Filler Posts: D&A’s Top 5 AniMales of 2017!!

Although we’re only 43 hours into 2018, we can’t help but do a little recap of what 2017 was like in the world of anime. There are some great titles and awesome characters that have graced our streaming presence through our FUNimationNow and Crunchyroll apps, of course for our female anime fans and fangirls, we’ve got a Top 5 list for you that is highlighting some of the most popular male characters found in anime (old, current, and renewed). These Animales range from ones striving towards a goal, to others who are rebelling against a corrupt force (like the government or an empire). did your favorite Animale make it into our Top 5 list?

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AniMale Number 5: Eren Jeager (Attack On Titan)

If you’re not aware of this yet, Attack On Titan has now been confirmed for a third season! Throughout the AOT franchise Eren Jeager has been doing whatever it takes to destroy the titans that killed his mom, while at the same time proving to his superiors what he’s able to accomplish while on this deadly war path.

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AniMale Number 4: Edward Elric (FMA/FMA: Brotherhood)

FMA will continue to be a all-time classic to this very day; in fact if your heading to any anime conventions this weekend, don’t be surprised if you run into the well-known older brother of Alphonse Elric. He’s pretty popular among anime fangirls, but whatever you do, don’t call him the S-word. >.<

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AniMale Number 3: Yuuri Katsuki (Yuri On ICE!!!)

Ah, yes one of the popular anime hits of the Summer before last. The anime title’s theme song is one of the most recognizably popular songs ever heard; even the title’s opening sequence is awesome! Good ol’ Yuuri here has become a female fan favorite among tweens, teens, and millennials alike, so if you haven’t seen the show yet, watch it!

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AniMale Number 2: Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass)

Alright ladies, we’re pretty sure that this face is both familiar and pleasing to many of you. That’s right, it is indeed the face of Lelouch Lamperouge of the Rebellion. Be careful if you happen to look into his eyes – or rather eye, as you may find yourself under his spell and control quite easily. (If you’re cool with that, that is.)

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AniMales Tied For Number 1: Sebastian Michaelis & Alucard (Hellsing Ultimate & Black Butler)

These two are tied for the #1 spot for one reason only; they’re both badass! Sebastian is a demon butler who is a master at being a butler, while also being a killer at the same time. The same can be said about Alucard; who is the ultimate vampire. Believe us when we say that it was hard trying to pick our Number 1, so we tied them for the top spot in our Top 5.

Well, that should do it for us on this bone-chilling Tuesday night. We’ve got more fun and excitement coming your way for the new year, next time on D&A Anime Blog! 🙂

D&A’s Top 5 Most Popular Anime Openings!!

If you’re an avid anime fan, then we’re pretty sure that you’ve got a few favorite songs or tracks from your favorite titles. One of the best elements that makes an anime series a sure fire hit, is it’s music. We find ourselves singing the theme songs to our favorite titles in Japanese more often than people might think, and if you’re a hardcore anime fan, then you know the Japanese lyrics to your favorite titles by heart. Since the 2000’s anime has been spreading like wildfire, and it’s music has touched the hearts of any and everyone who is a fan (old school and new school). On behalf of us here at D&A Anime Blog, here’s our Top 5 most popular anime openings!

Number 5 – Again (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)

We all loved the original FMA series as well as its opening title song, but Brotherhood took everything that was awesome about the original (while making it true to the manga), and made it epic! There will never be an anime convention where you won’t see an Edward or Alphonse Elric cosplay, and not start singing this song in your head.

Number 4 – History Maker (Yuri!!! on Ice)

This year’s hit series has made the sport of ice skating into quite a beautiful art form – not that it already isn’t by any standards. If you love the series then you also love the opening title, in fact if you were to head to youtube right now, there’s now doubt that you’ll find a playlist somewhere filled with videos of fans singing this song.

