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It’s Been Too Long

Ugh.

We came back with a force and put up some of our best post to date. I was energized and passionate. This is not a post saying I’ve lost the spark or the passion. Just the opposite, in fact. I find myself everyday thinking “I wish I could post something.” However, I go through a few thought processes a day.

The major thing that happened was dealing with the family. New dirt and old scars were brought up about crap I thought was long dead and gone. I say it all the time that this blog is kind of like a memory jar for me to go back and view after time has passed. Personally, something huge happened in my family recently that I think will be a complete non-issue in two years. That or my family will be pretty messed up in the long run. So in two years I may revisit this post and see how things are looking. Though, it did completely ruin me for about 3 days and has severally lowered my energy levels. Its one of the reasons I have not bothered streaming at all lately.

Secondly, is on top of that, Jessica’s cousins that we’ve been babysitting since Covid hit are getting worse. They are either getting burned out of Jessica and myself or they are really missing their dad. Either way, my energy levels have been drastically down and they’ve been more of handful recently. It means I just dont have the energy to put on a good stream, yet.

Well, later today Ill upload the Manga Haul #2. Then Ill upload my thoughts on Pokemon Snap getting new life and finally at some point this week, I’ll talk about my history as a collector. So stay tune.

For now, that is all. With any luck, these post will be funneling out through the week.

As always, thanks for reading!

Reacting to the PS5 Announcement Stream!

If you’re like me, you recently watched the latest PS5 announcement stream. Admitted, I was busy editing and babysitting among other things to focus on every single game. However, if a game caught my interest I tried to pause what I was doing to check it out. Today, I am going to be discussing the 5 PS5 games revealed today or June 11th, not sure when Ill actually get this out. This means while Last of Us 2 is in my top 5 most anticipated PS5 games, it wont make this list in particular. 

Haven’t seen the video in question? Check it here!

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Let’s go ahead and get the honorable mentions out of the way. There’s plenty and plenty of honorable mentions. In fact of the 26 or so games, well over 20 of them interested me. However, I am going to take a minute just to discuss a few. I’ll lead off with Horizon Zero Dawn West. What, PS5’s big system seller is only an honorable mention? Well, that’s mostly because I did not play the first one. I’m one of those people who tries to play the first one when available even if you dont have too. This is one reason I am not far into the Mass Effect or Dragon Age trilogies. I understand this game is going to be groundbreaking. I am sure I’ll get around to it. But for today, it is a spectacle I marvel at in the distance.

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Next, Kena: Bridge of Spirits. This one did not catch my attention during the stream. Honestly, I mostly only learned about it recently. However, what I learned about it and from the few seconds I actually saw of it, it has me interested enough to keep up with it.

 

Lastly for mentions is Sackboy: A Big Adventure. This game from what I saw looks similar to New Super Lucky Tales. It looks like it might switch between 3D and 2D levels. Honestly, I am fan. Not sure its a 60 dollar title for me, but we will see.

 

Let’s get started with #5 

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#5 Astro’s Playroom. I don’t have a great bit to say. People are going to see this game made my top 5 and then they will see what games didn’t and they will be confused. But, simply put, this is my style of game. A nice, colorful 3D platformer. If it controls well, I will certainly be picking this up. If I get it day 1 or not depends entirely on price vs length of the game. It didn’t look like a 60 dollar game to me. Still, something I cannot wait to play.

 

#4 Death Loop

deathloop_01The set up is fine. As indicated by the name, you play a man stuck in a time loop. I’m not going to delve much into any one thing here with this top five, but its the gameplay not the story that really has me. This looks like Bioshock meets Dishonored. I am here for it.

 

#3 Resident Evill 8

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Really, the only survival horror I even care about. I missed 7. So, I am not sure how dependent this one’s story will be on 7. Even though it looks like a prequel, the text leads me to believe it is set in the present. I could be wrong there. It also looks like it is building on the atmosphere and game play style of 7 from what I could tell.

