What do you get when you mix a collectible card game, adult cartoons and other people….. You get Animation Throwdown The Quest for Cards.  I was skeptical of this game at first.  Oh how fun could it actually be?  It probably will be meh….. I was wrong.  The game play is fun, even if you don’t spend cash on it you can still build a decent and powerful deck with a good deck master.  You start off the game picking which deck master you want to run.  (Being a huge Futurama fan, I picked Lela).  Than you get your starter deck and you get the basics of the game fairly quickly with the game giving a limited amount preloaded combos for your cards.  Once you use them you will have to research new combos.  The game itself is fun and if you are looking to kill time….. well this will do it.  I have told myself… just one or two hands in the arena…. 10 battles later/ all my adventure points gone, and all my challenges used up for the day…. And what you know my time is gone LOL.  The game itself was announced in June of last year to launch in Quarter 3 of the same year.  So the game is still young and the developers are constantly adding and updating things in the game.

What I wish would come to the game in later updates.  The Cleveland Show for all the family guy, Futurama, American Dad, Bob’s Burgers, King of the Hill.  Why is Cleveland Show not represented at all?  They can’t claim rights issues Cleveland show is owned by Fox Broadcasting.  So would defiantly love to see that.  More playable deckmasters would be nice.  Like Hypnotoad… ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD!… Huh.. wha… where was I?  OH YES.  Deckmasters.  Changes of clothes could useful for the deckmasters.  They already proved that they can with the implementation of Ricky Spanish Roger’s psychotic alter ego.

 

Hopefully in the future the game will add more deckmasters and more combos for the characters.  A character fusion system would be nice also.  But for now I will enjoy what has been given to me from the game.

Hypnotoad

All glory to the hypnotoad.

Experimenting With Marinades

Posted: July 30, 2017 by hieiyyh2 in Cooking With Hiei
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So lately I have been working more and more in my home kitchen while I am not studying for my A+ Certification.  Sick of using store made Italian dressing to marinate my chicken for the grill, (Which is good) I decided to make my own.  Here is what I used

Lemon-Lime chicken marinade
WARNING be careful with the citrus acid in the lemon and lime because it will cook the chicken.

What you will need

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Lemon
1/2 Lime
Pepper
Salt
Italian Herb Mix

In a bowl place the Oil (I eyeballed this because I needed just enough of the mixture to cover the chicken) Squeeeeze the juice of the lime and the lemon into the oil, 4 to 5 grinds of the pepper, 2 to 3 grinds of the salt, 2 dashes of the herb mix (do this to your liking)  Mix together than place your chicken in it. There should be enough that it just covers the chicken.  Chill.  (As stated above expect the chicken to look slightly cooked when you go to cook the chicken on the grill.  That is from the Citric Acid in the lemon and lime, it is how ceviche is made)

Beer and Garlic Marinade

What you will need

1 Bottle of your favorite beer
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
5 cloves of garlic
Salt
Pepper
Paprika
Tumeric
Italian Herb Mix

In your bowl, empty bottle of beer. A small ammount of olive oil (about 2 to 3 teaspoons)  Mince the five cloves of garlic and place into the bowl.  Grind your salt 3 or 4 times, Pepper grind 4 to 5 times, 1 pinch of Paprika (Or more if you like the taste), 1 dash of Turmeric (Do not use to much). I only used 1 dash of the herb mix for this, but if you like the taste add more.  Mix together and place the chicken in and let it chill for as long as you like.

 

I am not a professional chef, I just happen to love to cook and experimenting with flavors.  If you enjoyed these recipes leave a like and a comment.  Thank you for reading

The Worst Witch (Netflix)

Posted: July 30, 2017 by hieiyyh2 in Reviews
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Back in 1986 a young Fairuza Balk starred in a TV movie series called the worst witch.  Which was based off of the books of the same name.  Thirty one years later Netflix streams a new and improved version of the series.  Starring Bella Ramsey…….. better known as

Lyanna Mormont

Arguably Game of Thrones most badass character.  Bella plays the timid, bumbling and sweet Mildred Hubble.  Which goes to show that any actor or actress with the right skills can be almost anyone.

