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Ten Favorite Monsters from Monster Hunter

Monster Hunter, a franchise that began in 2004 and has continued to come up with new games, with new monsters, to this day. While not every monster has left a lasting impression on every fan, there are a number that either find their way back in future titles or wait for their time to come. And that’s where this article comes in. In celebration of Monster Hunter Rise’s release on the Switch next month (March 26th), I wanted to take the time to talk about some of my favorite monsters from the franchise. Please note: there is no particular order based on which I favor the most. Also, there will be some favorites that didn’t make it on the list. There are so many others that I wanted to put on this list, but I had to narrow it down to ten. Believe me, it wasn’t easy. Another thing to add is that there are monsters on this list that made it here solely for their design. It doesn’t necessarily mean that I didn’t enjoy their hunts. I enjoy hunting almost every single one on this list, but some are monsters that I only hunt a handful of times due to their difficulty. Also, there won’t be any Elder Dragons on this list. I will be writing a separate article on my favorite Elder Dragons, so keep an eye out for that one. Now that that has been addressed, let’s take a look at ten of my favorite Monster Hunter monsters.

10: Nerscylla

What can I say about this hauntingly beautiful monster? She started the Temnoceran class of monsters in 4 Ultimate, with a new member of the class, Yatsukadaki, appearing in Monster Hunter Rise. I love this monster solely for its design and how the armor and weapons look. While the hunts aren’t particularly difficult, the way it swings around on its web and fires balls of webbing to slow down prey and enemies, it’s just fun to watch. Also, if hunters aren’t quick enough to break free from the webbing, Nerscylla also has a nasty, poisonous stinger on the tip of its abdomen (not to mention those poison crystals on its back). While I love this monster, it makes me sad that it’s the only one of its class. However, since we’ve been shown a little bit of Yasukadaki in one of the Rise trailers, I have high hopes that we’ll see Nerscylla again alongside its cousin.

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9: Tetsucabra

I just love this big guy. Ever since I first saw him in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, I knew that he would leave a lasting impression on me. As the first of the amphibious class of monsters, the Tetsucabara is a frog-like (more toadish in my opinion) monster with massive tusks on its lower jaw. Thanks to said tusks, the Tetsucabara is able to lift up large boulders and even launch those boulders at enemies. Along with lifting boulders, it can use those powerful jaws to catch and crush its prey. While it may seem like a slow monster, Tetsucabara is more than capable of charging at enemies and uses its legs to jump high into the air to squash any poor soul that it lands on. While it’s mean and threatening, it also has an oddly cute charm when it’s just standing around. What makes me happier is the fact that we’ll be seeing this big guy again in Rise, so that means that we’ll be able to create its equipment once more.

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8: Gore Magala

As the flagship monster of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Gore Magala offers so much to both veteran and new players. Not only are the hunts with Gore Magala a nice challenge, but its overall design is so memorable. Given that parts of its design are a nice nod to the Xenomorphs from the Aliens franchise, with how it looks and the lore behind its birth (y’know, chest bursters), it makes Gore Magala all the more awesome. When it goes into its engraved stage, the whole design becomes ten times cooler. The hidden feelers folded onto its head pop up and its wings unfold, revealing a gorgeous color of purple and blue. Along with the extra color, the wings give Gore Magala an extra pair of clawed limbs that won’t hesitate to give any hunter a bad time. And let’s not forget the weapons and armor! The equipment has a very gothic look to them, most weapons having an eye included in the design, and each is addressed with a German name. The whole ensemble is one that I miss the most and hope to see it again in a future game. Oh, and that whole frenzy virus mechanic, that was a pretty cool idea that the developers came up with. I loved how it affects almost all of the monsters in the game and players could end up hunting a frenzied version of that monster.

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7: Yian Garuga

Sure, it can be annoying and a pain in the butt to hunt, but I occasionally find some enjoyment in hunting it. As the combination of a Yian Kut-Ku and a Rathalos, Yian Garuga can shoot fireballs and secrete poison from its tail and affects any unfortunate hunter that is hit. Along with the status ailment attacks, this thing is quick and rarely stops moving. It also has a nasty habit of letting out a piercing screech that stops hunters in their tracks. Sure, that can be annoying, but it stops being a problem when hunters have gear with High Grade Earplugs skill. All-in-all, Yian Garuga might not be a hunt for everyone, but both its own design and the design of its equipment makes each fight all the more worth it. 

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6: Dodogama

How could I not include this adorable new monster to the list?! While not everyone finds Dodogama even remotely cute, this peaceful monster found a special place in my heart. Whenever I’m out hunting a different monster in the Elder’s Recess, I always keep an eye out for the big guy just to say “Hi Dodogama. Bye Dodogama” as I’m passing by.  As previously stated, Dodogama is a peaceful Fanged Wyvern that won’t attack hunters unless they attack him or if he’s already fighting with another monster. He will spend most of his time just waddling about and eat rocks, which he’ll spit out as explosive projectiles. But yeah, Dodogama is that one chill neighbor that won’t cause any trouble unless someone else bothers him. 

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5: Zinogre

Zinogre is literally Thor’s pet dog that escaped from his backyard and is on a rampage. This Fanged Wyvern is one that never stops giving hunters a run for their money (or zenny in this case). It’s fast, it hits hard, and it has one of the most iconic battle themes in the series. In every Monster Hunter game in the series that I’ve played so far, Zinogre always finds its way back to me to show what it means to face the lighting storm. No matter the outcome of the hunt, I always come back, even if it’s simply to hear that theme song and the familiar howl as Zinogre charges up to bring in the electrical pain. Also, Zinogre armor and weapons always have an awesome design. 

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4: Zamtrios

As another monster that I’m hoping will make a return in Rise (and it looks it will be), this Amphibious monster offers a fun fight with its unique design. While not everyone enjoys hunting Zamtrios, I personally believe that it brings a nice challenge to the field. Being a quadrupedal shark that lives in the snowy regions, plenty can happen when you face this monster. Not only does it disappear under the ice to hunt his prey, like the sharks in our world, Zamtrios also likes to put on its icy armor when things get rough. That is not the only trick up its sleeve, oh no. When backed into a corner, Zamtrios will inflate itself into a ball-like shape to roll and/or jump after its opponent or even shoot balls of ice out of its mouth. There are so many ways the hunt can go and I love it! This is another monster that has awesome gear for hunters to craft and I can’t wait for new fans to experience every moment that they can with this awesome monster. 

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3: Glavenus (Including Hellblade Glavenus) 

It’s a mean t-rex with a blade for a tail, which can be set on fire with its teeth. Along with an awesome theme song, the Brute Wyvern Glavenus offers a good challenge for both new and veteran hunters. As one of the flagship monsters from Monster Hunter Generations and Monster Hunter Generations X, not only does it have that awesome tail, Glavenus also enjoys firing fireballs for long-distance attacks. No matter where you stand, this mean monster has plenty of ways to keep you on your toes. After some experience with fighting/hunting Glavenus, I realized that it reminds me of Nero from Devil May Cry 4 & 5 (both the colors and the way it fights with its tail); so whenever I hunt Glavenus (which isn’t too often), I always call it “Nero.” As for Hellblade Glavenus, while it’s the deviant (or more difficult version) of Glavenus, I still remember receiving a wonderful challenge hunting it and enjoying its design. Given that it came back in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, I have high hopes that this bladed wyvern will do the same in Rise

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2: Nargacuga

This agile, cat-like Flying Wyvern has a way of returning to numerous titles in the Monster  Hunter franchise and has become a favorite to numerous fans. Also, given that this is a list of some of my favorite monsters from the franchise, I have to put one feline on the list and Nargacuga was the perfect one. Not only do I love its overall design, this monster also has some of my favorite equipment in terms of design. Due to its attack patterns and fighting style, it was one of the main monsters that taught characters to master the dodging technique. Along with its cat-like reflexes and long tail, it can fire spikes from its tail. Not only does it offer an intense fight, when enraged the Nargacuga’s eyes glow red and leave a small trail of red lines while it moves about. Nargacuga will also let out an ear-piercing roar similar to that of a cougar, hence its name (despite being more panther-like). Like a number of other entries on this list, I have a feeling that we haven’t seen the last of Nargacuga. 

