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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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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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Tegami Bachi

June 3, 2019 | Manga | No Comments

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       Tegami Bachi is written and illustratd by Hiroyuki Asada, published by Viz Media. The series can be classified as a Action, Adventure, Martial Arts, and Science Fiction Fantasy story. Tegami Bachi has 20 volumes and an Anime with 25 episodes.

        Amberground is a world consumed by darkness with the only glimmer of light being a man made star. Giant Insect monsters with metal exoskeletons lurk in the darkness making traveling between towns extremely dangerous. The Letter Bees risk their lives to make deliveries and keep everyone connected despite this. 

        The series takes off with one of the Letter Bees named “Gauche” whose on his last delivery before getting promoted. Gauche travels to the darkest area of Amberground “Yodaka” the outskirts. The package he must delivery turns out to be a young boy “Lag Seeing”. Gauche is to transport Lag to his aunt, after being orphaned due to his mother being abducted. The road to their destination proves to be a dangerous one.

         After being left with admiration for Gauche, Lag sets out to follow in his foot steps in becoming a Letter Bee. As he sets off on his journey he finds out that Gauche has gone missing. Lag sets off to search for Gouche, makes new friends, fights dangerous beasts, and battles an evil organization.

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         Let me start by saying that Tegami Bachi has the most stunning art, I really enjoy the colors that they use on each cover. I mean look at the art I posted above this, STUNNING.  That is the first thing that caught my attention on the shelf, it was surrounded by many different titles but the colors and art drew me to it and I couldn’t be happier for it. I was hooked with the first volume, it was jam packed with action and adventure. The story is easy to keep up with and entertaining to boot. 

          So far I have 3 volumes of the series and I am ready to get my hands on more! I have yet to see the anime, but from the looks of the images, I much rather prefer the art from the Manga. I definitely recommend this to the people who are drawn to beautiful art and love action/adventure manga.

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