This new feature to Muddy Cult was inspired by AramaJapan and Akidearest of YouTube. Hopefully, this new segment will further implement our opinions and recommendations to our Cult followers like are usual postings. Please feel free to leave a comment below on what you think of this new feature and perhaps share some of your favorites from January!
Favorite Anime Related Video:
TeamFourStar's Broly Abridged
TeamFourStar has had a fan in me since their start. Their writing, editing, and comedy has continued to improve over the many years and this demonstrates that in spades. As a fan of the original series, they show a great balance of love and exploiting the holes in the plot. If you haven't heard of the allstars of the abridging community, I highly advise you take a look at this and the rest of their channel.
Favorite Music Video:
Broken - Denace & Dispencery7
Many have dealt with depression and just as many have tried to be the depressed's support. I think this song embodies both sides so well that it must be shared. You try your best to keep your head up, but emotions can control your thoughts so thoroughly that it's unshakeable. Plus being a constant support is tiresome as well, but its importance is vital to bear in these situations. Just take a minute to watch the video and it'll all be explained.
Favorite Dance Video:
These Walls (Cover) Choreography
When I saw that one of my favorite Kendrick Lamar songs had some of my favorite crews dancing to it, I had to give it the instant click. I was pleasantly surprised to hear an even jazzier cover of the tune by the female vocalist, Moss Kena. The movements were so clean, I had to share this as a favorite of the month! Witness poetry in motion...
So I have spent pretty much every night of January binging on the No Sleep Podcast trying to get current. Stories are taken from Reddit's No Sleep community and read on the podcast by a crew of voice actors. The showrunner/main narrator is David Cummings and he comes across as a lovable dork. On the Christmas episodes, he tries to impersonate Santa and it's like watching a puppy try to do something and fail adorably. You can tell he's really into what he's doing.
This podcast hits all the bulletpoints on my horror checklist. There's a variety of authors so there's a ton of different types of horror. There's a warning at the beginning of the show and you should heed it if you don't like certain aspects of horror. Some stories can be pretty intense, involving child-rape and the like. Because most of these writers are amateurs, even the particularly gruesome stories are still pretty hokey. There are a few really legit creepy tales but most of the stories fall under b-movie horror where the dialogue is off or the story has glaring plot holes and is too verbose. It's a fun exercise in critiquing and learning from others' mistakes (y'know, if you ever want to write horror fiction).
The actors do a great job and represent a wide variety of English speakers from North America and Europe. I swear one sounds exactly like Daniel Day-Lewis.
The podcast is free but you can pay for a longer version with more stories and bonus episodes. I haven't splurged for the extra content and I find what is offered for free does the job. The No Sleep Podcast is actually on their first tour right now and they'll be in Houston at the House of Blues on February 18.