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 July 1, 2017 at 7:45 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Chances are the viewership for this weekend's blogs will be low due to people traveling and celebrating Independence Day, even though the official holiday is not until Tuesday.
Throughout the last 2 weeks or so, the media has been hyping up this so-called 4th of July Weekend. I can understand WHY businesses are heavily advertising this holiday. There are currently sales for Independence Day.
At the same time, it's preposterous for networks like Adult Swim to preempt regularly scheduled programming on the weekend for a holiday, that is NOT until the middle of the week.
Independence Day is NOT until Tuesday.
Then again, what am I talking about? Adult Swim is run by trolls that need to lay off the drugs. They think they are smarter than everyone else and that everything they do is slapstick humor.
Most of their programming is low IQ'ed bullshit. Some of us have to wait until the weekend to watch shows, that actually are entertaining on the network.
Had Independence Day fallen on a Monday or possibly on the weekend this year, it would've been understandable to preempt shows. Since it didn't, what's the point?
I am NOT by any means saying, that we should ignore celebrating what will soon be 241 years of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th.
If anything, I feel it's pointless to not air regularly scheduled programming on the weekend as if the holiday is on the weekend. Also, the network is not celebrating Independence Day with a patriotic show.
Therefore, Adult Swim's so-called holiday special, which is an Attack On Titan Marathon defeats the purpose.
Since we are on the topic of Adult Swim, I planned to publish a new Song Saturday blog about the J-Pop Rock band, Ikimono-gakari. Then, I noticed that I had already published a blog last year.
Anytime you have published so many blogs, that you forgot what you already published, it only shows that you have A LOT of blogs.
As I was saying, I already forgot that I published a Song Saturday blog last July featuring Ikimono-gakari's song, "Hanabi." Hanabi means fireworks in Japanese.
This is the 2nd year in a row, that I have struggled to find not only the ending theme credits to the Supernatural Shonen Jump Action Anime, Bleach, but also the original music video for Ikimono-gakari's "Hanabi." Both use to exist on YouTube.
Now, everything associated with the song are attention-seeking Weeaboos singing covers of it in different languages. Otherwise, they filmed their own Anime Music Videos (AMV's) featuring the song.
Why can't these attention whores write their own damn songs and sing them?
This is starting to make me feel glad that MTV launched MTV Classic, last August. MTV Viewers do NOT have to sit through watching attention whores trying to sing covers of songs. Judging from what I have typed in this Song Saturday blog, this is mostly a blog rant.
Tomorrow's blog will be more educational and nostalgic for those of us over the age of 30. In the meantime, let's revisit Ikimono-gakari's concert performance of their song, "Hanabi" from last year's Song Saturday blog below.
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|Posted by Anna H. on June 30, 2017 at 11:30 AM||comments (5)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Like I said in last Saturday's blog, I tried making the most out of my birthday. In case you missed my blog from last Saturday, it was a blog rant about the ridiculousness of publicly shaming people online.
In that same blog, I shared some of my personal experiences with being publicly shamed by Adult Swim's trolls.
It was already difficult to celebrate my birthday this year because my birthday from last year left me with a lingering bad taste in my mouth. Generally speaking, 2017 is starting to rival 2016, when it comes to adversity for some of us.
Last year was chaotic and highly disappointing. However, this year for my 35th birthday, it started out badly by waking up with a throbbing sinus headache.
Then, I turned on my TV hoping to see pets from the humane society only to discover, that a homicidal maniac tried to assassinate Republican congressmen. How's that for having a milestone birthday?
Also, it was getting ready to storm. Luckily, it stormed a little after we left from having lunch at Genghis Khan Mongolian B.B.Q. & Chinese.
Despite the terrorist attacks and the assassination attempt on our congressmen, Adult Swim trolls strategizing ways of how to sabotage my birthday week, storms triggering my sinuses, and my grandmother instigating political fights and laying guilt trips, I managed to survive my birthday.
I cannot help reiterating how difficult it was to plan my birthday celebration, this year. Normally, I have 2 birthday parties (1 with family and 1 with friends).
Because money has been tight and there have been other friends and relatives from states away battling Cancer, it really made it difficult to have fun celebrating my 35th birthday.
Some of you may be curious about the birthday presents, that were given to yours truly. ~ 1-2 weeks before my birthday, my family bought me a new mattress and a memory foam cushion to go on top of it.
On my birthday, they gave me money, which I have yet to actually spend because they keep BORROWING it.
Also, they bought me some clothes, a new pair of ankle boots, a curling iron, a cell phone/wallet case, a battery-operated electric shaver, and a TURQUOISE tray.
Even though I made out like a bandit with decent birthday presents, there are STILL a few more supplies I need to buy. When saying that, I do NOT mean clothes. I have so many, I cannot close my closets, armoire, dresser, and bed drawers. If ANYTHING, I need to buy more personal care supplies and yard work attire.
All in all, my birthday week and birthday had brutal starts to them yet I still made out like a bandit with some decent presents for turning 35. Hopefully, when I turn 36 next year, my birthday won't have so much chaos. Anyway...
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|Posted by Anna H. on June 24, 2017 at 8:30 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Once again, there will NOT be a Song Saturday or Cartoon Sunday blog this weekend. A lot has been happening on and offline.
