6/15/15

[AOW] Oh! My Goddess (TV)

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This anime goes by several other titles such as Aa! Megami-sama, Ah! My Goddess... but I chose Oh! My Goddess because that is the version of the English title I have always known this franchise by. I have never had the chance to watch all of the TV version; though I am currently working my way through it now. The dub is fantastic. Usually if I am watching a series through for the first time I'll watch it it's native tongue (unless the series was released both in English and Japanese I'll typically try out the English first). With Oh! My Goddess I've heard nothing but good things about the dub so I thought why not watch it in English so if I need to I can blog and do other things while watching ^_^ This anime has a very iconic opening them so I've decided to feature that as the video this week. Let me know if you too love this series as so many do. It's a "harem" done right.

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Type: Manga Adaptation
Genre(s): Comedy, Romance, Magic, Supernatural
# of Episode(s): 46 +special eps
Synopsis:
When Keiichi found his grandpa's diary and saw a treasure map inside, Skuld and Urd started to feel a great urge to search it. With the company of his friends, Keiichi arrives to Honda Inn, the place indicated on the map. Once the party is inside, they meet Honda Chieko, who seems to share a certain promise with Keiichi. Apart from all that confusion, it's time for Keiichi to have enough courage to say the words "I love you" to Belldandy.

6/8/15

[GashaponR] Sailor Venus (star wand) [S.M.Wands Gashapon Can Set 2]


This review is way over due! I actually posted about buying this wand about 3 weeks ago with every intention to post up a review, but due to life I just never got the chance to sit down long enough to write up my opinions. Sorry for this and I hope the wait wasn't too much. To make up for it I'm not only going to be giving away a spare I have of this wand (I was given a spare due to a shipping flaw where 4 of the same wand were sent) but I'll also be trying to find a few other goodies to be given away. In order to win this wand read the details at the bottom of this post, as for the other goodies I'll be posting that give away up on a different post before June is over.

I've always been a big fan of Sailor Venus. She's just in my opinion the perfect scout. I don't think this opinion of mine is clouded by the fact that Venus is my ruling planet based on my birth day, but because Minako herself is just a well balanced yet believable character. She was doing the whole scout thing on her own before any of the others including Sailor Moon herself was discovered, has a fantastic personality, a really good head on her shoulders, can be a "background leader", doesn't have to be part of a team but does a good job of being part, and best of all just looks so pretty! I can see why the other scouts as well as Luna thought she was suppose to be Princess Serenity in Earth form.

~~~Packaging~~~


The wand arrives in a "can" of sorts that opens in half to reveal a 6 pocket pouch that contains the various pieces for the wand. The creates a do it yourself type of assembly which makes the wand feel like it is your own because you had to take the time to piece it together. It was very easy to put together! The can also comes with an insert that shows the other wands in the series (2 for Sailor Moon and one for Sailor Jupiter). At the bottom of the insert is also directions on how to assemble the wand. I'll go a little more into this in a bit.

 Here's a comparison shot of the wand by the can. 
The can itself is a matte pink, where as the first set
was a more shiny pink. I actually like this matte
version more.

~~~Assembly~~~
Assembling the wand can be done in pretty much any order you want but I started with the fake nail polish which is made with a plastic bottle and sand. You can't really take off the top... I actually ended up breaking it a bit because I was curious but it still looks good on display. The star is a ring you place over the nail polish cap.

