Month: December 2013

Anime Mondays #43

It’s almost the end of the year!  How did your 2013 treat you?  Mine was pretty awesome, let me tell you, and not in the usual ways.  I feel like I’ve grown up so much in the past year, it’s not even funny.  I mean, let’s be real, not grown up enough to stop watching anime, but in a bunch of other ways.  Life is what you make of it, my friends.  Let’s get cracking on the last Anime Mondays post of the year!

All images are from MAL, and there are spoilers up to the episodes listed!

Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters – Episodes 41-49 Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters Cover

I’ve officially finished the first Yu-Gi-Oh! box set, which means I’m out of episodes to watch until amazon does a price drop for the second one to make it under $25.  It’ll happen.  I just have to wait for it.  Fortunately, I hated this last crop of episodes where this kid named Rebecca comes in and is just annoying (Chibi-usa, friends), Kaiba gets sucked into a Duel Monsters RPG that he makes which has more plot holes than anything I’ve ever seen and Yugi has to go rescue him, and then this dude named Duke Devlin (LOVE HIM) opens up a new game shop across from Yugi’s grandpa’s and invents this new game with dice where it takes four whole episodes for Yugi to kick his ass, even though he’s never played it before.  Everything was really stupid.  I need a new tournament that I care about.  Even though Duke was the shit, it doesn’t mean his arc had to have been shit, so I hope he comes back…just without the stupid dice.  Lord, that game was boring.

Phi Brain: Kami No Puzzle – Episodes 17-25 (Completed!) Phi Brain Season 1 Cover

Told you I was going to finish Phi Brain this week.  And what did we end up with?  A power of friendship ending.  Really???  Really.  Unless these endings come in the form of Sailor Moon or some characters I’m actually attached to, I will always hate them.  It seems like such a cop out.  It turns out that the leader of the bad guys was actually dead and Rook had been taking his place…but his whole vendetta against Kaito was because he was jealous of all the time they spent apart and he wanted to keep Kaito eternal in his heart by killing him or vice versa.  Dumbass.  Seriously, for someone who is supposed to be this uber-genius, what a dumbass.  Just go hang out some more.  BE FRIENDS.  You don’t have to stage a series of survival game puzzles just to be close to someone…but whatever.  It’s over.  And has two more seasons, hopefully without power of friendship endings.  I rated Phi Brain 8/10 on MAL just because I hated that ending.

Phi Brain Season 2: Orpheus Order-hen – Episode 1 Phi Brain Season 2 Cover

Apparently, I didn’t hate this show enough to not start the second season…which has nothing to do with Rook.  Yay!  Season 2 is all about this Order who wants to punish Kaito because he destroyed his Orpheus band last season.  The members have a whole shit ton of them and worship them or something, but they can also use them to control the minds of other people.  First puzzle in is more complicated than anything I have ever seen and uses way too much geometry for my liking, but you know…it’s a survival game.  I’m not too concerned with marathoning my way through season 2, seeing as I only watched one episode this week, but it’s not off my radar completely.

Detective Conan/Case Closed – Episodes 106-111 Case Closed Cover

I only really watched this because it came from Netflix…and I was doing sixteen other things while I was watching it, so I couldn’t even tell you what happened.  I know Detective Conan has this complicated plot, but I tend to put it on in the background when I’m doing something else.  Also, I’m at the start of the last season Funimation dubbed, and I know it’s going to be a bitch to watch it in Japanese because sometimes I can barely understand it in English.  I’m really in no hurry to finish this…and I guess that’s a good thing since it’s still airing and has hundreds of episodes I haven’t even touched yet.  Ugh.  Can I take back my year of the backlog promise?

Princess Princess – Episodes 1-4 Princess Princess Cover

This is one of the titles I picked up from my second Christmas Right Stuf order because it was cheap.  I know, I’m a sucker for the random cheap shows.  And this one is just…weird.  It’s basically a show about how pathetic men are, which I can get behind.  New pretty boy transfers to an all boys school where he is recruited to become one of the “princesses,” where he has to cross dress with two other dudes because the rest of the students need some “inspiration,” and will take girls however they can get them, even if they know that they are really just boys dressed in drag.  Sadly…I can sort of buy this premise, because men are real pigs sometimes.  Plus, I know a lot of drag queens, and if you drag your straight male friend to the wrong bar and he thinks a queen is a real woman, well…hilarity ensues.  The guys go along with throwing away their male pride to dress up in women’s clothing because the school supports this and pays them a shit ton of money to do so.  Yeah…this show is weird.  I don’t regret spending the $9 for the whole series, but I wish it had a dub to make it easier to multitask while watching.  But, eh, it’s still passable.  It’s not terrible…it’s no Girls Bravo or anything.  Thank Jesus.

Shakugan no Shana – Episodes 4-5 Shakugan no Shana Cover

So we’re getting more into the plot now, which is helping to clear up my lingering confusion greatly.  It turns out our main torch dude can actually make his torch brighter for some reason (probably because of the treasure inside of him), and he can save people.  So while Shana is busy saving the world, he can save individual people, which is nice.  There’s a new flame haze in town, and she’s going after some completely different bad guy while the first one just wants to bring his creepy doll to life.  Gross.  I’m getting the gist of it now, but let me tell you, the funniest part was when Shana gets all wigged out because main dude accidentally sees her changing.  She’s not a human, so she doesn’t really know how to be one, so I think that wigs her out the most that she actually has feelings…along with a crush.  I’m betting on it.

AKB0048 First Stage – Episode 1 AKB0048 Cover

When I saw Hulu Plus had this up, I had to watch the first episode.  I was randomly surfing through youtube a couple weeks ago, and this one girl put AKB0048 as her top anime of the year, and I had never heard of it, so I wanted to check it out.  I mean, idols, how can you go wrong?  Well…they are in space…that’s how you can go wrong.  Though, honestly, it’s not bothering me as much as I thought it might.  Certain planets have banned entertainment, and this ninja-like idol group still performs guerrilla-style concerts, even though people are freaking shooting at them.  It’s pretty bad ass.  This group of friends sneaks into one of their performances, and they immediately know when they get older they want to be in this group.  Flash forward, they audition and all make it to the next round.  But then one has to dump her boyfriend, and another has to lie to her father, and…man.  I don’t know if this was my PMS going haywire, but I cried through most of the first episode.  If this has a power of friendship ending, it’s going to be one I won’t hate.  However, other than my rampant tears, there wasn’t anything about the show that compelled me to watch more of it.  I will, but it’s not a priority at this point.