This amount of chaos is ranging from my mother's health issues to assholes from Adult Swim cyber stalking and perpetrating a 2-year-old smear campaign against me. I was just lucky to celebrate my birthday, last Wednesday. It was as if the universe wanted to make my 35th birthday celebration miserable.
Terrorist attacks on our congressman, my grandmother starting political fights and laying guilt trips on some of us, trolls, the stormy weather, and sinuses, during my birthday sucked away part of my celebratory mood.
If I have more time this weekend, I will try sharing what I got for birthday presents last Wednesday.
Similar to an old Xanga 1.0 blog, that I published 4 years ago (The Ridiculousness Of Job Hunting), this is a rant blog about the ridiculousness of publicly shaming others online. Publicly shaming people online has become ridiculous, these days.
Over the last week to 2 years, I have endured smear campaigns, cyber stalking, and public shaming not by catty women, but by men suffering from overblown egos and Little Dick Syndrome. If you don't know what Little Dick Syndrome is, it is basically men in high positions, that abuse their power.
These are the same types of self-righteous lowlives and narcissistic sociopaths, who fail to understand WHY they have no real friends, girlfriends, boyfriends, spouses, etc.
Years ago, I LOVED being on the Internet. Now, I find myself hating it more than anything these days. The Internet has turned into an online playground for cruel, inhumane, sadistic, vindictive, and malicious men, women, and children.
People like them have ALWAYS existed, but now there are more platforms for these narcissistic sociopaths and lowlives to spread their misanthropy like life-threatening diseases. Age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, non-religion, political affiliation, sexuality, etc. all factor into this hatred.
Originally, I was going to say that all of the above don't factor into this hatred. However, they really do. People want to hate someone for the sake of hating.
Before anyone wants to use Donald Trump as a scapegoat, this hatred existed LONG before he became our president. This level of HATRED has been ludicrous, since the year of 2000, which was just before President Bill Clinton left the White House and before the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
The hatred has only worsened within these last 1-3 years with so-called "political activist" groups, that provoke the genocide of law enforcement and white people.
In the 21st Century, way too many people with zero involvement in the entertainment industry are obsessed with filming and taking pictures of themselves ad nauseam. This is also when they are NOT exploiting women, children, murder, rape, suicide, natural disasters, charities, tragedies, violating our privacy, bullying, stalking, cyber stalking, and slandering others for the sake of being mean-spirited and malicious.
This may seem like slapstick humor for those depraved lowlives, but it's not for the people who have to endure it. Some who have suffered from public shaming online have lost their businesses, jobs, families, as well as their own lives, if they haven't already committed suicide over their reputations being ruined.
Some of the cynics may be scoffing and rolling theirs eyes at me for publishing this blog, especially since I am not flaunting statistical data. This does NOT require an infographic to demonstrate how abominable public shaming over the Internet has become.
Whether you are watching, reading, or listening to the news or not, publicly shaming other people online continues to increase. It is the female gender, that endures the most public shaming.
Belonging to toxic message boards such as Adult Swim and social media sites like Twitter, Reddit, and facebook are enough to make ANYONE with human decency want to delete their own accounts, if not abandon those sites.
Those toxic websites pander to and condone misogynists and misanthropes. I believe administrators shut down Adult Swim's message board without giving the community any notice, last winter because they saw how atrocious the community became.
Some of my subscribers over these last 3 years already know how horrible it was for some of us to be a part of a male dominated forum for a male-centric and divisive Cable TV network.
I never expected for everyone to like me on Adult Swim's forum. At the same time, I NEVER expected for so many posters to discriminate against me for being a newer poster, while harboring an irrational hatred towards me.
I belong to MANY websites ranging from blogging communities, social media sites, to Anime forums. NONE of those communities have ever assumed the worst about me as a human being or my good intentions. They also do NOT feel threatened or resent me for being a minority woman, who built her own website for free.
Over 2 years ago, I noticed that the people posting on Adult Swim's forum generally begrudge successful people, especially successful women. The posters waste MOST their time criticizing someone's diction, font size, font color, show ratings, politics, religion, favorite shows, etc, etc.
Shortly after joining Adult Swim's community, my feelings about the network became worse than they were before joining. I already knew that the people in charge of the network loved mocking their own viewers, were patronizing, and were EXTREMELY sexist towards women. Belonging to Adult Swim's forum was a lot worse.
Even though there were other women posting on Adult Swim's forum, the men over there barely have respect for women in general. The men have this great sense of entitlement. Not to generalize Adult Swim posters, but certain posters within that community REALLY think everyone owes them something.
The men from Adult Swim's message board compare themselves to Reddit and 4Chan trolls. Almost 2 weeks ago, a friend said that she was trying to learn Japanese. I let her know in her thread that I sent her links to Japanese books I used, throughout my years of studying.
Also, I listed 5 different styles of writing Japanese, which included Furigana. There was already an overbearing know-it-all in her thread. He claimed he was the "Go-To Guy" for studying the language because he automatically assumed, that no one else knew Japanese except him. This is where it became ridiculous.
Because I said Furigana was another way of writing Japanese, he derailed my friend's thread by discrediting me the ENTIRE time. Furigana is mostly used as a Japanese reading aid for those learning to write the language much like Romaji.
When I was learning Japanese as a teenager, that poster was ONLY a toddler. There are actual Japanese books and worksheets with Furigana and I also had teachers that taught me how to write Furigana. Here's the kicker, that poster claims to be the "Go-To Guy" YET he's not fluent in his own native language!
