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Future Diary

July 26, 2019 | Anime | No Comments

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       Yukiteru Amano is a 14 year old recluse who spends most of his time writing in his Diary on his cell phone, with his only friends being those he imagines. To Yuki’s surprise these imaginary friends turn out to be the god of space and time Deus Ex Machina and his assistant Muru Muru. Deus grants Yuki a wonderful ability, his phone can now predict the future. Unknowingly, Yuki just accepted to be a part of a twisted survival game, between him and 11 other players who have also been granted “Future Diaries”.  The rule of the game is simple, eliminate the other diary holders and win the chance at becoming the next god. Yuki’s only chance at survival is teaming up with another contestant by the name of Yuno Gasai, a yandere.

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  • Japanese: 未来日記 Hepburn: Mirai Nikki
  • Japanese Manga written and illustrated by Sakae Esuno
  • Genre: Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Romance
  • Manga has 12 Volumes
  • Anime has 26 episodes +OVA
  • Live Action Tv Drama has 11 episodes that has an original plot, different from the main series.  
  • Side story Manga (Future Diary: Mosaic/Paradox/Redial) with 3 volumes that focus on Minene Uryu, Aru Akise and Muru Muru (alternate timeline), and an epilogue to the series.
  • Each diary varies in properties and functions depending on the holder’s personality, occupation and lifestyle. All the diaries have their pro’s and cons, some more so than others, and can be used without the diary owner’s consent should they fall into another’s hands. Because the diaries are written from the perspective of the holder’s future self, the future can still be misinterpreted and the diary entries can then turn out to be inaccurate. Each of the diaries have become the diary holder’s future, so if the diary itself is destroyed or broken, so too is the holder’s future.

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       Future Diary is definitely a favorite, I really enjoy the series and the story that comes with it. I’m always up for a survival series, especially one in which the main character depends on a cute psychotic character. It’s a really fun series to watch. Every time I call my cats name “Yuki” I always remember Future Diary, haha, his name didn’t come from it though. The series really threw me for a loop at the end, I couldn’t have expected those turn of events but none the less I was pleased. If you like crazy Yandere characters, and survival games this is a series you should check out.

       I have high hopes that some day I will run into the manga, so I can finally own and read it.😪😪😪  I saw the sub and the dub, I like both of them but I like Japanese Yuno more. She sounds way more psychotic and I love the way she says “Yuki”. 

Ps. Minene Uryuu is my second favorite character in the series besides Yuno. 

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Happy Sugar Life

July 22, 2019 | Manga | No Comments

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      Satō Matsuzaka is a cute, popular high school girl with a dream of having a Happy Sugar Life. She has searched for the object of her affection through countless boy’s with no luck. Until Shio comes into her life, with her dreams finally coming true she will do anything to protect it no matter the cost…..even murder. 

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  • Japanese: ハッピーシュガーライフ Hepburn: Happī Shugā Raifu
  • Japanese manga written and illustrated by Tomiyaki Kagisora 
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller
  • Manga has 10 volumes
  • Volume one is currently out with Volume 2 set to release in August
  • Anime has 12 episodes

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       I first picked up the series on one of my many Barnes and Noble trips, the cute cover got my attention so of course I picked it up. As you all know I don’t flip through the books, Instead I glanced at the back and was sold with “murder” in bold letters. I’m a sucker for a cute cover and the promise of murder. 

         Volume one had recently been released at B&N, with only one volume out so far I can’t say if I like or don’t at the moment. I’m certainly in for a really fucked up Journey, I’m all interested to see where the series goes with all this. I’ll try to get my hands on volume two in August! If you like really fucked up anime/manga then join me on this wild ride of a series! I’ll keep you guys updated when volume two is in my hands!

         Spoilers: I have several thoughts on the series though and with that there will probably be spoilers of the first volume. At first I assumed that Shio was her little sister with all the love she felt for her, so far the affection she has for her still comes off sisterly to me. Turns out she actually kidnapped Shio. I’m gonna go on believing it’s sisterly and not something worse. Daichi, her teacher’s obsession for her was super weird and I really didn’t think it was necessary but we’ll see what happens with that. I was really hoping she’d kill the sick bastard. Now I feel really bad for Taiyō since he got held captive and raped by his boss but god damn why did he have to turn into a sick pedophile. I’m really hoping he get’s killed too haha. The boss was super fucked up too! To summarize all this, everyone is this series is really fucked up! 

      

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The Promise Neverland

July 15, 2019 | Manga | No Comments

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       The Promise Neverland takes place in the year 2045 with Emma, Norman, and Ray living in an orphanage with 37 other orphans. The orphans live a life of luxury with scrumptious food, clean clothes, comfortable beds, excellent education and an abundance of love from their care taker (Mother) Isabella. Gracefield house is the home where the orphans happily spend their days playing, growing, and learning until they find a new home. With only one rule in place, Never venturing far from the grounds or gate that connects the orphanage to the outside world. Two of the brightest children will soon discover the dark truth of Gracefield house and the outside world. 

