Death Note – Netflix Movie

If you don’t know what the original manga, anime, and live action movies called Death Note is, google it.

In the original manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, the storyline gets complicated. The anime release of the manga follows closely to the original manga’s complicated and interesting story.

The 2006 live action movies called “Death Note” and “Death Note: The Last Name” followed with the original manga story. Because the story was split into two movies each movie being an hour and a half long each, there was time to add in as much background and character developstorywith details as possible. I especially loved how closely related to the manga the famous detective “L” was between the manga and the 2 live action movies. Light Yagami was cool too! At least the Japanese movies followed the story with the manga. The anime was good too. They even split the story into the 2 movies at a good point, when the first movie ended with “Kira 1” and the second movie began with “Kira 2”. Even the Shinigami names for Ryuk and Rem stayed alongside the manga.

As for the American version of Death Note released on Netflix in 2017, a lot was changed and not just the location of the story. While the anime and manga showed Light Yagami in a well functioning family, that basic foundation was missing in the 2017 Death Note American version. It’s disturbing how a “regular family” was not shown in the Americanized movie considering how “Americanized” they tried to set this movie as. Light Yagami’s name was changed to Light Turner to sound more “American”. Instead of the Yagami (Turner) family being Light, his mom, and his sister with his dad as a workaholic yet respectable police officer, in the 2017 Death Note American version, Light has no siblings making him an only child, his mom’s dead, and his dad is an unrespected cop absolutely no one likes who stills seems to be a workaholic. While the Japanese Light Yagami was a good-grades student who was shown as a good school role model, the American Light Turn was aschoolwho got caught being paid to do other students’ homework and ended up in trouble. A lot. Wow. Pathetic. It’s one thing to trim the “Turner” family to seem “American” but not every family has a dead parent, a loser student. or workaholic loner.

The start of the story is located not in Japan, but in …. Seattle, Washington. You know, the same setting as another movie already released this year. I’ll give you a hint: billionaire business man. 😉

The entire time I’m watching this Death Note reset in America movie, the only thing I’m thinking is “How has Light not run into Anastasia Steele or Kate or Christian Grey?” LOL The city’s big, but it’s not so big that no one can run into each other.

Also, the police are useless during the investigation into “Kira”. Despite the logic of “L” following Light Turner around and cameras in the Turner’s home, there’s no phone tapping, no background investigations into potential suspects, nothing! In a world of online social networks and GPS locating, it should at least be easier to pinpoint a suspect like Light. In the Japanes live action movies, Light Yagami had to ignore Ryuk and pretend like his life was dull. In the American movie, that was easily dismissed. No one bothered to wonder “Odd…Light sure is eating a ton more apples that humanly possible.”  Light Turner texts his “girlfriend” and gets a phone call from “L’s” friend, but no one who is actually tracking him finds this out. About “L”: he seems to randomly figure out that Light is “Kira”. There’s no investigation into how “L” came to his conclusions, no foreshadow to his logic, and nothing makes any sense. How does “L” end up suspecting Kira was in the U.S. if he was still in Japan? (There is a tiny scene that hints L hopped a plane from Japan to America.) Did “L” get a magic premonition about Kira’s potential location? Did another Shinigami tell him?

After the runaround, Light (Kira), kills L’s friend. In the 2 part Japanese movies, L responds with emotional but calculated strategy to catch Light after L’s friend is targeted. In the 2017 movie, L just retrieves a gun that had not been previously revealed (so basically he’s just lugging a gun around in a gigantic suitcase for no reason and no one seems to wonder why), steals a police car that just happens to be unlocked, and magically catches Light Turner in an alley after running after him for several blocks. After cornering Light in an alley, a random person not seen before just happens to help “Kira” after L says he’s a detective with the local police by hitting L in the back of the head. The popularity of Kira doesn’t spread as vast in this American movie as Kira’s popularity was in the 2-part movies based in Japan. So some random guy just happens to be in the alley after L hunts Light down, and the random guy just happens to be a fan of Kira? 

