10 YouTubers who Make Me Smile

Like many people my age, I often indulge in the habit of mindlessly surfing YouTube videos whenever I have downtime. YouTube is an endless pit of both incredible talent and also the most horrible, awful stuff you’ve ever seen, though with time I feel like I’ve managed to sort through much of it to find some real gems.

I thought today it might be fun to highlight some of these channels. These are ten channels from all over YouTube – they’re vloggers, gaming channels, media analysts, and even cooking channels. While their content may be wildly different, what connects them is they all inspire me in some way, be it through their humor, their passion for their craft, or their individual lifestyles.

I hope by doing so you all can find some new channels to love!

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Surprise! – “The Now Now” Review

Remember that time, just over a year ago, when I thought that “Humanz” was gonna be the last Gorillaz album? Remember that? When I continuously defended it to the weirdly many detractors I came in contact with because it was one of my favorite bands in the world coming together with lots of other artists to comment on the state of the world in a bunch of beautiful, genre-bending tracks? And I wrote a whole review on it thinking it was gonna be the last one ever?

Oh… well… uh… Gorillaz is back now. I guess “Humanz” wasn’t their last album, huh? Surprise!

I’m joking around a little, but gosh was I not expecting this album as fast as it came. Well actually, I wasn’t expecting this album at all, but here we are! I wanna do “The Now Now” the same justice I gave “Humanz,” but as I sit here writing this intro, I don’t feel like I have the same sort of emotional investment in this album as I did the last one. I’m not at all saying it’s a bad album – it’s great. But the fact it came so quickly and was accepted so easily into the fanbase makes it seem so much less of a big deal than “Humanz” was.

So, anyway, I’m gonna do my best here because I love Gorillaz, and I feel… complicated about this album. I apologize in advance, because while this review starts out pretty run-of-the-mill, it kinda gets weird toward the end. I wanna reiterate that I don’t think this is a bad album, and yet… it really disappointed me in a way I have trouble voicing throughout the post. I hope you enjoy anyway.

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Loving Fire Emblem: A Retrospective

In light of last week’s announcement about the newest Fire Emblem game coming Spring 2019, I couldn’t help but follow up my reaction post to the news last week with a bit more of a self-indulgent post about this series as a whole.

I’ve loved Fire Emblem since my best friend Madison gave me a copy of Awakening for my 16th birthday in 2014. She was already a huge fan of the game, having played the 3DS demo to death until actually receiving the game for Christmas months before.

Through osmosis, I understood that it was a game where you got to date and marry the characters, and I had the lightest of understandings of the plot. I knew she loved Chrom from the moment she accidentally married him, and that the characters had kids you could also play.

It was one of those moves on her part where you’re so desperately obsessed with something you’ll do anything to get your friend into it too just so you’ll have someone to talk to about it, and I’m grateful she did that to this day. Fire Emblem has been a huge part of my life ever since.

For a series that can sometimes come off as controversial to some, I want to share what keeps me coming back to it again and again regardless. And I also want to speak on the specific strengths of the two main series games I’ve played, Awakening and Fates.

(And yes, I know I’m exactly the type of fan that ‘hardcore’ Fire Emblem fans hate, the kind that has only played the newer games. But I’m not really interested in getting into that conversation at this very moment, to be honest.)

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses First Impressions and Hopes

So Tuesday was kind of a weird day for me. I woke up at 8 a.m. because I needed to be at work by 9:30, and I also had big plans for the rest of the day. A trip that had… suddenly come up but I really wanted to go on loomed large over my shortened shift that day, and I wanted to get right to it. I got to work, worked, but then my plans were cancelled.

And, listen, plans are hard. Plans change. And that particular plan had been a pain on all sides to pin down. But still, when you fight hard to make something happen, it sucks when it all doesn’t work out. I got home crushed and oddly guilty.

Then, like a beacon of hope, my best friend frantically messaged our Fire Emblem Discord chat:

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It had finally happened. The moment we had all silently known was coming for us. It made sense, after all. We knew we were getting a main-series Fire Emblem game for the Switch ever since Nintendo did a Fire Emblem-centric Direct last January. (Yeah, it was that long ago). It seemed like now was the time to finally get news on that new game.

But then, here it was. Confirmation. A title and our first look at a game we had all been eagerly anticipating for more than a year.

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When Will I Quit Talking About This Game? – Top 20 Original Bandori Songs

And just like I promised last week, I’m back again with more Bandori/Bang Dream content. I’ve realized I haven’t been consistent with which name I’ve used to refer to this game (it’s changed over my first post about the game to my best characters list post to now), but I feel like the names are interchangeable to me, so, apologies for any confusion that may have caused.

Anyway, today I’m counting down my top 20 original songs from this game. Just like last week, I’ll be giving a little blurb on each one. Though it’s fun that this game covers well-known anime openings and the like, I still definitely find myself repeatedly coming back to the original music created specifically for the game.

In a lot of ways, they exemplify the personalities of the bands that “perform” them a lot better than the covers do. So, without further ado, let’s celebrate the best of the best!

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A Bias for Hello, Happy World – Top 20 Bandori Covers

If you’re wondering if I’m still hopelessly devoted to Bandori…. I still am. So much. So much that I decided to do another post on it. And another post on it next week. I’m so sorry, you guys.

Yep, after ranking the characters of Bandori, this week and next week I’ll be ranking my favorite cover and original songs respectively. Today, we focus on the covers.

The fact that Bandori covers songs really sets it apart, at least to me, from many other similar games. It’s really fun to hear their take on so many well-known Vocaloid songs and anime OPs and EDs.

But which ones are my absolute favorite? Let’s find out together.

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Shuffle the Music Tag!

I was tagged by my friend Olivia over at Books and Big Ideas to do the Shuffle the Music Tag, which has rules as follows:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you for this tag and link to their blog.
  2. Shuffle your entire music library (no matter how old songs the songs are) and talk about the FIRST FIFTEEN songs that come up (anything like why they are there, if they signify something, any story, why you like them, etc.)
  3. Mention the songs as well as the artists.
  4. Tag 7 people or more to do this tag and please let them know!

Just like Olivia did, I’m going to be doing 20 songs because I love myself some tunes. Also, I’ll be pulling these songs from six different Spotify playlists. See, I organize my music in Spotify by year I first got into them, so I’ll be pulling the first 5 songs from my 2018 playlist, and then 3 from the next five playlists going back all the way to 2013. There’s sure to be some real relics in here, haha.

Without further ado! Let’s get to the music.

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