My All-Time Favourite Anime

I wrote my first ever blog three years ago, around this time. Instead of talking about my favourite moments of the year I’m going to commemorate this anniversary by listing my Top Ten Favourite Anime of all time. =D

From 10 to 1 here is my all-time top ten. =)

10. Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma (2015)

9. Locodol (2014)

Locodol Anime

8. No Game No Life (2014)

 

7. One Punch Man (2015)

 

6. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (2015)

5. Monster Musume (2015)

Monster Musume Anime

4. High School DxD (2012)

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3. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! (2016)

 

 

2. New Game! (2016)

 

  1. Non Non Biyori (2013)

That’s my list done. What’s your favourite anime? Feel free to comment and we can have a good chat. =D

 

Thanks for reading, see you soon. =)

Ryan.^^/

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon Light Novel Volume Six Review

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I’ve been very determined to not look at spoilers of this manga but unfortunately the excitement and curiosity got the better of me. However I was literally on the edge of my seat with Volume Six and despite knowing the outcome of the War Game, I was very engrossed with the whole thing.

I saw a different side to the story from the usual dungeon prowling to an all-out war between two familias. This could have easily been avoided if Bell didn’t take the bait and retaliated to those who insulted Hestia, his Goddess.

I was happy and relieved that Bell’s allies came to aid him when he and Hestia were being chased by the Apollo and Soma Familias. My heart skipped a little when Hestia confessed her love for him. I’m not sure what Bell was going to say but it doesn’t matter now. =D

My favourite part was the War Game.

Hestia’s and Lilly’s strategy was brilliant and cleverly devised. Usually I’ve been able to predict outcomes and moments in manga in general but there were a few twists in this battle that I did not see coming. I didn’t expect Ryu to use the Crozzo magic swords and I didn’t expect Lilly to disguise herself as that prum guy.

Lilly has shown in the War Game that she is more than useful and she played a very important part in Hestia Familia’s victory. Lilly may not be powerful but she out-smarted a lot of members from the Apollo Familia and crucially tackled Cassandra to the ground when she had a hold of Bell’s leg. Off topic for a moment, I’m happy that her situation with Soma has been resolved peacefully. =)

I liked seeing everyone’s point of view during the battle but I definitely would have liked to see more of Bell’s training with Aiz and Tiona. The two top class Adventurers played a crucial part in Bell’s growth and it was great to see more of Tiona.

Speaking of Aiz, it was a nice and cute moment to see Bell and Aiz dancing. I didn’t recognise Aiz being on the front cover, I thought that was a completely different person dancing with Bell. XD

I have my suspicions once again surrounding Freya. It seemed like she didn’t do anything apart from stare at Bell. However, I have a feeling that she had something to do with that amulet that Syr gave him that protected him from Hyacinthus’ magic.

I think that picture that’s been shattered in that golden amulet could actually be Freya herself. It’s the only explanation I can think of as she’s the only one who is helping Bell indirectly.

What do you all think of the book? Overall I think it was awesome and it’s definitely up there among of my favourite novels. As nervous as I was about Bell’s defeat, realistically Apollo was never going to win, even if he did, Freya would crush him and claim Bell for herself. XD

I could literally talk about this book forever but for now I will just leave it here and if you want to chat about it, I’d be happy to talk about the big things and little things of volume six.

 

Thanks for Reading. =)

Ryan.^^/

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Volume 5 Light Novel

Danmachi Vol 5 LN cover

I thought this book was very dramatic and it felt as though everything was happening at once. Bell experienced the dark side of humanity and faced the most dangerous monster that the dungeon had to offer to date, a floor boss. It felt very realistic as this was the first time that they experienced the true horrors of a dungeon. Lilly’s wits and dungeon prowling experience proved to be useful in this life and death situation.

