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J a c kWh i t e B l u n d e r b u s s i si sama nwhoha sbui l tupani c el i t t l emus i c a l e mpi r ea r oundhi m. Heha s pr oduc e da ndov e r s e e ns e v e r a l ov e ra r t i s t sr e l e a s e s , i same mbe roft woba nds , oneofwhi c hhef ounde da ndha sr e c e nt l ybe e nhe a r dt obef ul l yma ki nga s oundt r a c kt oane wfil m. Howe v e r , t omos toft heg e ne r a l publ i c , hei spr oba bl y mos twe l l knownf orbe i ngoneha l fofeWhi t eS t r i pe s , oneoft hi sr e v i e we r s f a v or i t emode r nr oc kba nds . I twa sas ha met ha tt he yr e c e nt l ypa r t e dt he i r s e pa r a t ewa y s , butuponhe a r i ngt ha tJ a c kWhi t ewoul dber e l e a s i ngade but s ol oa l bum, i te x c i t e dmei nawa ya na l bum ha s n' tdonef oral ongwhi l e . Ofc our s e , bi gf a nsofeWhi t eS t r i pe swi l l finds i mi l a r i t i e si ns ong sonhe r e wi t hs ong sont ha tba nd' ss e v e r a l a l bums , a nds t a r tc ompa r i ngt he m. e r ea r e af e wt r a c kswhi c hIc a ne a s i l ypi c t ur ebe i ngonaS t r i pe sa l bum, whi c hi sg oodt o he a r . Onet hi ngt ha ts t r i k e st hi si sdi ffe r e nti st ha thewr ot ea l l oft het r a c ksi n ones e s s i on, r a t he rt ha ns e pa r a t e l y . J a c kWhi t e ' smus i cs t y l eha sbe e nv e r y uni quea ny wa y , buti t ' st hi sa l bum whi c hc onfir mst ha theha sal ov ef orol dr oc k mus i c , a ndt he r ei se v e nac ov e rhe r eofa nol ds t a nda r d, t oj us t i f yt hi s . I ' l l g o t r a c kf ort r a c know. hel i s t e ne ri ni ns t a nt l ywi t hac a t c hyope ni ngor g a n Mi s s i ngPi ec e seasest

J a c kWhi t ehe r ede mons t r a t i ngwhyGot hsdon’ tma kev e r y g oodpi r a t e s ; ‘ pa r r ot sa r et ooc ol our f ul ’ a ppa r e nt l y .

pi e c e , whi c hi sc oupl e dwi t hdr umst e ns e c ondsi n. I tbe g i nst os i mme ral i t t l e a ndt he nt hel y r i c s , whi c ha r ef a s tpa c e d, be g i n. el y r i c she r ea r ec l e v e r , a l t houg hi t ' sa boutt ha twhe ny oubr e a kupwi t hs ome onet he yt a k epa r tofy ou wi t ht he m, he r eWhi t el i t e r a l l yde s c r i be si ta si fpa r t sofhi sbodyha ddi s a ppe a r e d. I t ' sas e ns i bl eope ne rt ot hea l bum, a ndpr e pa r e st hel i s t e ne rf orwha ti s ne x t .

LoveI nt e r r upt i onwasi nf a c tt hea l bum' sfir s ts i ng l e . Amuc hg e nt l e r

st hes e c onds i ng l ef r om t hea l bum, buti fi twa st hefir s t , Si xt ee nSal t i ne si

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Ic a ni ma g i nei tbe i ngmor es uc c e s s f ul . Youc a nha r dl yc a l l i th a r dr o c k , butt ot he c a s ua l l i s t e ne rofmus i cwho' l l bef a mi l i a rt ot hemor ef a moushi t sofeWhi t e S t r i pe s , Ic a nde fini t i v e l ys e et he mt hi nki ngt ha ti ti s . Wi t ha ni nc r e di bl yc a t c hy br i dg ewhe r ehi sv oi c ef a l t e r s , t hi si sat r a c kpi c k, a ndoneIc a ns e er e ma i ni ng onmyi Podf ory e a r st oc ome .

mymi nd. Tope opl ewhoma ynotbea wa r ewha tabl unde r bus si s , i t ' sa ne a r l y t y peofg un, whi c hi sde t a i l e di nt hi ss ong . Aswe l l a sal ov e l yme l odya nds ome a c ous t i cg ui t a r , a ndWhi t e ' se x c e pt i ona l v oc a l de l i v e r y , whi c hs l owl ybe c ome s mor edr a ma t i ca sy oul i s t e nt oi t , i t ' sas ol i ds ong , a nds houl dde fini t i v e l ybe c ons i de r e df ort hef our t hs i ng l ei ft ha tma t e r i a l i s e s .

e l e a s e da st het hi r ds i ng l e , ada ys hyofMa y . Dr i v e nby Fr eedom at21wasr

Hypoc r i t i c alKi s sbegi nswi t hs omes l i c kpi a nopl a y i ng , a nda l t houg h

aba s s l i nef ort hemos tpa r t , t hi si sa bouthowWhi t et hi nkst ha tnowwome n ha v emor ef r e e dom i nt he21s tCe nt ur y , nowhei st hev ul ne r a bl eoneoft he r e l a t i ons hi p. Pe r s ona l l y , whi l eag oods ong , It hi nki t ' soneoft hewe a k e rt r a c ks ont hea l bum, t her e pe t i t i v ey e tc a t c hyba s s l i nea ndt ha tt heg ui t a ri sa l l ov e r t hepl a c ema k et hi sa ppe a l i ng .

t r a c kt ha nt hema j or i t yoft hea l bum, a ndi sa l s ot hefir s tt r a c kt oha v eba c ki ng v oc a l s , s ome t hi ngIc a nt ot a l l yi ma g i neMe gdoi ngi ft heWhi t e ' sc ont i nue d. Lov ei nt hi ss onge x t r e me l yda ng e r oust oWhi t e , i nwhi c hi tc a us e sha r mt ohi m a ndc a us e shi sf r i e ndst ot ur nt oe ne mi e s , a l t houg hhedoe s n' ts e e mt obe fig ht i ngi t .

dr umsa ndg ui t a r ski c ki n, i t ' sapi a nodr i v e ns ongma i nl y , a ndi twor ksf ort he mos tpa r t . I t ' snotaba ds ong , pe rs e , a ndwhe nl i s t e ni ngt ot hea l bum i nf ul l i t j us tdoe s n' ts t a ndouta sa ny t hi ngr e a l l yg r e a t , wi t hi tha r dl yr e a c hi ngoutf r om t hepi a nopl a y e da tt hes t a r t . I t ' ss t i l l ag oods ong , buti spe r s ona l l yoneofmy l e a s tf a v our i t et r a c ks .

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t ha tpi a noa ndg ui t a ra r epl a y e ds i mul t a ne ous l y , whi c hg a i ne dmya t t e nt i ona f t e r t heunde rc ook e dt r a c kbe f or ei t . e na f t e rabr i e f , ha unt i ngbr i dg eofs ol e l y pi a no, Whi t e ' sv oc a l sc omei n, whi c ha r ea ti t ' spos s i bl ys t r ong e s the r eoni t ' s a l bum, onl yr i v a l i ngS i x t e e nS a l t i ne s . I ts oundsa l mos tl i k ear a ps ong , a nda st he pa c eoft hepi a nog ui t a rc ont i nuet os pe e dup, i tbe c ome smor ee ng r os s i ngt o l i s t e nt o . Br i ng sal otofne wt hi ng st ot hea l bum, i ns hor t .

I ' m Shaki n' i st hec ov e ront hi sa l bum, byav e r ye a r l yR+Ba r t i s t , Rudy

oombs . Now, unl e s si ts ha k e supt heor i g i na l s onge noug h, Ius ua l l ydi s mi s s c ov e r sona l bums , a sIa m wi t ht her e c e ntc ov e rof' S e v e nNa t i o nAr my ' whi c hi s doi ngt her oundsont her a di o . e r es e e mst obea tl e a s tt hr e es ubt l eba c ki ng s i ng e r s , whi c hIi ma g i neaRone t t e s e s quet y peba ndor i g i na l l ype r f or me d. Ast hi s i sal i t t l e rknowns ong , Ine v e rkne wt heor i g i na l a nda si twa sbyabl a c ks i ng e r s ong wr i t e rbe f or et heg r e a tr oc khi t , InowJ a c kWhi t e ' sv e r s i onwoul dbeunr e c og ni z a bl e , a ndf ort ha tr e a s on, i t ' sag r e a ta ddi t i ont ot hea l bum.

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I ' ml i s t e ni ngt oi t . Li k ewhe ne v e rIg e taphy s i c a l c opyofa na l bum, Il i k et or e a d t hel y r i c si nt hebookl e t , a ndwhe nr e a di ngt hel y r i c st ot hi s , t he ywe r ev e r y . . . v a g uea boutt hes ubj e c t . e r e ' snotmuc hIc a ns a yr e a l l y , butf ornowi ti s n' ta t r a c kIc a nr e a l l yr e c omme ndi fy ouwa ntt og e taha ndf ul a ndnott hef ul l a l bum.

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f e e l unpr of e s s i ona l v e nt i ngoutmype r s ona l pr e f e r e nc e si nt hi sr e v i e w, butIc a n' t g e te noug hoft hi ss ong .I t ' spos s i bl yt hec a t c hi e s ta ndmos tc omme r c i a l s ongon t hea l bum, a ndi sa l mos tunmi s t a ka bl ya bouthi ms e l f , a ndpos s i bl ya boutMe g Whi t ea swe l l . Pe r s ona l l y , I ' dr e c omme ndt hi sov e ra nyot he rt r a c kont hea l bum, mor et ha ne v e na nyoft hes i ng l e s . Ic oul dl i s t e nt oi tov e ra ndov e ra g a i n. I t ' sone oft hemos tr e f r e s hi ngs ong sI ' v ehe a r di nal ongwhi l e , a ndde fini t i v e l ymy f a v our i t es ongont hea l bum. I fy ou' r eg oi ngt og e tj us tones ong , ma k es ur ei t ' s t hi sone .

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S l e e p ' Ihopea r e n' thi nt st ot her e c or di ngoft hea l bum a ndt hel a c kofs l e e pJ a c k Whi t eg otwhi l s tr e c or di ngi t . I t , a g a i n, ha ss omeba c ki ngv oc a l s , e x c e ptone v e r y t hi ngJ a c ks i ng s . Ee r i ea si ti s , t hepi a nodr i v e st hes ongone ffe c t i v e l y . I t ' sag r e a t s ong , a l t houg ht heme l odyofi ti sv e r yf a mi l i a rt omef r om s ome whe r ee l s e .

OnAndOnAndOni sa not he roneofmyf a v our i t et r a c ksont hi sa l bum,

a ndha soneoft hemos ti nt e r e s t i ngope ni ng s , wi t he v e r y t hi nge a s i ngi n, f r om or g a nss t a r t i ngi toff, a nda l mos tunhe a r a bl eunl e s sy ouha v ei tt ur ne dt he v ol umeonhi g h. ec hor us , i npa r t i c ul a r , i swha ts t r i k e si tout , wi t ht heor g a n r e a ppe a r i ng , a swe l l a si tbe i ngt heonl yi ns t a nthi sv oc a l ss e e ms moot h, a nd t he nc ut st oaf a nt a s t i cba s s l i ne .

TakeMeWi t hYouWhe nYouGoi sag r e a tc l os i ngt r a c kt ot hea l bum,

wi t hmor epr omi ne ntba c ki ngv oc a l i s t sa nds omes l owv oc a l s . I tma ys e e m e x t r e me l ys oot hi ngt os t a r twi t h, butt ha nkf ul l ys omeg ui t a rki c ksi na ndt he ni t s i mpl ye ndsonafina l pi a noc hor d. Ic a n' tt hi nkofa nyot he rt r a c k, e x c e pt pos s i bl yt oal e s s e re x t e nt' IGu e s sIS h o u l dGoToS l e e p ' whi c hwoul dha v ebe e n e ffe c t i v ei nc l os i ngt hea l bum. Notat r a c kpi c k, buts t i l l v e r yg ood.

Conc l us i on ' Bl unde r bus s ' i soneoft hemos tr e f r e s hi nga l bumsI ha v ehe a r di nal ongt i me , a ndde fini t i v e l yi nt he r unni ngf ormyf a v our i t ea l bum oft hey e a rs of a r . ec ont r a s ti nnumbe r si sa tt i me sa s t oundi ng: f r om t hene a rha r dr oc knumbe r sl i k e' S i x t e e nS a l t i ne s ' t ot hi ng st ha ts oundl i k eba l l a ds , t hi si sa n a l bum Ir e c omme ndwhol e he a t e dl y , a nda m mor e t ha nha ppyt os e ei tr e a c hnumbe ronei nt hec ha r t s .

