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BlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead
2 weeks agoBlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead
How is everything with y'all? Anybody do anything interesting lately? Any new life events?
I'm doing very blah, myself. The muffled screams of status quo. But I'm distracting myself with anime, games, and videos about pizza. So, I guess it's a wash?
Really looking forward to getting my hands on the new community site too, whenever it comes out. Hope to see more activity when it goes live.
EDIT: Did you know that journal titles must be at least 5 characters? Just found that out. It doesn't show up, but there's a space at the end of this journal title.
3 weeks agoBlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead
In the most recent Off Topic, they talked about sleep paralysis. I don’t regularly suffer from it, but it has happened to me once.
In my case, I think it had to do with stress. I was working at a juvenile prison at the time, and it was a real shitty job. My shift ran from 6am to 2pm, so I had to wake up at 4:30am in order to make it to the pre-shift briefing at 5:45am. Fun fact, in most multi-shift jobs, if the next shift doesn’t come in there’s nothing stopping you from leaving. You might feel bad, but you can just walk out the door at shift change. If the same thing happens in a prison, you’re fucked. You can’t just leave the inmates alone, or leave your coworker outnumbered. There’s real danger, and legal liability. Combine that with high turnover and no-call no-shows, shift change was super stressful. Many times 2pm would roll around and I’d have no idea if I was going home, or if I’d be there for another 8 hours. 16 hours in a prison, for shitty pay. One time I worked 20 hours, and didn't even see sunlight. Wake up at dark, go home at dark.
Anyway, that’s the context for my sleep paralysis. So one night, I’m asleep downstairs on the couch. All of a sudden, I just have an "awareness" of two people upstairs. Except it’s half awareness, and half auditory hallucination. And they’re whispering, talking about me. I don’t know what they’re saying, but they’re trying not to wake me. I feel that they mean me harm. I begin to get nervous, so I just lay still and hope they don’t notice me. I “hear” one say to the other “Shit, he’s waking up”, and they start coming down the stairs toward me. At this point, an overwhelming feeling of dread comes over me. I’ve never felt this scared in my life. I want to jump up and run, but I can’t. I’m half-awake with some sense of vision, but I’m stuck. My body is stiff like concrete, and I’m immobile and helpless. But they’re coming for me. If I don’t move, I’m dead. I try to muster all my strength to move, and, after a herculean effort, I managed to force myself up. I snap awake, and the fog of it all slowly dissipates.
You know that feeling when you’re having a bad dream but you wake up, and you’re comforted by the realization that it was all in your head? For me it was like that, but when the realization came over me it felt I just had a near death experience. I was shaken, pulse pounding. I had to turn on some lights and check the place, just to be sure. I had heard about sleep paralysis, but had never experienced it. And I’m lucky to never have experienced it since. I’ve looked up the phenomenon, and it’s got some interesting scientific theories behind it. Something about the mind waking up before the body, and a triggering of our fight or flight response.
Our minds are some funky things, let me tell ya. So, if you ever hear about sleep paralysis, don’t doubt it. It’s real.
1 month agoBlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead
Hey, it’s me. I’m writing about anime again. I don’t know why I do it so much either. I just like to write about the things I enjoy, and hoo boy, do I like anime. So here you go.
So, it’s not uncommon for an anime series to have a premise that sounds absolutely stupid. You read it and you think, “This sounds ridiculous. It’s going to be terrible.”
But every now and then you get a series that, although utterly horrendous on paper, actually works. A series that should not be good, but somehow turns out great.
Today, I have a selection of five series that fit that description to a T. Check it:
What It's About: A homeless teenager looks for her father’s killer with the help of a sentient school uniform. She engages in physical combat with the local high school’s student council president, who herself is trying to take over Japan’s other high schools through her mother’s fashion empire.
Absurdism/surrealism is an actual subgenre of anime, and boy does this one fit the bill. It's an action anime all about clothes! The show is made the anime studio Trigger, which has a reputation for concealing, revealing, and then expanding the true scope of a story—which they most certainly do in this show. There’s a heavy amount of intrigue, reveals, and twists. The term rollercoaster is thrown around a lot in entertainment, but this show is hands down a rollercoaster. Not to mention that the music is fantastic, the battles are entertaining, and the story unfolds at a good pace. To top it off, there are a lot of subtle (and not so subtle) themes at play throughout the show. But at the end of the day, it’s just fun. A great blend of comedy, action, and insanity. But viewer beware, this is probably the most NSFW show on this list.
What It's About: A dangerous telekinetic naked girl from another world is transported to the living room of a mid-level yakuza. The yakuza sort of adopts her, and they end up living together.
