Filler Post: D&A’s Top 5 Neutral Anime Characters!

Everyone knows the difference between good and evil, lawful and chaotic, passive and aggressive. In TV and movies its quite easy for us to pick out who the hero or villain is based on his/her actions, but what about the small percentage of characters who walk ‘the grey line’? In anime and manga there are heroes, there are villains, and then there are the neutrals; the third-party characters who walk the grey line, and can swing to either side. No matter what title you may have watched over the years, somewhere along the line you’ve come across these ‘wild cards’ of the anime universe. In this Top 5 selection we’ve got for you on this post, we’re highlighting five neutral characters from various shows that play the part – no matter the side!

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Number 5: Beerus

If you ever heard of the title ‘God of Destruction’, you’d think of a villain with god-like powers capable of destroying any world, or any universe that dares to get in their way. Even though he carries this title (and uses it proudly) Beerus is actually a neutral character who observes Goku and the rest of the Z Fighters, and doesn’t get involved in any of their squabbles or affairs with other baddies. Why? Because he’s not supposed to.

Needless to say, if he doesn’t get the opportunity to eat anything (or treat) his heart desires, then Beerus WILL blow up a planet. He’s not evil…he’s a God of Destruction.

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Number 4: Panty and Stocking

Believe it or not they don’t call em’ the Anarchy sisters for nothing! These two fallen angels fit the bill of being Chaotic Neutral; meaning that they play by their own rules and do whatever they want, when they want to – even if it causes collateral damage. It’s interesting how this series depicts good and evil on a biblical scale, but in this case the roles (and stereotypes) have been reversed; making the Demon sisters look like saints compared to the chaos and anarchy Panty and Stocking bring on a regular basis.

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Number 3: Itachi Uchiha

The infamous brother of Sasuke, and the main reason behind everything he did. The Uchiha Clan was once one of the mightiest clans in the Hidden Leaf Village (and was also the village’s policing force), but some bad stuff went down, leading Itachi to kill his own mother and father – but not because he wanted to. He was forced to.

Sometime before Shipudden’s end, it was discovered that Itachi did not like the dark path that his younger brother was walking on. He even told him the real reason why he killed his parents as well as his own clan, and that’s because he was tricked (forced) into it. Although he carried a cold persona about him, he had to so his brother couldn’t see how he really felt about his own actions. Itachi’s not evil, just misunderstood – and might need a lot of therapy.

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Number 2: Spike Spiegel

Bounty hunters come from all walks of life; some are carving out their own brand of justice while trying to rewrite their wrongs, while others are ‘hired-guns’ for the big baddies of the world. Spike Spiegel is an exception with the fact that he was a former member of a gang, but faked his own death in order to get out of it. Now he’s his own man who travels through space as a space bounty hunter with his own crew, of course being a neutral character, he’s not pro or anti. Spike does what Spike does, and no one’s gonna tell him otherwise.

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Number 1: Vegeta

The Saiyan Prince was a proud product of what being a saiyan is all about! Vegeta is a classic example of a neutral character who used to be on Frieza’s side, now he finds himself fighting androids, super-powered bug creatures, and various other baddies that Goku and the crew have to face. Although he doesn’t really care for humans or the world (that much) Vegeta accepts the fact that this is now his home and has a family; but still plans on being better than Goku/Kakarot no matter how long it takes him.

And there you have it! Neutral characters make things interesting in spite of the fact that many of them are bland because of being neutral. These ‘wild cards’ can sometimes become the hidden ingredient inside a plot twist or surprise ending. Neutrals spice things up when the storyline needs a little ‘excitement’ to keep the mood going, so if you have a favorite neutral character, let us know in the comment section below.

There’s more filler posts to come later this week, so stay tuned! 😉

WHAT ARE THOOOSE?!: D&A’s Top 5 Weirdest Cosplay Pics!

