Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

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from the middle of nowhere, in Kentucky.

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    • Does Anyone Have Any D&D5e Books They'd Like To Sell?

      1 week ago

      Blood_XIII

      Specifically the Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide and/or Monster Manual.

      Because I'm willing to talk prices and buy them off you.


      I want to get into D&D, but I'm not about to pay the retail prices of like $35-$45 per book; That shit is crazy expensive!

    • Anyone Want To Play Some GTAV Next Week? (Xbox One)

      3 weeks ago

      Blood_XIII

      I'm going to be crashing with a friend for a few days to hang out and catch up starting Tuesday of next week, and while I'm there we're probably going to be playing GTA on and off. Mainly I'm just trying to build a list of potential people I can throw messages at whenever we start looking for a GTA group, so if you'll be available to play on an day between Tuesday and Sunday just post a comment!


      We're going to mainly be messing around with stuff like Deadline, Offense Defense, Top Fun and a few Cunning Stunts races; Really just whatever sounds the most fun. We may ALSO end up wanting to do heists, if anyone is up for that... But know he and I MAY be slightly drunk, and even if not he's like level 12 and I'm 33 so it's not going to be like we're GREAT at heisting (IE expect it to take quite a few tries!)


      Either way though, if you're up for possible GTA sessions next week, just comment and/or leave your gamertag!


      Mine is xBlood13 by the way, so just add me and if you see me in GTA feel free to message!

    • Blood's Anime Of The Month: March 2017 - Mob Psycho 100

      4 weeks ago

      Blood_XIII

      Oh hey, look at that, I'm on time for once!

      (Ignore the fact that I typed this ON the first of March at like 3pm)


      The Anime Of The Month for March, 2017 is...


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      @zogman1 guessed it was going to be One Punch Man, which is about as close as you can get considering OPM and Mob Psycho 100 are penned by the same guy! Literally the two series are a near-perfect parallel of each other THAT much that the same hint is fully correct for both!.... And yes, that WAS my intention when making it.


      Series Name: Mob Psycho 100
      Creator Name: ONE (Animation by BONES)
      Genre: Comedy, Action, Paranormal
      Air Dates: July, 2016 through September, 2016
      Number Of Episodes: 12




      The ending for this series is nothing special and compared to that hype as fuck intro it's outright lame, so I'm not gonna bother with it this time around. Just watch that opening again... Or a third time. Or four times. Or 10 times. Or 100, because it's in the title anyways.



      How I Found This Series: Shout-out once again to my friend Josh/Chaos621/ChaoSamui, because HE was the one who pushed this one into my lap. Like any other intelligent person I was blown away by the awesomeness that is One Punch Man (And if you say otherwise you are WRONG AND/OR A LIAR). Recently I got so hyped for the second season that I couldn't help but start reading the manga (The Murata version for those in the know, I'll explain more later for those who aren't). As I neared the latest chapter I asked my friend what I should read next, and he adamantly insisted I go straight into Mob Psycho 100 considering it's made by the literal same person. At his further suggestion I watched the anime version of Mob Psycho 100 first... And holy fucking shit was I blown away AGAIN.



      Summary: In a very slightly alternate version of our world, there are ghosts and spirits almost EVERYWHERE you look. Some are docile and merely hang around because they can't move on, others are far more malicious and seek to terrorize or even harm the living for a variety of reasons. More importantly though, there are people who are attuned to spirit energy and some who can even control it! Telekinesis, pyrokinesis, telepathy, etc.; These people are called Espers, and the notable ones are few and far between. Bending a spoon, making a small fire in one's palm, such things ARE impressive, but... Like anything else, there are those who are abnormally gifted that put the rest of the world to shame!


      Shigeo, AKA Mob, is one of those gifted people. In fact, his psychic power is so immense that when his emotions reach a breaking point he LOSES control of his powers almost completely, and as a result the boy has learned to live by keeping his emotions in check... But the world isn't something anyone has control over, so Mob frequently finds himself in an emotional predicament that could very well threaten everyone around him.



      Characters: Only four characters this time, specifically because including a certain character would be spoiling... And TWO of the characters I'm going to list I have to work to AVOID spoilers for them!


      Kageyama Shigeo (AKA Mob)
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      The main and indeed title character of the series. Shigeo earned the nickname 'Mob' from his classmates; A passive insult at the fact that Shigeo is as unremarkable and lacking EVERY type of presence like a background character in an anime (How cleverly self-aware!). What no one knows, of course, is that Mob is very likely THE most powerful person on the planet thanks to his extreme, innate psychic powers! While he normally has a perfectly fine grasp on self-control, Mob has a small problem... When his emotions reach a high enough point, to be specific when they reach 100%, Mob's powers will mend with his whatever emotion is strongest in that given moment and he will act solely upon that emotion, unleashing every bit of his power in whatever ways befit such. If he hits 100% while enraged, he will show his enemy no mercy and attack relentlessly with his power. If he hits 100% when saddened, his powers will work to undo whatever things have been done to make him feel that way. There are other examples, but... Let's not get into spoilers, shall we? ;3 Regardless as a result, Mob has long since learned to shackle his emotions and keep them hidden away, making him seem very apathetic and bland as a person. Add this to his inability to read a situation and a mild case of social awkwardness and... Well, you have an overpowered middle-schooler, quite literally.


      Reigen Arataka
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      Mob's 'master' and self-proclaimed world-renowned all-powerful psychic... Which is all false, except for the very first part. Reigen runs a personal business, of which he and Mo are the only employees, that claims to be able to remove people's spirit-related problems... And until Mob came to Reigen one day in hopes of meeting someone who could help him control his excessive power, Reigen had no way of ACTUALLY exorcising spirits or even detecting spirit energy. Quite literally, Reigen is only a master in the arts of speech, persuasion, psychology and in general just plain being a total con-artist. What he lacks in actual skill (And perhaps in morality as well), however, Reigen makes up for in pure heart. He may not be the most trustworthy and he may be very greedy (He pays Mob 300 yen an hour, which is ABOUT $2.50/hr), but the man who Mob calls a mentor is a constant source of actual decent life lessons and advice for his middle-school-aged apprentice. Under his guidance, Mob has learned things such as never using his powers on other living humans, or to never let his emotions get the better of his judgment. Perhaps the most important and most meaningful thin of all though, is the fact that Mob should never treat or even view people WITHOUT psychic powers as being any different from himself. Reigen equates it to a person with higher intelligence or a person with better physicality treating others who can't compete as being inferior, and how it's unfair to make passive judgement on those who weren't born with such gifts or otherwise cannot obtain them.


      Kageyama Ritsu
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      Mob's younger brother, by one year, Ritsu is... Completely unlike his brother in almost every way. One of the most popular kids in the entire school, athletic, smart, good-looking; Ritsu has it all... EXCEPT the powers of his older brother! Another way he differs from Mob is the fact that Ritsu is a very emotionally open person, and above all else he seems to be very proud and friendly with his brother. Of course he's jealous of Mob's psychic powers, sometimes even obsessing over his own lack of such, but more than anything it seems to push him even harder to be the best person he can be without the powers his brother was born with. Kind-hearted and pretty cool, Ritsu really doesn't have all that much to worry about... Right?


      Hanazawa Teruki
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      Teruki, more commonly called Teru by those around him, is pretty much what Mob COULD have become if he'd never had anyone to guide him. An Esper of incredible talent and power, who believes himself superior to the non-psychic 'commoners' whom he deals with on a day-to-day basis. His arrogance is SO great that the first time he's shown in the anime he refers to himself as 'the main character of the world' and truly seems to believe it! Inevitably he has a confrontation with Mob and is shown that he is, in fact, not as special as he believed... Which leads to a truly epic series of moments that will EASILY be the point in the series where your attention becomes fully locked in.



      Personal Opinions/Views: If you like One Punch Man, and let's be honest you LOVE One Punch Man, you are more than likely going to enjoy Mob Psycho 100.


      As already stated, this series IS written by the same mind that spawned One Punch Man... And not many people know this but One Punch Man STARTED in 2009! ONE only started to get famous after Mob Psycho 100 started, which was ALSO around the time the Murata version of OPM started publication (Again, more on that shortly)! The themes shared by these two series show the type of personality ONE has, and the types of stories he likes to tell, because they REALLY ARE similar in a lot of ways.


      Overpowered main character? Check.
      Said main character laments their power? Check.
      Same main character looks doofy as hell? Check.
      Main character has mild lack of emotion? Check.
      No one really knows how powerful main character is? Check.
      Main character has no good reason for being so powerful? Check.
      Extraordinarily good/kind heart as part of the main character's personality? Check.
      Oddly conveyed positive message in how the main character thinks/acts? Check.


      The list just goes on and on like that... But at the same time the two DIFFER for just as many reasons, and SOME of those reasons are, wildly enough, how they end up being similar!


      Overpowered?  Mob is physically useless and was born with his power, while Saitama is a physical marvel who earned his power.
      Laments of that power?  Only because Mob fears he'll accidentally harm others, Satama hates it because it's boring.
      Doofy look?  Mob is just that way by nature, Saitama lost his hair by training so hard.
      Emotionless?  Mob locks his emotions away to keep his power in check, but Saitama is just THAT bored thanks to his power.


      Even the supporting characters have as many opposite-but-similar parallels going on! What Reigen lacks in the prowess and skill of someone like Genos, the cyborg lacks in the kind of heart and wisdom of the con-artist psychic... And yet both seem to be slowly making up in what they naturally are missing!

      Two different series, a million different similar parallels, one guy writing every bit of it.
      And need I remind you that both One Punch Man AND Mob Psycho 100 ARE ONGOING SERIES.
      How many other major manga-ka have you EVER known to be making TWO MAJOR SERIES AT THE SAME TIME AND BEING SUCCESSFUL AT IT?


      Then again, ONE's storyteling prowess MAY simply be due to what he lacks in art skills...
      Because, if you've seen One Punch Man, you know Tatsumaki (Or Tornado in some stupid translations) as looking like this:
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      But that's ONLY because Yusuke Murata (AKA the guy who did the art for Eyeshield 21) was given the chance to work with ONE and re-draw One Punch Man over time... Even as ONE is continuously making new chapters of One Punch Man himself that are quite a bit further than Murata's version! ONE loves this collaboration though, as it gives him the chance to better bring his ideas to life. Scenes are extended, whole arcs are added, characters can look more attractive, ALL things that ONE himself has a direct say in! The anime for OPM is based upon the Murata version of ONE's baby...
      Which is good, considering ONE's art style literally depicts Tatsumaki like this:
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      I am 10,000% serious, this is taken DIRECTLY from a page of ONE's version of the manga.
       
      I mean just LOOK at this picture of Reigen from the literal second page of Mob Psycho 100
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      ONE is living proof that you can suck at art and still know how to tell a good fucking story!


      But I digress, so let's get to the point and talk about the series itself, shall we?


      The plot is a perfect mix of badassery and comedy, constantly switching back and forth between the two multiple times in EACH episode. For some people the series won't pick up until the third episode, when you first see Mob unleash at 100%... But that will be a deciding point where you're likely to get a HUGE boost in interest if you make it that far. through th fourth and fifth episodes, particularly the latter, you're almost guaranteed to be hooked once Mob's powers reach an entirely new (And spine-tinglingly thrilling) level of awesome. If you want some silly fun, you'll be getting it. If you want some crazy action, it's there too. If you want some slightly dark undertones, you'll get them before the halfway point. If you want more seriousness, that comes up just after the halfway mark. Don't forget, as I already said, this series IS ongoing! The 12 episodes that exist cover about 35 chapters of the manga, and there are almost 100 chapters that exist right now! Like One Punch Man, there's A LOT of story yet to be told.


      As always I watched the series in Japanese with English subtitles, so I can't vouch for or complain about the English dub. All I know is that it WAS indeed localized and dubbed, so if you're the sort who needs your English on the auditory end of things and not strictly the visual, you're in luck! That said, the voice acting is absolutely gorgeous for the Japanese version. Mob's passive emotionless, Teruki's near-psychotic ranting, Reigen's extreme over-confidence, the menace behind the voice of any given baddie... It's all VERY well done and VERY pleasing to lisen to! What's more, the comedic moments are wonderfully delivered in ways that other, more well-known anime have trouble matching. Put it like this, in the third episode of MP100 there's a moment where a secondary character simply saying "oh!" in a certain way made me laugh so hard that it left me slightly lightheaded.


      Going off the voice-sounds, the sound-sounds and music-sounds are beautiful as well. From that ABSO-FUCKING-LUTELY HYPE AS DICKS intro theme to the myriad of background scores and beats, the music for the series is on-point in a way I can only compare to its younger brother, One Punch Man. The sound effects are equally as much ear candy as the music, SPECIFICALLY the psychic effects and anything else related to the spiritual end of everything in the series. Whooshing gusts of wind for psychic power or chime-tingling hints of awakening energy, it's like someone researched the sound design of Dragonball and JoJo and took EVERY good note possible and utilized them all at once without somehow going overboard!


      As ever though, there ARE little flaws... But I can't talk about most of them, since they involve spoilers! Needless to say though, it all lies in the crux that I already talked about in past journals; The fucking 12 episode format. It's great for people who are impatient as shit and studios that want more money, but from a storytelling standpoint it JUST ruins the pacing! One character's transition happens FAR too quickly and seems completely unfitting for the character, so much so that EVEN THEIR RE-TRANSITION feels out of character by the conclusion! Characters are introduced and shown too quickly and the viewer doesn't have time to memorize all of them, so only the ones that are part of the MAIN group end up sticking in your mind... Which is bad, since a lot of the supporting cast end up becoming important later in the series AND they're actually all really fun and interesting characters!


      The thing that hit me the most with this series though was the positivity behind it. I'll admit that I'm a sucker for feel-good stuff, but the way Mob Psycho 100 literally says in the intro; "Your life is your own, OK? Even if you're no special, its OK!" That is like a direct message to a young Blood far in the past, and that message means JUST as much to the adult Blood, albeit for different reasons. Reigen, as much of a moron and con-artist as he is, MIGHT be my favorite character just because of how fucking powerful and good his beliefs can be at times. If a series can entertain me, make me laugh AND leave me on the verge of feel-good tears? I will adore it forever, and this series is right up there with its One Punch brother in how effectively it's able to deliver on all three.


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      I'm feeling a bit lazy this time around, so this month's entry will be a bit short. Don't let that fool you though, Mob Psycho 100 is ABSOLUTELY worth watching, without any shadow of a doubt. It's 12 episodes long, very fun and very awesome. The ONLY reason you shouldn't watch it is if you're one of those people with a boner fo drama and angst, in which case you should've stopped reading these journals months ago because I'm NOT going to have one of those kinds of series EVER. Seriously though, if you've seen One Punch Man this series is nearly required, so you can see what ELSE the creator is capable of doing at literally the same time!
      Plus let's be honest here, you're just dying for OPM2's release and so this will ONLY help add to that hype and give you ANOTHER second season to look forward to!


      By the way, next month is going to be the one year anniversary for my Anime Of The Month journals! As such, every April will be a series that is particularly near and dear to my heart! Expect it to be the most cliched and obvious kinds of anime a a result, and likewise expect me to have A LOT to say about them!


      Until next time, my fellow Nippon nakama!
      MATA NE~!


      Hint for next month: Wealth; The ability to simply buy everything and everyone around you, untold riches at your disposal to grant you anything you could ever wish for. Fame; When every single person in the world reveres of fears your very name, you'll never find a moment where you'll be opposed. Power; The bite to back up all that bark, so any fools who DO dare to oppose you will learn the hard way that you rightfully earned every bit of what you have. With these three things, a person could very well rule the world OR simply live the most free life imaginable... Assuming they had the WILL to earn all three.

    • Sponsorship, Why Do You Hate Me?

      1 month ago

      Blood_XIII

      My Sponsorship somehow failed to auto-renew, most likely because I'm still grandfathered in the old system and have been paying $10 for 6 months... But it's weird because everything worked just fine in August when my last auto-renewal came up, and for THIS month I don't even see a charge anywhere near my Paypal or bank account, so.... Dafuq?


