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Tonight, as in here in a few minutes, Jessica and myself will attempt a virtual game with her uncle and aunt. Were going to be playing Letters from Whitechapel where 1 person plays as Jack the Ripper and 3 players play as detectives. We each own a copy so we will both have the board available to us. Outside of that, there’s always exploding kittens on our phone or even Jackbox games.
Let me know some fun family games that can be played over zoom/messenger. In June most of our game nights will be virtual like this so were open to some idea.
Anyway, thanks for reading and any suggestions. Have a great night everybody!
I watched Episodes 4 and 5 of Odd Taxi Monday. I was going to do a review over both episodes, but from what I remember, there was almost a disconnect between episodes. And it was episode 4 that stood out to me.
Both episodes were good. 5 was more of that gangster, noir espionage feel that the show has used to great effect. Episode #4, however, had a unique vibe. It told a different, but still interwoven, story about a cat and addiction. His addiction centers around collecting, gambling and loss of self identity. In an essence, it tells a story of consumerism stealing our meaning in life.
This topic hits pretty close to me for two reasons. The first is that I work at a hobby collectible shop and we see a lot people make bad financial decisions in order to obtain cool stuff. Personally, I believe people work for money and would gladly trade that money in for happiness in the form of trinkets and games. I think that part is natural. Though, there is a line where it becomes unhealthy. Some people do it because of the dopamine hit. Others do it to belong to the exclusive clubs that come along with the items. Others determine their whole self value based off of what they have in their possession. Obviously rich people do this too (keeping up with the Jones). And that lifestyle leads to bankruptcy and burn out. It happens to the lower-middle class as well.
The second reason is because in my sustainability classes, we actively preach against the false comfort that is consumerism. We talk about the power of freeing yourself from the shackles that are identifying your worth based off what you own. (Not talking about assets like stocks and such.)
The story follows Tanaka, a cat whose life is spiralling out of control. It’s been a 16 year build up of just bad decision after bad decision. The beginning of this episode deals with school yard psychology as Tanaka and his class peers compete to have the rarest most collectible erasers. One kid’s parents travel and as a result can buy exotic erasers from other countries. Tanaka cannot compete with this. I think this is an important lesson for kids and adults. There will always be someone richer than you. Dont compete with money. If I am remembering right, we never see Tanaka use any of his personal traits to win the kids over. He never uses his humor, his charm or any interesting facts about him. He just tries to impress the kids with expensive erasers. And how does he do that? He steals his dad’s credit card and pays a ridiculous amount for something half the price. This earns his father’s ire.
I’m not sure what message the show was giving by having the expensive eraser never be shipped after he won it from ebay. My only guess is to make the username the antagonist. As the username will pop up later. The next step the show takes is to have his classmates move on from eraser collecting and the eraser never shows up. However, I thought it would have been impactful for him to rush to class to show off his new eraser and the other students dont even acknowledge it or even make fun of him for still liking those while he desperately clings to the item he just spent a small fortune on.
Either way, fast forward I think 16 years and we find Tanaka has a nice job and hes learned his lesson. He still likes collecting but now its digital through a free to play zoo game. The game gives daily coins for free and will mostly reward you with common and uncommon (not rare or super rare) animals. For the ol giggles, he checks the player with the best rated zoo. It’s the same name as the eBay seller from 16 years ago. That old primal rage is resparked. He now wants the best zoo. He starts off small, only putting in a 1,000 yen a week. However, frustrated with not seeing the results he wants, he ups the spending big time. Before long, he has put about a million yen in a free to play.
This is the huge PSA announcement. The social commentary here is how predatory gacha machines and similar games can be. It feeds off of gambling tendencies and our rush of dopamine from the chance of pulling something rare. Tanaka plays as a stand in for the audience. For the hundreds of thousands of people who have lost countless money on these gimmicks.
