My First Manhwa! The Breaker Omnibus 1 Review!

You heard it right, this is the first Manhwa (korean manga) I have ever read. I just got into manga a year ago and haven’t really ventured into other realms. I was at Barnes and Noble and saw the hot guy on the cover of course, flipped through the pages and saw the amazing art, then read the summary and decided to buy it and I am very happy I did. I did not even know it was a Manhwa until after reading. Apparently this is a very popular Manhwa so I am actually behind instead of thinking this was a brand new gym.. but if you are like me and have never heard of this or are thinking of reading it, onto the review!

The Volume Itself

Before even getting into the series, I would like to talk about the quality of the omnibus which is two volumes. It is published by Ablaze Manga which I had never heard of but thank you for bringing this to English and in such a nice way! The volume is taller than normal manga which gives you more room for the amazing art and the pages have a super nice and clean feeling. It is very easy and satisfying to read.

Summary

This Manhwa follows two main characters; Shi-Woon who is highschooler struggling with bullies and life in general, and Han Chun-Woo who becomes Shi-Woon’s substitute teacher. Shi-Woon was getting beat up by a mean group of classmates as he did everyday when Shi-Woon saw what happened and kind of just laughed and called Shi-Woon a coward who will always get beat up. You can already see from this part that he will not be a normal teacher by any means.

Shi-Woon

The two always run into each other in random situations including when Shi-Woon saw Chun-Woo in an alley getting beat up by a group of guys. All of a sudden the weird, careless teacher beat the shit out of all these thugs and Shi-Woon, shocked recorded it all. He then decides to change his life, stop being a coward, and get his mysteriously great fighter of a teacher to train him.

It goes deeper than that even with Chun-Woo having a major secret and being chased down by numerous criminal organizations while having to also be this substitute teacher…

Different Genres Mixing Together So Well

This Manhwa has a good amount of genres coming together and does this better than almost anything I have read. We obviously have a lot of action, this is a martial arts Manhwa after all. We have a psychological underdog story about Shi-Woon’s daily struggles at home and school that are driving him over the edge and wanting to give up completely. Then with his change of mind he is so determined to learn how to fight he does basically anything his teacher asks just to get trained by him. It is all very powerful and I am sure many can relate to some of these feelings.

Then we have a genre I am not a fan of and usually would not want in this type of series and that is comedy…. That being said, the comedy is done so well in this manhwa and makes the entire thing even better. I laughed at this more than I have at any manga (which is hardly ever). the comedy does not take away from the seriousness of the plot but comes out at surprising times and will definitely give you a chuckle. The main source of comedy being Chun-Woo who is very serious and cool at times but others is like an immature, perverted 12 year old. His character is drawn differently according to which persona he is in at that period of time.

There are even some examples of almost breaking the fourth wall like characters saying “How do you not remember me? I was in Volume 1!”. Or The author filling a page with all black and saying this is a waste of a page.

The Manhwa is pretty explicit with swearing and sexual content. Nothing too explicit just some ecchi and conversations revolving around sex. I am not a fan of ecchi and would not consider this manga ecchi just some pages here and there and Chi-Woon’s complicated relationships with the women.

Conclusion

All in all this is one of my favorite things I have read this far and that says a lot. I loved every single thing about this volume and am devastated I am going to have to wait for more to come out including the sequel “The Breaker New Waves” which also seems to have amazing reviews. I am so glad I found this series and am sure it will continue to be a favorite of mine. Maybe I should get into more Manhwa…? Anyways let me know your thoughts below!

The real people behind Vinland Saga characters!

Vinland Saga is my favorite anime and manga for many reasons. It was written by Makoto Yukimara who states himself that he was always fascinated with viking history and culture. He puts interesting information about this in the manga as well from how vikings traveled, slept, and cooked their food which I really enjoy and gives the manga an even better experience. Now, what I am most interested in is the truth behind many of the characters who are at least named after true people in history. So come on this journey with me and lets get deeper into Vinland Saga!

Thorkell The Tall

Also known as “Thorkell the High”, Thorkell was a prominent member and leader of the Jomsvikings around the 10th century. He had three brothers and a father who were also noble vikings and was the chief commander of the Jomsvikings ranks in Jomsburg, which was the Jomsvikings homeland on an island called Wollin in the Baltic Sea.

memorial dedicated to Jomsburg on the island of Wollin.

In many old documents Thorkell was always described as a noble leader and warrior. He lead an army into Kent in 1009 where he overran a good portion of southern England and kidnapped an infamous archbishop Elfheah. Elfeah was captured for 7 months and during that time managed to turn many of the Jomsvikings who were dedicated to their Norse god into christians which angered many. Elfeah refused to pay a ransom which lead to plots of murdering him.

It is said that Thorkell pleaded with the Jomsvikings not to kill Elfeah even offering his own silver but his attempts did not work and the prisoner was soon killed by an axe to the head. It is also stated that someone carried the mans body back to his home country of England and it is very possible this was Thorkell.

Due to strife between his own army and different opinions, Thorkell and a group of his men left the Jomsviking and joined England fighting against the Danish king Sweyn and his son Canute….. He also stole 45 ships from the Jomsvikings. It is not stated exactly how but Canute and Thorkell ended up teaming up and once Canute became king he granted Throkell a portion of Denmark. They had a falling out soon after but reconciled and Throkell was the god father of Canutes son Harthacnute. This was in 1023 and there is no mention of Thorkell after this time. There are theories he was banished to some island, chased by an angry mob, died in battle, or simply grew old and lived a peaceful life.