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A y u mi H a ms a k i P a r t yQ u e e n Whe nIhe a rt hena meAy umi Ha ma s a ki It hi nkf a nt a s t i cv oi c e , e x t r a v a g a nt l i v epe r f or ma nc e sa nda ne x a mpl eofg r e a tJ Pop. Pa r t yQue e ni sAy umi ' s13t h a l bum f ol l owi ngonf r om he re x c e l l e ntEPFi v ef r om l a s ts umme r . Ge t t i ngt o 13a l bumsi snome a nf e a t . e r ea r ec ount l e s se x a mpl e sofa r t i s t st ha tha v e f a i l e dt og e tt ot ha tnumbe rf oroner e a s onora not he r . I t ' samuc hha r de rf e a t t oc ons i s t e nt l ypr oduc eg r e a ta l bumsonea f t e ra not he r . S odoe sPa r t yQue e nl i v eupt ot hehe i g ht ' sa nds t a t ur et ha tAy umi ha squi t e r i g ht l yr e a c he da nda t t a i ne dt hr oug houthe rc a r e e r ?I nonewa yi tdoe s , t he r e a r es omebe a ut i f ul s ong sont hi sa l bum, Ay umi ' sv oi c eonc ea g a i ns hi ne s t hr oug hhowe v e rt hee ndr e s ul ti si fI ' m be i nghone s tal i t t l eunde r whe l mi ng . I st ha ta ndi ndi c a t ort ha tt hea l bum i sba d?No, i ti ss t i l l f ort hemos tpa r ta g ooda l bum, Iwa sj us te x pe c t i ngmor e . Aswi t hot he rAy umi a l bumsIha v et he r ea r es ong st ha ta r epus he da wa ydue t ot hes ome wha tl a c kl us t r equa l i t yc ompa r e dwi t hot he r s . el i k e sofs e l f t i t l e dPa r t yQue e na ndNa Na Nac omea c r os sa smor eme di oc r et ha ne x pe c t e d whi c hi s n' tt hebe s tofs t a r t sf ort hea l bum. e y ' r ebynome a nsba dt houg h. Fr om t he r eoni ni tdoe spi c kup. Sha k ei tHe a r ti sag r e a tnumbe rt ha tl e a ds ont ot hel i k e sofCa l l , Te l l MeWhya ndLe t t e rwhi c ha r ec ons i de r a bl ybe t t e r t ha nt hefir s tc oupl eofs ong s .

Ay umi ’ sl e opa r dc os t umei smi s s i ngaf e we l e me nt s . Twooft hebe s ts ong swi t houtadoubtc omemi dwa yt hr oug h. Re t ur nRoa d a ndRe mi ndsMe . Bot ha r es t unni ngs ong s . e ybot hde mons t r a t eAy umi ' s s upe r bv oc a l s . eor c he s t r a t i oni nRe t ur nRoa dwa sapa r t i c ul a rhi g hl i g htf or me , c r a f t i ngag r e a t e rs e ns eofs c a l ea ndg r a nde ur . I tma dei ts t a ndout a mong s ti t ' sc ount e r pa r t s . Or c he s t r a t i onc a ni nma nys ong ss oundt a c k e don a sa na f t e r t houg htt ot r ya ndpr ov i deal i t t l ev a r i e t y . a ti snott hec a s ehe r e , i t ' si nc or por a t e de x pe r t l y . r e eoft hes ong soffe rac ha ng eofpa c ea swe l l a saqui r kys oundt obr e a kup t hea l bum. S e r e na dei naMi nori sal ov e l yv i ol i npi e c ewhi l eTa s k e ba bbr i ng sa mor ee l e c t r opopi nflue nc ei nt ot hef r a ya l ongwi t hACupofTe a . e ydo s e e m pe r f e c tf orhe rl i v epe r f or ma nc e sg i v i nghe rac ha nc et oc ha ng ei nt oa ne wout fitbute v e nont hea l bum t he y ' r eani c et ouc ha ndamos twe l c ome . e r ea r et wos ong st ha tr e a l l ys t a ndoutont hea l bum. Notbe c a us et he y ' r e e x c e pt i ona l butduet ot he i rr a t he runi ques ound. Ey e s , S mok e , Ma g i ca nde Ne x tLov ec a ug htmeoffg ua r dupont hefir s tl i s t e n. Whi l eot he rt r a c kss uc h a st heope ni ngc oupl edoha v eada nc i ng / pa r t y e s ques t y l et ot he mt he s et wo a r emor ea ki nt oaCa ba r e torBr oa dwa ys ongduet ot hepa c i nga ndus eofa s a x ophonewhi c hg i v e st he m aj a z z ys ound.

Ay umiha squi t eunbe l i e v a bl ee y e s , a sde mons t r a t e dhe r e .

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Fort hos eofy ououtt he r et ha tha v ee i t he rne v e rg i v e nJ Popac ha nc eorwa nt t ode l v ei nt ot heg e nr et he nt hi swoul dbet hei de a l s t a r t . ec os tc oul dbea n i s s uet ot hos ewhoa r ei nt e r e s t e d. I fy oupl a nt obuyaphy s i c a l v e r s i ont he n £25upwa r dswi l l bet hec os ta sy ou' l l ha v et oi mpor t , i fy oudon' tmi ndt he Kor e a n/ HKv e r s i ont he nt ha tpr i c ewi l l dr opbyne a r l yha l f .

Conc l us i on Pa r t yQue e ndi dnotc ha r ti nt henumbe r1pos i t i oni nt he Or i c onc ha r t swhi c hi sunus ua l butnote nt i r e l yunhe a r dof f oraHa ma s a ki a l bum. ea l bum i snodoubtwe a k e rt ha n he rr e c e nte ffor t sbutwhe nt hi si swe a k e ry ouha v et o a dmi r eAy umi ' st a l e nt . Mos tc e r t a i nl ywor t ht hepur c ha s e . Longma ywec ont i nuet obl e s s e dbys uc ha ni ns pi r i ng s i ng e r .

Ay umi i sc l e a r l yav e r ys uc c e s s f ul woma n, a nde v e n 13y e a r sa f t e rhe rde but , s he ’ ss t i l l pumpi ngout s uc c e s s f ul a l bumsa l mos te v e r yy e a r .

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S S X2 0 1 2 I t ’ sb a c ka n dr e a d yt os l a l o m i t swa yt ov i c t o r yo n c emo r e

Mi dj umpwa saba dt i mef orJ e fft or e a l i s ehel e f tt heov e non Ea c he v e ntt y pewor kswe l l a ndme a nt ha tt hi ng sa r e n' tt oos i mi l a rt hr oug hout t heg a me . Al s oa i di ngt hev a r i a t i oni st ha te v e r yr e g i on( a ndDe s c e nt , s pe c i fic a l l y ) , ha sapa r t i c ul a rqui r kwhi c hma k e si tde a dl y , a ndi nt ur n, api e c eof e qui pme ntwhi c hc a nbeus e dt ohe l py ouc omba ti t . Fore x a mpl e , onone De s c e nt , y oua r es ur r ounde dbyda r kne s s , a nds oahe a dl a mpa l l owsy out os e ea l i t t l ef ur t he rt ha ny ouwoul dwi t hout . Ona not he r , t hedr a s t i cc ha ng ei n t e mpe r a t ur ebe t we e ns unl i g hta ndda r kne s si sdr a s t i c , a nds oa v oi di nga ny s ha dya r e a sonr a ng e si sv i t a l . Myf a v our i t ehowe v e r , a ndc e r t a i nl yag e ne r a l hi g hl i g htoft het i t l e , i swhe nas pe c i ficr e g i on' sDe a dl yt wi s ti st ha tt her a ng e i t s e l fi sbr ok e nupbyhug edr opswhi c h, i ff a l l e ni nt o, wi l l r e s ul ti nde a t h. To c omba tt hi sda ng e r , y oua r eki t t e doutwi t hawi ng s ui t . Asy ou' de x pe c t , j umpi nga ndhol di ngas i ng l ebut t onde pl oy st hewi ng s , whi c ha r ewe bl i k e c ont r a pt i onsbe t we e nt het or s oa nda r msofy ourboa r de r . Gl i di ngt hr oug ht he a i ri sa na bs ol ut ej oy , he l pi ngy out os ur v i v ea ndr e a c hhi g he ra r e a s . e r e ' sawhol eot he rbunc hoff e a t ur e s . emul t i pl a y e re x pe r i e nc ewa sc l e a r l y af oc uspoi ntf ort hede v s , a ndi si nc or por a t e di nav a r i e t yofwa y s . eEx pl or e modec ha l l e ng e spl a y e r st obe a tt he i rf r i e ndss c or e s , whi l s tGl oba l Ev e nt s pr ov i de sas l i c konl i nee x pe r i e nc ede s i g ne dt oe l i mi na t el e ng t hywa i t i ngt i me s i nl obbi e s . I nor de rt odot hi s , EACa na daopt i mi s e das y s t e m whi c ha l l owst he m t ohos tnons t e pe v e nt swhi c hme a nst ha twhe r e v e ry oua r e , y ouc a na l wa y s j umpi nt oe v e nt sa ndj oi ni nt hea c t i on.

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S S Xwa sfir s ts hownoffa tt heS pi k eVGAs , boa s t i ngamor es e r i oust one .

Wi nni nga ndpl a c i nghi g hi ne v e nt sa l s og a i nsy oui ng a mec ur r e nc ywhi c hc a n beus e di nt hes i ng l epl a y e rmode st opur c ha s emods -s i ng l eus epe r kswhi c h a l t e ra bi l i t i e sl i k es pe e da ndt r i c k -e qui pme nt , a ndGe ot a g s . Wha ta r eGe ot a g s , y oua s k ?Ane a tl i t t l ea ddi t i onwhi c hi si na c t ua l f a c tal i t t l ec ol our e dg l obe whi c hc a nbepl a c e da ny whe r eona nys l opei nt heEx pl or emode , byr e wi ndi ng g a me pl a y( af e a t ur ewhi c hc a nbeus e dt oc or r e c ta nye r r or sma dedur i ng g a me pl a y , butonl yac e r t a i na mountoft i me sdur i ngDe a dl yDe s c e nt s )a nd dr oppi ngi twhe r ede s i r e d. et hi ngi st houg h, notonl ydoy our e c e i v emor eof t hei ng a mec ur r e nc yf orpl a c i ngi t , y oua l s og e ta ni nc r e a s i nga mountt he l ong e rt heGe ot a gs t a y sont hes l ope . Wha tt hi sc ha l l e ng e spl a y e r st odoi spl a c e t he i rTa g si nt hehi g he s t , ha r de s tt or e a c hl oc a t i ont he yc a n, a ndf orot he r st o t r ya ndr e a c ht he m. I tr e a l l yi sa na we s omei de a , a ndonet ha tf e e l sr i g hta t homei nS S X. e r ea r eac oupl eofmi norni g g l e s . Formor ec a s ua l g a me r s , t hedi ffic ul t yc ur v e i squi t ehi g ha ts omepoi nt s . a ts a i d, pr a c t i s edoe sc e r t a i nl yma k epe r f e c ti n t hi sc a s e . eot he rfla wi st ha ti nc ompa r i s ont opa s tS S Xt i t l e s , t hi sr e booti s nowhe r ene a rt hedr a s t i che i g ht sofwhi c hs omeg a me r swi l l r e me mbe ri t . Whi l s tt het r i c ks y s t e mi spe r f e c ti nt e r msofpul l i ngoffmov e swhi c hde f y phy s i c sa ndhuma ns ki l l , i tdoe sf e e l l i k eEACa na daha v ec oa t e dt heg a mewi t h mor eofag r i t t yr e a l i s m, i nt e r msofg r a phi c sa nds t y l i ng . Cus t omi s a t i onofy our ownr i de ri sl i mi t e dt ot hee qui pme ntt he yus e , a nde v e nt he nt he r ei snopr ope r i ng a me" s t or e " . Wha tha ppe ne dt obunnye a r s ?Fl a ppi ngwi ng s ?Forf a nsoft he ol dg a me s , s omewi l l of t e nwonde rwhe r et hec ol our f ul i ns a ni t yofol dha s v a ni s he dt oo .

Unl i k epr e v i ouse nt r i e si nt hes e r i e s , c our s e sa r enowba s e doff r e a l l i f el oc a t i ons . i si sputt og oodus ei nWor l dTourmode .

