(Warning: most of this was written while drunk.) January got off to an unparalleled start in terms of media—I was handing three-plus scores out the wazoo. This more or less came to an abrupt stop when I started dedicating every waking hour to pony videos (not necessarily on purpose, it just sorta overtook my brain). I keep feeling like I’ve left something off the list, because it felt like I took in more media at the end of the month than I have listed, but it’s likely that I was just so busy with ponies and working on my upcoming Top 100 songs list and watching Game Grumps and shit that I just didn’t see that much new stuff.
This month’s media consumption was definitively characterized by my schedule. For the first two and a half weeks of December, my friends and I were constantly recording videos for our Gamecube Chats series; and as a result, a huge amount of the media I consumed this month was Gamecube games. A lot of them I didn’t get to play in-depth, so they’ll be falling in at the bottom section of this post.
Besides Gamecube games, there will also be an assload of Disney movies, because of Brandon and I running our Disneycast series. There are a decent number of comic books too, thanks to our continued cultural exchange, though not nearly as much as there would’ve been if not for Gamecube Chats. All of this leaves the post feeling like a big advertisement for the rest of my shit.
This was my busiest month ever, with a slam-packed November holiday schedule leaving me at work or asleep way more than I’d have liked. I also did a lot of rewatching and stuff, so in this post I’ll be including media which I’ve already seen, or am continuing to watch, which I didn’t cover before. (For instance: MLP is back, but wasn’t on when I started the journal, so I’ll be talking about it here; but I won’t talk about the still-running Game Grumps, because I talked about it in September.)
My blog is all over the place now, ain’t it? I’m doing a book review! A non-anime-related one, too, though there’s a degree of weeb-ness in Brent Weeks’ The Way of Shadows. One of his fictional countries outright uses Japanese names and architecture, and the secret society of assassins that run shit in the main city are called “the Sa’kage,” with an accent mark over the “e.”
When my brother read this book, I thought, “Assassin’s Creed,” but it’s far from that. It technically isn’t even about assassins. Hilariously, the book’s blurb features the sentence, “for Durzo Blint, assassination is an art.” Durzo is actually a wetboy—a step up from an assassin in that he can use “the Talent” (read: magic) to be more awesome. Durzo is ultra-elitist (but only a bit pretentious) about this, and hates being called an assassin. His first lesson to the main character, his apprentice, Kylar, is that, “killing is not an art.” Well.