This Girl Has Fire… Literally

Good morning new and old Painkillers, and welcome to another addition of Anime Wednesday. With this one, we are going back to a much shorter series than last time. This 26 espoide series had a short run on Cartoon Network, and came out to a lot of positive reviews. So without further delay let’s get into Witch Hunter Robin.

In this series witchcraft is a major issue around the world. Witchcraft is a genetic trait that tends to lay dormant in humans. It can be awakened at any time and gives that person some craft powers, so if you are a Marvel comics fan, think X Men. Unfortunately, some of these powers are too strong for these people, and they become full witches, mostly destroying everything in their path. To counteract this issue, a secret government organization called SOLOMON is formed. They set up branches all around the world. They also created a massive database that they use to hunt down witches.

The main focus of the series is on the main character Robin Sena. She is a 15 year old that was born in Japan, but was raised by the Roman Catholic Church in Italy. She is has the craft ability to use fire. Now back on Japan, she joins the SOLOMON branch out there and learn how to hunt down witches.

She joins a team with her partner Amon. He is 25 years old non craft hunter. He is not a witch, but he does carry the gene. There is 18 year old Haruto Sakaki. He was the newest member before Robin showed up, and he is now concerned about losing his job. Their technical support member Michael Lee. He was caught hacking into SOLOMON computer system, so he was giving a choice. Either he could work for them, or be killed. He now works for them, and is not allowed to ever leave the building. 19 year old Miho Karasuma is a witch with the craft power of psychometry. She acts like a mentor to Robin, giving her advice on how to improve her control over her powers. Finally there is Yurika Dojima. She comes off as lazy and immature, but she is on an undercover operation.

This show is really good, and it sucks that it was only on Cartoon Network for a short period of time. Even with all of the positive reviews, there were some that stated that they felt more on the side of the witches that were being hunted down, and not the hunters themselves. I have seen this show on different anime streams and networks, but if you guys know of a good place to watch, please tell us in the comments below. Until next time Painkillers.

 

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Skating, Hitching and Bitching

Good morning Painkillers, and welcome to another addition of Grab A Buddy Monday. Today we are going to talk about a game that didn’t get high ratings when it first came out, but it’s a lot of fun to play. It is very similar to Road Rash 2, a game that I told you about before, so if you enjoyed that game, then you should enjoy this game as well. So now, you guys know what to do. Grab your buddy, hook up your Genesis/Master System, and it’s time to play Skitchin.

Skitchin came out in 1994, and was made by Electronic Arts. What!? EA making a game that people enjoyed, what the hell happened? Oooo, oh Chairman. Anyway, as I said earlier this game came out to negative press. Mostly because they said that if you played one race, you played the entire game. But can’t you say that about most racing games that come out, including the Road Rash games that came out during this time? Well, I’ll discuss the game and let you guys decide.

In this game you play as a rollerblader that is trying to win races across the US and Canada. You race against seven other racers, in a pretty much anything goes style race. Races happen on busy streets in whatever city they are in. There are cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles that have no issues with running you down, to get to their destination. Luckily for you and the other racers, you can use those vehicles to help you get to the finish line faster. You can either hold onto the back of a car, and just ride all the way to the end of the race, or you can grab one car, and either slingshot yourself forward to grab another car, or just move forward and use that speed to help win the race.

Combat is also a big part of this game. You can beat up other racers, but if you are not careful, you will be the one getting beat down and ending up in last place. Most combat is mostly done unarmed, either by getting near a racer and throwing some punches and kicks, or while hanging on the back of a vehicle trying to knock each other off. If you are lucky enough, you can bend down and grab a weapon off the ground, as you skate over it. Weapons are normally chains, bats, and nunchucks. They cause more damage and you need less attempts to beat up the other weapons. Besides dealing with cars, weapons, other racers, and shit all over the road, there are also ramps that you can try to pull off stunts. The harder the stunts, the more money you can make off of them, that is if you land them.

This game is very fun, and it brings it to a different level when you are playing with a buddy on split screen. I don’t know why it got such bad reviews. Maybe it had something to do with the possibility of people going out and trying to hitch on the back of a moving car, while on blades, bikes, or skateboards. So giving the game bad reviews, to prevent high sell volume, so that young people wouldn’t be out trying this in real life, sounds plausible, since people have tried this in the past, and were injured and some killed doing it, but I couldn be completely wrong. Maybe only a few people liked this game, including myself, and we just can’t see the flaws. Oh well! Until next time Painkillers.

