During the evenings are best to interact with me personally. Normally, I spend all night and morning creating these blogs. You may even catch me at night, while blogging at the same time. It's really a matter of TIMING. Enjoy!
|Posted by Anna H. on May 21, 2017 at 8:30 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Seems like some of you on Google Plus, World of Anime, and facebook enjoyed yesterday's blog. In case you missed this Chris Cornell Tribute for Song Saturday, you can read it HERE.
Song Saturday: Chris Cornell Tribute Block also features a Soundgarden music video from 2010, which was directed by Brendon Small. In case you did not already know, Brendon Small was 1 of the creators of Adult Swim's Metalocalypse.
In addition to Adult Swim news, it has been confirmed that the Toonami block will be airing a Samurai Jack Marathon next Saturday night for Memorial Day Weekend. Then on June 17th, Toonami will be premiering Lupin The Third: Part 4.
You can read more about it in the following link, if you are interested.
Personally, I won't be watching either the Samurai Jack Marathon, or Lupin when it premieres, next month. Therefore, I will be waiting for a different show. Hopefully, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure will return to the Toonami block soon with its 2nd season, Stardust Crusaders.
I will continue watching Tokyo Ghoul and rewatching Naruto Shippuden in English on the Toonami block. Aside from the Chris Cornell Tribute blog I published yesterday and news about Adult Swim's shows, let's return to the horror.
Because so many of you enjoyed those Animated Horror Shorts, that I shared 2 weeks ago from Axeman Cartoons, I have another creepy short to share with you all. In case you missed 10 Two Sentence Horror Stories for Cartoon Sunday, you can check it out right HERE.
Today we have Christopher Christensen's poem, "The Stone Wall." "The Stone Wall" was illustrated by YeahManTV, while Let's Read narrated this creepy piece.
If you have an appreciation for Textured Art with abstract spirals, Dr. Seuss, and Edgar Allan Poe, "The Stone Wall" may be right up your alley. I'll admit to being automatically biased, when it comes to abstract spirals in the animation.
The spirals remind me of some of the work I did in high school for Art Class. Also, I did something similar to this type of Textured Art, when the band, KoRn held their album cover contest before releasing their 4th album, Issues in 1999.
As I watched "The Stone Wall," it reminded me of Dr. Seuss meets Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask Of Amontillado" and "The Tell-Tale Heart." This is along with a smidge of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown."
If you never had the opportunities to read any of these short stories in high school or in college, you should read them now.
Listening to Christensen's "The Stone Wall" made me notice, that the protagonist in this creepy poem has a serious drinking problem. He drank an entire bottle of wine and is probably using some kind of a hallucinogenic drug.
If mixing hallucinogenic drugs with wine is NOT the problem, the protagonist must be drunk from trying to drink away his guilty conscience about something. The Goat Man must represent his guilty conscience, possibly about his alcoholism, which he chooses to deny.
As far as the stone wall goes, it could possibly represent the protagonist's alcoholism which is acting as a barrier between issues he has and the fact that he chooses not to acknowledge them. Anything is possible at this rate with this poem.
"The Stone Wall" is the type of creepy poem, that really makes you think hard. The animation, illustration, and narraton for this poem, helped to add character to the protagonist, The Goat Man, and the overall story being told in the poem.
Some of you may be irritated by my psychoanalysis of Christopher Christensen's "The Stone Wall." I cannot help paying attention to both the narration and illustrations for this poem. Both have this ability to make us really think.
Rather than explaining my perception of this creepy poem, I highly suggest watching "The Stone Wall" for yourself and judging with your own conclusions. Anyway, here is Christopher Christensen's "The Stone Wall" for today's Cartoon Sunday.
Christopher Christensen's "The Stone Wall" (2016)
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|Posted by Anna H. on May 20, 2017 at 4:55 AM||comments (6)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Like many other fans of Grunge Rock Music, I was in utter shock and disbelief about Chris Cornell's death. Right now, I am still reeling. Honestly, I did NOT see his death coming. It was something TOO unexpected and sudden.
Most Gen Xers, who were familiar with Grunge Rock, during the early to mid-1990's already knew that Chris Cornell was the lead singer of Soundgarden. Not only was Cornell the lead singer of Soundgarden, but also the frontman for Audioslave and Temple Of The Dog.
On the other hand, Audioslave formed in 2001, which was shortly after Rage Against The Machine (a band I still hate over 2 decades later) disbanded. Audioslave was a Hard Rock Supergroup comprised of Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, Tim Commerford, and Soundgarden's Chris Cornell.
On Thursday, MTV Classic aired a tribute block of the late Chris Cornell's music videos. It's very strange that he is NOW having tributes done for him.
