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Aku no Hana

I’ve not watched a lot of anime lately as you can probably tell. Too much coming out of Japan these days is tripe littered with moe faces, slice of life without any comedy, or harem shows. Mostly all of that rolled together into a sticky-bun of awful. Ever since summer, though, Aku no Hana has been on my radar. The premise and title card were intriguing enough to stay buried in my mind until recently when, trapped by the snows of winter, I pulled it out and finally watched it. I was not disappointed. If there were a single word to describe Aku no Hana, it would beĀ visceral.

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My Little Theory

So, if you didn’t already know, I am a fan of the kid’s show My Little Pony, or at least, of the Faustian version. Since the reasons for this are numerous and somewhat silly and because doing so would be rehashing what half the internet has been saying for the last two years, I will refrain from doing so. However, what I will do is totally give my ridiculous fan idea for what should happen in season four given the events which occurred at the end of the third season. There will be spoilers. You have been warned.

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Kick-Ass

So once again I find myself watching movies in genres I know I have a problematic past with. After reviewing Thor, you’d think that I’d leave the super-hero genre alone for a while. Such was not the case when I noticed Kick-Ass was available to view in my Netflix. I had heard a lot about Kick-Ass around the time it came out, most relating to its violence and inclusion of minors. Controversy, warranted or not, must surely follow a film that is worth watching. Right?

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Oldboy

What is it about revenge that so captivates us? Why is it that in movie after movie we see the good guy wronged, the bad guy gloating, and then the good guy destroying the bad guy in some way? This seems to be a story that has long fascinated society. It is a story that is as old as time and it never ceases to stroke our love of seeing justice meted out. But is that all there is to it? Oldboy would like to take on that question and then beat you with it.

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There is something to be said about an author that Neil Gaiman, arguably one of the best writers of fantasy fiction alive today, calls the “greatest living fantasy writer.” And when that author writes what is considered to be his magnum opus, what is there to say about that? If you listen to other critics, you hear things like “Fantasy’s Ulysses” or the best book by “Our Melville”. Yet if such a book is so amazing that Ursula K. Le Guin gushes about it, why isn’t it a best seller like Sandman or Lord of the Rings? Such was the dilemma when I picked up The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe. Highly praised does not always equal very good. Would this monster of a book live up to expectations?

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