Cowboy Bebop Review 

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I remember watching this when Adult Swim first came out back in 2001 and I think the first episode of this series I saw was episode 5 “Ballad of Fallen Angels”. Watching this I was a little lost until I saw the whole show start to finish. People today have reviewed this in America since it came out in 1998 and surprised at how American it was. Also, it’s still on Adult Swim being rerun and rerun since that’s how good it is.

The director Shinichiro Watanabe also did Samurai Champloo, Space Dandy, and Boys on the Slope, which I haven”t seen yet. Though I did see Samurai Champloo and Space Dandy and they were amazing and I will get to those shows soon. Even heard Cowboy Bebop in Japan wasn’t much of a bit hit, but here though it WAS a bit hit probably because it’s so appealing to the western audiences.

The story is about the near future where people are in barely in space and crime has gotten so bad that bounty hunters do most of the work. There’s also a lot of homages to the western audience as well and can get cerebral too at times. It also has a lot of character building as well, like our main hero Spike Spiegel taking Bruce Lee’s philosophy of the water to heart.

Half of the show is creating this world and the characters that will soon meet up together as well. Like the fighter Spike, the ex-cop Jet, the dog Eine which is super intelligent, the con artist lady Fay, and the kid hacker Edward. At the end, I was kind of sad just because these shows were so good back then but if Cowboy Bebop did go on it would probably get too boring or take forever. Almost like One Piece, not that I hate One Piece it’s just like it’s afraid to end, also hope it won’t end up being the exact opposite of what it’s about like some shows that go on almost forever. You can also see my One Piece review for that but it’s kinda short.

Anyway, this anime is a legend and a must watch regardless of how old it is. The voice cast for the English dub I think did so good they do other voices as well. It’s on Funimation Now and Crunchyroll and you can get it on DVD and Blu-ray as well.

 

Sonic Boom TV Show Review

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First I was a bit hesitant and thought this show was just a bad cash in for the video games. After watching the 2nd season with my cable subscription and the 1st with Hulu and the show is pretty solid. Also, the animation is pretty good with the CGI as well. The jokes are funny and the voice cast is pretty good and the stories notch up with the formula a bit to change the variety every now and then.

Now I’m bingeing this show and it’s getting better now or at least from what I’ve heard. Sonic has a team of friends to help stop Dr. Eggman and his evil plans. Sonic’s friends, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and Sticks, help him out and they all have their own personalities. Sticks is kinda paranoid with all her conspiracies and it can get annoying fast. Knuckles is kinda dumb, Tails is the tech guy, and Amy is kinda a good two shoes. Eggman is more of Sonic’s frienemy in this show and isn’t as menacing as he was in the other shows.

Even at one point they talk about the multiverse a bit and introduce Shadow and a different version of Eggman that can shapeshift. Hope the DVDs come out here in America soon since they’re already available in Europe though. Also, this cartoon is an Anericain/French production like Miraculous Ladybug and I will get to that show soon as well.

This show is also on Cartoon Network but it’s aired pretty early so either try to wake up early or something like that. I hope the DVDs can make it here in America soon since it’s getting better and the first season is on Hulu if you want to watch more of this show.

Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography Review (Spoilers)

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When I first heard about Malcolm X, I thought he was an aggressor. Who wanted these race problems to be reversed at times, after reading this though I think of him differently now. In the book, it says his violent death would be his destiny and it shows his last picture of him and his rifle.

The book start’s with him growing up where Malcolm’s family moves north to escape getting lynched back in the south. They had a hard time and kept moving at times then his father leaves him and then his mom is committed a little later. Malcolm then gets expelled for a prank and then is sent to reform school then sent to some special home before he could go there.

His adopted parents were also a bit racist as well, he did good in school but some people didn’t like him, like one of his teachers. Malcolm also requests that his half sister be his guardian and she accepts his request as they go to Boston. Her home was in a where Malcolm enjoyed the people while going out at night. He then becomes a hustler and learned to dance in his spare time. As he got older he also went to Harlem to find more opportunities as well.

Malcolm at one point tries to help a black sailor but the sailor turns out to be an undercover cop. Malcolm then gets sent to a police station for questioning and is let go but after that, he knew the police would keep an eye on him. During the draft, he tries to act crazy and it works and is later sent to jail where he finds Islam. Malcolm also looks up to this guy Elijah Muhammed when he first starts to convert to Islam.

