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    • The Seven Deadly Sins Anime Breakdown

      1 week ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x9; Panel Lead

      Yo! I recently finished Seven Deadly Sins and noticed that Netflix’s organization of the series is a tad confusing. So, I decided to write up a breakdown and watch order of the various entries in the anime franchise. It’s a pretty good show that I would recommend, so check out below to know more. I also included a small section on the handful of non-chronological scenes, if you ever find something confusing.



      Recommended Watch Order (from below)

      (Note: "TSDS"=The Seven Deadly Sins)


      1. The Seven Deadly Sins

      2. TSDS: OVAs 1 & 2*

      3. TSDS: Signs of Holy War

      5. TSDS: Revival of the Commandments

      6. TSDS: Prisoners of the Sky

      7. TSDS: OVA 3 (maybe???)*

      *(see breakdown for details)



      The Seven Deadly Sins Anime Breakdown

      1. The Seven Deadly Sins (24 eps), Released Oct 2014 - Mar 2015

      Synopsis: The Seven Deadly Sins, a legendary order of knights, were accused of betraying the kingdom of Liones. Years later, a young woman sets out on a journey to find them so that they can save the kingdom from a new threat.
      Notes: The first entry in the anime timeline. An all-around good series, and the first thing you should watch. I’ll refer to it as the “original series” from here on.



      2. TSDS: OVA 1 & 2  (2 eps), Released Jun 2015 - Aug 2015

      OVA 1: Side Story: Bandit Ban (24 mins), Released Jun 2015

      Synopsis: A more detailed account of Ban and Elaine’s story, followed by an event that takes place sometime before TSDS: Revival of the Commandments.

      Notes: Relevant to the main story, so I recommend it. Bundled with the 15th volume of the manga, but can be found online.


      OVA 2: Heroes Fun Time Compilation (24 mins), Released August 2015

      Synopsis: Short comedic side stories, taking place at various points in the story.

      Notes: Not crucial to the story, but funny and sometimes referenced to later. I’ll barely recommend it, but you won’t be missing much if you don’t see it. Bundled with the 16th volume of the manga, but can be found online.



      3. TSDS: Signs of Holy War (4 eps), Released Aug 2016 - Sep 2016

      Synopsis: During a newfound peaceful period after the war, the characters have fun in Liones and at the Boar Hat. But trouble may be brewing.

      Notes: Functions as a sort of bridge between original TSDS and Revival, but doesn’t offer much in the way of plot development. But it’s fun and worth it if you’re already invested, so I recommend it. These all take place sometime between the climax of episode 24 (original series) and 19:16 of episode 24 (original series).



      4. TSDS: Revival of the Commandments Ep 0 (24 mins) Released Jan 2018

      Synopsis: Bare bones recap of the original 24 episodes with new narration by Elizabeth. Also includes the last scene from Signs of Holy War, followed by 30 seconds of both old and upcoming footage that more or less serve as a trailer for Revival of the Commandments.

      Notes: This is very hard to find with full subs but I’ve seen it, and it’s definitely NOT necessary to watch. Would not recommend.



      5. TSDS: Revival of the Commandments (24 eps), Released Jan 2018 - Jun 2018

      Synopsis: Follow the Sins as they respond to an even greater threat, secretly put into motion during the original series.

      Notes: Direct sequel to the original 24-ep series. A little confusing at the start though, since a scene from the original series finale (Ep 24) is retconned within episode 1 as actually being (minor Ep 1 spoiler) only a premonition by Elizabeth, and not having actually taken place. But overall Revival is a very fun and crazy ride. Great follow up to the original, and necessary to the story.



      6. TSDS Movie: Prisoners of the Sky (99 mins), Released Aug 2018

      Synopsis: The Sins prepare for King Bartra’s birthday, and somehow get roped into a war on a faraway island.

      Notes: Roughly estimated to take place after Revival of the Commandments but widely regarded as NON-CANON, due to inconsistencies in plot and character development that fail to fit into the greater narrative. Entertaining though, and worth watching if you’re a fan of the series, so I recommend it.



      7. TSDS OVA 3: Heroes’ Frolic (24 mins) Released Nov 2018 

      Synopsis: This wiki entry is most of the information I can find on it. The only other thing I know is that it has a hot springs segment (or something of that nature).

      Notes: I have not seen this and can not find it anywhere. Thus I can not say whether or not it’s recommended viewing. Bundled with the 34th volume of the manga.



      Non-Chronological Scenes & Retcons

      These can be confusing, so knowing them are not necessary in order to understand the show. Only look if you find yourself confused about these specific spots in the timeline.


