Shallower Dives: Ten Series in Three Sentences or Less: Shonen Edition

Don’t worry guys, I got some classic stuff coming your way. We’ll be looking at Babylon and possibly the long awaited blog post on Yosuga no Sora this week. For now though, I want to take another crack at our new subtopic.

This is Shallower Dives, were I give you a review of a series in three sentences or less. No long ass essays, no stretching ideas or ideology around a plot. Just a straight and to the point review. Today we are looking at those classic shonen series and shonen like shows. Let’s get into it after the cut.

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Sorry, no MHA. Haven’t watched it yet.

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Housekeeping: Some Upcoming Posts and The New Blog in Town!

Hey guys.

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Probably the only Attack on Titan image that’ll ever get on here.

This week will mark the start of The Summer of Love, with the first post coming up early this week (day TBD), but I wanted to take this time to spotlight a new blog done by two fellow WordPress Members: Lynn from The Otaku Author, and Yomu from Umai Yomu Anime Blog. It’s called Ecchi Hunter and it’s going to be a blog where those two discuss all aspects of the Ecchi genre, review and rate shows, and of course talk about the best Ecchi has to offer.

Ever since I came back to the anime world about *checks notes* fourish years ago? Ecchi and Harem anime have been a staple of my anime diet. I’ve always been a staunch defender of the genre and still believe it can tell good stories when done right. So I am excited to hear that other bloggers are taking up the mantle of sharing that belief with the world. I wish them the best of luck and I suggest you check out their blog as the post start rolling in. I may even show up as well.

Right, anyway. While I’ve already made a post on what’s coming up for The Summer of Love. I wanted to also drop an update on some other stuff that is coming or that you might have missed.

I dropped a character dive on Naruto’s Naruto Uzumaki earlier this week. I’m quite proud of how it turned out.

I’m planning this summer to do a review on the series Bible Black. Yes, I wasn’t fucking kidding, that’s something that is going to happen. Crow said he’d read it!

I’ve sent out a post talking about the anime I’ve been watching this season and my thoughts after eight episodes. Check it out then go watch YU-NO, cause seriously your missing out.

Finally, while it’s still in the “thinking about” stages, I think I am going to return and read through shallow dive on the manga series Black Cat. I’ve gushed about this series (written and drawn by To Love Ru’s illustrator!) before, and I want to go back to it. This probably will be more of a fall thing, but something to look forward to!

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.

Naruto’s Naruto Uzumaki: Zero to Hero

I’ve always tried on my blog to make my posts short and to the point. I am not a fan of long sprawling essays (I hate the concept of the pop culture essay to its core), and I think it’s better if people just find the chase and cut to it. That is one of the reasons why I’ve strayed away from talking about the “Big Three” shonen series. Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece frankly are too long and have too many working parts and gears that I just never thought it was a proper fit for this blog’s format. Yet with Character Dives, I tried to make an effort to focus on one particular aspect of a character and talk about it. I think that is possible to do with a big series like this. So after the cut let’s dive into the lead character of the series Naruto: Naruto Uzumaki.

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Still a fan of his pre-time-skip outfit more.

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Don’t @ Me: Ten of My Anime Opinions: Naruto Edition

Welcome back to Don’t @ Me, the time where I give you ten (or more) opinions on anime that raw, from the hip and to the point. This week I dive into one of the famous “Big Three” shonen series that dominated anime for much of the late 90s and early 2000s. Love it, hate, or just believe it. Let’s get into my opinions on the series Naruto after the cut.

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Still one of the best memes.


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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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The Last: Naruto the Movie: Alright FINE, here’s your damn Romance.

Shipping, or “who makes the cutest couple” is a staple of almost every fandom. People just love taking two characters and pairing them off romanticly. This is taken to some extremes sometimes, especially in anime, where if two characters just happen to look at each other, they are destined to be.

Shipping Wars are also common both in the West and in Anime. Twilight was notorious for its Team Jacob and Team Edward fangirl fights, and many sitcoms often had viewers arguing over who deserved to be together. When it comes to Anime, well just how many fights have you witnessed or partaken in yourself. Don’t lie now. (IchikaxCharlotte for life).

Rarely though, do we get an entire film that seems almost dedicated to addressing and confirming a certain ship. So after the cut let’s take a dive into The Last: Naruto the Movie.

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Sasuke’s in this for LITERALLY 25 seconds.

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