One Piece Manga Review: Water 7 Arc

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Hello dear readers, it’s that time of the month again where we review another manga arc in the One Piece series.

We’ve covered a lot of the story so far, with Skypeia being the last arc we reviewed.

We are going to skip over a few arcs, because if you’re a real One Piece fan, you know how awful they really are.

We are going to skip all arcs related to Foxy, because they are literally unbearable.

That leaves us with this month’s arc: Water 7.

Water 7 is one of the best arcs in the entire series in my opinion. It doesn’t add a whole lot to the overall plot of the story on its own, but tied together with Enies Lobby, the two are probably some of the most important arcs to date.

We get introduced to Franky, a ship building cyborg and future member of the Straw Hat Pirates.

What I like about Franky’s character is that we initially see him as a bad guy, and we almost believe that he will be the villain of the arc.

He starts off as bad, but the further the arc goes on, the more we realize he is actually a really good person.


I also like the design and the feel of Water 7 visually. It very obviously represents Venice, with a bit of a One Piece twist to it.

The story and the characters don’t mix in with the visual elements much, but I love how Oda can come up with such unique settings over and over and give them a bit of a One Piece feel to them all.


There are no big fights in this arc, well not in terms of big bad guy vs. Luffy.

We get some of the Straw Hats versus carpenters and some regular riff raf, but it’s not until Enies Lobbie we got some real fights.

There is one really important fight in this arc though, and I would say that it’s one of the most impactful fights in the entire story.

Luffy vs. Usopp.

If you’ve seen it, you know what it’s all about. You know the emotions behind it, you know why it’s happening, you know how powerful it really is.

It’s not a long fight, but it’s important to the story, and it constantly makes Top 10 lists for emotional anime moments.

Luffy vs. Usopp. Saddest fight ever.

It’s not a long fight, but it’s important to the story, and it constantly makes Top 10 lists for emotional anime moments.


Like I mentioned before, Water 7 isn’t an entire story on its own. Sure, it has its own characters and storylines, but none of it would be quite complete without Enies Lobby.

We lose one member of the crew; The Going Merry, but by the end of it we get the Thousand Sunny; a ship built by a Franky and his life-long friend Iceberg.


What did you think of the Water 7 Arc? It’s in my top 5 arcs, and if I thought about it, I’d probably put it in top 3.

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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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Quote of the Day: One Piece

“I’m sorry. I never pray to god.” 
― Roronoa Zoro

“People don’t fear god, fear itself is god.”
Eneru

“Kill a man during a time of war and you’re a hero. Kill the same man during a time of peace and you’re prosecuted.”
Gan Fall

“Whether it’s the City of Gold, or Sky Island, there’s never been a person who’s proven they don’t exist! Sure, people might laugh, calling it an absurd fantasy, but so what?! Isn’t that fantasy, precisely what makes it romantic?!”
Montblanc Cricket

One Piece Arc Review: Skypeia

Hello my manga lovers, it feels like its been too long.

I know I’ve done a manga review for Pygmalion last month, but I feel like its been years since a One Piece Arc Review.

This month’s manga arc review is all about Skypeia, which is a little controversial for some One Piece fans. Some like it, some don’t.

I think for the most part people like it, and I tend to agree for the most part, so let’s get into it!

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The Skypeia Arc is important for a few reasons. It gives us a better understanding of what Haki is, or will become once we hear about it, and it gives us an understanding of the Poneglyphs, which will definitely become important the more the story progresses.

Though it’s not called Haki yet, we see Enel and his Priests use Mantra as they battle the Straw Hats.

It’s the same idea as Observation Haki, and it shows how devastating it can be in battle.

We also get to see the Poneglyphs. They’re not wholly important yet, but as each arc comes into play they become more and more important because they hold the truth to a lot of questions that have been popping up as the story continues.


Skypeia is often seen as a microcosm to the entire One Piece World. It’s a sea on its own in the sky, and the Straw Hats travel to it, fight the bad guy, save the oppressed, and leave.

It wholly represents what the Straw Hats go through when they come to each island.

The arc has some good history to it, that I have a feeling might come into play later, but I am not entirely convinced.

There is one thing that really stands out about this arc though, and thats we get to see Robin actually fight one on one against someone.

Every other time she fights she is either the one to take out all the lackeys, or she is supporting someone else. She never fights someone on her own.


I think that it is an important part of the arc, but that same ideal gets lost as we continue with the story.

It gets harder and harder for Oda to write a fight scene for each of the Straw Hats. There are just too many of them, and not enough bad guys. It gets to the point that the crew needs to split up because the enemy numbers just aren’t living up to the Straw Hat’s.

Overall, the arc was good in my opinion. I enjoyed it, even if it had a little too much backstory to it.


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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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Manga Review: Pygmalion

Title: Pygmalion
Story & Art: Chihiro Watanabe
Rating: 4.5 / 5

At the National Local Mascot Festival, children all across Japan can meet their favorite local mascots. But as the festival gets underway, it becomes clear that what’s inside these costumes aren’t people – they’re something much darker, with a taste for human flesh. Amid the chaos spreading through the entire country, Keigo Ayahara, his little brother Makoto, and his friend Ako must now fight for their survival and their humanity.

I found out about Pygmalion from a fellow book blogger; Brunette Reads, and I am so happy that I found it.

It’s a gory, horrific, fast-paced thrill ride that keeps readers hooked enough to fly through its 19 chapters in one sitting.

It’s very short, like I said its only 19 chapters, and each chapter can probably be read in about 5-10 minutes, depending on how long you want to look at the artwork.


The story is pretty simple, and with only 19 chapters, there are no moments that feel out of place or part of a side story.

We follow Keigo Ayahara as he fights for survival in this now mass murdering mascot world.

That’s the brilliant part of the story too. We get very few moments that don’t follow Keigo or his group, because this story isn’t supposed to be about the entire world, or all of Japan where it is taking place. The story is meant to focus on one guy, and what he discovers and goes through during the killings.

I’m glad this story was so short, because I didn’t want a word-wide story. I didn’t want a huge world-ending survival story that takes hundreds of chapters to be resolved. I wanted a quick, down in the dirt story.


If you can handle kids being exploded into bits, heads being ripped off, and men being impaled by a giant mascot …thing… then this is the manga for you.

It hasn’t been turned into an anime yet, and I’m not sure it ever will, but I think living its life as a manga is worth it.

The artwork fits well with the story too. It’s scary, without being nightmare inducing. It’s graphic, without being sickening. It’s detailed, without being complicated or busy.


Overall, Pygmalion is a great read if you don’t mind the gore. I definitely recommend checking it out if you’re a manga fan.

What manga have you enjoyed recently, I’m always looking for more to read. Any suggestions? Let me know in the comments or on social media.
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