Naruto 20th Anniversary post – Top 10 Male Naruto characters

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It’s been 20 years since the debut of Naruto has appeared in Weekly Shonen Jump manga. Who would have thought that a story about a young ninja kid named Naruto Uzamaki would be a hit sensation not only in Japan but all over the world. Naruto has evolved from the manga, to anime to video games and even movies and he is loved by many fans. Through thick and thin, Naruto is a series popular as Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon and it’s highly praised not only for the story, but it is praised for the characters, their development and real life themes such as war and over coming obstacles. Recently, the main character Naruto had his birthday on October 10th. I missed out doing something special on his day but I want to do something for his 20th Anniversary on the manga. I am going to be doing a special top 10 post on my favorite characters on the series. It’s actually going to be more than one post. This one is going to focus on my favorite male character in the series. On my next planned post, I want to do one focusing on the women and hopefully do another about villains. More than likely, I want to do male and female first before I consider doing more about Naruto top 10 posts. I got this idea from a friendly blogger named Mel from the blog website Marvelously Mismatched. She is a great friend of mine and I remember reading her posts about her favorite Naruto male characters. If you want to check out her blog, I will leave her blog and posts down below. Be sure to say hi. While you are at it, please donate to my blog through Ko-fi.

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Anyway, here is my top 10 favorite male characters. (Spoilers coming up!)

10. Jugo

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Jugo is one of my favorite characters in the series. At first he appears like a gentle giant but when he gets angry, he becomes a monster. When Sasuke enlists him in his team, the rampaging Jugo agrees to serve Sasuke and the rest of Team Hebi. With his skills, Jugo can heal Sasuke wounds by using his curse mark and even use his mark to unleash monster strength.

9. Gaara

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Almost like Naruto, Gaara is a character I feel sympathetic towards him. Just like Naruto, Gaara was outcasted by his own village because he had the one-tailed beast Shukaku. To make matters worse, his own father tried to kill his own son multiple times by sending his own men but failed in the process.Without love and care, Gaara became a heartless ninja. But after facing Naruto, Gaara later learned about friendship and he dies whatever it takes to take of his village.

8. Yamato

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He’s not Kakashi, but he is a cool sensei. Yamato first appeared as a substitute sensei to watch over Naruto, Sakura and newly introduced, Sai. What makes Yamato interesting is that he has an unique chakra which allows him to use wood style jutsu that can help suppress Naruto’s nine tails chakra. When he’s not watching over Naruto, he’s making houses and boats with his jutsu. Don’t ever make him mad because he gives off a creepy face.

7. Might Guy

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He may look weird, but he is one of the strongest taijutsu shinobi in the Leaf Village. Might Guy is a ninja that ultizes taijutsu, jutsu that relies on physical combat and strength. Guy is a sensei who watches over his team which includes Rock Lee, Neji and Tenten. He may look weird with his haircut and green clothes, but he is actually strong ninja. I like how even though he only has taijutsu, he is still strong and he knows how fight and go beyond limits.

6. Kakashi Hatake

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This guy has some awesome skills. Kakashi is a real ninja who can toy with his opponents. When he had the Sharingan, Kakashi can imitate hand signs and perform jutsu and counter attack his opponent. Even with his mask on, Kakashi shows a lot of emotions. He cares about his students and he doesn’t hold back on his enemies. He went from being a student, anbu, sensei and even Hokage. Kakashi is a powerhouse ninja.

5. Obito Uchiha

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When life turns their back on you, you turn your back on the world. After dealing with tragedy, the innocent Obito Uchiha decides to seek vengeance in the world. After losing his childhood crush Rin, Obito wants to create a world where anything is possible and he do drastic measures. I like how he is powerful and manipulative in the series and tricking people that he was Madara Uchiha.

4. Shikamaru Nara

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Don’t be fooled by his appearance. First started off in the show as a lazy student, Shikamaru is actually pretty smart. He plans out his moves and outsmarts his opponents. He also appears calm minded which helps him concentrate and not make the situation stressful. I also like his jutsu in which he can possess people with his Shadow Posession Jutsu.

