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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: ζœͺζ₯ζ—₯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.πŸ˜ͺπŸ˜ͺπŸ˜ͺ  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: γƒγƒƒγƒ”γƒΌγ‚·γƒ₯ガーラむフ Hepburn: HappΔ« 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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Made in the Abyss

July 19, 2019 | Anime | No Comments

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       A giant pit in the middle of the town of Orth is known as the Abyss. Many of the levels beneath are left unexplored, with relics, lost civilizations and extraordinary creatures. Not many are able to explore the depths of the Abyss, those brave enough are known as Cave Raiders. They are the brave adventurers that venture into the Abyss to bring back relics but venturing is everything but easy.

        Reiko lives at Belchero orphanage that teach their orphans everything they need to know about cave raiding, which opens the path to becoming one in the future. She dreams of becoming a White Whistle just like her mother, Lyza. Reiko takes the first step when discovering a strange robot boy on one of her expeditions, this may be the start of the exciting adventure she has been craving her whole life!

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  • Meido in Abisu
  • A Manga web series by Akihito Tsukushi and published by Takeshobo
  • Published in English by Seven Seas Entertainment with 8 volumes
  • Anime with 13 episodes and a sequel film to be released in 2020
  • Genre: Adventure, Dark Fantasy, Science Fiction
  • “The Curse of The Abyss” is something Cave Raiders must face upon ascension and can prove to be fatal. The deeper a cave raider goes, the more severe the effects of the curse.
  • Few who have descended to lower regions have returned 
  • Cave Raiders are distinguished by ranks (Whistles they carry)
  • Bell: Novices, those who are learning and have yet to adventure into the Abyss. Bells are usually given to young children.
  • Red Whistles: Apprentices, are rookies that have a decent amount of knowledge about the Abyss and have ventured at least into the first level. Going any further qualifies as rebellions and a rescue party is sent to retrieve them.  (Red Whistles who venture to the 2nd layer are labeled as suicide, and rescue parties are called off)
  • Blue Whistles: Adepts, more experienced who have managed to prove themselves as cave raiders. They are allowed to adventure down to the second layer. Blue whistles are capable of adequate self defense against some creatures in the Abyss. 
  • Moon Whistles: They are proficient cave raiders and have an extensive knowledge of the Abyss. They can venture down to the 3rd and 4th layer. Moon Whistles are often teachers that guide the newer generations.
  • Black Whistles: Experts, Incredibly talented Cave Raiders that have mastered many techniques of delving. They can venture to the 4th and 5th layers of the Abyss. At this depths ascension can cause insanity. Black whistles sometimes work under white whistles and assist in their expeditions. 
  • White Whistles: Legendary Cave Raiders, that have made life changing achievements with their discoveries. They are historically celebrated figures amongst the town. They are also granted titles (“sovereign of” or “lord of”) to fit with their unique persona. Any information that comes from a white whistle is considered a fact. They have no depth limit but are not imune to the curse, many keep to the 5th floor. Those that venture to the 6th, it is dubbed their Last Dive, and it is the most important mile stone to their career, since they are venturing into new untouched territory. 

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       When I first heard about the series, I didn’t think much of it, I thought it looked too cutesy and over looked it. It wasn’t until I sat down with my friends and had a good chat about recommendations that my interest got peaked. I looked everywhere for the series and struggled to find it, until I saw that VRV carried it through Hi Dive. HI DIVE has really awesome selection of Dub anime! and sub too, plus you get crunchy roll with it! 

       I gave two episodes a shot and sadly wasn’t too into it, I thought the series was going pretty slow for my taste. I stopped watching it for a while until I decided to give it another try. I pushed past the second episode, and I was pleasantly surprised. It definitely got better, it got interesting, and it even got dark! I wasn’t prepared for what the series was going to do to me.

       As the series went on, the story got a lot more deep and a hell of a lot darker than what it started with. It developed into something more than just cute looking characters. I found myself worried for the characters, sad when certain dark events happened and at some point I even got sucked into the whole series that when I reached the end I thought “Now What?”

