My Crunchyroll Premium subscription ends on July 27

…I thought I’d be working by now but that ended up not happening (I expect to be working very soon though). I had a 12-month subscription and thanks to it,  I was able to see alot of good anime over the last year. Once I have income, I will get another 12-month subscription. it makes the most sense and it most cost-effective than going month to month.

On the off chance someone might be willing and able to help me out, here’s the link to my PayPal.  $70 will cover my needs in that regard. This is separate from the Fundraiser we’re doing. I’m asking this as a personal favor.

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Jump Force and My Hero One’s Justice announced at E3

Two games based on Mega Popular Anime were announced over the weekend, both fighting games.

…Once you’ve finished picking your jaw off the floor, note what wasn’t shown and what was shown. Goku, Naruto and Luffy were obvious. Same with Frieza as well. Light and Ryuk from Death Note appearingh at the end…HOLY SHIT!

Here’s a few other names I’ll drop that I’m sure will make the cut:

  • Ichigo Kurosaki
  • Rukia Kuchiki
  • Naruto Uzumaki (Child and Teen versions as separate characters)
  • Sasuke Uchiha (Child and Teen versions as separate characters)
  • Sakura Haruno (Child and Teen versions as separate characters)
  • Boruto Uzumaki
  • Sarada Uchiha
  • Mitsuki
  • Goku (Child and Adult versions as separate characters + All canon forms)
  • Vegeta (All Canon Forms)
  • Piccolo
  • Beerus (from Dragonball Super)
  • Hit (From Dragonball Super)
  • Kale (From Dragonball Super)
  • Caulifla (From Dragonball Super)
  • Jiren (From Dragonball Super)
  • Broly
  • Frieza (All forms including new Gold Form)
  • Eren Yeager (able to use Titan Form)
  • Mikasa Akerman
  • Levi
  • Asta
  • Yuno
  • Edward Elric
  • Alphonse Elric (Suit of Armor version)
  • Roy Mustang
  • Alex Louis Armstrong

…I know those are alot of names from just a handful of franchises but I’m fairly sure that it will be a large playable roster. I’m also sure many shows will be represented as well. Some of those names could very well be DLC Characters as well.

Jump Force will be released on the PS4, Xbox One and PC later this year. I intend to get it obviously. LOL.

…We knew a game would be coming sooner or later so…yeah. So much is revealed in this 2-minute trailer. The game uses the Unreal Engine just like Jump Force will so you know they went all in. The inclusion of Pro Heroes, Stain and Villains is icing on the cake. More so since it seems the game’s storyline will follow the Anime’s up to a certain point like most Anime games tend to. All Might vs. All for One in game will be EPIC, more so given their fight in last week’s episode.

My Hero One’s Justice will be released later this year on the PS4. I plan to get it as well. Time to go beyond! Plus Ultra!

Anime Blog Fundraiser extended to August 5

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I spoke to AnimeKat a short time ago and we have decided to extend the Fundraiser to August 5. The original deadline was actually today, June 5 and so far there have been no donations so far.

We would like to reiterate the importance of this Fundraiser, which will be to bring you premium-only featured offered by WordPress. We provide news, highlights and updates related to Anime and Manga both Old and New on this blog. With your support, we know we can bring you even more to be excited about.

As a reminder, we are offering two random drawings for those who donate:

This is one of them. Wolf Children and Summer Wars on Blu-Ray/DVD.

This is the other. The Manga adaptations of both Summer Wars and Wolf Children.

As a special bonus, those who win the drawings can mix and match. For example. if you want Wolf Children in both Anime and Manga form that will be done. Only those who donate will be considered.

Just so folks know, I have already ordered the prizes via Amazon. You guys already know I have my own copy of these prizes and I personally reccommend all of them!

Just so folks know and this is news to AnimeKat: A business owner in Boston has offered to live stream two Anime Cosplay Events I’m planning for this summer. If our goal of $500 is reached by July 10, they will match it with another $500! We need your support and we have a business owner who has offered to double the full amount. If just 20 people give $25, We will meet our goal in no time. Same if 10 people give $50 or 5 people give $100. 50 people giving $10 would also work.

