Food Fight!!!

 

So last year I was online, on Facebook mind you, watching one of those short videos. You know the one. The one where your friends post, pointing towards some emotion or action that everyone has. I think this one was saying “your reaction when the food is that bomb”. In the video this woman takes a taste of this food and immediately in her mind all her clothes rip off and she sounds like she’s climaxing, sorry to the young readers. Well I was curious what this was. It was clearly anime. It was clear, that it had to be something dirty. I was deathly intrigued.  Well i searched and searched and searched. To my luck, the show had not premiered yet. The show was known as Shokugeki no Soma. The series, created by Yuto Tsukuda with art by Shun Saeki along with collaborator Yuki Morisaki, was created in 2012 with initial publishing in Weekly Shonen Jump in November of that year. The series follows Yukihara Soma as he journeys thru school life at the prestigious Totsuki Academy. He is a first year along with other first years, like Nakiri Erina and Tadokoro Megumi, trying to become elite chefs. Soma was raised by his father in his family’s restaurant. They would do fighting competitions there for the entertainment of the patrons, which Soma never one. Which would get you thinking because at Totsuki they have a Shokugeki or Food War, similar to the cooking battles you see on tv, to resolve disagreements at the school. This series, for me, was amazing. It had gotten to the point where with friends I made it my life to get people to watch. A friend of mine got so into it he would jazz up his recipes, like Soma would, and text me with the hashtag Shokugeki. The cool part is the collaborator Morisaki is a real chef. So each and everything cooked in the manga and anime can be done at home. There are numerous videos online on YouTube showing how to prepare some of the most popular meals. With season 2 headed to the tv screens in summer season 2016, I can’t contain my appetite. This,I feel, will again be a show to watch. With the conclusion of the Elections and the coming of the Summer Festival Arc I can see some great things coming.

 

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I place two cards facedown and end my turn

  


So I was talking to one of my close friends the other night, he asked what I was doing, I informed him that I was watching YuGiOh. Well once I related to him that it was a spinoff, he then sent one of those texts. You know the ones, the texts where you can hear the disdain from the moment the text appears. So I started thinking to myself, which YuGiOh spinoff is the better of the group? Which spinoff needs a little help. I’ve watched every spinoff. Each spin off is different. Each seemingly occupying its own universe.(I say seeimingly because certain things happen to make you think they are either connected or influencing the other). Each series starts well, yet half way thru something happens that makes me just give up. Currently I am on the 5th YuGiOh series, 4th spinoff, YuGiOh Arc-V. This list I have will list each one and why I think they are what they are on the list. Now I do wanna say I’m including the main spinoffs, so anything after Duel Monsters is included. So check out the list. Also tell me your opinions on the various YuGiOh series.

   

Number 4- YuGiOh Zexal- 

  

This series was a pretty good series starting out. It had the formula that YuGi had set up for years. We had our lead character whose name started with a Y. We have a close best friend whose a girl, who even so often comes off as a love interest yet nothing happens. Few other best friends and a few antagonist who become allies to stop a bigger evil. What was great about the other series was the way Kaiba would come across. No matter what he never lost his edge. Granted Kaiba could be considered kinda airhead, being that all these supernatural things were happening and he just acted as if it was nothing. Zexal takes place in a futuristic world where you can duel in real time in the real world. Each series has its own version of this and what they call it. In these duels to get the full feeling, those who want to watch and participate would wear eyewear to fully realize this. Yuma the main character has a key left by his father.(what is it with parents in this series of shows not being present, does that say something about the creator?). The key has an inhabitant from another dimension or plain of existence inside. Astral has no idea who he is or what has happened to him. This is where we get into the meat and potatoes of the show. Yuma fights duels and collects the 100 xyz monsters(different then the ones Kaiba used to use). These number cards hold Astral’s memories and what happened. The series started well with the learning about the cards, mystery of the cards possessing people, and the classic tournament arc. The issue with this series started with the whole reincarnation arc, traveling to another dimension to fight a devil like being, and the outrageous moments(there’s a duel on the moon where there is no oxygen just for the due lists to determine whose the best dragon user. Why can’t you both use dragons. Not that serious. Just saying.) I got through the series until about the moon duel point. Each time I attempted to jump back in, it was more outlandish then before. So this is the lowest rated spinoff in my opinion.


