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Personalized Anime Recommendations for the Discerning Geek

Shiawase na Kyujitsu mina-san! Happy holidays to you all! In my never-ending quest to get more people interested in manga and anime, I’ve learned that one of the easiest ways to get people to try new things is to make suggestions based on the type of entertainment that they enjoy.  Today, I’ve compiled a list of items that you should include on your anime wish list. Are you a fan of the Hunger Games? Breaking BadSupernatural? Game of Thrones? Then boy, do I have suggestions for you!

 

If you like Hunger Games, give Battle Royale a try.

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Editorial | Six Reasons Supernatural is a Terrible TV Show [updated]

A few months ago, I wrote an editorial post that listed several reasons that Supernatural is a terrible TV show.  While my assessments of the faults of the show were correct, they were not complete.  Since that post still seems to get viewed daily (which we mentioned in Episode 5 of Random Thought Generator), I am updating my list.  So here is the new and improved set of reasons that Supernatural is a terrible TV show (and why I will continue to watch it).

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1.)  Every adversary that Sam and Dean Winchester face is supposedly bigger and badder than the last adversary, but actually seems easier to kill.  This whole show started with John Winchester’s lifelong search for Azriel, the yellow-eyed demon who killed his wife.  John has been praised over and over (even posthumously) as being one of the best hunters who ever lived, and yet it took him a lifetime to find this demon and kill it.  These days, his sons discover big baddies and polish them off in the course of twenty episodes or so with relatively little effort. Continue reading

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Editorial | 5 Reasons Supernatural is a Terrible TV Show

When I’m reading, I definitely prefer fantasy as a genre over science fiction.  Sci-fi has so many descriptions of strange species and technology, that I often feel that the story has been engulfed and overwhelmed.  However, when it comes to the screen—big or silver—sci-fi is much preferred to fantasy.  Still, not all sci-fi shows are created equal.  Let’s be honest, there are good sci-fi shows, and there are bad sci-fi shows, just as with any genre.  In fact, I think the following ratio sums it up nicely:

Supernatural/Grimm = Psych/NCIS

Without further ado, here are five reasons that Supernatural is a terrible show:

Is that a stack of credit card applications, or are you just happy to see me?

1.)         For people who commit credit card fraud for daily expenditures, Dean and Sam appear to never fill out credit card application forms.  Considering the heightened awareness of credit card fraud in the past decade or so, it seems as though they should be going through these things pretty quickly.  What address are they putting down for these cards?  How has no one noticed what has to be thousands of dollars in gas being fraudulently purchased?  In fact, my bank calls me to confirm that I actually am on a trip, if my card is used outside the state of the address I have given them.  Something seems fishy in the state of Denmark, Hamlet.

2.)         The demons that the Winchesters fight seem pretty impotent… until they’re not.  Simply repeating over and over how big and bad a character is doesn’t make that character actually big and bad. (The Yellow-Eyed Demon, Lilith, Eve…)

Just a little too pretty to be very scary.

3.)         There are no actual consequences to any of the brothers’ actions.  Somehow these boys have (allegedly) perpetrated every felony in the book, and yet no one seems to be able to catch and hold them to pay for these crimes.

4.)         Let’s not forget the multiple deals with multiple demons that they’ve made for one life or another.  Sam was revived by a covenant that traded Dean’s soul to the Cross-Roads Demon, which was later revoked.  Bobby almost lost everything to a card shark who played for time instead of money.  Dean was saved multiple times, including from the same card shark.  The only person who has actually paid the price for one of these deals seems to be the boys’ father.

5.)         There are no good and bad guys.  Sam and Dean eventually turn out to be selfish and petty enough to warrant plenty of head-slapping.  Demons turn out to sometime have good motives, and angels often have bad ones.  In a show about good versus evil, there seem to be no actually good or actually evil characters.

Are these actually good guys?

I’m a fan of Supernatural and I’ll support pretty much any sci-fi show on television, but the truth is that Supernatural is sci-fi “trash TV.”  I’ll keep watching my favorite guilty pleasure, but don’t expect me not to complain about it.

**This article has been UPDATED and a newer version can be found here.

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