Anime REvisited: Dagashi Kashi Season One Episode Two Review!

Welcome back guys! Here we are again with another episodic review post of our Anime REvisited pick; Dagashi Kashi! This time around we’re reviewing episode two. Seeing as though we’re still fresh on the heels of meeting the cast (namely Hotaru), I assumed that there wasn’t going to be a whole lot going on this episode. Surely enough I was kinda right.

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Here we go! Another episode!

So the second episode kicks off with Coconuts telling a kid that he won another dagashi candy after eating the first one; which was a Kiniko powder candy stick. Not even 10 seconds later (which is about 30 in anime time) do we see Hotaru capturing the child and telling Coconuts that he stole a dagashi treat. Okay, kids…candy store…we get it! Afterwards Koko and Hotaru are pretty much inside the store, with the candy-lovin’ girl staying true to her mission into getting Coconuts to take over Yo’s shop – his dad. He then goes into a spell about what his dad may or may not be doing and saying that adulting is hard – which IT is! Between paying bills and having tons of responsibilities, Gen X and Boomers make it “seem” easy, but trust me, if you haven’t heard the words ‘Just wait until YOU have kids!’ then you got a helluva lot of ‘growing’ to do.

Millennials and Gen-Zers tend to have more mental and emotional stress triggers than older generations (cuz’ I’m a millennial and can attest to this) due to being under too much pressure from society’s view of us; especially if you don’t socially fit the ‘mold’, but that’s another post for another day.

Back to the shop! Hotaru and Coconuts began exploring with non-alcoholic beer called Nakami Beer, which comes in small tablets. Then suddenly gets drunk off her ass on it – which was a bit hysterical upon watching it all unfold. (Kudos to Tabitha Ray by the way!) Afterwards we transition to Koko and Saya on the bench with her asking him if he did his homework; replying that it wasn’t even on his mind. (Figures…) Aside from a brief history about Ramune candy in the shape of a Lifesaver, and a Japanese card game where you slam the cards on the ground to try and flip the cards next to it over, this is pretty much a slice-of-life episode. Like I said before, there’s not a whole lot going on in this episode other than Hotaru getting drunk and telling Coconuts to look at her chest. Don’t get excited guys, cuz’ he’s not hitting that anytime soon…I think.

Well that will do it for this review on the second episode of Dagashi Kashi. Since I’m already two down let’s see what the other ten episode will bring to the table! On that note stay safe, stay healthy, and stay nerdy! 😉

Anime REvisited: Dagashi Kashi Season One Episode One Review!

Hey guys! So now begins our first full-length episodic review of our anime pick, Dagashi Kashi, to help kick off our Anime REvisited segment! This show (or at least the dub) came out in 2016, and it tells the story of a Dagashi candy shop owner in Japan named Yo (yes, that’s his actual name, don’t ask why), as he wants his son Kokonotsu (or Coconuts as his friends call him) to take over the family business. There’s just one issue with that; he’s an aspiring manga artist who wants nothing to do with his father’s business, but ironically has much better marketing knowledge in how to make a better profit in terms of selling candy. Sure, when it comes to owning a family business every parent wants their children to take over, but sometimes the children want to follow their own dreams. For Kokonotsu in this case, that dream comes in the form 2D big-chested beauties!

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Dagashi Kashi Season One Cast!

For the first episode Kokonotsu is in his room working on original manga art…that is until his father Yo asks him that he needs to have a talk with him. Yo tells Kokonotsu that it’s his turn to be the next owner of the Dagashi shop, unfortunately Coconuts comes from a group of individuals who are a part of a generation that likes to disappoint their parents (i.e. ‘Screw you, I’m doin’ my own thing!’ mentality). After their little spat Koko runs the shop while Yo’s away, but then he encounters our candy-lovin’ girl, Hotaru, and her absolute obsession with dagashi candy. Later on Yo comes back and just so happens to be familiar with Hotaru and her supreme knowledge of candy, that he instantly takes a liking to her; much to his son’s dismay. To our anime-lovin’ fellas out there, find you a girl who’s a bigger anime nerd than you are! Why? Because (and we’ve seen this from personal experience) they will defend their man and shoot down any bullies and haters on social media that say you’re anime is trash!

