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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

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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:

@LaurenFlans
“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

I’ve Got An Issue #16: DEAR FAT PEOPLE…IT’S ME ZERO.


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Listen…..there is a whole lot going on that is pissing me off this week. SO many things. I really need to get a start on the podcast already so I can provide these issues in audio form instead of writing about all of them. Seriously there is too much. I was going to write about how my football team just lost (DAMN IT SAINTS), but I changed my mind. There is no need to do it. Why would I? I shouldn’t even be surprised. I know if I was going to do my original Idea which was combine all of the things that were pissing me off, I would run out of ammo. I need my ammo. I must conserve my ammo. So let’s go one issue at a time. Slow and steady!

Instead, I’m going to quickly hit the mute button on one Nicole Arbour for this video I’m sure everyone has heard about. If you haven’t seen it, it is called DEAR FAT PEOPLE. It is basically some skinny fit, blonde haired, white lady claiming to be your friend telling you [the fat person] that you should lose weight because it makes her uncomfortable. A wake up call in the name of comedy, she says. I personally hate the way the video is edited. She claims there is no fat shaming card because you [said fat person] have heart disease or high blood pressure. Also, big boned isn’t a thing because genetics couldn’t possibly work like that and fat people parking spots should be all the way in the back. SHE COMPARES THE BODY TO SMARTIES…well that’s dumb right? You know what else is dumb her definition of plus size. If you are plus sized, you have diabetes, bad knees and of course the aforementioned heart disease. There is also a story about a fat family in the airport. Her overall moral is she doesn’t want to lose you because of your bad decisions and poor habits. ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE A SASSY BIG BLACK WOMAN! SHE LOVES YOU REGARDLESS RIGHT? You fatty! Obviously, you got fat because you have no self control and like to eat 50 luther sandwiches a day. Good Lord, how are you still able to move? 50 of em gosh! Anyways that’s basically Dear Fat People. If you want the link to the video, look no further https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXFgNhyP4-A. Comments are disabled on the video despite her saying “feel free to use it” so don’t bother.

In the name of comedy, I chuckled probably twice. It was such a truth bomb that I chuckled twice. Actuality, I just blankly watched the video and knew all the hellfire that was going to come from it. I had the Nick Young face towards the end of it. You know the face. The video wasn’t that bad besides the really annoying editing, but the message can be toxic. “If you are fat, you are unwanted trash who continues to kill yourself with poor eating habits, but hey we cool right?” can be one of the messages. She has this misconstrued view of how fat people become fat. It is all in what you eat right? WRONG. It can stem from multiple reasons besides food. Darling doesn’t know that though. If she was your ride or die that she claims she is, Nicole would have had a conversation in the comments section and her a conversation with her fat or overweight “friends”. Instead she picked a sensitive topic and used it for subscriber gain. She even bragged about getting a thousand subscribers after that video (“I got 1,000 new subs in the last hour”). “Truth bombs” all in the name of comedy.

Oh, Miss Arbour, please don’t use comedy as a shield. There is truth in comedy sure, but truth comes when it is executed properly. Comedy can make people think and change. Your intentions to tell some fat people to put down the donuts wasn’t a brilliant execution of comedy. For example, one of my favorite comedians Bill Burr made “Fat shaming” comments on his podcast. He did it in a way that is hilarious. He shames himself in the mirror and says some of the most absolute heinous things to himself. Brilliant. Burr actually makes the truth (losing weight) funny. What you did was sloppy. The video wasn’t that funny and it comes across as downright mean and ignorant. Clearly you don’t like big people (that’s apparent in the airplane story) and that’s fine. Just say that instead. You achieved the goal of speaking on something you don’t know much about to get subscribers and it worked.

I would like to grace you with a little truth bomb of my own if you don’t mind.

I don’t think you get the authority to make common claims millions of people suffer from. Sure if you are going to be a comedian, do that, but remember you gotta actually be funny to do that. Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and bad knees are not exclusively for overweight people. Yes overweight people are at a greater risk, but you can be twig fit and still have it. If you did a little research before you made the video, you could have learned something instead of exploitation for subscribers. Google is your friend!!! I’m not at all attacking you. After all I’m just some guy on the internet with opinions (the video wasn’t for me sorry) who is writing about something you did. You are probably a decent person. You got enough heat this week. Just know one thing since you are a ride or die of the people, body Image is a very difficult thing for everyone. For me personally, It was a struggle. I had to relearn how to eat basically and have control over stuff because when you can get whatever you want in excess as a spoiled kid you really don’t have control. Fast food was a vice because I was too stubborn to try the home cooked food. My parents should have nipped that in the butt, but they wanted me to be happy or shut up. SHAME ON ME. I would go back in time and slap younger me resulting in a charge. Does that mess up the space time continuum?  Thankfully, I was an active kid throughout all of this, but other things happened. Other things. Thankfully I’m passed that.

Body Image is a contextual rule. You can’t just assume someone is a fat ton of crap because they have no control or poor eating habits. Some people get depressed and then gain weight (HI THAT HAPPENED TO ME TOO HI). Some people genetically are going to be big people. Some people have diseases that cause them to gain weight. Some people just have no self control and need a talking to. This is where I would introduce them to you because the video may or may not help them. It is a 50/50 chance right?!  Anywho, You just can’t know because they are big. I really can’t stand fitness rats complaining about big people like it is easy to just drop weight and eat right. It takes discipline. It also takes money. I didn’t mention that some people aren’t financially able to just go eat at whole foods every day or get high quality ingredients for food. They have to settle for fast cheap food. They don’t consider all of the little factors that get overlooked. Sorry Mr/Mrs. I go to the gym 20 times a day and post about it on social media. Great for you, but understand people aren’t you. Some may want to be, but everyone doesn’t. Humble yourself.