So, finally after 16 long years Tanaka gets his revenge. He hatches the dodo bird (the rarest animal in the game). He literally starts crying tears in the middle of the street. His joy is cut short when a crazy taxi driver (you’ll never guess who) drives recklessly around a corner. This causes Tanaka to jump out of the way, dropping his phone on the ground and into a ditch of water…
He retrieves the phone but the progress is lost. The dodo bird no longer resides in his zoo. To make matters worse, Tanaka’s real bird dies. While burying the bird he stumbles upon a gun. Now, with dead eyes and a taste for revenge, Tanaka sets out to kill Odokawa.
This episode is a masterpiece. Plain and simple. The fact that they can, in the middle of the anime, shift gears and focus on a formerly nameless character and it still has the same feel as the right of the series, you know theres something special about this anime. I love the nonlinear storytelling, the narration and dialogue, the characters and the world, it all just blends seamlessly into a near perfect anime. You have to observe everything because it could become the focal point of another episode soon enough. I’m completely sold on this anime. I already was, but now its official. This anime is genius and I cant wait to see how it end.
I popped into one of my local game stores today and, to my surprise, they had one of the Wii U games I needed. As a recap, I needed Devils Third, Disney Planes Fire and Rescue, Just Dance Kids 2014 and Just Dance 2019.
Well, I got to knock one off the list! And the winner is…
Yep… Just Dance Kids 2014.
I’m not proud of it, but hey. Just 3 games to go. The dopamine hits are getting lesser and lesser but it is still exciting to see one!
So, its 8PM EST as I’m typing this. The stock will be starting very soon and im scrambling to finish this before it starts. Oh well. I already have my list made up and I will keep writing this even if real picks get announced. Here we go.
#1. Jacksonville Jaguars. Well, this is probably the easiest pick. Even for teams that need OL help or pass catching help, there will still be decisions to be made and pros and cons for each available player. Jags need help everywhere and we shouldn’t expect a lot from any QB selected here, Lawrence or otherwise.
Projected Pick: Trevor Lawrence.
#2 New York Jets
As we were discussing, the Jets have a whole host of things to discuss here. Personally, I feel QBs 2-8 really didnt separate themselves. I didnt watch Any pro days, but I followed the hype. I’d personally take Justin Fields here due to his body of work. The negative side of me says whoever goes here will bust. They just need so many positions filled and it’s a first year coaching staff. Still, people the Jets minds are made.
Projected Pick: Zach Wilson
For the record, I’m almost convinced Mac Jones to be the 3rd best QB behind Lawrence and Fields. However, I refuse to fall for the smoke screen. This is the pick I’m most excited about as the story of Jones going third overall was leaked about a month ago.
Projected Pick: Justin Fields.
#4 Atlanta Falcons
Things could have certainly got interesting if Falcons had traded this pick away. Since Panthers and Broncos each went out and got new QBs, I’m just not buying a trade here anymore. I’m half way wanting to say the Falcons draft Chase here but that require a Julio Jones trade. That trade has yet to materialize, so I’ll go chalk here.
Projected Pick: Kyle Pitts
#5 Cincinnati Bengals
I here the discussion here is reuniting Burrow with college team Chase or taking an OL (most likely Sewell). I wont buy the QB hype. They should feel blessed to have Burrow and must keep him upright. Get a wide out in the second round like Higgins last year.
Projected Pick: Penei Sewell
#6 Miami Dolphins
I’m not overly familiar with the Dolphins OL. So maybe they’re tempted to take a OL here. But I’ll avoid that line of thinking here. Grab a pass catcher and get this offense moving.
Projected Pick: Ja’marr Chase
#7 Detroit Lions
I’ve heard rumblings of Lions trading here to get picks. I wouldn’t be against it. Ive heard maybe they’ll take an OL. But with Golladay gone, you got to replace him get Goff some help.
Projected pick: Jaylen Waddle
#8 Carolina Panthers
The first pick where I dont even have a guess. They needed a QB but went and got Darnold. They also got rid of Curtis Samuel. I could see wanting defensive help or another pass catcher, but I think they’ll take an OL here.
