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Most of the boys I grew up with were obsessed with Dragon Ball Z and WWE. As for me, I was happy to dedicate a large part of my childhood to the one named Sailor Moon. I must have been about four or five when I first started watching the magical girl anime classic. I was ecstatic to know, as a little boy who sought role models in fictional female characters—and wasn’t allowed to watch Dragon Ball Z for some time—that there was an entire team of them. To this day, my favorite Sailor Guardians are the intelligent and collected Sailor Mercury and  the tough and confident Sailor Jupiter. As an aside, their feline companions Luna and Artemis were and still are adorable. My penchant for pretty transformation sequences and anime soundtracks first emerged through the Sailor Soldiers. My first Japanese song was “Ai no Senshi” (Soldier of Love), which was…

Everyone around me has stepped through the sleek Start Menu into heaven: Windows 10. My girlfriend has it, my best friend has it, my best friend’s girlfriend has it, even my work computer has it. I’m not nostalgic. My computer still thinks it’s a tablet. It still has to be shut down from float right-screen corner->settings->fuck yourself. Looking back (as in, right now) I find the quaint, though tilted and slightly abrasive and not-so-little, Windows 8 icon resting at the bottom corner left of my screen, a once-sacred place where a vertical stack of all the important things on your computer were neatly accessible. But no. I land in a space of oblivion. This dank-ass spot (and not the good dank) where I find the ilk of the “Games” or “Music” buttons. These “features” bring you to big bright screens that do nothing. Nothing. How arrogant are you, Microsoft? Must…

With the recent 12-year anniversary of the hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer having come to an end following its seven-season run, I thought it would be fun to take a look back to what made this show so great. Disclaimer: I didn’t actually watch the show until 2013, but it’s since become my favorite show of all time and I did a rewatch of the whole series a year later. It’s hard to choose where to start with this show and all the great things it’s accomplished. I highly recommend the show to anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, so I’ve kept this piece largely void of spoilers. For those who have seen it before, enjoy this nostalgia trip. The show follows teenager Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), who discovers that she is the Slayer according to a prophecy, which entails her having to slay vampires, demons and the…