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~Dalziel Lor Avlon~

Dalziel is the crown prince of Avlon. His father, the king, made him the leader of Avlon’s army. During the events of Danger Around Mount Pallin, the heroes kill his father and Dalziel takes over as a warrior-king. His ambition is to take over the whole world. His threat is credible, since he has four generals who are very dangerous in their own right, but adding to their power is the sixth, mostly unseen presence of the Drakna, who seek to plunge the world into the endless chill of death.

Dalziel’s memorable features are his long silver hair and katana.

In Briar’s fanfic, he was released from the spell the Drakna cast on him by Briar and helped the heroes defeat them. In the end, he abdicated and set up a government for the people by the people and founded the Knights of Emelet with Briar Rose.

He didn’t really have a good relationship with his father, given that his father was possessed by the Drakna. His relationship with his son is mostly due to Briar Rose’s influence. She told him to spend time with his son, and that he could teach Fenris things, but give him encouragement from time to time too. “The boy looks up to you, you’re his DAD. Don’t you remember being his age? Don’t you remember thinking your dad was the greatest person in the world?” Dalziel tries hard to give Fenris his full attention when they’re together and not dismiss what his son has to say. But it’s been difficult for the last year since Fenris looks so much like Briar Rose and its just… painful.

Seraph of the End

in other news, I’m inconsistent about updating this page…

but anyway. I have an anime review to post!

Seraph of the End

I haven’t done one of these in a while – apologies and such, but also I haven’t had an anime that really grabbed my attention until just recently.

It’s a world where the apacolypse happened and most of the adults died. Unless you’re counting the vampires. This anime is like if someone took Evangelion, Trinity Blood, and Fullmetal Alchemist and smashed them together.

Normally I don’t go for the whole Vampires genre, but I feel like in this case there are enough original elements involved that it works.

Main characters Yuichiro Hyakuya and Mikaela Hayakuya are orphans, Yuu being the latest addition to the pack of amazingly happy children for kids whose parents were like “Hmmm. Nah.” While at first Yuu is very much the angsty anti-social jerk, it actually turns out that his attitude is %90 front to keep himself from getting emotionally hurt. The other ten percent being cocky little shithead kid that has a chip on his shoulder. Also it’s pretty easy to get past his barriers and to top it off, he is about as tenacious as a tick to remove once you’ve gotten his loyalty. I find this to be a refreshing change from the usual Lone Wolf type main character that runs about these days. He isn’t after girls and he doesn’t have a harem despite his general obliviousness to the virtues of the female form. The girls around him do love him, but its more a focus on ‘my stupid derpy brother is at it again’ type of love.

Mika obviously has been with the orphanage a bit longer than Yuu before all hell breaks loose and the whole lot of them get swept into captivity under ground by the vampires. Despite being treated like cattle, he does his best to survive and make sure his little family survives while Yuu plots and schemes to Kill All Vampires (now where have I heard that before? Ohhh Titans…). Mika is not above pretending obedience to get what he wants. He is fully capable and willing to grovel and beg if he needs to. It is his shrewd cunning that gets their little orphan family to the door to freedom.

Here’s where things took a turn for the expected. Of course Mika ends up as a vampire, but it isn’t a matter of “NOOO RIKU COME BACK TO THE LIGHT!” He was not willing, is still not willing, and will forever plot and scheme to bring about the demise of the vampire regime, and the humans if he has to. His only concern is for Yuu.

Yuu, on the other hand, has been taken in by the Demon Army, the largest and strongest force of humans that have begun resisting the vampires’ total domination. Their organization is not perfect either, which is a delightful turn of events in my book. Rife with corruption, bloated with self-importance and full of hot-headed youngsters that were barely young enough to survive the purge of adults, the Demon Army is out to take over the world for themselves. The vampires just happen to be in the way.

Meanwhile, two young boys who barely know what having a biological family is like are tearing through everyone and everything in their way of reuniting.

