Mustard Eating (Part one)

Onto the sixth and most awesome event in The Ultra Awesome Mega Super Sparkling Shiny INTER-GALACTIC Radical Stupendous chocolate-dipped Geek Tournament of Olympic Proportions. I recommend you read events one, two, three , four and five (in that exact order) before reading this one. The Ninja Gang strongly supports chronological order. Event one: Switzerland’s Future Mecha Blaster (neutrality included) Event two:  Flashing Tulips Event three: The Performance of Doom Event four: LEROY JENKINS!!! Event five: So you think you’re an otaku…These can be found in the  Geek Tournament category for your perusing pleasure.

OK, so before we begin this pretty epic finale, I must inform you- no members of the Ninja Gang actually ate mustard. At least not on this particular night. We have eaten straight mustard before.

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Mustard Eating was our clever name for… A Ninja Gang-style Truth or Dare Marathon!!!!!

The Ninja Gang doesn’t like to play the traditional version of Truth or Dare, because it gets dreadfully boring. It’s very subjective. To add another element of risk and excitement, everything is completely anonymous. That is, everyone writes one truth and one dare on little slips of paper, and then we put them is separate piles and draw randomly. So you have a chance of drawing the dare that you wrote. This also means that you can’t direct specific challenges at a certain person.

We started out with pretty easy questions and dares. You know, stuff that any old person could handle- you wouldn’t need our ninja level skills. Except for Hugo- he really doesn’t have any such skills. One of the first round dares was the incredibly challenging dare ‘do a somersault.’ Well, it would have been easy for anyone.

Except Hugo, who can’t do a somersault, and of course was the one to get it. He’s a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo, and yet he can’t do a somersault. He kind of does this thing where he goes up on his head, and then sort of gives a little ‘flop’, and ends up on his side. Since the Ninja Gang members, are, at heart, nice people, we didn’t want anyone to get out on the first round. So we spent this dare basically teaching Hugo how to somersault well enough to meet the criteria. And we interpreted ‘somersault’ in its loosest possible terms. Other dares included Zepher doing the can-can while singing the Barney song, and Quiche-kun licking one of the stones above the fireplace (which was not the worst thing licked this evening).

As the night went on, we ramped up the intensity. After all, we had to get someone to quit somehow! Hugo tackled and pinned Miss Demeanor to the ground, Zepher expressed her undying love for Quiche-kun in poetic fashion, and Hugo (tried) to pull out Zepher’s hair. That didn’t end up happening, but the dare was worded in a way that once Zepher hit you, the dare ended. She hit him.

Finally, a dare came that someone refused to do. Who was it? Raven. The dare that finally melted Raven’s courage? That stripped away all her bravado and determination, and forced a withdrawal? Lick Hugo’s hair for ten seconds. She just couldn’t bring herself to do it. Anything but that!!! I mean, bowing and kissing everyone’s hands is one thing, but Hugo’s hair?!? Who knows the last time he washed it- there were little flecks of white in it, and- stop. It’s just gross, OK? Raven met her limit, but the game continues.

And this is were Quiche-kun shines. I promised a few posts back that Quiche-kun would get his moment of fame, and here it is. He was determined. Some the things Quiche-kun did this night will go down in Ninja Gang legend for eternity. The dares started getting harder and harder, more and more embarrassing, more and more inappropriate. Em-bare-assing became literal when Quiche-kun had to march out of the house and moon the audience through the window. Honestly, we’re taking it on the honor system that he actually did this, because, believe you me, none of us were watching to find out.

Next one to get out was Miss Demeanor. Because it was late at night, and we were very hyped on caffeine, and we really needed to get more people out, we… recycled a few dares. And Miss Demeanor happened to get Quiche-kun’s old favorite, ‘moon the audience through the window.’ She couldn’t do it. A very nice display of the decency and propriety needed for a proper young lady, but completely ineffective in Ninja Gang truth or dare. She was out.

In the second post, three determined contestants are left. Who will be the one to take home the prize and the ten points? Quiche-kun, Hugo, or Zepher?

You will notice that while I’ve stated that we are playing truth or dare, I have only expanded upon the dares. This is because there were some pretty embarrassing truths spouted, and we all swore the sacred oath: what is said in truth or dare stays in truth or dare. So I really am sworn to secrecy this time, and can’t tell any of you teeming masses a thing.

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Favorite anime openings and endings?

