Blast From the Past :: Cartoon Edition (Part 1)

Written By: Lauren

If you were born in the 90s, chances are, you’ve watched the same cartoons I have. Titles like “Courage the Cowardly Dog,” “The Powerpuff Girls,” “Dexter’s Laboratory,” and “Tom & Jerry” probably hit close to home.

In the Cartoon Edition of “Blast From the Past,” I’ll be jumping in the time machine and reliving my childhood. Maybe I’ll even jog some great memories from yours or get you to re-watch the series all over again, as I have.

This is no particular order, as I love all of these shows equally. This is only part 1 of the cartoon edition, written by yours truly, Lauren!

1 ) “Courage the Cowardly Dog” (1999-2002)

I’m a big fan of horror. I guess some of that influence comes from watching shows like “Courage the Cowardly Dog” and “The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy” as a kid.

“Courage the Cowardly Dog” revolves around a pink, cowardly dog named Courage who lives with Muriel and Eustace Bagges in the middle of Nowhere (the town is literally named “Nowhere”). Strange things happen to the family on a daily basis, and it’s always up to Courage to save his family from the perils of living in the middle of Nowhere, where the doctors, police, and authorities are useless.

Guided by his own instincts, and occasionally help from his talking computer or a generous character, Courage wards off creepy monsters to protect the people he loves… and often gets involved in situations difficult to get out of. If you’re into creepy stuff, this is the cartoon for you (and for me).

I mean, who can forget characters like Katz, Le Quack, Freaky Fred, and Di Lung, that one Asian guy with the memorable laugh? (I’m Asian, by the way.)

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The Ruby Reel (J-Music Recs) :: Record #3

Written By: Weslee

Welcome to back to another installment of Weslee’s J-Music Recommendation! These are purely based on my personal opinion, so you may or may not agree with them, but please be polite in the comments. These posts will be a compilation of my top 5 picks from anything that’s caught my eye, along with them are the song information, links, and music videos! J-Music is not only limited to J-Pop, so there will be a variety of genres within the Japanese music spectrum. Please enjoy Weslee’s Top Five!

Summer is here for most of us now, so I chose some songs that let you lean back and relax, I hope everyone enjoys and has a wonderful weekend!


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Title: Boku no Namae Wo (僕の名前を)

Artist: back number

Album (Single): Boku no Namae Wo (僕の名前を)

Media (Live Action Film): Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (オオカミ少女と黒王子)

Official Site: back number

Thoughts: As the first relaxing song of this post, back number has a great amount of titles that I listen to, but this one is more recent and caught my attention first on the playlist! The acoustics along with light rock elements meld perfectly to create this calming tune, a good choice for playing on a drive home from a long day of work or play.

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The Ruby Reel (K-Music Recs) :: Record #3

Written By: Lauren

Ready for another round of great music? So am I! I’m Ren, and I’m here with six great tracks released this month. I hope you give these tracks a listen, because they all deserve some love!

Many of my favorite groups had a new album this month, including BTS and AOA. There were also several solo releases, such as Woohyun‘s long-anticipated individual album, Write.., and Crush‘s Interlude.

Like usual, this has no specific order. They’re all great!


Track # 1: “Nodding/Still I Remember (끄떡끄떡)” by WOOHYUN (INFINITE)

Album: Write..

Duration: 4:18

Commentary: If you’re a fan of Woohyun and of ballads, this is the song for you. “Nodding” is an emotion-packed track with a good dynamic of highs and lows. Woohyun’s voice enriches the impact of the song, while inviting you deeper into the lyrics. Even though I don’t listen much to ballads, “Nodding” was memorable and catchy, and suited perfectly for Woohyun’s husky, strong vocals. The cinematography of the music video is spectacular and provides more emotional connectivity to the song. Check it out!

