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    • Five Unexpectedly Good Anime

      3 days ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead

      Hey, it’s me.  I’m writing about anime again.  I don’t know why I do it so much either.  I just like to write about the things I enjoy, and hoo boy, do I like anime.  So here you go.


      So, it’s not uncommon for an anime series to have a premise that sounds absolutely stupid.  You read it and you think, “This sounds ridiculous.  It’s going to be terrible.”


      But every now and then you get a series that, although utterly horrendous on paper, actually works.  A series that should not be good, but somehow turns out great.


      Today, I have a selection of five series that fit that description to a T.  Check it:



      5 - Kill la Kill

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      What It's About: A homeless teenager looks for her father’s killer with the help of a sentient school uniform.  She engages in physical combat with the local high school’s student council president, who herself is trying to take over Japan’s other high schools through her mother’s fashion empire.


      Absurdism/surrealism is an actual subgenre of anime, and boy does this one fit the bill.  It's an action anime all about clothes!  The show is made the anime studio Trigger, which has a reputation for concealing, revealing, and then expanding the true scope of a story—which they most certainly do in this show.  There’s a heavy amount of intrigue, reveals, and twists.  The term rollercoaster is thrown around a lot in entertainment, but this show is hands down a rollercoaster.  Not to mention that the music is fantastic, the battles are entertaining, and the story unfolds at a good pace.  To top it off, there are a lot of subtle (and not so subtle) themes at play throughout the show.  But at the end of the day, it’s just fun.  A great blend of comedy, action, and insanity.  But viewer beware, this is probably the most NSFW show on this list.



      4 - Hinamatsuri

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      What It's About: A dangerous telekinetic naked girl from another world is transported to the living room of a mid-level yakuza.  The yakuza sort of adopts her, and they end up living together.


      This show is pretty weird.  Probably the weirdest one on this list.  What starts off as a scifi mystery quickly turns into a slice of life dramedy with a serious supernatural bent.  Young telekinetic Hina has to learn how to live in regular human society, and yakuza man Nitta helps guide her through it.  However they’re both really shitty and self-absorbed, which makes for some very interesting interactions.  The show itself is very hard to nail down too.  It’s hard to tell if a scene is going to end with a dramatic emotional exchange, or a deadpan comedic gag.  And just when you think you’re going to learn more about the scifi subplot, the show pulls the rug out from under you.  This one is very difficult to describe, so I recommend checking out at least one episode to see it for yourself.



      3 - Zombieland Saga

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      What It's About: A flamboyant and mysterious man resurrects dead girls from different time periods within Japan.  He forces them to form a musical group, whose sole purpose is to revitalize the unpopular and boring Saga prefecture.


      This show is really turning a genre on its head.  Idol anime, though very popular, has a lot of detractors.  Yet, Zombieland Saga has persuaded a lot of people to watch it just from the crazy premise alone.  And so far, it has really paid off.  As of this writing we’re only six episodes in, and so far it’s fucking good.  It’s all over the place, and it’s one of the funniest anime series I’ve seen in years.  Every single scene is hilarious.  But more than that, this show just throws so many curveballs at you.  Most notably is this scene from the second episode, that came out of nowhere and hasn't been revisited since.  It’s a small spoiler for sure, but it just might be the thing that makes you watch the show.  The plot has begun to develop a little more now in recent episodes, so I’m really excited to see where it goes.



      2 - Uma Musume Pretty Derby

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      What It's About: A horse girl—meaning girls who have the ears, tails, and speed of a horse—leaves the countryside to enroll at a horse girl racing academy with the hope of becoming a professional horse girl racer.  Horse girl racing is a global professional competitive sport in which horse girls race each other on a track.  Also, the winner performs in a concert after each race.


      When this show premiered in Spring 2018, anime fans were more then ready to tear it down.  Not only due to the premise, but also because of the fact that it was based purely on a mobile game.  But since it was coming the well-respected studio P.A. Works, people decided to give it a chance.  And...it actually ended up being a very good sports anime!  The main character finds her way onto a team and we get to see her journey as she trains, competes, and encounters obstacles.  There's competitive tension, team camaraderie, heart-breaking setbacks, and even some great comedy.  No one expected a show about horse girls to be so intriguing!  Even more interesting is that the characters are based off of real life professional racing horses, with some of the characters' developments even mirroring their real life horse counterparts.  So, if you want to avoid spoilers, don't google the horses!



      1 - Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

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      What It's About: A drunk office woman helps an injured dragon, and offers to let the dragon stay with her.  The dragon shows up the next morning, and becomes her maid.


      This show was the biggest hit of the Winter 2017 season, and for good reason.  It may start out a little too sugary sweet and kawaii, but it really settles into a hilarious and fantastically heartwarming tale.  The principle plot of the show is watching the relationship between Dragon maid Tohru and Kobayashi grow from one of obligation, to something much deeper.  But it’s also quite funny.  Many scenes and interactions are either tinged with some mild humor, or punctuated by big comedy bits.  And, as more and more dragons and humans are added to the cast, the number of both heartwarming scenes and hilarious hijinks grows.  This show is most likely the best one on this list, overall.



      -PS,

      When it comes to anime—all anime—always make sure to check the end of the credits.  There’s very often additional content.

    • Total Runtime: The Netflix Marvel Shows Are Almost 3x Longer Than All The MCU Movies

      2 weeks ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead

      No one can deny just how crazy and ground-breaking the MCU movies have been.  You love them, I love them, everyone loves them.  That universe is a feat of filmmaking to marvel at.


      But personally, I have found myself getting more miles out of the Netflix series.  I'm not saying they're better (they're not), I'm just saying that I get more enjoyment out of them.  Maybe it has something to do with how I watch movies versus how I watch tv.  Maybe it’s the binge factor.  Maybe it’s the more personal and slow-burn stories.  I don’t know.


      The news of Netflix canceling both Iron Fist and Luke Cage was very disappointing.  Some say it has to do with Disney starting their own streaming service, and their desire to remove Marvel properties from other services.  Some speculate that the two titular characters can still live on in the other existing Netflix series.  I would also add to the speculation that both series could be saved by a Heroes for Hire crossover show.


      But back to the point.  I just find the Netflix series more enjoyable, for some reason.  I was wondering why, and then I realized that I have probably spent more time immersed in the Netflix series than the movies.  More time with the characters, and therefore more time to get invested.

      We like to think of the MCU movies as this huge saga which takes days to watch.  Like some gargantuan near-bottomless well of media.  Well as it turns out, when it comes to actual runtime, the Netflix series blow the movies out of the water.


      As of October 2018:

      Number of MCU Movies: 20 (Phases 1, 2; 80% of Phase 3)

      Number of Netflix Series Episodes: 134 (11 seasons across 6 series)

      Runtime of MCU Movies: 42 hours, 56 minutes

      Runtime of Netflix Series: 119 hours, 11 minutes

      Difference of Runtime: 76 hours, 15 minutes


      The Netflix series are longer in total runtime by over three days.  That’s a lot of time!  In the time it would take you to watch all the Netflix series, you could watch all the MCU movies over two and a half times.


      I think this is why I like the shows better than the movies.  Maybe I’m more of a long-form person than a short-form person.  I mean, I love movies.  Like, a lot.  But television—especially internet-based platforms— benefit from being less constrained by time and content, and are able to produce a more intimate and detailed story than movies are able to.  The MCU movies are these great, vast stories defined by fantastic moments and huge moving pieces.  Undeniably fun and enjoyable, for sure.  But in contrast the series are these smaller-scale stories taking place mostly in one city, more gradually, and with more focus on the process.  Which is probably why I was looking forward to The Defenders as much (or more) than any Avengers movie.  There was a lot more fabric to weave together.


      So, I think that’s the crux of it.  It really is a tale of two mediums.  Admittedly though, the Netflix shows have had way more low points than the movies.  Luke Cage Season 1 was a tad lackluster, and Iron Fist Season 1 was actually pretty bad.  But both shows greatly improved in their second seasons.  And other than those two cases the other shows have been fairly decent, with Daredevil and Jessica Jones being especially good.  I really hope they all continue.  The third season of Daredevil did really well, and there’s another season of both Jessica Jones and Punisher on the way.  Unfortunately, beyond that, it appears that the whole universe is in jeopardy.


