God Rest Ye Merry Parents…

… for Christmas has arrived! Muahahahaha!

I love being a parent at Christmas time.. because you get to torture children until Christmas Morning!

That’s right, you heard me! I am torturing my children. *maniacal cackle*

I have performed the ultimate form of torture for children at this time of year.

I took a ridiculously large box, wrapped it in Christmas paper and stuck it under the tree! Muahahahaha!

Even worse.. I double boxed and double wrapped it, so they have absolutely no way of knowing what’s inside! This year, my evil plans will not be foiled!… [Read More]

Thankful.

It’s amazing how much of your life you can put on hold at once. I put everything on hold when my classes started in September, and you won’t believe how clean my house is now that I’m no longer doing so much math homework that my hands are going numb. I normally try to post an entry about what I am thankful for around Thanksgiving. This year, my thankfulness begins on a sour note, but ends on a positive one. This is going to come across as bitter and mean at first, but I don’t intend for it to be. I just have a knack for expressing my emotions in the worst way possible. I apologize for that, but the end result is positive and wonderful and light. I promise.

I know that I’m being criticized behind my back for not getting the housework done, for putting all of this additional stress on my husband, and not going out to get a part time job.… [Read More]

Samurai Champloo Vol. 6.

For those who have not seen Samurai Champloo, this series is to anime now, what Cowboy Bebop was to anime of the 90’s. It is, simply put, the sh*t.

As always, everything with this series is amazing, including the English Dub, which features a favorite voice actor of mine, Steve Blum (Spike, from Cowboy Bebop) as Mugen. The music is great, the story is amazing, but I have one minor beef.

Is it just me, or is the artistic quality of this show diminishing as time goes on? Mugen and Jin just don’t seem as well drawn in these later episodes as they did in the earlier ones.… [Read More]

Ghost in the Shell SAC 2nd Gig. Volume 2

The second volume of this series does not fail to appease fans with continued gorgeous visuals and amazing story.

I don’t have many improved remarks here because I refuse to spoil the story of this absolutely incredible show. Suffice it to say that volume 2 continues where volume 1 left off and keeps right on rolling through. I’m still enjoying the series and am not seeing a decline in quality between the first and the second volumes.… [Read More]

Samurai 7: Vol. 1

This is a long awaited release for me. I’m a huge follower and fan of the work of Gonzo Digimation, so this latest installment in Gonzo’s releases to the US has been one that I’ve looked forward to for some time. So I hate having to say bad things about this release, but it’s really not Gonzo’s fault.

Backstory: Samurai 7 is a rather capricious undertaking for several animation studios. Primary animation was handled by Production IG (most famously known for Ghost in the Shell and Blood: The Last Vampire), direction and story writing was done by the venerable Akira Kurosawa. Even if you aren’t an anime nut, it’s likely that you’ve heard of Kurosawa. Production, meaning the money behind the show, was done by Gonzo Digimation. So all of the major players in anime were involved here, and some heavy hitting film-makers as well. With all of this heavy hitting cool factor going on, it’s hard to think that anyone would have anything bad to say about Samurai 7.… [Read More]