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Darker Than Black – 10 years ago, hell-gate appeared!

Darker Than BlackTitle:  Darker than Black

Author:  Tensai Okamura

I started watching it because…our Japanese teacher played it in class.

I kept watching it because… it just kept getting better and better with each episode and all the characters were developed well for the most part.

Main characters in a yearbook, would be voted “Most Likely To”:  

  • Hei – to sacrifice anything for his sister,
  • Yin – to protect Hei at any cost.

Six Word Recap: Ten years ago, hell-gate appeared in Tokyo.

This anime reminded me of Death Note because… both are about people who have powers and use them strategically to outdo their opponent.

–Endrias, Lake City, Teen Volunteer


5 Teen Movies Reviewed – Speed Round!

Robot & FrankRobot & Frank

Six Words:  Ex-burglar old man befriends interesting robot.
Mood(s):  Witty. Thrilling. Fascinating.
“The human brain, a lovely piece of hardware.”
Bonuses:  Beautifully filmed. Realistic depiction of the future.
Additional:  Seems outlandish and ridiculous at first, but you’ll be hooked once you start. Profanity. 13+

They Call It MyanmarThey Call It Myanmar

Six Words:  Documentary about Burma; expands your worldview.
Mood(s):  Impassioned. Revealing. Informative.
“I think politicians who think they’ve gone beyond being politicians are very dangerous.”
Bonuses:  It’s like traveling to Burma without leaving your couch. Very honest documentary.
Additional:  NR

Drinking BuddiesDrinking Buddies

Six Words:  Two friends try more; twist ending.
Mood(s):  Charming. Exploratory. Witty.
“That’s the problem with heartbreak, to you it’s like an atomic bomb and to the world it’s just really cliché, because in the end we all have the same experience.”
Bonuses: Finally a romantic movie that ends differently than you expect. Very funny.
Additional: Profanity. Momentary nudity. R

Like Crazy 3Like Crazy

Six Words:  College girl and guy go out.
Mood(s):  Teenage. Modern. Heart-wrenching.
“Because it’s the halves that halve you in half.”
Bonuses:  Gorgeously shot scenes. Jennifer Lawrence makes an appearance.The ending.
Additional:  If you have a tumblr, you’ll know where all those gifs are from after watching it. 13+

Hotel RwandaHotel Rwanda

Six Words:  Rwandan genocide’s impact; hotel manager saves.
Mood(s):  Gripping. Emotional. Heavy. Violent.
“There’s always room.”
Bonuses:  You learn something new about the Rwandan genocide.
Additional:  Depicts the division between the Tutsis and Hutus accurately. 13+


–Regina, 17, West Seattle



Teen Review: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Video Game)

SkyrimHi, I’m Jesse, and I have loved video games ever since I have picked up my first controller!  I am writing reviews because I would like to inform other gamers about games that they are thinking of purchasing. I also want to introduce people to new games that they have never heard about before. I will try to be as fair as possible in these reviews and keep bias out of the equation. There will be more reviews from me in the future.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
If you like this game, then read: The Infernal City by Gregory Keyes or
Developer: Bethesda
Platforms: PC, 360, PS3
Genre: 1-player role-playing
Rating:  9/10
Concept: Skyrim is not a normal game by any means. Unlike other games, your adventure is not set in stone. Your story is not linear and can be shaped into what you what it to be. Let me explain.You are the last of the Dragonborn, an ancient race of people born with dragon blood running through their veins. When you first load up the game and start playing, you are able to chose your race, gender, and features. The races are pretty generic as far as fantasy goes. The human races are: Redgaurd (Muslim), Nord (Scandinavian) , Breton (French) ,and Impirial (British). The non-human races are: Altmer (elf), Bosmer, (forest elf), Dumner (dark elf), Orc (goblin), Khajiit (cat-person), and Argonian (reptile-person). Each race has it’s own pros and cons and people will treat you differently depending on your race. After a short tutorial segment, you are free to explore a massive world full of people to talk to, places to visit, and monsters to fight. You can follow the main storyline, abandon it completely and just wander around fighting bandits, and everything in-between. The game gives you a few guidelines and rules, but other than that the game is as open as real life. Continue reading