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Detective Conan 1 - 300

One of the longest airing anime series of all time, number 2 on the list of the longest anime series ever created, is Detective Conan - or Case Closed as it's known as internationally. I never planned to pick up this series, yet decided to watch the first episode on a whim, and since then I've been captivated. The main character is Shinichi, a highschool detective who gets drugged by a mysterious organization, in the first episode, after solving his first case in the series.

Detective Conan is something extra. Though the plot itself progresses awfully slowly outside the first few episodes, each case is in itself a work of art. The creativity and detail with which crimes are committed, and the clues and deductions that help Conan (along with many other helpful characters) solve each crime turn this into one of the most thought-out series I've ever seen. I tend to like fast-paced action better, so I suppose the exception proves the rule. This just isn't like most detective fiction I've seen - it's on an entirely different level.

So, I started watching the one episode and suddenly I'd watched 300. There's still quite a way left to go till I catch up, but considering how minimal the plot progression is, this isn't a serious you need to rush with. You can watch each episode, or each two episodes (when a case is composed of a couple) and get just as much out of it as you would a movie, and it's refreshing how it doesn't require continual watching. A certain day. A certain time. Every week. Like most series do...

Apart from the series, there have been plenty of movies over the years, each one not very different from specific cases, but with a noticeable raise in animation quality and complexity of the scenario Conan's about to solve. There's also the shot mini-series starring Kaito Kid (who appears occasionally in Detective Conan, more as a challenger than a real enemy). Even though he is a thief he never gets caught either. And of course there's the Manga! I was given a few books this year, and was surprised to see there were a few extra comic strips included in each one, featuring the cast being crazily creative and morbid and occasionally (fictionally, of course) killing the author. Who apparently had some trouble sleeping while working with some especially brutal cases.

All in all, it's a series worth watching, one that stands out from the mainstream by particularly not doing that. You could say it dwells in the shadows, in the underground of anime, steadily growing and taking over yet unknown for the vast majority of those who think they have their genres all figured out. I'm hoping to get some more of those manga books soon. JUst a few, maybe. A hundred or two.

Toriko Movie 2 - Bishokushin's Special Menu (2013)

Toriko Movie 2 - Bishokushin's Special Menu (2013)

Now this is more like it! After watching the recent Hunter X Hunter movie I might've forgotten for a moment how awesome anime movies can actually be. Toriko is an awesome series, every episode of it - but the movies, they are a blast past that, and considering the series is over (for now at least) this was a blast from the past as well!

The plot is this: Toriko heads off with Komatsu and that pilot guy to find one of Acacia's secret ingredients, in a special biotope hidden within the 'Hungry Triangle'. Kinda like the Bermuda Triangle you dig? It's an area surrounded by a huge hurricane, with giant fish swimming in the wind, eying them with red eyes, and the biotope itself is smack in the middle of it.

Right about the same time our main characters are making their way here, another character going by the name of Grim leaves the Bishokukai also in search of this certain ingredient, and ultimately with plans on conquering the world and all ingredients in it. The Bishokukai go after him. Toriko confronts him yet realizes quickly that he doesn't have a chance against this incredibly powerful (and awesome - at this point) dude. The rest of the Heavenly Kings join up shortly and give it a go, one after another - as is the tradition, but they are equally helpless. Most of the other noteworthy characters make an appearance in this movie too, along with an army of GT robots (the fight with them doesn't quite get as much attention as it could have... but it's a movie after all, it goes to show there's no filler here!), and a battle of grand portions and proportions begins!

There's a search for ingredients involved as well, and of course there is a message, some pretty intense battles and power-ups and you know the dealeo, some cliches and some nonsense, but it's great, it's spicy, it's hot, it's good. It's awesome! You want some? Don't wait! Go thaw some today! So you can say you saw some when you wake at dawn some day. Yeah.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Naruto Back On Track!

Naruto Back On Track!

Oh yeah, finally! As of episode 362 the filler is over.

Hunter X Hunter - Phantom Rouge (2013)

Hunter X Hunter - Phantom Rouge (2013)

Hunter X Hunter has been - apart from One Piece - pretty much the only anime series I've been following passionately the past two years. I just found out they've made a movie for it, I watched it, and I was... disappointed.

The plot is this: Killua gets his eyes stolen, it turns out there's a puppet master out to steal all their eyes, they fight him, the rest of the Spiders (their enemies) get involved and help out, they keep spouting bullshit, saying each other's names over and over again, emphasizing the value of friendship until it gets tiring, fighting together, helping a girl, yada yada. By normal anime standards I guess it'd be OK.

