Saturday, August 20, 2016

Anime Fest 2016 Cosplay Contest Highlights.

by Gaby

I had the pleasure of attending the cosplay contest at The Majestic in Dallas, TX, during Anime Fest last week.  It was truly a magnificent cosplay contest held in a really beautiful theater with a house full of eager anime enthusiasts and with guests from Japan.

The guests of Honor from Japan consisted of Fumi Hirano, Toshio Furukawa, Shino Kakinuma, Akemi Takada, Shingo Natsume, Chikashi Kubota, Shuhei Morita, Kazuhiro Miwa, and Ayana Nishino, shows that they were involved with consists of favorites such as Urusei Yatsura, Tokyo Ghoul, My Hero Academia, One-Punch Man, DragonBall Z, and Space Dandy.

There was a special pre-show where guests picked the best cosplay from shows they were involved in.  After the Japanese guests awarded cosplayers with a small gift to the winners then the main cosplay contest was able to commence.

check out this video with some of the main highlights from the Anime Fest 2016 Cosplay Contest at the Majestic Theater in Dallas, TX!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Favorite Deus Ex Heroes

by Dwreck Johnson 
A Deus Ex Hero in a series is a character who often shows up only to solve a problem too big for the regular characters. They are insanely more powerful than the other heroes, often times completely broken, and I love them!

This is not to be confused with a normal or main character, these characters often show up only to help the writer get their characters out of situations when they don't have a better way to them through danger. Many times though these characters exist purely for the enjoyment of the artist and fans.

Here is a list of some of my favorite Deus Ex Heroes:

Levi (Attack on Titan): Levi is a character from Attack on Titan a popular horror anime/manga where giant zombie like creatures called "Titans" have taken over most of Earth. He is known as the "Hope of humanity". His combat skills far surpass any other humans in the show which is often seen through his almost inhuman 3d maneuver gear movements.

The Skull Knight (Berserk):The Skull Knight is a character we still don't have the full story on but is amazing enough already. He somehow exists inside and outside of time and has a great arsenal of magic weapons. He is even strong enough to fight and defeat demon apostles. The best parts of the Berserk manga wouldn't even exist if not for The Skull Knight since he saved Guts from the eclipse and later gave him the berserk armor.

Gildarts (Fairy Tail): Gildarts is the strongest wizard in the Fairy Tail guild and possibly his whole continent.With powerful destruction magic his power makes most enemies attacks completely useless. His great power has even brought other heroes to feel helpless and intimidated before while in its presence. You can be sure that when Gildarts shows up that FT is about to win the fight.

Escanor (The Seven Deadly Sins): Escanor is my personal favorite at the moment. The last and most powerful member of the Sins to be introduced you wont even see him the existing anime. Those who read the manga will see that Escanor is reminding us all what the real meaning of B.A.M.F is. Escanor's solar powered strength is directly related to the time of day making him weak and useless at midnight, and nigh unstoppable at noon.

Well that's it for my list. Who are some of your favorite Deus Ex Heroes? Mention them or any other comments in the the section below.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online? Review

by Gaby

Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta or "And you Thought There is Never a Girl Online? Is one of the trending anime today, it really seems that virtual reality game type of anime have really taken off. This particular anime, is about a group of students in high school who know each other in the online game "Legendary Age." The main male protagonist, Hideki Nishimura,  decides to have his online gaming character, "Rusian," take a wife in the game, so he declares his love for a character named NekoHime, but is brutally shot down when NekoHime tells him that she is actually a man in real life and cannot accept.  Nishimura swears off online marriage until one day a character named Ako declares hers love for him and he decides to give it another go with the mentality that it's just a game so it doesn't really matter in real life if the player is a man or a woman. 

One day the other members in Nishimura's (Rusian's) guild, including his wife, Ako, decide to meet up outside of the game in real life.   Nishimura is shocked when he realizes that not only are the people in his guild in the same high school as he is, but they are all girls! 

The main plot of this anime is basically about Ako, and how she can't exactly distinguish reality from the game.  It's slightly annoying actually because she keeps calling everyone by their game name at school, even when they don't want to be called that.  So the guild members establish a club to help Ako differentiate between real life and game life.   

There is a lot of fan service in this anime if you are into that kind of stuff, you may like it.  At the beginning of the show you see that there seem to be male members in the guild but once they reveal that the characters in the game were male but the actual players are female, they are portrayed as female for the rest of the anime, and some with very skimpy outfits (student council president has a very revealing outfit). 

It't not bad though, it got my attention, it has some fantasy and adventure aspects, some romance, and some regular slice of life. I think its a really good blend of everything.  Overall I think I would recommend it if you are into either one of those genres. You can catch this series under recently updated on Funimation!