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11 Mind-Blowing Moments of Sword Art Online: Season One

11 Mind Blowing Moments of Sword Art Online: Season One

Sword Art Online has easily become one of the top grossing anime shows today. It focuses on love, friendship, bravery, and tons of visually striking action scenes. This anime is unique with the premise that it takes place within a world of virtual reality, a VRMMORPG called Sword Art Online. The main protagonist; Kazuto Kirigaya is revealed as a beta tester who has some knowledge of the game components and its creators before the game went live. The first scene of the anime gives you an idea of what it would be like to be a part of what they call a “FullDive” system. With headgear, called Nerve Gear, you are transported through the eyes of Kazuto into this world. If there is one thing this anime does well, it’s that it gives you the sense of what a perfect VRMMORPG would be like. The plot is dispensed throughout the first story arc, defeating Aincrad, as if you were part of the game. Filler episodes serve purpose and show what it would be like to go on side missions in your own favorite RPG game. This element sets the show apart from so many and gives it a new-age idealistic world (aside from the idea that if you die in the game you die in real life). However, the idea of death and love is what gives the show substance. Death is real within SAO, and is given meaning. The show slowly progresses into a love story between our two main Kazuto (or Kirito in the game) and Asuna Yuuki.

During the first season, we progress through the first two story arcs of the series; Sword Art Online and Alfheim Online. There are so many emotional ties during these first story arcs and some pretty awesome fight scenes. Below are some of the most memorable moments from the first season:

Sword Art Online (SAO) Defeating Aincrad:

Nothing beats that defining moment when Akihiko Kayaba announces that everyone has just been trapped within the game, as players quickly figure out they cannot sign out from the game menu. The despair shown in this scene by the players shows a strong emotional connection and you find yourself fearing for these characters. Also, this moment sets the plot into place for the overall first story arc.

  1. Kirito and Asuna meet.

Kirito and Asuna (who has not revealed herself yet) team up to fight the boss on the 1st floor of Aincrad. Asuna soon reveals herself during this battle, Kirito earns his Coat of Midnight, and he is revealed to be a beta tester or “beater” as everyone called him. This is also where we see Kirito make the defining decision to continue finishing the game on his own, and dissolves his party with Asuna.

  1. Kirito’s sad past.

That moment when we get a look into a deeper side of Sword Art Online. When we see Kirito’s backstory of losing Sachi, which gives more understanding into the depth of his character qualities and why he feels like he must protect everyone he meets. This episode also shows a darker side of the show, where death is the evident theme, and these characters are fighting for their lives.

  1. Kirito and Asuna take a nap.

This moment may seem trivial in the grand scheme of the show, however there is a reason it is one of the most memorable moments for me. Fast-forward in time, Asuna has become Vice Commander of the Knights of the Blood Oath, and Kirito has spent his time leveling up and moving forward in the quest to defeat Aincrad. Asuna finds Kirito relaxing under a tree and scolds him for wasting time while everyone is off trying to defeat battles. She then lays down with him, and quickly falls asleep beside him. This is the moment where you first see Asuna and Kirito spend a significant moment together. Kirito helps her understand, that even though they are in a virtual world, and every day people are living in a world that is not their own, they are still living. In this scene, we see that they both have the capacity to hope, even when the situation looks hopeless, and the ability to appreciate the “here and now”.

  1. Kirito uses Dual Blade.

SAO is known for having some pretty intense and stunning battle scenes, however, the battle with the boss on the 74th Floor stands above the rest. This battle is where Kirito is forced to use “Starburst Stream” which is his infamous Dual Blade combo attack. Once we see Kirito use his secret learned ability, the battle scenes progressively get better from there.

  1. Yui gets deleted.

If you are at the point in the show where you’re emotionally invested into the characters, then the moment when Yui (Asuna and Kirito’s virtual daughter) is deleted after the system flagged her for interfering in the game, is heart-wrenching to watch. Even though Yui is only artificial intelligence, she develops feelings, and projects those feelings of love towards Asuna and Kirito which gives an overwhelming reaction when she is lost to them, leaving only her heart as an item.

  1. Heathcliff is defeated.

After an intense battle on the 75th Floor, Heathcliff is revealed as Akihiko Kayaba, which was completely shocking, to say the least. A half dead Kirito defeats Kayaba after Asuna sacrifices herself so that he can save everyone still trapped in the game. Kirito basically comes back from the dead and Kayaba is finally defeated, and the game is cleared.

  1. Aincrad falls.

This, by far, may be one of my most memorable moments of SAO. Kirito is suspended above Aincrad on a clear platform where he and Asuna run towards each other. Kayaba appears, and gives a speech that almost makes you understand his point of view, although it seems he knows he has lost his way. Kirito and Asuna then sit and watch Aincrad fall apart, along with their cabin in the woods which held so many fond memories for them. This moment felt as if there were a calm completeness to this first story arc. The images of the crumbling world beautifully breaking into pieces gave the scene purpose and meaning.

At this point, the second story arc transpires, and Kirito is on a mission to find Asuna in Alfheim Online (ALO), and bring her back to the real world. This story line plays through another type of MMORPG game, where you can choose the kind of character you want to be, much like our own RPG games.

Alfheim Online (ALO)

  1. Kirito, Yui, and Asuna reunite.

Kirito has fought through Alfheim Online to reach the top of the World Tree, and Yui calls out for Asuna. She answers and finally the two of them embrace, followed shortly by Kirito. This is a moment we have been waiting for since Yui disappeared, and it brought the closure we so desperately wished for.

  1. Kayaba gives Kirito The World Seed.

After Kayaba comes to Kirito in his time of need and helps him defeat Oberon (which helps us hate him a little bit less), he gives Kirito “The World Seed”, which is a device that can revive VRMMO games if he so chooses, and create the world Kayaba had always envisioned.

  1.  Asuna and Kirito meet in the real world.

Finally, the moment we have all been waiting for. Kazuto rushes to the hospital after logging out of ALO to meet Asuna whom has also been logged out. Kazuto bursts into the room and Asuna, still in bed, turns to face him and smiles. This is when we know their pain and suffering are finally over. The two embrace and there is a sense of accomplishment for the two of them.

  1.  Kirito and friends fly off into the distance, revealing another Aincrad.

In the last few moments, Kirito shares a moment with his friends, all that had suffered with him through the past two years. They all fly off into the distance, showing another new Aincrad and foreshadowing new adventures to come. It was a fantastic way to end the first season and second story arc and gave a sense of friendship and comradery, which has been a recurrent theme throughout the storyline.

