Madoka Magica, Bravely Default, and the Relationship Between the Two.

Puella Magi: Madoka Magica is an anime, written by Gen Urobuchi, which was developed by studio Shaft in 2011. This dark, enchanting tale told of teenage girls who were lured into becoming magical girls once tempted by fate. Their dark struggles became gruesome as they realized that they were being used.

Meanwhile, when Square-Enix and Silicon Studio developed the Japanese RPG, Bravely Default, in 2014, I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between the two. While I beat Bravely Default before I watched Madoka, the similarities became more noticeable the further I watched the latter. For fans of either, check out what makes these two similar below.

Be wary of spoilers for both series.

Airy and Kyubey

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In Madoka, Kyubey, the small, cat-like mascot talks to the girls. He entices them to become magical girls in order to grant their wishes. Later, his purpose is revealed as a soul-harvester. Revealing Kyubey as the antagonist was a shocking turn for many as few would expect the cute mascot to be capable of evil.

Similarly, in Bravely Default, Airy, the small cryst-fairy guides the party towards rejuvenating the crystals. However, I caught her one-track mindedness to be suspicious during the Fire Crystal arc. I noticed Airy became more obsessed with the crystals than rescuing a young child from a mine.

True to my suspicions, late in the game, she’s revealed to be the true antagonist. She’s the cause of mass genocide and serves the demon lord, Ouroboros, to break his seal and set him upon the world. Despite this, they wrote Airy cleverly in as a supporting character while subtly hinting she could be your enemy.

Both of these characters are revealed as traitors despite their unsuspecting appearances. Few people expected either of them to be powerful, malevolent forces. Only when you learn the truth does it become too late to turn back the clock.

Witches and Ba’als

The witches in Bravely were oddly-shapen monsters trapped in labyrinths. These were later revealed to be the corrupted souls of former magical girls. Their labyrinths spawned from a twisted cognition of reality.

Similarly, the Ba’als (known as Nemesis in Bravely Default) were corrupted, twisted memories. These were later identified as Ba’als which came from the moon in the sequel, Bravely Second. Unlike the witches, these came from the corrupted dreams spawned by a major character.

In both cases, these powerful creatures are fought within a twisted dimension from reality. You can see a semblance of real life within the scenery. But the colorful, blotter-art dimensions and macabre enemies bring together similarities.

Time-Traveling Savior

Both Madoka and Bravely feature a time-traveler, clad in black, to prevent the worst from happening. In Madoka, Homura Akemi was Kyubey’s victim. Her time ability allowed her to go back to try and save Madoka, time and time again, while failing with each attempt. Despite originally being depicted as the antagonist, the story later showcased Homura as Madoka’s friend.

Likewise, Alternis Dim, the Dark Knight, battles the party to stop them from achieving from their goal. The party member, Ringabel, is later revealed to have been Alternis Dim from another universe. Much like Homura, he is also a victim of the aforementioned antagonist. As Alternis, his personality was changed and he lost his memory.

Interestingly enough, both focal characters of the stories are fated to die. Madoka becomes a Magical Girl while Agnes becomes the Vestal of Wind. Both would fall victim to their respective antagonists.

Notable Points

While the first two and a half episodes felt pretty droning and typical moe cuteness, the end of Episode 3 caught me completely off guard. It was dark, gruesome, and changed the tone of the entire series.

Likewise, Bravely Default did this several times. Several of the Asterisk arcs, such as Summoner Mephilia’s, took an incredibly dark turn. Bravely Default starts off as a fairly typical JRPG but ends up shocking the player on multiple occasions.

One lovable thing about the Bravely series is its amount of references and homages to other series. The Enopu Mushroom, for instance, even features a lore description that references the Super Mario series. The crystals themselves also reference Square-Enix’s headline series, Final Fantasy.

It isn’t far-fetched to say that Bravely Default took notable cues out of anime. The game was even composed by REVO, who composed the openings for Attack on Titan and Sailor Moon Crystal. Moreover, Bravely Second also features an arc where a character saved his young son’s life by sealing his soul inside a suit of armor. This serves as a nod to the anime and manga Fullmetal Alchemist.

Final Thoughts

If you enjoyed Bravely Default, I strongly suggest playing Bravely Second and Octopath Traveler which were also made by the same developers. Furthermore, Bravely Default II comes out for Switch supposedly later this year. Keep an eye out on our site for the latest updates on Square-Enix’s and Team Asano‘s next JRPG.

