Final thoughts on Shaman King (Re-watch).

Final thoughts on Shaman King (Re-watch).

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If you guys didn’t know Shaman King was one of my first animes that I completed back when I was a little kid.  I praise the living shit of that show because at the time I thought it had great/ likeable characters, and great well told story. For a longest time Shaman King was favourite animes of all time. Also Shaman King was one of those anime that made me love the anime medium along with Cowboy Bebop, Cardcaptor Sakura, Slayers, Code Geass and Fullmetal Alchemist 2003.

So instead of doing a review of Shaman King I am going to point out things that I like or dislike about shaman king and I will also give my final verdict of the show.

BTW I will be doing a Shaman King review in the future.

Also I wont be comparing ro the manga of Shaman King because I havent read it yet but am planning to read it someday.

Things that I liked.

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Asakura Yoh.

In my opinion Yoh is easily one of my favourite anime characters period. I really adored his character. I really liked how the show manages to explore this character and he’s ideals from start to finish. I also really liked he’s personally because he’s a funny character and at the same time he is a great and strong character

Not to mention I really adored his design because he reminded of me during the early days of my life where I use to carry a wooden handmade sword while wearing black top along with a black shorts LEL.

I know he’s no Edward or Killua in the terms of character development but compare to most shouen leads nowadays where they just generic tropes Yoh is a very fun and well-developed male lead.

Other characters.

I personally really enjoyed the rest of the character because not only most of them are flawed characters the own right but they way they developed the characters very well to make them likeable and relatable. Notable characters include Anna, Tao, Umemiya, Horohoro and even Hao despite being the main villain for the series.

World building.

I personally adored the world building of Shaman King. I really like how the show likes to do a bunch of exception of stuff like weapons, clans, shaman creatures, tournament rules, human world, objects and the list can go on. They also did a great job of giving cities and location names because very recent memory we had shows like Akame ga Kill where that show literally did not give a name for Tatsumi hometown and to add more insult that show literally called the main town of akame ga kill the empire… Thank god Shaman King didn’t fall in the traps of Akame Ga Kill.

Themes: If you may notice Shaman King has some great themes like finding your self, friendship,  going for glory, trying to apecting fate and so one. Lucky Shaman King manages to deliver those themes almost flawlessly because they are well planned out on paper and the writers manages to execute them almost flawlessly in my opition.

Things that I didn’t like.

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Well for starters the animation wasnt that great sure it had its 5/5 star moments but sometimes characters barely move when they are fighting. Also the before the last couple of episodes the budget for shaman king was clearly running out because for two episodes half of the fights were still frames. Yes the fight with Hao and Yoh and the rest of Yoh friends were well animated and its was epic finale by itself but in order to get the final fight you had to watch a couple of still framed type fights. They are not World Trigger level of bad but it was still kinda annoying.

Lyserg Diethel Now out of all the things that I didn’t like about Shaman King this one bothers me the least because while I liked him in the beginning but once he joined a certain group he became really edgy and when I mean edgy I mean really edgy. He literally changed from a nice and likeable kid into an unlikable edgy prick. Now I will admit he became kinda likeable in the finale but seeing him doing edgy and pretentious shit in the second half was unpleasing to say to least. Also unpopular opinion I personally this character because I actually fell sorry for him at some bits of the story.

Overall Lyserg is the most polarizing character in this show.

Pacing in the second half.

While I praise the pacing of Shaman King for the most part I feel the pacing some episodes of the second half were kinda bad because not only dragged the series down but I feel some of the fight match didn’t make sence at all in my opinion and they just there for time waster.

Oyamada Manta.

In my opinion I don’t consider Manta to be a character because most of the time he is a plot device just to boost Yoh up and he was mostly a throwaway character.

Yes I know Manta did get some development in the finale but is it worth waiting for 61/62 episodes just to get this character get any kind of chararter development. Yeah I don’t think so…

Final thoughts.

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Overall despite its flaws I still really Shaman King and I think it holds ups really well in my opinion for the most part. Yes Shaman King is no Hunter x Hunter, Jojo or FMA but I will still think a good shouen series that you should check out because the show has great characterization and a interesting story and good world building and themes.

Enjoyment wise I give Shaman King a 9/10 while overall quailty I give it a low 8 or a high 7 and I combind those sorcs togher Shaman King will get a overall score of 8.5/10.

Is Shaman King still a favorite of mine? Yes but its low favorite of mine.

What are your thoughts on Shaman King anime?

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Top 15 favorite anime from 2016.

Top 15 favorite anime from 2016.

Hello everyone this is Shawn aka TheKazeTrigger and welcome to my next anime countdown.

For this list we are taking a look at animes that I personally like and adored from 2016.

