After the great amount of success for ONE’s first webcomic to anime adaptation, One Punch Man, a lot of the anime community was clamoring for more. That show was fun, provided some commentary on the superhero genre, and was something a lot of people didn’t expect. Rather than be met with a second season like many had hoped, instead we were given another adaptation of a different ONE webcomic: Mob Psycho 100. Did this follow up live up to the hype or should things have stopped while they were ahead? Let’s find out!Continue reading “Anime ABC’s M is for Mob Psycho 100”→
In case you don’t know what tweet I’m talking about, take a second and look at it here. Arthifis explains that he is having a hard time keeping up with reading everyone’s posts. I can totally relate. Around the same time I was thinking of writing an article addressing why I haven’t been reading as much as I used to as well as responding to the (many) blog award nominations I receive. Seeing how this is an issue we probably all face, or will at some point, let’s have ourselves a discussion on the topic.Continue reading “Reading, Writing & Awards – Trying to Keep up (but Failing)”→
Over the weekend I started collecting information for something that I will likely be trying in the near future. Just what may that be? Using anime to teach valuable life lessons, promote discussion, and encourage the exploration of different ideas/cultures that people may not have considered otherwise. This all started when Mrs. K, a friend of mine who I help run the Youth Group with at my church, suggested we watch some anime with the kids sometime. Today I’ll be sharing my discussion with people on Reddit while asking you, what anime would you suggest to a kid to watch and why?Continue reading “Youth & Anime – Using Anime as a Teaching Tool”→
As we get closer to Oscar night (March 4 this year), the time for seeing the nine ‘Best Picture’ nominees is slowly, yet surely, reaching to a close. Whether certain films are still being screened a week or two after that fateful event is up to the studios distributing these films, and how comfortable they are booking more screenings after the winners are announced; which is why I am glad to have finally got a chance to see Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’. Nominated for thirteen Oscars including Best Picture, ‘The Shape of Water’ is a romantic fairy tale for adults that only the man who directed both ‘Hellboy’ and ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ could come up with. I especially have heard that this has been a passion project of his for quite some time. It may just be another ‘Beauty and the Beast’ tale, only this time, it is an homage to creature features from the fifties (‘Creature From the Black Lagoon’), and a love letter to the golden age of cinema while somehow being drenched in fifties nostalgia.
From the beginning I thought for sure that the winner was either going to be Made in Abyss or March Comes in Like a Lion. To my surprise, and probably yours as well, neither took home first prize. We had a little less than usual for the turnout and those few missing votes probably made all the difference. Up until the very last minute we had a four-way tie between Made in Abyss, Mob Psycho 100, Mushishi, and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
While I had expected two clear front-runners, you’ll see that only Made in Abyss even came close. Fan favorite Lion only had a total of 5 votes! Since I already let the cat out of the bag, we know that the winner can only be one of the other three. Let’s take a closer look at the candidates.
Mob Psycho 100 is a show I’ve seen before that was the follow up anime to the extremely popular One Punch Man. It has its own unique visual flavor with everything people had come to expect form a One adaptations. Certainly a solid choice out of our three contenders.
Mushishi is a show I have yet to watch. Heralded as a nice show to relax with among the ranks of Aria, this is one show that I just know I’ll enjoy. While I would take awhile to fully enjoy this series, thus making the final article take a bit longer, I know that the wait would be well deserved. Another great choice for our finalists.
Finally, a classic. Haruhi is just one of those shows that every anime fan makes their way around to eventually. Once a cutting-edge show that opened the floodgates for light novel adaptations in addition to the whacky follow-up series Lucky Star, this is one show that you can’t go wrong with. Of the three in this arbitrary suspense building summary, this is the one I am most knowledgeable about and would make for the most interesting article.
Enough With the Suspense!
The winner for the M round of Anime ABC’s goes too… wait, this is far too boring of a way to tell you who the winner is. Hmm, I’ve already done a battle to the death so that’s no good. How about? No can’t do that… Ah! I know what we’ll do! A reveal with the OP. Ok folks here it comes in…
Shoot wrong show >.<
Ok, in all seriousness I’ll actually show you the video now.
That’s right, the winner is Mob Psycho 100!
As always, a breakdown of the votes is provided below. I’ll be working to get this review out within a few weeks so thanks to all who voted. This series is a lot of fun and I hope you are all enjoying it too!
When I sit down to watch some anime I often do it alone. However, as you may know, I still manage to see quite a bit of anime either with family or friends. For series like Anime ABC’s I usually end up watching the show in a group (especially if it’s one I’ve seen before) and the experience is often vastly different than when I watched the series alone. Today I ponder the differences in viewing anime alone VS with others and pose the question to you: how do you view anime?Continue reading “Viewing Anime Alone & With Others – How do You Watch Anime?”→
It is no surprise that ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ – A.K.A. the third and final chapter of the ‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy – is terrible. In fact, it is kind of expected from a trilogy based on ‘Twilight’ fan fiction. We have no one to unfortunately thank than author E.L. James for making porn disguised as an erotic romance involving BDSM. Had 2015’s ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ not been successful, we probably would not have received two more sequels. You might be wondering, why would I see a movie that I know is going to be terrible in the first place? Let’s just say that it is a matter of unfinished business; as they say “It’s a dirty job and somebody’s gotta do it!”
A game that has existed for some time now, chess, is a game that many of us are familiar with. It’s a game that evokes intelligence, strategy, cunning, and something that a lot of people just don’t have any interest in frankly. Despite how much I enjoy the game, it is something I’m pretty willing to admit about chess. With any game like this, you are bound to see variations across different cultures and evolutions as time goes by. Today I’ll be looking at one such game: Onitama. Don’t worry though, this is one game you’ll want to play!Continue reading “Onitama – Simple & Fun”→
Gary Oldman is Winston Churchill in what would be the most thought-provoking movie of the year. Directed by Joe Wright (‘Pan’), ‘Darkest Hour’ is not just the portrayal of Churchill during his run as prime minister, but also a look at the controversy surrounding his election (and last-minute replacement for Neville Chamberlain). It takes place during the Nazi regime and even documents what sounds like real-life sound bytes of calls between Churchill and President Franklin Delanor Roosevelt, and footage of Nazi marches. To its core, ‘Darkest Hour’ also feels like a connection to another Best Picture nominee; Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’, since it is also a retelling of the decision to bring home the 300,000 men trapped on the sandy beaches.
‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ – written and directed by Martin McDonagh (‘In Bruges, ‘Seven Psychopaths’) is a darkly funny, albeit, serious look at the justice system and one woman’s fury against a case left unsolved. Frances McDormand plays Mildred Hayes, a woman who decides to rent the titular billboards with a message calling out chief of police Willoughby (Oscar-nominee Woody Harrelson) for not focusing more on her daughter’s unsolved murder. At first, these billboards attract the attention of officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell, in a role he might win the Supporting Actor Oscar for), but eventually, the town gets all wrapped up in the controversy surrounding Hayes’ decision.