The Anime Collectionary

by Kal A on March 11, 2014

Anime Collectionary

Anime Collectionary is a new site for all the anime collectible items released that’s anime related. All the items on the site are being submitted by users who own those items, and it’s great for someone who is looking for a rare item that been released and couldn’t get his hands on it.

Check it out: Anime Collectionary

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My Latest Figures from @Q8_figures

by Kal A on March 8, 2014

kal01 new figures

Lately I’m revamping my room and trying to get as much wall shelves as I could for my figure collections. My amazon.com’s wish list is cramped with lots of figures but I always have this feeling I want this figure NOW! I hate waiting and everytime I plan to order some I’d say I will do it later and of course I forget about it. Then I remembered that we do have few Instagram accounts that sells figures here in Kuwait and one of them is Q8 Figures. I checked out their site and found some decent collection there so I paid them a visit. The place is condensed with lots of figures despite the small store. The picture above was my first loot from them, I got Zetman, Renji, Ichiko Sakura, Grendizer, and Mazinkaisar.

kal01 figures

The second time I visited them with my two nephews and I was planning just to buy one figure each but I ended up buying 2 for each and 2 for me… I just can’t resist!

Check out Q8 Figures on their Instagram account and their site, they do have delivery too:

Instagram: @Q8_figures
Website: q8figures.com

 

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You Have to Watch this Anime Series

by Kal A on March 8, 2014

Space Battleship Yamato 2199

I haven’t been blogging for quite a long time due to my upcoming busy year. I’m going to get involved in a lot of personal projects and hopefully business ones too. Anyhow, when I ever get few minutes to spare I’m watching Space Battleship Yamato 2199. And this series is just flawless! I can’t find a better word to describe how amazing it is, as cliche as that sounds but seriously. I did not have the chance to watch the original classic anime to compare how it stands up against its new version but I can tell this is one of the best remakes ever made on TV or movies.

Space Battleship Yamato 2199

I’m half through the series and I’m already amazed of the art, the cast, the voice actors’ performance, the music, and the plot. Yes obviously I have found my new favorite anime.

 

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Clandestine: First Two Episodes Trailer

by Kal A on January 14, 2014

Clandestine

It’s finally here, a more revealing glimpse of what to expect from the most anticipated project Clandestine. The trailer shows teasers from the first two episodes. Now after seeing that I honestly can’t wait to watch the whole thing. Thousand Pounds are doing it seriously and obviously they’re putting a lot of hard work on it.


[YouTube Link]

Thanks Jordan Wiggins from Ayzenberg for the heads up!

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Top 20 Anime of 2013

by Kal A on December 31, 2013

Eren

Another year another list, here’s the top animes I’ve watched through out 2013. It was a great anime year, I enjoyed most of the shows and hated some. It was actually very difficult to choose which one is which and how to make this year’s list. So, I’ve changed things a little bit, I’m making the top 20 instead of just 10 since I watch a lot of titles and 10 isn’t fair anymore. Here’s what I’ve watched:

  1. Attack on Titan
  2. Kuroko’s Basketball 2
  3. Hajime no Ippo: Rising
  4. Kingdom 2
  5. Hataraku Maou-sama!
  6. Magi: The Kingdom of Magic
  7. Kill la Kill
  8. Golden Time
  9. Suisei no Gargantia
  10. Uchouten Kazoku
  11. Blood Lad
  12. Nagi no Asukara
  13. Servant x Service
  14. Coppelion
  15. Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun
  16. Cuticle Tantei Inaba
  17. Gin no Saji
  18. Karneval
  19. Gundam Build Fighters
  20. Free!
  21. Genshiken Nidaime
  22. Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi
  23. Log Horizon
  24. Aku no Hana
  25. Majestic Prince
  26. Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko
  27. Kyousougiga
  28. Kakumeiki Valvrave
  29. Zettai Karen Children: The Unlimited – Hyouby Kyousuke
  30. Dansai Bunri no Crime  Edge
  31. Devil Survivor 2
  32. Samurai Flamenco

I unfortunately missed one that I was looking forward and I bet it would fit into the top 10, it’s Chihayafuru 2.

free anime

Title: Free!
Type: TV Series, 12 Episodes
Genre: School, Sports, Slice of Life
Themes: Swimming
Year: 04.07.2013 till 26.09.2013
Producers: Kyoto Animation
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

gundam build fighters

Title: Gundam Build Fighters / ガンダムビルドファイターズ
Type: TV Series, Currently Airing
Genre: Mecha, Sci-Fi
Themes: Proxy battles
Year: 04.10.2013 till ?
Producers: Sunrise
Rating:  G – All Ages

Karneval

Title: Karneval / カーニヴァル
Type: TV Series, 13 Episodes
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Themes: Super powers
Year: 04.04.2013 till 27.06.2013
Producers: Manglobe
Rating:  PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

gin so saji

Title: Silver Spoon / 銀の匙
Type: TV Series, 11 Episodes
Genre: Slice of life, Comedy
Themes: School
Year: 12.07.2013 till 20.09.2013
Producers: A-1 Pictures
Rating:  PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Cuticle Tantei Inaba

