Feiyon – Day 3: Favorite Anime Opening

My favorite anime opening is Discotheque from the second season of Rosario Vampire. I love the upbeat melody and Nana Mizuki’s singing can make any song great. The consistent beat makes it catchy and easy to dance to. Whenever I feel down, this is one song that can always make me feel better. Here is a link to a shortened opening version: Here

Anime Review

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Anime: Rosario Vampire

Episode Count: 26 Episodes/ 2 Seasons/ 13 episodes each

Year: 2008

Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Romance, School, Vampire, Harem

You can watch it at: Netflix, Anime1

Summary:  Tsukune Aono is a freshman entering high school, the only problem is he didn’t make it into any high school. His father happened to pick up an acceptance letter, and that allows Tsukune to enter high school. On his first day of school, he crashes into a girl who claims to be a vampire named, Moka Akashiya . He soon realizes that he is at a school full of monsters. Tsukune quickly decides to leave the school for his own safety, but soon realizes that the bus only comes once a month. What will Tsukune decide to do in a months time?

Recommendation: This anime has a good mix of comedy, ecchi, and harem. I really enjoyed all the main characters in the anime. They all brought their own charm to the show. I would suggest this show to anyone who enjoys a good harem anime.

SPOILERS AFTER THIS POINT


Animation: 10/10

The animation in Rosario Vampire is really well done. All the scenes and movements are smooth. The “Discotheque” opening has great animation that goes with the song. There are a few blimps in the animation, but I can tell there was a lot of effort put into the animation, and it really helps the quality of this show.

Characters: 9/10

All the characters in the anime make the show better. They all have diverse personalities. I really liked Moka’s two personalities.

Main Characters:

Tsukune Aono:

Tsukune Aono is a human who ended up at a school full of monsters. He is very conscious about how powerless he is, and that bothers him a lot. Although he doesn’t have much power, his kindness is what attracts girls to him.

Moka Akashiya:

Moka Akashiya is a vampire who met Tsukune on the first day of school. Tsukune is the first friend that she has made in school. When she was in human school, she was constantly picked on. In monster school, she is believed to be the most attractive girl in school. Moka is an S-class vampire, which is the most powerful monster. Because her true form is too powerful, it is sealed using a rosary. While Moka is wearing the rosary, she is happy and cheerful. She has pink hair and she has an innocent look on her face. In Moka’s true form, she has a cool demeanor. Her eyes changed to a dark red color and her hair turns white. She is usually more level headed than normal Moka, but she also isn’t honest with her feelings.

The two sides of Moka. (Moka's true form on the left, Moka's normal form on the right.)

The two sides of Moka. (Moka’s true form on the left, Moka’s normal form on the right.)

Plot: 7/10

If plot was the amount of boobage in a show, this plot would be 9/10. The real plot of the story is just an average harem. The story follows Tsukune and the other girls’ school life. The show is more for the characters than a plot since nothing really happens in the anime.

Opening/Ending: 9.5/10

I really enjoyed every song in this anime except for the opening for the first season. “Discotheque” has been my favorite anime opening for years. The two endings “Dancing in the Velvet Moon” and “Trinity Cross”, that are sung by Nana Mizuki. The darker melodies of the ending songs compared to the cute openings are a great contrast between Moka’s character. Especially since all the songs I like are sung by Nana Mizuki.

How well the anime fits the main genre(s) (Comedy/Ecchi/Harem): 10/10

I believe this anime does a great job mixing these three genres together. The comedy happens in every episodes with little dibbles between characters and jokes that run throughout the show. More than have the comedy in the show is ecchi based and between fights between the girls. There are also lots of boob jiggles and panty shots. The harem aspect is strong in the show, but all the girls seem to get along well after joining the harem.

Overall Opinion: 46.5/50

I really enjoyed this anime. I really liked the setting of the anime. It seemed really interesting having a human in a world of monsters. I also really liked Moka’s character. It is interesting how she has two different personalities. Another draw to the show is Nana Mizuki and Rie Kugamiya being in the anime. I really like those two voice actresses, so personally that attracts me to this anime. This anime is a very basic harem, but it defiantly has a twist that makes it stand out.

~Feiyon

92/365

3/30

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Feiyon – Day 2: Favorite Couple

My all time favorite anime couple is Nanoha Takamachi and Fate Testarossa from the  Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series. The series doesn’t do the couple justice. It just makes the fans long for more NanoFate coupling, but the huge fanbase for NanoFate is amazing. There are plenty of good doujins, fanfictions, and images that are able to capture the pairing perfectly. Nanoha is usually portrayed as a caring gentle housewife that would kill you easily if you pissed her off. Compared to Fate’s character is always loyal and protective. The duo always seem to be having fun teasing each other, getting into small spats, or having fantastic sex. I love the playfulness of this couple, and I can’t wait for more of them to come out. (Still hoping for them to become canon because all the teasing is killing me.)

