chii’s Anime Snack of the Week: One Pound Gospel

With the passing earlier this week of Dezaki Osamu, I figured it would be nice to feature one of his works. One Pound Gospel is a not very well known title but you should watch it because it is fun. I hope you like boxing or can at least appreciate a good story about it.

I like this shot a lot

I like this shot too

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Positive Points

  • It's got a nun in it
  • Pretty funny considering it's about boxing
  • The drama that unfolds hits the right spots
  • Will probably make you want to watch more boxing anime to see how great they can be

At least he eats his veggies along with everything else that is...

Pray pray pray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Negative Points

  • If you aren't a fan of boxing you may be bored
  • Visually it's ok but has annoying lighting
  • Might leave you wanting something a little more substantial

Gonna barf?

Sparkle barf!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We see this shot about 4 times in the ova. I really didn't enjoy the coach's character

Maybe he should take more hits to the head instead of his tummy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why chii thinks you should watch it

Pay tribute to one of the best anime directors of course! With such amazing titles under his belt like Lupin III specials, Ashita no Joe, and my personal favourite Rose of Versailles, how can you not want to check out an awesome one shot ova like One Pound Gospel. It's a fun story about hard work and determination even if the hero has to be pushed all the way through it. The nun was actually a great pairing with a boxer kid that just didn't care about anything. RIP Dezaki Osamu, you'll be missed.

Gotta train harder

Do NOT get a drunk nun pissed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holy lighting for 2 men punching each other out! lol

Further reactions to this OVA:

One Pound Gospel AnimePlanet Review

THEM Anime Reviews One Pound Gospel

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chii’s Anime Snack of the Week: Omae Umasou da na Movie

Heart, when he was an egg, was rescued by a plant eater so he grew up as one too. Omae Umasou da na follows Hearts struggle with growing up in a different world than he was meant for.

Oh noes a lost egg

Dinosaurs sure do loose a lot of their eggs

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is it?!

One of us and... something else...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lovely background scenery in this movie

Positive Points

  • It's about dinosaurs
  • It's about friendship
  • It's about trust and understanding
  • It's about how strange families come to be
  • It's about DINOSAURS!!!!!!

Heart just likes to suck on lizard tails

And eat dinosaur tails

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It sure is! The point of Heart's realization.

Negative Points

  • Pffft NONE!

Delicious eats gathered by mommy

Umasou gathers food well too

 

 

 

 

 

 

The baddest, meanest dinosaur of all

GAOOOOOOO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cherries or blood drops? Scary dream!

Why chii thinks you should watch it

Watch the short series first then sink your teeth into this wonderful dinosaur movie. The series is a strange condensed adorable version of the movie and it doesn't flow as well as the movie does so that's why I suggest watching it first. It's also fun to match up where the shorts fit into the movie. Omae Umasou da na will make your heart tingle with joy about how understanding the world can be. Heart is an amazing kick ass dinosaur and he isn't afraid to follow his heart. This movie is basically the Japanese version of The Land Before Time series. Especially movie 2 so it brought back a lot of childhood memories for me. Dinosaurs seriously kick so much ass and there needs to be more stories/anime made about them! GO WATCH THIS MOVIE NOW! Safe to watch with your kids too!

Dawwwwwwww

Double dawwwwwww

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old dinosaur king of the strange pineapples

#2 threat to dinosaurs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further reactions to Umasou:

You Are Umasou: No Objectionable Content

365 Days of Anime Characters: Day 326/365 Tyrannosaurus

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Toriko – 02

With the short intro out of the way with the One Piece Crossover episode we dive into the show but the only problem is that we've seen this already! At least those that have seen the ova. The ova covered Toriko's journey to capture the Galara Crocodile so yet again we don't get much new stuff to sink our teeth into. I'm actually really disappointed with the way that they are handling the Toriko series so far.

The world is full of wonder

I hope I don't get tired of his character

 

 

 

 

 

Huge chicken bird and a lobster fish!

I love these kind of glorious shots of Toriko

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don't get me wrong though, I'm totally in love with it too but I just don't understand the thoughts of the producers on this one. I kind of understand starting off with a crossover episode with a very popular series. One could say that they were trying to piggy back on the popularity of One Piece to make Toriko appealing to viewers or to give it a head start. But I don't understand making the second episode almost the same as the ova, let alone with less facts on what the show is about. Maybe they plan on making the series nonsense episodics? I hope not...

Now THAT'S a rice ball

I hate snakes... Especially really big ones

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for the food! This will never get old for me. XD

MEAT MEAT MEAT! GUTS GUTS GUTS! I want Toriko to be more awesome! Yeah I'm totally in love with the pumping OP too in case that wasn't obvious from all the meat and guts. I also like the little addition of this "Gourmet News" tacked on after the ED. I love looking at the creatures of this world and really enjoy those cute little card pictures that they are showcased in.

YUM!

I like this very informative lady

 

 

 

 

 

I dunno what I'd do if I saw that in person

Tentacle chicken bird

 

 

 

 

 

...eww...

Mean ol crocodile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 3 you may start making this series super awesome.

