D&A Anime Blog: The “D&A Blog Appreciation Awards”!!

So this particular topic has been on our minds for about a good while now, but we never really found a good way to put it into action – until now! Two years ago we never thought our anime blog would reach the levels and heights that it has, and for that we are ever so grateful for the many anime fans and friends we’ve met along the way. However our journey is nowhere near over, nor has our appreciation for our fans and the anime community dimmed in any way. Although we may be limited in content creation, we’re unlimited in fan and blog appreciation! So starting this Summer, we will be introducing the D&A Blog Appreciation Awards!

There are four different categories for our special upcoming awards:

  • D&A’s Creative Blogger Award
  • D&A’s Insightful Post Award
  • D&A’s Timeless Classic Award
  • D&A’s Anime Hunter Award

We’ll have more information about what these awards are all about on the first week of May, plus we’ll even tell you what you have to do to get one; nominate another blog. We want to give everyone a shot at these awards and not try to choose favorites, because we believe that each and every blogger and fan that we’ve come in contact with, has been nothing short of awesome to us! Hopefully our Blog Appreciation Awards will allow us to express our gratitude for all the love and support you’ve shown us over the course of two years! For that we say, Thank You! 🙂

D&A Anime Blog: April Changes!!

THIS JUST IN! Don’t worry, it’s not as bad as you think. We’re just changing up a few things in terms of when we post, and how often. A few days ago in a filler post announcement, we mentioned that one of the founders of D&A; Donte’ J. Lewis, was going to take a one-week hiatus from posting any filler posts, or social media posts. After giving the matter a lot of thought, we’ve decided to look for an alternative method rather than grey out an entire week of no posts.

So here’s what’s gonna go down; we now have what we like to call Active Days and Non-Active Days! The Active Days are the days where we’re on the blog (and social media) the most, and Non-Active Days are the days where we’re the least active on the blog and social media. Down below is our list of Active and Non-Active Days:

  • Monday (Active Day)
  • Tuesday (Active Day)
  • Wednesday (Non-Active Day)
  • Thursday (Active Day)
  • Friday (Active Day)
  • Saturday (Non-Active Day)
  • Sunday (Non-Active Day)

Our new posting schedule will take effect April 2, 2018! That’s all for our Breaking News segment for now. Stay tuned for more on D&A Anime Blog! 🙂

Fooly Cooly: What is it, and Why is it So Popular?

About fifteen years ago many of us have seen a good amount of anime titles from that time, by time we mean the early 2000’s. We would give you a detailed list of all the titles that came out during that era in time, but we’ll save that for a whole other post. There are many titles and series out there that span over a variety of genres from horror to comedy, but there are also a few titles that are a little bit…’creative’, by the way they tell the story. Both A. Goldman and myself have seen this title first hand, but we still have one question: What the hell does Fooly Cooly even mean?!

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Before we answer that question, we’ll give you a brief rundown on what this 6-episode OVA series is all about (for those of us who haven’t seen or heard of it yet). Basically, this is a coming-of-age series about a 12-year-old boy named Naota Nandaba, who lives with his widowed father and grandfather. He pretty much lives a working-class lifestyle in the city of Mabase until this average life of his gets suddenly interrupted by the arrival of the ‘Vespa Woman’ (aka Haruko Haruhana) via getting ran over by her Vespa 180 cc scooter. She gives the poor boy CPR and then whack him on the head with a guitar, but not just any guitar, a Rickenbacker 4001 (for all of you electric guitar enthusiasts and players out there).

Now he’s got a portal on his head from where Haruko hit him, where robots from a company called Medical Mechanica have started sprouting from. Later on down the line it has been made clear, that Haruko is really an investigator for the GSPB (Galactic Space Police Brotherhood). She uses Naota in order to track down the Pirate King, and we don’t mean Gold Roger! (Give that a minute to sink in.)

With Naota being watched by Commander Amarao of the BII (Bureau of Interstellar Immigration) as well as the periodic interruptions from Medical Mechanica, the working-class 12-year-old of Mabase is now in a three-way battle between them, and Haruko. You can watch the first season on Crunchyroll and FunimationNow!

Whew! Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I suppose most of you are still wondering what the term “Fooly Cooly” actually means. The real definition of the term is simply put; to fondle a part of a woman’s body, which in this day and age is something that you should NEVER do. (Unless you’ve got a girlfriend/boyfriend and do it in the privacy of your own home.) Another way to look at the term is through imagination made ‘physical and tangible’, from the words of Director Tsuramaki.

FLCL returns with two new seasons; FLCL: Progressive, and FLCL: Alternative in June and September 2018 on Toonami, where it aired originally. That will do it for this filler post, but we’ve got more stuff coming later this week! 🙂

 

D&A Spring Break Patreon Announcement!!