Thorkell was described as very shrewd, determined, and intelligent. Many things stated here do resemble his character in Vinland Saga. He is very intelligent when it comes to battle and definitely the most noble of the money hungry Jomsvikings. He never backs down from a battle and even in the anime joins the losing side for a challenge! Sadly Thorkell’s real height is unknown but it is clearly assumed he was taller than most vikings at the time.

King Canute

Canute also known as Cnut the Great, was born to king of Denmark, King Sweyn. Canutes grandfather was the King before Sweyn and was the first Danish king to accept Christianity. Canute also had a younger brother named Harold. It is unknown when Canutes exact birth year was however he was seemingly of a very young age when he first started battle. It was written in the 13th century Knytlinga saga:

“Knut was exceptionally tall and strong, and the handsomest of men, all except for his nose, that was thin, high-set, and rather hooked. He had a fair complexion none-the-less, and a fine, thick head of hair. His eyes were better than those of other men, both the handsomer and the keener of their sight.”.

real portrait of Canute

Canute won many battles alongside his father and lead his own armies until his father died in 1014. Harold ended up becoming king in his place and the people of Danelaw elected Canute the king of England. Harold immediately led an army to attack his brother. Canute tried asking for peace which was accepted by Harold on the condition that Canute join his ranks and attack England. Canute disagreed and went to take over more of England for himself bringing a Danish army to England with 10,000 troops and 200 ships led by Canute himself. It was a very bloody battle that lasted fourteen months. A witness recorded that Canutes troops were a sight to behold. Covered with gold horns and shield and each man being strong and noble, no slaves or poor or elderly.

Canutes troops ended up winning the battle and the people accepted him as their rightful king of all England. He ruled for nearly 2 decades and was generally well liked and respected as a King. Canute wed Queen Emma of Normady in 1017 and eventually had a a few sons and a daughter most prominently his son named Harthacnute

Canutes coins

His brother Harold died and although some Danish people were rightly opposed, Canute became the king of Denmark as well creating peace between the Danes and English. Canute later referred to himself as king of Norweigians and some Sweeds. He was also known for being a christian before a king being very close with the church.

One famous story of Canute is “Canute and the Tide” in which he was illustrating to his people that no mans power could surpass god by standing in an ocean and trying to stop the tide. Many later on saw this as Canute thinking he had some sort of powers however it was just the opposite in him showing his followers that even though he is a king, he is also human like them and can not compete with god.

Canute died on November 12, 1035 in battle at the hands of his own people. He was succeeded by his son who was dropped by the English for being “too danish” but remained the king of Denmark. Canutes bones are burried in Winchester, England.

Reading the true story of Canute was very interesting to me. I saw many similarities to his character in Vinland Saga like his devotion to Christianity, and his good looks. There are also many differences like Canute being a noble child who never went to war and was very timid which did not seem the case at all but adds great development to the story. He also seemingly did not kill his dad or brother. If you have read further in the manga however, who Canute turns into is seemingly accurate to the real one.

Thorfinn

Finally we get to the main character Throfinn known as Thorfinn Karlsefni. Karlsefni is a nickname translating to “markings of a man” or “real man”. He was referred to by this name in the anime which made him very confused.

Thorfinn was born in Iceland to Thord Horsehead and Thorunn. Not much is stated about him besides being an explorer with Leif Eriksson. They went on many expeditions one in which Thorfinn found his future wife (probable spoiler so won’t add that lol). It is also said his wife was the driving force in him and Leif going to Vinland and trying to make a settlement there.

Thorfinn and his group even reached what they called the “new world” which was the Amercia’s before Columbus where Thorfinn had his son Snorri said to be the first white child born in America. Thorfinn and his family ended up returning to their family farm in Iceland where they lived out the rest of their lives. Thorfinns cause and date of death is unknown.

statue made for Thorfinn

I was very surprised so little was known about Thorfinn. Obviously his whole backstory did not happen and he was indeed just an adventurer turned into a peaceful family man. I feel like the Thorfinn in Vinland Saga would approve of who the real Thorfinn was.

Well there you have it everyone, these are the real stories of some of the characters from Vinland Saga! This was so fun to learn and research and made me love the manga and anime even more which I did not think was possible. Thors and Askeladd do not seem to be based off of any real person. Leif Eriksonis famously known as an explorer and really did go on an expedition with Thorfinn to Vinland. Bjorn was also based off of a real norse warrior named Bjorn Ironside who was son to viking king Ragnar.

Thank you guys for reading and let me know what you think!

Similarities in Shadows House and Promised Neverland!? (spoilers)

So I finished Shadows House season 1 and read a little further into the manga and honestly I can’t help but see the similarities to Promised Neverland. Not saying it copied the former or anything but as a very unique plot and concept I can’t help but see some connection and I wanted to know if anyone else saw this too. Here are some similarities I found. Let me know if you agree or disagree! Also wanted to put it out there that I really enjoyed both besides Promised Neverland season 2…

Seemingly happy children as main characters

So this is the case for many anime, however in both of these shows they make it so eerily happy that you know something dark will happen…..

Large house where all the children live as the only setting

Both of these homes are huge mentions meant to fit many people and fullfill any need they might have. One may think it would be nice to live there from the outside looking in. Once we learn more about Grace Field and Shadow House however we start to see these amazing houses as prisons which the characters eventually learn as well. While Grace Field has clear boundaries with a huge wall blocking them from the outside world, the children of shadows house have set rules to follow and places they are not to travel.

The Parental Figure

All of the children in these series for different reasons have no parents or blood relatives. Therefore we have an adult parental figure taking care of everyone and more so keeping making sure the plans run smoothly. We have “mother” in Promised Neverland and “Grandfather” in Shadows House. While Isabella has much more of a bond with the children and is their caretaker, Grandfather is pretty unknown to the Shadow House characters and as mysterious to them as he is to us at this point.

