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

Aesm – Day 1: Gateway Anime

For most anime challenges, day 1 is usually “Your First Anime” or something along those lines. Feiyon and I decided to do our gateway anime because it’s closer to the “point I started watching anime”. For instance, I had watched a few short animes on recommendations from my friends, but I didn’t really get into it until I watched Death Note.

Anime Review: Death Note

Deathnote

Anime: DeathNote

Episode Count: 37

Year: 2006

Genre: Action

You Can Watch It At: Netflix

Summary:

Light Yagami is a high school genius who wants to make his way through school and become a police officer like his father. His whole world changes, though, when he suddenly finds a book called the “Death Note”. The Death Note gives its holder the ability to kill anyone whose name and face they know by magically giving that person a heart attack. With his newly found power, Light takes upon himself the task of creating a new world free from evil, ruled by the God of Judgement, Kira. When the world police forces begin to see a connection between the criminal heart attack victims they hire the world’s greatest detective to find and put Kira to justice. This detective has never revealed his face or his name, he simply goes by “L”. The anime follows the story of Kira and L as they fight a battle of wits to create a new world, or save the old world.

Recommendation:

Like I said above, this show cemented me as an anime fan. The war between Kira and L is a wonderful back and forth as the two men match each other’s wits blow for blow. I loved watching this and have since rewatched it several times. I have actually been asked what a good anime for someone who doesn’t watch anime is, and I always point them to Death Note.

SPOILERS AFTER THIS POINT


Animation: 9/10

The character design and the use of color as representative of characters was all beautifully done. I would give it full points, except that I’m not a huge fan of the animation sequence during the second season’s OP.

Characters: 7/10

For a show about a serial killer being hunted by a detective, there was a surprising lack of characters that could be labelled as the “antagonist” of the show. I spent the entire time simultaneously rooting for both Kira and L. At least until L died. Near and Mello kind of pissed me off. Maybe I would have liked them a little more if the anime had followed their story more closely to the manga. I doubt it though.

Main Characters:

Light Yagami:

Light with the "Death Note"

Light with the “Death Note”

Light is the boy wonder that finds the Death Note. At first he is skeptical about its power but when he discovers the true capabilities of the notebook he takes it upon himself to purge the world of evil and create a new world order of peace, maintained by the God of Judgement Kira. Light is very cautious about his use of the notebook and takes a multitude of security measures to prevent his ownership of it being discovered. When L becomes suspicious and starts to suspect that Light may be Kira, Light puts a plan into action that would create the perfect alibi for him. He is a genius with a goal and refuses to let anything stand between him and the new order under the God Kira.

L:

L -Codename: Ryuzaki

L -Codename: Ryuzaki

L is the detective tasked with discovering Kira’s identity and bringing the invisible killer to justice. He is a genius whose intellectual prowess in unmatched by anyone, save Light. L holds claim to the name of the three greatest detectives in the world. He has never failed to solve a case. When he is charged with Kira’s case, he focuses all his energy into finding the killer. As the show progresses, despite his suspicions and doubts about Light he comes to see Light as the only man he can consider to be a true friend.

Misa Amane:

Misa Misa

Misa Amane

Misa Amane (stage name Misa Misa) is a small time model whose parents were murdered. The murderer was judged by Kira and Misa falls in love with Kira because of it. She finds a Death Note of her own and uses its power to send a message to the True Kira (Light). When the two finally meet, Misa offers her power to magically discern the names of people she does not know in exchange for Light agreeing to be her boyfriend. Misa’s entire life revolves around serving Kira and though he has no real feelings for her, Light is willing to play along for the sake of using her for his own needs.

Plot: 10/10

The story of the intellectual hunters as they each seek to punish a man whose name they do not know is absolutely fantastic. Every time one makes a move, the other is always one step ahead, but the first was a step ahead of that. The back and forth nature of the war is a piece of beauty.

Opening/Ending: 6/10

As much as it pains me not to give a great score for a category, I simply was not a huge fan of the opening and ending for the second season. Every song was heavy and energetic, which fits the show quite well. Musically, though, I much prefer the first season.

How well the anime fits the genre (Action): 9/10

This show is jam packed full of action. It may not be sword-crossing or crazy explosions of magic, but there is never a dull moment.

Overall Opinion: 41/50

Death Note was just a great show. I’ve definitely enjoyed watching this the first time through and every time since. As a gateway anime, it did its job. I sat down thinking “Okay, I’ll watch this one and then be done with anime.” A day or so later I was contacting all my friends looking for recommendations. I needed more.

~Aesm

XXX +1/365

1/30

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

30 Day April Anime Challenge

Hey guys, Aesm here. Starting tomorrow, Feiyon and I are starting a 30 day anime challenge. Every day, we will each make a post. Here are our rules:

1. Every day we must answer a question from the given list, the question must correspond to the date (i.e. we cannot answer question 14 on the 8th)

2. Whatever our answer is, we must post a review related to it. If the question is about a character, we make a character review. If it’s about a scene or show we will make an anime review.

