And I’m using that term very loosely…


My friend, HikaruRose made a post earlier today about what it takes to really work in the gaming industry.  Apparently there’s this girl who created a poorly animated “music video” saying why she wants to work at Valve.  While I’m fairly sure it’s a joke, I’ve yet to find where she openly states that this was just done for fun and that she really doesn’t do the things she lists in the video.  Because she doesn’t openly declare it as a joke, I’m inclined to believe that she’s serious (especially when she states it right there).  But this does bring up a rather serious topic about pursing a job in the entertainment industry.


Firstly…why am I putting this on a blog geared towards fandoms?  Because many people in fandoms wish to pursue a career that will cater towards that fandom.  Many anime fans want to be animators, mangaka/comic artists or writers, or voice actors.  Many furries also wish to be animators or illustrators (not all but a decent amount of the artists do).  I’m an animation major myself and while the only thing I’ve applied for are internships, a lot of what I say is either going to be from what I’ve learned from my professors who are professionals and have worked in the industry, what I’ve learned from my current internship at an animation studio, and from plain old common sense.  Secondly…let me preface this by saying I’m pretty sure this video is a joke.  I would really hope that there isn’t a person out there who actually thinks that this is a good way to ask for a job.  I’m writing this really because sadly it was made and no one can really tell if it’s a joke or not because she never says it’s a joke.  Like I stated above, she actually claims that this is supposed to be taken seriously and a few of the comments on YouTube are taking it rather seriously too (just a few but still a few too many).


Here’s a link to HikaruRose’s post with her thoughts on the subject: So you want to work at Valve?


And the video itself for reference:


With that out of the way let’s go through the top 10 things wrong with this video…


10. The presentation.


Creating a portfolio is key in getting any job in the entertainment industry.  Whether you’re planning on being a animator, an illustrator/concept artist, character designer, actor, voice actor, or anything else in advertisement, film, television, etc., you’re going to need to prove that you can do what the job requires you to do.  She’s asking for a job at Valve which is a 3D gaming company and what does she do for a presentation?  A poorly Flash animated music video.  She doesn’t display any knowledge of gaming or of how to create games.  She doesn’t display any skills in 3D animation or character design.  She doesn’t display a reason that Valve should ever hire her.  If you’re going to apply for a job or even an internship, look at what the companies do, look at what they require their employees to know, and prove to them through a portfolio or demo reel that you can do the things that they would require you to do.


I will say this though, it is a creative approach to making a demo reel and so it would actually stand out among other applicants.  The problem is that is doesn’t showcase the abilities needed to work at a gaming company.  The only reference to gaming in the video is references to actual games that Valve has made which makes this look like a piece of fan art rather than a serious way to ask for a job.  As fan art, it’s very adorable.  As a honest way to get your foot in the door, it needs a lot (and I mean a lot) of work.


9. Telling the people you want to work for what to do.


In the first couple of seconds of her song you hear about how she applied for a job at Valve 3 times (which is what makes me 99.99% that this is just a joke…because who the deuce uses a carrier pigeon for anything anymore?), and why she wants them to take this seriously as an application.  She wants an answer back from them because she hasn’t gotten one back before.  As a job applicant, you don’t have the upper hand.  You can’t call the shots.  If they have a position open, that’s when a company looks through applications.  If there’s no position open, why are they going to be in contact with you?  It’s a job’s job to announce when they have open positions just as it’s an applicant’s job to keep watch for open positions in the company they wish to work for.  Also, if they don’t like your application or if they don’t believe you’re the right person for the job, they reserve every right not to call you back.  They don’t need to tell you you don’t have the job.  Their silence on the issue can be answer enough.  You can always apply again when you feel your skills are up to par, but if not, it’s not the end of the world.  There’s other gaming companies out there other than Valve.  There’s other animation studios out there other than Disney.  They’re not all big names, but it’s a start and something to put on the resume.  For a first job, it’s going to be rare that you’d get a top position at a first rate company or studio right out of the gate.  That’s just unrealistic.  Start small and work your way up.  Be humble about what you get and don’t order your bosses around.  You should be fine.


8. Pestering them.


I actually have a little bit of first hand knowledge of this from the animation studio I work at.  You see, there’s some boy/man that keeps calling the studio asking to work on Alpha and Omega 2.  There might not even be a sequel to Alpha and Omega, but this person keeps calling them.  At first everyone was being nice with him.  They just told him that he should check for job openings or send a demo reel.  Eventually this guy kept calling and calling them.  Not every day but maybe every other week or so.  He wasn’t getting the hint.  While they’re still professional with him when he calls, the truth of the matter is they’re only professional because they have to be.  The truth is they just want to tell him to stop calling them.


Companies hate it when you pester them.  They’re busy trying to put out products for the public and they don’t have time to be bothered with obsessive fans trying to work for them just because they want to work for them.  You might have a good sequel idea for a movie or a good idea for a game that a company might be able to put out.  That’s great.  But they’re not going to listen to it right off the bat.  They’ve got their own movies/games/shows/etc. that they’re working on at the moment.  Sometimes they’re working on more than one thing at the same time.  They’ve got deadlines to meet and other companies to please.  It would be rare for them to take time out of their busy schedule to read a piece of fan fiction or check a piece of fan art someone sends in as “proof” that they’ve got good ideas for the company/studio.  Again, this is another case of needing to work from the bottom up.  Start slow and maybe somewhere along the line you can get your concepts out there.  Rarely will that happen right off the bat.


7. Resume?


Okay, to be fair on her website it says she works for Apple and she states the major she has and which college she graduated from.  But all she says here is that she draws and she writes.  Clearly from the presentation, you can see she animates and sings as well.  That’s fine and dandy, but previous job experience?  What else have you done in the animation field?  Or outside the animation field?  What experience in 3D do you have if any?  And if not, what do you have that you can offer the company?  Concept art?  Character design?  Resume goes hand in hand with a portfolio/demo reel.  She has a few things up on here site but anything regarding gaming?  3D work?  Nope.  If she’s aiming for something other than concept art, I don’t think she has anything to show off those skills.


