I’m back! And what better way to kick off this year of OtakuFighter with some pictures of some fightin’!
2015’s almost done. It’s been a whirlwind year. There have been some awesome highs, and some indescribable lows. Time to put it all out there, so to speak.
Let’s start with the lows.
Wow. Where do I even begin? From the rumors of Hideo Kojima’s employment status, to the reports of their management skills and treatment of Kojima-sensei’s employees prior to the release of Metal Gear Solid V (being demoted to janitorial work, limited access to the company intranet, and even the removing of Kojima’s name from his magnum opus, Konami tops SSB’s list of 2015’s lows. You can’t get much lower than they did. They tried pretty fuckin’ hard.
2. Valentine’s Day
Going on a Valentine’s date with your arm in a sling due to an accident during MMA training sucks hard. And it’s pretty embarrassing. (Sorry E!)
3. Ronda Rousey
Ronda’s place in the UFC hall of fame is pretty much guaranteed. She’s blazed the way for all female MMA fighters in the public eye and there isn’t a damn thing anyone can do to take away her legacy. The legacy however, can be tarnished a bit. And that’s exactly what happened to her. It took 2 rounds for Holly Holm to systematically dismantle the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion. 2 rounds and a head kick. She probably wouldn’t even be on the list, but since the fight was anything but close, here she is.
4. The San Diego Chargers
Come on Chargers, you can’t be doing SD dirty like you are right now. Then again, it’s kinda hard to argue throwin’ more money for a new stadium when y’all haven’t won a super bowl like ever. I did learn that there are a bunch of loyal fans that are gonna be mighty sore if/when you do leave. Fans including my legs. My Muay Thai coach threatened leg conditioning days if they leave.
5. The UFC apparel deal with Reebok.
From shitty designs to an apparent apathy for all things MMA-related, it’s hard to suck harder than Reebok these days. How can they release a shirt for a fighter named “Anderson Aldo”? Or a fight kit for a fighter named Giblert Melendez?
And onto the highs!
1. Conor McGregor
He was riding on an 10 or 11 fight winning streak when he stepped into the octagon against Jose Aldo a couple weeks ago. He’s proven every single naysayer wrong (hell, even me). Now, after his 13-second dispatching of Jose Aldo Jr., nothing seems impossible for Conor McGregor.
2. ONE PUNCH MAN
Saitama is a superhero for fun, and he’s capable of stopping most monsters-of-the-week in one punch. Fucker’s gotten so strong that he’s bored. ONE’s webmanga about a bored superhero spawned one of the most visually satisfying anime series ever seen in a good long while. Props to MADHOUSE for animating this series, and you bet there’s gonna be a second season.
3. Metal Gear Solid V
Sure the ending may have been rushed (thanks KONAMI), but this game really was Kojima-sensei’s magnum opus. I loved every minute of this game, and I haven’t even started playing Metal Gear Online yet. The way that the game ended was mind-blowing at best (especially for veterans of the series), but mind-scratching at worst (if this was your entry game in the series, you’ve got some lore to catch up on). The FOX Engine really brought Afghanistan and Africa to life, and didn’t drop in framerate or lag during any portion of the game. Yeah. That’s how you do open world and not fuck up. I’M LOOKING AT YOU BETHESDA.
4. Sony Computer Entertainment
The PS4’s been kicking ass in the market, and they’ve left the Microsoft PR guy saying the classic “Hey we’re in it for the gamers” line. Meanwhile, Sony’s helped SEGA bring the rest of the Yakuza game franchise to the rest of the world, helped Hideo Kojima relaunch Kojima Productions as an independent creative studio, and just been awesome all around. Oh, and there’s that Final Fantasy VII remake too.
5. Rooster Teeth/RWBY
Monty Oum’s untimely passing earlier this year was a tragedy nobody could’ve foreseen. The future of his brainchild was in question, but Rooster Teeth, the production company responsible for RWBY, Red Vs. Blue, X-ray and Vav, and a few other shows stepped to the plate and continued production of the series. Worries of whether or not the series would live up to the standards that Monty put on the series were laid to rest when Volume 3 started earlier this year. Not only has the animation quality vastly improved, the rest of the production also improved as well. They scored some high quality voice actor talent and it shows.