Now I’m going to try to keep the list as small as possible, which isn’t easy since my current anime list is around 150. Also for the sake of my sanity I will be avoiding searching through bleach music,  there are a couple good openings and endings from it, but to keep the list short I have chosen only 1 of them to show you. …The song is great but the real reason for my love of this opening is this face:

SO. CUTE.

SO. CUTE.

Here’s from one of my recent favorites, Acchi Kocchi. Its opening is so energetic and happy it makes me want to sing along and dance, also the use of graphics is refreshing and has a great pace.

Artistically speaking I believe the ending is better, and I also favor the music in the ending over the opening though I’m sure most would disagree.

But then again if we’re going by music, by far their best is this one:

I’m so tempted to pick my favorites from every single anime I’ve ever watched. I wont do that to you don’t worry, I’ve already skipped over around 40 animes.

This one gives a very sunny feeling and I really like the singer:

This one takes first place, its just stunning and unique. Producers should take note of it and make more openings like this.

We love the atmosphere, we love the music, we love the anime:

And this Naruto one is good because Killer Bee falls of the edge and it’s just plain funny.

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSFBMsog4Cc]

We all love this opening, besides its great art, because zetsu attempts to eat deidaras hair.

We all love this opening, besides its great art, because zetsu attempts to eat deidaras hair.

This has got to be the most emotional- I just- ok so I do have some sort of horrible obsession with naruto being depressed, it just makes him so much cooler. I also will admit to wanting him to have to die or something like that in the end (also like killing of my favorite characters, whats with me!? my gosh.) Well this openings got it all, fan-service included. LAST ONE! I PROMISE!

And those are my favorites. Sorry for the long list, I curious, and with out favoring any one opening or ending just because its from an anime you like, which one is your favorite? *cough* Zepher *Cough* don’t be biased on the shoujo ones.

I lied about that promise back there… which reminds me about a blog I want to write in the future (how to be an honest liar, or how to lie honestly) but anyways, I forgot to add this to the list:

So you think you’re an otaku…

 

Onto the fifth event in The Ultra Awesome Mega Super Sparkling Shiny INTER-GALACTIC Radical Stupendous chocolate-dipped Geek Tournament of Olympic Proportions. I recommend you read events one, two, three and four (in that exact order) before reading about this one. The Ninja Gang strongly supports chronological order. Event one: Switzerland’s Future Mecha Blaster (neutrality included) Event two:  Flashing Tulips Event three: The Performance of Doom Event four: LEROY JENKINS!!!. These can be found in the  Geek Tournament category for your perusing pleasure.

Onto the fifth event: So you think you’re an otaku… If you don’t know what the word otaku means, don’t worry, you probably aren’t one. But since there might be some readers unfamiliar with the term, I’ll go ahead and waste a few more words explaining it. (puts glasses on, and talks in nasally voice) The word ‘otaku’ (oh-tah-coo) refers to one who is extremely fond of Japanese anime and manga. It’s a classification along the lines of nerd, baseball nut, or bookworm. At least that it’s most common usage in America, and all I have the patience to explain. There, now that that has been sufficiently clarified (and those of you who already knew what it meant sufficiently bored) onto the contest.

So you think you’re and otaku… (and yes, the ellipsis must be included) was anime jeopardy, testing the contestants’ knowledge on basic anime stuff, and also their luck. Because the Ninja Gang likes to test things like that.

We drew for sitting order, went around in a circle selecting the questions, and everyone got one free wrong answer before they were out.

Now, some of you might be wondering, did Raven and Zepher write this trivia? Uh, no! Can you say unfair advantage?!? The Ninja Gang makes an effort to keep things mostly fair for almost all of the parties involved. At least fair enough that there are no unmanageable complaints. Though there was this one time- you know, I’m going to stop writing now.

We got pre-made easy anime jeoprady (not all of us are extremely serious otakus) from this site:

http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/The_Scarlet_Rose-69058-jeopardy-anime-style-jeopardy2-entertainment-ppt-powerpoint/

Now, if you’re thinking of doing something like this, The Ninja Gang recommends not using this exact jeopardy. Turns out, it was made for some middle school anime club, and the questions in the ‘miscellaneous’ were about the name of the school yearbook and newspaper. Not exactly what we were going for…

Rather than give you a play by play, I conducted an interview of all the contestants after the competition, in the order in which they dropped out. This should provide scintillating insight.