While the anime, the manga, and the 2-part movies explained Light’s girlfriend’s death as a purpose that helped the story progress, the American movie basically killed Light’s girlfriend, saved Light, and Light ends up safe in a “coma” in the hospital. Oh! By the way, Light’s girlfriend just happened to die. L is kicked off the police force investigation team for everything he did (makes sense), but nothing is shown as to where he had gone. Light reveals everything to his dad the cop, but nothing bad comes of it. In fact, his dad seems glad if not relieved that the bad guy who killed his wife was dead and Light is the infamous Kira. In the 2-part Japanese movies, Light Yagami’s dad was surprised that Light was even a part of the entire Kira ordeal. His dad was pissed and understandably so. In the American version, Light’s dad basically just shrugs it off.

Another annoying change in the American version was that when a random person touched the Death Note, Ryuk was not seen by said person. Normally, if a person touched the Death Note, the Shinigami was revealed. Wasn’t that a rule in the Death Note? Other rules inside the Death Note seemed to be ignored or bent by the characters of the story besides that. The “handing the Death Note to a new person” rule was bent or removed as if the Death Note had rules but nothing applied to anyone. As far as I figured, whoever will be the “Misa Amane” and Misa’s Shinigami Rem will appear after the cliffhanger to the American movie. Unfortunately, there’s no foreshadow to Misa coming into the storyline or that there are any other Shinigami besides Ryuk so to put Misa and Rem into the story will be difficult.
Overall, this was an OK attempt for an American re-release, but some things didn’t fit or make sense in this. The graphics seemed OK, not the best, but at least Ryuk kept his original name.

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The Lesson of Sailor Moon

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All about Sailor Moon and the world I came from.

Born in the end of the 80s and raised in the 90s, all I knew was Barbie and Sailor Moon. Yes, THAT Sailor Moon; the original heroine that originally came from a child-based manga raised into the entity that took over the anime world….before Pokemon of course. Yes, Sailor Moon DID come before Pokemon here in the United States if you can imagine that. No, I’m not talking about that 2016 Pokemon GO game. That was for all you young folks. No, I’m not that old. Hahaha…I’m only 29 years old. I was RAISED with every episode of Sailor Moon. I only knew one hero: Sailor Moon. While everyone else in my neighborhood followed Spiderman or Superman or (my mother liked) Wonder Woman, I was the first few 1990s kids to know of anything called anime in the United States. In school, no one knew about that either. It was just my friend, Lee Anna, and I. We were the only 2 kids in a school of over 900 kids who even liked the show back then. Trust me, Pokemon caught on like wildfire, but NOT Sailor Moon. Maybe it’s because Sailor Moon in the 90s was aimed at children between 2 years old and 9 years old, and MOSTLY for girls? I mean, you barely saw a BOY who liked Sailor Moon over Pokemon when I was growing up. Now it’s not a big deal, but in the 90s it WAS a big deal. Boys got severely bullied for liking Sailor Moon. Yeah, I grew up in a horrible city. Now remember, I was only 7 years old when I saw my first Sailor Moon episode (the original DiC English Dub). Yeah, horrible dubbing, but it was good for that time period. I still laugh at the lame one-liners the Senshi / Scouts would shout at the enemies. Hahaha…. Too funny!!

