Manga Spotlight: Dandadan (Ongoing)

Another Shounen Jump Hit

As I got older, I began to consider Shounen Jump, the “kiddie pool” of anime hits. This was in part due to many of the anime I grew up with, (Naruto, Bleach, Dragonball Z) all seeming more heavily flawed story-wise in their later years. These things happen. Shounen Jump is popular for many reasons but even I cannot deny it, if you’re on SJ lineup, you’re probably a hit! This brings us to the topic of the post, the weird, the strange, and the ballsy; Dandadan! This is a story of two unlikely students being unlikely heroes, while possibly being high off hallucinogenics.

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“Please Dont Bully Me, Nagatoro!” (Ongoing)

Beauty and the Dweeb

So, you remember in school when the popular girl would pick on you because she secretly liked you? I know, me neither, that whole thing is a myth! The only way to get that girl’s attention was to do a Powerline-Stand-Out performance, and maybe she will learn your name… Did I just make a Goofy Movie reference? Well, let’s stay on topic now, it’s time to discuss the “Beauty and the Dweeb” fantasy that manga loves to push out.

First off, I’m let’s start off with the more popular one, the teasing- or rather bullying queen herself: Nagatoro. Now everyone loves Nagatoro for some odd reason, but she has cemented herself as an anime staple. Not everyone will know who she is, but everyone has seen her before. I say all this because, for the most part, I don’t really care for Nagatoro.

*Cue gasps*

Now hear me out…

(SPOILERS INCLUDED!)

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Jobless Reincarnation (Mushoku Tensei) Episodes 1-3

THe Isekai The Reforms

So let’s take a reprieve from the depraved and talk about a series that holds a special place to my often tattered heart. I present to you all, Jobless Reincarnation, also known as Mushoku Tensei. To me, this story has something special for every disillusioned or depressed person out there. It touches on new beginnings and overcoming past traumas. This story helped me through a tough time in my life and I’m glad that the author finally received an anime adaptation. So what happens when a NEET is hit by truck and presumed dead? You guessed it, it’s a another Isekai folks!

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Redo Of Healer (Kaifuku Jutsushi no Yarinaoshi) Episode 1

Already hoping for a Redo

Well, I didn’t expect the best first impression, but gee-golly I was sure expecting something more. Let me prefix this by saying, I had a hard time writing about this first episode of Redo a Healer. I was first confused by the underwhelming animation, thinking perhaps my stream was buffering or something. Then I was taken back by how the anime chose to set up it’s first episode. By not embellishing in the protagonist’s mistreatment, it loses a good amount of investment from the viewers. In the manga it did the same somewhat, but when you have the freedom of animation, use it to your advantage!

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The Unexplored Complexity of Peter Grill’s Betrayals

No sympathy for the unfaithful

I find the behavior of Peter interesting because it’s possible that the comedy anime is going for a deep ending. For those unaware, PETER GRILL AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S TIME is anime/manga that follows the worlds strongest man whom is being chased by a slew of very determined women, to get his seed. In his first interaction with two lovely ogres, they constantly pressure him for his seed in order to birth the strongest ogre. He finally gives in to their advances, beginning his descent into darkness.

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God Of Highschool: Episode 4 – 5

Well, despite my less-than-stellar first impressions of  GOH in my previous post, I’ve committed myself to follow the first season. It’s become apparent that the pacing will not improve from an adaption point of view. For those who have not read the manwha, please let me know if it feels rushed to you. Despite my gripes, episode four managed to shed a bit of character development and emotional investment. Our true main protagonist, Daewi, spared very little expense in displaying his conflicted situation. Continue reading “God Of Highschool: Episode 4 – 5”

Monster Girl Doctor : Episodes 1-3 (Ongoing Anime)

Monster Monosume, But With Doctors

Oh boy, I guess this would have happened eventually on here. So, allow me get this out of the way first, this is a genius anime concept covered by dirt and mud. As harsh as that may sound, I’ve read this before and enjoyed the premise then. It was still an ecchi(perverted) manga but it added a few more nuggets that were left out of the anime when going over the anatomy of each monster girl. So, let’s take a look into the adventures of Dr.Glenn, the human and Dr.Saphentite, lamia.

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Re:Zero Season 2 Finally Pulled Me Back In (Episode 4)

Re:Turn of Re:Zero

I’ll admit, when season 2 started I was thinking to myself, “This fool has already tossed Rem aside, and we already know the death loop formula.” I finished episode one, raging at how the author refuses to give Rem any kind of win, thus I figured the Re:Zero’s magic ended. I wasn’t sure why the author decided to turn the focus to saving Rem when there are more immediate dangers such as the cult. After finishing episodes two and three, my suspicions were confirmed. This anime has lost its storytelling prowess and skill once Betelgeuse was killed, it’s done, time to move on, R.I.P Re:Zero! Then there was episode four, and the moment that gave me a swift axe kick to the head. The moment when Re:Zero Season 2 finally pulled me back in.

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God Of High School : Episodes 1 – 4

God Of High School (or GOH) is a new anime that’s taking the internet by storm. It’s one of the few Korean manwha to be animated, and based on what I’ve read,  it can only get better. The story involves an absurdly strong high schooler joining a fight tournament with the reward of being granted one wish. The anime specifically uses this simple premise to bypass all the world-building in order to get straight to the main selling-point of this series, the fighting! Continue reading “God Of High School : Episodes 1 – 4”

“Maou Ni Natta Node Dungeon Tsukutte Jingai Musume To Honobono Suru” (Ongoing Manga)

A Second Life

So, allow me to recommend title: “Maou Ni Natta Node, Dungeon Tsukutte Jingai Musume To Honobono Suru”. Translated, the title is, “I became the demon lord so I created a dungeon and spend a heartwarming time there with non-human girls”. So, ridiculous name aside, this is a another Isekai manga (expect to see a lot more) involving a young man named Yuki, being transported into another world after his death. Now part of a world of magic and fantastical creatures, he has decided on one monumental dream: To live a peaceful life with the different people he cares for! However, despite his unobtrusive desires, there will always be something to thwart his plans. Continue reading ““Maou Ni Natta Node Dungeon Tsukutte Jingai Musume To Honobono Suru” (Ongoing Manga)”