Samurai 7 (Season One)

A village threatened by bandits searches for a samurai to protect them, but just one will not do. They will need seven samurai.

What did you watch and why? I actually watched this in 2018 but never got around to writing up a review until now. Therefore there will be no Animercise update with this review. Anyone that knows me will know of my love of samurai and swords in general. So, an anime about seven samurai was bound to catch my attention.

What’s it about? There was a great war where one side was so determined to win that they integrated their bodies into giant machines. Unable to stand against the numbers and firepower, the samurai were forced to surrender and wander the world as ronin.

Now that the war is over, the Nobuseri bandits, who were part of the winning side terrorize the farmers, stealing their crops and women. But Kanna Village has had enough. The village priestess heads to the city to find help. She eventually manages to enlist a great samurai, but he informs her that if they are to succeed, they will need seven samurai.

The samurai stop a local noble from kidnapping the priestess. Infuriated that they would interfere in his business, he devises a plan to eradicate the samurai. Eventually, they manage to enlist the seven and fight back against the Nobuseri, but it looks like they will be the least of their problems.

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Animercise

Animercise – When anime and exercise fuse to form a better, more enjoyable way to get healthy! Not endorsed by anyone!

Are you still going? You didn’t think the A to Z Anime Challenge was enough to keep me going on its own, did you? There is lots of room for more challenges, so here’s the next one.

A little while back I read a blog post by Blackatron about how he used his love of anime to help him lose 50+ pounds. Any way you look at that, it’s amazing. It got me thinking and after a quick glance down at my belly, I was pretty sure I could benefit from losing 50 pounds too. My current weight is 250 pounds, so getting down to a nice even 200 would be amazing.

I’ve noticed everyone making their New Year’s resolutions with a mix of blogging and personal goals. Now, I don’t tend to make New Year’s resolutions, I prefer challenges, so I’m not resolving to lose 50 pounds, I’m going to challenge myself to do it. This is just my way of making myself accountable.

So, first things first. How can I use anime to inspire me to exercise? I can’t very well watch and walk. That would be disastrous. Now, if I had a treadmill, things would be different, but I don’t. For help, I searched the internet for anime exercise…


Can someone please find this lady some support?

I don’t think that helped… Back in New Zealand I used to be able to go running all year. Even in England I would run in the freezing rain, but now I live in Canada and there’s no way I’m running in subzero temperatures. For a while there, I used to go swimming on my lunch break at work, but now that I’m staying at home with my youngest, that’s not possible.

So, I need to come up with something short and easy that I can fit in around my busy day to day life. Then it came to me. Last year, I watched over 1,000 episodes of anime. If only I had done ten push-ups, sit-ups, or squats after every episode, I would have completed more than ten-thousand individual exercises. That’s a hell of a lot more than I did in 2018.

Why not twenty or a hundred, I hear you say. Well, as with anything, making small bite-sized adjustments is easier to integrate into your regular life than massive changes. Not to mention that it all adds up. How many push-ups did you do last year? Was is three-thousand?

My plan is to alternate after each episode. That means if I watch four episodes, I will have done twenty push-ups, ten sit-ups, and ten squats. Easy! I will log my progress with each of my reviews and keep a handing running total.

Also, during my internet searches, I found these handy motivational gifs that show you how to complete each of the exercises. It might help to bookmark this post so you can come back and follow along.

Push-ups. Added weight is optional!
Sit-ups. Don’t forget to stop at ten!
Squats. Is this really the best angle to record instructional videos from?

Remember to wear something comfortable that you can watch anime and exercise in. Good luck to everyone that is trying to improve themselves in 2019.

A to Z Anime Challenge

Seriously, what now? This shouldn’t be a surprise, I mentioned it in my last Author Journey update for December 2018, but as you clearly weren’t paying attention I think it’s best to give a complete overview of the challenge.

The goal is to watch an anime series or movie beginning with each letter of the alphabet. I intend to do this with anime that I haven’t seen before. One of the things that I really enjoy with watching seasonal anime is that I find myself watching shows I wouldn’t normally consider, and often end up loving them.

I’ve not seen any timelines attached to this challenge, so I’m just going to set my own. My plan is to watch all twenty-six series/movies this year. That’ll be one every two weeks, which should give me plenty of time, even with the longer series.

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Author Journey December 2018

Any big announcements? Not really. I had a very nice Christmas at home with the family. We cooked a turkey and all the trimming, and it turned out to be very nice. I got a new laptop after struggling with my last one for eight years. The new one is silent by comparison and a million times faster, so that should aid my productivity no end.

How’s the writing going? At the moment it’s not really going at all. I’m still working on a cat-girl short for Otaku Stories volume seven. The first draft is done, now I just have to edit it and we can release that. I’ve decided that I am going to pause Valiant Lineage so that I can get the edits done on a collaborative trilogy that I’ve been working on for over a year now. It’s going to be awesome. Here’s a sneak peek at the first cover.

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