Filler Post: D&A’s Top 5 Anime Villains Turned Hero (or Anti-Hero)!

We’re back! Hopefully you guys had a great and safe Memorial Day, as things get back to normal on our side of town. So here we are with yet another Top 5 post of ours, that highlights villains from your favorite anime titles, who become that ‘Man in the Mirror’ and makes that change – for various reasons. Whether it’s a battle against the protagonist or the urge to do bad suddenly isn’t in their best interest anymore, these villains (in many cases) either become assets to the company of the protagonist, or deal their own brand of justice against other villains the only way they see fit.

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Number 5: Vegeta (DBZ and Super)

We know we’ve talked about this guy over a thousand times already, but he’s a prime example of a villain turned good. When he first came to earth with his partner Nappa, he wanted nothing more but to defeat Goku (Kakarot) and cause terror. After being killed by Frieza, the mighty saiyan prince now finds himself in the ranks of the Z-Warriors – but still carries that saiyan pride with him wherever he goes.

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Number 4: Crona (Soul Eater)

Some villains become villains by either birth, choice, or through intent. Crona (in her case) was bullied into it by her abusive mother Medusa. She did what she was told even though she didn’t want to, but after meeting up with Maka, she decided she didn’t need her mother’s ‘approval’ anymore – and left the Dark Side.

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Number 3: Orochimaru (Naruto Franchise)

Talk about a complete 180! Remember when Orochimaru founded the Sound Village, killed the Third Hokage, tried to go after Sasuke’s body, caused a war between the Hidden Leaf and the Hidden Sand (sort of), and kidnapped children? We did. Now he’s attended Naruto’s wedding and is on good terms with the ones that he’s killed. If you ask us, he’s been given more than a second chance – he’s been given a whole new life.

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Number 2: Viral (Gurren Lagann)

He was the first antagonist of Gurren Lagann, but now he’s a part of Team Dai-Gurren taking on the Anti-Spiral. Back in his villainous days he referred to humans as nothing more than “naked apes”, and wanted nothing more than to rid himself of them. Now he finds himself as an invaluable ally to Dai-Gurren – after being disrespected by his comrades and spending more time with humans, of course.

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Number 1: Sosuke Aizen (Bleach)

Let it be known to some fans of the series, that Aizen is a (lovable and charming) jerk. He pretended to be nice before killing his subordinate; Momo, then became the main villain for a large chunk of the series – until he’s sent to Hell Jail. Eventually he teams up with Ichigo to take on the bigger bad, and after they defeat him and save the world, Aizen ends up back in Hell Jail to serve out his sentence for his crimes. It’s a pretty long list, so it’ll be awhile before he gets out…

There you have it! Our Top 5 anime villains who have crossed over from the dark side, to the light. Also, the second chapter of our fanfiction title Sonic Beatdown: Danganronpa Silver, will be delayed until next Thursday. However, the first chapter will be posted on Fanficion.net tomorrow night!

Until then my friends, stay gold! 🙂

Filler Post: A Brief History About Memes (And Why They Exist)!

In case you’re not aware, there’s a lot of stuff that happens on the World Wide Web (aka, The Internet). Some of its good, some of its not so good, and there are some parts of the web we as humans need to totally avoid all together. Over the years humanity has found creative ways to entertain themselves; through acting, sports competitions, and various other activities. One thing that has taken the web by storm (as far as we know), is these little things that are called Memes.

Everywhere you look they are being created by 1st, and 2nd generation Millennials; 1st Gen born between 1982-2000, and 2nd Gen born after 9/11. Although they’re mainstream popularity has become the fabric of our everyday lives, the term and its usage actually goes back as far as 1976, and was coined by Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene. The actual definition of the word means; an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture, that often times conveys a theme or phenomenon. It basically acts as a unit of carrying ideas from one individual to another through writing and speeches.

For those of us who have been blessed to be a 90’s or 2000’s kid, memes can range from anywhere in pop culture (including anime), and can be anything. (GIFs, pictures, viral videos, etc.) The lifespan of a meme can vary depending on it’s cultural aspect upon delivery; one example would be the now-forgotten-but-will-always-be-remembered Uganda Knuckles meme.

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Memes follow a lifecycle that deals with transmission, and retention. That retention comes from the ‘creator’ of the original meme, and not a copy. Afterwards, the transmission phase begins, as the original meme gets passed on from person to person like a virus – which might explain where the word ‘viral’ came from. (Perhaps.) Every meme has a different message behind it; some of them can be funny and intellectual, and others can be annoying and somewhat controversial.

Social media in this day and age is a breeding ground for (internet) memes. If you have a Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, or any other social media account, you’re bound to run into at least a few of them. As far as the internet goes, there are some memes that have become quite popular during the time they were ‘alive’. From “Ain’t Nobody Got Time Fo’ Dat” to “The Trumpet Boy” meme, these little digital pieces from pop culture are being created every day, and spreading to everyone. To be honest we don’t know how long the meme trend is going to last (if we can even call it that), but in this crazy day in time where most of us are just like the Trumpet Boy, we all need a way to entertain and express ourselves – even if its through a meme.

D&A’s Crunchyroll Spotlight: Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card!

Before you know it, we’ll be looking at the month of May in the rear-view mirror and embracing the month of June. (The half-way point of 2018!) It will also mark our two-and-a-half year anniversary of when we first launched D&A Anime Blog. It’s been a heck of a work week for us, but we’ve got another anime title from Crunchyroll’s lineup that you guys and gals, have got to check out! This title is marked as a brand new chapter from an old favorite. We’re talking about the anime title Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card!

