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My First Blog Post

This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more.Hello everyone I am Harshit Sagar a teen with a passion for writing since this is why first post I would like to talk about what inspired me to start this blog. I really loved the content put out by the Entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk and dreamed of starting something of my own like him since the first day I followed his content but didn’t do anything about it and one day on one of his interviews he said and I quote “Ideas are shit execution is the game” and that hit me and since then I began an Instagram page to post quotes I would write but I always wanted to write in long form and so I had been developing this site and now finally it is launched and I’m grateful for each and everyone of you who took time out of their day to read my blog that’s it for now but stay tuned for more and contact me if you have any questions or want to connect with me .Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

Spy X Family – Extreme wholesomeness with comedy

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe and healthy. You must have already seen this one by now, the memes must have been on your timeline and the funny moments’ edits as well. This is one of the most wholesome anime I ever watched and was recommended by a friend and I almost didn’t take his suggestion, that would have been a mistake. Anyways, MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD, I mean what can I spoil here anyway?

Rival nations of Westalis and Ostania are in an information war with one another and in order to prevent war from breaking out, a Westalian agent code-named “Twilight”, said to be the best spy ever, is tasked with spying on Donovan Desmond, leader of the National Unity Party in Ostania. Desmond however is not someone who doesn’t appear in public at all Twilight needs to enroll a child in the same private school as Desmond’s son and get close to Desmond under the cover of being a parent. To do this mission he becomes Loid Forger and adopts a young orphan girl named Anya who is a telepath and marries a woman named Yor Briar who is a professional assassin. Loid does not know about the nature of the family he has created, and Yor doesn’t know the identity of her husband either, however, Anya knows the truth about them both and there’s only one thing she can think of, ‘excitement’. As Twilight, or rather Loid learns to be a good father and get Anya closer to Desmond’s son, Yor tries to be a good mother while keeping her assassin work under the wraps, Anya enjoys life with this new and somewhat weird family where shenanigans happen on the daily.

Twilight, AKA Loid Forger, is the best spy who has created an entire family to make sure that his mission succeeds. Yor Briar, professional assassin who wants to conceal her identity by marrying Loid and Anya, the orphan with the sad childhood and incredible power who just wants to live a good exciting life with these two. These are the main characters in the story. While these characters aren’t exactly complex they aren’t all simple either. We see that Loid has a reason to be a spy, Yor has a reason to be an assassin and still care for her family, and Anya herself has had a traumatic childhood and while mostly she just acts like the child she is, her childish innocence combined with her power makes her a little more mature at times. The major focus of the story is not on character development however it would be wrong to say that these characters do not develop at all, they all get their fair share of development. There are multiple other characters who all play their role in making the story fun.

The beautiful animation is the first thing that I noticed when I was watching this anime, each and every scene is well animated and pretty to look at which is something to be deeply appreciated because you can clearly see how much effort went into making the scenes look good consistently. The story though not majorly focused on action, does provide some really great action which when combined with the smooth animation is really good. The thing that Spy X Family does focus on, comedy, is absolutely hilarious with each and every joke, each and every moment being well placed to make you laugh out loud and release all your worries. Things also get emotional in this anime and while again that is never the main focus, these emotional moments only serve to make the story a whole more wholesome. The anime also constantly brings in new things to keep things fresh and exciting. Spy X Family does well what it does do but what it does is not much and while that may be a turnoff for some people, I wouldn’t call this a fault. The anime is focused on being funny and wholesome and as long as it does that well I will not have compalints. Sometimes though the actions of the characters can be dumb enough to seem unrealistic given their backgrounds and while Spy X Family gets away with it because it’s all for the sake of comedy, it’s still annoying sometimes.

Sometimes things don’t go according to plan and that’s fine. This is what Loid’s character actually shows, as a spy he intends to build a regular family to make his mission successful however his family itself consists of a bunch of irregular people, and that combined with the fact that every time something or the other gets in his way when he tries to execute his plans, one might say that it must be frustrating for him and it is, however, Loid never gives up and adapts and sometimes things change for the better and that is a beautiful perspective to have on life. Not everything will go according to your plan.

The anime has 12 episodes right now and has a second cour coming soon which means that more of these characters and that is not a bad thing at all. There’s not much to talk about the finale since this anime is much more about wholesomeness and being cute than the story. Personally, I feel that Spy X Family is a great stress buster and will make you laugh hard but that is all it is, there’s not much to it and for that reason, I rate it a 6/10.

So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this.  Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram and Twitter with your thoughts and if you have any ideas on what I should write about. Stay safe. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.

SIRIUS THE JEAGER: REVENGE, TRIBES AND PURPOSE

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe from the COVID-19. I figured that this anime would be just a quick forgettable binge but it turned out to be actually really good exploring a lot of deep themes. This might be one of the most undiscovered and underappreciated anime of its year.

The story follows a Werewolf and a Jeager (people who hunt Vampires) , Yuily the last of the tribe of the Sirius. He seeks revenge for his village which had been taken down by Vampires. He is shown to be a skilled fighter though headstrong and stubborn he is also kind and loving. His group consists of memorable characters, the boss Professor Willard, the expert gunman Philip who has a love hate relationship with Yuily, a tall hulking man Fallon who is good natured and a handyman at times, Dorothea the right hand of Willard and weapons expert. Apart from these we have a military man by the name of Iba, a skilled katana wielding girl names Ryoko along with Vampire lord Yevgraf, Kershner and a lot of other vampires. The show is focused on Yuily and his quest to get revenge on the vampires while searching for the Ark of Sirius which is believed to be an object of immense wisdom and power.

The starting of the show is slow which leaves us confused as we are shown the different groups warring against each other. As the show progresses we see how everyone is connected with each other and how they are all ultimately connected to Yuily who is connected to the Ark of Sirius. Mysteries are abound and we are always left guessing as to who is who in the game of cat and mouse that is played. The show has some seriously amazing fights with gruesome scenes and though the frequency of the fights are less, the intensity and awesomeness is always there. The show is only 12 episodes so I understand that they didn’t put in useless fights and instead focused on the emotional parts and progressing the story.

I’m not a big fan of vampires and werewolves or that kind of supernatural beings because they’re always clichéd and are never anything unique. It’s like seeing the same thing over and over with just a few variations but the vampires and werewolves shown in this anime are impressive. One thing is established about them and that is followed all throughout the show without changing anything about them, the same goes for the werewolves who don’t even transform like the usual ones, instead they have something called the Blood of the Beast flowing within them as the source of their power. I personally liked the animations of their eyes changing colour and the way the fights are done.

Yuily grows as a character throughout the show, as we see his human side and his beast side both as he deals with different people throughout the show. Initially he says that he hates the, ‘stinking smell of the Vampire blood’ while at the end of the show he grows to understand that he must be good to all the races provided that they are willing to accept his help. While in fights and talking with vampires you would see his beast side, when he talks with humans Yuily is shown to be a much kinder and more empathetic person who loves flowers and knows quite a lot about them as he says just from a glance that, ‘the flowers are rotten at the roots though they might be looking like they are healthy from above.’ Yuily is a seeker of purpose as we see him first take on the purpose of killing vampires as a Jeager to fill the void in his life till he finally accepts himself as a Sirius and lives his life as one having found his purpose and knowing that despite being the last of his tribe he must continue on their pride and not be focused on revenge.

There isn’t much to talk about without spoiling the things that are in the show so I’ll be concluding now. The ending is really really satisfying so don’t worry about that. The shows talks about a lot of things like the difference between the bonds of family and the blonds of the blood, bond between brothers and how the immense power of legend like the Ark of Sirius is not something to be blindly believed in and rather must be used by someone with a higher purpose than selfish desire or it will consume them. A must watch for everyone, it isn’t that emotional but it still is emotional at times and the fights are great so there’s no reason not to.

Rap section:

Small village in the woods kept out of human sight,
They hunt by day like wolves and feast at night,
Hiding a secret power that others want despite,
Knowing that they live to protect it and fight.

The last of his tribe and Yuily is taking revenge,
No matter how hard they try they can’t drive a wedge,
Between him and his crew because he’s taken a pledge,
That his entire tribe and his family he will avenge.

Travelling the world following the scent of blood,
Don’t come in his way or he will make a flood,
Of the blood of his enemies as they fall with a thud,
No he isn’t cold he just wants to be loved.

Immense power and its safety that’s his purpose,
He may be a wolf but he is never nervous,
As he puts on tricks like he’s from the circus,
All to bring true power to the surface.

So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this.  Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn with your thoughts and if you have any ideas which I should write about. Stay safe from the COVID-19. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.

GUILTY CROWN: A TALE OF EVOLUTION, ROMANCE AND RESPONSIBILITY

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe from the COVID-19. This is an interesting anime let’s say, It’s got a little bit of everything but the main themes are the King’s power and the Voids. I personally think that you should watch a few episodes and decide for yourself if you want to watch it.

