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)

1369021244783

 

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? Anime Review

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

  1. SYNOPSIS

When Bell was little his Grandpa would often tell him tales about heroes and how they always saved the girl from a monster. Bell kept the tales about Argonaut told by his Grandpa close to his heart. When he was old enough he became an adventurer, not only to become strong but to pick up girls in the dungeon. However, he came across a Minotaur which resulted into being saved by a beautiful girl with golden hair and golden eyes called Aiz Wallenstein. His current goal now is to catch up to his saviour and be as strong as the person that he admires.

  1. THEME
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
  • Game
  • Harem[1]
  1. EPISODE THOUGHTS
    • Episode One (LINK)
    • Episode Two (LINK)
    • Episode Three (LINK)
    • Episode Four (LINK)
    • Episode Five (LINK)
    • Episode Six (LINK)
    • Episode Seven (LINK)
    • Episode Eight (LINK)
    • Episode Nine (LINK)
    • Episode Ten (LINK)
    • Episode Eleven (LINK)
    • Episode Twelve (LINK)
    • Episode Thirteen (LINK)
  2. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

I look for certain things in an anime. When I look for slice of life stories with no drama I find stories like Non Non Biyori and Locodol. When I look for humorous comedy I find D-Frag and Sabagebu: Survival Game Club. When I look for good fantasy stories that involve beautiful ladies and chess pieces I find High School DxD. When I look for battles or games that don’t involve physical fighting I find No Game No Life and Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma.

Now, another requirement has been crossed off my list. I have looked for an anime that is based on a roleplaying game like Final Fantasy online but it’s more of a story than an online game. I find that aspect in the form of this anime, Dungeon Girls.[2]

It covers many aspects of online gaming when it comes to conquering certain levels of the dungeon. The adventurers come from all kinds of races from human, to elves, to animal people and so on. They can also buy armour, collect dropped items from the monsters and have weapons and armours made for them by blacksmiths. The biggest shout out to the game aspect is the levelling up. Instead of being part of link groups the adventurers are part of Familias but they can still form their own parties with other adventurers.

I pretty much like everything about this show really, especially the characters and the fights. Bell had a great growth as a character and it wasn’t all down to his Realis Phrase ability. There were times where I wanted him to get a grip but I then remind myself that he’s only fifteen years old. He’s still a young man so it’s natural that he won’t be the bravest dude in the dungeon as he’s still learning about life and the nastiness in the dungeons. However, his growth grew at a tremendous rate as he delved into the dungeon. It was literally thanks for Aiz. Because of Aiz saving him it made him strive to become stronger. He literally went from strength to strength and grew at a quick rate thanks to his ability, Realis Phrase.

His ability made it awkward for Hestia so she hid that fact from him, both to protect him for himself and from other Goddesses who might be watching in secret. She is always severely jealous of the fact that Aiz is the reason why he’s getting stronger, not her. She’s still happy for him by all means but she probably is resentful of the fact that Aiz is the cause of his growth.

I feel that Aiz isn’t the sole reason for his growth. Everyone played their parts really well. Aiz not only gave him a reason to get stronger but she also physically trained him and his combat skills improved as a result. Hestia gave him a reason to protect someone precious and one of his important people is Hestia. Not only does he see Hestia as a Goddess but he sees her as family.

Everyone at the Mistress of Abundance, Syr, Mia and Ryu all played their part by encouraging Bell and being good friends. Eina helped by introducing him to a good shop of armours which led Bell to finding an armour outfit crafted by Welf Crozzo. Lili helped by becoming his supporter, without her, he wouldn’t be able to collect so many stones. Without Welf, whom he eventually meets, he wouldn’t go down to the lower floors to fight the stronger monsters. Welf also crafted him the Ushiwakamaru weapon which was moulded from a Minotaur’s horn.