Now, the situation is unexpectedly reversed. I may have never been a diehard fan of Chris Cornell's, however it is shocking as well as heartbreaking learning, that another talented Rock singer has suddenly died.
Cornell is another talented lead singer from the Grunge Era, who is now dead. There are NOT very many of those lead singers left, when it comes to Grunge. Candlebox's Kevin Martin and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder are most likely the final 2 vocalists, that are still alive from Seattle, WA's Grunge scene.
Most 30-year-olds and younger never had the opportunity to experience growing up, saving an allowance to buy their favorite singers or groups' songs on vinyl, tape, and CD's. This is along with rushing to hear their favorite songs being played on the radio.
Also, younger Millennials and Generation Z have no experience with watching music centric channels, that had cared about airing music videos 24/7. Generally speaking, if you do NOT have a cable or satellite provider, you are definitely unable to watch music videos 24/7 on MTV Classic.
Like the way I grew up watching MTV, during the 1980's and '90s, I am spending MORE time offline watching MTV Classic as an escape from the Internet, Reality TV Shows, and politics.
Sometimes retreating to my old ways of enjoying music television makes me feel a little depressed. Because I am older now, I am watching blocks of old music videos with a hefty portion of dead celebrities within those music blocks.
MTV Classic will do a block of music videos of dead Pop and R&B singers, Rappers, Rock Stars, etc. I cannot speak for others watching, although it does make me say:
"There goes another talented singer, who is dead or has a dead member from the group."
This Song Saturday, some of you will be in for a grim treat. I am sharing some music videos featuring Chris Cornell in Soundgarden and Temple Of The Dog. Some of you should really enjoy a more recent Soundgarden music video ("Black Rain").
The music video for Soundgarden's "Black Rain" was directed by the creator of Metalocalypse's Brendon Small. In addition, the animated Death Metal band, Dethklok was featured in this Soundgarden music video.
Watching some of these Soundgarden music videos feels nostalgic. This can especially be said about "Black Hole Sun." Listening to the song instantly makes me think about an old high school crush. Anyway, let's all set aside a moment to remember another talented Grunge Rock lead singer for today's Song Saturday.
1) Soundgarden "Loud Love" Louder Than Love (1989)
2) Soundgarden "Jesus Christ Pose" Badmotorfinger (1991)
3) Temple Of The Dog "Say Hello 2 Heaven" Temple Of The Dog (1991)
4) Soundgarden "Black Hole Sun" Superunknown (1994)
5) Soundgarden "Spoonman" Superunknown (1994)
6) Soundgarden "Blow Up The Outside World" Down On The Upside (1996)
7) Soundgarden "Black Rain" Telephantasm (2010)
[BONUS: Chris Cornell's Prince & Whitney Houston Tributes]
1) Chris Cornell [Prince Cover] "Nothing Compares 2 U" Sirius XM Live (2010)
2) Chris Cornell [Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston Cover] "I Will Always Love You" Live (2012)
Do you have a favorite song(s) by the late great Chris Cornell?
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|Posted by Anna H. on May 19, 2017 at 5:00 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Originally, I meant to publish Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday blogs, last weekend. Considering my hectic schedule, both of those blogs were postponed.
Since last month, monkey wrenches have been thrown into my personal plans. There is too much happening at once. Not only has there been too much happening at once, but it is also birthday season in my family. The holidays are between birthdays.
Next month will be my birthday, which is on Flag Day. We will only have to worry about 1 more birthday in July, which is weeks after Independence Day.
Within the next week, changing the background for It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns again is 1 goal. The background should stay the same for the next 2 months. You are probably wondering, "What does this have to do with your blogs?"
With the exception of this weekend's blogs, I have not decided on topics for my next set of Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday blogs. Once again, I have been dealing with Adult Swim's cyber stalkers smearing my reputation on their current makeshift forum. My primary slanderer recently sent me another threatening message, last week.
Also, I have been trying to reconnect with a few cyber friends and deactivated my Twitter account yesterday. As I already expected, Twitter is as boring, politically oppressive, and has just as many spam advertisements as facebook. That site did nothing for my web traffic.
It was flattering that some of my so-called Twitter followers were book publishing companies and literary agents. However, they only cared about acquiring authors than learning more about me as a writer, blogger, and a site owner. Therefore, I dumped my Twitter account.
The fact that my content actually gets page views and feedback from people on Google Plus and World of Anime compared to nothing on Twitter speaks volumes.
I try spreading the word about World of Anime as much as possible. If Anime fans want to escape politically and socially divisive forums and social media sites with spam ads, I highly recommend World of Anime.