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Headaches, Hassles And Horse shit!

(The life of a first time video game writer!)

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Ass Dancing His Way Into Our Hearts

Good evening Painkillers, welcome to another addition of Anime Wednesday. Today I have something special for you. As some of you may know, I am a father, and many of you out there are parents as well. I can truly say that I am so happy that none of my kids act like the little bastard that I’m going to talk about, and I hope that your kids don’t act like this kid as well. So, let’s dive right into possibly the series with the most amount of episodes so far, here is Shin Chan. Now before I begin, yes I know that this series has many more episodes, then the 76 that I’m talking about, but I’m focusing on the first three seasons of the show, since those are the ones that originally came to the states. Guess that all they could bring over without getting heat from parent advocate groups. Also, I using the names that I know from the English dubbed version that hit America, so if there is a name that you don’t recognize, it might be because of a name change in your area.

Shin Chan follows the journey of the Nohara family, but mostly the five year old boy of the family. There is Mitzi, the mom, Hiro the father, Hima the baby, Whitey the dog, and of course Shin. Mitzi is 29 years old and a stay at home mom. She takes care of the house and her family. Unfortunately, she is usually the butt of Shin’s fat and old jokes. Hiro is 35 years old and is your basic salaryman from Japan. He is a loving father, and devoted husband. Like most couples he and Mitzi do have their minor conflicts, even though Mitzi is known to throw down here and there to get her way. Hiro loves nothing more than to come home after work, and have a cold beer. Hima is pretty much a baby in the show, but like most babies in other animated shows, she is way smarter than she should be. She has an attraction to shiny objects, and knows how to turn on the charm when needed. Whitey is the loyal fluffy white pup of the family. He is a beloved member of the family, but unfortunately he is neglected, thanks to the family being forgetful. He is very intelligent, so he is capable of taking care of himself. Finally, there is Shin……… Oh boy!

Shin is the 5 year old badass of the family. He has a smart mouth, and loves to show his ass, and I literally do mean that, hence the title of this article. Also, let’s not forget about Mr Elephant, yes we are talking about Shin’s cock and balls. He likes to whip it out as well. Ugh, thank God that this show aired on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim lineup, and is currently on Hulu, otherwise people might think that I was writing about kiddie porn or something.

Anyway, Shin goes to an American style school, and the kids that are in his class are no better than Shin, well at least they keep their clothes on. His friends consist of a girl from a rich family that is madly in love with Shin. A girl which seems to comes from an abusive family, that take out her frustration on a stuffed bunny that she keeps in her…… nope, not saying it! If you saw the show before you already know, if not just watch and see for yourself. As for the the boys, one is extremely timid, one is mentally challenged, and usually has snot hanging from his non existing nose, and the other is a conservative that comes from a middle class family. I really don’t know how this school stays open, with the crap that comes out of the kids mouths, and with the teachers and principle being completely out there.

When Shin is not at school, hanging out with his friends playing odd games, you can find him at home watching his favorite superhero show Action Bastard. Yes, you read that right, along with his young side kick Lollipop they tell bad sex puns, and take on super villains such as The Deflowerer. No wonder why the kids in this show are all fucked up, Action Bastard is the or one of the top shows on TV. Shin also spends his time hitting on older women that he finds attractive, especially one of his mother’s friends.

This show is funny and fucked up! All the characters bring something to the table that will make you laugh, and wonder what the writers were thinking. I know that the show is still going on in Japan, and I wish that the States get all of episodes one day. So wish that we could have gotten the espoides from the beginning, and not somewhere in the middle like we currently have. Like I said earlier, the show is currently on Hulu if you want to check it out, but do yourself a favor and not watch it around small children. Otherwise, they may start acting like Shin, and no one wants that. If you do, you will be spending most espoides explaining why Shin is wrong for doing that, and why they shouldn’t do what they just saw. Until next time Painkillers!

 

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Before They Were Super

Good evening Painkillers, and welcome to another addition of Grab A Buddy Monday. I’m going to start this off with a question. Without actually looking it up, do you know what trade the Mario brothers are in? Give up? They are plumbers. Unless you count them doing down pipes, they haven’t done much plumbing in the Mushroom Kingdom over the past 30 years. Today, I think that it’s time for them to get back to their roots. Alright, you guys know the drill, grab your buddy, hook up your NES, and it’s time to play Mario Bros.