The show starts off with a fairly mysterious vibe and a beautiful song and we see the main character Shu Ouma questioning himself and his life, he talk about all of his problems like social anxiety and how he can’t maintain conversation for long. He’s insecure like everyone in the world but then he comes across a chance, a chance to change his life. Though initially weak Shu decides to take up responsibility because he wants to get to know Inori (his main Love Interest) a bit more. Through the craziness Shu accidently absorbs the power of the Void Genome giving him the power to draw out Voids, that are people’s heart that have taken material form, this power is called the ‘King’s power’ named appropriately as we later find out. After this Shu meets with Gai the leader of the Rebel group Undertakers who are fighting against the GHQ, the organization that supresses the people in the name of cleaning out the apocalypse Virus that spread in Japan on Lost Christmas. Gai is shown as an exact opposite of Shu, fearless and determined. Gai takes up responsibility for every life that he leads and reprimands Shu for taking the King’s power which was meant for him.

The show is set in a near future time so there are giant robots that are remotely controlled by humans called the Endlaves. Shu as we see gains extreme power when he draws out voids so much so that when he takes out Inori’s void which is a sword, a weapon appropriate for a King, he takes out multiple Endlaves by himself. The show then sees Shu transform as he trains to use the King’s power to support Gai and the Undertakers though initially deemed unworthy Shu soon learns to use the power and gets accepted by the Undertakers, this leads him to growing and becoming more mature as commented also by other characters. However Shu doesn’t realize that his connection to the Apocalypse Virus, the Lost Christmas and Inori and Gai themselves runs far deeper than he would have ever thought.

Soon things start going haywire and it’s one action scene after another until there’s a lovely scene between Inori and Shu and things calm down for a bit, to be honest if you look at the openings and the closing credits you can figure out the story as they change not too much but just enough as when Shu and Inori start getting closer they are shown walking together but then when they drift apart we see the end credits with the same song but with Shu and Inori walking in different directions. The romance is subtle and it is more of doing things for each other and sharing feelings because I don’t remember a single ‘I love you’ from the story but I do remember a lot of incredible tender moments. There is a lot of symbolism and reference from the Bible (which I personally have not read) but if you look at it the anime is a story of how a forced Adam and Eve would create a new world, a world for whose creation the current humans must die out. We also see towards the end that Gai was also insecure in his heart but he didn’t show it to anyone that is except Shu who though is called an Imposter proves himself to be the True King. The title is also justified since Shu is guilty of a lot of sins and he is connected to the thing that brought the Virus. The tagline of the anime ‘The right to use my friends as weapons that is the guilty crown that I shall bear’. But mostly he feels the loss of his comrades the hardest because he uses their voids and their safety is his duty as king that is why he bears the ‘Guilty Crown’. Some people also think that the string figure that Inori gives to Shu also symbolises his Guilty Crown.

The ending of the anime is bittersweet, the entire last 2 episodes consisting of everything from the fights and actions to the fates of all the individual characters it will have you in tears at the very end with the nice music that plays needless to say a lot of sacrifices are made but in the end those that survived are shown to have grown quite a lot. The show puts forward a lot of questions such as, Is forced Evolution correct?, can we decided when a new race is to come?, when the time comes will man truly be the species than will survive the longest? Alongside these there are also other questions but the main one is ‘What is Sin? and what does it truly mean to be a King?’. The show provides its own answers to these questions but I believe that people can differ in opinions so tell me what you think of the anime in my DM’s.

Rap Section:

I’m just a nobody running from responsibilities,
Nervous around people tired of the disabilities,
But there appear countless possibilities,
When I take to the limit my capabilities.

Never asked for this power didn’t want to be King,
But I got a girl to protect so I can hear her sing,
So if you take her from me chaos is what I’m gonna bring,
Wielding her void that is a sword that I swing.

I know I was weak but now I just grow stronger,
Wish we just had some time I wanted to know her longer,
If you think you can trick me don’t even bother,
I might be a fool but I’m a King with honour.

I feel the pain as every one of my allies is cut down,
They do it with me all of it to protect our home town,
There are a lot of them but I will take down,
Every enemy as I bear on my head this Guilty Crown.

So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this.  Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn with your thoughts and if you have any ideas which I should write about. Stay safe from the COVID-19. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.

Vinland Saga – Vikings, Revenge and Power Plays

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe and healthy. This is one of those anime that I expected to be overhyped and not be of much value however I liked this a lot and I absolutely cannot wait for a season 2. MILD SPOILERS AHEAD.

The story is about Thorfinn, a young boy living with his father Thors, mother Helga, and big sister Ylva in Iceland. He often hears stories from Lief about a land named Vinland which is far far to the west, a land where there is no war and slaves with fertile lands and peace. Thors however is not a typical man, one day a Jomsviking named Floki comes the village to enlist Thors who is a former Jomsviking in a battle. In a desperate attempt to save the village from being raided by Floki and his soldiers, Thors decides to answer the enlistment call. However, as they sail, Thors, the Troll of Jom is killed by a Viking named Askeladd. Throfinn, having witnessed the incident swears to take revenge for his father and joins up under Askeladd who tells Thorfinn that he will duel him if he achieves something great on the battlefield. What follows is a tale of revenge, of Thorfinn losing his innocence and facing the brutal world while getting dragged into a war for the crown of England where characters make power plays and schemes while he just wants his revenge.

I absolutely loved the characters in this show, they are beautifully crafted and given a great deal of depth and detail that makes watching them exciting. We have Thors, the honourable warrior and loving father. His character is one that keeps adding new elemts to the story even after dying at the very start, especially his definition of a ‘true warrior’. There’s his friend Floki who is loyal to the Jomsviking code. The MC Thorfinn a once innocent boy who loses his childish innocence once he faces the harsh world. His gradual maturity and him still keeping his core qualities the same makes him an intriguing character. There’s also my favorite character Askeladd, a cunning and manipulative Viking who I love for his multi-layered character and his plans.

Vinland Saga has some really beautiful animation that is worth looking at. This animation makes the combat look good and the battle IQ of the characters as well as the choreography of the fights makes it exciting. It also doesn’t shy away from being brutal with its scenes. The good music and great angles also set the tension of scenes extremely well, whether it be in combat or in a ming game. I personally loved the politics and power struggles as well as how they are shown because the focus is not always on Thorfinn but also on other characters and their own plots and motivations to do what they do. There’s one thing that’s bad about Vinland Saga and its that its sometimes slow and also that it is a very ‘hit or miss’ kind of an anime, I say that because while I loves the powerplays and politics, some people don’t people who expect a straightforward revenge story filled with action will be disappointed because it is filled with plot twists and the revenge is only one part of the plot.

I also feel that the anime managed to show really well how the people who thirst for blood are the ones who are unwise and young. Thors’ definition of being a ‘true warrior’ as well as us being shown how even the warriors we consider tough get scared in the face of death really drives the point home. Lusting for blood is something that naive people do and plays a great part in Thorfinn’s character and maybe will play a bigger role later on.

The anime has 24 episodes with a new season in the works. The finale is well done with a really nice climax that closes off the plot points but still leaves much of the story open, how the story goes from there will be interesting to see. A tale of a child losing his innocence to the cruel world, getting dragged into a war for the crown, mixed with good animation and music, Vinland Saga is definitely a 8/10.

So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this.  Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram and Twitter with your thoughts and if you have any ideas on what I should write about. Stay safe from the COVID-19. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.

Extreme Ownership – Leadership lessons from SEALS

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe from the COVID-19 and having a great day. I found out about this book from Jay Shetty’s podcast and I just had to check it out so let’s get into it.

There’s no better way to explain leadership than for a soldier to explain it. Leaders in the army need to make decisions that can lead to the life or death of themselves and their comrades. This is the sole reason why I picked up the book and it was a very good decision. By talking about how using the most uncomfortable thing for any person ‘ownership’ one can become a great leader, Jocko and Leif set the standards for leaders up high and also give us the tools to reach those standards.

The book is told from switching perspectives between Jocko and Leif with them giving accounts of their missions as SEALS in Ramadi. While they give many exciting accounts of their missions the main theme is always to provide us with an idea of how a principle works and how it should be implemented. By discussing how a principle works both on the battlefield and in the buisness world, a clear picture is set about the principles that are required for a leader.

Now for the two tactis that I loved the most from the book. The first is to ‘Keep it simple’. Sounds really really anti-climactic right ? This is supposed to be one of my favourite principles and yet it sounds so simple. Well it’s my favourite because unknowingly I have been implementing this in my life. I haven’t always been in a great leadership position in my life but for the time that I have been, I knew that I liked to keep it simple. I wasn’t the type to call in a meeting with everyone and have everyone go through an entire list of what needs to be done in a very formal manner. I would simple say what was needed and move towards the execution phase and the reason it helped was because by keeping it simple everyone understood what they needed to do and was able to work much much more efficiently than if we had devised 1000 clauses of rules instead of setting basic rules.

Another thing that the book talks about which I liked was the prioritise and execute move. I have to admit, I always multitask and have tons of things to do which I try to finish at the same time and I always messed up in the end. What’s so great about this tactic is that it can be used both for a team as a leader and for an idividial as well. For a leader, he can choose the most important project that needs to be worked on and for an individual he can select what part of the project assigned to him is most important for him to finish and start working on it creating an efficient work flow.

The book with its many accounts of exciting SEAL adventures and principles which are explaiend in a very simple method is a must read for every leader in the world not only for themselves to lead more efficiently but for their team to work more efficiently and be more satisfied instead of stressed with their work. While Extreme Ownership may seem tough at first, please know that by executing it you will be able to break through the initial discomfort and become a much better leader. Do check out the book and tell me what you think.

