Category Archives: Arts and Entertainment

The Owl House: A Review

By Elizabeth Peña Martinez

You all know about those fantasy stories where the main character lives in a magical world and defeats wizards and witches, like  Gravity Falls, Steven Universe, Ever After HighShera and the Princess, etc. Well, this one is different. It is so peculiar that it is not to be believed. It seems like a dream. If this has caught your attention, please continue reading.

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Halo Infinite: A Review

By Max Gast

On November 15, 2001, more than 20 years ago, the original Xbox came out. It didn’t have much going for it. The Nintendo GameCube was coming out only three days later, and Sony’s PlayStation 2 was thrashing the market, already wiping out the Sega Dreamcast, the last ever Sega console. At the time, the PlayStation 2 was the cheapest DVD player on Earth and most people bought it for that reason. The Xbox couldn’t play DVD’s but there was one game that was released with the console that helped them tremendously. 

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Top Marks for “My Hero Academia”

By Elizabeth Peña

When I saw some kids at school wearing t-shirts, sweatshirts, and even a backpack from the anime show My Hero Academia, I thought it might be worth checking out. Then I discovered that the Bradley Beach Public Library has the manga series. Manga is the name for action Japanese graphic novels that are read from back to front. As you probably know, anime is the animated version. The manga is almost always better than the anime. And My Hero Academia did not disappoint.

My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi has 29 books in total in Japan and 26 books here in America. The main character’s name is Izuku Midoriya, but you’ll see that the characters call him Deku. He is 14 years old at the beginning and 16 where it leaves off. He will continue growing until the series ends. He is born in a futuristic world where 80 percent of the population have these powers named “quirks,” which are just super powers. There are three types — transformation, which changes the person by will; mutant, which are permanent transformations; and emitter, which let you create stuff. 

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Duck Tales (Woo-oo!)

By Sullivan Johnson

Get ready for some laughs, it’s time for DuckTales! 

DuckTales is a hilarious show for all ages, featuring Scrooge McDuck, his nephews, Huey, Dewey, Louie Duck, and Donald Duck, including new characters like Della Duck, Mrs. Beakley, Webby Vanderquack, and Launchpad McQuack. This show is a remake of the one from the 1980’s. I would recommend this show for people who like cartoons — 11 stars.

Della, Dewey, and Donald sometimes say “aw fooie,” which I think is funny. In one of the episodes, Donald kept on punching and kicking himself because a bug was inside his clothes. The storyline is that a bunch of the characters go on adventures. DuckTales fans will get a season finale in 2021. All in all, DuckTales is one the best shows ever.

Minecraft Caves & Cliffs Updates: Something to Look Forward To!

By Sullivan Johnson and Vincent Bianchi

Axolotl, stalagmites, frightening mobs, and magic plants will be some of the new additions to the world of Minecraft this summer in a caves and cliffs update that lots of people are talking about.

According to PCGames.com, Mojang announced the updates in October at a Minecraft Live event. Mojang is the company that launched Minecraft in 2009.

Here is what we know: 

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Playstation or Xbox? A complete Review of The Next-Gen Consoles

By Max Gast

As some of you guys might know, the next generation of console gaming is upon us.

What does that mean? There’s a new generation of consoles on the market that are more powerful with faster hardware, better graphics, and other innovations that make older models seem way less interesting. 

The competitors in the ring this year are, as always, Sony and Microsoft. With the Xbox Series X and S on Microsoft’s side and the PlayStation 5 on Sony’s. This review will be split into two parts: pre-release and post-release, this is because as of writing this paragraph it is Nov. 3, 2020, and the consoles come out Nov 10 (XSX) and 12 (PS5) Anyway, let’s get on to the basics.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons – The #1 Quarantine Game of the Year

By Max Gast

 When Animal Crossing: New Horizons was delayed for production reasons by Nintendo, many people were upset. Little did Nintendo know, they set themselves up for one of the best-timed launches in video game history, coinciding with the global COVID-19 pandemic and tens of millions of people staying at home.  

Animal Crossing: New Horizons  (ACNH) — the fifth game in the Animal Crossing series — has been hyped up since the Electronic Entertainment Expo in 2019 when it was first unveiled.

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Kids vs. Zombies: A Review of The Last Kids on Earth

By Max Gast, staff writer

The Last Kids on Earth is one of the favorite books I’ve read in the not-graphic-novel side of children’s books. It has everything a children’s book should have: It’s funny, it has an action-packed story and the illustrations are excellent.

It is a series of books actually. They come out every year. The author, Max Brallier, had the perfect idea of a modern-day zombie apocalypse. Douglas Holgate also is a really good artist and no one could illustrate Jack, Quint, Dirk, and June better in my opinion. I like the style that Douglas Holgate uses. It’s like a mix between realistic and cartoony. I also really like the plot that sets up the next four books and more to come. I don’t really know if Max Brallier intended to make his book a series. Even if he didn’t, I probably would still like the first book a lot — series or not.

Basically, there is this 13-year-old kid called Jack Sullivan who has survived the last few weeks in this zombie apocalypse. The book begins at a CVS pharmacy where Jack has to find an eyeglass repair kit with those small screwdrivers. He needs a small screwdriver to fix his walkie-talkie (which he calls a walkie). He needs to fix it so he can get in touch with his best friend Quint. Jack doesn’t really get to know anyone because he is an orphan. 

But then, a zombie apocalypse strikes. The first book doesn’t tell you why the zombie apocalypse strikes. Here are some of the challenges he has to overcome: getting through two dozers, trying to find someone, and meeting up with a terrifying enemy.  

I like this book a lot and while reading it I really got into the story but sometimes the book throws a lot at you at once. For that reason, I might take down my initial rating just a notch. That doesn’t mean the plot is confusing though. Once you get through all of it you start to realize what is going on. One question of mine that didn’t get answered though is how the zombie apocalypse started. I’m sure that will be answered in the second book, though, and I’m not going to spoil anything, but there are these people that come from another dimension that I predict will tell you how the zombie apocalypse started. 

So right now I’m going to give my rating. I would give the book an 8.5 out of 10.  The only reason I knocked it down a bit, is like I said earlier, SOMETIMES. Only sometimes will the book throw a lot at you. Nonetheless, I think Max Brallier is a great author and I would personally like to read a few more of his books. One thing I’d really want is a graphic novel by Douglas Holgate. I think it would be a pretty good book.

Overall, The Last Kids on Earth is an awesome book. In my opinion, you should read it.

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