Number 3 – The Hero!! (One Punch Man)

Max as Saitama? Yasss, queen! The most powerful anime superhero deserves an epic title song as an anime opening, right? Well consider that job, done!

Number 2 – Resonance (Soul Eater)

Whenever T.M. Revolution comes into town, this is the most requested song out of all of his tracks. Why, because it’s used for an awesome anime title! (At least to us it is, and to many of you guys too.) You know an anime opening title song is popular when there are (approximately) hundreds of videos filled with remixes, fan versions, and acoustic guitar edits.

And Number 1 – Rock the Dragon (Dragon Ball Z)

You already know what this is! This is the most epic title song that has ever been produced in the history of anime openings! If you’re an old school fan, then you already know. If you’re new to the game, then you’re in for a treat! It’s only fitting that one of the most popular pioneering anime titles has the most nostalgic song that has ever been created.

So that wraps up our Top 5 for tonight. We’re pretty sure that there are some more anime opening songs that you guys go head over heels for (Ouran anyone?), so never stop listening and loving your favorite tunes from your favorite shows! 🙂

D&A’s Top 5 Places To Shop For Anime Merch Online!

Cyber shopping is becoming the norm of everyday shopping, especially when retailers don’t sell the item that we desperately need (or have to have). Sites like Amazon and Ebay are just a couple of the most common sites of the online shopping circuit, which could spell trouble for retail stores ten, or twenty years down the line. (*Cough* Blockbuster!) So in a world where online stores are slowly but surely dominating the consumer industry, where can an anime/manga fan find some merch at good prices? Well, you’ve come to the right anime blog, cuz’ that’s what we’re here for!

Sure, you may find some good deals at many of the conventions you go to, but what about the items that can only be found online? Even if you did manage to find the item you’re looking for at a con, 9 times outta 10 another otaku’s got their eye (and hand) on it! Instead of trapping that guy or girl in your ‘Genjutsu of Death’, here’s our Top 5 list of online sites to find the merch you’ve been looking for!

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Number 5 – The Anime Stuff Store!

Need the pinky rings Death the Kid wears to complete your cosplay? Then this is the online store for you! Whether you’re a cosplayer or anime fan, you can find some good stuff at great prices on this site. You’ll find items like pens, key chains, CDs, blankets, T-shirts, wigs, DVDs, and anything else that will make you ‘squeee!‘ in delight! They don’t call it the Anime Stuff Store for nothing! (Link: https://www.animestuffstore.com)

Number 4 – Otaku Village!

If you’re a hardcore anime fan (like an otaku over 9000), then you’re gonna want some of the most authentic anime merch you can find, right? Your answer lies at Otaku Village, an online place where fans can get some true authentic merch that’s licensed by the studios and creators of some of your favorite titles! You might kick out a lil’ more cash than other online stores depending on what you buy, but you can’t beat the quality when it comes to true authenticity! (Link: https://www.otakuvillage.com)

Number 3 – Best Anime Shop!

Looking for an online store that’s got a little bit of every fandom (merch-wise)? Then check this online store that we’ve come across! You’ll find wall scrolls and apparel from all your favorite titles and characters; such as SAO, Captain America, DBZ, Tokyo Ghoul, and so much more! It’s worth taking a shot at if you’ve got a reasonable budget to work with. (Link: https://www.bestanimeshop.com)

Number 2 – J-Box!

Looking for something kawaii for your girlfriend, or something to tease your boyfriend with? (No ladies, it’s not an online sex shop!) Then make your way to J-Box for all of your Japanese merchandise needs! Want candy? They got it! Want figures? They got it! Anything you want, they got it all! (Link: https://jbox.com)

And Finally Number 1 – Right Stuf Anime!

The #1 ‘go-to’ site for anime and manga fans alike! This is the place to go for all things otaku; such as DVDs, plushies, T-shirts, wall scrolls, figures, games, and so much more! Think of this as the Walmart Superstore for anime/manga fans, with great prices that are sure to give you more bang for your buck! (Link: https://www.rightstufanime.com)

So if you’re looking for that one item or box set that you couldn’t get your hands on at an anime convention, then check out these five online stores for all of your anime needs! 🙂

Cosplay 911: The Top 5 Tools Needed For Cosplay Repair!

