Asher’s Trip To China Part 1

Hello everyone, and welcome to a very special post! I’m going to show a bunch of pictures from my trip to China, and discuss each one. I hope you guys will enjoy it, and be sure to leave some comments in the comments’ section below. Now, let’s begin!

 

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  • This is outside the Forbidden Temple in Tianamen Square in Beijing. It was raining like crazy, and the streets were a rainbow display of raincoats and umbrellas.

 

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  • A much better picture of the front with emphasis on Chairman Mao. 

 

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  • This is a picture of a Foo Dog, a guardian of the Forbidden Temple.

 

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  • This is a shot of the inside of the temple, as you can see, tons of people are gathered here to see the amazing art.

 

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  • A beautiful picture of a ground painting that seems to depict an action scene with tons of dragons.

 

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  • This is a Genbu, an ancient mythological creature with the head of a dragon and the body of a turtle.

 

Part 2 coming tomorrow 😀

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More Fascinating Tv Tropes (Every Other Saturday)

Hello fellow media lovers! It’s Saturday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more TV Tropes. Now, let’s begin!

  • Getting Crap Past The Radar: This is one of my favorite, and most well-known tropes on the site. It occurs whenever a form of media puts something scandalous, or flat-out inappropriate into an otherwise family friendly TV show. It’s amazing at how many instances of this occur on TV, so I’ll give a few examples; The Yu-Gi-Oh! card Dark Necrofear was called Dark Necrophilia in the Japanese Anime, Megaman Battle Network 2 has a character asking you to “suck yo mama’s milk”, and the game is still rated E!,  and,Plankton from SpongeBob attempts suicide in the episode “One Course Meal”. 

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  • SNK Boss: This infuriating trope occurs in many great SNK fighting games, and others like King of Fighters, Marvel VS. Capcom, and The Battle Network Series. Many things cause a boss to rise to this level such as; Overpowered attacks, Cheating system limitations, or Rage-Inducing defense. Some examples of these bosses include; Goenitz from King of Fighters 96 (He can spam a wind barrier attack  that blocks everything and hits super hard), Gil from Street Fighter 3rd Strike (His attacks hit extremely hard, and he can recover his health fully if he has meter), and BassXX from Megaman Battle Network 5 Double Team DS (He has 4,000 HP, a constantly regenerating aura, moves ridiculously fast, and his attacks can do up to 700 Dmg!)  

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The Craziest Music Video I’ve Ever Seen (Watch at your own risk!)

Pon Pon Pon by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Released: July 16th, 2011 Genres: Electropop, dance-pop, J-pop Produced by Yasutaka Nakata

How to even start this review! If you think you’ve seen crazy videos, think again! This video appeared on Youtube in July of 2011, and quickly became a viral hit. It now stands at a whopping 138,793,808 views, and still continues to confuse and weird out people. I’m going to try to keep this as spoiler-free as possible, because you have to experience it blind. Let’s just say, it contains a bunch of random items, including multiple eyeballs. Sylvie Paula Paula, a character from King of Fighters, looks extremely similar to Kyary, and it might have been an influence on her creation. The song is also annoyingly catchy, so don’t blame me if it gets stuck in your head for weeks afterwards. Now, dive into the crazy world of Japanese music videos. I’d love to hear what you guys think of the video in the comments’ section below.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjTo6jzkLHdAhVIllQKHRxzAroQyCkwAHoECAcQBQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DyzC4hFK5P3g&usg=AOvVaw35qx_Nhtnp30wcGW2Yxv8i

Asher’s Favorites (Webtoons Edition Part 2)

Hello everyone, and welcome to part 2 of my Webtoons recommendations. I really enjoyed doing the first part, and I hope that some of you checked them out. Now, let’s start part 2!

  • Carl by Hussein Traboulsi Genres: Comedy, Science Fiction, Heartwarming, Steampunk  Started: November 5th, 2017 Total Episodes: 77 Updates every Monday and Tuesday 

Carl is a very fascinating comic that I fell in love with right away. It’s about a robot psychiatrist that becomes sentient, and tries to help people out by expressing his feelings. His creator is worried about this, and tries to keep it under wraps. Unfortunately, his arch enemy finds out, and you are taken on a comedic adventure with robots, augmented humans, and crazy characters. I highly recommend this comic to everybody, and the characters will keep you reading to the end. Final Verdict 9/10 (A robotic hell of a good time!)

