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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.

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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!

Castlevania on Netflix!


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After weeks of binge-watching, I finally caught up with some amazing Netflix series this summer.  I’ve been in a great summer mood, what with my daily adventures to Boston every week.  It’s August now (Fall is almost a MONTH away) and I’m back to binging back-and-fourth between my other series.  Ozark was one of a few amazing series I got into (which I will get back to later) this past week.

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Before Netflix premiered Ozark, there was a nostalgic franchise that was made into an anime last month.  That series is Castlevania, the action-adventure horror themed games created by Konami.  Castlevania revolves around the Belmont family, a clan of vampire hunters that fight Dracula.  The first Castlevania game for the series released on September 26th, 1986.  Konami’s horror-themed games took off with a hit ever since (fun fact: Castlevania created the ‘Metroidvania’ genre of gaming!).

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The Castlevania series on Netflix doesn’t disappoint at all.  I’m not too familiar with franchise myself and even I really enjoyed watching the series.  Lots of things drew me in immediately after starting the first episode.  Season 1 only had four episodes, but they were four AMAZING episodes to binge-watch.

Here’s a few tidbits of why Castlevania was an excellent choice to binge-watch:

Animation

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Right off the bat, I noticed that the animated series looked absolutely beautiful.  It’s colorful and sets the dark tone that mirrors the setting of the story.  For a horror-themed anime about vampire hunting, Castlevania really does look and feel like a gothic anime!  From the dark orange hue of the sunset to the blood red spurting out from the characters, Castlevania just looks gorgeous to look at.

Plot

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What’s interesting to point out is that the plot is based on the game Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse.  Trevor Belmont, a member of the Belmont family, defends the nation of Wallachia from Dracula and his army of creatures.  With only four episodes at 22 minutes each, the plot flows pretty smoothly.  While the dialogue may sound silly at times, Castlevania makes up for it with its action-packed fight scenes.

Action

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This brings me to my last highlight of the series – the action-packed combat itself.  Castlevania is packed with MUCH more violence and gore than the games.  With the nation of Wallachia shrouded in darkness, Trevor fights off the vampires with his vicious whip (and it’s DEFINITELY vicious!).  One of my favorite portions of the series is watching Trevor kick ass with his weapon (nothing better than having breakfast and watching Trevor whip some guy’s eyeball out of his head.).  The gory action scenes prove that this anime was geared towards the adult audiences.

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In the end, Castlevania was a brilliant choice to binge-watch.  It’s a visually-stunning anime with an intriguing story that features action-packed violence.  This is a great series if you’re into the horror-themed anime.  Even if you never played the Castlevania games before, it’s an easy show to follow.

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Now that season one is done, I am definitely amped for when season two hits the digital shelves.  Netflix definitely hit big with this anime and I hope that they release the second season soon.  In the meantime, I look forward to see what lies ahead in Trevor Belmont’s journey.  

How Pegasus Really Lost to Yugi Moto


As you get older, you’ll start to notice some subtle jokes that were inserted into your favorite childhood shows.  These ‘jokes’ usually involve some theme of sex, drugs, or even violence that the kids wouldn’t understand.  If you were to go back and watch the old series now, you would be surprised to realize how messed up some of the content was.  This scenario happened to me last week in Brighton/Allston.

I was in Brighton/Allston watching Yu-Gi-Oh and consuming some amazing Strawberry Banana Kush.  The episode was titled ‘Double Trouble Duel’ featuring the Paradox Brothers.  There were times where the episode cut to scenes of Pegasus watching the match from his dining room.  During these scenes, Pegasus is seen drinking some red liquid as he watches Yugi’s match.  It took me a few seconds to realize that Pegasus was drinking a glass of wine.

Oh my god… Pegasus was drinking wine the ENTIRE time while watching Yugi’s matches!  Holy shitballs…this changes everything!  Who knew that Pegasus was actually an alcoholic during the duelist kingdom tournament?  This ACTUALLY makes sense now…he lost to Yugi Moto because Pegasus lost too much brain cells before the match!