It can be argued whether Isabella is actually a bad person or not and there is much left to learn of Grandfather, but it is safe to determine that these are people the children saw as trusting, caring people and turned out to be the exact opposite.

Dark Twist

Sorry for the Connie picture… but obviously both of these series turn very dark. Sure Promised Neverlands twist was more unexpected and seemingly worse however Shadows House twist is also very messed up. Kids are being taken from villages, given drinks to brainwash them, made into maids, then eventually get taken over by soot shadows and made to live in this house forever or perish….. I mean that’s dark.

This coupled with the children from both series having to pretend they do not know everything and it is all normal all while plotting escape behind the scenes leads to a very thrilling anime.

Fire Intros

This is not really important but it is a true fact… I skip most intro’s but always watched these two and Shadow’s House ending is possibly my favorite ending song!

To conclude, I see these two as being very similar and i am very excited to see more of the world and mysteries of Shadows House! What is grandfathers backstory? What is his objective? What do the older shadows on the upper floors know or have as a goal? Who are the veiled shadows? Let me know your thoughts! Also, Shaun and John are my favorite pair but I like each of them for different reasons. Louise is meh.. and F*** Barbara. Thanks for reading 🙂

Top 10 Favorite Anime Characters

Hello! Welcome to another top 10 list of my all time favorite anime characters. Manga characters coming next. Also I already there will be few if any females on this list but it is what it is….. This is not in any order because that would be impossible

Light Yagami

I have mentioned Light and Death Note in multiple posts so not much else to say besides it is a masterpiece and Light is one of the most interesting and dynamic characters in any anime. he changed my entire view on anime and there is nothing I would change about his character. Plus, he is also great to look at.

Itachi Uchiha

All throughout watching Naruto all I would think is how dirty everyone did Itachi. Literally everyone! Besides Shishui. But Itachi is one of the most powerful and intelligent ninjas in the Naruto world and he always puts himself last, saving the entire world without receiving any credit whatsoever. This man stood no chance and all he does is good.. I have an Itachi shirt, my only anime merchandise, so that speaks for itself.

Killua

Killua is a beloved character for good reason. He is a complete badass for being so young and ride or die for his family and best friend.His ripping the heart out scene is one of the most badass anime scenes. Killua is a character who seems like he would be the bad guy but secretly has the biggest heart of all. I need Killua merch….

Levi

Who doesn’t love Levi? I honestly think if it weren’t for him I would have dropped AoT in season 2. He is short like me but is better than everyone else at what he does, killing titans. He is a very smart and funny with his dry sense of humor without trying. I have Levi’s backstory “no regrets” and it made me admire him even more starting as a thief and becoming a high rank military official. Levi will do anything for those he cares about and I love him.

Ryo

Ryo was my first twitter avi I mean just look at his face. He is such a funny and interesting character just trying to dissect his brain. Unlike the other characters on this list instead of being a ride or die and risking their lives for others Ryo is quite the opposite, but thats what makes him entertaining. If my dog was a boy I was going to name her Ryo.. Anyways he is an amazing character that will beyond a doubt leave some sort of impact on you.

Johan Liebert

Any true crime lover like myself has to love Johan. He is literally a sociopathic phantom killer who began as a child. He kills whoever he wants, leaving 0 trace, tormenting those who know of his existence along the way. His background and actions are so insane it will actually leave you shocked. Not only his actions but how he thinks of himself and his actions and struggling inside his own mind. Monster is a masterpiece and you need to watch/ read it.

Mikey

Now I know Tokyo Revengers is new but that means nothing to me because it is already one of my favorite anime and Mikey is one of my favorite characters. My same theme of being an “evil” character but actually good represents Mikey a lot. Being young and shorter than most he rules the gangs of Tokyo and is feared by everyone. All that power and Mikey still is there whenever anyone needs him and seems to be one of the most moral people on the show thus far. I love to see him kicking ass or eating a bunch of food! Mikey figurine is a must!

Yoko

Round of applause for the first female on this list. Yoko is not only beautiful but very brave and loyal. She literally went from being a schoolteacher to fighting aliens in space. Yoko puts everyone ahead of herself and never backs down from a fight. i really enjoy strong female characters like her who are more than love interests. Go Yoko!

Thorfinn

We all know my obsession with Vinland Saga. Thorfinn is one of the most realistic and interesting MC’s in my opinion. He does not always do the right thing or fight for friendship, in fact most of the time he does quite the opposite. His inner struggles and character development (more so in the manga) is truly amazing. Askeladd could easily be in this list as well but the more I see Thorfinn change and mature the more I like him.

Senji (crow)

Badass prisoner who is secretly a sweetheart and add abs…. you have crow. Crow undergoes many changes throughtout the anime (mainly manga) as well. He risks his life for people he hardly ever knows and does his part to take down deadman wonderland. There is really nothing about Senji to dislike.

So there we have it! Thank you for reading and please comment some of your favorite characters! I noticed a clear trend throughout mine which shows my favorite kind of characters and enjoyed making this list 🙂

How to turn your friends/family into weebs!

Most of us weebs know the struggle of having nobody in our personal lives who are also anime/manga fans. Not only that but your friends and family may even make fun of you for being apart of this culture! Well, I am here to give you some tips on how to turn your friends and family into weebs full proof.

In order for you to believe in my abilities I will give you examples of family members and friends I have changed from haters to at least respecting anime.