That poster made such a HUGE stink about what I said. Eventually, I told he and everyone else, that I studied Japanese for YEARS and have a BA in Asian Studies.
This was along with letting him know, that I was not some pretentious Weeaboo, who studied Japanese only for the purpose of wanting to understand what characters were saying in Anime.
The know-it-all became SO offended by my statement, that he implied I was lying and threatened to make "a laughingstock out of me on Reddit" only because I said, that Furigana is a part of the Japanese writing system.
Were his antics even necessary?
Finally, I told the "Go-To Guy," that he was acting like a juvenile, pompous, self-righteous, know-it-all and I let him know, that most people will NOT tolerate his antics.
Since he refused to stop derailing my friend's thread, I told him to go get bent and left. Certain Adult Swim posters have extremely overblown egos.
Typically, Adult Swim posters must turn EVERYTHING into a competition over who is right and who is wrong, need to turn fun and innocent discussions into arguments, if not purposely take something that was said out of context, must have the last word, psychoanalyze, nit pick, and discredit everything and everyone.
In addition, some of the male posters seriously expect women to be submissive and weak to them and owe them an explanation for any and every little thing someone says, does, likes, etc. This includes male Adult Swim posters being predators much like the lowlife, who has been slandering me for the last 2 years.
That narcissistic sociopath expects for women to give him nude selfies, posts revenge porn, premeditates fights among minority female posters, loves violating our privacy by publicly posting copies of our e-mail messages, anonymous reports, posting death threats, sending threatening messages to women, hacking other posters' accounts and servers, gossips about us like some high school gossip queen, etc.
Our crooked, former head moderator from Adult Swim is mostly to blame for the neverending smear-campaign, which was launched against me 2 years ago. That scumbag sadistically violated my privacy by leaking my anonymous reports to someone, who only pretended to be my friend.
That friend was a manipulative, backstabbing liar, who set me up to fight with 1 of his flunkies and got me banned on Memorial Day 2015. That was why I removed him from It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, TWICE.
It may seem spiteful to some, BUT would you want to be "friends" with someone who sets you up to fight a flunky of theirs on a holiday? Would you want to be friends with someone, who guilt trips you? Would you want to be friends with someone, who lets their other "friends" attack you, then be blamed for being attacked and insulted for it?
Whenever I reported the attacks on Adult Swim, our former head moderator would intentionally ignore my reports.
This was when our former head moderator was NOT singling me out by making threads, threatening to ban me THRICE for anonymously reporting trolls, that attacked me and other posters, as well as sharing my anonymous reports and colluding with them.
I could list a number of atrocities our former head moderator committed on Adult Swim within these last 2 years. He panders, enables, condones, and sometimes participates in these atrocities.
For example, a few divisive Adult Swim posters wanted our sub-forum to play a game called Turkey Shoot for Thanksgiving 2015. Turkey Shoot was a game our sub-forum wanted to play, which consisted of PUBLIC SHAMING.
The objective was to find the worst threads they could by other posters. After finding those threads, posters necrobumped them to the front page saying that they "bagged a turkey."
***Whoever bagged the worst threads for PUBLICLY SHAMING POSTERS, won prizes.
Some of us did NOT participate in Turkey Shoot because it was a mean-spirited game, in disguise to play for Thanksgiving. All the while, our former head moderator always loves sitting on his high horse to preach to us about not flame baiting, necrobumping threads with malicious intent, and some other self-righteous lectures.
Originally, our moderator was hesitant to play the game. Then, my former "friend," who has been cyber stalking and smearing my reputation for the last 2 years, guilt tripped our moderator into playing that public shaming game.
Honestly, it would not surprise me, if he blackmailed our head moderator because he is just that deplorable of a human being. I still have his harassing messages that he sent me on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
They are still in the Contact form submissions, that I receive from people who want to send a message to this website.
Because that narcissistic sociopath wants to keep cyber stalking, harassing, smearing my reputation, and publicly shaming me online, I have contemplated contacting law enforcement or the DOJ.
He is a narcissistic sociopath with mental, behavioral, and substance abuse problems. That is not including the fact, that he is an unfit father and had a hand in his friend being murdered, when he was a teenager. I only know about this because he posted about it on our former crooked head moderator's message board, earlier this year.
Some of you may be reading my blogs and assuming, that I am some militant feminazi who hates men. For the record, I do NOT hate men.
My audience has ALWAYS been male dominated because of the music I played on my radio show years ago and because of my interests. Egomaniacs have been taking me to task these last 3 years. They see me as a threat to their manhood, when I'm NOT.
Today's blog is longer than my usual blogs because publicly shaming people online is a serious problem. This problem is barely discussed. In the meantime, here is a video explaining more in detail about social media shaming.
The National: "Social Media Shaming" (2015)
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|Posted by Anna H. on June 11, 2017 at 6:50 AM||comments (5)|
How's it going my gumdrops? In case you missed yesterday's Song Saturday blog, I mentioned that we are in the middle of Gemini Season until the June 21st.
Because this is my birthday week, I will be taking the week off from blogging. This means there will be no Song Saturday or Cartoon Sunday blogs on the 17th or 18th. Even though my birthday is on Wednesday (Flag Day), I'm still giving myself a week off from blogging.
If you don't know about OUR national holiday, I proudly direct you to my home page. There is a video on that page right now, explaining about Flag Day. In the meantime, Happy Birthday, fellow Geminis!
