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Ishamael Ishamael Oct 01, 2019. 9 comments

TAY: Open Forum - "Coffee is Great" Edition

TAY: Open Forum - "Coffee is Great" Edition
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Yesterday, Twitter announced to me (or was it Sunday...) that the day was National Coffee Day. It was an ad by McDonalds or some such but you know what I love coffee so I went with it. Actually, scratch that I am addicted to coffee so I went with it.

Coffee is one of those beautiful things that provide life some joy....

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Ishamael Ishamael Sep 08, 2019. 8 comments

Dr. Stones Narrative Gamble Saved the Series

Dr. Stones Narrative Gamble Saved the Series

One of the surprising events of the recent Summer Season was the much anticipated Dr. Stone’s debut being a little rough. Here at AniTAY this series had a very mixed reception being relegated to “Honourable Mention” in the seasonal Should You Be Watching collaboration. This was due to a very strong contingent of authors who felt the series wasn’t that good. We even had an author who gave up...

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Ishamael Ishamael Aug 21, 2019. 11 comments

TAY Open Forum - Streaming Wars Edition

TAY Open Forum - Streaming Wars Edition

Welcome to the Open Forum, hosted by Kotaku’s reader-run blog,TAY. Feel free to join in the topic discussion, talk about anything here, or check out the other articles on TAY, TAYClassic, and AniTAY. Is this is your first time on TAY? Then scope out this TAY Torial !

How is it another Wednesday, TAY and I am covering for Z who is a little swamped at the moment. As such lets talk about...

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Ishamael Ishamael Jul 24, 2019. 16 comments

Open Forum - "Batman" Edition

Open Forum - "Batman" Edition

Welcome to the Open Forum, hosted by Kotaku’s reader-run blog,TAY. Feel free to join in the topic discussion, talk about anything here, or check out the other articles on TAY, TAYClassic, and AniTAY. Is this is your first time on TAY? Then scope out this TAY Torial !

While Z is off somewhere fighting aliens or something, she asked if I could cover, and I said yes. So for today this lovely...

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Ishamael Ishamael Jul 23, 2019. 8 comments

What "How Heavy are the Dumbbells You Lift?" Gets Wrong about Nutrition

What "How Heavy are the Dumbbells You Lift?" Gets Wrong about Nutrition

Last week I wrote “How Heavy are the Dumbbells You Lift?” was surprisingly accurate in the information it was providing to its audience. For a beginner, one could do far worse than following the advice given by this particular anime. However, it did have one negative aspect that being its depiction of protein intake and “Golden Time” a concept thoroughly debunked by nutritional scientists....

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Ishamael Ishamael Jul 12, 2019. 5 comments

The Anime Better than 90% of Online Fitness "Influencers" - How Heavy are the Dumbbells You Lift?

The Anime Better than 90% of Online Fitness "Influencers" - How Heavy are the Dumbbells You Lift?

If you are looking to get into shape information online can be a mixed bag. While there are some influencers out there who know what they’re talking about there are dozens more who care more about selling worthless products then helping people. Knowing where to find good, actionable advice especially for beginners can often make or break an early fitness first year. What is strange is that...

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Ishamael Ishamael Jun 13, 2019. 1 comments

E3 was a Disappointment The Rest of 2019 and 2020 Will Not Be

E3 was a Disappointment The Rest of 2019 and 2020 Will Not Be

The general consensus has formed and it is not good for E3 2019, it sucked. What is even worse is it was not cringe inducing like some famed E3 performances of the past it was just boring. For a convention that revolves around building hype it was pretty hard to get hyped up about four similar looking Tom Clancy games and Bethesda admitting defeat and adding NPCs to Fallout 76.

However, one...

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Ishamael Ishamael Jun 08, 2019.

The Questions Posed by Google Stadia

The Questions Posed by Google Stadia

The future is in the cloud. That is becoming more clear as we finish out this generation of game consoles with the next machines from Microsoft and Sony potentially being the “last consoles”. This brave new world is exciting and also scary for people who have lived our entire lives with a big box that plays games in our living rooms. However, that future is a long way off from the present....

Ishamael Ishamael Jun 03, 2019.

Star Ocean V English Dubbed Trailer

<i>Star Ocean V </i>English Dubbed Trailer

This is the trailer from Jump Festa back in Japan in December 2015. However while the trailer is old its the first time I know of being dubbed. At the moment the dub seems very workmanlike which is in line with Squares second tier RPG’s and the previous entry in the series Star Ocean IV. Here is hoping it’ll be a slight step up from that title as some characters were particularly...

Ishamael Ishamael May 29, 2019. 13 comments

TAY: Open Forums - "Good Omens"

TAY: Open Forums - "Good Omens"

Welcome to the Open Forum, hosted by Kotaku’s reader-run blog,TAY. Feel free to join in the topic discussion, talk about anything here, or check out the other articles on TAY, TAYClassic, and AniTAY. Is this is your first time on TAY? Then scope out this TAY Torial !

