Anime Club: The Seven Deadly Sins

Hello everybody! For this week’s anime club, we have another Netflix adaptation for The Seven Deadly Sins.

THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS

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CREATED BY: Tensai Okamura

GENRE: Action, Fantasy, Adventure

NO. OF EPISODES: 24 Episodes + 2 OVAS

YEAR: 2014-2015

COUNTRY: Japan

Sins 4_zpsntk9kdaqThe Seven Deadly Sins were once an active group of knights in the region of Britannia, who disbanded after they supposedly plotted to overthrow the Liones Kingdom. Their supposed defeat came at the hands of the Holy Knights, but rumors continued to persist that they were still alive. Ten years later, the Holy Knights staged a coup d’état and captured the king, becoming the new, tyrannical rulers of the kingdom. The third princess, Elizabeth, then starts out on a journey to find the Seven Deadly Sins and enlist their help in taking back the kingdom.

With a plot centered on a holy war; every episode contains an epic battle between our unlikely heroes and their deadly foes. This anime is fast paced. Battles are not dragged out over countless episodes leaving the viewer with a nasty cliffhanger and a feeling that the plot really didn’t go anywhere. Each member of the Seven Deadly Sins is a criminal with a personality matching that of their designated sin so as you can imagine, everyone is hot headed and ready for combat.

maxresdefault (1)This show is deceivingly grim. The art style is very cutesy, the characters very young, and of course there is a talking piggy sidekick. So at first glance one would assume the show was meant for a more youthful audience. However there is no scarcity of blood and the antagonists are ruthless. The holy knights have no sense of morality. Imbued with the blood of demons, they pursue the seven sins obsessively trying not to just capture them but to end their lives. Their undertaking leads to the death of countless innocent men and women. Even our heroes have a dark side. The title of wrath, envy, sloth, greed, etc. comes from a singular transgression that the individual character committed in their past and the viewer is slowly introduced to these sub layers throughout the season.

This was a manga adaptation that had a goal in mind as to where it wanted to finish in the source material and it did everything it had to in order to get there. Normally this can lead to some questionable adaptations (like say Deadman Wonderland), but in this case it worked out fine. Any changes made compared to the source material in my view were minor while they still managed to hit the key points in spectacular fashion. In terms of adaptations I’d consider this a pretty strong one.

PROS:

  • Fast pace.
  • Interesting plot.
  • Grim themes.
  • Interesting characters.

CONS:

  • Unnecessary over-the-top sexual humor.
  • Not intended for young audiences.
  • Appears to be for young audiences.

SCORE: 9.0 / 10

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Anime Club: Noragami Aragato

Hello everybody! This anime club needs some more Noragami doesn’t it? Well this week we have the second season of Noragami, Noragami Aragato.

NORAGAMI ARAGATO

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CREATED BY: Kōtarō Tamura

NO. OF EPISODES: 13 Episodes

GENRE: Supernatural, Action, Comedy

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: Japan

The story is about an Underdog God Named Yato and his adventures. This Yato god, said to be a God of War and Calamity, is down to the earth poor and is not very popular and doesn’t even have a shrine for himself. He does any job from baby sitting to evil slaying for a price of just 5 yen. His goal is to become the most popular God and being famous amongst the humans. In the path to achieving his goal, his fate becomes intertwined with a high school girl called Hiyori Iki, who happens to be the only human with the ability to see him. So what Yato does in order to get rich and famous and what all adventures or troubles he gets into in the process with Hiyori Iki is the story.

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All I can say is that I am so glad that Noragami has returned for a second season, even if it was in the form of Noragami Aragato. I am not saying that I didn’t like Aragato, as it is actually quite the contrary. Aragato cemented my fondness for the series as a whole. This is especially the case for Yukine, as his development over the course of the series is what keeps me involved and interested. Yukine is actually my favorite character in anime at the moment, especially since I could throw Hiyori and Yato over a bridge.

