My 2017 Goals

It’s a new start to a new year and I have a mind-set that’s fresh and clear. I’m already feeling positive vibes from 2017 and I’m well underway with my goals for this year.

 

Socialising and Going Out

A lot has happened throughout my life. I always struggle with crowds but things are becoming easier overtime, especially with my new mind-set. I’ve accepted my weaknesses and limitations now but I persevere when I need to, both for myself and for everyone else. Despite my anxiety going out I do feel that I’m actually a people’s person and I often find myself putting everyone’s feelings ahead of my own.

I will try to go out more but only under the right circumstances. It’s all about dealing with each moment when it’s presented to me rather than analyse possible future events.

 

My Stories

For years I’ve been writing and making amendments for my children’s story and right now its under-going another editing process. I’ve completed the first book a good number of times but it was never quite ready to be published. As a result I’ve often lost motivation and lacked ideas to change. However, this is definitely the most successful editing process I’ve ever done for this story.

I’ve polished my writing style and grammar-correcting a lot and I have to thank reading different manga and light novels for that. The only materials I can read are manga and light novels but it really does go to show that no matter what genre you read, reading makes you grow as a writer.

 

Anime Art

I’ve changed my attitude and approach to my anime art and decided to take extra time to complete each art successfully. Last year I did get in the unfortunate habit of putting a time limit on each picture. Now I have the philosophy of illustrating at my own pace which goes hand in hand with my new mind-set for this year. You could say it’s a new beginning with a better approach and from now on I will emphasize quality over quantity.

 

My Current Works in Progress

-Requests (I’m undertaking around 10 requests and nearly completed 1)

-New Game! (This is a comic style landscape that features Aoba and Hifumi)

-Gaia: Mother Goddess (a more refined version of my own character, Gaia the Elf Goddess)

-Darkness (a single portrait of the masochist knight that could feature a few versions in different clothes)

-Valentine’s Day picture (to be revealed)

-Ai-Chan (going to attempt to shade Ai-Chan in the blue chrome shading style and see how I get on)

-Keijo x One Punch Man Comic (a crossover comic that is set in the One Punch Man universe but stars Nozomi and Non from Keijo)

 

I’m enjoying all these drawings right now and I can’t wait to see how they turn out in the end. 2017 will be a great year. =)

 

Thanks for reading. =)

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.^^/

KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!

KonoSuba

  1. REVIEW

As of late I like the concept when the main characters are transported to a roleplaying/fantasy world from the “real world”.

I literally enjoyed every minute of KonoSuba, especially the characters. At times I felt Kazama and Aqua were hot and cold. One minute I thought they were cool and funny but other times I thought they were rude and self-centred. However, I still found them likable despite their occasional faults and because of their past lives and circumstances, it was always going to be a challenge for them to adapt. In fact, I actually think they’re coping well considering that they were dragged to a new world without warning.

Megumin and Darkness are both nice ladies but they’re both very eccentric in their own ways. You have Megumin, an enthusiastic girl who loves Explosion Magic but knocks herself out whenever she uses it. And you have Darkness, who seems reasonably sensible, but is clearly not trained in sword combat and is a massive masochist. I bet she didn’t hone her skills so she would deliberately and naturally lose against a monster. Haha.

I even liked the supporting cast, Wiz, Luna, Eris and even Verdia, who I thought was hilarious and badass at the same time.

In this roleplaying type of setting I felt that Kazama and his fellow teammates were accommodating each other’s strengths and weaknesses. I feel that it’s refreshing that Kazama isn’t overpowered; rather, he literally worked his way up from the bottom along with Aqua. He uses his whit to beat his opponents rather than power. He’s proven to me that you don’t have to be the stronger fighter to win a fight.

This is party is balanced, yet, unbalanced at the same time. They managed to get the job done in the end but it isn’t without severe repercussions, mostly caused by Aqua. Haha.

What I liked the most about this show was the comedy. I think the comic timing is used brilliantly and very unexpectedly. There were some moments that I thought was going to turn into a sad/cliché scene, yet, something humorous happened and completely undermines the serious moment from before. I thought those moments were absolutely glorious. =D

The battles were very engaging too. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the fights despite the fact that this show isn’t really a battle anime. I was really engaged because I enjoyed the story and humour that went with the action. My favourite moments came when Kazama and co fought Verdia the Dullahan.

This is my favourite anime of the winter season. It went to the point when I kept on re-watching certain episodes over and over again and no doubt in the future I will keep on watching this show over and over again.

I reckon it’s only a matter of time before YenPress licences the manga and light novel as they have license to the Dragon Age publishers and KonoSuba are published by Dragon Age. They recently licensed Grim Reaper and Four Girlfriends and I’m completely over the moon about that. =D

 

  1. RATING

TWO THUMBS-UP (My Rating System) (My Anime Series Rankings)

Two Thumbs-Up

Danmachi Comic Thoughts

Hurray, it’s finally here, it’s my first full length comic based on the Dungeon Girls series. I call it, ‘Is It Wrong to Try and Capture a Rabbit in a Dungeon?’ =D

I started this comic last year around the time when the Dungeon Girls anime was televised. I got the idea from the hot springs scene when Bell accidentally fell into the hot springs and saw all the ladies naked.

