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Naka-Kon: Days 2&3

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Day 2: Saturday
I think I should write small details about the events as they go on during the convention, not at 11 at night on Sunday after the convention is over and memories of what I did are slowly fading thanks to age, alcohol, and other shit.

 

After prepping up, I dragged myself to the convention’s game room.  As a walk there I encounter a few friends who were rather pissed at me (okay, not really pissed but apparently upset).  I had invited them to a room party I was hosting Friday late night/super early Saturday morning.  Nobody whom I invited show up, so I was like “fuck it, I’m going to bed.”

Or so I thought.
Homegirl told me that her and her friends did indeed did show up to my room around 3ish. However, I was knocked the fuck out.  On the realest shit; I thought I was dreaming so I didn’t bother to check on what was going on.

(I’m upset they didn’t wake my black ass up ha ha ha)

Anyway, we decided to walk around the dealer room to window shop because we’re poor adults.  Yay!   Homeboy decides to live stream us for Facebook, give the world a glimpse at what we do at these things.

‘Dammit.  Why don’t I do this live streaming thing for cons?” I asked myself.  Maybe I’m not confident in my voice and speaking.  I’m better at writing my thoughts down and expressing through written word.  Honestly I need to start live streaming my convention adventures.

That’ll be a great idea.  Yes that will.

After a lap around the dealer room, I decided to dip out on my friends and head to the game room.  Holy shit has Naka’s game room went downhill in quality and selection.  There were maybe less than 15 set-ups in this small ass room.  Wow. Great.

In the past, Naka’s game room was like at least three rooms long and had a diverse selection of video games to.  The game room I saw on Saturday was a shell of its’ former self.

The place was lackluster. Naka-Kon, what happened to ya game room?

Normally at a con’s game room, I hit up any Street Fighter set up. SF2-5, EX, SFvX, anything Street Fighter.  I love that series.   To my shock, Street Fighter was nowhere to be seen in the game room.  That’s a red flag.  I do not trust any game room that doesn’t have Street Fighter.

In the absence of Street Fighter 5 I chose to play Blaze Blu: Central Fiction, a game I have little knowledge of . But I love me some animu weeaboo fighting games so BBCF had to do, even if I’m completely free in that game.

 

While waiting for my turn, I wrote  notes of each player and the characters they  were using.  Best study and analysis what character does so I won’t be completely free, right?
Sadly, even with my notes,  I was still getting’ bodied by folks who were light-years ahead of me.  Oh well. That how that shit goes when you barely play a game.

Following my oh-so-great performance in BB:CF (0-5), I left and went back to my hotel in preparation for later plans with friends and room partying.   My room crew was dicking around talking wrestling shit and showing off their toy belts such as the WWE World Tag Team, U.S.  Title, and the World Heavyweight (winged eagle version) Title belts.

 

I want a title belt to have to myself.  Perhaps I should invest in a replica WWF Intercontinental belt.  I should aim to become the Intercontinental Champion of conventions!)

My goofy ass friend lost his autograph ticket dicking around with the belts.  He thought it had slip into another friend’s bag that his championship belt was in.  Tore the room up for this thing until my boy gave up and went to seek if he could get a new ticket.  Found that damn thing in the snow lol.  Dumbass nigga drop it outside lol but hey it happens to the best of us.  I’m not perfect myself.
After that,  I took a power nap.  Gotta be well rested for the parties and pics of cool cosplays…Even though I only did one of those things.  Take a wild guest!

Alright! Made a guess?  If you  that  I only took a power nap and didn’t take pics of cosplayers because of my shyness and some social fears, you’re correct!
For some reason, I lack pictures of cosplayers from my first con of the year.  This could be link to the fact the first con takes me a while for me to warm up.  My confidence to ask for pictures of cosplay isn’t up to what I want compared to say cons later in the year when I have an average of 25-100 pictures a convention.  On the other hand, I think I might suck at reading faces of people and assume they don’t want to have their pic taken or interact with anyone, so I don’t ask for their pics.

This doesn’t help at all when I find people cosplaying from obscure series or characters.

Example: I wanted to take a pic of a Celice (Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War) cosplayer at the con because holy fucking shit!  I have never seen anyone cosplay from the older Fire Emblem games.  Genealogy of the Holy War doesn’t get enough love in the Western FE fanbase.  Seeing a fellow FE4 fan cosplaying Celice made me incredibly happy inside. Sadly, my courage wasn’t on the same level and my fears prevented me to ask for that picture.

Godammit Benjamin.  Godammit. Why are you like this?

 

Fasting forward into the night (because again, my dumbass should have taken notes), party planning time!  I felt like a grown ass man.  Hosting my own room parties rather than going to them.  Becoming the source for a party for fellow drunken socially awkward anime fans!

One thing I am learning about hosting a room party: You will not start out huge.  Even if you’re promoting yourself and your party, you may not get much folks to come through. Hell, you may only host 3-10 people at the time.

That is okay.

I bet you that the biggest party’s hosts and hostsess who have 20-30 people in their room at one time in their hotel suite started out small, with only maybe 3-5 people.  They had to work their ass off networking and building a rep, but they managed to become popular as fuck through hard work and knowing people and having hosting skills.