Here you are with your friends at one of your favorite anime conventions. You’ve just come out of a Cowboy Bebop anniversary panel, and now you’re on your way to get something to eat before the next panel starts. You’re wearing your best cosplay (the one you’ve spent several months working on) for everyone to see, and then the unimaginable happens – part of your outfit brushes up against an uneven part of the door and makes a small (yet noticeable) tear. Perhaps you’re debuting a prop that you’ve spent months on, only for part of it to get caught in the hotel elevator and snap off.

Chances are that somewhere down the line in your life of cosplaying and going to conventions, you’ve been on the receiving end of a cosplay mishap. Cosplay malfunctions are the last thing a cosplayer wants to worry about at a con; besides turning your best friend into a bodyguard to protect you from cosplay glompers. Never fear cosplayers, cuz’ D&A’s here to our fool-proof Cosplay Repair Plan filled with the Top 5 tools that you’ll need to handle nay mishap that happens to you, or one of your friends.

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Number 5: Glue Gun

The majority of all cosplay repairs usually requires this handy dandy tool. It can fix most problems really fast and really quickly when you need it the most! Glue guns are a good tool to have for those broken prop-type of mishaps that can happen on accident. Depending on the convention’s rules and policies, you probably won’t be able to bring a glue gun in that’s larger than your own arm. For that we recommend looking for a smaller one to carry in a small strap on bag – to access easily of course.

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Number 4: A Pair of Scissors or Shears

If you’ve got any loose threads on your outfit or need to make a slight trim on your wig, then you’re gonna need to make sure that you don’t go without this essential tool. Perhaps you want your Kirito wig to look great in Asuna’s eyes, or maybe you just want to make sure that your Ciel cosplay doesn’t have any noticeable threads that may turn Sebastian off in any way. Either way, you can’t go wrong with this classic repair tool.

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Number 3: Fashion Tape

This one’s for the ladies. If your cosplay is a bit on the scantily clad side, then this is the best tool to use to keep it held in place to prevent male nosebleeds (or ‘growth spurts’). Depending on the color or size fashion tape might even slightly enhance the look of your cosplay.

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Number 2: Safety Pins

This is usually the ‘last resort’ go-to tool if you don’t have any tape, glue, or even velcro on your person. Safety pins are great for those mishaps that happen mid-travel from panel to panel. Make sure you don’t stick yourself while trying to repair something on your outfit that may be slightly torn, otherwise it’s going to be the most uncomfortable three or four days of your life – unless you have an emergency backup cosplay outfit.

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And Number 1: The Classic Needle and Thread

Everybody knows that this particular item is found and needed in every wardrobe emergency kit ever made! If you want to make that small tear in your outfit no longer noticeable to the human eye, then make sure that you have a needle and thread handy for those ‘quick fix’ moments. It’s a good idea to make sure that the thread color matches the color scheme of your cosplay outfit in some cases, but you also don’t forget the old fashioned black and white colors as well.

If you ever find yourself on the receiving end of a cosplay mishap during an anime convention, make sure that you’ve got a friend that has these five tools in a pinch when they’re needed the most! Accidents happen, so that’s why it’s always a good idea to stay prepared when that ‘dreadful moment’ that every cosplayer hates, happens.

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

Remember back when you were a kid growing up, and you saw your first ever superhero movie with your family (or friends)? Well now that you’re somewhere between 20-something and 40-something, and are well versed in the world of super powers, you now wonder to yourself what’s one of the best super powers to have. The final decision on what power(s) you wish you could have is completely up to you, but we do have a Top 5 list of the most wanted anime super powers (or special abilities) for your own enjoyment! 🙂

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Number 5 – The Ability to go Super Saiyan!

