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Attack on Titan: Final Season Part 2 Review

Attack on Titan: Final Season Part 2 continues straight after what happened in Part 1 without any moment to spare, the action starts right away and doesn’t seem to end. Here is our full Attack on Titan: Final Season Part 2 Review.

This season aired in the Winter 2022 anime season. Attack on Titan: Final Season Part 2 was animated by MAPPA, also known for Jujutsu Kaisen and Chainsaw Man.

I’ve not seen many Mecha anime other than Attack on Titan, but even after all these seasons, this Flesh Mecha seems to just keep on being great and the action just doesn’t stop. Just like most Mecha anime, it’s very political, and that’s also where this season is kinda losing me at points. The characters seem to switch alliances so many times that they are just creating the biggest evils just to take them down straight after.

The story itself is honestly kinda forgettable with its details, where it truly shines are the fights, seeing these massive flesh mecha’s going toe to toe with each other is a sight to behold and makes for some unique experience.

The art style feels like Attack on Titan for sure, but at some moments it can feel a bit strange, and if you have been on Twitter around the time of this release, I’m sure you have seen some screencaps flying around due to them just being meme-worthy material. But I personally thought it didn’t look as good when things are supposed to be serious, and just like its story, all the amazing-looking things were in the fights that were happening in about 80% of the season.

I really liked the season for what it is, but when the season just jumped into it in the 1st episode without a bit of recap, and also the ending of the season just being a bit abrupt, it just feels like the middle of the season, nothing extremely special because it didn’t have a clear beginning and end.

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By the Grace of the Gods 2 Review

Continuing his adventure in Seilfall, Ryoma sets his sights higher. Opening a second shop, creating new items to help people, and researching slimes. Here is our By the Grace of the Gods 2 Review.

This season aired in the Winter 2023 anime season. By The Grace of the Gods was animated by Maho Film, also known for In the Land of Leadale and I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss.

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Story:

Picking up from the end of the first season, Ryoma continues his work researching slimes and running his business. While Eliaria Jamil is hard at work getting ready for her studies, she communicates with Ryoma and still helps push him in the right direction. Although separated by distance, the bond formed between them can’t be broken easily.

Shortly into this season, Ryoma comes to the conclusion that a second shop is needed, and so he sets off to the nearby town of Lenaf. Once there he meets with the merchant guild member, Pioro, who helps Ryoma set up shop. While Ryoma waits for his staff to make it to Lenaf from Gimul he decides to make the essentials for the shop and complete some adventurer contracts. Unfortunately, there are not many at Ryoma’s rank and he inevitably gets pulled into a conflict with a hunting target that has been terrorizing the town, a Smash boar.

As Ryoma advances and journeys he learns of more people who were transferred to this new world and the legacy they left behind. The season might be 12 episodes, but it feels like the episodes pass at a faster pace than the first season, and come to the conclusion of episode 12 you are left wanting more.

Character Development:

This season revolves around Ryoma and his adventure, and Eliaria is pushed to the sidelines and is supporting via letters. His main developments shown are in leaps and bounds helping where he can and developing his own skills and abilities through his actions. That being said Eliaria does show some small developments in the ways of her ability to unite and unify her classmates.

The other characters who change are the members of the adventurers guild who reoccur around the city. In the previous season, they were not that prominent, but without the attention being split so much between Eliaria and Ryoma they are moved into the missing dynamic. Mostly Ryoma gains insight from them as peers.

Conclusion:

To conclude, the second season is just as good as the first, both characters and story work well and nothing seems out of place. Seeing Ryoma develop more is entertaining to watch and his trips to the godly realm are more interesting. The crowning moment of this season is probably when he solves the problems around his main store, and creates the musical item, Music Box.

Really his good parts are when he transforms Seilfall’s resources into things that he knew about on Earth. Stuff like using Smash Boar meat as Pork, which is interesting.

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5 Overhyped Anime That Flopped

The world of anime is brimming with anticipation and excitement whenever a highly anticipated series is announced. However, not every anime lives up to the immense hype surrounding its release. In this article, we will explore five overhyped anime that ultimately failed to meet the expectations of fans and critics alike. From promising premises that fell flat to missed opportunities and lackluster execution, these anime left viewers disappointed and longing for more. Join us as we delve into the realm of Overhyped Anime That Flopped.

