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Life Lessons With Uramichi Oniisan Random Thursday #1 (Anime Review)

Hey there, today is not a new segment so to speak. It is more of a reworking. As the series was formerly know as Random Wednesday but I want to do more comic book pick ups on Wednesday. The premise of this series is simple. I watch the first episode of a random anime and then talk about it. Today’s Anime is Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan.

Here’s a run down of the plot so we are all on the same page. Uramichi Oniisan went to university and became a talented gymnastic. However, at the young age of 31 his life is going nowhere and he is the lead character of the children’s show “Together with Maman.”. Think of this show as Barney or Blue’s Clues in this universe. The rest of the show serves to highlight the struggles of not knowing who you are or what you want to do with yourself. His co-workers are scared of his mental unhingeness and his producers, oddly enough, just put up with his outrages. This show tackles a pretty serious issue, mid-life crisis, in a lighthearted manner. One episode in and I can’t tell if the show is trying to bring light to the subject or turn it into a comedy or both. Either way, the show manages to be hilarious because of the dark subject material juxtaposed to such an innocent setting. Uramichi is trying to figure out how to get his life out of the gutter while simultaneously inspire, educate and lead small children.

Interestingly enough, I’m not sure the wide appeal for an anime like this. However, it definitely hit close to home to me. At the age of 21, I was living in my dad’s pool house. My job, babysitting my 6 little siblings. They ran the gambit in ages from 8 to new born. I hung out with them every day because they were home schooled. I helped out in their education, entertained them and always tried to be there for them. All the while having no clue what I was doing with my life. I had bounced around colleges and majors. By this time I had attended three different colleges and had 5 different majors. I started out as a Mass Communications Major with a concentration in Film and Television. After I transferred to my next school I switched to Education. I was in a committed relationship and no longer dreamed of working on movies. I liked the idea of empowering kids and teens to be their best self. After a year as an Education major, my professor told me to just major in Biology since that is what I wanted to teach. However, a lot of my math courses didn’t translate with me so I was having to take extra courses. And because my college had 2 major campuses, I could never get signed up for Chemistry. Frustrated from spinning my wheels, I switched my major once again to general business. While, taking the business core, I planned to pick one area to major in. In hindsight I almost wished I would have picked Marketing, but I chose Accounting. I then transferred to my third college with my 5 major.

Well, I only have about a year of Accounting courses left not counting my minors, but I have fallen out of love with the subject and I am taking a break from school. It sucks, but it needs to happen. So I am sitting here, watching anime about a guy who had his life all figured out now spiraling out of control while I am unsure of my own future. I can relate to trying to be positive for the next generation while your world is in constant upheaval. So that’s why I did this specific life story tangent. I feel like this anime was created for me. Obviously I have only seen the first episode, but it seems right up my alley. I love the off-beat humor, the colorful supporting cast, the non-sense slice of life scenario it is set in. Honestly, the first episode was near perfect and quite enthralling. Though I totally get it if the all-over-the-place, chaotic nature is not your thing.

Recap:
Action: This is not a violent or action packed anime. There may have been some slapstick humor but I don’t remember.
Romance: I don’t recall much in the way of romance either.
Plot: The plot is nothing really special here. It is more so the characters’ interactions and the way they handle the world around them.
Characters: We are introduced to about 5 or 6 characters that could play bigger roles. Tobikichi Usahara and Mitsuo Kumatani play his lovable mascot sidekicks. While Utano Tadano and Iketery Daga show up occasionally for musical numbers. Of course there’s also Uramichi Oniisan and the children who I cannot wait to see what weird hijinks they get into.
The World: It is a slice a life anime. The world is nothing special. It is exactly our world.
Humor: Humor is of course one of the strong suits of this anime. Again it is situational humor playing on the absurdities of these character’s lives and situations.

All in all I think this is a great anime if you like the following:
Slice of Life. There’s no great evil or end of the world stakes. It is just PvE. Real life people working through problems.
Relatable cast. A lot of us work jobs that are unfulfilling or have co-workers we have to deal with. Sure some of the characters are extremes or caricatures, but a lot of it is grounded in reality.
Nonsense or Off beat humor. The funniest aspects of the show often revolves around humor that seems out of place or all the wall.

So, there you go. We’re going to try to keep this a weekly thing but there’s going to be a big life update post soon, so get ready.

Thank you guys for watching. Have a great day.

I Could Be A Minimalist- The Hobby of Collecting and The Burden of Consumerism.

I have been a prisoner of consumerism for years now like most of us. As someone who went to school for business and sustainability, I am well aware of this problem. I knew a day would come when I would care a little less about consumerism. As days go on, I get closer to that goal. The big reason is because I plan to move. I don’t want more clutter. I don’t want to blow my whole paycheck on comic books and video games. Another reason I am getting closer to being over the addiction of retail therapy is because I have started investing. (Currently, I have $1,600 invested since around January.).