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1: Paolumu (including Nightshade)

This cute, fluffy bat flying wyvern left such a lasting impression in both of its designs that I just had to add them to the list. Both versions offer an enjoyable fight and are just fun to observe in their natural habitats. Heck, even the first encounter cutscenes show both sides to these monsters. With the regular Paolumu you just see it floating about with its neck puffed out like a balloon and it looks adorable. All of a sudden, it snarls and shrieks at you, revealing its horrifying angry face. After that, you become more cautious whenever it appears. While it uses its hard tail for heavy attack, Paolumu uses the air to either draw in hunters or to knock them away. Sure, it can become annoying, but once you figure out how to work around it, the hunt becomes more manageable. Now the Nightshade Paolumu, that’s a fight that requires a reworked strategy. With Nightshade, not only does it use the same attack style as the regular Paolumu, but it also breathes out sleeping gas. That combined with its usual air tricks can lead to a difficult hunt. Whether you love or hate hunting either version, you have to admit, that introduction cutscene left a lasting impression.

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No matter which game you play, Monster Hunter always has at least one monster that makes you go “that’s the one, it’s my favorite.” And that’s one of the reasons why I always find myself returning to this incredible world that CAPCOM has created. Every new entry to the franchise always has such creative monsters to observe and hunt. Even if there are some that don’t stand out or don’t seem creative, there will always be a hunter that will find something special about them. Now that I’ve shared some of my favorites, let me know which ones are some of your favorites in the comments. Also, I can’t wait to share which Elder Dragons are some of my favorites. I’m so excited to get started on that list. Until then, keep your weapons sharp and your healing supplies well-stocked. This is Tracy Preston/CuriousCat-13: signing off.

Best Single-Player Games on PS4 & Xbox One

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are finally here. The upcoming weeks will offer a glimpse into the future of gaming. This also means that the games that highlighted the current generation of consoles will soon be considered retro. Before you dive into the world of next-gen, here are 15 single-player games to play on PS4 and Xbox One.

Grand Theft Auto V

Developer: Rockstar North
Publisher: Rockstar Games
PS4/Xbox One

from RockstarGames.com

The latest addition to the controversial yet groundbreaking series, Grand Theft Auto V didn’t find its way to PS4 and Xbox One until over a year after its initial launch. Rockstar used that time to add improved graphics and a first-person mode to an already critically-acclaimed game. Upon release, GTAV was the most ambitious game ever and set the blueprint for open-world games going forward. It featured three playable characters with their own unique abilities and a chaotic story that spanned across a sprawling map of the fictional state of Los Santos. Seven years later, GTAV remains one of the gold standard games of its generation.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Developer: Kojima Productions
Publisher: Konami
PS4/Xbox One

from Konami.com

Hideo Kojima’s ninth installment in the Metal Gear series was arguably the first masterpiece released on PS4 and Xbox One. Featuring a huge open world and an unparalleled sense of freedom, Metal Gear Solid V is the ultimate sandbox game. It stays true to the series’ stealth background but lets players approach missions however they desire. The game’s story is incredibly freeform, leaving the player to create a narrative and cinematics through their own decision-making. The Phantom Pain shines in letting players find inventive ways to approach situations and improvise their way out of danger. 

Bloodborne

Developer: FromSoftware
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
PS4 exclusive

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The Souls series may have made a name for Japanese studio FromSoftware, but many would argue that Bloodborne is their magnum opus. Sharing similarities to Souls, Bloodborne features faster combat that calls for a tantalizing mix of caution and aggression. Inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft and Bram Stoker, the game is set in a blood-stained world that is both morbid and gorgeous. Players must be prepared to learn from each death in order to slay a wide assortment of terrifyingly formidable enemies. The game’s difficulty is brutal and draining, but equally rewarding once finally conquered. 

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
PS4 exclusive

from PlayStation.com

If Uncharted 4 is truly the end to Nathan Drake’s saga, then fans couldn’t have asked for a better exit. A Thief’s End features all the climbing, puzzles, and eclectic mix of stealth and combat that the series is known for. The game’s visuals and cinematics combined with an epic story create an experience similar to a blockbuster film. The cast of characters brings the most important people in Drake’s life together, allowing his story to come full circle with a surprising amount of emotional depth. Uncharted 4 is a stellar single-player experience but is bolstered by underrated online modes that pit players against each other.

Dishonored 2

Developer: Arkane Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
PS4/Xbox One

from Bethesda.net

Quality first-person stealth games are a rare breed, and none have reached the heights of the Dishonored series. Set in a stunning steampunk city, Dishonored 2 offers the player the choice of controlling returning protagonist Corvo Attana or his daughter, Emily Kaldwin, for the entirety of the story. Corvo and Emily are equipped with different sets of abilities that cater to specific preferences. Players can choose to ruthlessly assassinate their way through the story or sneak around completely unseen. Dishonored 2 sees a sharp spike in difficulty from its predecessor, forcing players to be both meticulous and intuitive. 

Persona 5

Developer: P-Studio
Publisher: Atlus
PS4 exclusive

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JRPG games have maintained success for decades, but Persona 5 set a new bar for the genre in 2016. Following the adventures of a student named Joker, the amount of content and activities available in Persona 5 is staggering. Players can spend their days doing menial activities like going to high school, hanging out at coffee shops, or shopping at the mall. Come nightfall, however, it’s time for Joker to save the world, which is where the series’ familiar turn-based battles come into the fold. On top of its gameplay, Persona 5’s beautiful artwork and exhilarating soundtrack solidify it as a masterpiece. 

Nier: Automata

Developer: PlatinumGames
Publisher: Square Enix
PS4/Xbox One

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Square Enix is known for the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts series, but Nier: Automata is unequivocally the publisher’s best game of the past decade. A sequel to the 2010 cult classic Nier, Automata features a new setting and characters while retaining an enhanced version of the first game’s combat system. Gameplay ranges from hack-n-slash, side-scrolling shoot-’em-up, and platforming minigames, all engaging in their own ways. The game features three campaigns starring three different characters and a twist-filled story with an emotional climax. Nier: Automata may be the current gen’s best-kept secret, but has found popularity thanks to the android heroine 2B.

Horizon Zero Dawn

Developer: Guerilla Games
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
PS4 exclusive

from PlayStation.com

Speaking of hardened female protagonists, Horizon Zero Dawn’s Aloy is arguably the best controllable character of the current generation. Her incredible journey and realistic expressions of humanity are enough to make a great game, but Horizon delivers much more. Set in a world where civilization has been sent back to a futuristic stone age, the landscape has been overridden by mechanical monsters being controlled by a mysterious force. Aloy sets across a gorgeous open world armed with a customizable bow and sling that can accommodate different enemies. There are many machines to hunt in Horizon, but human enemies pose an equal threat to Aloy and her people.

Shadow of the Colossus

Developer: Bluepoint Games
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
PS4 exclusive

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The current generation saw the popularity of remakes and remastered games soar higher than ever. No game deserved such treatment more than 2005’s Shadow of the Colossus, considered to be the greatest video game ever. Brief and minimalistic, the story follows a young swordsman who must slay sixteen colossi to resurrect a girl afflicted by an evil entity. The colossi are towering golems that are a sight to behold and require vastly different tactics to defeat. The 2018 remake not only fixed a number of issues with the control scheme and mechanics but also revitalized the game’s beauty with more detailed visuals and crisper frame rates. 

Hollow Knight

Developer/Publisher: Team Cherry
PS4/Xbox One

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2D platformers have also seen an unexpected resurgence in popularity, with titles like Celeste and Cuphead being worthy of mention. Few stand out more than indie studio Team Cherry’s Hollow Knight in terms of gameplay depth and sheer scale. The game follows an insectoid knight navigating his way through an underground world of arthropods armed with a nail and several spells. The nameless hero must traverse across numerous areas facing a wide array of challenging enemies and grueling boss fights. Though Hollow Knight involves a lot of dying and backtracking that can be exhausting, successful triumphs and a soothing soundtrack wash away moments of agony and anguish. 

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Developer: Insomniac Games
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
PS4 exclusive

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Spider-Man has always held a heavy presence in video games, but it took Insomniac’s vision for gamers to feel a complete experience as the wall-crawler. Marvel’s Spider-Man offers fans plenty of comics lore (including a huge collection of suits) and a satisfyingly authentic feeling of being behind the mask. The emphasis on web attacks over melee and the implementation of a gadget wheel gives players more tools at Spidey’s disposal than ever before. Every confrontation encourages you to fight creatively and stylish while still requiring keen defensive maneuvers. Marvel’s Spider-Man excels in presentation, most notably seen while swinging across an uncanny recreation of New York City.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Developer: Rockstar Studios
Publisher: Rockstar Games
PS4/Xbox One

from RockstarGames.com

There was probably no game more highly anticipated this past generation than Red Dead Redemption 2. A prequel eight years in the making, RDR2 has revolutionized what was thought possible in game creation. Expanding upon GTAV’s sandbox formula, RDR2 hurls you into a sizable map of the American frontier created with painstaking detail. The environment feels naturally alive with wildlife, human NPCs, and is of course littered with shootouts and hazards that prove to be inevitable. The game’s story is superb, but its majesty lies within the freedom to create your own tales in the virtual Wild West. 

