Hammer Time

Ever taken a hammer to the head before? No, I don’t mean an actual hammer. I’m talking about the squeaky toy hammers that are usually sold to kids so they can hit things with the reward of a high pitch squeak to enjoy every single time.

When it comes to Asian television, there are a lot of variety shows that feature a big squeaky toy hammer to serve as a punishment by having its cast members being hit on the head by them. Why? Simple, it’s fun, funny, and for sure doesn’t cause that much physical damage to a person. After watching these comedians using these hammers I decided that I needed to buy one for myself and have some fun with some of my friends.

As I started my journey, I realized one thing, there are so many different hammers to get and there was huge difference one the kind of hammers when it comes to country of origin.

So I first started with a cheap one dollar hammer that I bought from a local Japanese dollar store. Needless to say, after doing some rigorous testing, this small cute toy hammer was left in pieces and my head had a new bump on it that wasn’t previously there. The pink part where you’re supposed to hit someone with had so little resistance when it came to compressing that the plastic part it was attached to destroyed me.

The first hammer broken into four pieces.

With that massive failure, I redoubled my efforts into finding a new hammer, one that could withstand the abuse we would put it through. First off, there was a small hammer which was cute, but definitely should only be used for kids as there was no in fact that the hammer would last that long. The mid-sized hammer that I tested next was decent, and the fact that it was cheap on Amazon, meant that I could buy more if I needed to. Was it THE hammer that I wanted? Absolutely not. So my adventure continued to find THE hammer. A week later, after paying an absurd amount for shipping, my friend received a hammer straight from Korea. After testing it a few times, I had finally found it, the squeaky toy hammer to top all squeaky hammers had finally graced me with its presence and it was incredible.

The one true hammer to destroy them all.

This hammer, not only could it withstand our abuse, it in turn gave us quite a bit of hurting, with such massive surface area, coming in at a whopping [need measurements], not only did it hurt more of our heads, it had a lot “oof” behind it. So was it worth it to buy this hammer where the shipping was about six times more than the actual price of the hammer? Yeah, I’d like to say it is, so far it has brought us great joy and pain, maybe a bit more pain to be totally honest though.

The New Kid on the Blog

Hey what’s up guys! My name is Ivan and I just joined the team not too long ago.

Just a little about me:

I enjoy all kinds of things like anime, manga, etc. Out of everything though, the one thing I truly love the most would be the films and TV shows that Asia releases. It’ll be my dream one day to work on something in the Asian entertainment world, whether it’s a film or a simple variety show, I’d still be happy with it. So, why not start with a simple comic story right?

There’s a whole lot to me, but let’s not bore each other anymore and move on to more interesting things/stories!

Oh and the Asian guy in the picture isn’t me… just making sure you guys know.

Destiny: Rise of Iron Overview

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Destiny: Rise of Iron is the next expansion in the Destiny universe coming one year after The Taken King expansion last September. Rise of Iron (ROI) is the fourth expansion coming to Destiny. It follows a familiar face, Lord Saladin, and the history of the fallen Iron Lords.

Lord Saladin

Lord Saladin is the orchestrator of the Iron Banner competitive event that appears once a month for a solid week and the star of this story. Lord Saladin wanted only the best to participate in the Iron Banner (IB) so they could be ready for the Darkness that was looming out in the cosmos. After many successful events, Lord Saladin is ready to mount the charge to take back the mantle of Iron Lords and bestow it upon all who aid him in his quest to destroy an ancient evil that has resurfaced due to the curiosity of the Fallen.


Enter the hype train. From here on out I’ll need your ticket, take a seat and enjoy the ride because we’re hitting light speed. This entry will be lengthy as I have a lot of info to cover. I would have got this out earlier, but I had to leave out-of-town unexpectedly. Anyways on to new content!


First off, the ROI reveal trailer. We finally get to scope Lord Saladin’s face:

So now that has wet your whistle, I’ll go over some basic facts about ROI.

-All new public zone called the Plaguelands.

-New social space, Felwinter’s peak that also is home to wolves.

-The entirety of the Cosmodrome has been given the winter treatment (winter has come GoT fans).

-Fallen are the main aggressors this time around enhanced by a techno-virus called SIVA.

GJALLARHORN IS BACK! Also comes in black with pre-order. (You have until September 19th).