Conc l us i on De s pi t et hos eni g g l e s , S S Xi ss t i l l aqua l i t yt i t l e . Top offr e wa r di ngg a me pl a ywi t haf a nt a s t i cs oundt r a c k i nc l udi ngRunDMC' sc l a s s i c" I t ' sTr i c ky " , c l a s s i c boa r de r sa ndpl e nt yofc ont e ntt oc he wt hr oug h, pl a y e r swi l l findar e f r e s hi ngt a k eont hes por t sg e nr e whi c hi sde fini t e l ywor t hc he c ki ngout .

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S u p e rMa r i o 3 DL a n d SuperMar i o.eduot ones ui t e d, mus t a c hi oe dpl umbe rt ha tki c k s t a r t e di ta l l . Ba c ki nt he da y soft heNi nt e ndoEnt e r t a i nme ntSy s t e mi nt hemi de i g ht i e s , t hi spl a t f or mi nghe r o be g unt og a i npopul a r i t ya nde v e nt ua l l ybe c a meahous e hol dna me , g r a nt i ngNi nt e ndot he c l e a rv i e wofma ki ngt hedi nkyhe r owhot r ul yl a unc he dt hec ompa nyi nt ot her e a l msof s uc c e s s , l i ket hepl umbe rhi ms e l fa dv a nc i ngt hr oug has t a g ewi t ht heus eofanov e l t y huma nc a nnon, t he i rpr oudma s c ot . Ov e rt hepa s t25y e a r s , Ma r i oha sf e a t ur e di nqui t e l i t e r a l l yc ount l e s sg a me s , awi dev a r i e t yofg e nr e sa ndma nydi ffe r e nts c e na r i os , wi t hv e r y f e whi c c upsa l ongt hewa y . ema i n2Dt i t l e s ; Supe rMa r i oBr os . a ndi t st wos e que l s , Supe r Ma r i oWor l d, anumbe rofha ndhe l di t e r a t i onsa ndmor er e c e nt l y , t heNe wSupe rMa r i o Br os . g a me sha v er e t a i ne daf e e l i ngf e wot he rpl a t f or me r sha v et ooffe r , a ndt hi ss us t a i na bi l i t yi smos t l yt ha nkst ot hef a c tt ha tNi nt e ndor a r e l ys t r a ya wa yf r om t her oot soft hef r a nc hi s e , wi t he a c ht i t l et y pi c a l l yi nv ol v i ngs i mi l a rg a me pl a yme c ha ni c sa ndt heus ua l ' pr i nc e s s i ski dna ppe dbyg i a ntt ur t l e , pl umbe rs e t soutt or e s c uehe r ' s t or y l i ne . i ss i mpl i c i t yma y ha v eg r ownr oot sov e rt hey e a r s , butne v e rt ooma nyt ot r a ns f or m Ma r i o' sma i ng a me s , 2D orpol y g ona l , i nt os ome t hi nga sc ompl e xa sZe l daorMe t r oi d, a tl e a s ti fy ouf or g e ts omeof t hev a r i ouss pi nofft i t l e s , Ma r i or ol e pl a y e r si npa r t i c ul a r . Yous houl df or g e ta boutt hos ef or t hepur pos eoft hi sr e v i e w, howe v e r , be c a us et oda yI ' l l bedi s s e c t i ngSupe rMa r i o3DLa nd, t hemos tr e c e nt l ys pr out e dol i v ebr a nc hf r om t het r e eofs i mpl i c i t yt ha ti st he2DMa r i o g e ne a l ogy . i sbr a nc hi sonet ha ts t i c ksouta ty oumor et ha na nyoft heot he r s , a ndi t ' sa l l t ha nkst os t e r e os c opi c3D, butwhi l et heg a mec e r t a i nl yhol dsupv i s ua l l y , howdoe si tf a i r a g a i ns ti t spr e de c e s s or s ? De s pi t emyme t a phor i c a l de s c r i pt i onofat r e et ha thous e st he2DMa r i ot i t l e s , t hepl umbe r ' s 3DSde buti s n' ts t r i c t l ys pe a ki ngag a met ha tpl a y soutona2Dpl a i n. I nf a c t , a sy ou' de x pe c t f r om apl a t f or mt ha tc a nha ndl et hi ss or toft hi ng, t heg a mei nv ol v e smov e me nti na l l a ng l e s wi t hf ul l 360de g r e emov e me ntbe i ngnot hi ngbutc ompul s or ywhi l ey ouna v i g a t el e v e l s , y e t 3DLa ndha sal otmor ei nc ommonwi t ht he2Dc l a s s i c st ha nt hemor er e c e nte pi c ss uc ha s t heGa l a x yg a me s . i si s , i ne s s e nc e , a2DMa r i ot r i but et ha tpl a y soutona3Dpl a i n. e mi xt ur eoft hes i de s c r ol l i ngg a me s ' f or mul a i cs t r uc t ur ea ndt het i g htc ont r ol soft hepol y g ona l r e l e a s e sc e r t a i nl yma ke sf orade l e c t a bl ee x pe r i e nc e , a l be i tonet ha ti s n' tqui t ef r e s h-i f a ny t hi ng, c l os et obe c omi ngr ot t e n. Supe rMa r i o3DLa ndi s n' ta ta l l aba dg a me , i t ' sj us tt he fla wofi tbe i nga l l t oof a mi l i a rbr i ng si tdownal i t t l e , a ndwha t ' swor s ei st ha tt heg r i pe sI a ndot he r sha dwi t ht hes t e r e os c opi cde butoft hepl umbe rdon' te nda tal a c kofi nnov a t i on. Wi t houtt r y i ngt os oundl i keas c e pt i c a l Ma r i oha t e r , t hi sr e l e a s ei sf a rt ooe a s y , f a rt oos hor t a ndf ul l ofr e ha s he di de a s . Wi t ht hepl umbe r ' s3DSde but , i tf e e l sl i keNi nt e ndoha v et a ke n t hei ng r e di e nt st ha tma depa s tt i t l e ss t a r r i ngt hehe r oi cpl umbe rs os upe r b, a ndma s he d t he ma l l upi nt oone , a f t e r wa r dsa ddi ngas a uc et ha ta c t sa st heg l i t zofe y e poppi ng( c a l m down, notl i t e r a l l y )t hr e e di me ns i ona l v i s ua l s . Supe rMa r i o3DLa ndi swi t houtadoubtne w e noug ht owa r r a ntapur c ha s e , butt ha tdoe s n' ts t opi tf r om f e e l i ngf a mi l i a rt oi t spr e de c e s s or sa ndunf or t una t e l yl a c ki ngi ni nnov a t i on. Ofc our s e , s omemi g hts a yt hi st r i but a r yde s i g ni st hewhol epoi ntoft hi sr e l e a s e , wi t hus qui t el i t e r a l l ys e e i ngwha tma ke sMa r i os og r e a ti nawhol ene wv i s ua l di me ns i on, a ndt ha t ' s e x a c t l ywha t3DLa nda c hi e v e s . eg a mel ookst r ul ya ma z i ng, wi t hc ol our f ul v i s ua l spoppi ngouta nds i nki ng i na ndl oc a l e st ha tc omev e r yc l os et oa ppe a r i nga sde t a i l e da sr e c e nt homec ons ol eMa r i or e l e a s e s . Whi l et hewhol epoi ntofv i de og a me s , Ma r i ot i t l e si npa r t i c ul a r , i st oe nj oyt he mt hr oug hpl a y i nga ndi nt e r a c t i ngwi t ha ne x pe r i e nc e , y ouc a n' the l pbut s e et hes t e r e os c opi cv i s ua l sa st hewhol epoi ntof3DLa nd. I t ' sl i keaf a i r g r oundr i det ha t t a ke sy out hr oug ht her e a l msoff a mi l i a r i t y , butha sy ouf e e l i nge x hi l a r a t e di nt hepr oc e s s .

Onoc c a s i on, 3DLa ndpa y shoma g et oma nys e g me nt swe knowa ndl ov e . i ss c e nei sonea l l g a me r ss houl dbef a mi l i a rwi t h. epl umbe r ' s3DSde buti st r ul yt hefir s tg a mee v e rc r e a t e di nwhi c h3Df e e l sl i kea r e qui r e me nt , a ndIme a nt ha ti nag oods e ns e . Ea c hl e v e l ha sbe e nc r a f t e dt ot a kea dv a nt a g eoft hes y s t e m' sv i s ua l fide l i t y , wi t ht hei s ome t r i cSt a rCoi nr ooms( ofwhi c ht he r ea r e unf or t una t e l yv e r yf e w)i npa r t i c ul a rma ki ngt he3Da l mos tc ompul s or yt os e et hr oug h t heg e ni usv i s ua l t r i c ke r yt ha tNi nt e ndoha v ec omeupwi t h. I t ' sv e r ydi ffic ul tt oi ma g i ne t hi sg a mebe i nga ss uc c e s s f ul onas y s t e m wi t honl yt wodi me ns i ona l v i s ua l c a pa bi l i t i e s . Supe rMa r i o3DLa nd' sv i s ua l s , whi l ec e r t a i nl yt hemos tpl a us i bl ea s pe c toft heg a mei nmy v i e w, a r ef or t una t e l ya c c ompa ni e dbys omes upe r bg a me pl a y , howe v e ra l l t oof a mi l i a ri t f e e l sa sa f or e me nt i one d. Ic oul dg oonf ors e v e r a l mor epa r a g r a phsa bouthowg oodt he g a mel ooks , butofc our s e , i tne e dst obee x pr e s s e dhowwe l l i tpl a y s , l i kea nyg a me( wi t h t hee x c l us i onofs ome t hi ngl i keAs ur a ' sWr a t h) . Whi l et hev a s tma j or i t yofg a me pl a ye l e me nt s f oundi n3DLa ndha v ebe e nr e c y c l e df r om pa s t Ma r i ot i t l e s , 2Da nd3D, t heg a mec ont r ol sl i ke ami xt ur eoft het wo. Youna v i g a t et hepl umbe r ona3Dpl a i nwi t ht heCi r c l ePa da ndj ump wi t ht heAbut t on, a spe rus ua l . Howe v e r , pl a y e r swi l l di s c ov e rt ha tt heda s hbut t onf r om 2Dt i t l e s , ne v e rbe f or es e e ni na3DMa r i o g a me , ha sbe e na dde dt ot hec a ul dr oni nt he f or m ofabut t onpr e s s . Br a ndne wi st hea bi l i t yt or ol l , whi c hc a nbeus e dt os ma s ht hr oug h box e sa ndf a kewoode nGoomba sa ndt hel i ke , a ndf ol l owe dupbyt hepol y ona l pr e de c e s s or s ' s upe rj ump, whi c hi nv ol v e sc r ouc hi ngwi t ha s houl de rbut t ona ndpe r f or mi ngal e ng t hi e r l e a pwi t ht heAbut t on.

