…and lo, out of the ashes rose something that resembled strings of sentences regarding Anime.
And it was good.
And the people rejoiced and threw ceremonial watermelons at chipmunks.
And that was good too, but not for the chipmunks of course.
DISCLAIMER: NO CHIPMUNKS WERE HARMED IN THE WRITING OF THIS BLOG.
Ladies & Gentlemen, let the madness continue. I have been itching to write about these two Anime series as they brought me much joy during my rigorous procrastination sessions. Chop chop, no time to waste! Onward to demons and magic!
D – Gray Man
Enter; the world as we know it, well, maybe a good few centuries into the past let’s say the 19th Century… and not actually our world. This version of our world is threatened by a Demon-Maker, The Millenium Earl. Feeding upon the grief of humans, The Earl molds these desperate and clinging souls into demonic weapons, ‘Akuma’ soldiers, pawns in his war against humanity and the God that they believe in.
I believe this is the part where you all collectively go ‘Who ya gonna call?’
(go on do it, indulge yourselves)
The answer? A kick ass army of humans that wield weapons made of a celestial material called Innocence. Of course, they call themselves exorcists. Though I’m quite sure you guys knew that already. The exorcist we follow is the young, yet wise beyond his years, Allen Walker. A boy with a Parasite type Innocence Weapon (his left entire arm) who begins his journey as a fully qualified Exorcist of The Black Order at the tender age of 15. Although I was hesitant at first regarding D-Gray Man, demons and magical exorcists are a dime a dozen, I really, really enjoyed this anime series.
Allen is accompanied by other young Exorcists each sporting unusual not to mention gender specific weapons with funny names. Observe:
a) The only girl exorcist at The Black Order, Leenalee Lee (yes, that’s her name) fights Akuma with her weapon known as, wait for it… THE DARK BOOTS (oooohhoowwoooo spooky). These babies are plain old black boots that transform into high heels, sprout wings and deliver devastating blows when activated. They also give Leenalee a great excuse to wear teeeny tiny shorts and skirts during the series. Yay.
b) Then we have the mysterious yet charming Lavi who wears an eye patch for unknown reasons and wields an anti-akuma weapon called Iron Hammer. He also refers to this as his ‘Big Hammer, Little Hammer’ as it can grow to RIDICULOUS sizes (he achieves this in battle by screaming the words ‘GROW GROW GROW’…giggle) The Hammer is also often used for transport on long journeys.
Believe me, there’s a string of other lovable characters in tow. I could talk about them for a very long time. But I won’t.
The series begins mostly with Allen & his cohorts picking fights with small time demons and discovering new Exorcists to join their cause. Such as the awkward Miranda Lotto, who finds her Innocence weapon in a Grandfather clock. Her innocence can temporarily stop and reverse time. Handy, no?
The journey towards some kind of earthly peace continue and all of our protagonists are sent on miniature journeys of self endurance and enlightenment. Good and Evil become intertwined as each character assesses the true nature of power, constantly developing their uses of it to benefit the mankind and the trapped souls of the Akuma Weapons.
So, over all the series has your typical war stained backdrops, steadily woven together with cryptic evil of the Earl and his subjects The Noah (descendants of the biblical Noah, basically evil humans with terrible stigmata and evil powers) against the determined Exorcists to create that bigger picture of loyalty, love and courage in the face of utter, slimy, black despair.
With fun & comedy along the way, guaranteed.
Sands Of Destruction
An anime series based on the Japanese Role Playing Game of the same title. The first things that came to mind when I started watching this short but sweet series were two very specific words: Super Cute.
Rather like Gurren Lagnann (see my previous post) this particular world is inhabited by humans and a dominant race of Beastmen and (for convenience’ sake) is covered with a vast Sand Sea. We follow the protagonist Kyrie Illunis, an innocent boy with an unknown past who excels at cooking and cleaning. Whilst living disguised as a Beastman, Kyrie encounters chronic fatalist & awesome giant blade fighter lady Morte Urshela, a member (the only member) of the World Destruction Commitee. Disillusioned by the inequality and injustice that the human race has suffered, she steals a device known as The Destruct Code (fabled to destroy the entire world when activated) and is intent on destroying the world dragging a very unwilling Kyrie in her stead.
Along their path to “world destruction” the duo pick up some wanted and unwanted company. The first and most important side character is the ADORABLE dwarf bear warrior Toppy Toplan, who insists that there are two kinds of EVERYTHING and finishes all his sentences with the word ‘Kuma’. He becomes their smallest comrade and loyal friend who packs a hell of a punch for a creature so tiny. Also, did I mention that he’s adorable?
But it’s not all cuddly fuzz bears for our adorable protagonists. OH NO. Inevitably, where there is a threat of destruction, there is also the threat of salvation and our heroes(?) are constantly being tracked down by two Beastmen from the World Salvation Commitee. A calm and calculating half wolf called Naja and a bad tempered dragon lady named Rhi’a. You’ll notice that I have spent most of the time talking of these wonderfully drawn characters and hardly enough about the story line. The hard nose of this story (because stories have noses) and it’s outcome seems to really revolve around Morte and Kyrie (aptly named, no?) and Morte’s inner struggle with her feelings for the world she hates so much and the future with her new comrades that she is (quietly) reluctant to lose.
Personally, I came away from the whole viewing experience with a new goal to benefit mankind by acquiring a dwarf bear and teaching him to say ‘kuma’. He will be wonderful. My overall rating for this Anime Series is pretty good, I wish I had a Sega or a Nintendo so I could attempt to play the game. So, if you’re looking for an Anime series that is short, sweet and to the point that comes with an extra kick of swashbuckling Sand Pirates and a giddy little surprise at the end of the plot, this is the very show for you (most suited for quiet and warm evenings in with your favorite person/teddy/pet or if you have a combination of all three, go crazy!).
AND NOW FOR OUR SUPER SPECIAL SURPRISE BONUS FEATURE!
Good Gorram Shinsplints where the hell do I start? This is by far the most ridiculous & hilarious anime series I have watched in my entire life. I can easily sum it up in one very plain, blunt word: BOOBS.
I am not joking folks, this raunchy Anime series tells the story of a mysterious, humanoid alien race of 108 men & women (mostly women) that have unbelievable fighting powers. Fighting powers that can only be unlocked by mucous contact, a passionate kiss from a ‘special’ person known as their Ashikabi. These are humans with unique genes that empower the Sekirei, and after the mucous contact has been made (isn’t that a lovely image?) the Sekirei is bound to serve their Ashikabi in any way possible. In this case, all the Sekirei in Tokyo are isolated within the confines of the city by the evil company that discovered them, IBM, and are forced to find their Ashikabi & fight to the death by the crazy evil Game Master, Hiroto Minaka.
Our protagonist is the awkward loner Minato Sahashi who starts out by acquiring his first Sekirei Musubi entirely by accident (she literally falls from the sky and lands on his face). From then on, he steadily becomes a popular Ashikabi choice for many other Sekirei. So… poor awkward Minato is surrounded by women with VERY large breasts who love him dearly and swear to fight to the death for him to win the GRAND PRIZE of the deathly Sekirei Game…
Watch this series at your peril…or if you really, really like boobs.
Well my dears, that about wraps up my mystical journey into Anime madness for the time being. There may be more journeys like it to come. But we won’t know when…because they are so DAMN mystical.
Until next time Unicornlings,