The never ending clash between Good and Evil

A co-worker asked yesterday why I don’t update this blog every day. Hmmm. I’d love to just do this instead of covering crime but I think my boss wouldn’t be too thrilled with that.

Besides, someone has to chronicle the evil things that people do. Might as well be me. I’ve been covering crime so long, I’m pretty much not shocked by anything anymore. But I wouldn’t subject anyone else to this. The world I cover isn’t black and white but shades of gray. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Now back to yakking about anime which actually keeps me sane.

I finally managed to catch up on all those episodes of “Naruto Shipuuden” I’ve missed. SPOILER ALERT. Naruto and the gang have recovered Gaara’s body. Chiyo-baba, the Sand Village elder, is thinking of reviving him using her life force. i-c3d0ffc4d731a586f638472bb8ec87aa-naruto.jpg

Yep, it took a long time for her and Sakura to get rid of her evil grandson, Sassori, who was a member of Akatsuki and a former partner of Orochimaru. And did we really need those clone fights with Gai-sensei’s team? I like Neji a lot but their fights just dragged on too long.

Next episode is the manga chapter where Chiyo-baba uses Naruto’s seemingly endless supply of chakra to revive the dead Gaara.

“Kekkaishi” or “Barrier Master” has grown on me. It went from a ho-hum monster of the week show to a more interesting show with sibling rivalry, angsty half monsters and an evil organization doing everything to take over Karasumori which is that patch of powerful land Yoshimori and Tokine protect as the current kekkaishi of their families.

The evil organization has launched an all-out assault against our heroes to wrest Karasumori away from them. Their leader, a fox spirit called Princess, isn’t going to last much longer and their headquarters will fall once she’s gone. Or so that’s what one of her minions said.

Why Yoshimori’s grandpa, who is way more powerful than him, is just sleeping at home is beyond me. At least his cunning and powerful older brother, Masamori, has an excuse. The evil spy in his group has seen fit to dispatch Masamori and his team away from the fray about to break out over Karasumori.

In “D.Gray-man”, the Millennium Earl is peeved that another exorcist has come into being when her crystal ball turned out to be actually Innocence. It is a substance the Earl’s foes, the Black Order, uses to fight against him.

In addition to the storyline, I also like this show’s character designs. Fans were out in force at the last Anime Expo looking really spiffy in their exorcist uniforms which were probably bought from some store. They didn’t look handmade.

Anyway, there’s only four more episodes left of the first season. There’s going to be a second season of “D.Gray-man.” Ditto with “Kekkaishi.” I can’t wait.

I saw this cover of a PS2 “Naruto Shippuuden” game. I haven’t played it so I have no idea if it’s good. I was just looking for images of an older Naruto to use.

Ja ne.

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