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Layton World Walkthrough Puzzles q-r-s-t

Professor Layton’s live online game of “real” puzzles called Layton’s Mystery Journey: Real World Puzzle Solving or Layton World for short launched to help promote Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy is online. As this is a timed based web based game the puzzles will eventually get lost to time so here we will have an archive of the puzzles as well as hints and solutions for those stuck in any specific puzzle. The puzzles are not that difficult so I would suggest only looking at the answer if you’re completely stumped. Here we will take a look at Puzzles q, r, s, and t.

four Layton World Puzzles
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3 Summery music videos – Music Match V7

In today’s Music Match Volume 7 we have 3 summery music videos. Unlike the past Summer Music Matches which actually had summer music videos, these ones are not so much about summer or invoke the feeling but did originally air or were featured for the most part during the summer months which is why I associate them as “summery” even of not “summer” music videos.
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Looking back on.. Toxic Crusaders

The Toxic Crusaders were set to be the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and even got top treatment in the toy department on behalf of Playmates. While it may seem odd to adapt an animated show from The Toxic Avenger which was not kid friendly, it had been done before. The show failed to catch on though but did it deserve to be TMNT’s rival?

Toxic Crusaders logo cast

The show feels like a typical 90s superhero cartoon with a lot of snark of what it actually is and that works wonders since it’s constantly reminding you the concept of the show is beyond stupid and that somehow makes it watchable. There is plenty of self awareness almost as if it were the Toxic Avenger parodying 90s cartoons and it works really well.

Toxic Crusaders Mutants

I didn’t expect it to like it so much, I thought it’d just be your typical 90s TMNT rip-off and that nostalgia for the 90s would be its only redeemable part. Sadly the tongue in cheek format of the show starts to wear off as the show goes on and it ends up becoming a generic early 90s superhero cartoon. That’s not necessarily a bad thing if you like that, in fact that’s fully what I expected to get when I decided to watch it but that’s not for everyone.

Toxic Crusaders Toxie Flag

The first few episodes were collected and edited together as a “movie” which if you’re a fan of the Toxic Avenger films might be the best way to experience the show without committing to watching the whole series. I did not watch the movie version but those first few episodes really were the strongest and had the most “troma” influence out of the show. but really if you dwelled this far for info then 13 episodes isn’t really that bad to watch it all.

Toxic Crusader Movie VHS

The show pretty much adapted the first film for the most part and it could’ve easily referenced the other two movies by having Toxie got to Japan and it could’ve featured Apocalypse Inc. even if not the actual Devil was the leader. Dr. Killemoff is decent for the most part. But many ideas like his tromatons were used from the movies.

Toxic Avenger Crusaders villains

Oddly enough the idea of having a team of hideously deformed mutants of superhuman size and strength was eventually done in the fourth movie, sadly they created all new mutants instead of some original designs we had in this show. The movie does feature a cameo of animated Toxie in it at least. The mutants had fairly gruesome origins, Junkyard was a hobo who fused with a stray dog, Headbanger was originally two different people Blender and Fender who fused in an experiment gone wrong. No zone and Major disaster didn’t have as great origins but they all can’t be winners.

Toxic Crusaders Animated

If the show had been a success I’m not sure if the second season would’ve fared better and improved or if it would just keep on doing average plots like they had done. But at the very least we got to see a twisted econ friendly version of the Toxic Avenger in his own cartoon along with his Toxic Crusaders.

Looking back on.. Dofus: The Treasures of Kerubim & Dofus Book I: Julith

When I watch a something I like to watch everything ever made for it which can cause problems many times and it did when I watched Wakfu and became a fan of it. I researched and saw that there was another animated show in the Wakfu universe called Dofus aux trésors de Kérubim and even a movie Dofus Book I: Julith.

Dofus Wakfu Shark

It was a bit hard to find any info on it and if you asked fans of Wakfu they would dismiss the show as it being bad and not worth watching besides the first two episodes and the movie. But is it really that bad of a show? I had to watch it for the above reasons anywho so were the general opinions of the show correct?

Dofus Wakfu Waifu
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French Progress #1

As some of you guys know, I am trying to learn as much French as I can in one year. There is at least one article per week on Friday’s that will be French related though other days will also include French content if applicable.

I thought it’d be appropriate to write updates on my progress so far and it’s been about a month since I started my current “phase” of studying. Originally these updates were going to be monthly but I”m starting to think that they’ll be bi monthly or so after this one to have a larger lapse of time to see some results or lack of.

So far I’ve mostly been using the apps I’ve mentioned in another post and even broke the habit of using them only to build up the habit again. I am training about an hour every day, some days I train more and some others a bit less but I’d say the average is about an hour.

So far my progress has been a bit slow, I don’t think I’ve made tons of improvement grammar wise though I do think the vocabulary is starting to stick. Vocabulary is one of those things that you have got to memorize one way or another and through the apps I’m using daily. Even someone like me who forgets the vocabulary often, has been able to retain a good amount of it. I still forget plenty of it and very basic words but I do see a small improvement in my vocabulary.

Besides the apps I am also using some beginners books and podcasts to improve my reading and listening which I will talk about at a later time. I have also made a page to archive all my french posts at miscrave.com/learn-french. So check that out if you’re just starting or want to see what you’ve been missing on.

Layton World Walkthrough Puzzles m-n-o-p

The live online Professor Layton game of “real” puzzles called Layton’s Mystery Journey: Real World Puzzle Solving or Layton World for short is on to help promote Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy. As this is a timed based web based game the puzzles will eventually get lost to time so here we will have an archive of the puzzles as well as hints and solutions for those stuck in any specific puzzle. The puzzles are not that difficult so I would suggest only looking at the answer if you’re completely stumped. Here we will take a look at Puzzles m, n, o and p.

four Layton World Puzzles
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Learn English & French

A quick announcement on some side-projects here at the Rave.

I was a foreign language teacher for a few years and still help people out from time to time. So I thought I’d aggregate some tools and steps for people who are learning English to use and help anyone who is learning with all the experience that I have gathered over the years. The posts will be made every Wednesday and you can see an archive of them by clicking the link below:
https://miscrave.com/learn-english

I am also learning French, and every Friday is #FrenchFriday here at MiscRave for the next year as I try to learn and write articles about my progress and things that have been helping in my path to learning a new language. You can follow the posts every Friday or look at the archive on the link below:
https://miscrave.com/learn-french
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