Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all my readers and thank you for getting me 2,000 views this fast. Year in Review next week. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Yu-Gi-Oh News

    This January, Nicktoons Network is set to begin broadcasting Yu-Gi-Oh! the original series.  That is a good move on their part as well as Konami to renew interest in the Franchise.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

"Right to Work"

     The concept of the "Right to Work" is one that is incredibly beneficial to the country as a whole.  Basically, it bans employers from mandating that a person is part of the union as a term of employment.  Am I the only one that does not see an issue here?  Think of it this way, if I do my job the best I can, this law is beneficial to me because, if I do not want to belong to the union, I don't have to.  The unions do nothing but protect lazy people, or people that don't do their job right and make employers want to outsource to avoid dealing with them.  Plus, protesters in Michigan, what job are you skipping out of today to protect your right to skip out of work?

Review: Power Rangers Super Samurai Finale Review

     Another year, another series of Power Rangers gets retired.  This year, it is the retirement of Power Rangers Samurai.  The finale of the season "Samurai Forever" was great in terms of wrapping up the story and nostalgia for older fans.
     As to how it wraps up the story, it does not start out with a "previously on" segment.  The episode begins in media res with an unmorphed fighting sequences.  I like this purely for the fact that it is a strong throwback to MMPR, including the fact that they played the theme for the show during the fight.  Moving on, Mentor shows up and gives Jayden a replacement Shiba Disk to fight Xandred.  Jayden also gets the Double Disk to amplify his power.  So they find Xandred and a bunch of Moogers and fight them unmorphed.  Then, after the Moogers are defeated they fight Xandred.  He gets held in place by a combination of Symbol Power and Jayden attacks him with two Fire Smashers.  Jayden gets knocked back and, in a random act of epicness, Kevin uses the Shiba Disk to do massive damage to Xandred.  Jayden finishes him off with Shogun Mode.  Xandred activates his second life and the rangers become the Samurai Gigazord.  They unmorph in the cockpit and attack head on.  Xandred keeps knocking off zords until they are down to the Samurai Megazord.  They combine all their Symbol Power for one final strike with the sacrifice of their zords and their powers.  They do their victory call with hands in and jumping in the air, similarly to the end of every multi-part MMPR episode.  The show ends with Spike going back home with Skull (Jason Narvy returns for a cameo and some slapstick with Bulk), Kevin goes to train for the Olympics (Setting up for him meeting Kimberly in Megaforce I believe), Mike goes home with Emily, something that anyone with two brain cells called months ago, Mia goes to culinary school, Lauren returns to where she came from, and Mentor decides to teach Jayden the guitar.  The episode ends with the portion of the MMPR theme that everyone knows.
     As for the season as a whole, people overreacted to the quality of the series.  It was not one of the best, but it was definitely not the worst.  Also, people complain about the writing on forums and such but what these people don't realize is that it is not written for them.  It was written for the children.  It served its purpose to keep the franchise relevant during the transition between ownership by Disney and Saban Brands.  The best thing that could be done by the series is not to move to Vortexx but to Cartoon Network. Cartoon Network allows the TV-PG rating, something that the franchise could take full of advantage of.

Final Rating for the Episode: 9.5/10
Final Rating for the Season: 8.5/10

     Two final notes: one, the Power Rangers/Super Sentai Fandom is probably the worst in existence in terms of accepting the Canon, complaining about what the series is doing and complaining about the future.  Two, next week on Nickelodeon, the Christmas episode airs and looks to be...interesting to say the least.  In terms of Christmas episodes, I would rank it up there with "A Season to Remember" from Power Rangers Zeo.

Tune in Saturday at 1 on Nickelodeon for next weeks episode, "Stuck on Christmas."

Monday, December 10, 2012

Review: Kingdom Hearts I

     I decided it was time for me to begin reviewing the Kingdom Hearts games one by one.  First, obviously will be Kingdom Hearts I.  This decision came as the original "trilogy" of games is wrapping up.  Next year, at some point, Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix comes out with Kingdom Hearts I, Kingdom Hearts RE:Chain of Memories, and cutscenes in theater mode for Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.
     So, now for the review.  The game is an RPG made by (at the time) Square Soft.  It is a crossover of Disney, Final Fantasy, and it's own characters.  The game follows Sora, a boy who's home is destroyed by creatures known as the heartless, as he searches for his friends.  For this (and all subsequent video game reviews) I will break down the review.

Story: 9/10.  The story itself is great, it has great moments and heroic monologues that make the game's message get through.  I take off the one point because it begs for a sequel at the end and the dialogue, especially with Donald and Goofy, gets painful to listen to at times.

Graphics: 10/10.  In its time, the graphics are the best they can.  Load times are at a minimum and there are few, if any discontinuities in graphics.

Sounds: 9/10.  The soundtrack is great as it helps to illustrate the mood.  It also premiers Utada's "Simple and Clean" to America, a song that I know I will never get tired of hearing no matter how many games they put it in. However, I hope that Kingdom Hearts III will use "Passion" or another song.

Gameplay: 9.5/10.  The game is well balanced with physical attacks, magic, and summons.  To be honest, summons were not used much by me.  The only one I actually used regularly was Tinker Bell because she restores HP and offers an extra life.  The only issue was the one segment in Hollow Bastion where Sora loses his Keyblade and Donald and Goofy leave and, if you aren't reliant on magic, you are screwed at this point because physical attacks do nothing against heartless.

The major drawback of the game was traveling between worlds.  The Gummi system is flawed, mainly because, in order to get to a new world, you need to warp to a nearby world and then travel there.  On the same track, the fact that Gummi Parts are located in the worlds in chests is a waste because, in this game, there is very little purpose in doing Gummi battles. Also, the Gummi battles are too easy because you can easily win by just firing straight and dodging.  It requires little skill to do.

Final Rating 9/10.  A good way to start the series.  Next week, I will review Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Review: All the Little People

     As finals bear down, I continue to review episodes of Adventure Time.  This week's episode was another comedic random episode called "All the Little People."  In this episode, Finn finds a bag of toy figurines of everyone in Ooo that have their own lives.  Like The Sims however, Finn and Jake have the power to manipulate and influence their lives.  Jake wants Finn to stop playing with them, but Finn keeps on playing, destroying the relationships of everyone in the Mini World and having everyone hate Little Finn.
     This episode is cute and has it's funny moments (a few at the expense of players of The Sims).  The Magic Man makes an appearance in the beginning of the episode which leads me to believe that this is not the last we will see of the Mini People.

This episode gets an 8/10 purely for its comedic value.  Next week (as per production code order) should be "Bad Little Boy" but it could be pushed back again.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Just Figured I Should Weigh in on This

I have realized that every ten years, maybe less, maybe more, but at least once per decade, there is a song and dance combination that achieves viral popularity and, despite the song having lyrics that the common American doesn't understand, still is immensely popular.

The current generation's example is very easy to pick out.  The K-Pop song "Gangnam Style" by Psy with it's dance is the 2010's song.  If you are reading this, you probably know the 1990's glowing example "Macarena" by Los del Rio.  The 2000's had a song too and (in my opinion at least) "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" by Soulja Boy was the song for that time period.

