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Devilman Crybaby – Sexy Demon Anime!


Happy Monday, fellow readers!  We’ve had QUITE an eventful week over at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  For the first time in months, there were FIVE topics covered this week (Whoohoo!).  It was a strenuous couple of days to crank out the posts, but I got through them with some good time management.

There was a slew of interesting topics that featured:

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  • An argument for more WEED moms rather than WINE moms
  • Two ridiculously hilarious stoner characters named Dank and Dabby
  • An awesome interactive Family Guy game FOX created to celebrate the 300th episode
  • The true story of Gianni Versace being murdered (followed by the most failed manhunter in history!)
  • And a philosophical passage about the products in our life

Alas, we turn towards the next chapter of our adventure.  Starting with the latest Netflix binging I did over the past week.

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After finishing the last few episodes of Disjointed, I noticed this colorful anime series called Devilman Crybaby lingering around the Netflix library.  I’m definitely a fan of anime (especially after watching that Castlevania series last summer!) and I knew this one had to be good.  Honestly enough, I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this series.  I knew it would involve some devil and I had no clue what the ‘crybaby’ aspect of the series would be about.

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Season one was released on January 5th.  I binged-watched the season in a span of 2-3 days.  Here’s a basis of what I got from this anime – heavy violence, lots of gore, sex (I’m talking HENTAI-type sex scenes!), an intriguing storyline, and some of the most bizarre scenes that made me constantly drop my jaw and go ‘What…the FUCK.’

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So let’s start with the story – Devilman Crybaby is about a boy named Akira Fudo who transforms into Devilman, a figure that possesses the powers of a demon and contains the soul of a human being.  His best friend, Ryo Asuka, informed him that an ancient race of demons returned to take back the world from humans.  Ryo suggested to Akira that he unite with a demon in order to destroy them.  It’s an action-packed story featuring a violent war among humans and demons.

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Speaking of ‘violent war’, the whole series is one violent battle; and when I mean violent, I mean EXTREMELY violent!  It’s ten episodes of back-stabbing, skin-ripping, gut-wrenching gore.  Believe me when I say that Devilman Crybaby doesn’t hold back on the heavy violence.

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Other than the graphic violence, the show pushed the limits on the sexual content as well.  Devilman Crybaby featured some of the craziest nudity/sex scenes ever.  At some point of the series, I seriously thought I was watching a porno!  While this wasn’t hentai, Devilman Crybaby got really perverted in most of the episodes (looking back, some of the anime I watched were so subtly perverted that I was too busy enjoying them to even care!).

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One big highlight from season one? The Disco Massacre.  Near the end of the season premiere, Ryo and Akira enter this rave.  It’s a lit scene of teens, sex, drugs, and loud rave music.  What followed next was one of the most twisted and bizarre scenes of the show.  Remember the big sex party scene on Sausage Party?  This was like that times FIVE.

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The Disco Massacre scene proves that Japan takes their content to a WHOLE new level.  There’s no boundaries as to what Japan does with their anime.  Either you get a really bloody match lasting for days or heavy sex scenes that are more perverted than the latest sexual accusations coming from Hollywood.  I don’t know where (or how!) Japan gets their exotic ideas, but they come out amazing either way.

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In the end, Devilman Crybaby was definitely enjoyable to watch.  Even while voyaging through the brutal violent content and perverted sex scenes, the storyline was interesting to follow.  I look forward to seeing when season two releases.  It’ll be interesting to see what holds next for Ryo and Akira.

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If you’re looking for some quality anime on Netflix, definitely go check out Devilman Crybaby!

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Netflix Highlights During Bombogenesis!


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There’s only one word to describe today right now…SNOOOOOWWWW DAAAAAYYYY!  That’s right people – it is a BLIZZARD outside in New England right now.  Winter storm Grayson (or what’s famously known as the ‘bombogenesis’ in the social media world!) has taken over most of the eastern region for the day.  Heavy winds, freezing temperatures, and inches of snow falling are going to be keeping people off of the streets for a while.

