Read manga Boku dake ga Inai Machi Ch.042: Target: August, 2008 online in high quality–Target–August–2008?id=266472

For those of us who love Spoilers, and Love Erased (although you might not after reading this)

It’s the first translation of Erased Chapter 42!!


Happy reading and viewing!!

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Well that’s just depressing


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‘First human’ discovered in Ethiopia

‘First human’ discovered in Ethiopia

How fascinating is that?!

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A Certain Scientific Railgun

When it comes to animes about groups of 4-5 girls , these can mostly be passed off as mindless hours of fun and games as the groups of girls go on their various misadventures together. Usually, this isn’t really a problem as a lot of people LOVE those kind of shows, but as with any trope, they can be done to death and rehash the same things over and over again.

That isn’t the case with A Certain Scientific Railgun (or To Aru Kagaku No Railgun, for all you anime purists).

Imagine, if you will, instead of a group of four normal girls, that one of them is a computer genius that works for a crime unit known as Judgment, another is an esper with the ability to teleport herself and any object she touches that also works for said organization, and one of them happens to be the 3rd strongest esper in a whole city of 2.3 million espers. Put them together, along with their powerless and slightly perverted best friend, enigmatic scientists who perform dangerous experiments on the students in this city, GIANT ROBOT FIGHTS, along with a slightly sadistic dorm supervisor obsessed with keeping her students in line, then this is basically what Railgun amounts to (At least the first season; the second season will be very heartbreaking for people following the Index novels, first anime….or really ANYTHING else in the Index franchise, so I won’t spoil that for anyone.)

Instead, I will simply talk about the first season and why you should check it out, to form your own connection into one of the (IMO) most expansive universes in anime. This series, despite being released after Index S1, takes place before it, and does not interfere with the main story whatsoever. Unfortunately, Railgun is based on a manga spin-off, and NOT the Index novel series. As such, there will be noticeable differences between the manga and anime adaption, including changed plot points, introduction of anime-only characters, etc. If you’re really picky about those sort of things, I wouldn’t recommend this show. In fact, the entire second arc is comprised entirely of anime-filler, all with with a predictive villain and the typical hero save everyone shtick.

Putting all that aside, Railgun is a fascinating look into technology and espers at its finest. One of the biggest selling points for this show is the city it’s based in: Academy City. Setting aside the fact that it has the most advanced tech in the world to date, it is also home to 2.3 million espers, a plot point that makes for a whole bunch of interesting stories.

I could go on and on about how railgun is one of the best shows ever, but I’d rather not enforce my opinion on you. I’d rather you check it out for yourself and decide on your own. And if you do read the manga as well, or choose one or the other, try to keep an open mind.

I’m an anime junkie, and I rate this series a 4.0 out of 5.0.



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Archives: The World God Only Knows

Part of the blog Anime Junkies.

When it comes to otakus, there is a fine line dividing the crazy ones from the sane ones. While I just realized how ridiculous that was as soon as I typed it, it’s not that hard to find some truth in it. We have the regular otakus who just spend an allotted time out of their day for their favorite show/game/etc and try not to let them interfere too much too much with their daily lives.

And then there is Keima Katsuragi. He has made it mission to become a “god” of dating sim games (or eroges, if you prefer). According to him, there is no girl he cannot conquer, and he manages to do so while still managing to maintain not only passable, but PERFECT scores on his homework and tests. However, in the real world, he is little more than the resident “dweeb”, mocked by peers and teachers alike, unable to place himself in the hearts of real women. Not that this seems to phase him in the least. For the most part, Keima believes himself to be removed from the real world, determined to spend the rest of his life in the world of 2D dating forever. However, the REAL god has other plans for this so called “dating god”!

One day, Keima receives a request he cannot refuse; the chance to conquer some girls. At first, he thinks it is just a challenge to conquer some more 2d girls. However, it turns out he has walked straight into a contract with a demon from the very depths of Hell! A demon of the newly formed Hell, Elsie, becomes instantly bonded to Keima in more ways than one! If Keima can help her capture all the old demons of Hell, who have redubbed themselves as “Loose Souls”, attempting to make a place for themselves on Earth, they will both be released form their contracts! If not, then they will be killed right on the spot! The catch? Each one of these Loose Souls are trapped within the souls of female girls, and feeding on the negative emotions of their hosts to survive. To make them escape, Keima must replace those negative emotions with something more powerful in order to force the Loose Souls out of the hosts and allow Elsie to capture them. Unfortunately for Keima, however, that ‘more powerful thing’ happens to be love! Now, a man who has little to no experience dating girls in the 3d world must rely on all the knowledge he has acquired from years of gaming in order to do what most kids like him would only dream about! As far as premises go, this one is definately one worth exploring.

For the record, unless you are able to show the amount of dedication Keima does in his mission to become a god of gaming, I do not recommend you try his actions. I do recommend you, however, to enjoy them to the fullest of your ability! Much of the shows humor and charm comes from how well it portrays the character Keima as not only someone completely unlikable, but completely likeable at the same time. Also, the references to other anime and otaku tidbits are interesting as well. If you can endure the first two seasons, which can get boring and repetitive if you’re not too much into this genre, I promise you’ll be rewarded with a treat in the third one (yes. THIS show is one that gets three seasons), as the show evolves into something even more awesome.

I’m an Anime Junkie, and I rate this series a 4 out of 5.


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Archives: Shin Sekai Yori – From the New World

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Originally starting off as a three volume novel by Yusuke Kishi, I think it’s fair to call “Shin Sekai Yori” probably one of the greatest “sleeper hits” of this decade.

When picking my lineup for the fall 2012 season (the season when I started watching anime simulcasts on a regular basis), this was one choice I thought I would regret adding on my crunchyroll lineup. And for the first few episodes, I might have been right. The story takes forever to start up, and when it does, it moves at a very snail like pace. However, after a certain point, things started to escalate very fast, and I continued forward on a animated journey reminiscent of a Hayao Miyazaki movie; a captivating world, inspiring characters, and a thought provoking ending that will have you begging for more.

To give a brief summary, the story takes place in a post apocalyptic Japan, after an event surrounding espers in 2011 has devastated the entire planet and fractured the world powers into something new altogether. It centers around five students who go to a school that helps themselves and other students control their powers, otherwise known as “Cantus”. The main character, Saki, is the last of her little group to graduate and have her powers mature, thus joining her friends in the advanced class. However, things are not always what they seem, as there are rumors of students disappearing from campus as a result of “Black Cats” who will spirit you away if you don’t have enough power. As if that weren’t bad enough, the humans are not alone in their little world now fractured beyond recognition. A new race of beings,
“Monster Rats”, are lesser beings without Cantus that are in the shape of mole rats, serving as little more than squash beneath the feet of man. When Saki and her friends decide to take a detour on their school trip, it will send them on a journey that will change their lives forever….

I won’t spoil what happens on that trip, for it will reveal many elements relevant to the story altogether. I will say this however. If you’re a fan of stories with plot rather than “plot” (*cough* Sword Art Online *cough*) and you’re fascinated with stories that depict the end of the world, or just looking for some food for thought, then this anime is the one for you.

I’m an Anime Junkie, and I rate this series a 5 out of 5


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