      UPDATE: Apparently Paypay had just decided the payment wasn't going to go through and FUCKED ME OVER. Now I'm out f the old system for good all because FOR SOME REASON Paypal chose to NOT pay or my Sponsorship on the 3rd, BUT WAS TOTALLY FINE auto-renewing my Xbox Live on the 7th. Fuck you.

    • Blood's Anime Of The Month: February 2017 - Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt

      1 month ago

      Blood_XIII

      Pro tip; Never let yourself get three weeks behind on EVERYTHING you keep up with. I've been so busy trying to watch RT/AH and Grumps content that I almost forgot about this entirely.


      Also I very nearly sliced off the tip of my left index finger while cooking the day before typing this, so sorry in advance for any typos and such because it's kinda hard to hit keys when one of your primary fingers is covered by bandages.


      The Anime Of The Month for February, 2017 is...AJhOlH2.pngOnce again the hint from last month was kinda lacking, but it was the best I could do at like 1am when I wrapped up the Geass AOTM... Also it wasn't exactly inaccurate for ONE of the characters in this series.



      Series Name: Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt (Abbreviated to PSG)
      Creator Name: GAINAX and Geek Fleet
      Genre: Comedy, More Comedy, Mild Acton
      Air Dates: October, 2010 through December, 2010
      Number Of Episodes: 13, plus one special 10 minute episode of non-canon shorts



      The opening is fun and quick, but that ending theme... It's haunting, but in a good way. Seriously, it's the sort of thing I would hear in the dreams that have stuck with me for years because of powerful imagery or emotion within to them.



      How I Found This Series: This time the story is FAR less interesting or personal. I first heard of this series in passing from various sites and forum posts, never bothering to look into it. I next head of it, again in passing, as I listened to the Internet Box podcast; Mike Kroon (AKA @Mike here on the RT site) mentions the series a handful of times within the podcast's first 60 or so episodes. At this point I decided to look into the series SIMPLY because of the name and the banner on my profile does not lie when it comes to how sexually perverse my thoughts can often be. Imagine my surprise when I saw what this anime truly was.. Though as I watched it, I wasn't disappointed in the slightest.


      Summary: Panty and Stocking are sisters, angels who have been kicked out of heaven for an excessive track record of un-angel-like behavior; For Stocking it was being a spoiled brat and going to extreme lengths to get what she wanted (Sweets) and for Panty it was having sex with just about everything in sight. They were banished to Earth, made to live in a fictional locale by the name of Daten City (A play on the Japanese word for fallen angel, 'datenshi'), where they must collect 1000 Heaven Coins in order to return to heaven. Typically the two get ONE Coin for every evil ghost they defeat, the ghost's soul worth effectively translated into a currency when they are 'purified' and forced to pass on by the sisters.


      Except that Panty and Stocking don't seem to care AT ALL about getting back to heaven. Like some sort of high school truant punks, the two almost actively ignore their 'mission' and instead spend almost every waking moment CONTINUING to pursue the goals and behaviors that got them kicked out of heaven to begin with! Panty, for example, has instead made it her goal to have sex with 1000 human males during her exile in Daten City. As such most of their encounters with ghosts only come about either when their guardian, Garterbelt, all but forces them to go and fight the creature OR the sisters' are inconvenienced by the ghost during their own antics.



      Characters: For once there actually ISN'T that many characters! In fact there are only eight that matter and of those only six that REALLY matter in the long run. I'm only going to name four though, four important ones and one of the not-so-importants, because the other three show up a bit later in the series and it's best not to spoil them (Even though I REALLY wanted to include them!) because they are fucking amazing.


      Panty Anarchy
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      Nymphomaniacal, limelight craving, self-serving and mildly apathetic. Effectively lust, pride and greed incarnate, though she has a short temper that gives her half the title of wrath as well. Panty has an insane appetite for anything and everything sexual, and has a great interest in becoming famous and looking the part. In terms of personality, including what's already been stated, she is a loud-mouth without any sort of filter on her vulgarity or actions. That said though, she IS perfectly capable of compassion and kindness... When she wants. Panty's ability rather aptly allows her to transform her panties into a pistol which she calls Backlace. This same ability can be expanded to the panties of her Stocking, her sister, allowing Panty to have two guns OR combine the weapons into larger firearms such as a machine gun or in one instance even a sniper rifle. She can ALSO use the underwear of males as her weapon, though the power and size of the weapon they become is directly related to the size of the underwear owner's penis... Yes, I'm being serious.


      Stocking Anarchy
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      Gluttonous, brooding, lazy and even more apathetic. Basically making her the other half of the seven deadly sins given form; Gluttony, envy and sloth, and like her sister Panty has an easily awakened anger that fills in the missing half of wrath. Stocking is obsessed with sweets of all kinds, and favors the gothic-lolita fashion and lifetyle. Outside those personality traits, Stocking is nowhere near as sexual as her sister Panty BUT she still has a perverse side all the same, namely seeming to favor bondage and other more sadomasochistic activities. She's only slightly more focused and refined than Panty, but as a balance to that she's far less motivated to follow through on such thoughts or really anything in general. Like her sister though, Stocking has a heart of gold somewhere deep inside. Her ability, as you may be able to guess, centers around her ability to turn her leggings into weapons. Unlike Panty, Stocking instead converts her garments into katana named Stripe I and Stripe II, since she has one stocking for each foot and has no need to make use of her sister's clothing for dual-wielding.


      Garterbelt
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      The resident reverend of Daten City, and guardian to the Anarchy sisters. Garterbelt was once a street thug who was trying to make it big in the world of crime and was well on his way to such until he was inevitably killed in a shootout. Upon his arrival in heaven, God gives him life again BUT tasks Garterbelt with finding the liing end of the bloodline that has the ability to open the gates of hell. Garterbelt refuses this task though, however later finds he is cursed with immortality until the task is completed. After experiencing a lifetime of tragedy he takes to a life of religion and seeing to the task set to him... Or at least he WOULD, were he not ALSO tasked now with having to constantly motivate the two worst angels to ever exist. Talking personality, Garterbelt is a perfect match for the Aarchy sisters because he is equally foul-mouthed and stubborn, however unlike them he actually cares about completing his task and fulfilling his duties. Rather stereotypically though, Garterbelt has a certain sexual affinity towards younger males that is made very prominent as the series progresses.


      Chuck
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      This dog-like creature is a rather obvious rip-off/homage to GIR of Invader Zim... only if GIR were less sentient, operated on a more basic level AND were only capable of saying his own name. The poor creature is effectively JUST there to be a punching bag for Panty and Stocking to abuse when he's not acting as their servant. Otherwise, Chuck's only actual function is to be a living mailbox for heaven, the delivery method being that Chuck is constantly smitten by a lightning bolt from God and then spits out a letter (Not unlike a certain adolescent purple dragon who serves a similar purpose in a totally different show) that provides a clue for the Anarchy sisters' next ghost target. Despite the apparent lack of intelligence though, Chuck is perfectly capable of higher functions such as driving and shopping, and even serves as an ACTUAL badass in combat on rare occasions!


      Brief
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      Avoiding all potential spoilers around this character, Brief is basically what happens when the supporting character is thrust into the role of a main character; Complete ineptitude and an inability to handle the massive amount of responsibility. From his very introduction as a knock-off Ghostbuster right down to his outfit and 'weapons' and penchant for the supernatural, Brief is shown as being exactly the sort of character you would LEAST want to be you sidekick because of how utterly useless and mildly annoying he can be. Ultimately though he ends up becoming entwined in the daily lives of the Anarchy sisters, almost acting as a moral compass for the two... Or TRYING to act as such, seeing as the sisters may as well think of him as Chuck 2.0 and treat him as though it were true! The only reason the boy REALLY sticks around is because he has a deep crush on Panty and regards her to be perfect... Even when she's being a total slut.



      Personal Opinions/Views: Where do I even start with this series?


      I will say right away, ABSOLUTELY do not be be afraid or ashamed to watch PSG in English if you prefer dub.
      The Japanese version is as good as ever for those of us who prefer sub as well, spectacular voice work and plenty of puns.


      If you have the time, watch it in Japanese and then immediately re-watch it in English.
      But if you can ONLY watch one? I would actually recommend the English dub for once.
      This means A LOT coming from me, since I'm a pretty hardcore advocate of sub-superiority.


      The English version is done by Funimation, and this was right when Funi had gotten their footing in being able to dub as fans of anime as opposed to when they were more an on-hire dubbing studio, so right away you can be assured it's not bad by any means. In fact it's FULLY the opposite, because as I implied it MIGHT be better than the Japanese version. While the original voice cast tries to capture the comedy while remaining slightly more serious amidst the antics within the show itself, the English team decided to take pages from the likes of South Park and Drawn Together... Which, coincidentally, were two of the inspirations BEHIND PSG during GAINAX's development! Chris Sabat, whom if you aren't aware is pretty much THE main guy at Funimation and also one of the primary VAs in their roster, must have had A LOT of fun with writing the localization dialogue for PSG.


      Lines like "Get that through your fat heads!" in Japanese becomes "Focus and stop actin' like fat-ass hoes!" in English.
      Lines like "I need my morning sugar..." become "Fuck off, don't talk to me until I've had my goddamn sugar."


      And those are DIRECT QUOTES from the English version, not modified in any way.


      Unless you live with children or insanely strict/religious parents/roommates, there is NO REASON you should actively avoid the dub for this series. However, seeing as most of you are here because of a love for Red vs. Blue and/or Achievement Hunter, you're not only fine with rampant vulgarity BUT the English dub of PSG may appeal more to you BECAUSE it's so comedically offensive!


      I'm serious about this. If you ONLY plan on watching the series once, go for the English dub this time; You WILL NOT regret it!


      Now let's move on to the show itself.


      As a quick note here, because it didn't fit in anywhere else, the show is a unique anime in that most of the 13 episodes are ACTUALLY two episodes. PSG does what the likes of some newer Western cartoons have been doing, with a 24 or 26-minute episode being comprised of two 12 or 13-minute sections! This makes it a BIT hard to follow, as  few particularly anal sources yuo may use to view the series have EACH OF THESE SECTIONS labeled as an individual episode! As such you end up with episode numbers EXCEEDING 13 and leading to a good deal of confusion when talking to other people who've seen the show. I mean seriously, if you're going to break up the FULL episode into two individual files, is it REALLY that hard to label them as 'Episode 1-A' and 'Episode 1-B' instead of giving the B-side it's OWN number that then causes the full SECOND epsiode to be listed as episode 3 and 4?!


      If it weren't obvious, this series has a HEAVY lean towards sexual humor and out-right vulgarity... AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL. In my outlining journal of what you could expect out of me for each anime I picked for these AOTM's, PSG was one of the primary examples of why I mentioned 'low-brow subject matter' being a non-issue to me. ANYONE who has ever passed up this series because they heard it was "vulgar and/or childish with toilet/sexual/off-color 'humor' and a disregard for anything else," YOU ARE SEVERELY MISSING OUT AND I PITY YOU FOR HAVING SUCH STUPID STANDARDS THAT YOU CAN'T GODDAMN ENJOY SOMETHING FOR WHAT IT IS. I mean PSG isn't going to change your life or anything, but if you watch this series and don't walk away slightly happier OR don't laugh at least once through almost every episode, then you might need to re-think your life because I don't see ANY happiness in an existence where PSG is not enjoyable.


      The characters and even a few objects are ALL named after aspects of lingerie or underwear; Panty, Backlace, Stocking, Stripe, Garterbelt, Brief, Scanty, Lacytanga, Kneesocks, Spandex, Fastener, Corset... Even Chuck, whose name in Japanese (Chakku) means zipper! For fuck's sake, the Hummer/Jeep the Anarchy sisters drive is named See-Through!


      It's almost hard to believe that this show is LITERALLY WRITTEN AND PRODUCED by the exact same team behind Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Fun fact actually, Scanty and Kneesocks are respectively meant to resemble Nia and Yoko FROM Gurren Lagann! I WOULD show off those two to prove it, but again it's better to keep them out of this journal for anyone who has yet to see PSG for themselves! Trust me though, you MIGHT love Scanty and Kneesocks more than the Anarchy sisters by the end of the show!


      Avoiding potential spoilers via explaining exactly what I mean, this show IS NOT devoid of serious moments and drama! This is GAINAX we're talking about after all, and as such more than once the cartoonish veil is dropped and the viewer is subjected to an almost too-real or too-serious moment that feels weirdly out of place without ACTUALLY being out of place at all... Saying nothing of the ending to the show, which hits every emotional note imaginable within the full runtime and THEN leaves off with an ending that is so unexpected and unexplained that you nearly feel like your brain is going to melt as it is thrust upon you.
      An ending which, by the way, HAS NEVER BEEN TRULY ADDRESSED. There is a manga that allegedly comes after the series that explains things but it's JUST a single volume, and also allegedly GAINAX has teased a new Panty & Stocking project that was supposed to be unveiled in December of 2016. However as I am typing this up with NO internet access at present, I cannot confirm nor deny what this unveiled project is/was.


      Speaking of that cartoonish look though, let's talk animation and visuals!


      This is the next big issue I see most people citing as their reason for passing the series up, and admittedly the base art style of PSG isn't even REMOTELY close to anything that might be regarded as traditional anime. PSG looks almost fully like a Western series in appearance and themes, not at all unlike how Avatar The Last Airbender and The Legend Of Korra both look like an Eastern series in the same departments! To be perfectly honest it CAN be hard to remember at times that PSG is in fact Japanese AT ALL while you're watching it, because it is THAT radically different... However this is EXACTLY what makes it so goddamn good! The cartoony, Western look fits PERFECTLY with the crude humor and compliments the character personalities to a degree that is often taken for granted in most cases. Think of it as an early example of what One Punch Man has done with Saitama; The strongest person to ever exist, and yet at times it looks like a child is the one drawing him because his personality is so weird and goofy that it just doesn't fit his more serious appearance at OTHER points in the animation.


      Again though, don't be fooled into thinking that's ALL you're getting out of Panty & Stocking! The transformation sequences, various action shots, even moments when Panty or Stocking are just plain being sexy as fuck; The animation has a tendency to suddenly and seamlessly shift from the goofy, thick-lined Saturday Morning Cartoon look to a wonderfully anime-esque art style that is immediately reminiscent of GAINAX's usual look and overall skill! Sometimes they even throw a VERY wild curve ball at the audience, like in one half-episode tale where it legitimately feels like a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT SERIES as we follow the rather depressing life of a businessman and the animation style is weirdly realistic... Until, of course, the sisters show up in their USUAL style and are animated as such directly beside the more realistic characters... Which looks fucking weird, but at the same time is quite an interesting idea AND very comedic despite the episode's slightly depressing theme.


      Even better though is the fact that EVERY major ghost Panty and Stocking eradicate is given the PERFECT send-off! Those of you who used to watch Power Rangers or have seen the older Godzilla films will appreciate it just as much too! Remember how the sets or the bad guys themselves would just explode into pieces when subjected to enough damage, and how cheesy that looked each and every time? That is EXACTLY what PSG does... An I mean LITERALLY that's what happens. As the ghost is defeated, the animation hard cuts to REAL footage of a model that depicts the ghost, and that model is then blown to hell with cheap pyrotechnics in shoddy editing-induced slow motion, and for added measure this typically happens as the ghost spouts some doofy one-liner about themselves or their death (Like a train-ghost saying 'Is this my stop?').


      As ever though, the series is not without flaws... Though for PSG it is HIGHLY opinion based. It's the usual complaints for such a short series; Too little time to really enjoy the characters properly, characters that show up almost halfway in and as such don't get nearly enough attention, plot points glossed over as though we're expected to just accept them right away... But then again, in a show that was meant to only have minuscule amounts of plot and instead focus on being stupid and funny, it comes off a bit nit-picky to say that it moves too quickly and doesn't bother explaining itself as much as I'd like. Similarly, it feels almost unfair if I talk about how there's no real consistency between the events of each episode beyond the introduction of certain characters, and how those characters don't feel like they get the in-depth treatment they deserve.