Anyway, that was my world. I didn’t know about these fights over “who’s better than whom” or “which Sailor Moon fan’s better than whom”. All of that was irreverent to my love of the anime. In honest truth, there was a “Sailor Moon Says” segment at the end of one of the episodes which addressed the very reality of bullying, being mean, and all that. Some days I wonder if I was the only person who bothered to learn the lessons those segments were meant to teach to children. I wonder…

In the end, I was a fan of the SHOW, not a fan of the fans of the show. I was a fan of SAILOR MOON, not a fan of the groupies surrounding the show. I was a fan of the heroism lessons of the show. I was never a fan of which fan of Sailor Moon was better: Melinda or Cherry? (I totally just made those fan names up on the spot by the way.) I was never following the screaming fights online about which Sailor Moon fan was doing what, who was “bullying” whom, or any of that. I was, and will always be, ONLY A FAN OF SAILOR MOON. I don’t care about any of the dramatic garbage the fanclub drums up. i’m not a fan of the fanbase. I’m a fan of the SHOW. IF it’s that hard to understand my point, then that’s OK. I’ll never be a fan of the most popular “Sailor Moon “#1″ fangirl”. I’ll never be the stalker of [insert username here] because she or he has the biggest fan-loving love of Sailor Moon. My love for the anime begins and ends with Sailor Moon. That’s it. I’m sorry if that offends some people who think I need to like [insert username here]’s pictures, accounts, and posts to be “considered” a fan of Sailor Moon. I’ll always be ONLY a fan of Sailor Moon. None of this “he said, she said / he’s and she’s better than him and her” crap. And yes, it’s crap. Sailor Moon never taught me to pick and choose who was better than whom. Sailor Moon taught me several lessons, and one of those lessons was favoritism never won. Not in the Negaverse. Not in Sailor Moon. Not anywhere in the manga either. I won’t even get started on the arguments surrounding the manga differences and the “but it really meant this” petty crap. What I read was the original Tokyopop and MIXX mangas. I never read into the fine-details of “what if’s” some fans got into. It’s cute, I agree, but it’s only cute as long as it stayed off my love for the anime.

I like the new Sailor Moon Crystal. It’s like a gigantic “Thank you” from Naoko Takeuchi to the rest of us fans who liked the show for over 20 years. It’s like a giant cake we can have and eat too. (I can toally see Usagi’s drooling expression here. Hahaha…) The reason I like the SMC anime is because it’s based off the manga. So much so that I took it upon myself form the first act to find similarities between the SMC show and the manga images. It was fun to see the colorized versions of the manga I’ve come to love. I’ve never lashed out at anyone for liking Sailor Moon as much as I have, or disputed with anyone for not liking Sailor Moon Crystal. It’s a person’s own opinion and that never hurt me any. In the end, a lot of fans have forgotten that this is a SHOW and will remain a SHOW. It’s ONLY A SHOW. It’s NOT real. Believe me, I’ve seen people, fans of Sailor Moon, harass, bully, and even threaten to kill other fans for their differences in opinions. Well, people have been killed for less.

My point is, the characters of Sailor Moon have taught me one thing that has stuck out to me over the course of 20+ years: BE NICE TO EACH OTHER. And some fans have forgotten that basic lesson. Time and time again, episode after episode, manga page after manga page, that was one of the biggest lessons of all in Sailor Moon (besides the lesson that good always triumphs over evil). 😉

In honesty though, I believe some fans have forgotten that lesson while some fans chose just to ignore the lesson. As for me, I’ve chosen to simply live by that lesson, because being nice, kindness, has truly triumphed over evil. After 200 episodes, 3 movies, a new show, and a few new generations of fans, kindness has shined above everything else. I liked that most of all about the anime.

The Fiasco with Pre-orders From Amazon

Amazon. Pre-order.

Those two words can put a grey cloud in your memory or a wonderful singing song bird.

If you haven’t been following my review posts on the Sailor Moon sale group I’m a part of, you never saw the up-close experience I had while pre-ordering the Kaleidoscope wand.

Everyone who collects or at least buys Sailor Moon things knows that this year between June 2016 and June 2017 was the year for 2 major things revealed in 2016: 1. The Kaleidoscope proplica wand and 2. The Tuxedo Mirage Memorial Ornament also known as the Tuxedo Mirage Music Box were both being released some time in 2017. Today I’m going to be talking about the Kaleidoscope proplica and my “interesting” experience as my first pre-order of this item off Amazon instead of going through a proxy to get the Japanese release one month earlier when it was released in Japan.