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  • Japanese Manga written by Kaiu Shirai and illustrated by Posuka Demizu
  • 14 volumes, most recent 10 with Vol. 11 to release in August 
  • Licensed by Viz Media 
  • Genre: Dark Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller
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  • Anime adaption of  12 episodes with season two set to release in 2020

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       The Promise Neverland was one of those series that I had no idea what I was getting myself into. When reading the back of the manga, I wasn’t sure how dark the series was going to get. The series really does push it to a point that has you at the edge of your seat. I could never pin point what was going to happen and that makes for an amazing series. I was constantly feeling frustrated with some of the choices they made and didn’t, I was cheering for them every step of the way.

        One of the things that I really enjoy about the series is that it doesn’t get old. The story continues to deepen, even when you think it’s close to coming to an end, the material is constantly keeping you on your toes and wanting more. With volume 10 out and 11 set to be released in August, I’m incredibly excited to see what’s going to happen next!

         I recommend this for anyone who enjoys a good twist to a story, if you want to get lost in a world filled with adventure, fantasy, thrills, and darkness. If reading isn’t your thing, the anime is just as great! I really loved how close they kept to the manga so far, and watching it all animated was really exciting! 

         Ps. Ray and Emma are my faves! 👌🏻❤

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       Spoilers, obviously: This new arc of the series is a really good one, they do a really good job in keeping their reader hooked.We are at the point where there is more evil out there than just the orphanage, and the meat farm it was. Now they have to deal with monsters that hunt children for sport, and that in itself is super interesting.

         With the latest volume 10, Emma is still without her main group on the hunting ground. She is determined to end the hunt with her new pals once and for all, and hopes to return back to her family. The kids already have a plan ready to unleash, and now it’s time to execute it. They break up into groups so they can each take down one of the monsters, a difficult task since they are intelligent creatures who love the sport.

         There were casualties on both ends but I felt like the fighting lacked some unf, if you catch my drift. I feel like it got good near the very end, at that point I was like wait, don’t end now. 😂 It ended right before the final show down got good. I’m interested to see what happens with Norman though, until August I guess!

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Elfen Lied

July 5, 2019 | Anime | No Comments

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       A Diclonious by the name of Lucy is held in a government facility off the coast of Kamakura, for experimentation. She later escapes the facility by wreaking havoc and blood shed. Lucy is unable to escape unharmed and  is found at the beach with a loss of memory and no ability to say anything other than “Nyu”. Kouta and his cousin Yuka find Lucy and offer her a place to stay. Oblivious to the situation they got themselves into, a Special Assault Team and a Diclonious are sent to seize Lucy and calamity ensues.

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  • A Japanese Manga Series written and illustrated by Lynn Okamoto 
  • Genre: Dark Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction
  • Originally serialized by Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump 
  • Manga has 12 volumes and the anime has 13 episodes
  • Also known as Erufen Rīto
  • Elfen Lied is German/Dutch for Elves Song
  • The anime was released before the manga was finished, so there are a couple differences between the two 
  • The Manga is published by Dark Horse Comics
  • Diclonious are a species that resemble humans but can be distinguished by their horns and their vectors. 
  • Vectors are a power wielded by Diclonious that allows them to slice and seize at their own discretion. The vectors have limits when it comes to range. They can also sense one another. 
  • The story takes place is Kamakura in the Kanagawa Prefecture

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       Elfen Lied is one of the gems I watch again every couple years, a classic.👌🏻 I recently re watched this series a couple weeks ago, and although I’m sure most of you have already seen it, there are probably the 1% who hasn’t. So this is for you babies! I love the series, things get fucked up really quickly, it’s a super dark anime. A lot of feels are in this series. If you like seeing blood and limbs chopped off, this is a series you’ll love as much as I do. 

       A huge con for me with the series is the relationship that Kouta and Yuka have with one another while being cousins. It still grosses me out to this day!😒

      If you choose to watch the English dub as I do, know that it is really cringy. How ever, I had mentioned to someone before that a lot of older anime’s don’t sound so great, and I feel that a lot of them have a lot to do with the audio systems we had back then. (So I can’t really blame the voice actors) Like Fruits Basket, I didn’t think the voices were that great back then but the new adaption sounds amazing, with the same voice actors.

      In what ever language you prefer, you should still watch this classic beauty of a series. I re watched the series on Hi Dive on VRV, It is phenomenal!👌🏻

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        No trailer for this one because I really wanted to share the opening song instead. The music and the video are stunning!👌🏻 

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Immortal Hounds

July 1, 2019 | Manga | No Comments

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       In a world where humans have incredible reviving abilities who can no longer die from gun shots, being stabbed, accident or illness. A new disease, Resurrection Deficiency Syndrome (RDS) is quickly spreading which causes them to lose their ability. 

