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  1. My 30th entry on Blogspot is up here:
    http://rockotaku92.blogspot.com/2017/03/countdowns-with-rock-otaku-04-top-ten.html

    If you're wondering, this is a countdown based on the styles of music that helped shaped my musical tastes, exploits, and abilities thoughout my life, with a focus on my middle school, high school and college tastes. If you feel that I don't give whatever genre or style of music a certain level of respect, feel free to leave a comment explaining why. I'd like to see you explain in how it affected your musical tastes rather than why it should affect mine. So that's probably what I'd go for for now.

    Until Next Time, This is the Rock Otaku. Live Loud, Play Hard, and Rock On!
  2. Link Here:
    http://rockotaku92.blogspot.com/2017/03/let-them-eat-metal-11-ride-lightning-by.html

    If you have any comments, suggestions for future reviews, and any fun Metallica-inspired stories, feel free to leave them below. Anyway, I hope to hear from you all very soon.

    Until next time, this is the Rock Otaku. Live Loud, Play Hard, and Eat Metal.
  3. Link here for those who want another review of this movie:
    http://rockotaku92.blogspot.com/2017/03/rockotaku-reviews-logan-2017.html

    Until Next Time, This is the Rock Otaku. Live Loud and Play Hard.
  4. Link Here:
    http://rockotaku92.blogspot.com/2017/03/countdowns-with-rock-otaku-03-top-11.html

    As I explain in the intro, I feel that this legendary coaster is in serious need of an update. And not just a normal update, but an update in theme, story, and experience. There is a not needed to make this ride better than ever, and I have some ideas on how. I hope you enjoy this one.

    Until next time, this is The Rock Otaku. Love Loud, Play Hard, and Rock On!
  5. Due to how hard it is to put up the entry on this site, I've decided to share a link:
    http://rockotaku92.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-rock-otakus-march-2017-plans-and.html

    Feel free to leave a comment disussing what you think below. Also be sure to like me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/RockOtaku92) and follow me on Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/RockOtaku92). That would be a serious help for me in gauging how many of you are following me directly.

    This is the Rock Otaku. Live Loud and Play Hard
  6. Link Here: http://rockotaku92.blogspot.com/2017/03/let-them-eat-metal-9-just-bring-it-by.html

    And this is probably the one closest to two of the album reviews that I've done on this website before creating my own blog page. With blackjack and hookers. But don't let that make you think that this is against the norm for my series. As for how I'll continue onward, expect more extra stuff at the end involving ideas that I have for everything that I discuss on this blog. You may be surprised by what I think. As for now. I hope you enjoy and leave a comment below discussing what you thought. Also, make sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook through the following links:
    https://twitter.com/RockOtaku92
    https://www.facebook.com/RockOtaku92/

    Until next time, this is the Rock Otaku. Live Loud, Play Hard, and Eat Metal
  7. Link here:
    http://rockotaku92.blogspot.com/2017/02/rockotaku-reviews-princess-bride-1987.html

    This is so that I can get more views on my BlogSpot version of this. I have the need to get some more views on at least one of my entries so that I can get started on expansion plans for this blog to ensure that I can get this bigger than ever. If you have any suggestions on how to make this bigger and better than ever, feel free to leave a comment on how. I hope to hear from you soon.

    Until next time, this is the Rock Otaku. Live Loud and Play Hard
  8. Hello degenerates, heathens, weirdos, deviants, rebels, and defected Imperial officers. I am the Rock Otaku, and I’m here to show you worlds such as hard rock, metal, punk, alternative rock, movies, TV, anime, video games, and anything that makes us scream, shout, and travel the Fire Swamp.

    Today, I review a movie that I’ve recently seen that both fits my interests alongside my standards of high-octane, high-caliber blockbusters: The Princess Bride (1987).