The series like the TV movie series before it, stayed faithful to the book.  Mildred is a common girl with seemingly no magical family to speak of but somehow gets into Cackles school for witches.  With her best friends the head of the class Maud and the rebellious Enid.  For those who aren’t savvy with the fantasy and science fiction worlds.  People may write this series off as a Harry Potter rip off because of the story aspects of the show and the similarities between the two. But know this young readers and emerging nerd types.  The Worst Witch was written in 1974 where as Harry Potter was written twenty three years later.  Simply put do not judge a series based solely on similarities 🙂

The first season of the show on Netflix is well directed, shot very well and plays to the strengths of the cast as a whole.  It would be nice if in later seasons if the original cast made guest appearances. But I would think people like Tim Curry would be hard to get or Fariuza Balk for that matter.  The story of season one goes along smoothly.  But I feel like the only downside is the actress of Ethel.  Her over the top harshness seems forced and unnatural.  A couple of the actresses seem this way.  But right now I am chalking this up to the show finding it’s grove.

I would say give this show a chance, if you are looking for fantasy series to watch.  If you were a fan of the original give this show a shot and see if it meets your nostalgia memories or surpasses them.

Thank you for reading.  As always if you would like leave a comment to tell myself or my team how can improve that would be greatly appreciated.

Death Note (Netflix)

Posted: July 21, 2017 by hieiyyh2 in Reviews
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When I first heard of the Americanized (literally) version of Death Note I was instantly hesitant.  Why?  Because EVERY Americanized live action anime has failed miserably.

Don’t believe me.  Watch Dragonball Evolution, Speed Racer, Ghost In The Shell, Astro Boy.

deathnoteAnd from what I have seen so far in trailers and teasers I am not impressed by this.  Light just from the trailers Light seems to be whmpy compared to his Japanese counterpart.  The trailer has a dark tone which is fine.  Death Note is a dark and twisted world where a man literally plays god picking and choosing who dies simply by writing their names in a notebook.  But that is all the trailer conveys is the dark tones when dealing with the God of Death voiced by Willem Dafoe.  But everything else in the trailers and teasers just seems more actionized than the Anime actually was.  I realize that the trailer says Based On.  But all they did was change the location from Japan to Seattle Washington.   The anime was never all that action oriented it was more of a dark mystery with the main character proving his genius by staying ahead of his intellectual rival who was trying to catch him.  Because of this I am not looking forward to August 25th for the release.

 

Here is the trailer (Credit for this trailer belongs to Netflix)

Netflix Death Note Trailer

Thank you for reading.  Any feedback you can give in comments would be greatly appreciated.

Castlevania Netflix

Posted: July 12, 2017 by hieiyyh2 in Reviews, Television
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A string and piano version of the main theme  (credit to the performers and conductors who did this piece)

castlevania

Like so many fans of this classic Nintendo game series, I was waiting in anticipation for this animated series to come out.  When it came out, I was in awe.  The animation was beautiful, the voice acting wasn’t cheesy like in the games. (What is a man! Example of game voice acting).  My only problem with the first season.  IT WAS SOOOOOO SHORT!!!!!  Four episodes following the story of Trevor Belmont (The story of Castlevania III Dracula’s Curse)  What I can say about the series without giving spoilers.  It tells the origin of Dracula’s turn to evil beautifully.  It even captures the background of Trevor very well without dragging the show to a grinding stop.  I just wish it was longer.  It is my hope that the following seasons will be longer.  The choices that Warren Ellis made with Castlevania was great so far.  If you are looking to kill four hours, than give Castlevania a run through.

The Rise of Nerdly Radio

Posted: February 10, 2017 by hieiyyh2 in creative corner
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Beginning production of Nerdly Radio Podcast has begun.   The first step to making it official has been set and that is to create a  Twitter specifically for it.  You can follow @Nerdly_R_Pcast If all goes well Snapchat and Instagram will be the same.  Stay tuned!!

This is the brain child I have been working on in my head for the past few years ever since I created The Sons of Geekdom Podcast with my old friend Jon.  Nerdly Radio Podcast and the Podcast Network I wish to create was inspired by Chris Hardwick; Chris Booker and Elvis Duran.  These three were a HUGE inspiration to me in many ways.  I can probably never thank them in person but I thank them none the less.

Count It Down With Hiei

Posted: January 25, 2017 by hieiyyh2 in The Countdowns
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HELLO AND WELCOME! Too another countdown.  Where I list the things I love and hate about things I love to do.  Today we will be counting down the best dungeons in The Legend of Zelda series.  The rules for this are simple there will be no repeats of games and I will not be including games from Zelda I have not personally played (Skyward Sword, Breathe of the Wild, The Oracle Series, That train Zelda game….)  SO lets go.

