How I would have booked these wrestlers (From Night of Champions to Hell in a Cell)

I’m always bitching about wrestling (well WWE) and how better booking decisions could be made at pretty much all times so you can guess what I’m going to write here. I’ll look at who was used on WWE television this month (Raw and SmackDown) and say what I think should be/should’ve been done with them.

Stardust & The Ascension

There really isn’t much going for these guys is there? Anytime that Stardust finds his way on to my TV screen I already think that he’s wasting my time but to be fair that isn’t his fault, he has a crappy gimmick and on top of that, what could have been a good feud between him and Goldust never got a conclusion. The Ascenion. I don’t know where to start with these guys, they were buried from the minute that they moved up to the main roster (thanks to JBL), the fans have never really warmed up to these guys despite the fact that they’re from NXT and for a while (maybe even still) they were looked at as a crappy version of the Legion of Doom. Now these guys are together and it looks as if Stardust is heading for a feud with Cesaro. I don’t know if that would be smart for Stardust, unless he’s not meant to look strong and I’m not sure what that would do for The Ascension. I reckon that putting these three in a trio isn’t a bad move as it has worked before with other teams, and it would be nice to see them go on a winning run on SmackDown, (since it’s not like any of them are ever going to be in the main event) this would definitely establish The Ascension in the tag team division (which is needed given the lack of star power there) and it would do wonders for stardust. A nice step would be having The Ascension attacking teams in tag team division as well as wrestlers that Stardust has problems with and occasionally top talents (imagine having The Ascension attacking Dean Ambrose because Stardust said so, it would increase SmackDown’s ratings). There’s power in numbers so I reckon that it would be a good shout to have those three as an established midcard team that can lose to others higher on the card without having their reputation damaged, plus I don’t think that they need mic time, those little pre-recorded match messages will do.

Bo Dallas

You might not agree with me here, but I think that Bo Dallas could honestly be a credible midcard heel, even so much that he should be in the Intercontinental Championship picture. At this point he’s just the average jobber, but he’s got such a good gimmick on him. He’s positive and insincere (like a certain tag team) which is annoying, because of this he should keep doing the bo-lieve promos but at the same time he should be facing people that the crowd expect him to lose against only for him to get the sneaky win and taunt the opponent by telling them that they didn’t bo-lieve. That could gain so much heat if it was the right opponent. The crowd would be more invested just so that they could watch him lose, he’s also the type of character that WWE could use to pull off a successful heel vs. heel match, especially if there’s a heel involved that WWE want to turn face.

Kevin Owens

It still early days (kind of) but at the moment he’s not doing anything with the Intercontinental Championship. As champion, Owens should be one of the main faces of SmackDown and constantly working good matches against other good in-ring workers to raise his stock. Every now and again he should be cutting promos on Raw teasing a title defence but then telling the crowd that if they want to see him badly then they have to catch him on SmackDown, there’s already a fan base for him and it’s hard to argue that he’s not heading to the top so why not give SmackDown some love as well. Owens’ mic skills are very underutilised which is a shame because having him speak for even 5mins would attract interest to his next move. He has a tendency to bully Rich Brennan and if that was translated to wrestlers on the roster with some backstage antics then there could be a very interesting feud on our hands. Owens feud with Ryback was such a wasted feud that I don’t actually care for what could have been done better.

Paige

There was a huge opportunity to develop her heel character which was completely missed (because the divas revolution was handled terribly). After Paige dropped the promo where she went off on everyone involved in the divas revolution I thought that an eventual title shot was needed. Paige then went back on her actions and Natalya got involved and this is where Paige should have feuded Natalya; whilst trying to get back in the good books of Charlotte and Becky Lynch, there should have been tag matches involving Natalya, Charlotte and Lynch in which Paige would support and “accidentally” sabotage Natalya. Natalya picks up on this which allows Paige to reveal her true colours and then have a pay-per-view match in which she puts Natalya out of action telling her that she got in the way of her plan before telling Charlotte that she’s next. If they weren’t going to go with that then they could have had Paige try to break up Charlotte and Becky Lynch by trying to buddy up with Charlotte and making Lynch feel left out, leading to Lynch telling Paige that she doesn’t trust her and the rest writes itself.