      TSDS original series, Episode 24, 19:16-21:57 (Original Ep 24 and Revival Ep 1 spoilers)

      -In which Meliodas comes to take Elizabeth on a new adventure

      -Revealed to be merely a premonition of Elizabeth’s at the start of Episode 1 of Revival


      TSDS original series, Episode 24, final scene (Original Ep 24 and Revival Ep 2 spoilers)

      -Gilthunder, Howzer, & Griamore find Dreyfus’ notes on the demon race

      -This scene actually takes place between 20:45 of Ep 1 (Revival) & 8:25 of Ep 2 (Revival)


      TSDS: Signs of Holy War, Episode 4, 23:09-24:05 (Signs of Holy War Ep 4 and Revival Ep 1 spoilers)

      -The scene where Hendrickson revives the Ten Commandments

      -It’s the same scene that takes place at 20:45 of Revival Episode 1, just told earlier


      TSDS: Revival, Episode 1, flashback scene at 16:20-16:35 (Revival Ep 1 and Signs of Holy War Ep 4 spoilers)

      -The scene where King Bartra tells the Sins about a new threat

      -It’s a different version of the same scene from Signs of Holy War, Episode 4, 22:21-23:09



      Anyway, that does it.  If you have any questions, hit me up!

    • Anime That’s Easy on the Eyes

      3 weeks ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x9; Panel Lead

      Today I thought I’d share five of my favorite good-looking anime series from the last few years. Shows that are beautiful, visually stunning, and just downright fun to look at. I’ll be speaking to the visuals more than the plot, so the details on the stories will be light. However, I’d definitely recommend everything on the list.


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      Violet Evergarden

      A former child solider tries to start a new life as an Auto Memory Doll, an occupation where you put people’s emotions into words.


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      Any recent conversation about pretty anime has probably mentioned Violet Evergarden, a show made by Kyoto Animation (KyoAni), a studio renowned for their quality and attention to detail. The best way I can describe this show would be “painfully gorgeous”. Every god damn scene is absolutely beautiful. The expressions, the environments, the wind, and water - it really is a visual masterpiece. The painfully in “painfully gorgeous” comes from just how intense some of the scenes are, and the depth of emotion that the artwork can draw out. Every episode is a different flavor of cry, with a deeper pain lying beneath throughout. All of which is masterfully conveyed through the art. I know all that emotion may turn off potential viewers, but let me just say, it’s a “productive” cry. If anything, you need to watch at least one episode. Your eyes will thank you.


      Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

      An office woman takes on a dragon as her maid.


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      Another KyoAni product, but on the other end of the spectrum, is Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. At first glance it doesn’t seem much to look at, but you quickly realize the depth of detail and care that was put into the show. It’s very hard to describe, but this show is just simply well done. Every aspect of a scene is drawn with care. Faces are impressively expressive. The way the characters move always seems like it has a purpose, as if the animators really tried to understand the mechanics and motivations behind even the smallest of gestures. Even something as simple as throwing a mandarin peel in the trash is a sequence unnecessarily well-done. The stunning visuals are not found within crazy scenes, but rather in the sheer polish of it all. And that makes for a deceptively pleasant visual experience. The gif I included is from the opening, which doesn’t do much to showcase the breadth of the art, so I highly recommend watching one episode to see just how deceptively beautiful this show is.


      Land of the Lustrous

      Far in the future, beings made of beautiful gemstones live in a community while fighting those who would harvest them for their precious bodies.


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      We’ve all seen bad CG in anime (cough, BERSERK). So knowing that an anime series is done completely in CG, you’d have very good reason to be skeptical of how good it looks. Well let me tell you, Land of the Lustrous is the most beautiful CG anime I’ve ever seen. It’s full of gemstones, liquids, fights, and expansive scenery. A story about characters made of precious stones (diamonds, amethyst, obsidian, etc.) would seem daunting for anyone to make. But studio Orange knocked this one out of the park. The characters are always shining and breaking, and it’s just a joy to watch. The use of light in this series is nothing short of magical. The character design is also intriguing, and the way they move is something I could never get enough of. The villains in the show are also a feast for the eyes: a mish mash of possibly Indian-inspired fractal-ish cloud riding beings. Everything is so shiny, sharp, beautiful, and luminous. It left me pining for a second season.


      Shirobako

      Aoi, who has always wanted to work in anime production, just got hired on as a production assistant at an anime studio.


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      This is a bit of an odd choice, the gif of which doesn’t do proper justice. Shirobako isn’t particularly awe inspiring, or visually impressive. But what is lacks in shininess, it makes up for in sheer detail. PA Works is another studio known for their quality, and the level of detail they imparted into Shirobako is something to marvel at. Production desks with piles of complicated paperwork. Animators’ workstations and all the accompanying accoutrements. Recording studios and the various equipment necessary to record dialogue. Every single shot is so dense, packed with an obscene amount of attention paid to the visual details of what it really takes to work in anime production. Part of PA Works's “Working Series” (shows about workplaces), this series feels very much lived in. Like Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, the scrutiny over the mundane is what really makes this one shine.


      Iroduku: The World in Colors

      A young mage who can’t see color gets sent back in time to learn more about herself, and her powers.


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      Another PA Works project, Iroduku: The World in Colors, is not on this list for its slick animation or frenetic battle sequences. Rather, because of its beautiful environments and wonderful use of color. Whether it’s a cup of used paintbrushes or some jars on a shelf, the care with which the scenery is drawn is breathtaking. The use of light, specks of dust in the air, and the glints on metal or glass all work together to paint a very realistic picture. This show really puts you in the scene. Rooms feel stuffy, streets feel open, and surfaces feel real. In addition, in a show about a character who can’t see color, you can expect some great use of the color spectrum. They do a good job of contrasting the bleak and sad world of gray, with the vibrancy of a colorful world. And when these two worlds bleed together, it makes for some very magical sequences.



