Manga of the Week: I am a Hero

“I don’t have to be the hero, but at least let me be the main character of my own life.” – Hideo

What lengths will you go to be a hero? Hideo Suzuki is determined to be one. In a world that’s slowly crumbling to pieces, he will become the hero it deserves… or needs… or deserves to need. This week, we have “I am a Hero.”

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Anime of the Week: Memories

A mystery revolving around space junk collectors embarking on an abandoned shuttle, a dark comedy about an unusual stink bomb, and a society built around cannons. Memories shares three different and interesting short stories based on the stories by Katsuhiro Otomo, with its audience. Memories is a nice mix of quirkiness, comedy and drama pressed into a single movie.

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Anime of the Week: Mind Game

Hey. What’s up. I got some new stuff for you today. What’s that? Still using those same old drugs from those Shaft guys? Forget about that. No, listen. I have something better. This is some real shit here. This… THIS will knock you off your socks and make you want to jump out of your skin. What’s this new drug? I humbly introduce you to Mind Game.

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Manga of the Week: Can’t See, Can’t Hear But Love

So I know that this isn’t manga. It’s a manhwa which means instead of being made in Japan, it was made in Korea. Nevertheless, I feel prompted to share this one with the rest of you. Usually, I’m not into manhwas or webtoons. The structure of the pages never really appealed to me, nor (from what I’m see) the content of most manhwas. However, this one is different. This one’s special. This is called Can’t See, Can’t Hear But Love.

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Anime of the Week: Kaiji

Gambling, gambling, gambling! This Anime of the Week brings you Kaiji. Strategy, luck, skill, and ZAWA ZAWA. The show has it all. Bring some tissues because manly tears will definitely be spread. Zawa zawa~

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Manga of the Week: Life is Money

You know, I do feel kinda bad having nothing else to post other than these weekly things. But hey, better than nothing, right? This week I bring to you: Life is Money

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Anime of the Week: Bokurano

If you thought that I’d be alternating between Manga and Anime of the Week, you’d be wrong. Count on seeing more Animes of the Week than Mangas simply because I haven’t read too many mangas yet. That doesn’t necessarily mean I’m leaving them out. Every now and then I’ll bring one in to write about, just not as often as I’d like.

Anyhow, this week I bring a mecha series that you may or may not be familiar with. Regardless, I highly recommend giving this one a watch. This week, we have Bokurano.

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Anime of the Week: The Tatami Galaxy

From the twisted mind of Masaaki Yuasa (director of notable works like Kaiba and Kemonozume), comes The Tatami Galaxy, a 2010 spring anime. Oh yes, this show definitely deserves some recognition.

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Manga of the Week: Denpa Kyoushi

So I thought this would make a nice new weekly segment for the blog site, seeing as I haven’t posted anything in awhile. From this week on, I’ll be posting Anime or Manga of the Week, to suggest some show or reading material people might be interested in. I know Ven and King were interested in doing something like this but seeing as they post once a century, I’ll be taking on this segment myself.  Also, I hope I can shed some spotlight on shows or manga that I personally don’t think get as much attention as they should. These weekly posts would likely come at any day within the week, as I’ve yet to establish a proper schedule for this segment. Without further adieu, I shall start this weekly segment off with one of the newcomer mangas, Denpa Kyoushi.

What it’s about: A genius otaku, Kagami Junichirou, obsesses more on anime and idols than physics, despite his incredibly high IQ. He takes up a job teaching at a high school, but his teaching tactics are quite odd. All the while he “teaches”, he assists his students with their own personal issues.

What it sounds like: Think if Great Teacher Onizuka and The World God Only Knows had a baby. This is that baby.

Why you should read it: Denpa Kyoushi boasts great characters and quirky dialogue that livens the scene as Kagami often acts as one of the oddest teachers you’ll see in a manga. One of his assignments involves the whole class playing an online game as a means of self introduction. Nevertheless, Kagami proves he’s a nice guy time and time again as he’s constantly pulling through for his students to help them with their needs.

How the hell this guy is in a teaching position, I will never know, but dammit I wish I was his student. At 15 chapters translated so far, it’d be quite quick to catch up to where it’s at now. If you like a new pace of comedy, I recommend giving Denpa at least a try.

This manga also tends to update rather quickly compared to most (once every two weeks, I suppose?), so you’ll never feel barren for weeks just waiting for the next chapter to come out. This is also Takeshi Azuma’s second serialization in a shounen magazine. His first being Super Dreadnought Girl 4946. I hope to see many more great things from this mangaka as I’m finding Denpa Kyoushi wildly entertaining.

Anime Afterlife Podcast End of the Year 2011 Awards Show

Alas it is here, the 2011 end of the year awards show! Anime Afterlife Podcast hosts, DavetheZombie, Vensito, Gabe, Lerxst, and blog writer, Richard, give the annual awards to the anime shows and movies of 2011. It’s a long listen (about 2 and a half hours long), but we had a lot of fun doing this awards show. (Just imagine if we had guests on, yikes). Sorry if I seemed low tone this show, I was incredibly sick (still am too), but I did my best to put some spirit into the show.

Download: Anime Afterlife Podcast End of the Year 2011 Awards Show

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