Anime REvisited Special: The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Episode 7 & 8!

Here we go again! We’re back with another episode review from our Anime REvisited Special; The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter! Since we’ll be doing a dual episode review for episodes 7 and 8, we’ll give you a rundown of what happened while keeping the full details to a minimum to reduce spoilers. So, here we go!

The Cast!

After Tigerson came to live with Noir, both he and Emma found themselves at the receptionist building where Lola was being held back by her friend Luna from slugging another receptionist named Sara. (Who definitely has a masochistic side.) The reason you ask? Well, Lola believes that Sara has been taking her adventurers away after the results of the annual Receptionist Battle; and Noir is now caught in the crossfire of this situation. Should Lola lose this time, then Sara will be Noir’s receptionist – which he didn’t “seem” too concerned about at first. To help her win the challenge Noir dashed off to look for some rare items while taking on Lola’s quests (and even getting a lil’ “help” with his LP if you know what I mean). With Emma and Luna’s help (since they wanted to tag along) Noir took down an earth dragon, then brought it back to help boost Lola’s receptionist score.

After discovering that it didn’t seem enough to win, Noir went back to the dungeon and asked for Olivia’s help. She told him to head to the seventh floor in order to find more rare items, and upon arrival he met Dori; a Driad who created a forest on that floor. She told him that she’s dying due to her mana being sucked away by a Golden Bee (at Lv. 256). At first Noir didn’t think he could defeat it due to his level being 3.5x lower than the bee’s, but if you know anime protagonists like you think you do, Noir was going to find a way to win.

He did just that by using his ‘Get Creative’ and ‘Editor’ skills to have the silver wolves attack the bee while buying him some time to try a new attack. Noir shot a blast of water infused with lightning to not only drench the bee; but shock it to death because water conducts electricity. (Ask any 5th Grade science kid!) Once the battle was over, Dori took Noir to where she hid two treasure chests for anyone that could help her with her problem; and Noir just happened to be the lucky one. After getting two rare items and discovering where the eighth floor is, Noir headed back to the receptionist building where the results of the receptionist battle were taking place. The points gained were turned into coins, and just when it seemed that Lola would lose again, Noir pulled an upset and won the battle for her! It’s safe to say that everything was pretty much back to normal in Noir’s eyes, though the same cannot be said for Sara with Lola chasing her with a spiked bat in comedic fashion.

There you have it; two anime reviews combined into one! There’s more content on the way, but until then, stay nerdy my friends! 😉

Anime REvisited Special: The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Episode 6!

Sup nerds! We have returned with another episode review from our Anime Revisited Special; The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter! This episode is gonna be a bit heartwarming to say the least, so here we go!

The Cast

After the events of the previous episode, Noir and the other girls received a hefty reward in the form of 100 million rels (coins). Somewhere in the conversation Emma told Noir that it would be a good idea to open up a rare material shop where she would assist in helping him run it. Of course Lola and Luna jumped in and said that they would be better fit to run the shop, which caused some rom-com tension to which Noir made an exit – stage left.

Later on Noir went back to the dungeon after gaining more skills using ‘Get Creative’ to get to the fifth floor. From there he encountered what looked to be a giant black Lion named…Tigerson. (I know, right?) The giant lion told Noir that he has been waiting for his friend to return for over 300 years, and that he gave him his word that he would wait on the fifth floor until he does. (Sound familiar Futurama fans?) Anyhoo, Noir told Tigerson that he would head to the sixth floor to search for his friend who happens to be an elf named Vashelle; and they have a rather long lifespan. Upon reaching the sixth floor Noir was faced with sextuple zombies; zombies who break up into six parts and chase you. Noir managed to find another way out but was met with a sextuple zombie that looked different than the others. That zombie…was Vashelle.

After using his ‘Get Creative’ skill to remove zombification from Vashelle, Noir told him that he was waiting for him to return for over 300 years. Even though he felt bad for leaving him on the fifth floor for that period of time, Vashelle returned to the fifth floor to reunite with the giant lion alongside Noir. Due to creatures being prohibited where Vashelle is from, Tigerson is not allowed to go with him; meaning that the two of them must part ways for now. After bidding his friend farewell Tigerson went back to the fifth floor and started crying, but since Noir went back as well he asked the giant lion for a special request; to be his friend. Tigerson took Noir’s request as the two of them went back to Noir’s home – their home!