I wish I had more time to talk to friends and marathon the latest Anime titles from Japan like years ago, but I have other obligations on and offline. This is along with the fact that I normally live on here these days.
There is always something to update on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
Tomorrow there will be a tribute blog, since the lead singer of Soundgarden hung himself. Part of me believes that foul play was involved in Chris Cornell's death.
Even though I was not a huge Soundgarden fan, I enjoyed some of the songs written and performed by Cornell in general, during my youth. He is another talented lead singer from the Grunge Era, who is now dead.
Then on Sunday, I have another creepy animated short. A number of my viewers and subscribers around social media really enjoyed the 10 Two Sentence Horror Stories by Axeman Cartoons, that I shared 2 weeks ago.
This is all I have to say for now, regarding the latest content and whatnot. Anyway, I will be right back here tomorrow for Song Saturday.
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|Posted by Anna H. on May 6, 2017 at 2:45 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Like yesterday's Song Saturday, this is an early Cartoon Sunday blog. Considering that next Sunday is Mother's Day, I will probably do next weekend's blogs early, too.
Don't forget to watch Tokyo Ghoul at midnight on Adult Swim's Toonami block. That's if you are a Tokyo Ghoul fan, as well as a Horror Anime fan. Today I'm taking a break from Supernatural and Horror Anime for today's Cartoon Sunday blog. Things have to be shaken up a little bit.
In fact, it has been a while, since I last shared any Horror Shorts for Cartoon Sunday. Today's short is brought to you by Axeman Cartoons. Yes, I know. I could not pass up the opportunity of sounding like an announcer, since I use to read PSA's on the air at WIPZ, years ago.
As I was saying, today's short is quite freaky. Axeman Cartoons has a series of Horror Animated Shorts. Let's Read, Axeman Cartoons, and Eden collaborated together for the short, 10 Two Sentence Horror Stories.
10 Two Sentence Horror Stories is a compilation of 10 Short Horror Stories, that are supposedly 2 sentences long with creepy narration. The animation for these 10 short stories is scarier than the narration to them.
Eden featuring Let's Read narrated the final short, "I Heard It, Too." Maternal Wraith and Sarah and Elizabeth Mahoney voiced Sarah, her mother, and that creepy-looking, shapeshifting monster.
"I Heard It, Too" is without a doubt, the best short out of this compilation of Horror Animated Short Stories by Axeman Cartoons. I may go as far as saying this short is probably 1 of the best shorts I have seen, since Stalker From The Cornfield.
"I Heard It, Too" actually feels like you are watching a Horror movie except it is an animated short. In this Horror Animated Short, Sarah hears her mother calling her from downstairs.
As Sarah leaves her bedroom to go see what her mother wants, Sarah's mother pulls Sarah into her room, saying, "I heard it, too." They are soon attacked by this creepy-looking, shapeshifting monster. I have no exact idea what the monster is, however it looks like some type of an insect, that resembles Sarah's mother.
Be prepared to be disturbed, if not creeped the fuck out for this Cartoon Sunday, 1 day in advance.
Axeman Cartoons' 10 Two Sentence Horror Stories (2016)
|Posted by Anna H. on May 5, 2017 at 4:00 AM||comments (8)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Because we have to celebrate my mother's birthday on Sunday, I will be sharing Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday early. Her birthday was actually on April 26th.
Throughout April, there were SO MANY events simultaneously happening, that my mother's birthday celebration was delayed. Not that she cares too much.
Aside from my mother's birthday celebration, let's return to the Rock. Yes, I know some of you have been waiting for this. After browsing around this site, I realized that I only have 1 Song Saturday blog about Danzig. I was quite surprised.
Here is the previous blog featuring Danzig.
Danzig is another band I use to play on my radio show, 14-15 years ago. I don't recall of ever playing "Mother" simply because it was the most OVER played song by Danzig. At the time, I regularly played new songs from his I Luciferi album. Normally, I aired "Angel Blake" on WIPZ. Sometimes I played "Wicked Pussycat."
It is ridiculous that so many Rock stations never want to air other songs released by Danzig. It wouldn't surprise me if that was the main reason why Glenn Danzig would always be pissed off, during other interviews.
For years, the media ALWAYS depicted the man very negatively. Marilyn Manson has always been demonized in the media too, but at least Rock stations play more than 1 song by him.
Whether I am watching TV, listening to the radio station, or talking to someone on or offline, people always perceive Danzig as being this big, scary, angry Satanist.
