Anime Review: Castlevania Season 3

Hello my dear anime lovers, I hope everything is going well, and anime continues to make you happy.

If you’ve been online at all in the past few weeks, and have an interest in anime, you’ve probably seen some posts on Castlevania, even if you haven’t seen it yourself.

It’s a Netflix Original anime, and Season 3 just came out recently, and since I just finished it last night, we’re gonna review it.

Castlevania Season 3

The Story so far…

This season was a bit slower for the Castlevania story. It wasn’t as fast paced as the first two seasons.

Dracula is dead, so our focus is on the Vampire alliance, the Belmont duo, and Alucard.

Alucard doesn’t do much, but he is a great example of social distancing! His focus is on training the siblings, and interacting with humans again now that he is awake.

The Vampire alliance is a bit slower too. They’re into the scheming and planning their next steps for subjugating the human race, so not a lot of action from their end.

Belmont et al. are the primary focus, and I liked the mystery they were trying to solve this season. It was a nice change from the constant fighting, though we get plenty of that still, don’t worry!

Castlevania Season 3 key art

Who’s who?

I don’t think any of the new characters really stood out this season. We got St. Germain, but I wasn’t a fan of him. He seemed to be too much like Trevor Belmont for my liking, but somehow worse.

Getting to explore the Forgemaster’s stories was nice. They had been introduced before, but they were background characters. We didn’t get the depth that we did this season.


The Battles: WOW

In 10 episodes, we probably get 3 or 4 BIG fights, but the battle at the end makes it all worth it.

It probably sounds pretty stupid, but I have a new appreciation for whips. Seeing a whip being used in this season, and sometimes two whips at once, has actually been really cool.

You don’t often see whips being used at all, and when they are it’s usually a slave master or something. They are an under appreciated weapon, that I really want to see more of now.


What’s next for Castlevania?

Obviously we don’t have an ending to the story yet. We will be (hopefully) getting more Castlevania.

I think with the next season, we will get a battle with Trevor and the Vampire Alliance. The battle built up this season, and I think next season will see the two sides clash.

We will also probably get more Alucard fights, in his slow descent into evil…turning into Dracula.

We don’t know when Season 4 will be out, but I know I’ll be watching it the moment that it does.


Have you seen Castlevania Season 3? Let’s talk about it in the comments or on social media.
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10 Anime I Can’t Wait To Watch!

Hello my dear anime lovers, today’s post has you in mind. My love for anime comes and goes in its strength, but at the end of the day, anime will always be a medium I love to enjoy.

There’s so much to pick from, and there are hundreds of stories to tell, I don’t think I could ever get bored.

Some anime I have been watching for years, some I just discovered recently. I’m not sure if you’re an anime fan, but I could go on for hours on the beauty of it.

This list will have some anime that are brand new, some that have been going on for a while and a new season is coming out, and some will have been coming out for a few decades already, and a few that have been out for a while, but I just haven’t found the time to watch yet

One Piece

A series that have been going on for almost as ling as I have been alive. With the current arc that is being adapted into the anime medium, I am excited to see things come into action.

Fight scenes, beautiful country landscapes, and samurai. I’m excited to catch up on the Wane arc.


Haikyuu!! Riku vs. Kuu

I rushed through Haikyuu!! in just a few weeks, so I know I will enjoy this spin-off show. It won’t be long, but I love the characters involved.

This was the first sports anime I watched, and being a volleyball player, I know the reality behind the whole show.


Made in Abyss

I recently found this one because of an anime Youtube channel I follow, and I was disappointed to find out I caught up so quickly.

There’s a new movie that supposedly continues the story came out in January, and I heard rumors of a new season too, so I will be watching it the instant it comes out.


Gleipnir

So I recently read the entirety of the Pygmalion manga, which is about mascots coming to life and killing hundreds of people. Gleipnir follows a similar presence, and from what I have seen, it looks like something I will enjoy.

I’ve begun to appreciate horror recently, so I’m excited to get through the first season of Gleipnir.


The Promised Neverland

Honestly I have stopped myself from looking up this show. I’ve heard very minimal spoilers, but a lot of praise for The Promised Neverland, so I added it to the list on blind trust.


Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma

I read a bit of the manga, but I quickly couldn’t keep up in the midst of reading other manga. I really enjoyed the story’s premise, and thought hey, let’s watch the anime!

It looks really good, and I think this is an anime that will look better on video than it does on the page!


Vinland Saga

Anime and vikings. Is there anything else to enjoy? Two worlds thrown together that make a perfect match. Another show I don’t know a lot of, and has been going on for a while that I just haven’t found the time for yet.

