One Piece (Season Ten)

The Straw-Hat pirates meet a living skeleton, get trapped on a mysterious island, battle zombies, ancient gods, and one of the seven Warlords of the Sea.

What did you watch and why? Does everything seems to be part of a challenge lately, or is just me? Well, this is no exception. As part of my One Piece A Day Challenge, where I’ve been watching an episode of One Piece every day for almost a year now, I have now completed season ten and I’m not even half way yet!

What’s it about? Fresh from the battle at Enies Lobby, the Straw-Hats flee Water-7 on the Thousand Sunnies, the new ship Franky built them before joining the crew. Having left the Marines, including Luffy’s grandfather behind they entered the Florian Triangle, a mysterious patch of water shrouded in think fog.

There they meet a living skeleton, stranded on a ghost ship. Luffy asks his to join the crew much to the bewilderment of the rest of the crew. Brook refuses, telling them that he cannot as he no longer has a shadow and sunlight would kill him. He also tells them to leave the mysterious island they’ve just arrived at, but not before asking Nami to show him her panties!

Before they know it, they have all been caught up in a sinister plan by Gekko Moriah, one of the seven Warlords of the Sea. If they are to get out of this alive, they will need to battle zombies, defeat an ancient god, beat Gekko Moriah, recover their shadows, and stop a wedding…

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Make it Anime!

As it seems to be even more popular to attempt to transform successful anime into live-action series and movies, it seems only fair that this tag tries to do the opposite. I should thank Ya Boy Jack for including me in this tag. It looked like a lot of fun when it first appeared, so I’m excited to put my two cents in.

Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog post.
  • Choose 1 Book, Movie and TV show of your choice that you think could work as an anime. (A series of books or movies is allowed e.g. Lord of the Rings, Hunger Games)
    • If you want to pick more than 1 from each section that’s fine. Or if you can’t think of one for a specific category that’s fine also.
  • Explain why you think your choices could work as an anime. Maybe the advent of animation would enhance it, maybe the different anime genres could help expand and improve the story. Just go crazy with it.
  • Link back to the original post (this post) so I can read people’s suggestions, I’d love to read everyone’s ideas.
  • Include Make it Anime in your tags so everyone including myself can find them all easily.
  • Nominate around 5-10 bloggers.

Now, let’s get down to business.

Book: Sailing to Byzantium by Robert Silverberg

I’ve been waiting for an adaptation of this classic novella for ages, but it still doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. So, someone somewhere, hear my plea because this would make a fantastic anime.

The story follows a man ripped out of his time and pulled into the distant future. A future where technology has advanced to such a state that it appears as magic to him. All that is left of humanity travel between several recreated cities from history and mythology. Each city is populated with artificial life and everything is for the benefit of the tourists.

But each city only exists for so long before being replaced with another, opening up new experiences and sights for these eternal travellers. Charles has long since forgotten his home time and enjoys the dinners, parties, and exuberance. He has a group that he travels with and a girl that he loves, but she disappears one day, leaving Charles to search the world to find her.

If you ask me, there are so many elements that scream anime. The wondrous sights of Valhalla, Alexandria, or of a future New York could be spectacular. There is a love story, time travel, futuristic technology, and the sort of dream-like existence that would feel completely at home in this format.

Movie: Predator

So, at first glance this might seem ridiculous. After all, there have been how ever many Predator reboots and sequels, but hear me out. I’m going to employee a time honoured tradition of anime. Are you ready for the… wait for it… gender flip?

I’m not talking about the actual Predator, although that could work too. What I’m envisaging is a cast of strong female marines with masses of firepower on a mission through the jungle, where it’s hot and wet, only to be attacked by an alien.

Come on. You can see it too. It would be incredible. I just don’t see how this can go wrong. Ultimately, there’s not going to be any groundbreaking story-lines, but that’s fine, it would just be girls with guns. Explosions, hot girls, guns, hot girls, lasers, hot girls, predators, and hot girls with Gatling guns!

TV Series: The Shannara Chronicles

At first, I was sure I would select A Game of Thrones, because it’s the best, but then I realised that was a mistake. Why remake something that is perfect? In reality, this should be something that had potential, but for whatever reason didn’t quite hit the mark.

Well, for me, that is The Shannara Chronicles. It’s set in future Earth after some sort of event brought life as we know it to an end. In this new world elves, dwarves, gnomes, trolls, and demons exist. That’s right, it’s a post-apocalyptic fantasy adventure.

I enjoyed the first season even though it didn’t quite hit the heights I was expecting, but it does have everything you’d want from an anime series. Strong female leads, a goofy yet determined hero, dark and sinister monsters.

So, who are you going to nominate? I think I’m in fairly early, so I should be able to nominate bloggers that haven’t already been included which is a nice change. Here we go.

No pressure, if you don’t want to do it. I don’t mind, this is just me saying thanks for the support and the entertaining posts. Keep it up, and thanks for reading.

The Promised Neverland (Episode 1)

A group of children play and learn at an orphanage on an idyllic plot of land. The staff are loving and caring, the children are like a family, but something is not quite as it seems!

What did you watch? This is my first series of the Winter 2019 schedule and it’s likely to be the only subtitled one that I am able to fit in. My original goal was to wait for four episodes and then watch them, but it would appear that everyone and their dog is doing a review for this series, so I’m jumping in too. Also, there are a lot of spoilers flying around and I hate spoilers.

What happened? Hold on, I’m still recovering from that sucker-punch! Even with my best efforts to avoid the spoilers, I had a sense of what was about to happen, so I thought I was prepared for it. I was not nearly prepared enough. The following review will likely contain spoilers, stop now if you don’t want to see them.

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Sunday Sevens: Seven Swords!

If my village was under attack from bandits, it is common knowledge that I would need to hire seven swords for protection. Well, these are my choices.

What is this about? It’s Sunday, so that means it’s time for another list and with Samurai 7 still fresh in my mind I figured I would select my seven sword-wielders to protect my imaginary village from the imaginary bandits…

That’s a lot of ifs and imaginary situations, but what did you expect from an subjective list. I’ve only selected character from shows that I’ve seen, because otherwise how am I supposed to know about them. As with last week, they are ordered alphabetically. Draw!

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Saturday Sketches: Week 2

What did you draw this week? I was lucky enough to get some requests last week, so just to prove that I am drawing them and willing to do requests, here is the first of them. Yomu gave me a selection of characters from Overlord, all with obvious waifu potential.

I also thought I would try something new. As in, I bought a new pencil, one of the mechanical pencils with a fine point. This way I can focus a little more on the line work. I’m not too worried about shading just yet, especially as my ultimate goal will be to scan the images and do all of the shading/colouring digitally.

Anyhow, here it is. I selected Albedo from the list Yomu gave me because she has some of the best facial expressions. Even for animated characters, she takes things to a whole other level.

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Hopefully, just from looking at it you’ll be able to tell that it’s Albedo. I also enjoyed working with the new pencil, it came out very clean and no mountains of sharpenings either.

Want to see me draw someone or something (I’m prepared to draw mecha or monsters too) then put in the comments and I’ll see what I can do.