“Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair” expands on it’s predecessor’s theme of falseness and absurdity.

dang1Beneath the themes of hope and despair fighting each other, there’s one more important part to the world of Danganronpa, and it’s obvious to see within this second installment “Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair.” Even from the very beginning, there’s a number of themes that foreshadow the falseness of this installment’s world.

Although it’s difficult to tell if you’re not fluent in Japanese, the names are slightly fake-sounding. Most characters might be named Minami, Hikaru, Yui, and Touma, but “Dangaronpa” characters often have much longer and complicated names, sometimes with hidden meanings. Take Fuyhiko Kuzuryu, for example. Instead of just being a name like Tarō Yamada (the Japanese equivalent to “John Smith”), he has a name that basically means “The Winter Prince of the Nine-headed dragon.”

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Not all of them are as complicated or deep; some are somewhat ridiculous. Consider Nekomaru Nidai, which simply means “two big, round cats,” and Peko Pekoyama, which doesn’t actually have a meaning. In fact, “pekopeko” is the sound of a bowling ball rolling down the lane. The strangeness of the names is obvious with Sonia Nevermind, since it’s English, but there’s a trivia section on her fandom wiki that points out her last name is a reference to the band Nirvana. Her home country of “Novoselic” is even the last name of the band’s bassist.

Something that was carried over from the first game – it’s important to pay attention to even the transitions when the player moves from one location to another as well. The way the scene forms sort of folds out like a pop-up book, even windows falling into place as everything finalizes. This is true even in outdoor scenes such as the beach or park locations.

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Also, when a player taps an NPC to communicate with them, the sprite on the main screen can either perform a spin, flip, or wiggle. These are things often associated with what a standee of a person would do if disturbed, further playing up the artificial vibe. Though, the characters speak like a normal human would in a visual novel or anime, its almost as if the game is shouting “here, look – these people are not real, and neither is this story.”

All of this seems to be a nod toward the fact that the story is fabricated all for Monokuma’s enjoyment, and all of the students are merely pawns for his amusement. Maybe even the characters names were made up by the psychopathic bear so he can giggle every time they are said.

A clue to this is in the name of Gundham, making a clear reference to the anime Screenshot_51and manga series he seems to be named after. There’s no way any parent in their right mind would name their child after a giant robot. Though he named them himself, his pets — San-D, Jum-P, Maga-Z and Cham-P — are a nod to the four weekly manga publications in Japan — Sunday, Jump, Magazine, and Champion. This could even be part of Monokuma’s amusement.

The evil bear even states during the second trial that the “killing game is just for killing time.” While he quickly corrects himself, saying that it’s actually “to break away from [his] purpose” and “That alone is my purpose!” it leaves the player wondering not only what he means, but what his true purpose really is.

Screenshot_59Everything becomes clear during the finale when it’s revealed that the entire situation is a “game” of sorts. Though it was not originally intended as such, since Junko’s interference caused so much change. However, it’s made clear when she treats it as a fun activity for her, even after the true purpose of her actions are revealed. Her attitude toward treating the students as pawns and play things reveals how far she will go to get what she wants. She also becomes excited about revealing the truth in an attempt to spread her Ultimate Despair.

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“Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair” – Why Mikan Tsukimi is important in more than just plot.

1At first glance, Mikan Tsukimi is an insufferable crybaby. In fact, most people might find her the most annoying character in the whole game. But, there’s much more to her than meets the eye, and having been in a similar situation as what has caused her to be the way she is myself, I can very much relate to her.

Mikan is identified as the “Ultimate Nurse,” in Danganronpa 2. She is skilled at caring for wounds and injuries, and it’s made clear that she enjoys doing so. If the player asks her what her favorite kind of bandages are, she beings to get very excited and talk about the qualities of a few. She even carries out an autopsy on the first victim at the resort.2013-10-12-205953

Her personality is that of someone who has been severely abused, both emotionally and physically. She even hints at being sexually abused, as when she thinks the player is upset at her, she offers to take off her clothes. She’s very nervous and accident prone, always apologizing profusely when she thinks she’s done something wrong, which most of the time, she hasn’t.

