Tag: Random Sunday

Tale as Old as Time…

That’s right, you guys knew this post was coming.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ was one of those movies that I was really nervous about when I heard it was going to be done. I thought that it had the potential to be really good or really bad. I can say personally, after having seen it two times already, that it is an incredible adaption. Perhaps not everyone will agree with me, especially with all of the crazy controversy out there, but I thought it was very well done and there was nothing in it that is unsafe for children. It’s just as wonderful as the original and I would love to see it a third time. I’m going to highlight some of the major points that I enjoyed most.

Plot holes cleanly paved over. There were several ‘plot holes’ in the original animation that, as I grew older, made me scratch my head. Was the Beast really 11 years old when he was cursed? How did Mrs. Potts have a son at her age? Where is Belle’s mother? These things are all solved and doesn’t leave you scratching your head, trying to do some serious math. I’m not going to elaborate too much because not only is it spoilery, but a couple people have already touched on this very subject and I don’t want to risk imposing too much on their topic.

Flawless filmography. Everything about the filming and editing was perfection. The shots were so well done and even with all of the singing, I never noticed an editing slip. Everyone working together behind the camera did such a grand job. The scenery was beautiful, the acting was great, and the finished product was, in my opinion, a grand success.

The most amazing casting I’ve ever seen for an adaption. Whoever did the casting for this movie needs about 50% of the profits because holy cow patties. I know some people still aren’t fond of Hermione- I mean, Emma Watson as Belle, but I think it’s a perfect fit. As with many of the other actors, Luke Evans and Josh Gad in particular, not only did they visually match the animated version of themselves, but their voices were spot on. There were many times in the songs that I had to do a double take because it almost sounded like they had pulled straight from the animation. The accuracy was absolutely breath-taking.

Now, I’m sure you’ve all heard the controversy about the ‘gay scene’. If that’s something you have a problem with, please, do not let it deter you from going to see this movie. Unless you’re absolutely looking for it, it’s not something that’s in your face. Sure, it’s there. But you’re really only going to notice if you either want it to be there or if you’re watching desperately in the hopes that it isn’t.

Go see the movie. If you don’t like it, then don’t go see it a second time like I did. At worst, you’re out ten bucks and two hours. At best, you’ll have a new favorite film.

Have a great week, nerd dudes and nerdettes!

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I’m Going to MomoCon!

I’m going to MomoCon 2017! To say I’m excited would be a vast understatement, because I honestly didn’t anticipate going. One look at the guest list, however, convinced me that I needed to work some extra overtime and snag those tickets. It’s a bit of an adventure for me because I’ll be going out of state for this one, but I’m ready for it!

 

What am I looking forward to? J. Michael Tatum and Josh Grelle, these two being the main reason I decided I needed to go after all. I absolutely love them both and the fact that they’re going to be there solidified my resolve to go! However, they aren’t the only thing I’m looking forward to with this event. There’s supposed to be a ‘MomoCon at the Aquarium’ thing and that sounds like a ton of sun. Of course I’m also looking forward to making new friends and just exploring in general! Maybe find some more animes to add to my extensive ‘to-watch’ list.

 

Am I cosplaying? Yes. Totally. 100%. I actually got a few pieces that I’ll need today and I ordered the rest offline. Almost complete!

 

What am I cosplaying? Winry Rockbell from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. I have wanted to cosplay her for a long time. I thought it would be easy (HA!) but I’m finding it’s actually very difficult to find some of the pieces I need, since I’m going for the less cosplayed version of herself. I’ll be wearing her casual black skirt, white tank top, black jacket combo. Finding that jacket was almost impossible and I still didn’t find a perfect one. I have a few days to return it, so if anyone knows of a place I can find an exact replica, let me know!

But that’s just for one day. I’m still debating on this, but I would like to do a crossover cosplay. Depending on how it works out, I’m going to crossover Fullmetal Alchemist and Attack on Titan. That’s right, Winry Rockbell is going to be a Scout. Not sure yet if I need to get anything else to enhance the similarities between the two, but it’ll be fun figuring it out.

 

Sorry this was such a fangirly post, guys. I couldn’t think of anything else to write about today because this has been on the front of my mind. I honestly can’t wait! It’s not my first Con, but it’s the first full weekend event I’m attending. Wish me cosplaying luck!

Have a great week, nerd dudes and nerdettes!

