H2S: Anime/Manga Watch!!!!

So, this is an series I just heard about called, Terra Formars (Get it? Terraform Mars)

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Basically, Nasa sends roaches to mars in order to terraform it. Since roaches are one of the most adaptable beings on this planet, they figured by sending the roaches, they will mold to the surface of the planet (sunlight would cleanse the atmosphere and produce oxygen through the mold), the roaches that survive would eat the dead roaches (which they do all the time), and the process would slowly terraform mars (which is far-fetched, but plausible… in a sci-fictiony sorta way).

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So what didn’t the scientists think about when formulating this plan? EVOLUTION! And since this is one of the most adaptable and durable beings on earth, they didn’t factor in that the roaches would evolve into humanoid monsters. So, when earth finally decides to send a team, they are in for a huge shock!

From what I hear, this series is gruesome as fuck! The premise intrigues me, so I’ll check it out and come back with a reviewimage

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A Rant About The Demonization of Poor People in America.

I hate that in this country people have to apologize for being poor and hungry. I dont know person in their right fucking mind actually thinks that less than $600 a month can sustain a family? Same goes for social security! These programs were implemented to help people survive in this country that values capitalism over it’s own constituents. 

The majority of people on these programs are either old, disabled, or working a minimum wage job! No one complains when these corporations get government subsidies (handouts) and don’t have to pay taxes! “Well, that’s just being a good businessman.” No that is stealing!

It is appalling and disgusting that this country doesn’t even provide or promote the education, training, and wages necessary to even sustain a decent lifestyle! It sickens me to absolutely no end!

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Today’s Manga/Anime Recommendation: PARASYTE

OH SHIT! OH SHIT! OH SHIT!!!!!!!!! One of my favorite manga series has finally been made into an anime!

PARASYTE (1990 -1995)

Parasyte is a horror/sci-fi manga from Hitoshi Iwaaki. The story is about a parasitic alien race who invades earth in the guise of humans. The “Parsytes,” are small, slug-like creatures who bond with the human host by entering an orifice while they sleep. When they are fully assimilated, they become grotesque and fearsome creatures who consume human flesh to survive.

Fortunately, for our young protagonist, Shinichi Izumi, he just so happened to be wearing headphones when his parasitic host tries to enter his ear. Instead, the parasite burrows into his left arm to avoid detection. From there on out, Shinichi tries to cope with his new guest, while trying to prevent an alien invasion.

I stumbled upon this series in the early 2000’s. Being an avid horror manga fan, I was introduced to this series by an online friend. Suffices to say, I was hooked after the first volume. While reading this story, I immediately reminded me of, “John Carpenter’s The Thing” and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I remember the series being particularly gruesome. With extra details going into limbs being severed and eaten. The series did a good job of using body-horror, comedy, and suspense to keep the reader enthralled. So before the anime comes out later this year, read the manga!

Trailer:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x23qtd9_parasyte-pv_shortfilms%22

Manga:
http://www.mangareader.net/1415/parasyte.html

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Today’s Manga Recommendation: Masaaki Nakayama’s Fuan no Tane (Seeds of Anxiety)

Seeds of Anxiety is a great horror anthology by Masaaki Nakayama. Basically this book is a collection of short stories (sometimes just one page) designed to leave the reader very disturbed or paranoid. While you won’t find a deep narrative in this manga (some of the stories have little to no dialogue), you will be left with a complete sense of dread and nervousness. Constantly looking over your shoulder while you go to the bathroom. Or while you go to the kitchen at night for some water.

The images that Masaaki produces can be truly disturbing. Even more so, since there is absolutely no gore and barely any violence in these stories. With a completely minimalist approach, Masaaki has captured the true nature of psychological horror. This is manga horror at it’s best!

Read at night for even better effect! 
http://www.mangahere.co/manga/fuan_no_tane/

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Manga/Anime Recommendation: Prison School (Kangoku Gakuen)

Kangoku Gakuen (Prison School) by Akira Hiramoto, is the story of Hachimitsu Private Academy. A prestigious school where the Female to Male ratio 200 to 1. Enter the heroes of our tale: Kiyoshi, Jouji, Reiji, Shingo, and Takehito. Being the first boys accepted into the school seems to be a dream come true! Thousands of beautiful young women, ready willing, and able…

Unfortunately, this dream turns out to be a nightmare when they are arrested for being “peeping toms” by the Underground Student Council. A group of the smartest, most popular, and beautiful women on campus who run the school with an iron fist. Anyone who breaks the rules will be punished. And since these “boys” are the first on campus, they plan to crush their spirits and return this glorious institution back into an all-girls school.

The manga was created by one of my favorite Mangaka out there, Akira Hiramoto. Hiramoto won a number of awards for his brilliant series, “Me and the Devil Blues.” Based off of the life of the greatest blues man that ever lived, Robert Johnson. His artwork is (as always), spectacular. Second to none in my opinion. With every character beautifully drawn in amazing (and graphic) detail.

