Update 8/24/14

Hey guys! It certainly has been a tough week. I had midterms exams to study for and boy was it a lot. I'm doing really good in school right now, which helps me out when I stick to a strict schedule for my blog. I won't get into that though because I actually have a blog planned at the end of September that is all about time management. So I guess what I am really trying to get at is...August has been a busy month for me. Stressful too. I am actually going to be busy next Sunday too. I am going to the State Fair. Super excited! My little sister and I are going to hit up all the anime booths we can. Eek. I'll show any goodies I get in my recap post.

*NOTE: My writing song for this update was - "Overdose" by EXO-K*


Moving on...

So as promised previously I am going to discuss what I am watching for this Summer 2014 Anime Season. It is probably my smallest list in a while. However it is my most diverse.

Akame ga Kill [Crunchyroll]
DRAMAtical Murder [Crunchyroll]
Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun [Crunchyroll]
Bladedance of Elementalers [Crunchyroll]
Love Stage!! [Crunchyroll]
Naruto Shippuden [Crunchyroll]
GLASSLIP [Crunchyroll]
Fairy Tail [Crunchyroll/FUNimation]
Sailor Moon Crystal [Crunchyroll]
Sword Art Online [Crunchyroll]
The Irregular at Magic High School [Crunchyroll]
Tokyo ESP [FUNimation]

Like I said, very diverse. Akame ga Kill and Tokyo ESP are darker anime. DRAMAtical Murder and Love Stage!! are yaoi anime. Fairy Tail and Naruto Shippuden are continuing anime. Sword Art Online and The Irregular at Magic High School are newer continuing anime. Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun is a comedy. Bladedance of Elementalers is kind of my replacement for Spring's Dragonar Academy. Then you have GLASSLIP which is a slice-of-life show and Sailor Moon Crystal which is a reboot. So much variety. Though last week I was screaming watching Akame ga Kill. *shudders* it was gross. Though by the time you are reading this the newest episode is already out and I am probably enthralled in it. 

So as a sort of middle ground between this subject and my next subject, I am going to announce my top 10 Summer Openings. Let's see if you agree or not. 

1. "Ignite" by Eir Aoi from Sword Art Online 2
2. "Strike Back" by Back-On from Fairy Tail opening 16
3. "Grilletto" by Garnidelia from The Irregular at Magic High School opening 2
4. "Skyreach" by Sora Amamiya from Akame ga Kill
5. "Tokyo Zero Hearts" by Faylan from Tokyo ESP

*FUN FACT: I first fell in love with Faylan's songs for the first and second opening of Hakkenden then again as the first ending for the 1st-5th movie of Broken Blade.*

6. "Kimi Janakya Dame Mitai" by Masayoshi Oishi from Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
7. "Moon Pride" by Momoiro Clover Z from Sailor Moon Crystal
8. "Kyoumei no True Force" by Hitomi Harada from Bladedance of Elementalers
9. "Løveset" by Screen Mode from Love Stage!!
10. "Guren" by DOES from Naruto Shippuden opening 15

It wasn't very tough to put together this list as I knew which openings I liked. Now the tough part comes next. 

I actually decided to put together my top 10 openings of all time. Yeah...I know now it was a stupid idea. Here we go. 

1. “Ignite” by Eir Aoi - Sword Art Online 2 Op 1
2. “Doubt & Trust” by Access - D. Gray-Man Op 3
3. “Rising Hope” by LiSA - The Irregular at Magic High School Op 1
4. “Masayume Chasing” by BoA - Fairy Tail Op 15
5. “Spirit Inspiration” by nothing’s carved in stone - Blast of Tempest Op 1
6. “Goyanomachiawase” by Hello Sleepwalkers - Noragami Op
7. “Rock City Boy” by JAMIL - Fairy Tail Op 8
8. “Black Bullet” by fripside - Black Bullet Op
9. “Core Pride” by UVERworld - Blue Exorcist Op 1
10. “Henai no Rondo” by GRANRODEO - Karneval

*FUN FACT: I first fell in love with GRANRODEO during Karneval and fell harder when I heard their openings for Kuroko*

This was super hard to do. I have never strained my brain so much. Plus I am not 100% satisfied. If I was really going to do this list right, I would watch the openings for EVERY anime I have ever watched and then objectively after a long pro/con make a true top ten. (I would also probably include Bleach and Naruto OP's too) I just don’t have the time for this. Since that is the case...here are some "honorable mentions"...in other words more of my tops. 

