Anime Jungle Experience

I am going to be quick on this post. Today was my unofficial, or unhappy birthday today and for this day, my family took me on a trip to Little Tokyo. They know that I love anime and manga and my fascination on Japanese culture. Little Tokyo was an exciting place to go. In a funny way, it was like being in actual Tokyo from Japan. My family and I went to the Anime Jungle, also known as the Entertainment Hobby Shop Jungle. I went to three stores and I bought something from each one. I got my first ever Pop! figure of Kirito from Sword Art Online, two manga books of Rosario Vampire Season 2, and a Tobi mask from Naruto Shippuden.

My actual birthday is on March 28th!

Mystery Blogger Award

I want to thank Capili Jiron of Artist by Beauty for another nomination of this blog award. She’s an awesome blogger and please visit her if you want to talk about games and anime. 🙂

Rules:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. List the Rules.
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  6. Answer five questions from the nominee.
  7. Nominate anywhere from ten to twenty bloggers.
  8. Notify the bloggers by leaving a comment on their blog.
  9. Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, including one weird or funny question.
  10. Share the link to your best post.

3 things about me:

  1. I am the only one in my family who keeps track on what movies are being released on theaters. I enjoy watching movies.
  2. Whenever I play video game by myself, I usually get mad or talk to myself whenever things get difficult in the games.
  3. People mistake me for being Italian but I am actually Hispanic

Capilli Jiron’s questions:

1. Where do you really want to travel in the world?

I would like to explore Japan. It would be awesome to see the culture and experience the home of the anime lifestyle.

2. What is one goal that you would love to achieve by the end of this year?

I would like to make money out of my blog, make it a self-hosted site like my other blogger friends.

3. If you could have a super power, what would you choose?

I would like to have ghost powers like the cartoon series Danny Phantom. I would be able to fly, turn invisible and make things intangible.

4. If you could speak another language fluently, which language would you choose?

I would like to either speak Japanese or Russian. If Japanese, I want to sound like Marth from Fire Emblem or Genji from Overwatch. In Russian, I would like to talk like Viktor from the English Dub of Yuri on Ice.

5. Which type of fruit best represents you, and why? (haha my weird question).

I think the fruit that represents me is strawberries. I like eating strawberries lol. My hair is pretty short and the leaf parts of the strawberry is short as well. I think my face is also a little bit angular too.

My top 5 questions!

  1. If you were in a story, would you like to be a good guy or bad guy (or good girl or bad)
  2. Are you night owl or early bird?
  3. What is one movie you feel is a guilty pleasure?
  4. What’s your favorite superhero?
  5. What would you rather have, wings and fly anywhere or the power to rewind time?

Top 10 Nominations

  1. Moonid
  2. Emon Yagami
  3. Stephen K.
  4. bubblechristea
  5. shoujo ramen
  6. Regina5000
  7. Diana Marcos
  8. Sam Brewer
  9. Mikasa Blogs
  10. cherry

 

The Versatile Blogger Award *Anime Edition*

I want to thank Capili Jiron of Artist by Beauty for giving me a another blog award. After you finish read this post, go check out her amazing site and show her your love and support! She’s an amazing blogger who likes anime and video games and if you like that, go follow her.

Rules:

  1. Display the award.
  2. Thank the person who gave this award (and include a link to their blog.)
  3. Share seven things about yourself.
  4. Nominate bloggers.

For this award post, I am going to do something different. I will share 7 things related anime that concerns me. I am an anime fan and I will be sharing 7 things that interest me and anything Japanese related topics.

1. My original Big 3 was Dragon Ball Z, Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokemon. This was before I saw One Piece, Bleach and Naruto.

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2. When ever I listen anime song, I can get addicted and listen to the song multiple times until I find a new one.

3. I always prefer watching anime in English Dub.

4. I got into Bleach because I keep hearing the anime was popular in my magazine Shonen Jump (before they went digital and I paid for print magazines). Back then, I stuck on Dragon Ball Z, One Piece and Naruto. In my magazine, they kept Bleach was great and it was then I decided to watch the first episode on Adult Swim and I fell in love with the show.

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5. My favorite anime to watch on Adult Swim (Not Toonami back then. Adult Swim showed late anime) was the classic Fullmetal Alchemist anime and Inuyasha.

