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Justin Elleman

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Who Watches Anime?

Anime, one of the most peculiar and bizarre mediums of storytelling. With characters’ exaggerated features, and the improbable scenarios created within each individual series, it seems quite odd for something such as anime would become so popular amongst so many different people. With anime quickly growing in popularity it’s safe to ask who are these people who have become so invested in anime. But before any of that, we need to first learn what defines an anime.

What is anime? A question constantly brought up and fought over in the anime community. At first they thought it was solely Japanese cartoons, but this definition was soon changed after the recognition of anime such as Nuwa Chengchang Riji (Chinese) or My Beautiful Girl, Mari (Korean). With that said you can’t just call any cartoon an anime, there is a distinct difference between The Simpsons and Cowboy Bebop. Some in the anime community brought up the idea of how anime is written, because the majority of anime is written quite differently from the majority of mainstream cartoons. I would go into how anime is written differently but that’s a whole other Titan in and of itself. If that were the case though, series such as Avatar the Last Airbender or Teen Titans would be considered anime, and most of the anime community have agreed that this is not the case, and this leads to my personal definition of anime. Anime is a medium of which is derived from the original japanese animation and writing styles, but ultimately a work is not an anime until the majority of the anime community decides it is. read more

Editorials Entertainment Reviews

Review: Person of Interest

Are you tired of TV? Are you wanting to feel engaged in a story again? If so, I have the show for you. Person of Interest is a Sci-Fi crime fighting action TV series. It first aired in 2011, and ended in 2016 with 5 seasons and 103 episodes. It has 19 nominations, 8 awards, and scored an overall score of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. The plot follows John Reese and Harold Finch in their endeavor to prevent deaths before they happen, and with the help of Finch’s Machine. The Machine is an AI(Artificial Intelligence) that is able to predict the future with insane accuracy. The series also follows Joss Charter and Lionel Fusco, who work in the police department and both hurt and help Finch and Reese along the way. read more

Editorials Entertainment

The Review Series: Skyrim

The Review Series: Produced by Elleman and Joseph
“A new series produced by the UCAS Journalism team, producers Elleman and Joseph will be posting reviews on both concepts of media and art, whether they be new or old.”

Review- Elder Scrolls : Skyrim

Imagine you could travel to distant lands, or create weapons of mass destruction. Imagine fighting against Dragons with just your voice, or brewing the most powerful potions of all time. Well, you don’t need to, this is Skyrim. Released and developed by Bethesda Game Studios in 2011, Skyrim has won 13 awards and has been nominated for 16 others. The game has not only changed the RPG landscape for good, it’s redefined it. Without Skyrim, games like Dragon Age: Inquisition or Witcher III would be very different when it comes to gameplay.
With that said, it also revolutionized open world gaming engines and created a standard that other RPGs have attempted to recreate. Skyrim added a crazy amount of detail into the lore and interactivity of the game that created this expectation that has changed RPGs forever. Some of my favorites are: if you use a fire spell on water it boils; tamed mammoths have markings on their tusks; and if you know where to look you can find ants crawling on the ground; but nothing comes close to the entire language Bethesda created for their dragons. This is one of many reasons people love Skyrim, but why do people not like Skyrim?
Before Skyrim, RPG’s were similar to The Legend of Zelda in a way, with their story driven narrative, quests that ultimately helped develop the narrative, and simple but sometimes difficult puzzles. Skyrim changed all that. Though there was a main storyline, there were also 1000 other storylines. They also added side quests that didn’t add much to the story, such as “Help 3 citizens to become Thain” or “Kill 7 rabbits to get 70 gold”. One other thing is that the puzzles in Skyrim were either too easy or so hard you’d have to google the answer.
Though Skyrim is a brilliant game, the 70 voice actors, multiple glitches, and overused Architecture causes Skyrim to loss it’s God like stance. Don’t get me wrong Skyrim has brought me many hours of joy and tears from dying without saving on Legendary. Without Skyrim RPG’s today would be quite different and pushed open world engines to it’s max, but I’m tired of everyone praising Skyrim as if it’s the all knowing God of RPGs. Skyrim isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty darn close. read more

Technology

Invisibility: The Unseen Fashion

From Fantasy to Sci-Fi, invisibility has been one of the most fascinating ideas. It grabs the minds of humanity like Immortality, or Time Travel. Invisibility has inspired many who have explored the concept, and pretty much every fantasy story has invisibility. But is invisibility a reality? I mean, with all the advances in science and technology, wouldn’t we have found out how to effectively become invisible? Let’s find out…

The type of invisibility we typically think of is the ability to vanishing from sight, but could it be possible? Well yes, but not really. We haven’t achieved anything like the invisibility cloak in Harry Potter, but we have something similar. In 2013, the University of Texas at Austin developed an ultrathin cloak that made objects appear invisible in a given light range. Unlike other studies that have tried to divert, or bend, the waves around an object, this new method, dubbed “mantle cloaking”, cancels out the waves as they are scattered off the cloaked object. This is ground breaking, but it’s still nothing like Harry Potter’s cloak. read more

History Politics and Polls World News

How did North Korea Come into Existence?

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or North Korea, was created in 1948 after the end of World War II in 1945. Just as Japanese occupation ended, Soviet forces rushed into the northern region of Korea and installed Kim Il-sung as the North’s leader. In 1950, the Korean War broke out, it lasted 3 years and caused over 1.2 million deaths. North Korea was allied with China and the Soviet Union, but after the 1980’s, when the Soviet Union collapsed, and China changed their policies, North Korea was left all alone. In 1994, Kim Il-sung died and left North Korea in the hands of his son, Kim Jong-il. Kim Jong-il is known as the most secretive of the Kim family, and to this day not much is known about him. Even so, historians/political leaders do have a knowledge of his death in December of 2011, and passed on North Korea to his third oldest son, Kim Jong-un, who rules the North to this very day. read more