30DAC – Day 10: Favorite Fighter Anime

I’m taking the meaning of this prompt as like brawl fighting, tournaments a theme etc. I was torn between two shows for this. Yu Yu Hakusho and Dragonball.

While I do truly love Dragonball, I can’t deny that Yu Yu Hakusho just has slightly more to offer in terms of interesting characters and cool powers. I didn’t include DBZ in this because, while I do like that show too, it gets monotonous after time, and the battles are drawn out too much.

Yu Yu Hakusho centers around a boy named Yusuke Urameshi who died while trying to save a kid from getting hit by a car. He’s brought back to life by a shinigami named Botan and Koenma, ruler of the spirit world, though technically a prince, under the condition that he become a spirit detective, a person with immense spiritual powers who solves cases for the spirit world typically involving demons.

He is quickly joined by his best friend/rival Kuwabara, who had heightened spirit awareness far before Yusuke, Hiei, a fire apparition and Kurama, a reincarnated fox demon.

While the animation isn’t fantastic, the fights are incredible and many of them are very memorable. My personal favorite is the Dark Tournament arc because not only do we showcase the main group’s powers, but we also get introduced to all sorts of different demons and abilities that constantly change up the battle. There’s a couple other tournament arcs, but I find the Dark Tournament more diverse and interesting.

Plus, it introduced us to Jin and he’s just awesome.

The characters are really memorable, even if Hiei really gives off a Vegeta vibe, only without the rivalry with the main character, and the storylines, while not being insanely original, are also memorable and well-written.

It’s just an overall great fighting anime that I’d be glad to recommend to anyone.

Book Club (Manhwa) Review

Rating: 8.5/10

Plot: Eun Sae has a crush on a boy named Kyung Do, but he is only interested in books. As a way to get closer to him, she agrees to clean up and take care of the school’s horribly disorganized and creepy library. As they spend time in the library, Kyung Do finds a creepy old book and becomes enveloped by it. However, there is much more to that book than meets the eye and it only brings bloodshed to every reader.

Breakdown: This series really surprised me because it’s somewhat uninspired in the first few chapters and even comes off as a bit of a shoujo with Eun Sae’s attraction to Kyung Do, but this definitely was a pleasant surprise in terms of horror and story.

There are several very creepy visuals as the two get more ensnared by the powers of the book, and the ending was handled extremely well and resulted in several plot twists that I never saw coming.

I really enjoyed how they made every single character integral to the plot in some way. Sure, some were seemingly just bodies to add to the pile, but most of them were pieces to the puzzle and important aspects to the story.

The ending was sad, though that’s to be expected from the horror genre. I sorta wish the series had ended a few pages earlier, mostly because the ending was just somber mixed with hopeful before those last few pages then we had to go and kill someone else off.

I guess the issues I had with this series was that the main characters weren’t horribly interesting in terms of personality. Eun Sae likes Kyung Do, she’s kind and doesn’t ditch him when things involving the book get bad. Kyung Do’s definitely more concerned/obsessed with the book and books in general than he seems to treasure any connection with Eun Sae. If anything, the two detectives were more interesting in that regard. The pasts of Eun Sae and Kyung Do are very interesting, but they don’t have very strong personalities to back it up much.

Art: The art is very well done. There are several visuals that, while not being horribly original, are still very creepy, especially towards the ending. The details on the characters are pretty well done, even if proportions seemed off sometimes.

Bottomline: It’s a very enjoyable and pretty original horror manhwa with likable characters, interesting plot twists, creepy atmosphere and plenty of suspense. It’s not groundbreaking, but certainly worth a read.

Recommended Readers: There are many instances of death, references to killing and torture, and some instances of gore. Being a supernatural horror story, there are also various visuals that wouldn’t be advised for young readers either way. No sex, no nudity that I recall, and minor swearing if any. 14+