Code Geass – Episodes 6-9 Code Geass Cover

This was another one where I plowed through the episodes while I was doing something else (this time, it was pricing through Disney Cruise options…yay!).  Though, I thought it would have more robots in it…every time I stopped to pay attention, they were just doing something in the school.  Which was great!  Cause I hate robots!  But I’m just confused now.  Also, I think I’ve fallen in love with both Suzaku and Lelouch, and I know it’s not going to end well for either one or both of them, which means I’ll be a mess by the end of this series.  Lucky me.

Garden of Sinners (Kara no Kyoukai) – Movies 2-4 Garden of Sinners 2 Cover

I recently re-did all my anime shelves and put my Garden of Sinners box set in the front because it was really freaking expensive…and then this weekend, I forgot I had never watched any of it minus the first movie, so I had to rectify it.  Honestly, I should have re-watched the first movie before I jumped into the second because I couldn’t remember anything that had happened.  I don’t know how people in Japan waited months (years?) for each installment to come out.  But once I saw the second movie, I immediately watched two more until I succumbed to exhaustion.  Garden of Sinners is fucked up, and that’s just the way I like it.  I could do without all the time skipping, because my OCD hurts from it, but other than that, these movies are great.  They look into the psyche of this girl who has multiple personalities (one of which may or may not be a murderer), and then show as she grows to be able to use these “death eyes” to stop others from massacring all of Japan.  It’s really great.  And holy spoiler at the end of movie 4…I can’t wait to watch the last three movies, let’s just say that.  I ranked movie 2 7/10 on MAL and movies 3 and 4 8/10.  They are good.  I’m glad I spent this money…sort of.  Stupid Aniplex.

Happy new year, guys!  You may get one more wrap-up post from me before 2013 is over…but if not, look for something after the first of the year.  Here’s to 2014!

Disney World Trip Report Day #1 – Where We Learn That Being Awesome Means You Get Awesome Things

I guess it’s about time that I talk about Disney World, seeing as it’s been two months since I’ve gone, and if I wait any longer, I’ll probably forget things.  Let’s be real, I’ve already forgotten things, but I’ll blame that on the Backstreet Cruise, which my friend and I partook in directly before heading off to the happiest place on earth.  We started out on a Monday, where I had to get up ridiculously early, was crankier than any human being should be, and had the most massive hangover to end all hangovers.  I’d talk about the cruise before hand, but I’m a big fan of “what happens on the Backstreet Cruise stays on the Backstreet Cruise.”  So, let’s just say I had gotten very little sleep for three days, had to go on a beach (I hate beaches just as much as I hate giant robots, aka A LOT), and pretty much lived inside a constant party, even though we slept in the literal dungeon of the boat in a room the size of a shoebox with no window.  The cruise cost more than my entire Disney vacation, and we were at the bottom of the barrel.  Here are a couple of pictures if you’re so inclined.  (Note: I know this is going to be impossible, but I’m going to attempt to do this whole series without posting any pictures with me in them.  Considering we took almost 800 Photopass pictures, this is going to be a feat.  But whatever.)


That’s the elevator decorations on the boat.  I know, right?


Sail away party.  The captains suits did us in.

trip-003Bachelorette night.  Enough said.

Debarkation day was right after bachelorette night.  Needless to say, when I woke up that morning, you would know why I would not want to get off that boat.  But my friend and I trudged along, took showers, got as presentable as we could manage and had to leave our cabin stupid early…where we proceeded to have to wait around to be almost some of the last people off the ship.  We said goodbye to our other friends, picked up pictures, reveled in the fact that we could get on facebook again…but, really, we were just worried that we were going to miss our flight to the most magical place on earth.  Luckily, customs didn’t take forever, and the cab line wasn’t super bad, so we made it to the airport with time to spare.  Unfortunately, lines there were outrageous, and I may or may not have had words with a TSA agent because she made me throw out my dry shampoo from my carry-on (I will stick by this: IT IS POWDER AND NOT A LIQUID I SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO HAVE IT, NO MATTER HOW BIG THE CONTAINER WAS), but eventually, we made it to our gate.  And then the magic started to happen as we were upgraded to an EXIT ROW.  Actually, we were the first row of seats right by the airplane door, which meant there was no seat in front of me, which meant I could practically lie on the floor of the airplane.  After my most hideous flight ever to get down to Miami, I was so happy to be able to put my damned legs out.  (I’m 5’9.  Airplanes are torture.)  I told the flight attendants I was going to pass out, and I indulged in the best 45 minute hangover nap of my life through the whole plane ride.  I never again want to fly in a row that’s not an exit row.  Best flight ever.

And then….we were in ORLANDO.  The magic continued as we jumped on the fake monorail, and then proceeded to get lost on the way to the Magical Express, but, whatever, we were there, and I just wanted to check in, get in my bed, and power nap before our dinner reservation.  Unfortunately, when we made it over to the certified Disney buses, my magicband was having problems; it thought I was my friend, so she basically had double everything and I had nothing.  The guy checking us in was from my city, and I was like….dude.  Get me on a bus.  I just want to get on a bus.  Please fix my band so I can get on the goddamned bus, and hope to hell all my fastpass + reservations which we had slaved over were still intact.  For all our troubles, we got…stickers.  I believe mine was Cinderella.  I plastered it right on my obnoxiously yellow Backstreet Cruise shirt.  After about 20 minutes of rebooking EVERYTHING, they put us on a bus.  Actually, we were the first people on said bus, so we got to sit in the front seat.  Winning.  Also, we had a bad ass bus driver named Dave who seemed pretty amused that I laughed at all his corny bus driver jokes and that I bawled through the bus video.  Yeah, I’m that girl.