This show is pretty weird. Probably the weirdest one on this list. What starts off as a scifi mystery quickly turns into a slice of life dramedy with a serious supernatural bent. Young telekinetic Hina has to learn how to live in regular human society, and yakuza man Nitta helps guide her through it. However they’re both really shitty and self-absorbed, which makes for some very interesting interactions. The show itself is very hard to nail down too. It’s hard to tell if a scene is going to end with a dramatic emotional exchange, or a deadpan comedic gag. And just when you think you’re going to learn more about the scifi subplot, the show pulls the rug out from under you. This one is very difficult to describe, so I recommend checking out at least one episode to see it for yourself.
What It's About: A flamboyant and mysterious man resurrects dead girls from different time periods within Japan. He forces them to form a musical group, whose sole purpose is to revitalize the unpopular and boring Saga prefecture.
This show is really turning a genre on its head. Idol anime, though very popular, has a lot of detractors. Yet, Zombieland Saga has persuaded a lot of people to watch it just from the crazy premise alone. And so far, it has really paid off. As of this writing we’re only six episodes in, and so far it’s fucking good. It’s all over the place, and it’s one of the funniest anime series I’ve seen in years. Every single scene is hilarious. But more than that, this show just throws so many curveballs at you. Most notably is this scene from the second episode, that came out of nowhere and hasn't been revisited since. It’s a small spoiler for sure, but it just might be the thing that makes you watch the show. The plot has begun to develop a little more now in recent episodes, so I’m really excited to see where it goes.
What It's About: A horse girl—meaning girls who have the ears, tails, and speed of a horse—leaves the countryside to enroll at a horse girl racing academy with the hope of becoming a professional horse girl racer. Horse girl racing is a global professional competitive sport in which horse girls race each other on a track. Also, the winner performs in a concert after each race.
When this show premiered in Spring 2018, anime fans were more then ready to tear it down. Not only due to the premise, but also because of the fact that it was based purely on a mobile game. But since it was coming the well-respected studio P.A. Works, people decided to give it a chance. And...it actually ended up being a very good sports anime! The main character finds her way onto a team and we get to see her journey as she trains, competes, and encounters obstacles. There's competitive tension, team camaraderie, heart-breaking setbacks, and even some great comedy. No one expected a show about horse girls to be so intriguing! Even more interesting is that the characters are based off of real life professional racing horses, with some of the characters' developments even mirroring their real life horse counterparts. So, if you want to avoid spoilers, don't google the horses!
What It's About: A drunk office woman helps an injured dragon, and offers to let the dragon stay with her. The dragon shows up the next morning, and becomes her maid.
This show was the biggest hit of the Winter 2017 season, and for good reason. It may start out a little too sugary sweet and kawaii, but it really settles into a hilarious and fantastically heartwarming tale. The principle plot of the show is watching the relationship between Dragon maid Tohru and Kobayashi grow from one of obligation, to something much deeper. But it’s also quite funny. Many scenes and interactions are either tinged with some mild humor, or punctuated by big comedy bits. And, as more and more dragons and humans are added to the cast, the number of both heartwarming scenes and hilarious hijinks grows. This show is most likely the best one on this list, overall.
When it comes to anime—all anime—always make sure to check the end of the credits. There’s very often additional content.
1 month agoBlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead
No one can deny just how crazy and ground-breaking the MCU movies have been. You love them, I love them, everyone loves them. That universe is a feat of filmmaking to marvel at.
But personally, I have found myself getting more miles out of the Netflix series. I'm not saying they're better (they're not), I'm just saying that I get more enjoyment out of them. Maybe it has something to do with how I watch movies versus how I watch tv. Maybe it’s the binge factor. Maybe it’s the more personal and slow-burn stories. I don’t know.
The news of Netflix canceling both Iron Fist and Luke Cage was very disappointing. Some say it has to do with Disney starting their own streaming service, and their desire to remove Marvel properties from other services. Some speculate that the two titular characters can still live on in the other existing Netflix series. I would also add to the speculation that both series could be saved by a Heroes for Hire crossover show.
But back to the point. I just find the Netflix series more enjoyable, for some reason. I was wondering why, and then I realized that I have probably spent more time immersed in the Netflix series than the movies. More time with the characters, and therefore more time to get invested.
We like to think of the MCU movies as this huge saga which takes days to watch. Like some gargantuan near-bottomless well of media. Well as it turns out, when it comes to actual runtime, the Netflix series blow the movies out of the water.
As of October 2018:
Number of MCU Movies: 20 (Phases 1, 2; 80% of Phase 3)
Number of Netflix Series Episodes: 134 (11 seasons across 6 series)
Runtime of MCU Movies: 42 hours, 56 minutes
Runtime of Netflix Series: 119 hours, 11 minutes
Difference of Runtime: 76 hours, 15 minutes
The Netflix series are longer in total runtime by over three days. That’s a lot of time! In the time it would take you to watch all the Netflix series, you could watch all the MCU movies over two and a half times.