Whatever you can give would be greatly appreciated. If you are both willing and able to donate, click the picture at the top or click the PayPal Button.

~ Aurabolt and AnimeKat

Some of Anime’s most notable Moms

…I did one for Dads two years ago so this should come as no surprise ^_^

As before, I only listed moms fron Anime I’ve seen myself. Warning, there be some spoilers.

 

 

Sakura Haruno

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Anyone who’s seen Naruto and/or Naruto Shippuden knows who Sakura is so I’ll leave out her exploits as a kid and teenager. Shortly after the end of The Fourth Great Ninja War, Team 7 team mates Sakura and Sasuke Uchiha made the Ship official and got married. shortly after that, Sarada came along. Like Naruto, Sai and Kakashi, Sakura transitioned to civilian life as a Ninja Medic and being Sarada’s mother.

Having never met her father and only knowing him from pictures and stories about him, Sarada started to doubt Sasuke was her real mother. She decided to ask Naruto about it but then they get caught up up a battle with one of Orochimaru’s failed experiments from the past. Along the way she meets her father and activates the Sharingan for the first time. After the danger is dealt with, Sasuke confirms for his daughter that Sakura is her mother…as well as his wife.

By the time Boruto Next Generations begins, much time has passed. Everyone has grown up and almost everyone is a parent now. Since the focus is on Boruto and Sarada’s generation, the previous generation don’t appear as much outside supporting the newer ones.  Sakura is no exception. Her daughter has obviously inherited her father’s Sharingan. She has also inherited the superhuman strength of mother.

 

Chi-Chi

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Chi-Chi is probably the…how should I put this…oldest person on the list. She is Goku’s wife but she is also the mother of Gohan and Goten as well as the grandmother of Gohan’s daughter Pan.

She is first introduced as a child in Dragonball. She is the only daughter of the fearsome Ox King. Ox Mountain is on fire and the only way it can be extinguished is with the Kamehameha. Goku meets Master Roshi, who teaches him the technique. After Goku uses the Kamehameha to put out the fire on Ox Mountain, Chi-Chi falls in love with him. Chi-Chi doesn’t appear again until the end of the Dragonball series as a young adult. She faces Goku in the World Martial Arts Tournament. The two marry shortly afterward and their son Gohan is born before the start of Dragonball Z.

After the birth of Gohan, Chi-Chi becomes a doting wife to Goku as well as as a doting mother to Gohan and later Goten as well. Gohan was trained by Piccolo but Goten was personally trained by Chi-Chi. Speaking of. Goten was born offscreen shortly after the end of the Cell Saga. It’s commonly believed Chi-Chi discovered she was pregnant shortly after the end of the Cell Saga. Goten is seven years old when he is introduced in the Great Saiyaman Saga and Trunks is a year older than him. So Chi-Chi was pregnant with him at the end of or just after the Cell Saga.

In Dragonball Super, Chi-Chi plays a recurring role as Goku’s wife and grandmother of Pan. Having saved the universe from Majin Buu, Chi-Chi FINALLY gets Goku to get a job…as a farmer! Having no personal need for it, Goku gives Chi-Chi the briefcase containing 100 Million Zenni he receives from Mr. Satan/Hercule to Chi-Chi as a gift…and a bribe to go train under Whis. Chi-Chi is present along with the others during the tournament between Universes 6 and 7, comforting Goku when he is eliminated early on.

Nagisa Furukawa/Okazaki

 

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Anyone who’s seen Clannad or played the VN knows who Nagisa is. Plus, you should know if you’ve been reading my blog for at least the last three years. So, this will be short. For those who recently started reading my blog, she is the lead female protagonist in the Anime and the canon pairing for Tomoya Okazaki, the lead male protagonist. In the After Story Arc, she becomes pregnant with their daughter Ushio.

