Fragglepuss Anime Review 139: Konosuba – God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! / Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!

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Konosuba – God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! / Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!

Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural, Fish out of Water

First Aired: Winter 2016, 10 episodes

Summary: Kazuma Satou is a seemingly normal high school student and hardcore gamer. He is walking home with a new game in hand when he sees a girl in trouble. He decides to save her from being run over, which saves her life but forfeits his. He reawakens in the afterlife, greeted by a goddess named Aqua, who guides youth whose lives ended sooner than necessary. Aqua offers Kazuma a choice: to go to boring heaven where nothing exciting ever happens, or to be sent to another world to defeat the Demon King. As a bonus, if Kazuma joins the world containing the Demon King, he can choose to take any one thing with him. It could be a piece of equipment, an ability, or anything else for that matter. As you can imagine, Kazuma chooses to start his life in a new world, which is quite literally an RPG.

Konosuba is a heap of fun right from the start. I won’t spoil the jokes, but I’ll tell you it turns out to be hilarious how he died! His entire journey from Earth to the new world is great and it keeps going strong from there. The world of the Demon King is relatable if you have ever played an RPG, and let’s face it, I’m sure all of us have. Kazuma has to complete quests to level up and since he wasn’t strong in the real world, he’s not strong in the new world and has a difficult time getting anything done. It’s a good thing he’s able to team up with other adventurers to form a full ragtag party of misfits.

You might enjoy this if: You’ve ever played an RPG and wanted to be magically whisked away into that type of fantasy world. On the surface Konosuba is similar to shows like Sword Art Online and Re: Zero, but you will quickly learn it has its own identity.

You might not like it if: You want something more real and down to earth.

Note to the Viewer: In case you’re not familiar with the term, NEET means: Not in Education, Employment, or Training.

AMV – Original Prankster by Warlynn

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Fragglepuss Anime Review 138: Porco Rosso / Kurenai no Buta

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Porco Rosso / Kurenai no Buta

Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Military, Romance, Flight, Studio Ghibli, Pig Man

First Released: July 1992, 93-minute film

Summary: Porco Rosso is a veteran World War I flying ace turned freelance bounty hunter. Porco upsets a gang of sea pirates when he disrupts their kidnapping and the pirates hire the American pilot Curtis to help them be rid of Porco once and for all. When Porco and Curtis are not in the air they are spending their time with Gina, a woman that has a long history with pilots. I should also mention that Porco has been cursed by a mysterious spell that has left him with pig features.

Directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, Porco Rosso is a fantastic film through and through. Miyazaki uses flight as a major part of the story, which is a recurring theme for him. Unlike many of his films, Porco Rosso uses specific locations and historical references, making it a more realistic film (except for the Pig Man of course). The music is composed by Joe Hisaishi, who also did an amazing job. The English dub is well done and features the voices of: Michael Keaton, Cary Elwes, Susan Egan, David Ogden Stiers, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley.

Porco Rosso is a fun watch that combines an appropriate amount of drama and comedy. It is a Studio Ghibli film that I can watch over and over. The characters are entertaining and diverse, despite being mainly pilots or otherwise plane-related people. My favorite character is Fio, the 17-year-old female mechanic that has a passion for planes that is unmatched. A few of the scenes in Porco Rosso rank up there in the top of all Ghibli films for me, like the scene where Piccolo’s extended family is rebuilding Porco’s plane. The last bit I will mention is how much I appreciate the lack of dialogue at certain points in the film. Miyazaki employs this technique in many of his films. The use of silence expresses more emotion and says more than any dialogue would.

You might enjoy this if: You want to watch a film with a great storytelling that is appropriate for all ages.

You might not like it if: You suffer from aviophobia (fear of flying) or swinophobia (fear of pigs).

Note to the Viewer: Porco Rosso was originally planned to be an in-flight film for Japan Airlines. Also, there’s a “Ghibli” written on an engine at one point in the film, which is both the name of the studio and the name of a light reconnaissance aircraft.

Porco Rosso – Official Trailer

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Fragglepuss Anime Review 137: The Seven Deadly Sins / Nanatsu no Taizai

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The Seven Deadly Sins / Nanatsu no Taizai

Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans and Breanne Evans

Genre: Action, Adventure, Ecchi, Fantasy, Supernatural, Medieval

First Aired: Fall 2014 in Japan, Fall 2015 in the U.S., 24 episodes.

