Manga (And Also Anime) Monday: All Work and No Cosplay, Makes Jack a Baka Onii-San

Happy Monday BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! 4B is back and (hopefully) better than ever! Once again, I’m terribly sorry for the hiatus and hope these next few posts more than make it up to you. To kick off these redemption posts  (wow, that actually sounds kinda badass) here is an installment of Manga (And Also Anime) Monday. In these segments we explore the wide, wonderful, world of Japanese media and the culture around it. Today’s post is going to focus on the latter of those parts, by exploring the incredibly popular and impressive hobby/career/activity that is cosplay.

Cosplay 1

Cosplay, as it is defined in a brief google search, is “the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genre of manga and anime.” This definition is actually pretty accurate. Cosplay is essentially super-mega-ultra-intense dress up. If that sounds like a mockery of the practice, it is by no means meant to be. Cosplay involves individuals handcrafting the extremely complex and often preposterous ensembles of fictional characters. This requires an incredible amount of time, energy, and skill; and it is no wonder that this activity has evolved into a greatly respected hobby or a professional career.

Cosplay 2

(Pictured above is cosplayer and internet personality Meg Turney.)

Cosplay has grown into the massive phenomenon that it is today, mostly due to the mentality behind the practice. Cosplay is, in a lot of ways, a labor of love.  Through cosplay, people connect more deeply with the character and story that they are bringing to life. Nobody would put the massive amount of work that is necessary, into this hobby if they did deeply appreciate the character they are representing. Each and every instance of cosplay can be taken as an expression of love for the character and work that they are embodying.

As cosplay’s popularity has grown exceptionally over the past decade or so, people have risen to fame due to the activity and can be considered the face of modern cosplay. These professional cosplaiers are masters of their craft and all but completely breakdown the barrier between fiction and reality. Some of these noteworthy figures aaaaaaaaaaare:

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Jessica Nigri. Ms. Nigri is probably one of the most famous modern cosplayers, and for good reason. Not only does she make truly astounding costumes, but she also has a magnificent personality that makes her both lovable and admirable. I personally am a huge admirer of Ms. Nigri and her works and am grateful to her for the astonishing creations that she has crafted during her career.

Cosplay 4

Alodia Gosienfiao. Ms. Gosienfiao is perhaps one of the most famous and recognized cosplaiers in the world. Her works are incredibly impressive and she has been bringing cosplay to a wider audience since 2003. She has contributed more to the world of cosplay than perhaps any other, and will undoubtedly continue to make the practice even more respected in the future.

Cosplay 5

Sev. I had to include this DC area cosplay. With one of the simplest costumes ever constructed, this man  has generated a massive amount of interest in cosplay and will forever be an internet meme. Also, who among us would not want this Magicarp on our team?

That just about does it for this installment of Manga (And Also Anime) Monday. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed it. If you liked it, please give it a like and if you leave a comment below I will be sure to reply to you. If you would like to keep up to date with this blog, you can subscribe via email in the upper right tab. Alternatively you can like the official BaddaBing BaddaBlog Facebook Page or follow me, @LucasDeRuyter, on Twitter. I hope you all have an awesome week and be sure to come back here on Wednesday for the next installment of Pop Culture Wednesday.

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Manga (And Also Anime) Monday: All Work and No Cosplay, Makes Jack a Baka Onii-San

Game Grind: Ninten-DAAAAAAAAAMN DANIEL

Happy Saturday BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! This is Game Grind, the place where anything related to video games or video game news is enthusiastically obsessed over. I know that it has been a while since the last post, and for that I am deeply sorry. However, I hope to more than make up for that today by going over the wealth of information presented in Nintendo’s most recent Nintendo Direct. With that in mind, let’s dive headfirst into the House of N’s latest announcements.

Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon

Pokemon Sun and Moon

While this information was not included directly in the most recent Nintendo Direct, it was reveled in a Nintendo Direct only a few days before the most recent one, and therefore merits being discussed. PokemonPokmeon Sun and Pokemon Moon have been confirmed as being the seventh generation of Pokemon games and will be released in time for the 2016 holiday season. Very little is known about the games right now, other than they appear to take place in a tropical climate and that there will be a new flying type Pokemon introduced. While I am crazy excited for this news, I am a bit curious what happened to the all but confirmed Pokemon Z? Gen. 6 really felt like it was gearing up for one more installment. Oh well, only time will tell how this is going to play out.

Bravely Second 

bravely second

It’s finally coming!!! I have waited (mostly) patiently for years for Bravely Second: End Layer to be localized, and now the goal is finally in sight! The squeal to one of my all time favorite JRPGs is coming to America on April 15th. I am crazy pumped for this game; it is a wonderful time to be a JPRG fan. That being said, I do have some concerns. What kind of role is Tiz going to play in this game? He was my favorite protagonist in the original and, going off the trailer, it feels like he’s being swept under the rug in favor of the new character named, Yew. Which is weird considering Tiz is on the games boxart. I’m sure SquareEnix won’t let me down, but I’m still concerned about the game’s story and characters.

