Hello and welcome to Keba's Anime and Manga Place (KAAMP for short)! Here at KAAMP, I write about anime and manga that I have seen/read as well as my views on them. I'll also post about my original stories from time to time.

Just beware that some of my posts contain spoilers. I'll put them in spoiler tags just in case.

KAAMP's history: KAAMP was created in July 2002 by yours truly. It was a sloppy-looking website on Yahoo's now defunct Geocities. I posted my anime fan art on that site. Also, for a time, I posted my thoughts on the few anime series that I had seen. Now that I look back on it, my thoughts were rather ill-informed (is that even a word?) because I had only seen bits and pieces of anime dubs. Now that I've seen more series, I think that my commentary on various anime will be a little better than before.

So, come on in and stay awhile! KAAMP is now in session.

Confession

Since it's that time of year, I have a confession to make. If you haven't noticed my most recent drawing as of this post, I'm reading a manga called The Seven Deadly Sins. Yeah, after many anime riffs, they now have their own manga.

I may not be Catholic, but I feel a bit guilty about reading it anyway. Why? Because I think it's gonna be one of those crazy long shounen manga. And we all know the stigma that comes with that.

The reason I picked it up in the first place is because of an article I read on a Tumblr blog called "Manga Therapy" (not linking it doe to spoilers). The first word in the post's title was "Greed" and I instantly thought "FMA!!!!!" Then I read a bit and thought, "Wait. THIS ISN'T FMA!!!!!!!!!!"

After a bit of research on the series, I learned that the Sins each have a marking of an animal on their body, one of which looks suspiciously like an ouroboros. My first impression was, "What a knockoff!" But then I signed up for a free trial of Crunchyroll's All-Access Membership just so I could read it.

Turns out the similarities to Fullmetal Alchemist are only superficial. The story is set in medieval times and is based on Arthurian legend. There are knights, princesses, fairies, and giants. Magic is heavily involved. And the story, so far, is no FMA.

Here's a brief synopsis: Ten years prior to the story's beginning, the king's royal guard, the Seven Deadly Sins, were framed for a crime that they didn't commit, and were exiled by an elite group known as the Holy Knights. In the present, the Holy Knights have staged a coup d'etat and overthrown the kingdom. The king's youngest daughter, Princess Elizabeth, believes the only ones who can save the kingdom from the corrupted Holy Knights are the Seven Deadly Sins. She escapes the kingdom on a quest to find them, but with the Sins dispersed and in hiding, it won't be easy.

That was the lamest synopsis I ever wrote.

I'd get to the characters, but I'm in a time crunch. I'll update that later.

Update: Here are the characters. I'm only really writing about the protagonists that appear early on-- I don't want to get into spoilers.

Meliodas (Dragon Sin of Wrath): Although he appears to be a boy (which he assures he isn't), he is the leader of the Seven Deadly Sins. He runs a tavern called the Boar's Hat, even though he couldn't cook to save his life. Despite his title as "Dragon Sin of Wrath", he is actually very laid back. He has a strange attachment to a broken sword that he carries with him at all times.

Elizabeth: She is one of the princesses of the kingdom of Liones, and the king's youngest daughter. When she begins traveling with Meliodas, he employs her as a waitress. Being a princess, she knows nothing of combat, but is willing to put herself in danger for the sake of her people.

Hawk: He is a talking pig and friend of Meliodas. His main job is to eat the leftovers of Meliodas's lousy cooking.

Diane (Serpent Sin of Envy): She is a sweet, though sometimes airheaded, giant girl. Due to her size, she can't fit in houses or even go into cities. She has a crush on Meliodas, and is initially suspicious of Elizabeth when she sees them together. However, she and Elizabeth become friends fairly quickly.

Ban (Fox Sin of Greed): He is a human turned immortal, and can instantly heal from most damage, save for one scar across his cheek, neck, and shoulder. Living most of his life as a thief, most people-- including himself-- don't think very highly of him. The first person to ever see the good in him was a love that he lost long ago.

King (Grizzly Sin of Sloth): "King" is not his name, but his title, since he is king of the fairies. Though he looks like a child, he sometimes takes the form of a stout man so as not to draw attention to himself. He is physically weak, and appears quite harmless, but he carries a dangerous, shape-shifting weapon.

Now, a little review:

The good: Many of the protagonists are based on sins, which are essentially really bad flaws. They're ashamed of their pasts, so much so that they won't even talk about them with each other. This makes for an excellent group of mysterious yet relateable characters.

The bad: There are too many instances of groping and panty-snatching in the name of humor. Guess what? It's not funny!

Told ya it would be a little review.

I'm not sure exactly what I think of the manga, but my thoughts are more positive than negative. Maybe I'm reading it because of my feeling that the fandom will soon explode, and I can say that I'm one of the "first" fans abroad (even though the manga has been out in the USA since March and I started the series in September). Maybe I'm reading it because I don't want spoilers-- I just read the most recent chapter last night. Whatever the reason, I hope the story doesn't go sour by the end.