 

#2 Spider-Man: Miles Morales

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Considering the only PS4 game I’ve played is Spider-man, you can bet I am hyped for the sequel. Personally, I really loved the first one and I am big collector of comics, so this game is a no brainer for me. Insomniac is one of my favorite video game studios so this is a must pick up for me.

 

#1 Ratchet and Clank

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Duh. This was easily the best looking game. Maybe not as epic in scale as Horizon Zero Dawn, but again, Insomniac are professionals. They have mastered the Ratchet and Clank games and I expect this to be a total return to form from the PS2 days. I have big hopes for this game. If I could only preorder one title, this would be it. I hope this is a launch title. I dont have much more too add. I think this game will be a slam dunk and easily be remembered as one of the better PS5 early games.

Well that’s it for me. Let me know what games you enjoyed discovering here recently. As always thanks for watching. Have a great day!

Reacting to my very first post “To all Potential Readers,”

I’m going to just copy and paste my very first post here so we can talk about it.

This is my very first post so this will be a run down of what content I will be putting out!

I am going to be blogging on mostly what anime I am watching, what comic books I am reading, what video games I am playing. Every now and again I will post about movies music or sports too!

Here is a list of what anime’s I am watching and how far I am into them: Naruto(415), One Piece(170), Attack on Titan(Episode 27),Parasyte-The Maxim(24) Assassination Classroom(17), Death Parade(12) Is it Wrong to Try and Pick up Girls In A Dungeon(10),

Ones i plan to start watching: Akame Ga Kill, Punch Line, Kill La Kill, Fairy Tale, Reborn, etc.

Games I currently Playing: Madden 15, Fallout New Vegas, Pokemon, Super Smash Bros, Majora Mask 3DS, Borderlands Pre-Sequel, Fable, Wind Waker(wiiU)

Comics in 2015 I am reading: Aquaman and the Others(1-7) Lobo(1-5), Secret Wars(0-1), Convergence(0-5) Suicide Squad(3,5). I am mostly a 60’s-80’s kinda guy.

Also, I will be doing weekly Top Fives!
If this sounds like stuff you want to talk about and hear my opinions on be sure to check out often!

Okay, lets break it down.

I am going to be blogging on mostly what anime I am watching, what comic books I am reading, what video games I am playing.”

I would say I kept this part pretty faithful. Anime and manga reviews make up the bulk of my content. I’ve kept comic books off for the most part. I’ve talked about Pokemon and Zelda a good bit.

Here is a list of what anime’s I am watching and how far I am into them: Naruto(415), One Piece(170), Attack on Titan(Episode 27),Parasyte-The Maxim(24) Assassination Classroom(17), Death Parade(12) Is it Wrong to Try and Pick up Girls In A Dungeon(10),”

Okay,  so I have seen all of Naruto since making this post. One Piece, I am up to 300 and something. Attack on Titan, I am a few episodes into season 2. Parasyte only ran for 24 episodes if I remember right. Death Parade I think only ran for 12. I’m not sure I’ve seen anymore of Assassination Classroom. I think I finished season one of Is it Wrong to Try and Pick up Girls In A Dungeon. However many was that.

Since this post, I’ve watched Season One of My Hero Academia and Food Wars. Im on episode #10 of Tower of God. I’ve seen all of Girlish Number, The Devil is a Part Timer and Amagi Brilliant Park, loved all of them. I’ve seen up to about episode 4 of Dr. Stone. I’d love to revisit this one. I actually finished season 1 of Monster Musume oddly enough. Not sure if it got a 2nd season. Case Closed and Yu Yu Hakusho are two I’ve seen a lot of but I couldnt even tell you where I was on them. I’ve seen a handful of episode 1s that havent been brought up on the blog yet.

Games I currently Playing: Madden 15, Fallout New Vegas, Pokemon, Super Smash Bros, Majora Mask 3DS, Borderlands Pre-Sequel, Fable, Wind Waker(wiiU)”

So, I actually have restarted playing New Vegas but on PS3. Not with any consistency though. I still play Pokemon of course, but now I am up to Sword.

