Ospreyshire Origins: Art Theft series (Benin, Nigeria, Senegal)

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Benin Lyrics:

[Yoruba]

O ti ja aworan wa
Mase paro ki o so pe o se awon ohun-oso wonti
Awon ile iso re je awon ewon
Je ki a je ki eyi se alaye si o

[French]

Rends-nous notre art maintenant!

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Nigeria Lyrics:

[Igbo]

I bu ihe nleda anya

[Yoruba]

Nitori ti o ji wa aworan

[Hausa]

Bidajen kayan tarihin ku ya sa aka kama su. I ghotara?

You better return what’s ours!

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Senegal Lyrics:

[Wolof]

Luy sa tiis?
Am nga tere xewoonu Afrig?
Yeena ngi saacee yi

[French]

Comprends maintenant?
Vous ne possedez pas notre histoire!


Here’s a triple header for the Art Theft series! These were challenging songs to write lyrics and Art Theft: Benin was actually an Ospreyshire first for me. That was the first poem I wrote that contained absolutely no English words in it! The Senegal one was even tougher because I really had to work on my Wolof since you can’t use Google Translate or any easy online sources for example. Fortunately, I bought a book on a whim that has words and phrases in Senegal’s native language.

These three countries among others in Africa are quite ticked and rightfully so. Their art, crafts, and artifacts have been looted by Europe. They’re held in museums in that continent and these African nations are suing these countries to get their stuff back. To add insult to injury, some of these nations are giving things back…as LOANED items. No, I don’t want to see loans whether temporary or permanent. You stole them, so you give them back to these nations! I really hope these nations get full returns on their art.

Here are some videos from Dr. Mumbi about the matter:

Even Dr. Y. had some choice articles about this situation:

Europe’s Largest Museums to “Loan” Looted Benin (Nigerian) Artifacts back to Nigeria

Bronze Cockerel from Benin Kingdom to be returned to Nigeria

France urged to change heritage law and return looted art to Africa

Wouldn’t it also be crazy if this situation was featured in a mainstream movie even though a character is portrayed as the bad guy for wanting the artifacts back? Oh, wait… Side note: Notice how Benin is mentioned in this clip.

Say what you will about Killmonger, but he was absolutely right about his questions involving the curator’s “ancestors” and that’s historical fact even though Wakanda doesn’t exist.

Here’s another random fact: I’m also part Beninese and I have a tiny bit of Senegalese in my DNA from my mom’s side. #ForTheCulture

The Beninese flag is from Wikipedia.

The Nigerian flag image is from Wikipedia.

The Senegalese flag image is from Wikipedia.

All videos from the Dr. Mumbi show are from Dr. Mumbi’s YouTube channel.

The museum scene is from Black Panther and is property of Marvel Studios.

Getting recognized here? I got the Blogger Recognition Award!

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Earlier this month, I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Iniksbane from In Search of Number Nine. Thank you very much! He’s an aniblogger who’s the biggest RahXephon fan I know who also does reviews and various analyses of anime. This was a very friendly gesture and I appreciate this.

Here are the rules:
1. Say thanks to who nominated you and leave a link back to that person’s blog.
2. Give the story or history of your blog.
3. Give two or more pieces of advice for new bloggers.
4. Nominate 10 other bloggers and link their blogs.

Awesome. I already thanked Iniksbane, so let’s get to everything here.

History of Ospreyshire’s Realm:

To those who don’t remember me being interviewed, I mention that I wanted to use the word “osprey” for a musical project and it eventually morphed into my moniker. There are also two pronunciations of my name that are acceptable. If you’re American or Canadian, you will naturally say my name as “Os-pree-SHY-re”. If you’re from the UK or Ireland, it’s “Os-pree-SHEER”. Hahaha! Since my moniker involves a bird, you may make the most obvious Portlandia reference in this moment.

I wanted this as a blog for my main musical/spoken word projects. It then evolved into having some opinion posts, written poems, and some news stories that got my attention.

Pieces of advice from Ospreyshire:

Be patient for views:

I didn’t have that many when I started out in 2016. It’s been a slow climb even though I’m still a mere drop in the vast ocean of blogging on WordPress. Just keep posting content and to connect with other bloggers around here.

