Mini Review-Attack of the Super Monsters.

Turns out dinosaurs have been living in the center of the earth for millions of years. When the leader of the dinosaurs the Evil Tyrannous declares war on the surface world. A team is crated to battle these ferocious creatures. The Team is called the Gemini Force. Ok tell me if this sounds like a a really bad toy commercial. Well back int he early 80s a vhs company purchased the rights for a poorly made Saturday Morning Cartoon from Japan and decided to put their own spin on the franchise. What was the result? A Dinosaur sized fail and great comedy. As the show progresses . The dub company decided to insert their dialogue including rabid dogs looking like their ex wife to Cam Clark ( famous for TMNT and Akira) voicing a talking T. Rex dinosaur.

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To put things of the mixture of bad animation, puppet work and rubber dinosaur suits fighting thunderbird jets doesn’t even make much sense.

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But with all these mistakes it creates a great comedy as you enjoy the cringiest thing ever created.

State of the World- For Geeks that are struggling

As I write this the world is this crazy brink where everyone is consumed with the idea that they themselves know all the answers in this world. Especially in Fandom, conventions this only gets worse for most people. The lines of who to consider your friends and which you don’t get more hazy. So this article is to help others and myself articulate the problems most people around my age or at any age to tell others know your not alone. Your not the crazy one here its just people have become afraid of admitting they don’t know the answers.

1 Polarizing Nature of the World
Somewhere between the Occupy Movement to GamerGate. Fandom and people in general have been polarized and just got to the point where they will not accept other opinions and viewpoints. This also happens from Social Groups, to conventions to the workplace. It can hard to create balance in our own lives. Whether its overly empathy or being consumed with frustration and anger. From Trump and Brexit to The New Liberal Left to Feminism we like to play the Black and white narrative viewpoint. It can be worrying when you see your friends becoming addicted to this over the top hatred of the other side without understanding each other.

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My advice

I know its frustrating but sometimes we need to stay moderate on issues because if we continue to lead down this path we will become so disconnected and become jaded by our own beliefs,interests and activism.

2. Finding our own place with our own personality
This is a hard one for everyone. A lot of people like to latch on to some sense of identity. “I am Feminist, I’m Poly or Pan whatever as a label to create a sense of community. This is very evident at conventions nowadays where people come to lose themselves for a weekend at a time in a false identity or recreating their high school days of trying to be popular or accepted. As we get older some of us become comfortable becoming different versions of ourselves. Others not so much especially when you yourself have gone through many drastic changes over time to adapt to the Real world. There’s the real you , the you portray to your friends, the one where you try to attract a partner or the business version of yourself.
It can be hard at times to juggle these roles. Measuring confidence and cocky. Balancing the true self with the the identity you want to promote or attract.

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My advice
Its all a experiment really. While you find a balance with some personas such as our workplace persona or our convention persona.

3. Disconnection

As we get older we our social circles begin to smaller and smaller. Some of our friends we made in high school start to change sometimes for the better but other times for the worse. Some can be overly obsessed with interests and regress back to teenagers not . At times we can find it difficult to make new social circles as we get older. You can and most likely go through all sorts of online advice sites trying to help you try to make new friends and social groups. Finding the answers to
this is hard work and mostly frustrating.

My advice
I still struggle with this. Being a geek from 2 separate cultures . I struggle to balance my own personas with a constant feeling of disconnection. I am on the Spectrum and constantly feel like I have hit a brick wall on my own personal development. I have thought a good few times that maybe the things I enjoy are the things holding me back . Anime, videogames,tabletop rpgs,horror movies. In the end though I have figured out one thing.
Life doesn’t matter if you give up any of this.
All you can is struggle to strive forward. Really focus first on things that help you become independent as individual. Employment and personal mental health. Then you can have the funds to fuel your interests and get you out there.

4. Real World

From personal health issues , funds, trying to find employment to finding love
These can weigh you down and create a internal pressure.

