Aspiration to be a Hero

As I keep writing, I love heroes. I have always been loving heroes.
 When I was a kid, I loved masked riders, power rangers and Goku from Dragon Ball. As An adult, I love samurais, FBI agents and CIA agents kicking bad guys’ asses.

Now I never realized it but suddenly the reason why I teach English, more to the point, the reason why I love teaching English came to my mind. 

I love being a hero. I don’t have any extraordinary super strength or a computer like brain. I cannot fight any bad guys or save people from dying but with my skills to teach English, I can help students. I can help students who can have a better life or a better future for that matter with better English skills. As I struggled to pass the exams myself, I can help students who need help in getting better scores and as I acquired practical English skills, I can help students who want to acquire practical English skills. Maybe I am far from flawless and fail in many cases but still there have been many students I was able to help and there are many students waiting for met to help out there.

So I want to be a hero and though not as flamboyant and conspicuous as all the heroes in dramas and movies, I want to help make students’ life a tad better.

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

 

I have to apologize, really and truly, from the bottom of my heart. I was going to write a lot this year but I am in the busiest department this year and this is the second busiest season of the busiest year.

So DC’s legends of Tomorrow is here on Netflix. I managed to watch one episode just now! Well, the good news is there were so many characters from the shows the main characters of “the Legends” are casted as sidekicks including Oliver Queen.  Cons? Well, another piece of good news. There was not any palpable flaw evident in the first episode of the second season. If anything, it was a good show. I like the tempo, Einstein is a great historical figure who has been so related to “time theories.” And there are many comical plots in there. In the final analysis, I would give this first episode at least a 8 on the scale of one to ten.

Now we will certainly have the Defenders in the middle of May. I want to check out what will happen in WWE after the last week’s superstar shake-up. Wait, what! I haven’t checked out SNL with Jimmy Fallon in it.

I will try to post as many articles as possible but if I am not heard a while, please don’t give up on me and read my post.

 

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Winona Earp, the First Season: Should I Keep Watching this?

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Winona Earp, the First Season: Should I Keep Watching this?

Spoiler alert. I will write a rundown of the first episode to some extent (not everything) so get ready for it if you read this short review though I try to keep it as little as possibly can.
Ok. I watched episode 1. Yup, ‘that’ Earp family. In this drama, the oldest heir of the Wyatt family inherits some kind of ‘special’ abilities and this Wynona is great… (sorry I forgot how many great she said when she referred to her ancestor) grand daughter of Wyatt Earp. She will use a “big-ass” gun, a.k.a. “Peacemaker,” to fight the demons, or according to her, revenants, who (which) loiter around the small town called Purgatory (reminds me of Dante!) and murder people. From the first episode, I wasn’t able to get why they were doing it. Oh, she also has a couple of sidekicks or partners who get her back. One is her sister. She is not the oldest sibling so she doesn’t have that ability to take out the revenants but she is more fired up and poised to avenge their father (Winona accidentally killed him when she tried to protect him from demons, oops, revenants) . The other one is an agent from some covert division of Federal Bureau who apparently knows what’s happening.
Now first I thought it was a crappy b-class drama that I would stop watching anytime soon but… well addicting. I have not really anything to watch till I get the Defenders back in May and Game of Thrones in July (and some other new seasons of shows like Gotham, Arrow, Flash, the Legend of Tomorrow, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Stranger Things, West World, SNL… God, I got so many! Anyway, I can watch 10 episodes like one binge-watch over this weekend so I’ll watch this series till I get bored.
I don’t think it is well made but characters are intriguing and actors are doing good job. Then so many unexpected things happen one after another so I am not that bored.
Well, right now Winona Earp is not good enough to be into it but not bad enough to stop watching it till it gets so boring that I cannot go on watching it. So I temporarily give it 6.0. I really want to hear your thoughts on this if you watch this drama.
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This is a New Globalized Era or/and American People are so Fair

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This is a New Globalized Era or/and American People are so Fair

 

As I said time and time again (or once?), I like professional wrestling. In a sense, it can’t be helped because about 45 years ago, when I was a young kid, professional wrestling was one of the most popular entertainments of the time. We didn’t have the Internet nor video games so we played with real games like board games. We didn’t have wide variety of sports and we were too young to enjoy sports that require perseverance to enjoy them like Sumo wrestling. Baseball and professional wrestling were two major sports mainstreams of the time.

At that time, Japanese people enjoyed Japanese wrestlers beat the heck out of the American (or there were Middle Eastern villains for that matter) wrestlers. I heard that American people enjoyed American wrestlers beat the heck out of Japanese wrestlers.

Now I watched NTX Takeover. NXT is a minor league of WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment. I once stopped watching professional wrestling but when I went to the U.S. as a chaperone to my students and stayed in Kentucky, I happened to watch the Undertaker, the rookie at the time, in one of the WWE matches  (WWF at that time) and I loved their story telling skills. I kind of watched WWE ate the corner of my eyes. Anyway, in this NXT show, both men’s and women’s champions were Japanese. A female champion was Asuka, who has two-colored hair that reminds me of some characters from modern manga. A male champion is Shinsuke Nakamura, a tall lanky fellow who is even taller than the opponent Canadian wrestler (Japanese people are considered small and agile but it is not so, either). But above all, what blew my mind was actually the fact that the fans in the arena were rooting for those two Japanese wrestlers than they rooted for their opponents. One is from Canada and the other from Texas. Asuka is a grey character but as for Nakamura, actually he is a good guy, not a bad guy, which was different from a score of years ago, when the Japanese wrestlers cannot be nothing but villains. He represents fans and the champion, Bobby Roode, plays a character built on Donald Trump. Roode in his interview declared, “NTX is about Bobby Roode, the glorious,” whereas Nakamura challenged and claimed, “NTX is not about Bobby Roode but it is about the fans.” Well, Asuka won and Nakamura lost, which might mean that he will be heading for the even larger stage, WWE after Tomorrow’s Wrestlemania because there is an equation that wrestlers who have succeeded in NXT are defeated when there is a WWE call-up,  The rumor has it that legends like Goldberg and the Undertaker may retire after this year’s Wrestlemania. Wether be it true or false, WWE definitely needs a little pick-me-up).

Either way, as I watched young fans shouting the names of two Japanese “hero and heroine,” I thought to myself, “This is a new age. There are still many people who cannot help judging other people by the traditional criteria like their nationalities, their age, their sexual orientations, or all the other backgrounds but there are people who judge other people by who they are.”

I want all the borders gone. As a result of unexpected events, I am kind of stuck in a local city in Japan but I want to live with using English (I try to spend less time using Japanese and spend as much time using American English as humanly possible.

That’s the bottom line because S…. says so. (Do you know whose favorite line this is?)

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