God of War

Developer: Santa Monica Studio
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
PS4 exclusive

from PlayStation.com

Every console has a definitive game, and it is hard to argue against God of War for that title on the PS4. SIE Santa Monica created a brilliantly ambitious game that completely shifted from the series’ roots. Along with the switch from Greek to Norse mythology, God of War made the change from a platforming hack-n-slash to an over-the-shoulder third-person experience with a more intricate combat system. The most impactful alteration is the addition of Kratos’ son Atreus, who not only provides aid throughout the story but instills much needed emotional depth to Kratos as a character. This pioneering reboot manages to improve upon the original trilogy that could already be considered perfect.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Developer: FromSoftware
Publisher: FromSoftware/Activision
PS4/Xbox One

from Activision.com

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice was FromSoftware’s third AAA game release of the current generation. Set in sixteenth-century Japan, the story follows a shinobi named Wolf searching for the clan who kidnapped his young lord. Though it retains the harsh difficulty and intimidating bosses familiar in FromSoftware games, Sekiro incorporates stealth elements and a second life bar to give players the option of a more thoughtful approach. Wolf wields a katana, a grappling hook, and a number of spells and projectile weapons in his arsenal for a layered combat experience. Furthermore, Sekiro‘s story and character designs are perhaps the best in FromSoftware’s extensive library to date.

The Last of Us Part II

Developer: Naughty Dog
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
PS4 exclusive

from PlayStation.com

With The Last of Us Remastered being one of the best games on PS4, there didn’t seem much need for a sequel. Nevertheless, The Last of Us Part II was announced in 2016 and immediately received much anticipation. Naughty Dog reportedly pushed the limits of the PS4’s performance to create a sequel that holds as much weight as the original if not more. Featuring a grim story with tense moments of horror and bloodshed, the intensity of the stealth and scramble gameplay was raised so that constant movement and quick thinking are necessary to avoid hectic confrontation. TLOU2 shines in areas like lighting and sound design that infuse the game with a powerful blend of atmosphere and emotion.

Are there any other games you felt were must-plays this past generation? Let us know in the comments!

10 Masked Costume Ideas for Halloween 2020

We’re in for an even weirder Halloween in 2020 than normal. The COVID-19 pandemic will surely have an effect on many people’s favorite holiday. Trick-or-treating, costume parties, and other festivities will have to be drastically altered for this year, or outright canceled. But as long as a face covering is involved, there are still fun and clever ways to dress up this year. Here are ten costume ideas that include a mask or face covering.

Spider-People

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One of the easiest masked costumes to pull off is Spider-Man. However, everyone and their nephew will be wanting to dress as Peter Parker on Halloween night. Fortunately, there are a plethora of Spider-Men to choose from! Aside from Peter, there is Miles Morales, Miguel O’Hara (Spider-Man 2099), and Ben Reilly (Scarlet Spider), all with their own unique suits. There are even alternate versions of Peter Parker such as Spider-Man Noir, or you can try to find an Iron Spider or Symbiote suit that Peter wore in the comics. And for the ladies, there are plenty of Spider-Women as well! Jessica Drew (aka Spider-Woman), Spider-Gwen, and Silk are some great examples. Although it might be a simple choice, there are plenty of ways to make a Spidey suit stand out.

Darth Vader/Kylo Ren

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The two helmed Sith Lords will surely be a popular costume choice this year. Vader and Ren both wear helmets that encompass their entire heads, ensuring the utmost safety for Halloween 2020. While their outfits are bulky and extravagant, they are still easy to find due to their popularity. The budget for these costumes might be on the high side, but owning a fully functioning Vader helmet is probably worth it. The only downside to these costumes is that you will possibly have to engage in a lightsaber battle with your doppelganger at some point in the night.

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Mortal Kombat Ninjas

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The Mortal Kombat universe may be the best place to find masked costume ideas. The games feature an abundance of ninjas who all wear masks, including poster boys Scorpion and Sub-Zero. The palette swaps are all in play as well, including Reptile, Smoke, Rain, Ermac, and Noob Saibot. There are also female ninjas in Kitana, Jade, Mileena, Frost, and Skarlet. These costumes are both easy to find and easy to make if you want to go the DIY route. Just don’t go performing any Fatalities out there; do Friendships (Friendship?) instead!

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V

This is a costume I feel like I don’t see enough under normal circumstances. In the COVID landscape, there is no better time to take to the streets as V for Halloween. Taken from Alan Moore’s classic comic V for Vendetta, V’s costume is instantly recognizable thanks to the movie adaptation released in 2005. The costume is rather easy to pull off, needing only a black cloak, a matching brimmed hat, and V’s patented mask and wig. There is even a complete costume set available on Amazon!

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Sango

For the ladies looking for an anime character to dress up as there might be no better choice this year than Sango. One of the more popular characters from Inuyasha, Sango is a female yokai slayer whose talents rival anyone else in the series. She has one of the cooler-looking outfits in anime, especially with her metallic mask. Along with her sword, she wields a giant boomerang that drapes over her shoulder. This costume may require a big budget or some serious DIY work, but the best costumes usually do!

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Kakashi Hatake

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This will likely be the top costume choice for anime fans this Halloween. Naruto‘s Kakashi Hatake sports one of the most famous looks in all of anime, most notably (and conveniently) for his face mask. His outfit is also the most modern out of any character on this list, making it very easy for DIY methods. The only challenge with this costume is dying your hair white or finding a wig. If you are having trouble, Amazon has a complete costume set available.

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Sheik

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For everyone planning on dressing as Princess Zelda for Halloween, why not go with her masked alter ego instead? Sheik first appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and was further popularized in the Super Smash Bros. series. Her face mask was used to conceal Zelda’s true identity, but it will work well as a safety measure this year too. Sheik has a very unique and complex look to her, making this a very difficult costume to find. You will probably have to look at cosplay stores, which usually have a heftier price tag. But dressing as Sheik would catch the eye of many onlookers, especially those who main her in Smash (like me!).

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Samus Aran

If you really wanted to turn some Nintendo fans’ heads on Halloween, look no further than gaming’s first leading lady. Though fair warning, this will be the most expensive costume on this list, given that Samus wears an entire power suit. On the other hand, it will also be the safest costume during COVID Halloween, so there is a fair trade-off. Zero-Suit Samus is perhaps a cheaper option, but she normally wears no mask or helmet. To dress in her classic look from the Metroid games, it will require a big budget and advanced DIY talents. A Samus Aran costume is only for those willing to go all-out this Halloween.

Ghouls from Tokyo Ghoul

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The ghouls in Tokyo Ghoul may be mostly villainous, but they could be anime fans’ saving grace this Halloween. All ghouls wear masks to conceal their human identities, each being unique from the other. The simplest masks belong to protagonists Ken Kaneki and Touka, with the latter being that of a rabbit (very easy to find). The best masks belong to the leaders of Aogiri. Tatara, Noro, and Eto Yoshimura have eclectic masks to go along with their outfits, making them some of the more cooler-looking ghouls to choose from. While some characters may be harder to pull off than others, they can probably all be accomplished through DIY means since most wear modern attire.

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Bleach Characters

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Simply put, Bleach is one of the most beloved anime of all time. Protagonist Ichigo Kurosaki is already a popular costume choice for Halloween, only needing to don his mask for this year. But there are many other masked characters in Bleach who deserve some Halloween shine. Similar to Tokyo Ghoul, most of the masked characters in Bleach are villainous. The masks are related to hollows, evil souls who remain behind to wreak havoc on earth. However, the two main groups of masked characters are the Arrancar and the Visored. The Arrancar are hollows who have reverted back to human form by removing parts of their masks, though some still have their mouths covered. Tier Harribel is perhaps the most famous example and is a great choice for ladies. The Visored are Shinigami who betrayed the Soul Society and have adopted Hollow masks. They perhaps have the best-looking masks in the series and are prime choices for costumes, given that there are both male and female members. While there are plenty of masked characters to choose from, Ichigo remains the most popular and easiest to accomplish.

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If you have any other suggestions for masked Halloween costumes, be sure to leave your suggestions in the comments!