Freya played her part strongly, albeit, indirectly… if it wasn’t for her, Bell would never have learned the Firebolt move, and if it wasn’t for her, he would never have faced and beat that Minotaur. She was also the reason he overcame his fear of Minotaurs. As a result he also gained the Argonaut special manoeuvre. Freya is a wicked Goddess, yet, she probably is among the characters of this show who contributed the most to Bell’s growth. I really do like that aspect of the story. A villain who is helping a hero get stronger I think is really unique. Is it really for her own gain? Or, does she genuinely want to see him get stronger? It’s no secret that she desires him but it seems as though she’s willing to be patient, until she can get what she wants. I think Bell can feel her gaze from a distance, but he doesn’t necessarily know that she’s the source. Does he know that she exists? It will be interesting to see what happens if or when Bell meets Freya.

Freya is doing good deeds for Bell, but not necessarily for the right reason…

Apart from the nasty men who picked on Bell I do actually like all the characters from this show. I really like Hestia as she’s both cute and very, very funny. I especially enjoy the moments when she gets jealous of the other girls who come into contact with Bell. However, she’s serious when she needs to be. I also find it touching whenever she embraces Bell through comfort and relief. I think she’s the perfect Goddess for Bell. I also really enjoyed when she activated her Arcanum divine power to stop the fighting in episode 12. That was a really cool moment.

I think developing relationship with girls on all levels is the underlining theme of this show as the title is about picking up girls. Haha. Bell’s Grandpa told Bell that he can be a hero and protect girls and I think that really stuck with Bell when he grew up. I think at this moment Bell really does have a pick from all the girls in this anime.

All the ladies are really nice in their own way. Hestia is great. Syr is just really cute and innocent and has a lovely personality. Eina is very considerate but is probably a little awkward at times. The Amazon Twins, Tione and Tiona are really cool and they have really cool Amazonian looks about them. Demeter is a beauty and it’s a shame that she didn’t appear more often. Aiz is strong but very, very innocent in nature. Riveria is really cool and I like her green hair as it gives her that nature look. Ryu is awesome both in appearance and in combat. Mikoto is cute but I can’t help but wonder why she looks sad all the time. Lili was not very nice at first but she eventually came around to be a good supporter for Bell. I even somewhat like Freya… she’s beautiful and all but I do think she has a little bit of a crazy side about her and I think I’m actually intrigued by that crazy side. Haha.

If there’s one thing that I probably didn’t enjoy so much it was the way that Bell screamed every time Aiz or another girl touched him affectionately. Never mind potions or an antidote I think what Bell really needs is a throat lozenge. With the amount of screaming that he does he’s bound to get a sore throat one of these days. In all seriousness, I think it will do him good if he didn’t overreact as much as he already made Aiz sad when he ran away from her. Then again, he is fifteen so will it be expected for a boy to run away?

I think the more girls flirt with him, the more he will get accustom to it and take it in his stride. If a girl wants to show her affection towards you, you should let them.^^/

The fights were pretty awesome too. My favourite ones included the time when Bell beat that monkey to protect Hestia, to beat that Minotaur to show his growth and when he beat that Monster Rex along with Ryu, Welf, Asufi and Mikoto. They were all really intense and in my opinion they showed Bell’s growth as a person and as an adventurer.

I would have like to see Naza more and I definitely would have liked to hear her speak. She sounded like a really interesting person and I enjoyed visualising her voice when reading the Light Novel books. Sadly, the anime didn’t show her as much as I would have liked.

  1. CONCLUSION

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

Two Thumbs-Up

THANKS FOR READING

Bell, Hestia, Lili and Welf Endcard

In all honesty, I could talk about this forever but I feel that it would be wise if I to make it as concise as I could.

What I would really like to see is a special episode or an OVA about the time when Bell and Hestia first met. I read the epilogue in the first LN[3] book and I really, really enjoyed it. I really hope that that small chapter gets animated someday. =)

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

[1] In this manga all the ladies are gunning after one man and/or lady.

[2] The correct abbreviation of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is DanMachi. However, I prefer to call it Dungeon Girls. =D

[3] Light Novel.

My Anime Rankings

Locodol Anime

I decided to create this blog to explain how I rank different anime. If you would like a reminder on how I rate shows just see the link here, My Rating System.

I don’t compare anime with each other I just rank them base on how I feel about them. For example, I would normally rate Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun with a One Thumb’s-Up, but as it has made me laugh a lot I bumped the show up to One Thumb’s-Up and a Pinky. There are some anime in the One Thumb’s-Up and a Pinky that I don’t like as much as the others. I like Gonna Be the Twin-Tail! and Cat Planet Cuties! more than The Testament of Sister New Devil. I like those shows more than One Thumb’s-Up, but not quite enough to give them two. As a compromise I’ve gone half way by giving One Thumb’s-Up and a Pinky.