In no time at all, we saw the best road sign in the universe, and after one quick stop, we pulled into our home for the next week: Pop Century Resort.  Now, please keep in mind, I hadn’t been to Disney World since I was six years old, and I have never stayed on property, so this was a big deal for me.  So deal with it, I was crying again.  I tipped Dave the Awesome Bus Driver even though we didn’t have any bags in exchange for his silence about my tears of joy, and we made our way to online check in.  It was at this point where we got stopped by an awesome cast member who saw our cruise gear and was like, “DID YOU JUST GET OFF THE BOAT? OH MY GOD I LOVE THEM!” so, basically, she was the most awesome cast member EVER.  While my friend and I regaled her with shipboard tales, we tried to check in at the same time, where we made friends with yet another most awesome cast member ever who laughed at us because we were like, “Ugh, we were trapped in the dungeon of this boat for three days, and all I want to do is sleep in a bed for twenty minutes and get something to eat because I haven’t had food other than 2am pizza and ship lemonade but OH MY GOD BACKSTREET BOYS OH MY GOD DISNEY WORLD IT WAS TOTALLY WORTH IT.”  Yup.  Those girls.  This was all happening and awesome cast member checking us in was like, “Wait, none of your requests got honored, we’re not booked, I don’t know why they would put you all the way out practically in Art of Animation,” (Note: we had only made one request, to be close to the bus stop) and he changed our building and room so all we had to do was walk down one flight of stairs and cut through the parking lot to get to the bus stop.  PIXIE DUST!  He also magically procured us birthday and first visit buttons without us even asking him to (hey, when you’re six, it doesn’t count), and explained how the dining plan worked, where we needed to go, etc.  I love hotel cast members.  They are the greatest.

After our check in, instead of making our way to our fabulous beds which we were intently craving, we made the mistake of walking through the gift shop first, where I plunked down some Disney gift card cash to buy a Nightmare Before Christmas lanyard and keycard holder.  Even though it broke, it was the smartest purchase I made during the entire trip.  I never needed to pull out my wallet because my life was around my neck.  Genius.  We finally made it to our room (Building 10 in the 70s, in case you were wondering where this golden location was), and realized we didn’t really have enough time to take a nap, but we were dead starving, so we went to the food court to have pre-dinner, instead.  We had to get the new RFID mugs for the dining plan, and all they had were orange ones, but more magic happened when some cast members appeared out of nowhere with boxes filled with other colors.  Free mugs in hand, we paid out of pocket for some food (dumb idea, ALWAYS use your quick service credits on the regular dining plan because you will end up with more than you need…I think we had like three extra ones apiece), and practically laid down in a booth to eat it, sucking down free Diet Coke like there was no tomorrow because our dining plan was FREE FREE FREE!  My friend was like a boss with her food pictures, but I don’t think I took any.  I had some chicken parmesean, if you were wondering, and it was amazing because there was like…no sauce on it.  I’m not a big fan.  Anyway, on our way back to the room after our much needed pre-dinner, we ran into the guy who had our luggage.  Yay!  So I could change my black bra into something that didn’t show through my tshirt before we left to go meet one of my other friends for dinner.

After putting on some eyeliner and mourning the power nap I didn’t get to take, I grabbed some gift cards, and we headed out to catch a bus for Downtown Disney.  Our dinner that night was at T-Rex because I love dinosaurs.  No…I really love dinosaurs.  Like, I have even written songs about them, for college credit.  I know, I’m just that awesome.  We practically ran to make our reservation, and we met my other friend who lives in Florida who I hadn’t seen in like…five years or something.  This became the trip of meeting up with people who I hadn’t seen in x amount of years.  I swear, I think we found new people every day.  Anyway, so we checked in for our reservation, and I mentioned to please not seat us in the room with the fish tank, that we’d be willing to wait longer if that was all they had available (because I like fish just as much as I like giant robots, read: NOT AT ALL), and, of course, when they went to take us back, the guy was like…oh wait, they put you in the room with the giant fish tank.  HOLD UP.  So, he went back and got us another table that was right by this guy:


Whom I immediately proclaimed my boyfriend.  He squawked a lot, but his table manners were impeccable, compared to most of the guys I’ve dated.  T-Rex is awesome if you like dinosaurs (obviously) and loud noises (not so obviously).  Where we were seated, there was a meteor shower every fifteen minutes.  It was so cool.  Along with being “that girl,” I am also five years old.  Since we had pre-dinner, I wasn’t very hungry, but I did manage to eat about half of the gigantic fried shrimp dinner that I ordered and this dessert that was like…ice cream upon ice cream upon ice cream.  God, I love the dining plan.

When we were done eating, I proceeded to walk around the entire restaurant taking pictures of dinosaurs.  You’re welcome.




That’s my other boyfriend.  Be really jealous.

Then, we went in the gift shop, where I really wanted to buy one of those Build-a-Bear dinos…for myself.  I was talked out of this purchase with a promise we’d be back later (sidenote: we never came back), and went out to do some more shopping where we took awesome pictures of ourselves wearing funny hats and Minnie ears (which will not be seen in this trip report), began my ridiculous obsession with this Alice in Wonderland teapot I waffled the whole trip about purchasing, spent way too much money at Basin (hello, obsession with bath bombs, let’s talk about it), and tried to find a Very Bradley for my friend that nobody had.  I also bought a really cute Belle shirt in Tren-D which I was sure would not fit, but, shockingly, it did, and we didn’t even make a dent in all the stores.  Cramming Downtown Disney into a couple of hours was definitely not the smartest thing I had ever planned to do, plus, I wanted to spend time with my local friend and there were just not enough hours in the day.  She very nicely agreed to drive us back to our hotel (and to a CVS where I had to re-purchase my dry shampoo because of the bitchy TSA agent), and we said our goodbyes because we had to be up at ass o’clock in the morning on Tuesday for our first park day.  Can you say, “pre-opening ADR?”  I can!

And I finally met my bed.  And it was GLORIOUS.

To be continued…obviously.

What’s your favorite store in Downtown Disney?  Restaurant?  I am making a point to spend more time there next trip…which I have already started planning for 2014.  Still that girl, people, still that girl.

2014: Year of the Backlog


I am currently in the middle of 236 anime series.  Yes, you read that correctly.  236.  Think I’m shitting you?  There’s proof on MAL.  I don’t know what the deal is.  I mean, I start something, I get bored, I switch to something else.  For a show to hold my attention, it really needs to have something special…and let’s be real, most of them don’t.  I also have this problem of starting long-running shounen series and then forcing myself to finish them…even if it takes the rest of my life.  I have dvds everywhere, my crunchyroll queue is a mess, and if I didn’t have a tracker, lord knows where I would be.