  1. My dad: My dad was an avatar the last airbender lover yet judged me whenever he heard or saw me watching anime… I got him to watch Vinland Saga which he enjoyed the story but disliked the subtitles, 15 episodes of Attack On Titan dubbed which he thought was cool, and some Naruto. He particularly liked the classic scene where Rock Lee takes off his leg weights. Since then my dad no longer judges anime and wants to watch Vinland Saga season 2 when its dubbed.. (so probably never).
  2. My brother: My brother was the most judging person of all… even judging my dad while he was watching. I tried getting him to watch Death Note and Demon slayer and he wouldn’t try. He then tried Naruto on his own and became obsessed. He got Naruto video games and then eventually ruined all of the important plot points after the original show and did not watch Shippuden but its fine.. He is now watching My Hero Academia which his friend recommended and claims he knows it gets worse so there we go.
  3. My cousin: Another anime hater who I forced to watch Death Note and she became obsessed. She watched Devilman Crybaby, Promised Neverland, and Another. She would text me to come over and watch anime! Big dub.
  4. Friend: My friend was not really a hater, she watched DBZ and Pokemon but thought that I was way too obsessed with anime. She is a harsh critic… She watched some Naruto, My Hero, Attack On Titan, and Cowboy Bebop and did not finish any which annoyed me very much. She bought a Naruto hoodie after watching only 9 episodes in a month…. If that doesn’t say weeb I do not know what does. Luckily she stumbled upon Soul Eater which was one of my first anime and she is almost finished and bought the manga!
  5. Anime Group Chat: These were already weebs but I knew a guy with a group chat with all of his anime loving friends. They had solid taste I won’t lie. However, they were trashing ReZero and I could not accept that. They all stopped at the first half of season 1! I hyped of season 2 so much to them and begged them to try and they all finished season 1 and 2 and became in love with the series and thanked me.

Now that you have seen my amazing credentials, lets get started!

TIP #1 Ease them into it

It is important for most people who have never watched anime to be eased into the world a little bit. You can do this by talking to them about an anime you like or are watching without being overbearing. Explain a cool plot or show them a cool clip of a fight or funny scene and see what they think. Do not do anything too crazy or confusing unless you think that person would be into that.

TIP #2 Pick the perfect anime for that person

This is the most important step. You hopefully know this person well enough to know what they would like or dislike. Would they be into romance/slice of life or more action packed shounen? Or, are they someone who likes a challenge and would like a very smart deep diving anime. For men/women of culture maybe a harem would get them into the culture. Once you pick the genre you should pick an anime well liked by many people not only you. It is their first anime experience so an overrated or extremely normie anime is fine. Also maybe stay away from anime over 50 episodes because that is very overwhelming.

I will give some examples that worked for me: Death Note, Demon Slayer, Promised Neverland, Castlevania, One Punch Man, Love is war

TIP #3 If you can’t come up with an anime…. go with Death Note

This doesn’t need much explaining but Death Note never fails. Many people even if they did not continue watching anime loved Death Note. Not one person I have talked into watching it disliked it. This anime/manga is one of the most popular for a reason and it is always my go to in turning someone into a weeb. Praise Death Note. From jocks who made fun of anime to girly girls it truly never fails me.

TIP #4 Anime Memes!

Otakus are one of the most creative and hilarious fanbases out there so show your friend/family member some memes of an anime they are watching for more enjoyment factor. Again do not be too annoying with this.

TIP #5 Watch parties!

This is the ultimate goal for us lonely weebs. Get snacks or drinks if thats your thing and whether in person or through sharing screens on your computer watch anime together! This could easily work if a man/woman is interested in you and wants to make you happy so lets is willing to watch anime with you. I hope you can all get to this point, myself included since its been awhile.

All of that being said, good luck my fellow weebs I hope these tips can do you well. Comment people people you have turned into weebs! Also know this is mainly a joke but also very helpful 😉

Sorry for being away/ Anime Tag!

First off I want to say sorry for not posting in so long.. I get very overwhelmed with work and general life that its hard for me to get in the right headspace at times. That being said my motivation is back and I am going to try my best to post a couple times a week! I am excited to get back into the anime/manga blogging world and meet some more amazing people along the way.

I seen this tag from @teaberrix or http://eveningteamusings.wordpress.com and thought it would be a great way to get back into writing with a fun tag.

  1. FAVORITE ANIME OF ALL TIME
Vinland Saga

Vinland Saga!

If you have read my previous posts or watched any of my youtube videos you will know how obsessed with this anime and manga I am. The dynamic characters and storytelling is unmatched and it is an absolute 10/10.

2. WORST ANIME

goblin slayer

Goblin Slayer. Honestly this was a hard choice because I usually only watch things I am pretty confident I will like or drop it very shortly to the point I do not remember which anime I have watched and hated. I watched all of season one of goblin slayer and enjoyed it enough while watching but looking back was just a very meh anime. Definitely not the worst thing out there but one of my least favorite I have watched for sure.

3. READ THE MANGA ALONG WITH THE ANIME?

The answer is yes and no. I personally collect manga and enjoy it more than anime at the moment, however it is rare that I both read the manga and watch the anime to that manga. Vinland Saga and Death note are exceptions however usually when I read the manga the anime disappoints me… haha There are also many instances like Dr. Stone or Demon Slayer where I prefer to just watch the anime.

4. FAVORITE GENRE

Seinen! I love dark, psychological, and mature themes so Seinen is what I search for and eat up. I want something to completely draw me in and fuck up all my emotions. Leave recommendations below! Fantasy would be second..

5. LEAST FAVORITE GENRE

Slice of life… I understand why many people love slice of life but as you have read from my favorite genre I enjoy things that challenge my mind and make me think which is the complete opposite of slice of life. It’s like Naruto filler but every episode! (I am asking for hate on that one lol). I love sports and even some sport anime bores me because it feels too slice of life. Romance is another genre I do not care for at all. Maybe my mind will change one day but not anytime soon.

