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We Might Have to Unstan Nirvana Now

Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic praised a recent speech from President Trump.

In the midst of a worldwide health crisis, Black Lives Matter protests, and a president who tear gassed citizens for a photo op, people's true colors are really showing.

Many Nirvana fans have been disappointed by the news that Krist Novoselic, the former bassist of the '90s garage-rock legends, has even a sliver of respect for Donald Trump—going so far as to praise the president's recent Law and Order speech. "Wow!!! I know many of you can't stand him, however, Trump knocked it out of the park with this speech," Novoselic wrote in a post on his personal Facebook page. While the musician denounced Trump's threat to use military force to thwart protestors, he said the president's tone was "strong and direct." Novoselic then went on to cite "leftist insurrection" as a root cause of polarizing politics in the United States, although videos and witness accounts of protests have repeatedly claimed that police are often the first to incite violence, thus causing the "riots."

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Why Yu Yu Hakusho Still Holds Up Better Than Any Other Old School Anime

Even to this day, "Dark Tournament" remains the defining shonen "Tournament Arc."

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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.

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Did you know Post Malone was a huge Nirvana fan?

While the rapper and the iconic 90s band share little in terms of sound and style, their attitudes couldn't be more similar. Both Posty and the late Kurt Cobain's band have songs that rail against the state of society, delve into personal anxieties, and generally give a voice to a portion of a generation that feels left behind.

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