 

I’m saying this because my homeboys and I were trying to promote our room party to folks, trying to get them to come to no anvil and success.  We don’t have a rep at Naka nor the powerful social network.

Not yet at least but I’m confident we will in due time.  Things take time.  You try to rush this shit and you’ll become discourage and unsuccessful.

A little back story to make this clear:

We were invited to a room party that was lacking liquor.  My Friends and I decided that it would be best to grab our booze as a donation to the party.  People were happy at the idea, including the hostess.  Sadly as we were getting our shit her party was shut down and everyone went their own way.

Homeboy and his crew were seeking people to link up with us and continued the party but no luck.  I had to tell them “Hey, let’s take this lost and go back to our room.  There’s no shame if things are not going the way you want ‘em to.”

Besides, it’s the first con of the year.  There will be more chances to throw room parties and network with other hosts.

Success is a slow but rewarding process. Don’t rush it.  Don’t become discouraged.

 

Day 3: The Final Day

Ahh Day 3.  The most boring, least eventful day of most conventions.  Everyone is hung over, tired, and worrying about if they caught somebody from the random dude or chick they fucked the night before.  Wrap it up folks.

May I say that we need to end Daylight Savings?  Like what’s the point of that crap?  That shit did not do me any favors for the party hosting and sleep.  Bad enough I only get 5-7 hours of sleep at these things compared to my 7-9 hours of sleep on my normal days.  But daylight savings fuck and everyone else up hardcore.

 

Time to clean up and destroy any evidence of partying, which the hotel probably knew we party but didn’t care cuz we clean up after ourselves and kept our noise down to a respectful level.

Seriously, if you are respectful about your partying and don’t be loud, hotels won’t bother you.  Anyway, after we checked out I decided to give the game room one more chance given I promise my friend I would beat his ass in some fighters.

Let us go back to earlier.  Remember when I said I couldn’t find Street Fighter 5 at the game room?  Well, next to Naka’s console game room is the free-to-play arcade room.  I am going to guess that you guys know where this is going.

Street Fighter 5 was in the arcade room, complete with a custom cabinet from Tokyo Attack. Finally!  A way to give in to my Street Fighter 5 addiction and abuse Karin’s magnificent poking and spacing game!

Only one problem: Arcade uses sticks.  I play on a pad. I suck using sticks. Boy this was going to be fun.

 

I must say, despite not playing SFV in about two weeks and being handicapped on a stick, I did pretty well for myself   I managed to pull off a few of Karin’s bread-and-butter combos with the stick.  Then again, I did drop an awful lot of combos with her and did some increadbliy noobish mistakes like fuckin’ jumpin’ into R. Mika’s Yamamoto summon rather than blocking it.

Take the bad with the good.

 

Finally, after 3 hours of Street Fighter 5 and networking with new players, it was time for my friends and I to hit the road back to St. Louis and plan for our next convention trips.  Naka-Kon was incredibilly lackluster this year.  Many of the panels did not appealed to me or my niches and I did play myself by not going to the one panel I found interesting but I was also drunk and dind’t want to make a fool out of myself.

I am planning to come back next year and hopefully have more success compare to last year.

 

 

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Eudial n da Hood

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I’m not saying Toei may had borrowed some ideas from a certain early 90s gangsta movie but I also don’t believe in coincidences.

Speaking of strange coincidences, Sailor Mars’s image song, “Fire Soul Love” sounds like a certain Janet Jackson song.

Sailor Venus’s theme song in the god awful (but ambitious) Sailor Moon fighting game is a complete rip off of Banarama’s “Venus”.  They were not even slick with that.

Goddammit Toei.  First Dragon Ball Z Kai and now Sailor Moon.

Sigh…

 

 

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Crunchyroll and the Premium Quality “Decrease” (Freewrite)

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Crunchyroll has been under fire for decreasing the streaming quality of premium level users to save on cost. While this may seem terrible from a customer’s point-of-view, you must remember that Crunchyroll is a business.  Businesses may have to cut down on costs to save their money and investments.   Customers may have to suffer these costs as well but business first, customers second.

I mean, dont get me wrong. It  does suck that premium users have to deal with the loss of quality.  However, you must think about a few factors for these money-saving cuts.

Piracy is a major issue in the anime industry.  Piracy can cost the industry upwards to billions of dollars (I do not have an exact estimate right now) a year.  That’s a huge blow to all companies within the anime industry.  Anime companies suffer from piracy and are forced to cut back on funds.

Next, everyone involved in the  anime industry wants a share of the money.  Investors.  Distributors.  Publishers. Workers.  Everybody  needs their cut.  Crunchyroll gotta respect that and take care of their business partners first.  Then they gotta take care of the fans.  If you don’t take care of your workers and business partners, they ain’t gonna take care of the customers.  That’s gonna look bad on you as a business leader.

(Trust me; I have worked in the restaurant industry for eight years.)

Finally, perhaps the issues with low quality streaming is with you.   Yep.  You.

