This may not be an issue in many people’s lives, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a heavily debated topic in others’. The definition of anime (when Googled) is a style of Japanese film and television animation, typically aimed at adults as well as children. The word anime is the Japanese blanket-term for animation. So anime is any cartoons made on the island country of Japan because that is their definition of the word. In America, it’s debated that any animated show is an “anime” because that is the foreign definition of the word. Albeit the word does mean “animation”, the word itself is Japanese. Therefore anime’s are only Japanese cartoons or shows that have the east-Asian style of animation. This does not include TV shows such as “The Amazing World of Gumball”, but there are western cartoons and animations that ARE anime-inspired. An example of this would be “Steven Universe” or “Avatar: The Last Airbender”, because of the obvious and exaggerated east-Asian features of the characters, as well as references to Japanese culture. The more you know, I suppose. Have a great first few weeks back Miners!
The Skywalker saga has officially come to an end with the release of Star Wars Episode IX: Rise of Skywalker. In 2017, Disney released a controversial take on the Star Wars Universe with The Last Jedi, the second film in the “Sequel Trilogy.“ The Last Jedi successfully revealed to audiences that Disney did not set a roadmap for this trilogy before making the films, and this new film just about confirms this. Rise of Skywalker was given a mess and was told to “clean it up“ and “make a good movie.“ For what this film was given, I think it was alright, but still a complete mess. The rest of this review contains spoilers.
The biggest problem this film faces is just how much it tries to be. It tries to be a conclusion for not only the “Sequel Trilogy,“ but also the entire Skywalker Saga while cleaning up the problems that The Last Jedi threw at the universe. A single film cannot do all of this, especially when it feels as if the story is just getting started since The Last Jedi felt like a brand new beginning. And this film throws in another brand new beginning by revealing that Emperor Palpatine is still alive, and has been pulling the strings all along. From a saga standpoint, this makes sense because he was the main villain for the past two trilogies, but there is no indication anywhere in The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi that Palpatine is even needed anymore. It seems as if director JJ Abrams fell to Palpatine purely for the purpose of retconning the problems of The Last Jedi to give us satisfying explanations.
The explanations we got for The Last Jedi’s existence in the Star Wars Universe make sense and in my opinion are satisfying. Snoke died because Palpatine let Kylo kill him, and most importantly Rey is powerful with the force because she is the granddaughter of Palpatine. Sure it doesn’t feel necessarily planned. I’m sure that nobody knew how the trilogy would end when they released The Force Awakens in 2015, but at least this film cleans up the problems with the last one. It’s important that this film does this because it puts a stop to the ongoing uncomfortableness and questioning that one may feel while watching The Last Jedi knowing the rules of the Star Wars Universe. If this had not been done, and we were still in confusion about how Rey has her powers, then the film would have failed to comply with the Universe’s rules. The fact that this film puts a cap on the ongoing debate brings me at peace with the Sequel Trilogy for the most part.
However, by doing this, the film forces a messy structure jam-packed with things that get lost halfway through the film. Whatever happened to what Finn was going to tell Rey? It was mentioned at the beginning and the middle of the film and is implied to be revealed by the end. What was with the Ben Solo and Rey kiss at the end of the film? It has been quite obvious since The Force Awakens that Rey and Finn were destined to be together, in fact, it is implied that what Finn wanted to tell Rey was “I love you.“ Why would Abrams even bring this up if Kylo and Rey were going to end up in a romantic state by the end? I think all of these discontinuities are a good representation of the entire trilogy: Important things are brought up and then abandoned with no apparent explanation, and surprising things are brought up with no buildup or logical sense within the Star Wars Universe.
My hope for future Star Wars films (that is if they make any) is that Disney takes a couple of meetings to sit down and discuss what is going to happen throughout the entire trilogy. It shocks me that they didn’t do this considering how well they were able to pull off this kind of planning with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Overall I found the film entertaining and left the theater satisfied with the explanations, but slightly on edge about the entire trilogy. 6/10.
