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PARASYTE REVIEW


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Do you love Science fiction? Do you love Aliens? Do you love horror? Do you love questioning all of mankind? If so, you need to watch Parasyte. Parasyte is the journey of a sixteen year old Shinichi Izumi and Migi, the Parasyte. Think of Invasion of the Body Snatchers except the pods are replaced with Parasytes along with so many other things. LOOK THE PREMISE IS LIKE THE SHORT FILM/BOOK, BUT THIS SHOW IS COMPLETELY ORIGINAL ON HOW THEIR STORY IS TOLD. This is Parasyte: The Attack on Humanity and Development of a Species! Some say it is an overrated anime, I don’t believe that. I think Parasyte is great series that is worth at least one full watch.

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STORY: 8.5

I could just spoil it all for you, but that wouldn’t be a fun review now would it? As I have mentioned previously, the story is kind of like Invasion of the Bodysnatcher. Parasitic aliens decide to make a one way trip to Earth picking Japan for their residence because…well Japan is a good vacation spot for aliens along with Maine. Weird stuff happens in Maine. These Parasytes (look that’s how it is spelled in the show, leave me alone grammar senpai) burrow into the brains through ears or nose of their targets when they are vulnerable for feeding and other purposes. Our protagonist Izumi Shinchi gets visited by one lone Parasyte named Migi. Migi tries to take over Shinichi’s brain, but he fails and decides to burrows through his arm instead. Migi ends up becoming Izumi’s right hand retaining all of his knowledge and personality. From there, a bond is formed between the two and it is not like Izumi was like “OH MY GOD! YES A PARASYTE HAND WITH POWERS! NOW I WILL BE COOL!”. He was freaked out at first, but once he learns what other Parasytes are doing to humans Shinichi finds his purpose: to fight for humanity. From the Government knowing about the Parasytes to the Shinichi’s majors transformations to the Parasytes trying to better themselves to balancing a social life, this story has many twists, turns, and cliffhangers that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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CHARACTERS: 9

The cast of Parasyte contains a wide range of personalities. I am sure you will become attached to at least one character in this show. Our main characters are Migi & Izumi. I enjoyed Migi the most for his intelligence and heartlessness. Migi wants to learn more about where he came from and has no time for anyone getting in his way. He may be heartless, but he does care enough to protect and co-operate with his host. Izumi Shinichi is more of a nerd transitioning into fearless machine and transforming overall as a person. Together they become a team that learns and relies on each other. The supporting cast is pretty amazing. For example, Izumi’s best friend and possible love interest Murano Satomi. She is always making sure Izumi is okay and still Izumi. How about Kana Kimishima is a delinquent who through great story telling becomes something more than just a bully. Finally, Takeshi Hirokawa is a person of power who knows about the Parasytes and is doing something about it. There are so many supporting characters that play their parts very well in this show. Without the supporting cast, PARASYTE would have been quite cliche and boring. It definitely would not have as much depth.

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ANIMATION: 8.5

The animation was handled by MADHOUSE who is behind some amazing anime like Death Note, No Game No Life, The new Hunter X Hunter reboot, and ONE PUNCH MAN! I couldn’t find anything animated poorly. MADHOUSE always does a wonderful job with the animation. The Animation wasn’t mesmerizing, but it was far from awful and okay. A stellar job from MADHOUSE! You can always count on MADHOUSE!

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SOUNDTRACK: 8

The opening theme “Let Me Hear” by Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas is very likable. It is like heavy metal meets autotune which I found pretty cool. I enjoyed the song, but I didn’t listen to it all the way through for every episode like I did ONE PUNCH MAN. It is something you can hear 23 times straight through and enjoy, but I did skip it to get right in to the story as it progressed.”Let Me Hear” fits the overall tone of the show as well. It is kind of dark yet, it pumps you up for the next episode. It’s not catchy, besides the opening lines of the song, but I don’t think Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas meant it to be. Great song though. The ending theme “IT’S THE RIGHT TIME” by Daichi Miura  is perfect for this show. With all the chaotic events that go on in this show, it is good to hear a soft and delicate ballad about moving forward and human emotions (which play a huge part in Izumi’s progression..). I enjoyed this theme more than the opening theme and I like heavy metal, but Daichi Miura’s voice is like silk to me. I really enjoyed it. I must point out ALL of the background music was Incredible too! It was like dub-step meets trap in some cases. The background tunes sometimes felt out of place during some of the drama, but when it works, it works really well!

Additional Thoughts

PARASYTE does not need a sequel. I feel like everything wrapped up very well. There weren’t any real loose ends I could think of. PARASYTE does not need spin-off show either. I know one could be created  about another person with a PARASYTE years after the events in this anime, but it is not necessary. I only cried one time during this whole anime and that was in episode 18. 18 is such a tearjerker. I really enjoyed PARASYTE and I would watch it again at a later date with people so I can get different perspectives of this anime.

Conclusion

Should you kill something that’s trying to live on your planet or should you let it be and watch what happens? Do you let the PARASYTES or body snatchers continue to feed and research humanity learning their purpose or do you do something about it to make your world a safer place? Do you gain more sympathy for an organism if you are affected by one especially an organism that is intelligent and has a personality? Would this narrative expose completely different perspective if Izumi was simply fighting alien organism for humanity? I can answer that last question with of course! It would be every movie and book about humans fighting aliens for mankind. PARASYTE will make you think about your humanity and all of those that inhabit the world we live in. I believe Izumi’s speech at the end of this anime sums up all these points in a much greater fashion and better than I ever could. PARASYTE is different. it is a psychological joyride with heavy dosages of Sci-fi and horror. If you like different types of anime out of your comfort zone give it a watch. I can’t guarantee you’ll like it because everyone has different tastes, but IT IS WORTH A WATCH. Sure we aren’t half fish or half alien organism, but to quote Izumi “it would be human arrogance to think we understand everything that is not human”.

Overall Rating: 8.7

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One Punch Man Review


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Hello Internet! Today is a special day to review a special anime that is becoming a phenomenon! I’ve been avoiding this show for a while because I just didn’t believe the hype. Also, I cannot stand shows that are hyped by the anime community as an awesome experience when in reality it falls short from its expectations. Thankfully, One Punch Man did not fall short. It has only been a year, but One Punch Man has achieved cult status. After viewing the show, I completely understand why because One Punch Man deserves all the praise it has been receiving. Welcome to my special leap day review of One Punch Man! In honor of Saitama, this review will be 1000 words or less.

Story: 8
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The story of One Punch Man is simply hilarious. It pokes a lot of fun of the traditional tropes of an shonen anime. You know a hero trains to get stronger, loses, finds out there is a big boss, loses, gets stronger, filler, gets stronger, and eventually beating the big boss for the grand happy ending leading to another big boss or season 2. This show does none of that. Instead our protagonist, Saitama, breaks all of those rules. He is a hero for fun who is extremely overpowered to the point he is bored of fighting. For a second, I thought Saitama was struggling with his humanity while exploring deeper ideas besides finding an opponent worthy of fighting.I guess that’s just me. Saitama is joined by a cyborg named Genos who has a very decent story as well. It was quite shonen-ish, but great overall. I’m not gonna go into too many details because who needs a long ass origin story or explanation. Just know when the adventure begins, be prepared to enjoy the journey because I did.

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IT’S A MADHOUSE! MADHOUSE is simply amazing, I don’t know what else to say. I don’t think I have ever seen a bad Madhouse show. The animation is flawless, crisp, and simple. The OK Saitama face is definitely a highlight along with just about every scene Tornado is in. I left it for you to laugh at. LAUGH WITH ME DAMN IT! LOOK IT IS MADHOUSE…MADHOUSE IS NOT GONNA LET YOU DOWN. THE ANIMATION IS VERY PLEASING TO THE EYES BECAUSE IT IS MADHOUSE!

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ONE PUNCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Listen, yall this is one of the best opening theme songs I have ever heard in my life. I’m not exaggerating it is as simple as that. “The Hero” will get you so pumped, so hyped, so prepared to take on the world and punch stuff! I scream the One Punch part every time I hear it. Jam Project knocked it out of the park with this theme.

JUST WATCH JAM PROJECT PERFORM IT LIVE! IT IS BEAUTIFUL.

ISN’T THAT AMAZING?! This song alone gives the music score a ten! BTW the ending theme (“Hoshi yori Saki ni Mitsukete Ageru (星より先に見つけてあげる)” by Hiroko Moriguchi) is pretty awesome.

Here is that theme for your listening pleasure.

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MAIN CHARACTERS
Saitama – The strongest hero in the universe point blank, I am declaring Saitama the strongest human in the anime universe. In order to become a hero, Saitama went under an intense training & diet regiment to obtain his goal to the point he went bald. He has acheived that goal and you would think he would be an egomaniac. WRONG. Saitama is a laid back, care free, frugal, hero for fun that world doesn’t seem to notice despite Saitama saving the city frequently. Saitama is the king of training and sales at the supermarket all at the age of 25.

Genos – The lone cyborg willing to get stronger under the training of Saitama. Genos is very loyal, but he is extremely serious like most shonen characters. His origin story created the classic “20 words or less” rule which I find very amusing. I was thinking the show was gonna shift more towards his story at one point. If this show as about Genos, this would have been your typical anime about one character’s journey to retribution.

SUPPORTING CHARACTERS -NOW listen I am not gonna name every single supporting character because EVERY SINGLE SUPPORTING CHARACTER IS FREAKING AMAZING! THEY ALL ADD SOMETHING TO EACH EPISODE! IT may be a little moment or a one liner, but damn I gotta admit this show made each one of the supporting characters feel important when they were on the screen. I absolutely loved the way this show treated their supporting cast because each one of them could have an episode or an series or OVA about them. Mumen Rider is hilarious while Handsome Mask the other word for a male rooster! The heroes association alone could have an anime & I WOULD WATCH EVERY SINGLE EPISODE.

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1. A huge thank you to Shingo Natsume for directing this anime and making One Punch Man everything it is supposed to be.

2.  I had thought that left me a tad conflicted. While Saitama is extremely powerful…ok over powered, would I be rooting for him if he was the villain of the anime? I think the answer would still be yes. Saitama is likable and I think that’s what sets him apart from antagonist that are considered cheap (I’m looking at you Aizen). What do you think?

