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TGIF Friday Funny 94: Happy Anniversary!

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Thank God it’s Friday! Welcome to the Carnival… I mean welcome to TGIF Friday Funny. I am Matthew and welcome to another exciting post. We officially ended January and it has been an eventful month. As part of the OWLS, I want to say that the January Blog Tour was a success. You can read everyone’s, including mine, post here. As most of you are aware, this week has also been exciting because of past announcements.

This year marks the 30th anniversary to the game franchise Final Fantasy. Square Enix recently released on updates on games like a Remastered Final Fantasy XII release date, a key image to Final Fantasy VII Remake, and new DLC for Final Fantasy XV! As a reborn Final Fantasy fan, this year will be great and it will hurt my wallet. I will have to spend time on both Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts.

Also, if you missed out on the livestream podcast from Weekly Shonen Jump last week, you can watch it below. The American Weekly Shonen Jump announced that 6 new Jump Starts are coming to the new issues as part of the 5 years anniversay of the digital platform Weekly Shonen Jump. Another exciting news discussed that the movie Boruto: Naruto the Movie will be released on March 28th with English Dub. This movie takes place after the story of Naruto and focuses on the new generation of children.

To celebrate the anniversaries, here is some funnies!

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Here are some Final Fantasy songs to call it a day!

Stand tall, my friends.

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Top 5 anime look-a-likes!

As an anime fan, you meet a variety of unique and different characters. However, have you seen a character that seemed too similar to another character? I am saying, have you seen a character that looked almost similar in appearance? Sometimes, a mangaka artist or author may create their characters by coincidence or they base it off from someone’s work. If it’s based on works, they either (a) really respect the original artist and wanted to do their own creation or (b) steal the idea and claim it as their own. In this top post 5 posts, I will be showing some anime characters that look strikingly similar to other characters in different works. This will be focused on different works and not on the same genre (in short, this may not be limited to only anime. Also this is not in order. Just things that popped in my head).

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Naruto and Boruto News! Film and Anime in 2017

I got some exciting news from this Orange suit, blond hair ninja!

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Revealed at Jump Fiesta, it’s confirmed from Lionsgate that the movie director Michael Gracey (who will also do The Greatest Showman) will be directing the live-action Naruto film. Also revealed at the event, Naruto creator Masahi Kishimoto will be helping with this film too.

So in other words, another manga/anime series gets the live-action treatment!

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Also announced at Jump Fiesta, the Boruto manga created by  Ukyo Kodachi and Mikie Ikemoto will become an anime on April 2017. Viz Media also confirmed it to be real but it’s unsure when will it be on TV specifically. Kishimoto, original creator of Naruto and Boruto, announced this is another special project he was working on. According to his quote “I plan to make it even better than Naruto“. this anime will surpass the previous anime.

It’s also confirmed that the previous voice actors to the Boruto film will return. This new anime will be called Boruto – Naruto Next Generations.boruto-kv for this anime!

 

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Response: Top 5 Positive Influences in Anime

This is a response and answers post to Anime Reviewer Girl’s post to “5 Positive Influences Of Anime!!!“.  Shay did a top 5 list on how watching or liking anime can be a positive impact in our lives. In my list, I will list how anime can be a positive in my daily life and how does it affect me. My top 5 will include some points in which also agrees with her. So yes, this post was influence by hers and I decided to do my own response.

In  this list, I will be talking about watching anime can sometimes be a positive factor in life and how well it does it affect me. Everyone’s reaction is different and it’s up to you to know how does anime can be a good thing in your life. Everyone has a different answer on anime made a positive impact on their lives. Mine, here, will cover 5 things that made my life better with anime. Anyway, here is my top 5 points and their positive effects. 🙂

5. Peace in solitude

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Just like what Shay said in her list, anime helps me get away from the “noise” of the world. There are some days, I just want to get away from stress like work and enjoy some alone time with anime. Sometimes, even thought I love my friends and family, I just want some solitude for myself. Anime helps me unwind from everything and reminds how silence can be a bliss. Some people need a coffee break, I need an anime break. A series about interesting characters, fantastic art and music helps me block the outside world.

4. It’s my identity

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Anime deines who I am as a person. There are people out there who is known for liking activities/hobbies like sports, art or gaming. Besides video games, anime help let’s people know that I am a guy who enjoy a genre outside the United States and appreciate a story. I may not be the guy you see in a convention that has a shirt that says “I love anime” or “It’s Over 9,000” with a body pillow of my waifu. I could be just an average guy who wears a casual shirt and jeans but with a vast knowledge in anime and manga. My passion of anime is what makes me different than people.

