Spreading the love? About @GL_Phantasy + an Issue in Michigan


What good am I? If I don’t promote my own platform, expecting someone to see it?

Once in a while, on social media, I like to share news or some knowledgeable tidbits that I happen to pass by. About future developments such as what we see in outer space, renewable gas, school techniques, touching stories about the handicapped, local sports, military, etc. Not necessarily politics. Something with some kind of meaning. So, I made an account to spread interest in different themes.

Maybe I didn’t think too ahead.

To provide advertisement, networking, and maybe advice with research. For example, you want to work in psychology so you and I should find a way to spread counseling (or maybe you want to be a teacher, and you want to do writing). For example on writing, you can give me one of your essays to put on my blog. Also, advertising donation pages, and maybe my own personal projects if I ever find time.

I’m not too embarrassed by it. It’s something that I always enjoyed. It’s something I think social media should be used for.

On the deeper end, it is a selfish reason to grow money. I also have my insecurities as desirable money doesn’t come soon and net popularity is unpredictable.

Being human, I can be selfish and financial insecurity is one of the top issues in the United States.

  • BOSTON REVIEW: 80 Percent of Americans Experience Economic Insecurity (Fischer)
  • theatlantic.com: What Is Driving America’s Financial Woes? (Green)
  • It’s funny when people can get paid for their own opinion or sharing information via free writing, or exposing rhetoric. It is not that strange to do then?

    I even considered AdSense and changing the blog address, since the website’s name is a bit ridiculous, and who is interested in a person called “Doggie”? You don’t exactly find a place called “Supra anything” and expect something useful. It is indeed in the name. You see “Conservative Wagon”, you think political; you see “StickWithIt”, you may think…of a few things.

    More importantly, the views don’t stack up so it’s not a good idea for me to try Adsense. Various people always note about the unpredictability of net popularity.

    TO be honest, despite the blog address, I want people to read more. That’s why I do comic reviews. I plan to do more for novels.

    My six-year-old niece is in a growing psychological stage in her life and has to start being more comfortable in reading. She’s also saving money in her piggie bank (or trying to). Reading is a growing problem in Michigan, particularly southern Michigan (AKA: The troll land), where over 80% of the Detroit residents are not proficient in reading and math. For the latter, I’m probably one of them and I stay clear from accounting.

    Apparently, in Detroit, it is getting so bad that they have to sue the goverment and local teachers for making their children illiterate. I even brought that up at one point.

    CNSNews.com: Detroit Public Schools: 93% Not Proficient in Reading; 96% Not Proficient in Math

    CNS states 90%, while I see comments starting 50%; it’s still too high. Among that, there is also the issue with real estate and crime.

    The Convo: Detroit’s Recovery – The Glass is Half Full

    SDW: Literacy Lawsuit in Detroit

    Glove State Murder, Crime, and Jesus Complex?

    So, I thought, “If I could do something, I’d like it”. At the most, I can only offer exposure for these articles whether they are frauds or not.

    8 Great Rivals from the Robot Japanese anime genre (Part 1)


    So, I’m doing an article called 7 Anime shows that made Doggie cry, and this was the second idea that I had on the same day. At first, I wanted to add in video games, calling it “rivals from games and anime” but I felt like it would require more time as I can only think of a few. Plus, the term “robot genre” isn’t that loose. You may think Megaman (and MMX series, you can drive robots) or you may think a military drama or a space-sci-fi like ZONE OF THE ENDERS.

    In Japanese anime, or rather internationally, if the primary function of battle is using a robot, especially to protect or defeat something then this is what I’m putting focus on. In most cases, there is an extraterrestrial setting or war ends up in space. Therefore, the article is about not about the main character of a show in this genre, but rather the rivals that oppose them stubbornly.

    Also, it is very important to me that this rival is in battle with the protagonist in more than one or two occasions.

    Let’s start. No spoilers and in no particular order.

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    Galden
    HAOU TAIKEI RYU KNIGHT (覇王大系リューナイト; high king history RYU KNIGHT)

    Galden is THE RIVAL of Ryu Knight TV Series and the pilot of Dark Knight Steru. While Aduu Waltham trains to be a knight, gathering a group of friends from various adventures, they meet up a really troublesome fellow in dark armor. He’s at the pinnacle of rivalry, crossing swords with Adeu and his friends, increasing his strength (And vengeance), evening putting the hero group in a very desperate, near-death corner at one point. This is through the majority of the 1st half and even a part of the 2nd half.

