A Love Letter to Keijo!!!!!!

A while back, a rather strange anime was released.  The Winter of 2016.  It appeared to be completely ludicrous, a series based solely on the concept of fanservice.  Keijo!!!!!! took the Western world by storm, attracting people at first with the promises of breasts and butts, but then keeping them hooked with sheer lunacy and hilarity.  Keijo was perceived as a clever, subversive anime, something not too dissimilar to One Punch Man in regards to how it subverted anime tropes.  In the span of 12 episodes, it gained a rather sizable fanbase–some people even started to read the manga!

But then, about a month ago, a travesty was announced: the manga’s run in the magazine was ending.  Citing lack of popularity in Japan, as well as conflicts with the publisher, the author, Daichi Sorayami, apologized to the fans, and thanked the magazine that allowed him to run the manga.

Man, what a shame.

As someone who thoroughly enjoyed the series, both the anime and manga, I’ve gotta say, it kinda sucks that it’s getting cancelled.  Considering this, I thought that it’d be a good idea to just…appreciate what Keijo!!!!!! brought to the table.  Here’s to one of the strangest series of recent memory!

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My Top Five Western Animated Movies

Haven’t talked about animations in the Western world in awhile.

Movies in theaters tend to have many more advantages than other, less popular animations.  These movies have the benefits of directly leading to revenue, of being advertised everywhere, and satiating a need for cinematic entertainment.  Western animated movies are popular on a level that is far above anime, manga, or even basic western animations.

That being said, these movies are restricted, and often end up as part of a predictable genre, that can get stale.  Oftentimes, with the same humor, the same general plot twists, and the same insistence on a happy ending, these movies are interesting and entertaining, but ultimately similar.  It takes something exceptional to stand out in the world of Western animated movies: but there are certainly some out there that  and, knowing this, I’d like to share some of those movies that stood out to me.

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Team Fortress 2 and Overwatch: The Team-Based FPS Formula

In recent years, a game has been released that helped to redefine and clarify what a “Team-Based First Person Shooter” is.

Overwatch is coming up on its one year anniversary, on May 24th, and since then, it’s made waves in the gaming world.  Tens of millions have played it, and for good reason.  There are many, many aspects that make Overwatch a masterfully crafted game. However, as many people have noted, there was a game that defined the Team-Based FPS far before this: Team Fortress 2.

The two games have enjoyed huge success in their own times, and undoubtedly, will continue to enjoy that success moving forward.  Despite being, at this point, almost a decade old, Team Fortress 2 has an average of 50,000 players a day, even as Overwatch has gradually become more and more of a competitive e-sport, carving out its own niche in the gaming industry.

Now, considering this, what has made the two Team-Based FPS games so successful?  We’re going to delve into this question, and consider some aspects of both games that contribute to their lasting value!

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Reading Between Reviews: Clannad!

I’ve wanted to review this one for a while now.

Clannad is one of those series that is near and dear to many people’s hearts.  I talked about it recently, as my second favorite story of all time, and from what I know, it was an emotional trip for almost everyone that’s watched it.  But that’s all from personal preference, experiencing a story that I perceived as great.  Critically speaking, is there anything different about Clannad?  How good is it, really?

Well, that’s what this review is for, right?  Strip the feelings, and let’s get a good logical look at this series, and see how it holds up.

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Some of My Favorites: Five Great Final Boss Battles!

Final boss battles are often what push video games into greatness.

I’m a firm believer in the idea that the ending of a story is imperative to its quality.  If the video game in question is beautifully executed up  until the end, then you just get that sour taste in your mouth, that it could have been so much better.  Luckily, many great video games are able to deliver, and some decent ones are remembered much more fondly thanks to their final bosses.

From my experience, final bosses don’t have to change the gameplay very much, but rather, they serve as the climax of the story.  They are the ultimate test of your fundamentals, a simple showdown that serves to wrap up the story in a satisfying, powerful way.

They’re the final glimpse you have of a game, the last takeaway- and boy, some of them are pretty damn good.

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My Top Ten Favorite Stories: #1

Here we are, my favorite story of all time.  Let’s go.

So, up to this point, there’s been a variety of stories that I could call my favorites.  They, at least in my eyes, are some of the best stories of their respective mediums, and have all influenced how I view, and judge stories even today.  However, no story up to this point has influenced my view of storytelling in general than my number one, which I experienced for the first time three years ago.

Suffice to say, my view on stories has changed a lot since then.

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My Top Ten Favorite Stories: 3-2

So, we’ve into my top three- the stories that have inspired me the most to write, to talk, to keep experiencing more and more new things.

For the most part, I acknowledge that these stories have their flaws, but for whatever reason, they’ve certainly hit home for me.  Of course, there’s DEFINITELY quality behind these works in some way, or else they wouldn’t be up here, but, overall, you guys are getting personal over objective judgment here.

Let get back into it!

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Those Gaming Moments

You know the ones.

The moments that give you that little shiver, the chill, the feeling of huge accomplishment you feel after finally, FINALLY finishing that last challenge.  Beating that one difficulty that you’ve been struggling with all-freaking-day.  Don’t you love that?

We’ve all had them.  They’re oftentimes what keep us invested, looking for more games to play.  They’re what give us some of our most fun memories, and what makes certain games, as good or bad as they may be, special to us.  And well, I just thought I’d share a few of my own.

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My Top Ten Stories of All Time! 5-4

Alright, we’re continuing with my personal top ten stories of all time, moving into the top 5!

Now, in my top five, you guys are going to see some of the stories that have influenced me most- influenced my taste in all other future stories, and oftentimes provide standards that I apply to all others.  I say I have to have been influenced by these stories, but they almost certainly have to have merit to them.  These are the cream of the crop, and these next two in particular, I believe have some very, very genuine literary quality.

So, that said, here’s my fifth and fourth favorite stories of all time!

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