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The Ruby Reel (J-Music Recs) :: Record #2

Written By: Weslee

Welcome to back to another installment of Weslee’s J-Music Recommendation! These are purely based on my personal opinion, so you may or may not agree with them, but please be polite in the comments. These posts will be a compilation of my top 5 picks from anything that’s caught my eye, along with them are the song information, links, and music videos! J-Music is not only limited to J-Pop, so there will be a variety of genres within the Japanese music spectrum. Please enjoy Weslee’s Top Five!

I’m mixing it up a bit this time around with old favorites (2000-2009) I had on my music library that popped up, I hope these songs might give some of you nostalgia!


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Title: ORION

Artist: Mika Nakashima (中島 美嘉)

Album: Voice

Media (Drama): Ryūsei no Kizuna (流星の絆)

Official Site: Mika Nakashima

Thoughts: Although this song is not as old (2008), it still has an impact on me even now, Nakashima’s voice upon my first time hearing it back then with her debut in 2003, I was awe-struck by her voice– which can be a smooth baritone or become light and airy easily. This song is one of my favorites from her, and is one of those “lazy days” tunes in my opinion, the overall tempo not too high and low, but at a constant beat that is just natural to me.

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The Ruby Reel (K-Music Recs) :: Record #2

Written By: Lauren

Hello, everyone! I’m here with my second music recommendation list. How did you like my first one? Did you end up liking any of the songs I listed? Hopefully the answer is “yes,” because I’ve got some more tracks this time for you all to check out!

Again, these aren’t in any particular order. Enjoy!


Track # 1: “Save Me” by BTS

Album: The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Epilogue

Duration: 3:16

Commentary: The song is beautiful and draws you in right from the beginning with the smooth vocals. The vocals and music gradually builds up to a faster chorus and a strong instrumental piece. Following the chorus, Suga begins to rap and eases the song into its rap segments. The transitions in this song are smooth and every element of the song fits in well with each other. This emotional track is one of my favorite tracks from the album, and if you are a fan of “Run” or “I Need U,” you’ll definitely like this song.

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The Ruby Reel (K-Music Recs) :: Record #1

Written By: Lauren

Hello, everyone! It’s Ren here with my first music recommendation list. I’ll be compiling playlists of Korean music (especially K-pop, K-R&B, and K-Hip Hop) that I think you should all listen to!

For this Record, I’ll be focusing on some recent releases (within the past few weeks). These are in no particular order. Enjoy!


Track # 1: “Young Forever” by BTS

Album: The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Epilogue

Duration: 3:16

Commentary: The song is beautiful in so many ways. It’s a touching song with strong, emotional vocals and raps and is also Rap Monster’s debut as a composer. Even if you aren’t a BTS fan, you can relate to the meaning of the song and experience the same feelings that fans have when they listen to it. They discuss the feelings that run through their head when they realize that they can only be young for so long and the unexpected destinies that lie ahead of them in the unknown future.

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The Ruby Reel (J-Music Recs) :: Record #1

Written By: Weslee

Welcome to the first official post of Weslee’s J-Music Recommendation! These are purely based on my personal opinion, so you may or may not agree with them, but please be polite in the comments. These posts will be a compilation of my top 5 picks from anything that’s caught my eye, along with them are the song information, links, and music videos! J-Music is not only limited to J-Pop, so there will be a variety of genres within the Japanese music spectrum. Please enjoy Weslee’s Top Five!


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Title: Amakakeru Hoshi (天かける星)  

Artist: Suara (すあら)

Album:  Amakakeru Hoshi (天かける星)

Media (Anime OP): Utawarerumono Itsuwari no Kamen OP2 (うたわれるもの 偽りの仮面)

Official Website: Suara

Thoughts: Suara’s voice alone is enough to make my thoughts transport to another world; the flute notes in this song really do accentuate her voice quite well, the overall composition making me feel ready for a battle! The part with the string instruments was whimsical and created a calmer feature compared to the chorus which focused strongly on the drums. If you are looking for a song to pump you up for battle (of any sorts), I recommend this one.

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