The Promised Neverland Season 2

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The Promised Neverland captured the hearts of viewers with its gripping first season, filled with intense suspense and a unique premise. However, the highly anticipated second season failed to maintain the same level of quality. Rushed pacing, underdeveloped characters, and deviations from the source material left fans feeling unsatisfied and longing for the depth and intricacy that defined the initial installment.

Tokyo Ghoul:re

As a continuation of the popular Tokyo Ghoul series, Tokyo Ghoul:re had immense expectations to meet. Unfortunately, the anime adaptation failed to capture the essence of its source material, resulting in confusing storytelling, inconsistent animation, and a lack of character development. The rushed pace and significant deviations from the manga left fans disappointed, yearning for a more faithful and well-executed adaptation.

Aldnoah.Zero

With its captivating mecha battles and political intrigue, Aldnoah.Zero generated significant buzz prior to its release. However, as the story progressed, inconsistent writing, shallow characterizations, and an unsatisfying resolution hindered its potential. The promising setup and world-building couldn’t overcome the shortcomings in execution, leaving viewers disappointed by the missed opportunities within the series.

Guilty Crown

Guilty Crown garnered immense attention for its visually stunning animation and music, coupled with a compelling premise. However, as the plot unfolded, the anime suffered from convoluted storytelling, inconsistent character motivations, and unresolved plot threads. The high expectations set by the initial episodes were dashed, resulting in a series that failed to live up to its initial potential.

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign

Seraph of the End garnered significant attention for its post-apocalyptic setting and a promising blend of supernatural elements and action. However, as the series progressed, inconsistent pacing, unresolved plotlines, and underdeveloped characters hampered its potential. The lack of cohesive storytelling and missed opportunities left viewers feeling unsatisfied, longing for a more fulfilling and coherent narrative.

While hype can often elevate the anticipation surrounding an anime, it can also set unrealistic expectations that ultimately lead to disappointment. The five anime mentioned in this article, The Promised Neverland Season 2, Tokyo Ghoul:re, Aldnoah.Zero, Guilty Crown, and Seraph of the End failed to live up to the immense hype surrounding their releases. Whether due to rushed storytelling, underdeveloped characters, or a lack of narrative cohesion, these anime left viewers yearning for more substantial and satisfying experiences.

As fans, it’s important to approach highly anticipated anime with an open mind, allowing room for both success and potential disappointment. While not every overhyped anime ends up as a flop, it serves as a reminder that even the most promising concepts can falter in their execution. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the creators to deliver a product that lives up to the expectations set by the initial buzz, providing a memorable and fulfilling experience for viewers.

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By The Grace of the Gods Review

in By The Grace of the Gods, where we embark on an enchanting journey through a realm filled with magic, wonder, and endearing characters. In this By The Grace of the Gods review, we will delve into the intricacies of this captivating anime series, delving into its rich narrative, immersive world-building, and heartfelt themes that have captivated audiences worldwide. Join us as we uncover the enchantment and charm woven into the very fabric of By The Grace of the Gods.

This season aired in the Fall 2020 anime season. By The Grace of the Gods was animated by Maho Film, also known for In the Land of Leadale and I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss.

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to live in a fantastical world of magic and monsters, then look no further, By the Grace of the Gods has you covered. Set in the fantasy world of Seilfall a young man is reincarnated and transferred from earth by the gods. Living the life he wants, and earning the blessing of the “Beloved Child of the Gods” Ryoma lives a simple life as a tamer with his slimes. That is until fate decides to intervene and Ryoma meets the Jamil family.

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Story:

From the beginning of the anime, it feels like a slow-paced and calming story. The protagonist, Ryoma, is a young boy who lives alone in the forest with a lot of slime.

Shortly into the story, while Ryoma is out in the forest he encounters a group of people. Realising that one of them is injured he decides to help, which makes them wonder about who Ryoma is. Once they leave Ryoma reveals that he was reincarnated in the world 3 years prior as an 8-year-old. 2 weeks after the people leave Ryoma, they return with more, and Ryoma realises that his simple slime-based world will soon change.

