First impression – Black Cat.

So, I cracked down first 5 episodes of the anime series Black Cat. In total there are 24 episodes, and here’s my first impression of it.

Instant like for the badass main character. Train Heartnet. He is the one that’s called Black Cat. And his personality really reflects that from the very beginning. Always alone, independent and keeping his cool. He tends not to show his emotions so openly, at least so far. We get to see his great fighting skills, and DAMN! that gun he owns! It seems that there’s a lot going on his mind. He’s considering his every choice and whether it is the right thing to do or not.

Also quite mysterious. Cold-blooded assassin.

The plot itself has action in it. In every episode there are fighting scenes involved. The pace of the episodes is usually like this: you get introduced with the problem in the beginning, then the tension is growing, at the second half there’s a fight which solves the problem. And as episodes go, we find out personal stories and details about the characters.

The story line so far… is intriguing. I like the pace of it so far. We’ve already familiar with the main characters after 5 episodes, have created our own opinion about each of them and decide whether like them or not. But yet there’s still enough mystery and questions left. I feel like 12-13 episodes would be not enough and everything would be bunched up in one place, so it makes me happy that there are 2 seasons.

I was postponing for a very long time to watch this anime, probably like 5 years, and now I don’t get why. I was hoping for some unoriginal anime where the main character is like a hero, who shows up and saves the day. But now I have an impression that show focusses on each individual story and it looks like there’s an interesting relationship between some characters (not necessarily romantic, we’ll see ;D ).

Other characters:

There is some sort of a “Chronos organization”. The main character Train is number 13 on this group. The organization states that they’re using their power to achieve freedom to this world, but because of the power they possess they cannot be free. It looks like its members are aware of it and very obedient. Every member has different type of weapons it fight with, which I believe will make every character more unique.

The music…. Uhmm… I liked it. I’ve got nothing against it, though I don’t play it on repeat, but this anime is from year 2005. For that time the music has quite good quality. It matches the anime’s atmosphere quite well. The opening video as well. It introduces you to what it is about and what to expect. So give that opening a go, and you’ll see 😉

Rankings. On Imdb the show is ranked 7,3/10. My anime list rates it 7.55/10.

Anime is originated from manga with the same title, written by Yabuki Kentarou (other work: To Love Ru).
Studio – Gonzo (Trinity Blood, Special A, Hellsing, Rosario Vampire, Full Metal Panic) – that’s where this kind of drawing comes from.

Myself I would give it a strong 8 for now, as it is not boring I would love to continue watching it, but exams…… Yup… Say no more…

-Taiga.

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One Punch Man – A Hero just for Fun.

What’s up guys!

It is time for a 2nd anime review. And yes, it is One Punch Man.

 

I know that it’s everywhere now, just how SAO was in 2012 or Tokyo Ghoul in 2014, but there must be a reason. I’m a bit late, but now I am done with the first season of One Punch Man, so here’s my opinion.

1.The story.
A story is surrounded around Saitama. The main character decided to become a hero for fun. He trained hard every day, at least that’s what he claims *inserts a picture below*, but you decide for yourself. After training every day for 3 years and going completely bald, Saitama became so strong that One Punch is all it takes to defeat gigantic monsters.

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Yes, the story takes in earth, but it is full of monsters, hiding in various places. Hero’s association was created to battle those monsters. As episodes run, we are introduced with more new heroes, each having different super powers, one ranked higher than other. And pride is very important for a hero. Characters keep aiming for a higher position in the system. That’s when our Protagonist Saitama and his apprentice Genos appears and shows their incredible skills.

2. Characters.
Apart from the main character, we get to see a lot of Genos, a cyborg who seeks to become Saitama’s student after seeing him fighting. Facing challenges together, they become friends quickly. Other characters are introduced through comical situations, which gives the show more of the comedy vibe.

3. The opening soundtrack.
Let’s get real. It’s loud, powerful and catchy. It is exactly what you expect from an action/adventure anime. The song is called “THE HERO!!” (I wonder why :D), and performed by JAM Project. Full of punches, fire and heroes! Basically shows what this anime is all about.

4. Creators and ranking.
Anime created by the studio “MADHOUSE” (other animes: Death Note, Black Lagoon, No Game no Life, Parasite, Trigun, etc.). Released in Fall, 2015 and it is an adaptation of the manga (creator Murata Yusuke), which started in 2012 and is still being aired. And apparently manga is a remake of the original web comic, created by ONE. Anime is ranked as #11 and scored 9,02 on MyAnimeList, 9,4 on IMDb. So far there is only one season, but second is already confirmed and will be coming out at the end of 2016.

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So what is your Hero name? What special abilities would you have? Draw your own character if you want to, and please, let me know in the comments ^^!!!

-Taiga AKA Fantastic Bob.

Durarara!! – 1st review.

An anime I watched in 9th grade at school, back then I was 15 years old, now rewatching again when I am 20 :D. There was only one season then. Now 2nd season is airing, plus some specials! And it is really worth it, here’s why:

1. You will love Durarara!! if you’re into complicated stories, with a lot of plot twists.

Anime is mostly based on character development. Durarara!! is full of characters, each with their own complicated story, and all those stories are somehow connected. There’s a boy, Ryugamine Mikado, who’s searching for adventures, his friend, Masaomi Kida, who wants to protect the ones he cares about, a guy like, Heiwajima Shizuo, who hates violance, but can’t control himself, black russian guy, Simon Brezhnev, who can switch his personality together with language, even supernatural character, Celty Sturluson, who’s serching for her past, justice and acceptance, let’s not forget badass Orihara Izaya, who makes the whole city real mess and the mysterious internet gang “The Dollars”, where are no rules! One page would be not enought to introduce everyone, but trust me, you will love them all!

2. Huge drama, with a perfect amount of comedy.
Even though anime has a lot of mysteries and questions that need to be answered, it is not gloomy at all, either you’re so intruiged or just bursting out with laugh, especially from characters like Kida or Izaya.
3. Not a slow paced anime.

Do you like me just hate those animes where in 5 episodes nothing happens, well don’t worry about it here, I wouldn’t call it action anime, but it sure has some fighting scenes or all the “catch the bad guys” scenes. In every episode you learn more and more about the story and you won’t know where it leads to…

4. The music.
Maybe it’s just my personal taste, but I love all opening and ending songs, listening on repeat while watching this anime. Openings sure get you into the mood for this show, and endings have such a nice and easy rhythm, that you end up singing along.

5. The producing companies behind this are: Aniplex (responsible for almost every anime that exists), Square Enix (Full Metal Alchemist, Akame ga Kill, Darker Than Black), and others. The director of the anime is Takahiro Omori, also known for such animes like, Baccano!, Jigoku Shoujo, Koi Kaze, etc.. This anime is an adaptation from manga with the same title (13 volumes, 89 chapters, finished airing). Original story written by Narita Ryohgo (Baccano!). Anime is both subbed and dubbed.

6. Some statistics.
According to IMDb, Durarara!! is ranked 8.1, MyAnimeList – 8.45, rank #122, based on popularity #19.

7. Previously mentioned online chat room actually exists now. Fans probably have made it, and it sure is fun, go check it out: http://dollars-bbs.org/
But do you know the password??

I hope it caught your eye and you’ll enjoy it. Please tell me what you think 🙂
The ONLY RULE – say that you’re one of us.
-Taiga.