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JoJo: Battle Tendency Spoiler-Free Review

Japanese Title: JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken
Year: 2012
Episodes: 26
Studios: David Production
Adaptation: JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 2: Sentou Chouryuu
Genres: Action, Adventure, Supernatural, Vampire, Shounen

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency builds upon the foundations of Phantom Blood but, it also contains many interesting attributes that make it unique amongst the franchise.

Review

Battle Tendency (Part 2) is set decades in the future from the Phantom Blood origin story of Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando. It follows the story of Joseph Joestar, the grandson of Jonathan and a new evil he must put an end to, one far greater than before. Creators of the stone masks have begun to wake from their thousand year slumber and as fate would have it, Joseph must learn the hamon techniques required to defeat the original creators of the mask.

Joseph’s intelligence and his immature personality makes him distinct from his previous counterpart, but he also shares important similarities with Jonathan, such as having a pure and noble heart. What you will find drastically different in this part over Phantom Blood is the complexity of its characters. Because it is significantly longer, Battle Tendency manages to fine tune its characters and give them sufficient but necessary progression. There is more at stake here and a greater adversary for our protagonist to overcome, but this is also cleverly balanced by the multiple gags in the series. Tragedy will hit you ten times harder than before with the time spent growing with the characters and it will also make you laugh ten times harder with many of Joseph’s gimmicks and his child-like personality.

Recommendations: If you enjoyed this anime, consider watching Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor. It contains similar levels of absurd comedy found in JoJo.

I rate this anime 10/10.

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JoJo: Phantom Blood Spoiler-Free Review

Japanese Title: JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken
Year: 2012
Episodes: 26
Studios: David Production
Adaptation: JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 1: Phantom Blood
Genres: Action, Adventure, Supernatural, Vampire, Shounen

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood review

Pure Good versus Pure Evil, a perfect blend of drama and action combat while portraying the themes of good vs evil, sacrifice and justice.

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood marks the beginning of a massively well known franchise, displaying the iconic origin of Dio Brando and the righteous but naive Jonathan Joestar. The story begins with George Joestar, Jonathan’s father who gets caught in an accident in which he believes an elderly passerby saved his life. Little did George know, the man was a conniving thief who wanted nothing more than to rob his unconscious body. Several years pass and believing he owed a debt to the old man, George adopts his son, Dio Brando. The naive and weak but high-spirited Jonathan welcomes Dio in friendly arms but Dio wants nothing of the sort. Dio seeks to turn Jonathan’s life into a catastrophe but also has something far more sinister in motion. Jonathan must put an end to Dio’s schemes and reveal them to his father before it’s too late.

Phantom Blood displays a far more serious tone than anything that comes in the later parts of the franchise. With the nine episode runtime, the series is heavily plot driven requiring the need for simple and straightforward characters, Jonathan as the pure good and Dio as pure evil. While the two characters don’t have much progression, they are masterfully developed through the many choices they make on their journey. They are sharply contrasted by how they acquire their powers, and the sacrifices they must make. Dio receives powers from external sources whereas Jonathan must struggle to master techniques and abilities. While Jonathan must put everything on the line to defeat Dio, Dio has absolutely nothing to lose. The hero is consistently tested through heartbreak and turmoil, but it is exactly that which makes him stronger, far stronger than anything Dio can hope to be. Whatever the outcome of their final showdown, it is made abundantly clear that the one who places the entire world over himself will inevitably succeed.

I rate this anime 8/10.

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10 Best Anime Girls Ranked

Best Anime Girls Ranked

Here, I rank my favourite anime girls.

1. Nami (One Piece)

Attractive, intelligent and powerful.

Loves money and shopping.

Enjoys robbing people (“Cat Burglar” Nami ).

A deeply caring and understanding person.

Had an extremely traumatic past just like Nico Robin.

2. Hinata Hyuga (Naruto)

The kind hearted and unique girl from the village hidden in the leaves.

The only girl to not fawn over Sasuke and appreciated Naruto for who he was.

Quite, reserved and mature.

Has the will and drive to become stronger for the sake of her friends and to protect the people she loves.

3. Revy (Black Lagoon)

Maniacal, sadistic and bat-shit crazy.

Highly skilled and powerful with her guns.

Has a complicated and burdened past but she’s good at heart.

4. Yumeko Jabami (Kakegurui)

Truly terrifying when she wants to be.

Loves to gamble, almost euphoric, she gets a high proportionate to what’s at stake.

Highly intelligent and confident.

5. Nico Robin (One Piece)

Smart, calm, reserved and knowledgeable.

Lives with a traumatic past but learns to look onward to the future.

Insanely devil fruit user and has a dark sense of humour.

6. Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan)

Second strongest user of the Vertical Maneuvering equipment.

Quiet and reserved but can explode when she wants to.

Willing to kill everyone to protect the people she loves.

7. Violet Evegarden (Violet Evegarden)

A living weapon attempting to replenish her forgot emotions.

Deeply misunderstood.

Incredible fighting prowess and well-versed on martial arts.

8. Vinsmoke Reiju (One Piece)

Kind hearted and beautiful.

Willing to sacrifice herself for her beloved brother.

Empathetic to others and selfless.

9. Android 18 (Dragon Ball Z)

Beautiful and powerful.

10. Tatsumaki (One Punch Man)

Tsundere, hot blooded and powerful, a scary mix to say the least.