3. It’s the source to my pride and confidence

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Even though anime is just a genre or animation with fictional characters and exaggerated story situations, some anime with interested characters help me stand up for myself. If you knew me as a in real life, I am very shy and timid person. I tend to just hide and get the urge to run away from my problems. When I see one of my favorite characters acting tough and showing no fear, it reminds me that running away and hiding doesn’t solve anything. It’s an act of cowardice and nothing can come from it. When I see a character face off against something impossible, I sometimes imagine myself in a battle and the only way out of it is to stay strong.

2. Meet new people

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Even before anime, I had some friends in real life. Some liked anime but only a few. When I first came to the blogging world, I didn’t even know to begin and who to talk to. There was no place for me to chat about anime and what to talk about. The first person I met was Arria from Fujinsei and I came to her site when she mentioned something about One Piece. As a One Piece fan, I paid a visit and left a few comments at her site. After a while, I later became her friend in the WP community. Along the way, I met some amazing anibloggers. If it wasn’t for anime, I would never be here this far.

1. Understanding the World

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Even thought you don’t see giant robots in the military or actual ninjas that can run water or pink haired girls in the real world, anime helped me understand real life situations and people. Slice of Life anime like Clannad helped me see how life can be hard and it can be difficult to find any happiness in the world. However, Clannad also showed me sometimes the slightest “light” of the world can a make huge difference in the dark times of life. Another anime I want to mention is Naruto. Besides the story focusing on a child reaching for a dream, the anime helps us see how violence of war can be devastating on both sides of the battle. The anime also shows that following your dreams will be a difficult challenge but once you reach that dream, everything you worked hard for will be worth it. Anime can be more real when approached in a different angle.

That’s my top 5 Positive Influences from Anime. I hope you enjoyed reading them. If you like them, don’t forget to check Shay’s post and video in the above link of this post. 🙂

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TGIF Friday Funny 78: Happy Birthday Big Sis!

TGIF!

Thank God it’s Friday! Good morning everyone. It’s me Matt and I am here again for another episode of TGIF Friday Funny. In today episode, I got some exciting news! The first piece of news is that today is my older sister’s birthday! She was born today, October 14 and it’s a blessing to have her as an older sister. My sister loves to read and her favorite books are Harry Potter and the Hunger Games. She likes to paint, read her Bible and loves to listen to music. She also has a boyfriend but things are going to get better at January! Happy Birthday!!!

In other news in my personal life, I recently got a job and now that I am done with school, I will be gaining work experience. I am working at Amazon! However, since I am working, this also means my schedule might be busy again just like college life. Don’t worry however, I will still be here blogging and on Twitter. 🙂

Last news is that if you still watch Toonami, you may have heard that One-Punch Man has ended. However, a new anime will be joining Toonami and it’s called JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures. Based on the recent promo video, voice actor Johnny Yong Bosch will be the English voice of Jonathan Joestar and Patrick Seitz is Dio Brando.

With this said, let’s boogie!

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Here are some songs that my sister will love:

 

If you are not into Disney Songs, enjoy some JoJo Bizarre Adventure opening songs to help bring hype for Toonami premiere!

Happy Birthday sister! I hope everyone has a wonderful day and weekend!! 🙂

Anime/Manga news: Naruto Novel Anime Adaptations and Bleach Surprise Announcement

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Japan announced that August 4th will be the Naruto novel release of “Konoha Shinden: Steam Ninja Scrolls“; the story story is about Mirai Sarutobi (daughter of Kurenai and Asuma) with Kakashi Hatake and Might Guy and taking placing between the manga chapter 700 and Naruto Novel “Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring“. Announced with the new Naruto book release “Konoha Shinden: Steam Ninja Scrolls“, it’s been announced that three of the Naruto Novels will be become TV anime adaptations. They will be release for the winter. Here is the novels that will be in the anime:

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A Cloud Drifting in Silent Darkness

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Bleach

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Already been announced, the manga Bleach along with Nisekoi will be ending this month and Weekly Shonen Jump will be doing a special color page for these two manga. However, earlier scans in the Japan’s issue reveal that Bleach will have special announcement on August 22nd’s 38 issue.

What do you think is the announcement about? Anime returning? A movie? A manga sequel? Comment below.

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Naruto – The Lost Story anime OVA review

Amazon Synopsis:

Naruto and the others arrive at the Village Hidden in the Waterfall on an escort mission for Shibuki, the young leader of the village. Things seem peaceful until Kakashi leaves on urgent business and the village is attacked by Suien, a former Hidden Waterfall jonin, and his band of rogue ninja, who are after the village treasure, Hero’s Water. Now Naruto must join forces with cowardly Shibuki and show him what it means to be a hero!