      Another thing of quick note, however, is the sound and music for the series. It's nothing short of amazing, to be frank. The sound effect work is visceral and crisp, making every little click of a pistol hammer and every goofy slapstick noise into a tiny burst of satisfaction. The music is ridiculously good as well, from the short-but-fun, crazy and distorted intro song to the smooth, melodic and almost haunting ending song. The transformation music is probably some of the most memorable background soundtrack in anime history, to the point that for some it's a bit of an inside meme (If you've ever heard or seen anyone saying/singing 'Fly away now~ Fly away now~ Fly awaaaay~' in response to a transformation or scene change, this is probably why), and IN the series it's almost a moment of genius when you hear that Scanty and Kneesocks' transformation song is very nearly the same beat just in reverse! At the end of episode 10 there's even an interlude music video for an original song (Sung as though from the perspective of the Anarchy sisters) by the name of "D City Rock" made by the same person behind the overall soundtrack, and it is painfully catchy and fun while not losing an ounce of the anime's off-color humor.


      I mean really though, It's hard to NOT love a series where both the main characters' catchphrase is "REPENT, MOTHERFUCKER!"


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      After the overtly serious and dramatic legend that is Code Geass from last month, Panty & Stocking is a perfect palette cleanser that will bring your spirits back up where they belong! I honestly cannot give this series the praise it deserves for daring to be dirty with ZERO embarrassment or regard for political correctness, while at the same time being quietly smart and well written behind all of it. If for whatever reason you have NOT seen this series, PLEASE go and watch it! Ignore the weird animation and get over the overt sexual humor and JUST have some fun for once!! This series is absolutely deserving of the praise it's been given over time, and if you're not a prude you WILL enjoy it for what it sets out to accomplish.


      Until next time, my fellow Nippon nakama!

      MATA NE~!


      Hint for next month: When you're THE strongest person in the entire world, but you look completely unremarkable in every way and your immense power is almost more of a burden than a blessing, what are you to do? Don't worry about the people who give you funny looks or make fun of you because of your appearance, and use that power to take down evil! Just... Try not to break everything in the process?


    • Blood's Anime Of The Month: January 2017 - Code Geass

      2 months ago

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      IF YOU HAVE ALREADY SEEN THIS SERIES THEN BE COURTEOUS TO THOSE WHO MAY HAVE NOT SEEN IT. USE THE SPOILER TAGS IF YOU'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT SPOILERS IN THE COMMENTS.


      I actually WOULD have had this done on the first of the month, but I was making a parody Twitter account that will tweet once a day for a year because I apparently hate myself.


      The Anime Of The Month for January, 2017 is...


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      A few of you probably guessed it, others likely guessed Death Note in which case fuck you Death Note is LAME!


      Series Name: Code Geass: Lelouch Of The Rebellion
      Creator Name: Directed by Goro Taniguchi, written by Ichiro Okouchi, character designs by CLAMP
      Genre: Mecha, Drama
      Air Dates: Season 1 - October, 2006 through July, 2007 / Season 2 - April, 2008 through September, 2008
      Number Of Episodes: 25 in the first season, 25 in the second season AND a third season to come out this year!


      DO NOT LOOK UP ANYTHING ABOUT THE UPCOMING NEW SEASON IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE SERIES OR ELSE YOU WILL SPOIL IT FOR YOURSELF IMMEDIATELY. I'M NOT KIDDING, WATCH THE SERIES FIRST BEFORE LOOKING IT UP.


      Two notes here. One, I'll ONLY post the first opening and ending because the others are flooded with spoilers. Two, the opening's instrumental track is beautiful and reminds me so much of older anime intros that I adore it completely.



      How I Found This Series: This is actually a bit tricky to recall. If you're not aware due to me saying it in other journals or what-have-you, I have a TERRIBLE memory. I have trouble remembering certain things that others don't, BUT on the flip side I remember things that others never would (For instance the 16 name long moniker that Vash gives himself in an episode of Trigun, which I memorized for all of time).


      But I digress.
      I THINK I first heard of Code Geass from my IRL friend mentioned in other AOTM posts, Josh/Choas621/ChaoSamui (I REALLY need to just ask him which name he prefers I use). This was back when the series had just come out, mind you. Toonami hadn't picked it up yet, or if they HAD then I was never aware of such at the time. Like everything else I had him download it for me when he had planned on coming over, which again I remind you this was back in 2008 or so... Or, to put it another way, the episodes of Code Geass' first season that I have are old enough that they're in 4:3 resolution, 640x448. I'm sure HD existed at the time, but the series is old enough that SD airing and production was still a thing.


      Regardless, I remember this was before I took the concept of binge watching, so after finishing the first season I had to wait several months until the second season (Which is adorned with the notation "R2") was completed so that I could download it as a batch torrent. With my lack of home internet and not yet going to get online once a week, keeping up on a week to week basis wasn't an option and so I saw both seasons in two binge events that were months apart...


      I THINK.


      Again, my memory is VERY fuzzy, so I COULD have seen an episode on Toonami and loved it, then had my friend get both seasons for me and I binged them both over the course of a month. I HONESTLY can't tell you which is true at this point.



      Summary: Set in an alternate reality of our own world, coincidentally enough in the year 2017 (I see what you did with that third season announcement, Sunrise). The world is divided into three superpowers; The Chinese Federation, the E.U. (Europia Union) and the Holy Empire of Britannia. In this world, Britannia's motherland is comprised of what we know as the ENTIRETY of North and South America, and in reality only allows the Chinese Federation and E.U. to exist so as not to incite a war... Though everyone knows that ultimately Britannia WILL invade them.


      Case in point, Japan. In 2010, Britannia invades Japan and mercilessly sieges the country until Japan agrees to become part of Britannia. As if the unprovoked war wasn't enough, Britannia then did to Japan what it does to EVERY country they assimilate. Japan is stripped of its name and culture and government, being renamed Area 11 and the Japanese people now referred to as Elevens. Anyone claiming themselves otherwise is subject to arrest or worse, and even IF they're not claiming otherwise they are still Elevens, with their best hope being to become an honorary Britannian (Similar to changing citizenship in the world we live in).


      However, things aren't even THAT nice. Britannians, as one may expect from people who've never had to fight for their homeland's right to independence, are... Well, quite frankly, racist. The Elevens and indeed anyone from an assimilated country not part of the Motherland, or "Numbers" as they're called (Due to each assimilated country being named Area __, with the blank being a number related to the order in which they were taken), are looked down upon and treated as lesser humans by many Britannians. This isn't the case for ALL Britannians, of course, but the amount that do such are a menace that skews the innocent and/or decent ones.


      To make matters worse, the Elevens are particularly perturbed over the loss of their country. So much so that of all the regions Britannia has conquered, Japan STILL has the largest ad most active rebel force even seven years after losing its independence. Due to this, the Britannian civilians harbor more resentment and even fear in some cases towards the former Japanese citizens, because the Eleven rebels actively fight the Britannian government and even perform acts of terror in a hopeless struggle to regain their independence.


      All this and I haven't even gotten past the first five minutes of the first episode yet.


      In this world, technology has advanced to the point that humanity uses humanoid mechs to fight their wars. These mechs are known as Knightmare Frames, or more typically just as Knightmares. A Knightmare typically stands about anywhere from 15-20 feet tall (Based on their size compared to humans in the series) and have a unique design compared to other mecha series. On both legs, near the ankles or heels, a Knightmare typically has a swing arm with a wheel attached, which allows them to effectively glide/skate along the ground as opposed to needing to take actual steps. What's more, a Knightmare's upper body is actually rather bulky due to the cockpit being extroverted as opposed to concealed fully within the mech. Specifically this is upon the Knightmare's back, which means the pilot is in effect more hanging off the back of their mech even though they are "inside" it. Finally, the cockpit itself is actually a pod that is mounted into the machine's torso, and barring a sudden catastrophic explosion and/or a damaged system, the pod can be ejected from the Knightmare entirely to allow the pilot to escape without harm. While mass production Knightmares are the typical sight, there ARE rare models of Knightmare that are only piloted by elites among the elite, and those rare models are typically one-of-a-kind.

      Pictured here is one of the many figures that were made of a Knightmare from the series, along with its pilot.

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      There also exists, in this world, a mysterious power known as Geass. While it is never FULLY explained exactly what a Geass is or where they originated, what IS explained is that a Geass resides in the eye(s) of a person who possesses the power. Furthermore, each Geass is different per the individual who possesses it, and thus the rules and potential of each Geass differs from person to person. A Geass can only be bestowed to a person via making a "contract" with certain immortal individuals, the details of which are held to an honor system AND never have to be explicitly stated to the person receiving the Geass should the bestow-er choose to withhold the information. Finally, one who is able to bestow a Geass ma do such upon as many people as they choose, so long as the contract is agreed upon by the other person.

      Pictured here is an example of what a Geass looks like when the user is casting it upon someone.

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      NOW we enter the main character, who is conveniently pictured above, named Lelouch; A student only a few years from graduation who finds himself, as many others in history have, in the wrong place at the wrong time thanks to his personality... Or, perhaps, he was in the right place at the right time?



      Characters: You guessed it, tons of characters AGAIN. Though THIS time there's a good reason for the series to have more named characters than you can shake a stick at, and it's because they're ALL actually a good addition to the story and they serve a purpose other than just filling out the screen. That said, I'm only going to cover a small amount of them here, because only a few can be talked about at length without spoiling everything... And even THEN I'm going to have to actively exclude information about some of them.

      That said, I WILL be spoiling a few things that ARE explained to the viewer within the first few episodes. Don't worry though, this series has MORE enough twists and turns to keep you invested.


      Lelouch Lamperouge
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      The main, and in fact TITLE character. Lelouch is deceptively intelligent, and I mean that "deceptively" in every possible meaning of the word. While he acts one way among most everyone, his true nature belies every bit of it in private... Though he has good reason for all of it. That said however, Lelouch seems to have a strong sense of right and wrong, or at least he has his own version of such. Like a sort of Robin Hood, Lelouch enjoys putting people in their place without direct confrontation and typically without being hostile. His introduction opens with him doing this via a game of chess with a noble, in which a significant amount of money is on the line, and based on the comments of others throughout the series this is something he does VERY often. On the way back to school from such, however, he is witness to an act of terrorism gone wrong, which he mistakes as a genuine traffic accident. Disgusted by the people who choose to stand around filming it on their phones, he instead rushes in to help the driver.
      From there, however, his fate is rewritten. Through a series of events Lelouch winds up in the middle of a corrupt military operation against the terrorists, ultimately facing him with the choice of dying or making a contract with a mysterious green-haired woman whom he just watched die. He takes the more favorable option, the contract bestowing upon him the power of Geass. For Lelouch, this power is the power of complete and total obedience; By looking into the eyes of any living person, Lelouch may impose upon them a single command that they MUST carry out regardless of their own will or desire. A perfect power, he finds, for what he has hoped to accomplish ever since his youth... Destroying Britannia completely.


      Nunnally Lamperouge
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      Lelouch's younger sister, whom Lelouch holds more dear than anyone else in existence. Nunnally is, as the picture implies, blind and unable to walk. This is entirely due to a traumatic event in her childhood where terrorists gunned down her mother in front of her, Nunnally's legs being injured beyond repair by the gunfire and the trauma leaving her unable to ever open her eyes as long as she lives. Contrary to this, however, Nunnally is the near opposite of her brother's silent hatred of the responsible parties, being overwhelmingly open and positive minded even with all she's been through. It is for her sake that Lelouch vows to accomplish his goals; For a world in which she may live peacefully without ever having to experience another tragedy again.


      Kururugi Suzaku
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      Childhood friend to Lelouch and Nunnally, Suzaku's family took the two siblings in following the murder of their mother. Sharing Lelouch's hatred of Britannia upon the invasion and subsequent conquering of Japan, Suzaku also made a vow of his own... However, unlike Lelouch who seeks to end Britannia through rebellion, Suzaku has chosen to join the Britannian military and eventually work his way up to a position of power within the government, thus being able to change Britannia from the inside and make the superpower into one that rules through equality and peace as opposed to subjugation and fear. However, Suzaku hides a demon from the world; A demon that is the truth of his past, and has led him to a position of thought where he constantly places himself in positions where his life is on the line. Despite this, Suzaku's sense of justice is very strong, and while he may be confused or conflicted on several things his heart is truly in the right place nearly every single time... Unfortunately, the life of a soldier and a life of kindness aren't ones that typically intersect, and Suzaku will have to learn this the hard way.


      C.C.
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      Beautiful. Mysterious. Immortal... Also she LOVES pizza. Being one of the characters you've probably seen even IF you've never watched Geass, C.C. (Pronounced as C-Two) is introduced without much explanation, and you won't GET an explanation until late in the series so don't expect much here either. Her real name is never revealed to the audience, and the earliest indications you get towards ANY of her character is simply that she is immortal and does not seem to care all that much about ANYTHING... Except pizza. This girl LOVES pizza. I'm not fucking joking. In fact I think she's got a brand deal with Pizza Hut that puts most marketed Tweets in the modern age to shame...
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      This is an ACTUAL screencap from the anime, not altered in any way.

      But I digress. C.C., as you will find in the first episode, is virtually unkillable. This IS explained later in the series, and while it is a rather quick explanation it does answer the questions you probably have about her, so I'm just going to leave it at that. What I CAN say is that C.C. was voted, in Japan, as the best female character of the year in 2007, and I think it was a very appropriate decision.


      Kallen Stadtfeld
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      Kallen is probably the OTHER character from Code Geass you've seen even if you've never laid eyes on the series itself. Due to translation issues with R's in Japan, it is still in contention among fans as to whether her name is Karen or Kallen, but I'm sticking with Kallen because for once the L usage seems more appropriate (Because personally I don't see "Karen" being a name that fits her). Kallen, like quite a few Elevens, is enraged at the loss of her country to Britannia. Following in the footsteps of her older brother, who presumably died during a battle long before the series' starting point, Kallen is a member of rebel forces fighting against Britannian soldiers in an effort to have Japan realized as an independent country once more. She has a fierce spirit, well-trained senses both for physical combat AND Knightmare piloting, the ability to put on an act to blend in when necessary and, let's face it, a fucking killer body. Saying too much more would be spoiling things, so I'll leave it at that.


      Shirley Fenette

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      Another character you MAY have seen outside the show itself, Shirley is bubbly and cute and only ever-so-slightly airheaded in personality. Yes, in fact, Code Geass has ZERO female characters that are simply JUST eye candy, but quite happily they're STILL very nice to look at all the same. Shirley is one of Lelouch's classmates at Ashford Academy, a Britannian girl who becomes a pivotal character on several occasions both due to her not-so-secret crush on Lelouch as well as several events in the plot which involve her directly. Even aside from those moments though, Shirley's character provides an important balance to showing Lelouch's life outside of his rebellion causes, in a way making her the catalyst to show the audience how Lelouch would be were he not actively seeking to change the world for his sister. More than just a character development tool though, Shirley ultimately features in some of the most memorable dramatic moments in the entire series; Moments SO powerful that they stayed in mind almost fully intact for the eight years since I last saw this series.


      Viletta Nu
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      A Britannian soldier who is featured throughout the series, and probably yet another character you may have seen. Viletta's role in the series, while small on the surface, is actually rather profound as you witness the things she goes through and how she changes... Though many people will probably say that they feel her character was sidelined and "gender role-ed" in the second season because they fail to see the allegories her character conveys as events progress. I WILL agree though that she didn't get nearly enough attention in the second season. Honestly I can't say much about her due to spoilers, the only reason I added her here was because it's become a tradition of sorts for me to include my favorite character in this section, which she is (Once again I state that I have a weird thing for darker skinned girls with light colored hair; Don't question it).



      Personal Opinions/Views: There is SO much to say about this series... And I'm going to say all of it that I can without spoiling anything.


      This series is, very nearly, anime perfection.

      No, fuck that, it's very nearly storytelling perfection.


      Death Note.
      Gundam.
      Game Of Thrones.


