Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to HazeO3O

In my last post, I mentioned early on that in the fourth quarter of 2021, only two people I ended up following remain followed to this day. Conveniently enough, today’s shoutout target was the second survivor… barely.

Late December. My Christmas spirit was in full swing just days away from the big day. On a lazy afternoon, a few weeks removed from leaving my full-time job at KeenGamer, I came upon a rarity: someone playing New Pokémon Snap on Twitch. Humorously enough, I never saw a single snap.

Instead, the streamer was in the middle of some sort of aside… I think. Her lovely gobbo-model taking up a majority of the screen with chat right next to her. It was a glorified Just Chatting stream, categorized in another (likely absentmindedly). And though I came in hoping for some relaxing gameplay, the streamer ended up amusing me with the help of her bombastic community.

Introducing HazeO3O. (← Link to her Twitch channel.)

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Thoughts on Dorohedoro

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When you go into an anime adapted from a manga with an average score in the Top 100 on MyAnimeList’s database, high expectations are inevitable. Dorohedoro, to be frank, was appealing to me for its unique premise and lizard main character. This coming from the dude who watched Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san for similar reasons. (Skeletons!) Whatever happened, my feelings wouldn’t be shaped from experience with the source. I just saw a lizard and some freaky imagery and was intrigued. Continue reading “Thoughts on Dorohedoro”

Norm of the North Actually Got a Sequel and It’s Glorious

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I watched Norm of the North with my brother early last month, perfectly aware of the reputation it has as one of the worst animated films in the existence of time (that’s the magic, really). While it was definitely very bad, I didn’t find it to be as bad as everyone else seemed to think it was; merely an inadequate picture with really unfunny jokes and a juvenile storyline. Upon finishing it, I made the horrifying discovery that a sequel actually existed, and thus, the search for “terribad” content continued forward.

And by the power vested in me as a purveyor of terribad content, Norm of the North: Keys to the Kingdom is an exquisite masterpiece. Continue reading “Norm of the North Actually Got a Sequel and It’s Glorious”

An Ode to Game & Sound


Once upon a time, I didn’t use Twitter that much. Some two years or so ago, I made the dedicated effort to start using it, seeing as I abandoned it after creating it upon realizing that talking to celebrities is harder than originally expected. A couple months into my Twitter renaissance, I suddenly got a follow from an account titled “Game & Sound,” which I originally took for some Nintendo fan account. Checking out their profile, I found out that it’s actually a user who uploads (primarily) rock-themed covers of (primarily) Nintendo titles. The prospect was intriguing, but covers of Nintendo music are hardly revolutionary. His Youtube channel was fairly barren, with only six or so videos to his name, but a cover of Super Mario 64‘s “Dire Dire Docks” caught my eye.

I clicked, listened, and strangely found myself subscribed.

The moral of the story here is that if your work is good, then you will receive attention. Following thousands of people on Twitter (I am one of 5,755 people he follows) also helps. I’m a prime example.

My oxygen-bereaving humor aside, Game & Sound is a channel that has been going relatively steady for the last two years, uploading covers of songs ranging from Sonic the Hedgehog to Chrono Trigger to Castlevania, along with a large number of Nintendo classics. While not every cover is a modern masterpiece, there are a good number of his tracks that could challenge the original tune in terms of quality. My particular favorites include the aforementioned “Dire Dire Docks,” Super Mario Galaxy‘s “To the Gateway,” Sonic 3‘s “Angel Island Zone,” among others. Game & Sounds’s means of instrumentation include his signature guitar, drums, and a number of electronic doo-dads and beep-bops, bringing a 16-bit flair to an otherwise rockin’ atmosphere.


