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  • Let's talk some Anime

    1 day ago

    CaButler

    What, a journal entry that isn't filled with a dozen screen shots from Fate/Grand Order?  What madness is this?


    This madness is me actually doing something else for a change.  I know, it's shocking, but keep calm, relax, start breathing.  It's not the end of the world, even if it's raining brimstone outside.


    No, instead, I want to talk about some anime.  Well, one anime and one anime-esqe show.


    First, an actual anime.  And no, it isn't the latest Fate series.  I haven't watched it yet.


    The anime I'm talking about is My Hero Academia.  Many of you should already know about it, but just in case, it's a world where almost everybody as a special power called a "quirk", which allowed for a budding superhero gig to actually be a payable position.


    I will admit that I attempted to watch it when it first came out, but dropped it after the first episode because I think it was the designs of All-might and Deku that turned me away.  As it received a second season I gave it another shot and eventually the designs grew on me, as well as having a great cast of characters.  Honestly, Deku is a great protagonist because he's not your typical shounen protagonist.  Sure, he's got a power that let's him punch things better, but that isn't really his main ability.  It's his ability to look at a situation and come up with half-decent plans, as well as being able to inspire his classmates.


    Also, Urarka is best girl and, in this series, isn't going to stuck on the side line as the designated cheerleader.  Her fight with Bakugo proved she can hang with the big dogs, as she was the only person in those fights to bring him to his limit.


    So, yeah, the show has won me over, and I think it's because of it's heart.  It's an endearing show.  Also, I've been doing the English dub and I think the VA is spot on.  The actress they got to do Tsuyu is actually Monica Rial, and she does a fantastic job with her.  I honestly didn't recognize her as I tend to associate her with cutesy characters with semi-squeaky voices (though if you want her to do that while being completely evil, go watch Saga of Tayna the Evil.)


    I also like the songs they've used, though I think the first opening song as the best, but all of them are good.  And, of course, people already have English covers of them, including the ED for season two.


    In this case, this one is done by Amanda Lee, and apparently she's been upping the production value of her videos as, for instead of limited animation and static images, she upped it to more animation work.



    Next up is Castlevania on Netflix, the anime-esqe animation.  I say that because this is pretty much a US production, commissioned by Netflix and done by a production studio that's done mostly kids shows.


    This is not a kids show.  I wouldn't even have any kid under thirteen watching this.  This is a Castlevania series that embraces it's dark and horror roots, and nobody is safe, not even children.  There's a mother and her daughter that are killed early on in episode one and it happens on screen.


    Now, despite what you think, Castlevania is not basing it's events on the first game staring Simon Belmont.  No, the events here are based off the game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, which stars Trevor Belmont, Simon's grandfather.  And he's an asshole.  Basically his situation to the invasion of evil is to try to get as far away from it as he can.  But destiny tells him "no" and forces him into situations where he must fight the forces of evil.


    One interesting aspect about the series is it's portrayal of Dracula.  Yes, he's still the main antagonist, and yes, he's evil, but the very first episode is all about him.  And what they did with him is something spectacular.  They made him sympathetic.  What he does in the series is not for petty, stupid reasons like "because" or "evil", but because of revenge.


    If you know the lore well enough, you know that Dracula married a human woman named Lisa, who would birth Alucard.  The first episode shows how they met and her death, which would drive him into that murderous rage.  Though he is taking it a bit to far where, instead of taking revenge on the people who killed his wife, he attempts to kill the entire country.  Yeah, we can only take the sympathy so far, guy.


    My major complaint, however, is that the series is short.  It's only four episodes long at 23 minutes a piece and feels more like a prologue than anything else.  Luckily a second season is on the way, which will be eight episodes long, so that's nice.  If you have access to a Netflix account, you should go watch it.


    And that's about all I have here.  Hope you have fun.  Perhaps I'll have more F/GO images.  Or maybe different images that go in the gallery because I'm seeking validation from other people.  I'm just that kind of person.

  • Fact of The Day:

    2 days ago

    IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

    In 1984, Phyllis Penzom, a waitress in a pizzeria, regularly helped Robert Cunningham, a customer, to pick his New York State lottery ticket numbers, with an agreement that if he won they would share the prize. Well they did win.


    As thanks, to Phyllis, Robert "tipped" her half of his winnings, which were $6,000,000, thus gifting her $3,000,000.


    If I help a friend pick a scratch card what wins one quid he won't even let me see that quid, never mind share it...


