6th Day of an Anime Christmas

Posted by Neko Kyou in Random Fun on December 19th, 2007

On the 6th day of Christmas, my anime gave to me…

Ryouzanpaku's Masters

6 Scary Crazy Masters (and a pair of boobies for fun).

There are plenty of memorable scenes in History’s Strongest Disciple, Kenichi, but the best is without a doubt in episode 49 (and I’m sure many will agree with me on this one) where Kenichi finally made good use of all his training with the different masters.

His previous combination of different martial arts along with his original 5-in-1 no-rhythm punch was awesome, but having Kenichi mimicking all his masters down to their personalities is just pure win.

I’ve watched that scene dozens of times and still have yet to get bored with it. It’s easily the most memorable in the entire series, one that really gave out the vibe of the strongest disciple in history. Sure, his strongest moment was during the final moments of the battle against Odin in the last episode, but that was nowhere as cool and awesome.

History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi

I actually wonder if its at all possible to mix and match different martial arts like Kenichi does. It’s probably possible to learn different styles and switch during combat, but combining everything in a single move is probably impossible. The manga has gone much farther into the story and with any luck, we’ll get to see a new season of Kenichi.

Watching Kenichi kinda made me regret wasting my time back when I was learning Wushu back in high school. After becoming a yellow belt, I got lazy and started to skip training sessions and never bothered to go for tests/exams or whatever you call it (since I’ve forgotten the proper term) to upgrade my rank even though I probably should have been a blue belt. But one good thing that came out of being lazy was that I decided to quit and joined the Red Crescent instead and that was loads of fun as well.

Shirahama Kenichi

“Apachai dash! Be prepared to go to hell!”

Shirahama Kenichi


Don’t forget to check out the latest (or not so latest) entries from the other participants:

CCYoshi | Owen | Usagijean | 0rion | Roxas | Quinn | Martin | Michael | DS | CalAggie | Moogy | IKnight | DeathToZippermouth | Kabitzin | Reverse Vampire | CJ & Crisu

12 Days of an Anime Christmas thus far…

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Weekly Review #3 – Naruto, Kenichi

Posted by Neko Kyou in Weekly Review on July 8th, 2007

Only managed to catch 2 episodes of anime this week:

Naruto Shippuden Episode 19

History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi Episode 35

Naruto Shippuden

Episode 19: The Trap is Sprung! Team Gai’s Enemies

Rating: 6/10

Naruto Shippuden Episode 19

In all honesty, I would probably be cursing at this episode if I wasn’t a Naruto manga reader. This episode screams slowness and filler, stretching out the out the time before the actual battle with Akatsuki begins. The filler comes in the form of extended battle between Team Gai and their clones. Although a more elaborate fighting scene here is very welcomed, they didn’t really do a good job at it. The battle scene is pretty much each member of Team Gai battling their own mirror image, using the same moves at the same time over and over again.

Naruto Shippuden Episode 19

Got kinda repetitive after the first 5 minutes or so. Neji’s battle might had been interesting, but they skipped all the good stuff and only showed the aftermath of about half a dozen or so Hakkesh? Kaiten on the grounds surrounding the two Neji.

History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi

Episode 35: No Burdens! The Time of Conclusion is Finally Here

Rating: 7/10

History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi Episode 35

After the climax in the previous episode, the 1st Fist Odin appeared to stop Loki from continuing his plan. Odin forced Loki to retreat and offered Hermit a chance to stay with Ragnarok, which was declined without any hesitation at all. Kenichi showed no signs of recognizing who the 1st Fist really is and despite that, Odin still vowed that he would fulfill “that promise” that was made a long time ago and disappeared into thin air.

History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi Episode 35

Hermit insisted to continue his fight with Kenichi and they both resumed where they left off using every last bit of energy they have with everyone else watching from the sideline. I must say it was a rather interesting battle despite them both being heavily wounded from before. A great ending to Kenichi-Hermit arc, definitely one of the best in Kenichi so far.

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Fansub wars over Kenichi! (Updated 28/6)

Posted by Neko Kyou in Thoughts on June 27th, 2007

fansub war kuro-hana and umai-doremi

For the past few days, Kuro-Hana had been consistently releasing episodes of History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi daily, and at one point a couple of days ago Umai-Doremi finally caught up with Kuro-Hana when they released episode 28-30 in a single day.

fansub war kuro-hana and umai-doremi

Kuro-Hana continued to release episode 31 yesterday, which was quickly followed by Doremi as well. Apparently, within a hours after that Kuro-Hana released 32, which was also quickly followed by Doremi.

fansub war kuro-hana and umai-doremi

Just a few hours ago, Kuro-Hana released yet another episode, and guess how did Doremi responded :)

fansub war kuro-hana and umai-doremi

Now we’ll just have to wait and see who will reach the finish line first, although Kuro-Hana has been at the lead Doremi might just pull a fast one on K-H.