I was okay with consumerism for about 4 years because it was new to me. It started with buying Elemental Hero Yugioh cards to build decks I wanted to as a kid. Than I moved in with my mom and found my N64 games and wanted to start collecting N64 games. Than Jessica took me to her brother’s comic book store and that awoken the trifecta. I was obsessed with card games, video games and comic books. And over a 3-5 year run, I built a collection I was truly happy with. When I pop in my copy of Pokemon Stadium 2, or when I see my Daredevil #2 on my shelf, or when I duel my wife in a card game, I am truly happy with where my collection is. The problem with collecting is that it never ends. Even when you are happy with where you are. Even when you complete your original goals. Even when your priorities change in life. I am still looking forward to new comics each week or the holiday games.

What a sexy book!

And yes. My collection is not insane. Though, I have probably hit that point where if I never added another game I could still probably never play every game in my collection. I thought that would be a wake up call but it wasn’t. That’s mostly because collecting and gaming are two different hobbies. The first one makes you excited you scored a new 3D platformer that you will play for the next 15 hours. The other makes you excited you added 20 O.G. Xbox games for a dollar a piece to your collection. So, who cares that there is no way I’ll ever play every Gamecube game I own? Who cares if I have no interest in the sports games I buy? It’s two different hobbies. Each are equally satisfying in my opinion.

Pokémon Stadium 2 | Nintendo 64 | Games | Nintendo
Love this game!

I had an epiphany last week. A month or so ago I bought a copy of Skyward Sword on Switch for $60 dollars. I have played about 2 hours into it (I’m at the first dungeon.). Why haven’t I played more you ask? Because Pokemon Unite, a free to play MOBA, released in the same time window. So I have put countless hours into a Free to Play game and two hours into the game I have paid for. Something is not adding up. And this trend is pretty consistent right now. I have been playing Final Fantasy 15, a game I own, over Gamepass, a service I pay $10 a month for. My phone apps and my computer apps (Hearthstone, MTG Arena, and Bloon Tower Defense 6) are all free to play at this point. I’m playing a bunch of free games and not the ones I am putting money into. And with the way the Nintendo Switch is set up, I do not even need a T.V. to play on my Switch. Other apps I use like Pokemon Showdown are also free. Not to mention I am bumming streaming service accounts like HBO Max, Disney and Crunchyroll.

So being a gamer does not even have to be expensive in 2021. There’s my massive collection of backlog games, movies and comics that would keep me busy without having to spend another buck. And in the digital era, I don’t even have to own the clutter. Marvel comics can be bought on an app. Shoenen Jump has an app. Gamepass has hundreds of thousands of games on there for 9.99 a month. So why own this junk?

Because I like it. There’s a lot more to go into such as the fact I actually own my stuff. Digital properties are prone to being censored upon rerelease, being pulled from e-stores at any point, and the fact you do not own the assets. I like being in a house that is composed of my favorite things. Things that remind me of my childhood. Things that make me happy in a world that is generally depressing currently. I look forward to playing, reading and watching these things with my future kids and with my wife, Jessica. Jessica and I have game nights, movie nights and card nights all the time. We enjoy them.

However, space and time are two major things that are hard to get back when they are gone. And money I invest into my collection is money I cannot invest in my retirement. Those three factors heavily encourage me to slow down. Now, in a month I have added 6 Gamecube games to the collection, but I used store credit so my wallet did not feel as burdened by it. I am liking the strategy of using store credit to fund my hobby. I will continue to do that until space becomes a real issue.

So, at the end of the day, I could become a minimalist, but I probably wont until I absolutely have to. I will cut back on spending, definitely. But I still enjoy adding to my collections and chipping away at the goals. However, I am probably done spending hundreds of dollars on collectibles. For now. My money situation and life situation just make it to where it does not make sense. So I am not a prisoner to consumerism anymore. I am just enjoying life and trying to be smarter in all decision making moments. Surely, I will fail at times, but I am always improving.

Pokemon Remakes Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Adding a New Type! Is This Clickbait?

Let me start by saying this is in no way bashing this article or its writer. I think it’s a great article actually. Read the original article here before reading my take on his article.

Secondly, I am making a YouTube video to correspond with this blog if you prefer the video or spoken form more. Watch it here!

Okay, so both of those disclaimers out of the way, let’s jump into it.

So this article by Comicbook.com caught my eye late the other night before bed. Many profound thoughts ran through my head. My first thought was obviously what the new type was going to be? X and Y was the last Gen to introduce a new type, Fairy. And only the second generation to do so. Johto added both Steel and Dark. I would like to think all 3 have been welcomed additions to the core typings.

All The Dark Pokemon

Secondly, I questioned why they were introducing a new type in a spin off game. Yes most remakes have been well received and I think many are excited to revisit Sinnoh. Still, it felt risky creating a new type in a remake, something that has never been done before (and stuck. Like how Shadow Pokemons never made it past the Gamecube spin off games.)

When Shadow Pokemons were a thing.

Very early on the jig is up. ” A lot has changed since Pokemon Diamond and Pearl first released in 2006, including the addition of Fairy-type Pokemon.” Starts Marc, the author of the article. “There are still a lot of questions about Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, but we now know that Fairy-type Pokemon will be represented in the remake when it releases”

Screenshots from in game.

The new type he is referring to is Fairy. As anyone who has followed Pokemon with any consistency through out its last handful of installments, X and Y came out 3 generations ago back in 2013, you wouldn’t exactly think of Fairy as a new type anymore. However, the point he is getting at is Fairy wasnt out during Pokemon Diamond and Pearl’s initial releases.

