Tattoos in Anime and the Japanese Mafia

How the Yakuza Warped the Way Tattoos are Viewed in Japan

Tattoos in anime are not something that we see every day. Sure, there are pretty iconic anime characters that sport tattoos, but they are very far and few between. A lot of it has to do with the way tattoos are viewed in Japan’s society. Over a century ago tattoos in Japan, took a turn that would lead them down a very different path than that of many other societies around the world. For instance, here in America tattoos have been ingrained in our everyday life; almost everybody has one. In Japan, however, it is an art that has been connected to criminals and was even illegal up until just after World War ll.

When you know a little about the history of tattoos in Japan, their lack of presence in anime make sense. Continue reading “Tattoos in Anime and the Japanese Mafia”

Your Lie in April is Haunting Me

It’s been six days since I finished watching You Lie in April, and it’s haunting me. Let me start off by saying Your Lie in April is the best story I have ever been told through anime.

Since finishing Your Lie in April I have spent as many hours as there are in a day listening to the various renditions of the soundtrack in the background while I work. I find myself reliving moments from the show when I fall asleep at night; it’s be so impactful it’s literally made me change the way I want to live my life. Continue reading “Your Lie in April is Haunting Me”

Top 7 Saddest Moments in One Piece

Top 7 Saddest Moments in One Piece

Being a long running series it’s only natural that the gut wrenching scenes in One Piece would start to pile up. Seeing as now there are over 800 chapters, throughout a whopping 80+ volumes, this list really could go on and on, but instead of writing a book about all of the saddest moments in One Piece I have decided to narrow it down to seven. So without further ado here are the 7 Saddest Moments in One Piece (through my eyes of course). Continue reading “Top 7 Saddest Moments in One Piece”

Make Anime Great Again!

  As I get older I find myself being more invested in things such as politics, and with the caucuses in full swing (and Donald Trump just winning the New Hampshire primary) it really got me thinking what it would actually be like if Donald Trump manages to take home the highly sought after prize of the Presidency. By now we all know the running jokes within the Anime community ever since the Politician Rick Wilson had this to say about Donald Trump supporters:

Most of them are childless single men who masturbate to anime. They’re not real political players. These are not people who matter in the overall course of humanity.  


  Now this narrow minded Otaku-ist statement aside, I think I finally found a good Anime parallel to Donald Trump. Now with his whole persona being what it is, it was really hard to find anyone that even came remotely close to fitting the bill–then it hit me who he reminds me of… Hercule Satan from Dragon Ball Z. Once it crossed my mind the the parallels between them just kept flooding in one after another. Continue reading “Make Anime Great Again!”

Social Disapproval in the Anime Community

The Anime Community has some soul searching to do


  One of the best things about living in the age of the internet is how easy and vast social networking has become. With so many platforms we are no longer bound by geographical chains, It’s simply amazing, we can seek out like minded individuals to share and learn new things with just the push of a button–that would be impossible without the help of the internet!

  This is great for the anime community, my community,  since as far as hobbies go all things anime related are usually in the minority. Social networking has become an excellent tool for us especially. Thanks to it we have been able to band together and form these massive Facebook groups and anime website forums where we can share opinions and ideas.


  What should unite us as and breed positive relationships between people from people all over the world that love the inner workings of the great world of anime is over run by bullies–used as a playground to spread hate and their elitist propaganda.

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What Anime Means to Me

What Anime Means to Me


  We all have reasons for why we throw ourselves into the world of Anime. Some of us are in it for the art, while some of us are in it for the adventure. Some people even use it as a means to escape from the pressures of life. Different life circumstance leads to different paths in life, as such, different reason for looking towards Anime as a source of fulfillment, creativity, or help.

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Why the Anime/Manga Industry Breeds Piracy in America

Pirates aren’t cool guys


  The Anime industry is dying. If you’ve been a fan of the industry for any time at all I am sure you’ve heard that proclamation thrown around a time or two. If you ask me todays anime is great. The quality is better than ever on so many different levels. In my opinion it’s not the Anime or Manga quality that’s the problem. For me it boils down to one thing: The fans of the Anime industry. From the Elitist bullies who push would be fans away right down to the internet pirates seemingly in search of the One Piece on the Anime Line. Continue reading “Why the Anime/Manga Industry Breeds Piracy in America”

What if Pokemon Were Real

Written by: Tony Hand

What If Pokemon Were Real?

I remember growing up wanting nothing more than to just roam the world with all my Pokemon friends from my Gameboy, TV, and Pokemon cards. I would sit there and think of all the fun adventures we we have, all the gym badges we would win, and how I would become a true Pokemon Master! Sadly those dreams never came true. Here we are fast approaching the 20th Anniversary of Pokemon, and I think I have to face the facts.

But for fun I thought it would be fun to take a look at how things would be if our world was crawling with Pikachus, Charizards, and Zubats! To do so let’s take a little stroll down memory lane. But for fun I thought it would be fun to take a look at how things would be if our world was crawling with Pikachus, Charizards, and Zubats! To do so let’s take a little stroll down memory lane.

As a Child pokemon_red_blue-what if pokemon were real.jpgI was forced to make the most difficult                     decision of my life! Minutes into my my first playthrough of Pokemon Red Version–which is how I was introduced to Pokemon–Professor Oak made me choose between a Charmander, Squirtle, and a Bulbasaur! Immediately after which I am forced into a battle with his over confident grandson! Now in this day and age I can only Imagine how this would have actually played out. I mean if we break a Pokemon down to it’s base elements a Pokemon is merely an animal with super powers. Now I am no lawyer, but I’m pretty confident in saying that we have something along the lines of people battling their animals with other people’s animals for money in our reality. I’m also pretty confident in saying that not only is it extremely frowned upon…It’s extremely illegal! For the sake of seeing what our world would be like with Pokemon let’s imagine this concept isn’t as morally reprehensible as it is in our reality. Continue reading “What if Pokemon Were Real”