3. Itachi Uchiha

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We all hated this guy before but after learning about him, Itachi is one of the coolest characters in the series. Itachi first appears in the show as an antagonist but after learning about him and trying to prevent coup between his clan and the Leaf Village, he was willing to kill off his own clan and save his only little brother Sasuke. Itachi is an opponent you should never underestimate especially when facing someone who killed their entire clan.

2. Naruto Uzamaki

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He’s the star of his own story and he shows us that with enough determination, dreams can come true. Naruto may have had a bad beginning without having parents and failing in school, Naruto shows us that never giving up pays off. Naruto is one tough kid who refuses to give up and when the going gets tough, he gets stronger.

1. Jiraiya

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Jiraiya is my number one favorite character. He may look like an old funny pervert, but he’s surprisingly a cool shinobi. When he’s not doing “research”, he is writing and training Naruto. As a Sanin, it’s his job to protect the Leaf Village from evil. Jiraiya is the master of the Rasengan and he knows how to summon powerful toads and even hold secrets about chakra control. I wish he was alive in the series so he can see Naruto become Hokage. I admire that he is a writer and I like his dedication to finding out how to find peace in the ninja world.

This is my top 10 favorite male characters in Naruto. What are yours?

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Happy 30th Anniversary Dragon Ball Z – My top 5 characters I wish to see canon in Dragon Ball

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Remember the news that Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama was involve with making the movie Dragon Ball Super: Broly? Because of his involvement, fans rejoiced and saw that after all these years, the antagonist Broly was going to be canon and be part of the Dragon Ball universe. Not only him, but we also get see characters like Bardock, Gogeta and even Goku’s mother Gine as canon; Gine first made her appearance in the manga Jaco: The Galactic Patrolman manga in a special chapter called Dragon Ball Minus. This is could be good or bad news since this means that Toriyama retconned the story. Meaning, we don’t see Bardock’s old friends from the movie Bardock: The Father of Goku or we don’t see his Super Saiyan transformation Episode of Bardock. Regardless of the changes, fans was still happy to see these characters canon and part of the main story. Just like I mentioned before with Bardock, this also means that Toriyama changed Broly. In the DBZ movies, Toriyama did designed Broly but he wasn’t part of the past movies and Broly was just another noncanon villain in the DBZ movies like Cooler or Lord Slug. Broly made more appearances in three movies due to popularity and seeing him come back as canon, he is involved with the main story. Now here is the main topic of this post: What if Toriyama said today that he wanted to do another Dragon Ball movie and bring back and character that was originally noncanon? What if Dragon Ball Super comes back and he wants to reintroduce a character he designed and be in the Dragon Ball Super? I have five characters in my mind that I would love to see return. These characters are from the past DBZ movies and filler arcs of Z. This is also a tribute to the 30 years of the Dragon Ball Z anime! Happy Anniversary Dragon Ball Z and thank you for the characters and story!

*Warning: Spoilers!

5. Pikkon (Dragon Ball Z)

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Remember that epic fight with Goku and Hit in Dragon Ball Super where Goku used Kaioken and Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan together? Before that happened, Dragon Ball veterans saw something similar in the classic Dragon Ball Z anime. In Dragon Ball Z, this anime did have filler that was not part of the original manga. Taking place after the events of the Cell Games, Goku is dead and rather than training with King Kai, he decides to part in tournament where all the Kais come together and pit their strongest warriors and see who is the strongest, in thus this leads to the Other World Tournament episodes.  In this filler, Goku and Pikkon are faced against each other and both are equally matched. Despite Pikkon being stronger than Frieza and even Cell, Goku has an ace up his sleeve. He transform into Super Saiyan and mixed his attacks with Kaioken for a boost.

What I am trying to say is that even though Pikkon is not noncanon, I did like him and I really like the friendship with him and Goku. I am also impressed how strong he is. It was mentioned in Bio Broly that when Broly died, King Kai wanted Goku and Pikkon stop Broly rampaging in the Other World. If Pikkon ever comes back, I would love to see him Super where Goku could team up with Goku and fight with dead warriors for training.

