The 5 Anime Titles To Watch On Halloween!

Every year America dresses up for the one night where kids consume the most candy, and adults scare the pants off of those kids who consume the most candy. Halloween is seen by the majority of the U.S. as that one night of the year where various TV specials and attractions are alive, and kicking. The only difference between America and the anime community when it comes to Halloween, is the fact that everyone else dresses up once a year, whereas anime/cosplay fans dress up EVERY weekend! (*wink, wink*)

During Halloween you’ll find a lot of kids (and parents) out Trick-or-Treating and bouncing from door to door, asking for candy. If you’re an anime fan, then how you spend Halloween might be a little bit different. If you’re not one to go out and get a mouth full of cavities the next day, then we’ve got the next best thing; watching some Horror/Thriller anime titles! Nothing gets your blood pumping than seeing someone being decapitated who really deserved it, or watching a hilarious way to die in an anime title. Here’s five anime titles that you can check out and watch during Halloween.

5. Ghost Stories

This title has a funny story behind it. Originally Ghost Stories was supposed to be something of a classic case of kids seeing evil spirits and having to use exorcist methods to purify them, but the series did so bad in Japan that in order to break even sales-wise, FUNimation abridged the hell out of it. The dub for the series sounds like it was written by half of the staff behind the Scary Movie franchise – which is hilarious! If you’re looking for a title that will make you laugh your @#! off, then check out this anime title!

4. Shiki

Now onto a more serious title. Shiki deals with a particular monster that we all know far too well; the vampire. For those who are looking for some scary/psychotic moments as well as some blood and gore, Shiki just might be up your avenue. Even though this title didn’t really get the spotlight that it deserved, it’ll definitely keep you awake at night – and not in the way you’d hope.

3. Parasyte

Bugs already creep a number of us out, but having parasites in your body that actually talk to you, is something straight out of a sci-fi ‘B-movie’ horror flick. This title is actually recommended for those who like the type of anime where parasitic creatures come out of people’s bodies for whatever reason. so if this is more your thing, then bay all means check it out!

2. Tokyo Ghoul

Your Halloween is about to get a lot more scarier should you proceed in watching this anime title. A few years ago Tokyo Ghoul was a big hit in North America, and the fact that there’s a new season as well as a live-action film further backs up this claim. If you really want to turn up your ‘haunt’ this Halloween, then munch on the flesh of this ghoulishly horrific anime title that will make the blood of the faint curdle.

1. Hellsing Ultimate

The vampire is the most legendary of old school monsters, but for those who are familiar with the history of the first generation of vampire, the real OG who started it all was the godfather of nocturnal bloodsuckers. Alucard is the most powerful vampire in all of history (by far), and is the source of every child’s worst nightmares. Fighting an OG vampire is no easy task, and anyone who has tried doing so has either died horribly, or was turned into a vampire themselves. Nevertheless this title is for the vampire loves who want their vampires to be the cold-blooded killers they were meant to be.

And there you have it. Five titles that will get you into the spirit of Halloween, without having to leave the house. For a real Halloween challenge we dare you to watch these titles with the lights out, and by that we mean Shiki, Tokyo Ghoul, and Hellsing Ultimate. That will do it for this filler post, but there’s more to come later this week!

Stay tuned! 😉

Code Black: The (Brief) Story Behind Goku Black!

If you were a kid growing up in the 90’s then you’re pretty much familiar with any, and everything Dragon Ball. From the action figures to the video games this anime series is one of the most recognizable top-tier titles to ever make its way onto our VHS and DVD players. We’ve watched Goku as he grew from a powerful saiyan child, to one of Earth’s mightiest heroes. He and his friends fought against evil humans, namekians, surviving saiyans, alien warlords, androids, and so much more. Each and every villain was unique in their own way; from Cell being able to use techniques and abilities from both the Z-Fighters and past villains, to Majin Buu turning everything he hated into a cookie.

Nevertheless there have been some killer battles that have come from such villains as they square off against our heroes. Although many of them have a back story behind them as to why they became evil to begin with, one villain in particular has a rather unique backstory that has something to do with everyone’s favorite saiyan…or not. Once mysterious to us within the last three years, this dangerous villain is one of the main villains in the Dragon Ball Super ‘Future’ Trunks Arc. His name…is Goku Black.