Miss Demeanor: “Why’d I have to get all the Inuyasha questions??? Like the one old anime that I don’t watch!!!” Yup. For both her questions, Miss Demeanor was asked about Inuyasha, an anime that absolutely no one in the Ninja Gang has seen. All I (Zepher) can say is “Hah! Glad it was her!” This sort of anti-team spirit thing happens when we’re testing luck and someone else takes all the bad…

Quiche-kun: “I didn’t know any of those…” For those of you who don’t know, Quiche-kun has a… different taste in anime than the rest of us. I don’t think I’ve seen anything that Quiche-kun has (High School of the Dead, anyone?), and he knows nothing about classics like Bleach and Naruto. So for him, this quiz was not ideal.

Raven: “I am right! I AM RIGHT! We can look it up in the manga! IN THE MANGA!!!! I’m right; I can prove it!!!” As you can see, Raven had a rather violent disagreement with the anime jeopardy answer. Which is quite surprising, as Raven is our biggest otaku and she’d seen the anime in question. The question: In the anime Fruits Basket, which two symbols of the Zodiac are left out? Raven thought a bit, then went with Rooster and God. The official answer: Rooster and Horse. Raven’s response: It’s in the manga!! I can prove that God was in the manga and not the anime! Our response: Uhh… God is not a zodiac… Raven’s response to our response: Not traditionally, but it is in the manga! Here, I’ll show you! I’m right!! (brief struggle for the laptop ensues, which Zepher won) Our response to Raven’s response to our response: Well, none of us had seen Fruits Basket, so we had to go with the official answer. And… God is not a zodiac…

I can PROVE it! It’s in the flippin’ MANGA!!!

Zepher: “Well, at least I got all the Naruto questions! Heh heh!” (I know, I know, pathetic laugh. It’s really hard to write someone’s snicker, all right? Just bear with me) Zepher started out very luckily, getting all Naruto questions, which she could definitely answer. But then, she had to start guessing the questions she could definitely not answer, and got some lucky guesses for a while. But Lady Luck is a fickle mistress… (insert thick cigar smoke) and she ran out of luck.

The winner? Hugo!!!: Even though Hugo’s probably the least ‘otaku’ of any of us. He’s just really lucky. His quote: “POKEMON!!” Hugo got all of the good luck that skipped Miss Demeanor and got all pokemon questions. Hugo, for those of you who don’t know, is like, a state champion pokemon player. When he finally had to start guessing, he just guessed right more than Zepher. And took home the title of “Greatest Otaku!” How… not fitting.

Quiche-kun: 2 + 8 +2 + 2 + 4 = 18 points

Miss Demeanor: 10 + 10 + 6 + 4 + 2 – 1 = 31 points

Zepher: 6 + 4 + 10 + 10 + 8 – 1 = 37 points

Raven: 4 + 6 + 8 + 6 + 6 = 30 points

Hugo: 8 + 2 +4 + 8 +10 – 1 = 31 points

One more note (Duh du DUM): If any of our careful readers have actually read the points chart up there, they would notice some subtracted points. This is because of the house rules (you can find those in the original Geek Tournament post). One of these house rules happened to be: Pronouncing Japanese Words Wrong (- 1 point). This was the only event this rule (or any of the house rules, really) came into play. You’d think, being anime fans, we would know how to pronounce Japanese words. Well, you’d be wrong. Miss Demeanor got docked a point for stumbling over the word ‘doujinshi’, Zepher messed up ‘Mangekyo’, and Hugo pronounced something wrong somewhere. No one remembers what, but hey, it’s written on the points chart. He obviously goofed up something!

CMVs

I’ve posted AMVs several times already, so I thought it was time that I do one on CMVs. A CMV takes a lot more organization, skill, time, and money to make than an AMV does, and thus there are fewer of them, and even fewer still that are really great. A good CMV has everything a good AMV has, plus more. Not only must the timing, editing, quality, and creativity be good, but so must the cosplays. And so I shall proceed to show you some of the best CMVs I’ve seen. I’ll go in order of cosplay groups.

(Zepher here. For those of you who don’t know, and because Raven never explicitly states it, a CMV is a cosplay music video)

Fighting Dreamers Pro.

FDP is a Canadian cosplay group, and they’re one of the most famous cosplay groups out there. Because youtube is stupid, most of their CMVs are now on vimeo. I will try to put them on this page, but I’m not sure how well it will work.

Rejected Cosplay

They’re a Swedish cosplay group.

VandettA Cosplay

Another Swedish group, and some of the best cosplayers I’ve seen. They do mainly Hetalia stuff. Their CMVs are phenomenal.