3. Second season please?! PLEASE?!

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One Punch Man is simply amazing. It was a wonderful ride that pokes fun at the shonen genre along with tropes of anime. The story isn’t something too memorable, but it is hilarious. Everything else besides that is perfect. I can understand how some people may not like OPM since everything ends in 1 punch & the comedy may get a bit repetitive sometimes due to the punchline is the same despite a different setup. Besides that, One Punch Man is an amazing anime that I highly recommend you to watch!

Saitama can beat just about anyone…yep I said it. GET ON THE SAITAMA TRAIN

Final Score: 9.5

Till next review!

-MCZX

Golden Boy Review!!!


Golden Boy

Golden Boy

In 1995, the anime world learned how to STUDY! OH how I wish there was so much more to STUDY in Golden Boy! I really do! Golden Boy is about a twenty-five year old, easy-going, perverted, job hopping, part-timer named Kintarou Ooe who quit law school because to Kintarou it was too easy. You see despite being a complete pervert Kintarou Ooe is a genius. A genius who is spending his days studying life. STUDY is his motto and after you finish watching Golden Boy it just might be yours too.

Story: 8

To be honest, the show overall doesn’t have an long arc or long plot. It is just there. There is a great back story that I wish was explored much more than the lessons in each show. I mean who wouldn’t want to know how Kintarou Ooe became so smart to the point where he can drop out of law school and travel the world studying life? Was Kintarou an alien or is he just really eager to learn?! WHO KNOWS! I WISH WE COULD HAVE KNOWN BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE WATCHED THAT!!! Besides the awesome backstory, there is no real drawn out adventure to why Kintarou does what he does. The way this show plays out reminds me of a sillier, perverted version of Mushishi where the protagonist goes from place to place teaching a lesson or solving trouble. Unlike Mushishi, I noticed in the majority of episodes tend to play out the same except two of the six. This isn’t a bad thing, but the formula to how some characters are introduced stays the same. The formula is different in episode three, but that’s one tiny variation. Episode three is a much watch by the way. It is definitely the stand out of episode of the series. Every episode in Golden Boy is top notch and definitely rewatchable!

Animation: 9

The animation was done by Shueisha and KSS. It was produced by Rikizo Chino (Shueisha) and Kazuo Suzaki (KSS). I won’t lie I am completely biased to the art and animation in Golden Boy. Why? I’ll tell you. The art direction reminds me of shows like Dragonball Z, Sailor Moon, Yu Yu Hakusho, Ronin Warriors, etc. I grew up watching animes like this so that means totally biased. I really appreciate the  old school style animation.

Characters: 10

I would touch on the supporting characters (Haha), but there is no real reason to. I feel like describing them will spoil some episodes. They aren’t forgettable as a supporting cast, they are great characters. I just don’t see the point of doing a deep analysis on characters that show up a total of two times. There is only one main character that truly matters in this anime and that’s the Golden Boy, Kintarou Ooe! As I have said before, Kintarou’s mission is to study life and learn all he can from it. It is a very admirable task I must say. He travels on his Crescent Moon mountain bike from town to town getting whatever part time jobs he can. I’m sure he has a huge extended family due to his travels. On the outside, he portrays a bumbling, perverted idiot with a toilet fetish. Seriously he has a toilet gag that happens four times in the series. IT is very….hilarious and disgusting because well it is. It is top level pervert game though. However, this is all apart of Kintarou’s master plan. That’s just what he wants you to think because Kintarou is a genius after all. There is so much more to the Golden Boy than people know! He wants you to judge the cover of the book instead of actually reading it. You see Kintarou truly cares about every single lady and person he runs into. Kintarou is a very compassionate, complex, strong, humorous, genius. He will go to any lengths to protect the ones he cares for. From taking a beating to covering up the truth to shield a friend’s feelings, Kintarou will save his friends from pain and suffering. Believe it or not he reminds me of Ryu from street fighter. Instead of searching for a good fight, he is searching for great life lessons and women. I feel like he is a very mysterious character too. It isn’t weird he is very excited to learn because I am the same way, but what is his overall mission once he is done learning about life? How long will he study? When will he settle down?! The world may never know. This is the great mystery of Kinatrou Ooe! A very complex character who will definitely sniff your ass or the toilet seat you sit on if you are lady. Kintarou Ooe the classic man.

Soundtrack: 7

The opening theme was done by Joyo Katayanagi. It is called “Opening” and I found it very catchy. A dope instrumental can go a long way. The ending theme is called “Study A Go! Go!” was done by Golden Girls, Hiroyuki Kitakubo, Saito Kanji, and Tadamisu Hiro. While the theme did fit with the Kintarou’s motto, I found myself skipping it more than singing along with it. It’s not bad, but I just didn’t care too much for it.

Additional Mentions

Kintarou Ooe’s adventures could be endless. I feel like six episodes wasn’t enough because I got extremely invested in Kintarou’s character. I wish it was longer so we could have gotten the chance to explore Kintarou’s backstory! I wanted to see if he would settle down in town and be epic there. I wanted so much more, but I understand why limit it to six episodes. Too much of a good thing can turn sour. Bow out leaving the crowd wanting more instead of over feeding them I guess.

SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS WITH YOUR PARENTS?! NO and YES. No because well of your parents are squeamish at boobs, perverts and sex stuff just watch it alone. If they are cool let them experience the greatness of Golden Boy.

My initial thoughts Golden Boy was simple. It is about a lucky perverted guy who gets laid at the end of every episode. I’m so glad I was wrong about half of that lol. A pervert is easy to spot out in the anime world.

Conclusion

Golden Boy is one of the classic comedic animes that goes underrated in my eyes. I’m sure it was big in the 90s, but due to it’s “raunchy” content (which really is not that bad) the show may have gotten overlooked for more kid friendly, action oriented shows. The show is only six episodes which is about two hours and tweny three minutes! I’m sure you can find the show on youtube, crunchyroll, the internet or just buy the blu-ray if they have it. Golden Boy is worth your time! You will laugh! You will yell at the screen! You will realize being a genius is awesome! You will want more! Most importantly you will embrace, the perverted genius known as Kintarou Ooe!

Final Rating: 8.5

Story:  8
Animation: 9
Characters: 10
Soundtrack: 7

Till the next review!!!

– MCZX!

Christmas Crush Movie Review… Merry Christmas.


Welcome to….wait…wrong series.

First things first, Merry Christmas to everyone out there! I hope you are all safe, got to spend time with your families and most importantly got what you wanted from Santa. Whether that is peace, a PS4, Xbox One, a love life, closure, good health, or a movie review from one of your favorite bloggers.

Well I got you on that movie review! You see last night I was pursuing on twitter and comedian Lauren Flans said the following:

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“I have found it. I have found THE worst made-for-TV Christmas movie EVER MADE. It’s on Netflix. It’s called Christmas Crush. Treat yourself.”

To which I responded with:

@UKnowBoutMatt
I’ll check it out I have nothing better to do lol.

Everyone, I wish I didn’t watch this movie…I wish I didn’t commit to my tweet, I wish I could have my hour and twenty minutes back because Christmas Crush maybe one of the worst romantic comedies and Christmas movies I have ever seen. I was amazed at how bad it was. SO I figured since I didn’t do a special this year, WHY not share my experience with Christmas Crush. After all, I won the internet last night because of watching this film. Buckle up because you are in for very uncomfortable generic ride! Thank you for this gift, Lauren because….I got this out of it. This is Christmas Crush also known as Holiday High School Reunion on IMDB.  This movie is so bad it doesn’t even know what it’s name is. Damn shame. Also this is  spoiler free because I want you to see it…you need to see this.

THE PLOT

“Stuffing bras is your job, Thinking will get you fired.” One minute in and I was already disgusted. Clearly thinking does not need to occur when writing movies like this. When I said this movie is generic, I was not kidding. All you need total is fifteen minutes to figure out the plot. Fifteen minutes and you will already know the end of the movie. Here is the plot: girl has a crappy job, comes home for Christmas, has flashbacks about ex, has 3 best friends who really aren’t friends, has a male best friend who likes her, gets an invite for a high school reunion at Preston High (really who holds a reunion during Christmas?), misses and plans to get ex back as motivation to go to the reunion, and hilarity is supposed to ensue. That’s it. If you can’t figure out what the main character is going to learn about herself after fifteen minutes of watching this film, you haven’t seen many films. I can’t go any further into the plot without spoiling the movie. Honestly, it wouldn’t matter if I spoiled the movie. It is that bad, but I want you to be the judge. Made for TV my ass, a bad film is a bad film.

THE CHARACTERS

Georgia Hunt – The protagonist of the movie. She is a delusional twenty-eight year old with crappy job with a fashion company. She was voted most likely to succeed in High School also part of the cheerleading team. I cared nothing for Georgia Hunt because she reminds me of women who will ignore greatness if it sat next to them. She reminds me of women who cannot catch on to cues. She reminds me of women who will alter their memories to meet the narrative in their brain. She reminds me of women who have millions of flashbacks for every little thing. OH IT HAPPENS A LOT IN THIS MOVIE. I will admit she is likable at times in the movie, but overall I just don’t care. She was too generic for me. She is cute, but whatever man. I wasn’t invested in her character because there wasn’t much to invest in. Basically generic Lifetime protagonist.

Ben Oliver – The male protagonist of the movie I guess. He is Georgia’s ride or die since high school. If you don’t know what ride or die means, this means he is Georgia’s best friend. Ben is an artist and was one of the weird kids in school that some how befriended one of the most popular girls in school. It turns out Georgia isn’t a complete idiot or bad person. Ben, unfortunately, is one of those hopeless romantics who think their best friend they fell in love with will eventually understand that they love them in that way. OF course the artist never gets the girl over the meathead. It never happens. She’ll realize that the artist type actually cares and dates him in 10 years. 10 years. Let me tell you something, Ben Oliver was the only character I was invested in because he reminded me of myself. I fell in love with my best friend too except she didn’t fall in love with a jockass meathead, she fell for a quality person so kudos to him I guess. This is me being mature. I was one of the weird kids and she was cool too. I yelled at the screen so many times at Ben because I didn’t want him to save her. Of course he will never listen, but I had to yell. DON’T DO IT when she is completely oblivious to the fact that he likes her. In my case, she knows very well I love her and still do. Team Ben is the only team that matters in this movie. THIS MOVIE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABOUT BEN.

