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In a small village in the mountains of Japan a dark force dwells beneath the picturesque exterior of Hinamizawa. A boy named Keiichi Maebara moves here with his father and mother and shortly after a
***NO SPOILERS***Mirai Nikki (or The Future Diary) is the story about twelve people who have been thrust into a battle royale by the god of time and space; Deus Ex Machina. Now Deus, his body is falling apart and his power is fading, so he enters these people in a madcap elimination game in order to find out who he wants to succeed him. But that wouldn't be interesting enough, would it? There's a stipulation. Each of the twelve keep diaries based on what interests them. When the clock starts on this insanity the diaries transform. They now have the power to tell the future based on whatever the owner used it for prior to the events unfolding. These new future diaries are both the contestants greatest strength as well as their most crippling weakness. This due to the fact that not only can they be obfuscated and over-relied on, but also they're a literal weak point as their destruction kills the owner. At the forefront of this symphony of destruction is Yukiteru, a rather weak and helpless boy who is the First amongst the numbered entrants and so he is the target of much of their machinations. Will Yuki be able to stave off the constant threats of death and reign supreme or will he be taken down under the might of eleven other twisted individuals each with their own reasons to thirst for power? There's only one way to find out...
In the wake of World War III in 1988 after a mysterious explosion, the city of Tokyo is leveled into a ruined crater with no buildings left standing. What looks like a bomb decimates the houses, the population, and everything else within the radius of the shockwave. 31 years after the event in 2019 a new city rises from the ashes: Neo-Tokyo. The sprawling metropolis is every bit a dystopia, where many residents live in squalor and poverty whist the dark hand of the military looms overhead. The city is home to two rival gangs: the Clowns and the Capsules. It is in the Capsules that we are introduced to the two main characters in the film; Tetsuo and Kaneda. One day whilst on a journey to attack the Clowns Tetsuo runs into a strange kid with the face of an old man, and is thrown from his bike trying to swerve to avoid him. Unfortunately the military was looking for the very person Tetsuo came close to colliding with and in one fell swoop they capture them both. As he slowly starts making sense of what is happening he realizes a startling fact; the kid is a psychic. And that's not all, as something's awoken his own latent powers aswell, and he now has the ability to unleash havoc and destruction upon the world. From then on the central conflict of the film is unleashed as the taste of power slowly corrupts Tetsuo and comes to a head against Kaneda's unshakeable spirit. And above it all looms the shadow of a mysterious figure that is only discussed in hushed whispers, a shadow known as Akira...
I really doubt I have to introduce this series to most of you, but for those who have been living under a rock I'll do it anyways. Fullmetal Alchemist is the story of the Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse, who are alchemists in training. In their world alchemy is a scientific principle that relies on the concept of equivalent exchange; to create something you must give up something of equal value. So like if you had all the pieces to a broken radio you could use alchemy to reform it into working form once again. Edward and Alphonse live with their mother after their father Hohenheim abandons them while they're small children. The three of them share several happy years together until tragedy strikes. One day the boys come home to find their mother collapsed on the floor with an incurable sickness. Unfortunately Trisha Elric passes away and in their grief and pain the kids decide to commit a taboo and do what must not be done; to try to bring the dead back to life with alchemy. After learning the ingredients of a human body and honing their skills they attempt the forbidden art of human transmutation. However they forgot to account for the soul, and in the process the equation tries to balance itself out by taking Alphonse away as well as Edward's left leg. In a frantic state over his brother being lost Ed uses his right arm as alchemic material to bind Al's soul to a suit of armor whilst his body gets obliterated. And what is made even worse is that the human transmutation didn't even work... no, it's beyond that. What they created was something that couldn't be called human. With Al as nothing more than a hunk of metal with a soul attached and Ed missing two limbs they decide to go on a journey to find the fabled Philosopher's Stone which defies the laws of equivalent exchange to get their bodies back to normal. And so the iconic series begins.
And now for my second part in my two part "girls with eyepatches" review series! Chuunibyou (or Chuu2 for short) is an anime about a boy named Yuuta Togashi who is trying to lock up his dark and hidden past. This past is something so horrifying, so shocking, that he never wants to remember one iota of it ever again. To make a long story short he doesn't want to remember his chuunibyo, or eighth-grader syndrome where he adopted a ridiculous persona as the DARK FLAME MASTER. Back when he was in the throes of chuunibyo he paraded around in all-black clothes and wielding an assortment of laughable "weapons" as he acted like something out of a bad Dragonball Z script. But that's all behind him! He's gonna have a fresh start at high school! Problem is a girl named Rikka Takanashi is also in his class and unlike him she still fully embraces her adolescent delusions of hidden worlds and magical powers. She goes so far as to wear an eyepatch and colored contact that she claims seals the power of the "Wicked Lord Shingan". Will Yuuta be able to distance himself from his past embarrassments, or will Rikka drag out the DARK FLAME MASTER once again?