Top 11 Summer Anime 2016!

Hello! Welcome to my review of the Top 11 anime from Summer 2016! Let’s get right into it shall we!

Number 11.

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Hida Kizuna possesses the Heart Hybrid Gear ability, but it is not strong enough to make him important. His older sister calls him to transfer to a strategic defense school, where many of the students(many of which are girls) use their Heart Hybrid Gear to fight invaders from another world.

Masou Gakuen HxH is a show that uses it’s ecchi and comedy to it’s advantage. With the “fun” character interactions with Kizuna and the girls after his heart to the almost absurd moments of ecchi during the battle scenes, Masou Gakuen HxH may not be for everyone. Though it’s in the same vein as Infinite Straos(a harem that heavily relies on ecchi), it shouldn’t deter you from watching it at least once. I would recommend watching it uncensored as the censorship does take away quite a bit from the show that the story itself tries to add.

So with a balance of ecchi, comedy and character interaction, Masou Gakuen HxH gets a 7.5/10 from me.

Number 10.

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One day, Naho Takamiya receives a letter written to herself from ten years in the future. The letter recites the exact events of the day, including the transfer of a new student into her class name Kakeru Naruse.

Based on the manga, Orange is the story of a group of friends going through the struggles of life both in and out of school. Character interaction is a huge focus in this show both during the present time and during the future portions of the show, especially with Naho and her group of friends and the objective that gets set before them in the present time. The story itself is beautifully well written and it really brings out the emotion that was set in the manga.

With good character interaction and a well written story, Orange gets an 8/10 from me!

Number 9.

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Mahiru Shirota, a high school student who likes simple things and dislikes difficult things. One Day, he picks up a stray black cat and gives him the name Kuro. From this moment a contract between Mahiru and the servant-vampire Kuro, also known as “Sleepy Ash”, is formed.

Servamp, based on the manga, is a show based around Vampires and contracts that they make with their counter parts. Character interaction is definitely a big point to Servamp as it really lets you get a feel for who the characters are and what their about. The story itself is actually very good because it goes in depth into Kuro and the some of the other vampires who interact with him and Mahiru. Though it definitely flew under the radar during the summer season, it unfortunately didn’t get as much attention as it probably should have.

So with pretty good character interaction and a pretty good story, Servamp gets an 8/10 from me.

Number 8.

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Dismissed as a hopeless lose by those around him, 27 year old Arata Kaizaki bounces around from one job to another after quitting his first company. His Existence takes a sharp turn when he meets Ryou Yoake, a member of the ReLife Research Institute, who offers Arata a way to change his life for the better.

ReLife is a great anime that brings up the question “What If?” What if you had the opportunity to go back and change your life for the better, would you take the opportunity or would you stay the same? ReLife answers these questions and more throughout the series. Throughout the show you really connect with Arata and his struggle as he tries to correct his life with help from Yoake.

With a pretty good story and really relatable characters ReLife gets an 8/10 from me!

Number 7

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During Prohibition, the law held no power and the mafia ruled the town. The story takes place in Lawless, a town thriving on black market sales of illicitly brewed liquor.

That’s all I can really tell you about 91 Days, the story follows a boy named Avilio who returns to the town of Lawless after some horrific circumstances when he was younger forced him to leave. The story of 91 Days is an almost definite nod to mafia movies of old as it explores what Avilio went through from a young age to when he finally returns to Lawless. The character building is also a definite nod as well with how well written each character in the show is.

So with a really great story and really really great character building, 91 Days get an 8/10 from me!

Number 6

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Hope’s Peak Academy is a special school. This school has two courses: The main course and the preparatory course. The 77th class of the main course is filled with students who not only have unique abilities, but unique personalities as well.

Danganronpa 3 Despair Arc is the prequel story to the Danganronpa franchise. Taking place before the first game and setting up the arcs for both the first and second game, we’re introduced to a cast of fun and weird characters from the second game as we’re given a chance to see how everything develops into the story we know.

A big part of the Despair Arc is the character interaction, watching how the characters interact with one another before the second game is an interesting experience. Also learning the fact that everyone knows each other before the second game really opens up a whole different aspect towards the game.

Another big part of the show is the story, for a prequel to a successful game the story links itself together nicely. It really helps set up how important each game is in the franchise.

With really great character interaction and really great story writing, Danganronpa 3 Despair Arc gets an 8.5/10 from me!