IT’S!

10.  When you think of Zelda many games jump out at you no matter what age you are.  But when it comes to a dungeon nothing is more iconic than The first dungeon in the Original Legend of Zelda on the NES.  This was the first time any of us got to experience the level of difficulty that this game could impose as a young gamer trying to tame that first boss it was mystical and jaw dropping when you finally beat it….. Than your elder sibling beat it in like two seconds….

9.  Not many people think of Zelda and think of the hand held games.  But for me in The Legend of Zelda Link’s awakening The Eagle’s Tower was my favorite.  Running through the various levels of the tower using a massive Cannon ball to knock the tower lower.  Using every trick and skill you possess to reach the goal….. Ahh it was fun.

8.  A crash of thunder awakens you, it is raining outside and a note from your father is awaiting for you that he has gone to castle.  Without hesitation you  find your way to the castle and you see you can’t get in.  So you sneak around to the side and down a hole into the Dungeons of the castle where you find your father wounded….. It is than he tells you to save the Princess.  He gives you your sword and it is off to find Zelda.  The opening to A link to the past has always been one of my favorite games and it’s opening dungeon crawl was always part of the story I loved best.

7.  The Stone Tower in Majora’s mask has always been one of my favorite temples in the game.  That is until after i picked the game back up from Rage quiting the water temple in that same game….GAH any way.  This is to my knowledge the first time you can physically effect the level in Zelda by turning it upside down.  The puzzles were challenging and the music was erie and beautiful at the same time….. and it made you think…Is Link really dead?  Let us not forget the boss fight using the Giants Mask and turning link huge.

6.  The Final Dungeon in Link (Zelda 2) yes yes the boss was unrelentingly cheap and worth of making you want to throw your system at the wall.  But it was also a test of your skill and endurance and fighting off the beasts to reach your ultimate goal…. and once you beat Dark Link without a game Genie…. than you knew I AM THE KING…… and than Mike Tyson stood in your way…. wait a second.

5.  The four swords was fun it presented us with awesome new ways to solve puzzles, team up with friends and in the case of the cave of insights well it made things not only more fun and a lot easier to solve puzzles with friends. It gave us all your friends included an insight into the way this game was going to go down.

4.Much like the last entry.  Triforce Heros brought back the team up aspect and coupled it with new tricks and skills and new outfits which augment your skills.  All of these were fun to find ways to complete things in different manors and gave you new ways to play through the game as you liked.  But of all the Levels the Desert temple stands out in my mind the most as it gives us challenges that not only require you to have a good understanding of the game but it has you putting your team work skills to the test.

3.  The Tower of the gods in Wind Waker.  Plotting through this game you get a large ocean which in some cases you can see islands FAR in the distance, some you can not….. But when it comes to the Tower of the gods…… You can see it from EVERY Island.  It is the point in the game where you find the challenge rating going up,  It is also at this point in the game where you obtain the legendary master sword.

Before I get into the top 2 I need to point out that these were the two I had the most fun with and I couldn’t decide which was better.  But here we Go.

2.  The Arbiter’s Grounds:  This imposing dessert prison used in the past to house the most vile criminals hyrule has ever known.  You pick your way through and fight through challenges and avoiding the sand.  Till you achieve getting the dungeon main item.  The spinner.  The spinner can be used to traverse the sand, clim walls with tracks on it and spun to turn gears in the prison. Leading up to my personal all time favore boss the Stallord, Pin Ball out his spinal collum only to have to fight his head in a battle along the pillar and walls.  Grinding along like you were doing a multi-grind in Tony Hawk Pro-skater.  Timing your jumps right to hit down the head.  Oh man was that fun.

IT’S

Number 1.  The legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time revolutionized the action rpg gaming world.  with it’s beautiul 3d walking world.  Polished game play, MANY memorable Temples.  But none stick out more in my mind than The Forest Temple.  After you obtain the Master Sword and get transported 7 years into the future. You want to check in on your old friends using Sara’s Song you find no response.  So you go to your childhood home where you find she had went to teh forest temple.  Deep in The Lost Woods.  Once you get there you must find your way into the temple and than you are presented with eerie music that haunts you all through the temple even in the open air spots.  The whole feel of it makes you want to second guess finding your friend.  But you trek your way through and fight Phantom Ganondorf to rescue your friend who is a sage.

That concludes this edition of the Countdown.  Do you agree or do you have a different list I would love to read them.  Thanks for reading