I think this is why I like the shows better than the movies. Maybe I’m more of a long-form person than a short-form person. I mean, I love movies. Like, a lot. But television—especially internet-based platforms— benefit from being less constrained by time and content, and are able to produce a more intimate and detailed story than movies are able to. The MCU movies are these great, vast stories defined by fantastic moments and huge moving pieces. Undeniably fun and enjoyable, for sure. But in contrast the series are these smaller-scale stories taking place mostly in one city, more gradually, and with more focus on the process. Which is probably why I was looking forward to The Defenders as much (or more) than any Avengers movie. There was a lot more fabric to weave together.
So, I think that’s the crux of it. It really is a tale of two mediums. Admittedly though, the Netflix shows have had way more low points than the movies. Luke Cage Season 1 was a tad lackluster, and Iron Fist Season 1 was actually pretty bad. But both shows greatly improved in their second seasons. And other than those two cases the other shows have been fairly decent, with Daredevil and Jessica Jones being especially good. I really hope they all continue. The third season of Daredevil did really well, and there’s another season of both Jessica Jones and Punisher on the way. Unfortunately, beyond that, it appears that the whole universe is in jeopardy.
If you’re thinking of getting into the Netflix Marvel series, check out my suggested watch order (which is the same as the release order, as of October 2018):
1. Daredevil Season 1
2. Jessica Jones Season 1
3. Daredevil Season 2
4. Luke Cage Season 1
5. Iron Fist Season 1
6. The Defenders
7. The Punisher Season 1
8. Jessica Jones Season 2
9. Luke Cage Season 2
10. Iron Fist Season 2
11. Daredevil Season 3
1 month agoBlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead
I love anime soundtracks. They're often hard to track down, can get expensive, and sometimes you can only get hard copies. So in lieu of that, I made a youtube playlist of my favorite anime opening and ending songs:
Each song is roughly 90 seconds. Maybeif you want. It's got some good stuff. The songs are in loose order of how much I enjoy them.
But lately, I've really been into the ending song for Seishun Buta Yaro. Or as it's better known, Rascal Does Not Dream of a Bunny Girl Senpai. The show is hard to nail down but it's like if someone tried to make the show Fringe into an anime, but with a slice of life romance feel. I'm really digging the supernatural portion of it. And if you can stomach the occasional eye rolling logic behind the scientific principles of each arc, you'll probably enjoy it too.
Anyway, here's the ending song for the first arc. It's like you can jam out to it, and relax to it. It's very odd, but in an intriguing way. But what's extra cool is that each story arc focuses on a different girl, and each girl's VA will get a turn singing the ending theme. I also found this song, which is the long version featuring all the VAs. Both versions are so good.
If you want to check out the show, it's available on Crunchyroll as part of the current season.
2 months agoBlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead
There’s this really neat sub-genre of anime called Iyashikei. Literally translating to “healing”, it refers to anime series that have a soothing or calming effect on the audience. These series tend to be escapist, very chill, or light-hearted. They are also commonly moe or slice of life, but not always necessarily.
I kind of stumbled into this sub-genre a few years ago, and I find that these shows are very enjoyable. They aren’t simply light-hearted or fluffy. They’re not super cutesy or sugary. Rather, these series lull you into a content state with their calming subject matter or breezy comedy.
So, I thought I’d share with you my favorite three iyashikei anime.
A high school witch moves in with her relatives as part of her witch training.
I didn’t really know what to expect when I started this show, and it was quite the surprise. This show might be the most chill anime I’ve ever seen. It’s very slice of life, following young witch Makoto as she gets to know her new town and continues her studies. At first I thought it’d be very boring, but they do a decent job of introducing various paranormal entities and cultures. I tend to like shows that depict monsters and paranormal characters in everyday situations, so that was a big plus for me. And this show scratches that itch in two ways. You see Makoto interact with otherworldly characters like it ain’t no thing, while also watching through the eyes of her younger cousin (who is new to that world). There are also some light-hearted comedic moments. Nothing crazy, but there are a lot of quiet chuckles to be had.
Overall the show has a very earthy feel to it, emphasizing the connections that witches and other entities have to nature. It reminds me a bit of the world of Buffy, but devoid of any real stakes or conflict, and focused on witchcraft. I would never describe it as exciting or thrilling, but it most certainly is very pleasant and calming.
There is a restaurant in Japan that, for the most part, is totally normal and unremarkable. However every Saturday, the front door of the restaurant is connected to a fantasy world.
It’s a big delight to see an adventurer or demon, who’s used to medieval era food, just lose their shit at how delicious modern food is. And boy, does it look delicious. This is indeed a very food heavy show. Just imagine Food Wars, but way more chill. The characters, after their initial bewilderment at the flavors, break down the dish in a deliberate and calming fashion. You feel like you’re eating the dish with them, from first bite to the inevitable satiation.
