|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)
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|Posted by Anna H. on April 15, 2017 at 12:45 PM||comments (9)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Since tomorrow is Easter, I thought I would share this Cartoon Sunday blog 1 day in advance. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's season finale airs tonight at midnight on Adult Swim's Toonami block.
Tokyo Ghoul is postponed because Toonami wanted to rush JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and replace it with the 2nd season of Attack On Titan. Supposedly, after Attack On Titan ends, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure will return to Toonami with its 2nd season, Stardust Crusaders.
Honestly, I thought Attack On Titan ended 2 years ago. I really do hope JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders airs on Toonami, after Viz Media finishes dubbing it.
While Toonami tards nit pick, whine, and fixate on every show's ratings, viewers like yours truly happen to be enjoying other Seinen Action Anime such as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and Tokyo Ghoul. These are NOT the stereotypical Toonami Anime.
I was originally going to make today's blog about the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise. That was until I learned about the death of Charlie Murphy, last Wednesday.
As I said earlier, Charlie's death was shocking and sad. I will never forget meeting him in my original dorm's lobby at Carthage College 12 1/2 years ago. I had the chance to meet Charlie Murphy, before he and the cast of Chappelle Show did their stand-up comedy routines.
The cast of Chappelle Show was doing their comedy tour in tribute to Rick James. Luckily, they visited us at Carthage College that year.
This happened during the time, when my family was forced to attend and partake in my uncle's wedding and my grandfather was terminally ill. On September 10, 2004, I had just moved back into the dorms for the fall term at Carthage College.
I was broke and my cell phone was shut off, at the time. Therefore, I had to use my previous dorm's pay phone in the lobby. (Yes, pay phones still existed in 2004 but they were fastly becoming obsolete.)
As I was talking to my youngest aunt via pay phone, Charlie Murphy jogged passed me, saying, "Hey! How's it going?" I ended up doing a double take and was "star struck."
You may be wondering WHY I am explaining this to you. Those who did NOT already know, Charlie Murphy voiced the character, Ed Wuncler III on Adult Swim's cartoon, The Boondocks.
The character Ed Wuncler III was an affluent, white, Iraqi war vet and a domestic gangster with the so-called "blackcent."
The Boondocks: Ed Wuncler III Explains About His War Experience In Iraq (2005)
Samuel L. Jackson voiced his friend's character, Gin Rummy.
The Boondocks "The Absence Of Evidence Is Not The Evidence Of Absence!" Scene (2005)
Wearing that "W" medallion, Ed Wuncler III could be viewed as the parody of a young President George W. Bush combined with the characteristics of the rapper, Eminem. "Ed" somewhat reminded me of a white version of the rapper, 50 Cent because he wore medallions. Also, I always associated the "W" to stand for Wuncler and war.
Some of my favorite scenes from The Boondocks usually consisted of Ed and Gin Rummy committing crimes together. Not that I condone and glorify the criminal lifestyle, but watching it in a Black Animated Sitcom meant for sociological and political satire is hilarious.
In tribute to the late Charlie Murphy, here are scenes of he and Samuel L. Jackson voicing their characters, Ed Wuncler III and Gin Rummy. In the episode, "Thank You for Not Snitching," Ed and Gin discuss the stupidity of cell phone technology, while invading people's homes.
The Boondocks: Ed & Gin Rummy Discuss The Stupidity Of Cell Phone Technology (2007)
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|Posted by Anna H. on April 9, 2017 at 9:10 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? As usual, things have been crazy over these last 24 hours to 2 weeks, if not more both on and offline. This is not including April being birthday season for my family. Therefore, I never know how the day is going to be from 1 day to the next.
Hopefully, I will be able to "break the news" to everyone about a cool social media site, that I joined last month. Before I forget, I also joined Twitter last week. You can find me HERE. My Twitter profile can also be found on the Links page.
Meanwhile, I learned that Toonami is replacing JoJo's Bizarre Adventure with Attack On Titan on April 22nd. Next Saturday night, Toonami will air the final 2 episodes of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Season 1. This means Tokyo Ghoul will be preempted.
