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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!

Saturday Christmas Eve Quote!


And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’  That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

~Linus Van Pelt, A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Go PowerPuff Yourself!


In the digital era, animated series have been creating games where users can customize their own avatar to spread awareness of their show.  These avatar games provide clothing and accessories to dress up their customizable character.  Comedy Central released the South Park avatar page where you can create a personal South Park avatar.  Cartoon Network recently released a Powerpuff Girls avatar game called Powerpuff Yourself.

The Powerpuff Girls premiered on Cartoon Network in November 18th, 1998.  The series centers around superheroes Bubbles, Blossom, and Buttercup in the city of Townsville.  Buttercup, Blossom, and Bubbles are called in by the mayor to help fight crime in the city.  Their father, professor Utonium, takes care of girls after a hard day of fighting evil villains.

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With the reboot of a new season, Cartoon Network created the Powerpuff Yourself app on powerpuffyourself.com.  After viewing various avatars on Facebook, I decided to check out the popular app.  You work with a dummy body who has no clothing or hair in the beginning of the game.  The avatar could be female or male and you can change their skin tone to be either lighter or darker.  There are various pair of eyes to give for your character.  Some eyes include evil eyes, heart eyes, eyes with rainbows, stars, skulls on fire, and even cute puppy-dog eyes.  Color choices for your character’s eyes could be black, blue, brown, purple, pink, and grey.

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Once you give your character some vision, you’ll want to find a mouth to go with your avatar.  Some humorous ideas could be having him/her stick your tongue out, make a kissy face, or even slapping on some braces to make them be a teenager!  There were different kinds eyewear to choose from, including a virtual-reality headset that wraps around their head.  Once you give your character a face, you’ll want to choose a hairstyle for your boy or girl avatar.  If you don’t want to give them any hair, you could make them bald if you choose to!  Other than regular hair, there are different beard/mustache combos to give your character some facial hair.

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Now that you are done crafting your avatar’s head, it’s time to shop for virtual clothes!  You can choose many tops and bottoms for your character to wear.  Once you have them fully clothed, you can choose some accessories to spruce up your avatar.  Choose from accessories such as a skateboard, pets, or even musical instruments for them to play!  You can even pierce their ears to give them diamonds or hoop ring earrings.  If earrings and hair aren’t that interesting to you, baseball caps always make a good choice.  After carefully crafting your avatar, you can now choose their background to live in.  Background ideas range from forest to pink room of hearts.  Let your imagination run wild with this cute avatar game!

My character I created has short blonde hair and is sporting a 5 O’ clock shadow.  He has grey evil eyes and has a wicked grin on his face.  His clothing style include a black leather jacket with a white T-Shirt tucked underneath.  Underneath his jacket are blue shorts and yellow shoes for walking around the forest background.

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Playing around with the Powerpuff Yourself app was a lot of fun!  There were so many customizable features for creating your avatar.  What’s interesting was that the avatar game was gender neutral so you could give your male soccer player a tutu and diamond earrings.  Once you complete your powerpuff avatar, you can download your avatar as a wallpaper or GIF.  Friends can even share their creation on Facebook or Twitter to show off their avatar creativity.

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This whole avatar app was sparked by anticipation of the rebooted season of The Powerpuff Girls that premiered on April 4th.  News of the new season broke the internet after the surprise announcement by Cartoon Network.  Creating this avatar game was an amazing PR idea for Cartoon Network to raise awareness of the rebooted series.  Fans of the classic animated series can connect with each other through the Powerpuff Yourself app.  Anyone who is a fan of the series should unleash their avatar creativity on this game.