Fighting Game Babe of the Week (12/29/2015)

I’m a fan of fighting games, especially when it comes to the BABES of fighting games, so I’ll be doing something new.  I’ll be posting an awesome image of a fighting game lady (either official or fan made) each week, so please marvel at the awesome art work and hopefully this will get the gaming itch going for some of y’all.  This week’s focus will be on the sultry Cammy White in her new digs for Street Fighter 5!  We also got that little Red and Green after coming back from the Holidays.  Cheers folks!  Bring in da’ new year!

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Merry Christmas!

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It’s hard to bid your girlfriend good night when she’s living somewhere else for the Holidays, but that’s a reality for me right now, so the most that I can do is to wish her a Happy Holiday.  For those of you that read here, please enjoy your Christmas in warmth and happiness.  Happy Holidays to you readers and cherish what life brings you. Cheers!

Arsenal and Chances

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I was unable to see the entire clash between the Gunners and City this Monday, but that’s why we have highlights.  BBC’s Live Updates kept me nervy, but after 3 fabulous goals (both Theo’s and Yaya’s in particular), the game ended 2-1 to the Gunners.  This closes the gap to Leicester and puts a nice 4 point cushion between us and the Blue Moon.  Frankly, I’m both thrilled and relieved.

I haven’t spoken much about the Gunners recently, but there’s such a feel good vibe about being a Gooner this year.  From back-to-back FA Cups to the acquisition of Petr Cech (along with the shit-sacking of Jose Mourinho), things continue to look up for us, and it’s showing on the faces of our players.  Wenger spoke of a togetherness in the team despite the injuries and you really feel that these lads are playing for each other.  Ozil is shining as the star that we all thought he is, Coquelin, despite injuries, is a beast, Joel Campbell is making a name for himself and Ollie G is just tucking the goals away.  Cech continues to secure our goalmouth while the four in front of him deserve so much credit as well.  How can we get this far without such a solid back line like this?

It’s too early to tell where we’ll be come the end of the season, but so far, things are looking great.  COYG!!

BACK TO ACTION!! Naika Reminisces about the Power Rangers

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During the early to mid nineties, much of my afternoon was spent on the TV watching cartoons with my brother.  Whether it was the incredible Batman: The Animated Series, Tiny Toons, Eek the Cat or whatever else Fox Kids had, I ate it all up (and became a shitty student at the same time).  However, something Japanese would come our way with a massive impact on our weekdays, and that was the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

I was familiar with the Super Sentai franchises during my stays in Thailand to see family members, and this was especially so for the bird-themed Chojin Sentai Jetman, which kicked so much ass back in the day.  Therefore, you could imagine my amazement at seeing an ad for the upcoming Power Rangers show.  I was ecstatic, and even my own Dad commented that “Hey, it’s like Jetman!”  You damn right it is Dad, and it was awesome.

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From 1993 to 1997, Power Ranger mania swept over me like mad, and it all came together with Saban’s greatest season in 1998: Power Rangers in Space.  Designed to be its last season thanks in no small part to the dismal ratings seen on its predecessor, Power Rangers Turbo, In Space was written to be an epic space opera that would draw the final curtain on Saban’s love affair with tokusatsu tights.  Ironically, the ratings came roaring back, and the magnificence of In Space helped to revitalize the Power Rangers franchise for 3 more years.  In Space’s successor, Lost Galaxy, is a firm favorite of mine thanks to the great fight scenes and villains, but things would soon get serious for me as life began to catch up with me real fast.

As 1999 rolled around, I was more concerned about my prospects for college and from then on, I focused on getting my ACT and SAT scores on track while maintaining a good GPA.  As a result, my love affair with Power Rangers waned considerably, especially since more daytime anime started to show up on cable (Gundam Wing and so forth) and sadly, the concepts for the remaining shows just didn’t interest me.  I held a cursory glance at Lightspeed Rescue and didn’t care for the suits or concept much.  By 2001, I was already in college with so much on my mind, and with the country in such dismay after 9 / 11, you can probably guess what my thoughts were when I glanced at Power Rangers Time Force.  Time travel?  Yeah right…

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In the years that followed, I did wonder every so often about what I had missed out on. Thanks in no small part to Linkara’s excellent series History of Power Rangers however, I finally amassed the courage to dive into Time Force this past September and was pleasantly surprised.  It followed the Sentai closely, but had a freshness that I find hard to explain.  Maybe it’s thanks to the unique premise, or how refreshing it is to see somebody like Wes (played with panache by Jason Faunt) be the Red Time Force Ranger.  Or maybe it’s how badass Dan Southworth is as Eric Myers, who would ultimately become the Quantum Ranger.  Or it might be Circuit, because he’s adorable and super awesome.  All in all, Time Force was a great season and I really wish I gave it a chance all those years ago.

Hopefully as the new year rolls around, I will touch up on and review some of the PR seasons that I’ve either re-watched (thanks to Netflix and Shout Factory) or am watching for the first time.  As of this moment, I am currently watching Lightspeed Rescue for the first time, and I am impressed with it so far (minus Vypra, but it’s really not a deal-breaker in any sense).  Before that, I re-watched both In Space and Lost Galaxy, and to my surprise, I don’t remember as much as I thought I did, but both seasons remain awesome.  With Dino Charge happening as we speak and a new film in the works, here’s hoping that the Power Rangers franchise will continue and recapture some of that luster that the old Saban Entertainment days stumbled onto (yes, I say this, yet I haven’t even touched ONE Disney PR season yet, so maybe I’m counting my chickens before they hatch).

Fighting Game Babe of the Week (12/14/2015)

I’m a fan of fighting games, especially when it comes to the BABES of fighting games, so I’ll be doing something new.  I’ll be posting an awesome image of a fighting game lady (either official or fan made) each week, so please marvel at the awesome art work and hopefully this will get the gaming itch going for some of y’all.  This week’s focus will be on the recently censored wrestling hottie R. Mika!!!  It’s a shame that we don’t get any booty slapping, but hopefully that won’t detract from SF5!  Sooooo looking forward to it!  😀

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My City Screams

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It’s very hard for me to write coherently at this moment about the violence that has plagued Chicago since I left 9 years ago because frankly, I get choked up.  I really do.

From Tyshawn Lee to Laquan McDonald, the violence that erupts when one pulls the trigger, be it a monstrous criminal or officer, is irrevocable.  When I heard the words “9 year old” or “cover-up,” it gets my blood boiling.  It makes me want to see heads roll.  It makes me despair.  I left my beautiful city 9 years ago, and despite all the faces I see in Facebook living it up as transplants, it distracts me from what’s really happening on the ground level, where bodies are strewn about as they drown in their own blood.  Black bodies of people who should be dreaming, hoping and striving, not dying.

I get angry when I hear the words “Rahm” and “CPD”.  Do I want him out of office?  YES!  Do I want someone to pay?  HELL YES!  But I also want people the city can trust.  People we can still look up to.  People who we know can protect and love us without herding Chicagoans (mind you, BLACK CHICAGOANS SPECIFICALLY) around like sheep behind blue fences because there are wars happening.  Wars that erupt over trifles that cost us our little ones.  Little ones who could one day bring us all out of the darkness.

So to all those out on the streets, I stand with you.  To all those holding signs, I shout with you.  To all those deep in sadness, I weep with you.  And to all of those who are wishing for a more peaceful Chicago, I dream with you.