Man, that title is just one word away from being creepy, eh? Anyway, the reason for using that old, tired clich'e is because lately I've been a little sucked into watching cartoons this week. See, Disney XD had a couple of marathons for a couple of shows I've wanted to check out for a while, so I put a lot of things on hold to binge watch.
In fact, even as I speak I'm a bit behind on Comments of the Week. 8^8
So what TV show has gotten ahold of my attention? Why, it's the series that everyone has been begging me to check out for a while: Gravity Falls! The first I want to say is that after watching just one episode (the mini golf episode), I was immediately hooked and started watching as many episodes as I could. The show does a surprisingly good job at balancing humor and poigant moments, and I find myself caring about the characters. It also does an amazing job at subverting tropes and old jokes with a fresh coat of paint, as well as dripfeeding cliffhangers and awesome imagery to really give the atmosphere that "mysterious, small town" feel to it.
Seriously, it's so well done that it make me want to play Alan Wake and Deadly Premonition. I probably wouldn't because I have no money (you'll read why down below) but the show really got my attention. Plus, as much as Grunkle Stan makes me laugh out loud, it's Mabel who steals the spotlight. She's so absolutely fucking adorable, I can see why she's so loved: she's quirky, boy-crazy in a very child-like manner, and has this weird obsession with grappling hooks.
In case you're wondering, NO, I do NOT have any sexual feelings towards Mabel. Now Wendy or Tambry on the other hand...
I also mentioned that the new My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Friendship Games movie (that takes place in the human realm) was released last week, and I pretty much enjoyed it. Don't get me wrong, it's not the greatest thing ever, but it's alright if you're curious. If you haven't been caught up, the last movie Rainbow Rocks hints that the third movie will finally show this world's version of Twilight Sparkle, and the trailers for Friendship Games make it seem like she was going to be an antagonist, which she does. In the beginning, she's seen more as a victim of circumstances, but she eventually does become a bit villainy at the end which was pretty cool... well, as cool as shoehorning a last minute battle could be anyway. The movie also introduces some lovely characters with their own unique quirks (like the girl who very bluntly states what on her mind) as well as some nifty musical numbers.
One thing I particularly like about these series of movies is Sunset Shimmers. In fact, she's probably the only reason I watch the "human" movies: she has a surprising amount of character development. In the first movie, she was the "mean girl" that the school feared, and was always scheming to get what she want. At the end, she basically becomes timid and reformed, and carries that into the second film. However, people haven't accepted her as a "changed woman" by that point, so she spends most of the movie worrying about how she's walking on eggshells and how even the littlest thing could bring back her "bad girl" reputation. She becomes a hero at the end of the second film though, which was nice. For the third movie, she's finally seen as changed, and even becomes in charge of preventing magical events from happening in the human realm, kind of like an authority figure.
When she has a standoff with Twilight Sparkle after she turns evil, she offers to help her as the "pony" version of Twilight did. That was a great callback to the ending of the original film, even if we all did see it coming a mile away, and I feel like would've been a nice ending to the trilogy.
In case you're wondering about this as well, I rarely have any sexual feelings for Sunset Shimmer, which is surprising because I'm into bad girls. Instead, I get my hard ons from Lemon Zest, the happy headphone-wearing schoolgirl from Crystal Prep. :P
Finally, I'm broke because I spent my money on LEGO Dimensions. I'm sorry, but the allure of more Portal was too great for me not to throw money on -- I don't even like LEGO games! That being said, Dimensions actually isn't a bad game, and it's actually somewhat funny. I really like how it comes with LEGO figures too, and having a tiny Chell in my pocket is pretty nifty. However, in some ways, I really regret buying it because the remastered Uncharted collection and Transformers: Devastation games come out soon, and I worry about overspending my money to get them. It's not that I don't have the money to buy them, it's more the fact that I have no grip on my wallet when I really want something. Coupled with the fact that I have no job, and you can see where my dilema lies. @^@
Depression's hitting hard this week too. I haven't been able to work on my pet project for the 4th week in a row, so it's been very disheartening (though I did do SOMETHING for it, so it's not like I TOTALLY abandoned it... I tell myself). Not only that, I keep getting MORE ideas, but I can't seem to get myself able to implement them myself. It's not that I'm lazy, it's just that all my ideas requires skills that I don't personally have myself, and I don't feel like I have time to learn them. For example, let's say I want to make a storyboard. However, I need a specific program to do that with (I worked with it once in college), but even if I had it, I don't have the artistic talent to draw it myself. I can't ask someone else to do it. I can visualize what I want, but I can't do it myself, and I don't think someone else will know what I want. I said before that perfectionism is my weakness, but when it comes to creative endeavors, it's important that I have it EXACTLY the way I want it.
I've mentioned before that my time may be short, so in a way, I'm a lot less worried about spending money and "wasting" days away. However, even though I believe that time enjoyed wasting is not wasting time, because I can't stop new ideas from coming in, I feel like there's something else I should be doing instead of watching TV all day, curling up in a ball under the blankets.
A - Infosearcher's asking the hard questions, like who's better: Sonic or Tails. He goes on to list the many abilities they have, and... well, tries to make you decide. So... yeah, pick one. Jerk.
A - Upon hearing speculations that video games are slowly dying this generation, RadicalAjax Entertainment gives three reasons why he thinks they're here to stay for the next 15 years. Does that mean it'll die in 16? 8^8
A - While we still don't know what the hell the Nintendo NX is, sonic429 has some ideas and speculations as to what it may be, whether it's a new "micro" console entirely or an upgrade model to the Wii U like what Nintendo have tried doing before with the N64.
S - Agent9 continues his blog series "31 Days" with a creepy ass level from Pikmin 2. What's with the music and that damn monster following you around everywhere in a frickin' Nintendo game?
I - Chrisbradshaw just started blogging, and no one's around to welcome him? (except you Elsa. You good, girl.) While I'll admit it's a little short, why not stop by and conversate a bit?
C - The Quiet Bananas doesn't have much to say: he leaves a video link for a Rainbow Six Siege beta and then disappears. While I'd prefer more words in a blog, at the very least embed the video. I mean, come on now!