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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Highschool of the Dead December (Dead End)

If you’ve ever been curious about Highschool of the Dead or just want to relive the whole thing, check out the time I spent an entire month going over it again.

What’s going on now? Well, this is it. My Highschool of the Dead December project, much like the month of December, has run its course. Sadly, all good things must come to an end, but it doesn’t have to, right? Below you’ll find all of the links to each and every post. Feel free to check out the ones you missed or reread them the next time you watch/read Highschool of the Dead.

Introduction – This gives an overview of why I decided to do Highschool of the Dead December.

The Anime – Each episode reviewed and then a season review, plus the OVA, Drifters of the Dead.

The Manga – All seven volumes of the manga reviewed, with pictures from the full-colour editions, plus Act 30, the start of volume eight and the final act released.

The Characters

So, what now? Well, it’s been a pretty busy month, especially since I completed the 30 Day Anime Challenge in November and I’ve been keeping up to date with the Fall 2018 anime schedule. I don’t have anything planned for January, so it will be nice to slow down a fraction. Not to mention, I’ve got a ton of work to do on a post-apocalyptic trilogy I’ve been working on for too long already.

One last thing, I promised I would show you just how awesome the full-colour edition of the manga is compared to the regular black and white volumes. You might want to sit down for this…

Anyhow, I guess this is it. Thanks for stopping by and supporting me as I compiled what is basically my love letter to Highschool of the Dead. Sure, it took me 31 days and roughly 22,000 words to do, but now we have reached the Dead End!

If you have any questions about Highschool of the Dead, let’s have them. I am always happy to talk HotD and if I don’t know, I’m going to want to find out. Thanks again and have a safe and happy New Year.

Highschool of the Dead (Character Analysis) – Rika Minami

It’s the character analysis that no one asked for, but once you’ve checked it out, you’ll be glad that did. Could she command her own spin-off series? I think so!

What are you doing now? This should be interesting. It’s the final post in my series of character analysis pieces from Highschool of the Dead. This one is probably the most self-indulgent, but it’s my blog and I’ll do whatever I want.

So, following on from the gif extravaganza that was Shizuka Marikawa. Don’t worry, they’re still there if you want to pop back and have a look! Anyhow, today I’m giving Rika Minami the attention she so deserved and at one point I even champion her own spin-off series…

Age Unknown / Height 5’7” / Weight Unknown

Bust 33″ (D) / Waist 22″ / Hips 35″

Empathy: In the anime, Rika’s role is somewhat limited, but even in that, we get a sense of what she’s like. Clearly, she is an accomplished sniper. She also smokes a cigar and makes sexually suggestive comments to her partner. Basically, she’s pretty awesome.

In the manga, there is an entire act devoted to her and her partner trying to clear away the zombies at the terminal. It was epic. Rika is the hot female version of John McClain from Die Hard.

She has a couple of small appearances throughout hinting that she will eventually make her way back to Tokonosu and meet up with her best friend Marikawa and the others. Sadly, it looks like that will never happen, and she just cleared an armoury ready to head into the city too.

Character Arcs: Rika starts on the floating airport, sniping zombies and generally being a badass. As time goes on we soon realise just how much of a badass she is, not least when Takashi and the others make it to her apartment. She has a military grade Humvee and numerous illegal weapons

She’s obviously very intelligent and well drilled as the EMP didn’t even faze her. The part in the manga where her partner died showed that she was compassionate, but also believed in her role within the police force.

Finally, in the final act to be released, she negotiated a release to head back to Tokonosu so that she could look for Marikawa. She also took all the guns, when they were stupid enough to say she could take whatever she could carry.

Goals: Rika obviously holds her friendship with Marikawa above everything but her duty to the force. Once she had completed that obligation, she was ready to face the zombies on her own to find Marikawa.

The true extent of their relationship is unconfirmed, but you’ve got to be pretty close to want to do that, especially with the potential attack from Chinese submarines approaching.

Obstacles: The biggest obstacle Rika faced, was her location. Had she been home when it all happened, I’m sure she would have busted into the high school and wiped out the zombies long before Takashi and the others made their daring escape.

On top of that, she is dedicated to her role within the police force. She hints at leaving the airport to find her friend, but only once they’re done there.

Traits: Rika is hard, but she also shows a fun side, teasing her partner when he offers to help her with her sore chest from lying in the sniper position too long. She also followed her orders until there were no more coming, never abandoning her position or the people that depended on her. I really do wish she’d got more time.

Motivations: Rika’s training seems to lead her actions, and she appears to be at the top of her game. The quality of her apartment, weapons, and vehicle show that she is a top performer. Hirano even comments on how most unmarried police officers live in the dorms, so she’s doing something above and beyond.

Her desire to catch up with Marikawa and make sure she’s all right is another big driver for her. She makes her moves to do something about that just as the story was abandoned.

Flaws: Honestly, Rika is pretty much the perfect person to have on your side in a zombie apocalypse. She’s a hotter and more accomplished version of Hirano…

Vulnerabilities: Based solely on the act where her partner was killed, I think that maybe Rika expects everyone to be as on top of their game as she is. I don’t think it was her fault that he died, but if they had been a little more careful, he could have lived.