Clearly, my goal for this next year is to clear out at least a chunk of my backlog.  I want to move shows into the “completed” table.  My ADD is going to hate me because watching more than four episodes of one show at a time is kind of unheard of, but I have to try.  So here are my rules for anime watching next year.  If I stray from these, you have my permission to make me sit through Aria the Natural again.  Ugh.

  1. No starting a new show until I have finished one.
    At the end of the year, I will take a final tally of my unfinished shows, and that will be the number I cannot go over.  I will not allow myself to start a new show (even if it’s airing) until I finish one.
  2. Sequels of shows I have just finished watching do not count.
    Obviously, that means I will have just finished one and can add it anyway, but whatever.
  3. The new Sailor Moon overrides any and all rules.Yeah, hi, I’ve been waiting like 10+ years for this, I’m sure gonna watch the shit out of it.

At the end of the year, I hope to have cut my list down to size.  Lord, please.

That being said, is there any show I should start right now?  Something I can’t live without for a whole year?  I have to start it before next Wednesday, so, please, if there’s something completely amazing, let me know so I won’t be deprived.

Alright, now I’m gonna do something dumb like watch Pokemon.  That shit is never ending.

Anime Mondays #42

Dude…there are some weird things people search for that lead to my blog.  Seriously.  They’re not even on my page.  Please stop.  You know which search terms you are.  Anyway, I’ve been ridiculously sick all week, which leads to copious amounts of marathoning fueled by cold medicine.  You have been warned.

All images are from MAL, and there are spoilers up to the episodes listed!

Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle – Episodes 1-16 Phi Brain Season 1 Cover

See, I told you.  I never sit down and watch this many episodes of a show in a row, but I’ve been consistently going back to Phi Brain all week when I haven’t been knocked unconscious by Nyquil.  This is not a show I would have normally picked up; all the characters are ugly, the art style is just atrocious…yet, here I sit watching episode after episode.  The story is based around this genius named Kaito who is crazy good at puzzles.  He solves this one that tries to kill him, and then gets this armband which stimulates his brain to make him crazier good at puzzles.  Then there’s this puzzle league where people create these death traps masquerading as puzzles that may or may not have prizes attached…but you can only get them if you don’t die.  I guess it’s almost survival game-ish?  Maybe that’s why I like it?  I have no idea, but I can’t stop watching it.  There are three seasons, so it’s going to take me awhile, but I’m ready for the ride.  Also, it has one of the greatest opening theme songs I’ve ever heard.  I’ve literally had two bars of it stuck in my head since I started watching at the beginning of the week.  The opening sucks, but the song is amazing.  I’m banking on finishing the first season this week, so we’ll see what happens after I plow through it.

One Piece – Episode 74 One Piece Cover

So there were some giants fighting and one giant killed the other, and then some enemies came all up in here and started trapping people by capturing them in wax, and all Zoro wanted to do was make an awesome pose…that’s about all I can remember.  I switched a disc?  So I’m on the last one of collection three.  Yippee?  Don’t worry, I have a bunch of Christmas presents to wrap, so I plan on moving to collection four before the holiday.  On a side note, I hope Funimation decides to release more One Piece collections; I don’t want to change box art to have to continue the series in the stupidly overpriced voyage format.  Yuck.

Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters – Episodes 25-40 Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters Cover

This is what has replaced Naruto as the show I watch before I go to sleep until I get another set in, and since I’ve spent most of this week in various stages of sleep and insomnia, I watched a lot of Yu-Gi-Oh.  AND THE TOURNAMENT IS OVER.  And what a tournament it was.  Mai (who is the best character) copped out of her duel with Yugi, Joey beat that weirdo guy with the machine cards, and then it was Joey vs. Yugi in the Pokemon finals…wait.  Wrong show.  Anyway, since they got on the goddamned island, I was like, “Yugi doesn’t care about money.  Why doesn’t he just give Joey the money if he wins?”  I guess Joey would have been a shitty Duel Monsters player forever if that happened, and we wouldn’t have been treated to the most ridiculous montage ever before Joey and Yugi got it on, but what happens at the end?  Yugi gave Joey the money.  Called it.  Oh yeah, and then Yugi fights Pegasus, which dragged on for five episodes, I fell asleep a lot, the end.  If you didn’t know who was gonna win this battle then…I don’t know what to tell you.

Cardfight Vanguard – Episodes 1-2 Cardfight Vanguard Cover

Apparently this week was all about card game anime.  Unfortunately, this one sucks.  I only got through the first two episodes, but the game was so complicated that I really couldn’t follow along.  Also, it starts with bullying, and that’s never fun.  Cardfight Vanguard is less magical millennium puzzles and more stupid fight sequences, but it’s really boring.  And now that I’ve started it, I’m gonna have to finish it, and I’m dreading my life because the first season alone is 65 episodes.  It’d be so much easier if this had a dub…but I really hope it never gets one.  I mean, if this gets licensed before, oh, let’s say, the amazingness that is Chihayafuru, I will just hurt somebody.

Venus Vs. Virus – Episode 1 Venus Vs Virus Cover

Random surfing through the Funimation Roku Channel brought me to this, but, honestly, I’ve been trying to watch this for quite awhile, although I couldn’t tell you why.  And now that I’ve seen the first episode…I still can’t tell you why.  I can’t even give you a plot summary because all I remember is that it’s about these two girls who work together to shoot monsters…and then one of them turns into a monster.  I know, I’m not very helpful.  The dub was good?  Does that help?  If I randomly surf through there trying to find something else to watch, I’ll go check out another couple episodes and try to get a better read on this.

Shakugan no Shana – Episodes 1-3Shakugan no Shana Cover

Well, I did it.  I finally broke down and purchased the entire Shana series.  Amazon AND Right Stuf were having sales…so I had to take advantage of that.  I re-started season one and the only thing I can think of is that the male protagonist is voiced by the same guy who played the guy in Black Lagoon.  Seeing as I hated Black Lagoon, I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing.  But basically, he’s not a human, but he has treasure inside of him, so Shana, who’s not a human either, but is named after her sword that she flails around like a bad ass, follows him around, I am guessing, to grab his treasure once he fades away.  The story is kind of hard to follow, mainly because I have no idea what’s going on.  I mean, most of the people who are “torches” like the main dude fade out within a day and are pretty much zombies, but he’s very cognizant and knows what’s going on.  I don’t know.  The blu-ray of season 1 looks like crap, though.  The picture is not crisp, at all.  I mean, I know this anime is older, but damn.