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Ready for the overview? Basically Clear Card is the follow-up to the 1998 original title; Cardcaptor Sakura. Sakura Kinomoto is now in middle school along with her friends, but after having a prophetic dream about a cloaked figure, the Sakura Cards turn blank and are rendered useless. Now Sakura is on a mission to collect the clear cards along with her friends and guardian/protectors, Cerberus and Yue. This time around Sakura has a much stronger mystical key as well as an incantation.

We wouldn’t call this a reboot, but more of a long-awaited sequel in the making. A few of the original voice actors return for the follow-up, as you can hear them as characters (both old and new) right on Crunchyroll or FunimationNow! Don’t miss the exciting sequel to an old classic!

That’s all for now, but there’s more on the way!

Stay gold! 😉

D&A’s Crunchyroll Spotlight: Katana Maidens!

Here we are on the second day of the week, and we’re pretty sure that many of you may have had a chance to catch up on some anime titles you haven’t seen yet. (Hopefully.) Even though there are so many titles based off of their manga counterparts, there are a few that are completely original. This title of course – being one of them. Tonight’s Crunchyroll spotlight is on the title known as Katana Maidens.

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Here’s the overview; the story is about a group of sword-wielding shrine maidens who go to school as well as work on their extermination skills. They serve as a special unit in the police force that deals with the Aradama, mysterious and hostile creatures that the shrine maidens have to defeat. The government sets up five schools for the girls to attend, and while they live ordinary lives as well as face the threat of the ‘aradama’, the five schools send their best ‘Toji’ (sword-wielding shrine maidens) to compete in a tournament during the Spring.

Original anime that’s not based off it’s manga counterpart is hard to come by, however there are some great titles out there that just need a little love. At 24 episodes Katana Maidens is one of those titles that may not seem like much on a plot-wise perspective, but it does have some pretty good sword fighting scenes, and its characters do indeed balance a social life while protecting people from supernatural creatures. And if that’s not impressive, then we don’t know what is! Check out Katana Maidens on Crunchyroll (or FunimationNow) if you love sword fights and supernatural creatures!

There’s more posts to come, so stay tuned! 🙂

Filler Post: Sometimes, It’s Okay To Be The Underdog…

Once we reach a certain point in our lives we began to look back on how we were able to make it to this point in the first place. Some of us have achieved a particular goal or goals in life, while others are still trying to find their place and sense of identity in the world. In sports competitions you often hear the word ‘underdog’ used a lot; sometimes also referred to as a ‘dark horse’ or ‘long shot’. That one person or team that doesn’t look like they can compete with the competition. What’s so cool about anime is that there are titles that have characters who have been deemed as underdogs. They’re already being counted out before the contest or battle has even started. Contrary to popular belief, many people who see underdogs always bet against them.

There are a couple of characters that come to mind when it comes to the term; Naruto, Yato, Vegeta (at one point), and many others. Whether it’s saving a ninja village or continuing to strive to become the greatest ‘you’ that you can be, these characters had to overcome a lot of challenges in their lives to reach the state that they desired. The same can be said about us; maybe you weren’t the most popular kid in middle or high school, and maybe your skills and attributes have gotten overlooked by someone who society deems as ‘more qualified’. We’ve all been there, but do you know what?

Sometimes…it’s okay to be the underdog.

It allows you to work hard and show off your skills and talents, as well as let your superiors know that you should not be underestimated. There’s nothing wrong with being an underdog; in fact if you take that dissatisfaction that has been given to you by people who don’t know you, and channel that as your motivation, they’ll be blown away by what you can do. Granted, you will have haters, that’s just how it is. However, you’re the captain of your own ship, not them.

So root for the underdogs in your life, for they will be the ones who will become champions down the road.

Stay gold! 😉

D&A Anime Blog: “Sonic Beatdown” Fanfiction Title Will Be Posted in Two Weeks!!

The wait is almost over guys n’ gals! Our crossover fan fiction title Sonic Beatdown: Danganronpa Silver will have its first two chapters posted two weeks from tonight! We’re also happy to announce that we’ve gotten all of the professional equipment we need in order to make some ‘Grade-A’ style original, and video game remixes from our Chiptune/Trap/Electronic Music Producer; Marko Technocolor! We’ll keep you guys posted on these two developments as they begin to unfold within the coming weeks and months. Until next post, stay golden! 🙂

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D&A’s Crunchyroll Spotlight: Record of Grancrest War!

Guess who? Yeah, it’s the guys who own this anime blog. Hopefully your week hasn’t been to exhausting, cuz’ tomorrow is Friday (thank God)! So right on the books tonight is another anime title spotlight from our good friends at Crunchyroll. If you’re looking for a good fantasy/action title to watch that’s a bit like the Fate series (or something akin to that effect), then the title we’re shining the spotlight on, is Record of Grancrest War.

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Here’s the overview; the continent of Atlatan is threatened by demons from another dimension called Chaos, as the nobility fought back using crests that gave them superhuman powers. However the corruption of power soon got to their heads, as the nobles began fighting against each other to gain more crests as opposed to banning together to fight the demons. The series focuses on two characters; a mage named Siluca Meletes, and a wondering knight named Theo Cornaro. The two of them join forces along with their allies to end the war between the nobility, as well as destroy Chaos.

Knights, battles, and magic are what you’ll be in for with a title like this. There are 24 episodes total (which is about two 12-episode seasons), so it’s lengthy enough to give you some good plot and great battles. However, we’ll leave that decision to you.

So if this anime title is right up your alley, you can check it out on Crunchyroll! Until next post, stay gold my friends! 😉