Filler Post: Paper Mario: The Pit of 100 Trials, and How to survive It!

Normally we don’t do any kind of video game walkthroughs due to the fact that we’re an anime and manga-based blog, but since this is a filler post we’ve got a little bit of leeway action here. From the standpoint of Yours Truly (D.J. Lewis), Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door will without a doubt be known as one of the best installments of the whole franchise. It took everything that was great about the first one and jacked up its cool factor by 11! (Once again, this is only in my case so results may vary.)

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I wanna talk about a certain dungeon that only a few hundred have conquered, but many a thousand have failed (somewhat). Yes you guys, I’m talking about the Pit of 100 Trials. 12 years ago on this day, Yours Truly faced this dangerous pit with many helpful items and power-brewing badges at my disposal. One thing you should know about the pit is that it’s completely optional, although going through it might net you some awesome badges along the way. (Again, this is completely up to you.)


Before making the decision to head down to “The Pit” there are a few things that you must know. There are no save blocks, no recovery blocks, and not even a comfy bed to sleep in to fully replenish your energy. (Damn, talk about hardcore. >.<)

There are also some crucial things that you must do before entering “The Pit”. So to help you out a little bit I’ve listed the points down below…

  • You’re at Level 30 or higher
  • You have at least 90 HP and 40 FP (though higher is better, but this is the minimum)
  • You’ve got some power badges equipped (All-or-Nothing, P-Up D-Down, etc.)
  • You’ve got some good items in your arsenal (Ultra Shroom, Jammin’ Jelly, etc.)

First Attack and Bump Attack badges won’t save you from the evils that lurk down below, so make sure to take them off before making this perilous journey. I’m not gonna go into heavy detail about each level of “The Pit” specifically, but I’ll tell you what you’ll be in for every ten levels. One good thing about the trials is that the tenth level of every ten-level set is a “safe zone”, meaning no monsters to fight against. You can even skip a few levels thanks to some “movers” that are located on certain levels, but make sure you’ve got enough coins to cover the move, and don’t even dare buy items from any of the merchants down there, their prices are high as hell!

Here’s what waits for you on Levels 1-9…

  • Gloomba (7 HP, 3 ATK, 0 DEF)
  • Spania (3 HP, 1 ATK, 0 DEF)
  • Spinia (3 HP, 1 ATK, 0 DEF)
  • Fuzzy (3 HP, 1 ATK, 0 DEF)
  • Dull Bones (1 HP, 2 ATK, 1 DEF)

The first set of ten levels is probably going to be the easiest, so just use some Jump or Hammer attacks and that’ll get the job done. You shouldn’t take too much damage from these guys if you know how to Guard and Superguard, of course that only works if the enemy is attacking you directly.

Score of Difficulty: 1.8 / 10 Stars

Here’s what you’ll be in for on the second set of ten, that being levels 11-19…

  • Paragloomba (7 HP, 3 ATK, 0 DEF)
  • Pokey (4 HP, 3 ATK, 0 DEF)
  • Pider (5 HP, 2 ATK, 0 DEF)
  • Cleft (2 HP, 2 ATK, 2 DEF)
  • Dark Puff (3 HP, 2 ATK, 0 DEF)

The second set is still kind of easy, so like the first just make sure you use your Jump and Hammer skills. (Only this time put a little more power into them.) Again the damage factor is still pretty low, so continue to use Guard and Superguard.

Score of Difficulty: 2.5 / 10 Stars

Levels 21-29…

  • Spiky Gloomba (7 HP, 4 ATK, 0 DEF)
  • Bandit (5 HP, 2 ATK, 0 DEF)
  • Bob-omb (4 HP, 2 ATK, 1 DEF)
  • Boo (7 HP, 3 ATK, 0 DEF)
  • Lakitu (5 HP, 2 ATK, 0 DEF)
  • Spiny (3 HP, 3 ATK, 3 DEF)

Only a small fraction of difficulty has been added to this set of ten, but it should still be fairly easy to get through these levels. Jump and Hammer you way through, but throw in a few tricks for good measure. As always, Guard and Superguard if you can.

Score of Difficulty: 3.1 / 10 Stars

So what’s on levels 31-39…

  • Shady Koopa (8 HP, 3 ATK, 1 DEF)
  • Hyper Cleft (4 HP, 3 ATK, 3 DEF)
  • Buzzy Beetle (5 HP, 3 ATK, 4 DEF)
  • Flower Fuzzy (5 HP, 3 ATK, 0 DEF)
  • Parabuzzy (5 HP, 3 ATK, 4 DEF)
  • Dark Koopa (8 HP, 4 ATK, 2 DEF)

You might need to step it up in the power department if you plan on getting through this set of ten. Jump, Guard, Hammer, Superguard. Add some power and that’s it!