C’mon, what kid do you know in this day and age doesn’t want to have the ability to go Super Saiyan? No one, not even you! Sure, it would be awesome to blast your bullies to smithereens using a Kamehameha Wave or Final Flash, but this kind of power is also the most destructive – as with every battle Goku has with his opponents (even Vegeta). The best advice we can give you for this power would be to use it only when you really need to; such as a worldwide attack from Majin Buu, Broly, or intergalactic space pirates. (Or WWIII, God forbid. >.<)

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Number 4 – The Sharingan!

We know, we know! You’ve heard this name a thousand times already, but the next generation of Naruto fans would love to have this as their super power (special ability). If you ever get in a fight with someone bigger or faster than you, having this power around might help, as you’ll be able to see movements in slow motion which will enhance your reaction time. If you want to unleash its full potential however, you’re gonna need to do a lot of training – unless your last name is Uchiha! XP

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Number 3 – Power of the Titans!

The Power of the Titans is to the subjects of Ymir, as the Great Ape form is to saiyans. That being said, if you’re an AOT fan, then you’d kill to have this kind of power. (But seriously, don’t kill anybody – except the titans that ate your mom and dad. See what we did there? XP.) While in titan mode you’ll gain regeneration abilities and your physical prowess will increase ten-fold, however if you use this form too much you’ll wear out the control you have over your titan state, and possibly revert to a mindless titan if you’re not careful.

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Number 2 – Advanced Levels of Magic!

If you watch a lot of Magical Girl anime or any title that has wizards and sorcerers in it, then you know exactly what we’re talking about!

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And finally Number 1 – The Ability to Knock Out Foes with Just One Punch!

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Well, that will do it for our Top 5 list of anime super powers. Now you all can figure out which one(s) you want or don’t want between each other, cuz’ when it’s all said and done, the final call is up to you. Stay super my friends! 🙂

Filler Post: The Top 5 Hair Colors You’ll See In (Almost) Every Anime!

If you’re an anime fan, either old school or new school, then you’ve probably seen a lot of characters (male and female) who don’t have the same hair color that you would see in the real world. The common colors of hair that were used to seeing is brown, black, grey (if you’re up in age), red (for redheads) and blonde. Anime is not bound to just those particular colors, in fact a large percentage of your favorite anime characters have different colors of hair to either match their overall personality, or to make them look stylish. Tonight we’re going to give you guys our Top 5 most popular hair colors that you’ll find in about 95% of the anime that you watch! As for which color is your favorite? Well, we’ll leave that up to you.

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Number 5: Silver

When it comes to silver colored hair, many of us can go as far back as Inuyasha. Silver in some cases represents the color of elegance, grace, and wealth. If you take a look at titles like Rosario + Vampire and Bleach, then you’ll notice that silver-haired characters carry themselves in an elegant way, and is believed to draw out negative energies and replace them with positive ones. It’s also noted that silver haired anime characters (or live individuals) are great public speakers.

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Number 4: Red

One of the most intense and emotion-fueled hair colors you’ll find in anime. Red can represent negative emotions such as rage, danger, wrath, aggression, and malice. However it can also represent courage, leadership, strength, passion, and romance. Red is also one of the most passionate and attention-grabbing colors in the color wheel, which may explain why so many anime fans (guys and girls) are attracted to red-haired anime characters.

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Number 3: Blue

Ah, the most calming of colors found in a lot of your favorite anime titles. Blue represents a sense of calmness, inspiration, wisdom, and intelligence. This color can either be steadfast and strong, or it can be light and friendly depending on the shade. Darker shades bring about a sense of coldness and an uncaring spirit, while brilliant shades bring about a dramatic effect of exhilaration. Characters with lighter shades of blue, or light blue like Hatsune Miku (shown above), show a sense of trustworthiness and honesty.