Ain’t nothing like true friendship and dedication, but there are some moments where the friends you gain in life are around for a reason; and a season. Cherish the people in your life who cross your path, and even though there are friends you may only see every now and then, just know that they play a role in your life too. On that note, that will do it for our episode review, but there’s more nerdy content coming your way!

Until next post, stay nerdy! 😉

Anime REvisited Special: The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Episode 5!

Sup ya’ll! It’s high time for another episode review from our Anime REvisited Special; The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter! This one will be a good one, so let’s go!

The Main Cast

Noir and his trio of girls are at the “Harem Pride” (or in this case the Anti-Girl Bashfest) event as they look at how the rules work and whatnot. Their mission was to win the hearts of the crowd as well as the host in order to receive the grand prize of one million rels; which is easier said than done, cuz’ the crowd…yikes! The sad thing about this episode is the fact that in the world of ‘Nerdia’ (Narnia for Nerds), there are “Special Interest Groups” that act just like this online and on social media. We all go through rejection at some point in our lives, but damn!

In spite of how scary and harsh the crowd was towards the harems that came out, Noir kept a clear head while the girls looked on; some nervous while others were stoic. Then it was finally Noir’s harem’s turn, as Emma was the first to come out and show off her stuff. The crowd of Shy Guys looked on as they…loved her?! It’s true; the crowd actually loved her personality. Next up was Luna; as she introduced who she was all while giving out a flashy presentation. Finally Lola did the very same as one guy was sold, and said that he would sign up to be a part of an adventurer guild. Although everything looked like it was going all Noir’s way, the real fun was just getting started! Noir and the girls had to prove to the noble and the crowd that they were the best harem ever – and they did just that by exceeding the expectations of every scenario given to them.

After winning the rels and LP he needed, Noir and the girls made their way to the Duke’s mansion to help lift Maria’s curse. Thanks to Noir’s skill; Luna can now lift the 16th Year Death Curse from Maria without it affecting her lifespan, which is why she turned down the request to do so previously. Noir told Maria that he was happy that she acknowledged him when the others didn’t, and that he’d never forget that about her. After the semimetal moments was over, Luna used her power and lifted the curse; saving Maria’s life in the process. By the end of the episode Lola and Emma realized that yet another girl was after Noir’s heart; pretty much like Luna is upon revealing that she’s fallen for him too. So to reiterate; Noir and his harem of girls survived the “Harem Pride” event, then went to the Duke’s mansion to lift the curse from Maria’s body, and finally discovered that another girl has fallen for him. Yep, that’s this episode in a nutshell.

With episode four of our special title pick in the books, it’s time to wrap up this post. Until next time, stay safe and stay nerdy! 😉

Anime REvisited Special: The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Episode 4!

What’s up my dudes n’ dudettes! Welcome back to another episode review of our Anime REvisited Special; The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter! In this one a new character is introduced so let’s get to it, shall we?

The Main Cast

In the previous episode Lola told Noir and Emma that in order to lift the 16th Year Death Curse from Maria; the Duke’s daughter, they would need the help of a Cleric. It just so happens that Lola’s friend is one; as she goes to the area where she is performing her healing duties to ask for her help on behalf of Noir and Emma. While this is taking place Noir heads back to the hidden dungeon where Olivia is and asks if there is a skill that will let him gain LP more quickly. Although she was a little upset that he didn’t come to see her sooner, she grants him the skill “Lucky Ledger” to help boost is LP fast.

One problem though; that skill triggers every time he’s around the opposite sex, so Noir had to get a little creative and make sure it only happens rarely. Midway through the episode Noir and Emma meet Lola’s Cleric friend Luna, who happens to be part Elf. During their meeting Luna tells the others that even though she can lift curses, this curse in particular she won’t be able to lift. (After taking a look at her skills and abilities Noir finds out why, but she never told Lola about it.) Noir told Emma and Lola that he would like to talk to Luna for a moment about what the next option would be, but something happened downtown where a boy got injured; leaving Luna to jump into action and heal him. After doing so however, her persona reverted back to when she was a child herself – which is both embarrassing and funny.

While the girls were still hung up on the fact that Luna could die if she lifts the curse, Noir revealed that he can use a skill to where only Luna’s finances will get drained – not her life. But he’s 2000 LP short of his goal, and doesn’t know where he can get his hands on a million rels (basically coins in this series). Lola had an idea based on how Noir is able to gain LP currently, but it’s not gonna be pretty. The four of them attended an event known as the “Harem Pride Event” held by a noble who was socially-rejected by women; so much so, that he doesn’t even wanna be in the same room with or breathe the same air as them. (The same is said about the crowd as well, which is why they all where “Shy Guy” masks to cover up their loathsome faces.) Yep, the next episode is gonna be ‘fun’…

That’s all we’ve got for now, but as always there’s more content coming your way! Until next post, stay nerdy my friends! 😉

Anime REvisited Special: The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Episode 3!