Just an FYI, the anime premiers October 5th. Coincidentally, that's the day after the Jewish Day of Atonement. I hope Cruchyroll snaps it up. I want to hear what the characters sound like and see them in action.

Long Overdue ACen Report

How long has it been? Four months? Funny, it doesn't seem like Anime Central was that long ago. I've abandoned that comic that I was trying to document my experience with. Still, I want to record my memories of the con before I forget it co...

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Tagged Times Three

Before I begin, I just want you to know that you should feel free to comment on my previous post.

I was tagged by Usa and Judai.

Edit: And Elricz.

Rule one: Always post the rules.
Rule two: Answer the questions the person who tagged you asked and write eleven new ones.
Rule three: Tag as many people as possible and let them know you tagged them!!

1) If you could taste only one flavor what would it be and why?

Chocolate. 'Cause I like chocolate.

2) What is your bigest dream?

To be a rock star.

3) Is there a cosplay you would never do?

Anything that exposes my midriff. If I absolutely had to do something like that, I'd wear a skin-tight body suit.

4) Which is better pokemon or digimon?

Right now, my vote goes to Pokemon. Digimon has gotten ridiculous... but I hear it's returning to its roots in 2015.

5) Who is you anime/manga/game crush(es)?

The first anime crush I ever had was Mewtwo. Yes, the Pokemon. Don't judge. Honestly, I don't get the point of falling in love with fictional characters since they can't love you back. Having said that, I'm a pretty hardcore fangirl of Greed from the FMA manga. Why do I always go for the non-human ones?

6) If the world were like kingdom hearts, what disney world would you live in?

I hardly know a thing about Kingdom Hearts, but it would be cool to live in the world of The Lion King. But then I'd have to be an animal.

7) Where is your favorite place to vacation?

I haven't been on a vacation in years, but if I could revisit any places, they would be Aspen, Colorado and San Francisco, California.

8) Im getting my trainer on here, which starter would you chose and why?

Chikorita!!!!!!!!! Do I need to explain why?

9) If the doctor asked you to join him on his journey...would you?

No. Instead, I'd tell him to pay a visit to my friend who's a die-hard Doctor Who fan.

10) What is the strangest question youve ever asked someone?

What's your opinion on flamingos? I have asked that one multiple times. My favorite response: "They're ugly."

11) If you could pick one character from anything to hang out with for a day, who is it and what did you choose them?

The first one that comes to mind is Usagi from Sailor Moon. I bet she'd be a lot of fun.

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1. In what anime world would you love to live in and why?

I'd live in the world of Pokemon. Come on, REAL POKEMON!!!!

2. What or who inspired you to join theOtaku.com?

A person who has since deleted her account. It's kind of a long story how I got here.

3. What anime character do you relate to the most and why?

There are actually three that I can relate to. The first would be Hotaru from Sailor Moon because she has a hard time opening up to people. The second is L from Death Note because we have similar likes and dislikes. The final one is (Broken Record Mode Activate!) Greed from Fullmetal Alchemist (manga continuity) because READ ALL THIS.

4. Is there a magical power or ability you've always dreamed of having?

Instant healing.

5. Is there any place you've always wanted to visit or explore, anywhere in the world?

Yes-- Poland, for personal reasons.

6. Have you ever wanted to meet somebody famous living or passed? If so who is it and why?

My first inclination is to say Jon Bon Jovi, but I don't even know why anymore.

7. Name your favorite anime opening song here :) Mine's JOINT by Mami Kawada from Shakugan no Shana, what's yours?

I can't pick just one! One of these days, I'll make a post with all my favorite openings and endings.

8. What anime is your ALL Time favorite?

I don't think I can answer that. To pick an all time favorite means that it's your favorite, past, present, and future. How do I know that a yet-to-be-made anime won't dethrone that "all time favorite".

9. Name one character to go with you on vacation. (Any character from any genre)

Um... Jigglypuff.

10. What anime introduced you to the world of anime and manga?

Sailor Moon.

11. Favorite anime ending song?

Refer to question 7.

12. What do you think of me? :3

I think you're sweet and adorable.

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1. Cats or dogs?

My family has always had dogs, so I guess that'll be my answer. I have nothing against cats, though.

2. Have you ever typed out "hello" on a 4-function calculator?

Yep.

3. Do you have a favorite item of clothing? What is it and why is it your favorite?

I'm a jeans and t-shirts kind of person because they're comfortable to wear. I'm not one to sacrifice comfort for the sake of fashion.

4. Your guilty pleasure anime/manga?

Lemme get back to you on that. I'm planning on making a post about that subject.

5. Five random facts about yourself that nobody knows?

This is hard because I don't know what I haven't told people. I'll list whatever comes to my mind.

  • I pet animals with the back of my hand.
  • I have owned nearly as many defective iPods as I have owned working ones.
  • I own more makeup and body lotions than I know what to do with.
  • My guitars are named August and Iggy.
  • My high school had a radio station, and I was a DJ there.

6. If you almost accidentally ran your first crush over with a shopping cart in the grocery store, what would you say to them?