    Further Info: http://www.nytimes.com/1994/07/26/nyregion/our-towns-jackpot-two-lives-inspire-art.html

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  • Eric Weighs In On...

    4 hours ago

    EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold I caught a Bigshoes.

    Transgender people serving in the military...


    While it is true that certain medical conditions are deemed too much of a risk for military needs, I've seen nothing to prove that being transgendered poses such a risk.


    While it is true that transgendered people have medical expenses, there are other medical conditions with higher maintained costs that are still allowed in the military. Also, there are many in the military who are still responsible for their own maintained medical care for various conditions that are allowed in the military. There is no proof that being transgendered is more of a strain on the military than some other allowed medical conditions.


    I see no reason to prevent transgendered people from serving if they so desire.

  • This division is getting worse.

    2 days ago

    ragusa33 Goose Master

    Trump brings out the worst in people. He poisons them with his bullshit lies, and then pits them against other people. There has always been a division in politics in this country, but he has done nothing but fan the flames and start a burning pyre.


    At some point, it's going to boil over, and when it does, it will NOT be pretty. It will come to define this twisted & corrupt presidency more than anything else.

  • First time PAX-er

    2 days ago

    datalaughing Always Right

    Jennifer and I just bought tickets to go to PAX South in January. I've been wanting to check out a PAX for a while but never really found the right time before.


    So this will be my first time. Anyone been before and have some tips? I know @RoadBlock is big on teh PAX-ing.

  • Dunkirk

    2 days ago

    milesprower

    So I went to go see Dunkirk last Friday night.


    I'm very happy to see that it topped the box office charts this weekend.


    That's right. A non-comic book, non-franchise, non-animated, historically accurate war film where no minorities were cast to appease the politically correct, actually took first place.


    Thank you, theatergoers. And thank you, Christopher Nolan, for an amazing film. Your idiotic comments on Netflix aside, you clearly know your shit.

  • Space of Education / Place of Education Proposal

    2 days ago

    AgentWashingtub008 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpot of Coffee

    {RTCSMP}*- A Space of Education Policy

     

    The Rooster Teeth Community Site and {RTSCMP} is not often a “safe place” as the term is currently defined in popular culture/socialization.  Rooster Teeth content, even some of RWBY and RWBY Chibi, is largely in the “T for TEEN” /“Suggested for Mature Readers” bracket of content and by the TERMS OF SERVICE** members are not meant to be under the age of sixteen.  It should be understood that anyone signing up for interactions here could come across a topic that is challenging or not family friendly and that decision is the responsibility of the individual. 

    However, we consider ourselves a group of respectful people here on the site and especially in {RTCSMP} we really only want to have full experiences as one could have anywhere else on the site. 

    With that said, we will not take or tolerate actions that are meant solely for harm or disruption from {mentors} or members of the site partaking in our services.  Everyone here has an opinion and background and there is a distinct difference between defending your own opinion or background and denying another’s.  Be respectful. 

    You also will be challenged with new ideas, social interactions, and (in the case of some conversations) presenting a case for your statements and/or ideals.  {RTCSMP} is not a place of censorship, but, we will act in the best interest of our goal which is fostering the environment of open discussion, entertainment, and (sometimes) theorizing.

    In {RTCSMP} the goal is to learn.  We applaud anyone who takes that initiative.  We aim to teach you.  There are things you may teach us as well.  You will also make mistakes.  WE do to.  That is inevitable, but it is as much a part of the give and take of education as anything else.

    Ignorance itself not something to be ashamed of. 

    Recognizing your ignorance and accepting the challenge of learning, that is the only real test here.

    So please, use this place to learn.  Take risks to learn, and if you do something wrong, pick yourself back up again and you’ll do better next time.

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  • Disappointment but RT loyal

    13 hours ago

    Taylorix

    So it's been months. Honestly, the silence isn't just from journaling, but an overall absence from the RT website. Intentionally.

    Don't get me wrong, though. RT is still a huge passion of mine. Let me just get the small stuff out of the way first; the player of the site is no way near as smooth and fast as Youtube, I'm not a Firstie yet so there's no perks of logging in here, and RWBY is in between seasons (one of the main reasons why I finally signed up for an account here). 

    Now onto the big stuff. 

    I've been disappointed by the community.

    I'm sorry to those of you out there who are genuinely awesome. I have seen some pretty impressive works of art, generous actions of charity and down-to-earth fun interactions between fans via the social media vineworks. Rest assured that you are not the ones in question here, though I wish I have met enough of you to have not made this post possible.