    Yes, you heard that right. This is a review of the movie The Princess Bride. Why am I reviewing this? Why should I care? I mean, I am a rock and metal loving otaku with more of an interest in being awesome and rocking out. So why should I care about romance? Because February’s almost over, and I did a blog on my top Disney couples 2 weeks ago. There is no excuse for me not to talk about something romantic.

    And boy, this movie is a romantic one. It’s also an action-packed one. It’s also a funny movie. It’s also a guide on how to master fencing, wrestling, battles of wits, surviving swamps of fire, loaded with flame geysers, lightning sand, and R.O.U.S. (Rodents of Unusual size), dealing with those who are mostly dead, and finally “to the pain.” In short, if you watch this movie, either you’ll develop a crush on Cary Elwes, a desire to be him, or even both. Same with Robin Wright, unless you already have the same feelings for her thanks to Forrest Gump.

    But if you disagree, then that’s fine. Good luck on the comments, as I would guess that you’ll end up dealing with this movie’s quotable lines being echoed below.

    Now for the plot. This story is about the romance between Buttercup (Robin Wright) and her beloved Westley (Cary Elwes), a farmboy who goes out to sea for enough fortune for the wedding of the two. Unfortunately, he’s attacked by the Dread Pirate Roberts and she ends up courted by Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) into marriage with him. Then she’s kidnapped by Vizzini (Wallace Shawn) and his two henchmen Fezzik (Andre the Giant) and Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), in an effort to cause a war between Florin (the kingdom the movie’s mostly set in) and Guilder. Along the way is a man in black (guess who), a six-fingered man (Christopher Guest) who murdered Inigo’s father, screeching eels, the fire swamp, a pit of despair, and Miracle Max (Billy Crystal). If you’re wondering how this correlates with love, either you’ll need to see the movie to find out or you already did (I will not have major spoilers if you didn’t, though I will discuss a few lines).

    What do I think of all this? I like it. Everything ultimately fits together, the flow is great, I do get the sense that each scene was worth putting in the movie from a story perspective, and the humor is well executed. Each character is distinctive, memorable, and each have great moments, like…

    …any moment involving the man in black/Dread Pirate Roberts/Westley being a badass, like sword fighting with Inigo Montoya (who’s put all his effort in his revenge against the six-fingered man, Count Rugen, right down to knowing what he’ll say when they finally meet), wrestling Fezzik (why else would you cast Andre the Giant), and his battle of wits with Vizzini. Also a great character is Inigo, whose Spanish origins, plight, desires, skills with the sword, and overall personality all add up to a very entertaining character, and all these traits are shown in one great line:

    What do you think about that?

    All the others are memorable too, like Vizzini with his personality and how he’s responsible for how we say “Inconceivable!” when we’re dealing with things we don’t. Then you have Fezzik being the muscle-head that doesn’t need a lot of words to be fun or engaging. Plus the other characters like the albino, the priest in the end, and Miracle Max, easily one of the funniest characters in the movie alongside his wife (Carol Kane at some of her funniest). As for the villains, Humperdinck and Rugen, they are a good mix of slimy, sinister, and just outright funny, as Chris Sarandon plays a methodical, sinister prince who never does anything right by Buttercup and is kind of a wimp when you get down to his plans and personality. And Rugen, while not a standout villain, has some great moment with Christopher Guest doing well as a slimy, pain-obsessed count with an abnormality with his right hand.

    As for Buttercup, the titular character, she could arguably be the weakest character in the story, being more of a MacGuffin than a truly-developed character. Everything seems to be driven by her beauty rather than her personality, despite some entertaining moments due to it. Plus, she’s also has moments where she comes off as an idiot and/or the damsel in distress, then there are moments where she shows some intelligence. What that says to me is that she’s an inconsistent character in many places, and there are moments where she feels like a trophy for Westley and Humperdinck than a human being. Shame, really, because Robin Wright manages to act well against the awesomeness that is Cary Elwes in arguably his defining role (so much that this may have convinced him to play Robin Hood in his spoof of the mythos and that crappy Kevin Costner movie). Finally, she nowhere near as interesting or funny as the rest of the cast (and arguably her funniest moments are where she does something that causes an amusing reaction from another character).

