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Safe – A Netflix Series from Harlan Coben


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Michael C. Hall has played a lot of memorable characters over the years.  He was David Fisher in HBO’s Six Feet Under, became the notorious blood splatter analyst/serial killer Dexter Morgan in Dexter, and even had a quirky role as computer programmer Ken Castle in Gamer.  Years later after his role as Dexter and he’s still going on strong.

            Hall has played one intriguing character after another.  His most recent series was for a French-American-British drama series title Safe.

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Safe is a crime drama series stemming from the novel written by Harlan Coben.  Englishman Tom Delaney (Michael C. Hall) is a pediatric surgeon and widowed father who struggles to connect with his two teenage daughters.  When 16-year-old Jenny goes missing, Tom uncovers a web of deep secrets as she searches for her.  More and more clues are unraveled during Tom’s adventure.

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After binge-watching all eight episodes, I definitely enjoyed watching Safe.  There were lots of things (both big and small) that jumped out at me throughout the series.  First off, I loved Michael C. Hall’s British accent.  He pulled off this amazing accent that blends his character in with both the other characters and the setting.  Who knew that the man who was once Dexter Morgan could pull off such an amazing British character.

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Speaking of the plot, the storyline has you yearning for questions from the very beginning.  During the series premiere, Jenny attends a house party within the neighborhood.  What happens next will leave you SHOCKED.  After learning about the crazy house party that took place, you are left with so many questions that will unravel throughout each episode.

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But then there’s more – there’s even a DEEPER secret kept within the suburban neighborhood.  It was kept safe for so many years.  If you pay close attention to the series, you will notice that the characters starting acting strange very quickly.

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One reoccurring statement that is repeated frequently pertains to gates closing to keep enemies away.  What you will see throughout the series that the true enemies never actually left the gated community.  And the ironic thing is that the enemies closed that gate to keep away any intruders. So basically… the enemies never left.

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It’s an incredible modern twist on the ‘whodunit’ series that has you asking what is even happening throughout each episode.  Each and every character played some part in the case.  Whether it was the bystander or one of the neighbors, every member of the community played their own role.

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If you are searching for a unique crime drama (or just want to hear Michael C. Hall’s British accent), then definitely check out Harlan Coben’s Safe on Netflix.  Pick a good night to unravel this bizarre and mysterious series.

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Aggretsuko = Hello Kitty + Death Metal


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Lately I have been digging into the anime series out on Netflix.  First I binge-watched Fullmetal Alchemist all over again last month and I recently finished season 3 of Yu-Gi-Oh.  Not a lot of new series have been jumping out at me, so it was a great time to get back to the classics.  Luckily for me, Netflix has a good line up of anime within their digital library.

These series seemed silly most of the time, but nothing could prepare me for the wackiness of this latest anime.  It involves a red panda who relieves her stress by belting out Death Metal songs.  I’m talking about Aggretsuko.

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Aggretsuko is about office worker Retsuko, a 25-year-old red panda who works in the accounting department of a Japanese trading firm.  Retsuko takes out her daily frustrations by going to a karaoke bar every night and singing death metal.  She deals with things such as gossipy co-workers and even her pig director Ton (which is a literal play on the term ‘chauvinist pig’).  As the series moves on, Retsuko finds it hard to keep her secret from her co-workers.  The first season aired with ten episodes on April 20th 2018.

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The best part about this series so far are the death metal scenes.  When Retsuko picks up the microphone, she transforms into this wild animal and screams out death metal songs.  She usually sings about her daily frustrations about life.  Whether its her pig of a boss or the guy that doesn’t notice her, Retsuko has some crazy death metal song to sing.  Retsuko is basically the death metal Hello Kitty that I never knew I needed… until now.

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Beside the over-the-top death metal scenes, the characters themselves are just as ridiculous.  Gori and Washimi are the first to find out Retsuko’s hidden secret.  Surprisingly enough, they ended up loving her talent and started gossiping with Retsuko halfway through the series.  The series just keeps getting weirder each episode.

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Overall, Aggretsuko was definitely entertaining to watch.  The characters were fun to watch and those death metal scenes made me laugh harder each time.  Retsuko is the death metal Hello Kitty I never knew I needed until last night.  Hopefully more episodes will be released with even MORE death metal songs being sung.

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If you’re looking for Hello Kitty mixed in with some heavy darkness, then Aggretsuko is definitely the anime for you.  Check out Aggretsuko on Netflix.

Everything Sucks! = Da Bomb


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Netflix has really been showcasing a lot of nostalgic content this month.  We were introduced to a new ‘Fab Five’ in the reboot of Queer Eye and Joel McHale moved from E! to Netflix where he became the host of The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale.  Lately it has been just one amazing reboot after another.

These new series make for great shows because they take us back to a more simpler time.  Not all shows were created based on their colorful past.  There is one new coming-of-age, comedy-drama series that takes us back to a time of VHS tapes and flannel shirts.  I’m talking about Netflix’s series Everything Sucks!.

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Set in Boring, Oregon (which is actually a REAL town!), Everything Sucks! chronicles the lives of teenagers in Boring High School who make a movie together while dealing with issues such as sexuality and dating.  Lucas O’Neil joins the A/V Club with his friends McQuaid and Tyler.  He develops a crush on Kate Messner, the principal’s daughter of Boring High.  Kate doesn’t have feelings for Luke, BUT she does have the hots for Emaline Addario.  The series parodies off from the teen culture during the mid-1990s.

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Everything Sucks! is the 90s time warp you have been looking for.  This nostalgic series features flannel shirts, Surge, VHS tapes, Zimas, alternative rock/grunge music playing in the background, and even a scene at Blockbusters.

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This low-budget teen comedy series was interesting to watch.  Everything Sucks! featured a diverse and colorful cast of characters going through typical teenage drama.  If you took out the sci-fi component from Stranger Things and crossed that with Freaks and Geeks, you would get Everything Sucks!.

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There have been some amazing rebooted series on Netflix lately and Everything Sucks! was something different.  It featured an original storyline stemming from the bangin’ years of the 1990s.  Everything Sucks! took us back to a simpler time when the age of technology was still in its prime.  We used modems to connect to the internet and watched movies on VHS tapes; those days are long gone, yet technology only became more sophisticated over the years.

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In the end, Everything Sucks! is the perfect blast from the past of the 90s era.  The series is all that and a bag of chips.  Binge-watching the series this past week was the bomb.  This phat drama series will leave you saying ‘oh, snap!’ during multiple episodes.

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If you are looking for a stylin’ nostalgic 90s series, definitely go check out Everything Sucks! on Netflix.

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!

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!