      If ANY of those three are something you enjoy, you will enjoy Code Geass.
      If you hate any of those three, you will enjoy Code Geass.
      If you hate all three, you will STILL enjoy Code Geass.
      The only exception is if you have no patience and/or no heart and/or no tolerance for drama, in which case I BEG YOU to watch Code Geass anyways.


      It has the same mentality as Death Note, only without all the edgy demonic overtones and sociopathic god complex "hero" bullshit.
      It has the same exciting mecha battles as Gundam, only without all the whiny main characters and slow-paced character moments.
      It has the same political drama and overall tension of Game Of Thrones, only without all the more complicated politics talk and overwhelming amount of main character death.


      And yes, characters main or otherwise in Code Geass can and will die, and each time it happens it will be a MAJOR moment you will remember for a long time... And many of them will hurt.
      Because unlike Game Of Thrones, Code Geass doesn't do it so much that you start writing people off ahead of time. It makes the deaths of the main characters MEAN something... And oftentimes, it makes it mean something at a very emotional expense.
      Anime like Madoka give an implied emotional feeling because of things like innocence lost and a death being brutal or shocking in spite of the adorable characters, Code Geass uses death as a powerful storytelling device meant to force the viewer into emotional chills at the implication and emotion behind the character's passing, NOT the shock value alone of them being dead.


      Even though I've said before I DON'T like darker stories, Code Geass is indeed QUITE dark. Like, we're talking "Innocent civilians gunned down in their homes for literally no good reason by a corrupt military" dark. "Children getting crushed by a mech's fist" dark. "TWO nuclear bomb equivalent events on uninvolved civilians" dark. While these moments ARE censored by the deaths being off-screen or otherwise not shown, there are MANY moments where you DO see an innocent person get riddled with bullets.

      There's also at least two moments where you see uncensored boobies, so that's pretty great. Just Sayin'.


      That said, actually, Code Geass is surprisingly lax in terms of fanservice. The second season has a decent amount, but the first season has virtually none and even IN the second season it's not overbearing and to be perfectly honest it's ONLY noticeable if you're already looking out for it. It's one of the few examples where it it GENUINELY fanservice, because the fans of it are the ones who make the biggest note of it. It's not in your face, it's not taking up an entire episode, and in the face of people who once again say it's unfair to women there's a hefty bit of male-character fanservice as well what with all the anime prettyboys who wear tight clothing and mech suits just as often as the girls do.


      But enough comparisons and small talk, let's get on with the rest of this segment because there's A LOT I want to cover.


      As I said in the early segments, I watched this series back when it was still new in 2007. To be perfectly honest I had an entirely different series in mind for this month, but as I was looking up a place to mine Malachite Ore in Skyrim I saw one of those all-to-familiar clickbait ads on the wiki page I was looking at; Something like "Code Geass fans rejoice for a third Season coming in 2017!" I remember laughing to myself. Code Geass had a definitive end, and not just definitive but a GOOD ending. Why would they be making a third season like eight years after the fact? Against better judgement, I clicked on it to see what the hell it was talking about, expecting it to be some nonsense about a recap OVA or two with updated animation and maybe a few expanded scenes.
      I was taken to the actual article on CrunchyRoll that talked about an actual third season.

      Holy shit, this is a real thing.
      As I read the article, which was lined wall to wall with MAJOR spoilers for the original two seasons of the series, I was reminded of how terrible my memory was. The article mentions that the series director talked about the role Suzaku will play in the new series, and I LITERALLY took two full minutes just to recall who the hell Suzaku was and what he looked like.


      I decided, both because I had forgotten so much of the series AND because a third season was apparently coming out, that I would cover it as my January anime and re-watch the entire series.

      I started watching on Friday, December 30, 2016 at about 5pm.
      I finished the last episode on January 1st, 2017 at 10pm.
      In a single weekend I plowed through the whole series, start to finish...
      Because I was THAT invested in it.


      Whatever I took away from that series almost eight years ago, it was NOT the intended thing. I remember ENJOYING Code Geass, thinking it was GOOD. After this recent viewing, I feel like I've seen something that deserves to be immortalized in a hall of fame somewhere and forever revered as a symbol.
      The characters, the voice work, the sound design, the art, the direction, the story... It's as if the planets aligned ever so slightly eight years ago, and in the short time they could send a tiny bit of mythical cosmic energy to earth it all focused right in the epicenter of the team behind Code Geass.


      I'm not going to go so far as to say the series is flawless, because it DOES have several faults. The first season moves a little too fast at times and doesn't explain much, and either by comparison OR just by design the second season feels like it drags on at times and explains things in an offhanded manner. Furthermore, there are certain characters that feel like they don't get nearly enough attention even though they deserve it and yet other characters that get too much screentime and feel mildly annoying on occasion. Sometimes a character's face looks a little goofy because of their pose/position, and in at least two instances there's a moment where a character is in such emotional pain that their facial expression contorts greatly to show such, but the contortion is TOO extreme and it makes them look more like their face is melting off in a way that is almost comedic.
      These are minor complaints though, as are the smaller ones that aren't even worth noting like the occasional bad line reading or animation shortcut, and if I'm honest we're talking about the entire culmination of negatives accumulating to bring the series down to MAYBE an 9 out of 10, 8.9 out of 10 at the ABSOLUTE WORST.


      I'm going to take a moment to talk about something that I cherish VERY greatly in Code Geass, and it is something that fortunately Sunrise as a production company seems to agree with me on; Mecha look infinitely better when animated traditionally OR are 3D animated in such a way that they appear to be traditionally animated. If you don't know, Sunrise is the production company for nearly if not EVERY Gundam series, and aside from very rare exceptions Sunrise has kept Gundam's mecha scenes in traditional animation style even to the current day with the Iron Blooded Orphans series. There MAY be CGI elements but the art still LOOKS traditional, or that is to say it looks like it was drawn in 2D and animated by hand as opposed to being rendered in 3D and programmed to move on the screen in a certain way. 3D animation HAS come a long way, but anime has a bad tendency of trying to fuse 3D animation with 2D animation, and no matter HOW it's done it almost always looks weird, at least to me.
      There are exceptions to this, of course. Initial D, for example, where the cars and scenes during a race are almost always CG while the characters and backgrounds are drawn normally, and this became a signature look OF the series itself that now feels perfectly at home. With mecha anime however, such as IGPX which I covered in the summer of last year, the CG mechs and 2D humans seem to clash when they're on-screen together, and for whatever reason the use of 3D animation seems to slightly hamper the ability to convey speed or intense action during combat. Perhaps this is because 3D models are inherently rigid and follow a skeletal system that, when purposefully ignored, makes the model look broken or wrong. As an example, a common trick in animation is to show an arm in motion as being slightly bent or curved in an arch during each frame of the animation until it slows or comes to rest. This gives the illusion of speed and motion, because to the human eye things moving at a certain speed WOULD warp almost imperceptively even though in reality they have not. With 3D animation though, the rigidity is not compromised or changed because the need for that illusion isn't there; If you need an arm to swing in five frames you can tell the model to do exactly that and the rendering process will smooth out the animation for you, unlike with traditional art where making an arm move that quickly will look unnatural and so you have to manually blur or otherwise add the implication of motion to the arm in each frame.
      It's a small aesthetic difference, but for me personally it's a world of difference in terms of the feeling it gives.


      Next up are the characters which I'll try to be brief with.
      Simply put, they are astounding. To once again compare to Game of Thrones, the amount of characters whom you are introduced to and expected to at least passively remember in Code Geass is absurdly high... But unlike Game Of Thrones, it's actually a challenge to forget a character in Code Geass because each and every one has a unique appearance and their names are said multiple times over when they're first introduced. The repetition of their names is likely ONLY due to the heavy military-based plot ("As you command, ______" or "Right away, ______" or "Take the left side, ______!" or "______, order all troops to retreat!" etc.), but if that's the case then it is a most serendipitous unintentional audience tool for making sure you don't miss a character's name. Couple that with the aforementioned unique look of each person and it becomes an almost perfect storm to ensure that each character's name and face become unforgettable for exactly as long as you need to remember them. Not ONCE does someone return to the screen after being absent for a while and leave the viewer snapping their fingers while going

      "Ohhhhh! That guy! I know him! He was the, eh.... And he was with, um... And he was trying to, ah..."

      It's an instant recollection of the character as a whole, thus making it an always immediate successful reveal when someone shows up unexpectedly... And, conversely, providing an exquisitely perfect platform to introduce a character the audience HASN'T seen in a just as sudden a format, because the shock of seeing someone new is so jarring that you're COMPELLED to commit them to memory right away so that you can learn as much about them as everyone else.


      Another cool thing about Code Geass is the design of the characters, which was handled almost entirely by CLAMP. If you're not in the know, CLAMP is a an all-female group in Japan who collectively are the creators of well-known series such as Chobits, Cardcaptor Sakura, Angelic Layer and Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles. The director and writer for Code Geass worked closely with CLAMP in the developmental stages of the series, and CLAMP provided much of the ideas towards the development of both the characters AND the setting. Effectively, while they were not responsible for the story itself, CLAMP helped shape what Code Geass would ultimately become. Once the characters were in place, Sunrise's lead character designer converted their original versions into the final animation versions we see in the anime today, AFTER extensively studying CLAMP's artistic styling and finding a middle ground that the animation team could work with while still maintaining CLAMP's unique art style. THAT is an unfiltered example of the Japanese work ethic and also how much they respect the arts.


      Now let's talk storytelling, or at least as much as we CAN without spoiling everything.

      Ho. Ly. Fuck. WHERE do I even start?


      Code Geass could write an entire encyclopedia on how to successfully pull off cliffhanger endings. 50 episodes and AT LEAST 40-42 of them end with a scene that leaves your eyes wide for a few seconds and/or your jaw upon the floor before making you say "Maybe just ONE more episode wouldn't hurt..." I know some people don't care for cliffhanger endings, and personally I DO NOT understand that mentality in the least, but Code Geass I think does it as perfectly as it can be done. It's almost never a moment that the episode has been leading up to, but rather a moment that either comes up BECAUSE of the events in the episode, or is otherwise a moment that is sudden and unexpected. Even WHEN the episode has been leading to the cliffhanger moment, it's typically done in a way that the moment itself HAPPENS and the "cliffhanger" is when the audience is left to hold on to the moment for a short time in order to further convey the gravity or implication. Compare it again to Game of Thrones, when a character meets their untimely demise within the last minute of an episode and before anyone has time to really react the episode suddenly cuts to the credits and leaves you there, stunned in a disbelieving silence and/or thinking to yourself "Ohhhhhh shit... What's gonna happen NOW?!"


      Cliffhangers aside though, Code Geass is exceptional in its storytelling as a whole. The Britannian empire is full of corrupt officials and military leaders, racism is rampant among the citizens and the soldiers are just as skewed because the Emperor and nobles feed them such lies. On the other side of the coin though, the rebels among the Elevens are too extreme in their actions and have no problems killing Britannian soldiers and occasionally even Britannian civilians in order to prove their determination and loyalty to their cause, their sense of pride pushing them to make decisions or actions that aren't in ANYONE'S best interests simply because they want even the smallest of victories against those who oppress them. This character has too little regard for human life, that character cares entirely too much about others. This character's sense of justice is self-serving, that character's sense of justice is too lax an forgiving. This character is too cold and quick to move on, that character is too friendly and never lets anything go. It just goes on and on and on, a never-ending circle of perfect contradictions that spin and swirl around each other, creating a perfect storm where the viewer's perception of right and wrong will fluctuate in such a way that until the very end you won't quite know what to think.


      And speaking of that I come now to Lelouch's personality and character, at the expense of minor spoilers AND the expense of Death Note. Once again I'll say that Death Note is utter trash compared to Code Geass. Perhaps this is JUST because I have personal reasons to hate Death Note, but I daresay that EVERYTHING Death Note tried to do, Code Geass does INFINITELY better.

      Light, the main character of Death Note, is a pure sociopath with a god complex and and ego that is never-ending EVEN WHEN he's been defeated and knows it, and what's more he proves that in the end he's nothing but a heartless coward whose delusions of grandeur expanded even to his own mind, showing that he was incapable of handling even his own actions. Lelouch, on the other hand, makes Light look like the failed pre-alpha build of a game that never made it off Kickstarter while Lelouch is the game that used a similar concept and asked for no help and went on to become a sensation in the gaming world.

      Lelouch's powers aren't THAT different from the Death Note's powers (In fact Lelouch's power is MORE limited since he HAS to be face-to-face), and yet Lelouch is able to do more with it IN A WORLD WHERE HIS GREATEST ENEMIES ALREADY KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THE POWER IS.

      When he's defeated Lelouch gets angry BUT takes it as a sign that he needs to become better or be more careful, Light gets angry and then just acts like a petulant child and becomes obsessed with making the person into an example.

      Lelouch's insane level of resolve only gets broken when his sister is in danger which makes him likable because he shows compassion, Light cares for no one but himself and makes you hate his character within the first third of the series even though the viewer has to suffer through his bullshit for another 2/3 of a series afterwards.

      Lelouch's love interest is a girl who becomes deeply involved in the plot THREE DIFFERENT TIMES and actually feels like she matters to the story, Light's love interest is a stalker-level ditz who fucks up more plans than Kate from Lost and is only involved because she literally blackmailed her way into the story.

      Lelouch's "sidekick" is an attractive girl full of mystery who loves pizza and despite her nature ACTUALLY helps when needed, Light's "sidekick" is a badass demon who doesn't bother to explain anything and has addict-like withdrawals over apples and pretty much doesn't give a single fuck about helping out...

      Actually, now that I think of it Ryuku probably WAS the best part of Death Note... But he still doesn't hold a candle to C.C.


      Finally, Code Geass has a cohesive string of thought from beginning to end. The story is solid throughout the entire course of the series, it knows where it's going and it knows what it wants to do and say, even when it makes you think it DOESN'T know because suddenly NOTHING makes any goddamn sense when all you wanted was an answer (I'll just say that Season 2 is REALLY weird in the beginning, but stick with it because it'll make sense). It's a story of great victory at the expense of terrible tragedy that culminates in an ending which I have yet to find fault with, and HONESTLY wonder how in the hell they plan on making a third season that won't ruin the near-perfect ending the series already has. I'm not exaggerating in the least when I say that for all the emotional moments Code Geass has, the entirety of the final episode had me sobbing because I remembered where it was going and it made it THAT much more powerful as events played out. Even IF it's your first time watching it, you're likely to feel the tears welling up within the episode's last seven minutes. If you're not crying by the time the credits start then you either have a heart of steel OR you have no heart at all.


      I'm VERY glad I decided to re-watch this series before covering it, because had I not I wouldn't be able to have said even a quarter of all this, and as it stands now even THIS isn't everything I want to say. The rest I just can't put into words OR saying anything more would be going into spoilers so deep that it would ruin the series entirely.


      I stand by what I said at the start of this, and I'll continue to say it;
      Code Geass may very well be perfection in anime form.
      Please, go watch it.
      I'm begging you.
      Don't miss this experience.


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      I don't care what your reasoning is, if you say Code Geass isn't good then YOU. ARE. WRONG.


      Seriously, if you've NEVER seen this series then go watch it right away. There's a good reason it was the biggest thing to happen to anime between 2006 and 2008, and it WASN'T because fandoms like we have today were overhyping something that was mediocre at best and never shutting up about it (In fact those people were too busy at the time fawning over Death Note, which as I already said is effectively the edgelord tryhard version of Code Geass).


      This series will EASILY stay in my personal top 10 anime of all time probably as long as I live, because it's THAT good and THAT smart and THAT timeless. I re-watched all 50 episodes in THREE DAYS because it was so compelling, even though I remembered most of the major story beats. As I already stated, Code Geass is very nearly perfection.


      No excuses permitted, go watch Code Geass if you haven't already. You may not feel great afterwards, but you WON'T be disappointed by the experience.


      Until next time, my fellow Nippon nakama!
      MATA NE~!


      Hint for next month: Explain my life? What am I supposed to say? Angels and demons, demons and angels... Guns, swords, jeeps, school, boys, more boys, scratch that I want MEN, probably a few more men than that, okay maybe ALL the men and why not some girls too just for fun? Oh yeah there's also this guy with an afro who is a total buzzkill and stuff, but seriously where are the all the dudes at?


