One Punch Man: Subversion, Storytelling, and Success!

One Punch Man is AWESOME.

I don’t think that’s a secret: it was released to hugely receptive audiences, and quickly rose in popularity almost over night.  An entertaining series that parodied the traditional action/superhero genre, One Punch Man was something new and innovative, with great production value to boot.  However, as many people know, the series did not start out with this great success.

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Some of My Favorites: 5 Weird Manga… That Somehow Work?

Man. Haven’t touched on manga on this blog in a while.

There are some STRANGE concepts for manga, absolutely.  And honestly, I think I see more strange manga, than anime- maybe the big budget studios don’t want to risk putting their effort into something controversial?  Regardless, some of these strange manga just go all in for being weird and absurd.  From absurd concepts, such as that of Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, or rather perverse and odd ones, such as Midori Days, these manga often thrive off of their strangeness.

However, some manga, do more than that.  Using their strangeness, they manage to tell a legitimately compelling story, with good characterization, thematic elements, and an intriguing plot. With strange, surreal elements, a blatantly perverse plot, or a simply ridiculous premise that would not go well in Western countries, these manga manage to take strange concepts, and create seriously good narratives.  So today, I’d like to take a look at some of the stranger manga I’ve read, that manage to also, somehow, create a great story.

Now: a bit of warning.  As it is with the nature of such a topic, most of these manga contain rather adult scenes and concepts- 18+ only.  We’re talking about stuff that, in the Western world, simply would not receive much mainstream attention- and, for the most part, as far as manga is concerned, that just happens to be lots of stories with blatant sexual themes.  Trust me though: these manga are GOOD.  That said, let’s get into the list!

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Why Super Smash Bros is The Best Fighting Game Series (of all time)

Ohhh boy.  Getting into some real opinionated stuff right here.

Now, I’d like to start this off by saying, no, I am not dissing the other fighting games in the world- more traditional, Street Fighter-esque, health-bar based fighting games.  Rather, this is just me venting about a video game series I personally love.  It’s a series that has given me countless hours of entertainment and created great memories, and so, I am absolutely, totally biased here, but hey, I think there’s at least a bit of substance to it.

That said: let me present my argument, if you’d like to hear it, as to why the Super Smash Bros series is the best fighting game series in the history of gaming- or at least, why it’s my favorite.

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RB Weekly News #9: Live-Action Anime, Legend of Zelda Redesigns, and Frostkeep Studios!

Heyo guys, RB Weekly News number 9 is here, and although nothing too unique or mind-blowing happened this week, there are still quite a few interesting tidbits of information to talk about!

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My Review of: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu (Season 1)

Do you know what Rakugo is?

Don’t worry, I didn’t know either.

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, a Winter 2016 anime, wasn’t- at least to my knoweldge- a very popular watch.  However, searching around for a new anime to get started on, many people lauded this one as one of the best of the season- so of course, me being me, I started wondering why.  It wasn’t very mystical, it didn’t have any huge action scenes, and definitely wasn’t renowned for being exciting: so, why was it good?

Telling the story of people who love to perform the performing, story-telling art of Rakugo, Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu honestly surprised me.  It did certainly live up to the hype: but, it felt a lot different than any anime I’ve watched before.  Unique, touching, and surprisingly simple, this anime was quite the interesting watch: let me explain why.

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Some of My Favorites: Five Great Anime Antagonists

In any anime, any genre, a good antagonist almost always steals the show.

Although not always, they often provide the driving force, and are a huge part of what make the anime something notable.  As great as a protagonist may be, part of that greatness is certainly derived, from the extent to which the antagonists push them to their limits.  Through the villain, the story is pushed to higher stakes, the plot becomes something worth being invested in, and our interest as watchers increases.  And, honestly, there’s quite a lot of villains that meet these criteria- lots of them are done really, really, really well.

That being said, I’d like to talk about some of my personal favorite villains that fit the bill- the five villains that, in my book, encompass what villains in any anime should be.

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A Throwback to Warcraft III: Father of The Modern RTS Era

Low-key, Warcraft III was probably one of my favorite games as an adolescent.

Both Reign of Chaos and expansion, The Frozen Throne, provided me hours, and hours of replay value, even without knowledge of the in-game level editor and online functionality.  It was simply a fun game, with an honestly great plot, unique characters, and an engaging fantasy world.  I had a ton of fun with it, and I thought, for this Thursday, I’d simply talk about the 2002 game, and what it brought to the table.

Warning: This is super opinionated, extremely biased: I’m basically just talking about a game I like.  So if you’d rather not read, it’s chill- but if you’d like to hear my thoughts on the game, read on!

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