Number 5

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The world was close to being destroyed by Ultimate Despair, who caused “The Biggest, Most Awful, Most Tragic Event in Human History”. In order to save this world from the event’s chaos, The Future Foundation was formed.

So that’s all I can say about this part of the show without spoiling everything. The sequel to the first game, Danganronpa 3 Future Arc rounds out the story for the original series. It follows remaining three remaining members of the first Danganronpa game, Makoto Naegi, Kyoko Kirigiri and Aoi Asahina.

Like Despair Arc both the character interaction and the story writing are a huge portion of this show, especially with how the DR 1 characters interact with the others and how it mixes into the story through out the third arc.

So with really great interaction and really great story writing, Danganronpa 3 Future Arc gets an 8.5/10 from me!

Number 4

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Since the passing of his wife, Kouhei Inuzuka has been caring for his young daughter Tsumugi to the best of his abilities. However, with his lack of culinary knowledge and busy job as a teacher, he is left relying on ready-made meals from convenience stores to feed the little girl. This is where Kotori Iida comes in, as one of Kouhei’s students she offers to cook and share delicious homemade meals with him and his daughter.

Amaama to Inazuma aka Sweetness and Lightning is an amazingly fun and light hearted series but it also gives a sense of realism as well. A very big portion of this show focuses on Kouhei raising his daughter Tsumugi and how real it can be. The slice of life aspect in this show stands out overall and mixes really well with the character interaction in the show.

With incredible writing, character interaction and an amazing seiyuu cast. Amaama to Inazuma gets an 8.5/10 from me.

Number 3

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Suzukaze Aoba graduates from high school and joins a game company. The person who made Aoba’s favorite game as a grade-schooler is her senior at the company.

The proverbial Cute girl show of the season, New Game is a light hearted work place comedy that really focuses on it’s characters while they make a game and get to know each other through their trials and tribulations. Aoba getting to know all her co-workers is a very fun part of the show because we really get an understanding of why they’re working for the company and why they chose the career path that they did.

With really fun character interaction and a pretty cool story, New Game! gets an 8.5/10 from me!

Number 2

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Shokugeki no Soma Season 2!

Food Wars Season 2 picks up where Season one left off and continues the competition between the students Tootsuki Culinary Academy and what takes place after that.

Our favorite group of chefs return as we get to see an incredible cooking competition between the students. Of course the biggest portion of Season 2 is the huge amount of character interaction that takes place, from Soma and the other students to the teachers and the Alumni, the seiyuu do a fantastic job of bringing each character to life and giving them a wide range of emotions. The continuing story is also amazingly well done and follows the manga to a tee, which is all the more fun.

With incredible character interaction and an amazing following of the manga, Shokugeki no Soma Season 2 gets a 9/10 from me!

And Now…

Number 1

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A self-proclaimed normal girl, Chika Takami has never joined any clubs and lacks any notable talents. However, after a visit to Tokyo, she discovers where even a normal girl like her can shine-The World of School Idols. Inspired by former school idols μ’s, Chika is determined to start her own school idol club in here seaside hometown of Uranohosi Girl’s High School.

The new series in the Love Live franchise, we follow a whole new cast of characters as they try to become school idols. Obviously both character interaction and story writing is a huge focus of Love Live Sunshine but also how well drawn everything is also plays a big part of the show as well. Watching each girl interact with one another while getting to know them is special, it really lets us understand why each girl wants to become a school idol. The story is well paced as we get a chance to see the girls find their own identity as school idols(including finding their name for the group) and their place in the school idol world. The art(both character design and backgrounds) really stand out as through out the show we get a chance to see the beautiful sea side city that a majority of the show takes place along with a return to Tokyo!

With amazing character interaction, great story writing and beautiful character and background designs(bonus points for an amazing soundtrack), Love Live Sunshine gets a 9.5/10 from me!

And that’s my list for the Top 11 Summer Anime! What did you guys think?

Thank you guys so much for going through my list and reading it! Stay tuned for more by the way, I’ll be starting my Top anime from fall here soon.

Until next time,

This is Pervy Fatman,

I’ll see you on the Other Side!

 

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Top 11 Summer Anime 2016!

Winter 2016 anime! My Top 9

Hello and welcome to my review of my top 9 anime from Winter 2016!

Let’s jump right in shall we.

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Number 9.