Sword Art Online has since then been an anime that most can’t stop talking about. The artwork is stunning, and the plot is unique. It is easy to lose yourself in the world, just as these characters had lost themselves in a world of virtual reality, but had built real emotional ties to the people they had met along the way. This is what makes the show so relatable, and one of my personal favorite anime to date.

20 Amazingly Interesting Facts and Images You May Not Know About Some Anime Characters

20 Amazingly Interesting Facts and Images You May Not Know About Some Anime Characters

Are you an anime or manga lover? Or, do you have a list of your favorite anime characters in mind? Perhaps, we may share a common interest. I know this topic seems overrated but who to blame it’s just so fun and exciting jotting down amazing facts about these anime characters that we love. I have listed mine below. Check them out now.

1. The Famous Byakuya



The handsome sword -user. Byakuya’s Zanpakto Sanbonzakura earned 5th place most popular character in a recent poll.

2. Ulquiorra


The Emo Clown is a man as fierce as he portrays but in this image his eyes reflect someone whose character is melancholic. Ulquiorra Schiffer is his Romanized name.


3. Ulquiorra’s hollow Image


Behind Ulquiorra’s melancholic features is a man claiming to know nothing about “human emotions,“ he refers to as the HEART. Thus, explains why he often aims his target at the heart.


4. Ichigu Kurosaki


Ichigu is human by heart but his parents are a “pure-blood” soul and a pure Quincy. After learning about his origin, Ichigu resent the notion firsthand.


5. Ichigu Kurosaki’s first fight


The first time Ichigu transforms into a Shinigami, he collapsed afterwards.

6. The half blood Shinigami


Ichigu is not a half blood Shinigami. The term refers to a class status in a Soul Society, thus calling him a half blood Shinigami is wrong rather a human with both a Shinigami and Quincy powers.


7. Ichigu’s Power


Ichigu was really born with innate powers.


8. Fullbringer


Ichigu Kurosaki is a unique kind of a “fullbringer.”


9. The Hollow


In whatever forms they may come, all hollows have masks.


10. Ichigu’s shikai and bankai


Ichigu is the only character that goes through series of costume alteration.


11. Ichigu’s hairstyles


Through out the series, Ichigu’s hairstyle did not change much except for the cuts.


12. Captain Yamamoto


Learn of a man who is 1000 years old but in a fabulous shape. He is Captain Yamamoto.


13. Hei


Hei (black) of “Darker Than Black” is a code name not his name.


14. Grimmjow


Grimmjow landed 8th place as the hottest among all male characters in Bleach.

15. The Espada


Grimmjow was the first Espada in Bleach series.


16. Grimmjow’s character design


Grimmjow’s character design resembles that of Gamma Akutabi of Zombie Powder


17. Zaraki Kenpachi


The only Captain who didn’t take the exam to become a Shinigami.


18. Killua’s electric control


Killua can control and utilized electricity, an immunity he gained after getting electrocuted when he was a child.


19. Senji Kiyomasa’s Sexuality Issue


Despite the fierce cold look, Senji Kiyomasa’s fear of the female gender is still questioned.



20. Full Metal Alchemist


Military Members of Full Metal Alchemist are named after air crafts.

That’s it. It’s fairly obvious, I got more Bleach’ characters in it. I hope you enjoyed reading my list. If you have something to say or any suggestions concerning my choice, please do leave your comments below. I appreciate it.

Bleach – The Past, The Present, and The Future

Bleach – The Past, The Present, and The Future

Bleach is one of a select few anime that have been able to withstand the test of time. The show first aired on October 5, 2004, over a decade ago. Since then, the anime has transitioned through several phases and story arcs leading all the way up to the final chapter, before the 1,000 Year Blood War. Through it all, Bleach has been a pivotal piece of history in anime, and has been one of the longest running shows to date. The manga series’ creator, Tite Kubo, is known for his visually striking artwork which stands out from other anime series. One reason I had always found Bleach intriguing was the mature look of Kubos’ characters which made the story more relatable with the real world. Let’s dive into what makes this anime so special.

To fully understand what Bleach means for anime, we must first look at some of the most important factors that give the series its strong progression and continuously unparalleled story arcs. This requires that we visit the past, the present, and Bleach’s future.

Let’s start at the beginning.

  • Ichigo gets his powers.

    Ichigo Kurosaki is a 15-year-old teen going through the motions of daily life as a regular teenager, until one day a string of intertwined mishaps lead Rukia Kuchiki to his bedroom one night. Rukia is a Shinigami (or Soul Reaper) who helps spirits pass on after death, and battles Hollows which are souls that develop supernatural powers by staying in the Human world too long and not passing on. Shinigami use Zanpakutō to defeat Hollows which are swords that have powers which mirror the Shinigami wielders’ power and spirit. Rukia and Ichigo face a powerful Hollow, and due to Ichigos’ true definition and moral fiber, he challenges the Hollow that is threatening his family, and Rukia becomes severely injured after intervening. Rukia states Ichigo must absorb half of her power so that he can become a “Substitute Reaper” to finish the job. Ichigo ends up absorbing almost all of her powers and becomes a powerful Shinigami and defeats the Hollow with ease.

  • Ichigo steps forward.

    Rukia must then stay in the human world, as she cannot return home until she regains her Shinigami powers, thus sparking the first story arc of Bleach, where Ichigo assists Rukia with defeating Hollows and fulfilling her Shinigami duties in the meantime.

  • Rukia is kidnapped.

    Towards the end of this story arc, Rukia is taken back to Soul Society, where Shinigami reside to face punishment for not returning from the human world. She is tried and sentenced to death.

  • Ichigo to the rescue.

    Ichigo and his friends who have also started to realize some powers of their own, leave the human world after training and head to the Soul Society to rescue Rukia together, and so ends the first major arc of the story.

  • Ichigo and friends enter the Soul Society.

    Ichigo and his friends fight their way to the Seiteirei to find and rescue their friend. This occurrence is imperative to pave the way for one of the major themes of the anime, Friendship. Throughout the show, there is a sense of companionship, bravery, and determination which is evident through the way Ichigo and his friends care so much about each other.

  • Ichigo powers up.

    During this story arc, Ichigo learns how to use his Bankai, which is the most powerful form of his Zanpakutō, a pivotal moment in the series and one that shows development in Ichigos’ character.

  • Aizen is revealed.

    After Rukia’s rescue the plot unfolds that Aizen, a former captain of the 5th Division of Gotei 13, had manipulated the events to frame Rukia for his own personal involvements. Aizen escapes to Hueco Mundo at the end of this storyline, which is home for Hollows to travel back and forth, while Ichigo returns home with his friends.

