The Promised Neverland, Season 1 Review (No Spoilers)

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This anime caught me so completely off guard, and I mean that in the best way possible. You know how sometimes you go into a story blindly and it’s all the better for it? The Promised Neverland is absolutely one of these tales. That’s why this review will be fairly vague. Just to give you a taste of what this surprising anime is about, while leaving you to find your own way in the dark without any true warning of what’s to come. So, grab your lantern, tread carefully, and let’s begin…

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Our story unfolds in the isolated but happy and loving orphanage known as Grace Field House. There, 38 children all live joyful lives together, forming a tight family bond with one another, as well as with their caretaker Isabella who they affectionately call Mom. Though none of them are related by blood, they view each other as siblings and care deeply for one another, which makes it all the more puzzling why none of the children who are adopted ever bother to write letters to them or come back to visit once they’ve been placed with their new families. This is but one of the mysteries lurking just below the surface of the children’s idyllic lives.

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The three oldest and brightest of the children are Emma, Norman, and Ray. Having been best friends all their lives, they share delicious meals together, they get to play outside as much and as far as they want so long as they don’t venture beyond the wall or gate that surrounds the property, and they receive a good education to sharpen their minds.

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All seems too good to be true at Grace Field House, until the night Emma and Norman break one of Mom’s cardinal rules and pass the forbidden gate and witness something they shouldn’t have. Once they do, they know their is no turning back. I won’t get too into the details since it’s best to discover them on your own, but the twists and turns, battle of wits executed by the children as they struggle to unravel the truth about what’s really going on, along with their decision to take action, make this show very binge-worthy.

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Funnily enough, as much as I adore this first season for The Promised Neverland and highly recommend it, my initial snap judgement during the first 15 minutes or so was that this series was going to be too innocent and wholesome for my taste.
Boy, was I ever wrong.
I happened to walk out of the room for a quick moment to get something to drink and when I came back in it was like a record skipped, and I found myself saying, “Whaaaat?! What the hell did I just miss?”
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From that moment on, I was hooked. I eventually even came to love the wholesome aspects that initially put me off and nearly caused me to miss out on what quickly became one of my favorite anime. I’ve since watched all of season 2 and I’ll save my comments on that for another post, but I do plan to eventually read all of the manga too.

If I haven’t sold you on this series already, here’s the trailer below, but again, I emphasize that the less you know going into it, the better.

What are you currently watching? What are some of your own binge-worthy shows? 🙂

 

 

 

What Big Teeth – Book Review

Eleanor Zarrin has been estranged from her wild family for years. When she flees boarding school after a horrifying incident, she goes to the only place she thinks is safe: the home she left behind. But when she gets there, she struggles to fit in with her monstrous relatives, who prowl the woods around the family estate and read fortunes in the guts of birds.

Eleanor finds herself desperately trying to hold the family together — in order to save them all, Eleanor must learn to embrace her family of monsters and tame the darkness inside her.

1. Did you enjoy the MC Eleanor?

Sugar: Kind of? I didn’t technically dislike her, but I didn’t particularly like her either. Not in the way that makes characters special and memorable to me, anyway. She has admirable enough qualities I suppose, but nothing about her really had me rooting for her or invested in her at any point.

To me she sort of felt like a somewhat blank avatar for you to experience the story through.

Scream: Oh, you mean Mary Sue Wet Blanket? No. The way she just accepts that she is something different and really digs for zero answers except for when some minor hint is given by family, drove me insane. Even if I based my dislike on one reason it would be this; she is warned to not invite anyone into the family home and she immediately turns around and invites the whole damn town. Not the brightest crayon in the box.

2. How did you feel about her family?

Sugar: The family was interesting and frustrating all at once. They are such a bizarre mashup of a family, but there are moments peppered in throughout the book where they feel like a genuine family, flaws and all. I guess what frustrated me the most about them is that if they weren’t all so damn horrible at communicating with one another things could have been sooo much simpler. Then again, it does make sense to a family so isolated and consisting of outsiders to not be so great at communicating. *shrugs* They are wild at heart and it shows. The author mentions in their acknowledgements that The Addams family and the works of Edward Gorey served as influences and I can definitely see that. I just wish the characters had had more personality overall.

Scream: I have never contrived with the whole ‘family is blood’ notion. That you are required to love and deal with them because you are bound by genetics. If your family sucks, leave. Make your own family from people who love and appreciate you for who you are. I love werewolves and the only really fun werewolf here was Grandpa Miklos.