Craig – Craig has no last name. Craig is a typical meathead who should have grown up after high school, but throwing a football into a punchbowl still requires high fives from bros. He is a meathead jock who used to date Georgia. He is the reason for the season of Georgia returning to fiend him. Basically…think College bro meathead who likes football and you have Craig. He sucks a bag of spikes.

Tory – Also has no last name. Very unlikeable. Apparently she is Georgia’s best friend despite being in competition with her since high school. She is a lingerie model and works in fashion business. Tory is part of the glee club too. You will hate Tory immediately trust me she is the worst.

Heather – What is the deal with no last names? Generic Blonde who is obsessed with her weight while having a chocolate addiction. That is her only thing in the movie. I’m serious.

Katie – Another one with no last name….I guess the writer’s just said screw it. Katie likes older men. Katie has orgasms hearing the periodic table (I’m DEAD ASS SERIOUS THIS HAPPENS IN THE MOVIE). Katie wants to sleep with an old teacher. There I saved you sometime.

Mr. Taylor – Katie sleeps with Mr. Taylor. Teacher at Preston High.

Beverly Hunt – Georgia Hunt’s Mom and Teacher at Preston High.

Brooke – No last name. Just randomly appears in the movie and apparently knows Ben.

MOMENTS IN THE MOVIE THAT PISSED ME OFF

You know what instead of going all in depth about how this movie is bad for the Christmas culture, I decided to compile a few moments from the film that left me speechless. I mean there is really nothing more to say about this film without spoiling it.

  • “Stuffing bras is your job, Thinking will get you fired.” This is one minute in the movie. It makes you question the company she is working for.
  • “He used my necklace, I’m a genius. *Hums O Holy Night*” I definitely don’t understand the sequence. I mean it kinda makes sense later on in the film.
  • A PHOTO SHE HAS A FLASHBACK ON IS PHOTO SHOPPED. I KID YOU NOT, THAT PICUTRE IS PHOTOSHOPPED OR MY EYES ARE DECEIVING ME. NO SERIOUSLY I WANT YOU TO LOOK AT IT. LOOK AT THIS PHOTO AND TELL ME THIS ISN’T PHOTOSHOPPED.  I KNOW YALL CAN SEE THAT OR I AM TRIPPING.Photo
  • THAT FREAKING PERIODIC TABLE SCENE. FELLAS TAKE NOTES ON THIS SCENE…JUST THIS SCENE!
  • CLICHES EXTRAORDINAIRE
  • SUPER COMMON TROPES
  • This entire film.

I seriously had enough talking about this move…go to the final rating please.

FINAL RATING

Christmas Crush or Holiday High School Reunion (which is a much worse name than Christmas Crush) is probably as Lauren said one of the worst made-for-tv Christmas movies ever made. She wasn’t lying. She wasn’t joking around like I thought because Comedians do that some times. She was absolutely right. I wasted an hour and twenty-seven minutes of my life suffering through this film. I know made-for-tv films aren’t near the caliber of major motion pictures, but can the writers, producers, and directors of films like these at least try to make them amazing. Just a little effort is all I ask. It was like Christmas Crush was slapped together by a bunch of angsty adults who hate their lives and wanted a film to represent their hope to find happiness. Why rely on some many cliches and generic tropes throughout the film? Is it easier to just not try? For example, why have so many flashback scenes if the characters still look like they are 30 in high school? No one thought wait, maybe we should hire four younger actors to play the characters in these flashbacks. I don’t understand. Film is supposed to be an art from we take seriously. Effort and time must go in it in order for greatness to come out of it. Maybe in 2012, this was acceptable. To be fair, this isn’t the absolute worse film of all time, but when it comes to made-for-tv- movies this takes the crown. The film is average at best. Nothing is special about it. You might not even get as mad as I was when you finish the film. My only peace is that I survived the horrors of the average and generic Christmas Crush.

Thank you Lauren Flans for tweeting about this monstrosity of a Christmas movie. It really brought a lot of anger out of me. Hell I reviewed the freaking thing. Thank you again for being awesome on Twitter. It was a fun night of yelling at my computer screen. Now reader go on your Netflix or borrow a friend’s and watch a Christmas Crush. I hope you survive through this film. It the only prize I can offer you!

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars on Netflix. 2 out of 10 in life.

Till next review! I’m MC Zero  X.

Bye Bye!

FLCL Review


FLCL
also known as
FOOLY COOLY Or FURI KURI

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Once every blue moon, one anime gains the power to divide its community into two groups over time. Love or Hate. FLCL is one of those animes. To some, FLCL is considered a cult classic telling a beautiful story coupled with a great soundtrack, wonderful animation and unforgettable characters. To others, this anime is a huge crock of BS with forgettable characters, confusing animation/art direction, and a great soundtrack. Seriously, just go read some of the reviews on myanimelist.net. You’ll have a ball. For an anime that is six episodes and lasted for a year, this is a little unsettling. Speaking for myself, I am in the middle. I know I enjoyed watching Fooly Cooly, however, I finished the show extremely confused. FLCL can be considered one of those shows you just have to watch in order to understand what I mean.

Story: 7
If you asked anyone to explain what FLCL is about, answers may vary depending on you ask. Some say it is a coming of age story of a young kid growing into an adult while others say it has no story whatsoever. If you ask me, I really couldn’t tell you, but I do have some ideas. First, a spoiler free edition of the story goes a little something like this “Nothing amazing happens here. Everything is ordinary”. This is the first quote from episode one. A twelve boy named Naota Nandaba lives in a mundane town where nothing happens. He is “friends” or “more than friends” with a seventeen year old girl named Mamimi Samejima. Trust me, it is a very creepy theme in the show that made me a bit uncomfortable. Anyways a “nineteen year old? girl” makes a grand entrance on a motor bike named Haruko Haruhara and everything goes chaotic after it. This is the part where I shut up about the story because if I delegate any further, I will be rambling. Once I finished the show, I could see the themes of growing up or the road to maturity that most fans of the show speak of. I see another message about staying a kid and not rushing to grow up because it can bring utter chaos plus trouble if you do. I also see a show that has no story and tries to throw one together real fast with no actual pacing. One can argue that the story is just a big experimental piece that encourages the viewer to put the pieces together. I don’t know. Maybe making no sense was the whole plan? Not understanding the story completely was a really big gripe for me because I truly wanted to. I feel the story is the most riveting aspect of FLCL that will determine whether you’ll love or hate the show. I liked it yet it was a bomb of confusion.

Animation: 9.5
GAINAX. This one of the many animes done by the legendary anime studio GAINAX. Once I saw a their name on the show I knew the animation going to be amazing. What I didn’t expect is the various styles of animation this show took on. From a manga scene to a stylistic horror anime to an over the top action shows to a caligraphy drama scene to sports animes to even parodying South Park’s style, FLCL attempts to do it all. I find that very impressive. Maybe that explains why the show was drawn out over a year. If this show was longer, I bet GAINAX would have tackled even more animations styles. The fight scenes were very tight and sharp. You can even say they are pretty quick, but I did not see one sloppy animation in this entire show. GAINAX did one hell of a job with this show, but I can’t that surprised. They are the studio that did Neon Genesis Evangelion, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, and Gurren Lagann. They are absolute bosses at animation no matter what type it is.

Characters: 8.5
I’m just going to cover the three main characters in this show. The supporting cast is fantastic, but there isn’t enough information on all of them to really provide a full fledged profile. These three characters are complex yet simple. You can sum them up in a couple of sentences and you could write a biography about all three if you wanted to.

Naota Nandaba – DO you remember when you were younger and you wanted to act older than you actually were? Naota reminds me of that. Naota is the main character of the FLCL. Naota can be considered the second lead character next to Haruko. He tries to act cool and more mature than he actually is. Very detached to the world too. He is very nonchalant despite all of the insane stuff going on in his city. He hangs out with friends his age along with Mamimi who is in high school. He is more annoyed when Mamimi tries to fool around with him and he gets mad when she acts out. He looks out for her. I think he is like this because he idolizes his big brother Tasuku. If I was Naota, he is probably thinking “this is what Tasuku would do”. He views Tasuku as a true adult while he views the adults around him as children. Tasuku is mentioned throughout the show, but he never makes an appearance. Naota struggles to grow up and stay his age with everything going around him. Be like your “big adult brother” or figure out who you are, who you like, and what to do amiss of this crisis that’s entered your life? It is a lot to take in if you were in his shoes. Naota is a great character full of depth and embodies the 12 year old wanting to grow up, but not knowing how.

Haruko “Vespa woman, Raharu, Haru” Haruhara – Jeeze she has a lot of nickname. Haruko can be viewed as a mysterious, badass, tomboy who’s here to inject some excitement in Naota’s life along with the town where nothing amazing happens. I also saw her as a manipulative, selfish person for how she used Naota. You will have to watch the story to understand why because I don’t want to give it away. She is hilarious and extremely energetic. She a good amount of dick jokes too. She is also the house maid of Naota’s house despite being a stranger to Naota. IT is hilarious. Haruko reminds Naota of his brother, which in turn reminds him of what an adult would do in certain situations. She exemplifies cool adult to Naota. Let’s make one thing clear without Haruko this “story” wouldn’t make a ton of sense. Once she makes her grand entrance this story becomes a roller coaster. Haruko is one of the most memorable characters in such a short series. To be honest, she is the show. She is the catalyst!

Mamimi Samejima – Known as “Naota’s Wife” to Naota’s friends in school, Mamimi is an caring, absentee high school student who is very childlike for her age with no real control over her life. She is seventeen, but she acts like a 13 year old. She is a pyromaniac. Ok let me rephrase that, she likes to burn things sometimes. She is a chain smoker too, but only when she is stressed out or doesn’t get what she wants. She and Naota tend to hang under a bridge and sometimes mess around. Clearly, she is sexually frustrated. Mamimi doesn’t do anything too explicit on camera to Naota, but she does things like nibble on his ear and stuff. She does this because Mamimi used to be Tasuku’s girlfriend till he moved to America. She does it to hold on to him I guess. Mamimi likes to take care of people who aren’t strong willed yet she isn’t very strong willed when she doesn’t have a hold on herself. She may be very destructive at times too when she is alone. It is also hinted that she may come from a poor or broken family which leads her to bad attendance plus the break up with Tasuku she won’t let go of. Mamimi going through the ringer.