6. The “potential” card.


Now just saying you have potential isn’t inherently a bad thing.  It really isn’t.  It’s good to have potential and in fact everyone has potential for something.  Whether it’s what you dreamed of or something you never could have conceived, everyone has potential.  But in order for someone to bank on whatever potential you may have, they have to be shown that they can in fact rely on you.  This whole concept of people just taking some poor soul from the streets and giving them a chance, while that’s a one in a million chance that could happen in real life, we’ve been taught that stuff like that happens all the time.  It doesn’t.  And usually when it does, it’s because the lucky person chosen showed that they had an inkling of ability.  You know…like the team of people that worked on the Portal games.  They were students, they created a student project as a thesis, guy who runs Valve (owns it…runs it…? I’m not sure) loved their work and their idea so much that he hired them.  He didn’t hire them because they begged or said they had potential.  He hired them because they proved they had potential and he saw it.  So with potential, prove that you have it.  Don’t just say you do.


5.  “Destiny”.


Okay…this really has nothing to do with applying for a job or anything.  This is really just about the concept of destiny.  Just because you believe you were meant to do something doesn’t automatically make it so.  Now, this isn’t to say that you shouldn’t try.  But think of the people who try out for American Idol.  There’s one person I remember seeing during the audition phases that was convinced that she was supposed to be a singer.  Her mother told her that she was meant to be a singer.  But when she went to sing, her voice was terrible and she wasn’t given a ticket to Hollywood.  And she was honestly upset and shocked by this because she was told all her life that she could sing and this was her destiny.  Destiny’s a tricky thing but we all like to believe in it.  We all secretly want to know that we’re here for some reason and we’re not some accident.  The problem with the idea of destiny is that you can get it into your head that this is the only career path that you’re supposed to have and this is the only thing you’ll ever pursue and you won’t think of the alternatives.  Or rather you’ll think of them…you just won’t allow for them because you’re so fixated on this concept of “fate” or “destiny”.


4. Slightly distasteful jokes.


Now if there’s a second good thing I could say about this video other than the creative approach to a (sort of) demo reel is that there’s some clever gaming humor in there.  Like the Left 4 Dead jokes and the one about the companion cube.  But right in the middle, there’s a rather distasteful joke in there regarding doing…something…with an octopus.  While it’s not explicitly said, you know exactly what she’s talking about.  Humor is good.  Humor when done well can make you stand out.  Don’t rely on adult humor though.  For some companies you probably could.  Like if you wanted to work on South Park or Family Guy.  Those are shows that solely rely on potty humor, societal commentary, and adult humor.  But as a part of a portfolio, it’s better to hold back on humor like that.  I’d say that this joke was slightly subtle.  But to be on the safe side, it probably isn’t something that you’d want to show to future employers unless they’re Matt Stone, Trey Parker, or Seth MacFarlane.  And even then you should still probably hold back a little and show off your skills and not how raunchy you can be.  Again…in here it’s a subtle joke, but to be on the safe side (you never know who you might offend), it’s better to leave stuff like that out.


3. Desperation.


I can’t be the only one that feels how desperate she is to get a job with Valve.  Every other line is something like “Please hire me” or “It’s my destiny”.  Acting desperate is not a good thing.  You’re not going to do yourself any good by showing off how desperate you are.  Let your personality and most importantly your work speak for itself.  If you don’t get the job or internship, try again later or try again somewhere else.  You don’t have to go for the big fish right off the bat and you can still find a smaller place to be just as good.  When you come across as desperate though, you’re just pushing potential employers away from you.  They don’t want to deal with someone who’s desperate.  They don’t need to.  They need someone who’s confident.


2. Skill level.


Okay, I’m not a gamer.  But I am familiar with the look and feel of Valve games like Portal.  Not fully realistic, but very nice textures, very detailed environments, and fluid animation.  Yes, skill level is something that’s important.  While you most definitely don’t have to be a master at what you do (and who the heck is?), you do have to show that you have some basic skills.  Basic knowledge of anatomy, movement, design, texturing, modeling, rigging…whatever the task entails.  A simple, barely animated flash animation is good enough for YouTube fame.  But for trying to prove that you have what it takes to work at their company, it’s not enough.  Especially because Valve doesn’t specialize in flash animations.


1. Overzealous fangirl-ism.


Yes.  This video had overzealous fangirl written all over it.  Because that’s the way it was presented.  She’s a fan who wants to work for Valve.  Many of the jokes are centered around her playing games.  She’s playing to the fact that she’s a gamer girl.  Not the fact that she’s a person who wants to truely pursue a career in creating video games.  No company wants to hire a fangirl or fanboy.  Companies/Studios want competent employees who are confident in their skills, know what they’re doing, and have something unique to bring to the table.  While it seems she can offer humor to the table, Valve already knows of writers who can write humorous material (just listen to some of GLaDOS’ dialogue).  Her overzealous-ness is truly shown off when she claims that she’ll do anything to work there.  Including janitorial work.  Who really wants to do janitorial work?  And why do janitorial work at Valve?  Just to say you work there?  That makes no sense.  There is nothing wrong with being a janitor, but it seems desperate and very fangirl-like to say that you’d be willing to do menial labor just so you can say you work at X company/studio.  We all have our dream places that we’d love to work at.  But don’t be a fangirl or fanboy about it.


And that concludes my list.  Now, I’m quite certain that this video is a joke and in fact I would rather believe that it is than believe that it is an actual plea for work.  So I don’t believe I’m aiming this list solely at her.  What appals me more than the video itself is the number of people sticking up for her and believing this is a viable way to try and get a job.  This list is aimed towards those who really see this as a good way to get a job.


But what do you think?  Is the video for real?  Is it a joke?  Do you think that the way she presented this video is a decent way to ask/apply for a job?


One of my favorite components of the sentai series are their costumes.  The costumes of the villains as well as the costumes for our heroes.  Sure they’re just adults fighting in spandex outfits but who cares?  Some of them can be downright amazing.  Most of these are going to be from series that I’ve seen already but a few of these are from series that I’ve never watched.  I’m not judging the sentai for their abilities, but rather solely on the design of their costume (both the helmet and the actual spandex suit).  Which is why I’m adding in characters from series that I’ve yet to watch.  Also, there’s going to be a few multiples from the same series.  I’m not judging the group’s costume design as a whole, but rather just individuals based upon color combination and helmet design.


Blue Swallow from Choujin Sentai Jetman

10. Blue Swallow (Jetman)


This is a series I haven’t seen, however one look at the outfit and I did fall in love with it.  Perhaps it’s because blue is one of my favorite colors but it’s not fair to say that’s the reason.  What I do know about Jetman is the bird motif their costumes are supposed to reflect.  While each of the costumes has a similar design patter, their color combinations and/or cut of the outfit don’t look right.  The male costumes look a little awkward and the colors for White Swan look a tad bit awkward (with the pink leggings instead of white like the rest of the team).