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Since you don’t have to be at work (or school) for the day, it’s the perfect time to catch up on some binge-watching sessions on Netflix!  Some of the hottest series released a new season in December or January.  Now’s a better time than ever to check out the new Netflix releases.

Here are some trending releases to check out on this snowy day:

Black Mirror Season 4

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Netflix’s popular sci-fi anthropology series is back with season 4.  There are six horrific stories of more technology running amuck, with the season premiere paying an homage to the Star Trek Series.  Jessie Plemons (Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights) plays a captain of the USS Callister where he controls people in his stimulate game.

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Watch that and other terrorizing tales of Black Mirror on this cold, winter day.

Fuller House Season 3

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Oh, mylanta… Fuller House is back for season three!  Join DJ, Stephanie, and Kimmy for more wild adventures in the Tanner house.  The three she-wolves band together in the nostalgic sitcom series.  Cameos from Full House that will be stopping by include Danny Tanner, Joe Gladstone, Uncle Jesse, Becky, Gia, and other notable guests.

Join the she-wolves today for more craziness.  Awoo!

Bill Nye Saves the World Season 2

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One major reason to check out season two of Bill Nye’s latest series?  One of his episodes revolved around studying the effects of cannabis!  You can read up more on that interesting episode here.

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Bill Nye is back with a new season of Bill Nye Saves the World, exploring more topics of the science world.  From going to pot (LITERALLY!) to the science of sleep, Bill Nye tackles various issues we face here on Earth.

Check out season two of Bill Nye Saves the World to learn a little something during your day off.

The Ranch Season 4

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Rooster and Colt are back for another season of The Ranch.  The duo face even more problems out on the ranch.

Colt aims to by Sam Peterson’s ranch, but that purchase would come at a hefty price.  See what hold next for the legacy of the boy’s ranch on season three.

Easy Season 2

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The comedy-drama anthology series Easy is back with season two.  Eight more intriguing tales take place in Chicago.  A package thief, an open marriage, workers on the hustling grind, and even some brewery brothers are some of many fascinating tales of the season.  See what interesting stories will be told next on Easy.

These are a few great shows to leap back to on this winter snow storm.  If you don’t have to go anywhere today, just lay back on that couch and binge-watch these amazing shows.  Warm up that hot cocoa, cook up the soup, and hit up Netflix for the rest of the day.

Happy binge-watching!

Dark Days of Netflix’s Dark


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Greetings, fellow readers!  The first snowfall of the month happened here in Massachusetts over the weekend.  Many places in the North Shore/Boston area got hit with 3-5 inches of snow.  Just in time for the Christmas season that’s coming up soon (in just TWO WEEKS!).

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So what does a fellow PR pro like me do during a snow storm?  Binge-watch trending shows on Netflix, of course!  This was the perfect weekend to cancel plans and binge-watch the latest releases.

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One bizarre show I binge-watched contained a complex storyline within a span of ten episodes.  This show mixes Stranger Things and Twin Peaks, with a hint of German.  It’s time to discuss Netflix’s Dark.

Summary

Dark was released for Netflix on December 1st, 2017.  This German web series tells the tale of two young children disappearing in the German town of Winden.  The children’s disappearance brings light to double lives, fractured relationships, and a dark past of four families that reside there.  As the story unfolds, you will see a disturbing mystery that spans across three generations of families including the Nielsens, Kahnwalds, the Dopplers, and the Tiedermanns.

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Time travel plays a major part of the series.  The nonlinear story line takes readers back to three sets of years: 1953, 1986, 2019 (all spanning 33 years apart from each other).  Each event that unfolds in the time period produces a drastic effect for the other time period.  This possibility of time travel, as highlighted within the show, leads to problems with casual order of events and facts of history.  These problems are often illustrated by the Grandfather Paradox.

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Throughout the series, Dark makes reference to the 33-year lunar cycle.  The solar year has approximately 365 days and the lunar year has about 354 days.  After every 33 solar years, there is a difference of one solar year between the lunar and solar calendar.  It’s explained multiple times in Dark (being that the years are spanned out 33 years apart).

