Thursday, December 31, 2015

Status Update and Completely Shameless Advertising

Hello everyone,

I wanted to have the last Rakudai post up before the year ended but it looks like that's not going to be possible. This week ended up being way busier than I thought it would be. However, rest assured the post will be done before the week ends. I promise.

Isn't it kind of funny how the year will end before the week does? I love little things like that.

In other news, my book, Devils of Black and Gold, is now completely free on Amazon until the end of January 1st.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Asterisk 11-12 - Mid-Season Finales are the Devil's Work



Apologies. I wanted to have this up much earlier, but Christmas is a busy time for the year. 

Plus, there was book stuff to do; a book which, by the way, is now up on Amazon

Now that the shameless advertising is done, let's get down to business. 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Rakudai 9-10 - The Student Council Strikes Back!



Remember how I said it was funny the Student Council weren't such a big deal in this anime?

Turns out, I was not quite right.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Asterisk 9-10 - Rise of the Machines!


Once again, I'm way overdue with this (I've been working on my new book. It's awesome. Check my Amazon Profile for Info), so I'm doing it two at a time. 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Asterisk 08 - Team-Up!

The Three Faces of Jealousy
Last episode Kirin and Saya became a team.

Let's see how that goes.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Asterisk 06-07 Kirin Time


This is long overdue. Been busy. Doing two episodes at once to catch up.

By the way, Digimon Tri is out. You can expect a post on that coming soon... for a certain value of "soon".

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Magi - Everything Wrong with Kou's Civil War

Oh, it's on, now! 
This post has been due for a long time. 

Let it be known, despite the title I do have some good things to say about this arc. Sorta.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Asterisk 05


Funny thing, I wrote this last Sunday. I just kept forgetting to upload it.

Anyway, since I did separate posts last time, I'll keep on doing it from now on!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Asterisk 04 – The Problem with Sudden Commitment

Actually not a bad guy
First solo Asterisk post! Not through its own merit but rather because it got left behind.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Rakudai 04 - All The Good!


For the first time I am going to do a separate post for each of these two anime.

The latest episode of Rakudai deserves it. That's all there is to it.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Problem with Contrast - Rakudai & Asterisk Episode 03

Absolutely Flawless
For a moment I actually contemplated doing separate posts for last week's episodes. Then I realized it wasn't the time. Not just yet.

Today's topic, Relationships!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Friday, October 16, 2015

Rakudai 02 - Asterisk 02

We're Back!
Last time I said I would only be following one of these anime. I have since changed my mind. I liked the second episode of Asterisk and it is bound to be interesting to compare how the two light novel adaptations diverge after their similar start.

In time, I might even have to do different posts for each, but for now I want to do it like this. 

Also, I know this is post is late. Sorry. Shit happened. That's all I'll say about it.

Now let's do this thing.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Formula Problems?


Sometimes we jokingly say it's all the same shit.

Other times, well, it's a bit truer than we'd like. Pic, oh so related.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Shokugeki no Souma - Cursing your Sudden but Inevitable Betrayal!


We have a saying in Spanish.

Raise crows and they will peck your eyes out.

Recent manga events may be surprising, but in hindsight they really shouldn't be.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Dragon Ball Super 6-10

Stop it Yamcha. It's just sad now.
It's that Sunday again and you all know what it means.

It's Dragon Ball Super Time!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Two Things

First, the Magi post is coming. I just need for one more chapter to be translated. That's literally it. Although at this rate, a short Shokugeki no Souma post may come first.

Second, you guys are reading a published author now. Sure, just about anyone can self-publish now, but I'm still happy. My novel, The Sleeping Town is now up for sale!

Available at:
Smashwordshttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/571565
Amazonhttp://www.amazon.com/The-Sleeping-Town-F-A-R-ebook/dp/B014CBA48A

It's $2.99 but you know what? Have a free coupon code!

WE89N

That is a 100% Off Coupon Code redeemable through Smashwords. It lasts until the end of the month I think.

Sadly, I can't make them for Amazon or I totally would.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Nisekoi: Fake Love, True Problems



Nisekoi is not the first romantic comedy to run in Shounen Jump.

However, it does stick out due to how self-aware it is. It shamelessly grabs a bunch of romantic harem comedy tropes and plays them completely straight.

Sadly, that's also the manga's biggest weakness.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

So, I did a Thing

Remember how a month ago I told you guys I was in the process of getting a book published?

I did it.

It's up for pre-order on Amazon and Smashwords now.

The Sleeping Town is a 55K Contemporary Fantasy story written by yours truly.

Not going to lie, I'm feeling pretty good about myself right now.

