The Top 5 Sports Anime!

Growing up, we find ourselves participating in every athletic event that our moms and dads put us in. Some of us grew up to become professional athletes in the sport of our choice, while the rest of us just became fans of said sport, and cheered on the ones who were on the front lines. Baseball is still one of the greatest pastimes of North America during the Spring and Summer, while basketball and football hold the Fall and Winter spots. Nevertheless we all have a favorite sport that we’ve played while growing up, however when it comes to competitive sports, anime holds the top spot.

Aside from the traditional sports that we all know and love, there are some that we can’t believe actually exist. No matter what sport you’re into, there’s an anime title for that! So without further delay, here’s our Top 5 Sports Anime…

5. FREE

Who doesn’t love a good sports anime title about swimming? FREE was one of the most popular titles of the summer back in 2017, as fans found themselves re-watching the series numerous times not just for the story, but for the OP’s as well. If you’re looking for a title that’ll give you movements of ‘feels’, then dive into this title!

4. Yuri!!! On ICE!!!

If you’ve seen the Winter Olympics then you’re fully aware that Figure Skating is one of its most primary events. One of the top tier anime titles centered around this sport has to be Yuri!!! On ICE!!! (a must-watch if you love anime and ice skating). A lot of the moves seen in the series are based on actual moves and techniques from real-life ice skaters, which makes the magic found in this series that much more appealing.

3. Keijo!!!!!!!!

If you didn’t think that fanservice could be found in sports anime, then you haven’t seen this title! Keijo!!!!!!!! is a series about an unusual sport where girls use their ‘T&A’ to try and knock each other off of a platform surrounded by water. Talk about weapons of ‘ass-destruction’! XP

2. Megalobox

Rocky, Foreman, Tyson, Creed, Ali, no matter how you slice it, every person in America is familiar with or knows the names of those great boxing legends. If you’re looking for a good boxing anime title, then you’ll wanna check out Toonami’s newest addition to its Saturday night lineup, Meglobox! It’ll give you that Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo feeling though its art and music, and as for its story? Well, you’ll just have to watch for yourself!

1. Prince of Tennis

A throwback title of the 2000’s that took the sports anime world by storm! There’s still a large number of us who remembers when the Prince Of Tennis was on the Toonami lineup back in the day, alongside Naruto, DBZ, One Piece, Zatch Bell (c’mon, who doesn’t remember Zatch Bell?!), Sailor Moon, and many other classics. You haven’t seen tennis matches this intense until you’ve seen them through this series. Feeling nostalgic? 😉

There are so many sports anime titles out there for fans to check out, which means there’s a little something for everybody who’s a fan of their favorite sport. Competitions are great when they’re healthy, and allow the competitors to pull out all the stops to be the best at their sport. And on that note, that will do it for us and this Top 5 filler post! Until next time, stay warm and stay gold! 😉

 

Fight On: The Top 5 Best Anime Fights!

If there’s one thing that anime fans love, it’s watching an epic battle between two opponents who seem equally powerful to one another. If you’re watching a show like Dragon Ball Super or Fairy Tail (or even Seven Deadly Sins), you’re bound to find yourself watching an epic clash that makes the story and show even more exciting to watch. This is very common in a lot of the action-adventure anime that’s out here in this day and age, but there are a handful of one-on-one showdowns that many fans believe should be on the Anime Hall of Fame. We may not have one of those yet, but hopefully this post will make up for it. Here are our Top 5 most epic anime battles…

 

 

 

5. Akame vs. Esdeath – Akame ga Kill

When it comes to anime titles that center around assassins, you’re bound to find some epic battles that will take place. This is one of them; Akame finally goes toe-to-toe with the blue-haired maiden of ice herself, Esdeath. The fight was indeed intense as Esdeath tried to pass on her darwinistic beliefs on Akame, but being a free spirit as well as a wanted assassin, Akame fought for what she believed in – freedom. We would tell you how it ends, but what’s the fun in that?

 

 

 

 

4. Alucard vs. Luke Valentine – Hellsing Ultimate

Some fans like their vampires to be cute while others want them to be the misunderstood badasses that we know from folklore. The master of all vampires is neither cute nor misunderstood, he’s just a straight badass! You haven’t seen how a true-blooded vampire does battle until you’ve seen it done in Hellsing Ultimate. Don’t believe us? Watch the clip for yourself.