Blue Swallow’s blue, white, and yellow combination is beautiful and her helmet wonderfully reflects her animal, the Swallow.


HououRanger from Gosei Sentai Dairanger

9. HououRanger (Dairanger)


Pink is not one of my favorite colors, but goodness!  Is her costume not gorgeous?  The helmet detail is a bit small to make out on the image there but you can see it better here.  Lovely gold and black detail.  I feel like the skirt aspect of the female sentai outfits give their costumes a little more to look at than the male costumes.  The only thing that sets her costume a part from the other members of her team are 1) color combination (and the pink, gold, and white is beautiful), and her helmet design (which reflects a phoenix) which is sleek, detailed but not so much that it looks cluttered, and beautiful.


AbareMax from Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger

8. AbareMax (Abaranger)


Now I said that generally I prefer the female costumes over the male ones but that isn’t always the case.  AbareMax is pretty much a secondary variation of AbareRed.  The Abaranger costumes alone are fairly dull.  Really it’s just their respective color plus white (or for AbareBlack, his color plus gold).  But AbareMax’s suit is just fun.  AbareRed (Ryouga) can change into AbareMax when he’s given enough “Dino Guts”, which he usually get’s from AbareYellow and AbareBlue so the colors change from red and white to red, gold/yellow, and blue.  While I’m not sure how mixing the Dino Guts of a Tyrannosaurus, Pterosaur, and Triceratops creates a Styracosaurus, it doesn’t matter.  This suit is just awesome.


AbareKiller from Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger

7. AbareKiller (Abaranger)


Yet another Abaranger suit and while I’m generally a sucker to detail and colors, AbareKiller’s outfit is just a simple black and white with gold trim.  It’s sharp, clean and sleek.  As for the helmet, it’s simple, has a small motif that reflects his Bakuyuu (a Tupuxuara named Top Galer), and the design of the section that allows for visibility feels sinister.  Having red be there instead of the black sunglasses look the other helmets have could be the reason why.  If there’s any outfit that perfectly matches the personality of the person that it goes with, it has to be AbareKiller’s…well it matches his personality well before he decided to be good anyways.  Either way, it’s an epic suit.


Legend MagiBlue from Mahou Sentai Magiranger

6. Legend MagiBlue (Magiranger)


Tough choice between her legend form and her regular form but the sucker for detail that I am, I had to go for legend form for a few reasons.  Firstly, no cape.  The capes themselves are nice and flowing but they don’t need to be there.  Secondly, the boots, the gloves, and the chest/shoulder armor.  While I don’t really care for them on the other suits, somehow it works with MagiBlue.  Something about the blue and gold combination…I like it.  And thirdly, the helmet itself.  I was already a sucker for the mermaid fin design it has.  But I find myself really liking the dorsal fin at the top.  The only part of the legend helmet design that I don’t like is the back of it.  That aside, it’s still a gorgeous suit (though if I were to ever attempt cosplaying her, I’m sure I would just go for regular MagiBlue…capes are useless but they’re also fun and flowing).


Gokai Silver from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger

5. Gokai Silver (Gokaiger)


I generally like the 6th ranger costumes and his is no exception.  Love the anchor design on the helmet.  The yellow as the section for visibility just looks awesome.  Not to mention it looks like one of the world’s coolest pairs of goggles for some reason.  While I might not be a fan of gold accented with a little bit of silver, I am a fan of silver accented with a little bit of gold.  Plus a silver and black color combination is just something that I love (as it will show up a bit later on in this countdown).  Aside from his helmet, the actual cut of his suit is no different than the rest of the Gokaigers  So when it comes down to which Gokaiger suits I like best, the only factors I can judge are helmets and colors.  Speaking of which…


Gokai Pink from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger

4. Gokai Pink (Gokaiger)


Like I said earlier, pink is not one of my favorite colors, but I just absolutely love Gokai Pink’s suit.  And like with Gokai Silver, this really comes down to the helmet design.  The helmet’s just adorable with that heart design on the front.  And the pink with that bit of a pirate hat design is just too adorable for words.  When you think pirates, I’m sure the color pink is the furthest thing on your mind but in Gokaiger they make it work.  It’s sweet and feminine, just like the character behind the suit (Ahim) and somehow I fell in love with it just for that.  In fact I’d have to say that it’s this suit alone that makes me like the color pink more that I did before.


Shinken Gold from Samurai Sentai Shinkenger

3. ShinkenGold (Shinkenger)


It’s interesting…I was introduced to this character not though watching Shinkenger but from watching Power Rangers Samurai.  As soon as he entered the series, not only did I fall in love with his character, but his suit as well.  Never did I think that I’d like the combination of gold and navy blue but then again I do think that gold and blue is a beautiful color combination.  I must admit thought that mostly this outfit appeals to my love of all things shiny (seriously…do you see how amazingly shiny that fabric and the helmet is?), but really I do love the colors and I love the helmet design.  Great suit for a great character.


GekiViolet from Jyuken Sentai Gekiranger

2. GekiViolet (Gekiranger)


Out of all the series that I’ve watched so far, my least favorite suits have to come from Gekiranger.  They’re just bland.  Nothing special to them until they go into super geki mode.  But still they feel bland.  And then Gou was introduced.  And once he was able to transform (well into a sentai and not a werewolf…that was cool too though), we see this.  And my first thought was “It looks like a hockey uniform but who cares it’s awesome!” or something like that.  It’s a great change of pace from the dull two toned suits the other 3 rangers had.  While his helmet looks more feline than wolf-like, it’s still a very awesome design.


Go-On Silver from Engine Sentai Go-Onger

1. Go-On Silver (Go-Onger)


Again, this is another one where it came down to color and helmet design.  Like her brother (Hiroto/Go-On Gold), they both have a similar suit design save the helmets themselves.  But the silver and black design is more aesthetically pleasing to me.  And as for the helmet, I much prefer the design of Miu’s over the cross one for Hiroto.  This is pretty much that appeals to me on all levels.  It appeals to my love of all things shiny, it’s clean, sleek, has beautiful colors, is simple yet detailed, and easily reflects the pilot theme that the Go-On Wings needed to have.