Oops? [/sarcasm] (If you're wondering, I'm pretty angry at my first crush now.)

8. What is your favorite movie genre?

I like pretty much anything animated or with fictional/fantastical elements it it. There are exceptions, though. Yeah, I know that's not really a genre.

9. Frozen yogurt or regular ice cream?

AAAAAHHHH! Don't make me pick!

10. How good are your foreign-accent-imitating skills?

So-so.

11. Did you notice there was no #7?

I cheated. I read Moonlit Dream's answers to this meme before I filled it out, so I noticed it when I read that question.

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My turn!

1. How many times has this meme been around?

2. Who decided to resurrect this meme?

3. Why can't we circulate other memes?

4. Are you sick of me asking questions about memes?

5. What if I told you there was no question #5?

6. Can you look back at embarrassing moments and laugh or do they still embarrass you?

7. Who is in your house right now?

8. What would happen if animals could speak human language?

9. Can I meet up with you at an anime con?

10. Is immortality a good thing or a bad thing?

11. What's your opinion on flamingos?

I tag anyone who hasn't done one of these. IE nobody.

To Liven Up This Place...

Let's face it. TheO has been in a lull for a long time. That's why I want to generate some activity. This post contains two parts: "adoptable" Challenges and an event for 2015.

First the Challenges. I have SO many ideas for Challenges, but I can't possibly host them all. After all, I shouldn't start any new ones until I finish those prizes. Besides, I'd like to enter some of these Challenges myself. These reasons are why I'm giving my ideas to you, dear subscribers. If you're interested in one, please leave a comment. Here they are:

  • Head Cannon (Fan Art/Comics): Illustrate something about a character that the manga/anime didn't cover.
  • OCs Gone OOC (Fan Art): Draw an OC acting out-of-character.
  • Redesign a Character (Fan Art): Change a visual aspect of a character, such as clothing or hair color.
  • All Favorites in One Place (Fan Art): Draw all of your favorite manga/anime characters in one entry.
  • Pick a Character, Write a Poem (All Fan Works): Come up with your own poem about a certain character. Of course, the character must be included in the work. Adopted by KyraChan.
  • Design an Album Cover (Fan Art): If an anime had a soundtrack, what would the cover look like?
  • Album Cover Parody (Fan Art): Substitute people on album covers with anime characters. Adopted by KyraChan.
  • Minor Character Appreciation (All Fan Works): Show some love for a not-so-loved character.
  • Track Number (Fan Art): Draw a picture inspired by a song... but the song must be a certain track number on an album. The host chooses the track number.
  • OC Baby Pictures (Fan Art): Draw what an OC looked like as a baby or a young child.
  • Same Name, Different Characters (Fan Art): Draw two characters with the same name interacting and/or cosplaying each other.
  • Different Styles (Fan Art): Draw manga/anime characters in a style other than manga/anime.
  • Never Drawn Before (Fan Art): Draw someone/something you've never drawn before.
  • Obscure Holiday (eCards): Make an ecard wishing someone a happy holiday other than the ones listed in the selection.
  • Otaku Tutorial (Comics): Make a guide to help new users learn an aspect of theO, such as how to reply to comments or how to submit a fan work.
  • OC Wallpaper (Wallpapers): Make a wallpaper of an original character, either yours or someone else's.

If you're wondering, I have more ideas than this. I just want to save them for myself.

Now the event. I came up with this event idea today, and I don't want to forget it. I'm going to start this event in 2015 because (a) the 4KRR is still going, (b) I have a lot of artwork to get done, and (c) it's pretty ambitious. The idea is to make a list of 52 characters (either recognized anime characters or OCs) and-- you guessed it-- sketch one each week. You must think I'm crazy to do this, but then again, you might be crazy too, and want to join me. Now who's in?

Things Are Looking Better

My back is much better, and I'll be going to my parents' tomorrow. In short I CAN SCAN THOSE SIX PRIZES! And I can digitally color them too.

Now that that's settled, I want to work on some traditional and digital art simultaneously. I might not get the new OC one done in time, and I already missed the Pokemon Trainer Challenge, but I intend to draw pictures of those anyway. Although I haven't started, I do want to work on art for three more Challenges. I already have something in mind for two, and I hope I get inspiration for the third. Finally, I have that digital drawing that I've been meaning to complete for the longest time. All I have left is the shading and highlights.

I want to do a livestream so bad, but it seems like no one is on. That makes me sad.

In other news, I've been doing "research" for my new story. Basically I just Googled "mythological creatures" and found a wiki dedicated to that. I did learn some things from it. What I thought was a werewolf was actually called a lycan. I'm going to call the fairies in my story "sprites" instead. The three main characters will be elves, although I know it's cliche. Now I just need names for them all. *Sigh.*

Oh, yeah! I'm reading a new manga. You won't believe what it is. I'll draw some fan art of it soon.

I'm also thinking of making a post about "stigmatized" manga and anime series. I usually limit my K.A.A.M.P. posts to one per day, so you might see this tomorrow.