Gun Gale Online Alternative

This Spring, viewers can look forward to a new 12-episode anime Gun Gale Online Alternative, a series that shares the same platform as the original Gun Gale Online but with new characters: a sadistic executive and a tiny pink devil.

Violet Evergarden

Violet EvergardenThe anime Violet Evergarden is about a former child soldier’s journey to adjust back into society after the war and to search for her life’s purpose after the death of her only loved one. Being an orphan, Violet was scouted by the military during the war for her exemplary fighting skills. She was placed under the command of Major Gilbert Bougainvillea, who not only appreciated her military prowess, but who also treated her as a family member. Gilbert always stressed the importance for her to find her life’s purpose, rather than to blindly obey orders. Being a child raised in the military, she couldn’t change her military mentality, even until the day Gilbert was killed in action.

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Chinese New Year 2018

February 16 was the first day of the Chinese New Year calendar in 2018. Traditionally – in line with the regular New Year – people make a lot of wishes during this first day. I have made my fair share of 7 wishes that I hope to come true in this Year of the Dog. They are all aligned with the major topics of this blog MANTA-FW, namely Military, Aerospace, Nutrition, Travel, Anime, Fishkeeping, and Writing.


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Your Name by Makoto Shinkai

Your Name

Your Name (君の名は) is an animated movie by Makoto Shinkai (新海 誠), also known as Hayao Miyazaki’s (宮崎 駿) successor. Since its original animated commercial in 2014, then known as Cross Roads, it was since renamed and modified to become this new movie that has grossed USD174 million worldwide thus far. No simple feat, especially for an anime. The following movie review contains spoilers, but that shouldn’t be much of a problem, because it allows you to fully enjoy the script and settings when watching the movie. A quality movie can never be spoiled by spoilers.

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Japanese Lesson


Stemming from my interest in Japanese travel (especially Tokyo) and anime, I’ve taken 6 lessons so far to study the difficult にほんご (Japanese language). What a satisfying experience! There are 2 main sets of characters to learn: Hiragana (native Japanese characters) and Katakana (words borrowed from other languages, mostly English). I love Katakana! I wish all Japanese words consisted of only Katakana. Because after memorizing those 46 characters, based on the sounds of the words, I was able to accurately guess the English words they were referring to.

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The Heroic Legend of Arslan

It’s been a while since I’ve been excited to watch an anime and the Heroic Legend of Arslan doesn’t disappoint. I’ve watched 3 episodes of the anime so far and I had to force myself to stop in order to write this review. Then I’ll continue watching some more. But I must say this anime isn’t for everyone, as there’s a lot of action and if you’re not into military, you may find it unappealing.

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