Devilman Crybaby

Greetings once more.

This weekend I watched a new Netflix show called Devilman Crybaby at the recommendation of the co-author. There had been some buzz among the on-line community of anime lovers, so I figured I’d give it a go.

The show revolves around Akira, who tends to cry all the time, as he is very sensitive to others pain. A friend from his past shows up and asks him to join him in revealing to the world that there are demons hunting them down. After a very adult series of events, a demon comes to take Akira and posses him, but unfortunately for the demon, Akira posses him. This all happens in the first episode, which I will say moves rather quickly. I think mostly so they can get into the main story of the newly powerful “Devilman” Akira fighting demons, but it seems like it was a pilot episode. The rest of the series does move quickly, but not nearly as fast as that first one.

I had watched the first animated version of this show back in the 90’s, and all I could recall of it was that it was extremely violent, and this new version lives up to that, and perhaps goes a bit further. I’ve gone back and watched a few scenes from the original, and it made me remember why I loved it. The dub is hilarious, though unintentionally, and somehow they carried that on into this new version. Though not as ham-fisted, it still posses certain beats that made me love it even more.

This show hit all the sweet spots for me. Nostalgic, dark, and sad. Certainly there are a few moments of humor, unintentional and intentional, but for the most part it’s a dark and sad story. The last half of the show had me crying, and feeling very depressed. In fact when I got through it I had to find something to clear that sadness away so I could get to bed. But looking back on it now a few days later, I can say it’s one of the best things I’ve seen in a while.

Now the art style used can be a bit off-putting at first, but as you go on, at least for me, that just kind of fades away. Yes certain movements of the characters looks unnatural, but that makes sense if you realize that they aren’t fully human, or are simply demons in their own right.

If I were to have any complaint, besides some of the more over the top moments, the final scene of the show doesn’t tell the whole story. I had to be enlightened by what it meant, at least more wholly, and when I knew what was happening it made me love the show even more. Unfortunately if I were to explain it here without you having seen the show it might ruin a bit of it, so I’ll just leave it to you to seek out the meaning elsewhere. But I will say that it made all other works before in the Devilman universe that much more enjoyable. Including the original, Devil Lady, and even Cutie Honey, as he appears that as well.

So do I recommend this show? Yes, but I think older anime fans will get something more out of it. Those who’ve never watched anime might be put off by the violence and sex, or they might think all anime is like that, but no. This anime stands on its own these days. I’ve not seen anything like this in decades, even other violent shows. This is Devilman, nothing beats Devilman.

With that I’ll just say there was quite a bit of progress made in the new book, so I’m hopeful in the next month or so we’ll be finished with the first draft. I’ll talk to you next week. Until then be well.

 

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 118% of first draft complete.

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Car Maintenance, and an update

Howdy folks, I’m back.

So this past week I had to take my car in for service. As some of you know I have a new VW Beetle, and I happen to love it. The issue I had was that some console lights started coming on. One was for low tire pressure, which I attempted to resolve by putting more air in the tires. This was not affective. Another was that when it started to get cold a low oil light would come on, until I started driving it for a bit. Eventually it didn’t go away, and another light came on that said I wouldn’t be able to go above 4,000 rpm’s. Of course this all meant it was time to take it in to be looked at.

As I work at night, and I can’t be bothered, or even force myself to do anything when the sun is up, it took a few days for me to actually get it in. Dropping it off before I fell asleep, and then waking up way to early, for me, to pick it up. A rather expensive transaction as I had to get tires replaced, and almost every other maintenance thing done to it as well. Not a cheap transaction, though it was a couple of hundred dollars cheaper than the original estimate, which is good, still my poor bank account took a large hit. But the car is running well now, and all lights have returned to their off position.

Also, I finished Lillyhammer last evening. I can say that the show kept getting better as the series went along, and I recommended it. Johnny kept doing what needed to be done, and continued to stick his nose into everything. As a Mafia guy you’d think it all be intimidation and pay outs, but to me it always seemed he was just trying his best for his new home in Norway and his new-found friends. Sure he isn’t always attempting to help others, and does things that would befit himself, but in the end he isn’t going about things using force without first trying to resolve issues peacefully. You could do worse than having Johnny as a friend, though you might not want to get too close or he might call upon you to do something you might not otherwise do.

I’ve additionally been reading the Bobby Dollar series by Tad Williams. It’s somewhat like a detective noir series with the main character who happens to be an angel. I enjoyed the first book, and that led me to reading the second. I’m still not sure about it though. Instead of being set on Earth/the mortal realm, our protagonist is now searching through hell for the girl he fell in love with. While it does an interesting job of describing the “hell-scape”, and how you really don’t want to wind up down there, I’ve found myself somewhat bored with it. It’s missing some of that noir aspect that I enjoyed from the first, and I’m unsure if I’ll continue the series after this book. Though I still will recommend the first book, The Dirty Streets of Heaven.