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All Hail Super Saiyan Rose’ Goku Black!

One of the biggest questions one might ask if they’ve never seen Dragon Ball Super (before) would be this: ‘Who is Goku Black?’ Although the backstory behind this rather sadistic foe can be a difficult one to follow, we’re gonna try and break it down as much as we can – for those who are just seeing him for the first time. Even though he looks like and heavily resembles Goku in every way, shape, and form, Goku Black is not really Goku. (Let that sink in for a moment.)

Goku Black was originally in fact a God, or to put it mildly, a Kai in training. His real name was Zamasu, and he was once a good guy who was taught the ways of the Kais by his master and mentor, Gowasu. However something happened that triggered his inner rage and thus killed his master and started down a dark path of despair and destruction. Somewhere along the line he found out about the power of the Super Dragon Balls and collected all seven of them (FYI, these balls are the size of planets). He then wished to swap bodies with Goku due to the fact that he was one of the strongest warriors on the planet. What happened afterwards was nothing more than a sheer trail of carnage, death, and destruction.

Not long after destroying the Super Dragon Balls he pretty much succeeds in killing about 98% of the population in Future Trunks’ timeline. This of course leads Black on a wild goose chase after Future Trunks as the two jump from one timeline to the next. Why the two always come to a stalemate whenever they clash against one another, we’ll never know. Even though he can jump from timeline to timeline thanks to his Time Ring (that’s supposed to be used to observe a particular timeline), interference from devices that can travel through time (such as Trunk’s Time Machine) can cause Goku Black to be sucked back into his own timeline via distortion.

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Time’s Up, Black!

Goku Black was indeed a threat to anyone that dared oppose him (especially in his Super Saiyan Rose’ form), however when he crossed paths with Future Zamasu, the two decided to fuse into one and thus become an even greater threat than before. Future Zamasu was now ‘Fused Zamasu’ after fusing with Goku Black using the Potara Fusion technique that Goku and Vegeta once did to fight against Majin Buu. Because Goku Black was actually a mortal and not a God like Future Zamasu, the stabilization of their combined form fell apart right before their eyes. This gave Super Trunks the game-winning blow he needed to end Goku Black once and for all, and upon doing so gave him the “Mecha Frieza Treatment”. That move did end Black for good, but not before releasing Future Zamasu’s spirit upon the world (which was quickly short-lived thanks to Future Zen-Oh).

Thus ends the backstory and tale of the once mysterious saiyan/kai hybrid who wished nothing but death, destruction, and despair against mortals and other gods who opposed him. Goku Black was indeed the ‘evil twin’ trope that Akira Toriyama was going for, and it actually made for a rather nice arc. Will he return in a future story arc? Well, that’s up to Toriyama to decide.

“Throwback Thursday” and “D&A Friday’s” Make Their Return in 2019!

About a year and a half ago we’ve done some reviews and overviews on various anime titles from the past, as well as the present. From that point on we’ve done a lot of filler posts regarding a mixed bag of topics ranging from anime convention after parties, to ways to save up money for said conventions. After coming back from Anime USA last weekend, we’ve been working on fine-tuning a few things in terms of marketing and maintaining both our online, and offline presence in the anime community.

This being one of them; the return of Throwback Thursday and D&A Friday’s, two of our most popular segments on the blog. We’ll still keep all the elements that you love about these two segments with only one small change; both will be done on a bi-weekly schedule. These two segments will make their return on January 3rd and 4th of 2019, and of course if you have any suggestions on anime titles that you’d like us to review, let us know through our Contact Us page.

Until next post, stay gold! 😉

The Top 5 Final Boss Battle OST’s!

For a large number of us who love anime, there’s also a large number of us who love video games. There have been moments where the anime and gaming community have merged into one, and that can be found in just about every anime convention you go to. While we’re on the subject of video games, for those of us who have played enough action/adventure platformers and RPGs, there’s always going to be a boss that you’ll have to fight upon reaching the end of a section of the game.