When I first subscribed to Game & Sound, I don’t think he even cracked 500 subscribers. Fast forward and now he’s sitting at a comfortable 5,166, with a lot more to come as long as he keeps up his craft. I believe he deserves far more attention than what he’s received, as his covers have an oozing tingling to them that one can’t help but find professional. Not only that, but his covers aren’t the simple “Take track. Cover 100% the same.” Game & Sound adds his own touch to the track that not only gives him his own identity, but doesn’t take away from the essence of the music he’s covering. In rare cases, it even enhances the track’s original energy. I believe he’s most effective when covering soft, emotionally-resonant tracks. There’s something about the tuning of his guitar that really adds a somber tone to those whimsical, otherworldly tracks.

Take note, however, that if you’re going to go above and beyond when analyzing his music, there’s one thing that’s become something of familiar territory for Game & Sound. The cover begins slowly, building up momentum, then hits its peak as the chorus arrives. After relaying a few times, a near-silent middle phase—where he typically experiments with other instruments in the tune of the track’s outer layers—will unfold, up until the point where it returns to the energized chorus as the video fades to black. Perhaps one could credit this to his own identity, but this is something I find a little too repetitive to be enjoyed in more than a few videos. Game & Sound has done this in more than a few videos.

Nitpicking and praise combined, Game & Sound deserves numerous amounts of credit for the work that he puts into his covers. His videos typically come out once every week or so, spanning anywhere from two to five minutes. With the way they sound, the quirky video overlays, and the (for the most part) consistency at which he puts them out, one has to wonder where he finds all the time. I’m not one to complain of this, however, as his music has been replayed in my Youtube history ever since I first subscribed to his channel. His video listing has a number of classic tracks covered with an execution that rivals the original. If you fancy yourself a Nintendo music connoisseur, Game & Sound is well worth checking out. Even if not, his music will at least tickle the fancy of any fan of music outside of the mainstream spectrum.

For all those interested, I will provide a link to his channel. Please consider subscribing if you like what you hear! I’m sure he’ll appreciate the support. And thank you, as always, for reading.

Three-Year Anniversary Special: Top 10 Favorite Pokémon


WordPress notified me yesterday that I had surpassed three years with this blog. I can assure everyone reading that I didn’t think I would spend as much time dedicated to updating this putrid thing for as long as I have, but it’s taken a life of its own. I’ve met a good variety of people and have followed a nice group of bloggers, whose content I enjoy reading, as well as a small gathering of my own. I would just like to thank everyone for making these last three years (though more specifically last one year) a memorable one in the world of online blogging. To celebrate, I’ve went ahead and concocted a Top 10 list I’ve considered writing many times in the past: my top 10 favorite pokémon.

There isn’t really much of a criteria to this list—all pokémon are allowed and are ranked by my personal taste. A pretty straightforward list for straightforward poké-thusiasts.

10. Gigalith


Starting out this list is a surprise choice by my part. While I find the pokédex for the fifth generation of Pokémon to be decent, I’m not a huge fan of the narrative of the games. Black & White—along with Black & White 2, which I’ve never actually played—are among my least favorite Pokémon games, which reflects the amount of good memories I have with said generation and those within the Unova region. I found the focus on “What is Pokémon?” too shallow for something as basic as Pokémon, but I can acknowledge the effort to try and make the games more intellectually stimulating. I played through my old copy of White once and that was it for me. Among my main party during that one and only run was a pokémon named Gigalith.

What is also worth noting is my affinity for rock/ground-type pokémon. I tend to enjoy creatures who are bumpy, rocky, or concave in general. I took one look at Gigalith prior to Black & White‘s release (because I am a cheater) and was immediately drawn to it. The thing looks like something straight out of Gurren Lagann, doesn’t it? All sorts of red and blue and spikes and an enormous, impenetrable body that exudes sturdiness. As part of a three-chain evolution, its stats are pretty reliable as well, so Gigalith, along with the aid of Bulldoze, was an easy choice for mowing down opponents with ease. Lest they have water pokémon, of course.

I’ve always liked Gigalith, but had you asked me if it would’ve made this list a few years ago, I’d scoff at you. Gigalith is an interesting case of a pokémon whose appeal grows with time. The more I think back to my days in the fifth generation, Gigalith is one pokémon that always seems to stand out to me. Its reliability and interesting design was enough to thrust itself among my mental ranks and charge past the competition.