And thus concludes my list of my personal favorite sentai outfits.  I hope you enjoyed it.  Is there anything that you would’ve wished to see on the list?  Or what are your favorite sentai/Power Rangers suits?

So one day I was lurking the front page of FA (FurAffinity) when I stumbled upon a gem of a submission.  Granted, it was just their own take on various other images that you can find everywhere but I digress.  It was a “tutorial” of sorts.  On how to make your character/fursona original.  What a wonder this work was.  And here I was thinking that even by creating something that meant something to you, you were being original.  Silly me for believing such nonsense.  It’s ludicrous to believe that giving your character unnatural colors or markings is original.  Or that creating a character of a specific species is unoriginal.  Unless you’ve completely thought up the idea yourself, you’re not being original!


A pink and blue kangaroo with a removable green wig and a strawberry mark on it's back...yep that's a completely unoriginal concept. Seen it a hundred times before.

Okay, okay…of course I’m being satirical now.  It’s no secret that I like sparkle animals and it shouldn’t be a secret (well…it won’t be anymore) that I believe something that is completely 100% original is hard to come by nowadays.  So when I see the concept of other people’s character getting bashed, it just makes me want to slam my head against a desk.  Granted there are many people out there who are just trying too hard to create a unique character or people who could possibly use some character design classes (myself included), but that doesn’t mean that they’re completely unoriginal or uncreative.


Usually this concept of original vs. unoriginal comes up during periods in the fandom when an artist creates a popular trend or species that has nearly everyone creating one on their own.  But of course there’s going to be the naysayers who believe that because you’re partaking in a particular fad that you’re being unoriginal.  You have a soda roo?  Nope, too many of those exist.  Not original.  Or a pokesona?  Nope…based off fan art.  No way you had any originality with that.  What about sparkle dogs?  God no!  Those things are too hideous to be unique or of any importance.  You have to love the types who can tell you exactly what is or isn’t original based upon…the fact that they’ve seen something similar before.  You also have to wonder if those types find anything original.  Usually you can please these types by drawing naturally colored animals.  But how many times can you repeat the same colors on naturally colored animals before you say that you’ve seen it before?  This isn’t to say that using natural colors is unoriginal (it most certainly isn’t).  It does limit you quite a bit with what you can and can’t do with your character.  If you want a naturally colored dalmatian you’re limited to a white and black or white and liver palette.  While the spot combination will change, there’s no doubt you’ll probably be thinking of Pongo and Perdita when you’re looking at the picture.


What some of these fads also do that many people fail to realize is that they get people to create.  They get people thinking about what colors and attributes they want to give their character.  What will their personality be?  What specific species will I be referring to?  There’s more than one type of kangaroo to base a soda roo off of.  So while they might be following a specific fad which might die in time, at least people are creating.  They’re exercising their ability to be creative.  Even memes allow for creativity (even though we might be dead tired of seeing them all the time).


Even fan art can have an original spin...now only if I'd sit down and finish this picture...

I realize that you’re entitled to your opinion.  And just as you may have yours, this one is mine.  Originality rarely exists anymore.  Everyone copies or is at the least influenced from someone else.  And even sitting down to draw a simple little character requires a little bit of creativity or originality (at the least creativity).  Not everything that’s created needs to be a brilliant masterpiece worthy of placement in only the finest art establishment.  No.  Sometimes creating for the sake of creation or for fun is just as good.


What do you guys think about creativity?  Do you think it’s hard or easy to still be completely creative and original?  Or do you think people now have to work harder at it since there’s more ideas out in the world and it’s easier to get your ideas out there?


Came across the music video on youtube today and I’m not going to lie…I don’t really know why a music video was made for it.  I guess because it’s the two main characters of OOO singing together.  I’m not quite sure.  But sure enough I was happy to watch it.  Ankh singing?  Couldn’t pass that up.


After watching it though, I’m sure this video didn’t need to be made.  The lighting’s constantly moving which makes this video difficult to follow and seizure inducing.  I’m not sure what to think about Ankh’s dancing and…slight introspective moments.  It just didn’t fit with his character.  Now if this song was just supposed to be Shu Watanabe and Ryosuke Miura singing, then sure.  Do whatever you want to.  Act like sexy and introspective, dance…have as much out of character fun as you want to.  But this was supposed to be Eiji and Ankh singing.  Honestly, Eiji never seemed to break character.  It’s really Ankh that seems out of place in this video.  Though I know I’m looking at Ankh, it just doesn’t feel like he’s acting like Ankh except for one point in the middle of the song, but still it’s weird to see Ankh sing.  And due to how out of place he seems, this video just comes across as hilarious to me.  Maybe it’s just me, but check it out and see if you feel the same way.


Regardless, Time Judged All is a great song sung by two great singers.  And I recommend checking out some of the other insert songs such as Power to Tearer (PuToTyra), Sun Goes Up (SaGoZou), and Shout Out (ShaUTa).

From the moment I was introduced to the series by some friends, I’ve been pretty hooked on it and have been consistently keeping up with it.  But still, there’s a few little details that I just can’t help but be curious about.  There’s clearly a lot of important (and non-important) details that just need an explanation of any kind.  But as a little warning, there might be a few spoilers below so read with caution.


Nightmare fuel at it's best, folks...


10. Dr. Maki’s creepy doll. 


I hate this thing with a passion.  But then again, I have a predisposition to hating any sort of creepy inanimate objects, especially dolls.  So his is no exception.  While I understand this is something carried over from his childhood traumas, why does he have this thing?  Why does he carry it around the way that he does?  And why does he go insane whenever it falls off his arm or gets “abused”?  Is this doll an extension of himself?  What would ever happen to him if this doll got lost or broken?  As unimportant as this doll is, I can’t help but to be curious about it.  I hate seeing this thing in the show as it’s creepy beyond all reason, but I just have to know more about this thing.


