TGIF Friday Funny 89: Reflections

TGIF!

Thank God it’s Friday! Hello everyone, this is Matthew and welcome to the last episode for this season of “TGIF Friday Funny”. It’s time to wrap up season 2 and move on to season 3. There’s not much to talk about for the news in regards to anime because I already mentioned before. For January, get ready for the Sailor Moon R movie in theaters, Blue Exorcist anime, and the anime premiere of Dragon Ball Super and Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters for Toonami. 2017 is going to be filled with new anime besides these here and we will also be getting new comic book movies.

I know 2016 has been crazy with everything that happened. Rather than talking about the negatives, let’s think about all the positives that happened. For example, I graduated from university, my sister is getting married and I got new friends on Twitter. 2016 wasn’t too bad. I was able to watch movies like Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman. I finally got to play the all new Final Fantasy XV. I was to participate in a group in devoting to help anime fans called the OWLS. Life here as been a roller coaster. I have times of being happy and times of being sad; however, I am still here and blogging. The world can beat me into a pulp, but I will always get back up. Tomorrow is New Years Eve and it’s time to say goodbye to the past and say hello to 2017. I am not going to waste any time on talking about the news today. Let’s get the show on the road and get ready for this new year!

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To end this post, I decided to include songs that I felt it was appropriate for this title “Reflections”. You maybe wondering why did I title this reflections. Rather going back reflecting my own experiences or looking back at the things that happened in this world, I want to ask you guys something. What have you learned in 2016? What have you been through and how did you feel? What was the most happiest moments in 2016 that affected you? What are expecting for 2017?

For me, I learned on how to be independent on the outside world. I am known for being shy but after getting jobs, I learned how to communicate with people and learn my areas. Besides new movies and games, I learned that my family is expanding. My sister is getting married and I will be getting a new Brother-in-law. My younger brother is going to his last year of high school. My family are making changes to our home. We should reflect on what we learned this year and see how can we use our experiences for 2017.

I had fun doing birthday posts. I can’t wait to do them again with the friends I have and my family! For my friends, I did birthday posts, thank you for being my friends: Ezra, Allison, and ToniAnne.

Thank you my family, for all the help I needed in life. Our family will grow and we are one!

Now it’s your turn. Reflect and learn.

I will leave this quote from here to officially end this post.

Goodbye and God bless you all!

2017 Goals: Matt-in-the-Hat in the future

Hey everyone, this is Matthew of Matt-in-the-Hat. I don’t think I needed to introduce myself but I still did it to have a proper introduction. 2016… this has been a crazy year. We had events happened all over the world and even us. Most of these events were either good and some were bad. If I was to write a list of good and bad things of 2016, there would be more than two parts of this post. I won’t go into details but I guess you could say that we some interesting moments, some were major and others were minor. As we say goodbye  to 2016, we will go through many changes for 2017. Some maybe good, while others get the other end of the stick. For me, my life has been a roller coaster.

I recently graduated from my University and ended with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Writing, I had two jobs working from full and part time for the season, I saw some amazing movies from Marvel and DC, my sister got proposed and will be getting married in January, and my brother has the skills to play the piano.

As my life gets busy, I have to ask myself, what about my blog? Will it remain the same or will it also evolve? I took some time to think about and I came up some ideas on what to do. I actually have ideas I want to try out for my blog. I want to go far in my blog and try to do new things. I wanted to do a top 5 or 10 post but I decided that this will be just a top posts without limitations.

Reviews – Spoiler Alerts!

If you have been reading my blog, you will notice how I review anime. Whenever I review anime or manga, I always mention that I will not spoil the story/plot. I avoid spoiling a series so I don’t have to take away the pleasure of watching or reading a series. The only exception is if I am reviewing something that’s a season 2 or some other form of sequel.

My plans for 2017 is start review anime/manga with spoilers. I think spoiler reviews will make discussions much easier to talk about and it will be easy for people to let people know which posts are spoilers and which ones are not. I believe this will also make reviewing a series easy to do because I won’t have to hold back on information. Also pn the plus side, I will have an excuse to reread or watch a series again multiple times.

Interviews

This idea first came up after I had an interview with Anime Girls NYC. She interviewed me and wanted to share everything about me to everyone else. When I first got interviewed, I was really surprised. I never thought anyone would be interested in knowing me. I am just a average blogger who loves anime, manga and video games. The fact someone was interested in me made me feel special. With this moment, I always felt like getting to know know other bloggers out there. I enjoyed watching livestreams from Lita and I like learning about Shay of Anime Reviewer Girl. It could be written or talked but I think it would be nice to get to know people better if I had a moment of time to have a one and one discussion.