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My advice
This is a big one I try to balance my life as best as I can really. I know at times I will project a optimistic objective non-biased viewpoints and listen to both sides of a conversation on many topics some many of you agree with others not so much.
But with the external pressures in the world and my own needs to find new social groups , grow as a adult and as a person and find a partner myself.
I tend to have meltdowns occasionally, Moment of releasing the pressures of the outside world despite how much I change, evolve I know the fears of Statistics especially people like me . Numbers created way before topics of Nationalism, Social Justice became household terms. I know women have to deal with unnecessary standards of beauty, rape culture and dealing with either overzealous friends or pua tactics and men have have to deal with the same things but be constantly have to protect the way we think or act.

The only I can really say  is you are not alone. This writer also feels constantly frustrated with dealing losing chances to make friends or partners because of my disconnect or scumbags puas , or simply overly polarized people to make yourself feel alone.

Would you like a do over – Re:Life

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to redo your life or even just certain parts of it . I know myself I certainly do. What I missed out especially in my teenage to early 20s . Things we miss due to what we thought was the best decision or out of fear of failure.

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Sometimes life is all about second chances especially in cases like this anime.

Re:life is based on a web comic of the same name created by Yayoiso.

The story revolves around a 27 young man who has recently  made unemployed after quitting his  claiming that it’s because it “does not fit his highest potential”. As a result of this action, he finds it difficult to gain a full-time job at another company and instead he works as a part-timer at a mini market. One day, a mysterious man named Ryo offers him a new employment prospect but first he needs to become a tester for ReLife: a scientific experiment to make him look like he’s 17 again and attend high school for one year. After the year ends they will forget about anything he said or did .

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There he will be put to the test to see if he help others around him using the experience he’s learned over the years to make sure others don’t repeat the same mistakes that he made.

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This series really spoke levels to me. The way the series deals with serious topics from pressure to have sex to bullying. All topics are dealt with in a mature fashion that you rarely see shows deal with the issues this way. The humor is on point and doesn’t distract you from the concept of the show. The biggest thing about the show was the twist of why characters are involved with the program.

Overall I give this series 5/5 youth pills

Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta? (And you thought there is never a girl online?

Back in early 2000’s you always hear stories of guys falling in love with people in MMOs during the heyday of World of Warcraft. As friends we have always made jokes of these stories that the female avatar was always played by a stereotypical overweight troll who agreed to go out to get some rare items or just for lol.

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This is what I originally thought this series was going to be about . But this series based on the light novel of the same name written by Shibai Kineko that was released in the Spring this year is about a young teenager Hideki Nishimura who not only finds out his team online are real life girls but are also classmates from his school.

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Sounds very Haremeque so far but Hideki has become disillusioned about his life after asking a female player in the game only to discover that the player was a guy.

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I think all of us can identify going on a first date or talking with a potential interest only to discover they weren’t what you were expecting.

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The series is broken down to 2 arcs . The first is the introduction arc where the players meet up in person and the founding of their school gaming club and the Romance arc where Hideki comes to grips with falling in love with character’s wife who in the real world is delusional female fellow student with severe anxiety problems.

High points of the show : Animation is light and bubbly which makes the show an enjoyable watch with plenty of humorous moments.

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Low points : The goal of the show was to help the love interest realize she isn’t married but nothing is resolved here besides the main character falling for her. I wished that she was able see reality for what is was . The main character asked her out , or spoke from the heart it had no emotional effect on her because she already believed they were together.

Final Thoughts : Lacks any emotional impact but still enjoyable 5/10 Boobies

 

SAO vs .hack//Sign Which did it better?

Sword Art Online was a massive hit . Making fans of both guys and girls . But as the genre of Main character getting stuck in a MMO gets more popular a lot of people tend to forget the original series that started it all off. Today we shall compare 2 shows to see which one did it better.

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Kirito is a hikimori obsessed with games. One day he purchases the latest immersive MMO . When the users logged in a grand announcement was made they will not be able to log off as they now trapped inside the game and if you die here you will die in Real Life.

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Art style

Very Modern Anime using a lot of action scenes to keep viewers excited throughout the show.

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Story.

While it keeps you watching up until episode 14 in the first season afterwards it jumps the shark . I can’t say without ruining it the sudden change takes a very creepy turn involving his sister and a villain that likes sniffing hair.

