One Piece – Review Blurb

October 10, 2008

Note: In this review blurb I’m going to talk about each crew member and their abilities, I won’t talk about their background. So if you consider learning which characters join the crew a spoiler, turn away. But I warn you every single crew member is spoiled in the anime by the opening prior to them officially joining.

Quick Summary
One Piece is about the adventures of a group of misfit pirates called the Straw Hat Crew, each member is determined to achieving their own respective dreams. Although their dreams differ, the path they take to achieve their dreams happens to be shared by the other members of the crew. The common part of their goals is to venture out into the Grand Line. The Grand Line is referred to as the Pirate’s Graveyard because many pirates go there in search of treasure and obtaining the One Piece but most meet their fate instead. This story was heavily influenced by Akira Toriyama’s Dragonball works, although that isn’t to say if you disliked or liked Dragonball you’ll automatically dislike or like this anime, Eiichiro Oda has created an original series that is all his own.

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Claymore – Review Blurb

July 31, 2008

Title: Claymore
Japanese Title: Kureimoa
Director/Author: Hiroyuki Tanaka/ Norihiro Yagi
Genre: Drama/Horror/Fantasy/Adventure
Licensed: Funimation
Release Date: (Japan) Aired April 3, 2007 – September 25, 2007
Episodes: 26

Quick Summary

In this world Yoma are the terror of humanity, they are physically superior to humans and feed on human guts. Yoma also possess the ability to shapeshift and can obtain the memories of a human by devouring their brains, as a result they can blend seamlessly into society. The only way for villages to fight back against a Yoma infestation is to summon a Claymore, although they must be prepared to pay a fee. A Claymore is a female warrior that was born human and was later merged with the flesh of Yoma to become a half-Yoma. This merging causes the warriors to have silver eyes and light hair giving them an ethereal look. However, as they release more of their Yoma powers their eyes become gold, and their faces will distort. Although humans need Claymores to fight back against Yoma they fear these warriors almost as much as the Yoma themselves.

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