My Top 5 Anime’s of 2017 I seen: Inspired post by Shay Taree

2017 has been one hectic year for all of us. As we approach the end of 2017 and begin anew for 2018, get ready for new anime series and movies. After watching my blogger friend Shay Taree’s recent video “My Top 5 Anime’s of 2017“, I felt compelled to do a list of anime I enjoyed this year. In this list, I will be sharing you guys what anime I seen this year and what I enjoyed the most. Some of the these anime may not be 2017 but it’s something I personally enjoyed. After you get done reading, go check out Shay’s channel and blog!

5. My Hero Academia season 1

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I got into this anime after hearing so much positive reviews from fans. If you like action anime and superheroes like DC comics and Marvel, you will like this anime. In this anime, the story is about people having these special powers called quirks. These quirks are special traits that give people powers and some people use them to become superheroes. The story is about a young boy named Izuku Midoriya who was born without a quirk but he wishes to become a hero like his idol, All Might. After a recent event and encounter with All Might, Midoriya is trained by his hero and signs up with other students at U.A. High School.

This anime has amazing music for the opening and ending songs and I enjoyed the combat. Watching these characters use their powers and face challenges was so good that I was on the edge of my chair.

4. Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You!

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As a way to celebrate 20 years of Pokemon the anime and video game, Japan decided to revamp the first journey of the protagonist Ash and Pikachu. From their first encounter and to test their friendship, Ash and Pikachu start their adventure in Kanto and in search for Ho-oh!

This is movie me and my friend Allie enjoyed seeing. Even though we both agreed that the movie was different compared to the first season of the anime, it was good to see Ash start from the beginning of the series. There was stuff I didn’t really like such as fast pacing moments and they replaced Ash’s key friends Misty and Brock with other characters supposedly playing their roles (one uses water Pokemon and the other is a medic). Still, we both enjoyed the main Pokemon song!

3. One Piece: Film Gold

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Being the third film series, Eiichiro Oda takes the helm again and creates an original story for the Straw Hats. After defeating Doflamingo, Luffy and his friends arrive to the city of gold called Gran Tesoro. In this Las Vegas like island ship, Luffy and his friends discover a dark secret behind the owner, Gild Tesoro, of the island and must find a way to save Zoro from being a golden prisoner. GIld Tesoro is the owner and he has the power to turn anything gold! It’s Rubber vs Gold!

This is actually my first ever One Piece Film I seen. I missed out on watching Film Strong World and Z. Aside from that, I really enjoyed the English from Funimation. It has been a long time since I heard the cast in English and the last time I saw English Dub One Piece was in Toonami; however, the anime was removed from Toonami and replaced with other series. This film was beautiful and epic and seeing Luffy fight was an eye catcher. I did enjoy the music in the beginning of the movie.

2. Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Darkside of Dimensions

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Taking place after the events of the story, Yugi and his friends prepare to graduate high school. Meanwhile, Seto Kaiba tries to find ways to bring back the Pharaoh Atem from the spirit world. However, this attracts the antagonist Aigami (real name Diva) and once again, Yugi must return to dueling to stop both Kaiba and Diva. Diva goal is to rid the world of evil and corruption but Yugi must stop him before he takes over the world. This movie was done by the creator of the manga Kazuki Takashi.

Just like Pokemon, this movie is another thing Allison and I enjoyed the most. What was amazing this movie was the English Dub. If you don’t know what I mean, the cast of the English Dub is from 4Kids and even the anime was done, the original cast came back after all these years played the role of the characters. In a funny way, it is like a reunion of our childhood. Allie and I saw the characters grow up and act like the usual habits like the Saturday morning shows.

1. Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale

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Taking place after Season 2 and Mother Rosario, a new gaming experience called Ordinal Scale shows up and players with the Augma can play games in AR! Kirito and his friends play in the real word in a virtual reality simulation. Even though Kirito doesn’t enjoy it, Asuna takes the spotlight of the movie and shows off her skills. However, the movie takes a turn to the worse when someone is attacking survivors from the SAO incident. It’s up to Kirito to find out what is the true purpose of Ordinal Scale and why recreate the monsters from Sword Art Online. The movis was done by the light novel auther Reki Kawahara.

If you knew me, I love Sword Art Online. When I first heard about this movie, I was hyped. When Shay did a video giveaway for tickets to Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale, I immediately entered. I didn’t win but thanks to God, I got picked and I won.

I went to see the movie it was released and I only saw it in English Subbed. I also got to watch it with my friend Allie. We enjoyed every moment of the movie. This movie had tons of Asuna action and it had an amazing LiSA song. More importantly, this was my first time watching an anime movie on the big screen and being surrounded by SAO fans. I didn’t experience this alone. It was the best time of my life.

These are my top 5 anime I enjoyed in  2017. Please go and check out Allie’s blog at her site. Allie, you are reading this post, I want to say that after everything we been through in 2017 and whenever talked about anime, let’s do it again for 2018. As a knight of my word, let me stay with you my queen! God bless you Allison.

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Game News: One Piece VR is coming to West

Besides One Piece: World Seekers coming to America in 2018, we’re getting another One Piece game for 2018 and it’s exclusive for Playstation VR.

It’s been announced that the Japanese game One Piece: Grand Cruise will be coming to the West for PSVR. With the PSVR, players will be able to interact with the Straw Hat crew and even take on enemies like the marines, Kraken and Doflamingo.

New One Piece game for 2018

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Announced early today, Bandai Namco of America and Europe announced another new game coming in 2018 and it’s One Piece. The new game is called One Piece: World Seekers and it will be released on Xbox One, PS4 and Steam PC!

This is the brief synopsis according to Bandai Namco of America:

Set sail in an all-new ONE PIECE adventure in ONE PIECE: World Seeker! Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates are back in a new story that puts players’ into Luffy’s point of view, as he battles and explores an expansive and seamless world. Open landscapes provide many paths for players to experience Luffy’s gum-gum abilities and swing into action.

This game will commemorate the 20 years of Oda sensei’s work on One Piece. According to ANN, the game will be opened world and it was revealed in a November issue from the Japanese WSJ magazine that game was originally nicknamed Code Name Dawn. In the magazine, the promotional picture revealed a mysterious character invading the Holy Land Mariejois, the capital land where the World Government and Celestrial Dragons dwell in and the taglines reveal a cryptic message stating “truth in the tragic event.”

OWLS Blog Tour: One Piece – A man’s source of strength is a warm heart

It’s the season of joy, thankfulness, and love. This month’s topic is “Warmth.” Whether it is spending time with family members during the holiday season or with that special someone during New Year’s, we will discuss moments in anime and pop culture media that convey a feeling of happiness in our hearts. During times of struggles, we look towards the things that matter to us as a source of strength, hope, and happiness. We hope you enjoy this round of posts and that you will have a wonderful holiday season!

(May contain spoilers from One Piece)

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One Piece becomes Live-Action

Via Crunchyroll + Anime News Network

As part of the 20th anniversary, the popular manga series One Piece will become a live-action Hollywood TV series. It will be worked by Tomorrow Studios and producer Marty Adelstein (Teen Wolf, Prison Break). Eiichiro Oda, manga author of One Piece left a message to studios in regards to sticking to the original story and concern of fans:

This is the person and studios who are also working on the live-action Cowboy Bebop TV series.

New One Piece special East Blue Episode!

Revealed in the 30th issue of the Japanese Shonen Jump magazine:

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Announced on Monday, One Piece will be receiving a 2-hour anime special covering the East Blue arc. The special is called One Piece Episode of East Blue: Luffy and His 4 Crewmates’ Big Adventure. The special will premiere on August 26 at 9:00 p.m. and it will include the East Blue characters Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp and Sanji. The special will also have the iconic chapter covers and the song “We Are” as part of the manga’ 20th anniversary. The special will start from Luffy’s beginning to him and his friends entering the Grand Line. The animation will also be redone as well.

