Anniversary and New Year’s Plan

Ladies and gentlemen I togged on to WordPress today and was notified that today marks the anniversary of the start of the Animeverse.  Over the past year, I  have had  a  blast reviewing anime for  my   readers.  You guys are what makes writing this blog worth it and I have never forgotten that.  I want to take a moment to thank my loyal readers and welcome the new into the fold. Thank you for your time.

In honor of this achievement I will be reviewing  Avatar: the Legend of Korra in its entirety. I believe it is a well made piece and worthy of review.  The review will be live on New Year’s Day.  and will be comprehensive.  I will also dedicate a subsection therein addressing the series finale and  KorraXAsami.  I hope you enjoy and here’s to another great year

Top 5 Anime of 2014

The end of the year is upon us and dedicated anime fans have a lot to be thankful for. From the  reemergence of Type-Moon’s Legendary Fate series to updates of shows like Sword Art  Online and Log Horizon this has been a phenomenal  year for anime.In honor of this amazing year I would like to give my readers my opinion on the subject of “best” anime of 2014.  I say “best” because that is a matter of opinion and varies from person-to-person.  With that said, I hope you enjoy this list.

Rules:

1. The items listed below are  strictly from the Spring, Summer, Winter 2014 lineups. Long-running series like One Piece will be excluded as I wish to focus on series unique to this year.

2. This list is ranked in no particular order.

On with  the list:

#5 Sailor Moon Crystal

SMC

I’m kicking off the list with a remake of a true anime classic.Who doesn’t remember Pretty  Solider Sailor Moon from the late 90s with it’s heavily edited story and character designs and annoying “Sailor Says”segments? Sailor Moon Crystal is what that series should have been but improved upon greatly with better animation and a direct from manga retelling of the original story. In many ways, this remake has evolved so far past its predecessor  that it has become a good series in its own right.

#4 Fate/ Stay Night Unlimited Bladeworks

Blade-Works.jpg

Type Moon’s Fate/Stay Night is an anime near and dear to my heart.  Naturally, I had to check out the remake. The people at Ufotable have done the Fate franchise proud through its retelling of the fourth Holy Grail War.  I’m a particularly big fan of Bladworks  being centered around Rin Tosaka rather than Shiro Emiya as I have always found Rin  and Archer to be a more interesting pair to fallow. Having said that I am glad that other masters receive a good amount of screen-time.  With Fate/Zero’s caliber of animation and a revamped  story it is more than worth a watch.

#3 Avatar: the Legend of Korra Book 4-Balance

Korra

I know this is a long-running series but since each book of the Legend of Korra is designed has its own unique story which is interconnected via an over-arcing plot  to every previous season.  Yes, its made by Nickelodeon but the animation style and mature storylines dealing with everything from mental trauma to socio-political issues it has every hallmark of a true anime.  Book 4: Balance offers a great ending to the journey of the Avatar  I only wish Nick had handled its distribution better.

#2- Sword Art Online II

SAO

This next one surprised me. Those of you who are long-time readers  may remember that I have a deep-seated distain for the latter half of Sword Art Online I.  Fortunately, the second season has renewed my faith in the series.  The Phantom Bullet arc made characters deal with the traumatic effects  SAO has on the lives of its survivors while introducing  new characters complete with personal scars alongside a new virtual setting. I recommend this anime for any Shonen fan,

#1- Brynhildr in the Darkness

 BD

The last piece on my list is underrated.  Brynhildr in the Darkness  is a decent supernatural anime. It has everything from aliens to magic.  Be warned fan service is heavily engrained into the shows fabric of this piece.  It makes no less watchable  Feel fee to check it out.

I hope you enjoyed my list because I enjoyed making it.  I would like to wish my readers   happy holidays.  No matter what religion you practice we are all connected.  So I extend my warmest wishes to my reader. May your days be filled with happiness.

Life and Momo-con plans

Life appears to be back on track for me.  I’m finally done with my sophomore year in college and am looking forward to my junior year..That  coincides with the coming of the holiday season..  With my finals all but graded I am  looking forward to  a quiet  Christmas surrounded  by family and friends,   However, as I  was awaiting a ride home I was given the ultimate gift any otaku could  receive . My university’s anime club is going to Momo-Con and I have been asked to go.

For those who are unfamiliar  with Momo-con It is a convention similar to Comic Con  that is held in Atlanta Georgia in mid-May. It has a rather large Dealer’s Room and several panels.  In essence, It’s everything I would want but I’m afraid fiscal and physical limits might hinder me. Anyway I hope I can go.

Editorial: My “Special Event “ Post

Hello all,

As a rule, I try to maintain as air of professionalism  here on the Animeverse.  However, due to certain rather sensitive personal issues I could not deliver the content  I promised. As part of my commitment to professionalism I will henceforth refrain from promising anything I cannot deliver.  To my dearest readers I apologize.  If I am lucky enough to regain your trust I would be thrilled to have you back.

Sincerely,

Phoenix Otaku 1990