      What are some shows that you find to be beautiful, or well-animated?  Any anime topics you’d like to see me write about?

    • I Hope Halo: Infinite Has Battle Royale

      1 month ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x9; Panel Lead

      PUBG, Fortnite, Blackout, and now Apex Legends.  Lot of battle royale games out there.  I for one love it.  I find the gametype to be pretty fun.  I think it should join CTF, king of the hill, horde mode, and other classic gametypes that make up the stable of multiplayer gaming modes.


      Which is why, as a big Halo fan, I hope that the gametype makes an appearance in the next Halo game.  I feel like Halo 5 introduced a lot of variance in the weapons and attachments in the Halo universe, which would make for a great sandbox for battle royale.  The armor abilities from Reach and Halo 4 could also be repurposed for battle royale.


      If you wanted to use health as a mechanic instead of shields, ODSTs would make the most sense, especially considering that they already use drop pods to deploy into the battle field.  Imagine, a bunch of ODSTs hot dropping onto the map at the beginning of a match.  It'd be like the start of Halo 3: ODST, but multiplied by 100.  That'd be fun.


      Just a thought.  I love Halo, and really want to see some battle royale action in that universe.

    • How I Got Into Anime (5 Series I Loved As a Kid)

      1 month ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x9; Panel Lead

      What are some of the first anime series you watched?  What got you into anime?  The other day I thought to myself, “When did I start liking anime?”  Well, like many others in the front half of the millennial generation, I got into anime in the late 90s and early 2000s through Toonami and Adult Swim.  To me at the time, anime was new and fresh.  Animated shows were supposed to be for kids or families.  Sure, some cartoons at the time were geared toward adults, but they were mostly comedies or variety shows.  But in anime the stories were more serious, compelling, and the animation was unlike anything I was used to at the time.  There were a lot of gems in those days, so I felt like sharing with you five of the shows that really got me into anime.  If you’re my age or older, these might be nostalgic.  If you’re younger, then please take the opportunity to check them out if you haven’t already.



      Blue Submarine No. 6 [OVA, 4 eps]

      A scientist, tired of humanity’s arrogance, has flooded the Earth and created a race of half-human half-animal creatures.  Humanity and this new race now fight each other for the right to exist.


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      Japanese Release (OVA 1): October 25th, 1998

      Toonami English Broadcast Premiere (OVA 1): November 6th, 2000

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      Based on a manga from the 60s and heralded as the next big thing in anime, Blue Submarine No. 6 was one of the first shows to blend 2D cell animation with 3D graphics.  I recall watching it and thinking it was revolutionary.  I was blown away.  It was the first anime I had really consumed, and the most serious animated show I’d laid eyes on.  The fate of the world was at stake…in a cartoon.  Was all anime like this?  So…real?  So visceral and compelling?  Speaking of compelling, you know how people have stories about the first animated or fictional characters they were attracted to as a kid?  Some people say Nala from Lion King, Aladdin, or Jessica Rabbit.  For me, it was Mutio from Blue Sub 6.  She was this half-fish enemy soldier, and such a unique character that 15-year-old me was blown away by.  Ahem, ANYWAY, I recently went back and rewatched Blue Sub 6 to see if it holds up, and…half of it does.  It felt so high tech and next gen at the time, but the 3D is very jarring by today’s standards.  Still, the story is very entertaining, the music is fantastic, and you get used to the 3D pretty quickly.  I’m serious about the music too, it’s quite jazzy and exciting like something right out of Cowboy Bebop.  I highly recommend it. Fun fact: one of my favorite artists, Range Murata, did conceptual design work on the show.



      Outlaw Star [26 eps]

      Outlaw, bounty hunter, and jack of all trades Gene Starwind inherits a legendary type of spaceship, assembles an unlikely crew, and goes in search of galactic treasure.


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      Japanese Broadcast Premiere: January 8th, 1998

      Toonami English Broadcast Premiere: January 15th, 2001

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      I’ve always felt that, in the eyes of anime history, Outlaw Star was a little overshadowed by Cowboy Bebop.  They were both about bounty hunters in space, on a cool spaceship, with a rag tag crew, and were broadcast within 9 months of each other in both Japan and America.  Bebop is better, but Outlaw Star is still something special to me.  It was the second anime I really got into to, and it made a big impression on me to say the least.  It was an action-packed space opera, with crazy spaceship battles and frenetic hand-to-hand combat.  It also had a bunch of super cool science fiction and fantasy things I had never seen before.  An android girl who becomes part of a spaceship, a samurai woman with superhuman sword skills, and a main character with a never-ending supply of cool tech like an outer space James Bond.  It also had hands down the coolest gun to ever exist in sci-fi, the Caster Gun, which shoots FUCKING MAGIC SPELLS.  Outlaw Star was fun, crazy, and more grown up than the cartoons I was used to.  I’m not sure how well it holds up, but it is widely regarded as a great show from the turn of the century.  Feel free to give it shot.



      Cowboy Bebop [26 eps; 1 side story movie]

      A bounty hunter and his partner traverse space in search of money and opportunity.  They gradually accumulate a crew and take on exciting new jobs, all while one of them tries to move on from his violent past.


