TV Tropes Randomness (Every Other Saturday)

Hello everyone, and welcome to a brand new topic! Every Other Saturday, I will be searching for some random tropes, and describing them in a spoiler-free way. In case you didn’t know, a trope can be defined as an expression or overused cliche found in movies and other media. TV Tropes.org categorizes thousands of these expressions and cliches throughout the world of media. This ranges from certain character quirks, to the series as a whole. I find it to be quite enjoyable, and I hope you guys will too. Now, let’s begin!

  • Depraved Kids’ Show Host: This trope deals with the stereotypical “Kiddie Show” host. They always appear to be happy, and love making little kids smile. Unfortunately, this is all a disguise, and backstage is where they let their true colors shine. They can be addicted to drugs, have lecherous behavior, be sex offenders, swear enough to make sailors transform into prudes, and makes everybody’s life around him a “living hell”. This trope is frequently found in The Simpsons with Krusty the Clown. Krusty can be found backstage yelling at everyone, and seems to be addicted to everything. It can also be found with Pierre from Tim And Eric Awesome Show Great Job. Pierre loves to dance with kids, and seems to be fascinated with the audience’s dads.

 

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  • Technology Porn: This trope is used in almost every Science Fiction film ever created. The trope occurs whenever a sequence in media goes into great depth showing the inner workings of gadgets and other mechanical tools. This trope always appears in the Iron Man films when Tony Stark “suits up”. It also can be found in numerous parts of 2001: A Space Odyssey. One of my favorite examples of this trope is the use of it in Blade Runner.     

 

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  • Warning! This Will Make You Hungry!! Food Porn: This trope is pretty self-explanitory, but can be divided into two definitions. The first is food that’s usually used to symbolize something suggestive. The second is food that’s portrayed in such a manner that the audience salivates and experiences lust as if they were watching porn. I adore this trope, and I always am eager to see what people think of next. One of my favorite examples of this trope is in the film, Chef. Chef’s use of food is so important in the movie, that it actually becomes a main plot point. Then, we get to its use in Anime, and I can’t think of a better example than Shokugeki No Soma (Food Wars). This Anime was created by a Hentai artist, and the use of food in the series applies to both definitions. People literally have “Foodgasms” so intense that their clothes will occasionally rip off! The food in this show is so jaw-dropping, that even the most simple dishes, like scrambled eggs look like it should be framed in the Louvre! As an added bonus, Japanese chef Yuki Morisaki, adds real recipes from the series that you can replicate in each Manga volume!    

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Marauders Special

Hello fellow comic book fans! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at another team. This weeks’ topic, the genocidal Marauders.

The Marauders are a group of Hitler-like mutants which are led by the maniacal Mr. Sinister. They try to exterminate all mutants that they see as inferior. This included the near extinction of the Morlocks. The first appeared in 1986 from the comic Uncanny X-Men #210.

  • Mr. Sinister Real Name: Dr. Nathaniel Essex  Status: Villanous Geneticist  First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #213 (1987) Ht: 6’3” Wt: 255 lbs Eye Color: Red Hair Color: Black Powers/Abilities: Genius-like intellect, Telepathy, Control over every molecule in his body, Neigh Invulnerability 

Dr. Essex was a brilliant British Geneticist that used his knowledge to study mutants. He conducted various experiments on the subject, which in turn, kicked him out of the Royal Society. He then met the villainous Apocalypse, who gave him the ability to fully control every molecule in his body. Later, he experimented on Cyclops, and erased his memory of it. When Professor X brought Cyclops to his mansion, Mr. Sinister grew infuriated because his lost his test subject. He formed a team of assassins called the Marauders, and massacred the Morlocks. He continues to be a thorn in the X-Men’s side to this day.

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  • Vertigo Real Name: Unrevealed Status: Villain (Deceased) First Appeared: Marvel Fanfare #1 (1982) Ht: 5’6” Wt: 128 lbs Powers/Abilities: Creates a Psionic distortion of any sentient being’s equilibrium thus causing extreme nausea, disorientation, or unconsciousness.

The mutant only known as Vertigo grew up in a jungle known as the Savage Land. She received her extraordinary powers from Brainchild’s genetic engineering. She eventually grew tired of her life in the jungle, and decided to join the Marauders. She relished in the slaughtering of Morlocks, and was cloned multiple times. She finally met her end when she was eaten by Predator X.

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Yokai Wednesdays (Every Other Wednesday)

Konichiwa, everyone! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more fascinating yokai. Now, let’s go on a journey to the “Land of the Rising Sun”!

  • Hainu are canine-like creatures of Japanese folklore. They are nearly identical to the common dog, however they sport a beautiful pair of black wings. The yokai can be found in plains, forests, and human inhabited areas. People who approach this yokai must do it with caution, as they are quite ferocious. Fortunately, if you manage to tame a Hainu, it will become an incredibly loyal companion.

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  • Nasu-baba is an extremely bizarre creature of Japanese mythology. Its name translates from Japanese to “Eggplant Hag”. It’s depicted as an old woman with dark purple skin and a toothy grin. She lives on Mount Hiei, and wanders around dark rooms. Despite her frightening appearance, she is actually quite useful, ringing the temple’s bell in times of disaster.

