Manga Review: Pygmalion

Title: Pygmalion
Story & Art: Chihiro Watanabe
Rating: 4.5 / 5

At the National Local Mascot Festival, children all across Japan can meet their favorite local mascots. But as the festival gets underway, it becomes clear that what’s inside these costumes aren’t people – they’re something much darker, with a taste for human flesh. Amid the chaos spreading through the entire country, Keigo Ayahara, his little brother Makoto, and his friend Ako must now fight for their survival and their humanity.

I found out about Pygmalion from a fellow book blogger; Brunette Reads, and I am so happy that I found it.

It’s a gory, horrific, fast-paced thrill ride that keeps readers hooked enough to fly through its 19 chapters in one sitting.

It’s very short, like I said its only 19 chapters, and each chapter can probably be read in about 5-10 minutes, depending on how long you want to look at the artwork.


The story is pretty simple, and with only 19 chapters, there are no moments that feel out of place or part of a side story.

We follow Keigo Ayahara as he fights for survival in this now mass murdering mascot world.

That’s the brilliant part of the story too. We get very few moments that don’t follow Keigo or his group, because this story isn’t supposed to be about the entire world, or all of Japan where it is taking place. The story is meant to focus on one guy, and what he discovers and goes through during the killings.

I’m glad this story was so short, because I didn’t want a word-wide story. I didn’t want a huge world-ending survival story that takes hundreds of chapters to be resolved. I wanted a quick, down in the dirt story.


If you can handle kids being exploded into bits, heads being ripped off, and men being impaled by a giant mascot …thing… then this is the manga for you.

It hasn’t been turned into an anime yet, and I’m not sure it ever will, but I think living its life as a manga is worth it.

The artwork fits well with the story too. It’s scary, without being nightmare inducing. It’s graphic, without being sickening. It’s detailed, without being complicated or busy.


Overall, Pygmalion is a great read if you don’t mind the gore. I definitely recommend checking it out if you’re a manga fan.

What manga have you enjoyed recently, I’m always looking for more to read. Any suggestions? Let me know in the comments or on social media.
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Movie Review: 1917

Hello movie lovers, I hope you’ve seen this movie, because if you haven’t then you’re definitely missing out.

During World War I, two British soldiers — Lance Cpl. Schofield and Lance Cpl. Blake — receive seemingly impossible orders. In a race against time, they must cross over into enemy territory to deliver a message that could potentially save 1,600 of their fellow comrades — including Blake’s own brother.

I saw 1917 in theaters with my brother and dad, and I wish I had seen it sooner. It is a fast-paced thrill ride.

As you all know, I am a history buff, and love a good true story movie from the 20th century.

I find them interesting and riveting, and that’s not even to speak of the historical significance to the story.

This movie isn’t about the conflict between good and evil, it’s not about a soldier’s struggle in the heat of a major battle, or their fight for survival behind enemy lines.

It’s not like a lot of other war movies, because it is the two soldiers we follow on their race against time.

I heard this movie being compared to Saving Private Ryan, and I definitely agree. It has the same sense of stress and anxiety throughout the movie. It builds up, slowly, over time. It has moments of fleeting, and it has moments that hit you harder.


The thing that jumped out at me within minutes of this movie starting was the camera work. The entire movie looked like it was shot in one attempt.

I know that’s not true, but the way it was edited to look like it was one attempt really helped tell the story.

It’s almost poetic how perfectly the camera work fits into the movie itself.

These two soldiers only have one shot. One chance to make it across battlefields to warn their allies of their impending doom. One misstep, one wrong action, one hesitation could mean that nearly 2,000 troops die in a pointless assault.

That’s why the camera work is so fitting. The one shot so perfectly captures the journey they are taking to warn their allies.


People have been raving about how brilliant this movie is, and there are moments that I agree are gorgeous.

Some shots of the two of them running from a plane, running across a mortar hole, or traveling through an abandoned city using only the light from flares to find your way around.

These moments are breathtaking and it makes sense as to why the movie has such high praise.

There is one major issue I have with the movie though, and that is the ending.

I felt so unsatisfied with how it ended.