Entering into the second episode Ryoma is introduced to the people as not just nobles of the land but the Duke’s family. In Ryoma’s previous encounter, he met the Duke and his guards, this time around he meets the other members of the house. Out of all the members of the Jamil family, there is only one who pushes Ryoma in the right way. This is the daughter of the duke, Eliaria, it becomes clearer later in the series but in the first few episodes, Ryoma seems to value her insight over the other members of the Jamil family. By the time the second Episode ends, Ryoma makes it to the city. After this point, there is a slight increase in the events unfolding but things still feel like they go slow.

From when Ryoma enters the town of Gimul, his adventure begins. Joining both the Tamers Guild and Adventures Guild, Ryoma forms new friendships and earns a reputation for his abilities. Later he moves on to being a proprietor of his own cleaning service. Although there are 12 episodes in the series most of them unfold with Ryoma and the Jamil family taking central roles. Where this might be the case, the story of the series is lacking as it’s just Ryoma’s second chance at life. That being said there are several stories that don’t really sink in until later. The first is Ryoma living the life he wants, the second is him being a business owner, and the third and finally there is the relationship he shares with Eliaria.

Characters:

Ryoma:

As protagonists go, Ryoma isn’t someone who you would think fits the role. As the series goes on he falls more and more into this role but at the start, he seems like this loner who would much rather stay out of the way and in his forest rather than going on an adventure. Part of his development is due to Eliaria pushing him. The rest of his development is due to his separation from the Jamil family. By the end of the 12th episode, Ryoma owns a business, is an experienced adventurer, has new slimes, and has a few new spells.

Eliaria:

Introduced at the end of episode 1 and formally introduced to Ryoma in episode 2, she is the daughter of the Duke. Throughout the series, she is a cheerful and energetic character who has sway over Ryoma, albeit indirectly. From her introduction, she decides that she wants to tame a slime as her first familiar, because of this the Jamil family head to the forest where Ryoma lives. Her changes are more pronounced when she is with Ryoma, she even states that Ryoma gives her courage in episode 12 further adding to the development being in part to Ryoma.

Although there are only two characters that have been outlined above, they are the only two who have a visible development. Other characters like the rest of the Jamil family, Guild Members, and Ryoma’s employees don’t show much change. That being said the biggest change in the Jamil family is that they adopt Ryoma, treating him as family.

Use of 3D:

Like lots of anime, 3D is used in limited amounts. Unlike some anime that overuse the CG aspects to the point it seems painful, BTGOTG really limits its use. This is mainly seen in some monsters and horses and carriages. Where you might think the worse when the topic of CG/3D in anime comes up, it being overused or not blending in well, you can relax with this one being a nice consistency.

Conclusion:

To conclude the first season, comprising 12 episodes, is a good adventure which is slow and easy to follow. The concepts that are introduced, like the slime evolutions and business, keep the series interesting. The only thing that feels sort of off is the speed the series moves, it would have been nice to have it speed up in the later section. This isn’t much of a problem as following along is easy at the speed it unfolds.

One thing that I would have liked to have seen more of is Ryoma exploring more of the world. Being in the city is alright but seeing the same environments all the time can make the series feel stale. This is broken up with slightly different backdrops and different angles but you can identify where the characters are most of the time. I’m not saying this is bad, it just feels a little robotic. All told it’s good but feels a little off. This might be because Ryoma doesn’t go to many places around the town.

I would have also liked Ryoma to have visited the gods a bit more, they feel like important characters but they are only seen twice. They seem the single most important entities in the series, but after the second meeting in episode 3, they take a back seat.

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5 Fortunate Anime Characters

Anime encompasses a wide range of characters, each with their own unique stories and circumstances. While some face constant challenges and misfortunes, others are blessed with an extraordinary stroke of luck. In this article, we will explore five Fortunate Anime Characters who seem to have fate smiling upon them. From the fortunate Sora from No Game No Life to the serendipitous Midoriya from My Hero Academia, these characters capture our imagination with their uncanny ability to attract good fortune and achieve remarkable feats.