Greetings nerds and nerdettes! We’re back with another episode review from our Anime REvisited Special title; The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter! Noir finally has the money he needs to get into the Hero Academy, but what happens after that? We’ll tell you!

The Main Cast

Picking up right where the previous episode left off, Noir and Emma paid their entrance fee for the Hero Academy and are now full-fledged students. After noticing the Duke’s daughter walk by him and Emma, Noir noticed that there was something dark – a curse known as the 16th Death Curse was placed on her; meaning that on her 16th birthday the curse would kill her. With that thought etched in his mind Noir and Emma entered into their classroom with their ranking pinned on the right side of their chest. When it comes to cliques and social groups (especially when it comes to social class), Baronets are at the bottom of the barrel. In Noir’s case; he was treated like crap the moment he set foot in class.

After all of the greetings were in order, the class along with Emma and Noir were outside in what looked to be the school’s courtyard where their teacher; Ms. Elna, was waiting. At first glance you can already tell she’s got a bit of Yandere/Sadistic side with a touch of cockiness only an anime teacher can give you. Ms. Elna called Noir out first as part of the class’ first lesson; the back-step technique. At Lv. 236 Noir already knew she was a powerhouse, but with his ‘Get Creative’ skill anything was possible. Noir was knocked around at first but then Elna told him that if he used the back-step technique, she’ll give him a prize. We’re not telling you what the ‘prize’ is, so you’ll have to watch that part of the episode to find out.

After class was over Noir and Emma meet up with Lola; who disappeared on-sight as soon as she spotted Noir because she didn’t have a lot of makeup on, even though he thinks she looks pretty without it. He talks to her about the situation going on with the Duke’s daughter and her 16th year curse, and offers up a way that might work. Noir would need the help of a Cleric who specializes in removing curse-based spells, and even though Lola told him that this decision would come with its own set of challenges, Noir was determined to meet her Cleric friend and rid the daughter’s evil curse.

There’s a quick post-credits scene where Ms. Elna appears to be working on some papers when Noir walks in and notices her shoulder is bothering her. He offers to give her a message but only if he can ‘satisfy’ her. What follows afterwards would cause Emma’s face to turn beet red with embarrassment, and for others to assume that some ‘risky business’ is happening behind closed doors.

Welp, that wraps up this episode review! We’ve got more content coming later this week so stay tuned! 😉

D&A Anime Blog: D&A Studios & N.O.T.D. Recap!

Yo, what’s good anime fam! Hopefully you’re all doing fine and well. If you haven’t heard the news already (or perhaps you might’ve been at the four walls in your bedroom for far too long) we got a podcast as well as a series of product and anime reviews on our youtube page! We’re happy to say that thanks to our schedule, we’ve been on quite a roll with creating and releasing new content every week (at least 1-2 videos a week). So if you’ve been rolling with us since day one, or you’re just checking us out for the very first time, here’s what we’ve been doing with our D&A Studios: Main Reviews series and our podcast; Nerdz of the Decade!

Our most recent (and fun) episode
Our first product review episode
Our D&A Studios series pilot

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! The fourth episode of Nerdz of the Decade is in development and we’ll be shooting the podcast episode this weekend. As for D&A Studios, we have more products and anime figures on back order, so there will be more product reviews coming soon! If you love the content we make or if you have any suggestions for podcast episodes, hit us up on our Contact Us page!

That’s it for now, but there’s more content coming your way! Until next post, stay nerdy! 😉

Anime REvisited Special: The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Episode 2!

Yo! We’re back with our second episode review from our Anime REvisited Special title; The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter! Normally we review titles that have been around for 5 years or more, but this special series review is a ‘thank you’ to all of our fans who have supported us through the five years we’ve been around. So without further delay, let’s get on with the show!

The Main Cast

Welp, last time we met Noir Stardia he passed the entrance exam for the Hero Academy, but has to find a way to pay off the entrance fee. He asked his father for the money at first, but that didn’t bode well for ‘certain’ reasons. So Noir had to earn the money himself, but to do so he enlisted the help of his ‘master’ Olivia (back at the hidden dungeon of course) who told him to look for some rainbow grasshoppers; as they’re very rare. In order to do that Olivia told Noir he’d have to join an adventurer’s guild; or at least go on a few quests and complete them in order to get some coins.