Supporting these star-crossed boy-loves is a whole cast of highly engaging, flawed, and amazing characters on both the vampire and human sides. In another surprising turn, the female characters equal the number of male characters. They’re not all being used as props to further the male characters plotlines. In fact, Yuu is frequently called ‘princess’ and is often the one who gets himself into distress and needs saving. His female teammates are arguably more badass than he is, considering that their weapons supposedly aren’t as strong as his. There is another boy whose personality is very feminine, and he too bends the norm by being both soft and strong in ways unexpected in our – the viewer’s – society. He’s an archer, he’s not the healer, he’s back-line fighter, but not because he isn’t strong enough to be up front, but because that’s just not what he’s best at.

On the vampires side is the Queen who knew what Yuu and Mika were and chose to spare their lives despite her orders otherwise. She knows exactly how dangerous the pair of them are, and appears to be on their side, if only for her own reasons. What those are, I’m not sure, but the danger that Yuu and Mika present to the world is clearly demonstrated in a fairly early episode. Even demons fear the power these boys contain, for it isn’t even in their control.

Over all, this anime is a wonderful exploration of the hubris of humanity, and how children are far more open minded about things than adults are. With some really flipping awesome fight scenes thrown in.

From the technical side, the animation is amazing. The quality is very high and they don’t skimp on the fight scenes either. They use some computer rendering, I bet, but I can’t easily pick it out. The voice acting in the Japanese version is superb. I’ve not heard the dub, but Funimation has the rights to it, so… Whatever that ends up meaning to you.

I give this anime a 7 of 5 stars. I’m looking forward to it coming out on DVD. I even went so far as to buy the manga I like it that much.

 

New and Old

ee891011d4f27b2c7aea8ec45c5042121373185343_fullMakai Ouji: Devils and Realist = It’s AWESOME. :D It’s about a boy who is apparently the reborn soul of Solomon who has the power to choose who the interim ruler of Hell will be while Lucifer is asleep. And its full of so much pretty.

Originally I’d skipped over it, until Alexa noticed that the main character looked like Wolfram from Kyo Kara Maoh, so Alexa and I were like “lol. let’s try it.” I could totally see Devils and Realist being in the same universe as Kyo Kara Maoh, too. It’s got that vibe to it, or something. The premise is that William Twining, a young British scholar from a rich family, who is looking to become a politician and attending a boarding school, has accidentally gotten mixed up in the affairs of Hell because he is something called the “Elector”. Apparently Lucifer is asleep, so someone has to run Hell in the meantime and for some reason, William Twining has the capability to pick this interim ruler of Hell. He’s got plenty of demons to choose from (and all of them are hot). The first demon he meets by accident, is in the basement of his house when he spills blood on a magic circle and summons Dantalion, a demon that was once a human. William meets or acquires at least one new friend every episode, collecting demons in his boarding school that are nothing but trouble for him, since he has to keep them secret and out of mischief.

Anyway, so as to not spoil, I will be brief and end here. 4 of 5 stars!

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11Eyes = This anime was surprisingly stealthy. I didn’t realize it was based off an H-game until more than halfway through it. Not that it was blatant about it, but it did influence a few things that otherwise wouldn’t have gone quite that direction… But the scene I’m talking about is where he unlocks his magical powers and then has to have that healing scene where, for some reason, he has to be naked and then the sword chick also takes off her clothes? I think the hentai part of the anime ruined the plot. It was stuck in randomly and always very awkward. The premise is that they’re all pieces of some kind of crystal soul thing that was used to trap this witch and they get pulled into an alternate world they call “Red Night” in order to fight these black knight people who are trying to just kill them. And the kids later find out that the black knights are actually the good guys in the situation. I’d already guessed that about two episodes previous to that coming to light, unfortunately. Though it wasn’t because of bad writing, it was because of predictable plots in anime/movies these days.

I give it 3 of 5.

 

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Ixion Saga DT = When an enemy henchman said “fullmetal ballchemist” I knew… this was a train wreck after my own heart. Premise: Teenage boy is transported to a fantasy world while playing a video game. Equipment he brought with him: pants, shirt, socks, headphones, computer chair… no shoes. The ending theme song is a song about being manly and repeated refrain of “ED” (as in Erectile Dysfunction) and that also happens to be the name of the Primary Badguy. ED. Erecpyle Dukakis… Main character boy is Kon, who is spiteful, shallow, stupid, and virgin, breaks poor Erec-sama’s balls in the first five episodes and from there, it’s much punning about him being emasculated and trying to find a way to heal. I kind of feel bad for Erec-sama, but at the same time, its funny. It’s a nice departure from the themes I’ve been seeing lately which are along the lines of “High school student *SomethingJapanese* recently transferred into *School* when his life turned upside down after he met a mysterious woman.” Instead it’s “Derpface Kon is transported to an alternate world and the plot makes fun of dudes a lot.” Anyway, he’s on a quest to get home, and incidentally escorting an 8 year old princess to another major city so she can get married.