Everyone has a creative side; whether it’s in music, writing, performing arts, voice acting, comedy, painting, and anything else that shows off what you can do. When it comes to cosplay, fans can’t wait to show off their work to other cosplayers and fans of the series at local anime or comic book conventions. We of course love cosplayers and appreciate all of the time and hard work that they’ve spent making some of the most eye-popping, jaw-dropping cosplay that we’ve ever seen at cons!

Whenever you go to an anime or other type of geek convention, you’ll find all types of cosplay. Some of it is so good, you’d think the actual costume designer (from the series) was the one who put it all together, when it was really the cosplayer all along! Everyone’s creativity is different when it comes to cosplay, so here are our Top 5 weirdest (yet funniest) ones that we’ve come across while surfing the net.

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Number 5: Bacon Man

The only thing missing from this cosplay is Pancake Girl! We ran into this cosplayer back in 2017 when we made our first Zenkaikon appearance. Even though he made us hungry afterwards, Bacon Man Kevin was awesome! 🙂

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Number 4: Comic Book Guy from “The Simpsons”

Worst. Cosplay. Ever! Not really though, this one is actually pretty accurate. The crazy part about this is the fact that more than half of us know a guy who runs a comic book shop, who looks (and acts) just like this! (Aside from the sickly yellow skin complexion.)

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Number 3: Super Clock

Do you know what time it is? Apparently this guy does! We really don’t know what to call him, so we’ve given him the name “Super Clock”. We’re assuming he has the power to stop or slow down time, so if the Avengers are in need of another hero, call this guy!

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Number 2: R2DKitty

For the cosplayer who loves Star Wars and Hello Kitty. A creative blend of sci-fi, and cuteness! 🙂

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Number 1: Ronald McThoronald

He’s not the hero we deserve, but he’s the hero we need. Smacking down hunger with his mighty hammer full of justice, Big Mac’s, and a side of fries. Whenever there’s trouble…or a shortage of dipping sauce, McThoronald will be there to save the day!

So there you have it! Our Top 5 weirdest yet funniest cosplay pics that we just so happen to find online. Many of these are rather creative, so on behalf of us as well as the rest of the cosplay community, keep on cosplaying and being creative! 🙂

Filler Post: D&A’s Top 5 Anime Voice Actors! (The Female Edition!)

Whew! Here we are again guys n’ gals; with our female edition of our previous post that highlighted our Top 5 male anime voice actors. Just like the guys that fans love so much, there are some awesome gals that have made names for themselves in the voice acting business as well. So without further delay, here’s our Top 5 ladies behind the mic…

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Number 5: Stephanie Sheh

Coming in at number five on our Top 5 list, is the one an only Hyuga heiress herself; Stephanie Sheh. Many of us already know her as Naruto’s wife as well as Sailor Moon in the re-dub of the cult classic known as Sailor Moon Crystal. For any Fire Emblem fans out there (no matter what installment you’ve played), you may have heard Stephanie as the Dark Mage known as Tharja. From anime to video games Stephanie Sheh has made a name for herself in various titles that many of her fans known, and love her for.

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Number 4: Luci Christian

There are several handfuls of roles tied to her name, but one role fans may know her by, would be everyone’s favorite goddess in DanMachi – Hestia! Other roles include Asuna in Negima!, Medusa in Soul Eater, Makina Hoshimura in Corpse Princess, and more! She brings a lot of personality to any and every character she plays, so be sure to look out for her in future anime titles.

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Number 3: Alexis Tipton

Rosario+Vampire fans already know her as Moka Akashia, but Alexis has done so many more titles since then. You may have heard her in The Sacred Blacksmith, Sekirei, Shiki, and many others. You can also hear her voice in a few video games that you may (or may not) own, of course we’re not one to spoil which titles you might’ve heard her in. (That decision we leave up to you.)

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Number 2: Jamie Marchi

We’re pretty much gonna go ahead and throw these titles out there; Soul Eater, Shuffle!, Sekirei, My Hero Academia, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Shimonetta, Danganronpa: The Animation and Danganronpa 3. If you’ve seen any of these titles, then you already know which character(s) Jamie has voiced. Aside from voice acting, she’s also a writer and director for some of those shows as well as other series.