So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this.  Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram and Twitter with your thoughts and if you have any ideas on what I should write about. Stay safe from the COVID-19. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.

One Piece – Not Peak Fiction

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe and healthy. My journey with the Big 3 has been completed now. I have finally caught up to One Piece and before you guys attack me for the title, no, I don’t think that One Piece is bad, I just think that it isn’t “peak fiction” like the toxic One Piece fans claim it to be. Now I won’t spoil a lot here like I’ll just name-drop a few characters but as you already know, MILD SPOILERS AHEAD.

The story begins with the execution of the Pirate King, Gold Roger who tells the world that his entire treasure has been hidden and the world can find it, this treasure is named the One Piece. Roger’s declaration sets off a new age in the world, the Age of Pirates. Elsewhere on a small island a boy named Luffy is talking a pirate who has come to his island named Shanks. Luffy always insists on going along with Shanks to the open sea but Shanks refuses each time. This time however Shanks has brought with him, a devil fruit, fruits that give humans abilities and in return take away their ability to swim. Luffy eats this fruit called the Gomu Gomu fruit and becomes a rubber man with his entire body being able to stretch. Shanks gives Luffy his straw hat and asks him to return that when he is a great pirate. Years later, Luffy who has now mastered his powers sets out to sea with one dream in mind, to be the Pirate King.

One Piece has a lot of characters and rarely forgets them because every single character that you see will somehow affect the story later on. However, One Piece has a lot less character development than most manga out there but that doesn’t make it less fun. There’s the MC Luffy, a carefree and compassionate and sometimes smart kid who wishes to be the King of Pirates. We have the mature and mysterious Shanks who plays a more background role in the story. There’s the loyal swordsman Zoro who is on a quest to fulfill a promise. We have the smart thief, Car Burglar Nami who might just be one of the better written morally grey characters in the series. We have the sharpshooter, liar and proud pirate Ussop. And last but certainly not the least, the strong and honourable chef Sanji. There’s many, many more characters but there’s only so much I can talk about.

The manga has some great art despite the time it comes from. It’s funny with its humor though nothing too great. It can get you emotional at the right moments and it really makes those moments count. The backstories are amazing as well and really show a well crafted world as it should because the strongest point of One Piece is it’s world building. There’s exciting fights and creative battle tactics which more than make up for the lack of fear of a character’s death because this is a manga from the 90s. There’s some really amazing plot twists that will leave you speechless at times but the problem also comes in that it acts like a Shonen and has plenty plot armour moments. The manga is more focused on adventure than the plot and while the plot does move forward due to the adventures, it can at sometimes feel that the adventure is useless when you’re chasing after the deeper plot (like me). The manga does talks about some issues in the latter half but it never is able to go deep into them. It has those issues more as subtext than as themes. It also misses out on character development a lot of times. There’s also the fact that it requires a lot of patience like Higurashi if you’re the type that loves a deep plot full of mysteries and stuff like that.

There’s lots of things that One Piece can teach you, you can learn one thing each arc however, the one I’ll pick out for now is that it makes you reflect on what true treasure is because for some people it’s gold or something of value, for some it’s a thing that may not be of monetary value. This is something that will hit heavy for us because we live in a materialistc world and people that like different things will understand that different things matter to different people.

The manga is currently ongoing at 1049 chapters. The end may just be in sight but I cannot say for sure. There are a lot of plotlines that need to be tied up and I do think that Oda needs to be trusted here because after all his work is the type that connects the dots further down the line. While it may not be “peak fiction” as the toxic One Piece fans claim that it is, One Piece is a really good shonen that while having its faults, is a story that makes up for those faults and provides a very enjoyable experience.

So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this.  Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram and Twitter with your thoughts and if you have any ideas on what I should write about. Stay safe. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.

The beginning after the end – A thrilling spin on the Isekai genre

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe and healthy. This is an amazing manhwa and I understand the craze for it after I read it and I’m gonna explain it to you guys as well.

The story begins with the death of King Grey, a King in a world where nations are decided as powerful or weak by duels between their kings who work not as monarch but more as warriors. Now taking birth in a new world as a boy names Arthur. Initially confused, King Grey slowlsy starts adjusting to his new life as Arthur. Learning about the new world and its magic which is used by mana, he finds out all about his new world, about augmenters and conjurers and how he is special in this new world. Arthur devotes his time to studying about the world and gaining strength to protect his family and all the people he holds dear. Intitally loving a peaceful life, a bandit attack turns Arthur’s life around when he finds out that his new world has many more secrets than he has imagined and even his death in his previous life as King Grey might be connected to it. On a quest to get stronger and gather allies we follow Arthur through an exciting journey of different stages of his life watching his turn into an incredible badass.

The characters are abundant in the manhwa (yes I’m just lazy and don’t want to write the entire name again and again so I’ll just refer to it as the manhwa). From the start we see Arthur’s parents, his carefree and easygoing father and his protective and yet understanding mother. There are many many more characters such as the Twin Horns group of adventurers, who are connected to Arthur’s father. There are many many more characters that I just can’t spoil because it would ruin your reading experience (manhwas are like that). Just know that Arthur goes through some very nice character development as do some of the other characters and each of them have such unique personalities that the author can really make you hate the characters he wants you to hate and love the characters he wants you to love.

The manhwa flourishes in its beautiful art and action. I know many people would choose the storytelling as another factor but for me the action was much much better even if it was not present as much in the beginning. From the start of the show we are able to see Arthur be a badass, even as a child he uses the knowledge and skills from his old life to get stronger and as he gets older, his sword skills are something to be admired. The action is thrilling and always my favourite part. That said, I don’t think that the story is lacking in any way, there’s such a nice balance between action and funny moments and believe me the author knows how to do comedy. The storytelling is deep, it knows how to keep you intrigued in what’s currently going on while also slowly building up the bigger plot in the background which keeps a sense of mystery. Overall I don’t think there’s any bad points about the manhwa except that fact that the story is kind of slow in building up.

The lesson to pull from this manhwa is about second chances. Yes, we might not always get reincarnated into another world and get an entire second shot at life but that doesn’t mean that we don’t get second chances in life and when we do we must remember what we did wrong the first time and learn from it. There’s also the constant growth that Arthur shows. He’s all noble and mature since he’s a King but also keep on learning and growing throughout the story. He doesn’t only lean of magic, mana and new skills but also how to deal with emotions and feelings, something he didn’t have the time to learn in his life as King Grey. We too need to keep an open mind and keep on learning. The last thing that I learned is to not act on impulse and rather act only when prepared. I won’t reveal when but Arthur shows this quality when he has a chance to get revenge but he doesn’t simply because he isn’t strong enough to deal with the repercussions which leads to him preparing himself as we must too in life.

The manhwa is currently ongoing at 117 chapters and the story is picking up the pace with lots of new enemies coming into the picture and Arthur being the invincible badass that he is. With an engaging story, thrilling combat and a nice romance, The Beginning after The End is going well and shows no sign of stopping so I high reccomend catching up now and experiencing the incredible story.

Rap section:

The strongest king in his world and now he’s dead,
He thinks that death is the end but instead,
King Grey as a child into a new world is led,
New name Arthur and he’s got a while new story ahead.

He’s in a new world and it’s filled with new power,
But his knowledge from the old world is the real superpower,
Using his knowledge he’s getting stronger every hour,
He’s getting stronger in this world he’s not gonna cower.

Mana in the new world he’s awakening as an infant,
Becoming strong and different that’s his new commitment,
It doesn’t matter which enemy comes he’s indifferent,
He’s taking down enemies and any human delinquent.

Getting lost and he’s made a powerful friend,
His family in this new world he’s gonna defend,
Even though he’s strong like he’s weak he’s gonna pretend,
This ain’t the death of King Grey it’s the beginning after the end.

So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this.  Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram and Twitter with your thoughts and if you have any ideas on what I should write about. Stay safe from the COVID-19. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.

Bunny girl Senpai – Wholesome and real

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe from the COVID-19 and having a great day. I can understand why this anime has so many fans. SPOILERS AHEAD.

The story starts with Sakuta, a second year high schooler who is straightforward, a loner and calm. He wakes up to read a notebook on his desk which is a diary, which tells him of an encounter with a Bunny girl at the library. The story shifts back in time to the date mentioned in the notebook where Sakuta sees a girl in a bunny girl outfit walking around the library. After seeing that Sakura is the only one who is still able to see her she warns him not to tell anyone of what he saw. Sakuta finds out that the girl he met is Sakurajima Mai, a third year at his school who is also an actress and celebrity. Dubbing Mai’s problem of people not being able to see her as Puberty Syndrome, Sakura sets out to help Mai and in the process other girls who are all suffering from Puberty Syndrome as he deals with his own demons of the past and his own experience with Puberty Syndrome.