It has been a little over a week since Game of Thrones has ended and as such peoples eyes are starting to wander to what is new...

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Ishamael Ishamael May 15, 2019. 23 comments

Game of Thrones "Twist" was Nothing of the Sort

Game of Thrones "Twist" was Nothing of the Sort


“Every child knows that the Targaryens have always danced too close to madness. Your father was not the first. King Jaehaerys once told me that madness and greatness are two sides of the same coin. Every time a new Targaryen is born, he said, the gods toss the coin in the air and the world holds it breath to see how it will land.”

In the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones Daenerys coin has...

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Ishamael Ishamael Apr 29, 2019.

Metal Gear Solid V Sales Blip: Well this is a pleasant surprise. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pai

Metal Gear Solid V Sales Blip: Well this is a pleasant surprise. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pai

Metal Gear Solid V Sales Blip: Well this is a pleasant surprise. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has sold over 5 million copies world wide. This makes it one of the biggest releases of the year. Kind of ironic as the same report also shows that Konami’s #1 best performing division is it’s video game division, which may explain its recent “There will be more Metal Gear” statements; perhaps...

Ishamael Ishamael Apr 03, 2019.

Nier Next Update and Speculation

<i>Nier Next </i>Update and Speculation

Nier Next has officially been titled NieR Automata and will take place far in the future of the Nier timeline. Where humanity has been driven off the planet Earth by “Living Machines” and fights the threats with machines of their own, one of whom will be the playable character YoRHa. The title is based on a stage play of the same name by director Taro Yoko.

Interesting the gives a lot of...

Ishamael Ishamael Mar 19, 2019. 15 comments

Open Forum - "Epic" Edition

Open Forum - "Epic" Edition

One of my new years goals was to start reading more. Once upon a time, before I started to the daily grind of adult life I would read a lot. Having read the entirety of The Wheel of Time at least four times is proof of that with certain books being read more and others less (hello Crossroads of Twilight...). However, I kind of fell out of it as time became more scarce.

Finally though, I have...

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Ishamael Ishamael Mar 12, 2019. 17 comments

The One Punch Man Workout Explained and Analyzed

The One Punch Man Workout Explained and Analyzed

One Punch Man revels in its absurdity and surreal use of humor. This is no more apparent then in its titular hero the One Punch Man himself - Saitama. Saitama’s entire power set boggles the mind as it breaks every single genre convention that has been built up over the years. This extends to his super hero training - which is anything but. Even in his world the training is so obviously...

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Ishamael Ishamael Mar 08, 2019. 10 comments

Yakuza - Doing Stupid Things Very Seriously

Yakuza - Doing Stupid Things Very Seriously

I have only recently got into Yakuza after years of friends telling me I needed to play this game. These were not basic “oh you’ll like this game” or “you should try this out, you may like it,” the comments were more “you NEED to play this game” and “I know you’ll LOVE it”. Basically, they knew me and they knew Yakuza would be a perfect fit. However, whenever I tried to get them to explain it...

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Ishamael Ishamael Mar 04, 2019.

Trails of Cold Steel Blip: XSEED has officially confirmed that Trails of Cold Steel II will be seein

Trails of Cold Steel Blip: XSEED has officially confirmed that Trails of Cold Steel II will be seein

Trails of Cold Steel Blip: XSEED has officially confirmed that Trails of Cold Steel II will be seeing a 2016 release. They had previously announced an attempt at 2016 but gave no confirmation. I’m personally expecting November/December just due to the scope and size of the game.

Ishamael Ishamael Mar 03, 2019.

Square Enix Blip: Continuing the trend of supporting the PC with their large titles Steam with see a

Square Enix Blip: Continuing the trend of supporting the PC with their large titles Steam with see a

Square Enix Blip: Continuing the trend of supporting the PC with their large titles Steam with see a port of Dragon Quest Heroes Squares Warriors/RPG hybrid thing...

PS: Is this the first non-MMO Dragon Quest on PC?

Ishamael Ishamael Feb 24, 2019.

If anyone of you PS4 users are thinking of buying into Sword Art Online:RE: Hollow Fragement you may

If anyone of you PS4 users are thinking of buying into Sword Art Online:RE: Hollow Fragement you may

If anyone of you PS4 users are thinking of buying into Sword Art Online:RE: Hollow Fragement you may want to know that if you preorder Sword Art Online: Lost Song you get Hollow Fragement (PS4) for free right now as a pre-order bonus. This may make it more tempting for people who already bought into the PSV version. Of course this is a PSN Digital sale so people who want their games Physical...

Ishamael Ishamael Feb 13, 2019. 18 comments

Open Forum - Rushed Edition

Open Forum - Rushed Edition

So I kinda spaced and forgot I was meant to be covering this today for Z, who is a little tired (likely) after doing a great job at holding down the fort over on Kotaku this past weekend. What have I been doing that I sort of forgot to plan this out? Catching up on TV as quite frankly, keeping up with television these days keeps getting harder and harder.

With the sheer volume of great TV (I...

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