Well, 2015 has come to a close and it’s time for me to reflect on the year. Overall, 2015 was a good year for me. I really enjoyed making new friends on Twitter, going to the movies with my good friend Jeff, and live tweeting Toonami every Saturday night. Twitter has been a fun experience for me, though occasionally there was some drama, but for the most part it’s been a joy. Live tweeting Toonami has once again been a highlight for me. I think my best tweets and interactions come with tweeting snarky or random things that make people laugh. I just love that. Remember, when I said that Akame ga Kill was the Game of Thrones of anime, well it premiered earlier this year on Toonami. I don’t think anybody saw it coming to the block, except me. I was one of the few who thought it would come. Low and behold, here it was. I have enjoyed seeing people’s reactions to it, especially Seryu and her “cute” dog, Kurome and her love for cookies, and Esdeath, the Ice Queen.
I remember one of my followers didn’t realize how evil Seryu and her dog were until the episode where Sheele was killed by her. He and some of my other followers were fooled by her appearance. In Akame ga Kill, no one is safe. Another series I’ve enjoyed on Toonami was Parasyte. Parasyte was one of those series where it’s just fun to troll tweet. Hearing, Hillary Haag again, in an anime was a thrill as well. I’ve actually had a blast when the voice actors would interact or live tweet with us during Toonami. Kill la Kill, SAO 2, Akame ga Kill, and Parasyte were a much better viewing experience with this interaction. I even won a prize from Sentai Filmworks during their Parasyte giveaway. I’ve become a bigger fan of Sentai because of this. The voice actors who work for them were so cool and I really appreciated that they interacted with us.
The summer time was filled with superhero movies, some old-school anime I liked, and Arkham Knight. As, I stated earlier, I went to the movies with my good friend Jeff. We saw four films: Age of Ultron, Ant Man, Fantastic 4 (yeah, I know, cringe worthy), and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hanging out with Jeff was a blast. We enjoyed the movies we saw. Well, for the most part, we did. Fantastic 4 was such a let down that I didn’t review it like I did with Age of Ultron and Ant Man. I do plan on reviewing Star Wars: The Force Awakens next week. I’m glad I got to hang out with Jeff because he’s a cool guy and knowledgeable about anime, comics, and video games. Speaking of anime, I’m thinking of live tweeting some old-school anime in the summer. I actually did a test run in June when I watched Geobreeders and Gunsmith Cats. Live tweeting both anime was a success and I plan to do more.
Perhaps, the biggest hype for me this summer, was the conclusion to the Arkham series, Arkham Knight. Arkham Knight was huge for me as a Batman fan because it was an awesome game with a really good story and lots of action. I have enjoyed it a lot. I think the dual play and the fear take down have been the best part of the gameplay. The Batmobile was a welcome addition, but it’s overused a lot in my opinion. I do like that you can smash into stuff, take out escaping thugs, and blow up drone tanks. It’s so fun! Another thing I like, was the portrayal of the Scarecrow (played by John Noble). Noble does an awesome job of making Scarecrow creepy and menacing. Story wise, Arkham Knight was very good. The only downside was the overuse of the Batmobile. The game overall was pretty good and I highly recommend getting this if you like Batman or thrillers.
Another big that happened this year was the Bring Back MST3K Kickstarter campaign. Show creator Joel Hodgson launched the campaign in November to bring the cult show back to the airwaves. The Kickstarter was a huge success and MST3K will be back sometime in 2016. Believe it or not, I actually donated some money to this. MST3K was a large part of my childhood and when I went to my grandmother’s on the weekends, I would watch it whenever it came on. MST3K would keep me entertained for hours. I still watch it, especially during Thanksgiving time. If you ever get a chance to see the revived MST3K Turkey Day, I highly recommend it. They’re fun to watch. Even though, the new MST3K will have a new cast, I’m still going to give it a shot. I can’t wait to see how this turns out. 2016 can’t come fast enough.
On the family front, I’ve got some sad news to report. My mother’s aunt and cousin’s wife have both passed away. They’ll be missed terribly. Despite this, there is some good news to share. My sister is going to have a baby girl. Yep, that’s right, I’m going to be an uncle! The baby’s due date is in April. I’ll let everyone know on Twitter when my sister gives birth. I’ve been doing fine, though I’ve made a big decision with regards to treating my dystonia. I’m going to have Deep Brain Stimulation surgery on January 7th. I’ve been thinking about this procedure for awhile now and I decided that reducing the symptoms, even if a little, is worth trying. I’m positive things will work out and I plan to update everyone on the process.
In the end, 2015 had it’s ups and downs, but overall it was fine. I hope 2016 is even better!