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl launched on Nintendo DS all the way back in 2006. Hot of the release of GBA staple Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald, Diamond and Pearl were Pokemons first foray onto Nintendo’s newest handheld at the time. For those doing the math, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl were released 7 years prior to Pokemon X and Y and two whole generations before.

Screenshots from in game.

So the first time the players traversed the wonderful region of Sinnoh, Fairy types were nearly a decade away from emerging as the newest type. So in some way, Marc is absolutely right. Fairy is a brand new type to Sinnoh. New moves, new weaknesses and strengths, and brand new strategies await those returning to the region in the fall.

However, as we have demonstrated, Fairy is far from a new typing. Thus I found the article title to be misleading. As I said, I do actual like the article. It gives historic Pokemon background and states its point and view and even mentions how Fairy types add a whole new dimension to a game some of us may have logged hundreds of hours in. I just didnt care for the name.

So if you made it this far into my article, I would like to know if you considered this title or article to be clickbait. As a good journalist, your article will always rely somewhat on clickbait. Its just the nature of the beast. I’m just curious if, after reading the original article, you found that article to be misleading. It’s a question on modern day journalism and how much can a title get away with. This is far from the worst example I’ve seen. However, as someone who does video game reviews and news topics here, I’m very interested in what my audience thinks about this topic.

Thank you guys so much reading. Have a great day!

New Comic Book Day Haul #2

Hey guys were back with our next round of comic book pick ups!

Spider-Man Life Story Annual #1
King Spawn #1
Darkhawk #1

I picked up four comics this week. Darkhawk #1, Spiderman Life Story Annual 1, King Spawn and Thor 16 (Not Pictured). Admittedly, kind of an underwhelming and exciting week. I’m only on issue 12 of Thor so I have a long way to go on it. I’m not a huge Spawn fan but the King Spawn being a number one intrigues me. Darkhawk was a favorite of mine when I was younger, so to see him back is awesome. I only have 2 issues of Spiderman Life Story. So while I love the idea, I’m a little ways away from reading it.

So that’s my Haul! Let me know what new comics yall are reading! Thanks for reading and have a great night everyone.

Comics Ive Gotten Recently #1

Hey guys, I wanted to use the blog as a way of cateloguing my comic book pick ups to better help my memory. Ive gotten Jessica to take a few pics. So here we go!

The first two pictures here are DC’s 1970’s run on Shazam. It includes issues 2, 4, 6, 10, 17, 20, and 22. There’s no major or even really any minor keys in this Shazam lot. But it is a great way to start my run!

This is a run of Frank Miller Daredevil. Issues 176, 182 and 183. These are 3 great, great Daredevil covers. The middle cover is the issue after Elektra’s death. The right most one is the first appearance of Stick, Daredevil’s mentor.

Here’s DC Showcase 59, Teen Titans #5, JLA #26 and 72. DC Showcase is the 3rd appearance appearance of the Teen Titans.

Lastly we have 2001: A Space Odyssey, Peter Parker Spider-Man 90, Ghost Rider #29 and Fantastic Four 389. 2001 is the first appearance of Machine Man!

So, there you have it. That’s my first comic book haul on the blog! I buy comics often, so expect plenty more! Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Early Thoughts on Pokemon Unite on Nintendo Switch!

Pokemon Unite came out earlier this week and Jessica and I played a few rounds with it. When I wrote this article, I was Lv. 7 and only had played a few Ranked Matches. Meaning, some of my early gripes are remedied (but definitely not all.). Any text in italics are current me adding in new thoughts to the article I wrote 2 days ago.

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Let’s start with the first thing I noticed. The roster. The roster is loaded for a new game but is shallow compared to the franchise as a whole. Pokemon Unite starts off with 20 Pokemons available to unlock through a various amount of methods. The player gets to choose 1 of 5 Pokemons to stat with. That selection is comprised of: Charizard, Pikachu, Talonflame, Eldegoss and Snorlax. (1 Pokemon for each of the 5 roles.) I chose Talonflame and have enjoyed him. Charizard is by far the least seen Pokemon from this list, surprisingly. Snorlax has impressed me a lot from what I have seen other people do. Apparently Pikachu is really good. I never run against the same teams in ranked, which is great. The roster seems nice and diverse for now. This is good because it leaves room for the game to receive plenty of updates to keep the game alive.

Pokemon Unite Best Starter Pokemon Guide - Which Should You Pick?

At first glance, I thought most of the Pokemons were from Gen 1 and 8 exclusively. Though I found a few exceptions such as Absol and Talonflame. Type diversity is also great but as a result, no one type has a lot of variety. Most types have at most 2 Pokemons (i.e. Flying has Talonflame and Charizard. Fighting has Lucario and Machamp.). As new Pokemons roll out into the game I hope they don’t oversaturate any one type. I could see Psychic or Fighting or something similar really getting favored with the addition of more Pokemons as the game goes on.

Pokemon Unite: release date, Switch & mobile gameplay, playable Pokemon,  more - Dexerto

The Map is something my opinion has improved on but is still not completely changed on. The Map is extremely restricted to Remoat Stadium and the training stage. (After unlocking quick matches you can access to a new stage). Still even with the addition of the second stage, there’s a lot to be desired. For starters, each map is only accessible in one game mode. So Remoat Stadium is only playable in regular 5 v 5. While the second stage is reserved solely for 4 v 4 quick match. Give us a few more stages for each mode and this game will truly start to shine. This is another area the game can be improved on with future updates.