Attack on Titan Season 4

DAMN AM I EXCITED FOR SEASON 4 OF ATTACK ON TITAN. This show got better and better with each season, and with the final season coming out in October, I can’t wait!

It’s not just action packed, but full of mystery and deception. I know this show might be over-hyped to some people, but I really enjoy watching it.


Tower of God

I found this little-known manwa many years ago, and thought it was my own precious gem. I always wanted it to be adapted to an anime, and now that it is here, I can’t tell you how excited I am!

Just a few more weeks, and Bam will be climbing the tower on a screen near you.


What anime are you excited about, new or old? Let’s talk about it in the comments!
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My Top 10 Anime

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Hello my tireless readers and anime watchers, welcome to yet another Top 10 Tuesday. This week I came up with my own topic, and I thought I would share my top 10 anime…which will be ranked in proper order.

Make sure to share your favourite anime, because my list of ones I want to watch isn’t long enough yet.

10. Future Diary

One I discovered recently, but I really enjoy the strategy behind it all. Has a few slower moments, but overall its very interesting.


9. Dragon Ball Series

A classic series of all anime lovers. I have been watching the series since I was a kid and I love how simple it is. Just gotta get stronger and stronger.


8. Fairy Tail

Though I have a lot of issues with this one, I love it at the same time. I love how connected I feel to all the main characters.


7. Tengen Toppa Gurren Laggan

A short action anime with mechs the size of planets. It was one of my first anime and I love rewatching it every now and then.


6. Attack on Titan

Since the release of the newer seasons, I have been so engrossed in the story. Season 4 can’t come soon enough.


5. Naruto Series (Minus Boruto)

One of the first anime I watched, and one I followed right until the end. Though Naruto has some issues, I love him as a character and will watch some fight scenes over again.


4. My Hero Academia

A controversial choice for many, but I love the depth it goes to to give depth to each character.


3. One Piece

If you need to wonder why this anime is good, then we need to have a talk. One Piece has been the anime I have watched over and over, and the sheer scale of it is amazing.


2. Haikyuu!!

A newer anime on my watched list, I’m surprised it took me this long to watch a volleyball anime when I am a volleyball player. The accuracy to some of the player’s internal dialogues is what has kept me interested, but it keeps getting better.


1. Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Need I say more? It’s got everything you could want in an anime; action, suspense, romance, humor, mystery. I mean what else could you ask for?


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What are your top 10 anime? Let’s talk about it in the comments.
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Movie Review: One Piece Stampede

Title: One Piece: Stampede
Rating: ★★★★☆
Director: Takashi Otsuka

Hello anime lovers, I really hope you’ve seen this movie, because I am going to have a good review for you today.

I’m not going to lie, I looked for months to try to find this movie online so I could watch it as soon as possible.

The trailers looked amazing, and I LOVE One Piece… so I wanted to be ahead of the game and watch it.

Japan kept the movie on lockdown, so I wasn’t able to see it until it came to a theatre in my town.

To put it simply…it was worth the wait!


There really wasn’t a chance to rest during the movie. There was always something happening, but in a good way.

We were thrown into the drama pretty quick, and from then on the movie was more or less one giant fight scene.

Douglas Bullet is the bad guy in this movie, and he is so powerful that only Roger was able to defeat him in the past.

He actually proves to be quite the threat in this movie, and is able to take on most of the Supernovas all at once.

I wasn’t worried per se, but I definitely knew this wouldn’t win for the good guys.

I’m just glad that this wasn’t a win that Luffy got all on his own, because that would have been too unbelievable. He finally needed others help, and it didn’t seem too out of place.


I don’t know if I liked that we got to see EVERY important character in One Piece.

It was cool seeing Sabo and Hancock and Smoker, and its a nice addition to the main story, but I think the film was just a bit too busy.

Story wise it all made sense, which is good, but I think I would have liked to have just followed either the Supernovas, or The Strawhats, the Marines, and maybe Law.


Overall, the movie was my favourite One Piece movie so far. It’s fun, fast-paced, and fantastic. I was honestly never bored…and the “plot twist” at the end was really cool to see, especially how it affected our main characters.

If you liked One Piece: Stampede, lets talk about it! None of my friends like One Piece so I need people to talk to!
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Anime News: February 26, 2020

Hello anime lovers, I’ve got a bit of an announcement for you.

Sorry I missed the last two days. Monday night I wanted to crush the last 100+ pages of Winter’s Heart (Wheel of Time) and today I was busy with some personal stuff.

