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It’s never too late to go back to school!

According to Soompi, actor Jang Dong Gun, who is forty three, is going back to university after twenty years. Apparently back in ’94, he enrolled but never completed his degree. It happens, especially when you’re an actor and live a busy life.

After reading this, I thought it was awesome of him to go back and learn something new. I think some of us, who are younger feel like once school is over then it’s over, but it doesn’t have to be like that. Learning never ends and if you want to go back to school, and have the money for it, then you should go back…..as long as you have the money for it.

In honour of this news, here are three jdramas that fully embrace going back to school when you are older. Why jdramas when Jang Dong Gun is a Korean actor? Simple, because I’ve been talking about kdramas way too much here and I’ve actually watched these dramas so….

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5 Mangas That Need An Anime Adaptation part 1

It’s official, Koe no Katachi will be getting an anime adaption. I’m super stoked by this, because the story is fantastic, the characters are flawed but real human beings, and the feels that it brings forth. I’ll definitely have my tissues handy while watching it. Oooh! I can’t wait!

So in honour of the news, here’s five mangas that need an anime adaption done. I was trying to figure out if I should do a theme for this list, because there’s way too many mangas that need adaptions. Should I do a Shounen List, a Shoujo one? A list of mangas that are ongoing, or a list of mangas that have ended already and/or were cancelled?

I couldn’t decide, so I’m going with the first 5 mangas that pop into my head.

1. I Am a Hero

I am a Hero

This was the first one that I thought of, but I don’t know if it will ever happen. If you thought the first few episodes of Tokyo Ghoul and Terra Formars was bad when it came to censoring, then you’d pretty much get an entire episode of black because of I Am a Hero.

It would still be fantastic though. The manga is about a zombie outbreak. Hideo isn’t someone that you’d think of as a hero. He’s older, chubby, his work isn’t going anywhere, he’s a bit socially awkward, and is a stickler for rules when it comes to guns. There’s a zombie running towards you, but he’s still needs to uphold the gun rules.

This might mean that he’s a weak MC, but he isn’t. He still maintains his humanity, even after witnessing a bunch of horrible things. He isn’t someone who would back down though or tremble with fear. We see this with the first zombie that he ends up killing. His girlfriend.

2. 7Seeds

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This is actually my favourite mangas that are targeted towards females. The story is about a group of kids who wake up in a post apocalyptic earth. A meteor was coming down, so scientists frozen a bunch of teenagers so that they could survive. There are five teams in total with each one consisting of seven members, including one guide.

What I love about this story are the characters. Not all of them are likeable, but they’re all relatable in their own unique way. I also love that Team Summer B, which was a group of reject misfits that no one really saw surviving, ended up not only having all of their original members stay alive, but they also stayed as a group.

Don’t let the picture fool you into thinking that this is a superficial look into a post apocalyptic world. It’s simply fantastic.

3. Wagatsuma-san wa Ore no Yome

Wagatsuma-san wa Ore no Yome

This is a series that ended way too early. It wasn’t cancelled and it was doing great in the ratings, but the mangaka couldn’t keep doing this and keep their day job. At least their other manga is still ongoing, so I’m happy for that…..I’m going to go into a depressive rant soon, so I’m just going to mention why I picked this and then move on.

Wagatsuma-san wa Ore no Yome is something that I avoided for awhile. For some reason, I thought the idea of a guy going time slipping into the future and finding out that he married the most popular girl in school to be kind of…meh. Plus, this reminded me of Happy Project, so I was afraid that I’d end up being disappointed with the execution.

I finally did read it and it became one of my favourites. Aoshima finds himself in the future and he’s married to Wagatsuma. Once that happens, he does everything in his power to make sure that future is a reality. But the manga is about much more than that. We also get a look into his friends and see Aoshima help others. It’s a really charming story…I just wish it lasted longer……

4. Sakamoto Desu ga?

Sakamoto

If you looked up Magnficent Beast in the dictionary, you’d find a picture of Sakamoto-kun. If you found a book that is titled, “How to be the best you that you can be?” You’d find that all the steps would say, “Be like Sakamoto-kun.” If a President wanted to know how to win the people’s hearts and mind, they’d hire Sakamoto-kun to help them out. Only, they’d then lose their position as it would go to the rightful heir. Sakamoto-kun.

Sakamoto is a school boy that all the girls want and all the boys want to be like. He pretty much wins in life. Usually, this would mean he would be a huge Gary Stu, which would be annoying and definitely not someone you’d want to read about, but Sakomoto is anything but boring.

The confidence that he oozes out made me an instant fan. I can’t stop laughing when I read what he does. The chapter about him coming to school right on time always has be down for the count. I laugh, but I also admire him and want to be like him.