I decided that I’m not necessarily going to review every single anime that I have watched or am currently watching. With some of them I don’t necessarily have anything to say except that “I think it was good” or “I thought that was ok.” I enjoyed the anime World Break: Aria Curse for a Holy Swordsman but I don’t really have anything to say about the show at this moment in time. I enjoyed it and I liked the concept of the characters remembering what they did in their past lives. However, I don’t have anything to say about it. I just liked it. I may write a review about it in the future but not anytime soon.

Here is my ranked anime list.

TWO THUMBS-UP

Two Thumbs-Up

  • Amagi Brilliant Park
  • Date A Live
  • D-Frag!
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
  • Heaven’s Lost Property
  • Heaven’s Lost Property Forte
  • High School DxD (Review Part One)
  • High School DxD New
  • High School DxD BorN (Review)
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Review)
  • Is This a Zombie? (Review)
  • Locodol
  • Monster Musume Everyday Life With Monster Girls  (Review)
  • Motto To Love Ru
  • Mushibugyou
  • Naruto
  • No Game No Life (Review)
  • Non Non Biyori
  • Non Non Biyori Repeat (Review)
  • Sabagebu! Survival Game Club!
  • Strike the Blood
  • To Love Ru Darkness
  • To Love Ru Darkness 2nd
  • Witchcraft Works

ONE THUMB’S-UP AND A PINKY

Thumbs-UpPinky

  • Accel World
  • Bikini Warriors
  • Bleach
  • Campione!
  • Cat Planet Cuties! (Review)
  • Date A Live II
  • Demon King Daimao
  • Dragon Ball Z
  • Fate/Stay Night
  • Freezing
  • Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu
  • GJ Cub
  • Gonna Be the Twin-Tail! (Review)
  • Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl
  • Haganai
  • Haganai: Next
  • HENNEKO – The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat
  • Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny
  • Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians
  • Ikki Tousen: Xtreme Xecutor
  • Invaders of the Rokujyouma
  • K-On!
  • KanColle (Review)
  • Lord Marksman and Vanadis
  • Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
  • Maoyu
  • Monogatari Second Season
  • Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun (Review)
  • My Mental Choices Are Completely Interfering with my School Romantic Comedy
  • Nakaimo – My Sister is Among Them!
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • Nekomonogatari Black
  • Nisekoi
  • Nisemonogatari
  • No-Rin
  • Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos
  • Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos W
  • Oreshura
  • Queen’s Blade Rebellion
  • Rail Wars!
  • Rio Rainbow Gate
  • Rosario + Vampire
  • Rosario + Vampire Capu 2
  • Servant x Service
  • SHIMONETAS: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist
  • Soni-Ani: SUPER SONICO THE ANIMATION
  • The Comic Artist and His Assistants
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer!
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil (Review)
  • The World God Only Knows
  • The World God Only Knows Season 2
  • To Love Ru
  • Triage X (Review)
  • Trinity Seven
  • Tsukimonogatari
  • Unbreakable Machine-Doll
  • Walkure Romanze
  • World Break: Aria Curse for a Holy Swordsman
  • Yusibu

ONE THUMB’S-UP

Thumbs-Up

  • A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd
  • Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero
  • Aiura
  • Arata the Legend
  • Attack on Titan
  • Bakemonogatari
  • Battle Vixens – Ikki Tousen
  • Black Lagoon
  • Black Lagoon – The Second Barrage
  • Chronicles of the Going Home Club
  • Full Metal Panic!
  • Infinite Stratos
  • Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara (If Her Flag Breaks)
  • Love Live! School Idol Project
  • Mai Hime
  • Mai Otome
  • Mangirl!
  • Medaka Box
  • Miss Monochrome – The Animation
  • Muromi-san
  • Momo Kyun Sword
  • Nyankoi!
  • Onee-chan ga Kita
  • Problem Children are Coming From Another World, Aren’t They?
  • Rokka -Braves of the Six Flowers-
  • Saekano -How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend-
  • Samurai Girls
  • So, I Can’t Play H!
  • Spice and Wolf
  • Spice and Wolf Second Season
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
  • Toradora
  • Wanna be the Strongest in the World
  • Watamote
  • When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

SO-SO

Thumbs So-So

  • Photo Kano

THANKS FOR READING

No Game No Life wallpaper

From now on when I review anime I will add the link of this blog to each one. I will put it under the conclusion heading of the review and right next to the “My Rating System” link. I don’t know if I will do a separate blog to list my ratings for manga, films and games. I’m happy at the moment just doing this.

