I know I have not been completely active on DeviantArt as of late, as I have some pending Brickercup and Blossoomer Next-Gen Month submissions that I really have to take care of. Moreover, it is not really that easy to juggle my stint as an online reviewer, an artist who specializes in mainly Rowdyruff x Powerpuff fanart, thus making them join forces in my headcanon as Team Xtreme, and a student who has his eyes on specializing in Linguistics, Literature, and the Arts in university, given the fact that it is the Red Ribbon Reviewers Month in observation of AIDS Awareness. However, I just want to spend this moment to thank a fine fellow artist, a staunch supporter, and a wonderful friend of mine named Daniel Roberts aka JekyllAndHydeChannel for not only the lovely Christmas gifts he gave to me but for everything he is as a friend and a fan of my fanart and works in general. Now, I am fully aware that there were instructions that I should not open this until Christmas, but there were a few reasons why I had to take immediate action. One is the fact that I will be spending my Christmas break in the Philippines and Hong Kong with my family. It has been five years since I last set foot in Cebu the place where I spent the majority of my life and I firmly believe it is ample time to see my paternal grandmother once again after all of those years. So, waiting until Christmas to open the present was completely out of the question. Two is just plain curiosity. I sort of knew in the back of my mind that the gifts were going to be animation related and my guess was right. So, Daniel, I know I ended up opening these gifts before Christmas but with all of the things that are happening in my life right now, especially my upcoming trip to Cebu and Hong Kong, could you blame me for opening these ahead of time? Still, I want to thank you so much for being so thoughtful and kind and I am eternally grateful for everything you are and all that you have done so far. Going to gifts I have to say that these are really adorable. The blue samurai action figure seems pretty familiar to me but my memory of this particular is really fuzzy. The Cleo stuffed toy is simply put really lovely, as she is one of my favorite Disney animal characters and I am pretty sure she could be useful for stress relief, especially since my A-Level exams are underway. In terms of my experience with the animated show “Braceface”, it is an okay show. Is it better than let’s say “As Told by Ginger” or “Kim Possible”? Not by a long shot, but it is enjoyable on some occasions. I caught snippets of this show when I was tuning into the Disney Channel in Hawaii with my parents as a thirteen-year-old boy, but it never really grew on me too much in spite of its quirky charm. Finally, the little note Daniel wrote was really kind and encouraging in its own special way and I will always cherish it. So, there you have it, my gifts from a very fine person who has always been supportive during my time on DeviantArt. And Daniel, I also wish you a very blessed, happy, and wonderful Christmas and a fulfilling New Year. Thank you for your support, your openness, and your passion. Keep on being a unique and brilliant young man, may you spend your holidays with joy and delight, and I wish you, your family, and friends a lot of love, euphoria, and peace in this holiday season. Take care, my friend.
After her 38-year-old Deutsche Oper Berlin debut as Lucia Ashton from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Signora Gruberova’s stint at this very opera house goes out with a bang with this farewell concert and along the way are more roads less traveled for this diva who is still going very strong. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
It’s Tales of Hoffmann meets Edgar Allan Poe starring a strapping Swedish spinto tenor, a charismatic American lyric mezzo-soprano, a versatile, wide-ranging Romanian lyric soprano who can sing almost anything from coloratura soprano to lyric soprano to spinto soprano, a virile Italian bass-baritone, and a charming German light tenor. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
This Blossoomer fan-child picture, which is part of KatyGorl’s Blossoomer Next-Gen Month, is dedicated to DemigieMaxine who celebrated her birthday yesterday and Juacamo who is celebrating his birthday today. So, I wish you guys a lot of love, joy, happiness, strength, beauty, enthusiasm, triumph, and abundance in your lives as artists and as people. This is also dedicated to all of the Blossoomer shippers out there. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy as we get acquainted with the 17-year-old Beauregard Alain “Beau” Green. Townsville, U.S.A., 2028. Beauregard aka Beau has grown from being a lovable, adorable, lovely young boy into a sensitive, idealistic, popular, charming, well-traveled, brilliant, handsome young gentleman who is on the verge of international stardom. Beau is a twelfth-grade student, much like Bloom and Brittney, and he has his eyes set on The Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, The Julliard School in New York, Pepperdine University, The Tisch School of the Arts, Harvard University, the University of the District of Columbia, University of Notre Dame, Bournemouth University, Royal Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Trinity College, University of South Wales, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, as they can offer a Bachelor’s program in Music, Musicology, Classical Piano, Opera, Chamber Singing, and Contemporary Music. He even has his eye on singing at the Metropolitan Opera House, the Royal Opera House, La Scala, Teatro la Fenice, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, and Wiener Staatsoper, and not just performing as a pianist at the Royal Albert Hall or Carnegie Hall. Beau is quite the musical genius, as he has been playing