AMA has started…you ready


So AMA has begun and we are ready. Today was day one. We seen everything from the awesome vendors and the awesome cosplay. Only got a few shots of cosplayers. But as you can see. They step their game up. From Kill La Kill to Civil War there’s nothing you say. I can’t wait to talk about my experience at this years AMA.This is day one and they are ready to go. Anybody ready to head about the rave? the concert? the panels?


Winter Soldier




Food Fight!!!


So last year I was online, on Facebook mind you, watching one of those short videos. You know the one. The one where your friends post, pointing towards some emotion or action that everyone has. I think this one was saying “your reaction when the food is that bomb”. In the video this woman takes a taste of this food and immediately in her mind all her clothes rip off and she sounds like she’s climaxing, sorry to the young readers. Well I was curious what this was. It was clearly anime. It was clear, that it had to be something dirty. I was deathly intrigued.  Well i searched and searched and searched. To my luck, the show had not premiered yet. The show was known as Shokugeki no Soma. The series, created by Yuto Tsukuda with art by Shun Saeki along with collaborator Yuki Morisaki, was created in 2012 with initial publishing in Weekly Shonen Jump in November of that year. The series follows Yukihara Soma as he journeys thru school life at the prestigious Totsuki Academy. He is a first year along with other first years, like Nakiri Erina and Tadokoro Megumi, trying to become elite chefs. Soma was raised by his father in his family’s restaurant. They would do fighting competitions there for the entertainment of the patrons, which Soma never one. Which would get you thinking because at Totsuki they have a Shokugeki or Food War, similar to the cooking battles you see on tv, to resolve disagreements at the school. This series, for me, was amazing. It had gotten to the point where with friends I made it my life to get people to watch. A friend of mine got so into it he would jazz up his recipes, like Soma would, and text me with the hashtag Shokugeki. The cool part is the collaborator Morisaki is a real chef. So each and everything cooked in the manga and anime can be done at home. There are numerous videos online on YouTube showing how to prepare some of the most popular meals. With season 2 headed to the tv screens in summer season 2016, I can’t contain my appetite. This,I feel, will again be a show to watch. With the conclusion of the Elections and the coming of the Summer Festival Arc I can see some great things coming.


Click to hear about Food Fights in Toriko and to see eps 1 of Food Wars and Toriko below the cut

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Can music save the Galaxy?




It is the year 2067, we are in a part of the galaxy known as the Brisingr Globular Cluster. In this world that we think is peaceful and cool we meet Freyja Wion, a Windermere from the planet of the same name. We also meet the earthling Hayate Immelmann. If your watching this series its dated years after the past series Macross Frontier, which I haven’t watched sorry lol. I was coming into the series pretty much cold. I just new it was big robots and that the description stated that a conflict with a certain disease is involved. Well the disease is known as VARS. The VARS syndrome causes people to become aggressive and normally multiple people at once. VARS in the beginning just seemed like a series of events that was random. Well we eventually learn that it may not be. In the series a war has now begun between the Windermere’s and the rest of the Cluster. Apparently something happened in the past, Windermere was scared, and they now want to free themselves from what they say is oppression. The series in that way seems like some of the Gundam series like Gundam 00.

