RWBY Season 6, Episode 1 Review

‘Sup Shenanigites!

Are you ready for another supercharged, funny, dramatic, fun-fueled season of RWBY?

The wait is almost over!

My wife and I got an early screening opportunity and sat through the final episodes of season five, a developer commentary, and then the grand unveiling of Season Six.

And the results are in…

It’s going to be great.

The writer’s are still keeping to the humor that makes the show great, and keeping up with the action that held us at episode one *clicks off headphones*.

And in keeping with style, the visuals have received a great upgrade, the landscapes are looking absolutely gorgeous, from the moment the episode opens, to the end, the ascetics stay incredible looking, as well as the effects, and the lighting.

Myself personally was hoping for that last little tweak on the character models that will make them complete, but they’re still the good looking renders from last season.

The Grimm however are looking highly intimidating and better than ever.

There’s even a new character that comes into the mix, but I won’t spoil it here. For now though, I have a good feeling that they will add so much more to the story and the RWBY experience. So here’s to a new season!

 

 

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Mirio Togata, and ADHD

So, if you’ve kept up with the new hit anime, My Hero Academia, then you and I have a lot we can fanboy about (and fangirl, there’s no discrimination here!)

It’s been a great anime so far, taking the superhero motif into a new area only Japan can. The idea of how All Might alone has to be the most brilliant idea since Doctor Who and his regeneration cycle.

But today we’re talking about my favorite character, Mirio Togata. Third year, part of “the big three”, and according to Eraserhead, Tue best candidate for the #1 Pro Hero position.

But that’s not why I like him the most!

He has a unique quirk called Permeation. He slips through everything, even the Earth, even loses hearing, smell, and sight when he does. And when he turns off his quirk, he comes slipping back up. He’s basically untouchable.

But THAT’S not he’s my favorite!

To become the best he had to train harder than most to turn his experience of quirk use and fighting that best suited his circumstance.

aND THaT”s whY I LIKe HIM!

…sorry my voice still cracks…

For such is the issue of many 90’s and many other adults, kids, and senior citizens, I deal with ADHD.

Now, I’m not sure what you dealt with, but here’s my experience. My parents went back and forth between thinking it was an actual issue, or thinking I was being unfocused, scatter brained, or undisciplined.

But it was legit. After 13 they took me off, when the hyperactivity calmed down. I was left to deal with the rest from then on.

And from 14 onward staying committed to anything was impossible. It was chalked up to lack of interest, or- again- I just wasn’t disciplined enough.

Getting out on my own was REAL fun (insert sarcasm here). But let me step back first. I’m not going to blame all my problems on ADHD. Because as a teenager and a young adult, there is a lack of interest and some undiscipline that exists.

See, if you’re anything like me, all you wanted to do was play video games. I had no idea what I wanted to be at 18, I was happy in my imagination, making worlds and characters all day.

Little did I know I could do that as a career. Oh, how naive I was.

But when I finally came around to knowing who I was and what I wanted (most adventurous four years of my life!) I found that those ADHD symptoms were still there. Sometimes accomplishing tasks felt like…

Like Mindjet!

Ever used Mindjet? It’s what they call a mind map program. You start out with an idea, then connect similar ideas with other bubbles. And you can then get a little farther off the original idea with less but still similar ideas through webs of lines and bubbles.

ADHD muddles the lines between thoughts.

The result is that it is hard to make connections. Literally at times. And multi-tasking isn’t an issue, but STAYING on task is where it gets difficult.

Just like Mirio. The dude has to be conscious of each part of his body, which he has to turn off and on, at all times. But the dude mastered it! And he’s so (was) powerful, he’s already pro status.

Riddelin and adderol are nothing to be ashamed of. And they’re not cheat codes. We have to get our quirks under control so we can use them and be the masters before we can claim pro status.

So, the dude is an inspiration for me. Plus he’s a goofball and I love him the more for it. And that’s why he’s my favorite character.

My Hero Academia: Big Screen Action

***SPOILER FREE***

This is a review for the movie My Hero Academia: Two Heroes.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen an anime movie in theaters. Probably the old Pokemon movies? Teen Tians: Trouble in Tokyo? (That was in theaters, right?)

Sigh, it’s been a while.

Anyway, My Hero: Two Heroes was a fantastic movie experience. The animation did not disappoint, the story, voice acting, (Yes, I watched dubbed and I think the voices are great- CATCH ME OUTSIDE!) was excellent, and the story makes an addition that enhanced the universe of Academia.

The stories theme of successor plays out extremely well in two ways, between All Might, his old sidekick Dave, and Melissa and Midoriya. Melissa is the daughter of Dave, a near genius at inventions, much like her father.

Everyone from class 1-A is here to represent, most of them involved in the plot while a handful get a couple shots of screen time.