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiJhvSCiazdAhUKllQKHbMHB3MQFjACegQIARAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fchallenge%2Fcarl%2Flist%3Ftitle_no%3D83284%26page%3D1&usg=AOvVaw2lGZ5bgdPGNY6Ks2OzSYki

 

  • Boyfriend of the Dead by Ushio Genres: Comedy, Romance, Action, Zombies, Apocalyptic  Started: July 13th, 2017 Total Episodes: 105 Updates Every Tuesday and Friday

This is a fantastic and comedic take on the Zombie Horror genre. The world is ending, and zombies are everywhere. However, unlike other zombie stories, these creatures have kept their intelligence. Unfortunately, every time they speak, it comes out in growls. The comic focuses on one zombie that finds a girl surviving in the chaotic climate. We are then met with an amazing adventure of comedic proportions as the zombie tries to communicate and befriend the girl. If you love comedy, I guarantee that you’ll love this story. Final Verdict 9.9/10 (My first experience with webtoons and an amazing one at that!)

 

 

 

  • Sweet Home by Youngchan Hwang and Carnby Kim Genres: Horror, Tragedy, Mature, Despair, Psychological, Monsters  Started: January 14th, 2018 Total Episodes: 37 Updates Every Monday

Here we have an absolutely terrifying tale from the creators of Bastard. This comic is highly disturbing, and therefore recommended for mature audiences only. It’s about an anti-social high school student that has to move houses due to spoiler-heavy circumstances. Not only is this one of the best stories I’ve read in a while, but, it also is one of the best drawn. Final Verdict 10/10 (A goddamn horror masterpiece!)

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiB9_78j6zdAhXYwMQHHXVTBj8QFjAFegQICxAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fthriller%2Fsweethome%2Flist%3Ftitle_no%3D1285%26page%3D1&usg=AOvVaw3G2lCmFpuLfgA9CQeeyW4d

More Delicous Foods From Around The World (Every Other Friday)

Hello fellow food lovers! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more delicious foods. Now, let’s dig in!

  • Kompot is a sweet drink that comes from Europe. It’s made from cooked fruit, raisins, water, and sugar. It’s considered to be a nonalcoholic beverage.

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  • Nuomici is a sweet pastry that comes from China. It’s a gluttonous rice dumpling that’s covered in dried coconut and filled with sugar, coconut, crumbled peanuts, black sesame paste, or red bean paste.

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Asher’s Favorites (Webtoons Edition Part 1)

Hello fellow followers, and welcome to a very special post! I have always been a huge fan of Manga, and when I heard about Webtoons from The Anime Man, I about fainted right then and there! Webtoons is a free comic platform for the iOS and Android that houses stories from around the world. It started as a platform for only Korean comics, (Manhwa), but it now has reached a global market. The app has numerous genres of comics and many different writing styles. I guarantee that you’ll find something you love, and I’d love to hear about it in the comments’ section below. The following are some of my favorites webtoons, and a short summary of each. Don’t worry though, I won’t go into spoilers.

  • Bastard by Youngchan Hwang and Carnby Kim Genres: Horror, Thriller, Tragedy, Mature, Manhwa 

Bastard is an incredible comic about a troubled teenager named Jin Seon. We learn from the beginning that terrible things are happening behind closed doors. What starts as a standard murder mystery soon escalates into a much darker event that will leave the readers on edge. If you love Psychological Thrillers, I can’t recommend this series enough. I’m being as vague as possible, because everything else is a major spoiler. The writing is incredible, and I could totally see this comic becoming a film. Final Rating 10/10 (Flawless!) Posted below is the link to the online version of the comic. Started June 8th, 2015 Complete as of May 19, 2017 with 93 Episodes

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjDvsSktKLdAhXqhlQKHcmKAFYQFjACegQIARAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fthriller%2Fbastard%2Fep-0%2Fviewer%3Ftitle_no%3D485%26episode_no%3D1&usg=AOvVaw26joiLKwS2vdFKhzUIc-c4

 

  • Adventures of God by Teo and Corey Genres: Comedy, Satire, ParodyDark Humor

This particular comic had me laughing from chapter one, and I adore the hidden undertones. As the name suggests, Adventures of God is about God and his family up in heaven. Satan also makes many appearances in the comic, and he’s absolutely hilarious. God is depicted as a bit of a drunkard, whose problems are usually solved by his assistant, Gabe. The comic also parodies many important events in religious history, such as Adam & Eve, and Noah’s ark. The art style reminds me a lot of Family Guy, and I think that it perfect for this kind of story. I highly recommend this comic to people who want a good laugh, and don’t get offended by religious satire. Final Verdict 9.5/10 (Comedy Gold) Started November 14th, 2016 Updated every Tuesday and Saturday Total Episodes So Far: 165

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwi8zPH4uaLdAhXS31QKHTZKBJUQFjACegQIBxAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fcomedy%2Fadventures-of-god%2Fep-1-answering-prayers%2Fviewer%3Ftitle_no%3D853%26episode_no%3D1&usg=AOvVaw2uoSwpJ9o6ofefdGFkD6Qc