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Momocon Officially Canceled.

Momocon 2020

Earlier today, Momocon’s officials have canceled this year’s event. The annual cosplay convention, which celebrates gaming, anime, and other nerd culture, will miss its first event since its conception in 2005. Held in Atlanta, GA, Momocon takes place every year at the Georgia World Congress Center and the Omni Hotel.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 crisis, the convention will be canceled until next year. While Momocon previously announced the event would be postponed, this update outlines the full cancellation. If you signed up for the event or registered for anything, please refer to it for any refunds.

Momocon has brought forth a wide-variety of events, including panels and gaming tournaments. The convention also hosts a massive game room. Among its tournaments include various competitive titles, like fighting games, but perhaps its most prominent claim to fame is its series of Super Smash Bros. tournaments. Beginning in 2015, the Super Smash Bros. Wii U tournament, won by Fatality, would eventually bring in more players. Each year, Momocon would pay out pot bonuses for the Top 8 players. From 2016 onward, Momocon would be attended regularly by top players, such as Nairo. This year, Momocon would have hosted a $10k pot bonus.

Smash Tournaments

In particular, Momocon has a history of hosting iconic moments in the Smash community. In 2017, Nairo faced Fatality in grand finals as both players won in 2016 and 2015, respectively. Nairo would win and become double-champion. Fatality, prior to the match, also defeated ranked #1 player ZeRo in bracket.

Nairo and Fatality would face each other once more at Momocon 2018.

Momocon 2019 also became the first S-Tier tournament in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. With over 1,000 entrants, Momocon would receive the largest turnout in their own Smash history as well. The tournament would be won by MKLeo, the currently ranked #1 player, showcasing his Joker and continuing his reign of dominance.

Known as a Smash major tournament and Georgia’s largest Smash tournament, Momocon adds to a growing list of canceled tournaments. Due to its handling of multiple events, Momocon’s cancellation deals a blow to competitive gamers as well as anime fans and cosplayers looking forward to panels. Its unique focus on esports, anime, and cosplay focus brought in a record attendance of nearly 40,000 people last year. Unfortunately, as with many others, Momocon followed suit and canceled this year’s event.

Please make sure you follow procedures, stay indoors, and stay safe from possible contagions. In the meantime, continue following our news for updates on upcoming Smash tournaments, southeast cons, and updates on the Coronavirus. We’ll update you once gaming events are up and running again. We look forward to returning to conventions as much as all of you.

We’d like to hear your thoughts. If you’ve attended Momocon in the past, when did you start going? What brings you to Momocon and did you have plans to attend this year?

What’s Cool Now: 2/3/20

Okay.  Way back in November of 2019, when I was revamping the site and didn’t know what direction I would be going in, I decided this new article series be bi-weekly, but I’m going to publish it somewhere between when I can and whenever I want.  ‘Don’t like it?  Tough.’  Anyway, enough of that.  Let’s get on with the goodies, shall we?

Rico Nasty

I came across Rico Nasty looking at Doja Cat videos.  She was featured in a song with her called “Tia Tamara.”  I didn’t really like the song, and video was just odd;not even cool odd.  I guess I didn’t think their styles mixed well.

Anyway, from what I gleaned about her, her mother is Puerto Rican and her father a Black rapper from the mainland USA.  Rico Nasty has been a maverick from an early age, getting kicked out of boarding school for possession of marijuana and developing her own style of rap based on listening to her father.

What I enjoy about Rico Nasty is that her songs are filled with energy, personality, and varying styles.  I don’t get bored with her songs, and there is no gimmick to them.  Where it is the rule of female MCs to use their sexuality in some way and in varying degrees, Rico Nasty could be a man and her flows, beats, and rhymes lose no cleverness.  They also lose none from her being a woman.  I think she might be one of the best MCs in the business.

Poppy

I’m sure that most of you have heard about Poppy, but I never really wrote anything about her, and I thought it would be a good time to.  For those of you that don’t know, Poppy (originally “That Poppy) is a living meme girl that originally spread on YouTube.  She is the joint project of Moriah Rose Pereira, the person who performs as Poppy, and Titanic Sinclair (Corey Michael Mixter), and YouTube personality.

Apparently Titanic Sinclair had some falling out with a past partner, Mars Argo (Brittany Alexandria Sheets), took her image, changed it a little, and used it for Poppy’s originally template.

