Naika Reviews “Street Fighter 2: The Animated Movie” on Blu-Ray

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The arcades were a thing of beauty.  Every weekend trip with either my Mom or my Dad to one was filled with awe as we geared up to play a plethora of pixelated punchfests.  I remember how amazing it was to see Samurai Showdown for the first time on a big red Neo Geo MVS cabinet at Dennis, The Place for Games in Chicago.  I remember my Dad taking me to a suburban arcade after his basketball meetups in Addison, Illinois to mash bad guys on Konami’s X-Men or The Simpsons.  I’ll never forget my Friday trips to Fun Zone by Lane Tech High School, where all I really did there was play the shit out of King of Fighters ’96.  However, the allure of Street Fighter 2 was one of a kind, and you’d be a fool to walk by that awesome cabinet without dropping in a quarter to play.  Street Fighter 2 mania was real folks and it was fantastic.  I can attest to this, because I was there.  I experienced it.  I read it.  I lived it.  I breathed it.  It was a worldwide phenomenon and when it got animated, it was a dream come true.

Street Fighter 2 has obviously gone through multiple iterations, but Super Street Fighter 2 – The New Challengers was glorious to me on so many fronts.  First off, we got four new characters with four amazing stages.  Secondly, new moves were also added to the old roster with even better animations.  This followed with more color schemes for characters and we even had a kick-ass home version for the SNES.  However, the glory exploded into full-on awesome sauce when the world was finally given an anime film based on the Street Fighter 2 story.  None of us could believe it, but we flipped out and had to have it on VHS.  Some of us were obviously disappointed with the Van Damme SF2 film (which, in hindsight, wasn’t all that bad), and this, to my eyes at least, was going to be the film that would get the real story right.   We all knew that this would not only look awesome, but that it would have that feel of Street Fighter while bringing us back to the story of Ryu and Ken.  However, is this anime film worth your time?

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Sam Okyere is awesome!!

It’s not easy being Black in the U.S., and it certainly isn’t easy in Asia either.  No one in South Korea embodies this hardship more than T.V. personality Sam Okyere.  As an international student from Ghana, he’s seen his fair share of discrimination, yet he found his niche in the Korean entertainment industry to much success.  Recently, the YouTube channel Asian Boss interviewed Sam about this hopes, struggles and overall thoughts about his like in South Korean.  Take a gander at these two videos to get an idea of how much of a struggle it can be sometimes to be different, and how, in some cases, others can relate and connect.  Enjoy!

Ban Rant

We welcomed good ol’ Donny Trump with a gigantic middle finger of a march as the streets in D.C. turned hot pink.  He responded with falsehoods, namely something we now call alternative facts.  He shat on all sorts of things last week, but that fucking ban more or less broke the camel’s back.  It’s been less than a month and Donny Trump has already taken a huge shit on the Constitution.  He is wrecking lives.  He is putting innocent people in absolute danger.  He is caving into xenophobia and he is destroying the very thing that American’s greatness is built upon.

This whole migrant ban is a load of shit that can only come from a shoddy, deplorable administration like this.  Paul Ryan is even defending the move, explaining, like the rest of the soulless hacks you’d find in Congress, that it was done to protect the American people.  Well guess what Paul, NO ONE GIVES A RAT’S ASS about what you think.  No amount of backtracking, victim-blaming and alternative facts can clean up the mess this whole incident churned up.  This is why I’m thrilled to see so many people march all over the country against this shit.

However, as others have pointed out, what if this is all part of Bannon’s strategy?  What if this is all shock-and-awe?  Given how sneaky Trump’s cabinet is, I believe it’s time to be vocal and vigilant whenever unconstitutional crap like this comes storming our way.  Today’s rejoice in Washington state’s halt on this ban is welcome indeed, but let’s not forget the fact that there’s still a fight on our hands for the next four years.  Making this administration pay for its crimes is a longshot, but nothing ever gets done unless you get your feet wet and march.  No one up there ever gets afraid about their broken promises unless you shout and holler at them on the street.  And lastly, we will always take our liberties for granted unless we stand up to defend them together.  The U.S. is not without sin and has much to pay for in relation to the Third World, but if we can unite and use that guilt, that clarity of conscience to defend the only redeemable element of this country, then we can truly earn the respect of the world as being, irrefutably, the land of the free.

Happy Year of the Rooster!

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Year of the Rooster?  How about year of the Orange Clucker???  Here’s hoping that you’re ready to eat a ton of bird because this year will be so full of guano that the only comfort you’d have is knowing where all that shit came from.  It’s ONLY BEEN A WEEK and the Donald has shat on everything you could think of.  Please be merry, please enjoy dumplings or a hot pot and PLEASE think of positive things folks.  We’re in for a long one, so let’s celebrate now, and get ready to bring it to “Donny” in the coming year.

Naika Reviews “Bone Tomahawk”

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Bone Tomahawk was the last movie I saw in 2016 and it was a goddamned mistake to do so.  I should’ve picked something fun, sentimental or positive to watch, but I ended that awful year with a movie so fucking brutal and timely that it made Mariah Carey’s Times Square performance a cake walk (that shit was still embarrassing though).  Bone Tomahawk isn’t the horror-western we needed, but the one we deserved.  And if you’re brave enough to see it through, it will provide unshakable payback with haunting reverberations.

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2016: The Good, The Bad and THE GOD-AWFUL!

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If you thought 2015 was god-awful, then boy do you need a slap in the face.  2016 is full of such madness, such despair and such fuckery that I cannot begin to imagine what 2017 will be like (have I said this before???).  With such an unprecedented turn of events happening at the speed of your stupid Facebook feed, it’s no wonder that we’d all like to just throw the year down a trash bin and burn it.  Where shall we begin everyone?  Who or what shall I discuss first?  What in God’s name were the positives?  Do snow monkeys make snow balls and eat them?  We’ll go over it all as we begin with….

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SCORPION KIIIIIICK!!!!!

Did you see that kick?  That build up?  That GOAL????  It won the internet.  It made Assad shit in his pants.  It resurrected Ronald Reagan only to kill him again.  It silenced everyone!  Goal of the season?  How about goal of the decade?  Arsene now says it’s in his top five, and that bar is fucking high.  This is Arsenal, where football isn’t just a capitalist war of attrition.  It’s art.  It transcends life.  It produces memorable moments.  It produces goals like this.