Episodes 111-178

This week I watched episodes 111-178. I know that’s a lot of episodes, but I really don’t feel like a lot happened in them — at least in comparison to the last two weeks. I think this is mostly due to the fact that episodes 131-143 were all pretty much filler. They weren’t bad filler though. I did find some of the episodes enjoyable to watch, but they didn’t really add anything to the overall story. It was a little bit of a letdown, but at least all of it was in-between major arcs instead of during random episodes in the middle. Overall, I’m not upset that I watched these episodes but I’m sure I’ll probably never watch them again.

Once the filler was out of the way though, I started on the next arc: Sky Island. The concept itself is truly incredible. Floating islands in the sky floating on special types of clouds. These islands are so high in the sky that there was only one way for the Straw Hats to get up there — the knock upstream. That in itself was pretty crazy, but not as crazy as the world above the clouds.

The sky island that Luffy and his crew ended up on is called Skypiea. Up there they meet a host of new characters that all have little wings on their backs like angels, and yet none of them appear to have the ability to fly. In Skypiea we are informed of the many different types of clouds and their different uses. They also introduce the concept of these things call dials, which have a variety of different uses from blowing air, creating flames, recording audio, creating clouds and many more. This concept of dials was so thought out that you could literally take the exact concept and create an entirely new anime out of it. I love how it’s really a whole other world in the sky. This really helps keep the show fresh and exciting. I doubt One Piece will continue to create whole new worlds with radically different concepts in every arc, but if it does, it’s going to be amazing. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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It’s been one week since I started One Piece and I managed to watch way more episodes than I thought I would. It’s kind of (REALLY, REALLY, REALLY) addictive. I managed to watch the first 44 episodes this week and they were awesome! I really enjoyed seeing Luffy gathering, recruiting, and forcing the members of his crew to join him. Each person Luffy recruits has a great back story.

If you haven’t watched the first 44 episodes and don’t want to be spoiled, you should probably jump ship now.

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Verdict: It’s funnier and more risqué in English, but both versions are great.

Warning: It’s rated mature. So… fair warning. Now, moving on.

Is This a Zombie? is an anime that is unique. You have a main character that dies in the first episode. Obviously, with the title of the anime, you expect someone to be dead, so no shocker there. However, that’s just the tip of the anime iceberg. Ayamu is a zombie, turned one by an adorable necromancer, and is constantly bombarded by monsters he must fight, as well as superpowered females who argue their way into his life and his home.

And, let’s just go ahead and state this: Ayamu is a pervert.

His best friend is an even bigger one.

The dynamic these too have as the series progresses is one of a true broship (is that a thing? Don’t know, it is now) and it’s hilarious to watch them interact with the girls. The first season is bomb, a solid anime. The second season is… eh. It’s cute and fun to watch but it opens a lot of doors and doesn’t close any of them. If you need your anime wrapped up in a neat bow at the end, forego the second season. It’s more like DVD extras than anything else; but if you love the characters and want to see more, the second season is for you.

This anime proved to be unique to us, because we don’t speak or, more importantly, read Japanese. One of the characters in this anime is nonverbal and relies on writing to communicate. You miss a lot of important info if you choose to watch this dubbed alone because (on the service we use) there’s no translation provided. The conundrum is, this show is leaps and bounds funnier in English (to us). So we had to have the subbed version (with the translation) going at the same time as the dub. It was an interesting situation trying to get them timed perfectly to sync.

All in all, it’s a good show and worth a watch. It’s funny with cute and unique characters. The second season is a bit aimless, but it doesn’t detract from the show overall. If you’ve seen it, feel free to leave a comment below and let us know.


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Verdict: Don’t judge an anime by what you’ve seen before.

So, over the past couple days, I’ve been watching the anime Myself; Yourself. It’s a cute little slice of life anime that follows Sana after he moves back to his hometown from being away for five years. The first episode is extremely cute and shows the dynamic that he and his childhood friends had. They each gave him a gift before he leaves and as the episodes progress, you see that one of his friends, Nanaka, had feelings for him. When he returns, it’s evident that his friends haven’t forgotten him for even a moment and he remembers all of them but doesn’t recognize Nanaka, which is a major faux pas since she still wears the bracelet that he gave her when they were kids.

The first couple of episodes give you the feeling that this is a light-hearted anime; a simple slice of life number that is easily predicted. I originally thought I knew what was going to happen, but I was far from it. After the fifth episode, we begin to see more serious topics show up. I think what makes it so great is that it’s shown in a way that could easily be real life and so it’s very relatable. The friends start to deal with trauma and jealousy and dysfunctional households and we get a clear picture of who these characters are and what’s shaped them up until this point.

There are moments where it’s still a very light-hearted anime with budding love and uncertainties; moments where you lean forward toward the screen thinking, “Finally! Yes!” and then other moments where you want to roll your eyes at what’s happening or jump in the screen and shake some sense into Nanaka and Sana. However, the further you get into the anime, the more serious it gets. It didn’t take away from the show though; it added a lot more needed depth and, in my opinion, made it stand out against a lot of other slice of life anime because it did address a couple proverbial elephants in the room.

I’ve said it once, but again, this anime IS really cute. It’s a slice of life anime about 5 friends and the journey that life takes them on and the paths they choose to walk. It’s an anime about love. About friendship. About loss and pain and happiness and memories and making memories and living and why it’s so hard sometimes. If you like anime about those things, sprinkled with awkward teenage moments and a touch of realness, then this is right up your alley. I would definitely recommend you give it a watch.


The Otaku Couple

What makes a good first episode? This is the question we consider when we watch anime and when we decide whether we’re going to commit our precious time to a new anime. Because, let’s be real here, if the first episode is no good, a lot of us are unlikely to commit to watching another 11 episodes of it.

We know this, and we’ve come up with our own system of rating first episodes. It’s usually pretty reliable in determining if an anime is going to be worth our time or not. Obviously it’s not a fool-proof system, but over our anime lifetime we’ve noticed that a lot of great anime have these things in common on their first episode.

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So, we’ve put together a list of our favorite Top 10 Anime. This list is our go-to list of anime that we love and would recommend to people without any hesitation. Each anime is unique, and interesting. They grab you from the first episode and keep your attention till the very end. They have well-developed plots, good animation, interesting and well-rounded characters, and an air of excitement that makes you want to watch the next episode.

Disclaimer: These are anime that we love. If you don’t, that’s cool. This list is not in any particular order. That being said, let’s get started.

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You have to watch this! If you’re not watching it, you’re not watching anime right! You should be watching this now actually.

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This anime is great! You should watch it. It comes highly recommended, but it’s not perfect. However, your life will be better for watching it.

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This anime is solid and decent. It’s worth a watch, but if you have other things on your list, don’t kill yourself trying to watch it.


At this point, you’re just crossing the line.


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