Series #15: 7 Favorite Anime

November 30, 2015

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 I'm so excited to write about anime today guys! I don't usually talk about anime much, there are a lot of bloggers that have that topic underwraps. However, lately, I've been watching a lot of Hulu, and their anime options are absolutely glorious! I thought since I was on the search for a new anime to watch, I decided that I would tell you guys about my favorite anime of past years.

Sailor Moon: For most people Sailor Moon was their gateway to anime. I know it was a pretty big anime for me. It was an open door for learning about girl power, feminism, Sexual orientations, gender identification and it was extremely progressive for its time. I'm currently re-watching the series, complete with the episodes that weren't brought over the first time, Its a huge jump back to my childhood and I welcome its simple value on an empty off day.

Cardcaptor Sakura: Was my first C.L.A.M.P. anime. The art was so beautiful and I was so inspired. I wanted to draw just like Clamp, so my dad actually bought me an entire Manga series: Clamp School Detectives, which I still treasure to this day. Although, Sakura didn't seem very tough, I stil thoroughly enjoyed the anime, both movies and the music still pops up occassionally on my ipod. I loved the character development and my favorite characters were Tomoyo, Spinel Sun and Yukito.

Magical Knight Rayearth: Also a C.L.A.M.P. work, I remember having the first 5 episodes on VHS. It's available on Hulu, So I've started re-watching it, but I remember being so enthralled by all of the magic, and plus Mokona is SO CUTE!!! I was also really particial to the aspect of making their own weapons as the show continued, and the music was amazing.

R.O.D. T.V.: This is one of my top favorites. It's all women and their paper masters. Can we stop for a second and have a moment of relief  for female protagonst anime without fan service?! It was perfect, Mystery, Fantasy, Magic, and a whole cornicopia of books. This show gave me serious book envy, and some new titles to rent from the library.

Angelic Layer: Another clamp work, this anime follows a middle schooler that has difficulty making friends, until she discovers fighting dolls that can be customized and controlled by the owner's brain. I like that the protagonist wasn't very strong, but she was determined and made her way all the way to the top, she became champion and even found her mother, whom was sick and unable to care for her. It is  great story for children having trouble with self esteem and finding themselves.

Super Gals: I originally discovered the manga tucked away in my local library. I loved the art and the way Ran stood up for her friends, and her unshaking sense of justice. When I discovered the anime, I was so excited. It had some pretty problematic language, I absolutely fell in love with how badly Miyu wants to shed her Gang persona and work for redemption. I loved the fashion and the show was pretty funny.

Revolutionary Girl Utena: I was pretty excited when my dad first showed me Utena. I was like 7 or 8 and finally there was an anime character that looked like me. Sure I didn't have purple hair but give me a few years, I was working on it. Revolutionary girl utena was a lot of things for me. Gay and lesbian couples, domestic abuse, just utter weirdness. Like the guy becomes a car and then drives away. Plus the music was absolutely dazzling and I yearned to be able to play the gentle and demanding themes on my violin and then later my flute.

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Nerdette Minute #6: Why I love Dick Grayson

November 25, 2015

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Just stopping by to tell you that I did a quick Nerdette Minute Video yesterday about my love for Dick Grayson!! You can watch it below! Don't forget to hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out!


Reason #5: He is a Born Leader!!

Reason #4: Technologically Savvy, I drool over his gadgets!

Reason #3: He made a better batman during the Battle of the Cowl Run. In Batman: Reborn, audiences saw a lighter and friendlier Batman paired with a brooding and dark Robin, the Stories draw and written by Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly. He's Batman with a conscience.

Reason #2: Incredibly Talented. Amazing Gymnast. Fluent in: Tamaranean, French, Latin, and Farsi. Plus, he plays GUITAR!!!

Reason #1: He's so much cooler than the other Robins.

Do you like Dick Grayson? Tell me why below! Or we can talk about it on Twitter!

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What are you thankful for?

November 23, 2015

Hey Gang!

 With Thanksgiving literally in less than five days, I wanted to tell you guys what I'm thankful for this year. This year has been pretty great honestly, and I would like to use this post to highlight the awesomeness that has occurred this year. So lets just get right to it!!

5. My relationship with Alex. On the 7th, Alex and I had our two year anniversary. I am so fortunate to have found someone who fits with me like the missing piece to my life's puzzle. Plus he makes me laugh, what more do you need?

4. Being close to my family. Even though, I have my own little place, I'm still not to far away
from my family to where I can't just pop by and go see them. I love that my family is all in one place, because they mean the World to me.