4. Tapion (Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragons)

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He didn’t show up in the filler episodes but he appeared in the noncanon Z movies. Tapion is a new character introduced in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon,. He is a mysterious hero who is on a quest to prevent the powerful monster Hirudegarn from destroying the world. I pick him because I like friendship between Kid Trunks and him. In the movie, Trunks becomes interested in him and sees that looks like a very cool hero and Tapion soon begins to like him since he reminds him of his younger brother who helped prevented the rampaging monster from rampage years ago. In the end of the movie, the monster slain and as Tapion returns him home, he gives powerful sword to Trunks. In the credits, we see Trunks wielding a sword and slaying Frieza after the events in Namek. I would love to see Toriyama bring back Trunks again and go over the details on how did he get the sword. I could possible see him referred or at least explained in a movie focusing only on Trunks.

3. Bojack (Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound)

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Remember this muscled green giant? Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound introduced Bojack and his minions and we got see how scary they are. It is mentioned by King Kai that all four Kais sealed Bojack and his servants because they were evil and they had too power to be stopped in the galaxy; however, after King Kai died from Cell because of Goku, the seal is broken Bojack and his crew escapes and decides to have fun by attacking Earth. With Goku out of the picture, it’s up to Gohan and the Z-Warriors to stop him. If Bojack ever comes back, I would love to see him in the sequel/Dragon Ball Super anime. In the manga, DBS is still going and Goku and Vegeta are faced against a powerful energy stealing foe called Moro and the only one who can match against him is Majin Buu. What if while Goku and Vegeta are away, what if there is new threat and Gohan is Earth’s last resort. It was mentioned a while back that Toriyama planned to have Gohan to be the main protagonist in Dragon Ball Z when it first started, but then he became a side character since fans loved Goku more than Gohan. I would love to see Gohan in action and show fans that he still the same kid who once saved the world from Cell. He did come back strong in Dragon Ball Super in the last arc, but I would like to see him fight in a battle of life and death in the same way in Android Saga.

2. Slug (Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug)

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Goku can’t catch a break with evil Namekians. In Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug, Goku and his friends must stop the evil Namekian Lord Slug from freezing the planet. In a similar way like Evil King Piccolo in the Dragon Ball classic anime, Goku is faced against a young Lord Slug in his prime and just like King Piccolo, he is evil to the core and will do what it takes to kill anyone stopping his goals. Goku barely made it out alive when he almost tapped into a Super Saiyan form and Gohan using his whistling skills to weaken Slug. Just like my point with Gohan and Bojack, what if the earth needed Piccolo’s protection. I could see an arc in Dragon Ball Super where Piccolo teams up with Gohan and fight against Slug. Not only Piccolo would get the spotlight, but I would love to see the teacher-student relationship with Gohan and Piccolo.

1. Cooler (Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge)

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Just like Broly, Cooler is another movie character that gets a lot of popularity from Dragon Ball Z fans. Cooler made his appearance in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge and then came back again as a metal version called Metal Cooler in Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler. Cooler is the older brother of Frieza and just like him, he is heartless. He comes to Earth to find the one who killed his brother and he is not doing this to avenge him, he wants to kill to honor the family and his own pride. It’s mentioned in the movie that he was already planning to kill Frieza to shut him up. Cooler will go beyond and even try to kill Goku’s friends in order to see him go mad. Cooler has gotten a lot attention even in the video games that he was added in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 in the PS2 and he came back in the Dragon Ball Heroes anime spinoff where he learned how to transform into Golden Cooler. He is also a DLC character in FighterZ along with Broly and Bardock. In Dragon Ball Super, he doesn’t show up at all and the only Frieza-like character we got was Frost in Universe 6. I would love to see story focusing on Frieza and his race. We could learn about his relationship with his brother and his father King Cold.

That’s my top 5 characters I want to see canon in Toriyama’s movies and Dragon Ball Super. What about you guys? Do you have any characters that you want to be canon? Comment down below.