Here’s the games I am playing now: A Hat in Time, Yo Kai Watch (3DS), Super Mario Odyssey, DOOM (XBOX ONE), The Outer Worlds (XBOX ONE), Pokemon Sword, Shovel Knight (Wii U), Bloons Tower Defense 5 (Steam).

“Comics in 2015 I am reading: Aquaman and the Others(1-7) Lobo(1-5), Secret Wars(0-1), Convergence(0-5) Suicide Squad(3,5). I am mostly a 60’s-80’s kinda guy.”

A few things may jump out to you. A. Nothing really Marvel. I had Secret Wars 0-1. Not super impressive. Truth be told, aside from Daredevil and Ghost Rider, I don’t read a lot of Marvel anymore. One day I may try to read more of the new X-Men titles. B. This was all DC New 52 stuff. I love that era. I actually quickly fell out of New Comics shortly after this past. In fact, at the time, I don’t think I got another new comic until 2018 during DC’s Universe/Rebirth (Their modern iteration). I may go back an update this part with all my new comics later. I don’t have it written down and again, comics have never been a big part of this blog.

Okay, I am going to add a teaser part. Mangas. At the time of this post, I never really owned a manga that I didn’t get from my brother. It didn’t take long into the blogs life for me to rectify this problem. Here’s a list of the major manga’s I collect

Dragon Ball (3-1 editions of Volumes 1-18), Dragon Ball Z (3-1 editions of Volumes 1-6), My Hero Academia (Volume 1-13), Eden Zero (Volumes 1-5), Rave Master (Volumes 1, 3-4, 15-17), Samurai 8 The Tale of Hachimaru (Volumes 1 and 2. Current up to this point). I’ll go more in depth about my manga collection later, but these are the ones I really care about.

Also, I will be doing weekly Top Fives!
If this sounds like stuff you want to talk about and hear my opinions on be sure to check out often!

Top Fives are the longest running topic on the blog! It got started with top 5 Pokemons, than top 5 reasons to own a Wii U, and then 5 things I want from E3. I just put out one like last week or so talking about Mario levels. Later this week, I will be revisiting my original top fives. Safe to say this might be my favorite section but they are thought provoking.

Well, thats it for today. I might revisit this post over the next few days an add more as I reflect on my five years here. That’s if I get the time. I have been surprising busy this week. I might just leave it as it is. Just depends how I feel I suppose.

As always, thanks some much for reading. You can read the original on its original page here.

5 Years of Dahubbz

It is funny to think about 5 years ago today, I made my first post. I knew this milestone was coming up, but I didn’t realize it was this soon. I want to spend this week reflecting on the blog, reviewing some of the early post, and creating new content. So, thank you for anyone who has followed, liked, or commented on this blog. I don’t really have the time today to reflect on the past today. That will be something to look forward in the coming days. So, look forward to that guys.

Thanks again. I can’t promise we will still be going 5 years from now, but who knows. Maybe.

Have a great day and thanks for reading.

Manga Monday Dragon Eye Volume #1

Dragon Eye was created by Kairi Fujiyama and published by Kodansha, a company I don’t think I was familiar with up to this point. It ran for 3 years and produced 9 collected volumes. Interestingly enough, it seems the series may have a had a resurgence in Japan under the name Dragon Eye RT. I believe this book is still exclusive to Japan, so I’m not sure how much news actually exist for that iteration of the book.

Spoilers- Typically, I say there’s only spoilers for the first volume. However, this is one you will absolutely want to read first if you want to stay spoiler free. There’s two big reveals early about 2 of the 3 main characters. So if you want to experience those for yourselves, I recommend reading the book before reading this review any further.

Plot- In the world of Dragon Eye, a virus is running out of control which turn the living into monsters. These monsters are dubbed Draculas. Usually, a scratch from a dracula will convert the person into a monster as well. However, for a select lucky few, they are immune to the virus. These people are fighters known as VIUS. These fighters, band together to fight the monsters and protect those weaker than them.

