Can music save the Galaxy?

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It is the year 2067, we are in a part of the galaxy known as the Brisingr Globular Cluster. In this world that we think is peaceful and cool we meet Freyja Wion, a Windermere from the planet of the same name. We also meet the earthling Hayate Immelmann. If your watching this series its dated years after the past series Macross Frontier, which I haven’t watched sorry lol. I was coming into the series pretty much cold. I just new it was big robots and that the description stated that a conflict with a certain disease is involved. Well the disease is known as VARS. The VARS syndrome causes people to become aggressive and normally multiple people at once. VARS in the beginning just seemed like a series of events that was random. Well we eventually learn that it may not be. In the series a war has now begun between the Windermere’s and the rest of the Cluster. Apparently something happened in the past, Windermere was scared, and they now want to free themselves from what they say is oppression. The series in that way seems like some of the Gundam series like Gundam 00.

The big reason why this series hit me, was due to another huge factor. The VARS syndrome can be controlled by waves in the series called “Fold Waves”. The waves can be generated by certain individuals. In the series there is a child of Windermere origin. This child has fold waves to not only bring about the VARS virus but also control it. Yet the main attraction of the series is the idol group Walker. The group is comprised of five girls, was four but Freyja joins in the beginning of the series, who have fold waves that when they come together quell the VARS syndrome. The main thing that had me writing about the series is that it gave the idol genre a different spin. When beginning the series I assumed it would just be weekly concerts and idol drama. Its why i never get into idol series. There are many tropes I just can’t understand. But Macross Delta is different. The series has a huge political background, with the Windermere planet feeling that they were treated unjustly. Walker also fights their own battle on the frontline. The Delta Squadron, which Hayate joins, act as part of the show doing aerials but also as members of the Galaxies army. Growing up as a military brat, I loved the air shows when i was younger so seeing them was pretty cool. Another thing thats something about this series is the production value. The series is produced by Satelight(Noein, Fairy Tail, other Macross Series, and Log Horizon), also directed by Kenji Yasuda(Noein and Arata:The Legend) written by Toshiba Nemoto(Log Horizon and Tokyo Majin). The care they took has been amazing. Currently i’m into both the stories, which have a hint of mystery like why did Freyja leave Windermere when she clearly loves it and they have started to hint something about Hayate’s father. The songs are also infectious. I plan on continuing watching. This maybe one of my fav anime of this current season. I am curious if the series will run more than 13 episodes due to spring season ending soon and summer season coming. If it runs more then 13 eps i’ll be excited. If it only runs the minimum then i’ll be looking forward to a second season, i’m sure it’ll have one.  Its a series that doesn’t stick to the mech genre or idol genre. Here’s hoping it sticks thru what it looks like its promising.

 

 

This article includes the snippet of fighting along with music to show more about the series.


 

Check out this weeks podcast to hear me talk more about the series along with other awesome series.

 

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Will pain bring us together? 

Would sharing our pain stop war? Would you understand those around you better if you knew the pain that a person is going through?

This is the premise of Kiznaiver. The series is about a group of high school teens in the fictional city of  Sugomori City. Here is where an experiment to create an understanding of human beings takes place. The Kiznaiver system is a system where individuals are made to feel each other’s pain as it is evenly distributed. So imagine that horrible stub toe moment being felt by all of your friends or that paper cut. That may seem small but in the series this is taken thru numerous different scenarios. The characters, one of which is Agato Katsuhira who has no sensation of pain, are placed in this system that is supposed to eventually and hopefully alleviate wars. Those that feel the pain and are a part of the system are Kiznaivers. Stating that if we all understood each other’s pain then we would all know where each other comes from and hopefully we would come to an understanding. The series is brought to us by some who brought us Rage of Bahamut and one of the episode directors of Kill La Kll. I’m just starting to get into the series as of this writing episode 7 has just been released and I’m binge watching from episode 4. Hopefully on the next podcast episode I’ll have a more conclusive thought. The series is supposed to run 12 episodes, so it is one of the shorter series of this season. I’d say give it a watch if you want something scifi but also something with a deeper meaning. It’s produced by Trigger(Kill La Kill, Little Witch Academia, and Black Dynamite) and by Aniplex (Fullmetal Alchemist, Persona 4, Bleach, and Guilty Crown) it is currently being streamed on Crunchyroll. Check out the episodes and let me know what you think.  I’m intrigued but I’ll hold my opinion til the end. Hey, guess I’ll keep sharing the pain with all of you.

Kiznaiver on CrunchyRoll

WBEB QuickCap: Gotham “Pilot”

this post does contain spoilers…so if you don’t wanna be spoiled watch the episode then come back for recap/review

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Well we finally got the chance to see one of the most anticipated shows of this new season. Now there are a list of shows I wanna see this season, only one of which is on Fox. Nothing against Fox but they run slim when it comes to giving shows a chance. But lately thanks to The Following and Sleepy Hollow a little of that has changed. Well, Gotham brings us more excellence. If your a comic fan of DC’s Batman, then the series may have you. I say may because this series is more in the vein of Gotham Central. Gotham Central was a book about Gotham as a city from the eyes of the people who worked the streets for a living, the police. The series showed us how those who weren’t Batman still tried there hardest to both live in the city and protect the citizens. This is where the feeling of the series Gotham more then likely got its heart. Gotham I would classify as a police drama with a comic book background.