Score of Difficulty: 4.2 / 10 Stars

Okay, levels 41-49…

  • Spike Top (5 HP, 3 ATK, 4 DEF)
  • Spiky Parabuzzy (5 HP, 3 ATK, 4 DEF)
  • Lava Bubble (6 HP, 4 ATK, 0 DEF)
  • Bulky Bob-omb (6 HP, 2 ATK, 1 DEF)
  • Shady Paratroopa (8 HP, 3 ATK, 1 DEF)
  • Dark Paratroopa (8 HP, 4 ATK, 2 DEF)
  • Poison Pokey (8 HP, 4 ATK, 0 DEF)

Once again, step it up in the power department. Jump, Guard, Hammer, and Superguard.

Score of Difficulty: 4.8 / 10 Stars

Levels 51-59…you tired yet?

  • Red Chomp (6 HP, 5 ATK, 3 DEF)
  • Ice Puff (9 HP, 4 ATK, 0 DEF)
  • Badge Bandit (12 HP, 5 ATK, 0 DEF)
  • Moon Cleft (6 HP, 5 ATK, 5 DEF)
  • Dark Boo (8 HP, 5 ATK, 0 DEF)

Now is not the time to punk out! If you didn’t escape at level 50 when you had the chance, then tough tennis balls, maggot! Jump, Hammer, Guard, and Superguard your way to victory! your drill Sargent will thank you.

Score of Difficulty: 6.4 / 10 Stars

Levels 61-69…are we there yet?

  • Dark Wizzerd (10 HP, 5 ATK, 2 DEF)
  • Dry Bones (8 HP, 5 ATK, 2 DEF)
  • Dark Lakitu (13 HP, 5 ATK, 0 DEF)
  • Dark Craw (20 HP, 6 ATK, 0 DEF)
  • Sky-blue Spiny (6 HP, 6 ATK, 4 DEF)
  • Frost Piranha (10 HP, 5 ATK, 0 DEF)

If you’re unlucky enough to have four Dark Craws to fight against, then God bless your soul you brave fool! Power yourself up Jump and Hammer-wise and for the love of God, keep the damage factor to a minimum!

Score of Difficulty: 7.3 / 10 Stars

So, levels 71-79…you still alive?

  • Wizzerd (10 HP, 6 ATK, 3 DEF)
  • Swoopula (9 HP, 4 ATK, 0 DEF)
  • Phantom Ember (10 HP, 5 ATK, 0 DEF)
  • Dark Koopatrol (25 HP, 5 ATK, 2 DEF)
  • Chain Chomp (7 HP, 6 ATK, 5 DEF)

Two words: POWER UP! Keep the damage factor to a minimum and don’t DIE!

Score of Difficulty: 8.2 / 10 Stars

Levels 81-89…one more set to go!

  • Arantula (16 HP, 7 ATK, 0 DEF)
  • Dark Bristle (8 HP, 8 ATK, 4 DEF)
  • Piranha Plant (15 HP, 9 ATK, 0 DEF)
  • Spunia (12 HP, 7 ATK, 2 DEF)

Power up! Keep the damage factor down! Don’t die!

Score of Difficulty: 8.9 / 10 Stars

Levels 91-99…the final set!

  • Amazy Dayzee (20 HP, 20 ATK, 1 DEF)
  • Bob-ulk (10 HP, 4 ATK, 2 DEF)
  • Elite Wizzerd (12 HP, 8 ATK, 5 DEF)
  • Poison Puff (15 HP, 8 ATK, 0 DEF)
  • Swampire (20 HP, 6 ATK, 0 DEF)

Every single enemy now has a double digit HP, so power to the max and beat them down!

Score of Difficulty: 9.4 / 10 Stars

If you managed to make it through the previous 99 floors of “The Pit”, then kudos! Don’t celebrate just yet because now you’re on the 100th floor, and now you face the sibling of both Hooktail and Gloomtail. Power up to the max and keep the damage low! After you beat him, take your new badge home and get the hell outta there!

