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In honor of Yuri!!! on Ice and the Figure Skating Grand Prix 2016, both airing on TV Asahi this December, the TV Asahi building lobby cafe, Chez Madu, had a special collaboration menu. 

It was obvious from their sweet little Twitter announcement that they didn’t know what anime gold they had on their hands. By the weekend, they were only allowing 200 guests per day into the cafe, and they announced tickets were to be handed out at starting 9:30AM. I woke up early on Saturday and was in line by 9AM, but I was in the back. Dozens of other women were lined up ahead of me. Yuri on Ice is new, but already beloved! I managed to get two tickets for myself, and my friends who showed up a little later got one each. 

My first afternoon go at the cafe I ordered the Victor pancake plate and the Yurio pierogis with a Yuri iced cocoa for me and a Victor cafe latte for my friend. The pierogis tasted a bit like nikuman. The pancake had a ton of whip cream. Underneath, too! We posed with the standees and the golden statue of Yuzuru Hanyu at the entrance. It was an early morning, but a great way to spend the afternoon. 

It takes me a while to digest shows, especially new ones, but I have come to the realization that Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 is a MASTERPIECE. All around entertainment. You will leave the theatre feeling like you got your money’s worth. Josh Groban actually surprised the hell out of me. Not that I was expecting something not great from him, but when these big Celebs do Broadway I always am skeptical. But HOLY SHIT. GIVE HIM HIS TONY. Not even half way through the first act he got the longest applause ever. Cause he was just fantastic. Seriously his acting & singing was just amazing. Denèe Benton was so precious and her voice is beautiful and I was inspired by her performance. Being a black girl who wants to be in theatre, maybe musicals and seeing her do such a role with range is amazing to me. The end took my breath away ok. The scene with Natasha and Pierre had me secretly bawling but I don’t like to cry in public. OKAY NOW If you haven’t already I WANT ALL OF YOU TO LISTEN TO “SONYA ALONE” PLEASEEE. Brittain Ashford stole the damn show with that song. SO HEARTBREAKING. The most unique and beautiful voice I have ever heard. The ensemble were so lively. They gave out dumplings. This was sort of random but if you are in New York please see this show. We got rush tickets for about $39. I don’t think you can capture anything like this on camera, there’s no way. Even though I know a lot of you guys won’t be able to see it, I hope there will be a video out there. It was so weird cause we weren’t allowed to take ANY pictures like he yelled at us. So who knows if there will be a bootleg? But I hope there will be some sort of professional recording. But yeah I loved this show. WORTH THE WATCH!

26/100. Had a bit of extra time today, so I decided to dress up my reviewers and add some color to them. Was supposed to go to the gym today, but I woke up late so I’ll try again tomorrow!

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Rockets around the Christmas tree, a pokémon fanfic | FanFiction

Hello my dear friends,

I wrote a short oneshot today. It’s Christmas Eve. James is busy baking cookies, but Jessie is worried and lost in thoughts. Will he be able to cheer her up? Rocketshipping for sure.


I’d glad to get some feedback and I hope you’re going to enjoy my story.

By the way: What do you think of “Coming to Alola”? If you have ideas for a new fanfiction, let me know.


Have a nice Sunday!

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Stevie Nicks dazzles at the United Center
Stevie Nicks' recent musical forays may find her mining the past to cast songs in a new light, but in so doing, she's forged a strong path forward, filtered through the wisdom she's gained. At United Center on Saturday, the icon breathed new life into decades-old songs, revisited early underrated treasures and peppered in megahits to satisfy superfans and recent acolytes alike in a two-hour set that reinforced that timeless songwriting endures.
By Althea Legaspi

Stevie Nicks’ recent musical forays may find her mining the past to cast songs in a new light, but in so doing, she’s forged a strong path forward, filtered through the wisdom she’s gained. At United Center on Saturday, the icon breathed new life into decades-old songs, revisited early underrated treasures and peppered in megahits to satisfy superfans and recent acolytes alike in a two-hour set that reinforced that timeless songwriting endures. 

Nicks is currently on her “24 Karat Gold Tour,” which features live takes on newly recorded, previously unreleased demos culled from her storied, 40-plus-year career, which appear on 2014’s “24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault.” The set also featured material from her first two solo records, 1981’s “Bella Donna” and 1983’s “The Wild Heart,” which were reissued last month, as well as some of her Fleetwood Mac songs. 

And though the latter material, which included an affecting “Gypsy” and a rousing, extended “Gold Dust Woman,” were fan favorites, there was a certain freedom to be found in her solo work. Nicks is a perpetual role model: a trailblazer who’s had a valiant career alongside her trials, from overcoming substance abuse to tangled relationships, and come out stronger. 

Nicks’ mystique and bewitching charm permeated the show, from her signature flowing black dress paired with shawls and capes to her trademark twirls and sultry rasp with its enchanting, indelible hue, though time may have slightly compressed her range. She also pulled back the curtain on the origins of many songs, which added a rare, welcomed intimacy to the set. 

This gave insight into tunes such as the standout “Starshine,” which she wrote in Tom Petty’s basement, and the disco-fueled “Stand Back,” which was inspired by the late Prince. Her humorous admission about the oldest song in the set, 1973’s Buckingham/Nicks song “Crying in the Night” (“At 22, I don’t know where these words came from”) showcased that her poetic musings don’t have to be literal to evoke emotion. “Wild Heart” and a sterling “Rhiannon” were also highlights. 