Just…wow.  I watched all season 1 of Yu-gi-oh as a kid and never realized that Yugi’s main enemy was an alcoholic.  Pegasus may have been a great duelist, but his alcoholism became his major downfall when facing Yugi.

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For the record, the Duelist Kingdom Tournament went on for only 48 hours.  During that time span, Pegasus drank multiple glasses of wine while the tournament was happening.  It’s surprising to see that Pegasus could actually stand up right during the show (let alone duel anyone!).  His drinking caused him to be sloppy and he lost his title as world champion of duel monsters.

It was interesting to notice Pegasus drinking wine in almost every episode of season 1!  I couldn’t believe that they got away with him drinking alcohol on an anime targeted for kids.  Japan surely has some strange rules when it comes to appropriate content on their series.  Yu-Gi-Oh isn’t really a violent series, but the random drinking scenes did nudge us towards some adult content.

To conclude, Pegasus alcoholism cost him his match against Yugi Moto.  Maybe if Pegasus put down the bottle once in a while, he would not have lost his match!

Ride on the Rebooted Magic School Bus!


As we drive into 2017, the latest trends continue to send us on a blast from the past.  Entertaining trends such as Fuller House, the Nintendo NES Mini, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (more on the game here), and Bill Nye the Science Guy have been making their comebacks just decades later.  Nostalgia is one of the key selling points for many of these trends, aiming to tap into the millennial/generation-X audiences.  Businesses are still generating new content for the present year, yet some of them look into history to deliver better content.  One TV program, a favorite among children during the 90s, is making a comeback this year.

Get ready to buckle your seat-belts, because The Magic School Bus is coming back!  Netflix plans to reboot the popular PBS kids series The Magic School Bus later this year.  Ms. Frizzle, as well as her students of Walkerville Elementary, are returning to the bus for some more wacky trips.  The rebooted series will feature upgraded computer animation for the new episodes.  Other than the new animation, the Magic School bus itself will be equipped with some modern gadgets (at my old school, we NEVER thought that a school bus needed a GPS to figure out where to pick up the kids!).

Stu Stone (guy that voiced Ralphie back in the 90s) became a producer on the show and promises a slew of celebrities for the show.  Celebrity cameos were actually a major part of the series since it began.  Some notable celebrities that were on the show include Edward James Olmos, Swoosie Kurtz, Eartha Kitt, Carol Channing, Dolly Parton, Malcolm McDowell, Rosalind Chao, and Dan Marino.  No cameos have been announced yet for the rebooted series, but Stone mentioned that many celebrities want to get in on the rebooted project.

The Magic School Bus leaped into major success when it released, being among one of the highest rated PBS shows for kids.  As a matter of fact, Lily Tomlin (voice of Ms. Frizzle) won an Emmy for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for her role in 1996.  Now you can enjoy all 4 seasons of The Magic School Bus right on Netflix.  At my old school, we NEVER used Netflix to watch TV!

This was SO awesome to hear that The Magic School Bus is coming back as a rebooted series!  It was one of my favorite cartoons I loved watching after coming home from Doyon School.  Some of the best times at Doyon School revolved around watching The Magic School Bus and ‘learning’ about the fun lessons they teach during the episode.  The Magic School Bus was a great part of my childhood and I’m excited to see other kids start watching the series as well.

Science has always been one of my favorite subjects in school and The Magic School Bus teaches you science in a humorous, yet intelligent way.  It really is an amazing cartoon that teaches you the very fundamentals of how science works.  From energy to dinosaurs, The Magic School Bus provides fun lesson on a particular topic of science.  Hopefully they’ll cover some science topics that are trending in the 21st century (imagine if The Magic School Bus took a trip inside a cannabis plant to explain how cannabis works?  That would make for an AWESOME episode!).

I don’t have any other details on the reboot, but I’m excited to see what’s to come.  All that’s left is to take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!