Sailor Moon S – Episodes 16-25 Sailor Moon S Cover

Yes, I’m still doing it.  I’m attempting to finish the entire Sailor Moon series before the new one starts.  Supposedly, it’s going to happen next month, but since we’ve seen absolutely no promo for it except that it’s going to only air on the internet….come on.  Please happen.  Don’t disappoint me.  Anyway, this group of episodes contains my absolute favorite ones that I have seen so far, including Haruka’s back story and the episode where Uranus and Neptune “die” because they find out they have talismans inside of them.  Sorry, I’m not sorry, but Sailor Uranus is my favorite senshi.  And I love her and Neptune together.  God.  My heart.  The feels.  They are perfect.  Go and watch this whole block of episodes and tell me you don’t love them.  This also has the Crazy Minako episode where she gives all her blood away until Eugeal shoots her with her giant rifle, and the one where Usagi gets drunk and everyone tries to speak really poor English.  BEST EPISODES EVER.

And that’s it from me.  I hope you have a nice holiday if you celebrate it this week, and if not, I hope you get some time off work.  And don’t drink the egg nog.  That shit is just gross.

Anime Mondays #41

So, you know how I’ve been talking about making the transition to youtube?  I pretty much have the whole theming planned out, along with a filming location…I just need to learn how to use iMovie.  This is going to be interesting.  Look for a 2014 debut.  In other news, this “Timber” song by Ke$ha is really distracting and stupid.  Spotify, you are failing.

All images below are from MAL, and there are spoilers up to the episodes listed!

Diabolik Lovers – Episodes 11-12 (Completed!) Diabolik Lovers Cover

And so it ends.  And it tries to have a plot.  I cry, the end.  Seriously…I know why boys watch all the fanservice shows I hate.  And when they try to have plots, they just fail even harder.  Such is the case with Diabolik Lovers, that ends on a low note that makes absolutely no sense.  I can’t even attempt to explain the ending, but this is what I got out of it:  Yui stabs herself because she’s a moron, the old lady vamp tries to awaken her anyway, the purple haired smart guy makes a potion to flush the old lady out of her, Ayato makes out with Yui’s almost corpse in order to give her the potion, she wakes up and she’s thirsty.  Thirsty for…what?  Blood?  Water?  Then the credits roll, I get confused and almost throw my Roku remote at the TV, and afterwards we are treated to a coda that is more than likely recycled game footage of all the vampires coming on to Yui.  Sadly, that was the best part of the episode.  It was cheesy as all hell, but I mean, I didn’t watch this show for its plot, I watched it to see what kind of ridiculous things would come out of the characters’ mouths.  I will still be the only person who liked this anime, like, ever, and my cosplay is being made right now by someone overseas.  You can go ahead and judge me, but who’ll be the one picked up a reverse harem at the con?  This girl.  I ranked Diabolik Lovers 7/10 on MAL, taking one point off for the shitty ending.  I don’t know why anyone expected this to be anything other than a show that panders to fangirls, which it did exceptionally well up until the end.  So trash it all you want, but it did its job.

Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters – Episodes 17-24 Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters Cover

This block of episodes can be summed up in the following sentence: oh my god, Yugi loses a match.  I know.  I was shocked, too.  Seeing as this is the protagonist who can do no wrong, homeboy straight up loses his match to Kiba.  However, this doesn’t come without a twist.  Yugi could have smoked him, but in doing so, he may have pushed Kiba off a wall or something, so he refused to attack and let him win.  Seriously??  I mean, it’s a goddamned card game.  Even with holograms and stuff, if you’re taking this crap so seriously that you’re willing to commit suicide if you lose…Jesus Christ.  I know, I know, Kiba was trying to save his brother who Pegasus kidnapped, but come the fuck on.  I want Yugi or someone in his group to really lose, not just throw it away.  It’s not that I dislike the characters, it just gets so boring when you know the good guys will always win.

Naruto – Episodes 44-52 Naruto cover

Thank god, the Chunin exam preliminaries are over.  OVER.  I mean, the exam as a whole is still going on, but at least we’ll get to see them do something slightly different for awhile.  Predictably, Naruto won his match.  Rock Lee got slaughtered by the sand guy (though he put up enough of a fight to make his match last three episodes, fuck), and the quiet girl who has a crush on Naruto got a beat down from her cousin.  In the real exam, the sand guy is going to go up against Sasuke (who is still currently in a goddamned coma), and that is going to be the shit.  I think sand guy is my favorite character.  I mean, not favorite enough that I can remember his name, but, you know.  He just doesn’t give a fuck about anything but slaughtering people AND HE CAN’T BE TAMED.  Love it.  Of course, I ran out of episodes, so I had to buy another box set off Right Stuf, and it’s coming with my Christmas order where one thing is out of stock, so who knows when I’ll get it.  It’s an amazing thing that’s out of stock, though, so I’ll wait.  No worries.

Accel World – Episodes 1-6 (Re-watch) Accel World Cover

When I was lucky enough to score one of the best deals I have ever come across at Right Stuf (spoiler! I’ll talk about it in a minute), I had to pad out my cart, so I ordered the first volume of the Accel World blu-ray.  I love this show.  I watched it while it was airing on Hulu, and every  Saturday morning, I would get up and turn it on.  I would not miss it for the life of me.  It was a no brainer that I was going to buy it, but I was going to wait until a Viz sale…whatever, I picked it up and got the “art book,” which was not worth it because the quality is crap.  Sadly, the quality of this blu-ray is crap, as well.  The dub is terrible.  I don’t know what it is about Viz doing this horrific dubs, but, oh my god.  The Vampire Knight dub was an atrocity, and this dub…ugh.  I hate it so much.  It’s like the actors are just reading lines off a piece of paper.  Secondly, I think the video quality was better off the internet, and I was watching it on a big screen tv in HD, so that’s something.  The show is still awesome, though.  I liked it better than Sword Art Online, and I adore that show to pieces, so that’s telling you something.  It doesn’t get really good until the back half, though.  Another thing Viz sucks at?  Making people wait for the next installments.