Honestly, I feel the media launched a smear campaign against Glenn Danzig because he won't validate much less tolerate their bullshit and it threatens them. There is so much we DON'T know about Danzig, that someone would have to personally sit and interview him. However, I believe the media demonized him to the extent, that he automatically developed a bad reputation.
Some of you may recall that last May, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview White Zombie's former co-founder and bassist, Sean Yseult. It was quite an honor.
Too bad I never had the opportunity to interview Metal vocalists such as Type O Negative's Peter Steele and Glenn Danzig on my radio show. Despite what those critics say about Danzig, they will not give him a chance because they fear him.
I have watched this man in past interviews with some interviewers and he didn't try attacking any of them. Here is an interview Glenn Danzig did with Loudwire. In this interview, he mentioned that he wanted to quit touring after 2015.
Loudwire: Glenn Danzig Plans To Quit Touring After 2015 With Superjoint (2015)
The above interview with Loudwire was uploaded on October 22, 2015. Then, on October 30, 2015, Rolling Stone uploaded an interview with Glenn Danzig. In that interview, he explained about movies that still scare him.
Rolling Stone: Glenn Danzig Talks About Movies That Scare Him (2015)
If I would've interviewed Glenn Danzig 15 years ago, I don't believe we would've had any problems. Our interview probably would've gone swimmingly well. The fact that he is a Horror fan and has an appreciation for art AND Japanese animation (Anime), we probably would've had a fun time together.
Speaking of Glenn Danzig and Anime, he has a GREAT appreciation for the Mangaka, Kiyoshi Nagai. He is best known under the pen name, Go Nagai. Also, Danzig aspired to be a comic book artist, while growing up. He was frustrated with American comics years ago and wanted to create "crazy, violent, erotic comics."
As far as The Arts goes, Danzig is very well educated and has a lot versatility. (It is amazing what you can learn, when conducting research!) He's underrated for his talents and deserves more praise than being famous for the song, "Mother."
When it comes to Glenn Danzig's voice, I had the hardest time figuring out, who he sounds like for the last 2 decades. It dawned on me, recently.
As a quick side note, music journalist, Simon Reynolds considers Jim Morrison's sound as being Goth Rock. I always considered Morrison's songs to be pretty Goth too, when you really think about some of his lyrics.
Imagine Jim Morrison fronting Goth Rock and Horror-Punk bands and you have Glenn Danzig in a nutshell. In fact, he credits Morrison as being 1 of his early musical influences.
Today fellow Danzig fans are in for a treat. For this early Song Saturday blog, 7 songs by Danzig are being shared, which are from 7 of his 11 albums. I NEVER aired that many songs in a block by Danzig, when I WAS DJ'ing at WIPZ.
This block of songs is especially beneficial for all those, who have NEVER heard any song(s) by him except "Mother." (Make sure to click on the link for the 4th song.)
Before I forget, Danzig's new album, Black Laden Crown is set to release on May 26, 2017. Anyway, here is Danzig for today's early Song Saturday.
1) Danzig [Featuring Metallica's James Hetfield] "Possession" Danzig 
2) Danzig "Her Black Wings" Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990)
3) Danzig "How The Gods Kill" Danzig III: How The Gods Kill (1992)
5) Danzig "Deep" Danzig 5: Blackacidevil (1996); The X-Files Soundtrack (1996)
6) Danzig "Angel Blake" Danzig 777: I Luciferi (2002)
7) Danzig "Devil On Hwy 9" Black Laden Crown (2017)
|Posted by Anna H. on May 3, 2017 at 6:30 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Yesterday afternoon, I watched my local CBS News and learned that Hollywood's writers' strike has been "avoided." Meaning, the strike won't be happening. Hollywood reached its deadline by negotiating a deal with writers.
In case you missed my previous blog about this potential writers' strike, you can read it HERE.
In that same blog, I said that I was worried about the 2 primetime shows I watched on ABC (Fresh Off The Boat and The Real O'Neals). It appears that 1 of these 2 shows HAS been canceled. However, ABC has been stalling with the news.
While websurfing and doing Google searches over the last 2 months and as of last night, it has somewhat been confirmed that The Real O'Neals has been canceled.
When you scroll down the page of the above article from TV Series Finale, it reads:
"O F F I C I A L S T A T U S
As of May 3, 2017, The Real O’Neals has not been cancelled or renewed for a third season. Stay tuned for further updates."
Below that same update, Telly Vulture said in the article:
"ABC could renew it for a third season but I suspect they’ll cancel it instead and find something new to fill the timeslot.... Two of the actors have been cast in new pilots (here and here). Not a good sign."
What's taking ABC so long to confirm that they canceled The Real O'Neals? Why has the network been sitting on this information for the last 2-3 months?