Listen I am not trying to be an asshole. I’m just a pudgy stocky fella who has lost and gained and lost weight in my life. I’m trying to be the best me I can be each day. I won’t allow a person to try to determine my worth because of my weight. I’m awesome whether you like it or not World. Miss Arbour you don’t know the context of how those people got to where they are in life. We all are trying to live in this hellstorm called life, it is ok to make jokes, but gosh make clever ones. Don’t use stereotypes as basis of jokes. Do research. I wish you the best in life Miss Arbour.

Hey reader if you are going through body image issues, understand you are loved, you deserve the best and don’t let anyone try to undermine you with their words. Keep living. Keep being awesome.
Till Next Time.

Your Ride or Die friend from the internet.

-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!

Lovestruck: Marcus And Delilah


Hello everyone! It is the end of Feb! February! Mercury’s retrograde is gone everybody! I finally finished up the story for this month. I know this is cutting it very close, but I had no choice. Life started up and time was limited so I had to improvise. I wanted to have a story up on Valentine’s day, but I was working a parade called Endymion. I must tell you that was a fun time, exhausting, but fun. I missed all of Mardi Gras because of it. Anyways I delivered another story for your reading pleasures.

Here is a little backstory on today’s story. I thought you may appreciate that.

I revisited some of my old notes on my facebook. Embarrassing as they may be to me, I came across a series I started on there back in 2008 I believe. It was back when I was doing a stupid sign off as a catchphrase. Bad times lol. I noticed I was writing about two character, Marcus & Delilah. It was the adventures of this couple in every day life. The series was going to explore a trip they took accidentally to France because of a mismatch in flights. I can tell you now they were going to figure out how to enjoy being stranded in France while trying to get back home. Setbacks, missteps and hijinks were going to occur. I thought it was funny at the time, but I never continued it.

I never forgot about the characters either. I never visited the day/night they became a couple. You see these characters and a couple of others are going to be in a book I write one day. I figured “once I get better at writing I should craft a book”. Marcus, Delilah and couple of others were going to be apart of that series called Lovestruck. I’m not going to tell you everything about Lovestruck because I don’t know what the future holds and I’m still figuring out what the book will be about. It is still in the works. Lovestruck is also one of the many major projects I have going on in my head. Also you don’t give away potential money making ideas for free. All I can tell you is Marcus and Delilah are one of the couples from the series.

I have to say it felt fitting to revisit these characters and flesh some of them out. The draft for this story was utter trash…just trash. I am beginning to hate all of my past writings for being awful. This story is written like a play with little stage directions instead of a traditional story. You fill those in till I revise this story some day. You can act it out with your friends and put your own twist to the characters!  Also here are the characters in this story. I feel like this should be there.

Characters:

Marcus Cohen (17)

Delilah Ortega (18)

Geff Corbin (18)

Allison Paxton (17)

The Narrator

I hope your heartstrings don’t get tugged too hard or something! As much as I hate valentine’s day and currently not a fan of love, I couldn’t stop the hopeless romantic side to write a love story this month. It seemed fitting. I hope you enjoy this story. I enjoyed writing it even though I’m a numb stonewall. Blah don’t mind me. Enjoy. Peace.


March 16, 2018

Narrator: Hello… Who am I? Don’t mind me, I’m just here to bring you up to speed on what’s going on with two people you may or may not regret meeting. I am also here to tell their story of what happened on March 16 & 17th of 2018. Welcome to 2018. There will be no history lesson. Welcome to Vale Springs, California where our story takes place. Today is March 16th. The weather is nice, breezy, but nice overall. The moon isn’t fully out, but tomorrow it definitely will be. Tomorrow two people at Sparks View High School’s lives will change. For better? For worse? I don’t know I’m just telling you the tale. Enter Marcus Cohen. An average African American seventeen year old senior at Sparks View High School. Standing at 6’1”, Marcus has an average build. He is certainly not ugly, or a big attractive athletic fella. You can say Marcus is well liked, but he isn’t extremely popular. Marcus was probably labeled as one of the strange, but approachable kids. Of these kids, his best friend Geff Corbin, a 18 year old senior, is a complete recluse. Extremely smart, quick witted but very weird. You could call him the head honco of this group or as most call him “The weird nerd” or “don’t talk to him”. Marcus is in a crisis.
Enter Delilah Ortega. A mixed Hispanic & Caucasian eighteen year old senior at Sparks View High. She is known most popular girl at school, Prom Queen, and voted most likely to succeed. She is a total bombshell. No seriously. She is 5’ 5” with long brunette hair, a body models are jealous of, extremely attractive. I told you total bombshell. Delilah is also very charismatic…to the point where she can out act theater major or over-actor to shame. This her being normal. Delilah’s best friend is Allison Paxton. They are childhood friends and particularly inseparable from each other. Of course, this makes Allison popular by association and well in her own right captain of the volleyball team…let’s not get into that though. Delilah is also in a crisis. You see Marcus & Delilah have been close friends since freshman year. All over some joke they are going to touch on eventually. Of course, some popular people don’t understand their friendship, hell half the school do not get it. Delilah gets it. Marcus gets it. That’s all that matters right? Due to association, that little odd group of Marcus’ friends and some of Delilah’s friends are also friends. Friends by proxy everybody! They have had each other’s backs for four years now and something has come up….something they will tell you. That’s enough from me. Let’s go to both Marcus & Delilah about to call their best friends to TALK.