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Wi t ht hee x c e pt i onoft hene wr ol l f unc t i on, 3DLa ndf e e l sf a mi l i a ri nt hes e ns eofc ont r ol s , t oo, buti t ' si nt hec ont e xtt he ya r eus e dt ha tma ke spl a y i ngt heg a mef e e l uni quee noug h. As f ort hes t r uc t ur eoft hi ss t e r e os c opi ca dv e nt ur e , y out r a v e r s et hr oug he i g htwor l dsof ma s he dupi de a swi t hag ooda mountofe nj oy me nt , be f or edi s c ov e r i ngt ha ta f t e ra c c ompl i s hi ngt hi st a s k, notone , nott wo, bute i g htmor es pe c i a l wor l dsa r eope ne dupt opl a y t hr oug h. a t ' si mpr e s s i v e , c ons i de r i ngt he2DMa r i oi t e r a t i onsofol dne v e re x c e e de dni ne l oc a l e sf ul l ofl e v e l s . Li ket heor i g i na l Supe rMa r i oBr os . , t hes t a g e sof3DLa nddon' ts t i c kt o as pe c i fict he mev i s ua l i s e dt hr oug hawor l dma p. I ns t e a d, l e v e l sa r ema r ke d11, 12, 21a nd s oon, wi t he a c hl e v e l f e e l i ngdi s t i nc t i v ea ndnotr e s t r i c t e dt oapa r t i c ul a ri de a . Gr a nt e d, s omes t a g e sf oundi nt hes pe c i a l wor l dsa r er e mi x e dv e r s i onsofone sy oupl a y e dt hr oug hi n t hefir s te i g ht , butIdi g r e s s , j us tl i ket hepa c ka g ea sawhol et he y ' r ene we noug ht obee nj oy a bl e Asf ort hec or eg a me pl a y , y ou' l l findy our s e l fs pr i nt i ngt hr oug ht hr e e di me ns i ona l g a unt l e t s bui l toutofpa r t i c ul a rg a me pl a yqui r kss pe c i fie dt oe a c hl e v e l . Ones t a g emi g htbeba s e d a r ounds wi t c hi nga r oundpl a t f or msbyj umpi ng, a ni de abl a t a nt l ye x pa nde df r om Supe r Ma r i oGa l a x y2, whi l eot he r sr a ng ef r om t hea ut oma t i c a l l y s c r ol l i ngs t a g e si nt r oduc e di n Ma r i o3t ot heope nwor l de nv i r onme nt sofSupe rMa r i o64a mongot he rt hi ng s . I t ' s nowhe r ene a ra si nv e nt i v ea st heGa l a x yg a me s , butt ha t ' st obee x pe c t e d. Aspr e v i ous l y me nt i one d, l e v e l sa r ema r ke dbynumbe r s , notwor ds , a ndi ts e e mst ha tt hi si spur e l ydown t ot hef a c tt ha ty ouc oul dn' tg i v eana met ot hev a s tma j or i t yofl e v e l sy ou' l l findi n3DLa nd -t he y ' r ej us tt oos i mpl i s t i c , de s pi t et y pi c a l l ybe i ngba s e da r oundas i ng l equi r k. Di t c he da r e t heSt a r sa ndShi neSpr i t e sofot he rMa r i oa dv e nt ur e st ha ta l l owe df ul l 360de g r e emov e me nt , r e pl a c e dbyt her e t r ol e v e l s t r uc t ur ei nwhi c hy our unt hr oug har a r e l ybr a nc hi ngs t a g e i nor de rt or e a c hafla gpol e . At i mel i mi ti sa l s ol i f t e df r om t heg r a v eof2DMa r i ot i t l e sa nd mi x e di nt o3DLa nd, ma ki ngt heg a meag r e a tc ha l l e ng ef ors pe e dr unne r s . Ai r s hi psa ndt he Ta nookiLe a ff r om Supe rMa r i oBr os . 3a l s oma kear e t ur n, wi t ht hel a t t e rpowe r upbe i ng ma dequi t eabi gde a l i nt her unupt ot her e l e a s eoft heg a me . St i l l , wi t ha l l oft he s ei de a s f r om v a r i ousMa r i ot i t l e soft hepa s tma s he di nt oone3DSr e l e a s e , 3DLa nds ome how doe s n' tf e e l l i kea' be s tof ' pa c ka g e , nordoe si tf e e l t oone w. I t ' sas t r a ng ec a s e , onet ha ti s , i n ba s i ct e r ms , aMa r i og a met ha tl ooksa ndpl a y sg r e a ta ndnot hi nge l s e . Wi t ht hee x c e pt i onof t hef or g e t t a bl eBoome r a ngs ui ta ndaf e wot he rt hi ng s , t heg a medoe s n' tr e a l l yoffe ra ny t hi ngweha v e n' ts e e nbe f or ei naMa r i og a me . I t ' saf r us t r a t i ng l ybr i e ft i t l e , t oo, oneIf ound my s e l f100%c ompl e t i ngi nj us tov e r15hour s . I t ' sa l s oe v e ne a s i e rt ha nNe wSupe rMa r i o Br os . a ts t a t e me nta l onewi l l putma nyofy ouoffbuy i ngt hi sg a me .

Dot hema t hsa ndy ou' l l di s c ov e rt ha tSupe rMa r i o3DLa ndonl yha s t hr e edi ffe r e ntbos s e s . Whi l enott hepoi ntoft hi shoma g et o2DMa r i o t i t l e s , t ha t ' sabi twe a k.

Conc l us i on St i l l , e v e nt a ki ngi nt oc ons i de r a t i onmyha r s hc ompl a i nt s , Iha dal otoff unpl a y i ng t hr oug hSupe rMa r i o' s3DSde but , a ndi nt hee ndt ha t ' swha tt he s eg a me sa r ea l l a bout : ha v i ngf un. I t ' saf r us t r a t i ng l ye a s ye x pe r i e nc ef ort hema j or i t yoft het i me y ou' l l s pe ndpl a y i ngt heg a me , t hepl oti sa sba s i ca se v e r , f e e l i ngnotj us tf a mi l i a r buti de nt i c a l t opa s tt i t l e s , a ndwhe nc ompa r e dt or e c e ntMa r i oe x pe r i e nc e s( e v e n t heboy c ot t e dNe wSupe rMa r i oBr os . Wi i )i tdoe s n' tqui t ehol dupa si ts i mpl yi s n' t f r e s he noug h, butde s pi t et he s ec onc e r ns , a sas t a nda l onepa c ka g et hi s3Dr ol l e r c oa s t e ri swe l l wor t hapur c ha s ei fy ouownNi nt e ndo' sl a t e s tha ndhe l d. epr e s e nt a t i onoft heg a mei sj us ta se x c e l l e nta sy ou' de x pe c tf r om a' ma i n' Ma r i ot i t l e , a ndwhi l enotama j orr e l e a s ei t ' ss t i l l ag r e a twa yt os howc a s et hev i s ua l fine s s eof t he3DS. I tma ybebr i e f , i tma ybea l l t oof a mi l i a r , buti t ' ss t i l l hi g hl ye nj oy a bl e a ndc ha r mi ng, j us tl i ket hec l a s s i c si tc he e ki l ybor r owsc ount l e s si de a sf r om.

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Wi l lt h ef i r s ts h o o t e rs e ti n y o r k s h i r el i v eu pt ot h e‘ h y p e ’ ?

Da nnyBoy l e ’ sor i g i na l v i e wofRur a l Eng l a nddi dn’ ts i twe l l wi t hLOCOG De s pi t et her e l a t i v e l yg l owi ngpr a i s e , t he r ea r eaf e wg r i pe swi t hPoa c he r . Asc a n bee x pe c t e df r om aGa meMa k e rg a me , t hec ol l i s i onde t e c t i oni s n’ tqui t es pot on. e r ewe r eaf e ws e c t i ons , pa r t i c ul a r l ywi t ht hebounc i ngs k ul l s , t ha tIwa s c e r t a i nt ha tIha dhi tmyt a r g e t , butt heg a medi dn’ tr e g i s t e rt he m. S omeoft he pl a t f or mi ngs e c t i ons( pa r t i c ul a r l yi nt heLi br a r y )s e e m poor l yde s i g ne d, a ndi n t heoi l r i g , j umpi ngoutoft hewa t e ri sv e r yf r us t r a t i ng . I tt ookmea r oundfiv e mi nut e st oj umpont os omel a nd, be c a us eDe r e kk e ptwa l l j umpi ngoffi ta ndon t ot hene x ta r e a , s ot hewhol ec y c l es t a r t e da g a i n. Howe v e r , t he s ei s s ue sa r ef e w a ndf a rbe t we e n, a ndma yonl yc a us eami nut eors ooff r us t r a t i on.

Conc l us i on S o, s houl dy oug e ti t ?Ye s . Ye sy ous houl d. Asi fbe i ng f r e ewa s n’ te noug hofa ni nc e nt i v e , i t ’ sas ol i dg a me . I twi l l t a k ey oua g e st oc ompl e t e , a ndonc ey oudo, t he r ewi l l bet woot he re ndi ng sf ory out ounl oc ki n ne wg a me s . Howg e ne r ous . edi a l og uei sbr i l l i a nt , t hea r ts t y l ei swonde r f ul , a ndt hemus i ci sa de l i g ht f ul mi xofme t a l a ndg e ne r i ca mbi e nts ounds . Abr i l l i a ntg a me , wi t honl yaf e wmi norfla ws . I na ddi t i ont ot ha t , t he r ei sa nupg r a de ss y s t e m, t houg hi ti s n’ tf oc us e dona nd mos toft heupg r a de sa r epr e t t yus e l e s s . ewhol epr e mi s ei sr ui ne dbyt hef a c t t ha ti fy oudopur c ha s ea l l oft he m, y ouc a n’ tc ha ng eoneoft he mt os ome t hi ng e l s e .

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+Mr . Kat t ykat

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Evoluti on andyou, TheCommuni t y Shoc khor r or , ane wCa l l ofDut y ’ souts oon. e r e ’ sa l s oa not he rPok é mon g a meouta ndFI FAi sg e t t i nga‘ 13’ v e r s i on. I ’ v ehe a r ds oma nype opl ec r i t i c i s e t he s eg a me sf ors t a y i ng‘ t ooc l os et ot hef or mul a ’ a ndnoti nnov a t i nge noug h, whi c hIc a ns or tofe mpa t hi s ewi t h. e r e ’ snotawhol el ote l s ey ouc a ndowi t h Foot ba l l nowt oma k ei tc ompl e t e l yne w( t hes por t ’ spr oba bl ya sol da st i me i t s e l f )a ndCoDwi l l ne v e rc ha ng et hi ng sup. Pok é monwi l l a l wa y sbeag a me a bouti mpr i s oni ngv a r i ousa ni ma l sa ndf or c i ngt he mt ofig htf ory ourowne nt e r t a i nme nt . Butwha tha ppe nswhe ng a me sdoc ha ng ei tup?Appa r e nt l y , t hea poc a l y ps e . For i ns t a nc e , Ha l o4wa ss hownf ort hefir s tt i mee v e ra tE3r e c e nt l y , a ndma ny pe opl ec ompl a i ne dt ha ti twa s‘ c ha ng e dt hi ng supal i t t l ebi tt oomuc h’ a ndt ha t t he y‘ s houl dha v ej us tma deabe t t e rl ooki ngv e r s i onofHa l o3’ buti ft he ywe r e t oa c t ua l l ydot ha t , t he y ’ dbebur nta tt hes t a k ef oral a c kofi nnov a t i on.To s omee x t e nt , Ic a na g r e ewi t hwha tRe g g i et heCEOofNi nt e ndoAme r i c a( or s ome t hi ng , i dk )s a i da boutt hef a c tt ha ty ou’ l l ne v e rbea bl et oma k ea l l g a me r s ha ppy . I t ’ sa l mos te nt i r e l yt r ue–ma k eane wCoDg a met ha t ’ ss e ti nt heMode r n Ti me s , a ndi t ’ sunor i g i na l . Ma k ei ti nt heFut ur e , i t ’ st ooor i g i na l a nd‘ notCoD’ . I t ’ st hee t e r na l pr obl e m whe ni tc ome st og a mi ng–howmuc hdoy ouc ha ng e ? Youc a nne v e rr e l e a s el e s st ha napr e v i ousg a mebe c a us ei tl e a dst oal a c kof f e a t ur e s , s oy ouc a n’ tg oba c kt ot he‘ g oodol dda y s ’ wi t houtba c kl a s h, buty ou c a n’ ta dv a nc ewi t houti te i t he r . S omea ddi t i onsi nt hepa s tt ov a r i ousg a me s ha v ebe e ns he e rs t upi di t yt os a yt hel e a s t( De a dMa n’ sHa ndonMW3, a ny one ? ) buta tt hee ndofi ta l l , t he r e ’ sboundt obet heoddhi c c upbe f or ey ous t umbl e upont hepe r f e c tf or mul a . S a dl y , v e r yf e wg a me sha v ebe t at e s t ss oi tt a k e sy e a r s t og e tt hi ng ss or t e dt hr oug hs ubs e que ntbr ok e nr e l e a s e sa ndc ommuni t yba c k l a s honwha ts houl dbec ha ng e d. Butt he r e ’ st ha tug l ymons t e rr e a r i ngi t she a donc ea g a i n. Communi t yf e e dba c k. Wha ti sa c t ua l l ybr ok e n, a ndwha t ’ snot hi ngmor et ha nami nori nc onv e ni e nc e t ot hei ndi v i dua l . Fori ns t a nc e , apl a y e rmi g htt hi nkt ha tc e r t a i na bi l i t yi sov e r powe r e dbe c a us et he y ’ r ei ne ffe c t i v ea tc ount e r i ngi ti ng a me , howe v e ri tmi g ht wor kwe l l i nt hebi gs c he meoft hi ng s . Unf or t una t e l y , i t ’ sa l s oa ppa r e ntt ha t c ommuni t yf e e dba c ki s n’ tt hemos the l pf ul . “ ARMURLOCKS UXUF’ NS UK BUNGI EIWI LNEVERPLEYHALOAGAI N”i s n’ ts ome t hi ngt ha tc a nbedi r e c t l y us e dbyde v e l ope r st oi mpr ov et he i rg a me . “ Ar mourl oc kl a s t sf ort ool ong , i t s houl dber e duc e dby15s e c onds ”i sa ne x a mpl eofpr oduc t i v ec r i t i c i s ma nd he l psde v e l ope r soutg r e a t l y , a st he yc a ns e ewha tt he yne e dt odot oi mpr ov e t he i rg a met oc a t e rt ot hef a ns .

