About the DJ: My name’s April. I like reading everything and anything. Most of my time is spent playing video games, and every once in a while I go outside to longboard. I’m the Opinions Editor of the Thunderword, the Highline Community College newspaper.
1. Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
This show changes the lives of anyone who watches it. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend starting right now. This critically acclaimed anime focuses on two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, and their struggle to retrieve their bodies through alchemy. As the show advances it gets darker and darker, but no matter what Ed and Al are always there bring a little light and a little hope for the future.
Tom Delonge, Mark Hoppus, and Travis Barker will forever be the kings of pop-punk. This 90s pop-punk band is one of my favorites. There is no other band that has been able to get away with replicating teen angst better than Blink-182. The masses of fans they’ve acquired are still loyal to this day. Their catchy songs will forever hold a place in my heart as they sing of themes of my high school career.
3. Metal Gear Solid
There are a lot of games out there I could have chosen as my favorite but the Metal Gear Solid video game series has to be it. Its plot and cinematography has made Hideo Kojima a legend among gamers. MGS is badass, and playing as the legendary Big Boss or Solid Snake makes you proud of being a fanboy/girl of such an epic video game series.
Before it was a movie, Watchmen was also a well-known comic book written by Alan Moore. It tells the story of what the world would be like if vigilantes were real. Its themes include the post-Cold War era and the nuclear apocalypse. Something about its heroes helps Watchmen delve deeper into the human condition and less into the common trope of saving the day.
5. Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage
I’ve saved the best for last. Carl Sagan has shown me the beauty behind science. Unlike other science shows, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage is able to unravel the delicate beauty behind science rather than focus on its epic narratives. Even the new adaptation, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, won’t ever be able to achieve what Sagan’s original was able to produce. To this day not only do I feel like Carl is a close friend of mine, but Cosmos has made me a better person full of curiosity and appreciation for the world around me.