      IF YOU HAVE ALREADY SEEN THIS SERIES THEN BE COURTEOUS TO THOSE WHO MAY HAVE NOT SEEN IT. USE THE SPOILER TAGS IF YOU'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT SPOILERS IN THE COMMENTS.

    • Blood's Anime Of The Month: December 2016 - Shokugeki No Soma

      3 months ago

      Blood_XIII

      EDIT: Sorry for all the initial typos and fuck-ups that were in this post; I had been awake for over 20 hours and was in a hurry, so I messed up about a zillion things


      As I'm always I'm a bit late in posting this, but this time you can blame it on the fact that I started my first playthrough of Skyrim and so all my free time magically vanished into thin air.


      The Anime Of The Month for December, 2016 is...

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      The hint last month wasn't PERFECTLY accurate, but I was tired when I came up with it so deal with it.


      Series Name: Shokugeki No Soma (Or Food Wars, if you're a baka fuckin' gaijin)
      Creator Name: Written by Yuto Tsukuda; Art by Shun Saeki
      Genre: Cooking/Food, Shounen, Comedy
      Air Dates: Season 1 - April, 2015 through September 2015 / Season 2 - July, 2016 through September, 2016
      Number Of Episodes: 24 in the first season, 13 in the second season




      How I Found This Series: Breaking away from the recent trends of things I found via Toonami or from asking Reddit, this series was another one that my friend Josh/Chaos621/ChaoSamui pointed me towards. I forget what I had watched just before Shokugeki, but after finishing whatever series it was I texted him and asked for another anime that was the typical Shounen style where the hero always manages to come out on top no matter the odds. He responded with this series, and so knowing absolutely nothing about it I went with his suggestion and began watching... And you'll see later just how happy I was that I listened to his suggestion.



      Summary: Set in present-day Japan (Though taking place in fictional locations within such), the series is focused around Yukihira Soma, a boy of 15 who has an intense passion for the culinary arts. Initially his only plan for the future was to continue working with his father in their family-owned restaurant, as he always had... But his father, seeing his son's skill and passion, instead enrolls the boy into Japan's (And indeed the world's) most renowned culinary school, Totsuki Academy, where on a GOOD year only 10% of the newly accepted class will make it to graduation!


      Thus, as one may expect, it is a very cut-throat environment where friends are often far and few between, because nearly everyone is only looking out for themselves and will stop at nothing to ensure THEY are part of that 10% who will graduate. The school actually embraces this competitive nature though, and in fact has established an official way of settling such disputes that may arise; The Shokugeki (Or Food War, again, if you're lame). A Shokugeki is basically the school's equivalent of what we've come to know as a cooking competition reality show, only in a Shokugeki the contest itself AND the terms of loss are decided by the individuals participating. Two people (Though it CAN occasionally be two teams of multiple people) facing off head-to-head to see who is the better chef, their competing dishes centering around a shared theme, an odd number (To prevent ties) of impartial but educated and/or qualified judges deciding together which was superior... And the battle MUST be performed in front of the entire student body. A Shokugeki may be held between students for any number of reasons, such as one of the participants wants more funding for their research on a given culinary style, while the other wants that person's research to be halted completely. It can even get as extreme as the loser having to drop out or otherwise accept expulsion from the school!


      So with the odds stacked so high against an individual, the last thing you'd want to do is piss off every single person on your very first day, right? Too bad no one told that to Soma...



      Characters: Yup, I did it again... Shokugeki No Soma has at least eight characters JUST in the protagonist dorm who all play a significant role in one way or another, and beyond THAT there's at least six other characters I can think of off the top of my head who play major roles as well! As always though, I'll cut out the ones who show up later and/or would be spoilers and then trim out the ones that aren't SUPER prevalent.


      Yukihira Soma
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      The main character of the series, as you may have guessed since HIS NAME IS IN THE TITLE. Friendly, energetic, creative, ever the optimist AND self-motivating, Soma is passionate about one thing and one thing only; Cooking. He's been cooking with the instruction of his father since he was about three years old, and it shows in that his skill as a chef is second ONLY to his father, whom he's had nearly 500 duels with and has lost every single one. The series starts with Soma deciding that he's not going to enroll in any sort of high school and instead work with his father in their restaurant to further his knowledge of cooking (In Japan you don't HAVE to go to high school and can instead go straight from graduating middle school into working a job), but his father instead forcibly enrolls him into Totsuki academy where he'll surely learn even more, although at first Soma isn't keen on the idea... Until he's told by Nakiri Erina that he COULDN'T survive Totsuki in the first place, promptly proving her wrong (Even if she didn't want to admit it).


      Nakiri Erina
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      There's a lot to be said about Erina, but most of it is spoiler-ey and so I won't say TOO much. Daughter to the Director of Totsuki Academy, possessing an incredible palate for the finest subtleties in taste (Colloquially named "The God's Tongue") AND being a skilled chef, this rich-born girl seems to have the entire world at her back... Too bad that, in terms of personality, she's EXACTLY as pompous, spoiled and self-serving as you would expect with a background like that.


      Megumi Tadokoro
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      Tadokoro is THE LAST person you would expect to be in Totsuki academy, and indeed she ONLY enrolled because she happened to be a good chef in her little hometown and her mother suggested she try. Tadokoro, however, is timid, clumsy, soft-spoken AND kind-hearted to an incredible fault, which is the exact opposite of most everyone else at Totsuki... But as you'll see if you watch the series, those things lend directly to WHY she's able to come into her own as a chef. Being so mundane compared to the rest of her friends and classmates, Tadokoro is often the audience's relative link in that she's the first one to take note of how crazy something is and/or otherwise say what the audience is most likely thinking.


      Takumi Aldini
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      Hailing from Italy, Takumi is a skilled chef who right away makes himself self-proclaimed rivals with Soma simply because of Soma's confidence... Though it's VERY one-sided, because Soma doesn't seem to care or take notice of such, instead treating Takumi as more of a friend (Much to Takumi's annoyance). Competitive as hell and just as much hot-blooded, Takumi is effectively the same as Soma right down to having worked in his family's restaurant from a young age, EXCEPT he has a problem keeping his cool both in defeat AND when he makes a mistake (And also when someone ignores him, which Soma does often). He has a younger twin brother named Isami (Pictured behind him), whom he is very caring towards and can be protective of, even though Isami is just as skilled and driven as Takumi.


      Ikumi Mito
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      I can't say much about her due to spoilers, but what I CAN say is that her specialty is beef, she's a mild tsundere and also that she's my favorite character solely on looks alone (I have a weird thing for tanned girls with light-colored hair, don't question it), so I threw her in because otherwise this section would only have a few characters.



      Personal Opinions/Views: Let me address two things right off the bat that you're probably wondering.


      1. Yes, this IS that series where the food tastes so good that people have a foodgasm and clothing explodes off of their bodies.
      2. Yes, every single dish in the series CAN be made in real life assuming you have the skill and ingredients to pull it off.


      Now onto the actual point of this section.


      Unless you have a mental condition that either makes you hate food AND/OR hate feeling good on the inside, GO WATCH THIS SERIES RIGHT THE FUCK NOW OR PUT IT AT THE TOP OF YOUR LIST TO WATCH NEXT. 

      I cannot recommend this series nearly enough, ESPECIALLY if you enjoy food and/or cooking. Shokugeki is EASILY one of my favorite anime I've ever seen, and while my favorites list isn't small that doesn't mean it's any less amazing. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll want to try new things and you'll be dying to watch each episode as soon as you finish the previous one.


      First off, Shokugeki is a Shounen series for people who normally don't care for the protagonist armor of typical Shounen series. By that I mean that this series doesn't JUST focus on the title character, and it's written in a way that there is an actual good sense of tension and misdirection within the story that actually gives the viewer a sense of excitement EVEN IF they know things will work out for the better in the end... And take notice of how I didn't say what I said earlier, about the hero coming out on top, because I'd be lying if I said it were the case ;3


      Before delving into the usual things, I have to say again that this series IS centered around food so trust me when I say that animated food has NEVER looked so goddamn delicious. It's practically the hentai of food porn, and as I said earlier EVERY SINGLE THING they make in the show CAN be made in the real world (If you read the manga volumes they ACTUALLY give the recipes at the end of each chapter where a created dish is featured), but be forewarned that nearly all the dishes are advised by an ACTUAL chef named Yuki Morisaki, so it takes a considerable amount of skill AND the occasional rare ingredient to make the delicacies you'll be seeing in the anime. I myself tried my hand at what I THOUGHT would be the most simple, which was the dish that Soma makes in the very first episode... Needless to say, it was an utter disaster and I haven't tried making anything else in the series since then.


      So NOW we go to to the usual stuff, starting with the visuals of the series. Honestly there's not much more to say than it's sexy, and I mean that in more ways than one. Absurdly hot girls and guys are plastered all over this series, and before ANYONE starts whining about fanservice being skewed to a male audience allow me to inform you that there is an attractive male character who literally walks around wearing either JUST an apron or JUST that traditional Japanese thong-loincloth-thing.
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      So you can shut the fuck up now.
      More importantly though, the characters are wildly diverse in appearance, so much so that even though there's quite a number of characters IN the series you'll almost NEVER forget the name of a single one after you've seen them the first time. They all stand out in their own ways and they all have an actual decently portrayed personality, even if the common theme among most of the rival/enemy characters is that they're extremely full of themselves and seem inherently malicious. As already stated though, the OTHER big visual appeal is the food, which if you're like me WILL leave you feeling very hungry and potentially ultimately ashamed of your own lack of culinary skill.


      There's not much to say about sound design on the series, except that the sizzling of frying foods or the boiling of liquids in a pot are just as appetizing as SEEING the finished product, and the voicework is as top-notch as one might expect from Japan (As always I watched it subbed and can't speak for the dub), so instead I'll focus on the other big draw of the series, which is the emotional feel of it.


      This is the other place that Shokugeki shines, and if you have ANY appreciation for moments that are heartwarming you'll see what I mean specifically in episode 12, which had me legitimately in tears at one point. Soma alone covers most of the moments like this all by himself though, because as stated he's not at all like most of the students at Totsuki in that he's willing to put HIS neck on the line to help others simply because he cares more about food and people's passion for it than he does about his own success... But on the same side of the coin, as seen in the same episode mentioned before, Soma also shows that his personality isn't without fault because ANY kind of failure seems to affect him greatly. While this isn't TOO rare in Shounen series, it's still uncommon to have a hero character with a personality flaw as significant as a fragile ego, and honestly it makes you realize how real the stakes are AND at the same time shows you that Soma's not as carefree as others think of him.


      To be perfectly honest, I really can't think of any cons or negatives to this series that are worth mentioning. MAYBE it moves a bit fast at times? MAYBE there are too many episodes that end in cliffhanger moments (Which doesn't matter if you're binge watching like I do)? MAYBE there are too many characters floating around that aren't hyper detrimental to the plot? I honestly don't even know that those things are ACTUAL problems in this anime, because the way the story flows and how well each personality fits when contrasted with all the others just makes up for those little shortcomings in my opinion.
      If anything my BIGGEST gripe with the series is the English name; Food Wars. It's JUST stupid, especially considering A. It takes Soma's name OUT of the title and thus kills the theory that ultimately Soma will revolutionize the Shokugeki itself, and B. The Kanji for Shokugeki (食戟) literally translates to "An exciting meal" BUT the word itself is more-or-less re-purposed to be it's own thing in the series (Not unlike how "Shounen" translates to "boy" BUT is now a name for an entire genre of manga/anime) and so "Food Wars" is just a grasp at trying to make it easy for Western audiences to say the name without stumbling over simple vowels.


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      The views/opinions section on this one will just HAVE to be short, because there's really not much more I can say about the series without either spoiling major plot points and/or ruining a lot of the magic. All I can say is that this is EASILY one of the best anime that came out in 2015 and you ABSOLUTELY need to watch it for yourself, because it's hard to talk about at great length AND my words aren't doing it justice.


      Seriously, and I KNOW I've said it multiple times, but I CANNOT recommend this series nearly enough!


      Until next time, my fellow Nippon nakama!
      MATA NE~!


      Hint for next month: If you stumbled upon a power which allowed you to control the fate of others, how would you use it? Would you use it to cast judgement on them? Would you use it to make them obey? Would you use it to get anything and everything you wanted? Just remember three things; With great power comes great responsibility, keep your fiends close and your enemies closer, and if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is.

    • Blood's Anime Of The Month: November 2016 - Girls Und Panzer

      4 months ago

      Blood_XIII

      I know I said I probably wasn't going to do an AOTM this month... BUT I'M DOING IT ANYWAYS! Sorry it's a bit late!


      The Anime Of The Month for November, 2016 is...KjEjM2h.jpgPretty sure most people had already guessed what it was from the hint... Or you thought it was a series about girls in mechs, one of the two.


      Series Name: Girls Und Panzer
      Creator Name: Tsutomu Mizushima (Director), Reiko Yoshida (Writer), Kiyoshi Sugiyama (Producer) and Takaaki Suzuki (Advisor)

      Genre: Mild-Action and Slice Of Life
      Air Dates: June, 2012 to January, 2013
      Number Of Episodes: 12 (With a second season on the way!)





      How I Found This Series: I had actually heard of this series several times before the anime Subreddit recommended it to me, so I wasn't FULLY unaware of what it was... I was, however, unaware of how fun it would be. Back to the point though, this was another series that came about from my "I need more cute girls in my upbeat anime" quest following the local convention back in August. As before, the anime Subreddit tipped me off on the series and so here we are now!




      Summary: Set in an alternate reality in the.... Okay look, I'll be honest, I have NO idea what time period this is supposed to be. It's like near-future but also mid-2000s? Anyways, in this version of the world the various all-girls schools across the world have a club program that is called Sensha-do, or Tankwondo. Punny names aside, the title isn't hiding much; These clubs have actual tank battles against one another... Yes, as in military, heavy artillery tanks. Contrary to what you may think, this is actually a perfectly safe activity due to the crew cabin being carbon reinforced (Like King Crimson in JoJo's Vento Aureo, it just works so don't question it too much and have fun).


      The series follows the Tankwondo team of the Oarai Girls' High School, a school whose Tankwondo program was only revived recently and as such all their old tanks are lost to time within the town and in great disrepair. This is a source of misery for our main protagonist due to her past, but perhaps she'll see that when you've got friends at your side then things aren't always about winning.... Right?


      By the way, all the schools in this world are on giant carrier-style naval ships (20mb GIF warning).
      Again, don't question it and just enjoy the ride, they explain it later... Sorta.




      Characters: God. Fucking. Dammit. I did it AGAIN. This series MAY have every past and future one beat though; By the end there are LITERALLY 32 named characters on the protagonist team (20mb GIF warning).
      Again JUST the protagonist team, we're not even counting the enemies!
      But FUCK IT, I'm only bothering with the main five girls, even though the three Student Council girls are equally as important and major to the plot.


      Nishizumi Miho
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      At first Miho follows a common character trope; The born-into-a-thing-but-don't-really-like-it type. The women in her family are taught Tankwondo essentially from the moment they've taken their first step, but due to certain mishaps in the past Miho has decided to give up Tankwondo for good... Which is why she transferred to Oarai Girls' High School; A School whose Tankwondo program has been non-functional for over a decade. As you'd expect though, her reputation hits the ears of the student council (Whom of course have started the program again due to spoiler reasons) and she's all but forced to join the thing she swore never to do again! As for her personality... It's actually a rather interesting parallel. When we meet her in her anti-Tankwondo state AND later whenever she's not thinking/focusing on such, Miho is klutzy airhead to such a level that it seems at first like it will be a constant for her character. However, once she's back in the mindset of tanks she quickly becomes an entirely different person, namely one who is calm and collected, smart and innovative, and a natural-born leader who is right at home as the commander of the entire battalion of the school's tanks. What's more is that she's the type who will ALWAYS think of others first, even to a fault, and that goes triple for anyone she considers a friend.


