THE FACT THAT THIS POOR KID HALF DIED AND TURNED INTO SOMETHING HIS PARENTS DESPISE AND HOW HE WAS ALREADY AWKWARD AND BULLIED TO BEGIN WITH BUT HE PULLS THROUGH HE TRIES TO DO THE RIGHT THING EVEN WHEN THERE’S A MILLION REASONS WHY HE SHOULDN’T. HE STILL TRIES HIS HARDEST. HE STAYS UP ALL NIGHT FIGHTING EVIL AND RISKING HIS HALF LIFE FOR PEOPLE WHO HATE HIM. FOR PEOPLE WHO YELL AT HIM. FOR SLEEPING IN CLASS OR FOR FORGETTING CHORES OR FAILING A TEST. HE KEEPS HIS ANGER IN CHECK BECAUSE HIS POWERS LEAK OUT IN HIS RAGE. HE TREATS HIS WOUNDS HIMSELF BECAUSE HE DOESN’T WANT TO WORRY ANYONE AND BECAUSE HE’S NOT SURE IF HIS BLOOD WORK IS HUMAN. HE HAS TO DEAL WITH PEOPLE FROM TWO SEPARATE VIEWS: THE PARENTS WHO LOVE HIM AND THE SCIENTISTS WHO WANT TO DISSECT HIM, THE BULLY WHO BEATS HIM YET REVERES HIM AS A HERO, THE GIRL WHO LOVES HIM BUT WILL SHOOT HIM ON SIGHT. THE ONLY MAN WHO COULD POSSIBLY UNDERSTAND HIM WANTS HIS FATHER DEAD AND WOULD USE HIM AS A TOOL. HE SHOULDERS SO MUCH RESPONSIBILITY AND IS EXPECTED TO UPHOLD THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A GROWING TEENAGER. WHAT KIND OF JOB OR FUTURE DOES A HALF DEAD GHOST DREAM ABOUT? NOT AN ASTRONAUT. NOT WITH THOSE GRADES. AND WHEN HE DOES SEE HIS FUTURE, WHAT DOES HE SEE? HE SEES A MONSTER. DESTROYING AND KILLING EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE AND ENJOYING IT. AND EVEN IF HE’S AVOIDED THAT FUTURE, JUST HOW EASY IS IT TO SET IT BACK IN MOTION? ONE SLIP UP. JUST ONE. AND HE THINKS ABOUT IT CONSTANTLY. HE’S FOURTEEN AND HE HAS TO DEAL WITH PROTECTING A TOWN, ACCEPTING HIS EXISTENCE, MAKING SURE HE DOESN’T TURN INTO A MONSTER, THE PARANOIA OF BEING FOUND OUT AND WHAT THAT COULD ENTAIL, TWO-FACING FRIENDS AND FAMILY, THE PRESSURES OF SCHOOL, BULLYING, AND STRESSING OVER GRADES, OF LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF A FAMILY OF GENIUSES, OF CRUSHING ON HIS FRIEND BUT NOT WANTING TO RUIN WHAT THEY HAVE, AND THE GUILT OF CANCELING PLANS WITH FRIENDS BECAUSE OF A GHOST ATTACK OR NOT BEING ABLE TO LOOK HIS MOTHER IN THE EYE AS HE CONSTANTLY LIES TO HER FACE, OF HIDING WOUNDS AND SCARS AND LAUGHING IT OFF SO NO ONE WORRIES ABOUT HIM WHEN INSIDE HE’S READY TO BURST. WOW, I WONDER WHY I LIKE DANNY PHANTOM?
WHAT THE /HELL/ IS DETENTIONAIRE. I do not want to look it up because i have enough shows i have not finished but i just keEP SEEING IT FROM YOU ALL THE TIME
Detentionaire is about a boy named Lee Ping framed for the biggest prank in all high school history. Because all proof points to Lee, he’s put into detention for a full year of school (as well as grounded for a year). But who would want to ruin his life?
