Saturday, November 30, 2013

Ranking Every Episode of Buffy, ok my top and bottom 10.

Recently there was a thing floating around ranking every episode of Buffy ever.

I decided to do a top 10, and why, and bottom 10.

The Beginner's Guide to Anime, No. 32

One genre we've not looked into much so far is crime fiction. There are cop shops and detective series of various kinds, both comic and serious. This one covers the criminals.

Black Lagoon originally began as a manga in 2002 and is still going. There have so far been two anime TV series, both in 2006, followed by a five-part Original Video Anime (OVA) which came out between 2010 and 2011. The series mixes crime fiction with black humour and a lot of graphic, over-the-top violence.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Underwater Monsters!


FORGET JAWS! BUGGER, DEEP BLUE SEA! IGNORE, THE BEAST! AND PAY NO HEED TO THE CREATURE OF THE BLACK LAGOON! For today, we delve into the very depths of the oceans; today we explore every crevice on the sea floor; today we look past every piece of sea-weed; todaywe find the worst creatures that the "BIG BLUE WET THING" has ever ejaculated into the human world.

Black Lagoon

Revy and Ginji arrive at a bowling alley where Chaka is holding Yukio, and they dispatch his men. Chaka attempts to leave with Yukio, but Rock takes Yukio and escapes. Chaka then meets Revy in a hallway and when he attempts to start a duel with her, she leads him to Ginji. Chaka attempts to shoot Ginji, but he cuts the incoming bullet in two with his katana. He then removes Chaka's arms with his katana and drowns him in the adjacent pool. Elsewhere, Yukio criticizes Rock for attempting to save her from falling into the criminal underworld, as she believes that he exists in a "twilight" between his old life in Japan and his criminal life in Roanapur, and is unwilling to let go of either of them. The following day, Balalaika begins her plans for the destruction of the Washimine Group.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Review: Black Lagoon: 1st and 2nd Barrage

THEMES: girls with guns, mafia, mercenaries, pirates

PLOT SUMMARY: Okajima Rokuro is a normal, abused Japanese businessmanwho get's his lucky break as he's sent by his company to the tropical seas of Eastern China to deliver a disc only his boat gets hijacked by a band of mercenaries that were hired to steal it. "Rock" (as he is newly dubbed by his captors) catches the interest of the only female merc "Revy", who takes him captive for ransom. Things get complicated really fast for Rock, and he ends up becoming one of the mercenaries known as Black Lagoon. From there, life takes a whole new meaning for Rock and his crew-mates, something that Rock is finding hard to define ..and possibly worse for Revy herself

Anime Review: Black Lagoon

(note: This review covers both Black Lagoon and Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage, treating both as one show.

GENRE: Action

Black Lagoon (two seasons + OVA) Review

Year: 2005 (2010 OVA)

Studio: Madhouse

Genre: Action, Drama

It's almost Christmas again

Just a bit more school left, and this week is going to be the busiest one all semester. One final push and I'll get to take a breather. Two presentations in the same week by the time I'm done with this degree, I'll practically have the public speaking skills of Adolf Hitler. Christmas time though I don't have any set plans. I figure I'll spend it catching up on anime, and going out with friends for food and fun. Oh and of course waste money on Christmas shopping. I really need to start living more frugally like I used to, especially now that I don't have a job, and I don't really consider Yugioh cards a secure source of income. That, and I've been spending like a mad man on food lately, which I should really keep track of. I am in accounting after all, I should be in the habit of keeping my costs and revenues in check. Yosh! Good luck to me!

But since I'm already in the mood to ramble on about things that are going on in my life, I'll pull things from my head that I've done in recent memory and plaster them here!
Issue #23

November 17, 2013

North Republic Industries

some animes.

Last summer, a friend of mine drew my attention towards anime series. Although I had watched some before (e.g. Yu-Gi-OH!), I had'nt really liked those with japanese audio and subtitles. But he showed me that watching series with subtitles is not uncomfortable at all. So I was really into animes since last may until september (then I stopped, because it took up too much time and I felt I had already seen all good series). Though it was only a short time, I have watched many animes. I want to write about some of them here, especially those, which are not so well known (so not something like Death Note). Please note, these are not all the animes I have watched, and not all my favorites (maybe I'll write a post about the best ones later). However, lets's start:


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Shaun Berk's 10 Movie Recommendations- 416th Edition and the Madness: Video Nasty- week 4

Welcome to the 416th Edition of my long running series and the last week of this year's Madness.I was not as productive this year as I was in others but always enjoy that great annual contest.Next week, I celebrate eight years of this blog in which all this time I have actually done this on a weekly basis.I know, I'm more amazed than anyone but it has been a very fun ride.

