Kay’s Korner : Mob Psycho 100

Sorry for the hiatus guys! Kay here and ready to get you guys and gals pumped up about a personal favorite. I am patiently waiting on the return of this anime but until then, why not write about it and inspire people to hop on the bandwagon. This time around, I want to focus on Mob Psycho 100! This show is different from the other anime I reviewed because it is centered around the supernatural and espers. An esper is an individual who is capable of harnessing telepathy and other paranormal activities at the user’s expense. As a kid, stuff like that used to freak me out! However, I can honestly say I love these types of phenomena! Not to mention it’s a dope anime that includes all of this, a decent plot, a lovable protagonist, and epic ass fight scenes. WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR?! Let’s just jump right in!

EPIC OPENING FOR AN EPIC SHOW! The series follows an individual by the name of Shigeo Kageyama (Mob) on his quest to navigate middle school. Mob appears to be an average middle school kid who lacks appropriate social skills and emotions by your first impression. Hell even his name (Mob) literally translates to background character but as the show progresses, his presence is well known. Mob is an extremely powerful esper and is well aware of that his psychic powers are volatile. He actively seeks guidance and checks his powers by trying to remain inure to his emotions throughout the show.  By suppressing his powers, Mob constantly lives a life without emotions which contradicts his ultimate goal in life: to be normal.  In his quest for normality, trouble is looming and forces are acting against him. Will he be able to face this adversity and how long will he be able to check his emotions before Mob becomes overwhelmed? You have to find out for yourself!

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The original manga (comic) was written by ONE and was adapted into animation form by Studio Bones. Studio Bones is well known for producing other shows such as Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, My Hero Academia, One-Punch Man, Bungo Stray Dogs, Eureka Seven, Noragami and Soul Eater just to name a few. In my opinion all quality anime so why not check out another one of their shows. The anime aired between July – September 2016 so season two should be on its way soon. The show has garnered so much attention that Funimation decided to pick up the show and released the English dub December 11, 2016.  SO OPEN YOUR MIND TO IT!

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The anime is very brief and only one season in at the moment. The show is 12 episodes long.

The music does an amazing job complementing the show’s transitions and fight scenes especially. The upbeat rhythm keeps you on your toes and takes you on an adrenaline ride like no other. Like I stated earlier, even the opening theme song gets you excited for the show and its content.

Visually, the anime is breathtaking. BONES is well known for their amazing animation abilities. The fight scenes are very well done. The colors and art style are very vivid and colorful. Its very appealing to the audience in my opinion and depicts the fun nature of the show.

There are a plethora of characters in this show but I am going to focus on the Big Five as I call them. I have already introduced Mob in the paragraphs above but lets cover his supporting cast.

Arataka Reigen is Mob’s master and life advisor. He is the one that Mob runs into when he is beginning his quest to control his powers and live a normal life.

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Dimple is one of the paranormal entities that Mob encounters early on in the show. His role steadily evolves as the show progresses and he becomes fond of Mob’s powers and his company.

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Ritsu Kageyama is the younger brother of Mob. He is the complete opposite of Mob in every sense. He is popular, intelligent and loved by all of his peers.  Mob looks up and is inspired to have the life of his brother. However, as the show progress, the audience discovers a secret that Ritsu carries and changes the dynamic of the show.

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Teruki “Teru” Hanazawa is another fellow esper. He is rivaled only by Mob in the beginning of the show but the rivalry grows into something more. His perception on life and his powers can be questionable and considered dark. Can Mob help him see the light?

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Overall, this show is one of the best and I am patiently waiting on the second season to come out already! The plot is simple but rather enjoyable. The visuals especially the combat scenes are captivating and I find myself constantly re-watching the epicness. The character development is something I am fond of with this show. For the show to be only 12 episodes so far, it does an excellent job with pacing and skillfully allows the audience to view the growth of the characters with ease. The opening is epic. Enough said. The show is very fun and shout-out to Studio BONES for all the great anime! Y’all do some amazing work!

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Kay’s Korner : Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma!

Hey guys! I am back at it again trying to shed some light on newer or underappreciated anime. I decided that this time I wanted to discuss an anime that is on the rise in popularity but is still relatively new. So, you can quickly binge watch the first season and be on track with the second season. Food Wars! : Shokugeki no Soma is the name and food is the game. Please be advised this show is not for everyone; it has been dubbed “food porn” because of the partially nude and major fan service with the female characters (ridiculous body types). However it is a fun, interesting show that will make you want to hop in the kitchen and throw down! Or you will becoming super hungry; Eat before watching!