Fans of The Real O'Neals already feared that ABC canceled the sitcom long before its so-called "season finale." Before the sitcom's premiere last March, there was so much controversy regarding its plot being about this dysfunctional Irish Catholic family from Chicago, IL with a gay, socially inept, teenage boy as the protagonist.
The Christian zealots and some within the GLBT community took offense to The Real O'Neals. They hated that the sitcom was mocking Christians, including Irish Catholics and there were some within the GLBT, who hated the fact, that the protagonist was living up to the negative stereotypes about homosexuals.
It is understandable why both sides took strong offense to The Real O'Neals as an ABC sitcom. The whole show and its characters were very contrived, which helped make it funny for us fans. At the same time, both sides need to lighten the fuck up. The Real O'Neals was meant to be satirical.
As a viewer, I am still VERY shocked that The Real O'Neals made it beyond its pilot. This is especially since the protagonist was a gay teenage boy. Over 20 years ago, I noticed a pattern with most primetime shows that got canceled, most specifically ABC's primetime shows.
Normally, I try remaining very apolitical ESPECIALLY online because politics is such a divisive and heated topic. Although, I can't deny the political bias and propaganda on most neworks. ABC may be an extremely Liberal Democratic network, but it is almost always quick to cancel a TV show whenever homosexual characters become the focus of a show, or happened to be introduced.
ABC typically canceled primetime TV shows, which featured homosexual characters in the '90s. Relativity, My So-Called Life, and Ellen, which was originally titled "These Friends of Mine" in 1994, are actually 3 examples I can list from the top of my head. Supposedly, all these ABC shows had "low ratings" or their ratings "declined."
Sounds rather convenient, if not suspicious to me.
Before canceling The Real O'Neals, the actor Noah Galvin, who played the protagonist Kenny O'Neal, accused Modern Family's, Eric Stonestreet of perpetuating stereotypes through caricature in a Vulture interview.
To make matters worse, Noah Galvin went as far as calling Arrow's Colton Haynes' interview with Entertainment Weekly about his coming out "fucking pussy bullshit." Then, Galvin accused director Bryan Singer of preying on underaged boys.
Obviously, the actor of The Real O'Neals has a growing rap sheet, when it comes to insulting other gay actors from other primetime shows. He caused a major backlash for The Real O'Neals.
ABC threatened to cut the sitcom's episode order short for its 2nd season, until an executive producer convinced ABC not to do so. Now, ABC is denying the threats.
Because of the remarks, that the star made about other gay actors from other shows, The Real O'Neals WAS suppose to have only 13 episodes like it's 1st season. Luckily, 3 more episodes were ordered which made it 16.
As I watched the final minutes of The Real O'Neals, I could automatically hear its Swan Song in the narration. Kenny's older brother (played by Matt Shively) was reading his Letter of Recommendation for the college he applied to.
From where I am sitting, ABC LOVES bullshitting their own viewers. Regardless of your political or religious views, the network much like most networks today lack integrity. This is all the more reason why I watch LESS shows on TV.
The cancelation of The Real O'Neals leaves me with ONLY 3 primetime shows I watch, during the week. With the way my list of primetime TV shows will look this fall, I will have American Dad, Fresh Off The Boat, and Hawaii Five-0 to watch on weeknights.
The above primetime TV shows I named do NOT include animated TV shows, that I regularly watch on the weekends. I may have an estimated 6 shows total, now that Grimm and The Real O'Neals are over.
Therefore, I will have either more time online like I had over a decade ago, or more time watching MTV Classic during primetime. As a fan of The Real O'Neals, I can say, that I am disappointed in ABC for punishing the entire cast of the sitcom and Noah Galvin for NOT cocking his brains before shooting his mouth. Had he shut up, the show MAY have gotten a 3rd season.
Anyway, what are your thoughts about the cancelation of ABC's The Real O'Neals?
|Posted by Anna H. on April 30, 2017 at 8:05 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? If you read yesterday's Song Saturday blog, it was mostly about The Bangles' "Walk Like An Egyptian." In that same blog, I mentioned that the band's song was used as the ending theme song for the 2nd season of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders.
Toonami aired the 1 hour season finale of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, 2 weeks ago. The finale did not disappoint. There were so many twists. Watching JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's season finale felt like I was watching a Supernatural Soap Opera with characters named after musicians.
This can especially be said about Lisa Lisa secretly being Joseph Joestar's biological mother. Cue the dramatic music!
As campy and uproarious as this Supernatural Action Anime can be, the last scenes of Battle Tendency were violent as well as intense. Sometimes I was close to falling off my bed from laughter, after watching certain scenes.
