Anime Cons: August 2019 Edition!

We’ve reached the peak of Summer, and yet there are still so many cons left to get to! If you’re having trouble on what cons are out there for you, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! As with our last monthly anime convention post we’ll be giving you the links to all of the new cons we’ve found while cruising through the web. Check out all of the awesome conventions August has to offer! And as always, stay nerdy my friends! 😉

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D&A Anime Movie Review: DanMachi: Arrow Of Orion!

So we went to the movies a couple of nights ago, and we happened to stumble upon an anime movie involving a certain goddess from a certain series. On July 23rd D&A found itself at the movies watching the first ever DanMachi (or Is It Wrong To Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?) movie entitled Arrow Of Orion! Although we’re not 100% sure this takes place after the events of the first season, we can assure you that there will be some new characters afoot in not just this movie, but the upcoming second season as well! You can get tickets and information about this movie through Fathom Events, or look for your local theater where it may be playing. (It’s one night only however, after that you’ll find it on Crunchyroll or FunimationNow!)

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Bell and his goddess Hestia are back!

Without giving you too much spoiler, here’s what the movie is about…

In the city of Orario beneath a rather tall tower lies a dungeon, and only adventurers who form a partnership with the gods themselves will be able to take on the monsters within. Of course, this story doesn’t take place in Orario. Far from the city lies an ancient ruins that holds a new and terrifying threat. To stop it the goddess Artemis comes in search of a hero, and right off the bat you’d think it would be Ais Whatserface (as Hestia would call her) to be the one to accept this challenge, right? Nope. The destined person that the goddess has chosen is none other than Bell Cranel, the Level 2 adventurer who took down the final boss in season one (with the help of friends), and is a member of the Hestia Familia. Bell, Hestia, and the rest of the gang travel outside of their hometown as they face monsters that they’re none too familiar with, in a place that none of them have ever been to before.

The director and creator decided to go for an original story that would help the fan get hyped for the upcoming second season of the show. Artemis may be a new character exclusive to the movie, but she won’t be the only one! If you plan on seeing the movie (while its in select theaters for a certain time) be sure to stick around after the credits are over for some bonus footage goodness! As for the score of the movie, we’ve given it…

4.5 / 5 Stars

That will do it for our special D&A movie review, but as always there’s more awesome content to come, as we continue to click on all cylinders with our new auto-posting feature. Until next time, stay nerdy! 😉

Supercard Fridays: DBS Card Game (Part 2)!

Hey guys n’ gals, and welcome back to another Friday night of our newest segment we call Supercard Fridays! Last week we talked about how to play the game and what an actual battle looks like, this time around we’re going to give you a break down of the five card colors associated with the DBS Card Game; Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, and Black!

Red Cards: Aggro Beatdown

Red cards in the game are all about offense and taking the fight to your opponent! If you’re running a deck with red battle cards in them, when you play certain ones you’ll give the card (and all other cards as well as your leader card) a boost in power (which is mostly +5000). Other effects include the ability to play other cards based on the card’s ability without having to pay up energy, which may allow you to swarm the field and put even more pressure on your opponent.

Blue Cards: Control & Flexibility

These cards have abilities that can slow down or counteract the abilities of decks that have red cards in them. They’re also good for ramping up and un-tapping energy if you’re on the defense. These cards can also destroy an opponent’s energy thus giving you a better chance of winning the game!

Green Cards: Destruction All-Around

Having these cards in your deck will allow you to punish your opponent by potentially nuking their field of battle cards; a perfect counterattack to red card decks! The abilities you’ll get from having these cards in your deck is of course field destruction, hand destruction (meaning that they have to send cards to their graveyard or drop area), and pretty soon, deck destruction!

Yellow Cards: Strategy Killers

Nothing will wreck a strategy more than a deck filled with yellow cards. Basically they counter cards that have aggro abilities, force you to switch your battle card(s) to rest mode, and have high defense capabilities! These cards also give you the ability to draw a card depending if you’ve met the card’s conditions or not.

