Pokemon No — I Can’t Keep Doing This

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Let me tell you about a special region in the Pokemon world, so hidden, that it has yet been developed. It’s called Plato Cave. It was here that a trainer named Socrates grew up along with all of his friends and their pokemon. Their journey always remained in that cave, and they would always do battle inside it, competing over who could be the best. But one day, Socrates wanted to do something else to be the very best.

Against his friends, family, and pokemon’s wishes, Socrates took his first steps out of Plato Cave. To traverse into a pokemon world beyond his imagination. And what he found expanded everything he knew about pokemon. There were more species than the ones found in Plato Cave. There were more trainers to battle. But most of all, his world became much bigger than he had expected.

Excited, the trainer Socrates wanted to go back into Plato Cave to tell his friends what he had found. But alas, he soon regretted his decision… as a swarm of Zubats attacked him and his pokemon unexpectedly.

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Lystria’s Ballad

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Okay, so technically this is NOT a NaPoWriMo selection, nor is it anything I normally do today. My Timehop app reminded me of a time 5 years ago when I wrote a sonnet for my perennial World of Warcraft character, Lystria Densine. As you might have guessed, The True Lystria (and my WordPress screen name) came from her!

Since then I’ve just become that anime guy, and I don’t play much in the way of video games anymore. But if you wanted to know of a time when I was more depressed and less focused on what I wanted to do with my life, here’s the sonnet that I unearthed from my Faceboook account!

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Anime Expo 2014 Highlights

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Anime Expo has officially come to a close for 2014, and I am still taking a rest from the fun weekend I had. And with a much needed rest from the time I was there (and the 3000+ words I wrote for its Manga/Anime Studies Symposium), I compiled a list of 10 things (in no particular order) that highlighted my experience. Click these links for Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of the Manga/Anime Studies Symposium review. Continue reading