For example, there was a scene of Kars strumming Lisa Lisa's legs like he was playing a guitar right before stabbing her in front of her long lost son, Joseph.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency "Kars Simulates A Guitar Solo With Lisa Lisa's Legs" (2013)
That scene was definitely a WTF?! Moment. Because Kars was close to killing Lisa Lisa, Joseph had to rescue mummy. While continuing his battle with Kars, Joseph theorized how he could possibly destroy Kars with the planet.
Eventually, Joseph defeated Kars by using Super Aja, which caused an eruption. That same eruption knocked Kars off the planet Earth, sending him into space.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency "Kars Is Launched Into Space" (2013)
After Kars was sent into space, everyone automatically assumed Joseph was dead and held a funeral for him. I believe the funeral was the BEST scene of Battle Tendency's finale.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency "The Funeral Scene" (2013)
The funeral scene had me in STITCHES. Without Hirohiko Araki (creator of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure) saying so, fans can tell that he favored his character, Joseph Joestar over Jonathan.
Joseph has a lot more personality than the original protagonist, Jonathan Joestar. Jonathan was too obsessed with becoming a gentleman and defeating his adopted brother, Dio Brando. Dio is supposed to be in the 2nd season, Stardust Crusaders.
Every time I watch MTV Classic and an old music video of Ronnie James Dio, I begin to snicker; Whenever I hear the late vocalist and his name, I NOW think about the main villain of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Dio Brando.
Dio Brando's depravity is off the charts. There are more villains in the next season. In fact, the list of characters for Stardust Crusaders seems much longer than Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency from what I can see.
During the last 2 minutes or so of Battle Tendency, there was a time skip to the 1980's. By that time, Joseph became an old man complaining about how much he hates Japanese people, while listening to a tape on a Sony Walkman.
For all those who didn't already know, Sony Walkmans were portable audiotape players made in Japan.
As I was saying, the end of Battle Tendency showed a 67-year-old Joseph Joestar. Then, it cut to the scene of his grandson, Jotaro Kujo, which segued into the beginning of the next season, Stardust Crusaders.
We COULD have a few more months, until Adult Swim's Toonami block airs Stardust Crusaders. Let's all hope it airs on Toonami with "Walk Like An Egyptian" playing as the ending theme song, after Attack On Titan is over.
Before I forget, here is the following link to the previous blog about characters' names from Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency, in case you missed it, 2 months ago.
Since I mentioned 3 Stardust Crusaders characters, here is the list of the next set of characters with important music references to artists and bands for today's Cartoon Sunday.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Music References (2016)
|Posted by Anna H. on April 29, 2017 at 6:55 AM||comments (5)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Aside from a few complainers last Song Saturday, I am really glad that more of you enjoyed all the songs written and co-written by Prince and learned something new.
Here it is 1 year later and I am STILL reeling over the fact, that Prince wrote "Manic Monday," which he eventually gave to The Bangles. After relistening to the lyrics for "Manic Monday," I began to realize that it DOES sound like a Prince song. There is no need to worry. This is NOT another Prince Tribute blog.
Since some complained about my latest Prince Tribute blog last Saturday, they will probably complain again today mostly for the sake of complaining and because this song won't necessarily be from their favorite genre of music.
To ease the minds of some, I will try sharing some new Rock Music, next Saturday.
Speaking of The Bangles, they used to be 1 of my favorite Pop-Rock groups growing up in the 1980's. They are best known for songs such as "Manic Monday" and "Walk Like An Egyptian." Could you imagine if "Walk Like An Egyptian" released today?
Considering how "politically correct" everybody and everything must be in this era of crybabies, people would probably be outraged around social media and have a heart attack over the song being "racist" and "politically incorrect."
I loved "Walk Like An Egyptian" growing up. The music video was in heavy rotation on MTV, during the mid to late '80s. Over 30 years later, the song is still being played on radio stations. The song and music video were so popular, that many people did the Egyptian dance moves. NOBODY COMPLAINED about it either. We had fun.
It's such a shame we can't go back to a time like the '80s. More people learned how to enjoy and appreciate entertainment as oppose to being hypersensitive and wanting to be a political activist, that browbeats everyone with political correctness.
Amazingly, The Bangles' song, "Walk Like An Egyptian" is still very popular today and in Japan. In fact, this song is so popular it was used as the ending theme for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's 2nd season, Stardust Crusaders.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Ending Theme Song (2014)
After discovering that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure used "Walk Like An Egyptian" as the 2nd season's ending theme song, I was shocked. Then again, it makes sense. I've yet to watch Stardust Crusaders given how busy I am both on and offline.