      Takebe Saori
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      If you can't tell by looking at her, Saori is the bubbly and peppy girl who is constantly full of energy... And also a ton of magazine-level dating knowledge. Introduced to the audience alongside Isuzu, she thrusts herself into Miho's life when she and her friend Isuzu ask to be Miho's friends upon seeing poor Miho all by lonesome. Saori's personality is best described as.... Well, exactly what I said above. She's always friendly, full of life and ready to strike up a conversation, which makes her the perfect candidate to be the radio operator for the main team. Interestingly, we never see or hear much about Saori's family, only that her mother taught her very well how to cook a nice meal.


      Isuzu Hana
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      Isuzu is a soft-spoken girl with a big heart, and clearly a world of patience inside of her as she is Saori's childhood friend. She comes from a family that has a long history of flower arranging, and it shows in her overall character what with her gentle voice, kind nature and almost motherly approach to everyone. As an interesting flip-trait, however, Isuzu can be very intense and is ALWAYS determined, even though she comes as someone who would be weak-willed or meek. This works out very well, as she soon becomes the only one who can quickly work out the sights of the tank cannon and keep her focus under pressure, earning her the position of gunner for the main team.


      Akiyama Yukari
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      Introduced by her lack of stealth as she tries to shadow the previous three characters whilst they are searching for the school's old abandoned tanks, Yukari is a tank-loving girl with plenty of energy and knowledge to share. Despite there being no Tankwondo program at Oarai, Yukari has been a complete tank fanatic who can tell at a glance virtually everything about a tank and be able to recite the details back like a living encyclopedia. Like the rest of her team up to now, she is a very nice and friendly girl as well. All this would be great IF she weren't such a spaz, because she clearly doesn't put as much thought into the rest of her actions or words, oftentimes leading her into trouble. This puts her in the position of the loader for the main team, as she can do such with great speed AND provide secondary information when she's not loading a shell. Her mother and father run a barber shop together, and both seem to support her love of tanks.


      Reizei Mako
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      As if to prove that I have a type, Mako is by far my favorite character in the series. She's a super smart type who has near-perfect grades and can master anything in a matter of moments by simply leafing through a book about the subject... But she's excessively lazy, stubborn and introverted. Her introduction comes about as Miho is walking to school one day and finds Mako about to pass out on the sidewalk as she mumbles about hating her life, simply because Mako isn't a morning person and seems to be nonfunctional before 8am. Typically seen skipping class to read or sleep somewhere on the school grounds, Mako's main reason for joining Tankwondo is that the student council has offered 200 tardy passes to members of the program, meaning she can sleep in as much as she wants. Her secondary introduction is when she's nearly run over by the main team during training, but ends up jumping atop the tank and ultimately begins to drive it like a pro AS she's still reading the manual. However, much to her chagrin, Tankwondo practice typically starts at 6am which means she'd have to wake up at around 5am, and this fact alone nearly leads her to quit almost immediately as "humans cannot wake up at six in the morning!" Though she doesn't seem to speak with or show much emotion, Mako is very caring towards her friends and family; Specifically her grandmother, who seems to be a constant source for Mako's determination.




      Personal Opinions/Views: Girls Und Panzer is great. No really, it's VERY good, especially for my particular set of tastes. Cute girls from wall to wall, everyday life goings on, touches of comedy to make it fun, plenty of action in just the right concentrated bursts and no real drama or danger anywhere in sight! It's JUST a nice, occasionally-tense-for-excitement's-sake, super fun series... But it really doesn't bother explaining itself outside of bonus in-between episodes (Parts of "Let Me Give You An Introduction 2," AKA episode 10.5, are practically a must-watch if you want to understand how Tankwondo works), and that kinda got to me.


      I'm fine with it when a series basically tells me "Here's a 10 second explanation of why this is what it is now let's move on," but Girls Und Panzer REALLY needs a bit more than 10 seconds to explain to the audience how a tank mortar at point-blank range will only dent and char the outer armor of an enemy tank, or why there are entire school campus-based cities atop naval carriers that dwarf any known ships in the current day and age. I feel like its not laziness either since they DO explain these things in passing, but its almost like the people making the series are just in a hurry to get to the tank battles.
      What's more is that the series introduces new characters in the later episodes like crazy, to the point that the 10th episode brings into the protagonist team seven girls whom the audience has literally never seen once before.
      I mean hell, the series FULLY skips the protagonist team's second round match; As in literally they're talking about how they're going to win and then there's a smash-cut to the other team's tanks all wiped out and our heroes' still functional (And this was AFTER a foreboding slate of the other team's commander came up in the same episode like she was a force to be feared, and even in the aforementioned 10.5 episode they straight up say "Let's ignore this battle and explain the next one").
      Also the fact that Tankwondo is a girls-only sport, and apparently it's only popular or seen as cool with SOME guys...? I GUESS you could chalk this up to a spin on typical role-reversal plot points, but again I WANT TO KNOW MORE, DAMMIT!


      Now that I'm done with my complaining about a lack of indulgence upon information and rather poor downtime-pacing, let me talk about the series' strengths.


      First, and probably the most obvious, is that series is practically a must-see for people who appreciate tanks, specifically tanks that were in service or being designed anywhere in the world prior to the end of World War II. The initial five tanks on the protagonist team alone are a Panzer IV Ausf. D, a 38(t), a Type-89 Medium Kou, a Sturmgeschutz (StuG) III Ausf. F, and a Medium M3 Lee... All of that is pretty much a bunch of letters, numbers and a word or two to me, but tank aficionados are probably salivating at one or more of those names, and the protagonist team eventually brings on three more unique tanks later in the series.


      This leads directly into two other points; The animation and sound design of the series. The tanks and the terrain DURING tank battles are almost exclusively CG, and visually the series is VERY impressive because it's a rare example of computer generated animation being blended near perfectly with traditional animation. Not even joking, the 3D tanks look spectacularly appropriate against the 2D backgrounds, and on several occasions a 2D character is shown peeking out of the 3D tank and it STILL looks good (They even go above and beyond on occasion and make the character a 3D model as well, and it looks stunning how close they keep the character to traditional animation styles). Honestly the ONLY fault in the animation is the ground, which at certain times can look as poorly rendered as a PC game running on minimum settings but SOMEHOW rendering the subject models at maximum.


      Meanwhile the sound is JUST as beautiful. The grinding and whirring of gears, the screech of metal-on-metal, the roar of the engines, it's ALL true to form and fills every single scene in the tank battles with life and character... And I haven't even mentioned the sound of the tank shells firing. If you're watching with headphones you might have a bit to complain about, because the sound design factors in the idea that tanks aren't exactly quiet when firing a bullet as big around as your arm. There's an audible distortion/blowout of the audio in each cannon shot, almost as if the microphone (Or your ears) were struggling to translate the defining sound appropriately. As such, as I mentioned, headphone users might feel that each shot is a pinch too loud and/or sounds broken... But if you're watching with a decent audio setup the shots have more depth and bass to them, and they sound much more clear and appropriate, albeit still with that broken effect. On the other hand, if you're running sound through a 5.1/7.1 surround system, then each shot is going to shake your walls AND rattle your head a little and it will be fucking glorious.


      Now we move on to the characters, aka all the damn cute girls who make the tanks move in the first place. For starters I'm going to mention the sheer number of characters again; 32 on the protagonist team ALONE, and a quick headcount of a further 16 named characters whom are mostly either family to the main group of five girls OR a member of an enemy team (And these are just the ones I could remember immediately). For a 12 episode series this is flat-out excessive, and were a second season not on the way I'd almost say the series had severe flaws for the issues I already mentioned AND introducing as many as 15-18 of those characters after the halfway point... But I WILL say, however, that each character has a distinct look and oftentimes a distinct personality. Some of the personalities are more focused on the group they're in though, as opposed to individual personalities.
      For instance the team that pilots the Type-89 whom are all four members of the disbanded volleyball club and they all wear the uniforms of such and speak in volleyball terms, or the team that pilots the M3 whom are all six first-year students and act slightly immature and unfocused, and then the team that pilots the StuG III whom are all four history buffs that wear odd costumes and often speak in war quotes. All that said though, the only teams I ever had a problem of visually distinguishing between the members of was the first-year students, and even then that was only three or four of them and arguably that's because there were six of them crammed into the same tank, and a later team which had three members that may just as well have been triplets.


      As for other things I can think of, they get the usual praise; The voice acting (Japanese, as always) is superb and a perfect fit for each character, the character development is as smooth as one could hope for a 12 episode series (More on this in the closing section though), the action is kept nice and tense even when you know the heroes will win and finally there's just enough going on in the characters lives OUTSIDE Tankwondo to give you an appropriate feel for who they are and why you should care about them. It's nice and heartwarming at times, no one is ever severely injured, there's no bullshit romance subplots, the list of small positives just goes on and on and on~! For me, at least, all those little things add up to something that overcomes the negative points I covered in such detail above, because the GOOD is what gives a series its character in my opinion~


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      I know it sounds like I'm nitpicking the series to death, but honestly it's ONLY because I enjoyed the series so much that all these little things felt out of place with its potential.

      To be perfectly honest, I'd go so far as to say the faults AREN'T on the series itself, but rather this new status quo from the past few years that EVERY anime has to be either 12 or 24/26 episodes long per season, an unlikely chance to be allowed a second season AND and that each season has a crazy strict deadline UNLESS it's a super-popular series (Like Shokugeki No Soma which is on a rare mid-season break, and Part 4 of JoJo [Diamond Is Unbreakable] which is set to be an oddly exact and strangely uneven 39 episodes long).


      I REALLY do love this series though, and I'm super looking forward to more out of the second season, make no mistake about it! Likewise I HIGHLY recommend this series to almost anyone; It's cute and fun, albeit with a slightly rushed feeling. If you can set aside harsh criticism for a while and just enjoy it, then you'll do fine~


      (Also for all I know there's a manga or light novel series this originated from that ACTUALLY explains everything)


      Until next time, my fellow Nippon nakama!
      MATA NE~!


      Hint for next month: Sometimes the push that a person needs to better themselves is to be told they can't do something... And sometimes that person will prove everyone wrong in a very delicious fashion.

    • A Notice About The November Anime Of The Month AND A Summary Of TMy Past Month's Situation

      4 months ago

      Blood_XIII

      Let me first lead off by saying that, much to my own disappointment in myself for breaking a personal rule to NOT skip a month, there will probably be no Anime Of The Month for November, and if there is it will not be until the END of November.

      If there isn't one this month then the anime chosen for November will instead be discussed as the December subject.


      Now allow me to explain why.


      Right at the start of October, as in right about the time I posted a journal about an upcoming Poke-knowledge series of posts, my mother called to tell me something I hoped I'd never hear;

      "I have breast cancer." 

      She didn't know how big for sure, she didn't know what severity, she didn't know how long it had been there other than when she had first felt a lump about 3 weeks earlier. All she really knew is that it was in the right breast and it wasn't the benign sort.


      To her credit, she was more calm about it than ANYONE I've ever in my life known to be when facing a similar situation... And she also didn't fuck around with it. Her immediate response was fuck second opinions and fuck alternative options, take it the fuck out RIGHT NOW. In retrospect I don't doubt that her refusal to wait around and be in denial by seeking second opinions and the like was WHY things have turned out so well at the present time... But we'll get to that in a bit.


      The very next week she went in for her mastectomy (Which in layman's terms, for those who don't know, effectively means she had a section of her tit lopped off), and the week before that I obviously didn't have the drive to do much of anything. For the surgery my mother had also given them permission to remove the lymph nodes if they happened to be infected as well, which beforehand we were all assured that there were no signs of such thus far.

      She'd also given explicit instructions to the doctors not to tell ANYONE a single thing until they either told her first OR told us all at the same time, which pissed my family off to no end (Because, you know, apparently they all had a right to know before she did).

      So imagine the surprise when my mother and I, who were the only ones in the room at the time, heard firsthand from the surgeon that the tumor was something close to 14cm and that the cancer had spread into her lymph nodes; 4 of the 13 to be exact.


      She had gone from being designated as Stage 1 to Stage 3a in the course of a few hours, with the potential to be Stage 4 IF the cancer had traveled through the lymph system to any other place in her body... Which we wouldn't know for another month. The surgery required a minimum of one week recovery, which would have her stuck at home with a drain then entire time.


      So cue my next week-and-half.... Doing absolutely nothing while living at my grandmother's house. My grandmother, my mother's mother to be precise, REFUSED to leave her daughter's side for that entire recovery period. As such I got enlisted to house/dog-sit for my grandmother for the entire time. As some know, I work at a locally-owned business and my boss is like the god of not-giving-a-fuck AND family-comes-first, so I had as many days off as I needed for this entire endeavor with the promise of more hours when I DID come back so I could make up the finances I lost in the meantime.


      Still though, almost two weeks in a house that's even FURTHER from civilization than I am regularly? Not great for someone who lives in the digital era, and even LESS great when that someone is left alone with their thoughts for such a long period of time. The ONLY things I could bring myself to do during that time were watch RT/AH content that I had downloaded and play Forza Horizon 3, which I ONLY own thanks to @ItWasJustified still keeping the Xbox One he sold to me as his Home console (Meaning anything he buys on his new Xbox One I can download for free). I couldn't even begin to focus well enough to watch an anime, and being there of course kept me from new RT/AH content that was coming out.


      My mother recovered from her surgery WELL ahead of schedule, and was practically begging me to convince my grandmother to go back home by the end of the first week... And also to come stay with her for the next week to lie to everyone that showed up to visit her by telling them she was asleep, because all the people freaking out FOR her was driving her insane. Up until today her BIGGEST issue has been that and that alone; Dealing with everyone else's premature grief and worry over her condition. My mother had been fine with things the whole time, but she wanted to slap the people who wouldn't stop crying over or pitying her, the exact words tending to be "I'm not dead YET, stop acting like I am."


      My grandmother finally went home around the 20th, and I went to stay with my mother until the following Monday. Of course this made it difficult to watch or do anything even IF I had felt the drive to do such. During this time the oncologist pretty much told her an extended version of what the surgeon had said the day of her surgery. If the cancer hadn't spread then she was looking at a good 70% average chance to survive, which could improve greatly based on how well she took the chemo/radiation treatments AND her physical health at her age was sure to help too (Nevermind her positive outlook on things). However IF it had spread then there was a good chance it would be inoperable and she would likely only have 1 to 2 years to live, and with it having been in her lymph nodes AT ALL there was a good chance it could be in any number of other places.


      A year or two seems like SUCH a long time until you hear something like this.


      So I returned to MY home on the 24th... But by then I was emotionally drained, and due to prior plans I was going to be leaving on the 28th to stay with a friend for over a week, so I didn't have the time or the motivation to watch anything or leave the house for anything but a day or two of work. I had decided not to cancel my plans with my friend because I knew it MIGHT be the last chance I would have to just enjoy myself and forget about everything, because my mother had her full-body scan the Monday after I left and wouldn't get results until Wednesday of the next week, so it was still something I didn't have to IMMEDIATELY face.


      Once I was at my friend's house it was EXACTLY the cathartic experience I needed it to be. He and I just hung out together and drank, playing Destiny and Master Chief Collection almost non-stop, watching stand-up and random YouTube videos inbetween, all the while drinking 80 proof white rum mixed with Dr. Pepper (Which led me to discover that white rum is my new favorite alcohol). Die to my light insomnia AND the underlying constant worry, I would usually be awake until 4 or 5am while he would go to bed around 1am at the latest. This gave me time to download all the RT/AH content I'd been missing up to that point, as well as everything that was coming out while I was there... But not the time or freedom to sit down and invest in an anime, even IF it was only 12 episodes long. For fuck's sake, we watched the first episode of both Keijo and RWBY Vol.4 and I BARELY remember them because my mind was so pre-occupied with other thoughts (I DO remember though that Keijo was one of the most amazing things I had ever seen in the past five years though).


      For anyone who is curious, it was nearly a month's worth of RT/AH content that I downloaded, and in the end it came out to be about 178 videos totaling close to 32gb... And that STILL wasn't everything, as I had skipped all the Sponsor content from the last 3-4 days I was there.