6. My favorite Yu-Gi-Oh is the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! (Yugi Muto).

7. My favorite anime video games growing up was the Dragon Ball Z games.

7 nominations

  1. Shoujo Thoughts
  2. Soniarronict
  3. Sakura Daisuki
  4. Inkling Infornography
  5. Otaku in My Veins
  6. JAPANime Talks
  7. Otaku Kyokai

Video Game Tag

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I want to thank Gamers UnitedGG Blog for tagging me for this video game tag. Unlike most tag posts, I will be sharing you my video game side. Besides watching anime and watching movies, I love to video games. Once you are done, go check out their blogs for more video game posts and nerd topics.

Rules:

  • Thank & Tag the Blogger
  • Answer the Questions
  • Tag Other Bloggers (Your choice on the number of challengers)

Questions:

  • What is your favorite video game genre (I.E. RPG, FPS, MMO, etc.).

I like video games such as action adventure series and with a great story. Games like Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts, Batman Arkham games are my type of games. I like games where I feel like I am hero and part of an epic story.

  • Which system do you prefer to game on?

Currently Playstation 4. I like the Nintendo games and systems but I mostly play Playstation games. I am part Sony and Nintendo.

  • Who is your favorite video game character?

I think my favorite character would be Noctis Lucis Caelum from Final Fantasy XV. Noctis is an awesome main character with awesome abilities. He is also a cool chilled guy who also cares about his friends. I also respect him and sympathize him on his duties in the game.

  • Which game do you believe has the best plot?

I think the game with the best story would be the Batman Arkham games ( I haven’t played Origins). I enjoyed interacting with the characters, good and evil, and feeling like I am Batman.

Personally

  • What game gave the most hype but didn’t deliver?

Personally, the one game that got too much hype was Sonic the Hedgehog 2006. Back when the PS3 and Xbox 360 were barely released and when E3 released the trailer for Sonic 06, my friends in school were all excited to play the game. Unfortunately, once I got a PS3 and got this game, I was disappointed. The game was awful.

  • What game are you waiting for?

Currently, I am waiting for Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake.

  • If you were taken to an island and  forced to only play 3 games, which 3 games would you choose?

The three games I would be willing to play would Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, Final Fantasy XV and Transformers: Devastation.

  • Which games do you feel have the best replay value,

I am already fanboy and everyone knows what I will say but I think Final Fantasy XV has the best replay value. The game has a huge open world environment and it has many missions and items ready to be explored. You can also fish for all kinds of fish or help Ignis collect recipes.

  • Name 1 Game that you think everyone should play?

I say either the Uncharted games, or Kingdom Hearts series. They both have a likeable main characters and the gameplay is pretty easy to follow.

  • What game did you grow up on?

I think I grew up playing the classic Super Mario Bros on the NES and Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Game Gear.

  • Which game would you like to see come back?

In my opinion, I feel like Jak and Daxter should come back. I really like Naughty Dog’s games and after hearing Crash Bandicoot coming back for this year, I was hyped. It stinks even after years, they are still making Ratchet and Clank games but Jack and Daxter games.

Nominations (I am just going to list only 5)

Otaku Gamer Zone: https://otakugamerzone.com/

Another Gaming Day: https://anothergamingday.wordpress.com/

The Anikatsuki: https://theanikatsuki.wordpress.com/

Mahddboy: https://mahddyboy.wordpress.com/

Archi-Anime: https://heyitszel.wordpress.com/

Happy Valentines Day everyone!

Happy Valentines Day bloggers and anibloggers. This post will be short and simple post to say thank you for the love and kindness you given me. Valentines Day is the special holiday that people celebrate to show how much they care for each other. In America, we see this as a time of romance in the air and couples spend together, while singles like me are left with no plans.

To be honest, this post is last minute; I never actually had any special plans to do a Valentine’s Post. I actually woke up feeling sad and hurt. I felt hurt because I know that I am single and no matter how much I try to numb my pain and joke around being lonely, the pain keeps coming back. However, I woke up with Valentines chocolates on my bed in which my mother gave me. Doesn’t matter how old I get, my mother also shows her love and bring me something sweet. After I opened up my Twitter, I got some messages telling me Happy Valentines Day. It felt pretty good have friends from different places in the world to say Happy Valentines Day.