At first the show appears somewhat formulaic, but then you realize there’s a thread of a greater narrative. The world is slowly built, and you get a greater appreciation for this secret club the patrons enjoy. For the most part each episode features two separate fantasy characters and their mini-back stories of how they discovered the restaurant. Whether it’s a lizard man, princess, or elf, each account is very interesting…and relaxing.
If I had to describe the tone of this show, it’s like this. Imagine being on vacation, in a nice restaurant for dinner. It’s dim, comfortable, quiet, and the food is delicious. That feeling you get at the end? Of being sated and at peace? That’s what this show really tries to convey. Plus, it’s very pretty. Of the three shows I’m mentioning, this one looks the best.
So if you like mild fantasy and delicious food, this would be right up your alley.
High school girl Rin loves to go camping by herself, but soon learns the joy of camping with others.
I know, another show about a high school girl, but hear me out. This show really brings a lot to the table, so it was an easy number 1 choice for me. For one thing, it’s just so fucking relaxing. Period. Every episode does a good job of capturing the serenity and grandiosity of nature, as well as the joys of camping. Whether it’s with the sound of a crackling fire, a pleasant view of Mt. Fuji, or the steamy aroma of a campfire meal in the winter, the characters really put you in their shoes. And the music is really good as well. It ranges anywhere from jaunty happy-go-lucky, to acoustically emotion-provoking. In every instance, it really fits the mood.
But what really got me hooked on the show was the humor. It’s full of unsuspecting moments of dry wit and smart comedy, with a few slapstick moments in there as well. It often belies the serene and calming subject matter, but in a really good way. At one moment the show is making you feel relaxed, and in the next it’s making you bust a gut.
And to top it off, Laid Back Camp is downright informative. I learned a lot about camping and outdoor equipment while watching this show. A good portion of each episode features a narrator going over the camping topics of the day, accompanied by chibi versions of the characters following his instructions.
And oh, did I mention the food? Because a significant portion of this show is dedicated to food. Yummy, scrumptious food. Animated camping meals never looked so good.
All these components – relaxing content, humor, and informative narration – combine to make a very pleasant and enjoyable viewing experience. If you shy away from cutesy anime, it may not be for you, but any anime fan should seriously give this show a chance.
So there you have it, my top three iyashikei anime. I love action or comedy as much as the next person, but it’s also nice to be able to put on a show that relaxes and center you. There’s a lot more out there, so I recommend googling the genre if you'd like to know more.
3 months agoBlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead
Burnie asked a question on the most recent podcast. I'm paraphrasing, but it was something like:
"If you couldn't have meat again unless you killed and cleaned it, do you think you'd ever eat meat again?"
Let me dive deeper into this question, because I think it depends on whether or not it's applied to a literal reality or a fictional one.
In this scenario we would have to account for the cost of the whole animal. Let's go the cheap route and do the killing and butchering right in the field for large animals. No need to pay someone for labor or facilities. I'm gonna look at the three most common animals we eat: cows, pigs, and chickens.
One Cow - $1,200
Boy is it difficult to nail down how much a cow costs. There are so many different breeds and classifications. Not to mention highly violate cattle markets (I'm not an economics guy at all). But from my limited research, you're looking at a low end of about $1,200 for one whole feeder cow. You could find cheaper prices at an auction or for smaller cows, but this is about the closest I can find for an average.
One Pig - $129
One Chicken - $20?
Okay, I got a little tired of livestock research by this point. A live pullet (young hen) appears to go for around $20. Roosters sell for less, but let's go with hens. And seeing as a whole cut-up chicken at the grocery store can be bought for around $8-$15, twenty bucks for a live one seems reasonable.
With these dollar amounts in mind, I think most meat eaters would be able to continue eating meat. Trouble is, it'd be mostly chicken.
For chicken, it'd be like going to the grocery store. We could do the killing and butchering right in our kitchen. Not to mention that the amount of meat yielded could be consumed within a couple days. So, chicken for everyone!
Pork on the other hand, depending on how much time and disposable income you have, would be a little rarer. At $129 it's not cost-prohibitive, but it's not exactly as easy purchase. That's two video games, two visits to Fogo de Chao, or a handful of all-out trips to the movies for one person. Price-wise, I feel like the average person would have to make some judgement calls on this one. Sure it's affordable, but is it worth that much to you? Keep in mind, you also have to travel to the farm and slaughter it. That's not an easy task. It's time consuming, and requires at least an afternoon of hard labor. Not to mention the additional cost of processing (butcher paper, tape, bags, knives, saws, etc.). Transportation shouldn't be a problem, as long as you have a trunk.