      If you’re thinking of getting into the Netflix Marvel series, check out my suggested watch order (which is the same as the release order, as of October 2018):


      1. Daredevil Season 1

      2. Jessica Jones Season 1

      3. Daredevil Season 2

      4. Luke Cage Season 1

      5. Iron Fist Season 1

      6. The Defenders

      7. The Punisher Season 1

      8. Jessica Jones Season 2

      9. Luke Cage Season 2

      10. Iron Fist Season 2

      11. Daredevil Season 3

    • Anime Music

      3 weeks ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead

      I love anime soundtracks.  They're often hard to track down, can get expensive, and sometimes you can only get hard copies.  So in lieu of that, I made a youtube playlist of my favorite anime opening and ending songs:


      Click here.


      Each song is roughly 90 seconds.  Maybe check it out if you want.  It's got some good stuff.  The songs are in loose order of how much I enjoy them.


      But lately, I've really been into the ending song for Seishun Buta Yaro.  Or as it's better known, Rascal Does Not Dream of a Bunny Girl Senpai.  The show is hard to nail down but it's like if someone tried to make the show Fringe into an anime, but with a slice of life romance feel.  I'm really digging the supernatural portion of it.  And if you can stomach the occasional eye rolling logic behind the scientific principles of each arc, you'll probably enjoy it too.


      Anyway, here's the ending song for the first arc.  It's like you can jam out to it, and relax to it.  It's very odd, but in an intriguing way.  But what's extra cool is that each story arc focuses on a different girl, and each girl's VA will get a turn singing the ending theme.  I also found this song, which is the long version featuring all the VAs.  Both versions are so good.


      If you want to check out the show, it's available on Crunchyroll as part of the current season.

    • My Top 3 Iyashikei Anime (aka “Healing” Anime)

      1 month ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead

      There’s this really neat sub-genre of anime called Iyashikei.  Literally translating to “healing”, it refers to anime series that have a soothing or calming effect on the audience.  These series tend to be escapist, very chill, or light-hearted.  They are also commonly moe or slice of life, but not always necessarily.


      I kind of stumbled into this sub-genre a few years ago, and I find that these shows are very enjoyable.  They aren’t simply light-hearted or fluffy.  They’re not super cutesy or sugary.  Rather, these series lull you into a content state with their calming subject matter or breezy comedy.


      So, I thought I’d share with you my favorite three iyashikei anime.


      3) Flying Witch

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      A high school witch moves in with her relatives as part of her witch training.


      I didn’t really know what to expect when I started this show, and it was quite the surprise.  This show might be the most chill anime I’ve ever seen.  It’s very slice of life, following young witch Makoto as she gets to know her new town and continues her studies.  At first I thought it’d be very boring, but they do a decent job of introducing various paranormal entities and cultures.  I tend to like shows that depict monsters and paranormal characters in everyday situations, so that was a big plus for me.  And this show scratches that itch in two ways.  You see Makoto interact with otherworldly characters like it ain’t no thing, while also watching through the eyes of her younger cousin (who is new to that world).  There are also some light-hearted comedic moments.  Nothing crazy, but there are a lot of quiet chuckles to be had.


      Overall the show has a very earthy feel to it, emphasizing the connections that witches and other entities have to nature.  It reminds me a bit of the world of Buffy, but devoid of any real stakes or conflict, and focused on witchcraft.  I would never describe it as exciting or thrilling, but it most certainly is very pleasant and calming.



      2) Restaurant to Another World

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      There is a restaurant in Japan that, for the most part, is totally normal and unremarkable.  However every Saturday, the front door of the restaurant is connected to a fantasy world.


      It’s a big delight to see an adventurer or demon, who’s used to medieval era food, just lose their shit at how delicious modern food is.  And boy, does it look delicious.  This is indeed a very food heavy show.  Just imagine Food Wars, but way more chill.  The characters, after their initial bewilderment at the flavors, break down the dish in a deliberate and calming fashion.  You feel like you’re eating the dish with them, from first bite to the inevitable satiation.


      At first the show appears somewhat formulaic, but then you realize there’s a thread of a greater narrative.  The world is slowly built, and you get a greater appreciation for this secret club the patrons enjoy.  For the most part each episode features two separate fantasy characters and their mini-back stories of how they discovered the restaurant.  Whether it’s a lizard man, princess, or elf, each account is very interesting…and relaxing.


      If I had to describe the tone of this show, it’s like this.  Imagine being on vacation, in a nice restaurant for dinner.  It’s dim, comfortable, quiet, and the food is delicious.  That feeling you get at the end?  Of being sated and at peace?  That’s what this show really tries to convey.  Plus, it’s very pretty.  Of the three shows I’m mentioning, this one looks the best.


      So if you like mild fantasy and delicious food, this would be right up your alley.


      1) Laid Back Camp

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      High school girl Rin loves to go camping by herself, but soon learns the joy of camping with others.


      I know, another show about a high school girl, but hear me out.  This show really brings a lot to the table, so it was an easy number 1 choice for me.  For one thing, it’s just so fucking relaxing.  Period.  Every episode does a good job of capturing the serenity and grandiosity of nature, as well as the joys of camping. Whether it’s with the sound of a crackling fire, a pleasant view of Mt. Fuji, or the steamy aroma of a campfire meal in the winter, the characters really put you in their shoes.  And the music is really good as well.  It ranges anywhere from jaunty happy-go-lucky, to acoustically emotion-provoking.  In every instance, it really fits the mood.


      But what really got me hooked on the show was the humor.  It’s full of unsuspecting moments of dry wit and smart comedy, with a few slapstick moments in there as well.  It often belies the serene and calming subject matter, but in a really good way.  At one moment the show is making you feel relaxed, and in the next it’s making you bust a gut.


      And to top it off, Laid Back Camp is downright informative.  I learned a lot about camping and outdoor equipment while watching this show.  A good portion of each episode features a narrator going over the camping topics of the day, accompanied by chibi versions of the characters following his instructions.


      And oh, did I mention the food?  Because a significant portion of this show is dedicated to food.  Yummy, scrumptious food.  Animated camping meals never looked so good.


      All these components – relaxing content, humor, and informative narration – combine to make a very pleasant and enjoyable viewing experience.  If you shy away from cutesy anime, it may not be for you, but any anime fan should seriously give this show a chance.



      Closing

      So there you have it, my top three iyashikei anime.  I love action or comedy as much as the next person, but it’s also nice to be able to put on a show that relaxes and center you.  There’s a lot more out there, so I recommend googling the genre if you'd like to know more.

    • If You Had to Kill Your Meat

      2 months ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead

      Burnie asked a question on the most recent podcast.  I'm paraphrasing, but it was something like:


      "If you couldn't have meat again unless you killed and cleaned it, do you think you'd ever eat meat again?"


      Let me dive deeper into this question, because I think it depends on whether or not it's applied to a literal reality or a fictional one.


      Scenario 1/2 - Literal Reality

      In this scenario we would have to account for the cost of the whole animal.  Let's go the cheap route and do the killing and butchering right in the field for large animals.  No need to pay someone for labor or facilities.  I'm gonna look at the three most common animals we eat: cows, pigs, and chickens.


      Price per animal

      One Cow - $1,200

      Boy is it difficult to nail down how much a cow costs.  There are so many different breeds and classifications.  Not to mention highly violate cattle markets (I'm not an economics guy at all).  But from my limited research, you're looking at a low end of about $1,200 for one whole feeder cow.  You could find cheaper prices at an auction or for smaller cows, but this is about the closest I can find for an average.


      One Pig - $129

      Same issues as with cows.  Very difficult to nail down.  But looking at the average weight and price per 100 pounds (cwt) for the month of April, you're looking at around $129.


      One Chicken - $20?

      Okay, I got a little tired of livestock research by this point.  A live pullet (young hen) appears to go for around $20.  Roosters sell for less, but let's go with hens.  And seeing as a whole cut-up chicken at the grocery store can be bought for around $8-$15, twenty bucks for a live one seems reasonable.


      Verdict

      With these dollar amounts in mind, I think most meat eaters would be able to continue eating meat.  Trouble is, it'd be mostly chicken.


      For chicken, it'd be like going to the grocery store.  We could do the killing and butchering right in our kitchen.  Not to mention that the amount of meat yielded could be consumed within a couple days.  So, chicken for everyone!