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      Japanese Broadcast Premiere: April 3rd, 1998

      Adult Swim English Broadcast Premiere: September 2nd, 2001

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      The tried and true gateway anime drug.  Commonly regarded as the overall best anime of all time, by both novice and veteran anime fans.  Like many others, this show had an immense impact on my love for the genre.  It was mature.  It was violent.  It was dramatic.  And in 2001, for animation in America, it felt downright avant-garde.  Both Toonami and Adult Swim censored parts of the anime series they broadcast in the early 2000s, but the Adult Swim block was specifically geared toward an older audience.  And Cowboy Bebop, as part of Adult Swim’s launch, was certainly not for young children.  I had never seen an animated show with such realistic guns and firefights.  I had never seen characters drawn that life like.  The stories were sad, serious, and full of heavy subject matter.  The whole thing had this noir feel, like it was taboo for the medium.  Especially considering it was only a couple years after Columbine, as well as barely pre-9/11 (episode 8 was even delayed in the US because of 9/11).  With maybe the exception of HBO’s late 90s Spawn, Cowboy Bebop was probably the most mature and eye-opening animated show that the average kid could easily access at the time.  For me, as well as countless people my age, it sparked a fervent interest in anime.  It laid the basic ground work for the American appetite and consumption of anime, even influencing many Hollywood projects.  Everyone, anime fan or not, should watch Cowboy Bebop.



      Trigun [26 eps; 1 side story movie]

      A wandering outlaw with a reputation for bloody destruction meets two insurance workers who are tasked with making sure he doesn’t destroy anything.  They travel together and discover the secrets behind the mysterious tech of their desert world, as well as the outlaw’s tragic past.


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      Japanese Broadcast Premiere: April 1st, 1998

      Adult Swim English Broadcast Premiere: March 31st, 2003

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      Trigun was an anime series that catered to your desire for cartoonish antics but still gave you action and real substance, as it was deceptively serious.  There were funny characters and action sequences, but the main character was hiding this deep pain.  As the series went on, it got more and more heavy.  The main character faces hardship after hardship but still tries to be a positive example to others, not giving in to despair or hate.  It felt like the message of the show was that we must be brave and kind, even during our most troublesome times.  It was a great show for Adult Swim.  Accessible for younger people, but serious enough for young adults.  A plain fun space western.  A lot of action, gunfights, and crazy sequences.  When it was airing, I was in my late teens.  Thinking back, it was good show to watch during such a transitional period.  Very motivational.  And along with Cowboy Bebop, it was one of the shows that many people credit with getting them into anime.  The two series worked hand in hand, sharing back-to-back timeslots in the same late-night programming block in 2003.  I have fond memories of watching them both and being super entertained.



      Blue Gender [26 eps; 1 compilation movie]

      A young man with an incurable disease is put to sleep until science can find a cure.  He awakens decades later to find the world overrun by giant insects and humanity fighting extinction.


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      Japanese Broadcast Premiere: October 10th, 1999

      Adult Swim English Premiere: August 4th, 2003

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      Commonly described as “Starship Troopers meets Gundam”, Blue Gender is a fantastic slow-burning tale of humanity’s resilience during apocalyptic times.  It’s very dark in tone and focuses a lot on the human spirit amidst despair.  The relationship between the two main characters – Yuji, who just woke up to a destroyed world, and Marlene, the jaded soldier – is the engine behind the show.  The interplay between the way they clash on ideals and cooperate on survival is intriguing, and that dynamic is key to the course of their relationship in the show (a course that is very satisfying to watch).  It was an eye-opening experience for me, as to what anime was capable of.  It was the most graphic, sexual, and dark anime series I had ever seen at the time.  It's surprising that it actually aired on Cartoon Network in 2003 (though not without extensive edits).  The themes – despair, death, sexuality, hope – were topics that I had yet to see be covered so in-depth within anime or animation.  And all that aside, it’s just a really cool sci-fi series.  The monsters are varied and original, and would make for an interesting bestiary.  The state of Earth and humanity is both worrisome and precarious.  And not to mention, this was one of the few anime series with mechs that I actually liked.  There are indeed mechs in Blue Gender, but most people are on the fence as to whether it’s a quote unquote “mech” anime.  Rather, it’s more like an anime series that simply has mechs.  The show doesn’t have a fetishistic reliance on them, allowing it to really focus on the characters and story without that crutch.  They’re a tool and nothing more, even failing to appear in some episodes, which makes for a good series that is not forced to rely too much on the tropes of the mech subgenre.  The series is a great turn of the century sci-fi anime about all the shit and all the death that the human spirit can withstand in the struggle for survival.  But for me personally, it was a cornerstone of my anime upbringing, even eventually becoming the first series I got on DVD.  Give it a watch.  There’s also a movie called Blue Gender: The Warrior, but it’s just a rushed version of the 26 episodes condensed into 109 minutes.  Really, that’s all it is.  I would suggest watching the series instead.



      How About You?

      These five series were the formative linchpin in my love for anime.  They’re what I grew up on, and what brought me into the genre.  Of course, there were other shows I watched during that time as well (DBZ, Tenchi Muyo, Big O, Yu Yu Hakusho, Inuyasha, Rurouni Kenshin).  But the five mentioned here are the ones that stayed with me over time.  I can’t recommend them enough.