Active Raid is one of the shows that has been flying under the radar this season as not many people have been watching it. The story is based around Asami Kazari who is an Assistant Inspector and her joining a group called the Mobile Assault Division or more commonly known as “The Eighth”, her assignment is to restore the image of the Armored Police Force. Eventually they end up facing a group of people called “Logos” who are trying to cause mayhem throughout Japan by using every day people and the machines known as Willwears.

While the show itself has an interesting story, a very good art style(reminiscent of Clamp animation and a bit of Code Geass) and really cool CG animation for the Willwears, it suffers from a slow pacing through each episode and a poorly formed villain.

All together though this show is still worth the watch as all the good elements out weigh the bad and with that this show gets a 7.5/10 from me.

 

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Number 8.

Schwarzesmarken(or the prequel to Muv Luv) the German word for “Black Marks”. The Show is set in the 1980’s in an alternate time line version of East Germany, it follows the East German Army’s 666th TSF Squadron. They specialize in Unconventional Tactics using advanced Technology to fight Beings of extraterrestrial origin or the BETA. The BETA are a fearsome unpredictable enemy that seem dead set on destroying the human race and taking earth and it’s resources for themselves.

Schwarzesmarken has some great points to it, the action sequences are very well done and wonderfully violent. The Mechs that are used are hand drawn as opposed to CG, which makes them stand out against the dark background and bloody war that occurs in the show.

Though it does suffer quite a bit from quite a few problems. The story slows down severely when a battle is not occurring and has suffered from a side story that almost brought down the actual story itself. The characters aren’t very well put together and can come across as boring. While it’s not necessarily required, it helps a lot if you’ve seen the original Muv Luv series to get a better feel for the setting and time frame in the show.

While there are plenty of good things about this show, the bad things in Schwarzesmarken drag down the show a lot. So overall this show gets a 7.5/10 from me.

 

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Number 7.

In Musaigen no Phantom World, Phantoms, beings that blur the line between illusion and reality, wander around right under the noses of unsuspecting humans. The origins of Phantoms are mysterious and few can see them, until a research facility bombing spreads a virus that grants the ability to. Humans with special powers or “Phantom Hunters” are tasked with sealing the trouble making phantoms.

Phantom World follows Haruhiko Ichijo and his rambunctious team Mai Kawakami who are at the bottom of the Phantom Hunter ladder at Hosea Academy. In order to become stronger they recruit new teammates and develop new powers.

Phantom World has its good moments as well as a handful of bad as well. The good moments consist of some very funny humor between the characters and some very interesting story arcs, while the bad side consists of a bad arc about one character(who was actually a really interesting character until said arc) and some moments to where things completely went off track for the show.

All together though, Musaigen no Phantom World was a pretty good show all around. So it gets an 8/10 from me.

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Number 6.

Kazuma Satoru, a high school student, gamer and shut-in, died on an average day walking home from school, performing the one heroic act of his life. He reawakens in the afterlife where he meets a “beautiful” but rude girl by the name of Aqua, who claims to be a goddess that guides the youth whose lives got cut short. She offers Kazuma a choice: go to heaven or get sent to another world to defeat the Demon King.

Konosuba is a fun little show that bases itself around its Comedy and Fantasy aspect, the comedy stems from the interactions between the characters. Whether it be Kazuma, Aqua, Megumin or Darkness, the situations and conversations the characters have is a huge strong point for the show. The Fantasy aspect stems from the “battle” sequences, now I say “battle” but it’s more so just Kazuma and his group stumbling around to defeat enemies.

Though unfortunately the show itself suffers from only having a 10 episode season which made the pacing to the show go a little bit fast. That, fortunately, is the only down side of the show, as the rest of the show itself is still very good. All together with its hilarious comedy and pretty cool fantasy aspect, KonoSuba gets an 8/10 from me!

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Number 5.

The Students of Class 3-E return for their second semester. Following the exploits on the island during summer vacation, they continue to set their sights on their slippery teacher Koro-sensei. They have more to worry about than just their teacher, however, as enemy assassins, both old and new, are out to get Koro-sensei as well. They also have to worry about their rivals in Class A as well as the Fearsome Principal of Kunugigaoka Junior High.

The Continuation of the first season of Asssination Classroom, S2 brings more fun from Koro-Sensei and his group of students. From trying to pair Irina and Karasuma to battling the Class A students for supremacy of the school, we’re treated to a fun portion of the anime as well as getting to know the students back stories this time around!

Really the only down side of season 2 is that it’s going to end along with the manga and that’s it. The second season has proven itself as the better of the two seasons, as it has brought more story and a lot more fun to the table. All together Assassination Classroom S2 8.5/10 from me!

