SSB vs. Valvrave:The Liberator

 

It’s been about 11 years or so since Gundam Seed first hit us with its “space drama giant robots destroying colonies” schtick, and Sunrise decided that we were lacking in that department, so they sent us Valvrave.  They realized early on that teenagers go with giant robots, just like Evangelion (we all know how well that turned out, right).

No, not that.

No, not that.

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My first impressions after watching the first 4 episodes?

They threw Gundam Seed (NOT DESTINY), Code Geass, Vampires, Metal Gear Solid 4’s nanomachines, and TM Revolution into a blender, and this is the result.  A visual feast of stuff blowing up, teenagers making peace signs, and EL ERUFU.  I’m impressed by it.  Maybe it’s the fact that I’m older now, but I’m finding it harder and harder to get an anime to gel with me if it’s not Initial D.  I blame TM Revolution.

SSB’s “TM Revolution Rule of Cool” – If TM Revolution is involved with an Anime/Manga/Game franchise of any sort, it’s automatically cool, or at least tolerable.

So yes, I will be following Valvrave: The Liberator.

I <3 SCANDAL

Yep, I'm hooked.

Yep, I’m hooked.

I’m a huge fan of K-On.  So naturally, I started gravitating back to J-pop once I really started getting into the series.  Along the way I heard about this group called SCANDAL.  Apparently, they got together in high school and started jamming out.  Then they started playing in clubs, and they…quite simply blew up.  You might’ve heard their songs in Bleach and Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood.

The group’s lineup consists for 4 girls, each with their own distinct roles.

Haruna Ono (小野春菜 Ono Haruna?) – lead vocals, secondary guitarist (she’s the face of the group and she has a cute overbite)

  • Born: August, 1988
  • Hometown: AichiJapan
  • Guitar: Fender Tele Thinline Deluxe Black

Mami Sasazaki (笹崎まみ Sasazaki Mami?) – lead guitarist, secondary vocals (OMG HER VOICE IS SO KAWAII AND CUTE AND I JUST WANT TO HUG HER)

  • Born: May, 1990
  • Hometown: HyōgoJapan
  • Guitar: Gretch White Falcon Double Cutaway G6136DC

Tomomi Ogawa (小川ともみ Ogawa Tomomi?) – bassist, secondary vocals (She plays bass, so she doesn’t really stand out as much, but she’s necessary.)

  • Born: May, 1990
  • Hometown: HyōgoJapan
  • Bass: Fender American Standard Precision Bass Silver

Rina Suzuki (鈴木理菜 Suzuki Rina?) – drummer, secondary vocals (GOOD GOD YOU ARE HOT WHY DON’T THEY FOCUS ON YOU MORE RINAAAAA)

  • Born: August, 1991
  • Hometown: NaraJapan
  • Drums: Pearl Masters Series PREMIUM MAPLE

I mentioned the K-On connection earlier in this entry.  Imagine my surprise when I came across this on youtube.

SCANDAL AND SHOKO NAKAGAWA ARE SINGING “DON’T SAY LAZY”.  YES.

Anyway, give this group a listen.  You won’t regret it.

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WonderCon 2013 Days 2-3, ‘cuz we’re all about that geek life.

WonderCon 2013 wasn’t that bad at all.  It reminds me of how San Diego Comic Con used to be.  Smaller, more intimate, and a helluva lot easier to get into.  That being said, I was able to get through the entire con floor within the span of a few minutes.

The size of a con doesn’t really matter though.  Having friends to meet up with and hang out with makes the difference between an okay con and a great con.  As you can see by my pictures, I had plenty of people to meet up with.  So for my list of shoutouts:

It was definitely great to see all of you guys at WonderCon.  Gives me hope that there really are people that are all about that geek life.

Last but not least, biggie ups to my fambam and crew that made it out with me, and got drunk off moscato, jack daniels, and shock top.  FRONT DESK?! BANG BANG!

  • Ferris B.
  • Andrew O.
  • Ivan L.

You asked for it, and here are the pictures from the con!

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Codename: SWORD.

Another gem from my boys Mark, Anthoz, and one of my striking homies Fernando, Codename:SWORD is a thriller that takes the art of fighting to the next level.

…and wait, that was at SDAFF 2012! I KNOW THAT HALLWAY!!

So, fans, if you could check this video out, it’d be much appreciated.  Real talk.

-Twitchy

My Oasis.

Being as busy as I am now, what with managing SSB, the demands of work and school, and still finding enough time to engage myself in the things that make me…ME, I realize the importance of having an Oasis.  A place to find my center.  A place to be me.

The first place?  It’s gonna have to be my room.  It’s where I sleep and keep all my stuff.  I’ve got a fuckton of Anime, Manga, Videogames, artbooks of the previous items, some figurines, DVD’s, BluRays…it’s your typical geek haven.  It’s messy.   But being in here brings me peace.  Although as of late, I find myself doing work in here too.

The second place?  My taekwondo dojang.  Here, I can focus on my taekwondo training, and get some much-needed exercise in.  Having a key to the place also helps.

Third?  Min Sok Chon.  Obviously.  It’s one of my favorite spots to unwind after a hard week of work.  And Applebee’s too.  Their happy hour is bomb diggity.  Alcohol and food makes me very happy.  Among other things.

The last place?  Palomar Mountain.  My good friend Ryan Day once told me, “Nothing like getting into your car and simply driving nowhere.”  I found that road on accident when I just wanted to wander around for a bit.  Since then, Palomar Mountain’s North Grade Road and the East Grade run are my places to let my car loose.

One of the few places I can let loose.

One of the few places I can let loose.

So there you have it.  The places where I find myself.  And where I find….myself.  What about you all?  Where are your oases?

GIVE A CHALLENGE TO THE HARDCORE! THE BLUEBOMBER RETURNS, SCORE FREE ART FROM US!

Folks, our family grows stronger! Shogun Gamer will now be a partner of SSB!

That’s right! these good people are part of a great gaming website who has a die hard passion for Megaman games, and as part of our first event together, we will be hosting a Child’s Play charity event that is Megaman themed!

The money we collect will go into improving the lives of children in hospitals by providing them with toys games and among other things .

Shogun Gamer:
The idea started as the seed of Kyle Hill. He’s always wanted to utilize his passion for gaming and his appreciation of the work done by the Child’s Play organization. Considering he’s dumped more hours into Mega Man than anyone he knows, it seemed like the perfect fit. The idea developed as one that would encompass an entire weekend, featuring three players of varying skill making their way through the Mega Man and Mega Man X series. The idea now, is that donators will be able to directly influence the game by issuing addition challenges to increase or reduce the difficulty of the playthrough.

Now you may ask, what is our role here? Simple! we will be giving away posters and commissions to those who visit and help out with our goal!

The event begins December 8, 2012 and ends in December 10  at   http://mega-marathon.com/
I hope to see you there, and if you do, please mention that you came from our website!

Peace out!

For more information  please visit http://www.childsplaycharity.org/about