He even starts to study a dictionary to help him write better and kept reading books to stay sane in prison. The book also mentions all the other civil rights movements that were going on in the 1960’s as well. Malcolm also gets Elijah’s blessing to marry a girl, Betty, also makes his biography which becomes a bestseller. At chapter 10 though to talks about Elijah Muhammed’s adultery with some women of Islam.

Malcolm then meets a boxer who wants to join and then the boxer calls himself Muhammad Ali. Malcolm then took the Hajj in 1964 which is the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia every Muslim must take at leat once in their lives, there is an exception if you can’t afford to go there though. When he gets back home he later went to a presentation where he kinda knew he’d be targeted for assassination. He was killed at the meeting but people like Malcolm X I think just end up being martyrs since his dream and MLK’s dream didn’t die.

Battlefield 1 Review

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Was a little hesitant at first with this game since EA Rushed Battlefield 4 and Battlefield: Hardline was pretty bad. This game turned out to be pretty amazing so I bought it on the Xbox One, PC, and PS4, as a way to compare and contrast. The PC version seemed okay just because the PC client EA Origin has a lot of trolls and hackers at times and you can report them, but EA doesn’t do much from what I’ve heard.

The console versions seem to be better and it feels like EA is paying more attention to the consoles than the PC people. The game starts out with a prologue that really puts you in the mood and what these people went through during that time. The single player campaign has about 5 stories across the was and they seem pretty short at times.

Multiplayer can be pretty big with Conquest being one of the highlights of the game. I also heard there’s this gap between levels 4 and 10 and you can pay actual money for battle packs now. Which are really just booster packs and a quick way to level up and get the better add-ons for weapons without playing the game as much.

Anyway, this is a pretty good game and is more about having fun than being historically accurate. If you do by this just get the regular one since the special editions feel like buying too much at times.

The 5th Wave Book Review

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First heard about this when the movie came out and it kinda came and went. Wasn’t until I saw the Bad Movies review of the movie I found out it was based on a young adult novel. I usually don’t read these books since they’re too easy to read at times. Also, I’m not in the age group so I can’t relate to some of these problems that are in their books. So I read this for a book club for people my age since some book clubs had older people I couldn’t relate too.

This book seems like twilight with aliens and a bit of the Road in the mix. Since there’s a dystopian feel to this movie or about as dystopian as this book can be. There was also some same patterns young adult books have, love triangles, and a leading lady who is a bit clumsy. Reading this I was thinking of the movie and kinda scanning thoroughly it because some parts were just boring. Something about aliens coming to earth and people calls them “the Others” and they use 4 waves so far for invasion. Seems a bit too elaborate since they could have used a neutron bomb. Or end up getting on our good side while taking our resources, like in V The Miniseries. They say the Others are being careful but these waves don’t seem very careful.

I’m not going to spoil the entire book but you can kinda see the twist coming a bit. There’s also two more books in the series but I’m not sure if we will read them. Anyway if you want to read this it’s fine I just kept thinking about the movie for visual aid. This book also got me back into reading again so I might be reviewing more books sooner or later.

How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way Review

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Reading this it seemed pretty straightforward and this book shows you all the basics of drawing comics. This copy I read though was from the library and some people just traced over some of the pictures since there are traces of penciling in some of them. This book is also a reprint of a 1984 book by Stan Lee for inspiring comic book artists as well. This could also be for the young and old alike since I found this in the adult section of my town’s public library.

This book also tells you all about what you need and how to draw some of the stuff. I might get some of these supplies in stores when I can and try them out. Since digital arts can give me eye strain if I stare at the screen too long. Also, hope to get me a copy since this book is about 8 dollars on Amazon and to also try out how I draw comics as well.

I haven’t done many reviews since I’m a bit busy with trying to do art and books like these let me do both of art and reviews. Since these books catch my eye and help me inspire myself to do some creativity. I think I didn’t do much art growing up since I had ADHD, was tired from a long day of school, and simply got intimidated by other people’s works. Now I do it as a form of art therapy to give myself something to do and calm myself down. Here’s also my art blog if you haven’t seen it already and my art isn’t the best but it helps me express myself.

https://thinkerart101.wordpress.com/

Scalped Review 

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Reading this it felt like Native Amercian Sopranos at times and it really shows the plight of Indian Reservations. The story is about this guy that goes back to his tribe’s reservation after running away 15 years ago. He’s also and undercover cop and it seemed like he was going to stop this guy, Chief Red Crow. Seeing all the people react to our main hero’s return seemed shocking since some people hate that he left the tribe so long ago. 

Seeing all that happens through this story and through some flashbacks were also pretty shocking too. Surprised how the Native Americans have to grow up so fast at times in Indian Reservations. I’m not explaining most of the story since I got the just of it from other Native American stories about the present day Native Americans.