Remoat Stadium is one of several Aeos Island maps on which Trainers can  battle in Pokémon UNITE | Pokémon Blog

Their ideas for move learning is really great here. It works on a branching path system akin to Bloon Tower Defense. I found the branching path in move selection to be sweet initially. However, after playing multiple rounds, its another area I hope the game can improve upon. If not, this is the area of the game I feel needs the least improvements (as there’s a lot to like about it as is). Your Pokemon can learn 4 moves. 2 of which have split pathways we discussed earlier. This provides plenty of mix and match flexibility to keep the game feeling fresh. It’s not the format I’d like to see updated. Its more so maybe adding in another possible learn set for each Pokemon. This probably wont be necessary with the addition of future characters. But for example, giving Slowbro access to Recovery or Confusion/Confuse Wave. With this pathway you could select a tanky role or a defensive role. This gives Slowbro a nice change of pace each time you use them. I find myself playing multiple different roles as a Slowbro main. I can help clear up weakened Pokes our offensive teammates didn’t finish off. I can guard a base when they make a push. Or if they lack a real threatening presence, I can use utility moves to actually be offensive.

Do Pokemon have type advantages in Unite?

To continue an earlier point. A better representation of types is needed. Water only has Greninja and Crawbird(I could not remember Cramorant’s name when I first wrote this. haha). While Greninja is great, the inclusion of Blastoise or Milotic would be nice. Gyarados seems like a rather obvious inclusion eventually. Ground has no representation at all. Steel is only featured as Lucario’s secondary typing. Crustle as the sole Bug/Rock Pokemon is offensively bad. Adding in Scyther and Scizor would help on both fronts. Ariados could be a support Pokemon if it could set up speed traps with webbings and have access to Poisoning effects. I could understand them not wanting an annoyingly sturdy Steel type, so maybe add in Excadrill? He is not pure Steel or even primarily Steel but he is a great Pokemon from Gen 5. Donphan would be another interesting ground Pokemon. Also, both Donphan and Scizor would help address the fact that there are no Johto Pokemons at all on the roster…

Donphan | Wiki | •Pokémon• En Español Amino

Now on to the cosmetic aspects. Pokemon has always struggled with this. The characters lack anything really separating them from other trainers. The Pokemons can have awesome themed outfits unlocked for them but I dont yet understand the in-game currency (I do a little better now. There’s three types of currency, each with their own usage). There’s a lot of content here while also feeling like there isn’t any. It is kind of weird. I’ve mostly been playing through the battles, occasionally checking out some of the other menus. Admittedly, I dont get everything. As an update to this, there’s so many Pokemon’s, Outfit’s, battle items, and currencies, you’ll almost always be unlocking something after each battle. However, you will, in reality, use very little of these unlockables. I am glad they are there. Don’t get me wrong. However, most of the time it just feels like you are clicking through pop up windows.

All Trainer Skins & Outfits List | Pokemon UNITE - GameWith

There’s a battle pass area where you can complete challenges for rewards, daily missions you can complete for rewards and daily log on bonuses that can be turned in for rewards. There’s even stage specific challenges, too! But again, this mostly a second language to me now. You are able to obtain 2 or 3 more Pokemon this way including Venusaur (As well as Slowbro!).  So that is pretty cool.

Pokémon UNITE - Everything you need to know | esports.com

All in all this is my first foray into a game like this and I am enjoying it. Of course, it being based off Pokemon and my ability to play with my wife help. The Pros here are plenty. Lots of challenges, awesome Pokemon and simple gameplay make it easy to jump into. The cons are that while it is a team based game, your fun can be hindered if you or your teammates arent great at the game (I still very much feel this way). Character customization isn’t great and the lack of stage selections is lame (Also, still very much feel this way.)

So, after playing with the game another day, my issues are still the same. However, my biggest issue is the lack of a second, at least, stage on 5 v 5. However, this still may be my favorite release of the year. Not bad at all for a Free to Play MOBA!

However, I think this was a strong launch and I look forward to playing more!

Favorite Pokemon: Slowbro (10 Battles 5 Wins), Talonflame (3 Battles 2 Wins), Zeraora (3 Battles 1 Win)
My Trainer ID: 2YPR4TT
Jessica’s ID: A8263QE

That’s all. Thank you guys so much for reading. Leave your thoughts down below! Thank you again for reading and have a great day!

Digimon BT4 Deck Profile #2 Piedmon Purple (Rough Starting Point!)

Hey guys, were back with more Digimon deck techs! I think this is one of the harder brews to build because it is a midrange deck. This means it is not a linear strategy nor does it just jam 4 of each card. There is a real balancing act for this deck. Before we get into that. You guys seemed to like my last Digimon deck tech of Blue Green Imperialdramon Dragon Mode. If you have not read it, feel free to read it here. It is a bit more aggro relying on jamming and just just going for security checks.

The reason this deck is so challenging to build is because it is a very flexible deck. Meaning it is not a straightforward archetype. For starters, check out the namesake card here.

