American Gods Season 1 – An Interesting Unfettered Look into Neil Gaimon’s Mythology and Mind

Neil Gaimon sure can make some of the weirdest content in any medium doesn’t he? I mean he creates things like Stardust, a fantasy adventure story about a boy and a humanoid star, and then comes out of nowhere and creates one of the weirdest television series I have seen so far. American Gods is a show that will pull no punches, leaves everything out in the open for whatever reason and will leave you often confused after an episode finishes. Much like everything of Gaimon’s I have come across I have been pleasantly surprised at how different each of his works feel. Yet they always maintain this feeling of mystique that never fails to delight, but it is almost always hard to tell how effective they are. The absurdity can be a bit too blinding and if you get lost in an episode/film chances are you might not be able to explain your reasoning. So with all that said, is American Gods a brilliant homerun for team Gaimon or is it a bit too incoherent to effectively engage us in the brilliant absurdity?

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Castlevania – A Step in the Right Direction or Stumble on the Pyre of Videogame Adaptations?

Castlevania is a classic series, one that was born from a love of all things gothic and mainly for a desire to give gamers the chance to fight the hordes of Dracula. Starting off as a simple game on the NES, the series quickly became an instant classic still adored to this day if you talk about everything but the newest additions. A series beloved by many with a family that has been immortalized much like Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Playing as the Belmont’s, as their allies and even as Dracula’s own son, these games have birthed a history that while it hasn’t been the most complex is still told through numerous installments. So after a long time we finally have ourselves a Castlevania television series released on Netflix of all things. Another video game adaptation, and potentially another missed mark in the long line of adaptation failures. Yet much like the family of Belmont, could it be the saviour we all have wanted to happen long ago?

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Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records – Can Glenn Save the Series?

The first of many looks at seasonal airing anime to come. The Spring 2017 season is something that grabbed my attention fast with a lot of unique shows. Shows that defied my expectation, ones that rekindled or ignited a feeling towards a series I never thought I would feel anything towards. Then there was this one. RokuAka or Akashic Records of a Bastard Magic Instructor is a show that falls on the shoulders of its lead, Glenn Radars. Another entry into the infamous magical school genre in anime, RokuAka serves as an interesting look at not only the reasons why the genre doesn’t work most times but also the potential it contains. With Glenn Radars being paraded around this season as one of the better characters, does he really bolster his series or is he more of a crutch the series tries to stand on?

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The Hunt for the Great Antagonist – Azula “The Neglected Princess”

Welcome back to another venture into the world of antagonists and this time we are taking a look at one of the most critically praised cartoons of all time, Avatar the Last Airbender. There is a lot one could do with this series, whether it’s debating the structure of the show and the influences of Buddhism upon it or discussing the messed up lineages of each nation over the course of both Aang and Korra’s stories. There is a plethora of material to cover, but the one thing I’ve always wanted to look deeper into is the Fire Nation royals. Zuko, Iroh, Azula, Ozai, all of these characters help to create one of the most divisive family dynasties I have seen in what could be considered a children’s show (even if it really doesn’t feel like one). Technicalities aside, each of these characters has their own imprint at the original story of Aang. Though when it comes down to it, the two siblings of Zuko and Azula are by far the more interesting characters to study because of how different their experiences with family are. I will save Zuko for another day, but Azula on the other hand I feel deserves her dues. Will she stand out more than her brother or will her fire merely be unruly and unrefined? Is she just a bland cold-hearted monster or a complex character worth sympathizing with?

The Hunt for the Great Antagonist is a series that will spoil elements from the series surrounding the antagonist and most likely key points within the series itself. You have been warned.

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The Hunt for the Great Antagonist – Zabuza Momochi “The Demon of the Hidden Mist”

Next up on the Hunt for the Great Antagonist is one of the antagonists from the cornucopia of characters that is Naruto. Zabuza Momochi is bar none one of the most impactful antagonists of my childhood. I remember still starting out watching anime when I came across Naruto and started on this arc. I was used to two dimensional antagonists or monsters of the week, but I was surprised to see one with nuance. One that could make me cry. Zabuza Momochi is a one off antagonist in Naruto only being used at the very beginning of the series for one full arc. A menacing first opponent for Team 7 and considered to be one of the most dangerous rogue shinobi in the Ninja World. That huge sword isn’t meant for show. Is Zabuza one of the greats however? Is he able to stand the test of time or is he best forgotten as a footnote in the spanning generational story of Naruto?

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Kore wa Zombie Desu ga? – A Necromancer, Magical Girl and Vampire Ninja walk into a guy’s house one day…

I was kind of baffled when I came across Is This a Zombie? and read its premise. It seemed to me like a mash up of a bunch of different ideas that read more like a lead up to a joke rather than an actual story. A lot of comedies use a sense of variety in order to keep its episode to episode basis interesting to an audience, and something that uses elements never really thought of in the same sentence before certainly sparks intrigue. Usually we see shows and films travel along this path to less than stellar results, often creating a mess of ideas that never mesh together leaving an incoherent mess in its wake. Films like The Amazing Spiderman 2 and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice suffer from being bloated messes overstuffed with too many ideas. Now what does that mean for a show like Is This a Zombie? and its attempt at creating a comedy from mixing in elements randomly?

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