Insanely powerful with her psychic abilities.

Deep down, she wants to protect as many people as she can, after all she chose to be a hero.

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The Promised Neverland Spoiler-Free Review

Japanese Title: Yakusoku no Neverland
Year: 2019
Episodes: 12
Studios: CloverWorks
Adaptation: Yakusoku no Neverland
Genres: Sci-Fi, Mystery, Horror, Psychological, Thriller, Shounen

The Promised Neverland Anime Review

The Promised Neverland is a one of a kind, thrilling and intense masterfully executed anime adaptation.

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The Promised Neverland follows the story of three happy-go-lucky children in an orphanage with a bright future ahead. Connie, a six years old child has been adopted and is set to leave the orphanage to meet with her foster parents. She leaves with her caretaker but Emma and Norman (oldest residents of the orphanage) realise that she has forgotten to take her favourite teddy bear. They enter the forbidden gate to catch up to Connie, however, in a twisted turn of events, Emma and Norman see her lifeless body dangling inside a truck. Emma and Norman manage to escape while discovering their caretaker’s (Mama) secret.

The Promised Neverland is an intense and thrilling experience. You rarely find yourself able to catch a single breath in any episode. As Emma and Norman make plans to escape with with their entire family, there is a lingering presence you can sense that they’re being watched at every step. The stakes are kept at an all time high with the addition of the possibility that any one of them could be “adopted” next. Every move counts and any wrong move can result in death. This predicament helps to keep the viewer engaged and on edge, anxious of what’s to come.

Each character is made unique and interesting by displaying their most prominent traits at the forefront of the screen. The anime does an excellent job at putting the viewer on the characters’ point of view. Often times, the camera will literally give you a POV of what the characters are witnessing and you will genuinely find yourself sympathising for the characters and their tragic crisis.

Recommendations: If you enjoyed this anime consider watching Shingeki no Kyojin. It has a similar levels of atmospheric tension and every episode is about survival.

I rate this anime 10/10.

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Rent-a-Girlfriend Spoiler-Free Review

Japanese Title: Kanojo, Okarishimasu
Year: 2020
Episodes: 12
Studios: TMS Entertainment
Adaptation: Kanojo, Okarishimasu
Genres: Comedy, Romance, School, Shounen

Kanojo, Okarishimasu Anime Review

Anime with a very unique premise but fails on its execution.

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Kanojo, Okarishimasu or Rent-a-Girlfriend is about a university student Kazuya Kinoshita who just recently got dumped by his girlfriend after a mere one month of dating. Seeking solace, he rents a beautiful and charming girl Mizuhara Chizuru which sparks the beginning of their whacky and confusing relationship.

It is frustrating to witness a unique take on the saturated genre then fail to execute the themes it tries to portray. Rarely did I find myself rooting for the guy who manages to sneaks around and stalk people while playing the victim card for doing the things he knows he shouldn’t do. Fair enough, I mean the character is self aware of his shortcomings so he will definitely try to become better right? Wrong. You will not find any character progression here. That’s wishful thinking. What you will find is your typical “I’ll do better next time” type of guy who uses the self pity card to get whatever he wants. But tomorrow will never come for this guy, in the 12 episode runtime, he is the same unlikable person he was in episode 1. In fact, the more I try to understand this guy, I come to realise that the author doesn’t even attempt to flesh out his characters. Aside from wanting a girlfriend, I don’t actually know what Kazuya’s goals and aspirations are. He has nothing that makes him even remotely relatable or likable.

There are far better romance comedy anime for anyone to be wasting their time watching this half-hearted anime about love.

I rate this anime 5/10

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Run with the Wind Spoiler-Free Review

Japanese Title: Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru
Year: 2018
Episodes: 23
Studios: Production I.G
Adaptation: Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru
Genres: Comedy, Sports, Drama

Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru Anime Review

Overall, I really enjoyed this anime. Run with the Wind is the quintessential anime to show a series can be founded on any premise so long as the characters are well established and engaging.

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Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru or Run with the Wind is an anime about long distance running. Haiji Kiyose has a dream to run the Hakone Ekiden Marathon before he graduates from his university but hasn’t been able to do so because of an injury on his knee. Now on his fourth and last year of university, his knee has finally healed enough for him to start running again. Through schemes and tactics, he gathers 9 other recruits for the ultimate race and begins their training.

This is an anime about running. Just how captivating can a story about running be right? Well let me tell you that this anime is just as much about running as it is about the characters and their goals and their aspirations. It’s as much about running as it is about people’s dream and learning to live in the present. It’s as much about running as about growing as an individual and them doing something that gives them hope and happiness. What’s made abundantly clear early on in the series is that this anime is not about competitive running and made even more clear that the characters have no desire to become the best in the sport. It’s simply about accomplishing what one sets out to do, not quitting for some half-hearted reasons.

The story has a slow pacing but for a very good reason. It meticulously fleshes out the characters and their internal struggles into completion. Every character is complete with their own unique predicaments and struggles. Whateve their reasons may be, they all chose to start running. What they didn’t choose is the responsibility that comes with being in a team where everyone is relying on each other for support. If one is to fall, all will inevitably fall. Whether it’s guilt or regret, this reliance and being relied upon is what forces each of the characters out of their comfort zone to strive to become better. There is no big bad the good guys have to defeat, just people with their bubbles learning about responsibility and to deal with their problems.

I rate this anime 9/10