Tokyo Mirage Session #FE

Fire Emblem Shin Magami Tiensen

Speaking of JRPGs, this stylish Fire Emblem crossover received a new title and will be released on June 24th of this year. Which coincidentally is my birthday! I know I’m weeb trash for playing this game, but I’m going to reveal in it anyway.

Star Fox Zero and Star Fox Guard

Star Fox Zero

One of the last big pieces of news in the announcement that Star Fox Zero is going to be released on April 22nd world wide and that it will come bundled with the game Star Fox Guard. This side game appears to be a blend of Five Nights at Freddy’s and tower defense games. Star Fox Zero, as it always has before, continues to look like an incredibly fun and well made game.I’m really excited about the fact that the game’s main story has a co-pilot function. I think it would be incredibly fun to play through the main story together with my roommate.

Alright, that just about does it for this Nintendo Direct. There was a bit more information, but these were the big stories that I really cared about. Oh, I almost forgot, Kirby has a mech in his upcoming game. So if you love that adorable pink blog, check that out. If you enjoyed this post, please leave a like and a comment down below. It’s greatly appreciated. If you want to stay up to date with this blog, you can subscribe to it via your email in the upper right tab. Alternatively, you an stay up to date by liking the official BaddaBing BaddaBlog Facebook Page or by following me, @LucasDeRuyter, on Twitter. I hope you all have a great weekend and be sure to stop by here on Monday for the next installment of Manga (And Also Anime) Monday.

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Game Grind: Ninten-DAAAAAAAAAMN DANIEL

Game Grind: Thank You Pokemon

Happy Saturday BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! I do not have a lot of time to write a post today, but considering that it is Pokemon’s 20th anniversary, I felt the need to write something. Sooooooo, here it is.

Pokemon Artwork 1

I have been a fan of Pokemon, well, ever since I was self aware enough to be a fan of thinks. I’ve played every generation of games, I watched the show for way past the point where it stopped being good, and I collected the cards for a good long while. I just want to take a brief moment and thank everyone who created this franchise and everyone who has ever work on any part of it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing me countless hours of joy and fun.

Pokemon Artwork 2

I can think of no series that has better captured the feeling of childlike exploration and imagination. Pokemon has become the massive empire that it is today because it really is a perfectly executed marvelous  idea. Once again, thank you Pokemon for existing and consistently filling me with unrepresented amounts of childhood glee.

Alright, thanks for letting me gush. Have an awesome rest of the weekend.

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Game Grind: Thank You Pokemon

Game Grind:Trendy Opinions About Trendy Games

Gooooooooood morning BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! This is Game Grind, the place where any and everything video game related is discussed with vigor. Today’s article is going to be a bit different. Rather than talking about one specific topic, I’m going to be giving my opinion on a bunch of popular games. Not unlike a lighting round. So with that in mind, here’s my opinion on a bunch of games that I may or may not have played.

Five Nights At Freddy’s Series

FNAF

I have never played a Five Nights at Freddy’s game, nor do I ever want to. It really does not seem like my kind of game, although I appreciate how quickly the creator, Scott Cawthon, cranks these games out. I think the most enjoyment I have gotten out of this series is watching MatPat explain and analyze the lore of the games on his YouTube channel, Game Theory. Apparently the RPG is pretty sucky, though.

Flappy Bird 

Flappy Bird

Is Flappy Bird game still popular? Does it still exist even? I don’t know, and I guess I really don’t care. I played this game once and I think I got like a score of 8 or something. I don’t really care for this game, but I find it awesome and hilarious that the game’s creator made an obscene amount of money off of it. Props to you Dong Nguyen.

Undertale

Undertale Logo

I have not played Toby Fox’s Undertale. Which apparently means that I am not qualified to have any sort of opinion on video games or call myself a gamer. I think I would like Undertale quite a lot. It has a quirky charm that has not appeared much in gaming since the Mother/Earthbound titles. Undertale is indisputably a good game, but I do not think it is the best game ever made. Perhaps time will prove that statement wrong, but I’m doubtful of that.

HuniePop

HuniePop

…………………Nice.

Yandere Simulator

Yandare Simulator

………Huh, also nice.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Tom Clancy's The Division

This game is not really in my wheelhouse either. It seems like it’s trying to be a new take on a more or less played out genre, and I commend it for that. However, from what I’ve seen of the game, I don’t think it is going to be quite unique enough to set itself apart from fps games that have been seen before. This game seems like a mix between Black Ops. Three and Destiny, which is by no means a bad thing; however I don’t think this game will sell as well as people want it to.