We cut to Marcus’ house. Marcus is in his room, laying on his bed and staring at his phone. He looks through the contacts through his phone to find Geff’s name. Before Marcus hits the number to call Geff, he looks at the time and says “9PM”.

Marcus: School is about to end soon…and I cannot let this elephant in the room continue to be in the room. I know what Geff is going to say. I have a feeling I know what he is going to say…Screw it. It’s better to hear confirmation from people you know right self? Yeah I’m right.

Marcus hits Geff’s number in his smart phone and the phone begins to ring.

We cut to Delilah’s house. Delilah is on the couch in the living room. Delilah is also staring at her phone on the couch with her hair down covering her face. She is looking through her contacts and immediately pulls up Allison’s name and number.

Delilah: The end is near…like a deer and I’m the overseer. I have to call my main Allison to discuss some stuff. My Allibear is going to fix all this up for me because I don’t like feeling this way, but I can’t deny that I feel this way. *Delilah bounces up and points at air like a Captain* I WILL CALL ALLIBEAR AND DEFEAT THE ELPHANT IN THE ROOM!

Delilah hits Allison’s number in her smart phone and the phone begins to ring.

We cut to Geff’s home, Geff is writing to some music when he sees his phone ring. He sees it’s Marcus, stops the music and picks up the phone We cut back to Marcus.

Marcus: Hello dearest Geff you there?
Geff: Well, yea I am Marcus since I clearly picked up the phone
Marcus: You are such a dick. You free to talk about something?
Geff: I prefer the term smart ass, you prefer the cousin of smartass, but yes I am free to talk. I stopped operations to pick up the phone so…what is it?
Marcus: Oh cousin dumbass…like you?
Geff: Yeah….that one…I mean you are that one…don’t stray away from whatever you called me for. You are good for doing that. *laughs*
M: stop reading me…I don’t do that a lot. Anyway back to the topic I called you about…
G: This topic is?
M: It has something to do with my freshie friend
G: Freshi—-*sigh* seriously that’s what you call people you met in freshman year? Delilah right?
M: WHAT is wrong with that?
G: Delilah right?
M: NO! it could be about my other freshman female friend
G: What other cubed friend from freshman year could you possibly be talking about?
There is some silence on the phone
G: Marcus…you are so predictable at times. Am I right?! I just want to hear confirmation I’m right.
M: (to himself) Come on life!? How did he know? I have other female friends….in freshman year…not as close as her though.
Marcus is silent.

We cut to Allison’s house. Allison is in the middle of a workout when she sees her phone ringing. She stops immediately, sits down on the couch, drinks some water and picks up the phone. We cut back to Delilah.

Delilah: Hey my ALLIBEARRRRRRRRR
Allison: OOOH LAH LAH hey deaaaarrrrrr! What’s up?
Delilah: ALLIBEAR you know what’s up?
Allison: The sky?
Delilah: Yeah that and the school year is about to end??!
Allison: *frowns* I know! I am having so much fun I don’t want it to end!
D: Me either AlliBear. I don’t want to end on a bad note!
A: what do you mean a bad note?
D: I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and I want everything to go right. Just like that Gambino song.
A: You do know that song is about cheaters right?
D: Listen that is not the point, I want to make it go right! And my Allibear there is a problem!
A: What type of a problem? Boy problem? Ex problem? Shoot?
D: An ELEPHANT AHHHHHHHH!
A: So in your language that’s feelings?
Delilah is quiet, but after a moment
D: Yeah I want to talk about those….
A: (snobbishly) and it’s about THAT boy *rolls her eyes*
D: (slightly annoyed) I felt like you did that eye roll and he has a name!
A: I DID NOT and protective aren’t we?
Delilah gets quiet again.

We cut back to Marcus pacing around his room, thinking of what to say next and Geff smirking.
G: Well are you going to talk or just be dead air?
M: (shouts) YEAH I AM GOING TO TALK
G: MY EAR…YOU AREN’T ON SPEAKER PHONE DUDE
M: I KNOW THAT! (returns to normal tone) I just have been thinking a lot lately about Delilah.
G: oooooooooooooo continue
M: And I think tomorrow I should…no
G: You should what? Tell her?
Marcus blushes a bit
M: Maybe that.
G: Tell her what? How college is going to be a defining moment for both of you and some other shit? Or are you going to man up and tell her how you feel. I mean you telling me this is pointless in a sense, but (mimics Delilah’s voice) I am here for you babe (laughs)
M: Fuck you man lol.
G: Nah I don’t swing like that bruh bruh lol
M: Piss off. Man…listen I think I really like her though.
G: I think that was obvious…to a lot of people.
M: No it is not. She was with Collen for two years…
G: Yes, Sophmore & Junior year. You were also with Clare. Also known as the dark years (laughs).
M: The dark ages…why do you remind me of that?
G: To spite you of course lol.
M: Shut up. Clare was ok. Tomorrow Delilah and I are going to hang out…
G: Really now?
M: Yeah…and I think I should tell her how I feel instead of holding it in. After all she was there for me when Clare decided to be a—
G: Stop
M: You are right…
G: I knew you always liked her, but I can tell yall really bonded after those break ups. Listen Marc, you gotta do what is right in your heart man. You can’t hold on to things like this and then be surprised when they are with someone else you know?
M: Exactly. I don’t want to mess up the friendship—
G: Listen, sometimes you gotta take a risk on things you love buddy. I am going to be in your same position when it is the right time.
M: Oh with—
G: Yeah yeah yeah her.
M: Stop cutting me off bro. As much of a cock you are, you are very wise and insightful. Thank you for confirming something I already knew Geff. I pray she responds positivity to your “confession” or whatever that may be.
G: Right. Be safe tomorrow and have fun. Don’t be an idiot. Be honest with your feelings and be mindful of how you react. Don’t think too hard. I get back to writing Marc.
M: Writing? Songs?
G: Yeah…as weird as I may be, I feel like I am going to make it in the music industry or I can be one bad ass poet!
M: Thanks Geff. Good luck! See you at school Monday.
G: Thanks bro! See you. Have fun! I expect results Monday when they come around.
M: You are insane man hahaha. Peace.
G: Peace.