It was filled with interesting twists like how Bell and his party had to deal with a “pass parade”, how they overcame the odds with a floor boss and how Bell coped when he watched the naked ladies in a hot spring…

As well as experiencing the dark side of humanity from loathe-filled adventurers this book also showed that even in the dark, there’s a radiance of light that can lift you and comfort you. There’s a reason why adventurers have issues, some more severe than others, but these troubled issues doesn’t mean that they’re bad people.

This is especially true in the case of Ryu Lion who played an amazing but important role. She’s the one I wanted to know more about and see in battle and my wish came true. I always thought she was cool and after reading this, I think she’s more cool than before. =D

In some ways I feel that the dramatic situation was a work of Gods and it could have potentially been avoided as the Loki Familia took care of Bell and his party. The dynamics of the story changed completely because of Hestia’s and Hermes’ involvement…

 

Thanks for Reading. =)

Ryan.^^/

Anime Summer 2016

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So far this year there hasn’t been an anime that made me go “wow, that is amazing!” The only exception is KonoSuba and that wasn’t originally on my plan to watch list. I picked it up half way through and it became an instant favourite of mine.

Last year there were plenty for me to look forward to like Non Non Biyori Repeat, Monster Musume, High School DxD BorN, Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, I could literally go on. Recently I watched the One-Punch Man anime which aired last year and that too became an instant favourite of mine.

I don’t necessarily think that this year’s anime have been bad, it’s just that I found most of them something to watch rather than watching them with excitement.

There has been one anime that I have been eagerly waiting for this year and that is the second season of Food Wars! ‘Food Wars! The Second Plate.’ I’m really excited about that and I’m deliberately avoiding the trailers so I don’t get spoiled. I want to be surprised.

The other anime that has caught my eye from this season is ‘Hybrid x Heart Magic Academy Ataraxia’ or ‘Masou Gakuen H x H.’

I’ve seen one trailer so far and I do think I will really enjoy it. I didn’t watch anymore trailers because I want to be surprised like with the Food Wars! second season. I know nothing about this story but my instincts are telling me that it will have a lot of similar themes to High School DxD.

Either way, I’m happy that I have something else to look forward to. =)

Thanks for Reading. =)

Ryan^^/

My Manga Rankings

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5: EXCELLENT

  • DRAGONS RIOTING
  • GRIM REAPER AND FOUR GIRLFRIENDS
  • HIGH SCHOOL DXD
  • IS IT WRONG TO TRY TO PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON?
  • KONOSUBA: GOD’S BLESSING ON THIS WONDERFUL WORLD!
  • MONSTER MUSUME
  • NON NON BIYORI
  • ONE-PUNCH MAN
  • SEE ME AFTER CLASS!

4: VERY GOOD

  • 12 BEAST
  • BLOOM INTO YOU
  • D-FRAG!
  • FOOD WARS: SHOKUGEKI NO SOMA
  • KASE-SAN SERIES
  • LORD MARKSMAN AND VANADIS
  • MAGIKA SWORDSMAN AND SUMMONER
  • MISS KOBAYASHI’S DRAGON MAID
  • PLEASE TELL ME! GALKO-CHAN
  • SEKIREI
  • SHOMIN SAMPLE: I WAS ABDUCTED BY AN ELITE ALL-GIRLS SCHOOL AS A SAMPLE COMMONER
  • TRINITY SEVEN
  • WITCH CRAFT WORKS

3: GOOD

  • HOW TO BUILD A DUNGEON: BOOK OF THE DEMON KING
  • KAMPFER
  • KISS AND WHITE LILY FOR MY DEAREST GIRL
  • THE OTHER SIDE OF SECRET
  • SENRAN KAGURA
  • THE TESTAMENT OF NEW SISTER DEVIL
  • TODAY’S CERBERUS

2: OK

  • THE DEVIL IS A PART-TIMER!
  • DEMON KING ENA-SAMA GOES TO A MANGA SCHOOL
  • IS THIS A ZOMBIE?
  • NO GAME NO LIFE
  • OH MY GODDESS!
  • SOUL EATER NOT!
  • THERE’S A DEMON LORD ON THE FLOOR
  • TRIAGE X

1: READABLE

  • FREEZING
  • HAGANAI: I DON’T HAVE MANY FRIENDS
  • NTR: NETSUZOU TRAP
  • NURSE HITOMI’S MONSTER INFIRMARY
  • OMAMORI HIMARI

My Light Novel Rankings

Art by me. =)

5: EXCELLENT

  • IS IT WRONG TO TRY TO PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON?
  • KONOSUBA: GOD’S BLESSING ON THIS WONDERFUL WORLD!

