Dragonball Super

Am I in a litte bit of a Dragonball phase right now? Well… maybe, yes.

This is one of the anime I’ve grown up with, so it’s quite amazing to see it still being popular today and I have to admit Dragonball Super hits the comedy part quite well. dbz-kamitokamiUnfortunately the animation quality and layout of the fights aren’t as good as I hoped them to be, even more so after the amazing job they did with Kami to Kami. I’ve admittedly never been much of a fan of the movies, but most of them are not canon anyway, so that might be part of it.

Kami to Kami was the first movie in a long time, where Akira Toriyama actually worked on himself and it shows. A lot. This movie is a work of art, it’s absolutely on point: the animation, the quality, the comedy, the characters (well, most of them anyways) and above everything else the main fight between Beerus and Super Saiyan God Goku is absolutely breathtaking. And apparently I’m not the only one who thought that way, because it was popular enough to spawn another movie Resurrection of F and ultimately resulted in the making of Dragonball Super.

Unlike GT Super is considered canon, because Akira Toriyama is working on it himself, but as far as I know he contributes the general plot points an the rest is up to the dragonball-super-stream-cover-Aa0YhnIaCpDgbuFxBWF89fPPIGXK36LE_220x330animation team, which leaves a lot of room. As for the original series and Z they had the manga to rely on, which they don’t have this time and unfortunately it shows in the way the fights are constructed. It’s still fun to watch most of the time and I know the minute-long screaming in Z was annoying, but the fights aren’t as exciting as they used to be and I’m already overlooking substantial drops in animation quality on the character models, I’m just talking about the fights themselves.

One of the characters who’s standing out the most in Super is, in my opinion, Vegeta. They’re doing such an amazing job with him and walk a pretty nice line between awkwardly funny and dead serious. Also, he’s now pretty much a much better father than Goku ever was and shows genuine interest in his family, that he apparently came to love for real. It doesn’t really hurt we finally get to know why Goku took ChiChi and Vegeta Bulma and Piccolos reaction to that was just plain priceless.

Bulma and ChiChi are both very headstrong women and that’s exactly the reason why Vegeta and Goku got attracted to them, because that’s apparently what a Saiyan is looking for in a woman, because she needs to be able to handle a Saiyan family. Remember how many people said they’re bowing their heads to Bluma and ChiChi (even though the latter is annoying as fuck) for being able to raise Saiyans? Yeah, basically, if they wouldn’t haven been as headstrong as they are, Goku and Vegeta would’ve never gone for them.

Now, this is just my theory, but I personally believe Goku does not differenciate between his love for his family and his friends. He knew instinctively this particular women would be able to raise his children, so he went for it. I’m not saying he doesn’t love her, tumblr_inline_mu6o3jZqRb1qzj8pubut I think he loves her and his sons the same way he loves his friends. I mean, his relationship with Gohan is closer to that of being best buddies instead of being father and son. Also, excuse me, but I don’t think Goku has ever been a good father for Gohan. I believe he’s somewhat trying with Goten, but that’s nowhere near the level of what we’re seeing from Vegeta, who refused to leave because his baby was about to be born soon – and not just out of fear for Bulma, but genuine interest in his child. Goku? He didn’t even understand why that’s a problem. I actually felt sad when Vegeta wasn’t allowed to name his daughter, because it looked like he was really looking forward to giving her a strong saiyan name.

I’m not saying Vegeta is the perfect dad, because he neglected Trunks a lot, too. I’m justVegeta-600x330 saying he’s a better father than Goku, who always saw Gohan more as sparring partner and nakama to save the world, instead of a son. Heck, I’m supporting the guys saying Piccolo has always been more of a father figure for Gohan than his actual father. The father-of-the-year awards goes to Gohan anyway, who’s doing the most amazing job with Pan.