As soon as Attack On Titan's 2nd season ends, I really hope Toonami returns to airing JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's 2nd season, Stardust Crusaders.
I must admit that I am automatically biased to watch JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders. It gives me a reason to listen to The Bangles' "Walk Like An Egyptian" as the show's ending theme song. Talk about '80s nostalgia.
Speaking of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Dio Brando made Watch Mojo's Top Anime Villains. Apparently, they love Top Anime Villains countdowns.
There are at least 4 of these countdowns made about Anime villains. Some are repeats for each type of villain.
So far, Dio Brando from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise made Watch Mojo's Top Anime Villains at least twice. Meanwhile, characters such as Lord Orichimaru from Naruto, Light Yagami from Death Note, and other Shonen Anime characters made the Top Anime Villains countdowns several times or more.
By the looks of it, Watch Mojo tends to favor Death Note's Light Yagami as a major villain. Even though Light was a villain, Dio Brando should've made the countdowns just as much, if not more than him.
Dio is as deplorable of a character as Light was because Dio was evil from the very beginning of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Light on the other hand, became evil after obtaining notebooks from Shinigami.
Light Yagami originally had good intentions in the beginning but gradually developed a serious God Complex and let the power of executing criminals overtake him. After watching these 4 Watch Mojo Top Anime Villains countdowns for today's Cartoon Sunday, you be the judge.
1) Watch Mojo: Top 10 Anime Villains (2013)
2) Watch Mojo: Top 10 Smartest Anime Villains (2015)
3) Watch Mojo: Top 10 Sexiest Male Anime Viilains (2016)
4) Watch Mojo: Top 10 Sexiest Female Anime Villains (2017)
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|Posted by Anna H. on March 26, 2017 at 12:30 PM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Earlier this morning, Tokyo Ghoul premiered on Adult Swim's Toonami block. Hopefully, this Seinen SciFi Horror Action Anime does well in the ratings, despite the Toonami nit pickers acting like crybabies and throwing their tantrums ad nauseam because it does not live up to being the stereotypical Toonami Anime.
To all those who have never watched episode 1 of Tokyo Ghoul, if you liked Parasyte -The Maxim-, you should enjoy Tokyo Ghoul.
Over the last 2 weeks, the Toonami fans that watch One Piece have been acting like crybabies because One Piece was replaced with Tokyo Ghoul. Meanwhile, there are the other Toonami fans, who love ruining everything for other fan bases with their incessant nit picking of shows, that don't fit their personal Toonami archetypes.
Those Anime fans in particular are partially to blame for the cancelation of Chiller TV's Anime Wednesday block from 2 summers ago. Toonami fans and other Anime fans nit picked Anime Wednesday so much, that their incessant nit picking was the straw that broke the camel's back.
Their constant bitching online contributed to the downfall of Anime Wednesday.
Nearly 2 years later, I am still reeling over the fact, that Chiller TV not only did a piss poor job of advertising Anime Wednesday, but also canceled their own Horror Anime block within the first 3 weeks.
About 10 years ago, SciFi launched their Ani-Monday block. Shortly after, Chiller TV began airing Ani-Monday.
Because Chiller TV and Syfy are sister channels owned by NBC Universal, Horror Anime that previously aired on SciFi eventually got transferred to Chiller TV. This wasn't the case with the network's Anime Wednesday block the last time.
The Anime Wednesday block actually had shows, that SciFi NEVER aired, which was a positive. However, the Horror Anime for Chiller TV's Anime Wednesday block did NOT necessarily qualify as Horror Anime. Both Anime AND Toonami Anime fans made the biggest stinks online about Is This A Zombie? airing on this Horror Anime block.
Is This A Zombie? did NOT qualify as a Horror Anime. In fact, 1/2 the shows on Chiller's Anime Wednesday block were comedies for a Horror Anime block.
Even though I enjoyed watching Black Blood Brothers and Is This A Zombie? years before Chiller acquired them, they were mostly Supernatural Comedy Anime.