      How about you?  How did you get into anime?  What was the first series you saw?

    • Idea For A Rainbow Six Siege Operator

      1 month ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x9; Panel Lead

      Just came up with an idea for the best defensive Siege operator ever.  He goes by the name "Sweeps".


      He's just a janitor who happened to be on site when the match starts, and is forced to join the defensive team.  His unique ability is that he has a broom and dustpan.  While the team is reinforcing walls and shit, he sweeps up all the debris (drywall, wood, glass, etc.).  He takes it and spreads it all out in the hallways so when the attacking team steps on it, it produces a loud audio cue and gives away their position.


      Maybe he could use the broom to sweep away downed enemies too.


      Really, I've just grown so fucking tired of how loud all the debris is.  I can't defend the objective without making a shitload of noise.  It's like I'm wading through a pit of glass, it's so god damn loud.  I just want an operator to make it all go away.

    • Winter 2019 Anime: Three Shows to Look Out For

      2 months ago

      BlackPenguin Guardian x9; Panel Lead

      Yo, I’m back with three quick reviews of some non-sequel anime from Winter 2019 that are shaping up to be among the hits of the season.  Well, more like two quick reviews and one long one.  Anyway, after watching the first two episodes of each of the three, here are my thoughts.



      The Popular One: The Promised Neverland

      In an orphanage full of happy children waiting to be adopted, an idyllic life belies a darker secret.


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      The most hyped new series of the season, The Promised Neverland indeed looks to be pretty entertaining.  After two episodes I’m definitely hooked.  I won’t go much further than that as I recommend going into Episode 1 blind, but if I may speak to some minor first episode spoilers, the innocent and cutesy characters are a great contrast to the darker subject matter of the show.  I’m a sucker for big mysteries and great escapes, and this is shaping up to give me both along with a healthy dose of cerebral tension.  Content wise be aware, if you don’t like children being subjected to violence, you might want to steer clear.


      I’ll stop there, as I think this show is best enjoyed when you know less.  Suffice it to say, this is one show everyone will be following this season.



      The Dark Horse: Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka

      The Earth, under attack from invading monsters, makes a pact with the spirit realm to create Magical Girls.  These magical child soldiers manage to save the Earth but three years later, the girls continue to face old scars and new threats.


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      This pick is more of a prediction, as it’s my favorite of the season so far.  It’s an intriguing and gritty take on magical girls.  Whereas most magical girl series are about cutesy girls saving the day with little in the way of consequence, Spec-Ops Asuka take the premise and applies it to a more practical and violent reality, to the point that it at times borders on horror.  Not since Madoka Magica have we had a darker take on the genre that really resonated, but this one looks to be the real deal.


      For one, it treats magical girls in a more realistic light.  Child soldiers drafted into a violent war, forced to bear the burden of humanity, fighting alongside a global military coalition.  But that’s merely the prologue.  Where the show really shines is that its focus is not on the great war itself, but on the events after the war is won.  Gray areas in law enforcement, post-war military applications of magical girls, black markets for leftover magic items, and geopolitics.  It’s also deals with PTSD, how violence can change a person, the burden of power when no one else is around to step up, and how soldiers struggle to lead a normal life.


      It’s a bloody, violent, and sometimes macabre look at what would happen in real life if the world faced a threat which required the help of magical girls.  How do the surviving girls go on after the war?  With the greater threat gone, how do the nations of the world now utilize magic and magical girls?  How does this new military reality apply to the fighting of crime and terrorism?  Post-war periods are rich with possibilities and power vacuums, and this show’s use of that setting is super fresh within the genre.  It also has the slightest superhero feel, as the identities of magical girls are state secrets.  At one point the main girl is in public when danger strikes, so she slips into an alley, transforms into her hero persona, and takes off to the scene.  Very Superman-esque.


      Overall it’s a fantastic take on the genre, producing a dark, bloody, and compelling world.  I am eagerly following it this season.



      The Controversial One: The Rising of The Shield Hero

      A nerdy guy is transported to another world where he is supposed to be a hero.  But the deck appears to have been stacked against him from the start.


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      If you’ve been following anime this season you’ve likely heard that Shield Hero has gotten some criticism.  It stems from the inclusion of a false rape accusation in Episode 1, which serves as the catalyst for the male lead’s downfall and spiteful comeback.  Combine today’s climate in those matters with Anime News Network’s scathing criticisms of Episode 1, and the anime community has become pretty heated over the show.  Proponents of the show say that “SJWs” and feminists are overreacting.  Critics point to the show’s insensitivity, problematic male lead, and depiction of women.  After seeing the first two episodes, here’s my take:  There’s enough meat on the bone to justify the criticism. 


