It’s a Dangerous Business, Going Out Your Door. So You’re Better Off Just Staying Home.

Some of life’s greatest lessons are learned from our children. My daughter is more intelligent than I could ever dream of being. Her mind is so freaking active with all the possibilities of the world. It really is amazing to witness. And she’s just so stinkin’ fearless it’s unbelievable! However, there are times I’m reminded that she is still very much a child, who is afraid of the unknown.

So, this weekend Audrey has an overnight birthday party. She’s never been any place overnight except for with Grandma. This will be a totally new experience for her (and let’s face it, me as well. C’mon now! *sniff* … I’m not crying. You’re crying!) She came up to Melissa and me with a dream she had been having. The dream was basically something bad had happened at the sleepover and it was making her scared. Overactive kid imagination stuff. So she asked us “Do you think it means anything?!” Of course, we let her know that it was probably because she was nervous about the sleepover – which she denied profusely, mind you! Can’t seem scared. She’s the big sister, after all!


It wasn’t until after we got her to bed that I started-a-thunking. How often are we, as adults, scared of the unknown? Seriously! How often do we have our stomachs turned in 27 knots because we are being stretched beyond our comfort zone at work, or perhaps moving to a new place? Maybe something more drastic like talking to a new person at an event we are attending *gasps*!


Now, just like this sleepover, how often have we pushed through that discomfort to find that the thing we were afraid of, wasn’t so bad after all? It’s funny because, if we are truly being honest, the answer is “never”. It’s N E V E R as bad as we make it out in our minds. That shiny new project is well within our capabilities (albeit maybe with a little self-teaching). The new apartment is actually quite nice and the neighborhood is pretty quiet. The new guy at Friday Night Magic is actually pretty chill, even if he’s a jerk who plays modern Tron. (You know who you are…)

We all have this happen to us to some varying degree. It’s unavoidable. So how do we realize it’s happening and avoid it?

Oh, if you were expecting me to answer? I’m afraid you are going to be disappointed. I literally have no clue. I was asking you. How do you overcome the unknown? Does that little twinge of fear excite you? Do you revel in the mystery? Perhaps you are like my daughter and have an overactive imagination and dream up the craziest of possibilities. Let me know in them comments, homies!


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Don’t Watch Tokyo Ghoul!

One thing I’ve struggled with my entire life is feeling accepted. I don’t know what it is, but I just feel like the world keeps me at arm’s length sometimes. There isn’t a good reason for why I feel this way, I just do. So I’m drawn to stories with characters that also suffer from this.

Tokyo Ghoul follows Ken Kaneki as he deals with an unfortunate turn of events that turns his life upside down. You see, in this world, there are creatures known as Ghouls whom must devour human flesh in order to survive; And our protagonist has been transformed into a half-ghoul, half-human hybrid after a date gone horribly wrong!


The first arc of this story follows Kaneki as he struggles to maintain his humanity while trying to reconcile his new ghoulish nature. Because he is now half-ghoul he must eat the meat of humans to survive. Because he was born a human he has some justifiable problems with hunting down and killing people.

Through the course of this reconciliation, we end up uncovering a theme of racism that isn’t too dissimilar to what we see today. Ghouls are treated as monsters by the CCG (Commission of Counter Ghoul) and as such are feared by the average person. Although most people in this world seem to think Ghouls are more of a boogeyman rather than a real thing living among them. Humans are treated as inferior by Ghouls as they are a source of food for them. (Episode 8 is probably my favorite episode of the first arc because of how well it highlights this duality.)


Another core to the tragic story of Kaneki is the idea of “Gray Morality”. Would you hurt someone to protect the people you love? What about killing to protect them? How far is too far? Without divulging too much, this theme comes up over and over again. It’s an interesting question, really. What price is too much to pay for the safety and well being of your loved ones?

I loved the character development most of all. All of the characters go through some major transformations from start to finish. The events that unfold around Kaneki seem to prove as a catalyst that ripples through everyone he encounters, both ghoul and human. Everyone is deeply flawed, just like the real world. Whether or not these changes are good or bad is left entirely up to the audience to decide. The only exception here is a certain psychopathic “gourmet”. He’s pretty worthless almost every time he’s on screen.

“Life is a struggle, and I’m well aware that I haven’t always made the best decision. But in the end, whether the choices I made were right or wrong doesn’t matter. What’s most important is what I’ve learned along the way. I can’t change the past, but I’ve been given the chance to make up for what I’ve done. I’m no longer running from my sins. I’m facing them head-on. I’m liberated. Today I will lay down my life for those I care about. And for that, I am eternally grateful!”


Blood and gore seem to be part and parcel of this anime. Immediately we are greeted with the horrific nature of being a ghoul. The show doesn’t let up. From showers of blood to severed limbs. Tokyo Ghoul is not for those who can’t stomach violence and death.

Overall rating: 4.5/5 – Tokyo Ghoul is a fantastic anime and well worth your time to watch.

Content Warning: Code Red – Tokyo Ghoul is an extremely violent, frightening and emotionally heavy anime and I can only recommend it to the most mature of audiences. Don’t let your kids watch this!

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Also, no – I have not read nor will I read the manga. I enjoyed Tokyo Ghoul as a stand-alone anime and feel as if it stands on its own feet well enough.