Marcus hangs up the phone and stares at Delilah’s contact. Marcus smiles at the picture and lays back down.
We cut back to Allison relaxing and Delilah shaking her head and blushing
D: Allibear, he does have a name.
A: HIM
D: Allibear…come on that’s not cool.
A: Marcus. Yeah HIM.
D: You are still salty about what he told you last time we all hung out.
A: HYFR.
D: OK DRAKE! Get over it! He didn’t mean anything by it, he was just looking out for Geff.
A: Yeah I know…I know. Anyway girl what is the deal?
D: Well Marcus and I are going to hang out tomorrow, and I’m think of putting it all out there?
A: Putting what out there? I thought you were going to shut him down and go back with Collen?
D: HELL TO THE NO! I refuse to be treated like that anymore. I’m far more worth his lame ass.
A: Collen was so great though…Yall were so cute together.
D: Football captain & the reigning prom queen. Sure. You sound like everyone else at the school. They are just outsiders looking in. You should know that it wasn’t that great.
A: You are right…I’m just looking at it on paper
D: (annoyed) what the hell is that supposed to mean Allibear?
A: you know?
D: NO, I don’t know. Is there some sort of stupid hierarchy to dating?
A: No…I’m not saying—
D:  (yells) BECAUSE GUESS WHAT ALLIBEAR I DON’T CARE ABOUT THAT I been there and done that!
A: You are right! I am sorry OOO LAH LAH!
D: Plus I can finally say that I really really like Marcus!

Delilah’s face grows pale, she drops the phone after she says that and borrows her head in the pillows!

A: OH MY! I SHOULDA… HELLO? HELLO? OOO LAH LAH? You there?

Delilah takes a deep breath and picks up the phone

D: I…I……I said it. I really like Marcus…You shouldn’t overlook people because they aren’t as popular as us.
A: OOO LAH LAH I thought that was obvious after the break up with Collen…you two became very close.
D: Should I tell him all this tomorrow or?
A: I think you should follow your heart! THIS IS SO AWESOME! POTENTIAL RELATIONSHIP INCOMING PLUS NO CAT LADY 20 years down the line!
D: Shut up! Shut up! I don’t want to mess this friendship up…we both went through breakups and helped each other through them, but I don’t want to lose the friendship if we are to start dating?
A: Didn’t we have a similar conversation with about Collen?
D: Yeah and it was like “Hey he’s hot” and you said “date him” and I said ok. This time is different. Collen and I weren’t really friends first.
A: True true. Am I hearing the great Del does not want to take a chance on love? OOO LAH LAH!
D: IS THAT A CHALLENGE? Because I am not scared…I am petrified. Shut down from him would suck so much!
A: well if you are going to be with him….be sure you want this.
D: I am…OMG ALLIBEAR tomorrow is going to be crazy. It can go either way and I’m so scared.
A: I think you don’t like being vulnerable since you are such a character.
D: Do not point out my flaws please hahaha. I don’t need a session.
A: If you want a confirmation, then I say go for it. Plus his friend Geff and I can tease you two if it happens.
D: I DEMAND NO TEASING!
A: Well the school is going to do the teasing for the greater good!
D: STAHP please.
A: What?
D: ALLIBEAR PLS.
A: Ok I’ll try my best not to.
D: It is ok.
A: huh?
D: I don’t have anything to lose…all he can say is NO right and I will just have to accept that.
A: See…you surprise me sometimes when you get all serious. It’s going to be all ok. Plus he would be crazy to not want to be with you!
D: No he would have a good point not to. I know. I—
A: Shhh shhh shh do not beat yourself up. Just be honest tomorrow and hopefully you will be fine.
D: You are right ALLIBEAR!
A: I know…I am smarty pants. I gotta get back to this workout girl, call or text me about it after the day is over! I will see you Monday!
D: Of course I will Alli, I WILL WIN!
A: And there is the character again
D: Shut up I love you too! I’ll see you Monday…potentially off the market…power coupling it…you know.
A: Girl bye…I love you too silly!
D: BYE BYE!

Delilah hangs up the phone with a huge smile on her face. She looks at Marc’s contact and shoots him a text that simply said. “I’ll SEA U 2 Morrow”. Marcus’ replied with “I C WHAT YU DID DERE! See you tomorrow!” They both smile as they prepared for tomorrow.


March 17, 2018.