Gun x Sword – Episodes 1-4 Gun x Sword Cover

Ah, yes, another title I got out of a Crunchyroll mystery box that I have every disc from…except volume 2.  Will I ever finish this?  Probably not until a blind box buy throws the next volume in my direction.  That aside, this is not a very good show, and not at all up my alley.  You’d think, guns and swords, so it should be okay, right?  Wrong.  Turns out, the main dude with an American name fights with “armor…” which is code for “inside a giant robot.”  I fucking hate robots.  After I figured that out, it lost all its appeal for me.  On a side note, I have so many doubles of a few volumes of this.  Does anybody want them?  Please take them off my hands, otherwise, I have about 40 dvds I need to sell back to Amazon for a quarter apiece.

Stellvia – Episodes 1-4 Stellvia Cover

Another blind box pick, but one where I only have this volume.  I’m slightly saddened by that, because even though this show takes place in space (the only thing I hate more than anime about robots is anime about space), it’s pretty good.  I guess it’s more a school show than a space show, at least so far, as the main girl goes off to space boarding school, and is learning to become a pilot, or an engineer, or something.  Really, this was on in the background while I re-did my anime shelves, so I wasn’t paying close attention.  But I did put my entire Tenchi Muyo! collection in one spot!  And I’m only missing the space spin-offs which I refuse to buy.  Maybe I’ll check out the rest of Stellvia, though.  Netflix has got to have it collecting dust somewhere.

Code Geass – Episodes 3-5 Code Geass Cover

I probably should have paid more attention to this, but I got to the point where I just wanted to send the disc back, so I put it on while I was cleaning.  Consequently, I have no idea what’s happening now except Lelouch saw some girl in the shower and one came to visit him who’s a princess…I don’t know.  All the robots turned me off.  I have disc 2 that I need to send back, as well, so I’ll try to pay more attention to that one.  You know, I’m attempting to watch anime series that people think are “classic,” age not defining, but most of them are robot shows.  Doesn’t anyone have a classic shoujo or a classic romance or even a classic horror?  Man, I hate robots.

Tenchi Muyo OVA – Episode 8 Tenchi Muyo! Cover

I love the theme song to the second half of the OVA series.  Man, I had completely forgotten about it, but as soon as I popped my blu-ray in, the pioneer song just attacked my ears, and I remembered how I spent days trying to memorize it.  Ugh, I love it.  Anyway, other than the theme song, I was not a huge fan of the back half of this series.  My VHS collection attests that I purchased them, but I didn’t watch them nearly as much as I watched 1-6.  Wanna know why?  Filler-palooza, even when I didn’t know what filler was.  Case in point: this episode is all about Tenchi and his harem taking care of a baby.  Yes, a whole episode dedicated to infant care.  And while it’s cute, it’s nothing to write home about.  I can’t remember if any of the episodes after it have plot or not, but I’ll find out.  I’m making my way through the whole collection, including the Pretty Sammy spin-off which I forgot that I had.

Cowboy Bebop – Episodes 6-10 Cowboy Bebop Cover

I have been looking and looking to try to buy this series for a price that’s not hundreds of dollars, when lo and behold, someone tweeted that Right Stuf had a bunch of Bandai titles back in stock…and this was one of them.  So I picked up all of the Remix edition for $5 apiece.  MY LIFE, IT JUST GOT GREAT.  Well, except for volume 2.  But, wouldn’t you know it, I had volume 2 just sitting at my house from Netflix, and I can buy it on Amazon, so merry Christmas to me.  Unfortunately, these episodes were not as good as 3-5.  I was waiting for the epic to kick in, and it just didn’t.  I won’t give up, though.  Something awesome has got to happen before the series ends.  I have faith.  And now I own it, so I can watch it whenever I want to instead of forcing myself to watch this DVD I’ve had from Netflix since June just so I can get a new one…in case you were wondering, it’s the third live action Death Note movie, and it’s full of subtitles and I can’t make it past the first five minutes without forcing myself…but I will.

One Piece – Episodes 71-73 One Piece Cover

It’s Christmastime, so instead of watching Frosty the Snowman specials, I watch a lot of One Piece.  I know.  I’m weird.  But I have 8 collections of it to get through, and I am only on #3…which I think I was on LAST Christmas.  Oy.  These episodes have dinosaurs in them (spoiler, I love dinosaurs), which makes them semi-interesting, but they also have strange giant fights, which cancels the interesting out.  Also, they say Baroque Works a lot, which is an awesome name.  Other than that, not much is happening.  People getting kidnapped.  Vivi is still there.  The giant duck got beat up.  That giant duck is like the best character ever.  I want one.

And we’re done.  What do you think of the holiday layout?  I can’t see the post tags, but it’ll get changed in 2014.  I still can’t find a WordPress layout I’m in love with, but at least they’re better than blogger.  See you next week!

Anime Mondays #40

Does anyone have any weird holiday anime traditions?  I know this is an odd question, but I’m curious.  I mean, you could drag out your dusty, bargain bin copy of My Santa.  I won’t judge you.  You know what I’ve been doing the past couple years?  Staying up until 3am on Christmas Eve wrapping presents and watching One Piece.  It has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas, but that’s how I get shit done.  Pirates and bow tying.  Feel free to tell me how awesome I am.  I do accept comments, and unless they are spam, they won’t get deleted, I promise.

All images are from MAL, and there are spoilers up to the episodes listed!

Naruto – Episodes 38-43 Naruto cover

Boy, you know what I really wanted after that giant chunk of episodes that proved Sakura’s uselessness?  MORE SAKURA EPISODES.  God, just shoot me in the eye.  These weed-out-the-crap Chunin exam episodes are still happening (and I when I googled how to spell Chunin, I just found out this arc goes into episode 60+!  oh, god, and this isn’t even filler…) and apparently, they are going to show us every single stupid battle.  The group of episodes I watched this week didn’t have anything terribly epic except for the great bitch battle of the century, Sakura vs Ino, where I hoped and prayed that Ino would win the entire time, but knew in my head that that probably wouldn’t be the case.  I mean, come on, Naruto’s team obviously has to win every match they have, right?  Right??  Fortunately, I was incorrect in my prediction.  Sakura doesn’t lose, but she doesn’t win, either.  I’ll take the tie.  Still proves Sakura does not belong in the ninja club.  Let’s kick her out of the tree house.