"I read somewhere that the term "Gothic" might possibly be derived from the word "Goetic" -- goes in the Greek -- meaning "magical." I'm beginning to believe that. If architecture could be used to focus and direct spiritual power, then... then... could it also be used for evil? " - Bruce Wayne

“I read somewhere that the term “Gothic” might possibly be derived from the word “Goetic” — goes in the Greek — meaning “magical.” I’m beginning to believe that. If architecture could be used to focus and direct spiritual power, then… then… could it also be used for evil? ” – Bruce Wayne

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Never has it tasted so good…

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Like most everyone nowadays, I have my set shows and things I like to do. You sit down on each day and have things you like to occupy your time with. On say a Thursday I watch a few animes, I watch an episode of Chopped, then head to Undateable on NBC, and then Grey’s Anatomy. It’s my set regime. It’s rare that I give anything a spot on that schedule to each day. Well my Wednesdays just got a new friend. Brooklyn Beats and Eats. Brooklyn Beats and Eats is a new web series that encompasses the best of everything. The series produced by Dedalus Moving Pictures and hosted by Sheena Alexis Suarez is a new online series. The show goes behind the scenes of living in Brooklyn by taking viewers to the real heart of BK.

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The Future: Top 10 Anime Predictions of 2014

 

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Space Dandy- OK, so I know the top spot is a day late (stop there cause I ain’t going that far). But i thought you at least need to be 3 episodes in. I loved the premier,which in itself was history making. This show has everything that we need to kick the year off right. Since it started so strong lets hope it continues that way. The reason it was history making, is that the show kicked off simultaneously world wide at the same time in English and Japanese.This has never happened before. The show debuted Saturday January 4th, 2014 at 11:30pm in the US on Adult Swim’s Toonami. The show is brought to us in the US by Funimation. The show is produced by Bones, the same studio that brought us Darker than Black, Soul Eaterm and countless others.. Now the series had major hype coming into it mainly because the creators created shows like Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, and Fullmetal Alchemist. The director of the series is famed anime director Shinichiro Watanabe of Cowboy Bebop fame.

     So that tells you about the creation of the series, how about we tell you ABOUT the series. The show follows the main character of Dandy. Dandy is a space explorer looking to make fame or rich finding unknown species in space (we never really know cause things get out of hand on a regular). Dandy does have a partner, QT. QT is a robot partner that at the beginning of the series has been traveling with for some time. There’s a huge amount of fan service and meta commentary in this show. From QT saying his operating system is a few releases behind to the teleporter literally taking a full commercial break to be used(it was a full 5 minute running gang). The first episode throws us for a huge loop but that loop makes the show worth it. I will say many people are making comparisons to Cowboy Bebop, which I think are slightly unfairThe series is hilarious and Dandy is slightly moronic, but very cool. I’ve posted the first 2 episodes here and as of the posting of this article episode 3 should be on Funimation’s website soon. Check it out and let me know exactly what you think. This joins my Ones to Watch List. Is it on yours?

 

Space Dandy: Toonami Page

Space Dandy:Funimation Page

 

 

The Future: Top 10 Anime Predictions of 2014

 

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D-Fragments or D-Frag- So finally we get to the runner up position. I chose today to mark the top 2 for certain reasons, each one being a different reason. This anime because I think today on Selfie Sunday a laugh is needed. This anime is hilarious. When I watch anime I normally watch my favorites last. I line them all up and decide in which order do I like them and the ones that I enjoy beginning to end are the last to watch (in case I need a pick me up after some bad anime). This is one of the few comedies I treat that way. Its about a delinquent who transfers into a new school. He brings with him his two best friends since childhood. First thing that was funny, his gang is called Kazama’s Party (that’s not the funny part), the funny part is everyone knows his best friends and all the trouble they’ve caused in detail but can’t place him, Kenji Kazama, the leader. Most delinquents in anime at least can be placed by reputation, not him. While getting an idea about him we meet the “Game Creation Club”, who are having a dilemma about adding an other member or the club is over. Yup, I’m sure you can see where this is headed. Hilarity ensues with the club dragging him in and every meta moment you can think of. These girls actually pull down the shades in a room and say I’m a “dark type”. I literally burst out laughing. I’ve posted the first episode here. ts something you have to see. With a class president whose as bad as he is, a club who pretty much manipulate the situations, and a best friend who is apart of his gang and is Vice President of the school yet we don’t know why he took the job. I find this show one of my Ones to Watch. Check out episode one. Its simulcast each Monday on Funimation’s website

D-Fragments:Funimation Home Page

 

 

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The Future: Top 10 Anime Predictions of 2014

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3.Z/X Ignition- One day a great calamity has come to the world. “Black Points” have appeared and out of them creatures from other “points” and worlds have appeared. They have devastated the world. This is the information we are given at the beginning of the series. I was on the fence about trying this particular show because in its description it blatantly mentions cards. Which can be good or bad. The first episode literally drops you into the action. Fighting begins, armies, and fights. This series doesn’t pull punches with the action either. Also, the animation is well done. The series is based off of a game and the animation stays pretty close to the game animation. We are alluded to various characters that haven’t been introduced yet and also of other worlds that we have not seen. The cards hat are mentioned are to house and contain the “Zillions of Enemy X” aka Z/X. They fight along with the humans for supremacy. I’m curious why,if they had devastated this earth when they appeared, are they working with humans. I’m sure the story will state this at some point. But I am enjoying the first two episodes and I anticipate liking the rest of the series.