Characters: Characters are certainly a strength in this book. The 3 main characters shine right a way as Squad Zero. First up Issa Kazuma

Issa Kazuma– As stated, if you want to remain spoiler free, then you’ll want to skip this entire section. Issa is disguised as a student coming up through the VIUS program. He is sent on a recon mission like all the other trainees. While there, the students learn their intel was bad and that there are actually really strong draculas lurking in their area. Issa is forced to reveal that, not only is he actually a high ranking proctor for the academy, he also has a Dragon Eye, one of the strongest weapons in the world. Issa is super interesting. If you are familiar with comics, he almost falls into that antihero role. Everything he does is most likely for the betterment of people, however sometimes those things are very shady. Like, it is lead on to believe that he straight up murdered a little girl. More on that later. Still, Issa is awesome and I wonder if I am wrong to think that. He is extremely powerful as he wields one of the few known Dragon Eyes to exist in this world and he is not afraid to use it. I feel like we are going to have more to write about him as time goes on.

Leila Mikami- She is an interesting character. Often times in the earlier pages she takes over as the main character, yet she never really does anything. She is brave at times and really determined. Still, she is a passive character who has yet to be given her time to shine. It’s really unfortunate.  I kept waiting for her to have a big moment and it just hasn’t happened yet. I don’t have a lot to add, yet. Issa sees potential in her but I doubt his judgment so far.

Sosei Yukimura– Now this dude is hyped. He is formerly of Squad Five. Now disclaimer, squads haven’t really been explained too well. Sosei volunteers to aid Squad Zero because they are light on members. It is quickly revealed Sosei was only so eager to help so he could get close to Issa. Remember how I said Issa murdered a little girl. Well, it was Sosei twin sister! Talk about some drama. Well, Sosei wants revenge, go figure. However, his efforts are constantly thwomped by the fact wherever Issa goes, so do Draculas. Talk about inconvenient. For now, they must team up to keep humanity safe. But Sosei swears to have his day in the sun. It doesn’t help that all records from that mission have been falsified to cover it all up.

The World- What is there to say about it? It’s like ours but humans are fighting for survival. Towns are designed to keep Dracula sightings to a minimum. However, there’s talks of mountain ranges in the north that seem to differ than the cityscapes of where we are now.

Recap- The first chapter seems slow, but when this book is rolling it is real good.

Action- One of the books strong suits.
Romance- Nothing at the moment, but Issa and Leila have potential.
Plot- I say it all the time with mangas like this. I don’t know if this plot is revolutionary or original, but it is good.
Characters- Leila is cute and likeable. Issa and Sosei bring the hype. It gives me Sasuke and Itachi vibes in a very good way.
The World- The world exist.
Humor– While this isnt a Shonen Jump comic, it felt like that same style of humor. Maybe a little less funny than say Naruto or One Piece.

Verdict– I look at this book and I wonder where it lands among the best. I don’t know. I do know it was an enjoyable read. I found Volume #2 and already bought it.

Score- I’m going with a out of 10. I just reviewed Rave Master. I think Dragon Eye might have had better characters, but I think Rave Master was slightly more enjoyable.

Thanks again for reading and have a great day everybody!

Continued Reading down below!
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Manga Monday: Clay Lord Master of Golems
The Mandalorian Review
Girlish Number- Random Wednesday Number 1

Something of an Update

Typically when Im making a post like this there’s some kind of life update attached. But not today. I just like trying to update daily. I had a busy day and videos and a blog post just got pushed back. Today was suppose to be a Random Wednesday for some random anime. With all hope, that series will return next Wednesday. Here’s to hoping.

What do you have to look forward to? Here’s a section I’m thinking about adding to Sundays.

Some Wii U Pick Ups! Want to see the month of May video game picks up? You can start watching the series here! And June’s pick ups are looking even better. I’ve added 3 rare Wii U Games in the last 2 weeks. Be on the look out soon.

Manga Monday Review for Dragon Eye Volume #1. I just finished this Manga yesterday. It is pretty cool. Be sure to check out my review Monday. In the meantime, there’s plenty of other Manga Monday Reviews here on the blog.