        I’m super excited for the sequel film that releases in 2020, I can’t wait to see what happens to all the characters and if they get to have a happy ending, at this point it can go either way. I suggest you give it a shot, stick around for more than a couple episodes and you too will be pleasantly surprised!

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        No trailer, the ones I found online are filled with huge spoilers. Enjoy the really awesome opener! ❀

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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! πŸ‘ŒπŸ»β€

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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. πŸ˜‚ 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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Yona of the Dawn

July 8, 2019 | Manga | No Comments

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        Yona of the Dawn takes place in the Kingdom of Kouka, and follows the story of the young princess Yona. She lives a sheltered care free life inside Hiryuu castle. Her pacifistic father seeks to protect Yona from the outside world to avoid losing her as he did her mother. She is also guarded by her childhood friend Hak. 

       One her sixteen birthday Yona let’s her father in on her dream to marry Su-Won her childhood friend and quickly gets denied. Yona determined to change her fathers mind, visits his chambers the same night, instead she finds herself with a horrific sight. Su-won the love of her life with a sword through her father (the king) chest. The man she had dreamt of marrying one day betrayed her to become Kouka’s next ruler. 

        Despite being over come with fear and loss, Yona manages to run away with Su-Won’s guards at her tail and nearly gets killed if it wasn’t for Hak intervening. Hak and Yona manage to escape to his birth place Fuuga, the capital of the wind tribe. There they meet with Hak’s grandfather who advised them to search for the priest named Ik-Su.

        Ik-Su tells them about the legend of the first king of Kouka (Hiryuu) and the four dragon warriors who together unified the kingdom.a The series follows Yona as she sets out to find the legendary dragon warriors to save her kingdom.

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  • Japanese manga series by Mizuho Kusanag
  • Manga has 29 volumes
  • Published by Viz Media
  • 18 volumes currently out with vol. 19 out in august 
  • Anime with 24 episodes and 3 ova episodes 
  • Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
  • Draws inspiration from Japanese, Korean and Chinese culture
  • The kingdom of Kouka is made up of four tribes: Earth, Wind, Water, and Fire

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       Yona of the Dawn is a series that I had seen as an anime before reading the manga. The anime was cut short and left plenty out, the manga is definitely a better way to go in this case.

       It was a series that was recommended to me by a nice girl who works at Barnes and Noble, I frequent it so much that her and I exchange recommendations every chance we get and this was one of them.

        The story is well thought out and written, it immediately grabs your attention and makes you want more. I love all the characters in the series, they are all well developed and interesting in their own right. Sinha’s story really got me feeling all kinds of sad emotions. I’m still hoping that Hak and Yona get together. 🀞 The series is full of action and adventure. I’m always wanting more after I read a volume, it’s one of the manga that I have to get when it releases. Definitely a must read!

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          I finally got my hands on volume 18 and read it last night and I have so many emotions. It was a beautiful volume that covers the past Dragon warriors and it gives Zeno’s back story too! Before this volume we didn’t know much about Zeno, other than him being powerless in comparison to the others. 

          Zeno was pretty much my least favorite of the bunch, but with this volume he is now higher than Gija and Jaeha. His story was incredibly heart wrenching, out of everyone else he had it the worst. I’m so ready for the next volume in august! 

          Spoilers ahead: Don’t read any further because I am going to go on a rant. Obviously if you’re reading past the red, you’re just nosy. 😜 Zeno is quite possibly the most amazing one of the bunch, and this is coming from someone who loves Sinha. I ruined things for myself by looking around the internet and finding photos of Zeno impaled, naturally I figured he’d die and was already hesitant on reading. Imagine my surprise when I find out my boy Zeno is basically an undying zombie boy with awesome regeneration! My butt cheeks were clenched with the fight scenes! With all that intensity they brought me back with flash backs to the first dragon warrior and that’s when the real feels began. Zeno has really had it rough! Ps. I squealed when Yona was happy over Hak smiling and that cute little head kiss he gave her! πŸ‘ŒπŸ»β€ Excuse the terrible photo I took but I was so hyped, I had to share!