This type of character is very important not only within the story, but also within anime in general. You’d be hard-pressed to find a character that has been abused, even slightly; most characters, especially girls, and moving towards a sort of “perfect girl” archetype where everything they do is immaculate. They tend to hide their bad feelings for the audience, but Mikan lets everything display.

tumblr_nbpfj1ONq61tngdxko6_500You might think her personality is exaggerated, but having been like her to some degree, I can tell you that it’s not. Abuse is a horrible thing, and can take many forms, as Mikan’s reactions tend to point out. It appears she’s also been severely gaslighted, being trained to think her problems mean nothing. She even admits that she’s never recieved gifts of even been greeted properly before. It would be safe to say she probably gained her healing expertise while in the care of an abusive guardian or parent.

When she eventually does commit a murder, it’s not even for herself. She claims that she did it for her “beloved.” She’s easily manipulated and taken advantage of because of her abuse, so this “beloved” might simply be her abuser. This is common for someone as tortured as Mikan; the abuser creates a cycle of abuse and reward, where the rewardScreenshot_60 seems to make up for the abuse to the abused.

Her personality takes a complete turn-around when the Despair Disease takes hold of her and she remembers this person. While she never says the name of the person or reveals their gender, it’s possible she’s referring to Junko Enoshima, as being a Remnant of Despair would point to that.

Characters like Mikan are often treated as tokens, but in this day and age, they should be looked at seriously. She can be used to raise awareness of abuse of all kinds, and while she ends up not being the best of people, I think more characters like her should be represented in anime.

Visual Novel Review: “Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair”

11If I could describe the Danganronpa franchise in just a few words, they would probably be “disturbingly addicting.” This is no different with Spike Chunsoft’s second installment in the visual novel series “Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair.”

Like the first game, a group of students finds themselves in a strange place with their memory completely gone of their time in the prestigious academy called Hope’s Peak. They somehow have arrived on a tropical island where a strange plush rabbit named Usami says they must get along and gather “hope fragments” in order to graduate.

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Things quickly turn bad when another strange character, also a plushie, named Monokuma (a visitor from the first game) shows up and forces the students to participate in a “Killing Game,” where if a student gets away with a murder of another, they can leave the island. The students must now use their detective skills to solve each case and punish the murderer.

I fell in love with this morbid deconstruction-genre series with the first anime was released back in 2014. It’s one of the most violent things I’ve ever watched, but this second installment was captivating. The characters were relatable and complex, and each “free time” activity revealed more of their complex personalities. Despite some of their strange quirks, I found quite a few favorites in the mix.

d1Just like it’s previous installment, there’s a twist ending. This sequel, however, reveals to be a much bigger twist with a lot of surprises, not only in the actual trials and cases, but also at the finale. The ending was slightly disappointing at the final villain reveal, but it was very fitting.

There’s a huge running theme of despair in this game, as everything relates to saving everyone. One character, Nagito Komaeda, actually becomes obsessed with it to the point of insanity with the idea of preventing despair. He even nearly begs to be a “stepping-stone” to this great hope he wants everyone to achieve. The idea of hope against despair becomes very important to everyone, acting as the catalyst for those left to escape the deadly game.

One final note that I noticed. The actual translation of “Danganronpa” is “to win an argument using a bullet.” That’s not to say that you win an argument by shooting someone. It’s referencing the use of Truth Bullets as pieces of evidence. I think this would have been a much better translated name for the franchise than the first game’s choice of “Trigger Happy Havoc.”

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Oh god, I just can’t get enough of this morbid franchise. It’s so well made, and always keeps me guessing. This installment is no different, with clue gathering and side stories enough to keep you busy for days. After you finish the main story, a bunch of goodies becomes unlocked, including a special alternate story where Usami beats Monokuma and the students actually are able to gather the hope fragments. I can’t wait to check out the third visual novel, and there’s another “bonus game” that was just released along with two more anime series.

I would give this anime…10/10 (rating scale)

If you like this visual novel, you might also like: Assassination Classroom, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Deadman Wonderland

“Kubo and the Two Strings” is an authentically Japanese setting that tells a western-style story.

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Memories are a very powerful thing. They can help bring back what was once lost, and make sure a person never truley dies. This is the theme behind Laika’s beautifully animated, stop-motion movie.

This delightful story centers around a young boy named Kubo who lives with his mother outside of a village in rural Japan. I gathered that this may take place in the Sengoku (Warring States) era, or even up to the Meiji Restoration as there was not very many western influences were shown in the movie.