Narrator: Today is THAT day. The day I mentioned before the last time I spoke to you. Unbeknownst to our two protagonists, their feelings match each other’s! Now it only takes a dummy to mess that up? Am I foreshadowing that is what happened today? No. I am saying what I mean. Seriously it would only take an idiot to mess up telling someone how they feel. That is like knowing the person likes you, but then you talk about someone else and just kill the mood like how dumb are you? Sorry…I went on a tangent. I am not going to bore you with their day…I want to bring you to the moment where everything changed for a long time. If you must ask though, their day went like this. It was 4PM. Marcus got ready for the big day and so was Delilah. This was unlike any of their other hang outs though, this time it was different. Something was in the air. Delilah picked Marcus up around 4:45. Delilah came in the house spoke to Marcus’ siblings and parents and of course berated Marcus’ outfit. It’s a thing she does playfully. This lead to Marcus throwing out a challenge to Delilah on a video game. Followed by a challenge in a card game by Marcus’ younger brother. Delilah mocked Marcus and his brother and said “I, The D, do not back down from any challenges”. Marcus and his sibling burst out laughing at how serious she was. The games and jokes went on for about 3 hours. Finally the two left the house. It is 7PM. Delilah is driving while they both figure out what to eat. This leads to driving around the city debating on where to go eat because this is what they do. It was a playful type of debate yet extremely serious. “I’m in no mood for super salad bars or strictly salad crap. Let’s pig out not too much though! Super healthy stuff is out of the question” Delilah said. Marcus nodded his head in complete agreement. The unspoken rule was spoken. The eventually settled on Italian food followed by really bad Italian accents. They ate for about an hour and a half. They did indeed eat like pigs…so much consumption. The conversation they had during dinner was mostly light hearted. No really serious topics. This was about to change when they decided to get ice cream and go to the park. Here is where the big change happened…

It is 9PM. We cut to the park. Marcus and Delilah are taking a seat on a park bench. The two decided to finally talk to each other.

M: (curiously) I was going to ask you this when we were at the ice cream shop, but why did you get the plain vanilla this time?
D: Oh ummm *Delilah thinks* (confused) why did you get the plain chocolate?
M: I always get the chocolate. You always get the over the top ice cream which is weird.
D: (nervously) yeah…that’s right 17 you always get the plain stuff!
M: *sigh* you are one month older than me…
D: THEREFORE MAKING ME SUPERIOR–
M: And acting weird like the 17 year old.
D: I AM NOT ACTING LIKE YOU!
M: You are acting weird though Deli. What’s wrong?
D: (Jokingly shouts) I AM NOT! THIS MAN THINKS SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH ME LADIES AND GENTLMEN OF THE PARK!
M: SHHH Delilah come on man!
D: I’M NOT THE STRANGE ONE HERE, IT IS HIM!
M: NO I AM NOT!
D: (quiets down) yeah you are Marc.
M: How so?
D: You have been acting odd all day 17.
M: Again how so? I feel like it has been a normal day for us.
D: Not so true! I can tell when you are a little different (smirks) I know you like a book.
M: SO do I! 18! I know you like a book too!
D: SO!
M: So I know you are acting weird at the end of this crazy day to mess with me as usual!
D: (blurts out) YOU THINK I’M THE CRAZY ONE FOR *Covers her mouth*
M: Crazy one for what?? D what were you about to say?

Delilah looks at Marcus, up and down and back to his face again…Marcus shrugs at this odd staring.
D: Come with me 17, we are going to go driving. We have to talk.
M: (gulp) (nervously) what do you mean talk?
D: I didn’t want to get too serious all of a sudden, but I feel like the time has come
M: The War of the Gods?
D: *sigh* there it is…the thing you do. Song references I don’t know about. I see why you and Geff are great friends. I won’t fall into what you are doing though silly. We need to talk. There is a tension in the air.
M: *sigh* I’m not the only one who can feel it in the air either Sam.
D: No Smith I do get it that reference. We have been avoiding this moment.
M: You are right. Let’s go 18.
D: Roger 17. Finish the ice cream first, when you shrugged a little bit hit your pants.
M: OH GOD NO! THESE ARE FRESH PANTS!
D: Fresh ice cream pants!

Marcus jumps up while Delilah laughs at him and hands him napkins. Delilah laughs all the way to the car while Marcus feels embarrassed that he just did that.

Narrator: The walk to the car felt like one of the longest walks ever. Both couldn’t really focus on each other. Delilah kept laughing, but underneath the laughter was a scared girl and underneath the embarrassment Marcus was a very nervous boy. The anxiety was high in the air as both entered the car and began to drive around. This drive was very quiet till Delilah pulled into an empty parking lot. This was the parking lot of an old supermarket to be renovated one day. This parking lot was one of those parking lots where kids learn the basics of driving, get high dates make out, couples fight, and where some people go to read. It was a quiet parking lot this Saturday night ideal for what was about to be discussed. It is 9:45PM.

We cut to Delilah and Marcus inside of the car. Delilah cuts the radio off. Both take deep breathes and in their minds they are telling themselves to focus.