Number 3- YuGiOh 5Ds- 

  

So this series stars Yusei. Again, Yusei is an orphan. This series differs on the antagonist part because Yusei and his counter part Jack were orphans together. Jack got out and made it big. Yusei stayed in the lower class. Yusei like all the other leads was a good duelist in the series. He even went toe to toe with Jack and one. (Don’t know why Inmade that sound like you couldn’t guess) the series introduced to us another form of dueling, “Turbo Duels”. Also Syncho Monsters/Summoning, duel runners, and tuner monsters were introduced. The series was slightly darker then any other series before it. This show was the second spinoff after GX. They went back to a lot of the things that made the original good yet at the same time branched. Big thing noticed in this series was the team aspect. The characters in the show banded together slowly thru the first part of the series. Each having a mark on their arms, they also had a monster that you could say was their avatar. Another thing is this is the first series where none of the original monsters make an appearance. It’s the first series to also be based in seemingly an alternate world. When a duel is enacted the city changes to accommodate. Something else that’s different is the fact that in this world everyone duels. When the authorities of the series come to apprehend you, you are able to duel your way out of trouble. This series was one I had high hopes in. It came off as a more true to form and realistic. It’s setback was major though. When the series came into the arc where the “signers” became one group, they quickly separated. It wasn’t as disjointed as Zexal.  But it was close. I mean the man who helped them get together was the bad guy or was it his brother or was he crazy. Honestly I’m lost on exactly what happened halfway thru. I stuck with it for quiet some time. Big note, the new series Arc-V seems to be combining the universes and Crow just appeared along with Jack is n the recent episodes. So here’s hoping they make more showings.


Number 2- YuGiOh Arc-V- 

         

This series brings back the humor of the franchise. The series introduces to Action Duels. These are duels that bring the experience into the real world. Thru a technology called Solid Vision, you are able to duel with monsters that have form and weight. The series introduces us to our main character Yuya. First thing you notice is that the main character has only lost one parent. In this series he still has his mother in the picture (granted she doesn’t really do much since she is either mostly off screen, in the crowd sitting, or fawning after a high school boy) but she’s there. Another thing you will notice that the characters dueling style is similar to series 2, YuGiOh GX main character Jaden Yuuki. Another thing that is introduced(or reintroduced) is the idea of going to a duel school in hopes of becoming a Por-Duelist. Alot of things in this series harkens back to the original. The closeness of the friends. The fact that at one point Yuya was bullied and his close friends saved him. Another thing that was introduced in this series was Pendulum Summoning. This summoning invloves using Pendulum Cards to summon a certain number of monsters falling within certain perameters. The series is full of comical characters. Also one thing I started to notice when begining the series is the fact that all previous summonings are also included in the series. So you get Fusion, XYZ, and Synchro in the series. This ends up playing a huge roll. Partially thru the begining of the series we are introduced to characters who look similar(this is something you have to believe from the characters. You can blantantly see that NONE of these people look alike. But just go with it). Eventually we learn that these alternate versions come from an alternate dimension where Yuya and his best friend Yuzu have counterparts.Each summoning style has its own dimension. Have you jumped ahead yet? Cause then you’ve probably guessed right. Synchro Dimension is the 5Ds universe, XYZ is the Zexal Universe. In this series the Fusion Dimension is crossing over into other dimensions and defeating duelists along with taking control. Another noticeable thing is that they kidnap the various female characters that lookalike. There seems to be a connection between Yuya, the other dimensions, and the disapearence of his father.(at least thats what the feeling of all of this is). Eventually more characters learn Pendulum Summoning and Yuya and the main good duelists of the show(also a few randoms, like some Ninja guy who literally was on the show 2 episodes and is now a main character) join together to form a group named Lancers. The Lancers have the ability to bring both Actrion Duels and traverse the dimensions. The series is the most current series to launch. The series I would say is at the halfway point. Yuya and his groupd have recently formed and recently entered into the first of the dimensions, Synchro. We have seen both Jack and Crow from 5Ds. So i’m guessing we are going to get a definitive answer as to how these various series fit into the franchise itself. I do have high hopes for this series, it has kept me watching. I do have a feeling that it’s starting to slow down or bite off more then it can chew. I will still keep watching for a bit, so we shall see.