Have a decent and reasonable schedule:

I used to post whenever when I started out, but I now have it on certain days. Okay, Tuesday is an exception in this case, but that’s only because I have the next couple of months reserved for my Ospreyshire Origins posts for my newest album.

My nominations:

Traditional Catholic Weeb: This is a new blogger whom I recently discovered. He reviews anime and has made some fascinating posts about ships for certain characters and some articles about his faith.

Legends of Windemere: Here’s another recent blogger I discovered, too. Charles is a fantasy writer and also makes posts about writing advice and covering various tropes. We’ve had some interactions about multiple topics. Charles, thank you for talking with me about that “homage” post and I didn’t expect our conversation to morph in the way it did.

Inskidee: I’ve been enjoying the posts I’ve read from this aniblogger. We’ve had some good conversations about various series and she’s been awesome interacting with numerous other bloggers I respect.

Jane Dougherty: She’s a very talented poet and we’ve had a lot of intelligent discourse about various subjects. Jane has also exposed me to forms of poetry that I have never heard of which is amazing for me as a wordsmith myself. I should definitely give some of these new forms a try.

VillageTalk Avant: She’s another talented blogger you all should check out. VillageTalk has made great posts about Black History and has encouraged me to be more of an autodidact when it comes to researching things about my own culture. I’ve certainly learned things from her blog as well.

The World Community for Racial Justice: I discovered their blog sometime last year and I’m glad there are bloggers out there who want there to be racial harmony on this planet. They may be a small blog, but they do post some good content on their blog and they could use some followers.

Animated Observations: Jack has been around in the blogging game for a while and I have enjoyed his posts. If you’re into anime, then I would certainly recommend his page for you to check out.

Everything Is Bad For You: I first heard about this blogger when they commented on my Fandom Hypocrisy rant a while ago. I then checked out the reviews in different fields such as video games, music, and anime.

Dear Kitty: Dear Kitty is a wonderful blogger. They cover multiple articles involving news, politics, geography, nature, and wildlife. I have seen some fascinating videos from this blog and I’ve learned a bunch of things from their page.

Otaku Orbit: Jiraiyan is another aniblogger whom I’ve followed for a while. He’s made some great posts and reviews not just with anime, but also some live action movies, and comics if you’re into those things.

Ospreyshire Origins: A Chastened Futurist from Smiljan

Lyrics:

I alternated from nation to nation like the currents I created
Eventually, I became a Serbian in New York
An infantry of patents would be my brainchildren
Of course, its a shame that Thomas would steal my originator title
He smeared my name when he shocked the elephant
The nerve of his bullying
Electricity still became my forte and I wouldn’t coil under pressure
I wish things would’ve been better than feeding pigeons and being alone
My body would be sent to Belgrade (Beograd) where I would be a hero
Thomas, you may have won the popularity contest, but you’d be nothing without me
Wouldn’t it be funny if someone drove something with my name on it?


Here’s the first example of someone who was ripped off by someone famous. It is none other than the Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla. Some of his works include the Tesla Coil, early X-rays, and he was an innovator in electricity, namely the concept of alternating currents (AC). One Thomas Edison mangled his idea and made direct currents. Tesla was an employee at the time and had his patents stolen and not to mention he was shortchanged in pay by the (not)inventor of the lightbulb. It’s interesting that Tesla has been getting more mainstream attention in history since he was the underdog in that story. I also hope people get the joke in the last line in the poem.

Here’s some interesting facts:

Smiljan is actually in modern-day Croatia.

Also, I didn’t learn about Nikola Tesla in school. The first time I heard about him was by a certain musician named Ronnie Martin, but some of you may know him by his experimental synth pop one man band Joy Electric. When I found out more about Tesla afterwords, I thought “Wow, this song makes so much more sense now!” (side note: Hello Mannequin is my favorite JE album and was one of my favorite albums during my high school years).

The photo of Nikola Tesla is from the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

“Nikola Tesla” is by Joy Electric and is property of Tooth & Nail Records.

