Ippo: From Coward to Champion

30-DAY ANIME CHALLENGE
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Day 10:  Favourite Fighter Anime

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I don’t even have to think twice about my answer for this challenge.  Without a doubt, Hajime no Ippo (はじめの一歩) by Morikawa George (森川 ジョージ) is my favourite fighter anime.  Growing up in a Filipino household, I can’t help but feel excited whenever Filipino boxing legend Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao fights.  I even mark my calendar, and look forward to his fights like long-awaited holidays.  I usually appear reserved and composed, but I cheer like a deranged banshee whenever Pacquiao fights.  I don’t know much about the technicalities of boxing, but I admire Pacquiao, so I think that it’s only natural that I like Hajime no Ippo, a boxing manga & anime.

The manga is great but the anime, particularly the first one, is awesome.  I like its gritty animation, emphasizing the blood and sweat, which I think is a very important element in the story.  The later anime adaptations are more colourful, polished, and. . .hmm. . .shinier.  I’m serious, it’s shiny.  Go watch it!  I’m not very impressed with this “shiny” adaptation because it decreases the story’s impact.  I want to see dirt, sweat, bruises, and blood!

What I really admire in this story is actually witnessing the protagonist’s journey from being a weak coward into a renowned champion.  Makunouchi Ippo is not a prodigy, unlike many protagonists from other sports manga.  Ippo trains hard to become what he is.  In fact, I think that the story focuses more on the training than on the actual fights.  The latest anime adaptations vastly decreases the training time compared to the manga, which is a big disappointment.

Ippo doesn’t have big flashy talents, other than his willingness to train which results in him being often called a training maniac.  Others may say that his knock-out punches are his talent, but I think that this is a result of his hard-work on training his body.  Even before he was a boxer, his body has become strong and tough working on his family’s fishing store.

Hajime no Ippo is one of my favourite series of all time.  The fights are awesome, and its shameless comedy is quite charming.  Of course, it’s by no means free of flaws.  More often than not, I feel annoyed whenever Ippo is beaten into a hopeless pulp, and then suddenly turns the situation around and win.  Yeah, yeah.  It’s a theme in the series, but still. . .I want more variety, you know.  Nevertheless, I always enjoy this series.  I prefer the manga over the anime because I’m just unimpressed with the latest anime adaptations.  But like I said before, the first anime adaptation is awesome.  I can just watch it again and again.

So what’s your favourite fighter anime?

Because I can’t help myself, I just want to share this Pacquiao video.  Cheers!

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Links:
Hajime no Ippo at Shounen Magazine (Japanese)
Hajime no Ippo Anime at NTV (Japanese)
Manny Pacquiao Official Website (English & Filipino)


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Hisoka 101: How to be Cool as an Insane Psychopath

30-DAY ANIME CHALLENGE
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Day 9:  Best Anime Villain

If it wasn’t for Trafalgar Law (ONE PIECE), Hisoka would be my anime crush.  I know, I know.  I have weird tastes.  I just find myself attracted to these creepy male anime characters.  They’re just so bad-ass!

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Am I the only one who thinks this creepy expression is sexy?

Even during the first anime adaptation (1999), I was immediately attracted to Hisoka’s character.  I think that he’s one of the most dynamic characters in the series, even more so than the main protagonist, Gon, and closely following behind Killua.  Yes, he’s an insane psychopath, but it’s so interesting and intriguing that he has his own set of “moral” codes, albeit these codes are equally twisted like him.  His primary goal is to fight strong opponents.  This is where he gets his ultimate thrill, often resulting in his creepy orgasmic expressions (that I just adore!).

He has his own personal method of evaluating a person’s strength, and can often identify a person’s potential.  That’s why he lets Gon & company live during the Hunter Exam Arc, even if he could easily kill them.  He saw their potential, especially Gon’s, and is willing to hold his murderous urges and wait until Gon matures into a stronger opponent worthy to fight him in the future.  This is one of the qualities that make him such a dynamic character.  He’s not the pure evil villain type.  His obsession of wanting to fight a mature and stronger Gon has made him protective of him, even to the point of threatening to kill Illumi who was thinking of killing Gon after the Hunter Exam.  There are various times in the series that he even becomes an ally to them (York Shin City & Greed Island Arcs).

And did I mention that he’s got a HOT body?

(wipes drool)
As you can see, he’s actually quite the ikemen.  He could actually be the leading man of a shoujo series when he’s not wearing any of his clown make-up and outfit.  And just look at that butt those abs.  If I could just erase his psychopathic and murderous nature, he could very well be my perfect man. 😀

Hisoka (1999)
Hisoka (1999)
Takahashi Hiroki
Takahashi Hiroki
Namikawa Daisuke
Namikawa Daisuke

Well, moving on.  I liked both the seiyuu who played Hisoka in the 2 anime adaptations.  In the 1999 adaptation, Takahashi Hiroki-san (高橋 広樹) played him.  His interpretation of his character is quite gay–and I don’t mean that in a negative way; in fact, I quite like it.