Manga Haul #2. Your boy has been busy buying some Mangas. The next haul with be centered around the manga MAR. 5 or so of those bad boys coming down the pipeline.

Tower of God Anime Review Episode #3. I haven’t got to see this episode yet, but it will be out when I see it.

A new Top Five Fridays. This one centers Super Mario 64 levels. So if you want to read me rank Super Mario 64 levels stay tuned.

Well those are some of the relevant posts I’m working on. There’s always more ideas kicking around in my head but that’ll do it for now. I just put out Tower of God Episode #2 review. If you got some free time, go check it out.

As always, thank you guys so much for checking out today’s post.

 

 

Tower Of God Episode #2 Anime Review

Hey guys, today were going to keep the review train going. This will be a follow up to our Tower Of God Episode #1 Anime Review found here. Make sure you’ve read that one first!

Alright let’s dive into it.

Plot Updated:  I really don’t think there’s been any big reveals or revelations at this point. I’ll be honest. The show has begun explaining a new concept. Regulars vs irregulars. This part is new to me and went a little over my head a bit. The gist of it seems to be irregulars are people born outside the tower. I could be completely wrong there. Bam seems to say something about him and Rachel being the only ones born outside the tower. Again, I could be wrong there. One of the superiors also says “Bam is a monster” so there’s more to Bam than initially lead on.

Characters: Alright, so I would say we were introduced to at least five more characters! And two minor characters that will either develop into bigger characters or be comedy reliefs of sorts.

Khun- Khun is the most interesting character to dive into this episode but not the most mysterious. Due to Bam wielding the The Black March, Khun decides to follow him and figure out how Bam got the princess’s signature weapon. Bam has been warned to not trust Khun so we will see where that goes.

Rak Wraithraiser- Rak is pretty fun for a dumb brute. I think there’s a lot to like about the character. The tower has strict guidelines but Rak goes by his own code which might get him in trouble. This episode highlights him as a strong warrior and a joke at different times. He reminds me in a lot of ways to Drax the Destroyer from the Guardian of the Galaxy movies.

Anak and Hatsu- I really wish we could go more in depth here, but I’m not sure they talk too much. They are strong, silent, and clearly respect each others as rivals. For some reason, they gave me Yu Yu Hakusho vibes. Could just be me though. Either way, they are shaping up to be legitimate contenders here.

 

Lero-Ro So this guy is basically an instructor. He shows up and intimidates the contestants. Again, not too much is lead on about this guy. Much like Headron, I still felt like he was worth mentioning.

Princess Yuri and Rachel were both completely absent from this episode other then in mention.

The World/The Tower-

Lets dive into the floors.

Floor Two- Floor two’s style remained the same of course, a battle royale. However, the pacing slowed down as we focused on the above characters. This was enjoyable yet the combat was almost nonexistent in a weird way. Khun and Bam just evaded Rak until time ran out. Anak and Hatsu simply matched blows for blows. It all culminated into one final test on the floor. Of the 200, form a team of 3. Forming teams of 3 must be an anime trope or something. Either way, Rak, Khan and Bam form a team. Anak, Hatsu, and Purple Jumpsuit guy form their own team. With these out of the way, we meet our characters on Floor 3.

Floor Three- Okay, so I watched this episode a few days ago. The water concept is a little weird to me. Shinsu, or that weird water looking stuff, is apparently the tower source of power. Either way, being in its presence is very taxing on the body. Shinsu forms a wall that only the strongest can pass. Lero-Ro claims on the higher floors, the Shinsu will be almost unbearable. Either way, Bam is not pushed back by the giant tidal wave of Shinsu. He automatically passes. His teammates aren’t so lucky. Yet, Rak and Khun still pass through the Shinsu very easily. Well, Khun’s briefcase isnt as strong but it still gets through. Hatsu and Anak both move pass the wall with ease as well. Finally, after some lollygaggin around, Purple Jumpsuit Guy clears the wall and were onto the next floor.