Piedmon was one of my favorite Digimons from the anime. I was drawn to the value of this card because, quite frankly, the value is outrageous. Being able to return 2 level 4 or lower Digimons is insane momentum. It also helps guide the direction of the deck. However, we lose on play effects. Meaning these guys are the best candidates I could find.

Devimon - Release Special Booster - Digimon Card Game - TCGplayer.com
Devimon - Starter Deck 06: Venomous Violet - Digimon Card Game -  TCGplayer.com
Vilemon - Release Special Booster - Digimon Card Game - TCGplayer.com

Really, the way I am designing this deck is to be super stalling. Which is why Vilemon and Starter Deck Devimon are great. No on play effects, so that is not a draw back here. Devimon’s BT2-074 retaliation is a great recursive ability to use to kill your opponent’s Digimon. Currently I am running 4x Vilemon BT2-072 4x Devimon BT2-074 and 2x Devimon ST6-08. But let’s also remember we can return Level 3’s as well. Sadly, level 3’s are really lacking in this deck.

Dracmon - Starter Deck 06: Venomous Violet - Digimon Card Game -  TCGplayer.com
A strategies Purple deck with Plutomon and Cerberusmon – DIGIMON CARD META

These are two of my favorite to run. With my configuration, I have 3 more spots left. Tapirmon BT2-070, Impmon BT2-068 and Labramon BT4-079 are all interesting picks. I would go with Tapirmon.

If you were trying to turbo into Beelzemon, I would go Impmon. And if Labramon was not an on play effect, I might would go Labramon. However, neither are those things work here, so Tapirmon it is.

Thats the level 3’s and 4’s for now.

LV 3’s

3x Tapirmon BT2-070
4x Gabumon ST60-03
4x Dracmon ST6-04

LV4’s

4x Vilemon BT2-072
4x Devimon BT2-074
2x Devimon ST6-08
4x Meramon BT3-083

Meramon - Release Special Booster - Digimon Card Game - TCGplayer.com

That’s right. 4x Meramon too. Now Meramon is not a great return target. It has no abilities like blocker or retaliation. So in a way, even with having 1000 DP more than Devimon, it is not a better attacker. This is because Devimon will kill almost anything it swings into, even if Devimon does not survive. However, it belongs to a cycle of aggro/ramp like creatures. By this, I mean it is a LV 4 with an Evo cost of 1. Look at the other level 4’s in the deck. Most LV 4’s will cost you 2 memory to evolve. He only cost 1. If your opponent gives you a good amount of memory or you have the 4 cost Purple Matt, you digivovle all the way to your LV 6 in one turn.

Next up are the LV 5’s.

4x Skull Meramon BT3-085
4x SkullSatamon ST6-10
3x Kimeramon BT2-077
2x LadyDevimon BT3-088

SkullMeramon - Release Special Booster - Digimon Card Game - TCGplayer.com
Kimeramon - Release Special Booster - Digimon Card Game - TCGplayer.com
LadyDevimon - Release Special Booster - Digimon Card Game - TCGplayer.com

The 5 drops are a confusing bunch of characters. I’m not really sure what to make of all the numbers. SkullMeramon is here to further the ramp plan. This would allow us to aggressively digivolve into our 6 drops quickly. SkullSatamon I feel is needed to help recur our bigger dudes like getting Piedmon back to keep looping lower guys. Kimeramon is a great utility creature. Sometimes I wonder if we should run 2 because we have to blow up our own creature. However, our ability to get back creatures should help offset that drawback. LadyDevimon is probably the biggest question mark. I haven’t got to playtest her yet, so she might not fit well. Honestly, might cut her for more options or lower LV Digimons. However, draw 2 seems strong in a deck that does not mind the trash bin.

Finally LV 6’s.

2x Mastemon BT3-090
1x CresGarurumon ST6-13
2x Piedmom BT2-080

Piedmon - Release Special Booster - Digimon Card Game - TCGplayer.com
CresGarurumon - Starter Deck 06: Venomous Violet - Digimon Card Game -  TCGplayer.com
Mastemon - Release Special Booster - Digimon Card Game - TCGplayer.com

Further more. LV 6’s are another tough group. I only have the 2 Piedmons. I might end up picking up 2 more if I like the deck. CresGarurmon is mostly here to get Dracmon back. Since on play effects still trigger, Dracmon can get back Trump Sword or Nail Bone. Mastemon was a last minute addition when I was playing a Yellow Purple Anubismon deck. However, her ability to instantly “perform” a security check and recur a creature seems like too much value to pass up. I own a third one and might add it if I like her enough. The thing I don’t like about CresGarurumon and Mastemon is that 4 Evo cost. In the games I have played, my opponents rarely get me above 3 memory, which makes playing them a real cost.

