Avidd Music Friday Presents: Saitei!

Yo! We have returned with another installment of our music artist segment known as Avidd Music Friday! In case you’re wondering what this segment is about; this is where we highlight up-and-coming artists, DJs, and producers from around the world, as well as promote their music on our blog. If your interested in being a part of this segment and you want us to highlight your music, head to our Contact Us page and be sure to give us links to your music (via Spotify, Youtube, Apple Music, etc.) This time around we’ve got an awesome artist based our of South London! For our Avidd Music Friday segment our selection is Saitei!

You can check him out on Spotify, TikTok, and Instagram

Saitei (who is currently based on South London) broke into the music scene post-quarantine. He’s known for his quirky demeanor, dark and witty comical lyrical style when it comes to his music. His style combines UK Hip-Hop with Heavy Metal as he’s creating a new genre called “Drill Metal”. Although compared to other artists like the late XXXTentacion, Scarlxrd, and Childish Gambino, Saitei is bringing something different, unorthodox, and strangely pleasant to the music scene.

Here’s a little snippet of his London Ghoul press release:

Originating as a 30 second rap posted to Tik-Tok, the single now named London Ghoul quickly rose in popularity, gaining over 250k views and received many requests from fans for a full version. The track was conceived by popular demand, by UK Drill style rapper, Saitei who explains that he realized the lyrics related to him and the changes he’s endured that helped him grow stronger as life evolves.

Saitei, the 23-year-old rapper and law student from London is making a big name for himself in Western and Japanese niche markets globally. With over 280k followers on tik-tok and tens of thousands of fans on Instagram and YouTube, he’s quickly securing worldwide recognition for his popular videos, and music which he writes,
produces, and sings himself.

One thing that sets the UK based London Ghoul Producer apart, is Saitei’s ability to bring Hip-Hop and Drill-Rap to the Japanese music scene and combining them effortlessly, incorporating dark and energetic styles to his music. With popular single hits like,”Tokyo Lockdown” and “Whoopty” released earlier this year, Saitei mentions that London Ghoul might be his last solo drill track in a while, as he sets out to discover himself and explore different genres, giving us an insight on many different vibes and new, fresh sounds to come from the young rapper.

You can find Saitei on Spotify, Instagram, and other social media!

Well guys, that will do it for this segment! As we mentioned before, if you want us to highlight you as an artist, DJ, or a producer, hit us up on our Contact Us page. Until next post, stay nerdy! 😉


Anime REvisited: And You Thought There Is Never A Girl Online Episode 7!

We have returned with yet another anime episode review from our Anime REvisited pick; And You Thought There Is Never A Girl Online! When it comes to rom-com anime there’s always the infamous “Beach Episode”, so let’s suit up and Jump in!

Main Cast

Now that school is over, Hideki and the others are on their way to the net game’s version of summer camp; however for 24 hours none of the club members are allowed anywhere near a laptop or a computer as part of a special curbing exercise from net gaming. This was all a part of Kyo’s plan to help Ako realize that real life can be just as fun as net game life, and that she needs to have a chance to enjoy real-life experiences like a regular teenage girl – a normie girl. With this episode being a beach episode, be prepared to expect the following if you watch it; swimsuits (one-piece and two-piece) with a sprinkle of fanservice, the legendary Konami Cheat Code as a reference, and another chance of Hideki asking Ako to be his girlfriend…which backfires again.

After the 24-hour net game ban was lifted, Hideki and the rest of the club members made their way to a hotel that’s doing a cross-promotional event. Hotel guests can log in at the computer room in the lobby and get special bonuses in the game, by making purchases on real-life items. Hideki logged in at first but it looks like his password didn’t take, so he tried it again and it worked. Near the end of the episode while everyone else went to their rooms (in the game we assume) Rusian and Ako stood out in the hallway; as she asked him if he wanted to come into her room for…couples’ things. As they both sat on the bed something strange happened; Rusian disappeared for a moment, then reappeared after that. Any gamer or net gamer out there has had this happen to them at least once in their life, and Hideki is about to find out the hard way…

Yeah, this review is kinda short, but other than it being mostly a beach episode followed by another rejection of real-life love, there’s not a whole lot that happens here. On that note that will do it for this episode review, and as always until our next post, stay nerdy my friends! 😉

Anime REvisited: And You Thought There Is Never A Girl Online Episode 6!