Summary: The Seven Deadly Sins were a group of knights in Britannia who would use incredibly powerful magic. They were both feared and revered while they protected the region. The knights disbanded after an alleged attempt to overthrow the Liones Kingdom, where they were defeated by the Holy Knights. Ten years after the defeat of the Seven Deadly Sins, the Holy Knights staged their own coup d’état and overthrew the king, becoming tyrannical rulers of the kingdom. Rumors have it the Seven Deadly Sins knights still exist, but somebody will have to find them if there is any hope of bringing peace to the Kingdom of Liones. The series follows the adventures of Elizabeth, the third princess of the kingdom, and her search for the Seven Deadly Sins. She has high hopes to take back her kingdom from the Holy Knights and bring justice in an unjust world.

The Seven Deadly Sins combines medieval and anime in an entertaining way. The characters each have abilities unique to them. It is fun to watch as new characters are introduced and their abilities are used. You will love the pigs in the series, especially Hawk and his mother. The story is captivating and leaves you wanting to watch “just one more episode”, especially with the cliffhanger endings.

You might enjoy this if: You are looking for a modern twist on the older style of anime.

You might not like it if: You get annoyed when characters “accidentally” grope others over and over.

Note to the Viewer: The Seven Deadly Sins was the second anime to come to the U.S. as a Netflix exclusive. The first was Knights of Sidonia.

AMV – Heathens by Cocogirl5

(Warning, the AMV might contain spoilers. If you haven’t s`een the show, you won’t know what’s getting spoiled though)

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The Latest and Greatest in Anime. Presented at Salt Lake Comic Con 2016

The Latest and Greatest in Anime. Presented at Salt Lake Comic Con 2016

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Panelists: John Fragglepuss Evans, Breanne Evans, Brittany Evans, Lindsay Starke, Alec Unsicker

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The following is a list of the anime we reviewed for The Latest and Greatest in Anime panel at Salt Lake Comic Con 2016. The panel was fantastic! It was great to have Alec join us for the panel this year. There was a consensus among the panelists that this panel contained some of the best anime we’ve reviewed in a while. We were all excited to present and there were several anime we wanted to add to the panel but didn’t have time. We appreciate everybody that came to our panel and thanks to SLCC for having us. Here is a short summary of each anime along with where to watch the series so that you can read through and find some awesome new shows!

 

Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto

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Sakamoto is overwhelmingly cool and stylish in everything he does. He had the entire school’s attention from day one. crunchyroll.com

 

Re: Zero -Starting Life in Another World-

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Suburu is out of his element as he awakes in an unfamiliar world with no more than the clothes on his back. crunchyroll.com

 

Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou

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The love of tonkatsu and music combine forces in this tasty anime! crunchyroll.com

 

The Lost Village

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A group of individuals board a bus to fulfill their wish to leave society in search of a mysterious utopian village called Nanakimura. crunchyroll.com

 

Ace Attorney

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An anime adaptation of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney video game series. A rookie attorney is immediately put to the test. crunchyroll.com

 

ReLIFE

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Arata, a 27-year old with few prospects, is given the opportunity to turn back into his 17-year-old body and redo his high school experience. crunchyroll.com

 

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

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A virus appears, turning humans into Kabane (Zombies with glowing hearts protected by steel cages). Amazing Steam Punk Adventure on TRAINS! amazon.com

 

Orange

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A high school student receives letters from herself 10 years into the future. Her future self asks her to prevent her “biggest regret” crunchyroll.com

 

Sweetness and lightning / Amaama to Inazuma

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A widowed father isn’t a very good cook and ends up feeding young daughter packaged meals. After meeting a new friend, they start cooking delicious meals together.  crunchyroll.com

 

Cheer Danshi/ CHEER BOYS!

