Don’t Like the Content? Mute or Block

It’s strange to me when people complain about seeing ships they don’t like on their timeline or headcanons they don’t like. Just mute or block the account? There’s no hard feelings – if anything they’d rather prefer you to not interact with their content if you’re going to bring negativity to them. Artists and writers work hard on what they do and don’t deserve to have negative comments or threats sent to them. Muting and blocking takes two seconds and is super easy to do! I think it’s a great idea!

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Death Note: The Musical

Was anyone going to tell me there’s a Death Note musical? Or was I just supposed to find out because of this TikTok with a song that is ACTUALLY GOOD?

Death Note: The Musical has a score written by Frank Wildhorn and lyrics by Jack Murphy. Its development was initially announced in December 2013 and had its world premiere on April 6, 2015 at the Nissay Theatre in Tokyo, Japan.

Finding out about this musical adaption makes me wonder why Netflix bothered with their American adaption Death Note movie? Why not put your efforts towards producing a movie version of the Death Note musical? That would have been way more impressive and well-received.

Below are some of the more popular songs from the musical:

Where’s the Justice?

Secrets and Lies

They’re Only Human

Stalemate

Hurricane

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November: What I Read/Watched This Month

Anime:

I watched B: The Beginning, a Netflix original anime, which I’m planning on writing a separate post about it. Without giving too much away, it’s interesting but a bit confusing to follow.

I also started Komi Can’t Communicate and got interested in it because I saw the animations (like above) where Komi looks so cute and comedic! I’ll probably try to write a post on it as well.

I also saw My Hero Academia: World Heros’ Mission in the cinema and thoroughly enjoyed it and hope MHA uses more scenes like where Deku chases Rody and Deku and Rody attempt to escape on a bridge, although I do think it’s the weakest out of the MHA movies.

Manga:

I’ve been reading Black Torch and really like the main characters! I love the art style and the story so far is interesting.

Kaguya-sama: Love is War is also a manga that I’ve been reading and I like it! I wasn’t interested in it when I first saw people talking about it and I’m not a big romance buff, but I like the aspect of how this is more ‘psychological war-fare’ with very comedic characters!

Obviously, I’ve also been reading My Hero Academia.

Books:

I’ve been trying to get back into reading so I’ve been reading CSI Told You Lies – a look at the Australian forensics landscape and a topic I’m interested in.

I also found the book Musings from The Moon at a artisan market I went to with my boyfriend and it had the cutest illustrations so I decided to get it (although I don’t actually really like poetry…).

Movies:

My boyfriend and I saw The Last Duel and enjoyed it. It was an interesting story and well made, and Alex Lawther (I don’t know why) is just always entertaining in whatever scenes he’s in.

Eternals is a movie that also just needs it’s own post… I’ve seen a lot of hate for it online but I actually thought it was fun to watch.

The Last Night in Soho was so pretty. I loved the lighting and costume, hair, and make-up designs!

Venom: Let There Be Carnage was a really fun watch and it was great to see Eddie and Venom’s interactions – their dialogue was hilarious.

Red Notice was another fun, light-hearted watch with Ryan Reynold’s usual funny self being paired with the Rock and Gal Gadot’s fun roles, and lovely sets, props, and outfits.

After we watched The Last Night in Soho my boyfriend said that he wasn’t surprised I enjoyed it since I seem to like Edgar Wright’s movies. I was super confused when he said this because I couldn’t remember a film I watched from Wright. My boyfriend said we watched Hot Fuzz last year from the Cornetto Trilogy but I couldn’t recall anything about it. So, we watched Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and The World’s End and they had a good pace for some chill, relaxing time.

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham is the second Bollywood movie I’ve seen (with 3 Idiots being the first). The plan is that my boyfriend and I will progressively make our way through his favourites times while I enjoy the editing and dance choreography.

The Woman in the Window I’m assuming offers a lot more in its book form than in this film adaption, although obviously the acting is fine.