I have a friend who has a premium membership with Crunchyroll and despite the “dip” in quality streaming, he told me he still has high quality streaming.  Why? Well, he has 45” HDTV with fiber internet.  Your internet connection does have an impact on video streaming quality you know.   Streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix, and Crunchyroll change their encoding to match your internet speed.

If you’re using Wi-Fi to stream, you’re going to get garbage quality.  If you are using fiber internet, you’re getting the best quality.  In addition, you are paying $7 worth of quality with Crunchyroll so there is that factor as well.

Lets put it in more…not so legal terms:

You put in $5 for a reggie blunt, you’re going to get low quality.  Put in $20 for a kush blunt, you’re going to get higher quality.

…not that I know anything about that,  I swear!

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Crunchyroll is a business.  Businesses gotta make sure they have enough money to stay afloat and  provide as well.  Businesses must make sacrifices and those sacrifices might even have an impact on customers.   It sucks but that’s how businesses are.

FURTHER READING:

Crunchyroll’s reduced video quality is deliberate cost-cutting at the expense of paying customers

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“I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” (Freewrite)

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When you’re reading lyrics to an anime opening theme song and you can’t help but to think that certain lines can relate to your short and long term goals in life.

“I can’t get no satisfaction” struck at me the most and not because of the near perfect English of the singer.

It stuck at me because that’s how I am feeling with my life. I’m not satisfied with it right now. I want to push myself further with my skills, drive, and desires. Reach the next level of my growth rather than being stuck doing the same shit.

You know, I don’t wanna be left behind while everyone advances in life.  I want to push myself beyond my self-doubts and my limits.

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I also love the lines “The doors of possibilities is still locked” and “Oh well, I’ll break through the wall again”. Like fuck trying to unlock that door that’s blocking me from my goals. I rather destroy the wall next to the door and get what I work my ass off for.

Lets break some walls. Lets get some satisfaction for ourselves.

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“The invincible me is waitin’ there.”
-Kiyoshi Hikawa (Limit Break x Survivor)

 

REFERENCES:

Dragon Ball Super OP 2: Limit Break x Survivor

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Twister, An Nutjob Fangirl, and a Shy Goth Girl (Or How I Fell in Love With Sailor Moon)

Introduction

I can still fondly remember my first episode of Sailor Moon.  It was on a Saturday mornig in early February 2001.  Dragon Ball Z had just finished on the Toonami’s “Rising Sun” block and Sailor Moon was next. I had prior knowledge of from a friend, who gave me a short run down of the series in the past

A magical school girl team run by some dumbass girl named Serena, running around Tokyo saving their city and the world from Queen Beryl or some shit in high heels and mini-skirts. (It’s been 16 years.  My memory of his summary is rather weak).

I figure that I’ll give the show a shot.  I mean, what young 11-year-old dude doesn’t wanna watch schoolgirls in minishirts and high heels?

Twister

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Hooray for clickbait images!

The episode airs.  I get a quick introduction to a sparkly Tuxedo Mask giving a short history of the Outer Scouts’ role in the past.  That was cool and all but it did not make an impact on me as the next scene: the infamous Twister game.

The game starts out normally; sans lady scientists playing in their lab coats and heels. But whatever, that’s anime for ya.

“Right hand on Blue 4”. Just a simple command for a simple game of Twister, right?  However, as soon as the woman does instructed, she makes a rather sexual moaning sound.

“Okay…? What’s going on?” I asked myself but whatever.

Next up was this cute, young, orange hair woman with glasses.  She starts ramblin’ about some track star  name Shawn,  who inspires her to win. That’s cool I guess.  I too look up to my idols for inspiration. Biggie Smalls, Tupac, and Hennessy to name a few.  It’s normal to look up to idols.

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Thank you Hennessy.  You inspire me to pretend that I like people.

What wasn’t normal was her ass soundin’ like she was having an orgasm.

In utter shock, I quickly turned down the volume on my TV. Didn’t want my parents to think that I was watching porn at 10 in the morning. As I watch this awkward scene I am asking myself   “What the fuck type of anime my friend suggested me to watch and why is this woman imagining that she’s getting dicked down by this sports dude?”

“Whatever.  Keep watching Ben.   Less than five minutes in and we have good lookin’ science ladies playin’ Fake Orgasm Twister, one with her leg up in the air! This show is great!”

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While the game of Fake Orgasm Twister was going on,  this  creepy ass science dude was peeping at all of this.  Perhaps he thought there was an orgy going down and he wanted in on the action.

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Creepy Ass Science Dude tells the Fake Orgasm Science Lady tells her about her new “Heart Snatching” mission and gives her this metal briefcase with a star on it.  As he and the rest of the ladies send her off with well wishes, Creepy Ass Science Dude declares it was his turn to play.

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I wanna work at a place where I can play Twister with some fine ladies. Ahh pipedreams…

“Creepy Ass Science Dude is a playa!” I told myself.

(Real shit, I always wanted to be like [90s anime] Dr. Tomoe when I was a kid.  Dude had beautiful women in his big ass house working for him playing Twister in his lab. You know he probably fucked the Witches 5 a few time while his kid Hotaru was at school and Kaori was away doing business. “I’m A Playa” by Too $hort is probably his theme song)

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Two minutes of  pure nonsense and I’m already hook on Sailor Moon.   I didn’t know what was going on.  Hell, I didn’t care. This show is great!

