Anime Month: Day 22- Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

“It is impossible to create something out of nothing. If one wishes to obtain something, something of equal value must be given. This is the law of equivalent exchange.”
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Anime Month: Day 19- Avatar: The Last Airbender

Who would have thought that one of the best anime shows of this generation would come from Nickelodeon?

Even though it isn’t from Japan, Avatar: The Last Airbender is an animated show that was heavy influenced by overseas animation and culture. The term anime usually refers to a Japanese cartoon, but The Last Airbender is one of the rare exceptions for me simply because of the quality of the show. It is not like other cartoons on Nick, as it was subtly a mature show, with an actual plot that went from beginning to end.

The story was amazing, but two things that made this show so exponentially above the rest was its characters and the world they inhibited.  Continue reading

Anime Month: Day 18- Ranking the Hunter X Hunter Arcs

Even though it’s currently on hiatus, Hunter X Hunter is still my favorite 100+ episode anime. Hunter X Hunter has a plethora of characters, and unlike other shounen shows, it doesn’t rely too heavily on the main character to move forward. HxH is at its best when other characters, including the villains, have time to shine. That highly reflects this list of what I think are the worst to best arcs of the show.

7. Greed Island Arc

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The Greed Island has the unfortunate privilege of being in-between the two best HxH arcs: Yorknew City and the Chimera Ant arc. The Greed Island arc didn’t do anything of note compared to seeing an entire city sieged by the series’ biggest criminal organization, or the natural disaster of the Chimera Ant’s beginnings. It was cool to see Hisoka working with our heroes for a change, but the main villain of the arc was the series weakest. The Greed Island arc is just kind of there at the end of it all. Continue reading

Anime Month: Day 16- Short Term Shows

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There is no time to waste in short anime shows. The first episode needs to hook the watcher almost immediately, because there is no “it gets better in the second arc,” because there is only one arc.

Short anime are more focused, and the message is bright as day. With longer shows, the message can be skewed after a the first couple of arcs. The message changes as characters change, and that’s not a bad thing for long shows. Longer shows are more about growth and the journey the character (and the viewer) go through.

Short term shows on the other hand, have a set amount of time to tell one single story. As a result, you either get one really uninteresting tale, or one bombastically good one. Shorter shows have a single priority and they never lose sight of that.