• Anime,  Video Games

    4 Crossovers That Nintendo Needs to Do

    Crossovers are nothing new for Nintendo. Just look at one of the most successful franchises of all time, Super Smash Brothers. While they have done other crossovers, such as Fire Emblem crossing over with Dynasty Warriors or Pokémon crossing over with Tekken; there is still plenty of potential for crossovers for Nintendo to consider. Here are list of suggestions: Soul Calibur x Fire Emblem With the success of Pokken (Tekken, but with Pokémon characters), you would think the next obvious step would be for Bandai Namco and Nintendo to make a crossover with their fantasy-themed 3D fighting game, Soul Calibur. With the fighting styles Soul Calibur is known for, Fire…

  • Anime,  Television

    Review: BNA: BRAND NEW ANIMAL Season 1

    A human-turned-tanuki named Michiru runs away to Anima City. There she hopes to get protection and answers. When she meets Shirou, a beastkin who can turn into a wolf, the answer might not lie so far away. Like A Whisker Away, I found this randomly on Netflix. It looked like it could be a lot of fun, pressed play, and here we are. Twelve episodes later, and BNA: Brand New Animal has ended up as one of my new favorite series in a long time. When a story wants to incorporate an important subject matter, the writer always takes a big risk. Insert it amateurishly and it can become jarring. That…

  • Anime,  Film

    Review: A WHISKER AWAY (2020)

    When Miyo Sasaki gets the chance to transform into a cat, she uses it with the hope of knowing more about the boy she has a crush on. Problems arrive, however, when the line between being human and cat becomes shorter. There are times where you find something at random. Be it the library or a garage sale. When it comes to A Whisker Away, it was a random scroll when I search on Netflix. I read the premise, saw the trailer, and thought it could be a cute animated movie. Luckily for me, it ended up being just that. At first, I was unsure of what to think about…

  • Anime

    REVIEW: The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

    Kusuo Saiki is a high school student who has been born with powers. Saiki is continuously in trouble that can reveal his abilities. Be it his friends or the girls that fall for him for an unknown reason. Sometimes, there is a show or movie in which there are next to no words to describe it. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K fits within this category. Similar to Bobobo-bo bo-bobo, this series loves to breaks the fourth wall to the extent that there is no fourth wall. It is gags and humor galore, within every frame. The show contains two types of scenarios. Scenes that make the viewer scratch their…

  • Anime

    Crunchyroll and HBO Max Announce Anime Launch Titles

    Crunchyroll, the world’s largest anime distributor, is teaming up with HBO Max and will be a ton of shows to the platform. The two streaming giants announced their collaboration and the series coming to HBO Max at launch. Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, for HBO Max went on to say: “Anime is a celebrated, diverse art form with a rich culture rooted in imaginative worlds and vibrant characters. Crunchyroll has centralized these fantastic adventures for everyone to enjoy. This WarnerMedia family collaboration is bringing together an incredible collection of content with a passionate fandom, and HBO Max is tottemo ureshiii [very happy] to expand the reach of this inventive artistry.”…

  • Anime,  Podcast

    PODCAST: Fire Emblem OVA Review

    With the 30-year-old anniversary of the franchise, I knew that the Fire Emblem OVA would be something we’d cover, and a podcast episode would be the best way of doing so. So, I’m joined by Landon Beall and Brandon Alvarado. This is an episode filled with rants, anger against me, and straight-up laughter. Enjoy. For more podcasts, be sure to check out Mike and John at the Movies, and The Amateur Otaku!

  • Anime,  Film

    Review: DRAGON QUEST: YOUR STORY is a Car Crashing at Mach-5 Speed

    Dragon Quest: Your Story is loosely based on the fifth game, Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavily Bride. Here we follow Luca, as he tries to live up to his father’s (the mighty Pankraz) reputation. A couple of months ago, I reviewed Dragon Quest XI S for Revenge of the Fans. Because of this, I could not help myself, and had to check out the animated movie on Netflix. Fast-forward two hours later, and I wasn’t sure what I just witnessed. Dragon Quest: Your Story is a prime example that some games work better as a television series than a movie. While the general tone and essence of Dragon…

  • Anime,  Film

    Review: Weathering with You (Tenki no Ko)

    Hodaka Morishma’s life turns upside down when he meets a mysterious girl called Hina Amano. A girl that is more then meets the eye with abilities out of the ordinary. Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko) is yet another movie from Makoto Shinkai, the writer and director of Your Name. Just like the director’s previous work, the story here is about two younglings that meet each other and form some form of relationship between them, with a supernatural twist towards it. Even though this is a genre that he has tapped into many times before, this film proves that he can still work within this subgenre without making it feel…

  • Anime,  Film

    MY HERO ACADEMIA: HEROES RISING Review – Not Very Plus Ultra

    The hit anime series, My Hero Academia just released its second feature film. Heroes Rising is not canon to the story of MHA, and this is very important when viewing, so just keep that in mind when watching. Does the film go Plus Ultra or does it crash and burn? Well, let’s discuss (no spoilers).  The story takes place after the Overhaul arc (season 4) in the anime. Deku has his shoot style and all of class 1-A  has their provisional licenses. The setting is pretty interesting. A small town recently lost their hero, and U.A. High School sends their students to monitor the area. At least until a pro is…

  • Anime,  Film

    Review: Your Name (Kimi no Na wa)

    Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) follows Mitshua Miyamizu and Taki Tachibana, two younglings who end up switching bodies with one and other, without any knowledge on what had transpired. When Your Name released in 2016, it took the world by storm. It became one of the biggest financial and critical successes for an anime movie, rivaling the likes of Studio Ghibli. Romantic dramas, on how a boy and a girl meet each other; while they find something new with their life isn’t anything new. But that does not mean that you can’t find a way to be unique with your approach to it. Makoto Shinkai’s [writer/director] approach with this…