First Impressions

This is another idea I want to do in regards to doing anime or manga reviews. I want to try and do it fast reviews on series and give my opinion. If it’s good, I will say “continue on”, if it’s not, I will think of something depending on how the beginning is. For all we know, a series with a bad start could end with a great ending or a series with a great beginning can have a terrible ending. Overall, I want to do Episode 1, chapter 1, volume 1 or 1-hour impressions.

Reviewing REALLY long series

The anime series I ever reviewed that was longer than 24-26 episodes was Rurouni Kenshin. Rurouni Kenshin anime had a total of 95 episodes. Besides that anime, I think we familiar with the Big 3, One Piece, Naruto and Bleach (this is the Big 3 I know). I want to talk about long-going anime series like One Piece or whatever you think it too long and still going . Almost like my First Impression idea, I was thinking of watching the first season of anime and then give my opinion on it. Anime like Fullmetal Alchemist and Bleach that has an ending will be treated like Rurouni Kenshin: watch from beginning to end.

Anime Haul!

I recently shared this on Twitter but I recently bought the Kill la Kill Omakase Box on the Christmas sale at Rightstuf.When I got this treasure chest filled with goodies, I was excited. I held it like a greedy pirate and hid it from everyone. This box contain the Kill la Kill goods for any fan that wanted to hold one. Well, you get the picture. I want to review anime box merchandise like Omakase and Loot Crates.

Recommendations

To make my reviews more interesting, I was thinking about recommending other titles. If an anime/manga series is good, I would recommend other titles to help people continue to enjoy the taste of a good series and help save them from feeling empty of not having anything to see. If a series is bad, I would recommend a title that you are better off seeing; this can help save some time.

YouTube – For game reviews

Many of you may not know this, but I have a YouTube channel and I use to record gameplay videos from PS4. I don’t think I am planning to do anime reviews on YouTube or any other topic or discussions. I do have in mind of showing off the gameplay of a video game to support my video game reviews. It won’t be good as watching other gamers but it’s something and you don’t need to worry about side conversations. You just watch.

Making Money!

Just like other bloggers, I want to be able to make money on my blog. I enjoy writing and I think it will be nice to see my work being paid off. This would mean, you will have to remove any ad block plug-ins to help me out. I may also try to sign up for anime affiliate programs such as Rightstuf or Otaku Mode.

So far these are my goals for 2017. I want to make Matt-in-the-Hat a super, awesome blog. I may not be able to complete them all but I want to make it even better. Thank you for reading and let’s see where 2017 leads us!

My Dream Loot Crate – A Loot Crate Idea

Hello everyone, this is Matthew I hope everyone had a great Christmas vacation. In this post, this will be different. This is not a review or news of sort. Instead, I decided to write post about my ideal create for the pop culture subscription team Loot Crate. Loot Crate is a subscription service where people pay for a subscriptions for a themed crate filled with goodies based on themes. Subscribers could get a crate filled with specific anime merchandise (Loot Anime) or other stuff like for pet lovers (Loot Pets), video games (Loot Gaming) or just the usual standard version filled with random goods like comic book and gaming Loot Crate.

This post was inspired by TwoHappyCats and her post “My Dream Loot Crate“. In her post, she wrote about her idea create called “Home is here the anime is”. She explains that she named this theme because she will be moving town and state and she wants some anime goods for the new home. According to her blog, here is what Loot Crate says:

“Ever dream about designing your own monthly subscription crate? Well, your dream might could become a reality. Loot Crate, the pop culture subscription service for geeks, gamers, and fans alike, wants to know what people would do if they could put together their dream subscription crate.”

Also I heard from this tweet from Kauses of Otaku Gamer Zone’s Twitter this morning:

Anyway, enough jibber jabber, let’s start this dream crate!

I AM NOT SPONSORING FOR ANYTHING OR ANYONE! Just like TwoHappyCats, this is just a rough idea for my dream crate and this post is not intended to sponsor any company. This is just a Dream Loot Crate Post!!!

The Theme – Bloodthirsty

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The theme for this dream crate is “Bloodthirsty” and it will contain anime and manga related-titles. At first I wanted to create a crate filled anime in regards to adventure or Shonen titles, but I though it would be interesting to have a crate filled with anime filled with titles known for blood, gore and eeriness. It would be like opening “Pandora’s Box”. I am not much of a violent guy but I think we all have moments where we just want to let loose and embrace our rage. They say, it starts with the quiet ones haha.