Ni nt e ndoha v er e a l l yout donet he ms e l v e st hi st i me , pr oduc i ng18Poké mong a me sf ort heDSs y s t e m. a ts a i d, y oudon’ ta l wa y sne e dt or e l i g i ous l yl i s t e nt ot hef a ns–s ome t i me s g oi nga nddoi ngs ome t hi ngabi tmor edi ffe r e ntde s pi t et hef a nsde ma ndi ng t ha ty ouc e a s ea ndde s i s tc a ng r e a t l yi mpr ov et heg a mef ore v e r y one . Af t e ra l l , t hede v e l ope r sma det heg a me–t he yknowhowi twor ksa ndt he ypr oba bl ys e e al otmor et ha nt hef a nsdo, a nda sar e s ul tc oul dl e a dt ot heg a mee v ol v i ngf ur t he r . Be c a us eI ’ v es e e nal otofpe opl ec ompl a i nt ha tt he i rf a v our i t eg a me sa r ee v ol v i ngi nt os ome t hi ngdi ffe r e nt , l e tmea s ky out hi s–Youc ompl a i nt ha tCoD: Bl a c kOps2i sdi ffe r e ntt opos t CoD4g a me sbya ddi ngi napoi nt ba s e dl oa dout a ndot he rni c et hi ng sbutwha twoul dha v eha ppe ne dha dCoD4noti nt r oduc e d c l a s s e sa ndpe r ks ? e s es or t sofpe opl ej us tne g a t et he i rowna r g ume nt s . I fy oudon’ tl i k et hewa y ag a mei sg oi ng , pl a ys ome t hi nge l s e . Don’ twa ntt o?Pl a yt he‘ pe r f e c t ’ v e r s i onof t heg a me , t heoney oue x pe c te v e r ys ubs e que ntr e l e a s et obe . Me a nwhi l e , t her e s tofusnor ma l pe opl ewi l l s i tba c k, r e l a x , pl a ys omeg a me s a ndwa t c hhowt hewhol et hi nge v ol v e si nt ot heg a mi ngi ndus t r yoft hef ut ur e .

I t ’ sno tt h es t r o ng e s t , no rt h eq u i c k e s ts p e c i e st h a ts u r v i v e s–i t ’ st h e o net h a t ’ smo s ta d a p t a b l et oc h a ng e .

+Fl a g Capt ur ed

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S a c haBa r onCohe n' spa s tc a r i c a t ur e sofpot e nt i a l l yoffe ns i v epol i t i c a l i nc or r e c t ne s swe r eundi g ni fie d, butonma nyoc c a s i onsout r a g e ous l yf unny . e a c t or ' sl a t e s ta t t e mpta tpor t r a y i ngac ha r a c t e ri sonema nywoul dn' tda r et oa c t out , butha st hepot e nt i a l t os purmuc hhi l a r i t yde pe ndi ngont hepr e f e r e nc e s oft hev i e we rwhe ni tc ome st oc ome di e s . Pos s i bl yduet ot hede pr i v a t i onoft he f or mul at ha twa sbor nwi t hCohe n' smos ts uc c e s s f ul fil m, Bor a t , whi c hwe nt s t a l ewi t ht hel a t e rr e l e a s e dBr uno, hi ms e l fa nddi r e c t orLa r r yCha r l e sha v e r e t ur ne dt ot hea c t or ' sf e a t ur el e ng t h, s c r i pt e dr oot s( Al i GI nda hous e : e Mov i e )wi t heDi c t a t or . Ofc our s e , t he r e ' sa l s ot her e a s ont ha tt hi sc ha r a c t e r woul dbei mpos s i bl et oa c touti nr e a l l i f es i t ua t i ons . Howe v e r , t hi sfil ms t i l l f ol l owsi nt hef oot s t e psa nds uc c e s sofCohe n' sl a s tt woc ha r a c t e rpor t r a y a l s , de s pi t ebe i ngs c r i pt e d, l e a di ngt ot heque s t i onofwhe t he ri thol dsupa g a i ns t t hos er e l e a s e sornot . ea ns we ri ss i mpl e , l i k et hemi ndofAdmi r a l Ge ne r a l Al a de e nhi ms e l f ; I tpr e t t ymuc hde pe ndsonwhe t he ry ouf oundBr unof unnyor ut t e r l ya t r oc i ous .

Cons i de r i ngt ha tt hema i nf oc usoft he s efil msi st opor t r a yout r a g e ous c ha r a c t e r st ha tc oul dpot e nt i a l l ys pa wnhi l a r i ousquot e sa ndg a g s , If e e l t hi si sa s ui t a bl ewa yt og e tmyt houg ht soneDi c t a t orupa ndr unni ngi nwor df or m. Al a de e ni sac ome di cy e tf or c e dc ha r a c t e r , whoi s n' ta ny whe r ene a ra s me mor a bl ea shi spr e de c e s s or s . Na t ur a l l y , he ' sat y r a nt , r unni ngadi c t a t or s hi p ov e rt heMi ddl eEa s t e r nde s e r ts t a t eofWa di y a . Pa r toft he' j ok e ' s ur r oundi ng t hepr ot a g oni s ti shi si g nor a nc et owa r dsa ny t hi ngs t a ndi ngi nt hewa yofhi s r ul e , a soppos e dt oa nypa r t i a l l ya c c e pt a bl er e a s onsa st owhyheoppos e s de moc r a c ya ndpe opl ewhog e tonhi sne r v e s . Fr om t hi si g nor a nc e , Admi r a l Ge ne r a l Al a de e ni sbor na sada ng e r ousc ombi na t i onofGa dda fia ndS udda m Hus s e i n, wi t hg r e a tpowe rbutque s t i ona bl eme t hodsofa c t i ngouta ut hor i t y .

Ye s , eDi c t a t ordoe s n' tqui t ehol dupa g a i ns tmos tofCohe n' spa s tfil ms , e s pe c i a l l yt hos ef e a t ur i ngs t r e e t wi s ei mbe c i l eAl i G( S a c ha ' shi g hpoi ntf orme , pe r s ona l l y )a nde v e r y body ' sf a v our i t eKha z a ks t a ni a nne wsr e por t e r( a l s oup t he r e ) . Wi t ht hi ss t a t e me nti nt a c t , howe v e r , i t ' snott os a yt ha tt hea c t or ' s l a t e s ti sa ta l l ba d, i t ' sj us tnott ha tg r e a t . Le t ' sbe g i nwi t ht heAdmi r a l Ge ne r a l hi ms e l f , s ha l l we ?

I t ' sodd, t he n, t ha tt hec ha r a c t e rofAl a de e na ndhi sfil m' ss t or y l i nea sawhol e a r ebot hs t r a ng e l yi noffe ns i v e . i si sma i nl yduet ot hes c r i pt e dna t ur eoft he pl ot-I ft hefil m ha dnotbe e npr e wr i t t e na ndnotpr oduc e di nHol l woode s que f a s hi ona ndi ns t e a dwa spl a y e doutl i k eBor a torBr uno, t hee x pl oi t sofAl a de e n pr oba bl ywoul dn' te v e nha v ebe e nfini s he d, l e ta l oner e l e a s e d, a ndt ha t ' si f Cohe nwoul dha v es ur v i v e dt hee nde a v our . Ev e nt hepl oti sc ur i ous l y i noffe ns i v e . . . eDi c t a t or ' sa dv e nt ur es e e shi m ha v i ngt oc a r r youtas pe e c ht oa ddr e s st he Uni t e dNa t i onsi na na t t e mptt owi nt he m ov e r , whi c hg oe shor r i bl ywr onga f t e r Al a de e n' sdoubl ei sa s s a s s i na t e dbe f or et hes pe e c ha nda not he rme mbe roft he Wa di y a ng ov e r nme ntha sane wdoubl ea r r a ng e dt opl a yt hepa r tofAl a de e n.

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Unf or t una t e l yf ort hefil m' st r uepr ot a g oni s t , hei ski dna ppe ds oona f t e rhi s a r r i v a l i nNe wYor ka ndt hene wdoubl ei ss e ntbyt hebl a t a nt l ya nt a g oni s t i c unde r l i ngofAl a de e nt oc a r r youtt hes pe e c hwi t hhi l a r i ousr e s ul t s . r oug h s a i dhi l a r i ousr e s ul t s , Al a de e n, upone s c a pi ngne a r t or t ur e( t hede s c r i pt i onof whi c hwoul dna t ur a l l ybeoffe ns i v e , butl i k et hefil mi t s e l fi ts ur pr i s i ng l yi s n' t ) ha smor et i met oa ddr e s shi sf e l l owUni t e dNa t i onsme mbe r s . r oug hhi s ki dna ppi ng , howe v e r , Al a de e nha shi sMi ddl e Ea s t e r nChr i sPa l me r ( Ca t t e r i c k )l ookde g e ne r a t e dt hr oug ht hec ome di cr e mov a l ofhi sbe a r d. Fol l owi ngt hi s , nobodyr e c og ni s e st het y r a nta ndhei se v e nt ua l l ya c qua i nt e d byt heLi s aS i mps onl i k eZoe y , ahi ppi ea ndowne rofa nor g a ni cpr oduc e r e t a i l e r . Onet hi ngl e a dst oa not he ra ndAl a de e ni sr e a c qua i nt e dwi t har oc k e t s c i e nt i s twhoonc ewor k e dunde rhi sr ul e , s uppos e dl yki l l e dbuts e tf r e eby Al a de e n' spa c i fis te x e c ut i one r . ef or me rr oc k e ts c i e nt i s ta g r e e st ohe l phi m r e c l a i m hi st hr onef orhi sj obba c ki nr e t ur n, a ndt he ys oondi s c ov e rt ha tt he y c a ndot hi st hr oug ht hepr ot a g oni s tr e t ur ni ngt oZoe y . Fr om he r eonout , t he pl otbe c ome sf r us t r a t i ng l ypr e di c t a bl ewhi c hi soneoft hefil m' sc r uc i a l l os s e s . Ha v i ngs a i dt hi s , howe v e r , t hehumouri smos t l ya ny t hi ngbut . Di dIl a ug ha teDi c t a t or ' sa t t e mpt sa tt i c kl i ngi t sv i e we r s ' f unnybone s ?For t hemos tpa r t , y e s , a ndwha twi t hCohe n' sl a t e s tfil m onc ea g a i nfit t i ngunde r t heg e nr et ha ti sc ome dy , t ha t ' sr e a l l yt hemos ti mpor t a ntt hi nga boutt he 80mi nut ee x pe r i e nc e . ehumourf oundi nt hi sr e l e a s ei sf ort hemos tpa r t l a ug ha bl e , butonc ea g a i nt he r ei sadowns i de-c onv e nt i ona l a nda tt i me s e x t r e me l yde s pe r a t eg a g sof t e nr ul et her oos t . Cohe ne v e ne x pos e shi sne t he r r e g i onsr a t he runne c e s s a r i l ya tonepoi nt , whi c hf e wpe opl ea c t ua l l yl a ug he d a twhe nIs a wt hefil m. es oundt r a c ki sa l s oi nv e i noft hehumour ; s hout s of" Al a de e nMo' f o! ! "br i ngupar e mi ni s c e nc eoft hec hi l di s hbuthi l a r i ous Te a m Ame r i c a : Wor l dPol i c e , whi c hi sv e r yf unny , buta sa f or e me nt i one d r a t he rde s pe r a t e . You' l l s e ei fy oue ndupwa t c hi ngt hefil m. a nkf ul l y , howe v e r , ma nyoft hef unni e rmome nt sha v e n' tbe e nbr oa dc a s ti nt r a i l e r s ( I ' ml ooki nga ty ou, eOt he rGuy s )s odon' te x pe c tt obet a k e nbys ur pr i s e onnume r ousoc c a s i ons . Myl a ug hswe r epa r t i a l l yi nduc e dbyt hef a c tt ha tI wa swi t hf r i e ndswhe nIs a weDi c t a t or , butne v e r t he l e s sy ouma yfindi t f unnyde pe ndi ngony ours e ns eofhumour , a ndt ha t ' sr e a l l ya l l t ha tma t t e r s . er e s toft hec i ne mawe r el a ug hi nga tAl a de e n' se x pl oi t s , s ot he r e ' sag ood c ha nc ey ouwi l l , t oo .