There are a plethora of Horror Anime titles, that Chiller TV could've acquired and aired at a decent timeslot.
I believe if Chiller really wanted to compete against Adult Swim's Toonami block, the network could've possibly aired Horror Drama and Mystery Anime at 9pm on Saturdays or Sundays. This would've been MUCH better than airing Anime on Wednesdays at midnight.
Chiller TV also could've aired its Horror Anime block starting at 9pm on Fridays. Although, that would've been too logical.
I am somewhat surprised the network did NOT acquire the Occult Supernatural Detective Anime, Tactics. SciFi originally aired it on Ani-Monday in 2008.
Then again, Tactics might've lacked suspense for Horror Anime fans. The Anime is set, during the Taisho Era as opposed to the Meiji Era in the Manga. Regardless, Tactics centers around the young man, Kantarou Ichinomiya.
Since childhood, he had the ability to see yokai and was of course, ostracized for having this special ability. Kantarou's yokai friends told him, that he must find the oni-eating tengu, in order to become stronger.
Shortly after, Kantarou vowed to find the oni-eating tengu and name it. Long story short, the florist/part-time exorcist finds this oni-eating tengu on an assignment in the mountains and names him, Haruka.
I could explain more, but it would be much better for you to watch Tactics in the link below for today's Cartoon Sunday.
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|Posted by Anna H. on March 12, 2017 at 7:00 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Looks like some of you really enjoyed yesterday's Song Saturday blog. So, how creepy was it to re-read yesterday's blog about the banshee with Henry Cowell's song, "The Banshee" playing in the background?
Even though One Piece fans get the shaft as usual, this is fantastic news for us Horror Anime fans. For a year or so, I have said that Tokyo Ghoul should've aired on Adult Swim's Toonami block after Parasyte -The Maxim- ended. It would've been the perfect replacement for Parasyte.
With the constant promotion during the shortly lived Anime Wednesday block, it originally seemed as if Chiller TV was going to air Tokyo Ghoul. Speaking of Chiller TV, Dish Network removed the channel from its package, last month.
This means the channel will be more niche than it already was on for the last decade. Both Dish Network and Direct TV were the ONLY packages, that carried Chiller TV.
Right now, I shouldn't complain too much. Tokyo Ghoul is a series that I never had a chance to watch in its entirety online because of my hectic schedule and because of Hulu. That online streaming site shafted all its loyal users, who watched free online streaming shows.
In order to watch their programming, Hulu NOW requires you to sign up using your social media accounts. This is all because the company wants to track our personal information and because Hulu wants to compete with Netflix.
Since I don't have Netflix or use Hulu anymore, both are irrelevant to me. At least I will have another show to watch on Adult Swim's Toonami block on the weekends.
In 2 more weeks on Toonami, I will be watching Tokyo Ghoul, Naruto Shippuden, and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Tokyo Ghoul's a small victory for Horror Anime fans and for yours truly.
Meanwhile, I have another animated short by Bill Tytla for today's Cartoon Sunday. Last week, I shared his 1949 short, Leprechauns Gold. 2 years before Leprechauns Gold, Tytla created The Wee Men.
You are probably wondering why I did not share his 1947 short before his 1949 short. I purposely saved The Wee Men for today's Cartoon Sunday blog because Saint Patrick's Day is on Friday, this year. Therefore, you may want to consider today's blog an early Saint Patrick's Day Cartoon Sunday blog.
This 1947 animated short by Bill Tytla has relevance to Saint Patrick's Day. The Wee Men is similar to the 1949 animated short, Leprechauns Gold. Legend supposedly has it in Ireland, that leprechauns live with a hidden pot of gold.
If anyone succeeds in capturing 1 of the so-called "wee men," he must lead to the gold's hidden location.
In The Wee Men, the leprechauns make shoes and deliver them to poor people. On Patrick's 121st birthday, he wants to prove his manhood by delivering the shoes he and the other leprechauns make to the poor.