Let’s just say that my experience with Amazon in the authoring book releasing category hasn’t been the greatest either so I had no idea why my hopes for ordering the proplica was so high. Anyway…

I was so excited for the Kaleidoscope wand when the pre-order went live in March 2017! If you hadn’t guessed by now, I get excited about few things in life and Sailor Moon rarities (next to the holy grail items) is one of the things I get excited about up there next to wonderful new book releases. I pre-ordered this wand brand spankin’ new from Amazon by clicking the beautiful yellow PRE-ORDER NOW button. Yeah, that. Books have gone OK pre-ordering off Amazon (except for that one time I was supposed to win a giveaway for pre-ordering a 5-book set, but the author refused to send me the prize after she thought my vague post about someone reporting a picture I posted online was about her). (What an arrogant person! Right?) Anyway, I didn’t really think pre-ordering a wand was going to be a big difference from pre-ordering a book. Boy, was I wrong!

After clicking that PRE-ORDER HERE button, I excitedly waited for my confirmation reservation email from Amazon. You know the one, right? That auto-email that says, “Thank you for your order. Here is your confirmation number. It will be shipped on blah blah date.” Something like that. Well, I got my email. Poof …. I was excited! I let it go to the wayside. I practically forgot about it since real life started getting into my main focus.

In May 2017, I got a random auto-email saying my order was SUCESSFULLY CANCELED. That had never happened before. EVER. It was also odd since I worked in customer service answering phones about stuff like this so I literally KNOW what the other end of the chat was like. I wondered why one Earth I got an auto-email saying that I’d cancelled my own order of something I’ve waited years to get? I hopped on this tablet I’m currently writing this blog on, and copied my transaction number, the email confirmation number, and all that shebang before going online and asking for help from online Amazon chat resources. When I went to chat in the Amazon rep window, I told the lady exactly what you’re reading now: that my pre-order was cancelled without my permission a month after I pre-ordered something. I was worried…Remember this was the first time I’d ever pre-order anything besides books off Amazon.

The lady on the other end of the chat, kind as she was, told me that since it was canceled she couldn’t do anything (remember that I was in the rep’s shoes doing that job too once upon a time…) so I’d had to go back and RE-pre-order it. I replied “OK” and did that. I got the second confirmation number of my order and the second “Thank you for buying blah, blah, blah” auto-email again. I sent it to the lady who confirmed, my order on her end. I asked if the order was really there and she replied “Yes, I see it. It will ship and arrive to you on this date.” I said, “Great! Bye!” My hope was once again restored. The end. sarcasm/ Yeah, right! I wouldn’t be writing this blog post if that was what really ended my frustrations.

THEN In June, 3 DAYS BEFORE the item was to ship, I got yet ANOTHER email saying my order of the wand as successfully canceled. I was angry. I really didn’t think this would be such a big problem. I’ve never had a pre-order problem with BOOKS. Why THIS wand and why NOW? So! I went back online, called up the same chat window with all my transaction numbers, order number, emails and literally everything except the wand I ordered in my hand ready, and opened another chat window. The FIRST guy was impatient. He couldn’t understand if I’d ordered it, didn’t order it, or even knew my own name. He basically showed me not everyone belongs in a job, any job, and some people should really just sit on their couch and stay quiet while the rest of the world moved on. Anyway, I shut that chat window down, sent a transcript to my email, and reopened another chat window to get another woman who was kind and respectable. She helped me get my wand pre-ordered AGAIN and told me that my order was complete AGAIN, and that my wand will be on my doorstep by RELEASE DAY (on Amazon, the release day was May 29, 2017). I was not exactly excited this time around, because that gave Amazon only 3 days to get their act together. I sighed with a heavy heart, worried, and replied “OK” again. Only 2 days, the day the item was to ship to me, the wand was CANCELED AGAIN. Yeah, by now I was livid. I was going to scream this out to someone because someone out there was intentionally screwing with me. Again. Trust me, I’m not a lady when I’m screaming my head off to make sure I got this wand. I had never had so much trouble over an order off Amazon in my life!!