What if the ladies saw a naked Bell instead? How would they react? I played around with the scenario and decided that the ladies would react by having big nose bleeds and fainting upon the sight of Bell naked. Haha.

After a while I stopped drawing this comic as I started to run out of steam and wanted to focus on other projects.

Some of you may already know that I recently had a bad chest infection and the only thing I could do was draw. In that time I suddenly remembered that I had this comic was incomplete and decided to give this another go. After much editing and shading etc I finally completed it. =)

I’m happy with the overall content of this doujin. The main purpose, for me, was to have fun with the perspectives and blue ribbon/borders. I played around the idea that Hestia’s “blue string of fate” was covering the panel borders and wouldn’t stop until it reached Bell’s pinky finger on the back page. =)

I spent much longer on the drawing than I did on the dialogue. In fact, I came up with the dialogue in five minutes when I’ve completed the whole thing. Haha.

If there’s one thing that I’m unhappy about in this comic, it would be the inconsistency of the art style. I stopped and started this comic in-between other projects. and my style became more distinctive along the way. However, instead of drawing everything from scratch to fit my current style, I decided to just finish it.

It was hardwork at times but I’m happy that it’s finally complete. You can see the comic in full in the links below =)

Danmachi Front Cover

Danmachi Front Cover Black and White Version

Danmachi Comic Page One

Danmachi Comic Page Two

Danmachi Comic Page Three

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Danmachi Comic Page Five

Danmachi Comic Page Six

Danmachi Comic Page Seven

Danmachi Comic Page Eight

Danmachi Comic Page Nine

Danmachi Comic Extra Page

Danmachi Comic Back Page

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I have another Dungeon Girls comic in the pipeline that is considerably shorter than this comic. I’m no rush to start it. For now, I’m just going to relax and see what happens. =)

 

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.^^/

Strike the Blood Light Novel Volume One Review

Strike the Blood Cover

  1. REVIEW

This is the second Light Novel book that I read through after Dungeon Girls. I had a rough idea what Strike the Blood would be like as I have seen the anime. I really enjoyed it and it put me at an advantage when reading this book. It meant that I was able to visualise the scenarios more clearly.

 

A lot of things started to make sense when reading this volume. In the first few episodes of the anime I was under the impression that Yukina harboured some affection and feelings for the main guy, Kojou, by her actions and dialogue.

 

I really like it how there’s a manmade island with many demons as its habitants. Having demons has its pros and cons. It’s a positive thing because they are like a protective species and as long as they obey the rules on the island they are free and protected by the government. The con is that they are also required to be experimented on, which is not really a nice thing.

 

Unfortunately for Kojou, he got caught up in all of this mess when he unintentionally became not just a vampire, but the Fourth Primogenitor. Being a vampire meant that he is immortal but being a Primogenitor means that he has 12 Beast Vessels at his disposal. Well, not quite. The Beast Vessels have a condition. They will only take him seriously as their master, so to speak, if he sucks a girl’s blood. So, basically, he’s looking for a blood donor to serve his vampire urges. Haha.

 

He’s not going to get a blood donour anytime soon as the only girls he knows in real life are his sister, Nagisa, his school chum, Asagi and his Class Rep, Risa. It’s awkward as he is keeping his identity as secret from the girls he’s closest too and he’s not the type of bite random girls. There is just no blood donour out there… actually, there might be, in the form of the Sword Shaman, Yukina Himeragi.

 

I find Yukina to be very likable and she is a complete opposite to Kojou. She’s very formal, well-spoken and a bit clueless in society, to the point where she mistakes household objects as mass destructive weapons. She’s spot on when she said that a chainsaw was used as a weapon in films though. Haha.

 

I even found it cute when she got tongue tied or accidentally gets Kojou into bother when she says something that could lead to a misunderstanding. Haha. She was sent to be his “watcher” but by what I read it doesn’t seem like she does her job properly. Perhaps it would be a different story if Kojou was volatile.

 

Her weapon, Snowdrift Wolf, is very cool. It’s like a huge spear with a tear drop or a snowflake pattern to it. I think it compliments her very well. In fact, I think the weapon is actually taller than her which adds to her glowing cuteness. I can see her being a good tactical and skilful fighter but she is more than just a weapon wielder. The only thing I think she lacks is physical strength but Kojou fills that void perfectly. I really enjoyed reading their fights against that deranged priest and Astarte.

 

Before I didn’t really think that there was an evil race but I found it very interesting what the author said at the back pages. He spoke about the Japan Tsunami Disaster which ironically happened just before the Strike the Blood LN was released for the first time. He cites that the natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis were the real devils.

 

By reading his quote, it made me think about the story in a different light.

 

Was that Priest a villain or was he misunderstood? After all, he was trying to take back that arm for the good of his own church… I think. Anyway, as Kojou is the Host for the 12 Beast Vessels he is vulnerable to causing humongous earthquakes if he can’t control and harness his power correctly. Is Kojou’s power the true villain in this story? Is Kojou his own worst enemy? It might be only a few words but to me it changed my view of the whole story.