4: VERY GOOD

  • N/A

3: GOOD

  • IN ANOTHER WORLD WITH MY SMARTPHONE
  • MY BIG SISTER LIVES IN A FANTASY WORLD

2: OK

  • NO GAME NO LIFE
  • STRIKE THE BLOOD

1: READABLE

  • N/A

Art Projects

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I’m really enjoying my art as of late and I feel as though I’m getting better with each picture that I produce. Recently, I drew a picture of Freya from Danmachi and I’m very happy with how it ended up. It turned out really well because I chose to go back to the basics with my approach to both the colouring and shading styles. I feel that because I went back to the basics, it ended up being much more effective than I anticipated.

 

Subconsciously I think I put myself under unnecessary pressure to finish my illustrations as quickly as I can and that did take away some of the enjoying from the artistic journey.  I took a step back upon my Freya picture and realised this so I told myself to slow down and when the pictures are ready to be complete, they will be complete.

 

Lately I’ve been doing these artistic projects where I’m drawing characters and sceneries for my family members. I’m enjoying doing projects for other people as it makes a nice change of pace but I don’t think I’m up for doing commissions for people that I don’t know just yet. Will my requested art meet their expectations? Will I be on a time limit? Anxious thoughts entered my head, especially regarding the time issue, so I always end up declining to avoid those self-pressure situations.

 

I think if I’m reassured that I can take my time with a project than I can probably do it and do it well. So, if anyone has a suggestion or if they have a picture that they’d like to see, just give me a shout. =)

 

Here is the list of My 8 Current Art in the Works

  • Claire Harvey (Hundred) – I’m attempting a 3D-ish type of colouring of Claire. Nothing really inspired me to give this a go, I just fancied a go. =D
  • Mi-Chan (High School Fleet) – I started this picture around the same time as Freya so the colouring and shading style will be more or less the same but with a background. =)
  • Saitama and Fubuki (One Punch Man) – I’m in the midst of doing a funny but affectionate dating scene between Saitama and Fubuki. I keep on laughing every time I focus on drawing this. XD
  • Atago (KanColle) – Atago at the beach. Originally I was going to use Galko-Chan in this summer scene but I saw this as an opportunity to draw Atago as I always wanted to draw her. =)
  • Fubuki (KanColle), Renge (Non Non Biyori) and Stera and Lotte (Atelier Shallie) – I’m doing a crossover to celebrate the fact that I earned my first ever Platinum Trophy on the PlayStation network. =D
  • Ikumi Mito (Food Wars!) – I really like Ikumi and it’s always fun to draw her, especially when she blushes.
  • Arnice and Lillysse (Nights of Azure) – I’m really enjoying playing the Nights of Azure game and I suddenly had the urge to draw these two girls. =)
  • Hotaru (Non Non Biyori), Wiz (KonoSuba) and Kirin (The Asterisk War) – A night scene with the girls and fireflies. I’m very excited about this one. =)

 

Thanks for Reading. =)

Ryan.^^/

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Light Novel Volume Four

Danmachi Light Novel 4

Is it me, or is Bell prodding Hephaistos’ boob on the front cover? Well, she is burying his face in her other boob so I suppose it’s a “tit-for-tat” kind of situation, excuse the pun. Haha.

 

  1. REVIEW

This was exciting to read.

 

I’m happy that Bell finally managed to become a level 2 but I do get the impression that from now on he has to watch his back. Bell’s growth (thanks to the Realis Phrase ability) was under the radar all this time but now that he has levelled up, the Gods and Adventurers alike have suddenly taken notice.