SO! Taking a deep breath that didn’t help any, I got on the chat room representative for the … How many times now? FOUR? Seriously? So, I got on the chat room AGAIN with yet another person who said the obvious, that it was canceled (DUH!), and I went through the same ride again with “Ordering it” and “It will arrive blah, blah, blah…” By now I wasn’t even believing these people and I made it very clear I didn’t believe the person who told me it will arrive Monday, May 29th ON RELEASE DAY. This was a 2 to 3 month battle JUST to get the wand. What a pain in my ass! Overall, I really didn’t think the wand was going to be delivered THAT DAY.

SO! 24 hours later, guess what? Yep! I was back on the chat room waiting for a package that wasn’t going to arrive. Why? Because the DAY OR RELEASE I got an auto-email saying my order was cancelled. AGAIN. By now, as I’m watching EVERYONE ELSE who ordered off the same pre-order brag about their wand, I was sitting here wondering what the fuck was wrong with Amazon. I was going to punch someone. If I couldn’t do it in person, I was going to throw a fist at someone over the net.

SO! I did just that. I went onto the Amazon chat window, low and behold I got the SAME GUY as the impatient one who blew me off (according to my chat window transcripts) (Oh the fun) previously, and I was going to verbally smack him around some. I did just that…ON THE WAND’S RELEASE DAY which I was supposed to get the wand, but I didn’t. Seeing red, livid, frustrated, and on top of it all, pissed off to the point I was actually going to punch a wall, I screamed out my entire frustrations on the guy who blew me off. He told me to calm down. OHHH! NO! Not the right response to a woman. Ever! (Take a note of that every single guy out there! The LAST thing you tell a woman to do is “calm down” while she’s in a blind rage. If you get your junk kicked or punched, you earned it.) Anyway, I went into a blind rage over the wand, how it was cancelled on me more times than I could even fathom, and I needed to take my frustrations out on someone. Good thing it was the guy who blew me off before and not the nice lady who helped me. I told him exactly what I was feeling right down to if this order doesn’t get here TOMORROW I will be … Yes, I threw in the L word. Scary? Yes, I think I was.

So! The guy made the order FOR ME, put it on a 10% OFF the purchase FOR ME, AND FREE SHIPPING (the shipping alone was $28.99 to get it to me so fast) and had it arriving on that Friday, June 3rd. I was livid. I made him VOW to me that he’d get the wand to me. (Funny considering, he didn’t want to deal with me the first time around. Karma on him? Yes, I think so.) He gave me my tracking number, my order number, basically every number to prove I had it coming to my address on June 3rd. I even made him sit there on that chat until I got the confirmation email that I ordered it. Well, the email came and I settled from a raging boil to a simmering bubble of half contentness. When the guy asked me the normal “Is there anything else I can help you with?” question which, as a previous customer representative who worked in that job too, I knew it was just the typical one-liner to use before ending the chat. I was rude at this point and honestly, with the run-around, Amazon screwing with me just for the hell of it, I think I earned a second of being rude that time. I gave the flipper to my my screen (obviously the guy couldn’t see me), closed the chat window down without another word, and went back to my life after a very deep breath or three.

I came home from a day in town on Friday, June 3rd to find a HUGE box sitting on my front doorstep. It was HUGE. Like I’d never seen anything that big before. After ordering 50 paperback of my own novels from Amazon to sign and ship out to readers and bloggers, even that box didn’t compare to this one.

I threw my stuff on the dining room table, gently put the Amazon box with the little half-smile edges on my kitchen counter, pulled out a pair of scissors, and slowly with gentle kindness, started to open the tape. To my amazement, the huge wand in its huge box was even more beautiful in person. 2 months of fighting for this wand was worth it. I was a happy fangirl.