But the Hunter X Hunter atmosphere wasn't there at all, not the despair nor the sense of adventure; more importantly not the surprise that puts this series in a class of its own. The unexpected never happens. It's so predictable it's embarrassing. HxH is a great series, so of course I had great expectations on a movie with it's name... it just didn't hold up to that name. :/

 rated 3/5: not bad

New Anime 2014

I made one of these posts at the start of last year, so why not keep the tradition going? I'm waiting on an Internet-intense polling process to complete, and with nothing better to do anyway (well I have, but I'd rather do this), I thought I'd discuss the new titles of the year that I'll be following (I just updated the anime sidebar btw, it's amazing how fast these fan-subbing sites change... it's only been a year or so :P).

There are two titles on my watchlist this year. Kill la Kill actually started last year, but Space Dandy is brand new and a mere 5 episodes in. They're both great. In terms of fluidity of animation I am positively amazed, the plot is elaborate and entertaining, the characters unique, the oppai perceptible, the soundtracks groovy and... well, what else is there to say? The fact that I stumbled upon these specific two titles is no coincidence. They're both regarded as a couple of the best anime titles ever made in latter years, and I've been ordained them in good recommendation.

Apart from these two new additions, I have no plans on picking up any more, but I have added a few older titles to my will-watch list so... who knows, maybe I'll delve more into anime than I expect to. The two new titles are in the sidebar though. If you're looking for something new and haven't seen those, they're awesome. No joke. I made a few header images for each one cause I felt like one image each just wasn't enough. :P

Whoops...

Feel The Power

You Know The Drill!

Kill La Kill is about a world were clothing controls people, it's about vengeance, war, humanity, love and a wild teenage rage. It moves at an incredibly fast pace with mixes logic with random occurrence and surprise wildly. It might be the most surprising as is it begins, but so far there hasn't been a dull moment.

Space Candy

Space Dandy

The Sign

Space Dandy is about a dandy in space, about aliens, friendships, breastaurants and other creative tidbits that keep popping up in each episode. Each episode is just that, an episode, a short story on its own, though you do grow to know some of the re-occurring elements and characters in the story. They mix in plenty of moral along with the puns, personas and general inventiveness of plot and what-not.

As for the series that aren't new...

Naruto Shippuuden seems like it may be nearing the end, but if that's the case I have a feeling the end might last the rest of the year. Toriko and Hunter X Hunter are both approaching the most intense battles in the series yet, all characters facing off against superhuman foes they at times have little hope to defeat, and in One Piece the Strawhats & Co just landed in Dressrosa, Don Flamingo Territory. Things are started to get heated in all areas! Kill La Kill stays heated all the time, and Space Dandy has a cool pace to it, chill but real-ly intriguing.

Haven't seen Detective Conan in a while, but it's still a great series worth following (I just don't feel I have time for it) so it remains in the sidebar. Fairy Tail is over... for now at least, and thus removed from the list. That's the status right now, as we say cya to jan and move up a notch. Onto (the rest of) a new year of great anime!

Kill La Kill - First Impressions

This anime is just incredible! I watched the first episode on a whim, and it had me hooked from just a few seconds in. And now suddenly I'm all caught up with the first twelve episodes in less than a week... and the watch list in the sidebar has been updated.

It starts with a lecture. The teacher has just a few seconds of screen time on the topic of Germany, 1933, when someone kicks in the door to the classroom (it's a metal door to boot), one main character (more like sidekick) is subtly introduced, a drama presents itself in the form of a kleptomaniac rebel, the main characters' (not yet revealed) future best friend sits by the desk beside his, he reveals himself, tries to escape, battle ensues, he gets his ass kicked, the school leader is presented, camera pans out from the school to the town to a long road below where a transfer student has just arrived... and that's where things really begin to get interesting!

Everything is so fast paced and intense it's crazy, all the time, there's always something going on. It's not randomly random like Excel Saga, but the comedy is reminiscent of this prior masterpiece, and the fighting is on par with pretty much any action anime out there. The animation quality isn't always incredibly detailed, but there's an incredible amount of detail. There are blasts that don't even last a second, flashes of light, awesome explosions that like a vortex suck in a group of people before blowing them away, people flying in the air like dry leaves, incredibly fluent motion and some of the most awesome fights I've seen in a while.

But it's not just about the action, there's a complex plot as well, of which more and more is revealed along the way, and though more is revealed in the first episode than would usually be revealed in an entire arc of a normal series, the information output in the ensuing episodes is given at a tolerable pace. Considering how fast everything happens in the first episode, and considering the main character even has time to quarrel with the main boss this early on, I'm surprised to see that twelve episodes flash by and there are still revelations waiting around the corner.

So far I'm flabbergasted, I haven't been very active with new anime series lately but this one might bring me back in, again. Looking forward to seeing what the second (and final) season has to offer!

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

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