You might be thinking, "But what about the bacon?". Well, yeah there's that. But you would have to make that yourself. Have you ever tried to make bacon? It takes time and effort. And by the time you nail down the process, odds are, you'll have wasted at least one pork belly. You'll also likely need to buy a new small freezer, or at least empty yours out. I estimate most meat eaters will end up taking this route about 3-5 times a year, at most.
Now, the beef? That's a whole other dilemma. It costs a lot, but it's so versatile! It's lot of effort, but it's so much meat! But at $1,200 a pop, the price ain't nothing to scoff at. That's around the average monthly rent in Austin. That's a couple of car payments. It's also a huge commitment. Once again, you'd have to drive out to the farm. But this time, it'd take longer. It'd take more supplies. Possibly a bigger vehicle to transport. It'd also require you to buy a big freezer, to protect your investment. Keep in mind, if you don't have any experience processing a whole cow, your are absolutely going to mangle the various cuts. How many cows will you have to go through before you get even the primal cuts down?
I bet that most people would look at their chicken and pork and think "Nah, I'm good". At least most of the time. It's very doable for a middle class, full-time employed individual. But is there enough motivation? In my opinion, for the average meat eating American, this would be a once a year event at most. If at all. If someone is well-off, maybe they could afford twice a year or more. But I think most of us will have some serious deliberation over whether or not it's worth that much time, effort, and money.
So, yeah, it'd be possible. Easily feasible. But depending on time, money, effort, and desire, some meats might be rarer then others. And personally, I'd do chicken and pork easily, but beef only once a year at most.
In this scenario, all you would have to do is kill the animal and process the cuts you want to eat. You would only pay for the price of the cuts you eat or keep, at the appropriate market or restaurant price. No paying for the whole animal, no cost for storage or packaging.
Fuck me up fam. I'll do this in a heartbeat. Even if I have to pay twice to eat it in a restaurant.
3 months agoBlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead
This is from an old defunct tumblr of mine that I forgot about. So I thought I'd repost it here.
1. Black Lagoon Season 1 (2006) [12 episodes]
2. Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage, aka Season 2 (2006) [12 episodes]
3. Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail, aka Season 3 (2010-2011) [5 OVA episodes]
In the early/mid 1990’s, Rokuro Okajima (a mild-mannered low-level business man from Japan) is on a business trip when he gets taken hostage by a band of sea pirates/mercenaries called the Lagoon Company. The pirates want a ransom but Rokuro's company refuses to pay it, leaving him for dead. Fed up with his bland and meaningless life, Rokuro decides to join the pirates. He changes his name to "Rock", and begins a new journey where he struggles to maintain his morality while doing very amoral work.
As Rock delves deeper into this new world, he finds himself straddling the fence of good and evil. He tries to apply his nuanced business-like approach to the criminal underworld, and remarkably, sometimes it works. His unique views, mundane skills, and straight-laced demeanor actually prove invaluable from time to time. But other times he has difficulty maintaining his values and morality, much to annoyance of Revy, the Lagoon Company’s resident badass and expert gunslinger. A loose cannon to say the least, Revy routinely clashes with Rock. She was the one who originally kidnapped him, and tore him from his comfortable life. They have a unique relationship, and it's the driving force behind the show.
The tone of this series is dark. The primary theme is about the internal conflict between morality and reality. The characters live in the criminal underworld where murder, kidnapping, human trafficking, child exploitation, organized crime, and the weapon/drug trade are all explored. Most of the series takes place in Roanapur, a fictional city in Thailand that operates as a haven for criminals.
The series is also undeniably action packed. It’s gritty, and grounded in reality. No magic, no superpowers, no flying, no calling out of move names, and no super deformed sequences. It’s over the top in the “that'd never happen in real life” sense, but it's still really enjoyable. There are gunfights, knife fights, fistfights, and all manner of insane sequences. It's honestly one of the best shoot-em-ups in anime.
Visually the show is simple, yet full of depth. The environments are calming and serene, but contrasted by the sinister subject matter. There is also a subtle noir feel throughout, which complements the tone of the show quite nicely. The animation style looks a tad dated by modern standards, but the show doesn’t feel old in the least. The world they paint feels very real.
The anime franchise is comprised of two seasons (12 episodes each), as well as a five volume OVA (sometimes referred to as season 3). There are numerous story arcs, each highlighting Rock’s journey in the criminal underworld, as well as his complicated relationship with Revy. Some arcs are light-hearted, and some are downright depressing. The show takes it’s time, but the story's pace is pleasant and not rushed. As the series goes on, the relationships evolve and grow. Exposition and action go hand in hand, and Rock’s journey is fun to watch.
