A Little Girl & Her Burning Bear

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“Have you seen my bear Tibbers?”

Innocent sounding, but anyone who knows a thing or two about “League of Legends” will know this line instantly. It means PAIN for the receiving end. Burning, fluffy fur and bear claw slashes of PAIN. Simply put, Annie is a serious, competent threat despite her little girl demeanor.

I have long avoided playing Annie for a variety of reasons. Easily considered the most “basic” mage character in the game, Annie uses a straightforward kit that is not flashy when compared to LoL’s entire roster. However, straightforward is very good in this type of game.

When I finally overcame my stubbornness of being “unique,” I started to develop a liking for Annie’s style of play. She is certainly basic, but her strength lies in her raw efficiency for her role. Instead of trying 10x harder to work toward an ideal result, Annie just makes magic happen. So yeah, it is fun to beat people as a little girl.
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Make an Entrance

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If there is one thing I have learned from watching Japanese anime, TV shows or movies, it is that the Japanese culture really LOVES roll calls and transformation sequences (actually, I think Asian cultures in general love roll calls). There is something about taking turns and calling out your name while doing some kind of sequence plus pose that makes my inner five-year-old go nuts. Of course, it is apparently disrespectful to disturb a roll call sequence in progress, but this is a different matter altogether.

Below is a random example using footage from the Super Sentai series (commonly known as Power Rangers to westerners). There are some stylish and cool elements about something that one could chalk up as a very Japanese thing to do.

Dat roll call.