My Top 10 Shows to Watch

While I was in COVID-19 quarantine I watched the following shows since I had to pass the time somehow. Most of these shows have one season and can easily be watched in a few days. Shows like My Hero Academia and Attack on Titan require more time to watch since they have more than one season. One show, in particular, Neon Genesis Evangelion, I never actually watched and this seemed like a good time to finally do it. So, here is my top 10 shows I watched in quarantine.

Watchmen

Watchmen only has one season with nine episodes but you can easily get through it in two days. I didn’t know anything about Watchmen when I first started watching so right away, I was confused. If you do not know anything about Watchmen you will get confused right away as well. However, that confusion does go away and all your questions are answered by episode 5. For only one season with nine episodes, it still packs a punch leaving you wanting more. One of the best features of Watchmen is the soundtrack done by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and Atticus Ross. The soundtrack is eerie, builds tension, and makes you want to have an existential crisis while wanting to fight villains.

Where to watch: HBO MAX, Hulu, HBO

The Umbrella Academy

The Umbrella Academy has 2 seasons with a total of 20 episodes. Based on the comic book by the same name written by Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance and Gabriel Ba it was adapted on Netflix by Steve Blackman. The Umbrella Academy is about a group of 7 superheroes with special abilities that were adopted by a billionaire who had formed a special group of superheroes called The Umbrella Academy. The Umbrella Academy deals with mostly superhero action but also has the theme of loss, family, being different, and of course time travel. Also, Ellen Page.

Where to watch: Netflix

What We Do In The Shadows

What We Do In The Shadows (WWDITS) is a mockumentary and spin-off of the movie with the same name. WWDITS so far has 2 seasons with a total of 20 episodes. It’s like The Office but with vampires living together with elements of supernatural entities like werewolves, ghosts, and zombies. It’s a fun series that leaves you laughing for more.

Where to watch: FX, Hulu

Chernobyl

Chernobyl is a miniseries with 5 episodes that describe the horrors of the 1986 Chernobyl incident and the aftermath. In suspenseful detail, it shows you exactly what happened on that fateful night as well as exploring the psychology of how the Soviet Union dealt with such situations.

Where to watch: HBO MAX, Hulu, HBO

Summer Camp Island

Summer Camp Island is a cartoon created by Julia Pott a former animator and story writer on Adventure Time. Summer Camp Island is about two anthropomorphic animals named Oscar and Hedgehog that are staying on an island with other anthropomorphic animal campers where magic is real, anything can happen, witches make the rules, monsters are cool and of course, the moon is your friend. Actually, that was the theme song but it essentially sums up Summer Camp Island and gets stuck in your head frequently. Everything on the island including your own pajamas comes to life and is just happy and friendly all the time.

Where to watch: HBO MAX, Cartoon Network

Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan is an anime that currently consists of 3 seasons with a total of 59 episodes. It is about people living in a city surrounded by huge walls within another city with people surrounded by more huge walls within yet another city surrounded by huge walls. What is the purpose of these walls? To keep out the Titans. The Titans are basically really tall zombies that roam the land beyond the walls. To make matters more interesting there are some Titans that have special abilities. I’m not revealing spoilers here so this is just a quick summary and there are many surprising twists in Attack on Titan.

Where to watch: Hulu, Funimation, Netflix

*Note: Only Funimation has all of the seasons. Netflix only has season 1.

Parasyte: The Maxim

Parasyte: The Maxim is an anime about a world that is suddenly invaded by alien parasites that secretly take over some humans so that they can feed and stay alive. The parasites do not know why they are there but they know they have to feast on humans to survive. The humans are essentially already dead and are just being used by the parasite trying to live in the human world. The human-infected parasites also gain special abilities just like the main character Shinichi Izumi with his parasite named Migi. His parasite only infected his right hand and they end up forming a friendship while making Izumi super strong due to the parasite. There are only 24 episodes and you can easily get through it in a few days.

Where to watch: Hulu, Netflix

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion first aired in 1995-1996 and has become one of the best anime of all time. I had actually never seen it until COVID-19 so I decided to finally watch it. Considering it was made around 25 years ago it still holds up. Neon Genesis Evangelion is about a world that is invaded by supernatural beings known as Angels and they can be only defeated by large mecha, man-operated robots, called Evangelions. The anime is beautiful, riveting, dramatic, sexual, and deeply psychological. It is difficult to sum up Neon Genesis Evangelion here. You may be thinking, “It’s just about giant robots fighting aliens so what?” It is so much more than that! I’m excluding the later Neon Genesis Evangelion films and just focused on the original series here. The original series only has 26 episodes. Also, the intro song will get stuck in your head all the time. It is perhaps the greatest intro song of an anime. Yes, I said it and I don’t care!

Where to watch: Netflix

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Demon Slayer is an anime that takes place in Taisho Japan (1912-1926) where demons exist only to feed on humans. Tanjiro Kamado lives in rural Japan with his family and one day he finds his whole family was slaughtered by a demon. Only his sister Nezuko survived the slaughter but had been turned into a demon in the aftermath. Now, Tanjiro vows to seek revenge on demons by becoming a demon slayer and returning his sister back into a human. Demon Slayer is perhaps the most popular anime at the moment and watching it myself for the first time in 2020 I can see why. Demon Slayer is engaging, dramatic, humorous, and dare I saw kawaii? Demon Slayer only has 26 episodes at the moment with a film projected to come out in October 2020.

Where to watch: Hulu, Funimation, Crunchyroll

My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia is an anime about a world where humans gained superpowers or what is referred to as a quirk. For example, one human can shoot fire out of his hands, one can create any kind of inanimate object and another can turn invisible. Some humans like Izuku Midoriya were born without a quirk but it doesn’t stop him from idolizing the greatest superhero of all time called All Might. Midoriya idolizes him so much that he himself vows to become a superhero one day. The only way you can become a superhero is by attending a superhero school such as U.A. High School the most prestigious school. Midoriya sadly doesn’t have a quirk so how can he even attend a superhero school let alone become a superhero? That all changes when he meets All Might in person on one dramatic day and then finds out there is a way to gain a quirk from his idol so that he can finally attend U.A. High School to become a superhero. My Hero Academia currently has 4 seasons with a total of 88 episodes

Where to watch: Hulu, Funimation, Crunchyroll

*Note: Only Funimation has all of the seasons. Hulu has all of the seasons but does not have season 4 dubbed.

10 Best Video Game Console Startup Screens

The startup screen has become something of a lost art in modern video game consoles. With so much time and effort going into the hardware and performance of the systems, adding in a cool startup intro doesn’t seem to be a necessity anymore. However, veteran gamers surely miss the days of iconic startup screens, as they serve as wonderful tokens of history and nostalgia. To remind everyone how amazing they can be, here are the top 10 video game console startups. 

10) Dreamcast (1998)

The SEGA Dreamcast is a fan favorite because of its rarity (it was discontinued just three years after release) and that it was well ahead of its time. It represented the shift towards the modern design of consoles still used today and was the first to support online play. The startup screen, though simple and a little derivative of Pixar, is also beloved, more-so for the calming ambiance than the visual spectacle. The intro made players feel as if they were about to enter a dream, and for the lucky few who were introduced to the sixth generation of consoles through the very first entry, they were.

9) XBOX 360 (2005)

The seventh generation of consoles marked the beginning of the end for the startup screen. The Wii only had a black screen with a warning message, and while the PS3’s startup was decent, it was lackluster compared to its predecessors. Microsoft hadn’t quite abandoned hope in their graphics department yet and used a short but very cool intro with the original model of the XBOX 360. Sleek and contemporary, the now trademark XBOX whisper sound at the end put a great touch to this startup. 

8) Steam Big Picture (2012)

For the vast majority of PC gamers, Steam is the digital service they use to purchase and play games. While Steam has been around since 2003, Big Picture Mode was introduced in 2012 as  an interface for HD televisions, effectively turning the service into a home console. Contrary to their peers, Steam did not neglect the startup screen and created an effective and memorable intro for the new age. This startup proves that there are new ideas to be had and that effort does not go overlooked by fans, and can hopefully inspire the upcoming ninth generation of consoles to return to their roots.

7) PlayStation (1994)

The PS1 marked Sony’s first outing in the home console arena, and as far as startup screens go they came in with a bang. Well, really they came in with some chimes, accompanied by a brooding set of synths that belonged in a Kubrick movie. The visual intro wasn’t much to behold, but the captivating orchestra is part of what led many to fall in love with the PlayStation brand. If you were bold enough to play past your bedtime, you better make sure the TV was on mute before turning the system on, because those synths would wake the whole house up.