This led him to the receptionist known as Lola; who was responsible for handling all of the quests of the adventurers as well as their payment. After asking Noir to write down his skills so she can figure out what quest to send him on, Lola took a look at the skills he wrote down and asked him to “take this seriously!” and write down his exact skills. Because Noir was confident in what he wrote Lola took out a book with the crest of the guild that Olivia (Noir’s master) was once a part of; then told Noir to place his hand on it to reveal the truth. Of course when it was revealed to be true, Lola had to do something embarrassing which boosted Noir’s LP by 300 points.

Eventually Emma came along for the ride when she found out Noir went off adventuring without her and helped him on his quest to gather the grasshoppers. Later on (after a little static friction between Emma and Lola due to them both liking, and possibly loving, Noir) the two went on another quest which led to a boss fight with a Lv. 24 giant rabbit. Emma held her own against the beast but couldn’t really land any killing blows against it do to her being at a lower level. Noir grasped her and led her to a safe place away from the rabbit, but now he had to figure out a way to make Emma stronger. How he did it you ask? You’ll have to watch to find out!

Long-story-short, Noir managed to gain the money he needed for the Hero Academy and even gained accolades from other guild members and adventurers for his heroic deed. It felt like a dream to him; he was receiving praises for completing his quests as well as defeating the giant rabbit, when not long ago he was looked-down upon because he was a Baronet. Even though it still haunts him, he realizes just how strong he’ll soon become as an adventurer.

In this episode we get to see Emma in action, so perhaps she’s inspired by Noir for his bravery as well as other things besides being his childhood friend. By the end of the episode it looks like Noir might be on the fast track to having a harem, but he never really sees them as romantic partners – but as his friends. Could that change later on in the series? Maybe…

That will do it for our episode review for now, but there’s more content on the way! 😉

Anime REvisited Special: The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Episode 1!

Hey! Did cha miss us? Well not to worry, cuz’ we’re back with something special this time around. Normally for our Anime REvisited segment we would review anime titles that have been around for five or more years, but we’ve decided to do a special edition where we review a title that’s been released just recently – like this past Winter (2020-2021). If you’re familiar with Danmachi, then this anime title might give you a little taste of that. For our Anime REvisited special, we’ll be reviewing The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter.

The Main Cast

Well, the introduction starts off with the narrator telling the story of various hidden dungeons all across the land. Many of which contain labyrinths, monsters, the usual when it comes to dungeon crawlers. It is then that we’re introduced to Noir Stardia; the son of a Baronet which happens to be on the bottom of the social hierarchy. In other words, Noir and his family are peasants in the eyes of nobles and other higher ranking individuals. It’s also the reason why he wasn’t able to secure a job at the library because of his status – talk about brutal. Later on he runs into his childhood friend Emma Brightness (which is actually a cool name for an anime girl) and tells her what happened; causing her to be shocked that he was turned down as she wanted to work with him at the library.

It was then Noir had another idea; become an adventurer (hero) in hopes of boosting his social ranking and becoming set for life. To do so he would require the help of the Great Sage; a skill that he gained that will tell him any and everything about life he wants to know, but gives him severe headaches as a result of said skill. In order to null this Noir was told by Emma that he would have to kiss her, and after finding a better spot away from onlookers, they did…passionately. Afterwards Noir went to the hidden dungeon and made it to the second floor where he found a door. On the other side of the door was a tall blue-haired woman bound by glowing black chains named Olivia. Noir explained the situation to Olivia and why he was in the dungeon to begin with, before she told him that he needed skills in order to pursue the quest that he was on.

After receiving her skills Olivia told Noir that his skills would cost him LP (Life Points) to use, so he checked to see how many he had; and that number was 550. Once he got the hang of his new skills Noir went to the Hero Academy to take the entrance exam, but due to his status as a Baronet, no one wanted to work with him – except Emma (and Lenore, but even she didn’t want to work with him due to his status so she suggested they split up in order to pass the exam). Noir went back to the dungeon and encountered a (Lv. 99) Death Reaper and found himself fighting it. He thought he could use his ‘Edit’ skill to remove its ‘Insta-Kill’ attack, but it would cost 4000 LP to use – which Noir doesn’t have.