My Top Five OTP’s

What’s the most feels-inducing thing I could possibly write about? OTP’s. Be ready for fangirling, which can include a variety of virtual screaming, crying, laughing, and strange dying animal noises. Here it goes: my top five OTP’s. I’m limiting myself to five because that’s all my emotions can handle. Also, I am not counting the OTP’s in which I ship myself with fictional characters, because that would be weird.

 

5) KirisunaKirito and Asuna from ‘Sword Art Online’  I stated before in a post that I liked season 1 of SAO but not so much anything after it. That holds true, but the show still has one of my top OTP’s. I remember beating the heck out of my best friend when Kirito kissed Asuna the first time. It made me so happy and at first I couldn’t exactly explain why. I’m not sure you really need to have an explanation with fangirling, but I think I’ll give it a shot.

One of my top criteria for a good couple is that both people in the relationship need to have goals beyond just being together. I find it pretty pointless if both parties are like ‘nothing else matters but him/her!’. Also, the ‘love at first sight’ thing is just redundant to me. Their relationship builds from acquaintances trying to get through this game to allies when they’re both strong, to friendship, and then (quite suddenly) romance. They appealed to me because while they do develop emotions that border the whole world revolving around each other ideal, it makes sense. They’re stuck in this game, fighting for their lives. All they want is to get out and live their lives together in a real setting. They fight for each other, are willing to sacrifice everything for each other, which shows just how much they do care about each other. And that’s why I love them so much.

 

4) RivetraLevi Ackerman and Petra Ral from ‘Attack on Titan’  This one hurts. If you haven’t seen ‘Attack on Titan’, I would still recommend it, but skip to number 3 right now, please. Spoilers ahead.

Honestly, there aren’t many ‘ships’ in the AoT realm if you look at it from a realistic perspective. You see Levi/Eren and Marco/Jean and Eren/Armin and just so many strange ships that just aren’t even there that I’m not sure there are any real ones. If I’m perfectly honest with myself, Levi and Petra may never have been a thing either, but I still ship it just like everyone else ships their relatively creepy ships. I mean come on, Levi is double Eren’s age. It’s creepy.

Here’s my reasoning behind Levi and Petra and where I think it might actually be canon. After they come back from the mission where Petra is (most depressingly) killed, in which Levi is more deadpan than usual, Petra’s father comes up to Levi. He’s rambling as he’s talking to our favorite little corporal, and if you listen closely, he mentions something about marriage. Back it up. He’s speaking to Levi, Petra’s commanding officer, telling him that he thinks his daughter is too young for marriage. Now why would a commanding officer, no matter how high up the chain, have any say in whether one of his subordinates gets married or not? He wouldn’t. Therefore, I have a suspicion that Petra was engaged to none other than Levi himself. We never really get to see them alone together so we don’t get to see how they speak to one another.

Another factor is that Auruo clearly had feelings for Petra, unreturned feelings. However, it’s pointed out several times that he’s trying to emulate Levi, noting his hair and how he sometimes speaks and acts. I suspect that he was trying to emulate the person that Petra had feelings for, in an attempt to turn her attention his way. This is technically just a theory, unless I’ve missed some important interview, but it’s one I will hold on to as canon until the show and/or manga proves otherwise.

Also, they’re both short. And she’s a little spitfire. And she can clean. If any woman could turn Levi’s head, I have a deep feeling it’s Petra, which is what makes that one horrifying episode so very sad to me.

 

3) Luca Forelli and Lia Betarrini from the ‘River of Times’ series by Lisa T. Bergren  As far as I know, they don’t have a ship name. It’s a lesser known series and I can never find anything on it. The fanfiction for this series is so depressingly few it physically hurts sometimes.

This isn’t the main couple of the series, but it’s still my favorite. Technically Luca breaks my rule of ‘love at first sight’, but in his defense, aside from Gabriella (who was clearly already falling for Marcello, his best friend), he had probably never seen a beautiful woman ready to defend herself tooth and nail like that. For a while, he faces unrequited love and he struggles to get out of the medieval Friendzone. It’s never exactly clear the moment that Lia begins to turn his way, or at least I don’t remember if there is one, but Luca slowly draws her heart in. He’s so loyal to her and so incredibly patient that the guy really deserves a medal. It takes him years to win her over and even when he does win her over, she’s still too terrified of what she knows is coming to agree to marriage. And then when she does agree to marriage, all heck breaks loose. He just can’t catch a break.

