The Family: The Brotherhood
By Donte M McNeal

Based in Michigan, Donte's Playground is a blog by Donte M McNeal. His posts range from nonsensical ramblings about anime, in-depth reviews of books and television/film, to random spurts of philosophical babble.

Anime Challenge Day 1

Anime Challenge Day 1

Hello there! Donte here, and I’m doing something a little different this month. There’s this thing floating around called the 30 Day Anime Challenge, and since I absolutely love anime, I thought, why not take part? Now, for those of you who could care less about anime, I’ll still be posting my book reviews whenever I finish a book. And I’ll also be doing something new, where every Wednesday I’ll be talking about a random piece of media I enjoyed; that could be a tv show/episode, a movie, an anime or even a song. The possibilities are virtually endless with that one. But for now, let’s get back to this Anime Challenge eh? Now for Day One!

Day 1: My Very First Anime

So, it’s hard for me to pin down which show I saw first growing up out the three I watched the most as a kid: YuYu Hakusho, Inuyasha, Naruto and the Dragonball franchise. Really its between Dragonball and YuYu, but I believe it was YuYu, mainly because I used to try to do the Spirit Gun (YuYu’s signature attack) from an earlier age than I was trying to do the Kamehameha (DB’s staple attack). According to my mother at least haha.

So, with that being the case, YuYu Hakusho everyone!

YuYu Hakusho is an anime about 14-year-old Yusuke Urameshi, who dies trying to save the life of a boy who, unbeknownst to him, would have lived after the accident that ended up taking Yusuke’s life. Shounen through and through, packed to the brim with friendship, rivalry and battles. Though, it starts off as a detective show, with Yusuke tasked with thwarting evil on Earth in order to gain his life back, hence the name, YuYu Hakusho: Ghost Files. It evolves into the standard shounen later down the road, though, I say standard very tentatively. With the help of his former rival and two demons, Kurama and my favorite character, Hiei, the show grows into something that has stayed with me, despite not having seen the show in years.

What I can remember about the show is how well it balanced its action, comedy and drama. The interaction between the four main characters, Yusuke, Hiei, Kurama and Kawubara was clever, heartfelt at times, but most importantly of all, real. They each have their quirks: Yusuke’s cocky but kind, Kurama’s calculating and cunning, Kawubara’s stubborn, kind of dumb, but fiercely loyal, and Hiei’s arrogant and cynical, yet hold a certain modicum of respect for his friends. Each of them add something to the team that the other lacks, and when they’re firing on all cylinders, you’d be hard pressed to find a better group of fighters.

The show centers around these four and their journeys, and I love it so much. Badass action, comedy, and memorable and complex characters. What more can you ask for in an anime? Now that I think about it, there’s an urge to go watch some of it now. If you want to know more about YuYu Hakusho, considering I barely said anything about it, let me know!

P.S. Botan, the grim reaper that gave Yusuke the opportunity to become a Spirit Detective was easily my first crush as a kid. I mean, just look at her.

Anime Challenge Day 2

Anime Challenge Day 2

Christina McMullen's "The Eyes of The Sun"

Christina McMullen's "The Eyes of The Sun"