Valentines Day doesn’t have to be about romance, it could be about showing love to the ones that make you happy. It could be best friends, online friends or even family that brings you joy. I am blessed to have friends and family who think of me important. Don’t ever feel unloved. If you need love now, I will give it to you.

Anyway, Happy Valentines Day. Sorry if this sounded depressing. God bless your days. Here is some video game songs which makes my heart throb.

2016/2017 Tag!

I want to thank Capili Jiron of Artist by Beauty for tagging me for this 2016/2017 Tag! She tagged me for this tag. Feel free to check out her blog and say hello! Without a further ado, let’s begin this Q/A

1.Describe your 2016 in 3 words.

  1. Amazing 2. Tragic 3. Conclusion

2. Write the name of 2 people that have characterized your 2016.

I can’t think of actual people to characterize 2016. Instead, I will use fictional characters instead. Please bare with me. These are 2 people that characterized my 2016. If it was for the United States, it would be Donal Trump and Hillary Clinton.

3. Write the most beautiful place you’ve visited in 2016 and why you liked it so much.

June Lake in California. June Lake, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful places to go if you want to go camp and fish. The weather was cool and refreshing. If we could, my family and I would like to go to Yosemite National Park.

4. Write the most delicious food you’ve tasted in 2016.

Out of the food I ate in 2016. It’s either a tie between my dad’s homemade BBQ ribs and Chicago Pizza.

5. Write the event which has marked you more of this in 2016 (even global event).

My graduation from University. This event was very impactful in my life more than ever. After four years of studying in English in college, I received my Bachelors Degree!

6. Write the finest purchase you’ve made in this 2016, and if you want link a photo.

The best purchase I made for myself was actually in early 2016 when I preordered the video game Final Fantasy XV Deluxe Edition.

7. Write 3 good intentions for this 2017.

  1. Refreshing 2.Brand new 3. Improved

8. Write 1 place you want to visit in 2017.

Yosemite National Park

9. Write 1 plate/food you want to eat in 2017.

I doubt it will happen but I would like to try Dango.

Nominees

  1. odell01
  2. Sorajin
  3. Heyitszel
  4. cherry
  5. Teejay-kun
  6. sebbo12
  7. Expensive Rainbows
  8. Kyoriginal28
  9. Pinky’s Palace

Your Questions

1. Describe your 2016 in 3 words.

2. Write the name of 2 people that have characterized your 2016.

3. Write the most beautiful place you’ve visited in 2016 and why you liked it so much.

4. Write the most delicious food you’ve tasted in 2016.

5. Write the event which has marked you more of this in 2016 (even global event).

6. Write the finest purchase you’ve made in this 2016, and if you want link a photo.

7. Write 3 good intentions for this 2017.

8. Write 1 place you want to visit in 2017.

9. Write 1 plate/food you want to eat in 2017.

Good evening, Good night and Goodbye!

OWLS Discussion: Bleach – A “Disruptor” in the anime and real world

Jan 2nd

“To disrupt” has a negative denotation, but rather than looking at the verb in a negative light, we are going to use the verb in a positive way. It’s like the word, “protest” which has positive and negative connotations depending on the perspective of the person.

Disruptors: An individual or a group disturbing a system or social norms/conventions that they believe is destroying what is morally right.

(Possible spoilers if you haven’t been caught up with Bleach)

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2017 Goals: Matt-in-the-Hat in the future

Hey everyone, this is Matthew of Matt-in-the-Hat. I don’t think I needed to introduce myself but I still did it to have a proper introduction. 2016… this has been a crazy year. We had events happened all over the world and even us. Most of these events were either good and some were bad. If I was to write a list of good and bad things of 2016, there would be more than two parts of this post. I won’t go into details but I guess you could say that we some interesting moments, some were major and others were minor. As we say goodbye  to 2016, we will go through many changes for 2017. Some maybe good, while others get the other end of the stick. For me, my life has been a roller coaster.

I recently graduated from my University and ended with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Writing, I had two jobs working from full and part time for the season, I saw some amazing movies from Marvel and DC, my sister got proposed and will be getting married in January, and my brother has the skills to play the piano.

As my life gets busy, I have to ask myself, what about my blog? Will it remain the same or will it also evolve? I took some time to think about and I came up some ideas on what to do. I actually have ideas I want to try out for my blog. I want to go far in my blog and try to do new things. I wanted to do a top 5 or 10 post but I decided that this will be just a top posts without limitations.