Chrome Shelled Regios - "Brave Your Truth" by DAISYxDAISY
Jyu-oh-Sei - "Deep In Your Heart" by Domoto Koichi
Maid-sama - "My Secret" by Saaya Mizuno
Vampire Knight - "Futatsu no Kodou to Akai Tsumi" by ON/OFF
Vampire Knight Guilty - "Rondo" by ON/OFF
D. Gray-Man OP 1 - "Innocent Sorrow" by Abingdon Boys School
D. Gray-Man OP 2 - "Brightdown" by Nami Tamaki
D. Gray-Man OP 4 - "Gekido" by UVERworld
Black Butler - "Monochrome Kiss" by SID
Black Butler 2 - "Shiver" by The GazettE
Soul Eater OP 1 - "Resonance" by T.M. Revolution
Soul Eater OP 2 - "Papermoon" by Tommy Heavenly6
Black Cat - "Daia no Hana" by Yoriko
Kuroko no Basuke OP 1 - "Can Do" by GRANRODEO
Kuroko no Basuke OP 2 - "RIMFIRE" by GRANRODEO
Kuroko no Basuke OP 3 - "The Other Self" by GRANRODEO
Kuroko no Basuke OP 4 - "Ever Changing Magical Star" by GRANRODEO
Sands of Destruction - "ZERO" by AAA
Hiiro no Kakera OP 1 - "Nee" by Fujita Maiko
Hiiro no Kakera OP 2 - "Takanaru" by Fujita Maiko
Blue Exorcist OP 2 - "In My World" by ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D
Fullmetal Alchemist OP 1 - "Melissa" by Porno Graffitti
Fullmetal Alchemist OP 2 - "Ready Steady GO" by L'Arc~en~Ciel
Fullmetal Alchemist OP 3 - "UNDO" by COOL JOKE
Fullmetal Alchemist OP 4 - "Rewrite" by Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood OP 1 - "Again" by YUI
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood OP 2 - "Hologram" by NICO Touches the Walls
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood OP 3 - "Golden Time Lover" by Sukima Switch
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood OP 4 - "Period" by Chemistry
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood OP 5 - "Rain" by SID
Fullmetal Alchemist The Sacred Star of Milos - "Chasing Hearts" by miwa
Pandora Hearts - "Parallel Hearts" by FictionJunction
Magi OP 1 - "V.I.P." by SID
Aquarion EVOL OP 1 - "Kimi no Shinwa_Aquarion Dainisho" by AKINO with bless4
Sword Art Online OP 2  - "Innocence" by Eir Aoi
Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East OP 1 - "God Fate" by Faylan
Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East OP 2 - "wonder fang" by Faylan
Broken Blade - "Fate" by Kokia
The Qwaser of Stigmata OP 2 - "Baptize" by Yousei Teikoku
Nisekoi OP 1 - "Click" by ClariS
Guilty Crown OP 2 - "The Everlasting Guilty Crown" by EGOIST
Sword Art Online OP 1 - "Crossing Field" by LiSA
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan ~Demon Capital~ OP 1 - "Hoshi no Arika" by LM.C
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan ~Demon Capital~ OP 2 - "The Love Song" by LM.C

Something else I should mention while we are on openings. I did a poll a while back on which anime had the most memorable first opening credit. This was the result.

Top 5 First OP:
1. Soul Eater 1
2. Bleach 1
3. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood 1
4. Naruto Shippuden 1 & Kuroko no Basuke 1
5. Fullmetal Alchemist 1

This last bit I have never done before but I absolutely love both of these shows and I have finally put together a list ordering it. 