The characters are real and I don’t mean that they’re actual people but that they act like actual people with their emotions. There’s Sakuta who is calm and straightforward, he is the personality of many loners in high school, he isn’t affected by his lack of friends and rather enjoys his own company, he is alone but not lonely. There’s Sakurajima Mai, the bunny girl Senpai who gives the show it’s name, she is a well written character showing how hard it is to be someone popular and her relationship with Sakuta shows that and they’re just wholesome. There’s the junior Koga, the second choice who is a brat who wants things to go her way, her charatcer arc is all about accepting that things won’t go her way at times. There’s Futaba Rio who is a scientist with no energy and the one who tries to scientifically explain the Puberty Syndrome cases, her character arc is about accepting one’s own self. There’s Sakuta’s own sister Kaede whose character arc is all about pushing outside the comfort zone. There’s Nodoka who learns how to deal with envy and jealously. There are a few more side characters who add to the plot and make it interesting.

The anime shines in the way it displays the character’s emotions so really. Emotions aren’t 2D, they’re complex, 3D and the show manages to make us understand that very well with some of the characters experiencing multiple emotions at once and learning to sort through that. The anime has lots and lots of wholesome moments and the dynamics of Sakuta and Mai’s relationship are so well done. That said, the show has good pacing and does charatcer arcs very well.

The anime’s themes are a lot, feeling inferior, pressured, hating oneself, envying others, trying to fulfill one’s dreams and of course the one theme that must be there in every anime set in high school. Change. I’ll talk about hating oneself because that was the most real arc in the entire story. SPOILERS FOR FURTHER INTO THE STORY HERE. PLEASE SKIP TO NEXT PARAGRAPH IF YOU DON’T WANT TO READ IT. Futaba Rio is a girl who hates herself because of her body, while at first her case seems to be about not being able to confess her feelings to a boy it actually is about her deep rooted hate of herself and as Sakuta deals with her problem she learns to accept her own desires and in turn her own self and while she doesn’t miraculous start loving herself she does take a step close to it and that’s what matters because it’s impossible to make such a big change in just a day and that’s just like us in life, we can’t change in a day but we can take small steps.

The finale is well done and while it doesn’t wrap up the story fully, it shows that there’s more to come which is in the movie and the light novels and provides a good end. The show has amazingly well done character arcs and a good story about people dealing with their own mental instability and problems. With a great pacing and hilarious comedy, this 13 epsiode, 1 movie anime is worth a watch.

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Boruto – A not so great continuation

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe and healthy. I decided to catch up to the Naruto continuation before getting to One Piece and I don’t exactly regret it but Boruto wasn’t the greatest for me. Let’s MILD SPOILERS AHEAD as usual.

This story continues after the ending of Naruto where Naruto is the 7th Hokage after Kakashi stepped down out of his own free will. Now married to Hinata and having 2 kids Boruto and Himawari, Naruto spends his days in peace as a good Hokage while Sasuke, who had a child with Saukra named Sarada, works in the shadows to help Naruto comtinue his duties. Boruto however unlike his father is a brat who plays pranks for attention from his father and doesn’t respect the ninja way. However events conspire beyond his knowledge that leads to him respecting the way of the ninja to face a greater threat, the Otsutsuki clan.

I’ll say it like the manga does, this is Boruto’s story hence the major focus of the story is on Boruto amd his development along with a few other characters. Unlike Naruto, Boruto doesn’t focus on the other characters as much so much so that I don’t even remember some of their names but let’s discuss the ones that I do remember. We have Boruto who in initially a brat acting to get attention bur grows to respect ninja. Sarada who is the total opposite of her mother and dreams to be Hokage. We have Shikdai some of Shikimaru and Shinki, son of Gaara both of whom have little significance. We have Kawaki who is an integral part of the story with Boruto and is the kind of character that you grow to like slowly. Our two heroes from the previous story, Naruto and Sasuke also play a major role but let’s just say that all we see in terms of character is how they aren’t exactly ideal fathers.

I didn’t expect much out of Boruto due to the reviews people gave me on it but I’ll outright say that the start of it is very boring with Boruto just being a brat. The scale is definitely higher but seeing big things like using Kurama mode for enemies in the start of the story just made me feel uneasy at times. There are not as many hype moments at the start as I like to call them because the story feels bland and nothing really hits for a while. Also the fact that there’s less ninjutsu this time around or rather less new ninjutsu so I see a lack of creativity. It also takes a while to get into the story. However the art in Boruto is great and once it starts getting good it’s actually pretty decent.

Kawaki, an important part of the story shows us something very good, ‘People are who they choose to be.’ and that means that no matter how hollow someone might be or how lost they might be in the end they are not who someone dictates them to br but it’s their inherent nature and their own choices that shape them into the person they want to be and I really liked seeing that because that is something I discuss a lot in real life.

Boruto is running at 69 chapters as of the time of writing and I honestly have no idea whether we’re approaching an ending or not. All I know is that Boruto is not as good as Naruto was, takes a while to get into and is just decent at its best. I’m only reading it to see what led to the first page of the first chapter and because I don’t like leaving things half finished. All I’ll say is don’t expect great things.

So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this.  Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram and Twitter with your thoughts and if you have any ideas on what I should write about. Stay safe from the COVID-19. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.

Naruto – Not just nostalgia

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe and healthy. Yup, I’ve gone and done it. My second manga had to be Naruto because I want to save the longest for the last. Naruto is something nearly everyone has heard of and I think I know why now. MILD SPOILERS AHEAD. Let’s go.

This story follows Uzumaki Naruto, a child in the village of Konoha who is ostracised because he has the demon fox, 9 tails sealed inside him. Years ago when the demon fox attacked Konoha, the Fourth Hokage sealed him up inside Naruto and the Third Hokage forbade anyone from speaing about it. Naruto hence spends his life as an orphan troublemaker whose only friend is his teacher Iruka. Naruto dreams to be Hokage one day to make the entire village accept him and in that process becomes a part of Team 7 which consists of Uchiha clan prodigy Sasuke, Sakura Haruno and team leader Kakashi Hatake. As Naruto works his way up to the hokage there are countless perils as the ninja world moves with the demon fox within Naruto playing a major part.

The cast is wide in Naruto and when handling such a big cast the problem is to give them all development and make them memorable. Naruto handles this fairly well because while Naruto grows quite a lot throughout the series while keeping his core principles the same, Sasuke and Sakura (no matter what the memes say) also get development combined with the rest of the large variety of cast presented to us. Naruto shows the traits of being an orphan in his antics to gain attention. There’s Konohamaru who wants his own identity seperate from his family name. Sakura who is an airhead and loves Sasuke. Uchiha Sasuke a cold hearted man who is consumed by his desire for vengeance for his clan. Kakashi Hatake, the strong and awesome teacher figure and a lot more.

The thing that drew me in towards Naruto was how emotional from the start and I don’t want to gove up spoilers but that was an amazing starting chapter. There’s some pretty art in the manga especially the dual page spreads that as just insane. There’s some pretty good humour with Naruto and Jiraya (don’t google the name, trust me you don’t want spoilers) being at the centre of it. There’s also amazing action that shows some creative ways to use ninjutsu and now just a slugfest. There’s a decent amount of world building and while it may be confusing at times, it is still good. The best thing can be the good development in the characters as I’ve mentioned before. There’s a sense of mystery at times and multiple plots move at the same time which when combined with the plot twists are amazing. There’s also good lore and power system. And of course it has its fair share of problems such as plot armour but I feel that the good outweighs the bad, of course that doesn’t mean the manga is perfect.

The way Naruto is treated at the beginning of the manga combined with the actions and ideologies of many other characters a message stands very clear, hate is easy but love is difficult and so many times in life we as humans take the easy way and just go in blindly with hate but it’s so tough to actually forgive someone once justice has been served and to accept and love them. That’s something we can all learn.

Naruto finishes at 700 chapters with an epic finale that doesn’t forget its characters and will make you emotional to say the least. Now I’ve seen so many people shit on Naruto and say it’s only good because of the “nostalgia” and I agree, Naruto has many problems but I disagree that nostalgia is what makes Naruto good rather its the simple concept and yet the complex plot within combined with its amazing cast that makes it great. I’ll be beginning Boruto soon and after that my greatest and longest manga yet, One Piece.

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The Age of Barbarous – Another great Blue String manhwa

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe and healthy. Another story of the Blue String universe, this one is also connected to Hanlim Gym and is better than I thought it would be, those plot summaries can be really unreliable. MILD SPOILERS AHEAD.

The story is about Majino, an orphan in high school who is extremely good at fighting. He meets with 1st year girl Yeji who clicks a picture of him and finds his look-alike on SNS. Intrigued, the two go to meet Majino’s body double, Jin Jintae who is from a good family but is bullied heavily in his school. However before their meeting can take place, Majino is mistaken for Jintae and is picked on which leads to a beatdown by Majino while Jintae takes drastic action. Majino has a meeting with Jintae’s father who offers Majino a deal, until Jintae is well, Majino will act as his body double and pass off as him in school. However, Jintae’s bullies as well as Jintae’s family all have secrets that leave Majino looking for answers. What does he find at the end of his search ? What is his connection to Jin Jintae ? That is what we find out in this gripping tale that starts as a revenge on bullies but develops into something much more.