      Pork on the other hand, depending on how much time and disposable income you have, would be a little rarer.  At $129 it's not cost-prohibitive, but it's not exactly as easy purchase.  That's two video games, two visits to Fogo de Chao, or a handful of all-out trips to the movies for one person.  Price-wise, I feel like the average person would have to make some judgement calls on this one.  Sure it's affordable, but is it worth that much to you?  Keep in mind, you also have to travel to the farm and slaughter it.  That's not an easy task.  It's time consuming, and requires at least an afternoon of hard labor.  Not to mention the additional cost of processing (butcher paper, tape, bags, knives, saws, etc.).  Transportation shouldn't be a problem, as long as you have a trunk.


      You might be thinking, "But what about the bacon?".  Well, yeah there's that.  But you would have to make that yourself.  Have you ever tried to make bacon?  It takes time and effort.  And by the time you nail down the process, odds are, you'll have wasted at least one pork belly.  You'll also likely need to buy a new small freezer, or at least empty yours out.  I estimate most meat eaters will end up taking this route about 3-5 times a year, at most.


      Now, the beef?  That's a whole other dilemma.  It costs a lot, but it's so versatile!  It's lot of effort, but it's so much meat!  But at $1,200 a pop, the price ain't nothing to scoff at.  That's around the average monthly rent in Austin.  That's a couple of car payments.  It's also a huge commitment.  Once again, you'd have to drive out to the farm.  But this time, it'd take longer.  It'd take more supplies.  Possibly a bigger vehicle to transport.  It'd also require you to buy a big freezer, to protect your investment.  Keep in mind, if you don't have any experience processing a whole cow, your are absolutely going to mangle the various cuts.  How many cows will you have to go through before you get even the primal cuts down?


      I bet that most people would look at their chicken and pork and think "Nah, I'm good".  At least most of the time.  It's very doable for a middle class, full-time employed individual.  But is there enough motivation?  In my opinion, for the average meat eating American, this would be a once a year event at most.  If at all.  If someone is well-off, maybe they could afford twice a year or more.  But I think most of us will have some serious deliberation over whether or not it's worth that much time, effort, and money.


      Conclusion

      So, yeah, it'd be possible.  Easily feasible.  But depending on time, money, effort, and desire, some meats might be rarer then others.  And personally, I'd do chicken and pork easily, but beef only once a year at most.



      Scenario 2/2 - Magic Reality

      In this scenario, all you would have to do is kill the animal and process the cuts you want to eat.  You would only pay for the price of the cuts you eat or keep, at the appropriate market or restaurant price.  No paying for the whole animal, no cost for storage or packaging.


      Conclusion

      Fuck me up fam.  I'll do this in a heartbeat.  Even if I have to pay twice to eat it in a restaurant.

    • Anime Spotlight: Black Lagoon

      2 months ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead

      This is from an old defunct tumblr of mine that I forgot about. So I thought I'd repost it here.


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      Watch/Chronological Order

      1. Black Lagoon Season 1 (2006) [12 episodes]

      2. Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage, aka Season 2 (2006) [12 episodes]

      3. Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail, aka Season 3 (2010-2011) [5 OVA episodes]



      The Skinny (episode 1 spoilers)

      In the early/mid 1990’s, Rokuro Okajima (a mild-mannered low-level business man from Japan) is on a business trip when he gets taken hostage by a band of sea pirates/mercenaries called the Lagoon Company.  The pirates want a ransom but Rokuro's company refuses to pay it, leaving him for dead.  Fed up with his bland and meaningless life, Rokuro decides to join the pirates.  He changes his name to "Rock", and begins a new journey where he struggles to maintain his morality while doing very amoral work.



      The Story (minor series spoilers)

      As Rock delves deeper into this new world, he finds himself straddling the fence of good and evil.  He tries to apply his nuanced business-like approach to the criminal underworld, and remarkably, sometimes it works.  His unique views, mundane skills, and straight-laced demeanor actually prove invaluable from time to time.  But other times he has difficulty maintaining his values and morality, much to annoyance of Revy, the Lagoon Company’s resident badass and expert gunslinger.  A loose cannon to say the least, Revy routinely clashes with Rock.  She was the one who originally kidnapped him, and tore him from his comfortable life. They have a unique relationship, and it's the driving force behind the show.


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      The tone of this series is dark.  The primary theme is about the internal conflict between morality and reality.  The characters live in the criminal underworld where murder, kidnapping, human trafficking, child exploitation, organized crime, and the weapon/drug trade are all explored.  Most of the series takes place in Roanapur, a fictional city in Thailand that operates as a haven for criminals.


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      The series is also undeniably action packed. It’s gritty, and grounded in reality.  No magic, no superpowers, no flying, no calling out of move names, and no super deformed sequences.  It’s over the top in the “that'd never happen in real life” sense, but it's still really enjoyable.  There are gunfights, knife fights, fistfights, and all manner of insane sequences.  It's honestly one of the best shoot-em-ups in anime.


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      Visually the show is simple, yet full of depth.  The environments are calming and serene, but contrasted by the sinister subject matter.  There is also a subtle noir feel throughout, which complements the tone of the show quite nicely.  The animation style looks a tad dated by modern standards, but the show doesn’t feel old in the least.  The world they paint feels very real.


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      The anime franchise is comprised of two seasons (12 episodes each), as well as a five volume OVA (sometimes referred to as season 3).  There are numerous story arcs, each highlighting Rock’s journey in the criminal underworld, as well as his complicated relationship with Revy.  Some arcs are light-hearted, and some are downright depressing. The show takes it’s time, but the story's pace is pleasant and not rushed.  As the series goes on, the relationships evolve and grow.  Exposition and action go hand in hand, and Rock’s journey is fun to watch.


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      Things really heat up in the OVA.  If the action was hard for you to digest or take seriously in the previous seasons, the OVA will be quite the test.  The series and OVA were released nearly four years apart, and at times it feels like they were trying to recapture the magic of the series by kicking it up a notch.  It’s intense to say the least.  The OVA attempts to further depict the depths of madness and depravity that are possible within the criminal underworld.  Though it might seem tame compared to some horror or ecchi anime, the OVA does indeed feel quite explicit.  The content and emotion take on a much darker and intense flavor.  Some might find it gratuitous, while others may find it a natural progression.  In either case, the OVA really tries to further expand on the relationships within Lagoon Company.  Play close attention though, the OVA storyline is easy to get lost in.


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      As of now the manga is ongoing, and the author is taking his time.  They released an anime teaser trailer for volume 10 of the manga in 2014, but there hasn’t been any news about a potential 4th season of the anime.  I looked into it, and can’t find any indication if or when season four will come out, or if they are even working on it.  So right now, the anime series appears to be in limbo.  Which makes sense, because the manga is currently on volume 11 (the arc that would be season 4).  And seeing as the manga's author served as the anime concept artist on Re:Creators (2017), as well as the author of its manga adaptation, I'm assuming he's got a lot on his plate right now.  So, in the absence of more anime, I would recommend checking out the manga.  I've read about 3 volumes of the manga, and it's really good.


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      Personal Thoughts (major spoilers)

      Black Lagoon is one of my personal favorite anime series.  I first saw it back in college, when I only watched English dubs.  I recently tried to re-watch it in the original Japanese, but was sorely disappointed.  I highly recommend watching it in English.  Revy, the main female character, is very damaged and intense, and the English voice actor does a MUCH better job of conveying her range and emotional weight.  The rest of the cast is pretty good too, especially Dutch.  After hearing Dutch in English, it’s really hard to get used to him in Japanese.  I know purists out there might be hesitant to watch it in English, but it really does work better.  There is also a decent amount of vulgarity, English slang, and American pop culture references which all go over a little better in English.  That is not to say the original Japanese is not good, but all these factors make the English version a little more impactful for English speakers.


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      Revy herself is very interesting.  Some might find her too much, or lacking depth, but it really is enjoyable to watch her interactions with Rock.  The course of their relationship is really interesting. At first he is just an annoyance to her, and at every exchange she threatens to hurt him.  But over time she warms up to him...in a “I don’t feel like killing you” way.  You could argue that she is just a thinly veiled tsundere, but the fact that such an anime trope exists shouldn’t disqualify her character from legitimate emotional development.  It is a delight to see her gradually accept Rock as a coworker, a friend, and then a close friend.


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      I haven’t read more than a few volumes of the manga, but so far it pleases me that the writer doesn’t cave in and have them become love interests.  There’s not even a hint of them becoming romantic, but they do grow intimately close.  You could easily call them an OTP, but it’s not much of a competition seeing as there are few other prospects for either of them.  Hell, even other characters would love to see them together.  As a result of the work they do, their association undergoes a growing intimacy that feels quite organic (yet platonic).  The OVA does a good job of rattling their relationship though, as well as Rock’s standing with Lagoon Company.  It’s definitely intense, and does a good job of refreshing the relationships within the show.  It leaves you yearning for another season.