What do these songs all have in common?  All had viral popularity, their dances were introduced in the video and achieved popularity globally, and everyone knows the song when they hear it but no one can tell you the lyrics.  "Gangnam Style", of the three, has the best lyrics when translated to English because he is poetically describing a woman without objectifying her.  "Macarena" is about a woman who goes to a party and cheats on her boyfriend.  "Crank That" basically explains a bunch of explicit sex acts, one of which "Superman that hoe" means to ejaculate on the lower back of a woman and then cover it with a tissue.  No, I did not make that up, that is what it means.  The next question is how often does that need to happen for people to go "hmm, you know what, we need to name this."

I realize there are other songs like "What is Love" and "Drop it Like it's Hot" but these songs didn't achieve as high popularity as the above mentioned.  If you have any other songs, feel free to comment.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Correction

Next week's Adventure Time episode is not "Bad Little Boy."  It is actually "All the Little People."

Monday, November 26, 2012

Adventure Time "Up a Tree" Review

     Adventure Time this week revisited their true form with the random episodes with little bearing on the series.  This week's episode "Up a Tree" was a prime example of this.  Here, Finn and Jake's game of catch goes awry when their Frisbee goes into a Tree and Finn has to go get it.  Hi-jinks ensue as Finn eats a cursed apple and is  shrunk down and the animals that live in the tree try to get him to stay there forever.  He escapes with the help of a delusional squirrel.
     The episode as a whole was a strong one, complete with the iconic one episode characters that have better stage presence than most live action actors.  The factor of the cult that lived in the tree was a cute way to introduce a Monster of the Week antagonist.  The full circle ending came back when Finn escapes on the perfect throw, something him and Jake aspired for in the beginning.  Finally, in terms the story, this episode confirms that the waving snail is no longer possessed by the Lich.

The episode gets a 9 out of 10 for living up to expectations.

As of right now, the next air date is not confirmed to be December 3rd, but when episodes come back, "Bad Little Boy" is next.

Also, for those of you who care, "Fionna and Cake" DVD set comes out this February.

Rating 9/10

Monday, November 19, 2012

"Five More Short Graybles" Review

     Last season, we saw the first "Graybles" episode and it was very well received.  The third episode of this season "Five More Short Graybles" once again features Cuber doing his thing and showing five stories each with a common theme.  Where last time it was the five senses with Finn and Jake being touch, Princess Bubblegum being taste, the Ice King being smell, LSP being sound, and Beemo was sight.  In this one, the theme was the five tastes with Gunther being salty, Finn and Jake being sweet, Marceline being savory, Beemo being bitter and Tree Trunks being sour.  In the end, Cuber makes a joke saying that the audience could have thought that it was the five fingers (Beemo being the pinky, Finn and Jake being thumbs, the Ice King being the ring finger, Marceline being the index finger, and Tree Trunks being the middle) but Cuber says that people haven't had five fingers in a long time.
     If we are going to get this and another "grayble" episode later this season, Cuber and where he is better become significant, especially with "Another Five Short Graybles" being so close to the finale.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.  Nice lighthearted nonsequitor after the heavy hitting episodes "I Remember You", "The Lich", "Finn the Human", and "Jake the Dog".

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Adventure Time "Finn the Human" and "Jake the Dog" Reviews

     Three weeks ago, Adventure Time wowed us with a stunning display of plot development over a four episode arc that finally came to a satisfying ending this week.
     The story picks up when Finn and Jake go through the portal after the Lich and follow him to the Time Room.  They meet Prismo who tells them that the Lich used his one wish to wish for the extinction of all life.  Finn wishes that the Lich never existed.  It then cuts to Farm Finn who is being told by his mother that he has to sell the family mule, Bartram.  Finn argues and is overruled.  He goes outside and starts talking to Bartram who wanders off.  Finn finds him in a tree and, while trying to retrieve him, falls into a hole.  In the hole is the Mushroom Bomb frozen with the skeleton of Simon Petrikov crushed under it.  A 1000 year old woman jumps out of the bush next to the body when Finn goes to retrieve the Ice King's crown.  The woman explains that Simon sacrificed himself to stop the bomb and the world was frozen over for 400 years.  She has guarded the crown ever since.  Finn goes to retrieve it and the woman fires on him with a laser gun. The laser passes through him and Finn retrieves the crown.  Simon, from beyond the grave, tells the woman, who is revealed to be Marceline, to get the crown.  Meanwhile, in town Finn goes to Choose Bruce (Choose Goose's equivalent) to try and sell the crown.  The Destiny Gang (sort of the rogue entity that calls the shots in Farmworld) steals the crown.  There is a moment of tension as the leader of the gang (hilariously self-dubbed "Big D") is given the crown to wear.  He puts it in his belt and retreats on a ski-lift type apparatus to a large house.  Finn attacks one of the members of the Destiny Gang and the rest retreat.  Finn decides to go after them because they kidnapped both the Crown and Bartram and Choose Bruce gives Finn an add-on for his arm that turns it into a blade.  Finn gives chase and Big D just hands the crown back.  Meanwhile the Destiny Gang torched the entire town where Choose Bruce lives.  Finn goes down and is informed that his house is being attacked next.  He, Jake, Bartram, and Marceline rush home and they find his family trapped in the house.  Finn, in an effort to save his family puts on the crown.
     At that point, the episode switches to "Jake the Dog" and picks up with Finn's transformation into the Ice King.  He starts putting out the fires and shooting the Ice Lightning that is the Ice King's primary weapon at the Destiny Gang.  Marceline and Jake rush down to the hole where we first found her and they watch the bomb go off.  Finn saves his family and Bartram.  Back at the Time Room, Ooo Jake is looking to Finn.  Prismo tells him that Finn is in his own timeline created by his wish.  Jake is told he gets a wish too.  He tries to wish for a sandwich and Prismo tells him to hold off.  Jake decides to watch it as it plays out.  Back in Farmworld, Finn breaks his family free and tells them what happened.  He hears his sibling crying and snaps out of it long enough to send his family away with Bartram.  He starts freeing the Destiny Gang and he hears Jake howling.  In the Time Room, Jake and Prismo are in a hot tub discussing relationships when the Cosmic Owl shows up and joins them.  In Farmworld, Finn goes to the epicenter of the bomb and finds Jake in the green goop that was seen in "Mortal Folly.  Marceline's skeleton comes out and says I told you so.  Finn kills it.  Jake starts gnawing on Finn's cyborg arm and his eyes have the possessed color that the snail and Princess Bubblegum had.  Finn drops Jake.  In the Time Room, Prismo, Jake, and the Cosmic Owl are doing a rap about sitting in the hot tub.  The Cosmic Owl accidentally unmutes the screen where the Farmworld is visible and Jake sees the possessed Farmworld version of himself attacking Finn.  Jake grows and his face is ripped off and replaced with the Lich's.  The screen goes fuzzy and Jake starts pleading to Prismo to wish for Finn to be safe.  Prismo informs him that his wish needs to be very specific because all the wishes have an ironic twist.  Jake vomits under pressure and Prismo tells him to wish for the Lich's wish to be that Finn and Jake were back home. Jake does it and it cuts to the beginning of the episode and instead of the Lich wishing for the extinction of all life he wishes for Finn and Jake to go home.  They do and the gems go back to the crowns.
     This episode taught us many things about the world.  First, Marceline is half-demon and the Vampire-ism was inflicted later in life.  Second, the Mushroom War actually was a nuclear war.  Third, the Lich's creation comes out of the radiation from the nuke.  Fourth, the creation of Ooo is inevitable, just the players are different.