On another note, I learned several hours after publishing and sharing yesterday's Song Saturday blog, that Adam West died from leukemia at the age of 88. If you would like to learn more about the ORIGINAL Batman and the voice actor of Family Guy's Mayor West, an article from The Hollywood Reporter is in the following link.
RIP ADAM WEST!!! You will truly be missed by many generations of Batman fans.
Aside from the tragic news above, Japan Pop Culture HQ shared a link on their Google Plus page regarding the Live Action Movie for Tokyo Ghoul on Friday.
Japan Pop Culture HQ is late to sharing this news around social media. However, you can still read about Tokyo Ghoul's Live Action Movie on Anime News Network, in the link below.
Meanwhile, some of my long-time subscribers should recall, that I published a Cartoon Sunday blog last May featuring 2 highly graphic and disturbing Stop Motion Animated Shorts by David Firth and Adam Rosenberg.
David Firth's "Crooked (Orcus) Rot" and Adam Rosenberg's "Manny" were very similar to each other. In case you missed this Cartoon Sunday blog last May, it is HERE for your viewing pleasure.
Today I am sharing another disturbing Stop Motion Animated Short by David Firth. In fact, this short precedes his 2008 short, "Crooked (Orcus) Rot." "Hell" was created by Firth in 2003.
Watching these shorts by the animator continues to be abstract and graphic filled with WTF? Moments. If you have ZERO interest in highly graphic and abstract art, chances are highly great, that David Firth's Stop Motion Animated Shorts will be of no interest to you.
Firth's animation is filled with disturbing and highly graphic images. His work is THAT disturbing. Some MAY argue that David Firth's Stop Motion Animated Shorts are more like watching "Gore Porn," since his shorts can be extremely bloody and violent much like a Splatterpunk Horror film.
You may be asking yourselves, "What is Splatterpunk?"
If you need a better understanding of the term, Splatterpunk, here is a video by The Audiopedia explaining about it.
The Audiopedia: What Is SPLATTERPUNK? What Does SPLATTERPUNK Mean? SPLATTERPUNK Meaning, Definition, & Explanation (2017)
After watching this video by The Audiopedia, I am starting to believe, that 1 of my more recent Short Horror Stories, The Horrors Of Womanhood, qualifies as being a Splatterpunk Horror Story. Speaking of The Horrors Of Womanhood, I published an excerpt of it on my Horror page.
You must be 18 or older to join It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, in order to read excerpts of some of my Short Horror Stories.
As you watch "Hell," you will quickly notice there are some elements of Splatterpunk Horror incorporated into this Stop Motion Animated Short. With that being said, here is David Firth's "Hell" for today's Cartoon Sunday.
David Firth "Hell" (2003)
|Posted by Anna H. on June 10, 2017 at 5:25 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Originally, I planned to publish another blog update either yesterday, or Thursday. Then, I changed my mind. It seemed pointless. I wanted to let everyone know that I was taking next week off from blogging.
In case you did not know, this is Gemini Season, which means we are celebrating our birthdays until the 21st. My birthday is next Wednesday. Normally, I look forward to celebrating it.
After all the chaos and drama from last year, it has left me feeling discouraged and made me skittish. It's NOT that I dread getting older. If anything, I've had to deal with sick family members these last 2 birthdays.
Last year, my grandmother was in the hospital during my birthday week. Not only was she in the hospital, but employers also kept throwing monkey wrenches into my plans by playing games with scheduling, re-scheduling, and canceling job interviews.
In addition to those issues, bitter, petty, and self-absorbed assholes planned to sabotage my birthday. They somewhat succeeded with their malicious intent.
It was bad enough having to deal with my grandmother being in the hospital and employers compromising my birthday plans.
Dealing with some extremely bitter and estranged man-children attention whoring and throwing shade, cyberstalkers hijacking and down vote trolling in my birthday thread on Adult Swim with malicious intent, and dealing with a neverending smear campaign against me before and during my birthday left me feeling disappointed.
After last year's birthday celebration, it left me with a disgusting taste in my mouth and has made me dread celebrating my milestone birthday for next Wednesday. To make matters worse, it will be STORMING this year on my birthday.
Right now, I cannot think of much of anythting I really want for my birthday. I have most of what I already wanted. Because money is really tight this year and because some long distance relatives, as well as friends are battling Cancer, I am barely in a celebratory mood this time.
Hopefully, turning 35 will not be so horrible. I am really hoping this birthday will be a lot better than last year. 2016 was a horrible year for most people, including yours truly.
Aside from this funk, it was difficult deciding what to share music wise. Quite a few of my fellow Geminis already celebrated their birthdays within these last 3 weeks. This includes a few friends, subscribers, and celebrities.
Celebrities That Recently Celebrated Their Birthdays:
May 27th : Siouxsie Siouxsie from Siouxsie And The Banshees celebrated her 60th.
June 4th: Angelina Jolie celebrated her 42nd birthday.
June 9th: Johnny Depp celebrated his 54th birthday yesterday.
As you can see, I am in good company with my fellow Geminis. There are so many in entertainment, that I was having trouble remembering who had his/her birthday and when. There are more of us Geminis to go around. Therefore, I decided to share a song by Death In Venice celebrating all our birthdays.