    The general community I have met in person, face-to-face, have been a let down. I was surprised to find so many RT fans cheer and express love for the lovely RT personalities and proceed to act in a manner that many RT personalities openly frown at. Even our dear Grumpy Gus has some basic common decency to his fellow humans despite hating human interaction. These fans ignore the polite pleas of RT to obnoxiously shove their passions in the face of their favourite talent. It is unfortunate to say that my observations started at RTX Sydney 2017 and ended...well, it's still in progress.

    It seems like in the middle of the warm RT community family, lies a dark cult. One that worships RT to a creepy level and whose life goal is to live in the skin of an RT personality. Quite literally. Those that would shove and trip others much weaker and smaller than themselves to get to declare to Barbara that they see her as a role model. Those that lie to others in a crowd to be first in line to say that they are Team Jack Patillo all the way because he's such a people's champion.
    I was excited to meet fellow RT fans. I naively thought that fans of decent upstanding people, surely when they feel connected to these nice people, they would share similar values. Oh scum of the earth will be found everywhere, but surely they will be less prevalent at a site of gathering of like-minded fellows?

    I'll take a step back from Sydney and have a look at the global population. The Youtube comments, the letters on the AHWU Unboxing streams, the The Know streams chats... I was quick to judge based on the top few comments, however, I now see it is my ignorance that blinded me to the multitude of creeps lurking around the RT fanbase. And like a miner looking for gems, the earth is not full of ores but full of rocks that need to be sifted through to find gems. 
    How about the other RT fans I bump into in my own life, not the internet? Well, happy to insult everyone on the RT cast except for their favourites, instant enemies for watching a show they don't like, bitter towards RT personalities for not replying their comments/tweets/letters, and expresses their plan/efforts of harrassing RT to hire them.  

    Really, people. Can't we just live our lives in harmony without being an ass to those we like? I will continue to be an RT fan but I will reserve my efforts of showing my loyalty to them for fear of bumping into another "fan". (And hopefully curb my nightmare of being one of those obnoxious fans when I finally get to meet an RT personality)

  • Ooooooooooo-k! Time to jump on the RTX recap journal bandwagon! 2/4

    2 days ago

    Joron093 Keeper of The Forges

    Second day in Austin and first day of RTX, we hit up Whataburger for some breakfast, bought some bottled water, and then made tracks for the Austin Convention Center.  I brought my cosplay from last year, a genderbent Pyrrha Nikos, to walk the floor in.  I’m still surprised at how many people recognized it from last year and that people wanted to take picture of or with me.  I only made it to one panel that day, the RWBY one, which was awesome.  It didn’t quite hit the same level of astonishment for me as last year when they revealed the new Vol. 4 animation but it was still good.  They did show a sneak peek of the Weiss character short (which is available to watch now) and announced the release date for RWBY Vol. 5, Oct 14, 2017!  There was also one additional announcement at the end of the panel; RT is doing a Mech Anime called Gen:Lock and it’ll be out soon.  “Soon” being not until sometime next year, but I’m still excited to see what they’re building!  After that was done I wandered around the halls, seeing as the lines for getting onto the expo floor were just fucking crazy-cakes and I didn’t want to deal with that mess, seeing as I had metal bits and pieces all over me and didn’t feel like doing a strip search.  Jaron managed to get a signed photo from Vic Mignogna (aka the voice of RWBY’s Uncle Qrow and FMA’s Edward Elric) at an impromptu signing.  I managed to catch @LoZelda and @LoLink near the registration booths and grabbed a quick photo with them before they had to go off and do their Guardianing some more.

     

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    I also ran into @Zonbi too, she was on her way out but had some time to spare and I got a pic with her cosplaying an amazing genderbent Genji.

     

     

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  • Some things

    22 hours ago

    Nyan-Chan Little cosplayer

    Well, now the biggest source of anxiety in my life is my mum... I don't want to delve into too much detail about that though, since I'm not here to rant about the bad shit in my life. I don't want to focus on the bad things too much. I'd rather at least try to avoid thinking about how bad my situation actually is so I can at least try to make sure I can't let my mood crash as it has in the past. With some rather unpleasant results.

    So, on a more positive note, I had gotten most of my things all set for the con that I'll be attending in October. Time is booked off work, hotel is booked and my tickets have been bought.

    The only thing that isn't ready yet is my cosplay. I haven't decided on a cosplay. Which is rather typical me... I'm indecisive.

    I've got a short list, but am struggling to decide on one. I'd need to decide soon in order to get it ready for the con. Haha........

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