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chii’s Anime Snack of the Week: King of Thorn

"Medusa" is a mysterious illness which causes the body to petrify shortly after infection has suddenly broken out among the world. King of Thorn follows 160 chosen people who will be frozen until a cure could be found. Time passes and many of them wake up in a terrifying world filled with mysterious huge monsters that want nothing more than to make them dinner. It's time to escape the research center's underground and make it to the surface to see just what the world has become. Survival of the fittest.

One of the first victims of Medusa

Signing in to be frozen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Positive Points

  • Beautiful
  • Action packed
  • Interesting enough story about a pandemic
  • Great characters

When I see this logo it always worries me

Time to decide what to do

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Negative Points

  • The end seemed rushed to explain what happened

Entering the freezing process

Time passes and the thorns appear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why chii thinks you should watch it

If you love action and strange adventure where you aren't quite sure what's going on all the time this movie is for you. The characters are quite lovely as well. I love stories where pandemics have occurred and if you do too this one shall be a great treat to watch. It's not a zombie movie either. The movie is simply beautiful to look at. It was pretty hard for me to look away from it because of how awesome it looked. I'll be checking out the manga as I've heard that it is even better than the movie. (which people always say about manga but ehh)

Killer bat like creatures

Killer scary beasts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Escaped from the bats... now what?

I bet they wish they had shoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He always ends up her knight in shining armour

She ends up being a mommy figure for the boy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further reactions to this OVA:

King of Thorn Review - 85/100

King of Thorn

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Toriko x One Piece Crossover

Finally Toriko arrives and I couldn't be happier! But he's not on his own quite yet. The famous pirate crew from the anime One Piece makes a special appearance for the first collaboration episode between the two series and might I say it turned out wonderful. It is one of the best special episodes I've seen in quite some time and the 50 minutes it took to watch simply flew by in a heartbeat. It helps that I'm a total fan of One Piece of course. We start off with the OP for the special right away and I knew instantly I was falling in love with this series. GUTS GUTS GUTS!!!

Luffy!

Toriko!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And both sides are thinking "Who the hell are these guys?!"

The episode starts off with the One Piece crew being very hungry and in need of food supplies. Luckily they come across this wonderful island that has meat trees, pasta bushes, and cotton candy mushrooms! Luffy, Sanji, Chopper, and Nami found just what they were looking for to feed the rest of the crew. Just about anything food related your mind can think of exists on this island! I personally wish to visit this island someday haha.

Hello any big eaters dream come true!

Enter Toriko!

While everyone is running around excited over all this food, something starts rustling in the brush and Chopper investigates only to be ambushed by a very hungry Toriko. (He's always hungry though) Of course he assumes right away that Chopper is going to be an exciting rare animal treat! This was a very predictable issue to arise but very hilarious at the same time.

Sanji cooks so elegantly for the ladies

Komatsu complimenting Sanji's cooking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After this little misunderstanding is cleared up they sit down and eat some food of course. Toriko explains his goals to create the ultimate dinner course composed of the most delicious food in the world. The crew just wish to gather food for their ship and be on their way but Toriko has a fun idea! He's on this island tracking down the legendary Hungerilla Bird and of course Luffy finds this to be a fun challenge and wishes to help out. Luffy and Toriko actually have a lot in common with their huge appetites and strange superpower strength. Torkio of course is a lot more mature and knowledgeable than Luffy but mainly because he is older. Both are extremely manly too which is always a must in shounen titles. I ain't complaining one bit.

 

 

 

 

Bringing you to our HUGE leader...

help...!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With their goal in mind they all start to explore this beautiful island only to have Nami and Toriko's companion, the young chef Komatsu taken away by some... Koala bears! This was hilarious to me because I think it's going to set the premise for the Toriko series as a whole. Sure he's in search of wonderful beasts to nomnom for food to make the best course possible, but there is of course going to be a lot of him having to save his very weak friend from said beasts. I think I'm fine with this because I enjoy action and random strange creatures. I also love the fact that Toriko will eat some of these strange creatures too! Cooking is a passion of mine so almost anything that involves food no matter how strange or out there it may be shall be of interest to me.

There were a lot of awesome action group shots like this one.

Camp side feast!

I love shounen fat bellies XD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coco and Rin

Sani

Terry Cloth

 

 

 

 

 

The cast of Toriko just show up randomly during the episode without much explanation to who they are sadly but this episode was more made to introduce Toriko and his dream. I'm sure more plot and character introductions are coming in later episodes. If I hadn't already seen the OVA to Toriko a year ago I would really have no idea who these people are and why they know Toriko.

Here's some beasts they have introduced. They have capture levels attached showing which ones are really hard to catch. It's kind of like Pokemon but a lot more manly.

The hardest level of animal to catch.

BBQ Pig? That's too funny.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unicorn bear!

This bird has 4 freaking legs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flower lion isn't all that scary to me. I'd want one as a pet.

Koala bears are actually really mean so this is correctly portrayed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope they keep up the titles like that for the beasts because I like them a lot. Overall this episode was just plain awesome and I really can't wait to see more of Toriko's adventures and the rest of the characters properly introduced. I wish Toriko himself didn't look so much like Goku from Dragon Ball but ehhh what can ya do. At least he has awesome blue hair. If he lost the orange jump suit that would probably help.

One Piece Rocks!

Toriko Rocks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Itadaki-masu!

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