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Asher’s Anime Reviews (One Every Two Months)

Hello fellow Otakus! It’s time for another Anime review. This particular entry is very serious, and has many adult themes. Now, without any further ado, let’s begin!

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day  Manga by Mari Okada and illustrated by Mitsu Izumi (April 4, 2012-March 2013 3 Volumes) Anime produced by Hiroyuki Shimizu, directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai,  music by Remedios, licensed in America by Aniplex of America, and written by Mari Okada (April 14, 2011- June 23, 2011 11 Episodes) Genres: Romance, Supernatural, Tragedy, Drama Rating: TV-14

Anohana is a tragic and gorgeous series that focuses on six childhood friends. In their past, one of the friends, Menma, tragically dies in an accident. The story takes place many years after the tragedy, and we see how the loss has impacted them. The leader of the friends, Jintan, has become a complete recluse, having to deal with his mother’s passing as well. He also has cut off connections with his other friends. However, he has a special power, which allows him to see Menma, although his other friends can’t. If Jintan can fulfill her wish, she can go to heaven. The other characters are; Anaru, the pretty yandere of the group that has unrequited feelings for Jintan, Menma, a cute and  lively member of the group who tragically died in an accident, Yukiatsu, the cocky and intelligent asshole of the group that acts like a bully to Jintan, Tsuruko, the shy and calculating member of the group that has a secret love interest, and Poppo, the giant with a heart of gold. The Anime is one giant roller coaster of emotions that I highly recommend to mature audiences. Be warned though, the ending will have you crying like a baby!  Final Rating 9.5/10 (Fantastic!) Also beware of looking up anything about the series, because you will be spoiled! 

You can watch Anohana on Crunchyroll

 

Yokai Wednesdays (Every Other Wednesday)

Konichiwa, everyone! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more fascinating yokai. Now, let’s go on a journey to the “Land of the Rising Sun”!

  • Chochinbi are strange entities of Japanese folklore. They’re depicted as multicolored, floating, orbs of fire. The fire orbs are said to be produced by kitsune or tanuki. They’re also used as a light source for other spirits.

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  • Ozato are very bizarre creatures of Japanese mythology. They’re monsters that resemble blind entertainers. They wear tattered clothes, and are usually carrying an instrument. They can be seen wandering around brothels and red light districts. 

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Asher’s Art Gallery (Every Other Monday)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Gallery is open once again. Today’s exhibit focuses on the optical wizardry of M.C. Escher. Now, prepare to have your minds blown!

  • Three spheres 1 by  M.C. Escher 1945 wood-engraving 

This dazzling work causes the viewer to analyze it with all senses. The spheres appear to have an infinite number of lines stretching across it. They remind me of a mesh shirt that has been replicated continuously. I also enjoy the lack of color, and believe that this is an integral part of the work. It makes the viewer fill in the spaces with whatever they think belongs there, and this is how interpretation can increase its uniqueness. Escher also uses distortion to manipulate the work like it was made of silly putty. This is shown with the middle sphere, as it appears to be flattened at the top. I really would like to hear what you guys think of this piece, as well as your perceived meaning in the comments’ section below.

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  • Whirlpools by M.C. Escher 1957 wood-engraving printed from two blocks 

This is one of my favorite of Escher’s works. It is created to be like an optical illusion with a white spiral infinitely looping into the center. The use of repetition makes the titular “Whirlpools” act like a mobius strip, seemingly sucking the red and grey fish into the void. The work is very mesmerizing, and will pull the viewer into the the great unknown. Escher’s heavily detailed piece shows you just how unique of an artist he was, and why his works are still praised to this day. I would love to hear what you guys think of this work in the comments’ section below.

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Asher’s Art Gallery (Every Other Monday)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome works. Now, have fun exploring my Gallery!

  • The Four Poplars by Claude Monet 1891 Oil on canvas 

This is a mystifying piece by “French Impressionist”, Monet. It has his signature blurry appearance, and the attention to detail is fabulous. The work is an outdoor scene with four poplars and a beautiful blue sky. The sky has a very hypnotic feel to it, and it forces the viewer to take a closer look. The poplars appear to be rising out of the ground, and are blue and brown in color. It also changes its appearance based on the perspective of the viewer. The center of the work makes up the ground, and is brilliant shades of blues, oranges, yellows, and light greens. As the piece ascends, we are met with gorgeous, golden trees that make up the work’s background. I really enjoy this piece, and would love to hear your opinions in the comments’ section below. 

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  • Bather by Salvador Dali 1928 Oil on panel with sand 

Here we have a wonderful work by “Master Surrealist”, Salvador Dali. It’s also one of his only works to incorporate sand. In this way, Dali can blend some Realism into his famous Surrealist style. The painting depicts a very fleshy humanoid creature with extremely large hands and blobby legs. It also has both male and female parts, and its opening between its legs looks like a vulva. Its face is a lot smaller than the rest of its body, and its mouth looks like a bear trap. The pink color of the body is nearly reaching the uncanny valley, and can make the viewer quite unsettled. Despite this fact, it still remains one of my favorite Dali works. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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