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      Analysis aside, it’s an entertaining show.  There’s action, drama, intrigue, and comedy.  When I’m bored at the end of the night, and I have a drink to finish before bed, I like to put it on and chill.


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    • Community Feature Wishlist (Version 2)

      2 months ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead

      It’s been a while since I’ve consolidated my thoughts on what I’d like to see in the new community site, so I figured I’d collect them all again in this journal. Some are new, some are previously mentioned suggestions. Also to whoever would be handling it, if there is ever a beta for the new site, I’d be more than happy to give it a spin.


      I also want to say, to whoever is working on the new site, we really appreciate your work and effort.  I know it ain't easy to freshen up a house this old and so lived-in.



      Feeds & Notifications

      Notification/Feed Customization

      Currently, there is too much overlap between notifications and feeds. I’d like the option of choosing what types of content appear in each, or at least the ability to make something appear in my feed without getting a notification for it. There are many things I’d like to see passively in my feed, without getting a notification. Similarly, there are also things I’d like to get a notification for but not see in my feed. I’d like to see a facebook approach to this area. Passive content in the feed, with the option for specific things in my notifications.


      Friends’ Likes

      A feed which shows posts and content that your friends or followed users have liked. It’s a great way to see what’s popular among your friends and the community as a whole. In the past there were many projects, artists, and events that I would not have even heard about if it wasn’t for this feature.


      Tag Filtering For Feeds

      The ability to filter out/in posts from the users you follow. Applied either to individual followed users as part of our follow settings, or to our followed feed as a whole. I think I’d prefer the latter.


      News Feed 

      The old site had a feature where staff could post their journals to a centralized news feed. Now any news posted on the site has to be done with journals, often by staff members many people don't know they should be watching. An official news feed would be great for bringing people back to the site by giving them a place to stay up to date on the latest from RT, rather than forcing them to visit twitter, Reddit, Facebook, etc.


      Revamp "Popular Content" Feed

      Not only would it be nice to see different types of content, but it would be cool to filter out staff posts and only see community content.


      Final Confirmation on "Dismiss All Notifications"

      When "see all notifications" and "dismiss all notifications" are so close, an extra “are you sure” would be nice.


      Notification Time Stamps, Proper Sorting

      I wish notifications had time stamps. Either an actual time & date or “minutes/hours ago”.

      Notifications also need to be sorted with most recent on top. Currently, there is no rhyme or reason to the order.


      Better Notification of Replies

      Unless replying to a parent comment, subsequent replies do not trigger notifications. Meaning, if person A comments on my journal and I reply to that comment, and Person A makes a second comment in reply to my reply, that comment doesn’t send a notification to me. Or, more clearly:


      -A Comment on My Journal (notification)

      -My Reply to Comment

      -Reply to My Reply (no notification)


      Sharing on RT

      Many times I see a friend’s journal and wish I could share it on RT. We need the ability to re-post journals within the RT site itself. Essentially the same thing as a retweet or reblog.



      Journals, Posts, & Profiles

      Save Draft Option For Journals

      Similar to Tumblr, a feature that lets you save a draft journal or post. I like to write up journals over a couple days, so I end up having to save word docs on my computer.


      Journal Previews

      The ability to preview what a journal will look like. Helpful in double checking layouts, image placements, etc. I know I would use it.


      More Text Options

      I wish we could use colors, underline, bullet points, and other text options in our journals. Especially the actual color black.


      Pinned Comments

      The ability for journal authors to select a comment to pin at the top of their comments section. Sometimes you have to add something to the journal after posting it, and would rather not edit it. Other times it would be nice to feature or spotlight a funny or relevant comment from your friends or followers.


      Auto-Post on Other Social Media

      The ability to make a post on RT, which auto-posts a link to it on other social media (twitter, facebook, etc.). It could take the form of checkboxes when submitting journals or images, with icons for various social media sites.


      Twitter Feed on Profile

      A small box next to a user's profile of their recent tweets (for a linked twitter account). Scrolling down can load older tweets.


      Post & Profile Details

      It'd be cool to see the precise date and time something was posted. Also views. Each person’s profile used to have a section that listed their total views for journals and photos. This was a great metric for seeing how much reach and engagement your content garnered. There was also the currently online indicator. When enabled, a profile would say “currently online”. It would also give a user's status. For example, in the corner it would say “currently browsing the forum” or “currently reading a journal” (or something similar to that).


      Mod History

      The ability to see who likes or +1s our posts. Either on the post itself, or on a separate page for all of our posts. Seeing as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and other popular sites let you see who likes your content, it'd be nice to see this feature return. In addition, a breakdown of the individual mods on posts would be cool to see. A similar example is Facebook, which shows how many thumbs, hearts, or emojis a post got. In RT’s case, for a +45 post, it could be a mouse-over list that shows “+20 cool, +30 ditto, -5 lame”.


      User Log

      This was an old feature that let you see a two-week log of all the public activity of a user, including their recent journals, photos, and forum posts. It was a great way to gauge the activity and engagement of your friends. The feature is similar to that of other forum and board-based sites, which allow you to see the history of a user. One example is Reddit, which allows you to see the full history of a user’s public posts.


      Stats & Milestones

      It was cool to be able to go to a page that showed my lifetime number of journals, mods, photos, and forum posts. There used to be a page where you could see this. You really got a sense of your history on the site, and how much you contributed. There were also global site stats as well.


      Milestones were also little awards that you got for participating on the site. Similar to Reddit's Trophy Case, it showed your achievements and history. I had a milestone for being one of the first 10,000 people to sign up on the site. There were also neat little awards that staff members could give you. The staff member would see your content, and choose to bestow upon you their award. Back in the day, everyone was on a mini-quest to get the founding fathers’ awards. You would try to post something cool on your profile or show a cool project you completed, in the hope they would see it and give you their award. The only award I ever got Gus’s, which was an icon of a whiskey bottle. I think I got it for my interaction with him at RTX 2011.


      Stream Embeds

      This would probably be an additional technical headache, but it'd be cool if users could embed their Twitch/YouTube streams on a profile tab. Profiles could have a "live" tab, or something. Such a feature could help users in establishing a home on RT. And if that's too much free rein, then perhaps streams could only come from urls/accounts linked to that RT profile, which can be approved by staff.


      Old Content Carries Over

      This goes without saying, but man I really hope all of our old content (journals, photos, profiles) carries over to the new site.



      Photos

      Collaboration on Albums

      The option to share upload privileges within individual photo albums. For both individual users and within groups. Owners of an album could invite users to collaborate. Useful for events and projects.


      Event Galleries

      There used to be photo galleries that users were allowed to contribute to. Moderation was probably a lot easier back then, but people were able to access public galleries for the various events RT was at and upload their own photos. There were galleries for RTX and other popular conventions in which RT had a presence. Since the RTX app has the feature of allowing users to upload photos, it’d be cool to see this type of feature return to the main site.



      Groups

      A New Groups Home Page

      Groups need some love. I would also like to see a map regional community groups, or events calendar. A better group search is also sorely needed.


      Group Admin Alerts

      I don’t really manage any groups nowadays but when I did, I would have to keep an eye on the forum to see if anyone created a new forum thread. I could follow threads to get alerts on new posts, but I could not get alerts when someone created a new forum thread in a group I managed. It would be great if a group admin could get alerts for new forum threads in their group, or for other activities as well.



      Forums, Threads, & Comments

      A New Forum "Front Page"

      On the forum landing page (which needs to be re-worked badly as well) there could be an additional section that pulls threads from every forum. The section would visually operate like a Reddit homepage; a sortable/filterable list of individual threads from the site's forums. Without hunting through each forum you could get an aerial view of the popular, controversial, and newest threads. Just a way to spotlight individual new threads, highlight what's hot in the community, and show people the threads that stay active over time across all forums.


      Sort Function on Comments

      I wish we had the option to sort the comments on posts. Newest, oldest, highest rated, etc.


      Differentiation on Parent/Child Comment Threads

      When scrolling through comments on journals, it’s hard to spot and differentiate conversations. A little line next to threads, similar to Reddit, would be cool.



      Videos and Content

      Personality/Game Sort Options

      I’ve seen a lot of people mention this, so I thought I’d include it. The ability to sort/filter videos based on the talent/personalities in it.


