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New Find on YouTube: Death Battle!

This week we had a new (to us) YouTube channel recommended to us. The channel is ScrewAttack! and the show is Death Battle. In Death Battle, they pit two fictional characters who are fairly similar to each other against each other. It’s easy to imagine this being done poorly, but they take their time, do their research, and give the characters all their best chances to win.

I am impressed with how faithfully they represent the characters, and really consider them. The first one we watched was Toth, from Avatar: The Last Airbender, versus Gaara, the overpowered sand ninja from Naruto. Evenly matched and powered characters, and they really gave them each a lot of thought. Then, after exploring each character and their strengths and weaknesses, they animate a battle between them, with voice acting and all. Quality Internet video! Check out the battle:

One more video after the jump! We haven’t watched too many yet – they’re longer than we expected! We’re certainly not going to watch all of them, but for all the characters we know? Heck yeah.

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The Purpose of Education 2 – Education in Naruto

Lately we have been watching a lot of Naruto Shippuden. This is the anime series that starts three years after the events of Naruto. Quick plot: they’re ninjas, in a society of ninjas, and they go on ninja missions and do ninja training and you can never expect what they’re going to pull off because they’re NINJAS.

It’s great.

So a while back I wrote a post about the Purpose of Education, and about what it does for the student, what it means for their life. And about why we might teach. Which also tied in, for me, to a large set of posts I wrote about how Science Fiction is important which, if I may, I will sum up in this quote from Among Others, which I am reading right now:

“One of the things I’ve always liked about science fiction is the way it makes you think about things, and look at things from angles you’d never have thought about before.”

-Jo Walton, Among Others

Okay, back to Naruto. In watching the show – especially in season 3 – there’s a lot of talk about learning, about studying Ninjutsu (ninja arts) and studying with a master. A lot about knowledge as power, which, when you’re throwing around crazy ninja powers, is a literal sort of adaptation of that concept. So let me talk through what I observed in the show, and what it tells us about the Purpose of Education!

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N is for Naruto

NI feel like our character list needed an anime character, and I don’t think there is one that we have watched more of than Naruto. We have watched the whole run of Naruto, and into Naruto Shippuden, but not all of it. So many episodes! Hulu is a good place to watch, as they have the episodes subtitled.

So while the show is named after him, he isn’t the whole show – there’s a large ensemble cast of various ninjas, who are all awesome. They’re not all Rock Lee, but still, awesome. But amongst all of these characters, there’s something about Naruto himself, the mystery factor, and the focus that is brought upon him, and the steps he has to take as a character, that all add up to him being a strong choice for title and main character.

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10 Best Spells

Magic is a great part of fantasy. As much as I am a Science Fiction guy, and the definition I work off of does not allow for magic (check out the definition here), the escapism of Fantasy (check out the definition here) can be a lot of fun. Fantasy and that level of escapism better lend themselves to gaming, because in gaming you can work outside of the bounds of reality, outside of our normal physics.

A fun sort of thought experiment, here I have a list of the ten best spells – with the thought being that you’re coming up with a spellbook and using them all together. Many spells or spell effects are duplicated, in various ways and various manners, in all sorts of books, video games, and tabletop games. So many of these have a variety of analogs, and are a good bet in most of these circumstances.

There are some spells, of course, that are a bit much. Are almost too powerful for regular sorts of use. The king of these spells is the Wish spell, from D&D – basically, it does what all these spells do, and just about anything else. It’s a plot-changer, game-breaker, and is a bit too much. So maybe it’s better to say, these are the tops of spell types, the best for use, for your gaming wizard or fictional mage of choice! Continue reading