    But arguably the two most important character are the Grandfather reading the story and the Grandson hearing it and getting interested. This is how the film is framed: as a story being told in a family tradition passed on generation after generation, and will likely be passed on as the grandson does get more interested as it goes on, like we do. And it’s sort of a meta-contextual narrative about telling this, let’s face it, undeniably girly story between a father figure and a young man, as if the masculine moments and elements like the fighting, fencing, adventure, and humor helps us get sucked into the more romantic parts of the story. And Peter Falk and Fred Savage do a great job on this front, especially when the movie cuts out of the story and back to them.

    But for the story and how it’s told, the technical elements are great. The camerawork is fluid, easy to follow, and very crisp. The combination of actual scenery and sets is also integrated perfectly. Some of the effects may be noticeably 80s, but others, like what goes on in the fire swamp, from the flames to the R.O.U.S., the screeching eels and their design, and even Count Rugen’s right hand are done very well. The matte paintings are gorgeous. The stunt work is excellent, especially when there are clashes of steel (that sword battle between Inigo and Roberts/Westley is the stuff of legends and shows their ability to update the swashbuckling adventure movies of the Golden Age to 80s Hollywood blockbusters and beyond), and even has some more impressive moments, like with the Cliffs of Insanity. If there’s a weak point here, it’s that Mark Knopfler is better as the guitarist for Dire Straits than as a film composer due to a very dated-sounding score reliant of a synthesized orchestra that just sounds cheesy unless a guitar is played (and that ending theme is just lame).

    As for why this movie has the legacy it does and why people ultimately remember it, I’d put my money on the script. Being tight as hell, the script, written by the author of the book this movie was based on, manages to tell the epic story it has and focuses on everything important and give reasons for character actions. Along with that, the dialogue this movie has is incredible. I’m sure that you’re quoting either the notable lines or even some random line that nobody has brought up yet in your head as you’re reading this. Some examples include the aforementioned “Inconceivable,” the Inigo Montoya’s words of revenge, Miracle Max’s mention of what mostly dead means, the explanation of “to the pain,” or even this piece of glorious fun:

    And there are even more lines that are great, such as Westley’s “There’s a shortage of perfect breasts in this world. ‘Twould be a pity to damage yours.” It’s even better considering the context of the scene. But if there’s one line that I feel is the best, it’s “As you wish.” The story’s foundation is built on that single line. It’s a funny movie, and even a touching one, because of the script.

    So what do I have to say else about this classic? All I can add is that this is probably one of the finest, funniest, and most entertaining movies directed by Rob Reiner (the other being This is Spinal Tap) and a testament to the power of true love. Is it dated? Sort of. The character of Buttercup and the music may affect how this movie may play to some people. Is the cast great? Yes. Is it funny? Of course. Should you see it more often? Why are you reading this? Rewatch The Princess Bride! It definitely is a favorite of mine. And I hope to show it to my own kids.

    Final Score: 9/10 (an enchanting fantasy classic with even more classic dialogue).

    So that was my review of The Princess Bride, and I hope you’re February was better than mine. If you have anything to say, feel free to leave a comment. No seriously, I’d like to know your favorite lines from this movie to see if we can do long sections of quoting this movie. If you’d also like to share this with your friends, do so. That is great for me. Finally, if you think that there’s a movie that you’d like to know my thoughts on, feel free to tell me. But if your request is for me to keep on rolling with this blog, do better, and find new heights to take this, may it be my interests, passions, what I’m like when writing these, or even what my plans for this are in March…

    As you wish.

    As for what I’m doing later, I’ve got a princess to save, a wedding to crash, a prince to humiliate, and so on.

    Until next time, this is the Rock Otaku. Live Loud, Play Hard, and remember to not mess with a Sicilian when death is on the line.