9. Ankh’s sudden personality change.


Now I hope there’s a good reason for this.  Ankh has been my favorite character since the start of the show and as off-putting as his personality was before, it’s extremely off-putting now.  I understand he’s a Greeed, and as such he’s never going to be satisfied in life.  But at some point he almost seemed to accept his fate.  While he clearly wasn’t happy living with Eiji in a restaurant, he wasn’t completely pissed off about it either.  And he wasn’t beneath asking for help when he needed it (even though it was clear that this isn’t what he preferred).  Of course he was always a self-centered prick.  That was his character.  And I didn’t think it was possible for a person to go from being a self-centered prick to being…even more of a self-centered prick but that’s pretty much what happened to Ankh.  After Eiji rescues him from lost Ankh, the only out of character thing he does at first is acknowledge Eiji’s help.  But not even 2 seconds after, he possesses Shingo’s body again, shows off how powerful he is now, begins picking a fight with Eiji, helps Uva get his body back, and eventually goes to team up with the other Greeed (at least it’s hinted that that’s what he’s going to do).  I’m hoping that this gets explained.  I’d really like to know why he wants to team up with the other Greeed and Dr. Maki.  He seemed so bent on being independent throughout the other episodes so this desire to actually want to team up with the rest of them doesn’t match his character.


8. Hina’s abnormal strength and her purpose.


As it stands now, Hina is just a stereotypical female lead.  She’s there to support the hero and there to support her brother.  That’s it.  So what was with giving her abnormal super strength?  You’d think that if you were going to do that with a character that you’d at least utilize that to some point.  But no.  They don’t.  She lifts up a “vending machine”, opens a door with a few hundred pounds of weights on it, knocks Ankh out of a tree, and lifts heavy stuff at her job.  That’s it.  With her abnormal strength the least she could do is help out more in battle but she doesn’t even do that.  Is the purpose of her abnormal strength just for comedic effect?  Well that’s a waste of a decent ability.


7. Why doesn’t Shingo fight back?


It’s a very valid question.  Why doesn’t he?  It makes sense for a while because he was minutes away from death.  But here it is months later and his body’s been given ample time to recover from it’s injuries due to Ankh possessing him.  You even see him fighting to make himself known when his body wasn’t at full strength.  When the Unicorn Yummy was tearing up her dream of being a fashion designer, he overrode Ankh’s personality and attempted to protect his sister.  So when his body was a full strength, why does he just give up and accept being possessed by Ankh?  I’m sure it isn’t a pleasant experience.  Where Shingo’s very calm and polite, Ankh is cold, unforgiving, and hateful.  So to have this sort of person using his body and speaking in such a rude way to everyone and perhaps physically harming people (including his own sister) cannot be an experience he enjoys.  So how can he just sit back and accept it all?


6. Eiji’s desire or lack thereof.


This topic has been brought up episode after episode.  What does Eiji desire?  Does he have any desires?  Well he clearly does.  It’s nearly impossible to be human and not have desires.  Eiji’s desire has to be to protect the world.  It’s what he’s been attempting to do this entire time anyways.  Not to mention that when we get a glimpse of his desire from the Unicorn Yummy it just ends up being the world.  Literally, just a giant projected image of the Earth that even the Yummy found too large to tear.  While I wish that scene was explored a little more, it wasn’t.  Because in previous episodes we were told that Eiji has no desires.  Well that can’t be true if we were actually shown a projected image of his desire.  Desire seems to be a huge focal point in OOO.  Some believe desire is inherently good but can be twisted.  Others believe that desire is inherently bad but it’s unavoidable.  As for Eiji, he seems to have no desires of his own while displaying that he has desires of his own.  It’s very confusing and I hope that it gets explained at some point in the future.


5. Why can’t Ankh’s form hold up even with 6 core medals?

This show would be more interesting with both of 'em together anyways.


Why does he still need Shingo’s body?  He has 6 of 9 core medals.  While the other Greeeds can hold their bodies together with just 1 medal, the most he can manage is still his arm.  This just doesn’t make sense.  I can understand that he won’t have a complete form.  But why did the cell medals holding up his humanoid form fall apart?  If they rest of the Greeeds can hold themselves together with just a few cores, then he should be able to too.  It goes against the concept that we were taught at the beginning of the series.  The cell medals stick to the cores like a popsicle sticks to it’s stick.  When the cells are taken away from the cores that’s when things fall to pieces.  We’re also shown that Ankh is much more powerful now than he was before and considering the other 3 core medals were destroyed, it kind of means that he’s complete (or as complete as he’ll ever be).  What was the purpose of having him re-possess Shingo’s body?  My guess is so they don’t have to deal with the effect of getting the actor to be in the same scene together but I’m curious to see what other people think.


4. The relationship between Ankh and OOO.


We got a little bit of their back story in a previous episode.  In the conflict 800 years ago the past, OOO got greedy and hungered for more power, thus stealing the cores of all the Greeed and the effect of that turned him in to a stone tomb and also sealed all the Greeed with him..  And unless I was imagining a part of the series that never existed, it seems as though Ankh was the only Greeed in the past that attempted to protect the previous OOO.  Or at the least was on his side for a period of time.  It at least explains why he’s constantly worried about Eiji losing control.  He doesn’t want the past to repeat itself and he doesn’t want to be sealed away again.  But that doesn’t really explain why he teamed up with Eiji and gave him OOO powers to begin with.  As a Greeed he shouldn’t want OOO to be revived.  But he allowed it to happen.  While the other Greeed were working together, he was working together with OOO and he was doing so of his own will.  He can claim that he was using everyone around him, but the simple reality was that he wasn’t and he didn’t have the upper hand in this relationship.  As a floating hand he just isn’t that menacing or that powerful.


Yeah...popsicles...Nope. Not menacing in the least bit.

3. OOO Back Story.


I touched base on this a little bit above.  Previous OOO was a king that became so consumed with power that he tried to absorb all the medals of the Greeed which ended up turning him to stone and sealing all the Greeed for 800 years.  Was it really that power of the core medals that corrupted him or was it his pursuit for more and more power that made him what he was?  They do say that absolute power corrupts absolutely so why was it that the core medals made him go mad?  It seems like he was already on his way for pursuing power anyways.  That was his character.  He was a greedy king.  He created the Greeed in order to use their power for his own bidding.  Why was it shocking to know that his desire for power ended up being his downfall?  And why don’t we know anything else about him?


2. How does Ankh’s hand gain it’s own consciousness?


It’s a pretty valid question if you ask me.  He was a whole being before.  Something happens.  His arm becomes detached from his body and somehow retains all knowledge of who he is, what happened in the past, and why he is the way he is.  Meanwhile the rest of his body is left without memory of who he is.  He just knows that he’s incomplete.  This causes the rest of his body to develop its own consciousness.  How the deuce does that even work?  Separating the arm from the body I can take.  It’s weird but in the beginning that was something that I just got used to.  But then saying that the arm retained the original consciousness that he had 800 years ago and the body developed a brand new consciousness is pushing it a bit far.  I understand that logic isn’t always necessary to make a show interesting or fun, but having a little bit of it helps.


