Original anime graphic tees and posters
Original anime graphic tees and posters

The new Hunter x Hunter is every bit as good as the old one!

(image is courtesy of kingdoms-fansub.com)

Let me start off by saying that CrunchyRoll on Roku is a god send. I can't stress that enough. For the price of a decent lunch each month, you get to watch a ridiculous amount of anime in HD. P.S I am not paid to promote CrunchyRoll, but I know a good thing when I see it and I don't mind telling others about it.

My current anime rotation, includes a lot of shows. Some not so exciting, others kinda relaxing and then some that you just have to watch like your life depended on it. Thats where Hunter X Hunter comes in.  I was always a fan of this show. So when they stopped abruptly, it really hurt me. Then suddenly I find out there is a continuation of the show on CrunchyRoll. I did notice that it appeared to be a remake. So Initially I was quite skeptical. I am not a big fan of remaking shows. Most shows never survive being revived with cleaner more advanced forms of animation. For all those new advancements, the storyline tends to surfer a lot. So my skepticism sustained my prejudice agains the the new Hunter x Hunter till my brother (P-shinobi) kept singing its praise and continuously recommending that I should resume watching it.

I finally relented and gradually sampled some of the old episodes and worked my way back up to where the previous version ended. And I gotta say, it didn't take long and I was hooked again. That feeling you get from watching a really really good show came surging. That feeling that says, "Sure is 2a.m and you have work tomorrow, but one more episode couldn't hurt". The new show extends the previous one with some new impressive and unusual villains. Thats all I am going to say. Needless to say, I have been reduced to patiently waiting for the release of a new episode every Wednesday. 

Hunter x Hunter is one show that doesn't seem to miss a beat. It is immune to the problem a lot of anime shows have to deal with. Most long running shows tend to loose momentum after a while. They are plagued with a barrage of inconsistencies. Character (strengths/power levels) relative to each other stop making sense (looking at you Bleach) . Hunter x Hunter does a very good job of managing its characters and maintaining consistency when it comes to what they are capable of. And I am truly appreciative of that fact. Not to mention it has a really unique story line. I think thats the secret sauce. A GREAT story line.

If you were once a fan of this show, please consider the new episodes, they are by no means disappointing. And if you were never aware of such a show, I envy you because you get to watch one of the greatest anime shows from scratch with a fresh mind. :)

February 09, 2014 by Justin A

How I got to understand american football by watching Eyeshield 21.

Eyeshield 21

If you are a close friend or family, you would know I don't care for American Football. 

Fist of the North Star. A true anime gem.


Enter Fist of the North Star. Some of you might already know that I got a premium Crunchyroll account. So after having watched what I considered all the good stuff on Crunchyroll, I thought I go retro just for kicks. So I watched one random episodes of Fist of The North Star. And a funny thing happened, I enjoyed how the bad guys were....

Ad infinitum

I vividly remember the first time I heard about Pokemon. I literally went to bed one night on a perfectly normal day, and the next day, I woke up and everyone was talking about this thing. It was kinda weird. This was over a decade ago, and I hear the show is still alive and well. Remember the original opening theme? Remember when we thought Mew-2 was the baddest Pokemon around?

REMEMBER WHEN THERE WERE ONLY 150?!!!! How many are there now? Gotta catch 'em all? HA, good luck!

At what point does a series run for so long that maybe it becomes time to give it an honorable discharge? It all comes back to profitability. Shows like Pokemon, One Piece, and Naruto are such bottomless wells of money in many ways other than TV, it will almost be ill-advised to cut them off after 200 or so episodes. Why stop when there are so many Nintendo games to be made? So many playing cards to be sold?

I prefer my anime shorter. I typically max out at around 46 or so, like with most of the Gundam series. I find that the shorter a series is, the more coherent the story is, in return making for a better show. Case in point, Read or Die, Bakemonogatari, Death Note, Infinite Ryvius to name a few. When a show runs on and on with no end in sight, I feel like it eventually has to run out of track, like a train that...well....runs out of track!

Bear in mind that this is only my opinion, and I'm sure there is something to like in a show that's 200+ episodes long. Maybe someone out there can explain it to me? In closing I would like to make a recommendation for Bakemonogatari. If you are looking for a show that is modern, deep, and won't waste your time, look no further. If you've already seen it, do let us know what you thought.