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Why Free! Is Pretty Much The Best Anime This Summer**

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Okay so the title is a bit of a hyperbole.

But hear me out.

I enjoy anime. And I enjoy pretty boys. You would think that stories that capitalized on the fact that I am not the only one who enjoys both of these things would be more abundant, but alas.

Then this summer, something changed. My tumblr became this bright beautiful place of 5 beautiful men, swimming. And being adorable, and angsty, and just all around squee worthy.

I might sound crazy right now. That’s fine. I’m going to continue to revel in this moment.

Free! Iwatobi Swim Club is what happened this summer. It’s only 8 episodes in, and it’s like a tsunami of awesome. Is that okay to say?

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SpartaCast: The Series Finale

Last week, we said goodbye to the amazing show Spartacus. My friends and I got together every week to see the new episodes, and I couldn’t have gotten through this final epic season if it hadn’t been for our support group. In honor of the series finale, we recorded this special podcast! We discussed how we first got into the series, the language of the show, our favorite characters, the most memorable moments, some of our disappointments, and much more. (Warnings: Spoilers for all aired episodes and frank discussion of many of the mature themes on the show. Also, we’re potty mouths, so cursing ahoy!)

Right click here to download the audio directly.

Check This Out: ‘The Lizzie Bennet Diaries’

Like many women I adore Pride and Prejudice and have been head over heels in love with Mr. Darcy since I was a little girl. My VHS box set of the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice is practically worn out and every time I see Colin Firth in anything I sigh like a lovesick schoolgirl.

There are many renditions of the story. Some are better than others, and recently I was introduced to a re-telling of the book that is so damn creative and relevant that I truly cannot stop gushing about it. This rendition is the Youtube webseries The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. 

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BOOK REVIEW: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

“It’s like Game of Thrones but Young Adult.”

That is the exact description my friend uttered as she handed me a copy of the book. There are a lot of similarities to George R.R. Martin’s series, for sure, but not in a bad way. The world and the characters in the book are all very, very different. The world of Falling Kingdoms started with three different territories which had their own kings or rulers. They were not dependent on each other. The main conflict is that Paelsia was dying slowly and they were envious of their neighbor, the Auranos. Limeros had a brutal king who took advantage of this conflict.

Of course, there was magic.

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MOVIE REVIEW: With Great Power… The Stan Lee Story

With Great Power… The Stan Lee Story is a very thorough but heartfelt look at Stan Lee’s career in the comic book industry. If you were ever lucky enough to witness Stan ‘The Man’ Lee speaking in public, you know this icon is a charmer, extremely funny and he just glows with kindness. The last time I met him personally, he planted a smooch right on my cheek! I was in heaven! I felt like I was pretty much blessed by a great man, if not a God in the Geek World.

At 89 years old, Stan has the energy of a young man and more love for life than any of us can ever imagine.

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Video Game Review: Contre Jour


Contre Jour got brought to my attention because it’s being specially re-released to Windows 8 and IE 10. It was originally published for iOS systems in 2011, to much fanfare. It was the darling of video game critics, and for good reason. It’s a highly polished and fun puzzle game. The puzzles are constructed around planning the steps you want to do and then timing them just right to pull them off.
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While the rest of you guys are living it up at Comic-Con and I’m totally not wallowing in self-pity and jealousy, let’s talk about Magic Mike and why everyone should go see it.

Four good reasons, right there.

When I first heard that Channing Tatum was going to make a movie (loosely) based on his time as a male stripper, I thought someone was messing with me. Then I heard Matt Bomer was going to be in it — what — alongside Joe Manganiello — WHAT — and the movie was going to be directed by Stephen Soderbergh — EXCUSE ME?! — and by that point I realized that it had to be real, because not even in my wildest fantasies could I have imagined something like this.

Fast forward almost a year later, and Magic Mike is finally here. And guess what? It’s not just a stripper movie, it’s a critically acclaimed stripper movie.

Trailers tend to be a little misleading from time to time, but I walked into the theater expecting to see a very different film from the one I ended up watching. The movie was promoted as a fun, sexy summer flick with a lot of skin and raunchy humor. It definitely has all of that, but much like tearaway clothing, Magic Mike has some hidden layers.

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