Matt Hackmann

Best of Anime Awards - Finale

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Here we are at the final day of the year and our little anime awards show. So, here they are and we'll see you on the other side!

Best Show of 2011

Chris - Steins;Gate

Steins;Gate

Time travel stories are amazing, and this is something I've always known. However, Steins Gate -- a show I started watching out of idle curiosity - has confirmed how badass I think they are. Why is that, exactly? Sit your ass down and I'll tell you.

Like all good time travel stories, the show starts out all, "Huh?" then proceeds to, "Ah!" and ends on a "I FUCKING UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING NOW." You know what really helps these temporal feelings along? A refreshing cast of badass and well developed characters -- surprisingly light on school girls -- teams up with the plot to create a story so badass that you will sit down on the stoop of your Manhattan apartment and think like a GODDAMN MAN.

Convinced yet? Not enough info for your tastes? TOUGH SHIT. Absorb it through every orifice and be glad you did.Read More

2011 Best of Anime Awards - A Bit of Character

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Welcome back, and now for installment two of the 2011 Best of Anime Awards (Part 1, if you missed it).

Best Character

Chris - Rintarou Okabe (Steins;Gate)

Hououin Kyouma

Rintarou Okabe -- aka, mad scientist Hououin Kyouma -- is the main element that makes Steins; Gate amazing.

Okabe starts off over the top, telling everybody he's a mad scientist and making grand claims about a secret organization that's keeping tabs on him. Over the course of the show, however, you see him develop into a very troubled character as the show's events begin to take their toll on him. This depth later on really makes you feel for him as a character.

But you know what the best part is? He's an ass most of the time, but in a good way, asserting himself over his supposed suboordinates in an over the top fashion.

Gotta love it.

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2011 Best of Anime Awards

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It's that time of year again. That is, the end of the year and the beginning of another. As has become a normal thing for my website, I am here doing reviews of anime series I watched during the year. However, I will be changing it up a bit and instead of reviewing everything, things will be done in a categorized award fashion. Joining me again this year are my brothers Jeff and Chris. So, without further ado, let's begin!

Why the Hell did I Watch That?

We Without Wings

Chris - First half of the first episode of We Without Wings

I'll be honest, I watched the first episode of this show because I wanted to see some mad panty shots. What did I get? An initial two minutes of fan service that made me uncomfortable, followed by ten minutes of a couple of dick weeds in a bar having a boring ass conversation.

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Hear the Sultry Sounds of dxprog

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I was minding my own business last night, doing some programming and listening to music via my music page (this part is key). All of a sudden, the song I'm listening to cuts out and I hear this. Unfortunately, due to the design of my music listening system, my living room stereo is controllable from anywhere, hence this was made possible.

But, I have also written things so that I can control the playlist of any person currently using the page. So, I fired the following back at my brother:

Best $0.99 I've ever spent on a karaoke song.

Disclaimer - This video will make your ears bleed.

The Deconstruction of a Christmas Song

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It is that time of year again as so can be plainly seen by the appearance of Vulgar Santa on my site. So, given the spirit of the season, I shell delve into Christmas related subject. Today, I will be violently tearing apart a Christmas song (no, not the Nat King Cole one).

On the whole, I enjoy Christmas music. Arguably, I don't quite as much now as I did in my younger years, but it still is an important part of the season. There are, however, some songs I cannot stand. The Christmas Shoes ranks pretty high on that list, for example. And, of course, let us not forget songs about attempted Christmas date rape. Not to mention that song that ISN'T EVEN A FUCKING CHRISTMAS SONG!!!

Sorry, that one always hits a nerve.

Today, however, I will discuss Do You Hear What I Hear?. Aside from being incredibly repetitive and musically blah, the lyrics (when over-analysed) make about as much sense as mayonnaise taking a brisk vacation on the shores of Hawaii. So, let's begin!Read More