Hestia needs to be careful as well, especially as Freya defended Bell during the Denatus meeting. It does make me wonder if Freya will try another scheme to make Bell her “property”. I do think that she genuinely harbours love and affection for him and she is the reason why Bell more or less overcame his fear of Minotaurs and is able to cast magic. Is she helping him out of love, or out of selfishness? I don’t know what to make of Freya, I like her but at the same time I don’t like her. She’s fascinating yet complicated. XD

I was impressed with Welf Crozzo’s introduction. I really like him and I think the history of his ancestors is especially interesting. I watched the anime so I am somewhat spoiled but I still had no idea that his family’s origins were that deep. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about his views and philosophy on forging and creating magic weapons and regular weapons. I think it’s more than appropriate that someone like him is the exclusive blacksmith for Bell. I think it’s awesome as well that he forged Bell’s Minotaur horn into a dagger.

At first I wasn’t really keen on Lili but I discovered that throughout this book Lili is actually growing on me. She’s very street wise and she’s the type of, “it takes one to know one” kind of her person. She knows a con-artist when she sees one and this was demonstrated when Bell and Lili took on Nahza’s request.

Speaking of Nazha’s request, I really like the extra stories that this book offered at the end. Learning about Nahza’s past was insightful and it made sense why she was over-charging Bell’s potions and doesn’t go dungeon crawling. It’s interesting to know when these events happened. I actually wondered how he managed to squeeze in this quest during his training with Aiz without Hestia or Lili sussing him out. XD

I always had the vision of Bell buying Hestia a pair of cute ribbons with chimes and I came to learn that this actually happened. =) I thought it was a nice moment when Bell gave Hestia her ribbons for the first time. It just shows the strong bond that Hestia and Bell have for each other.

Hestia wanted to do something “God-like” and buy him the sword that he wanted but whilst she didn’t achieve it then, she certainly achieved it later on when his dagger was hand-crafted by Hephaistos herself. So, one could argue that Bell in fact got an “upgrade”, all thanks for Hestia. =)

I’m hoping that these short stories continue to appear in the Light Novels as I want to learn more about the supporting characters like Ryu, Syr, Aiz and Hephaistos. =)

  1. RATING

Two Thumbs-Up. (My Rating System) (My Light Novel Series Rankings)

Two Thumbs-Up

Top Ten Anime of 2015

 

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There were plenty of anime that I enjoyed this year. In fact, the title of this blog is misleading as I wrote about 11 anime, instead of 10. Whoops! Haha. There’s just too many to blog about…

Anyway, here is my list of anime that I’ve enjoyed in 2015.

 

Anti Magic Academy 35th Platoon

Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon

For me personally, this was refreshing to watch.

All the characters have burdens to carry. Takeru is especially good. He doesn’t try to change people’s perspectives like a cliché character but instead offers a hand and a shoulder to cry on. I think that’s definitely refreshing and that attitude has had an effect on the main girls around him.

This might have been dark at times but there was always a light at the end of the tunnel, especially with the humorous parts. This was definitely good to watch. =)

The Asterisk War

The Asterisk War

I really liked the action and duals in this series. Once more I found the visuals very colourful, especially as the main academy is near the water.

I found the fights to be eye-catching and sophisticated, especially the sounds effects and the swordplay. My favourite dual was Ayato vs Kirin as I enjoyed how they both cancelled each other out and I enjoyed seeing their swords clashing against each another. Kirin’s swordplay is definitely very cool and badass.

I think Kirin is cute but is very cool. I like that sort of character. In fact, I was actually motivated to draw a fanart of her. It’s in its colouring stages but it will be complete come the New Year. =)

Food Wars Shokugeki no Soma

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma

I didn’t know what I was expecting when I first heard of the existence of Food Wars but I definitely wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did.

It’s like a humongous battle in a school among students but instead of physically battling with each other, it’s like having bake offs, but on a much larger scale. It may sound strange but I really enjoyed watching what the chefs cooked. They looked delicious and realistic.

