4 Animes You Should Definitely Check Out

4 Animes You Should Definitely Check Out

You've probably heard of them, or you probably haven't.

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I don't really consider myself an otaku or weaboo, but I do enjoy binge-watching anime now and then. I've started so many in my life that I can't remember in which episode I stopped. There's only a few that I have actually been committed to and finished.

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However, if I am committed to an anime, I watch it once completely—and I watch it a couple more times. I'm not anime savvy, but I am certain-animes savvy. You get me?

However, here are some of the animes that I am currently watching or are my favorites.

1. Inuyasha

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Inuyasha has been a go-to since I was a child. I remember turning on the TV and watching the formidable adventures of Kagome, Inuyasha, and their friends.

This anime follows the story of Kagome, a regular fifteen-year-old, that is somehow taken back to the Feudal Era in Japan only to find herself to be the reincarnation of a dead priestess who had sworn to protect a sacred jewel wanted by demons. After an incident, she breaks the sacred jewel into many fragments and now she needs to collect them so they don't fall into the wrong hands.

Along the way, they encounter a small, fox demon named Shippo; a perverted monk who likes to ask every woman if they would bear his child, Miroku; and a demon-slayer, Sango. Together, they join forces to collect the shards of the sacred jewel—and Naraku, a demon that has messed with all of their lives.

2. Cardcaptor Sakura

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This has been another anime that I've loved since I was a small shit. I've seen it both in Spanish and Japanese, and I also know the first opening in both languages. Yes, I'm that loser that bops their ass to an anime opening.

Cardcaptor Sakura follows the heroic adventures of Sakura Kinomoto as a cardcaptor, a person pointed to collect all the Clow Cards after she accidentally woke them up. If she were to fail, an awful catastrophe would fall on the entire world. However, this is also the moment where Sakura realizes that she possesses magic.

And after twenty years since this anime finished, we were given the chance of a sequel called Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, which is even more badass than the original one, but I still love both.

3. Blood+

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I remember waiting every day for 6 pm to come just to watch Blood+.

This anime follows the story of Saya, who doesn't know anything about herself except for the two years she's been "awake." She wonders why she has to get blood transfusions every now and then, why some of her senses are so sharp, and why she starts seeing memories whenever she hears this cello playing.

All of her answers are provided once she meets Hadgi, a vampire chevalier who had sworn to protect her almost two hundred years ago. Here is when she learns that she, also, is a vampire, born from a creature called chiropteran who used to be a queen.

4. Akame ga Kill

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I remember when I first watched this. Back to summer school in high school, this would be what I would watch when I was in class. Don't worry, I passed with an A.

Akame ga Kill follows the story of a regular villager named Tatsumi with a hunger for justice. He wishes to work on the capital, and be part of their army. That's until he encounters Night Raid, a band of assassins devoted to bring down the corrupted government they live in. Upon meeting, Tatsumi realizes that only by joining them he could achieve justice for all.

On a side note, as badass and bloody Akame ga Kill is, it is one of the most tragic animes I've ever seen, so be ready to shed an ocean of tears.

I've totally seen more than just these, but when it comes to ranking, they are all on the top of the list.

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

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Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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My AP Environmental Science Class' Cookie Mining Experiment Shows Why Capitalism Is Destroying The Planet

Who cares about the environment with profits this high?

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With the AP exams in May approaching quickly, my AP Environmental Science class has wasted no time in jumping right into labs. To demonstrate the damage to the environment done by strip mining, we were instructed to remove the chocolate chips from cookies.

The experiment in itself was rather simple. We profited from fully or partially extracted chips ($8 for a full piece and $4 for a partial) and lost from buying tools, using time and area and incurring fines.

This might seem simplistic, but it showcased the nature of disastrous fossil fuel companies.

We were fined a $1 per minute we spent mining. It cost $4 per tool we bought (either tweezers or paper clips) and 50 cents for every square centimeter of cookie we mined.

Despite the seemingly overbearing charges compared to the sole way to profit, it was actually really easy to profit.

If we found even a partial chocolate chip per minute, that's $3 profit or utilization elsewhere. Tools were an investment that could be made up each with a partial chip, and clearly we were able to find much, much more than just one partial chip per tool.

Perhaps the most disproportionally easiest thing to get around were the fines. We were liable to be fined for habitat destruction, dangerous mining conditions with faulty tools, clutter, mess and noise level. No one in the class got fined for noise level nor faulty tools, but we got hit with habitat destruction and clutter, both of which added up to a mere $6.

We managed to avoid higher fines by deceiving our teacher by pushing together the broken cookie landscapes and swiping away the majority of our mess before being examined for fining purposes. This was amidst all of our cookies being broken into at least three portions.

After finding many, many chips, despite the costs of mining, we profited over $100. We earned a Franklin for destroying our sugary environment.

We weren't even the worst group.

It was kind of funny the situations other groups simulated to their cookies. We were meant to represent strip mining, but one group decided to represent mountaintop removal. Mountaintop removal is where companies go to extract resources from the tops of mountains via explosions to literally blow the tops off. This group did this by literally pulverizing their cookies to bits and pieces with their fists.

They incurred the maximum fine of $45. They didn't profit $100, however.

They profited over $500 dollars.

In the context of our environmental science class, these situations were anywhere from funny to satisfying. In the context of the real world, however, the consequences are devastating our environment.

Without even mentioning the current trajectory we're on approaching a near irreversible global temperature increase even if we took drastic measures this moment, mining and fracking is literally destroying ecosystems.



We think of earthquakes as creating mass amounts of sudden movement and unholy deep trenches as they fracture our crust. With dangerous mining habits, we do this ourselves.

Bigger companies not even related to mining end up destroying the planet and even hundreds of thousands of lives. ExxonMobil, BP? Still thriving in business after serial oil spills over the course of their operation. Purdue Pharma, the company who has misled the medical community for decades about the effects of OxyContin and its potential for abuse, is still running and ruining multitudes more lives every single day.

Did these companies receive fines? Yes.

But their business model is too profitable to make the fines have just about any effect upon their operation.

In our cookie mining simulation, we found that completely obliterating the landscape was much more profitable than being careful and walking on eggshells around the laws. Large, too-big-to-fail companies have held the future of our planet in their greedy paws and have likewise pulverized our environment, soon enough to be unable to return from.

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