    All used references are done under the rules of fair use and are owned by their original creators.
  9. Link Here: http://rockotaku92.blogspot.com/2017/02/let-them-eat-metal-9-into-metallic-ring.html

    For this one, it's a comparison of Poison's Look What The Cat Dragged In, Cinderella's Night Songs, Winger's Winger, Skid Row's Skid Row, Warrant's Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinkin' Rich, and Firehouse's Firehouse. I can go further, explaining what happens, but all I can say is that you'll definitely learn something or obtain a new insight into these artists and albums that I'm sure you haven't heard before in this environment.

    If you have any thoughts, what are they? What did you thing of this new mini-series? Did your respect for me drop because of all this? Do you feel that I gave certain bands too much credit? Do you feel I missed a few hair metal debuts from 1986 onwards for this? Feel free to leave all of this in the comments.

    Also, RIP Jani Lane. Hopefully Heaven really isn’t too far away.

    Next album will be revealed at the end of the entry in the link.

    Until next time, this is the Rock Otaku. Live Loud, Play Hard, and Eat Metal.
  10. Link here:
    http://rockotaku92.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-rock-otakus-rockin-billboard-chart_15.html

    Sorry for the wait, or lack thereof. This took a while to write and present. If this feels undercooked than usual, it's because of certain aspects, like having to work on the big Let Them Eat Metal for this Friday. If you're wondering, that will definitely be up sometime on Friday. I can promise that. I hope you enjoy this one, regardless.

    Until Next Time, This is The Rock Otaku. Live Loud and Play Hard.
  11. Hello degenerates, heathens, weirdos, and deviants. I am the Rock Otaku, and I’m here to show you worlds such as hard rock, metal, punk, alternative rock, movies, TV, anime, video games, and anything that makes us scream, shout, and let it out.

    As for this entry, this is to tell you what’s in store for Febrary 2017. If you’re wondering how that affects this blog, and why I keep using #RealRockersWearPink on Facebook and Twitter, I’ll explain here. Since this is February, which is considered the month of love and romance, I’ve decided to add some love, romance, and, well, slightly-more feminine things and ideas to the blog for this month. This includes focusing on hard rock and metal bands who sing more about love and affection rather than the occult, goblins, elves, spaceships, lightsabers, vampires, werewolves, and all that fun stuff. As a result, I’ve decided to make my Let Them Eat Metal and Countdowns with The Rock Otaku more about romance, love, and the feelings surrounding them, such as what happens when two people REALLY love each other.

    For the former, I’ve already gave my two thoughts on the legendary debut album by the hard rock icons, and I plan on something big for next time. That was going to be called “6 Way Battle: 2nd Wave Glam Metal Debuts,” but I’ve decided to give it a better name. It will be called: Into the Metallic Ring of Rock ‘N’ Roll Hellfire! It will be a sub-series within Let Them Eat Metal that will allow me to discuss more metal albums of yore and even today than I possibly could have with a single-album review series. Instead of track-by-track, I will discuss the albums and artists that enter the ring overall, with focus on certain categories that will increase in number to allow for a clear winner. Categories for how the albums will be judged will be include two that will begin and close the fight: Best First Three Tracks, going by the Rule of Three to decide which ones are worth listening to, and Best Closing Track, the song that best ends the album overall. Other categories will include Best Instrumentation, Best Vocals, and others that are self-explanatory, and will be based on what the albums are. The initial edition, as I’ve stated, will be based around 6 debut albums of notable 2nd wave glam metal bands (notable to me). I’ll reveal the contenders through Twitter in riddles that should be easy to figure out, and easier as the bands are revealed. The first riddle will be on Friday around the same time the next Countdown is released. Due to timing, you’re wondering how March will kick off Let Them Eat Metal. The answer? It will involve International Girls’ Day and what it represents.