Hopefully after Adult Swim's Toonami block finishes airing Attack On Titan, we will have a chance to watch Stardust Crusaders. I am especially curious to know, if Viz Media gained the rights to use "Walk Like An Egyptian" as the ending theme song in the English Dub of Stardust Crusaders.
Because the 2nd season of this Seinen Supernatural Action Anime takes place in the late 1980's, contains '80s pop-culture music references, and has 9 Egyptian gods as characters, "Walk Like An Egyptian" seems appropriate for the ending theme song.
Even though I have yet to watch the 2nd season of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, I watched another music reference video about the next set of characters. Tomorrow I will have a preview of the next set of characters for Stardust Crusaders.
Judging by the looks of this next season, it has more characters than Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency. Anyway, here is The Bangles' music video for the song, "Walk Like An Egyptian."
The Bangles "Walk Like An Egyptian" Different Light (1986)
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|Posted by Anna H. on April 28, 2017 at 4:45 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Between dosing off and watching my local news, during Wednesday morning on Fox, I learned that Hollywood writers have been threatening to go on another writers' strike. This sounds like 2007 all over again.
In case you haven't already heard about this so-called "writers' strike," you can read about it in the following news article from Mashable.
When hearing about this writers' strike, I was a little worried. There are 2 ABC shows I watch on Tuesday nights, that I am worried about already. Those shows are Fresh Off The Boat and The Real O'Neals. I have been hunting for more information about the status of these 2 primetime sitcoms the most because they have GREATER chances of being canceled.
Even though I'm not a ratings fanatic like some viewers *cough-cough* Toonami fans *cough-cough,* both Fresh Off The Boat and The Real O'Neals have very low ratings compared to ABC's other sitcoms I never watch. Hopefully, these 2 sitcoms do NOT get canceled. I barely watch primetime shows like I did, throughout the 1990's and early 2000's.
By 2006, all the primetime shows I watched were either canceled, OR they finished airing. In 2006, I was also battling a severe health scare during and after graduating from Carthage College.
Considering that my regular primetime shows were over, I started marathoning or "binge watching" Anime both on TV and online, while recovering from my bleeding disorder.
About a handful of cable and satellite channels aired a variety of Anime genres and sub-genres from 2006 to 2011. In order to compete with Cartoon Network's Toonami block (at the time) and Adult Swim, The Sci Fi Channel, Colours TV, Fuse TV, Starz, Chiller TV, IFC, and G4 all aired Anime.
In additon to watching all those cable and satellite channels, I watched other Anime genres and sub-genres online. You're probably saying, "Damn, Anna! You watch too much Anime." Actually, I watched more of it on TV and online because reality shows overran EVERY network, that use to air scripted shows with REAL ACTORS.
For a while, I stopped investing in primetime shows. It was tiring getting my hopes up and investing in them only to learn, that my shows were canceled and replaced with Reality TV Dramas. Don't get me wrong. I LOVED watching The Real World, Road Rules, and The Bad Girls Club years ago.
Eventually, it becomes tiresome watching roommates have threesomes and orgies with each other, then fighting with each other, throughout their seasons and cast reunions. Not only does watching fights and censored porn on these shows become tiresome, but I also give zero fucks about every local, cable, and satellite channel needing Reality TV shows about singing, rapping, dancing, cheerleading, preaching, tattooing, home remodeling etc, etc.
What is SO amazing about these people we can meet at gas stations and the grocery stores, that they require a God damn TV show about THEMSELVES?
There is nothing THAT amazing about most of these so-called "Reality TV Stars," that they require more airtime than talented actors and actresses for REAL shows.
I would much rather be entertained watching a show with a real storyline than looking at a bunch of vapid, self-important, attention whores wanting their 15 minutes of fame.
Now that Grimm is no longer a part of my primetime TV schedule, I may be down to only watching 2-3 primetime shows; American Dad, Fresh Off The Boat and The Real O'Neals (That's IF both have NOT been canceled), and Hawaii Five-0 might be the only shows I will have left to watch this next fall season.
If you want to include Family Guy and the latest show(s), that I actually like on Adult Swim's Toonami block, those are probably 3-4 more primetime shows I watch and they air on the weekends. Otherwise, I am mostly watching music videos on MTV Classic or doing something online.
After reading Mashable's article about Hollywood's repeat writers' strike, it appears that none of the shows I regularly watch will be hurt by the writers protesting. Most of what already airs on TV are Shit Sandwich Shows anyway. Therefore, I don't have much to worry about in regards to this strike.
Everyday I have to think about which shows I watch, throughout the week because they always get canceled or go on hiatus. This is if the shows did not already have their series finales.