Ahh man, young me was easily impressed by anime back in the day.  Today? Nah.

Mimete: The Nutjob Fangirl

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Ah Mimete; the ditzy, nutjob  celebrity fangirl scientist of the Witches 4.  Her goofiness carried this episode to me. Hotaru did as well (it’s her character arc after all) but more on her later.

Mimete was crazy.  I mean, wanting to kill the guy she was fakin’ an orgasm to because he inspired her.   That’s kinda nuts.   Like this woman was straight watching this dude warming up, fangirling and shit, but also planning on killin’ him.

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Like, how do you even go on to think about killing your celebrity crush ? Ya fangirls are weird.  I hope ya know that.

On top of that, this woman straight tried to kill a bunch of innocent people with her Daimon, including two teenagers and a little girl.  All because she was salty that she couldn’t get close to her celebrity crush.  Granted she was going to kill him regardless, but still.

Seriously Mimete, you need mental help.

(Also I wonder if she knew Hotaru was her boss’s daughter.  She almost got her boss’s daughter killed off her bullshit.)

Her Daimon monster confused the fuck out of me.  I was like “why is this elf looking track star got a shell on her back?  You know what? This show is already weird.  Stop asking questions.”

The Daimon’s her Heart Snatching method.   It was rather…out there.

“Do all of these Daimon monsters make out with their victims to kill them?”
“Why does she need to sit on this guy for his heart? What’s going on with this show?”

Watching the monster’s attempt to make out with her victim was awkward but hell, there was an awkward scene earlier with a Twister game.  One more ain’t gonna hurt at this point.

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When you finally meet up with the nigga who was talking that good shit on Facebook

The Daimon would meet her end by the means of flurries of mini hearts made out of pink sugar (wut?) and a giant heart made from rainbows (okay).  Mimete runs off like she just ripped off her plug, declaring she will get Sailor Moon next time. And her pesky little sister/daughter/whatever too!    I presumed she’s gonna try to kill her next celebrity crush in the next episode.

But forreal Minete was fuckin’ weird. Her monster friend was weird.  This entire episode was fuckin’ weird.

Hotaru: The Shy Goth Girl

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I hate this character.  Ask anyone who knows me.

“Wow! She’s so pretty!” I said to myself, watching the girl in all black with purple hair and eyes writing a letter to her  sports idol. Same sports idol Mimete was gushing all over.

Man, this Shawn nigga is popular!

“And she has health issues.  Maybe she has really bad asthma like I do. That’s probably why she can’t do sports.”

Less than say, what 25 seconds into this scene and I’m already got a possible favorite character right off the bat.  But then, I started asking a few questions.

“Why the fuck is she writing in the dark wearing all black though?  Is she one of those gothic people that worship Satan, mope around all depressed, and cut themselves when they’re sad? ”

Ahhh 11-year-old me was so ignorant about alternate subcultures.  I blame Christianity!

(In defense of my 11 year old self, I at least got one thing right about this character)

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Goddammit Hotaru you’re so emo. Or gothic. Whatever.

As I admired this character (as well as questioned her fashion bedroom lighting choices ) an incredibly busty woman sneaks up behind her and starts belittling the girl. She states that she’s weird for writing the letter and doesn’t have the guts to approach the dude.

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When you’re high as fuck in class and your teacher sneaks up behind you.  And you smell like a loud blunt.

“Man, her step mom’s a bitch! How could you taunt your own step daughter like that?” I mean, she was right about her not having the courage to send the letter out and everything, but still.

Kaori is a bitch.

(Of course, I would learn that Kaori wasn’t her stepmom but her dad’s assistance.)

After Kaori’s taunting session, the scene transition to the girl chillin’ with her friends, Rini and Serena.

“Okay, she has friends. She can’t be completely gothic.  Most, if not, all of them don’t have any friends.”

(To my readers who are in the  gothic subculture:  I sincerely apologize for my  baseless, stereotypical views of that subculture at age 11)

The three discuses about Hotaru’s letter, which she expressed her concern about sending the letter out or even talking to Shawn, thus  she gets discouraged. Serena brings up that they should take her to the track field and give her encouragement.

There was something about this character, Hotaru. She had shit tier health, got teased,  incredibly shy, has confidence issues, relies on her friends too heavily and she’s pretty! Just like me at that age!
It was pretty much set that this character would be my favorite in the entire series, and I was just only less than seven minutes in.  That’s good character-viewer relation right there.

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Appreciate 90s anime Hotaru’s smile cuz you ain’t gonna see her smile in the Crystal and in the original manga.  Oh yea spoilers.

(I’m pretty sure Hotaru [along with Washu from Tenchi Muyo] may have been the source of me becoming a sad lonely waifu loving otaku years down the road but that’s for another time.)

Fasting forward, the three hit the track field to meet Shun, although they kinda sorta trespassed on the field.  Shun soon approaches Hotaru and Serena, but Hotaru  just freezes up.   Despite Rini’s  rally cries, Serena’s prep talk, and committing a few trespassing crimes, Hotaru ain’t talking.