3. Would you enjoy being a werewolf or would you prefer another supernatural creature?

Sugar: Such a tricky question because I absolutely LOVE werewolves. Being one, though? I don’t think that’s the life for me. I like my werewolves uncontrollable and monstrous and I’d hate having to struggle with that type of instability in my life. I’d really prefer not having to worry about tearing apart and devouring my loved ones, thank you! 😉

That said, I think perhaps being some sort of witch or something would be useful. Having power but not having to eat people seems like a win-win in my book!

Scream: Well, it is a good thing you have decided to become a witch. Might I suggest that you learn how to harness the uncontrollable destruction of a werewolf so that you can control your BFF because she is going FULL BLOWN WEREWOLF DARLING! I will be your wolfy familiar. We’ll be unstoppable!

4. Did the big mystery pay off for you?

Sugar: I hate to say it, but not really? There were some interesting surprises, and I liked that what I generally assumed was going on usually turned out to be wrong, but everything felt so muddled to me. Even when you’d finally get some scrap of an answer, I feel like it just left you with even more questions. 

Scream: I’m with Sugar on this. The big reveal was an original creature however, there is zero explanation behind it. If you are going to give me a new supernatural creature, I want history behind it. Not just, ‘this is the thing I am,’ and that’s that.

5. What did you take away from this book? Good or bad.

Sugar: I’m so glad we read this book as a Buddy Read because there are so many things to discuss and pick someone else’s brain about when it comes to this story and its characters. We devoured this book and I’d honestly be kind of bummed if I didn’t have anyone to pick over the bones of it with me.

Even if this book wasn’t my favorite, I do think it would make for a good book club choice for people because it is just begging to be discussed after reading.

Scream: Take the time to flesh out your creatures more. You have been given the chance to share your creation with the world, put some history and description into it. This book could have benefited from a better editor I think. Sorry editor.

BY OUR POWERS COMBINED….WE RATE THIS….3 STARS!

NEXT BUDDY READ: PET SEMATARY BY STEPHEN KING (JUNE 2021)

May the 4th Be With You

Happy Star Wars Day! It’s May 4th, which means it’s time for the puntacular holiday where the fandom can happily say, “May the 4th be with you,” and indulge in all things Star Wars. We hope you’ll enjoy the facts and memes we’ve collected to share with you all on this most sacred of holidays. 😉

FACT 1: George Lucas had originally set out to make a Flash Gordon film, but couldn’t get the rights to do so. Rather than let that get him down, he went on to make his own space saga instead. Thus Star Wars was born! ❤

FACT 2: Various animal sounds were used and altered to achieve various sounds for the films. The call of an elephant combined with the sound of a car driving on wet cement was used for the TIE fighter sound effect. Chewbacca’s iconic growl was thanks to the collective noises of bears, walruses, lions, badgers and sick animals. The rumbling sound of a cat purring was digitally altered to specially create the unique sound made when Kylo Ren uses the force in The Force Awakens.

FACT 3: An avid-animal lover, Mark Hamill was disappointed to see that they had added in the bit where Luke slices off the arm of the wampa in The Empire Strikes Back, saying that Luke would have scared the wampa off with his lightsaber rather than hack its limb off because the wampa was not evil, and was only attacking his character due to hunger.

FACT 4: The Jawas actually are speaking in the African Zulu language, but it was electronically sped up in post-prodcution to achieve the sound you hear on film.

FACT 5: Yoda’s number of toes will be different depending on which film you’re watching. In Revenge of the Sith, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi you can see that Yoda has four toes, but in The Phantom Menace his feet only have three toes.

Once Upon a Midnight Dreary

Do you like horror? Do you like Fantasy and Science Fiction? Do you have a sweet tooth just begging for new recipes to try? Well, my friend, if your answer was a resounding yes, you clearly have excellent taste, AND you’ve come to just the right place! If not, stick around for more posts, and maybe, just maybe, we can change your mind. 😉

You may know the two of us from our own respective blogs Cupcakes & Machetes and IgnitedMoth, but we’ve decided to join forces on this new blogging adventure we’ve affectionately dubbed Sugar & Scream. Our own individual blogs will keep shambling along as well, so think of this new blog as simply joining our slowly growing undead army.

If you aren’t already familiar with our individual blogs, here’s a taste of some of the things we love to ramble and rant about that you can expect to bubble over into this blog too:

  • Books
  • TV & Film
  • Baking
  • Hobbies

The two of us have been best friends for most of our lives and we love to geek out together over a wide variety of topics, and now we’re looking forward to geeking out with the rest of the blogisphere as well!

 

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