Asserting My Writing Efficiency – A Poorly-Veiled Blog Update

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To those who have been visiting the blog on a semi-regular basis, you may have noticed that it’s seen some changes in the past couple weeks. The layout has changed to feel more modern (which means more bold) and the content has become more varied in type, both from a topical standpoint and a medium standpoint. I’ve finally found a groove in which this blog can finally be about a place for visual media (and football) and not just anime, which is something I’m immensely fond of. On top of that, the content has been rolling in at a rate unheard of for this blog outside of my annual March of the Movies block (the next of which is coming soon). I wanted to take the time to address these sudden changes. Continue reading “Asserting My Writing Efficiency – A Poorly-Veiled Blog Update”

AP’s NFL All-Pro Ballot Should Be Expanded

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In 2018, Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz caught 116 passes from his quarterbacks, which is an NFL record for tight ends and was second among all pass-catchers in the league in that category. To go along with this, Ertz also scored eight touchdowns with 1,163 receiving yards, all of which are phenomenal for a tight end (he was third in the league compared to other tight ends in both categories). When Associated Press released their annual All-Pro selection at the end of the regular season, only two tight ends were listed: Travis Kelce and George Kittle. Both were definitely deserving (each beat the previous tight end record for receiving yards), but the absence of Ertz despite his record-setting year is, in a word, garbage. Continue reading “AP’s NFL All-Pro Ballot Should Be Expanded”

A Collection of Anime OPs/EDs I Actually Like (Volume One)

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This is not going to be like my normal posts here on VV. Normally, I have something to say about a particular topic and express it with the most pretentious vocabulary. Instead, today will be a sort of “show off” post where I simply list some anime EDs/OPs I’ve found myself bopping my head to since anime corrupted my soul. I’ll link to each theme so the viewer can also take a listen while I offer short descriptions of the track and what I like about them. Continue reading “A Collection of Anime OPs/EDs I Actually Like (Volume One)”

Entry #1: Koi Koi 7 (Rewatch) (SoA 2017)

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(Recommended by this cheeky bastard.)

This is the worst anime I have ever seen.

There is a character whose name is “Poophead.”

Everyone gets naked at least thirteen times. Average of once per episode.

The male lead looks like my brother when he was twelve.

Every attempt at being dark is completely retconned by the female characters having lesbian sex.

Imagine every negative stereotype you hear about anime in general. That is Koi Koi 7.

I quit.

Personal Score: F

Critical Score: F

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

An Ode to Yoshi

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This is a somewhat odd subject to write about, as as strange as it sounds, Yoshi was kind of my identity for a while in my early video game experiences.

Let me explain, Yoshi is a character I related to a lot when I was young. As someone who’s fond of reptiles and the like, his design immediately stuck out. His character is almost never in the limelight, always sitting in the second chair to other more prominent characters such as Mario. I’m the type of person who enjoys being second-in-command; not having to take on all the responsibilities alone, but being confident enough and power hungry to be able to lead on a sparse basis. Yoshi, as Mario’s sidekick, had this similar, strangely psychological connection with me. I can’t help but love the character, despite typically being the world’s best sacrificial character.

What’s most notable within my experience with this green dinosaur is how often I would play as him in Mario spin-off games. If I’m playing Mario Party (particularly the older versions), Mario Golf, or Mario Kart, Yoshi was my character. Always. I played through the game as Yoshi and Yoshi alone. He was my guy.

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I recall playing Mario Party 4, going through the “Story Mode” of the game, getting gifts for Yoshi’s house after defeating each party host in specific, unique mini-games. That meant so much to me, thinking I was getting a more in-depth look at Yoshi’s personality and priorities. I don’t remember anything he got now, but back then, it was my duty as Yoshi’s human counterpart to give him the best little house possible. It remains my favorite Story Mode-esque feature in a Mario Party game to this day.

When Yoshi does get a main series game, it’s always packed with colorful, almost serene artistic exaggeration. There’s a good atmosphere whenever he’s involved, though the easy choice for the best example of this is in Yoshi’s Island. That game is a fantastic example of what Yoshi can do in center stage. Much like the rare occasion where I take charge, Yoshi splendidly holds his own compared to greats such as Super Mario World and Super Mario Bros. 3. I really need to replay Yoshi’s Island. Real soon.

Not too long of a post this time, as there’s not much one can say about a single side-character that doesn’t receive a lot of attention towards his development. He, like most others from the Mario series, serves his role to the best of his abilities. That’s all one can really ask for with Mario characters, until the day comes when Mario becomes an RPG. Hehehe… Oh, wait…