52ee590d8299e7b45bd2026a940f7090Unfortunately, like with an series that I absolutely adore, it definitely isn’t perfect. My biggest pet peeve with Aragato is all of the cliffhangers. There is almost a cliffhanger and the end of every single episode, and it becomes even more ridiculous in the last three or four episodes. The suspense was even worse than normal, as after I thought the episode was the series finale, the producers would update the schedule to include another episode! This was absolutely frustrating. Before I go too much off of a tangent, I do also want to mention that Aragato is split into two separate stories. While it does actually work in the general flow of the story, I was not personally a fan. We spent way too much time dealing with Bishamon and Yato’s feud where it could have been wrapped up in a three episode arc.

PROS:

  • Character development.
  • YUKINE!
  • Awesome opening.
  • Well paced story.

CONS:

  • Two separate arcs.
  • Bishamon x Yato.
  • Too many cliffhangers.

SCORE: 7.5 / 10

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Anime Club: Magi Kingdom of Magic

Hello everybody! For this week’s anime club we are re-visiting the world of Magi for season 2, Magi: Kingdom of Magic.

MAGI: KINGDOM OF MAGIC

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CREATED BY: Koji Masunari

GENRE: Action, Fantasy, Adventure

NO. OF EPISODES: 25 Episodes 

YEAR: 2013-2014

COUNTRY: Japan

Magi-The-Kingdom-Of-Magic-Episode-1-magi-the-labyrinth-of-magic-35818745-960-540After confronting some members of Al Thamen, Aladdin and his friends go separate ways for personal reasons, promising to rejoin together in the future. Aladdin enrolls in the Magnostadt Academy to study magic, Alibaba leaves to improve his swordsmanship and learn magoi manipulation in order to complete his djinn equip with the Yambala Gladiators in the Reim Empire, Hakuryuu returns to the Kou Empire, and Morgiana departs to the Dark Continent to fulfill her dream of visiting her homeland.

One year later, Aladdin and Alibaba are reunited during Reim’s campaign to conquer Magnostadt and after they help defend the city, the Kou Empire launches a surprise attack. To defeat the invaders for good, the city’s leader Matal Mogamett summons an army of Dark Djinns with a huge mass of Black Rukh stored in its deepest level. However, Aladdin reveals that by doing this, Mogamett unwillingly helped Al-Thamen to get closer to their main objective, which is to summon their god, Il Illa, whose advent will cause the world’s destruction. To prevent it from happening, Aladdin and his friends join forces with the Kou Empire, the Reim Empire and Sinbad’s confederation, the Alliance of Seven Seas to stop the summoning.

endning_2_magi_the_kingdom_of_magic_by_bluerathy_s-d7a0zg0Alright everybody, time to revisit the Magi series for Season 2! This time our three main characters spend most of their time apart, instead being broken up into three separate stories for the majority of the season. Obviously Aladin stole most of the show and his story explained main political and sociological standpoints in this new magic-based kingdom. What the creators were able to do right was showing fans the rest of the world. This allowed us to see the other warring nations instead of just being names mentioned in lore and dialogue. Also, we finally receive an explanation about the history and rules magic has in this world. About time!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t insanely fond of this season as a whole. I really wasn’t thrilled with the majority of the new characters, as the episodes where Alladin and Alibaba were together were easily still the best episodes. Each story is relatively interesting, but it lacks to personality and friendship of the main characters to be complete. Unfortunately, season 2 of Magi tried to wrap up everything in a nice little bow at the end rather too quickly, leaving plenty of un-answered questions. Perhaps in season 3?

PROS:

  • Political and sociological themes.
  • Opened up the rest of the Magi world.
  • History and rules of magic.

CONS:

  • Majority of new characters are disappointing.
  • Three separate stories aren’t as entertaining as one.
  • Ends rather quickly.

SCORE: 7.5 / 10

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