Rating: 10/10.  Great Job

Thursday, November 15, 2012

How to Actually Make Changes

Secession won't work.  There is a way in the constitution that would allow for things to get done.  The way to do it is to amend the constitution.  There are four ways to do this and only two have been used to date:

1. The Senate and the House of Representatives both with two-thirds majority pass the amendment and it is passed on to the state legislatures where 3/4 have to ratify.

2. The Senate and the House pass the amendment with 2/3 and it is ratified by special conventions in 3/4 of the states.

3. Amendment is made at a national convention when requested by 2/3 of the states and then it is ratified by 3/4 of the states legislatures.

4. Amendment is made at a national convention when requested by 2/3 of the states and then is ratified in conventions of 3/4 of the states.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Secession from the Union

     As you may or may not know, over 20 states have filed petitions to the federal government to peacefully secede from the United States using the White House petition website "We The People."  Under federal law, any petition made to the government that gets over 25,000 signatures must be reviewed by the Obama Administration.  Here is a list of states that have petitions up:

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Delaware
Florida
Georgia (2)
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri (2)
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Jersey
New York (2)
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio (2)
Oklahoma (2)
Oregon
Pennsylvania (2)
South Carolina (2)
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah (2)
West Virginia
Wyoming

Sunday, November 11, 2012

"The Lich" Storyboards

    A lot of information was cut out of the season 4 finale of Adventure Time.  First of all, the Lich is inside Billy from the dream on.  Second, when Lich/Billy says "I'm going to push the Lich in there" he isn't referring to just the void he is referring to a prison dimension.  That's not all either, Finn's dad was a great hero of Ooo that was unjustly locked up in the Prison Dimension.  The Lich also says to Finn when he is bargaining for the book that he can bring his parents back.  I assume that any similarities to Harry Potter are purely coincidental.

Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 Reviews with Spoilers

     Very few other things compare to the feeling of satisfaction when a person finally wrecks the Champion in any Pokemon game.  Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 make it all the more satisfying because of the context of the journey to get to that point.
     While the game may continue two years after the events of Pokemon Black and Pokemon White, there are immediate and noticeable changes.  You start off in a new city in a portion of the Unova region that was previously a forest.  Cheren, your rival from the first game, is the first gym leader while Bianca, your other rival from the first game, is an assistant to the resident Pokemon expert for the region, Professor Juniper.  Alder, the previous game's champion, makes a return appearance early.
     After playing through for a while, you get the opportunity to return to old locales.  There are differences in the appearance and subtle changes in the layout but majorly, they have new areas to explore.  The game progresses linearly, get to town, fight Team Plasma, fight gym leader, rinse and repeat which helps to ensure that players stay on track with the game.  It should also be noted that the role of the HM has been minimized more by removing badge requirements to use them.
     After beating the eighth gym, you confront Team Plasma.  The final scene makes excellent use of the processing power that the DS possesses in terms of usage of the 3D graphics and leaves the game open with the cliffhanger.  You then go on to fight the champion and beat the game.
     You may be wondering to yourself, where are the spoilers?  Here they are.  This game features many references back to Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald.  One includes the Colress Machine which moves Pokemon that are blocking routes.  This functions similarly to the Devon Scope to remove Kecleon from in front of the Fortree gym.  Also, unlike in past games, one of the gym leaders is very important in terms of plot development.  In R/S/E Wallace was important to stop Groudon/Kyogre while here Drayden has the DNA Splicers to fuse Kyurem with Reshiram/Zekrom.  The eighth gym is water, sharing this trait only with R/S/E and the town where the eighth gym is located is designed similarly to Pacifidlog Town where the wood houses floated on the water.  Finally, the eighth gym leader from the previous game becomes the champion with the previous game's champion still able to be battled.
     I give this game a 9.5/10 and I am looking forward to the R/S/E remakes.

Final Rating: 9.5/10

Friday, November 9, 2012

Adventure Time Seasom 5 News **Massive Spoilers**

     According to an animatic clip that I have watched, we will see Finn's dad in the season premier of Season 5.  We will also see Finn's little sibling.  Finn will meet Simon in the episode and he will wear the Ice King's Crown. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Why the Republicans Need to Rethink Their Image and Other Post-Election Thoughts.

     Before I start, I would like to correct myself on the electoral college/popular vote comment I made last night.  At the time, President Obama had clinched the electoral college but was 1.5 million behind in the popular vote.  As of right now (with Florida still pending) President Obama is up by 3 million in the popular vote.  Kudos to the President for his victory.  All I hope is that in four years there will still be a country for me to work in.
     Anyway, last night should have opened the eyes of the GOP and they should understand something.  As long as they go against the Democrats on the social issues of birth control, abortion rights, and gay marriage. Is it really such a big deal to let gay people get married?  Or let someone get an abortion?  Or get contraception covered by their insurance.  Granted, any person that votes for the Democrats purely for just one of these issues (especially if they are in college and just want cheap birth control) should have their right to vote revoked.  What is more important, having a job in four years when you graduate or having sex.  And yes I know that not all birth control is used to keep women from getting pregnant and that it is used to give women a regular period cycle and all that.
     Also, the GOP has become too polarized a figure in the American mainstream.  Because of this, the media will pick up on small things said and make them blown out of proportion.  Take the debates for example, what is the one thing that everyone remembers from the debates?  Big Bird and that Mitt Romney has "binders full of women."  At least when he was attacked for the Big Bird comment that was in context.  The binders of women was taken out of context to make him sound like a misogynist when, in reality, he was attempting to include the opinion of women in his cabinet.   However, trickle down/top down/Reaganomics will not work at this point unless you offer tax incentives to people who bring jobs back to America.
     One of the more important issues not talked about in the elections as much is education.  Did you know that Mitt Romney was called an "Elitist" for saying that every American should get a college education?  Did you know that the Democratic Party/Super PACS/Obama Campaign attacked Romney for his ability to speak French?  What was Romney's standpoint on Education?  He wanted teacher accountability and the ability for a student to be able to go to any school he wants as long as he meets the qualifications by removing money as a factor.  Using New York City as an example, if a student is zoned to go to a failing high school and they have the grades to go to a top-tier high school, the government would help them.  Think about how many people would be able to get out of the intercity and how much that would help Science, Math, and Engineering.  I'm not sure of any arguments against this yet the "elitist" GOP want to incorporate poor people into schools and the Democrats are against it.  Teacher effectiveness ratings are essential to elevating our schools back to the top.  Tenure is killing the system because once a teacher has tenure, they have no incentive to improve or change.  They can't be fired unless they do something extreme such as drugs, alcohol, assault, and/or sexual misconduct and they can't have a pay deduction.  Groups like the UFT (United Federation of Teachers, New York City's union) blocks legal efforts to raise teacher effectiveness.  For example, the city wanted to close down (I could be wrong on the number) 12 schools.  When phrased that way it sounds bad, but what it means is that half the teachers are fired from the system and replaced with outside hires. The student's continue going to school and face absolutely no changes except for the teachers/administration in the building.  Who did the UFT donate to in the 2012 Presidential and Congressional elections?  The Democratic Party.  So to answer your question, yes, you voted in four more years of educational stagnation.
     For welfare, the Republicans were in the wrong for repeatidly implying that people on welfare are lazy.  I think that they have poor money management skills as I have seen welfare lines in Queens where people are wearing $300 sneakers while using $400 phones while waiting on line for food stamps and unemployment checks.
     These are just my views, feel free to comment and I will reply.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Four More Years of Douchebag!