      And equally important (perhaps more important), sorting/filtering Let’s Plays based on the game being played. Both for title/franchise, and genre (puzzle, FPS, trivia, etc.). That’s a feature I know would get a lot of use.


      Individual Blogs For Each Series

      A blog section on each series page, where staff can put relevant news. Users could put it on watch, and get alerts for it. I suggest this for two main reasons.


      First, to give the relevant posts a consolidated home. For example, Jon Risinger has routine journals for On The Spot. If you didn't follow him, you would miss it. Also I don't watch On The Spot, so as someone who follows Jon on the site those journals are irrelevant to me. Another example would be Eric Vespe. He write articles for The Know, but they don’t get posted anywhere other than on his profile.


      Second, decluttering staff and talent profiles. I follow staff on this site because they’re interesting and funny. Not for commercial promotion of the various shows and videos (even though I do consume them). This suggestion also kind of plays into the sentiment of staff using the site more, outside of promotional purposes.


      With Series Blogs the people who need that information would have a landing page, and the people who don't want that information from the personality get less clutter in their feed.



      Miscellaneous Features

      More Awareness of When Notifications are Disabled

      Sometimes notifications are disabled. When that happens, it’s usually signaled by a small graphic near the notifications tab. But that goes away so quick, and is very easy to miss (especially on mobile). When this happens, I suggest something like a persistent yellow square with “!” in the middle where the notification number would be. Clicking or mousing on that could then bring up the message. This system could also be used when there are important site-wide alerts.


      Service Status Page

      Just like the XBL Service Status page, it’d be cool if there was a go-to place to see if RT is currently experiencing any disruptions in its various services or functions.


      Community Perks for FIRST

      The reason I originally became a FIRST member (back when it called sponsorship), was for the community site perks. We got stuff like custom text colors, access to profile stats, and more. Nowadays we get a little star next to our name (which is still cool), but it used to mean more to your site presence. It was a badge of honor. It signified your dedication to the community. And it gave you incentive to engage and use the features. I’d like to see a return of that. Features and functions on the site that are unlocked for FIRST members that they can use in their interactions on the site.


      Better Staff Follow Functionality

      Currently, if I want to find and follow a staff member I have to:


      1. Go to one of two specific pages (cast or staff, which are hard to find)

      2. Scroll through the cumbersome list

      3. Click each profile individually

      4. Click follow on their profile


      Seeing as RT employs hundreds of people, it’s really hard to follow all of them this way. I think the process could be easier. Perhaps the list could have checkboxes next to each one, and a “follow all” function (a feature that would be cool for user searches too).


      Furthermore, while I’m at it, it’d be real neat if the staff page listed people by the department/show they work in/on. Like for instance, if someone wanted to follow people involved only in live action (crew, actors), animation (animators, writers), achievement hunter (talent, editors), or even corporate/marketing.


      Edit Bug

      Also please fix the edit bug. I wish I could edit an old journal without it notifying everyone.


      Bug/Improvement Submission Area

      We need a place where users can submit issues. Preferably with a way for mods and admins to review them and either act on them ourselves or escalate them to developer level.


      Mobile App

      A mobile app for the community. This would be the bee’s knees. Screw it, let’s have “stories” too. Everyone is doing stories now. They work. I think that could bring a lot of people back. Especially when paired with a mobile app.



    • Sword Art Online Anime Timeline & Watch Order

      4 months ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead

      Sword Art Online is one of the most popular anime series out there. Notice I said “popular”, and not “best”. That’s because SAO is also one of the most divisive anime series in recent memory. Some people love it, and others love to shit on it. And with the upcoming 3rd season, as well as the recent spinoff series, I thought it’d be helpful to write another anime breakdown.


      You’ll find the spoiler-free release order directly below (which is almost the same as the chronological order), as well as my suggested watch order.


      And if you feel like knowing more about SAO, including my personal thoughts (which DO contain major spoilers), then read on after that.


      In-Universe Terms:

      VRMMO Games: Sword Art Online (SAO), ALfheim Online (ALO), & Gun Gale Online (GGO)

      ARMMO Games: Ordinal Scale

      VR Devices: NerveGear, AmuSphere

      AR Devices: Augma


      SAO Release & Watch Order

      Suggested SAO Watch Order

      From the list below, in this order: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10


      SAO Release Order

      1) Sword Art Online: Season 1 (25 Eps, 2 Arcs) [2012]

      -Episodes 1-14 (Aincrad Arc) [July 2012-October 2012]

      -Episodes 15-25 (Fairy Dance Arc) [October 2012-December 2012]

      Synopsis: The first arc, Aincrad, is what made the anime famous.  People stuck in a virtual world where if you die, you die in real life.  The second arc, Fairy Dance, is a direct continuation of the story.


      2) SAO: Sword Art Offline (9 short eps) [October 2012-June 2013]

      Synopsis: NON-CANON.  Don't watch these. They're short, chibi, 11-minute shorts from the SAO Japanese blu-ray releases. The characters host a spoofy news program with guests, trivia, & highlights from the episodes on that particular blu-ray release. Each short is meant to be watched after the episodes on that particular disc, according to below:

      (SAO Episodes = Corresponding SAOffline Episode)

      1-2 = 1; 3-5 = 2; 6-8 = 3; 9-11 = 4; 12-14 = 5; 15-16 = 6; 17-19 = 7; 20-22 = 8; 23-25 = 9


      3) Sword Art Online: Extra Edition (101 minutes) [December 2013]

      Synopsis: Takes place between Season 1 and Season 2. This is a combination of a pool episode, a recap, and a minor stand-alone story. Not a lot of new material, but enough to make it worth watching (probably).


      4) Sword Art Online: Sword Art Offline - Extra Edition (13 mins) [April 2014]

      Synopsis: NON-CANON. Just like the previous SAOffline show, except meant to be watched after SAO: Extra Edition.  No need to watch it.


      5) Sword Art Online II (25 Eps, 3 Arcs) [2014]

      -Episodes 1-14 (Phantom Bullet Arc) [July 2014-October 2014]

      -Episode 14.5 (Recap) [October 2014]

      -Episodes 15-17 (Calibur Arc) [October 2014-November 2014]

      -Episodes 18-24 (Mother’s Rosario Arc) [November 2014-December 2014]

      Synopsis: In the first arc, Phantom Bullet, the characters investigate a disturbing incident in another VRMMO game (GGO) where a player appears to be killing people in real life from within the game.  Episode 14.5, titled “Debriefing”, its just a recap of that Phantom Bullet Arc.  The second arc, Calibur, is a filler arc with little relevance.  The third arc, Mother’s Rosario, is a much more emotional story about the characters' encounter with a mysterious sword fighter in ALO.


      6) SAO II: SAOffline II (9 short eps) [October 2014-June 2015]

      Synopsis: NON-CANON. Once again, just like the other SAOffline shorts. Don't watch this.

      (SAO II Episodes = Corresponding SAOffline II Episode)

      1-3 = 1; 4-6 = 2; 7-9 = 3; 10-12 = 4; 13-14.5 = 5; 15-17 = 6; 18-20 = 7; 21-22 = 8; 23-24 = 9


      7) SAO Movie: Ordinal Scale (2 hours) [February 2017]

      Synopsis: Takes place after Season 2. A new augmented reality device, the Augma (think Google Glass, but better), has taken the gaming world by storm. The new AR game Ordinal Scale has become more popular than VRMMOs, since it can be played while conscious. But, as the gang finds out, mixing the real and the virtual may not be as safe as it seems.


      8) SAO Movie: Ordinal Scale - SAOffline (14 mins) [September 2017]

      Synopsis: NON-CANON. Yeah. Again.  Don't watch this.


      9) SAO Alternative: Gun Gale Online (12 Eps) [April 2018-?]

      Synopsis: A side-story with new characters.  In real life Karen is very tall and very awkward.  But in GGO she is LLENN - the tiny, fast, pink-clad player killer known as the Pink Devil.  At the request of a new friend, she joins Squad Jam, a squad tournament in GGO.

      [This story takes place during the Mother’s Rosario arc of SAO II, but before the events of SAO Movie: Ordinal Scale.]


      10) SAO: Alicization (Unknown Episodes) [October 2018-?]

      Synopsis: Direct continuation of the main SAO story.  Premieres later this year.  Centers around the main character and new characters.  Supposedly very different.