Back to the review; Coconuts (yeah, I’m gonna start calling him that now) finds himself at his best friend, To and Saya’s (To’s sister) café. While they’re talking about the events that transpired via Yo’s candy shop, I had a funny feeling that Saya happens to be Coco’s childhood friend – and we ALL know how that trope gets portrayed. (You’ll see as we get further into the series.) Near the end of the episode Hotaru tells Yo that she wants him to join her father’s candy company, but he declines saying that unless Coconuts takes over the family business, he won’t leave his store. This leads Hotaru asking Yo that if he can convince Coconuts to run his store, that Yo will take Hotaru up on her offer. With the bet set in stone, Hotaru tells Coconuts that he’ll be seeing a lot of her around the candy shop. All of this…and it’s only the first episode.

After watching the first episode there were a few things I picked out; the fact that there are a lot of history tidbits about Japanese candy and its mascots, and early marketing strategies many candy owners in Japan use (or should be using) to help drive sales of their product. The overall feeling of the show is basically a slice-of-life comedy with maybe a touch of romance somewhere down the line. Some of the most common anime troupes are here; the otaku/manga artist (Kokonotsu), the childhood friend (Saya), the perverted best friend (To), and the one who’s obsessed with food (Hotaru). Perhaps as I dive deeper into the series we’ll learn more about what Hotaru’s true goal is – besides asking Yo to join her father’s company. That’ll end our first episodic review on Dagashi Kashi. Stick around for our next review on our next post! 😉

Candy Girl: Anime REvisited Kicks Off with Dagashi Kashi Season One!

As more stay-at-home orders continue to get issued all across North America, a lot of us are jumping online to create new content to take our minds off of what’s happening. With us our content comes in the form of a new series of anime reviews called Anime REvisited, and to kick things off for the month of April, we’ll be reviewing the whole first season of a show about candy I’d like to call Dagashi Kashi! If you’re looking for a show about Japanese candy, manga, slice-of-life, and comedy, then you’re gonna love this show! Starting next Monday April 6th through April 30th (every other day), we’ll be posting full-length episodic reviews on anime’s favorite candy-lovin’ girl, Hotoru! Hope you gotta sweet tooth, cuz’ it’s gonna be a fun ride! 😉

Anime REvisited was a little idea we were thinking about while under quarantine. It mixes dry comedy (dry sense of humor) with anime reviews as we pick apart an anime series episode by episode; from the characters to the plot itself. Hopefully fans will have a fun time reading these reviews as a way of taking their minds off of world events.

D&A Anime Blog: Plans For April…

Hey guys. It seems like every second of every hour, we’re receiving more and more cases of COVID-19 through the U.S. as well as other countries. Yeah, as much as we don’t want to accept it, this is kinda the ‘new normal’ for the time being. I will say this; even though many of us are cooped up in our houses, it has given birth to a slew of a whole bunch of exciting creative content. Sooo…we thought about jumping into the creative content pool with some content of our own. For starters, we’re going to roll out our little detailed review series called Anime REvisited; where we revisit anime titles and movies from the last 20 years. We’ll be kicking that off on April 2nd!

Around this time we would be making a list of what anime conventions you should check out for the month of April, but thanks to COVID-19 that is now moot. Instead we’ll be working on some new material for content during the month, so we’ll keep you updated on what we come up with. That’s all we’ve got for now, but if you wanna chat with us more, check out or discord channel #AnimeSnap and our Instagram for more content. Until next post, stay safe and #FlattenTheCurve! 😉

D&A Superstar Blogger Award Official Logo!

As promised, we now have our official D&A Superstar Blogger Award logo! For the blogs that we’ve nominated for this special award of ours, be sure to copy and paste this logo on your nomination post at the bottom of this one. Hopefully you guys are doing okay, washing your hands, and practicing social distancing amid the COVID-19 Pandemic. Until next post, stay well and stay nerdy my friends! 😉

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D&A Superstar Blogger Award: Nominations!

Hey guys! Hopefully you all are doing well and taking care of yourselves amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With new updates and info coming in every hour of every day, we see how that can affect many of us negatively on a mental level. To help ease a little of the stress of the news on and offline, we’ll be nominating bloggers for our brand new D&A Superstar Blogger Award starting this week! This award is dedicated to bloggers who have supported us and liked our content since January of 2016 when we first launched this website, and as far as the rules go, here’s what you have to do:

  1. Add the D&A Superstar Blogger Award logo to your nomination post
  2. List the name of your blog (add a link) and tell us 4 things about yourself
  3. List your Top 5 anime shows (or characters)
  4. Answer the 10 questions listed in bold below this post
  5. Nominate at least 10 other blogs of your choice
  • How did you get into Blogging?
  • What’s one of the best posts you’ve ever written on your blog?
  • What’s the last anime title (or movie) you’ve watched in 30 days?
  • If you could go back 10 or 15 years into the past, what would you say to your younger self?
  • If you had the seven Namekian Dragon Balls, what three wishes would you wish for?
  • Who is your biggest influence for blogging and why?
  • If you could visit Japan, what would be the first thing you’d do?
  • If you could pick one or two anime titles that deserve a second season, what would they be?
  • What are two of your favorite foods and one you wish you could try from another country?
  • Who is your favorite blogger and why?

