Colossalcon 2017 preview

Colossalcon

As is my custom, I will give you a sneak peek at what I’ll be doing at Colossalcon this weekend. This will be my longest con ever; 4 days plus a fifth on location. Never before have I stayed at a con for 4 nights. This also means the Stanley Cup Final will go up against my relax time at the con for two out of the four nights, so I’ll be watching the Penguins on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Wasn’t life easier when the Penguins were mediocre and I could relax and do whatever I wanted at Colossalcon? Oh well, it’s a nice problem to have, isn’t it? You non-sports people will never get it. Anyway, here goes nothing.

Thursday:

5:00 pm – Otaku Art & Craft Fair – This isn’t the main event; that would be the Flea Market on Sunday morning which is one of the best moments of every Colossalcon. This is more like Artists’ Alley for artists who aren’t in the alley. I’m not sure if I’ve checked this out before, but I certainly will this time.

5:00 pm: Speed Runners Unite! – I’ve always wanted to be a speed runner. Sadly, when I play Super Mario Bros., I still slow down to get each power-up. This panel intrigues me.

7:00 pm – Shakespeare in Anime – Not sure how interested I am in this, but it’s something to put on the light Thursday schedule.

10:00 pm – Unpopular Anime/Manga Appreciation – I just want to go here so I can spread the gospel of Shangri-La.

Friday:

12:00 pm – Anime ‘n Chill: Sit Back and Relax – I honestly don’t know what to expect from this panel, but it sounds non-offensive and like something I’d enjoy.

2:00 pm – 100,00 [sic] Anime Pyramid – I love game shows, you should know that. I always go to any “Anime Pyramid” panel¬†because you never know what anyone’s going to say. It may not be as funny as the “Kentucky Jelly” Anime Match Game of Ohayocon a long time ago, but it still should be a riot.

4:00 pm – Nintendo History 101 – Who doesn’t love Nintendo? Apparently, a lot of people. But I’m a Nintendo fanboy through and through, even if the Switch has only exactly two games for it so far. I look forward to hearing what this panelist has to say about Nintendo.

5:00 pm – The Re:Zero Panel

6:00 pm – Iron Cosplay! – Frank from Setsucon may not be hosting this, but these types of panels usually turn out to be a lot of fun.

8:00 pm – Budget Cosplay Method – Goodness knows how much I like to thrift cosplay and spend the least possible bucks on my costumes. This is for me.

9:00 pm – Waluigi Time – We tried to go to this panel last year, and it ended too early for us to get to. This year hopefully we will be on time.

11:00 pm – Sports and Subtext –¬†I’m not much of a sports anime person, but I’m interested in this panel idea.

Saturday:

10:00 am – Pokemon Jeopardy – You know I’m just a sucker for game shows, and this one is on a topic I like too, so it’s a perfect match.

11:00 am – See You Space Cowboy – A Bebop Retrospective – If the game show ends early, then I’ll hop over here to see something on Cowboy Bebop.

12:00 pm – 20 Minute Cosplay Creation Challenge – This sounds like the exact same thing as Iron Cosplay, but it might be worth it.

1:00 pm – Re:Zero Photoshoot

3:00 pm – Hetalia Ask a Nation – Sadly these seem to be the only types of Hetalia panels that get accepted anymore. No history panels, no game shows, only the Ask a Nation stuff. Don’t get me wrong, if done right, it’s fun; but I’d rather see a variety of panels and not the same thing over and over.

4:00 pm – A Mystic Adventure: A Cardcaptor Sakura Panel

6:00 pm – The Wide World of Sports Anime – Again, I’m not a huge sports anime guy, but I think it sounds intriguing enough panel.

8:00 pm – Game 3: Stanley Cup Final – Pittsburgh Penguins at Nashville Predators

Sunday:

10:00 am – Faith and the Gospel According to John w/ Vic Mignogna – I look forward to hearing what Vic has to say. I’ve always been an avid defender of Vic against the baseless criticism against him, so this ought to be interesting.

10:00 am – Otaku Flea Market – The highlight of every Colossalcon since they added it. Random people selling random items at randomly low prices. It’s a treasure trove of obscure anime and video game stuff. You’ve got to save your cash for Sunday!

11:00 am – The Ultimate Pokemon Quiz – Another Pokemon game show-esque panel, which also sounds interesting.

And that’s all that’s on my schedule. Hopefully it’ll be a fun Colossalcon, after some of the disappointment of last year, and even more hopefully the Penguins will be up 3-0 by Sunday morning! See you at Colossalcon, or wait for my review of it next week!