Attitude: Rika is confident and calm, however, she has no problem teasing her colleagues and friends. The two people in her life, both hold her in high esteem and would no doubt follow her on whatever crazy scheme she came up with.

Past Influences: Annoyingly we know absolutely nothing about Rika’s past except that she lived with Marikawa and that they are close friends. Personally, I would love to find out more. If the series had kept going, she could easily have commanded a spin-off series of her own as she tried to track down Marikawa. I would read that, it would have been awesome.

Highschool of the Dead (Character Analysis) – Shizuka Marikawa

If I was to saw Shizuka Marikawa, would you know who I was talking about? Yeah, I thought so. Well, let’s take a closer look at what makes her so memorable!

What are you doing now? All right! This is probably the one you’ve all been waiting for. So, sit back and join me as I delve into another of the characters from Highschool of the Dead.

Yesterday, we looked at the gun loving otaku Kohta Hirano. Today subject for our admiration is the artist favourite Shizuka Marikawa. She’s a bit of an enigma in that there isn’t too much information about her, but she has the most gifs! Make of that what you will.

Age 27 / Height 5’9” / Weight 128 LBS

Bust 43″ (J) / Waist 24″ / Hips 37″

Empathy: Marikawa is the school nurse and it’s apparent that she knows what she’s doing, even though she may come across as a bit of a ditz.

That said, she is likeable and funny, especially when she’s going over the symptoms of the recently infected as a student bludgeons the zombie to death behind the screen.

She also loves her designer clothes and even loses her temper when Saeko rips her skirt so that she can move more freely.

Character Arcs: I think Marikawa has the least growth out of all of the characters. She is the only adult in the group and takes on the role of the mother figure. Her knowledge and life skills are invaluable, but she’s definitely not a fighter.

It would have been interesting to see how her role would have changed once Rei’s mother joined the group, or if they ever caught up with Rika.

Goals: Marikawa seems to be in it for the ride. She’s joined up with the group of students and seems determined to stay with them. She seems to enjoy the company of the girls and even has a soft spot for Takashi.

Outside of surviving, her main goal is to find her friend, Rika, although it’ll probably be best to wait for Rika to find them. It’s a shame that it ended before Rika really got involved.

Obstacles: Being a ditz hasn’t hampered Marikawa at all. Mostly due to the group that she has around her, but she more than pulls her weight, driving the cars and offering medical and life advice.

She also took them to Rika’s house where they were able to relax, even if only for a short while, plus they got the Humvee and the guns.

Traits: Marikawa doesn’t take herself too seriously. She likes to enjoy herself and probably feels rejuvenated by being with the students. She can be a little clumsy and often knocks things with her enormous boobs. The funniest moment was when she knocked Hirano over as she ran to console Takagi.

Motivations: Her motivations seem to be focused around keeping everyone alive and searching for Rika, but she’s such an airhead she seems to forget what she’s doing a lot of the time. She tends to focus on the here and now and doesn’t worry to much about the future.

Flaws: Marikawa’s main flaw is probably how relaxed she is. Maybe it’s a by-product of her being such a ditz, but she seems to take everything in her stride, which sometimes leaves her exposed…

Vulnerabilities: She’s a sucker for designer clothes, preferring not to damage her designer skirt even if it would slow her down.

Attitude: Marikawa doesn’t seem too self-obsessed, which wouldn’t be hard to imagine for someone so attractive. Again this could be down to her carefree attitude towards life. She does have a lot of respect for the students and knows that she would have been in trouble had they not found her.

Past Influences: We don’t know a great deal about Marikawa’s past. I think they alluded that she used to work in research before taking the post as the school nurse. There seems to be more to the relationship with Rika but I think that won’t get explored now.

Fall Anime 2018 – Second Chances (Episodes 5-8)

So, I’ve made it to episode eight of all of my seasonal anime selections for Fall 2018. When I came up with this plan for First Impressions, Second Chances, and Season Reviews, it seemed like a great idea, but there was something I forgot.

Last season, I watched nine series and all but one were twelve episodes long, Hanebado the odd one out with thirteen. With a couple of the shows I’m watching this time around, I was getting concerned that there wasn’t going to be any sort of conclusion in twelve episodes.

Now, that looks like it’s because there are going to be many more than twelve. This would be great if it was in say Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai or Goblin Slayer, but it never works out that way, does it?

As with before, I’m putting the shows into tiers rather than ranking them, but there has been some movement from my First Impressions, so that should make things interesting.

Must Watch

I’m Loving It

Keep on Keepin on

If I have Time

Dropped

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So, of course Radiant has twenty-one episodes… I’m not sure how I made it through eight! I’m not going to say it’s dropped just yet, but it’s incredibly low on my priorities, so it may just slip away after a while.

Thankfully, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is going to go for twenty-four episodes and I couldn’t be happier. I’ll keep my updates to every four episodes. Otherwise, keep an eye out for the series reviews coming in the not too distant future.