      On the surface it appears to be another milquetoast isekai with video game logic and lazy story telling (of which we are all guilty of enjoying from time to time).  But after scratching away at it, I gotta admit, there’s a lot there that irks me.  I could forgive the inclusion of the false rape accusation, since Japan might not be in the same headspace as the US when it comes to these things.  And even if it was, I don't think that's an automatic disqualifier.  So, the accusation in and of itself doesn’t really bother me.  But after a deep dive into some of the criticisms, I began to see where they were coming from.  It’s all about context.  You could kind of make the case that this show feels like it was made for guys who feel wronged by women.  Here’s Episode 1, in brief (SPOILERS):


      1. Nerdy male lead is slightly misogynistic (says a girl can’t be a princess cuz she’s too “slutty”)

      2. Male lead is super nice to a beautiful woman he hopes to be romantic with

      3. Woman betrays him

      4. Woman flocks to his more charismatic dudebro teammate

      5. Male lead gets accused of rape (woman and dudebro appear to have set him up)

      6. Everyone (who already doesn’t like him for no reason) buys it

      7. His reputation gets destroyed

      8. He curses everyone, becoming an asshole who doesn't trust anyone

      9. He buys a slavegirl because he can't trust anyone to be in his party

      10. Slavegirl is bound by a curse to obey him


      On its own, each of these doesn’t amount to much.  Seriously, a lot of these are very common in anime.  There are a lot of trashy shows that we watch as guilty pleasures, just as some people watch trashy live action shows.  And practically every other anime makes light of sexual harassment (peeping at the onsen, seeing women changing, etc).  Anime fans must admit that the genre itself is inherently problematic.  That doesn’t make it bad, or the people who watch it bad.  We’ve just come to terms with some aspects of anime and agree that most of the time the great stories, powerful messages, and entertaining plots far outweigh the occasional bad plot device.  And that’s just the reality of anime that we as fans have accepted. I mean, we can all agree that Meliodas is pretty shitty for how he’s always groping Elizabeth in The Seven Deadly Sins, but we can also agree that it’s a pretty successful show.  So the occasional problematic event is not an especially egregious issue, in terms of anime's success or entertainment value (or for any medium, really).


      But as Shield Hero unfolds there are these undertones that women can’t be trusted, that “alpha” males get all the women, only money can buy loyalty, and that sometimes people are out to get you.  The false rape claim is merely a prominent piece in an accumulation of less than stellar themes.  It just feels like it was made by an angsty guy and that as a result, it contains some thematic elements that might find resonance within the harmful ideologies sometimes present in offended male egos.  Whether that was by design or just haphazardly, I don’t know.  But the themes are definitely there.  It’s just a matter of how explicit and strong they are, which I suspect is what drives the controversy.  I can see where the ANN reviews were coming from.  Close inspection reveals not only patterns of potentially sexist themes, but lackluster worldbuilding that is forced to rely on them for fleshing out the story.  And it also doesn’t surprise me that some fans don’t see anything wrong with the show.  Between our occasional acceptance of problematic themes, as well as the existence of people who rally against so-called “PC” sentiments, this show was bound to find defenders.  The controversy is justified, but anime culture itself is what’s fueling the divide.


      That being said, after two episodes in, I’m…kind of enjoying it.  I’m not comfortable with how they got there, but the plot has arrived at a place where I’m interested in seeing the male lead grow as a person and get redeemed within the eyes of the public.  His beaten down asshole nature is now sometimes serving as a trojan horse of better ideals that contrast with the bad aspects on the world.  He’s going against the grain out of spite, and at times I find myself thinking that’s a good thing given the society in the show.  The universe is also now compelling enough to keep my interest, even if the video game isekai theme is overdone.  I’m now cautious that the show is setting up the lead’s journey to a better outlook on people and the trusting of others.  That the crux of the story will not be his getting back at those who wronged him, but rather the reconciliation of the parties in which everyone learns something (an anime trope I detest, but welcome here).  I just hope I'm not reading too much into it, and that the show won't prove me wrong by focusing solely on revenge.


      I’m still disappointed though.  It didn’t require a false rape accusation to put the character where he’s at.  The lead’s offhand sexist outlook at the outset wasn’t necessary.  His initial portrayal as an everyman otaku also seemed clunky, as it was obviously used to make the male viewer identify with him.  I hate how the show started but after Episode 2 it’s finally arrived at a place that meets my threshold of low guilt and mild entertainment, to the point where I’m going to see how it plays out.  Everyone likes a comeback story, and I now find myself subject to the same aforementioned capacity to overlook negative themes in the face of a compelling enough story.  Whether that’s a good thing, I don’t know.


      In the end the worrisome themes are there, but only if you look hard enough.  But even then there appears to be a worthy story underneath it.  I just hope that the show, like the male lead, redeems itself.  To each their own on this one.


      End

      Anyway, those are my personal picks for three new shows that I expect to make big splashes this season.  Each of them are on Crunchyroll.  What are you watching this season?  What are your thoughts on Shield Hero?  Am I looking too hard for something to criticize, or do you agree with the criticisms?  Are you gonna watch any of these three?

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      Anyone looking for an RTX roommate?  Preferably check in the 3rd (Wednesday) and check out the 8th (Monday).

    • Idea for a Cologne Commercial.

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      A guy over 30.  He's also got a dad bod.  He gets ready for a date, and puts on a couple drops of cologne.  He goes to meet his date.  There's a brief hug and greeting.  The date says "You smell nice".  The guy replies, "Thanks".  End of commercial.


      That's it!  No more!  No supermodels swimming naked in the ocean, no erotic but vaguely biblical scenes, no overly dramatic dialogue.  Just give me a realistic and attainable cologne commercial already.