Throughout all chapters of the show, there are several chapters that are purely filler content to move the story along before returning to the main plot. The filler episodes make for a great way to break apart the ongoing conflict in the main plot and show more depth and an interest in side stories. This sparks the series of Bount story arcs that transpire next.

  • Ichigo vs. Bounts.

    Ichigo and his friends have not been home for long before they hear of Bounts, which are humans with the ability to consume human, Quincy, and Shinigami spirits. Ichigo faces off with the Bounts and the story follows a transition from Karakura town to Soul Society when the Bounts create a gateway to enter.

  • Bounts in Soul Society.

    While in Soul Society, Bounts are able to increase their power and the fight continues as they attempt to conquer Soul Society, but are eventually defeated by Ichigo and his friends, thus ending the two prominent filler arcs.

During the next major story arc, the Arrancar are introduced in Karakura Town in the human world and throwing the show into one of the longest story plots of the series to date. This arc is exciting because we meet some new unique characters. We are introduced to a new plot in the main story following the manga where Ichigo experiences an inner struggle trying to defeat his own Hollow inside of him.

  • Orihime is taken to Hueco Mundo.

    Much like the first story arc, we see some repetition as Ichigo and friends travel to Hueco Mundo, to retrieve his friend Orihime who was taken during the last story arc. We see a new round of battles pick up as they fight to rescue their friend.

  • The eventual downfall of Aizen.

    Ichigo finally defeats Aizen but at the cost of losing his Shinigami powers. Up to this point, we have only had one main antagonist throughout the story, which is Aizen. Many people, myself among them, felt a sense of closure towards the end of the story arc when Aizen is eventually defeated by Ichigo. The fight had been a long time coming, and was the quintessential battle summarizing what felt like a climactic finale for the anime. Some may argue that this seemed as if it would be the end of Bleach here. Many were happy with the way this battle turned out, but no one was to know there was more of the story to tell.

I have felt that the additional arcs following Aizens’ defeat have only added to the presence of the anime and give more feedback to certain questions that may have went unanswered at the end. So after this long awaited finale, we are brought into another surprising story arc, one set a year and a half after Ichigo defeated Aizen and lost his Shinigami powers. Ichigo is processing the realities of living without his powers as a regular teenager, as he was once before. While coming to terms with the reality in front of him, Ichigo is confronted by Kugo Ginjo who hands Ichigo a card with the name “Xcution”. Ginjo speaks of a way Ichigo can regain his powers. Ichigo goes through training with Kugo to develop Fullbring powers, which are spiritually aware humans with their own supernatural set of powers. Ichigo is able to manifest these powers, only to have his new them taken by Ginjo. After Ginjo has thwarted Ichigos’ powers, Ichigo then is given a gift from all of his friends from the Soul Society.  They each give him a small portion of their Soul Reaper Powers and he is become a Soul Reaper once again.

Fast-forward to the present.

We are now amidst what is supposedly the end to Bleach- the last story arc- the 1,000-Year Blood War. There is an all-out war that ensues between the Soul Society, and a group of Quincy called the Wandenreich. As this war advances, we see an array of characters make a comeback as well as some new and interesting face-offs. The story stays true to its title by giving a blood spilled sequence of battles where in the end, we end see some major character leads get killed off in epic fashion. This arc has shaped up to be one of the longest storylines, and I for one, am interested in finding out what else the series might have in store in the future if it continues.

So what is Bleach’s’ future?

From what is heard online, this could possibly be the last arc of Bleach, and its final days. Bleach has a variety of factors that kept it on the front page of Shonen Jump for so many years. If we see this anime truly come to a close, it will be an end fitting for the anime and Kubos’ legacy. []

As a whole, Bleach has made a lasting impact on the overall landscape of the anime industry, paving way for newer artists to create more vivid and unique characters coupled with cinematically crafted fight sequences. Whether you have been a long time follower or are just now starting to watch, you can appreciate the influence Bleach has had on modern anime.

I would love to hear some of your opinions on Bleach’s’ legacy. Please comment below and share this page if you enjoyed the read.

15 Anime Canceled Before Their Time!

Nothing stings quite so much as falling in love with an anime, watching the whole first season and the big cliffhanger ending only to learn 3 months later that it will never, ever air again. No season 2. No OVAs. No movies.

Or maybe the show is so good it gets a couple of seasons. Maybe even an abrupt and unsatisfying ending. Who wants their favorite show to end? (Especially if the end was forced due to lack of funds.)

Though well over half of all anime produced these days will leave out some part of the manga, these adaptations left off midway (or earlier). Whether it was because of illness, disagreements, death, or just lack of funds you may never know what really happens (unless you read the manga.)

Below you can find a list of 15 anime that ended before their full story was told as well as where to pick it up in the manga or light novel.





Originally 13 episodes, Baccano! was created by the same author as the ever popular (and still airing) Durarara. Baccano! follows a large cast of characters in a jazz-infused mystery-action-mafia type anime with a dash of alchemy thrown in. The bulk of the story takes place on a train with just about the worst name ever.
The anime was criticized for its tendency to skip from one character story to the next and back again, not following any particular timeline. By the end of the series, very few of the questions it posed were answered, only a few plots were wrapped up.

3 additional episodes were produced, but they serve as more of a bridge into the continued world of the light novels rather than trying to answer any lingering questions.


The Baccano anime leaves off completely at light novel 5. However, if you want to know the whole story you should start from the beginning as the anime leaves out quite a lot.


Deadman Wonderland



This anime spans just 12 episodes. The protagonist, Ganta, is an everyday kind of student until one day he is framed for the murder of his entire class. Soon after he is sentenced to life (or a relatively quick death) in a prison/amusement park. The very same park he and his class were planning to take a school trip.

Ganta must survive until he can somehow prove his innocence. In the meantime, he must live through a series of deadly “games” or be slowly poisoned to death should he refuse. However, he soon comes to learn that there is much more to his imprisonment than meets the eye.


Manga, Vol. 5 Chapter 21. Rereading recommended as the anime adaption left out a number of subplots and characters that may be important later in the story. There are 13 volumes in all.


Air Gear



A surrealist comedy/adventure anime that follows the adventures Minami “Ikki” Itsuki and friends as they attempt to master the use of “Air Treck”, a type of motorized rollerblades.  The anime introduces the cast of characters and shows Ikki beginning to master the sport. It then leaves off in the middle of an important battle. No attempt to wrap up any loose ends.