** Update 28th June **

Well, it looks like Umai-Doremi really did pull one over Kuro-Hana with an earlier release of episode 34.

fansub war kuro-hana and umai-doremi

Is this the end of the battle? Ladholyman of Doremi had previously posted that they would attempt to compete with Kuro-Hana up to episode 34 before he will be leaving for a trip that would last for a couple of weeks. Would we see more of this battle after the 2 weeks period or would Kuro-Hana catch up with the Japanese airing and end this? We’ll just have to wait and see 😀

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Weekly Review #1 – Pokemon, Kenichi, Nana

Posted by Neko Kyou in Weekly Review on June 24th, 2007

Anime’s I’ve watched this week:

Pokemon Diamond & Pearl Episode 6 – 10

History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi Episode 28

Nana Episode 42 – 43

There are possible (minor) spoilers if you haven’t watched it yourself already so read at your own risk!

Pokemon Diamond & Pearl

Episode 6: Forest of Hesitation! Shinji Again! (Different Strokes for Different Blokes)

Rating: 6/10

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Episode 6

The part where Satoshi and Naetle (Turtwig) were in the Forest of Hesitation and getting chased by a group of Odoshishi (Stantler) were quite entertaining, however having Satoshi lose to Shinji left a bad taste in my mouth.

Episode 7: Try your best, Pochama! (Like It or Lup It)

Rating: 6/10

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Episode 7

This is the first time I’ve watched Diamond and Pearl in dub, and I have to admit that although I actually liked the dub for Pokemon before, the new voice actors for Ash and Brock kinda puts me off. I wonder why did they change voice actors after so many years. Satoshi/Ash could have done much better instead of just staying still and watching Pochama (Piplup) attempting to peck Team Rocket’s Magikarp sub to death.

Episode 8: Gereggru of the Mysterious Gym! (Gymbaliar!)

Rating: 7/10

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Episode 8

We got to see Hassam (Scizor), Gereggru (Croagunk), Dokucale (Dustox) in battle along with Pikachu and Aipom, what’s there not to like? 😀 Kojiro (James) was funny as the obviously biased referee as well.

Episode 9: Let’s Play with Mimirol! (Setting the World on its Buneary)

Rating: 7/10

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Episode 9

Someones got a crush on Pikachu, and Team Rocket is out to make use of that fact to get their hands on Pikachu. I never knew Mimirol (Buneary) could use Ice attacks… *hurries off to train Buneary in Pearl*

Episode 10: Poketch Unavailable! (Not on MY Watch Ya Don’t!)

Rating 8/10

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Episode 10

Let’s see, I’ve always wanted a Poketch for myself too :( Kolink (Shinx) made an appearance as the Pokemon of the son of the Poketch Company’s President. It would have been nice to see it battle, but all it really did was charge up Pikachu to blast of Team Rocket. Go Koduck/Psyduck! 😀

History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi
Episode: 28

Rating: 7/10

History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi 28

Nijima announced the 3 generals of the Shinpaku alliance, and soon after that a fight broke out between the Shinpaku alliance’s generals and Ragnarok’s 4th Fist, Loki, and his men. Kenichi demonstrated many moves in battle and quickly went against Loki, leaving the other 2 generals to take care of the grunts. The final twist in the end was quite hilarious, proving once again that Nijima definitely has a talent at running away.


Episode: 42

Rating: 6/10

Blast seems to be doing well with their recording at Gaia’s training camp and both Blast and Trapnest are already back in Tokyo before the end of the episode. Nothing that’s really worth mentioning, except at the end where Nana went into hyperventilation.

Episode: 43

Rating: 8/10

What made this episode cool is how Nobu seems to have found a new friend in Gaia’s hidden dormitory, who happens to suffer hyperventilation as well. Blast then continues to rock up a storm in front of Shinjuku Station with Hachi watching from afar. And it would seem that Nana has finally made up her mind about her relationship with Ren and Yasu just as the episode comes to an end. Just 4 more to go 😀

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