(Spoiler-Free, may have minor spoilers. I will also keep it short.)

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Top 5 Anime Moms: A Special Mother’s Day Post

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

Today is the day we celebrate one of the best people that came our lives: our mothers. Moms are the best kind of people because they gave us love and comfort. For us guys here and just like the song above, they were the first girl that ever cared about us. I just to say that I am grateful for my mom and I blessed to have her in my life. If it wasn’t her love, kindness, and patience, I would never be the way I am right now. I wouldn’t probably even understand what love is without her. As a way to celebrate this day, I decided to post a special top 5 post of anime moms. They is no order in this list but they are the ones that stood out the most. Let’s begin!

THERE WILL MOST LIKELY BE SPOILERS!

5. Asuna (Sword Art Online)

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Even though she is a teenager, she also enjoys being a mom in the virtual world. During their honeymoon trip, Kirito and Asuna encounter Yui and they take care of her as if they are their daughter. The reason why I chose her for five is because Asuna’ strong motherly love for Yui. Even though they unexpectedly met Yui and later finding out that she is an AI, Asuna ignores all that and believes that she is her daughter. As a teenager in the virtual world, she happily accepts the responsiblity of a mother. Make your move MTV Teen Mom!

4. Chi-Chi (Dragonball series)

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I know what you are think: “Matt, why did you chose Chi-Chi? Nobody likes her! You are better off choosing Bulma!” I could have said Bulma but I think Chi-Chi fits in this list. Besides her constant nagging to Goku and being an overprotective mother, she is just a concerned mother. She is a mother that cares about their child and worries about their future. She goes through all this to help Gohan get an education and the thought of losing a child is painful. If we had moms like Chi-Chi in the real world, they will be concerned about our future and remind us that school comes first. We need a mom that care about education.

3. Sanae Furukawa (Clannad)

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Never a mom like Sanae can look young and cute for her age, too bad she makes the worse bread. Sanae is another great mom I wanted to mention for this list. In the series, Sanae wanted to continue to teach for children but after finding out about Nagisa, her and Akio’s daughter, critical sick conditions, she gives up teaching and works at in a family business to stay together to protect Nagisa. Even thought she makes bad bread, Sanea has a very sweet personality. She has a face of an angel and she does so much for Nagisa and Tomoya.

2. Kushina Uzumaki (Naruto)

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We should always be thankful for having a mom in our life, but too bad Naruto never knew his mother until later in the series. Kushina is powerful ninja that was once the previous Nine-Tails Jinchuriki; however, she had an untimely death as she lost her life with her husband Minato, Fourth Hokage, while sealing the Nine-Tails. What makes Kushina a great mom because she goes and sacrifices her life for a child Naruto. Even in her last breathe of life, she does her best bestow some advice for the baby Naruto for final words. A mom will sacrifice anything for their child.

 

1. Belle-mere (One Piece)

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Just like Kushina, Belle-mere is a strong woman that does so much for children. Belle-mere was a former Marine soldier and while fighting, she almost accepted death until she heard a baby cry. She meets a little girl named Nojiko and she was holding an unnamed baby girl which later becomes Nami, one of the Straw Hat Crew. Nojiko gives up being a Marine soldier and decides to adopts the girls. What makes Belle-mere an admirable mother is that not she gives up title and her food for her children, but also her life. Belle-mere gets killed for protecting Nami and Nojiko from the notorious Fish-Man Pirate Arlong. Even when she accepts death, she never got scared and even says “I Love you”. This is why I think she is number one in this list.

Welp, that is all folks. I hope you enjoyed this Top 5 list. What do you think is the best anime mom? Comment below for your thoughts. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Anime Top 5: Top 5 anime for Team Captain America vs Team Iron Man

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Hello everyone! Today for this post will be a special top 10 anime. This top 10 post will focus on the upcoming Marvel movie Captain America: Civil War. Online, there have been people picking sides on either Captain America and Iron Man. I, for one, chooses Captain America and his team even though it means I have to go against my favorite hero Spider-Man. To those who read the comic books may know what is going to happen but I bet the movie will be different. Who will win this war?

Before I get distracted, I want to share my top 5 anime for both teams on which I think they belong to if they were given the choice to participate in the war. Imagine, Captain America asking for help from the anime world or Iron Man choosing his teams to stop Captain and help cooperate with the government. This list will have the same anime but it will have different people (For example: Goku and his family is on Team Captain and Vegeta and his family is on team Iron Man). Also, there is no particular order. They all just appeared to my head.