    Galden’s C.V is Tsujitani Koji, so we have nobility and gentleman with perfection. Galden made the show entertaining with his sense of pride.

    The robots in this series are called “Ryu” and I’ll leave out of the spoilers of their significance. They are considered magical and function as “Super robots” of different variety. As Galden drives a black knight Ryu swordsman and Adeu drives a white knight Ryu swordsman, isn’t it perfect?

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    Photo of MACROSS ZERO Vol 4. From bandaivisual.

    Nora Polyansky
    MACROSS ZERO
    Calling the Variable Fighters or VFs “robots” might be pushing it a bit. It is a machine, it does transform into a “battroid” human-like form; real and super robots can transform, and the VFs are included in video games based on robots such as Super Robot Taisen and Another Century’s Episode.

    The lover of D.D, and with a magnificent C.V, the ever-so-fun Takayama Minami, Nora is the pilot of a red SV-51γ (Gamma). The gamma is used for ace pilots; SF might mean “Space Variable” in reference to the first Macross ship the SDF-1 (ASS-1), as the SV followed after the variable fighter prototype. Nora’s battles with Shin Kudoh are highlights in ZERO, but then again, when are the dogfights aren’t? The first battle completely shows the difference in technology and ability of both pilots and their machines (VF vs a naval F-14), and lays the setting of Zero. The second is similar, even with Shin’s new machine, and the third shows Shin’s guts facing desperation. Whether it’s her hate for the Earth forces or she’s just plain cold, Nora took a liking in facing Shin.

    You’re probably wondering – why not Isamu and Guld in Macross Plus? They are the main protagonists and are actually friends even with a strained past. Their affiliations are the same as well; it is more of a rivalry between the significance of man and machine. Only on one occasion has their rivalry became personal.

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    Bickerin’ bros show, plenty of action | GEAR Fighter DENDOH Quick Impressions ! #mecha #GEAR戦士電童


    OFFICIAL SITE: http://www.dendoh.net/chara/

    SRW WIKI: Dendoh on SRW.Wiki

    “Protect earth from the evil hands of Galfa!” SENPUU KAITEN KYAKU!

    Only episodes 1 – 5. Will I finish? I can hope.

    Where else can you fight mosquito or maybe hummingbirds attacking your precious earth?

    This show starts up with a bit of mystery and some beautiful music.

    Dendoh looks and feels 90s, especially the music, having humour and that dated animation, but it actually just crossed the bridge into the 2000s. Mechanical alien antagonists, extraterrestrial commanders, fighting large robots, upgraded powers, strength from the heart, plenty of action and comedy, Dendoh has the correct recipes.

    You could consider Dendoh “Pre-Gundam SEED” as it has the same director – Fukuda Mitsuo (福田 己津央), who also worked on Cyber Formula and Gundam SEED series with his late wife Murosawa Chiaki (両澤 千晶). Among the three works, there are similarities in terms of cast and design; character designer Hisayuki Hirokazu (久行 宏和) took part in Cyber Formula’s OVA series. Mechanical Designer is Akutsu Junichi (阿久津 潤一), who has done designs for Detonator Orgun, SEED, Code Geass, Build Fighters and Cross Ange. I can’t help but see Asurada’s boosters when Dendoh uses its strongest finals attacks.

    The creator of the work is Yatate Hajime (矢立 肇), a joint name for Sunrise planning staff. In the past, it was the pen name for Yamaura Eiji (山浦 栄二).

    If you’re a really 90s dope, you’ll enjoy the Opening and Ending theme songs. The OP W-Infinity, a duet by Mieno Hitomi and Kageyama Hironobu, has a fine beat with a geniune 90s feel. It’s almost obligatory to put a JAM Project singer in these robot shows. That is a definite for Mieno as it turns out that she did various songs for the HAOU TAIKEI RYU KNIGHT series! My favorite being “Kaze no Tsubasa” from the OVA series. From upbeat to soft, isn’t she perfect for Dendoh?

    And C.V Mitsuichi Kotono (SEED’S Murrue, CF’s Asuka, Build Fighters’s Rinko) is #1 Mom/head lady again. Also, she is in charge of narration.