Hotaru, you disappointed everyone. Good going.

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Mimette, witnessing all of this, gets butthurt because Hotaru and Serena managed to get close to Shawn. Although Mimete was in the right by not trespassing.  Ahh haters…

In her rage, she releases her Daimon and shit happens, like The Daimon indirectly burning Hotaru’s letter from the immerse flames of her rolling a giant ball.    All that hard work, dealing with Kaori’s bullying, and the Tsukino family’s prep rally: gone.

She ain’t too pleased with that.  Holy fucking shit she ain’t too pleased.

As Mimette and her Daimon friend runs away, the Daimon spots Hotaru being a depressed gothic emo girl in her makeshift emo corner.  Concerned, the Daimon tells her if she ain’t feelin’ well she needs to go to the medical office.

(Hey, at least she has her morals.)

Hotaru blankly stares down the Daimon, eyes glowing red and straight blasts her ass across the track field like she’s on some Dragon Ball Z shit!

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If a quiet, reversed person ever gives you this look, they’re about to fuck you up. You are already dead.

“Holy shit!  Hotaru has powers too!?  She doesn’t even need to transform like Sailor Moon and Mini-Moon!  She can just fuckin’ blast these dudes like nothing! She’s so cool!”

Yea, at that point she officially became my favorite character.

After  Moon dispatches the monster, Hotaru finally meets her idol and they talk about how much their frail health sucks and Shawn gives the girl encouragements to do  whatever she wants in life.  Like complete in sports.  Or blasting monsters across a track field.  The sky’s the limit, just keep pressin’ on.

“Hotaru is so awesome and cool!” I told myself as I finished my very first episode of Sailor Moon .   16 years later, I still feel the same way

Conclusion

A goofy game of twister, a psychotic fangirl, and an emo ass gothic ass shy ass girl.   What an unusual combination of  how I feel in love with the Sailor Moon series 16 years ago. A love that is still felt to this day

Granted, I am an 27-year-old jaded adult now who knows better.  Giving this episode a retroactive reflection, the writing was pure garbage.  Nothing about this episode did anything  enhance Hotaru’s character development, and I’m pretty sure the creative staff behind this episode were on drugs while creating this episode.

Also, doesn’t Hotaru hate sports? Why would she be fangirling over a sports star?  And why did everyone acted like everything was normal after Mimete attacked them?

Nevertheless, it was the episode that I got me into the series.  I believe if I may have watched the wrong episode as my first episode, I wouldn’t gotten into Sailor Moon at all.

But forreal drugs where involved in the making of this episode.

 

REFERENCES:
https://prettysoldierproject.com/

Sailor Moon blog site where I took some of the screenshots on this post from.

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Naka-Kon: Day 1

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“Last night was a blur to me
This mornin’ I got two with me
I don’t know what to do with me
Goin’ ape like the zoo with me”

-2Chainz Big Amount

Boys and girls, let me start by saying don’t ever play yourself.  More on that later.

So day 1 of Naka-Kon was rather lackluster for me, sans a few events throughout the day.  My crew and I arrived at our hotel around 2 PM after a decent 4.5 hours of driving down highway 70, joking around, listening to some Chrissy but classic 80s rock,  enjoying unscripted interviews from wrestlers (or “shoots”), and blasting some Gundam music.  Great times.

What wasn’t great was that my debit card had issues at check-in. Nice.  Lets start the con season off with me overthinking and having a near breakdown because my dumbass didn’t stack my money right.  Thankfully my homeboy bailed me out but I owe him $20.

Oh well. You win some.  You lose some.  I’ll live.

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“You win some, you lose some. But if you live, you live to fight another day.”

After having that problem knock out, my crew and I settle down in our hotel room.  While we waited for the con to officially start we started  some  l flexing on social media: bragging about our booze collection for the con after parties.

Its like we’re immature frat boys ha ha ha

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Believe it or not we nerds do enjoy partying and drinking.

Following that, we hit the con floor. The convention center wasn’t as packed as we expected. Granted, people were stillt work and school.   Oh well.

As we aimlessly wandered around we linked up with a few local con friends. We combined our parties for a fun adventure of walking around the dealer room, lamenting at the fact that  we are broke adults with adult responsibilities.

Our money have to go to bills first, anime figmas last. Don’t grow up;  its a trap like Felix.

To combat any impulsive spending, our crew decided it was best to talk shit about our favorite series. Dragon Ball is just a shallow combat Shouen series. Sailor Moon is a monotonous tale of a dumbass teenager superherorine.
Of course this didn’t last long as I spotted a Sailor Saturn figure which caused me to become depressed at the fact that I’m a broke ass adult.

I need a hustle.

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One day I’ll buy this figure, have the box signed by all four of her voice actresses, and flip it on eBay to some fellow lonely Sailor Saturn otaku.  Money baby.

Later on, we decided that  nothing was poppin’ off at the con to our interest and retired back to the hotel room for a bit.

At the hotel, my crew and I did some pre con pre-gaming.  Doing shots of whatever was on the table and myself playing pretend bartender.