Ospreyshire Origins: Sincerest Form of Laziness

Lyrics:

Falling from the empyrean
They managed to ascend on the earth
Their names were in lights with infinitesimal points
The innovators pushed to the side from the emulations with their ways and mores of supine larceny
Denials echo as earworm choruses worldwide with tunes, moving pictures, and museums
The masses become allured now knowing or caring that these were imitations
Originator, suffer not the true catalysts of Innovare
Penniless and undermined
The descendants want to demand restitution
Some emulations were honest, yet it was worse with excuses for the trendiest prints of ignored canvases


Imitation isn’t the sincerest form of flattery. It’s only the sincerest form of laziness.

You want to get on my bad side quickly? Try ripping someone off so shamelessly. I think that explains this track and my real life feelings in a nutshell. Sincerest Form of Laziness is a steel drum interlude of sorts that transitions from one section of Dear Innovare to the next. The first several tracks were about so many pioneers, but from here on out this is going to involve several people who had their works shamelessly copied whether it was attempted or sadly involving cases where the clones become more popular than the originals. Expect several truth bombs in musical and/or poetic form.

This meme is from some e cards.

Ospreyshire Origins: Boyd Bedsteads

Lyrics:

An unmarked grave is where my mortal frame rests, yet my inventions let people sleep in style
Wooden frames and canopies were built for luxury and durability where commoners can sleep like kings and queens even to this day
While Ohio and Kentucky weren’t always kind to me, I knew I had to have a twin set of endurance
My ethic, diligence, and carpentry had to see me through and spring into action
Brothers, sister, your freedom was paid for from my classy beds patent or not
They saw my name on every frame
I wish my company would’ve withstood the flames of envious arsonists
I would free those who were like me
My life has been used for the greater good
Let me rest


Here’s another case of a former slave doing for self. This is Henry Boyd. The Kentucky-born and later Ohio-based man would become a carpenter/furniture maker in his own right. He crafted some of the fanciest beds around that nowadays are worth a pretty penny in antique form. However, he deserved better. His businesses went ablaze by jealous racists. I would bet you those same people would be the ones to tell black people to pick themselves up by their bootstraps (how ironic and fallacious).

Here’s a fact about the acousmatics of this piece. I used a pair of drumsticks to hit different parts of my own bed and mattress to create the percussive soundscapes before multitracking them.

The photo of Henry Boyd is from the Northern Kentucky Tribune.

Ospreyshire Origins: T. Jennings: Cleaning Up the Patent Competition

Lyrics:

America, you needed to be cleaned up in so many ways
I was only one man, but I had to make things right on a twofold account
I started with your laundry
There would be a new kind of care for your clothes and I did it in a dry fashion like you’ve never seen before
Millions of businesses would be created because of me

Next came real freedom fighters
The bread I got from my invention
Went towards those who wanted every man, woman, and child
To be free and equal
Its more than what a piece of paper could say
I hope they keep on fighting

How does it feel seeing a man like me being the first of his community to own a patent?


Dry cleaning isn’t the most exciting thing to talk about which we can all agree on. What did get fascinating was who invented that form of laundry maintenance and how the funds were used afterwards. This is Thomas Jennings. He was a freeman who mainly worked as a tailor. He created a method called dry scouring which is the archetype for dry cleaning. He actually used the money to buy the freedom of other slaves in America which I massively respect on so many levels. Imagine how many businesses were and still are created today. Also, Thomas Jennings is the first African-American to receive a patent which is even more important in hindsight because he did this before it became illegal for black people to get patents (we’ll talk about that in other posts) before it was reinstated that anyone can make a patent regardless of ethnic stock.

Think about these things the next time you have to get your fancy suits or dresses to the dry cleaning shop.

The image of Thomas Jennings is from Post News Group.

Ospreyshire Origins: Keep On Building, Otis!

Lyrics:

His mom’s heart stopped beating
Those tears were enabling
To ensure every heart can keep
Beating at healthy paces
Keep on building

So many robberies and extortion
Plagued many businesses
The front end would take the
Brunt of it until he improved
On those registers
Keep on building

Monitors, keyboards, and programming
Would craft into a high-tech archetype
For an eventual household and office item
Games, research, and work can be done
Nothing personal, just a computer
Keep on building


This edition of Ospreyshire Origins involves the inventor Otis Boykin. He’s got a bunch of patents under his belt. These verses deal with some of his major works such as the pacemaker in verse 1, cash registers in verse 2, and IBM computers in the final verse. It’s only the tip of the iceberg as he also created electric resisters and other innovations. This song was also an Ospreyshire first as it incorporated a lap dulcimer as a main instrument for an acoustic vibe.

