Let’s Play Persona 4 Golden (Part 17)


Chris tries to become the biggest baller in Yasogami High School as he finally gets the chance to play Persona 4 Golden! We’re going to be tackling the important social links and crushing every boss we find as we try to save people from the horrors of the TV world.

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Best Anime Openings/Endings – “Sorairo Days”, Shoko Nakagawa


For my last summer post describing much enjoyed openings and endings, my final song is “Sorairo Days”, the opening theme from Gurren Lagann. What I especially enjoy about this song, outside of the awesome chorus, is that both the opening sequence and lyrics change just as the show does. Whenever the story evolves or moves in a big way, so does the opening. I appreciate the fact that the opening acknowledges the events of the show, and the fact that the lyrics also change to accommodate it makes it all the more great. I’m posting the first version so as to avoid the major spoilers of Gurren Lagann, but this is definitely a show where it’s worth watching the opening throughout the whole thing to see how it changes alongside the anime. I hope you all enjoyed reading this series of posts – they were fun to write as well! From here on out I’ll be back to my usual biweekly posts about all the nerdy things I love.

Let’s Play Majora’s Mask (Part 50)


Chris does his best Bill Murray impression by taking on the same three days over and over in The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask! Our goal is to collect a whole bunch of masks and then slap the hell out of the Skull Kid for his impudence.

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Let’s Play Majora’s Mask (Part 49)


Chris does his best Bill Murray impression by taking on the same three days over and over in The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask! Our goal is to collect a whole bunch of masks and then slap the hell out of the Skull Kid for his impudence.

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Let’s Play Majora’s Mask (Part 48)


Chris does his best Bill Murray impression by taking on the same three days over and over in The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask! Our goal is to collect a whole bunch of masks and then slap the hell out of the Skull Kid for his impudence.

We take requests! If there’s a game you’d like to see us play next, let us know in the comments or in an email!

Let’s Play Majora’s Mask (Part 47)


Chris does his best Bill Murray impression by taking on the same three days over and over in The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask! Our goal is to collect a whole bunch of masks and then slap the hell out of the Skull Kid for his impudence.

We take requests! If there’s a game you’d like to see us play next, let us know in the comments or in an email!

ATB’s Top 25 Animated Movies: (8) Toy Story


Our list moves into the top 10, where there are no cheapies — everything here got a whole bunch of support from the panel. Tomorrow: #7.

8) Toy Story (4 votes, 239 points)

Shaun: I don’t know if I’ve seen a movie that I’ve only mostly enjoyed more than the original Toy Story. At my house it was on at least once a day for probably 3 months. That’s a lot of Toy Adventures and Sid and “To Infinity and Beyond.” To me, this movie is highly mediocre for the first half – Woody’s jealousy of the new toy is frustrating, Buzz’s lack of self-awareness is annoying, and the entire gang’s willingness to turn against their cowboy leader is disheartening.

But then, Woody and Buzz go off on their lone adventure, and things start to get interesting. The characters experience pain and loss, and they begin to transform. This all paves the way to one of the better, more satisfying finales in animated movie history — quite a feat considering what a pioneer Toy Story was in this 3-D animation realm to begin with.

Chris: Man, Toy Story was great. It’s one of the first movies I ever got to see in theaters. It set off a revolution in the perception of what animated films could look like. It was a merchandising behemoth. It even made me care about Randy Newman for a couple seconds, which were two more seconds than I’ve cared about Randy Newman in any other part of my life.

Toy Story’s success (and subsequent trilogy) is even more remarkable when you consider the excruciating process that it took to make it to the big screen. Some huge names helped along the way, like John Lasseter (now a Pixar institution), Steve Jobs and Joss Whedon. But there were multiple times when huge creative differences threatened to shut down the entire project — and multiple versions of the cast and script, with Woody in particular being despised and unsympathetic in one of his incarnations.

(By the way, it’s striking to look back at the years and dozens of rewrites the first movie needed to be successful, and then consider the rushed process that almost sabotaged the sequel.)

Despite that struggle, you wouldn’t know it from the end result. The movie is beautiful, especially when you consider it came out 20 years ago. I was running a computer with 256 MB of hard drive space (not a typo) — the thought of using a computer to intricately animate an entire film would have been beyond my comprehension. Combine that with two huge performances out of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen in the lead roles, some great references to toys both old and new, and a surprisingly sympathetic antagonist, and Toy Story has the whole package.

Cary: Toy Story was the first fully computer animated movie I ever saw. It also made me a Pixar convert, and for many years I completely ignored any animated films put out by Disney (which I still kind of do today. Though ever since Cars 2, I’ve been ignoring Pixar more and more). I loved everything about this movie, especially its humor. I still completely crack up at the scene where the toy shark steals Woody’s hat. There’s just something utterly hilarious about a shark wearing a cowboy hat. And also, Woody’s reaction is about as “Tom Hanks” as it gets.

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(9) Spirited Away

(10) Up

(11) The Nightmare Before Christmas

(12) Toy Story 3

(13) The Hunchback of Notre Dame

(14) Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

(15) The Iron Giant

(16) Sleeping Beauty

(17) How to Train Your Dragon

(18) Who Framed Roger Rabbit

(19) Princess Mononoke

(20) Wall-E

(21) Anastasia

(22) Fantasia

(23) Inside Out

(24) The Lego Movie

(25) Kung Fu Panda

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