In this game Mario and Luigi are sent to investigate the sewers of New York after reports of strange creatures being down there. Wait a damn minute, they better not be talking about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Splinter! Actually, the creatures that they are talking about are Shellcreapers, that look like turtles, Sidesteppers, that look like crabs, Fighter Flies, that are oversized house flies, and Slipice, that looks like a small, fast moving iceberg with a face. Those that are unfamiliar with this game, (I don’t know how, since this has been used as a mini game in other Mario Bros games) you might be tempted to jump on the head of these creatures, and for that you would be wrong, and dead. You would first jump up, hit the platform underneath the creature, to flip it on its back, then you have to get up onto that platform, and run into the creature, kicking it off the platform and killing it.

Gameplay is really simple, and anyone can pick up the controller and play. The game is broken down into phases. During each phase, a certain amount of creatures will appear to try and kill you. Your job it to clear out all if the creatures, and move on to the next phase. One you get to the last creature, it will change color, and move faster than normal. The Slipice doesn’t count as one of the creatures that you have to get rid of, since it is there mostly to freeze a platform, to make it harder for you to move on. So, it is quite possible to clear a phase, while having a Slipice still onscreen. Every so often a fireball will appear, and try to take you out, so watch out for that. If you are having trouble hitting the platforms to flip the creatures, there is a POW block there to help you out.

This game is a classic, and a lot of fun. You and you buddy will have fun either trying to work together and seeing what phase you two can get to, or just being dicks to each other, and seeing how fast you can get your buddy killed, and how long it will take before real life punches are thrown. Either way, it is definitely worth looking for, and playing. If you can’t get your hands on a physical copy, it should be on the Nintendo’s virtual console. Until next time Painkillers.

 

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No Master Needed!!!

Good morning to all my Painkillers, and welcome to another addition of Anime Wednesday. Today’s addition is a good one. Many of us have grew up on one or maybe even all of the different Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Whether it was the original series from the 80’s, or even the latest series that aired on Nickelodeon, we all sat down and enjoy the show. The same can be said for Power Rangers. The franchise has been around for 25 years, and still going strong with different themes almost every season. So what does this tell us? That we like shows that the heroes are martial artists that wear different color outfits, for quickly telling the heroes apart, that take on and defeat evil within 30 minutes. So you may be asking yourself, what does all of this has to do with the today’s anime series? Well this show follows the same outline like the TMNT and the Rangers, but many of you might have easily looked pasted this show growing up. Well then, let’s get into it, it’s time to talk about Ronin Warriors.

This 39 episode show debuted in Japan in 1988, but didn’t land on Cartoon Network in the US until 1999 on their Toonami lineup. Trying to explain the plot of the show can be a bit umm, windbagish, so I’m going to try my best to give you the cliff notes. A demon named Talpa ruled the human world, until a warrior mage and his loyal white tiger defeated him. The mage knew that Talpa was too powerful to be truly defeated, and might return, so his splits Talpa’s armor into nine different armors, and gave them to nine different families to protect. He was right, cause about 600 years later Talpa returned. He found found four of them, and turned those weak hearted men to his army. The remaining five families the men dawn the armor and come together to take down Talpa.

Our five heroes are Ryo Sanada, Sage Date, Cye Mouri, Kento Rei Fang, and Rowen Hashiba. Ryo Sanada is the leader of the group. He fights along side a large white tiger named White Blaze. Sage is a master swordsman and is the noblest of all the Ronin. Cye is a quiet warrior, and the calmest. Kento is the strongest of the warriors. He also tends to be hotheaded and rushes into battle. (Damn, that sounds familiar!) Finally there is Rowen, and he is the smartest of the Ronin. (That also sounds familiar)

Normally this would be the part, where I tell you how good the show is, where you can find it, and how you should see it as soon as possible. OK, so yeah this is a damn good show, that’s why I’m writing about it. Yes you should go find the show, and experience it for yourself. Unfortunately, I can’t give you a site or an app to see this show. I searched and searched the apps that I use, and the sites that I hit up, but the apps didn’t have it, and the sites didn’t have all of the episodes. The best that I can tell you, is to watch it on YouTube. Someone did put the whole series up, but it’s a crappy quality, guess to avoid copyright infringement. If you guys know where we could find a better copy of the show, please share with us in the comments below. Let’s see how many people comment a link to an online shop to buy the DVD /Blu-ray set. Lol. Until next time Painkillers.

 

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