In the Alternate Storyline, Nagisa dies giving birth to Ushio. Get your tissues ready because here it is (English Dub):

At the end of the Alternate Timeline in the Anime, this happens instead (English Sub):

To get this ending in the VN, you must collect all of the orbs of Light. You will get a notification once this condition has been satisfied. Plus the Title Screen will be flashing to show you it’s time to see to True Ending ^_^

 

 

Hana (Wolf Children)

 

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Wolf Children, which was created by Mamoru Hosoda is a tribute to single mothers worldwide. Hosoda himself was raised by a single mother and used his own life experiences as inspiration for this moving story. The obvious twist for Hana is her kids can turn into wolves. After the family moves out of the city and into the suburbs, Yuki and Ame start to drift apart and Hana must come to terms with her children going in different directions and pursuing two different worlds. Yuki decides to live as a human while Ame, who has trouble fitting in at school decides to live as a wolf. In the end, Hana accepts the choices of her children and especially Ame’s.

 

Trisha Elric

 

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Another person on this list everyone here has at least heard of. After all, her death is what kicked off Ed and Al’s Excellent Adventure.

It is interesting to note Trisha first met Hoenheim when she was a child. Hoenheim kept returning to Risembool every few years until she was old enough to marry. It’s likely he didn’t tell her much about his past but they had Ed and Al. A few years later, he left and never returned. A disease that spread across the region claimed her life. Ed and Al attempted Human Transmutation in an effort to bring her back but of course, their efforts failed with disasterous results. Ed would realize much later the obvious truth: It’s impossible to bring the dead back to life.

Izayoi

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She is the second of three mothers on this list who had a child born of two different worlds. In her case, she is the mother of Inuyasha. Izayoi is dead by the time the story begins but we learn about her later in the story.

She is the Lady of a distinguished clan though it appears she was not married when she meets Inutaisho (Inuyasha and Sesshomaru’s father). We know from the events of the movie Swords of an Honorable Ruler that her relationship with a demon kept her at odds with the captain of the guard, who was smitten with her. he was so angry when it was discovered she became pregnant by a demon that he set the castle on fire and then impaled her with a spear shortly after she gave birth to Inuyasha. Inutaisho used Tenseiga to bring her back to life and gave her the Fire Rat Robe (now worn by Inuyasha), leading her to safely before he was consumed by the flames.

We know from Inuyasha’s early memories that she raised him in a nearby village after that until she died (It’s implied she died of illness) Having never known his father, Inuyasha was very close to his mother. Sesshomaru used this knowledge to set a trap for him early in the series.

Delia Ketchum

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Everyone knows who she is. So we’ll leave it at that.

Delia Ketchum was a large part of the third Pokemon movie Spell of the Unown in which she is kidnapped by the legendary Pokemon Entei. Her appearances are few for obvious reasons but she does her best to encourage her son. While technically not a trainer herself, she does have a Pokemon partner in Mr. Mime.

One of the oldest unsolved mysteries is the answer to this question: Who is Ash’s father? All that’s known is he is or was likely a trainer.

Hild (Ah! My Goddess!)

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And here we have the third Mother who broke a taboo and had a mixed race child. In her case, Hild is the mother of the Goddess Urd.

The Anime doesn’t get into this but once upon a time, Hild and The Almighty One were lovers. We also know they used the Gate of Destiny used to weight the strength of the bond between lovers from two worlds, which was a major plot device in The Movie. The two were forced apart but Hild beat the system to see The Almighty One for what would be final time. Urd was conveived from that final meeting and born after the Doublet System was put in place to end the war beween Gods and Demons. While Hild obviously still has feelings for The Almighty One, when asked by Belldandy she plainly states because she tricked the system once, trying a second time would cost her life.