Sora – No Game No Life:

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Sora, one of the protagonists of No Game No Life, possesses extraordinary gaming skills and an uncanny knack for strategizing. His quick thinking, adaptability, and incredible luck often lead to unexpected victories, turning the tables in even the most dire situations. With an innate talent for understanding games and manipulating outcomes in his favor, Sora exemplifies the concept of being lucky in the world of gaming and challenges.

Midoriya – My Hero Academia:

Midoriya, also known as Deku, is the main protagonist of My Hero Academia who, despite initially lacking a Quirk, the superhuman abilities that define this world, is bestowed with the powerful Quirk of One For All. This stroke of luck propels him on a path toward becoming a hero, granting him incredible strength and potential. Midoriya’s journey showcases the transformative power of luck and the opportunities it can present when one is given a chance to rise above their limitations.

Tamako – Tamako Market:

Tamako, the cheerful and optimistic protagonist of Tamako Market, appears to be constantly blessed with good fortune. Whether it’s stumbling upon rare treasures or inadvertently solving problems, Tamako’s serendipitous encounters and unwavering positivity bring joy to those around her. Her carefree nature and the favorable outcomes of her endeavors make her an endearing character who reminds us that luck can lead to unexpected adventures and happiness.

Usopp – One Piece:

Usopp, a member of the Straw Hat Pirates in One Piece, possesses incredible luck and an uncanny ability to survive dangerous situations. Despite his initially timid nature, Usopp’s fortunate encounters and near-miraculous escapes contribute to his growth as a character and his development as a reliable member of the crew. Usopp’s lucky breaks and remarkable resilience serve as a reminder that luck can play a significant role in overcoming challenges and evolving as an individual.

Nagisa – Clannad:

Nagisa, the gentle and kind-hearted protagonist of Clannad, experiences a stroke of luck when she forms a deep and meaningful relationship with Tomoya, the series’ main character. This fortuitous connection brings light into her life and serves as a catalyst for personal growth and emotional healing. Nagisa’s fortunate encounter demonstrates the transformative power of unexpected relationships and the positive impact they can have on one’s journey.

While life may not always favor us with good luck, these lucky anime characters provide us with a delightful escape into a world where fortune smiles upon them. From Sora’s strategic prowess to Midoriya’s life-altering Quirk, Tamako’s serendipitous adventures, Usopp’s miraculous escapes, and Nagisa’s transformative relationship, these characters inspire us to embrace the unexpected blessings that come our way.

Through their stories, we are reminded that luck can play a significant role in shaping our paths, presenting opportunities for growth, and leading us to extraordinary achievements. As we immerse ourselves in the fortunate journeys of these anime characters, we can appreciate the power of luck in bringing forth unexpected joy, resilience, and personal transformation

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My Hero Academia Season 6 Review

My Hero Academia Season 6 continues where it left off last season and jumps into action straight away as the most powerful heroes of Japan try to take down the Paranormal Liberation Front. Here is our full My Hero Academia Season 6 Review.

This season aired in the Fall 2022 anime season. My Hero Academia Season 6 was animated by BONES, also known for Mob Psycho 100 and Fullmetal Alchemist.

This season really doesn’t take any shortcuts and just goes straight to the action, while last season had set up what transpires in this season, it really could have used a few minutes of recap, I personally didn’t remember that much of last season and was kinda confused at some of the things that were going on, but at the same time, I didn’t really mind because over time it did get more clear.

All the heroes you know and love are just fighting for a good chunk of the 1st half of the season and it’s awesome. It does suffer from some phasing issues, but any anime that is heavy on fighting has this issue so you kinda have to get used to it if you like this genre. This doesn’t mean it’s right though, because there are some things that could have avoided it. Some characters will die, and it’s honestly pretty sad because I really liked some of them, but with a war this big, it’s impossible to have everyone come alive, and it did up the stakes a lot.

Then I haven’t even talked about when Shigiraki finally woke up and totally obliterated everything in sight, and I literally mean everything. Even the slightest thing I can talk about will be a massive spoiler, so the story part of this review will keep things vague and as short as I can because if there is any season that needs to be watched, it’s this one.

