Day Nineteen: The Daytrippers (March of the Movies 2023)

When you become more fond of film as an art form, you begin to gravitate towards specific actors. I have no shortage of names and faces that are appealing to me, and I often come across new titles because I search through the filmography of specific people. The Daytrippers, outside of this appealing illustrated cover, came via researching Parker Posey, whom I loved in Columbus and Josie and the Pussycats.

Another interesting factoid about this is that it was the debut feature film directed by Greg Mottola, who would later direct Superbad. Funny to consider when this and his later work have seemingly nothing in common (at least from what I remember of Superbad fifteen years ago). If not for the appealing cast and potential for insightful character interaction, I may not have even bothered.

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to MollyNotTheDrug

The prior entry was a substantial step back from current times. With today’s subject, we’re at the very least within the current year. Ironically enough, how I stumbled upon this streamer and the one linked prior was the same: Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. (Might be one of my favorite games to watch.)

Mid-July. It’s been several months since I became unemployed and desperately searching for something to ease the bleeding of my finances. Discouraged from the lack of opportunities, I again turn to Twitch to find something entertaining to distract me from my pessimism. Usually, avatars are more likely to pull me in to a stream, but there was a particular whimsy to one streamer’s name that had me hooked just from the absurdity of it.

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

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Thoughts on Dewdrop Dynasty (Steam Next Fest Demo)

Prior to learning of the existence of Dewdrop Dynasty, I would have never imagined a scenario in which you play as a bee with a gun would fit well into the search-action (metroidvania) genre. Thankfully, the game’s demo has given me hope in a future in which the world’s worst insect carrying America’s most debated-upon tool can prove to be a fun venture. Have I mentioned that I despise bees?

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Thoughts on Paper Trail (Steam Next Fest 2022 Demo)

If the numerous amount of posts about demos prior to this have shown, I fancy myself a puzzle-solver. Paper Trail was shown during the recent Wholesome Direct showcase and immediately enthused me with its concept. You must solve puzzles by moving the environment around like folds of paper. Discovering it would have a demo soon after, I eagerly downloaded it without hesitation! Perhaps I should have had some hesitation…

Quick structure disclaimer: Given this (and all the others) is only a demo, I won’t be too in-depth with my coverage, and will only reflect on the good and the bad. No overly long personal history or filibuster. No nonsense. That said, I will provide a synopsis for the game below.

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Aharen-san wa Hakarenai Series Review – Episode 12 + Overall Thoughts

Adieu, adieu; parting is such sweet sorrow. Aharen-san‘s anime adaptation has come to an end, and I no longer need to keep up with weekly reviews for the blog. As such, I can now be completely open with my full thoughts and feelings without any measure of future content adjusting my course:

It was pretty dull.

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Thoughts on Curse Crackers: For Whom the Belle Toils (Steam Next Fest 2022 Demo)

It’s time once again to indulge in a whole lot of video games—indie games, that is. Steam’s Next Fest is currently ongoing, and goodness gracious, I have quite a few games to cover (20+). The screams dwelling within to take on far, far more than I can chew is again asserting its presence. What better way to start than with Curse Crackers: For Whom the Belle Toils, a game developed by Colorgrave, responsible for 2020’s Prodigal (a personal favorite of mine).

Quick structure disclaimer: Given this (and all the others) is only a demo, I won’t be too in-depth with my coverage, and will only reflect on the good and the bad. No overly long personal history or filibuster. No nonsense. That said, I will provide a synopsis for the game below.

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Day Eight: Watchmen (2009) (March of the Movies 2022)

People close to me know that I think superhero films are an oversaturated market, recently molded into a winning formula that lacks that extra something due to corporate ambitions. Spoken non-pretentiously, superhero films bad because Disney make them all same-y and safe. It’s not only Disney, of course, but when Disney owns the properties of what seems like hundreds of different superhero IPs, they’re an easy target.

Warner Bros., on the other hand, tends to be a tad more ambitious (with generally scattered results) with their superhero films. My heart tends to side with DC for this reason alone, though it doesn’t make me particularly “fond” of it. Watchmen was something I decided to watch based on a lot of positive praise, even amongst critics I trust. My brother even enjoyed the comics they were based off of. That was enough for me to give it a shot.

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Thoughts on Kemono Jihen

My desire to view Kemono Jihen came upon reading a post by Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime, who seemed to really enjoy this series and painted it in a way that would have me enjoy it, as well. I had not heard of this prior to then (shows how out of the anime scene I’ve become), but the premise seemed appealing enough. Has somewhat middling ratings on MyAnimeList, however, which gave me some pause (and further intrigue). What was I to make of it?

Turns out, the anime would not let me decide without a fight!

WARNING: This post will contain mild plot spoilers.

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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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