Before I get started with this list I have to say a few things. 2016 was a kinda of a decent year for anime because while we got some good to great shows we really got some disappointing to terrible series to boot. We will get to those lists later. Also I like to say 2016 is a big improvement over 2015 because in my opinion 2015 was a bad year for animes. Cough Charlotte, Seraph Of The End, Ranpo Kitan, Gangsta, Tokyo Ghoul Root A and a few other stinkers  that I wont mention. Lastly this list is 100% my opition so if you guys have an issue with my list please feel free to leave a comment below.

With that all said please enjoy this countdown.

 

15. This Art Club Has a Problem!

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14 91 Days.

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13 My Hero Academia Season 1.

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12 March Comes In Like A Lion.

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11 Aijn Both Seasons.

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10 Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge.

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9 Mob Psycho.

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8 Bungou Stray Dogs Both Seasons.

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7 KonoSuba.

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6 Iron Blood Orphans Both Seasons.

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5 Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu.

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4 Shokugeki No Souma 2nd Season.

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3 Assassination Classroom 2nd Season.

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2. Jojo Bizzare Adventure Diamond is Unbreakable. 

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1 Haikyuu Third Season.

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Thanks for viewing this countdown.

I hope you guys enjoyed it and have a nice day.

What were your favorite animes from 2016?

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Anime Review 1.8 Bakemonogatari. (Fan-Service Done Right?)

Anime Review 1.8 Bakemonogatari. (Fan-Service Done Right?)

Hello everyone this is Shawn aka TheKazeTrigger and welcome to my month of MVM Entertainment reviews. For this one we are taking a look at the first enter of the Monogatari Series Bakemonogatari.

Now I for the longest time I was never a huge fan of Monogatari series because while I kinda liked the series the first time when I watched it back in 2015 I thought it was just an another waifu pandering show that have nothing but flashy visuals and fan-service. Also, I wasn’t a fan of heavy dialogue shows at the time.

In short I thought this series was kinda overrated.

However, this all changed when I decided to randomly buy Bakemonogatari on DVD for £15 brand new in that comic con anime shop and when I got home I decided to watch it again on my TV and well. Did I like I like the series and saw the other side of Bakemonogatari series or do I still think Bakemonogatari is just an overhyped series that not that good?

Well let’s find out.

Story.

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The story of Bakemonogatari follows  Koyomi Araragi meeting Senjougahara our female lead by catching her as she fall down a giant spiral staircase. What surprises Araragi as he catches her is her weight because she is light as a feather. This is due to a type of spirt that is taking her weight. Lucky Araragi knows someone that can help Meme Oshino, Oshino previously helped Aragai with his own problem which resulted Araragi to become part vampire so he obviously takes Senjougahara to Oshino for help.

From here and out its pretty much the same plot being recycled but the only difference to this are the different girls that he meets that have this spirit problem.

That’s about it for the story of Bakemonogatari and despite this the story of Bakemonogatari still remains fresh by containing wood humour at you giving us very interesting supernatural elements and switching up which girl get the focus.

Now for the most part Bakemonogatari is an episodic show typically 2 or 3 episodes that are given for each mini arc rather than only one.

Personally, am not a fan of episodic things because usually the show ends up being rushed. This is why I wasn’t a fan of episodic shows like Death Parade. It has a lots of interesting themes and conspectus but only had time to induce them before the episode was over. Shows like Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star are good at telling episodic episodes because not only there are well paced but they introduce its themes at the right time without being rushed.

Lucky Bakemonogatari doesn’t suffer from this because each episode/ arc are very well written to the point where you actually care for the story progression and character development.

What really makes Bakemonogatari special is the use of heavy of dialogue and let me tell you it has some of the best heavy dialogue I have ever seen in anime.

Not only there are extremely well written but it always has that meaningful edge throughout. Whether it’s to make a joke, reveal character depth, character development for that set arc or to advance the plot ever conversation has a purpose.  With all that said it’s impossible to translate the whole Monogatari series in English without screwing the dialogue up. This is part of the reason why the series hasn’t got a dub yet.

Overall the story of Bakemonogatari is just great.

9/10

Characters.

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Bakemonogatari is a very character driven series meaning the character have to be good or else the show would have flop.

Lucky Bakemonogatari features a great cast that is different, relatable and original.

All of the characters start off with generic tropes meaning you will have your everyday harem male lead Aragami,  Senjougahara a cool tsundere, Mayoi who is a bratty loli , Nadoeko who is a innocent moto type, Suruga who is a energetic athlete  and Tsubasa who is a perfection  But as each main girl’s arc developed the restraints for those types break apart. Treating us to meaningful exploration of the defence mechanism people used themselves from the harsh reality from outside the world or in the own minds.

This may sound like edgy writing and character development on paper but it isn’t because the execution is just wonderful.

All of the girls are flawed in they own ways and also just seeing how these characters break apart from they generic tropes is just amazing and very rewarding for the audience.