Lupin the 3rd: Part II – Episodes 1-5 Lupin the 3rd Part II Cover

In the last Crunchyroll Anime Mystery Box I received, I was lucky enough to grab the first three volumes of this show.  Now, you should know how my OCD works by now; I am very leery to start an anime sequel without watching the first series first.  Like…it gives me the shivers.  But, I really didn’t feel like dropping thirty bucks on the first show right now, and this was the highlight of my mystery box, so I popped that sucker in.  First, a word of warning: episode 3 is not on the first volume.  It’s about Nazis and stuff, so it got pushed back to a way later disc.  Luckily, this is on Hulu, so as soon as I was done with episode 2, I went over there to see the “banned” episode.  Lupin the 3rd (III?  Third? It’s different everywhere.) is about a group of thieves who go around making plans to steal stuff.  However, in the end, they pretty much get nothing.  It’s very Cowboy Bebop.  I actually dig this show a lot, but if you don’t like that “older” anime art style, you probably won’t.  I thought it would be more like a kid’s show than it actually is…yeah, no.  There are half-naked ladies and sex jokes everywhere, but instead of it being stupid fanservice, it’s funny.  Gasp.  What a concept!  I liked this so much that I immediately turned on…

Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine – Episodes 1-4 Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine Cover

Thank you, Funimation Channel for allowing me to watch this dub the moment I switched over to another series.  Also, thank you Funimation in general for casting Michelle Ruff as Fujiko Mine, the same voice actress who played her in the Part II dub.  While she doesn’t sound exactly the same as she did ten years ago, it was such a great performance that I wasn’t thrown too much out of the world.  Fujiko Mine is a prequel to the Lupin series (or at least Part II, as I haven’t seen the first one), but it’s so much darker than the old show.  I mean…seriously.  It’s no Higurashi or anything, but it’s not a giant, comedic romp that Lupin the 3rd: Part II is.  The opening is so not safe for work that it’s not even funny, and don’t despair, Fujiko gets naked in every episode so far.  But the art style is fantastic.  It’s a throwback, but it’s not.  It uses today’s technology to create something really beautiful.  Fujiko is introduced to her gang from the original show one episode at a time, and she just steals the anime.  Talk about a master thief.  Four episodes in, and it’s fantastic.  I just hope it doesn’t peter out soon.  And I would watch at least a couple episodes of a prior series before jumping into this, just so you get the bare bones of what’s happening.

InuYasha – Episodes 14-15 InuYasha Cover

Late night shounen time!  Yes, there is a ‘u’ in there, I checked.  My apologies.  However, I can’t apologize for the two episodes I watched which were basically like…Kagome gets kidnapped and possessed by the ghost of InuYasha’s old almost lover…yeah.  Kinda boring, kinda dumb, wasn’t really feeling it.  But at least I finished a disc!  In 2014, I am going to really try to finish a bunch of shows before I start new ones.  This will probably be easy during the winter season as nothing is catching my eye besides the Sailor Moon re-make (which is going to be an ONA?  What the fuck??  It doesn’t even get to go on television???  My heart hurts a lot.).  Anyway, InuYasha.  I’ll get through you.  Or at least through box set one.

Devil Survivor 2: The Animation – Episode 1 Devil Survivor 2 The Animation Cover

Ah, yes, it’s the end of 2013, which means it’s time for Top Video/Post-a-Palooza, where I sit on youtube for long periods of time and check out everyone’s recommendations from the previous year.  I believe I caught this in a couple best OP videos, so I decided to turn it on.  This anime looks to be part survival game/part apocalypse in the first episode.  There is a website where you can see people’s faces right before they die if you sign up for it, and, lo and behold, the protagonist catches himself on there right before a train hits him and crushes him to death.  Or does it…  He is given the choice to live or die via the website, and when he decides to not kick the bucket, it automatically downloads this app onto his phone, which is like a live action Pokemon for demons where they actually come out of the phone and beat up other “bad” demons.  His two friends get this app, as well, and it’s like a continuous loop of “I wanna be the very best like no one ever was.”  I don’t think there will be training or a gotta catch ’em all attitude, but our protagonist does, apparently, have the strongest demon ever.  It’s a tiger.  Rawr.  The first episode was nothing special, and if it says something, I nodded off during the second one (twice).  I’ll stay awake though and plow through some more.

For some reason, as I was checking out old posts, my best of the week recap things aren’t showing up…I don’t know what’s up with that.  I type them.  Maybe I need a new layout.  Just go watch Fujiko Mine.  You won’t be disappointed.  And since you made it all the way to the end, here’s a free Crunchyroll guest pass:


Next week marks the end of Diabolik Lovers, which I’m sure will make most of you weep with joy, while I weep for the end of my dirty little secret anime.  Everyone just hates it so much.  Now you know how I feel about Girls Bravo.  Suck it.

Anime Mondays #39

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday weekend if you’re in the US!  I didn’t do much, but I did go see Frozen, which was absolutely amazing.  I don’t have a sister, but it made me think of my two baby nieces and then the tears just started flowing.  I am a sap, guys.  This is gonna be a long post.  Settle in and turn on Spotify, that’s what I’m doing.

All images are from MAL, and there are spoilers up to the episodes listed!

Diabolik Lovers – Episodes 9-10 Diabolik Lovers Cover

So…nine episodes in, this anime tries to have a plot.  Ugh.  I know, people with taste were just waiting for the plot to kick in, but not me.  Please, give me my  shameless weekly dose of “fanservice” so I can get on with my day.  I mean, there’s still some thrown in there, but it’s not as trashy, especially since some of it is still coming from the pink haired vampire, who always has to cross that creeper line and say something about his fangs.  Yui is going to “awaken,” (sexually? psychically? I don’t know) and turn into Cordelia, who was a mother to half these vampires.  Needless to say, they all tried to kill her.  But, they love the submissive Yui, so will they try to save her?  Or just kill her?  See, the plot sucks.  Over it.

Golden Time – Episode 8 Golden Time Cover

Banri + Linda forever, okay.  This week, Linda tells him that she would have turned him down on the bridge if she had made it on time, and he had, you know, not gotten critically injured and practically killed, but, of course, she’s lying.  You know it, I know it, and she employs the girl tactic of saving face, to let his current relationship with Koko play out.  I know she’s just trying to be the good cop here, and I’ve done it before, too, but man…I wonder how much confusion and heartbreak people would save if we’d just be honest with them instead of trying to do what’s supposedly in their best interests.  A lot?  I’m thinking a lot.  Other stuff happens here, but it’s wholly unimportant because it’s about that tiny girl who the other guy likes.  No one cares.  Make my love triangle happen.

