Friday, September 1, 2017

Back to School and One Punching the Heat

Ew, school, I know, super lame, right? I'm sure all of you are dragging your feet through the hallways and lamenting about how bleak everything looks. But never fear! The ever reliable Anime Society is here, which means you can now look forward to a small ray of sunshine. We've compiled a few tips for getting back to school, reasons not to consider launching yourself into the sun (with the heat it feels like we're already in the sun anyway), and of course, ways to beat the giant flaming ball in the sky. It's time to One Punch away UV rays and depression!

To start with, sure, school sucks sometimes. That essay is painful to write, and your math homework wants to make you launch yourself into the void. But hey, there's a lot of things to look forward to.

  • Chilling with your friends: You get to see all of the friends you love so much. Summer gets busy, and we don't always get to spend as much time as we want with them. But now you get to be stuck in a classroom with them and make faces at them when they're presenting a serious powerpoint. 
  • Meeting all of your teachers: Honestly, I have loved almost every single teacher I've ever had, they're made big impacts on my life. And a lot of the teachers I have this year are really cool. So your teachers might seem boring or strict, but look forward to meeting the awesome ones!
  • Clubs: More specifically, Anime Society. That's right, shameless self-promotion, which I have a knack for. We're going to actually have consistent meetings this year, which means you can always come hang out with us to destress and watch some anime. Look forward to coming and relaxing with us, because we're looking forward to seeing all of you again. 
And now, for ways to prepare for the school year. We've all heard the drill or will hear it soon. But I'm going to give you my personal advice, that I think is just as valuable, if not more. Did I mention my ego is huge? Just throwing that out there. 
  • Organization: Super simple concept, we hear it everywhere, but very helpful. Have a place for everything. Folders on your computer. Everything in your binder. Last year I stuffed papers in my backpack, miraculously didn't lose any of them, but then turned them in covered in tea stain and crumpled up like me after Ceaser Zeppelli died. Hole punch them and put them in your binder, and don't lose anything. Lose your hand out and you might just lose everything. That sounds very official....
  • 5000 Pencils: I can guarantee you, no matter how many pens and pencils you have, if you bring them to school, you're bound to lose them. It will be the end of the school year with finals, and you will have half an eraser and something that vaguely resembles a wood chip with lead as you stand outside your classroom and gaze into the distance in sorrow. First of all, get a lot of pencils. Second, always keep a handful at home that you don't take with you. Third, hoard your pencils. Hoard them away from your friends and classmates like a dragon, and snatch them off of the floor. Pencils are as good as currency in school, start building your stash now
  • Urban Foxhole: Create an urban foxhole where you can do a variety of things. Your foxhole can be your room, kitchen, the library, a classroom, or an underground bunker. 
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    • Comfortably work on your homework. Have good lighting, a space you can focus, and plug away at that ten-page packet that has been haunting you. 
    • Prepare for the Apocolypse in the event that a natural disaster occurs, the dead start crawling from the ground, or a nuclear missile hits us and turns either the state or country into a vast radioactive wasteland. 
It's recommended that you stash snacks in your foxhole. I personally prefer pretzels and pemmican, as well as other survival based foods with indefinite shelf life. Personalize your fox hole in a way that makes you feel comfortable. Whether studying for a test or fighting fellow survivors for supplies, you want to feel at home in your safe space. 

Now, the important question is how do we avoid the flaming mass in the sky? Well, to be honest, you can't. All you can do is endure the scorching rays and hope that you don't pass out from heat stroke as you walk from classroom to classroom. Of course, you can prevent it by doing this:
  • Drinking water
  • Draping yourself over a fan or the AC
  • Praying for some sort of god to just release us from this suffering, please
  • Wearing cool clothes
  • Physically eject yourself into space, challenge the sun to a showdown, and then eliminate it with a single, powerful punch
  • Staying in cool places
  • Avoiding physical activities of any sort
  • Pretend that the heat doesn't exist, therefore global warming doesn't either
All of these are great ways to deal with the heat, hope they were helpful. The Anime Society will keep you updated on what's happening in the anime world, whether someone has finally defeated the sun, and of course the details on our meetings in the future. 