You can pick up where the anime left off in manga chapter 104. 358 chapters have been released and a potential spin-off is in the works. The anime stays pretty faithful to the manga. Rereading is only necessary if you want more backstory on the main characters. 37 volumes in all.


Kare Kano (His and Her Circumstances / Tales at North Hills High)



Kare Kano is a darker slice-of-life meets high school romance. The plot revolves around two classmates who strive to be the best and their reasons for doing so. As it progresses the two attempt to be more or less of their “true selves”, gain and lose friends, then eventually develop a romance.


The anime adapted volumes 1-7 of the manga. There are 21 volumes in all.


Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X)



Rurouni Kenshin is a very well done historical action series for the first half. Taking place in Meiji era Japan, this anime follows the life and adventures of a wandering swordsman as he makes friends, deals with his past, and falls in love.


Manga Vol. 18, chapter 152.  This is where the anime started adding “original content” and deviating from the manga’s storyline.


Spice + Wolf



Spice and Wolf is a “slow burn” romance with plenty of adventure and political intrigue. Kraft Lawrence, a traveling merchant, has a dream of one day settling down and opening up a shop. One day he meets Holo, a wise-wolf who looks like a young girl with large, wolf ears and a tail. Holo makes a bargain to travel with Lawrence and use her wisdom to increase his profits as long as he takes her to Yoitsu, her homeland.


The anime adaptation covers up to volume 5 of the light novel. There are 16 main books as well as an epilogue and several spin-off stories.





Gantz is a bit of a gore-fest dressed up as a sci-fi action/horror show. It’s an older anime and if you can stomach the gore has been called a classic in spite of a tacked-on ending.

 Two humans die in a train accident and become part of a team sent to hunt and kill aliens living on Earth. This is structured as a sort of game where “points” can even be spent to revive fallen teammates.


Though the anime had an “ending” it was added to tie up the show in a way that would leave the fans somewhat satisfied. If you want to keep reading from where the anime left after right before the “end” (eps 22-16) you can start at chapter 90 of the manga.  There are currently 37 volumes.


Fruits Basket



A drama and, later, a romance. Fruits Basket follows Tohru Honda after the loss of her mother and her move into a tent. Not long after a series of accidents leads her to discover the secret of a prominent family: when hugged by members of the opposite sex they can turn into animals of the zodiac. It’s a curse that only Tohru is allowed to know about and only if she can prove that she will keep their secret.

 In order to prove she can keep that secret Tohru is allowed to live with members of the Sohma family. To earn her keep she cooks and cleans for them.

 Over the course of the story, all 12 animals of the zodiac are revealed as well as the leader of the family, Akito. A secret even greater than the transformations is that of the 13th animal: the cat. The anime ends before all 12 get an introduction and just as Tohru is learning what the curse really means.

 The anime ends somewhat abruptly after only 26 episodes due to creative differences between its creator and the animation studio.


The anime ends at chapter 34 of the manga. There are 136 chapters (26 volumes) in total.


Rave Master (Groove Adventure Rave)



Rave Master was canceled after 2 seasons and 51 episodes. Compared to nearly every other title on this list it had a long run. A good vs. evil hero’s quest.

 Haru Glory must collect all of the rave stones in order to defeat an evil faction that uses Demon/Shadow Stones to terrorize the land. His allies are a gambling addict with amnesia and a silversmith as well as a small creature named Plue.


Volume 13, chapters 98-99. There are 35 volumes in total.


Gray-Man (The original. Remake TBD)



The original version ran for 103 episodes. This action/adventure anime follows Allen Walker, an Exorcist, with the help of other members of his organization attempt to defeat an army of Akuma (which are sort of a mechanical/demon hybrid). The Exorcists must also seek out pieces of Innocence, the substance that allows them to fight the Akuma.

 Allen is valuable to both sides as he is half-Akuma himself.


Though a “continuation” has recently been announced (and we’re all waiting to see how long that lasts) you can pick up from where the original series ended around chapter 156-157 of the manga. 24 volumes in all.


The Wallflower



A comedy anime with a tiny bit of romance throughout. Sunako is a horror fanatic. Her aunt allows a group of four handsome high schoolers to live in her extravagant mansion, with Sunako, rent free. As long as they can turn Sunako into a proper lady.

 For her part, Sunako would rather live in a dark room surrounded by her macabre collections. Every time she sees one of her housemates directly she ends up with a gushing nosebleed. This leads to a number of hilarious situations.


Depends on who you ask. The last few episodes skip around from chapters 36 to 44. To be on the safe side you may want to start with volume 10 but if you don’t want to repeat anything: Volume 11, chapter 44. There are 36 volumes in total.





A very rare drama type anime. Nana is comprised of 47 episodes in total. Two very different girls with the same first name become roommates. The anime (and manga) follow the two girls as they follow their dreams and hit just about every bump along the way.

 Nana Osaki is a punk singer with aspirations to make it big with her band, The Black Stones (BLAST). Nana “Hachi” Komatsu is a hopeless romantic. The story follows them as their lives intertwine and they learn how to deal with fame, ambition and unrequited love.


You can pick up right where the anime left off at Volume 12, chapter 42. There are 21 volumes.





A group of half-human, half-Yoma(demon) warriors are created to defeat the Yoma on behalf of humanity. They are called “Claymores” because of the large, claymore swords they carry. They are tolerated by the humans they serve as a necessary evil.

 The story revolves around the relationship of Raki, a young human boy, and Clare, an ambitious Claymore.


Another show with an often poorly rated “original ending”. You can pick up where the anime and manga deviated around manga chapter 50 if you want all the details or chapters 60-61 if you don’t want any repeat information. There are 27 volumes.


Skip Beat!



Kyoko Mogami is in love with her childhood friend Shoutarou Fuwa, a rising pop-star. That is, until the day she overhears him call her boring and plain during a conversation with his manager. She had spent her days supporting him and looking after his every whim. All he did was take her for granted.

Suddenly, Kyoko vows to become more famous than Shou. She changes her look and leaps headfirst into the world of entertainment.


Pick up reading from Volume 12, chapter 68. There are currently 39 volumes. (Ongoing.)





12 episodes. Ritsuka, a seemingly normal 12-year-old boy witnesses his older brother’s murder and loses his memory due to the shock. 2 years later he starts back to school and meets a friend of his brothers, Soubi.

Soubi unveils a world his brother was a part of where battles are waged between pairs using the power of the spoken word. Ritsuka believes that Soubi might know something about why his brother died and insists on becoming part of that world.


