Saturday, October 4, 2014


It is an anime that, every time me and my friend Zach Stanifer finished watching a subbed episode, we'd simultaneously look at each other and say "soooooo goooooood!"

Now, many people might right this anime off at first sight as a cheesecake magical girl show for guys to gawk at. And, while the protagonist is quite attractive and the outfits quite skimpy, but that's just a skin deep look. At the core the show is about amazing over the top action...

...and top notch physical comedy!
And this makes sense. After all, the anime is made by veteran writers and artists that worked on Neon Genesis Evangelion, FLCL, and Gurren Lagann.

While essentially a tale of friendship and revenge, the execution and ideas flying around are what set this anime apart:

Ryuko Matoi is a new student enrolling at Honnouji Academ to seek revenge on his killer. The primary suspect is Satsuki Kiryuin, the school president and heir to a fashion empire. We quickly discover that this fashion empire has fairly fascist ideals, world-domination schemes, and that their passion for fashion kills. Satsuki and her cronies are equipped with special uniforms that give them incredible power. When Ryuko stumbles upon an experimental uniform made by her late father, she must use it to takedown her opponents and discover the truth behind her father's murder.

Her best friend in the series is Mako Mankanshoku, the other figure I'm reviewing, and serves as the comedic relief of the series to contrast the angst of our protagonist.

The themes of the show include the relationship between people and clothing, fascism (as fashion), friendship, rivalry, resolve, etc.

It is insane, beautiful, and hilarious.

If you're interested in watching it yourself, check it out HERE on Crunchyroll.

I like the anime so much I decided to buy some rather pricey but incredible Japanese Nendoroid figures of the show main protagonists (and eventually the villain) to help add some girl power to figure collection, fulfill some otaku needs, and generally just have too much fun with toys.

The format I'm going to use is rating the figures based on packaging, quality, pose-ability/functionality, creativity, and value.

So, without further ado, let's get to the figure review!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

WORD OF THE DAY! 10/2/14!

interstellar [in-ter-stel-er]
1. Situated or occuring between stars.

EX. Christopher Nolan is one of the most influential directors of the last yen years, with films like Memento, The Dark Knight, and Inception as medals pinned to his breast, because of his ability to tell simple stories in complex ways and complex stories in simple ways. Nolan believes directors are authors first and should experiment with the narrative. Combined with the biggest budgets and impressive visuals, mixing real locations and action with top notch CGI, Nolan's films are spectacles that manage to go further than most blockbuster films rather merely shooting for the lowest common denominator.

Lately, optimistic space films have had a resurgence with Gravity and Guardians of the Galaxy wowing audiences. Nolan's take on the space film, Interstellar, looks to be another success story in the making. Especially thanks to the casting of Matthew McConnaughey in the lead who, in the last couple of years, has become one of the most talented and entertaining actors working today. If this performance is anything like True Detective, then I'm gonna be raving about this film.

As long as it doesn't having any Prometheus level stupidity, am I right guys?


Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Lately I've been subbing a lot of voice actor channels on youtube.

Mostly because they usually provide small chunks of entertainment regularly into my sub box and because I'm trying to get back into anime and otakudom proper.

Amongst these voice actresses is Nyanners who has a voice like the most saccharin of sugary sweet anime chibi girls but uses it for some truly morbid voice overwork.


I would do the same but I am cursed with only a few decent but weird voices (like Kuwabara from Yu Yu Hakusho and Goldar from Power Rangers) and a lack of confidence to share my VO stuff.


Gonzossm is one of those flash artists that has always danced on the grave of common decency with an art style that looks like it would fit in well in the darkest depths of 4Chan with an intense mix of muscles, veins, and gore in violent & sketchy situations.

But, despite how sometimes the art style can be a bit much on my eyes that prefers minimalism, I still have fond memories of his work from my Newgrounds days and I've really enjoy some of his frequent work.

Sometimes you have to consume a lot of weird on the internet to find gold.

 Speaking of which...

My friends have a complicated love-hate relationship with hotdiggedydemon.

While they loved his MLP parodies, the series, but the last time I shared his work back in January with Zim Zam led to them literally pouring gasoline on me and setting me aflame.

I tried to tell them that sometimes you have to experience "Bij".

But they did not have the warrior's spirit to endure pain for the sake of enriching oneself with art, even art they don't like.

Oh well. I think this animation is a little less mind breaking, so I hope someone else can at least appreciate the high grade animation.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

WORD OF THE DAY! 9/30/14!

anti-drug [an-tee-druhg]
1.Opposing or restricting the use of narcotics or other drugs of abuse.
2. Something or someone that keeps a person from turning to drugs for solace.

EX. This is the part where I say blogging is my anti-drug, right?

Well, I'm sure that my blog helps fill my day and give me value to my progress as a writer or just as a human expressing my feelings/opinions or just giving me a place to rant. Probably good that it gives me a place to rant. So, it's like an anti-rant?

But back to the subject at hand, I think my anti-drug is a mix between filling my free time with stimulation like video games, web surfing, and board games and spending time with my friends and family. It is important to find ways to make it through the week, especially when you find yourself in a rut. 

Right now I'm looking forward to beating Mega Man 7 again, playing more Hyrule Warriors, ranking up in League, hanging out with friends later this week, etc.

What are you looking forward to?

P.S.  Dogs help.

Monday, September 29, 2014


I liked the 2012 film adaptation of Dredd. I also think there are a lot of people in the same boat. After all, unlike the Robocop remake or the Total Recall remake, it not only surpasses the original but warrants a new franchise!

Unfortunately, the film's gross was not as impressive as it needed to warrant a sequel in the eyes of Hollywood. But do not lose hope!

Karl Urban hasn't.

 As for Donkey Kong, why does everyone hate on "Dankey Kang"?

Yes, to your inner eight year-old, Diddy Kong is a more relateable character; he is young, speedy, agile and wears a baseball cap. Meanwhile, to your inner eight year old, Donkey Kong is older, slower, goofier, and wears a tie. A tie you could hang yourself with!?

But, in defense of Donkey Kong, um...

I think he is okay. Good even. I like him. Okay?

They really need to do a remake of DuckTales in the style of something like the amazing Adventures of Tin Tin movie or the upcoming Genndy Tartakovsky's POPEYE feature film. It had a great cast of fun characters, over-the-top adventures and slapstick, and a kicking soundtrack that has held nostalgia in the hearts of the cartoon's fans for over 25 years and the comic's fans for almost 60 years!

Now, I must away to play more Hyrule Warriors!