The big reason why this series hit me, was due to another huge factor. The VARS syndrome can be controlled by waves in the series called “Fold Waves”. The waves can be generated by certain individuals. In the series there is a child of Windermere origin. This child has fold waves to not only bring about the VARS virus but also control it. Yet the main attraction of the series is the idol group Walker. The group is comprised of five girls, was four but Freyja joins in the beginning of the series, who have fold waves that when they come together quell the VARS syndrome. The main thing that had me writing about the series is that it gave the idol genre a different spin. When beginning the series I assumed it would just be weekly concerts and idol drama. Its why i never get into idol series. There are many tropes I just can’t understand. But Macross Delta is different. The series has a huge political background, with the Windermere planet feeling that they were treated unjustly. Walker also fights their own battle on the frontline. The Delta Squadron, which Hayate joins, act as part of the show doing aerials but also as members of the Galaxies army. Growing up as a military brat, I loved the air shows when i was younger so seeing them was pretty cool. Another thing thats something about this series is the production value. The series is produced by Satelight(Noein, Fairy Tail, other Macross Series, and Log Horizon), also directed by Kenji Yasuda(Noein and Arata:The Legend) written by Toshiba Nemoto(Log Horizon and Tokyo Majin). The care they took has been amazing. Currently i’m into both the stories, which have a hint of mystery like why did Freyja leave Windermere when she clearly loves it and they have started to hint something about Hayate’s father. The songs are also infectious. I plan on continuing watching. This maybe one of my fav anime of this current season. I am curious if the series will run more than 13 episodes due to spring season ending soon and summer season coming. If it runs more then 13 eps i’ll be excited. If it only runs the minimum then i’ll be looking forward to a second season, i’m sure it’ll have one.  Its a series that doesn’t stick to the mech genre or idol genre. Here’s hoping it sticks thru what it looks like its promising.



This article includes the snippet of fighting along with music to show more about the series.


Check out this weeks podcast to hear me talk more about the series along with other awesome series.


Will pain bring us together? 

Would sharing our pain stop war? Would you understand those around you better if you knew the pain that a person is going through?

This is the premise of Kiznaiver. The series is about a group of high school teens in the fictional city of  Sugomori City. Here is where an experiment to create an understanding of human beings takes place. The Kiznaiver system is a system where individuals are made to feel each other’s pain as it is evenly distributed. So imagine that horrible stub toe moment being felt by all of your friends or that paper cut. That may seem small but in the series this is taken thru numerous different scenarios. The characters, one of which is Agato Katsuhira who has no sensation of pain, are placed in this system that is supposed to eventually and hopefully alleviate wars. Those that feel the pain and are a part of the system are Kiznaivers. Stating that if we all understood each other’s pain then we would all know where each other comes from and hopefully we would come to an understanding. The series is brought to us by some who brought us Rage of Bahamut and one of the episode directors of Kill La Kll. I’m just starting to get into the series as of this writing episode 7 has just been released and I’m binge watching from episode 4. Hopefully on the next podcast episode I’ll have a more conclusive thought. The series is supposed to run 12 episodes, so it is one of the shorter series of this season. I’d say give it a watch if you want something scifi but also something with a deeper meaning. It’s produced by Trigger(Kill La Kill, Little Witch Academia, and Black Dynamite) and by Aniplex (Fullmetal Alchemist, Persona 4, Bleach, and Guilty Crown) it is currently being streamed on Crunchyroll. Check out the episodes and let me know what you think.  I’m intrigued but I’ll hold my opinion til the end. Hey, guess I’ll keep sharing the pain with all of you.

Kiznaiver on CrunchyRoll

I place two cards facedown and end my turn


So I was talking to one of my close friends the other night, he asked what I was doing, I informed him that I was watching YuGiOh. Well once I related to him that it was a spinoff, he then sent one of those texts. You know the ones, the texts where you can hear the disdain from the moment the text appears. So I started thinking to myself, which YuGiOh spinoff is the better of the group? Which spinoff needs a little help. I’ve watched every spinoff. Each spin off is different. Each seemingly occupying its own universe.(I say seeimingly because certain things happen to make you think they are either connected or influencing the other). Each series starts well, yet half way thru something happens that makes me just give up. Currently I am on the 5th YuGiOh series, 4th spinoff, YuGiOh Arc-V. This list I have will list each one and why I think they are what they are on the list. Now I do wanna say I’m including the main spinoffs, so anything after Duel Monsters is included. So check out the list. Also tell me your opinions on the various YuGiOh series.