Doujin Cover by a Meki Meki (From Nanofate.us)

Doujin Cover by a Meki Meki (From Nanofate.us)

Character: Fate Testerossa Harlaown

Anime: 

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid

All the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha movies

Manga:

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS THE COMIC

Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Force Dimension

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Innocent

Voice Actress/CV: Nana Mizuki

Fate Testarossa is a magical girl who’s only desire is to please her mother. She soon meets another magical girl named Nanoha Takamachi, and it takes a while for them to become friends. Eventually she learns her mother is evil, and she starts working with Nanoha to protect Earth.

(This is based off the first season, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha)

Warning! If you read further than this, there could be spoilers.


Rating

Appearance: 10/10

In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, (MGLN) and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s, Fate is probably nine years old. Because Fate is a clone of her sister, Alisa, she has no definite birthday. In MGLN, Fate is seen mostly in her magical girl outfit. This outfit consists of a tight black spandex-looking suit with a long flowing cape. Her main weapon is a scythe, and she usually wears her hair in twin-tails being held by black ribbons. In the second season,  MGLN A’s, Fate dresses in casual clothes in which her twin-tails are usually help up by pink ribbons, given to her by Nanoha in season one. Her outfit is mostly the same for magical girl form.

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In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, Fate is between the ages of fifteen and twenty. As an adult she usually has her hair in a really low pony tail. Because she works at the Time-Space Administration Bureau, she is usually in a black suit with a black skirt. Her magical girl uniform is about the same as when she was nine. The most noticeable change is her cape changes from black to white.

Personality: 10/10

Fate is a gentle sweet girl that wants to be loved. As a child, Fate was constantly abused by her mother. She cares a lot for her friends, and will do anything to protect them. She always wants to do her best, but she still is affected by her past. When Nanoha adopts Vivio, Fate helps Nanoha raise her. Fate has had a rough past, but she doesn’t let that have a negative affect on her personality and character.

How well the character’s CV fits the character: 9/10

I love Nana Mizuki as an actress, she is on of my top favorites. The only problem I had with Fate’s character was her voice was a bit to gentle and soft. I personally think that the voice should have been a bit louder to bring out more of Fate’s cool factor. Besides that, Nana Mizuki did a great job.

Overall Thoughts: 29/30

I love Fate Testerosa character, and I can’t wait to see a bit more of her in the Magical Lyrical Girl Nanoha ViVid series. Fate’s character is so cool, but she is also gentle. I really like how loyal and protective she can be over her friends and family.

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~Feiyon

91/365

2/30

Feiyon – Day 1: Gateway Anime

So today kicks off the start of the anime challenge. Day 1 is what is your gateway anime. Mine personally is Sailor Moon. Honestly, when I first saw Sailor Moon when I was five, I hated the show. It freaked me out. Years later, I was baby-sitting one of my friends that is years younger than I am, and she happened to have some Sailor Moon episodes. We watched a few for a couple years together. I finally reached the point where I wanted to know how Sailor Moon started, because all the episodes we were watching were random. They would be from the first season then the third season. It was not consistent. After finishing all of Sailor Moon in English, I rewatched it in Japanese because I realized that America cut a few of the episodes from the original version. I didn’t stop there. After watching all the English and Japanese episodes, the movies, and the OVAs, I watched the live action series. I really should have stopped sooner, but I was obsessed. After Sailor Moon, I started the Inuyasha series, and it’s all history from there.

sailormoon_sailor_moon_3Anime: Sailor Moon

Seasons:

  1. Sailor Moon
  2. Sailor Moon R
  3. Sailor Moon S
  4. Sailor Moon SuperS
  5. Sailor Stars (Only in Japanese)

Spin-off Series: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal

Episode Count: 

Japanese: 200 Episodes/ 5 Seasons/ 5 OVAs

English: 157 Episodes/ 4 Seasons

3 Movies that can be watched Subbed or Dubbed

Year: March 7, 1992 – February 8, 1997

Genre: Adventure, Magical Girl, Romance, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

You can watch it at: 

There are many places that you can watch the series. They used to have all the episodes on YouTube. It seems that Hulu has a few season for free in Japanese. watchsailormoon.com has English dub and Sailor Stars Japanese Dubbed.

Summary: 

Usagi Tsukino (Serena Tsukino) is an average middle school girl. She is mostly known for being a crybaby. However, she is also very sweet and caring. She is always willing to sacrifice herself for the good of others. One day, Usagi is told by a talking cat that she is the guardian of the Earth, Sailor Moon. The evil people of the Dark Moon attack Earth, and it is Sailor Moon’s job, along with the Sailor Scouts, to help protect the Earth.