6. FAVORITE CHARACTER

My boy light. Very basic and I have sooo many characters that could be number 1 so I will make a top 10 in one of my upcoming posts. That being said Light literally changed the way I view anime and anytime I want to turn someone into a weeb I show them Death Note and it never fails so Light will always be number 1.

7. LEAST FAVORITE CHARACTER

She is far from perfect

My least favorite character is possibly a controversial opinion but Akane from Psycho Pass angered me to the point of dropping the anime. That says a lot because I feel this anime is right up my alley and really enjoyed most aspects of it but Akane ruined it.. Her constant need to follow orders and do the right thing even while watching her friend die instead of saving her life made me rage. She constantly put everyone around her in danger because of her stupid actions and all everyone did was tell her she did the right thing…. It angers me even now she beat out Danzo and that’s saying a lot so lets move on please.

8. QUALITIES YOU LIKE IN A CHARACTER

My favorite characters tend to be male and ones who have many levels. They may seem evil or like an asshole at first but you dig deeper and find an amazing person. Dark sense of humor is also a quality I am drawn too. But for the most part I will be more drawn to the villian or bad boy character than the protagonist.

9. SHORT OR LONG ANIME?

The simple answer is both! It all depends on the mood I am in and how good the anime is. Sometimes I want to deep dive into a long anime and ready to binge the whole month while others I want a 12 episode complete anime. I would say in general I like 24 or so episodes but if its good, long or short I will watch.

10. ANIME OR MANGA

Team manga all the way! Even that picture brings me pure happiness. This is coming from someone who did not think she would like manga at all so give it a try if you are unsure.

11. HOW YOU CHOOSE AN ANIME

As said before it all depends on my mood. Sometimes I want a more upbeat action packed shounen or sometimes I want a complete depressing mind fuck. It’s weird but I just get a feeling and I know when the right time to watch a certain show is or to wait until I can enjoy it fully. Sometimes its very frustrating when I can’t seem to find the right anime but I feel it happens to all of us. How do you guys decide which anime to watch next? I am very curious.

12. LISTEN OR SKIP OP/ED

So I sadly admit that I skip 90% of openings and 100% endings. I am impatient and I want to get to the show I am sorry. I always watch the opening of the first episode of an anime then I usually skip unless I really enjoy the opening or I really love the anime and want every piece of it. Endings I never watch.

13. HOW TO COPE WITH FRIENDS/FAMILY DISLIKING ANIME

Well the picture speaks for itself… 😉 No but there are a few ways to go about this.

  1. Turn them from a hater to a weeb. I have succeeded in this a few times and will write a post showing how.
  2. Find friends online who do enjoy anime, what we are all doing right now. My bio on instagram is “None of my friends watch anime so I turned to the internet”.
  3. Just deal with it and know that they are the ones missing out. But if they make fun of you see picture above

14. STOP MIDWAY THROUGH AN ANIME IF YOU DISLIKE IT?

100% yes for me I have done it many times. All I think about is the amazing anime I could be watching instead of suffering through a certain anime. Yes it may get better but I at least put it on hold and watch things that are exciting to me.

Thank you for reading! Comment your answers below I had a really fun time making this post and I am very excited to post more often!

Top 10 Psychological Anime!

Psychological anime is easily my favorite genre so whenever I hear a premise that is dark, depressing, and will put my mind into a spiral I am all in! This is my top 10 list based on the anime I have seen. Hopefully this gives you psychology lovers some new anime! Also this list is in random order not by how good the show is.

10. Death Note

Not much to say here as everyone knows Death Note and it just speaks for itself. Death Note will always be one of my top favorite anime and the only show to really just blow my mind. It changed the way I view anime or TV shows in general because i didn’t know anything could be that good! This series is truly one of the most well-written stories I have experienced.

9. Steins Gate

Steins Gate is so good it was very close to making my top 10 anime list. I put off watching for so long because the general consensus was that the first 12 episodes were painfully slow and boring but the second part was amazing. I am not someone who wants to sit through any slow or boring episodes even for a good outcome usually. So I was furious when I watched Steins Gate and loved every episode! Following these amazing and unique characters on a journey to build a time machine.

The use of John Titor which was a real story of a man who called himself this and wrote online about the future was so interesting and cool. The story can be a lot and get confusing at times as with time travel however I think it was done brilliantly and everything had a purpose. The last 10 episodes had me anxious and cheering or upset at every turn! There are so many good things I could say about Steins Gate but I encourage you to watch it yourself! After writing this I want to rewatch it or maybe try Steins Gate 0 fir the first time….?

8. Death Parade

Death Parade is very known yet unknown for an anime. My little cousin introduced me to this anime and from her description I knew I would love it and I did. It is about the world where people go when they die. They play different games like darts or bowling but with a very dark twist that is actually used to determine who they truly are as people and who deserves to go to heaven or “the void”. This anime goes very deep and explores human nature at its core. Death Parade is a must watch for any psychology lover! Also the intro is sooooo good.

7. Re Zero

I am sure most of you have heard of or seen Re Zero. This anime deserves to be on this list due to it’s complete change and shock in the story. Going into season one it seems like a typical cute isekai with not much substance to it. Then we get into the real story and especially during season two find out its a complete mind fuck at every episode and characters are brutally dying left and right. I believe season two was a true masterpiece and I just want more. I have made many people continue watching it after dropping it the first 10 episodes and trust me they changed their minds! If you dropped it or never started it I would highly recommend.

6. Monster

Monster is one of my favorite anime and you can see a better description in my favorite anime post. Basically Johan is the best antagonist of all time and if you are into Ted Bundy or Jeffry Dahmer documentaries this is your show! Join Tenma and a multitude of unique characters to try to track down this phantom like serial killer. It is a slow burner at times but it is all worth it and is a true masterpiece that will leave you very sad when it is all over. I need to get the manga!