Number 4- YuGiOh Zexal- 


This series was a pretty good series starting out. It had the formula that YuGi had set up for years. We had our lead character whose name started with a Y. We have a close best friend whose a girl, who even so often comes off as a love interest yet nothing happens. Few other best friends and a few antagonist who become allies to stop a bigger evil. What was great about the other series was the way Kaiba would come across. No matter what he never lost his edge. Granted Kaiba could be considered kinda airhead, being that all these supernatural things were happening and he just acted as if it was nothing. Zexal takes place in a futuristic world where you can duel in real time in the real world. Each series has its own version of this and what they call it. In these duels to get the full feeling, those who want to watch and participate would wear eyewear to fully realize this. Yuma the main character has a key left by his father.(what is it with parents in this series of shows not being present, does that say something about the creator?). The key has an inhabitant from another dimension or plain of existence inside. Astral has no idea who he is or what has happened to him. This is where we get into the meat and potatoes of the show. Yuma fights duels and collects the 100 xyz monsters(different then the ones Kaiba used to use). These number cards hold Astral’s memories and what happened. The series started well with the learning about the cards, mystery of the cards possessing people, and the classic tournament arc. The issue with this series started with the whole reincarnation arc, traveling to another dimension to fight a devil like being, and the outrageous moments(there’s a duel on the moon where there is no oxygen just for the due lists to determine whose the best dragon user. Why can’t you both use dragons. Not that serious. Just saying.) I got through the series until about the moon duel point. Each time I attempted to jump back in, it was more outlandish then before. So this is the lowest rated spinoff in my opinion.

Number 3- YuGiOh 5Ds- 


So this series stars Yusei. Again, Yusei is an orphan. This series differs on the antagonist part because Yusei and his counter part Jack were orphans together. Jack got out and made it big. Yusei stayed in the lower class. Yusei like all the other leads was a good duelist in the series. He even went toe to toe with Jack and one. (Don’t know why Inmade that sound like you couldn’t guess) the series introduced to us another form of dueling, “Turbo Duels”. Also Syncho Monsters/Summoning, duel runners, and tuner monsters were introduced. The series was slightly darker then any other series before it. This show was the second spinoff after GX. They went back to a lot of the things that made the original good yet at the same time branched. Big thing noticed in this series was the team aspect. The characters in the show banded together slowly thru the first part of the series. Each having a mark on their arms, they also had a monster that you could say was their avatar. Another thing is this is the first series where none of the original monsters make an appearance. It’s the first series to also be based in seemingly an alternate world. When a duel is enacted the city changes to accommodate. Something else that’s different is the fact that in this world everyone duels. When the authorities of the series come to apprehend you, you are able to duel your way out of trouble. This series was one I had high hopes in. It came off as a more true to form and realistic. It’s setback was major though. When the series came into the arc where the “signers” became one group, they quickly separated. It wasn’t as disjointed as Zexal.  But it was close. I mean the man who helped them get together was the bad guy or was it his brother or was he crazy. Honestly I’m lost on exactly what happened halfway thru. I stuck with it for quiet some time. Big note, the new series Arc-V seems to be combining the universes and Crow just appeared along with Jack is n the recent episodes. So here’s hoping they make more showings.