      The SAO Franchise as a Whole

      Components of the Franchise

      The Sword Art Online anime series is based on the light novels of the same name, by Reki Kawahara. The franchise as a whole has now grown into three separate components. Those components are:


      -Light novels and manga

      -Anime (adaptation of the novels)

      -Gameverse (video games based on the novels up to a point, then diverging)


      Each component is its own universe, with no canon crossover. So if you're only watching the anime, you don't need to follow the other two (unless you need more SAO satisfation).


      Anime Connection to Accel World? (Minor Spoilers)

      Accel World is another light novel series written by Reki Kawahara, which has also been adapted into an anime franchise. Many speculate that the two shows are connected, as they share a couple plot points.


      First, SAO is set in 2022 and Accel World in 2046. In an Accel World scene, an old piece of technology is referenced which bears a great similarity to a product used in SAO.


      Second, in a later arc of SAO, a new form of VR technology is introduced. This technology also exists in Accel World in a more advanced form, leading some to believe that the version introduced in SAO served as the foundation for the version in Accel World.


      Seems like a connection, huh? Well I should also mention that they released a crossover video game called Accel World vs. Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight. Seals the deal doesn’t it?


      Not quite. As much as they share, Reki Kawahara says the two stories are NOT in the same universe. Taking this into account, the prevailing opinion is that the two shows are not related, but rather occasionally throw shout-outs to each other. It appears that Kawahara just likes including the occasional nod to his other properties.


      My Thoughts on the SAO Anime (MAJOR SPOILERS)

      So, personally, I really like this series.  As a gamer, I feel like it touches a lot on why we game and what it means to us.  And although death games are nothing new in anime, applying them to a world based on video game rules felt really fresh and intriguing when the show debuted.  And although the first SAO arc was ssooo good, it had some flaws, which were then magnified by the second arc and beyond.


      The primary criticism of SAO lies in its main character, Kirito.  He is believed by many to be OP, a wearer of “plot armor” who always ends up saving the day with little effort.  Beyond that, critics of SAO also hold that most characters lack depth, often being little more than additions to Kirito’s harem of female side characters.  The stories often feel devoid of real stakes as well.  Sure, they dangle them in front of you, but the day always ends up being predictably saved.  Many critics blame the light novel’s original author, Reki Kawahara, and his fan service-laden male fantasy plots.


      All valid criticisms but, in my opinion, the spark that caused the hate was the second arc, Fairy Dance.  Watching an arc based on a fairy world with wings and magic, especially after the action-packed sword-fighting of the previous arc, left many feeling disappointed.  I remember reading how many people thought the show got “lame”.  People were turned off by the mood of the second arc not only because of the pace and story but also, in some cases, a too drastic change from the action shonen feel of the first arc.  But an additional reason for the turn of public opinion was the way the female characters were treated in Fairy Dance.  The two main plotlines of this arc were Suguha (Kirito’s cousin/sister) struggling with her feelings toward Kirito, and Asuna’s damsel in distress situation.


      Even though incestuous relationships are practically a subgenre in anime, Suguha having feelings for her cousin was bridge too cringey for some.  And since SAO at the time garnered a popularity that reached beyond average anime fans, this plot element likely made a bigger impact than usual.


      Regarding Asuna, the plot in Fairy Dance undercut her character significantly considering she was a bad ass in the Aincrad arc.  Sure, it would’ve been better if we were shown how she became Vice Commander in SAO, but her character was still pretty independent in Aincrad.  However in Fairy Dance, she was merely a prize.  An object that the protagonist and antagonist fought over.  It was damsel in distress on steroids.  The climax of that arc appears to have been aimed squarely at male power fantasies (people often refer to it as “that scene”).


      The show did a slightly better job moving forward, but the damage was done.  It now had a reputation for being a “trash” show.  Season 2’s Phantom Bullet arc was actually interesting and fresh.  It was then followed by Mother’s Rosario, which introduced a nuanced story and heavy emotion previously unseen in the franchise.  Even so, SAO remained a ridiculed show.  The movie, Ordinal Scale, was fucking beautiful and enjoyable enough as well.  But once again, the criticism was baked in.


      As a result, SAO is a show on the fence.  Enjoyable but seriously flawed.  The shortcomings are just enough to make open-minded people doubt their satisfaction.  And even when it is objectively good, the haters don’t give it a chance.


      And now people are trying to say SAO Alternative: GGO (the spin-off) is better than the main show.  Many critics are calling it superior.   It is good, but in my opinion, it has some pretty boring moments.  It can be real slow until the last few episodes, and would have also benefited from the first few episodes being presented chronologically rather than the time-jumping narrative they chose.  And while on this topic, I should also point out that the source material for the spin-off is written by a different author than the main show.  So that might be another reason why people are so eager to say it’s better than the mainline series.  Therefore, part of the acclaim for SAO Alternative: GGO may be due to it not being SAO proper, rather than its own merits (in my opinion).


      Personally, I’m on the side that likes SAO.  I think there is a selective outrage over it.  However, I must admit, the story is weak in some areas.  I don’t have a defense for that.  But I feel like there’s enough to make it enjoyable and worth the watch.


      Overall, it’s a fun show.  Good? I don’t know about that.  But it’s definitely fun, action-packed, and interesting.  I would recommend it.

    • A Unique Anime Recommendation

      4 months ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead

      I want to recommend an anime series to you all. It’s a series that I think is pretty interesting. But before I tell you the title, I have some important advice: I want you to go into the first episode...knowing NOTHING. This will make your episode 1 experience so much better.

      Don’t look up the synopsis, description, story, or ANY information on this series. I want you to start episode 1 without knowing ANYTHING about this show. Don’t look at the cover, episode thumbnails, or any artwork and animation. NOTHING. The less you look at this show before watching it, the better.


      You might start episode 1 and not like it, but you need to stick with it and watch at least the whole first episode up until the credits. After you watch that, you can do whatever you want (look up the synopsis, spoilers, drop the show, etc).


      What’s the name of the show, you ask? It’s called School-Live! (or “Gakkou Gurashi!” in Japanese). It’s available on Crunchyroll.  You can search for it or just click here for Episode 1. Once again, DO NOT look at anything (images, description, whatever). Just start Episode 1 and finish it. I also suggest skipping the opening credits (1:42 - 3:10).


      And if you don't have a CR account, the show is free, just with ads.


      Once you’ve seen that first episode, (or if you’ve already seen it) feel free to let me know your opinion in the comments. Let’s use spoiler shading too, to avoid spoiling it for other people.


      I’m interested in hearing y’all’s thoughts!

    • Two Rom-Com Anime Series For People Like Us

      4 months ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead

      I love anime.  But as a nerd over 30 years old, I must admit that it is difficult to find anime series that I can directly relate to.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a good slice of life or action series, but I’m not a high school girl or half-human superhero.  I enjoy the characters and the stories, but can’t put myself in those shoes.


      So when I say “people like us”, I mean adult nerds.  Those of us into video games, anime, cosplay, or comics.  Those of us who are past college age or post-30.  Those of us who may or may not struggle with romance or relationships.  It’s hard to find anime that features characters like that, within a real life setting.


      That’s why I’ve been delighted with two series that have come out recently, Recovery of an MMO Junkie and Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku.  These are two light-hearted anime comedies about adult nerds and their romantic relationships, and it might be the most I’ve related to anime characters in my whole life.  There’s no supernatural plots or absurd slapstick.  These shows are grounded in reality, and give you a hilarious unabashed look at grownup nerdy people dealing with dating and social anxiety.


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      Recovery of an MMO Junkie

      Recovery of an MMO Junkie is about a 30 year old woman named Moriko who just quit her stressful job in order to become a shut-in who just plays games all day.  She’s neurotic, self-conscious, and suffers from social anxiety.  But she loves video games, specifically MMOs.  One day in her favorite MMO (in which she plays as a male character) she meets a player with a cute girl avatar.  Shortly after that Moriko begins having awkward encounters with a handsome man in real life, who may have ties to that same MMO.



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      What makes this show good is that it feels so real.  Watching Moriko agonize over social encounters (buying chicken at the store, cleaning up her apartment before company comes over) is both hilariously plausible and extremely relatable.  This also extends to her online interactions, as we are witness to her occasional inability to express herself around her MMO friends.  Seeing Moriko navigate these situations in spite of her trepidation is at once hysterical and endearing, especially as you begin to empathize with her more and more.



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      But as this show is also a romance, we get to follow Moriko as she hesitantly gets back on the dating scene.  The scrutiny over her apparel, the insecurity about her appearance, the over-analyzing of social situations—it all plays out with excruciating accuracy and laugh-at-the-pain humor.  Plus, it’s nice to see a show that features a female main character’s perspective that’s grounded in a plausible reality.  One that’s not only relatable for everyone, but also especially relatable to our demographic (adult nerds).