Greetings nerds n’ nerdettes! We have returned once again to bring you another episode review of our Anime REvisited pick that you already know by now; as And You Thought There Is Never A Girl Online! So without further delay, let’s go get it!

The Main Cast

Before the episode starts we find Rusian (Hideki) telling the story of what happened after he was rejected by Nekohime via marriage proposal. While talking with one of his other friends in the game, Rusian discovered that his friend had his proposal rejected by the love of his life as well. Somehow it led up to him telling Rusian why Nekohime rejected him in the first place – as if you rewind back to the first episode the answer is pretty obvious.

Once the school day was over, Hideki and the others met up at the net game club to do some more grinding in L.A. along with Seti (a.k.a. Hanako in real-life). After helping her to complete the side quest Seti gained the Summoner skill; and summoned a small little dog that looked like hers at home. While at the tavern where they usually meet up Kyo mentions that final exams are coming up and that now would be a good time to study for them. Sooo…with that being the case, the class prez decided to put the net gaming club on hiatus until exam week is over. While walking home alongside Ako and talking about studying for the exams, Ako suddenly has the look of a teenager who totaled his/her parents’ car. We’re not ones to judge (cuz’ we’ve been in this situation ourselves), but when 90% of your priorities revolve around MMOs and video games, it’s time to get some help.

In Ako’s case; Rusian and the others helped her study for the finals while inside the game. Once the finals were over, Kyo announced that the net game club will be having a special camp where they’ll be focusing on their physical health while moderating their net gameplay. By the end of the episode (and after talking with Kyo and Akane) Hideki decided that it was time for him to declare his love for Ako; and ask her to be his girlfriend. Well…it backfired hard. During a post credits scene, Ako talked to Akane about why she told Hideki that she said “no” on being his girlfriend; that since she was already his “wife” she thought being a girlfriend in her mind was a demotion, or even that they might get divorced. It’s safe to say that Ako is in love with and married to Hideki’s character in the game and not him in real life; and THAT’S what he’s heartbroken about! Ouch!

Well guys, that will do it for this anime episode review. No worries though; cuz’ there’s more content on the way! Until next post, stay nerdy! 😉

Anime REvisited: And You Thought There Is Never A Girl Online Episode 5!

Hiyo! Guess what? We’re back with another episode review from our Anime REvisited pick; And You Thought There Is Never A Girl Online! I guess what happens now is the review itself, so let’s get to it!

The Cast

Back in L.A. Ako is unsure just how faithful Rusian is to her, or how much he truly cares for her. This led to her wanting to play a different game at the gaming club at school due to Seti being close with Rusian. That game ended up being a first-person shooter crawling with ‘normies’; the very thing Ako hates. Upon playing the game she was actually really good at it, as she took down a lot of other players who were probably veterans. Sometime later Akane’s friend asked Hideki why she wasn’t able to find him in the game, as it was suddenly revealed that she was Seti in the game; tarnishing Akane’s reputation of being popular, and causing Ako to dash off in shock.

A little bit later after school Hideki and the others met at the gaming club, but Ako was nowhere to be seen. In fact no one in the club was able to get in touch with her because she wouldn’t answer her own phone. If no one can reach her in the real world, there was only one other option – jump into L.A. and try and talk to Ako there. The one to do so was Rusian, but Ako stated that she’s “quitting” real life and would rather play Legendary Age for the rest of her life; doing away with school and anything else that reminds her of the real world. Ako also states that she’ll max out her level so that she’ll be reincarnated and stay in L.A. for good, but Rusian doesn’t want that for her. She disappears before Rusian can stop her; leaving Hideki frustrated, and thinking that the net game club that was supposed to help Ako separate between fantasy and reality backfired.

The situation looked bleak but in fact Ms. Saito stated that Ako only cut herself off from the world, and not her friends. Hideki knew that the only person who could get through to Ako was him, so he made a trip to her house. After chatting with her mom about Ako quitting school and gaming for the rest of her life, she gave Hideki the keys to her daughter’s room. (If her dad was around this wouldn’t be happening, but it’s anime after all.) Hideki heads to Ako’s room and tells her that he wants to talk to her, but he ends up walking in on her changing (or at the very least getting naked). He slams the door shut and asks her to “PUT SOME CLOTHES ON!!” and after she says it’s safe to come in…she’s still naked. It’s more funny if you watch the scene then us tell it to you.