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A group of college men decide to make an all-male cheerleader squad call the “Breakers”. Fun journey of starting a new club. funimation.com

 

Time Travel Girl / Time Ravel Shoujo

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A young girl has the ability to travel through time in search of her missing father. Along the way she learns from scientists throughout history about electricity and magnetism. funimation.com

 

Wagamama High Spec

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High school Manga artist who is blackmailed into being on student council in exchange for his secret. crunchyroll.com

 

Kumamiko: Girl Meets Bear

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A young shrine maiden has spent her life in the rural mountains with Natsu, her talking guardian bear. Now she wants to attend high school in the big city. funimation.com

 

Aggressive Retsuko

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Retsuko, a 25-year old red panda works in an accounting department. To let off steam after long days at work she goes to karaoke by herself and sings death metal. youtube.com

 

Big Order

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10 years ago a child wished for the destruction of the world. Now a group of people have the ability to have wishes granted. They are “Order User.” crunchyroll.com

 

The Morose Mononokean

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Ashiya has spent the first seven days of school stuck in the infirmary because of a yokai attached to him. He ends up asking the owner of a small tea room called the “Mononokean” for help. crunchyroll.com

 

Servamp

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One day Mahiru Shirota picks up a stray black cat and from that moment on he is pulled into a war between the seven deadly servamp and their eighth sibling. funimation.com

 

Twin Star Exorcists

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A pair of young and talented exorcists, according to a prophecy, are destined to marry and have a child that will be the ultimate exorcist. crunchyroll.com

 

Kiznaiver

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A group of high school students are chosen without their knowledge to be a part of an experimental program to create bonds between people by forcing them to share each other’s pain. crunchyroll.com

 

Flying Witch

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Makoto, a young witch, moves in with her relatives as part of her training. They are introduced to the customs and peculiarities of witchcraft. crunchyroll.com

 

Space Patrol LuLuco

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Middle school student LuLuco’s father, a member of Space Patrol, is accidentally frozen and she must take his place to be able to pay the fees of reviving him. crunchyroll.com

 

91 days

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Set during Prohibition, we follow a man named Avilio as he seeks revenge for the death of his family by the hands of the Vanetti organized crime family. crunchyroll.com

 

Mob Psycho 100

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An average middle school boy called Mob is a powerful Esper working part time at an exorcism office. With every challenge he meets his power threatens to spill over its bounds. crunchyroll.com

 

This Art Club Has A Problem

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Mizuki tries to do well in her school’s Art Club, but she seems to be the only person focusing on her art. One student is obsessed with drawing his Waifu, while another simply sleeps all day. crunchyroll.com

 

My Hero Academia

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A normal boy in a world of super powers aspires to become the greatest hero of all time. With a tear jerking backstory and a hilarious mentor, he will have to use all his wit and strength to keep up with his peers. hulu.com

 

The Joker Game

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In the wake of World War I, D agency is formed to keep tabs on the enemies of Japan.  Eight elite spies have trained to their limit, both mentally and physically, to infiltrate other countries. crunchyroll.com

 

Days

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A first year in high school who has never done anything athletic in his entire life subs in for one soccer game and discovers he sucks at it. Despite this he decides he wants to join the soccer team with his friend. crunchyroll.com

 

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Review of Salt Lake Comic Con 2016

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Salt Lake Comic Con 2016

Salt Lake City, Utah

Thursday September 1 – Saturday September 3, 2016

Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans

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Salt Lake Comic Con (SLCC) 2016 was held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Some of the guests included: Mark Hamill, William Shatner, Stephen Amell, Famke Janssen, Robert Englund, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, and even John Cena!

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Multiple fandoms were represented through the guest list: Star Wars, Star Trek, MARVEL, DC Comics, Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Arrow, The Walking Dead, Voice Actors, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

SLCC 2016 features included: 501st Legion Alpine Garrison, life-size action figure box, Pop Life, arcade gaming, Azog statue, Borg Alcove, “Baby” 1967 Chevy Impala, Captain America Harley, Gaming Lounge, Gandalf statue, General Lee, Ghostbusters SLC, Gollum statue, Han Solo in Carbonite, HEROIC cosplay group, Pop Life Iron Throne, Jurassic Jeep, Kids Heroes Foundation, Mandalorian Mercs, R2 Droid Builders Show, REACH cosplay group, Rebel Legion, Rocket Raccoon statue, Saber Guild, Silver Surfer statue, Sparrow, Speeder, Starfleet Command’s Seventh Fleet, Character Booking Story Time cosplay group, TARDIS, Troll statues, Umbrella Corporation Utah Hive, Utah Browncoats, Walking Dead Honda, and Wish Upon a Party cosplay entertainers.