Not to spoil the ending, but what happens doesn’t evoke the emotions I think it intended to.

It felt empty and I didn’t really care. It didn’t have that emotional punch that I was hoping for.


Have you seen 1917, what did you think about it? Let’s talk about it in the comments.
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Movie Review: Ready Player One

Hello dear movie lovers, welcome to a Movie Review of Ready Player One. The book was written by Ernest Cline in 2011, and released in 2018 as a movie.

After the death of James Halliday, the creator of the virtual reality world, his pre-recorded message reveals the hidden fortune, which makes Wade Watts, a teenager, embark on a quest.

An action, adventure Sci-fi movie is something I will usually want to watch, and Ready Player One was on my list for a while.

I heard good things about it after it came out, but I kept pushing it back because I was never in the mood for it.

Well past me, I am blaming you for missing out on this movie, because it was truly something amazing.

At first, it was a movie I threw on in the background, but it didn’t take long at all before I was hooked.

The story: above average.
The nostalgia: awesome.
The Special Effects: jaw dropping.

Ready Player One’s story isn’t something new or overly interesting. We see the hero and his allies going on a journey to find the ultimate treasure.

We’ve seen the story before, and we will see it again and again. It’s not a bad story at all, but its not ground breaking.

Wade Watts dives into the Oasis to find the treasure left behind by a tech mogul. The treasure in question: shares equalling half a trillion dollars and complete control over the virtual reality world the Oasis.

It was an interesting enough story to keep me hooked, and I think that was all the movie needed; a simple story that is easy enough to follow.

Now let’s get to the nostalgia, because that was on a whole new level.

Some of it went over my head, because I was only a small kid when the movies would have come out, or I don’t get the same feeling of nostalgia as others when The Shining is referenced.

There was still plenty of references that I did understand, and many that were made about modern geek interests like Overwatch and Halo.

It was cool seeing childhood interests in a modern sci-fi movie being used in different ways. Whether it was the Delorean from Back to the Future, the Iron Giant, or even something simple like a Rubik’s cube.

Those were some of the more obvious call backs, but there were plenty of frames in the movie where you could pause it and see a half-dozen different “geek culture” references.

I’m sure someone has gone through the movie frame by frame to see all the nostalgic references, and I’m sure there are too many to count.

The visual effects were also something to be amazed by. When we are in the regular world, the effects were minimal but they were present as they are in any movie.

It’s when we got to step inside the Oasis that the effects took over.

Every inch of the screen was covered in special effects, and every inch looked spectacular.

The sheer number of different character designs, the environment, and the overall effects and feel to the movie were inspiring and beautiful.

I don’t know what beat it in the awards shows in that year, but this movie was more than worth it.

I mean it must have taken a lot of man hours to do each scene, and the movie is over two hours long.

As much as I enjoyed the effects, the ones that really stood out to me were the moments where it was entirely computer generated; like the cars being built around the players, the mecha-godzilla vs. Gundam fight scene, and even the player’s displays that would pop up.

Overall, I recommend this movie to anyone who likes an action movie and is older than 5 years-old. It is fun, exciting, and full of a lot of “ohh look its the ninja turtles” moments.

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TV Show Review: Chernobyl

Hello again dear watchers, and welcome to another TV show review. This week I am going to take a look at Chernobyl, a 2019 HBO original that was both awe inspiring and dreadful at the same time.


I watched Chernobyl over a number of months, which didn’t affect my review in any way, other than maybe benefiting it.

I knew the general story of Chernobyl because of being a history nerd, or at least I thought I knew about it.

It only took one episode, but I quickly learned how much I didn’t know about the event. I sat there with a sense of anxiety in my chest that I had never felt before. Even though I knew things ended up fairly okay after the event, I was stressed and worried over what was happening.

Most “based off of a true story” shows or movies are good because you probably haven’t heard of the true story, so it’s all new to you. In Chernobyl’s case, it’s a true story that I had heard about, but the show still managed to make me feel stress and anxiety during some scenes that weren’t that stressful.

That was the biggest reason I kept watching the show (other than my internal need to finish anything I start).