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What-if?: Top 5 what-if episodes for Final Fantasy XV

As you may have noticed, Square Enix just announced that they released the last DLC for the game Final Fantasy XV. The last DLC is called Episode Ardyn and it allows players to play as the game’s antagonist Ardyn Izunia and get revenge on the people that turned against him years ago. Originally, Episode Ardyn was going to be part of a DLC pack called Dawn of the Future where players will be able to download and play this episode and other Episodes called Episode Lunafreya, Aranea and Noctis. Unfortunately, the plans were cancelled, but the episodes will still come back as a novel. As of now, excluding Comrades, we have Episodes Gladiolus, Prompto, Ignis and Ardyn. In this post I made, I want to share some interesting ideas what-if the plans for DLC was not cancelled and we got to see more stories on other characters. I compiled a top 5 list for characters to have their share of the story.

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5. Episode Cindy

What if we could play the car mechanic Cindy? It may sound weird because Cindy never fights in the game, and according to fans, she’s the fanservice of the game. She’s well known for taking care of Noctis’ car, the Regalia. She did have a big role in the Assassin’s Creed Festival event where she wanted to help Noctis save her friend Holly from Loqi. She also was part of missions in Comrades. What if Square took the time to show more development for her and made her a strong woman type character. She could be helping the remaining glaives during the ten year darkness and this could be an opportunity to explore her past. It was revealed by Cid that CIndy lost her parents from the daemons and she was raised by him. It would be interesting to see how far will Cindy go to go against the Empire and Daemons. We might get information Cid as well.

4. Episode Iris

What if Iris got attention? Iris is the little sister of Gladiolus and she is also a childhood friend of Noctis. She has a crush on him as well. She teams up with you for a bit as you try to escort her away from the Empire. She knows how to fight hand to hand combat and she has her cute Moogle doll to fight with. She’s also a great healer. It would be an interesting story to see her perspective in the story and learn about her relationship with Noctis. Her adventure could take place during the ten years of darkness or during the story where she is helping people escape from Old Lestallum.

3. Episode Nyx Ulric

What if you were a glaive like Nyx? Nyx first appeared in the CGI movie Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. He is a character who helps Lunafreya escape from Crown City when the Empire took over and destroyed the kingdom. What if you could play as this guy in his youth years or still in training as a glaive? His gameplay would probably feel like a mix between Noctis because he is the given the ability to warp and and he would like Ignis because he is an expert with his daggers. It would be cool to play in his eyes and explore Crown City and interact characters from the movie like Crowe and Libertus.

2. Episode Cor

What if Cor had more action time? Cor made his appearance early on the game and he helped Noctis fight against the Niflheim enemy Loqi. It only took some downloads for him to get some attention again. In Episode Gladiolus, he helped Gladio to take the trials to fight against Gilgamesh. In the Royal Edition update, he shows up 10 years later and helps Noctis take back Crown City. I would love to play as Cor and see what has been doing while Noctis and his friends were on a road trip. It was mentioned in the game, he was helping hunters. Cor is a tough man and when  fought him in Episode Gladiolus, this guy brought me down in a flash. Cor would be a fun character to use in combat.

1. Episode Regis (young version)

What if Square gave us a story based on Noctis father King Regis? Regis is an interesting man who has the same powers of Noctis and he even knows of the tragic fate for his son. It would be interesting to see what would be like if we could play as a young version of Regis in his early years of being king. We did kind of had the chance to play as Regis in his youth in his free game A King’s Tale where Regis told young Noctis a story about himself saving the Crystal. It would be awesome to play as Regis and have his friends work together to face against monsters and the Empire. It would be a bonus to see young characters like Cid, Clarus, Weskham and probably Cor.

These are my top five characters I would love to see happen. Do you have any ideas for yourself? Comment down below!

We are one! – Top 5 anime characters with symbiotic partners (Happy Halloween!)

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“We are Venom!” This is a quote from Sony’s movie adaption of Marvel’s antihero Venom. I saw this movie and I have to admit, it was good movie and I would love to see a sequel or possibly have Venom crossover with Spider-Man.  What makes Venom interesting is how the main character Eddie Brock is teamed up with an unknown creature unexpectedly and must learn to control. However, unlike most characters with super powers, Eddie gained these powers by accident and he struggles to control them and what’s worse is that Venom is a living creature with its own motives. In other words, Venom and Eddie has to work together in order to survive against enemies that wants them both dead.