 

And the Number 1 spinoff is…..YuGiOh GX

  


 This is the seriesthat relates the closest to the original. The setup is about a character named Jaden Yuki. The character has a personality closer to Joey then Yugi, yet cares for his friends like Yugi. The series is based at Duel Academy. Duel Academy created by Seto Kaiba(one connection to the old series) where the dorms are named after the three Egyptian God Cards. You can tell that Kaiba still has feelings against Yugi. Slyfer is considered the lowest dorm, Ra the middle dorm, and Obelisk the best dorm. Thru the series we learn of a new ability, the ability to see Duel Spirits. Not everyone has this particular ability. The Kaiba of this series, Chazz Princeton, goes from antagonist to friend in the series. As the series progress characters switch dorms, new characters are added, and new journeys(granted odd) are taken. This series shares alot with the previous series. Jaden recieved Winged Kuriboh from Yugi himself as a kid. The series also relies on the past and flashbacks. One arc has Jaden encountering a Duel Monster that he forgot and a deck he sent away as a kid as a part of a contest for Kaiba Corp.

The biggest thing you will see as far as a difference between GX and Duel Monsters is this begins the trend of having a name for your specific deck. Jaden uses the Elemental Hero Deck and Neo Spatian Deck. The series also steps away from the original by introducing us to some pretty dark elements(some more than the original). The series deals with being trapped in an alternate dimensions, ghosts, possesion, death, and a character(Jaden) becoming the villain for a time. The main reason I feel this series is the better of the spinoffs is due to the fact that it feels like the original. Jaden has a good relationship with friends and learns a great deal from those above him. This series still ahs the issue of the main character being automatically better then everyone else(like how are you in the worse dorm but your the schools best duelist). Also the show doesn’t have any mention of Shadow Games except for one or two duels. There is also no mention of Millenuim items. The series showed that there were things that were going to change. The series has a lot of heart. I can say that like all the other spinoffs the series hits a huge lag at the end. These spinoffs all seem like when it gets to the end they jam a last arc or cut out too much, seems rushed at the end and anticlimatic. GX stays consistent pretty much to the last arc, where it starts to lose steam.


 

 

 

So these are the 4 spinoffs of YuGiOh. What are your favorites? Have you watched them all the way thru? Who’s your favorite character? Of course the original is the best. From Duelist Kingdom,Shadow Games, and Battle City, the series had elements that can’t be beat. The series helped launch series that today are based on card games. Series like Cardfight Vanguard, BuddyFight, and Battle Spirits can thank YuGiOh for bringing the card game anime into current. Of course there were series before, yet YuGiOh was the modern master of what these shows could be. So thanx for reading my thoughts. Let me know your fave or what card series you like. Tweet me @PaOfKalEl or facebook.com/westborneastbred.

 

Reasons why I’m loving the first full week of 2015…

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The first thing that has me jumping up and down, the return of Hayley Atwell as the amazing Agent Peggy Carter. When I heard that Agents of SHIELD was gonna take a long hiatus for the winter, i was miffed. But when I heard Marvel and ABC were gonna fill that spot with Agent Carter I was so excited. Bringing us the behind the scenes story of SHIELD’s beginnings with Agent Carter, Howard Stark, and apparently a living Jarvis. I couldn’t be more excited. Besides bringing back the amazing actress who brought this icon to life ( i can say that because without Peggy Carter we wouldn’t have Sharon Carter aka Agent 13), we also have the return of Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark. With a cast being round out by Enver Gjokaj (Dollhouse fam), Chad Michael Murray, and Lyndsy Fonseca (who played a spy on CW’s Nikita). I’m thinking this may be a one time event for us to see Carter and her gang, but I wouldn’t mind a small peek into their world every so often…..SO OVER THE MOON. Are you?


  Agent Carter premieres with a 2 hour episode Tuesday Jan 6 at 8pm on ABC

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UserFriendly Rated G: We are talking Saturday Morning cartoons…

So episode 3 of our podcast UserFriendly Rated G is out. We are talking comics, tv, and our love for Saturday morning cartoons. We spoke before about them leaving us and finally got the chance to drop our passion in audio form. Hit us back, give it a listen, and tell us ones that you will forever miss. This podcast was recorded late after watching a few cartoons and a little Power Rangers (may do a podcast on that sometime lol). So enjoy and tweet us. We also will be announcing a huge podcast series we will be doing in January so watch the site for that or the info of the podcast.

