Maken-ki (Season One)

When Tenbi Academy, previously an all-girl high school converts to co-ed, Takeru didn’t need much convincing to join, but he’s about to learn that girls kick ass too!

What did you watch and why? I was in the middle of watching Ergo Proxy, and while I loved that series, it is a little heavy, so to break things up I started watching a couple episodes of something a little more lighthearted and fun. Enter Maken-ki!

What’s it about? Tenbi Academy is an exclusive high school for students with the ability to control magic called Elements and wield powerful weapons called Maken. It is designed to prepare the students to use their gifts in the rest of the world once they graduate.

Takeru is just your average pervy guy. His childhood friend, Haruko was already a student when the Academy switched from all-girls to co-ed, so she was excited to be able to spend more time with her friend, but Takeru was just excited…

Before long, Haruko convinces Takeru to join the student council as a part of Maken-ki, a group that polices the battles between students as they test out their abilities. They also make sure that nothing untoward is going on within the student body… not that body… you’re as bad as Takeru!

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Doubly Lovely: One Lovely Blog Award

Getting nominated for One Lovely Blog Award is great, getting nominated for two in a matter of days is a bit special, plus it means I can use it as an excuse to use this image of the Puma sisters…

Special thanks to Yomu and Average Joe Reviews for nominating me, and I apologise that I’m going to lump you both together, especially as I don’t think I can come up with fourteen questions to answer, well, not that would be of any interest anyhow.

Here are the rules:

1) Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog
2) Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post
3) Share 7 things about yourself
4) Pass this on to as many people as you like (max 15)
5) Include this set of rules
6) Inform your nominees

The hardest thing with this is coming up with stuff that isn’t already on my blog. Sure, it would be easy (and probably smart to talk about posts that I can link back to), but what’s the fun in that. All right, let’s go.

7. Staying Awake!

I once stayed awake for three whole days just to see if I could do it. If that’s not a good enough reason, I don’t know what is. When my wife would go away for business or school, I would have horror movie weekends where I would stay up all night watching scary movie because I love them and she hates them.

The time in question, however, was when I was eighteen and wanted to just see what would happen. Honestly, I got tired, but every so often I would get a second wind and forget all about it. When I was done, I just had a normal sleep, so it didn’t seem like that big of a deal.

I’ve never been a huge fan of sleep. It’s always seemed like such a waste of time. One-third of your life spent lying around doing nothing when there is so much to do and see is annoying, but that’s just me.

6. Run, Forest, Run!

I used to be pretty fast. My fastest one-hundred metre sprint was 11.02 seconds. I was also a good rugby player, playing on the wing with my speed and size, I was big for a winger back then too. It ended when I bust my knee playing kabbadi on a beach in France… What a way to go!?!

5. Nice bum!

Apparently, voice actors like it when I comment on their anime character’s bum. For some reason, they are oddly proud of their animated posteriors!

The lovely Jamie Marchi, the English voice of Mount Lady from My Hero Academy and Rias Gremory from High School DxD, among others, retweeted my tweet about joining team Mount Lady after one episode of My Hero Academia.

You’re thinking, sure, but that’s just one. Wait, there’s more. Cassandra Lee Morris, the English voice of Nero, Saber from Fate/Extra, replied to my comment about Nero’s interesting fashion statement – butt cleavage!

I don’t try to make a habit of talking about bums, but maybe I should…

4. A Nice Cup of Tea

I don’t drink coffee and haven’t done so for at least ten years, probably longer. Tea is the hot drink of choice for me, and I’ve even replaced soft drinks with tea too. Basically, I drink a lot of tea, but then I am British!

3. My First Job

My first real job was as a lifeguard at a pleasure pool with a wave machine and slides. I ended up doing it all through school on weekends and holidays. In all, I was a lifeguard for almost six years. It has given me a great foundation in first aid, although I’m sure everything I learnt is now out of date, but it’ll be better than nothing in a pinch.

I have saved a few people, almost exclusively children going out of their depth and one that wasn’t ready for the waves when they started up. It seems like a fairly glamorous job, but it is incredibly boring. The hardest part is staying alert. It’s impossible to turn off though as I still find myself watching everyone and making sure they’re safe whenever I go to a pool or the beach.