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Mark Hamill kicked off Salt Lake Comic Con with a panel in Vivent Arena, where the Utah Jazz NBA team plays their games. 10,000 packed the arena to listen to Mark, who began the panel with a disclaimer that he was contractually obligated to not talk about the new Star Wars film. He did however talk about all manner of other topics. He explained how his original Star Wars name was Luke Starkiller, but the name was changed to Skywalker. Mark did not like the name change, he thought it sounded too much like fly swatter.

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The Evolution of Magical Girls panel was hosted by members of Love and Justice: A Serious Sailor Moon Podcast. The panelists were: Kelby LeNorman, Emma Fyffe, and Lola Binkerd. The panel dove into the history of magical girls, mentioning magical staples like Cardcaptor Sakura, Sailor Moon, and many others. It continued on to discuss the deconstruction of the genre, which happening in the past decade when anime like Madoka Magica took everything we knew about magical girls and turned it upside down. The genre has even gone as far as creating the first magical boy anime, Cute High Earth Defense Club Love! I truly appreciated the amount of research that the panelists put into this panel. They created a powerpoint presentation with fun facts, video clips, history, and other features. The panelists were knowledgeable on the topic and that was wonderful to see.

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The Twisted Toonz panel was a blast as always. It’s a panel that a stumbled on by accident one comic con and have been back to every comic con since. The voice actors are hilarious and do a fantastic job of bringing their characters to life. This year’s toonz panel was a table read of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. If you haven’t attended a Twisted Toonz panel, it consists of voice actors reading scenes from a film in their various voices.

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Thanks to everyone that attended our Introduction to Anime panel.  I’ll post the details of the panel later, but we talked about what anime is, what makes it unique, a history, genres, comparisons to popular fandoms, where to find it, and finally why we all love anime! It was a fun panel to be a part of with fellow Anime Happy Hour members Brittany Evans and Lindsay Starke.

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I didn’t know much about John Cena before his panel, but I learned he’s a pretty nice guy. He does a lot of charity work and seems to use his celebrity status for the benefit of others. Also, he enjoyed acting in the Trainwreck film.

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History of Comics by the Decade: 1970’s was an amazing panel due to the knowledgeable panelists and presentation preparation. The panelists were: Andrew Malin, Trent Hunsaker, Chris Hoffman, and Joshua Butterfield. I am not overly familiar with 1970s comics but have a newfound admiration for the decade. I learned that the character Wolverine’s origin story originated as an actual wolverine that somehow turned human.

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Thanks to everyone that attended our panel on The Latest and Greatest in Anime. Our usual Anime Happy Hour crew was all present: Breanne Evans, Brittany Evans, Lindsay Evans, and myself. We were joined by Alec Unsicker and it was great to have him on the panel. I will be posting the details of the panel separately and look forward to it because this panel contained a lot of new anime that we were excited to present.

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The cosplay at SLCC has improved with each passing year. I was excited to see the Overwatch cosplayers. I’ve been anticipating them since I bought Overwatch the first week it came out and saw the cosplay potential. It did not disappoint. I expected a lot of Jokers and Harley Quinns due to the recent release of Suicide Squad. Although there was no shortage of those two, each cosplayer was unique and presented their own take on the characters. Another popular set of characters were Pokémon, which were a treat to see due to the various monsters represented. I saw a Snorlax that laid around the convention center, a Dugtrio cruising around with all three, several Pikachu, and countless trainers. One of my favorite moments was witnessing a Team Rocket reciting the entire creed, complete with their third member stating, “Meowth, that’s right!”. I love the newly popular T-Rex cosplay that was present at the con. I just think it’s hilarious to see them storming around.

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Fragglepuss Anime Review 136: Classroom Crisis

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Classroom Crisis

Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi, School, Unification

First Aired: Summer 2015, 13 episodes

Summary: Every planet in the Solar System has been colonized as interplanetary space travel is possible in the future. Kirishina Corp. is a space aeronautics corporation on the cutting-edge of technology with an academy on Mars. The most advanced class in the academy, A-TEC (Advanced Technological Development Department, Educational Development Class), splits their time between classwork and developing rocket engines. The problem starts when the academy gets a transfer student that is also one of the managers of Kirishina Corp. A-TEC gets under close watch as their work is scrutinized and they learn Kirishina Corp. is looking to shut down their class.