3 of 5 stars because the anime does annoy me a little because it’s so painfully painful to watch.

 

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Accel World = This was an unexpected find. Alexa and I were on Viz Anime’s website looking for something else when I accidentally clicked this anime. The  main character is this little fat kid, (voiced by the guy who did Erin Jeager, like seriously, I swear we’re not stalking him but he’s been in every anime we’ve watched lately) is apparently really into VR games. The funny thing is that Alexa looked at the collars the kids were wearing and said “It’s the future of Sword Art Online! And I was like, yes… it is, because they do progress to collars, so I have been told. I’ve not managed to read the rest of the light novels. Anyway. Fat boy is into VR games and gets invited to join this game called Brain Burst that can accelerate a person’s mental capabilities to the point of making a second feel like minutes. Half an hour can be an entire month. It’s a very cool concept and I like how the anime is exploring all the ways this game and the abilities it gives a player in the real world can be exploited. Also the avatars in the battle world are built by the person’s subconscious based on their emotional scars; meaning that if you’re afraid of being hurt physically, you will end up with thick armor.
I give it 4 of 5 stars – because I don’t give 5 of 5 unless I’m rolling around on the floor crying because its so awesome, but this anime got pretty close to that.

 

Edit: Episode 20 of Accel World confirmed that it IS in fact in the same universe as Sword Art Online. :D

Things I’ve been doing lately

Hiiro-no-Kakera-1Hiiro No Kakera = so generic I felt I could dub it with any dialogue from any other anime about magical ancient princess blood and magical artifacts etc and no one would know the difference. It didn’t help that the ONE person who had any clue what was going on wouldn’t talk to the main character girl other than to say “You’ll be inheriting this shortly.” You’d think some kind of training would be in order if things are so critical that they had to summon her by manipulating her life so she had to go there and transfer out of the school she was attending. In fact, the Japanese voice acting is so lackluster that it’s pretty obvious that the characters themselves don’t want to be there. They talked an awful lot about how it was their “duty” to guard some bimbo they didn’t even know with their lives. etc. etc. They sure didn’t sound happy about it. And then other things. Like “She opened a lock that responds only to her bloodline in the first place!” why is this a surprise? It shouldn’t be.

2 of 5 stars

 

amnesia-full-858913Amnesia = harem dating sim where girl jumps dimensions every time she dies and can’t remember anything that happened before the first time she dimension hopped. The outfits were awesome, the concept was awesome, but the Heroine was lacking a personality and the guys were all like serious nut job rapists. Except the guy with glasses. He didn’t know how to emotions, so she had to actually put out some effort. As a result, he was the most likeable. I felt sorry for the green haired guy. The ginger I liked, up until he drugged her to keep her asleep and stuck her in a dog cage for days. The pretty boy player was the other one I liked, but his fangirls were a serious crazy bunch. What bothered me further – in my weird “I notice the stupid stuff” type of way – is that they were wearing these costumes everywhere. I mean, who really honestly wears red and black leggings to work when it’s not part of the job? And I’m talking about HIM, not her. The outfit pictured is her every day clothes. Everyone else – yeah, that’s how they dressed every day.

3 of 5 stars

 

600px-Ginga_Kikoutai_Majestic_Prince_-_TrailerMajestic Prince = Another show that’s so generic you can replace the dialogue and never notice. It was yet another teenage mecha pilots anime. The concept was interesting – they were genetically modified to survive in space – but actual execution could have been much better. And they’re wearing f’in space onesies… I mean, if they’re gonna be total derps at least give me something pretty to look at. It also made me kind of mad that BOTH girls were incredibly stupid, and the boy who actually has a real dream and some kind of drive is ridiculed for it. Even though he’s the group’s leader. I alternately felt sorry for them and enraged by them. And that was just in the first 2 episodes. I couldn’t handle it any longer and looked for something else.

