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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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!


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.


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! 🙂

Sonic Beatdown (Danganronpa Silver) Fanfiction Title

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.


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! 😉

Filler Post: D&A’s Ways 2 Save For Anime Conventions!

If you’re an anime fan, then you already well aware of how popular anime is in this modern day era. There’s titles for just about everyone; whether you’re an older fan, or a newbie trying to feel his/her way around the medium. The anime boom of the early 2000’s has given birth to what has now become a staple in the anime community, as well as the otaku lifestyle; anime conventions. These nerd sanctuaries and embassies have brought together fans from all ways of life who have one thing in common; their love and passion for anime.

If you were a 90’s kid (like ourselves), then you remember the days where you didn’t get a full season of a show on two or three DVDs like today. No, you only got two episodes on a VHS tape. Back then anime conventions only had at least 50 or 100 people; with only three or four going to an anime voice actor’s panel. (Not because they were bad, but because access to anime was still in its infancy stage. Basically before Youtube was invented.) It was also a lot cheaper to go to conventions back then, because the badges didn’t cost as much and because there weren’t as many con goers, it was easy to move around and get to the panels you wanted to get to. Try that now in 2018! XP

Now that we’ve given you a brief overview on what anime cons were like back in days of old, we’re going to get into one of the most taxing obstacles any anime fan faces when making the decision to go to an anime convention. There are four things you need to look at if you an your friends plan on attending the many sanctuaries of nerdom; Travel, Lodging, Membership, and your Meal Ticket. No matter what convention you go to (and this goes for other types of conventions), these four things are something that needs to be taken into account before making any plans to go to any convention – no matter how fun or exciting you think it’ll be.



There are over 200 anime conventions all over the U.S. and a few in Hawaii. They only happen on the weekends so you don’t have to worry about them interfering with your work life, or something to that effect. Now that you’ve found a con that you want to go to, how will you get there? Depending on the location of the con, your travel expenses can range anywhere from $40-$400 (if you plan to fly or take a train). Most of us don’t drive, and by most we mean anyone under the age of 16, so that group of anime fans may have to rely on mom and dad to take them to the anime convention they want to go to. If your state has a local anime convention, then your travel expenses are actually going to be much lower. Remember, the farther you travel to get to your con, the more it’ll cost.

Lodging/Hotel Stay

Most anime conventions are held at the convention centers they’re based in, while others are held in what are called ‘host hotels’. Again, depending on the location of the convention itself, hotels that are only a few blocks from the event have contractual prices that are much lower than their standard ones. One example would be our Baltimore, MD home anime convention Animore; where the standard prices for a room at the Hyatt Regency are $199/night (plus tax), but the con prices are $119/night (plus tax). It’s hard to say what the true price range would be for staying at a hotel for an anime convention, but if we had to throw a ballpark figure, we’d say $99-$249/night depending on what hotel you’re staying in, and where the convention is located.



Different conventions have different rates for membership badges. Some offer individual day memberships while others are only available for all three days. You won’t have to worry able membership prices being more than hotel or travel expenses, not unless you’re going to a high-end four day convention like Anime Expo or SDCC (where V.I.P. badges can be somewhere in the 200’s, money-wise).

Meal Ticket

Now this expense is probably the lowest and the cheapest of the four. If you happen to be staying at a hotel near the convention, odds are there are some good eateries in town. If you don’t want to spend any money on any food inside the hotel, there are usually places like Subway, Royal Farms, Taco Bell, and others in the area. (Depending where you are.)

And there you have it! The four things that are a must when planning on attending an anime convention. The fifth thing to also take into account is going shopping in the Dealer’s Room. Some anime conventions do indeed have some good deals on anime merchandise like T-shirts, DVD and Blu-Rays, figures, wall scrolls, and more. If you plan on doing any shopping, just make sure to take some extra cash with you.

Ready for some money saving tips?

Tip #1: Start an Anime Convention Fund!

This is the first step in planning for an anime convention. There are a couple of way that you can do this, but for this tip, we’ll use ourselves as an example. A. Goldman and I use security envelopes when we started our anime con fund, and every payday we put a portion of what we made at work that week into our con fund. How much you want to put away is up to you, but we’ve found that putting away between $150-$200 a month has helped ease most of the financial tension. This brings us to our second tip.

Tip #2: Space Out Your Convention Travels!

Con goers drop an average of anywhere between $500-$850 per convention, depending on which one you go do. Kicking out that much money at a con can take some time to build it back up for the next one, which is actually one of the reasons why we haven’t been able to go to as many conventions as we did last year. Spacing out your cons to about 1 1/2 to 2 months each can give you some time to build up your funds, that way when the dates for your convention comes up, you’ll have the money to burn! 😉

Tip #3: Close Any Financial “Loopholes” or “Leaks”!

Here’s what we mean by this; if you find yourself spending a little more money on a weekly basis on things that you want rather than need, then its time to cut back just a little bit! Downsizing to a small coffee and a sausage biscuit can actually save you a little money in the long run. This also means buying some of your clothes from the Thrift Shop from time to time. Little things like that will help close down some loopholes or leaks in your wallet, so that you’ll have a few dollars to work with for what’s really important.

So, let’s review, shall we?

The Four Things to take into Account when Planning to go to a Con

  • Travel
  • Lodging
  • Membership
  • Meal Ticket

Tips on Saving Money for a Con

  • Start an Anime Convention Fund
  • Space Out your Con Travels
  • Close any Loopholes or Leaks in your Finances

That’s it for this post guys n’ gals! As long as you keep these things in mind when getting ready for your next convention, you won’t feel the financial strain as much as you did before this post. Share this with anyone you think is having a little trouble saving money, and wants to enjoy going to anime conventions with friends or someone they love.