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Number 2: Green

This color represents a sense of rebirth, freshness, greed, energy, and growth. It can also bring us a sense of hope, good health, and adventure. There are some anime characters in certain titles whose personalities may be associated with this particular hair color. (As for who they might be, we’ll leave that up to you to decide.) Darker shades of green represent wealth, greed, and ambition, while yellowish-green shades can give off a sickly and jealous vibe. Green can also be associated with the beginning of Spring, as the winter snow melts to bring about a new beginning of life that can be found in this color.

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Number 1: Pink

This is probably (in our opinion) the most popular hair color you’ll find in various anime titles! What is it about this color that makes it so popular? Perhaps pink is the color for the universal love that we have for one another, and that it represents “sugar, spice, and everything nice.” Hot pink can bring about playfulness while its lighter shade brings about communicative tenderness. It’s too bad we can’t say the same for Junko, as her pink brings nothing but death and despair to anyone that crosses her path!

There you have it, folks! Although there are a lot more hair colors in the anime world, these are just some of the ones that you’ll run into while streaming your favorites on Crunchyroll or FunimationNow. If you’re felling kind of dull and you want to put a little excitement in your life, slap your favorite hair dye on your hair and paint the town whatever color you like! 😉

Filler Post: D&A’s Top 5 Types of Gamers!

If you haven’t noticed it yet, a lot of video games (mostly visual novels and some RPG’s) now have their own anime adaptations; such as Danganronpa, Steins Gate, and many others that you may be familiar with. Most of us that are in the anime fanbase today, found their way to it through the video game track. (Meaning that they found out about anime through video games, like Pokemon!) With so many genres of games out there, there’s bound to be various types of gamers that like said genres. With that in mind we’re going to give you our Top 5 list of the type of gamers you’ll find at different gamer conventions. Which one are you? Check our list and find out! 😉

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#5: The Casual Gamer

This type of gamer doesn’t game competitively nor tries to clear 100% of the entire game. He (or she) just likes to game mainly for entertainment purposes. The casual gamer is neutral, and possesses a bit of a laid-back persona. Almost a chilled gamer if you think about it…

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#4: The Competitive Gamer

If an anime or video game con is having a SSB (Super Smash Bros.), Street Fighter, Mario Kart or even a Mortal Kombat tournament, you’d best believe that you’ll find this type of gamer here! Proceed with caution, as these gamers can get pretty turn’d up during heated tournament sessions. Their mission? to prove that they’re the top dog when it comes to video games.

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#3: The Achiever

Action-adventure, First-person and Third-person Shooting games, are just a few of the gaming genres that this type of gamer will visit most frequently. This type of gamer is goal-oriented, has tactical gaming skills, and their weekly gaming sessions are almost the length of a Full-Time job! If you’re a video game tester who fits this title, then this IS your Full-Time job!

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#2: The Button Masher

Have you ever seen a first-time gamer? Mashing buttons like there’s no tomorrow? Has no idea what they’re doing or even what the game’s about? Be honest, more than half of you have been this type of gamer during your childhood – unless you were blessed with gaming skills that would match even the most professional of gamers.

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And finally #1: The Cheat Code Master

Infinite lives? Got it! Unlimited ammo? Got it! Hidden levels? You know it! If you’re a gamer, or you’re at least familiar with the gaming community, then this type of gamer is to noobs (or novice gamers), like a scout is to people trying to get basketball or football tickets. (And this is coming from a former Cheat Code Master too! Shh! Tell no one.)

If you have a gamer friend who is a cheat code master, then you’ve got the ultimate hook-up for life! Never again will you have to struggle on a level that can be beaten by pressing a few directional buttons in a particular sequence; Up, Up, Down, Down, L, R, Z! If you can guess what game that cheat code belongs to, then you deserve a cookie! 🙂

Well, that’ll about do it on our end. No matter what type of gamer you are, we all have one thing in common – a passionate love for video games! Keep gaming! 😉