This photo of Otis Boykin is from the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Double Neat! I was nominated twice for the Real Blog Award!

Here I go again with these delayed award posts! Sorry about that. Recently I was nominated by two different bloggers for the Real Neat Blog Award. They are AK from Everything Is Bad For You and Red Metal at Extra Life. Thank you so much, guys!

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Here are the rules:

1. Display the logo
2. Thank the bloggers for the award.
3. Answer the questions from the one who nominated you.
4. Nominate 7 to 10 bloggers.
5. Ask them 7 questions.

Here we go now, and I’ll start with AK’s questions first.

1) Is there a game, book, or other work that you’d like to experience but that you can’t because it’s untranslated, not ported, or otherwise inaccessible?

Good question. It would be cool to play Dance Dance Revolution Club Version for Dreamcast.

2) What’s one work that really affected you or stuck with you in the last year, and why do you think it did?

Since discovering Ousmane Sebene, his debut feature film Black Girl really affected me. As someone with a film background, I was angry not knowing about this director. This work was incredible as it had great metaphors about neo-colonization and some of the most realistic displays of racism with various dog whistles from the French people against the Senegalese main character and the story was so believable and still relevant despite being made in the 60s.

3) If you could revive one series of works that’s been abandoned or dropped by its creators for any reason, what series would it be and why?

Despite the stream of remakes going on over the past few years, I would actually like to see a remake of Shinesman. I know the manga went farther and the satire could still work especially with the glut of superhero media even if Shinesman parodies Power Rangers/Super Sentai. If that got dubbed, then need to get the original English VA cast for it if they can still pull off the voices.

4) When it comes to music, do you prefer songs with vocals and lyrics or instrumental pieces, or do you have a preference at all? If you prefer one type over the other, why do you think that is?

I don’t have a preference at all, actually.

5) When was the last time you bought a magazine, newspaper, or other form of print media?

This was months ago and I bout a book from Dr. Amos Wilson. I’m glad to discover his work on anti-racism and black psychology last year. I’m also not counting e-books, by the way.

6) Is there a holiday you don’t get to celebrate/take off because of family or work reasons but that you wish you could?

Depends on my schedule with work. I know I get Christmas and Easter off which is guaranteed. I’d say Juneteenth would be excellent having that off on so many levels.

7) If you had to create a new holiday, when would it be and what would it involve?

I would make a commemorative holiday for Black Wall Street. This will be a federal holiday where schools and businesses will close to honor those that were affected by that horrific attack. Next year will be the 100 year anniversary. NEVER FORGET!
Now for Red Metal’s questions:

1. What is your favorite variety of meat? Or if you don’t eat meat what is your favorite meat substitute?

Seitan. News flash, I’m a vegetarian! Most of you didn’t know that fact about me.

2. If you could permanently remove one installment from a series you like (which would erase its existence from everyone’s memory), which one would you choose?

I do like Ghost In The Shell. As much as I was disappointed in the GITS sequel and some of the Arise prequels, but at least they offer decent elements to the overall story. If there was one thing I could erase from that series, then (to the surprise of no one) I would erase that live-action remake. Shame on the directors and shaming on the casting agents who thought it was a good idea to let Black Widow play the Major. #Whitewashing

3. If you lost a bet, would you rather read the worst book, play the worst game, listen to the worst album, or watch the worst film that you know of?

I’d say reading the worst book because I’d likely forget about it the most out of those options.

4. If you won a bet, what kind of punishment would be in store for your friend?

MWAHAHAHAHAHA!!! If this was a good friend of mine, I would be a bit soft by making them do 100 pushups and then a mile run. Side note: I did 100 pushups a day all throughout December. If this was a frenemy, I would have them be a part of a pro wrestling match against “Big Wavy” Roy Johnson. Here’s a sample of what would happen. #PounceParty

5. What is your favorite month of the year?

October. I’m biased since I was born that month.