Looking at what Poppy’s channel has been putting out, I think that Poppy has something planned.  Her videos have seemed a little “Illuminated” lately, and forbode almost planned cryptic symbols in them.  Yeah…don’t mind me.  Sometimes I just say weird shit, but this time it’s because I saw weird shit.

***When I originally wrote this article, it was in November 2019.  Don’t ask me why, but rather than rewriting something when I find out new information, I like showing the process of thought and production, and favour amendments to articles…

 

Anyway, it appears that Titanic Sinclair has repeated past behaviours and has fallen out with Poppy as well.  Poppy has stated that Titanic Sinclair used mind games and strange tactics to get what he wanted not only in the studio and project vision, but with Poppy’s heart as well.   ‘What kind of tricks?  How about threatening suicide when he couldn’t get his way and even physical, mental, and emotional abuse? (The physical abuse is supposedly public record as he was actually arrested for it with at least Mars Argo.) 

Dr. Diablo and the Rodent Show

At first I thought Dr. Diablo and the Rodent Show might have been something cool, but the more I look and listen, it seems like a case of a famous couple that built some sort of media empire, broke up, and one of them tried to keep it up with a new partner. 

I’m not sure who Dr. Diablo is.   He’s out there for looking up. (Who am I kidding.  I’m going to look him and provide a link somewhere in all of this.  It’s what I do.) The most important part of this duo is “the Rodent,” aka Ratfink of Alien Sex Fiend, whom’s last project was something called “Vince Ripper and the Rodent Show.” (‘Seem familiar?)

Dr. Diablo almost seems forced into his position of replacement.  In promo ads and pictures, it looks like his best attempt at looking fiendish and evil is looking constipated or being fucked by a gorilla with a giant corkscrew dick.

In the end I think the imagery is pretty cool, a throwback to the great rock shows of old.

***Yeah, I looked for info on Dr. Diablo, but I couldn’t find diddley.  Who knows.  Maybe he’s the money behind this act.

Duckie L’Orange

Duckie L’Orange is a fucking weirdo, but like most weirdos, she’s also a genius.  Duckie L’Orange is a performer that not only specialises in entertaining children, but adults in adult fashion.  Hailing from Germany, she is known for her strange and unorthodox style of comedy

Recently, she gained a little attention because of a television appearance on Germany’s equivalent to “America’s Got Talent,” and her “Bumhound” skit.  There was a time when comedic geniuses like Duckie L’Orange received their due.  Now they get cult status from the few that get their humour, like Tim and Eric.

I’m going to cross my fingers and hope she performs here in The States.

Bonsai Pop

Bonsai Pop is a group of guys (Grant, Mike, Tyler, and Ryan) that write retrospectives on anime and their influences on pop culture.  Their pieces are very insightful, and the a part of the reason that I watch YouTube more than actual television and cable.

Bonsai Pop does a great job at disassembling their subject matter not only by plot, language, or other aspects of literary storytelling, but by explaining other intangible feelings that most of us felt watching these anime, as well as what the creators might have been trying to express.

Another part of their appeal is that they do not just pander to new anime, but anime from the turn of the century and before. (I find many new anime lacking in many areas.)

Other than that, I wanted to also share some new media. (Well, it was a lot newer in November, but I’m sure some of this is new to some of you.)

Midnight Pulp

Midnight Pulp is a streaming service for “All Things Strange.” Right off the bat, I gotta tell you that this reminds me a lot of the vibe I used to get from watching Night Flight late at night and being introduced to Indie films as well as the strange in Hollywood.

Well, while I don’t think that Midnight Pulp is as big on the Indie tip as Night Flight was in the day, they showcase some great gems from all cult corners of cinema, including sci-fi and kung-fu. 

Their collections are even grouped by innovators in acting, writing, and directing.

Tubi

If you do not know what Tubi is, then you are missing out.  Tubi is a streaming service that shows great movies, television series, documentaries, and mockumentaries for free.

Their video selection reminds me a lot of when Netflix was new, not featuring new movies from the last couple of years, but they do have some great ones from 3 or more years.  Tubi has a lot of horror and great B movies from the 70’s-10’s.

Tubi features movies and television from Filmrise and Full Moon Features, as well as many other film and television groups.  

I cannot stress how great a service Tubi is.  It was a huge factor in my canceling of Netflix after so many years.

Genius

Genius is s site that explores the meaning behind the lyrics of popular songs.  Sometimes they even have the artists explain the meanings of songs.  

That’s it.  I dunno.  Sometimes the idea is pretty cool.  Check Genius out to see what I mean.