Things really heat up in the OVA. If the action was hard for you to digest or take seriously in the previous seasons, the OVA will be quite the test. The series and OVA were released nearly four years apart, and at times it feels like they were trying to recapture the magic of the series by kicking it up a notch. It’s intense to say the least. The OVA attempts to further depict the depths of madness and depravity that are possible within the criminal underworld. Though it might seem tame compared to some horror or ecchi anime, the OVA does indeed feel quite explicit. The content and emotion take on a much darker and intense flavor. Some might find it gratuitous, while others may find it a natural progression. In either case, the OVA really tries to further expand on the relationships within Lagoon Company. Play close attention though, the OVA storyline is easy to get lost in.
As of now the manga is ongoing, and the author is taking his time. They released an anime teaser trailer for volume 10 of the manga in 2014, but there hasn’t been any news about a potential 4th season of the anime. I looked into it, and can’t find any indication if or when season four will come out, or if they are even working on it. So right now, the anime series appears to be in limbo. Which makes sense, because the manga is currently on volume 11 (the arc that would be season 4). And seeing as the manga's author served as the anime concept artist on Re:Creators (2017), as well as the author of its manga adaptation, I'm assuming he's got a lot on his plate right now. So, in the absence of more anime, I would recommend checking out the manga. I've read about 3 volumes of the manga, and it's really good.
Black Lagoon is one of my personal favorite anime series. I first saw it back in college, when I only watched English dubs. I recently tried to re-watch it in the original Japanese, but was sorely disappointed. I highly recommend watching it in English. Revy, the main female character, is very damaged and intense, and the English voice actor does a MUCH better job of conveying her range and emotional weight. The rest of the cast is pretty good too, especially Dutch. After hearing Dutch in English, it’s really hard to get used to him in Japanese. I know purists out there might be hesitant to watch it in English, but it really does work better. There is also a decent amount of vulgarity, English slang, and American pop culture references which all go over a little better in English. That is not to say the original Japanese is not good, but all these factors make the English version a little more impactful for English speakers.
Revy herself is very interesting. Some might find her too much, or lacking depth, but it really is enjoyable to watch her interactions with Rock. The course of their relationship is really interesting. At first he is just an annoyance to her, and at every exchange she threatens to hurt him. But over time she warms up to him...in a “I don’t feel like killing you” way. You could argue that she is just a thinly veiled tsundere, but the fact that such an anime trope exists shouldn’t disqualify her character from legitimate emotional development. It is a delight to see her gradually accept Rock as a coworker, a friend, and then a close friend.
I haven’t read more than a few volumes of the manga, but so far it pleases me that the writer doesn’t cave in and have them become love interests. There’s not even a hint of them becoming romantic, but they do grow intimately close. You could easily call them an OTP, but it’s not much of a competition seeing as there are few other prospects for either of them. Hell, even other characters would love to see them together. As a result of the work they do, their association undergoes a growing intimacy that feels quite organic (yet platonic). The OVA does a good job of rattling their relationship though, as well as Rock’s standing with Lagoon Company. It’s definitely intense, and does a good job of refreshing the relationships within the show. It leaves you yearning for another season.
Analysis aside, it’s an entertaining show. There’s action, drama, intrigue, and comedy. When I’m bored at the end of the night, and I have a drink to finish before bed, I like to put it on and chill.
3 months agoBlackPenguin Guardian x8; Panel Lead
It’s been a while since I’ve consolidated my thoughts on what I’d like to see in the new community site, so I figured I’d collect them all again in this journal. Some are new, some are previously mentioned suggestions. Also to whoever would be handling it, if there is ever a beta for the new site, I’d be more than happy to give it a spin.
I also want to say, to whoever is working on the new site, we really appreciate your work and effort. I know it ain't easy to freshen up a house this old and so lived-in.
Currently, there is too much overlap between notifications and feeds. I’d like the option of choosing what types of content appear in each, or at least the ability to make something appear in my feed without getting a notification for it. There are many things I’d like to see passively in my feed, without getting a notification. Similarly, there are also things I’d like to get a notification for but not see in my feed. I’d like to see a facebook approach to this area. Passive content in the feed, with the option for specific things in my notifications.
A feed which shows posts and content that your friends or followed users have liked. It’s a great way to see what’s popular among your friends and the community as a whole. In the past there were many projects, artists, and events that I would not have even heard about if it wasn’t for this feature.
Tag Filtering For Feeds
The ability to filter out/in posts from the users you follow. Applied either to individual followed users as part of our follow settings, or to our followed feed as a whole. I think I’d prefer the latter.
The old site had a feature where staff could post their journals to a centralized news feed. Now any news posted on the site has to be done with journals, often by staff members many people don't know they should be watching. An official news feed would be great for bringing people back to the site by giving them a place to stay up to date on the latest from RT, rather than forcing them to visit twitter, Reddit, Facebook, etc.
Revamp "Popular Content" Feed
Not only would it be nice to see different types of content, but it would be cool to filter out staff posts and only see community content.