The wand itself is just two pieces, which is nice because it makes this piece of merch look more professional than something that had to be painted. It snaps together nicely and can just as easily be taken apart for storage 


~~~Various Pics & Thoughts~~~
 As you can see from the far right image I cracked the nailpolish top on one side when trying to see if it would open >.> terrible idea. If you end up buying this or winning the one I'm giving away please do not attempt to take the top off. Also as you can see the ring has an interesting back that is screwed on. The ring only fits my pinky and has that cheap play jewlery feel to it so I personally will just be keeping it on the wand for display. Other than that the material for the wand is really nice and feels wonderful in hand. While the nail polish does not snap on the top piece it does stay in place pretty well even when moving the wand side to side. I'm not too sure if it is anime accurate size, but it looks really nice in person and if I had a transformation wand in real life this would be a good size.

Overall I am really happy with this item. I got it for a nice price at Robo Gato which is a local anime/ Gundam shop I've been going to for many years now. If you're looking for new Sailor Moon merch defiantly check that place out. He's almost always current with releases and takes deposits if you'd like to reserve items so they don't sell out on you (this has happened to me several times but he has been able to get re-releases so if something does sell out on you don't hesitate to ask if the shop is able to get more). This is mainly if you live in El Paso or Las Cruces though >.<



Now I bet you've either read this review or skipped to the end wanting to win your very own Sailor Venus star transformation wand. Welcome either way to the rules ;P
1) Be sure to like R//W[G] on Facebook
2) Post a comment about why you love Sailor Venus 
3) also include your email in the comment so that I may contact you if you Won!
4) Share this blog entry or the post about it on Facebook for bonus points
I'll be posting the winner on my Facebook page around the end of June and I will email you if you won. I'll also handle the cost of shipping if it's not someone local to me who wins. I may even throw in a surprise goodie for the winner. Best of luck <3 br="">

6/6/15

[AOW] Shingeki no Kyojin: Kuinaki Sentaku

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Attack on Titan is possibly the most well known current hype anime along side Sword Art Online. When both of these anime came out both fans and non-fans of this animation style that comes from japan at least knew about these shows. I personally really loved AoT. The animation was just so eye pleasing and the music was just so hype. I loved the story, and the maneuver gear concept was and still is possibly one of my all time favorite contraptions in anime that I hope one day becomes a reality. I currently have been playing the game that recently came out in the Nintendo eShop. Also I've been keeping up with the English releases of Before the Fall. I never really liked reading the original manga, but this one is just so interesting. Anyways, I decided to not feature the original AoT ova but the 2 episode one about Levi before he was part of the corps ^_^

[previous AOW's]
 
Type: Manga Adaptation
Genre(s): Action, Fantasy, Shoujo, Supernatural
# of Episode(s): 2
Synopsis:
 Levi, currently living in the Underground as a criminal boss with his two close cohorts Isabel and Farlan, is given a choice; either be turned over to the Military Police and be tried for his crimes, or join the Survey Corps. After joining the Survey Corps with an ulterior motive, the three realize there might be something on the surface worth more than they expected. Something worth sacrificing their lives for.

3/23/15

[AOW] Your Lie in April (3/22-28/2015)

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I try to rarely feature anime I haven't at least seen the first episode of, but since this gem of a series was recommended to me by several of my good anime watching friends I decided to feature it the same week I'm going to be starting it. I did watch half an episode back when this premiered but for some reason I never finished the episode... nor did I remember about the series. Maybe the episodes I had got deleted when I lost a good chunk of my anime a few months ago. oh well! I'm going to be watching it now and that's all that matters :3 You might notice this anime started in fall of 2014 but didn't finish until March 20th 2015. Kind of strange since it's only 22 episodes. Maybe there was a delay or something between episodes!

[previous AOW's]
 
Type: Manga Adaptation
Genre(s): Drama, Romance, Shonen, Slice of Life, Music
# of Episode(s): 22
Synopsis:
Piano prodigy Arima Kosei dominated the competition and all child musicians knew his name. But after his mother, who was also his instructor, passed away, he had a mental breakdown while performing at a recital that resulted in him no longer being able to hear the sound of his piano even though his hearing was perfectly fine. Even two years later, Kosei hasn't touched the piano and views the world in monotone, and without any flair or color. He was content at living out his life with his good friends Tsubaki and Watari until, one day, a girl changed everything. Miyazono Kaori is a pretty, free spirited violinist whose playing style reflects her personality. Kaori helps Kosei return to the music world and show that it should be free and mold breaking unlike the structured and rigid style Kosei was used to.

3/9/15

[AOW] ISUCA (3/8-14/2015)

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Well... this was kind of a surprise. ISUCA has one of the most shocking first episodes of an anime I've seen in a while. I actually watched this one having no idea what it was about; I started it because I was out of anime to watch for this season so I decided to try a few of the shows I hadn't started yet or ones I originally was not going to watch (in this case was ISUCA and Yuri Kuma Arashi). This anime kind of gave off an Inuyasha vibe at first... but then took a complete turn... so yaaaaa. I'm not sure when I'll get around to watching more episodes but it wasn't a bad first episode.

[previous AOW's]

Type: Manga Adaptation
Genre(s): Action, Comedy, Seinin, Super Natural
Synopsis:
Shinichirou decides to look for a job in order to pay his rent, and his teacher suggests that he work for someone at their house,doing housekeeping. However, the person who hired him was Sakuya, a girl who is the 37th head of the Shimazu family, and her job is to exorcise and eliminate unwanted creatures. Shinichirou accidentally releases one of the creatures that Sakuya captures and they cooperate to catch it. A story of comedic creature hunting begins!

3/6/15

[AOW] Working!! (3/1-7/2015)

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Lately I've been posting darker anime or those that I keep wondering why I even gave a chance. Well, today things change! Today I'm featuring a fun series that has 2 seasons for you to enjoy.

 
Type: Manga Adaptation
Genre(s): Comedy, Slice of Life
# of Episode(s): 26
Synopsis:
Set in a family restaurant in Hokkaido, the northern prefecture of Japan, 16-year-old high school student Souta Takanashi works part-time along with his strange co-workers: Popura Taneshima, a high school girl who's a year older than Souta, yet easily mistaken for an elementary/middle schooler, and Kyoko Shirafuji, the 28-year-old store manager who doesn't bother to do any work at all.
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2/20/15

[AOW] Shinmai Maou no Testament (2/15-21/2015)

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Normally these "why'd I bother" specials are of an anime I already finished watching. I believe in giving each series a full watch through before I can declare if it really was a waste of my precious anime watching time, but this anime is a special case because it's still airing and yet I still find myself making sure I at least have the episodes to watch when I need something to either not pay too close attention to or if I'm out of current anime to watch. From what my boyfee has told me, this anime is way too much like Highschool DxD which seems to be madly popular with the male anime watching demographic though I do know some females who have enjoyed it... which sadly gives me even more of a reason to never bother watching Highschool DxD if it is so similar to SMnT.


For the most part, I have nothing really so say about this anime other than it's really not my cup-o-tea. I'm not saying this just because it's so fan servicy, but because the story is so over done. There's nothing really original or an original take on such a plot so this one sits in the "pretty boring" pile of series'.

 
Type: Light novel Adaptation
Genre(s): Action, Ecchi, Harem
# of Episode(s): 12
Synopsis:
"Hey, you said you wanted a little sister, right?" First-year high school student, Toujo Basara, was suddenly asked by his father and fell into a state of panic. On top of that, the eccentric father told him he will be getting remarried.
He then departed overseas after bringing Basara two beautiful step-sisters. But Mio and Maria's true forms are actually the newbie Demon Lord and a succubus!?
Read more at MAL