Thanks for reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun Anime Review

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun

  1. SYNOPSIS

Chiyo Sakura goes to the same high school as her schoolmate and crush, Nozaki and plucks up the courage to confess to him. However, he misconstrued her as a fan and gave her an autograph instead. Chiyo later finds out that Nozaki is actually the famous shoujo manga artist penned “Sakiko Yumeno”. She shortly became his manga assistant and joined in his quirky and experimental adventures all for the sake of improving “Sakiko Yumeno”’s manga.

  1. THEME
  • Comedy
  • Romance
  • School
  • Shounen[1]
  1. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

One day I decided to give Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun a watch. This is a really fun show. There were plenty of moments that made me laugh. Most of them did involve Nozaki and Mikoshiba but as far as shocked reactions go, I liked Sakura’s the best. =D I especially liked the moment when Nozaki hijacked Kashima from her flock of fans and they chased after him whilst he was pushing Kashima on that weird trolley thing. Haha.

As a fellow illustrator I did take to this show and the character Nozaki, quickly. I can relate to Nozaki in plenty of ways. I love to take pictures of nature and objects and use them for reference for when I draw backgrounds in my pictures. I don’t take pictures of people though, not without asking permission first. The only difference is that I’m not quite as adventurous or experimental as Nozaki is. Haha. It’s good to use real life nature and people as reference but sometimes I think using your imagination can be just as good, better in some cases. =) I still enjoy Nozaki’s social experiments for manga references though. They’re my favourite parts of the show.

All the characters are really nice. I thought I wasn’t going to like Mikoshiba as I thought he was going to be cocky but it turns out that he’s super shy around people he’s not familiar with. In some ways I can relate, I used to be very silent and stiff whenever I met someone new. I’m not as bad now but sometimes I do get nervous when I meet someone new. My thoughts changed on him immediately. He’s a really cool character and I find it amusing that Nozaki based his heroine on his personality. It’s hilarious, I actually wonder if Mikoshiba realised that the heroine is based on him? It doesn’t seem like it.

I was fooled a little bit at first by Kashima’s boyish demeanour as I didn’t realise she was a girl until I saw her wearing a skirt. She’s very charming in her own unique way and I don’t see any faults in her at all. That’s why I do think Hori is harsh when he hits her in comical ways. I can see from his point of view why he does but I still think it’s unjustified.^^/

My favourite character is Sakura. I find her to be cute and very lovable as well. Her big eyes and hair bows are the first thing that I noticed about her, with a nice shade of orange as well. =) She’s always nice, even during her shocked reactions. Haha. She got to know Nozaki when she started to help him with his manga, and I think she started to like him even more and accepted all of his…unique quirks. Haha. I want to make a shout out to Yukari too. She’s a very sweet young lady and if this show ever got a sequel, I would love to see her more.

I think I got used to the charm of the show quite quickly. When the moment looks as though Nozaki is going to compliment or confess to Sakura, it turned out to be a big misunderstanding. I was a bit conflicted at these parts. In one way I felt sorry for Sakura but in another way I found it hilarious. I did like their moment in the last episode though, with the fireworks. I genuinely thought Nozaki was replying to Sakura’s confession, however, it turned out that he just misheard. Still, I was happy that Sakura was able to get some alone time with Nozaki and for me the show couldn’t have ended in a better way.

