This U.K. duo are game changers.
Popdust's new favorite bombastic, grunge-pop outfit Cherryade are magnificently rebelling against the goody-two-shoes jingle of mainstream pop music one track at a time. Gliding across a dirty, provocative lyric and an immense production thickness -- thanks to the handy craftwork of Lewis Gardiner -- the British duo bite their thumbs at "religion and going to a religious school" with their dizzying new track, Houdini. A transparent reference to American illusionist and stunt performer Harry Houdini, the song acts as an evocative metaphor for their life-changing experience at a time when they were vulnerable and susceptible to suggestion.
In just over three minutes, their cutting commentary reveals a deeper turmoil and struggle to understand religiosity and blatant hypocrisy. They continue of the song, "The priest was later convicted for being a pedophile, the music teacher was apparently fired for cheating on his wife with a male student, and all the time we were the one's being judged and told what was right and wrong. When you're young and naive the last thing you need is more people telling you who you should be, and once you're caught in that web it's not an easy thing to get out of."
As the duo examines this pivotal moment in their lives (through peeling back the curtain on the religious establishment), they achieve ultimate self-worth. Houdini follows two previously released (and quite exquisite) singles, Fractured Fairytales and The Crown.
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Even to this day, "Dark Tournament" remains the defining shonen "Tournament Arc."
Oftentimes, it's impossible to separate the quality of the anime we grew up watching from the sense of nostalgia those series evoke.
Case in point: Dragon Ball Z. Historically, DBZ is likely the most influential anime series of all time, both redefining the shonen genre for every series that came after it and introducing an entire generation of Western kids to Japanese animation through the legendary Funimation dub on Cartoon Network's Toonami block. Chances are high that if you meet someone who loves anime and grew up in the late '90s or early 2000s, they'll have a deeply personal bond with DBZ.
At the same time, it's hard to argue that DBZ holds up in the modern day, especially for new viewers coming in with fresh eyes. The pacing of the original series is super slow, the fights drag out forever, and while DBZ created so many of shonen's most prevalent tropes ("This isn't even my final form!"), almost everything DBZ ever did has since been done better by other series.
About a year after being accused of selling furniture to ICE detention centers, e-commerce site Wayfair is in another controversy.
Wayfair, the e-commerce website beloved by millennials on a budget who don't want their apartments to look just like IKEA showrooms, is no stranger to controversy.
Last summer, employees of the company organized a protest after allegations surfaced that Wayfair had sold $200,000 worth of furniture to border detention facilities. Now, Wayfair is being suspected of trafficking missing children in their furniture.