Rumourha si tt ha tdi r e c t l yl ooki ngi nt oS a c haBa r onCohe n’ se y e sdoe s a bs ol ut e l ynot hi ng . I fy ou’ r el uc kyhe ’ l l c ha l l e ng ey out oaS t a r i ng Cont e s t , whi c hof t e ne ndsi nc r us hi ngde f e a t . He ’ s530a tt het i meofpr i nt

Conc l us i on I nc onc l us i on, eDi c t a t ori s n' tag r e a tfil m byal ongs hot , buti t ' snota ba donee i t he r . epl oti spr e di c t a bl ebute nj oy a bl e , t hema i nc ha r a c t e ri s f a rf r om be a t i ngCohe n' sf or me rc r e a t i onsbuts t i l l s e t st hes c e nef ors ome f unnyj ok e s , a ndov e r a l l t hee x pe r i e nc ei sag oodl a ug hwi t hs omef r i e nds . Ont hi snot e , Iwoul dn' tr e c omme ndwa t c hi ngeDi c t a t orony ourown, a si t ' smor ee nj oy a bl ea sas oc i a l e x pe r i e nc eg i v e nt heope nna t ur eoft he humoura ndt hee a s y t ounde r s t a nds t or y l i nea ndc onc e pt . Ic a n' ti ma g i newa t c hi ngt hi t sfil me v e ra g a i nt hr oug hmyownr e c omme nda t i on, but t ha tdoe s n' tme a ni tdoe s n' twa r r a ntafir s twa t c hf r om a ny oner e a di ng t hi s . I fy out hi nky ou' l l e nj oyeDi c t a t or , bya l l me a nss na pi tup, j us t don' te x pe c ti tt obea sc l e v e r , i nv e nt i v eorunc onv e nt i ona l a st hel i k e sof Al i Ga ndBor a t .

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+Noodl e Li nk

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K h a j i tD o v a h k i i n P a r t1 Tor g orKa r s l a s hi saKha j i i t . Hes a tt he r e , s t a r i nga thi sc l a ws . e ywe r el ong , s ha r p a ndt hr e a t e ni ng . a twa st hepoi ntofc l a ws , t os c a r et hee ne my . Butwhe ny ou’ r e t ha neofs e v e r a l hol ds , y oudon’ tr e a l l ywa nta v e r a g ec i v i l i a nst obes c a r e dofy out oo . e r ewa se noug hdi s t r us ta boutKha j i i t si nSky r i ma si ti s , a ndi tdi dn’ tne e da t hr e a t e ni ngKha j i i tt os e ndt ha tdi s t r us ts ky hi g h. S ot hi nkhowhi g hat hr e a t e ni ng Kha j i i twoul ds e ndt ha tdi s t r us t . Gi a nts ma s ha f t e r ma t hhi g h, t ha t ’ show. S ot hi si swhyTor g or ’ sc omehe r e , t ot heonl ypl a c ei na l l ofNi r nwhe r ehec oul dg e t hi sc l a wsc ut . ena meoft hepl a c ewa s : “ Mr s . Da e dr a ’ smodde dbodyc ut t i nghut . ” I ts ounde dc os y . Tohi sl e f ts a ta nAr g oni a nVa mpi r ewhor e a l l ydi dn’ tl i k et hef a c tpe opl ea t t a c k e dhi m whe nhewa l k e di nt ot own. Andwi t ht hos ef a ng s , i twa si mpos s i bl et ohi det hef a c the wa sav a mpi r e . S ohe ’ sc omehe r et og e thi st e e t hc ut . Tohi sr i g htwa sas i g nonadoor . I tr e a d“ My t hi cDa wnMe mbe r sonl y . De fini t e l ynot a ny t hi ngt odowi t ht heMy t hi cDa wn. ” Tor g orputi tdownonhi s“ s us pi c i ousdoor s ”l i s ta ndl ook e dba c ka tt heAr g oni a n. He wa sr e a di ngabook. “ Wha ta r ey our e a di ng ? ”a s k e dTor g or . “ My s t e r i um Xa r x e s , ”her e pl i e d, “ e r e ’ ss ome t hi ng …we i r da boutt hi sbook. ” a tg otTor g ori nt e r e s t e d. “ I si tas pe l l t omet os ummoni ngdr a g ons ?Wi l l i tt r a ns por tpe opl et oama g i c a l r e a l m? Doe si tha v eapowe r f ul e nc ha nt me nt ? ” “ No, ”hes a i d, l ooki nga tTor g orl i k ehewa swonde r i ngwha tt oma k eofhi m, “ I t ’ sj us t t ha t …noma t t e rhowma nypa g e sIt ur nIa l wa y ss e e mt obeaf e wpa g e sf r om t he s t a r toft hebooka ndt hes a mea mountofpa g e sf r om t hee ndofi t . ” “ Oh…e r m…how…i nt e r e s t i ng ? ” e r ewa ss udde nl ya na wkwa r ds i l e nc e . Nobodykne wwha tt os a y . Af t e raf e wc onf us i ngs e c onds , t heAr g oni a nme r e l ys a i d: “ Ye s . I nt e r e s t i ng . ” edoort ot hes ur g e r yr oom ope ne da ndouts t e ppe daRe dg ua r dwoma n. “ MrBl a de s ma s t e r , Li s t e ne r , Ar c hMa g e , Ha r br i ng e r , Dr a g onbor n, For s wor n, Ba r d, BoneBr e a k e r , a neofWhi t e r un, Fa l kr e a t h, Ha a fing a ra ndEa s t ma r c hTor g or Ka r s l a s ht ot hes ur g e r yr oom pl e a s e , ”s hes a i d. Whe nTor g orl ook e da the rs hel ook e doutofbr e a t h. Shea l s ol ook e ds t r a ng e l yf a mi l i a r . “ Doe sTor g orknowy ou? ”hea s k e d, r e f e r r i ngt ohi ms e l fi nt het hi r dpe r s ona sa l l Kha j i i t sdo . Al ookofs hoc kc a meov e rt heRe dg ua r d’ sf a c e . Shequi c kl yhi di tt houg ha ndr e pl i e d c a l ml y : “ No . Youmus tbe …mi s t a k e n. ” Tor g orwa s n’ tc onv i nc e d. “ Wha t ’ sy ourna me ? ”hea s k e d, r a t he rfir ml y . “ S a r di a , ”s her e pl i e d, j us ta sc a l ml ya sbe f or e .

Tor g ors t a r t e ds c a nni ngt hr oug ha l l t hena me sofpe opl ehekne wt os e ei fhec oul d findaS a r di a . Hec oul dn’ tfindone . Whe ny ou’ r eoutfig ht i ngdr a g ons , s a v i ngt he wor l df r om be i ngc ons ume da ndwonde r i ngwhe r ea l l t heg obl i nswe nty ouf or g e t e v e r y body ’ sna me . “ I ’ ms or r y , Imus tbemi s t a k e n, ”hes a i d, be f or ewa l ki ngoffi nt ot hes ur g e r y . Whe nwa l ki ngi nhehe a r dwha ts ounde dl i k eac onv e r s a t i on. e r ewe r et wov oi c e s , onef e ma l ea ndonema l e . “ Andr e me mbe rDa g on, bei nbe dbe f or eni ne , br us hy ourt e e t ha nddon’ tl e a v e Obl i v i ong a t e sope na l l ov e rAka v i rl i k ey oudi dl a s tFr e da s . ea mountofTs a e s c i g ut sIha dt oc l e a nupwa sg utwr e nc hi ng , e v e nf orl i t t l eol dme . Youg ott ha t ? ”s a i d t hef e ma l ev oi c e . “ Ye sg r a ndma . I ’ l l a l s or e me mbe rt owe a rmor ec l ot he st hene x tt i meIi nv a deTa mr i e l a ndde v e l opi mmuni t yt ot hewa bba j a c k, ”r e pl i e dt hema l ev oi c e . “ Good. Nowr una l onga ndki l l s c a mpsl i k eag oodl i t t l eDa e dr i cPr i nc e . Ol dna na ’ sg ot a ne x c i t i ngne wc us t ome rs heha st oa t t e ndt o . ” ef e ma l et ur ne da r ound. Shewa st hes a mes i z ea sTor g ora ndt hec ur v e dhor ns s t i c ki ngoutofhe rhe a dma r k e dhe raDr e mor a . “ Ar ey ouhe r et og e ty ourc l a wsc utmyl i t t l ef e l i nef r i e nd? ”s hea s k e d. Tor g ordi dn’ tknowwha tt os a y . Hewa s n’ te x pe c t i ngaDr e mor a . “ Mr sDa e dr a ’ s modde dbodyc ut t i ngs hop”ma denome nt i onofDr e mor a s . “ Er m…”s t ut t e r e dTor g or , “ Whowe r ey ous pe a ki ngt o? ” “ Iwa ss pe a ki ngt omys t a t ue , ”s hes a i d, poi nt i ngt oas t a t ueonawoode nt a bl e . es t a t uewa sofaf oura r me dma n. Hewa s n’ tv i s ua l l ya ppe a l i ng . “ Ma nhe ’ sug l y , ”s t a t e dTor g or . eDr e mor aa ppe a r e dt os c owl f oramome nt , a si fi tha dj us tbe e ni ns ul t e d. I tt he n t ur ne da ndl ook e da tTor g or , a s ki nga g a i n: “ Doy ouwa nty ourna i l sc ut ? ” “ Ye s , ”Tor g orr e pl i e d, “ Tor g ordoe swa nthi sna i l sc ut . ” “ I t ’ l l be50g ol d. Af t e ry ou’ v epa i dmel i edownt he r eont het a bl e . ” Tor g orpa i dt heDr e mor aa ndt he nl i e ddownont heot he rt a bl ei nt her oom l i k et he Dr e mor aa s k e d. eDr e mor aope ne dadr a wa ndpi c k e ds ome t hi ngup. I ns t e a dof pi c ki ngupafil eors omec l i ppe r st houg hs hepi c k e dupanot e . “ Re a dt henot ea nddowha ti ts a y s , ”s a i dt heDr e mor a , ha ndi ngt henot eov e rt o Tor g or . “ Wa i twha t ? ”que s t i one dTor g orbuti twa st ool a t e . eDr e mor aha dv a ni s he da nd s hewa snowhe r et obes e e n. Tor g ors t oodt he r ef oramome nt , s i l e nta ndc onf us e d, be f or eope ni ngt henot ea nd r e a di ngwha ti tha dt os a y . enot er e a d: Got hr oug ht hedoort ha ty out hi nki ss us pi c i ous . Ag r e a tt a s kofg r e a ti mpor t a nc ei s wa i t i ngf ory ouont heot he rs i de . Tor g orc onc l ude di twa st hedoorwi t ht hemy t hi cda wns i g noni t . Hel ook e da r ound, wi t hhi sc l a wss t i l l s ha r pa ndr e a l i s e dt ha tt heda e dr aha ds t ol e n50ofhi ss e pt i ms . Andont opofa l l t hi s , heha das e e mi ng l yhug ebutmy s t e r i oust a s kwa i t i ngf orhi m. “ We l l t hi sg r e a t , ”hes a r c a s t i c a l l ye x c l a i me d, “ J us tg r e a t ! ” Ne x tI s s ue : Par tt wo.

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Ma n g aR e c a p Wi t hR u k a i o 1 0 1 Now, i nc a s ey ou' r ewonde r i nghowt hi si de ac a mea bout , Iwa ss i t t i nga tmyc omput e roneda y , t r y i ngt ode c i dewha tt odof ort hene wGAAW ma g . Atfir s tIt houg hta bout t a ki ngfil mr e v i e we r , butIdon' tg ot ot hec i ne ma ' st ha tof t e n, ona c c ountofmyunwi l l i ng ne s st opa ymone yt og os e eafil m onc e , whe nIc a nwa i taf e wmont hsa ndbuyaDv d f oronl ys l i g ht l ymor e . S oIha dt oc omeupwi t hs ome t hi ngne wf a s t , ma n. Ga h, wha tc oul dIpos s i bl ydo?Wa i tami nut e . Ma n?Ga h?I nc r e di bl yf or c e dS e g wa y ? ! Ma ng a ! e nI j us tde c i de dt or i poffv a s t l ymor epopul a ra ndi nt e l l i g e ntpe opl et ha nmy s e l f . Ya y . Byt hewa y , duet ot hes ma l l a mountofa ni me / ma ng af a nsont hi sf or umsIa m we l l a wa r et hi s ' l l pr oba bl yne v e rg e tr e a d. S os c r e wy ou. Any wa y , e v e r ywe e k, I ' l l l ooki nga ta ndr e v i e wi ngt hel a t e s tc ha pt e r sofpopul a rma ng awhi c hIe nj oyr e a di ng . e r ewi l l bel a ug ht e r , r a g ea ndt ha t ' sj us tmet r y i ngt og e t Ope nOffic et owor k ! Ima ya l s ol ookov e rMont hl ys e r i e st ha tIe nj oy , a ndma ydoas ma l l r e v i e wonas e r i e sa swhol e , butdon' thol dy ourbr e a t h. ei de af orWe e kl yMa ng a Re c a pbe l ong st oRol l oTa ndYRul e rofTi me , who' swor kIr e a l l ye nj oy , s og owa t c ht he i rs t uff. Al s o, y oua c t ua l l yr e a dt he s ema ng aa ndknowwha tI ' mt a l ki nga bout , t he nf e e l f r e et opos ty ourownc omme nt sordi s a g r e e me nt sy oumi g htha v e , butdon' tbeapr * c ka bouti t . Any wa y , wi t ht ha toutoft hewa y , onwi t ht heMa ng a ! Now, abr i e fe x pl a na t i on, whe nIwr ot et hi si twa sGol de nwe e k, s onoma ng a . S oi ns t e a d, Ide c i de dt owr i t eabr i e fs umma r yofe a c hoft hes e r i e sIwa spl a nni ngonc ov e r i ng . e n, awe e kpa s s e da ndma ng aa c t ua l l yc a meout . S oIde c i de dt oc ov e rt ha ta swe l l .