Concluding Verdict

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The ending verdict?  Dark was absolutely amazing to watch!  Even with the amount of lemon skunk cannabis I consumed earlier, I truly enjoyed the ever-complex storyline.  This is one of those series that you really have to pay attention at all times.  You have to watch for when the story shifts during each time period (hint: look at the fashion trends and you’ll figure it out!).  These shifts in time period made for a truly mind-boggling mystery that unraveled soon enough.

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It may not have the ‘upside-down’ concept like Stranger Things, but Dark provides a twisted secret in the forest.  Better yet, Dark is a more mature version of Stranger Things (what with the gruesome family history in Winden).  Dark also had that small-town, mine-shaft community similar to Twin Peaks.  The Netflix series was different from Twin Peaks in the sense that these disappearances were through a more complex and real occurrence.

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In the end, Dark is definitely worth checking out.  The nights are getting longer and the weather is growing colder, so this is definitely a Netflix series worth binge-watching.  If you long for Stranger Things, then Dark should be able to fill that hole in your heart for the upside-down world.

Pull up your warmest blankest and get ready to binge-watch the darkest Netflix thriller Dark.

Schitt’s Creek’s David Rose = WIN


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Last night I finished another glorious season of Schitt’s Creek on Netflix.  This hysterical Canadian sitcom series was created by Eugene and Daniel Levy and follows the Rose family as they are forced to rebuild their new lives in a small town called Schitt’s Creek.  Johnny, Moira, Alexis, and David cross paths with hilarious problems after their lives are turned upside-down.

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It’s a great comedic series from Canada revolving around a dysfunctional family in a rural town.  The family has lots of funny quirks as well as the town’s residences.  While the story-line itself made me chuckle, it was the bubbly cast of characters that really made me laugh my ass off.  After finishing the third season, I must say that David is the best character to watch.

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David Rose is everything you need in this series – sarcastic, witty, bold, and colorful.  Even when he isn’t saying some clever remark, his expressions just say it all.  He’s been through some traumatic experiences and isn’t afraid to air out his feelings.  Out of all of the quirky characters in the family, David is the one that shines the most to me.  Here are just a few great reasons why David is so amazing:

Facial Expressions

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When doesn’t have any lines during the scene, his face says it all.  David’s animated facial expressions provide such amazing responses to his crazy life.  You know how they say a picture’s worth a thousand words? his facial expressions are those pictures and they certainly say a lot about what he’s thinking.

#FashionWIN

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Another reason for why David is so incredible?  His collection of gorgeous sweaters.  David is the king of sweaters in this series.  Most of these sweaters are black, but they make up for their lack of color choice with amazing designs.  I wouldn’t know where to find these sweaters, but I’ll have to search for them around Boston!

Accepting, yet Prideful

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Even while living in the tragic dump that is Schitt’s Creek, David still holds onto his pride (not only his gay pride, but his pride as an overall successful human being!).  David knows his moral compass, so he navigates away from the toxicity within the area.  His new store is running successfully and he believes it will go well in the future.  Kudos for David for not losing his pride of who he is!

These are just some reason for why David Rose is everything you need in Schitt’s Creek.  His lively facial expressions, colorful fashion choices, and strong integrity make him such an amazing character.  The whole family is one dysfunctional-yet-hilarious ensemble of cast, but David is the one I enjoy watching the most.

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You go, David Rose – be your witty, colorful, selfish, intelligent self!

Death Note(Anime) Vs. Death Note(Film)


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Netflix released some crazy-good TV series as well as some interesting flicks to check out.  A lot of movies, both old and new, pop up in the digital slot within the Netflix library.  I’ve already seen most of these movies before and it’s hard to keep up with the new indie flicks that come up (most of them were INTERESTING, to say the least!).

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A lot of movies seemed to be a miss for me, but there was one film that I was on the fence about for a while.  Based off the infamous manga series, Netflix released a live action film of Death Note.