Alrighty, I think that’s a good stopping point for the first ever installment of the Trendy Opinions About Trendy Games series. I do plan on updating this sub-series regularly, as every couple of months the “popular” games seem to change. I really do want to regularly give these games the praise that they deserve, or call them out on their BS. Also the topical/click bait views are nice. :p  If you liked this post please leave a like and if you want to yell at me about my opinions, you can do so in the comments section down below. As always, if you want to stay up to date with this blog, you can subscribe via email in the upper right tab. Alternately, you stay up to date by liking the official BaddaBing BaddaBlog Facebook Page, or by following me, @LucasDeRuyter, on Twitter. I hope you all have a great weekend and be sure to come back here on Monday for the next installment of Manga (And Also Anime) Monday. It’s gearing up to be a good one. ;D

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Game Grind:Trendy Opinions About Trendy Games

Manga (And Also Anime) Monday: Platinum End

Happy Monday BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! This is Manga (And Also Anime) Monday, the place where any and everything related to anime and manga is eagerly analyzed and critiqued. Today’s topic is going to be a new manga by two of the best creators in the industry: Platinum End by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

Platinum End 1

Platinum End is a new and interesting manga from the creators of the illustrious Death Note series. There are only a few chapters of this series released right now, but it is already gearing up to be a great manga series. The story follows Mirai Kakehashi, a student who is going into High School who tries to kill himself. He tries to off himself because, well his life basically sucks a lot. His parents died when he was a young child, his guardians are abusive, and he finds out pretty quick into the series that his guardians actually murdered his parents for the insurance money. We find all of this out in the first chapter after Mirai jumps off the top of the tallest building he can find. How does he survive the fall? His guardian angel rescues him!

Seriously, he is literally rescued by his guardian angel. After Mirai is saved, his angel, Nasse, tells him that God is essentially retiring. To determine the next God, a competition is being held between thirteen individuals on Earth over a period of 999 days. At the end of that time period, whoever is most fit to be God will replace the current one. Nesse then gives him the white arrow, that can kill anyone, the red arrow, that can make anyone fall in love with him and do whatever he commands, and the angel’s wings, that allow him to travel anywhere in the world with ease.

Platinum End 3

The tension in the series begins to emerge when other members of the competition decide that rather than risk not becoming god, they decide to kill all other participants in order to be the winner by default. This leads to a massive cat and mouse game between all of the God candidates and creates a host of ethical dilemmas for Mirai. Now that he no longer wants to kill himself and has been given the opportunity to live freely, he wants nothing more than to be happy. The story has not gotten their quite yet, but I feel as though its going to get progressively darker as it goes on as well as explore the nature of happiness and a person’s fundamental right to it.

I really recommend to anyone reading this that you start reading the manga. It is only a couple chapters in and you could probably get caught up in less than two hours. As expected form the team that created Death Note, the art in this work is exquisite, the characters come to life almost immediately, and  you will be compelled to read on after only the first few pages. Platinum End may still be in its genesis, but I can confidently say that it is going to quickly and powerfully establish itself in the manga world.

That just about does it for this week’s installment of Manga (And Also Anime) Monday. If you enjoyed it, please leave a like or a comment down below. If you would like to be notified when new content appears on this blog, you can subscribe to it via your email in the upper right tab. Alternatively, you can stay up to date by liking the official BaddaBing BaddaBlog Facebook Page, or by following me, @LucasDeRuyter, on Twitter. I hope you have a great week and be sure to check out the next installment of Pop Culture Wednesday later this week.

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Manga (And Also Anime) Monday: Platinum End

Game Grind: Down-Loadable Content

Happy Saturday BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! This is Game Grind, the place where the vast and magical world of video games is examined and explained with little more than a seeing stone, ink and pen, and a trusty raven flock ready to deliver the message to you at home. Today’s topic is a relatively new one in gaming. It’s also a topic that has also pissed people off quite a bit during its small lifespan, but is generally improving. Today’s post is going to be all about downloadable content, or DLC.

DLC 1

Downloadable content is additional gameplay that can be added to a video game after the game was intentionally released. This can result in the continuation of a game’s story, an expansion of its world, the introduction of new gameplay modes, or just about anything else. DLC is generally meant to supplement the original purchase of a game and enhance the experience of playing it. It is a relatively new phenomenon in the video game industry, as it began appearing widely in the last generation of consoles. The reason DLC is so new is because the last generation of consoles was the first to make the practice practical, as it was the first generation to be able to easily wirelessly connect to the internet.