 

  • Let’s Play by Mongie Genres: Romantic Comedy, Moe, Memes, Video Games

Now one for your gamers out there. This charming comic is about a game designer named Sam. Her life goes awry when a popular Let’s Player gives her first game a bad review. Then, the final nail in the coffin occurs when the Let’s Player becomes Sam’s new neighbor! Things to expect from this series; Nerd Culture, Adorable Dogs, and Relatable Characters. Final Verdict 8/10 (Very Good) Started November 6th, 2017 Updated every Tuesday Total Episodes: 43

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjL9q7qvaLdAhXIxlQKHVpODcsQFjABegQIBhAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fromance%2Fletsplay%2Fep-1-%2Fviewer%3Ftitle_no%3D1218%26episode_no%3D1&usg=AOvVaw3C1NUB8sMVailYnQC_2hEn

 

  • My Giant Nerd Boyfriend by fishball Genres: Comedy, Slice of life

This adorable comic depicts the daily life of Fishball, a 5’2” Malaysian artist with a 6’6” boyfriend. This comic really hit home for me because of its depiction of tall people problems. I’m 6’2”, and many of the events in the comic have happened to me. I also love the art style, which is very cute and Asian. I recommend this comic to absolutely everyone, and you’ll grow to love the characters very fast. Final Verdict 9.8/10 (Adorable art and a story that will make you feel warm and fuzzy) Started March 5th, 2017 Updates Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Total Episodes: 209

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=7&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjQl72CwaLdAhUDLXwKHfEUBhEQFjAGegQIAhAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fm.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fslice-of-life%2Fmy-giant-nerd-boyfriend%2F001-introduction%2Fviewer%3Ftitle_no%3D958%26episode_no%3D1&usg=AOvVaw28wbAKuu9b4PoJTjJcWiHG

  • HIVE by Kyusam Kim Genres: Horror, Thriller, Suspense, Giant Animals, Survival, Tragedy, Apocalyptic

If you have Apiphobia, stay far away from this comic! The story is about gigantic bees that take over the world. The main character, Lee, is trying to find his family, and the world is on the brink of collapse. It’s filled with plot twists, betrayals, awesome characters, mature content, and tons of crazy insects. It’s a hell of a ride that I recommend to lovers of The Walking Dead, Lord of the Flies, and Horror in general. Final Verdict 10/10 (Magnificent) Started on June 30th, 2014 Updates every Monday Total Episodes: 230

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwilrrD1xKLdAhVJ4VQKHVOjDfEQFjABegQIBhAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fthriller%2Fhive%2Fep-0%2Fviewer%3Ftitle_no%3D65%26episode_no%3D1&usg=AOvVaw3uLZdLwCfo_4BPowHev58O

 

  • Small World by Wonsun Jin Genres: LGBT, Slice of life, Heartwarming, 

Thanks to webtoon, I’ve been widening my horizons on comics, and reading more stories about Gay and Lesbian couples. I am a completely straight guy, but these comics are freaking amazing, and I really respect that they bring these relationships to the general public. This specific one is about Julien and Robin, a gay couple that have very different attitudes. Robin is very laid back and kind of shy, while Julien is extremely protective and hyper. They show their love for one another in completely different ways, and it’s always a joy to see how each character reacts to various events. I recommend this series to everyone, because it’s guaranteed to make you feel warm inside. Final Verdict 9.5/10 (Incredibly sweet and touching) Started on August 31st, 2017 Updates Every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday Total Episodes: 162

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjgh4O1yKLdAhWJCnwKHarLDJ8QjBAwAXoECAUQCA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fslice-of-life%2Fsmall-world%2Fep-1-rain%2Fviewer%3Ftitle_no%3D1159%26episode_no%3D1&usg=AOvVaw1SHG7D8tHd4PIGY7Xrpqru

Keep tune for part 2 coming up on Saturday!

More Fascinating TV Tropes (Every Other Tuesday)

Hello fellow media lovers! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more fascinating tropes. Now, let’s get started!

  • Berserk Button: This commonly used trope occurs when a perfectly normal member of society flies into an uncontrollable rage when a certain phrase or word is said. Examples include; Calling Edward from Fullmetal Alchemist anything demeaning about his size, Calling Choji from Naruto “Fat”, or insult Andre the Giant about his size.

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  • Beam SpamA trope that usually appears in Mecha Animes. It occurs when a character shoots out a metric fuckton of lasers. Some examples include; Bangai-O’s special attacks, The Binding of Isaac’s Brimstone+Chocolate Milk synergy, and King Ghidorah’s gravity beam spam.

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