Options and Trainers

2x Trump Sword
2x Nail Bone
3x Purple Matt

Trump Sword - Release Special Booster - Digimon Card Game - TCGplayer.com
Nail Bone - Starter Deck 06: Venomous Violet - Digimon Card Game - TCGplayer .com
Matt Ishida - All Digimon - In Print CCG/TCG Sealed | TrollAndToad

Personally, I find it hard to get Trump Sword to go off. I’m hoping the presence of Blockers and the threat of retaliation keep the opponent from swinging in. If that’s the case, Trump Sword should be cast easier. Things can get awkward when the creature you want to kill swings in and reveals Trump Sword off the security check. That can be a feel bad. Nail Bone is great because it is basically extra copies of Piedmon. Purple Matt, I feel, is a must for the deck. Being able to return 1 Digimon or even returning Nail Bone can be a huge swing. On top of that, it fixes your memory allowing for the swift evolving from LV 3, to Meramon to SkullMeramon into a LV 6 all in one turn. I might be tempted to bump it to 4 if I want to cut the LadyDevimons.

Digi Eggs

2x Xiaomon
3x DemiMeramon

CARDLIST|Digimon Card Game
DemiMeramon - Release Special Booster - Digimon Card Game - TCGplayer.com

Purple’s eggs feel a little underwhelming to me. I can’t wait to test out Xiaomon. I assume even with the recursion aspect of the deck, we will still be filling up the bin often enough to trigger Retaliation in the inheritable effect. DemiMeramon is here because I like his effect more than Yaamon or Pagumon. BT6 will give us Tsunomon with a better effect. Check it out here,

So here’s the official deck list for now! Starting with eggs and moving from LV 3 and up and ending with Options and Tamers.

Digieggs 5

2x Xiaomon
3x DemiMeramon

LV 3’s 11

3x Tapirmon BT2-070
4x Gabumon ST60-03
4x Dracmon ST6-04

LV4’s 14

4x Vilemon BT2-072
4x Devimon BT2-074
2x Devimon ST6-08
4x Meramon BT3-083

LV 5’s 13

4x Skull Meramon BT3-085
4x SkullSatamon ST6-10
3x Kimeramon BT2-077
2x LadyDevimon BT3-088

LV 6’s 5

2x Mastemon BT3-090
1x CresGarurumon ST6-13
2x Piedmom BT2-080

Options and Tamers 4/3

2x Trump Sword
2x Nail Bone
3x Purple Matt

Here’s a bad picture of the deck

Tamers, Eggs, LV 3’s, LV 4’s
LV 4’s again, LV 5’s, LV 6’s and Options

Changes

With only 11 LV 3’s I could see someone not liking that. Remember we aren’t an aggro deck in the sense that we aren’t out to hit all their security checks ASAP. However, that cost us some early draw power off of digivolving. I might remove the LadyDevimons for early 3 drops. In a similiar manner, we could run some Yellow digimons to better utilize Mastemon. If that was the case, we could also run Wizardmon.

Digimon Trading Card Game 2020 V.1 Single Card Common Wizardmon BT2-071 -  ToyWiz

I could totally see you wanting to go with this angle if you want more retaliation than blocking power. You could run this set if you want to attack more than being passive. My problem is what yellow Digimon would we even run? You could run Falcomon and BushiAgumon if you wanted to run an aggressive rookie rush build. In fact, that was part of the original Anubismon deck. You could still run Dracmon and Nail Bone and have LV 3s and 4 to recur. You could run Unimon if you wanted another blocker. This starts to become an entirely new version of the deck though. As I think it is entirely too hard and not worth it to splash yellow just yet. However, I definitely would like some form of recovery that yellow provides. I just don’t think the card exist yet for that version.

Other cards I would be interested in are different options.

Night Raid - Release Special Booster - Digimon Card Game - TCGplayer.com
Heat Viper - Release Special Booster - Digimon Card Game - TCGplayer.com
Back for Revenge! - Release Special Booster - Digimon Card Game - TCGplayer .com
Death Claw - Starter Deck 06: Venomous Violet - Digimon Card Game -  TCGplayer.com

No doubt Back For Revenge and Night Raid gets better in an Anibusmon shell. Heat Viper is probably a must if your meta was Rookie Rush but would be terrible in Zoo stacked metas. Death Claw is also amazing if you are up against Rookie Rush all the time. You’re able to get it back with Dracmon which is huge against them. But in there lies the issue with the above 3 options. If they were 1 or 7 memory and could be returned using Dracmon, this deck would be insane. As it stands now, Death Claw might still be worth running if you can find the spots for it. If it hits, it is insane value and gets rid of most blockers in the meta and rookie rush threats. If it is ever dead, you can pitch to one of your draw/trash effects and get it back later if it ever becomes relevant. If Digimon ever adds a sideboard, I would jam some in there for sure.

DanDevimon - Great Legend - Digimon Card Game - TCGplayer.com
Lilithmon - Release Special Booster - Digimon Card Game - TCGplayer.com

In certain versions of Piedmon Purple, I could see wanting either of these cards over, say CresGarurumon or LadyDevimon or Mastemon. If you run Lilithmon build your deck to maximize and take advantage or the draw/trash effects in purple. You might even run Beelzemon in that build. DanDevimon just looks fun. I’ve never tested him though. I only own one.

Millenniummon - Release Special Booster - Digimon Card Game - TCGplayer.com
Hell's Gate BT4-112 R Digimon Great Legend ENGLISH Playset x4 - NM

If you find yourself losing to some of the bigger threats like Omnimon, Argomon and Mega Zoo, Milleniummon and Hell’s Gate can be used specifically with those cards in mind. Again, if Digimon every adds sideboards, I think that’s where these guys belong. If you had a way of recurring 6 memory options, it certainly is worth a 1 of spot with purple’s ability to draw/trash (such as trash it on a drew effect and get it back with purple Matt).