What brings me to the one person whom I think got heavily downgraded and that’s Videl. I have to be honest, I loved her when she was introduced: she was strong, she was a tomboy and she knew what she wanted. She complimented the awkward Gohan in the most amazing way, they turned out to be such am awesome duo. Unfortunately… she got the ChiChi-treatment. I’m just glad they didn’t turn her into the same nagging mess of a woman that ChiChi is, but she’s basically been downgraded to just being Gohans wife with their child. Where’s the headstrong teenager we all knew and loved? Now she’s sitting at a round table with Bulma and ChiChi talking about how she always loved girly things, too. What? WHEN? WHERE? That never happend in Z, they’re just trying to make her more domestic, which is sickening me.

495ed152bee288f0df3d1787144736ce39d740e7_hqI honestly would’ve preferred if Videl would’ve gotten the 18 treatment. Sure, she got domestic as well, she’s madly in love with her husband and daughter, but she NEVER lost her bite. She’s still kicking ass and neveryone knows not to mess with her. She’s even representing Universe 7 in the tournament of power and doing a damn well job at it. I’m sure ChiChi can still fight, I mean she even trained Goten up into a Super Saiyan and I’m sure Videl can also still fight, but it’s not worth anything anymore. Their place is being a wife and raising their kids and nothting else, that’s what their characters have been reduced to and that’s what’s annoying me. I really miss that temperatment of her’s that Vicel had, when she stood up to Gohan.

I’m not saying being a fulltime wife and mom is a bad thing per se. I’m just disappointed all of her other personaly traits got thrown out of the window. It’s like, dude Gohan, who did you marry again? And… why? Didn’t you like her for being independent, headstrong and reckless?

As for Gohan, he’s always been against fighting and only did so when he was forced to. Dragon-Ball-Super-Episode-90-ReviewHe’s always been a sweet natured guy by heart, so being a loving dad totally suits him. From all the demi-saiyans, he’s probably the one who’s most aware of being a child of two worlds and he probably has the two most different hearts beating in his chest. He’s got the full figthing potential from his saiyan side, but the sensitive heart of a human. Wow, great thing he arguably had the worst childhood ever… and people are honestly surprised he stops training and fighting every second he gets.

I mean, sure, I’ve dedicated an entire post about the lost potential of Gohan, because he’s been buffed drastically for Goku to take the spotlight and it hurt so damn much seeing him useless, because you KNOW he could be the strongest. Piccolo just recently confirmed his potential to be “bottomless”, Gohan could be Earth’s strongest weapon, if he wished so. I’m really glad he decided to not completely abadoning his saiyan heritage and started training again. And guess what? He’s already strong enough to force Goku into his strongest form, but what I think is even better for him, is that he’s trying for new heights, but without relying on the Super Saiyan forms they’re been abusing ever since Freeza on Namek.

Dragon-BallI’m always a sucker for meeting characters from the original series. Maybe it’s the nostalgia, but I just love seeing those characterst hat have been there since the very beginning, when Dragonball was a martial arts fantasy adventure and before it was turned into a superpower Sci-Fi festival. I admit I’m a huge fan of the Dragonball saga before Z, before there were aliens and when humans were still able to hold their own against the protagonists. When we had talking dinosaurs participating in the great tournament and a protagonist with a tail that nobody gave a fuck about, because… why? Between flying and talking cats, shapeshifting pigs and humanoid wolves, a kid with a monkey tail doesn’t even need much of an explanation, you just accept it as being part of this fantasy world.

 

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Okay, we all know Bleach was at it’s best before Aizen turned into a butterfly. The Rukia Rescue Arc was awesome, but after that it went downhill. Too many characters, too many backstories (of characters about to die… really?), fights dragging on for much too long, questionable plot choices…

Let’s say the best part of Bleach ever since the Rukia Rescue Arc ended was Isshin’s backstory. It was short, on point, interesting and informative. It was great and I’m even overlooking that Ichigo got revealed to be a human/quincy/hollw/shinigami-hybrid. He was fine being a substitude shinigami, was that necessary? Whatever, Isshin’s backstory was still great.

tumblr_mn73tbsfF21sqknc4o1_500Now, however, this manga has reached new levels of ridiculous. Especially in more recent chapters, Bleach has taken many turns for the worst – even more than before. Sure, Ukitake was a character who could be killed off, because he was dying of tuberculosis anyway, but I dare you didn’t kill off Urahara Tite Kubo.