When you first watch the show, there are probably two things that may turn you off. The art style and the stereotypes. The art however, no longer bothers me. In fact, it’s charming and at this point I can’t really see it in any other way. The animation is flash animated (which definitely gets better now that I’m looking at the first episode again), but there are also flashbacks, photos, and background characters in such a lovely pencil style that I would buy an art book for this show in an instant. Here’s some examples:
At first, this show is heavily focused on cliques and stereotypes which could be portrayed as offensive or eye-roll worthy. Wannabe gangster, unnaturally foreign kid, “Glamazons,” big bad bully, cybernetic war hungry general principal etc.
But the magic is that this is to throw the viewer off. The longer you watch the show, the more you realize that all these stereotypes aren’t really there. Almost every character has interesting character development with a secret or important background information. The Glamazon you may have despised in season 1 becomes an enjoyable character you cheer on in season 3. The characters you wanted to shut up and disappear become endearing characters that you can’t imagine the show without.
And don’t get me started on the mysteries. What really makes this show a wonder to watch is its series continuity. You physically cannot watch it out of order or you’ll miss something. Once you solve a mystery, go back and watch the process again. I can tell you that once you know who the perp is, you can see all their suspicious activity in prior episodes. Questions you put off as the show just being a quirky cartoon in season 1 are brought up seriously in season 4. That’s how far the continuity can go. Everything is important. Everything.
The other great thing about it is that the longer you watch, the more intense it gets. You may be trying to figure out who radcircles is now but later you’ll be trying to understand the conspiracies under the school. I’d tell you more but I’d have to send you to Room 113b.
Basically, I’ve marathoned this show in the span of two days. Twice.
It’s about this kid named Sena Kobayakawa who’s constantly bullied. He’s a big pushover, so he runs around doing errands for others and he gets really fast because of it. Like, really fast. When he gets into high school, he swears never to be bullied into things again.
But then he’s bullied into joining the football team.
Sena’s legs are so fast that Hiruma, the guy who looks like a demon, hides his identity under an eyeshield helmet and the name “Eyeshield 21” so that the other sports teams don’t go after him.
At first, Sena wants nothing to do with football. He’d rather be the manager and not get hurt on the field. But as the series goes on, he realizes that he’s having a lot of fun with this quirky team of underdogs led by a demonic genius. This is the first time he feels like he has friends other than his childhood friend, Mamori.
But you also start to realize that their time together as a team isn’t going to last long. This is Hiruma and Kurita’s last year of highschool. This is their last chance to win the Christmas Bowl. Will they make it? Or will the other, stronger teams leave them in the dust? The great thing about this manga is that their goal is far from deadset or predictable. I won’t spoil anything past that.
It’s a long, heartwarming story that focuses on characters. You start liking characters so much you don’t even want the enemy team to lose. It’s very frustrating cheering on both teams. It’s incredibly difficult to hate anyone.
What I loved about it was that you didn’t have to be a big, scary tough guy to play football. That shorty? That’s the main character.
THE ART. IS ABSOLUTELY STUNNING.
Yusuke Murata is my all time favorite artist ever.
It also goes through an amazing art evolution, so if you don’t quite like the art in the first few volumes, just wait.
There is an anime, but I would read the manga. The art in the anime just fails in comparison. You can watch the anime anyway. It’s not bad and it’s nice to hear what the characters should sound like, but definitely read the manga.
Here’s the art difference between manga and anime.
I know a lot of people don’t like sports, but trust me, there is magic in sports manga/anime that you can’t find anywhere else. Read it for the characters if nothing else.
Alright, before you get me into a manga, what is Iron Knight?
Iron Knight is a brand new shounen manga about a little boy named Teppei and how the world succumbed to the Goblin Virus. The Goblin Virus turned humans into goblin-like monsters throwing the world into chaos and ruin. A few of the infected have special abilities or can revert back and forth between their human and goblin forms at will. Teppei is one of them. But unlike the others, Teppei uses his powers to take down other goblins and protect anyone he can find.