This kind of relationship also exists in the world of anime and manga where characters receive a special power, but changes their lives differently. Some characters get rejected by society and some loses a part of their identity in order to live. In this post, I want to list my top five characters who gained powers but goes through hardships. Anime characters that obtained a power source without any characteristics like Deku from My Hero Academia will not be in this list since even though he does get the quirk One for All from All Might, the quirk is not a living creature. This list will focus on characters obtaining living, powerful beings and learning to cooperate with the hosts. I wasn’t sure how to properly title this post, so if you have any title suggestions for this post, comment down below.  It’s been a while since I did a top post so excuse me for my rusty writing.

*There might be minor spoilers, but I will keep it to a minimum! This is not ranked! I am only listing from the top of my head. Also, I will be referring to the movie Venom more often. So if you are reading this and getting tired of me saying, “just like Venom or just like Eddie…”, get used to it!

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Top 5 Strongest Female Humans in Anime

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I recently did a top 5 on strongest human men and now I am going to do a top 5 strongest human women!

Just like men in anime, there are some women out there that are so strong that can make men shake in fear. Sometimes, they can be relatable and can exist in the real world. In anime, women can look both cute and scary or beautiful and dangerous. In this list, I will be listing my choices for top 5 strongest girls in anime. Just like my male list, these girls are humans; no aliens, monsters, demons or androids, ONLY humans! This list is not ranked either and no spoilers here either.

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Happy Birthday to me! – A Special Top 10 posts and Personal Shout-Outs!

Hello everyone, this is yours truly Matthew of Matt-in-the-Hat, and today is a special day because today it’s my birthday! Today I turn 23 and I have been waiting for a long time to reach this number. As a way to start this post, I will be doing a special top 10 posts but with a twist. If you guys know me enough, you would know that I have a gaming obsession with Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts. For this top 10, this will actually be divided into top 5s instead but in the end, it will be 10. Also, there is no particular order. Here is the reason behind this. Also, I will be doing personal shout-outs!

Today is the DLC add-on to the game Final Fantasy XV, Episode Gladioulus. In this episode, players will be playing as Noctis’s friend Gladiolus and they will experience what is like to play as the strongest man of the group. Taking place after facing Ravus, Gladiolus leaves the party and tries to obtain new skills. With the help of Cor, Gladio will be fighting daemons and he will have to face the ultimate challenger, Gilgamesh. If players bought the season pass, this episode is free; otherwise, you will have to pay $5.

Also coming out today is the release of of the HD collection game Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, (in the UK, this game comes out on March 31st). This game will include the past Kingdom Hearts that was previously included for the PS3 but now it will be on PS4. The graphics are enhanced with 60 FPS. This game will include the following: Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days (HD Cinematic Remaster), Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix, and Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded (HD Cinematic Remaster).

Now that I have giving you this information, going back to the top posts, I will tell you the titles to these top posts. I will be sharing my top 5 Strongest Male Humans in dedication to the Episode Gladiolus and my personal Top 5 Anime Worlds that could join Kingdom Hearts.

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Top 5 anime look-a-likes!

As an anime fan, you meet a variety of unique and different characters. However, have you seen a character that seemed too similar to another character? I am saying, have you seen a character that looked almost similar in appearance? Sometimes, a mangaka artist or author may create their characters by coincidence or they base it off from someone’s work. If it’s based on works, they either (a) really respect the original artist and wanted to do their own creation or (b) steal the idea and claim it as their own. In this top post 5 posts, I will be showing some anime characters that look strikingly similar to other characters in different works. This will be focused on different works and not on the same genre (in short, this may not be limited to only anime. Also this is not in order. Just things that popped in my head).

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My Dream Loot Crate – A Loot Crate Idea

Hello everyone, this is Matthew I hope everyone had a great Christmas vacation. In this post, this will be different. This is not a review or news of sort. Instead, I decided to write post about my ideal create for the pop culture subscription team Loot Crate. Loot Crate is a subscription service where people pay for a subscriptions for a themed crate filled with goodies based on themes. Subscribers could get a crate filled with specific anime merchandise (Loot Anime) or other stuff like for pet lovers (Loot Pets), video games (Loot Gaming) or just the usual standard version filled with random goods like comic book and gaming Loot Crate.

