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Last year I was a bad kitty. I didn’t keep up with the blog. This year is going to be different. There will be a new structure to the blog, with three weekly articles and a bunch of revolving monthly blogs. That way things are more consistent for you, the reader.

(Hope no one is offended by the graphic below.)

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Weekly

Wednesday – Life in a Box – Talking about geeky memories and emotions.

Friday – Card Shark – Weekly card spot light. How to use it, how it’s broken, or just how it’s awesome.

Sunday – Movie Time – Reviews, coming attractions, old movies

Monthly

What’s in the box?! – What we’re doing and where we’ll be.

Casual Time – Casual games I enjoy.

Brick by Brick – Talking about Legos… and sometimes Mega Blocks.

The Sandbox – Anything at all.

Toy Box – Toy reviews

Breaking Down 2015

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Some amazing movies and games came out this year. If you haven’t played Fallout 4 yet, or Santa thought you ordered Fallout 3, you are missing out. You need to save up the $60.00 and go get it. It’s $49.99 on the Steam Sale right now. They’ve made major changes that allow you to build settlements and craft items easier. You have a home base but it can be customized. It’s also work the investment to buy the guide, which was only $18.00 when I bought it two days ago. Animal Crossing also came out with a spin off game called Happy Home. It’s fun if you like grindy games with no end. I’ll write more about these two later. Rock Band 4 came out. We’re finally getting to play it tonight… hehe.

LEGO! How could you lose the TMNT license to Megablocks? Seriously, why did your stuff have to suck so much for that franchise when everything else was amazing. ( Side note: the Back to the Future car… also terrible.) Lego did a great job this year on their Friends, Elves, Disney, City and Star Wars lines but kind of dropped the ball on a few other licenses they were holding. The Jurassic Park sets were amazing but they had a hard time keeping up with demand. This left a lot of collectors flapping in the wind. The architecture line has been amazing the past few years but this year they didn’t do their big box of all white blocks. Color me disappointed. This is a Christmas time set that they release only in Lego stores. It wasn’t release this year but they did a smaller box. I have to give Megablocks their dues though. They came out with some really great looking historical military sets and Call of Duty brand Zombie sets.

Tanto Cuore, I love you. I will never leave you… EVER. I can’t wait for OktoberFest to come out. I had the good fortune to volunteer with Japanime Games this summer. It was amazing and I can’t wait for the conventions to start up again this year. Luckily they had demo sets to show people for Pre-Orders and Previewing. The game introduces a new mechanic, beer cards, which affect your ability to play certain cards. It’s going to be a lot of fun. If you want a GOOD FUN card game for 4-5 people, keep an eye out for it. They should be shipping them out in the new year. Also, they have an associated company called Kamikaze games. They produce Barbarosa, which is an irreverant, sexy, World War 2 card game. You really have to be a good sport to play this because they base it off real battles, so… you sort of play as an invading Nazi army, featuring chibi sexy Hitler. It’s a great game though. There is a version of the game that has historical photos instead of the Ladies if that makes you feel more comfortable. ( I like the Anime version.) They also have several other new games coming out. One is called Gods Gambit, which they let me try out when I was at Kumoricon! I’m looking forward to Gods Gambit so much. It’s an Uno Style game. It will be a great fast game you can play with your buddies at a party. The art is really interesting too. I have some photos, I’ll dig out later and write about it in depth.

Cell phone games… well… If you didn’t play Alpha Bears, go work on that right now. They have made so many improvements to the game. They added a VS mode. They added a better system of replenishing coins. They’ve added seasonal, special event content. Kudos to Alphabear for listening to their users. It’s amazing. They are also developing a new game for Android in 2016.

Movies were really great this year. Do I even have to mention Star Wars? Holy Carps. Holy, holy Carps.

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Crimson Peak, Mocking Jay part 2, The Martian, Jurassic World were all pretty incredible movies. I hope Hollywood keeps up the momentum because so far all I want to see in 2016 is Civil War and Dead Pool. Hopefully, it will rev up quickly and not be an off year for movies.

That’s all for now. 2015 was a great year and 2016 is going to be even better. Happy New year!

2015

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Last week I posted about my wedding to Kane. My wedding dress was made by my Mother. She is supremely talented and has always made the most beautiful dresses for me. I still have some of my childhood dresses that were made by her hands. While I was recovering from pneumonia, my husband and I were devouring anime. We found Jellyfish Princess and I blew through the whole series in two and a half days. The show touched me. It made me think about my Mom and how much I love her. I don’t know what I would do without her in my life. I had to share this anime with her because I felt that it would speak to her on the same level it spoke to me.

So, I talked to her about Jellyfish Princess. I probably talked about it non-stop for a month. I also probably talked about it way more than I should have. Then I rewatched, several times. So what’s it about? (Warning: some spoilers ahead)

Tsukimi loves Jellyfish. She went to school for art but hasn’t found a job. Living in Tokyo, she moved into an all women’s building that is called Amamizukan. She spends her days hanging out with her friends and drawing jellyfish. They call the building the nunnary as a joke because all the residents are unmarried women, mostly in their 30’s. Tsukimi is the youngest, she’s only 18. One night on her way home, Tsukimi makes an unusual friend, Kuranosuke, who is one of the “stylish”. Everyone at Amamizukan are female Otaku and Fujoshi. They have their hobbies and they all work for Juon Mejiro, who is a yaoi manga artist that lives there with them. Kuranosuke helps Tsukimi save a spotted jellyfish from a local fish store when it’s put in a tank with a jellyfish that will kill it. After that, Kuranosuke keeps coming around, even after Tsukimi finds out Kuranosuke is actually a guy. Befriending Tsukimi, even against her wishes, he finds out that Amamizukan is being threatened with redevelopement and hatches a wild scheme. They are going to make jellyfish dresses and sell them! The money will be enough to buy the building and save it from being torn down. In the mean time, he’s also trying to help them all learn a few things about being stylish.

Tsukimi is always thinking about her Mother. She misses her so much because she died when she was a little girl. Her Mother used to take her to the aquarium and they would watch the jellyfish. Her Mother would say, when you are all grown up, I’ll make you a wedding dress that looks like a jellyfish. She also told her that every little girl grows up to be a princess. It’s sad, sweet and hits me right in the feels. Kuranosuke can relate because his Mother is not allowed to have contact with him. He happens to be the illigitamate son of a politician. He misses his Mother and her dresses. (/spoilers)

The anime and manga are written and drawn by Akiko Higashimura. She based the comic off her own office. The Amars, as they call themselves, being her single unwed assistants. The Manga artist is based on herself. The manga is a little different than the anime, but the heart of the story really comes through. The focus is on taking Tsukimi, learning to trust in her abilities and relying on her friend. Also, Kuranosuke wants to show her that everyone can be a princess. That is the same in both the manga and the anime.

Why did I share this with my Mom? I thought we could really bond over this anime. She made my dress, which sort of looks like a jellyfish. She loves fashion, I love Japanese fashion. Secretly, my Mother loves cartoons too.

We’re still working our way through the series together. We get together and watch an episode at a time. She can’t do marathon’s like Kane and I. That’s all  I care about though, spending time with her and relating on common levels. Even though she doesn’t understand some of the references, like one of the characters is obsessed with the Three Kingdoms, she gets most of the context. While we were watching the show, she actually mentioned how much the main character reminded her of myself.  Part of me already thought that and wanted her to watch it because I could see the comparison.

If you are looking for a short series, there are only 11 episodes take time on netflix to watch, Jellyfish Princess.