Soundtrack: 10
RIDE ON SHOOTING STAR!!! This song brings back so many memories. I remember when I was 13 and heard this song. Ride On Shooting Star was one of the first anime themes I had in my iPod. This is one of the greatest ending themes of all time. NOT UP FOR DEBATE. YOU WILL JUST HAVE TO FEEL IT. Ride On Shooting Star is definitely up there in the top ten anime closing themes. FLCL doesn’t have a opening theme, but it doesn’t need one. All of the music throughout the show makes up for that including that bad ass theme song. The Pillows are amazing. I became a fan of their music after hearing that song when I was thirteen. I advise you to go listen to some of their stuff. Despite the language barrier, I feel it! Most of the music from this show comes from the album “Happy Bivouac” which is freaking amazing. Whoever decided to pick The Pillows for this anime did a wonderful job because it is a perfect fit. I can’t imagine any other compositions for this show that is not The Pillows. 10/10 would listen to over and over again.

Additional Mentions
I heard there was going to be a reboot of FLCL due to Production IG acquiring the rights to the show. If there was going to be a reboot of FLCL, I would enjoy if they really fleshed out the story instead of going all rapid fire. I like the experimental type of story where we viewers have to put the piece together, however, the characters are too interesting to not know the full story in my opinion. Just when I was getting attached to the characters the show is over. I felt there was supposed to be a sequel too because of a hint at the end of the show. So a reboot would be great as long as it kept the same soundtrack and animation style. I would hate to see a gritty space, Sci-Fi anime called FLCL. Keep it in that area of funny and serious. It may not even be a reboot, Production IG could have just acquired the rights just to have em. Who knows? Time will tell.

Review Conclusion

Either you will love FLCL for its over the top, rapid fire, experimental coming of age story along with great main and supporting characters, soundtrack, and animation or you will hate FLCL for not having enough story and pacing, forgettable characters, convoluted animation. YOU WILL NOT HATE THIS SHOW BECAUSE OF THE SOUNDTRACK BECAUSE THAT EQUALS A SWIFT ROUND HOUSE TO THE HEAD OR A HAYMAKER TO THE HEAD IF YOU CAN’T GET YOUR LEG UP THAT HIGH. You could just be like me. In the middle, trying to figure out why you enjoyed yourself so much when there wasn’t much of a story that you could piece together. Maybe a story isn’t the most important aspect of a show sometimes. Maybe the story doesn’t have to make a whole lot of sense or have a huge plot for the viewer to enjoy the experience. Maybe so or Maybe no. Hate or Love It, FLCL is going to stay on top and will continue to be a cult classic while gaining love and hate from each person who experiences this fun OVA.

Overall Rating: 8.8
Story: 7
Animation: 9.5
Character: 8.5
Soundtrack:10

RIDE ON SHOOTING STAR. STAY GOLDEN.

-MCZX

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun Review


HELLO EVERYONE! I am back with another anime review! This time I am taking on Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun! Was it good? Did it suck? Did I laugh? Did I cry? Find out in this review if this show is worth your time!!!!


Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun
Also Known As
Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun.

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki Kun 3


Let’s say right now, reading this, you are sixteen years old. You are in High School and like someone…a lot. You remember that first time you liked someone to the point where you felt like you were going crazy? Everything they did was gold and they could do nothing wrong? Yeah… it is that first like. Let’s say you meet this person at the end of school and you confess your feelings to that person. You heart and mind are racing. This could go really bad or exactly like you thought it. This person hands you an autograph of his manga name.


You are now that person’s assistant.

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA?!

This is exactly how it starts. This Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun. Premiering last year, this anime is a “romantic” comedy slash parody in some sorts. Nozaki-Kun really goes into the mind of a manga artist creating a monthly romance manga. Hence the title Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun. It is almost satire of the entire romantic comedy genre from beginning to end. Nozaki-Kun is definitely a show worth watching full of gut busting jokes. We need more shows like this.

Story: 7
Remember that whole spiel in the intro of this review? Here it is again except you aren’t 16 this time. YOU ARE YOU! Now listen! Chiyo Sakura is a 16 year old girl who confesses her love to Umetarou Nozaki, a popular manga artist no one knows about. She doesn’t really say I like you in the confession, instead she mistakenly says she is a big fan. Nozaki misunderstands this confession as a fan giving his mangas’ praise. He gives her an autograph. This leads to Chiyo using another poor choice of words (“I always want to be with you”) to express her feelings. Nozaki makes her his assistant by inviting her over to his house to work on some manga.

This is the main story pretty much. Girl loves boy, boy loves work, girl loves boy so much that she will do anything to learn more about him even being his assistant and both have hilarious friends/inspirations. That’s it. If you were looking for the boy to realize the girl loves him, someone new appears, the girl begins to like that person, the friends want one to go with the other, someone is jealous of one person liking the other, and the main character should show it back like any other show, you are mistaken. I was fooled for a bit expecting another confession somewhere in the show. I was expecting this show to be a typical rom com. I’m glad this show threw a couple curveballs.

Honestly, “Nozaki-Kun” does not have a long arc or multiple sub-arcs. It isn’t trying to be a comedy drama or an extreme parody. It isn’t like “Comic Party” or “Bakuman.” where an artist need to meet a deadline to get their manga out. “Nozaki-Kun” is a straight up comedy that wants you to laugh. Nothing more, nothing less.

Animation: 8.5
The animation was handled by Doga Kobo. They do very good work even though it seems like they are pretty new to the anime scene. This is the first show I’ve seen done by them and I am impressed. The style was very appropriate for the anime. I believe there were some nods to mangas stylistically. I probably didn’t catch those since I don’t read a lot of manga, but it was nice. The show flowed very well. Everything was drawn properly. I do recall a shot being reused for Nozaki’s tools, but that is a small detail. Overall I enjoyed what I looked at. Great job Doga Kobo!

Characters: 9.5
Before I talked about all these fantastic characters, I must let you know that they make the show. Without these ensemble of characters, this show would have fell flat on its face. Without them, the comedy would have fell flat. Without these characters, I don’t know what this show would be. There are seven main characters and each of them plays certain role in the show. I swear all this makes sense once you watch the show.

Umetarou Nozaki – This is our main protagonist of this show; his name is in the title so he’s is kind of a big deal. He was the captain of the middle school basketball team. He is also known in the manga world as Sakiko Yumeno, the creator of the monthly series called “Let’s Love~”. He is a genius to me. He is also oblivious sometimes. Who am I kidding? He is oblivious just about all the time. I think he knows Chiyo likes him, but who knows? He has no real experience with love like myself lol. Nozaki is like me when it comes down to creating things. He creates based off of experiences or inspiration of other people. The way he gets inspired is that of a sponge. A sponge of experiences. You have to see it to believe it. All of his research methods are for his story and everything and I mean everything relates to love. The most basic conversation could become a point for his story. Nozaki is a monotone, tall, lazy genius who has no idea people likes him or that’s just what he wants you to think. I definitely relate to him the most minus the tall part lol.

Chiyo Sakura – ADORABLE. Chiyo Sakura is ADORABLE. An adorable puppy lol. The way she expresses how much she likes Nozaki is adorable. I wish I could do that for someone I liked a lot. If you didn’t know by now, she is the female protagonist of the show. She is the one who unsuccessfully tried to confess to the oblivious dope Nozaki, but hey she got a sweet gig as the assistant. As the assistant she is awesome at doing beta for Nozaki’s manga. She is very small with two red ribbons in her hair. Her constantly trying and failing at getting Nozaki to understand her feelings is sad yet it is hilarious! I cackled at each failure because she just has this look on her face like “really? Did he not understand what I just said?” She sets herself up to fail, but it doesn’t matter when love is involved!

Mikoto “Mikorin” Mikoshiba – Mikorin looks like the general delinquent type/bad boy which means he’s a cool popular ish fellow with a lot talent. IN TYPICAL ANIME! He does have talent, but he is a shy boy with an ego problem. He has to be reaffirmed of his awesomeness to confirm that he has some use in this world. He has a ton of charm that he hates to use because he finds it too embarrassing. The stuff he says sounds like they come straight out of a manga or something. Eventually he will turn red right after saying one of those things lol. He draws all the accessories of Nozaki’s manga. In his words, He is an eternal love hunter. Yes you are…yes you are lol.

Yuzuki “Lorelei” Seo – One complete asshole. Seo is the queen of being a smartass. She is really oblivious to everyone’s feelings. She will make sarcastic, rude, very mean comments to anyone she runs by. I think in her off time she makes boarderline offensive comments too. You can say she speaks without thinking sometimes. She is always being chased by teachers for skipping class. She also is in the choir club. She has the nickname “Lorelei” because of her as my notes put it “badass singing” voice. She pops up every now and then, but when she is on the screen you will be laughing.

Hirotaka “Waka” Wakamatsu – Waka is the freshman. At first, I thought he was Nozaki’s sibling. I’m glad I was wrong. He shows up later in the series, but plays a role in getting mangas done. He plays basketball for his school. He is in charge of screentone for Nozaki’s manga or he just does it the best. He sleeps to the music of Lorelei and doesn’t know who it is. Seo likes him I think and he can’t stand her….what the hell am I doing…just watch the show. Waka is great! Senpai definitely notices you.

Masayuki Hori – Hori is the captain of the drama club. He used to act, but stopped because he was short or because he found a protégé? I don’t really know. He still can act he just chooses not to. I don’t get it. His demeanor made me think he wasn’t even a student. He is a junior, but you wouldn’t think that. You would think he is a teacher or something I swear. He is always chasing Kashima and making sure she comes to class. I think he likes Kashima or just wants to protect her. No idea. Hori is also in charge of making the backgrounds for Nozaki’s manga. They have a deal. Hori is great overall.

Yuu Kashima – Yuu Kashima is known as “The Prince of the School”. She is the Prince of the school. She is basically Tamaki Suou from Ouran Host Club. She basically all the girls of the school and can out charm any man on the show. She has a fan club it seems of all the girls in the school. I will say she is adorable. She looks like she comes straight ouf of one of Nozaki’s mangas. The male lead as a girl pretty much. Kashima gets in trouble because of charming all the girls. She misses classes and club activities resulting in Hori finding her. She looks up to Hori as well! I think she likes him too! She is also best friends with Mikorin. Kashima would wreck any male on any rom com. Kashima is Ms. Steal Your Girl.

