I'm a law student with a love for the quieter things in life. I write on a variety of topics, along with the occasional short story or poem.
Give me a rainy day, a cup of coffee and a place to sit and write, and I'll owe you big time.
The Legacy of Attack on Titan
My relationship with Attack on Titan has always been.....interesting. In 2014, I binged the entirety of Death Note, and it was unlike anything I'd ever seen - a psychological battle that also dealt with complex questions of justice and morality, and I loved every single minute of it. I got all of my friends at school hooked on it as well, and we quickly started talking about it constantly, exchanging theories and geeking out over particularly memorable moments. Little did I know this would open the floodgates for all of us to seek out different anime, and in this vein, I was told that I absolutely had to watch Attack on Titan by two of my friends. I watched the first episode and was shocked and amazed at how bold the show was, and I quickly finished the first season. Attack on Titan was such a unique experience, even back then - the show was full of insane twists and turns that never let up, even well into the season. The animation was gorgeous, the voice acting was outstanding, and it was a fantastic show overall. I was very invested in the series and eagerly looked up when the second season would be released, only to find out that there was absolutely no news about it. This was the case for a very long time, and I eventually resolved myself to the possibility that I may never see it.
The Legacy of The Promised Neverland
I've been a huge anime fan for quite a long time. The first anime I ever followed closely was InuYasha: The Final Act way back in 2009, and after I saw what the medium had to offer, I jumped into the ocean and explored to my heart's content. From more generic shows like Dragon Ball Z and Naruto to masterclasses like Death Note and Fullmetal Alchemist, each anime I watched was unique in its own way and had something that kept me coming back for more. I enjoyed every anime I saw - even if some weren't as good as others; I was pleasantly surprised that out of so many shows, there was nothing that I actually come across that I flat out disliked. This continued to be the case until I ran into the Tokyo Ghoul franchise, which, if I'm honest, wasn't even that bad. I actually loved the first season - it had great animation, an engaging story, and great moments that I still remember to this day. I wish I could say the same thing about its sequel, though - Tokyo Ghoul: Root A was an absolute tragedy, and a large part of that is because at the very beginning of the season, there was a huge deviation from the story of the original manga. However, despite this, the ending of the season reached the same point as one of the most intesne parts of the manga, despite having virtually none of the story leading up to said point. This is where the season ended, and when the third season of the show started, Tokyo Ghoul:re, there was yet another deviation, with the season starting from an even later part of the manga. All in all, this led to me being totally disinterested in continuing the series, as there was zero consistency as to what was being adapted.
Zack Snyder's Justice League, At Long Last
Back in 2016, when I sat down to watch Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice in theatres, I was excited. Despite its problems, Man of Steel hadn't been a terrible introduction to the DC Universe, and I was interested in seeing how characters like Batman and Wonder Woman were to be introduced, especially since they didn't have any independent movies tying into BvS. Marvel seemed to have the formula for superhero movies down to a science, so seeing someone try something different was refreshing. Unfortunately, I did not have a good time - the movie was clunky, excruciatingly long, and quite boring in its entirety. I left the theatre thoroughly disappointed, and make no mistake, I really wanted to care - DC has some of my favorite superheroes, and ever since watching Superman Returns as a kid, I've always wanted to see them on the big screen. However, BvS was so dull that I found that I was pessimistic about any movie in the franchise panning out to be a success. I stayed away from the future movies after this - I watched the first Wonder Woman movie, and despite it being surprisingly good, it was not enough to convince me to get invested in the extended universe.
At Long Last, I’m (Partially) Excited for Pokémon Again
Pokémon was a significant part of my childhood; as a kid, I was obsessed with the anime and would watch it as often as I could. I never really got into collecting the trading cards though, nor did I play the games released for the Game Boy Advance. I did want Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness for a brief time, but it wasn’t one of the top games on my wish list. However, in 2007, my parents gifted me a Nintendo DS Lite, and with it came an opportunity to finally snag some Pokémon games of my own. I knew that the newest generation of the games was releasing on the DS, and I was excited to finally try one out. It seemed that Pokémon as a whole was entering a new era, because the Diamond and Pearl anime also started to air around this time, and I found myself engrossed in the new characters and creatures the show introduced. I was obsessed with Pokémon, and I was eager to play Diamond and Pearl and have a complete blast traversing through the Sinnoh region. Unfortunately, it would be a while before I got my hands on the games. The opportunity never arose throughout 2007, and I moved to India in the first half of 2008, where the games hadn’t been stocked yet. By this time, I had gotten a chance to finally play some of the older games, and I was certain that I would end up enjoying the DS games. As fate would have it, my father traveled to the United States in the latter half of the year, and he came back with a brand new copy of Pokémon Pearl. It was a dream come true for 10 year old me, and from the moment I booted up the game, I was addicted.
What I Want from Zelda's 35th Anniversary
Just a couple of days ago, the gaming community received a shock when a Nintendo Direct was announced with promises of news about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, along with other games that Nintendo had planned for the first half of 2021. I think it goes without saying that a lot of people expected news about The Legend of Zelda as well, by virtue of 2021 being the 35th anniversary of the legendary franchise. The first game of the series released on February 21st, all the way back in 1986, and it hasn't looked back since, going on to become one of the most successful video game franchises in history with many of its entries being contenders for the coveted title 'the greatest game ever made.'
5 Great Anime to Binge on Netflix
One of the first things I checked out when I got a Netflix subscription was its anime collection. I found that the site had a reasonably robust collection, with some of the most iconic shows in anime history being present, as well as several more that have popped up in the past four or five years, and even some that Netflix was producing - never did I think that streaming services would start making their own anime. I’m pretty thrilled to see how much the genre has grown over the years, and I’m eager to see which shows will join the roster that Netflix has built.
My Basketball Experience (as a Fan in 2020)
The sport of basketball has always fascinated me; it’s a fast-paced, high energy game that demands incredible athleticism and endurance. The skill required to be among the best at the sport is staggering, and as such, I always have respected basketball players for their physical and mental prowess and the amount of effort they pour into honing their craft. However, I cannot say that I was a major basketball fan for most of my life, despite growing up in the United States; instead, tennis was my preferred sport, and once I moved to India, it became cricket. With the NBA airing at odd timings in India due to the stark time difference, I never got invested in basketball. Still, I did shoot hoops in school now and then, and if I happened to stumble upon highlights randomly while flipping through channels on TV, I would watch them for 5 minutes or so before moving on.
Palm Springs: The Best of Both Worlds (Movie Review)
Ever since I started watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine, I’ve been a massive fan of Andy Samberg. Of course, I had heard of his exploits on Saturday Night Live and as one of the members of The Lonely Island before, but it was after I saw him as Jake Peralta that I began to take notice of his incredible charm and talent for comedy. It was only natural, therefore, that I immediately plop myself down first thing in the morning when I heard that a new movie starring him titled Palm Springs, had been released on Hulu. I went into the movie completely blind and not knowing what to expect, and what I found was pleasantly surprising. Palm Springs is a light-hearted romantic comedy that can get surprisingly poignant at times, yet never loses itself in its more serious moments.