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.

Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero (Season One)

A hero of questionable decency smuggles the daughter of a Dark Lord back to Earth in order to protect her and keep a promise to an old foe.

What did you watch and why? This was the first title from my A to Z Anime Challenge. I picked knowing that it had one season which was twelve episodes long. Other than that, I went off the title image. That’s generally how I plan on making my picks. So this one had a hero, a hot dark lord, and a massive sword. Winner!!!

What’s it about?¬†Interestingly, the story begins with our hero, Akatsuki running through the woods where a group of well-endowed warrior maidens attack him. He fights them off with ease, immobilising them by expertly removing their undergarments (bras and panties!). Once clear of the embarrassed maidens her goes through a portal back to Earth.

There he opens the duffle bag he was carrying to reveal a beautiful naked girl concealed within. It turns out she is Miu, the daughter of a Dark Lord and Akatsuki is sworn to protect her. Having been summoned to another realm, they are placed in a special school for people gifted with combat based magic.

Akatsuki soon takes over the place with his charm and general badass nature, but it’s not long before the rulers of Alayzard realize where the Dark Lord’s daughter has gone and sent warriors to retrieve her.

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Maken-ki (Season Two)

Fresh from summer training camp (you’ll want to check out the OVAs for that one) the students return to Tenbi Academy to continue their training. Things are about to get a whole lot crazier…

What did you watch and why? This was season two of Maken-ki and having finished season one and the OVAs, and still working through Ergo Proxy, I had no choice but to continue… seriously, though this series is hilarious.

What’s it about? It’s basically more of the same, but a little bit cruder, more lewder, and this time there is more of a story. I say more, but it’s still not a lot, but that doesn’t matter.

In season two, the Maken-ki team track down a lingerie thief, get transformed into cat girls, attend a manga and cosplay convention, and a whole host of other brilliant yet bizarre situations.

Again, this series has a lot of fan-service, possibly the most I’ve seen in one show… well, apart from Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid… It is stupid, but wildly entertaining. If that stuff doesn’t upset you it’s well worth the time.

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