Just because I am dreading my birthday due to something possibly catastrophic, that could happen, doesn't mean we can't celebrate friends, subscribers, and celebrities' birthdays right now with some Death In Venice.
You are probably wondering, "Death In Venice? Who the hell is that?!"
Death In Venice was an Italian Goth Rock band, that formed in 1981. I just discovered them this week, when I was in the middle of deciding what to share for today.
Listening to Death In Venice singing "Happy Birthday" instantly reminded me of the Classic Goth Rock band, Bauhaus. You know how I love Bauhaus.
Yes, I know. I'm living up to the Goth stereotype, right now.
How many Goths do you know hate Bauhaus?
I can't think of any on my end. With that being said, here is Death In Venice for today's Song Saturday.
Death In Venice "Happy Birthday" Deca Dance (1983)
|Posted by Anna H. on June 4, 2017 at 10:50 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? In Friday's blog, I asked if you wanted to see more Animated Horror Shorts under 5 minutes long, or if you preferred more shorts 5 minutes long or longer. Since nobody answered, I will assume it doesn't matter.
In case you missed the blog I published 2 days ago, you can read it HERE. Those, who DID read the blog, were probably distracted by me ranting about obnoxious Toonami fans and their incessant crying online.
Friday's blog was mostly about this neverending dilemma, which has been going on for the last 5 to nearly 10 YEARS. You may be thinking, "Anna, you have ranted about this how many times now. Why is this still a problem?"
This is something many of us viewers still want to know. Anytime there are bloggers, YouTube vloggers, and podcasters still addressing all the trivial infighting and crying within a fanbase over a cartoon block, there are major problems with some people.
Rather than beating a dead horse, that is already surrounded by maggots, I will ask lurkers and subscribers once again.
Do you want to see more Animated Horror Shorts, that are under, over, or about 5 minutes long in my Cartoon Sunday blogs? Let me know in the comments section below today's blog.
I can't speak for everyone else as far as today's weather forecast goes, however it has been storming like crazy here in Wisconsin lately. In fact, it was just storming earlier this morning, when I was trying to re-watch Naruto Shippuden in English.
Whether you are reading a story or watching something on TV, video, or online, there is something about thunderstorms that stimulate eerie feelings.
Thunderstorms can also be eerie in real life. There is a lot that can go wrong,during a storm. In David Romero's Animated Horror Short, Other Lily the thunderstorm helps to set the eerie tone.
On a dark and STORMY night, the protagonist Lily, receives a text message from her father. He reminds Lily to make sure her younger sister, Beth goes to bed before 10 pm. As Lily walks up the stairs to check on Beth, Lily notices a picture that is drawn by her younger sister.
Beth drew herself, Lily, and another Lily in the picture. Beth refers to her as "Other Lily," in the picture. "Other Lily" is very evil-looking in Beth's drawing. It makes me want to call Other Lily "Evil Lily" because she looks creepy as well as evil.
Eventually, Beth's older sister, Lily goes to bed. As a side note, Lily suffers from sleep paralysis, which may have horrific implications in her waking life.
In case you don't know about sleep paralysis, it can cause frightening hallucinations and nightmares. To learn more about sleep paralysis, you can read about it HERE.
While Lily is sleeping, she dreams of the "Other Lily" opening her bedroom window and crawling around on her ceiling, waiting to attack her. Before "Other Lily" could attack her, Lily awakes from her nightmare.
Suddenly, Lily hears loud crashing noises from downstairs. Watching this short by David Romero will shock you. Other Lily without a doubt has its share of WTF?! Moments towards the end of it. The ending also feels like an eerie cliffhanger.
I did not explain Other Lily in its entirety on purpose.
How much fun would it be if I explained EVERYTHING to my subscribers?
It would completely defeat the purpose of me sharing this disturbing short. Some things are better left to the imagination. If you would like to know what happens next, you will have to watch Other Lily for today's Cartoon Sunday.
David Romero's Other Lily (2015)
|Posted by Anna H. on June 3, 2017 at 7:45 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Earlier this week, I was on the latest makeshift version of Adult Swim's message board and a so-called Static-X fan "triggered" me. Yes, you know that highly abused word, "triggered"? Well, this guy actually triggered me.
This so-called "fan" posted a thread asking if anyone remembered the Industrial Metal band, Static-X. Because I actually WAS a fan, since the band's debut in 1998, I opened the thread.
In this Static-X "fan's" thread, he said "It sucks that he committed suicide." Reading his post made me do a double take. In the back of my mind, I was screaming, "OMG! Are you fucking serious?!"
I waited for other supposed Static-X fans to correct him. Because nobody did, I posted in his Static-X thread and let him know, that Wayne Static did NOT commit suicide. If he was a real fan, he would've known that Wayne Static died of a drug overdose about 3 years ago.
Wayne died 3 days before his 49th birthday in his sleep because he mixed strong prescriptions such as Hydromorphone, Oxycodone, Alprazolam, and painkillers with alcohol.
Wayne Static's porn star wife, Tera Wray, on the other hand, DID commit suicide. Tera committed suicide on January 13, 2016 at her friend and roommate's house.
Supposedly, Tera Wray left a suicide note telling her friend, Jay'e Jones to call her mother, attorney, and several other people. When I originally learned about Tera's suicide, sources said that she was depressed about Wayne Static's death.
The more I think about it, I am suspecting an inside job because Tera was NOT well liked by Static-X, Wayne's family, or his friends. She got into more arguments with them after he died.