And that is why I’ll never pre-order anything Sailor Moon related, or toy related, from Amazon again. Ever! That was enough of a fiasco to make me realize that getting a proxy and ordering directly from Japan just to get it here in America is worth the extra shipping cost to fly my stuff over the ocean. Yes, it will be a tad big expensive, but anything to avoid THAT disaster bullcrap runaround will be worth it.

My overall rating for my first time using Amazon’s pre-order feature on something not book related is a 1-star out of 10-star.

Amazon, YOUR PRE-ORDERING SUCKS.

 

Why Postpone A Book Release?

The big question!

My final novel was supposed to be released April 22nd on the 1-year anniversary of my author debut. Then my life upgraded from “coach” to “First Class”. I went from a wanna-be author to a published author under a publishing house in 13 months. My art which was featured in a coloring book hit BESTSELLERS for 2 months straight, and my novels were selling. I had to quit my low-paying job to fit in writing so much, because so many readers wanted the end of the series. So here I am, writing the end of the series…without The End. Why?

Life. That’s why. Life.

I’ve come across so many life changes in the last 6 months. I got a better paying job: being an author, I now live with the love of my life, and our cats, one of whom thinks he’s a human so he struts around the house being “King of the Mountain”. I’m sure there are plenty of cats like our Simba. Hahaha….

Simba even has his own fan following, animal and author-book lovers who think Simba’s just the cutest thing. He’s kind of famous and all he does is pose for photos. Hahaha….

Anyway, I pushed my finale book release from April 22nd to May 25th to June 3rd…and now it’s postponed. Again. Why? Because Life.

I don’t want to release a half-assed short story that readers can swallow in 1 night-read-a-thon. I want readers to get used to the many chapters and the differences in each book’s themes.

Crystal Dreams Book 1 was all “happy-chipper-introductions”. Killer Dreams Book 2 was bloody, gore, action, and war. Then came Darkness Dreams Book 3 with unfiltered gore, killings, civil fights, unfiltered love moments, and more….Now with the end of the series, I have 1 more thing to finish and close the curtains on this series for good. Fortunately though, readers asked what happened to the story before Crystal Dreams Book 1…and I am writing the beginning to the story that began before Crystal Rose from Book 1 met King Thomas.

Life has gotten in the way of writing book 4. Working on other writing projects has gotten in the way. On top of all that, I’ve gotten back to drawing, and creating videos for my Author Tracy Millosovich YouTube channel. That’s taken up time too.

So at least I’m not just sitting on my hands with nothing going on. I’m actually doing something. Yes, you may get upset that the story didn’t end in April, but I wasn’t comfortable with the story line then. I am working on it more now as life goes on. I may not be able to control time or keep it from flying away, but I can use time to the best of my day: being productive. And that’s what I’ve been doing.

P.S. After the Crystal Dreams series ends, I will be releasing the Four Seasons Series with book one: Spring coming Spring 2018 along with a real life story I’ve been writing since 2011!!

The Best Gift: Friends

Once upon a time…

Twelve years ago, I was just a cutie little teen looking online for the newest Sailor Moon image to download and print. Back then, way back when the original YouTube domain was first released to the internet, my username was just an obscured little title. As an anime fan, I was another voice in the hordes of fangirls looking for the next cool video. Remember, this was before YouTube cracked down on “copyrights” and (Lord forbid), videos about wrestling. I’ve recently learned that YouTube has been removing randomly false flagged videos for containing any content, regardless of rating, for only containing wrestling images and audio. Not only are the domain admins removing random videos they deem “unfit” for their site, they’re allowing adult content for public viewing, multiple accounts linked to one email to exist, and more atrocious behavior which doesn’t include every account username looking for the next offensive thing to complain about. Of all the things to bother with, why wrestling? And why now?