Classroom Crisis reminds me of a downsizing company that worsens work conditions with the intent of getting employees to quit so the company does not need to fire them all. Put that situation in a science fiction anime and you have Classroom Crisis. Even after watching a whole season of this series, I’m not sure how I feel about it. While there are parts I enjoy, like the concept of a class of intelligent students working together to create the future of technology, there are other parts that didn’t keep my attention, like some of the bland characters that took up a significant amount of screen time. There was a full class of students and hardly any of them were focused on or showed development throughout the season. Their teacher, Kaito Sera, showed promise to be an interesting character, but I just couldn’t connect with him.

You might enjoy this if: you want to watch a school-based anime but also want it to be on a planet besides Earth. Also, if you’re way into rocket engines, this is the anime you should be watching.

You might not like it if: You have been on the receiving end of a company downsizing before. Classroom Crisis may hit too close to home for you.

Note to the Viewer: Everything about Classroom Crisis is new. 2015 was the release year for the manga, anime, and light novels.

Classroom Crisis Trailer

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Fragglepuss Anime Review 135: Mr. Osomatsu / Osomatsu-san (2015)

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Mr. Osomatsu / Osomatsu-san (2015)

Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life, Parody, Sextuplets

First Aired: Fall 2015, 24 episodes

Summary: The Matsuno household has six naughty and mischievous sons (who are sextuplets), led by the eldest Osomatsu. They were grade schoolers back in the Shouwa period, but despite still living in the same old household, the street view as well as the life style of modern day society have changed drastically. The six brothers are constantly dealing with everyday problems that they make into a big deal, such as how to split the pastries or when they must plead their case to their mother for her financial support.

Mr. Osomatsu’s episodes are full-length but consist of several skits within each episode. There is not much of a story so you can start watching at almost any point. The six brothers are the focus of the series and even though they look similar (they are sextuplets after all) they all possess a unique personality. The voice actors did a good job of making the Osomatsu brothers sound different which helped in distinguishing each brother. The humor is hit or miss which is likely due to cultural differences. It reminded me of Hozuki no Reitetsu, where there are a lot of jokes based on the Japanese culture. The animation of Osomatsu is new and refreshing. The color palettes are something you don’t see in many anime.

You might enjoy this if: You are an otaku looking for a unique anime that does not take itself too seriously and parodies the tropes of other anime. You’ll probably enjoy Osomatsu if you’re a sucker for anime nostalgia.

You might not like it if: You are looking for a show with substance and plot. Osomatsu is all about the quick skits, kind of like an anime version of Saturday Night Live, but using the same characters repeatedly.

Note to the Viewer: Osomatsu-san is a new series based on Osomatsu-kun, a series that originally aired in the 1960s. The original 1960s manga was written by Fujio Akatsuka. The new series began airing in October 2015 to celebrate Akatsuka’s 80th birthday. Another note, the first episode of the series has been pulled from streaming sites due to containing too many parodies.

AMV – Na Na Na by Baka Senpai AMVs

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The Fragglepuss Introduction to Anime Music Videos (AMVs)

The Fragglepuss Introduction to Anime Music Videos (AMVs)…as well as some of my favorites

By: John Fragglepuss Evans

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An AMV is an Anime Music Video. AMVs are fan-made music videos of one or more anime set to some sort of audio track. They are not official music videos released by musicians. AMVs are generally categorized by genre, with categories such as: Action, Drama, Theatric, Fun, Dance, Romance, Comedy, Parody, Local and Category X. AMVs are a big part of virtually every anime convention. From my experience they are one of the most popular features of any anime con. At Anime Expo they even have a dedicated room that plays AMVs through the entire convention with themed block, such as: All the Feels, Comedy on the Edge, Femmes with Firearms, Mortal Combat, We Got the Beat and AMV Crossovers.

