Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Mitsuki had decided to become a singer two years before, when she was 10 years old. She had made a promise with Eichi Sakurai, then a 16-year-old boy she met at her orphanage, that the next time they met, they would both be closer to their dreams. Eichi wanted to become an astronomer and Mitsuki wanted to become a singer. Shortly after, Eichi was adopted and immigrated to America before Mitsuki could express her feelings for him. Mitsuki hopes that by becoming a famous idol, Eichi would be able to hear her sing and realize her feelings for him.

But Mitsuki’s dreams seem impossible to achieve because she is afflicted with “Sarcoma”, a disease which is curable only through a surgery that could ruin her vocal cords, and destroy her ability to sing. The tumour in her throat already affects her ability to breathe well and sing loudly. And then, one day she is visited by two shinigami, Takuto and Meroko. Because Mitsuki could see them, they inadvertently tip her off that she has only one year left to live.

Mitsuki then realizes she cannot wait any longer to fulfill her dream, so she runs away from home and the shinigami, to try to audition for a singing competition. However, the shinigami stop her before she is able to audition. She moves Takuto, the male shinigami, to agree to a compromise: If Mitsuki promises to go quietly when her year is up, he would help her become a singer, so she could leave the world with no regrets. Takuto gives her the ability to transform into a completely healthy 16-year-old, so that she could meet the age requirements of the audition, and sing without hindrance.

Despite heavy competition, Mitsuki wins over the judges with her excellent voice and her enthusiasm for singing, sealing a contract with Seed Records. To conceal her true identity, she chooses the stage name "Fullmoon" ("Fullmoon," a single word, which is a name, in contrast to "Full Moon" such as in the series title, which refers to the actual moon).

Monday, August 22, 2011

Black Cat

When I first heard a Black Cat from a friend (A-chan..Special mention..Lol), I was thinking.. uhh.. It sounds boring. At first, I truly underestimated this show but after watching more than 3 episodes, I found it quite interesting.

I was overwhelmed because I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was. The action sequences were pretty impressive. Black Cat also had numerous fight scenes that were really cool. There were many different characters with different abilities. The way this show introduces its characters are quite subtle, which is good. It explains each character properly so you completely understand who they are, what they do, and a bit of their past. Honestly, I was attracted to many of the male characters (especially Train. He is an incredible gun master.. so handsome!!!). They were cool and very cute.

The storyline was impressive; the assassin to sweeper story is completely original. Well, Black Cat is about a young boy named Train, his parents were killed when he was young and was abducted by an organization named Chronos which controls 1/3 of the world's population, through eliminating syndicates that harm the flow of life. Train became the 13th member of an elite group of assassins called the Chronos Numbers which earned him the nick name Black Cat, who comes to deliver bad luck. 

He became good after meeting his very first friend, Saya. (It was kind a sad on how things turned out between them. I was hoping to learn more about her but the show didn't tell anything about her.

After Saya got killed by Creed, Train hunted Creed for revenge and he plan to destroy The Apostles of the Stars. When Creed was destroyed, some of the assassins in Chronos and The Apostles of the Stars kidnapped Eve. Train and Sven began their mission to save Eve. At the end, Eve, being a biological weapon was revealed to its limit.

My only deduction of a point from this show is how it ended. Towards the end of the series, the production seemed to get worse, like they put less effort in it. I think the last few episodes were rushed, and I wasn't satisfied with the last episode at all.  But otherwise, I really enjoyed this show. The story is great, the songs that they used are great, and all the characters are 
really good looking. All in all, watching this show is worth my time.

Main Characters

Train Heartnet (トレイン ハートネット Torein Hātonetto?), also known as "Black Cat" or "Kuro Neko", is the protagonist and a sweeper partnered with Sven. Train is a lighthearted, courageous man who is highly skilled with a gun. In the manga's "present time," he is 23 years old. Train's distinguishing features are a choker with a tiny bell attached to it and the XIII tattoo he has on the left side of his chest. He has a large amount of killing intent that he honed from his days as a Chronos member.

Sven Vollfied (スヴェン ボルフィード Suven Borufīdo?) is a sweeper, who befriends Eve, being the first person to treat her like a human, which causes the two to become very close. He becomes Train's partner after Train leaves Chronos. He follows a strict code of chivalry: he is always respectful to women and children and acts very proper. He is often tortured by Train's capricious personality and is usually dragged into trouble and even more debt because of it. Sven is skilled in inventing and making innovative weapons and other various equipment, including bombs and special bullets for Train. Sven's weapon of choice was originally a normal pistol, but after that is destroyed, he invents the Attaché Weapon Case, a suitcase equipped with hidden weaponry inside of it. It contains a built in machine gun, grenade launcher, net launcher, an electrical cable, and various other small weapons inside the case.

Eve (イヴ Ivu?) is a young girl, who is a genetically cloned engineered bio-weapon. She is able to use nanotechnology to transform her body into various offensive and defensive weapons. Initially only able to alter limited parts of her body, she is later able to transform her entire body at will, though it causes much strain on her. She generally turns her arms into blades, hammers and shields, turns her hair into fists and microblades able to cut through steel, turns her own skin into steel, sprouts wings from her back to fly and fires the feathers, and transforms into a mermaid in order to swim more efficiently.

RinsletWalker (リンスレットウォーカー Rinsuretto Uōkā?) is a world class famous thief-for-hire. She works for everyone from the government to mob bosses, and often works alongside Train and Sven. Rinslet says she can steal anything and manipulate any man, though she has trouble with Train. She provides Train and Sven with targets, so that they can act as distractions while she steals. Eve, she treats as a younger sister. Rinslet is sometimes called "Rins" by her acquaintances, and likes disguises, Tarot reading, treasure, and handsome men.