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      In a nutshell, Recovery of an MMO Junkie is a humorous and real look at romance, gaming, and social anxiety.  It’s an endearing, relatable, and satisfying journey.  It’s available to stream on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and VRV.




      Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku

      Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku centers on a woman (Narumi) starting a new office job, and her association with a man who works at the same office (Hirotaka).  Narumi is a fujoshi (a female fan of yaoi) and Hirotaka is a hardcore gaming addict.  The two, who are also childhood friends, begin to date.  They also hang out with fellow office couple Hanako and Taro, who are otaku as well (the former a cosplayer, the latter an anime/manga addict).  But, as we soon find out, dating and romance is not so easy when both parties are stuck in their otaku ways.



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      I highly recommend this show for older anime fans.  Wotakoi is essentially a romance slice-of-life for adults.  But instead of the typical school setting with teenagers (featured too often in anime), this show is a more mature office comedy centered on two nerd couples.  One couple, Narumi and Hirotaka, is newly formed.  So we get to follow them as they get to know each other and learn each other’s otaku habits.  The other couple, Hanako and Taro, have been together for quite some time.  That couple constantly argues over their differing interests and has to work hard to maintain their relationship.  Both couples give you an idea of how two nerds in a relationship can be both rewarding and challenging.  They also contrast each other very well, highlighting the different struggles new and old couples go through.



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      Deeper themes aside, the show is just plain satisfying.  Narumi’s otaku foibles and comedic timing are endlessly amusing.  Watching older characters get their game on and play Mario Kart together is very relatable.  And Hanako and Taro tearfully making up after a heated fight is cathartic.  This show is a glimpse of adult nerds having adult relationships and nerdily doing adult things.  It is exceedingly rare for anime to feature stories like this.



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      Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku is available to stream through Amazon Prime Video.  This show is so down to earth, relatable, and—as a single guy—even aspirational.  But at the end of the day, ProZD sums up my thoughts better than I ever could.



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      Wrap Up

      Anyway, if you’ve been hankering for anime that is more mature, and features stories that are more relatable to older nerds, then you need to watch these two series.  They’re both short too, clocking in at 11 episodes each.  And rather than call them shows about romance, though they do scratch that itch, I would call them shows about adult relationships.  Something that is, unfortunately, oddly hard to find in anime.



      Addendum

      In the spirit of full disclosure, I must mention that the director of Recovery of an MMO Junkie appears to be a nazi sympathizer, according to some disturbing tweets.  I actually learned this after writing this journal, and decided to add that information here.


      I was in a discussion recently where some called to pirate the anime, in an effort to prevent the director from profiting.  Understandable, but in my opinion, a lot of people worked on that show that deserve to get paid (not to mention pirating is bad for the industry in general).  And since it’s honestly a great show, I still really recommend watching it.  Doing so is to reward the author of the original manga and the studio that made the anime.  Pirating the show would punish the whole team.


      At this point, the studio has already distanced themselves from the director and cut ties.  And now that anime fans have called him out, I suspect that it will be difficult for him to find future freelance work.  I should also mention the original manga has officially ended serialization, due to the author’s health.


      Those are the deets, for you to take into account when decided whether or not to watch the show.  Just wanted to give you all the full story.  But in my opinion it should still be possible to fully enjoy this show.  The source material, show’s content, story’s message, and anime studio are not reflective or supportive of the director’s views.  That's my personal rationale.  It really is a great show, and I would hate for one person to ruin it for others.

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        And I got an alert for your response! :O

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        Lol, and I did NOT get an alert for your reply to my reply.

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    • tonyski change is scary

      3 years ago

      I played halo 2 with you, didn't I?

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x8; Panel Lead

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        So apparently the site still doesn't give alerts for wall comments.

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        Looks like everyone there did. I mean the sound of it alone was fantastic.

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      3 years ago

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      3 years ago

      So I just threw a topic up in the RvB:TX forum, might be worth a news post. Looking to get people together for something in June in Austin.

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        Thanks man!

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        I'll probably make news post tomorrow sometime. I'll make sure to plug it.

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      If anybody asks, the Cultivating a Community panel is here at 43:36.

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        4 years ago

        Just glad I'm finally getting to watch it. Any time I find one, I try to let the panelist(s) know where.

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    • pyromasso

      4 years ago

      This year's Finals are so good.

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    • pyromasso

      4 years ago

      So, the Halo Master Chief Collection. You doin' it? All 4,000 Gamerscore?

      • pyromasso

        4 years ago

        If you're interested, I'll definitely be picking that up on release day (especially if the Microsoft Store does a special event). I'll gladly help out with any cheevos.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x8; Panel Lead

        4 years ago

        Jesus. I didn't even realize they were redoing the achievements. I guess I have no choice. Curse you Halo, why you do dis?

        I'm still working on finishing Spartan Assault for all four platforms (360, One, Windows 8, Windows Phone).

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      5 years ago

      For next RTX... didn't see you this time round.

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      5 years ago

      thanks for guardianing x3! and the tokens at blazertag. they were well spent.

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        Thanks!

    • pyromasso

      5 years ago

      So, it's taken awhile, but I've come around to the Spurs. When the Heat/Spurs final started, I was hoping neither team would win, but I REALLY don't like Miami. I rooted for the Spurs.

      After watching the games so far, it's damn impressive how just plain good the Spurs are! Ginobili started instead of playing sixth man after having so many surgeries and injuries this season and nobody could stop him!

      I wanted to let you know because the last few times we've met up I've given you crap for being a Spurs fan. Never again. I was stupid, and so young and naive.

      I hope they win Game 6 in Miami. Those fans will be distraught.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x8; Panel Lead

        5 years ago

        Ha, it's all good man. Glad to hear it. Yeah, the Spurs are so quiet and just plain talented that nobody ever takes notice. I'm glad it's the Heat we're playing. If it was the Pacers, nobody would be watching the Finals. And even now, people are talking more about the Heat losing than the Spurs winning. They go so far as to say the Spurs winning would be bad for the NBA.

        And Ginobili is my man! Favorite player of all time. He's only got like one, maybe two years left. He even contemplated retirement after this season. Hopefully he stays on. He's damn scary. One of two people in history with a Euroleague title, an NBA title, AND and Olympic good medal.

        I would also get some enjoyment over seeing the Heat lose. I hate how LeBron makes a dunk or a crappy block and then stays under the basket looking at the crowd for like 5 seconds while everyone runs to the other side of the court.

        It's gonna be a good game tonight! I'm gonna record and then watch it if they win. It's too stressful for me to watch it live, lol. And even if they lose, it would be a tall task for Miami to win two in a row.

    • Alec FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Lord of Meat

      5 years ago

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    • Gorczy The Real Slim Shady

      5 years ago

      Get the last Halo 4 achievement you need. I've been waiting for that journal for weeks!

      • Gorczy The Real Slim Shady

        5 years ago

        One achievement. You can do it....

      • Gorczy The Real Slim Shady

        5 years ago

        One more. Only one more ........

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x8; Panel Lead

        5 years ago

        lol. Been real busy lately. That last one is a bitch!

    • pyromasso

      5 years ago

      Tim Duncan is ridiculous.

      • pyromasso

        5 years ago

        Based on this past week, I bet Kobe was, too.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x8; Panel Lead

        5 years ago

        Dude! I saw that live on tv! I was laughing my ass off.

    • Kellyrenea

      5 years ago

      Hey there, I went to that market I was telling you about (in search of pocky for my anime club) I remembered to look for that ramen you like but even thought they had the bowl soup brand, they did not have the beef and ginger flavor. :-(

      I'll keep an eye out if I go anywhere else that might have it.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x8; Panel Lead

        5 years ago

        Thanks! Yeah, I think they discontinued it. I see that brand in places too, but never my flavor. Oh well. Thanks a lot for looking though.

        Mmmm, pocky.

    • Hotpocket36 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

      6 years ago

      Gus and Gavin's ice adventure reminded me of ours at RTX... Ah the memories haha

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x8; Panel Lead

        6 years ago

        HA! Dude, I thought the EXACT same thing when they told that story. I wonder if hotel ice stories are common. I gotta make an RTX 2012 memory journal about that in the future.

    • Alec FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Lord of Meat

      6 years ago

      How are we not friends already?

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x8; Panel Lead

        6 years ago

        I know right?

