The Suggestion Box #11: Marshmallows, and Alliances, and Giant Robot Battles, Oh My!

Hello friendly internet perusers! So sorry for the delay of this post; I’m sure many of your Wednesdays were ruined when it didn’t arrive on schedule. But be in pain no more! It’s Suggestion Box time!

Gurren Lagann

Ben’s Anime Pick: Gurren Lagann Gurren Lagann is a perfectly crafted, action-packed mecha anime that follows a group of underdogs who rise to any challenge no matter the odds, and it delivers a truly genuine and heartfelt message to viewers that says “always believe in yourself” with an undeniable, quirky charm. I could continue in great detail about how it has some of the greatest action in any form of fiction, that the story is one of the craziest, most inspiring, and emotional tales ever told (seriously, I ugly cried watching this), or why it’s hands-down the best anime I’ve ever seen, but I won’t because no words could do it justice. Gurren Lagann is a must-watch for anyone who considers themselves a fan of anime, appreciates action flicks, or enjoys stories of belief, loss, and determination.

Veronica Mars

Lauren’s TV Pick: Veronica Mars Season 4 – Good news, Marshmallows: Veronica Mars is back from her adventures in book and kickstarted film form, cracking the case of a serial bomber the way God intended: episodically. Thanks Hulu! So get ready to spend 8 episodes accusing everyone of being the bomber. We’re talking Patton Oswalt and J.K. Simmons (recognizable faces are always at the top of the list when it comes to crime shows!), we’re talking the Congressman’s mom (seriously, this “where’s the ring?” plot has to amount to something, right!?), we’re talking Veronica’s new “not putting up with any of your broscapades” bar owning friend (she’s too cool and BA to not deeply disappoint us at some point, right?), we’re talking Veronica’s dog, Pony… Oh who am I kidding: Pony is the goodest of good boys and could never hurt anyone, making him the only character I didn’t accuse as the different conspiratorial threads spread out to every corner of Neptune. The point is, the new season will definitely keep you guessing (sometimes obnoxiously so) til the very end. An end that has a lot of Marshmallows feeling burnt. All I’ll say is I was disappointed in the very end. Not in the plot point itself, but in Rob Thomas’ reasoning behind why it “had” to happen. It’s lazy, it’s false, and though I won’t say it ruined the show like a lot are dramatically proclaiming, it frakking sucks. Even so, give the season a chance. Do it for Pony, do it for Logan’s abs, do it for Dick’s Heelys, and most importantly, do it for the best father/daughter crime fighting duo out there (seriously, all of Kristen Bell and Enrico Colantoni’s scenes together are simply the best).

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

Ben’s Video Game Pick: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order After almost a decade of waiting, Marvel Ultimate Alliance has returned with a new entry into the series that’s just as fun as ever. Fans who enjoyed the superhero action RPG gameplay of the first two entries won’t be disappointed, and the campaign has a great amount of replay value thanks to the roster of thirty-plus iconic characters from Marvel comics. New to MUA are the Infinity Trials, recreations of previously played levels or boss battles (oh man, some of the boss battles in this game are so awesome) with new rules or restrictions that create an extra challenge, but yield great rewards like tons of XP or alternate costumes. I’ve already put at least fifteen hours into Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, and I’m pretty sure I’m just getting started.

Side note: I’m so glad that this game has four-player couch co-op, something that’s getting harder and harder to find in the new video games nowadays. *angrily glares at Wolfenstein: Young Blood.

So what do you think about these picks? And what content did we miss over the past two weeks while we were spending time with these? Be sure to leave a comment below letting us know about everything (both current and simply new to you) you’ve been consuming lately!

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