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In the year 2046 the transition to augmented reality has been perfect with the use of Neuro linkers, a device that allows people to connect to each other and the internet with just a few swipes. Haruyuki Arita is someone who takes pride in their great skill and knowledge of video games, even though he made be great in the virtual world he is weak and bullied in the real world. As a form of escape he plays games and once he finds out his high score has been defeated he breaks down, only to be soon invited to join the accelerated world.

Accel World is an interesting anime. It’s a different take on the video game genre as our characters aren’t stuck in the game that they play, instead they play a highly secretive game only few can access called brain burst. In this game all pain is simulated and you can lose your life… in game of course. You see brain burst is a game where if you lose all your points your character is then deleted. Not like playing a game on hardcore mode where you have to start from the beginning but where the game and all memories of it are wiped from you. This anime explores the psychology of different characters and though some of them aren’t explored greatly our main character is, this is similar to a sports anime in a way. The thing I feel that makes sports anime great is the impact of winning and losing and how it effects the players. Accel World is very similar in its set up. I think the main weakness of Accel World is that there is a lot more depth to be explore yet we don’t get to see it to fruition, such as fighting techniques and anything about the other kings.

Arguably the biggest strength in Accel World are its characters, most notably Haruyuki. As the chubby and short gamer you can imagine he isn’t the most popular kid in class. This character is what I feel to be a very relatable character for a lot of viewers. The beauty of video games is that no one knows who you are, so you can be judged based on your personality and your skill unlike in the real world where looks come first. Haruyuki struggles a lot, he takes losses very seriously and beats himself up about it, not because he’s bad or he takes games too seriously but as someone who knows this is all they have left. Even after befriending the school idol he still has doubt that it is all real, leading a life of having no friends has left him doubting all possible acts of friendship believing everyone is taking pity on him.

The art in itself is nice and adds to the world that this all takes place in. Depicting the world we find ourselves in and the virtual world of Brain Burst which at times is very post apocalyptic and at others very serene. The animation also compliments the anime rather nicely and lets fight scenes pop and have that certain flare to it.

Overall Accel World does a lot of things right and is very easy to recommend to others to watch it. It has a little bit of everything in it and caters to not just one audience. The actual viewing experience is one I describe as fun. All in all I give Accel World a 8/10

Wait, I’m Returning?!

Posted: June 23, 2017 in Anime, Manga, Uncategorized

Introductions are strange, in one light they are required when meeting someone new but in another they are a repetitive task we find ourselves in. In an essay or written piece an introduction is crucial to retaining the readers who may pray their eyes upon it. In turn this is my attempt at an interesting introduction to this post.

A few years have past and I have grown older and hopefully wiser. The original reason of my hiatus has already been discussed in the past but nothing more about it. The reason for such an extended hiatus was due to a multitude of reasons. One being that I haven’t watched all that much anime, a shocker I know. I found myself constantly being frustrated by the lack of anime I indulged in and kept questioning whether or not I was past my days as an anime lover. The answer to this is no, in fact I feel like my appreciation for it has grown even more.

So what changed? I think I found myself no longer having as much time on my hands and wanting to explore other hobbies I wanted to try or neglected. As someone who works a lot I found myself being more “tired” than I once was at the end of each day. I had many hobbies I had also been neglecting that I wanted to dedicate my time to as well.

My approach to anime had also changed. I once had a dream to watch every anime that was available. One which people could say is rather pointless, what is the point of watching every anime? There isn’t really, I think this dream stemmed from frustration at a friend who once said they have a better opinion on what good anime are and what bad anime are due to them having watched more than what I had. A silly reason for me to be irritated but none the less I was and hence my dream was born. I felt that if I had watched every anime possible I would be the expert in the field. Someone that others looked up to due to my vast knowledge on anime.

Of course, I was wrong. What I have learned is that it doesn’t matter how much anime I have watched. All that matters is finding a group of people who share the same ideas as you. Just because I watched x amount of anime doesn’t mean everyone will think I’m always right. In fact it’s very elitist to think such things, to think that my opinion is greater than most others is rather arrogant.

So let’s get to the important topic, the fact I’m returning to writing anime and manga reviews. Expect two reviews a week, an anime one on Monday and a manga one on Wednesday. I hope to see you all reading the new reviews and posts I will be bringing in the near future.

Your Otaku friend Elijah

Anime Frenzy Podcast Week #2

Posted: March 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

Synopsis
Set in a world filled with ninja villages, Naruto finds himself alone and rejected, cast aside from society. Wanting to be acknowledged by those in the village he decides that he will one day become hokage.