Anyway, I’m getting off track…

One day, back when YouTube was celebrating its 1-year anniversary, I accidentally found the coolest cartoon video! The cartoon-anime-like short video was one of the first fan made videos of Chibiusa drawn by CodenameSailorEarth. Back then, she was the second Sailor Earth username out there…and fans of the non-existent “Sailor Earth” character from the popular anime and manga were furious. Before CodenameSailorEarth, there was username SailorEarth, some die-hard “Sailor Earth” non-existent-Sailor-Scout fans were extremely offended. They took this second SailorEarth username as the end of the world, and the abuse began. After a few months of the bashing, the second username “SailorEarth” was changed to CodenameSailorEarth to which it has stayed for the last decade. After the first 2 years, the original SailorEarth username faded with the times, and CodenameSailorEarth became the better known artist. Or at least that’s my take on the whole situation. I wasn’t a part of it, and I’m glad I wasn’t back then, so that’s all I got to see. Actually, I learned about the horrors of username “use” 5 years after the incident ended. Yeah, talk about my being slow. Right? Hahaha….

Anyway, if you know what Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon is, then you know that Tuxedo Mask, or Mamoru Chibia in his every day attire, is a stand in for what is supposed to be “Sailor Earth”. So basically, Tuxedo Mask is the guardian of Earth just like Sailor Moon is the guardian of the Moon, Sailor Mars is the guardian of the planet Mars, Sailor Mercury is the guardian of the planet Mercury, and so on and so forth.

Well, I was just an anime artist who didn’t know much about creating videos when YouTube debuted. Who was I kidding? I didn’t know squat about creating videos back then. I was in awe of this random username “CodenameSailorEarth” and even back then, I Googled every “CodenameSailorEarth” username out there. From Myspace (remember that? Who uses that anymore? Hahaha) to web domains, the username was only attached to 1 person. There wasn’t even a band or a song called “CodenameSailorEarth” which made it easy to find my newfound artist love. Yes, I was kind of obsessed with this stranger. After months of following him or her (back then I didn’t know she was a HER. I just thought the artist was a guy.), I found out she was female, lived a wonderful, fun life of anime and manga love, and just happened to like the same exact anime I grew up with: Sailor Moon!

After months of talking, we became online pen pals. From art to video making to anime to manga, she taught me all I currently know about the worlds of Sailor Moon, anime, and manga. She even taught me how to draw in Photoshop and how to fix my online mistakes. She was my hero. And all this within the last 10 years.

Yes, that readers, is called TRUE friendship. Over 10 years of online only chats, emails, cooperation, and can you believe, phone calls, and our friendship has culminated in the current reality: WE ARE MEETING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OUR 10 YEAR FRIENDSHIP! All started from one YouTube video compliment about her art from me to her over 10 years ago this summer. It’s funny how life gave us both ups and downs, sideways throws, curve-balls, drama, and through it all our online-only friendship has survived it all. From our differences in arguments and discussions to our similarities in agreements, our friendship has become one of the strongest pieces of history. I mean c’mon. In a current world of looking for the next “big thing” or the next “offensive moment”, I found a rock to stand on, and it was a friendship that has lasted through tears, pain, success, failures, drama, harassment, cracks, and healing. Our friendship has lasted through time, distance, and Life itself. While my high school friendships faded with growing up, time going by, and distance, this online friendship has survived all of that.

I’m blessed to say that I have one of the strongest friendships with CodenameSailorEarth on this planet. It’s something books are written about, and movies are made from. I’m glad I met this amazing, successful woman who I have come to call my dear sister. And I’m proud to know her.

Cheers to many more decades of our friendship to come!!!My BFF Anime Version

Review of The Fate of the Fast and the Furious

Review of…

The Fate of the Fast and the Furious!!