Naruto – Episodes 34-37 Naruto cover

The three stooges get back from part two of their exam, scrolls in hand, and can move on to part three.  There’s all this ninja babble that’s probably supposed to be important, but I’m taking a card from the main character and forgetting the moral lesson while I go eat ramen instead.  Sasuke is cursed, and everybody knows it, but he wants to keep fighting anyway.  Dumbass.  Of course, he gets picked first for the “combat rounds,” which need to take place to weed out the weak people before round 3 can start, and predictably, he’s getting his ass kicked.  I’m sure he’ll win as soon as I put in the next DVD, but you know…tension.  This is really dragging out.  I hope I don’t have to sit through every goddamned battle.

Project A-Ko Movie (Completed!) Project A-Ko Cover

I bought this during the recent Discotek sale on Right Stuf, thinking that I had seen it once before when the Sci-fi Channel (spelled correctly) used to have anime week, but after watching it, I’m not sure if this was it.  All the weird mech shows from the 80s kind of blend together.  It was cute, sure, but I zoned out for a lot of it.  Basically, A-Ko and C-Ko are bffs for life, and they go to the same school together.  While there, B-Ko, an old childhood friend, remembers that her and A-Ko used to be bffs, but as soon as C-Ko came along, A-Ko dropped her.  So, B-Ko thinks the best course of revenge is to become “friends” (and I use that term very, very loosely) with C-Ko, and it will destroy A-Ko.  Meanwhile, she also tries to kick A-Ko’s ass, and would have been successful, except that A-Ko has some kind of freaky strength, which causes some space organization to become interested in her, and it all goes downhill from there.  Cause y’all know I am not a fan of space OR robots, and this has both.  I ranked this 6/10 on MAL, mostly for the parts that took place on the ground.  If you took out the robots, this would have promise, but, well…it was made in the 80s.  Always space.  Always robots.

Toriko – Episodes 4-13 Toriko cover

I picked this back up because I had the urge to watch Pokemon again, but then I really didn’t want to sit through it…this was the shounen (shonen? help me out here, spell check isn’t doing it) title that was closest to it.  The English dub for this show is phenomenal.  Ian Sinclair is a beast.  But the animation…this is one of the most poorly animated shows I have ever seen.  I mean, it’s almost as bad as Shadow Star Narutaru, which is just an abomination towards the end.  It’s like…really bad flash animation in some points, and in others, it’s like the character is attached to a popsicle stick and someone is just bouncing it along a background.  Seriously.  It’s really bad.  As for plot, it’s still Pokemon with food.  Nothing interesting really happens, except Toriko gets a dog.  This is definitely going back on hold for awhile.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters – Episodes 1-16 Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters Cover

Yeah…this happened.  I never watched the series on tv, but, hello, the long-running curse strikes again, and Amazon had this on sale, so I had myself a little mini-marathon.  And honestly, it’s not so bad, even if the dub is atrocious.  I mean, why does Joey sound like a Soprano?  Dub aside, this show is all tournament fighter, no filler.  I LOVE TOURNAMENT FIGHTERS.  I mean, it’s literally got hit points on there while guys play this card game.  It’s got logic and teaches kids how to play this game (merch tie in!) which doesn’t really bother me, but you know what does?  How Yugi doesn’t lose.  Ever.  At least so far.  Like…he keeps pulling just the right cards out of his deck, and I know, the power of heart, or whatever, is psychically making him pull the right cards, but come on.  No matter how much I love pikachu, I’m sure if I played Pokemon, I wouldn’t pull him every time.  This is a decent show, though, and I understand why so many people like it.

Haganai – Episodes 10-12 (Completed!) and OVA 13 Haganai Cover

I caved and plowed through this show just to finish it, and I’m so glad I’m done.  Please remind me this when Funimation comes out with the sequel so I do not buy it.  God, the last half of this series was all fanservice crap.  Like, embarrassing fanservice crap, where I wanted to watch this by myself and mute it just to make sure no one ever would catch me with it.  Most of it is Rika’s fault (and I can only remember her name because she refers to herself in third person).  Ugh, what a hot mess she is.  The gang goes to the beach, and then at some summer festival, the dark haired chick’s hair catches on fire and she has to cut it…and finally the dude realizes that she is his only childhood friend from years ago.  And that’s it.  No, seriously, that’s how it ends.  I thought there was one more episode because the conclusion was absolutely non-existent, but it turns out the last episode is a worthless OVA about them going into a video game or a “round-robin story” again.  If this hadn’t turned into a harem fanservice piece of crap, the show actually had promise, but that’s asking too much.  I still liked the dub, though, haters be damned.  I ranked both the series and the OVA 6/10 on MAL, but that’s being generous.  Really generous.

Yu Yu Hakusho – Episodes 51-56 Yu Yu Hakusho Title

Watching one tournament fighter made me want to pop in another, so Yu Yu Hakusho it is!  The gang is finally in the finals, but before they even started, the giant enemy asshole went and killed Genkai.  Really?  Really???  I know it was all a plot device for character motivation, but come the fuck on.  Why do you have to go and kill the grandma?  Then the red haired dude almost dies in battle, I cry, the end.  STOP TUGGING AT MY HEART, TOURNAMENT FIGHTER, THAT IS NOT WHAT I AM WATCHING YOU FOR.  I now only have two more box sets plus the OVAs to get through, so I am making a ton of progress, and am, therefore, awesome.

Lovely Complex – Episodes 1-24 (Completed!) Lovely Complex Cover

I think I’m going to do a full post on this show, so, for now, let me just tell you that I loved this so much I watched every single episode in a day, and I have now found a new anime that tells the complete story of my goddamned life (take a backseat, Nana), and I laughed, I cried (A LOT), I related.  Y’all know I love my shoujo, but this is like….one of the best.  I ranked LoveCom 9/10 on MAL, and everyone should check it out.  Seriously.


Best of the Week: Lovely Complex, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, Yu Yu Hakusho

Love it or Leave it: Golden Time, Diabolik Lovers, Project A-Ko

Hope it Gets Better:

I need a new shoujo in my life, otherwise I’m just going to re-watch Kimi Ni Todoke and cry a lot.  Any suggestions?