Inside Ako’s room Hideki tells her that he’s going to drop out of school and play L.A. with her since that’s what she wants to do. Ako didn’t like the idea because if Hideki dropped out, then the others would miss him. Hideki then stated that Ako would be doing the very same; to which she agreed. To Ako; real life is rather tough, and it was hard for her to make friends because all she wanted to do was play net games. Rusian (Hideki) was the same way, but he told Ako and if she tried just a little bit to accept the real world into her life, he would be right there by her side like a real husband to his wife. By the end of the episode it looks like Ako has some newfound confidence for the real world, thanks to Akane’s friend (Seti) telling the other girls how awesome her ‘boyfriend’ is.

Now that we’re close to the halfway mark of the series it looks like Ako is experiencing what it’s like to have real friends that love and care about her. This one’s kind of a touching episode to an extent, as Ako appears to be having a real breakthrough – in her own way. On that note that will do it for this episode review, but if you know us by now (and we’re pretty sure you do), we’ll be back with more awesome content for the blog!

Until next post, stay nerdy! 😉

Avidd Music Friday: RC The Artist

What’s good, anime fam! Welcome to the first Avidd Music Friday segment since March; where we highlight up and coming music artists, DJ’s, and producers! We’ve received several comment submissions of many musical artists that are interested in being a part of this fairly-new segment. Tonight, we introduce a young artist that you definitely should keep and eye on! If you’re a fan of anime and hip-hop, then you’re gonna love this artist! For our first Avidd Music Friday, check out RC The Artist! 😉

RC the Artist – Blow (Bakugo Rap) [My Hero Academia]
RC the Artist – Yin Yang Rap (Prod. by Gravy Beats)

If you love the music of our artist pick, you can check them out on their Youtube page by clicking on one of the videos. That will do it for our music segment, but next Friday we’ll be showcasing music from another artist, DJ, or producer. If you want us to showcase your music on this segment, feel free to go to our Contact Us page and drop us a comment submission! Until next post, stay nerdy my friends! 😉

Anime REvisited: And You Thought There Is Never A Girl Online Episode 4!

Hey, welcome back! So here we go again with another episode review from our Anime REvisited pick; And You Thought There Is Never A Girl Online! It’s time for episode number four so here we go!

Main Cast

Sometime after Rusian (Hideki) declared his love for Nekohime (Ms. Sato), he decided to go off on his own and find another guild to be a part of. Through his travels he did find one, however the guild master upon interviewing Rusian told him that in real life; they are hardcore, never-seen-the-sun-in-months, gamers. If he’s not prepared to forfeit his own career or drop out of high school, then without a doubt the guild master told Rusian that this guild was not for him. (In fact they game so hard that they’re able to max out all of their stats and reincarnate; taking all of their character’s former skills and traits with them to their new character.) This of course is the story he told Ako, who along with Akane and Kyo is still trying to get her to see the difference between the game, and reality.

Back at the gaming club the usual nerdy shenanigans continue; with Kyo telling the others that a new patch update contains a mystery box that players can get, for a small fee. Akane of course is doing her best to keep her school rep in-check; that is until her best friend finds out which pretty much causes her to enter an “anime depression” state. While that’s happening in the real world, Rusian and Ako spend some time having fun and going different places – almost as if they’re a real-life couple. They eventually run into Nekohime; who happened to be with her old guild mates (one of which is a reference to a certain sword wielder from Final Fantasy VII), but Rusian wanted nothing to do with Neko’s crazy fanbase so he and Ako fled the scene.

Somewhere in the mix they encountered a new player named Seti; who Rusian helped so that she can learn about her skills and play the game a little better. Although it’s not fully translated in the real world, Ako is now unsure that with these girls chatting with Rusian (first Nekohime and now Seti) in the game, that she’s afraid he would be faithful to her. Mind you; this is only in the game, but could it be that IRL Ako might be having feelings for IRL Hideki?

If you haven’t gotten the chance to see this series yet, I’d say don’t go into it with super-high expectations. It’s a rom-com about net gamer issues, romance, and school life. It’s one of those anime titles that while the plot doesn’t grab you right away, some of the characters like Ako are relatable to a certain degree. Most of the people in the anime community are net gamers as well; and some are even hardcore grinders like the guild master that Rusian met earlier in the episode. Nevertheless it’s a decent comedy that doesn’t go crazy with fanservice, so if you think it’s right up your alley, give this title a shot!