Love Hard definitely didn’t have characters who were very likeable or much ‘love’ to root for to be honest. However, I did like the male lead’s mum, dad, grandma and the female lead’s best friend.

Re-Watches:

I don’t know why but I’ve been re-watching parts of Brooklyn-99 and it’s still just as funny as I remembered, and I managed to finally finish season 7 and 8!

To no-one’s surprise, I also have been re-watching Daria – for which I probably watch 2 episodes a week of despite having seen he whole series about 6 times.

My boyfriend and I have also progressively over the past few months have been watching Kuroko’s Basketball, but I keep re-watching the episodes and parts with Murasakibara because I am heavily emotionally attached to him.

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Alice in Borderland: A World of Terrifying Games

Alice in Borderland is a manga written and illustrated by Haro Aso. It ran from 25 November 2010 to 25 March 2015 in Shogakukan’s Shonen Sunday S magazine and then moved to Weekly Shonen Sunday from 8 April 2015. It finished on 2 March 2016.

Netflix has made a Japanese live-action of the manga – consisting of 8 episodes all 40-50 minutes long.

I like this series because it’s so terrifying. It’s bizarre to see Tokyo so empty. The lack of knowledge about the game world is scary. The games are bloody, gory, draining, everything.

There are four types of games: Clubs (teamwork), Hearts (psychology), Diamonds (intelligence) and Spades (physical strength). Having different types of games makes it so much harder for players. You could be smart but lack stamina. You could be ruthless but lack teamwork. The odds are not likely to be in your favour in these games.

Having different levels of difficulty does make the games more stressful as well. Since you can’t choose which game you go into it adds a level of stress and tension. Showing up to a game to see a 3 of Clubs means an easier teamwork game! But an 8 of Hearts means you are going to go through some form of mental torture.

It’s interesting too that you HAVE to partake in these games. Your visa to stay in this world expires if you don’t play the game – since winning games is how you add days to your visa. It’s scary that there’s no way for players to get out of the game, and that you can choose to keep playing and surviving or give up and get shot down from a laser in the sky.

Having dealers in the games makes this world again, scarier. Dealers are the people who plan the games and were also dragged into this world like the players. For dealers to earn days to their visa they need people to die in the games they plan. They add a day to their visa per person who dies in their game. Dealers can also set up games where someone might have to die in order for the players to win the game.

Players die if they lose in this world, and dealers die if players win in this world.

Having such engaging and tense games makes this series so bingeable!

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Netflix’s Dark Tourist First Impressions

Dark Tourist is Netflix documentary hosts by the New Zealand journalist David Farrier. The series explores the phenomenon of dark tourism – tourism that involves traveling to places associated with death and suffering.

I enjoy a good documentary. But I feel like so far in this first episode I’ve been disappointed. They don’t go in depth enough for me about these topics. The first episode is covering two topics: the legacy of Pablo Escobar in Medellín and dark tourism in Mexico City.

In Medellín Farrier shows a short section of him in a tourist show with a Pablo Escobar look-alike. It shows how locals still make money from Pablo’s legacy, something that Farrier explores a little more by talking to the locals. I think it’s such an interesting topic – especially how so many of them are grateful to Pablo because they took them out of living in huts to living in houses because he built up the area. But this topic is quickly moved onto seeing someone where Pablo used to live and meeting his brother’s ex-wife in law. It’s a bit of a strange jump that I personally didn’t see much appeal in because it didn’t reveal much or tell us much about him or his life or tourism. Farrier then moves on to meeting Popeye, Escobar’s former hit man. This could of been super interesting but they didn’t discuss the legacy of Escobar as much as Farrier fretted over whether or not it was okay to think that Popeye seemed like an okay person. The episode then changed over to Mexico City.

In Mexico City there’s not that much of a set tourist attraction Farrier explores? He talks a little about the Day of the Dead before leaving that topic behind to meet followers of Santa Muerte (a cult) and witnesses an exorcism. The show then again quickly changes to Farrier experiencing a mock illegal crossing into the US.