Cesaro

Make him one of the main faces of SmackDown and it will get views, then just allow him to have incredible matches and an organic following will come and from there he can challenge for a midcard title. I don’t see what’s so hard, he’s basically done most of the hard stuff.

John Cena

John Cena’s US open challenge could be a lot more. If someone challenged Cena and lost, only to be frustrated by it to the point that they kept interrupting open challenge matches until they got a rematch then that would be good. It adds more value to the US Championship which is needed because all the prestige is with John Cena at the moment not the title and it starts a rivalry too.

Sheamus

He is uninteresting and the Money in the Bank briefcase doesn’t help which is why I feel that a stipulation should be added to the briefcase. For every month that he doesn’t cash it in, then a random wrestler gets the chance to win it off him, if Sheamus was given mic time to talk about how he’d crush anyone who tried and it’s only a matter of time before he’s the world champion, it wouldn’t do much but it would be better than where he is now.

Kane

The demon Kane angle was interesting but the thing is that he should have still acted in a way that shows he takes orders from nobody. It seemed as if Stephanie McMahon still had control over him which took away from the character. I wouldn’t have had a problem if the feud went in a direction where Seth Rollins would see demon Kane backstage only for Seth to run to the Authority and see that corporate Kane is with Triple H and Stephanie. It was a chance for mind games which could have worked.

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Thoughts/Review (kinda) on Hell in a Cell (2015)

THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS!

The 2015 edition of Hell in a Cell is over and now the focus is going to be on the upcoming Survivor Series (which I’m not expecting much from). Staying on Hell in a Cell, this PPV was definitely more brutal than Night of Champions, I’d say that I enjoyed it more than I did NoC as well. I have to clap for WWE with the way that they handled particular events on this pay-per-view, the booking team showed me that there might be three (maybe four) brain cells between them.

General thoughts on HIAC:

Like NoC and many other PPVs in the calendar year, this event tends to lack that special PPV feel, it’s made worse by the fact that Hell in a Cell matches are only contested in this PPV making it feel like a gimmick PPV headlined by gimmick matches. WWE should think about removing this PPV from the calendar.

Matches

John Cena (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio (United States Championship)

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

After 14 months Alberto Del Rio made his return to WWE to take part in John Cena’s US open challenge and it was disappointing. The US open challenge has been one of the better things about WWE’s programming this year so when you put John Cena, who usually performs in big matches with Alberto Del Rio who’s a good wrester and the open challenge, it implies that there’s a match of the night contender on the books but not this time. The match never really seemed to get out of first gear, it didn’t have major problems but considering who was involved and the matches that these two have had in the past, it left a lot more to be desired. I get that Cena doesn’t tap out because he’s invincible but to have him lose to one of Del Rio’s standard superkicks was disappointing, there was really a chance to have Del Rio pull of something exciting.

My reaction to this match

Watch or Skip: Skip

Other thoughts: Zeb Colter’s legs got injured (I think) on a previous episode of Raw but I thought it would have healed by now, it’s also good to know that he’s no longer a xenophobe and embraces America’s southern brothers. Where the hell was Ricardo Rodriguez? He’s the only person that can introduce Alberto Del Rio correctly. Maybe it was me but the reaction that Del Rio got during the match shows or at least implies that he wasn’t missed very much. WWE need to decide which of Del Rio’s themes they want to play, playing his 2nd theme after he wins matches and his 1st when he enters is annoying.

Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt

Winner: Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt stepped into the ring for what was to be their final encounter (until further notice) and they didn’t disappoint. For me, this was the match of the night because it played out so well. Reigns and Wyatt both looked strong in this match even though Reigns went to town on Wyatt for long periods of the match. The match did well to show two men that wanted to destroy each other by any means necessary as they utilised the cell, three tables and kendo stick after kendo stick. I’m not a fan of slow paced matches but this match showed that Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt are going to be huge deals in about three years time, they work very well together and they’ve both improved greatly since their main roster debuts.

Watch or Skip: Watch

Other thoughts: When the tables were brought out and it looked as if Roman Reigns was going to go through one, I thought ‘oh yes!’ in response to Michael Cole saying ‘oh no!’ Roman Reigns’ transition into the new John Cena continues (the crowd saying “let’s go Roman! Roman sucks”) however if Reigns is able to pull out more matches like this then even the smarkiest of smarks will have to appreciate his ability. I loved Reigns’ spear to Wyatt and I can’t explain why, it just fit perfectly. Wyatt looked extremely dangerous, having to go through three tables, get hit with kendo sticks and a spear before being pinned for the three count, WWE better not ruin this.

The New Day (c) vs. The Dudley Boyz (Tag Team Championship)

Winner: The New Day

This was a standard tag team match, it served as a nice cool down after Reigns and Wyatt’s match but there was still something on the line. I can’t say that it was as fun to watch as the match that the two teams had at NoC but it wasn’t bad. The match highlighted to me how well The New Day works as a trio because Xavier Woods’ antics were missed, hopefully he’ll be back soon. If there’s one thing that I want an explanation for from this match, I want to know what the hell that was when Bubba Ray Dudley had Kofi Kingston in position for a side slam and D-Von did a leg drop that had no effect.

Watch or Skip: Watch

Other thoughts: I feel the unicorn power of The New Day so shame on John Cena and The Dudley Boyz for taking Woods out of action. Kofi Kingston pulled an Eddie Guerrero and it was glorious however, what wasn’t glorious was that The New Day didn’t get to do ‘that thing.’ I didn’t expect The New Day to retain but I can’t complain about the fact that they did.

Charlotte (c) vs. Nikki Bella (Divas Championship)

Winner: Charlotte

This was better than their match at NoC but given everything that’s happening in the Divas division, this match has felt like an afterthought for weeks. As I’ve said before, I’m not a fan of slow paced matches but you can tell that both Nikki Bella and Charlotte were trying, given that two years ago women used to get in the ring and scream at each other whilst shaking each other (in other words, clearly not try) I have to give those two props. These two had a particular spot where Charlotte backflipped to avoid Nikki Bella’s superplex which was interesting and hopefully there will be more of those kinds of spots in women’s matches. The most interesting thing about this match was Paige’s attitude after Charlotte won, it looks like there might be a Paige vs. Becky Lynch feud on the books or at the very least she’s trying to systematically destroy team PCB.

Watch or Skip: Watch

Other thoughts: Given how overrated Charlotte is, it would be nice to see her controlling matches, she can’t keep coming out with the win after spending little time in control of the match. I hope that WWE does something about Charlotte’s theme music, it’s shit.

Seth Rollins (c) vs. Kane (WWE World Heavyweight Championship)

Winner: Seth Rollins

This match was disappointing, not that it had much to live up to. Like the US championship match it didn’t get out of first gear but even looking at the match itself, fancy spots and broken tables couldn’t have saved this. Seth Rollins is one of the best wrestlers on the WWE roster however that is not helping to give his WWE World Heavyweight Championship reign life. There isn’t much else to say about this match.

Watch or Skip: Skip

Other thoughts: The Spanish announce table was spared and I was disappointed with that, by extension I was disappointed with that powerbomb that Rollins did on Kane. Seth Rollins’ next feud should be with the pedigree because the execution defeats him every time. Jerry Lawler was making jokes as he usually does and it’s upsetting that he doesn’t realise that he isn’t funny.

Me whenever Jerry Lawler tells a joke

Kevin Owens (c) vs. Ryback (Intercontinental Championship)

Winner: Kevin Owens

This match was so short, way too short! Title matches should never get the toilet break treatment and that’s exactly what this match was. Kevin Owens and Ryback have decent chemistry however that chemistry has done nothing to benefit the Intercontinental Championship. Once again the finish was weak and I’m hoping that WWE will start to take the Intercontinental Championship more seriously from this point.

Watch or Skip: Skip (For the fact that it’s too short to be invested in)

Other thoughts: Ryback has a feed me more chain, that can only mean one thing. Feed me more hoes!

Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker

Winner: Brock Lesnar

This match was brutal and it was so much better than their match at SummerSlam and WrestleMania XXX. These two (supposedly) made sure that it would be the last match between each other, using the cell, exposing the ring (when was the last time that happened!?) and generally just battering each other. This match was a very close contender for my match of the night and was just edged out because I was more invested in the feud between Reigns and Wyatt. This match definitely felt like a main event because Lesnar and taker did things that aren’t usually seen in WWE matches, it also made their feud feel more personal and showed that despite The Undertaker’s advanced age and body, he can still deliver. This was a very nice conclusion for Brock Lesnar’s go to hell tour and needless to say both men looked strong even if Brock Lesnar did resort to a low blow.

Watch or Skip: Watch

Other thoughts: Blood, so much blood! The Undertaker has worked THREE PPVs this year with two of those being matches against Brock Lesnar, I think I could be forgiven for thinking that that this was more of a death ritual than a match. I somehow don’t know if this will be the last encounter between these two since John Cena and The Rock were meant to have a once in a lifetime encounter that nearly came around three times. I felt that low blow that The Undertaker received, there was also a very nice chair shot to the face proving that WWE does know how to be hardcore with weapons. Lilian Garcia botched The Undertakers entrance which could have been awkward, luckily she stopped herself and started again a few seconds later. JBL said that only Andre the Giant and The Undertaker stand out as champions in WWE history, what about that vitamins dude who made shit tons of money from WCW? What happened after the match was amazing, not only did WWE make amends for Bray Wyatt’s unnecessary WrestleMania loss to The Undertaker, they took away from his earlier loss in the night which makes me think that WWE might have known what they were doing with Wyatt all along.

My reaction to the PPV

Song of the week 19/10/15 – 25/10/15

For me there was only going to be one choice this week. ‘Dickhead’ by Chip is the song choice for this week. This is a diss track which was made as a response to Bugzy Malone’s song ‘wasteman’ which was dropped a few hours earlier. Chip more or less responds to the points made by Bugzy in wasteman as well as explaining why Bugzy is a dickhead which also includes Bugzy’s sly attempt to talk to Wretch 32 (who let Chip know that he’s not involved in this beef) and Fekky as well as some standard Tinie Tempah disses.

Favourite line(s): Right now I got a couple beyblade songs, Light Work spin a man I get my beyblade on, 5 months yeah man a man took too long, 5 hours let it bang, another tune gone.

DICKHEAD!

If you’re not following the Chip vs. Bugzy Malone/Tinie Tempah beef then you should because it’s entertaining and there are a lot of questions that need to be answered (if you want to know the questions then follow the beef!). I like rap beef and pretty much every song that Chip has put out has made me think that Bugzy and Tinie should call it quits. I don’t think that the grime scene has been this active for a while either (I don’t follow grime too much) which makes it even better. Some people would say that Chip is bullying Bugzy at this point but the more dubs the better, eventually there’s going to have to be a clash.

Recommendation on how/when to listen: Now, whilst the beef is really heated. If you wake up and you want to leave your house feeling hyped then that would be a good time to listen to the song too.

I’m petty

I can admit that I’m a petty person and I can also admit that it feels good to be one. Usually people are taught to turn the other cheek but for me, I just think ‘fuck that shit!’ If you’re wronged by someone (an instance which can bring out pettiness) then it’s supposedly smart to let it go because following up on it will bring more trouble. I can understand letting it go, as in admitting that the situation is beyond my power but that only means that I’ll sit there and hope that karma strikes like a motherfucker.

This is pretty much the case for any situation; somebody could steal a bag of crisps from me (or something small like that) and if I hear later down the line that the person who stole my crisps (MY VERY TASTY CRISPS) was beaten up, arrested, or anything like that then I’ll sit down with a huge smile on my face. Sometimes if the situation calls for it, I’ll purposely start trouble just to fight the person.

Pettiness isn’t the best attitude to have but it feels damn good and I don’t think that’s ever going to change to be honest. I definitely have respect for people that can let things go to the point that they’re saddened by hearing bad news for someone that’s wronged them, (if the person’s relatives die or something tragic like that happens, then it’s understandable, that’d hurt me too) it takes a lot to move on and not even feel a little bit of joy to hear that karma struck.

I can say that I’m subjectively petty though. Things like having the last word in a conversation or constantly having to let people know that I might disagree with their opinion as well as other really small things aren’t worth my time.

If you’ve read this post and thought ‘wow’ (in the surprised/not good way) that’s the response I expected but if you read this and said ‘this is me!’ then I salute you.

Song of the Weeek 12/10/15 – 18/10/15

The song of the week this time around is definitely ‘No Words’ by Hopsin, it just has to be. The minute that I heard this song, I knew that I was going to listen to this for a while. In this song, Hopsin tells everyone listening that he doesn’t like the state of rap, listing some of the problems that he has with the current scene, he then does his own take on the state of rap.

Favourite line(s): I went to the doctor, he looked at my dick and he said I got rabies.

If you listen to the song you’ll realise that Hopsin isn’t saying anything that makes any sense, he’s literally ‘chattin’ shit’ and proving that with a good beat people will bump their heads to a song. Rap now isn’t as good as it was in the late 90’s and early 00’s but that’s music, it just keeps moving. Rap doesn’t always have to be as lyrical as used to be, if the song can give you a good vibe then it doesn’t matter too much (in my opinion). On top of all of that, the song is funny.

Recommendation on how/when to listen: When you’re having a midlife crisis and you need something to stop you from wanting to connect with the ‘kids’ or when you want something to make you laugh for a while.

Quick thoughts on Hellsing

Hellsing… A very popular series (or so I’ve read) and because of that I’m not even sure where to start with this post. I guess that I’ll go from the plot since that’s what I usually do in these anime thought posts. Hellsing is about an organisation of soldiers who fight against vampires in order to keep humans safe, one of the main characters happens to be a vampire called Alucard who belongs to hellsing organisation and kills his own kind because… The other main character is Seras Victoria who becomes a vampire when it’s a choice between that or dying (not that it’s important to the story).

So the thing is that this anime is popular (I’m still trying to come to terms with this) and I assume it’s because of the manga, because there is no way that an anime like this can be anime fan favourite. I don’t mean to disrespect the series but the whole thing is just so underwhelming, it starts off very well and the first few episodes are interesting but then it becomes clear that the show doesn’t have a story to follow and so it uses a weekly bad guy formula to keep the show moving along. The anime doesn’t follow the manga too much and as a result the episodes that do follow the manga are much more enjoyable than the ones that don’t; the thing about the anime exclusive episodes is that it seemed as if whoever was responsible for writing them just wrote literally anything and didn’t care how it would fit in with the overall story (which wasn’t smart). By the end of the series, I was left asking questions like who the fuck was incognito and where did he come from? Why was Alucard’s rivalry with Alexander Anderson inconclusive? Why did Seras only care for 5 seconds when Harry Anders died? And those were only a few. In the end the anime decided to give everyone who viewed (and will view) it a middle finger because it went in a exceptionally confusing direction where humans were being given chips that turned them into vampires and it turned out that the organisation responsible for this remained anonymous. (In other words the head writer said “I’m gonna eliminate any chance of this show making sense and make you watch something my dog wrote MUAHAHAHA and there’s nothing you can do about it!”)

In 13 episodes I ended up indifferent to every character in the series because they were all dull; that’s bad given that I found Yoh from Shaman King dull and he still managed to annoy me. I’m not sure what they were going for with the characters but I know that it failed completely. The show tried so hard make Alucard look cool but instead he was just an overpowered character who didn’t contribute much to any situation (even though he’s the main character). Seras seemed to do most of the work in the episodes and somehow she still didn’t develop, I also felt that she wasn’t useful in spite what I just wrote (she didn’t reach Sakura’s level of uselessness though). Incognito was just unacceptable as a main antagonist, he looked the part but he was so generic (if I think about it, I’ll just get angry) and every other character was there pretty much because an anime needs characters.

I did like the colouring (even if Integra Hellsing was grey) and I definitely liked the soundtrack as it was the best thing about the show (the opening theme tune was more interesting than a lot of the episodes to be honest). The soundtrack made a lot of situations easier to digest, in fact it made the show better as a whole. There aren’t many things to praise when it comes to the show which is a shame.

Other thoughts: I’m sure that with each passing episode, Seras’ boobs get bigger. Seriously, I watched the first episode and thought ‘a female character without unnecessarily huge breasts… I can deal with that’ and by the last episode I thought ‘those are a lot bigger than I remember.’ If Integra had no speaking roles I would have spent the first ten episodes thinking that she was a man, this would have been very new to me because I didn’t think masculine looking female characters was a thing. I spent the whole series trying to figure why the dog in the opening credits was relevant and I didn’t find an answers but with that being said, it’s not uncommon for anime openings to do this. Why was Seras’ fight with the genetically modified vampire so anti-climatic and disappointing, just why? I assume that to see all the rage about Hellsing I’ll have to watch Hellsing Ultimate.

Recommendation: Honestly I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone but if I had to guess who this show would appeal to the most, I’d say people who like a lot of violence and dark themes as well as guitars. Anyone who is a fan of gun-toters might enjoy this show, otherwise steer clear.

Wrestling is fake…

Whenever I say that I like wrestling, I get told that it’s fake and this is usually my internal reaction…

Everybody knows that the winner of a match is booked before the match even starts but I don’t really understand why that taints the view of wrestling. People will say things along the lines of “why do you watch it if you know who’s going to win?” (Even though the audience doesn’t know) and this makes me wonder why people don’t ask the same for films or stand-up, we all know that in films something dramatic always happens to the main character and we know that in stand-up, the jokes are rehearsed (the same jokes are told every stop of the tour). In a wrestling match, we don’t know the moves that are going to be executed, we don’t know how the win will happen but these things aren’t taken into account for whatever reason.

Before I go off into a completely different topic, the point is that, it shouldn’t matter if wrestling is fake or not (it isn’t) because wrestling, like any other sport is a good escape. The fact that a wrestling match is booked shows that you should be paying attention to what’s going on between the ropes and taking in the atmosphere as well as the spectacle. When I look at sports like football, there is a great atmosphere however it’s not possible to enjoy the atmosphere fully unless your side is winning, if your side loses a match then regardless of whether they played a great game or not, you’ll focus more on that negative. With wrestling, even if a fan favourite loses, since the result was booked we can appreciate the effort that they put into the match.

People don’t really take into account that wrestlers legitimately put their lives on the line for a “fake” sport; things like the death of Owen Hart, Edge’s broken neck, Triple H’s torn quad as well as the various concussions are the realities of what can happen once someone becomes a wrestler. Looking at the whole thing, the fact that the result is pre-booked shouldn’t be an issue for anybody because there are so many undesirable factors that the wrestlers are putting aside.

When I look at factors like the ones I’ve listed as well as other ones (like fixed match scandals in other sports) it fuels the internal reaction when people tell me that wrestling is fake.

Song of the week 5/10/15 – 11/10/15

Since I listen to a lot of music, I thought that I’d share some on the songs that I’m feeling with you on a weekly basis. This week the song I’ll share with you is ‘How Much a Dollar cost?’ by Kendrick Lamar.

This is a song about a homeless man who asks Kendrick for a dollar, which Kendrick refuses to give him, given the fact that the homeless man’s situation has nothing to do with him. In the end Kendrick finds out how much a dollar really costs.

Favourite line(s): He looked at me and said “know the truth it’ll set you free, you looking at the messiah, the son of Jehovah, the higher power, the choir that spoke the word, the Holy Spirit, the nerve of Nazareth, and I’ll tell how much a dollar cost, the price of having a spot in Heaven, embrace your loss, I am God”

The song makes me think about what I’d do if I was put in a position where I was asked to help a stranger with the mindset that it would have no effect on me. The song will make you question if you are truly a goodhearted human being and even if it doesn’t, the story is still interesting to listen to. It probably isn’t so deep that it’s saying to help all other human beings but by helping someone else, you never know how much it could mean to them and in the long run it could do something great for you as well.

Recommendation on how/when to listen: It’s always a good time to listen to Kendrick Lamar.

What I look for in a series

Fullmetal Alchemist is my favourite manga/anime series

There are a lot of manga and anime out there. A while back, I asked what makes a series popular and got some interesting answers on that, the question also made me curious as to what people look for when they read manga/watch anime.

Personally when it comes to manga/anime I prefer those aimed at a shonen or seinen demographic mostly because that’s really what I read/watch. They tend to have great action as well which is something I can always appreciate, especially if I feel that there’s nothing else going for the series. The most important thing for me when it comes to manga/anime is the story! (If it’s a comedy then this doesn’t apply) for me to rate the series highly, there has to be a good story damn it. DBZ and Pokémon get a pass on this because of nostalgic value (and action of course). From the minute that the story is interesting and easy to follow, whilst keeping me on my toes (e.g. through the use of a plot twist) the chances are that I will follow it until the end.

I feel that characters (especially the main character) have to be smart or at the very least, not dim-witted (battle smart doesn’t count in this case) and the only two characters that get a pass from me in this case are Goku, because Goku is Goku and Tsuna Sawada since he’s a very likeable character. Usually I get annoyed at characters that don’t come across as smart, characters like Natsu from Fairy Tail annoy the shit out of me and usually make the reading/viewing experience worse. When I look at silly characters it seems like they’re there for the comedy element but not to make the story progress and when a main character is silly I feel like they take away from the story, I also feel like the character development won’t be as good. I can accept a silly character in a series but I prefer when they make occasional appearances.

Continuity is important to me as well, I get very confused when a series skips parts and expects you to still follow (Kurozuka is very guilty of this) and I always feel that it’s a bonus whenever characters age and you can see the difference (hats off to Naruto and Dragon Ball but not Fairy Tail). When things link in a series that tie up questions from an earlier point, it makes me go back to read/watch in order to fully understand which makes me more interested. I can never be completely angry with a series when it shows great continuity. One thing in regards to continuity is that at all costs the series must never end in such a way that leaves me asking questions (unless there’s going to be a continuation).

I’ve never really been bothered by dialogue heavy series, or the genre either. Personally I feel that if everything works to enhance the story then that’s what’s most important. There are a lot things that don’t bother me, such as, social commentary, character chemistry, setting, character appearances as I feel that these things don’t have a big enough impact to influence my feelings on a series.

On a side note, I’ve always been curious about OEL manga and series from other countries in general. I haven’t read any but I’d definitely give it a try if I got the chance. Foreign manga doesn’t do as well as Japanese which makes me wonder why it isn’t appealing to fans?

What do you look for in a manga/anime series? Is it the story, exposition, setting or something completely different? What would attract you to series that you didn’t know anything about? Would you read an OEL manga or any foreign manga?

I’d love to see some paragraphs on what you look for in a series if you were to reply.