Whoever wrote the scripts for Chernobyl, my hat goes off to you because you did a fantastic job.


There was one emotion that I never felt during any of the six episodes, and that was happiness.

There was not one moment in the show that I was happy something had happened, or didn’t happen, and I think that was intentional.

There was nothing happy about that event, and the show did a good job of making viewers feel anything but.

There was moments of relief, where a big threat was overcome, but I wasn’t happy about it per se, because there was so much more going on that was awful.

The whole season you just feel a sense of dread hanging over you because of the pain, suffering, and death that is happening around the characters.

People are sent into areas that should kill them in an instant, others are climbing onto rooftops, knowing they will likely die, and pilots fly over radiated smoke, all right before your eyes.


I think what makes part of the show so dreadful, but captivating, is that I didn’t quite understand what radiation could do to someone.

I knew it could be harmful, and cause countless forms of mutations, diseases, and who knows what other health problems, but I never really understood the scale or the science to it.

Reading articles and watching videos after the fact, I know that what the show portrayed is different than what actually happened.

People didn’t really turn into fleshy goop people, but that’s what people who were involved with Chernobyl perceived them to be.

It was a terrifying event that nobody had ever seen before, and to a lot of people, the worst thing they had ever experienced.


Overall, I loved the show, and there wasn’t a whole lot wrong with it. I could nit-pick about small things here and there, but my only real issue was that it was in English.

I didn’t want British actors who looked like they were Russian, I wanted Russians that were speaking the language. I wanted to read the subtitles, I wanted to be submerged into the story more fully.

I’m not sure if that would have made the show better, worse, or not changed anything, but I think that the story deserved it.


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Book Review: Dungeons and Dragons Player’s Handbook

Hello again dear readers. I hope life is treating you kindly. This is a bit of an odd review today, because this book isn’t one a lot of people would probably read cover to cover, but that’s exactly why I thought I should review it for you today.

If you don’t play, or have any interest in Dungeons and Dragons, then this review might not be for you, but it might surprise you!

I am a huge fan of Dungeons and Dragons, and though I am no expert, and have only played a few small campaign, I love the roleplaying aspect to it all. I plan on coming out with a lot of Dungeons and Dragons content this year…so stay tuned!

Title: Dungeons and Dragons Player’s Handbook
Author: Wizards RPG Team
Illustrator: Various (but all brilliant)
Rating: 4.5 / 5

Obviously, the Player’s Handbook doesn’t offer much in terms of story, because it is a guide to creating a character for your Dungeons and Dragons campaign.

It’s got races, classes, magic, backstories, inventory, character traits, and so much more if you are willing to dive into its pages.

If you’ve ever seen the book, you know its not a book that would be easy to read cover to cover, but I have basically done that a few times.

Every time I create a new character, and I do that more often than I actually play the game, I flip through the book cover to cover finding new information and interesting bits of information.


The reason I love flipping through this book all the time is because of what my imagination does to the information.

Being a creative person, I love absorbing new ideas and turning them into my own.

The Player’s Handbook is filled with potential stories, characters, creatures, and worlds…all just waiting to be explored.

It doesn’t take long, while flipping through the book, to create a new character, write his story in your head, and see him leave for a quest to slay some evil monster.


I bought the Player’s Handbook the day after creating my first character, and I quickly create new characters the moment after I hear about a potential campaign.

It’s definitely a bad habit, but I don’t complain.

Sometimes I like to create characters out of the blue, giving them some cool backstory and motivations.

I don’t just use this book as inspiration to create characters for a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, but I use it as inspiration for story characters.

The Handbook has given me dozens of ideas for characters, magical items, and other ideas for the story I am slowly working on.

Its been a slow process, but Dungeons and Dragons has done a lot to inspire me to create some amazing characters for the book I will one day write.


The artwork in the Handbook is also something to be amazed by. Flipping through the book, you can find a piece of artwork on almost every page, and each of them are beautiful to look at.

Whether it’s a dwarf ready to smash someone with a hammer, a druid readying for battle while wearing her tiger cloak, or a wizard casting a powerful spell.