Dabi finally also comes up with more about his story and backstory during this time as well, while his twist was a surprise, it did really fit the story really well and is a big shake-up for some of the characters that have to deal with him. After the war, Japan is more like a wasteland that houses people in the hero schools with small settlements where people hide that lost faith in the heroes, but there is 1 hero that doesn’t keep still and travels around trying to take down as many enemies as he can until he drops, and that’s Deku.

Deku is traveling around with All Might and some others right behind him, but sadly none of his friends are with him and he is all alone, he really gets the short end of the stick and can’t keep still because the danger is around every corner. While all this is going on, his powers are getting stronger at an extreme rate and he even unlocks more powers from the previous heroes that had his power. So during this time we also learn a lot more about those characters and what they can do to help Deku.

The character development this season is just amazing this season compared to the other ones, while the class of Deku got a bit left behind at times, they also had their fair share of moments, but I’m not sure how next season will be able to top this one.

The animators pulled out everything they could to make this season look as good as it did and was pleasantly surprised. The major effects came into play at all the right moments and the fight scenes felt like they were actually building up to be better and better with each episode which was also a major surprise because they just topped themselves each episode.

I’m personally really curious to see where next season will take us, and if you dropped My Hero Academia at any point years prior, I can’t recommend it enough to sit through the lesser parts for this.

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5 Unlucky Anime Characters

Anime has a way of capturing our hearts with its diverse characters and compelling storylines. While many protagonists find themselves on fortunate paths, there are some unlucky souls who consistently face a barrage of misfortune. In this article, we will delve into the world of anime and explore five characters who seem to attract bad luck like a magnet. From Jahy, the Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated, to Hanako from Anne-Happy, their constant struggles create both laughter and empathy among viewers. Let’s take a closer look at these unlucky anime characters and the trials they endure.

Jahy – The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated:

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Jahy, the main character of The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated, embodies the epitome of misfortune. Once a powerful demon, she finds herself stripped of her powers and forced to navigate the human world while living in a tiny apartment. From encountering financial hardships to dealing with the daily struggles of survival, Jahy’s misadventures paint a vivid picture of her unfortunate circumstances. Despite her setbacks, her determination to regain her former glory and rise above her misfortune provides a heartwarming and comedic narrative.

Hanako – Anne-Happy:

In the world of Anne-Happy, a group of high school girls attends a special class designed for those with exceptionally bad luck. Among them is Hanako, a girl who seems to attract misfortune wherever she goes. From getting caught in bizarre accidents to stumbling upon unexpected calamities, Hanako’s constant stream of bad luck is a source of both sympathy and amusement. Despite her unfortunate circumstances, Hanako maintains an optimistic outlook and forms lasting friendships with her fellow classmates, showcasing the resilience of an unlucky but spirited protagonist.

Kamijou Touma – A Certain Magical Index:

In the A Certain Magical Index series, Kamijou Touma finds himself in an extraordinary position. Known as the “Unluckiest One,” Touma possesses a unique power called Imagine Breaker that cancels out all supernatural abilities. However, this power comes with a cost, as misfortune relentlessly pursues him. From finding himself in life-threatening situations to attracting enemies and trouble wherever he goes, Touma’s constant struggles make him a prime example of an unfortunate anime character. Despite his unlucky circumstances, Touma’s unwavering determination and sense of justice make him an endearing protagonist.

Nobita Nobi – Doraemon:

Nobita Nobi, the protagonist of Doraemon, is a classic example of an unlucky character. Continuously plagued by academic struggles, clumsy mishaps, and comedic misadventures, Nobita’s life is a series of unfortunate events. His reliance on Doraemon’s futuristic gadgets adds an additional layer of chaos to his already unlucky existence. Despite his challenges, Nobita’s kind-hearted nature and unwavering friendships teach valuable life lessons and remind us that even in the face of constant misfortune, there is room for growth and resilience.