5. Serial Experiments Lain

This anime is only for the true psychology lovers. It is definitely slow with little to no action and at times not much dialogue. That being said if you watch it all and pay attention you will feel something that is hard to feel or even describe. The anime with its aesthetic and creepy yet relaxing soundtrack makes for quite the experience. The intro is one of my favorites and fits the story perfectly.

This anime follows a girl named Lain and her experience with this new thing called technology. It was released in the late 90s where technology was not anywhere near how it was today and its crazy how the themes in the show relate to today’s world of being sucked into and altered by the internet. The creators basically predicted technology ruining people’s personalities and taking over the world and put that into this creepy narrative with a young girl.

4. Aku no Hana (Flowers of Evil)

Flowers of Evil is definitely not for everyone. I read the manga first by Shuzo Oshimi who is now one of my favorite mangaka. I read the series so fast and was so surprised at how good it was. The manga and show both give you an actual anxious and unsettling feeling while reading which is very hard to do. The art style in the anime is not for everyone and does not have the ending so I would suggest the manga but the anime is still a great experience.

The story follows an introverted boy who suddenly gets the girl of his dreams but is also hiding a disturbing secret that another classmate holds against him making him do things that change his life and who he is as a person. Some things in the story are cute and comical but most are very unsettling and just like what the fuck? But in a good way. It’s very hard to describe as I could have never came up with these things myself and do not know how Oshimi does it. That being said if you want a non stop mind fuck of a ride and want to feel very unsettled, go watch or read Flowers of Evil.

3. Danganronpa

I absolutely love Danganronpa! A group of people get locked in this school with a crazed bear making them kill eachother then they have a big trial where the accused gets murdered in a brutal way. The anime has mystery, murder, plot twists, and also makes you drawn and feel bad for characters which many slasher type anime do not. The trial’s are so intense and even leave the viewers on the edge of their seats. I have only watched the first season so let me know if the other two are worth it!

2. Paranoia Agent

I went into more depth of Paranoia Agent in my Satoshi Kon post. Kon is a genius of human nature and psychology and that is all that really needs to be said. This anime will leave you thinking about it long after you finish watching.

  1. Another

Another is not the greatest anime out there but maybe a guilty pleasure of mine. It follows a classroom where people start dying in over the top insane ways. Umbrella… if you know you know. Anyways there is supposedly a ghost in the classroom and if this ghost dies then all of the other students will be freed. The students go on a mission trying to find out who the imposter is before everyone is dead. It can be cheesy at times but like a typical horror movie its the good kind of cheesy and I loved every moment of it. My cousin even enjoyed it and she doesn’t watch anime!

So there we have it, my favorite psychological anime I have seen thus far! Honorable mentions are Neon Genesis Evangelion of course and Classroom of the Elite which is a unique type of psychology different from the depressing killing anime I have named on the list. Thank you for reading! Tell me which anime on this list caught your eye or give me some good psychological anime recommendations!

Mind of Satoshi Kon

Hi everyone! Just a preface I made a video of this topic on my youtube channel but worked so hard on it that I wanted to share it here as well! Satoshi Kon was a master of psychology and the blend of fiction and reality. I watched all of these anime besides Paranoia Agent for the first time and really enjoyed my experience so here is a post about Satoshi Kon and his famous anime’s!

Satoshi Kon

Satoshi Kon was born in Hokkaido, Japan in 1963. He always loved animation and otaku culture and wanted to be an animator since high school.Some of his favorite works are Space Battleship Yamato, future boy conan, and mobile suit gundam. Kon graduated college with a graphic design degree. He also enjoyed foreign films and novels and enjoyed painting.After graduating he assisted in many screenplays and films. His general theme was blending fantasy and reality as well as psychology/human nature. Fun fact, Kon actually scripted and co-produced the fifth episode of the original Jojos Bizarre Adventure anime.In 2010, Kon was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. He was told he had half a year to live. Kon died in August of 2010 at the age of 46. It is clear to me how much he loved the anime world and being apart of it and was really sad some of his works would not be completed.

Manga

Satoshi Kon created two manga one shots that are both unfinished called “Seraphim Wings” and “Opus”. Seraphim wings is about a world going through a pandemic and a young girl who for an unknown reason is immune to death. Travelers and policemen set out to see if this young girl can help save the world. This story is very short and practically ends at the start of the journey which is sad but what is there is a good read and fantastic art!

Opus is one of the most interesting manga I have read. It is about a mangaka who get sucked into his own manga and one of the characters he is going to kill off tries to stop him from finishing the series. The whole ides is so creative and interesting and Kon knocks it out of the park with the visuals. The manga is mostly complete with the last chapter being the sketches and rough draft Kon was working on before his death which was very cool to see. Highly recommend!

I watched these all in the order they were made and in dub 🙂

Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue was the main reason I wanted to explore Satoshi Kon. It is known as one of the best psychological anime ever about a famous idol and actress who is stalked by this creepy fan and everyone around her starts dying. The film at times can be a little hard to follow with a lot happening and not knowing what is real or imagination however it is clear that each and every scene is placed there for a specific reason. In an interview with Kon about this film I saw how much time and talent it takes to get one single scene animated.

The film was adapted from a novel however Kon made the story his own and is very loosly based. Many people want to look for a deep meaning in Perfect Blue and while it is fun to summarize and come to your own conclusions, Satoshi Kon when asked what the meaning was laughed and said “Meaning?”. I find his personality amazing! I rate “Perfect Blue” 9/10.