It is official, At around 11:15, President Barack Hussain Obama won his re-election bid against Governor Mitt Romney.  Ohio fell to the Socialist regime and soon after went the other states.  However, people should be aware of the fact that the Electoral College elected Obama not the people.

It's Election Day

    For all of you Americans over the age of 18, do not forget to vote today in the elections for president, senate, house, state government, and local elections.  Tonight, Steven Colbert and Jon Stewart will be doing live coverage on Comedy Central.  CNN and Fox News are devoting all their time to covering the election.

Monday, November 5, 2012

An apology

I would like to apologize for the fact that I have not yet reviewed Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 as well as The Casual Vacancy.  I hope to have the Pokemon games done by this weekend and the book by January when I actually have time to read it.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Power Rangers Super Samurai "Stroke of Fate" Review

   Having finally been able to seen the episode that should have aired last week, the Serrator story arc came to a close.  Picking up immediately after the last episode the Rangers find themselves in the ruins of where the ground exploded.  As they recover Antonio notices Deker (you may remember him as Cole Evans, the Red Wild Force Ranger) lying unconscious.  Rather than just killing him there to completely destroy Serrator's plot (and save Jayden a ton of trouble down the road) he lets him go.  Conflicted with this decision, he brings it up in the post-defeat meeting.  Antonio decides to go after Deker himself leaving behind Lightzord and a note.  Just as Mike and Kevin discover the note, the gap sensor sounds and Serrator reappears.  Jayden takes Mia and Emily (ladies man) and goes to Serrator while Mike and Kevin go after Antonio.  Needless to say, Mia, Emily, and Jayden have to deal with Moogers and defeat them handily while Antonio attempts to reason with Deker.  Deker attacks and Mike, Kevin, and Antonio are all beaten and Deker escapes.  Serrator not only defeats the other three but makes them de-morph.  Deker arrives and Serrator starts monologue-ing (yes monologue-ing) when Antonio, Kevin and Mike arrive.  They are also knocked out of commission.  Deker, instead of slicing the world open, decides to strike Serrator.  The Rangers morph and defeat Serrator's smaller version.  Then the drawn out Megazord battle ensues starting out with Claw Armor, Bull, Light, and Samurai Zords fighting against Serrator and two Papyrox.  Then they combine to the Samurai Gigazord.  That fails and they have to beat Serrator with the Samurai Gigazord, Shark Attack Mode, with Red Shogun Mode.

     It was one of the better episodes of the series and it exemplified the acting abilities of Mike and Antonio (in perspective of course).  The best part of the episode was the MMPR reference by Bulk.  Megazord sequences should have been cut down and I swear to god if Deker says "My Sword Uramasa" one more time, I will save Jayden the trouble of killing him.

This episode gets a 8.5 out of 10 purely because it is clearing the train wreck that is Power Rangers Samurai off the air.  Also, if you were to make a drinking game where you take a shot every time Deker references his sword, the rangers morph, the rangers use a more powerful weapon, and every different Zord combination, just on this episode you would be D.O.A.

8.5 out of 10.  Please no Megaforce drinking games.

Catch Power Rangers Samurai every Saturday at 1 P.M. Eastern Time on Nickelodeon, Power Rangers Dino Thunder, Jungle Fury, Time Force, and Ninja Storm on at assorted times on Nicktoons Network and Power Rangers SPD starting Sunday November 11th at 10 A.M. for Morphenomenon on Nicktoons Network.

To Return to Non-Bias

   In review of my articles I have written in the past, it appears as though I have been leaning conservative.  In order to rectify this, I have decided to now write an article about two other issues that I have not exactly covered that are more liberal ideas.  First is something that appears to be very widely debated in our society is gay marriage.  I don't understand what the big deal is.  Why is it the problem of the conservatives to decide who can and can't marry.  As a straight man, I have absolutely no issue with two gay people getting married.  The argument that it will destroy the institution of marriage is a ridiculous proposition because two people that love each other is a more healthy thing, regardless of the genders involved, than two people who don't love each other or are only married because of a baby and get divorced in their 20s or 30s.
     This brings me to my next point, abortions.  How "Pro-Life" are you if you will not let a woman abort a baby that could kill her?  How good of a life will a child born out of a rape in the intercity have?  Or a teenager who hasn't finished high school, how can she support the child that she will be bringing into this world.  I am not advocating for abortions to be used as contraception.  Being Catholic, I am totally against abortions.  However, I agree with what Vice President Joe Biden said in the debates: "I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews. I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people that – women – they can’t control their body."  On the other side of the argument, saying that people wanting to get an abortion have to go through counseling as to options and means of caring for the baby is not right is just as horrible as saying to use it as a contraceptive measure.  I totally understand and support a woman that gets pregnant as a result of rape or a woman that is in a high risk pregnancy getting an abortion but a teenage girl or a young woman getting pregnant and using it as emergency contraception should have to go through therapy and learn how to care for the child.  If at the end of that, the person still wants an abortion, go right ahead and get an abortion.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Adventure Time Season 5 Episode Titles

Here is the list of tentative episode names as put out by Pendleton Ward:


1014-105 Finn the Human
1014-106 Jake the Dog
1014-107 Five More Short Graybles
1014-108 Up a Tree
1014-109 All the Little People
1014-110 Bad Little Boy
1014-111 Jake the Dad
1014-112 Davey
1014-113 Mystery Dungeon
1014-114 Little Dude
1014-115 All Your Fault
1014-116 Vault of Bones
1014-117 The Great Bird Man
1014-118 Simon and Marcy
1014-119 Puhoy
1014-120 A Glitch Is a Glitch
1014-121 One Last Job
1014-122 Princess Potluck
1014-123 BMO Lost
1014-124 James Baxter the Horse
1014-129 Shhh
1014-130 The Suitor
1014-131 The Party’s Over, Isla de Senora
1014-132 Another Five Short Graybles
1014-133 LSP Gets Robbed
1014-134 Only Wizards Allowed
As you can see, we get two more Grayble episodes, Jake's puppies are born, Finn the Human and Jake the Dog are the first two episodes on the 12th, the finale takes place in Wizard City, BMO has at least one episode (maybe two depending on the glitch episode) and most important: an episode about Simon and Marceline.  Bad Little Boy is the genderswap with Fionna and Cake.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire Remakes

     It has been hinted at and referenced for months but I believe that we just got the most concrete evidence that we will get of this happening.  For those of you with Japanese versions of Black 2 and White 2 you will be able to get in the Dream World, dolls of Groudon, Rayquaza, and Kyogre for decor of your house.  The release date for these is November 16th, five days before the anniversary of Ruby and Sapphire's release and the same week that CoroCoro will be coming out.  I view this with hopeful skepticism and I warn that there is a massive chance that I am wrong.  I am predicting a release date based on this information in spring 2013 for Japan and Fall 2013 for American and other markets.