So it begins! For some of us Spring Break was last week depending on what college, university, or state you live in (but not always). For the rest of us tomorrow marks Day One of this beach-filled, college-student-crowded, alcohol-chugging seven day party that can only be described to many as the best week of your life. (If you’re a college student.)

But enough about that, let’s get to the real reason why we’re writing this post. A few days ago we made a teaser logo about a future anime convention that we’re working towards making a reality one day. Also along those lines we’ve been thinking about what to do with our Patreon page. After those thoughts it has come to our decision…that we will NOT delete our page, but instead change its overall objective into something that will benefit our fans, voice actors, cosplayers, and the anime community as a whole. We have decided to revamp our page into a future project called the Anime Escape Project, that will consist of three major phases…

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Phase One: Raise Startup (Seed) Money for the Con Budget!

If there’s one thing anime conventions taught us in the ten years we’ve been going to them, its the fact that each an every one of them has a convention budget. Major cons (like SDCC, NYCC, Otakon, and Anime Expo) have a major budget, and minor cons (mostly hotel-based ones and mid-sized ones) have a small or mid-sized budget. There are a lot of things we want to do and have at our own future anime convention; such as video games, tabletop, the whole nine yards, however we first need to raise some seed money before moving onto the next phase.

Phase Two: Cross The “Red Tape”!

Every con is a 501(c)(3) organization; they have their own convention staff, sponsors, trademarks, location, event dates, and every piece of legality they need to succeed. This won’t be an easy task nor will it be a short-term process, but it will be necessary for us to acquire the tools we need in order to handle the ‘Red Tape’ that we’ll have to cross.

Phase Three: Heavy Promotion, Booking and Advertisement!

“You gotta spend money to make money!” is an old saying that many of us hear in the business world. (And they’re right!) For the second phase money will have to be spent before moving onto this phase, and the same can be said for promoting and advertising our convention as well. Not only that be we also have to contact booking agencies and book the voice actors, professional cosplayers and the like. Although our social media presence hasn’t fully reached maturity yet, we’re potentially in a great spot to continue to improve our relationship with our fans, booking agencies, and voice actors.

Between now and the second week of April we’ll be working on revamping our page as well as keep you up-to-date on everything else. We want to make this awesome thing happen, but we can’t do it without you!

D&A Anime Blog: Thoughts, Recaps, and April Conventions!

Old Man Winter was pretty stubborn to leave after the first couple of days of Spring, but now that he’s officially gone, it’s time for the warm up to begin! So if you haven’t already heard the news, we’re working on a couple of new videos for our YouTube page that highlight some clips and moments from our 2017 anime conventions, that didn’t make it into the final cut of those videos – kinda like a lost footage reel. We’ll make sure to keep you posted on when the videos go up on our page before April.

Also taking place during that month is D&A Founder, Donte’ Lewis’ one week hiatus from any filler posts or updates from the blog April 9-15, however our social media pages will still be open through the blog’s secondary founder; A. Goldman. Lately we’ve been thinking of some ways that we can expand our current platform for our fans. Some of them have suggested that we start an Instagram page, but not to worry, we’ll have that up in April. Some have suggested that we should start a Twitch channel, now if we did that we would probably put our future podcast series up there. (The N.G.O. Fancast or Nerd-Geek-Otaku Fancast where the fans themselves are the guests, name pending.)

We’re planning on going to Cecil Con as well as Universal FanCon in April. If you’re in the area and wanna see us live and in the flesh, come on out to those cons! 🙂

As a fan-centered anime blog, we love to hear feedback on how we’re doing and what we can improve on, in order to strive to our goal of being one of the best two-man operated blogs in existence. If you have any tips or suggestions on what type of content (post-wise) you would like to see, send it to us through our Contact Us page! Our ultimate goal for this blog is to one day have our own anime convention entitled Anime Escape; as it will be a 3-day hotel-based, tropical-themed anime convention. It will have Q&A panels, cosplay, anime/manga vendors, video games, late night dance parties, and a whole lot more! One day we’ll make this dream a reality, but we need your help to do it!

That’s all for now! There’s more to come next week! 🙂

 

Filler Post: 10 Zones That Gave 90’s Sonic Fans Nostalgic Feels!

Have you ever heard of the old saying, ‘Everything old, becomes new again’? Well that statement depends on a number of things – like TV shows, movies, and video games. Right now we’re in a season where the Hollywood gods want to reboot some cult classics from the 80’s and 90’s. Depending on who is running the operation, a reboot could either bring out the nostalgia that many of us felt back in the day, or it could scar us to the point where we trash the living #@!% out of it on social media.

Reboots must be handled with care, because the movies, games, and shows that we used to watch back in the day, may one day be passed down to future generations, IF we protect their legacy! Sonic Mania is a prime example of a true reboot, and along with this filler post is ten zones that continue to give 90’s fans (like ourselves) utter nostalgia.