That’s it for this review, so until next post, stay nerdy! 😉

D&A Anime Blog: Avidd Music Friday Returns Next Week!!

Awhile back we did a segment that highlighted upcoming artists and producers in music, however as life got in the way we weren’t able to maintain its consistency. Thankfully that is now about to change, as we plan on taking another shot at this new segment! Starting May 21st (next Friday) Avidd Music Friday is back on the blog! So if you’re an up and coming music artist (be it Nerdcore, Electronic, Hip-Hop, etc.), DJ, or a producer who wants us to highlight your music artistry for our Friday night segment, head to our Contact Us page and send us a submission. If you also happen to have a Spotify account, we can also add your music to our music listening page “The Lounge”. That’s the update, but as always we’ve got more content coming your way! Until next post, stay nerdy! 😉

Avidd Music Friday Returns Next Week!!

Anime REvisited: And You Thought There Is Never A Girl Online Episode 3!

Welcome back guys! Its high time for another anime review from our Anime REvisited pick; And You Thought There Is Never A Girl Online. With it being the third episode of the series we’re pretty much out of the introductory phase, so now comes the sustained challenge of the members of the main cast helping Ako (Tamaki) distinguish between the game, and reality. Let’s see how that’s going, shall we?

The main cast!

Kicking off the third episode Rusian meet up with Nekohime; the magical catgirl who says that she’s actually a guy in his 40’s in real life. It appears that Rusian (Hideki) is pretty much ok with the fact that despite Nekohime’s real-life identity as a dude in his 40’s, he still thinks she’s cute – though that might change later. Back at school Hideki and the others are having their usual L.A. gaming sessions as they head to a mountain full of fire and fire golems; battling against them and collecting EXP, loot, and whatnot.

Midway through the episode Hideki chats with Ako in hopes that she’s starting to understand that the game and reality are two different things. He just wants to be friends in real life and tries to remind her to call him by his real name, and not his game name. Although it’s still a challenge it seemingly looks like slight progress has been made, however a sudden dilemma occurs as the class president Kyo tells the net gaming club members (Hideki, Ako, and Akane) that without an advisor for the club, its legitimacy is in jeopardy. With that in mind Hideki asked Ako to meet with him at the gaming club in one big last attempt to help her differentiate between L.A. and reality. (Prior to this he asked Nekohime for advice on how to help Ako with this issue as well.)

It backfired terribly; as Ako accused Rusian (NOT Hideki) of cheating on her with another woman, due to him confronting her about her gaming addiction. This is usually the time after the intervention, where you hope to God that the other party (with the addiction) doesn’t do anything irrational; or anything that’ll put them in prison! In this case; Ako states that she has some ‘important business’ to attend to after meeting up with Rusian and the others in-game, which raises some red flags for the crew IRL.

Near the end of the episode Hideki still can’t seem to grasp why Ako doesn’t understand the difference between the game and reality, but after some assurance from Akane and Kyo about him stepping up and going after Ako because he genuinely cares for her (and concerned for her safety), Hideki races to the place where he initially met Ako. He tells her that as his in-game husband he doesn’t approve of her offline meeting, but it turns out the person that Ako is meeting wasn’t a man, but it was actually his homeroom teacher – who was a woman. Not just any woman, but Hideki’s homeroom teacher Ms. Sato (aka Nekohime).

After realization hit Hideki in the face that he, in fact, purposed to his homeroom teacher, Ako confronts her and appears to take out some kind of weapon and lunges at her; not realizing that due to the line between fantasy and reality being blurred in her mind, that she could be criminally charged with assault and battery. (That is if Ms. Sato hadn’t close-lined her.) Needless to say, Ako is a work in progress…we hope.

Other than another member of the cast being introduced (somewhat) and Ako still having issues, there’s not a whole lot that happens in this episode. The content is relatable, as some of us may have been in Ako’s shoes at some point in time. MMO’s and video games are awesome, but we gotta remember that even though we hate it, adulting is something that we eventually got to do. We’re not saying you gotta be an adult 24/7, but if you’re able to find that balance while still enjoying life, then you’re doing it right…we hope.

