Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Good Night, KidKira

KidKira was an alias born prematurely when I wanted to go beyond machinima and do other things in a desperate attempt to get attention. I opened up a million YouTube accounts and wasted so much money on gaming crap. All of it was just a waste compared to the last two years of my web life, when I started taking YouTube more seriously. Especially after my horrendous experience working on Reycralbur, I decided to only put my focus and effort on things I actually care about and do the things that make me feel good. So, I abandoned that series and shifted my focus onto short-form machinima instead.

I also started taking this blog more seriously, but all it gave me in return is bitter resentment for the human race. It's dawned on me that rants are just big words from people who think they know better. The annoying opinions of people I don't give a shit about. Even if it feels good to get it off your chest, it's not gonna change anything. Actions speak louder than words.

I've spent the last couple of years ranting about cable networks, media, and anything else that pissed me off, but it's all pointless. Even if people agreed with what I had to say, it still wouldn't change anything. Canadians especially can't hold a decent conversation about what's on their TV screens, and as much as I hate to say it, I can't blame them. Canadian television is irreversibly broken. It's better to pirate your favorite TV shows than to waste hundred of dollars on cable and risk letting Canadian broadcasters take the rights to a good a show only to waste its potential for the sake of an almost outdated business model.

Worst of all, people would rather see me suffer doing this watch my machinima. "Do More TV Stuff?" Do it yourself you ungrateful sack of shit! I'm done with that crap! Ranting about these things is as stupid and pointless as the millions of videos complaining about YouTube. Why complain about something that will never be fixed?

I'm tired of being angry and bitter from waiting for change to happen. I'm sick and tired of being put into a bad mood just by keeping my ears to the ground. So, I made a new pact with myself: only do the things that make me happy. Quit trying to make the best of a shit sandwich and just make a new sandwich instead. Avoid depression and find happiness, even if it kills you.

To that end, not only am I done with this chapter of my blog, I'm done with KidKira. The angry, wannabe celebrity who has fallen victim to delusions of grandeur.  The sad little youth who thought he could become rich and famous on the internet, but ended up wasting away his life. The man who believes he is surrounded by idiots, when he could never understand why these idiots are idiots to begin with. ...Except for the typical teenage girl who listens to pop music and watches Disney Channel, that's way too obvious.

What I want is to finish school, get a nice quiet job, and a small apartment all to myself. I don't know much about how the hikikomori live, but with a few tweaks, I can make it work. Until then, I'll spend my freetime doing what I do best: making Super Smash Bros. machinima and videos that I like. From here on out, I'm turning over a new leaf.

Rest in Peace, KidKira; It's the only place you'll be happy. Speedy149 is back.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

2017 is Adult Swim's Biggest Year

Outside of Toonami, Robot Chicken, The Venture Bros and Rick and Morty, you'd be forgiven for thinking Adult Swim doesn't really do adult animation anymore. Their output is mostly live-action comedies and other ventures outside of linar television, including music and livesteams on the Adult Swim website. The animated series I haven't mentioned are either shows that were cancelled too soon or shows that aren't even worth mentioning. All of them live in the shadow of not just current series but some of the classics that came before them.

So far, 2017 has been a welcome reminder that Adult Swim is still in the animation game. In addition to Samurai Jack and FLCL, Last week, Adult Swim announced that they will be airing season two of Attack on Titan inside Toonami. Considering Toonami just turned twenty years old in March, this is one hell of a birthday present.

But there's more good news for people looking for something more western.

Last year, Adult Swim unveiled a couple of pilots and let you vote on which of them would be turned into full series. Last week, Adult Swim announced they have greenlit two of them: Brian Wysol's Hot Streets and Apollo Gauntlet from Canada's Myles Langlois.

The Sci-fi comedy Hot Streets will be executive produced by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, meaning there's a chance the show will end up being too similar to Crackle's Supermansion (or Robot Chicken). The last thing Adult Swim needs is another American Dad, an unoriginal, juvenile show that's too similar to everything else on television. At least The Cleveland Show tried to bring more diversity into animated comedies..., by being a Family Guy knock-off with a diverse cast.

The fantasy-based Apollo Gauntlet, however, will be based on an earlier web series that was seen on Titmouse and 6 Point Harness' Rug Burn channel. Titmouse is animation studio that has created some of the most awesome, underrated, cult classics of the last decade, including Motorcity, Megas XLR, and Downtown. If they had a hand in Apollo Gauntlet's upbringing, it has to be good.

Of the two, I'm mostly looking forward to Apollo Gauntlet. It's an older, more original idea that's been given a fresh coat of paint. But both shows look very promising. They could be just what Adult Swim needs to bring the network back to standard.

Yes, Adult Swim is in far better shape than Cartoon Network (or Boomerang, for that matter), but that's only because they did things differently. They didn't just slap a bunch of live-action shows onto their lineup for the sake of ratings, they went even further than that. Adult Swim became bigger and more broader in scope, but because of that, they've all but lost touch of what made them special to begin with. With so many new animated programming debuting this year, 2017 will go down as one of the most exiting years in the history of Adult Swim.

If only Teletoon at Night's 2017 was as good.