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Number 4.

Some time has passed since humanity drove back the invading forces from what is known as the  “Special Region”. Since then, a bustling town has formed inside the protective walls of the SDF Basecamp. After Japan’s extreme show of force in destroying the Kingdom’s forces during the second battle, commerce and diplomacy between Japan and the native people flows naturally.

However, there are some in the kingdom that still don’t trust Japan, viewing them as a threat bent on taking over.

GATE S2 follows our fearless hero Itami Youji as he(as well as others) try to maintain and bring peace between both Japan and “Special Region”. We of course get a lot of answers to questions left off in the first season, but it also leaves us with even more questions from this season. We get a lot of new characters as well that add something to the story, especially to the hugely important political side.

We also get a big new villain in Prince Zozal(Pina’s Brother) and his servants, which he becomes a huge plot point during the show itself.

GATE S2 was nothing short of awesome, The story always kept me intrigued and the character interactions got even better this season. How they wrote every character this season was amazing, with Itami struggling to help others(Tuka, Pina, Lelei etc), Zozal being a really really good bad guy(enough to make you hate him with a passion), along with all the other characters you meet this season.

GATE S2 was an amazing follow-up to the first season and I look forward to S3 hopefully. Overall GATE S2 gets a 9/10 from me!

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Number 3.

Meet Galko. Tall, buxom and Fashionable. She’s seen as popular and a bit of a party girl. Although she can be sharp-tongued, she’s a good person. Her close friends Otako(who is Galko’s polar opposite) and Ojou(an airhead from a Rich Family) round out the Trio.

Oshiete! Galko-chan is a short anime about the daily lives and humorous discussions the girls have and various myths about Girl’s bodies.

Galko-chan is a super funny and super endearing, with the character interactions being a very strong point of the show. For a show that runs Seven Minutes and Fifty Seconds, the animation is very good and the story telling is fantastic. From learning about who each girl is, to the funny situations involving the myths behind a girl’s body. Galko was the short show to watch from the Winter Season, it definitely set a precedent for short shows this year.

Overall, Oshiete! Galko-chan gets a 9/10 from me!

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Number 2.

In the countryside stands a sweet shop run by the Shikada family for nine generations: Shikada Dagashi. However, despite his father’s pleas, Kokonotsu Shikada, an aspiring manga artist, adamantly refuses to inherit the family business. That may change however, with the arrival of the eccentric Hotaru Shidare. Hotaru is in search of Kokonotsu’s Father to bring him back to work for her family’s company, Shidare Corporation, a world-famous sweets manufacturer. While he refuses at first, he states that he will change his mind if Hotaru can convince Kokonotsu to take over the family shop.

Dagashi Kashi is a fun show with a lot of humor and it has it in spades. Along with being the Third show in the Winter Waifu War, Dagashi Kashi brings a varied sense of humor along with a bit of education for the common Japanese Dagashi Candy or snack food. By having both of these elements mixed together along with fantastic character interaction, Dagashi Kashi gets a 9/10 from me

and my Number 1 of the Winter season!

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Just as tragedy is about to strike, Satoru Fujinuma is sent back several minutes before the event occurs. The 29-year-old manga artist has taken advantage of this powerful yet mysterious phenomenon to save many a life.

However, when wrongly accused of murdering somebody close to him, Satoru is sent back to the past, but this time to 1988. 18 years in the past…

And literally that is all I can summarize for Boku dake ga Inai Machi without spoiling the rest. Erased was the Diamond in the rough for the Winter season, being that it shined brightly among all the other shows from this season. With a unique art style, story and amazing character interaction, Erased takes all this and wraps it up in an amazing story where you find yourself cheering for the Protagonist from beginning to end and eventually absolutely hating the Antagonists.

This is the show that I will recommend time and again for those that want to know what the best anime from this year were. This will definitely be one show that I’ll be picking up when it hits shelves here in the states…

All together Boku dake ga Inai Machi gets a 9.5/10 from me!

That was my Winter Anime 2016 list! What’d you think? Did I miss any out? Tell me in the comments.

Until the next time,

This is Pervy Fatman, I’ll see you on the Other Side!

Winter 2016 anime! My Top 9

Corner of Thoughts Live Cast episode 7

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This week I fly solo again and talk about how the Spring season of anime is going so far, I also talk about the last couple of weeks of WWE Raw, Impact Wrestling and Lucha Underground and I also go through some news stories from the past couple of weeks that have caught my interest.

p.s. Sorry this is late, Work held me up for the last few days and it completely burned me out.