So there you have it. That is most of the relevant cards we could discuss. Remember, I brought up a lot of different ways to build the deck and different flex cards that are totally meta dependent. If you verse a wide meta with many different strategies and win conditions, Purples ability to turn dead cards into live draws is a huge plus. I personally did not construct this build that way. I focused more on getting blockers back and hiding behind retaliation creatures. But that makes this deck a great option for a wide event. However, since this is not a set in stone archetype, I highly recommend playtesting with your locals and finding what tools you need. As stated, Death Claw and Heat Viper will completely rock Rookie Rush but be stone cold dead to Mega Zoos. Piedmon Purple lacks a true dedicated route to victory. It hopes to kill stuff, block stuff, and eventually outlast the opponent. Gaia Force being Red instead of Purple is a real shame here. No, I’m not sure it is worth splashing red to get access to it, for now. I don’t feel like BT4 added much to this deck unless you went for the Anibus Shell or added DanDevimons at the top of the curve over the other 6 drops.

So, please tell me what changes you would make. Midrange decks are always so hard to get the numbers right.
Also, tell me what decks you want to see next. I’m most interested in: ShineGreymon Yellow, Some Black deck, Argomon/Ceresmon Green, Chaosmon, or maybe even a MegaZoo deck. I have some other ideas kicking around about Purple, but I will wait.

I am also thinking of doing an upgrading the starter deck post. Basically where we talk about what upgrades you could bring to those decks to be ready for locals play.

This was a long one and I thank anyone who reads and/or comments ideas and suggestions. Thanks so much guys! Have a great days!

Spent Today Cataloging My Video Game Collection

Hey guys. I should have been a little more productive today then I was. However, I took the time to catalogue my Wii U, N64 and Gamecube collection. Next week I plan to maybe, hopefully tackle OG Xbox, 360 and Wii games.

My Wii U collection says 161 out of 165. However, I have a little different system than most, so in my list there’s only about 163. I am not sure what the exact differences are. I know I only count Bayonetta 2 as the only release. It had an original printing with Bayonetta 1 included and a second print run without the original included. I also include New Super Mario Bros, New Super Luigi Bros, and the 2 and 1 bundle as one game. Others include all 3 as separate releases (in their defense, they are all separate). I’m missing Devil’s Third and Just Dance 2019.

My Gamecube collection clocks in at 108 after a last minute impulse buy of Zoocube. Jessica said I should own the last game alphabetically speaking on the gamecube. Some of the highlights include Skies of Arcadia loose, both Pokemon Colosseum games, all the Mario Party games, and the Zelda collection including Zelda 1, Zelda 2, Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask.

My N64 collection only has 62 games. I thought for sure I had already broken 70, but alas, not yet. Some of the highlights include Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time, Bomberman 2nd Attack, Silicon Station Space Valley (yes, I know this is wrong. It’s actually Space Station Silicon Valley but I can never say nor type it right.).

Despite being almost done with the Wii U and the N64 containing most of my childhood games, Gamecube is my collection I am most fond of. It is such a great console!

N64 and Gamecube games.

Not a very flattering photo, but Jessica took this picture of the N64 games and Gamecubes stacked how she did.

Anyway, I don’t know how many of the regular readers are into retro games or video game collecting, but here’s just a small look into the collection! Thank you guys for reading!

As always have a great day!

Games at E3 2021 I’m most excited for!

E3 has come and went. While the presentation did not quite live up to the hype, there was still plenty to be excited about. Now, full disclaimer. This list is based solely off my taste, my anticipation of the game, and how close it is to coming out. So while the new Zelda game is probably the game I’m most hyped about, it doesn’t have a release date and will get docked points accordingly.

Starting the list off is Monster Hunter Stories 2. Admittedly, I missed the first entry in this game series. I also wasnt a huge fan of the Monster Hunter on Wii U. Still, the trailer for this game looked pretty solid and interesting. I’m not fully convinced I’ll pick this game up short of a sale, but I can say it looks fun nonetheless.

Next up is Final Fantasy Origin: Strangers in Paradise. Part of me is excited for this game due to my renewed interest in the series, namely FFI and FFVII. But that’s what’s so cool about it. I beat Garland again in FFI the night before Square’s presentation . The game supposedly plays like the Soul’s franchise. Again, another franchise I’ve never really played. In fact, it is a bit of a turn off. However, I do enjoy the lore of Final Fantasy so I’m willing to dive into this game. Especially if it pops up on Gamepass.

Halo Infinite is Xbox Series X’s flagship title. With a purchasable campaign complimented perfectly with a free to download multiplayer experience, Halo Infinite will attempt to kickstart Microsoft’s foray into the next generation of gaming. I believe this will be made available immediately on Gamepass, so I’ll probably visit this soon after it drops on Gamepass. I did not own an original Xbox, so I missed out on Halo 1 and 2. However, as a proud 360 owner, my brother and I beat the campaign of Halo 3. I fell out of the series after that installment marked the end of the Bungie run on Halo. I am hopeful this iteration of Halo will capitate me again like Halo 3 did nearly 15 years ago!