Saya Minatsuki (ミナツキ サヤ Minatsuki Saya?) is an accomplished sweeper and close friend of Train. Her involvement with him leads to his more human outlook on life and his departure from Chronos. In the manga, Train denies ever having any romantic feelings for her stating that they weren't there yet, but he "fell in love with her way of living", and there isn't really anything in flashbacks that proves him wrong. In the anime, however, a romantic interest between the two is strongly hinted, though Train still denies this.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Top Ten List

Most popular Anime are usually located at the top of the rankings list. That doesn't necessarily mean that it's the best. Don’t consider this as “The Top List”, it’s more like “My Top List”. I haven’t seen all the anime shows out there so expect me to be bias over those that I’ve seen and enjoyed. Now, here’s the list.

1.       Bleach/Naruto

Bleach is Naruto’s greatest rival today when it comes to popularity. Whenever you find some Naruto download site, most likely, they also have Bleach download stuff. We can’t say for sure if it’s more popular compared to its rival or less popular. This two are shounen anime based from manga.

2.   Full Metal Alchemist

Two brothers, Edward and Alphonse, broke the taboo of human transmutation trying to revive their dead mother and paid harshly. Now they travel the world in search of Philosopher's stone, in order to regain what they lost.
This anime used to be extremely popular and well liked. I did a quick search over the internet and found out that this was actually voted as the most liked anime series for 2005 and 2006, and why am I not surprised. Great story and great cast of characters too.

3.     One Piece

A boy named Luffy is a captain of a pirate ship looking for the legendary treasure, One Piece. When Luffy was a kid, he ate devil's fruit, which turned him into a rubber man.

4.      Inuyasha

This story is about a time-traveling middle school student, a half-demon, a lecherous monk, a fox demon, a demon slayer, and a nekomata who seek to find all the fragments of the Jewel of Four Souls and to keep them out of the hands of evil doers.

5.      Code Geass

 Lelouch of the Rebellion (コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ Kōdo Giasu: Hangyaku no Rurūshu), often referred to as simply Code Geass, is a Japanese anime series created by Sunrise, directed by Gorō Taniguchi, and written by Ichirō Ōkouchi, with original character designs by Clamp.The series is set after Japan's conquest by the Holy Britannian Empire on August 10, 2010 a.t.b., with their powerful new robot weapons, the Knightmare Frames, stripping Japan and its citizens of all rights and freedoms and renaming the country Area 11. The titular Lelouch vi Britannia is an intellectual Britannian prince who was sent as hostage, along with his sister Nunnally, by his father, Emperor Charles zi Britannia, after his mother was murdered, and has vowed to destroy Britannia. He gains ability through the mysterious power of the Geass, becoming the leader of the resistance movement to fulfill his two wishes: to seek revenge for his mother and to construct a world in which his beloved sister Nunnally can live happily.

6.     Death Note

A genius student named Light finds a notebook with mysterious powers: it kills anyone whose name is written on it. Light starts a campaign to change the world by destroying all crime.

7.   Vampire Knight

Yuki Cross, the adopted daughter of the headmaster of Cross Academy, has grown up and become a "prefect" (also known as a guardian) for the school with two purposes: to protect the Day class students (humans) from the Night class students (vampires) and to protect the true identity of the Night class students from being discovered by the Day class students.

8.   Hunter x Hunter

A young boy named Gon searches for his father; during his journey, he becomes a strong fighter and a Hunter. This is a legendary anime and manga, one of most popular on Japan's Weekly Shonen Jump.

9.      Detective Conan

Shinichi Kudo is a smart high school student who frequently works with the police. One day he witnesses a murder and is given an untested poison to silence him. However, the poison turns him into a child, and he sets out to track the killers as a boy detective Conan.

10.  Pokemon

Multiple series were created in Pokemon universe, with 496 total episodes. They usually involve Pokemon Masters doing battle with their pokemons (pocket monsters).


Cosplaying is an extremely popular activity for anime fans. For those who are not familiar for costplay, it is the short term for “costume play”. It is basically originated in Japan, in 1978.

Participants (known as “Cosplayer”) usually portray characters that are often drawn from Japan fictions. It is typically a type of acting where participants dress up in anime costumes and act on their chosen roles. This is an absolute delight for an Anime fan because you can express your passion in anime by portraying your favourite anime character.

Cosplayers usually rank their selves as otaku (fans of Japanese comic books, known as manga). They typically gather public events such as comic-book and video game trade shows, as well as at dedicated cosplay parties at nightclubs or amusement parks. A cosplayer can portray an opposite sex character, known as "crossplay" and a character who dresses as the opposite sex, known as "crossdress". Example, a male cosplayer portraying a female character who wears girly attire is both cross-dressing and cross-playing. A male cosplayer who dresses as a female character who wears unisex clothing is crossplaying but not cross-dressing. It is also extremely flexible because it is not uncommon to see guys playing the roles of girls and girls playing the roles given to guys.

Through this kind of activity (which is the cosplaying), anime fan can meet likeminded enthusiasts who share their passion for these amazing Japanese Comic Books. Though anime fans are strangers to one another, a common familiarity exists. That sense of familiarity gives them the sense of friendship, and even more, the feeling as if they are family. This is a great place to meet people and exchange their opinions about their favourite anime episodes and characters.