Akame Ga Kill: Deaths, Deaths, And More Deaths

Akame-ga-Kill

Akame Ga Kill! is one anime that doesn’t shy away from head on violence. Its common deaths involve decapitation, disfiguring and severing of limbs. Blood is a common sight. I still vividly remember the emotions that went through my entire being when Sheele was brutally murdered by Night Raid’s enemy. Experts say that we tend to remember emotions better than the scenes. And yes, they’re right. I don’t remember exactly how Sheele went down but I remember being utterly shocked.

Shock, because I never expected anyone to die. In a way, maybe it’s a good thing? At the very least, there’s an element of surprise. I supposed I was shocked because normally action-oriented anime have characters that are unintentionally immortal. Or at least, the anime titles that I saw have very little deaths. Sure, they’re seriously injured and covered in blood. Like I said, they’re “immortals”. So no matter how badly they’re hurt, I always expect to see them get up and fight again.

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How I Prepare For My JLPT Exam

K-ON Tanaka Ritsu

Before I delve any deeper into this topic, I’ll begin first on how I started to self-study Japanese a few years ago. I can’t pinpoint exactly when I started. But it was one boring night, I decided to want to be able to read the Hiragana & Katakana I see in some of the anime so I signed up at iKnow.jp. The service was free back then and it used a flash card system to help me remember the letters. It’ll keep flashing letters that I’ve studied or just studied until I complete the whole course.

After learning Hiragana & Katakana, I moved on to learn basic vocabularies like family, numbers, etc. Then, I stopped. I think it’s because they just announced that they’re going to start collecting subscription fee and whatnot. Being a student back then, money was pretty tight so I didn’t want to spend it unless it’s absolutely necessary. I didn’t have smartphone too so I don’t have access to apps like Duolingo, etc.

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Yowamushi Pedal: Makishima vs Toudou

Makashima and Toudou

In the world of competitive sports, an athlete should consider himself/herself lucky to have someone he/she deems worthy to be called a rival. A rival, in my opinion, is someone who is competing for the same goal and considered to be an equal in terms of skills or talent. This is why I think it’s lucky if athletes could find someone with equal ability to compete with in races in order to truly unleash their fullest potential in any sports.

Yowamushi Pedal presents many forms of rivalry, some one-sided while some of good-natured. But none stands out more than Toudou Jinpachi and Makishima Yuusuke‘s rivalry. In their case, they considered each other as rivals and compete with the thought that they’re both equally capable of winning the race.

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Aftermath Of A Manga’s End

Naruto Manga

Several weeks have passed since the world of manga bid farewell to the much popular series Naruto. And several weeks before that, my friends and I bid farewell to another of our favorite series Kuroko no Basuke. In other words, we’ve spent a lot of days these past few months “chasing” the weekly chapter. We would eagerly and anxiously waiting for the release of the translated chapters. Worst part is, the translators seem to delay the release of the last few chapters on many occasions.

For us, we would greet each other each morning to with either “Kuroko still not yet release.” or “Naruto not yet out”. And then we’ll go on with our work while periodically check for possible updates. On a “bad” day, we would end the day with the same sigh. Figuratively speaking, of course.

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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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