6. What is a piece of obscure trivia you like to mention during social gatherings?

I’m full of obscure trivia. Hahaha! I think the ones I mention somewhat frequently are smart apartments in Kenya that use iPads to control the AC, kitchen stoves, ovens, lights, etc. It’s great mentioning facts that destroy stereotypes about Africa.

7. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose? In this hypothetical situation, assume your choice would grant you complete fluency in the area’s official language.

Speaking of Africa, one place I would like to live would be Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. I have a bit of fluency in Lingala, but being fully fluent in that and the other Congolese languages would be sweet. I saw very fascinating things in pictures and video, it’s quite modern, and there’s lots of things to do in the country.

8. What is the longest amount of time you’ve ever driven a car or other vehicle in one sitting?

It was en route to Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, Illinois. That’s a 4.5-5 hour drive despite being from the same state. I’m from the Northern part of the Land of Lincoln and Bushnell is a tiny farm town in West Central Illinois. The closest city to it is Macomb which is 20 minutes away and there’s nothing major besides Western Illinois University. Driving can be a bit easy once you get outside the Chicagoland area, but it can be tiresome seeing cornfields and farms for most of the scenery.

9. What is the most annoying fictional character you can think of?

I can think of several. Haha! I think a ton of the Disney Princesses are annoying to me with most of them being Mary Sues, spoiled brats, get helped by too many plot coupons/plot conveniences, and I can’t see how people can relate to them.

10. What is the most underrated fictional character you can think of?

Yugo Beppu from Yugo the Negotiator.  I like how he’s intelligent, culturally aware, and has an extraordinary level of toughness despite not being a violent person. However, there’s one superhero I want to check out called Mr. Terrific. I heard he is good in the comics and that his character was butchered in Arrow.

11. With the decade coming to a close, would you say this was a good period for films, comics, animation, music, literature, or video games?

It was good with the indie and international films I saw, more or less. It was the decade of mediocrity and a tremendous lack of originality in Hollywood with pointless sequels, prequels, adaptations, and of course…so. Many. Freaking. Useless. REMAKES!

Alright. Here are my 7 questions for my nominees.

1. If you’re favorite band’s lead singer quit, who would be a good replacement for them?
2. Who is a supporting character in a movie or TV series that should get their own spin-off? (this can be live-action or animated)
3. The world would be a better place to live in if…?
4. What was the biggest fact or story that really opened your eyes about reality?
5. Which language would you want to learn that isn’t an official tongue in your nation and which places would you visit that uses that language?
6. What is something that you wished never got ripped off or stolen?
7. If you can give great advice in just four words, what would they be?

Nominees:

Rodrovich
Al’s Manga Blog
Kreb
David Boone
Bill Ziegler
The Alchemist
Nesie’s Place

Ospreyshire Origins: Restoring Sight While Laser Focused

Lyrics:

No one ever believed the blind could be restored to see
Those were saved for fairy tales
Science had to be called into change reality and several lives
It took a woman’s touch to make it happen
There would be an innovative way to wash the blindness away
Under medical watch and an array of lasers
This medical maven would shape reality
First was oblivion
Then came walking trees
Next was technicolor sight
No spit was involved
But technology and pure scientific grit

The eyes have it now (X3)


Much like the previous track, this is a one-two punch of female innovators. This track is about the ophthalmologist Dr. Patricia Bath. She invented the Laserphaco probe. That’s a device that was able to remove cataracts via laser technology and it has proven to restore sight with new lenses. This invention also makes Dr. Bath the first African-American woman to have a medical patent to her name which is another plus. Imagine how many people would be permanently blind without her creation? From a musical standpoint, I wanted to have more of a peaceful and ambient feel while I picture someone getting their sight regained. It was soothing doing the programming for that recording.

The picture of Dr. Patricia Bath is from The Scientist Magazine.