6) Nintendo Entertainment System (1983)

For veteran gamers who have been at it since the 8-bit and arcade days, the NES may have been the first home console they owned. The luxury of being able to play Super Mario Bros. in your pajamas from the comfort of your living room is what made millions of people fall in love with video games. I’m too young to have ever even played an NES myself, but every time I see the intro, I think of how amazing it must have been to see it on your TV for the first time as a kid in the early ‘80’s. The colorful flashing graphics and retro music create the ultimate feeling of nostalgia. 

5) SEGA Megadrive/Genesis (1988)

This might be a controversial entry to the list in general, let alone being top 5, as the SEGA Genesis technically didn’t have a startup screen, but went straight into the game. However, the Genesis has become synonymous with the original Sonic the Hedgehog game (included with every console after the game’s release) and its sequels, to the point where gamers inherently consider the intro to the Sonic games to be the console’s startup screen. Frankly, the Genesis might have been able to claim the top spot on this list if it were the official startup, as the “SAAAAAAAY-GAAA” sound is the best in video game history. Go ahead and try not to say it when you rewatch the video.

4) XBOX (2001)

You’ll begin to notice a theme here with the top four entries, beginning with Microsoft’s debut home console, the XBOX. While the system was a huge success that quickly made Microsoft a leader in the industry, their debut startup screen was perhaps even more impressive. The animation of the electric green matter accented with the black, Matrix-Esque background arguably makes it the most detailed console intro movie to this day. Even though it preceded XBOX’s now-iconic whisper sound, the strange sci-fi synths at the end still hold their own weight.

3) Game Boy Advance (2001)

Sometimes, less truly is more, and the startup screen for the GBA is one of the best examples. Only four things were needed for perfection: A company logo, a colorful dynamic wordmark, and an unidentified sound of wonder followed by the most heavenly “DING” imaginable. Not much more needs to be said about this timeless intro.  

2) PlayStation 2 (2000)

The PS2’s legendary startup screen was like nothing ever seen before and is arguably the most engrossing video intro ever. When you turned on a PS2, it was as if you were being transported to another dimension through the psychedelic cubes. The futuristic sound at the beginning blew people’s minds when they first heard it and can’t be explained with words to this day. It may actually come as a surprise to not see the PS2 in the top spot, but there was one fatal flaw that was surely unintended by designers. While the startup screen was breathtaking at first, it became an anxiety-filled dread once your PS2 had some years under its belt. There was no worse feeling than diving into those cubes and never seeing the “PlayStation 2” wordmark pop up, then having to restart the system knowing that you were chipping away at the system’s lifespan. Also, if there was no disc inserted or one couldn’t be read, you were taken to a scary place:

1) Nintendo GameCube (2001)

There was never any doubt that the number one spot on this list was going to come down between the PS2 and GameCube, as the sixth generation of consoles were top class in terms of startup screens. While they could easily be 1A and 1B, the GameCube ultimately takes the cake in these rankings. Simple but extremely unique, the sounds and the corresponding logo animations are some of the best ever designed, and longtime NGC connoisseurs instinctively hum along to the jingle every time. There were even secret sounds that could be heard by holding the Z button on one controller; or if you had enough siblings or friends, all four controllers. What really makes the GameCube’s intro reign supreme is its accessibility: while it was impactful and worth watching every time, it was still very short and got you into the game as quickly as possible. And if you needed to access the options or saved data, you simply held onto the A button and the logo did a slick spin into a chill little interface. 

The PS2 startup might be more sensually impressive, but the GameCube delivers everything you could ask for in an intro. 

Illogical things in Pokemon Part 3

The world of Pokemon is full of illogical things which can be really funny and confusing at times. Here is Part 3 of Illogical Things in Pokemon.

1.Magcargo is hotter than the surface of the sun

Magcargo made its debut in the second generation of the Pokemon games. It’s a little cute snail that looks pretty harmless. But did you know that the body temperature of this tiny fire snail is higher than the temperature of the sun’s surface? His body temperature is 18,000°F (9,982.22°C) and that of the sun is just 9,942°F (5,505°C). If Magcargo were to exist in the real world, then it would burn out everything in its path to the point where it is completely gone. Wherever this snail appears the apocalypse breaks out. It would be the slowest apocalypse the world would have ever seen (because snails are very slow and I know this joke was terrible). It is the fire snail from hell.

2.Invisible arms

We all know that pokemon games are not necessarily logical and there are many things that are quite strange. But why give the creators a Pokemon an attack, for which it does not have the necessary limbs to carry out this attack? For example, Gastly can learn fire punch and ice punch, attacks where the Pokemon strikes with its fists. The funny thing is that Gastly has no fists. And Wooper can learn Power Up-Punch. Power Up-Punch: ( striking opponents over and over makes the user’s FISTS harder. Hitting a target raises the Attack stat.) I have one question, are the arms invisible? It would explain a lot.

3.We have to teach a water Pokemon how to swim

On our journey through the Pokemon world we travel most of the time on land or fly to the next city with our Pokemon if the distance is too big. But there is also the point in the game, where we need a water Pokemon to continue our journey. So we look for a suitable pond, lake or river, get our fishing rod out, and try to fish a Pokemon. If we were successful on our fishing trip and cough a small mighty Shellder, we have to teach it with the HM03(Surf) how to swim, so that it can carry us on his back over the sea. Yes, we have to teach a creature that lives in water all its life how to swim. It’s the same thing with flight Pokemon that we have to teach the HM02(Fly) so that they can fly.

4.Rhydon can surf

What is the first attack you would teach a Rhydon? Right, every normal trainer would teach his Rhydon surfer. Believe it or not, but Rhydon can actually learn the HM03(Surf). When I heard it for the first time, I laughed really hard. Because Rhydon is a ground-rock type and has a four times weakness to water. It can also learn rain dance and hydro pump.

5.Are psychic Pokemon afraid of ghosts and bugs?

Every Pokemon has a weakness against other types, fire has a weakness against water, water has a weakness against electric Pokemon etc. But did you know why psycho Pokemon have a weakness against ghost and bug Pokemon? The official statement from Game Freak is that psycho type Pokemon have a phobia against ghost and bug type Pokemon. This is not a joke, it’s the official statement from Game Freak.

6.Indestructible bushes

Nobody can stop us on our journey through the relentless wilderness, of the pokemon world to become the best Pokemon trainer the world has ever seen. We master every challenge on our way, we destroy crime gangs, catch legendary Pokemon, and travel on our Shellder across the seven seas. We’re unstoppable, but there is one thing that stops us, one tiny thing that we can’t overcome, little bushes. These bushes seem indestructible, we cannot burn them down with fire attacks or crush them with other attacks. We have to teach a Pokemon the HM01(Cut) to destroy these bushes from hell. Even a Scyther cannot cut these bushes with his two large scythes. Only the mysterious technique of cut is able to destroy these little bushes from hell.

The best thing you can do is not to think about the logic in these games, otherwise it will drive you crazy.

7.Illogical Pokedex entries

At the beginning of each Pokemon adventure, we receive our Pokedex from the respective Pokemon professor of the game. It contains all important information about the Pokemon in the game The Pokedex is a useful tool that we can use to learn more about the pokemon, we caught on our trip. But some Pokedex entries seem pretty illogical, so we’re asking ourselves sometimes, is that true? For example, we get from our Pokedex the information that Alakazam an IQ of 5,000 has. It sounds very impressive, but I have one question. Why can’t Alakazam speak the human language? Because in the anime we see that Meowth can speak to humans and it doesn’t have an IQ of 5,000. So why can’t Alakazam speak? I mean his IQ is 27 times higher than that of Albert Einstein and the only thing it can say is its own name. 

It contains a mystery.

8.Who is the real champ?

Everyone who played the first generation knows, that before we become the new champ, we have to defeat the old champ in an epic final battle. When we finally did it, Professor Oak congratulates us and we are entered as the new crowned champ in the hall of fame. Proud of our team and ourselves, we leave the Pokemon League and return home as the new champ of the Pokemon world. We are now faced with the question of what we can do now. Because we collected all badges and defeated every trainer in the game. All we can do now is to train our team and catch the Pokemon that are still missing in our collection. In order to train our team better, we can fight the top four as often as we want. If we defeat them again, we have to defeat the old champ to become the new champ. But wait a minute, aren’t we the current champ? How can it be that we have to defeat the champ, to become the new champ? We are the champ! I wonder if we defeat the right champ or is there an even more powerful champ waiting for us “The real champ”? Someone like Prof. Oak? It would explain everything because we didn’t defeat the real champ and therefore we can’t become the new champ.

