Bleach Quiz: Are you an Espada or a Soul Reaper?

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Hi everyone! I decided to do something new and try making a quiz.

It determines if you would be an espada or soul reaper in the world of Bleach.

Just click here to take the quiz.

Hope you enjoy!

 

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Haruhi Suzumiya The Endless Eight – Review and How To

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The endless eight is a series of eight episodes that is caught in a time loop. Each episode is the same two weeks repeating over and over with only very subtle and minor differences.

Do I hate the endless eight?

Many people hate the endless eight with a passion, and while it is quite annoying, I actually don’t hate it. My reasons being that it is actually a very unique moment in anime history, and while there may be other anime that have a similar theme, there will still never be one quite like it.

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The trick to watching the endless eight and not being driven crazy!

I broke it up into two groups of four episodes each night, then while I watched them I surfed the net and played some light games online. These episodes are actually perfect to watch if you feel like doing something online, or even when you have to do a mundane routine task. (Just make sure it is something that won’t go too wrong if you make a mistake!)

However doing this means that you need to watch it dubbed, unless you know Japanese. So sorry to all those subs only people out there.

 

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Recasting the Simpsons as anime characters

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Earlier, when commenting on the Simpsons anime reference in the Treehouse of Horror episode XXV, I mentioned that I would write up a post on how I would have recast them, so here it is.

Okay, so I decided to try casting the Simpsons as anime characters by both appearance and personality. I also had to choose characters from fairly major anime that can be easily recognised by the majority of people and I had to try and avoid doubling up as much as I could.

To be honest, having Bart as Naruto works very well, I wouldn’t change this.

I haven’t seen Attack on Titan yet, so I don’t know if Lisa was well placed. I would cast her as either Rukia from Bleach, or Maka from Soul Eater.

Maggie, I would have imagined as little Ponyo (in human form) or Koenma from Yu Yu Hakushou.

Santa’s Little Helper would be Akamaru from Naruto!

Homer and Marge would probably be well placed as Captain Kyoraku and Lieutenant Nanao. (Both from Bleach).

If you wanted to cast them as characters from separate shows, however, you could cast Marge as Nami from One Piece.

Lastly I think Homer Simpson could easily pull off Iskandar from Fate/Zero or Inspector Megure from Case Closed (Detective Conan).

What do you think? Do you agree with my choices and if not how would you place these characters?

 

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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Anime Review

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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is an anime about the adventures of Haruhi, a girl obsessed with the supernatural. Along with Kyon and the rest of the SOS Brigade (A club she created) they encounter many supernatural situations all of which Haruhi is blind to, as well as doing a bunch of other stuff that Haruhi makes them do just because she feels like it.

 

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When I was watching this anime, there was one factor that bothered me constantly. One major flaw that made it very difficult to watch. This flaw was Haruhi Suzumiya herself. I have never felt this angered by a character on TV in my life. The way she treats people, and even her friends! It is atrocious! So I really struggled through this anime. It actually put me in a bad mood for the whole time I was watching it, I even had to take a break from it for a few weeks to calm down.

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Excluding Haruhi, the rest of the show was wonderful. The characters were well done, complete with fun quirks and interesting backstories that resurface later in the show. The storyline is mostly interesting, although I have to warn you about the episode order. There are two different ways to watch the episodes. You can watch them in DVD order or broadcast order. You can decide which, however DVD order makes more sense.

The supernatural elements, in my opinion, were what really made this show great. Without them it would have been just another ordinary slice of life anime.

I really loved the action portions of this show. I really wanted to find out more about the backstory of most of the other characters, especially characters like Yuki Nagato.

Also you may notice that I have not included anything about the endless eight in this review. If you want to see my review of the endless eight or if you don’t know what it is, I have a post on it coming up soon.

 

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Valentine’s Day Special – Green tea kit kat taste test

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I found these green tea kit kats at a local Japanese store, and I figured that nothing would be better on Valentine’s Day than to taste test chocolate!

After I unwrapped one, the first thing I noticed was that it was green, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten green chocolate before so I was curious to try it.

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It didn’t smell particularly strong, I could only smell a hint of the green tea.