In the process of shoe delivering, Patrick is caught by a greedy landlord, who wants to steal the leprechauns' gold. Their pot of gold has been buried under a tree stump and the landlord wants Patrick to reveal the location to it.
Bill Tytla's The Wee Men (1947)
If it is possible, I will try sharing something else this week for Saint Patrick's Day. In the meantime...
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|Posted by Anna H. on March 5, 2017 at 7:15 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? The ban on my original Google Plus account will be lifted today! It's about time! I CANNOT help reiterating how ridiculous Google Plus' bans are for regular users of their site.
Banning users for starting flame wars and trolling on the "interest-based social networking site" is understandable, but neither was my situation. I'm glad this ridiculousness will be over soon.
This does NOT mean, that I will stop spreading the word about my content inside and outside of Google Plus. Hopefully, more of you enjoyed yesterday's Song Saturday blog.
Next Saturday will be feature some creepy music. Speaking of creepy, these next 2 Cartoon Sunday blogs somewhat have creepy tones to them.
Is it just me or does it seem like animated shorts from the 1920's to 1970's had creepier illustrations?
I don't recall of any animated shorts from the 1980's and '90s, especially animated shorts with creepy art illustrations. We had more cutesy illustrations. Otherwise, some looked really generic, abstract, or were just horribly illustrated cartoons.
If there were any animated shorts, that aired on local and cable channels, during the 1980's and '90s, I don't recall of them. Then again, I reached puberty very early in the early 1990's and outgrew most of the cartoons and TV shows meant for children. Now, here I am in my mid-30's discovering and watching cartoons, again.
We already know there is a stigma to watching animation as an adult. However, there is always a justification for why it is highly acceptable for adults to rush to the movie theaters to go see the latest Disney film.
Regardless of how adult animation elitists want to justify it, most Disney films ARE cartoons in movie form. Disney films are usually sugarcoated and dumbed down content meant for children.
I view the characters and stories in animation differently, as an adult. Yes, I know those characters are NOT real people. Although, the characters and the stories DO have some human-like qualities with more realistic topics.
Bill Tytla's animated shorts somewhat reflect realistic characters with human-like qualities to them. Only judging based on 2 of this Ukrainian American animator's shorts, that I have seen, Tytla's works were similar to Ub Iwerks.
Like last October when I featured Ub Iwerks' animated shorts, these next 2 Cartoon Sundays will feature Bill Tytla's animated shorts in the spirit of Saint Patrick's Day.
Today we have Bill Tytla's Leprechauns Gold. Leprechauns Gold is an Irish themed animated short depicting leprechauns, during their annual gold-washing ceremony. They also manage to outsmart an evil landlord, who plots to steal their gold in the process.
Bill Tytla's Leprechauns Gold (1949)
|Posted by Anna H. on February 19, 2017 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Did you enjoy the last Cartoon Sunday blog I published on Thursday? In case you missed that delayed blog, you can read it HERE. Hopefully, more Gen X Horror and '80s Metal fans enjoyed yesterday's Song Saturday blog about Dokken.
Speaking of the 1980's, more musicians were name dropped in last night's episode of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency. Lately, more musicians from the '80s are being referenced to in Part 2 of this series. Hirohiko Araki's characters are named after many groups (mostly Rock bands) and singers in general.
It has been about several months, since I last mentioned the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise. Recently, I discovered that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is considered to be a "multi-generational" franchise.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood was only Part 1 of this franchise. Part 1 took place during the 19th Century in England, when Jonathan Joestar was learning how to use Hamon.
Hamon is supposedly a form of Martial Arts, which uses the sun's energy.
Will A. Zeppeli taught Jonathan how to use Hamon to fight his sinister, adopted brother, Dio Brando and Dio's minions of vampires. The 2nd part of this series is Battle Tendency. Parts 1 and 2 are combined as Season 1 of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise.
Now that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency is airing on Adult Swim's Toonami block, the franchise takes place, during the 1930's with Jonathan Joestar's grandson, Joseph Joestar (in the picture above) in America. Lately, there have been a lot of 1980's singers being named dropped.