But in the end, it comes together nicely and they live happily ever after, so to speak. Their relationship is just so realistic in how patient he is and how Lia reacts to everything. It’s not just ‘girl gets thrown into the past, turns away from all she knows to leap into the arms of the handsome knight’. No, she handles it like a girl would actually handle it. She’s wary of staying in the past, she misses their mother, she’s logical about it all. When crap hits the fan five books later, she has an incredibly realistic breakdown and it takes her time to get over it. And through it all, they have each other. That’s why I absolutely love this series and this couple in particular.

 

2) Edwin and RoyaiEdward Elric X Winry Rockbell and Roy Mustang X Riza Hawkeye from ‘Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’ I literally can’t pick between these two and since it’s the same anime, I count it as one. Both couples mean so much to me. I shall now explain why, individually.

Edwin. This is a couple that builds up from a friendship as children to eventual marriage. And yes, it is indeed canon. Watch through to the ends of the credits and you’ll see a picture of all of the characters older. Ed is holding a little boy that looks just like him and Winry is standing close by with a baby girl that looks just like her. The picture is reminiscent (on purpose, I believe) of the picture their mother had taken with Ed, Al, herself and their father. It shows how Edward has taken a different path and has chosen his family over alchemy. Of course, Al and Mei are there in the final credits picture as well, which is another OTP entirely.

I always admired how Winry handled everything in ‘Brotherhood’. She took her own path in life and even as she suspects that she’s beginning to fall in love with Edward, she continues doing what she has to do believing that they’ll reunite later. Her constant fear that something will happen to both him and Al breaks my heart for her but she doesn’t let it slow her down. Then you have Edward who is completely focused on getting his little brother’s body back. He doesn’t have time for romance and I don’t think he ever once stops to evaluate how he feels toward Winry. He just feels it and that’s very clear in how easily defensive he becomes of her. When he calls to make sure she’s okay. When he jumps between her and Scar, even though Scar’s nearly killed him once already and Winry has a gun. When he doesn’t even have to act angry at Kimbley for Winry getting ‘kidnapped’ by Scar, because he’s legitimately that angry she got put in that situation. He cares for her, deeply, and for the longest time I don’t think even he realizes it. And let’s not forget he seeks solitude in her room when they’re hiding out in Resembool. To summarize, their relationship goes way back and there’s a great number of layers to it, which is what makes it so great.

 

Royai. If ever there were a true contender against the number one OTP on my list, it might be these two. I honestly don’t even know if I can fully explain what I love about this ship but I will try.

Roy and Riza go way back. Not as far as Edward and Winry, but Riza is part of Roy’s past and a big part of his future, and vice versa. They’re war buddies, so to speak, and Riza loyally follows Roy just about everywhere to make sure he stays out of trouble.

At first, I think Riza begins following him because she sees that spark of leadership in him. She sees what he’s capable of and she wants to help him get there, keep him safe in the process. So she becomes a super awesome sniper. My personal opinion is that Roy probably had a crush on her before the war, from meeting her after her father’s death. I think she ends up becoming his ideal woman, though, because she’s not only beautiful but actually terrifying. If there’s one person who scares Roy Mustang, I think it would probably be Riza Hawkeye. She’s not afraid to tell him what’s up and to butt heads with him when need be. That’s exactly what Roy needs and what makes them an incredible power couple. And if you have any arguments about whether they have feelings for each other, go back and watch how they look at each other after Mei heals Hawkeye. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is.

(Also, you can watch the AMV I made for these two here! Please enjoy. The above mentioned ‘look’ is at the very end for reference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OHvzoRIsnA )

 

1) PercabethPercy Jackson and Annabeth Chase from the ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ series by Rick Riordan

Read the series. You’ll understand.

Honestly, I could leave it at that. From start to finish, these two are relationship goals. They start off as barely even friends. They aren’t even supposed to be friends, because of who their godly parents are. They should be natural enemies, but they’re not. Somewhere along the way, they become best friends. And sometime after that, Percy begins to realize he sees her as more than just a friend. They’re each other’s first kiss and first relationship. In the ‘Heroes of Olympus’ series, Percy is very clearly thinking of a future with Annabeth in it and not just going to college with her. Everything about these two is perfect because their relationship isn’t perfect. They argue but they make up. They disagree but they find compromises. They get thrown into life threatening situations and find a way to get out together. It’s truly beautiful. Beyond that, there isn’t much I can say about this OTP to beat all OTP’s. The Percy Jackson world has completely taken over my life so it’s no surprise that these two are the top in my OTP book.

 

And I think that’s about it! If you read through all of that, I commend you. May you all have a great week! Until next time, nerd dudes and nerdettes!

