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Anime Review: The Boy and the Beast

 

Time: 1h 59m (approx. 2 hours)
Genre: Adventure, Supernatural
Related Words: beast, sword fight, humans, world
Rating: 3.5/5

This is a story about a boy and a beast, and two worlds– Shibuten and the human realm. With Ren’s mother’s death, Ren finds himself running away from home and eventually in another world. He becomes the student of one of the strongest beasts Kumatetsu as he grows up. However, when he returns to the human realm several years later, he finds himself torn between his old home and his new one. 

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Naruto Shippuden: Kakashi Gaiden (Episode 119-120)

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These two episodes gave a lot of insight to Kakashi’s life as a child and it was really interesting to see how he acted when he was a kid. His personality was a lot different than his personality in Shippuden, and I loved seeing how he changed as a person and developed as a character. We also got a chance to see Naruto’s father as well, which was awesome.

The first episode starts off with Team Minato on the way to a mission. Kakashi has been promoted to Jonin and is going to lead the team, while Minato will head off to another place to deal with another situation. However, as Kakashi and his team go off to complete their mission, their team member Rin gets kidnapped.

At this point, Kakashi insists on leaving Rin behind in order to complete the mission, which I found really shocking since in Naruto and in Shippuden, Kakashi is all about never leaving his comrades behind. Tobi, his other team member is the one to stand up to him and the one who eventually gives Kakashi his sharingan before he dies after behind crushed under a rock.

I really liked seeing how Kakashi was as a child and how he was so different. That completely put a whole new perspective on Kakashi, considering how he is now, and it really makes you appreciate his character more. Tobi’s death was very sad, especially when they had to leave him behind since they were under enemy attack.

Minato’s moment of glory as he fought was great to watch. It really showed how he deserved to be called the fourth Hokage. Everyone seemed to look up to him and seeing him alive and in action was a treat.

Rating

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4/5 stars! This flashback to the past was really fun to watch and I love how Naruto doesn’t focus on only one character or one perspective, but tries to tell everyone’s story. And that really gives the anime a new meaning.

What did you think of these two episodes?

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Anime Review: Blue Exorcist

Episodes: 25
Genre: Supernatural, Fantasy, Shounen
Related Words: demons, exorcist
Rating: 3.5/5

Ao no Exorcist follows Rin Okumura who appears to be an ordinary, somewhat troublesome teenager—that is until one day he is ambushed by demons. His world turns upside down when he discovers that he is in fact the very son of Satan and that his demon father wishes for him to return so they can conquer Assiah together. Not wanting to join the king of Gehenna, Rin decides to begin training to become an exorcist so that he can fight to defend Assiah alongside his brother Yukio.

– Taken from MAL

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