Eventually he got a little creative and used his ‘Stone Bullet’ skill and managed to defeat the reaper and boost his level at the same time. By the end of the episode Noir and his team passed with flying colors thanks to a lie that Olivia told him about the power of the reaper. Despite the financial cost of entry, Noir was on his way to becoming an adventurer (Hero).

Much like Danmachi, the main character of this series (Noir) finds himself working to becoming an adventurer and finds himself going through a dungeon to do so. The concept of LP does give the series an action-RPG feel in real-time; much like Cautious Hero and Log Horizon. Even though it’s only the first episode Noir feels like an underdog in the eyes of others above him, but everyone knows that underdogs turn into top dogs after some hard work and dedication. As the series goes on we may see more of that coming from Noir.

That will do it for our first episode review on this special edition segment of Anime REvisited. Until next post, stay nerdy! 😉

Anime REvisited Special Review: The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter!

What’s goin’ on guys! We know its been awhile since our last post (as we’ve been working on our upcoming episode for Nerdz of the Decade), but we’re back with a special anime review from our Anime REvisited segment! While working on new and nerdy content we watch a LOT of anime, and this title in particular stuck out at us almost the same way Danmachi did – in fact you might even get some ‘Danmachi‘ feels from this anime title. So starting next week we’ll be doing an Anime REvisited Special Review on the series The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter.

Right off the bat you already know it has something to do with a dungeon, as well as that RPG video game-like element that you might have seen in the first season of SAO and Log Horizon. Since this title still has that ‘New Car Smell’ we won’t spoil the details too much, but we will of course tell you what you’ll be in for in each episode; as well as its overall tone, plot, and character development. That’s all we’ve got for now, but stay tuned for our next Nerdz of the Decade podcast dropping this weekend; along with other awesome content! Until next post, stay nerdy! 😉

The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter!

A Founder’s Thoughts with D.J. Lewis! (06/16/21)

What’s good anime fam! It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these posts, so for this one it’ll pretty much be an update on what’s I’ve been doing as of late. As for what’s happening in my neck of the woods; it looks like we’re inching closer to that magical goal of 70% full vaccination not just in my home state of Maryland, but in a couple other states as well. For 15 months the thought of going to an anime convention was frowned upon due to the size of the crowd, but with the positivity rate dropping in certain states with high vaccination rates, some conventions (smaller ones) are starting to come back around. I myself have been contemplating if A. Goldman and I should take a shot at one of the returning conventions later this year; one of them just happens to be in New York. As for myself and what I’ve been up to as of late, well it’s pretty much the usual.

Due to my mixes being taken down off my Youtube and Facebook pages, I’ve decided to upload all of my DJ mixes to my official Mixcloud page. You can find me as Avidd Minddset on Mixcloud and check out a couple of my ‘Minddset Sessions’ DJ mixes! I’m also working on episode ideas for our Nerdz of the Decade podcast, and I promise that we’ll have some new episodes for you guys to check out! It’s hard to believe it’s been 17 months since my last convention, and with a few of them returning (with safety measures in place) I guess you can say that our first convention back since March of 2020 will be Anime NYC. I’ve never been to New York or Manhattan for that matter, but after being stuck in my house for a year and a half, I’m itchin’ to leave the state!

Even though I’m fully vaccinated (and shaking off the side effects) I’m probably still going to keep my mask on; or get one of those LED light-up masks that look like the one Scorpion from Mortal Kombat has on. I know it sounds like I’m rambling on, but guys, these are just the thoughts that occur in my head everyday – and I write em’ all down on this blog to share with you! The last year and a half hasn’t been easy (and I can probably say the same for you if you live in the U.S. or any other country), but D&A has kinda been my little online home away from ‘home’. I can share my thoughts, how I feel about certain things and trends, and what’s the best anime title to start with if you’re just getting into it. (Go with the classics like Pokemon, Dragon Ball, Yu-Gi-Oh, Cowboy Bebop, or Sailor Moon and work your way up to the new school titles.)

Honestly, there’s moments where I’m glad A. Goldman and I had that vision back in 2015 about creating a blog; thought it was going to be an anime convention photo album at the time. We’re five-going-on-six years in on this thing, and it’s been a fun ride! So I’m gonna end this post with more years to come for me and A. Goldman doin’ our nerdy thing on this blog, as well as getting the chance to break out my first live DJ set at an anime/gaming after party (or anywhere that wants to jam out to some music).

Until next post guys! 😉