Terra Formars – テラフォーマーズ

This post contains spoilers!!!

As promised, continuing on with my anime reviews, the next one up is Terra Formars.

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Wikipedia:

Terra Formars is a Japanese manga series written by Yū Sasuga and illustrated by Kenichi Tachibana.

Wikipedia Plot:
In an attempt to colonize Mars, 21st century scientists tasked with terraforming the planet seed it with a modified algae to absorb sunlight and purify the atmosphere, and cockroaches whose corpses spread the algae across the planet as they feed.

Five hundred years later, the first manned ship to Mars lands and its six crew members are attacked by giant mutated humanoid cockroaches with incredible physical strength, later labeled “Terraformars”; the crew is wiped out after sending a warning back to Earth. Decades later, a multinational expedition is sent to exterminate the mutated bugs and take control of the red planet only to be vanquished as well, except for two survivors who manage to return to Earth, one swearing to return and avenge their fallen companions. As a third expedition is assembled, questions are raised about the true origin of the Terraformars and their connection with a deadly virus afflicting mankind.

To fight the Terraformars’ strength and agility, members of the second and third expedition undergo genetic modification to inherit the characteristics of other organisms, only possible after having a special organ implanted with a 36% chance of surviving the surgery itself.

My Review:

I finished watching the Terra Formars series last month. I had actually started watching it then stopped and picked it back up again. It was a little slow to catch my attention but by the time the crew got to Mars’ orbit, sh*t got REAL and I was hooked.

Can I just say, the level of intelligence exhibited by the Terraformars was insane.

It is one thing to go some place where you know that the enemy you have to fight is strong. It’s quite another to find out they are not only strong but smart as fuk AND have been tipped off that you are coming.

The fact that the Terraformars were not only tipped off but were also given all of the expedition crews’ battle tactics, was not revealed until later on in the series.

So basically, for the first few episodes after they got to Mars each time the expedition crew had a run in with the Terraformas  and had to fight them, they got their butts whooped.

The fight scenes were awesome though and since each side has suped up abilities, it really added that X factor. I like that they explained what each of the Captains abilities were and from which Earth animal it was derived from.

The animation was visually appealing to me and very detailed as well. The story line was a little dry in the beginning but once the fighting started I didn’t care. I also liked the OST.

The series ends with the crew on Mars but seriously worn down and still fighting the Terraformars after sending out a rescue message to Earth for them to be picked up since their ship was destroyed. Meanwhile, back on Earth, the politicians and Army were still going back and forth on whether they were going to send a rescue team to Mars.

Typical government foolishness.

I am hoping that there is a Season 2. I mean, they can’t just leave them there, right???

This is definitely one of those anime where it’s so good that I would read the Manga. Especially if it looks like the anime is not being continued.

If anyone knows of an OVA or any other spin off related to this anime, please let me know.

Isha’s Anime Rating – A

Anime Review(s) – Coming Soon: Tokyo Ghoul 1 & 2

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Psycho Pass – サイコパス 1 & 2

This post contains SPOILERS!!!!

Happy New Year Everyone! \ @ _ @ /

Let’s do this…First post of 2015!!

Over the past two weeks, I have been catching up on my Japanese Anime.The story lines, characters and quality of Anime still manages to amaze me, even after all these years of being a fan. This Anime caught my eye recently and then proceeded to blow me the fuk away.

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サイコパス – Psycho Pass 1 & 2

Wikipedia:

Gen Urobuchi is a Japanese writer for visual novels, light novels, and anime. He is known for his dark style, nihilistic themes, and tragic plot twists, earning him the fan nickname “Urobutcher.”

Wikipedia Summary: 

Psycho-Pass is set in 2113. The Sibyl System is actively measuring the populace’s mental states, personalities, and the probability that individuals will commit crimes, using a “cymatic scan” of the brain. The resulting assessment is called a Psycho-Pass (サイコパス Sa-i-ko-pa-su). When the probability of a person engaging in crimes measured by the Crime Coefficient index exceeds a certain level in an individual, he or she is pursued, apprehended, and killed if necessary.

My Review:

I’ve been meaning to watch サイコパス for a while. I had too many K dramas that I was watching and when I saw it had two parts, I felt like it was too much to try to fit in. Since the amount of K dramas I’m currently watching has decreased for now, I started watching and was able to finish. Part 1 and 2. Once I started, I was totally obsessed. Typical me.

The story line is pretty good. I don’t mind a futuristic theme, as long as it’s not so ridiculously over the top that it seems unbelievable. There is a nice balance in サイコパス. I don’t think I could handle actually living in the kind of setting that is portrayed in this Anime though. Having a main frame computer system pass judgement on whether I’m a criminal or not with one body scan and then say if I should be killed on the spot? My stress level would probably send my Psycho-Pass well over 300+ and anything over 299 is instant death. So…..Yeah.

