Watching Steins; Gate With My Son(s): The Summation

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So after a long hiatus I am back to Steins; Gate with my sons.

Originally this started with my younger son watching Steins;Gate with me so that I could control what he watched and to share the experience of watching one of my favorite anime’s with him. After a time, my older son began watching with us and it became a group activity (it just took us a long time to get around to finishing the series.

But finish the series we did. We binge watched the final 8 episodes and OVA that we hadn’t finished.

Steins; Gate, while an excellent story, is a demanding watch. The first half or more is a lot of set up and exposition. It is really well done, but to a younger viewer may be harder to sit through.

My younger son had a harder time with this. He is easily distracted and antsy. So missing subtle things and small jokes happened easily and I had to remind him that he needed to pay attention at times.

His older brother, being a bit more mature, was more inclined to watch intently because he could see, by context, what the show was demanding of the viewer.

And while the first half moves a bit slowly with all of it’s set up: it pays off. Intensely. Very intensely…

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I won’t put any spoilers here, but Okabe (our main protagonist) is put through the wringer. It is emotional and traumatic. Not just once, but multiple times in the last half the series. It is a great pay off for all of the early set up.

Both of my boys were watching with emotional awe as the rest of the story played out. My older son was left a little speechless at the end as I said: “So that’s Steins; Gate. Understand why it is one of my favorites?” I think he did.

Even for myself, I had forgotten some events (last 2 episodes) and was audibly gasping as things occurred. I also have a greater appreciation for the series as I have now watched Robotics; Notes and am currently watching Chaos; Head, where all these worlds are connected to one another in a fashion.

Attention Parents: This is an intense show. There is blood, murder, and tragedy. There are gel-nanas and gel-humans. It is a dark show at times. There are also off-color jokes and a lot of “hentai” name calling. Subject wise it is also dense matter dealing with concepts of time and multiple universes/ timelines. This would be harder material for younger children to understand or enjoy.

That being said: It is still one of my all time favorite shows and I’m happy I got to share it with my boys.

Until next time:

El Psy Congroo!

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Future Cosplay Plans

As anyone whose read my little blog knows that I attend Anime conventions with my two boys. Again, this year, we will be attending several. We will be going to Anime Milwaukee, Anime Central, and Anime Midwest.

I have cosplayed in the past and last year got a devious idea. I thought: “What might be fun to cosplay, be funny, from a show I like, and embarrass my children at the same time?”

And then it came to me:

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Mami Tomoe! 

I could be a magical girl! Even better, I’m not going to shave my beard! Even better than that, I could let my beard get all burly! Even better than that with ice cream on top, I could walk around with a cigar in my mouth and call myself ‘Manny Tomoe’.

My children are horrified. I am delighted. The cosplay is on order.

Pictures to come later this year.

I’m such a bad dad….

New Concert Coming Up

While I mostly post about anime, I do share other things I’m loving at times. And what I’m most excited for right now is an upcoming concert.

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Nightwish!

 I have missed these guys several times as they have passed near me, but not this time. I, and my boys, will be checking them out.
Give them a listen if you haven’t heard them before.

 

 

 

 

I honestly think the videos are kinda cheesy, but the songs are awesome.

Where Did I GO???

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It’s been about a month since my last post. Truth be told, I’ve been having a hard time of thinking about what I want to write about lately.

I still am watching anime. Some on my own, some with my boys. We have resumed our watching of Steins; Gate after a long hiatus and I will probably post some thoughts about that later. This season doesn’t have me hooked on anything with two exceptions: Ojisan and Marshmallow  and Erased. 

So bear with me through the doldrums of the year and I’ll be back as time permits and as I’m more inspired.

Until then, I’ll go poke some jello…

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