    The contrast between the two Dendoh pilots Hokuto and Ginga, blue boy who uses his head and red boy who puts muscle above all, is a highlight in this series. They have to work as one to get out of a troublesome situation and face Galfa. When their confidence is shaken against a strong opponent, doesn’t it make good development?

    As for the Dendoh itself, it is indeed a warrior as it excels in mostly melee attacks, and combines with the Data Weapons for different attacks. It is really neat in a sense that it uses cylindrical rotors to both attack and travel. Unlike most mecha attacks, most of Dendoh’s physical strikes are named in Japanese (ie: Senpuu Kaiten Kyaku, Senkou Raijingeki, Shippu Gekisokyaku). The Data Weapons product some neat effects, and their skills are in English (ie: Fire Wall).

    Of course there is the fabulous rival, Altair. We got to have them. His machine Ouga/Ogre ends up being the main character’s strongest rival once again. Even though Cyber Formula’s Ouga is a deep purple color instead of black and red. Both CF and Dendoh’s Ouga uses the same Kanji, meaning “Phoenix Fang” (凰牙).

    I’d say that the show is a turn pager.

    Fun Facts:
    – Vega’s C.V Mitsuishi Kotono had (?) a Yamaha FZ250 Phaser motorcycle; Vega rides a motorcycle as well.

    I already explained the cast has connects with the staff’s products. In the main character’s case, Ginga’s C.V Matsuoka Yoko is Cyber Formula’s Randall; Hokuto’s C.V Naomi Shindo becomes Cagalli in SEED.

    You’re not human if you don’t cry | About #BravePoliceJDecker #勇者警察ジェイデッカー #勇者シリーズ


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    OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.yusha.net/jdecker/index.html

    Brave Police J-Decker is the fifth installment of SUNRINE’s Brave Series, proceeding Might Gaine. The only one licensed in America is Gaogaigar.

    These are my quick impressions after watching episodes 1-4.

    I’m not trying to wire my brain into liking 90s shows, I swear. About ten minutes into the first ep, you want to cry. Today, many light novels are being adapted; their themes can be flexible and unpredictable, such as a dead/ageless person being a main character, or being able to see/fight ghosts, or the presence of summoning magic or alchemy in modern world.

    Back in the 80-90s, a major general course for anime were sword and sorcery, sports, and various kinds of robots. Especially robots with human like personalities, thanks to SUNRISE and the sustained popularity of gundam. While near-future themes is still rooted in decades long products, these human-to-AI shows have a lot of heart.

    And the show is about Deckard “having a heart”.

    Tominaga Yuuta is a 4th grader who befriended a robot detective named Deckard, who is assigned to metro police dept’s “BRAVE POLICE”. They’ve known each other for six months as Deckard was still under construction. As they interact, Deckard’s AI memory would learn from Yuuta, from speech to actions. One of the cutest scenes in the first ep is Deckard trying out his space police introduction pose. It turns out that this interaction made Deckard function better in his duties.

    This series, and even the sister series of ELDRAN (produced with Takara Tomy/Tomy) has a squad-tokusatsu feel to them. Each of the protagonist robots has some effective function when combining together, creating variability for different situations. With Eldran, the motifs are animals and dinosaurs.

    J-Decker also has its comedy.

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    A couple of the Brave Series’s main characters has the Kanji for courage(勇) in their name. For example, Yuuta and Yuuichiro. Yuuta’s full name is apparently from the phrase “Tomo yo nagaku ki o futoku toiu kotoba ni yurai suru” (気をく という言葉に由来する。) Or it’s just “tomo yo nagaku yuki o futoku” because the rest of it says “It’s said to derive from [this].

    Roughly the above phrase means something like “A long-time courageous friend.” Suitable enough. The “futo” in “futoku” can also be read as “ta” or “tai“, meaning “big” or “spread out”.

    Kawasaki Hiroyuki (川崎 ヒロユキ) was in charge of Series Composition. He also did Godannar, Battle Betterman, and the film SINBAD. he’s also one of the script writers of GUNDAM X; I actually see a comparison between Yuuta and Garrod.

    THE OP of Brave Police Dekcard is HEART TO HEART, sang by Kuwata Yasuko.