Reviews – Spoiler Alerts!

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If you have been reading my blog, you will notice how I review anime. Whenever I review anime or manga, I always mention that I will not spoil the story/plot. I avoid spoiling a series so I don’t have to take away the pleasure of watching or reading a series. The only exception is if I am reviewing something that’s a season 2 or some other form of sequel.

My plans for 2017 is start review anime/manga with spoilers. I think spoiler reviews will make discussions much easier to talk about and it will be easy for people to let people know which posts are spoilers and which ones are not. I believe this will also make reviewing a series easy to do because I won’t have to hold back on information. Also pn the plus side, I will have an excuse to reread or watch a series again multiple times.

Interviews

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This idea first came up after I had an interview with Anime Girls NYC. She interviewed me and wanted to share everything about me to everyone else. When I first got interviewed, I was really surprised. I never thought anyone would be interested in knowing me. I am just a average blogger who loves anime, manga and video games. The fact someone was interested in me made me feel special. With this moment, I always felt like getting to know know other bloggers out there. I enjoyed watching livestreams from Lita and I like learning about Shay of Anime Reviewer Girl. It could be written or talked but I think it would be nice to get to know people better if I had a moment of time to have a one and one discussion.

First Impressions

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This is another idea I want to do in regards to doing anime or manga reviews. I want to try and do it fast reviews on series and give my opinion. If it’s good, I will say “continue on”, if it’s not, I will think of something depending on how the beginning is. For all we know, a series with a bad start could end with a great ending or a series with a great beginning can have a terrible ending. Overall, I want to do Episode 1, chapter 1, volume 1 or 1-hour impressions.

Reviewing REALLY long series

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The anime series I ever reviewed that was longer than 24-26 episodes was Rurouni Kenshin. Rurouni Kenshin anime had a total of 95 episodes. Besides that anime, I think we familiar with the Big 3, One Piece, Naruto and Bleach (this is the Big 3 I know). I want to talk about long-going anime series like One Piece or whatever you think it too long and still going . Almost like my First Impression idea, I was thinking of watching the first season of anime and then give my opinion on it. Anime like Fullmetal Alchemist and Bleach that has an ending will be treated like Rurouni Kenshin: watch from beginning to end.

Anime Haul!

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I recently shared this on Twitter but I recently bought the Kill la Kill Omakase Box on the Christmas sale at Rightstuf.When I got this treasure chest filled with goodies, I was excited. I held it like a greedy pirate and hid it from everyone. This box contain the Kill la Kill goods for any fan that wanted to hold one. Well, you get the picture. I want to review anime box merchandise like Omakase and Loot Crates.

Recommendations

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To make my reviews more interesting, I was thinking about recommending other titles. If an anime/manga series is good, I would recommend other titles to help people continue to enjoy the taste of a good series and help save them from feeling empty of not having anything to see. If a series is bad, I would recommend a title that you are better off seeing; this can help save some time.

YouTube – For game reviews

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Many of you may not know this, but I have a YouTube channel and I use to record gameplay videos from PS4. I don’t think I am planning to do anime reviews on YouTube or any other topic or discussions. I do have in mind of showing off the gameplay of a video game to support my video game reviews. It won’t be good as watching other gamers but it’s something and you don’t need to worry about side conversations. You just watch.

Making Money!

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Just like other bloggers, I want to be able to make money on my blog. I enjoy writing and I think it will be nice to see my work being paid off. This would mean, you will have to remove any ad block plug-ins to help me out. I may also try to sign up for anime affiliate programs such as Rightstuf or Otaku Mode.

So far these are my goals for 2017. I want to make Matt-in-the-Hat a super, awesome blog. I may not be able to complete them all but I want to make it even better. Thank you for reading and let’s see where 2017 leads us!

My Dream Loot Crate – A Loot Crate Idea

Hello everyone, this is Matthew I hope everyone had a great Christmas vacation. In this post, this will be different. This is not a review or news of sort. Instead, I decided to write post about my ideal create for the pop culture subscription team Loot Crate. Loot Crate is a subscription service where people pay for a subscriptions for a themed crate filled with goodies based on themes. Subscribers could get a crate filled with specific anime merchandise (Loot Anime) or other stuff like for pet lovers (Loot Pets), video games (Loot Gaming) or just the usual standard version filled with random goods like comic book and gaming Loot Crate.