I think it helps that this show has made me laugh on a numerous of occasions and all the ladies are very easy on the eye, especially when they visualise the food that they tasted. Haha.

High School DxD Born

High School DxD BorN

I’m a humongous fan of High School DxD and I did enjoy the third season.

This series did make me nervous more than the previous two as some of the characters completely snapped and went ballistic. That was rather sad and intense to see. However, it was all resolved in the end and everyone was sane and lived happily ever after, haha.

As well as the ladies being easy on the eye, the action, and the funny moments were good. However, what I especially liked was the character growth in Issei, Rias, Akeno and Koneko. All of those characters have been carrying burdens but in this series the weight of the burdens on their shoulders had been lifted. I was very pleased when I saw those moments. =)

I vote for Issei to become the Harem King. Haha.

Ps, I just want to make a shout out to Yoko Hikasa to congratulate her on her marriage. It’s a wonderful thing but I hope she stays in the industry as I can’t imagine anyone else to voice Rias.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon anime

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

If I had a top five list than this show would probably be in it.

It had pretty much everything in it that I liked. It has a likable main character, a bunch of pretty girls, plenty of comedy values and good fights and action in the dungeon. It has that feeling of an RPG game as you don’t necessarily have to fight to earn gold coins. Plus, there’s a bunch of gods from different mythology coming together and forming their own familiars. Without a doubt, my favourite goddess is Hestia.

The story is good and has plenty of comedy, touching moments, exciting moments and situations that made me nervous. It’s a pity that a second season hasn’t been announced so far but I’m now collecting the Light Novels and the manga so it’s all good. =)

Non Non Biyori Repeat anime

Non Non Biyori Repeat

I knew that the second season was going to be as good as the first season. I like it how there’s no strong plot, it’s just about a bunch of girls conveying their daily lives in the countryside. The addition of the new music and soundtrack was refreshing and added to this beautiful anime.

I watched this together with my Mum as she’s also a fan of Non Non. My bro is even started to watch it… my 2016 goal is to convert my entire family to Non Non Biyori. Haha! This is definitely among of my favourite anime of all time. With good reason too.^^/

Monster Musume anime

Monster Musume

Admittedly I was nervous when it was announced that MonMusu was going to get an anime adaptation but to my surprise it was much, much better than I had expected it to be.

Everything in it happened exactly as it did in the manga with only a few cuts here and there. I was especially impressed with how they portrayed the characters. The show was both funny and quite touching at times.

I would welcome a second season but I don’t think it will happen for at least another year.

Shomin Sample

Shomin Sample

I found this anime to be extremely funny.

Poor Kimito has to pretend to have a muscle fetish in order to stay at a school in which he’s been kidnapped to stay in. Haha. It was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. I found the characters and the situations they got themselves into to be humorous and quirky.

All the ladies are socially inept as they don’t have a clue about the real world but I especially thought it was funny when Aika taught them and Reiko about “Gets”. The “Gets” gag was the underlining factor in this show. Haha.

Shimoneta Anime

SHIMONETA

I shouldn’t have found this funny, but I did.

There were plenty of innuendos and rude jokes in this anime and that is literally the main theme of this show. The antics of certain characters were both funny and disturbing at times. Haha.

I think it was an interesting concept how they tried to monitor everyone in an attempt to set good standards in modern society. Is that really good for the people though? I’m all for good standards but I personally think that that’s robbing people of their freedom and I think this show explores that very well, even if it is… crude. 😉

The Testament of Sister New Devil Anime

The Testament of Sister New Devil

I really enjoyed watching the two series back to back this year.

In some ways this show reminds me of High School DxD, and Mio especially reminds me of Rias. It’s because of the similarities that made me watch this show, and I’m glad that I did.

There’s a lot more action than I thought there was going to be and I feel that the risqué moments happen appropriately, rather than happen for the sake of making the viewers go blind. Haha. I think it’s a good story where Mio wants to live a normal life but it was never going to be easy as she is the daughter of the past devil king.