3. Having my own mode of transportation. I started driving late, I was already twenty-one. Having a car, is the equivalent to pure freedom for me. Being able to wake up and decide that I want to go somewhere, and then get in my car and actually go? It's an undescribeable feeling, and if you don't know about it, I suggest getting your own mode of transportation to see how it feels.

2.  My Cats. If you guys weren't aware, I have two cats. An Orange Tiger named Geronimo (Male) and a Grey Striped Fluffy Cat Which I'm pretty sure is part Manecoon named Kahn (Female). They are so adorable and cuddly and I just love them to pieces. They meet me at the door when I come home from work and they snuggle me before I leave. They're just the bees Knees.

1. Being healthy and alive for another year.  This is the big one. I may not be rich, and my life may not be perfect, but without this, I couldn't have the other four things I'm thankful for. I thank whoever is up there, thats looking out for me, and is blessing me with another day to spend with Alex, and My Cats and My Family.

What are you guys thankful for? Tell me below, or on Twitter!! Also don't forget to enter the giveaway for Batgirl Issues 36-40! There's Still 8 more days to enter!!!

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Comic Round Up #17 SPOILERS!

November 18, 2015

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 I hope you guys read the previous post! Make sure you don't miss out on the giveaway going on! Issues #36 through #40! I'm going to be covering Black Canary #4-5, Gotham Academy #10-11 and Zodiac Starforce #1! Since there are so many comics that I need to get through Lets just get to the good stuff!

Zodiac StarForce: I've been following Paulina Ganucheau on Twitter for a while now, and I love her art so much! I love that this comic is a magical girl story with some diversity. I hope they are queer baiting with Lilly. I really like her and want them to be together, because they make a really cute couple Whats up with the Evil Girl Gang? and Kidnapping Alice? How does that work? Who just kidnaps a girl and then brings her back to school like nothing ever happened?! I am not a fan of how Emma treats Molly, She only wants the team back together again, and it appears that Molly was left out of hang outs and such because of her obsession with the monsters and that didn't seem cool to me. However, it is mentioned that Emma Lost her mother is the battle, so I can understand where she was coming from. I can't wait for the next issue!

Gotham Academy: Olive's Mom is still alive? Can we talk about the cameos in this?!?! Clay Face's Daughter, poor Katherine. If I had a child I would be highly concerned about student safety if they attended that school. Also these issues in particular, screamed Hogwarts to me, did anyone else get that vibe? How freaking adorable is Maps? Like seriously, she's my spirit animal. I love the "all robins are red" joke. I need to know who did the art for the fire Flashback because it is freaking beautiful! Like seriously!!!Plus a key to Arkahm? I can't wait for the next issue, I need to know whats up!!

Black Canary: The Story is getting so freaking good! I really don't like Bo but she is the bad guy, so its probably expected. I wonder what Ditto can do that has all these people trying to kidnap her, and whats up with that record label. There's totally something funky going on there. I was so geeked to see Crossovers! I loved that Frankie was helping Dinah run the trace! I also need to know who the White Ninja is, and if Bo has Canary Type powers now. Ugh, two issues and all I have now is MORE QUESTIONS!!!!

Have you guys been reading anything good?  Tell me on Twitter!!!

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Comic Round UP #16: UPALOOZA + Giveaway!

November 16, 2015

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 Right before Halloween, I stopped into my local Comic shop dressed as Totoro and grabbed some comics. I grabbed the ones they put aside for me and then I grabbed a tradeback. I hadn't been in a month, so I was actually kind of scared at the sheer amount of money I would be spending but it honestly wasn't that bad. With Spider-Woman and Silk and A-force over, there won't be a lot to pick up until November.
 I was really looking forward to being able to pick up Niobe. I met Ashley at C2E2 this year and she's totally awesome, I can't wait to support about it. Unfortunately, I was unable to pick it up because they weren't able to order it in, so I will have to stop by another comic shop or order it online from comixology, which I don't want to do because I actually like collecting issues...
 After picking up ALL OF THESE COMICS, I realized that there are just WAY WAY WAY too many to put into one blog post, so welcome to the UPalooza! I have purchased 19 Comics, so I am going to write up 4 separate posts to help create bite sized reviews of about 4 to 5 comics for my lovely readers!!!
 Once I figured out how I wanted to organize the posts that are coming soon, I then took photos and put them away. They filled up the last space in my longbox. I only have one because I had just gotten back into collecting comics, with my ex. I share the love with my father, who reads them and I watched the cartoons and movies and such but before meeting my ex, I didn't read the comics. It took two years to fill up my comic box, and I"m pretty excited about it!!