The story, while extremely perverse, is well written. Every character is fleshed out and unique in their own way. While there are plenty of anime/manga tropes in this manga (fan service, nosebleeds, perverted father, etc.), what makes this manga stand out is the comedic timing of the story. When reading this manga, I’m constantly reminded of old classic comedies like Animal House and Police Academy. The main characters put themselves in a variety of extreme situations to achieve their goals, which makes for an interesting and hilarious read. I highly recommend this manga!

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readyforthe-revolution:

disciplesofmalcolm:

Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture)

"Dr. King’s policy was that nonviolence would achieve the gains for black people in the United States. His major assumption was that if you are nonviolent, if you suffer, your opponent will see your suffering and will be moved to change his heart. That’s very good.

He only made one fallacious assumption: In order for nonviolence to work, your opponent must have a conscience. The United States has none.”

(Source: sukforhonesty, via lust-in-her-eyes)

Today’s Anime Recommendation: Satoshi Kon’s Paranoia Agent

Satoshi Kon’s Paranoia Agent

Paranoia Agent was the brainchild of the late, great Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Paprika, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers). This anime (for me at least) was one of the biggest mindfucks in anime history. It was extremely disturbing, dealt with very dark subject matter (group suicide, self-victimization, consumerism, etc), and was surprisingly very funny at times.

Essentially, the story is about Tsukiko, a famous character designer who is assaulted by a kid in roller blades that carries a bent, golden baseball bat. He continues his rampage, with each case becoming more and more random, having the police baffled as to who he is targeting exactly. The child, who appears out of nowhere and beats the living shit out of people is dubbed, Lil Slugger by the media. And it is the job of two police detectives, Keiichi Ikari and Mitsuhiro Maniwa, to find the truth.

This is a story of paranoia and insanity. How we let fear overtake us and ruin us. I highly recommend this anime classic!

Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBv42_TOmtA

The opening that still gives me the chills after all these years:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-anabfAg06U

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And even a bonus slide for any remaining queries:

Mod note: 

Feel free to erase this bit here if you reblog, but I just wanted to explain why I made this. Very recently I got into an argument online with a white woman about a film that executed a white savior trope. I explained all the things I found problematic in the film and why I thought it was racist, and she told me that I was both nit-picking and white-shaming. I was also called a hypocrite and a racist (against white people).

I could see that this white woman was set in her willful ignorance, and that any further arguing would only make me more frustrated and her more self-righteous. So instead, I made this (lovely, if I can so myself) powerpoint rather than metaphorically bashing my head against a brick wall in continuing a conversation with her. 

May this help you in all your efforts, even if it couldn’t help me in mine. 

- Jennifer 

P.S. So I don’t know if someone has made a powerpoint for racism before (I’m sure someone has), but I haven’t seen one. Please link it to us if you have! 

 

(via ebonysexologist)

Today’s Book Reccomendation is: Peter Clines 14

Today’s Book Reccomendation is: Peter Clines’ 14

What if you found an apartment in LA for under $600 dollars? I mean a decent apartment… in Hollywood… like with all utilities paid for. What would you do? 


Well, Nate did what any of us would do, he jumped on it! I mean, you can’t pass a deal like that up can you? Especially, if you have barely any money in the bank. This is obviously too good to be true!

The neighbors are nice (with the exception of a Jesus freak) and everything seems great, until he notices little things off in the building. Light fixtures are… off. Neighbors apartments are off. Green fluorescent roaches? Wtf is going on?!?!?

14 my favorite book of last year (it came out in 2012, but i just read it last year). It was a bestseller for 7 weeks, and with good reason. The book is genius! I was immediately caught up in the mystery of the building. So much so, that I found myself after the story, trying to see if the building was real. Low and behold… it was. 

Peter Clines does a brilliant job of bringing the characters to life; especially the building. You are transported into this world. I’m done writing about it,

READ THIS FUCKING BOOK NOW! If you are lazy, it is on audible. 
http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/14-Audiobook/B0089Y7K0M

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MOVIE RECOMMENDATION: FUNNY GAMES

Today’s movie recommendation is a excellent movie by Austrian film maker, Michael Haneke. This movie is actually a remake of his classic foreign film of the same name entitled, Funny Games.

Funny Games has gone down in history as one of the most brutal movies, yet, looks can be very deceiving (if you are smart enough, you’ll understand when you watch it). It is very psychological and disturbing. So heres the story: A rich, white, suburban family go to their vacation home for a wonderful family vacation! Little did they know that their world would be fucked over big time by a group of preppy home invaders. The home invaders incapacitate the father, gather the family in the living room, and proceed to place a bet with the family. They bet the family, that by the morning, they will be dead. Tween son and all.

From there, psychological torture ensues! The movie is brilliantly written and shot.  The acting is very good as well; with convincing performances by Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, and Brady Corbet. But, the person who steals the show is Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire, Hannibal). He is charming, funny, and extremely disturbing. I highly recommend this film!

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