Soundtrack: 8
The opening theme is pretty cool. I listened through about 7 episodes straight. It is by Masayoshi Oishi and it is called “Seems It Can’t Be Anyone Other Than You”. Thank you internet for that translation. The ending theme song was pretty nice too. It was performed by Ari Ozawa and it is called Uramote Fortune. It is a great song. I liked it and usually let it play out most of the time. It was great. The ambient soundtrack was cool too….I can’t really speak much about the entire soundtrack since I did not hear it. The songs I did hear was pretty good.

Additional Comments
Season 2??? Please do a season 2. I need more of this show to exist. Hell I’ll take an OVA, just give me something!!!

Review Conclusion
Overall, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun is pretty damn hilarious. You will understand this once you watch it. This show is quite special and does the rom com genre correct. It felt great to watch a show that wasn’t exactly like a rom com. I feel like the characters carry the show. The story isn’t that important, but the scenarios and situations are. You could put any of these people in any scenario and they could make comedy gold out of it.  Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun is highly recommended by me! If you want to laugh for 12 episodes, damn it go and watch this show! You will have a blast!!

Overall Rating: 8.25
Story: 7
Animation: 8.5
Character: 9.5
Soundtrack: 8

Till next time…

-MCZX

I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying Review


Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken

ALSO KNOWN AS

I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying.

 STOP! You just got married to someone who is the polar opposite of you in such a way that you question why you are together in the first place! WHAT DO YOU DO!? TELL ME! “YOU….well….umm….you get a divorce right because love is dead?”

NO! NO NO TRY AGAIN!

“You say screw it, I effed up and I can’t turn back now?”

NO! ONE MORE SHOT!

“You ride it out?” YES!!!! YOU RIDE THAT SUCKER AND LEARN ABOUT EACH OTHER. YEAH IT IS AN ODD PAIRING, BUT DAMN IT THE RELATIONSHIP WORKS AND YOU LOVE IT!!!

“Can I go now sir, you are scaring me?”

YEAH get out of here kid go enjoy being a teen or something.

I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying is my future life.

I feel as if my future wife would not have any idea to my witty references towards anime, pro wrestling, video games or music and I may not have a clue to her normal life references. We are an odd couple, but we get each other. This is the most important part. You see if you can’t tell I am a blerd if you didn’t know, borderline otaku to some. If you don’t know what a blerd is…well look it up. Do the same for Otaku. If you are too lazy to that, this means the “popular women” wouldn’t come near me for the love game. I would be type casted as that friend who has good advice, but is troubled or something. However if a gorgeous well liked dimepiece (and her parents) were cool with me asking her hand in marriage…well I win lol. When I watched this anime, it felt like I was looking into the future of what could be. Enough of “ME” talk. Let’s get a couple things clear. This show is three minutes long. It is a short form style of anime. Most of these shows run from fifteen minutes to five. Three minutes isn’t unusual, but it definitely gets the job done in this series. Second thing to know this show is this show is a slice of life/comedy. This means it follows daily life, no dragons or mythical creatures or battles here. Finally, it is awesome.

Let’s dive into I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying.

Story: 9/10
The story follows the daily lives our two main protagonists, Hajime and Kaoru Tsunashi. These two are newlyweds and basically are going through life together. Even if they don’t really get each other. The following internal dialogue from Kaoru pretty much sets up the mood of the entire show.

Kaoru: I wonder why we got married, Was it because we’re able to understand each other’s shortcomings? Or was it because there’s no gap between our ideals and reality? Maybe we can come to love these faults. Nothing special has happened so far, yet I’m somehow happy.

This dialogue speaks volumes doesn’t it? It is so beautiful yet vulnerable at the same time. The unsureness of being in love with someone you never expected is glorious. This unsureness also invites and accepts the crazy hijinks that comes down the road. TRUST ME there are some really messed up shenanigans that come in the 13 episodes. I simply love it. *coughs* I just used that word….oh my heavens. What matters is the relationship between Hajime & Kaoru is understood between them and the rest of the world doesn’t need to know why. Granted there isn’t much objection of the two being together in the anime.

I’ll tell you this in thirteen episodes this anime tells a better story than most twenty-four episode shows. I cannot spoil exactly what that is, but it will make sense once you watch it. Do not think it is just a short form comedy show, there is a story of newlyweds being told leading to a great setup up for the second season. It even pokes fun at itself in the final episode as if this show was never going to have a second season! HAHA! 

Animation: 8.5/10
The animation in this show was handled by DAX Productions, Seven & Dream Creations. DAX Productions is a familiar group because they also worked on the last show I reviewed Amagi Brilliant Park. The shows animation varies from time to time. There are times where the animation is paying tribute to another show by imitating the art or having one of the characters do signature movement from another show. One moment that stood out to me was the nod to Neon Genesis Evangelion. Congratulations is all I have to say lol. Overall, I loved all the nods to different shows and the general art.

Characters: 9.5/10

Main Characters
Kaoru Tsunashi – Kaoru is Hajime’s wife. Her last name before marriage was Samura Kaoru is a hardworker and a hard drinker haha. She works at an office which basically a normal nine to five. She is a blonde, but that doesn’t mean she is stupid. She tries to understand her husband and I think deep down she knows exactly what to do to make her husband do what she wants. Hey isn’t that all women who know their man? I kid, I kid not. One instance of this was when Kaoru got Hajime to go to the movies. I won’t ruin that for you haha. Kaoru is awesome and hilarious. One cool lady for one weird fellow!

Hajime Tsunashi – Hajime is the otaku husband of Kaoru. If you don’t know what an otaku is by now, let me spell it out for you. THIS IS A PERSON WITH OBSESSIVE INTEREST IN SOMETHING. NOW, Hajime is a big otaku for anime, manga and video games. So he references plenty of different animes that may have went under my radar. I know for sure he referenced Evangelion when he said “If it’s a boy Shinji, If it’s a girl, Rei”. Hahahahah! Hajime is definitely me in a way lol. Both Kaoru & Hajime are my favorites. He is THE definition of the COOL otaku in an anime. He isn’t so over the top with the references that he is annoying, but he is subtle enough with his one liners that you’ll grow to love him. A strange guy with a bombshell wife!

Supporting Characters
Tadashi – He is Kaoru’s uncle. I mistakenly thought he was Kaoru’s father by how overprotective he was over Kaoru. I would say he may be the only small objection to the two being together. His scenes are hilarious and remind me that every uncle is protective over his niece. ESPECIALLY if he took part in raising his niece!

Miki – DESTINY F*CKER! This is one of the few friends of Hajime. I assume they are friends because Hajime met him online in a forum or something. Actually, to quote Hajime “he is more of a sacrifice”. Let’s call him a friendacrifice. This will make sense once you know why…please watch the show!

Youta Tsunashi – This fellow is Hajime’s little brother. His very effeminate little brother who is in college, but looks like he is in grade school. He has all the qualities of a girl and I thought it was his little sister. I though the He was a typo for a while lol. He definitely gets all of Hajime’s references because well he grew up with them. He also writes yaoi or stories of love between two boy characters. He releases them on the internet as Mayotama.

Rino Juse – This is one of Kaoru’s friends. She looks like a kid, but she is a grown up. That’s about all I can say about her.

Soundtrack: 10/10
There is no opening theme, but the closing theme to this show is infectious. I dare you to try and skip that song. The ending theme is called “Iikagen ni Shite, Anata” sung by Kaoru & Hajime. That’s right baller ass couple shit right there. GET ON THERE LEVEL!!! They are the stars and they sing the ending theme song! The song is 30 seconds long for the show and about 3 minutes and 21 seconds for the full deal. The 30 seconds are all you need to love this song. I believe the translation is “In Sloppy, You” or something like that. Now excuse me while I listen to the full version and jam!

Additional Mentions
I CANNOT WAIT FOR SEASON TWO!!! SHOUTOUT TO KAITOU FOR FAN SUBBING THE SHOW!!!

Conclusion
I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying is one of the best short form slice of life comedies I have seen. It is mostly funny, sometimes dramatic, and maybe surprising at points ICUWMHIS has plenty of re-watch value! I’ve watched the show about three times now lol. If you have 43 minutes and 30 seconds, you can finish this entire anime in one day (I did the math for you). This anime really encapsulates the complexity of relationships people cannot understand. The nerd and the popular chick, the bad boy and the good girl, the football jock and the weird goth chick, the list of odd relationships people don’t understand go on and on. We may not understand those relationships, but the people involved in those do. I feel like this anime proves that. The hardworking cool woman is married to the weird otaku guy. Strange at first glance by some, but to them it is perfect harmony. I sure believe it is.

Rating Summary
Overall Rating: 9.25
Story: 9/10
Animation: 8.5/10
Characters: 9.5/10
Soundtrack: 10/10

Amagi Brilliant Park Review


THE ANIME REVIEWS HAVE BEGUN! I had to choose between to series to start today. It was either “I Got An Issue” or the anime reviews. I figured I should do the one that I was supposed to do since last month! These! I hope you enjoy this review of Amagi Brilliant Park. I must say it doesn’t look that bad for a first timer of reviews! Enjoy! 


Amagi Brilliant Park

What happens when a sixteen year old genius is held hostage at gunpoint and must save a dying park by? You get hijinks is what. Welcome to Amagi Brilliant Park! A park where magic is real, mascots are really mascots and world’s collide. This is Amagi Brilliant Park. A 13 episodic comedy/magic show which debuted in October of last year. It is…strange how I came across this anime. I saw Kotaku doing a poll of the best animes of 2014 and the name just caught me. This show didn’t have many votes, but I decided learn more about it at myanimelist.net. The plot seemed hilarious out of context, but once you really look at the context the plot seems unbelievable. I will tell you this show is crazy. It did not disappoint. I enjoyed watching the show from start to finish. This anime has its moments, but it did leave some unanswered questions towards the end that made me mad. I’ll tell you now that this review is spoiler free. However, I am going to touch base on two particular unanswered questions in the show. It won’t ruin the story I promise. It is just something that really bothered me once it was over. So let’s talk a little bit about Amagi Brilliant Park.