Anyway, those are my favorite CMVs. There are plenty of other great ones out there, but I didn’t list any CMVs  in which the music annoyed me. I’ll probably add more to this list later. If you’ve seen any great CMVs, tell me about them in the comments.

~Raven

LEROY JENKINS!!!

Leroy Jenkins

Part four of the  The Ultra Awesome Mega Super Sparkling Shiny INTER-GALACTIC Radical Stupendous chocolate-dipped Geek Tournament of Olympic Proportions .

Event one: Switzerland’s Future Mecha Blaster (neutrality included) Event two:  Flashing Tulips   Event three: The Performance of Doom. The Ninja Gang recommends that you not be lazy, and waste some more of your time reading these other articles, which can be found in the Geek Tournament category.

So onto LEROY JENKINS!!! If you do not know who Leroy Jenkins is, the following link will update you on the etymology (that means origin of the word. I’m helping increase your vocabulary, so be thankful.) so the title of this competition will at least make a little bit of sense. (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Leeroy%20Jenkins)

This next link will also be helpful- it is a link to a document explaining the rules of the card game Munchkin, a long time favorite of the Ninja Gang and it’s affiliates. (http://www.worldofmunchkin.com/rules/munchkin_rules.pdf) For those of you too lazy to click on this link, Munchkin is a traditional dungeon crawling RPG in card game format. There are cards with treasure, monsters, curses, and random ducks. You know, normal dungeon stuff. First player to kill six monsters, and thereby gain six levels, is the winner. For those of you who don’t know what an RPG is, well, I’m sorry, either pretend you do and keep reading, or google it.

So once the embarrassing display masquerading as a dance contest was over, the Ninja Gang moved onto a friendlier, calmer event. Not. Now, with the Ninja Gang, you have to realize that Munchkin is a very serious game. Alliances and betrayals within this seemingly simple card game have repercussions that carry over into real life. Wrestling matches have ensued, staring contests, games of Rock, Paper, Scissors, even!!

So this was big. We all sat kneeling on the floor, because the odd shape of our table lends its self to peeking at other players’ hands. Now, I’m not going to give you a play by play, or anything, mostly because I don’t remember exactly what happened. I remember Raven was an elf, and that… yeah, that’s all of the minor details. But minor details are boring. Onto the Climax!

The Climax:

Oh, this was good… This Climax will go down in history. And it even has a helpful life lesson included, for extra moral instruction. Seriously, these moments straight out of The Book of Virtues do happen.

So to start off, Zepher won this event. She’s pretty (read: extremely) competitive when it comes to card games, and is a consummate Munchkin player. To make a long story short, well, she kicked everybody’s butt. But of course we must play on for second, third and fourth place, this being a ranking tournament.

It was close. Very close. All of the players were at level five (remember, you need to get six levels to win) which means that the first player to fight a monster and beat it, wins everything. OK, well, they get second place, but still.

Play moved in a circle. It was Raven’s turn. If she drew a monster and managed to beat it, victory was hers… She drew, and it was… A Potted Plant! A monster! (It’s in the game, alright??) What luck! The Potted Plant is only level one, and can’t really do anything to you, you know, being a potted plant and all. Victory was in sight for Raven, but Quiche-kun stepped in and played his card- the Instant Wall. Instantly, a wall sprung between Raven and the ferocious fight she was facing. No!!! The Potted Plant was out of reach She would have to wait an entire round to draw again, and all the players were poised at level five… Raven had failed.

It was Miss Demeanor’s turn. She reached over to the pile of cards. What would it be? And she turned up… 3872 Orcs! Now this might seem like a rather large amount of orcs, and indeed it is a level ten monster, but Miss Demeanor had it handled. With her combined level and various bonuses, she had it beat. And here’s were the good stuff comes.

Everyone was defeated. They had no more cards they could play against her, no more traps that could keep her from winning. She had won, and she knew it. Just to show how awesomely she had overwhelmed those 3871 orcs (apparently one of then chickened out when faced with her might) and how soundly she had beaten the rest of the Gang, she began to load every single one of her one-time-use-only power cards, beefing herself up and up. Potion of Idiotic Bravery, for idiotic bravery. Poisonberry Syrup, for poisoning. Avatar, to create a double and add stats. Magic Missile, to help one kill things in an extra explosive way. I think she got her self up to level 63… way overkill.

And this is when it happened. She was just beginning to celebrate her victory, jumping up on the couch and beginning the traditional Teriyaki Chicken dance (don’t ask) when Hugo quietly asked “that’s what you did? You played all those cards??” “Oh yeah, baby!!!” was the reply. And with that Hugo reached over and read the whole Avatar card she played in her fervor to rub it in everybody’s noses.