The characters might seem generic and boring at first glance with Majino being the delinquent orphan, Yeji being the enthusiastic friend who always helps out and Jintae being a weak bullied kid and while this is how they are at the beginning of the manhwa we gradually get to see more sides to these characters and how they actually are. Majino who seems to be only a delinquent is shown to be sympathetic when he feels the pain that Jintae felt in the life that he lived, we don’t see just a delinquent but a normal orphan who is also a person. There’s Jintae who is surrounded by secrets and while he seems straightforward at first, at the point I’m at in the story, I can’t help but feel that he has secrets of his own. There’s the seemingly main antagonist of this manhwa, 3rd year student Seongmin who is the leader of the delinquent group Iljin that runs in the school. Some of these characters are really interesting to watch and some are quite forgettable.

The manhwa obviously has extremely good fights because it’s connected to Hanlim Gym and that makes for some good fights with proper tactics. The amazing plot twists of the story are another plus because with every few chapters new people are introduced and characters who we feel we know have secrets revealed. I personally also liked the good tactics Majino used in order to follow the rules set for him which led to some funny and smart situations. The bad thing about this manhwa is that it ignores some things for the convenience of the plot and doesn’t explain a few things that well, while these are translation errors or just bad writing I don’t know.

The manhwa shows us that no one’s life is easy. We see Majino whose life as an orphan is tough and normally one would assume that Jintae’s life is easy but his life isn’t easy either, rather his life is also a different kind of mental hell and when compared one could say that Majino’s life was easier. The point is that no one’s life os easy, we all need to go through struggles and we have our own challenges and who knows, the one that you think is living an easy life may just be having a worse life than you.

The manhwa is finished at 50 chapters and the finale was amazing, it had everything from drama to action and most of all our beloved Yeongha Jeon showed up. If you’ve liked any of the Blue String universe manhwa you’ll like this and if you are a fan of school life bully beatdown types of stories with a very intriguing and constantly moving plot, you’ll love this.

So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this.  Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram and Twitter with your thoughts and if you have any ideas on what I should write about. Stay safe from the COVID-19. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.

Bleach – A great start to the Big 3

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe and healthy. Yup, I’ve gone and done it. I’ve finally decided to start the Big 3 mangas and Bleach was a fine start to that journey. I have so much to talk about and yet I can only reveal very little. MILD SPOILERS AHEAD. Let’s go.

This story starts off with Kurosagi Ichigo, a not so simple high schooler. He can see spirits ever since he was a child and sometimes tries to help them out. However Ichigo is unaware of another world that exists alongside his current one, which is called Soul Society, a place where souls are taken after their deaths, to ensure the safe travel of souls and to make sure that corrupted souls, known as Hollows are purified, the Shinigami are assigned specific places in the human world to monitor and helo souls. Ome day, Ichigo is attacked by a hollow and to save his father and 2 sisters he makes a deal with the Shinigami of his region, Kuchiki Rukia. He will recieve half of her power and defeat the hollow. However Ichigo absorbs all of Rukia’s powers and after defeating the Hollow agrees to serve as Rukia’s substitute and so begins an exciting journey that will affect the entire world and will help Ichigo discover his true self.

There are quite a lot of characters in the manga and they’re all quite well written and given a good backstory. We have our orange haired MC Kurosagi Ichigo a kind and comedic character with a somewhat realistic approach to things. He goes through significant developments throughout the entire manga and is a factor that brings change in the world of Bleach. We have the Shinigami who lost her powers to Ichigo, Kuchiki Rukia though she may seems to be all about work, she is an integral part of the story. We have Ichigo’s friends Orihime Inoue, an airhead but eager to help girl and Chad who is Ichigo’s best friend. We have Ishida Uryuu a smart and cunning character who serves as Ichigo’s rival.

I had high expectations from a manga that was part of the Big 3 and Bleach did not disappoint. Right from the start the manga has some pretty good humour. There’s good fighting and battle tactics shown which is enjoyable to watch. There’s good world building and charcter designs and yet my favourite part of the manga is that despite having so many characters it doesn’t forget the side characters, all of them get their own battles, struggles and development that we get to see. There’s also amazing plot twists that will make you keep reading however the big flaw here is that the start is boring, you honestly might feel like dropping it because of the repetitiveness but once past that, the real story us absolutely a delight to read.

A certain, very good character said in the story, “People accept facts that are convenient to them as the truth.” And that goes to show how badic human nature is to subconsciously only accept what is good to them and try to reject other truths. This is what leads to a difference in beliefs and ultimately a conflict in which both sides are right. Though the manga only talks about that very briefly, it does manage to give a good lesson through that if you think about it.
One man can change everything around him.

Bleach is finished at 686 chapters and it’s finale is really something amazing, an epic conclusion with very high stakes. The reason I read the manga is because I wanted to avoid the filler of the anime and I do think that it was the right choice but I will be getting into the anime soon as well. This was my longest manga and an amazing read. To experience one of the best shonen stories written, do pick up Bleach. It has comedy, action, well written characters and most of all, it can be called a classic.

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Viral Hit – Youtubers who go after bullies

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe and healthy. I think I’m developing some sort of an obsession with manhwa’s about fighting but you can’t blame me, these are so damn amazing especially since this is from the same author as Lookism and still so different. SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST FEW EPISODES.

The story is about Hobin Yu, a nobody in school who is constantly bullied by his classmate Pakago who has a NewTube Channel (Youtube Channel) with 900,000 subscribers. After being bullied one day at his own house, Hobin decides to fight back against a bully named Snapper and that video accidently gets uploaded onto Newtube, now famous Hobin decides to start a channel with Snapper where he calls out bullies. While thinking about how he is going to survive in a fight against Pakago, Hobin comes up on a channel of a person wearing a chicken mask called Samdak who claims that he can help any amateur fighter win any fight. While his eccentric and seemingly silly techniques don’t appeal to Hobin at first, he soon takes them up and sees that they actually work. Now having a channel with lots of subscribers and a channel that can teach him how to win any fight, Hobin names his channel Viral hit or V-Hit and decides to start calling out bullies while messing with some very dangerous people.

The characters are vast, with Hobin eventually teaming up with a lot of people, (kinda like Daniel except this time instead of finding a new body he finds a channel). There’s the former bully Snapper who’s reformed and changed his ways and wants to work with Hobin. Of course our main character Hobin who (unlike Daniel) actually trains and changes himself instead of just swearing that he will. He is motivated by money and his training sessions are amazing though sometimes embarrassing and yet his growth after every fight is what is interesting and makes the show fun. The characters all have very short arcs and all have short backstories till now except some (unlike Lookism). There are more characters I want to talk about here but that will be spoilers so I’m not going to do it but just know that the characters are all interesting to watch and do get the spotlight.

The manhwa flourishes in the way it story tells. Unlike Lookism here the author maintains a coherent storyline and shows only short parts of episodes as backstories instead of full arcs. This makes you take deep interest in the original plot and keeps you hooked and wanting more and more of Hobin fighting through his troubles. The manhwa also has some amazing art which is nice to look at and also doesn’t back down from touching dark themes which seem to be the main skill of the author, telling a complex tale about complex people with amazing fights and still mange to touch on dark themes which some writers prefer not to go to. The author also doesn’t hesitate on showing the reality of how easily people switch opinions on things and that happens to Hobin multiple times on his livestream.

The lesson to get from this manhwa is to not be the ‘sheeple’. That’s right it isn’t ‘never back down from doing the right thing’ and not because that isn’t a lesson, it is but I think why the author chose this storyline is to show us how streamers and content creators on social media platforms are also putting up a front and showing only a part of their lives. They’ll condemn bad deeds but when it comes to them being condemned they’ll shed a fake tear, make an apology video and get away with it. The ‘sheeple’ are often referred to the manhwa and it is shown how easy it is to manipulate things for the viewers to show them only one side of the story. That is what we as content consumers must break out of, you feel angry at something, surely act on it and show that you won’t stand for it but never do something without full investigation because what you see on one screen may not express the full story. Don’t be the sheeple.

The manhwa is currently ongoing at 70 episodes and it doesn’t show any sign of slowing down so I’m desperately waiting for more episodes as well as the finale. With lots of fighting, showing the real consequences of that fighting and showing you how to call out bullies while managing a YouTube channel, Viral hit is an amazing manhwa that you should catch up on right now before it gets too far ahead.

Rap section:

Weak young kid bullied at school for views,
He can’t fight back so he just takes the abuse,
Everytime he fights back he knows he’s gonna lose,
But that changes now cause a new path he’s gonna choose.

Calling out the bullies he’s making his own channel,
Name is Hobin Yu and to the scum now he’s taking the battle,
After every video he causes a new scandal,
But atleast he’s growing confident in himself unlike Daniel.

He’s not doing it for the fame he’s after the cash,
At first it might look like he’s the one who’s gonna crash,
But with techniques by Samdak in a flash,
He’s taking down his opponents with a crash.

Even when he’s losing never backing down one bit,
No matter who comes he’s never gonna quit,
No matter the martial art can’t make him submit,
The story of Hobin or the one called V-hit.

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SK8 – Thrilling, Emotional and Lovely

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe from the COVID-19 and having a great day. This anime is going to become my new comfort anime. Absolutely amazing. SPOILERS FOR EPISODE 1 AHEAD.