I admit I’m shipping IchixRuki so I’m biased as hell, but even if you don’t, they have an amazing dynamic going on between them and I’m really missing that. It was old fashioned and overdone, but the friend-cycle Ichigo was in worked great and the manga had a good balance between action, character development and frienship moments. Even when Ichigo want and rescued Rukia, there was still more to it. Now, for a while, it’s been nothing but fights and sidecharacters.

When was the last chapter Ichigo had some screentime? It’s been a while. I want to see thefuckmore of the core characters, I want to see the story progressing… and finally finishing. After giving Kenpachi a Bankai and Hitsugaya puberty, I’m so far done with this, I’m reading it for the laughs and this is sad, because Bleach used to be good.

Case in point, let’s have fun instead of just crying over how stupid this manga has turned out to be. Everyone thought Hitsugaya’s Bankai would disappear when the last petal melts, because it was said he had an unfinished Bankai due to his young age achieving it. Fun side note: Yachiro is much younger and is the one in charge of controlling Kenpachi’s Berserk-Bankai. How exactly does that work? Another fun side note: am I remembering things wrong, or didn’t Hitsugaya’s Bankai actually fall apart before when the petals all melted?

If even that’s true, it’s easily explained, so not a big deal. I would really like to know, if Matsumoto and Hinamori know about his adult-state-Bankai-mode. That’s comedic gold on a silver plate right there. I need to see their reaction. I mean, he quite literally just turned into the hottest guy in the entire cast. So much for forcing his head between your breasts, Matsomoto. You sure, you wanted to do that all the time?

Bleach Chapter 666

…Tite Kubo, you won’t let Urahara die. You. Won’t. Let. Urahara. Die. End of discussion.

On the other hand, I was shocked he killed off Byakuya, Grimjow and Hitsugaya. What do they have in common? They’re all alive. However, Ukitake is probably dead for good, but he was severely ill to begin with.

I think it’s really cool seeing some of the Arrancar back in action. Kubpo wasted so much time giving us backstory about them, it’s good to see them having some screentime after all. I mean, who’s not in foir some Grimmjow action? That guy’s just cool, but judging from his background, it was pretty obvious he would fight on the good side eventually. Either way it’s pretty nice and Urahara is just bein his awesome self as well. That’s why you can’t kill him off, Bleach would immediately loose half it’s fun. I mean, the one half that is still left.

Talking about fun… am I the only one who thinks Hitsugaya was massively out of character in this chapter? Maybe being a zombie grilled more of his brain cells than I expected, but that joke-szene with Byakuya was just painful to read.

Digimon Adventure tri.1: Saikai

It’s finally here!!

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Pokemon might have the better games, but Digimon sure has the better anime. And always had. I’m a 90s kid, I grew up in the middle of the monster-craze and I loved Digimon Adventure.

Digimon Adventure tri is made specifically for people like me and this anime is pure fanservice. There are a lot of shows out there trying to give us what we want and hardly ever do they succeed. Digimon tri hits all the right spots. And I mean all the right spots.

After watching all 4 episodes, I need to get that supid grin off my face. giphyfeels2Hearing the intro, the fighting theme and the evolution theme alone sends me on an emotional rollercoaster. Add the original cast and the original Digimon and you have a winner.

However, what truly makes this great, is how well they aged the characters. They’ve all grown up, but their friendship was still there and the overall chemistry was spot on. The one time when Koshiro explained way too much in detail what’s going on and everyone just started talking about different stuff was hilarious. And what about Koushiros crush on Mimi? Awesome. Tai x Sora x Yamato love triangle hints in the first 10 minutes of episode 1? Can’t wait to enjoy the upcomming shipping wars. Huge animated monsters beating the crap out of each other? Man, I’ve missed it so much.

