Samurai 8: Chapter 1 Review

Overall Rating: 8.75/10 Plot/Story: 8.5/10 Art/Design: 9/10 Characters: 8.5/10 Action/Fights: 9/10 Synopsis             Hachimaru (a terminally ill, homebound child on life-support) is granted an opportunity at a new life when his father is threatened by powerful cyborg samurai. Review Summary Knowing that this work is from the creator of Naruto (Masashi Kishimoto), I was very excited […]

The Rising of the Shield Hero #8: Curse Shield Review

Overall Rating: 8.3/10 Plot/Story: 8/10 Animation/Design: 8/10 Characters: 8.5/10 Music: 8.5/10 Action/Fights: 8.5/10 Synopsis Team Naofumi, once again, ends up in a village that needs saving. The team must clean up a mess left by another Cardinal Hero and comes face-to-face with a zombie dragon! Unexpected events trigger one of Naofumi’s most powerful shields yet, […]

The Rising of the Shield Hero #7: The Savior of the Heavenly Fowl Review

Overall Rating: 6.4/10 Plot/Story: 6/10 Animation/Design: 7/10 Characters: 6/10 Music: 8/10 Action/Fights: 5/10 Synopsis: Naofumi is quickly becoming a jack-of-all-trades. With his recent acquisition of Filo, a carriage, merchant connections, and his potion enhancing aptitude, Naofumi is finding himself to be an individual of high demand. Upon request, Team Naofumi ventures to a small village that […]

The Rising of the Shield Hero #6: A New Comrade

Overall Rating: 8.2/10 Plot/Story: 8.5/10 Animation/Design: 8.5/10 Characters: 8/10 Music: 8/10 Action/Fights: 8/10 Synopsis So, there is clearly more to Filo than meets the eye. This episode opens with the eccentric slave dealer explaining that Filo is a rare member of her breed imbuing her with the ability to transform into a human form. As […]

The Rising of the Shield Hero #5: Filo

Overall Rating: 7.4/10 Plot/Story: 8.5/10 Animation/Design: 7.5/10 Characters: 8/10 Music: 8/10 Action/Fights: 5/10 Synopsis: We open with a woman I am assuming to be a queen, speaking with a mysterious spy/scout about a plan the king is currently engaging in. The queen inquires about the Shield Hero specifically, learning about the Melromarc kingdom’s resistance to […]

The Rising of the Shield Hero #4: Lullaby at Dawn

Overall Rating: 7.5/10 Plot/Story: 8/10 Animation/Design: 7.5/10 Characters: 7.5/10 Music: 7/10 Action/Fights: 7.5/10 Synopsis: After defeating the first wave, The Cardinal Heroes are celebrated at the King’s palace for their courageous deeds. Raphtalia’s slave status is revealed to the public who, once again, condemns Naofumi. Plot/Story: Tensions rise amongst the Cardinal Heroes once Motoyasu (the […]

The Rising of the Shield Hero #3: Wave of Catastrophe

Overall Rating: 7.3/10 Plot/Story: 7.5/10 Animation/Design: 7.5/10 Characters: 7.5/10 Music: 7/10 Action/Fights: 7/10 Synopsis: Naofumi has gained new skills and his field practice with Raphtalia is beginning to yield results. With the Wave of Catastrophe looming, Team Naofumi needs to be well equipped. The duo upgrades their gear and venture to the dragon hourglass where […]

The Rising of the Shield Hero: #2 The Slave Girl Review

Overall Rating:  7/10 Plot/Story: 7.5/10 Animation/Design: 7.5/10 Characters: 6/10 Synopsis This episode initiates and explores Naofumi’s relationship with his new party member, Raphtalia which he procured from a local slave dealer to fight for him. Raphtalia is a demi-human with raccoon-like characteristics who ended up in slavery after the brutal massacre of her parents. Raphtalia […]

The Rising of the Shield Hero: Episode 1 Review

Hey everyone! Clint here with my first impressions on the anime, The Rising of the Shield Hero. The show’s protagonist Naofumi is a 20-year-old college student who is a self-proclaimed otaku (a derogatory word basically describing an obsessive nerd), living in modern-day Japan. One day, Naofumi was browsing novels at the local library where he […]

Heroes of Anime: Was All Might inspired by Might Guy?

Hello, geeks, nerds, and dweebs alike! Today, I want to discuss a topic which has been on my mind for some time now; the similarity between Naruto’s Might Guy and My Hero Academia’s All Might. Upon first consideration, it may be easy to write this topic off as another crazy fan theory but hear me […]