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Number 1: Monica Rial

One of the legendary ladies of the voice acting world, and voices the cuter half of the Anarchy Sisters (Panty & Stocking). You can also hear her in the same titles that her partner Jamie is in, in fact many fans call the two of them ‘Jamonica’ which we believe is a fusion of both of their names. Monica is also a writer for many of the shows she in, as well as made a live-action appearance in one title in particular. She is also one of the most prolific voice actresses in the world and also called ‘The Queen of Voices’. With almost (if not) 20 years worth of titles to her name; including video games, Monica Rial is truly one-of-a-kind.

That will do it for our Top 5 filler post as well as all of the posts of the week! Next week we’ll be back with brand new posts, and we’ll keep you updated on what’s next on our front. Until next time, stay cool! 🙂

 

Filler Post: D&A’s Top 5 Japanese Music Artists!

If you’re an anime fan, then you’ve probably seen a lot of anime openings and know almost half of the words to the song – in Japanese. If you haven’t noticed by now, there’s a lot of fans (and we do mean a LOT) who love K-pop and J-pop. From virtual pop star Hatsune Miku to the all-too-familiar TM Revolution, fans can’t get enough of these awesome musical artists who hail from the land of the rising sun. Tonight we’re going to bring you our Top 5 Japanese Music Artists; who are bands, singers, groups, or DJs!

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Number 5: TeddyLoid (Japanese DJ/Producer)

If you’ve ever heard of a little gem called Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, then you might’ve heard the transformation sequence song that’s tied to the show. TeddyLoid along with Taku Takahashi (who is a part of the Hip-Hop group “M-Flo”), produced the PSG Original Soundtrack as well as PSG: The Worst Album. He’s also done “Me!Me!Me!” along with several other albums and EPs. If you ever get the chance to go to one of his shows (either here in the U.S. or in Japan), you’ll be in for one epic time!

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Number 4: The Pillows (Japanese Rock Band)

These guys are kind of a big deal now; especially with the one and only FLCL anime coming back with a second and third season (which you can see on Toonami). If you’ve familiar with this band, then you’ve probably heard the ending track of FLCL called “Shooting Star”. The Pillows have more tracks for the second and third seasons of the anime, plus other songs and albums as well.

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Number 3: LiSA (Japanese Singer-songwriter)

You might have heard her voice in a few songs from a few titles like Angel Beats! and Sword Art Online. Risa Oribe better known as ‘LiSA’ is a singer-songwriter from Seki, Gifu who is signed to Aniplex under Sony Music Artists. One of her hit songs “Crossing Field” can be heard on the well-known anime title Sword Art Online (SAO) as it’s opening. There are some anime conventions (like Anime Expo) where fans can see her perform live, so if you’ve never gotten the chance to do so, make it happen! 😉

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Number 2: Puffy AmiYumi (Band)

You’d have to go back to the early/mid 2000’s era of Cartoon Network if you’ve never heard of these girls before. Last we checked this band had it’s own cartoon show known as the Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Show, and later on Teen Titans performing it’s main theme song. Although that era is long gone, these girls can still rock out loud on stage!

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Number 1: T.M. Revolution (Music Artist)

Anyone who knows Soul Eater has heard and sung the lyrics to the opening theme at least a thousand times or more. He’s been to and performed at numerous events and cons; especially at Baltimore/Washington’s Otakon. His full name is Takanori Nishikawa, but many of us know him of course as T.M. Revolution. To really get a sense of the type of energy he brings to a crowd, you would have to go to one of his live shows at an anime convention, or even a huge concert.

And there you have it guys n’ gals! That will do it for our Top 5 segment on our favorite Japanese music artists. We’re not through yet however, as we’ve got more exciting filler posts coming up later this week!

Stay gold, my friends! 🙂

Filler Post: D&A’s Top 5 Anime Voice Actors: Male Edition!