D: We are here.
M: Why did you pick here?
D: It is a quiet place and we can both focus. (to herself) This is where we defeat the elephant.
M: (to himself) and this is where I die…sorry to do this to you heart. No turning back now. (to Delilah) you have a point.
D: I always have a point. See POINTS!
M: I don’t understand how someone like you gets that.
D: And that is supposed to mean something?
M: Well you are the popular lady! You know how in movies the popular girls barely know anything.
D: On the surface it looks like that, but in reality it is completely false. PLUS dum dum, @midnight is a show, anyone could get the POINTS reference.
M: Well 18 since you like to brag about you are older than me, I think you should go first.
D: Good point Marc, but I am going to use my superiority of a month’s time to make you go first. You look way more nervous than I am….I wasn’t supposed to say that out loud. You didn’t hear that.
M: I knew it…plus damn you. Fine I’ll go first. *takes a deep breath and a pause*
D: *takes a deep breath* go on Marc. Say what you have to say.
M: Ok…you know the end of the school year is coming up right?
D: Of course.
M: Of course. That was a redundant thing to ask.
D: Very.
M: Listen Delilah, I want to get this off of my chest. I don’t know how to say it without being a nervous wreck, but if I don’t say it is going to eat me alive if I don’t say it. Delilah Ortega—
D: Will you marry me? (laughs)
M: That wasn’t it! Please let me finish Deli. Delilah Ortega I, Marcus Cohen, 17 years of age really like you…in a more than a friend kind of way. Before you say anything, Ever since the day we met in freshman year I really love our friendship that no one can really understand. Remember when you said “I’m the Queen Bitch hehe to your Moonage Daydream see I know the stardust known as David Bowie too!” to me? That moment has never left me. You get on my nerves and I get on your nerves I’m sure of it. I don’t want to lose that. I had to tell you how I felt before we went off to the next stage in our lives. I don’t want you to think that I have always wanted to be yours because you’re really popular and beautiful. I don’t want you to think I’m like these jerks who want you for your body and don’t even get the chance to know you. Truthfully, it was great to really get to know the real you and have a friend like you. I am thankful for meeting someone like you. As for my feelings, I think I realized these feelings when you continued to be there for me when I dated Clare just like I did for you with Collen. When we broke up, it really killed me on the inside because Clare at the time was the greatest thing to ever happen to me. I only bring this up because I never thought I would like anyone again. I knew it would take time, but thanks to you being a great friend, sparked something more. I always saw you as an unattainable dream girl. I never really thought you would like me the way I like you…I thought you would think it was cute at most. Guys like me and Girls like you don’t normally hang out or even have a friendship like ours. Girls like you don’t like guys like me…you like the jock asses like Collen…what am I talking about? You like who and what you like. I had to stop myself because I was sounding like everyone else. I don’t know why I went on a tangent like that, but you know me. All I wanted to let you know is I really like you in that way Delilah.

Marcus looks up and Delilah is tearing up. She is speechless for a minute or so after hearing of all that. She wipes a couple of her tears away. She stares at Marcus…in which she slaps him across his face.

M: OUCH! What was that for? Did I say something wrong?
D: No reason…you made me cry which is why I slapped you.
M: THAT IS CLEARLY A REASON!
D: Well maybe it is. 17…did you say I was an unattainable dream?
M: That’s how I thought about it when I talked it over with Geff and others. You are—
D: *Slaps Marcus harder this time* uh huh…
M: THE FLIPING FRACK D? That was much harder than the last time
D: Don’t you ever say that ever again…you hear me?
M: That was much harder than the last time?
D: *Play slaps Marcus* Not that stupid 17…the unattainable dream. Don’t ever say that again. You sounded really dumb saying that which insulted your intelligence and mines. I don’t think of myself as that.  I could never be like that towards anyone. Now give me a hug Marc.
M: I don’t know if I should because I don’t want to get slapped again.
D: It is my turn to speak now anyway and I can’t do it while looking at you. So give me a hug and don’t let go until I’m done talking. It is time to slay the elephant…and drop a bomb on you as well.
M: Alright… *Marcus Hugs Delilah*
D: Not like that. Hold me tighter than that like I’m going to disappear or be eaten by a dragon or like we won’t ever get the chance to speak to each other again.
M: *tightens the grip* this good?
D: Damn it 17! TOO MUCH PRESSURE! RELEASE! Only you can take a moment like this and somehow make it odd
M: *loosens a little and smiles* OK…your turn to slay your elephant Deli. Your turn to speak.
D: *Smiles* I’m glad you said all the things you said. I have got to tell you Marc that is one tough act to follow. I don’t know if I, the great Delilah Ortega, could follow that up Mr. Cohen. Let me tell you something though I think I can. Listen Marc…I asked you to hug me tight, so I could hear your heartbeat and I gotta tell you 17 your heartbeat is matching mine in the manic way it is beating. I’ll be honest I never thought I would be confessing to you what I am about to confess. I never saw this happening in a million years, but that’s how love works isn’t it?
M: Love?
D: Yes 17 love. Can I finish? (Marcus nods) You see…you really helped me see that my social status doesn’t mean much at the end of the day. From the day we met in freshman year, you were nothing, but a genuine person to me. Yeah your friends were weird, but aren’t we all weird in a way? At first I was caught up in the popular hype, but you were the person to ground me each time it got to my head.
M: except for Collen…
D: Let me finish! And yeah that was because well how can I put it. It just made sense on paper and I had to try at least. I truly did like him and I have you to thank for that because I remember a time Allison, Geff, Brad, Clare, you and I hung out and you said “You don’t date people for status, you date people because you really like them.” I had to learn him, but as I learned about him I didn’t like what I was seeing. The future was just bleak I tell you bleak!  Thankfully fate played out in a strange way where we were single at the same time. I honestly wanted to beat the crap out of Clare for doing that to you; You have Allison to thank for that not happening. To steal a page out of your confession, I realized my feelings for you during a conversation with Allison. I was describing the type of men I like and you fit the description, of course I then said something to throw off Allison, but I was talking about you. The end of the school year is indeed coming to a close. I could not let this elephant in the room mess up our friendship. I want to thank you for something…now you talk.
M: (shocked) Woah….Delilah…what do you want to thank me for.
D: I want to thank you… (Begins to tear up) for actually seeing the real me. For not looking at me because of my popularity or how beautiful I am. You SEE ME. I’m not transparent to you…you can see me crystal clear. I have tons and tons of people who just want to be my friend because of who I am or to be popular or to be in the position that you are in right now just to sleep with me. You don’t do any of that…I never once thought that you were someone who was not being genuine or using me. I had a hunch you always liked me, but I never thought about because of our friendship. I didn’t want to mess that up. Plus the impact of Clare took a toll on you. I always thought about that. I felt like that combination made you an unattainable dream. You would be the friend that got away and I never really got to love with all of my heart. I know that’s crazy right?  you….Saw….ME….. (tear hits his shirt) and I….Saw…You… For this I’m grateful for you. *sniffle* So Marcus Cohen…I, Delilah Ortega, wanted to let you know…that I….DELILAH THE SUPERIOR ORTEGA…..Love…You. Now…let go.