With each episode only 40 minutes long and each episode exploring a different area (i.e. Episode 1 is Latin America, Episode 2 is Japan, Episode 3 is the US…) I think this documentary is trying to cram way too much into this short time period. Such interesting topics from episode 1 I felt like I barely learnt about. I understand that the documentary is based upon learning more about dark tourism so it’s not as important to know the history of Pablo Escobar say, but I felt like there was such wasted resources. He had so many interesting people to interview and footage to shoot and I felt like I learnt nothing – just watched a guy walk around these locations a bit and not really exploring the topic in depth.

It was a very basic episode that has an interesting premise but falls very, very flat for me by trying to focus upon too many places. We’re jumping from city to city and person to person instead of actually exploring the topic. There’s no interesting insights or take-aways.

I think if I continue to watch this series it’ll be late at night while I’m needing to shut off my brain and relax because it’s not very stimulating, but still is somewhat structured enough that I could watch it episode by episode.

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What Anime Streaming Services Do You Use?

What sites do you use to stream anime on?

I use Netflix, Crunchyroll and Anime Lab. I don’t have premium for Crunchyroll or Anime Lab so there is some content I cannot watch there, but I find between the three of these services I have more than enough of things to watch.

I probably use Netflix the most honestly to watch anime. I watched things like Demon Slayer, Japan Sinks 2020, Haikyuu! season 1 and 2, A.I.C.O. and Dorohedoro on it. I find that Crunchyroll and Anime Lab then between the two of them have pretty much all the content I could want. For example, if Anime Lab doesn’t have Yuri on Ice!!! then Crunchyroll will.

I don’t really mind the differences between these three sites either. They’re all accessible and although the ads can be boring I guess it’s the price I pay to not pay for the service so I’ll sit there and watch them. I do like how they also blank out what you’ve already seen so you know where to watch from. Do you have any anime service provider preferences?

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High-Rise Invasion: Why is it so Rushed?

I watched High-Rise Invasion on Netflix. It was a very interesting premise but overall, nothing too spectacular.

While watching its 12 episodes I assume it probably wasn’t a Netflix original story since it seemed to be rushing through material very quickly. Usually, I would assume that a Netflix original anime would be more well-progressed since the creators know they’re building a story from scratch with no confirmed second season.

So, I guessed about two episodes in that it was the anime adaption of a manga. This would make sense – that the anime was trying to rush through source material because they didn’t know if they would get a second season. So why not try to get as much in as possible?

I found out that the High-Rise Invasion manga is completed and contains 149 chapters or 21 volumes.

Before High-Rise Invasion’s anime release sites suggested that due to the large amount of source material available, the anime would cover approximately 94 chapters or 8 volumes. There’s enough here to last for several seasons.

However, the anime ended up finishing at chapter 149 or volume 12. This is over halfway through the manga. By doing this, the High-Rise Invasion creators have allowed themselves to finish the anime in 2 seasons – another 12 episodes should be enough to get through the rest of the manga source material.

Although that means lots is going to be missed out on and the anime is rushed, I understand why they’d want to get it done in 2 seasons. Netflix is known to drop anime after 2 seasons. Analysis does show that on average, Netflix original series will receive 2 seasons. After all, Netflix is aiming to gain subscribers and they need to make a variety of new content to do so.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events: Episode 1 and 2

Parts of this have been in my drafts for about a year just as notes. And yes, I am aware that I’m about 3 years behind on this series since it aired in January 2017.

Episode 1

Firstly, I love all the actors. Whoever hired Patrick Warburton as the narrator and Joan Cusack as the judge needs a goddamn raise. I was really impressed at how easily immersed in the story world it is to get with how committed the actors are to their roles.