Ser i est hatIr ead

OnePi ecebyEi i chi r oOda

Bl eachbyTi t eKubo

Br i efSummar y:Whe nMonk e yD. Luffya c c i de nt l ya t et heGum Gum Fr ui t , heg a i ne dt hepowe r t os t r e t c hl i k er ubbe r . . . a tt hec os tofne v e rbe i nga bl et os wi ma g a i n! Andi nawor l dmos t l yc ov e r e d byoc e a ns , t ha t ' snotag oodt hi ng . Ye a r sl a t e r , hes e t sofff ort hemos tt r e a c he r ousofs e a s , e Gr a ndLi ne , i ns e a r c hoft hel e g e nda r yt r e a s ur e , OnePi e c e .

Br i efSummar y:I c hi g oKur os a ki s e e sDe a dPe opl e . Whe nhi sf a mi l yi sa t t a c k e dbyaHol l ow, ama l e v ol e ntl os ts oul , I c hi g og a i nst hepowe rofaS oul Re a pe r , he l pi ngt ode f e a tHol l ows , pr ot e c tt he i nnoc e nt , a ndba t t l eov e r hy pe dba dg uy s , wi t ht r ol l i s hpowe r s .

My ought s :De s pi t emyl ous ys umma r y , OnePi e c ei sag r e a ts e r i e sa ndoneoft hebe s tI ' v ee v e r r e a d. Admi t t e dl y , i tma yha v eabi tofas l ows t a r t , buts t i c kwi t hi ta ndy ou' l l s oonbehook e dt oi t s br i l l i a nts t or y , e x pa ns i v ewor l da ndt r ul yf a nt a s t i cc ha r a c t e r s .

My ought s :Ug h. . . . . Bl e a c hi s n' tapa r t i c ul a r l yg oods e r i e s . Nowdon' tg e tmewr ong , Il ov ee a r l y Bl e a c h. eS oul S oc i e t ya r cwa sa l mos tc ompl e t e l yfla wl e s sbuts ome whe r ea l ongt hewa y , Kubo r e a l l ys c r e we dup. Ic ons i de rt heFa k eKa r a k ur aTowna r ct obeoneoft hewor s ta r c sI ' v er e a di n ma ng a , a ndHue nc oMundo+Ful l br i ngwe r epr e t t yl ous ya swe l l . Admi t t e dl y , Is t i l l r e a di ti nt he hope st ha ti t ' l l r e a c ht hehe i g ht si tonc ehe l d( a ndIa m ki ndae nj oy i ngt hec ur r e nta r c ) , buti fy ou' r e g oi ngt owa t c hi t , I ' dg i v eupa tt hee ndoft heS Sa r c . . .

Nar ut obyMasashiKi shi mot o

Tor i kobyShi mabukur oMi t sut oshi

Br i efSummar y:Na r ut oi sani nj a i nt r a i ni ngwi t hane e df ora t t e nt i ona nda ni nt e ns e l ypowe r f ul Ni ne Ta i l e dDe monFo xs e a l e di ns i dehi m. Te a me dupwi t ha ne moa nda nobs e s s i v eg i r l , hea i mst o be c omet hel e a de rofhi sni nj av i l l a g e , t heHoka g e .

Br i efSummar y:I ti st heGr e a tGour me tAg e , whe r et hefine s tf ooda ndi ng r e di e nt sa r ec ons i de r e d i nv a l ua bl ea ndi nc r e di bl ymus c l e dme nwa nde rt hee a r t h, i ns e a r c hoft hebe s tf ood. Oft he s eme n, oneoft hemos tf a mousi sTor i k o, knownf orhi sa bi l i t yt og e ne r a l l yki l l a nde a ta nya ni ma l hewa nt s t o . J oi ne dbyt hewi mpyc he f , Koma t s u, hes e a r c hf ort hev e r yv e r ybe s tme a l st ofil l hi si de a l fir s t c our s ea nde a tmount a i nsoff oodwi t houtg e t t i ngf a t .

My ought s :I fOnePi e c ei se x c e l l e nta ndBl e a c hi ski ndar ubbi s ht he nNa r ut oi s . . . Me h. . . Li k e Bl e a c h, i tha sav e r ys t r ongs t a r t , butwa v e r si nqua l i t yal ot . S ome t i me si tha ss omeg r e a ta r c sa nd s ome t i me si tha ss omeg oda wf ul one s . Idon' tr e a l l yha v emuc hmor et os a ya bouti tot he rt ha n t ha t . Oh, e x c e ptt ha tt heSha r i ng a ni spur eBS.

( can' tbel i eveIspel tt hatr i ght )

My ought s :i si st hemos tr e c e nts e r i e sI ' v er e a da ndi t ' sal otoff un. ewor l dMi t s ut os hi ha s c r e a t e di sl a r g ei ns c a l ea nda bs ol ut e l yf a s c i na t i nga sa r et hema nybe a s t sa ndi ng r e di e nt sl i t t e r e d a r oundi t . I ta l s oha ss omef a nt a s t i ca c t i ons c e ne s( I ' mg onnapunc hy ouwi t hmya r ms t ump! )a nd pr e t t yg oodc ha r a c t e r st oo . I fIha dt os a yoneba dt hi nga bouti ti t ' st ha ty ou' l l g e tr e a l l yhung r y whi l er e a di ngt hi s . . .

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Kat ekyoHi t manRebor nbyAmanoAki r a Br i efSummar y:Ape r f e c t l yor di na r yki d, Ts una y os hi ' Ts una ' S a wa dafindsoutoneda yt ha the ' s t hene x t i nl i net obe c omehe a dofapr e s t i g i ousMa fiaf a mi l y . Nowhemus tl e a r nt hewa y soft he ma fios ot hr oug hhi st ut or , aba byna me dRe bor n, whi l eg a t he r i nghi sownf a mi l y . My ought s :Forme , t hi ss e r i e si ss pl i ti nt ot wodi s t i nc tha l v e s . I tbe g i nsa saCome dyS e r i e s , a nd abr i l l i a ntonea tt ha t . e r ewe r es oma nyt i me sIbur s toutl a ug hi ngwhi l er e a di ngt hi s . Howe v e r , a st hes e r i e spr og r e s s e s , i tt ur nsi nt oamor es e r i ous , fig ht i ngma ng a . And, whi l enota sg ooda st he c ome dyha l f , t ha t ' spr e t t yda mng oodt oo . Ge ne r a l l y , t hemor es e r i ousa r c sf ol l owapa t t e r n. De c e nt Be g i nni ng -Fr i g g i n' Awe s omeMi ddl e -Di s a ppoi nt i ngConc l us i on. Luc ki l y , t hemi ddl e ' smor et ha n ma k eupf ort hec onc l us i ons , s oI ' dde fini t e l ya dv i s et hi ss e r i e s .

Beel zebubbyTamur aRyuuhei Br i efSummar y:Oneda y , t hes t r ong e s tde l i nque nti nI s hi y a maHi g h, Og aTa t s umi , findsaba by floa t i ngdownt her i v e r . Tohi ss ur pr i s e , t heba byi sa c t ua l l yt hes onoft heDe monKi ng , whoha s s e nthi mt ober a i s e dbyas ur r og a t ef a t he r , Og a , s ohec a nde s t r oyt heHuma nWor l d. Oka y , t ha t s oundsal otwe i r de rt ha nIe x pe c t e di tt oo . . . My ought s :Be e l z e bubr e mi ndsmeal otofKa t e ky oHi t ma nRe bor n. I ts t a r t e doffpr i ma r i l ya c ome dy , a nda ne x c e l l e ntonea tt ha t . Al s o, as hor twhi l ea g o, i ta ppe a r e dt obet r y i ngt oma k et he t r a ns i t i ont os e r i ousa c t i ons e r i e s . Howe v e r , unl i k eKHR. . . i tdoe s n' tma k eav e r yg oods e r i ous a c t i ons e r i e s . . . Luc ki l y , i t ' sg oneba c kt omor eofac ome dys e r i e snow, s oI ' dde fini t e l yg i v ei tar e a d, s i nc ei tha ss omeg r e a tc ha r a c t e r sa ndi sv e r yf unny .

Fai r yTai lbyMashi maHi r o

TheWor l dGodOnl yKnowsbyTami kiWakaki

Br i efSummar y:I nal a ndfil l e dwi t hma g i ca ndma g eg ui l dsa l i k e , t he r ei soneg ui l dt ha ti sf a me d f ort he i rpowe r f ul fig ht e r s , a ndr owdybe ha v i our . Fa i r yTa i l . Wef ol l owNa t s u, ame mbe rofFa i r y Ta i l , a shes e a r c he sf orhi sa dopt i v ef a t he r , I g ne e l . Onet wi s t ?I g ne e l i saDr a g on.

Br i efSummar y:Ke i maKa t s ur a g i i sknowna s' eCa pt ur i ngGod' , f orhi sa bi l i t yt oma k ea l mos t a nyg i r l f a l l i nl ov ewi t hhi m. . . i nv i de og a me s . S owhe nhei sa s k e dbyac l ums yr e a pe r , na me dEl s e e , t oma k er e a l l i f eg i r l sf a l l i nl ov ewi t hhi m, s ot ha te v i l s pi r i t st r a ppe di ns i det he m wi l l bef or c e dout ( a ndy out houg htBe e l z e bubwa swe i r d) , na t ur a l l yher e f us e s . Unf or t una t e l y , i fhedoe s n' t , hi she a d wi l l bec hoppe d, s ol i t t l ec hoi c et he r e . . .

My ought s :Fa i r yTa i l ha sbe c omea ni nc r e di bl ypopul a rs e r i e sr e c e nt l ya ndf ort hel i f eofme , I c a n' tfig ur eoutwhy ! I t ' snotv e r yg ood. . . I tbe g a na sa nobv i ousOnePi e c er i poffa nd, whi l ei t ' sha d ac oupl eofde c e nta r c s , i t ' snowhe r ene a ra sg ooda smos toft hes e r i e sont hi sl i s t . Nott ome nt i on, whi l eI ' ma l l f orabi toff a ns e r v i c e( * c oug h* ) , Hi r oha sal otofc r e e pyf e t i s he swhi c ha r epr e t t yha r d t oi g nor e . i si sas e r i e sI ' da dv i s ey oumi s s .

Chapt er Revi ews OnePi ec e :Chapt e r666 De s pi t et hec r e e pynumbe r . . . Ir e a l l ydon' tha v emuc ht os a ya boutt hi s we e ksOnePi e c e . Ye a h, i twa sg oodobv i ous l ya ndha dpl e nt yofLa w ( whi c hc a nonl ybec ons i de r e dag oodt hi ng ) , butIdon' tr e a l l yha v emuc h t os a yout s i det ha t . Al t houg hBonCl a yma ybea l i v e , whi c hi sa we s ome . hee ndoft heS Sa r c . . . Bl eac h:Chapt e r491 ' Yous houl da i m be f or es l a s hi ng . ' S or r y , butt ha tl i nec r a c k e dmeup. Any wa y , Bl e a c h' sc ha pt e rt hi swe e k wa ski ndade c e nt , a l t houg hIwa sma s s i v e l ydi s a ppoi nt e dt ha tt hefig ur e a tt hee ndwa s n' tGr i mmj owors ome onel i k et ha t . ' Ca us ewhor e a l l yr e me mbe r sAy on?Idi de nj oyt heQui nc yg uyg e t t i ngpunc he di nt hef a c e t houg h. Atag ue s st oug h, Ay onwi l l pr oba bl ye ndupg e t t i nghi sa s s ki c k e dne x tc ha pt e r .