The story is about a redhead skater named Reki who is a part of the top secret ‘S’ community where skaters take part in races known as ‘beefs’ by which they settle their differences and bet things on the races. Reki one day meets blue haired transfer student Langa, who is the first to show interest in Reki’s talk of skating. Reki takes Langa under his wing and teaches him all about skating. Langa learns quickly and soon earns the name SNOW for himself in the ‘S’ community. Showing great guts and incredible skill he is approached by the skater ADAM who founded the ‘S’ community and is a legend among the members of the community. ADAM takes an interest in Langa who is pulled deeper into the world of skating as he himself and others around him learn their love for skating.

The characters are amazing, they are extremely relatable to every type of person. There is Reki who is the original person who teaches Langa and has a deep love for skating and who learns what its like to feel inferior. There’s Langa who is dealing with some stuff from his past and is learning his love for skating from Reki. There’s ADAM the legend who has an incredibly tragic backstory and has skating as a respite from his usual life. There’s JOE and CHERRY, two more legendary skaters in the ‘S’ community with contrasting personalities and having a long history with ADAM . There’s MIYA, a soon to be pro skater whose character arc is all about learning how to deal with abandonment and SHADOW who doesn’t have much of character development. The other main characters however all have great backstories no matter how short, show some sort of struggle that we all are going through and learn how to deal with it and grow throughout the course of the twelve episodes.

The anime shines in its beautiful animation and the races. It isn’t always about speed with the races, it’s about pulling off insane tricks and using creativity to clear the same course again and again in different ways by using each skater’s own unique skills. The races are thrilling and exciting and will keep you at the edge of your seat. There’s a good amount of comedy and emotional moments mixed in and the show can make you really attached to the characters and their stories and journeys. There’s also great symbolism with Adam and Eve that is absolutely amazing to see and very cleverly worked in.

The anime is really about everyone finding their own happiness as Reki talks about in the beginning of the show, he says that its scary to ask oneself about what is one’s happiness because one is scared of not finding an answer. The character’s all want happiness as do we all in the world and like everyone we are all looking for the thing that we can love and have have fun doing and that can be our happiness. Reki shows that even if we’re not the best in the field that we have fun in we can always have fun doing it, the goal is never to be the best, it is always to just have fun doing what you love. The show touches on many other themes like inferiority complex, feeling trapped in one’s world, feeling alone at the top, love for skating and a lot lot more which I don’t want to spoil because these are the character arcs that are going to make you fall in love with the characters and really really understand and relate to them.

The finale is amazingly well done with the final race resolving all conflicts that had previously taken place and it makes all the characters deal with their problems with an insane race that is amazing to watch and at the end we are left with the message from Langa, the same message that Reki gave at the beginning of the show and that is that everyone wants their own happiness and for Reki and Langa that is skating. With its 12 episode run, SK8 manages to touch on a lot of deep themes and tell a very good story about happiness while also managing to remain quirky and fresh.

Rap section:

Redhead skater coming in with some speed,
Reki’s the name and in races he’s in the lead,
Not hungry for fame he just needs fun guaranteed,
And in the new tranfer students he’s planting a seed.

Langa is the new kid codenamed SNOW,
How to stand on a board he doesn’t even know,
But when he gets learning and into flow,
He’s going so high leaving everyone down below.

S race community making a name for himself,
Rising so high everyone else feels like an elf,
And now he’s preparing to know his own self,
Because he’s beefing against the legend itself.

ADAM is the legend taking him on a race course date,
Racing against this crazy dude Langa’s gonna set him straight,
The meeting that day must have been fate,
Because now everyone realizes that they love to SK8.

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86 – War and Cruelty

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe from the COVID-19 and having a great day. I got so much to say for this one, so many emotions. MILD SPOILERS.

The story follows the Republic of San Magnolia which has been at war with the Empire of Giad for nine years. Though it initially suffered devastating losses to the Empire’s autonomous mechanized Legions, The Republic has since developed its own autonomous units, called Juggernauts, which are directed remotely by a Handler. While on the surface the public believes the war is being fought between machines, in reality, the Juggernauts are being piloted by humans, all of whom are “86”—the designation given to the Colorata minority of San Magnolia. The 86 originally had equal rights, but were persecuted and scapegoated by the dominant Alba race and the Alba-supremacist Republic government to the point where Colorata were both officially designated and popularly considered subhuman. The 86 were not permitted to have personal names and were immured in internment camps in the 86th District hence their name, all the while being forced to fight in the Republic’s war with the Empire to one day hpefully go back inside the Republic. Enter Major Vladilena “Lena” Milizé, an Alba noble and military officer in the San Magnolian military, she feels for the 86 and wants them to have equal rights and for the Republic to quit thier mistreatment, and the deception that they are feeding to the public. Lena is assigned as the Handler of the Spearhead Squadron of the Eastern Front: an elite unit composed entirely of 86 veterans who have earned names. Led by their squad leader, Shinei Nouzen, aka The Undertaker, (also called the Reaper), the Spearhead Squadron is infamous among military officials because the state in which its commanding officers are left. Handlers presiding over the squad have descended into insanity and some have gone as far as committing suicide. Lena, who sympathizes with the 86 gets to know the members of the squadron and with the help of Shinei (Shin) learns the dark secret behind the war between the Empire and the Republic.

The characters are vast but the story focuses only a few main characters as they go through their journey in the Spearhead Squadron. The main character Major Vladilena “Lena” Milizé is an amazingly written character, she is an idealist who believes that it is wrong to treat the 86 as non-human and wants them to be treated as human, in an attempt to do this she talks with her squad everyday and tries to get to know them. She criticizes the Republic for their practices and at the same time realizes that she too subconsciously believed that the 86 are non-human which she shows through her actions and realizes that her ideals were wrong and that she can’t be equal with the 86. There’s Shin, the squad leader who is carrying a lot of weight, he is called the Reaper because he is always the last one standing in his squad and carries his comrade’s hearts to their final destination. There are more amazing characters whom I don’t want to talk about here, the 86 who show that they are just like normal humans and the Republicans who want to deny responsibility but just know that every character goes through at least a little character development in the story.

The anime shines in the way it depicts the clear discrimination between the Alba and the 86, it isn’t just the 86 being mistreated by the Alba by having slander thrown at them or being beaten up, its properly shown as the 86 die in battle and the Alba don’t because they are safe in their walls. Lena who is an idealist learns that she doesn’t truly know the 86 and though she speaks that their treatment is wrong, she isn’t doing much about it and that shows that how even if every death of the squad affects Lena, she still isn’t experiencing the same pain. The music is amazing as well, it sets the tone perfectly for the scenes and the combat scenes too are well done though a bit too few if I do say so myself. The shows manages to do a good job of keeping an element of mystery around the events by switching perspectives between the Spearhead Squadron and Lena so pay attention to the dates.

The themes are very obviously suppression and deception by the powerful. There’s also the theme of growth and purpose. The suppression of the 86 shows just how much humans are willing to do for their own gains, they are willing to take away others rights and still expect to keep theirs just because they’re the ones in power. Deception speaks of how the Republic is kept unaware that the ‘autonomous’ Juggernaut mechas are actually controlled by the 86 just how the government keeps the pubic unaware believing that they are doing the right thing. Growth is shown my Lena as she mends her ideals and learns that instead of just speaking out uselessly against the military for their mistreatment of the 86, she needs to take action to help them. Purpose is shown by Shin as he searches for a purpose in the later episodes of the story. Despite being a show about discrimination and racism 86 actually teaches a lot.

The finale of the second season is something else, seriously, with the many twists and turns that come in the story, the ending really hits you in the feels, its amazing. While the story can be complete in and of itself right now, it isn’t complete because there is a lot more to do and see, and with the twists that are shown in the anime I am going to get to reading the light novels because with all the good action, incredibly thrilling and full of twists story, 86 just leaves you wanting more.

Rap section:

It’s a peaceful looking country going to war,
They don’t plan to conquer but it’s more,
To defend themselves from enemies and for,
This they use humans who aren’t human anymore.

Referred to as pigs these soldiers fight in mechs,
They’re human and not at the same time it’s complex,
They’re outcasts and at the same time of the Empire subjects,
Just how much they are cares for their action reflects.

Taking a stand against them is a young Major,
Assigned to a new squad she’s taking on danger,
It’s peaceful at first and these moments she needs to savor,
Because one mistake is gonna make her mery her maker.

The commander of her unit knows a few tricks,
She learns the real reason of the conflicts,
Of bitter and sweet this relationship is a mix,
This ain’t the story of the Empire it’s the story of the Eighty Six.

So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this.  Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram and Twitter with your thoughts and if you have any ideas on what I should write about. Stay safe from the COVID-19. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.

HORIMIYA – The cutest romance ever

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe from the COVID-19 and having a great day. Man, I so hate that I missed watching this when it first aired. SPOILERS FOR EPISODE 1.

The story of Horimiya is pretty simple. Hori, a popular and cheerful girl in her school who actually is brash, impolite and her brother’s caretaker at home meets with Miyamura, who is reserved and emo in school but outside of it is cool and a completely different person. Meeting by sheer coincidence and showing each other their true selves, Hori and Miyamura learn to get comfortable with being their true selves which they hide at school. As Miyamura and Hori develop their relationship they form friendships and bonds around them throughout their high school adventure by relating to their peers and forming a better sense of identity of themselves and also knowing each other well.