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It starts out with a festival, the Bon Festival (or o-ban, if the honorific is used), which is a yearly celebration to honor the dead. The western equivalent could be considered Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) of Mexico. People gather in the town for the Bon Dance, which is a sort of greeting for the spirits, welcoming them home. People are also shown gathering in the cemetery to clean gravestones and leave gifts, often ozen, or special sweets for this day.

Kubo’s mother has always told him stories of his father Hanzo, so every year, he visits Hanzo’s grave, hoping for some kind of sign or answer to his mother’s condition. Today, he becomes frustrated, and throws his special cloth on the ground. His mother had always told him to never take it off, but never why. Now, suddenly, he knows. His village is attacked by strange witches and burned to the ground.

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When he wakes up, he meets a monkey who vows to protect him, and a beetle-samurai who pledges his loyalty, despite his lost memories. They travel together to find Kubo’s father’s armor, which he believes will help him save his town. But his aunts and grandfather, who are still seeking his other eye, will stop at nothing to get revenge.

Memories are a major theme in this movie, from the very essence of Obon, to Beetle not having any, and even keeping his parents alive in them. Kubo, though small, is very powerful, just like his mother, having the ability to perform feats of origami magic by using his memories as well. And while Laika tried very hard to make the movie authentic, a few western themes did manage to sneak into the story.

Kubo-RiverWestern and Eastern countries have very different community philosophies, and this is made clear in the movie. In countries like Japan, there is a sense of “all for the community,” while in the west it’s more of a family-centric culture. The over-protectiveness of Monkey and her wanting to make sure Kubo is safe when she’s gone is a very western idea.

That’s not to say Japan doesn’t care as much about their children; rather they encourage their young people to be as independent as possible, while still offering necessary support. Children as young as five are encouraged to walk themselves to school, whether that means taking a bus or train in the journey.

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It was really nice how the idea that memories keeping people alive long after their gone was a closing as well. Despite having to face his evil grandfather, Kubo was able to overcome his power with the help of everyone else. And the help they provided to his grandfather after the final fight was a very communal effort. I can imagine him having a very happy and peaceful life, despite not having any memories.

All in all, it’s a very good story with beautiful animation. I saw a few behind-the-scenes videos of how they actually made it happen, and it appeared there is almost no CGI used. It’s all done with silicon and clay models as well as paper. A lot of the inspiration came from origami and Japanese ink wash paintings as well as classical art pieces native to Japan.

While I think in some places it tries a little too hard, it’s a very well put together movie. It’s got a great story, beautiful animation, and you can tell that Laika really did their research. I loved that they literally had an authentic Japanese festival right at the center of the whole story. Despite it’s flaws, it’s a delightful piece, and is worthy of the awards it’s received.

Eight new anime for the fall season! A roundup of Crunchyroll’s anime passport.

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Every otaku’s dream is going to Japan. I’ve wanted to go for many years. Now Crunchyroll.com is giving anime fans a chance to enter a drawing for one. What’s better, is all you have to do is watch the first episode of eight different anime. These anime are all brand new for the fall season, so here are my first impressions.

Urahara

Starting off strong, this anime has a very cute style of animation. The entire first few minutes were a little overwhelming because the scenes were very visually loud: bright colors, stylized, and blob-like in some cases. Even when the first characters were introduced, I found it hard to follow since the art style uses so many bright colors. Once the plot began, however, I had started to get used to the loud visuals.

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It’s clear this series is meant to be as cute as possible, where evil aliens stealing national monuments are even designed to be cute. It turns out these aliens are trying to create their own culture by stealing Earth culture, and they literally have no imagination. A new character is introduced and her sidekick is an oversized fried shrimp (who is some kind of pet to the aliens). This character helps the girls fight back against the aliens using a sort of magical-girl type item.

The plot seems a little thin, but it seems like it might be a very cute anime, especially if it delves into the relationship between the girls. This series could go one of two ways: it could do just that, or it could turn into a parody of the magical girl genre. I’m hoping for either one, since I’d enjoy both. I’m really liking the art style a lot, too, even if it took a bit to get used to.