I had a chance to go to the Rooster Teeth panel during comic con 2015 and my Lie Ren cosplay went over really well. I hope to do it again next year.
And that’s my 2015 in a nutshell. Bring on 2016!
Since I’ve started on this journey I’ve dropped 9 lbs. That’s within a month or so. Not bad. I’ve also built up some muscle mass as well, thanks to the training that Coach Jess has been putting me through.
I’m sure that you’d like to know what I eat, don’t you? Here’s a partial breakdown of my meal plan:
Oats, Muscle Egg
Morning Snack (9AM):
Rice Cakes and a piece of fruit. Garnish with Almond Butter.
Decent portion of clean meat, veggies, and brown rice/quinoa.
Afternoon Snack (3PM):
Greek Yogurt (I’ve started adding walnuts too)
Dinner (6PM-8PM depending on how long training goes):
Bowl of quinoa with veggies and chicken/salmon
Evening Snack (If needed):
I won’t go into specifics (like portions and sizes) because my coach tailored my diet for my exact body type and training schedule. Your dietary needs will vary and I can’t have you guys blindly copy my diet and possibly keel over. I’ve also really cut down on the amount of alcohol I consume, and the amount of fast food I eat. I can only have 2 cheat meals a week, and they’ve gotta be spread out.
Guess you can say that the proof is in the pudding. Or Greek Yogurt, in this case.
Being sick of being sick, and constantly watching my weight fluctuate, I decided to take a stand. 2 weeks ago, I’ve started a formal training regimen and diet plan with my fitness coach, Coach Jessica Lopez. Before I began actually training with her, we had a meeting to discuss my goals, eating habits, and training schedule.
What it all boiled down to was:
- Training too much
- Eating improperly
- Beer is like 7 slices of bread.
She established a few guidelines for me. Notably my RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate of 1877). With the way I train, I need a steady supply of good nutrients to foster muscle growth and fat burning. I’ve also significantly reduced the amount of alcohol I drink. That one’s probably a no-brainer.
My training schedule was more formalized and streamlined to include weight lifting and running. After running through some lifting drills I learned that I had been doing it wrong my whole life.
What’s my goal? I want to eventually get down to 165 lbs, and get shredded in the process. I started out at 190 lbs. Currently I’m hovering around the 180-185 lbs range. Is it possible? Follow me on the road to getting ripped on my new weekly series, #OtakuFighter, with updates every Sunday!
Being sidelined with various respiratory bugs blows and sucks. Yet here I am. I’ve been off for approximately one week over the past two weeks. First it was a mild case of pneumonia(if you can call it that), followed by a cold. I’ve been passing the time at home eating various foodstuffs and resting as best I could, but even I get restless.
I’ve been playing Destiny and MGSV to pass the time. Some highlights include:
- Taking down Oryx and building my light level to 303. For the longest time I struggled since I couldn’t find people to raid with. Especially since the last group I was in was especially meme-averse. Now things aren’t so bad.
- Beating MGSV and getting the “True” end. Surreal as it was, I liked it. Puts everything in order. And fuck Huey.
- Hopefully we’ll have some new comics soon. Our artist is currently having technical difficulties.
- And with the San Diego Asian Film Festival underway, our multimedia guru Brian is going to be quite busy. I suppose it’ll be time to do something productive in the meantime.
I also got Crunchyroll and upgraded my Hulu so there’s no commercials. RWBY volume 3 is awesome, Love Live is awesome, and so is Hidan no Aria AA.
Welp, I’m going to run a stream and see if anyone’s down for Oryx. See you there!
Justin and our old pal Jimmy throw down in a good ol’ game of extreme RPS, with slapping. So, when are we going to Hooters anyway?
Not wanting to feel left out, Ferris takes on the same anime challenge that I took. And he compares an anime to Shawn Kemp. Which one is it? WATCH THE VIDEO AND FIND OUT.
And as a special gift, I’ve found footage of the Bible Black dub. It’s pretty awful.
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Justin and Brian decided to test my nerd cred and it sorta worked. I think?