 

I really am eager to read book two and it’s perfect to read before bed time. For now, I just have to quench my enthusiasm by watching the Strike the Blood anime.

 

  1. RATING

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

Two Thumbs-Up

 

Thanks for Reading. =)

Ryan.

Anime Fall 2015

Life is really fun at the minute.

 

I’m enjoying my time spend with my niece. Like most new-borns she does have the tendency to cry a lot. I actually thought that that would bother me but to my surprise I feel ok with it. I see her crying as her way of talking. I managed to stop her crying though one day when I hummed twinkle, twinkle little star. That lasted for 30 minutes. Haha. It wrecked my throat but it was worth it.^^/

 

I’m progressing more on my stories. I’m not necessarily progressing on the chapters but I am creating a lot of ideas for the plot.

 

Now, enough about my life, let’s talk about this season’s anime. =D

 

ANTI-MAGIC ACADEMY: THE 35TH TEST PLATOON

Anti Magic Academy 35th Platoon

At this moment in time this anime show, along with Shomin Sample, is my favourite from this season.

In some ways, I think the show is rather unique and I think in a way, Kusanagi is unique as a character. I can’t put my finger on why that is. I’m just really enjoying it. I like the set-up that the school has, it has its usual school rooms but it also has special rooms for 35 platoon squads in which certain students are assigned to. Kusanagi and his fellow teammates are part of the lowest platoon, the 35th platoon.

I think it’s funny and I’m enjoying the squabbles between Ohtari and Mari as it’s literally a clash between witches and inquisitors. I thought it was funny when they were trying to one up each other. Usagi’s mishaps are also amusing to watch.

 

THE ASTERISK WAR

The Asterisk War

I couldn’t really get into this anime initially as I felt that this has a lot of similarities as Chivalry of a Failed Knight. They both have strong male fighters and a Princess who has travelled from distance lands to study at an overseas academy. However, this show grew on me.

What I like most about this show the most is the colours. I find this really colourful and in a strange way, soothing on the eyes. The scenery is especially colourful. It makes me wonder as to what has happened to Ayato’s big sister. I’m also curious to find out Claudia’s true identity as well, it seems like she already knew Ayato even before he enrolled into the academy.

 

CHIVALRY OF A FAILED KNIGHT

Chivalry of a Failed Knight

So far this is good to watch. I find Stella to be really cute both in personality and in appearance. She also has a kickass fire ability which blends in well with her pink/red hair.

 

KOMORI-SAN CAN’T DECLINE!

Komori san can't decline

This is a very simple and light-hearted story about a school girl who can’t say no to anyone. I can relate to her strongly as I’m not very good at declining requests but there is a difference between being helpful and having self-respect. So far, I think Komori-san is finding the right balance.

 

OWARIMONOGATARI

Owarimonogatari

Monogatari is a kind of anime that I would describe as an intelligent type show. The directing and storytelling is unique and the plot and art is pretty darn amazing and Owarimonogatari is no different.

However, it’s one of those shows where I have to be in the mood for. With shows like Non Non Biyori or High School DxD I’m always in the mood for them. But as Monogatari is a very intelligent anime I need to watch it when I know I’ll be able to appreciate it. I had my doubts about Ougi but she’s actually grown on me.

 

SHOMIN SAMPLE

Shomin Sample

This is a really funny anime. I laugh literally at every episode I watch.

I do feel sorry for Kimito though. He has to pretend to have a certain fetish in order to stay at a school in which he was forced to attend. Which either way you look at it, he’s in a losing position. Still, he’s surrounded by many beauties who are socially inept. I say socially inept because the refined ladies are familiar with each other but they’re not well acquainted with the big wide world. So, Kimito has been brought in so he can teach them the ways of the “commoner.”

I’m watching this show as it’s making me laugh a lot but the pretty girls and good characters are a bonus.^^/

 

THE TESTAMENT OF SISTER NEW DEVIL BURST

The Testament of Sister New Devil Burst#

I enjoyed this show’s first season and so far I’m enjoying this sequel. I feel that it’s just as lewd, straightforward and packed with action as it was in the previous season. The fights are good and well balance but I especially enjoy the bout between Jin and Leohart. It seems that they’re equal in strength. I’m curious to see Chisato’s connection with Toujou and to see if Kurumi is eventually going to become Toujou’s “servant.” I predict that Toujou will go out of control, more lewdness from all the girls, more cool fights and we find out about Toujou’s mum.

 

 

VALKYRIE DRIVE: MERMAID

Valkyrie Drive Mermaid

Watching girls turn into physical weapons by their partners is funny to watch. Haha. I’m not sure if I understand the story itself but it’s still enjoyable to watch. =)

 

THANKS FOR READING

Is there any show that you would recommend to watch? If there is I would be interested to hear your thoughts. =D

 

I haven’t been active in writing up blogs recently mostly because I have nothing to say. That and I’m having fun doing other things like reading manga, writing up my story and spending time with my niece.^^/

 

Thanks for Reading,

Ryan.

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

DanMachi manga vol 1

  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.