Remember at the beginning of this post I stated don’t ever play yourself?  Well, here’s the story:

I had planned on going to a panel on White-Washing in the media.  A panel run by a professional writer for the New York Times mind you.  I wanted to see  see some viewpoints on white washing from an industry insiders and possibly network with the writer.

Unfortunatly, my dumbass drank way too much than I should had (work stress and stressing over blog posts does that to ya).  My black ass ain’t going to a professionally run panel on White-Washing while intoxicated.  To break it down:
Me, a drunk black dude + a white washing panel = yea no.

Its not worth having my con badge revoked because  Drunk Ben wants to fight dumbass weeaboos who think white washing isn’t an issue in the media.

Instead, I went to the rave.  I’m not a huge rave guy for these anime cons but most of my friends were all there.  And lets be real: con raves ain’t real raves.  A real rave is one that is at a run-down warehouse that you get information about through word of mouth.

I’m a fan of these type of raves to be quite honest

The rave was lucklaster. I mean I guess alcohol and good friends made the rave slightly bareable, but if you danced to one happy hardcore track you have danced to all of them.

Granted I’m jaded and bias as fuck so that doesn’t help.

Upon general agreement that the rave was getting boring, my merry drunken band decided to call it a night and return to the hotel.  We had a few more drinks, had a nice talk about Akira Toriyama’s trolling the Dragon Ball fan base before everyone passed out.

Day 1 of Naka-Kon was quite honestly lackluster.  This is forgivable because it was Friday.  People are still at work, school, or just setting up for the weekend.  Plus you wanna save the big shit for the big day, Saturday.
I’m looking forward for the Saturday events.  Saturday at cons are always eventful.

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March 2017 Update and Plans!

Alright everyone here’s a little status update for this blog and my plans for this month! Thank you for your support and taking time to read my posts by the way!

I will be at the anime convention Naka-Kon in Overland Park, KS this weekend (March 10th-12).  There will be small, quick posts about my adventures and pictures as well.

 

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I’m currently working on two Sailor Moon S  and one Dragon Ball Z essay projects.

The first is a rather passionate essay on how I fell in love with the series based on the infamous episode 117, my first episode of the series.

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When you finally meet up with the nigga who was talking that good shit on Facebook.

The second is an in-depth analysis on the theatrical themes of the Infinity arc.  I am looking forward to having a lot of fun researching and writing about the themes!

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A hint of one of the themes I’m gonna analyze.

Finally, for the Dragon Ball Z analysis, I’m planning on an essay on the pure stupidity of series’s “hero” Son Goku.

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You stupid idiot…

 

Because I desire to have these three essays to be of high quailty, I won’t be posting here as often in the past for this month.  I may have a few quick posts here or there, but the main focus are these three pieces.

 

Anyway, I hope you guys have a great and exciting March!!

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Sailor Moon S – Why I Love It (Freewrite)

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Toei’s Sailor Moon: Civil War

Sailor Moon S holds a special place in my heart.  I do not know if it because of the characters, the sci-fi elements of the villains, the story, the art style, or the music.  There was just something about those things  that drew me into the series.  I just deeply love S.

As a kid, I thought Sailor Moon was a show marketed for young girls. I doubted that it was for guys but hey, I was 11 at the time.  My mind changed once I gave the show a shot.   Man, I not only was I proven wrong, I was blown away.

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This scene also got me into Sailor Moon as a kid but that’s best saved for another post.

The first thing I noticed about S was the sci-fi aesthetics of the Death Busters.  I did not expect an element seen in more male oriented cartoons and shows in Shoujo anime.   I loved that Professor Tomoe used science and technology to combat against the Sailor Scouts’ magical powers. Hell I still love it to this day.  Science vs. Magic is a very common ass theme in fictional but when done right, it’s great.  And S did it greatly.

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Another thing I drew me into S was the depressing theme of the destruction of the world.  That was a play out of left field for younger me.  Shows I have watched prior dealt with villains wanting to simply take over the world.  There weren’t any talk about awakening an evil Messiah wiping out all humanity or killing a 12 year old girl because she was assumed to be that evil Messiah.

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Totally not a spoiler.  Trust me: I’m a dolphin.

Finally, what made S great was the the amazing soundtrack.  Honestly this is best reversed for a more in-depth analysis post but whatever (pus, I need to freewrtie for a bit lol).  This is completely biased because I am a violinist, but holy shit the orchestra and violin tracks were perfect.    Like forreal the orchestra tracks they used for the Mistress 9/Pharaoh 90 battles made me felt like I was watching an animated movie than just a simple series.

I cannot simply forget the awesomeness  that is that of the Outer Senshi theme

Or the utterly depressing piano/violin duet of Hotaru’s theme: (“Hotaru’s Sorrow ” is a fuckin’ fitting title for that girl’s theme.  Her life was incredibly fucked up)

So yea, these are just short, rather shallow reasons why I love Sailor Moon S and how it got me into the series as a whole.   I may go more in depth with these things in the near future but for right now, I just needed to clear my thoughts (and have something for the 25th Anniversary week ha ha ha)

 

 

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Playing Defense for Dragon Ball Z (Rant)

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I would never imagine that one day I would be playing defense for Dragon Ball, a incredibly popular anime series,  against typical anime elitists.