9.Fishing in buildings

Let’s be honest, we’ve all tried fishing in a building in a Pokemon game. But before we could fish in the building, we receive a call telling us that we can’t fish here. Disappointed, we went to the next pond and went fishing there instead. But that wasn’t always the case, back in the original Pokemon Red and Blue games, it was possible to fish for Pokemon inside the many Rhydon statues that Pokemon Gyms are adorned with. Using an old rod on any Rhydon statue will cause the player to encounter a Magicarb. I don’t know how that is even possible, but I want it back.

10.The missing water type

What are the first types that come to your mind when you see the Pokemon Eelektross? Water-electric? Wrong! It’s just an electric type Pokemon. It’s pretty strange and doesn’t make much sense, because it’s based on an electric eel. It can also do pretty well in the water, so it does feel weird for this Pokemon are not a water type. Not to mention, it lives in the ocean, so that leaves a lot of questions for Eelektross.

10 Interesting Facts About Naruto

Everyone who watches anime knows Naruto. After the manga became a huge success it got an anime adaptation. In total, the anime spans 72 volumes and 220 episodes. But there are also many interesting facts that not everyone knows. Here are 10 interesting facts about the anime and the manga that surprised even me as a huge Naruto fan.

1. Kurama the nine-tailed-demon fox

We all know that Kurama is the nine-tailed-demon fox that was sealed inside of Naruto. Together they form an very impressive team, but did you know that a demon was taken as inspiration for Kurama? In Japanese folklore there is a fox demon called the Kitsune, this demon is often described as a fox spirit. He possess humans and can only be perceived by the possessed humans. The Kitsune has like Kurama nine tails, and both are pretty similar and have a lot in common. So basically, Kurama the nine-tailed-demon fox is based on a Japanese demon.

2.References to Dragon Ball

There are many references to Dragon Ball in the anime and the manga. Masashi Kishimoto the creator of Naruto, is a huge fan of Akira Toriyama the creator of Dragon Ball. He always points out the influence Dragon Ball had on his own work. In one scene in the manga we can clearly see a Chiaotzu mask hanging in a mask shop. There is also an old man named “Roshi” and a big four-tailed monkey named “Son Goku”. The interesting thing about the monkey is the fact that he has four tails. Because the dragonball that Son Goku owns as a child is the one with the four stars. I personally am a big fan of such references in animes or mangas because it shows the whole respect that a creator has towards the work of his idol.

(Son Goku and Roshi)

3.Filler episodes

Everyone who has seen the Naruto anime, knows that it’s full of countless filler episodes. But how did it happen that over a third of all episodes are filler episodes? One of the problem is that a single issue of the manga, are only 18-20 pages in length. However, that doesn’t contain enough material to fill a 22 minute long episode of the anime. In order to have enough material for a season, the creator of the anime are forced to write their own story, these episodes are called “Filler”. Filler episodes are hated by the most fans, because they have nothing to do with the main storyline. They are usually boring and nobody likes them. Naruto is one of the worst series for having an abundance of filler episodes. Incredible 43% of the anime is made up of filler episodes.

4.Shikamaru is a genius

Shikamaru Nara is with an IQ of 200 probably the most intelligent character in Naruto. His IQ is even higher than that of Albert Einstein, who only had an IQ of around 160. He’s also pretty lazy, just like me. 🙂

5.The iconic headbands

The headbands in Naruto are probably the most popular identifying features of the main characters. These headbands are very popular by the fans and let’s be honest, we all had such a headband when we were kids. But there is a reason for these headbands and it’s not because of the merchandise. In the beginning of the series, Naruto and some other characters wear goggles instead of headbands. However, since it was too time consuming to draw the goggles, it was decided to draw headbands instead of goggles. It saved a lot of time and was easier to draw.

6.The Naruto musical

Theater and especially musical performances are very popular in Japan. They are so popular that plans for a Naruto live-action-musical came up. The musical had its premiere in 2015. It only ran in a few cities in Japan, but it was so successful that it got a second run in 2016. The show followed an abridged version of the Ware Country and Chunin Exam arcs. And for everyone who missed it, a DVD of the musical was released in Japan.

7.Naruto’s favorite ramen shop

Just like us, Naruto has his favorite restaurant. But did you know that this place really exists? His favorite ramen shop is in a place you can actually visit. The shop in the manga was modeled after a restaurant located in Fukuoka, Japan that is also called Ichiraku. The shop was allegedly one of Masashi Kishimoto’s (Naruto’s creator) favorite spots to frequent in college.

8.The Naruto manga is one of the best-selling mangas of all time

When it comes to sales, Naruto is the fourth highest-selling manga series of all time. Only Dragon Ball, One Piece and Golgo 13 sold more mangas worldwide. Am I the only one wondering what Golgo 13 is?

9.Western censorship

As we all know, animes that run in the U.S or Europe get a lot of censorship. Many scenes that contains to much violence or morally questionable scenes are usually censored. Just like many other animes, many scenes have been censored in the Naruto anime. For example, whenever Asuma shows up in the American version, his cigarettes are never lit, and Tazuna’s liquor is taken away so that he’s not drunk when he appears on the screen. 

I’m not a big fan of censorship, I can understand that they want to protect younger viewers, but sometimes it’s just too much. My tip, watch the Japanese version.

10.Naruto in One Piece?

Naruto’s top anime competitor One Piece, introduced the character of Sanji around the same time that Naruto was getting its start. Originally, the chef of the pirate gang was supposed to be named Naruto, but the creator of One Piece ultimately decided to take a different route, as the plucky ninja was already going notable popularity.

(Sanji, One Piece)

My Top 10 Pokemon of the Kanto Region (1st Generation)

Greetings fellow Pokemon fans, CuriousCat-13 here with the beginning of a fun new series of articles: a top ten list of my favorite Pokemon from every region/game. To be more specific, each article that I write will focus on Pokemon that first appeared in a specific region, and I’m going in order based on when each game was released. These will definitely be a challenge, but I’m also excited to share with you which Pokemon I enjoy the most. This isn’t solely based on how good they are in battle, they’re chosen because of either their design, Pokedex entry, or even my personal experience with them. While you sit back and read my personal list, remember: this is all my PERSONAL OPINION. I know there will be some that didn’t make it on my list, this was a very difficult choice and I will have a short honorable mention listed before the number one is revealed.

Number 10: Kabutops

Ahh, memories. I had this bad boy on my main team when I faced the Pokemon league in Yellow Version (for the Gameboy Color) and I really enjoyed their design. I know some will say that I should’ve chosen the Helix fossil (Omanyte → Omastar), but I really enjoy the Kabuto/Kabutops evolution line, both with their design and the fact that both forms remind me of prehistoric horseshoe crabs (which are really cool). While Kabutops’s move-set doesn’t seem too impressive, they do get more enjoyable and interesting when they reappear in the later games (even if it doesn’t seem like much). But yeah, Kabutops looks awesome, is pretty decent in battle, and can be terrifying on both land and sea.

Number 9: Dratini

A cute little dragon with no legs, that evolves into a longer, more majestic version of itself, that evolves into a powerful, yet slightly goofy-looking orange dragon that can walk around and fly (and is pretty damn powerful). I would put this little guy on a higher spot on this list if it wasn’t such a pain in the butt to find and catch. Sure, you can get this little blue and white dragon at the Celadon City Game Corner for a good amount of coins….but really, I feel like I truly accomplished something if I caught it in the wild. However, the only place where you can catch Dratini in the wild, is in the Safari Zone, which is a more challenging way to catch Pokemon. With only rocks/mud balls and bait at your disposal to make catching Pokemon “easier” (I use quotation marks because it’s a constant game of Pokemon catching roulette), you can only hope that luck is on your side. Also, the only way to encounter Dratini in the Safari Zone is by using the Super Rod (which you don’t get until later in the game) and you have a 15 percent chance to encounter it. But while it is a pain in the butt to find and catch one, it is well worth the effort to train this small, adorable dragon into an equally adorable, but powerful, Dragonite (which is a wonderful addition to the team).

Number 8: Persian

In case you didn’t know, I’m a big cat person, so of course I’m going to have a cat Pokemon on my top ten list. While its only good use in battle is its speed stats (which was an important factor in the first games and in Fire Red and Leaf Green), I still enjoy its classy looks and the fact that it was always at Giovanni’s (the leader of Team Rocket) side, creating a scene from your average mafia film (the part where the mafia’s Don is petting his cat while giving orders). But seriously, it’s not called the “Classy Cat Pokemon” for nothing. With that round red gem on its forehead and that sleek body that reminds me of a Siamese cat, Persian is a gorgeous cat Pokemon to have in walking around and sleeping the house. The only thing that would probably be concerning for some is the fact that it’s about three feet tall and if doesn’t trust you, you’re most likely going to get some nasty scratches.