Aside from being Urd’s Mother she is the Daimachaiko, or Ruler of Demonkind. Her power is equal to The Almighty One’s, hence all the jewelry you see in the video to seal most of her true power. Had she arrived at full power, probably most of the world would have been wiped out! After she returns to Nifelhiem (referredto as The Demon Realm in the Anime), she splits off a child version of herself to mess with Keiichi and the Goddesses for  a while. In the Manga, there is coup in Nifelheim and her main body is sealed by the Userper. Hild turns to Keiichi and the Goddesses for help, ultimately regaining her full power again.

…Ok that’s ir for this year. Most of you have probably seen AnimeKat’s post but if you haven’t, check it out ^_^

Next year, I’ll see about doing mothers and fathers in Video Games I’ve played.

Tokyo Ghoul re: Review

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So firstly on this anime I would like to say that I’m absolutely in love with this anime.

WARNING BIG SPOILERS if you have no seen the anime yet i suggest you go watch it before reading this review. There is currently 6 episodes and it airs every tuesday.

 

Tokyo Ghoul re: starts out two years after the CCG’s raid on Anteiku. The creation of a special team, known as the Quinx Squad, may provide the CCG with the push they need to exterminate Tokyo’s unwanted residents. As humans who have undergone surgery in order to make use of the special abilities of ghouls, they participate in operations to eradicate the dangerous creatures.  (weird when you think about it since they made ghouls in order to destroy them right.)

Anyway now for that short but sweet paragraph. This review is about one of my all time favorite anime’s .

 

Ken Kaneki aka Haise Sasaki is a First Class Ghoul Investigator, the mentor of the Quinx Squad and a member of Team Mado. Haise’s duties are overseen by Akira Mado and Kishou Arima.

Now keep in mind that Haise Sasaki is still Ken Kaneki. (Wish they didn’t change him) . Haise is on a path of regaining his memories of Kaneki but he is scared too. (Wait for episode 6 and 7) The end of episode 6 show a little bit of promise for us Kaneki lovers out there)

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This image is from episode one of season 3  and i can say i fan girled through the series so far. (I want the bad ass Kaneki back)

Other than Kaneki-kun being Haise Sasaki i can say so far i am liking them both A LOT.

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I can say in the above image was when Haise and Touka met for the first time in 2 years since Kaneki became Haise and yes i know this is still confusing how Haise Sasaki is Ken Kaneki. In this scene though Haise goes to the coffee shop that this season is named after and when he steps in he instantly loves the aroma of the coffee. (I was crying like a little baby with this part.)

 

For the next character in this series that i absolutely love is Juuzou Suzuya.

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I can say in the previous series he was a pretty bad ass little dude lol. But with them changing up his hair color and us finding out about his back story I’m pretty sure some of us can relate to him.

After the two-year time skip of Tokyo Ghoul:re, Suzuya’s hair is dyed black, and he is the leader of his own squad. Juuzou is a Rank 3 Ghoul Investigator. He demonstrates maturity and even appears to empathize with ghouls unlike before. He is also far more invested in the welfare of his CCG coworkers, and has a particularly close relationship with Sasaki Haise.

Now that you know this tad little bit about Juuzou here is something that will blow your mind.

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That infamous tilt of his but this time it is in an auction and he is going against ghouls of course but this i can say is the best trap ever in anime. Juuzou looks so cute like this but i can say he still looked cute as a guy.

 

Now since I don’t have a lot to say about Juuzou, I would love to introduce my main squeeze and he is my number 1 hottie for tokyo ghoul re:.

 

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Here you have Uta, He is a supporting character in the anime (damn my luck). I can say now that this is his look for season 3 and well his previous look was pretty hott too. He has multiple piercings and tattoos on his body, making him look pretty intimidating, even as a normal looking human.

He’s also the one that makes Kaneki Ken’s mask for him in season 1 since he is a mask designer.

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This image is where i fan girled hard time. He looks so sexy and so bad ass i couldn’t help myself. His hair is much longer than in the previous season which is normal for it taking part 2 years after the raid on Anteiku.

He has a very nice way of speaking and seems to be friendly. Although his expression almost never changes, he has an amusing way of teasing people.