I love the sets too. Everything is just so well put together and generally pleasing and aesthetic. All the vast differences in colour schemes between locations too is great, and how wardrobes tie in so well to their respective character. This whole thing kind of has a Wes Anderson vibe to it and I appreciate that.

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The storyline so far is interesting, and I haven’t read the book (or is it books?) so I am completely in the dark about what’s happening and what to expect. But there’s definitely something going on here and I’m keen to find out what.

And I like that they explain what words mean. It’s a thing that happens and considering the series has a PG rating and its target audience is children, I think it’s a good move. The show assumes children are intelligent and they are. I watched this episode with one of my younger sisters (aged 12 at the time) and I could see her about to ask me what a word meant and then when it got explained, she was really impressed by the show. She was also really happy while watching when she realised that it was setting up a more complicated narrative than she was used to being allowed to watch.

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It’s exciting to see, especially since after watching the first episode she started seeking out other PG rated shows that had this type of narrative complexity she wanted. We were all very sheltered as children (okay, maybe I did a sneaky by letting her watch this episode with me) and the most ‘inappropriate’ things we could watch were DC PG series like Young Justice (trust me, I know it doesn’t make sense. But neither does barring an 18-year-old from watching The Hunger Games at 11pm on a low, considerate volume on a Wednesday night when all my siblings and Mum are already asleep. But Mum was banned from watching Neighbours and Home and Away when I was 3 months old despite her reassurances that there was no way a 3-month-old understood what was going on in a soap drama so what chance did I have). My sister’s never been interested in superheroes at all though and really only watched these types of shows with us because she really didn’t want to watch her alternative of… well, not much. She’s an avid reader though and most content she consumes is via books she borrows from the library or asks Mum to get her.

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It was around this time too that she had started watching Avatar: The Last Airbender and I think these two shows just opened up a new type of world for her. Since then she’s found shows like Voltron: Legendary Defender and The Dragon Prince to watch on the TV (probably helps that my older-younger sister [which I say like she’s not a few months off of 17] and I watch them) and things like My Hero Academia to privately watch. I know she finished A Series of Unfortunate Events too since she didn’t realise one day that I was home while she was sick and panicked paused on one of the final episodes when I walked into mum’s room to find nail polish remover. It makes me happy to see her finding TV series which she enjoys. It makes me happy that this series was one of her gateways to finding more things she likes.

But now, I’ve been rambling too much. The episode is over and this leads us to…

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Episode 2

Boy, do I love the story world building in this episode. The sets are perfect, the costumes are perfect and the shots are great. All the little knick-knacks and props set up too are so detailed and coherent

It’s an entertaining episode. I enjoyed the theatre troupe and how Sunny’s dialogue is accompanied by subtitles. They had some good lines. Watching a villain struggle to keep their plan together and come up with ideas on the fly is also always entertaining to me.

The CGI? Doll hands? are kind of dodgy in parts like where Sunny is dealing cards, which watching a baby win poker and save herself is good enough content for me to get over it.

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The series’ humour is fairly snarky which I appreciate. I certainly wasn’t expecting anyone to say, “Dear God, why would anyone listen to a consultant” or, “Let me give you some advice. If you keep using such big words so early in the morning, then you’re going to end up a very lonely man.”

The storyline got way darker way quicker than I was expecting though, especially with the marriage plot. And Gustav getting tranquilised and falling into a pool to die – that’s some End of the Fucking World type shit right there. The judge not getting the kids? That’s the most heartbreaking thing. Why do we have to crush the poor woman’s dreams like that? I can only handle so much. The journalist’s wife too just straight up getting excited when something goes wrong and because she’s getting a scoop is way too funny to me as a media student. And her tricking the kids into saying something to then quote them is way is such a dodgy magazine tactic.

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Final Thoughts

This series, at least from the first episodes, is great. The story world is well developed, the characters are interesting and the narrative they’ve begun is definitely mysterious and appealing. For full appreciation, I would recommend watching on a larger screen than a phone – the sets are quite detailed.