Been a while since I did one of these tags: The Geeky Childhood Tag

So, I got hit with various awards and tags across two of my blogs. I’ll interrupt the usual Ospreyshire Origins posts, and give you something more fun. This is the Geeky Childhood Tag, and I was tagged by Merlin. He’s a blogger I’ve contacted with various posts and we’ve had interesting conversations for some topics. Merlin, I do apologize if I came off as some pessimistic person when it came to some of your Sunday Wisdom posts. There are no hard feelings here and I do like reading certain posts of yours. This does feel kind of weird doing this kind of post since my tastes in media is drastically different more often than not when I was a kid, but I think some of you might find this mildly entertaining. Here we go…

Where did your geek come from? Parents? Siblings? Destiny?

Good question. I’ll jokingly say destiny with the things I watched and read. Then again, I was geeky about multiple things. Not just nerdy things like animation or comics, but books, history, and geography (we’ll be going back to that subject later) came naturally since my parents encouraged me to read when I wasn’t watching cartoons or movies.

The First Geeky Thing You Got Into

I guess Marvel. I was a huge fan of the 90s X-Men cartoon and I had a collection of action figures of various superheroes. I did pay attention to some of the DC stuff since the Batman cartoon was there as well.

Favorite TV Show as a Kid

Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego, all the way! Not the cartoon version, but the game show. That show is responsible for getting me into geography in addition to finding an interest in so many cultures which continues to this day. I learned a ton about countries, flags, landmarks, etc. Not to mention this has one of the best theme songs in 90s TV bar none. It was a dream of mine to be a contestant on the show, winning the whole thing, and saying “DO IT, ROCKAPELLA!” when I was a child.

Favorite Movie as a Kid

This is a tough question because I did like a bunch of different films, but I hate or are apathetic to a bunch of them that I like. Granted, I’m ashamed to admit that I used to like a certain rip-off movie that came out during my childhood, but we’re not going to talk about it. Maybe as some placeholder, I’ll say Tiny Toons: How I Spent My Summer Vacation. I used to know most of the lines of that film after seeing it so much.

Favorite Video Game as a Kid

I was big into fighting games and a lot of old-school Sonic the Hedgehog games. For me, it was Marvel Vs. Capcom 2. Yes, I know that game is broken as heck, but that crossover series was nerd heaven for me. As a kid, I was like…”Wait, Megaman and Wolverine are in the same game? I NEED TO PLAY THIS!”. The tag team fighting was really fun and I remember beating so many people at that game including getting high scores in the local arcade. Not to mention I felt like getting hipster points because I knew who most of these characters were before the MCU existed. Just saying.

Favorite Book as a Kid

I was really big into the Animorphs series when I was a kid. I thought the concept and cover art in each volume was so fascinating. There was that TV adaptation, but I want to pretend it never existed. If we’re talking about poetry books, then it would be Shel Silverstein’s works.

Favorite Memory as a Kid

Definitely my 6th birthday party. My birthday is in late October and we had a Halloween-themed party where my friends and family were in costume. I remember getting cool presents, there were multiple activities going on, and everyone had so much fun. My party had people of all ethnic groups, class, and creed which was amazing in hindsight. One funny thing that happened was the pinata wouldn’t break, so my granddad got out a chainsaw to open it, so we could have the candy!

A Character You Looked Up To as a Kid

In a weird way, I would say Bishop from X-Men. Okay, he was only in a few episodes throughout the entire series, but he was the first black male superhero I had ever seen in my life, so (interracial parentage aside) this was the first hero who was like me. Bishop was tough, had cool powers in the cartoon and the comics, and he’s someone you can take seriously. I wish he had his own series of sorts and X-Men: Days of Future Past (the movie) REALLY didn’t do him any favors.

A Character That Scared You as a Kid

Ursula from The Little Mermaid absolutely terrified me as a kid. I didn’t know all the reasons why. I wasn’t sure if it was the whole octopus/human hybrid design, her just being nasty in general, and/or having multiple nightmare fuel scenes for me at the time.

A Movie That Scared You as a Kid

I certainly wasn’t allowed to watch a lot of objectively scary movies as a kid. Keep in mind, I didn’t watch my first PG-13 movie until I was 13, by the way. I guess the scariest movie I was allowed to watch then might have been Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom which I saw at school of all places when I was in 6th grade. That scene with the guy getting his heart ripped out legit disturbed me. How was this ONLY PG?!?

Now I get to tag others for this thing…

Inskidee
Karandi
Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews
Irina
Ameithyst