      Kenzaki Shin’ichi leads the task force that specializes in eradicating the people that carry RDS, who are known as Vectors. Like this task force, exists it’s counter part a force dedicated to helping protect the Vectors by providing shelter, protection, and a new life free of being hunted. 

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  • Japanese Manga written and illustrated by Ryō Yasohachi.
  • Genre: Action, Supernatural, Mystery 
  • Has Six volumes. 
  •  Immortal Ridge is the sequel that tells the story in the Vectors perspective
  • If inflicted with a wound, in order to be healed, you must first “die”
  • You can only die from old age or after being infected with RDS

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        Immortal hounds is an interesting read, a world in which no one can die from wounds or illness. To the point where they even cure their illnesses by killing themselves and reviving instantly with a clean bill of health. I was naturally drawn to the covers with splatter and interesting looking characters. The story had me wanting to know what happens next with the ending of every volume. 

         Unfortunately and much to my surprise,the series only has six volumes. With this, I feel that the characters are under developed as well as the story and the ending wasn’t clear enough for it to really be “the end” and conflicts didn’t seem fully resolved. Despite this fact, I feel that the series is still a fun one to go through, jam packed with action! 
         If you guys have access to reading online, I would definitely recommend it, I’m happy to have owned it for the entertainment aspect. It’s really a gamble, if you’re bored go for it, if you want fulfillment, this won’t really do it for ya.

         But if it is any solace at all, the girl characters area really cute and bad ass! 

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Sorry For My Familiar

June 17, 2019 | Manga | No Comments

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       Sorry For My Familiar is a manga written and illustrated by Tekka Yaguraba. In the demon world(Makai), demons are accompanied by their familiars. Patty an incredibly weak demon, so weak that familiars avoid her. With no other option, she summons a human familiar named Norman. A man who might just be eccentric enough to mesh with Patty’s personality. He is a man who is obsessed with researching/studying/measuring and sketching new exotic life forms.

        Patty receives news that her father has skipped town again to avoid his debt leaving her penniless. They both set out on an adventure to find her father and study new species along the way. The series follows their adventures and the crazy situations they get themselves into.

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        Sorry For My Familiar is a light hearted and funny manga. It is a very entertaining read, and the story is easy to grasp. Its one of those manga I read when I have to unwind from a hectically stressful day and want something I can get good laughs out of. Its an interesting twist to familiars, a demon summoning a human rather than the other way around. The dynamic between the two is adorable, they are both misfits, and their antics are enjoyable to watch unfold.

        The series has four volumes out currently with volume five on pre-order to be released in August. 

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       Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō is a Japanese light novel written by Ryo Shirakome and illustrated by Takayaki. It was originally a web novel, that can also be found as a manga, and  will be released as an Anime in July of this year. 

      Hajime Nagumo, a high school student who was the subject of torment for his class. A new opportunity arises when he and his class mates are transported into a fantasy world. Upon arriving to Tortus they receive a status plate that reveals their class and abilities.

     Unfortunately for Hajime, his stats are at a basic 10 points with a class that is of no use in battle compared to his class mates. He has no choice but to work hard, study and fight to bring up his stats.

   Kaori Shirasaki is the kind class idol and the only person who genuinely attempts to make conversation with Hajime. Before heading out to their very first raid, the night before she expresses her fears to him. She feared that something terrible would happen, and this is what caused her to plead him to stay home. After their conversation, Hajime asks Kaori to protect him in their adventure.

 

 

      The following day marks their first adventure, and possibly their last…..when one of the fellow adventurers betrays Hajime causing him to fall deep into the bottom of the dungeon.

      Arifureta: From Common Place to World’s Strongest is a series that follows Hajime’s misfortune, his fight for survival, and the aftermath of it all. Hajime Nagumo’s adventure is far from over. 

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        I’m always a sucker for the stories involving misfortune, when things aren’t going cookie cutter perfect for the main character. I enjoy watching them defeat all odds, rather than having everything go their way right off the bat, especially with being transported into other worlds. It gives the story a lot more depth. (Even though I enjoy those too, but for different reasons!) I fell in love with this series as soon as I picked it up, I didn’t really read the synopsis of it when I chose to read it.

       It’s safe to say that I had no idea that things were going to play out as they did for Hajime. Let me tell you though, as soon as he hits that bottom floor, shit goes south fast and that in itself is an amazing read with awesome illustrations to follow! How ever the series isn’t always a downer, so don’t worry Hajime has his good times. 

       I myself am reading the Manga, three volumes are out so far with volume four on pre-order for release later this month.(June) So much excitement! I’m also really excited for that anime to drop! As for light novels they have up to volume five with the sixth on pre-order for early July. This series is a must for everyone who likes fantasy, action, some harem action(who doesn’t like a good harem), and bloody carnage. 

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