    • BlackPenguin’s Top 10-ish Anime of 2018 (Updated)

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      Updated to add Violet Evergarden at 3.5, because I forgot it came out this year.  Whoops!


      What up? I’m here with my personal favorite original or non-sequel anime series of 2018. These may not be the critically best shows of the year, but they were the ones I enjoyed the most.  This will also be a non-spoiler list, for those who haven’t seen them. 


      10. The Ancient Magus’s Bride

      A young teenager is sold at an auction to an old sorcerer, who takes her on as an apprentice – and his future wife.

       

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      This show started out with an OVA prequel that was one of the most beautiful and enthralling pieces of anime I’ve ever seen.  The series managed to take that magic forward but struggled to do so as the time went on.  Nevertheless, it was still a marvelous and bittersweet adventure.  The best way I can describe it would be fantasy romance mixed with drama, but that doesn’t quite do it justice.  It’s a heartfelt journey, but one that is very calming or relaxing.  If you like stories about the magic, mythical creatures, and nature, you will like this one.

       


      9. Cells at Work

      A new red blood cell tries her best at her job, but the human body is a dangerous place.  Luckily, she becomes friends with a certain white blood cell, as well as other unique and specialized cells.

       

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      If there was an award for the most educational series of the year, this would be an easy winner.  Beyond the lackluster synopsis lies an exciting and informative series.  Every episode follows red blood cell as she encounters dangerous germs and viruses.  The tone of the series is mostly comedic, but there’s a lot of action as well.  And all throughout the show we’re given the pathological details of the characters, settings, and events.  Even doctors have praised Cells at Work for its attention to detail and ingenious storytelling.  Week after week, I found myself rooting for the cells and feeling more appreciation for my own body’s functions.



      8. Uma Musume: Pretty Derby

      A horse girl moves into the city to attend a racing academy, in hopes of becoming a professional horse girl. 

       

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      This one came out of left field in the Spring, and no one expected it to be this good.  What started out as a gimmicky monster girl story quickly became an intriguing tale of athletic competition and team camaraderie.  It's a joy to see horse girl Special Week grow as an athlete as she tries to realize her dreams.  There are moments of tense nail-biting action, heartwarming friendships, and hilarious gags and callbacks.  It’s just a well-rounded original sports story with a unique twist.



      7. Laid Back Camp

      Rin loves to go camping by herself…until she meets Nadeshiko.

       

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      I don’t often rewatch anime, but this is one I find myself going back to.  It’s one of the most relaxing and informative shows I’ve ever seen.  The characters go camping, eat delicious food, and learn to appreciate nature.  But more than that, it’s also a tale of learning to enjoy things with others, and how getting out of your comfort zone can sometimes be very rewarding.  It’s folksy, easy-going, and downright educational.  But at the end of the day, it’s fucking hilarious.  Lots of witty quips and physical gags.  A great show to wind down with at the end of the day.



      6. Zombieland Saga

      A girl with dreams of being an idol suddenly dies…then gets her chance.

       

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      This show really turned a genre on its head.  I find most idol anime series to be boring, or too cutesy.  Zombieland Saga however manages to be not only an idol show, but also unique and original.  It takes a motley crew of characters from different time periods, throws them together, and forces them to become a cohesive musical group.  All with the help of their eccentric and mysterious manager, who gathered them together.  Zombieland Saga also has some of the strongest comedic moments of the year.  I haven’t laughed this hard at an anime in a long time.  And even better, after it pulls you in with the comedy, it hits you with some great themes about acceptance, trust, and self-esteem.  Throw in a hint of mystery, and you’ve got yourself a captivating show.



      5. Goblin Slayer

      Goblin Slayer (yes, that’s his name) only kills goblins.  Other adventurers laugh at him for it, but he knows the true horror goblins are capable of.

       

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      You might have heard of this one.  The first episode made waves this Fall as being extremely edgy and graphic.  I can confirm, Episode 1 is one of the hardest things I’ve ever watched in mainstream anime.  It was unsettling, and even depressing.  Many people dropped the show after that, but I can say that it became a very interesting and tense series, full of great action and strategy.  And within this hardcore action fantasy, lies a very personal tale about an infamous but lonely adventurer.  In contrast to some shows about main characters who finally learn to cooperate with others, GS is more about a solitary character’s journey as the people around him begin to appreciate him more.  Granted, it is very edgy at times and suffers from some of the more eye-rolling anime tropes.  Nonetheless, it’s a wild and crazy ride that was very satisfying in the end.  If you can get past Episode 1, this series will be very rewarding.



      4. That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime

      A successful salary man is killed and reincarnated as a slime in a fantasy world…where he becomes one of the most powerful creatures in the land.

       

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      Isekai as a genre is rapidly becoming passé (if it isn’t already).  So, it takes a lot to set a show apart from the pack...which this one does well.  Not only does it have this air of One Punch Man, but the story also has a great feeling of escalation.  As Rimuru (the slime) encounters more races and organizations, his reputation and following grows.  The world unfolds, the scale of story grows, and wider mysteries appear.  I really like shows that do that, and this one manages to do so without falling into the common Isekai pitfalls.  The show continues into 2019, and I’m excited to see where it goes.