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Episode 3: Saturday Morning Cartoons

Comic Book Spotlight: Marvel’s Inhumans

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In the last year, if you had the fortunate chance of watching ABC’s Agents of SHIELD and seeing the news around it, you may have heard inclining of a group called the Inhumans. Between the blue alien who was rumored to be Kree, recently this was confirmed. To mysterious writing that now leads to a city. To now Marvel Studios announcing that in 2018 we will be receiving an Inhumans movie. Many fans who are don’t read the comics or may not have been reading them long, may not know why this is a major occurrence. But think of it this way, Marvel Studios can not use the franchise of X-Men yet and the Inhumans would be a great way of filling that space. For all intense purposes the Inhumans are fundamentally mutants. You may debate with me but they kinda are. We wanted to spotlight them because along with all the TV goings on they have, the comics world for them is also getting a lot bigger. They are now in the spotlight in a way they haven’t been in years. It’s time we fill everyone in on who or what they Inhumans are and why you should be into them.

In 1965, the issue of Fantastic Four number 45 was released. This issue written by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby would bring us a name that would become synonymous with a group that would have impact over the Marvel Universe for years to come. The group was known as the Inhumans. The Inhumans are a group of humans advanced by Kree technology. Now one thing I should point out is that this was done centuries before the modern Marvel Universe. Stan and Jack would write a story that would create a race of not only advance biology but also technologically more advance then anyone could imagine. A race that could fight against or with our more well known heroes. Also incorporating many of the cosmic species that they had created like the Kre and Skrull.

The story goes, that during the beginning of the Kree-Skrull war the Kree had set up a base on Saturn. From this base on Saturn they had become aware of primitive humans and noticed that they had a potential for more genetically. They wanted to use these humans to create a soldier to fight for them against the Skrulls. So they took primitive humans from Earth and experimented on them. Successfully creating humans that were advanced in every way. They eventually abandoned this due to a prophecy stating that eventually these beings would pose a threat to the Kree Supreme Intelligence. The Inhumans would survive and create their own society and go through a process called Terrigenesis. The process would cause issues so they would start a selective breeding process, creating a sort of caste system. This was the creation of the Inhumans and the royal family that we would soon be introduced to.

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Best night for the comic fanboy in me EVAH!!!

Tonight, Tuesday December 2nd, was the best night evah! Funny cause it wasn’t finale night for any of these shows, but they showed that the were doing great these season no matter what. Surprising because both shows had something going on as far as setup. The two shows I mean were The Flash and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. SHIELD was setting up its mid-season finale game, while The Flash was kicking off the “The Flash vs Arrow” 2 night crossover, which was a tough thing to jump into seemingly for a new show in its first season, I can tell you it did good. So lets start from the first show out the gate:

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The Flash was this series this season that kicked off new superhero shows. Slowly but surely, superheroes have started to take over media. For a genre built from comics that mostly sat in animated mediums, it is a genre that has taken strides. DC Comics has hit this running. With a record number of shows both on the air and either in production or contracted to be created, currently DC is the leader in live action superhero TV. I already said all over twitter and anywhere else I can be heard that Flash is the best. Tonight showed that.

The episode starts with our classic opening of Barry, played by Grant Gustin who has grown to be our fav hero, filling us in on his thoughts at the moment. We learn a little more about Barry each episode and what makes him tick. The one thing I do wanna say about Barry which differs than most heroes, Barry likes being a hero. Barry revels in the idea that he has powers. He enjoys it. Last episode we were able to see him make every drink for the coffee shop line just because he was impatient. He’s the type of character that shows what happens if a comic geek got superpowers what would they do. In this episode we get what comic readers wanna see when they get together and all disagree on whose the best.

The episode starts with a bank robbery by a metahuman who can hamper ones ability to stop them from releasing their most primal emotions. Funny because it seems all the people in the shows primal emotion is being pissed off. Like no one seems to wanna make out or anything, nothing wrong with fighting, but goodness talk about this going from Central City to Starling in the first 10 minutes. The bad guy gets away of course, which is par for the course since he never really gets caught until like 15 minutes before the show ends in some sort of science explained way. This show should be shown to kids in chemistry, it would kill.