And with that, here are some awesome bloggers we’ve decided to nominate for our special award. We’ll be adding the official logo for the award tomorrow, so nominees will be able to copy and paste it to their nomination post.

  • I Drink & Watch Anime
  • Otaku Orbit
  • Crows World of Anime
  • Lesley’s Anime & Manga Corner
  • Anime Pad
  • Iniksbane
  • A Geeky Gal
  • Animania404

Sonic Battle (2003) Re-Review: Why There Should Be A Remake!

So in our last post (after the COVID-19 rant) we mentioned that we’ll be revisiting one of our earlier posts about why Sonic Battle should get a remake. Out of all of the games we’ve played up to now, Sonic Battle in particular was a bit different – unique in its own way. Although it’s full potential was yet to be unleashed on the Game Boy Advance, it pushed the envelope (and GBA’s graphical limits) in terms of what the game’s identity wanted to be. It wasn’t trying to be like Smash Bros. nor could you call it a traditional fighting game, in fact players felt like they could actually feel the ‘impact’ of slamming their opponents into a wall (or vise versa) and following up with a finishing blow.

The story and dialogue was actually pretty decent and humorous, and the finale – wow! (The feels are real once you get there.) Since next year marks the 30th anniversary of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise as a whole, why don’t they remake this game instead of trying to do a sequel. If you remember games like Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, that game got a remake; graphical designs, music, the whole nine yards! Hopefully if SEGA decides to do this (and we hope they do) there are a few things they could change up for the remake of the game.

Improvement #1: Bigger Roster!

In the original 2003 game there were only 10 playable characters. There are so many new characters out here now, so why not triple the fighter roster to 30; adding new characters like Espio, E-123 Omega, Silver, Blaze, Metal Sonic, Shade the Echidna, The Deadly Six, Classic Sonic, Mighty the Armadillo, Dr. Eggman, Infinite, etc. More characters would really take the game to a whole new level, and even bring in the idea of more than one story arc – which is my next improvement.

Improvement #2: New Story Arc!

With the increase of the character roster, this means that they’ll have to add a new story arc to accommodate the new arrivals. I’d say do two different arcs; the Classic Arc which is basically the retelling of the original story arc of the 2003 game with the original 10 characters. (All battles and story dialogue intact.) The second could be like a Universal Crisis-type arc where Sonic and the rest of the characters (even the new ones) come together to fight an original final boss to save the world. (And we get a Super Sonic battle!) There’s a lot of potential that can be unleashed here, but it will be up to the developers if they want to make this happen.

Improvement #3: More Health (HP)!

I remember fighting as Knuckles during his campaign (which is one of the longest campaigns you’ll ever go through) and I had to fight the three guard robos at the hotel of Night Babylon. After six tries I finally beat them, which is why fighters need to have 2 bars of health instead of 1. They could have it where there’s a big number next to a smaller number; where the big number is your current number of health bars and the smaller number is your maximum. (Every fighter has 2/2 bars of health!) The color of the first bar is yellow while the second is a blood-orange color; meaning if you fall to 1/2 bars of health the second bar is blood-orange. Although it may slightly lengthen the duration of the battle, it’ll give players a little more enjoyment in slamming their foes around.

Improvement #4: Special Attack Upgrade System!

Since we can’t figure out how much damage character special attacks (like Shot, Power, and Set) do, why not have a system where once characters win their battles, they receive Ability Points based on their performance in battle. Yo get 10 for winning without getting hit, 5 for not getting KO’d, and 2 for not losing overall. During Story Mode all character’s special attacks are at LVL. 1, then when they ‘Max Out’ they’ll be at LVL. 5! In Battle Mode and other modes players should get to choose what level they want their character’s special attacks to be at, so they can max themselves out and give their foes a beatdown!

These are just some the the improvements that I recommend that the developers make if they want to make the Sonic Battle remake a real best-seller. Hopefully if it ever gets done, I’d make it for the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo Switch. (The 3DS version would play like the 2003 original.) Oh yeah, one more improvement I’d make; High Resolution 2D sprites at 60 fps. If they wanna add cinematic cutscenes, be my guest.

That’s all I’ve got for this post, until next time, stay safe and stay nerdy! 😉