      3.5. Violet Evergarden

      An emotionally numb former child soldier returns home, where she starts working as an Auto Memory Doll – people who put the emotions of others into words.


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      I don’t think I’ve ever cried while watching tv or movies as much as I did during this show.  That’s not to say that Violet Evergarden is really sad, but rather, it’s so emotionally beautiful.  Auto Memory Dolls are, more or less, stenographers whose primary function is to faithfully interpret and document the emotions of others.  Essentially the show is about this young soldier trying to understand things like love and loss – emotions that she has long since cut herself off from – by interpreting the emotions of others.   Every episode we witness the pain and joy of the people she visits, all while following her on her own journey.  The stories are both heartbreaking and heartwarming, and each one has a big effect on Violet.  Watching her rebuild her heart brick by brick produces some of the most impactful and emotional scenes in anime I’ve ever seen.  And beyond the subject matter, this show was without a doubt the most visually stunning show of the year.  Kyoto Animation (KyoAni) is renown for the beauty of their products, and this one certainly lives up to the reputation.  A feast for the eyes as well as the heart.



      3. Golden Kamuy

      A former soldier learns of hidden gold.  He joins forces with a girl from a native tribe, and they start a wild journey in search of the gold.

       

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      That description is the bare bones synopsis, so let me just say, Golden Kamuy is a wild ass ride.  It’s got a huge cast, exciting action, hilarious moments, delicious food, and a lot of suspense.  It’s a rollercoaster of adventure, set against the backdrop of early 1900’s Japanese wilderness.  Sometimes it’ll feel like you’re watching The Revenant, other times it’ll feel like a damn cooking show.  What’s most surprising is that the series manages to hold itself together with all of this, and not collapse under its own weight.  There really is something for everyone in this show, especially if you like wide-ranging stories where a lot of moving pieces come together.  It also helps that this series has what might be the best villain I’ve ever seen in anime.  It’s fucking good.



      2. Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

      A high school student learns that his classmate is sometimes invisible to others.  Upon investigating, more peculiar events occur.

       

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      In short, this show is as if the sci-fi series Fringe was crossed with slice of life anime.  The long version, is that Bunny Girl Senpai is a great and honest look at puberty and the stressful social situations young people find themselves in.  The main plot of the show is about fringe science phenomena brought on by the emotions and bodies of teenagers.  Someone being invisible to others because people stopped paying attention to them, someone reliving the same day because they’re emotionally stuck, etc.  And although the scientific justifications can sometimes be groan-inducing, the overall story and metaphors are highly relatable.  The characters also have a lot of personality and chemistry.  The interactions between the main girl and guy are especially entertaining.  And just when you think it’s going to be another high school harem show, it pulls the rug out from under you and drops you into a nuanced emotional situation.  It’s simply done well.



      1. A Place Further Than The Universe

      Mari wants to do something interesting with her life.  She meets Shirase, who wishes to go to Antarctica to find her mom.

       

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      This was an easy choice for number 1, as it’s the greatest emotional journey I’ve been on in years (anime or not).  Each of the four main girls is on her own quest for self-discovery, and seeing them help each other get there was something I quickly found myself invested in.  Each character is compelling, sympathetic, and flawed.  And the main cast’s chemistry together produces some of the most fulfilling moments I’ve ever experienced in media.  There are lots of different kinds of cries out there, and this show gave me the best “good cry” I’ve ever had.  It destroyed me, then rebuilt me.  But it’s also funny!  Right when you need it, it hits you with a humorous exchange or gut-busting gag.  I can’t recommend this show enough.  It’s a beautiful tale of searching for one’s identity, and helping others do the same.  Even if you don’t like anime, you’d should watch this one.

       

       

      So, that’s my list!  How does it stack up for you?  What’s your list?  There were some shows during the year that I didn’t watch that I’m going to go back to, that might be in other people’s top ten, but overall I’m very satisfied with my list.

       

      I’m excited to see what new series come out in 2019!

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      3 months ago

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      comparing something to the beta


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

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

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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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        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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      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.

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

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    • 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 x9; Panel Lead

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        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.

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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 ........

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        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 x9; Panel Lead

        5 years ago

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

    • Kellyrenea

      6 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 x9; Panel Lead

        6 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 x9; 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 x9; 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 x9; 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 x9; 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 x9; 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 x9; 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

      7 years ago

      Hi! The name is Jake! How u doing?

    • quyman

      7 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 x9; Panel Lead

        7 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

        7 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 x9; Panel Lead

        7 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:

        quyman4e1772ee45c1a.jpg

        Hope that helps!



    • TheKing7

      7 years ago

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

    • SHADOW650268

      7 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

      7 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

      7 years ago

      This totally looks like you:

      lZqSm.jpg

      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 x9; Panel Lead

        7 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

      7 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 x9; Panel Lead

        7 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

      7 years ago

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

      djkXh.jpg

      • BlackPenguin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x9; Panel Lead

        7 years ago

        Pony please, I got a wallet full of them.

        i-dont-always-watch-shows-for-little-gir

    • Kellyrenea

      7 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 x9; 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 x9; 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 x9; 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 x9; 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 x9; 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.