So that’s really it for this one. There was major tonal shifts in this episode. Rachel is still the goal, but we focus on the challenges at hand more so in this one instead of fantasizing about the higher floors. As far as I am concerned, the momentum is still going strong. Two episodes in and it still has my approval. Go watch.

Thanks so much for reading guys. Have a good night guys!

 

 

A Destructive God Sits Next to Me Episode #1 Review

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Alright, today we have a fun blog. Its a quick review for the anime A Destructive God Sits Next to Me. I say quick, because I watched this anime last Monday (Whenever I put up the Tokay Ghoul review) and the days have just kinda blurred and ran together. This blog was suppose to come out the day afterwards and here we are on a Saturday night. So, I cannot promise I’ll remember everything, but I do remember enjoying it. Since this is a weird one we may review it a little differently compared to other post.

The first thing that stood out to me was the fact the dialogue exchange is very hectic and all over the place. It is a mix of external conversations with internal monologue. In English, this wouldn’t be a problem. In Japanese, the words are laced on top and bottom of the screen and several characters are talking at the same. I figured I was in over my head trying to follow the plot as I was completely lost in the opening scene. However, the nonchalant humor really kept me engaged.

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For a show whose main character is a destructive god of unspeakable power, the humor is all over the place and I love it. In a way, I got Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo vibes and that is always a great thing. Our main character Seri Koyuki has very little in the way of confidence and actually was relying more on slapstick humor than I was expecting. Honestly, this was a turn off and I didn’t care much for him. Yet, when he is paired with Kabuto Hanadori (The Destructive God) and fellow classmate Utsugi Tsukimiya, the chemistry really clicks and the group are very funny and enjoyable.

The plot goes something like this. Handadori is a destructive god (Yeah, no kidding). Whenever a student belittles him or insults him in any way, he resorts to lifting his eye patch to unleash his real power. Koyuki consistently has to calm him before he takes vengeance on his classmates.

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My thoughts with this show were a roller coaster. I was looking for something funny, charming, and lighthearted. At first, this show seemed like a mess that didn’t know what it was trying to do. By the time the gang was playing “Animal Crossing” on the roofs, I was sold. I don’t know if I’m in love with this anime yet, but clocking in with just 12 episodes, I should be able to sit down and churn through this one and get a more accurate gauge at some point.

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As of now, I am excited for episode #2! We will certainly be revisiting this one at a later date to see if that humor, chemistry, and all around wackiness remains as enduring as it has started! Thanks for reading guys. I hope you all enjoyed this and will give the show a chance on Crunchyroll. Have a great night everyone.

Continued Reading!

Tower Of God Episode #1 Anime Review

Manga Monday: Tokyo Ghoul Volume #1

The Mandalorian Review

Manga Monday: Tokyo Ghoul Volume #1

Manga Monday is here once again. This time I take a look at a classic, Tokyo Ghoul. Tokyo Ghoul was created by Sui Ihida. It was brought stateside courtesy of Viz Media.

Spoilers: I try not to spoil or dive into anything too much so you guys can still go read it yourselves afterwards.

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Plot: I cannot say Tokyo Ghoul’s plot is super original but it is super interesting and really well done. Sometimes that matters more. Ghouls are creatures that can blend in perfectly with humans, hiding their hunger, ghoulish features, and desire to inflict harm on humans. Our main character is Ken Kaneki. One day he meets a girl he is super compatible with only to discover she is a ghoul. She damages him but in the middle of killing Ken, she is killed by a freak accident. Not to dive too much into regurgitating what happens, an organ is transplanted from the woman to Ken, which turns him into a half breed. Half human, half ghoul. So at its essences, Tokyo Ghoul is a psychological thrilling horror story that can deviate from that genre to be slice of life, action, or comedy when it needs to. That is something I like about it. It is a horrifying story, yet it can be as fluid and flexible as it needs to be, just like the ghouls themselves. The rest of the book centers around Ken resisting the urges to fully change into a ghoul.