However, I absolutely LOVE it when Namikawa Daisuke-san (浪川 大輔) voiced him in the 2011 adaptation.  I think that Namikawa-san amped Hisoka’s creepy (& hotness) factor.  Unlike Takahashi-san’s high-pitched Hisoka, Namikawa-san’s Hisoka is an awesomely creepy manly man.  And did you watch his, ahem, orgasm during the Heaven’s Arena Arc?  My gosh.  Just imagine Namikawa-san while recording that scene.


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Creepy, right?  This is actually one of my favourite scenes, not because it’s hilarious, but because it demonstrates how our psyche can be so complex and even frightening.  Amazing portrayal of a complex antagonist.  Kudos to Togashi-sensei for creating the character of Hisoka.  Sometimes I find myself liking Hisoka more than Gon, because Gon is just too simple and pure-hearted. 😉

Hisoka is my best anime villain, and he’s been my best anime villain since I first watched the anime back in 1999.  Love him!

Links:
HUNTERxHUNTER (2011) on NTV  (Japanese)

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Second Departure Departure Towards Our Dreams

 

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Rating:  😀 😀 😀 🙂 (3 & 1/2 out of 5 grins)

Just a continuation of my previous post, “First Departure Towards Our Dreams”, about the theme song of one of my most favourite anime ever, HUNTER x HUNTER.  As I discussed in my previous post, Departure! by rock and heavy metal singer-songwriter Ono Masatoshi (小野正利) is a perfect song for the series.

The musicality is amazing.  I especially love the guitars & Ono-san’s high notes.  But my favourite is the lyrics.  It just fits the series perfectly.  Departure! ~Second Version~ is used for the second and fifth openings, corresponding to the Heavens Arena and Chimera Ant Arcs respectively. Watch the different openings using the second version of Departure! below.  Enjoy!

Opening 2

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Opening 5 

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Links:
Ono Masatoshi Official Website (Japanese)
HUNTERxHUNTER (2011) on NTV (Japanese)


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Hidden & Innocent Love of Kyouko & Ren

30-DAY ANIME CHALLENGE
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Day 8: Favourite Anime Couple

I just adore the love team of Mogami Kyouko & Tsuruga Ren from one of my favourite shoujo series Skip Beat! (スキップ・ビート!) by Nakamura Yoshiki-sensei (仲村佳樹).  Their relationship is very cute, innocent (too innocent sometimes, I daresay), and makes me go doki-doki.  O(≧▽≦)O

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Kyaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!! Oh, be still my heart! ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

There are times when I feel impatient about the progress of their relationship.  I want them to admit their love for each other ALREADY!  However, when I think about it more carefully, I realize that the series would become dull, or worse become stagnant, when they finally become a couple.  I rather enjoy the “almost” scenes, where they’re doing everything they can to hold on to their passions while appearing nonchalant to each other.  So adorable!

Lately, however, I’m feeling annoyed with Ren about continuing to play his alter-ego, “Corn the fairy prince”.  Although I love the progress Ren as Corn made with Kyouko in Guam (they finally kissed! Kyaaaaaaah!), I can’t help shaking my head because I’d rather he kissed her as his true self.  Oh well.  And Kyouko?  I understand that even though you’re fierce, you’re still also extremely innocent–that’s what I admire about you–but seriously?  You believe that this person who looks & sounds like Tsuruga Ren is Fairy Prince Corn only using the face & voice of Ren to communicate with you?  Tsk tsk tsk.

I know that this is shoujo manga, so this kind of unbelievable developments should be expected, but still. . .I think that the latest chapters aren’t on par with the earlier ones.  The pace has become slow, and I don’t mean the chapter releases, but the story development.  It’s good that Kyouko and Ren already kissed, albeit it was Ren acting as Corn.  Oh well.

So even though I’m not as excited about waiting the latest chapter releases as before, I’m still looking forward to learn how these 2 lovebirds’ relationship will progress.  I just hope that Nakamura-sensei won’t disappoint.  I try not to expect too much, so I won’t be disappointed, but well. . .that’s easier said than done since Skip Beat! is a favourite.

Now you know that Kyouko and Ren love team is my favourite. . .for now, at least.  I’m a bit dissatisfied with the latest chapters, but I can always re-read the earlier ones to keep my interest in the series alive.  Overall, I like the characters of both Kyouko and Ren, even though they are totally unbelievable if you imagine them in real life.  But the good news is. . .this is MANGA!  Nakamura-sensei has done a good job in setting up the plot, so that we suspend our judgment and believe that Kyouko is the type of person who believes in magic and that Ren is such an excellent actor that he’s able to deceive Kyouko.

I know that this is an “Anime Challenge”, yet I’m talking about a manga.  Well, there’s an anime adaptation, so it counts.  It’s a good adaptation, but I still prefer the manga.  Besides, they only adapted the earliest part, and as far as I know, they have no plans on adapting the rest.  Too bad.  Now I wonder what’s going to happen to these 2 next.  Hmmmm. . . .

Links:
Skip Beat! on Hana to Yume (Japanese)


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Trafalgar Law: Doctor Heart-Stealer

30-DAY ANIME CHALLENGE
< Day 6 | Day 8 >
Day 7:  Your Anime Crush

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I’ve had so many anime crushes in the past, but my current anime crush is Trafalgar Law from my number 1 favourite series ONE PIECE. Kyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah~ ヽ(*≧ω≦)ノ

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