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The 2020 Releases I’m Most Excited For

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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I love, and will forever love, Animal Crossing. I can’t wait to start playing on it the Switch and be given that golden ticket to a deserted island by the racoon I will forever be indebted to.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

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This is such a gorgeous series, so I can’t wait to stand around for hours just looking at everything.

Attack on Titan Final Season

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I love AOT. And watching the anime’s final season is going to ruin me.

Yuri!!! On Ice Movie

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Although there is no confirmed date yet for the movie, one can dream that it will be out 2020. BECAUSE I LOVE THIS SERIES WITH ALL MY HEART AND MY LEVEL OF EXCITEMENT FOR IT HAS NOT BEEN DAMPENED SINCE ITS ANNOUCEMENT.

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising

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I love MHA. I know the movie is already out but I haven’t watched it yet so I’m including it in this list. Can’t wait to cry over it, and then read non-stop fanfiction and go on a following fan artists spree these next few weeks.

She-Ra Season 5

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Even though nothing is confirmed yet, I am putting it on this list because She-Ra: The Princesses of Power is one of my favourite Netflix series. Everything about it is so good, and I need more in my life.

Dragon Prince Season 4

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This is another one of my favourite things I’ve watched on Netflix (and featured on the list despite that the next season has not yet been confirmed). Each season just keeps getting better, and that just makes me hyped for the next!

Umbrella Academy Season 2

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Umbrella Academy was sooooooo good! I’m so keen for the next season! It can’t arrive fast enough!

All the Bright Places

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This Netflix movie coming out is based upon Jennifer Niven’s book of the same name. I love her YA novels, so I’m interested to see what the movie will be like.

Brooklyn 99 Season 7

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Any Brooklyn 99 is good.

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

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The Harley Quinn animated series has made it up into my top 3 DC Universe TV series, which makes me excited to then go see Birds of Prey. Plus, Margot Robbie! Harley Quinn!

Wonder Woman 1984

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IT’S GOING TO BE AMAZINGGGGGGG.

SCOOB!

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It’s Scooby-Doo! Need anything else be told to me to make me more excited?

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ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE: DEFINITELY WILL BE RE-WATCHING

I didn’t know about this movie until the memes started rolling in. I saw Keanu Reeves walking on Twitter and was confused. I dug further into Twitter and found lots of videos of Keanu Reeves walking to different songs and was confused. I deep dove into Twitter and then finally, finally found the Twitter page created solely to post Keanu Reeves walking to different songs.

This led me to the discovery that the clip was from Always be my Maybe. A Netflix original film featuring and written by Ali Wong and Randall Park. I was immediately sold on the idea. (Michael Golamco also helped to write the film!).

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Turns out that this film had been in development for a while now, when in 2016 Ali mentioned in a New Yorker interview that her and Randall had been working for years to develop their, “own version of When Harry Met Sally.”  Further research then showed that Ali and Randal met in the late 1990s during a fried-rice cooking competition that was being hosted by a mutual friend from the LCC Theatre Company (which is an Asian-American performance group that Randall co-founded). And Ali and Randall have remained friends ever since!

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So, by now I’d seen Keanu Reeves, a Netflix meme-able rom-com written and starring Ali Wong and Randall Park, and I learnt that they’d actually been working on this for years and have been friends even longer. I was so ready to watch this movie.

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And so, begun my quest! Sitting on the couch at 7pm eating a too big plate of nachos all by myself with way too strong cordial in my favourite mug, I began to watch Always be my Maybe.

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It is a funny film. It’s an all-round enjoyable watch and is in its own way unique too. All the characters are lively, entertaining and equally interesting. I also thought it was great to watch the two main characters try to figure out what they want in life and see how their life circumstances and people around them influenced them.

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Always be my Maybe is its own film. It has clever humour constantly trickled throughout the show, an exploration of Asian-American culture and fairly relatable characters in their struggles. 10/10 would recommend.

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