Black Clover

The episode starts out with two babies that seem to have been abandoned. A priest has decided to raise them and they grow up basically attached. However, fifteen years later, it’s come time for all the children that have come of age to receive their magical grimoires. Every child in the world is able to do some kind of magic by the time they are able to speak, but Asta just seems to not be able to.

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Asta thinks that when he receives his grimoire, he might be able to do magic. When the children gather to receive their grimoires, they all float towards those waiting, except for Asta. Yuno, of course, recieves the most powerful grimoire – the four-leaf clover. But, the celebration is cut short when a strange wizard visits the village and begins to cause havoc. Asta tries to stop the wizard, but he is defeated quickly. When Yuno comes to the rescue, a strange event begins to take place. A shadowy grimoire appears in front of Asta – the five-leaf black clover. It appears to be shaped like a weapon (a sword and shield?). The episode ends with a line explaining that the five-leaf clover “contains a demon.”

I was a bit wary at first, thinking this would be a very cliched anime. I don’t like Asta’s voice actor very much – he seems very annoying and almost young-naruto-like. I do like the concept of a non-magical human in a magical world, and it could be interpretted as a statement about disabilities. While that may not have been intended, it could be a factor. I’m excited to see more, even if I have to suffer Asta’s voice.

Juni Taisen – Zodiac War

The episode starts out introducing Inonoshishi, the daughter of the “Boar” warrior. She has been training her entire life to participate in the “Juni Taisen,” a contest between the twelve clans every twelve years. Her father won the last contest, and she is determined to follow in his footsteps and be the next winner.

Juni-Taisen-Zodiac-War-2However, come time to chose the fighter, her father chooses her sister instead. So angry with this decision, Inono decides to destroy her sister by forcing her to commit various murders in the name of their clan. Eventually, her sister goes crazy and kills herself, leaving Inono to take on the contest.

The day of the fight, the coordinator instructs the warriors they must swallow a strange gem to participate, and of course they accept. They have twelve hours to collect all eleven othergems from the other warriors stomachs. Inono is confident in her abilities, but a strange rabbit warrior catches her off-guard. It turns out he’s actually a “necromatic,” or someone that turns those he kills into his best friends.

This first episode is very fast-paced, so I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone. However, it does seem like it could turn out to be a very good story. It’s certainly starts out with a bang, and it quite quickly reveals how twisted the main character is and how far she will go to achieve her ambitions.

Food Wars! Third Plate

The only continuation anime in this lineup, Food Wars! comes out with a season three, picking up very quickly with Soma entering a high-class school for the culinary arts. There are ten of the top students aptly named the “Elite Ten,” who are masters at theirFood-Wars-Shokugeki-no-Soma-Season-3-Release-Date-Confirmed-Third-Plate-Anime-Premiere-In-October-2017 cuisine. Wanting to be the best, Soma challenges one of them for a position in the group.

Kuga, the 8th seat in the elite ten that Soma challenges, is a master of Sichuan cuisine. Soma visits his practice area to get an idea of what he will be facing and is astounded to see a huge group of trainees cooking extremely efficiently. Any other person might be too intimidated to continue with the challenge, but Soma promises to reserve the booth right across from his rival at the Moon Festival. He plans to even outsell him with a challenge to his own dish!

If you’re a fan of the previous seasons, I’m sure you’d love to see where Soma’s going. For new viewers, it may be confusing, but I’m already hooked. Soma’s personality is pretty typical of anime protagonists, but I think the concept of the anime itself is probably the best part.

Dies Irae

This cryptic anime starts out with a man that can supposedly predict the future having a vision of another man standing above a city. It seems the second man has accomplished some kind of goal and is now very powerful. This second man is some kind of general diesiraeand it appears that it is set in Germany, during WWII.

The problem with this anime is basically that I had no idea what the heck was going on, even at the end, where they supposedly explain everything. At some point, three women join him on his mission, but it isn’t clear what the mission is. There are a lot of crazy-type people running around and causing problems, it seems.

The only way I was able to even get a grasp of what was going on was to read the episode description. “At the start of a great war, an important leader in the German security bureau takes on a mission to fight supernatural mutants himself.” Okay, so I guess those crazy people are mutants. This is not explained at all. Basically, I’m not sure what to make of this series. It’s so cryptic that I’ve concluded that it’s not the first anime in the franchise, but I see no other related shows.

