STAR WARS: HAIL TO THE EMPEROR!!!

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We got a glimpse of the resurrected Palpatine in the new trailer of Rise of Skywalker. After seeing that, I went through a number of plot leaks and several of them corroborated Palpatine’s return. What I found was frightening! It looks like Palpatine DID die in Return of the Jedi, but the way he came back was grotesque! I don’t know how Palpatine got off the second Death Star before it exploded, but I know what he becomes and how. As we can see in this picture, Palpatine was hooked up to some kind of life support system chair that moves on its own like some kind of cybernetic wheelchair. However, that is just what keeps him alive for the moment. How he came back is a lot more bizarre. Apparently, Palpatine DID use his old Master, Darth Plagueis’s, method to cheat death. However, his resurrection was imperfect due to the extreme damage to his body, which is what made his life support system necessary. Essentially, Palpatine has become an undead cyborg abomination that is worse than Vader ever was. Additionally, Palpatine will be in far worse condition than he was with his deformities. On the other hand, experiencing death clearly made Palpatine more powerful in the dark side. According to the plot leaks, Palpatine’s power in the dark side will become so great that he could conjure vivid illusions that could reshape entire environments and his Force Lightning could envelope the atmosphere of an entire planet. That was where all the lighting we saw in the trailer was coming from. Also, it looks like Rey and Kylo Ren are part of Palpatine’s plan to fully restore himself. With Luke Skywalker and Supreme Leader Snoke dead, Rey and Kylo Ren are the last prominent practitioners of the light and dark sides of the Force. I think Palpatine needs their power in the light and dark to complete his resurrection. I believe in the endgame, Rey and Kylo Ren will team up to take down Palpatine.

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WATCHMEN SHOW

I am about to watch the series premiere of Watchmen, based on the most celebrated graphic novel of all time! I have read the original graphic novel and seen the movie so I am intrigued about finding out which direction the show will take.

As a great man once said, “The world will look up and shout ‘save us’ and I’ll whisper ‘NO!!!'”

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT ANIME

As I have mentioned in many of my posts, I love anime with complete passion. My reasons for loving anime are numerous. First, the creators of anime seriously think outside of the box when it comes to the characters and world-building. Many of the things anime creators come up with an average person would not imagine. That seriously ignites my own imagination as a writer. Second, you can really see the emotions of the characters in fine detail. With live action characters, you get some sense of what they are feeling, but with anime the characters’ emotions are laid bare and you get more connected with them as a result. Third, the writing is elaborate with just the right amount of complexity. The pace the story takes keeps you hooked and makes you want to know what will happen next. Once the story hooks into you, it does not let go. Fourth, the character development is fascinating because the characters deal with relatable problems and that gives you a closer connection to them. When the story is over, you can see yourself in their shoes as though you lived through their adventures with them. Fifth, I thoroughly enjoy the countless references to Japanese culture and how it is applied in creative and unique ways. The way anime portrays Japanese culture gives me a greater appreciation for it and makes me want to visit Japan to experience that culture firsthand. If you love vivid animation, good storytelling, and relatable characters, then anime is the genre for you.

SUPERHERO COPYCATS

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I just realized something that I could include in my new superhero book. In my story’s universe, superheroes have only been around for three years. Characters such as that can have a big influence on the public. As my characters’ exploits increase, some members of the public may be inspired by them. This would lead these civilians to become superhero copycats and start taking the law into their own hands. A development such as this will not only affect the main characters and New York, but also the government as well. My main characters’ war against crime will be the spark that brings about an age of heroes.

AN ALTERNATE NEW YORK CITY

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New York City has been the city of choice for superheroes for decades. It has been featured throughout Marvel Comics, TMNT, and even cities like Gotham City and Metropolis have served as inspiration from the Big Apple. I am thinking of doing the same in my new superhero book. However, it will be a completely different version of New York City. Earlier in the story, a series of wars had been burning fossil fuels a lot faster than normal. As a result, the ice caps melted and the old New York is underwater. Therefore, the city was rebuilt as a collection of five artificial islands interconnected by a network of bridges.

ANIME REVIEW: DIGIMON

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I am one of those guys who grew up watching the anime from the 1990s. Among those anime was Digimon. This show consumed my childhood. I enjoyed the battles between the various Digimon and how the Digimon Digivolved into new and more powerful forms. Throughout middle school, I even created my own imaginary Digimon and envisioned their battles. I even memorized the lyrics of one of the theme songs word for word. Now that I am older, I have a greater appreciation for the impact this anime had on my life. Due to my analytical nature, I came to notice a deeper feel for the story of the franchise. Each child in the show had social, spiritual, and psychological issues. Over time, the children overcame these limitations and grew as individuals. As they grow, the children’s Digimon partners acquire the power to Digivolve into more powerful forms. This concept of Digivolution is symbolic in the sense that the Digimon’s transformations reflect on their human partner’s growth and maturity. By the end of each season, the main characters learn important life lessons from their adventures in the Digital World. I would recommend this anime to anyone who likes monsters and coming of age stories.

NEW FANTASY SERIES IDEA

Last night, I had a very vivid dream that entertained me until I woke up. As I pondered on the dream, I realized that it had the makings of a new fantasy series. It will not be related to the Magnus Dynasty Saga. Instead, it will be set in its own unique universe. The story will take place in a Victorian-style world where every human is partnered with a magical creature as part of a peace pact. However, there are some of these creatures who do not approve of this pact. As a result, they declared war on the human-creature alliance. With no end in sight to the war, three children and their creature partners leave the safety of their walled community and go on a quest to destroy the source of the conflict. Essentially, this series will be a combination between Digimon, Attack on Titan, and Eragon all rolled into one.