Projected Pick: Rashawn Slater
#9 Denver Broncos
When they traded for a QB, I wrote the broncos off from taking one here. But I’ve talked to friend and now I’m convinced they take a QB here to sit under Bridgewater for a year.
Projected Pick: Trey Lance
#10 Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys defense is horrible. I got them taking the best available defensive player. According to everything I’ve heard, that will end up being a corner. I’m not sold on any one player or position. Shoot, they could take Harris the RB or Smith the receiver for all we know.
Projected Pick: Patrick Surtain II
So there you have it. My top 10. I would have loved to do more picks or down each pick in more in depth, but the draft is starting, so I’m going to go watch. If I remember, I’ll try to add pictures or see how many we got right later. As of now, thanks for reading and have a great day! (Hopefully no typos or misspelled names. I did this in a rush!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: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.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.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 World: I 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.
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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Tower of God is a new anime I just started watching last night. It is shaping up be either the most interesting anime I’ve ever seen or it will crash on its own momentum. The first episode sets up a fantasy setting, a strange objective, and a hole host of characters. What this means for the series as a whole is yet to be seen
Plot: The plot seems straightforward yet eerily mysterious. A tower stands tall tempting its challengers with a simple promise. All that you wish can be found at the top of the tower. Who is brave enough to accept the challenge and who is strong enough to complete the challenge? A better question may be why would someone challenge that. Well, we have the answer for the two main characters, Rachel and Bam.
Rachel. Rachel is the presumed love interest of the story. The story comes right out and says this is her and Bam’s story, though I find it hard to call her the main character. She almost seems like an unrealistic goal or dream Bam aspires to reach. I call her the presumed love interest because I don’t think the show elaborates on what kind of love the two characters share and if that love is even mutual. She saves Bam earlier in their lives (how much earlier is not known to the viewer). However, she still chooses to abandon Bam to challenge the tower. Her quest is to see the stars, something she makes known the second they meet.
Bam. Bam is more inline with what I think of a main character. The scene is vague, but I feel led to believe he was trapped in a cave until Rachel finds him. In a way, she may very well be the only other person Bam knows which would explain the obsession with Rachel. Of course, he joins the tower challenge all to find Rachel and reunite with her. He seems very Jon Snow in that manner. He wants to do right by Rachel even though every other character in the show is in it for personal gain. This makes you like him and at times go “kids going to get himself killed.”
Headron- Headron introduces himself on the first level of the tower but his exact role still seems fuzzy to me. He is like a game show host in a way. He introduces the challenger to the floor and what task they will have to undertake. He seems to get a sick thrill from challengers dying or, at least being at a disadvantage. Despite us leaving him on floor 1, I doubt this will be the last time we see Headron.
Princess Yuri and Evan- Princess Yuri shows up to help Bam out in the first floor, and just in time I might add. With her comes a ton of mystery and allure. Her dialogue with Headron leads us to believe their is a royal family lurking around. What do they gain from the tower and the gauntlet the inhabitants undergo? I’m sure all this will be explored later. As for now, Yuri grants Bam access to her powerful sword which allows him to progress through the floors.
The World: The world actually seems terrible. Again, it is revealed Bam was trapped in a hole in a cave until Rachel finds him. Also, stars and the sky are all rumors. This implies people havent even seen beyond the cave ceilings. Such a wild thought. The tower itself is intriguing. The tower will ultimately be made up of several floors (I’m not sure how many floors there will be in total). The floors all range in difficulty, aesthetics, and challenges.
Floor One- Floor one appears straightforward yet is layered in complexity. Bam is also the only challenger on this floor. The room is almost a sewer or water chamber protected by a giant, majestic eel. The goal? Break a giant, black ball while not being ate by the eel.
