nya.net

The second anime that I will be watching in the spring will be Shingeki No Bahamut: Manaria Friends. It’s a shame that this anime will have nothing to do with the anime Shinkgeki No Bahamut Genesis (which was awesome), but I’m looking forward to seeing if they surprise us with something outside the normal route of the school girl anime genre.

From jurnalotaku.com

From jurnalotaku.com

Both of these shows have been in the lower predictions of success, despite that I think that these will be two anime worth watching in the Spring Season. Now getting to the good stuff. We know for a fact that One Punch Man will be getting a second season because who doesn’t want to see more of the OP hero Saitama. My other wish is for the people at Madhouse to make another season of the anime adaptation of the light novel series Overlord. Apparently the show didn’t do very well in Japan so the possibility of a second season as of right now isn’t very high. However, the show did surprisingly well in America which gives me at least some hope that my wish for a second season of Overlord being made, fingers crossed.

From 9gag.com

From 9gag.com

I apologize for not talking more about some of the more anticipated anime coming out in the Spring Season such as Under the Dog, but such a conversation would go on far too long.  This week I also have a blog post of my review on the Bluetooth headphones that were given to us by IHome. So go check out my review on those and remember to vote for your favorite geek icon for Geek Madness this week.

Geek Wish-List: Anime MC Redo

Hey guys, it’s Lee Neuschwander, and I hope most of you have seen the new Star Wars movie by now. However, if you are one of the brave few who have not seen the movie yet, we wish you the best of luck in continuing your fight against the ocean of spoilers; keep calm and may the Force be with you.

Last time I said I’d be talking about new Anime story ideas I would like to see in the next season of releases. Now, I really like Anime although I’m not to sure whether I like anime porn (if you haven’t see it yet go and have a look on animehentaivideos.xxx), so I could easily talk to you guys for four plus pages. For the sake of the Blog, I’ll keep it to the usual length. Sigh.

There is some really good Anime this season, but one that really struck me as being above the rest include Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, One Punch Man, and my personal favorite, Overlord. Each of these shows has main characters that break the standard for the Anime MC role. All in a good way.

Before we get into what’s on my Wish-List, I’ll explain why these shows are on my good side.

Iron-Blooded Orphans holds a special place in my heart as the Gundam series that brought back the cold-blooded, Mikazuki Augus, Anime’s main character who pilots the Gundam frame “Barbatos”. In the very first episode, we learn Mikazuki is an emotionless killer who will do whatever is asked of him from secondary character, Orga Itsuka.

Some might say having an emotionless MC is a bad thing, however, when it comes to the Gundam, an emotionless MC is a necessity to be considered good by the fan base. Iron-Blooded Orphans delivers exceptionally well on this, and gives us an MC that breaks away from the traditional Anime hero-mold in the most badass way.

gundam.wikia.com

gundam.wikia.com

Arguably, One Punch Man is the most popular Anime from the newest season of releases. For good reason. Anime is based off the concept that the MC is so ridiculously over-powered that no one can stand against him. Usually, we see how MC develops something that has become known as an ‘MC plot armor’ where no matter what happens, you know the MC will make it out alive.

As a result, those shows become somewhat stale because you know the hero makes it out alright. One Punch Man makes invulnerability the center-point by pushing far past the reasonable limit as to be ridiculous on purpose. It ends up working as a comedy element, which makes it even more entertaining in the process.

onepunchman.wikia.com

onepunchman.wikia.com

Finally, there’s Overlord, my personal favorite from the new batch. The main character is similarly overpowered, but with a twist. A twist that makes the main character, Lord Ains, not the good guy. Instead, you might say, the MC is the ‘villain’. In Overlord, Lord Ains is the overpowered evil overlord of the story and goes about reaching his goals by any means, peaceful or violently dark. I absolutely love this change in MC perspective because we get to see an Anime without a stereotypical hero who gets stronger facing off against villains. A villain already as strong as possible, broken in gamer terms who goes about doing what he wants to do instead of according to a preordained plot. This show does a great job exploring a new angle of storytelling, but I would like to go a step further.

overlordmaruyama.wikia.com

overlordmaruyama.wikia.com

OK, here we are, finally at the Wish-List part. Now, having shown you guys the elements of these shows that relate to main characters and plot development, I want to talk about what I would like to see using some of these elements. Some ideas I would love to see implemented in Anime are stories told from the main antagonist’s perspective where the MC is actually the primary danger.

To explain further, imagine watching a battle take place where the hero is fighting against the monster or enemy, and then after the fight ends, instead of breaking back to the character development of the hero’s party, we get to see a similar dynamic from the main villain. So far, the only show I’ve seen where we get a look into the social circle of the bad guys was with Akame Ga Kill. In that show, they showed the side of the good guys with Night Raid, but they also showed relationships within the enemy ranks amid the Jaegers.

akamegakill.wikia.com

akamegakill.wikia.com

My second concept is a show were the MC is the main threat. Now, this doesn’t mean the MC is the villain necessarily, but the MC is the biggest danger the protagonists will face. To clarify, let’s say the story takes place like usual, and the MC is pushed to the point of defeat. Then the MC’s hidden powers awaken allowing him to easily defeat the enemy.

The twist is, their power isn’t controllable, and the MC then kills members of his/her own team. I feel this would be a great way to throw a new angle into the camaraderie we usually see between MC’s and their supporting characters. How would you feel if the hero you believed would save your world from the enemy starts killing the very people they swore to protect? Along similar lines would be one of the supporting characters, perhaps the love interest, knows s/he has the power to defeat the enemy, but knows they can’t control it and then, s/he manipulates the MC into using that power to complete their own agenda.

An example might be if Nyu from Elfen Lied was the MC instead of Kouta, being torn between allowing Lucy to save people, or not. Another could be, if Yuno from Future Diary could turn off her killer tendencies when helping Yuki. The resulting conflict would be a great source of complex character development I think Anime could use more of.

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www.fanpop.com

As you’ve probably guessed by now, I could go on and on with such ideas. Any one of them is a wish-list in itself. In saying that, I’ll end it here. If you want me to talk more about Anime-related stuff, please feel free to comment. Next week, I feel like talking about games I’d like to see get more activity in the competitive world of E-sports.