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Zone 1: Green Hill Zone

A cult classic to any 90’s gamer who remembers by this game (Sonic 1) for their 16-bit Sega Genesis. From 360 degree loops to dodging spike traps this zone is jam packed with everything you remember from this zone, and a few new things you didn’t. Green Hill Zone is to Sonic, as World 1-1 is to his red-capped rival.

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Zone 2: Flying Battery Zone

The second zone on the Sonic & Knuckles Lock-On cartridge! Does anyone remember when Knuckles went through this zone, and at the end of the second act he fought against Dr. Eggman, and not the Egg Robo that threw that bomb at him? Nostalgic!

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Zone 3: Chemical Plant Zone

A fan-favorite zone from Sonic 2! You can imagine how much trouble some of us may have had going through this zone (for the first time), when Sonic and Tails got stuck in that pink watery stuff called ‘mega mack’, or something like that. Make sure you grab air bubbles if you find yourself in that stuff yet again, otherwise you’ll be doomed to hear the all-too-familiar “Countdown to Death” song.

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Zone 4: Hydrocity Zone

The infamous water zone from Sonic 3 and Sonic 3 & Knuckles! We’re probably guessing that most of you probably lost it when it was confirmed that this zone was going to be in the new Sonic Mania game. Again, we’re just guessing. There’s some new pathways throughout this zone, so think of it as an awesome remixed reboot on a fan-fave classic!

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Zone 5: Ice Cap Zone

Even though this zone didn’t make the cut in the final cut of the game, it still holds a special place in our hearts – mainly because of the history of the soundtrack. Although Sonic went through some ‘Hard Times’, it’s nice to know that the blue blur is getting a second chance!

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Zone 6: Lava Reef Zone

Another classic from Sonic & Knuckles that took its players deep into the volcano, where the Death Egg had crashed after the events of Sonic 3. The zone itself will have everything you remember about it from the original, but with a bit of a remixed twist. The nostalgia from this zone will flow quicker that its lava, we guarantee it! 😉

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Zone 7: Oil Ocean Zone

Oh yeah, we all remember this difficult zone from Sonic 2. I wish we could say that this zone is a tad easier now in the Mania remix, but 9 times outta 10, it’s probably not. Do your best to get through this zone without dying, and try not to remember too much how hard it was to get through this zone when you first encountered it.

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Zone 8: Mushroom Hill Zone

Huh, this zone didn’t make it into the final cut either? Well we’re not mad, but many of us remember this classic level from Sonic & Knuckles that (still to this day) has many of us wrapped up in its nostalgic feels. We’re not sure if this zone has been created as a DLC for the upcoming Sonic Mania Plus, but it would make a cool addition along with some other goodies.

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Zone 9: Stardust Speedway Zone

The past and the present incarnations of this zone are back with both some old routes, as well as some new gimmicks! They rebooted this zone so good that they even brought back the original soundtrack from the Japanese version of Sonic CD. (Which is a remix of the English version of the past soundtrack of this zone.) Can anyone get through Act 2 in under 90 seconds? You’ll get a cookie if you do! 😉

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Zone 10: Death Egg Zone

The final zone of Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic 3 & Knuckles that was only playable as Sonic. Can you imagine this zone coming in right after the Titanic Monarch Zone as a throwback finale to the Sonic Mania game? Honestly, the difficulty level of this zone was not as hazardous as we thought it was going to be when we made it here for the first time. Nevertheless having this as a DLC would be a cool idea…just putting it out there.

That will do it for this filler post as well as our Top 10 Zones that gave us 90’s Sonic kids some serious nostalgic feels when playing Mania. As always we thank you for the 100+ followers for our blog as well as all the love and support from our fans! There’s more to come on the next filler post from D&A Anime Blog! It’s a part of you! 🙂

D&A’s Crunchyroll Spotlight: How to Keep a Mummy!

Hey guys n’ gals! It’s your two favorite pals running this awesome anime blog we’ve got here, and we’re back with another anime title from the great folks of Crunchyroll! There are some pretty great titles streaming this season, so if you haven’t gotten the chance to yet, sign up and check em’ out for yourself! Speaking of which we’ve got a Crunchyroll title right here; How to Keep a Mummy!

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Here’s the synopsis:

Sora Kashiwagi is sent a rather large package by his adventuresome father. Upon opening the package it contained a very small, very cute, palm-sized mummy named Mii-kun. Although bad with gifts Sora lightens and warms up to Mii-kun and studies more about him. The series itself highlights the daily life of Mii-kun under the observation of Sora along with his friends/classmates. If you’re a lover of cute things as well as a fan of supernatural slice-of-life comedies, then this title may be just the outlet you’ve been looking for! (We’re pretty sure some of you ladies will like it too!)

