RV Show Reviews: Castlevania Seasons 1 & 2

WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD FOR CASTLEVANIA.

 

There are always certain shows I hesitate to even try.  Some just aren’t my usual genre cup of tea, some I’m skeptical towards being good, and some I get overly distracted wondering why they even exist.  Netflix’s Castlevania fell somewhere in between the 2nd and 3rd reason for me.  However, I had heard on the grapevine that it was a good show.  So, with few other shows peaking my interest, I decided to give this one a shot.

Before I begin my review, I would like to preface this with important information.  I have never played a single Castlevania game.  While I went in knowing some basics just by nature of being around the gaming community a lot, my knowledge of the series is laughable at best.  Thus, my review is going to judge the show based solely on the show.  How it stacks up to the games, I don’t know.  To some this may prove a bad place to be coming from, whereas to others it means less bias.  Nevertheless, I feel this transparency is important to know, since even the most objective reviews are not without bias.

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RV Show Reviews: Lost in Space

WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD FOR LOST IN SPACE.

 

When I heard there was a new Lost in Space series on Netflix, I was skeptical to say the least.  I am largely not a fan of remakes, if only because many of them are terrible cash grabs.  I had even heard mixed reactions to the series, so that further did not inspire me to expect much.  However, if there’s two things I love in life, it’s space and robots that say, “Danger, Will Robinson.”  Thus, I decided one day to put it on, because what else was I going to do with my life?  So how did it stack up?  Well, let’s dive in to my review, and I’ll tell you my thoughts.

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RV TV Reviews: The Dragon Prince

WARNING: VERY MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE DRAGON PRINCE.

 

Unlike usual, for once I’m actually decently early to starting a series.  Going into The Dragon Prince, I had two expectations: I’d like the story concepts, but at the same time would cringe at everything else.  So, how did Netflix’s newest production play out?  Let’s jump into the review and work out what’s up with this series.

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Writing Climaxes and What Voltron Season 7 Teaches Us Not to Do

SPOILERS AHEAD FOR VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER SEASON 7.

 

As per usual, I am a bit behind everyone else and only just finished Season 7 of Voltron: Legendary Defender this week.  By far I think this is the best season of the show, but this is not what I wish to talk about today.  I’ve reviewed the show in general, and while that was a few seasons ago, nothing has occurred that’s changed my opinion from that review.  Instead, however, I wish to analyze the show from a different perspective: what we can learn about writing from it.  Specifically, I want to talk about the climax and what it teaches us about plot twists and how executing them can go awry.  Obviously, you should beware some hefty spoilers for the end of the season.

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RV Movie Reviews: Mary and the Witch’s Flower

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER!

 

 

Unexpectedly, I noticed Mary and the Witch’s Flower was on Netflix this week.  As I’m a huge Studio Ghibli fan, I’ve had an interest in seeing it since many of Studio Ghibli’s former animators were involved with the film.  That being said, I didn’t know much about the film going in.  Having watched it now, though, I’m ready to review it and share my thoughts.

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RV Show Reviews: The Handmaid’s Tale

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE FIRST TWO SEASONS OF THE HANDMAID’S TALE!

 

 

Though like usual I’m late to the game, I decided to check out The Handmaid’s Tale.  I’ve heard a lot of good things about the show, and finally decided I would take a look.  Besides knowing the basic premise, I didn’t really know what to expect.  Below are my thoughts on the show.  If you’re reading this from the future, this review will only cover the first two seasons, as that’s what’s out at the time of writing this.  Also, a usual reminder that the following review is my own opinion.  You should draw your own conclusions and not hinge on my words.

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RV Movie Reviews: Solo: A Star Wars Story

Warning: Spoilers ahead for Solo: A Star Wars Story.  Read at your own peril.  This is your chance to click away.

 

 

As I mentioned in my review of The Last Jedi, I don’t see many movies.  However, I make exception for Star Wars, because it’s, well, Star Wars.  Going in though, I never expect much, as the newer Star Wars films are extremely flawed.  Not unenjoyable per say, but technically flawed in many ways.  So, what then did I think of Solo: A Star Wars Story?  Let’s run through my thoughts and feelings, and I’ll tell you just that.

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RV Anime Reviews: Aggretsuko

Warning: Mild spoilers ahead for Aggretsuko.

 

 

Sometimes through the Twitter grapevine I hear about things.  During the week, I’d seen mention of a new Netflix original called Aggretsuko, and the accompanying picture was an adorable red panda that struck me as a Sanrio character (which surprise, she is a Sanrio character).  Come the weekend, with little other ideas about what I wanted to watch, I decided, “What the hey?  This looks cute, and I’m on Netflix.  Let’s watch it.”  So there I sat, waiting for an adorable and cute red panda girl story.

What I got instead was death metal and social commentary.

After making it through all ten episodes, I feel it would now be topical for me to review it.  As usual, remember that my reviews do contain some spoilers, and that these are just my opinions.  Also, as my anecdote implies, I’ve never had contact with this particular Sanrio character before, so this is my first exposure to her.  Lastly, I watched the subbed version, so I have no comments regarding the dub quality.

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RV Anime Reviews: Children of the Whales Season 1

Warning: Mild spoilers ahead for Children of the Whales

 

 

Over the weekend I binge watched the entirety of a Netflix licensed anime called Children of the Whales.  Since it’s been a while since I’ve done a review, I thought I’d take a stab with this one in case anybody else has seen it hovering around Netflix.  As a disclaimer, I’ve never had remote contact with the manga for Children of the Whales, and this review will be based entirely on the anime.  As per usual with my reviews, please be aware spoilers will be present, so if you want a non-spoiler review it’s best to look elsewhere.

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