THORN IS BACK! Prepare for the most controversial gun to strut its’ way back into crucible.

-All new artifacts themed after the fallen Iron Lords including one that mitigates DoT (Damage over time).

-A brand new raid called Rise of the Machine.

-Lots of new armor and I mean A LOT of armor, both legendary and exotic.

-New Trials of Osiris armor, Iron Banner armor, and Iron Lord Armor.

-The Khvostov makes a comeback, but this time it’s exotic.

-Brand new strike called The Wretched Eye, along with two old favorites, The Devil’s Lair with Sepiks Perfected, and The Summoning Pits becomes The Abomination Pit.

-Light Level has been increased from 335 to 385 and once the hard mode raid is released it will be 400. Level will remain at 40 so no change there.

-3 new Crucible Maps and one Playstation exclusive map. A new crucible mode called Supremacy, which if you have played Call of Duty’s Kill Confirm mode, you’ll feel right at home.


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Whew that was a whole lot of info to dump on you. I’ll be doing another entry with more details on what’s coming in Rise of Iron. Stay tuned!


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We’re back, for real this time!

Yep, sorry about the long wait.  It’s been madness since I came back from Japan.  Ran a marathon sorta, and now….I’m preparing for AX.  There’s a lot of stuff to cover, along with new additions to the team.

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A few of us are still active Destiny players (yes people still play Destiny).  We’re obviously hyped for Rise of Iron.  There’s going to be more coverage on games with our new guy Jairus spearheading everything-game related.

“First of my name, King of the andalls, slayer of the betrayed, Lord of dragons, first to the fight, 1st of the sunbreakers, and lover of pandas.”
-Jairus F.

The 7 Layers of Aidoru Hell

We’ve added a certain magical Joshua to our ranks, and he’ll be writing about more otaku leanings, especially Love Live.  I’ll join in on occassion.

More comics

We’re still working on more comics.  Promise.  Rounding out our writing ranks is Jesse, and he’ll be adding another pair of eyes to our scripts.



There’s gonna be more videos, streams, lets plays, and collabos with other sites as well.  But for now, be prepared for AX and Comic Con, people!


OtakuFighter #3 – A trip?

For some of you, you already know that I’m gonna be heading to Japan on a fact-finding trip.  Seriously. What does that mean for my training?  Not much, other than lots of training still.  I’ve gotta get shredded.

My diet and training regimen hasn’t changed too much.  Rather, I’ve added more weights and running sessions.

By the way, have you all checked this group out on Bandcamp?  Satellite Young is dope!  80’s synth sound and stuff!

Video Roundup

While we’ve been away, a few of us have recorded a few videos.

Remembering “Rowdy” Roddy Piper


[via http://www.ign.com] Wrestling hall of famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper passed away today at the age of 61. Born Roderick George Toombs, Piper was one of wrestling’s all-time great personalities and talkers. Known worldwide for his signature bagpipe music and kilt, The Rowdy One was beloved for his antics as both a dastardly villain and as a fan favorite icon.

Piper began his wrestling career at the age of 15 after running away from home a few years prior. Throughout the 1970’s and early 1980’s, Piper made a name for himself wrestling for the various wrestling territories of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). Following his classic dog collar match with Greg “The Hammer” Valentine at the first Starrcade event in 1983, Piper joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).

In 1984, Piper’s ever popular interview segment Piper’s Pit debuted. On one infamous incident, Piper interview Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. After insulting Snuka’s Polynesian heritage, Piper smashed a coconut over Snuka’s head leading to long feud between the two.

Another infamous feud would involve 80’s pop star Cyndi Lauper, WWF manager “Captain” Lou Albano, “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, Hulk Hogan, and Mr. T. Dubbed the “Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Connection”, this period would mark a turning point in WWF’s mainstream popularity and lead to the company’s unprecedented success for years to come. On December 28, 1984 Lauper presented Albano with an award that angered Piper. In turn, Piper attacked Albano which led to Hogan coming in defense of Albano and Lauper. This would lead to a WWF World Title championship match between Hogan and Piper on February 18, 1985 at an event called “The War to Settle The Score”. This match up would be broadcasted on MTV and would show Hogan defeating Piper via disqualification after Orndorff interfered. With the odds uneven, Mr. T would enter the ring in defense of Hogan. This all culminated in a tag team match up at the very first Wrestlemania between Piper and Orndorff vs. Hogan and Mr. T. A year later, Piper would have another high profile match with Mr. T at the 2nd Wrestlemania, but this time in a boxing fight.

