Fire Emblem Awakening: The Hail Mary

It can be hard to believe that Fire Emblem was once a niche series. It’s a household name these days, a pillar of the Nintendo first party stable, a game that has a dedicated fanbase and one that always moves millions of copies whenever a new series comes out. You would have thought that was always the way things were, but no. In fact before 2012, Fire Emblem was a series on its literal last legs, in danger of cancellation if the last game didn’t sell. That game however did sell, and not only saved the entire franchise, but became one of the greatest tactical RPGs of all time. After the cut, let’s take a dive into Fire Emblem Awakening.

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The Best and Worst of Anime 2022

Once again we have finished another year in anime. Plenty of amazing shows, plenty of shows that were good, and other shows that weren’t. I’ve hummed and hawed over my list, and finally come to my decision regarding what I think is the best and worst of the year. Have things changes since my last halftime look? Well sit down, relax and let’s find out right after the cut!

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The Eminence in Shadow: The Sweet Spot

In my entire time in the anime world, there have been several shows I have loved, but there have only ever been TWO that I’ve adored. Shows that mean so much to be, ones that I enjoy on such a deep level that they have a permanent fixture in my heart. Those two: High School DXD and YU-NO: A Girl who Chants Love at the Bound of this World are ones I’ve talked about at length on this blog and for good reason. They are both great stories with strong worlds, fun characters and a narrative that just pulls me in. 

And I was pretty content with just having those two. There are plenty of other shows I’ve deeply enjoyed, even loved, but having two special ones like that was more than I needed. Until this show came out and once again I found myself finding that special kind of love. But why is that? Well, after the cut let’s take a dive into The Eminence in Shadow and find out.

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Don’t @ Me: Six of my Anime Opinions: The One Christmas Gif from Irina’s Blog Edition

It’s Monday, which means it is once again time for this! Welcome back to Don’t @ Me! The place where, like that damn gif I once saw on Irina’s blog. I swing and sing as I give you my thoughts and views on everything in the anime world. This week I’m almost ready for Christmas and a well deserved break. Also some anime shit. Let’s get into it after the cut!

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World’s End Harem Manga Volumes 6-12: A Pussy, A Chad, A Slave and their Cum-Dumpster Girlfriends defeat Feminazi Asia Argento

Earlier this year I took a look at the anime series World’s End Harem, a series that I felt was a mid-level” ecchi that had some cool ideas and concepts that it only explored at a knee-deep level. There were some great characters and moments, but also hampered by a frustrating main lead. Yet with no news of a second season to round out ‘part 1’ I figured why not just go over the manga version and give my complete thoughts? Well one trip to the bookstore later, I have purchased the entire series and I can do just that! After the cut lets take a dive into the back half of the manga version of World’s End Harem!

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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Volume 6: I’ve been Travelling for 3 years and Maxed out my Virginity.

Our look at the light novel version of Jobless Reincarnation continues! When we last left off, Rudeus had met and then made up with his father who had gone out to find the missing people from the teleportation incident. Now fresh with resolve, but determined to return Eris home, we follow Rudeus as he finishes the final stretches of his great adventure. Yet will it be able to stick the landing? After the cut let’s take a dive into the sixth volume and find out!

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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Volume 4: Trapped In A Beast VIllage. The World of Fantasy is tough for NEETs.

Our look at the light novel version of Jobless Reincarnation continues! And while we will just ignore the fact that I completely skipped over this entry, we are going to keep things light and speedy this time around. Because compared to the fifth and sixth instalments, this fourth is very much just a series of adventures. That said there is still stuff to talk about, so let’s get into the point form version right after below!

  • Like I said above, this volume consists of the parts where Rudy and co make their way from the demon continent and the adventures they partake in. Everything we saw in the anime is present here with little to no major changes aside from some extra dialogue, most of which is not really important.
  • Rudeus getting the demon eye helps lay groundwork for this power we see later and it was good to see that Kishrika was as crazy as she was in the anime.
  • I do like how Rudy and Ruijerd’s relationship is growing as they are confronted with the realities of trying to travel to the other side of the world. It is forcing Rudy to grow up fast and for Ruijerd to accept that you have to do some bad things for a greater good.
  • The beast-village chapters are pretty much exactly as we saw them in the anime. It always surprises me how much worldbuilding author Rifujin is able to do with the limited amount of pages in each installment. Furthermore I was glad he didn’t skimp out on showing the horrors of the children being kidnapped by the slavers. 
  • Eris’s fight with her beast animal friends is another good example of seeing her character mature from the hot-headed temper tantrum to a more well adjusted young lady. It was also good to see how much Rudeus is starting to respect her boundaries, which will pay off in a later volume.
  • I liked that Geese stays around and gives the main cast another person to bounce off of. He’s that sly cowardly thief with a heart of gold and it works pretty damn well.
  • But the biggest thing in the light novel is the addition of the Fitz chapters, which introduce a character who will have a big influence after this story arc has finished. I won’t give spoilers to who they are, but I really enjoyed the palace intrigue and relationship between Princess Ariel and Luke Greyrat. All three of them are important and I was surprised the anime didn’t add this in during the runtime, probably saving it for later in the story.

Overall, Jobless Reincarnaton’s fourth volume is a solid venture, though doesn’t really do much to move the story forward that other entries do. Still what happens in the pages is fun to read and is important when looking at the entire tapestry. Give a look if you so desire and I hope you’ll join me real soon for the sixth and final volume of the first major story arc!

Jujutsu Kaisen 0: That Time I turned my Childhood Crush into my Demonic Bodyguard

Jujutsu Kaisen was an anime that set the world on fire in its debut a few years back. With great action, fun characters and a vibe that reminded me of ‘street-level’ Bleach. It was another example of the possible Shonen Renaissance that the genre has been experiencing. And while some of the accolades thrown to the series may have been premature, I can’t deny that it is a damn good piece of entertainment. Which is why the prequel movie was something I knew I had to check out. So after the cut let’s take a dive into Jujutsu Kaisen 0 and see what’s what.

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