Marcus lets go of Delilah and he is visibly shaking by her comments. He is trying to hold back tears of joy. Delilah sees this and hugs Marcus again. Delilah is smiling through the tears.

M: Let me go please…
D: What?
M: I never thought this would happen….you thought I was…wow.
D: Dreams come true don’t they?
M: Yes they do
D: And they are attainable aren’t they?
M: Yes they are.

Marcus picks up Delilah’s chin and looks her in the eye. Delilah stares back smiling. Marcus goes in for the kiss, but Delilah stops him.

D: Wait…
M: What is it?
D: I want to confirm something. Are we now a “thing”?
M: We have always been a thing.
D: Yes. This is true. But are we officially together? Because if we are going to be there is one thing you are going to have to do before you kiss me.
M: (confused) what is that…It better not be a blood oath or something odd?
D: (laughs) who do you take me fore!?
M: A crazy person who uses silly wordplay like that hahahha.
D: Point taken. It was great wordplay with no clubs.
M: (laughs hard) what is the thing? I cannot deal.
D: You are going to think this is silly, but I always wanted to do this. Everyone else I dated always laughed at this. Give me your hand.

Delilah hold his hand up and extends his pinky. She locks her pinky in his.

M: A pinky promise? Why?
D: Because why not? Plus pinky promises are serious shit Marc.
M: You are correct about that Deli.
D: So…you gonna promise me something because I really want to kiss you now.
M: I promise to be there for you through the thick and thin. Through the fire and the flames. I promise to try my best to be someone you can rely on—someone to
D: This would be the time you go on a long speech…
M: Pinky promises are serious shit. Regular promise are made to be broken, but pinky promises are serious shit.
D: This is fact Marc. How about I speak for both of us.
M: Go ahead.
D: I promise that we will always be there for each other no matter what happens in life and hopefully if the fates allow be together for a good time and we will make each other better people…and all the stuff you were about to say babe.
M: Babe? Hmm I like the sound of that.
D: What can I say babe….pinky promises are serious shit.

They pinky promise and passionately kiss then look up at each other smiling.

D: you are a great kisser…I will look for more of those in the future.
M: Likewise baby.
D: Baby? I am no baby, but I’ll be your baby.
M: This is so cheesy and you know it.
D: I was trying to one up you in the cheese and I think I did. Oh crap it is 11:45 and I need to get home before my parents think something explicit. It is not like it matters, but you drained me.
M: Shoot! I have to get home too. You drained me.
D: Both of us are drained dear…we need rest. We are a thing now 17.
M: I know this 18…We are. Feels good.
D: My feels feel good.
M: Can we go home on March 18th and just drive around?
D: I like that idea…gimmie some love Marc-ky
M: Of course my DeliDel.

Marcus and Delilah kiss again as Delilah starts up the car.
D: I love you.
M: I love you too. Now onward 18! Onward!!!
D: I’ll let you get away with that this one time.
M: Also turn on the radio!
D: I was getting to that!

Delilah turns on the radio and David Bowie is playing.

D: How ironic…Bowie! Freaking Bowie!
M: I Know…it is like Bowie knew.
D: You thinking what I’m thinking?
M: Yeah!

Narrator: Marcus and Delilah ride off into the night lip syncing David Bowie’s “Suffragette City” to each other. Marcus pointed at Delilah when the lyric “she is a total wham bam” came up and she smiled of course. I thought that was nice to point out. I should let you know both of them made it to their respective homes around 12:30AM and 12: 45AM on March 18, 2018. Ever since then their lives have never been the same. They have always been together ever since having many more adventures along the way. Of course they have had ups and downs just like any couple, but they have been together for a long time. I heard they are going to be getting married soon…engagements happened y’all ENGAGEMENTS! She still teases him about being a month older than him to this day. Some things never change. Maybe one day I’ll tell you about their adventures and some other adventures regarding their best friends. A lot happened with them too…so many issues…so little time. The time has to be right for me to tell those. Timing is important. Till next time, don’t ever think a “dream” whether it may be a person or job or anything is unattainable. Who knows? The fates may feel the exact same way.

The 12 Days Of Honest ProCons: Patient Irascibility


WELCOME TO DAY THREE OF THE TWELVE HONEST DAYS OF PROCONS!!!

This one is fun….yet fun….for me! Roll the tape, I mean play the clip, I mean darn it let’s go and read!!!


 

Patient Irascibility

Pro: Patience (n.)

  1. The quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.
  2. An ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay:
  3. Quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence

Patience is a virtue. I’ll say it one more time, patience is a virtue. A virtue I hold near and dear to me. I am an extremely patient person. I’ll wait till the end of time for a great prize and something that last long instead of a short shot of temporary happiness. It just doesn’t make sense to rush things that cannot be rushed or jump into things you aren’t ready for. Simply put, it pays off to be patient.

The things you are waiting for will come to you in due time!!!

Trust me I know….