 

The first AMV was created in 1982 by Jim Kaposztas when he hooked up two VCRs and edited the most violent scenes of Star Blazers to “All You Need Is Love” by the Beatles. Kaposztas was inspired by MTV and the start of the music video era. Although anime is used as the visual for AMVs, their popularity lies with the United States and other Western fans.

 

The AMV Competition is a staple for most anime conventions in the United States. AMVs are submitted by a deadline before the convention and organizers choose the top videos to present. AMVs are categorized with awards being presented after judging occurs. Judging is based on many aspects of the video. For example, AMVs are based on edited material which means transitions, beat detection, special effects, lip-syncing and other technical qualities will be judged. The pairing of animation to music can be important, meaning how well the song fits the theme of the anime. A comedy AMV can be partially judged based on its use of humor. An AMV can be judged on how well it tells a story, particularly in the case of drama or romance. Action AMVs can be judged on an appropriate use of action combined with fitting music. AMV competitions generally award the winner of each category. Another award often presented is “Viewer’s Choice”, the result of the audience voting for their favorite AMV. The last and most prized award is “Best in Show”, which is self-explanatory.

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AMV Contest at Anime Banzai 2015

 

I enjoy AMVs for all sorts of reasons. They are a fun and quick way to find out more about an anime you’re interested in, kind of like watching a trailer. It’s also an easy way to discover new anime. If you are watching an AMV you may see an anime you’re not familiar with that piques your interest. That’s how I found out about Usagi Drop.

 

Here’s the AMV I first saw at an AMV competition. It caused me to immediately look up Usagi Drop and watch the series as soon as possible. I appreciate the way an entire story is told in only a few minutes. The music is also a fitting choice. The AMV is: Ivy Bridge by Shin

 

This AMV of Redline is another I was first exposed to at a convention and was intrigued by the bold animation. I also enjoy it because the song choice fits the video perfectly even though I probably wouldn’t listen to the song otherwise. The AMV is: Ride or Die by Kyssifur

 

Another anime I started watching due to an AMV was based on Fullmetal Alchemist. The AMV covers most of the series in an emotional way that left me with no choice but to start watching. Once again, I would not listen to the song otherwise, but it fits the tone of the AMV well. The AMV is: Al’s Time of Dying by Bronze Phoenix

 

The last one I’ll mention uses The Master of Killing Time as the anime. I thought the AMV was hilarious so I had to find out more about this silly show. The AMV is: My Neighbor Figaro-Kun by Nicolio1313

 

AMVs are great because you can search for them based on a song you like, your favorite group or one of your favorite anime. Chances are there is an AMV you’ll discover based on any of those searches. I really like Madoka Magica and found this fantastic video. The editing is spot on. The AMV is: The Nightmagi Cometh by Rozzok

 

To the Forest of Firefly Lights has a wonderful AMV that makes you relive the high amount of emotion felt while watching the film. Warning, this AMV is spoiler heavy, so proceed with caution if you have not seen the movie. I agree with the song choice and the lyrics fit the video. The AMV is: You Can Be King Again by youlazybum

 

It is also entertaining to watch an AMV that sets a different tone to an anime. For example, an AMV can be made about a horror anime that turns it into a comedy or vice versa. This Dragon Ball Z AMV uses “Sexy and I Know It” to put the anime in a new light. The AMV is: Sorry for being Hercule, Sincerely Mr. Satan by l33tmeatwad

 

Compilation AMVs are perhaps the best example of changing the tone of an anime. Compilation series like AMV Hell and AMV Salad are perfect for anyone with a short attention span looking to laugh. Comedy clips made by various editors, about 30 seconds in length, are pieced together into a presentation that lasts about an hour. The compilations are more suited for the Otaku (Anime Geek) than the anime newbie. Here’s AMV Hell 3 – The Motion Picture

 

My favorite AMV studio is Pixel Blended Studios (PBS). Editors in PBS made the Ivy Bridge AMV I linked above. Another AMV made by PBS is Ultra Fighting Bros by irriadin and Daramue. I love the way this AMV combines fighters from multiple anime, giving the appearance they’re all part of the same video game. It’s a creative idea carried out successfully.