The characters are not many in Horimiya but they are amazingly well done. There’s out hero Miyamura who is gloomy and emo at first with his shabby long hair and nerdy glasses but when he shows his piercings and tattoos, he’s like a totally different person. His character development is all about discovering friendship and learning to cherish it. Hori on the other hand who is cherry at school but a homebody outside also learns to accept herself and develop feelings for Miyamura who is the one who knows her true self. There’s the energetic Yuki Yoshikawa who learns about asking for the things that she wants and their friend, purple haired Toru who learns about growth and the developement of relationships. There’s the student council president Sengoku, his girlfriend Remi, their friend Kono and Yanagi. These character’s lives interconnect as they learn and grow in high school.

The anime has nice animation. Or rather amazing would be a better word to describe it. The charatcers look absolutely beautiful, the colors give off the correct vibe at the correct times and the fact that I don’t usually talk about animation should also be a plus. The thing about this show is that there’s little to no angst, only development and growth. We get to see relationship moments of Hori and Miyamura like their first confessions, their first kiss, their fights, comebine all this with how immensely comedic this show is and you get a masterpiece. The one downside is at how much of a breakneck speed this anime goes at, since it’s only 13 episodes and there’s much to cover you’ll always see things moving along with no dull moment.

The concept of wearing two faces is the very first thing that is shown in Horimiya and is also the central theme of the show, while Hori and Miyamura promise not to tell the school peers of their other sides, the show is all about them learning to grow comfortable in their skin and being themselves at school. There’s also the concept of being afraid of chance since the character’s feelings are conflicted over graduating. That is very applicable to real life, we all have a part of ourselves that we don’t want to show to others only to realize later on that the people who are around us when we are ourselves are our true friends and thay we don’t need to be afraid of change, it’s difficult when it approaches but it’s good when it happens.

The finale is very well done as we are shown every charatcer’s feelings over graduating and how they want to go ahead with their lives. We also see Miyamura deal with his own past and learning to accept himself. All in all, despite moving too fast for comfort Horimiya is still an amazing anime with good characters, beautiful animation and full of cure moments of our charatcer’s relationships. All of these and the good comedy of the show will make you want more than the 13 episode run.

So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this.  Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram and Twitter with your thoughts and if you have any ideas on what I should write about. Stay safe from the COVID-19. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.

Steins Gate 0 – The unknown story we needed

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe from the COVID-19 and having a great day. Don’t blame me for this one. I didn’t even know this existed until very recently. Heavy SPOILERS FOR THE ORGINAL STEINS GATE.

The story of Stein’s Gate 0 is a bit complex to explain. At Episode 23, the point where Okabe heads into the future to save Makise Kurisu, fails and then comes back. That very point had two possible outcomes. A deciding moment in the strings of time. Episode 23 (beta) divergence, shows Mayuri defending Okarin instead of slapping him. This deciding moment is what is called the ‘Death of Houin Kyuoma.’ As Okabe decides to stop messing around with time leaping and D-mail and simply become a normal college student. His life is peaceful as he gives up the labcoat and instead takes to wearing a black suit. He is reminded of his past again when a professor from the college where Makise Kurisu studied at comes to give a seminar on a new AI system Amadeus, which can act as human by using memories of humans converted into data. The thing that connects it to Okabe is that they have made an Amadeus AI of Makise Kurisu. As the wheel of fate turns once again, Okabe struggles against new enemies to protect his friends once again.

It’s a pleasure to see old characters coming back but in a new light, our hero Okabe Rintaro wants nothing to do with time machines anymore and yet the strings of fate pull him back in making him have to battle once again. It’s heartbreaking to watch him relieve his past experiences of fighting against the same outcome over and over again and yet he grows stronger each time. There’s Mayuri and Daru, while Mayuri still retains her cheerful personality, things get dark pretty quick and she too tried to figure out why Okabe is sad and tries to heal him, my favorite super hacker on the other hand remains largely unchanged, he’s kind and gentle as always and still perverted. Ruka, Faris and Suzuha show up as well and new characters are also introduced such as the eccentric and fun loving Professor Leskinen who was Kurisu’s professor and Maho who was Kurisu’s senior and has a complex about being inferior to her. All these characters share their own little arcs even Rukako and that too across world lines and that is what makes Steins Gate 0 a memorable experience.

The anime shines in keeping the dark and gritty theme that is much different from the original Steins Gate. This time Okabe wears a dark suit and more of the scenes are shot in the night or in shadows during the day to really give it the dark vibe that the World Line has which is that this World Line which we see will actually be the World Line that leads to World War 3 and while Okabe tried living a peaceful life and we do see some fun moments and light fun they are overshadowed by the constant pain and suffering that Okabe has to go through only this time he is much more despair than before and I bet his suffering will bring you to tears as well. And Steins Gate 0 does what Steins Gate does best, to tell a complex story with such skill that not even one second of screen time is for something useless, it all adds up. The symbolism is also seriously well done with the shifting of Okabe wearing Black showing that he is lying to himself while the white represented that he was true to himself. There’s also the story of Salieri and Mozart also playing a good role as an analogy for the viewer.

The lesson you could draw from this part of Okabe’s journey is that no one can become God, as Okabe himself says that time is a creation of God, a system that they must not mess around with or they will pay the price dearly, there is another person who seeks desperately after the Time Machine to become God and reshape the world as he sees fit. The end of the show also makes Okabe realize that the complexities that he has to go through, the pain and suffering, its all a part of God’s bigger plan and all he has to do is believe and do is duty and not run away. In life, we too are running away and what we need to do is to stand out ground and play our part and believe that we will get the outcome that we deserve. We will all open the Steins Gate someday.

Now the big question that I had before watching the show as well, “Why should I watch this when Steins Gate is a perfectly constructed story in and of itself ?” Well then let me tell you, you all must remember that Okabe received a video from his future self at the end of Episode 23. The Okabe in that video, this is his journey filled with more miseries and sorrows. This is the untold story that makes things make even more sense than before and the best part is that we get to watch the Death and rebirth of Houin Kyouma. With that settled, Steins Gate 0 is a much watch for every Steins Gate fan. See the pain and suffering that had to happen in order for the Steins Gate to open.

Rap section

Mad scientist I was out there playing with time,
Wanted to see the limits I kept up the my climb,
Now that mistakes are made I see that I’m,
Not as great as I used to be I’ve commited a crime.

I thought I was doing good and changing the system,
I thought that I was the good guy saving the victim,
I realize God’s will realize that I can’t resist him,
Now that new threats arrive I’ll use this wisdom.

I’m not the man I used to be but I’ll never give up,
My tears will being results like it’s collected in a cup,
This isn’t the finale this is just a little bump,
I’m gonna make it to the Steins Gate yup.

I’m armed with my knowledge I’m the mad scientist,
Houin Kyouma rises to rule with an iron fist,
Of my enemies I’m gonna clear up the entire list,
In order to reach Steins Gate this challenge is the finalist.

So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this.  Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram and Twitter with your thoughts and if you have any ideas on what I should write about. Stay safe from the COVID-19. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.

Talking to Strangers – A guide on our mistakes

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe from the COVID-19 and having a great day. I’m always looking to grow, always looking to learn and man this book has a hell of a lot to teach.

Biases, we all have biases against people and I don’t think that there’s a single person in the world who is non biased towards everything and that is the truth. Now let’s say that we all have a bias, most of us sharing a common bias, what’s that ? It’s what Malcom in the book calls, ‘Default to truth.’

The book gives accounts of different cases which on first glance seem plain and simple because we are viewing them from an outsider’s perspective. To us, the people in the cases are strangers and that is what those people are to each other as well, strangers. The prime case of this being Sandra Bland (yup, it’s that case.) And Malcom explains very well how, because these people are strangers to each other and are in their situations because they either default to truth or don’t. The problem that Malcom so well highlights is that we are conditioned to think in certain ways and that is what causes us to read other people’s actions wrong and that is why these problems occur.

Now for the two cases that I want to talk about from this book, like I always do, the two cases that fascinated me the most. The first is the case of Sandra Bland but I cannot talk about that because the entire book is about decoding that case. So the two that I am going to talk about are the Kansas city policing experiment and the interrogation of KSM. The first case was fairly simple, Kansas city wanted to reduce crime and the best way to do that they thought was to increase the number of police officers on the streets, that did not work so what did they do instead ? They tried ‘coupling’ that is to increase the number of police officers on patrol and the number of people they pulled over in a neighborhood where crime is concentrated. The result. Decrease in crime. Why ? Because instead of running around the entire city and searching for a crime, the police are in a place where the crime is more likely to take place and they can stop it before it happens. Simply increasing the force didn’t matter, they needed to know where to deploy this force. This teaches us about human behavior as well, coupling is a very real thing, it’s what you would call ‘clicking’ with someone and when this coupling is mismatched, things go very wrong, very fast.

The second case, the interrogation of KSM teaches about interrogation techniques, that is sleep deprivation and slamming people against sound mats. While this brutal technique might seem effective, a research proved that it can distort memories and make people so in despair that they would confess to any crime as long as they got the torture to stop. This is what they believed had happened with KSM who confessed to acts of terrorism that he didn’t even commit. That goes to show that what we know about the human mind is very little and while ‘Stop at nothing’ to get the information out sounds very effective, in reality it might not be.