It appears that writers for mostly Late Night Talk Shows and some of the remaining Horror TV shows have more to worry about than online streaming sites such as Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, etc. More people watch shows online these days than on TV.
If people do not have the money to spend on expensive cable and satellite packages, they are watching shows online. They don't watch as much TV to begin with and they already know today's primetime shows are mostly garbage.
This means Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, etc. are more convenient for viewers, as well as these companies. With that being said, networks will be sweating bullets as their viewer ratings tank and writers will be losing more money protesting.
Let's also NOT forget, that a decent portion of the shows, which will be hurt by this possible writers' strike are POLITICAL PROPAGANDA SHOWS attacking Republicans.
I fail to understand why these writers feel the need to politicize EVERYTHING and intentionally be politically divisive with their content.That shtick's nothing new and has been overkill for the last 13 years or so. After a while, the appeal of mocking 1 political party gets old.
This is especially when the tones of those shows are extremely biased and divisive on purpose. That is another reason why I do NOT watch most award shows and another reason why last year's MTV VMA's had its lowest ratings in YEARS.
Last year's MTV VMA's was extremely rigged, contrived, and racially divisive. That was probably why barely any of their nominees and performers were there. The ceremony was too much about Black Lives Matter and NOT about the music videos. The VMA's also didn't do any tributes for dead icons.
MTV had to cover their asses that night by making Rihanna perform 4 TIMES, all the while claiming it was because she won the Vanguard Award. Anybody, who watches the VMA's KNOWS, that winners of the Vanguard Award only perform ONCE.
Viewers want to be excited and entertained watching their favorite shows, movies, actors, actresses, musicians, etc. win their awards. We want to see our winners be excited and give thanks to their families, friends, God, and us fans for supporting them.
NOT act self-righteous, rant, throw tantrums about how much they hate 1 political party, and berate, chastise, patronize, and oppress us viewers. If that was the case, more people would go to church to listen to militant preachers yelling about how we are all going to Hell every Sunday. Politics has become the new religion.
Since the writers want to protest, they can shoot for the stars and watch their shows drop in viewer ratings. Most of their shows suck ass to begin with, which is why more people don't traditionally watch TV anymore.
Anyway, what are your thoughts about this potential writers' strike?
|Posted by Anna H. on April 23, 2017 at 6:30 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Looks like a number of you really enjoyed my latest Prince Tribute blog. As for the few complainers, I HIGHLY suggest re-reading or reading the About page on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, in case you haven't already.
It is understandable that everybody is NOT going to like everything published on here. However, this is MY personal website. I share a variety of content consisting of music, animaton, folklores, and more in these blogs. Also, I built a Horror page with excerpts of my own short stories for ONLY subscribers to read.
Throughout these last 3 years, I don't know how many times I have said this in my blogs. If you have disingenuous reasons for joining, UNSUBSCRIBE.
As much as I love having subscribers, it is tiring when the only purpose for people joining It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns is to nit pick the content, to score a free 5-minute promo of THEIR content only to unsubscribe because that's what THEY seriously wanted, poaching MY ideas to further their personal agenda(s) or to be petty, or all of the above.
Aside from dealing with some and their incessant opportunism and nit picking, there are other problems I have to worry about both on and offline. Writer's block is only 1 example.
I don't have writer's block as often as some writers do, since ideas are normally floating around in my head. Although, there are times when I do have problems thinking about what to publish for my next blogs.
This especially applies to contemplating what to add in a short story.
Eventually, I will return to working on my latest short story, which I have backburned on and off for these last 5 years. I keep backburning it because I spend so much time social networking, blogging, and managing this website. This does not include doing regular household chores and other activities I'm involved in both on and offline. By the time I want to start writing again, the day is already gone and my primetime shows are ready to come on.
Speaking of writer's block, I thought I would share another webisode of Neurotically Yours. It is often known as being called Foamy The Squirrel. Those of you, who have been subscribed to It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns for the last 3-4 years sometimes viewed my Cartoon Sunday blogs, which features the protagonist, Germaine and her pet squirrel, Foamy.
Earlier this year, I explained a little more about the protagonist, Germaine Endez in my Cartoon Sunday blog, Goth Chicks In Animation. In case you missed this blog, you can read it HERE.
Recently, I tried getting back in contact with the creator, Jonathan Ian Mathers but had no such luck. He is probably busy working on the next sketches of Foamy The Squirrel and other characters for his webisodes.
Today I share a classic webisode about Germaine struggling with writer's block for Cartoon Sunday.
Neurotically Yours "Writer's Block" (2006)