    For the Countdowns, the first one will be the Top 10 Disney Couples. The categories, for ease of focus, will be only for the Disney Animation Canon, so everything from Snow White to Moana will be listed. But because I haven’t seen every Disney Animated Canon movie ever, there might be some discrepancies. I’ll explain who will ultimately make the list when I post it, but it’s a surprise for the rest of it. For the second one, I’m considering something either anime, gaming, comic, and/or movie-related with the theme of doomed romances. For the sake of not breaking hearts, it will be about doomed romances that are not as much tragic as they are meaningful in a character’s development or understanding of the world or plain hilarious. This can include harem anime, tragedy spoofs, and so on. And if there’s a Disney romance that didn’t make the first list, it might the second. So I hope you enjoy those.

    As for anything else, because this is February, I decided to create a hashtag that represents the month pretty well. Specifically, one that evokes the feelings and ideas of the month’s more romantic elements. Also, with the continued trends in rock and metal that make me feel that the issue with both genres being the overload of masculinity to the point of toxicity. What I mean is that it feels that rock music went back to being afraid of cooties. So to remove that stigma, I’ve created the hashtag “Real Rockers Wear Pink” to prove that rockers, both in the past and today, can still be manly and masculine, but also have a more feminine side and elements that would be considered feminine. If there are news stories and concepts that would fit this term perfectly, then I’ll share them through my social media. I’ll also use it for major releases of my entries, such as Let Them Eat Metal and Countdowns with The Rock Otaku. Plus, expect to see it with the social media entries telling you about this. Overall, expect to see the hashtag being used a lot.

    I’m also considering creating a Facebook page for my blog series. This will be a priority once I see a single blog entry get 40 views. I’ll explain on Twitter how I’ll know this. For 50 views of a single blog entry, I’ll probably start having ads on the blog. But if I get 100 views for a single blog entry, I’ll start taking suggestions for my main series, both for Let Them Eat Metal and my countdowns. For 150 views, I’ll ask for questions that will lead to a Q&A. For 200 views, I’ll review The Rods’ Let Them Eat Metal, the album that inspired the name of the blog series of the same name. In short, I have some great plans for my blog, and they depend on you as much as they depend on me.

    As for my Twitter, check out @RockOtaku92 for updates, news, interesting facts, and other fun stuff.

    This is the Rock Otaku, Live Loud and Play Hard.
  12. The link to the full entry is here:
    http://rockotaku92.blogspot.com/2017/02/let-them-eat-metal-8-van-halen-by-van.html

    Yes, this might not be as interesting as my last few entries. But when I decided to do this, it was for the intention of both informing you of what's part of a rock and metal classic, provide my insight into it, and/or make you laugh. If you have any suggestions for future installments of this series, feel free to leave a comment on what you want to see. I'm up for making changes, as I feel that my writing, jokes, and style is evolving with each entry step by step. If you feel that I'm doing a good job anyway, make sure to give this a like, that helps in the long run.

    Until next time, this is the Rock Otaku. Live Loud, Play Hard, and Eat Metal.
  13. Here's the link:
    http://rockotaku92.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-rock-otakus-rockin-billboard-chart.html
    This is what's replacing the Active Rock guide. If you have any suggestions on what I should review in the modern or mainstream rock scenes, feel free to leave a comment or post on my Twitter what you want me to review. That link is here: https://twitter.com/RockOtaku92.

    Until Next Time, This is The Rock Otaku. Live Loud and Play Hard.
  14. Hello degenerates, heathens, weirdos, and deviants. I am the Rock Otaku, and I’m here to show you worlds such as hard rock, metal, punk, alternative rock, movies, TV, anime, video games, and anything that makes us scream, shout, and let it all out.

    As some of you may have noticed, I tend to have that opening slogan in my blogs when I do something big or based on a series, but I seem to only discuss the first two (and three after that when the opportunity arises) in my blog overall. As for the others, they end up serving as times to make references or jokes in my main series. And this is the main reason why I am now going to try to fit in more anime reviews, news, and countdowns into my blog.