Some bosses can range in difficulty from minor to major, but the true test is going to be the very LAST boss in the game. When it comes to video game OST’s, the soundtrack of the final boss is supposed to be as epic as the battle itself! Here are our Top 5 Final Boss Battle OST’s…

5. Miracle Matter – Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

When you reach the final boss of this N64 game, you (as the hungry pink hero we all know and love) will come face to face with a powerful entity known as the Miracle Matter. Not only is the battle going to be epic, but its got an OST to match its own intensity! If that’s not exciting, then we don’t know what is.

4. Vs. Vegeta – Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans

This is the first ‘real’ RPG in the DBZ franchise, and by real we mean turn-based. After leveling up your Z-Warriors to a certain point, you’ll face the ruthless saiyan prince himself on an all-familiar battlefield. The Goku-Vegeta rivalry is one of the most legendary rivalries in the history of anime, and its got a nice OST to boot – even though its on the DS.

3. Bowletta – Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (3DS)

If you thought the final boss battle OST was epic back when this title was on the Game Boy Advance, then the reboot will bring back that nostalgia in the most epic way possible! With upgraded graphics and brand new features, everything about this title that was old, has become new again!

2. Boss/Final Boss Theme – Plok (SNES)

Even though this game didn’t exactly get the credit it deserved, the OST was on point during the time that it was being produced. Tim Follin of the Follin Brothers is the creative producer behind the entire OST of this game, and despite the fact that its underrated, the sound was ahead of its time.

1. Metal Madness – Sonic Heroes

You haven’t seen true despair (sit down, Monokuma) until you’ve heard it from the OST of this title in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. Even though Metal Sonic is the last person we’d expect to be the game’s final boss, the music brought about how truly ruthless he could become – if he wasn’t trolling Sonic all the time due to Eggman’s influence. Nevertheless it did put players on the edge of their seats after collecting all seven chaos emeralds and staring that cold blue metallic body right in its face!

And that ends our Top 5 Final Boss Battle OST’s for this post! If we haven’t shared the news with you just yet, we FINALLY have our own Instagram page, as you can check out all of the cosplay pics that we’ve taken from Anime USA and other cons. Until next post, stay gold! 😉

Anime USA 2018 Recap!

What a great weekend! If you’ve gotten the chance to go to Anime USA this past weekend, you were in for quite the treat. This year marks their 20th Anniversary in doing this convention, and they did not disappoint in the slightest. The location of the convention was at the Wardman Park Marriott near the Woodley Park Zoo, which is conveniently right next to the Woodley Park Zoo metro train stop, on the DC Metro’s Red Line. Upon going inside the hotel the place was phenomenal; a five-star hotel with multiple areas to shop, bars where you can have a nice drink with friends, and a breakfast buffet with the classics that everyone knows and loves. And of course, the cosplay was amazing!

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The Grim Reaper Gundam Cosplay @ Anime USA 2018

Since this was our first time attending this convention, we didn’t have any idea if we were going to find a whole lot of people in cosplay. Boy, were we wrong. The fans and con goers went all out with their fantastic creations that they’ve been working on for months. The atmosphere at the convention was 100% hater-free, and the hotel staff provided A-grade customer service. If you thought the cosplay was awesome, the voice actors we’ve met were even cooler! We’ve gotten the chance to (finally) meet Stocking Anarchy herself Monica Rial; as well as Crispin Freeman who many know as Itachi Uchiha, Lisa Ortiz who many know from Slayers, Kira Buckland, and many more.

As far as dining goes, the hotel’s location is right in front of various restaurants as well as ‘Bar & Grill’ places for con goers that want to save a little money. The Dealer’s Room had some nice sales on various anime apparel as well as DVDs, Blu-Rays, and manga. If you’re more of a gamer than you are an anime fan, the convention had a vast amount of gaming tournaments and old school video game cabinets from the 80’s and 90’s. There was a little bit of everything at this convention for the young fans, and the fans who are young at heart. So if you haven’t had the chance to check out Anime USA this year, it’ll make its return in 2019!