You can pick up the story at volume 4 chapter 9. A lot is glossed over in the anime but it doesn’t justify a reread in most cases. There are currently 12 volumes and a light novel. Ongoing.


New series are popping up all the time and these days it seems like getting to see more than a single season (of only 12 episodes rather than the older standard of 24) is going to become increasingly common. As noted above you can keep up with your favorite characters through their respective manga in just about any case. If you hold out long enough, maybe, just maybe your favorite will get a remake (or a new season) in the (near) future.

The Evolution of Ichigo – All 12 Forms

We wanted to bring you, our AnimeLunatic Fans – the pictorial of Ichigo’s Evolutions as he became more powerful throughout his story.

1. Human Ichigo

Bleach started off with Ichigo in Karakura Town.


2. Shinigami Ichigo

Ichigo Discovers that he has Soul Reaper powers, he has his old sword here.


3. Substitute Shinigami Ichigo

Ichigo has a brand new sword, plus he discovers the Getsuga Tensho.


4. Bankai Ichigo

Ichigo finally uses his Bankai against Kuchiki Byakuya.


5. Hollow Mask Ichigo

Ichigo trains with the Vizards and gains his Hollow Powers!


6. Full Hollow Ichigo

Ichigo’s Inner Self rises at times of near death, such as when Ichigo went up against Ulquiorra Cifer.


7. Final Bankai

This form is the final bankai for before he is able to transform into  Getsuga Tensho! It shown when Ichigo was fighting with Aizen.


8. Getsuga Tensho (Mugestu)

Ichigo had to ask Zangetsu for help during his upcoming match with Aizen. Ichigo loses his Shinigami powers after using this!


9. Fullbring Training Ichigo

During Ichigo’s training with Xcution, Ichigo gained an enormous amount of energy. His training gave him hope. This was the starting stages of his training.


10. Near Fullbring Ichigo

His training developing very quickly, this form is very similar to his Shinigami form.


11. Fullbring Ichigo

Ichigo’s Full Fullbring Form. After long training, he was able to meet his full form, only to know that Kugo Ginjo will be the one to steal his power.


12. Shinigami/Fullbring/Hollow Ichigo Form

This form has just been introduced. This form is a mix of both Shinigami and his Fullbring Form. Both New Ichigo Look and New Ichigo Sword makes his this new start a very promising one!




The Top 25 Anime of All Time

Enumerating the top 25 anime of all time is fun. There are so many great series to choose from, and I’m sure many readers will say that their favorite should be included in this list. Anime brings us to fascinating worlds where heroes and villains clash in a seemingly never-ending battle.

Anime lovers can choose from several genres: action, adventure, science fiction, comedy, romance, fantasy, and magic. There are different types of characters, from superheroes, aliens, ninjas, robots, beautiful girls, to bounty hunters. Enjoy the list!



  1. Dragon Ball Z


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Ka-Me-Ha-Me-Ha Wave! This ultra-popular anime series is about a race of super aliens known as Saiyans. The story revolves around Son Goku, who despite all his abilities, grew into a mild-mannered person. But eventually, he discovered a way to greatly increase his powers by becoming a “Super Saiyan.”

Dragon Ball Z is full of action, suspense, and when you least expect it, comic relief. Goku fought against equally powerful foes like Piccolo and Vegeta, who eventually turned into allies.  They (along with Gohan, Trunks, Kuririn, Android 18, Yamcha, and Tenshinhan) fought against powerful enemies such as Cell, Freeza, even the adorable character Majin Buu to defend planet Earth.


  1. Naruto


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The quest of Naruto Uzumaki to become a Hokage leads him to a path full of battles and mysteries. What Naruto doesn’t know is that he has a powerful fox-like creature inside him – Nine Tails. He, along with his friends Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno embark on trainings and missions to develop their ninja skills.

Under the guidance of his sensei Kakashi Hatake, Naruto slowly but surely reached a higher rank. One of his famous techniques is the Shadow Clone Jutsu. They, along with Jiraiya, Tsunade, and the others fight evil forces who are greedy for power, especially Orochimaru and Madara Uchiha. They defeated the bad guys, but not without losing some friends who perished in battle.


  1. Pokemon

Gotta catch ‘em all!

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“Gotta catch ‘em all!” Ash Ketchum and his friends seek out to find adorable creatures and become the best Pokemon trainer.  The first Pokemon Ash had was the “electrifying” Pikachu, who become his constant companion.

Each Pokemon (or pocket monster) has unique abilities and powers which can be used to defeat other Pokemon. Ash and his friends (Misty and Brock) must first battle other trainers and earn badges to be eligible for Pokemon tournaments. Pokemon Go, anyone?


  1. Yu Yu Hakusho


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If you want an action-packed anime, this could be one of your picks.  This anime has some violence in it, especially during battles (blood galore). It also deals with the topic of spirits and ghosts.

Yusuke Urumeshi died in an accident because he tried to save a boy who was about to get hit by a speeding car. The son of the Underworld King offered to bring him back to life if he can pass a series of tests. He was successful and was designated as an underworld detective.  Yusuke ended up joining tournaments; this is where he met his arch-nemesis Toguro.


  1. Rurouni Kenshin


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This anime (also known as Samurai X) is one of the best-selling manga.  In Japan alone, it was reported that it sold over 55 million copies. The story is about Kenshin Himura, an assassin who decided to reform his old ways.

As with other Japanese anime, this series also a love story.  In the end, love conquers all hardships. What’s nice about Rurouni Kenshin is that it has a happy ending, with Kenshin marrying his love Kaoru.


  1. One Piece


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Do you like Pirates of the Caribbean? Then, you’ve probably watched this anime series. Luffy and his band of pirates Roronoa Zoro, Nami, Usopp, and Vinsmoke Sanji embark on a journey to find the most coveted treasure of them all – One Piece.

You will be treated to a fun and crazy adventure where humans interact with “fishmen” (mermen and mermaids) and Minkmen (humanoid animals). The animation, plot and colorful characters are what makes this series a big hit.  One Piece is one of the best-selling manga series in history, do I need to say more?


  1. Fullmetal Alchemist


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Science fiction is not easy to gauge; it may click with audiences or it may not. Fullmetal Alchemist achieved a feat that other anime of the same genre failed to do, connect with the audience.

The series revolves around the Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse. Alchemy is a combination of science and magic. This anime discusses several topics including family, politics, and war.


  1. Hunter X Hunter


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Gon Freecss is a young boy who decided to become a Hunter – someone who tracks rare beasts and secret treasures. Aside from the prestige of being a hunter, there is a deeper reason why Gon embarked on this journey – to find his long-lost father. This anime has an interesting plot and is fun to watch.