That will do it for our episode review, but as always there is still more content to come from us at D&A! Until next post, stay nerdy! 😉

Anime REvisited: And You Thought There Is Never A Girl Online Episode 2!

Guess what? We’re back with another episode review from our Anime REvisited pick And You Thought There Is Never A Girl Online! So far you’ve met the main cast of Hideki, Ako, Akane, and Kyo; the guild from Legendary Age known as Guild Alley Cats. So what happens now that the guild members have met in real life? We’ll tell you!

The main cast!

Now that the cast has met up and introduced themselves in the previous episode, Hideki discusses with Ako that who he is in the game and who he is in real life are two different people. Sadly like many instances in our real world, Ako is unable to distinguish the difference between the game and reality; which became a real problem for Hideki and Akane when she addressed them by their L.A. character names. So they had an intervention with Ako to help her understand that as long as they’re in school, she must address them by their real names.

Ako seemed to understand, but the real icing on the cake was when class president Kyo decided to create an after school net gaming club; so that Ako can see Hideki as his real-life form, and not his in-game character Rusian.

The pacing of the series doesn’t appear that it’s going too fast because there’s not a whole lot going on in the story for the moment. With MMO storylines this is usually the case if the balance is geared more towards the real world and the online world, although there are a few exceptions regarding this (Log Horizon and SAO come to mind). Hideki wants to make sure that Ako realizes that who he is in the game and who he is in real life are separate, but when dealing with someone as persistent as Ako, this task is easier said than done.

Will the high school otaku prove to his real-life waifu that he’s not the man she thought he was in real-life, as he is in the game? Guess you’ll have to wait until our next episode review to find out! Until next post, stay nerdy my friends! 😉

Anime REvisited: And You Thought There Is Never A Girl Online Episode 1!

Sup nerds n’ nerdettes! We have arrived with the return of our world famous Anime REvisited segment! This time we got a pick that many of you probably haven’t seen, or maybe you have seen it but for some reason it flew under the radar. In any case if you like shows like Confessions of an MMO Junkie or Gamers, then this title just might be up your alley! This time around; we’re reviewing And You Thought There Is Never A Girl Online.

The Cast!

Anyone who is a gamer nerd (preferably an MMO junkie) is pretty familiar with the mechanics and how these types of games work. You join a party or go solo, beat baddies and bosses to level up, collect rare items and armor, rinse and repeat. There are no teenage girls with freakishly large guns or overpowered MC’s with underpowered support characters; just some good ol’ fashioned slice-of-life comedy about gaming, and walking that fine line between fantasy and reality. In the first episode you me Rusian (his real name Hideki Nishimura), and he’s a part of a guild that he joined a year before the start of the series. In real life he’s a high school student who loves anime and video games (which is about 99.9% of the anime and gaming community, if you don’t count the creepers).

The MMO that he plays is called Legendary Age (or L.A. for short, and NOT the city in California) and just like any MMO, you can pretty much do what is aforementioned above. Cutting to the chase; Rusian and Ako (Ako Tamaki, a female player in the game) are married in the game, even though he rejected her prior to the marriage due to the fact that the girl he first purposed to actually was a guy in his 40’s in real life. Go figure.

Eventually after the events of school were over for the day, Hideki jumps back online as he and his guild members (Ako, Akane Segawa who goes by ‘Schwein’, and Kyo Goshoin who goes by Apricot) battle more monsters before meeting at an in-game pub. Kyo (Apricot) suggests that the four of them have their first offline get together so they could get to know each other in real life. To that the others including Hideki agree as he of course waits by a huge tree not far from the school. The first to show up is Ako, who looks just like her in-game character but in real-life (and even calls Hideki by his username instead of his real name). Next up was Akane (who despises otakus but secretly is one herself) who found out that Rusian was actually Hideki; the very otaku she didn’t like. Finally there was Kyo, who is the schools class president and probably one of the best players in the game.

By the end of the episode they formally greet one another and hope to have more adventures in L.A., as for Ako…we can only hope she has the capability to distinguish between fantasy and reality in future episodes. This series is actually based off the light novel of the same name, and is a romantic comedy about a girl who’s waaay too addicted to video games that her sense of reality is warpped almost beyond repair. In real life there have been many cases of this happening, which is why anime is like alcohol; you gotta take it in moderation. On that note that’ll do it for our first episode review from our Anime REvisited pick, but there’s more content to come so stay tuned! 😉