Final Confirmation on "Dismiss All Notifications"
When "see all notifications" and "dismiss all notifications" are so close, an extra “are you sure” would be nice.
Notification Time Stamps, Proper Sorting
I wish notifications had time stamps. Either an actual time & date or “minutes/hours ago”.
Notifications also need to be sorted with most recent on top. Currently, there is no rhyme or reason to the order.
Better Notification of Replies
Unless replying to a parent comment, subsequent replies do not trigger notifications. Meaning, if person A comments on my journal and I reply to that comment, and Person A makes a second comment in reply to my reply, that comment doesn’t send a notification to me. Or, more clearly:
-A Comment on My Journal (notification)
-My Reply to Comment
-Reply to My Reply (no notification)
Sharing on RT
Many times I see a friend’s journal and wish I could share it on RT. We need the ability to re-post journals within the RT site itself. Essentially the same thing as a retweet or reblog.
Save Draft Option For Journals
Similar to Tumblr, a feature that lets you save a draft journal or post. I like to write up journals over a couple days, so I end up having to save word docs on my computer.
The ability to preview what a journal will look like. Helpful in double checking layouts, image placements, etc. I know I would use it.
More Text Options
I wish we could use colors, underline, bullet points, and other text options in our journals. Especially the actual color black.
The ability for journal authors to select a comment to pin at the top of their comments section. Sometimes you have to add something to the journal after posting it, and would rather not edit it. Other times it would be nice to feature or spotlight a funny or relevant comment from your friends or followers.
Auto-Post on Other Social Media
The ability to make a post on RT, which auto-posts a link to it on other social media (twitter, facebook, etc.). It could take the form of checkboxes when submitting journals or images, with icons for various social media sites.
Twitter Feed on Profile
A small box next to a user's profile of their recent tweets (for a linked twitter account). Scrolling down can load older tweets.
Post & Profile Details
It'd be cool to see the precise date and time something was posted. Also views. Each person’s profile used to have a section that listed their total views for journals and photos. This was a great metric for seeing how much reach and engagement your content garnered. There was also the currently online indicator. When enabled, a profile would say “currently online”. It would also give a user's status. For example, in the corner it would say “currently browsing the forum” or “currently reading a journal” (or something similar to that).
The ability to see who likes or +1s our posts. Either on the post itself, or on a separate page for all of our posts. Seeing as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and other popular sites let you see who likes your content, it'd be nice to see this feature return. In addition, a breakdown of the individual mods on posts would be cool to see. A similar example is Facebook, which shows how many thumbs, hearts, or emojis a post got. In RT’s case, for a +45 post, it could be a mouse-over list that shows “+20 cool, +30 ditto, -5 lame”.
This was an old feature that let you see a two-week log of all the public activity of a user, including their recent journals, photos, and forum posts. It was a great way to gauge the activity and engagement of your friends. The feature is similar to that of other forum and board-based sites, which allow you to see the history of a user. One example is Reddit, which allows you to see the full history of a user’s public posts.
Stats & Milestones
It was cool to be able to go to a page that showed my lifetime number of journals, mods, photos, and forum posts. There used to be a page where you could see this. You really got a sense of your history on the site, and how much you contributed. There were also global site stats as well.
Milestones were also little awards that you got for participating on the site. Similar to Reddit's Trophy Case, it showed your achievements and history. I had a milestone for being one of the first 10,000 people to sign up on the site. There were also neat little awards that staff members could give you. The staff member would see your content, and choose to bestow upon you their award. Back in the day, everyone was on a mini-quest to get the founding fathers’ awards. You would try to post something cool on your profile or show a cool project you completed, in the hope they would see it and give you their award. The only award I ever got Gus’s, which was an icon of a whiskey bottle. I think I got it for my interaction with him at RTX 2011.
This would probably be an additional technical headache, but it'd be cool if users could embed their Twitch/YouTube streams on a profile tab. Profiles could have a "live" tab, or something. Such a feature could help users in establishing a home on RT. And if that's too much free rein, then perhaps streams could only come from urls/accounts linked to that RT profile, which can be approved by staff.
Old Content Carries Over
This goes without saying, but man I really hope all of our old content (journals, photos, profiles) carries over to the new site.
Collaboration on Albums
The option to share upload privileges within individual photo albums. For both individual users and within groups. Owners of an album could invite users to collaborate. Useful for events and projects.
There used to be photo galleries that users were allowed to contribute to. Moderation was probably a lot easier back then, but people were able to access public galleries for the various events RT was at and upload their own photos. There were galleries for RTX and other popular conventions in which RT had a presence. Since the RTX app has the feature of allowing users to upload photos, it’d be cool to see this type of feature return to the main site.
A New Groups Home Page
Groups need some love. I would also like to see a map regional community groups, or events calendar. A better group search is also sorely needed.