Following, Wrestlemania 2, Piper would go on to become a fan favorite, won the WWF Intercontinental Championship, and even served as interim WWF President. In 1996, after a memorable “Hollywood Backlot Brawl” at Wrestlemania XII, Piper would leave the WWF and make a surprise debut at WCW’s Halloween Havoc to challenge Hogan. In a non-title main event match at Starrcade 1996, Piper would go on to defeat Hogan. Piper would go on to make several more appearances in WCW until 2000.

Throughout the early 2000’s Piper would make sporadic appearance in both the now WWE and Total Nonstop Action (TNA). Then finally, in 2005, Piper was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame. Since his induction, Piper made several on and off appearances on WWE TV, including numerous Piper’s Pit segments. And each time Piper would demonstrate time and time again that he still had it on the mic. Roddy Piper is survived by his wife and four children.

On a personal note, Roddy Piper was to me a true icon in the wrestling business. He was one of the first wrestlers I saw to really grab my attention at a young age. Every time I heard this man speak, I would stop whatever it was what I was doing and paid attention. The man truly had a gift to entertain as a villain and as a fan favorite. Watching him on old WWF Coliseum Home videos or on WCW Monday Nitro during the Monday Night Wars are some of my favorite wrestling memories. One of biggest regrets is not taking advantage of the two opportunities I had to meet the man. Fortunately, last year I was able to watch him do a live recording of his podcast. Roddy, we will miss. Thank you for all of the classic moments and memories. I’m going to close this with my favorite Roddy Piper match.



Remembering “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes


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Yesterday, “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes passed away at the age of 69 years old. Born Virgil Riley Runnels Jr., the future Hall of Famer made his debut in professional wrestling in 1968 teaming with fellow legend Dick Murdoch. But it wasn’t until 1974 when Rhodes would become a fan favorite and break out as a superstar. “The Son of a Plumber” would go on to captivate audiences with his undeniable charisma in the ring and on the mic. His signature move, the bionic elbow, is often still used today in tribute to Rhodes, and his iconic “Hard Times” promo is unquestionably one of the greatest and most influential of all time.


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On August 21, 1979, Rhodes would go on to defeat then champion the great Harley Race and capture his first of three National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight Championship reigns. In later years, Rhodes would have a memorable feud with “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair and The Four Horsemen culminating in the creation of the WarGame match at The Great American Bash 1987. Rhodes created the match himself after watching the film Beyond Thunderdome.


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During this period, Rhodes was also the booker for Jim Crockett Promotions (the forerunner to World Championship Wrestling) and was notorious for what would be known as the “Dusty finish”. The “Dusty Finish” is when a fan favorite wrestler appears to win a big match or championship, only to have that ruling reversed due to some kind of technicality. This type of booking technique is still used today, as recently as last month’s WWE Elimination Chamber match when it appeared Dean Ambrose had captured the title from champion Seth Rollins only for Rollins to retain the championship due to disqualification.

In 1989, Rhodes made his debut in the World Wrestling Federation as the yellow polka-dotted “Common Man” where he would go on to have feuds with The Big Boss Man, The Honky Tonk Man, and “The Macho Man” Randy Savage. In 1991, Rhodes would team up with his 20-year old son Dustin (later Goldust) against “The Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase. However, shortly after, Rhodes would leave the WWF and his career as a full-time wrestler would come to an end.

Following his time with the WWF, Rhodes would go back to booking and commentating for WCW, have a brief stint in the New World Order (nWo) and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), serve as head booker and writer for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), then finally return to the now WWE in 2005 under a Legends deal and as a creative consultant. In 2007, Rhodes was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his sons Dustin and Cody.


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Recently, Rhodes served as a trainer in WWE’s developmental system, NXT. Several NXT stand outs including Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, and Sasha Banks credit Rhodes for being a mentor and helping each of them significantly evolve into better performers. Below is a link to a fantastic post Sami Zyan wrote about his time with Dusty Rhodes.