Bleach: 
1. Velonica - Aqua Timez (OP 9)
2. Anima Rossa - Porno Graffitti (OP 11)
3. Shojo S - SCANDAL (OP 10)
4. BLUE - ViViD (OP 14)
5. Ichirin no Hana - High and Mighty Color (OP 3)
6. D-tecnoLife - UVERworld (OP 2)
7. Rolling Star - YUI (OP 5)
8. Asterisk - ORANGE RANGE (OP 1)
9. After Dark - Asian Kung-Fu Generation (OP 7)
10. Ranbu no Melody - SID (OP 13)
11. CHANGE - miwa (OP 12)
12. HARUKAZE - SCANDAL (OP 15)
13. Alones - Aqua Timez (OP 6)
14. Tonight, Tonight, Tonight - Beat Crusaders (OP 4)
15. Chu-Bura - Kelun (OP 8)

Naruto Shippuden:
1. Lovers - 7!! (Seven Oops) (OP 9)
2. Diver - NICO Touches the Walls (OP 8)
3. Niwakaame Nimo Makezu - NICO Touches the Walls (OP 13)
4. Hero’s Come Back!! - nobodyknows+ (OP 1)
5. Tsuki no Okisa - Nogizaka46 (OP 14)
6. Sign - Flow (OP 6)
7. Guren - DOES (OP 15)
8. Closer - Joe Inoue (OP 4)
9. Toumei datta Sekai - Hata Motohiro (OP 7)
10. Distance - LONG SHOT PARTY (OP 2)
11. Blue Bird - Ikimono-Gakari (OP 3)
12. Glow of a Firefly - Ikimono-Gakari (OP 5)
13. Newsong - tacia (OP 10)
14. Moshimo - Daisuke (OP 12)
15. Assault Rock - The CRO-MANGONS (OP 11)

You’re probably thinking since each are 15 openings, why don’t you do the Fairy Tail openings? Well I plan on doing the Fairy Tail ones later. I think it is going to be in September or October. Plus this was already stressful enough mentally. I dare you to try and sort out these lists this way. It is not easy at all. Plus I torment myself by listening to my "Anime Openings" playlist. I'm so cruel to myself.

Now for the horde of questions. What anime are you watching this Summer 2014 season? Which are your favorite opening credits from this season? Are there any anime I should be watching? What are your top 10 favorite openings of all time? If you had to order the Bleach and Naruto Shippuden opening credits what would your order be? Am I missing anything?

Let me know in the comments below, on Twitter (@katrina_meade), on Facebook (Kat's Anime Corner), or on Tumblr (@vamp1929).


What is this?? A new image? Yep, I am planning a new look for Kat's Anime Corner come the one year anniversary. I haven't decided the exact look yet, but this is along the lines of what I am hoping to achieve. Look forward to that! (You still have about three months) Do you have any ideas for the new look? Let me know! 

Finally it is that time once again. Each week on Instagram and Tumblr I post a hint of a character picture alongside the #CharacteroftheWeek and ask you to guess which anime character I have selected. This week I have selected for Character of the Week: 

Nike-hime/Princess Nike 


from The World is Still Beautiful.


This crazy princess drastically changes the dry world of the Sun Kingdom when she moves in to marry their king. 


Nike is a rain summoner. She can call the rain through singing. Her emotions control the rain. Livi can actually tell her mood by the feeling of the rain. 


She is a simple girl and a rather poor princess. She is also a fierce woman who easily loses her temper. 


While she is a princess and wears a lot of beautiful clothing, she tends to only wear one pink dress...all the time. 




As for her relationship with Livius. Despite rocky times, the two are madly in love. 




I so hope there will be a second season. 

Did you guess the character right? Would you rather see someone else? Let me know and maybe your character will be featured. I am always looking for new character ideas. 

Well, this is the end....for those who aren't up to date on the latest Bleach and Naruto chapters. I'll see you all next week with the final update of August 2014. 

Now for those who do read the chapters. 

SPOILER ALERT - READ AT YOUR OWN RISK - SPOILER ALERT

Naruto 

Team 7's final mission. They need to win and live. 


Kakashi is now fully equipped with Obito's powers, though they are even stronger with both eyes in the picture. 





Using Kamui Raikiri, Kakashi injures her and sets the stage for his team to strike. 


Naruto uses a distraction technique to get his teammates in the right position. 



Team 7 strikes from all angles. 


I am curious to see how much longer they will carry out this fight and when it will truly end. 



Bleach

Doesn't this fight between Kurosutchi and Hitsugaya remind you of the fight between Itachi, Sasuke, and Kabuto? 


With a drug now in Hitsgaya and his consciousness slowly coming back, it is curious whether or not he will make it out alive. 


My only complaint is that these chapters seem really short and drag on the fight longer than necessary. Hm..


What are your thoughts on this week's newest chapters? 

Well see you all next week. 

Ja ne. 

xx Kat
=^.^=

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