When you’ve watched a good amount of anime as much as we have, you begin to get just a little bit curious of who might be the person or individual portraying the voice of one of your favorite characters. Now that we’re a little more seasoned as anime fans, we now have gained a newfound respect for the people (artists) that are behind the very characters we love so dearly. Although this filler post is dedicated to all of the great male anime voice actors out there, there are five in particular that we just simply had to highlight. Here is our Top 5 Male Anime Voice Actors!

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Number 5: Chuck Huber

Whenever you hear his name, the first thought that should come to mind is Emperor Pilaf from Dragon Ball. He was also the Game Master in Sekirei as well as a bunch of other characters you may (or may not) be familiar with. We’ve had the opportunity to meet him personally at one of our cons last year, and let us just say; we ‘fan-girled’ hard! He’s a really cool guy when you meet him for the first time, so when you do, try not to pass out if you can help it.

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Number 4: Vic Mignogna

We cannot even begin to imagine how many fangirls this VA has! Many of us know him as Broly from the DBZ movie; Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan, or even Edward Elric from FMA. As with Chuck we’ve gotten the chance to meet him twice, so we’re hoping that three times the charm!

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Number 3: J. Michael Tatum

Anybody that’s a fan of Black Butler knows who this guy is. You’ve heard him on Steins;Gate as well as many other shows, plus you’ve also seen him on CONfessionals with a lot of his other voice acting friends. He’s a pretty cool guy when you meet him for the first time, as long as you don’t call him ‘J. Michael Tater Tots’ that is. XP

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Number 2: Kyle Herbert

“Who the hell do you think I am?!” is a quote that all of us are familiar with whenever this man’s name gets mentioned. You know him as Adult Gohan in DBZ as well as its narrator, plus you might have also seen him on the YouTube video known as Kyle Herbert is an A-Hole. (Don’t worry, it’s a lot funner than it sounds.)

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Number 1: Steve Blum

This guy is a voice acting legend! From the 90’s all the way to now we’ve grown up hearing Steve’s voice from the Green Goblin on Spider Man, to Orochimaru from Naruto. (And T.O.M. from Toonami.) As one of the best in his field he continues to wow us at conventions as well as keep us entertained for years to come! (Seriously, he doesn’t look a day over 40 even though he’s in his 60’s.)

So there you have it for our Top 5 Anime Voice Actors! We’ve only met about four of the five (Kyle Herbert being the one we’ve never met) voice actors on this list, but we’re hoping that we get the chance to see these guys again at a con in the near future. Coming up we’ve got our Top 5 Female Anime Voice Actors on a filler post later this week, so don’t miss it! 😉

Filler Post: D&A’s Top 5 Anime Beach Episodes!

When it comes to the Summer, there’s everything from outdoor concerts and festivals, to anime and comic book conventions for us geeks and nerds. One thing that will always remain true when it comes to the world of anime, is the legendary “Beach Episode” found in every rom-com, slice-of-life, and harem title that’s ever been created! From swimsuit tops ‘accidentally’ falling off to battling ghastly creatures while trying to have fun in the sun, these five hand-picked episodes from us will get you ready for an epic Summer!

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Number 5: Shuffle – Season 1 Episode 9: Survival Swimming at the Beach

If there anyone that knows how to kick off the first weekend of Summer, it has to be the cast of Shuffle! Rin and the girls head to the beach for some fun, but after some silly antics (thanks to Asa) Rin and Sia end up stranded offshore. What happens next you ask? you’ll have to watch the episode to find out!

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Number 4: Bleach – Episode 228: Summer! Sea! Swimsuit Festival!!

Even though this is a lengthy series, Bleach does take a break from fighting Hallows and other nasties to have some fun in the sun – well sort of. Despite all of the fun they’re having, Ichigo and Co. discover that there’s a Hallow that’s been haunting the beach. Get ready for swimsuits, Soul Reapers, and Ichigo’s rant about how much he hates the heat.

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Number 3: School of Rumble – Episode 12: Save Me at the Beach! Save Me, I’m Naked! Just Save Me For Real!

This beach episode has everything you’d expect; swimsuits, perverted spies, and one character practicing katas while in the buff. If this episode doesn’t get you hyped up for the Summer, nothing will!