Story: 7/10

As I said before, our main character, Seiya Kanie, is held at gun point by this mysterious girl named Isuzu Sento. He is asked on a date by Sento where he unwillingly accepts. I mean you would accept too if a gun is pointed at you and the shooter is very attractive. This brings us to the first time we see Amagi Brilliant Park and boy is it a dump! There is barely anyone in the park, the different parts of the park we are introduced to are shoddy and broken, AND it is right next to a sex or love hotel by accident which made me chuckle. After some jokes and gags, we meet the manager of the park named Latifa Fleuranza. She explains to Seiya that she is from a place called Maple Land and this park is full of magic. What is she some Queen? Oh my…it is Queen Latifa. Unfortunately, it is the worst park in Japan despite her being a queen. She tells Seiya that the park is in danger of shutting down. You see a group called Amagi development ran by the antagonist, Kurisu Takaya (say it fast because it sounds like another celebrity from America), wants the land. So instead of hiring someone with a business degree or bringing together a team to prevent this from happening…they enlist a 16 year old know it all. This makes sense in the world of Maple Land! To absolutely make sure Seiya can fix this problem, Latifa gives Seiya magic powers by kissing him. The power of mind reading! As if 16 year old needs to know that! This makes Seiya pass out and the hijinks begin. The story takes a wild twist once the stakes are revealed. Let’s just say those stakes make this story go from 0 to a nice 90 miles per hour IF you become attached to the characters. I remember scratching my head and just wondering why the stakes had to be so serious in such a funny show. It threw me off. Overall, the story told in 13 episodes work. I was expecting a better pay off from two things, but I guess that is in the Manga.

Animation: 8/10

The animation was done by Kyoto Animation. From what I saw the show was drawn and animated greatly. I don’t know a lot about art, but I can tell when a show looks crisps, sharp and pretty compared to a sloppy show. There were a couple of scenes that reused the same animations specifically the fight scenes between Moffle and Seiya. Besides that I enjoyed looking at this anime. Great stuff by KyoAni!

Characters 9/10

My favorite part has come! The characters! I must say, the characters of this anime were great for comedy. I couldn’t see these characters in the same light if this show was going to be a dramatic light comedy magic anime. I will say most of them are over the top.

So let’s start with our main characters.

Seiya Kanie – As I said before, Seiya is a sixteen year old narcissistic genius. He is a former child actor who used to go by the name Seiya Kodama. There isn’t much revealed about that which made me pretty mad. I would have loved to know why he stopped acting and went so far as changing his name. We get some excuse, but nothing that ever goes into depth. Anyways, Seiya can be a smartass you love to hate, but deep down he really cares for saving the park. It is for personal reasons? No. It is because he wants to be known as the guy who saved the park? No. From what I can understand he just wants to do it. I think deep down Seiya likes helping people out of impossible odds. Don’t doubt Seiya. He’ll prove you wrong or just read your mind to prove you wrong.

Isuzu Sento – The emotionless general, the stoic goddess, the gun toting tyrant, these are some of the names I gave Isuzu Sento. Sento is all of these things. If something doesn’t go right there will be a gun in someone’s face, if two people are fighting and won’t stop there will be two people shot, if a joke goes on too long someone is getting shot, etc. Basically if something goes wrong, you will be shot. Beneath that tough persona is girl who cares deeply about the park and will do anything to make sure it stays afloat. She struggles with her feelings towards certain people just like any 16 girl year old does and it is cute. It is funny how she reacts to people teasing her because of her emotions. Sento would probably shoot me for writing about that.

Kurisu Takaya – This is our bad guy. I didn’t really get much from him. Maybe because he doesn’t get a lot of screen time. There is another reason he wants the park so much, but we cannot get into that just watch the show. He is pretty generic to me. A generic villain with a funny name. Shame he wasn’t hilarious.

Latifa Fleuranza – Latifa is the princess of Maple Land and the manager of the park. She is very cheerful and optimistic. She dresses up in a white dress most of the time we see her. She looks like a child. Let’s just say that. She is very cute. She is always concerned about the park’s future and the staff. She is also a reason why the stakes in this show become extremely serious. Watch and see! We see her in the show probably seven times total and each time she impacts the story. I think she was a great base character to keep the show rolling instead of being an over the top princess with an over the top cast.

Supporting Cast

Moffle – Moffle is the fairy of candies. He inhabits “Moffle’s Sweet House”. He is a mouse with a hat, the leader and head mascot of the park. I mentioned before he and Seiya fight a lot and that’s because they don’t get along. Well eventually they do, but they don’t get along. It all stems from Seiya calling him a rip off of another mascot. Moffle hates being called a rip off. I thought Seiya was referencing Mickey Mouse when he said something along lines of “Mackey”. I was wrong. I did some research and found out he is a rip off of Bonta-Kun from “Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu”. Now excuse me while I guard against a barrage of punches.

Macaron – The fairy of music. He is founded at Macaron’s Music Theater. He has a short fuse just like me and will go find himself or inspiration when he is tired of music. Ok I tried to cover for him. I tried to cover for an anime character. He just doesn’t play the violin when he is inspired. He looks like a sheep and his best friend from my understanding is Tiramie.

Tiramie – My favorite supporting character! Every time Tiramie is on the screen I am laughing my ass off. He (despite having a very girly voice. I thought Tiramie was a girl) is the fairy of flowers. He can be found at Tiramy’s Flower Adventure. Picture a love boat ride for couples or lonely people who hate themselves…that is Tiramy’s flower adventure. He takes the form of a pink dog and he is extremely perverted. Tiramie is a professional when working, but off the clock Tiramie is basically Quagmire from Family Guy minus all the sleeping around. I don’t know if he does get laid, but he is on the prowl a lot. Tiramie said something so funny that I was crying. He referred to female masturbation as “itches the ditch” and I died laughing. It was the classiest moment of the show and I learned something LMFAO! Tiramie is the best supporting character when it comes to jokes!

The Elementario Fairies – These fairies had an entire episode dedicated to them so I had to include them. If you could not tell by the name, these fairies represent the four elements. They can be found at Elementario! You have Muse who is the leader of the group. She controls the fairy of water and she works very hard to make her group awesome. Then you have Salama the fairy of fire who is very lazy. Kobori, the fairy of earth who is stoic and likes peace. Finally we have Sylphy who is the fairy of wind who is extremely dumb. No let’s say expressive. She puts a new spin on the word airhead (rimshot). Despite this, she is the most balanced out of the three. She doesn’t have a con unless being too expressive is a con. The Elementario fairies are great for the show. They didn’t grow on me, but I enjoyed their screen time.

Soundtrack: 7/10

I don’t have much to say here. The opening song “Extra Magic Hour” by Akino with bless4 will get stuck in your head if you listen to it enough. I would not allow that to happen because of one small issue I had with the song. The claps in the song. There is only one when I expect two on the two beat. I don’t know why that specific gripe elicit that reaction, but I didn’t like it. The ending theme song “Let’s Go to Elementario!” by Brilliant 4 didn’t do it for me. It wasn’t a bad song, but it wasn’t a song I would sit through to get to the previews. I just skipped it. The soundtrack you hear throughout the show was very fitting.

Additional Mentions

Stick around for the previews of each episode. Those segments are called Show and Tell and they showcase a piece of the park. The delivery alone makes the segment worthwhile.

I kept calling the show Amagiri for some reason. I don’t know why I kept doing that.

I have to address the three things that never really get answered in the show. One is the love arc they started. I won’t spoil who, but it will be obvious if you have been paying attention. Two characters grow fond of each other. It is more obvious on one character’ end than the other, but the show never really resolves that. It just ends with “hey…that’s it…you know what they feel!” I just felt like that was cheap way to resolve that.

Two, there isn’t much backstory on why Seiya stopped acting. There was no mention of a moment or a flashback where Seiya wanted to stop acting as a child. I wish the show would have picked up on that

And finally three, the missed opportunity of Seiya’s magic power. Sure he uses it when he needs it, but the show’s writers could have included some funnier moments where Seiya abuses that power. I thought that could have been great with the type of person Seiya is. It just bummed me out we don’t see much of it.

Conclusion: 8.1.

Amagi Brilliant Park is very fun show with a decent story and great cast of characters. The soundtrack is nice even if I don’t care that much for the ending song. The art and animation is done extremely well by Kyoto Animation. Shoutout to Vivid fan subs for doing a great job translating and subbing the show. They are a great group who do quality work.

I think teenagers and young adults would like this show. It felt like that was the demographic. This show doesn’t think its viewers are stupid or treats them like they are dumb.

I would recommend this anime to anyone who wants to watch something quick and funny. It is 13 episodes! You have four hours to watch the show in its entirety. Don’t expect a super heavy show here. It is going to make you laugh and maybe tear up once at the most. There are a couple of loose ends that don’t get tightened up, but besides that the show is a fun one. It was one of the funnier shows of 2014 next to Kill La Kill. Give it a shot you might like Amagi Brilliant Park.

Rating Summary

Overall Rating 8.1/10

Story 7/10

Animation 8/10

Characters 9/10

Soundtrack 7/10

Till next review. I am MC Zero  X! Peace!

In The Lonely Hour Review!!!


In The Lonely Hour: The MCIT Review


When I heard about this album back in April, I didn’t think too much of it or the artist. I had no idea who Sam Smith was. I looked him up on wiki and found out he was a British singer also he was the fella behind that huge disclosure hit “Latch”. I have a thing for British musicians, call me crazy, but they just have this charm about them. It’s hard to explain! So I saw he was coming out with an album called In The Lonely Hour. “What could that mean?” I thought to myself and decided to look it up on iTunes. I found it in the pre-order section and I previewed the track “Money On My Mind”. To be honest, I didn’t really think much of it because I was listening to the beat and his voice, NOT the lyrics. (Hey I never heard the guy really sing before and I was curious to know) Since this was the only track at the time to be previewed (I believe it was or the only one I clicked), I thought “This is going to be just another pop album from Britain.” Until I repeated the preview of the song to hear the lyrics and when I heard “I do it for the love…I don’t have…” I knew something special was happening. So I decided to go back to wiki and read up more on this album.

That’s when I found this quote from an interview Sam did with Digital Spy.

This album is my ‘f**k off’ to everyone and basically say, ‘No, I have been in love and, if anything, it was much more painful than your version’, because I’m not getting what I want and it’s so close.”

OH.

MY.

HEAVENS.

