[Event Review] Sakura-Con (2017)

I avoided Sakura-Con for years out of shyness over what seemed like an overwhelming sense of fanaticism toward anime. After attending videogame expo PAX twice at the same venue, it was time to experience the industry’s ninth largest North American conventionEven researching newer anime releases, nothing could prepare me for the underwhelming confusion and disorganization that awaited. It wasn’t like stepping into another world so much as temporarily peeking into a very exclusive club.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ [2/5]
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[Open Letter] NES Classic Discontinuation?

Nintendo announced last week the discontinuation of the NES Classic Edition, a plug-and-play device that emulated 30 ROMs from their NES library, which is a slap in the face to potential customers. The cool device you could bring over for family gatherings was never reasonably available in stores since November 2016. Now scalpers are reaping in the profits, reselling the device for over $300! Why let this happen? I called their hotline, 1-800-255-3700, and asked.

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[Applied Psychology] Handling Crazy Encounters

The disheveled cosplayer clamored about being hungry and found a chair inside the booth, swearing at nobody and engaging with anybody. “He must be on something!” While that was the weirdest event from Sakura-Con, I don’t want to be judgemental. We should try to help others. It’s important to determine when psychological issues others display are harmless or harmful, then act appropriately. I’ve summarized potential options both in this photo and in the full article.

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[Rowing Machine] 2017/02/17

For this week’s rowing column, let’s talk about motivation. Why exert so much effort in the process of rowing? Why exhaust yourself? Why try when it’s not surpassing your best? External motivation is temporary. Internal motivation remains when the inspiration is from a visceral moment in your past. As I was taking some photos on the morning of February 17th 2017, I realized that I was being hindered, and that it was time to get motivated.

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[Concert Review] Seattle Video Game Orchestra And Choir (Sakura-Con, 2017)

If you have to start somewhere, when do the feedback floodgates open to allow for constructive criticism? Should polite proposals remain off limits until after an absolute amount of practice posts, pictures, or performances? Is it unfair to compare performers of amateur and mature skill? I appreciate the inclusivity of the Seattle Video Game Orchestra and Choir and I’m always inspired by anyone attempting to broaden taste. I just think some improvement could reliably impress.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
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[Grime/Glitter] Worse Than Sickness

We covered basic advice for treating sickness last week, so let’s cover an ailment that’s worse than mild illness, fever, or allergies. Headaches make you instantly regret doing anything other than laying down with constant pressure to your head and might be terribly stressful to the body and mind. I’ve asked some doctors for advice, and have done independent research, so here’s what I’ve done to help overcome headaches and eventually return to clear thinking.

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[The Story] Searching for Friends

“What kind of friends do they have?” Most of my brainstorming efforts have been developing the personalities and relationship between Trishna and John, the main characters of the story tentatively titled The Story shown below, so let’s talk more about hypothetical background characters or potential situations that may appear during the currently unwritten story. Narratives, after all, combine characters, story, and premise, and some narratives like Final Fantasy VI feature an ensemble cast of friends.

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[Movie Review] Your Name (2016)

Your Name is almost completely style at the expense of substance. We follow two teenagers through elaborately animated set pieces around homes hidden in forests, interiors of homes that are shown at extreme angles, and clouds, because of course there are clouds, it’s by the director of Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second. Those teens encounter a certain premise that, if the reveal wasn’t spoiled for you in the advertising…

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ [2/5]
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[Event Review] Penny Arcade Expo (West, 2016)

Let’s finish an old draft covering last year’s Penny Arcade Expo, partially to compare against a recent smaller videogame convention, along with preparation for an event this weekend also hosted at Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center. PAX is the industry’s second largest convention. Everyone’s passionate about their newest project and digs what they’re selling. That’s great if you want to play the absolute newest videogames. How about everyone else? Would the casual gamer enjoy attending?

Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
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Series Review: Sengoku Choujuu Giga (Season 1, 2016-17)

Sengoku Choujuu Giga is like clever 3-minute poetry. Each episode uses limited animation to adapt the historical Choju-jinbutsu-giga scrolls, roughly translating to “Animal Person Caricatures” or more commonly called Scrolls of Frolicking Animals, into a modern format. The implied storytelling with unconventional humor puts a unique twist on possibly serious events. Inspired by the nature of the first season, the spoiler-free episode synopses below are stylistically poetic. They loosely interpret haiku and feature interpretive kigo, maybe.

Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
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