Note, this is not me pressuring you guys into buying it. Though if you're curious you can download a free 15% sample from Smashwords. Amazon has a Look Inside feature, but it's not enabled for my book just yet.

Anyway, this is just me bragging :)

For those curious about the blog, the next post is going to be a Nisekoi post. I want to have it up by Friday at latest. After that, there'll be a Magi post once the current chapters are translated, and I really want to do a Boruto one, but it'd contain so many spoilers it wouldn't be fun.

Until next post!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Shokugeki no Souma: Pressure for Success and Fear of Failure

Fabulous!
Out of all the new manga which have come out of Shounen Jump in recent years, Shokugeki no Souma is my current favorite. I am usually more of a battle manga guy, but this cooking manga has become the one I most look forward to every week. 

There are plenty of reasons for it.

Souma is a damn good protagonist. The rest of the cast is colorful enough and the author manages to do just enough to keep them relevant. The arcs are all interesting in their own ways. Then, of course, there is the theme driving the overall narrative.

Because if any Jump manga does justice to the Elite vs Commoner dynamic, it's this one.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Some Stats



Dragon Ball Super will reach Ep. 5 soon (How quickly time flies), so the next post should be up by Sunday.

In the meantime, here are some blog stats. I have always wanted to make one of these posts.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Special Announcement! Sub-class Unlocked!

Actually not a Dumbpire Post
I have a bit of a confession to make.

As you may or may not know, I like writing. I really do. Some of you might have even checked out the link to my Fanfiction.Net account on the side. If you haven't and happen to like Valvrave, then do check out my ongoing fic there.

Anyway, somewhere around the time one of my fanfics went over 50,000 words, I realized there was nothing stopping me from actually writing an original story.

During the past half a year (and then some), I have been busy writing and editing a novel length, urban fantasy story.

I succeeded.

55K words of original writing by yours truly.

After some deliberation and encouragement from others, I have decided to self-publish it via Smashwords and Amazon.

Which brings me to the point of this post. I have decided to record my experience with the Self-Publishing Process from beginning to end on this Blog:
https://theroadtoselfpublishing.wordpress.com/

Honestly, I am a noob at all of this; so it's all pretty damn new and interesting to me. If you have ever been slightly curious about how you can publish the stuff you write, check it out. Maybe my experiences can shed more light into it.

Note, this doesn't mean I'm going to stop this blog or anything like that. If anything, I'm trying to post more often nowadays.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Spotlight: Code Geass – Akito the Exiled

Unless you’re young enough to make me feel really old, you have probably heard of Code Geass. If you’re lucky, you got to rage at being forced to wait for a year to see the conclusion of the epic cliffhanger ending of the first season. 

We are not going to talk about that anime. Not today. 

This time it's all about Akito the Exiled!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

This Season - Part 1

Of course!
A new anime season has started. Let's take a look at some of what's out there! 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Scarlet Spring and the Need to Take Risks

Soon in theaters near you- Wait, what do you mean I'm not getting paid for this?
The last chapter is out. Sakura is the mom.

Let’s talk about it.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Dragon Ball Super - A look back, a glimpse forward



Provided you haven’t been living under a rock, you should, by now, know about the announcement of Dragon Ball Super, a new Dragon Ball anime.

My expectations?

Mixed.


Friday, April 3, 2015

Aldnoah.Zero - The Finale



True to my predictions, the finale disappointed in several levels.

Let’s take a look at them, shall we?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Aldnoah.Zero and the Loss of Tension

The Journey Ends
The last episode of Aldnoah.Zero is only hours away. Thus, it is prudent to ask how do you lose the tension for a finale?

By messing up the first one.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

When the Bad Guy has a Point AKA Hakuryuu did Nothing Wrong

What do you mean he's not the hero of the story?

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic is a wonderful Manga, but like any manga it has weaknesses. The main one being the accidental subversion of the themes it holds up.


By that, I mean Hakuryuu and Judal make more sense than anyone else in the manga, but let’s take this from the beginning.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Sorry!

Not the Face!

It has been more than two months since my last update. For that I have to apologize.

There are several reasons really. The holiday season was one. Additionally, my interest in Log Horizon and Shingeki no Bahamut dropped to the point I will no longer review the remaining episodes. 

It says a lot the episode I liked the most from Log Horizon was the one featuring an entirely different cast.

Though to be fair, it’s hard to beat a guy playing a ninja turtle frog.

There is also this novel length story I was writing (First, 50k Draft is done. Just needs Revising. Lots of revising).

Mostly though, it was lack of time.  

I will make an effort to post with greater frequency in the future.