- Harrow County #1

- Paper Girls #1

- Paper Girls #2

- Beware the Creeper

- Black Canary #5

- Gotham Academy #10

- Gotham Academy #11

- Zodiac Superforce #1

- Bombshells #3

- A-Force #4

- A-Force #5

- Batgirl #44

- Batgirl #45

- Bombshells #4

- Zodiac Starforce #3

- Zodiac Starforce #2

- Swords of Sorrows #1

- Monstress #1

- Black Canary #4

  I also picked up The first tradeback of Batgirl by Tarr, Fletcher and Stewart, which means I don't need the single issues that I picked up before So I will be giving them away!!! You guys support me so much and I wanted to give you back a little something.  So I'll be giving away Issues #36-40!

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Gamer Famelle: Ashle Danger

November 11, 2015

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 I am so excited to have Ashle Danger on the blog today!!! If you don't know who she is, she's Editor in Chief for Strange Wonderful, an all around Amazing site and resource for Nerds and Nerdettes Alike. A huge xbox gamer, I figured it would be super fun to find out why!

Playstation or Xbox and Why?

 Xbox. I started out with the 360 and now I have the Xbox One. Most of my friends have Xbox so it made the most sense and I love it now.

Sony or Nintendo for your mobile gaming?

 Nintendo. I've been playing with Gameboys since I was a kid and I still have one. I also have a DS.

What do you like to see in your games? What about them makes that game your favorite?

 I always think of my gaming taste as a little acquired. I get bored very easily especially if its a game that takes too long to make it through objectives or check points. I really do love Platformers and Fighting Games, but I also really enjoy games with a great storyline. Life is Strange is a perfect example.

If you could be any villain, who would you choose and why?

 That's a tough one because it would depend on the genre. If we're talking movies, I think I'd have to go after Maleficient, she's such a bad ass and she's got magical powers. I think I'd want to be able to conjure up some chaos, but I think the hat would have to go. I'd let my horns rock out. But on another note I'd want to be Catwoman as well, she's always kick ass. I think being able to wear leather or latex is always a good indication of a great bad girl. Plus, she only steals from the rich.

If you could be any hero, who would you choose and why?

 Storm from Xmen. I love her story, and the fact she started out on the wrong path, she found her way back by using her powers for good. She's very connected with nature and is also very responsible. She cares deeply about the people she calls friends and family, she'd bring down the sky to protect them.

Name Your Top 5 Favorite Games.

 Kirby's Dreamland, Lollipop Chainsaw, Pokemon, Tekken and Final Fantasy.

If you could be any character who would it be and why?

  Lightening from Final Fantasy. She's a tough girl with a lot of responsibility and she's willing to fight for what she believe's in. She's a trained soldier and high in rank, she always does what she thinks is best for others even if they don't see it that way, she's got a big heart.

Are you a fan of Pokemon? If so who are a couple of your favorites?

 I love Pokemon. Pikachu is Bae. I also have major love for Oshawott, Vulpix and MewTwo.

Do you any limited editions of platforms?

 I have a Pikachu Edition 3DS XL

Are there any games taht are popular overseas, that you wish would be brought to the states?

 Pokemon: Pokken Tournament!

What are your personal feelings about Gamergate? What do you think the Gaming Industry can do to make women feel more included? What would you like to see them fix?

 I personally feel women should stop looking to men to make them feel more included. They should start including themselves. I wish I would wait on a man to make room for me. As women, if we embraced each other more and connected for more opportunities we wouldn't feel the need to be accecpted by them. The reaon why even though women make up the bigger spectrum of gaming now, but aren't involved in the industry is because men are pack creatures and stick together. Women are constantly competing with each other instead of embracing each other. Even as women, once we hurdle the "We are Women" issue, we still have a lot more to accomplish when considering the issue of color. How many female black gamers or video game show hosts can you name?

If you were going to get a gaming tattoo, what would you get and what is it's significance to you?

 I actually have a Pokeball tattoo and a Pikachu with Crossbones.

When you aren't gaming, what are some of your other time-passing hobbies?

 I'm actually in school full time as an Art Design Interactive Media and Broadcasting double major. My hobbies are pretty much all art focused from Graphic Design to Photography. I enjoy attending different gaming events, such as the NBA Live 16 even and the FIFA 16 launch party.

If you had the chance to say one thing to your favorite game's creator/publisher what would it be and why?