(The other season have different evil beings and new sailor scouts that join the team.)

Recommendation:

This is one of those really well known classics that I believe every anime fan should try to watch. I loved this whole series. It has a great mix of action, comedy, and drama, let alone it is a magical girl show. Although every episode gets slightly repetitive, the show as a whole is really enjoyable. It is fun to connect with all the characters through the different events that happen throughout the series. There are good amounts of comedy mixed with enough drama to keep you wanting more.

(I do not suggest watching the Sailor Moon Crystal series that has just come out. It is nowhere close to being as good as the original.)

SPOILERS AFTER THIS POINT


Animation: 9/10

Considering the animation limitations of the time, Sailor Moon has decent animation. I  thought the style of the art really fit the show well. This was confirmed when I saw the first half of Sailor Moon Crystal. The transformations and every day life sequences are very fluid in the anime. I really enjoyed the animation of Sailor Moon and thought it was well done.

Characters: 9/10

All the characters in the Sailor Moon series are special in different ways. As the show progresses, the it is easier to become attached to each one individually and all the characters together as a group.

Main Characters:

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Usagi Tsukino (Serena Tsukino):

Usagi Tsukino is a middle schooler in the first season of Sailor Moon, and in the final season she is a high schooler. She has always been a total klutz, so her family often yells at her for making messing up. As stated before, Usagi cares a lot for others. This includes friends, family, and strangers. She can easily loose her temper when she gets teased or someone is threatening her relationship with Mamoru, her boyfriend. Usagi is the princess of the moon kingdom reincarnated as a human Earth girl. She is also Sailor Moon, the leader of the sailor scouts. Most of Sailor Moon’s powers are connected to using a staff to attack or heal.

As the series progresses, Usagi matures a lot. It is inferred that she becomes the queen of Earth and Crystal Tokyo, and she is Rini’s mother.

Rei Hino (Raye Hino):

Rei Hino works as a shine maiden at her family shrine. She is known to be born with spiritual powers. These allow her to sense evil. The powers Rei was born with make it hard for her to make friends before Usagi meets her. Soon after they meet, Rei discovers that she is Sailor Mars. Most of her powers correlate to fire and her spiritual powers.

She really cherishes her friendships with all the other sailor scouts, but that doesn’t stop her from getting into fights with Usagi. Rei goes to a different school than the other sailor scouts during the entire series, but she always has a way to make an appearance. She is not shy about telling boys that she is interested, but this can cause her to fight with other girls interested in the same guy.

Mamoru Chiba (Darien Shields):

Mamoru Chiba is the love interest of Usagi. He is a few years older than her, so his character is a lot more mature and collected than her. Mamoru in Japanese translates to “protect”, and that is his main role in the anime. He is the one and only Tuxedo Mask. Since episode one, he helps the sailor scouts whenever they are in trouble. He usually goes when the sailor scouts are facing a huge threat or he will show up randomly. He is the reincarnation of the Prince of Earth, Endymion. He and the princess of the moon were in love during their life time, and that love remain strong inside Mamoru and Usagi still. When Mamoru was a child, he got into a bad car accident that killed his parents. He has trouble remembering his past because of it.

Tuxedo mask has the power to sometimes see people’s dreams, heal minor wounds, and monitor the status of the Earth.

Plot: 8/10

The plot of the entire series is quite good for a longer running series. I usually stay away from longer series like One Piece and Naruto because of the length and fillers, but this anime didn’t make any episode feel like a filler. It was great at keeping me entertained. I loved the comedy mixed with the drama that every evil organization brought. The plot itself is like every other magical girl show where in every episode some civilian gets attacked and the girls save them, but the mix of characters and comedy help this anime keep its individualism.

Opening/Ending: 8/10

The opening “Moonlight Densetsu” is a classic among anime openings. It is the opening for the first four season. The Sailor Stars intro song, “Sailor Stars” was catchy and good, but it still doesn’t compare to “Moonlight Densetsu”. I honestly don’t remember the ending songs for the Sailor Moon series. They didn’t compare though.

How well the anime fits the main genre(s) (Comedy/Fantasy): 9/10

This anime fits the genre of comedy and fantasy really well. The fantasy being the magical girl powers, the evil beings, and the creatures. The comedy is mixed into every episode of the anime. It is usually shown between interactions between the characters. This anime is a good mix of fantasy and comedy, and without either it wouldn’t have been as enjoyable.

Overall Opinion: 43/50

I love the Sailor Moon series and I’m glad I can say it was my first anime series. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the whole thing, but whenever I go back to watch just one episode again I end up watching five or more. I’m always game to watching Sailor Moon again with my friend who helped get me started. As an anime fan, I think that everyone should try watching this series.

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~Feiyon

90/365

1/30