FINALLY, SOMEONE HAS BEEN SAYING WHAT I’VE BEEN TRYING TO TELL PEOPLE FOR THE LONGEST! NOT ONLY THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE DOCUMENTED IN MUSICAL FORM!!! I MEAN I MAY NOT HAVE GONE THROUGH A LOT, BUT BEING BURNED BY LOVE IS ONE THING I DID GO THROUGH!!!

Let me calm down…

What I’m saying is after reading that quote, I knew then that this wasn’t just be a pop album that has some dance songs, love songs, breakup songs and blah songs on it, this album was going to be a journey. This album was going to take all my heartstrings and play them like a beautiful guitar. This album was going to make me confront how I felt about my love life in an honest way. THIS ALBUM WAS GOING TO MAKE ME FEEL!


So I had to fight the urge to buy this album because I knew it was going to be something amazing. I would look at the album and try to convince myself “DON’T BUY THIS ALBUM”. This only made me want to buy it more especially when I heard “Stay With Me” for the first time. SAM CAN SANG. Sam Smith is a definition of a SINGER…no A SANGER! Music heads know what I mean! I knew that “In The Lonely Hour” was definitely going to be something I would be playing once June 17
th rolled around. When it did, I brought it and didn’t listen to it for a good 3 days because I wasn’t sure if I was ready to hear what I was about to hear. I thought I was going to be a mess after this album. You know I thought I was going to be in glass case of emotion or worst behavior like Drake when he’s on his period. Thankfully that didn’t happen, but I DID FEEL SOMETHING!

SOMETHING I AM GOING TO SHARE WITH YOU ALL!

I know I’m two months late, but if you haven’t guessed it “In The Lonely Hour” is going to be my very first music review on my blog. I’m not going to try to break down each of the songs and tell you the back stories! I ‘m just going to talk about how those songs affected me and my favorite lyric from the songs.

This album is a beautiful lesson in love. It repeats a message that has been sung by many singers of the past and it’s very simple: Sometimes love is very painful. Sometimes your best isn’t good enough. Love is going to hurt.

Let’s get DIVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEE INNNNNNNNNNNNNN to it hahahahaha.

  1. Money On My Mind”

    The honesty comes in immediately with the opening “Money On My Mind”. It’s basically an artist being honest saying“I didn’t make this album for the money, it’s for the love”. I am glad to finally hear an artist start an album being honest. The song lets everyone know that I’m not here for the money or my album isn’t just a dis genuine record for you to buy. I feel like Sam wants to make a lasting connection with his fans, not just some record so he can pay some bill and buy some things for himself. This is “Money On My Mind” and this is a genuine singer.

    Favorite Lyrics: “Cause I’m not a Puppet, I will work against your strings” and infectious hook of course.

  2. Good Thing”

    Sam Smith said this is his most personal record on his album on a VEVO Q&A. He said he wrote it in his darkest hour. The title may not look like it’s going to be a sad song, but ohhhh you are wrong. This song made me want to cry a little. You ever held on to to something, but knew in your mind you had to let it go? It may be a good thing, but too much of it can hurt you, bringing more heartache to yourself especially if it’s one sided. Lines like “ Too much of a good thing won’t be good anymore, watch where I tread before I fall” and “ I have made a decision not to answer your calls, I put everything out there and got nothing at all” definitely make the point that no matter what the person does, he won’t get the feelings for that person from that person. It’s pointless. This is exactly how I felt when I heard the song. I mean it’s pointless to hope and hope that one day this is going to change. One day, they will get my feelings and show em back! Unfortunately, One day never comes sometimes in life & most importantly this song.

    Favorite Lyrics: The chorus. “Too much of a good thing isn’t good and you know. I watch where I walk before I fall, before I fall”.

  3. Stay With Me”

    Can the church say Amen? Amen! You ready for some soul to enter your eardrums? I wasn’t when I first heard this. This summer smash is very gospel and soulful. The choir on the hook is just amazing. Wait…that’s not a choir? That’s Sam Smith? Indeed it is Sam Smith as a choir. I was surprised! There is an interview online where he explains exactly how he got that sound by singing the hook around different areas of the studio. This is a perfect example how singers can use their voices to create a effect that’s not mechanical or fake. This song is about a one night stand. I have never had a one night stand so I can’t really relate, but I understand the song. “The sex is over, but I rather just spend the rest of the day with you falling in love”. It’s seeking love, but knowing that’s impossible because it was just sex. A beautiful song about a very prevalent thing in music.
    Favorite Lyrics: “Why am I so emotional? No, It’s not a good look gain some self control”.

  4. Leave Your Lover”

    I’ll be honest I dreaded hearing this song. When I saw it in the track listing the first time I looked up the record, I knew this was going to be the one to make not only me sad, but everyone sad. “Leave Your Lover” is huge downer. I mean it means nothing if you are in a relationship, but if you not in one….ouch. This songs rips your heartstrings out and replaces them with sad, depression, soaked strings. Let’s be honest, the theme of the song is common. I mean who hasn’t thought of this? It could be the girl/guy next door with some jerk, the popular person with another popular person or worst a close friend who you wished was with you, but with someone else. EVERYONE has been there once. If you haven’t you are lucky. It just sucks major when you are there and you still don’t get picked no matter how great you are. It also sucks when you never got to tell them how you felt and now have to just lock all your feelings in an emotional safe protected by three dragons, Cobra’s command force and Starscream because there is NO way Starscream can mess up this mission. Ok I’m being dramatic, but you know what I mean hehe. You put all that stuff aside for them and just go on about your life. The person will not leave their lover for you because this life and not a movie! This only happens in the movies and you know it!!! It sucks, but it’s true!

    Favorite Lyrics: “Don’t have direction I’m just rolling down this road, Waiting for you to bring me in from out the cold”, “But if I can’t have you I’ll walk this life alone, Spur you the rising storm and let the rivers flow”.

  5. I’m Not The Only One”

    After multiple listens, I can say this is my favorite track on the album. Hands down, this is my favorite. Two timing is never cool and when you are being two timed it’s worst. Sam said in behind the scenes video for this song that he put himself in the shoes of a married woman who was being cheated on by her husband and she knew it. I think this can also apply to relationships as well not just marriages. I mean wouldn’t suck to be with someone when you know they have someone else in their back pocket as well? I haven’t been in a relationship, but I can relate to this because it’s just a sucky feeling. Revenge will be sweet though. Any who, The production on this song is just sickening to me. Pianos do something to me. Drums + Pianos + Sam = victory. Sam just sounds amazing and then he shows off a bit towards the end.

    Favorite Lyrics: “You’ve been so unavailable, Now Sadly I know why, Your heart is unobtainable Even though Lord knows you kept mine” (Verse 2)

  6. I’ve Told You Now”

    What is one of the toughest things to do in love? Fall? No, that’s pretty easy to do. What about keeping the relationship alive? That’s a little challenging to do, but no. How about telling them your feelings? YES! This is so hard for people like me. When I do that it just comes out awkward and weird haha. Plus I don’t like ruining moods or messing up friendships in general. The lines “Still I refrain from talking at you, talking on, You know me well, I don’t explain” sums it up for me. If she know me well, then she should know when I like her right? It’s just tough to cross that line sometimes and let that person know of your feelings. It can go either way: bad or great. It’s terrible when you truthfully try your best and still no dice. Verse 2 summed that up and hits my heart every time. I almost cried when I heard it the first time. It’s like the person is everything and is always there for you, so why would I want to quit on them. This brings it back to “Good Thing” in a way because maybe this good thing should be left alone right? It make sense logically and emotionally. The heart wants the person while the mind prefers the smarter route of “Good Thing”. I love this song. “I’ve Told You Now” comes second in the favorite game. It’s the introvert’s anthem to telling our emotions. I know we need to just nut up and talk up to the person, but see the way my emotions is set up.

    Favorite Lyrics: You Know What I mean, Although I try my best I still let down the team, You’re everything I want, Why should I resist when you are there for me? (Verse 2)

  7. Like I Can”

    “Your lover can be anything, but he/she ain’t me” is what this song is about. I. AM. AWESOME. So you should be with me. That’s pretty much it. I mean I know I’m awesome, but that’s not why someone should be with me….wait..no that’s the reason hahaha. I’m joking. I know there is plenty more that needs to be considered for a relationship or whatever. I felt Sam was a bit P’OED with the person of his eye. He was saying on this song, “I am your one so stop looking fool”. It’s very frustrating to think you are that person’s one and they continue to search for “greener pastures”. What are you trying to say? My pastures aren’t green enough? You saying I’m not good enough? You saying I don’t even get a chance? Oh it’s cool nobody is going to love you like I would love so in the words of Ne-Yo “Go on girl” Bye bye.

    Favorite Lyrics: “Why are you looking down all the wrong roads, When mine is the heart and the salt of the soul”, “We both have demons that we can’t stand, I love your demons like devils can”

  8. Life Support”

    “You’re my Life Support” AWWWWWWWW! This song just was full of the “AWW” on my end. “Life Support” is a dependent song. It’s not dependent in a bad way, but one can look at that way. Basically, I love you so much that I’ll die if you weren’t here; You keep me alive just like those machine do, that’s how deep my love is for you. SEEE IT IS JUST AWWWW! It may not be that way for those who want a partner who is a bit more independent than this song. However, I think it’s possible to be independent and still feel this way about your partner because they just mean that much to you. “Life Support” Is just one of those cute songs you listen to while cuddled up with your partner giving them forehead kisses. You be S’CUTE to that song with your partner. S’CUTEEEEEEE!

    Favorite Lyrics: “I’ve been sleeping with the lights on, Cause the darkness is surrounding you”.

  9. Not In That Way”

    Rejection, Hi my lovely friend. I figured this theme had to be addressed somewhere on the album. “Not In That Way” is about rejection and not telling a person your feelings because you already know the answer. It feels like a continuation of “I’ve Told You Now” except this song explains exactly why Sam or other people won’t tell that person how they feel. I’ve been on this side plenty of times which why I remain quiet. I am very good at reading people. I can tell if someone just remain friends or if they may actually like me. Most of the time, it’s the friend option. So if I know that already, I have no use to tell them how I feel about them. The line “When you make it so clear, you don’t want me” can take on so many different means. It could be indirect rejection where one plays it off or it can be a straight up direct rejection. “Not In That Way” became a confirmation of what I already knew. I love the song for what it is. Also, it put in full sad mode when I heard it the first time.

