Japan has blessed us with anime, and I have realized that people don’t speak about it more openly. Since January through March is being referred to as the revival of anime, I took it upon myself to figure out other people's opinion on anime and manga and what allows them enjoy it.
My first encounter was with Clara Rodriguez. Her favorite was Killing Stalking. Killing Stalking is a manga series following Yoon Bum, a scrawny quiet boy who seems to have a crush on one of the most popular guys in school, Sangwoo. Due to his obsession he followed Sangwoo to his house and what he found out was… unsettling. In the words of Clara, “It legitimately TERRIFIED me.” If you want to learn more about Killing Stalking click here.
My next encounter was with Levi Witherspoon. His favorite was Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood follows the two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric. They are abandoned by their father and grow up with their mother. She dies of a mysterious plague, and they vow to use alchemy (elemental science using rituals that are closely related to magic) to bring her back. They train for several years and return to attempt human alchemy, knowing full well that it is forbidden. The attempt goes wrong, and at the end, Edward has lost his right arm and left leg, and Al's soul has been attached to a suit of armor. They bury their creation, burn their house down, and leave town, and that's just the beginning! In the words of Levi, “I enjoy Fullmetal Alchemist because the story is amazing and I love how the anime gives alchemy a completely new meaning”. If you want to learn more about Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood click here.
My next and final encounter was with Dylan Robertson. His favorite was Sword Art Online. Sword Art Online follows Kazuto Kirigaya (a.k.a Kirito). In the year 2022, the nervegear (a full dive VR headset) was released with the game Sword Art Online. Kirito, who was one of the beta testers for the game, logs in only to find out that he is trapped inside with 10,000 other players. Akihiko Kayaba, the creator of the game explains that the only way to escape is to defeat the final boss on the 100th floor of Aincrad. This is just the first episode! In the words of Dylan “While the show is not very popular… I enjoy the dialogue between characters and in my opinion the story is very well developed”. If you want to learn more about Sword Art Online click here.
My favorite anime is Naruto Shippuden. Naruto Shippuden follows the events of the original Naruto, after three years of training with Jiraiya. Naruto Uzumaki (a shinobi) returns to the Hidden Leaf Village where he meets up with his old teammate Sakura Haruno and their leader Kakashi Hatake; each of them have their own goal. Naruto’s goal is to return his best friend Sasuke Uchiha to the Leaf and away from the darkness. Kakashi’s goal is to atone for his sins of the past. Sakura’s goal is to become a more powerful shinobi and help Naruto bring Sasuke back. Finally, Sasuke’s goal is to fulfill his lust for power and to kill his brother Itachi Uchiha as revenge for killing the entire Uchiha clan. I enjoy this show because the story and character development is amazing and the show makes me actually feel bad for these characters.
Story by Juvae Mullings