DO NOT TAKE THIS AS FACT.  THIS IS PURE SPECULATION.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Star Wars Episode 7

    Please, dear God, let this be a joke.  Disney acquired Lucasfilm and announced that they expect to have Star Wars Episode VII out by 2015.  I hope that someone is playing a joke because Disney will destroy the franchise.  I will apologize if I am wrong.

Thoughts after the Season 5 TV Spot

     The TV Spot for Adventure Time gives away a lot in regards to what happened/what will happen.  We now know that after going into the portal, Finn and Jake follow the Lich to a room that resembles the Time Room as shown in the map of the multiverse.  A strange being that grants wishes grants the Lich's wish for "the extinction of all life."  Aside from the question of why anyone would want all life to be eliminated especially when they could easily rule the world, Finn and Jake each get one wish.  Finn wishes that the Lich never existed.  While Finn is saying this, there are two scenes that are shown.  One is the Lich moving through a ruined city with other similar sized undead beasts and the other is Simon Petrikov looking up at bomber planes flying overhead.  It then cuts to Huck Finn waking up and saying "What?" in typical Finn fashion.

The clip can be found here:

Here we have the Adventure Time Season 5 TV Spot



I don't even...  Full thoughts on this tomorrow when it is not 1:45 in the morning and I don't have class in seven hours.  I am just going to sleep until things make sense again.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Nicktoons Network Power Rangers SPD and Power Rangers Super Samurai "Trickster Treat" Review

For those of you interested, Power Rangers SPD will be airing on Nicktoons Network starting with a 48 hour marathon on Sunday, November 11th at 9 am.

As for "Trickster Treat": do not waste your time watching this episode.  It is the worst written episode and worst acted episode of the worst season of Power Rangers.  There is no scene that was originally recorded for this episode and the unmorphed ranger scene is from the finale.  And the worst part about this is that it disrupted the main series of events to say "it's Halloween, let's show a Halloween episode that is vaguely related to Halloween."

Terrible use of Shinkenger Returns Saban, why make it.  Nickelodeon, what are you thinking.

0.5/10

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

As most people are aware (I say most because of the fact that the majority of my page viewers are from America) Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the east coast.  There is a federal state of emergency for many of the states along the path, including my state of New York.  I will attempt to continue making posts but I cannot guarantee that the electricity and WiFi gods will agree with me.  As such, information will be brought as soon as possible.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Discontinuity that went unnoticed

   I noticed this about the episodes "Holly Jolly Secrets" and "I Remember You."  There is a slight discontinuity about the Ice King.  In "Holly Jolly Secrets" the Ice King appears to remember his past and knows that he was at one point Simon Petrikov.  In "I Remember You" he has no recollection of Simon even after watching the tapes with Finn and Jake that established his back story.  Here is my theory behind this: the crown hasn't completed it's process of transforming Simon into the Ice King and he will inevitably reach his "final form" that will transfer his character from neutral evil to chaotic evil and require him to be slain by Finn and Jake or rescue Simon from within the Ice King. 

Today's post...

Today's post will be slightly different after a realization I had earlier.  It will be more about the lore of Adventure Time.  Theories will be next week.  It is about "Holy Jolly Secrets", "I Remember You" and the future of the story-line of Simon Petrikov.  Post will be up at 8 P.M. EST.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

After the Adventure Time Blow Out

I finally got back to work on The Legend of Arkana and here is a new poster.  Don't be to harsh, my photoshop and artistic skills are terrible.


#LegendsLive

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

And Finally...

My thoughts on "The Lich":

“Scared something fierce”
Billy asks about the cosmic owl
Stealing the gems
Finn finds the Enchiridion in Billy’s bag
Billy found it in a bear’s mouth
Turn the sword on the E. and it opens up and the gems go in.
Hello, My name is Book-o.  What you see here is a map of the multiverse.  It shows all the known dimensions and the links between them.  This is the dimension that contains the universe in which we currently reside.  At the center of the multiverse is a dimension called the time room believed to be a quasi-comporial dwelling place of the all mighty prismo.  The time room is a secret dimension that exists outside of time.  The Time Room produces time waves that are experienced by other dimensions.  Some dimensions have permanent links that allow travel to and fro.  Others become linked temporarily by naturally forming wormholes and others can become linked artificially by magical portals opened by objects of great power.  Once the last gem is inserted into the Enchirideon it will have the power to create a portal to any dimension in the multiverse.  An activated portal has the power to create a time dilation in which either side of the portal experiences a temporal synchronization allowing for the safe passage of particles through a nonlocal region of spacetime. 
Finn and Jake steal Princess Bubblegum’s gem.
The Enchirideon turns to stone.
Billy is actually the Lich.
Lich offers Finn immortality.
Finn destroys the Enchirideon.
It forms the portal anyway
Jake tries to stop the Lich
Finn helps Jake
Both get pulled into the portal and it vanishes.                           
Fade to white like the end of Lost season 5
Finn is sitting barefoot on the root of a tree with Jake sitting like a normal dog next to him on a farm with a barn/tractor.  He has a visible nose and a robotic arm.  He is fatter with a sash going across his chest.  Jake’s eyes are different and he is also slightly fatter.  Finn is playing a flute type instrument.  Jake howls and it is unknown if he can speak English.  Finn is called inside by a woman in a pink dress with a ring on.  Finn refers to her as “Mom.”  The barn has a very steampunk look to it.
“Finn, Finn will you come in here please.  Hurry!  It is very important. ” 

Thoughts on "I Remember You":

Marceline, is it just you and me in the wreckage of the world?  That must be so confusing for a little girl.  And I know you’re going to need me here with you.  But I’m losing myself and I’m afraid you’re going to lose me too.  This magic keeps me alive, but it’s making me crazy and I need to save you but who is going to save me?  Please forgive me for whatever I do when I don’t remember you.
Marceline, I can feel myself slipping away.  I can’t remember what it made me say but I remember that I saw you frown.  I swear it wasn’t me, it was the crown. This magic keeps me alive, but it’s making me crazy and I need to save you but who is going to save me?  Please forgive me for whatever I do when I don’t remember you.

It is assumed that the “Mushroom War” that wiped out the humans is the point when the magic returned.  However, it is shown that the magic returns earlier because Marceline is a vampire in “I Remember You.”  My theory is that Betty Petrikov became Princess Bubblegum.  The “friendly rivalry” between Marceline and Princess Bubblegum is because, while the princess may not want the affection that the Ice King gives her, Marceline wants it.  The engagement between Simon and Betty was never stated to be broken off so I believe that Betty went to find a similar crown so that she can live forever like Simon.  Unfortunately, her memory was wiped and her sanity was lost similar to Simon but instead of developing mental illness causing him to kidnap princesses, she dedicated her insanity attempting to fill the empty void in her life left by Simon.  I believe that if both these characters continue to be main cast players on the show, they will be written off at similar times but I doubt that both Princess Bubblegum and the Ice King as we know them will last longer than season 6.

Revelation "I Remember You"

The song "I Remember You" from the episode with the same name was a plea to the audience to forgive him, not just to Marceline to forgive him.  It is a point for a character change in Simon/Ice King so "Please forgive me for what I may do/When I don't remember you." means that he wants the audience to know that it is the gems that are evil, not the Ice King.

Comments, Feedback, and more.