        Also, posted on your profile before seeing this comment.

        Also, also: Misspelled "right" and my iPhone thought I was trying to spell "rvbtx". Fuck yeah.

    • NGU

      6 years ago

      It was good meeting you today at Salt Lick. Did you recover from all that delicious food? I hope I can make it out to future RvB:TX events in the future smiley11.gif

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x8; Panel Lead

        6 years ago

        Damn. Still finding stuff I missed in the RTX aftermath. I did eventually recover from Salt Lick. I took a nap right when I got home. And I was sick for 10 days afterward. Worth it.

        Glad to have ya in the group!

    • Alec FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Lord of Meat

      6 years ago

      Glad to be on the old PR6 with you Captain.

      • Alec FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Lord of Meat

        6 years ago

        I hear they're recording all of the panels so I'm holding on hope to watching them all later.

        We're Guardians and there's nothing else I'd rather do than do my part to make RTX a great event.

        But seriously, I am getting itchy.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x8; Panel Lead

        6 years ago

        Man, there's so many good panels. I think the rooms are close together. Hopefully there's like backstage areas we can scope out some of the panels from while waiting to work ours. Maybe we'll be able to check out the rooms during breaks on Friday.

        I'm breaking out in RTX hives.

      • Alec FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Lord of Meat

        6 years ago

        Blue base it is Cap'n. Maybe we should have a poster of Shelia in there.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x8; Panel Lead

        6 years ago

        Cool. Lookin forward to seeing what panels we'll be working.

    • craZboy87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Retired Guardian Hat

      6 years ago

      Hey man, just wanted to give you a heads up that I just created a new forum thread in the RvB:TX forum. I'm trying to see if people want to go see Rush in November. I know the new threads don't show up on watch lists, so I was going to ask if there was any way you'd be willing to make a news post about it. Tickets have already been on sale for a while, so I just don't want it to sell out or get to the point where there are no more seats together before I buy. Thanks man.

      • craZboy87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Retired Guardian Hat

        6 years ago

        Awesome, thanks!

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x8; Panel Lead

        6 years ago

        Sure thing man. As luck would have it, I was planning on making a news post today anyway. I'll throw yours up there with it.

    • AgentRyu

      6 years ago

      Hi! The name is Jake! How u doing?

    • quyman

      6 years ago

      hay how do i get a pic in to comment

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x8; Panel Lead

        6 years ago

        Also, don't forget to put the slash, "/", before img in the second bracket. Make sure you enter the full URL too.

      • quyman

        6 years ago

        what I Made it

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x8; Panel Lead

        6 years ago

        You have to put the url from an online image in the img brackets. Like this, except replace the parentheses with brackets:

        (img)image url here(/img)

        For example, your avatar's url is s3.roosterteeth.com/images/quyman4e1772ee45c1a.jp...

        When I type that url, highlight it, and click the "img" button above, I get this:

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        Hope that helps!



    • TheKing7

      6 years ago

      Hey man! How's it going with ya? Thanks for accepting my friend request by the way.

    • SHADOW650268

      6 years ago

      Thank you for the FU! smiley0.gif and I encourage you to case mod your xbox. Case mods are fun as hell to make, and I enjoy having a one of a kind style xbox

    • Speed5ter69

      6 years ago

      I blew it. When i saw that kid dressed as harry potter (fag) then seeing BobSaget228 (BobFaget) again... i just couldnt handle it anymore, I gave whats his face a little credit seen as though he hasnt been to bad now but im still not going on his side anytime soon.

      Their all coming at once! Attack of the Noobs! jeez.

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      6 years ago

      This totally looks like you:

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      Well, minus the whole no lower body thing...

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x8; Panel Lead

        6 years ago

        Ha, nice. Dr. Loveless from Wild Wild West. I don't care what people say, that was an enjoyable movie.

        She's a breath of fresh ass.
        Pardon me?
        What?
        You said "ass."
        No, I didn't. I said, "It's nice having her on board, she's a breast of fresh air."
        Let's just get some shut-ass.


        Also, fun fact, our RvBTX.org domain expires next month. It'll still be there if we ever need it again though. Can't imagine someone buying that domain. Seems like just yesterday...

    • SailorTweek FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Head Guardian

      6 years ago

      Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! smiley12.gif

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x8; Panel Lead

        6 years ago

        Thanks. And to you as well.

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      6 years ago

      I saw your new interest, and just wanted to say...

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      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x8; Panel Lead

        6 years ago

        Pony please, I got a wallet full of them.

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    • Kellyrenea

      6 years ago

      Of course!

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      7 years ago

      Did you get a chance to talk to the staff about the meet up?

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x8; Panel Lead

        7 years ago

        No man, sorry. They were practially inaccessible before hand. I stuck around for a little afterwards when everyone went to the Highball, but they were swamped by everyone talking to them. I wanted to wait around longer, but I didn't want to start heading back too late.

        Fun fact: In the "Thanks" section of the credits, the first line is the RTX attendees and the second is The Guardians. Thought that was cool.

    • David FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      Definitely spotted you in the front row of the Burnie mass comm discussion via the livestream. Nostalker lol

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x8; Panel Lead

        7 years ago

        *wave

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x8; Panel Lead

        7 years ago

        Ha! Grady got me to save too once. lol

    • Jakey

      7 years ago

      Are you in the front row of Burnies interview during Mass Comm Week at Texas State?

      • Jakey

        7 years ago

        I saw you turn around once towards the end and kind of had the "MIND BLOWN" moment. It was great to see you were there, hope you had a good time!

        Post edited 10/17/11 5:19PM

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x8; Panel Lead

        7 years ago

        lol. Yeah man. I just got out. It was pretty cool.

    • Fthreat

      7 years ago

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B8RRg-1dZ0

      AHWU intro.
      By the way, can you message me the password to the Youtube site again, please? Must put more videos on there.

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      7 years ago

      So I sent messages to a bunch of the staff, but you know how bad they are at replying. If I don't get any response I'm just going to go over Friday the 23rd if you want to come.

      Also, if you decide to go to the offices you still need a ride to Waco you can crash at my apartment that night.

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        7 years ago

        Yeah, that's no problem. When we leave, I'll put my permit on your car so you shouldn't have any trouble.

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x8; Panel Lead

        7 years ago

        Well, if they reply and say it's cool, I might meet you there. If not, I'll probably not go. So, I'm still a maybe. I'll still need a ride to Waco in either instance. But I probably wouldn't need to crash that day. Thanks for the offer though.

        Speaking of which, do you think I might be able to park my car at your place while we're gone? That way I could just hop in and go home when we get back.

    • AgentHunter

      7 years ago

      Its random I know, but Please Join and never forget that fateful day. 9-11-2001

      roosterteeth.com/groups/profile.php?id=12877

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      7 years ago

      I was walking down the road in Austin today, and saw a guy who looked just like you. Do you have an evil twin or clone who goes to school here?

    • Dame

      7 years ago

      Hey i see that you are a member of the RT-XBLC group, and it looks like you are a fan of anime as well. I thought you might be interested to know that one of the group Admins, RoninTex (Kira), has started a thread topic in the group's forum regarding starting a regular netflix anime-night within the community.

      The thread can be found here:
      roosterteeth.com/groups/forum/viewTopic.php?id=23996

      If you are interested in joining her and the others, be sure to put that thread topic on "watch" so you dont miss out on notifications of upcoming anime nights. smiley1.gif - if you didnt already know, XBox finally updated and made it to where you can now have 8 people in a netflix party at the same time instead of just 4.

    • Steffie FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold AH Social

      7 years ago

      Go right ahead! Thank you :)

    • Hotpocket36 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x7

      7 years ago

      Nah other Guardians were in the background. We were robbed of our time in front of a camera! BlackPenguin and Hotpocket duo video. Throw in some water jugs and cups and it is a party! I can picture it now... We are surrounded by water jugs with cups on top of them, we are in the center holding one up on our shoulders while holding cups in our hands, camera pans from right to left will we have a "we are bad asses" expression on our face while slowing nodding like "yea that's right" and then it fades to black and reads BlackPengiun and Hotpocket your water Guardians. I'm thinking like a 3 to 5 second video. If it is necessary then all other Guardians can be in the background to the left over one of our shoulders.

  • Questions answered by BlackPenguin

    Each team picks out their players however they want. For RvBTX, we have a group forum thread where people can stay updated and request to be a player for that round. We essentially call for players each round, and try to give everyone a chance to play. You can find the thread here.