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.

Verdict: It’s nice to look at, but the love story is a little confusing.

Citrus is a yuri anime. It’s important to note this because if you’re not into girl-on-girl action then this is not the anime for you. If you’re into it, or don’t mind it then this anime is probably more your speed. It’s about the lives of two girls who have suddenly become step-sisters. Of course, there are moments when its typically anime with the sisters meeting each other and not realizing they’re sisters yet. But that’s about where they typical-ness stops.

On their first night of meeting Mei attacks her sister with a pretty forceful kiss after the blonde sister (Yuzu Aihara) makes a joke about her kissing a teacher, who is her fiancé, who you find out later has a girlfriend on the side, who Mei is unbothered by on the outside because on the inside she’s really into girls.

Get all that?

This show is all about emotions and acting on them. The main character, a blonde girl (look up for name) who is outwardly bold and outspoken is the main character who can’t speak how she feels about Mei. Admittedly Mei is her sister, but not by blood, so I guess in some universe it’s excusable.

The two sisters are as different as can be. The blonde sister has never been kissed, is outspoken, loud, rebellious, and in the beginning, she’s into guys. Mei has a fiancé, is quiet, reserved, well-put-together, in control of herself and everything around her, and very (how should I say this) cool towards other people. Think the female version of Sasuke without the sword, Sharingan, and constant threat of death. With these character traits, obviously they were meant to fall for each other.

And they do.

It’s an interesting journey, but it’s fun to watch. If you love to watch love stories and two awkward teenagers figure out how to coexist as siblings while still harboring secret feelings for each other, then this show is gold. Even if you just like the awkward teenagers falling in love, this show is solid.


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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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Initial Reaction: This is the anime version of The Karate Kid and is about to be a really good come-up story.

This first episode was really good. It has a good “hook” factor to it; it makes you want to watch the second episode. From the very beginning you understand the plight of Kenichi very well. He’s a weak kid who wants to learn karate to become stronger. He meets this new girl and that’s really where his story starts.

This story had some action, and it wasn’t really unexpected given the genre (martial arts anime), but his reaction to it was. Like, there isn’t this “GAAAAHHHHH I WILL BE THE BEST IN THE UNIVERSE! GAHHHHHAHHAHAHAHA!!” feeling to Kenichi. He’s a guy who wants to learn karate and become stronger to help and protect people. That’s it. He’s not out to take down a bunch of people or just love to fight. He just wants to be stronger.
Given other anime like Dragon Ball, Yu Yu Hakusho, Kenshin, and Taboo Tattoo and others where the main character LIKES to fight (not kill, but fight), it was nice to see this trait in a main character.

There is an intro, but it adds to your understanding of the show without throwing in spoilers. It’s nice actually. We understand immediately what kind of life Kenichi lives and there’s plenty of things that you don’t expect. It’s a solid beginning and I’m definitely going to keep watching. It also seems like one of those anime that is probably better if it’s watched with someone else. It gives this impression that there are going to be a lot of “oh! Did you see that?” moments.


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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.


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I started One Piece.

I know you read the title but I have to say it again: I started One Piece! After hearing so much about One Piece, I already know that it’s a great anime. How else do you get over 800 episodes? No, that wasn’t a typo. One Piece has 831 episodes as of the day I’m writing this (4/8/18) and the show is still going strong.

If you’re wondering why I’m just now starting One Piece, I’ll be honest with you. It’s the episode count. With so many episodes, it just felt like an insurmountable task. Even now, having another 830 episodes to watch before catching up seems like something that will take forever, but I know I’ll catch up eventually. I’ve heard too many good things about it and I really don’t like being out of the loop. Even my wife, Mrs. Otaku, has watched well over 500 episodes. So, today I decided to finally press play on One Piece.

I’m only one episode in and I don’t have any negatives about the show yet. There are several things I like already, but from the first episode they can all be summed up by one word, Luffy. Monkey D. Luffy is fearless, speaks his mind, and is willing to truly die for what he believes in. I’m really not sure how to describe it, but Luffy’s attitude towards his goal had a real seriousness to it. That was much appreciated. The other thing I really liked from this first episode was the fact that Luffy was able to inspire Coby to follow his own dreams by the end of the episode. I know Luffy ends up becoming a great pirate and with the way he managed to show his ability to encourage and inspire others in this first episode, I can see why.

I look forward to watching the rest of One Piece and I’ll be sure to write more posts about my journey as I attempt to catch up with it. Have you started One Piece? If not, start watching it with me; I’m sure it’ll be a fun journey. Comment down below if you’ve watched One Piece and have any tips for getting through it or if you’re going to start watching One Piece on your own.


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