Picks of the Week – December 5, 2011 edition

Well it’s the first Monday of December. Here in Winnipeg, it’s snowy, freezing cold, and perfect weather to sit inside and game or listen to some music, so it seems like a perfect time for some recommendations! This week I’m going to make you both hate and love me by giving you what might just be the most addictive, fun, cheery song in history. Just the way to forget how cold it is outside.

Music – Motteke! Sailor Fuku

This song is the theme from the anime ‘Lucky Star’ and has been remixed probably a thousand times. The dance that is performed during the anime to this song has been done by everything from ninjas to zombies – and yes, youtube has footage to prove it. And it is quite possibly the most addictive song in history. Don’t believe me, click: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuRCYQRsTx8&feature=related

The song is performed by Aya Hirano, Emiri Katō, Kaori Fukuhara, and Aya Endo; and is a song that will cheer you up even if you, like me, don’t have a clue what the lyrics are saying – since it is in Japanese, of course. But either way, listen – you won’t be disappointed, and you might well be addicted. And you can look up all the various parodies, live action versions, etc. on youtube. Enjoy

Game – Monster Hunter Tri

If you’re looking for a good Wii game, you can’t get much better than Monster Hunter Tri in my opinion. The game, unlike oh so many, allows you to use the classic controller pro or the wii-mote allowing for even people who either don’t like motion controls or just don’t like the wii-mote to get into the action and enjoy the game. And what a pretty game it is, probably the best graphics I’ve seen to date out of the Wii. The gameplay is every bit the console monster hunter experience that fans of the portable games were hoping for in this generation, opening up that level of exploration and wonder that you only get from games like this. If you have a Wii, and are looking for something that will eat up there hours with fun monster-killing – you can’t get much of a better choice than this.

Book – The Chysalids – John Wyndham

If you tell me about a book and the words ‘it takes place on Earth’ come up, 99 times out of 100 you’ve lost my interest right there. This book is that 1 in 100. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic Earth and it’s just fantastic. The story is about some people with telepathic abilities who are forced to conceal it for fear of being considered blasphemers for their abilities as it is believed that the apocalypse – known as ‘tribulation’ to the characters in the book – was caused by God and that anyone who isn’t a pure normal human is tainted. The story unfolds in some ways that are a bit expected but also others that are completely unexpected.

 

So here we go, an addictive, endless game, an addictive and fun song, and a fantastic post-apocalyptic story. Hope you enjoy!

 

Written by: Sean

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