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Why Do I Use Hagakure as my Avatar?

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If there’s no road, you just gotta build one! Creation… Fate is telling me to remake the world! That’s…my hope!

Alright so here is the first post of five that I am doing to commemorate 100 followers. I have actually had some people come up to me before and ask me why I use one of the worst characters in Danganronpa as my avatar in so many things. Well to that comment, he is not the worst character in Danganronpa (that is reserved for Hifumi Yamada). Though that comment did kind of become a milestone post idea for me. It is not because I am here to change your minds about hating this guy, far from it because to me he is one of the more realistic characters of Danganronpa. So let’s dive into the disinteresting world of Hagakure’s life and talk about why he is my Avatar.

There will be some spoilers for the Danganronpa franchise in this post. So be wary!

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Lost in an Episode, Hanebado Episode 9

I haven’t made oodles of posts about this ongoing anime season (or many posts recently in general) but one show that I am forced to talk about twice before any other is my ongoing struggle with Hanebado. Now why am I swapping back over to Hanebado? There is a litany of shows I can talk about this season before retreading the same ground again. I mean we have Banana Fish, Asobi Asobase, Jashin-chan, Angolmois, and others I either have an issue with or would want to praise. Then came this week that finally decided to kick me out of my recent slump and just churn out something. Hanebado for all of the good grace I give it with a staff working hard to sell something even if not everyone is on board about it made their first huge mistake. They broke consistency.

Of course if you are afraid of spoilers about Hanebado up until episode 9, you have been warned (just a double warning since it is also in the title).

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Dark Cloud (PS4 Port) – A Skeleton of Gaming Potential

Level 5 is a game studio I have never been all too familiar with. I have played a game here and there, but of course never got around to their mainstay series such as Professor Layton or Nii no Kuni. Instead I grew up with one of their lesser known titles, Jeanne d’Arc. Yet I still remember the games I missed when I was a child and among those during the PS2 era was Dark Cloud. A 3D dungeon crawler action RPG that has an interesting mechanic of restoring the world through collecting the villagers and their houses in the dungeon. As a child I was deeply interested in the idea of this game, but of course as a picked up other titles for the PS2, much like Kingdom Hearts, I forgot about it. Come years later when a sale on the PS4 is on and I see it going for 4 dollars and I realize…the world is giving me a sign. “Play the game you idiot!” And play I did, I even 100% completed that sucker! But coming to it years later does it still manage to spark that same mystique and intrigue I had as a child?

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Hanebado! & Harukana Receive – The Two Extremes of Sports Shows for Summer 2018

I think it’s about time to have my second post about the Summer season and what better thing to talk about than SPORTS! This time it will be a double dose of shows as I unfortunately have a bone to pick with both. While certainly neither show deserves to be at the bottom of this season, neither show raises to the heights of things that must be viewed this season. Hanebado and Harukana Receive may have different tones and respective stylistic choices both end up middle ground for me. One tries a bit too hard to be sweeping and emotional, while the other feels like it needs a bit more energy with its bubbly cast’s love of the sport.

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My Main Issue with How Not to Summon A Demon Lord

The isekai genre has certainly become almost like the big blockbuster tv anime genre of recent years. Each season is racked with a new isekai show, if not more than that, all in an attempt to capture the money making and popularity of something like Sword Art Online or Re:Zero. Why wouldn’t they? It has been proven to work. Yet with the influx of more and more shows within the genre there becomes an issue with quality control or rather coming up with a specific schtick to differentiate it from the crowd. Sometimes that means throwing in a smart phone, sometimes it is meta humour and sometimes it is taking a NEET and shoving them into a game world where they are all powerful yet lack any social graces. How Not to Summon a Demon Lord has an idea similar shows before (this year mind you) and decides to go for a more comedic route.

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard – That One Film You are Going to Watch Because it has Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson

I think it was inevitable that this film would be made. You have two of the most entertaining actors of the 21st century so far one who has been around for a while creating cult classics in cinema and the other blowing up right now (about time I might add). There was going to be no way that a studio would pass this up especially because of how bankable it is as a summer blockbuster. Now I love Ryan Reynolds, I think he has versatility, and I love Samuel L. Jackson whose instrument with which to express emotion is profanity but I was cautious of this film. I feel like this is a film that could be easily cashed in for a quick buck and disregarded as soon as the year is done. This is usually how these things end up unfortunately, but can the Hitman’s Bodyguard be that one obvious buddy action comedy team up that could stay around for a while?

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Dunkirk – Why Can’t I Love You?

I absolutely respect Christopher Nolan, he is one of my inspirations as a lover of film as many of his films are top grade. You look deeply into these complex films weaving together not only great plots and film techniques, but just a fascination with an entertaining/captivating ride. He creates living portraits turning characters into realistic depictions of humanity at its best and worst. I can’t praise the man enough and why it is my saddest displeasure to say that I did not like Dunkirk. Yeah right out of the gate I am going to say that this film did not resonate with me. Before the pitchfork of many a fan comes to attack me I just want to in this look at the film why I respect the experiment Nolan did and why even if I respect the craft it just didn’t work for me.

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Anime Round Up Winter 2017 – Overlord II

This is a series that has had me perplexed on my feelings in the past. The premise of following a villain in a fantasy world as he tries to conquer it is compelling especially in the situations that can arise from it. The problem arises when this overlord is merely a Japanese businessman from another world, offering an interesting balance between putting on an image for his subordinates and keeping his own morality intact. The first season focused heavily on Ainz (the poor sap who was stuck in the game) and his adventures of learning the land. I can’t say I enjoyed the first season so much as it boasted a large cast that grew in each event and incident without really offering us much behind any character besides fleshing out Ainz. This second season however takes the show down a different path of delving more into the world. Does this new focus in the show make it more watchable or will it still pale in comparison to more engaging fantasy contemporaries?

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