Now, Metroid Dread. I think Metroid 1 is very outdated and Super Metroid is a joy to explore. I’ve never played the GBA entries but Dread looks a great return to form for 2D Metroidvania games. This is most likely not a day one purchase but a game I’d love to grab eventually. Bonus points for the extended gameplay shown off.

Next is Elden Ring. Elden Ring is what I always imagined the Zelda franchise turning into. Skyrim feels almost like what Zelda BOTW would be if it was developed by not Nintendo. Elden Ring feels like what Twilight Princess or Zelda 2 would be if it was developed by not Nintendo. Truthfully, I cannot really tell you what’s going on, but this game looks epic. That is enough to get me excited. If this comes to Gamepass, it is a day one download. I am still a physical collector at heart, even with the new generation of consoles out. With that said, I need to see more in-game footage before I commit this to the day one purchases.

Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 (for the record, not the official name as of the writing of this post), Starfield and Stalker 2 all seem too far out to judge now. However, I think it is safe to say, they will be some of the best in show at E3 2022 and be in competition for game of the year next year. We did not see a lot, but what we did see, gives me plenty of hope in these titles.

Far Cry 6 seems to be one of, if not the biggest multiplat coming out this year. Ubisoft can be hit or miss in their business practices and games they release. However, there is no denying their juggernaut status in the world of 3rd party developers. Owning titles like Rayman, Assassin’s Creed and the Tom Clancy games to name a few, Far Cry is another long running franchise under their belt. Far Cry 6 stars Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad and The Mandolorian!) as its villain. That alone is plenty enough reason to be hyped for this game. The setting looks good, the weapons look fun and the last few Far Cry games have been instant hits. Far Cry 6 is sitting pretty close to the front on the hype train this year.

Guardians of the Galaxy has become one of my favorite MCU movies and teams. While that has not translated into me reading their comic series more, I am beyond stoked to suit up as Peter Quill, Star Lord. This was one of the few games that received extensive screen time. I would say do not listen to the haters of this game. Everybody is judging it off the fact no one liked Marvel’s Avengers the game. This game seems, for now anyway, completely different. We could be wrong and it could suck. However, nothing about the in-depth breakdown gave me any concern. For the most part, if I had to name anything to be worried about, it is repetitive gameplay. I am not always into brawlers. Hopefully there is more than mindless action to keep me engaged. If not, the decision making dialogue and the way Peter can call on his members individually to take advantage of their power’s will potentially keep things interesting throughout the play through. This probably won’t be a day one purchase. It comes out pretty close to Black Friday and the holidays in general. I am hoping it will go sale as there’s about 3 or 4 other games I will be picking up around this time.

Such as Mario Party SuperStars for example. Another game that got plenty of screen time. I am sold already. Featuring 5 boards and 100 minigames from the golden age of Mario Party, this game is set to be a blast this holiday season. I cannot remember if they revealed any additional modes other than the traditional party mode. Regardless, this game should serve as a great stop gap until the next mainline Mario Party game comes out. I am truthfully ecstatic to play this game.

I should note, there are plenty of games that look good that just don’t interest me. Instead of naming them all, I will just highlight Shin Megami Tensei V. I don’t see the appeal of this game, but Jessica adores Persona 5 and wants to hop into the SMT series. This will probably be her jumping in point. Maybe it will grow on me? Either way, this is one of those games that cemented Nintendo won E3. This, Metroid and Mario Party SuperStars was enough to win it even without throwing in the BOTW 2 trailer and the other goodies they sprinkled in along the way.

However, the game I am most excited for is Psychonauts 2. I really want Psychonauts 1 to come to Gamepass. I played through some of it on Steam, but if they released it on Gamepass with achivements and the ability to play it on the big screen than I would be over the moon. Either way, Psychonauts 1 was great from what I played of it. Psychoanuts 2 looks like a beautiful, vibrant 3D platformer. I haven’t watched much of it past last years reveal trailer. However, I heard it is coming Day 1 to Gamepass and that is huge. I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

Man, this E3 got crapped on. And at times, it was horrible. However, I think enough good games got revealed or showed off that it was at least salvageable. There’s a lot of things to look forward to this year and next.

Thank you guys for reading and have a great day!

Anime Moms (Happy Mother’s Day)

It is Mother’s Day. I know it might be the second year in a row some of you wont see your moms. Hopefully that’s not the case for you guys.

Either way, I wanted to do a post celebrating anime moms and I could only think of a few. For starters, Ash’s mom is probably my favorite mom. Yes, she was in the background but she did steal the scenes she actually appeared in. In Yu Yu Hakusho, I remember his mom being really depressed during the initial arc. In Case Closed, Sinichi’s mom has the same playful vibes Ash’s mom did. Jessica wanted to give Naruto’s mom a shout out despite, well we know how that ended. But she died very nobly and for that, she deserves a mention. I’m sure theres plenty of moms in the opening acts of Shonun that kind of fade as the stories progress past the home lands of the hero. Slice of Life animes typically have moms but very few I’ve seen have been memorable.

So with that in mind, how about you guys recommend animes with awesome moms in honor of Mother’s Day. Anyway, remember to tell your mom you love her while you still got her.