Being grateful doesn’t solely have to use to the large stuff. Every day we’re all grateful for our well being, mates, household, and extra. As we needs to be. However generally it’s simply enjoyable to consider the much less apparent stuff we’re grateful for and there’s no higher time to do this than Thanksgiving. That’s why annually, io9 writes about popular culture creations we’re grateful for. The issues that, throughout 2021, helped make us a little bit happier, a little bit wiser, a little bit higher contemplating… all the pieces.
That doesn’t essentially imply these are the most effective issues we’ve seen or performed. Nor have they got to be new and even that thrilling. They only must be private, from the center, and have resonated in a means that makes us wish to say “Thanks.” You may take a look at our 2020 picks right here and, under, learn the 2021 version.
We’re Grateful For: Bob’s Burgers
I can’t keep in mind the place it was however I noticed any person the opposite day say that Bob’s Burgers isn’t humorous anymore and I truly stated out loud: “How DARE you.” Suffice to say, I’m nonetheless very a lot having fun with the animated collection which is now in its—checks notes—twelfth season! This ridiculous household brings me a lot consolation and pleasure; I activate outdated episodes repeatedly to relive the gags which someway by no means get drained. Bob’s love of speaking to meals. Linda’s impromptu songs. Tina’s obsession with butts. Gene’s utterly inappropriate habits in any state of affairs. Louise’s all the pieces. One of the best are the vacation specials which you’ll run by through the season. I’ll be watching loads of bizarre turkey motion this week, you may wager your candy puns. – Jill Pantozzi
We’re Grateful For: Dune
When Warner Bros. first introduced it was making a new model of Dune, my first intuition was to purchase the e-book. And so I did. I acquired about 30 pages into it, stopped, and put it down for a number of years. Dune’s density made it each an amazing paperweight and all however inconceivable for me to get into with out some context. Positive, I may’ve watched the David Lynch film, however I made a decision I’d wait just a few years for Denis Villeneuve to complete his film so I may be taught all about Paul Atreides and sandworms.
Quick-forward to 2021. I noticed Denis Villeneuve’s film, I beloved it, and like a lot of you, I needed to know what was subsequent. So I dusted off my copy of Dune and was immediately transported to Arrakis. I completed that e-book, I completed the second e-book, and I’m presently studying the third. Frank Herbert’s creativeness has turn out to be my go-to place to flee prior to now few months and though it’s been obtainable to me actually my complete life, that I’m simply now discovering it totally has been a blessing. – Germain Lussier
We’re Grateful For: Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty aired its Thanksgiving episode (or fairly, “Thanksploitation Spectacular”) again in July, odd timing that works with the present’s irreverent angle but additionally offers followers a handy excuse to re-watch the episode—during which a plan to sneakily acquire a Presidential pardon backfires in a riot of grotesque human-turkey hybrids—and even the entire dang fifth season. For a present that always offers off the impression of being overhyped and, even worse, over-commercialized, Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s animated sensation continues to ship persistently intelligent snark whereas dreaming up adventures each intergalactic and intimate for Rick, Morty, and the remainder of the forged to get twisted up in. Not unhealthy for a present that’s been on the air, albeit sporadically, since 2008. – Cheryl Eddy
We’re Grateful For: Cellular Go well with Gundam
Final 12 months’s nonetheless ongoing, nonetheless horrible international pandemic introduced me properly again into the Gundam fold because of a legion of plastic mannequin kits I spent my free time constructing. Whereas I did dip again into the anime final 12 months—largely Gundam Wing, which I found doesn’t maintain up because it did once I was a tween first seeing it a long time in the past—it wasn’t till 2021, and the discharge of Cellular Go well with Gundam: Hathaway on Netflix, that I actually determined to re-examine one in all my favourite animated collection of all time. Ranging from the very starting, I’ve plowed by acquainted exhibits and movies like 0079, Zeta, ZZ, Char’s Counterattack, Unicorn, and The Origin in my free time thus far this 12 months, watched OVAs I’d by no means seen earlier than like F91, and began outdated favorites once more in Victory and Flip A. Revisiting them for the primary time in years, particularly alongside the superb watch alongside/evaluation podcast collection The Nice Gundam Undertaking, rekindled what I like most about Gundam, from its incisive views of not simply struggle however the imperialist and capitalist forces that drive battle, what it has to say about humanity’s future, and maybe one in all my favourite sci-fi ideas round: the developed spacenoids which are Gundam’s Newtypes, empaths compelled to make use of their powers as instruments of battle as a substitute of common connection. And yeah, the robots are fairly cool too. – James Whitbrook
We’re Grateful For: Trendy Pokémon Playing cards
One thing that hasn’t gotten practically sufficient consideration within the ongoing protection of the Pokémon Buying and selling Card Recreation’s renewed reputation is how a lot of an emphasis latest units have placed on turning chase playing cards into intricate little items of artwork. When Pokémon playing cards first hit the streets again within the ‘90s, a card’s rarity image and whether or not or not it was holographic had been two large metrics that the majority people used to find out whether or not or not a card was beneficial. Whereas assessing playing cards that means may make sense from strictly Amassing™ and financial views, it’s by no means been one which lent itself to an appreciation for the illustrations themselves.
Over the previous 25 years, because the sport’s mechanics have modified and developed, the playing cards too have taken on new kinds that put much less emphasis on textual content and extra on the dynamic scenes of the monsters they function. There’s one thing distinctly thrilling about ripping right into a pack of playing cards and catching sight of a full-bleed picture peeking out of the stack of cardboard. It’s not simply that there’s a uncommon card inside, however that always, these playing cards depict scenes meant to evoke the thought of stumbling throughout a wildly magnificent, sudden creature, and being so greatly surprised that each one you are able to do is stare at it. It’s a cool means of translating a component of the Pokémon videogame expertise to a bodily medium, and one of many higher concepts that the Pokémon Firm’s had in recent times. – Charles Pulliam-Moore
Nicely, that’s us! Go away a remark under and share one thing you’re grateful for this 12 months—doesn’t essentially must be pop-tradition associated.
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