Last week, the character "Lisa Lisa" was introduced. There was also a song sample of Yes' "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" being used, when Joseph was doing Hamon training.
In Battle Tendency, Joseph Joestar trains to defeat The Pillar Men. The Pillar Men are members of an ancient vampiric race. Last night, he managed to defeat Esidisi. Esidisi is named after the Hard Rock band, AC/DC.
Watching JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is quite an entertaining franchse for a Shonen Supernatural Thriller Action Anime. The illustrations of these characters look like dated Anime characters from the 1980's.
Every time a musician is name dropped in this series, I start laughing. Rather than sharing the usual animation, I thought it would be better to learn more about the names of the characters from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise for Cartoon Sunday.
1) JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood Music References (2016)
2) JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency Music References (2016)
Suddenly, I have Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" stuck in my head.
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|Posted by Anna H. on February 16, 2017 at 8:30 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? In case you did not check your e-mail inboxes or spam and in case you have not noticed, only 1 blog was published over the last 2 weeks. Some of you may have wondered, "Hey Anna! What's going on?!"
When I was in the middle of using my Dell laptop 2 weeks ago, it said my battery charge was low. Before I could do anything, it suddenly shut down.
Then, 2-3 days later, after I had JUST published Song Saturday: Alanis Morissette's Your House, my Toshiba laptop gave the same reading and shut down. Therefore, I was unable to publish more blogs these last 2 weeks.
Because the last 2 Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday blogs were delayed, I thought I would share this delayed Cartoon Sunday blog with you today. Originally, I meant to share this on the 12th. Michael Cawood's animated short, Devils, Angels, & Dating shows an interesting portrayal of Cupid, Death, and the devil.
The devil in this award winning animated short, filmed by Cawood wants Cupid's job. However, both are battling for Death's affections. Death is portrayed as a bombshell, Cupid is depicted as a horny, old man, and the devil (I suppose you can refer to him as "Lucifer" or "Satan") is depicted as "The Nice Guy."
After mentioning that last part, I mean the devil is like that social misfit, who wants that pretty girl in high school, if you would like to think of it that way. I feel Michael Cawood wanted this character to exude that adage about "having sympathy for the devil." All the while, portraying Cupid as some horny, evil, old man in the sky.
These 3 characters may not be teenagers (considering how old they are), although this animated short somewhat has that juvenile vibe to it. Anyway, here is Devils, Angels, & Dating for this delayed Cartoon Sunday blog.
Michael Cawood's Devils, Angels, & Dating (2012)
|Posted by Anna H. on January 29, 2017 at 9:40 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Are you sick of me gothing it up hardcore around It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns yet? Not to worry because next week, I'll be changing things up a bit.
While checking messages and working on today's blog last night, I noticed MTV Classic was showing music videos by 2 pioneers of Goth Rock. Not only did the network play a classic music video by The Cure, but also Peter Murphy from Bauhaus. Out of shock, I almost dropped 1/2 my Turkey Sub Sandwich.
MTV Classic airing The Cure's music videos is something to be expected. Now, a music video by the lead singer of Bauhaus? That is something exceedingly rare. NEVER in all my years have I ever seen MTV air a music video by Bauhaus, much less a music video by Peter Murphy himself. Hell, I have watched VH1 Classic (now turned MTV Classic) air Joy Division's music video for "Love Will Tear Us Apart."
Airing music videos by Peter Murphy and Bauhaus? Never. You could argue, that it really all depends on my timing of turning on music channels. However, MTV has a long-time history of blacklisting certain singers, rappers, groups, and bands. This definitely applies to excluding minorities talented in music.
Several months ago, I was really surprised that MTV use to blacklist music videos by talented minorities such as Michael Jackson and Prince. Originally, founders of the network ONLY wanted to air Rock music videos and music, that was close to Rock.
Michael Jackson had to strong arm MTV into playing music videos made by people of color. This especially applies to his music video, "Thriller." He threatened to tell the media about MTV discriminating against he, Prince, and other talented minorities.