  1. Transformers


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Robots transforming into trucks, cars, jets, tanks, even dinosaurs. Transformers is about the conflict between two factions of robots who came from the far-away planet of Cybertron. Optimus Prime led his Autobots against Megatron and his Decepticons. Thanks to the highly successful film series of Michael Bay, Transformers will go down in history as one of the greatest franchises of all time.

The story behind the scenes of this series is a bit complicated. An American company, Hasbro, was the brains behind Transformers, but they employed Japanese animators.  Purists may argue that it is not a “real” anime. But fans around the world will surely agree that it should be on this list.


  1. Ranma ½


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This hilarious anime is about Ranma Saotome.  He got a curse because he fell into a cursed spring; he transforms into a girl when he comes into contact with cold water, and changes back into a boy when splashed with hot water.

Ranma is not the only one who was cursed, his father also has the same reaction to water, but instead of turning into a girl, Genma turns into a panda. Ranma has love interests both as a man and as a woman, and it is fun to watch him as he juggles his two personalities.


  1. Voltes V


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“Let’s volt in!” This is what Steve Armstrong says when he commands the five volt machines to form the super robot Voltes V. He along with the other team members (Mark, Big Bert, Little John, and Jamie) protect the Earth from the Bozanians and their beast-fighters.

This anime is full of drama and twists. It is better not to tell the whole story, but I know older people who were able to watch this series will surely agree that it deserves a spot in the best anime of all-time list.


  1. Dragon Ball


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What is the difference between Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z? I think you can easily answer that question. Both series revolve around Son Goku, but Dragon Ball was about him when he was still a young boy.

Even as a young kid, Gokou possesses great power. Together with Kuririn and Bulma, they battled the Red Ribbon Army to search for the magical Dragon Balls (whoever gets all seven will be granted a wish). Funny and entertaining, Dragon Ball is one of the most well-loved anime of all time.


  1. Steins; Gate


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A sci-fi thriller dealing with time travel, Steins; Gate will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end. This anime is like “Back to The Future” with a twist. Scientist Rintaro Okabe, together with his friends Mayuri Shiina and Itaru Hashida runs a lab called Future Gadget Laboratory.

They developed a cellphone-operated microwave oven that can send text messages back in time (D-mail), and this is where the story will start to unfold. Evil forces try to get hold of this “time machine” with Okabe trying his best to stop them.


  1. Sailor Moon


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Anime not only caters to male audiences; it can also capture the female market, especially young girls.  Sailor Moon is a good example of that. Pretty girls, beautiful costumes, and humor all combine to entertain viewers.  You can think of it as the Barbie of anime.


  1. Cowboy Bebop


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Spike Spiegel and his crew Jet Black, Edward Wong, Ein, and Faye Valentine pilot the spaceship Bebop to catch criminals in exchange for a bounty. Spike has a heated rivalry with his arch enemy Vicious.

The reason behind it is a woman – Julia, Vicious’ girlfriend who later had an affair with Spike. Vicious was so enraged that he ordered to have the two killed. Julia died, and this led to the final duel between the protagonist and the antagonist.


  1. Code Geass


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War, rebellion, and drama – all of these are featured in this very popular Japanese anime. It has gained critical acclaim for its fast pacing and appeals to a wide variety of audiences worldwide. The main character is Lelouch, who has the power of Geass – the ability to order anyone to do what he wants.

Code Geass bagged the Best TV Anime Series award in 2007 at the Tokyo Anime Awards. It is one of the best-selling anime on DVD and Blu-ray discs, selling over a million copies. It is not only popular in Japan; it enjoys widespread popularity in North America as well.


  1. Doraemon


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An adorable character complete with gadgets that can almost do anything, Doraemon became the favorite pastime of children and those who are young at heart. He has a strong bond with his friend Nobita, although the latter likes to take advantage of the situation.

With the help of Doraemon’s gizmos, Nobuta tried to impress his crush Shizuka, get even with school bullies, and evade household chores (although it backfires on him most of the time). Even with all their quarrels, at the end of the day, they always manage to patch things up.


  1. Bleach


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It is entertaining to watch Ichigo Kurosaki use his weapon Zanpakuto (sword) as he battles his enemies.  The sword can change its form depending on the spiritual strength of the person holding it.  This series is about friendship, hope, and determination.


  1. Case Closed (Detective Conan)


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If you are a fan of crime series like CSI, Case Closed is the best anime for you.  It has suspense, mystery, and it will keep you guessing until the end. Jimmy Kudo is a junior detective who was transformed into a child because of a poison. You can play the role of a detective and guess who the real killers are in each case that he is investigating.


  1. Lupin III


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Lupin is not just an ordinary thief. He is very good at it! See how he evades being caught by the police and how he outsmarts his rivals. His love interest is Fujiko Mine, a beautiful and sexy thief who uses her looks in her criminal activities. When Lupin least expects it, Fujiko will steal the bounty for herself, given a chance.


  1. Slam Dunk


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If you are a big fan of basketball, you probably watched Slam Dunk. Hanamichi Sakuragi and his team Shohoku rises from complete obscurity from being a top contender. Although he is not a natural basketball player, he is gifted with athletic abilities.

Each episode is filled with laughter as Sakuragi is a natural comedian, making fun of situations on and off the court. His teammate Kaede Rukawa is also his greatest rival when it comes to winning the heart of Haruko Akagi, the girl that he loves.


  1. Yu-Gi-Oh!


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Monsters coming out of playing cards? Yes, that is what Yu-Gi-Oh is all about. Each monster has a rating – attack power and defense. Some fighting arenas will favor a particular monster, increasing its power and abilities.

Yu-Gi’s quest is to become the ultimate champion when it comes to duel monsters. This anime is entertaining. It will remind you of a time when you were still collecting your own set of glossy playing cards.


  1. Initial D


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A series about cars and street racing, Initial D caters to fans who are passionate about automobiles. The main character is Takumi Fujiwara, an ordinary guy with extraordinary driving skills. He drives his Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 when racing. Other cars featured in the series are the Subaru Impreza WRX and Mazda RX-7, just to name a few.


  1. Trigun


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With a huge bounty on his head, trouble and chaos follow Vash the Stampede wherever he goes. He is an easygoing and cheerful guy, despite the constant threat to his life. It is entertaining to watch him use his “skills” to beat his enemies.


  1. Sword Art Online


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Dig into the world of virtual reality in this popular anime series. Imagine yourself playing an online role-playing game. Then, you suddenly became trapped; now it’s not only a game, it’s for real! The only way to get out is to finish the game successfully.