1. How does destroying 3 of Ankh’s core medals get rid of Lost Ankh?


So OOO destroyed 3 of Ankh’s 9 core medals.  Coincidentally they were the 3 that contained the consciousness of Lost Ankh.  So when the 3 cores were destroyed, he destroyed Lost Ankh in the process and we’re left with the original Ankh.  First of all, it’s just amazing coincidence that only 3 medals contained the consciousness of Lost Ankh and it was those 3 that were mystically hit.  But why is it that this action gets rid of Lost Ankh?  And since 6 of the 9 medals (somehow) contained Ankh’s consciousness, why would he have gotten absorbed into Lost Ankh?  It never seemed to me like all the core medals contained their own consciousness.  At times it’s noticeable.  Like when the cores gather around cell medals and reform their bodies.  But usually it’s only one core that does this.  The rest of them don’t seem to react at all.  If all the cores had their own consciousness, why then don’t they just float back to their respective owners or assert their power in battle when they don’t want to work with OOO?  If the cores contain the consciousness of their respective Greeed, that’s fine.  But play the series like this is true.  And if that’s not true, then I guess those 3 destroyed cores mean nothing really.  Except that Ankh can never be whole.  It doesn’t really mean that Lost Ankh is destroyed but perhaps, just subdued or regular Ankh was given a chance to absorb him back into his consciousness.


So that’s my list.  I hope you enjoyed it.  Is there anything in here that you particularly agree or disagree with?  Is there something that I left out that you would personally like to know from the series?  Or anything on this list that you feel should be left out or that you think will be revealed in a future episode?  Please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear from you.

This is more of a revamp of a previous post I wrote.  While I laid out most of the reasons I believe the fandom is great, I never really went into specifics.  It was just about my introduction to the fandom with one reason why I liked it.  Hardly a way to describe how I love the fandom.  So here’re my top 5 reasons I believe the furry fandom is great.


5. It easily overlaps with other fandoms. 

'Cause with all the various animal combinations, having Kamen Rider OOO animalized was an inevitable choice...


Really this is quite self explanatory and I caught some flack for it when I wrote my post on fandom overlap.  Mostly because people didn’t see it as something that needed to be pointed out or didn’t care.  It’s really something that I personally care for though.  Everyone else is free to disagree if they wish, and I would actually love to know why other people disagree.  But that easy overlap is something that is fun for me.  I predominantly go to anime cons and my cosplay plans mainly consist of furry characters such as Pokemon or Digimon, or perhaps something more elaborate like some of the mechs from Super Sentai (well…considering some of them are animals and would be made in a similar manner to a fursuit it could be considered “furry” to a very…very…minuscule degree).  I’m often confused as to why other people don’t see the overlap/similarities, especially with the rampant amounts of cat and fox girls at anime cons, but that’s not for me to judge.  I just like that it’s there.


4. The Community


The fandom is nothing but a community of people who come together over a similar interest.  And like with any community, it’s nice to know that there are people out there who are like you, like what you like, or can accept you for who you are.  It’s just human nature to want to belong to some sort of group.  Even the “loners” and anti-conformists out there belong to some group or another.  But what I like about the furry fandom isn’t just the whole idea of belonging.  It’s the camaraderie that exists…the support that people have for others.  Doesn’t matter if you’re an artist, musician, fursuiter, or just an art appreciator.  When someone’s in trouble, that’s when the fandom really shows it’s true colors.  Sure…you’re always going to have those few people who have no intention of helping others and they can be quite vocal about it.  And that’s fine.  But the majority really do their best to promote new artists, advertise who needs help, and actually give to those who need help.


3. The Ability to Make Fun of Ourselves


This is a big one.  Because let’s face it…furs tend to be the butt of a lot of jokes or a lot of hate.  You’ve even got the Landover Baptist Church out there claiming that furries are “a new fetish” and that “God hates us”.  Everyone who tells us that we’re sick, disgusting or to “yiff in hell” probably thinks they’re being clever or witty when in fact they’re saying the same thing that people have said to furries hundreds of times over.  It’s actually really annoying at this point.  But most furries take it in stride.  Not only do they just ignore them but they tell those jokes amongst themselves.  Furries make clothing designs with the term “furfag” can tell each other to “yiff in hell” and honestly…by this point it really doesn’t matter to people what you say.  Most furries walk into the fandom well aware of the stigma surrounding it and they join it regardless.  Why?  Because if they’re already drawing anthropomorphic animals and or/making or wearing fursuits chances are they’ve already been compared to furries.  There’s no point in segregating yourself from the group because you dislike what’s bad about it.  Every group has a downside and we’re all aware of it.  But we find that the good outweighs the bad.  If worse comes to worse, just laugh at the insults.  They don’t make sense anyways.


2. The Art


This one’s a no brainer.  If you’re in the fandom, most likely you’re in it for the art.  It’s impossible to not be considering art is a huge part of the fandom.  Not just drawings but sculpture, music, writing, artisan crafts, costuming, and more.  As difficult as it can be to find those hidden gems, once you find them you’ll be amazed at the talent and skill people have.  If you make art of any kind, you’ll find some sort of audience.  But really this just leads up to my number one point which is…


1. The Creativity and Originality


When I’m speaking about “originality” I’m not saying every character is the best, most original thing out there.  But when I speak of originality, I’m saying we’re trying our best to be original.  And we’re trying out best to be creative.  The furry fandom isn’t one that’s base off of our favorite characters from childhood.  That’s not to say that Disney’s Robin Hood, The Lion King, or any other childhood tales involving animals don’t impress or influence us.  But the heart of the fandom is the characters that each person creates and the creativity each person has to offer.  You don’t have to be a stand out artist or professional artist to be a name in the fandom.  People can just really like your costume or your character.  Or you can be a musician, writer, comedian…there’s a number of things that furries have to offer.  Fandoms like anime, sci-fi, and comics exist to pay homage to already existing characters.  That’s fine too.  But there’s something special about being recognized for your own work and your own character.


So that’s my reasons I love the fandom.  Now I want to hear from you guys.  If you’re a furry, why are you a member of the fandom?  The art?  The costumes?  The friends you’ve made?  Why is this fandom fun or special for you?