The way the ‘criminals’ are killed is absolutely horrifying. Bubbling up as if boiling internally then exploding into a bloody pile of goo. Yessss! Japanese Anime at it’s finest. NOT for the squeamish. I’ll say that right now. There is also a stun mode for ‘criminals’ whose Psycho-Pass are read under 299. Depending on where it hits you, you can be passed out for up to three days with possible paralysis during that time. Not bad, right?

One of the Enforcers in part 1, Shinya Kogami, is hot as hell. Seriously. Anime has the ability to make you totally fall for the guys/girls in the series. Or is that just me??? – _ – Hmmm. Any-hue. His cigarette smoking, sexy staring and gun blazing was SMT (So My Type)! I was bummed he wasn’t in part 2 but that story line was also interesting. Each episode of サイコパス is a continuation of the previous episode. You don’t have to watch Part 1 first, but I would highly recommend it.

I also LOVED their guns, the “Dominators”, that automatically level up in badass-ness, depending on your scan level. The way the gun would calmly announce in a friendly female voice that they are about to turn you into human soup was madness.

I’ve probably said this before but I would LOVE to sit down with the writer of an Anime, in this case Gen Urobuchi-sensei and be like, “HOW??? How did you think of all this?”

Isha’s Anime Rating –

Anime Review(s) – Coming Soon:  Terra Formars

My early ‘Year in Review’

Seeing as the holidays are right around the corner and knowing how people are so busy during this time, I decided to post my blog’s first ‘Year in Review’ early. ^.^

As I sit back and thing about everything I have done this year, I’d have to say that it has been fun. I’ve also gotten some bumps and bruises along the way, but that’s life right?

Travel

My travel log was super cool this year.

Going to Japan again, this time for my birthday, meant so much to me. Tokyo holds such a special place in my heart and I always feel like I’m home while I’m there.

When the tsunami hit Japan a few years ago, I remember standing in front of my tv crying and praying. Since then I’ve been there twice and knowing that I was almost unable to go at all, makes me treasure the island, the people and their culture even more each time I visit.

The Hello Kitty Convention in LA’s Little Tokyo was also another highlight for my travel log. I met a lot of awesome people there. It was nice to see that my HK induced craziness, was not mine alone. There.are.others. And they were there in droves. The convention sold out for all four days. I also got to finally see with my own two eyes, Yuko Yamaguchi-san, head designer for Hello Kitty over the last 30 years. When I think about all of the ill collaborations HK has done during that time, only two words come to my mind. Bow down.

Music

This is the first year that I have listened to 95% K pop music alone.

90% of that goes to BTS.

The other 5% goes to K pop songs that BTS listened or danced to.

The last 5% goes to American songs that BTS listened or danced to.

You see where I’m going with this right?

It was a BTS year for me. Between their new album ‘Dark and Wild’, the promotions for ‘Dark and Wild’, the various magazine spreads, the ridiculously cute Bangtan Bombs, their millions of tweets and everything else, BTS has successfully taken the spot as my number one group. I absolutely LOVE them. Every.single.member.

My feels were absolutely torn to shreds when BTS recently performed at the MAMAs in Hong Kong a few weeks ago. They didn’t win either of the two awards they were nominated for, but they stole the whole dam show with their off the hook performances. They SLAYED and I was so proud.

Food

I am a HUGE foodie. If the food is good, I.AM.THERE.

This past year, due to the location of my new job, I was able to explore a lot of new Asian restaurants. Thai, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and a few fusion spots. Cucumber water…who knew??? Hello Kitty Maki, yes please!!!

The only reason I am even able to barely fit into my clothes as I type this, is due to the amount of ungawdly walking I have to do on my way to and from work.

Relationships

Bhahaha!!!

Who has time for that?! Certainly not me. All my time has been split between the above categories plus work and family. How could I possibly fit anything else in? Eventually, I’ll settle down but for now, I am happy in my space.

So that’s my ‘Year in Review’.

Geeze. When I write it out, it doesn’t seem like much but really it was so…so much.

I hope that you all have an awesome rest of 2014 and a very safe and happy holiday season.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read, watch or comment on my crazy posts!

I see your clicks from all over the world and I appreciate every single one.  \@_@/

We’ll start this shit up again in 2015!!!

XOXO

-IshaB

Japanese Anime vs Cartoons

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In Japan, the Anime characters are hella pretty/handsome.

Especially the guys….

It’s okay to drool over an Anime guy right??? @ _ @

If I had to choose between being made into a Japanese Anime or a Cartoon, I’d rather look like an Japanese Anime character. ^ _ ^