 

3. Ikki vs. Sword Eater – Chivalry of a Failed Knight

For some reason this anime title flew under the radar in the underrated category, however there were some pretty awesome fights that took place none the less. This of course brings us to this particular match up between Ikki and the one called the Sword Eater. After watching the series ourselves and out of all the battles we saw, this one was the most interesting. A fight between a semi-cocky underdog protagonist and a brash and prideful douchebag? Wonder who comes out on top…?

 

 

 

 

 

2. Naruto vs. Sasuke – Naruto Shippuden

You can’t do a list of epic anime battles without adding the rivalry battle of Naruto and Sasuke! The orange-haired ninja has come a long way since 2002, and now he’s the Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village who is married to the Hidden Leaf’s best girl! (Don’t make us choose.) Before Next Generations a rematch of the Final Valley battle happens between these two shinobi, who happen to be teammates. Afterwards these two are seen fighting against stronger enemies while on the same side, so that says a lot about the growth between these two – even though they were on different paths.

 

 

1. Goku vs. Frieza – Dragon Ball Z & Dragon Ball Super

We can talk about this a thousand and one times, and it will still be one of the most epic anime battles that fans have ever laid eyes on. We all remember growing up in the 90’s with the anime starter kit that was Dragon Ball Z, and we remember the day that Goku finally snapped when he came face to face with the tyrant Frieza. We’ve been blessed to see this epic showdown between these two fighters more than once, and with Frieza’s new golden form, will we get the chance to see them go at it again? (We probably will.)

From the 90’s to now there have been some great battles that have taken place in some of our favorite anime titles within the action-adventure/fighting genre. Even though these are our top picks in terms of anime battles, what are some of your favorite battles from your favorite shows? Let us know in the comments below!

Until next post anime fans and anibloggers, stay golden! 😉

King of the Trolls: The Top 5 Anime titles with ‘Gainax Endings’!

What do you look for when you’re watching anime? A good plot? Complex character development? An unexpected plot twist? These days there’s only a large handful of anime that have all of these things, but there’s one anime studio in particular that not only does an over-the-top job in having all of these attributes, but now has an entire trope dedicated to the way they end their titles. This, my friends, is what is called the ‘Gainax Ending’ trope.

You haven’t been trolled until you’ve been trolled by the King of the Trolls. (Say that three times fast! XP) Perhaps this may be their M.O. but Gainax has a reputation of building up plot lines and getting us attached to the main or supporting characters, only to have some bizarre plot twist or ending that made some of believe that it was ‘pulled out of the ass’ of its creators. (We’re surprised there isn’t a meme out titled “You Got Gainaxed!” yet, but someone will probably make one.)

On that note, here are the Top 5 anime titles with Gainax Endings.

5. Neon Genesis Evangelion – The Final Scene

This trope all started with the classic title that any kid from 90’s is familiar with. Evangelion started the ‘Female Tsundere’ trend that we see in every rom-com anime that has been produced since that decade, and of course, it also gave us this scene. Shinji has chosen to accept himself for who he is, and the rest of the cast congratulated him for that. Little did the fanbase know, this scene was only the tipping point for the hell that was going to be unleashed afterwards…

4. Shikabane Hime – The Final Battle of Makina & Hokuto

This anime title came out in the mid-to-late 2000’s (perhaps around the same time the Negima! dub came out), and had everything you’d want to see in an action/supernatural anime. The story and plot was great all the way up to the final confrontation between Makina and Hokuto. Fans were treated to an action-packed fight, but the results were never finalized – in fact it got ‘Gainaxed’. It’s been a little over ten years since the dub came out, but we doubt we’ll find out how this fight truly ends.

3. Mahoromantic – Ending

We’re not too familiar with this series, but since it was produced by Gainax we’re pretty sure the ending got ‘Gainaxed’ somehow. All we know from this anime title, is that Suguru was so distraught over the death of Mahoro, that he becomes a bounty hunter who hates robots. His partner betrays him and (literally) stabs him in the back, and while Suguru gets injured to the point of dying, he sees Mahoro again, but they never tell you what happens to him afterwards – or even if he’s still alive. If that’s not a Gainax Ending, then we don’t know what is. (You find out what happens in the manga however.)

2. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

One of the best anime titles to ever be produced by Gainax has to be this beauty that is Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Anyone who has gotten the chance to see this series may be familiar with the quote “Who the hell do you think I am?!” from the infamous Kamina, but at the same time the ending to this series left most fans down in the dumps, while others thought the exact opposite. Ultimately the reaction to the finale will come down to the viewer itself, so what do you guys (and gals) think?

1. Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt – The BIGGEST F**k U Ending, Ever!

The biggest ‘middle finger’ to ever come from the ‘Gainax Ending’ trope would have to be from this raunchy and over-the-top profane series. We all saw it, and we all tried to deny it in every way possible, but the fact of the matter is…Gainax ‘Gainaxed’ us good on this one. What’s even worst is that fact that we’ll probably never get that second season that they promised us, but then again, the series wasn’t really meant to be taken seriously. (Quiet as kept we have enough resources to make our own second season, we just gotta get Gainax to sell us the license – unless Trigger gets to it first!)

So there you have it! Gainax has been known to do some crazy things throughout their productions of anime titles that we all know, and love. Although they’re known for trolling their fan base with certain hit titles, they have given us some moments where we’ve laughed, cried, and enjoyed the ride. That’s it for this filler post, but there’s more on the way! Until then, stay gold! 😉

 

The Top 5 Anime Titles With 100 Episodes Or More!

When it comes to being an anime fan, there are hundreds of titles that span a multitude of genres that will make us laugh, cry, rage quit, binge watch, get emotional, and more! About 95% of all anime titles are based of their manga counterparts, but nowadays there are titles that are staying 100% true to their source. Various animation studios from Japan are cranking out anime titles more often than ever, but depending on their budget as well as popularity, some titles have more episodes than others. These days we get a lot of anime titles that span between 13-26 episodes in total, but there are titles out there that have crossed the 100-episode threshold. Many of us who are a hardcore fans watch the series to the very end (all 100+ episodes), while some try to hang in there, but drop it after 80 or 90. So from us to you, here are our Top 5 anime titles with 100 or more episodes.

5. Fairy Tail

Natsu and the gang have been going strong for quite awhile now. In fact their episode count is not only over the 100-episode threshold, but its over the 200-episode threshold! Dedicated fans have stuck to this series all the way to the end of the road, and who knows how it’ll all end in the final season.

4. Naruto / Boruto’s Dad

Since 2002 we’ve been riding the orange ninja train all the way to the day he became Hokage – like last year! The first half of this action-packed series is well over 100 episodes (about 220 to be precise), and the second half is even longer than that. Naruto is definitely a series that will span over not just the ’90’s-kid’ generation, but the generations of younger anime fans that will come soon after.

3. Bleach

Around the same time that Naruto was making a name for itself, Bleach kept its fans engaged throughout the first several years that it was in North America. If you add the filler arcs along with the main story, this anime title is well above the 100-episode threshold. (We’re pretty sure its close to the 300-episode mark by now.) If you hung in there for that long, then you are definitely a true fan of the series.

2. Dragon Ball Z

There isn’t a ’90’s kid’ out there who doesn’t know what this title has done, for all of the anime titles that have come after it. Dragon Ball Z is a historic title for any kid born after 1989, who remembers both the Ocean/Saban dub as well as the FUNimation dub. It may not be as long as Fairy Tail or Naruto, but with over 100 episodes and a ton of movies this series has stood the test of time – and its not over yet!

1. One Piece

Yes, this title is still going. It’s been going for over 15 years with not just 100 episodes to its name, but we’re pretty sure that this title’s episode count has beaten Case Closed by at least 20 or 30 episodes by now. One Piece is loved by not just its fanbase, but a few famous names from outside of the anime medium entirely. (We’re not one to drop but we trust you know who they are.) You can still see the newest episodes of One Piece on FunimationNow.

These five titles are only just a handful of others that have crossed over the 100-episode threshold. Even though all of the current titles that are out now are less than 30 episodes, they’re still fun and exciting to watch no matter what genre you’re in to. When it comes to anime and how many episodes it has, the choice is yours at the end of the day if you want to watch it all the way through, or not. Different titles touch us in different ways.

That will do it for this filler post that we’ve got for you, but there’s plenty more where that came from. Stick around for more posts as well as updates for the remainder of this week as well as the next. Until then, stay golden! 😉

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! 😉

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! 😉

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! 😉