The Crow (1994):I start this week out with this very dark film based on a comic book series by James O'Barr and directed by Alex Proyas.Brandon Lee stars as rock star Eric Draven and along with his fiancee is brutally murdered.A year after the murder, a crow brings him back to life in an invincible form driving Draven to seek vengeance upon those who murdered him.Ernie Hudson co-stars as Sergeant Albrecht who is an aging and bitter police officer and helps Draven after seeing he is going after the biggest scum of the earth.Rochelle Davis co-stars as the street smart kid Sarah whom Eric cared for at one time and does a very good job in her role.Michael Wincott, Bai Ling, Tony Todd,and Jon Polito all co-star in this film.I really like this movie on many levels beginning with the perfect movie soundtrack like the Cure, Stone Temple Pilots, Violent Femmes, Nine Inch Nails, Rage Agaisnt the Machine, among others.I also really liked the beginning part when establishing Eric as a good person who does not deserve what he gets which produce some occasional moving scenes among all the darkness and the violence.There are also some really good action scenes of the vengeance.What's most known about this movie is that this is Brandon Lee's last movie and for those that do not know, he is the son of the legendary martial artist Bruce Lee.He died during filming when taking a bullet which was supposed to a blank.As unfortunate of a situation as that is, I really find this to be up there in my favorites.Lee did a great job in his last role.I have not actually seen any of the sequels or tv series as i just don't know if it will be the same.This did inspire things like the evolution of the wrestler Sting and his look after years of having the blonde surfer look.This is available on Instant Netflix and is a very good action film.

Thrift Store Hallo-weekends: Universal Studios Monsters Magic Pictures Activity Book

This week, we're looking at UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MONSTERS MAGIC PICTURES, a coloring/activity book published by Golden Books/Western Publishing in 1992. I have no idea what the retail price of this was, but I got it for a dollar in a Goodwill store in Hocking Hills, Ohio.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, the Universal Studios Monsters brand is the Cadillac of Halloween-related products in my eyes. Anyone can sell a generic flat-topped Frankenstein's Monster costume for Halloweenor a kinda/sorta Creature from the Black Lagoon decoration to hang on your door, but Universal has the market cornered on the look of these classic ghouls.

Chalkboard Drawings: The "Halloween Countdown, Part IVedition

I draw a picture of myself on my classroom's chalkboard everyday. I collect those pictures as camera phone photos and post them on Sundays.

We're kind of running through a grab-bag of leftover monsters this week. Pennywise the Clown is an interesting one that kind of lives on through re-runs of the IT miniseries on the SyFy Channelwhich is strange because, while it was pretty good for its' time, the actual movie doesn't hold up too well.

Saturday, November 2, 2013



Everybody had a nice Halloween? Watched some scary movies, drank loads of Pumpkin Spice Latte? Reread Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone just for that Halloween chapter?


IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (1953) Starring: Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake, Joe Sawyer, Russell Johnson. Directed by Jack Arnold. Screenplay by Harry Essex. Based on The Meteor, a story by Ray Bradbury. Produced by Wiliam Alland. Run Time: 81 minutes. U.S.Black and White. Science Fiction

There is an old expression that everything old is new again. That's true for two things that are popular staples in theaters today, science fiction films and 3D technology. These were also quite popular back in the 1950's, when our film, It Came From Outer Space, was released.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Boo 2, the Sequel -- Fabulous Fright Flicks for Halloween Night and a Delightful Day of the Dead

Wow, is it that time of the year already? You betcha! And do we have a bad case of d jvu all over again! This season, we're going to pay tribute to Halloween, along with a salute to All Soul's Day -- more commonly known as the Day of the Dead -- by making critical offerings to the classic Universal monstersReborn, that is!

You will recall that last October 2012, we started the celebration off with a review of the Blu-ray(R) Disc release of original fright flicks from Universal Studio's vaunted archives. Such vintage attractions as Dracula, Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, the Wolfman, the Mummy, the Phantom of the Opera, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon were the so-called attractions, belatedly so, and feted with the deluxe-package treatment they deserved.