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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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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Achievement Unlocked: One-Thousand Anime

What’s this all about? You may remember from a little while back, I completed the first half of my annual challenge by reading one-hundred manga books. Well, this was the other half of the challenge. Last year I managed to watch 278 anime episodes/movies. It was a big increase from the year before, but I was still annoyed not to reach 300 for the year.

Anyhow, this year I decided that if I was going to beat my previous year’s total, I was going to blow it out of the water. I had missed several years of watching anime, so had plenty of shows to catch up on. To keep a long story short, this year I have watched over 1,000 anime episodes/movies.

I think I’ve reviewed most of the completed series, but there are a couple that I will get to once I have a chance. I’ve also only included the completed series in the list below. There are several that I’m still working through and some that I dropped after a couple of episodes. So, here’s the breakdown:

On top of those, you can see what I’m currently watching here – Fall 2018 Second Chances. That’s another eleven series and I’ve seen eight episodes of each. Interestingly, only twenty of the episodes/movies that I watched this year I had seen before.

What on Earth am I going to set as my goals for 2019?

Achievement Unlocked: One-Hundred Manga

What’s this all about? At the end of 2017, I set myself the task of reading one-hundred manga books before the end of 2018. That’s probably easy for some, but it was a pretty big increase from the eighteen I finished in 2017.

Well, long story short, I just finished my one-hundredth manga book of the year, and with more than a month to spare too. There were a number of different series involved in this monumental feat. Here’s a breakdown: Continue reading “Achievement Unlocked: One-Hundred Manga”