 

I grew up watching the original Fast and Furious movies. It was one of the greatest movie series in my generation (there are more, but this is just about the one movie franchise). The street racing and epicness in Fast and Furious spawned my family’s love for cars, racing, mechanics, and more. It definitely spawned my love for action packed movies and writing the BOOM-factor moments in my book series: Crystal Dreams, Killer Dreams, Darkness Dreams, and Forever Dreams. It’s more than likely what inspired me to write the warzones, magical fights, and chase scenes in my novels.

 

The Fast and the Furious: One Last Ride left a sense of closure for me, a gigantic “The End” that left my love for the story sated. I was a happy fan when I found out last year that The Fate of the Fast and the Furious was coming. I really hoped there’d be a way to bring Brian, y’all know Mister Paul Walker’s brothers helped, back for a 10 second viewing cameo or at least we’d get to see the back of his head. I’m grateful they made a gigantic nod to Paul we all knew as Brian. There’s also symbolism for Vin D’s child being named after Paul too (hint, hint). Can I just say that Letty’s faith in Dom is…just wow. That lady loves him for the world. Not just “To the Moon and Back,” but like undying, unwavering, unconditional, I’ve-never- seen-or-read-that-much-love-before kind of love. She almost seemed like she worshiped him. Well folks, that’s the love. I especially loved how much faith Letty had in Dom. Even after he was being blackmailed into helping that god-awful blonde lady, Letty still believed in Dom, that he wasn’t himself. She believed in him despite him putting a gun in her face, racing her through the streets of New York, and nearly sending her into the icy waters of Russia. F.Y.I. That blonde takes the cake for doing evil and wicked.

 

Anyway, the family-love, devotion to each other, and loyalty seen in previous movies spreads it on really, really thick in The Fate of the Fast and the Furious. You know what else they spread on super gooey thick like it was the last thing on Earth? Blowing stuff up! From hundreds of remote controlled cars and a submarine to a heat-seeking missle and of course let’s not forget dodging the endless amount of bullets to redirecting a submarine missle, they spared no expense in the KA-BOOOOM department. I think, though, that it might’ve gone a tad bit overboard. What was I thinking? Nah! That’s what Fast and Furious is known for: epic fast car races and the BOOM.
There IS 1 teeny tiny, micro spoiler though. This is NOT the last movie in the franchise, because well…there’s just not enough space in 2 hours to complete the story this time. Good news for those of us who like the movie series! Race on!

Review of The Ghost In The Shell (2017)

My review of…

Ghost In The Shell – the live action movie

 

If you don’t know what Ghost in the Shell is, please Google it. Its an adult rated manga, anime, movie series that has a fanclub which spans the world over AND spans generations (from what I recently found out).

 

Ghost in the Shell’s genre is science fiction – heavy in the kick-butt, action department. If you’ve seen the original VHS and DVD Ghost in the Shell movies (because, well, it was originally in VHS back when the original movie was released), then I can tell you that 95% of this 21st century remake into live action version is almost verbatim to the original animated release. So much so that despite it being a live action remake, they opened this exactly like the original animated movie did. They didn’t even bother to edit out seeing Major’s nipples during her shell’s creation (you see it in the animated movie too). They definitely left the gore in, but when a bullet hits someone…no blood. Like none. In the animated version though, there was a ton of adult content including the blood and gore. That’s just how Ghost in the Shell is.

 

The storyline follows exactly what the animated version does. Right down to the garbage guy running down the ally away from Major and on top of the building in the water’s reflection…then she’s chasing him…and all.

 

The difference in the movie now as opposed to the original animated movie is (apparently) that the original movie’s storyline was confusing (really?). But they cleared up the storyline in this live action movie. It’s way easier to follow now especially if viewers weren’t originally introduced to the 1990s anime first.
Overall, this remake is definitely a good walk down memory lane for us Ghost in the Shell fans and a good introduction to the franchise. If the movie follows the original animated movies, this Ghost in the Shell movie will not be the last. Expect to see more Major in the next live action Ghost in the Shell movie.