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

 

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Special Post!

Info about movie and plot found on en.wikipedia.org

Hello fellow followers! This is Asher with a special post. Last Friday, I saw a great Jamaican  movie called The Harder They Come. This film starred Jimmy Cliff, one of the first great Reggae artists. The movie helped bring Reggae to audiences worldwide. Cliff plays a poor Jamaican man named Ivanhoe Martin who is searching for a job. Martin has a love for music, and tries to land a record deal with the main producer in Kingston. As the film progresses, we see Ivanhoe’s journey into music, and the barriers along the way. Cliff unfortunately ends up with the wrong crowd, and this leaves him to a life of crime and corruption. The movie is well known for its fantastic soundtrack and immense success in Jamaica. The story was loosely based on a famous Jamaican criminal of the same name. I highly recommend this film to anybody who loves music, foreign films, and crime stories. I will be posting the main theme song at the bottom of the post. I would also love to hear what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

   

Another Dessert From Around The World (Fridays)

Dessert found on en.wikipedia.org

Hello fellow food lovers! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at another fascinating dessert. Now, let’s dig in!

  • Turron is a unique dessert that comes from Spain. It’s a bar-shaped sweet made out of honey, sugar, toasted almonds, and egg whites. It’s usually eaten during Christmas time.

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Asher’s Pub (Thursdays)

Drinks found on drinksmixer.com and thedrunkenmoogle.com

Hello fellow mixologists! It’s Thursday, and my Pub is open once again. I hope you guys are ready for some wonderful drinks. Now, let me fix you up something special!

  • Chateau Romani (The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask cocktail) (drink created by EXPBarOnline)

Ingredients

  •  1 oz Amaretto
  • 1 oz Frangelico
  • 1 oz Wild Turkey American Honey
  • Milk

Directions: Pour alcohol in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a small glass and fill with milk. Enjoy the unlimited magic!

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  • Caribbean Martini

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Stoli® Vanil vodka
  • 3/4 oz Malibu® coconut rum
  • 1 splash pineapple juice

Directions: Shake ingredients over ice. Pour into glass.

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Yokai Wednesdays

Info found on yokai.com

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

  • Nurikabe are incredibly surreal creatures of Japanese mythology. They’re depicted as weird and bipedal walls with human-like features. These yokai found during the late hours of night, and materialize usually out of nowhere. Nurikabe will block a person’s path and can’t be moved. According to some stories, if you poke this yokai with a stick, it’ll move out of the way.

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  • Hitobashira are downright creepy spirits of Japanese folklore. The yokai’s name refers to the gristly practice of burying people alive in important places, like bridges or castles. This was used in the 16th century to appease the nature spirits surrounding the area. It was also said to stop natural disasters from harming castles.

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Asher’s Movie Reviews (Tuesdays)

Hello fellow viewers, and welcome to Tuesday’s new topic! Starting from today, I will be reviewing one movie each week. I would love to expand the blog, and I would enjoy hearing feedback and new film suggestions in the comment’s section below. Now, grab some popcorn, and let’s begin!

Chef by Jon Favreau 2014 Running time: 1 Hr. 55 Mins. Rated: R Genre: Comedy

Review: What better way to start off this new topic, then with a tasty treat. This is definitely one of the most delicious looking films I have ever seen. The movie tells the story of an incredible chef named Carl Casper, played by Favreau. During an altercation with his boss, Carl decides to quit his job, and repair his dysfunctional family. His resent divorce with Sofia Vergara has put Casper in a difficult relationship with his son. Throughout the film, the father and son begin to bond over food. This eventually leads Carl and his best friend, played by John Leguizamo,to buy a food truck. The rest of the movie focuses on the new food truck business, and Casper’s relationship with his son. I am not going to spoil the ending, but it will definitely leave you smiling. The various dishes in the film could be classified as “food porn”, meaning that they have an alluring presence that is almost erotic. The camera work on these dishes is top notch, and will have you taste buds going wild. This is a very beautiful and emotional work of art, that is easy for anyone to enjoy. The acting is spot on, and the pacing is at a perfect speed. The use of technology in the movie is also a very unique poke at modern day society. I highly recommend this film to absolutely everyone, but be sure to grab a snack before watching it!

Final Verdict: 9.9/10 (Excellent Movie! Watch this one ASAP!)

I would love to hear your thoughts on the film, and what I should review in the future in the comment’s section below.

 

Asher’s Art Gallery (Mondays)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my art gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some dynamic works. Now, enter the amazing world of art!

  • Garden-Aeroplane-Trap by Max Ernst 1935 Oil on canvas: This is a very colorful work with wonderful strokes of Surrealism. We see what appears to be a 3D table with a giant “plane”in the center. The piece is also covered in gorgeous flowers,which  look like they came right out of science fiction. I believe the piece to be quite visceral, as well, due to the organ shaped objects that surround the work. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comment’s section below.

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  • Hallowtide by Larry Carlson 2011: Here we have another wonderful piece by the “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. This is a “nature work” that completely defies all logic. The sky is sublime and covered in vibrant blues and pinks. We also see a multicolored woman with an astronomical amount of masks. I love that this piece adds themes of mythology as seen by an abstract depiction of Ziz the great falcon. There is also some direct nods to Magritte, that’s portrayed through the large set of pipes. One of the most bizarre objects in the work is a building that ignores the rules of physics. I absolutely adore this piece, and would to hear what you guys think about it in the comment’s section below.