Restaurant Review: Gui Zhou Miao Jia

Details: Located at 136-55 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11354. Couldn’t find an official site so here’s their yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/gui-zhou-miao-jia-flushing

All you need to know is that this is a good place for cheap noodles. I usually get the beef noodle soup for $6.50. There are also other kinds of noodle soups, all generally under ten dollars.

You should be aware that it’s in the back of a kind of dirty strip mall/food court and that most of the people eating here are Chinese immigrants.

Score: 6/10

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Anime Review: Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul

Details: Also known as Shingeki no Bahamut. Aired in 2017. Technically the second season of Rage of Bahamut. Twenty-four episodes where each episode is around twenty-four minutes long.

The first season of Shingeki no Bahamut was some of the best animated, most visually pleasing shows I have ever seen. So when I learned about Virgin Soul, the second season of this show, I was more than ready for it. I am happy to report that like the first season, Virgin Soul is still as visually pleasing with a sometimes flawed, but mostly entertaining fantasy story.

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Anime Review: Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun

Details: Aired in 2014. Also known as Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kunTwelve episode where each episode is around twenty-something minutes.

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun is a slice of life/comedy about a high school student who is also an award-winning shojo manga writer/artist. Shojo manga is a type of Japanese comic book that targets the teenage girl demographic. Stories generally star a teenage girl and are of a romantic nature.

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Anime Review: Tsuredure Children

Details: Aired in 2017. Twelve episode with each episode at about twelve minutes long.

Generally speaking, I don’t enjoy most romance oriented shows. They’re too formulaic, predictable, and derivative. If you’ve seen one romance, you’ve seen almost all of them. Especially when it comes to romances that take place in normal settings. Tsuredure Children is one of the exceptions to this. Tsuredure Children is cute, funny, and packaged in a digestible format that keeps it from becoming your standard stale, derivative romance story.

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Comic Book Review: Infamous Iron Man

Details: First published in 2016. This is a review of issues one through twelve. Official site is http://marvel.com/comics/series/22596/infamous_iron_man_2016_-_present

At the end of Secret Wars, the Fantastic Four bid their adieu and disappeared, possibly never to return. While it is common knowledge that superheroes never truly die, it seemed as if the Fantastic Four had finally met its match: greedy fucking business people fighting over movie rights who were willing to kill a historic comic book series in order to get their way. In my stupor over the potential death of the Fantastic Four comic book line, I desperately looked for some alternative to get my science fiction comic book fix. Luckily, Marvel decided not to wipe out all the characters in the Fantastic Four franchise and left us with the Infamous Iron Man.

There won’t be spoilers for Infamous Iron Man ahead, but I will go over the events leading up to Infamous Iron Man.

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Anime Review: New Game!

Details: First aired in 2016. This is a review of New Game! (season 1) and New Game!! (season 2) or the show. There are a total of twenty-four episodes, not including the OVA from the first season. Each episode is about twenty-three minutes long.

New Game! is a workplace comedy/slice of life show about a group of video game developers and their experience at a company that makes video games.

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Anime Review: Re:Zero – Starting Life In Another World

Details: First aired in 2016. Also known as Ri:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai SeikatsuThis is a review of episodes one through twenty-five, which is all existing episode at this time and there don’t seem to be any more coming in the near future. Each episode is about twenty-four minutes long. You can watch it on http://www.crunchyroll.com.

Ever since Sword Art Online, there have been a lot of anime’s where the protagonist is a young nerd from modern-day Japan who then gets reborn into a fantasy world and there are video game elements to that world and it’s usually a harem situation where he is surrounded by lots of cute girls. I originally watched a few minutes of this anime with that in mind and quit about ten minutes into the first episode. I thought it was boring and derivative.

Recently, I decided to give this show another try and forced myself to finish watching through the first episode. This was largely due to Re:Zero’s popularity as one of the most watched anime on crunchyroll.com. To my surprise, I got hooked. This is a great anime. In order to talk about why this show’s so good, there will be some spoilers ahead concerning the premise of the show. Otherwise, spoilers are minor and I won’t go into any plot developments or characters other than the protagonist, Subaru.

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Restaurant Review: Famous Original Ray’s Pizza

Details: Located at 831 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019. The official site is http://www.rayspizza.com/

The best part about this place is its location. If you’re in Times Square and you want a slice of pizza, this is one of the few places to go. The pizza is pretty good actually, slightly better than average. Unfortunately, this place charges around three dollars for a slice, which is blasphemy in terms of pizza pricing in New York City. The grand majority of pizzerias in New York City follow the rule that a single slice of regular pizza will not cost more than a single fare on the subway, which is two dollars and seventy-five cents at the moment. At three dollars, Famous Original Ray’s Pizza has broken that rule. This rule obviously doesn’t include upscale Italian restaurants, just the regular Joe places that sell pizza by the slice.

Score: 6/10