I would like to take the time to acknowledge comments.  Comments are encouraged and I will take all feedback into account.  On that note, a comment yesterday said that my review lacked substance.  My question is, would you rather I continued to do reviews like that with a bare-bones review within a few minutes and then in-depth analysis within 24 hours or should I do both at once within a few hours?  Comment responses.

Also, Friday I would like to do a post discussing people's views other than my own.  If you have a theory on November 12th's episode of Adventure Time or on the show in general, email it to TLOAOfficial@yahoo.com.  I will feature the top 5 theories and I will discuss them.  If I can't get 5 emailed to me, I will use Tumblr theories.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Adventure Time Theories for Season 5

     To quote Frieza from the Team Four Star dub of Dragon Ball Z: "Well that happened."  Of course I am referring to the royal mindfuck that was last night's episode of Adventure Time, "The Lich."  Now, even as I am writing this, people are speculating as to what will happen next season.  Here are my theories:

1a. The Finn and Jake we see in the finale are an alternate timeline where one key event is different, namely the Mushroom War never happened.  Every other event remains the same.  In this theory, Marceline is still a vampire because her becoming a vampire is independent of the Mushroom War and Simon Petrikov becoming the Ice King still happens as him discovering the crown is independent of the war.  However, the two characters never met because their meeting is the result of the war.  As a result of the Ice King's "wizard eyes" he can see what happened and restores their memories of Ooo.  They go on a quest to find the gems and the Enchirideon of that dimension with the help of the Ice King so they can return to their own timeline and fight the Lich.

1b.  The Finn and Jake we see in the finale are an alternate timeline where one key event is different, namely the Mushroom War never happened and the Enchairideon and gems were never created.  Thus, Simon would not be the Ice King and Marceline would not be the Vampire Queen.  BUT considering that Finn and Jake lived over a thousand years after Simon and Marceline, both would be long dead however their descendants would be alive.  With the help of Simon's descendants, Finn and Jake find a way to return.

1c. The Finn and Jake we see in the finale are an alternate timeline where one key event is different, namely the Mushroom War never happened.  The Finn and Jake from the Ooo timeline will appear and team up with the alt-Finn/Jake and the Ice King and Marceline to get back to Ooo using that dimension's Enchirideon.

2. The Finn and Jake we see in the finale ARE the Finn and Jake from Ooo Prime but altered to fit into the new dimension like how we saw Stewie and Brian in "Road to the Multiverse."  It is a covert operation to track down the Lich culminating in a showdown using the universes with Finn and Jake and their gender-swapped versions vs. the Lich.

Personally, I think none of these will happen as they are too easy to figure out.  It will probably be some new outrageous mindfuck that will leave with more questions than answers.  Penn, meet J.J.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Review: Adventure Time The Lich

Well the gems have power.  Basically, the gems from the crowns, when put into the Enchirideon open a portal to another dimension.  The Lich takes the form of the Hero Billy and tricks Finn and Jake into opening the portal.  Finn and Jake follow the Lich into it and end up on a farm in what I assume is the American South where Finn has a robotic arm, his face resembles that of Lemongrab and his mom is there.

That is an amazing finale.  They basically said the rules of connecting the dimensions and the reference that is master of it all is the one from "Five Short Graybles."  The end was unexpected and a massive cliffhanger.  Season 5 better begin explaining

Not at all what I expected but a solid 10/10

What is Ooo?

Well I have a theory.   But first, here is the chronology of important events:  Note that years are denoted as "Age" with "Age 0" being the Mushroom War.  Also, note the time and date this was written; it is before the airing of "The Lich."

Age -5: Simon Petrikov finds the Enchirideon, Simon Petrikov buys the crown from a Scandinavian dock worker.  He puts it on and begins to lose his sanity and loses Betty, his fiance.

Age 0:  The Mushroom War occurs and wipes out all humans with the known exceptions of Simon and Marceline.  Simon meets Marceline and gives her Hambo from the ruins of a toy store.

Sometime between Age 0 and Age 1000: Simon completes his transformation into the Ice King, the Kingdoms of Ooo are established and the magic returns.  New species are created and somehow Finn comes into existence.  The Enchirideon somehow finds its way to its new location.  Billy's adventures occur and the Lich King is defeated the first time.

Age 1013: Finn finds the Enchirideon, Finn defeats the Lich the second time, the Lich possesses the "waving snail" and Princess Bubblegum, the Lich gets the Enchirideon, the Lich returns for a third time, Marceline attempts to restore the Ice King's memories.

Now to try and explain the Ice King's behaviors.  I believe that Betty became the Princess Bubblegum after the Mushroom War.  Basically is my theory is based on the wording of what Simon said.  All Simon said was that he never saw her again after the hallucinations started.  I take this not as she couldn't deal with Simon's curse but instead wanted to become immortal like him so she went on a search to find another similar crown.  The crown that she found was the tiara that Princess Bubblegum wears.  The crown created a similar effect to the glasses of nerdicon and made her intelligent swapping Simon and Betty.

Here is how it all fits together under this theory.  Princess Bubblegum is scientifically inclined in her character design because Betty's intent is to rid Simon of his curse.  However, Betty lost her memory and is unable to remember that.  The Ice King is in love with Princess Bubblegum because of the fact that, since she was at one point Betty, she is "his princess."  Marceline and Princess Bubblegum have the rivalry because Marceline has abandonment issues and wants the affection of her father who didn't abandon her willingly, Simon.  The Ice King wants the love of Princess Bubblegum and is indifferent toward Marceline in his current state so this creates Marceline's feelings toward Princess Bubblegum.

I also believe that Hunson Abadeer is not Marceline's real father OR he found the locket and became the Demon.  The difference between him and Princess Bubblegum and the Ice King is that he would have retained his memories (he remembers that Marceline is his daughter) and he made her a vampire so she would live forever.  The option that he is not the father is that Simon was her father figure until he became the Ice King and she was taken in by Hunson Abadeer as a little girl.

Hopefully tonight's episode can shed light on some of the mysteries.    

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

IGN

 Are you really the number one source for pokemon information?  Serebii has consistantly had more information than you and it tends to be more relevant and helpful across all games rather than just Black 2/White 2.  Even your coverage of the two current games is extremely lacking.  Where is the coverage of the 3DS Mystery Dungeon game?  Outside of Pokemon, you choose what to report and what not to.  Apparently Sonic Adventure 2 wasn't re-released in your little world.  Nothing important happens unless it is a fan-made Minecraft design, Call of Duty, Borderlands, Assassins Creed, Halo, Lego or Marvel/DC.  Have you been briefed on the fact that Adventure Time is entering into its biggest story arc ever?  The fact that they showed the aftermath of a nuclear war last week escaped you.  I also did not see coverage of the outrage by parents over the implied lesbian relationship between Princess Bubblegum and Marceline.   Saban Brands contracted all six of the Samurai Rangers to star next season in the crossover.  Dragon Ball has a new movie coming out next March.  Your "Upcoming" is objectively rated by obvious Call of Duty fans that intelligent people are forced to go elsewhere for news.  I advise that people stop using IGN for news.   

Monday, October 15, 2012

Review: Adventure Time I Remember You

There are no words to describe what I just saw.  I tasked Adventure Time to make up for the abysmal failure that was the 100th episode and they did.  The episode revealed that Marceline and the Ice King knew eachother before the destruction of the Earth and it is also the first episode to show the actual carnage of the thermonuclear war that destroyed everything.  Wow, just wow.  10/10

Adventure Time just became must watch.