Title: Cuticle Detective Inaba / キューティクル探偵因幡
Type: TV Series, 12 Episodes
Genre: Action, Comedy
Themes: Law and Order, SUper deformed
Year: 04.01.2013 till 22.03.2013
Producers: Zexcs
Rating:  PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun

Title: Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East / 八犬伝 -東方八犬異聞-
Type: TV Series, 2 Seasons 13 Episodes each
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Themes: Super powers
Year: 06.01.2013 till 31.03.2013 / 07.07.2013 till 29.09.2013
Producers: Studio Deen
Rating:  PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Coppelion

Title: Coppelion / コッペリオン
Type: TV Series, 13 Episodes
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Themes: Post-apocalypse
Year: 05.07.2013 till 25.12.2013
Producers: Go Hands
Rating:  PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Servant x Service

Title: Servant x Service / サーバント×サービス
Type: TV Series, 13 Episodes
Genre: Slice of life, Comedy
Themes: Government employees
Year: 05.07.2013 till 27.09.2013
Producers: A-1 Pictures
Rating:  PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Nagi no Asukara

Title: Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea / Nagi no Asu Kara / 凪のあすから
Type: TV Series, 26 Episodes, Currently Airing
Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Themes: Underwater world, Romance
Year: 27.09.2013 till ?
Producers: P.A. Works
Rating:  PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Blood Lad

Title: Blood Lad / ブラッドラッド
Type: TV Series, 10 Episodes
Genre: Comedy, Supernatural, Fantasy
Themes: Vampires, Demons
Year: 08.07.2013 till 09.09.2013
Producers: Brain’s Base
Rating:  PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Uchouten Kazoku

Title: The Eccentric Family / Uchouten Kazoku / 有頂天家族
Type: TV Series, 13 Episodes
Genre: Fantasy, Slice of life
Themes: Folklore, Gender switch, Shapeshifting, youkai
Year: 07.07.2013 till 29.09.2013
Producers: P.A. Works
Rating:  PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Suisei no Gargantia

Title: Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet / Suisei no Galgantia / 翠星のガルガンティア
Type: TV Series, 13 Episodes
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Mecha
Themes: Piloted Robot,Post-apocalypse
Year: 02.03.2013 till 30.06.2013
Producers: Production I.G
Rating:  PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Golden Time

Title: Golden Time / ゴールデンタイム
Type: TV Series, unknown number of episodes / Currently Airing
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Slice of life
Themes: College
Year: 23.09.2013 till ?
Producers: J.C. Staff
Rating:  PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Magi: The Kingdom of Magic

Title: Magi: The Kingdom of Magic / Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic 2 / マギ The kingdom of magic
Type: TV Series, unknown number of episodes / Currently Airing
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Themes: Magic, Super powers
Year: 22.09.2013 till ?
Producers: A-1 Pictures
Rating:  PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Kill la Kill

Title: Kill la Kill / KLK / キルラキル
Type: TV Series, 24 Episodes / Currently Airing
Genre: Action, Comedy
Themes: Fantasy, High school, Ecchi
Year: 28.09.2013 till ?
Producers: Trigger
Rating:  R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

Hataraku Maou-sama!

Title: Hataraku Maou-sama! / The Devil is a Part-Timer! / はたらく魔王さま!
Type: TV Series, 13 Episodes
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Slice of Life
Themes: Demons, Superpower, Hero, Magic
Year: 04.04.2013 till 27.06.2013
Producers: White Fox
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Kingdom 2

Title: Kingdom / Kingdom (2013) / キングダム 第2シリーズ
Type: TV Series, 39 Episodes / Currently Airing
Genre: Action, Historical,
Themes: Warfare, Military
Year: 08.06.2013 till ?
Producers: Studio Pierrot
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

Hajime no Ippo: Rising

Title: Fighting Spirit: Rising /  Hajime no Ippo 3 / Hajime no Ippo: Rising / はじめの一歩 Rising
Type: TV Series, 25 Episodes / Currently Airing
Genre: Sports, Drama, Comedy
Themes: Boxing
Year: 06.10.2013 till ??.03.2014
Producers: Madhouse, Mappa
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Kuroko no Basket 2

Title: Kuroko no Basket / Kuroko`s Basketball / 黒子のバスケ
Type: TV Series, unknown number of episodes / Currently Airing
Genre: Sports, Comedy
Themes: Basketball, High school
Year: 06.10.2013 till ?
Producers: Production I.G
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Attack on Titan

Title: Attack on Titan / Shingeki no Kyojin / 進撃の巨人
Type: TV Series, 25 Episodes
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Themes: Post-apocalypse, Tragedy, Violence, Titans
Year: 07.04.2013 till 28.09.2013
Producers: Wit Studio
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