Starting in September we have seen catastrophic fires scorching 7.3 million hectares of land across Australia. 100,00 million citizens have been evacuated from their homes, 23 people have been killed, dozens of citizens are missing, and an estimated ⅓ of the Koala population has been killed. We have seen extreme biological destruction, and one vital creature to succession is bees. According to friendsoftheearth.uk , “Bees are perfectly adapted to pollinate, helping plants grow, breed and produce food. They do so by transferring pollen between flowering plants and so keep the cycle of life turning.” Bees are vital to a healthy ecosystem, especially when the ecosystem is in such chaos. So, how are the fires even affecting the bees? Smoke activates a defense mechanism in bees that causes them to engorge themselves with honey and swarm the hive. This means they lost the hive and are likely to die. If they don’t do this the hive will fill with smoke and suffocate the remaining bees. Not too much research has been done on the loss of bees due to the bushfire, but with the size of those fires, we can only assume many bees have been lost. I suspect this will affect succession immensely. Only time will tell. For now, we can only support the fire extinguishing and animal rescue efforts. While we do so, we can help our own communities bee population. Ways to do this is, building habitats, planting bee-friendly plants, making water sources (like a birdbath), and ditch the pesticides (buy locally sourced organic food). Visthttps://www.redcross.org.au/ for more information.
The masses of smoke created by the bush fires in Australia have returned to its continent of origin after drifting across the Pacific Ocean and circumnavigating the globe. Google Earth images from NASA’s agency, show its path as a trail of brown smoke made its way around the world. According to NASA, the smoke had already traveled halfway around the Earth and across South America.
The pathway was made possibly by fire-included thunderstorms that provided which led the smoke to enter the stratosphere, traveling thousands of miles from Australia and affecting atmospheric conditions on a global scale. Wood smoke contains some of the same toxic chemicals as urban air pollution, along with tiny particles of vapor and soot 30 times thinner than a human hair.
Hospital admissions have increased in the smoke-affected cities, with some patients suffering asthma for the first time in their life. The government has responded by distributing 3.5 million free particle-excluding masks. Despite regularly broadcasted public health warnings, a number of tennis players in the qualifying tournament for the Australian Open in Melbourne have been affected by the smoke. One player dropped to her knees in a coughing fit and had to retire her match.
In the U.S., an estimated 20,000 people die prematurely every year because of chronic wildfire smoke exposure. That’s expected to double by the end of the century, according to scientists funded by NASA. Research suggests children, the elderly, and those with existing health problems are most at risk.
This next Monday, school will not be in session due to the honoring of Martin Luther King Jr. and his contribution to the Civil Rights Movement. King was best known for his “I Have a Dream” speech that touched millions of people around the world in his goal to achieve racial equality through peace. In addition to this, he was also the youngest man to win the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1968, shortly after King died, a campaign was started for his birthday to become a holiday to honor him. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Ways you can celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day is to read his work and show kindness amongst each other. King once said, “love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.” You can also choose to contribute acts of service to your community by volunteering at organizations nearby.
Credit: Corporation for National & Community Service
On January 9th, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a 2-year-old child is recorded on Snapchat vaping. The family of the child entrusted a family friend to watch over their baby while they went out for the night. The babysitter was 17-years-old and brought her 18-year-old friend over to help. It was reported that the child found the vaping device, which belonged to the 17-year-old girl, on a nightstand. It is believed that one or both of the teenagers discouraged the child from inhaling from the device, but did not proceed to stop him. Instead, one or both of the teenagers recorded the child as he put the device in his mouth and pushed the button. The device was a Juul and by pushing the button, it allows the smoke to be released. The video shows the child pushing the button, coughing, and then crying while the teenagers laughed in the background. In the video, no smoke is seen coming from the device, but police believed the child, in fact, inhaled from the device. The vaping device is thought to have contained 3% nicotine but no THC. The teenagers are being charged with endangering the welfare of children.
The other day my best friend took me to CVS to buy candy and energy drinks for my birthday. As we were in the checkout line, I spotted a rack towards the door. There were a couple of shirts, some ball caps, and some outstanding pairs of Miner Nation socks. My friend was kind enough to buy me a pair as I was beginning to ask him. I couldn’t find any other Miner spirit gear at our local stores, such as Walgreens, Walmart, or any other store that might have sold Miner apparel before. Throughout all of the negatives, there is one positive though. At least we know there is one place out there supporting our school’s community and spirit. No matter if it’s it’s a small CVS at the corner of the street or a huge five-star shopping center, I am both glad and proud of our community and their support for the students and athletes of El Diamante High School!
Hey guys! Since finals are happening this week, I wanted to give you guys this quick reminder. Grades do not equal your worth!
I’m not saying that grades aren’t important. They are important. But they do not equal your worth. You are so much more than whatever your grade is. Just try your best and don’t stress out too much. Don’t beat yourself up either. You all are going to crush it. I believe in you!