Songs such as the affecting set closer “Landslide” and “Edge of Seventeen” sagely referred to the passage of time. Though written three decades prior, these songs’ themes of love and loss seemed to resonate more deeply with age. The soothsaying chanteuse’s gifts extended to her choice of collaborators. Chrissie Hynde — whose stunning voice buoyed her rocking opening set with The Pretenders, which also included timeless hits (“Brass in Pocket”) and newer gems (“Alone”) – joined Nicks for the awesome “Stop Dragging My Heart Around.” Hynde also discussed religious tolerance, the only political statement of the night, before performing “Holy Commotion." 

In an era that can be rather antagonistic and ageist, particularly towards women, both Nicks and Hynde’s performances were empowering. Beyond surviving, they’ve persevered, and continue to excel at their craft. "Crazy as life is,” Nicks advised at the end of the show, “Stay in the path of love.”

The moment of excitement when one of your favorite stories is updated - I totally feel it when I check my mail this afternoon <3

Another thing is, I just reread and left some comments on the story yesterday … of course it might be a pure coincidence and after all it’s not easy to write a 11K chapter one day but there’s always a possibility that a review might just fuel the writer into finishing it.  So I guess what I’m saying is, if you’re reading a WIP and you enjoy it DON’T HESITATE TO LEAVE A REVIEW TO TELL THE WRITER.

Bad Education (2004), Pedro Almodóvar

Pedro Almodóvar never shies away from controversy and unfiltered sexuality, and both are clearly on display with this creepy but knowingly provocative noir about Hollywood and early childhood trauma and abuse, all still played within Almodóvar’s signature radiant and inviting directorial style, and while I’ve enjoyed all of his work, I think this ranks up there as certainly one of his most daring and maybe even one of his best. 

Metacritic: 81, RT: 88%, IMDb: 7.5

The Eyes of My Mother (2016), Nicolas Pesce

This was mad depressing and really gross and all about the insidiousness of loneliness and it was all just a lot, but it’s also extremely confident and quietly powerful and equally frightening as it is sad, so I think it’s safe to applaud Nicolas Pesce for one of the best directorial debuts of the year and to also champion Kika Magalhaes for perfectly capturing the sick essence of one creepy as fuck but undeniably fascinating character. 

Metacritic: 63, RT: 74%, IMDb: 6.8

Post-Launch Owlboy update

Hello again everyone.

Owlboy has finally launched and now, five days in, we’re all trying to gather our thoughts on everything that’s happening.

When the embargo lifted on October 27th, we had no idea what to expect, but we were in complete shock when our first two reviews were both maximum scores; Destructoid giving us their Editor’s Choice Award, and Pressfire musing we might be one of the best Norwegian games ever made. It was surreal. A lot of us cried. In fact, I think all of us cried…

Then, came launch day. We had tested the game over and over, and sat around the computer ready to push the launch button on Steam. We did, but we had no idea if it worked. We had to install the game on one of our old, barely working office PCs to check, and had to wait for 15 agonizing minutes waiting for the game to finish installing. Once it did, we read out the version number out loud to make sure it matched up. …It did.

Owlboy was complete. After nearly nine years of work, we had reached the finish line. It was a long road and none of us had really felt how long it had been until that moment.

As we now try to pick ourselves up after letting Owlboy out into the world, watching streamers, let’s players and everyone on social media experience the game for the first time, we want to share some of the incredibly humbling reviews we’ve received over the past week:

Destructoid 10/10

Gamereactor NO 10/10 (Norwegian)

Pressfire 6/6 (Norwegian)

IGN 9.3/10

Gamespot 90/100

LevelUp 9/10 (Norwegian)

The Jimquisition 9/10

Gamereactor EU 9/10

IGN SE 9/10 (Swedish)

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll try our best to make sense of all the amazing things going on. Thank you all for your patience and your kind words. Seeing so many people enjoying our game makes this all more than worth it.

To keep up to date on everything we’re doing, be sure to check http://owlboygame.com/ for directions!

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All Things Considered editor and children’s book maven Justine Kenin is VERY excited about They All Saw a Cat – a new picture book that depicts all the many ways various creatures perceive a cat out on a stroll. Here’s her review:

 A great picture book’s magic sneaks up on you. 

It becomes the book you want to read again and again.  The story may seem simple at first pass – it’s for the non-reading set after all – but then you hear it in your head, and see the images in your mind. 

Each picture takes long minutes to absorb, and reveals new details each time you open the book. And a great picture book  –like Brendan Wenzel’s new They All Saw a Cat – reveals a secret about life itself.

Wenzel both wrote and illustrated Cat. His words bring a steady rhythm and repetition so perfect for the picture book reader – the words build, the reader anticipates, the beat is the same as you turn each page. 

The book opens with a picture of a lanky, striped feline headed off for adventure: “The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws …”  

And the great surprise is the “They” of the title. What and who will the cat encounter?  A dog, a mouse, a flea – the cat encounters friends, mortal enemies, and possible meals. But how does each creature see the cat?

My personal favorites are the bee, seeing the cat with all of its eyes.  And the fish, for whom the cat is oh so big and watery.

But I don’t want to give too much away.

Just know that as you read this book your two-year-old will understand that we all see a cat. That each animal sees the cat differently – but it’s still a cat, and our perspective shapes how we it, whether we’re hungry to eat it or view it from high in the sky.

And does that cat see himself?  Yes, and that perspective is also perfect.

– Petra (who sees too many cats, whenever she goes home)