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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 RΔ«to
  • 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.πŸ‘ŒπŸ» 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!πŸ˜’

      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!πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

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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!πŸ‘ŒπŸ» 

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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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A Centaur’s Life

June 21, 2019 | Anime | No Comments

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      A Centaur’s Life is a slice of life comedy manga by Kei Murayama that was later adapted to an anime. Kimihara Himeno lives in a world in which humans have evolved into mythical beings. The series follows Hime a centaur, who attends high school with other mythical creatures. It follows her daily life with her friends and family as she experiences the ups and downs of being a teenager. 

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       I haven’t done one of these in a good while, so let’s dive into some of the mythical characters you’ll find in the series.  

Centaur Folk: Hime and her family

Demon Folk: Nozomi Gokuraku

Satyrs/satyress: Kyouko Naraku 

 

Angel Folk and cat folk: Manami Mitama and her family

Ram and Alicorn Folk: Couple Mitsuyo Akechi and Inukai Michi πŸ’–
 

Antarticans: Quetzalcoatl Sassassul 

Merfolk: 

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       A Centaur’s Life is one of those series that you pass through when scrolling through a list of series and think nothing of it. That is your first mistake as it was mine, “well I have nothing else to watch” is what I thought when seeing it on the streaming lists. As I watched the episodes I started to realized just how wrong I was for judging it. 

       The series is incredibly entertaining to watch, the characters are very well made, and the world is very well thought out. You can tell that the creator put in a lot of thought into the fantasy world they created. Another detail that I enjoyed is that they included a lesbian relationship in the series, and they’re so cute together! The anime is so enjoyable, a must watch, and I’m very sad that they don’t have more episodes than just 12.

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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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The Rising of the Shield Hero

June 14, 2019 | Anime | No Comments

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        The Rising of the Shield Hero (Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari) is a light novel by Aneko Yusagi that was originally a web novel. It was later adapted into a manga by Aiya KyΕ« and then into an anime. 

       Sword, Spear, Bow and Shield are the three legendary weapons used to protect the kingdom of Melromarc. Naofumi Iwatani, an otaku is summoned along with three others from parallel worlds to wield the legendary weapons and become heroes. Naofumi is granted the honor of becoming the Shield hero, he sees this as an opportunity to start a new life. It is revealed to them that they can not wield other weapons, and they must fight in separate parties. Naofumi quickly realizes how disliked the shield hero actually is when no one wishes to join his party.

       With no one wanting to join him, the shield hero is unable to fight or level up his stats. Lucky for him one woman offered to join his party while the others had several people in theirs. As if his luck could not get any worse, the woman happens to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. She betrays him by stealing everything he has and accusing him of taking advantage of her. The shield hero already hated, finds himself worse than when he started. He now finds himself a criminal out cast who is hated by everyone and the king. Living in this new world has turned into a nightmare for Naofumi.

       Naofumi has no other choice but to buy a slave if he hopes to live in this new world. He buys a young girl Raphtalia a demi-human who now serves as his attack force. The series follows the two as they wage war against the hordes, defeat all odds, and meet friends & foe alike.

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         I had been curious about this series for a while since I had seen it on the shelves at Barnes and noble. I picked up the manga and instantly got hooked, I could never find the volumes I needed in the store, and I was too lazy to buy them online. I currently own up to volume 4 of 11 currently with volume 12 out in December. The light novel has up to volume 13 with vol. 14 set to release in October.

        Since I was hooked, I was so incredibly excited when I saw the Anime announcement, the anime has 25 episodes. It’s so cool to see it animated! Raphtalia is seriously the best girl as everyone says on the internet haha. This one isn’t as brutal as Arifureta, but it’s all about the main character going through nothing but struggles and over coming them. It’s definitely exciting to watch and you will go through the motions of hating everyone who does them wrong.  I really enjoy it and I’m sure most of you will too! 

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