The thing is, this anime doesn’t just give us what some people think we might want, it really gives us what we want. Even though the original cast of Digimon Adventure was still there in Digimon 02, they only played a minor role (aside froiron-man-gifm Hikari and Takeru – how come they’re not dating, though? This needs to be fixed asap) and many “day one” digimon fans, wanted to know more about the aged original cast.

And this is exactly it. They can still fight, but they have their problems. Joe seems to be the furthest away from the group because he has essential problems in his life. Tai has no idea what to do with his future and likes to hang out with his friends all day, but heavily questions their actions regarding their fights in terms of destruction and possible loss of human lives. He would’ve never done that in the past, because he was a kid and the audience were children as well.

Well, what can I say? Digimon Tri had big shoes to fill and the expectations were sky high. This anime is pure fanserivce and it’s target audience aren’t children, it’s old fans like me who missed the original not even sorry chris hemsworthcast after 02. In that respect, it didn’t just meet my expectations, it exceeded them. It’s exactly what I always wanted and I can’t say how much I was looking forward to it.

The wait was worth it.

Girls of the Wild’s

158693lGirls of the Wild’s is a Manhwa fully colored and published online. It’s about Jae Gu Song, a poor guy who has to take care of his younger siblings after their mother left them due to personal problems regarding the recent death of their father.

So in other words: he’s head poor and needs to go to school while working. After Middle School he decided to go to a formerly Girls-only-School nearby, because he was given a scholarship simply for being there and ended up as the only male student in the entire school.

This school is special, though. It’s all about martial arts and the students are ridiculously strong – mind you, they’re all girls, except our main character, who feels terribly out of place, because he can’t do any fighting at all. He’s even been bullied during his Middle School days and meets his bullies again, getting nothing but a beating out of it.

He befriends the president of the Taekwondo Club and S-class-student, Dal Dal Choi, a cute and small girl with deadly kicks. At first she wanted to befriend Jae Gu, because it was said to bring her points for her grades, but she developes a huge crush on him and follows him around everywhere.

Another friend of his is Moon Young Lee, president of the Boxing Club and S-class student, as well as close friend of In Gyi Yoon (“Queen”). She has a crush on him at first, but later moves on to another guy.

The third and last of his main group of friends is Queen Yoon, she’s not in a specific club, but an S-class-student as well.She’s close friends with Moon Young and the strongest fighter at Wild’s high and won last year’s “Wirld’s League” with no problem at all. She’s very cold and starts out on the wrong foot with Jae Gu, but later develops romantic feeling for him.

In an act of revenge, Queen chose Jae Gu as her first opponent in this year’s Wild’s League, however since she doesn’t need to go through the prelims, Jae Gu would need to win those first. His initial idea was to simply forfeight the first fight and therefore get out this dilemma unharmed. He eventually decides to take the prelims seriously and learns basic fighting moves in Boxing and a few simple kicks from Dal Dal and Moon Young.

This is the basic overview. Interestingly, though, MAL lists this manga as a harem, 80467lsomething I don’t quite agree on, because it’s more a love triangle than a real harem, especially since Moon Yong drops out, what leaves only Dal Dal and Queen. Sure, the rest of the school is still kind of interested, since they get points for being close to him, but the story doesn’t really care about that at all.

I usually don’t like harems. I have a soft spot in my heart for Love Hina, because it’s the mother of all harem manga, but it’s not just random girls throwing themselves onto the main character. It does have a very clear main pairing and above everything else, is really fun to read. I don’t see this manhwa as a real “harem”, even though the set up smells a lot like it. It’s really not.

So if you don’t like harem, don’t worry, there’s not much harem in here. Would I recommend this Manhwa? Sure, why not. It’s fun seeing the girls being the strong ones for once and Qeens younger brother is really funny. It’s a good read.