3 of 5 stars

 

attack-on-titan-RECAPSAttack on Titan = Have I mentioned lately how fraked up this one is?  Giant humanoid creatures attack towns and eat people for no other reason than because they want to. And its amazing. My only complaint is that in the first 13 episodes, the recaps of the previous episode get longer and longer until one episode is nothing BUT recap! It resets on the next episode at least, since there’s nothing else to recap after that. Unless they want to recap a recap episode. On the plus side, this is the ONLY anime that has ever given me nightmares. Also, the 3D movement gear is pretty awesome. If there’s not an Attack on Titan game already, there needs to be one and it needs to be released in the US because I have money and I want to spend it on such a thing.

4 of 5 stars

 

fbcec0dd615ee7797fb6992422c903441365440334_fullLegend of Arata = From the maker of Fushigi Yuugi comes Legend of Arata – the gender switched Miaka of the new generation! Sarcasm aside, I actually kind of liked this one but at the same time, I am frustrated by the main character’s spinelessness. I understand that’s kind of the point of the show. He’s supposed to learn how to stand up for himself. Also, they’ve got all these pretty people in the opening and eye catches, but most of them are only there for a few episodes, then they sacrifice themselves for the main character and they’re gone for good. What a waste. Also, it ends on a cliff hanger with no second season in sight. Though its new this year, so maybe it’ll pick back up in the fall.

3 of 5 stars

 

 

July-nowrimo

I unofficially did a Nanowrimo in June, called it my April one on the CampNanowrimo site. And now I’m officially doing a July Nanowrimo. I’m already 5k into it. Totally got inspired by an anime called Arata the Legend, which is kind of a reverse Fushigi Yuugi, written by the same person who did Fushigi Yuugi. Lol. All the men are even more ridiculously pretty. But the main character annoys me a little, although he’s showing some development.

However, it got me thinking something along the lines of “if I were to transport to an alternate world, I’d probably end up there buck naked. Because that’s how my luck is.” So that was the first scene I wrote. Now I’m pantsing my way through the Call to Adventure and discovering the magic system of the gods is based on music – which was an idea I’d had a while ago. I’ve got my Main Character Rhyan/Ryan Arinaster, and Adris Heartfeather. My Ryans are kind of like the Mazes from Maze Megaburst Space. Except no random switching between male and female forms. They’ve entirely switched locations though they look exactly the same (except for obvious sexual characteristics, such as y’know boobs).

That’s about all I’ve figured out about this story thusfar and I really should try to outline some more plot for it.

I really need to finish Faultline tho. It has promise as an interesting story as well. I even got nearly finished making a cover. Though I got frustrated with my inability to draw mechanical objects. Lol.

My July Nanowrimo needs a better name. Maybe something will pop up while I’m writing it.

Valvrave the Liberator

 

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This show is amazing!

My first impression was that it was a filler anime because the opening looked kinda typical mecha show, and then things started happening – and I realized it was a Sunrise production. <3

Episode one was like – LoL, whut? So random student with pacifistic tendencies can become an ace mecha pilot in 2 seconds? Ok. lol.

Then I gave episode two a try and things got seriously twisted. Like – politician totally mowed down a student with a machine gun and other students have been outright blown up and bodies shown and there are space Nazis and vampires(?), and the mechs are cursed. The pilots are immortal? I’m not sure what’s going on really, but its awesome so far.

In order to not spoil anyone who hasn’t watched this yet, I’ll keep it brief, but I give this one a 5 of 5, for now. Unless it goes dumb. I hope it doesn’t.

But. There’s like … biting. Between hot boys.

valvrave-ep1-10This totally happened in episode 2. <3

L-elf is hawt tho. omg.

Valvrave-the-Liberator-01-20Like really. L-elf stabbed him, in the heart. Then shot him 3 or 4 times. To be sure. And dude got up and BIT him. Vampire Zombie Mecha Pilot Boy ATTACK!

Like, really. “My body is damaged. I’ll just borrow this one for now. LoL.” Although, I’ve determined that the original owner of the body is still IN there… Which makes it kinda creepy. My thought was “Don’t get too frisky in sex, sweeties. It maaay not end well.”

Oops. I meant to stop typing before I spoiled. Ok. Ending post now. :D