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.

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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.

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Souma Review

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I started watching this anime on a whim. I can say if you like anything that has to deal with cooking you may like this, don’t just read it’s description and say oohhhh im not interested in that. You never know if your gonna like something unless you try it first right.  My view point on this anime is pretty good if you ask me.

 

After watching anime for the last 4-5 years since i haven’t been watching it since i was a child i watch a lot of different anime’s and i can say this is one of my top favorites.

This anime is about following Yukihira Souma on his journey to expanding his cooking to more parts around the world. He is very energetic and he has his own style of cooking that he likes to call “Yukihira Style” and  a lot of the time when he is testing recipes he will make some that are god aweful and have people test them. But he does improve and he learns a lot of new techniques as he continues to climb up that chef ladder if you know what i mean.  In season 1 of this anime i can say it was like he wasn’t maturing or listening to his sensei’s or the people trying to help him and i can say he is very stubborn and hard headed but that is what draws me to him.

At the start of this anime to where it is currently he is still trying to beat his dad in there form of a shokugeki, he has not once beat his dad yet and that is what he is striving to do.  Soma_Yukihira_render_HD_He_Will_Cook_Ur_Ass.pngNow i don’t wanna give too much away on Yukihira so i will end my review of him here and go to the next character.

 

The second character that i want to give light to is Erina Nakiri.  At first glance when i saw her in the anime i really thought that she was a b*tch but the further you get into the anime she actually does start to give advice and help her fellow students. Now i don’t know whether or not to spoil this so just in case “Spoil Alert”. She is known as God’s Tongue due to her father melding her that way and raising her that way to wear she can taste any food and know if it is gourmet or not. I can say to me she didn’t stop being a b*tch til the end of season 1 beginning of season 2.

She is known as the 10th seat in the Elite Ten Counsel.  The Elite Ten Counsel is a prestigious group of 10 members out of the Totsuki Culinary Academy.

Despite rarely participate in any Shokugeki, Erina’s cooking style is believed to be the finest and elegant of all. Using all of every stylish style from the wealthy and high pedigree status of culinary, she referred the lavish ingredient to make the finest dish of all and suggested that only the high grade dish considered as eatable for her standards. fadfb1c11cf3399244cb8b455003fa32I will end my review of her here as well and go to my final character i will review before my over all review.

 

The third and final character that i would like to give light to is Megumi Tadokoro. She starts out extremely shy and not very confident in her talent to cook. She comes from a small port town in Japan. She works in her family’s restaurant.  At first glance you might ask yourself what in the heck is a girl like her doing at this Culinary Academy. Well i must say i even thought this myself and then she blew my mind out of the water during one of her Shokugeki’s.

Since she comes from a port town you can only imagine what she must be good in right. FISH! Despite her weaknesses, Megumi is an honest and innocent student who does not lie about anything. She has a strong determination, and will try her best to reach her dream to become a chef after she paired with Souma. She also values friendship and rather observe towards any cooking style available in order for her to learn the style fast (especially Souma’s).

Megumi does however start to come out of her shell alittle in season 2 if you ask me. She climbs her chef ladder little by little right beside Yukihira.Shokugeki-no-Soma-21-15

As to not put anymore spoilers i will end my review of the characters here and hope you watch Food Wars for yourself.

 

Now for the over all review of Food Wars: Shokugeki no Souma. I would highly recommend this but also be aware that when they are tasting Yukihira’s food i can say it is like they are having a foodgasm and clothes are unfortunately and or fortunately ripped off depending on how you like your anime’s.  But as i was saying I would recommend this anime for anyone to watch as it can lift your spirits and show you determination especially if you are feeling down.  Come follow Yukihira Souma and his pals for his journey to becoming the Top chef and watch him conquer the Elite Ten Counsel.

 

Anime Boston 2018 in the books, looking to return as a panelist next year!

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…After taking a two year hiatus, I am looking to make my return as a panelist one year sooner than I originally planned. The theme for Anime Boston 2019 being Shogun & Samurai is the clincher. I can’t pass up on the opportunity. I will debut all new panels as well.

Here’s what I have in mind:

 

  • The Real Warriors of Samurai (120 Minutes): A look at the video game series Samurai Warriors, the real people portrayed and lessons to be learned from Japan’s Warring States Period.
  • Christianity’s History in Japan (60 Minutes): Like most authoritorian governments today, the introduction of Christianity in Feudal Japan was met with fierce resistence and outlawed by Hideyoshi Toyotomi. The Underground Christians in Japan–later known as the Hidden Christians–would keep their faith a closely guarded secret until after World War II. Come and learn how that has effected renewed efforts to bring Christianity to The Land of the Rising Sun.
  • Of Swords and Hip Hop (60 Minutes): We take a look at the marriage of Hip Hop and Anime in Samurai Champloo.
  • Riding the Rails in Boston and Japan (90 Minutes): One of the many things Boston and Japan have in common is their shared reliance on their transit systems. Take a look at the similarities and differences with transit systems.
  • Remember The Name Kuroko (60 Minutes): Basketball’s exploding popularity in Japan is explored alongside the mega hit Anime Kuroko’s Basketball.