Music

Composed by the great Yuki Kajiura who has worked on countless anime, video games and films does a fantastic job of captivating its audience and because of this helped it become one of the new powerhouse shows at the time.

Character Development

Kirito was a Hikimori then he wasn’t in the game. He was recluse until he wasn’t and throughout the whole series every girl wants to jump on his bone.

 

Overall

Good Action Series with some comedy but without a few things that make it special it wouldn’t become that big of a hit.

Dot Hack // Signs

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Set in a futuristic 2005 Tsukasa a young boy who gets trapped within the MMO called the World. He doesn’t mention a lot of his irl life and people are suspicious of a user who never logs out and has massive destructive power.

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Art style

Using a lot of water coloring gives this series a surreal look that one forgets that they are in a game. They also use a lot symbolic imagery for dream sequences which really adds to the mystery of the show.

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Music

Composed by the great Yuki Kajiura once again is there anything that she can’t do giving this series a fantastic and eerie soundtrack.

Character Development

What makes this series unique is the reasons people give for why they joined the World . Whether it’s for stress relief , escapism or being able to do things they couldn’t in the real world which gives a character some real development as the story progresses . The age of the people through story also vary from adult to young child. Romances also seem slow built up but seem natural on how people connect.

Overall

Great series and while it is missing the traditional action scenes for a fantasy genre it makes up for with a great mystery and suspense on what is really behind the scenes in this MMO

 

How Can anime fan be controversial?

I just finished the 5 day course from a professional niche anime reviewer Lauren Orsini who has written articles for the Daily Dot , Kotaku, and Forbes magazine. The course was a simple premise how to fine tune your reviewer skills to increase your readership.

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Our first lesson which was very vague on the topic   Be Controversial

But there is a simple problem with this message . They never tell you how to write those stories.

Anime in itself can be beautiful strange and thought-provoking bringing new ideas and imagery . But it can also be horrific terrifying and outputting.

This is what I enjoy about the genre . It does push boundaries to another level it gets us to react to cosplay to create . It can shock us, entertain us or sometimes even turn us on.

 

In a world where everyone has become so hot-blooded and our daily lives have become stressful anime has become one of things that has helped many of us deal with the stress

 

So my answer to How to be controversial? Be the Encouraging Fan to a Point

Yes , For every fandom there is a limit . So I use 2 of the most extreme examples.

Harem Genre

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I love Harem anime because personally I take on a lot of stress and anxiety it feels good to turn off your brain and simply enjoy something so silly.

Now there is a distinct problem with this fandom.

Hug pillows at conventions . Most conventions are for all ages yet this is something that always creeps me out. Why sell them at all? It really boggles my mind.

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Just like guys, girls enjoy their smut as much as the next person whether its Antique Bakery , Sex Pistols or some bizarre cases my Sexual harassment. While most of this is mostly harmless there has been some extreme behaviors that really shouldn’t in conventions. First is the hug pillows. I have my complaints on this subject but the same applies to girls . Your Senpai will notice you in a wrong way purchasing this.

But the other is the Infamous Yoai Paddle. The Yoai paddle is a wooden paddle with as a symbol of the Yoai Fandom. It became a little out of control when fans would hit their friends both male and female with the hard end on their asses.

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Almost short of either sexual harassment or something to lead up to a Yoai Fight Club(pictures yoai fans fighting over who’s the best shipping)

I wonder what will be the next Yoai fandom craze ? Yoai teasers , Yoai swords, Yoai whips and chains? Maybe the Yoai fandom needs to relax a little bit now a days and learn to adapt to things that are in conventions. You can use Yoai blow up Guitars something that may not lead to violence.

 

 

 

Dragon Half but All Comedy

In our preparation for interviewing the awesome Jessica Calvello. We are taking a look back at Dragon Half created by Production IG but back then known as Victor Entertainment back in 1993.

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The plot is simple . Mink a daughter of the one greatest Swordmasters in the kingdom and a Red Dragon. She is hopelessly in love with “Dick” Saucer a famous Dragon slayer and pop singer. To make her wishes come true she with the help of her friends search for the human human potion to make her 100% human. Meanwhile a dopey king and his selfish daughter plot to get revenge on her parents by kidnapping her to get revenge for some minor reason.