    You know what, I’ll use the extra week I’ve added to my time to make my LET THEM EAT METAL series bi-weekly to create a series of countdowns. And they don’t have to be just about anime. I can use this to mention movies, TV shows, episodes of shows, news, games, and even other musical artists I want to talk about but aren’t able to usually thanks to my current load. But I’ve set my mind to anime, so we’re starting there.

    Specifically the series that are premiering this season and may (or may not) have a simple 12-13 episode run, with some going for 24-26 episodes or longer.

    If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, TV seasons in Japan work differently then they do here in America. In America, a season could be considered a block of episodes that occur during the year or a part of it, specifically during the time between September and May, with certain shows having their run between those months. In Japan, seasons work more like the actual seasons of the year; certain shows are run on a weekly basis during a 3-month timeframe, like the Winter season, which runs from January to March, in this case, and then end. If the show is popular enough or has enough material, which is where anime comes into the equation, the run will extend into the next season, which is the Spring season, which runs from April to June. Same with the Summer season (July to September) and the Fall season (October to December). As a result, you get a steady stream of entertainment that comes out throughout the season, but tends to start at the very beginning of it, and ultimately one or two become massive hits. There are surefire hits that have been planned to run during multiple seasons, but usually it for one season, and that’s all the time a show can tell its story or show the lives of its characters.

    And that’s where I come in to decide which series I myself would stream weekly or seriously need to catch up on, as in right now. With how online streaming has revolutionized how anime is viewed, it’s possible to go on a site like Crunchyroll (my main source), Funimation, Daisuki, Hulu, Anime Network, Amazon, or even Netflix and watch the show as it runs on Japanese television (not sure about the last one), usually premiering new episodes a certain time after it came out in Japan (which can lead to wonky subtitles at the beginning). As a result, American (and most western) viewers can get to be able to watch a majority of what airs in Japan every season. This may lead to oversaturation, but at the same time, it allows for content that might have not been able to air on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block to have a chance to be viewed. And with the deal between Crunchyroll and Funimation, both services can provide the same shows to their install bases while the former handles most of the subtitle work and the latter dubs the show as it airs in Japan (or simuldub, as they call it). You noticed that despite me saying how Funimation is a streaming service, I can verify that they are the same Funimation that releases anime, a lot of it with good and serviceable dubs, on disk as well and gets to air it on Toonami. As a result, I have many options.

    The rules for the first list are as follows:
    1. The shows must have premiered this season.
    2. Both Crunchyroll and Funimation are streaming it (I’ll add Hulu and Amazon in the future).
    3. If they are a sequel to an ongoing series, how far I’m at in the ongoing series might have a factor, and the new run had to premier this season.
    4. I’m going by premise, as there’s a guarantee that I haven’t started watching it. It’s in my queue, and it might be bumped up based on this list.
    5. I will not discuss huge spoilers that are not in the show premise.
    6. This is based around speculation and fresh eyes, and I’ve only done basic research from news and previews, not the actual Wikipedia pages.

    As for the second list, it’s an anything-goes kind of deal with series that I feel that I’ve been skipping on for reasons that are either reasonable (like time and interest) and bull (such as if it’s something that’s talked about, and I somehow have access to it but don’t notice, because I am an imbecile sometimes). Plus, this can be done for shows that are older but have intriguing premises anyway.

    So here’s list Number 1, the Top 5 Winter 2017 Anime I’m interested in checking out:

    5. Saga of Tanya the Evil (Crunchyroll and Funimation have this):
    Yes, the basic premise has been spoiled to me, specifically which the 10-year-old girl who headlines the series is actually a Japanese middle-aged man. Specifically an office worker. One who suddenly dies, then God decides to resurrect him as a girl in a war-torn country. And as a likely result of the experience from her past life, Tanya becomes Second Lieutenant and uses her abilities to cause mass destruction. And she’s an evil little bitch to boot. Yep, this is definitely something I’d check out due to the premise and some of the reviews telling me that the war in this series is based on World War I. So my interest in history and combination of fantasy and warfare (which got me through GATE) may definitely lead me into giving this series a shot.