Black Cards: Wild Cards

These cards are wildcards, which means that most of them have a little bit of each effect from each color. The only difference with these cards is that fact that you can resurrect battle cards that have been killed in the line of duty. You can also use an ability called [Over Realm] with allows you to play a card by removing cards from your graveyard, from the game. You can only do this once, but depending on the leader you have you may be able to do this twice per turn.

That will do it for our breakdown of the five different colors found in the Dragon Ball Super Card Game, as well as another Friday night of Supercard Fridays! Until next post, stay nerdy my friends! 😉

D&A’s Throwback Thursday: Arrow Emblem: Hawk of the Grand Prix!

Welcome back to another Thursday afternoon on this Throwback Thursday! Last week we took a trip to the 80’s world of anime, but now we’re gonna slide back towards the 70’s era; or in this case, the Speed Racer era! Back in the early days of Japanimation, genres like sci-fi and mecha were all the rage, at the same time there were a few sports titles as well – this being one of them. For our Throwback Thursday pick we give you Arrow Emblem: Hawk of the Grand Prix!

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The cast and crew!

If you haven’t seen the show, here’s the premise of the story:

Takaya Todoroki dreams of becoming an F1 racer, so he begins to put all of his energy into winning a beginners heat in stock car racing. Everything seemed to be going great until he slips on oil while in the lead due to a loss of focus and has an accident. While in the hospital Todoroki begins to lose his confidence and swears to never race again, that is until a masked racer appears by his bedside and reveals himself to be the world-famous race car driver Nick. He encourages Takaya to dust himself off and try a new prototype. After making a full recovery Takaya becomes a member of “Katori Motors” in hopes of becoming the F1 champion using a car design that he built.

If you’re on the lookout for a classic racing story, then be sure to check this series out! That will do it for our Throwback Thursday post, but not to worry, there’s more content on the way! Until next post, stay nerdy! 😉

Anime Legacy: Lupin the Third!

This post is dedicated to the late Monkey Punch. Rest in Peace…

Once in a Blue Moon a show or a title comes along that grabs our attention with a gripping story and charming characters. Every generation of anime fans have a fan favorite that they rave over every time a new season or new arc gets released. For the 90’s generation it was the Dragon Ball franchise, for Generation Z (as of right now) its My Hero Academia, but for the older and more seasoned anime fans who fall anywhere between their 40’s and 50’s might be familiar with a franchise that’s been around since the 1970’s – and is still going strong even today! Out of all the popular anime franchises out there, this one’s the granddaddy of them all! This is the anime legacy, of Lupin the Third!

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Over 50 and still lookin’ good, Lupin! 😉

For those who have seen any of the six animated television series of this timeless classic, we say kudos and you are awesome for doing so! If you’re just seeing it for the first time, here’s what the premise of the story is about…

Arsene Lupin III, grandson of Arsene Lupin, is known as the greatest thief in the world – by announcing his plans to steal various valuable objects by sending a calling card to their owners. His partner in crime is Daisuke Jigen, who happens to be one of the best marksmen in the world; shooting a target in 0.3 seconds. Sometimes they are often joined by a swordsman named Goemon Ishikawa XIII or even Fujiko Mine, who happens to be a femme fatale and Lupin’s love interest. The master thief and his gang find themselves on the run from Inspector Zenigata, who has made it his life’s work in chasing after him and arresting him – if its the last thing he does.

The series itself was created by the late great Monkey Punch (aka Kazuhiko Kato) as he drew inspiration from fictional French gentleman thief Arsene Lupin, whose character was created by Maurice Leblanc. Punch’s goal was to create an adventure/comedy that reflected the traits of Leblanc’s character. The story telling found in the series combines a mixture of elements found James Bond (007 franchise) through Lupin’s “carefree” personality and Fujiko taking on the “Bond Girl” role, and Tom & Jerry through the ‘cat-and-mouse’ chase antics that happen whenever Inspector Zenigata encounters Lupin.

