Life is tough. There are bills, work, cooking, cleaning, working out, and many, many, more things that just make it seem like its too much. Sometimes you just have to take time for a few things that bring you joy. These are the top 6 things I’m looking forward to right now:
1. Captain America: Civil War
Forget Batman vs Superman, the battle I’m waiting for is Captain America vs Iron Man. There have been a plethora of memes that joke about the cause of their rivalry and Iron Man not being in the movie. Those are funny and hyping up my excitement for the movie. Let’s not even mention the fact that Black Panther makes his first appearance in this movie. I don’t even know which “team” I’m on. I’m just ready to see this thing. It almost looks like an Avengers movie in itself with all the characters that will be involved. A movie review post will be forth coming.
2. X-men: Apocalypse
The X-men is probably my favorite of all super hero groups. My son is named after Charles Xavier and we plan to name our future kids (if any) after X-men characters. I especially like the “reboot” that the series has somewhat morphed into. I always wonder how they pull off a victory against these seemingly all powerful adversaries. How does anybody “defeat” Apocalypse? I know the writers always create a “way”, which is somehow undone in the future or some alternate universe. I’ve seen previews that show wolverine in the movie. Is it Hugh Jackman? Or has Wolverine been recast with a younger actor? If so, hopefully this actor can still have Hugh Jackman’s skill but with a closer physical resemblance to Wolverine. My favorite character of all time is Storm. I really appreciate them going to the mo’hawk punk storm, although it pains me to see her under the villains control. We shall see how it all unfolds, which I’ll definitely be highlighting in a post of its own.
3. Otakon 2016
Otakon is an Anime convention in Baltimore, MD. This year it will be August 12-14th. Unfortunately, after this year, it will be moving from Baltimore to DC. Our brother lives in Baltimore so if we couldn’t get a hotel we could always bunk at his place. In DC this won’t be an option, but we will find a way. Its like Christmas for my husband and I. We skipped a year the summer after we had our son, but vowed NEVER AGAIN. Each year I attend I am motivated to learn more about anime so I can be well rounded and prepared to participate in panels and sessions. I may even dabble in some cosplay, although some of our cohort has threatened to leave me if I get caught up taking pictures. I doubt that I’ll attract that many photo ops since I don’t have the funding or skill to create anything amazing. I’ll just be doing it for my own fun. Last year I went to a panel about the African American influence in Anime and it blew my mind. They say they are going to be continuing and expanding it so it one of the first things I’ll be looking for this year. The other big things I enjoy about Otakon are the AMV awards, the raves, and of course walking and experiencing the Baltimore Harbor. Keep your eyes open for pictures and constant updates regarding this trip.
4. Bahamas Cruise
As I said earlier, I don’t get to look forward to many things. I don’t travel out of the state, non the less the country often. So when my best friend was getting a group together to go on a cruise I jumped on board. I’ll be taking some time off work and having a real vacation. We’ve had some financial changes with my son being in daycare and I almost said forget it, we can’t afford it. But I changed my mind, we have several months to save so we can make this happen. They have different types of theme cruises like Nickelodeon, Disney, and even Zumba Fitness have their own cruises. I would love to see a Marvel, DC, Star Wars, LOTR, or Harry Potter themed cruise. I’d pay for that in a heart beat.
5. The return of “One Punch Man”
This is a great Anime. It seems like of spoof of all other Anime. In a lot of action anime it starts off slow. The main character is learning the art of combat and things seem pretty normal. They have sometime of inner drive and a deep story. Then slowly but surely things get bigger. Regular combat is always joined with supernatural power that gives the characters special abilities. One Punch Man is exactly the opposite. The story starts with a “crab monster” attacking a young boy, so you already know some supernatural things are going on. Then he undergoes the “extensive” training of running a 5k, 100 push up, 100 sit ups, and 100 squats with no AC everyday. And after this you have the invincible “One Punch Man”. In each episode you see him defeat his opponents in literally one punch. There have been rumors of the writer not doing a 2nd season, I hope this isn’t true. My husband and I spammed episodes and finished the first season quickly, so I can wait to see the next.
6. Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan was supposed to pick back up in April, but they pushed the new season back. They postponed the next season because they have to wait for the manga to get further away from the anime. Attack on Titan does not do fillers, which I LOVE. Every episode is action packed. There was no slow getting to know the characters. In the very first episode you witness the titans barge into the wall, bite the head off, and eat the main character’s mother. I hope they continue this style of writing keep the action coming. I will be waiting patiently for the return.
One day I hope to be in a place where my husband and I can travel the world, have romantic getaways, and expose my son and any future children to experiences I never had. Until then I will find joy in the simple things; a new anime, superhero movie date, and small trip here or there. Whenever life gets me down I think about the fun times I’ve had with family and friends during these experiences.