    4. Gabriel DropOut (Crunchyroll has this):
    The story sounds hilarious. Essentially, it’s about an angel who’s the embodiment of holy goodness, to the point where she’s the top of her class, getting sucked into geeky hobbies and becoming a mess when she’s sent to our realm. Also, the demons sent here are actually decent folks. This flip on the stereotypes of Christian figures of good and evil when applied to the real world is not just an entertaining pitch, but one that may reflect on both our best and worst qualities as a species. Plus, the titular angel causing the apocalypse may be icing to a pretty tasty cake.

    3. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (Crunchyroll has this):
    So what you’re telling me is that this is a series about a dragon that is in love with a princess (who really isn’t one) and is willing to be her maid. That is a very absurd premise, but I’ll give this a shot due to the fact that we’re dealing with a dragon maid. That’s already absurd as it is. You know what, I’ll see this series to check for if it has anything in common humorwise with Monty Python or Mel Brooks (or maybe Edgar Wright or the Zuckers).

    2. Interviews with Monster Girls (Crunchyroll and Funimation have this):
    Before you ask, I have seen the Monster Musume anime. Every. Single. Episode. Of that series. As a result, you can fancy me as a monster girl fan (even funnier if I revealed that I’ve seen Rosario+Vampire, and it got me more interested in watching more anime). Now that I embarrassed myself in front of sane people, this series has an interesting premise. Essentially, it’s about a teacher who’s interested in demi-humans more for how they function in modern society as well as their biology (Not that kind of biology, you perverts!). As a result, after hearing of a succubus becoming a teacher, he gets the opportunity to not just teach but interview a vampire, a dullahan (think Sleepy Hallow), and a snow woman (like Mizore from the aforementioned Rosario+Vampire). What catches my eyes about this series is not the monster girls but the tone. It’s meant to be more of a slice-of-life series with a monster twist, and it’s more about learning how demi-humans function in society. As someone who’s familiar with dealing with the fact that he’s different from most people, I have definitely some strong interest for this one.

    HM1: Fuuka (Crunchyroll and Funimation have this):
    So the premise is about a shy teenager who lives with his sisters, having to move in with them due to his parents working overseas, and he meets a random girl that may change his life. Is that a generic premise? Yes, yes it is. But if there’s one thing that may get me to watch this, it’s the fact that the protagonist is a Twitter addict, and having some experience getting sucked in with using it (and dealing with what others say on it), I kind of relate to the initial premise already. Plus, it has a nice art style that has some elements of Angel Beats!, Clannad, and other similar slice-of-life shows, so it has that going for it. As a result, like how Doug Walker tends to find such stories interesting, the basic life of a person and getting into their head, I might definitely check this show out.

    HM2: BanG Dream! (Crunchyroll has this):
    So this is also part of a mixed-media series, but unlike the other one, this is more interesting to me in concept. The idea that a young girl finds that her path may lead down the wild and fancy road of rock ‘n’ roll, she decides to form a band. Where I’m optimistic is that the band members are voiced by the actual band Poppin’ Party, a band of voice actresses that apparently can play their instruments, so the voice work and music should be good at least. Where I’m cautious is that this might be more of a commercial to their music than an actual story being told. So call me cautiously optimistic with this.


    HM3: Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju (Crunchyroll has this):
    I missed out on Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju due to time constraints, but this being a sequel might convince me to check the overall series out. Hopefully, its premise dealing with a Japanese drama style and the people who perform it strikes my fancy. Overall, this is to say that I have interest in the series.