Story
The story follows Naruto, a young, cheerful and hyperactive child who dreams of becoming hokage. Cast away from his village he seeks to be acknowledged by those reject him. This story is a bit of a cliche if you ask me, boy is outcast, boy wishes to be acknowledged by those who reject him, boy becomes strong. For face value its not exciting but once you delve into the deepened plots it becomes an exciting anime to watch. Naruto does story well when it does decide to deepen the story, having a somewhat childish trait it surprises me how well the story is able to get ideas and emotions to the viewer. I found myself at times feeling for the characters and their issues. The main concern and problem that everyone has; myself included is that there is so much filler that doesn’t need to be there. No matter how well the story arcs are done you can never forget the filler especially when its concentrated in the last 80 episodes of the anime. I mean seriously 80 episodes of filler straight, that’s enough to turn anyone off Naruto for good but still I found myself trailing through hoping to find more story that wasn’t there. It’s almost as if they didn’t have any story and they decided to lie to the viewer by having Jiraiya tell Naruto that he will come back for him to do training. Aside from the filler the pacing of the anime was done rather well but I found myself wanting the fights to hurry up especially when they had 4-5 fights going on at the same time. I found myself becoming tired of the fights, if they concentrated less fights into each episode then it would have paced better. Overall I give the story 6/10

Characters
The characters in Naruto are well done to a sense. The building and development of the characters is where Naruto shines in terms of characters, the overall personality of the characters themselves can easily be described by referring them to Yu-Gi-Oh characters. Sasuke is most like Seto Kaiba, Naruto is most like Joey and Sakura is most like Tea but aside from the unoriginal characters they are entertaining to watch. Naruto is very immature at an age of 12 and you can tell that very easily just by one glance, yet its this immaturity that we like to see as then we can see the character develop dramatically as time goes on. Unfortunately we don’t really see this change in Naruto, sure towards the end he has become more mature in a sense but he also has a long way to go. In terms of character development Naruto does a brilliant job, sure as a prequel we don’t get all the character development we would like but we get a fair bit from a few characters. These developments can end up being entire characters now having a different personality instead of the usual slow and steady increments. Most characters get there fair share of back story which is something I always like to see. We get to learn about the many bonds that are shared between characters and how those bonds came to be. There are heart wrenching scenes between characters that make you well up and others which make you despise another character. The character designs are actually done well, unlike many other anime which make one character and then make a few characters that look like the original character. There wasn’t really any characters that looked really similar or the same for that fact. Overall I give the characters 8/10

Art and Animation
The art and animation in Naruto aren’t exactly the prized jewel in the anime. The art was ok and didn’t really capture my attention as being “wow”, to be fair this was originally aired in 2002 but I’m not saying the art was bad either. There are definitely some scenes and arcs that have very nice art work such as the forest of death yet nothing really makes me go “wow”. The animation is similar to what I said about the art; there really wasn’t anything special about it. The animation was smooth and never really lacked; it was obvious when they did their special 40 minute episodes that they put the budget up as the animation always had something different about it that the regular episodes never had. The 3D animation though was appalling. During the Chuunin exams when they had the qualifiers, the two hands in the back that were 3D modeled looked terrible and never fit in anywhere throughout that entire batch of episodes. The fights scenes where choreographed well as it never felt that I was lost in the midst of things, in fact the fight scenes where one of the best parts of the anime, sure there was the obvious replacement justu here and there but there were some fight scenes that made me go “wow” such as the Sasuke vs. Naruto fights, both of them were stunning and I couldn’t keep my eyes off them. I do admit that towards of the shows life the art and animation did get a lot better which made it nice to see. Overall I give the art and animation 5/10

Sound and Music
The soundtrack in Naruto is very memorable, maybe it’s because it’s used through out 220 episodes but in my opinion a memorable soundtrack is a good soundtrack. With the songs fitting the different moods the anime goes through, the selection of music is normally spot on. Never did I think “Geez, this song doesn’t belong here.” When listening to the soundtrack you are reminded of important scenes that are linked to the song, this makes it easier for the listener to relive the same scenes over and over again in their head. With a total of 109 songs there is more than enough to listen to and entertain you with. The sound effects of the anime like the music where never off. Along these lines the sound effects ever made it off putting to listen to either, they never overpowered any dialogue that was being played. The voice acting in Naruto was a plus for me, the voice acting often being realistic and allowed you to actually feel the emotions that were being conveyed by the character. One example that I feel is great for this is during the Chuunin exams qualifiers where Hinata and Neji are paired up to fight one another. This scene conveys a lot of emotion to the viewer and it pulls it off successfully. Overall I give the sound and music 8/10

Final Thoughts
Naruto does everything it sets itself out to do as a prequel. It lays down the foundation of the story for the sequel to follow from, it builds each character up and it gives the viewer a reason to watch the sequel, aside from the 80 episodes of filler at the end. I feel that if the last 80 episodes of pointless filler were removed there would have been a more enjoyable air around it at the end of its life. One thing that can “justify” the filler would be the reason to allow more bonds to be built between Naruto and the other Genin of Konoha. Overall Naruto earns itself a score of 6.75/10. I recommend that you watch Naruto not because of the score or what I may have said but because Naruto can be considered as an anime that everyone must watch at least once just for the sake of watching it.

Synopsis
Akame Ga Kill is set in an imperialist world with surrounding countries and cities outside the capital which is where the current emperor lives. Tatsumi learning the darkness of the capital joins up with a team of assassins called Night Raid who wish to lead a rebellion and save the country from its current state.