That will do it for this recap post of Anime USA, but before we go, we just want to give a shoutout to all of the awesome cosplayers that we’ve met while at the con:

  • KutieKitten (Twitter & Instagram @kutiekittenxo)
  • Mintmacarons Cosplay (FB @mintmacaronscosplay / Instagram @peppermintcakes)
  • Caitlyn Mae Cosplay (FB @CaitlynMaeCosplay / Instagram @alahdorei)
  • Sean Fraser Yoga (www.seanfraseryoga.com)
  • Crystal Soul Cosplay (FB & Instagram @CrystalSoulCosplay / Twitter @CrystalSoul08)
  • Labinnak & Mangoloo Cosplays (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube)

Time For A Super Quick Announcement!

Hey guys n’ gals! Sorry we’ll have to keep this one a little short due to the fact that we’re preparing for Anime USA, but we do have some quick announcements that we want to share with you. After Sunday we’ll be returning to our originally scheduled filler post schedule; which is every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. It’s been a rather crazy week as we haven’t been able to get our posts up in a timely manner, but we thank you in advance for understanding. We’ll have the full Anime USA recap as well as the highlights video and cosplay pictures! Until next week, stay gold! 😉

The 5 Things You’ll (Almost) Always See At an Anime Convention!

Every year hundreds of thousands of anime fans flock to their local anime conventions either in their hometown, or a con that may be a few states away. From massive conventions like Anime Expo to smaller ones like Anime USA, there’s something for every fan of every age. The coolest things about going to anime conventions is that fact that you never know what might happen. Our experiences tell a story of various times that we’ve expected the unexpected, but that’s another post for another time. Here are 5 things that fans will almost always see at an anime convention, and of course…we’ve seen a portion of these things too!

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Rawr! XP

5. The Inflatable T-Rex Cosplayer

Stomping in at #5 on our list is the world-famous T-Rex cosplay! Since 2017 this dino has been roaming around various anime and video game conventions all over North America. (Heck, it even showed up at a college football game!) We don’t know what this means or why this is a thing, but one thing’s for sure, you can find this guy at a con near you! 😉

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Zero F@!#s Given…

4. Deadpool…lots, and lots of Deadpool!

Bring out the Chimichangas cuz’ where there’s a con, there’s your deadly neighborhood Deadpool! This motor-mouthed mercenary can be found at 95% of all super hero conventions and some anime cons. There are all kinds of variations of Deadpool; such as Miku Deadpool, Luffy Deadpool, Rapper Deadpool, and so many others.

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The Gang’s All Here!

3. Darth Vader and his Storm Troopers

Just like Deadpool, you’ll find the emperor of the Dark Side roaming the halls of the convention (or hotel) with his faithful soldiers. Since the 70’s Star Wars has been one of the greatest sci-fi franchises of all time, and now younger generations get the chance to experience the hype as well. There’s never been a geek/nerd convention in North America, where Darth Vader and his minions just happen to drop in.

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“Pikachuuuuu!!!”

2. A Giant Pikachu

Pokemon has been around for 20 years, so there’s no doubt that you might run into a giant Pikachu somewhere at the con. Depending where you live you might find yourself at the sight of a small army of giant Pikachus marching in a single file line. Nevertheless this yellow electro mouse has been somewhat of a mascot to an otherwise famous franchise, that has spanned nearly two-and-a-half generations of Pokemon fans.

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If that’s not Goku, then we don’t know what is!

1. Cosplay That’s Dead On!

Cosplay during anime and video game conventions is pretty much a given if you’re a fan of one or both. Fans go all-out when it comes to cons, as they pull out all the stops (both accurately and financially) to make their cosplay awesome. We’ve seen a lot of great cosplay from all of the cons that we’ve gone to, of course there’s also some that are dead on 100% (even down to the character’s mannerisms). To us cosplay fans are awesome, so if you ever wanted to cosplay for an anime convention but felt reluctant about it, go for it! 😉

Anime conventions have all kinds of excitement happening at every turn, which is one of the reason why they have become a cornerstone in the anime community. You get the chance to make all kinds of friends from all walks of life, and if that’s not something to get excited about, then we don’t know what is. On that note, that will do if for our filler post this evening, but stick around for more awesome posts coming up later this week!

Stay gold, my friends! 😉