5. Trace

Trace

This is a bit of a cheat, because it’s not a manga, it’s a webtoon/manhwa from Korea. This was actually my first look into Korean comics and I’ve been reading them ever since.The first story has three main stories in it. I won’t spoil anything, but the characters do have supernatural abilities and are the only ones who can defeat a creature called Troubles.

In the sequels to come, the truth about Troubles and the organization that recruits these supernatural inclined people is revealed.

 

I just thought of a bunch of other ones that I want to name, but won’t. At least not for this post. There are so many amazing mangas out there, so it’s hard to choose just five. Even now I want to add another one and then another and then a baker’s dozen. Maybe I’ll do a theme next time. It might make it easier for me to choose then.

Is there a manga that you’d like to see an adaption of? If so, let me know! Even if it doesn’t get an anime, I’ll be able to get some great manga recommendations. 😀

Once again, congrats to Koe no Katachi for getting an anime! I’ll be on the look out to read the mangaka’s next work and I’m sure it will be just as amazing!

 

Naruto Manga to End in 5 Weeks

According to AnimeNewsNetwork, Naruto will end in 5 weeks with the final chapter being in the November 10th issue of Shounen Jump. I think everyone knew that it was going to end soon, so this isn’t really a surprise. All of the major story lines are done and Kishimoto only has one more thing left to do, so five chapters is more than enough time to wrap everything up.

I’m going to miss Naruto and it’s going to be weird not seeing it in the weekly rankings. One of the big three is leaving and Bleach is soon to follow. I haven’t heard anything about One Piece yet, but I’ll be bummed if that is ending soon. I don’t see how it can though, there’s still so much story left. Even though it’s not Shounen Jump, Fairy Tail also feels like it’s ending soon. I haven’t heard anything, but it’s just a feeling I have.

Everything is ending this year though. 😦

Anyways, since Naruto is ending in five weeks, here’s a list of my top five favourite moments!

5. Who is Tobi? Is it Obito? No, that can’t be right. It’s too obvious. Tobi isn’t Obito!

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This was actually pretty funny, sure it technically has nothing to do with the manga/anime and more with the fandom, but it was still one of my favourite things that happened. When Tobi first showed up, everyone immediately noticed the hole in his mask and correctly assumed that Tobi must be Obito. But, it couldn’t be that obvious right? I mean, we did get a chapter about Kakashi’s past and knew about Obito and what happened to him.

So fans started to say, “That can’t be possible! It’s too obvious! Tobi has to be someone else!”

Speculation after speculation came out and people argued about this topic to death. The simple reason was because people just couldn’t believe that it could be this obvious. Plus, it was hard to believe that at 16ish Obito was able to take down Minato. But then Kishimoto revealed the truth and the reaction wasn’t one of shock and awe, but “Eh? Really?” It was funny.

I personally liked Tobi, but unfortunately couldn’t stand Obito. Every time he “dies” keeps popping up….that might have been a spoiler for those who only watch the anime, so I’m going to go to number four now.

4. Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden

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What? Are you saying this isn’t part of Naruto? Pfft! If Naruto hadn’t happened, we would never have had the awesomeness of Naruto SD. Out of all of the spoof spin offs that Shounen Jump did, this one was gold. Team Gai going on adventures, solving problems, and making me laugh is a great thing. Some may not like it because the characters were too over the top and acted stupid, but I loved it.

It did end though, but not to worrry. Kenji Taira, who is also an assistant for Kishimoto, does have a new gag series out called Sasuke Uchiha no Sharingan Den. I wonder if Sasuke will be like Neji, serious but funny?

3. Chunin Exam Arc

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What a fun arc this was! We got to see everyone showing off their skill and meet a lot of different characters that would be important later on. Seeing all of the different powers and fights was a joy to watch.

It had everything that makes a great arc. Character growth, fun fights and match ups, a villain who actually looks like he could do some damage and making characters question themselves. I believe this was one of the longer arcs too, so that worked in its favour. As someone who is a fan of the other rookies, like Shino, it was nice seeing them fight and do their stuff, like Shino….I was just happy that Shino got to do things before being ignored again.

This was also one of the few times that I could tolerate Sasuke. I’ve never really be a fan of his, but here he was good.

2. Invasion of Pain Arc

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The amount of people who died was crazy! They were revived in the end, but everything leading up to the arc and thing that occurred was crazy. I’m not even into couple ships, but Hinata even stepped up and told Naruto how she felt. Granted, he completely ignored her afterwards, but still. Does matter, as she got worked, Kakashi and Jiraiya died, and his home is in destroyed.

All of this was a bit much for Naruto and he goes all six tails on Pain. In the manga, this was freaking sweet. In the anime, I don’t really know what happened but it did look pretty horrible. During all of this mayhem, one of my favourite characters shows up. Minato.

Some Talk no Jitsu happens here, but unlike the other times here it felt right.

The greatest thing too was that the entire village cheered for him. It was touching, especially considering everything he went through. Having everyone finally acknowledge him was beautiful.