      I came back home on November 5th, the anxiety of both the upcoming election AND the final news of whether my mother only had a year or two left to live flooding my entire consciousness as I was suddenly without any distractions... I had meant to use that time to type up an AOTM journal about a series I've already seen years ago, but I just couldn't focus my thoughts long enough to do such. The more silence I had, the more I began to panic and depress myself... So I did the only thing I could think to do, which was to just block out EVERYTHING and start working through the massive backlog of RT/AH videos I had downloaded. From the moment I woke up until I fell asleep I JUST watched things and ate whenever I felt hungry, and even as Monday rolled around I just worked that into my work schedule (Because ALSO as some may know, the place I work is dead most of the time so I JUST watch videos when no one is in the store).


      Tuesday was the same, until I went home... I, like EVERYONE else, assumed Hillary was going to win, and so I started watching the live results on Google and the New York Times website without worry... And then felt my heart become crushed as Trump pulled ahead more and more throughout the night, proving to me even more than I ever thought possible how fucking stupid Americans truly are (I don't want ANYONE telling me I'm a weeaboo for hating America ever again, because now I have the most valid of validated reasons for saying such).


      I BARELY functioned at work today. The utter disappointment in America as a whole AND the fact that I could find out my mother only had 24 months at most to live? I was on the verge of a mental shutdown that would rival if not surpass the one that made me into a shut-in for nearly three months after Monty passed away. First I'm pretty much told by the entire country what they think of a gay person like myself (I can only imagine how much worse it is for people of other races), then I may lose the only living person who pretty much makes sense of ALL the adult shit I've ever had to handle and taught me more than my 12 years in school had ever done? It's a wonder I had even bothered to get out of bed and make it to work AT ALL.


      My mother never called me, and I wasn't sure when her appointment was so I didn't know when it would be appropriate and/or she'd be available to call.

      I finally got fed up with waiting around 1pm and called her myself (Turns out she hadn't wanted to bother me at work). I didn't bullshit with small talk or ask how annoyed she surely was at the election results, instead getting right to the point; "What did the tests say?"


      "Nothing; They came back fully clean"


      I was less excited the first time someone agreed to go out with me... No fuck that, I was less excited the first time I kissed another woman.... MAYBE more excited than the first time I had sex... And if you know me, you know that's saying A LOT because I'm the most sexually minded person most of you have ever met.


      Ever since that call I've completely pushed my fears and worry about the election results so far into the back of my mind that I'm not going to be thinking of them probably until the Annoying Orange is sworn into office (And hopefully by then someone will have murderized him anyways). The second I was off the phone with her I fired up JonTron's rendition of Firework and started singing and dancing to it right in the middle of the store (And let me clarify what that means by saying that I fucking detest Katy Perry AND I ESPECIALLY detest that dumbass, inadvertently shallow song [I mean really, how the fuck is it inspiring to tell someone that their potential is equivalent to a ballistic rocket that has a single moment of attention-grabbing beauty and then ceases to exist and forever fades into the night only to be seen again in memories that can become distorted with time? /mini-rant])


      All the worries and concern and everything related to having Fuhrer Trump and the Nazipublicans in power will slowly trickle back over the course of the month, but for now...... For now I'm just going to block out every single thing that I have to think about or do and just appreciate the fact that SOMEWHERE in the universe at least ONE star finally looked upon me and went "You know what, you can have this one."



      I'm glad at least the biggest spark of luck in my life thus far affected someone else more than it affected me. Even though the rest of the world is about to burn, for a short while I've got a flame retardant suit of happiness to help me.

    • I Think I just Experienced Sleep Paralysis For The First Time...

      4 months ago

      Blood_XIII

      I'm currently staying over at a friend's place for a week or two, both because his housemate went on vacation AND because I've got some major things going on in life that I needed a distraction from while they're still something I don't need to immediately face (I'll expand more on that in a few days, most likely). Thing is he couldn't get any days off from work, so for most of the afternoon I'm just here in his house alone... Which means, since we're up all night gaming (Or at least I am, since he has to wake up early as hell for work), I use the time he's gone to sleep and recharge.


      Except it didn't quite work out as planned today.


      I woke up around 10am, watched some stuff and had a sandwich, then decided to just nap until my friend came home. Now while I'm here I'm crashing on the couch in the living room because I'm not picky about where I sleep, so if my friend came in he'd wake me up even if he weren't trying to. Cue exactly that happening; Door opens and in walks my friend, and I'm laying there in that twilight state between sleep and waking so I hear him come in. He says something to me and my eyes flutter open a little as I try to respond... But I can't. It's like my voice is broken, coming out barely as a whisper, actually more like a silent wheeze. My friend starts going about his business, picking up whatever the cat knocked over while I was asleep, that sort of thing, and meanwhile I'm trying to talk the entire time.

      I'm getting slowly more worried as this goes on, until finally I decide to try something that usually works for me during twilight nightmares and the like; Willing myself to shake my head quickly and jar myself awake. Typically in this scenario that causes me to do such in the dream and eventually it translates to physical response... Only this time it doesn't, even though I can "feel" my head moving and my hair shaking around my ears/neck.


      This is where I realize it's starting to get weird.


      Suddenly the worry shifts almost immediately into fear, as I begin to try screaming and waving my hands. Again though I make no sounds and even though I can "feel" my hands flopping about and even the wind against them they make NO actual movements nor do I see them moving. This entire time I've had my eyes open on and off, like they're fluttering in a constant attempt to pull me back into sleep, and likewise my friend keeps coming in and out of the room without noticing my situation as I can't make a sound or move.

      I try to make any and every sound imaginable, and apparently one or two get out as small groans because I personally hear them and my friend is like "The fuck is up with you?" However my movement is still a no-go even though now I'm trying to move my legs as well, my friend leaving the room again.


      At this point it's turned into a full-blown panic attack as I will every muscle to move and I constantly push air from my lungs hoping that it will EVENTUALLY make a sound. My friend comes back into the room once more and I immediately know I need to get him to come physically move some part of me to make this stop. On the coffee table I see my glass of water and I start trying to will my foot to move to it and knock it over... I "feel" my foot moving and I "feel" the glass and table... But there's no visible or physical movement actually going on.

      I finally get a groan of a scream out, long and loud... And my friend just laughs and moves to the next room again.


      This causes the panic attack to worsen immensely, now trying to convince my body to just spasm as though I were having a seizure and my eyes wide open as I keep trying to scream out...


      And then suddenly I wake up, my arms and legs splaying out immediately as my eyes shoot open and I'm breathing with my heart pounding both as though I just ran a mile, my friend not even back from work yet.


      What. The. Fuck.

  • About Me

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    - A Co-admin of the RWBY Group!
    - Founder of the Traveling Game Community (COMING SOON FUCKING EVENTUALLY MAYBE!)

    - Other stuff used to be here but goddamn man I lost track of it

    The mother of many ideas and much procrastination!

    ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ PRAISE LORD HELIX!! ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ

    1s1Vq


    DUE TO CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, I NO LONGER ACCEPT EVERY FRIEND REQUEST. YOU MUST EITHER BE A LONG-TIME MEMBER OF THE SITE OR YOU HAVE TO BE SOMEONE I'VE TALKED WITH AT LENGTH AND OTHERS CAN VOUCH FOR YOU.


    Sorry I have to be a bitch like that from now on, but we gotta hide tha peoples cuz' they be some crazy folk be climbin' up in ya windows an' snatchin' 'em up.


  • Comments (294)

    • zogman1

      1 month ago

      Dare desu ka?

    • zogman1

      3 months ago

      Is your friendship face working?

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 months ago

        It's working for me, yeah XD

      • zogman1

        3 months ago

        Good  yang

    • zogman1

      9 months ago

      You got a new gif! I like it.

    • Greenie FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Aristoctopus

      11 months ago

      Herp Derp. Happy Birp!

    • Retsushin

      1 year ago

      Eeeeeeei what up! Honestly I added cuz that friendship face with pinkie pie made me laugh. Plus your "about me" is bloody awesome haha. Figured I'd make friends. Also really jelly about getting that XB1 through the mail...goddam that thing is sexy.

    • DCLaxer06

      1 year ago

      Hey there, I have a friend who's doing some awesome art commissions right now. Would you be interested?

    • erinator9000

      1 year ago

      020.jpgBITCH

    • Elyessi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Press

      2 years ago

      guuurl...I have a business preposition for you

      • Elyessi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Press

        2 years ago

        @Blood_XIII I wanted to make a B/C group on Gaiaonline and am looking for people who actually understand the RWBY universe to help me with the project. I would do it here...but the groups are limiting in design :/

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        2 years ago

        I actually have about million things I'm about to undertake soon, but I'm definitely listening~ :3
        Because one thing I can apparently never have too much of is things to work on XD

    • fallenlords FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Dirty Shisno

      2 years ago

      Merry Christmas!

    • agentmaine6

      2 years ago

      Leabian hay.. if I was old and creapy I would make some sort of perverted joje ....but cause of my dark humour I have to make one

      I got a spiny dildo from my ex if you want me to mail it I will

    • zogman1

      2 years ago

      YOU'RE ALIVE!!!!

    • Maiu

      2 years ago

      I should have you know, Rhydonna's level 62 and evolved. Rhyhorn is def way cuter, but Rhydonna is Rhydonna no matter her form. <3

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        2 years ago

        Rhydonna's level 62 and evolved.


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    • Edjie

      2 years ago

      Thanks so much for accepting my add smiley1.gif

      • Edjie

        2 years ago

        Tell me some about yourself? smiley1.gif

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        2 years ago

        No problem at all~!

    • PaulHikari

      2 years ago

      Something tells me that this is the part where I look at your profile pic and go, "D'awww."

    • zogman1

      2 years ago

      So, have any thoughts on the RWBY volume 2 trailer?

      • zogman1

        2 years ago

        Lol
        Well let me know when you see it

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        2 years ago

        My thoughts are that I haven't seen it yet, lol~ I was last online on a good connection like back on the 3rd :P

    • AustinKidd

      2 years ago

      Hello:)

    • Andy50k1

      2 years ago

      X3 love your profile Motto

    • Red_Franke

      2 years ago

      Check your email at [email protected] I sent a message about me leaving (just in case me removing my account gets rid of messages I send you).

      Also feel free to delete this message if you dont' want people having your email address lol

      Post edited 5/01/14 9:46PM

    • Elyessi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Press

      2 years ago

      Hi new friend, happy belated birthday!

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        2 years ago

        Hello and thanks~! :3

    • SpartanJ95

      2 years ago

      Nice title:
      Pervy Panty Pirate Pony Princess
      It really fits you! ;-)

    • phoniexape12

      3 years ago

      hi... you probably wont get this anyway...so what do you look like now for 2k14(selfie?)

    • SpartanJ95

      3 years ago

      Did you get my XBL (Xbox Live) friend request? We could play together when I'm also online! Gamer tag: RadicalOne95

    • Krazee64

      3 years ago

      Just for the heck of it I'm posting a character analysis of RWBY characters on my journal whhich I'm inviting you to read whenever I post it.

      .

    • ryan18245

      3 years ago

      Thanks for joining The Twonks Rooster Teeth group! Are you a listener of the podcast?

      • ryan18245

        3 years ago

        HAHAHA well thanks for joining anyways! Maybe you could listen one day :P

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        I don't even know what it is, honestly :P I believe I had an invite and just randomly accepted it, lol

    • Greenie FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Aristoctopus

      3 years ago

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      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        This was made a million times more hilarious because I was listening to THIS when I clicked over to the image :P

    • zogman1

      3 years ago

      Awesome sponsor title.

    • phoniexape12

      3 years ago

      So i showed my friend thissite so he saw u and then he said she could of bend bi

    • QuinMcLivan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Avatar

      3 years ago

      Rightio. I just finished setting up a second account on my Xbox One. I got what should have been one achievement in Call of Duty: Ghosts and two achievements in Forza 5 offline. I turned it off before coming back online and you were right. They did not pop once back online.
      So it must clear some kind of achievement cache when it gets turned off without first connecting to the net.
      Surely there will be a patch for this or something. I'm not sure. Hope it all works out haha

      :D

      • QuinMcLivan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Avatar

        3 years ago

        Oohhh. Right.
        Damn ruining the good shit!

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        I dunno. The suspected reasoning behind this is so it makes it harder for asshat people to mod their gamerscore, and M$ really wants to crackdown on such now that achievements will be tied to in-game rewards and such, not just avatar items.

      • QuinMcLivan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Avatar

        3 years ago

        It's surely an issue that has been brought up and is easily fixable right? I don't know shit about all the technical stuff but hopefully they're onto it already hahaha

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        WELL FUCK.

        Looks like I've gone back to just saving and hoping like fuck they do SOMETHING to fix that bullshit.

        Only other possibility I can think of is that achievements are now for Gold members only, lol.

    • Mike FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Feed Me Memes

      3 years ago

      First thing I see when I come to your profile:
      4EoC0.png

      Amazing.

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        Welp, I'm normally pretty sexually open, panty pirate is one of many nonsensical terms for a lesbian, and out of the Sponsor Chat regulars I'm the one who knows the most about MLP, so it all just came together.

        Post edited 11/26/13 3:08PM

    • Tock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold WDSY

      3 years ago

      What kind of plan can you get with the HTC Droid?

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        To be honest, I've no idea :P Like the description on it says, I got it from the high school's lost & found because they apparently just throw out the broken/damaged phones after they've been sitting in there for a year, and I have no use for it so I figured I'd try selling it on eBay :P

    • Chiefroberts FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Asshole

      3 years ago

      Apparently the images you posted in the Level 20 Roll Call thread were too awesome for my computer to handle, because they now crashed it three times in a row.

      • Chiefroberts FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Asshole

        3 years ago

        My computer is on it's last leg. The browser practically exploded the second time. Everything turned into multicolored squares.

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        The others were just the emblems for the other three girls :P I actually thought since they were just solid black on transparent BGs that it wouldn't be an issue for them to load on most people's connections. Hell, the biggest in terms of filesize is Weiss' emblem and it's only about 480kb :P

      • Chiefroberts FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Asshole

        3 years ago

        It's fine, the one I actually got to see (Ruby's logo thing) looked awesome.

        Post edited 11/19/13 1:02AM

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        Oh... Whoops :P I keep forgetting that the site doesn't get along with my huge resolution images :P
        Well I can't edit the post now because the old methods I knew to edit posts even AFTER the time limit has expired seem to not work anymore :P
        Mah bad, lol

    • DlNGO FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      A little birdie told me someone here's a lesbian and its definitely not me. Well...it could be. I was also told that flirting with this certain lesbian will get me nowhere. CHALLENGE EXCEPTED!!! So babe......come here often?

    • Tock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold WDSY

      3 years ago

      I did just wonder earlier this afternoon, while working and able to think about whatever at the same time..is the reason you don't have a home wifi network because of money, or because you're living in a deadzone?

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        Fair enough, lol

      • Tock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold WDSY

        3 years ago

        I'll keep the photos up, and the website shouldn't be going anywhere.

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        I can't access Social Club from the library for some reason :/

      • Tock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold WDSY

        3 years ago

        Good thing there's Snapmatic on Rockstar's Social Club website. I'll tag you in a photo shortly.

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        I haven't seen an RS yet :P

      • Tock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold WDSY

        3 years ago

        In other news. GTA V online: I delivered a stolen car to the docks, then just jacked the first car I saw to avoid walking. It turned out to be a Karin Sultan RS, which I kept.

      • Tock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold WDSY

        3 years ago

        Oh. I think I read between the lines and saw that they want. more. money.

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        That's what we have. And we've tried talking to them about it and they're shocked to have to tell us they can't quite get the appropriate signal strength for us to have reliable connection for the price they charge :P

      • Tock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold WDSY

        3 years ago

        Hmm. Perhaps a Satellite tv and internet bundle would work? Like one television ad that says you'd only need a clear view of the sky facing south.

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        Deadzone. We're 12 miles from town and they just don't run the cables out that far and for SOME reason satellite providers can get us TV but not internet :P

    • NinjaTogepi

      3 years ago

      Hi.