After this Eddie starts going on a manhunt to start a task force to hunt down The Flash. Now this part I felt was slightly out of place. I always thought Central City was the place that loved their hero. In every iteration of The Flash, whether it be animated or otherwise, he was a character that saved lives at the cost of himself and the city loved him, i mean the guy has a museum for goodness sakes. I am still waiting on what comes of this, but it makes him more Batman/Arrow then The Flash. We build tension in the first 15 minutes that lead us to the appearance of Oliver Queen and Team Arrow. The writers for The Flash pretty much make Arrow a jerk. He spends the whole episode telling Barry that he pretty much is a loser. Now I know he’s new to this and things need to be learned, but did anyone forget that this is Central City and not Starling. We spent every moment that they were together with Oliver telling Barry how stupid he’s acting and to get over himself.

Well apparently I wasn’t the only one feeling this way, because Barry runs off saying he didn’t need Oliver’s help to capture Prism, as Cisco called him (anybody else thought this was gonna go as wrong as it did?). Well Prism hit Barry with his powers and disappeared. Well we think that after all the tests and everything Barry is ok, until he goes all “step off I’m not you dead boyfriend” to beloved Caitlyn. Then he snaps on his boss and Joe at the police department. So of course, everyone says he’s been “whammied”. I found this funny because if it had been Oliver it was normal. It was Barry so we thought “something is deathly wrong”, see the characterization there.

This about where we get what every geek watching has been waiting for. After Barry drags Eddie out of a moving car in front of Iris (seriously hope your ok Rick Cosnett), we get Flash versus Arrow. Now the part that made me laugh the most was Diggle, Cisco, and Caitlyn literally had the “Who would win in a fight conversation”. They bantered about speed, powers versus none, experience, intelligence. They went thru everything before Felicity did the non-fan thing and said “are we really doing this”. The fight ends with a arrow to Barry’s leg, Wells and Joe curing him, and Cisco calling it a tie. The metahuman is captured off screen. Which made me think I missed something but not care. Mainly because he was only there to get the fight going. Throughout the episode we are also shown various reason on how both heroes are different.

Arrow was not welcomed with open arms in Central City because he was an “unknown variable” and because of the injuries.death he leaves behind. Also he left Flash with a parting gift, Eddie got his task force to pass and Iris wanted him to stay away. Damage done. The cities both have the same producer and minds behind them but have two different feels. Its why I feel the show has done well. Yes, they both are in the same universe. Yes they crossover. But you could see that this was still The Flash. The humor and heart was still there. Also the comic book surprises. The Flash is a comic book on screen while Arrow is a noir tale. Thats the feel.

Also I may have left something out….SPOILER…after all the credits we get a shot underneath a bridge. A group yells at the seemingly homeless man telling him that it is unsafe to be underneath the bridge. At the point the figure gets up and the camera pans around as the man engulfs himself in flames. It is revealed as Ronnie Raymond aka Firestorm. So we are left with questions like how did he get out of the reactor to get to the bridge? Since he’s two people in one body, who was that in control? Also, how are Caitlyn and Cisco going to react? We did not get a preview for next week, instead we received a preview for The Flash vs Arrow Pt 2: The Brave and The Bold, but next week is a new episode so I’m guessing its Ronnie Raymond. You think he will be Flash’s new bestie?

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The end of ours/my childhood has come…I DIE!!!

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Here at WestBorn, most of us were born between 1980 and 1990. So most of our childhoods consisted of cartoons throughout the week. Yet Saturdays were special. Wake up before your parents got up and make your way to claim the TV and watch the best cartoons ever. Saturday morning cartoons were devoted to the cartoons that could claim that they were the ITS of the cartoons. There wasn’t a cartoon that could touch them. From Scooby Doo to Muppet Babies to Street Sharks, there are numerous cartoons that could claim that they were able to positioned in one the coveted time slots that were between 8am and 12pm. Recently there was a huge decline in viewership for the shows that were shown on Saturdays. For a block on networks that could claim 11-20 million viewers, now could see less then 2 million. CW marked the last to close out its block as of Saturday September 27, it was the end. In honor of what we here see as the closing of an era, I mean no child will know the glory of Captain Crunch commercials or toy spots that make you wanna wake your parents up and make them run to Toys R Us. Seriously what child currently knows the theme song of Toys R Us, “i’m a big kid now” anyone? This was the time of the week where even advertisers would push to show that kids could push sales in a way that no other cartoon could. So here I wanna place just a few here that our staff thought were great shows that they loved. Shows that made them remember their childhood. You won’t find the common. You might only see shows that didn’t long. Yet you will smile.

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