I’m sure one day she will live a peaceful life without any worries. =)

 

Anime in 2016

 

At this moment in time there’s no particular anime that has caught my eye to watch in 2016. I know The Asterisk War second season will be aired at some point in April but that’s about it. For now, I will just have to wait and see what comes along and go from there.

 

If you want to recommend an anime by all means do. I’ll be happy to hear from you. =)

 

Ryan.^^/

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Manga Volume One Review

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  1. REVIEW

This was fun to read. I felt that I was able to visualise and understand the story much better with the combination of reading the Light Novel books and watching the anime previously. By reading the volume one of Dungeon Girls[1] I felt that I was able to understand the concept and settings of the story much better, especially the God’s Blessing, Falna.

 

I feel that the story has a lot of RPG elements and I think it’s quirky that the manga is published by SquareEnix over in Japan. I think it would be really cool if this manga became an actual RPG and/or an online game. I would become an adventurer and join Hestia’s guild in a heartbeat. Haha. Getting back on track…

 

I like it how Bell admits to himself that the reason he became an adventurer is because he wanted to meet girls. He wanted to be a young maiden’s hero so he ventured down to the fifth level of the dungeon, nearly got himself killed and was saved by a beautiful princess… the sword princess called Aiz Wallenstein. Now, with his heart and conscious much “purer”, his new goal is not to pick up girls but to catch up to the lady in question.

 

Getting close to Aiz won’t be easy though as she is a member of the Loki Familia whilst Bell is the sole member of Hestia Familia. Hestia is cute, nice and very funny but she is also a little childish. I get the sense with Hestia that even though she is childish she will be sensible and mature when she needs to be. I do find it cute when she snuggles up to Bell though.

 

Bell shouldn’t focus primarily on Aiz as Hestia is a keeper but he’s probably holding himself back from Hestia as she is his Goddess. Speaking of keepers and slapping rings around lovely ladies, Syr and Eina are also lovely. It was funny when Syr played innocent to get the better of Bell. If I was Bell I certainly would never beat Syr. She is far too cute to compete with. She’s also a lot of fun to draw.

 

For those who are interested you can find my chibi version of her in the link below.

Chibi Syr

 

It was rather cool to see how far Hestia would go to help Bell, to the point where she would do the Dogeza in front of Hephaistos. She really is a nice Goddess.

 

I got a little bit pumped up when Loki and Freya had their little “chat,”… I wonder if Aiz knew if Freya was referring to Bell. Speaking of which, when Bell ran out of the restaurant Aiz said Bell’s name in her head. As far as I knew Aiz never met or knew Bell previously. Perhaps the explanation is simple. I did feel sorry for her when everyone in her fellow Familia members laughed at her for “scaring” Bell away.

 

Freya is quite the cunning Goddess. She’s beautiful but I do get the sense that she’s very evil and sneaky especially as Loki called her out specifically. Bell and Hestia had better keep on their toes and stay away from Freya as far away as they can as I get the sense that Freya sees herself as above the law.

 

Thinking about Bell’s situation reminds of the song, “run, rabbit, run, rabbit, run, run, run!!”

 

  1. RATING

Two Thumbs-Up.^^/ (My Rating System) (My Manga Series Rankings)

Two Thumbs-Up

THANKS FOR READING

Hestisa, Bell and Aiz

I wasn’t going to review this as really I didn’t feel that there wasn’t anything to say seeing as I’ve already reviewed the Light Novel and all the Dungeon Girls episodes. However, I had a sudden change of heart when I re-read Volume 1 manga and when Volume 2 arrived this very morning. My excitement took over and in the end I decided to share my thoughts.

 

Thanks for Reading,

Ryan.

[1] The correct abbreviation for Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon? Is DanMachi. However, out of habit, I kept referring to it as Dungeon Girls so I decided to keep calling it Dungeon Girls. Haha.