    HM4: Yowamushi Pedal New Generation (Crunchyroll has this):
    So we get to the other cycling series this season, and it’s the more notable one. While I have interest in checking this one out, I have not seen enough of this franchise to go in with the experience, but this might be a way to get into the franchise as a whole. I mean, there are times when I watched one episode or a sliver of a series and went back to the very beginning. That has happened enough times that I completely lost count. However, with the acclaim this series gets, it shouldn’t be too much of a stretch to watch this series first.


    HM5: KONOSUBA season 2 (Crunchyroll has this):
    I have not seen the previous series, but from what I’ve heard, I missed out. This might be on my overall radar once I catch up on the previous series.

    1. Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga (Crunchyroll has this):
    Thankfully I’ve seen the first run of Blue Exorcist, so I’m familiar with the characters and the premise. It also helps that I’ve seen the first episode, so I know what we’re going for this time. Specifically that there will be some demon hunting in Kyoto, and that Rin will have to master his powers and prevent the will of Satan (who’s his and his brother Yukio’s father, for those who haven’t heard of this series). As a result, this is definitely going to be a pulse-pounding shonen action series, with the fun characters to boot. Thankfully, if you’re wondering if this show is for you, or if you’ll be able to get this, the first season is on Crunchyroll with this new season, plus the earlier season has the English dub to boot, so no reading is required, and you get to hear Bryce Papenbrook and Johnny Yong Bosch bicker at each other.

    And here the other list, the 5 anime series I need to catch up on:

    5. Dragon Ball Super:
    The fact that I am a Dragon Ball fan (with nostalgia for DBZ, knowledge of the characters, and affection for DBZA), and the fact that I haven’t even started watching this is a massive screw up in my eyes. Hopefully soon I’ll remedy that. But while I have heard that there are good arcs, what probably caused me to skip it was the criticism of earlier episodes. But now that the growing pains are over, I’ll give this a shot.

    4. Fist Of The North Star:
    I have gotten five episodes in. I like those five episodes. I am fond of the setting. One of my favorite movies of the last few years was Mad Max: Fury Road. I need to keep watching this 80s classic.

    3. One Piece:
    Of the series here, this is the one I’m the farthest in, but I feel that I could go farther in (and with at least 700 episodes, it will take a while). The amount of material I need to see is enough that it’s daunting, and why this is at number three.

    2. Gintama:
    This comedy series is one that I just got into, but I haven’t gotten far enough in to enjoy the story behind the series’ best jokes. Hopefully I can remedy that, and with a new season, I hope to.

    HM1: Re:Zero:
    Interesting concept, though I feel that KONOSUBA may have done it better.

    HM2: Drifters:
    I am currently giving this series and the next one a shot, and I feel it deserves it. And now for a way to check out Hellsing Ultimate without relying on the abridged version.

    HM3: Bungo Stray Dogs:
    Like Drifters, I decided to give this series a shot. It may be due to the literary allusions.

    HM4: Keijo!:
    A fun, raunchy action comedy that knows it’s a fun, raunchy action comedy? WHY DID I MISS THIS?!

    HM5: One Punch Man:
    I may have access to Hulu for this one, so me being in the dark of this modern classic will hopefully be over.

    1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood:
    I haven’t finished this modern anime classic, but I’ve seen the original, inferior version, in its Japanese track. But from what I’ve seen of this series, both in Japanese and English, this is a great series to watch, with its themes, characters, humor, setting, and so on, all wrapped around a story dealing with discovery, adventure, and, yes, brotherhood. This is a show that I’m in desperate need of finishing, and there are more than enough ways for me to do so. Unlike the other series I need to catch up on, there is a definitive end, and I’m closer in reach than the others. As a result, I plan on giving this my attention in the coming weeks (as long as other things don’t get too much in the way).

    So those were my two countdowns for Anime I’m interested in checking out this season, and series I need to hurry up on. If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments below. If you like any of these series, also feel free to leave your opinions and praises in the comments below.

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    I hope you like it, and I wonder what you're favorite songs from last year were. Feel free to discuss in the comments down below.

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