You know, the ones who have a false sense of superiority cuz they took deep, more artistic anime series way too seriously.  Not that there’s anything wrong with deep anime.

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All great shows. Just don’t take ’em too seriously.

 

The depth of Dragon Ball gets slept on because people have this common misconception that Dragon Ball Z is nothing more then mindless Shouen battles.

It’s actually deeper than that.

The Dragon Ball Z series have various  theatrical theme such as nature vs. nurture,  fathers-and-sons, accepting your racial heritage,  and unity.

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Fathers and Sons.  Art source in reference section.

The Saiyan and Frieza saga revolves around Goku’s struggle with accepting his Saiyan  racial background . A struggle brought on because he believed himself to be an Earthling all his life prior to Radtiz arrival.   As the Saiyan and Frieza saga progress, Goku slowly appreciates his racial background.

He realize his battle hungry nature is a result of his Saiyan nature.   The reason why Goku spare Vegeta was because he wanted to challenge him again.  Dude never fought anyone as strong as Vegeta before.

(Goku did not spare Vegeta because he saw good in him. That was a bullshit 90s dub change.  Sorry  English-speaking blinded 90s nostalgia fanboys who refuse to watch DBZ Kai or the series in Japanese!)

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The Buu saga is strong with the theme of unity. Goku and Vegeta fusing to defeat Kid Buu. The average non-powered humans coming together,  giving Goku energy for the spirit bomb. Majin Buu and Satan  befriending one another. You get the point.

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Vegito vs. Buuhan.  Unity at its best!

 

Also, we can not forget the theme of redemption of this arc.  Vegeta’s atonement of past sins with his sacrifice to save the world.  Majin Buu expelling the evil of his heart after Satan show him love and friendship.  Speaking of Satan, he also redeemed himself in a way. He managed to unite and convince  everyone on earth to donate energy for Goku’s Spirit Bomb.

Guess that kinda makes up for him lying about saving the world from Perfect Cell.

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Vegeta’s atonement.

 

Dragon Ball is fuckin deep. Sad that some folks don’t make the effort to explore the themes of this amazing series.

 

REFERENCES AND SOURCES

Fathers-and-Sons artwork source

Theme of the Cell Saga by Geekdom 101

Theme of the Saiyan Saga by Geekdom 101

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Conceptual Learning vs. Procedural Learning: How We Learn

My boy Mr. Y’s post on learning about the big picture rather than focusing on details.

Check it out if you’re into education or general teaching.

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What are these two modes of learning? Hell, what are these concepts? Whether you know it or not, you practice a little bit of both and each of them have their strengths and weakness. However, the latter is taught and applied a little too much in our everyday life that we forget to see the forest for the tress.

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Can’t see the forest for the trees. . .

That’s a familiar idiom isn’t it? It means that if you obsess on the details, you miss the big picture. This idiom is also a very useful way of remembering what the two modes of learning are. I will be referring to this idiom frequently throughout the the article. I will start however by tackling the trees; procedural learning.

The Two Kinds of Learning 

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My Dream Crossover Fighting Game: Sailor Moon vs. Dragon Ball

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Poor Vegito…This is pure spite.

A Dragon Ball vs. Sailor Moon crossover fighting game would be dope.  Broken, a nightmare to balance, and to equalize everyone  but dope.

Gameplay wise,  it should play like a weird cross between DBZ Hyper Dimension with the multi-tier levels system from that game and the face pace action of a Guilty Gear game. Throw in a tag system similar to the Marvel vs. Capcom series. Both series deal with team work so a tag system make sense.  Lord Frieza and Queen Beryl vs. Goku and Sailor Moon.

Think about it.

DBZ and SM characters interaction would be something to see.   Imagine Sailor Pluto dogging  Future Trunks on the ethics of time travel.  Professor Tomoe (manga) and Dr. Gero working together on genetic engineering, using Tomoe’s Daimon technology,   and creating more cyborgs.   Plus both are experienced in the fine art of  turning young girls into robots.

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I ain’t wrong.

 

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Seriously. I ain’t.

 

Hell,  imagine the younger Z Warriors, (was that the legit name of that team or a dub name) Goten and Trunks up against the younger Sailor Scouts, Saturn and Mini-Moon.  Granted, Trunks and Goten would have to fuse into SSJ3 Gotenks to even have a chance against Saturn and Mini-Moon cuz hax lol.

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You don’t even need Gotenks.  Saturn  would end the Buu Arc in three seconds. Or Super Buu just absorbs Saturn and everyone dies lol.

Balancing and power scaling would be a nightmare.  Sailor Moon verse is stronger than the DBZ verse due to hax so there are issues with that.  Stats will have to be equalized. It would not be a fun game if the Sailor Scouts just body everyone on the Dragon Ball side.

Finally, a Vegito Blue vs. Neo Queen Serenity  beam struggle.  Imagine that.