Somewhere along the line there was a bump in the road, as western releases of Lupin the Third had to either be changed to “Rupan” or “Wolf” due to the copyright of intellectual property that Maurice Leblanc had on the original name of the fictional character. Luckily the copyright expired allowing Monkey Punch to have full access to the Lupin name.

There’s so much more in store for this series as there is an upcoming 3D CG-animated movie coming out in Japan entitled Lupin the Third: The First coming December 2019! If you’re a huge fan of the series then get ready to see your favorite master thief in 3D! Although this is the end of our post, we just want to say thank you to Monkey Punch-san for bringing us such a comedic and adventurous story.

Until next post, stay nerdy! 😉

Get This: Luigi’s Mansion 3 is Coming On Halloween!

It’s never too early to talk about Halloween, and it looks like Nintendo’s got the right idea! Why not release the third installment of a certain green ghost catcher, on a certain gaming console, on the scariest night of the year? Not a bad marketing strategy if we may say so ourselves! Luigi’s Mansion 3 is haunting its way into the Nintendo Switch on October 31st, and if your birthday happens to fall on that date then prepare yourself for one hilariously scary good time!

The youngest Mario brother along with Mario, Princess Peach, and Toad find themselves inside a luxurious hotel with all the five-star amenities you could ask for. This paradise turns into an utter nightmare as Luigi’s old nemesis King Boo (yes, he’s back a third time, and is 0-2 against Luigi) reveals it to be all for naught, as he captures his friends and traps them somewhere in the now haunted hotel. E. Gadd is back to help Luigi once again after the events of Dark Moon, though its still unclear how King Boo escaped from the confines of his painting – twice! Armed with the Poltergust G-00 and a gooey version of himself, Luigi is tasked with ridding the hotel of ghost and shutting King Boo down for good…hopefully.

To celebrate the release of the third installment of Luigi’s Mansion as well as our appreciation to our fans, we’ll be releasing a special spooky-yet-original music track on our YouTube page at 12am midnight on October 31st. That’s all the news we’ve got for now, but there’s more posts on the way! 😉

Supercard Fridays: Dragon Ball Super TCG!

Welcome to our first ever Supercard Fridays segment on our blog! For this segment we choose a Collectible Card Game (CCG) or Trading Card Game (TCG) and do an overview on it and show you how the game is played. This week we’re highlighting a TCG that’s only been out for a couple of years and is gaining new players every day (including ourselves). For our first ever Supercard Fridays segment, we’re highlighting the Dragon Ball Super Trading Card Game!

The Dragon Ball Super Card Game is only the latest incarnation of any DBZ trading card game. Unlike the others that came before it, this version plays in a similar fashion to Magic The Gathering (MTG for short); where you would charge your land and summon battle creatures depending on the type of land you have. The game goes in three different phases; Charge Phase, Main Phase, and End Phase.

Before the battle of course you have to place your Leader Card on the top left corner of your playmat. Normally most players would place their deck on the top right but its up to you where you want to place it (as long as it’s not on the center of the field). Before the battle starts both players have to decide which one of them goes first, so you can either flip a coin or go rock-paper-scissors to see who goes first. Then both players draw six cards, if you got a bad hand send back what you don’t want and keep what you do, then shuffle your deck and draw the amount of cards you’ve placed back into your deck. You can’t do this but once per battle so cross your fingers and hope you get a good hand.

Then you draw eight cards as they will represent your life, once your life reaches 0, the game will end and whoever has the most life left wins the battle! Instead of us explaining how an actual battle goes and all of the effects the cards can do, we’ll have the Supah Playaz show you what happens during an actual Dragon Ball Super Card Game battle! (Be sure to subscribe to their channel for the latest and greatest in all things Dragon Ball Super TCG!)

This pretty much wraps up our first ever Supercard Fridays segment for the blog, and hopefully if things go well for this segment we’ll continue to do it in the future. Not to worry however, as we’ll be testing this segment every Friday up until the last Friday in August. Until next post and next Supercard Fridays, stay nerdy my friends! 😉