This list of the top 25 anime of all time is a compilation of amazing series that we have come to love over the years. These anime captured the imagination of viewers all over the world with their great stories and fascinating characters.

Readers are most welcome to post their views and comments regarding their favorite anime. You can also share this article if you liked it.





Exploring the Anime World

The history of anime world dates back at the start of the 20th century, where Oten Shimokaura, Jun ‘ ichi Kouchi, and Seitaro Kitayama were referred to as the “fathers of anime”.

Tokyo, Japan is the place that became known as home of many anime-related attractions and events. It is a place where one can do shopping in malls or stores that features anime goods; one can go to Theme parks that features various live shows, games and other attractions that features the series of characters too; one can go to museums that features special anime exhibits and exclusive short films, dubbing booth and a digital workshop where one can bring their own creations to life, exhibits of Toei Animation history which is the oldest animation production company as well; and one can go to events where it exhibits the world’ s largest anime exhibition, stage exhibitions, film showing, award ceremonies, and events like Comiket convention where the world’ s largest comic convention is held twice a year.

For those wants to go shopping in Japan, Akihabara which is also called Akiba after the former local shrine and is also a district in central Tokyo, is very famous because it has many electronic shops. In recent years, Akihabara gained recognition as the center of Japan’ s otaku (diehard fan) and anime culture, shops, and establishments that specializes in anime, manga, retro video games, figurines, card games, and other collectibles that have filled the spaces between the electronics retailers.

In addition, Akihabara has also several of other animation related establishment that is popular in the area where one of it is the Maid Café.

Maid Cafés have become so entrenched in Japanese media and fetish culture that it is difficult to imagine a Tokyo without them. Waitresses at Maid Cafe dress up and act like maids or anime characters, and they now have about 217 maid cafes all over Japan. However, the good news is that because of the increasing competition, it makes them much, much crazier to serve their customers. Maid café offers the quintessential Victorian maid fantasy, though not in the sexualized sense of the anime and game featuring these characters. Decent food is served and less conventional services are offered during the cafe’ s regular anime promotions.

Akihabara has this internet café too which is called a manga café known as Manga Kissa. This is a type of café where customers can read comics, watch videos, and one can also have access in the internet. Added feature for Manga Café is a 24 hours service with a well furnished wall-to-wall manga comic books and videos. And because of the low rate of rental, it has a growing number of unemployed Japanese youth that are using the café as the location of their overnight stay. It says that over 75% of the cafes expect to be used for overnight stays and generally stoked with enough things to make for a temporary living accommodation.

Other shopping places are the Nakano Broadway where it is a shopping mall that specializes in anime goods too and a wide selection of figures, toys, and costumes. They also have Pokemon Stores and Pokemon Center where one can buy all Pokemon things like pokemon trading cards, stationery, toys, games that includes some exclusive items too. Areas for playing pokeman cards are provided too. Tokyo, Japan has two Pokemon centers; one is located in Ikebukuro’ s Sunshine City and one in the Lalaport Tokyo Bay shopping malls which is in the eastern suburbs of Tokyo. Pokemon stores are also located at Tokyo station and Narita Airport. However, Pokemon stores do not have card playing areas unlike the Pokemon centers.

Store hours at Akihabara vary but typically they open at 10am – 9pm.

In Japan, one can also go to theme parks where there are variety of shows, games, and other attractions that feature the series’ characters, boat ride, anime products for sale, and many other arcade games and leisure products. Their admission fees ranges from 500 yen to 3800 yen. This depends on what theme park one would like to go to. Most theme parks have no closing days except for the Sanrio Puroland where it is irregular on Thursdays.

Talking of theme parks, one can go to One Piece tower where it is located inside the base of Tokyo Tower. It is an indoor amusement park where its theme is after the popular manga series. Admission fee is 3200 yen but one will also enjoy the variety shows, games, and other attractions once they are inside.

The sample of attraction found in One Piece theme park a visitor or a family enjoy once inside are the 360log theater, Luffy’ s Endless Adventure, Zoro’ s Soul of Edge, Namis Casino House, Usopp’ s Road Sogeking, Choppers Thousand, Sunny Tours, Robin’ s Finding Ponegliff, Franky’ s Ball Run, Brook’ s Horror house, and Tongari Island Photo Spot.

To enjoy the top of Tongari Island, they offer plan for family, for couple, or for a friend plan. For a family plan, it is a plan where children to adults can enjoy. The family can enjoy all the attractions offered by One Piece Tower.

At the entrance is the “360 Log Theater ~the World of One Piece Tower~” in to the Tongari Island trip. Then there is the Shore Island where the family can join Luffy who opens a party. As the family goes on with their adventure at Tongari Island, there are games that they will enjoy at the glittering casino; explore the pirate ship, enjoy a place of recreation and relaxation on the island while taking a break and go to Frankie’ s Cola Bar and play at the same time the “Frankie f y ta B!” Ball Coaster to aim to win prizes. Going further on the island the family will find the ancient characters hiding and towards the end of the adventure in the island is the 20 second single surprise that is like a roller coaster show time which is the popular anime “One Piece” and to give more excitement to this especially for the children is the candy glowing torch that is used in the show. This candy glowing torch is now on sale.

Other theme parks that are also worthwhile visiting are the Gundam Front Tokyo which is a just a five minute walk from Daiba station. It is small indoor theme park in the top floor of the Diver City Tokyo complex located in Odaiba. Gundam Front highlights various attractions and a shop that correspond the anime series robots.

The Sanrio Puroland, is a theme park for younger children that show Hello Kitty’ s house, a boat ride, and various live shows and theaters. Sanrio products are also for sale in the stores around.

The Namja and J-World theme parks located in the Sunshine City in Ikebukuro are also found in Tokyo. Namja Town is the creator of Pacman and many other arcade games and leisure products, various small rides and attractions while the J-World Tokyo which is above the Namja Tower was newly opened in July 2013. The theme of J-World Tokyo is based on characters and stores from the popular manga series. It also shows a handful attraction themed on the hit series of Dragon Ball, One Piece and Naruto; souvenir shops and carnival game stalls as well.

Practically most of the theme parks open at 10am and closes at 10pm except for Sanrio Puroland that closes at 5pm.

Aside from the theme parks and shopping centers that show animation in Japan, they also have museums that feature special animation exhibits and exclusive short films, hands on activities such as dubbing booth and a digital workshop, and more anime exhibits.

