One Punch Man

one punch manEnglish:  One Punch Man
Japanese: 
 One Punch Man
Genres:
  Action, Comedy, Parody, Sci-Fi, Super Power, Supernatural
Episodes:  12
Aired:  October, 2015 to December, 2015
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“In this new action-comedy, everything about a young man named Saitama screams “AVERAGE,” from his lifeless expression, to his bald head, to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking fellow doesn’t have your average problem… He’s actually a superhero that’s looking for tough opponents! The problem is, every time he finds a promising candidate he beats the snot out of them in one punch. Can Saitama finally find an evil villain strong enough to challenge him? Follow Saitama through his hilarious romps as he searches for new bad guys to challenge!”


JONATHAN’S REVIEW

Rating:  5+ / 5
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
Started:  October 4th, 2015
Finished:  December 20th, 2015
Booze Pairing: Miller Genuine Draft

Have you ever wanted to watch a show about insanely-overpowered, hyper-generic, anime Superman that destroys everything in his path with a single punch? If the thought never crossed your mind you probably never would have wanted it. Personally I didn’t know I wanted One Punch Man until I started it, then I couldn’t get enough; to me it was the anime equivalent of heroine.

This show is a HUGE parody on shounen battle anime in general, from the cities, to the Main Character’s name, and even the Antagonist’s designs, the aura of satirical creativity is endless in this anime. The entire gag of the show is that Saitama doesn’t operate within set ‘power levels’ that many anime establish, and he can apparently warp and bend the laws of physics and logic around him at will because regardless of how strong his opponent is he will always win; as far as the show itself is concerned he’s unbeatable for the sake of comedy, which I have no personal complaints against. Getting back to the show itself, One Punch Man is just so much fucking fun to watch, both sober and at all levels of inebriation; the animation style is gorgeous (MADHOUSE has put out some seriously beautiful anime these last few years), the jokes are perfectly timed and don’t seem forced, and the show constantly pokes fun of many shounen troupes while still maintaining a semi-serious, badass undertone that just made the anime for me. The ‘overarching’ plot doesn’t develop until a several episodes in, but it’s there nonetheless and the show isn’t purely episodic as it might first appear to be.

You’ll know whether or not this anime is for you from the first few episodes, but I will say this: Two of my roommates back at my university residence more or less despised anime in general, and yet they both fell in love with One Punch Man. If that doesn’t speak volumes as to the audience One Punch Man can reach then I don’t know what will. I just hope you enjoy it half as much as I did.

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan – Demon Capital

nura: rise of the yokai clanEnglish:  Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan – Demon Capital (aka. Season 2)
Japanese: 
Nurarihyon no Mago: Sennen Makyou
Genres:
  Action, Supernatural
Episodes:  24 (26 total – episodes 13 & 26 are recaps)
Aired:  October, 2013 to March, 2014
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“At first glance, Nura Rikuo seems like nothing more than a normal middle-schooler. In actual fact, he is grandson of Nurarihyon, master of a youkai clan. Having only recently resolved the hostilities between the Nura Clan and the Shikoku Yokai, Rikuo finds no rest as an ancient enemy of the Nura Clan, Haguromo-Gitsune, resurfaces. After 400 years of inactivity, Haguromo-Gitsune suddenly sweeps through Kyoto with overwhelming power.”


KATELYNN’S REVIEW

Rating:  4 / 5
Language: Japanese with English Sub
Started:  January 8th, 2016
Finished:  January 11th, 2016
Wine Pairing:  Apothic Red – delicious!

Damn you Netflix, why do you start on Season 2?!  And only have half of the season?!

So confusing.

Let me save anyone looking into this anime a bit of time – Netflix only has the first half of Season 2 available (on Canadian Netflix).  If you decide you like the anime enough to continue through all 24 (26 with recaps) episodes, skip 13 and 26 because they’re re-cap episodes (only wasted the 20 minutes the first time), and find Demon Capital / Sennen Makyou.

As for the actual anime, I appreciated the animation style, the characters, and even the bit of humour they threw.  I enjoyed this anime – not my favourite, but a cute watch even for missing the first season!

I am terribly conflicted, however, on Nura Rikuo’s character.  In yokai form, he’s a grown adult, but as a human he’s only twelve.  I feel like a pervert.  ?

The Seven Deadly Sins

the seven deadly sinsEnglish:  The Seven Deadly Sins
Japanese: 
Nanatsu no Taizai
Genres:
  Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Supernatural
Aired:  October, 2014 to March, 2015
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“The “Seven Deadly Sins,” a group of evil knights who conspired to overthrow the kingdom of Britannia, were said to have been eradicated by the Holy Knights, although some claim that they still live. Ten years later, the Holy Knights have staged a Coup d’état and assassinated the king, becoming the new, tyrannical rulers of the kingdom. Elizabeth, the king’s only daughter, sets out on a journey to find the “Seven Deadly Sins,” and to enlist their help in taking back the kingdom.”


Katelynn’s Review

Rating:  4.5 / 5
Language: Japanese with English Subbed
Started:  December 27th, 2015
Finished:  January 1st, 2016
Wine Pairing:  Milk.  I don’t know why, but I feel like milk was perfect for this show.  IT’S NOT PERVERTED I SWEAR!

I’m a sucker for ridiculously overpowered characters.  There’s nothing more frustrating than a character that’s limp and useless (*ahem* Liz, I’m looking at you).  Meliodas is my favourite character, with King and Ban tying for second (especially when they bicker).  Hawk was hilarious at first, but became increasingly more annoying as the show progresses.  At the end she just made me feel guilty.  STOP THE FEELS, HAWK!

And I have a few things to say about Liz.

First, unless you turn out to be the re-incarnation of someone-we-won’t-mention, or you have raging desire for Meliodas, PUSH HIM AWAY.  Seriously.  If it wasn’t for Hawk.. well..
Second, I’m still mad at you for the ending.  Because you lied to everyone.  How rude.
Third, I’m jealous of your white hair.  And thank you for becoming friends with

*ahem*  This show is still great and I loved it.  Apparently, we’ll be getting season two sometime this year and I’m stoked!