2. Zombie Run!

Not content with just watching films and anime about zombies, I love to take part in zombie runs. Back when I lived in New Zealand there was a haunted attraction that held an annual 5km zombie run. It had obstacles and mazes and a lot of zombies. They were all professional actors and incredibly good at their job. I’ve done it twice and even dressed as Thor one year. I made Mjolnir myself and carried it around the entire race.

1. Word Count is Strong

You may not have noticed, but I also write fiction. I have released eight novellas in a dark fantasy series called Valiant Lineage. Interesting fact, I have actually written the first draft for the first twenty-six novellas, which rather surprisingly takes me to the midpoint of the overall story. I need to find a way to increase the editing speed.

I have also written the first draft for a collaborative trilogy of novels with two other authors. The book follows three survivors after a plague-like outbreak which decimates the population of the United Kingdom, possibly the world. We are actively working on the edits and hope to release these later this year.

On top of all of that, I have a pile of outlines that I’ve been working on and will eventually get to. One of which is a harem comedy set on a mysterious island resort. Can’t wait to write that one, it should be a blast. I wrote the outline for it on a plane flight. If I can just find a way to write the stories as quickly as I come up with the ideas.

So, who are you going to nominate? Good question. I tend to get to these tag posts too late in the game to nominate people who haven’t already done it or been nominated before. So, if you have been tagged before, don’t worry, you don’t have to do it. I know how hard it was to come up with seven interesting things about myself.

This means you all have lovely blogs.

Thanks for reading.

SSSS. Gridman (Season One)

Giant mecha battle even bigger kaiju in a no holds barred city-wrecking extravaganza! Story not included…

What did you watch and why? This was a part of the Fall 2018 seasonal lineup and it promised giant robots fighting massive kaiju. How could I say no to that? It promised big fights and destruction on a city level. Also, it looked pretty slick.

What’s it about? Yuta Hibiki wakes to find himself in a strange place with a girl he doesn’t recognize. Rikka informs him that he passed out in her family’s shop and that they go to school together. When they head outside, Yuta notices giant kaiju littering the horizon.

Before long Yuta is transforming, with the help of an ancient computer in Rikka’s shop, into Gridman – a giant robot capable of battling the kaiju. More strange people appear who claim an allegiance to Gridman. Together they fight the Kaiju that seem to appear out of thin air at an alarming rate.

Following the battle, the city returns to normal overnight, the only changes are several of their classmates have been erased and no one has any memory of them. As they start to investigate these mysterious occurrences more kaiju appear.

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Sunday Sevens: Favourite Series watched in 2018

It’s well documented that I watched a lot of anime in 2018. Well, these are my seven favourite series that I watched for the first time in 2018.

What is this about? To be completely frank, I like lists. If you’re here reading this, it’s probably safe to say you like lists too. Everyone seems to do lists that are five or ten items long. After talking about Samurai 7 on Friday, I realised that seven is the perfect number for my new weekly list.

As this is going to be my first list and 2018 isn’t too far behind us, I decided I would list my seven favourite series that I watched in 2018 that I had not seen before. Some aired in 2018, most did not. Anyhow, that’s enough of that, you came here for a list, so a list you shall have. They’re ordered alphabetically because I think they are all great. Enjoy!

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Saturday Sketches: Week 1

Is this category new? Yes, I’m glad that you noticed. I’m going to try and get my drawing skills back up to full speed and wanted to do something that didn’t take all my focus away from writing. So, I’m going to do a sketch of a character from a manga or anime, although eventually, I do intend to create some original characters.

This week’s sketch comes from Ikki Tousen, a manga about teenagers with the spirits of ancient warriors trapped within ancient jewels that grant them incredible powers. Basically, it’s just a big inter-school turf war with clothing shredding battles.

The lead character, Hakufu Sonsaku seems to be a laid back ditz, but when you piss her off, you had better hope your in a different country at the time.

I’m hoping to see an increase in my skills and style as the weeks go on and am willing to give most characters a go. So, if there’s anyone you’d want to see me draw, let me know in the comments.