9. Gourgeist


I really, really don’t know why I like this pokémon so much. Maybe it’s the cutesy, almost anime-esque design that attracts my weebish senses. My inner love for Halloween and all of its spooky festivities. The fact that its size depends on the specific Pumpkaboo you catch, almost like actually picking out a pumpkin to carve. Whatever it is, Gourgeist has my heart on a string. Or whatever those hand-like hairs are on its head.

Unlike Gigalith, Gourgeist was a pokémon I knew I would love immediately. For a while, it ranked up there among my favorites without any need to think about it. Now-a-days, though, Gourgeist is a little silly to like to such a high degree. It’s a pumpkin seed with hair for God’s sake. One of its moves is called “Trick-Or-Treat”! It’s a living token to Halloween! It’s silly to its core, but silly is better than stupid.

Like most pokémon on this list, Gourgeist was among my main party during my initial run with its generation of games. With the use of moves like Seed Bomb and Phantom Force, Gourgeist proved very nimble in battle, especially against Special-oriented pokémon. It was placed in my party late into the game, but held its own when it came time to train. In fact, it was the only sixth-generation pokémon in my party. I’m such a genwunner.

8. Steelix

When the second generation of Pokémon came around, a new type was unveiled along with it: Steel type. When my hands latched onto any sort of guidebook detailing the new pokémon available in the game, my eyes always gravitated towards two particular Steel-type pokémon: Steelix and Scizor. As a kid, Scizor was always my favorite between the two. I loved insects and insectoids and Scizor was coated in a lovely shade of red. However, as I matured, I realized that Scizor wasn’t that much of an upgrade past the original form of Scyther, sacrificing speed for better defense and attack. Steelix, however, seemed to improve Onix in every regard, which is why I eventually saw Steelix as the pinnacle of Steel pokémon.

Not to mention, Steelix fits the mold of bumpy, sturdy-looking rock (or steel in this case) pokémon that I’ve grown to be fond of. And if you think about it, look at what Steelix is. Its a giant steel snake! That’s fucking awesome! And despite the Pokémon handbooks typically being pretty odd about sizes, Steelix is still said to be thirty feet long. That’s one big snake.

I’ve yet to really obtain Steelix’s power for my own, as its finicky evolution condition is hard to replicate on a linkless emulator, but I recall training one in my days playing FireRed & LeafGreen. If only I could remember what it was like to have it among my main team. Another day, perhaps, but for now, a man can dream about orchestrating the strength of a giant steel snake monster.

7. Groudon


I’d like to take a moment to appreciate everything about Groudon’s design.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Okay, I’m done.

Groudon, at one point, was my favorite pokémon. Not “one of,” but the favorite of all of them. It was my favorite pokémon for a long time, too, up until a few years ago when its status as “legendary” began to dull my interest in it. Is that unfair? A tad. But it’s the way I feel.

Y’see, legendary pokémon get a lot of love. Why do they get a lot of love? Maybe because they’re legendary? Maybe because they’re the main focus of their respective games? Maybe because they look cool? Whatever the case, when one comes across a “Top 10 Favorite Pokémon” list, they’re bound to come across at least three or four legendaries. Or pseudo-legendaries (such as Lucario or Zoroark, whose availability in games are limited and are featured in movies). Call it my cynicism at work, but I tend to roll my eyes when I see an abundance of legendary pokémon swarming people’s favorites. It wouldn’t be so bad if I felt these picks were justified, but a lot of the time they’re their favorites simply because “they’re legendaries.” Groudon is part of my own case with the feeling.

There was never any particular reason why I loved Groudon so much. I loved it because it looked amazing. And it was a legendary. And it made me love Ground type. It was simply one of those moments where something became so soul-grippingly joyous to you that it receded your ability to think and strengthened your ability to feel. And I felt, very passionately, that Groudon was the bestest pokémon ever. Because I said so.