My ought s :Now, duet obe i ngama n, I ' m notama s s i v ef a nofr oma nc e s . I nmye y e s , i fafil m doe s n' tha v ea tl e a s t10e x pl os i onsi ni t , t he ni t ' sawa s t eoft i me . ButIl ov et hi ss e r i e s , a ndI ' m not 100%c e r t a i nwhy . Ma y bei t ' sbe c a us eKa t s ur a g i i sar e a l l yl i ka bl ec ha r a c t e r ?Ma y bei t ' sbe c a us et he r oma nc e sa r ewe l l t houg htout , k e e py oura t t e nt i ona nda v oi dc l i c hé s ?Ma y bei t ' sbe c a us ei tha s s ome t hi ngt odowi t hv i de og a me s ?Idon' tknow. ButIr e a l l yl ov et hi ss e r i e s . I fy ou' r ef a nofr oma nc e s , c he c ki tout . I fnot . . . c he c ki touta ny wa y .

SketDancebyKent oShi nohar a Br i efSummar y:Gotapr obl e m?As kt heSk e tDa n! e s et hr e ewi l l s ol v ey ourpr obl e mi naz a ny a ndhi l a r i ouswa y ! e r e ' sS wi t c h, t hec omput e rnut , Hi me k o, t hei nc r e di bl ys t r ongde l i nque nt , a nd Bos s un, t he( ki nda )he r oi cl e a de r . J oi nt heSk e tDa na st he ys ol v epr obl e ms , fig htt heS t ude nt Counc i l a nddoot he rs t uffy oudi dn' tdoi ny ourhi g hs c hool . My ought s :eonl ypur ec ome dys e r i e si nt hi sl i neup, Sk e tDa nc ei spr e t t yg ood, a l t houg hi t doe swa v e rabi t . S omec ha pt e r sa r ehi l a r i ouswhi l eot he r( mos t l yl a ng ua g eba s e done s )a r epr e t t y l ous y . i ss e r i e sha ss omes pe c t a c ul a rc ha r a c t e r st houg h. Ia l s of e e l t hene e dt ome nt i ont heba c k s t or i e swhi c ha r es omeoft hebe s tI ' v ee v e rs e e n, S wi t c h' si npa r t i c ul a r . S o, i fy ou' r ei nt e r e s t e d, I ' d g i v et hi ss e r i e sag o .

Nar ut o:Chapt e r585 Ka but o' sfla s hba c kha snowe nde d, pr e t t yqui c kl yf oraNa r ut ofla s hba c k, a ndnowi t ' sj us tama t t e rofwa i t i ngunt i l he ' sde f e a t e dbywha t e v e rBS Sha r i ng a nt e c hni queI t a c hi us e s . Sha mer e a l l y , ' c a us eIwa sa c t ua l l y e nj oy i ngt hefla s hba c k, a ndnowweha v et og oba c kt ot hebor i ngfig ht s whi c hI t a c hi a ndS a s uk ewi l l undoubt bl ywi nbe c a us et hes ha r i ng a ni ss t upi dl yov e r powe r e d. Tobehone s t , I ' ma c t ua l l yki ndar oot i ngf orKa but oa t t hemi nut e . Admi t t e dl y , heha snoc ha nc eofwi nni ng , buts t i l l . . . Tor i k o: Cha pt e r186 Li k eOnePi e c e , Idon' tr e a l l yha v emuc ht os a ya boutt hi sc ha pt e r . Oka y , s omepr e t t yi nt e r e s t i ngt hi ng sha ppe ne d, l i k eChi y oa ndOot a k eg oi ng ba d, buta s i def r om t ha t . . . Ipr e t t ymuc hg ue s s e dawhi l eba c khowTor i k o wa sg oi ngt og e tt hebubbl ef r ui t , a ndi tdi dn' tr e v e a l a ny t hi nga boutt ha t a we s ome l ooki ngde mong uywi t hChi y oa ndOot a k e . S oy e a h. . . Tor i k o .

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Kat e kyoHi t manRe bor n:Chapt e r384 i sc ha pt e r, ont heot he rha nd, Iha v eaf e wbone st opi c k. We l l , oka y , onebi gbone , buts t i l l . Ba s i c a l l y , t heba t t l ewi t ht heVi ndi c ei ss t i l l g oi ng on, a ndi t ' ss t i l l a we s ome , butne a r e rt hee nd, Re bor nr e v e a l shet r ue r e a s onf ore nt e r i ngt heRa i nbowt our na me nta nd. . . we l l . . . i t ' shi l a r i ous l y r i di c ul ous . Ba s i c a l l y , hee nt e r e dTs unai nt oac ompe t i t i onwhe r eheha dt o fig hta g a i ns thi sf r i e ndsa ndf a c ei nj ur ya ndpos s i bl ede a t h. . . be c a us ehe g ota0i nhi st e s t . Howdoe st ha tma k es e ns e ? ! IknowRe bor n' sas upe r t ut ora nda l l t ha t , buts ome oneg e t sa0i nat e s t , y oug e tt he mt os t udy mor e ! Note nt e rt he mi nal i f e or de a t hfig ht i ngt our na me nt ! Howdoe s t ha te v e nhe l pt he mg e tabe t t e rs c or ei nl a t e rt e s t s ? ! And, e v e nwor s e , e v e r y onet a k e si tc ompl e t e l ys e r i ous l y ! i sr a nkspr e t t yne a rt heFa i r y Ta i l t i mes ki pi nt e r msofg oofine s s . . . Bee l ze bub:Chapt e r155 S ot heOki na waa r ci sfina l l yov e r . . . a ndt obehone s t , Idi dn' te nj oyi tt ha t muc h( t hea r ct ha ti s , If oundt hec ha pt e roka y ) . Whi l eIa t t r i but et hi st oa di s t i nc tl a c kofFur ui c hi , who' spr oba bl ymyf a v our i t ec ha r a c t e r , Ai bawa s ne v e rt ha ti nt e r e s t i ngac ha r a c t e rt ome , a ndIdi dn' tfindi tt ha tf unny . Oka y , i twa s n' tg oda wf ul , butwa s n' ta sg oodofac ome dya r ca sI ' de x pe c t f r om Be e l z e bub. S or r yt og ooffonat a ng e ntt he r e , nowt ot a l ka boutt he c ha pt e r . Um. . . i twa soka y .

TWGOK:Chapt e r187 We l l , Ay umi ' sg odde s sha sfina l l ybe e na wa k e ne da ndi t ' sa boutt i met oo . Godknows( he he h)howl ongwe ' v ebe e nwa i t i ng . ButIe nj oy e dt hi s c ha pt e r . Chi hi r o' sbe e ng r owi ngonmeal ota ndAka r i r e t ur ne d. Myonl y i s s uei si t ' ss l i g ht l ya nt i c l i ma t i c . Ime a n, y ou' v ej us tbe e nwor ki nga g a i ns t t i me , t oa wa k e nt hefina l g odde s sbe f or et hee v i l Vi nt a g efindy oua nd wha tdoy oudoonc et ha t ' sov e r ?Le t ' sha v eal i v ec onc e r t . Ye y . Ske tDanc e :Chapt e r194 Ie nj oy e dt hi sc ha pt e r . Ka t ou' sbe c omemuc hmor eofa ni nt e r e s t i ng c ha r a c t e rs i nc ehebe c a meobs e s s e dwi t hTs uba ki ( t ha ts ounde dwr ong . . . ) a ndt hene ws a mur a i g uy( don' ta s kmet or e me mbe rhi sna me )i spr e t t y a we s omet oo . Andwa t c hi ngt he m be a tupal oa dofc onme ni spr e t t y a we s ome .

Fai r yTai l :Chapt e r282 Oka y , I ' l l a dmi ti t . Iki ndae nj oy e dt hi sc ha pt e r . Admi t t e dl yt hes howe r s c e nea tt hebe g i nni ngwa spoi nt l e s sa ndonl yt he r ebe c a us eHi r owa nt e d t odr a wna k e dc hi c ks , buts e e i ngNa t s ug oonar a mpa g et hr oug hS a be r t oot hhe a dqua r t e r s , t he ny e l l a tt heg ui l dl e a de r , wa spr e t t ya we s ome . Admi t t e dl y , he ' spr oba bl yg oi ngt og e thi sa s sha nde dt ohi m ne x tc ha pt e r , buts t i l l . . .

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A v e n g e r sV SX Me n R o u n d4 Av e ng e r sv sXMe ni s s ue4i sac ont i nua t i onoft hev e r ys ubpa rAv e ng e r sv s XMe ns t or y l i newhi c hi sMa r v e l ’ sbi ge v e ntt hi sy e a r . es t or yi sf oc us i ngon t hef a t eofHopewhot he ybe l i e v et hePhoe ni xf or c ei sr e t ur ni ngt oe a r t hf or . ec ov e rwa spr e t t yg oodf ort hi si s s ue , di s pl a y i ngt hebe s ta r ty ouwi l l g e tt o s e ef r om t hi ss e r i e s . I ti sa ni ma g eofHope( whoi sc ur r e nt l yont her un)r unni ngdownt hec e nt r ewhi l et heXMe na ndAv e ng e r sa r epi c t ur e di nt heba c k g r ound. It hi nkt hi sc ov e ri st hebe s ts of a ra ndwoul dbepr e t t yg ooda tg e t t i ngs a l e s , whe r es ome ones e e st he i rf a v our i t ec ha r a c t e ront hec ov e ra ndde c i de st obuyt hei s s ue Butt hi si swhe r et heg ooda r ts t ops , Romi t aJ r ’ sa r ti nt hi ss e r i e sha sbe e n hor r i bl e . Hi sa r tj us tha sac a r t oonys k e t c hf a c t ort ha tc e r t a i nl ydoe s n’ tg o we l l wi t ht hi ss e r i e s . Whi l et hea r tha sbe e nba d, t hes t or yha sha ds omehi g h poi nt s . J ona t ha nHi c k ma ndoe sag r e a tj obwi t ht hes t or yi nt hi si s s ueoffe r i ngi nt e r e s t i ngc hoi c e sf ort hes e r i e sa nds ur pr i s i ngt ur nout s . Iwa sc e r t a i nl y notaf a noft hi ss e r i e ss of a r , butt hi si s s ueha spe r k e di tupal i t t l ef orme . e wr i t e rha sc ha ng e de v e r yi s s uei nt hi ss e r i e s , s howi nghowi ns e c ur et hewr i t i ngs t a ffha sbe e ns of a r . Ma r v e l pr omi s e dt ha tt hi ss e r i e swoul dbr i ngc ha ng e t ot heMa r v e l uni v e r s ea nda tt hemome ntIt r ul ydoubti t . Unl e s st he ys ome howma k eHopei nt ot hene wPhoe ni x ; i t ’ sha r dt os e ehowt hi ss e r i e swi l l pl ot out . I fy oudi dn’ tl i k et hefir s tf e wi s s ue sIwoul ds t i l l s a yt ohol doff, a l t houg ht hi s i s s ueha sbe e nmuc hmor es e c ur et ha npr e v i ousi ts t i l l i s n’ tabr i l l i a ntc omi c . I ’ m wi l l i ngt og oac oupl emor ei s s ue sbuti ft hi sdoe s n’ tpe r kupIwi l l a l mos t c e r t a i nl ys t oppur c ha s i ngi t . Ir e a l l ydon’ tl i k ehowt he y ’ v epl ot t e dt hec ha r a c t e r souti nt hi ss e r i e s . Why woul dbe s tf r i e ndsfig htwi t houte v e nque s t i oni nge a c hot he r ?Orf ol l owCa p’ s or de r sonawhi m?Mos toft hec ha r a c t e r si nt heMa r v e l uni v e r s ea r ev e r y i nde pe nde nta ndIdoubti ft hi ss i t ua t i onha dbe e nbr oug htt ot he i rown bookst he ywoul ds t r a i g ht l yf ol l owor de r s . Att hemome nti t ’ sv e r yha r dt or e c omme ndy oupi c kupt hi sbook. Al t houg h bot hXMe nbooksa r ec ur r e nt l yr e v ol v i nga r oundt hi sIwoul ds t i l l s a yt opi c k t he m up, e v e ni ft hema i npl otpoi nt sa r e n’ tg r e a t , i twoul ds t i l l bei nt e r e s t i ng t os e ee v e nt sf r om a not he rwr i t e r ’ spoi ntofv i e w.

ea nnua l Ma r v e l Chr i s t ma spa r t ydi dn’ te ndt oowe l l . . .

Conc l us i on i sbookha sha dhi g hsa nd l owsbutIwoul ds t i l l s a yt os t a y c l e a ra tt hemome nta ndwa i t unt i l l t hebookpi c ksup.

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