Floor Two- Floor two is completely different. It is a wide open field where each contestant is tasked with killing the other. The round begins with 400 contestant and they are told to get that number down to 200. This is where the show turns into a Hunger Games or PUBG style elimination event. Honestly, I’m not crazy about the pacing here. People just die left and right. There’s a jump of adrenaline from characters getting absolutely swatted left and right. That jolt of suspense wears off when you realize you don’t know any of the characters and it is just mindless murdering. Still an exciting scene in the moment. I do hope it slows down a bit in the second episode.
Recap: This show has insane potential or could flop. I could completely see it going either way. Everyone was hating on the graphics. It was noticeable but it didn’t derail my enjoyment.
Action Each floor looks as if it will rely on action. I’m sure some floors will be more mentally taxing as we go, but that’s yet to be seen.
Romance Again, the plot seems to be a love story. How stable or romantic it is is to be determined.
Plot The plot isnt super interesting in and of itself. The plot is mostly used to justify the setting and Bam’s motivation.
Characters Bam is the only character we got some level of peek into. Here’s a funny thought. Bam rarely says a word that isnt more or less “I’m doing this for Rachel” yet he easily comes off as a main character. It’s a bullheaded, reckless abandonment, throw caution to the wind, that would get old or come off as stupid that I find compelling about Bam. But again, it is kind of stupid still.
The World World, meh. Tower, very captivating.
Humor laugh out loud moments were pretty sparse. It might have had moments that make you giggle but it wont make you fall out of your seat dying of laughter.
Verdict I cannot wait to see how this one unfolds. It will either lose steam or be amazing. Let’s keep an eye out on this one.
Score I’ll give it a solid 8 out of 10. We will see how this score changes as we go.
I watched episode one of this anime last night before bed. I was about to pass out and jotted down some notes so I could freshen up my memory. Check out my early thoughts below.
Love story in epic setting. Each floor has challenges. First one, survive and open ball. 2nd one, survive and eliminate other challengers.
Great plot and characters, animation quality dipped at certain times but was surprising charming and grew on me.
8.0 out of 10.
I’ve been buying mangas since the blog started. One of my first hauls evolved Blue Exorcist and Dead Man Wonderland and maybe a Dragon Ball or Seven Deadly Sins thrown in there. However, I didn’t really make a hauls post (at least I don’t think I did.). This will eventually make its way to the Youtube channel, but you guys can have a sneak peak here first. Enjoy!
Rave Master Volume #1
Dragon Eye Volume #1
Boruto Volume #8
This is where Jessica’s haul start as she continues her Boruto run!
Persona 5 Volume #1
I am A Hero Volume #1
We had a pretty good haul all things considered. I’m very happy with my Rave Master. I already put up a review which can be found here. Dragon Eye will get a review soon. Maybe I can talk Jessica into reviewing one of her books? We will see. I’ll try to round up another 5 or so mangas again before I do another haul post, but I hope you guys enjoyed this post.
Hey guys as discussed, I want to return to regularly scheduled Manga Mondays if nothing else. Below is a picture featuring some candidates.
Starting top left and going left to right the titles are as followed:
- Rave Master Volume 1
- Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1
- Rebirth Volume 2
- Dragon Eye Volume
- Astra Volume 1
- Deathnote Volume 1
- Eureka Volume 1
- Seven Deadly Sins Volume 2
Ive read all of Rave Masters and half of Tokyo Ghoul, Death Note, and Astra.
As always feel free to make recommendations but mangas are not the easiest to find for me, so keep that in mind!
For now, expect Rave Master Volume 1 review to be up Monday as long as I can stay on schedule. Also, subscribe to the Dahubbz Youtube channel because Im planning on doing some manga related content. Of course, following the blog will let you see some manga goodies before the channel.
On the channel, I’m also doing a Lets Play of Mario Odyssey 64 and Jessica and I are doing an LP of Pikmin 1 on Gamecube.
Thank you guys for taking the time to read this. Have a great day.