One of the museums is the Ghibli Museum, just a 20 minute walk from Mitaka Station. Ghibli Museum is dedicated to the works of Japan’ s greatest living animated film director Hayao Miyazaki. The museum is located in Inokashira Park in Mitaka, which is a western city of Tokyo, Japan. It requires advance reservation. It is a home to the favorite characters from Ghibli Studios film such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.

Once one will visit the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo, they will discover the world of Japanese animation which is brought to life by Ghibli Studio. One will experience meeting a larger than life Totoro, experience the ride at the Cat bus, and be amazed to see the standing guard which is 5 meters high robot soldier at the roof garden. One will learn more about the world’ s famous animations by exploring Studio Ghibli Museum without a guide; enjoy watching a short film by director Hayao Miyazaki.

An English interpreter guide will accompany the visitors from Keio Plaza to Ghibli Museum. Upon their arrival, they will then explore the Studio Ghibli Museum that is built like a maze which was designed by Director Hayao Miyazaki. The building exhibits different displays that include the cat bus from Totoro; imaginative exhibits about how animation films are made, and shows of original short films that can only be seen in the museum theater.

Another museum is the Suginami Animation Museum. It offers extensive aspect of Japanese anime from its origins and history to the glimpse of its future.

Visitors of Suginami Animation Museum will learn the history of Japanese anime where a chronological display of images showing the beginning of anime, how it started and developed. They will see how anime is made through images and replicas of working desks used by an actual anime director, graphic and artistic director. A booth is provided so visitors can experience the post production dubbing work done by voice actors. The Japanese anime future is shown through the data on the latest digital technology and the evolving genre of digital animation. Through zoetrope which is experience oriented display, the basics of anime is seen. The visitors can also experience how digital anime is made such as editing and making colorings on the computer.

There are also special exhibition that focuses on themes, anime characters and creators which is held at least 3 to 4 times a year. The museum is also equipped with Anime Theater and Anime Library where their theater is also equipped with a 150 inch screen and 5.1 surround sound, and it is the perfect setting to enjoy the anime classics. And in their library it has a large collection of visual and printed material on animation and visitors can view interviews of many anime creators.

The Toei Animation Gallery is also one of the museums that exhibit the history of Toei Animation which is the oldest animation production company in Japan and producer of various popular movies and current TV animation. However, the gallery at present is closed for renovation for about three years. It was closed since September 23, 2014.

Fujiko F. Fujiyo Musuem (aka Doraemon Museum) is also another museum in Japan where the work of manga artist Fujiko F. Fujio, who is the creator of the influential and long running Doraemon series is shown. Short film, life sized characters, and original art works from Doraemon and several of Fujiko F. Fujio’ s other series are also featured in the museum.

The museums are usually open from 10am – 6pm.

In Japan’ s anime world, they do not only have shopping malls, theme parks, and museums but anime big events as well to entertain visitors and even fellow Japanese people. Their usual venue is Tokyo Big Site in Odaiba.

Anime Japan, used to be known as Tokyo International Fair, is the world’ s largest anime exhibition at Tokyo Big Site. They also have stage exhibitions, film showing, and award ceremonies aside from their traditional trade fair.

It does not only offer entertainment but opportunities for one to connect and engage with what is happening at present in the anime world. It drives you to love more the anime world, to work with anime, and to have delightful life with anime.

Recently, they held anime Japan 2016 which was a very successful anime event. The organizer was Anime Japan Organization. For the event they had sponsors like the d anime store, Sankyo Co. Ltd. Fields Corporation, Play Station, Family Mart Co. Ltd. and SUGOI Japan. Their supporters were Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, The Association of Japanese Animation and the Association of Manga Publishers. Their official website is

Upcoming 2017 is Anime 2017 by next year on March 2017. Tickets are now on sale. On-site tickets are to be available.

Another big event is the Comiket which is the abbreviation of comic market. It is the largest anime convention that is held twice a year which is once in winter and once in summer. It is the best place to buy dojinshi, a self-published or unofficial work and rare or limited items.

The last Comiket event which was called Comiket89 took place on December 29 – 31, 2015.

On August 12, 13, and 14, 2016, a big event will take place in Tokyo Big Sight. The Comic Market Website is written in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. Their ideals and vision is an English translation excerpt from the circle application form to Comiket.

NIS America Will No Longer Publish Atlus Games in Europe

Upcoming Odin Sphere Leifthrasir release will not be affected

NIS America managing director Takuro Yamashita revealed in an interview with British video game news website MCV on Monday that NIS America will no longer publish Atlus games in Europe. According to Yamashita, NIS America terminated its relationship with Atlus “around ten days ago.”

Atlus will also no longer distribute NIS America titles in America.

Yamashita explained the decision:

Atlus became very picky about selecting the European publishing partner after it was bought by Sega. It always cherry picked its EU publishing partner based on who offered the highest minimum guarantee on a title by title basis. I noticed that it was very difficult for NIS America to establish an equal-partnership with Atlus.

Atlus and its European games have contributed a lot to the expansion of NIS America in Europe. I would like to express my greatest appreciation to them for that.

Sega of America announced its acquisition of Atlus USA on March 31.

Atlus games that NIS America has released in America include Persona 4 Golden, Persona Q, and Etrian Odyssey Untold 2: The Fafnir Knight. NIS America is slated to release Odin Sphere Leifthrasir in Europe this summer; Atlus USA PR manager John Hardin confirmed over Twitter that this release will not be affected.

Thanks to Grace for the news tip

Sources: MCV (Alex Calvin) via Siliconera, Persona Central

Crunchyroll Adds New Shōnen Ashibe GO! GO! Goma-chan Manga

Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it has added Hiromi Morishita and Junko Ogino’s new manga adaptation of the Shōnen Ashibe GO! GO! Goma-chan television anime. The manga is available to Crunchyroll members worldwide excluding Japan.

The new manga series debuted on the June issue of Futabasha‘s Gakken Action magazine on Monday.

Crunchyroll is also streaming the television anime to Crunchyroll members worldwide outside of Asia. The anime premiered this month.

The anime itself is a new adaptation of Morishita’s original Shōnen Ashibe manga. Morishita serialized the original manga in Shueisha‘s Weekly Young Jump magazine from 1988 to 1994. The story follows the daily life of the baby spotted seal Goma-chan and its owner, schoolboy Ashibe Ashiya.

Morishita’s original manga already inspired a 1991 television anime series and a second 1992-1993 television anime series. It also spawned a manga sequel named ComaGoma in Weekly Young Jump from 2000 to 2004. Futabasha has since been republishing selected chapters of the original manga, and it is printing a new edition this spring.

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