Toonami Roundup: 5/20/17

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This week… in a very unimpressive Toonami…

Dragon Ball Super episode 19: The insufferable training of Goku and Vegeta continues, while Frieza gets wished back by the Dragon Balls. A few humorous moments perk this one up. Rating: **1/2

Dragon Ball Z Kai episode 118: Mr. Satan is hanging on by a thread, while Eighteen and “Mighty Mask” go at it. Then Eighteen blows “Mighty Mask”‘s cover, and Trunks and Goten are disqualified. Eighteen vs. Mr. Satan… not sure who I want to win! Rating: **1/2

Attack on Titan episode 30: With its overdramatic flashback sequence along with Eren and Mikasa acting stupid as usual, AoT fell back into its old ways during this episode. There was some good stuff with Christa and Ymir that kept it from being a bad episode, though. Rating: **1/2

Tokyo Ghoul episode 8: Can this be over already? The Tokyo Ghoul experiment is an abject failure. Rating: *1/2

Hunter x Hunter episode 52: Get used to episodes like this. This is probably the best Hunter x Hunter is going to have to offer once we get into the Chimera Ant arc. Long, thought-out, drawn-out battles. This is actually good stuff compared to what we’ll see later, even though it seems like a letdown from better battles we’ve already seen. Rating: **1/2

Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn episode 20: Laplace’s Box is opened. Basically it says that you have to disregard everything that has already been said and throw that out of the window. Anything to prevent a war, right? And somehow, 96 years ago, they knew to write exactly what to say that would be enough to stop this war. Four years until the end of the Universal Century, but it’s felt like four years just going through this series. Rating: *1/2

Naruto Shippuden episode 158: Kakashi dies. What a shame to have such a major character killed off. That’s it for him, I’m sure. We shall never see Kakashi again. His time with us is over. There will never be another Kakashi, that’s for sure. Rating: **

Ghost in the Shell episode 13: A silver medalist in Olympic boxing goes up against Batou in a battle that put me to sleep, literally. The question is, what year did he earn the silver medal? In 2020, in Tokyo? After all, this series is set in 2030; maybe that’s when. Rating: *1/2

Best show of the week: Hunter x Hunter

Most surprisingly good show of the week: Dragon Ball Super

Most disappointing show of the week: Ghost in the Shell

Spiral 11-13: Pianist, pianist, pianist

Spiral episodes 11-13 review

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(For those of you expecting to see 60 Minutes, you’re watching the NFL on CBS. Oh, and for those of you expecting to see a review of Black Butler, you’re about to read reviews of more Spiral, as I change things up for this week. Tomorrow we will skip Lucky Star, and next week there will be no anime reviews whatsoever as I relax at Colossalcon.)

Episode 11 is so forgettable I don’t even know what happened. Sadly this seems to be a pattern with Spiral. It has a big dramatic episode, then the next episode is a complete letdown. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. I think that’s by design, but sadly it’s a very poor design.

Episode 12 involves the highly riveting plot of Ayumu trying to win a dinosaur out of a claw machine. I was expecting that there would be some secret strategy Ayumu would come up with to win it, but sadly there isn’t, and all that ends up happening is that he wins a couple of birds out of the UFO catcher instead. As you may have figured out, not exactly a great episode either.

Episode 13 finally picked up the pace. This episode was about one of the Blade Children named Rutherford who is a pianist. I can say that word as many times as I want and no one can do anything about it: pianist, pianist, pianist! (In related news, someone set the record for most money on Plinko today: $31,500. Let’s see if you can make the connection.)

There’s an assassin who threatens Rutherford’s life, and for some reason Ayumu is now working with the Blade Children, so he has to protect him. Eventually Ayumu figures out that the assassin is a sniper who is going to gun Rutherford down in the middle of the concert, but Rutherford has the entire audience light candles at the beginning of the concert, which blurs the sniper’s vision and gives Ayumu enough time to chase him away. It may not sound interesting but it actually is better than you think.

At the halfway post, Spiral is a very interesting anime. It’s not a world-beater by any means, but it’s also not bad. If there are more hair-raising moments like the Ayumu vs. Rio battle-of-the-brains, it could end up being in that third tier. What’s the third tier? The first tier is Evangelion and Madoka, stuff that can’t be touched. The second tier is stuff like Haruhi Suzumiya and InuYasha, stuff that has great personal meaning to me. The third tier is stuff that’s generally good. Akame ga Kill and Hunter x Hunter go here. Sometime soon I’ll post my list of tiers and what’s in what tier. Remind me to bring this up on an upcoming podcast.

Overall, two poor episodes and one good one. The last one at least gave me some hope that Spiral may get back on track.

Episode 11 rating (out of four stars): 1/2

Episode 12 rating (out of four stars): *

Episode 13 rating (out of four stars): **1/2