Black Butler Review

I was going to save this review for just a random post during the week, but since I finished the ‘Black Butler’ manga three days ago, I figured I might as well go ahead and throw it out there. Also, I could not think of any other theme for this post aside from another list. It’s been a long, crazy week and an even longer and crazier weekend, though not necessarily in a bad way. I just haven’t had much time and am, quite literally, just now sitting down to take a breath. Hopefully I can have this up before midnight strikes.

As the title states, this is going to be a ‘Black Butler’ review, specifically for volume 1-23 of the manga and season 1 and 2 of the anime. There will be spoilers, so if you have not seen or read either, I wouldn’t recommend reading on. I will be somewhat comparing the two. If you have not read the manga or seen the anime, before you click away, I will say that I recommend them to most anyway, of an older age. This is definitely not an anime for kids, but few rarely are now. It is on the dark side, so take that into consideration before you watch and/or read. It is enjoyable, though, with enough humor to make it worth it, as well as an intriguing plotline.

Now, onto the spoilers!

It’s been a few weeks since I watched it, so stay with me and feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. The story centers around the young Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his butler, Sebastian. On the surface, the young twelve year old seems to be simply a boy who lost his mother and father in a tragic fire, inheriting the family business. However, there is more to the story. After the fire, Ciel was taken by a menacing group and subjected to great horrors. It is there that he calls on a demon, who responds to the summons. The two make a quick pact in which Ciel agrees that his soul can be devoured by the demon after the demon has helped him get his revenge. Ciel is branded with the mark of their agreement on his left eye and the demon, now named Sebastian, takes out the men tormenting Ciel. The revenge does not end there, however. The two continue on for some time searching down the culprits of the murder of Ciel’s parents.

Fairly early on, around episode six, the anime diverges from the manga. Having watched the anime first, I don’t mind the changes as much, though I did prefer the manga for the most part. To be more specific, I’ll include some of the things I liked and disliked about each. Please note, this is not a full list by any means. I’m just picking two things of each with a brief explanation.

 

Things I liked in the anime:

  • Alois Trancy. He was a complete brat, not to mention a psychopath, but I still loved him. I hated how things turned out for him, though I do feel he deserved it for the things he had done. Honestly, he got a fairly good end, if you consider the fact that he somewhat got his ‘brother’ back.
  • The more in-depth look on the three other servants of the house. I loved all three of those goofs (and Tanaka, of course!) so getting more of their backgrounds was really nice. I really only remember Finny getting more of the spotlight in the manga.

 

Things I disliked in the anime:

  • The Queen. I really don’t like what they did with her story arc. It was just strange and relatively disgusting, once you find out what the angel did to her.
  • The fact that Sebastian was actually going to eat Ciel’s soul at the end of season one. I don’t know why, but I kind of have it set in my head that Sebastian cares enough about Ciel at this point that he’s almost putting off eating his soul. Deep down, I know that’s not true, but it’s still a hope I hold on to and the end of season one ruined that.

 

Things I liked in the manga:

  • How the story went farther. I was starting to get a little bored by the end of volume 23, mainly because of the freaky boy band thing, but I still loved how there was more to it than the anime. I loved all of the extra stories and the mystery and how it all tied together in the end.
  • Elizabeth Freaking Midford. Holy crap, this girl is insane. I kept seeing on Pinterest how awesome she was but I just couldn’t believe it. You never get that peak of her in the anime. And then all of a sudden, POW. She breaks out into the most unexpected epic warrioress fighting skills I’ve ever seen. I like to personally believe that’s where Ciel truly falls in love with her, but what do I know?

 

Things I disliked in the manga:

  • The lack of Alois Trancy. Honestly, I kept hoping to see him, and even though I know the manga was well past adding that sort of storyline at the time season two came out. I still wish they could find a way to squeeze him in somehow.
  • The boy band. Seriously, the Shining Stars thing just got on my absolute nerves. I read through the ‘song’, but with a grimace on my face. I’m sure it will have some meaning, but I’m in no hurry to read the next volume after that.

 

And I think that’s about it. I know, this isn’t a very in-depth review, but I really did watch the anime and read the manga too far apart. I hardly remember anything from the anime, at least in the order it needs to be remembered. Meanwhile, the manga is still too fresh in my head to process the newer stuff. Still, this is a very good show and manga series, so I would highly recommend either.

If you like ‘Black Butler’ or any shows like it, let me know in a comment! I’ll be glad to respond and check it out!

Have a great week, nerd dudes and nerdettes!