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Philosophical Passage on Pinocchio


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One of my favorite parts about reading 12 Steps for Life: An Antidote to Chaos were the pop culture references Jordan Peterson threw out every once in a while.  Peterson would make references to Disney cartoons such as Sleeping Beauty or The Little Mermaid.  These colorful and beloved animations served for great evidence of the many points he made throughout each chapter.  Throughout the book, one movie he continuously brings up is Pinocchio.

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At this point, I have to admit one thing right now – Pinocchio was one of my favorite Disney movies of all time.  The famous story of the wooden puppet who turns into a real boy was a classic staple in my VHS library.  It had adventure, drama, deceit, and one emotional ending scene.  I must have watched the movie over hundreds of times before I started middle school.  These days, I still remember the main storyline from beginning to end.

But once I read 12 Steps for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, I realized that Pinocchio had so much more going within its storyline.  Pinocchio was more than just a simple wooden puppet looking to become a real boy.

Get ready folks – this will become one trippy, mind-blowing topic right here.

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Here we go: Pinocchio is a wooden puppet who comes with strings, both literately and figuratively.  He literately has strings (being that he is a wooden puppet), but those strings are also imagery of what is holding Pinocchio back from becoming a real boy.  Pinocchio is tethered by strings, reminding him of his true identity as a wooden puppet.

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Geppetto looks into the night and notices the star.  He wishes upon a star (which is one of the songs within the movie) as a plea to make Pinocchio.  A star is basically a part of the eternity of the night sky.  That star is transcendent, something that is ultimate in the world.  This memorable scene represents Geppetto looking upon something transcendent – something so magnificent and breathtaking that you wish you could share it with everyone in the world.

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Pinocchio was set for his first day of school.  But throughout the film, he faces all these temptations thrown at him.  “Honest” John Worthington Foulfellow and Gideon the cat trick Pinocchio into joining Stromboli, only to be kidnapped as a way for profits.

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Later on, he gets tricked again by taking a trip to Pleasure Island.  He meets his new rebellious friend Lampwick during the trip, only to see him into a jackass (which, by the way, was one of the most cringing, disturbing scenes of my childhood).  Pinocchio gets served in the salt mines and even turns into a jackass as well, all in a place run by authoritarians.  Pleasure Island serves as the ultimate punishment for Pinocchio after he loses his way.

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All of this could have been avoided if he were to – wait for it – TELL THE TRUTH.  If only Pinocchio were telling truths and not lying all of the time, he would reach his ultimate transcendent goal: to become a real boy.  His shenanigans only led him to shock and terror, only to land into the bottom of a whale (that whale being Monstro, of course).  It was there that he faced his ultimate challenge against Monstro, only to end up dying in the process.

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Through his courageous act against fighting Monstro, Pinocchio reaches his transcendent goal of being a real boy.  All is well after his crazy shenanigans.

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It is a basic, yet philosophical tale that comes with major symbolisms and metaphors.  Pinocchio may be just another Disney movie, but it becomes so much than that once you dive deeper into the story.  Who knew that a book like 12 Steps for Life: An Antidote to Chaos could provide so much meaning from a simple cartoon like Pinocchio.

And there you have it – the deep-rooted philosophical storyline woven in within Disney’s Pinocchio.  Just remember to tell the truth in life or else you’ll end up in Pleasure Island.

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Netflix’s Disenchantment


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Matt Groening’s The Simpsons is an iconic animated series about The Simpsons.  We look into the lives of Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Marge, and Homer as they go about their day.  The series is set in the present with references to pop culture throughout each year.

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Almost a decade later, Futurama was released on air.  Futurama was an animated series set in the year 3000, a millennium later into the future.  Phillip J. Fry wakes up to the 31st century after falling into a cryogenic pod, freezing himself just a few minutes into January 1st, 2000.  Fry gets a job at Plant Express as a cargo delivery boy and works with Leela, Bender, Dr. Zoidberg, Amy, Hermes, and Professor Farnsworth.  The series had a good run until its final episode on September 4th, 2013.

The Simpsons chronicled the life of the Simpson family during the present while Futurama took place over a thousand years into the future.  Groening’s latest animated series takes viewers into the medieval kingdom of Dreamland.  This is Disenchantment.

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Disenchantment was released on Netflix on August 17th, 2018.  The series follows Bean, an alcoholic and rebellious princess of Dreamland who goes on adventures with her elf companion Elfo and her “personal demon” Luci.  Bean is the daughter of King Zøg, the king of Dreamland.  She rebels against her father’s wishes and goes on random adventures throughout each episode.

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After the first episode, I really enjoyed the idea of Disenchantment.  The characters come with their own humorous jokes and deal with problems in their own adventures.  It takes place in medieval times, but there’s a fantasy element involved in the series.  Fantasy elements such as dragons, wizards, jesters, as well as elves.  This series has a taste of Futurama, except the story line takes place in the past rather than the future.

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With its fantasy-themed medieval world, Disenchantment came action-packed with intriguing adventures each episode.  There is a shocking cliffhanger ending that will reveal more background story during the second part of the season.  Ten episodes later and I am definitely ready for the second part to release on Netflix.

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In the end, Matt Groening’s Disenchantment was well worth binge-watching.  It’s an amazing fantasy-adventure animated sitcom that borrows ideas from both The Simpsons and Futurama.  Bean is a badass heroine that goes on surprising adventures every episode.

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If you love Matt Groening’s work, definitely check out Disenchantment on Netflix.

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.

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.