…And you know what? ALL of them could be slotted next year.

More so given I want do ALL of them in the same weekend and will barring the untimely death of my laptop.

 

 

 

So glad I switched to a 12-month Crunchyroll Premium Subscription

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…One of the last things I did before my savings ran out last summer year was set aside $60 to get a 12-month Crunchyroll subscription. For those who may have been wondering why the my Anime reviews just fell off, this is why: I’ve been binge watching ALOT of Anime, mostly new titles. Almost half of what I’ve seen so far has been dubbed or will get be getting dubbed. Crunchyroll’s partnership with Funimation actually speeds up the localization process so…yeah.

For those who may not be aware, Black Clover and and Dragon Ball Super are being simulcast in both the U.S. and Japan. Attack on Titan Season 2 had been simulcast last year. What I mean in this case is episodes that have already aired in Japan are being dubbed and are airing in English on both Adult Swim and Funimation. To give a more specific example: Dragon Ball Super is at the end of the Universal Survival Saga now but in the U.S., the Goku Black Saga recently began. With Black Clover, the spacing is closer as it was with Attack on Titan. I’d say a 4 to 6 episode difference in the case of Black Clover. Attack on Titan Season had 2 actually been dubbed in its entirety before it aired in the U.S. and Japan. I know because I saw the season premiere at Anime Boston last year and heard it straight from Funimation and Crunchyroll’s reps.

In the case of DBS, the dub came almost 2 years after its premiere in Japan. By then, the Universal Survival Saga was about to begin. To promote the series in the West, the first two sagas were released as the standalone movies Battle of Gods and Resurrection F. Beerus and Whis are introduced for the first time and Freeza, who plays a significant role in the Universal Survival Saga is reintroduced.

Getting back to Crunchyroll. Unlike Funimation, CR doesn’t focus on pushing a few Anime to promote the Medium and their service. Those of us with a Premium or Premium+ account can watch new episodes as they air in Japan or right after they finish airing over there. The reason is because of the licensing deal Crunchyroll has with Japan TV and other networks. Those with a Free Account have to wait a week or more after the fact to see a new episode plus they have commercial interruptions. The comercial pay for the content so Free Accounts can see it at all. Those of us with a Premium Account or higher can watch commercial free as well as an HD. Crunchyroll is on demand but they also air new content in real time as it airs in Japan or becomes available. Not that different from WWE Network in that way.

Let’s see…I have watched over 20 new anime series since this time last year. I have also watched 8 live action dramas, which Crunchyroll seems to be moving away from in favor of focusing on Anime. A shame as the dramas I have seen were pretty memorable. Most are actually live action adaptations of existing Manga or anime such as Tokyo Love Kiss, Dr. Coto’s Clinic and GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka. I’m assuming the reason there hasn’t been any new Dramas added in almost 2 years is due to licensing but I hope this changes.

I have watched both My Hero Academia and Shokugeki No Soma as well. Currently waiting for them the continue over the next two months.

Dragon Ball Super’s Universal Survival Saga races to its end

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…Vegeta is clearly about to break through the glass ceiling and attain the Ultra Instinct form. He tried reaching that form the same way Vegeta did but quickly changed his mind after getting floored by Jiren not once but twice. His pride as a Saiyan Warriore is likely why despite having knocked him out twice, Jiren passed on eliminating him from the tournament so far.

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Goku is clearly the one Jiren wants to fight but unsurprisingly, Goku is holding off on using his new Ultra Instinct form again for plot reasons. This is also why he reverted to using his Super Saiyan Blue + King Kai Fist x20 form for now. Vegeta vs. Toppo was in the preview for the next episode and it’s even stated both #17 and Frieza are eliminated, likely at the start of the episode. It’s not hard to figure out Vegeta likely gains Ultra Instinct either during or after eliminating Toppo.

Speaking of, it was confirmed in last week’s episode what I said in my last post on the Tornament of Power: Jiren and Toppo are both candidates to become Universe 11’s next God of Destruction. After Gohan sacrificed himself to eliminate Dyspo, #17 and Frieza teamed up to fight him. Backed into a corner thanks to Frieza, Toppo reveals the power he refused to use until now: The power of a God of Destruction. Having decided surviving is more important than anything else, Toppo goes full power and the tables are turned. With Toppo now enveloped in Destruction Energy, #17 and Frieza can no longer touch him. Despite wielding the power of a Destroyer, Toppo is careful not to use fatal blasts to avoid being disqualified.

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…Of course, THIS it the rematch currently being delayed. Heh. Reminds me of the original Dragonball Z Sagas: They’d drag on each Saga for as long as possible for no reason. LOL. Of course in this case, the wait will be worth it. One thing you gotta give DBS credit for: Almost no filler episodes or needlessly extended Sagas. I mean we already know Universe 7 survives since DBS begins right after DBZ’s Buu Saga ends but there is a time skip in DBZ to when Pan is 4 years old. DBS takes place during the span of time in between.

The more interesting questions to be answered when the Tournament of Power ends are how does it end and will someone wish for the return of the Universes that were erased? Time will tell.