You can stream this title subbed (and also dubbed we believe if they’ve already announced it) on Crunchyroll and FunimationNow. See you next post! 🙂

D&A Pre-Spring Announcements!!

Well guys, the first day of Spring is only a couple days away, and slowly but surely Winter is about to hang its coat up for good! If you haven’t already heard the news, we’ve officially accomplished our goal of gaining 100 followers on our WordPress.com website, and we have you guys (the fans) to thank for making this possible! So without further delay, let’s go over a couple of announcements that we have for you.

YouTube Announcement – It’s been kinda slow on our channel as of late, so we’ve decided that we’ll be posting two new videos highlighting lost convention footage that never made it on the final cut of our highlight videos. Both of them will be posted before the end of the month, so stay tuned for that! 😉

Founder’s One Week Hiatus Announcement – This one we’re not particularly proud of announcing, however it will only effect half of our ‘staff’. (By staff, we mean just D&A’s Donte’ Lewis.) The primary founder, CEO, and Head Writer will be taking an ‘off-the-grid’ hiatus for one week; meaning no social media or blog posts from March 26 – April 1, 2018. A. Goldman will have 100% control over the blog as well as all social media, so if you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask him.

That’s all we’ve got for now, there’s more filler posts coming up so stay tuned! 🙂

D&A Anime Blog: 100 WordPress Followers & March Anime Cons (Part 2)!!

We’ve finally did it!! We now have 100 WordPress followers on our blog/site! We can’t thank you guys enough for all of your love and support for us as well as the blog. We’ve got some big projects coming up within the coming months, so we’ll make sure that we keep you up-to-date on those developments! Also, we’ve got some more March anime conventions for you guys and gals to check out. The cons are located in the Northwest and Southbound regions of the USA, so if you live in or near those two areas, then by all means check out the cons we’ve got for you there! As always there’s more to come, so stay tuned and stay golden! 🙂

Filler Post: D&A’s Top 5 Most Overpowered Anime Characters!

Whether it’s speed, physical strength, intellect, or supernatural powers, any anime fan knows that when it comes to this awesome medium, there’s bound to be a “Mary Sue” or “Marty Stu” somewhere in the making. We as humans try to perfect ourselves in some aspect of our everyday lives, but unless you’re the man who can walk on water (and no, we’re not talking about Naruto or any ninja from the series), you’re far from perfection. (Apparently Cell didn’t get the memo.)

As for the world of anime, the rules and restrictions behind perfection don’t apply here. And with that we take you on another Top 5 journey with us to discover the five most overpowered anime characters that many of you know, and love.

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Number 5: Orochimaru (Naruto)

Number five takes us to this slippery snake of the Hidden Sound Village. As one of the legendary Sannin as well as a former Akatsuki member, Orochimaru has a ton of jutsu up his sleeve; even the one that brings people back from the dead. He was defeated in the Shippuden era by Sasuke, only to come back 20+ volumes (or 200+ Shippuden episodes) later in rare form. We’re not saying that he’s a god, we’re just saying that up to everything that’s happened so far (leading up to Boruto), he’s “seemingly” impossible to kill.

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Number 4: Alucard (Hellsing Ultimate)

No one is more overpowered than the king of the vampires himself! Many of us know the story behind Vlad the Impaler, and what happened afterwards that turned him into the most powerful OG vampire to ever walk this earth. His body count is over a million, which backs up the fact that he can’t die by silver bullets, or decapitation, or any human form of torture. This is one hell of a vampire you don’t wanna mess with!

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Number 3: Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass)

As an ace manipulator and tactician, it’s easy for Lelouch to gain the upper hand on his opponents with ease. He’s overpowered on an intellectual level; combine that with his mind-control abilities and he’s pretty much unbeatable…to a certain degree.

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Number 2: Goku (Dragon Ball – Dragon Ball Super)

The saiyan from earth is pretty much the most powerful character in the series. Why? Well, he’s the main character! From Vegeta to Beerus Goku has gone toe-to-toe with them all, and no matter how many times he dies he always finds a way to come back. We can see why Vegeta wants to keep up with Kakarot all the time, because every time he thinks he has him, Goku just ascends to a whole new level of power.

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Number 1: Saitama (One Punch Man)

You can’t get more overpowered than this. Saitama doesn’t look like the kind of hero you’d want saving your town, but he can knock the hell out of a three-story gorilla-ant monster with (you guessed it) one punch. He may be bald and slender, but when it comes to knocking people out, he’s an ace professional!

That’s it on our end of the posting bargain. We’re pretty sure you’ve got some top picks for your most overpowered anime characters list. We’ve got more posts and more fun coming right at cha; as we continue with Part 2 of our March anime convention list and a few other things! As always we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your support, and continue to make us a part of you! 🙂