1. Team Asuma vs. the Zombie duo, Hidan and Kakuzu

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By far this is my favourite moment in Naruto. We got to see another team do something and a major character died. It was the first time there was any consequences for any of the teams, so it was beautiful. I loved the Zombie duo and even though I liked Asuma and actually teared up when he died, I was pleased that Kishimoto went there.

I think what I liked even more was that another team got to shine and we got to see Shikamaru do his thing. He was great and proved what a great leader he could be. After this arc ended, I was hoping we’d see more from Shino, Kiba, and Hinata…but mostly Shino, but it never happened. It’s okay though. It’s okay.

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Naruto ending is a pretty big deal. I mean, it’s been going on for 15 years. That’s huge! Even though I did have some problems here and there, I can honestly say that I enjoyed Naruto and will miss reading it. Congratulations to Kishimoto for delivering a great series and seeing it completed!

Hopefully after he takes some time to rest, he’ll come back with another amazing series!

he pees his pants anime

I thought it would be fun to see what search terms were entered for people to come visit my blog. I only looked at the past thirty days and it was mostly Sword Art Online search items, which is normal. The anime has a huge following. A few Mahou Sensou as well and even one for Shibainuka-san.

Most of the search terms were normal, except this one: “he pees his pants anime.”

I’m not sure what anime here relates to that, so I thought I’d just mention five comedy animes that I enjoyed. I don’t know if they’ll make you pee your pants, but hopefully they provide you with some laughs.

1. Tonari no Seki-kun

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This is one of my top animes of the year, which makes perfect sense because the manga is one of my all time favourites. Seki-kun’s antics never fail to amuse me and Yokoi’s imagination just adds on to the humour. I like both of them, so when other characters appeared I thought it would ruin the dynamic. It didn’t. In fact, it provided even more weirdness and hilarity! Especially Gotou who thinks Seki and Yokoi are in a relationship and sees all of their actions in that manner.

Every time I watch this I always have the same thought, “I wish there was someone like Seki-kun in my class.” I may not be able to do work, but every day would be an exciting one.

2. D-Frag!

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Another one of my top animes of the year. Personally, I thought the synopsis sounded stupid and the promo picture seemed like this would be a harem. I even avoided the manga for these reasons. I watched it though and now I want them to make another season. Every character here is awesome and they never failed to make me not laugh!

Funny story, there was this one episode that had me laughing quite a bit. While I was out doing work, I remembered that moment and started to giggle. Thankfully, no one saw me randomly laughing. That would have been embarrassing, since I was alone and not talking to anyone. This is what D-Frag! will do to you.

3. Level E

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The manga is better, but that doesn’t matter because the Baka Prince is one of the greatest trolls that I’ve ever seen. His random schemes to mess with people are hilarious. Even if you don’t want to watch the anime, pick up the manga. It’s short and will put a smile on your face….but since this is an anime list, watch the anime too. It’s good.

4. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

When you first watch the anime, the lead character is trying to hang himself. A student comes by and “tries” to save him. He ends up choking and then yells, “Were you trying to kill me!” Oh the irony! This is a great anime series filled with dark humour. The stalker scene (below) never fails to make me laugh. It’s just so absurd, but awesome in the same time.

 

5. Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!

tomoko - Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!

There are a lot of people who didn’t like the anime, because it’s cringe inducing, awkward, and hard to watch. I personally like it though, because it showcases a socially awkward teenager who struggles with life. There are things that I can relate to, but for the most part I like how Tomoko isn’t your typical heroine. She’s kind of a jerk. You’ll feel bad for her, but then you’ll shake your head and say, “Well, it is kind of your own fault.” Despite this, she does grow a bit. More so in the manga than the anime, but there is some growth.

 

So those are five comedy animes I enjoyed, maybe someday I’ll make a part two to this and include some other comedy animes. Or make another 5 something anime list. Hmmm, maybe the next list will be Five Popular Animes that I couldn’t stand. Be on the look out for that!

Preview: Fall 2014 Anime Season

When it comes to animes, I try to check out as many as I can before making a decision. If it’s a sequel or based on a manga I read, then I’m definitely going to be viewing it. If it’s new, then as long as it isn’t a harem, mech, stupid cliched anime then I’m game for anything.

 

Will definitely watch

Selector Spread WIXOSS – I was surprised by how much I liked the first season. I thought it would be a female version of Yu-gi-oh, so I didn’t really think it was going to be good. But it did have psychological as one of the genres, so I watched it and loved it. A lot of people have compared it to the Madoka series simply because the way the ‘special gift’ ends up screw over each girl. Even though it sounds wrong, I can’t wait to see how much more this game messes with the girls.