Number 7: Ninetales

Ninetales, such a majestic and beautiful Pokemon that is proud of its set of nine tails and fur. While it may not be the most powerful fire-type Pokemon, they’re quick on their feet and are very smart. Don’t get me wrong, I also love Vulpix (the Pokemon Ninetales evolves from), but I just feel like Ninetales is more grown-up and developed. I also love the different Pokedex entries for Ninetales and how they seem to bring about a mythological story that also serves as a warning on how to approach it. There are legends of Ninetales being the result of the merging of nine powerful wizards, which explains other entries describing its psychic-like abilities and being able to understand humans. One of the Pokedex entries that would make me very hesitant to have one in real life, is the fact that grabbing one of its tails will result in a 1,000 year curse being cast on the unfortunate soul. Ninetales: a proud, majestic Pokemon that won’t hesitate to ruin your day or existence.

Number 6: Lapras

Of course, I have to put this iconic Pokemon on my top ten list. Lapras is practically the guardian of the sea, ferrying people on its back across bodies of water. Sadly, this Pokemon was nearly hunted to extinction, but they’ve made a steady comeback thanks to protective regulations. With the big shell on its back to sit on, that beautiful ocean blue body, and its beautiful singing voice, Lapras is a Pokemon that I would enjoy relaxing at a lake or even the beach with; I mean, how could you say “No” to that adorable face? Sure, just because Lapras looks adorable and welcoming, it doesn’t mean that it can’t hold its own in battle. With Lapras’s large body mass and its ability to summon water and ice (and other elemental moves that it doesn’t learn from leveling up), Lapras can pack a mean punch against anything and anyone that threatens it.

Number 5: Cubone

I just want to give this little one the biggest hug that I have to offer, not just because Cubone is known as the “Lonely Pokemon,” but because of what its Pokedex entry states that it has gone through. It wears the skull of its dead mother for crying out loud and nobody knows what its real face looks like because it’s worn that skull for so long. In the first-generation games, Cubone (and it’s evolved form Marowak) has its own mini-story in the game where its mother died protecting it from Team Rocket and the mother continues to haunt Pokemon Tower in Lavender Town. So not only does Cubone have a great design, but Game Freak even put in some time to give it a small story that had some form of conclusion. But seriously, I want to give the little one a big hug and tell them that everything is going to be okay.

Number 4: Abra

I don’t really have a whole lot to say about why I like Abra, it’s mostly because it spends 18 hours a day taking power naps (gotta keep that psychic power strong). It’s design and evolution line is cool and powerful, but it’s mainly because I wish that I could take that long of a snooze to make my brain and abilities more powerful. Abra definitely seems like the type of roommate that you could get along with, as long as you don’t interrupt their sleep.

Number 3: Rapidash

Come on, it’s a freaking unicorn with fire for its mane and tail!! Yeah the only downside is that if Rapidash doesn’t trust you, then you can’t ride it without getting severe burns; also, if you can’t handle riding it while it’s galloping at a max speed of 150mph, might be best to watch from the sidelines. But yeah, Rapidash has an awesome, classic design and won’t hesitate to compete with anything that moves fast.

Number 2: Jolteon

Almost every Pokmeon fan has their favorite Eeveelution and Jolteon is my personal favorite and go-to Eeveelution; don’t get me wrong, I love all of the Eeveelutions, but Jolteon is the one for me. When I played Yellow Version, Jolteon was the first Pokemon that I ever raised to level 100 and a mandatory member of my Elite Four team. Jolteon is also one of my favorite electric-type Pokemon and (in case it wasn’t obvious) one of my all-time favorite Pokemon. It’s a speedy little lightening-bolt that isn’t afraid to strike with the same strength.

Honorable Mentions

Since I had to narrow it down to ten Pokemon, not all of my favorites made it on the list, so here are some honorable mentions.
Eevee, Growlithe, Arcanine, Rattata, Raticate, Squirtle and its evolution line, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Koffing, Pikachu, Raichu, Ekans, Arbok, Zapdos, Snorlax, Aerodactyl, Sandshrew, Sandslash, Caterpie, Butterfree, Psyduck, The female and male Nidoran evolution line, Vulpix, Magikarp, Gyarados, Scyther, Tauros, Seel, Dewgong, Farfetch’d, the Machop evolution line, Zubat, Golbat, Vaporeon, Flareon, Paras, Parasect, Venonat, Venomoth, Ponyta, the Bellsprout evolution line, the Gastly evolution line, and Kangaskhan.

Number 1: Bulbasaur

If any of you have ever talked to me about Pokemon, you probably saw this coming. Bulbasaur is my favorite starter if not my favorite Pokemon of all time. There’s just something about this little green guy with a plant bulb on its back that always makes me smile. Honestly, if I were given the option to choose only one Pokemon to be real and have in my life, I wouldn’t hesitate to choose Bulbasaur (and it’s only about 2 feet tall and weighs about 15 pounds); also Bulbasaur is one of the few Pokemon that you wouldn’t leave you constantly worrying that it’ll destroy your home. It’s the same when the option arises in any later Pokemon games to get one of the Kanto starters. Bulbasaur is number one on the Pokedex and it will always be number one to me.

So yeah, that was my top ten Pokemon from the Kanto region. I hope that you enjoyed reading my list, maybe you saw some that you also enjoy. If you’d like, feel free to comment below what your favorites from the Kanto region are, I’d love to see which ones you all enjoy. See you next time when I share my top ten favorite Pokemon from the Johto region.

Top 10 Grand Theft Auto Main Characters

On October 22, 1997, the first part of the Grand Theft Auto series was released. But it should take until GTA 3 before we get with Claude, the first playable main Character of the GTA series. Here is my personal Top 10 List of my favorite Grand Theft Auto main characters.

10. Toni Cipriani (GTA Liberty City Stories)

Toni made his first appearance in GTA 3, where he is an important member of the Leone family. He is the main protagonist in GTA Liberty City Stories, which takes place years before the events of GTA 3. We see how he made a career in the Leone family and finally became what he was in GTA 3. He is a stereotypical Mafiosi who only does his job like a soldier.

9. Our GTA online character (GTA Online)

It may sound strange but I think our GTA online character deserves a place in the Top 10. I like the idea that we can create our own individual character in GTA Online. We get the opportunity to create a female and/or a male character, which we can design according to our ideas. The character of each player is different and unique in GTA online.

8. Franklin Clinton (GTA5)

In GTA 5 we got three main protagonists for the first time in a Grand Theft Auto game. One of them is Franklin Clinton. Unlike the other two main protagonists, Franklin is more of a calm person. He was a member of a street gang and often wears green clothes, which reminded me a lot of “CJ”. Fortunately, during the course of the story, the character develops its own goals, thoughts, and characteristics. He is therefore not just a “CJ” clone, but his own character, a good addition to Michael and the crazy Trevor.

7. Victor Vance ( GTA Vice City Stories)

Victor Vance is the main character in GTA Vice City Stories. Shortly after the story begins, he loses his job in the military. After being fired from the military, he tries to make his money from illegal business. But then he gets deeper and deeper into the drug world of Vice City. He is also the older brother of Lance Vance, a close friend of Tommy Vercetti. Unlike his often childish brother, Victor is a rather serious person who even reluctantly takes part in life as a criminal. Family is everything to Victor and in combination with his aversion to drugs is he probably one of the most human GTA characters.

6. Trevor Philips (GTA5)

Trevor Philips is without a doubt one of the craziest and funny characters that Rockstar ever created. He is one of the three main characters of GTA 5. He is an outlaw who often gets problems with the law because of his choleric freak outs. Trevor does not abide by the law and often acts only for his own benefit. In general, I always preferred the characters who were the craziest in GTA. What makes his character interesting is that you as a player, never really knew what you were up to. In other words, his changeable personality from a loyal partner to a selfish bully has always surprised me. 

5. Michael De Santa (GTA5)

Alongside Trevor and Franklin is Michael the third main protagonist from GTA 5. He is also the father of two children from hell, and the husband of a women who cheats on him. Michael is a former bank robber who is in a witness protection program after a failed robbery. But then one day he gets drawn back into criminal activities. Michael, with his sarcastic manner, is one of my favorite characters in GTA.