Now after being difficult on the environmental factor in Hyakkujuu Sentai Gaoranger, you’d think I’d probably be the same for this show.  I am…in a sense.  I still dislike the over the top “need to save the environment” sentiment because it’s one that we’ve heard time and time again.  And the majority of us are sick of it by this point.  But as Engine Sentai Go-Onger is it’s own separate series, I can’t judge it based on that merit alone.  So let’s look at the pros and cons of this series…

The Great:

The insanity.  If you like a lot of craziness in a show, you’ll probably appreciate Go-Onger then.  The show has a clear story, the characters are nicely developed, their engine partners are adorable (in their chibi “soul forms” anyways)…so the insanity doesn’t get in the way of the plot or the character development.  It nicely works with it to create a series that’s both hilarious when it wants to be and “serious” when it needs to be.  Though it would be best to explore the best of the insanity Go-Onger has to offer…

1) Hiroto’s fear of ghosts.  While it’s also explained why he has this fear you never expect this sort of reaction from him.  From the moment you’re introduced to Hiroto, he’s always been cool, level-headed, and a bit of a self-righeous snob.  He’s a rich kid.  It comes with the territory.  You get a few moments here and there where once he’s used to being around the Go-Ongers he loosens up and can have a bit of fun like they do.  But he still retains that level-headed coolness that he has for most of the series.  But then you get this one gem of a reaction from him.  A reaction so glorious that I just had to replay it a few times over just to make sure I wasn’t imagining this.  Sure.  There’s a few other moments in the series where he has over the top reactions.  The other that comes to mind is the episode in which he sings to a creature and when it turns out the creature considered his singing just noise, he ends up wallowing in his own sorrow and hanging his head in defeat.  Or the moment where an other worldly creature mistakes him for its mother and Hiroto has to pretend to be a mother to this creature.  No, no…those pail in comparison to his phobia of ghosts.  We only find this out because he and Saki are transported to some dark, scary place thanks to Cleaning Minister, Kireizuki.  When trying to find their way out they’re confronted by what Hiroto believes are ghosts.  Even Saki is taken back by this grown man with a cool level-headed temperament turning into a scared little boy, screaming and hiding behind a tombstone in a fetal position.  The only thing missing that would’ve made that scene complete would be him sucking his thumb.  I guess even the coolest of people have to be scared by something.  Too bad these “ghosts” were just actors in a haunted house in an amusement park.

2) Random amounts of male cross dressing.  This just started off as a quick gimmick.  Hanto is trying to help out an old woman who helped him out when he was injured.  She’s all alone and the only one that she used to have in her life previously was her granddaughter but she says that her granddaughter is dead.  So being the nice kid that he is, Hanto decides that he’ll play the role of this woman’s granddaughter for the day.  Though in order to really get into the role he decides that it’s a good idea to dress up as her as well.  Turns out that Hanto looks “cute” in womens clothing so this tends to be a running gag in future episodes.  In the short lessons after each episode, you find out (though most likely it’s a joke…would be better if it wasn’t), that Hanto’s favorite job was working as a maid in a maid cafe.  The other guys get their turn at cross dressing as well.  In episode 38, the men are all frozen due to Shower Banki’s acid rain and it’s up to the women to both protect them and defeat the Bankijuu.  The only way they could think to hide them was to hide them as mannequins in a store window…unfortunately for the men the mannequins were women.  Needless to say when they transformed out of their ranger forms, they received quite a surprise.  If you’re not amused by cross dressing though, you won’t find this as funny though.

3) This one’s episode specific but have you ever just wanted to see the heroes in a show just go evil for no reason?  And I don’t mean world class super villain status evil like you see in other super hero shows or comic.  I just mean “here’s a good guy…let’s corrupt him so he’s your everyday criminal” sort of evil.  That’s pretty much what episode 30.  While trying to figure out what this liquid is that Straw Banki dropped, Sousuke and Ren end up spraying themselves with the chemical.  Well since this was a concoction created to raise the strength of an evil creature, somehow it…turns Sousuke and Ren into…semi-old timey gangsters.  I didn’t need to try to figure it out why they needed to be old timey criminals.  No one does really.  Sousuke’s full of justice and excitement and Ren is a very motherly, gentle sort of man.  Watching them go from that to these sneaky, conniving, low lives is just plain fun.  Instead of protecting people they’re scamming them out of money, robbing banks, stealing from children, fighting Hiroto and somehow winning when there was no chance that he would’ve every beaten Hiroto in a fight previously.  Ren gets snapped out of it fairly quickly but it takes a lot more to bring Sousuke back to normal.

There’s a lot more randomness to the series but to break out of that vein there’s at least one more thing that needs to go under this section and that’s the music.  Specifically the opening theme.  It’s really all you need in a song.  It’s catchy, fun, and reflects the spirit of the show very well.

The Good:

Hiramekimedes.  Here’s a villain that I wish we saw more of.  He’s introduced as the Vice Minister of Earth Pollution and when you first meet him, he’s threatening.  I mean, he’s definitely a force to be reckoned with.  So much so that it was his introduction that spurred the introduction of the Go-On Wings.  Without the Go-On Wings, the Go-Ongers literally had no way they could over power him.  Even his back story is interesting.  He was just another one of the Gaiark who believed that he wasn’t of any really importance and he believed that no one recognized him as important.  So in order to prove his worth, he was planning on killing Yogostein.  When Yogostein instead approaches him to be the Vice Minister of Earth Pollution and presents Hiramekimedes with a protractor based sword.  He then decides to dedicate his life to serving Yogostein.

When Hiramekimedes is introduced he’s seen overpowering the Go-Ongers based on his speed and tactical genius.  Even the engines are frightened of him and initially do not want to fight him.  With the introduction of the Go-On Wings, you can see Hiramekimedes become more and more frustrated with his plans failing.  Every time a flash comes to him, the Go-Ongers and Go-On Wings end up foiling his plans.  While Yogostein still believes in him, Hiramekimedes believes there’s no other way around it other than to fight power with power.  His cunning and brilliance wasn’t working so he decides to fill his body with enough Bikkurium for 100 Bankijuu and becomes Detaramedes.  His mind is destroyed in the process but his strength is nearly unmatched and his fighting style becomes completely random and unreadable.