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Hello there, as you may or may not know I’m what’s known as a Liver or a Love Liver. That’s somebody who is a fan of the group known as μ’s and everything they’ve done, but it’s more than that. It’s almost on the level of a huge family but that’s not the reason I’m here today. If you don’t know the photo’s above are to signify the final Love Live concert which took place on March 31st and April 1st in Japan. For those that don’t know, μ’s is a group of nine women who are known as Idols in Japan(kind of like pop stars in America). These nine women came together to work for 6 long years to build their talent to become the best Idols possible and boy did they ever hit that mark! With a multitude of songs as a group, as three different sub units within the group and a huge amount of solo songs for each girl, not to mention the hugely popular anime Love Live School Idol Project, season 2 of said anime and a Massively Successful Movie plus a Massively Successful mobile game in Love Live School Idol Festival. Needless to say they quickly became one of the Most Popular Idol Groups in Japan.

Mind if I tell you guys and gals a story? Originally I wasn’t into Love Live at all. My foray into becoming a Liver started 3 years ago after Anime Expo. I had gone to Anime Expo that year after watching the AKB0048 anime and thought that nothing else could touch it, that’s when I talk to somebody who had joined my group of friends that weekend. We went back and forth as to which show was superior and we both made the promise to watch the other’s show after we got back. After watching two other anime that I promised to give a shot(Kids on the Slope…bleh and Jojo’s…nothing but hype) I ended up watching the first season of Love Live with one of my friends over the course of a couple of days and it was then that I felt something within myself. The show itself ended up completely changing my whole opinion on the Idol genre of music, it was shortly after that I started to listen to the music and slowly but surely I became a Liver. Watching the second season of the anime, listening to every piece of music possible at the time, collecting figures etc etc. I gradually grew more and more as each month went by and I started to learn about all the Seiyuu behind the characters themselves and started to have a huge respect for each individual.

Eventually, I had every single piece of music out and more than my fair share of figures, keychains and other assorted Love Live merch. That’s when the Movie came out and a whole slew of new things came out with it, I was so happy that my favorite group was getting something new! I learned that the Movie would be the very last thing for the Love Live anime franchise and while it made me sad, I knew nothing could last forever. So much more music came out after the Movie that it was great, but then it was announced that μ’s would be having their final Live Show after 6 long and exciting years. Of course I was crushed at this announcement but managed through with the “Last doesn’t mean final” mentality, unfortunately that wasn’t the case as we learned more about “Last Live”. They even released their last singles as a group Moment Ring/Goodbye to Goodbye.

As somebody who became a fan a little over three years ago, I’d like to thank each and every person who was involved with Love Live the anime and the group known as μ’s. You’ve all touched my life in ways that I never thought possible, from making me both smile and laugh to absolutely cry my eyes out during Season 1/Season 2 and the Movie to the Love Live anime, to always being able to lift my spirits with your music whenever I’m having a bad day, I thank you for all that you’ve done during these 6 years that everything has happened. It was because of you folks that I was able to meet people who are Livers themselves and have a common interest in the same things and for that I thank you from the very bottom of my heart. Even though this maybe the finale for μ’s, they’ll always have a special place in my heart and soul for being able to help me as well as other Livers to reach out to others and become part of something that was more than just a faze.

So to those who where apart of the Anime, to the nine Seiyuu who were apart of μ’s, to the ever growing fan base of Love Live…I just have to say that I..Am..Grateful…and Thank You from the bottom of this Livers heart.

Signed Yours Truly,

Pervy Fatman aka Joseph Timothy Inserra…a forever Liver.

 

 

 

Thank you u’s…

Corner of Thoughts Episode 5!

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Corner of Thoughts episode 5 is out!

This week I fly solo and talk about some news stories that caught my interest, I talk the last couple of weeks of WWE, Impact Wrestling and Lucha Underground and I share about our trip up to Tucson, Arizona for Con Nichiwa.

Corner of Thoughts Episode 5!

Corner Of Thoughts Live Cast episode 4!

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Corner Of Thoughts episode 4 is here!

this week we talk about our top 5 favorite anime from the Winter 2016, we talk about the last couple of weeks of WWE(including Roadblock), Impact Wrestling and Lucha Underground. We also go over some interesting news stories from the last couple of weeks as well.

Corner Of Thoughts Live Cast episode 4!