ART SOURCES:

http://seigi-x-paladin.deviantart.com/art/Ultimate-Fusion-Ultimate-Chaos-127416369

http://queen-vegeta69.deviantart.com/gallery/

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In Response to Digibro’s “Cabal”

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In Response to Digibro’s “Cabal”

Digibro recently released a video called “On the Need for a Cabal of Anime Gurus”. I think we can (and should) push the word “cabal” aside for now, since the connotations of that word are (or should be) problematic for critics and I don’t think it’s really what Digibro is envisioning. If you haven’t watched the video and are interested in reading this post or discussing this topic, you should go watch it. Anyway, instead of a cabal, I read this video as Digi wanting a mass elevation of the baseline of anime-related knowledge and context. The video implies that this knowledge can be promoted by—and this context should be in relation to—a group of anime YouTubers and bloggers. To use his own words, these creators are all “having different conversations that should be together.”

An immediate thought would be to hyperlink the content…

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Was Zamasu Right (Barely Edited Freewrite)

[Please note: This was a free write that was writte during the middle of the night.  As such, there are some grammar and spelling issues.  You have been warned]

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With Lord Zeno’s plan of erasing Universes with low morality such as Universe 7 and 9, I wonder if Zamasu on to something.   I mean, Zamasu was pissed that the gods weren’t doing their jobs taking care of the shitty mortals so he took matters into his own hands.

Granted, he wasn’t allowed to do that as a Kaioshin (God of Creation) but he felt that he needed to, for the sake of justice.

It is weird though.  If Zeno wanted to take out those universes then Zamasu could had just chill and let Zeno do the dirty work.  Both had the same idea.   Take out the horrible universes with the horrible mortals.

Granted I mean Zamasu would had die as he would had gotten wipe out along with Universe 7 but  Zamasu being erased would kept the rest of the universes safe.

Hell, Zamasu may have been one of the factors of Zeno wanting to erase Universe 7.  That nigga was pretty crazy, wanting to wipe out all humanity because of a few bad mortals.  Hell, Universe 9 has a scum bag Kaioshin as well.

 

 

But maybe Zamasu was right.  Maybe he was on to something.

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What Makes an Anime Great (My Opinion of Course)

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Lupin the 3rd (1971). One of my favorites anime series of all time.

Everyone has an opinion on what makes an anime great.   Some people love storytelling.  Others enjoy aesthetics and art direction.

I love storytelling and music personally.   I love direction synergy between art and music tones.

We all bring in our own personal bias and taste when viewing anime, considering what will make or break an anime.

Anime is a visual medium.  I like anime series that can play off the aesthetics of the series. Visuals are narrative.  It gives aids the story’s tone.

Directors can use visual tones to emote viewers’ emotional reaction.

Example: The conclusion of Yusuke and Suzuki’s fight (Yu Yu Hakusho).

Series animation director Akiyuki Shinbo uses vibrant surrounding white light transiting into black and. dark shading on Yusuke.   It sets a depressing feeling; that Yusuke died putting his life energy to defeat Suzaku.

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Yu Yu Hakusho (1992)

Along with visual tone, a great anime needs a convincing story. The story needs interesting written characters with motivation. I like characters that are written in a way that can relate to naturally.

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Son Gohan of Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn (1994).  I love his goofy and carefree nature as Great Saiyaman.

Most of my favorite anime characters are written like this. If I relate to a character,  I care for them. I root for them to overcome their issues and improve overtime.  This factor makes the character seem more human.

Mob from the 2016 anime series “Mob Psycho 100” is a character that fits this.

Despite  blessed with everlasting psychic power,  Mob wants to improve in other accepts in his school life.  Rather than joining his school’s supernatural club, he joins the athletic Body Improvement club.

He aims to nurture his weak psychical strength and body.

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Mob and Musashi. Mob Pyscho 100 (2016)

He wants to improve his weak body by strengthen it.  He could have easily joined a club suited to natural skills.  However, Mob wants something more in life than just relying on his natural gifts.

This makes him feel human. This makes me relate to him because I want to improve in life. We all do.

Finally, a great anime needs a prominent music.  Similar to visual, music sets tone.  Music is narrative. Music is expressive.   Music should  reflect the mood of the scene.

I want to experience the same shock and amazement of Kyon, a normal teenager, as he was spectating reality wrapping aliens Yuki and Ryoko fighting inside a data field.   Hell, I want the music to make me believe that I am Kyon.

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Ryoko vs. Yuki from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2007)

I believe music can do this to my emotions.  The right usage of a background song can impact and trigger the emotional accepts of my core.  This enhances the anime for me.

As diverse individuals, we have our ideas on what make a great anime.  We bring in our own taste and ideas that reflects what we want in an anime.  Visual, sound, character story and tone.  We  use those factors to build standard of quality.

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Love the song’s usage of of techno-like percussion, violins, cellos, and synths to create an alien sound.

Why You Should Watch Mob Pyscho 100

Super Eyepatch Wolf’s in-depth analysis on why Mob Pyscho 100 is worth watching.

Aesthetic IS Narrtive

Digibro’s analysis on the importance of using visuals aid and aesthetics for anime story-telling.