Now, Avatar is a great card when you’re facing an overwhelming monster. Basically, it makes you twice as strong as you were by doubling all your stats. Very useful when your facing an angry level 20 Plutonium Dragon, and would otherwise perish in a crunchy manner. However, Avatar has this little… quirk to it. When played and used in combat, one may take all the treasure from the monster, but not gain any levels. One may not gain any levels.

Victory for Miss Demeanor? Down the drain. She lost. And I’m sure you can all grasp the very important lesson that has just been demonstrated in an entertaining manner. Basically, well, I’m sure you get the concept. If you didn’t, go back and read the last few paragraphs again, very slowly.

Since I’ve already used enough words here, I’ll just summarize what actually ended up happening. Hugo got second, Raven third, Miss Demeanor managed to (more humbly this time) make in on her next turn, and Quiche-kun came in last for a meager two points. If you’re worried about poor Quiche-kun, well, don’t. Don’t worry- he distinguishes himself admirably and wins the undying awe of the entire Ninja Gang. Oh, don’t worry about Quiche-kun…

The current standings:

141 Black Ops Forces that are Special: 2 + 8 +2 + 2 = 14 points

Super SHINee Fighting: 10 + 10 + 6 + 4 = 30 points

Zepher: 6 + 4 + 10 + 10 = 30 points

Raven: 4 + 6 + 8 + 6 = 24 points

Ice Dragons: 8 + 2 +4 + 8 =22 points

Zepher is now tied for first place, with everyone else (besides poor Quiche-kun) close behind! What will happen in So you think you’re an otaku? Find out in the next post!

An Edward Shark? Edward Fruit?

Beautiful specimen isn't it?

Beautiful specimen isn’t it?

Goodmorning fan masses! I really don’t have much to say about this… You see I’ve been quite ill since Saturday (why I missed out on the super awesome death match thing, quite entertaining, you should go read about it.) anyways, so I was up to things like creating this short little animation thing from some clips from Full Metal Alchemist (yes Edward DID make it onto the top hottest anime guys list, this clip showcases his hotness quite well if I do say so myself.)

A lovely Edward Fruit

Here Edward makes another stunningly handsome appearance in Ouran High School Host Club, one of my personal favorites, as a fruit.

Now... This isn't mine but I think its adorable.

Now… This isn’t mine but I think its adorable.

Me: Do you hear that?

Ed: No?

Me: are you sure?

Ed: No what?

Me: I think- oh wait- look! There the masses of fangirls are! They’re coming this way!

WOW wow wow ED! there is NO need to get violent!

Here is a gorgeous Edward cosplay that truly captures how fruit like Ed is.

A fruit… and beansprout!

Personally I would NEVER eat fruit and beans together, (other then perhaps tomatoes) hows that? strawberry and black bean soup? Re-fried bean and oranges a la mode? (For you not well versed in the fancy naming of food types, a la mode means with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side)

ANNNDDD this blog post in Tea time with T is brought to you byyyyyyyy *drum roll*

Ed: what?

MILK!

Well that escalated quickly.

~T

The Fountain of Un-immortality

For all you immortal people and beings of immaculate power out there- I have a question for you. Are you tired of having eternal life? Don’t answer- of course you are! You’ve watched the people around you get killed in nasty ways, watched civilizations rise and fall, then fall some more. You’re just bored of it! You don’t want to be immortal anymore,  do you?

Maybe you’ve sought some heroes to kill you, or tried to commit suicide. But those immortality and eternal power contracts are dang specific on the ‘not able to die’ part of it, aren’t they?

You might have been in a pickle if it weren’t for (drum roll here) The Fountain of UN-immortality! It’s just what it sounds like! Rather than make you eternally young, this does the exact opposite.

All you have to do is take one small sip from it and you will become un-immortal. That means you will die, but hey, it’s what you wanted, isn’t it?!?

The Fountain of Un-immortality is located in the opposite direction of Eldorado;  somewhere around Helldorado. A sip will only cost you 10,000 dollars. And lets face it- if you’ve lived thousands of years and haven’t got ten grand, you need to try a bit harder.

And as a bonus, you will get a limited edition collectors item (only available for the next month)- a Fountain of Un-immortality commemorative water bottle! For free! Sure, you won’t have much use for it (being dead), but hey, it might make a good burial souvenir.