Anime Monday Review: Seven Deadly Sins S1

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Seven Deadly Sins
Season 1

The Fine Print:
Written By: Nakaba Suzuki
First Published: October 2012
Anime Written By: Shotaro Suga
Adapted for Anime: Fall 2014
Directed by: Tensai Okamura
Composers: Hiroyuki Sawano + Takafumi Wama
Source: Netflix

A great opening theme is always the indicator of an amazing Anime and it’s fair to say that Hiroyuki Sawano and Takafumi Wama took some time to stunt on us a little bit. We got multiple opening and ending themes and I haven’t been this impressed with an overall anime soundtrack since Gangsta.

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Netflix Recommendation: Snow Day Horror Day Duos

The best way to spend a Snow Day is boo’d up with a warm beverage, a good watch and maybe some company. This Snow Day, I’d like to recommend some light horror watching that will thrill but not completely terrify. The perfect recipe for cuddles and great conversation. 

All of my recommendations will be duos, best watched together.

Nightwatch is first, Daywatch the follow up.

The best way to categorize these two would be Urban Supernatural Fantasy. The war between the light and the dark plays out again, this time with gusto. In Russia, apocalypse does you!

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Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of a Holy War – #AnimeMonday Live Tweet

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In preparation for the hot fire that’s is Season 2 of Seven Deadly Sins, next week’s #AnimeMonday Live Tweet will be Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of a Holy War. A four episode special that premiered last August, Holy War will feature all of the characters we’ve come to know in love in S1 in a brand new story.

Season 2 is schedule to Premiere on Feb 17th!

Title: Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of a Holy War
Date: Feb 13th, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm EST
Where: Twitter
Who: @chasinglux

Thank you for hanging with me on Twitter for today’s completion of Boku No Hero Academia (My Hero Academy) Season 1!

 

Gluten Free: Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers 

I recently discovered this at my local Target. Lance Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers.  As a huge fan of peanut butter, I jumped at the prospect of having this snack again.  I used to love both the Ritz Cheese and Peanut Butter Sandwich crackers.

Surprisingly crisp, it was refreshing to experience that texture again.  Keep in mind, these are mini sandwich crackers so they are small.  I found them to be slightly salty but that’s mostly because I ate the entire box.  (It’s supposed to have three servings)

I’m sold! It’s hard to come by delicious gf treats that aren’t overly sweet and still manage to be on the healthier side – if portioned correctly.

Perfect for breakfast or a quick snack.  I’m definitely going to explore more of the Lance brand.  There’s a cheddar cheese version of this product. *squee*

Watch Worthy – Hannibal Takes Edinburgh

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Hannibal Takes Edinburgh is a refreshing approach to a comedic documentary that is surprising and funny.  Hannibal has always been fascinating to me; from his deadpan delivery to his seemingly perfect mix of friendly and aloof.

Shot in 2012 at the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival that features hundreds of shows in 25 days – Burress would perform multiple days, every day for a month. This trip predates his quick rise to fame and is a perfect complement to Comedy Camisado (Netflix Original) which was released in February of this year.

What makes this Watch Worthy isn’t only the comedy – which, is great but also the emotional and psychological change that you watch Hannibal go through. After getting frustrated with the monotony, you get to see him fall in love with comedy all over again and it was great to watch.  This movie was filmed way before his break-out role in Broad City and even before the Bill Cosby all outs and now, I feel a kinship with him – he really loves comedy and works hard to hone his craft. What more can I ask of him?

If you’re a fan of Hannibal Burress or of good documentary that centers comedy  you should definitely check this out – even if you’re not a fan of his, it’s a great piece on immersing yourself in culture and the flip side of everyone expecting a “laugh” from a comedian.

 

Introspection

I keep breaking
Pain escalating
I can’t be the only one with this emptiness.

The pain combines with rage and you beg the darkness
to swallow you whole

I keep wanting to break things
I live for the sane moment the fracture brings
They remind me that I’m not entirely lost

What does it mean to be found?
Who would know where to look?

Other than feeling terrifyingly alone
No one really knows me

Who exactly would they miss once they realized I was gone?

Anime Monday: Parasyte: The Maxim

Parasyte: The Maxim

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The Fine Print:

Written by: Hitoshi Iwaaki
First Published: 1988
Adapted for anime in 2014
Anime Written by: Shoji Yonemura
Directed by: Kenichi Shimizu
Music: Ken Arai

Parasyte: The Maxim starts by introducing you to Shinichi Izumi, a kind, gentle high-schooler who’s life changes dramatically when he is infected by an “alien” parasite. Shinichi experiences some of the changes overnight – namely, that the parasite is cognizant and can operate independent of his body.

Resolved to making it work, the parasite, who named himself Migi, continues to push Shinichi outside of his comfort zone on questions of morality, person-hood and personal accountability as it comes up in the series.

Eventually, it becomes an infection that law enforcement has become aware of and they are actively working on being able to identify and eliminate the so called monsters after a escalating attacks on the town and school.

Shinichi suffers one tragic loss after another and starts living his life with the hope that he can make a positive impact after noticing a change in Tamura Reiko, a parasite who was able to infiltrate multiple human establishments and realizing love with Satomi Murano.

The will to fight was made difficult by the affiliates of Reiko – who had taken over the local government were outed.

Shinichi and Migi’s relationship throughout the series was rocky – and I appreciate that.  I love that it was a great way to examine some of the more existential questions that plague us and make them universal: Why are we here? Are humans “good”? Is all life worthy?

The emotional growth of both Migi and Shinichi throughout the series allows me to forgive the minor issues I had with this show, namely Murano – typical, long hard stares and bleeding heart woman that follows (literally) Shinichi around and hopes that things turn around. While I see how her character was used, it was just that – there was not really much growth for the female characters in the show outside of Tamura Reiko which is just as well because she was such an amazing character.

One thing that really struck me from the first fight scene was how different the combat system looked – since parasites generally aim for the brain and have the ability to change their entire heads into their “fight ready” form. I won’t say much else about this because I’m trying to carefully avoid spoilers but it’s really fun to watch and you do feel the tension well.

This is another must watch anime; I have to admit that I binged watched the first 20 episodes in a few days and it took me weeks to build up the courage to finish it off. The last two episodes ruined me – I was weeping openly and without shame. The ending theme crushed me on the final episode, I absolutely wasn’t ready.

I look forward to re-watching this anime already and to talking with you folks about it.

You can find Parasyte the Maxim on Crunchyroll, Toonami (boo, dubbed) and your usual anime streaming haunts. You can also chat w/ me on twitter: @asiaelle