This post was inspired by TwoHappyCats and her post “My Dream Loot Crate“. In her post, she wrote about her idea create called “Home is here the anime is”. She explains that she named this theme because she will be moving town and state and she wants some anime goods for the new home. According to her blog, here is what Loot Crate says:

“Ever dream about designing your own monthly subscription crate? Well, your dream might could become a reality. Loot Crate, the pop culture subscription service for geeks, gamers, and fans alike, wants to know what people would do if they could put together their dream subscription crate.”

Also I heard from this tweet from Kauses of Otaku Gamer Zone’s Twitter this morning:

Anyway, enough jibber jabber, let’s start this dream crate!

I AM NOT SPONSORING FOR ANYTHING OR ANYONE! Just like TwoHappyCats, this is just a rough idea for my dream crate and this post is not intended to sponsor any company. This is just a Dream Loot Crate Post!!!

The Theme – Bloodthirsty

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The theme for this dream crate is “Bloodthirsty” and it will contain anime and manga related-titles. At first I wanted to create a crate filled anime in regards to adventure or Shonen titles, but I though it would be interesting to have a crate filled with anime filled with titles known for blood, gore and eeriness. It would be like opening “Pandora’s Box”. I am not much of a violent guy but I think we all have moments where we just want to let loose and embrace our rage. They say, it starts with the quiet ones haha.

Tokyo Ghoul Mask

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This was something I wanted for Christmas. I got a T-shirt instead but I am happy on what I got. For this crate, I think Ken Kaneki’s mask from Tokyo Ghoul should be included in this crate. I found this mask online from Hot Topic and I think this looks epic. I have seen the main character Kaneki used this mask only a little bit in Season 1 and I thought it made him look intimidating. If anyone is familiar with Tokyo Ghoul, you would know that this anime is violent and filled with hungry ghouls.

Akame ga Kill! Esdeath T-Shirt

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This shirt image I saw interesting from the Sentai Filmworks site. I have a question, if Esdeath is known as the hottest character in the anime, would she be called hot or cold because of her ice powers? Either way, Esdeath is a very powerful antagonist in the violent anime Akame ga Kill! and she exceeds in both skills and looks. Like most of the crates, subscribers will be able to get free T-shirts. I think it would be cool to see this shirt added with my ideal crate. Esdeath proves that even the most beautiful woman can be also be the most feared, and scary human on earth.

Rosario Vampire keychain cross

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Aside from the violent girls in Akame ga Kill!, some girls can be dangerous and cute. I am huge fan of Rosario Vampire and I think the Cross Necklace should be included in this Bloodthirsty Crate. I found this at the Rightstuf website. In Rosario Vampire, one of the girls named Moka Akashiya is a vampire and she is seen wearing this cross on her neck. This cross is a seal tto prevent her inner vampire from letting lose. However, when other monsters try to get her or her friends, these monsters end up getting their butts whooped by her dark side. This little lady needs blood.

Hellsing Ultimate Notebook

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Ever want to keep track on how much you spent, or how many you killed, or just want to keep track on your ideas? If so, this is a need. From the OVA series Hellsing: Ultimate, this notebook will help anyone needing something to write and keep records. It can be used for school or just other activities like home or work. You help keep you motivated, this tough lady Integra will be observing you from this cover. This notebook is from Rightstuf.

Deadman Wonderland wallet

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When in doubt, if you ever been accused for something you never did, make sure you have someone to bail you out. From the violent anime Deadman Wonderland, this wallet has the cover from the mysterious Red Man. The Red Man is a mysterious person is responsible for killing the protagonist Ganta’s homeclassroom. All of his friends were slaughtered and the survivor Ganta is accused for a murder he never did; his punishment is being sent to the “fun” slaughterhouse with other criminals called Deadman Wonderland. I am hoping no one goes to jail for doing something crazy. Still, how would you feel to pull money put from a wallet with a killer’s face on it? This wallet is from Rightstuf.

Finished!

This completes my dream loot crate for my Bloodthirsty Crate. I hope you liked my idea and if you ever want to try out Loot Crate, follow the links above. Thanks for reading this post and I am happy to share my dream crate. See you next time!

