It’s my birthday!

Hi everyone! Just thought I’d make a post so you folks could share my birthday with me. I turned 24 years old today and I’ve gotta say that looking back on my life I’ve had my highs and lows. If you were to ask me if I had any accomplishments so far, I would look you dead in the eye and tell you “yes”. Back in elementary, I held the record for most 3 pointers shot in a row, in middle school is when I started to first take an interest in writing, high school I was voted “most likely to publish” along with graduating at the top of my class and earning the honorary award to be “student of the year”. Has there been any other accomplishments aside from those? Yes of course, I’ve made the best of friends, I’ve pushed myself to my limits, I’ve even been able to pursue my own dreams.

So friends, as I write this I would just like to say thanks for supporting me in one way or another. It truly does mean a lot that I could have such a supportive group to have my back and be able to push myself outside of my comfort zone. Cheers to another year of good health and many more to come, along with many more memories I will cherish for a life time. Kanpai!

-Aniplays.

Music Monday: My Soul, Your Beat

I took some time this past weekend to revisit an old anime that I’ve been itching to watch again, Angel Beats; which I will also be doing a Throwback Thursday entry of this week! Angel Beats is the quite possibly the only anime opening that I”ll really listen to and let play all the way through. Now that I think about it I would probably put Angel Beats as number 1 on my list for “Best Anime Music”. Why? Simply because the songs that were chosen for each scene just fit the mood so perfectly and personally, as a viewer, as each carefully chosen song were to play during the scenes they were able to immerse you inside the world of Angel Beats.

Just now, in my heart that has begun to tremble
I felt it come again
the new sun, crossing over a thousand mornings
I felt like it was waiting for me
Because I felt like it was calling to me

As you folks should know by now I try my best to keep Music Mondays short and sweet. So my question for you is: What’s your favorite anime opening song? Be sure to leave a comment!

-Aniplays

My Thoughts: Death Parade

So after reading a review of “Death Parade” from the wordpress blog Boy Meets Anime I decided I’d give it a chance since it seemed to have an almost BTOOOM! like essence. The anime is solely focused on the concept of death, afterlife, heaven, hell, reincarnation, and any thing else along those lines. As I’ve stated in previous entries, I’ve always been fascinated by the human mind, the concept of death, where souls go after our time is up. Death Parade I feel had a really well thought out concept that even I myself would believe to hold true. Hit the jump to find out more!  Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Samurai X Trust and Betrayal

Hitokiri Battousai; the name that shook fear in everyone’s hearts when it was mentioned, the name that made even those of the most power tremble, we’ve all heard the name of the legendary man slayer. The man who took down a single army all on his own. The man who had no remorse towards any of his victims as his cold blood-stained blade was the last thing his victims felt as they fell to the legend of the man slayer. But just who was he anyway? Hit the jump to find out more! Continue reading

Every warrior must walk his own path

So lately I’ve been on a bit of a Street Fighter binge and I think it’s about time I paid some homage to one of my other hobbies, fighting games.

2008 was the start of my fighting game career, more like passion but whatever. I was always interested in fighting games ever since SF2 but never really could grasp the concept as a child. I remember playing for hours on end with my brother and every time I did Ken’s crouching fierce punch I always thought I was so close to doing his signature Shoryuken special move. But little did I know that I was so far off from it. Moving on to the teen years of my life when I finally had some competency to have an understanding of fighting game mechanics I was finally able to do combos and such that I personally always thought were flashy. Be sure to hit the jump to find out more! Continue reading

Case of the Real Folk Blues

The rain can always have a love/hate relationship depending on the type of person you are. Living in Seattle you’ll eventually become to grow into that person. When I think of the soothing pitter patter of the rain as it softly hits the roof of my house I can’t help but be reminded of the ending theme to “Cowboy Bebop”, The Real Folk Blues by The Seatbelts.

The real folk blues
I only want to know true happiness is
All that glitters is not gold

The Seatbelts ft. Mai Yamane – The Real Folk Blues

Listening to this songs brings back a ton of memories for me. Saturday nights I would stay up late at night watching the anime block of Adult Swim and Cowboy Bebop was the anime out of the bunch that I really liked a ton. But lets go back to the song before I start rambling on (don’t I always though?). When you read the lyrics as you listen to the song you can really feel the true raw emotion that the artist wanted you to feel. Through the vocals of her voice, through the tempo of the song, it’s like painting a story of love and tragedy in your mind. I guess that’s what Cowboy Bebop was really about after all. But I won’t take too much of your time, so sit back and relax to the sounds of “The Real Folk Blues”.

Cowboy Bebop

-Aniplays