3. We cannot repeat anything we have previously done, this includes previously in the challenge as well as before we began it.

4. We cannot share any answers, even if they are for the same question. We must each come up with our own answer.

5. We may only use one character from each show

6. This rule overrides rule 5, we are each allowed ONE character from a show that has been previously used (In case we each want to pick a character from a single show or something)

7. If any of these rules prevent us from using our actual answer, we will also say what our answer would be, if the rules were not in play

8. Both participants must make a post each day titled with our name and the prompt. Example: Aesm – Day 1: Gateway Anime

9. As a general rule for the blog, we only write about shows and characters from shows we have finished at least one season of

30 Day Challenge

These are the prompts we will be using. I hope you guys enjoy our challenge. If you guys would like to join our challenge, we’d love it if you would comment your answers on your favorite post for each day.

As an additional note, for the duration of the challenge, Background Mondays will be on hiatus (Feel free to make requests though for after the challenge.)

We decided to do this partly because it sounded fun, but also partly to get back into the rhythm of posting daily.

* Note: When picking an anime we have not seen but want to, we will be choosing from each other’s lists and writing a review for the show the other person picked.

Lastly, if you’ve been keeping track, I’m a bit behind on my posts but I finally got a new keyboard with all working keys (Look at this sexy E, the key works) so I am now able to catch up on my late posts. Keep an eye out for them.

~Aesm XXX/365

Update March 26

So, two days ago Aesm and I decided we are going to create a dating sim. There will be more information about that later. This post is mostly just an information post.

For the dating sim, we need an artist, so if anyone wants to give it a shot for us, send me an email. If we produce the game, you would get paid for your work. Also, the WIP Scans scanlation group is on Hiatus because we lost our translator. If anyone can translate Japanese and would like to join the team, that would be so amazing.

I’m sorry about the lack of anime posts lately. I’ve been slacking a lot. On April 1, I am planning to start an anime challenge, so hopefully I will get more posts out and catch up on most of the posts.

Hope everyone is doing well.

~Feiyon.

Here is a cute photo.

Love Live Snow Halation Photo is from Zero-chan

Love Live
Snow Halation
Photo is from Zero-chan

WittyAnimeViewers Outing

Today, our lovely cult decided to hit the town to go to some comic shops, card shops and the zoo. Sadly, my request to go to the zoo did not go through. Feiyon lead us 30 minutes walking down a street in the wrong direction, to go 30 minutes back to the car. As we walked back to the car, we decided not to go to the zoo. Feiyon got a box and a booster box for SAO Volume 2 Weiss Schwarz, Aesm got a box and a trial deck of Nisekoi Weiss Schwarz, our friend X got 4 booster packs of SAO Wiess Schwarz and I got 2 booster packs of Love Live Weiss Schwarz. I also bought an the first issue of Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles published in 1986!  So while my original plan for the day was not completed, the WittyAnimeViewers dubbed today’s outing a success! 

We are now back to campus to open our cards and to play another tournament. I will probably loose. One day, I shall beat Feiyon.

-Broadwayotakufairy

SPECIAL: WittyAnimeViewers Roadtrip

Hello, this is Broadwayotakufairy! Today the WittyAnimeViewers are leaving our beloved second floor lounge, rooms and campus to head out into the real world for a day… To get more anime stuff. Oh and we are going to the zoo, because I requested that part. If we aren’t posting as much as normal today that is why. We will be in and out through out the day. 

-Broadwayotakufairy

Character Review: Makoto Tachibana

Character: Makoto Tachibana

Show: Free! Iwatobi Swim Club and Free! Eternal Summer

CV: Tatsuhisa Suzuki

Makoto Tachibana is a sweet attractive high school male. His best friends include Haru, Rin, and Nagisa. They used to be a part of a boys swim team when they were children, and it helped them grow closer because of it. Makoto is known for his backstroke. Although he is not the fastest, he tries hard to help his team mates. Makoto and Haru seem to have a stronger bond between the four within the high school swim team.


Appearance 10/10: Makoto is a very attractive bara man. His fanfiction hazel green eyes are very soulful and expressionful. Also his build is very lean and muscular because of his years of swimming backstroke.

Personality 10/10: While Makoto is a very attractive character, his personality at least in the show is ever so slightly disappointing. He is focused solely on Haruka Nanase. The first few episodes, Makoto is shown constantly preventing Haru from stripping at the sight of water. Makoto is also a giant child trapped in a mans body. In the second season and the OVA, you see other sides of Makoto. He is also very competitive, shy and protective.

How well the CV’s voice fits the character 10/10: His voice is flawless! He is able to send shivers down your spine when he switches from a happy to competitive or protective.

Overall Thoughts 30/30: Makoto is a lovable character who is protective of his friends. He will do anything to make sure that his friends are happy and safe. People tend to ship Makoto with Haruka, Rin or Sousuke.

~Broadwayotakufairy