Michael Jackson also let MTV know, that a lot of time, money, and talent went into making "Thriller."
After the network finally aired "Thriller," the music video instantly became the classic that it is today. Once I learned this surprising news, I really started viewing MTV a lot differently than I have throughout my life. I have been use to watching a wide variety of music videos, since the time of growing up during the 1980's and '90s.
Once I learned how biased, narrow-minded, and bigoted the people in charge of MTV's programming were, since its launch, it made me lose MORE respect for the network. It is quite interesting how MTV started as a network wanting to pander to only White America.
Today this exact same network now wants to act like self-righteous, civil rights activists and pander mostly to the black audience like it is suddently BET with non-stop SJW propaganda.
Therefore, if MTV blacklisted music icons such as Michael Jackson AND Prince, 35-36 years ago, the network will SURELY exclude anyone, who doesn't suit their branding at the moment. This really is a perfect example of MTV NOT wanting to play music videos made by certain artists for a certain group(s) of people.
The pioneers of Goth Rock may not be minorities, but I can tell you without a doubt, that I don't recall of ever seeing a Bauhaus music video. Goth fans were just lucky to see The Cure because Goth Music is extremely niche.
On a much lighter note, I thought I would share this satirical animation for Cartoon Sunday. Pitchfork TV made an informative yet satirical cartoon about the history of Goth Music and the Goth Sub-culture.
If you have never heard of Pitchfork.com, it was founded on New Year's Day 1996 and is supposedly considered 1 of the most popular online music resources. Pitchfork.com publishes daily reviews, features, interviews, and real-time music news coverage of Indie Rock, Hip-Hop, Electronica, Pop, Metal, and Experimental Music.
As I watched Pitchfork's history lesson about Goth Music and the Goth Sub-culture, I laughed. There are a few song samples from The Cure, Joy Division, Bauhaus, and Ministry featured in the cartoon.
In addition, there are illustrations of some of these Goth bands' albums and of The Crow film. Then, there are jokes about who and what can be considered "Goth." I definitely laughed, when they said that Kanye West could be considered "Goth."
That particular scene is basically mocking hipsters. Everyone knows how much of posers they are, when it comes to any and everything.
Anyway, here is Pitchfork TV's history lesson about Goth Music and the Goth Sub-culture.
Pitchfork TV: "A Brief History of Goth" (2016)
|Posted by Anna H. on January 22, 2017 at 12:30 PM||comments (2)|
Yuko Ichihara (xxxHolic)
How's it going my gumdrops? Did you enjoy yesterday's Song Saturday blog about The Cure and about being Goth in general? As promised in that same blog, I said I would mention the forum I joined earlier this month.
Now that Adult Swim's message board is shut down (finally), I joined Animeleague. For all you Anime fans, Animeleague is a serious breath of fresh air and is the polar opposite of Adult Swim. When I say "polar opposite," I mean PLEASANT.
Throughout the last 3 years, you have read my rants about the network itself and the overall Adult Swim Community. Had I known that Animeleague existed 3 years ago, I would've joined that forum MUCH SOONER and would've NEVER joined Adult Swim.
I definitely regret joining Adult Swim's forum and allowing a misogynistic, sleazebag, con artist to guilt trip me into staying ONLY to use me as a means to an end and to smear my reputation out of spite.
Even though there were SOME decent posters on ASMB, I can't help saying good bye and good riddance to such a deplorable and extremely toxic community mostly moderated by crooked man-children with Little Dick Syndrome.
The social environment on Animeleague is really nice and welcoming of new posters so much so that there is a welcome committee and you are automatically assigned a buddy, after joining. Also, the moderators are very active and go above and beyond to make the forum as pleasant as possible for everyone.
I haven't had a single fight or witnessed a fight, since joining. This says A LOT about Animeleague's community.
In addition, there are numerous sub-forums on Animeleague about Anime, along with other types of entertainment and sub-cultures. This brings us back to yesterday's blog about the Goth Sub-culture.