Recovery of an MMO Junkie

Morioka is a NEET and hikkikomori in the extreme, spending her days playing games on the computer. She finds a new MMO that she thinks she might like, and immediately sets into the world, making friends quickly. There’s one thing she doesn’t tell her new friends: she’s actually a woman, not a man like her character.

The first thing I noticed was the blatant Recover-of-an-MMO-Addictname change. The Japanese version is called “Recommendation of the Wonderful Virtual Life,” which has a much better connotation than treating the main character as some kind of addict. While I’m not denying she may be an addict, I think the original title shows a more positive side to the story.

That aside, it seems like a pretty cute anime. Morioka, on her “hot guy character,” quickly makes friends with adorable Lily and it’s apparent there might be something else there. It’s also hinted early on that Lily might actually be a man in real life, and they may have even bumped into each other at the convenient store. I’m interested to see where this goes.

The Ancient Magus’ Bride

This has been a three-part OVA for a while, but it was just recently adapted into an anime. I had learned a bit about the movies previously, and loved the story, so needless to say, I was excited when I saw this on the fall lineup. The story starts out with a young ancient-magus-bride-chise-and-eliasgirl names Chise who can see spirits, but everyone thinks she’s insane. From what I gathered, her parents passed away and she’s been sent from one relative to another for many years. She’s thought of as some sort of pariah, and has no place she feels safe or loved.

As a sort of last resort, she decides to sell herself in a supernatural slave market hoping something might come of it. She states that she just wants a place where she’s wanted. People begin to bid on her, but before long, a strange creature appears before her. The room goes silent as he approaches the stage, placing a big much higher than anyone else. She’s confused by he gentle treatment, and though he’s purchased her, he treats her like a great treasure. He dresses her and feeds her and bathes her, and even protects her when mysterious fairies try to take her away. He explains why he cares so much, besdies wanting to make her his apprentice. He also would hopefully like to make her his wife someday.

This one is completely adorable, but in a hugely endearing way. The animation is beautiful, and the magus is both wise, protective, and a little bit comedic. I did think it was funny that when the magus speaks, they decided to not animate his mouth, but that’s pretty common with non-human characters (see “Guin Saga” with his non-synced opening and closing mouth). I’m really excited to see more, even if I was upset the fairies turned out to be bad guys!

Kino’s Journey -the Beautiful World- the Animated Series

I did find out that this is a redux of an older anime made in 2003 of the same name. It appears this series is a collection of completely new stories not related to the older series. From what I understand, this new anime will also be similar, detailing tales of a girl35756-kino_header named Kino and her talking motorcycle named Hermes. This episode was interesting, and slightly strange as well.

This first episode starts out with Kino and Hermes meeting another traveler on the side of the road. He explains he’s going to a nearby town where murder is not illegal and he wants to live and kill freely. However, the town seems a little different than Kino might have imagined. It’s actually a very safe town, and the strange traveler she’d met gets himself into trouble by demanding Kino hand over all her supplies. An old man explains that even though murder is not prohibited, it doesn’t mean it’s permitted. The episode ends with another traveler asking Kino if the town she just visited is safe, and he just wants peace. She nods and happily explains that it’s the safest place around.

I wasn’t sure what to make of this series. It wasn’t confusing, just unnerving. While it might just be this episode that’s weird, I’m not sure if I’ll be checking out more. On a side note, I’m pretty good at picking out character genders in anime, but I had no idea that Kino was a girl until I checked out information about the 2003 series. The animation is really good, but Kino seems to almost have no personality. She’s a road-hardened traveler who seems nice enough, but I suppose I’ll wait for more to come to learn more about her.

Candy Art! Wagashi is as delicious as it is beautiful.

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A display of a variety of wagashi.

Have you ever seen something edible that is so beautiful that you just can’t bring yourself to eat it? In the world of wagashi, this is sometimes the case, but those that specialize in making this confection might be upset if you don’t! In fact, you may regret it, since wagashi are so delicious, too.

The practice of making wagashi has been around for many generations in Japan. In the early 13th century, Japan and China began to trade, and China’s afternoon appetizer, dim sum influenced Japan and the creation of wagashi. They are often served with tea, but unlike dim sum, wagashi are always sweet.

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Sakura wagashi to celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival in Springtime.