I wish I can tell you more about the characters in Bakemonogatari but I won’t because I would have to spoil every arc and its themes and to be real honest you don’t want to get spoiled while watching this series.

Overall the characters of Bakemonogatari are just amazing and well fleshed out.

10/10

Art/Animation.

Visually Bakemonogatari is beautiful every scene from Bakemongatari is filled with life. From the action scenes to very experimental animation Bakemonogatari has it all and.

The fan-service of Bakemonogatari is handed well because unlike any other ecchi anime out there Bakemonogatari uses fan service to advance the plot or reveal character modulations. Not to mention the symbolism is just beautiful here that also has meaning and substance to them.

This is fan-service done right

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One more thing that I want to mention each girl and each arc have they own opening that is sung by the Japanese voice actors and each opening reflects a certain theme and aspect of the girl. I personally that that approached to very unique because it gives each girl and they arc meaning.

Overall the visuals are just wonderful to watch and very appealing to the eye.

11/10

Sound.

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The sound production for Bakemonogatari is just a masterpiece and it really made the show more a relaxing experience while you hear lots of dialogue of character taking. Not to mention the sound quality of Bakemonogatari is very clean and realistic making each scene from the sound effects and background music have a greater impact.

Now as a guy who watches dubs am glad that this haven’t receive the dub because it will look and sound terrible. The dub of Bakemonogatari will suffer for having horrendous mistranslations with the dialogue the story nature with be butchered and the character personalities will also be butchered. Am saying this because the original japanese audio for Bakemonogatari is just flawless and having a dub for it will ruin the fame of the series.

Overall the soundtrack and voice acting of Bakemonogatari is just amazing.

10/10

Final Thoughts.

Bakemonogatari is easily one of the best animes that I seen in modern anime. It’s a very unique experience that you can’t get in any other medium. While the story arcs were great for what it was the character really driven the story along thanks to its well written narrative structure and great use of heavy dialogue.

The visuals were extremely artistic that has a purpose and the soundtrack was just amazing and well used.

Lastly all of the girls in Bakemonogatari avoided waifu pandering route where all the girls are only there for style over substance where shows like Niseoki where that show didn’t know how to use female characters correctly and instead that show became waifu pandering show with no soul or identity.

I use to find this series to be kinda overrated after my first watch but after my re-watch of Bakemonogatari this series this show immediately became a favourite of mine and it’s my second favorite Monogatari series only losing to Monogatari series second season.

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I give Bakemonogatari a 9.5/10

Bakemonogatari is available from MVM Entertainment in the UK on DVD and Blu Ray.

Anime Recommendations

Katanagatari

xxxHolic

Mawaru Penguindrum

The Tatami Galaxy

FLCL

Mushishi

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Anyway this was Shawn aka TheKazeTrigger and I will see you guys next time.

Now please enjoy a few Senjougahara aka best girl images and gifs.

Anime Review 1.7 Shinsekai Yori/ From The New World. (Masterpiece of world-building?)

Anime Review 1.7 Shinsekai Yori/ From The New World. (Masterpiece of world-building?)

Hello everyone this is Shawn aka TheKazeTrigger and welcome to my next MVM Entertainment review.

For this one we are taking a look at Shineseki Yori/ From the New World.

With that out the way let us begin.

Story.

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The story of Shineskai Yori is set in a version of japan around the thousand years in the future. Overtime humans have evolved and now they contained the power of some form of telekinesis.  The people are living there peacefully in their utopia society. There using humanoid brad known as muster rats to do they labor for them.

Shineseki Yori inderdous five children Maria Mamarou, Saki, Shun and Satrou they befall them as they grow up discovering more and more about their seemingly perfect society and learning more about themselves in the process.

I can’t say anything more about the story because it will give away major spoilers because this is one of those animes that you don’t want to be spoiled at any cost. That is because Shineseki Yori is a masterpiece at foreshadowing.

Now before I dive into the characters of Shinsekai Yori am going to address the world building.

You see world building is very important in fictional because not only it makes the live of the characters feel alive and interesting but it makes your world have a theme and purpose of existing.

In anime form there should be least decent to great world building in anime genres such as fantasy, steampunk, mecha, history, game, adventure, senien, shouens, post-apocalyptic and action.

How does this relate to Shinsekai Yori?

Shinsekai Yori has the best world building I have seen in anime fiction.

Not only the world is very well explored from the monster races, showing the atmosphere of each location in perfect detail how the games works when using the power telekinesis, but even minor things such a fallen leafs, objects and scenery have a purpose and theme that makes the world of Shinsekai yori believable.

Everything you see in Shinsekai Yori has a purpose and a theme behind it.