    Favorite Lyrics: “I’d never ask you cause deep down, I’m certain I know what you’d say, You’d say I’m sorry, believe me, I love you, but not in that way” (Chorus), “And I hate to say I love you, When it’s so hard for me” , “I find myself singing the blues, Can’t bear, can’t face the truth”.

  10. Lay Me Down”

    We come to the final track of the standard edition of the album. This song was originally put out when Sam was 19, but it was re-recorded for the album. Honestly, I didn’t even like this song when I first heard it. I don’t know I didn’t like it…maybe because by the time I got to this song, I was in full on sad mode. “Not In That Way” brought me there…well the whole album did. So when I heard this song, I was like get this Happy sorta stuff away from me! Thankfully, I played it a couple of more times and it grew on me. Sam really showcased that SANGER voice on this track man. Every time Sam sings “Can I lay by your side, Next to you” I throw up my hands, shout or snap my fingers. The background vocals are perfect. I wish there was more of that “Who’s to say you won’t hear me” vocals in other parts of the songs. I’m glad he didn’t do that because that would have gotten annoying and just weird. The song in general made me sad that didn’t have this person now, but in the future I’ll be able to play them this beautiful song or even butcher it singing to them. “Lay Me Down” is just beautiful. I can see this as a wedding song. Maybe?
    Favorite Lyrics: “Who’s to say you won’t hear me?”, “I’m reaching out to you can you hear my call”, “Can I lay by your side, next to you”.

  11. Restart”

    Hellooooo Deluxe edition tracks!!! This is the first of the four deluxe edition tracks! You can count so you know which one is the last track everybody. I have to say next to “Money On My Mind”, “Reminds Me Of You”, “La La La” and “Like I Can”, “Restart” is the most up-tempo song on the album. I would call this the “I’m going to get over this break up” song by dancing my cares away. “Restart” is exactly that. If you think you aren’t going to dance, oh my friend trust me you are going to dance. Everyone wants to start anew after a break up. Everybody wants to a restart at one point of their lives and everyone likes dancing. Unless you are from that town in footloose that shuns dancing before Kevin Bacon came and saved it from its sins. It’s best to keep your head up in the mist of a break up and look forward. If you can dance the pain away and just keep smiling. “Restart” comes in third for my favorite song on this album.

    Favorite Lyrics: “It was a Monday night when you told it was over babe, and by the Friday night I knew that I would be okay”, “What do you want from me when I just want a restart”, “and the truth is I’m better on my own, and I don’t want to live in the past”

  12. Latch (Acoustic Version)”

    Latch was huge hit last year ending up just about everywhere. Don’t act like you never heard this song before. You have heard Latch before by Disclosure at least once in your life. You have heard in the background, commercials, youtube videos, vines, etc. Point is you have heard the song before. However, this version of “Latch” is much more personal and emotional. It’s stripped down to just a guitar and Sam’s voice. Perfection. In my opinion, this version makes “Latch” a much stronger song. The lyrics gain new powers and hit much harder. Instead of just waiting for the hook to dance to, you will be listening and emoting to it. Once you hear this version, go back and listen to the original. I can guarantee one thing. You will be smiling and most likely in the original while you simply reflect and want to hold the person you love the most close when you hear the acoustic version.

    Favorite Lyrics: “You lift my heart up when the rest of me is down”, “Now I’ve got you in my space, I won’t let go of you, got you shackled in my embrace, I’m latching on to you” (Chorus).

  13. La La La”

    If you live in the UK, you know who Naughty Boy is (I would hope you do because this conversation got very weird). Dear USA, Naughty Boy is like a Timbaland or a Calvin Harris. You know a producer who makes dope music and other people write and sing songs over his beats. That’s pretty much what this is. This song appeared on his album called “Hotel Cabana” and it came out last year. Sam didn’t want to put this on the album because it’s old, but I’m glad it he decided to put it on there. It’s a fun song about running away from your problems or how I saw it: a fun song about blocking annoying, negative people from your ear holes. Yeah that’s what it’s about. I know it’s rude to just go LA LA LA LA LA during someone’s conversation, but I swear that’s what I want to do. You try to understand them, you try to reason with them and still they won’t stop the backwards thinking or the annoyance. I mean “I don’t mean to judge”, but please stop talking. LA LA LA LA!

    Favorite Lyrics: “I can’t find your silver lining, I don’t mean to judge, bur when you read your speech it’s tiring, Enough is enough” (Bridge), “When you spit your venom, keep it shut I hate it”.

  14. Make It To Me”

    This song made me think of Bruno Mars’ “Talking To The Moon”. Both of those songs have that theme “I know you are out there somewhere looking for me while I’m looking for you”. Oh that’s just me? HOUSEQUAKE! BULLSHIT TO THAT NOTION. I know I’m not the only one * Winks * who feels like that. We all are looking for that one person to complete us and share our lives with. “Make It To Me” just echoes to whoever that person is that “I know you are there and I can’t wait for us to meet.” I really believe that person is out there for all of us. A wonderful song. Sam is waiting on that person, I’m waiting on that person, maybe you are waiting on that person too.

    Favorite Lyrics: “ A Distant Stranger that I will complete”, “So much I need to share, so much I need to get off my chest”, “I’m waiting patiently though time is moving slow, I have one vacancy, And I wanted you to know that”

    BONUS ROUND!!!
    OH YOU THOUGHT THE REVIEW WAS OVER??? THERE ARE 4 MORE SONGS TO GO!!!! LET’S GOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  15. Reminds Me Of You”

    This track is available only on the Target exclusive edition of the album. This song is about trying to get over someone you really loved. They either broke up with you or they are with someone new. The hurt is so bad that trying to get over them by going to the club or dates your friends set up or whatever just won’t work. You tried, but it’s not going to work. Everything reminds you of he or she. So the best option is leaving town right? Nope…still not going to work. The best option is to accept it’s over. YET ACCEPTING THINGS IS SO HARD! I haven’t been there in that exact way, but I totally understand what Sam was trying to convey to us all. “How the hell am I going to get over this when you are everywhere?”

    Favorite Lyrics: “I’ve got to get out of here, This town’s no longer fun”, “You are moving on, moving on, And I’m stuck on the track”.

  16. Stay With Me (feat. Mary J. Blige)”

    Can the church do it again ah! Can ya say amen one more time! AMEN! When I heard the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul was joining Sam Smith on this song, I thought it was a joke or just mash up of MJB singing it live. The fact it’s a studio quality version of “Stay With Me”, The fact SAM GOT MJB ON IT, The fact this exits makes my soul extremely happy. I didn’t think this song could be improved, but MJB made this go a WHOLE. NOTHFER. LEVEL. This version of the song is a must listen. It’s available only on the Target exclusive edition of the album. If you don’t have that, just search for it on Youtube or Google. You will definitely find it. GO TO TARGET OR YOUTUBE GO GO GO!!!!

    Favorite Lyrics: Mary J. Blige. MARY J. BLIGE.

  17. Nirvana”

    Sam didn’t want to put this on the album because “Nirvana was last year and ‘In The Lonely Hour’ is this year”. I completely understand that, but I have to issue a big “DUDE THIS SONG IS CRACK, WHY THE HELL NOT”! THIS SONG IS TOO DOPE TO NOT BE ON HERE. JUST BEASTY! Wait it is on the album you say? How do I get it? GOOGLE PLAY THAT’S HOW! To own this track obtain the Google Play edition of “In The Lonely Hour”. If you just want to hear it, you can look it up on youtube. This song….listen oh baby oh baby oh baby this song is dope and that’s true. I think this is about falling for that person you have been running from or someone you have been denying feelings for when in reality you really love them. The second verse makes it clear it’s not the soulmate you found, but you did find something with this person. A relationship formed and it became something that takes you really high. A feel good relationship that you had no idea was coming to you. It may not last long, but it feels good now and what’s the point of denying the emotions that come to you. That’s Nirvana to me.

    Favorite Lyrics: “It’s too late to get away from it all, I’m done with running so I give it to you”, “This moment has caused a reaction resulting in a reattachment, will you take me to Nirvana, I don’t think this will last, but you’re here in my arms” (chorus), “I’m not gonna give you my name, And I don’t think you want that to change”

  18. In The Lonely Hour”

    The fitting ending to the album. The correct way the album should close in my mind. When I heard this song existed, I was pissed it wasn’t on the iTunes edition of the album. THIS IS JUST HOW THE ALBUM SHOULD END. The title track should be at the end of every edition of the album! “In The Lonely Hour” just wraps up the journey all the listeners go on with Sam. I felt cheated in a way that this track didn’t appear on the general album. I had to go and hunt this track down on youtube to hear how it sounds. Loneliness is the theme and could have been the opening to album if it wanted to. I take that back no it can’t. It can only be the ending! I Thankfully, the song available on both the Google play edition and Target’s exclusive edition. Maybe it’s just me or the albums that don’t come with this song are inferior to the Google play & Target editions of this album. NAH it’s still an amazing album, but “Nirvana” and this song are just amazing. This song should have wrapped it up after “Lay Me Down” or “Make It To Me”, but that’s just me.

    Favorite Lyrics: “ I need someone that I’ll look to, In the lonely hour, That we all go through”, “These other voices they don’t cut through, In The Lonely Hour, I need you”

“In The Lonely Hour” may be one of the best albums of 2014. I know it’s rare for someone’s debut album to be considered classic. Usually it takes a musician their third or fourth album to find their sound or even get classic tagged on it. Hell sometimes it only takes the second album to be their classic album. Some may disagree with me, but I feel like “In The Lonely Hour” is a classic of 2014. I’m glad I didn’t ignore this album! I am extremely happy I cracked and brought this album. I highly recommend you visit The Lonely Hour. I’m calling the experience that. Please go out, buy the record and listen to it. To create “In The Lonely Hour” The Ultimate Edition…. Wait small side rant: I really hope that doesn’t become a thing in like two years. I cannot stand when a musician re-releases an album with all the bonus tracks and 2 new songs. That seriously irks me. Just make a new album Jeeze. Anyways, If you want all the tracks I mentioned just go buy all the versions of this album. You can do that if you want to! I just prefer you to get one of the version of this record…it’s well worth the money!

Rating: 10/10, 5 out of 5, Super Sadness Cannon. Touching music! A Classic. 

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Till next review!

-MC

I think I need to go cry now and think about my life.