  1. CONCLUSION

One Thumb’s-Up and a Pinky.^^/ (My Rating System) (My Anime Series Rankings)

Thumbs-UpPinky

THANKS FOR READING

Nozaki and Sakura

I have recently watched the latest WWE Raw and the WWE Fastline pay-per-view. I’m very excited about the prospect of Sting vs Triple H at Wrestlemania. At this moment I’m getting Goosebumps every time WWE are talk about Sting. I must admit and say that I always had doubt that Sting would ever go to WWE. Now he has. I’m very happy. =) My favourite match of the night was Daniel Bryan vs Roman Reigns. I actually do think that was my favourite Roman Reigns’ match.

Oh. I also learned that Inori Minase is going to voice Hestia from…inhaling…Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon? Phew, that’s always difficult to say in one breath. Haha… Anyhow, I’m excited about this. She was the same voice actor who voiced Mirai Nazukari from Locodol. I liked her voice for Mirai and I anticipate that she’s going to give Hestia a really charming voice. She’s very innocent and endearing when she gets excited but mature when she needs to be. I think she’ll do a very good job indeed. It makes me even more excited for the anime. =)

Thanks for reading. =)
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

[1] The target audience of this manga is boys. Shounen means boy in Japanese.

Reviewing Anime, Manga and Film

No Game No Life wallpaper

Konbanwa.^^/

It wasn’t my intention to review my favourite anime and manga when I started blogging, it just sort of happened. I was blogging about how I cope with Autism around the same time when I started to get into manga. It was at this point, I thought, that I could actually add another string to my bow (aka my blog) and review manga. Reviewing my favourite things, such as anime, manga and movies, would be another good way for me to express myself. Most of my friends and family don’t share this common interest with me so I don’t really have anyone to talk about this kind of stuff with. How do I solve this problem? Simple. Share my thoughts through the art of blogging. =)

I didn’t really know how to review a story. Is there only one way of reviewing? Initially I sort of just used my instinct and just spoke about what I enjoyed about that story. I also posted some anime news that I was happy about, especially concerning High School DxD. I could have easily researched previous reviews of anime and manga but I didn’t want to be influenced, so, I just went with my gut instinct. =D

When reviewing entertainment products I did find that I did probably force myself at times, especially when it comes to anime seasons. I felt I had to review every single anime that I watched. Here, I put unnecessary pressure on myself. Because I forced myself I wasn’t as natural as I could have been. It is at that point that I did research some reviews and this seemed to put more pressure on me to get it right. I felt that I ought to try to be more professional in my writing. This detracted my enjoyment of reviewing. It was only after the High School DxD Volume 2 that I had an epiphany… Reviewing manga, anime and films like a pro was never my intention to begin with.

The whole point of my ‘reviewing’ style is to share my enjoyment in manga and film and TV. My intention was to make my style personal rather than professional. After my reviews from High School DxD, I felt that my enjoyment and personality came out more. I actually enjoyed reviewing the latest manga and anime. I never forced myself to bring the words together, they all came together naturally. =)

I already have some anime and manga that I plan to review in the near future, but, I will not force myself to review them. I want to take my time and when I’m happy with it, I’ll share my thoughts on them with you. =) I think, in all honesty, my reviews are more like casual rambles. I feel like I’m a fan just spouting my thoughts on manga rather than analysing its contents.

I also found my own style of rating anime, manga and movies. You can check it out in the blog, My Rating System.

Here is a list of anime that I intend to review

  • High School DxD
  • Locodol
  • Non Non Biyori

A list of manga that I intend to review

  • Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends – Now With 50% More Fail!
  • Nisekoi: False Love – Volume 4
  • No Game No Life – Volume 1
  • See Me After Class – Volume 1

A list of TV series that I intend to review

  • Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends – Series 1

A list of Movies that I intend to review

  • Iron Man

I originally had a category called ‘Ryan’s Game World’. I intended to review games but I never got round to them. A year has gone by since I started to blog and I still haven’t reviewed a game. I might review the games of Atelier Escha and Logy, Super Mario and Senran Kagura but I’ll see how things go. =)

THANKS FOR READING

Non Non Biyori Wallpaper

I figured this blog would be an appropriate follow up to my First Year Blog Anniversary. I wanted to talk about my reviews in that blog but I deemed it not relevant, hence, why I made a separate blog for this one.

I hope you enjoyed the read, even if it was a short one. =)

See you next time.

Sayonara,^^/

Ryan.