Kousaka Kyousuke – Oreimo:

Kousaka Kyousuke from Oreimo finds himself in an unlucky predicament when he discovers his sister’s hidden hobby of being an otaku. As he tries to navigate the complexities of sibling relationships and the societal stigma surrounding their shared interest, Kyousuke faces numerous obstacles and misunderstandings. His attempts to bridge the gap between his sister and their conservative upbringing often result in comedic and unlucky situations. Kyousuke’s relatable struggles highlight the challenges of balancing personal passions and societal expectations.

the tales of these unlucky anime characters, from Jahy’s quest for redemption to Hanako’s never-ending streak of misfortune, remind us of the inherent unpredictability of life. Through their struggles, they embody resilience, perseverance, and the ability to find humor in the face of adversity. These characters serve as a source of inspiration, teaching us valuable lessons about embracing challenges, finding strength in difficult situations, and cherishing moments of joy amidst chaos. As we witness their journeys, we are reminded that even in the face of relentless misfortune, there is always room for personal growth, laughter, and the unwavering spirit to confront life’s obstacles head-on.

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Working Buddies! No 2! Review

Working Buddies! No 2! shows us the adventures of 2 friends traversing the job market of Japan and trying their best and some common jobs found in Japan. Here is our full Working Buddies! No 2! Review!

The anime started airing in the Summer 2018 anime season. Working Buddies! No 2! is animated by Tomovies.

The 2nd season of Working Buddies! is more or less exactly the same as the 1st one, but in some ways, it’s a lot less fun. What I expected from the ending of the 1st season was some more character development and going a bit more into that side of the anime, but instead, we got to explore jobs again.

During this season they had a lot more annoying characters that were new, like the locksmith. Some of the returning characters were nice to see but overall, the inclusion of the newer ones was a bit of a setback as well.

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They had this strange live-action episode and I absolutely hated it. It didn’t feel like an episode of this series, nothing was recognizable in any way and it could have just been a side short instead of something from the main series. this episode could have honestly been anything if the yellow koala didn’t show up because that was the only thing that I recognized.

There isn’t much to say about this season that I haven’t said here or in the 1st season, so if you want to know a little bit more about what I thought about the art of the show, I recommend that you should read my review on the 1st season.

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5 Best Anime for Beginners: A Starter Kit Guide

Are you new to the world of anime and feeling overwhelmed by the vast array of options available? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this article, we’ve curated a list of the best anime series to kick-start your anime journey with the Best Anime for Beginners. Whether you’re looking for thrilling action, heartwarming stories, or mind-bending mysteries, our beginner-friendly anime starter kit guide will help you find the perfect series to dive into. So, grab some popcorn and get ready to explore the captivating realm of anime!

Death Note

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This was my personal first anime, and it’s a really good one to start off on. For those craving a dark and suspenseful narrative, Death Note is a captivating psychological thriller. The series follows Light Yagami, a high school student who discovers a mysterious notebook with the power to kill anyone whose name is written in it. Driven by a desire to create a perfect world, Light becomes entangled in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with the enigmatic detective known as L. With its intricate plot, moral dilemmas, and intellectual battles, Death Note will keep you guessing until the very end.

Attack on Titan

If you’re a fan of intense action and gripping storytelling, Attack on Titan is a must-watch. Set in a world overrun by colossal man-eating creatures called Titans, the series follows a group of brave individuals fighting for humanity’s survival. With its adrenaline-pumping battles and intriguing plot twists, Attack on Titan will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

My Hero Academia

Superheroes and school life blend seamlessly in My Hero Academia, a series that has taken the anime community by storm. Join Izuku Midoriya, a young boy born without powers in a world where having extraordinary abilities is the norm. Follow his journey as he enrolls in a prestigious hero academy and works hard to become the world’s greatest hero. Packed with exhilarating action, endearing characters, and a powerful message of never giving up, My Hero Academia is an excellent entry point into the world of anime.

Your Lie in April

Prepare to be moved by the emotional rollercoaster of Your Lie in April. This slice-of-life drama centers around Kōsei Arima, a former piano prodigy who lost his passion for music after a traumatic event. His life takes a turn when he meets a free-spirited violinist named Kaori, who helps him rediscover the joy of music and find new meaning in life. With its beautiful animation, heartfelt storytelling, and a soundtrack that will tug at your heartstrings, Your Lie in April is a touching anime that explores themes of love, friendship, and personal growth.

Haikyu!!