When I tasted it I could definitely taste the green tea, it wasn’t overpowering though. I could also taste the cream in the middle, which just tasted like plain cream to me. Just after eating it I thought it was fairly bland, but I was shocked by the aftertaste which was extremely sweet. I had to take a drink of water, but it doesn’t fade fast. It isn’t a bad aftertaste, but it just made me feel really thirsty!

Now that I think of it, I think that they would taste wonderful with milk.

All in all they were quite nice, just be sure to have a drink on hand!

 

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xxxholic Anime Review

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The first thing I should mention is that despite its suspicious name, this show is not anything dirty.

This show is about Watanuki, who can see spirits. One day he stumbles into a mysterious shop that claims to grant wishes, and mostly deals with the supernatural. He ends up as an employee of the shop, granting wishes with the occasional help of his school friends.

I found that, for me, I enjoyed the last half of this show much more than I did the first half. I found that it started off being unnecessarily grim, focusing on and magnifying the ways that peoples minor everyday flaws can cause major problems in their lives, simply exacerbated by the supernatural. I found that their dwelling on such a thing did not make for a very enjoyable show. However, the second half of this show was top notch. They wandered off from their starting theme and began focusing more on supernatural creatures themselves and much more interesting stories about the people suffering because of supernatural phenomena which were not as clearly displaying the victims as people with self-inflicted problems that were blown out of proportion.

I really enjoyed the interactions between the characters in this show, it was probably one of the best elements overall. I found that it was actually fairly unique in that despite the fact the relationship between Watanuki and his friends isn’t all that uncommon, they really put effort into the relationship between Watanuki and the less commonly featured characters.

I personally think that the characters in xxxholic weren’t actually very developed. Apart from Watanuki himself, they seemed to be fairly standard characters that could be summarised in one sentence.

I actually would have preferred to have seen a more defined storyline in this show. I commonly prefer the opposite, but I feel that it would have made it much more interesting and enjoyable in this case.

All in all the positives and the negatives of this show seemed to be evenly matched.

 

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The Simpsons anime reference – treehouse of horror XXV

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So in this episode, I was so surprised to see this! I found it very enjoyable to see a major western cartoon tipping their hat to anime. Automatically I recognised that Bart was Naruto (from Naruto), Homer was Zorro (from One Piece), and Marge was Rangiku (from Bleach). I also knew that Maggie was a Pokemon, and while I actually have never seen this show I knew she was Pikachu because I used to know a lot of Pokemon fans. I didn’t, however, recognise Lisa or Santa’s Little Helper. I checked and found out that Lisa was Mikasa (from Attack on Titan) and Santa’s Little Helper was Haku (from Spirited Away). I was a little surprised that Attack on Titan was a part of this because I have never considered them as being for similar audiences. I probably should have recognised Haku, but I saw Spirited Away when I was 9 and was a little traumatised so I’m not really surprised that I didn’t.

While Bart matches Naruto quite well in both appearance and personality, Homer is nothing like Zorro and Marge is nothing like Rangiku. The tricky thing for them however is to also choose instantly recognisable characters for most of the general populous, especially for Homer, as his character doesn’t really fit the Japanese style.

To find out how I would recast these characters, keep checking for my post!

 

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Case Closed Anime Review (Detective Conan)

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Case Closed is the English dubbed version of the first five seasons of Detective Conan.

It is about Jimmy Kudo, a fully-fledged detective. While on a date with his best friend Rachel he discovers some suspicious characters and follows them. They in turn find him and they force-feed him an untested poison. He wakes up as a seven year old. His adventures continue as he helps out Rachel’s father, a rather incompetent detective in solving his cases, under the name of Conan Edagawa.

The basic premise of this show was quite enjoyable, and while anything of this nature is bound to be repetitive to some degree I felt that the writers usually did a good job of handling it. However the ordinary murder mysteries did get tiring. I much preferred it when they differed from the murder mysteries, these were by far my favourites. Seeing Conan and his friends from the Junior Detective Squad was the best part of the show in my opinion. I would have liked to see more episodes concerning the “mysterious men in black” who caused him to revert to being a child in the first place.

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The characters stay fairly constant throughout this series, but we do see some interesting development with Conan himself as his personality becomes more childlike as the series goes on to match his body. They also make the most of the comedic potential of the interactions between Conan and Rachel, which helped to keep this show fresh.

Case Closed is fairly old though, which you have to keep in mind when watching. While it does not heavily affect the content of this show, it does show in the artwork.

 

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