This all being said, I’ve only done some editing and adding to what has already been written for this new book of ours. Just going back is letting me see how well the narrative has been worked, and I can say that I find it all coming together quite well.

Until next we meet, have a good week.

 

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 115% of first draft complete.

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Getting back into the swing of things

Hello again friends and readers.

Another week passes, and what do I have to show for it? Well quite a bit actually.

The writing is going well, and we’re back at it at full speed. Discussions of plot lines, and of course more actual writing have been done. The book is finally reaching the climax and should be ready for the first pass at editing soon. Of course I’ve been doing a bit of that when I’m not feeling particularly inspired, or if I’m not sure if the agreed upon next part should be written by myself or the co-author. Not that I couldn’t punch out a few thousand words that would be fine, but at times I think the co-author has a better notion of what should happen next, and that we haven’t discussed enough for me to work with for a scene.

That all being said this weekend was productive. Not only were they able to go back through what I had already written, but they added some details I hadn’t thought about. And of course I had to go through that myself and add things, and/or correct a few inconsistencies with the plot. Just little things really. The co-author writes at great speed and some times thinks quicker than their hand will put to page. Good thing that we have our discussions of plot lines. That means I can go back and put into place what they unintentionally missed. I’m sure I do it as well, but they do a good job covering for me as well.

Last week was another week where I was editing, and trying to fill in a bit more of the world. I started from the very beginning because my brain thought of a few lines I wanted to add. As some of you may be aware those first few words you have in a book have to hook the reader. And while I thought what we had was amusing and interesting, a bit of prose wouldn’t be out-of-place to set the scene. Originally the book took off right from the beginning without any setting, and just let the conversation that was happening lead. Now there’s slightly a bit more of the normal, this is the room, here’s what’s going on, this is what you see. That sort of stuff. But with a bit of flair. I’m not sure how else to explain it without actually writing down what we had, but it’s not time for that yet. The co-author I don’t think has even looked at it though we’ve been sharing the same document back and forth.

Another thing we’ve been thinking about is starting up a podcast. It might not even cover writing though, so I’m not sure it would fit the format of this blog.

We both are fans of anime, and we’ve had this notion a few months ago to do a show about it, but time would be a factor. Time being that I work at night and they don’t. We only usually have a few hours a week where we are both awake at the same time, and we spend most of that talking about the book already. We’ll see. I’ve done a bit of fiddling with sound and made an intro, while they were working on the logo. Also we’ve had a few topics that we’ve put together to make themes for episodes. I think we have somewhere over 10 episode topics planned already, but again time is a factor.

I’ve already liked the idea of doing a podcast, but as you can tell if you’ve followed this blog for a while I haven’t been back to do a second episode of the Oakcast. Perhaps having another person who wishes to work on that as well will motivate me to keep at it, if not we’ll likely do at least one episode, which I hope you’ll enjoy.

For now it’s time I leave you for another week. I hope you all have a good one, and I hope to report back again next time with news of these projects, or at least discuss some things I’ve been watching in the days until then.

Be well.

 

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 115% of first draft complete.

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Bright and Lilyhammer

Hello all, I have returned.

So it’s been awhile since I’ve last posted, and an equal amount of time since I set myself to work on my latest book. Why might you ask did I take leave of such efforts? Well, the winter holiday’s do take a toll, and my sleep schedule had been of course disrupted leaving me in no state to compose appropriate words to tell a tale. Though in that time I was able to passively to consume the visual media.

First I want to talk about a little show called Lilyhammer. With a mixture of Fargo and many a mafia based movie, this series has a charm that is lacking in many a show. Set in Norway, a mob informant is sent to hide from would-be revenge seeking mafia members. There he returns to his criminal ways, though mostly with good intentions of improving the life of those he meets, his most of all of course. His views are challenged, even as he challenges those he meets. I’m currently in the second season, and it still holds its appeal. While “Johnny” is an obvious stereotype, going so far as to quote lines from famous mob movies in most episodes, he has his own charm. If you liked Fargo, and don’t mind subtitles every now and again, I’d say give this a watch. At times it comes off as a parody, but it has its heart in the right place.

I also just watched the Netflix original movie called Bright. I found it to be entertaining, and interesting. Not the most wonderful movie ever, but I don’t think it deserves the hate it seems to be getting from critics. A second movie is in the works, and I will gladly watch it if it is anywhere near as good as this one was. Fantasy meets gritty cop drama in this film, and it does a great job of mixing the genre’s. Give it a watch.

With that I’ll leave you until next time, and hopefully it won’t be weeks from now.

 

 

What I’ve published

Walk On

Walk On Cover

click here for a link to the book

Outsider Trilogy

Outsiders-Book-Cover-RGB-web-safeClick here for a link to the book

Poetry

poems_front2

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 113.9% of first draft complete.

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