5. Naruto – Sasuke (Team Captain America) vs Naruto (Team Iron Man)

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I believe Sasuke will pick Captain’s side and Naruto would pick Iron Man. I think Sasuke would mostly be suitable for Captain’s side is that both don’t agree with the high officials. In Civil War, Captain America refuses to cooperate with the government and sign the Superhero Registration Act (a document from federal law that limits a superhero’s powers and ability and have them controlled by the government). Not to mention in the movie, Captain goes out of his way to save his friend Bucky from Iron Man. He is willing to betray his friends for one. Sasuke, however will be willing to leave everything for his goals. Going back to back to his past actions, he left his village for power to kill Itachi and later he wanted to destroy the Five Kages.

Naruto will be on the other side. Naruto, in the manga, teamed with all the shinobi from the nations in the war to save the war from Madara. I can see Naruto teaming up with the government and trying to bring peace on both sides.

4. Bleach – Ichigo (Team Captain America) vs Soul Society (Team Iron Man)

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I am not sure if Ichigo would do this alone or with friends, but I think he would fit in with Captain’s team. If he had friends, it would mostly be Orihime, Chad, Uryu, Yoruichi, Kisuke, and Ganju. Both Steve and Ichigo have something in common: they both a goal to protect a friend and the only people stopping them are the ones that powerful and they are all follow the laws. Ichigo and his friends were willing to fight to save Rukia from the Soul Society and Steve is willing to do the same, even if it means fighting Tony and the government. Likewise the government, the Soul Society would fit in with Iron Man since they do follow the rules to preserve peace.

3. One Piece – Straw Hat Crew (Team Captain America) vs World Government (Team Iron Man)

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The Worlf Government from One Piece will definitely side Iron Man especially if Akainu is now the fleetway admiral. If you thought paying taxes was scary, the World Government will make shake. Already having an army and having devil fruit users, they could try to even capture all the heroes. Opposing them would be the Straw Hat Crew. They are wild bunch and they would not agree to side with the government. Luffy and his friends even fought CP9 to save Robin. If Luffy and his team needs help the got Captain’s side and the alliance from their series.

2. Akame ga kill! – Night Raid (Team Captain America) vs The Jaegers (Iron Man)

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Even though they are not considered good guys, Night Raid will however fight corruption. Night Raid may be killers but they won’t hesitate to save friend. Especially when they fought to save Tatsumi from the Capital and Exdeath. The Jaegers, however, are not friendly with those who oppose. The Jaegars are not only powerful with their Imperial Arms but they have the Capital supporting them. Imagine if them teamed up with the Iron Man and the government. This could be a bloody Civil War.

1. Seraph of the End – Yuichiro and his friends (Team Captain) vs the Japanese Imperial Demon Army (Team Iron Man)

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Any Seraph of the End fans will know is that Yu, without a doubt, will risk his own life for another friend. Yu in the anime goes through extreme measures to protect his friends in the army and tries to save his vampiric friend (also part of his family) Mika. Along with the friends he made, Yu would pick Captain because they both fight to save a friend. Personally, I feel that the Japanese Imperial Demon Army, would fit in with Iron Man. They seem like the kind of people that would follow the guidelines and will even fight their comrades with brute force. They also try to get in Yu’s way when he is trying to save Mika from vampires without killing him. If you have been reading or watching the anime, they are very strict group with high standards. You wouldn’t to pick a fight against an army.

Well, that is all folks! These are the top 5 anime that popped in my head that I think they would fight in the Marvel’s Civil War. What kind of anime would join the war and which side do you think they would choose? Comment below and thank you for reading.

Captain America: Civil War begins at May 6th, Friday.

Friday Funny 54: Where is the Dubstep?

TGIF! Thank God it’s Friday! Today is Friday and today is also the last day of Friday of April. In this episode of  these TGIF posts, today is the movie adaptation of the popular PS2 video game Ratchet and Clank. The first Ratchet and Clank game was released in 2002 for the PS2. It became quickly popular with it’s cartoon themes and epic gameplay. It went on to sequels, spinoffs and crossovers with Sly Cooper and Jak and Daxter. With all this hype, players can relieve the gaming experience by purchasing the PS4 game Ratchet and Clank. You can play the game based on the movie which is based on the game! Next Friday is the long awaited movie from Marvel called Captain America: Civil War. I hope you saved enough money after Ratchet and Clank because not only Civil War will be released in May, but Marvel’s X-Men: Apocalypse will be released on Memorial Day! With this said, let’s start this Friday!

Update 11/28/16:

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Who is ready for May?

Bye ;)!