The only reason I just consider Hiramekimedes “good” and not “great” is because of Urameshimedes.  This was a completely unneeded episode after Detaramedes is destroyed where Hiramekimedes comes back in a ghostly form.  While the episode is charming in one way, Hiramekimedes had no purpose of being there.  He does nothing, the battle was quick and easy, and in the end he’s just destroyed again.  They should’ve just let him go out on a high note.

The Go-On Wings.  Admittedly I really dislike the way these two were introduced.  It was almost like they were haphazardly thrown into an episode because they needed a way to save the Go-Ongers from Hiramekimedes.  And I really disliked their personalities in the beginning.  Here are these two people who come out of absolutely nowhere and it turns out they have their own engine partners who are equally as stuck-up as they are.  They’re rude, disrespect the Go-Ongers on multiple occasions, and treat the Go-Ongers worse than dirt.  Yet they believe they’re the only people in the world qualified to be heroes.

While Hiroto and Miu are complete jerks when you meet them, their characters grow quite a bit as they learn more from Master Jumbowhale and about the Go-Ongers.  They begin to realize that their way of life isn’t the only path to happiness, that there’s more than one way to be a hero, and that sometimes passion is all that’s necessary to fulfill your destiny.  In a way, these two characters develop more over the course of the series than the actual Go-Ongers.  Not to mention they also follow the cliche of the “6th ranger”.  Although in the case of the Wings, they’re the 6th and 7th rangers respectively.  They have the better outfits, the better abilities, and Jetras an Toripter are amazing partners.  In fact, we were introduced to those two before we’d ever meet the Go-On Wings.  That was a smart choice.  It leaves the audience curious about who these flying engines are and who their partners were (because we clearly knew they had partners…if all the other engines had partners there’s no way these two were going to be any different).

The Bad:

The environmental message.  I know.  I already covered this in the Hyakkujuu Sentai Gaoranger review (linked above).  So I won’t repeat myself.  I do have to say this about it.  You’re only getting bombarded with the concept of polluting the Earth from the Gaiark.  There’s literally a Minister of Earth Pollution.  If that isn’t spelling it out for you I don’t know what is.  Their only duty is to pollute the world so the Gaiark can inhabit it because apparently they don’t like anything to be clean, clear, fresh, or beautiful.  What’s beautiful to them is a dirtied world.  What makes this environmental message so conflicting at time is that the focus of the series are engine partners.  Sure they’re engines that are mixed with animals but they’re more engine than anything else.  And just so you don’t forget that most of their names are combination for what they are (Buson equals “bus” and “lion”; Birca equals “bike” and “orca”; Bear RV equals…”bear” and “RV”).  It’s a little bit odd to use the engines as a focal point of a series when the message is clearly and environmental one.  Why use something that people consider detrimental to the environment as the thing that’s suppose to help protect the environment?  It really doesn’t make sense.  I suppose that’s why we have a moment where we’re told that the engine partners run on clean energy.  I’m sure someone else in the world questioned that logic too.

Kegareshia and Kiteneidas.  It’s a shame.  These two, especially Kegareshia, had something going for them.  Unfortunately they were mostly used for comic relief.  You rarely see them fight or see what their abilities are but these two are supposed to be the Water and Air Pollution ministers respectively.  All you really see them do is create Bankijuu to do their bidding.  Whereas Yogostein really went out their and battled the Go-Ongers, these two just created minions to do all the work for them.  And then at the end of the series when Yogostein’s father, Yogoshimacritein, takes over, they suddenly have a change of heart from being used a shields and controlled.  They decide to help out the Go-Ongers. While the idea of the bad guys turning good is a staple in many sentai series, you usually see the character develop a bit beforehand.  You know…regretting their actions, thinking things through, wanting to make things right…stuff like that.  This was just a spur of the moment action.  There’s nothing hinting at the possibility that Kegareshia and Kiteneidas might turn good and help the Go-Ongers.  They just do.  While I like Kegareshia as a member of G3 Princess (the “idol” unit created by Miu, Saki, and Kegareshia in episode 31), this is about the only interesting thing she ever does.

Last but not least, the usage of various universes.  We’re told that there are 11 different worlds out there but we’re really only introduced to 5 of them.  Human World is clearly the universe that most of the show takes place in.  Junk World is where the Gaiark are from.  And Machine World is where the Engines are from.  These are the only…the only…worlds that needed to every be brought up.  But they had to bring up more and these just get stupid.  First of the ridiculous worlds we’re introduced to is Samurai World which is just like the Human World except it’s in a constant Edo Period state.  While it would be nice if this were just left to the movie…it isn’t.  The movies in the sentai world seem to be canon and so Samurai World is brought up various times throughout the show after the movie takes place.  The second ridiculous world we’re introduced to is Christmas World.  This world literally only exists for the Christmas special but it was used once again in the Go-On/Shinken crossover.

The Ugly:

Now this was difficult.  I didn’t find anything that was glaringly wrong with the show.  What’s bad is bad, but it isn’t horrible.  The only thing that really confuses me is the decision to make the mechs a mix of animal and machine.  This is never explained but it’s just accepted.  The world they’re from is called Machine World so it’s expected that they would be machines.  Usually when sentai series create mechs, they relate to the series in some way.  Abaranger was about dinosaurs so their mechs were dinosaurs.  Gekiranger involved using kenpo that mimicked the movement of animals so their mechs were their specific animal spirits.  So why were these guys part animal?  Is it only to play to the environmental issues?  Most of them don’t even use abilities that their animals would use.  We all thought that Speedor could fly but apparently it was only jumping (even though he’s a condor).  Bear RV bites things but most animals bite things so that’s not bear specific.  The only one that seems to behave in a manner similar to its animal counterpart is Gunpherd and that’s only rarely.  Really the only time was when he needed to do a bit of scent tracking and since he’s a police dog (German Shepherd…no he’s not a wolf.  His name is Gunpherd for goodness sake.  He’s a police car and a shepherd dog) that’s what they do.  They don’t even make animals sounds.  Their speaking mannerisms consist of saying parts of their name at the end of sentences.  So why make them animals if you weren’t going to play to the fact that they’re also animals?

Overall Rating: 3.8/5

Not quite a 4 but almost there.  What can I say.  The series is fun and funny with a fairly consistent story all the way through.  It has a couple of issues here and there and really you don’t think too much about the engines being part animal because that’s something that you get used to from episode one.  If you like cars and animals and insanity (or if you just like insanity) then Go-Onger’s a good series for you.  If not then…I say you’re missing out on some really funny stuff.

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