Also, what would your crate be? How would you set it up and what will be the theme? Leave a link in the comments and share your ideas! I would love to see them. 🙂

Response: Top 5 Positive Influences in Anime

This is a response and answers post to Anime Reviewer Girl’s post to “5 Positive Influences Of Anime!!!“.  Shay did a top 5 list on how watching or liking anime can be a positive impact in our lives. In my list, I will list how anime can be a positive in my daily life and how does it affect me. My top 5 will include some points in which also agrees with her. So yes, this post was influence by hers and I decided to do my own response.

In  this list, I will be talking about watching anime can sometimes be a positive factor in life and how well it does it affect me. Everyone’s reaction is different and it’s up to you to know how does anime can be a good thing in your life. Everyone has a different answer on anime made a positive impact on their lives. Mine, here, will cover 5 things that made my life better with anime. Anyway, here is my top 5 points and their positive effects. 🙂

5. Peace in solitude

Just like what Shay said in her list, anime helps me get away from the “noise” of the world. There are some days, I just want to get away from stress like work and enjoy some alone time with anime. Sometimes, even thought I love my friends and family, I just want some solitude for myself. Anime helps me unwind from everything and reminds how silence can be a bliss. Some people need a coffee break, I need an anime break. A series about interesting characters, fantastic art and music helps me block the outside world.

4. It’s my identity

Anime deines who I am as a person. There are people out there who is known for liking activities/hobbies like sports, art or gaming. Besides video games, anime help let’s people know that I am a guy who enjoy a genre outside the United States and appreciate a story. I may not be the guy you see in a convention that has a shirt that says “I love anime” or “It’s Over 9,000” with a body pillow of my waifu. I could be just an average guy who wears a casual shirt and jeans but with a vast knowledge in anime and manga. My passion of anime is what makes me different than people.

3. It’s the source to my pride and confidence

Even though anime is just a genre or animation with fictional characters and exaggerated story situations, some anime with interested characters help me stand up for myself. If you knew me as a in real life, I am very shy and timid person. I tend to just hide and get the urge to run away from my problems. When I see one of my favorite characters acting tough and showing no fear, it reminds me that running away and hiding doesn’t solve anything. It’s an act of cowardice and nothing can come from it. When I see a character face off against something impossible, I sometimes imagine myself in a battle and the only way out of it is to stay strong.

2. Meet new people

Even before anime, I had some friends in real life. Some liked anime but only a few. When I first came to the blogging world, I didn’t even know to begin and who to talk to. There was no place for me to chat about anime and what to talk about. The first person I met was Arria from Fujinsei and I came to her site when she mentioned something about One Piece. As a One Piece fan, I paid a visit and left a few comments at her site. After a while, I later became her friend in the WP community. Along the way, I met some amazing anibloggers. If it wasn’t for anime, I would never be here this far.

1. Understanding the World

Even thought you don’t see giant robots in the military or actual ninjas that can run water or pink haired girls in the real world, anime helped me understand real life situations and people. Slice of Life anime like Clannad helped me see how life can be hard and it can be difficult to find any happiness in the world. However, Clannad also showed me sometimes the slightest “light” of the world can a make huge difference in the dark times of life. Another anime I want to mention is Naruto. Besides the story focusing on a child reaching for a dream, the anime helps us see how violence of war can be devastating on both sides of the battle. The anime also shows that following your dreams will be a difficult challenge but once you reach that dream, everything you worked hard for will be worth it. Anime can be more real when approached in a different angle.