     This year truly has been a big one for the hit show Adventure Time on Cartoon Network. Within the past year we have learned where the Ice King came from and why he kidnaps princesses, Finn got a new love interest, we learned about the Nightosphere and the Spirit World, we learned where the magic man came from and that Abraham Lincoln from the pilot is from Mars, we learned that there are different elementals (Fire and Water are all that we know of), we learned what happened immediately following "Evicted", we learned Princess Bubblegum's successor and we learned that Lady Rainicorn is pregnant.  Based on descriptions from tonight's and next Monday's episodes, it appears as though this year is poised to be the true "shit hits the fan" year setting up for next year.  This week, the Ice King and Marceline the Vampire Queen bond over memories while next week the Lich King comes back and reveals Ooo's secrets.  I will be posting a list of information gathered from tonight's episode by 8 P.M. and a review of "Tales of the Park Part II", this year's Halloween special of Regular Show.

Sorry about the lack of posts

News:  Goseiger v. Shinkenger has been confirmed for Megaforce.  It will be a full cast team up similar to the ones starting in Lost Galaxy and ending in SPD.   The full cast of Samurai has been confirmed to return which means that we will have Antonio in Super Samurai Mode.  Also, RangerCrew's FuryDiamond has stated that in off the record unofficial conversations that fans will be more stoked for season 2 of Megaforce.    Also, Megaforce will be 50 episodes and three movies.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Opinion Post: Why We Are The Way That We Are.

     Yes, the title to this piece is a reference to an episode of The Office.  That is where the extent of the humor goes for this piece.  This piece is about media sensationalism and I feel the need to write this after this was first referenced in an episode of The Newsroom about the Casey Anthony case and then recently with the missing persons case in Colorado involving the disappearance of ten-year-old Jessica Ridgeway on her way to school.  Now, I am going to do EXACTLY what The Newsroom did and talk about what the most sensationalized missing persons cases had in common.  First, Etan Patz.  The story behind this was that six-year-old Etan went missing in Manhattan.  His body was never recovered.  His killer was also never convicted as of yet.  Second, Natalee Holloway.  Her story is that she went missing while on a trip to Aruba.  Her body was never recovered and her presumed killer is in prison for an unrelated murder.  Third, Caylee Anthony.  She went missing and her mother was the presumed murderer.  She was acquitted and Caylee's remains were recovered.  I am not going to talk about Jessica out of respect for her parents privacy, but the fourth example is Leiby Kletzky, an eight-year-old boy abducted in Brooklyn and killed.  His body was found dismembered in the freezer of his abductor.

Here is an analysis of the variables surrounding some of the most sensationalized abduction cases in America:


Etan Patz
Natalee Holloway
Caylee Anthony
Leiby Kletzky
Age
Under 10
Over 10
Under 10
Under 10
Race
Caucasian
Caucasian
Caucasian
Caucasian
Place of Residence
Manhattan, NY
Clinton, Mississippi
Orlando Fl.
Brooklyn, NY
Did they know the abductor?
Unknown
No
Unknown
No
Did they trust the abductor?
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Assumed Yes
Where they went missing from
On his way to school
Trip to Aruba
Her home
On his way home from school
Fate
Presumed Dead in Absentia
Presumed Dead in Absentia
Found Murdered
Found Murdered
Killer’s Fate
Unknown
In Prison for an unrelated murder
Unknown
Prison until 2051


As you can see, the only common factor between all four cases is that they were all Caucasian.  It would also explain why there has been no sensationalized kidnapping/murder stories of minorities.

Now to explain the other main issue with the media is the sensationalization of kidnapping in general.  Here is how the stats actually break down nationally:
800,000 children per year are reported missing or abducted.  Considering there are roughly 73,847,284 his translates to 1.08%.  Of the children missing, 69,000 are abducted.  So this means that 0.0009% of kids under 18 are abducted.  Of abductions, only 12,000 are non-family related.  This is 0.0001% of kids.

Yes abductions are a tragedy but it is no reason to change our lives for them.

Power Rangers Super Samurai Final Arc!

    Yes, Nickelodeon has been threatening this for months but it is finally time for Power Rangers Super Samurai to end.  The final arc begins on this Saturday, October 13th at 1 PM with "A Crack in the World." I am interested as they are using footage from Shinkenger Returns for the Halloween special.  Still no word if we will see the Black version of the Super Samurai suits.  Next year, we can expect Goseiger v. Shinkenger to be made into a Power Rangers version and that is when we will see Super Samurai Gold.

All information here is courtesy of rangercrew.com

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Google Mobile's New Look.

Google Mobile unveiled it's new look today.  It looks suspiciously familiar.  Facebook's Legal Team, Assemble.


Pilot

If you wish to read the pilot before its heavy editing go to my tumblr.

http://www.tumblr.com/blog/tloaofficial

Monday, October 8, 2012

News: PETA, The Appendix of the Activist Groups

     What is an appendix?  That thing in our intestines designed to digest tree bark.  We no longer eat trees, and as such, it can become violently active and cause immense discomfort and inconvenience for people involved costing a large sum of money.  PETA is similar.  PETA's purpose is noble don't get me wrong, and I do believe that animals should be treated humanely.  But, joking or not, creating advertisements advocating for the boycott of Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 on the grounds that it is inhumane to Pokemon is ridiculous.  It is just as ridiculous as last year's boycott of Super Mario 3D Land because "it condoned the wearing of animal furs" however irrelevant the Japanese myth of the Tanooki is to them.  Stunts like this serve to make their whole program illegitimate and it goes to show where your donations are going.  Someone was paid to make the flash game and all the supplementing materials.  Someone was paid to draw the pictures.  This stuff isn't free.

And I'm in before IGN.com and Serebii.net

Here is a link to the game: http://features.peta.org/pokemon-black-and-white-parody/

EDIT: The full list of "animal friendly games" including Mario Kills Tanooki and Cooking Mama: Mama Kills Animals can be found here

General Information for the Week of 10/8

Some important things:
1. I should be receiving my copies of Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 on Thursday.  Based on my history, I should have both games beaten in a week.  Don't forget that the legendary Pokemon Genesect is available over Wi-Fi until November.  Also, the Keldeo event ended yesterday.
2. I should be getting The Casual Vacancy this weekend as well.  I should have that reviewed by the end of the month.
3.  I will be monitoring all sources for information on Power Rangers Megaforce, specifically guests on set.
4. This Wednesday I will be doing coverage of the Vice Presidential Debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.  That will be the Thursday post.  Assuming that there is no Big Bird fiasco like last week, the post for saturday will be on HD Re-Releases.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

I figured that this was worth a post

      I'm not sure why, but Hustler magazine is one of my top referrers.  Other than that, I have a massive following from Mexico, once again I am not sure why.  I'm not going to argue, I would just like an explaination.  I just thought this was funny.

#confusion

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Yes, I realize it is early...

     But... today I will not be doing a Saturday post.  Election coverage as well as the IGN and Boy Scout snippets will suffice for this week sorry.  BUT... I plan to attend the San Diego Comic-Con 2013 or the E3 2013 conventions.  Money will be tight but I will keep you posted as we get closer to the dates.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Boy Scouts and Homosexuality

    Here we go again.  Another group that is having other people's views forced upon them.  I'm not going to spend too much time on this issue but: liberal groups, stop trying to get everyone to see things your way.  The  Boy Scouts of America is a Christian group.  They are also a PRIVATE group.  If you don't like their practices, sue.  That is all.