Yesterday, you may recall, that I explained about Goths and the sub-culture on here and on Animeleague. For today's Cartoon Sunday, let's revisit the topic of being Goth.
Allow me to acknowledge some Goth female characters in animation. There appears to be more Goth female characters in animation than we have realized. With that being said, it's only fair to acknowledge a few of them.
In the illustratiion above, we have Yuko Ichihara. The characters in the Seinen Supernatural Horror Comedy Anime, xxxHolic have freaky illustrations.
The characters normally have long, spaghetti legs like Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Like I explained last year, Yuko Ichihara is a powerful witch, who owns a shop and grants people their wishes. I believe Yuko is more like a cunning and opportunistic genie.
Most of her jobs consist of dealing with supernatural beings. In case you haven't already, I suggest clicking on the link above Yuko's picture.
Next, we have Creepy Susie.
Creepy Susie (The Oblongs)
Some of you may remember Angus Oblong's shortly lived cartoon, The Oblongs from The WB. Creepy Susie is supposedly a 10-year-old character from the series.
Most people don't know that The Oblongs was based on Creepy Susie And 13 Other Tragic Tales For Troubled Children. This was a 1999 collection of illustrated short stories written by Angus Oblong.
This young, creepy, Goth Valley Girl is obsessed with death, was born on Halloween, and can tell an animal's gender by the taste of its blood.
On the other hand, there is Germaine Endez.
Germaine Endez (Neurotically Yours)
If you have been subscribed to It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns for the last 3 1/2 years, you KNOW how much I enjoy watching Goth webisodes featuring the slutty Goth-Punk protagonist, Germaine and her pet squirrel Foamy. Who doesn't love Foamy?! That pet squirrel speaks THE TRUTH!
As far as Germaine goes, she has been restyled a plethora of times throughout the decade. This character has been illustrated as fat, skinny, busty, flat-chested, constantly changes hair styles, etc.
Germaine is a struggling poet/writer desperately seeking to be published and works unstable jobs. At the same time, she has an identity crisis and Foamy The Squirrel helps to keep her grounded.
Meanwhile, here are some other Goth female characters, that have been shown in other Anime besides xxxHolic. There is my long-time favorite, Sunako Nakahara.
Sunako Nakahara (The Wallflower)
Despite the fact this homely recluse fears "beautiful people" (mostly attracive men), I love Sunako Nakahara. Sunako is a creepy Goth female character I can identify with on many levels. She loves sitting in her bedroom and watching Horror movies ALONE. Sunako is also self-sufficient around the house.
I wanted to share an image of the "Goth-Loli Sisters" from The Wallflower, but had no luck finding a decent image in a small size. However, the Goth-Loli Sisters from this Shojo Horror Comedy are not the only Gothic Lolita Anime characters in existence.
In substitution of the Goth-Loli Sisters from The Wallflower, there is Hildegarde from the Shonen Supernatural Action Comedy Anime, Beelzebub.
Hildegarde a.k.a. "Hilda" (Beelzebub)
Hildegarde is the main female protagonist in Beelzebub. She is a Demon Maid, who acts as the adoptive mother and nurse of Beelzebub IV. "Baby Beel" is the son of Beelzebub III and Iris and was sent to the Human World.
It has been a few years, since I last watched this series. Too bad there wasn't another season of Beelzebub.
Last, but surely not the least of an acknowledgement is Saki Hanajima.
Saki Hanajima (Fruits Basket)
I have always loved this Fruits Basket character. I can't decide which character is creepier, Saki or her younger brother, Megumi. They both have psychic abilities.
When Saki Hanajima is not wearing her high school uniform, she normally wears a black cloak or a veil with her black dresses. I will NEVER forget that scene of her gothing up The Sohmas urinal for New Year's Eve.
Staring at the appalled expression on Shigure Sohma's face was hilarious. Anyway, if you would like to learn more about Goth chicks in animation, check out WatchMojo's choices for Top 10 Animated Goth Girls below.
WatchMojo's Top 10 Animated Goth Girls (2016)