This post was inspired by TwoHappyCats and her post “My Dream Loot Crate“. In her post, she wrote about her idea create called “Home is here the anime is”. She explains that she named this theme because she will be moving town and state and she wants some anime goods for the new home. According to her blog, here is what Loot Crate says:

“Ever dream about designing your own monthly subscription crate? Well, your dream might could become a reality. Loot Crate, the pop culture subscription service for geeks, gamers, and fans alike, wants to know what people would do if they could put together their dream subscription crate.”

Also I heard from this tweet from Kauses of Otaku Gamer Zone’s Twitter this morning:

Anyway, enough jibber jabber, let’s start this dream crate!

I AM NOT SPONSORING FOR ANYTHING OR ANYONE! Just like TwoHappyCats, this is just a rough idea for my dream crate and this post is not intended to sponsor any company. This is just a Dream Loot Crate Post!!!

The Theme – Bloodthirsty

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The theme for this dream crate is “Bloodthirsty” and it will contain anime and manga related-titles. At first I wanted to create a crate filled anime in regards to adventure or Shonen titles, but I though it would be interesting to have a crate filled with anime filled with titles known for blood, gore and eeriness. It would be like opening “Pandora’s Box”. I am not much of a violent guy but I think we all have moments where we just want to let loose and embrace our rage. They say, it starts with the quiet ones haha.

Tokyo Ghoul Mask

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This was something I wanted for Christmas. I got a T-shirt instead but I am happy on what I got. For this crate, I think Ken Kaneki’s mask from Tokyo Ghoul should be included in this crate. I found this mask online from Hot Topic and I think this looks epic. I have seen the main character Kaneki used this mask only a little bit in Season 1 and I thought it made him look intimidating. If anyone is familiar with Tokyo Ghoul, you would know that this anime is violent and filled with hungry ghouls.

Akame ga Kill! Esdeath T-Shirt

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This shirt image I saw interesting from the Sentai Filmworks site. I have a question, if Esdeath is known as the hottest character in the anime, would she be called hot or cold because of her ice powers? Either way, Esdeath is a very powerful antagonist in the violent anime Akame ga Kill! and she exceeds in both skills and looks. Like most of the crates, subscribers will be able to get free T-shirts. I think it would be cool to see this shirt added with my ideal crate. Esdeath proves that even the most beautiful woman can be also be the most feared, and scary human on earth.

Rosario Vampire keychain cross

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Aside from the violent girls in Akame ga Kill!, some girls can be dangerous and cute. I am huge fan of Rosario Vampire and I think the Cross Necklace should be included in this Bloodthirsty Crate. I found this at the Rightstuf website. In Rosario Vampire, one of the girls named Moka Akashiya is a vampire and she is seen wearing this cross on her neck. This cross is a seal tto prevent her inner vampire from letting lose. However, when other monsters try to get her or her friends, these monsters end up getting their butts whooped by her dark side. This little lady needs blood.

Hellsing Ultimate Notebook

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Ever want to keep track on how much you spent, or how many you killed, or just want to keep track on your ideas? If so, this is a need. From the OVA series Hellsing: Ultimate, this notebook will help anyone needing something to write and keep records. It can be used for school or just other activities like home or work. You help keep you motivated, this tough lady Integra will be observing you from this cover. This notebook is from Rightstuf.

Deadman Wonderland wallet

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When in doubt, if you ever been accused for something you never did, make sure you have someone to bail you out. From the violent anime Deadman Wonderland, this wallet has the cover from the mysterious Red Man. The Red Man is a mysterious person is responsible for killing the protagonist Ganta’s homeclassroom. All of his friends were slaughtered and the survivor Ganta is accused for a murder he never did; his punishment is being sent to the “fun” slaughterhouse with other criminals called Deadman Wonderland. I am hoping no one goes to jail for doing something crazy. Still, how would you feel to pull money put from a wallet with a killer’s face on it? This wallet is from Rightstuf.

Finished!

This completes my dream loot crate for my Bloodthirsty Crate. I hope you liked my idea and if you ever want to try out Loot Crate, follow the links above. Thanks for reading this post and I am happy to share my dream crate. See you next time!

Also, what would your crate be? How would you set it up and what will be the theme? Leave a link in the comments and share your ideas! I would love to see them. 🙂