The Autumn of Black Cat: Volumes 1 through 5: The Introduction Arcs

The Autumn of Black Cat begins! Today we will be talking about the first five volumes of the series, which encompass what I am calling the “Introduction Arcs.” As is common with most shonen series, the start often has several small mini story arcs to help establish the characters, the relationships and powers, as well as just prototype some story ideas or plots. Often as is the case with the start of a shonen, the art style looks very different than it does by the end or middle of a series. Either way, this is usually were fans will know if a series is worth sticking around. After the cut let’s get into the very first five volumes of Black Cat!

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Run and Gun

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The Autumn of Black Cat

Hey guys.

This summer I undertook a season long project, spread out over three months about a single anime. That was High School DxD, and i spent June, July and August going over every single thing I could about the series. I discussed each of the seasons, the two main leads, the good, the bad, and everything in between. I had an absolute blast doing this, and while I have decided that next year will be The Summer of Love II (with a completely new series, I’ll let you guess what it is), I’ve decided that I’ll be spending this Autumn doing something similar.

I’m calling it The Autumn of Black Cat

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I’ve gushed about this series before. I think Black Cat is one of the best shonen stories out there, a series that tells the exact story it wants to tell, and then promptly ends. In a genre that is notorious for dragging out series for longer than they should, I’ve always respected how well Black Cat is able to start, remain and finish strong. But I also think it has also been almost a DECADE since I’ve read it, and I’ve been dying to come back to it. Does it still hold up? Is Black Cat still as a good a series as I believe it to be?

So for the months of October and November, I am going to revisit the series, all twenty manga volumes, and give you my thoughts as I go through them. I’ll talk about what works, what doesn’t, the characters, the powers, the anime and the music. Once all is said and done I hope to answer the simple question:

Does Black Cat still hold up?

I’ve been looking forward to this for sometime now, and you can expect it to follow a similar layout to The Summer of Love, so expect a FAQ post coming up in a few days! I really hope you’ll join me on this journey!


I Heard you Like Lists: My Favorite Anime and Manga Lines

Do you like lists? I like lists, and I heard you like lists too. So today we have, as list! Anime and Manga have no shortage of great moments, characters and scenes, but they also have some wonderful pieces of dialogue. This post today is going to highlight just some of my favorite lines from a variety of different anime and manga series. Some are serious, some are funny, some are dubbed, others are subbed, others are strange. Let’s get into it after the cut!

This is not one of those lines, but Magical Sempai is too funny.

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Housekeeping, Summer Plans and Beyond!

Hey guys.

I’m throwing up this post because I’ll be returning to the other side of the pond at the end of this week (thank Christ) and I want to throw out a bit of a plan of action on what’s going to be happening for the next little while. Plus I just wanted to throw up another post, cause fuck it why not, I gotta keep that post count up.

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The Summer of Love is working it’s way through it’s second month, and I’ll have finished the second season of High School DxD this week. So far it’s been an awesome time and I’ve loved going back to seeing how this series holds up. I’m glad for all the retweets and likes people have been sharing (do it more please). Next month is a big one, where I have to delve into the final two seasons, but I got a lot to say!

I’ve finally put up that post on Goblin Slayer I’ve been meaning to do for months. It’s always good to jump back into a character dive and discuss what works and what doesn’t. The next one I have planned is to look at the main lead of Rascal Does not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, which should be an interesting write up.

The mega sale on Rightstuf has allowed me to purchase several series for “cheap”, which means I’ll have more series to talk about. You can expect posts on Berserk: The Golden Age Arc, and So I Can’t Play H? in the coming weeks. I’m also planning on revisiting Shomin Sample before the year is out, I really love that humor of that show I do think it deserves a proper-redive.

The next theme month will probably happen in November, and I’m planning on it being a re-read of the manga Black Cat, expect more details soon.

This September will be the one-year anniversary of this blog, and I’m mentally preparing myself. My wallet however, is not. Also….fuck. Thanks Crow.

If you’ve missed it. I’ve been lucky enough to do a guess collaboration post on Ecchi Hunter. I’ve sat down with Lynn and discussed both Parallel Paradise, and How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord!

Do You Love your Mom and her Two-Hit Multi Target Attacks? Didn’t suck, so thank GOD for that.

As always thanks to CrowIrinaLynnKarandiScottYomu and Matt and Pete for always liking or sharing my posts and welcoming my comments. I hope you’ve all been enjoying the blog as much as I enjoy working on it. If you are not reading them, make sure to you start doing it, they’ve been round this block far longer than me.


The T.AP Tag!: Poetry Slamming with Dewbond

I was leafing through some old posts and I saw that I had been tagged WAY back in Feburary by Irina from I drink and watch anime. Apologies for not getting this done earlier!

Anyway, here are the rules!

  1. Headline your post with “The T.A.P. Tag!” and put “tanka” as one of your tags.
  2. Make sure to link back to the original post that started the tag (this post!).
  3. Make sure to mention the person who forced introduced the tag to you!
  4. Pick 1-3 of your favorite anime.
  5. Write your tanka about the anime you’ve chosen. It’s fine if you decide to do only one or two if the schedule is tight.
  6. Tag at least 3 or more bloggers you know, and get their creative muscles flowing

Well, let’s get this started, check out my poems after the cut.

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Oh Yuri nooooooo

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I heard you like lists: My favorite anime opening and endings.

Hey guys, it’s list time again. I like lists, you like lists. We all like lists. It’s also almost Christmas, which has lists. I don’t know where I am going with this.

Anime music is a fundamental part of the industry. Opening and Ending themes are something people just love to watch, and they help separate anime from other forms of entertainment. So after the cut let’s dive into my top ten favorite anime and ending themes of all time. These are my personal favorites, what are yours?

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Number 9 always makes me fucking weep.

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