Millennium Actress

“Millennium Actress” was an original work where the producer specifically asked for Satoshi Kon to direct as he was a huge fan of “Perfect Blue”. The film follows a now elderly Chiyoko as she reminisces about her life as a child and young adult actress. It has the same reality vs fiction theme as “Perfect Blue” however this film was much more of a feel good film about reflecting upon ones memories and past. Through the actresses movies we go through Japan’s history and real events.

There are two interviewers who get sucked into Chiyoko’s memories and find themselves in these crazy situations which makes for good comic relief. Out of all the films, this was my least favorite however it was an enjoyable and beautifully animated film. It is actually the best critically rated film of the group however I rate “Millennium Actress” 8/10.

Tokyo Godfathers

“Tokyo Godfathers” was my favorite film of this bunch and took me completely by surprise. It follows three homeless people who find a baby in a dumpster and do their best to take care of the baby with their limited resources. The film has dark themes such as poverty and struggling to find food as well as the personal problems of each of the characters. That being said Kon finds a way to shed light on these subjects and show that even at the worst times you can find love and happiness. These three people who felt all alone before and struggled to take care of themselves now do all they can do take care of each other and this baby. They are truly like a family.

The film is very comical as each character is so drastically different with a teenage girl, a middle aged man, and a transgender woman. The situations they get into and how they react are very entertaining. Kon portrays some of what LGBTQ people as well as homeless people go through and how they can be treated and how it affects them. This was pretty cool to see since the film was made in 2003 and not many people especially in anime seemed to be talking about these subjects.

The end of “Tokyo Godfathers” left me with a happy and loving feeling. It had comedy, action, adventure, and family and I was not bored at any point. I will definitely be watching this film again! Rating 8.5/10. (I am trying to rate both from a critical standpoint and how much I enjoyed) enjoyment was 10/10.

Paranoia Agent

“Paranoia Agent” is the only series Kon has made. It consists of 1 season of 13 episodes. Kon says that this series was the great ideas he had in his head that he could not fit into any of his other movies. The series follows a town being terrorized by this boy on roller skates who hits people with a baseball bat called “little slugger”. The episodes follow different characters each time but all have the connection of having contact with little slugger.

The idea behind this anime as with many other of Kon’s work is what is real and what is not. Is there really a boy on roller blades hitting people with baseball bats or is little slugger representing growing paranoia in this town and it’s people? All of the characters we meet are going through very hard times that are seeming to push them over the edge of insanity. This is when we see little slugger. Without having an explanation for paranoia is blaming it on this boy with a bat easier? This is what makes paranoia agent so incredible!

Kon describes paranoia as the feeling a child gets in his stomach if he is nervous and doesn’t want to go to school. It can actually make you feel sick but is all in your mind. It is almost easier to blame some horrific monster than face the truth. Each episode is captivating and dark with many deep and dark topics of suicide and mental illness so keep that in mind if you want to watch this. Kon ends his interview of this anime by saying “little slugger is….” and laughing at the camera because we will never know if he is real or not! But Kon’s sense of humor is amazing.

If you are into psychological anime “Paranoia Agent” is a must watch! Rating 10/10.

Paprika

“Paprika” was the most confusing and one of the lesser enjoyable of Kon’s works for me as well and most people who have seen it. It follows this company who has a machine where you can enter dreams and bring those dreams into the real world. As the other films were already confusing enough this film was made for the purpose of being confusing! Is it a dream? Is it reality with dreams in it? Who knows!? I definitely felt high watching it.

This film was also adapted from a popular novel but changed a lot. Kon voice acted in it which is very interesting. The animation itself was pretty good with many bright colors and crazy things everywhere you look. The childlike soundtrack when the dreams were marching in a parade through the real world was good but also creepy which fits with the plot. All in all the film wasn’t horrible but not something I would recommend. It was also the lowest rated on IMBD with a 7.7 which is not awful. My rating is a 7.5/10.

Dreaming Machine

Sadly this last film of Kon’s was not finished before his death and does not seem like it will ever get finished without Kon’s creative mind and his idea for the film. It was going to be a fantasy adventure anime centered around three robots. Very different and unique to Kon’s previous works. Kon said it was going to be a film both children and adults would enjoy and was going to be produced by madhouse and maapa! It is very unfortunate we may never see this film however some people still hold out hope.

Thank you so much for reading this post! I enjoyed watching all of Satoshi Kon’s works as well as his interviews. He will always be respected and missed in the genre and one of the best to explore psychology through anime. Let me know what your favorite work of Satoshi Kon is or which interested you the most from the post!

RIP Satoshi Kon

Lets talk… Record of Ragnarok

Lets all just take a moment of silence for yet another greatly disappointing anime that easily could have been a masterpiece. It truly feels like the entire Otaku community took a massive L. The anime adaptation to Record of Ragnarok is said to be just as bad or worse than Berserk or the Seven Deadly Sins Meliodas fight. I will also throw Promised Neverland in there because I am still upset about that as well.

Like everyone I have waited for this anime for awhile. The manga was getting so hyped up and it was not available in English so I decided to wait to see it animated and I was pumped when I remembered it came out this week. The entire premise is so cool with the mythology and human against god battle.From what everyone was saying it should have been amazing.

I was expecting something along the lines of Demon Slayer or Jujutsu Kaisen which were animated so well and brought the manga to life. As a manga reader I know a great manga can make a mid tier anime adaptation still crush your soul, but the fact that I came into this without even reading the manga and having that expectation and still realized they did it dirty is pretty bad. Is it the worst thing I have watched? Not at all. However that Adam vs Zeus fight I know is amazing in the manga was done so dirty that its very hard to come out of this anime with happy feeling. Besides the awful fight scenes I felt the anime made this serious and powerful story into somewhat of a cheesy WWE type show. Humanity is fighting for our lives we should feel deep and emotional about these scenes!