One of more thing that I want to mention in the story and world-building part of Shinsekai yori is episode 4 for Shinsekai Yori because not only it has great use of heavy dialogue but it combines the world building and heavy dialogue together in a visual format meaning you will see the world being explored visually while the heavy dialogue is explaining the world in great detail. You may not understand everything the first time but after you watch the same episode two to three times you will finally understand it.

Overall the story of Shinsekai Yori is such a masterpiece in the terms of its content, foreshadowing and world-building

10/10

Characters.

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If you guys don’t know I prefer a character driven narrative over a story because how can your story function without good or decent character. Unfortunately, Shinsekai Yori main characters are kinda of a mix bag.

First up we have Saki who is our main female lead in this entire story. She’s one of the better characters in the story and she has great character development not to mention a well written one

Next up is Satrou who is my favorite character in Shinsekai Yori.

Am not going to spoiler progression for this characters but seeing how he changes as he grows older is very interesting to watch. He starts off as your everyday joker that likes to mess around with people than greatly evolves into someone who takes his morals and opinions seriously as he becomes an adult.

Overall I really liked his character growth in the series that makes him my favourite character in the series.

Next we have Shun.

In my opinion he was one of the weaker characters in the show because he was kinda underdeveloped. I will admit he has a great role in the story which I won’t spoil and has decent enough character development. But the end of the day he was still kinda of an underdeveloped character despite him being a likeable character on screen.

Next up is Maria.

Am personally mixed with her because while she is a very important in the story but her characterization was rather weak at some points but unlike our next character am going to mention she is a likeable and enjoyable character to watch on screen.

Lastly we have Mamoaru who is easily me least favourite character of Shinsekai Yori.

To be honest he was an annoying character in general. Like Shun he has an important role in the story but like with Saki he’s characterization was not that good. On top of that he’s whiny personalty really made this character annoying to watch.

Overall Mamoaru is an annoying character that I don’t like and he was the second weakest thing of Shinsekai Yori besides the visuals which I will get in to an it.

The side characters are fine for what they were but there was one standout character that I can’t talk about due to spoiler’s but all I can say he is a very interesting multi dimension villain that I ended up sympathising which is something a villain hasn’t been able to do in quite some time.

Overall while the characters of Shinsekai Yori are not worthless it was honestly hard to sympathies with few of the characters due to the bland and annoying personalities. Least the most characters of Shinsekai Yori were likeable and enjoyable to some degree.

7.5/10

Art/Animation.

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Ah Shinsekai Yori why do you have inconstant visuals. Done by A1 Pictures the same studio that gave Fairy Tail, Black Butler, Erased, Shigatsu and Sword Art Online and it’s really sad to say this but the visuals were poor. I may heavily dislike Sword Art Online for having terrible arcs, bad world building, awful characterization to the characters but something that I cannot delay that it was animated pretty well. In fact, the second half of SAO airing at the same as the first half of Shinsekai Yori and trust me it tells. Back to the visually the character designs have a lack of shadow and they look really flat. Also, the lack of coloring on the character designs made them look rather dull.

The background design look decent with some detail on the atmosphere but there nothing to write home about. The lighting for the most part is really good and it makes some scenes look great.  Episodes 5 and 10 in my opinion have some of the worst animation I have ever seen in modern anime period. The textures were weird the character designs were changed for the worst and the cinematography is just really bad. There were too many close-up shots to the point where you can’t even tell what is happening.

Overall the visuals were decent at best and terrible at worst. 6/10.

Sound.

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The soundtrack for Shinsekai Yori is great. I adore how it manages to make everything sound throw and ominous using a great variety of instruments that creepy child choir. Not to mention ever track from this show really fits the tone and world building that this show has to offer.

Surprisingly Shinsekai Yori doesn’t have an opening but it has two ending themes. The first ending theme it’s a really calm catchy piece that I adore not to mention the animation is beautiful. The second ending is fine and a good listen but the first ending theme is superior in every way.

Now for dub or sub and to be honest I found the dub for the decent. Sure, some of the voices were rather bland but for the most part they did a pretty decent job with the roles.

This is kinda surprising because most Sentai Flimworks dubs I seen are either mediocre or bad. There were a few exceptions every now and then but those chances are very slim.

In general, Shinsekai Yori has a decent dub but the sub is much better for this case.

9/10

Final Thoughts.

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Despite me bring kinda harsh at points during the review I love this anime.

Yes, it has major flaws in the terms of characterization for some charters and the visuals not very inconstant. The story of Shinsekai Yori is just amazing that some of the best foreshadowing I have ever seen in anime and the world-building of Shinsekai Yori is just wonderful. Not to mention the soundtrack is amazing and well thought out.

Overall I really love this anime despite with flaws.

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I give Shinsekai Yori/ From the New World a 9/10

My anime reccomdations

Kokono Connect

Dennco Coil

Shiki

Psycho Pass

Noein

Kemono no Souja Erin