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The Syrian Refugees Need Your Help

by Kal A on December 15, 2013

layan syria campaign

Winter is here and so far it looks that it’s going to be a very harsh and cold one. We’re in Kuwait, living in a peaceful country alhamdullah with a lot of facilities to make us go through any rough circumstances and harsh seasons. But a lot of countries don’t have such facilities, especially the Syrian refugees. Governments around the world and more specific the ones nearby Syria let them down, thus you and me can make a difference by doing the simplest thing. By sharing some of the warmth we’re having in our homes. Therefor, I’ve searched the web for a charity to join, I already knew about Sheikh Abdullah Al-Nouri Charity Society which was one of the first to establish such charities online. I also found Layan (picture above) a Syrian campaign done by the youths of the Gulf countries to support the Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Most likely you are reading this while sipping on your favorite hot mocha, wearing a very comfy pullover, in a very warm and cozy office. That’s why I urge you to spare few minutes of your time and spend just a couple of Dinars to save a kid who’s miles away from you sharing one blanket with his brothers and sisters. It’s never been easier so please act now!

Sheikh Abdullah Al-Nouri Charity

LayanGCC

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Fall 2013 Anime: What’s Worth Watching

by Kal A on October 6, 2013

Kuroko no Basuke

Fall is here and it’s packed with some very good titles to watch. I haven’t been through all of them but this list might help you to keep an eye on the most anticipated series.

  • Kuroko no Basket 2: 2nd season of one of the best sports anime.
  • Kill la Kill: from the creators of Gurren Lagann.
  • Hajime no Ippo: Rising: another great sports anime coming back this fall.
  • Coppelion: looks pretty good, action, weapons, nuclear power plant meltdown.
  • Kyoukai no Kanata: it’s done by Kyoto Animation. Enough said.
  • Golden Time: yet from another great studio J.C. Production.
  • Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic 2: Magi is back with its second season.
  • Pupa: looks mysterious and dark.
  • Gundam Build Fighters: well, it’s about Gundam.
  • BlazBlue: Alter Memory: a lot of action.

pupa anime

For the full list of the Fall anime shows you can check out AniChart.

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World Order – Welcome to Tokyo

by Kal A on October 6, 2013

World Order Tokyo 2020

World Order made this video especially for the 2020 Summer Olympics which will be held in Tokyo. It’s not a new song but has new robotic dancing choreography. I never get sick of watching those guys.


[YouTube Link]

Tokyo hosted the Olympics back in 1964 making it the first Asian country to host the Olympic Games twice.

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Hataraku Maou-sama! Review

by Kal A on October 6, 2013

Hataraku Maou-sama

Title: Hataraku Maou-sama! / The Devil is a Part-Timer! / はたらく魔王さま!
Type: TV Series, 13 Episodes
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Slice of Life
Themes: Demons, Superpower, Hero, Magic
Year: 04.04.2013 till 27.06.2013
Producers: White Fox
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Plot: In another dimension the Devil King Sadao is only one step away from conquering the world when he is beaten by Hero Emilia and forced to drift to the other world: modern-day Tokyo. As “conquering the world” are the only skills the Devil King possesses – and are obviously unnecessary in his new situation – he must work as a freeter to pay for his living expenses.

Review:
This series has one of the best intros of 2013 lineup. It’s dark and demons fighting, it was pretty an epic settings. I was hooked, then it shifted to modern Tokyo and completely felt like I was watching another series. I was like what the hell happened.. but yet it was funny. Every episode I watched I want more and couldn’t wait for a whole week to just watch one episode of the daily life of the devil himself working as a part timer in a burger joint.

Hataraku Maou-sama

Comedy might be the main genre to categorize the series, it’s actually very funny. I mean funny as the 80s/90s anime and adult funny, not those moe crap jokes. But there was 2-3 episodes which were insane, made me literally to sit straight and asking for more while watching it. As insane as Bleach‘s fighting scenes. The art was decent enough, no poor artistic moments throughout the 13 episodes. The music besides the opening and the ending is one of the great things I liked a lot, matching perfectly.

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Hataraku Maou-sama! is not meant for any anime fan for sure. I, myself, don’t know why I liked it this much to be honest. I actually loved it! And my only wish is to have a second season, hopefully soon enough. Although nothing certain about a second season to be made or not.

Art: 9/10
Storyline: 8/10
Characters: 9/10
OP/ED: 9/10

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anichart

AniChart is going to be my favorite site from now on for my new anime needs. It’s pretty simple, it’s a chart of new anime divided by seasons, the same thing as we used to have from Moetron for years; But AniChart is Text based unlike Moetron which is one huge image. And each anime is clickable for more info, and this I find much more convenient and time saving.

anilist

MyAnimeList been there since a very very long time. Any anime/manga fan must have visited it countless times. But it was never been updated to meet the new modern looks by modifying it with those new fancy codes. AniList is basically has what MAL has but with a more cleaner look. You can easily import your MAL’s list by just entering your username over there and that’s it. So, no hassle by downloading a data file from MAL then upload it again to AniList. Give it a shot, I already registered as Kal01.

Both sites are still in beta but yet they are almost as perfect as they are now.

AniChart | AniList

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