The movie plays out like you can expect in all the glorious ways. You’ve got a little exposition for those watching for the first time, all the main characters finding their way into the plot (rather cleverly and creative in my opinion), action and Mineta humor, Iida hand gestures, Bakugo insanity, and Midoriya muttering.

Overall, me and my wife had a great time being with the anime fans of Lexington joining together and having a great time, and we weren’t disappointed.

ALSO,

Watching a movie that is CANON wasn’t so bad either!

9/10

Here’s a nice wallpaper for you!

The Future of Authors

The future of being an author is not one of extinction. Far be it, the present reality is one where the writer may look different, the content may be different, and the distribution of the author’s work will change but stay ever alive. This essay will explore these three points in further detail.

The author of any written work has and will continue to be a single or collection group of consciousness. Collaborators could conspire to drum up ideas for readers to think and dwell on, or the one gifted individual would toil with a revolutionary thought. However many the pens to the paper, writer to reader is the look of the industry of being an author. But that may change, as one writer, Chris Twyman believes that the sharing culture we are living in now could change. He possesses an interesting thought that reader and writer would work together to produce not just any work, but the best work. “In the newest sharing model of publishing, bits of stories are crowdsourced,with the community defining the best writing.” Says Chris in a periodical. He goes on to say that this will not replace the sole author from working alone, but essentially he writes it will provide a future for the development of exceptional content.

And speaking of how the content may differ, the form in which the content will change and is changing as well. Being an author may not necessarily mean being a writer anymore, it may also mean being a storyboard writer, a graphic artist, a television show executive, and others. With the changing times, technology is becoming a mode of displaying content in another form other than a paper-back book. Annette Van, in his essay of novel future describes that the novel is not going to die, but rather the form of how the novel is delivered (Van, 158). He mentions a very important fact that being an author meant portraying truth (or truths) in form. The content within the novel, and the content of the author are transforming drastically from words to words with picture, words with movement, words with actions, words with consequences. Graphic novels may leave less to the imagination as a traditional novel, but they offer an exciting way to deliver ideas of the truths authors have found. Television and movies can be seen as the novel in another form where truths, story, and narrative take voice, color, and scenes. Video games offer readers to become players, and provide them the chance to explore the worlds created by the minds of authors, or makers, in ways books could not. And with these new modes, the readers, viewers, and players keep the novel alive by enjoying them, or by making their own from their perspective of how they see truths.

And the distribution of these modes of novel and ideas are becoming easier to deliver. The Internet connects millions of people together. People who are the same can find each other in a matter of days rather in a matter of lifetimes as before. Social media, electronic delivery systems, and automotive transportation have shaped the speed in which the author can share his truths. And with this speed more authors come together, and create more authors. The amount of book writers, comic designers, game makers, and movie writers are staggering, and the quality of productive content lessens. Traditional book publishers have to take new steps to ensure their survival. I personally made an endeavor to publish a book to the Tommy Nelson book company. Without any prior knowledge of how the system is managed I was blown away by the new requirements for their authors. They were no longer taking risks on unpopular people with no name for themselves. Authors for their company must have an accumulation of followers (five thousand or more), for the publisher to take notice of them. The spread of the Internet is thanks to this cause as previously stated. What is a new mode for authors in this day to see the form of the book still continue is to self-publish their work. Anthony Cheetham, former c.e.o. of Random Century and Orion, recalls a time where libraries used to be the place where authors of fiction could go and becomes successful. However do to the market increase in authors, the library no longer is the foundation for new and aspiring writers to stand on. That is why he proposed that self publishing is the new way for writers to take the control of popularity and and success from the hand of the publishing houses and put it in the hand of the authors. With authors coming together, working together, and recognizing each other, the market continues to expand, and the success and admiration of authors, as well as the publishing of content, grows.

The future of the author is not going to whither away, rather it is evolving, adapting. The future looks positive for writers to continue to express their discoveries of truth and display their findings. Though the traditional form may decease and give way to electronic distribution, it is a formidable and sufficient way. Authors may find themselves handling a keyboard, or a graphic tablet, or a camera for their content. These are simply the adaptations of the changing culture, and as it changes, so will the modes. The truths and content of the author will never have a negative outlook.

Cheetham, Anthony. “Future Fiction.” Bookseller 5294 (2007): 20. Literary Reference Center. Web. 29 Feb. 2016.

TWYMAN, CHRIS. “The Future Of Content Creation.” Publishers Weekly 262.47 (2015): 72. Literary Reference Center. Web. 29 Feb. 2016.

Van, Annette. “Novel Futures.” Novel: A Forum On Fiction 43.1 (2010): 157-162. Literary Reference Center. Web. 29 Feb. 2016.