If you didn’t know already, I am a big anime and manga fan. I wouldn’t call myself an expert in either by any means, but I enjoy watching/reading them when I have the time.

I don’t do much of a deep dive into different anime or mangas, but I do read/watch a decent amount.


Not only did we get some Crunchyroll exclusives coming out in Spring 2020, we have quite a few others as well.

Here are the crunchy-roll ones that will be released in 2020:
Tower of God
The God of High School
Noblesse
FreakAngels
Meiji Gekken: Sword & Gun
Onyx Equinox
In/Spectre
High Guardian Spice

I am EXCITED about Tower of God. I started reading it years ago when it was relatively new, and have been following it ever since. I’ve wanted it to be an anime pretty much since the beginning, and I can’t wait till it comes out in April.

If you want a more comprehensive list of all anime being released in Spring 2020, with their release dates, check out this list here!


What anime are you excited for in the spring 2020 release? Let me know in the comments because I am always looking for more anime to watch!
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One Piece Arc Review: Drum Island

Hello again ladies and gentlefolk. It’s been quite a while since I have posted, but I took a self-inflicted break from the blog for a few reasons.

Last you probably heard from me, I had given an update on some of the movies I was watching for October, posting book reviews, and throwing in the odd movie/tv show review.

I suddenly stopped posting because of a few different reasons. The first, and main reason, is that I wanted to take a break and refresh myself. I had a few things going on in my life that I needed and wanted to do, and I didn’t want to hurt the quality of the blog posts in order to do it.

I thought it would be better just to take a break from the blog until I figured a few things out. I was going to post a few weeks ago, but I decided to extend the break until I could get a few ideas worked out for what I wanted to do on the blog.

There will be a more in-depth post about my break coming on Thursday, but for now, I figured I’d give you a brief summary before cracking open a brand new review for the Drum Island Arc in One Piece.


There is a lot wrong about the Drum Island Arc, but there is also a lot right with it too. When I think about whether or not I like the arc, I find I am split right down the middle.

Some of the Pros about Drum Island: Chopper, Vivi, Dr. Hiriluk.

Some of the Cons about Drum Island: The story and the villains.

There’s not a lot going for Drum Island that isn’t the characters we get to meet for the first time. What I think the Drum Island Arc is meant to do, is give the greater One Piece world some flavour.

The first half of the story (East blue and the paradise half of the grand line) does a great job of letting the Straw Hat Pirates travel from island to island, going on whatever adventures pop up. Drum Island is another example of this type of storytelling, but it also ties into the Alabasta Arc that comes afterwards.


With the Drum Island arc, we get introduced to an important character. Vivi we already knew, but we get to see the type of Princess and person she is when she decides to stop at the island to help find a cure for Nami.

Dr. Hiriluk is an important character, but more so in the way he influenced Chopper, the reindeer who becomes the doctor in the Straw Hat crew.

Without the Chopper Hiriluk backstory, I’m sure this arc would be in the bottom three arcs of the entire series.


Wapol, the bad guy, is one of the weakest enemies the Straw Hats fight in the entire series. He isn’t overly strong, and his lackeys are more annoying than actually a threat.

He re-enters the series later on, many years later, but he is still more annoyance than actual threat.


In terms of the story that goes on during Drum Island, there isn’t much of one. Basically, Nami gets sick, and the Straw Hats need to find a doctor on Drum Island. They find that there is only one doctor on the island, who lives on top of a unimpeachable mountain.

Other than that small story-line, the entire arc is really just a drawn-out flashback about Chopper and how he became a doctor, despite being a reindeer.


As I am writing this review, I would probably give Drum Island a very slightly positive review. The emotional backstory for Chopper puts it just over the positive edge. It’s not by much, but I like the potential that Chopper has in the story, despite being underutilized for most of the series.

Quote of the Day: Baroque Works

“Wake up princess, I’m tired of your useless ideals. It’s gotten pathetic. What good are your happy ideals if you can’t do anything to make them a reality? They’re nothing but dreams, and your dreams don’t stand a chance.”
-Crocodile

“Weakness is a sin.”
-Crocodile

“You might have lived wrongly as a man, or you might have lived wrongly as a woman. In the end, it’s a still a way of human. We may part under the real blue sky, but the Okama Kempo will strive.” 
-Mr. 2

Even in the depths of Hell… blooms a beautiful flower of friendship… leaving its petals as mementos… bobbing back and forth on the waves… may it one day bloom once more…the Okama Way.
-Mr. 2