On a personal note, I just wanted to say that I was introduced to Dusty after watching old WWF coliseum videos in the early 90’s. Back then I was entirely unaware of the NWA and all of Dusty’s past accomplishments. It wasn’t until the mid-90’s when I began watching WCW programming that I was introduced to the true legacy of Dusty Rhodes. And with his DVD release in 2006, and the advent of Youtube, I was able to take a deeper look into his entire career. It’s been a fortunate experience watching all of that old footage, and one I truly appreciate. Especially his promos, Dusty had a true knack for capturing your attention with his words. Whether those promos were light-hearted or serious, he was always able to convey both convincingly. Thank you Dusty for everything you gave to the business, to your peers, to your students, and to us the fans. We will miss you.

A Look Back at Star Wars Celebration 2015


Recently I had the privilege of attending all 4 days of Star Wars Celebration 2015 in Anaheim, CA. It was my first Star Wars Celebration and going in I wasn’t sure what to expect. I love Star Wars – the films, the animated television shows, the expanded universe, the Christmas special, etc. And I’ve been to various conventions over the years (San Diego Comic Con, WonderCon, D23, and New York Comic Con to name a few). But I’ve never gone to one that focused primarily on a single franchise. How would occupying 96 hours of my life with all things a galaxy far, far, away go? Fortunately, once the final day of Star Wars Celebration ended, I concluded it was easily one of my favorite experiences ever.
My Star Wars Celebration experience began at 4am on that first Thursday April morning. This was all to line up for big kickoff panel with Star Wars: The Force Awakens Writer/Director/Producer J.J. Abrams and Producer Kathleen Kennedy. Fortunately, I arrived just in time to make it into The Arena room where the panel was being held and could experience it live in person (the panel itself was simulcasted in other rooms throughout the Anaheim Convention Center as well as on the internet for the world to watch.
During the panel, Abrams and Kennedy brought out some special guests.

Up first were R2D2 and BB-8.

Then some new cast members from The Force Awakens

Followed up the new First Order Stormtroopers and some familiar faces.


Then the whole group came together.


But that wouldn’t be all as the 2nd trailer for The Force Awakens debuted.

I have no words for this experience. The level of excitement in the room was unmatched, even by Hall H standards. The moment when Harrison Ford uttered those now iconic words “Chewie, we’re home” brought simultaneous cheers and tears in the audience (some that I may have shed myself). One woman was overheard saying, “I can’t believe this. I thought the story was over. I never thought they would bring it back.”

The rest of my Star Wars Celebration experience consisted of a run in with J.J. Abrams on the main floor and various panels hosted by James Arnold Taylor (voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi on The Clone Wars) and featured guests including Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine), Ray Park (Darth Maul), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), the cast of Star Wars Rebels, Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian). Other panels and events I attended include the debut of the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront game, The Untold Clone Wars panel that revealed episodes that were unfortunately never finished due to the cancelation of The Clone Wars series, the One Big Story panel discussing what stories are now considered canon in the Star Wars universe, the premiere screening of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith in 3D, an exhibit showcasing models and props from The Force Awakens, and various photo opportunities with past and current Star Wars sets and props.












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However, my favorite activity during the entire 4 day experience was when my fiancé and I took a family portrait with The Skywalker Twins.


Star Wars Celebration 2015 will be an event I will always remember and one I recommend every Star Wars fan experience once in their lifetime. If you are interested in attending the next Star Wars Celebration, it will be held next year in London from July 15-17, 2016.

Community Season 6 debuts!


The six seasons achievement has officially been unlocked and the first 2 episodes for the newest season of Community are now available for viewing on Yahoo Screen. New episodes will debut every Tuesday. Click the links below to watch Episodes 1 and 2.

Episode 1: Ladders

Episode 2: Lawnmower Maintenance and Postnatal Care


Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling

Max Landis (writer of Chronicle and The Death & Return of Superman) has released his newest short film titled “Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling”. Beginning with his debut in the WWF in 1995 as a Connecticut Blueblood to his current role as Chief Operating Officer and leader of The Authority in WWE, Landis recounts all of the major arcs in Triple H’s career over the past 20 years. Furthermore, Landis uses this film to demonstrate that while wrestling may not be “real”, wrestling is something much more grand. As Landis states, “Wrestling is melodrama. Wrestling is mythology. Wrestling is action. Wrestling is comic books. The only thing wrestling isn’t is wrestling.” Check out the video below and be on the look out for all of the amazing cameos.