 

NEWS: Fairy Tail Ending! One Piece port! Parasyte Tribute Manga!

Fairy Tail

Even though I haven’t started the series yet, I know that this series is popular for fans. Mangaka Hiro Mashima revealed in his 61st volume of the manga Fairy Tail that the story will be concluding 2 more volumes!

Also mentioned, Mashima also plans tp work on another new series involving new characters and new worlds.

It’s already old news, but the recent Fairy Tail movie Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry website confirmed that the manga is already in the last arc.

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Announced in the 24th issue of the Japanese Weekly Shonen Jump, the video game One Piece: Unlimited World Red be receiving a PS4 and Nintendo Switch port. The game will also be changed and titled in the name One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition. The game will include all the DLCs in it and an offline 2 player co-op. The game was originally sold in Japan November 2013 for 3DS and June 2014 for PS3, PS Vita and Wii U. The game later later got released for North America in July 14 and Europe got it in June 2014. You can read my old review here. Hopefully we get this game soon.

Parasyte

Manga publisher and license company Kodansha confirmed that they will be releasing the tribute manga to Parasyte called Neo Parayste m (in Japan it’s called Neo Kiseijū). The book is will be out to be sold in November 14 and it will collect 12 short stories done by many authors like Hiro Mashima (Fairy Tail) and Akira Hiramoto (Prison School). Here is the synopsis to the original Parasyte manga:

The manga takes place in a world where alien beings called Parasites come to Earth and start taking over humans by entering in through their noses and ears and attaching themselves to their brains. One alien called Migi is only able to take over high school student Shinichi Izumi’s right arm, and is unable to control Shinichi completely. Migi and Shinichi learn to co-exist, and the two battle other Parasites who see humans only as food.

The manga even got an anime called Parasyte: the Maxim and it was licensed and dubbed for English from Sentai Filmworks.

Happy Birthday to me! – A Special Top 10 posts and Personal Shout-Outs!

Hello everyone, this is yours truly Matthew of Matt-in-the-Hat, and today is a special day because today it’s my birthday! Today I turn 23 and I have been waiting for a long time to reach this number. As a way to start this post, I will be doing a special top 10 posts but with a twist. If you guys know me enough, you would know that I have a gaming obsession with Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts. For this top 10, this will actually be divided into top 5s instead but in the end, it will be 10. Also, there is no particular order. Here is the reason behind this. Also, I will be doing personal shout-outs!

Today is the DLC add-on to the game Final Fantasy XV, Episode Gladioulus. In this episode, players will be playing as Noctis’s friend Gladiolus and they will experience what is like to play as the strongest man of the group. Taking place after facing Ravus, Gladiolus leaves the party and tries to obtain new skills. With the help of Cor, Gladio will be fighting daemons and he will have to face the ultimate challenger, Gilgamesh. If players bought the season pass, this episode is free; otherwise, you will have to pay $5.

Also coming out today is the release of of the HD collection game Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, (in the UK, this game comes out on March 31st). This game will include the past Kingdom Hearts that was previously included for the PS3 but now it will be on PS4. The graphics are enhanced with 60 FPS. This game will include the following: Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days (HD Cinematic Remaster), Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix, and Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded (HD Cinematic Remaster).

Now that I have giving you this information, going back to the top posts, I will tell you the titles to these top posts. I will be sharing my top 5 Strongest Male Humans in dedication to the Episode Gladiolus and my personal Top 5 Anime Worlds that could join Kingdom Hearts.

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Toonami News: Tokyo Ghoul replaces One Piece

If the news is true and no mistake, this is happening.