Sports anime enthusiasts will find themselves cheering for the underdog team in Haikyuu!!. This series chronicles the journey of Shōyō Hinata, a determined volleyball player with a seemingly insurmountable disadvantage—his short stature. Against all odds, Hinata aspires to become a volleyball champion and forms an unlikely partnership with the talented but reserved Tobio Kageyama. With its dynamic animation, exhilarating matches, and a cast of lovable characters, Haikyuu!! is a series that captures the spirit of teamwork, perseverance, and the thrill of competition.

Embarking on your anime journey can be an exciting and enriching experience. The series mentioned in this beginner-friendly anime starter kit guide offers a diverse range of genres, from action-packed adventures to heartfelt dramas, providing a taste of the immense variety anime has to offer. So, grab your favorite from our list and immerse yourself in these captivating stories.

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BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense Review

In the vast landscape of anime, the virtual reality massively multiplayer online (VRMMO) genre has become a staple, with countless shows exploring the adventures and challenges faced by gamers inside virtual worlds. However, among the sea of fierce battles and intense strategies, BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense stands out as a refreshing and delightful take on the genre. Offering a perfect blend of lightheartedness, camaraderie, and a dash of overpowered charm, BOFURI takes viewers on an enchanting journey where defense is not only a strategy but a way of life. Here is our full BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense Review.

BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense released in the Winter 2020 anime season and was animated by SILVER LINK.

So what can we say about Bofuri? Set in the fantasy world of New World Online, Bofuri has relatable things to SAO (Sword Art Online). Granted they are not trapped in a death game, but they are in a VR gaming world. Another relatable aspect is that the VR system illustrated in Bofuri is pretty similar in design to the Nerve gear from SAO.

The titular hero of the story, who would rather not be hurt, is named Maple. She doesn’t like to be hurt so every time she gains skill points she puts them all on Vitality, which makes her super OP (Over Powered). Together with her friend Sally, they explore the game’s landscape and later form the Maple Tree guild.

Progressing with new friends, the Maple Tree guild enters the latest tournament. To say they are all forces of nature would be an understatement, each member brings something new to the table. Regardless of who the member is each has strengths, not necessarily weaknesses, mainly because the other members cover for them. Besides anyone near Maple is near unkillable anyway.

Before we continue you might have noticed some similarities between Bofui and Fairy Tail. This is more apparent in the early episodes of Fairy Tail, when there is no real goal but to have fun.

Story:

From the very start, this is a typical RPG-style game, starting up and going through the painstaking process of creating the character’s avatar. Shortly after this one of the best lines comes up, which, probably crosses a lot of gamer’s minds:

I wonder where they keep the monsters!

For any gamer, not just MMO or Online, this thought has probably occurred along with something like Here monsters I won’t hurt you… much. Out of the first episode, this was the crowing line, along with what happens next. When Maple goes to find her prey, she locates a poor defenceless rabbit, who she accidentally kills. Moments later Maple encounters a bee which she uses to build her poison resistant up, before terminating it and falling asleep in the forest.

Before the first episode ends, Maple is told about a tough dungeon where she might find some good gear, unfortunately for Maple, she has not been told not to venture there alone. In the true gamer fashion of leaping before analysing the situation, she heads there. If you are sitting there thinking how can a novice manage you would probably be right, Maple on the other hand rapidly devizes a strategy where she builds her poison resistance into an immunity. Unfortunately, her sword and shield are vanquished earlier in the battle and she has no way to fight back, so any normal gamer would probably throw in the towel and try again later, right? Maple, instead devours the monster gaining new skills, armour and a tower shield that she needed, and all before the end of Episode 1.

This is only a taster of what will be coming. If you were thinking eating a boss was going to be the best thing there was think again. Episode 2 introduces tournaments, and Maple shows off the crazy powers she’s got in PVP (Player Vs Player). Honestly, if I were to highlight the best bits this review would be a couple of hours long.

During Episode 4 there are a few new characters introduced, including a total OP boss, which is designed not to be defeated and the developers of New World Online. If you have been keeping up with the events you can probably guess Maple doesn’t take prisoners and this “supposed” unbeatable boss meets its match in Maple. As a reward both Maple and Sally gain a strange egg which later becomes a fantastic asset for Maple, evolving her from the Walking Fortress into the Flying Fortress.