The book speaks about how we as a world and as different cultures just suck, simply suck at reading people. We’re always off on our reading, whether it is, a police officer trying to read a potential suspect in a murder investigation or two students at a college frat party trying to understand how far the other wants to go in the hypersexualized chaos of the frat party. Malcom offers a few solutions to these problems, the dilemma that we face, whether to suspect every stranger or to trust everyone and by explaining the bad things that can happen when we tip too much to either of the sides is when accidents happen.

So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this.  Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram and Twitter with your thoughts and if you have any ideas on what I should write about. Stay safe from the COVID-19. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.

Lookism: From discrimination to gangs

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. My cousin recommended this to me and I was putting this off because of the chapters but man, this can get you hooked. As of writing this, Workers (3 affiliates) (16) Episode 345 is the latest chapter. SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST FEW CHAPTERS AND A BIT OF THE PLOT AHEAD.

The story is really complex and long. It’s more than 300 episodes, what did you expect ? Well anyway, Daniel Park, he’s a fat, short and ugly guy who is constantly bullies by his classmates Logan Lee. Desperate to get away from his life of constant bullying, Daniel asks his mom to change schools. Daniel shifts away and starts living alone in Seoul and dreads going to school fearing that he’ll be bullied again. He sleeps that night onky to wake up in a much more handsome and fit body. He finds that he can switch his consciousness between two bodies. Daniel decides to go to school in his new body and with that begins his adventure at J-High. While at first Daniel realizes how much his new body can change things for him because he’s much more handsome and strong now. He also learns that his new body has a past of its own and in wanting to know the body’s truth he goes up against a sinister group and a plot which runs so deep that it will pull him into the parts of Seoul that are best left untouched.

The characters are diverse and have well fleshed out back stories and when I mean well fleshed out I mean that some of them get more than 10 episodes for their stories. More than 10. There’s boxer Zach Lee who is at first seen as just a measure of showing how good Daniel’s new body is but when he gets serious he can bring some pain, he’s an ally to Daniel and works with him for his own reason. There’s Vasco who is the leader of the crew Burn Knuckles in the school, he’s an airhead and wants to punish the bag guys. There’s Mira who is Zach’s love interest, Jace, second in command to Vasco. The quiet blonde boy Jay who obviously has a thing for Daniel and helps him out. There’s many, many, many other charatcers who are of extreme significance to the story and are interesting to watch.

The manhwa flourishes in its first half of showing how people discriminate on the basis of looks. An example of this is when Daniel goes to a store with his mother to buy clothes. While he is rejected as poor in his original body, when he comes in his new body he is respected. The second half of the manhwa which focuses on the secret of Daniel’s new body has tons of amazing fights. While that’s a plus point of lookism, for the people who came to see Daniel living the life of a slice of life comedy hero while dealing with the discrimination and insecurities, are disappointed simply because the first half of the manhwa simply served to set up the second half of the story which is all about fighting, gangs and elaborate plans. So beware while the first part is all about happiness and Daniel’s life, the second half is about fighting and while it still touches on dark themes, the story becomes so complex that even Daniel recieves very less screentime. The Webtoon has some amazinf comedy with throwbacks to DBZ, the File of Young Kindaichi and even Demon Slayer.

The lesson I pulled is from the first half of the manhwa is obviously don’t judge people based on looks, Daniel is treated very differently in both of his bodies and that just goes to show how much peoole discriminate on the basis of looks, so much so that they won’t even recognise if the same person came infront of them in a different body. This body is just a covering for our soul and so judging based on that is simply not right, the same goes for animal cruelty, animals just have a different body than us but they are souls on the inside too.

The manhwa is currently ongoing and it’s going strong. The fights are amazing, the intensity will give you chills and while I was the guy who enjoyed both the discrimination part and the fight part is the manhwa some people might not so I’ll give you a piece of advice, if you don’t like fights and are here for the message on discrimination based on looks then you should drop the Webtoon when the Four Crews arc starts and if you’re here for the fights then it’s worth sitting through the Episodes on discrimination since they really set up the plot well. With all that said, Lookism is an absolute must read for people who want to know about the social issues of discrimination but are excited about fights as well. The buildup is slow but the story that comes after is much worth it.

Rap section:

High school days they’re not exactly easy,
Fatty Daniel Park his bully makes him uneasy,
Getting punched paying up all to a guy sleazy,
One punch to the stomach and he feels wheezy.

Running away from the school he wants a new life,
Whether to go or not his insecurity bring him strife,
In his useless life he has problems rife,
Little does he know that a storm is gonna arrive.

He goes to sleep fat and wakes up handsome,
Sees his own self sleeping like he’s seeing a phantom,
At first glance this new body seems like luck random,
But little does he know that more things are moving in tandem.

In his new body he’s making some new friends,
Getting famous he’ll take any job on the pay it depends,
But little does he know this his secret extends,
Much deeper than he thinks and much more than he comprehends.

So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this.  Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram and Twitter with your thoughts and if you have any ideas on what I should write about. Stay safe from the COVID-19. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.

BTOOOM! – An Explosive story

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe from the COVID-19 and having a great day. I thought this was another Mirai Nikki clone but man, this is some good stuff. SPOILERS FOR EPISODE ONE AHEAD. SPOILERS.

The story is about a NEET Sakomoto Ryouta living with his mother Yukie. Being a good gamer since he spends all his time playing games, Sakomoto is the top player in Japan and one of the top ten players in the entire world. Unlike most battle royale games, Btooom! works a different way, instead of guns, the players are given bombs of different types to use as they see fit for the game. One day Sakomoto finds himself in a jungle, with a chip implanted in his right hand and having no memory of how he got there. He finds that all he has is a pouch and his bag, the pouch containing bombs used in BTOOOM! Sakomoto soon finds out that he is on an island and that other people are with him on the island who are using different kinds of bombs all used in the BTOOOM! game. Now having to fight against opponents in a real life game of BTOOOM!, Sakomoto needs to finds out how he got the island and why he was selected while making alliances and dealing with treachery in a game where the only way to go home is to kill.

The characters introduced to us are wide and well written with every character having a good backstory and motivations for why they want to go home while also having the darkness within them that sent them to the island in the first place. Our NEET dropout Sakomoto Ryouta is the main character and one whom you’ll either love at first glance and be a fan throughout or you’ll hate him first and then become his fan as you see him progress in game. Yes he is a barely likeable character at first but as he grows he becomes much more likable not to mention his battle genius is something that will leave you in awe. There’s Himiko who shares a previous connection with Sakomoto from BTOOOM! and considers that she has come to the island due to her sin, her character arc is all about forgiveness of the self which is not discussed much (Maybe it will in the manga, I’ll have to see). There’s Taira who is anxious and afraid of being left behind, Kira (not the Death Note one) who is a psychopath and really dangerous. The show only focuses on few characters with most dying fairly early on but everyone gets a nice backstory and that’s amazing.

The anime shines in its combat no questions asked. The sheer intensity of every battle, the strategies, the lies and deception will all make you sit at the edge of your seat. Even though I thought that combat would be boring due to the use of only bombs but the way the different bombs are used by different people in creative ways is amazing to watch. There’s nice music as well because the opening and ending is something you won’t skip, there’s also this great sense of mystery about what is truly going on and while it gets lost sometimes in the character relationships and action, it’s always a major plot point and very well done.

The anime is really about survival, would you kill others if it meant survival ? or would you stick to your morals even at the cost of your own life ? That is what Btooom is about in a broad sense, while there are people like Sakomoto who play the game anyway hoping that they’re fighting against the ‘bad guys’ he too needs to decide between morals and survival at a point in the story, there’s also others who want to stick to morals but end up killing anyway because they have to survive, they succumb to their baser human instinct. The lesson that you can pull from this is that its easy to have morals when it’s not hard and everything is easy sailing but when things get tough and you have to make the choice, we must learn to not give in to despair and compromise our morals like Sakomoto did at the end of the anime. ‘We train ourselves in times of peace so that we can be sane in the times of war’ is a simple quote to sum it up.

The finale is amazingly well done, it’s a nice battle where strategies and wits come into play but the real reason that it is so hard hitting is that its emotional, (I won’t spoil anything more with my big mouth). It’s a nice finale that leaves you craving for more which actually applies to the entire 12 episode anime which means that I’ most likely going to jump into the manga so, stay on the lookout for a manga review post.

Rap section:

NEET Sakomoto playing games all damn day,
When asked to get a job he just says stay away,
He’s been a leech too long now he has to pay,
Now in the real world this game he has to play.

Ain’t no normal game you gotta use bombs,
You gotta play the game even if you got qualms,
Doesn’t matter who it is commner or crime dons,
You have to kill people with the bombs in your palms.

Sakomoto making friends tryna get out alive,
Teaming up with others just to survive,
Trapped too far out no help’s gonna arrive,
Now forced to kill will he choose or decline.

People are traitors he can’t just assume,
Who’s friend and who’s foe the doubt us gonna consume,
And if he makes the wrong choice he’s destined for doom,
Welcome to the game this is called BTOOOM!

So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this.  Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram and Twitter with your thoughts and if you have any ideas on what I should write about. Stay safe from the COVID-19. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.

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