Characters:

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For the record, this is a beefy volume #1 and plenty of characters are introduced. However, Ken really is the only character that is fully fleshed out. In all, we meet one other human that gets panel time and about 3 or 4 other ghouls that get panel time. However, a lot of these characters are left kind of mysterious.

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Ken Kaneki. After finally meeting a girl with similar interest, such as books, he thinks he has hit the jackpot. Only, this girl is a ghoul and tries to kill him. For the sake of not repeating the plot, just know Ken is now half ghoul and half human. This is one element that really makes this book stand out to me. If you have read/watched Parasyte, then you know when your main character is a monster with a conscious, it brings a whole lot of psychological and ethical conversations to the table. One of the bigger topics the book is treading around is is self preservation the ultimate goal. I mention this one in particular because as ghouls nothing else tastes good except for humans. However, Ken is still clinging to hope of being human. He refuses to eat humans even though he really cannot stomach anything else. It is a lot like the Santa Clarita Diet, if you’ve ever seen that (and if you haven’t, go watch it). Ken is one of the more interesting main characters we’ve covered so far.

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The World What is there to say about the world? It is our regular world, just imagine zombies live in it. Which isn’t even hard to do. Child abusers, rapist, murders and cannibals all live among us and sometimes we never find out about them until they are dead. So, while their appearances were sometimes meant to be disturbing or grotesques, ghouls actually felt no worse than humans. Perhaps that is the scariest part. I could be diving way too deep but that is half the fun of running a blog page. I get to put my personal spin and thoughts on the subject matter. Ken is a real good stand-in for the audience of readers who deal with similar things in the real world. We’ve all been in class or work where it becomes advantageous to cheat, steal, or otherwise prosper from unethical or unlawful methods. Do we try hard to resist these temptations? How about when we see others getting ahead in life from being shady? Which again, calls into question is self preservation the ultimate goal. The world is the same as ours with the end of the evil spectrum a bit exaggerated. Maybe it is not that deep. Maybe its pretty surface level and just a good action thriller. My opinion is that it is a little deeper than that and that is the scary part.

Recap: I think Tokyo Ghoul is really as deep as you make it. I believe the symbolism to the real world is there and it is pretty striking. However, if someone told me the plot was just an excuse to set up more Japanese monsters, I suppose I could believe that too. 

Action: One of the more action packed and gory books we’ve reviewed. It totally fits the tone.
Romance: In a Fifty Shades of Gray kind of way.
Plot: Again, I really enjoy the plot. A monster, psychological thriller at it’s best.
Characters: Some characters got introduced that I thought had potential and were just murdered. Either way, there are a good bit of characters with potential moving forward. Also Ken is in my upper tier of main characters so far.
The WorldI talked in great detail about this category above. Not sure what I could add here, honestly. Boring and terrifying all at the same time.
Humor: I read this book last week. Outside of Ken and his friend interacting, I don’t remember this one being very funny. I could be wrong or forgetting some parts, but I think comedy was pretty sparse here.

Verdict Now for the part I didn’t discuss.  A, it is a big book which makes it a little more pricey. This shouldn’t stop you from enjoying it but it does slow me down on buying more volumes because those additional dollars add up. It is completely worth it however if this was the only series you collect (which for me, it is not.). B. In manga form, the action is very hard to follow. The action is huge sometimes and the pages are very dark.

Score This book would be a 9.75 if the pages weren’t hard to follow. It almost made me give up on it and I was just going to give it an 8 because I knew it was great just hard to follow. After sitting on it for a week, I’m going to grade it a 9.5 out of 10.

I have passed up volume #2 several times since purchasing the first volume forever ago. I think I might give the anime a try and eventually return to the manga.

Again these are all personal opinions. You may love or hate everything about the book so your miles will undoubtedly vary. With all that said, it is absolutely worth reading the first volume.

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Recommended if you also enjoyed

Parasyte- Gore, violence, ethics, morality, half human half monster main character. They are pretty similar in a lot of regards.