Psycho-Pass 2 – When the first season came out, I didn’t watch it right away. It’s right up my alley, but I couldn’t stand the lead girl’s eyes. In a series anime, she’s so moe. I hated it. Now, I still can’t stand her eyes, but that’s okay because the show was top-notch! Hopefully this season won’t simply be a rehash of the first one, since there’s another naive girl joining the crew.

Terra Formars – I love the manga, so I’m pretty hyped for this. I have a feeling like it will be censored a lot, but it’s anime so it’s expected. I kind of wish that the show started where the manga starts frp,, only because it helps sets the mood. The mood that everyone is going to die. I’m not even kidding. Every time you get emotional invested, they die. I still like the characters, but that feeling that they’ll die is always there. Always!

World Trigger – Another one where I’ve read the manga. It’s pretty interesting, so I’ll be watching the anime.

Kiseijuu – this was actually one of the first manga series that I ever completed, so it holds a special place in my heart. I’ll be watching this, hopefully they don’t censor it too much and they don’t only make it serious since there were a few comedy bits in this too.

Donten ni Warau – I’ve read some of this, but one thing I can tell you is that the artwork is beautiful. Hopefully it translates well in the anime, because the story is good.

Orenchi no Furo Jijou – seems like a silly fun show. I found the first chapter out there and it didn’t seem all that bad. Will be interesting to see how this one plays out.

Gugure! Kokkuri-san – like Orenchi, this looks silly and fun, but also cute.

Shirobako – an anime about anime. Sounds good to me!

 

On the fence

Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji – I’m on the fence with this one. I’ve read some of the manga and liked the beginning, but once they start dating for real some of the spark goes away. Might be good though.

Akatsuki no Yona – interesting premise, but I still wasn’t sure so I watched the PV. At first, I didn’t have good thoughts, but after her dad dies it starts looking up.

Magic Kaito 1412 – For some reason, this makes me think of Nijuu Mensou no Musume (Daughter of 20 Faces). I don’t know if it will be good or not, but the promo picture and the trailer just reminds me of 20 faces, so for that reason I’ll take a look.

Karen Senki – I already talked about the first episode and didn’t really care for it. However, maybe it will be good? I’ll be giving it two more episodes before making a final verdict. Hopefully it gets better.

 

There are plenty of other animes coming out. I might check them out too…..we’ll see.

Japanese Fall 2014 Drama Preview

Totally took the title from MDL.

The Fall season is upon us and before I write up which animes I’ll be looking forward to, here are some Jdramas that are coming out that look pretty sweet. Instead of mentioning all of them, I’ll just name the three jdramas that I’m most looking forward to the most.

Nobunaga Concerto - jdrama

Nobunaga Concerto

I actually laughed when I found out that this was getting a jdrama. You just have to look at my last post to see how much I loved the anime, which I started and finished only today, so to know that there’s a jdrama fills my heart with such excitement. I’m in…I’m so in. Not only because it’s Nobunaga Concerto, but the fact that my favourite Japanese actor, Yamada Takayuki, is in this.

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Doctor-X 3

Even though Aoshima didn’t like it….*cries* I miss Wagatsuma-san wa Ore no Yome. It’s only been a week since it ended, but I miss it!!! *coughs*

Even though Aoshima didn’t like it, I can’t get enough of Daimon Michiko and her catch phrase. Seems like some of the actors from the previous editions will be back again. And instead of just taking place in one hospital, it will take place in two. Sound be good!

Tamagawa Kuyakusho of the Dead

 Tamagawa Kuyakusho of the Dead 

The font is reminicent of Shaun of the Dead, which is one of my favourite movies, so this better be good. It has zombies, it has kendo, and a fairly interesting synopsis. Hayashi Kento plays Akaba Shinsuke who is a down on his luck kind of guy. He lacks motivation to do anything and according to the synopsis he “leads an uninspiring life.” I kind of like characters like this. They start off fairly useless, but become awesome due to the circumstance they’re in. Who knows, he may end up being like Hideo from I am Hero.

 

Notable Mentions: 

Sakura ~ Jiken o Kiku Onna: I loved Nakama Yukie as Saki. She’s a brillant actress, so I’ll be checking this one out for her.

Subete ga F ni Naru: Saikou no Rikon was my favourite drama last year and one of the reasons for that was because of Ayano Go. He was able to make me love a cheater…not because he was cute, but because of the acting. This seems like a locked room case, but the picture makes it seem like something different.

Time Spiral: This one is currently airing, but I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. From what I’ve heard, this one looks promising.

N no Tame ni: I love mysteries, so I’ll definitely be checking this one out.

I know this is about jdramas, but I’m going to add this kdrama that looks interesting. Interesting, only because I loved the manga and the jdrama.

Liar Game: One thing that it has going for it is that it’s okay 10 episodes. That’s a good thing, because usually kdramas tend to lengthen things for no reason other than to add unnecessary drama. Hopefully there’s no romance.