Tokyo Ghoul Mask

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This was something I wanted for Christmas. I got a T-shirt instead but I am happy on what I got. For this crate, I think Ken Kaneki’s mask from Tokyo Ghoul should be included in this crate. I found this mask online from Hot Topic and I think this looks epic. I have seen the main character Kaneki used this mask only a little bit in Season 1 and I thought it made him look intimidating. If anyone is familiar with Tokyo Ghoul, you would know that this anime is violent and filled with hungry ghouls.

Akame ga Kill! Esdeath T-Shirt

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This shirt image I saw interesting from the Sentai Filmworks site. I have a question, if Esdeath is known as the hottest character in the anime, would she be called hot or cold because of her ice powers? Either way, Esdeath is a very powerful antagonist in the violent anime Akame ga Kill! and she exceeds in both skills and looks. Like most of the crates, subscribers will be able to get free T-shirts. I think it would be cool to see this shirt added with my ideal crate. Esdeath proves that even the most beautiful woman can be also be the most feared, and scary human on earth.

Rosario Vampire keychain cross

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Aside from the violent girls in Akame ga Kill!, some girls can be dangerous and cute. I am huge fan of Rosario Vampire and I think the Cross Necklace should be included in this Bloodthirsty Crate. I found this at the Rightstuf website. In Rosario Vampire, one of the girls named Moka Akashiya is a vampire and she is seen wearing this cross on her neck. This cross is a seal tto prevent her inner vampire from letting lose. However, when other monsters try to get her or her friends, these monsters end up getting their butts whooped by her dark side. This little lady needs blood.

Hellsing Ultimate Notebook

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Ever want to keep track on how much you spent, or how many you killed, or just want to keep track on your ideas? If so, this is a need. From the OVA series Hellsing: Ultimate, this notebook will help anyone needing something to write and keep records. It can be used for school or just other activities like home or work. You help keep you motivated, this tough lady Integra will be observing you from this cover. This notebook is from Rightstuf.

Deadman Wonderland wallet

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When in doubt, if you ever been accused for something you never did, make sure you have someone to bail you out. From the violent anime Deadman Wonderland, this wallet has the cover from the mysterious Red Man. The Red Man is a mysterious person is responsible for killing the protagonist Ganta’s homeclassroom. All of his friends were slaughtered and the survivor Ganta is accused for a murder he never did; his punishment is being sent to the “fun” slaughterhouse with other criminals called Deadman Wonderland. I am hoping no one goes to jail for doing something crazy. Still, how would you feel to pull money put from a wallet with a killer’s face on it? This wallet is from Rightstuf.

Finished!

This completes my dream loot crate for my Bloodthirsty Crate. I hope you liked my idea and if you ever want to try out Loot Crate, follow the links above. Thanks for reading this post and I am happy to share my dream crate. See you next time!

Also, what would your crate be? How would you set it up and what will be the theme? Leave a link in the comments and share your ideas! I would love to see them. 🙂

TGIF Friday Funny 88: A Savior is born!

TGIF

Hello everyone, thank God it’s Friday! Welcome to another special episode and what makes this special is that this weekend is Christmas. Saturday is Christmas Eve and Sunday is Christmas Day. I hope you guys were able to complete your Christmas shopping and wrap up your presents. Bring out the milk and cookies because Santa Clause is coming to town! If you guys are going places for Christmas, be careful out there. Be prepared for weather conditions and grouchy people. I also want to say Happy Birthday to an aniblogger named Lita from Lita Kino Anime Corner. Lita’s birthday was on December 22 and she is 26 years!

Before we begin, let’s not forget why we celebrate Christmas. Christmas is not just about opening presents, it’s remembering the greatest moment in history: the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior. In the beginning, God sent His son to earth and the virgin wife, Mary, of Joseph bore God’s child. Mary gave birth to Jesus in a manger and after He was born, many visitors like the three Wise Men came to meet the baby and gave Him gifts. The people who saw the baby praised Him and it was a beautiful moment in the Bible. This moment in history, a savior is born and He is the King of kings. That child was Jesus Christ, He also died for our sins and came back to life in 3 days and conquered death! Hallelujah.

With this said, let’s begin this great weekend!

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Here are some peaceful, Christian music! Remember, we celebrate Christmas because of Jesus Christ. He was born in this day. The King of all kings!

Good bye and God bless you all. Peace be with you!!!

New Yu-Gi-Oh! anime for 2017 confirmed!