Group Admin Alerts
I don’t really manage any groups nowadays but when I did, I would have to keep an eye on the forum to see if anyone created a new forum thread. I could follow threads to get alerts on new posts, but I could not get alerts when someone created a new forum thread in a group I managed. It would be great if a group admin could get alerts for new forum threads in their group, or for other activities as well.
A New Forum "Front Page"
On the forum landing page (which needs to be re-worked badly as well) there could be an additional section that pulls threads from every forum. The section would visually operate like a Reddit homepage; a sortable/filterable list of individual threads from the site's forums. Without hunting through each forum you could get an aerial view of the popular, controversial, and newest threads. Just a way to spotlight individual new threads, highlight what's hot in the community, and show people the threads that stay active over time across all forums.
Sort Function on Comments
I wish we had the option to sort the comments on posts. Newest, oldest, highest rated, etc.
Differentiation on Parent/Child Comment Threads
When scrolling through comments on journals, it’s hard to spot and differentiate conversations. A little line next to threads, similar to Reddit, would be cool.
Personality/Game Sort Options
I’ve seen a lot of people mention this, so I thought I’d include it. The ability to sort/filter videos based on the talent/personalities in it.
And equally important (perhaps more important), sorting/filtering Let’s Plays based on the game being played. Both for title/franchise, and genre (puzzle, FPS, trivia, etc.). That’s a feature I know would get a lot of use.
Individual Blogs For Each Series
A blog section on each series page, where staff can put relevant news. Users could put it on watch, and get alerts for it. I suggest this for two main reasons.
First, to give the relevant posts a consolidated home. For example, Jon Risinger has routine journals for On The Spot. If you didn't follow him, you would miss it. Also I don't watch On The Spot, so as someone who follows Jon on the site those journals are irrelevant to me. Another example would be Eric Vespe. He write articles for The Know, but they don’t get posted anywhere other than on his profile.
Second, decluttering staff and talent profiles. I follow staff on this site because they’re interesting and funny. Not for commercial promotion of the various shows and videos (even though I do consume them). This suggestion also kind of plays into the sentiment of staff using the site more, outside of promotional purposes.
With Series Blogs the people who need that information would have a landing page, and the people who don't want that information from the personality get less clutter in their feed.
More Awareness of When Notifications are Disabled
Sometimes notifications are disabled. When that happens, it’s usually signaled by a small graphic near the notifications tab. But that goes away so quick, and is very easy to miss (especially on mobile). When this happens, I suggest something like a persistent yellow square with “!” in the middle where the notification number would be. Clicking or mousing on that could then bring up the message. This system could also be used when there are important site-wide alerts.
Service Status Page
Just like the XBL Service Status page, it’d be cool if there was a go-to place to see if RT is currently experiencing any disruptions in its various services or functions.
Community Perks for FIRST
The reason I originally became a FIRST member (back when it called sponsorship), was for the community site perks. We got stuff like custom text colors, access to profile stats, and more. Nowadays we get a little star next to our name (which is still cool), but it used to mean more to your site presence. It was a badge of honor. It signified your dedication to the community. And it gave you incentive to engage and use the features. I’d like to see a return of that. Features and functions on the site that are unlocked for FIRST members that they can use in their interactions on the site.
Better Staff Follow Functionality
Currently, if I want to find and follow a staff member I have to:
1. Go to one of two specific pages (cast or staff, which are hard to find)
2. Scroll through the cumbersome list
3. Click each profile individually
4. Click follow on their profile
Seeing as RT employs hundreds of people, it’s really hard to follow all of them this way. I think the process could be easier. Perhaps the list could have checkboxes next to each one, and a “follow all” function (a feature that would be cool for user searches too).
Furthermore, while I’m at it, it’d be real neat if the staff page listed people by the department/show they work in/on. Like for instance, if someone wanted to follow people involved only in live action (crew, actors), animation (animators, writers), achievement hunter (talent, editors), or even corporate/marketing.
Also please fix the edit bug. I wish I could edit an old journal without it notifying everyone.
Bug/Improvement Submission Area
We need a place where users can submit issues. Preferably with a way for mods and admins to review them and either act on them ourselves or escalate them to developer level.
A mobile app for the community. This would be the bee’s knees. Screw it, let’s have “stories” too. Everyone is doing stories now. They work. I think that could bring a lot of people back. Especially when paired with a mobile app.
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Comics, Anime, Cartoons, & Art
Various pics of such nature.
Food & Drink
Drinks and foods.
Funny & Cool Stuff
Friends & Family
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Tech & Gadgets
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RTX 2013 Shenanigans
| Asked by: MrShawnsies 2 years ago
Each team picks out their players however they want. For RvBTX, we have a group forum thread where people can stay updated and request to be a player for that round. We essentially call for players each round, and try to give everyone a chance to play. You can find the thread here.