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Number 2: TTGL – Episode 12: Yoko, will you do me a Favor?

Stuck at the beach until your boat, ship, or yacht is finished fueling up? That was the case with Team Dai-Gurren; as they had to wait until modifications were done on the Dai-Gurren before completing their mission. While this happened they enjoyed a little fun in the sun – at Yoko’s expense of getting showed up in every competition by Nia.

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Number 1: PASWG: Season 1 Episode 9A: If The Angels Wore Swimsuits

If there’s anyone who knows how to turn up for the Summer, it would be the fallen angels of Daten City! This giant ball of raunchiness and adult humor that is Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, has volleyball grudge matches, ghost fights, A South Park art shift, and twerking (yes, twerking). If you plan on watching a lot of anime this Summer, be sure to add this episode to your list!

That will do it for our Top 5 Anime Beach Episodes on this post! We’ll be back next week with some more awesome posts as well as other updates from our upcoming projects.

Until then, stay gold! 😉

Filler Post: D&A’s Top 5 Highest Attended Anime Conventions!

Although not officially announced, you might as well say that Summer is here! There’s less than two weeks before school is out; which means cookouts, vacations, and for us geeks and nerds, anime conventions! With a new month comes new anime conventions for our Cons Near U segment, but right now, we’ve got our Top 5 highest attended anime conventions within the last five years or so. As we mentioned in one our previous posts, anime cons both big and small have their own strengths and weaknesses. Try both styles out and see which one works for you! 😉

Note: These attendance numbers are just ‘ballpark figures’, for the actual attendance count head to AnimeCons.com.

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Number 5: Otakon

(Baltimore, MD / Washington D.C.) – Approx. 25,000 Con Goers

Before AniMore, Otakon was our original ‘Home Base’ anime convention. The cosplayers were awesome, the people were cool, and the events were unique in their own way. Back in the late 90’s Otakon had around a good couple thousand, and has grown into one of the largest anime conventions in the east coast. (Rumor has it that Otakon 2013 capped out at 35,000+ for its 20th Anniversary.) Although it’s now in D.C. Otakon to us will always be our very first con – even though it’s no longer being considered as a Top tier attendance convention since the move.

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Number 4: Anime Boston

(Boston, MA) – Approx. 25,900 Con Goers

As we said before on our Cons Near U page, Anime Boston is a great convention to check out! We really don’t have to tell you what to expect once you get there (especially if you’re from Boston), but if you’ve been given the chance to go at least once, take it!

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Number 3: Anime Weekend Atlanta

(Atlanta, GA) – Approx. 32,000 Con Goers

We didn’t believe it either, but there are big-time nerds in the ATL. A lot of great voice actors can be found visiting this con on an (almost) annual basis; such as Monica Rial, Todd Haberkorn, Kyle Hebert, Crispin Freeman, and a few others.

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Number 2: A-Kon

(Fort Worth, TX) – Approx. 34,200 Con Goers

If you live in Texas, then there’s a lot of anime conventions in your own backyard. This one is one of the largest ones in the state of Texas. With over 30,000 convention goers A-Kon isn’t a con you wanna miss; especially if a majority of the voice actors living in the Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston areas, are only a couple of hours away drive-wise. (Meaning that should you attend, you’ll get the chance to meet some of your favorites!)

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Number 1: Anime Expo

(Los Angeles, CA) – Approx. 125,000 Con Goers

Think of this anime convention as SDCC for anime fans! Voice actors and musicians from all over the world (and Japan) can be spotted here on an annual basis. Sure, this may be a bit too much for the average con goer to take in, but that’s why planning ahead is your best weapon against the long autograph lines, and limited addition items in the Dealer’s Room. We have a funny feeling that Anime Expo might be a top tier convention for years to come…

Sorry this filler post got a little delayed, but there you have it! Our Top 5 highest attended anime conventions from the good guys of D&A Anime Blog. We’ve got more posts this week; including some new anime conventions to check out for the month of June, so keep your eyes on those updates!

Until then! 🙂