That’s my top 5 Positive Influences from Anime. I hope you enjoyed reading them. If you like them, don’t forget to check Shay’s post and video in the above link of this post. 🙂

2016: Top 5 Favorite Female Anime Characters

Hello everyone! This is Matthew and in this post, I will share with you my top 5 favorite female anime characters. If you’re wondering why I used this image of Akame for my thumbnail, it’s because I chose her for my 30 Day anime challenge day 4. Back then, I only chose one in the top of my head and this time, I want to expand more on who’s my favorite. I originally was planning to titled this post, “Top 5 Favorite Female Anime Characters Expansion Pack or +.” I also added 2016 in my title because this list may change in the future, so this is not permanent.  This list will not include anime characters I have a crush on; there will be a list for that in the future. Anyway, let’s start this list:

5. Kagome Higurashi (Inuyasha)

I pick Kagome from the anime Inuyasha. You would think a teenager like Kagome would only have to deal with homework, tests and boys; however, this is not the case for this teenage girl. After being dragged into the Bone-Eater’s Well, Kagome’s life changes when she meets the half-demon Inuyasha and must work together to collect the Shikon Jewel Shards and fight off against bloodthirsty that want them for power. What makes Kagome one of my favorite is because she is a tough and brave girl that goes through trials to save her friends. Any average human would probably run away from danger or die, but Kagome is willing to put her life on the line. Kagome is one tough school girl.

4. Rukia Kuchiki (Bleach)

 

My next choice is Rukia from Bleach. Rukia is one of the first Soul Reapers Ichigo meets in the start of Bleach. After lending Ichigo her powers in order to save his family, Rukia becomes trapped in the human world and relies on Ichigo to do her duty as a Soul Reaper. Later on the series, Ichigo tackles more than slaying hollows. He goes through saving his friends, fighting in a war or even getting stronger in near-death situations.

Out of the girls in Bleach, I think Rukia is one of the coolest girls. Unlike most girls in some anime, she is prepared to fight. Thanks to her being raised by Kuchiki family, Rukia is disciplined in fighting and knows the risks for helping Ichigo’s battles. Also, she also knows how to slap Ichigo into sense whenever he gets discouraged especially after his first encounters with the Arrancars, Yammy and Ulquiorra.

3. Asuna Yuuki (Sword Art Online)

Just like Rukia, Asuna is another character I like. When we first meet Asuna in the anime, we find out she is beginner gamer and she gets trapped in Sword Art Online along with Kirito. Later as the anime progresses, Asuna joins the Knights of the Blood and gets the highest ranking. With her cooking skills and keen techniques of her rapier, Asuna is a special girl that cook up a tasty stew and even tackle the toughest enemies in video games. Besides losing everything in the Fairy Dance arc, Asuna is still the toughest gamer along Kirito in A LFeim Online; she also becomes the teams healer! In the Mother Rosario Arc, Asuna also comes close to defeating the unstoppable gamer Zekken!

A girl that likes gaming is great in my book!

2. Celty Sturluson (Durarara!!)

Coming in second place is Celty from the Durarara!! series. Celty is a Dullahan (a headless fairy in Scotland culture) that lives with the underground doctor Shinra Kishitani in Ikebukuro and tackles odd jobs. In a city that is filled with bizarre characters, Celty is one of the characters and she is no stranger to her friends. Without her head, no one can understand what she is saying unless she uses her cellphone and anyone that can understand her body language. Besides that, she is also very dangerous. Her headless horse can shape shift into a motorcycle, a carriage and even a bike. She also controls shadow tendrils that can emit from her body, almost like extra limbs. In this anime, Celty is one of my favorite characters in the anime. She is caring to her friends such as Shizuo and Anri and she can also be cute when she is with Shinra.

1. Nagisa Furukawa (Clannad)

Last but not least, we have Nagisa from the Clannad series. Born with a weak constitution, Nagisa is prone to be easily ill and go through critical situations that can lead her to repeating high school. Her life changes when a delinquent senior boy named Tomoya Okazaki meets her and agrees to help her bring back the theatrical drama club, her faith in her goal is restored and she meets new friends that will be part of her life. She also changes Tomoya’s life for the better after she learns about his troubled life.

Personally, Nagisa is one of the best girls in the anime. Nagisa is a cute girl with a gentle smile and good conscience. She is a girl who is willing to help others and put aside her own goals. She’s not a fighter like Tomoyo, or tough like Kyou or even super shy like Kotomi, she’s just a girl who is moderate. She can be shy but with Tomoya’s help, she can be brave and even go through life without troubles. Whenever she smiles, she can make anything go from bad to good. If she’s sad, she can make anyone feel for her. She is the number one in this list.

These are all the characters I have for this top 5. What are your top 5 girls? Comment below.