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Before I start this review, I have to admit that I didn’t know what to expect with this film.  I absolutely LOVED the Death Note anime series, so hearing of a live-action film idea made me wince in pain.  Death Note was one of few anime I watched over and over because it was just so brilliantly done.  Last night I decided to check it out (with a perfect ramen dish I made for dinner!).

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Selecting this film, I thought this would actually be somewhat decent…but WOW…it was just that ridiculous from start to finish.  I laughed, I winced in pain, I rolled my eyes, and I even face-palmed through this embarrassment of a live-action film.  Death Note fans should definitely avoid checking out this movie.  No amount of Blue Kush helped me enjoy this nightmare of a god-awful live adaptation stemming from one of my favorite anime of all time.

Now that I stopped cringing, it’s time to discuss what’s so horrid about the Death Note film:

Severed Storyline

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Let’s start with the storylines: The Death Note anime revolves around Light Yagami, a brilliant high school student who discovers the Death Note.  He picks up the notebook from the Shinigami Ryuk who explains that any name written on the notebook shall die.  All the user needs are a name and face in mind for the person.  Light Yagami attempts to create a world where he cleanses all the evil off of the earth, acting as a ‘God’ while using the notebook.  His god-like plans are continually thwarted by L, igniting a psychological cat-and-mouse game with his adversary.

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Now here’s the movie’s plot – Light Turner discovers a notebook from the Shinigami Ryuk, who bullys him into writing a name on the notebook.  After experimenting with a few criminals (most importantly, the man who killed his mother), he teams up with classmate Mia Sutton to rid the world of evil.  The duo team up in this vengeful scheme when L comes into the picture.

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So yeah, the storyline completely differs from the original manga series.  Rather than stick with the same storyline, they changed it around to become some vengeful romance story between Light and Mia.  I do give them credit for how Ryuk came out in the film.  Either way, it doesn’t work at all and turns the audience off from the film.  Death Note has a beautiful psychological thriller concept and there was barely any advanced psychological tactics featured.  They didn’t even showcase the notorious potato chip scene (out of ALL of best scenes, they don’t even have the freakin potato-chip montage!).

            Light Turner/Light Yagami

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Light Yagami is a gifted high-school student who was bored with his normal life.  He utilized the Death Note to create this whole new life free of crime.  His madness progressed throughout each episode as he climbs higher and higher into his ultimate goal.

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On the other hand, Light Turner was this whiny high school douchebag that had no clue how to strategize his plan.  Light kept looking for ways out, freaked out about the number of rules featured within the Death Note, and pretty much couldn’t handle the pressure at all.  He was not gifted at all nor was he successful with his so-called vengeance.

It’s safe to say that Light Yagami was a lot more interesting to watch than Light Turner.  Turner has NOTHING on Yagami!

            L as Antagonist

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Within the anime series, L is one of the smartest detectives around who has many strange quirks (eating lots of candy, squatting).  He is a very logical person that analyzes many aspects of his cases.  L is very cautious about how he approaches Light, keeping his enemy close in his mind games.

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In the film, L is sloppy in his detective work.  He doesn’t keep his emotions intact and acts in a hasty fashion when things go wrong.  It’s gets so sloppy that he starts chasing after Light with his gun (FYI, L doesn’t EVER use guns in the anime!).

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Between the two, L in the anime series was a much better antagonist to watch.  The other L was just an humiliating imposter that acted way too quickly on his impulses.  It was just sad to see this dumbed-down version of L presented to the audience (as a matter of fact, ALL of the characters were dumbed down in the live-action film version!).

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            At this point, I can conclude that this film is definitely worth avoiding.  This water-down version was so humiliating to watch that I cringed almost every minute of the film.  A severed storyline and characters dumbed-down to become almost idiotic made Death Note a serious miss for me.  If anything, I would definitely re-watch the Death Note anime.  This beautifully-crafted psychological thriller anime featured one of the best cat-and-mouse mind games I ever had the pleasure of watching.

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And with that, just skip the Death Note live-action film and watch the original Death Note anime series instead.