Story
Akame Ga Kill is an interesting anime in terms of story, it follows the original manga’s story until somewhere around episode 16-19. The story was at first brilliant, you had a reason to want to care for those who lived outside of the capital and those affected by the corrupt Emperor and his minister, as the story is developed we are introduced to new ideas and situations such as the imperial arms and the state of the country. These are explained and told rather well, if not perfectly. The biggest problem that faces Akami Ga Kill is the lack of sense that it makes in the later episodes where it seems that to make an ending that grabs the most tears and sadness from the viewer we are given a steaming pile of trash. Overall the concept is rather brilliant but the way it is executed is not, where we have characters being killed off left, right and center who should not even die because of logic but you know, logic doesn’t exist in Akame Ga Kill. The inconsistencies with the story at the end is what really brings it down. I honestly feel like if you re-wrote the last few episodes you would end up with something bearable that doesn’t break logic but when you limit yourself from the start of the anime’s life to 24 episodes logic does have to be thrown out at times. Apart from the logic of the story the pacing was brilliant. Akami Ga Kill does do a lot of things right and this was one of them, I never felt as if nothing was happening each episode did its job and built upon the story at a good speed where it never went too fast where you don’t even know whats happening anymore or it went so slow that you wanted to quit halfway through. Overall I give the story a 7/10

Characters
The characters in Akami Ga Kill are brilliant. We start off we our protagonist Tatsumi, at first Tatsumi is a cheery and high aiming wannabe soldier aiming for the military but as time progresses he learns the pain of having his friends around him die. Having Tatsumi learn through out the anime the importance of a life and role that he has gotten himself into. His interactions with other characters allowed him to become more relatable and likable, having the student and teacher relationship with his aneki or Bulat, having his love square with Akame, Mine and Esdeath and the interactions he has with the antagonists pretty much forms Tatsumis personality, with the vast amount of characters that play a significant role it makes it hard to really say who the absolute most important ones are. The mass amount of characters who do get a background is relieving, sure not everyone gets there own little life story monologue but most of them do and as a viewer who enjoys learning back story its really cool to see it worked in. Characters in Akame Ga Kill develop well, some characters obviously develop more than others but that is to be expected as it progresses through the episodes. Looking from where Tatsumi begins in the anime and where he ends up in terms of development is huge. One problem with the characters is that there are so many that play a significant role in the anime that it can be hard to remember every character and there names. Overall I give the characters a 9/10

Art and Animation
The Art in Akame Ga Kill is splendid, never did I really think that the animation or art lacked, with beautiful fighting scenes and choreography it was very easy to fall in love with the art let alone the characters and story. The backgrounds and scenery were well done and detailed unlike other anime which will put less detail in scenery than the characters and fight scenes. One thing about the fight scenes in Akami Ga Kill is that you don’t lose track of whats happening, one thing that Dragon Ball Z did wrong was making all of the fights just fast punching and Ki Blasts. Fortunately this doesn’t happen in Akami Ga Kill, instead we are given intense and action packed fights. The character design is potentially the only downside to the art. The characters ended up looking similar, especially the male charters, if we grab Tatsumi and Lubber they are pretty similar in terms of design, even worse Tatsumi and Wave. Did Tatsumi always have a twin brother? Female characters did have more variety in design but once again there were similarities between them. There are certain scenes in Akami Ga Kill that have brilliant art in them, some which are from the first episode towards the end, in particular the blood splatter and the first look in the store house. This was one of the things that got me hooked into Akami Ga Kill, to see the next piece of brilliant art. Going back to fight scenes, the punches, kicks and any other form of combat felt and looked quite realistic in a sense. I often found myself saying “oooh” whenever someone got dealt a powerful punch. Overall I give the art and animation 9/10

Sound and Music
The Soundtrack for Akame Ga Kill has me enjoying it every time I hear it. The soundtrack itself has a lot of vocals and chants that can add an eerie effect onto the scene or have a blood pumping effect. The music chosen fits the scenes very well and as previously stated takes different effects. The first opening song sky reach is a Japanese rock song giving a powerful and heart pumping tune to start the episode off with making the viewer feel excited and ready for the new episode. The second opening that was introduced later on in the anime’s life was liars mask, an unorthodox sound rock/metal song that had a completely different feel to sky reach with a violin score involved in it giving a somewhat more eerie feeling to it, none the less it was still an awesome song to start an episode off with. Overall the Akame Ga Kill sound track gets a 8/10.

Final Thoughts
Akame Ga Kill had a lot of potential to it. Almost everything was perfect aside from a few small things, my main concern for it was how it ended in a terrible way. Sure it completed its goal in giving a somewhat expected ending to the series yet the road it took was not that great. If it had maybe a few more episodes to flesh somethings out that may have improved it but the problem wasn’t the pacing but it was the logic in the last few episodes. Akame Ga Kill as an anime gains a score of 8.25/10 and I recommend that you watch it as aside from the last few episodes the majority of the anime is pretty good.