Number 2- YuGiOh Arc-V- 


This series brings back the humor of the franchise. The series introduces to Action Duels. These are duels that bring the experience into the real world. Thru a technology called Solid Vision, you are able to duel with monsters that have form and weight. The series introduces us to our main character Yuya. First thing you notice is that the main character has only lost one parent. In this series he still has his mother in the picture (granted she doesn’t really do much since she is either mostly off screen, in the crowd sitting, or fawning after a high school boy) but she’s there. Another thing you will notice that the characters dueling style is similar to series 2, YuGiOh GX main character Jaden Yuuki. Another thing that is introduced(or reintroduced) is the idea of going to a duel school in hopes of becoming a Por-Duelist. Alot of things in this series harkens back to the original. The closeness of the friends. The fact that at one point Yuya was bullied and his close friends saved him. Another thing that was introduced in this series was Pendulum Summoning. This summoning invloves using Pendulum Cards to summon a certain number of monsters falling within certain perameters. The series is full of comical characters. Also one thing I started to notice when begining the series is the fact that all previous summonings are also included in the series. So you get Fusion, XYZ, and Synchro in the series. This ends up playing a huge roll. Partially thru the begining of the series we are introduced to characters who look similar(this is something you have to believe from the characters. You can blantantly see that NONE of these people look alike. But just go with it). Eventually we learn that these alternate versions come from an alternate dimension where Yuya and his best friend Yuzu have counterparts.Each summoning style has its own dimension. Have you jumped ahead yet? Cause then you’ve probably guessed right. Synchro Dimension is the 5Ds universe, XYZ is the Zexal Universe. In this series the Fusion Dimension is crossing over into other dimensions and defeating duelists along with taking control. Another noticeable thing is that they kidnap the various female characters that lookalike. There seems to be a connection between Yuya, the other dimensions, and the disapearence of his father.(at least thats what the feeling of all of this is). Eventually more characters learn Pendulum Summoning and Yuya and the main good duelists of the show(also a few randoms, like some Ninja guy who literally was on the show 2 episodes and is now a main character) join together to form a group named Lancers. The Lancers have the ability to bring both Actrion Duels and traverse the dimensions. The series is the most current series to launch. The series I would say is at the halfway point. Yuya and his groupd have recently formed and recently entered into the first of the dimensions, Synchro. We have seen both Jack and Crow from 5Ds. So i’m guessing we are going to get a definitive answer as to how these various series fit into the franchise itself. I do have high hopes for this series, it has kept me watching. I do have a feeling that it’s starting to slow down or bite off more then it can chew. I will still keep watching for a bit, so we shall see.


And the Number 1 spinoff is…..YuGiOh GX


 This is the seriesthat relates the closest to the original. The setup is about a character named Jaden Yuki. The character has a personality closer to Joey then Yugi, yet cares for his friends like Yugi. The series is based at Duel Academy. Duel Academy created by Seto Kaiba(one connection to the old series) where the dorms are named after the three Egyptian God Cards. You can tell that Kaiba still has feelings against Yugi. Slyfer is considered the lowest dorm, Ra the middle dorm, and Obelisk the best dorm. Thru the series we learn of a new ability, the ability to see Duel Spirits. Not everyone has this particular ability. The Kaiba of this series, Chazz Princeton, goes from antagonist to friend in the series. As the series progress characters switch dorms, new characters are added, and new journeys(granted odd) are taken. This series shares alot with the previous series. Jaden recieved Winged Kuriboh from Yugi himself as a kid. The series also relies on the past and flashbacks. One arc has Jaden encountering a Duel Monster that he forgot and a deck he sent away as a kid as a part of a contest for Kaiba Corp.

The biggest thing you will see as far as a difference between GX and Duel Monsters is this begins the trend of having a name for your specific deck. Jaden uses the Elemental Hero Deck and Neo Spatian Deck. The series also steps away from the original by introducing us to some pretty dark elements(some more than the original). The series deals with being trapped in an alternate dimensions, ghosts, possesion, death, and a character(Jaden) becoming the villain for a time. The main reason I feel this series is the better of the spinoffs is due to the fact that it feels like the original. Jaden has a good relationship with friends and learns a great deal from those above him. This series still ahs the issue of the main character being automatically better then everyone else(like how are you in the worse dorm but your the schools best duelist). Also the show doesn’t have any mention of Shadow Games except for one or two duels. There is also no mention of Millenuim items. The series showed that there were things that were going to change. The series has a lot of heart. I can say that like all the other spinoffs the series hits a huge lag at the end. These spinoffs all seem like when it gets to the end they jam a last arc or cut out too much, seems rushed at the end and anticlimatic. GX stays consistent pretty much to the last arc, where it starts to lose steam.




