Aoi Hana (Merry Days of Anime 2021)

For the final anime of the 2021 Merry Days event, we have Aoi Hana. Obviously, this is the most well-known anime of all-time, among the levels of Fullmetal Alchemist, Dragon Ball Z, or Astro Boy. A legendary series that is guaranteed to bring the fans to my blog to chatter about its well-documented history and analysis among the community. I just had to end the month with a bang.

Ah, apologies. I had set my sarcasm gauge to high levels. This is a semi-obscure Shoujo-ai story that a lot of people seem to find very boring. My friend liked it quite a bit, though, so that’s good enough of a recommendation for me. Plus, a pleasant foray into a slower story consisting of interpersonal relationships with a gentle touch can be nice. Really, I tend to gravitate to these plots more than, say, isekai or grand-action series. People are interesting.

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Updated Thoughts on Metroid: Samus Returns

Some may see the title of this article and think, “Wait, updated? When did you ever cover it?” For those unaware, I am also a writer for online gaming publication KeenGamer, which houses many, many reviews for games I’ve covered since 2017. The very first one? Metroid: Samus Returns.

Writing it a couple weeks after its initial release, I had not touched it in the years since. Given Dread is coming in the next couple months, I found it dutiful to go back to pretty much any Metroid title I could get ahold of and re-coat myself in the sweet sci-fi aesthetic that I adore so much. Samus Returns was replayed over the course of late June and early July. Now, I have some re-adjusted things to speak about when it comes to the (currently) newest title in the franchise.

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to Maya_ASMR

While I have not made my adoration for ASMR a secret, I’ve had little opportunity to really speak on it for the sake of this blog. There’s a certain disconnect between it and my central audience that makes it somewhat difficult to really dive into. Kind of like football, which I do miss writing about. Despite this, my growing affinity for Twitch was yet another place where I could venture into the territory of relaxation, outside the prerecorded space of YouTube.

The end of October 2020 was nearing, and I had frequented a fair share of ASMRtists on the platform, looking for someone to watch consistently. It seems with ASMRtists, it’s easy to simply tune in and go, venturing back whenever they happen to stream on another day. After all, many can do ASMR suitably enough. Something about the individual needs to hook you; sometimes all it takes is a pleasant vibe that transcends the cozy coat of ASMR.

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

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Day Twenty-Six: Darkman (MotM 2021)

Superhero films aren’t really my thing. Ever since the giant Marvel superhero craze of the late 2000’s, it’s just been non-stop blockbuster after blockbuster—commercials, sponsorships, specific actors everywhere. I got sick of it all very quickly. Even before then, superhero films were kind of an “empty calories” sort of enjoyment, where I could just enjoy some dumb good vs. evil plot and some rad special effects. Unfortunately, my brain will not let me enjoy them further than that caliber anymore.

Even so, Darkman always called to me.

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Merry Days of Anime: Uchuu no Stellvia [DROPPED]

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Pay little mind to the “DROPPED” label up top. For convenience’s sake, I labeled it as such because I won’t be returning to it this month, but have decided to only place it “on-hold” for now. It’s not that I find it bad, just that it isn’t holding my attention enough for me to desire continuous bingeing. I’ll return to it once this is all over. Continue reading “Merry Days of Anime: Uchuu no Stellvia [DROPPED]”