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~ Fight on sun warriors ~

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry

Image resultTomorrow is the opening day of Fairy Tail Dragon Cry. Not much else to say, but it's going to be screening in a TON of theatres in the U.S. and Canada. For those of you who have been following Fairy Tail for a while, this is your moment of glory to go check it out.

There's already a detailed plot description on Wikipedia, but in summary, Team Natsu travels to the kingdom of Stella to retrieve a magical item that could determine the fate of Fiore. They fight new enemies, discover dark secrets, and save the world from destruction. This may seem like just another Tuesday for Natsu and the gang, but it does sound like they're incorporating a lot of interesting themes that will make it stand out from the rest of the series.

Worth the time to go check it out, so don't miss it!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Trickster: Punt me into the sun & stop wearing tracksuits

What is the golden rule of reviewing anime you ask? Never base your impression off of just the first episode. Always at least watch a few, unless it's so bad you want someone to punt you into the sun. But since when do I listen to my own rules and advice? I'm a hypocrite through and through. So let's talk about Trickster, worth the time or nah? 
"It is the 2030s. A group of mysterious detectives, the Shonen Tanteidan, work at the command of Akechi Kogoro. They've solved case after case, large and small, with their innate enthusiasm. One day, one of the members of the group, Hanasaki Kensuke, meets an odd boy named Kobayashi Yoshio. Robbed by a strange fog of his ability to die, Kobayashi spent his days in isolation, longing for death. Hanasaki takes an interest in him and invites him to join their group. Their fates become intertwined with those of the nefarious Fiend with Twenty Faces and Kogoro Akechi." - Crunchyroll

When it came out last (?) season I thought it looked really interesting and cool. The description they had as different, describing a security robot going out of control, and at the time it sounded promising. Since then you can see they've obviously changed the description to give a more accurate review.

But when I watched the first episode I can't say that it stuck very well with me. Compared to other series it wasn't as engaging. The art was a little awkward at times. The plot and the characters aren't introduced very well in the first episode. And overall, the story just seemed very inconsistent. It's based on work by Edogawa Ranpo, who I'm a huge fan of. But I almost feel a little insulted because they didn't do a good job at all. They didn't make the goal, characters, motives, or anything clear at all in the first episode, which is supposed to be the hook. It was like they had a lot of good ideas, but they couldn't figure out how to make them work together properly, so now they're all mashed in like some awkward vegan smoothie.

I didn't even bother to watch the second episode, but I did take it upon myself to do extensive research about the show, the plot, the director, and original writer, all of that fun stuff. It probably would have been easier for me to just sit down and watch the series, I would have been able to properly judge for myself, even if it took a lot of time up which I could have used for other series I actually cared about. But here's the thing. Something that pissed me off so much that I quit after the first episode.
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The guy in the track suit.

Oh my god just LOOK at him. I've seen tons of anime characters in track suits, for instance, Subaru from Re:Zero and Shirou from Fate. But they had these personality types, as well as designs, that just made it acceptable. Like, okay, that's fine I guess, whatever. But THIS GUY. LOOK AT THE COLOR. It's such a weird color, and it just makes him look like whoever designed him ran out of colored ink or something and just decided to use the nearest Crayola crayon to finish him up. There's just not a lot of color variation and he looks like a soggy carrot. His personality also makes him so annoying and irritating to me. The combination made watching Trickster unbearable for me.

The other main character also included in the picture, he's okay. Not my favorite design but I can live. If you watch the first episode though his legs are so skinny that it looks all screwed up in the animation, they're literally noodles and lines and just a mess. It's like the animators forgot that his legs had to go with his body and remain consistent. It's not like his legs end where his pants do guys, get it together.

I have only two requests from my lovely readers. Please, punt my beautiful ass into the sun so I can finally be free of this world. And please, I'm begging you, don't wear a track suit.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Berserk: Season Two Went by Fast

I'm already impatient for another season of Berserk. I want to see more of our favorite crew. AND I ALSO WANT TO SEE MORE SCHIERKE BECAUSE SHE IS MY GIRL.