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Lychee Light Club is based off of a manga by Usamaru Furuya, which in turn was based off of a Tokyo Grand Guignol stage production of the same name. First off, the anime shorts are vastly different from the manga, which more than earns its 18+ rating. While the original manga is incredibly dark and filled with violence, gore, and sexual scenes, the anime is much more light-hearted and comedic. The characters are drawn in a super-deformed style, which adds to the charm, and the animations are simple but effective.
Dungeons overflowing with riches, flying carpets, and vast deserts; the Arabian Nights hold an exotic feeling of adventure and fantasy foreign to much of the world. These qualities, while oddly unique for an anime, fit the shonen genre perfectly, and Magi exemplifies that well. Magi is entrenched in an Arabian Nights world filled with sword fights, genies, and magic flutes. But even while exploring such a distinctive cultural setting, it doesn’t forget that it is an anime. With a balanced, fun atmosphere accompanied by a classic shonen quality, Magi is a strong anime made fresh and exciting by its unique world.
What is immediately noticeable about Magi is its application of Arabian Nights-style culture to its world. The backgrounds, which are animated beautifully, are chock-full of palaces, merchant stalls, desert sands, and nomadic grasslands, and the items, such as daggers, tapestries, carts, and even furniture are distinctive of that culture. The deserts become not just exotic, but also exciting with the addition of Arabian Nights-style magic. Magi, djinns, magic carpets, and dungeons give Magi an element of fantasy and excitement that a documentary on the Arabian Nights could never produce. Even character names and designs fit in with the cultural theme, with well-known Arabic names like Jamil and Sinbad and distinctive clothing like turbans and punjabi pants interwoven throughout Magi. These elements altogether immerse viewers into the world of Magi, but the best part is that they are used to create a unique environment that enhance the story rather than just be the best part itself. Magi doesn’t forget that it is an anime, and it still interweaves through the visuals wild hair colours and huge eyes to remind you of that.
Magi also makes use of its unique setting to create a balanced, but fun atmosphere. The desert dungeons, vast landscapes, and busy bazaars promote adventure and exploration, resulting in a sense of excitement. Humour itself fills these adventures, and especially with Aladdin’s pure heartedness and naivety to fill in the gaps, its difficult to not fall in love with the vast world of Magi. The Arabian Nights-style society isn’t just filled with joyful escapades, however; keeping in line with history, there are power struggles between the rich and the poor, upper classes regard slaves as insects, empires wage war with nomadic tribes, and people are killed ruthlessly. As these sorts of elements happened during the approximate era in which Magi takes place, this makes Magi’s setting feel more authentic and adds potential for a struggle between hope and despair. However, Magi only takes basic elements from history and makes them original; it creates its own empires, tribes, and characters, only using history and preexisting fiction as inspiration. Together with the elements that make it fun, Magi is a balanced anime that draws out laughter, but doesn’t neglect the darker parts of reality.
These qualities of hope and despair, along with the distinctive world, contribute to creating the classic shonen feeling that fills Magi. The relationships between characters don’t start off perfectly; they lie, use, and hurt one another, which helps to develop character, but it’s how they become friends that gives Magi an empowering quality. Battles also ensue as a result of wars and character conflicts, but there are only enough of them to highlight the action. Because Magi isn’t a battle anime, but rather a fantasy, the fight scenes come across as more heroic, and thus more inspiring, than usual. As well, Aladdin’s extreme naivety is responsible for most of the humour in Magi, but, because he is only ten-years-old, it just comes across as absurdly heartwarming. His ridiculous facial expressions, inability to read the atmosphere, and bad timing when summoning his djinn somehow make it easier to attach oneself to Aladdin. This all contributes to the somewhat nostalgic, uplifting shonen feeling that is a constant reminder of achieving our dreams while not neglecting our friendships.
Altogether, Magi’s unique cultural setting definitely makes it stand out, but Magi doesn’t just rely on its magic flutes and djinns to stay in midair; it is established within a balanced atmosphere that produces a familiar heartwarming, classic shonen quality. Magi’s distinctive world enhances and makes special that feeling of wanting to strive for one’s dreams while adventuring with friends. So, what are you waiting for? Prepare your magic carpets to adventure with Aladdin and Alibaba across the Arabian deserts! It’s a journey you won’t forget.
Welcome to the virtual world of BTOOOM! Leave behind all human desires of luxury and pomposity, you’ll only need basic survival instinct here. Acquire weaponry, armor, survival gear and gadgets. Seek out temporary shelter to avoid immediate danger. Strategize an attack and execute flawlessly without fear of death. This is the game world, where immortality is obtainable and perfection is commonplace by just pushing a button on a controller. Forsake reality and embrace the virtual; it’s truly that simple.
The story unfolds rather quickly for our protagonist, 22-year old Sakamoto Ryouta, an unemployed deadbeat who still lives with his mother and spends the majority of his time playing a game called BTOOOM! As Japan’s top ranked player and the world’s #10, Sakamoto thrives in BTOOOM! and seeks thrills by accepting all challenges. The game’s focal point is to destroy the enemy using only bombs, or BIMs. There are 10 variations of BIMs, ie, cracker-type bombs that explode upon impact, bombs with timers, and others that perfuse the atmosphere with poisonous gas after exploding. Each player is equipped with a chip that works like a radar, a sonar function to locate an enemy on the field. Only after obtaining 8 of these chips is the player victorious.
Sakamoto awakens one morning to find himself in a parachute harness dangling from a tree. His surroundings are unfamiliar and he can’t recall any recent events. Not knowing his whereabouts, he scours the location, finding a bag of convenient store goodies and odd cube-shaped supplies. He discovers that he’s on a tropical island and that the cubes in his possession are in fact timed bombs. Memory still eluding him, he continues onwards and encounters a crazed man and suddenly, it’s war: the stranger starts chucking round objects at him which turn out to be cracker-type bombs. Sakamoto runs for his life, in complete disbelief that his beloved game has been reduced to nothing more than mere debauchery for someone’s twisted amusement.
A collaboration between manga-ka superstars CLAMP and animation studio Sunrise of Gundam fame, Code Geass featured an all-star cast and slick animation with giant robot battles and teenagers and school uniforms. Spanning 2 seasons, several OVA, multiple manga series, and spawning a truckload of merchandise that is still being churned out to this day, it's probably safe to say that Code Geass is one of the most popular anime that has been created in the last few years.
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Episode 287: One Worth Betting On
The Raikage Ay and his team suffer critical injuries during an enemy attack. Unwilling to sacrifice any more of his men, Ay seeks medical help from Tsunade, who just happens to be in the area.
Sword Art Online Episode 18: To the World Tree
Leafa is making enemies leaving her area and group to team up with Kirito. On their way to neutral Territory, they speak more of the rules and areas of the ALO.