So these are the 4 spinoffs of YuGiOh. What are your favorites? Have you watched them all the way thru? Who’s your favorite character? Of course the original is the best. From Duelist Kingdom,Shadow Games, and Battle City, the series had elements that can’t be beat. The series helped launch series that today are based on card games. Series like Cardfight Vanguard, BuddyFight, and Battle Spirits can thank YuGiOh for bringing the card game anime into current. Of course there were series before, yet YuGiOh was the modern master of what these shows could be. So thanx for reading my thoughts. Let me know your fave or what card series you like. Tweet me @PaOfKalEl or


Where Were You When Daredevil Debuted?



Friday April 10th 2015 marked a milestone for a lot of reasons. It was the end of the week. It was the beginning of actual spring days on the east coast. Apple enabled the ability to preorder the Apple Watch. But for Marvel Comics, It was their chance to break into another forum. They already created the Marvel Cinematic Universe thru TV and movies. A new horizon debuted in April, Daredevil first of The Defenders debuted at 12:01am PST. Daredevil would be the first of a set of grounded heroes that would make their debut on Netflix, culminating in the miniseries “The Defenders”. Daredevil is a character who defends Hell’s Kitchen in New York. He has been thru many iterations, from Red and Yellow to the leader of The Hand. Daredevil also was one of the Marvel heroes who had a film history prior to Marvel creating and producing their own films. So Marvel made a deal to bring Daredevil back and do with him what they feel the character needs. So now he’s here. The show introduces us to the world within the MCU. Have you ever wondered how the average person lives? How can all of the Shield and Avengers things happen on such a grand scale, yet we don’t see the “every man’s” impact. That’s what Daredevil shows us. We meet the criminals and mobsters behind Hell’s Kitchen of Marvel. Besides an origin of Daredevil, we are also given a light into what made Wilson Fisk the “Kingpin”. Currently I’m half way thru the series and it truly is gripping. The show has a darker tone in both the look and the feel. The best part is the action and story. In the fights that Daredevil takes part in he takes a beating. Now most who only know of Iron Man, Captain America, and the such, you would find this odd. Why is the hero getting his ass handed to him?  Well your answer is…HE’S NORMAL!! Besides the heightened senses, Daredevil is a normal guy who happens to be able to take a punch. He is listed as having Olympic class abilities. But, that still makes him a normal human being. So in the show when he takes on a group or an assailant with a weapon, he has the same risks to himself as you or me. I enjoyed the fact that they kept Daredevil as true as possible. Now I am curious what big bad The Defenders will face and how each will tie in. The series so far is amazing, I mean the second episode introduced  the leader of The Hand, Night Nurse, and The Owl (maybe not by name, but we can assume). I’m digging the show and hoping that the others follow suit. The next Netflix/Marvel show on the docket to be released is Jessica Jones, which will introduce Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. Here’s to the next foray into a new place for Marvel Studios.



Journey into the West…Of Gunpla


I have always loved Gundam. The series came into my life with Gundam Wing. After that with shows like G Gundam, SD Gundam, Gundam 00, and now the Gundam Build Fighter series it’s truly a show that I find a piece that I love. The Gundam universe is huge and ever spanning. I normally watch the series that are set in an alternate inverse then the canon series. I bring this up because of the Gunpla.

Gundam models have been around practically as long as the series. I was never the kid who played with model anything. Not model cars, trains, I even got tired of building Lego models from the directions. So when I went to the Barnes and Noble near my area I was intrigued when I saw they were now carrying models from anime series along with comic books. I immediately felt drawn to the Gundam models. From there I looked for a figure that I could build while working. I chose Wing Gundam Fenice from Gundam Build Fighters. As a first time builder I thought that the fact that the instructions are in Japanese would hamper me. Yet, the pictures were detailed enough to help. It took about four hours to complete the figure. Mind you, I was working. Now after going thru the process, I’m intrigued enough to attempt another Gunpla. I’ve discovered there’s a community sound the series and a great many ways to show your own personality around the models.




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