To be honest, Groudon wasn’t a lock to make this list because I don’t feel too strongly for it anymore. But it had enough of an impact on my younger life to keep it influential inside my mind. That, and Groudon still looks incredibly cool. It combines the red and black look perfectly and my love for reptiles makes its design pop more than it probably should. I really like the lines that mark up its body like an ancient language. It’s just a really, really cool-looking thing.

6. Kingler


When I was a very young kid, I was not hard to impress. Take the case with Kingler, who gets the honor of being crowned my very first favorite pokémon. Of all the pokémon to choose from in the first generation, I chose a crab with a pointy crown and a giant left claw. Good job, me.

However, this is not the case of “I’m only putting it here because of nostalgia.” I genuinely love Kingler, and is among my favorite pokémon from generation one. I honestly don’t think Kingler gets a lot of love from Pokémon, as its inclusion in most games comes from either looking underneath small rocks or fishing in the ocean. You have to go out of your way to find a Krabby, for sure. Worse than that, Kinglers are pretty ill-equipped during early-generation games, as its heavy emphasis on Attack as opposed to Special Attack doesn’t give them a good advantage with their native Water type. After all, for a time, all Water-type moves were Special-oriented back in the day. Kingler’s Special Attack is pretty poor, which left it only with Normal-type moves like Vicegrip or Stomp to get the most use of its Attack power.

It’s this heavy-handed approach that makes me like Kingler even more. Cool design aside, it is genuine pity that makes me love this pokémon. It isn’t a smart choice to main in early-version Pokémon games, which makes me want to main it even more. Kingler is an underappreciated gem that shines brighter in later games. I always try to give it some emphasis outside of being an HM slave for moves like Surf or Whirlpool (It can’t even learn Waterfall! What?!). Not to mention, it had its own move dedicated to it early on: Crabhammer. Not a great move in earlier games, but a very handy one later on. You can thank Kingler (or Krabby) for that.

5. Mewtwo


And when it comes to legendaries, Mewtwo stands at the top of the mountain. Or the bottom of the cave. Whatever you prefer.

Nostalgia plays a very heavy factor into this placement, but what also plays a part is Mewtwo’s backstory as a genetic clone of the other legendary pokémon: Mew. Mewtwo. Mew. Mewtwo. It’s kind of an odd name if you think about it, but it fits regardless. The thought of cloning and building the ultimate pokémon from DNA is infinitely fascinating to me. Mewtwo’s design only accentuates his sort of “Science-y” look. He looks like, well a clone.

He was a part of Super Smash Bros. Melee, the first Pokémon movie, another Pokémon movie, an animated special showcasing its younger years, and eventually got two Mega Evolutions because why not? Mewtwo is a popular pokémon, and the creators know this. They’re willing to stick him into whatever fits and I have no problem with that whatsoever (yet). Mewtwo is the symbol of an interesting human and Pokémon interaction story gone wrong, and in my own mind, the most effective Pokémon has ever come to immersive storytelling.

I always preferred Mewtwo over Mew (He looks more masculine, therefore he’s cooler!). It had the highest base Special Attack of any pokémon until Deoxys’ Attack Form surpassed it. It had a sleek, simplistic design. It took a zillion pokéballs to catch. It had everything going for it as a prime and true legendary pokémon, and still does. That’s why its my favorite legendary pokémon. A title that may never be relinquished.

4. Feraligatr


Remember everything I said above with Groudon and how everyone lists legendaries as their favorite because they’re legendaries? The same can be said with starters. They’re their favorite because they’re starters. Only this time, I can understand where they’re coming from.

A lot of people will immediately proclaim Charizard to be the greatest starter pokémon of all time. It’s got a great design, good stats, and was one of three starters in the first Pokémon games ever made. Nostalgia definitely plays a big role in it, but Charizard has a lot of good going for it. But for me, who started off with the second generation, my first will always be Totodile, which evolved into my fourth favorite pokémon: Feraligatr.