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Food Wars! is an adaptation that tells the tale of a young protagonist by the name of Yukihira Soma. Yukihira Soma is a cooking genius and is only recently exiting junior high at the beginning of the show. He dreams of becoming a full-time chef in his family’s diner and surpassing his father in cooking skills. However his dreams of running his family diner are almost instantly put on hold as his father abruptly closes up the shop and travels abroad. As the first episode progresses, Soma stumbles upon Totsuki Culinary Academy, an elite school where only 10% of the student population actually graduates. He finds himself immersed in the gourmet world and instantly sets his eyes on a new goal; getting into the academy and becoming the best!

The manga started of as a one shot in Weekly Shounen Jump in April 2012. As of November 2012, the manga had began as a series. As of July 2016, the series has published 19 volumes. It was written by Yūto Tsukuda and illustrated by Shun Saeki.

The show debuted on April 3, 2015 and the first season wrapped on September 25, 2015. Do not cry though! The second season is currently running so you can jump right back into the show. The show is licensed by Sentai Filmwork for digital and home video release in North America. The licensing company is also responsible for licensing the show Angel Beats and Akame ga Kill! The adaptation is simulcasted with English subtitles by CrunchyRoll! (usually how I watch all my anime by the way).

The show is very fast paced and keeps you on your toes. However, they still seem to find a way to properly and effectively develop characters which adds to the depth of the story. The show is only 24 episodes and runs through three main arcs: The Introduction to Totsuki, The Freshmen Training Camp, and the start of the Autumn Elections.

In the first arc, the audience is introduced to new budding rivals, a few support characters and Shokugekis. A Shokugeki is a battle or a cook off between two or more individuals usually with some high stake on the line. This could be anything from class rank, school expulsion, honor, etc. Remember this term! It is mentioned a lot from time to time. Here is an example!

The second arc is focused on the Freshmen Training Camp at Totsuki Resort. This is the first major event for the freshmen class or 92nd Totsuki Generation as they are referred to in the show. The camp is notorious for its challenges and obstacles and the group must overcome the odds in order to survive expulsion! That’s right, the first event is a major weed camp to ensure the Totsuki academy name isn’t tainted or tarnished.

The final arc is the start of the Autumn Elections which is the second major event in the show. This tournament is compromised of 60 contestants voted in by the Totsiki Elite Ten Council. This council is made up of the best ten students in the academy. They handle a lot of internal affairs for the academy such organizing events and evaluating student performances. Once the 60 candidates with the most potential are selected, they are split into Group A or Group B. The top four of each group will move on to the actual tourney!( Yes the first tourney is a preliminary). Will Soma make it to the actual exam?! Watch and find out!

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(Left to Right: Takumi Aldini, Ikumi Mito, Isami Aldini, Alice Nakiri, Erina Nakiri, Megumi Tadokoro, Soma Yukihira)

What’s a good anime without some interesting characters and rivals along the way?!

Soma Yukihira, the red haired boy, is very laid back, impulsive individual who is determined to the very best. He never backs down from a challenge  and his cooking style is very unorthodox for the academy standards.

Megumi Tadokoro, the blue haired girl, is Soma’s first friend and a sweetheart. She seems to be a pushover and always doubts herself until she becomes friends with Soma. Her cooking style ties in heavily with her hometown and based usually with vegetables, herbs, and fish.

Ikumi Mito is the golden haired girl and is one of Soma’s rival. Her cooking style is a reflection of her personality, tough and precise. She incorporates the finest meats in all her dishes! She is a meat fanatic!

Takumi Aldini is the yellow haired boy on the left in the photo. Isami Aldini is the drooling guy in the photo.The two brothers are twins and both specialize in authentic Italian cuisine. Takumi is more driven and prodigious than his brother Isami, however both are excellent cookers and challengers throughout the show.

Lastly, the Nakiri relatives! Erina Nakiri, yellow haired girl to the right, is one of the Elite Ten at the institution and is for having the “God Tongue”. Her “God Tongue” only appreciates the finest of food and makes her a really difficult individual to please. Alice Nakiri, the white haired girl, is Erina’s cousin. She specializes in Molecular Gastronomy cooking techniques

The visuals of the show is breathtaking. The show is filled with vivid imagery and descriptive words that makes the food come to life in my opinion. With the usage of random cutaways, the artists try their best to colorfully and playfully allow the audience to visualize tasting experiences throughout the show. This is also usually when all the fan service and sexual references comes into play.

The music of the show helps create the fun and exciting environment for Food Wars. I love both the opening and ending songs; I never skipped past them unless the previous episode left me on a cliff hanger. The music played during competitions or during Shokugekis add another dimension to the appeal of the show and helps develop the serious nature of the battles.

In summary, the words boring, dull, lame are not words associated with this anime. It is very fast paced but leaves plenty of time to develop the characters and a good plot. The show currently is airing a second season which further proves my point about it being a great upcoming anime to begin watching. The characters are very likable and the show is easily in my top 15 for anime. The show is subbed but don’t let that stop you from missing out on some good eats! Bon Appetite!