There are many types of wagashi: some that look like fruits, some that look like flowers, and even totally clear ones. People often buy them for special occassions like holidays, birthdays and anniversaries, and there are many seasonal wagashi to match. From spring and fall themes to Christmas and White Day, these confections are an art form in themselves.

Just watching videos of them being made on Youtube was enough to make me fall in love with the tradition of wagashi. I found there are many confectioneries that specialize in just wagashi, and have been practicing the art for many years, and some for more than six generations!

One thing I did notice is that not a lot of anime feature this special part of Japanese history. That’s why I decided to feature it myself, since not only are the creations so beautiful, but mesmerizing to watch being made. From what I have heard, they are also very delicious, with some being stuffed with azuki beans, to others looking like fish bows with candy fish inside.

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Ferris Eris of “Legend of the Legendary Heroes” enjoying a colorful dango treat.

I also found out that dango, doriyaki, and mochi are considered wagashi, and these are featured in some anime, but these are the only kind from what I have seen. These wagashi, though, are not as fancy as the others, usually fried and put on sticks and served at festival vendor stands. Mochi can sometimes be made of ice cream, and can easily be purchased in a supermarket. These wagashi, though delicious, are more simple to make, and more easily found in Japan.

 

Tradition is a very important part of Japan, and it really shows in the art and skill of those that continue to make fantastic wagashi. I hope some day that I’ll be able to experience it, and maybe even make some myself! There are classes designed for those interested all over Japan, but I haven’t found any in the United States…yet!

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Anime Review: “One Punch Man”

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“That’s the last time you make fun of my chosen hairstyle.”

I’ve been a passive fan of the anime for a while, but I just never got around to seeing it. That is, until now.

I recieved a copy of the first volume of the manga from my LootCrate Anime a while back, and it explained that it used to be a web comic. I thought that was awesome, considering I have been working on my own web comic for a while. I already had a bit of the plot in mind going into this series. I knew it was a parody and it was supposedly hilarious.

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“Okay, I killed it. What now?”

That information was 300% accurate. This anime is a complete riot. It starts out with a man named Saitama living in a city that apparently is infested with really bad villains – there’s a man that turned into Lobster Man because he ate too much lobster – and he finds himself facing this exact villain on the way home from a job interview. He’s so depressed and jaded he didn’t get the job that he doesn’t care if the lobster guy kills him. But, as soon as he sees the creature heading towards a child, he jumps into action and fights him.

From that day on, he decided to become as strong as possible. He trains every day, so much that his hair falls out, and now he’s so strong that he can defeat any foe in one punch. But, now that he’s really strong, he’s easily bored and goes around one-punching all the bad guys.

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“Okay, now put the egg right on my palm and it will cook in precisely 3.49 seconds.”

One day, though, he meets a robot-man named Genos. This cyborg is so impressed with Saitama’s powers that he asks to become his disciple. While Saitama isn’t one to really want a student, he accepts anyway, not really knowing what to teach the boy. Soon the pair gets words of a special organization that registers and rates heroes in the city. They go to join just for the heck of it and Genos gets S rank, while Saitama (who smashes all the physical records) only gets a C rank.

These ranks are very important, though. Higher ranks get more donations and poularity, so of course Saitama is pissed. He knows he’s strong, and proves it over and over again, but people think he’s a cheat because he’s only rank C. This only expands on the hilarity of the series, with Saitama actually trying to help people, but ending up scaring them instead.

The key to a great parody anime is to have as little exposition as possible, while still making sure the audience knows what’s going on. I saw it in “Neo Yokio,” and I saw it once more in “One Punch Man.” It leaves the door open for much more ridiculous things to happen. In fact, this anime actually makes fun of excessively long expositions by Genos backstory expanding about thirty seconds of one episode.

Final Words:

Having just finished a really nice parody anime, this was another gem in my belt. I’m a big fan of this style, having seen so many animes over the years. It just pokes fun at all of the fighting ones, namely “Dragonball Z.” The character development is top notch, too, where Saitama goes from basically a NEET to genuinely caring about people, and his new friend, despite the boy’s misplaced enthusiasm.

I would give this anime…8.75/10 (rating scale)

If you like this anime, you might also like: Blue Exorcist, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Excel Saga

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