The artwork is detailed, and adds to the imagination drawn forth from the book. I love looking over the pictures and seeing a new detail every time.


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TV Review: The Mandalorian

Hello again dear readers, or I guess watchers in this case. Today’s TV Show review will be about the very popular Mandalorian show that aired on DisneyPlus.

I’ve been a bit hesitant with Star Wars content recently, and I was on the fence about whether I would like The Mandalorian or not. There was a lot of hype surrounding it, but that could have been Disney doing a hell of a job marketing it. It wouldn’t be the first time a show was overhyped and didn’t lead up to people’s expectations.

I borrowed my brothers DisneyPlus account the morning that each episode came out, and the longer the season went on, the faster I clicked on that episode.

I was hooked!

The show had everything I was hoping for, and had so few of the things I feared about it.

There was one reason I enjoyed it so much, and it is the same reason I loved Rogue One…there are no Jedi.

The Jedi ruin star wars for me. I don’t have an exact reason as to why that is, and I’ve tried to think of why I don’t like.

I think it is because of one simple aspect of storytelling.

Convenience.

Movie plots should not run off of conveniences. Random events should not happen in a story just for the sake of advancing the plot. That’s sloppy and bad storytelling.

When Jedi are involved, the Force often follows right behind them…and with the Force we get conveniences.

Now, Star Wars gets a bit of a pass with convenience because the Force tells them things are happening, or guides them to make certain decisions.


It annoys me when that happens, and the Jedi are the worst for it.

When there are no Jedi involved in a Star Wars movie or TV show, there are a lot less conveniences, and the story just becomes a great Space Action movie.


The Mandalorian is great because its a mix of different genres.

It has a bit of mystery, lots of action, a western feel to a lot of the episodes, some heist moments, and plenty of good gun fights.

There was so much going on in the show through its 8-episode run, but none of it feels out of place. The entire story is short, and a lot of people, including myself, wanted more.

A number of the episodes seemed to not contribute to the overall story much, and despite being great in their own right, sort of stood from the main story.

By the end of the story, we know they are all pretty well connected, but people still wanted more.

Its a bit greedy wanting more episodes, but I think we all know there will be future seasons.

The show was immensely popular, and the ending of the season leaves a bit of a cliffhanger for what’s coming up next.


In terms of the look and feel, the entire show is amazing. I don’t want to go too deep into the baby Yoda memes, or any of the characters, because I am sure you all have your opinions.

To keep it simple, I want to just talk about Mando himself.

I think he is a fantastic character, and Pedro Pascal does a fantastic job of portraying him.

There are plenty of characters that are well done through the show, but Mando stands out by a lot.

We follow his perspective almost the entire movie, and we get to see his story unfold before us.

Sometimes over ten minutes goes by before we even hear him speak, but it doesn’t feel out of place. You don’t feel wanting or like the show is missing dialogue…it seems completely normal.


Overall, I would give the show an 8.5. It had brilliant moments, and some beautiful looking shots, alongside the great acting.

My biggest complaint is just the story. It’s a bit lacking in real story depth, and we take a few too many steps away from the main story in such a short period of time.

Otherwise, there are no complaints, The show got me hooked nice and fast, and I cannot wait until Season 2 comes out.

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Movie Review: Rise of Skywalker

Hello my dear readers. Since I was lucky enough to go see the new, worldwide sensation that is Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker last night, I thought I would give you a review of it this morning.

Obviously, as it is just released in theaters, there is a SPOILER WARNING in effect!

If you don’t want to read spoilers about what happens in the movie, leave now. You continue reading at your own risk.


Going into Episode 9 of the Skywalker Saga, I didn’t have high hopes for the ending. Episode 1, 2 and 3 were good for story purposes, but not very good movies. Episode 4, 5 and 6 were good overall. Episode 7 was good, but just a rehash of 4…and 8 was just pointless in my opinion.

I had lost hope in the Star Wars world. There were so many things that just went wrong through all the movies that I didn’t really care any more.

Honestly, I think my biggest problem with the Star Wars world was the Jedi…but that’s a story for another day.


I was pleasantly surprised by Episode 9 though, and I have to say I enjoyed it thoroughly.

