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Darker Than Black – 10 years ago, hell-gate appeared!

Darker Than BlackTitle:  Darker than Black

Author:  Tensai Okamura

I started watching it because…our Japanese teacher played it in class.

I kept watching it because… it just kept getting better and better with each episode and all the characters were developed well for the most part.

Main characters in a yearbook, would be voted “Most Likely To”:  

  • Hei – to sacrifice anything for his sister,
  • Yin – to protect Hei at any cost.

Six Word Recap: Ten years ago, hell-gate appeared in Tokyo.

This anime reminded me of Death Note because… both are about people who have powers and use them strategically to outdo their opponent.

–Endrias, Lake City, Teen Volunteer

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Don’t Read This! Blood Ninja

Blood Ninja

Title: Blood Ninja

Author: Nick Lake

Summary:  A boy in warring states period Japan (1500s) becomes a vampire after ninjas kill his dad and goes on an adventure with destiny and good ninjas and vampires and nobility.

Gut reaction:  It was OK …but later I realized it really sucked.

Why:  The writing style is professional and it feels (while you’re still reading) that it’s good but given time to reflect, it’s the worst book ever. It’s very historically inaccurate and the characters get away with all sorts of stuff they shouldn’t.

Who would like this book:  people who like Japan but don’t know much about it, people who like cheap vampire novels, people who like fantasy adventures – it’s really a very European story.

Spoiler-filled Rant (don’t read if you intend to read the book): Continue reading

Teen Review: Code Geass

Code GeassTitle:  Code Geass

Original Story by:  Okochi, Ichiro

Summary:  In 2010, the Holy Empire of Britannia began a campaign of conquest, its sights set on Japan. Operations were completed in one month due to Britannia’s deployment of new mobile humanoid armor vehicles. The once proud nation of Japan was now referred to as Area 11. Pockets of resistance appear throughtout Area 11. Posing as a student, exiled Imperial Prince Lelouch finds himself in the heart of an ongoing conflict for the island nation. Lelouch gains his Geass (the power of the king), thanks to a mysterious girl named C.C. Now endowed with absolute dominance over any person, Lelouch may finally realize his goal of bringing down Britannia from within.

I started watching it because…I enjoy watching anime that involves strategy and Code Geass was all about that.

In a yearbook, the main characters would be voted Most Likely To:

  • Lelouch as the Man with the Brains, Suzaku as Athlete of the Month (Season 1).
  • Lelouch as “Messiah” and Savior of the Weak, Suzaku as Betrayer of Japan (Season 2).

This anime reminded me of Death Note.

~Endrias, Grade 10, Lake City Teen Blogger

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Sakura Con – who’s in?

banner_2014This weekend is the 17th Annual Sakura-Con…the Northwest’s biggest anime / manga / all-things-Japanese convention.  Who’s going?

I am!  I have been to every Sakura-Con since 2008.  It’s an amazing three day event that celebrates, well,  all things Japanese…from anime viewings to manga give-aways to panels of experts and authors to Ikebana displays to kimono fittings to auditoriums of game playing.  There’s a huge masquerade ball and even martial arts demos.  Not to mention the ginormous Exhibit Hall of booths selling merchandise and the ever-popular Artist’s Alley.

It’s a fascinating weekend that celebrates the otaku in all of us.

Have you been?  What did you think?  We’d love to hear your thoughts of the event and see your pictures…especially if you cosplay!  😀

Ja ne!  Hope to see you there!

Teen Review: Guilty Crown

Guilty CrownTitle: Guilty Crown
Author: Hiroyuki Yoshino

I started watching it because… my friends recommended it.

I kept watching it because… the plot line was developed well and it was very suspenseful.

If the main character(s) were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:
Yoshino as King, Inori as Queen, Gai as Messiah.

Six Word Recap: Apocalypse Virus plunged Japan into chaos.

This anime reminded me of Code Geass because they both hold powers given to kings and they both wanted to take control of the world.

–​Endrias, Lake City Teen Blogger
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Teen Review: Naruto (Anime)

NarutoTitle:  Naruto

Author:  Masashi Kishimoto

I started watching it because…I am a huge fan of anime and Naruto was one of the popular ones.

I kept watching because…episodes that were meant to make me laugh did and most episodes ended with a cliffhanger forcing me to watch the next episode.

Main characters: If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:
Naruto as master of pranks,
Sasuke as the coolest guy in school,
Sakura as the typical girl that blindly falls for the coolest guy around.

Flash Review Six Word Recap:  Naruto befriended Sasuke, Sakura and Kakashi.

This anime reminded me of Bleach because…both anime have amazing fighting scenes in them that are worth watching.

Endrias, Lake City Teen Blogger

Calling all Otaku to Sakura-Con!

It’s that time of year, once again.  The mighty Sakura-Con is come to Seattle.

Sakura-Con is the oldest and most well-attended anime convention in the Pacific Northwest. Sakura-Con features cultural exploration and education through traditional and contemporary media, arts and entertainment. Sakura-Con includes: musical performances, Guest of Honor participation, discussion panels, games, contests, theaters, traditional Asian arts and an exhibitors’ hall.”  (from the ANCEA website.) Continue reading