Mr. Satoru Iwata, Thank you for bringing tons of joy to Nintendo, you will be missed. R.I.P.

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On Youtube: My Top 5 Youtubers

November 10, 2015

Hey Gang!

 Just popping in today, to let you know that there is a new youtube video!!! Today, I'm talking about my top 5 favorite youtubers!!

#5 Hello Batty: I love how unique she is. Every video is differet and I love that!!

#4 Maria Shut Up: Does videos for everyday feminism and all of her videos are educational. I love her sarcasm and I'm sure I've see every video she's done.

#3 Clothes Encounters: I absolutely love Jen Im's style! When I first subbed to her, she was very quiet i her videos and ow, she sems very in conrol of her space, she demands attention whe she's on the screen.

#2 Kat Blaque: I love her point of view. Feminisim, Trans Rights, Black Rights, what have you. Her videos are educational and when they present a topic, it gives you the information you need to come to your own conclusion.

#1 Hey Claire: Is my absolutely favorite youtuber. I don't want to sound like a creep, but she's GRRREAT! I've seen all of her videos ad the amount of time she puts into her editing? She should hold workshops, or classes. She is a Master~!

Who are some of your favorite youtubers? Don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss out!!

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Inclusivity is NOT your Enemy.

November 9, 2015

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 I'm going to do a little bit of a different kind of post today guys. I'm going to have to get real honest with you for a second. I have been a nerd for a very long time, it is something I am incredibly excited about and I'm constantly binge
watching Television and Film, as a black woman, it is very disconcerting to me when I thoroughly enjoy television shows that don't have anyone who look like me. Yes, it may be a bit selfish, but it's more than that. White people are NOT the only people around, despite how much they want it to be true.
 I think it is incredibly depressing to be constantly excluded from things you enjoy because you look different from everyone else, and with the fact that racism is alive and well in well...Everything, It really really irks me when people don't take that into consideration when a person of color voices their opinion about something. We're not pulling the race card and we aren't just spouting Political Correctness Bullshit, this is a serious problem, and I am so completely aggravated that people don't take me seriously.
 When I ask why Doctor Who has been around for 50 years, and there hasn't been anyone Asian. People roll their eyes and say oh black people weren't around then, oh its not historically accurate to have anyone of color in our t.v. shows. That if a show comes out and it DOES have Characters of color who do a great job representing their race, then the writers are trying to hard.
News FLASH! They aren't trying to hard, they are simply being realistic. If there are stories that feature characters of color that aren't completely one-sided and resemble reality, wouldn't stories that ONLY include white people be trying to hard? That couldn't possibly be historically accurate right?
 Representation is so important! It really is, it is so disenheartening for people to tell us that it is UNFAIR for us to have days and events, such as BlackOut, when if you type beautiful into google, you get nothing but page upon page of White people smiling back at you. The first question anyone has when a character is of color in a new film or television is why are they there? You can deny it all you want, but lets all take a moment to think back about the hooplah people brought up over Fantastic 4's Human Torch wasn't White.
  The reason I am even writing about this at all, is that you are beginning to see information and photos for J.K.'s Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them. Which is set in America in the 1920's, with no characters of color anywhere. Just like with the Suffragette Movie, I'm guessing the reason will be People of Color haven't been invented yet, which is ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS. People of Color are everywhere. They were there in London when she wrote the book, They were in the city when they wrote up the script and began to hire actors for the film. We were here long before films with lack of Inclusivity and we will be here long after they flop. We are so tired of hearing that we don't exist for your idea of History. That's NOT historical accuracy, that's your fantasy and THAT ISN'T REALISTIC.
 Creators, LET me tell ya a little something. Inclusivity is not your enemy. It literally is NOT your enemy, it is your mother, your father, your best friend, your mailman, and the person that bags your groceries. Inclusivity is all around you, and great literature and art mimic real life. So please, think the next time you decide to create content.

 Until Next Time,

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Handheld Mistress #34: Why I returned Tri-Force Heroes...