We know some time has passed since Episode 8, and Rey has grown stronger in the force. She is being trained by Leia, who finally has a reason for her Force Powers.

The Resistance is fighting the First Order, who has just received a message from the thought long-dead Emperor Palpatine.

We all know what needs to happen, we just don’t know how they are going to happen yet.


Well, some things might come as a surprise, while others might not.

I remember turning to my brother a few times during the movie pointing out different turn of events, and I can say that about half of them were right, while half of them were things that would have been a lot cooler than what the movie did.

For the focus of this review though, I want to talk about three different moments that made the movie good, before giving you a few issues I had with it.

The three topics are:
1. Kylo
2. Jedi
3. Po


Kylo has been the best part of the new trilogy. He is constantly at war with himself, battling between the Light side and the Dark side of the force.

Well he finally comes back to the light, and in that change of his internal feelings, he finally overcomes Darth Vader, the man he strived to be on the Dark Side of the Force.

He turns on the Emperor and the Final Order, helping Rey defeat him, before bringing her back to life.

Kylo wanted nothing more than to be the next Darth Vader. A true beacon of evil. Darth Vader couldn’t bring back his loved one from Death, which was a major catalyst to his turn to the Dark side. Kylo, in his pure act of selflessness, gives his life for Rey, bringing back his love from Death, something Vader could never do.

I like to think this is an irony in the Force. The act of bringing someone back from the dead is a selfish act, bringing them back to live beside you. It is a very Dark side desire, but it is only in the selfless act of the Light side, giving your life for another, that can truly bring them back.


For the Jedi as a whole, I disagree with what a lot of them believe in. You’re not supposed to have attachments, or feelings, or possessions. There is sense in their beliefs, but their beliefs are unreasonable.

The Sith belief in anger and hatred takes an opposite viewpoint, but theirs is also wrong.

What’s nice is that we get Rey’s way of the Force, and of being a Jedi. She hates herself for using the Dark side, but doesn’t follow the beliefs of the Light side.

She seems to find a sense of balance between the two, with more of a focus towards the Light if anything.

Plenty of people want the Grey Jedi to be real, and Rey would be a candidate if there was ever one.

She isn’t raised under the normal conventions of Jedi, and it is because of that, that I enjoy her beliefs so much. She’s not held to their strict rules, and the Jedi she experiences during the movie don’t force her either.

They understand what has happened, they understand what things have become, and they guide her to the path she needs to go.


Finally Po. I hated Po until this movie. He was arrogant, selfish, and not a very smart commander in the Resistance. In any normal army, he would not be given much responsibility, but he is acting General when Leia dies halfway through the movie.

He finally understands his what it takes to win, to survive, and to lead. I wouldn’t say he makes or breaks the movie, but he is a nice added touch. It’s nice seeing his growth as a character, and his self doubt.


If I had to pick something wrong with this movie, it would be the plot holes. None of them are major. A few character’s lineages come to question, a few Force powers we never learned of before, and a dash of relationship statuses that we are confused about.

Other than that, it’s rather enjoyable. We are left wanting to know more about Rey’s parentage.

We know she is a Palpatine, we just don’t know who her grandmother is…because bless whatever woman would want to parent a child with the Emperor.


A few last notes.

The Emperor’s return was something I was not excited about at first, but the movie does it so brilliantly that it doesn’t feel out of place at all.

I would give the movie an 8 out of 10 overall.

Assuming it is the end. I want this saga to be over with. I want no mention of these people ever again. I don’t want to hear Skywalker, or Emperor, or Resistance ever again.

I don’t want future stories to follow the same story that we’ve heard since the first movie. All 12 movies have focused on this time period, and I don’t want any more of it.

There’s dozens of old-canon books to follow, stories to tell, and movies to make, and I hope we get to explore the greater Star Wars world. Maybe we get a movie trilogy about the start of the Jedi, or about a Jedi hundreds of years after Rey (possibly) restarted the order.


Overall it is a good movie, and I definitely recommend seeing it if you have any interest in the Star Wars storyline at all.

It is a nice end to the story, and wraps things up rather well.