    Related Links:
    CHARACPEDIA: 熱血アニメ列伝 人とロボの絆の深さに涙!『勇者警察ジェイデッカー』

    Please meet a young man named Andrew Murray #Driving #NASCAR #racing #DRIVERSAFETY


    At the time of his speeches, Andrew Murray was thirteen years old, and that makes him the youngest driver to be sanctioned into NASCAR.

    “To me, nothing is more important than driver safety.”

    This speech was from seven years ago, and is very casual and modern, but this is from a youth who can speak on motorsports with a professional clarity. Using prompt words and utensils, it shows that he indeed knows what he’s talking about. In the end, he stresses to be aware of your surroundings. Blinking your eyes, he said, takes about 1.5 seconds. Imagine that going 40 mph, let alone sneezing, texting, reaching for your drink (or radio dial), etc.

    It is a proposal to take action for something quite important in ordinary life. This is especially for young drivers (or those under 25 years old), who are often a part part of fatal accidents everyday.

    Source: IIHS.org: General Statistics for fatal car accidents (2015).
    IIHS = Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.

    In my state of Michigan alone, with an over 9 million population, motor fatalities are in the rate of 9.6% per 100,000. A range of 800-900 people total annually. These days, the crashes are gradually reducing. Of course, states with lower population will get higher fatality rate. Using the same source, it’s noticed that alcohol plays a high factor in Michigan’s accidents.

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    CLARK LAW OFFICE: TOP 5 Causes of Car Accidents in Michigan

    1.) Distracted Drivers
    2.) Drunk Driving
    3.) Bad Weather Conditions
    4.) Excessive Speeding
    5.) Falling asleep at the wheel (or any kind of fatigue)

    #NAIAS Self drive? Fun to Drive or Gas?


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    It’s as if horrible weather always comes down around this time. Today, it’s snow, rain, and intense wind.

    It’s been years since I’ve been to the NAIAS in Detroit, Michigan. What’s stopping me when it’s annual?

    Reading the papers, I suddenly thought of the Mini Cooper S Type: “Fun to Drive”, but then those thoughts were teetering between “fun” and “safety”. In this case, the SUV and the trucks are beating out competition due to their 4W, load space for family and work, and refining technology.

    And I can’t say that I agree with self-driving.

    I’ll think about going this year and take pics.

     

    3 of my favorite anime?


    So, I was tagged on Twitter, and asked to post photos of my three favorite anime (while tagging 10 others). I don’t think I tagged ten people, and I don’t think it said “Top 3”, but I believe these are honest choices.

    While I always tell myself that I could never construct a “TOP list”. It’s impossible to me because I have trouble deciding on various matters. However, I believe that “favorites” can be decided due can be determined by a few factors, such as “watching it more than once”. Also, it would be something you’d recommend to anyone.

    Princess Mononoke (mononoke-hime), a blend of the Muromachi culture and Japanese mythology and folklore, is a Miyazaki movie I’ve definitely watched more than once. And, I believe in three languages? Miyazaki puts a lot of fantasy elements into his works, and he has a love of giant or hyper-sentient creatures.

    I haven’t finished Patlabor (TV Series) yet, but the concept is by Oshii Mamoru (Urusei Yastura, Ghost in the Shell).  I’m also interested in Sky  Crawlers. He’s also know for commissioning voice actor Sakakibara Yoshiko in many of his works. It’s funny, it’s serious, and it’s in a genre called “near future” work as Labors [the machines] are as modern and uncomplicated as an ordinary tank and aircraft. The title stands for “Patrol Labors”, centering the squadrons of the police force that deploys these Labors.

    Too much to talk about Cyber Formula as my heart would explode. It’s probably for another day. It has a zealous fanbase, and long after Speed Racer (MACH GOGOGO), did it bridge the gap for motorsports anime? Especially with sentient machines involved, which by the way, is quite a strong point for SUNRISE company. Look at the Yuusha Series. Shigeta Satoshi (重田智) is resposible for mechanical design and some of the storybaord in Cyber Formula SIN. He also worked on Gundam SEED and Cross Ange.

    Honorable Mentions: I was going to say EUREKA SEVEN, but it’s difficult to recommend due to being so unsophisticated.

    Speaking of Yuusha series, there is Gaogaigar. The only reason gundam 0079 is not up there is because I’d put it in my “top gundam list” instead. Plus, it’s outdated, and it might not be for everyone, especially if they watch modern shows.