Yep, that’s pretty much how to get through the Pit of 100 Trials. Stay tuned for my next anime-related filler post my awesome fans! 🙂

Pardon Our Dust (The Return)…

Hey anime and manga fans! Once again we at D&A Anime Blog wanna thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the love and support that we’ve been getting from the blog recently. For the next couple of days or so, we’ll be doing some mild renovating of our site to make it awesome and exciting for newcomers, as well as returning our fans.

As for what’s good on our side of the tracks; we’re gearing up for our third stop on our D&A mini anime convention tour, as there will be a new cosplay page added to our Cosplay Hall drop down menu within a few weeks. If you’ve been following us on our Facebook and Twitter pages, we’ve mentioned that we’re currently working on getting some electronic music production equipment (laptop, MIDI controller keyboard, etc.) so that we can have the ability to introduce a new music playlist feature for the blog.

We’ve also noticed that when we’ve been doing our WordPress posts on the blog, that while many of them are good to read and rather informative, then ten to lack in deeper and exclusive detail. As our promise to you (the fans) we plan on making our posts a little bit lengthier, so that we can give both old fans and new fans the full D&A experience! We apologize for not being able to bring you our anime title picks for our Throwback Thursday and D&A Friday’s segments this week, but since we’ll be at Zenkaikon next week, we’ll only be able to give you guys some reviews on some classic anime titles on Thursday. (We’ll make it up to you the following Friday.)

Saturday night is another awesome night of Toonami, and a chance to redeem ourselves during our Slash Saturday segment. Until then, stay golden and keep on making anime and D&A, a part of you! 😉

D&A Filler Posts: What Are They Up To Now?

If you guys are familiar with the concept of fillers or filler arcs in anime, then you might have an idea of what we’re getting at with this post. If you don’t then don’t worry, because we’re about to explain it to you! Every week on the blog we usually post anywhere between 3 and 5 posts a week. (Or about 1.5 a day for four days.) With that in mind we thought about ways where we can keep the momentum of the blog/site going, while at the same time continuing to cater to you (the fans) of what you wanna see from us. So far in the past fifteen months that D&A Anime Blog has been active; we’ve gotten over 30 WordPress followers, over 500 Twitter followers, over 25 Facebook followers, and we’re closing in on close to 7,000 total views on the blog itself!

We can’t thank you guys enough on all of the support that we’ve been getting from the blog, as well as from the anime community. Plus as always we wanna give an awesome shout-out to the crew at FUNimation, the voice actors, everyone at Crunchyroll, Sentai Filmworks, Aniplex, VizMedia, and to everyone that we’ve met during our 2017 mini anime convention tour. As for the filler posts that we’ve mentioned, they will fall into one of the following categories; Anime Episode Reviews, D&A’s Top 5 and Top 10, or Fan Posts. (Anything that you want us to write about.)

We’re also thinking about extending the length of our posts so that our fans can get an in-depth feel from what we post on our blog. We welcome any critiques that you may have as a D&A Anime Blog fan, in order to help us become a better anime blog and website, so that we can give you the ultimate anime blog experience! (Send them to us through our Contact Us page!) There’s no real time of when these filler posts will pop up, but when they do, you’ll know that that’s our way of making D&A more awesome, more attractive, and more a part of you! 🙂

D&A 404 – We Had Our first Brain Fart…

If you’re an anime/manga blogger like us its safe to say that you’re bound to have one of those days, where you’re trying to get something going review wise but nothing seems like it wants to come out. This my anime and manga fans, is our first brain fart…

Brain farts are those kind of things that usually happen just after you have a great week or month of reviewing popular anime series, or classic manga. This one (on our end) unfortunately just had to happen right before Toonami. There is one good thing that came out of this; we were able to review our title pick for our Samurai Anime of the Week, so if you’re on the lookout for a martial arts anime title, then check out the series known as Shura no Mon (Shura no Toki).

Aside from our little 404 brain fart issue, we’re proud to announce that we officially have reached over 500 Twitter followers! We at D&A want to thank you guys for helping us reach this monumental goal, and hopefully we’ll reach the big 1K follower count before our two year anniversary, which will happen January 11, 2018! Next month we’ll post our first official D&A 411 segment on our YouTube page for you guys to enjoy, plus we’ve also got some other fun and exciting news and updates to share with you within the coming weeks/months. We hope you guys aren’t too disappointed in us due to our brain fart, but next Saturday we should be back on track giving you what you want! 😉

D&A’s Top 5 Reasons Why Anime Conventions Are Awesome!!