For example, I didn’t get to drive until I was twenty one. Most kids get their license during the sophomore year of high school (16 ish right?) and trust me I was in the process of getting the license. I wanted to have my license at 18. I saw me graduating driving off in my mom’s car to a dinner or something back then. I wanted it at 18 because it made sense to at least have that accomplishment out the way by then. That’s what I WANTED to happen, that’s how I saw it in my mind, but it didn’t happen that way. Plus when you get really sick during college (another story I’m going to tell one day), you can’t go get that license. The thing is I had to wait 6 years till I had my own license to drive. If I wasn’t patient in getting what I wanted, I would have settled for something like a temporary or just do something crazy like get a fake license and probably end up in jail and join a drug ring where I become the crime boss and go out in a blaze of glory all because I wanted my license early. Whew I’m glad I skipped that! Point is be patient and you’ll get what you want. Hell I didn’t get my first job till I was in my twenties which is crazy and I like money, but I had to be patient!

And there are so many things I still want like a great companion (hey future babe if you reading this ‘sup girl….you know I love you lol. Are we still on for Saturday because you did say you had a surprise or two for me?), a better job, a better situation for myself, etc. None of those things will come true if I rush them or try to force them to happen. It will just be a bad companionship, bad situation that I’ll regret or some job I’m going to hate doing because I love money. Steadiness is more important than money and I don’t want to be miserable trying to make green backs. You have to be patient to gain awesomeness!

I bet multiverse me is impatient, but has a love hate girlfriend or something with an annoying job or situation…however his attitude is better than mine…well his temper is which leads me to…….


 

Con: Irascibility (adj.)

  1. Easily provoked to anger; very irritable
  2. Characterized or produced by anger

Irascibility…you have just learned a new word for a short temper. Congratulations!!! I taught you something hopefully! I have been irascible since I was a little boy. It must have been really bad too because I gained the nickname “Fuse” from one of my uncles. I rarely get called this, but every time P sees me he definitely calls me Fuse. He hit the nail on the head too because he was right. Now please understand I don’t get violent, I just get very freaking mad at the smallest things. I mean you can say something to me like “Hey how you doing?!” and I may process it the wrong way and just be silently pissed that you just talked to me. I snapped at some people for checking on me like wtf they concerned about me and I’m pissed at the way they said whatever they said! HOW CRAZY IS THAT! I remember when I got my lodging chair I got mad at the chair for being too big…like the chair would know it’s too big. IT HAS NO CONCIOUS OR THOUGHTS MATT, SO WHY WOULD YOU THINK IT CARES! I don’t know.

This is minor offenses too! This is nothing big, however tonight I noticed my fuse click on in a matter of seconds…so peep this.

I went to a Christmas party tonight and immediately got fuming mad at the lack of parking…which is normal because if you build a big space, there should be a bunch of parking spots. Sad thing is there were a bunch of parking spots, but people can’t park…and that reduces the number of parking spots. I had to park in the wet freaking grass while it rained outside tonight. My patience for find a spot ran out when I’m parking right on your grass. So whatever…I try my best to enjoy the party (I’m not a big party person…sorry), and I do! I leave with a better attitude and decide to go to Best Buy to check for a replacement for my external sound card which is on its last legs. So I arrive to Best Buy and politely ask the person at the door “where would the external sound cards be?” and the lady points towards the video games. I walk there. There is no sound cards at all. So my patience is like “maybe we missed it, ask another worker” so I do and he points me to the place where all the apple products are. Now logically it makes sense to have the computer stuff by computer stuff, but in this world logic makes no sense and is useless. So I walk over there and clearly there is no sound cards. I can feel it in my gut that anger is rising up because of the misinformation so patience says again “ok 2 for 2 wrong…let’s try one more time…calm down”. I do. I ask “GEEK SQUAD” which should be renamed “Guys who know some stuff about computers, but can’t look in a system for an item or tell you where stuff is”. So I ask the ladies near geek squad and they tell me to find a geek….oh you mean the fella in the Reservoir Dogs esque Oxford shirt? Yeah him! I mean you could have just looked up what I was searching for, but again common sense. So I ask him and he says it’s behind the external hard drives. Guys I was hoping that made sense because external stuff is with each other. Instead I see a bunch of speakers…computer speakers. NO. SOUND. CARD. NOWHERE. Patience then takes a seat and says “Fuse is at the front door and we are going to go before you get mad double mad”. Instead of leaving I go to the game section again and see video cards, BUT NO SOUND CARDS AT ALL! This is when I leave cursing under my breath, but smiling to the nice girl who offered to help. It took two mis-informations and I was already madder than a hornet. It probably took just 2 minutes too.

Do you see why this is a problem now?

I swear work on this every day to not be such an angry person, but it just comes naturally to me. It is like a switch I can turn on and off. It does have a few perks because I use it sometimes to write or make music and the result is amazing most of the time lol. I bet anger management couldn’t teach me nothing because I would think something is wrong with them trying to tell me something is wrong with me when I damn well know something is…I won’t give you the satisfaction of me admitting you are right anger management man! That’s one place I hope I never end up either because I can control myself very well! I just need to learn how to control my fuse…I’ll keep learning…one day at a time I suppose! I think I got a good set up though…just needs some tweaks!


 

ProCon:  Patient Irascibility!

You all just don’t know how fun and amusing this was to write. I am glad I don’t take myself that seriously because if I did I probably would never post this or break my laptop. I guess what I want you all to know is I can put up with a lot of stuff…trust me a lot of stuff! I mean if you are important to me or if something is important to me I will put up with a bunch of crap to get the vision in my mind.  I have to tell you though do not go out of your way to piss me off. It doesn’t take much you know? One minute we can be talking and the next minute we can be at each other’s throats because you said something wrong. Oh come on we all know this is your fault in the first place!! J I’m just messing, but seriously don’t make me mad on purpose or indirectly (Matt how can they know if….it’s indirect comment or….you know what never mind…I get you and that’s all that matters) because you’ll meet fuse and trust me he is not pretty.