To clarify the causes of both Wayne Static and Tera Wray's deaths (couple seen above), Wayne died in his sleep from a drug overdose and Tera supposedly committed suicide.
Not to sound like some elitist, Static-X fangirl or anything, but I am easily annoyed by people, who want to act like they are such "fans" of certain celebrities. All the while, those same "fans" are misinformed about everything.
You probably think I am overreacting, but posers annoy the hell out of me.
This is especially when there are real fans like myself, who know the history of certain bands and were there to experience the history. I was 16 when Static-X debuted and they were featured on the Bride Of Chucky Soundtrack in 1998.
Since today's Song Saturday blog is another blog discussing Static-X, and because I recently updated previous Static-X blogs, I thought I would share those same blogs with viewers, who missed them 3 years ago.
|Posted by Anna H. on June 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? I have been trying to decide what to share for the next 2 Cartoon Sunday blogs.
Would you like it if I shared Animated Horror Shorts under 5 minutes long? Or would you prefer to watch something 5 minutes or longer?
Let me know what you think in the comments section below.
Aside from the next 2 Cartoon Sunday blogs, those of you who have been subscribed to yours truly for the last several years on Xanga 1.0, Blogster, It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, etc. have read my complaints about Toonami and its fanbase.
I CANNOT help reiterating how much of obnoxious brats Toonami fans can be. Yes, I know that every Toonami fan is NOT a crybaby. However, the crybabies overshadow the fans, who genuinely enjoy other types of Action Anime, along with other genres and sub-genres.
Every time a certain Action Anime fanbase does not get their way about a show, they act like the BIGGEST crybabies on message boards and social media sites. Otherwise, they will mock other fanbases because they didn't get their way about a show.
Some One Piece fans are currently throwing temper tantrums because Adult Swim's Toonami block is airing the Seinen Horror Action Anime, Tokyo Ghoul as One Piece's replacement. One Piece fans DO have a right to be upset.
One Piece fans got the shaft, since the time Toonami chose to premiere this Shonen Jump Action Anime at episode 207 in 2013 rather than premiere it at episode 1 like most normal shows.
Premiering a show at episode 207 rather than the beginning only demonstrated, that those running this revival of Toonami have no respect for One Piece fans.
Toonami did a TERRIBLE job of handling One Piece fans and their temper tantrums. Therefore, I can sympathize and empathize with the fans. At the same time, it does NOT give One Piece fans the right to mock other fanbases.
There are some EXTREMELY bitter One Piece fans currently mocking us Tokyo Ghoul fans, while crying in their Monkey D. Luffy boxer shorts over Toonami replacing One Piece with Tokyo Ghoul.
Some are purposely saying, that Tokyo Ghoul is a terrible Anime, that it glorifies cannibalism, it's intentionally "edgy" to pander to Emos and Goths, that Toonami dislikes Tokyo Ghoul because they haven't created newer promos for it, etc.
About a month or 2 ago, those One Piece fans on the current makeshift message board for Adult Swim worked my last nerve so badly, that I gave some of those Toonami brats a piece of my mind.
I let them know that they are NOT the only viewers watching Adult Swim, that those running Toonami are TRYING to attract different types of viewers by adding a Seinen Horror Action Anime like Tokyo Ghoul to the block, and that they whine too much about every little thing.
Also, I pointed out to Toonami fans, that if they depend on a show's ratings to like a show, they would NEVER enjoy anything and that their constant nit picking repulses us other viewers from wanting to watch other shows airing on the Toonami block.
Was it NOT bad enough, that Toonami fans spent YEARS bawling their eyes out all over the Internet about Cartoon Network canceling Toonami in 2008?
After canceling Toonami ~9 years ago, Cartoon Network's programming went to hell in a hand basket. It began airing more boy-centric reality shows, low IQ'ed cartoons, and mostly vapid cartoons from Canada. The ONLY Canadian cartoon I enjoyed watching was 6teen.
Had 6teen aired in its entirety, it could've been aired at an early timeslot on Adult Swim. Some of 6teen's episodes had nudity and other mature content, which was meant for supposed teenagers in Canada.
Here in the good old U.S. of A. helicopter parents would've been outraged by some of 6teen's content because Cartoon Network is meant for children, whereas Adult Swim is meant for adults.
Since Cartoon Network no longer wanted Toonami, they dumped it on Adult Swim. Originally, Adult Swim was suppose to be airing more mature content because all those children, who grew up watching Toonami, in the late 1990's and early 21st Century, are now ADULTS.
The Toonami Team claimed they wanted to grow up its fanbase. If they wanted to supposedly grow up their original fanbase so badly, Why is Toonami airing the most cartoonishly generic and childish-looking Anime on a network for adult viewers?
How much longer until a little boys Anime like Pokemon is airing on Adult Swim?
Here is something I have recently noticed about the veteran Toonami fans. They hate Anime meant for their own age group. That being Action Anime meant for adults and Anime with more MATURE subject matters. This makes me wonder how many adults are actually watching Adult Swim's Toonami block.
Judging from what I have observed over these last 5 years, veteran Toonami fans are too fixated on their childhood nostalgia and cartoon ratings. They depend on cartoon ratings (which CAN be rigged like polls and awards for awards shows).
Additionally, these fanboys DEPEND on a CGI robot and his talking computer to get excited about watching their favorite cartoons. This is something you would expect from a 5-year-old, NOT someone who is in his/her 20's and 30's (dare I even say 40's and older).
