Not at All What I Was Expecting

Recently, I watched the Netflix original movie Death Note, and it was not at all what I was expecting. It was a good movie. I won’t say that it is the best movie I have ever seen but I had some really good elements. I loved the cinematography and there wasn’t a lot of spoken exposition like I was expecting. I know that a lot of people hated it. I read the reviews myself. They were full of hate but had no real reasoning for it. The people who actually had reasons for disliking it, other than the fact that it wasn’t word for word out of the manga or anime, had reasoning that I could understand why they felt that way. To me, a live action is not supposed to be exactly like what it is in the source material, especially when it is crossing cultural borders. While watching it, I was completely in the moment and for the most part forgot all about the manga (I haven’t watched the anime yet. Don’t hate me.). If you haven’t watched or read the original Death Note or if you completely separate yourself from the original, you would consider it a decent movie. Not the best, but definitely not the worst. Ryuk and L were definitely the best part of the film no matter what way you see it. Those two made the film.

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Not Your Typical Vampire

I recently reread of book Moon Dance by J. R. Rain. I loved this series when I was a bit younger, not much younger, but it has been a couple of years. I stopped reading it because I got to the end that the author had written for it, which was about five books, so I was waiting for more to come out. While I was waiting, I, of course, forgot all about it.I was recently looking through my Kindle books, remembered this series, and wanted to see where it had gone to. Turns out that this series, titled Vampire for Hire has fourteen main books and a couple of spin-offs. Being the person I am (who loves vampire novels) decided that I was going to read the entire thing, no matter how bad it gets. And as a first entry, it’s a pretty good one. The story follows Samantha Moon, a recently turned vampire, who is trying to keep her family together by being a Private Investigator so that she can keep her own hours. From what I have read so far, it of course keeps that basic vampire tropes, (being unable to go out into sunlight, sleeping through the day, etc.), but adds the element that she it around her human family, taking care of her kids like the average mom, and at the same time trying to keep her secret (horribly at times, I will admit). So far, I think it’s really good, and I have a feeling that it’s going to add to it. Now, instead of reviewing every single book, I’m going to add updates as I read the rest of the books, to show how I’m feeling about it and then give a “full length” review again as I finish the series. At this point, I would suggest checking it out. We’ll just have to wait and see where everything goes.

WARNING: Only Watch in English

Seriously, guys, you have been partially warned in advance. This anime so far is on my list of four animes where the English dub is acceptable to watch for purposes other than making fun of it. But in this case, the original anime is so bad, the original producers told the people who dubbed it to do whatever they wanted. If you haven’t guessed it already, I’m talking about Ghost Stories.

And remember how I said you had been partially warned, well I haven’t told you about what it actually said. Let’s just say, it’s really, really crude. As in, if you get offended at all, this really isn’t for you. Now, I think you have been fully warned.

Strangely enough, once you get past what I was talking about in the previous paragraph, it’s … okay. Just at first the jokes are hilarious, mainly because you aren’t expecting them. But when you hear the jokes, over and over again, because you’re gonna binge watch anime (let’s just face it), it starts to drag on. You get tired of hearing the same jokes being brought up five times an episode, so my suggestion, if you going to watch this, is to not binge watch even though everything in you is telling you to. Just don’t do it. You might enjoy it better. Also, if you get offended in any way, I repeat, DO NOT WATCH THIS. This is your final warning; do not blame me if you continue on. But if you are gonna watch, be prepared for a few jokes that are going to make you pause the episode, so that you hear what’s going on over your loud laughter to only be repeated a couple of times.

Life is Just a Game

In the world of No Game No Life, life is just that: a game. There is no war and no violence; everything is decided on by games. Also, different races of creatures. Just what the sibling duo called “Blank” likes it. (They’re not in a relationship. I think. … I’m pretty sure. … Just ignore it.) The entire time you are rooting for these two as they seem to get themselves into situations that seem impossible to get out of alive. It also has you scratching your head at the complexity of everything. Also, there is lots of fan service. You have been warned. Also, there may or may not be a second season or a movie coming out for it. Nothing has really been confirmed, but let me know if anyone has heard anything.

Escaping Yourself

Ever felt the need to run away from from the life that you live? The anime Mayoiga or The Lost Villiage explores this facet of life with a slightly supernatural twist as you follow thirty individuals. Is this way too many, yes. Do they go into that every one of them? Not even close, but at least you get close as to some of the ones that I would consider interesting. I really loved this anime, but feelings about this anime are all over the place. The reasons that some of the people have for running away are super iffy, but the ones that have real reasons, you truly empathize with them, which I feel is very important. I personally wished it was longer to go into more of the characters and see more development.