Announced early this morning, Toonami announced on their Facebook that starting on March 25th, the long Shonen series One Piece will be replaced with the anime Tokyo Ghoul. Tokyo Ghoul will be taking its spot and if One Piece is taken off, that we will not be getting the Sabaody Archipelago arc on TV.

Here’s a random fact, One Piece joined Toonami on May 2013 starting episode 207.

News: Pokemon film date and teaser! Naruto arc concludes! One Piece original arc begins! Gundam Wing!

News, News ‘n News!

Pokemon

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Announced at the website, the upcoming Pokemon movie, Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You! (or Pocket Monster: Kimi ni Kimeta) will be released in Japanese Theaters on July 15th. The site also revealed trailer and teaser trailer to the movie which shows an updated animation to Ash (Satoshi) and Pikachu. The movie title is based on the same title for the first episode of the series. Here is the plot of the movie:

The film’s plot tells the story of how Ash (Satoshi) and Pikachu came to know each other. Pikachu was not cooperative toward Ash, but Ash only wanted to be friends with Pikachu. On the day they set out toward Pallet Town (Masara Town), both of them saw a Ho-oh flying and made a vow to someday go and meet it.

Naruto Shippuden

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Teased in the 14th issue of Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump Magazine, there is an announcement that on March 23rd, the current Naruto Shippuden anime arc Konoha Hiden (or Hidden Leaf Story) arc will reach a conclusion. This concluding arc will be the 500th episode of Naruto Shippuden (720 episodes if you count the classic Naruto). However, it’s unknown if this is the official last episode of Shippuden. The last episode will be on March 23rd and with Iruka giving a message to Naruto’s wedding. To those who don’t know, back in December, the franchise animated the epilogue novels in three parts. They animated Sasuke’s story, Shikamaru’s story and the current arc Shugen Biyori (Naruto and Hinata wedding).

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Taking a break from the main story, it is also been announced from the magazine that the anime One Piece will be entering a whole new original story arc on March 19th. According to the descriptions, the anime arc will include new characters from the marines and they are known as rookies. The Kanji on their jackets mean rookies but it also share the resemblance to the Supernovas, top powerful rookie pirates. The arc is called the Marine Supernova bridge story arc. Here is the anime description states:

The arc will focus on Luffy and those who are with him traveling to rescue Sanji. After Luffy uses up all their food during their journey, the group infiltrate a Marine base to resupply. Suddenly, three rookie members of Aokiji’s crew appear before Luffy.

The anime will feature the character marine characters (these aren’t official names and will most likely change!):

Grant: who has a strong sense of justice. (voiced by Natsuki Hanae who did Ken Kaneki from Tokyo Ghoul)

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Bonam (or Bonamu from Crunchyroll): a member of the Longarm Tribe. (will be voiced by Hiroki Yasumoto who did Yasutora Sado from Bleach)

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Sappa: a dual-sword wielder (voiced by Makoto Furukawa who did Saitama from One-Punch Man)

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Vice-Admiral Prodi (Prody Via from Crunchyroll): who seems to be an old friend of Garp. (will be voiced by Yōhei Tadano)

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Gundam Wing

Last but not least, anime DVD and merchandise online site announced that they will be selling the classic anime to the popular Gundam franchise called Moble Suit Gundam Wing. Thanks to their publisher and distributer Nozomi Entertainment, the anime will be sold on DVD and Blu-Ray this year. The anime was permiered on 1995 with 49 episodes; however, on 2000, this anime became the first Gundam anime to air in the United States. The anime was previously owned by Bandai Entertainment and released for DVD and VHS. You can watch the anime on Hulu as well with English and Japanese audio. Here is the synopsis:

The story takes place in the year After Colony 195, when war between the Space Colonies and Earth has begun. To give the colonies an edge, they send 5 young soldiers, trained to perfection, to earth in the most powerful of Mobile Suits—Gundams. With their arrival, the tide of the war changes as they battle against the Earth forces and the Colonies of their origin.

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