As expected with a new concept and business model in a relatively young industry, DLC took off unbelievably quickly. Which resulted in some awesome practices and some lackluster occurrences. As we at BaddaBing BaddaBlog strive for, yet often fail at holding, optimism, we will start with the positives of DLC. The most obvious benefit of DLC is that it extends the amount of time and fun you can get out of a game. The first example of this to come to mind for me is in Skyrim. That was already a massive game to begin with and the three DLC that were added to it consistently expanded the game in a fun way. The other, less obvious, benefit of DLC is that it provides the developers of a game with a new revenue source. It is insanely expensive to make a quality game today, and charging for DLC is an easy way for a development studio bring in some extra cash for their next project.

Skyrim

Okay, now for the crumby stuff that has happened with DLC. Game creators know that DLC is a very safe way to bring in extra profits. The majority of people who care enough about a game to buy it in the first place are going to be willing to pay fifteen or twenty extra dollars for more content. A good number of developers realized this and started selling games that were ultimately incomplete, and then sold the finished version of the game in the form of DLC. This essentially required people to buy two games for the benefit of only owning one complete game. Not only that, but the coast of DLC has varied widely. Obviously if a DLC contains more content it can get away with costing more, but there really is not any kind of industry standard or agreed upon average cost. The biggest offenders I can think of in regards to these poorer practices would be Destiny and Call of Duty.

cod

All in all though, DLC is getting better. The practice today feels much less like extortion than what it did five years ago, and you hardly ever see DLC today that some people are not genuinely enthused about. I would have to say that my biggest gripe about DLC is how some companies are still not utilizing it. Looking at you EA Sports, you don’t need to release one game every year, just sell a roster update. In short, DLC is not perfect, but it’s still growing and getting better all the time. Much like a lot of the gaming industry. You could say I’m fairly…content…with it.

We’ve got puns for days here at 4B.

DLC 2

Alright, that just about does it for this week’s installment of Game Grind. If you enjoyed it, please leave a like or a comment down below. If you want to stay up to date with BaddaBing BaddaBlog, you can subscribe to it in the upper right tab by entering your email. Alternatively, you can stay up to date by liking the official BaddaBing BaddaBlog Facebook Page or by following me, Lucas DeRuyter, on Twitter. I hope you all have a great rest of the weekend and be sure to check out the site again on Monday for the next installment of Manga (And Also Anime) Monday.

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Game Grind: Down-Loadable Content

Pop Culture Wednesday: The Extravagant Galavant

Happy Wednesday BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! This is Pop Culture Wednesday, the place where any and everything in the world of media is eagerly examined and critiqued. Today’s topic is a low budget television show that no one thought would get a second season, not even the writers. However, it easily and quickly proved itself to be a quirky gem and just wrapped up its second incredible season. Today’s post is going to be all about ABC’s original program, Galavant.

Galavant 1

I am not going to spend much time talking about the plot of Galavant because, frankly, it doesn’t really matter. Nobody is watching Galavant for the plot. People watch and love Galavant because of how well it parodies and pokes fun at tropes in the increasingly popular fantasy genre. I would go so far as to say that Galavant’s plot only exists so far as to move the characters into a new fantastic situation that they can make fun of. This is in no way a weakness of the show, however, as Galavant should first and foremost be thought of as a comedy in a fantasy setting that makes fun of those very settings.

Oh! There is also singing. Like, a lot of singing. It’s probably clocking in at around two song and dance routines per episode. These are usually fun and sometimes travel into the territory of being both great and hilarious. My personal favorite number involves Weird Al Yankovic in the first season. I know that singing and dancing may seem a bit out of place in a very meta fantasy comedy, but this series is made by Disney after all. It also helps pad the run time a little bit.

One of the biggest compliments I can give the show is that it is perfectly cast. Every character in Galavant feels incredibly real and natural. It may just be because I’m such a big fan of meta humor and the fantasy genre, but I really suggest that whomever is reading this go watch the program. It’s on Hulu for free and totally worth the time sink.

Still skeptical? Alright, that’s fair. Here’s a litmus test.

Tad Cooper

That is a GIF of a dragon that was purchased by the One King to Unite Them All from a traveling merchant. The King bought the dragon by giving the merchant the most valuable jewel in the entire kingdom. A jewel that was supposed to be used to help his best friend, the titular Galavant, purchase an army so that he could rescue his one true love. That dragon’s name is Tad Cooper. We super believe in him.

If you got even a chuckle out of that last paragraph, you would love Galavant. 

Alright, that just about does it for this installment of Pop Culture Wednesday. Now go watch Galavant! Actually, hold off on that for a second. First, you should like this post or leave a comment if you feel so inclined. You can also subscribe to this blog by entering your email in the upper right tab. Alternatively, you can stay up to date by liking the official BaddaBing BaddaBlog Facebook Page or by following me, @LucasDeRuyter, on Twitter. Alright, now go watch Galavant. Or just go and have a great day, or both!

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Pop Culture Wednesday: The Extravagant Galavant