I love it because it’s a refreshing new perspective of the monster apocalypse genre by throwing in a young child as the main character and watching him struggle with the innocent idea of playing hero and the reality of a cruel world.
It’s very new so there’s not many chapters up, but you can read it here.
There’s a separate oneshot with the same characters and premise but the story is different. You can read that to see if it’s something you might be interested in. There’s also a sort of prototype oneshot called Goblin Night with the same idea but many differences.
hey whats hunterxhunter about?? I assume its good because you blog about it a lot :) Would you recommend I watch it??
UM ok well I only started watching it 2 weeks ago and I’m only on ep 76 so far but I’ll tell ya what I know.
The anime looks like a really cliche cute shounen anime about friendship and adventure. But it’s not. It’s a trap. There’s so much body horror and death and violence and none of it is censored. (Please please please do not watch if you’ve got any kinda body horror or death triggers because there are people who are shot in the head, or decapitated, or skulls crushed, necks twisted, limbs go missing, etc.) It also gives off a no tech fantasy vibe but it’s not they have planes and computers and guns. ANYWAY
It’s about this cute little wild child named Gon who wants to be a Hunter like the dad he never knew. His goal is to meet his dad, Ging. The story starts with him setting off to take the Hunter exam and along the way he meets Kurapika and Leorio. They clash a lot but Gon pulls them together. After a few tests, the three of them make it to the real part of the exam. That’s where Gon meets Killua. They’re the only kids there so they hit it off real fast. Like really fast. They’re seriously meant for each other (not necessarily as a ship but they just physically and emotionally need each other I cannot stress this enough). Oh, and Killua is an assassin prodigy and his goal was to be friends with Gon (not realizing they were friends from the start). I won’t say the results of the exam but it shocked me and pretty much the rest of the anime after that.
Overall, I haven’t reached any agonizingly sad parts yet, so I love watching Gon and Killua train and become impossibly fast and powerful children while still being children. That’s something I don’t get from manga or anime often. Kids still have fun playing rock paper scissors and it just warms my heart seeing kids being kids (do not underestimate them though holy crap). It’s serious when it has to be and absolutely adorable when it needs to be. But it’s astonishingly gory and violent which I happen to love so it’s like a bonus for me but could be a horrible realization for some. I took out 76 episodes in two weeks for a reason but I’ve been taking it slow to make the happy last because I hear the whole fandom has been crying. I think the animation is the real charm for me because I just love seeing unique fight scenes at impossible speeds and impact.
Okay, so, I grew up on Kinder eggs. Except my family always called them “jajko niespodzianka” because we’re Polish.
So this is a Kinder egg. It’s a hollow piece of milk chocolate…
with white chocolate (which tastes like heaven) and another freaking egg inside…
and inside the plastic egg was a toy.
And back in the day, the toys were pretty damn amazing and came in mini collections. But it’d be impossible to get two from the same collection because there were like 5 going on at the same time. (At least for me anyway.)
(That’s only a few btw.)
My favorite are the Totem Figures.
They were animals…
but people at the same time!
And like I said, they come in collections but I’ve never seen them until I looked them up on Google 20 seconds ago!
IS THAT A BIRD AND A BEAVER
GOSH I WANT THEM ALL!! alsdfkj
(omg i had the elephant on the far right i don’t remember where she is did i leave her in poland omg no im gonna cry she was my sassy elephant gurl i gossiped with her about my polish friends in english it was the best we were so mean i miss her)
Basically the Kinder egg is 15% chocolate, 20% toy, and 65% nostalgia.
But it’s also depressing because I haven't seen a Kinder egg the way I remember it in a very long time.
Now they look like this
and the toys are shitty so it’s not as much fun anymore…..
So yeah, THAT’S WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT KINDER EGGS.
Warehouse 13 is a beautiful show about an unconventional family that deal with life threatening situations to save the world but most people don’t know/watch it because they write it off as “too scifi for them.”