12 Days of Anime #7: The Taste of Steel in Thunderbolt Fantasy

The last thing you’d expect from an epic fantasy wuxia inspired production would be the protagonist to opine against taking swordsmanship seriously.

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Thunderbolt Fantasy’s has a stubbornly singular, beaten to death storyline that drives our heroes’ quest: they must retrieve the stolen legendary sword, Tiān Xíng Jiàn (literally “Heaven’s Retribution Sword”) from the evil hands of our resident Lord of Darkness, Miè Tiān Hái, Continue reading “12 Days of Anime #7: The Taste of Steel in Thunderbolt Fantasy

12 Days of Anime #6 Übermensch in Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto

What’s cool, cooler and coolest?

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Inspiring others to help themselves.

While we marvel, gape, or go into asphyxiating fits of disbelief, Sakamoto’s magnetic draw is not just his ability to perform physics defying, visually stunning feats of physical prowess and artistic virtuosity, but how his impossibly cool actions encourage people to develop the confidence and show the best of themselves. Continue reading “12 Days of Anime #6 Übermensch in Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto

12 Days of Anime #5 Diligence in Assassination Classroom 2

You know that insane math problem showdown between Karma and Asano in that semester final episode? Yeah, I didn’t get it either. I had difficulty understanding it as a college educated adult–there was no way I would have been able to understand it as a middle school student. What is Japan feeding their students?

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Mathematics aside, if you had told me a year ago that an anime would take a test-taking experience and actually make it fun to watch, I would have laughed in your face. Continue reading “12 Days of Anime #5 Diligence in Assassination Classroom 2

12 Days of Anime #3: Heroics in Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance

There are many wonderful moments to enjoy in Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance (Arslan Senki: Fuujin Ranbu), but the opening fight between Gieve and Hilmes stole the premiere episode for me and affirmed my opinion that Gieve, is indeed, the most overpowered guy on Team Arslan.

When we’re talking about combat skill, Daryun might be the one with the reputation that precedes him, but it’s Gieve that’s got the timing of heroics down pat down to an art that rivals his lauded virtuoso and archery skill.

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Gieve might not have Daryun’s supernatural strength or Narsus’s uncanny luck and strategic prowess to foresee every single enemy movement,  or Farangis’s extrasensory djinn perception, but he has something else far more valuable Continue reading “12 Days of Anime #3: Heroics in Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance