Otakon 2018

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What’s up, everyone? Jeff here to discuss my experience at Otakon for 3 days!

This is a first as I only went on Saturdays in the past but now since it’s in D.C., there’s no need to persuade myself in not going for the full experience, or at least for a while as I didn’t do the nightlife part of it.

I do want to do that at some point and see how Otaku get their groove and drink on! Now let’s start!!

On Friday was D day and the day began well even though there was something; I didn’t hit Otakon until the afternoon as I wanted to get ready (breakfast, washing up) and I headed out. Of course nothing can ever go as planned; the metro was going through matinance and I was delayed for about 30 mins. I was able to make it by 2:30 at the latest but I was fretting as an autograph session was going on for Cherami Leigh Kuhn and I really didn’t want to be late (more on that later).

I make it there and I wait for my buddy, @mmorose1017 or Mike and we headed into the convention after going through a bag check, which is going to happen throughout this weekend if one has bags.

After checking in and getting my badge, I headed to get some minor stuff organized until I realized I didn’t have my flipping badge? WTF happened, I just got the darn thing! I back tracked and I left it at the check in counter where I was at. After showing my ID that that I was as I said I am, I got the badge and got it in the lanyard strap and I was good to go! After that minor crisis, Mike and I headed to the Dealers room as that’s where the autographs were being held at.

I took some pictures or admiring the cosplays and fellow Otaku in all there glory and that’s always nice to see. Dealers room hadn’t changed as it’s just big with tons of booths and merch but autographs awaited and we headed there to try and get Cherami Leigh; the program said it actually started at 3 and not 2 as I originally thought…this would be a recurring theme througout the weekend.

We arrive and get in line for Cherami Leighh and we are in there for about an hour until the worst possible news happeed; they were only taking 20 more! This was a shock to my system as I wanted to get her autograph but unforunatly due to the length we were not going to get it this time. So I counted that as a loss but refused to give up as she would arrive on Saturday so there was hope! I even checked social media and got her words what time her autograph session would start and I made a note and told Mike the sitch (various times as I did not want to get cut again).

So we walked around and before you ask, there was no shopping, that would be Sunday as I wanted to observe where things were however I did by one or two things on Friday and Saturday to cheer myself up.

Evening of the first day arrives and we try to find the line to Max Mittleman and it was the wrong one! Apparently they changed it at the last second as in the Otakon guide book it said the line was at 3 and we matched it to 3 but it was really for people that worked as artist in Little Witch Academia…an anime I treat as for little kids. After learning that halfway I decided to just at least get the autograpsh as these are legit Japanese people that worked on a show from the ground up. We were in line for about an hour and 45 mins before we were able to get to the main part and low and behold, they cut the line by the end! That’s the second time that occured and I felt bad for the ones that wanted to get an autograph. I eventually get an autograph sighned by 3 and it was okay…not that I really cared but I was polite and I at least got something.

After that Mike discovrered that Josh Grelle, almuni voice actor of Funimation was doing an autograph session and we headed there. My goodness that made my night!!! When I got to him, he was really cool and humble! I brought up how I first heard him in [Kaze no Stigma] when it came out the first time and we talked about that for a minute or two! I paid the commission and also got a picture with him!!! That was so cool and made up for the minor hiccup earllier!

After that, I headed home to get recharged for Saturday when I would get Cherami Leigh’s autograph and even planned on trying to get Bryce Papenbrook and some others.

Saturday rolls around I head out by the afternoon due to helping mom with grandma as she was spending a few nights with us. It was not a good deal for Mike as the metro fucked him over hard by doing a transfer or two.

Cherami Leigh’s autograph session was going to start before he got there and I mentioned it and he was like “go without me” as in “I know this means a lot to you, go, and I’ll meet you there!”

I did get my ass over there after getting my bag checked and hauled butt! I made it to the autograph session and I was over the moon! Okay this is the part of the story where I explain why I was pressed for this autograph; Cherami Leigh, who is also an alumni of Funimation who soon breaks her time from Houston to the west coast as she voices in other anime down there, voices my favorite Sailor Moon character, Sailor Venus!!

This was the only time I would be able to get close to someone I respect and enjoy her talent as my fav character to a series which brings me good memories!! I get the autograph (while complimenting her on the role) along with hoping she and the others are able to to Sailor Moon Sailor Stars which she responds with equal enthusiasm!

I also got a picture with her!! She also liked the back of my phone case of Noel Vermillion as she thought it was Lucy at first, I was able to correct her and she mentioned she also liked Blazblue as well! I was over the moon!

So I got a total of 5 autographs in 2 days…sadly that would be it for me as the other autograph I wanted from Bryce was done by 3. Flash forward a few hours and soon Mike and I are in the line for Robbie Daymond, we made sure to double check that it was the correct line! Low and behold that we were in the extended line and this somewhat lowered morale for me and the others there.

We were in line for almost 2 hours before getting news on some things running late and prior engagements for Max, Robbie and Kyle…this was not a good deal. I eventually gave up as it was almost 7 and I hadn’t eaten anything all afternoon with running around. So I cut my loss while wishing some fellow fans good luck and I showed Mike a good place in D.C. where they sell some banging burgers and fries!!

After that delicious meal we seperated for Sunday. Unfortunately the night was rather exhausting with some family issues but that’s not what this is about so let’s just skip that shall we?

Sunday rolls around and today is the day for shopping, aka “GET EVERYTHING YOU FIND INTERESTING, IT’S THE LAST DAY!!!!”.

I leave the house around 9:25 am and when I got there I went straight to the dealer’s room as I wasn’t planning on getting autographs on that day. I did what I said and shopped while Mike decided to get autographs from Cherami Leigh, Erica Mendez and Lucien Dodge.

I actually was jelly over that, I should have made some effort to do it but in hindsight, it wasn’t that important for me, on the other hand Mike got 3 that day and I was happy for him as Saturday was not his day.

We met up and got various stuff like Bluray, DVDs, and various other stuff before we took some pictures and headed out by 3 in the afternoon. It was a good thing we did as that was the day for some asshole racist to flood the street a mile and a half away for Unite the Right or some pathetic nonsense to bring about hate.

Spoiler alert, only a measly 30 some people did it and it was barely a footnote!

That is majority of what happened this year!

Now the bad stuff; the autograph sessions were confusing AF this year as the lines were not properly stated or they changed at the last minute! This is the major reason why I didn’t want to go through that stuff on Sunday due to two days of getting cut away at the last minute!

The meltdown from fans were something to behold; some sobbed, and one actually yelled for half of us to hear! I feel them on that, we are all fans wanting to meet the people we like and to not get that chance is disappointing.

Last year, it was easier to do with less confusion, Otakon has got to step up their game for 2019 or fans will find this area not the best place to get autographs. I actually decided to do some other anime conventions before venturing out to other cities.

I had an exciting 3 days and I’m happy I was with one of my best bud’s, Mike was a trooper. Granted we did take jabs at one another for shits and giggles but that’s what friends do, no Gilmore Girls shenanigans here, leave the feels at the door!

That quote is from Mike.

It would be fun to get other friends to go with us or experience a squad deal at other cities, I hope that happens one day.

Below are some pics I was able to take, I hope you enjoy what you see! I have some others but this should do for this post!

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*Josh Grelle; he was humble and I’m glad we bonded over Kaze no Stigma! I have a new appreciation for High School DXD due to this experience! Thanks Josh!*

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*Cherami Leigh Kuhn; OMG this is the one I wanted the most!!! She was sweet and she liked my Noel Vermillion phone case! I’m glad I met her; I know I’m just one of many fans of hers but it really meant a lot for me to get her autograph!! Thanks Cherami, if I should ever go to a different anime convention, I hope I get to meet you once again!

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*Sailor Venus!*

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*Sailor Mars!* 

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*Frog girl from My Hero Academia*

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*Rem!*

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*Archer!*

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*Android 18!*

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*I’m really being goofy with my Re:Zero hat I just bought!*

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*Good old Mike, he’s always fun to hang out with; he’s actually feisty when he gets in his feelings! XD*

 

 

Until next time, bye-bye!

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*I was very tired but enjoyed myself immensely! Until 2019, Otakon! Later days!*

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Anime Review: Recap of anime 2018

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Earlier in a blog I did, I explained what anime I would be watching either out of curiosity or interest. What was my take on these and maybe a few more?

Read and find out!

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc

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Here we go, the one anime I was hyped up for and a total of 24 episodes!! With that much product, you’d expect questions with the mysterious person appearing in Sakura’s prophetic dreams or the mysterious appearance of the Clear cards that wound up replacing the Sakura cards.

Well, that was my fault; none of the answers get answered except for one crucial bit of information mainly with the creation of the cards, which I won’t spoil. There is also a question with Syaroan utilizing techniques throughout the course of this series that get answered but not being told to Sakura.

Okay let me gather my thoughts to at least be tactful; over the “2nd season” which began around episode 13, the episodes were good to ok however they had more of a daily life deal, which is expected for Sakura and the others. It helps show that just because she is the strongest magician in the world doesn’t mean she lets it go to her head; her main attribute is that she cares about the people in her life and would never think of doing harm to anyone or use her magic for ill-use.

The thing is, as someone that has watched the entire first series of where she came from to her parting with Syaraon, I got that. For the first few episodes of this series, it was good to establish.

I was expecting just more of exposition with wanting answers at a certain pace due to, with the show going slowly with dealing with certain cards and making a small arc that could be two or three episodes, time was running out until we hit the end!

By episode 19 or 20 I was getting bored. Not only were answers finally coming down the pike, it wasn’t the answer I wanted or we dwelled on it for a nice amount but wanting it to, once again, get to Sakura and explain.

Unfortunately, that is not what occurred. In the end, we are left with more questions and mysteries that are not solved. In the last episode, it hit the wall and did one crucial deal that fiction shouldn’t do; time travel.

Yes, I know it it was established by a certain handsome butler, Yuna D. Kaito (which the D. is a clear reference to CLAMP’s other character Fai. D. Flourite due to the use of the initial D)  with a sweet pocketwatch as he’s making choices that affect the person he cares about by keeping Akiho in the dark over her own dreams of seeing someone (Sakura) take the cards from her.

Don’t get me wrong, the action was sweet with Sakura using the new cards she gathered to fend off a non-coherent Akiho, who seemed not to notice what she was doing and when our protagonist finally pulls the hood from the frame and sees her new friend, she is stunned.

Then here comes Kaito using his magic to turn back time, which I’ll admit is an extraordinary feat of any character in fiction to pull off, and make sure Sakura is in the dark over the robed figure and vise-versa.

The entire show ends on a cliffhanger with Sakura just saying that no matter what happens, she won’t give up and continue to figure out the mystery of the Clear cards and assuring the viewer that there is more to the story than the anime is showing.

That’s it? I get that from a certain point of view but come on, don’t leave us hanging! There is clearly more than I’m curious about; like that uppity bunny plushie that just comes to life whenever Akiho leaves and offers some exposition. Another deal is with Toya; the story keeps stating that he is gaining some kind of new powers and all he keeps saying “It’s not the time to use them to help Sakura.”

With that said I can kind of calm down but…I guess I wanted it to happen now. Yes, I was being spoiled and wanted everything to happen as when it comes to anime about to close, the likelihood of it coming back for another series is low, depending.

Cardcaptor Sakura was big in the 90’s as it reinvigorated the Shoujo hype after Sailor Moon left the scene along with Magic Knight Rayearth or Revolutionary Girl Utena. Seeing how this show comes back in a brand new series is nostalgia bait since as of this time period, nostalgia for the old material is the bee’s knees however with nostalgia comes a form of stagnation; we go to what we like automatically due to disliking the new stuff nowadays.

Clear Card might not see another series due to various circumstances on anime nowadays. The show on my Crunchyroll barely was kept in the “Popular” category and was always off and on.

Antoher factor is the most basic, the anime caught up with the manga while it was still going on and it had to end with an open ending. I haven’t heard news of the manga ending so it will be a while before we see a conclusion for this entire series as a whole.

While I have discontent, I do have some favorable words for Clear Card; bringing in Meiling was a good deal, as she became a fan favorite for some in the original anime by offering a helping hand for Sakura and Syaoran’s relationship. She has come from being a brat to a rational and fun-loving teenager to offer words of wisdom or teasing for the couple. She also was able to help Sakura with dealing with a Clear card which was nice to see.

I actually found Akiho to be milquetoast at points; the show points out she is just like Sakura but a tad bit more polite but that get’s boring and she is far too sweet for me. To be honest I expected her to faint at any cause of trouble due to how faint of heart she is.

That’s not to say I despise her, I just want her to have some depth to her other than the rich girl that is somehow always polite that can sing to the par of Tomoyo. Okay, another way of saying she is a “Mary Su” and I don’t like saying that for any female character in fiction but a spade is a spade and you can’t say otherwise. Until there is something, I have to go by that.

Syaroan’s arc was intriguing with him using, what seems to be powerful magic that could be the Clow Cards however it is explained off that he’s just using a different branch in the family tree and is pushing himself too hard. He does have a sweet stock footage of him summoning his Jian though and I being a 12-year-old kid at heart found that so cool!

This show is not bad, it has good moments but sadly in the middle, it slogs on with the daily life aspect at times that makes it a slow burn until one or two answers get answered at a pace that could have been cut; I like melancholic drama but this was a tad bit much.

The 2nd opening for this “new season” called [Rocket Beat] sung by Kiyono Yasuno, had a different pace that has a nice sound to my ears along with footage of Sakura is like Alice in Wonderland kind of deal with her wearing a red dress like the Queen of Hearts and her needing to find some balance between her normal life and magic life. Granted that’s how I interpret.

2nd ending named [Rewind] sung by Minori Suzuki, also the voice of Akiho in the Clear Card series, is song I like hearing more than the 1st ending due to how upbeat it sounds with footage of Kero and Spinel hanging out with the uppity rabbit plushie; even though these three do not interact at all in any episodes!!

I realized that the ending is misleading and there for fan service due to cute plushies!

For grading purposes, I give this series a 7  out of 10 rating for the story, plot, etc. That’s me being bias as since it’s Cardcaptor Sakura, I’m willing to not be butthurt over how the course of the series went but it could have been better.

Despite my rating, I will buy this when Funimation get’s this on Blu-ray probably in the 2019 year. I do suggest giving this series a try!

How to Take care of a Mummy

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I’ll be speed blitzing these next entries; How to Take Care of a Mummy wound up being a good anime! This show has heart and characters while being typically bland at points, are enjoyable with how the humans wind up caring for these little monsters that appear in their lives.

From Sora and Mii-kun as they are the main characters, they have a good combination of Sora being the caretaker with little Mii-kun trying to do his best to help his new friend with daily tasks or trying to be brave while his master/friend is gone is cute to see.

For Sora Kashiwagi’s overall plot from taking care of Mii and the other monsters that visit with their own caretakers, he has to deal with being able to not take on so much responsibility or his fear of winding up alone as days like these will not last. He is surprisingly lonely and that shines through in the last bit of episodes. Mii-kun the other hand is considered to be the “baby brother” of the quartet of monster children but he tries his best and cute when doing it. Granted there is no reason to ever show any disgust with the mummy as he is cute!

Tazuki Kamiya character arc corresponds with him finding a small oni child that he reluctantly adopts, who is eventually named Coni and they don’t “officially” become partners until episode 11, where the cool-headed but stubborn Tazuki acknowledges he does care for his charge. I found that episode one of my favorites as these two are my favorite human/monster duo in this series. Coni is a brat and a tsundere in a way but despite his derpy face, he has his own charm which matches with Kamiya’s own tsundere traits. Coni can be considered the third bratty but heart of gold brother of the quartet.

Asa Motegi’s character is one of the female protagonist’s that is a happy girl but major fear of lizards, so fate kicks her in the teeth when a young dragon comes unexpectedly which terrifies her out of her wits! It’s not only until Sora arrives, as he is the main character, to help Motegi and inform her that he is a dragon and it worried for her when she tripped down the stairs when she was in hysterics. This soon blossoms into Motegi becoming the dragon’s caretaker. The dragon is named Isao and is considered the big brother of the quartet. He also flies as well…but only 30 meters.

The fourth character is Daichi Tachiaki and he comes in almost late in the series. He suffers from sleep problems due to nightmares he has which causes him to lash out at his fellow students and teachers which soon gets him the delinquent status. With Sora’s help by using a kind of charm, Daichi’s charge comes in the form of some dream eater who soon starts living with the gloomy individual, who is eventually named Mukumuku. The change does Tachiaki good when he becomes kinder with the amount of sleep he is getting thanks to Muku eating his nightmares. Muku is the steady second older brother of the quartet.

The show has a total of 12 episodes which one can binge watch and not get bored with it. The ending theme has a nice sound to it along with a dance the humanoid characters do which is intriguing.

I give this show an 8 out of 10!

Akashic Records of Bastard Instructor

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This show I wasn’t ever planning on watching due to my burned out of the anime dynamic for a bit due to the hype and the animation quality being the same of bright colors and easy panty shots of teenage girls. However, when I recently went to Otakon 2018 (a blog is coming on that) I brought the Blu-ray as I wanted to get a couple purchases and went with that.

I was able to watch this anime dubbed, thanks to Funimation, and I actually liked it! I wasn’t on my usual cynical tirade with this as the writing made it better to laugh at the unique jokes it has, along with Josh Grelle voicing the main character.

The main character is Glenn Raders, a would-be deadbeat man around his mid 20’s winds up becoming a substitute instructor for a magical school where he meets some resistance by one of the three female characters. I feel rather exhausted trying to explain as it’s pretty straightforward but think of this series as a cross between Fate/Stay Zero meets Slayers for the most part.

Characters are generic and nothing truly shines for them since they are part of the usual spiel of Light Novel Syndrome but with the adaption by Funimation and unique writing along with a twist on some of the symbolic traits of magic thanks to Glenn, it’s a decent watch. Nothing outstanding but worth a watch.

The series is only 12 episodes with the last episode being rather rushed by trying to close up the storyline.  I give this show a 7 out of 10.

High School DXD Hero

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Talk about a surprise, I’m talking about High School DXD again after a long while after my review on the matter? 

That’s right witches, I’m in a better mindset from my rather cynical review. Granted I do feel the same with the strong Light Novel Syndrome along with Issei getting far too much praise by all the females that flock around him as if they are skanks in heat but I have calmed down.

I’ll be honest, I was in a spot with anime given social media so that was a major factor in my thoughts on it. However, like I said, I’ve calmed the eff down.

Okay, the first thing you notice is the animation is different compared to the last season of High School DXD? That’s because the show was adapted by another animation company and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a fan of seeing some of the images but seeing how it actually matches the light novel in terms of character constructs, it has actually grown on me.

The story continues with two arcs divided into 6 episodes to explain more or less of how Issei, Rias and her group deal with more demonic factions along with the progress between Rias and Issei and them going through the motions on their relationship.

Funimation once again knocks it out of the park with the adapting for English viewers with using hip lingo to explain the gist of Issei wanting them big old tits of Rias or the harem consisting of Akeno, Asia, Koneko, Xenovia and Irina wanting to have sex or get close with Issei’s snatch.

I found myself laughing and going along with the typical formula of the main character needing to get stronger for someone else’s sake, the main female getting jealous and them coming together with feelings finally revealed after 3 seasons.

The animation is good but with how Light Novel Syndrome usual goes, nothing new or exciting to think about. Sure, the terms of religion, symbolism and the like are good to do independent research on is good but again, this is a typical “dude/harem/romance” scenario with lots of boobs and butt shots, which actually works when you need to turn off your brain after a grueling day of work.

Josh Grelle kills as Issei with the usual voice actress/actors reprising their roles like Jami Marchi, Jad Saxton, Kristan Kang, etc.

Opening and Ending themes are ok; they weren’t anything I need to hear on a second run, to be honest. Episode count is 12 so it’s best to binge watch this.  I also watched this on the Funimation app on my PS4 so they have edited it with showing nipples; which is sad as a boob shot either needs it or to be tastefully not seen (depending).

I give this show a 7.5 out of 10 and worth a watch!

That is my list of anime’s that have stood out for me currently. Here are some honorable mentions!

School Babysitters

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This show was worth the watch! It’s day of life deal with real heart with how everything goes down. The characters are likable and there were none I disliked (I mean half of the cast are babies) and the character that spoke to me was Hayato, Ryuichi’s first friend and eventual helper for the babies at their school. I give this show an 8.5 out of 10!

Devilman Crybaby

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An anime I watched on Netflix and this one, pardon my language, fucked me up! It’s a flipping good one but it will hurt you with what goes down! Music is dope, the animation is actually slick as it reminds me of xxHolic with how the characters are lanky and the story will hold you. Not for young watchers under any circumstances and I do suggest watching something to perk you up after your first viewing of this anime!

I hope, whoever is reading this, enjoyed this article. Sorry for lack of content, once again, I’m lazy and procrastinate however I’ll do my best with this!

Until next time!

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Comic Review: X-men Red

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What is is up, everyone? Today’s blog is a comic I’ve been reading for a few months and wanted to express my opinions on them.

Let’s take a look at the comics I’ve been reading and my views on them. Come on, let’s go!

The Return of Jean Grey

When you think of X-men, normally some recall famous or popular characters like Wolverine, Gambit, Storm, Rouge with the other half talking about Cyclops being lame and especially Jean Grey due to the portrayal in the 90’s cartoon.

X-men once ruled all of Marvel comics in the 90’s and during Grant Morrisson’s run, Jean experienced major changes; from gaining the powers of the Phoenix (once again) and the decline of her marriage and unfortunately, winding up dying by the hands of an enemy and once that occurred, the entirety of the X-men team has felt the effects of the loss of the red-head.

I’m not saying that she was the focal point of the team, as there are plenty of characters that kept the team going and stories going for years however the fall of  the mutant team came in the form of “Vs” titles when they went up against the Avengers around 2011(and being popular with the MCU) and the Inhumans in 2016, which lowered the team as being nothing but brutes and given the Inhumans a boost as they were nothing more than replacments of the X-men due to Marvel comics not having the movie rights owned by Fox.

With all this and getting involved with disagreements with each other in the form of the event “Schism” which was another, if not, killing blow where Cyclops and Wolverine have conflicting ideologies where to lead the X-men and mutants as a whole, this looked to be the end.

Enter the point of that little history lesson, in the recent X-men Red Annual, which takes place between Phoenix: Ressurection, where Jean Grey miraculously returns and X-men Red issue one, where she is leading her own group.

Annual is the apology tour with Jean is getting caught up with the events that have transpired after her death, from the stuff I mentioned to other stuff that was touched on. This was a definite shocker to Jean but also how non-mutants still treated mutants, if not worse.

It also shows Jean confronting Black Bolt over what happened to her husband in IVX. Even though Scott didn’t really die by Black Bolt’s hands as that was Emma using her powers, he did still die by the mist along with the King of Attilian being the one to unleash the mist in the first place.

He apologizes for what occurred with the war or mutant’s and Inhumans as that never needed to happen. This feels like a breath of fresh air as I think editorial wanted that to occur, to show that they, Marvel, didn’t hate the X-men or try to push them out. Though it is suspect the Inhumans got that MASSIVE push a few years back.

Yes, I’m not an Inhumans fan, they are forever Fantastic Four support players with interesting backgrounds though I’m not curious on the gist of expanding their history.

The issue also is like a wake-up call with the goings on of today where racism/classism/sexism still being a factor but with mutants being the focal for all that in this comic. I’ve heard some call it “SJW” (Social Justice Warrior) comic due to what Jean is tackling.

Jean Grey is trying to bridge the gap of humans and mutants and get the X-men back on track with her actions although, unknown to her, another enemy that has come back under mysterious circumstances is trying to halt that progress.

That person is Cassandra Nova; Charles Xavier’s twin sister/doppelganger that was a big pain in the ass in the first arc of Grant Morrisson’s X-men run and antagonist in Joss Wheadon’s third X-men arc in Astonishing years back.

She is one with no compassion or love and wants to bring mutants to the brink of destruction due to her twisted ways and Jean is no closer to figuring that out as of yet.

Due to Cassandra’s machinations of framing Jean of the death of an ambassador of the United Kingdom in the United Nations summit, Jean and her team are on the run trying to figure out that along with the massive spike in mutant propaganda which will introduce a new character along with try to show that hatred and bigotry are a thing will continue to divide us if we continue to give into the negativity of someone that is different.

I believe this is an analogy for the stuff going on today as I mentioned and I can see why some cynic reviewers refer to X-men Red as “SJW X-Men” and downplay Jean’s martyr act as being annoying or a way for the writers to push their agenda on the reader while they (some readers) just want to enjoy superhero’s battling bad guys.

Granted Tom Taylor, is showing his views on the matter via Jean and his writing, there is nothing wrong or false over what this book is trying to iterate. These are troubling times, more than I would like to admit and that is me being honest. However even though it does have “SJW” stuff as some close-minded people are stating, it holds an amount of truth of the matter as well.

Reading X-men Red has been a breath of fresh air for me as it tackles those issues that X-men comics have done in the past and now getting back into. Sure, X-men Gold is doing that but Kitty’s team is more superhero route while Jean’s is trying to unite by not trying to be violent or in your face so to speak.

Jean’s personality has also changed from when we last saw her. She has lost her husband, a good friend, and a teacher/father figure. She has to move on with her life and find meaning in this ugly but beautiful world. She seems somewhat calmer compared to the fiery personality she was portrayed with a decade ago and also more of a maternal side that wasn’t seen in a long while. She is also the straight man to Honey Badger’s quirky personality which is nice to see.

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Even though she is, now, one of the strongest mutants in the world and omega telepath, Jean knows that power alone is not enough to stem the lines of unity and she is using this as a stepping stone to achieve Charles Xavier’s dream, even though she is going about it her own way.

On her team, we have X-23, aka Laura Kinney, popular X-men character, and new Wolverine. Her abilities are like her originator, Logan, has adamantium claws but only two with the added measure of a claw coming from her toes. She also has a healing factor which is on par with Logan’s as well. She is deadly in combat but has learned to control herself in the years of publication.

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Honey Badger, Gabrielle, the clone/sister of X-23, join this group by bringing her brand of humor and teenage charm to this story. Similar powers to Laura but with a single bone claw and healing factor, she is an interesting and fun character though I am not knowledgeable on her history.

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Kurt Wagner, also known as Nightcrawler is part of this, watching out for Jean. Being referred to as “the soul of the X-men”, by Jean, this does not go against continuity as when he died a few years ago it could be felt that his lack of presence of being the integrity to the group was missed. He can teleport and is an expert swordsman and is also a prankster and a former priest. His mother is the infamous Mystique and Rouge is his foster sister.

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Nezino Abidemi known as Gentle is part of the team but is a pacifist. According to Jean his mutant ability is on par with someone like the hulk, he gets a massive build of strength but it put’s a strain on his body. He utilizes bands made of Vibranimum to keep his powers in check.

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Namor is also part of this group and is the King of Atlantis. Jean uses his help when it comes to his link with Atlantis being a nation along with Namor being a mutant as well.

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Gambit aka Remy has been an X-men and antagonists for years but it seems fate leads him back to the wayward group.

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Trinary is the new character from India introduced in this series. She is a Technopath; someone that can control and form of technology with her mutant gene.

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The series has got me to like the X-men again and Tom Taylor is an awesome writer for doing the character Jean Grey justice and what he is bringing to the table with his writing. The art, by Mahmud Asnar, is really well drawn and crafted!!

X-men Red has become one of my favorite read comics for 2018 and I don’t care for the “SJW” some say in a negative light. Comics is a form of entertainment and not just for kids, it’s a medium for info as well as to make us broadminded.

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I do wish this came out every few weeks instead of monthly but with the crafting of this book, I am glad Tom Taylor has a month to do these.

Until next time!

 

 

Once Upon A Time – And in the end…

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Hey everyone! I know I haven’t been updating this as I said I would do, adulting is hard; from work, emotional highs and lows, family and life in general, it was and is still a little hard to get back into this but since I like writing, I have to get back in somehow.

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Once Upon A Time, a show that began 7 years ago with it’s humble beginnings, intriguing characters of well-known fairy tales re-imagined to make up the story of good vs. evil, love, and loss, hope and despair in good or bad takes on characterization depending on the plot, this show was and will still be a big deal for me and other fans of this series.

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Beggining with Emma Swan coming to Storybrooke and being introduced to a central character, Henry Mills, the child she gave up when he was born, comes to her and explains the goings on in a little town of Storybrooke where his adopted mother, Regina Mills aka The Evil Queen, has cursed the residents with a memory loss and is located in the real world and how it’s up to her to break the curse due to being the savior.

Another important note was that Emma is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, two central figures in the battle against Regina in The Enchanted Forest. From the 7 dwarves, Little Red Riding Hood, Pinnochio and various other classic tales involved in this realm and the next, Once Upon A Time expanded it’s horizons from The Wizard of Oz to the likes of Frozen to Greek mythology and some Chinese lore.

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With the end of season 6 as it being the conclusion for Emma’s entire story of finding out she is the savior and granting the residents some form of reconciliation of their stories, to finding love and losing it at various points, to learning to trust in love and her family, becoming the Dark One but ultimately finding light and being a beacon of hope, I thought that this would be the end of the series. Boy, I was wrong.

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Edward Kitiss and Adam Horowitz came out and said that Season 7 would be a soft reboot to the series given half of the original cast would not be here, either due to contracts being up or the characters stories coming to a close. Granted I remember reading an article that Rebecca Mader was surprised that her story was done but low and behold she was able to come back in the middle of the series.

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I bring that up due to this soft reboot was a flop for most of the long-term fans, myself included. It felt out of place with how it was or that the characters introduced were not really intriguing or felt tacked on.

This time around a grown-up Henry Mills is the star as he, Regina, Hook (Wish-realm version) and Rumple, wind up in another situation in a different realm where there is a different version of Cinderella is involved in a plot to somehow stop her wicked Step-mother, Tremaine, and her daughters.

It is also discovered that Henry and Cinderella have a daughter, named Lucy, is the new “Henry” as it were to help Henry and his now cursed group, make them believe their former lives while being a place called Hyperion Heights, which is supposed to be Seatle or feels like it?

Now I didn’t watch all the episodes as they seemed boring or not that entertaining. I’m not sure what happened but I wasn’t enthralled by it. Maybe it was how this Henry didn’t go about his destiny of being the author as I expected it or fallen in love with a different version of Cinderella and having a daughter. It just felt off? I did eventually come to accept it but it felt like an odd combination. Finding out where he belongs is the core of his arc and having his once belief, be a non-factor anymore was an allegory for loss of innocence as, in his cursed state, was an author but didn’t believe in Lucy’s claims, because he was scared to believe in something, evident with his talk with Regina in the last episodes. I also didn’t buy him and Cinderella being in love, it felt like a fan fiction. But he loves her and she loves him so that’s all that matters (I guess).

I was aware, after getting some info and watching the middle of the season, that a coven of witches was a big deal and lady Tramine was a pawn and it was really her daughter making the calls and even that felt tacky. And once that was done, an even bolder character comes in the wings and it was just a mess.

As the episodes dwindled on, it was soon discovered that this would be the last season of OUAT. It most likely was the ratings, as this show moved from Sunday nights to Friday nights and that is a death move.

No one or at least, half of the people are not home Friday nights and that was the beginning of the end. So the production staff had to wrap up various storylines, even if it didn’t end the way you would want or expect.

I actually didn’t’ watch the last episode until that Saturday due to talking with someone (which was important) so I wasn’t upset. When I did watch it though, I think that it wrapped up nicely for the most part. All the former cast was able to return, at least for a bit. To be honest, I  wanted to see Emma as she did appear in like an episode in the beginning and finding out she was pregnant! Come to find out she gave birth to a beautiful baby named Hope!! Seeing Emma and Hook barge in at the end of a ceremony for Regina (I’ll get to her in a moment) was fun and knowing that she was good with her “happy beginning”.

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Regina, being a central figure this season, from what I saw, was the one to keep the show going. She still had her quips and her experience being a bad guy to finding redemption and being a mentor figure for some, was good to see. It wasn’t enough to keep me active in the story but I did like how for her “happy beginning” that she became “The Good Queen of the Realms” due to her part in uniting all the realms in Storybrooke so no one would be alone anymore. Along with she had the last word in the show to declare that there is always hope and goodness. I’m paraphrasing but that’s the gist of the show; hope in sadness, despair, grief and that one can rise above what others perceive.

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Rumple had his own journey and loss this season as well. From being police partners with Wish-Hook at Hyperion Heights to find out what happened to Belle to having the ending he wanted while conquering his evil counterpart, for the second time in a way, he came full circle as well. The ending with him and Belle were sweet as he was able to be with her again. Granted I believe Gideon is still alive but never found out if he found out about his dad passing? See, that’s a plot hole or at least was never acknowledged.

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Wish-Realm Hook had his own story from being young and fit again to traveling with Henry and the rest to finding his daughter, a girl named Alice and his own plot with resolving that was decent. Alice was an odd duck but she means well. All I got from her was that she had magic due to her mother, Mother Gothel, being a central big bad, and giving a prophecy to Rumple that he would be reunited with Belle somehow. I didn’t pay it much attention but the one thing that stuck out was she hooked up with Zelena’s, now, teenaged daughter, Robyn (Robin?) and they make a good couple. They are engaged by the end of the series.

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This season also showed other fairy tale characters in this alternate realm of story characters, namely Tiana from Princess and the Frog, best friend to Cinderella and ruler of that realm. The Witch Doctor from that movie is also prominent and has some relationship with Regina in the past but nothing comes of it and I have no clue what happened to him in the end.

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There are other characters but I am not aware due to, as I keep saying, I didn’t pay it much attention as they seemed “meh” to me and whatever love story going on didn’t amount to much except for Robyn and Alice in some small favor.

Overall I’d say the last episode was decent and gave the fans the ending they needed, even if some minor stuff goes unanswered. I say that as all shows have loose ends.

For my headcanon, I’d have kept it in Storybrooke and maybe make that Underworld storyline have a better ending and be a factor for season 7 as we left Guinevere and Lancelot in limbo or at least bring back Elsa as I am forever an Elsa/Emma best friends forever shipper. I’d also go back to the Enchanted Forest and see how Dorothy, Ruby, Mulan, and Merida are doing along with that old author that appeared in season 6 for a half second and that never got resolved.

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I will make this clear, I have no ill-will towards the actors/actress that did this season. For the new casting of Andrew J. West (Adult Henry Mills), Alison Fernandez (Lucy), Dania Ramirez (Cinderella), Gabrielle Anwar (Lady Tremaine), Mekia Cox (Tiana) and rest brought a different feel for the story which is good in a way. In the literal sense, it was a lot of diversity compared to the earlier seasons, which in this day and age is a good thing, got to keep things current to maintain some sense that tv shows aren’t pulling a [Friends] deal.

If you don’t get what I mean, just look it up and you will see.

Anyway, I know this show will be a factor in my life as I get older from the lessons and exciting stuff it introduced. One is never too old to like fairy tales, especially if it is in a different medium like tv to show that these characters might be like their goody-two-shoes way but have depth behind their stories and make something rich.

I am forever an Emma fan and I’m also happy Regina won me over in the end. It will be a different deal come fall as this show will no longer grace me with its presence but good things come to an end and this story has finished with a happily ever after/beginning.

That’s it for me on this blog. If you want my opinions regarding Emma Swan or Regina Mills/Evil Queen, you can locate my blog posts about those two somewhere on my blog page. I hope you enjoy them but I warn you, they are a little outdated as I did that in its 5th season run.

Later days!

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Anime winter start up (2018)

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Hello everyone, I’m here to start my anime blog with some I’m currently watching and my view if I will continue to watch it on a weekly basis, wait after a few episodes or just drop.

This will just be my thoughts, nothing too deep (I hope). So let’s go, shall we?

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card

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One of the most well-known anime of the Magical Girl genre, Cardcaptor Sakura returns in a brand new series, which is a direct sequel to the show and manga of the same name!

Sakura Kinomoto, the master of the Sakura Cards and the world’s strongest magician, is now starting her junior high career at Tomeda Middle School! What’s to be a brand new day winds up with something more happening.

One night, Sakura winds up having a strange dream (a prophetic one, as a fan, would note) of a figure wearing robes and covering their face, where the cards that she collected suddenly turn clear.

Waking up startled, she immediately checks on them to see, to her shock, that the cards are now inert and blank. None of the cards holds any power which is concerning. With that and now, the resurgence of other mysterious happenings with new cards showing up, a new staff and incantation, Sakura winds up going down a rabbit hole to figure out the strange dealings going on at Tomeda.

Of course, she’s not alone in this endeavor, returning characters will offer her support throughout all this. Namely Tomoyo Daidoji, her best friend/stylist/fangirl/second cousin, Keroberos aka Kero for short and her now boyfriend, Li Syaoran, who has returned to Japan after him being away at Hong Kong.

Other characters also return, her school friends, Chika is in her current class with Naoko and Yamazaki in the class next to her. Rika goes to another school now but gets a mention which is nice.

Toya is in Universtiy with Yukito and though the snow rabbit is aware of his other self, Yue, he offers out some advice to Sakura, I get the feeling that he will be on the back burner for a few episodes to build up suspense.

I say that since Yue is powerful and even though that’s the case, in the last series, his magical power was weakening and didn’t really see him go all out, if not counting that brief fight with Ruby Moon.

Speaking of which, she (he), Spinel, Eriol, and Mizuki make an appearance and they are still close to Sakura via emails and the like. They also have gone ghost during this period and since they are the McGuffins of knowledge/exposition, they would have to let things play out. I don’t expect them to be part of the plot until the middle or end of the series.

I say that due to only two episodes are out and Eriol mentioned he is aware but can’t/won’t help Sakura at this time so Sakura will have to get the answers on her own (pretty much telling the viewer to be patient and do theory crafting to get the answers you want).

I am also curious about what  Syaoran will do. I get he is Sakura’s boyfriend but I’m hoping he has more to do then just be there, offer advice and give his magic power to boost Sakura’s, like in the last bit of the series.

He has also claimed to have done something while in Hong Kong which he isn’t saying anything more about. I suspect that will go into the current situation with these new cards appearing.

The animation is splendid and I can tell that Sakura and the rest look like teenagers. It’s done respectfully, they aren’t “sex up” or giving the female cast big boobs or any panty shots, which is a flipping miracle in this day and age of the anime fandom.

Granted when CLAMP get’s involved I think they keep a tight ship to guarantee that their product is done right and not some hodgepodge of animators doing a crappy job. This is Cardcaptor so there is a standard to maintain as this is another treasure trove and series that anime fans love and want it done right.

I suspect if there were the typical tropes, there would be some fallout and it won’t be pretty. I’m joking of course.

The opening song, called “Clear” is sung by Maaya Sakamoto, the VA for Sakura and it’s beautiful. It really is a call back to the other openings of Cardcaptor Sakura with its feel, I think.

For the ending theme, it’s called “Jewelry”. I can’t say it’s bad though it’s just there for me. I can go without it but it’s nice.

In the end, I know this series isn’t going to be non-stop action with cool fight scenes and cussing, as some would want in this time frame but Cardcaptor Sakura is refined for its story, loveable characters, and themes.

Though a critique is that these characters don’t ever get in strong arguments and everyone is nice at their core, even new neighbors that pop up on occasion as it were but I’ll take that over some of the more jaded sides of anime nowadays.

I am all in for watching this series. It will also go into 26 episodes. Yes, 26 episodes!!! I never thought I’d hear or see that pop up again!!! Does my heart good.

May this jewel continue shining as it goes into spring and maybe the summer (that’s my guess when it will end) but I could be wrong.

Something else, this anime follows the manga and not the anime specifically. If you remember, there was the 2nd movie after the first series ended called “The Sealed Card” that was a kind of epilogue to the show as the last episode left on what could be considered a cliffhanger.

From what I can tell, that is non-canon. I’m not some expert on this but if it were, that means Clear Card would have alluded to the goings on, Sakura acted surprised when Syararon came back as if she is seeing him for the first time.

Though as I think on this maybe it is canon? The 2nd film did show Sakura admitting her love for him and one could say that after that, they kept in contact with email and letters as stated by them in this series?

I guess use headcanon?

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School Babysitters

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When their parents die in a plane crash, Ryuuichi and his baby brother, Kotarou, wind up in the care of an old headmistresses school and she wants Ryu to help out in the daycare when he’s not at school as payment.

There the brothers meet a colorful cast of tots as Ryu works at this place with some help of some other characters in this series.

This one surprised me as it’s only been two episodes and I’m hooked on the dynamic of the reliable Ryu and the stoic baby brother and his dealings with his new friends.

There is one that stands out for being rough, named Taka but get’s whacked on the head by his older brother, Hayato, who is also a classmate to Ryu. Another is a pair of twin boys, one who is hyperactive and the older one while the other is timid and looks on the verge of crying. There is also a tot girl who carries a giraffe wherever she goes and winding out the crew is a baby girl who babbles and usually in the arms of the caretaker, named Yoshihito (Yoshi for short), who is lazy as he is always sleeping.

I find it charming with this show as it’s a slice of life with the theme of family and loss. Even after two episodes, I feel this is a series I can watch every week and re-watch until more episodes come on.

Like most, this will be a 12 or 13 episode run.

Here’s to you brothers that bring the feels!

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How to Keep a Mummy

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This one will be one of shortest. I wasn’t even going to watch it as it looked too cute with some bandaged mummy with a kid who appears to be in high school, even though I thought he was a junior high school student due to his Shonen appearance.

From the looks of this, the orange-haired’ dude, named Sora Kashiwagi, gets a delivery from his dad, who travels a lot, sends him a big box and to the dude’s shock (as it’s established his father always sends him something that winds up being comedically dangerous) finds a small figure which turns out to be a mummy.

You know, wrappable dead people that you see in Egypt in coffins that could possibly be dead kings and the like? Yeah, this dude is a bonefied mummy. But he’s cute.

Sora winds up giving the mummy the name “Mii” and this is where their story begins.

Going by the opening and some images I pulled up on Google, Sora’s friends will be getting little monster friends of there own and live with them and lots of misadventures will make up the show I feel.

I do apologize for not giving any other info or names of characters. I know that as someone who watches anime I need to know this to give out info, however, this one I’m just treating casually.

I can’t say this show will be deep, seems like a feel-good show with a cute helper in the form of a mummy. Going by some images, it seems the manga is popular for the kid/early teen demographic.

honestly, I see this one going for a single season. This isn’t terrible, it’s actually thawed my cynical heart and I can just watch this on a bi-weekly or even monthly basis once the show completes.

I’ll say this much, Sora’s cynical friend, the one that has the dour look on his face, speaks to me. He’s jaded and apparently will tease Mii for shits and giggles.  Yes, I’m a jaded person but not by choice!!!

So if you need some escapism in the form of a cute mummy helper, this show is for you!

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Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody

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Death March, a term for IT workers use when trying to fix a computer problem that will take up most of their time and work non-stop with few breaks and after it’s done, they are tired to the point of being dead.

When I saw this as the name of this show, I wasn’t going to give it a chance. I mean, the main character, named Suzuki Ichiro, is a programmer and an actual adult, who mysteriously winds up in the game he is trying to fix.

When he awakens he appears to be in his teenage form, to his surprise. Ichiro also has high stats and is pretty much pulling a Kirito-GOD MODE in that respect, minus the determination and not being oblivious.

What really is draining about this one is that it’s the genre of going to another world, like RE; ZERO or some others in recent years that is becoming a thing. It’s a male character who will eventually get a pack full of females (look at the opening and ending themes, that’s not a spoiler) and I’m going to guess over the course of the series, the main girl and the others will develop feelings for him and while some will be put in the platonic side, it doesn’t mean they (the females and lolis) will pine for his attention at some point.

I also feel a hot springs episode or full of fanservice episode coming down the bend!

The animation is actually good and the story is intriguing for one. The main character doesn’t seem insufferable in the slightest but this show has the tropes that drive me mad (look at what I said before this paragraph).

However, I’m willing to give it a chance and not come across as being judgy. Granted I am due to reasons but at least I’m trying to get over myself.

If you are into the main character that get’s an all-female cast that will eventually love him to the cows come home, action mixed with gaming elements, this is for you!

I’ll probably or will, wait awhile before picking this up again. I feel I just want to binge watch it and never think of it again. Again, it’s not a bad anime, this is just my (cynical) view of it.

But really, do the females have to fall all over him? I miss the days of Love Hina, and let me tell you, that anime hasn’t aged well!! I see the flaws in it and I hate Naru!!!

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That’s my anime views of the ones I’m watching or am trying to list. Sorry, it wasn’t that long. I hope you found this at least, slightly intriguing.

I apologize if my cynicism showing.

Until next time!

 

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Overview of 2017

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Greetings everyone, Jeff here after a long absence from writing any blog post and fan fiction writing.

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*It’s been a minute!*

Today’s post is just a compilation of my experience during the 2017 year; things that might have changed me on a personal level, to the movies I’ve enjoyed, to events that caused a firestorm of opinions to run rampant by the political movement.

Though I’m not much known about the latter as I want this to be a good thing and not one to cause even more issues than we already have so let’s get started!

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Movie/TV watcher

That’s right, I am still going to the movies, either by myself or with a friend (which I need to update to more sometime) and for the 2017 movie year of entertainment, this was a good year!

The first film I saw was La-La Land; yes, the movie did come out in 2016 but due to the Oscars were going to come on in February, this was in January BTW, I decided I better get in gear as it was getting acclaimed.

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The movie starred Ryan Gosling, the one that saved Jazz music and Emma Stone, Easy A and Super Bad fame.

I was not left disappointed when I saw it and it wasn’t what I expected. I for one thought it was going to be a set piece in the 60’s with the images I saw but it actually took place in the present timeline. The songs were good and the story had some decent structure.

*I loved Emma Stone in this! Ryan Gosling was suave as well and I believed their chemistry*

This was built up a little too high and it was good overall, not some big foundation but one that majority could watch and enjoy.

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*City of stars*

Let us not forget what occurred in the Oscars in Feb, this film will not be forgotten.

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*Always remember*

Being a 90’s kid, I enjoyed myself some Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, so when I first heard there would be a rebooted movie, I got on my high horse and deemed it unworthy. I’m being butt-hurt by this, it’s my childhood along with ones who grew up in that era.

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*90’s bliss*

Knowing that I decided to see it as I had nothing better to do and I actually enjoyed it! It was funny and despite the storyline being typical and characters almost coming off as typical archetypes, namely Billy being the “Sheldon Cooper” of the film but less obnoxious, the movie was entertaining.

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*Iron Man Rangers*

Sadly enough there won’t be any more sequel films. I was actually looking forward to seeing where this story would go when we get introduced to Tommy, the most popular of the franchise. Along with seeing (my theory) of a love triangle between Jason/Kimberly/Tommy if the character were introduced.

I guess there’s always fan fiction?

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*We will never see the continuation of this*

Logan, one of the bigger films to spring up around March was the end for everyone’s favorite (overhyped) X-man, Wolverine aka Logan aka James Howlett; eat that movie viewers for not knowing that piece of info!!

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*Old Man*

It was a film that wasn’t really a superhero film like the Avengers but had a Clint Eastwood aesthetic to it which made it a damn good movie.

I went with one of my best buds, Mike (@mmorse1017 on twitter) and we enjoyed it!

Get Out, was a film I watched by myself on a Sunday morning and my goodness, I was not expecting all those twists!!

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*Mind fuck* 

What made it memorable for me was that Church people were there. I know, not really something to go on about but come on, a bunch of people that go to church, come see a psychological, thriller film after getting their prayer on?

No one can make that stuff up! I have a hunch that they went to see it because “black person is the main character, we must support!!”.

Yes, I’m stereotyping the intent, I’m guilty of that, though it’s not untrue that is the case.

I also saw Ghost In The Shell (American version) that starred Scarlet Johannson. I had no complaints due to I never saw the animated movie. Along with I’ve only caught glimpses of the anime series and never gave it much attention.

I saw this with Mike as well.

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*It was decent*

Let’s speed blitz the rest of the films, shall we? Films I saw with Mike since we like the geek stuff!

Guardians of the Galaxy 2, it had a lot of emotion when it came to what it was trying to emphasize with what makes a family; is it blood relations or ones we make by choice and circumstances?

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Granted, I could be digging too deep into that symbolism, however, my favorite scene is where Yandu and Quill floating in space and the former states “He might have been your father, but I’m ya dad(dy)”.

It hit me like a bulldozer with the number of feelings that went through me with that simple phrasing.

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As much as I enjoyed it, I can’t say that it was great since I found Gamora lacking as she was stuck as the den mother with key visuals of actions that you can see in the trailer.

The budding romance of Quill and Gamora is rather weak in my opinion and I don’t want to see any hookup. They are family, let’s leave it at that.  Baby Groot was for the kids, Rocket was fun, Mantis is a good edition and Drax was Drax though with fun comedy bits.

Spider-Man Homecoming, a decent film but I’m not much of a big Spidey fan but I can appreciate that Marvel finally got him in the MCU, which is big since Sony is sharing the IP they brought from Marvel in the 90’s. I enjoyed Tom Holland as a quirky Peter, he had the Queen’s accent and humor and his Spider-Man was good too. Zendaya was a good MJ though she is more “Millennial left-wing, I am woman hear me roar” kind of deal. Michael Keaton was someone that shined for me as his character had depth compared to other villains in the MCU films.

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It (2017) was also an effing good film which gave me jump scares, fun note, I actually hit Mike’s arm when it got intense like “OH MY GOD DO YOU SEE THIS SHIT?”.

I asked Mike which personality I matched in the film, for fun and apparently it’s a cross between Ben, for his like of reading and Richie “Trash Mouth” for his quips and lame jokes, which I’m guilty of. Mike would be just Bill and a little of Eddie.

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Wonder Woman, I felt choked up in that one pivotal moment which stands to be the greatest moment in DC films and that it’s effing Wonder Woman done right by Gal Gadot! The story was awesome, visuals were stunning and it held up immensely that it has become a juggernaut for DC! Now if only they can be consistent.

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Thor Ragnarok, another awesome film that put Thor on the map, made Loki cool and Hela (Cate Blanchet is divine and hot) is now one of the best villains in the MCU. Due to this, I have become a fan of Led Zepplin’s “Immigrant Song”.

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Yes, I’m that trash that learned of a classic 70’s song due to a comic book adaption and how dare I listen to that and not get into “Stairway to Heaven”? Granted I’ve tried to listen to it and I can honestly say I just don’t get it. I think it’s overrated and must be a timepiece for ones who were teenagers in the 70’s to get into a song that is long. Though I also suspect weed had something to do with it as it feels trippy.

 

Justice League was good, not sure why the fans cried havoc?

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Superman was done right and I am happy that the kids I saw in there enjoyed it a lot too, not like some of those Comic Youtubers who can be cynical and snarky going on and on about the technicalities and plot holes.

Come on, stop being butt-hurt and enjoy the escapism, okay? Give it a chance!

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi, an effing good time and changed the dynamic!! Let the past go, people, it has to move on from the Skywalker lineage. Carrie Fisher’s last part as Leia was very emotional for me and may she rest in peace. Mark Hamil was good as grumpy Luke with Kylo Ren being an improvement for me!

I also enjoyed Rey, Finn, Po and the new edition Rose! I also and still hate Porgs, nothing but a cash grab!

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I do suggest taking a look at the comics by Marvel to give you more content of what went down in between films, wild stuff.

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I’m glad I went with Mike, always cool to go with a friend to talk with!

Films I saw by myself; Baby Driver, good music, the character was cool, the story was good, nuff said!

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Alien Covenant, it was boring and even though it got intriguing in the middle and the end, I have had enough of seeing Michael Fassbender in there! He’s a terrific actor (but) my gosh, he just wouldn’t go away. I got get it, dude, you are the main lead.

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Lego Batman (got on Blu-ray) was funny! I had to watch it twice and I can say I will go back to it to turn off my brain and get some laughs and “dem feels”.

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The Defenders: I felt the crossover of Netflix Marvel shows was awesome! Seeing Jessica Jones after 2 years was an effing blessing (I’m a big fan) with bringing her snark to the serious Daredevil, the calm Luke Cage, and the petulant Iron Fist. I loved seeing Sigourney Weaver as the antagonist as she made it her own!

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Death Note (2017), I felt the film got sent to the wolves by the anime community due to how it was. I also have some nitpicks but after sussing it out the movie was actually decent. I have no ill-will towards the director of the film or any of the actors/actress that did the roles. Granted I would have toned down L’s personality and the one that played Misa as a “fuck girl” but an interesting take.

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Once Upon A Time (Season 7), I have not been a fan of this season is it’s a soft reboot and most of the characters have been replaced with new ones or alternate versions. I can respect it but it feels too forced. However, I am curious now how the second half of the season will play out when it comes back on in the spring so I still holding out hope.

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Super Girl, going well. I’m not a fan of this Reign character and her daughter is annoying AF but the drama which is happening is good and for when it comes back on apparently, we are going to see Brainiac 5. I’m only aware of that character from Justice League Unlimited and that he and Kara do have a relationship at some point so I’m excited.

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Legends of Tomorrow; the new season is enjoyable! Some episodes I felt were meh but with Constantine showing up soon, I can enjoy it a little while longer!

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The Flash; I’m not sure why but I’m back and forth with it. I am enjoying Caitlin/Killer Frost dynamic though.

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Crisis on Earth X, the yearly crossover for the superhero CW shows was an awesome event and a legit one with Supergirl actually coming into the beginning with Alex and them interacting with the other characters. Though it’s not about them, the wedding of Barry Allen and Iris West with the majority of the cast from the shows going there. It is interrupted however when Earth X, Nazi versions of Arrow, Supergirl appear along with the return of Reverse Flash. This showed much depth to each show for the characters to shine. A couple of hiccups but nothing to complain about.

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I happen to be on the hype train of Alex/Sara relationship but it was just a fling and they parted on good terms. I’m actually hoping for Alex to make her way into Earth-One more in the future and finally in some way, combine the Supergirl reality and Arrow one together to make this whole as it should be.

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I also ship the Oliver/Kara relationship as since they find each other grating at points, though friends, their evil counterparts had love and it looked legit.

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Shameless, I thank my person for getting me into that show, I actually watched the entire 7 seasons on Netflix in the span of 3 months so I just need to get caught up with season 8 but after it airs. Then I can watch season 9 in the autumn of 2018 (if that’s what Showtime will air the new season).

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I have also around this time finally watched the Alien franchise and I can say that Alien and Aliens are just awesome!

Alien for the creepy, stalkerish heart-pounding moments and ALiens is action-packed greatness! Sigourney Weaver did the character, Ripely, proud!!!

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Aliens 3 though sucked ass while Alien Resurrection was all right. Not sure why those couldn’t stick the landing?

When it came on randomly (3), I always wind up seeing the part where the crew is at that mining station with the lava and the alien is chasing them through it. Along with Ripely offing herself to get rid of the species of alien due to it impregnating her.

Wow, that’s a way to end a movie.

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Along with I am aware of that infamous scene where Ripley is face to face with the alien and she looks terrified. I also thank Animaniacs for parodying that scene as well since it was funny. One can say that is meme-worthy.

Ressurection was also something I watched when I was younger but caught it like the end so this worked wonders in seeing it in entirety.

I also watched Indiana Jones for the first time and I liked that as well!! I still need to watch the second film and third but I’ll make sure to do that in 2018 at some point!

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Blade Runner is another film I watched as I’ve never seen it and I thought it was good. Damn confusing at points and you have to pay attention to it to get any clues but I liked the ending and was able to discuss it with my friends in good old geek shit.

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Gaming/anime/comics

I have continued my trek of playing video games and watching anime throughout 2017.

To be honest, I wasn’t the most impressed with the anime of 2017 like most; it was run by My Hero Academia, hype trains, mixed with typical crap shows gaining recognition due to Twitter and overall didn’t meet my expectations except for a select few that was streamed.

However, I finally was able to get a copy of “Your Name” around the last bit of the year and I was almost in effing tears by the end!!! If you haven’t seen it, watch it and be amazed that there is hope for anime with the story, some characters, themes and overall symbolism. The song also hits in the feels, brah!

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I also acquired, ReLIFE and I also felt that was awesome!! An actual character that is an adult and not a teen? Eff yeah it spoke to me, especially with reliving one year of your teenage life in the current age and being studied for psychological reasons in order to get a job after a year passes but only if you gain change through the experience.

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Sailor Moon S part 2 and Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3 were also ones I have brought with the new English cast and no complaints from me, I’m still a Sailor Moon fan and always will be!!

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Food Wars dubbed by Hentai Butt Works (excuse me, Sentai Filmworks) was a decent one with the voice casting though I do not like Erina’s voice for it, I think they chose wrong with that. I also found some mistakes in the credits, someone probably getting high in the production?

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My gaming has gone up and down but I still enjoy my escapism whenever I put in a disc and play to my heart’s content.

The strongest games I’ve played, and still playing, are Tokyo Xanadu EX, Tales of Beresia, Fate/Extella: Thee Umbral Star,.Hack//G.U. Last Code, Kingdom Hearts H.D. 2.8, to name a few.I have played them and beat KH 2.8 thankfully, but the rest is time-consuming so I need to step up my game and commitment.

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Cyberdimension Neptunia was one I downloaded and brought, but I can’t say I’m really impressed. The story is fine and the meta-jokes are always funny but it’s not like Megadimension or previous installments and it just feels gunky at points when I played so I might delete that one and not speak of it again.

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But then again I should just finish the game and then forget about it.

I have also DL that SAO/Accel World game, given I’m a big fan of Accel World (SAO not so much) and I enjoy Reki Kawahara sensei’s world and I’m not even close to finishing it. After I deal with my other backlog, I’ll tackle this in the future.

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For the comic front, I can say that DC comics has had the strongest comics this year over Marvel and that is with returning Superman to his current frame and kicking the New 52 history to the curb.

Superman’s comics have been a turning point for me and confirms I am a fan of his for life! Along with getting Jon Kent to become Superboy and establish a friendship/rivalry with Batman’s son, Damian Wayne aka Robin. those two have their own comic which I am a big fan of called “Super Sons!” That has become one of my favorite comics.

From Jon’s hopeful and optimistic ways of butting heads with Damien’s snark and jaded attitude, the two work well together! You know, despite being different and arguing, they are indeed friends and the next generation for the future of DC given one is the son of the personification of hope and the other for his stronger sales since he is Batman.

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Marvel comics have gone back and forth with me as of late, I tried reading X-men Gold and Blue and even though they are good to decent, they aren’t really impacting me as a whole.

Though on the other side of the spectrum, Jean Grey’s solo series and Iceman’s have become a hard hitter for me in its delivery and I am disappointed that they will end soon as of this year.

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I felt they were good but with how things are going now, of course, they’d have to get the boot. At least they had a good run!

Other comics I have read this year as well but too much and it killed my account so this year, it will be a few or just wait for the compilation, though it depends.

Growth as a person

I have finally gotten my drivers license in November and I am effing happy that it is done!!! I also got it on my first try. MY FIRST TRY!!!! I did practicing and it helped!! Now, I just need to start driving around in 2018 since I am planning on buying a car around the summer.

With that major goal out the way, I can now focus on the things I want like getting back into writing. Unfortunately, due to my procrastination into that goal, I have let my writing slide down the path of the abyss.

That’s one reason why I haven’t really done blogs in awhile and only 2 updates of fanfics in 2017, which I feel bad about.

So as of now, I have limited my time off Twitter for a while, to focus on writing and just relaxing in general. Don’t get me wrong, I have discovered friends on there that I do like to talk to or now it’s less as time has gone by.

Some I still talk too but not long as we are busy in our daily lives and have other responsibilities. I now talk to only a few on there and to be honest, feels like no one pays attention to me and that’s the hiccup, I need validation to be on there and I don’t like that.

I miss my being blunt but since this is a day and age of being far too sensitive, words, meanings, opinions can become lost by people at times, especially in fandoms and those are effing toxic.

I have mostly given up on the anime community and even lessened my time of Toonami since it holds no meaning for me anymore. Even live-tweeting has become a least favorite thing to do.

Call it me either getting older or just losing that flame does to time, cynicism and fans claiming to abide by something but are nothing but callous ass holes.

I have also quit facebook anime groups; I felt I needed something and it didn’t offer me much. I felt inadequate and the constant comparing got too much so I just quit. I also no longer follow many youtube anime reviewers. I follow one but he’s mostly funny.

I have also contributed as a Patreon to content I like and I like the benefits. I might drop one though, in the near future other than that, I like helping some grow what they like to do.

To round this out, I just need a break from the thralls of social media. The constant whining over the political climate, Weinstein Gate breaking down the foundation of Hollywood and everyone coming out the woodwork for sexual allegations.

I for one can believe some, depending who they are but there are others that feel tacked on and irrelevant.

But man, the fall out is shocking!! Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K. to name a few. And the women that came out to denounce Weinstein was awe-inspiring and I’m glad word is getting out though I can’t help but feel this to is getting worked up into a frenzy by the population.

All the tweets are like “That’s right fellas, lock up, we coming for you!!” and not me specifically, I don’t even have experience, but it just feels like “if you are male and looked at a woman and not know how to talk to them, you are fucked!”.

Side remarks aside, it’s becoming the norm of someone saying something and it’s brought to light and now it’s becoming noise for me. Hopefully, this revolution continues at a pace that doesn’t seem forced?

Though as I type this, I can’t help but wonder why we as a society have become PC (Politically Correct) in everything. Putting it in another way, being butt-hurt by every little factor.

I get these are the times but with bleeding hearts just waiting in the wings to get upset just for the sake of getting upset, it can be disconcerting and not really give me much faith or hope in anything at times.

This also goes into the political commentary that I see, of some voice actor’s/actress I follow. It can get overwhelming with the retweets or tweets in what’s going on and yes, we have to be aware but at a constant base can get annoying and I had to put them in time out (I unfollowed them).

I’ll eventually follow them again but unfortunately, it won’t be now. We are in the third week of the new year and it feels like something is over the horizon.

I am keeping up with ones I talk too but it’s either on weekly bases or once in awhile and I feel guilty for putting them on the back burner. For the consistent ones I keep up with though, it’s a cool thing.

I also need to be less inclined to get angry at work. I had a rough patch in the last bit of 2017 and it’s an experience I need to keep in my mind so I don’t fuck up again. Though I also have been working at the place for a decade now so that could also be my problem.

I for one don’t want to work there for another decade, that would be foolish and the job is going nowhere, even though the pay is good and I have insurance (and never knock that) but with the times changing it just seems managing records is becoming less about people. Everything is going digitally and with a bunch of the new employees nowadays being in their 20’s, it’s not like they need to hold anything physical.

As of that, I’m going to work on my resume and try to change it up. It might take some time but I just want something different now. ALong with try out getting an associate’s degree in something.

I’m already stable in the money department so I should work on my knowledge of things since my school curriculum was complicated (it’s private and I don’t want to say) though I also want to expand other avenues than the typical work all day just to get some free time in the evening to do what I want and stress.

My real passion lies in writing and thought that comes with its own stress as well, I feel I could enjoy that more then my current position.

Another thing to change this up is to finally get a girlfriend or date, in general, to find the one for me. I have limited ways with the opposite sex and I’ve never put myself out there so I am planning on doing that even though I’m terrified.

Online dating is the way to go but I am scared. I know my type it’s just I feel like people will judge harshly or not get the reason why? Dating outside my race as it were. That’s a touchy subject but I know what I like despite what some say as to try it out first. I’ve already seen the side and it’s not like they want me, a guy that is a geek that likes anime, video games, writes fan fiction, blogs, has figurines as decorations and likes to read fantasy novels and mystery ones, I can’t say I’m a catch in that department. Or I am and not giving myself enough credit.

But even if I’m feeling sorry for myself, at my core, I am happy to have people in my life that I do love and even though I can’t always see them, the time I spend with them is actually the most I’m happy.

The experience is worthwhile so even with everything I am trying to accomplish mixed with anxiety, I can believe in my bonds even if we get on each other’s nerves.  That’s what living is all about as they say.

Overall

I know this was more of a hodgepodge of an overall review of the year of some highlights however I just wanted to get this out there to get my motor running.

I do have some anime reviews planned as I have found some keepers for these couple of months, I just have to jot it down and get my mind in order to describe why I am choosing this to watch and the plot, etc.

I hope you look forward to my coming writing material as well in regards to random blogs or my fanfic writing as well. I have also been inspired to work on my original story as it’s been 7 years.

Along with, I am planning or might, be streaming some RPG’s sometime this year, if I don’t lose my nerve. So just look for JMR 1022 on twitch if you see it, I am an effing novice so I have no clue what I’m doing to get things ready though I have linked my twitch account with my PS4 so that’s a start.

Wish me luck if and when I do it!

The story continues…

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*Until the next blog!*

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anime quick response: Re:Creators

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Hello everyone!

This will be a quickie kind of review of my overall thoughts on Re:Creators, an anime being exclusively streamed by Amazon.

When I first saw some images or talk about it on Twitter I was mostly unresponsive towards it due to hype. I know, it’s a quirk of mine to automatically to dismiss a hype show due to how fans can go towards it without a second thought like how it was in anything really.

So I mostly put it behind me until like a few weeks ago I decided to watch it and I was intrigued after the first episode. By the third episode I put it on hold until another couple of weeks until I finished that and was becoming drawn into the world. By episode five I was done and enthralled myself into it’s open arms!

Re:Creators has enveloped my mindframe and I’ve become accustomed to the story as a whole, the themes, characters, what drives them and the development that occurs and it’s put me in awe.

I had given up that an anime could get me that fire again due to the usual suspects of mindless lame action sequences mixed with some fan service and a random loli trying to get on some nimrod MC’s junk. But low and behold I have faith again.

Not only the stuff I’ve mentioned is a refresher the songs for the opening and ending are  just on point (more the opening for which gets me pumped like a boss!) but the music involved in scenes really speak to the soul and it’s beautiful to hear. I can say opening 2 “shoUt” is my favorite piece in the series for how epic it sounds.

The episode count is not even 12 but a total of 22 episodes which the series hasn’t even finished yet! I’m not sure when it updates but I just finished episode 20 and I am just waiting for more.

The plot of the story is this; what if fictional characters came to our world? WOuld it be a fun time? Well that’s not really getting the point across is it? Okay, I’ll try again.  Anyone that writes or is an author in any spectrum know that we use our imaginations to build worlds with rules, characters and various other things but what if, due to some unknown reason those creations somehow wound up in our world by a force?

When fiction starts bleeding into the reality we know everything starts become shifted. Characters that have their own personalities based on how they were written comes into this world in confusion and figure that this world is home of the gods (us, people). But when they realize it how do some deal that the lives they lead are nothing but entertainment for them? How can they continue what makes them their own individuals when it was based on some normal person’s image?

Granted the story doesn’t go deep into that psychology though that’s more for my perspective however it gives you a glimpse into that along with it’s not just about characters from light novels/videogames/etc coming into the world, their is a purpose for them being here and it’s someone that has a reason for it.

The main characters that our introduced in the first couple of episodes are Sota Mizushiro, main protagonists that likes drawing but for some reason doesn’t anymore. He likes reading light novels, one which a character comes from. Selesia is from said book and she is a beautiful red-head that is a sword warrior that utilizes strong offensive magic from where she comes from. She is all but bothered by the fact her world is entertainment and has a fiery temper but is mellowed down and one of main heroes of the series.  Meteora is another character, an online RPG that has strong defenses with magic but lacks offensive. She is very intelligent and a glutton as she enjoys this world’s food

The main driving antagonist is a military coated girl whose name is eventually revealed to be Altair and seemingly ties to Sota.

More characters are introduced in the form of authors that created said worlds of some of the fictional characters involved as the episodes continue going forward; some joining with Selesia and Meteora or wind up following Altair due to the girl’s promise of changing and using the word of the God’s power for themselves.

From a magical girl, an armored warrior woman, a gun wielding gruff man, a delinquent with a wooden sword that has a summon spirit, a mecha pilot and a troll character that can manipulate reality to a small extent, this will prove to be an interesting series with how all these characters interact either some as allies or even enemies.

The story is easy to follow but it’s not simple due to various conflicts and interpersonal struggles with the fictional characters growing outside their parameters to becoming someone that is not based off some of their creators imaginations (if that makes sense, I can’t word what I mean in the correct way).

There is tons of action, mystery, exposition and chill moments from what I’ve seen making this anime worth a watch if you want some real meat of anime viewing. I more enjoy how it can get deep and make one think on the concept the show is conveying, which I feel is how some anime should be (within doses that is).

I have no problem with this series and can’t hardly wait to see the conclusion of this. This might be premature but for an entertainment evaluation I give this a 9 out of 10.

 

Anime Talk: Tenchi Muyo (OVA)

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When I think of anime growing up, Tenchi Muyo is one of the ones that comes to my mind. Not only was this series one of my top 3 growing up, it actually opened the doors to anime.

The first one I watched one night when I went to the (now dead) Hollywood Video, was Tenchi Muyo: In Love. Now I know that this is a movie that one takes place in the “Universe” continuity than the OVA one however this does hold value to me.

The Ryo-Ohki OVA series is the first series and true continuity (as I see) on the story of a normal teenager named Tenchi Masaki as he learns that he’s not exactly “normal” in the way of his family’s extensive history along with what can be said “destiny” in the universe.

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Ryo-Ohki OVA series is divided by “series” with a total of 4. Episodes 1-7 (plush the special episode) is OVA series 1. This introduces the main cast in these episodes along with the general plot. Along with the big bad of this series being Kagato as he’s alluded to by the end of episode 4 with episode 5 being his official appearance.

We also get insight (as I see it) how Ryoko falls in love with Tenchi primarily during the Kagato crisis. The Mihoshi’s Special is the accumulation of all the main girls being the space officers bizarre story of fiction (or is it real?) which is cool to see. We are also introduced to Pretty Sammy in this,  which also breaks off into her own 3 OVA series with different continuity.

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Episodes 8-13 are OVA series 2. These branch of episodes are mostly stand alone episodes but each offer up good development for some of the female cast, namely Washu with her link to the Kuramitsu family (lots of backstory via the internet if you want more info and Sasami’s connection with Tsunami, one of the Choushin.

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Episodes 11-12 are the new arc revolving around a new threat of Dr. Clay and his robotic assistant, Zero. This series also introduces a prominent unknown figure that adds a mystery to the series by the name of Tokimi.

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Episode 13 accumulates what happened in the previous episodes along with funny moments revolving around Yosho, Ayeka and Sasami’s parents coming to earth, the first emperor of Jurai, Azusa and his two wives, Funaho Masaki (mother of Yosho/Katsuhito) and Misaki Masaki (mother of Ayeka and Sasami).

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Episodes 14-20 are OVA series 3. Fun note; the first 2 OVA’s were released in America around the mid 90’s with the 3rd OVA not coming out to at least around the mid 00’s. This series follows the secret behind the Masaki family, Tenchi being introduced to a long lost sister, Kiyone, new fiance by the name of Noike. She is the adopted daughter of Tenchi’s great-grandmother, Lady Seto Kamiki Jurai aka “The Devil Princess of Jurai” that arranged it and holds behind the scenes power on Jurai and Mihoshi family getting into the mix due to her baby brother’s sister-complex.

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All this is looked over by antagonist and follower of one of the Chousin Tokimi, a man called Z.

The 4th OVA series (which I haven’t seen unfortunately) are episodes 21-24 with the last episode not coming out to this month. I don’t know when and if it will get dubbed but I hope it will.

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Tenchi Muyo series has extensive and thought provoking characters in what I can say is the typical “harem” anime. Though now that I’m older I can’t really see it as just a nubby “harem” anime as it is today which is saying something.

True as the MC, he does gain the affections of half if not all of the female characters by just smiling at them or being kind. And it is true I have gotten on the case of such tropes in one of my past blogs (pimping out my “Spiky Haired Syndrome” post, go read), though i’ll admit I was in a phase of “being overly sensitive to anime and knocked around by the changing times of fans” and that showed by bitterness over such things but as i rewatched the OVA series (on VHS baby, boo-ya!) and research on his character and the others, I’ve come to a different conclusion over this being a jacked up “harem” genre.

Yes the female cast is extensive (multi-colored hair and all) and pine for his affections. Yes, they have shown their breasts on key episodes; Ryoko purposely does it at times which can be seen and Ayeka, though that was the space pirate trying to embarrass her in episode 3’s hot spring episode.

However Tenchi chooses not to engage in any kind of flirty behavior with any of them or even show romantic interest with them (frustrating for the viewer, trust me) and we can dub him being indecisive for not choosing one (most likely the female we favor to be the main girl for the male) but the important thing is that the cast that make up the extended Masaki family of Ryoko, Ayeka, Sasami, Mihoshi, Washu and later Nokie, is that Tenchi does indeed love them all as they are the ones to get him out of from being lonely; being raised by his dad after his mother passed as a kid, he cherishes them very much.

Sure one can say that once he chooses than one will be happy but that would break up the show’s cast and make it some revenge or emo anime about the repercussions of said actions. It’s not supposed to be that dramatic other than the occasional life or death situations but have fun with the awkward faces Tenchi makes when wound up in some predicament with one or more of the females in his house.

From researching what I could it has come to my attention that Tenchi’s relationship with all the girls in his house will be his future one day. To put frankly, he will be intimate with all of them and have them for wives when he ascends to be the next head of Jurai royal family along with have kids with them.

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So “OTP” (one true pairing) is pretty much irrelevant in this case regarding a male and female love story. When I was younger I did favor Ayeka (and still do ) as being the one for Tenchi and him being with Ryoko just seemed taboo for me. As I’m older now I can see that out of the gang the space pirate’s love is indeed genuine. Ayeka’s love for Tenchi might not be as, and I say this with hesitation, desperate as Ryoko’s however Ayeka’s love does come from a real place.

The theme songs for this series varies. For the first OVA it has more of a fluid instrumental beat than lyrics called “Tenchi Muyo Ryo-Ohki theme”. The ending song “Talent for Love” sung by Chisa Yokoyama in Japanese with Sharyn Scott singing it in English is an upbeat song that gets in your head.

Listening to both pieces have their own quality and can’t say one is superior over the other given the Japanese singer does get the pitch right but the English one has it’s own charm (and even sing in the shower if you are in the mood).

Second opening is called “I’m a Pioneer” sung once again by Chisa Yokoyama and Sharyn Scott respectively. For this one I didn’t really care for it in Japanese as it’s not what I expected however the English version captured my attention more.

Must be the big voice thing of the 90s that got me? Ending theme is “The Lonely Moon” sung by Ai Orikasa (Ryoko’s seiryu) and Scottie Haskell; sounds very lovely in both versions as it really captures the intent with the lyrics “Sometimes I cry for you, knowing you don’t want me too.” is just a small bit (English version but it has punch dammit!).

For the third OVA series is another instrumental opening but gains ground with the drum beat to the end. Ending theme is “Lovely Cookin” sung by Tomoko Odajima with no English version given Pioneer didn’t dub this one (it’s defunct sadly).

It’s a good song but nothing to write home about.

Time for me to give a brief input on the characters.

This won’t be extensive as these our my opinions and namely be the main cast. Getting this out the way Nobuyuki, Yosho and other extended family/friends won’t be discussed other than in passing.

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Let’s go!

Characters

Tenchi Masaki

VA: Masami Kikuchi/Matt K. Miller 

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Tenchi Masaki; main protagonist and love interest of almost half the females in this series. He is 17 years old. Polite, kind but easily flustered due to not knowing how to deal with so many females in his household. Regards the ones in his life as family and will not “advance” on them in any way as his true wish (as of now) is to enjoy them as a family that staves off his own loneliness.

He is well versed in swordplay taught by his grandfather, Katsuhito, which is the Jurian style of the royal family (unknown to him at the time). Tenchi is decent but not up to par with anyone but has grit. Tenchi has gone up against Kagato on two instances in episode 5 and 6 with the latter episode being the one where he destroys (is kill okay to say?) him.

Through episode 6 we discover that Tenchi is special than anyone thought as he can create [Light hawk Wings] out of nothing. He can materialize three pure wings of energy at first until after his fight with Z where he gains a grand total of six.

That’s a big deal since one has to be bound to a Royal Tree on Jurai and given that Tenchi is an Earthling (by technical standards) it’s unheard of for anyone to use a phenomenon like that who isn’t a Juraian not linked to a tree. As Washu puts it “You were cut off from any external power at the time, including Tsunami…”

Indeed Tenchi has extraordinary powers even he is unaware of along with only awakening when in a dire situation. There have only been four instances in the OVA’s that he has used his powers.  It’s also stated that at some point down the line Tenchi will be some God.

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I say that given the evidence in OVA 3 along with Tokimi and Washu’s own testimony upon viewing his “God” form emerging after he is cut by Z.

Even if Tenchi is a being with untold powers he is still the bumbling dork that everyone loves.  When he isn’t going full of OP (over powered) he has the basic Jurai battle attire he can change too while using his sword, also called [Sword Tenchi] which he inherited after stealing it from the cave where he unintentionally released Ryoko.

It has 2 orbs on the handle (originally three but Ryoko got that one). It generates a light blade which can cut anything. The sword can only be used or held by a Jurian of royal blood and activated. It also has severely hurt Ryoko when Ayeka used that to gain information on Yosho’s whereabouts in the series.

His voice in the dub is pretty consistent as he sounds kind of dopey but that also works against him. When I was younger getting this series I thought Tenchi’s voice was one of the best however being older (wiser/cynical?) it also works against him in some ways. Japanese is what you expect and I like that one for some parts of the OVA’s earlier episodes though I come around to the 4 episodes in the 2nd series in English.

His interactions with the girls in his house is mostly polite/friendly but he does hold a fondness for them. He can get angry at times which is evident when Ryoko accidently rips his mother’s robe when she put it on.

Though he seldom shows that kind of emotion. Along with get’s exasperated with Ryoko and Ayeka fights over him; it’s shocking he’s not taffy at this point.

Who he “loves more” is up for debate but the creator has stated that he would marry all of them so there’s no need to worry, your favorite female of the series is good with Tenchi.

It’s interesting to note that a possibility that Tenchi will have kids with Ryoko and Ayeka is high up there. In some “What if” story it showed Ryoko and Ayeka having a daughter each with Tenchi, with Ryoko’s being about a few months older and the duo being raised as sisters and getting along better than the space pirate and princess first started.

Granted there are fans that speculate if that is canon given the shape but for me, with it being the creator that did this, I want to believe that will happen; that he will be there for all the females in his life. Even if it’s a unity out of sibling liking as well. So it’s canon for me!

I only say that since Azusa has two wives and as it goes, Misaki and him love each other but more as “older brother-little sister” kind of deal which means it could have been a political one. Though at the same time he probably has love for Misaki albeit Funaho being the one he fell in love with.

This is also not stating the whole “bonding of twin trees” thing that Misaki and Funaho got going on and seeing each other as sisters. Yeah it get’s confusing so it’s up to the individual to think of something that sticks.

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*Tenchi ready for battle in Jurai battle attire*

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*Tenchi’s Light Hawk Wings activated. God mode*

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*An impossible anime face that only Tenchi can do*

Ryoko Hakubi

VA: Ai Orikasa /Petrea Burchard (OVA 1/2)/Mona Marshall (OVA 3) 

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Words of “demon” and “infamous space pirate” are ways to describe Ryoko Hakubi. She is a beautiful girl with a killer body, foul mouth and in unapologetic with her flirty ways for Tenchi but underneath the bravado she is a lonely girl wanting love.

Ryoko is almost around 20,000 years of age and is rather sensitive if brought up in her presence. She is a being that was created by her mother, Washu a long time ago by being harvested by her (Washu)’s eggs and another known aquatic life called mass.

Ryoko’s life would not be an easy one when Kagato sealed Washu away and used her and Ryo-ohki as his puppets to wreck havoc all over the galaxy for a long while being effectively known as a “Space Pirate” and an infamous one at that. Being a puppet with no will was harsh and she neither knew of any emotion.

Doing some research on the matter Ryoko (at the time) used masturbation or sex to try and get some feeling but nothing came close to what she will have for Tenchi in the future.

On a fateful day she attacked the Planet Jurai where she and Ryo-Ohki were a challenge for the superpower of the galaxy. And it is here that Yosho fought her and led her away from the planet.

The duo continued to fight until reaching earth. Yosho wound up in the place where the Masaki shrine would be. Using Sword-Tenchi, he was able to get hold of the three gems in her possession and effectively sealing her powers and body.

During this period Ryoko wound up using her astral form to explore the place she was in despite her body being sealed. This is when her fateful encounter of meeting Tenchi as a boy begins.

She wound up seeing him as a kid growing up and learning a feeling of liking and love through seeing him. Flash forward to when he unseals her and she decides to “play” with him by using her powers and trash his entire school.

This soon spills into more havoc when Ayeka arrives and after that finding herself being part of the Masaki family. From teasing Ayeka to flirting and gaining Tenchi’s attention, Ryoko clearly likes the way her life is now despite all the darkness that occurred in her past.

In my head now I can say that Ryoko indeed loves Tenchi in the most genuine way. Her feelings are so much that she can be extreme with it; wrapping her arms around his neck and flirting however there is a serious side.

As I mentioned Ryoko’s love for him runs deep, she even says it herself that “Tenchi, I can’t live without you on this planet”. Or in her Universe counterpart, “I don’t need anything else, I just can’t bear the thought of losing you!”.

She has also merged with Zero, a robot that cloned her to get close to Washu but fell in love with Tenchi and being the one with “Ryoko’s true feelings for Tenchi” and shows it by blushing whenever he is in her viewpoint. It is these feelings that change Zero-Ryoko from being a pawn for Dr. Clay to someone that loves Tenchi.

By the two merging (with Ryoko’s consent after Washu teased her a little) she was prone to “the vapors” as I call it due to her affection was that of a loved struck girl. She is eventually able to settle her emotions to go back to her usual gruff self but she is now more attuned or in balance with it.

Her love for Tenchi is the strongest which I can accept and respect compared to when I was younger and thought that she was undeserving of Tenchi due to her over the top sexual advances.

It looks I like Ryoko as a character with a lot of development into her character from being merciless to a woman that is to be respected. She also has a cute-child like side to her which is explored in “Here Comes Jurai 2” segment which is a small short.

Of course just because she loves Tenchi and the ones in her life (she won’t admit it) that doesn’t mean one should think she’s normal.

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Ryoko’s abilities are extensive, she can shoot lasers from her hands, manipulate it into a sword, fly, teleport, phase, regenerate, to just name a few. She has also merged with matter during her fight with Kagato. She is a superior fighter and one that can keep up with Tenchi and this is even without her gems.

She has one gem on her wrists that can be used to manipulate and materialize a spirit under the sun in a belly of water but without one on her right wrist she can’t control it and seldom uses it. Of course the powers mentioned above is all her basic ones.

When all three gems are utilized (one day) she can match up to God Tenchi if she wanted and have the full brunt of her powers from her gems. She will be able to create light-hawk wings herself.

Though I don’t expect that to happen anytime soon and at least until she is mature.

Voice acting wise both the Japanese and English versions really capture her personality and I have no complaints. Though in the OVA 3 her VA changed to Mona Marshall and I love her voice for Ryoko as well though it had to grow on me after a few years whenever I decide to watch it.

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*Space Pirate Ryoko battle attire*

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*Light Hawk Wings activated by Ryoko*

*Zero-Ryoko “winning” over Tenchi! LOL!*

Ayeka Masaki Jurai

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VA: Yumi Takada/ Jennifer Darling (OVA series one-three)/Rebecca Forstadt (GXP)

Ayeka, first princess of the Jurai royal family is what you expect; she’s demure, gentle and aristocratic. She is also known to be arrogant at times due to her own life style but at heart is like any normal girl of (physically) the age of 17.

The princess is the second female to fall for Tenchi in the series and always the rival to Ryoko. While the space pirate is outspoken, Ayeka is quiet yet fierce for her love for him and when put in the pressence of “that vile monster woman” she can be a firecracker and also have a firm grip on her love.

While I can see Ayeka’s flaws more than I was younger, she is still my favorite character in this series due to one, she’s a tsundere (in a way) along with I just loved her disposition of being a princess along with everyone always threw shade at the underdog of the character.

Sure, some might find that she fell for Tenchi as a replacement for Yosho but I think there is more to the anyalsis than just typical hate.

Well to begin a brief bio before I get there; she is the first daugher of Azusa and Misaki, half-sister to her older brother Yosho, step-daughter to Funaho and granddaughter of the devil princess of Jurai.

When she was younger she always hung with Yosho, who was a teenager and she being a child, and it was from their parents that they would be betrothed to one another. The thing is Yosho only loved Ayeka as a sister while the latter did love him. But here’s where things get sticky.

Funaho, Yosho’s mother, also took part in raising Ayeka along with Misaki and the princess admired and loved the graceful queen. It is because of this (in theory but it holds fact) that is the reason she fell for Yosho.

Not to say her feelings were trivial, she really wanted to be the wife of her brother.

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And before we go deep, apparently the blood relation marriages is kind of a thing on Jurai or not really looked down on to an extent. I’m not sure how it goes but that’s where this seems to be leading.

Ayeka even has ackownedgled to Tenchi regarding that it “might seem weird to marry a sibling” and even though she didn’t disclose any info it seems she was just fine with it.

However when she turned 17 things changed when Ryoko attacked Jurai and changed her life. Through backstory it’s discovered that Ayeka has bonded to her tree, [Ryo-Oh] and actually tried her hand at getting at Ryoko. Even though she wasn’t synched to it that long she was able to land a blast at her despite the ship being more for defense but it’s also explained that Ryoko was just “playing with her”.

Either way this leads to Yosho leaving to battle Ryoko with Ayeka hot on his heels. She brings her little sister Sasami with her. But the trip to Earth is a long one and she placed herself and her sister in suspended animation for 700 years until the story gets to the current day.

After that she finds out Ryoko is alive and attacks the neighborhood Tenchi is living in. After a small fight the Jurian princess captures her and Tenchi where shenanigans occur before she winds up being a member of the Masaki family.

At first she’s put out being on this watered down planet and rather cold to Tenchi before it’s discovered they are related by blood and after the battle with Kagato that Katsuhito is really Yosho making Tenchi the grand nephew of Ayeka.

After these events Ayeka staples herself as one of the leads for Tenchi’s affections.

Now the analysis is that Ayeka loved her brother and wanted to marry him, this was possible due admiring her step-mother Funaho and she became fascinated with the way she carried herself; one of nobility and to be like that of a traditional princess.

However here’s some interesting info; Misaki and Sasami have that teal-hair color going on while Ayeka’s hair is purple and like her father’s. It’s revealed in the novels of Tenchi that her actual hair color is the same like her mother and sister’s! She placed herself under gene manipulation to make her hair purple as it was like her fathers and to be be closer to style like Funaho’s as her brother mentioned that his mom is like the ideal kind of woman.

Going in deeper Ayeka’s fiery personality she exhibits when dealing with Ryoko, she gets that from Misaki. Apparently she was a tom boy much like her mom when she was kid so it adds depth to Ayeka as a character.

Even though she tries to not let that side of her show she tries to at least tame it. Ayeka does love her mother a lot too but just wishes she wasn’t very emotional or clingy at points.

Now when it comes to Ayeka and Tenchi, yes, for a part, her feelings for Tenchi are transference from Yosho to Tenchi but there is something to be said on this. I don’t believe Ayeka’s feelings fall to Ryoko’s.

It’s not as dynamic but clearly Ayeka fell for Tenchi due to him being polite and treating her like a normal girl (more or less) despite him calling her very formally. Ayeka’s love for him is also expressed in her character song “Call me Princess” which shows another side to her personality that no one expected…she’s full on S & M mode!!

It’s twisted in a way but given her mother is Misaki and grandmother being Seto, it’s not that surprising given the females (more or less) take lead in the family.

So yes, lot’s of sides to Ayeka that not many people know. Ayeka is shy when it comes to her body given she is conservative compared to outlandish one’s like Ryoko and even Mihoshi with their sexy body’s. Ayeka has a good form.

Along with even though she is the picture point of “damsel in distress” at points Ayeka is shown to be shrewd and smart. She might be the most “high maintenance” of the Tenchi girl harem but once broken in she’s the ideal mate you want to introduce mom too.

She gets along well with the residence in the household and is always clamoring to get Tenchi’s attention though her and Ryoko’s spats have diminished with time as if they got used to each other. They are even drinking buddies. The princess doesn’t really show it but she does love her younger sister very much and when it came to Sasami’s secret Ayeka showed her maturity by accepting her for who she was.

Ayeka also wanted to help out Zero-Ryoko when she saw how pitiful she looked (reading between the lines she felt bad for her and wanted to help) so this goes into that Ryoko and Ayeka are friends though they won’t admit to it.

Ayeka isn’t completely helpless as she does know self-defense and was taught by her mother Misaki who is the Supreme Commander of Jurai’s Royal Guard. She is super strong (even though never seen), flight (in battle attire from what I saw) and can generate strong force fields which is mainly her offense. She can also use her force fields to generate a force blast albeit this was once.  Ayeka can also generate small logs as a way to cut off mobility of her opponent and bind them in roots.

She might not match up to Ryoko in battle stats but the princess is also not to be underestimated as she can hold her own against Tenchi when he’s not full on god mode which shows that her mother’s teachings have not gone to waste.

If one can say Ryoko’s love is the dynamic than Ayeka’s love for Tenchi is the gentle wind that tickles one’s nose on a spring day, comforting and clear. Besides she’s into S & M so when Tenchi wants to get a little freaky he has Ayeka to scratch that fetish, even though he’d get freaked out and she’d just have him submit to her (lol).

So Ayeka remains my favorite character despite the info dump. She’s also deserving of it as well and not to be dismissed likely.

VA work is good in Japanese and English it varies. The loud laughter is key and the haughty attitude is also good but on points it falls flat unlike how the Japanese carries her.

Though I do like the English version on points, especially when hearing how she grows more comfortably in the role of the proper princess; mostly in Universe I enjoy her more in range, OVA I got to pick Japanese.

Fun fact: Jennifer Darling is the same person that was in “The Bionic Woman” in the 1970’s show! She is actually in some old anime and some games.  I never knew that as a kid and knowing an icon like that voices a character I like makes it all the more cool!

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*Princess Ayeka in full form*

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*Ayeka’s secret revealed; personally I don’t dislike it but I’m used to her hair being purple*

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*Glimpse of the S&M (Princess) Queen!*

Sasami Masaki Jurai

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VA: Chisa Yokoyama/Sherry Lynn

One of the most popular of this series, Sasami is a character that has won over anime fans with her maturity, appearance and only character to have her own spin-off series in different continuities called Pretty Sammy.

She is the 2nd daughter of Azusa and Misaki and her background is one of the most important given her connection to Tsunami and linked to the strongest ship in all of Jurai.

Being the “den mother” of the group after arriving on earth she takes care of most of the cooking and cleaning which keeps the Masaki household in shape. Along with her mischievous side that rarely shows and grow into a beauty that will surpass her older sister and Ryoko she is a fan favorite.

Sasami’s story is basic up until she becomes one with Tsunami, which could actually be more than coincidence given Tsunami’s appearance looks exactly like Sasami before she was even born. This means it’s destiny that she and Tsunami would become one later.

She is around 8 or 9 years old but chronologically is 700 something years old due to being in suspended animation. Despite that she still is a kid and can be governed by emotion like any little girl.

Sasami doesn’t have any big story arcs other than the Tsunami assimilation and her thinking being nothing more than an artificial creation due to her thinking that due to she died after falling and landing near the goddess tree.

Sasami maintains an upbeat attitude and does hold affections for Tenchi. She will love him no matter who he picks and she’s just fine with that.

Being one of the Choushin, Sasami/Tsunami existence will continue no matter what but that’s not to say she’s invincible; she’s still fundamentally human. That’s not to say she can’t put up a fight.

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Like her sister, Sasami also knows how to dish out pain even though that’s rare. She can use one of her ball ornaments she uses for her hair as a staff and can take down a well trained galaxy police officer.

She gets along with everyone in the household and her and Ryo-Ohki share a tight bond as the cabbit is always with her other than when Ryoko needs her.

Nothing much to say other than that even though I despise lolis/moe eyed little girls and sexualization of them I don’t consider Sasami being in the mold of post 90’s anime. She’s cute but not to the point she’s obnoxious like all those damn tropes you see nowadays and actually want her to make an appearance.

Sasami has leaps and bounds over the stereotypes of said characters of today’s brand of the ones with a loli-moe fetish.

Anyway that’s why she’s great! The Sasami-Affect lives!! (lol).

VA side all good and no complaints! She sounds like a little girl which is good to hear and I don’t think anyone should find her voice annoying.

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*Sasami with Ryo-Ohki*

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*Sasami and Tsunami: one and the same*

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*Pretty Sammy!*

Mihoshi Kuramitsu

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VA: Yuko Mizutani/Ellen Gerstell/Rebecca Forstadt (OVA 3)

Oh boy this one will be short but I got no hate what so ever for Mihoshi. A being that even causes Washu trouble due to the causality effect or being the luckiest person in the universe that has adverse effects on anyone else.

Mihoshi is a first class space detective and from the Kuramitsu family; the ones that govern the Space Academy and second only in power to the Jurai royal family.

She is a bubble-head but means well but it’s sad that her character decreases in value with being competent in the first and second OVA series but by the third she has been put on airhead status like her other continuities.

It’s actually sad that we don’t dive much into Mihoshi’s backstory other than finding out that she does have a younger brother that became a plot in the third OVA and nothing much on that.

There is a connection between Mihoshi and Washu though that is revealed in those Tenchi “True” novels which is fascinating. But pretty much Mihoshi is Washu’s great-great granddaughter. That could be a reason why she is able to somehow wind up in her lab which is in a subspace (her amazing luck).

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There is also info on the fact that before Mihoshi got rather dumb is she was pretty much better at her job and fierce but due to some incident (which hasn’t really been mentioned) she wound up like this with her amazing luck. I read somewhere that it had something to do with having a fiance and nothing more.

Her feelings for Tenchi are pretty chill, she does have a crush on him and he is always considerate to her. She also is in great shape and despite eating heavy foods always maintains her figure due to exercise.

Mihoshi has a little more leeway in the Universe continuity by being the partner of Kiyone which strengthens her background there.

She does know how to fight given her brief scene in the Kagato episodes using weapons from her profession and even having a mighty kick (along with a firm grip when dragging Ryoko off in episode 7).

Fun note is during those episodes she is seen using a cube that seems to have all her stuff in there that materializes when putting in the correct pattern but she’s rather bad at it.

For all intent and purposes though Mihoshi is a good character that sadly gets plummeted down as nothing more than comedy relief.

To you Mihoshi!

Her voice is good even though in the 3rd series she sounds more dimwitted due to the character drop.

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*Mihoshi’s usual attire*

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*Mihoshi with Kiyone in the Universe continuity*

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*Her better disposition in the earlier episodes; competent and dedicated!*

Washu Hakubi

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VA: Yuko Kobayashi/Kate T. Vogt

The greatest scientific genius in the universe, Washu (*ahem* Little Washu) is another key part of the series given her intellect, practicality with keeping the rowdy household in order when things get to the extreme.

She is another central character; besides her interllect, she is also one of the Chousin that created the universe. Washu can be considered omnipotent to an extent as she knows a lot of answers but chooses to keep her cards close; key moments is her knowing Ryoko’s thoughts (though that’s telepathy) and stating she knows about how Kiyone (Tenchi’s mother) was to him as a baby.

However she chooses to rely on her scientific mind to deal with the problems that at times beseech the Masaki household. She is usually seen behind her virtual laptop putting in random data and with good typing schools to boot!

Her achievements come from being the person to start the Galaxy academy and the creation of many things. Despite looking twelve she is one of the oldest residents in the series.

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Washu also is the one to create the three gems that belong to Ryoko; originally they were hers as a basis for her extraordinary powers from when she was a goddess until she descended to this lower plain of existence to be reincarnated as a human being. The most important asset is creating Ryoko and Ryo-Ohki and is able to hold some discipline over the space pirate, to Ryoko’s frustration. For the most part though she leaves her to her own devices.

Despite that she has the same abilities as Ryoko and then some though she does not fight. And is a goddess so she has a lot of power when she is in that form.

Her feelings for Tenchi seem to be romantic (underneath) though she does like testing him for her experiments, which can be a form of love? She does like teasing him though.

For the most Washu’s character is a good breath of fresh air from the usual shenanigans of the Tenchi love fest and is hard to determine what she is thinking given her poker face.

Voice work is good though I like her English one better but I usually go back and forth for the OVA. I stick with English for her Universe counterpart.

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*Casual Washu*

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*Serious Washu when she is free from her seal*

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*Choushin Washu holding the three gems*

Ryo-Ohki

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VA: Etsuko Kozakura/Debi Derryberry

The mascot of the series, Ryo-Ohki is a cabbit (combo of a rabbit and cat). She loves/obsessed with eating carrots which factors into Tenchi always going to the fields and growing them for her given said statement.

She is Ryoko’s partner in her crimes to Jurai being her spaceship and is a powerful ship that can fire lasers. Ryo-Ohki can automatically control herself but usually lets someone like Ryoko or Washu pilot her.

Ryo-Ohki has enough power (or exceeds) that to destroy Jurian ships due to her unique structure of having a gem on her forehead. The cabbit also has a human form which she takes the image of a child due to her mindset of being a kid though she has an adult form but doesn’t use it due to she can’t walk correctly and decides to “grow” naturally from child to an adult.

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Even though she is close to Ryoko she also has a strong attachment to Sasami and those two are mostly seen together in official images and in different continuities partners.

Given she is a kind of pet role she gets along good with the Masaki family and is affectionate to Tenchi but nothing more than that.

Meow-meow-meowwww! What’s that? I don’t know, just what she sounds like in any adaption with the dub being more “cat” like.

Fun fact; her American voice is also the one that is Jimmy Neutron and Zatch Bell!

Noike Kamiki Jurai

VA: Naomi Shindo/Kari Wahlgren

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Just going to spitball this one. She’s the new member of the Tenchi gang and as stated above is the adopted daughter of Ayeka and Sasami’s grandmother and their mother’s sister.

All I know about Noike is that her role is big in the third OVA. She is a first class galaxy police officer and has worked with Mihoshi earlier in her career (before the “incident” that made Mihoshi as she is now).

Once adopted by Seto, Noike was able to bond with the third generation royal tree, which is a heavy guarded secret on Jurai and the name of the unit is Kyoko as it has powers of that of a second generation tree.

Yeesh, all these tree bonding and the like are reminding me of the term “tree huggers” and making me think Jurians just have a thing for plant life.

Her role in the third season is important but only as a plot device. I’ll say it gets resolved and she becomes a permanent member of the family.

She does indeed fall in love with Tenchi, like the other girls but other than their talk on Kyoko and bonding at points, nothing else is known.

Noike’s domestic skills are on point as she can cook, clean, tend the fields when needed and has even practiced being a nurse during her galaxy officer career.

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She becomes the second member to be helpful around the house more than Ryoko, Ayeka and Mihoshi and being the more rational ones in the house. She also curbs Mihoshi at points and even gets Ryoko to listen to her on an occasion which is noteworthy.

She can fight given her being an officer but what those skills are hasn’t been seen. Given her position though she could possibly be a kind of echo to Kiyone from Tenchi Universe in the respect of having good instincts even though Noike is not prone to getting stressed while Kiyone does and complains.

VA work is good since it’s Kari Wahlgren so no complaints!

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*Noike in her first appearance with long hair*

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*With short hair which she keeps for the remaining of her appearances*

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*Future version of Noike with Fuku; merged with girl Kagato*

Final thoughts

The episodes and story keep me really engaged and if I have to rate this would be in my top 10 best animes of my life.

Grading average it would be a B only due to the amount load of information running rampant and sadly enough the various continuity mishaps that can confuse some.

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Sadly Tenchi In Tokyo is still a thing which is sad given it’s lame animation style though the story is ok.

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Another note: Tenchi Muyo’s 3 series of the OVA, Universe and Tokyo aired on Toonami around 2000 which was heavily edited due to the content of the show does show sexual situations (women’s bare breast and naked figures at points) and language even though the latter is rare. It did good and even had the edited version on VHS and later DVD though if you are going for this series, the best way is unedited to see this show in all it’s glory.

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Boobs and all (lol).

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My suggestion is check out the OVA’s first before diving into Universe. Ignore Tenchi in Tokyo due to it doesn’t hold up much and should only be for the ones who are hardcore.

That’s for the blog posts. I for one didn’t think it would be this troublesome to get done but glad I toughed it out. Hope you enjoyed this blog and if you want to see more of these in future posts follow this blog! *smile*

Later days everyone!

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Anime Talk: let downs and ones that feel like new.

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Earlier around this year I started some anime recommendation blogs of early 2017 anime’s or as I call them “animu’s” to watch for anyone that was entering with a blind eye with some hype ones not being out at the time.

Namely Masamune-kun’s Revenge and Chaos;Child, two animes I had high hopes to stick the landing but both sadly enough fell on their butts hard. Granted I’ve had an off and on thing with anime as of late due to figuring out what really exhausted me from liking or talking about it is just fans in general; ones that go to the next big thing and claim it’s the bread and butter of their existence and you’d be stupid to not like it.

Granted that’s it, I generally dislike/don’t believe in any big or small groups when it comes to anything regarding an anime or show as words or opinions can get misconceived from what one say’s. Along with it becomes a bitch when you post something and others ask state “why would you get or like that the series?”.

Yes I got burned and learning to just like what I like by myself or with some I consider friends.

Let’s get to the meat of this post!

Masamune-kun’s Revenge

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For this show I was interested if Masamune, MC who was once a chubby kid turned Adonis complex through hard work by his grandfather’s training to burn that weight and eat lean foods with no ounce of fat in his diet.

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*MC; I’m too sexy for my shirt*

Arrogant MC wants revenge of the main girl, Aki, a rich girl who was once his friend as a kid but a haughty attitude, gave him the nickname “Pig’s Foot” when he tried expressing his feelings to her which started his motivation to get fit and start a plan to make her fall in love with him and crush her as she once did.

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*Main girl; the ice cold princess that likes to eat food*

However plans don’t go as planned, especially in a rom-com anime like this. This was not what got me out of it but how long it just seemed. Though I get that both characters need to develop but the tropes were too much for me to process. Along with the hot/cold tsundere denial modes they go through (Aki more as she’s the main tsundere of this series). I get tropes are a thing and you can take it or leave it but still seeing it so much I roll my eyes at easy things that others like (a lot).

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*The “I’m going to fuck you in every room” look we all know in our perverted heads*

Another point was the loli mother that acted more like a child and that high-pitched voice was not doing any favors. And what’s with the mom always making high fatty foods? From what I gather mom’s nowadays try to relegate kids/teens food with healthy foods but this mom just on “fatty food” kick which got on my nerves.

The episodes also were good (more or less) in the middle when another character with big oppai (boobs), Neko, came in and I liked her as she actually fell in love with this vapid character even when he was chubby as a kid for some reason. That’s where my anime mindset got the better of me and I made this big deal with Neko going to be the one to change up the dynamic of this show and actually be the “Rem” of the series but actually get the male in the end.

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*Yes, she was top for me*

Do yourself a favor, never hold out hope for the second best “waifu” to get the male as it will never happen. Though that theory has been tested and proven wrong that it’s not always the case, anime nowadays just goes for the first girl MC sees and they will (somehow) wind up together.

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*That’s some devotion; loved him back than with no shame*

Just remember this; even if the characters wind up, they are together in high school. You can assume they will stay together “forever” but given this is part of the “school” trope it doesn’t mean their relationship will last outside of it and that’s the one thing as fans we don’t usually see.

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We try to think of this grand thing of them living happily ever after but sadly not the case. I mean it’s implied they will be together but come on, if the creator of this series comes out of left field at some press conference like they are J.K. Rowling (Queen of sniping off trolls) and reveals “Aki and Masamune lasted until their first year of college before life intervened and that’s where their love story ended. They are still on each other’s Christmas card list though…”, fans would riot over that.

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*Gives no F’s!*

For me I’d get my Chandler Bing on and laugh like no tomorrow.

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Cross-dressing also turned me off as it wasn’t really needed. One character looks like a girl but is a boy (trap as we call them) and another is actually a girl pretending to be a boy…when did this turn into Kinky Boots?

Opening and ending themes were bland after getting in the middle of the series as it didn’t sound outstanding or something I would listen to on a daily basis.

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Overall this series (in my opinion) it was subpar and it could have (not that it would being a current gen anime) go a different direction from the usual formula that is seen a thousand times.

I give this one a 6 out of 10 for plot, characterization, music and entertainment value. Ironically I’ll probably check out the funimation dubbed at some point when it’s sold on Bluray/dvd probably next year.

You notice anime dubs come out a year or two later from when it’s airing on sites like Crunchyroll or Funimation?

Chaos;Child

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*Not what I expected*

Boy I remember my hopes for this show was so innocent and good. What could have made this a let down?

Well this isn’t a concrete answer but it’s one for me and an opinion so bear with me.

The mystery of mysterious killings going around was what kept me coming back week after week…however just like it’s predecessor, Chaos;Head, the foundation of the plot was cut short.

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*Drama left*

Characters introduced in the opening song didn’t really do anything due to being only 12 episodes and which ones that were didn’t feel fleshed out in the least!

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*Felt like this*

Main character Takuru’s is the center of all this and even though he wasn’t annoying or lacking he suffered for always gasping or not really getting development other than for his plot.

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*Looking at the bleak future*

The thing with the characters using their latent psychic powers wasn’t even explored and briefly touched on but it wound up only with clashing of swords to get rid of the bad guy in the end.

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*None of this happened*

Along with the ending…I’m STILL trying to wrap my head around it and felt cheated!! If anime companies are going to adapt a visual novel they better make it a 25 episode run and not some measly 12 episodes!

It felt like the show blitzed its way and didn’t keep up the stamina. What happened to half the cast in the end?

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*Visual interpretation of me*

Chaos;Child is decent, it had me with the opening just like in Chaos;Head but it won’t leave anyone feeling satisfied with the ending. That’s what make or break a anime; if it can stick the landing.

Opening was fantastic but it hyped up stuff that really didn’t happen which is disappointing. That’s what’s called “flash” or “marketing”.

I did like the twists in the middle ground when it comes to one of the characters I liked and that was just fresh sauce (not a word but leave me alone, working on a belly full of water).

I wish Chaos;Child was more better than from it actually gave. If you’re curious of wanting an ending (various ones at that) play the game to get a feel for it.

Of course my own imagination made it out to be this big thing than it was and maybe I’m missing the point of a series that didn’t deliver. I did like it but dang, it’s hard to eat ground like this and trying to be a hype-man.

For me I give this a 6 out of 10 for plot, characters, development, music and entertainment value. Once again I will look to the Funimation dub when it comes out in 2018.

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*Sorry girls…*

Bleach

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Oh no what am I doing with watching Bleach again? This show left a bad taste in my mouth. It has the sum of “Spiky Hair Syndrome” and Shonen tropes to the nth degree…is what I would have said a few years ago being hot-headed and dogmatic with my approach with dealing with hard opinions and being a jerk.

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*That I was my inner Chandler*

Bleach is the show that I see as the one to make me actually like it a second go through. This is away from when it was hype and I couldn’t get away from it fast enough. I was happy when it left Toonami years ago as it dragged ass but I can see I was an arrogant asshole that never really gave it a chance.

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*I was a douche…*

Fandom poisoned me and I wasn’t following this show for what it was. Yes, I standby that the fillers and other world stories killed this show due to the anime coming close to the manga and had to spread it out HOWEVER this show isn’t the shit stain I thought it was.

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*I’m sorry*

Looking calm on the characters, story, plot I can see that this is a steady series that does bring the usual tropes as you’d expect; declarations of friendship, power ups to defeat a superior oppanant at the time, butt load of too many characters to give them decent if any development outside their comfort zone but this series is good.

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You can *gasp* skip the filler and continue on with the main story to shorten the viewing experience by a considerable amount. I mean episodes do feel dragged out but other than that, it’s decent to good.

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Characters I thought were the bane of my existence have now become good companions on this trip to defeat Aizen. Ichigo isn’t the 2 dimensional character I thought he was, Rukia is actually good, Uryu still cool and even Orihime has grown on me.

A character I felt had much potential to do anything she wanted but didn’t due to her pacifist and gentle/nurturing nature wouldn’t and I feel her that she really is the heart of the series. I mean, thinking on it I didn’t like her as when it was on Toonami, asshats were always harping on Sakura Haruno and I felt angry and lashed out this character for I was upset. That was uncool of me and in hindsight I’m glad I’m not into Tonami, if at all anymore, and feel like I have a weight lifted from my heart.

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What I’m getting at Orihime can defy fate with her powers but wouldn’t as it goes against her nature as a whole and seeing that shows my own immaturity all those years ago.

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FYI my favorite character in this series from even when I was in my hater days, is Coyote Starrk. Something of his past of escaping loneliness really captivated me along with playing his character in that old PS3 game. I rekt some shit in that game and that made me part of the Starrk fanboy’s. He’s just cool and his pistols are awesome!

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I’ve been speaking to my friend Charlie on the matters of Bleach as of late and he agrees on some points but he is right; this series is good. The reason I got back into this series is I’ve been playing that Bleach game on my android phone and it has me hook, line and sinker.

The various openings/endings are hit or miss for me but some stood out that made me cement my like for this series once again.

I think I’ve come a long way from disliking a series I dismissed off a whim and my own annoyance levels with the anime fandom as a whole.

Granted I don’t “hate” but have a neutral view on the aspect of people gathering together to be like minded, which is a good but you also need the ones that can, and I can’t stretch this enough, RESPECTFUL views on not just being driven by flash and hype.

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*Yup*

The thing on hype is that it might look glitz and glamorous but it fades like a firework being set on the night sky of Independence Day. It’s for an instant and many of the fans that clamoured for it will move on to the next fad.

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That’s what I find exasperating. However I view the ones that do that are just casual fans or ones only driven by hype. It holds no basis, like getting jacked up on sugar and crashing later.

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But Bleach has me once again and it won’t leave my system for awhile so good on you Bleach. Even though the manga ended unexpectedly with some characters winding up with a good if not neutral ending.

Of course it also settled the “coupling” angle of the series that plagued fans like the black death swooping over Europe all those years ago.

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*Just a-no, it is what it is*

And that’s it for this blog, I hope you enjoyed my coming back into the anime-like blogs. Not sure what to type next but I’ll leave that to what I want to do next.

Till next time!

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Writing doubts and goals

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It’s been awhile since I’ve typed up anything regarding anime and I think that’s where these blogs shine which winds up being both a blessing or a curse since I think I did an ok job with my review for Once Upon a Time even though I didn’t do it weekly.

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*Still one of my favorite shows*

As some (or if not all) might have noticed I haven’t been blogging much of anything for the past few months over anything that I find interesting or the hobbies I do or what not. Along with my fan fic writing has also suffered due to whatever writer’s block I’ve been having and I think it’s time to set the record straight on some personal woes or frustration I’ve dealt with.

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*My inner Chandler*

This is just me getting it out there as a kind of cleanser and to reaffirm my own goals as someone who likes to write and that’s the first thing; writing or being a writer. I’ve never used the term “I’m a writer” in a general sense since I mostly see myself as an ameteur writing out of his ass or someone with a lot of thoughts that need to get jotted down on paper.

My term for “writer” is someone that is remotely famous in the book/blogging/fan fic sphere that takes their work to get judged and profit from it even if it’s free lancing.

Like say Piers Anthony for one; he is an author I am a fan of due to his Xanth series being a cornerstone of my late teen/early adulthood life. He’s like pushing 80 (more or less) and still continues to write his series despite his own limitations of being older and personal tragedy.; his books bring a sense of humor which I like with puns and naughty jokes which inspire my own lewd factor at times.

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I mean the whole “looking at a female’s panties to cause a guy’s eyes to glaze over” is some hardcore and fun stuff to my male mind and I’m not ashamed in the least to be facilitated and laugh my butt off over the various characters and adventures in the mythical and interesting world of Xanth where puns run rampant, people have one talent that make them either average or Magician level and Humphrey still being a grump with his daughter in law being one of the few people he will never be cross with.

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 Terry Brooks is another and his Shannara series really captured my imagination and even though at first I thought it would be a carbon copy of Lord of the Rings it was vastly different despite the similarity.  The lore of the Ohmsford blood line being that of the first King of Shannara and the royal elven family and others are rich with development as characters and story have good exploration of the world it’s in.

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Another one I can add to my list is one from the Light Novel side of things Reki Kawahara and his work in SAO and Accel World, the latter which is one of my favorite materials to read. Even though it is bogged down by tropes of one guy who seems to be average but winds up gaining an amazing power and be the focal point for female’s attention with his never say die attitude, the story has me with whatever development occurs per volume.

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Those are ones I can see as authors for an example. Me being a writer seems so lost on me since I’ve never even taken a writing class or anything offical; this is all self-taught. Sure I have a way of expressing myself more with typing (my writing skills on paper is horrendous which my mom still gripes about) but I’ve never said “Yeah I’m a writer”.

What does that mean anyway when identifying myself as such? Am I writer? I write only fan fics for goodness sake and that has taken a hard turn due to whatever I’m dealing with or the struggle having a full time job and not cranking out whatever I have in my head.

Am I a writer? Am I good enough to be doing this? Can I go about my dream of wanting to write for a way of life instead of  the current job I have?

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I’ve used social media as a  shield to deny my own problems of writing for awhile. And true I was doing a lot of live tweeting or being on twitter when I was bored and looking at the TL (timeline) just to pass the time. However with it being summer everything has come to a halt.

Though when I think on that I’ve discovered the answer; I’m running away from what I like. Using this and that as an excuse to hinder myself when I shouldn’t. I shouldn’t be bound to social media to the extent my writing suffers. Of course I am also plagued with migraines so that factors in at times but I digress.

Being this is my own offtime from any major tweeting, though I am live tweeting Orphan Black on Saturday’s (if you haven’t seen it do yourself a favor and watch it now as it is an awesome series!) I think I can get back in the swing of things.

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Along with I think my mental skills have gotten weak with stuff since I’m not doing anything to strengthen my mind to learn new material. I’m also trying to get over my own self-doubt with getting my driver’s license. I’ve drove but never took the plunge to do it due to being scared for whatever reason or learning to deal with keeping the norm.

The thing with me is I don’t take the next step as I should due to liking the present. The present is nice and living in such a state of stagnant means nothing will change. Though in my heart I know that isn’t correct. Life isn’t worth fretting over things you (I) can do and I need to just do it even if I become driven down by thinking “what if this happens”.

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I have to take these steps to improve with what I like and the first is just being honest. This factors into me doing anime related blogs. I remember I did two “tryouts” earlier this year and I’ll say this, those didn’t pan out to what I thought. I’ll type up my thoughts for some anime related stuff at some point.

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So the factor in all this is I’m holding  myself back. Granted I won’t say I’m “a writer” since it’s embarrassing for me and this is just a hobby but to write stuff and make a world of your own imagination with influence from what I read is something I like to do…I just need to go for it.

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And not to just writing but to everything I have mentioned. I’m hoping over the course of this summer break with limited distractions on Twitter that I am able to get back to my roots on things and start writing again but not just for anyone reading this “somewhat woe is me story” but for me as it’s something I like to do.

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Writing is a (and excuse my word as I have nothing else to use or another word isn’t coming to me) beautiful. It holds great sway over someone’s mind along with reading can enrich one’s perspective, be it an actual book, manga or even magazine.

So I want to get back to the swing of things. I won’t say what I’ll type next but I will say it will be something I’m interested in. For anyone that gave this a chance and still follow this blog, thanks.

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Even if “likes’ have stopped coming in and making me question if I should do this still (lol). However I shouldn’t be validated just for likes as I need to be the one to feel I did something I’m passionate about.

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Again, no “when I will give hints” to my next blog but do look forward to what comes down the line, ok?

Reading this I do feel a slight pressure off my chest…I guess this works getting it out there?

Until the next…

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*Till next time*