When I was a toddler watching Robotech in the mid-80's, a CGI robot and his talking computer were not required to get me excited about watching a Mecha Anime like Robotech or any other type of cartoon. Listening to the announcer mention my cartoons was satisfying enough.
Even though I enjoyed watching some of the Action Anime, that aired on Adult Swim's Toonami block over these last 5 years, a number of us veteran Adult Swim viewers are still disgusted with the fact, that Adult Swim uprooted us to pander to crybaby man-children.
Adult Swim mostly panders to Toonami fanboys, that cling to their childhood nostalgia on Saturday nights and early Sunday mornings. All the while, they are ALWAYS crying about wanting to watch the most childish programming on a network meant for adult animation.
Some of the other Toonami fans are worried about the Toonami block possibly getting canceled again because of the crybabies within their own fanbase constantly throwing tantrums over shows. They fail to realize that they contributed to the cancelation of Chiller TV's Anime Wednesday block, 2 summers ago.
It was bad enough that Chiller TV put almost no effort in promoting their own Anime block this last time. That's not including the fact that only people with Direct TV and Dish Network, at the time were the only people with Chiller TV on our packages.
Adult Swim's Toonami fans wasted so much time nit picking Is This A Zombie? which was only 1 out of 4 Anime airing on Anime Wednesday, that Chiller TV canceled the block after only 3 weeks.
Most people today don't understand that we have the ability to make or break entertainment, especially over the Internet.
To give a better understanding about this fanbase right now, there is a lot of infighting among Toonami fans. In fact, the Toonami fanbase has just as much infighting, if not more than The Republican Party. It's THAT bad.
If Toonami fans do NOT stop acting like entitled, spoiled brats and get their acts together, they WILL be the cause of Toonami getting canceled once again.
Toonami fans will only have themselves to blame for their block getting re-canceled. This is if it does happen again with the mocking of other fanbases, cyberbullying, temper tantrums, and their obsession with cartoon ratings.
With that being said, what are your thoughts about the current state of Toonami's fanbase?
|Posted by Anna H. on May 28, 2017 at 7:55 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? How have you been enjoying this Memorial Day Weekend, so far? Mine could be a lot better than what it is, right now.
After doing the usual chores yesterday, I wasn't feeling very well. Therefore, I plan on taking it easy these next couple of days.
Aside from not feeling very well, I did not waste time last night watching the Toonami block for the Samurai Jack Marathon. Judging from what I have heard and read, those who spent the last several years or so kicking and screaming about this Samurai Jack revival, did NOT even watch the marathon, after all that noise.
Because I was never a fan of this cartoon, zero fucks were given. Then again, Samurai Jack was meant for children to watch on Cartoon Network. By the time Samurai Jack premiered in 2001, I was already a college freshman watching Adult Swim, which also launched the same year.
Adult Swim's version of the Toonami block mostly panders to younger Millennials and older Gen Z fanboys. The fact that Adult Swim shafted its veteran viewers to pander to Toonami fanboys these last 5 years, pissed off a lot of us.
Don't get me wrong. There have been a few shows I have enjoyed watching on this Toonami block over these last 5 years. However, I still cherry picked which shows I wanted to watch and still do today.
Some of us that were never Toonami zealots would love to watch more mature Anime with adult themes as opposed to little kids wanting to be hunters, or something along those lines. I understand that Toonami is an Action block. At the same time, the block still panders to Toonami fanboys, that cling to their childhood nostalgia.
Shonen and Seinen Action Anime such as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Hellsing Ultimate, Black Lagoon, Blue Exorcist, Michiko & Hatchin, and more recently Tokyo Ghoul are meant for more mature viewers, which is something the fans should be. MATURE.
Toonami fanboys incessantly WHINE about no longer having the stereotypical Shonen Jump Action Anime like One Piece on the block. They need to suck it up, put on their big boy pants, and learn to watch something different and for their own age group.
Speaking of Black Lagoon, I have repeatedly said that the Toonami block should re-air Black Lagoon. Then, follow it up with the OVA's, Roberta's Blood Trail as a Memorial Day Marathon or something along those lines.
In order to clarify what I am saying, Toonami should have Black Lagoon back on the regular schedule at the start of the new year. It would especially be nice to see the Omakes (animated shorts) between the episodes of the show.
After re-airing Black Lagoon in its entirety during the spring, Roberta's Blood Trail should be aired, during Memorial Day Weekend.
Roberta's Blood Trail can be its OWN marathon on the Toonami block because it is a 5-episode OVA about Roberta.
Not only is Roberta's Blood Trail a 5-episode OVA, but also OVA 1 is the conclusion to the last episode of the series, Black Lagoon. The finale left the series as incomplete regarding The Washimine Group and Yukio Washimine.
Even though Black Lagoon is mostly about criminals (pirates, gangsters, and trained assassins to be more specific), it DOES have war themes. A number of Black Lagoon characters have a history of being war vets.
War Veteran Characters From Black Lagoon:
Dutch- former Marine, who fought during The Vietnam War.
Balalaika- the boss of Hotel Moscow was a captain in the Soviet Army and a Russian Airborne Troop, who served in the Soviet War in Afghanistan.
Bao- bartender and owner of the dive bar, Yellow Flag. He is also an ex-ARVN soldier, who fought in the Vietnam War.