Also, this book isn’t for everyone and is for mature readers since it’s Vertigo Comics. The reason I read this was it was a part of the top 10 DC Comics you need to read before you die article. Here’s the link to the article if you want to look at it yourself.

http://whatculture.com/comics/10-dc-graphic-novels-you-must-read-before-you-die

Batman: A Death in the Family Review (Spoilers)

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When I checked this out at the library I already knew the highlight of the story from a documentary about comic books through the years on the History channel. In this book or comic both Batman and Robin, who was Jason Todd at the time, go to the Middle East to find the Joker and Jason Todd’s birth mother. After the Joker blackmailed Jason’s mom, Jason meets his mom for the first time but then the Joker lures them into a trap. The Joker beats up Jason himself and leaves both him and his mom locked in some warehouse with a bomb.

Around the time this story happened there was an ad for two numbers to call, one to keep Jason Todd alive while the other number lets Jason die. Some fans think the numbers were rigged so that Jason would die anyway since I heard he was kind of a jerk in the comics. Jason dies anyway and Batman is just torn up about losing him and thinks back to the time when he met Jason as Batman. Jason was just a kid at the time trying to steal the Batmobile’s tires as a way to get some money. Also, Batman mentions how he took him in and how he was pretty angry at times.

Word get’s out for Dick Grayson, who was the first Robin, on the death of Jason Todd and goes back to the circus he used to live. There he finds a promising new Robin with a kid named Tim Drake and even saves Batman and Nightwing when fighting Two-Face.

Overall this is an amazing Batman story and as time went forward Jason Todd gets revived and this time becomes the Red Hood. There would also be more stories with Time Drake as Robin like a major one in Identity Crisis. Even as he gets a bit older he becomes Red Robin fighting crime all over Europe.

Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery Review

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Reading this I thought it would be kinda trippy and it was since this is Grant Morrison doing the writing, he’s also doing Heavy Metal magazine now if you’re wondering what he’s doing. This comic is also published by Vertigo which is for mature readers and I didn’t mind that since they also published Sandman as well.

The story is about this golden age superhero Flex Mentallo or some guy losing himself in comic books. Around the end, it get’s real trippy, mind-blowing, and you’ll just have to read it yourself if you can understand the book or other Grant Morrison’s works.

I’m being vague because I don’t read much of Vertigo’s works and also kinda speed read through the book since sometimes they can be easy reads. Also because I checked it out from the library and didn’t read it for a while. Anyway if you like Grant Morrison’s writing or Vertigo comics then you can give it a read. I also read this because it was one of the top 10 DC comics they published throughout they years. Yeah, Vertigo is a side company by DC just so you’ll know about that and here’s the article I found that inspired me.

http://whatculture.com/comics/10-dc-graphic-novels-you-must-read-before-you-die

Cyborg 009: Call of Justice

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First heard of Cyborg 009 when it was on Toonami as an anime back when I was 13 or 14. The show was okay and the animation had a nostalgic feel to it all. Sadly the TV show didn’t last long for some reason. Wasn’t until a few years recently I found out it was an old manga by some publisher called Ishimori, which did 009-1 as well.

Then just recently on Netflix, I saw this show from the same company and they also did a crossover series with Devilman and Cyborg 009. I’m a bit disappointed that it uses CGI instead of drawn animation but CGI can be good when it’s done right or if the story is any good.

The original story is that a weapon manufacturer named Black Ghost abduct 9 people from across the world and converts them into cyborgs, as a part of the ultimate soldier program. They get freed by a scientist who thought they all volunteered but didn’t. Each 00 Cyborg has a different power, one has physic powers, one can fly, one has built-in weapons, one breathes fire, one has enhanced radar, one has super strength, one can shape shift, one can swim deep underwater, and one has super speed. Also, I think Black Ghost was a take on cold war arms dealers since this manga was made in the 60’s.

In this show, the uniforms they wear are a bit different and look more like power armor and the ray guns look more modern. They still have their telepathy powers and haven’t aged for some reason throughout the years. They also explain to someone what they’ve done until after the cold war was over, by trying to help the united nations.

They also mention these people called the Guardians that help out the world after the 00 cyborgs failed a mission in Dubai. Then they also have to fight these people with superpowers called the Blessed as well.

This show just made me want to read the manga it was based on and also to watch the Cyborg 009 vs Devilman crossover series, which is also on Netflix as well. If you’re a Cyborg 009 fan give this a watch since it’s like a new story or a modern take on the manga.