There are some times in life when one must take on a different kind of beast than their regular prey. Real life reflects nature, and as things occur in nature, so do they occur in real life. There is a delicate balance of the hunter and the hunted, for over-hunting leads to dwindling supplies of prey, and over-indulgence, in diabetes. So the hunter must move to a new hunting ground, at least for a short period of time, and allow the prey to breed and replenish supplies for your hunting pleasure.
Ignoring the above over extended analogy, to say things as they are, I ran out of interesting manga to read. Now I know what you dear readers are going to say, “Oh Kami! How could anyone ever run out of interesting manga to read, there is literally an infinitum of manga out there!” and to that I say that you’re quite right my dear reader, but there are something you may not know.
I am what is known as a serial binger. I read, and I read, and I read, and then I read some more. Whenever I see a new manga that would seem interesting, I binge that bitch to hell and back. How I normally operate is after I catch up to a manga, if it’s a casual manga like The Story Of An Onee-san Who Wants To Keep A Highschool Boy, or Tonari No Furi-chan, I keep up with new releases and read them as they come. For more story based manga, I stockpile chapters and read them through at once. I did this with Quintessential Quintuplets and We Can’t Learn and even Kimetsu No Yaiba.
The problem I’m facing now is that a lot of the casuals I was reading have ended(like Mado Kara Madoka-san), or slowed down the release schedule while the plot-heavy ones aren’t stockpiled enough, or at all, or I’ve caught up to them, or they’ve ended(Kimetsu No Yaiba and Domestic Girlfriend come to mind), or I’ve lost interest in reading them for the meanwhile(a lot of the cute, fluffy type manga come to mind in this category).
Now what is a kami to do in such a situation? I chose to take a hint from Sakura-chan from Danberu Nan Kilo Moteru and decided to start watching some good ol’ American violence orgies. Obviously, I started with the latest specimen in a long legacy of movies, Fast and Furious Present: Hobbs and Shaw, which is, in my opinion, the best F&F movie they’ve made. Then I watched the rest of the franchise, which I liked significantly less than Hobbs and Shaw. There was a reason I initially wasn’t inclined to watch the F&F movies, even though the later installments had the Rock in them, especially because I’m not a fan of Vin Diesel. Hobbs and Shaw just had that something which instantly got me interested, and it wasn’t just the opening cover of Jim Croce’s ‘Time in a Bottle’, one of my favorite old timey songs.
I am a huge fan of the Rock and Jason Statham though, so I binged a lot of Rock and Statham, movies. The Transporter series is one of my personal favorites, because I like the overall feel of the first movie, while Rock-wise, I absolutely love Walking Tall and San Andreas. Baywatch is must-watch, and not only because of the ladies. It’s a fun movie, Rampage and Skyscraper were weaker in my opinion. I wouldn’t watch them again(I’ve watched walking tall and baywatch about ten times). The Italian Job was also pretty good(the one with Statham), but I do feel it to be a bit lacking when compared to the original, with the OG Michael Caine.
Talking of OGs, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are amazing. The Rocky series is a classic, while True Lies and The Last Action Hero just bring that nostalgia. Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot is also a great comedy joint by Stallone. The Expendables is obviously very popular, and Commando is also a classic. End of Days was a weird Arnold movie though, with an even weirder ending, so I’d stay away from it in the future. I honestly likes Rambo’s book ending more, but the movie series itself is pretty hype. The first Die Hard is also one of my action movie favorites.
So I’ve been binging these movies for the past few days. It’s been a weird experience, because I haven’t felt like mowing down a horde of bad guys with anti-aircraft rounds for a very long time.
By the way, check out 6 Underground on Netflix, it’s a really good movie, which comes at the action genre from a kind of different point of view.
American action movies are definitely a different kind of weird, but it can be a good weird, so I would recommend going on one of these types of binges once in a while. It’s definitely an internal power trip.
Farewell for now my dear readers, we shall be meeting again quite soon.