Wednesday, February 3, 2016

29 Day Cowboy Bebop Challenge, Day 3: Worst Episode

Normally, I really do love doing the "worst episode" days because there's always That Episode that just makes me cringe and want to throw my controller at my TV (I'm looking at you, "Black Market"), but with Cowboy Bebop, there are only episodes that I'm more "meh" about. They're not actually bad, I guess, but they just don't meet my expectations. And with Bebop, my expectations are exceptionally high.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

29 Day Cowboy Bebop Challenge, Day 2: Best Episode

I know I'm a day behind, but with work, sleep, and trying to get my house looking like it's not a part of a shantytown, things have been a little on the crazy side. Excuses aside, here's Day 2:

It's always a little tough to narrow a series down to the best episode, especially one as consistently amazing as Cowboy Bebop, and I've been going back and forth for a bit now as to which one I think is the king of the mountain. I was able to narrow it down to what I believe is one of the best character-building episodes of all time: "Speak Like a Child."

Monday, February 1, 2016

29 Day Cowboy Bebop Challenge, Day 1: How I Was Introduced to Cowboy Bebop

Via Online Anime Store
I have to thank Toonami for so many things: The Big O, Tenchi Muyo, Reboot, Sailor Moon (coming soon to a challenge near you!), Space Dandy (I am not ashamed of this in the least), Gundam Wing, and of course, Cowboy Bebop.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

29 Day Cowboy Bebop Challenge

Cowboy Bebop
Well, kids, it's time for another! Like last February, this challenge is a little shorter because of the number of days in the month, and I figured I'd go with another anime. Cowboy Bebop is, like most anime, a single season, but it does not disappoint in terms of great animation, plot, action, and character development. For a lot of people, it was the gateway into the medium of Japanese animation, myself included. Behold what is in store!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Well, the last quarter of the year has been a complete bitch.

Okay, it's time to play catch up. What with NaNoWriMo - which I didn't finish because, well, I'll get to that in a second - the Reboot challenge, hosting my first ever Thanksgiving dinner, working now two jobs, and traveling to Nashville for Christmas, I haven't really had much energy or time to dedicate to my blog. I feel really bad about it, not so much because people pay attention to what I have to say, but because this is kind of like my diary, my way of processing through whatever it is that happens to be whirling around in my head at the moment. It's helpful for me to process things that way.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 30: What I Would Like to See Next

When I found out Reboot was getting ... rebooted, I had mixed feelings. One, obviously, was OMGOMGOMGOMG, and the next was, "Wait, what? Noooooooooo," followed by confusion and a kind of "meh" feeling. I mean, I wasn't too thrilled with the comic several years ago, and apparently, Rainmaker Animation is going to combine live action and digital stuff because Users are now Guardians or something. I don't know. I'm trying not to pre-judge the show like I did with Supergirl, which I am totally enjoying by the way, but as someone who is kind of over reboots, it's proving to be rather difficult to keep an open mind about it.

This is one of those times I feel like things should be left alone and that the entire series should just be released on Blu-Ray. Yes, even the dismal fourth season. I am, after all, the person who owns all of the seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Friends because I am a completionist. So that is what I would prefer to see.

And here ends my 30 Day Challenge! Onto your regularly scheduled programming, I suppose, at least until February, which seems a lot closer than it should, actually. Damn, time flies.

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 29: How Reboot Inspires Me

Good gracious, the easier thing to do would be to write about how Reboot doesn't inspire me, because damn if my list isn't long: the world creation, the gradual character development, the storylines (except the fourth season in general, naturally), the visuals, the diversity of the female cast, etc. Even with its issues, which I've gone over this month, Reboot is still miles above a lot of TV that came after it.

I really do wish that children's programming took a bit of inspiration from Reboot. It was obviously made for children, especially evident in the first two seasons, but it didn't necessarily dumb things down for them (unless they were forced to by censors, but whatever) or put a moral-of-the-story at the end of each episode. Like John Hughes movies from the 80s, where the main characters were all teenagers dealing with teenager angst and confusion and what-have-you, the audience wasn't looked down upon and expected to be too stupid or inexperienced to understand what was going on. I mean, just take a look at My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic as another example. Both MLP and Reboot have a large following of adult viewers, and both the adult and child audiences appreciate the messages and the fun of each show, even if they're on different levels. While I don't think I'll ever create something meant for kids - I'm not saying ever, but it's highly unlikely, since I like to use the word "fuck" a lot and apparently, people aren't too keen on introducing their kids to swearing early on - it is definitely encouraging to see that writers can still talk about Issues without completely dumbing it down or treating children like they are incapable of getting more complex messages than what they get out of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 28: Best Fan Art

Seeing as how I didn't do a music segment for this challenge, I'm going to put more effort into showing you guys some awesome fan art. Dammit, every time I do something like this, it inspires me to do more fan art myself. One of these days, I'm going to follow through on that threat. 

Anyway, enjoy!!

Friday, November 27, 2015

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 27: Most Dated Concept

God, this entire series is dated. I mean, it was made in the mid-90s, so what can you expect, really, but it's so hard to pick just one thing that is ridiculously behind the times. I think I'm going to have to go with Gigabyte, the super powerful virus that was created when Hex and Megabyte merged. Even back then, a gigabyte of anything seemed ridiculous.

"I am never going to fill up that much space!"

And now, yeah, my phone has 9G, and it's almost full. And I don't even have any music on it. I'm not sure what they'd have to call that virus now. A zettabyte* maybe?

Day 28: Best Fan Art >


* I am woefully behind in my computer science knowledge. I used to be so informed. Sigh. 

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 26: Change in Design

When ABC cancelled Reboot after its second season and the show went to Canada, things started looking a little different. Not only was the show more willing to go a bit darker thematically - having Bob thrown out of Mainframe into the web was obviously a turning point - the character designs
were allowed to be a bit more nuanced (aka adultified), and the graphics for the backgrounds and scenery were beautifully rendered, like I said back on Day 24..

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