Water type is among my favorite types. I like reptiles and reptile-looking things. I like offensive powerhouses. I like minimal use of spikes. And it was my first starter. Wrap all of this together and you have the perfect starter for me. Feraligatr has nostalgia wrapped around its scaly skin and won’t relinquish it for the world. Feraligatr is to me what Charizard is to everyone else. It was my first, and damn did it help me when it came time to fight Lance. Teach it Ice Punch and you will have zero issues whatsoever.

However, Feraligatr suffers from the same problems Kingler does: its a Water type with strong Attack power. Early games automatically list Water-type moves as Special Attack. Feraligatr is at a disadvantage. Even so, the dependability of Feraligatr is one to be praised, as I never choose any starter outside of it when given the chance (I am very stubborn). At least Feraligatr can learn Waterfall… past generation two.

3. Nidoking


Alright, guys. This is just pure, unadulterated masculinity and testosterone at work here. Nidoking is, and I hate to even use the term, fucking badass. It is among the most creatively unique pokémon of the first generation and its design is oozing with everything I love about anything. Spikes, muscular, mean, reptile-like (I guess?), and a very interesting choice going with light purple with the major color scheme. Purple doesn’t get enough love; it’s a damn good color.

Just to pollute this list with some grade A cringe, I used to think that Nidoqueen evolved into Nidoking. Why? Because obviously females are inferior to males. In terms of strength, anyway. I used to have a poster that listed all of the first generation pokémon in a circular chart that orbited around the Pokémon logo. For whatever reason, I would look at that chart and follow the line to the point where Nidoran (female) would appear, travel the evolution line, then skip Nidoran (Male) and Nidorino and jump straight to Nidoking. It’s stupid and sexist, but it also showed how much I valued Nidoking as a pokémon, despite never really controlling it.

My love for Nidoking was aided by Pokémon Stadium, where Nidoking was equipped with Earthquake, an OP move that devastated everything in its path. I was demolish everything with that move, further cementing Nidoking’s awesome legacy in my mind. This would only end around the time it got to the third generation and I played Pokémon Stadium again and used Nidoking constantly, only to be killed multiple times when I got to Misty’s gym. It’s almost like Ground is weak to Water or something.

Despite that (and a surprisingly low stat base), Nidoking has always been an easy choice as a main party member. I think aside from Feraligatr, Nidoking is the pokémon I use most often in my main party. It hasn’t failed me yet; in fact, I had a Nidoking in my last playthrough of Pokémon Y. During the Championship fight against Diantha, Nidoking one-shot every pokémon she used. How’s that for useful?

2. Dunsparce






1. Abra


Some people saw this coming, but for those who didn’t see this coming, allow me to explain why Abra is the greatest pokémon of all time.

Okay, not the greatest, but my favorite of all time. Abra is one of those bizarre choices where the pokémon’s behavior says more about it than its design or stats ever could. Abra is asleep for twenty hours of the day and is conscious of its surroundings despite that, allowing it to teleport away at the blink of an eye.  Some people see this as annoying, and it is, but it also speaks to me in some strange, asocial way.

Now, I haven’t always been the most social guy. As a kid, I was very fond of being left alone and thinking and crafting mental pictures all in my head without anyone bothering me. Because of this reclusive nature, I’ve found myself empathizing with the manner in which Abra behaves: teleporting away from any hostile environment. While Abra more does so to not be captured or attacked by wild animals, it’s this sort of manner of escape that I’ve always understood. I find a little part of me inside of Abra, even if it doesn’t apply to my actual situation. It does so for survival while I do so more for personal comfort. Regardless, I think its uniqueness makes up for its lack of battle finesse.

Subjective vomit aside, I’ve always liked the simplistic design of Abra. It’s very mouse-like, while also sort of hinting at a boy-ish youth that exhibits the necessity of always having to run away. While its evolutions are cool on their own (though I think Kadabra looks a little dumb), Abra has that sort of bland charm that speaks volumes without speaking at all. Kind of like Feraligatr, Dunsparce, and Mewtwo before it (on this list). One doesn’t have to have a bunch of spikes or lasers or metal suits to earn the title of “awesome.” Sometimes you just need to tread to the basics to get to that core appeal. Have I mentioned I hate Mega Evolutions?