 

Another way multiple anime are combined to look like they’re part of the same world is through Dance AMVs, which are impressive in the beat detection department. This genre is an absolute joy in the way they make it look like the characters from various anime are dancing along with the music. One of my favorites is: Mmm Mmm Yeah Yeah! By 某科学的cc君

 

Here’s another Dance AMV: Shake it off by snowdragon25

 

In case those two aren’t enough for you, here is a third Dance AMV: Uptown Funk by JessD AMVs

 

To finish it off here is a Full Metal Panic comedy AMV that gets me every time, [Classified] by drgngrltonbo

 

AMVs are a fun and exciting new way to experience anime. Individuals that make them are creative and skilled at what they do. I’m glad people take the time to create and edit AMVs because it allows me to not only discover new anime but also experience some of my favorite anime in a different way.

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Fragglepuss Anime Review 134: Sekko Boys

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Sekko Boys

Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Comedy, Music, Idol, Stone

First Aired: Winter 2016, 12 short-form episodes

Summary: Miki Ishimoto is an art school graduate that took the road less traveled. Her college experience mainly consisted of drawing various sculptures, from basic shapes to full stone bodies. She grew to despise all forms of sculptures, resulting in multiple freak-outs in the middle of class. As a recent college graduate she lands her dream job of managing the latest idol group, the Sekko Boys. To Miki’s surprise, the Sekko Boys are four Greco-Roman stone busts! It is Miki’s responsibility to make this stone idol group the next big thing, requiring a delicate balance of their unique and quirky personalities.

Sekko Boys is as bizarre as it sounds, proving that anime can still surprise you after all this time. After watching the first episode I shook my head and exclaimed, “Anime, you’ve done it again”. The short-form nature of the episodes fits the style of the series, with a short story being told in seven minutes. That being said, the stories are entertaining to watch, whether you are getting acquainted with one of the idols or they are having a problem as a group. Getting to know the boys is fun, as you quickly learn the difference in their personalities. They may all be stone idols, but their diverse personalities complement each other well. The animation budget must have been minuscule for Sekko Boys, considering four of the main characters are made of stone and don’t move.

You might enjoy this if: You are ready for a new type of idol.

You might not like it if: You’re expecting a “normal” anime.

Note to the Viewer: Don’t expect a lot of singing from the Sekko Boys, even though they’re an idol group.

Sekkou Boys Ending Credits

(I just love this ending so much)

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Fragglepuss Anime Review 133: Pokémon: Indigo League (The Original Pokémon Series)

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Pokémon: Indigo League (The Original Pokémon Series)

Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Pocket Monsters

First Aired: Fall 1998, 82 episodes

Summary: It’s Ash Ketchum’s 10th birthday which means he is finally able to receive his first pokémon from Professor Oak and begin his journey as a pokémon trainer! Things get off to a rough start as he sleeps in and misses his opportunity to choose a starter pokémon. When Ash arrives late to Professor Oak’s, the three usual starter pokémon have already been chosen by other trainers and Ash is left with a defiant Pikachu. Be that as it may, Ash is ready to start his journey to become a Pokémon Master by catching pokémon and defeating gym trainers!

The recent Pokémon GO craze gave me a renewed interest to watch the original Pokémon series for the first time in years. I’m glad I did because I had forgotten how clever and hilarious the show can be. Believe it or not I had also forgot about the pokérap!

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Jigglypuff has to be the best pokémon out there, with the adorable round puff that hides its devious tendencies. It’s hilarious when Jiggly scribbles on everyone’s faces when they don’t stay awake for its song, or when Jiggly becomes infuriated with the Clefairies that stole its marker. Vulpix is also pretty great.

The animation may not be the best and part of the reason I enjoy it might be due to nostalgic purposes, but Pokémon is still a fun anime to watch. It is geared toward a younger audience but can be enjoyed by one and all.

You might enjoy this if: You want to take a vacation to Nostalgia Nation. It is also a perfect series to watch with your kids, introducing the latest generation to anime and the wonderful world of Pokémon!

You might not like it if: Pokémon GO has driven you to the point of insanity. You see people playing it and it drives you mad because you don’t know why they love it so much and you don’t care. You have nightmares of Snorlax crushing you in your sleep.

Note to the Viewer: The creator of Pokemon, Satoshi Tajiri, sought to create something that embodied his childhood hobby, insect collecting.

The Original Pokérap

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