Filler Post: D&A’s Top 5 Toonami T.O.M. Speeches!

This one’s dedicated to all of the 90’s kids out there, and some 2000’s kids as well! Back in the 90’s there were lots of cartoons that grabbed out attention; such as Dexter’s Lab, Cow & Chicken, Power Rangers, and several others. Also around this time, we were introduced to one of the most popular action-packed animated programming blocks of the 20th century – that is still alive and kicking to this very day! for 21 years this programming block has been the cornerstone of our childhood; from shows like Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, Yu-Yu Hakusho, Inuyasha, and more.

If you ever had the chance to experience Toonami during its early years, you may have gotten the opportunity to hear its first host; Moltar from Space Ghost. (God rest his soul.) From the mid 90’s to now Toonami has gone through a lot, and has also given us a lot in return. For this post we’re counting down our Top 5 inspirational speeches from our very own Toonami T.O.M. (aka, Steve Blum!)

Number 5: The Positivity Speech

They say we’re living in ‘Dark Times’ and bad news seems to follow us wherever we go, but one things for sure, you gotta dig deep…and find that extra dose of positivity!

Number 4: The Friends Speech

We all need someone to lean on, a shoulder we can cry on, and someone to laugh with. That’s what friends are for; they love you, they’re there when you need them, and if you have true friends, they’ll never let you down.

Number 3: The Respect Speech

Aretha Franklin said it best; R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Half of us out there really need to listen to that song more. The world doesn’t owe you a thing, so even if certain people don’t deserve it, you got to respect them. Their space, their way of life, everything. (That goes for guys and girls in relationships too, you have to give respect to gain it.)

Number 2: The Bullies Speech

You wanna know the real reason why bullies pick on you? We’ll give you a hint; it’s the one thing you possess that makes you different from all the rest…

Number 1: The Dreams Speech

It’s true, a lot of us have dreams of being or doing something we have our hearts set on. A wise man once said, that dreams are repressed desires of the things in life we wish we could have. The coolest part about dreams is the fact that we have the power to make them a reality, but in spite of the fact that life can throw you a curve ball, you never EVER want to give up on your dreams!

Toonami has gotten us through some tough times growing up, but if you remember hearing these and other speeches, then you know that you’re not alone. That will do it for this post, but never forget the wise words from this legendary program.

Bang! 😉

Filler Post: D&A’s Top 5 Anime Cliffhangers!

Picture yourself in this situation; you’re finally on the last episode of one of your favorite anime titles (you don’t have to tell us which one), and just when the action reaches its climax, the series ends in an abrupt freeze frame or you see the all too familiar “To Be Continued…” title card come into play. Yep, you’ve officially experienced your first cliffhanger – which actually makes an anime title that much more exciting (because they leave you wanting more)!

Throughout the years cliffhangers in anime have done one of two things; leave the door open for sequels or somewhat of a continuation through the movie, or cause the series as a whole to take a hiatus (leaving any inkling of a sequel to be carried out through the manga). Whatever the case may be, an anime title with a great plot as well as character development may sometimes come with a cliffhanger, so to that here are our Top 5 picks that end in said cliffhangers.


Number 5: Corpse Princess: Shikabane Hime

Although this series has several years on it, it’s filled with a lot of action as well as some funny moments. Makina and Ouri manage to track down the Seven Stars and come across Hokuto, who turns out to be their true leader. During the final episode we’re treated to a battle between Makina and Hokuto as the former fights against the latter in order to help her understand what it means to live and die. The episode cuts off abruptly, as the viewers wonder how the end of the fight turned out – but I guess we’ll never know. (BTW, the episode afterwards is an OVA about the ‘original’ corpse princess.)


Number 4: Deadman Wonderland

This title’s another good one to check out if you haven’t already done so. Deadman Wonderland tells the story of Ganta as he finds himself inside a prison/amusement park for a crime he didn’t commit; slaughtering all of his classmates. Using his own blood as a weapon Ganta and Shiro find themselves fighting against other inmates that want him dead, all the way up to the final episode – which leaves you hanging. There may not be a second season to this awesome title (even though we wish there was), but the manga picks up where the anime left off.


Number 3: Attack On Titan

One of the most successful anime titles of its time is getting a third season! Attack On Titan is an action-packed nail biter that has its fans on the edge of their seats, in most cases. Aside from making a big footprint in commercial success in Japan as well as America, the final episode of the first season left us with a cliffhanger so huge, that it almost gave its fanbase a heart attack. With season three on the way, we’re hopeful that a lot of the questions fans have will be answered.


Number 2: Akame ga Kill

One of the most anticipated anime titles of 2014, Akame ga Kill was filled with all of the bounty-hunting, evil-slaughtering action that you’d find in a type of series like this. Every episode was just as action-packed as the last up until the final episode of the series that leaves us in cliffhanger limbo. All that’s left is a rather intensive battle that cuts off abruptly, leaving you wondering what ever happened to the remaining members of Night Raid. Still, this is a title that newer anime fans looking for action-packed thrills should check out!


Number 1: Claymore

In yet another action-packed anime series, Claymore tells the story of Raki and Clare (who are Claymores) as they battle against a monstrous demon race known as the Yoma. Every episode indeed does leave you wanting more, however once you reach the final episode of the series, you’re treated to a scene where Clare goes up against her greatest nemesis. However, you’re left in suspense due to the fact that results of the battle are up in the air, but even so, this series tells a beautiful story that’s worth looking into.

That’s it for our Top 5 as well as our week! We wish you guys a Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers in your lives you helped make you, who you are.

Until next week, stay golden! 😉