An odd choice for a favorite, but a favorite nonetheless. Abra has that sort of oomph to it that I like. I use Alakazam to main, obviously, but Abra is always a nice treat to start with, despite the uselessness in battle.


Honorable Mentions: Cacturne, Solrock, Donphan, Clefable

Entry #22: Campione! (SoA 2016)

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I would’ve put the full name for this series, but it is far too needlessly long.

Fun fact: I watched two episodes of this series nearly four years ago shortly proceeding the end of the first Summer of Anime. It had been on-hold since then, with little chance of ever being brought out of that decrepit cesspool of a list—until now. Upon finishing the series, I realized I made a grave mistake. This series should’ve never been put on-hold. It should’ve been dropped.

Never have I gazed upon a series so insistent on copying “better” series within its genre to pass off for an engrossing story. I always complain about series being too cliché, but this might be the king of clichés… nay, the God of clichés. For those of you who enjoy series such as Shakugan no Shana, you’re in luck, as Campione! is almost a complete rip-off of it. The characters, the supernatural abilities, the emphasis on pairing the dense pair of balls with multiple archetypes of women; Campione! is a smorgasbord of everything I hate in anime, and everything I feel gives anime as a whole a bad name. If I may give the series any credit, it’s that it goes above and beyond with its clichés, to the point where the women are literally bowing down to the male lead, further cementing the self-insert personality that he possesses. I’m not one to bring up feminism or any sort of social justice in my posts, but if this is the standard in anime, perhaps Campione!’s author should dab a little within the chaos. I wouldn’t recommend Tumblr or Twitter.

If that isn’t enough, the series also takes on Greek Mythology as a crutch to support its otherworldly plot. How much does it follow Greek Mythology? Enough to know the names of various Greek Gods. Aside from that, it strays off onto a path of its own accord, making up various stories about the Mythology as if they were slanderous lies. I’m not joking; one episode has the main character claim that the stories were changed to suit the benefit of the antagonist he was going up against. I was already leery of the plot before that point, but I believe it was there when I decided the plot was complete nonsense. It’s a gross reskin of a genuinely interesting collection of ancient stories to suit the fantasies of preteen ecchi soldiers.


Do you enjoy Shinmai Maou no Testament? If so, did you enjoy it for the lewd acts? You’re in so much luck today! Campione! features a male lead gaining superpowers by making out with various women! That’s right, when all seems lost, the male lead takes a woman and locks lips in order to gain “information” on the bad guy to become more powerful. Kind of like that episode of Teen Titans highlighting Starfire’s origins, but with added stupidity. This doesn’t really serve any purpose other than to further showcase how stupid the series is, but it’s fun to explain things in detail.

Two things save this series from a rock bottom score of 1/10. First is Mariya, one of the female archetypes who takes on the role of healer and innocent priestess. She’s very, very clearly an archetype and joins in the harem that the male lead gathers because he’s such a sweet, nice boy, but she’s cute. I like her realistic design and is less tedious as a character than the rest. The second thing is animation and design. As horrible as this anime is, it doesn’t look horrible. Fight scenes are flashy and characters are cute, despite how rotten it all is on the inside. I can’t disregard this aspect of the anime completely as it did alleviate some of the frustration of watching the series. Fan service is fan service. The prettier it is, the better.

There’s so little good with this series that I can’t find any proper way to wrap up this entry. It’s just bad… very, very bad. If one can find any amusement within this series, than they could probably tolerate anything, aside from School Days, anyway. Campione!, to me, is a symbol of everything that is wrong with the anime industry in recent years. And to think, the light novel that this anime was adapted from is still going to this day. I guess you can sell sex no matter how blatant it seems.

Personal Score: D-

Critical Score: D-

The rating for this title and all others can be found on MyAnimeList.