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While the story is simple it doesn’t take a lot to make this a great show. Using a great comedic timing and plenty of 4th wall breaking moments including a moment where characters watch the first episode of the show to recall a plot point .

If I was going to compare the show to anything I would compare with the likes of Slayers and Crayon Shin Chan with its use of comedy and Fantasy elements.

The only problem is I really wanted more only comprising of 2 episode OAV could done a lot more by having additional episodes.

If you enjoy some good slapstick comedy why not check it out Dragon Half

 

Geek Eire podcast : Prison Creepers

In this week’s episode we discuss Suicide Squad , Free : Eternal Summer new medium, Batman’s Killing Joke along with a Review on Prison School

This episode was recorded prior to the event that took place over the weekend.

A update will follow some time today

 

One Hit Wonder or One hit KO – One Punch Man Review

One Punch Man is a anime developed by Madhouse based on the ongoing online comic of the same name.

The story is set a alternative world where our main character Saitama live in Z-City a city that is constantly under attack from numerous villains and natural disasters and many heroes with amazing abilities to combat them.

Saitama is easily the strongest character of the show. Flipping the role of the typical shonnen jump route. He is already bored with being a hero. As every obstacle he overcomes with no effort at all.

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Genos is disciple and partner register the Hero Association in the hopes to gain recognition for their efforts. Which is only challenged by various heroes who laugh off Saitama as weak and useless.

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For ages after its release the popularity was huge mostly due to common basis that everyone at one point in time used to be a Shonnen fan. I was hesitant not because of the popularity but due its premise. I’ve been in the trenches for way to long and have seen all the parodies for the Shonnen genre that it was almost cliched.

But one of the shows greatest strengths is tackling the topic of depression and resentment.

Saitama is bored due to his own power but its dealing with depression and boredom of moving forward is something quite unique. We all struggle with the daily routine whether if its about looking for work, keeping our employment or just living its how we deal with it that really matter and working towards a goal.

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Resentment plays a equally strong theme throughout the series. Every Hero and member of the public hates him. Blaming him for either taking credit or being a fake . This reflects a lot what everyone deals with . Whenever we achieve good things in our life whether its a job , a love life or simply gotten healthier . Misery love company and  hates competition.

But Saitama never lets it get to him because that was never the reason why he became the hero he simply became one because he was bored while he searched for employment.

But as season 2 rumours have spread over the summer it remains to be seen . Can One Punch man continue with the same pace and jokes as the first season did or literally be a one punch hit?

Well either way its something that people should be watching for . 3/5 Mosquitoes

 

 

Cult Fiction: Player 2 Rowdy Rowdy Randy – Review

It has been 2 years since we got introduced to Municipal City and the characters of Rowdy Randy , Lockheart, and Anna. Written by Irish writers James and Brendan Dwyer. This book takes a slightly different turn taking place years before Lockheart and the E-Virus come to the city. As this story comes from the self titled most awesome player Randy a troll of a player Rowdy Rowdy Randy and how he makes his way through the city from rookie to a walking powerhouse that he is today.

What makes this version so much different from its previous novel is its perspective. Taking place before the main novel in the first part the second part taking place during the main novel and the final part being the actual sequel to Cult Fiction.

Rowdy who only comes off as an asshole in the first novel . But in this novel he develops his character through his backstory and his actions as what can only be explained is a “True Hero” a player with a shattered ego only playing the role of loud mouth only because it’s the only thing he can do well . Through betrayal and development he becomes redeems all of actions and choices  he’s made in the past .

While the first novel drew major inspiration from works like Neuromancer and Ready Player One . This novel takes a very classic Hero Journey approach for Randy.

From the development of the city to new refrences to the media of the 80s,90s and 00s to comedic scenes between Randy and his female team mates . This book has definately surpassed the first novel.

But what the novel does more than tell a good story is almost give a perfect commentary on a lot of people today we see a disconnect with players and death in the game which for the most part we really don’t see alot of.

Should you read Cult Fiction : Rowdy Rowdy Randy. Absoutely 5/5 E-Viruses13612307_948254938620448_7851435590130236020_n