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First announced through Twitter, Shueisha’s  Jump Fiesta confirmed that there will be a new Yu-Gi-Oh! anime on Tokyo TV for Spring 2017. According to Japanese’ reports, the anime’s theme will focus on children stepping out and following their dreams. The protagonist, Yusaku Fujiko, is a kid who doesn’t like to stand out in front of the crowd, however, the anime will show him leaving his shell and facing other duelists.

This will be the 6th Yu-Gi-Oh! anime of the series.

Nominated for another Sunshine Blogger Award!

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I got another award!!!

I want to thank Scott of Mechanical Anime Reviews for nominating me for this Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you for choosing me and I am sorry for the delay. Things have been busy for me here.

Rules:
-Thank the person who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
-Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
-Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
-List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog

Scott’s questions:

1) How do you watch your anime (computer/cell phone app/PS4/what?)

I watch anime on my laptop computer. Sometimes I watch anime on my Samsung phone from the Crunchyroll and Adult Swim app.

2) If you were a magical person, describe your transformation sequence

Magical Person? This may be crazy but I would want something flashy and explosive. Something like from the video game Viewtiful Joe’s transformation. Henshin-A-Go-Go-Baby!

3) What do you watch or read that isn’t anime?

If it’s not anime. I usually watch cartoons like SpongeBob or even classic  90’s Nick cartoons in the Splat like CatDog, Rugrats and Hey Arnold! I also watch Full House. I also read my Bible every morning.

4) If you read manga, do you read it digitally or in book form?

I actually read both. I like using both. I like print because I like the feel of a book and digital books are faster and cheaper than print.

5) What time of day is prime time anime watching time for you?

I usually watch anime at night, about 9 PM. This is also the same time I watch Toonami on Saturday nights.

6) Microsoft or Macintosh (Apple) ?

Microsoft

7) Thoughts on Yuri on Ice?

Based on the fandom, Yuri on Ice is an anime filled with fanservice for anime girls and it’s praised for the art, content, and characters. I never watched the anime but I hear it’s worth checking out.

8) If you could play a musical instrument, what would you play and why?

I would most likely play the bongos. I have habit on tapping stuff and I think bongos would fit me. I find it really hard to play guitar or piano.

9) If you had to jump into a seat of a giant robot, what would it be?

If it was possible, I would like to hang and ride with Optimus Prime from Transformers.

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10) What is your favorite time of year?

I would definitely say Christmas. This is the time where I get to spend a lot of time with family and we remember the birth of Christ. For my anime personality, this is where I can buy a lot of anime for the sales!

11) Why did you start blogging in the first place?

Much said in my earlier posts, but I will say again. I got into blogging because of a college class requirement. I first used this blog to post news in regards to the United States. After I finished my class, I abandoned this blog until late December 2014. In the beginning of January 2015, I began my aniblog journey.

11 questions

  1. What kind of trading cards, if you any, do you collect?
  2. How do you play video games? On console, portable device (Nintendo 3DS, PS Vita), Smartphone, or PC?
  3. Do you have a favorite game board to play?
  4. If you met someone that wants to get into anime, what anime series would you recommend them?
  5. If the same person asked what anime to avoid, what series would you not recommend?
  6. What was the recent movie you seen this year, 2016?
  7. What’s the recent cringiest moment you ever heard or saw you have ever experienced (in anime terms or non)?
  8. Do you remember your first follower when you started to blog?
  9. Who do you follow the most as soon as you log in your WordPress account?
  10. If you could have any food or meal for your last meal, what would you eat? (money is ignored)
  11. What’s the number 1 goal do you plan to do in 2017? It could be about your blog or personal life.

11 nominations

  1. Lethargic Rambling
  2. Animetai
  3. The Maniacal Book Unicorn
  4. Maggie Simple Life
  5. Tenshi
  6. The Anime Ashtray
  7. Rose -Wretched and Divine
  8. Pokeninja90
  9. Deven Luca – Anime Reviews and Lots of Other Stuff ( https://animethief.wordpress.com/ )
  10. Shay – Anime Reviewer Girl ( https://animereviewergirl.com/ )
  11. Venus – JAPANime Talks ( https://japanimetalks.wordpress.com/ )

Thanks for reading and I hope this entertained everyone! (don’t ask me why nominees 9-11 are like this. Apparently, I wasn’t able to hyperlink them like the rest.)

Naruto and Boruto News! Film and Anime in 2017

I got some exciting news from this Orange suit, blond hair ninja!

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Revealed at Jump Fiesta, it’s confirmed from Lionsgate that the movie director Michael Gracey (who will also do The Greatest Showman) will be directing the live-action Naruto film. Also revealed at the event, Naruto creator Masahi Kishimoto will be helping with this film too.

