Date Archives August 4, 2011

‘Todd and the Book of Pure Evil’ Review Featuring EXCLUSIVE Content!

There are shows that make you laugh out loud, yet simultaneously question your morals because of the perverse content inducing this laughter. Todd and the Book of Pure Evil is one of these shows.

Originally airing in Canada and now rebroadcast by FEARnet in the U.S., Todd and the Book of Pure Evil depicts the plight of  high school with a delightful Satanic twist. The main character, Todd (Alex House), a slacker metalhead with an affinity for ganja, wants nothing more than to be with Jenny (Maggie Castle), the girl of his dreams. Todd has a metal band with his amputee best friend Curtis (Billy Turnbull) called Barbarian Apocalypse. This show has a formula that has been used in many high school dramas, but what makes it refreshing here is that it has been wonderfully mixed with camp, cheese, death metal, and Satanic conspiracies!

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Let’s Eat! : OC Fair 2011

Half of the Southern Californian nerds flocked to Comic Con two weeks ago and the majority of the ones who stayed in their metaphorical basements were stocking every media outlet for Comic Con happenings in real time. NOT ME! I wasn’t going to stay at home and be passively jealous of Gizzy and the Space Pirate Queen being important. NOT THAT I CARE OR ANYTHING. *sniff*

The weather was freaking fabulous and I wasn’t going to waste the perfect mid 70s/low 80s day. The rest of the nation is in a massive heat wave. They would KILL to be able to be outside. So I went out to the annual Orange County Fair at the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds.

The fair has a rich history going back more than a century, providing a temporary venue where the whole community could come together in ways that are both inspiring and humbling.  The talent showcased in the exhibitions blew me away and getting the rare chance to look into agriculture was amazing. It’s important to have exposure to farming and food especially when Americans are dependent on the 3% of the population that do devote their lives to feeding the rest of us. If we spend our entire lives eating food, we might as well invest time to learn about it and the proper process.

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Fortune Cookie’s Current Season

I used to watch a lot of anime. I’d get up every morning to record Pokemon and I was the kid who saved up their allowance to buy whole series composed of $30 DVDs. I also devoured series with the USC Anime Club during my college years.

So now that I’m too far away to justify making the trek to LA to hang with college kid otaku on weeknights and my tastes have evolved over the years, just what have I been watching recently and what do I plan to watch?

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

At first glance it looks like a generic cute magical girls show that is targeted towards older men. But it is anything but shallow.

The cute faces and designs hide a darker tale of psychological torment and struggle in which the main character Madoka and her friend Sayaka meet the alien life form Kyubey who promises to grant any single wish in return for their service as Puella Magi “magical girls” who fight witches that prey upon normal humans. But things aren’t as simple or straightforward as they seem to be ; At least if you’re human. There’s lots of legit angst going on in this series so be warned!

The series is 12 episodes long and I finished it all on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I think it’s a good series for a rainy day and that it shows the emotional strength of all the characters very well even if they’re crying half the time. Crying isn’t always bad. Since the series comes from Shaft and Aniplex, the animation is good quality and loves to play with surrealist elements and symbolism. The series just got licensed in America so it will be easy to find on the legal market in the next few months.

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