I wanted someone to punch me in the face after watching this anime

The only good things I can say are that the opening is complete fire as well as the whole soundtrack. If this anime was done well it could have really been an amazing work of art. But instead it will be the joke/pain of the Otaku community for the rest of the year or more. I truly feel pain for the manga readers.

Should I read the manga? Let me know if you have read it! At the end of the day we are all apart of this sad moment in history and need to stick together… pray for all of the future rushed and cash grab netflix adaptations and go read some good manga and watch an amazing anime series to fix your broken heart.

Lets Talk “To Your Eternity”…. (spoilers)

To Your Eternity is an anime that is currently blowing up. Everyone is talking about and praising this anime to the point where almost every review I have seen gives it either a 9 or 10. I debated for a few weeks whether I wanted to watch this anime or not considering it is usually not the type of show I go for, however I felt like I needed to check it out and judge for myself. I am currently caught up on the show.

To start with, the premise and animation is unique and beautiful. The idea of this being evolving from an orb to a piece of rock to a living being and seeing that whole process is very interesting. The very first episode throws a lot at us at once and If you have seen it I am sure you will agree it is one of the most heartbreaking first episodes in anime. Being introduced to the still unnamed boy who seems so happy despite his horrendous situation he is living in. How he will give up his necessities to this wolf he made his pet. How slowly we get the idea that he is definitely going to die and slowly getting frostbite and his whole family who left probably had the same fate… Then we are constantly reminded of him as now being Fushi’s face! I mean this is some depressing shit.

This picture alone makes me want to cry

So of course this poor boy dies then we see him die time and time again as the now immortal Fushi tries to make his way out of this storm only to be eaten by a gigantic bear… I will refrain from summarizing each episode but we all know it never gets better! Usually I either love an anime, feel mid about it, or drop it. With To Your Eternity however I do not know how I feel… yet I kept watching. I can see why people are calling it a masterpiece however I am still unsure although at this point I would say I enjoy it. It was painful to even say enjoy there as it is so depressing and makes me mad most of the time. Its to the point its so depressing to watch that I can’t stop.

Which leads me to a topic I would like to bring up of the only negative review I have seen calling the anime “misery porn”. That gave me a little chuckle at first because it is a drastic way to describe a show but at the same time I get where they are coming from. As stated many times the anime is one of the most depressing I have seen involving many deaths and sad lives even before the deaths mainly involving children.

March, whose only goal in life was to grow up and have a family…. was chosen to be a fake sacrifice and was well aware of that fact and had to try to accept that. She was then saved and given hope only to sacrifice herself for her “sissy”. While this is a noble way to die it is a lot to take in. Then we see Fushi take March’s body always being seen with the bloody wound from her arrow.

The question is; is the depressing matter done simply to make the viewer feel sad and depressed or does it have reason? This is what would determine the term misery porn or not. This term could be used to describe “goodnight punpun” a manga by Ino Asano as well although I have not read it so can not determine if it is true.

As for this anime, I do see the purpose for these deaths yet feel it is more depressing than needed for the sake of being depressing. It is true that in real life people live hard lives and fates like these and it should be shown, but being the whole anime consists of this it is a lot to take in.

Easily my favorite character

Take Gugu for example. Raised by his brother, always in poverty, then left by his brother and only companion who took all of the money he has ever earned. He has to work all day just to get a scrape of food to survive. Then he is almost killed to the point where he needs facial reconstruction and is seen as a monster to the entire town. He sees his brother in deathly condition and gives him a ring worth so much money Gugu could have made himself a better life but gave it to his brother. I mean how much worse can it get?

Back to the question of there being a point to the misery. The main point is that Fushi needs to continue to gain different experiences and evolve as being, while taking these dead people from his past with them almost helping them live on. If the wolf, white haired boy, or March had not died Fushi would not be where he is now and at the level of communicating and understanding he is now. We also learned that Fushi is up against an evil being which is why he was created and his creator keeps testing him to make sure he is ready. In the latest episode he mentions that Fushi needs to leave his current residence with Gugu or he will not evolve enough to beat this enemy. He needs new forms and information about the world.

Fushi’s emotions are the cutest

We get many heartwarming scenes as well and in my opinion the last few episodes have been fairly happy and sweet considering the first few episodes. We have the brotherly bond of Fushi and Gugu who both previously had nobody as well as this chaotic family-like environment with all the characters. Whenever Fushi says “Gugu” it makes my heard melt.

Gugu and Fushi have each risked their lives for eachother at this point but in the back of my head all that I am thinking is that Gugu is going to die….. I am just waiting for that point and still am however I really wish it will not happen. (Ready to be hearbroken!).

Episode 10 gave us a lot of information. There was the shocking moment when Fushi lost to the wood creature and got turned back into a rock which I thought was going to stay that way and he would have to relearn everything and lose all of his previous forms… Luckily that was not the case but did tell us that this will happen if there is a real fight and Fushi loses. As told by his creator which we learned that nobody but Fushi can see. He also seems to really have Fushi’s well being in mind although it didn’t seem that way at first which makes me scared that Fushi is not evolving more.

Aside from that panic attack we have a four year time skip!! We have Gugu going from a cute boy needing protecting to the one I want to protect me! Good for you Gugu you better not die…

I mean…

We also have Fushi seemingly growing up. Will he be able to grow up in March’s form? That will be sad yet cute. Then we have Rean looking practically the same. I do not care much about her character at this point. We end on the seemingly happy family living a normal life… but we know it will not last long.

I just have so many thoughts about this anime and would love to hear your thoughts! Which character is your favorite and what do you think is going to happen in the next few episodes? Thank you for reading!