Online Store Review: Gamestop PC Direct Download

     Yesterday, I decided to buy Mercenaries 2: World in Flames on PC direct download.  I weighed the options and decided to buy it through Gamestop's direct download server.  It had a vast selection of games to choose from for download as well as DLC for said games.  The selection rivaled even Amazon and was comprehensive of modern games across genres.  Prices were good and were even lowered to the points where, with tax added, it equaled or was less than the advertised price.  The only drawback was the 4+ hour download time.

I would recommend using Gamestop for direct download

Curiosity is Always a good thing.

   What Television show that you used to like that got cancelled would you like to see come back?  Comment answers below

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Bloody Gir

     I figure that this requires a post.  Bloody GIR was the first recognizable instance of interior censorship by a channel.  Basically, there was supposed to be an episode where GIR appeared covered in blood.  When it was submitted to Nickelodeon for approval, it was shot down.  From what I can gather, it was supposed to be from the series finale.  So what the writers, directors, producers and everyone else involved did was they put the image of "Bloody GIR" in one frame per episode for the entire second season.

So Yea... That's that.

Opinion Piece 3 Part 2: IGN needs help

     Yes I know I did an opinion piece already today, but reading IGN has proven to me that the staff of that site needs a review of basic video game knowledge.  First of all, their review of Pokemon Black 2: the picture they used as the post picture is from the cover of Pokemon White 2.  Also, the review is nothing more than a laundry list of the new features it has with a very basic plot summary.  Now my other issue is, the fact that they repeatidly refer to Call of Duty being new and innovative and requiring strategy.  Anyone with two brain cells to rub together and has played CoD will know that it is the video game equivalent of the college paper mill.  It is a quick money making game that sells quick and leave the buyer with a sense of regret wasting such a large amount of money for a shit outcome.  Now, apparently if the news doesn't involve CoD, Borderlands, Bioshock, Minecraft, Pokemon (The main series of games), Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, Tales of..., Mario, or Mass Effect it isn't worthy of their site as Sonic Adventure 2's re-release and the new Pokemon Mystery Dungeon game as well as Dragon Ball Budokai/Budokai 3 re-release are not mentioned anywhere on the site.  My advice? news.google.com and search for games you want information.  You will also get reviews from people with a measurable IQ that don't list Pokemon Emerald and Pokemon Yellow as repackages of the first two games.

My review of Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 will be written once the games have been played through.  I expect to get them Tuesday of next week.

Opinion Piece 3: Election Clarification

     So while existing in multiple locations around campus today and reading Facebook, it has become apparent to me that last night's debate requires some clarification.  Both candidates performed well but it is clear that the winner was Mitt Romney.  Second, yes Mr. Romney wants to cut PBS out of the budget for step back for a second.  What would actually be lost from this?  Jobs?  No, the entertainment industry is hiring.  Programming?  This has been the most talked about issue with Sesame Street being the most noted.  Let me make this very clear: we will never see a day where Sesame Street isn't on the air unless the production company decides to stop funding the show.  The instant that PBS is shut down, Nickelodeon, Disney, and Cartoon Network will start a massive bidding war for it.  And finally, Mitt Romney had far more specific examples about how he would fix the country.  President Obama relied on appeals to pathos and plain folks imagery from swing states.  He had nothing substantial to say and yet he talked for over four minutes more than Mr. Romney.  And by repeatidly going back to how Mr. Romney is going to "worsen the deficit and lower the taxes on the wealthy" while Mitt Romney repeatidly explained what he would actually do just made President Obama look uninformed.  And Romney's ideas for fixing the education system are better, and more legal than President Obama.  Race to the Top tramples on the 10th amendment as education is a state right and the standardized testing it calls for is banned by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  Plus, removing tenure will never happen under the watch of a democrat because democrats are funded by the teacher unions (such as the UFT).  Again, these are FACTS not opinions.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Presidental Debate Notes

Here are my notes from the presidential debate:


Coverage of the Presidential Debate
I think that it is pretty cool about the amount of pre-debate shows that are on, similar to the Super Bowl.
Before the debate President Obama is leading in the polls.
The hand shaking reminds me of Veep
Jobs
O: 30 seconds just wishing Michelle Happy Anniversary, Went overtime
R: Romney comes off very personable, Romney comes off as if he knows the issues better.
O: Race to the Top mentioned without any mentioning it’s issues, Romney, jump on this.  Tax breaks for energy.  Investing in education.  Lower Taxes on the Rich.  Attacks Romney’s plan.
Romney no tax cuts on scales that Obama says.  Romney is winning at this point. 9:12 PM. 
Romney Is talking down to Obama.
Obama knows that he is losing.
2001 and 2003 had no recession
Reagan used Romney’s approach.
Clinton wasn’t in a recession.
Differences on Deficit Problem
Romney’s Cuts:
Obamacare
PBS
Anything the State Can do
Combine agencies
Obama’s Cuts:
Check the Website, he doesn’t know
Obama is using unsubstantiated facts
Romney is dismantling Obama’s opinion
Romney calls out claims of breaks for outsourcing.
Entitlements
Social Security:
Structurally sound: Obama
Medicare: Obama cuts for current retirees-Romney
Obama does not mention his cuts.
Romney: Cuts to higher income people.
Regulation:
R:Dodd-Frank establishes “Too Big to Fail”
Romney: Repeal and Replace “Dodd-Frank”
No one is going to say the truth about the cause of the recession.
Obamacare
Romney has reasons to revoke.  Obama is using Plain Folks Propaganda.
Uses the state level as an example for federal.
Prices going down couldn’t have anything to do with the fact that it is a recession
Obama just ventured into very dangerous territory.
No Mention of Affordable Care Supreme Court
Romney: He played the 10th amendment
Views of the Role of Fed
Obama: Keep people safe
Obama: Create Frameworks for people to succeed
Obama invokes Lincoln
Obama: Race to the Top Works
Obama: Romney doesn’t think we need more teachers
Romney: Mass has great schools and teachers
Education is a State Right
No military cuts
Religious Tolerance
Romney ventures into religion
College Grads need a new path
Education
Romney: State issue with little intervention.
Romney: Vouchers for low income
Obama: Fed has significant role in education
Obama lapses back into an issue already finished with taxes.
Education budget includes PBS Mr. Obama
Obama: Making college affordable
Obama: Yay! More student loans :D -_____-
Romney calls out Obama’s priority is green jobs.
Romney calls for school grading (Mr. Romney meet Mr. Bloomberg)
Partisanship
Romney: I will sit down after elected to talk about the issues.  Work collaboratively to find common ground. 
Obama: Will take advice from either side as long as it benefits the middle class. 
Obama: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell somehow benefits the average American
Closing Arguments
Obama: Plain Folks… The auto workers like the $60/hour paychecks too.  Total Time: 42:50
Romney: Different Directions as Obama makes the “Not Bad” rage comic face.  Will Create 12 million jobs.  I will protect from Obamacare.  CNN cut to commercial in the middle of Romney’s closing arguments on my stream.

Romney won in my opinion