As for the tattoo you can see on his neck it is Νεχ ποσσυμ τεχυμ ωιωερε, νεχ σινε τε.
Nec possum tecum vivere, nec sine te. —Martial, Epigrams XII, 46. As you can tell it is a Latin quote written in Greek letters which reads, “I can live neither with you, nor without you.”

He has a very nice way of speaking and seems to be friendly. Although his expression almost never changes, he has an amusing way of teasing people.

More SPOILERS: Uta was sadistic and savage from his youth, and though the narrative would have the reader believe he left those ways behind, it was not true. Once his affiliation with the clowns becomes apparent in the manga, it is revealed that he hasn’t changed at all – only gotten better at hiding it. Like all members of his organization, he revels in creating chaos and destruction. However, his personal motives are still unclear.

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The last image i have inserted is also in the start of the opening credits were you get to see Uta and The Clowns.

 

Well since i have made this blog post pretty dang long and I’m sorry for that but i am in absolute love with this series. I highly recommend you watch the series from Season 1 and let me know what you think.

My Hero Academia’s English Dub premieres on Toonami

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Season 3 premiered in Japan this time last month and can be watched on Crunchyroll. I actually bought the first season dubbed from iTunes in March for $5. It was on sale at the time.

My Hero Academia is already Mega Popular on both sides of the Pacific so it coming to North America was a matter of time. Season 3 just started in Japan and it will take a while for the dub to catch up. It’s the same with Black Clover, which has about 12 episodes between the Dub and the live airing in Japan.

I’m really excited by MHA’s Dub because of the simple fact David Matranga and Luci Christian are both in it! This is the first time working together since Clannad so…yeah ^_^

Sorry to keep this short but I’m going to assume most have at least heard about it. For those who haven’t, I will make another post explaining the story up to the start of the third season. You can watch it subbed on Crunchyroll an watch the English Dub on Toonami. The Manga is also available!

Persona 5 The Animation is clearly trying to cover as much as possible per episode

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The Kamoshida Arc just wrapped up this week. Those familiar with the video game Persona 5 (PS3 and PS4) knows the mechanics and storyline around the entire Arc. Like the Persona 4 anime, with P5A the focus is on the main storyline. The reason is because otherwise you’d be looking at a season per Arc. The Kamoshida Arc spanned four episodes though it seems there will be coverage of the Metaverse, which is actually super important at the end of the game. Persona 5’s Palaces are remenicisent of the TV World in P4 while the Metaverse is remeniscient of The Tartarus in P3.

Also like P4A, Social Links will at least be touched on in P5A. Still, it’s worth pointing out that P5 is a MASSIVE game. No key story details have been omitted from the four episodes I’ve seen so far (I haven’t seen Episode 5 yet as of this writing) despite the MASSIVE amount of stuff that needed to be covered.

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One encounter cut for obvious reasonsfrom Kamishida’s Palace in P5A is the Phantom Thieves’ running into “The Torn King of Desire” (pictured), which is part of the Persona Mara (who is a fuseable Persona). It was obviously left out because it looks like a giant penis (There is another Persona that looks like a giant vagina as well). Ann’s “OMGWTF?! O_O” reaction in the game matches that of any one male or female who may not have encountered Mara before in a previous Persona or Shin Megami Tensei game. No way in hell they would’ve been able to get away with including this in P5A (LOL!).

By the way, Kamoshida is based on actual incidents involving Japanese Educators using their position to abuse their students. Folks need to keep in mind Teachers in Japan are actually well respected and are given the benefit of the doubt when accused of wrongdoing. It’s not like in the U.S. when an accusation is enough to end someone’s career. This is how some Japanese Educators have gotten away with blatantly violating their students in the worst ways imaginable, often for years. Some of their victims end up taking their own lives in despair. So, yeah. Kamoshida’s Arc hit home for many in Japan. People like him have made national headlines in the U.S. though in Japan, it’s much easier for them to hide in plain sight.

I will provide another update after the next arc or two has aired in their entirety. You can catch Persona 5: The Animation on Crunchyroll.