    • fakeahcrew

      3 years ago

      I finally just finished what will be an awesome let's play vs, team lads and gents. You have to give me just a few minutes to show you this beast. I put some comedy in there i know the guys will love :). Thanks a million. Gamertag ( Ichwill69 ) message me if you would like to see it... It really is amazing took me 2 weeks almost straight.

    • Tock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold WDSY

      3 years ago

      I'd mail you my copy of GTA V at my expense, but I'm not sure I'd want to put you through all this online character deletion bullshit, and to a lesser extent the other problems with the online game.

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        Well I don't have internet at home anyways because I live 12 miles away from the nearest town, so the only thing that really matters to me in games is the campaign :P

        And of course once I finished that I'd gladly send it back your way :3

    • CitrusKnight

      3 years ago

      Heyyyy!! Thanks for the friend request. I'm also a lesbian so high five

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        Because, once again, people are idiots :P

      • CitrusKnight

        3 years ago

        it's called "Friendship is Magic" for a reason!! Why can't everyone just love each other??

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        I see it a lot in YouTube comments as well. The whole internet is like that really, and so are a few people in IRL.

        Fortunately this site is pretty accepting of most things.... Depending on which threads you go into/people you talk to.
        Ironically and sadly, the MLP thread here is one of the more unfriendly places on the whole site :P

      • CitrusKnight

        3 years ago

        It's basically what places like tumblr and twitter are full of, uuunfortunately

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        It's how things SHOULD be, but unfortunately there are too many idiots out there who have closed-minded views and opinions because of what society has decided is appropriate and/or normal :/

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        Exactly how things SHOULD go, but the world is full of morons who can't accept others because of what society has decided is the appropriate way to think :/

      • CitrusKnight

        3 years ago

        That's awesome since it's exactly how things should go :L It's probably why I get along with almost everyone ~

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        Exactly my own feelings on the subject, quite honestly :3

      • CitrusKnight

        3 years ago

        That's kind of how I am. The way I see it--as long as it's not hurting anyone, you can do whatever you want and I'm not gonna judge ~

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        True, but furries/cloppers are generally a bunch that are hated with extreme prejudice and much much caps lock activated anger and disgust.

        Being part of the LGBT crowd my whole life though, I don't really agree with hating people for their sexual preferences and/or fetishes, so they're all cool with me :3

      • CitrusKnight

        3 years ago

        This is the internet. No matter how weird something is, there's always going to be something even weirder out there. So I don't even worry about it.

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        Half the time I wonder if it goes further than that, but I don't want people thinking I'm weird or anything, lol :P

      • CitrusKnight

        3 years ago

        friendship crushes oh my goooood those are probably going to be the death of me. i know how you feel.

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        I'm just the weird person who likes all the characters :3

        Though I think I'm weirder for having platonic friendship crushes on Chrysalis and Photo Finish, lulz :P

      • CitrusKnight

        3 years ago

        I can tell by your profile pic~
        I think I probably like AJ the most since I used to ride horses all the time and her attitude reminded me of a lot of people I rode with :L

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        Because they regard her as the dumb hick :P
        Being from the redneck capital of the universe though I can confidently say she's more Old West than she is Southern, which is why I started to like her myself :P
        But I'm obviously a Fluttershy girl, lol

      • CitrusKnight

        3 years ago

        whAAAT ;W; How could people not like Applejack?? This is blasphemy.

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        Yay~! At least you accept it unlike a fair number of people :3
        As for AJ, you're sadly in the bottom two for overall rankings. She and Rarity get way too much hate :P

      • CitrusKnight

        3 years ago

        Well there's nothing wrong with throwing ponies everywhere ;D I just happen to be a fan of Applejack, even if I don't watch that much of the show.

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        I use it as my place to just throw up random comments and also any good pony images I come across.

        Oh yeah, there's lots of pony-ness thrown around in there as well, so be ready for that :P

      • CitrusKnight

        3 years ago

        That sounds like every day of my life! Especially the attention span part :D Maybe I should start posting there a little more ;D

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        You'll fit in perfectly then. We're known for our extreme laziness and complete lack of attention span in that thread :P

      • CitrusKnight

        3 years ago

        That's awesome :D I should post in there more but I'm so laaaazy

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        w00t w00t~! Saw you in the Level 20 thread, so automatic FR :3

    • WMDman FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      brohoof! /)

    • SpartanJ95

      3 years ago

      Quick Question: Who is your favorite pony in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic?

      • SpartanJ95

        3 years ago

        Have you seen this video yet? Here's the link to it:
        ah.roosterteeth.com/archive/?sid=ragequit&v=m...

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        She's pretty popular, but she's also pretty cool :3

      • SpartanJ95

        3 years ago

        Hate to admit, but my favorite is Rainbow Dash.

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        From the Mane 6 it's Fluttershy all the way :3
        Outside them though I have a major thing for both Chrysalis and Photo Finish :3

    • RAGEgirl FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold r00kie

      3 years ago

      Hello, new friend! Took a quick look through some of your more recent journals and I'm liking all the graphic design stuff. =)

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        Thanks :3

    • haloguy77

      3 years ago

      you figure out how to get a golden shovel in AC:WW yet?

      • haloguy77

        3 years ago

        yea it is, it's the only one I bothered getting as well

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        I found that out ages ago, lulz. It's by far the easiest Golden Tool to get :P

    • haloguy77

      3 years ago

      I got a notification that said you mentioned in a forum RT went retarded when I clicked on it, what was the mention?

      • haloguy77

        3 years ago

        ok thanks, I'm checking it now

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        It was in the Level 20 thread

    • JJ FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      Helllooo Rebecca! thanks for the add! I promise i wasnt flirting or trying any "smooth moves"

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        lol, you wouldn't be the first anyways.

        As a genuine compliment though, I love the visual inserts on the videos you edit; fucking hilarious!

    • Xixius FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      Hey! Nice to meet you. What's going on? And can I ask where you found me?

      • Xixius FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Achso! That's not a bad idea. ;]

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        I believe I friended you when you joined the site, lol. I always friend randoms out of the new people who've just joined the site on any given day :P

    • senorstupid

      3 years ago

      I hope you don't mind the random friend request. I sent it because I like the stuff you say and post in the MLP thread (btw those were some awesome pony cars!).

    • dracokitsune

      3 years ago

      i do not know if i have thanked you yet but. thank you for being my friend here when i have spare time i will draw you a picture as a true thank you :3 hopefully i will have some time on friday :D

      • dracokitsune

        3 years ago

        i find it as a nice gift to those who friend me on here ^w^ since i dont have meny on here :3 its a nice thank you i am drawing it tomorrow :3

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        Awesome! But really, you don't have to go to all that trouble if you don't want, lol. I always friend randoms and anyone who loves MLP on this site :3

    • chris9801 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Achievement Hunter

      3 years ago

      MLP Comics

    • Brittastrophe FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Epic lvl rogue

      3 years ago

      *Waves* Hi! Thanks for the request.

      • Blood_XIII Badass Bitch

        3 years ago

        No probs :3

    • WADR

      3 years ago

      1s1Vq


      Says you. I can be very suave. Also, it seems that Forza has moved all their IT over to Horizon and future projects. My Forza 4 gallery still has that first picture in it and hasn't been updating for new ones. smiley5.gif

    • goldguy81

      3 years ago

      I love your avatar, but especially love your GIF on you profile.

  • Questions answered by Blood_XIII

    This question actually comes up often, and fortunately there IS a decent story to it.


    When I was younger my friends and I would always find video games we could play against each other, and since this was back in the days before online gaming was a thing outside of PC, we had limited options.

    One day I happened across a Playstation game that was multiplayer capable, in which you could build your own mech

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    There was something like MAYBE 200 parts total in the game, and there were like 10 categories for parts, so it wasn't anything TOO impressive by today's standards, but back then it was mindblowing.


    My friends and I took to this game in a MAJOR way. We all played through the game's campaign to learn how it played and upgrading our mechs, and once we all finished we started fighting against each other in the Arena mode. We all played it endlessly, making different mechs to change how the fights went, trying out weird mechs for fun.... Then we started to get competitive.

    It was as simple as it gets; 1v1, the person with the better set-up and skill wins. We even resorted to using Game Shark to give ourselves access to all the parts and money we could want so that we could remove the issue of any one simply having better graded parts than anyone else. The competitiveness was what drove us to be better, and more importantly to make mechs that played to our PERSONAL strengths as opposed to just using only the best parts in the game.


    Our mechs started becoming a matter of personal pride, and we even started coloring our mechs in ways that set them apart from each other so we'd all KNOW which mech belonged to whom even at a quick glance. Being a teen, I was prone to trying to be edgy for the sake of coolness, so when the colors were being decided I quickly chose red as a primary color with a darker red as the secondary. Not exactly my favorite color, but it made sense with the name I was going to give to my mech: Blood.

    We would fight in the game and take mental notes of what worked and didn't work for us, and moreover what did and didn't work against each other. Most among my friends would always rename their mech when they saved the new blueprint, a few simply numbered the new versions... I decided to keep Blood named as she was (Being a girl AND following the rules of ships I decided my mech was a girl. I'm weird like that) and just add numbers at the end... But I would do it in a way that took advantage of the text select screen's options.


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    Armored Core MoA had a unique set of characters in the bottom third of the text screen, and I immediately took note of the Roman numerals.The first time I gave Blood a decent upgrade, I added the Roman numeral "II" after the name. The next time I added "III," and so on. Each upgrade was focused on what weapons and armor I seemed to work best with, as well as the things my friends had the most difficulty with. By this point I think you know where I'm going.

    Specifically I recall the decision to sacrifice aesthetics for power by using the Moonlight beam sword instead of the LS-100W, because the latter's beam was red where Moonlight was blue... But after a while the blue beam sword became a staple of it's own because my friends eventually learned to associate the bright blue flash with extreme levels of danger; In alliance with my middle name, they actually ended up referring to the Moonlight as BloodMoon instead. While prolific enough, BloodMoon isn't exactly a rare term that no one would use as a name, and moreover it was just a nickname for a weapon that already HAD a name. So I kept using Blood and Roman numerals...

    And after 12 iterations, Blood reached her pinnacle at the unluckiest number; XIII.


    Blood XIII was built with a single purpose; Get in close and do as much damage as possible, then get as far away as possible to avoid counterattacks and simply repeat the process again. The fastest legs in the game with the strongest boosters, a lightweight energy-based rifle and the Moonlight, two back-mounted missile pods and everything needed to make them lock onto a target almost instantly and a generator with plenty of juice to allow excessive boosting.
    I won't say that Blood XIII was invincible, but I WILL say that my friends had unique setups they would use specifically to handle her and CAPITALIZE on those weaknesses... Specifically the fact that if they could keep me at a distance then I had little hope of winning, or barring that just do an obscene amount of damage quickly since Blood XIII's armor stat was quite low.


    Many times I tried upgrading to Blood XIV, but nothing EVER worked as well as the XIII model. It was always either too slow or ended up feeling like it had too much going on, and I wasn't one for complexity when I favored simple hit-and-run tactics. My friends all kept upgrading and changing their mechs, but Blood stayed in her XIII model for the rest of time and I merely learned to cover my weaknesses where I could... Which wasn't often, because I'm not THAT good at gaming.

    Still though, I was able to give my friends a good run for their money each time we played. I won more often than I lost, but it had to be AT BEST a 60/40 split in my favor. Nothing that would get me any awards, but it made me happy to know I had found something that worked for me.


    Ever since then I always found surprisingly good luck in the number 13. Perhaps that's JUST because superstitions are nonsense imaginary things and so the "curse" on the number caused me to notice when good things revolved around it instead, but who knows? Either way,I kept using the number to be all edgy and cool, and it became associated with me after a long while because of my favoring the number AND because of my fabled mech. Blood XIII as a username was something I started in like 9th grade, when we had to make email accounts for my computer class. Of course though, spaces didn't really work for an email address, so instead of cramming them together I just went with an underscore, making it Blood_XIII.

    The teacher didn't seem too pleased with it, but she didn't make me change it and so it stayed. My old friends from elementary school IMMEDIATELY recognized it and we had a few good days talking about the game again until we repeated the process from years ago, pulling out our old copies and memory cards to battle it out once more.


    Everyone else changed their mechs and battlestyles to suit their age and their now attuned gaming skills... But being a weirdo, I kept Blood XIII as she was and simply learned to use her even better. Much to the chagrin of my friends, I was STILL just as good with my close-range speedster, and once again they had to create specialized setups to keep me at a distance to have the best chance at beating me.

    The mech stood the test of time, and in every future Armored Core game I tried I would use a similar setup and find success when I played a 1v1 match (Because the campaign of Aromored Core games requires VERY different tactics, so I have another mech setup I use for that [And yes it's got a different name and color scheme ;3]), so due to Blood XIII's awesomeness not fading over time I felt like it was only right to keep the name alive by using it in other games and every time I needed to make an online account. It actually reached a point where I had to make a backup username to use on occasion, so some of my friends whom I no longer speak with and/or the people who picked on me in school wouldn't know who I was online... But after a while I stopped caring about such petty people, and went back to letting my polygonal mech have her continued moment in the limelight.


    So there you have it; the entire story of where my username came from and why I continue to use it in some form or other in every username I create :3

    How do you America?

    | Asked by: KMH1995 11 months ago

    First you find the restaurant with the biggest amount of food you can order for the lowest price, then you eat as much of that as you can and throw away what you don't.

    Next, go buy a very large pickup truck and/or SUV, more 'Murica points if you can afford both AND put oversized tires on the truck.

    After that you'll want to go and buy a few guns, about 10 should do if you really want to convince people of your Americanism.

    At some point you need to spend a lot of time watching football and listening to pop music (Rap is also acceptable), and also watch TONS of reality TV shows and get very angry when the person you like has a bad day or gets kicked off (Double points if your favorite is the most annoying or confrontational one)

    You must also spend all day complaining about how much you hate your job but ALSO complain about how foreigners are going to take your job away from you.

    Finally, you must be very lazy 24/7 and do as little as possible, even when you go on vacation to other countries.


    There's more to it, but I'm too America to bother.

    First of all that's two questions.

    Secondly, here's your answers:


    It's rainy as fuck like every other day, and unfortunately not because if there were I'd have more excuses to eat KFC.

    Nothing, actually. I'm just an average user who is a co-admin of the RWBY group, and we've ONLY ever been a fan-group no matter how big our collective and/or the show has grown. Back during Season 10 of Red Vs. Blue, RWBY was first really talked about when Monty and the others handed out these tiny flyers that were simply the word "RWBY" and the now iconic silhouette of Ruby, and I was already interested in knowing about it and being involved however I could because of Monty's awesomeness. Later, the Red Trailer was tacked on after the credits of the RvB10 season's last episode, and I was immediately invested. The day after that RvB episode I went on the site with plans to MAKE a RWBY group (Because on the old RT site EVERY group was made by users, as opposed to now where show-centric groups are usually created and even run by the staff themselves) but one already exited under the creation of Sarge811 (Another everyday user of the site). The group had already started gathering members, and TM4TheWin was already on-board as a co-admin as well. I simply asked Sarge811 if I could be an admin myself, since I had been following the steady build-up before the first trailer had been seen, and I was lucky enough that both of them approved my request. We added Monty to the admin list as the group gained enough momentum for the staff to actually notice it, and as certain people like Barbara were shown to be major parts of the show, we added them to the admin list both out of respect AND so they could post to the News sections IF they ever wanted to. Ray was the oddball and we just added him BECAUSE he's Ray.



    So TLDR; I have NOTHING to do with RWBY officially, nor do the other active co-admins. The RWBY group was simply started by normal members of the RT community to show that we were already invested in the late Monty Oum's new project. Anything we've ever done, talked about, or posted has been 100% separate from the official production and we have little to no involvement with RWBY and indeed Rooster Teeth in such ways.

    something

    | Asked by: FallenWind 1 year ago

    Nothing

    Favorite anime?

    | Asked by: sympt0m 1 year ago

    Probably One Piece, though there are countless others that could just as easily be my answer as well.


    Editing this two months later to include that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is a very close second now.