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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Darling in the FranXX

With characters similar to Evangelion and mecha similar to the Marvel movie Antman, Darling in the FranXX adds a new twist to the typical mecha anime.Hiro and Zero Two Continue reading

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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Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm

FourRhythm GameAfter 13 weeks of the fall anime season (where I didn’t watch a single anime), I was hesitant to watch another one. Because I was pretty doubtful I’d find another one that’s better than my previous 33. Then in walks Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm, which was recommended my a fellow blogger. Again, the anime that I usually like revolves around school life, and this was no exception. But this anime had one interesting idea of flying shoes (also known as Grav-Shoes), where students living in a remote part of Japan can test drive flying before it’s implemented nationwide. That essentially cuts down transportation time to 5% or less from the traditional methods of subways, buses, or driving. Continue reading

Yama no Susume

Yama no SusumeFrom an earlier post, you’ll know that Yama no Susume is my 10th favorite anime, mostly because of its relevance to hiking and camping. Since becoming a scout leader in July 2014, I learned to tie some knots and hitches, skills that may become a lifesaver in the country. Although Yama no Susume didn’t focus on rope-tying, it did talk about the 3 essential items for hiking: a backpack, proper shoes, and a rain jacket. This anime can provide fundamental knowledge for those who haven’t hiked much but are planning to hike more in the future. It may also inspire you if you’re into camping, backpacking, and even rock-climbing as these 4 activities are interrelated. Continue reading