Throughout the series there are equally fantastic parts if not better as the story unfolds, the only downside is that there is no real clear story to be seen other than someone who wants to have fun with her friends. Realistically that isn’t a downside, but it feels like there are so many things that can make a story here, it’s insane. At the end of the day, however, the series is exactly what gamers should be, a community of players wanting to enjoy themselves.

Character Development:

Maple/Kaede:

Maple is referred to in the early Episodes as the Walking Fortress, and later as the Flying Fortress. Some of the best parts are when the developers nerf Maple and she still finds ways around it to play how she wants. Honestly, if you were in any kind of game you would definitely not want this character as a boss to fight.

Sally/Risa:

Maple’s friend both in New World Online and IRL (In Real Life). She is introduced in the first episode but doesn’t become a main part until the second episode. She does a breakdown of the play style that would better suit her but she decides to go with a swashbuckler. Realistically she uses a rogue class, which is fast, and normally seen with two short swords.

The Maple Tree Guild:

As the story develops, Maple and Sally form a Guild. Making Maple the guild master was the obvious choice in everyone’s mind, who wouldn’t want a monster as guild master? The members are as follows:

Kuromu:

The red armoured knight character is introduced in late Episode 1, however, he is seen in Episode 1 talking with other players. Loaded out as a Great Shielder, the same as Maple, however, he has a more levelled build for his character. In one of the closings to the early episodes he worries he is the “shitty version of Maple“, however true this might appear he is so much more.

Iz:

Met early on in Episode 1, Iz runs a shop and takes a request to make a shield for Maple. Once Maple Tree is formed Iz and Kuromu join the guild at the same time. For the guild, Iz is the resident blacksmith who makes anything needed to make the guild stronger and enhances its members.

Kanade:

Introduced in Episode 5 he is the only mage in Maple Tree, using pre-stocked magic to speed up his casting. He has the ability to stock magic in storage and call them out when he needs them. In the few instances that he is shown fighting in the episodes he seems to favour the hit-and-run tactics. That isn’t to say he isn’t a fighter, he just prefers to use his intelligence to benefit the guild.

Kasumi:

Appearing like a samurai-type warrior, this character uses a katana and deals deadly strikes to foes. In Maple Tree, she is set as a front-line attacker most of the time, the same as Sally and Kuromu. Although she doesn’t appear as agile as Sally, Kasumi has her own traits that help her stand out in the guild. During the guild tournament, she shows off some pretty interesting skills.

Mai & Yui:

Built the opposite of Maple, these 2 opted to max out their Attack power. The only downside is the same as Maple, having nearly no Agility makes moving and evasion difficult. Thankfully their lack of Agility isn’t a problem in Maple Tree, this is because the rest of the guild covers for them.

Syirp & Oboro:

During the battle with the “unkillable” monster in Episode 4, Maple and Sally gain monster eggs which hatch into a Turtle (Syirp) and a Fox (Oboro). Although small, and pet-like, they become important members of Maple Tree. A few Episodes later Maple learns the skill to make her pet turtle into a monstrous flying beast allowing Maple to evolve from the Walking Fortress into the Flying Fortress. Oboro on the other hand becomes an asset in battle for Sally and supports her in her fighting style.

Conclusion:

To conclude, the series is fantastic despite the story being a jokey and enjoyable adventure of having fun with friends. It has its little flaws but it’s easy to like, and regardless of the typical gaming rules, Maple is a boss class on her own so rules don’t really apply. The rest of the Maple Tree Guild members are nothing to ignore either mind you. Although no one in the guild is on Maple’s level of “indestructibility” there are plenty of impressive characters, all unique to the guild. As stated by Kuromu, “the standard play style is overrated“, and Maple Tree is a prime example of the diversity of play styles.

As previously stated, the overall feel of Bofuri gives the same vibes as the early episodes of Fairy Tail. While watching through, the overall impressions of Bofuri fall in line with the Fairy Tail premise, at least when the guild in Bofuri is formed.

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