And Naruto Ends…

Naruto Shippuuden

In a fast paced world, this post might come a bit late. Last week, the popular shounen series Naruto has come to an end. For me personally, it’s a mixture of sadness and excitement. Sad, because the title that introduced me to the world of anime ended. Excited, because I’m finally seeing the ending of a much treasured series.

Before I delve any further to what I thought about the series itself, here’s a summary I got from Wikipedia.

A giant, powerful fox known as the Nine-Tails attacks the ninja village Konoha, killing many people. In response, the leader of Konoha – the Fourth Hokage – seals the fox inside his newborn son Naruto Uzumaki at the cost of his life. The Konoha community thinks that Naruto is the Nine-Tails itself and often ridicules him throughout most of his childhood.

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5 Favorite Uniforms

Vampire Knight

Let’s do something light and fun this week! I’ve seen plenty of anime in which characters don uniforms for the most part of the show. Since I’ve done a lot of “favorite” posts like favorite slice-of-life series and favorite mascots before, I thought I’ll give uniforms a shot too. The term uniform here refers to distinctive clothing worn by members of same organization, team or school. So my list doesn’t only consider school uniforms.

The criteria that determine my choices are combination of colors as well as styling. These are all about personal preferences, of course. Anyway, without further ado, here’s my favorite uniforms from 5 anime series.

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Thoughts on Ao Haru Ride

Ao Haru Ride

Here’s the thing for me about Ao Haru Ride: I like it. I like it a lot. It’s oozing shoujou-ness. Whatever that means. The typical shoujo series that I’ve seen often has a female lead who has no friends either because she’s misunderstood and therefore hard to make friends or preferred to be on her own. And then, there’ll be the eventual boyfriend male lead who comes to the rescue.

Ao Haru Ride doesn’t run too far away from the popular plot. The female lead, Yoshiaka Futaba, has problems making friends, but most of the 12 episodes are dedicated to her trying to get inside Mabuchi Kou’s head.

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Naruto: New Era

Naruto's Team 7

I’m a long-time follower of Naruto series. So it’s a special moment to see validation of how the characters have grown over the years. Trust me, it’s been a looooong time.

What I like most in episodes 373 & 374 is how they welcome the new era. The latest war that’s been going since forever and those two episodes welcome a new phase. It’s time for the younger generation to shine. I mean, they are comparing the new Three-Way Deadlock Summoning with the old. The students of The Legendary Sannin and the three top ninjas themselves. I suppose, it’s a proud moment for fans of Team 7 and their peers.

 Below is some of the most exciting moments (a.k.a screenshots) in Naruto Shippuuden episodes 373 & 374.

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Blog Update: 4 Years

tonari no kaibutsu-kun

It’s hard to believe this blog has already been around for 4 years. It’s true that my blogging frequency has reduced over the past two years, but that doesn’t mean that I no longer enjoy writing. Or anime. With increased responsibility at work and in my personal life, it’s inevitable that this blog has taken a back seat. Stats aren’t doing great. Activities on this blog has drastically reduced too.

However, whenever I have the time, I’ll always spend a few hours hitting away on my keyboard and create some content. I find joy in writing. That’s the simplest reason I can give for keeping this blog around for as long as it did.

Anyway, I want to thank all the readers, old & new, who continue reading this blog. You know who you are and here’s my big hearty Thank You! =)

Thoughts On Hunter X Hunter (2011)

Gon & Killua

I came across Hunter X Hunter a few years back when my friend introduced me to the first anime series. At the time, I was a strictly shounen genre kind of anime viewer. Since it has a familiar feel to it as it shares the generic shounen format, I immediately love watching the series. I didn’t finish the series so when the 2011 version was announced, I knew I had to watch it.

Fast forward today, it’s been roughly three years since its first episode aired. Throughout the 148 episodes, I was thoroughly entertained by the adventures of Gon and Killua. It’s safe to say that each arc has its own uniqueness, different, but at the same time, equally entertaining.

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Double Sports Anime Treats: Baby Steps & Haikyuu!!

Baby Steps & Haikyuu

Among the sports anime aired this year, Baby Steps and Haikyuu!! really stood out for me. While both are sports anime, their premises couldn’t be any more different. Haikyuu!! focuses on volleyball, a team sports while Baby Steps focuses on tennis, mostly known as a single player sports. I think that in itself laid out the major differences between the two anime in terms of atmosphere, excitement and player dynamics.

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