So in other words, another manga/anime series gets the live-action treatment!

Boruto

Also announced at Jump Fiesta, the Boruto manga created by  Ukyo Kodachi and Mikie Ikemoto will become an anime on April 2017. Viz Media also confirmed it to be real but it’s unsure when will it be on TV specifically. Kishimoto, original creator of Naruto and Boruto, announced this is another special project he was working on. According to his quote “I plan to make it even better than Naruto“. this anime will surpass the previous anime.

It’s also confirmed that the previous voice actors to the Boruto film will return. This new anime will be called Boruto – Naruto Next Generations.boruto-kv for this anime!

 

TGIF Friday Funny 87: Rebel or Assassin?

TGIF!

Thank God it’s Friday! Today is another episode of TGIF Friday Funny. Excuse me for the lack of news or reviews this week, I have been busy with work and I also got distracted on some new video games. Besides getting Final Fantasy XV on the release day, last Saturday, I recently bought Sword Art Online: Lost Song for PS4 from GameStop for $21! This game is really fun and I enjoy flying around as Kirito. Even though I haven’t been posting news in regards to anime, I do got some important news to bring up again.

To those who didn’t know, a couple of anibloggers came together for a special project and decide to devote their time to help people feel good about themselves and keep the community strong and positive. They are called the OWLS.

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First brought up by Kauses of Otaku Gamer Zone, he messaged the groups about this project in early November this year and we have decided that we need to make sure people feel safe about being an individual. Here is the mission:

“We are a group of otaku bloggers who promotes acceptance of all individuals regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and disability. We emphasize the importance of respect, kindness, and tolerance to every human being.”

Also here are the members working at OWLS:

President: Katrina Sade (Grimmgirl)
Vice President: Kausus (Otaku Gamer Zone)
Secretary: Arria Cross (Fujinsei)
Co-secretrary: crimson613 (Crimson Blogs at Night)
Chief Creative Officer: LynLyn (Just Something About LynLyn)
Members Review & Disciplinary Committee Officer: Pink-chan (Pinky’s Palace)
Members Review & Disciplinary Committee Officer: Venus (Japanime Talks)
Public Relations Officer: Naja B.(aka pokeninja90) (Nice Job Breaking It, Hero)

Members (Updated):

Lita (LitaKino Anime Corner)
Matthew Castillo (Matt-in-the-Hat)
Shay (Anime Reviewer Girl)
Takuto (Takuto’s Anime Cafe)

Stephanie Clarke (Anime Girls NYC)

If you want more information on OWLS, check out here or Arria Cross in Fujinsei. Feel free to follow on Twitter as well: https://twitter.com/OWLSbloggers?lang=en

Besides this important news, get ready for some other news. As we get close to Christmas and people are finishing up finals at school, it’s time to kick back and go Christmas shopping. If you don’t plan to shop yet, go ready for some movies! Today is the movie release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”. This movie is a side story about a new cast of characters who set out on a quest to uncover the secret plans of the Death Star. This story takes place between Episode III and IV. Another movie to look forward to is movie adaptation to the popular Ubisoft title “Assassin’s Creed”. In this movie, Callium Lynch will go through the experiences of his ancestors with the help of advance technology. He goes through the eyes of his ancestor in 15th century Spain, Aguilar. Aguilar is part of a secret organization known as The Assassin’s and Callium will go through the hidden mysterious of his past. The movie will be in theaters December 21.

Whew! Done with the news, now it’s time for some funnies!

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To end this post, here are some video trailers for 2017:

Have an awesome day or night!

Sailor Moon R: The Movie screening date

In old news earlier, Viz Media will be screening the film “Sailor Moon R: The Movie” in theaters in both English Dub and Sub. Announced today, the movie will be screened in 300 theaters on January 20th in the USA. Select theaters will premier the movie on January 19th. Tickets are now on sale today and more will be added later.

Viz Media and Eleven Arts will hold a special screening at at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. At the event, fans will be able to participate with a Q&A panel with the English Dub cast.

Viz describes the film:

Long before Mamoru found his destiny with Usagi, he gave a single rose in thanks to a lonely boy who helped him recover from the crash that claimed his parents. This long-forgotten friend, Fiore, has been searching the galaxy for a flower worthy of that sweet gesture long ago. The mysterious flower he finds is beautiful, but has a dark side- it has the power to take over planets. To make matters worse, the strange plant is tied to an ominous new asteroid near Earth! Faced with an enemy blooming out of control, It’s up to Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians to band together, stop the impending destruction and save Mamoru!