With the third stop in our 2017 mini anime convention tour coming up at the end of this month, we though why not give our Top 5 reasons why we love going to anime cons! There are many of you who have had good and bad experiences at different cons that you may have went to at one point and time, but for us we’re going to focus more on the pros than the cons. (Get it?)


Number 5: They’re Judgement Free!

A. Goldman and myself have been going to Otakon for a total of eight years, and not once have we seen anyone judge a person based on what cosplay they’re wearing. (Or other things to that effect.) Sure, we’ve had our fair share of sighting panty shots and open boobs while attending that convention (among other things that many in the corporate world would deem NSFW), but it’s all in good fun! So when you’re thinking about going to your first anime con, and you’re a bit nervous as to what people may think, don’t worry, there’s no judgement here. And if there is, we’ll send Broly on em’! 😉

Number 4: You Get to meet other Anime Fans!

Growing up for both of us it was hard trying to find other people who liked anime as much as we did, in fact the thought of us liking it was stupid to them. At cons however you get the chance to meet and mingle with other people who are passionate about anime and manga as much as you are. Heck, you might even be able to take cosplay pictures with them too! Connect with an anime blog (like ours) or head to a local meetup group if you’re looking for more people who love going to cons as much as you do. And have fun! 🙂

Number 3: Anime Voice Actors!

Although this one should be number 2, this is the second biggest reason why we love going to anime cons! Who wouldn’t wanna drive 500 miles across three states to see the voice actor who plays Alucard in Hellsing Ultimate? These guys and gals are the reason why we love so many of our favorite anime characters from our favorite shows! The fanbase nowadays is quite amazing, plus a lot of the actors are anime fans themselves.

Number 2: Cosplay!!!

An anime con is not a con without cosplay, because it’s the cornerstone of the entire anime otaku fandom! We of course love cosplay because we get to pose with our favorite characters from our favorite shows (and we’re sure that you feel the same way). Dedicated fans will spend hours and days trying to perfect that perfect cosplay for the character that they’re going out as, plus you even pick up a few sowing and threading skills too! Cosplay plays an important part in anime convention pop culture, and that’s one of the many reasons why anime cons are awesome!

And Finally Number 1: You! The Fans!!

We said it! You guys are the number one reason why we love going to anime cons overall! The other four reasons were part of it but the biggest part of it all is the fandom itself, including you! Your support for the industry is why we have such awesome shows like One-Punch Man, My Hero Academia, and more! You guys even brought back Toonami and helped us reach the heights that we’re currently at now as D&A! Thank you fellow fans, thank you for being so awesome! 🙂

Well that’s it from us. Be sure to check in for some awesome updates coming your way within the coming weeks! Remember, D&A is always a part of you!


It’s Monday, and the First Day of Spring!!

If you’ve been thinking what we’ve been thinking, you would have thought that Winter was never going to end. However we’ve been quite lucky this year, as we’ve only had one semi-bad snow storm through this whole 2016/2017 Winter. Now that it’s the first day of Spring, it’s time for a brand new beginning in the world of anime, which we’re already seeing first at hand. As of us, it’s yet another fantastic Miscellany Monday right here on the blog! Looking for a sci-fi drama about Issac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics and also about a special cafe for androids? Then this short lesser-known series called Time of Eve will be a hit for you! We’ve also got a brand new snack from the Land of the Rising Sun for you to check out, so be sure to see what we’ve got going on on our D&A’s Talkin’ Snack page!

We’ll be keeping you guys up to date on the latest happenings regarding our newest page coming to D&A Friday’s, as well as what’s going on with the rest of our anime convention tour. All that coming to you next time on D&A Anime Blog! It’s a part of you! 😉

It’s All Edo on Saturday Night!!

Saturday nights have never been this exciting! Well, actually every Saturday night can be exciting, but it’s even more exciting with D&A as well as Toonami! Grab your swords and get ready for a night of Edo madness as we bring you some awesome samurai anime titles, as well as our male and female Hall of Fame inductees. Looking for a samurai anime classic filled with everything you love about Feudal Japan? Then check out this anime movie (and 2003 series) known as Ninja Scroll! Wanna know who we’ve picked as our inductees for our Samurai Hall of Fame? Then you’ll have to check our male and female pages to find out!

On both our facebook and twitter pages we’ve mentioned that there is going to be a brand new page coming to our D&A Friday’s drop down menu. The name of that page is called Anime OVA of the Week, and it will make its debut April 7, 2017! Until then anime fans, get ready for some Samurai Jack as well as the rest of Toonami, as they celebrate 20 awesome years! 🙂