The Captain- an experienced ex-soldier, who saw action in the Liberian Civil War in the early 1990's.
Major Shane Caxton- a Vietnam War veteran like Dutch, who still maintains his moral code of conduct. Also, he's an American black-ops operator hiding in Roanapur, while waiting to be deployed to Indochina.
Captain Wentzel Ahbe- was the decorated skipper of the Type IXC U-boat U-1324 and a Battle of the Atlantic survivor. His last order was during the last months of World War II in Europe.
Lieutenant Colonel Matsuda- was an Imperial Japanese Army officer posted to Germany to study Aeronautics and remained there until early 1945.
SS Lieutenant Colonel Spielberger- the U-1324’s second passenger and a member of the SD. He was charged with the care of the painting, The Twelve Knights Led by Brunhilda.
The Twelve Knights Led by Brunhilda was part of a Nazi plot to prepare for the Nazis' eventual return to power following their defeat in World War II.
Rosarita Cisneros/"Roberta"- a former FARC guerrilla trained as an assassin in Cuba and an internationally wanted criminal. Rosarita also acts as a Columbian maid,who worked for 4 years at The Lovelace Household in Venezuela.
In addition, Roberta developed a close bond with Garcia Lovelace. Garcia is the only son of Diego Jose San Fernando Lovelace.
All 5 Black Lagoon OVA's are mostly about Roberta. The OVA's for Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail have YET to be aired on Adult Swim's Toonami block.
For the last 2 years, I have been saying this needs to happen. Aside from me being a Roberta fan, she is a fan favorite among other Black Lagoon fans.
Rather than sharing the usual animation blog for Cartoon Sunday, I thought I would share something a little different. If you would like to watch Black Lagoon from the beginning, you can click on the following Cartoon Sunday blog from 2015.
Today I am sharing an interview with the English Dub cast of Black Lagoon for this Cartoon Sunday. I have been told that this interview is on the DVD for the series.
Watching this interview was interesting. Fans of the Black Lagoon franchise have a chance to see what the voice actors thought about the characters they played.
If you happen to be a fan of Death Note, you may want to watch this interview. Brad Swaile, who voiced Light Yagami also did the voice for the protagonist, Rock in Black Lagoon. Anyway, here is the English Dub Cast Interview for Black Lagoon.
Black Lagoon: English Dub Cast Interview (2007)
|Posted by Anna H. on May 27, 2017 at 7:00 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Are you ready for this Memorial Day Weekend? So far, I have nothing planned. Unless blogging and sleeping in COUNT as "plans"?
Hopefully, no self-serving opportunists decide to invite themselves over for a free meal. After this chaotic week, they are the last people I need or want to see.
Ever have those types of holidays, that make you dread uninvited "guests"? Some people simply love to impose themselves on others because they believe the sun, moon, and stars revolve around them.
Speaking of blogging, I had the hardest time deciding what to share for today. I wasn't sure if I wanted to share a patriotic or anti-war song for Memorial Day Weekend, or to share another creepy song.
Then, I stumbled upon Medwyn Goodall's "Behold The Darkness." It instantly gave me the creeps, which is all the more reason to share "Behold The Darkness." Listening to the song sounds like it would be a part of a score to a Horror TV show or a movie.
In fact, I imagine Goodall's "Behold The Darkness" being used for a show or movie comprised of vampires and werewolves. It has that type of tone. The more I think about the song, it would be perfect for a Vampire TV Drama.
To explain a little more about Medwyn Goodall, he is a New Age Music composer originally from Yorkshire, England. He currently lives with his wife, Wendy in Cornwall, England.
At 10 years old, this man taught himself how to play the guitar and noticed, that he had the ability to learn how to play musical instruments very quickly.
By the time Medwyn Goodall became a teenager, he started composing his own songs. Soon, Goodall earned local notoriety with his band, Trax. Years later, he learned how to play over 20 instruments. These instruments include the mandolin, piano, drums, harp, flute, glockenspiel, panpipes, vibraphone, and a synthesizer.
At 26 years old, Medwyn Goodall released his debut album. Today he has released over 75 albums. You cannot say this composer is untalented and is never busy.
Earlier this morning, I visited 1 of Goodall's websites and left a message for him on his Guestbook page. I informed the composer, that I would be sharing a song of his today for my latest Song Saturday blog. Hopefully, Goodall sees my message, reads it, and responds.
Considering how busy this New Age Instrumental Music composer is, he is probably feverishly composing his next albums. I'm very curious about how Medwyn Goodall manages to find the time to compose music.
There are only so many hours within a day.
When you are listening to Medwyn Goodall's "Behold The Darkness," I encourage you to sit, embrace, and absorb the sound of this composition. Also, pay CLOSE attention to the unofficial music video below.
Does the overall tone of "Behold The Darkness" give you an eerie feeling?
Listening to this song and watching this unofficial music video makes me think about the Gothic Horror Soap Opera, Dark Shadows, Grimm, and that evil character, Dio Brando from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
Patrick Seitz voicing Dio in English makes the villain sound just as evil as the way he is written. That reminds me, Toonami better hurry up and air JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's 2nd season because the block is boring with the exception of Tokyo Ghoul airing.
Anyway, here is Medwyn Goodall's "Behold The Darkness" for today's Song Saturday.
Medwyn Goodall "Behold The Darkness" Comet (1999)