4. Claude Speed (GTA3)

Claude Speed was the first playable main protagonist in a GTA game. He is a rather quiet character who doesn’t say a word throughout the whole game. Not much is known about his past. It is only known that he had a small appearance in GTA San Andreas, which takes place years before the events of GTA 3. He often carries out his missions like a robot without thinking about whether it is right or wrong. Claude has a very introverted personality who never takes himself too seriously and never puts himself in the spotlight.

3. Carl “CJ” Johnson (GTA San Andreas)

Now let’s get to number three on the list. Carl “CJ” Johnson is undoubtedly one of the most popular main characters in the entire GTA series. After his mother was murdered by rival gang members, CJ returns to Los Santos. After arriving in Los Santos, his gang “The Grove Street” becomes more and more involved in fighting with the other gangs in Los Santos. We have to face the fight against other gangs, corrupt police officers, and friends who have betrayed us. One of the best features is that we can train CJ until he is a super athlete, or give him so much to eat until he is an overweight diabetic.

2. Nico Bellic (GTA4)

Now we come to Nico Bellic, the main protagonist from GTA 4. Nico Bellic is a character who fits perfectly into the dark atmosphere of GTA 4. Nico, who comes from eastern Europe, has a long dark past that very strongly shapes his character. Nico Bellic is a good example that the main character doesn’t have to be likable to be a good protagonist. He often tends to be violent, but in the course of the story, you understand more and more why he acts the way he does. Nico Bellic is perhaps the darkest character in the entire GTA series.

1.Tommy Vercetti (GTA Vice City)

Let’s finally get to number one. Tommy Vercetti has always been my favorite character in the entire GTA series. After being in prison for 15 years, Tommy went to Vice City. Shortly after arriving in the new city, he plans to make his way to the top of Vice City’s underworld.

A long and relentless battle for the dominance of Vice City’s neon-colored drug world begins. One of his most loyal companions on his journey to the top is his legendary Hawaiian shirt. He is not only the King of Vice City but also the best dressed GTA main character. 

I already looking forward to GTA 6. It’s been 6.5 years since GTA 5 was released. There are a lot of rumors about where and when GTA 6 could play. But what really interests me the most is what kind of main character we’re going to play. My wish is to have a character that we can train like CJ, who has the craziness of Trevor, and who has the ambition and cleverness like Tommy. It would also be nice if we had a female main character for the first time in the game too.

Who are your favorite characters from GTA?

Top 10 Illogical Things In Pokemon Games Part 2

The world of Pokemon games is full of illogical things, which can be really funny at times. Here are 10 more illogical things from all Pokemon games.

1)  Defeated Pokemon can use HM’s

Hm’s are attacks that can also used outside of a fight. For example, we can fly with the HM02(Fly) to cities that we have visited before. But have you ever noticed that defeated Pokemon can use HM’s. We can with our defeated  Dodou (which doesn’t even have wings) still fly to any place, no matter how far away that place is. Our Pokemon is almost unable to move because of the pain. It was burned, poisoned, crushed, plucked, and was almost electrified to death by a little yellow mouse Pokemon. It is half dead, but nevertheless it has the spirit to take us to the next city. That is the spirit that champions are made of.

2) Sleeping Pokemon can free themselves from Pokeballs

We are looking for a Pokemon that we always wanted. If we finally find it, we have to weaken it so that we can catch it better. If we have weakened it enough, we can still put it to sleep so that it can be captured even better. The Pokemon is sleeping, we are using our Pokeball, and the Pokemon is in the Pokeball. We are happy that we finally caught the Pokemon. And then, the Pokemon frees itself from the Pokeball. A sleeping Pokemon can free itself from a Pokeball. After it frees itself, it still sleeps. How did it get free? It’s unable to move, so how did it get free? I love the logic in this game.

3) Our Pokemon can dig into water

We all know the situation. We want to go from Fuchsia city to the Seafoam Islands. But first, we have to cross Route 19 to get there. So we get on our little Shellder and surf towards the Seafoam islands. On the way, we meet other trainers who want to challenge us to a Pokemon fight. We send our Sandslash into the battle. The funny thing about this situation is, that we can use dig. How is it possible? We are on the high seas and still, our Pokemon manages to dig into the ground. How? Is our Pokemon able to change the elements? It digs into water. A Pokemon with water weakness digs into the water. It remains an unsolved mystery.

4) Valuable items in trash cans

When we’re out in the Pokemon world, it’s always worth taking a look into the trash cans. Sometimes we find the most valuable items in the trash cans. There are actually people in this world who throw valuable items like attacks, potions, or Pokeballs in the trash can. But not only in the trash cans. We can find the rarest items like rare candies or Hyperballs in the whole Pokemon world. We also find the rarest attacks that are scattered all over the place. The whole world is filled with items. I ask myself one question. Who throws away all the items? It’s like a mirror of our society today. We throw away everything we don’t need.

5) Professor Elm always knows where we are and what we do

In Pokemon gold, silver, and crystal we meet Professor Elm. We get our starter Pokemon and get a Pokedex. After receiving a Pokemon egg from a mysterious person. we bring it to Professor Elm for examination. We should keep the egg with us and report to him if something unusual happens. After a while, Togepi hatches from the egg. Then we get a call from Professor Elm immediately after Togepi hatched. How does he know that Togepi hatched? We have not yet informed him about it, but he still knows what happened. I think our Pokedex is watching us. The Professor can control us at any time and knows always what we do. My tip, throw away your Pokedex so that the Professor can no longer watch what you are doing. The Professor is watching you.

6) We break into houses and steal items

Nobody seems to care when we go into someone’s house without asking. We just go through the open door and search in the entire house for items. If we found an item, we take it. Then we leave the house and go away. Sometimes the owners of the house are still at home, but they don’t do anything against us. If we’re lucky they give us some items when we speak to them. Why is nobody doing anything about it? We break into houses and steal valuable items. We don’t just want to be the greatest Pokemon trainer, but also the greatest burglar of all time.

7) The Poke Flute

One of the illogical things in Pokemon is the Poke Flute. We only need it once to wake up a sleeping Snorlax that blocks our way. Then we will never need the Poke Flute again for the rest of the game. When we use the Poke Flute, Snorlax wakes up and we can catch it. Seriously, why do we have to wake up a sleeping Pokemon to catch it? Why don’t we just throw a Pokeball to catch it? It sleeps and can’t do anything against us. And why can only the Poke Flute wake it up? Are there no other options? It makes no sense.

8) Our computer

Each of us has a PC. We can store Pokemon that we have caught on our PC and even save items that we will need later in the game. But why Gamefreak, can I store a bike or a fishing rod on my PC? How is that even possible? Okay, it’s pretty handy because, our backpack is quickly full, and we don’t want to sell everything to make room in our backpack again. I want this computer!

9) Nobody knows exactly what a Diglett looks like

One of the biggest mysteries in the Pokemon world is the Pokemon Diglett. No one in the entire Pokemon world has ever seen a complete Diglett. All that has been seen, is his torso. His lower body is even for the greatest Pokemon professors a mystery. Nobody knows how exactly a Diglett looks like. I have one question. Has anyone ever examined a dead Diglett that was lying dead in nature? Or why has nobody ever pulled a Diglett out of his hole? Isn’t that what researchers do? Why is nobody doing it? Is it life-threatening to pull a Diglett out of its hole, to see what it looks like? It is possible to save a bike, items, and even Pokemon as digital data on our PC. Scientists research the ultra dimension, can clone Pokemon and can bring fossils back to life. But it is impossible to say what a Diglett looks like? That makes total sense.

10) Sleeping Pokemon can flee

Legendary Pokemon like Raikou or Entei, can appear on the grass to us if we are lucky. They appear completely unexpected. If that happens , we only have one chance to catch it. Because these Pokemon will flee immediately when it frees itself from a Pokeball. But we are not stupid. We have a plan to catch the Pokemon. We will put it to sleep so that it cannot flee. If it works, we just have to catch it with a Pokeball. Finally, we’ve made it. The legendary Pokemon will be ours and nobody will stop us. It cannot move or fight back. All we have to do is to throw a Pokeball. But before we can throw the Pokeball, the Pokemon flees. Yes, a sleeping Entei or Raikou can flee when they sleeping. It’s very frustrating.

The Pokemon games have managed to connect all generations. Although I will soon be 27 years old, I still have fun and enjoy playing these games. Many people associate Pokemon games with wonderful game experiences. Pokemon games are an experience that everyone should play once. I hope that many Pokemon games will come out in the future.