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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13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim: Beyond the Time

Visual Novels are something I’ve been enjoying more and more over time. I’ve got a few of them on my list, but I was lucky enough to be given this game as a gift from a friend. He didn’t care for it but figured I would. Turns out he was right and this one was a god damn ride from start to finish. Was it a good one though? Well after the cut, let’s dive into 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim and find out.

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Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War First Cour: The Bronze Medal Shines

The era of the Shonen “Big 3” was a golden age for the genre and the anime world in general. Three massively popular series that were running side by side for well over a decade. They were the shows that influenced an entire generation of anime fans. Anyone who grew up in the fan-sub era knows those three shows, and their legacy is marrow deep. 

Yet out of those three, there was a clear hierarchy when it came to their strengths and weaknesses. For Bleach, it was always and forever the bronze medal, the distance third to the titanic One Piece and the beloved Naruto. Yet it was also the one most damaged by the era it was made and whose cancellation left a bad taste in many fans’ mouths. However a second chance has come with a new anime adaptation of the final arc. Will it serve as a rebirth for this beloved series, or would things have better been left in the past? After the cut let’s take a dive into the first cour of Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War and find out.

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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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SpyxFamily Second Cour: The Spy Who Lost Momentum

When we last left off with this anime, I was all but assured that it would walk away with the coveted ‘Anime of the Year’ award. That was especially true when it was announced that Crunchyroll wouldn’t be counting (for some stupid reason) the last season of the year. Yet has that same feeling remained after it’s second half? Or has the anime been unable to keep up? One look at the title of this post should tell you, but if you are more curious, join me after the cut as I dive into the second cour of SpyxFamily.

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Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury First Cour: Potential Lesbians in Space!

Now I know there is one more episode in the ‘cour’ left, but since that comes out on Christmas and I want to get a start on these seasonal reviews, you’ll forgive me if I make an exception for this show. There is still plenty to say about it and I have no doubt that a single episode won’t change my views on this anime. This is one that has made a surprising amount of waves this season, which is saying something considering what else is on the docket. Still it has done so and after the cut let’s take a dive into the first cour Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury!

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Parallel Paradise Volume 11: When They Said ‘Breastplate’ They Weren’t Kidding

Our look at the manga Parallel Paradise continues! When we last left off, Yota and his bountiful bunch of bootlicious booby bimbos had fought a dragon worm and decides the best thing to do with throw grenades at it (and stab it a lot). After getting a card key and another hint for the quest to end this all. We join our heroes as they get ready to head to another town. Let’s find out what happens after the title page!

  • As always, moving to a new town means we replace the old cast with the new, though this time we find ourselves going back to the older cast, with Yota pulling Peko along for the journey. Like with the other girls, she has a bit of an aversion to men at the start, but that fades away quite quick. I will say that some of the girls are starting to blur together now, a common problem in harem series, and there wasn’t much to say about her character. She’s another notch on the belt for our hero, that’s all.
  • Though I will say that I am enjoying how practical both Yota and the story are approaching the mating process. After losing her horse, Peko has to either mate with Yota or be left behind. That fact alone is what drives the first sex scene of the volume and I have to respect the series for just stating it up front.
  • It also leads to the series first lesbian scene and while quick, it was good to see that the girls aren’t just completely all over Yota and that they’ll just tear into each other when getting aroused. It furthers my theory that all the girls here for basically sex-bots who were the only survivors of the apocalypse.
  • The newest girl of this story is a mysterious armored knight Nakuta, who decides to take the fight to Sandrio and execute any of the girls who bare the ‘mark of the male’. It’s a cool idea and I like how the rumors of Yota and his powers are spreading around, and she is a character who will take some really interesting turns in the next few volumes. Not what you expect at all!
  • That said, having Yota and the others literally rip off her breastplate to expose a boob so Yota can touch her. It’s just fucking funny and that classic harem shit you’d expect from a series like this. Again I said this last time, I am glad that this series is being practical about Yota’s ‘fuck touch’ and how to use it. That’s the mark of a writer knowing his world.
  • Aside from that Parallel Paradise’s 11th volume is another good installment with a new arc starting and plenty of sex scenes to boot! At this point, you are either in or out, and thankfully with the next installment, we will introduce a character who is going to change things up quite a bit! I hope you’ll check it out for you!

Super Crooks: One last heist, for dat ass.

Netflix’s track record with their ‘original anime’ have been hit or miss with the scale leaning more to miss these days. While I am glad that another company is trying to stand up against the Crunchyroll monopoly (with Disney waiting in the wings), I do wish their fair would be a bit better. Case in point is the show we are looking at today. One that does a lot good, but with missteps that are too big to ignore. Join me after the cut as we take a dive into Super Crooks.

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