Monthly Archives: February 2014

Proof Morike is a Hipster

I was talking with a friend the other day who tried to talk at length about The Walking Dead, to which I told him I did not watch it. He then proceeded to interrogate me as to WHY I did not watch The Walking Dead because it’s amazing and features zombies and some really badass women and so on and so forth. To which I told him my opinion of the first few episodes (“Manpain” which will be explained later) and he tried to assure me that my opinion should be otherwise. I mentioned being turned off by the hype, to which he called me a hipster.

This made me think that I should write a blog post about the other reasons I could be considered a hipster. So here is a proof giving you evidence that I am indeed a hipster on multiple levels but mostly relating to popular television. Or maybe I will prove that I am NOT a hipster. You decide (then say so in the comments).

Breaking Bad

I saw the first half of the first episode. It wasn’t very engaging in my opinion, and I hear the first season walks at a similar pace. Based on some commentary I’ve listened to, from a podcast and people’s discussions, the show mostly explores the morality of one Walter as he builds his meth empire. Honestly, I’m not very interested in that kind of story. I’m sure it does get super dramatic and there’s awesome character arcs and all that. I’m just not interested.

LOST

I was in college when this got huge. While I was interested in watching it at the time, I did not have a place where I could watch it to catch up. And then it ended and everyone complained about their questions not being answered and my interest fizzled out after that. Not immediately, mind you. I was a senior before I realized that I meant to watch LOST and never got around to it. And now LOST is not a high priority for me.

Game of Thrones

I don’t know where this hype came from. I am intrigued, but I do not want to invest in the waiting. I don’t want to wait for the next episode or the next season (or even the next book). So when the television series finally comes to an end, then I will watch it. By that time, it’ll probably be on Netflix steaming anyway.

The Walking Dead

I previously mentioned that I saw the first several episodes of this. My initial opinion is that it seems misogynistic. There’s a bigger focus on the male characters and their angst (previously mentioned “manpain”) and the women have to put up with a lot of shit from them. I told my friend I was not a fan of the scene where the woman got beat by her husband while doing laundry, and he said she gets so much more badass. Thinking about that, I have to ask, Why does the woman have to suffer from domestic violence in the first place? Why can’t she be awesome by default? Is there not a lady character in this show that does that (that appears early in the show’s life)?

And then my brothers keep pushing it on me, which helps their cause not at all. You are free to spoil this show for me. I really don’t care.

The Hunger Games series

This is a case of the “I was into it before it went mainstream.” Because I was. As a freshman in college, Stephenie Meyer wrote on her website that she picked up this one book and could not put it down, going so far as to read it in restaurants with her family. The book was The Hunger Games. So I got it and read it and fell immediately in love. I missed the release of the second book, but I was there for the midnight release of Mockingjay. Sadly, I have only read the final two books once, each when they were initially released. And then they made the movies and now I’m still super excited for them. No, my excitement did not die down with the mainstream media catching wind of it. I’m actually pretty psyched my brothers like something with a female lead. That’s actually something I would not expect from them.

Coffee

I worked as a barista for the better part of a year. Going into the job, I did not drink coffee. I tried coffee while working on the job, and I still don’t drink coffee coming out of it. I will probably try a sip of your coffee once in a while, just to see if I’ll like it this time around. Chances are I won’t.

Please do not try to force it down my throat. This goes with any of the above shows mentioned (minus the Hunger Games series). I am less and less likely to try something if someone pushes it on me. If you want me to try something, let me come into it on my own (i.e. my attitude with Game of Thrones). It’s the best way to do things.

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Best Winter Olympic Sports to Watch

These are according to sleepy Morike who finds snowboarding kind of boring and used the family’s phone data streaming Olympic coverage at work.

1. Hockey

fight fight fight fight fight fight fight

aww, fighting’s not allowed. Puck.

2. Alpine skiing

The woman commentator for the women’s knows her shit. I love her because of her knowledge. And skiing.

3. Figure skating short program

Especially the men’s. This is in no way related to Yuzuru Hanyu or that 31 year-old Russian skater. Not at all.  Nope.

4. Speed skating

I don’t care if you’re a man or woman, I will oogle your huge thigh muscles from the couch and covet your skates.

5. Ski jumping

It goes something like this:

nyoooooooooommmmmm swoo! fliiiiight

And now is Morike’s bedtime. Good night!

Morike Recommends Anime

Dudes! It’s been, what, a year? I should get better at writing for this blog. My inattentiveness aside, I’m here to recommend some anime. Buckle up, readers, because no where in this post will you see the words Fullmetal Alchemist again. All links take you to the show’s page on their respective streaming sites.

Norigami

We’ll start with one that currently airing in Japan. Norigami is about a god who does miscellaneous errands for humans for 5 yen a piece. He’s saving up enough for a shrine in the middle of the city where he can be pampered by acolyte spirits. It’s hilarious, beautifully animated, and available for streaming at Funimation.com.

No. 6

This one has been out for a year or more. I consider it a well-executed dystopian love story even though there are a few holes in the plot (I understand the white hair, just not the pink spiral thing). Not much to say about this, but that’s all it needs. Watch this one on Crunchyroll.com.

Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East

The plot for this one is complicated. Most of the story encompasses dudes who have been touched by spirits in some way and the magnificent thing that is supposed to happen when they’re finally reunited. I love the creepy black eyeball; it serves no purpose. Catch it on Crunchyroll.com.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

In order to be a magical girl to protect humanity from witches, Madoka has to make a wish. But she is faced with a question that would be hard for anyone to answer: what do you want so much you’d die for it? Like you’ve probably heard, it knocks standard magical girl tropes on their heads. And the only annoying fanservice moment is in the opening credits, which I always skip after episode 3 or so. Watch the whole thing on Crunchyroll.com.

Zeta Gundam

Gundam is its own genre. We have a teenaged main character with an indirect link to the local military base making the latest mobile suits that will inevitably be stolen in the first two episodes. What sets this one apart from the rest? Our main character has a spunk. Who the hell steals a gundam to get petty revenge? I was able to see the first several episodes on Daisuke.net.

The Devil is a Part-timer

Few things are more hilarious than the drop from evil warlord to perky service worker. Just before the Devil is about to take over the world, a hero strikes him down, sending him to through a dimensional gate to modern-day Tokyo. Magicless and poor, the Devil takes a part-time job at MgRonald’s to make ends meet until he can figure out a way back to his dimension. Watch the entire show at Funimation.com