November 6, 2015

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 I just had to get this off of my chest. If you guys follow my social media at all, you are aware that I picked this game up on Halloween almost a week ago. Now I've been writing about video games on here since 2011, and I don't think I've ever done a full post badmouthing games, so I won't begin to do so now. HOWEVER, I have tried countless times to play Zelda, in all of its incarnations, and it honestly isn't doing anything for me.
 I chose to pick up Tri-Force Heroes, because it was brand new, you got to co-op which was something I was really looking forward to, one of the issues with Zelda for me was solving the puzzles, so if I had a partner to help me solve the riddles and we could play together, maybe I would enjoy the game more. So I set up Download Play for Alex, so he and I could set off on our journey together. The last time I wrote about Tri-Force Heroes was my report on E3, and I stated that I was so excited for a zelda co-op game, and that it would definitely be one that I purchased in the near future.
 Unfortunately, even after setting up Download Play for him, I had so many issues getting it to connect and for him to hop on with me, that I had to consult the almighty interwebs to figure out why I was having so much difficulty. Then google answered it for me. You can play Tri-Force Heroes by yourself or with TWO friends, but it is not available for a two-player campaign... I was livid! I ran to twitter, because my phone was dead at the time, and I was unable to explain my gripes to snapchat. The whole entire reason for purchasing this game was for its multi-player capability, there are so many games that don't allow me to play with another person I was beyond excited for this opportunity only for them to tell me that the game is DESIGNED not to be played that way?
 I don't know about you guys, but I don't just have two friends at the ready with extra time to start a zelda campaign with me...DO you? The only time I've ever had games where I had more than one extra friend at the ready were PARTY games, or Scott Pilgrim V.S. The World for PS3. I remember playing each of those maybe twice in my entire gaming experience. Who has internet capable friends that are all on at the same time? Why wasn't that thought of as an issue when they were designing the game?
 Also if you decide to play alone? The wizard creates two wooden dopplegangers of you, that you then literally CARRY around on your journey, using the touch screen, you tap between Green, Blue and Red and different levels and situations call for different things. Which just seems like a crazy amount of work for a solo campaign on a handheld system.
 Sigh, I was so excited for this game that I actually pre-ordered it. The only other game I've ever pre-ordered was Professor Layton V.S. Ace Attorney. Needless to say, I will be returning Tri-Force Heroes to Gamestop later today, and hopefully be leaving with a few new games to try out and not an overwhelming sadness at another new game I was disappointed in.

Have you bought any games, you immediately had to take back? Tell me Below or on Twitter!!

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October Favorites

November 4, 2015

Hey Gang!
 October passed by so fast!!! I can't believe thanksgiving is on its way and then Christmas and New years right around the corner. Oh the things I have planned for you guys in 2016! I am positively itching to tell you, but I am determined to make you guys wait! I did a lot of things this month.

- My Halloween Party, was such a huge success this year!

- All the Fabric I managed to procure this month, bwahaha.

- Finishing A-Force, just in time for its new run in November!

- Buying my first Horror Video Game: The Evil Within

- Following through with a D.I.Y. Challenge (3 Times!)

- Discovering Shauna Grant, the artist for Princess Love Pon (GO NOW!)

- Getting interviewed by Bryandla of Quirky Brown Love

- I'm pretty proud of the Youtube Video Archive I've built up so far. (5 Videos in a month!)

- Trying my hand at Zelda Again, by picking up Tri-Force Heroes!

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Halloween Night

November 2, 2015

Hey Gang!

Spokhette dressed as Pikachu, with Sock Yarn and Triforce heroes. I hope your Halloween went as well as mine did. I had a few friends and family over for our "annual" Movie marathon. This year however was very different, we only watched two movies, we played board games, card games, told scary stories and pretty much just enjoyed each other's company. I had an absolute blast, I can't wait to see whats in store for next year. There were so many kids trick or treating. We got kind of a slow start on it, but I had so much fun giving children candy and everyone that was at the party got the chance to give candy so that was pretty cool. I decided that I would be Pikachu to Alex's Ash instead of Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf this year. I put makeup and my ears on and wore a floral dress, while Alex dressed up like Ash without the hat, it was much too hot, with everyone there to do the hat. My friends Claire and Emily Dressed up as Goddesses of the Day and Night respectively and my sister decided to be a Swat Bombshell. She reminded me of Neicy Nash all Night. It was pretty Hilarious! Claire brought me the most beautiful super bright red and orange skein of Sock yarn, because she knows its my weakness. I also stopped and finally picked up my pre-ordered Tri-Force Heroes for my 3DS! I haven't gotten a chance to play it yet, because I was much to busy being social, but I plan on digging into it this weekend, because I'll be enjoying our two year anniversary. Emily and I put together a debate over which is Better #Pokemon V.S. #Digimon. Which I'll be editing throughout the week and it will be up on Youtube within the next week or So. You can find mine here and Emily's Here.

I hope you guys enjoyed your Halloween!If you'd like, tell me about it in the comments or on Twitter.

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