Santa Clarita Diet- randomly slice of life, trying to live a normal life while also needing to eat people. Santa Clarita is more comedy and sitcom setup whereas Tokyo Ghoul relies a bit more on suspense and action.

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Ranking Super Mario 64 Levels (Top Five Friday) Part 1

Super Mario 64 was one my favorite games as a kid. Now, I still love the game even if it’s super dated (evidenced by the fact two of my last LPs were versions of Super Mario 64 [Green Comet 64 and Odyssey 64]). The graphics are ancient and the movement is either buttery smooth or miserably debilitating. However, the courses in the game are so iconic almost every square inch of that game is ingrained in my memories, burned into my eyelids, and replicated in my dreams. In other words, I like the levels. Some are annoying, some the design doesn’t really make sense. However, most are charming and memorable in their own way.

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Now there’s 15 courses so we’re going to break it down into 3 top five posts. Today’s post will cover entries 15-11 and will move on from there. So, lets get on with the list.

15. Dire, Dire Docks

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This course scores last place not due to difficulty or being cheap as much as being boring. The stars are either super quick or super tedious. The 8 red coins may be one of the worst missions in the game. The sting ray mission is cool but makes no sense. The level does make use of two hats in at least a neat way. The atmosphere here is still solid. This means that even if this is the worst level in the game, it is still far from terrible.

14. Jolly Roger Bay

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To be fair, I think the drop off from Dire, Dire Docks to the next worst level is so extreme I am not sure officially what the 2nd worst level even is. Jolly Roger Bay simply scores this low because the exploration just isn’t that great. The level is mostly underwater. This level is cool yet still relatively boring. I definitely do not hate it. It is a very chill level, but aside from being peaceful I cannot think of too many reasons to go exploring it. I eels are some of the worst things in this game.

13 Wet-Dry World

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Let’s just finish off the water levels. This level certainly steps up the exploration but is still pretty annoying to traverse. The missions in this level are all pretty solid (though I know some will mention the secret stars. I don’t hate those.). However, it seems they fall into the “fun in theory, not so great in execution”. The level feels huge while also being pretty empty. The gimmick revolves around adjusting the water (everyone’s favorite mechanic from everyone’s favorite Legend of Zelda dungeon.). In other words, they compromise a lot of this level just to force the water mechanic. It can be seen as a nice change of pace, but means it scores pretty low. Also, the hidden town just leaves so much to be desired I just wish it didn’t exist. There’s no notable NPCs, no interior houses, nothing. Just more water adjusting and red coin collecting. It could have been something cool, but instead its just useless potential.

12 Snowman’s Land

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Anyone who knows me knows this might be a top 3 level for me personally, but I have to admit that could be personal bias. The level is relatively squared off and the exploration is very limited. You are mostly climbing a snowman. There’s some cool elements to mention like an awesome cannon that cannot kill you and a koopa shell to cruise around the level. I love this level but I have to score it lower. Sorry, Snowman’s Land.

For the record, this is where the list has gotten really hard to narrow down.

11 Rainbow Ride

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There’s no way this would normally score 11 if I wasn’t overthinking every little thing but here we are. It is by far one of the best levels to explore. However, the theme, outside of the carpet ride, is just random. I cannot tell if I love that aspect or hate it. No mission even makes sense. From the shifting triangles to the floating house. Seriously, do any of these have a rhyme or reason? As a kid I hated falling levels, so naturally I was scared of this level. In my teenage years I didn’t like the randomness of this level. As a Lets Player I hate the unforgivable nature of this course. For one reason or another, I’ve always had something to complain about. Regardless, this course is awesome for being so unique. I definitely do not hate it. It is probably just the most frustrating level left to talk about.

Well, that’ll do it for this list so far. It is very hard to rank levels past the worst two. Each level has something charming or redeeming. Despite not being the biggest fan of Rainbow Road, I can definitely appreciate its brilliant randomness and insanity. So, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to spend the next week torturing myself about the next wave.

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Thank you guys so much for reading this. Feel free to rank the levels down below or leave suggestions for future top 5s!

Have a great day.