Creativity is one of the most important things a human being can express. It’s good for our brains, our hearts, and our souls. It allows people to explore themselves and others in a deep way, something introspection and discussion can’t always do. When consuming others’ creative works, you’re getting a piece of who they are as a person, whether they wanted or intended that or not.
Creativity allows us to function as a society. We’re not merely surviving—we’re living, hour to hour and day to day. How we spend our time digesting others’ creative works—whether that’s a movie, a novel, or a collection of poems—is important to how we grow as people and a community of human beings. I hope reading about the creative content I enjoy (or don’t) gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something great and uniquely your own. At the very least maybe you’ll discover something new you might be interested in.
Blue Exorcist is an anime about a son of Satan, Rin, who wants to be an exorcist because Satan kills Rin’s adoptive father, a priest. An interesting premise, but it kind of turns into another high school anime as Rin and other exorcists train to fight demons. Overall, it’s a satisfying story, and a second season recently started airing that shows a different ending based on how the manga played out.
Masamune-kun No Revenge
Here’s an anime that will mess with your feelings. This show is about a male student who wants to get a peer known as the Cruel Princess to fall in love with him only to break her heart. That’s because, years ago, as kids, she emotionally tortured him but doesn’t remember him because he’s lost weight and made himself fit and “hot.” I’m excited to see how it turns out. Will the two characters end up in love for real? Probably. Who knows.
Everything Everything has quickly become one of my all-time favorite bands. It’s indie pop/rock with completely unique vocals, much like alt-J. The band’s lyrics, melodies, instrumentation, and, of course, lyrics are full of character and incredibly catchy. All three of their albums are definitely worth several listens, but here are some of my favorites, though it’s hard to pick just a few: Brainchild, Leave the Engine Room, and Choice Mountain.
Mad Men is about ad executives in the 1960s who, well, do their jobs. I honestly don’t get it. I’ve watched about seven episodes, but I don’t see what the hubbub is all about. No real drama seems to happen. Sex, cigarettes, lying, but no real high stakes. I grew bored with it, but I wanna give it another chance because I hear it’s great. I just feel like it might not be for me, which is unusual, because I usual love dramas.
Battlefield 1 is one of the greatest war games I’ve played. Amazing soundtrack, stellar sound design, and one of the best war first-person shooter campaigns I’ve every played. Multiplayer matches feel like real battles. A fantastic experience all around. Here’s something I wrote about it for my Press Start column.