the piano ever since he was three years old. As he grew, he started to play more classical pieces from composers like Mozart, Pergolesi, Gounod, Bach, Barber, Dvorak, and even Czerny, Liszt, Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms among many other composers. At age seven, he played Schubert’s Ave Maria at an elementary school assembly. This got to the point where his second-grade teacher told Boomer and Blossom that Beau is literally Julliard material. As good as Beau is at playing the piano, there was one thing he wanted to do more than anything in the world and that was singing. Thanks to his mother exposing him to opera at infancy, the then 8-year-old Beau wanted to sing, thus he started out as a member of the Townsville Opera Children’s Chorus in productions of Carmen, Tosca, La Bohéme, Turandot, and Der Rosenkavalier. At age 13, Beau went through puberty and bade farewell to the Townsville Children’s Chorus. However, he ended up having voice lessons with the famous Italian-American tenor Giorgio Gregorio Zampieri. Signore Zampieri recognized that Beau had perfect pitch, a clean and clear tone, a well-supported diaphragm, rather experienced in terms of his choir singing years, and on the verge of becoming an Italianate lyric tenor. Beau began with chamber music specifically with César Franck’s Panis Angelicus, which was to be his signature song. Then at age 15, Beau found himself singing Italian, French, and German art songs and opera arias. It all came to a head when he got himself into the Maria Callas Bel Canto Competition for Young Classical Singers singing “Ah Leve-Toi Soleil” from Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, “La Donna é Mobile” from Verdi’s Rigoletto, “Frisch zum Kampfe” from Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and finally César Franck’s Panis Angelicus all at the age of seventeen years old. For that, he ended up being one of the recipients of the Maria Callas Award for Young Classical Singers. Beau combines his love for piano and classical singing so effectively that he does not need an accompanist to help him. He is essentially his own accompanist on several occasions. Moreover, thanks to his experience in singing art songs in different languages, he is even fluent in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Catalán, Russian, Czech, Hungarian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean among many other languages to the point where he wants to travel to France, Italy, Spain, Czechia, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong and the other European and Asian countries in general. Outside of classical singing, Beau even loves to perform songs and musical numbers like “Feelin’ Good”, “My Baby Just Cares for Me”, “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables, and “Singing in the Rain” from Singing in the Rain. On top of that, he even enjoys singing duets with his brother Brian who is also a tenor, as they both specialize in Italian bel canto. Outside of his musical endeavors, he is also a star student at Townsville High where he is an ace in English, French, Spanish, German, Music, Theater, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Art, and Creative Writing. He even has averages ranging from 98 to even 99%. He is even a member of the Drama, Glee, Photography, and French clubs to the point where shows are given in special occasions and he is usually chosen to play the piano and sing much to the delight of the teachers and the students. His musical charisma has been catching the attention of a lot of girls, boys, and even teachers. So much so, that Beau has become one of the most popular and well-loved young gentlemen at school. Beau enjoys the company of his friends Margaret and Melanie Spicer, Jack Spicer’s and Princess Morbucks-Spicer’s 14-year-old twin daughters, Ken, Rei, and Mai, Toshi’s and Soyen’s 17-year-old son, 16-year-old son, and 15-year-old daughter, as they love to go to the cinema, the amusement park, and even concert halls. Beau keeps himself fit by doing yoga, calisthenics, circuit training, weightlifting, kickboxing, and boxing. In order to ensure balance in his system and heighten his concentration especially in piano-playing, Beau always loves to meditate. Even though the girls are completely attracted to him, Beau is more attracted to guys, as he has a steady relationship with Igor McPherson and mainly looks at his twin brother Gabor as a really good friend. Igor even states that he…
This Blossoomer fan-child picture, which is part of my little sister from another mother Katy’s aka KatyGorl’s Blossoomer Next-Gen Month, is dedicated to Jenna aka lilreddragon11 who celebrated her birthday three days ago and NotUrAvgType, Busterella, and Mordegon’s Belladonna aka ShiEksdee who celebrated their birthdays two days ago. So, I hope you guys had magnificent, phenomenal, awesome, uplifting, euphoric, fantastic, and fabulous birthday celebrations. I wish you a lot of love, joy, happiness, strength, and beauty in your lives as artists and as people. This is also dedicated to all of the Blossoomer shippers out there. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy, as we get to know the 17-year-old Brittney Jane “BJ” Green the second sextuplet daughter of Boomer Green and Blossom Utonium-Green. It is 2028. Brittney Jane aka BJ has grown from being a bright, precocious, tomboyish little girl of seven years old to an articulate, ambitious, idealistic, and adventurous young woman of seventeen who is so ready and willing to put her wonderfully creative and open mind to great use. BJ is a twelfth-grade student, as she skipped a grade alongside Bloom and Beau, at Townsville High and is aiming for a spot in Townsville University, Harvard, Pepperdine University, The Tisch School of the Arts, Julliard, The University of Bournemouth, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Regent’s University, Trinity College, Hunter College, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, the Met Film School Berlin and many other universities which offer a Bachelor’s Degree in Film, Creative Writing, Media Communications, Literature, and Theater. Based on these choices, BJ would love more than anything to amp up her screenwriting and literary expertise, so that she can work with the world’s most renowned filmmakers, actors, musicians, and academics. BJ is definitely that type of person who lives her passion every single day. She is a poetess, an authoress, and a playwright, as one can see on an existential drama script she has been working on. One might even ask, where she gets all of this inspiration from. Well, as one can see, BJ is quite the heavy reader and language learner, hence her extensive collection of novels, language books, and encyclopedias. All of the influences she gained certainly helped her, as there was a mystery writing contest held in her school and she won the “Writer of the Year” award for her work “The Disappearance of Claudia Faye Denning”, a bone-chilling piece of work which tells the tale of two boys and two girls searching for their long lost friend and a secret that will be unraveled thanks to them. Moreover, one can tell that her passion for languages make her such a polyglot to the point where she would love to spend a gap year in any country outside the United States of America, most ideally starting off with France then Spain then Germany then the Netherlands then Wales and finally China, a place where her father, her mother, her uncles, and her aunties spent their academic year abroad as eleventh-graders. In terms of her academics, BJ is exceptional in the subjects of English, Theater, History, Music, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese, Biology, Computer Skills, and Creative Writing. She has final averages that are between 97.99 to 99%, thus making her a quarterly recipient of the Alfred Nobel Academic Award, an A+ student, and constantly competing with her sister Bloom as to see who is the best student in the class. Outside of her academics, BJ is the lyricist, backup vocalist, and lead guitarist of the band “Night Sovereigns” with Bloom, Bea, and Brea as the lead singers, Brad on the drums, Brandon on the keyboards, Betty on the triangle, Bailee on the backup vocals, and Brett on the electric bass. Their style of music is essentially a cross between Celtic music and heavy metal, which is always a welcome treat for their school. A lot of students and teachers say that BJ’s lyrics especially when they are sung by Bloom, Bea, and Brea are haunting, melancholic, romantic, and capable of touching a raw nerve whenever one listens to the melodies and the words. Ergo, her writing skills can make anyone green with envy, as BJ knows how to reach someone with the usage of her words. When BJ is not cooped up in her quarters coming up with new plot ideas for plays, literary works, and songs in development, she loves to hang out with her friends Simone, Patrice, and Monique Uno, who are Abigail Lincoln-Uno’s and Nigel Uno’s eighteen-year-old triplet daughters, and Igor and Gabor McPherson, who are Dexter McPherson’s and Olga “Lalavava” Astronomonov-McPherson’s eighteen-year-old twin sons, in a café and talk about deep, philosophical topics. BJ also loves to keep herself fit by doing yoga, battojutsu, and kickboxing every weekend. Additionally, she also loves to listen to heavy metal music, rock and roll, and death metal music whenever she feels the need for an adrenaline rush or for inspiration to surge through her mind, body, and soul. Due to BJ’s busy schedule as a writer, she does not have a lot of time to be in relationships nor does she consider being in one. She does have a strong interest in boys, but she is just too invested in her writing material to ever consider being in a serious relationship with someone. Perhaps that time will come when that Mr. Right has something in common with her. BJ’s battojutsu training and skills certainly pay off whenever she is in the heat of battle, as she can create one katana that is made of raw energy akin to Boomer’s baseball bat and another katana that is made of ice. She can use these weapons to slice through any foe and even any hard object with ease. That is not to say that she cannot use her fists. In fact, BJ’s lightning punches are proven to incapacitate her enemies in a flash. She even continues to have her snow-encased raw…
Let’s ring in the holiday season with a pair of tragic twins, a bloodthirsty hunter, a libertine god-king, his long-suffering wife, a valiant valkyrie, her eight stellar sisters, and an epic story. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
This Blossoomer fan-child picture, which is part of my little sister from another mother Katy’s aka KatyGorl’s Blossoomer Next-Gen Month, is dedicated to Josh aka TheTrainMrMenPonyFan and Trashlord aka Kandyrezi who celebrated their birthdays a few days ago, Jesse J. Barboza aka jbwarner86, divadonna224, and Naura S. aka NauraImagination who celebrated their birthdays yesterday. So, I hope you guys had amazing, blessed, beautiful, happy, grand, uplifting, energetic, elegant, and astounding birthdays. I wish you a lot of love, joy, strength, triumph, and abundance in all of your lives as artists. This is also dedicated to all of the Blossoomer shippers. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy, as we get to know the 17-year-old Bloom Amanda Green the first-born sextuplet daughter of Boomer Green and Blossom Utonium-Green. We find ourselves in 2028, which is ten years from now into the future. Bloom has matured from an idealistic, wide-eyed little girl of seven years old to a creative, brilliant, ambitious, highly intelligent, exceptionally well-rounded teenage girl who is very much the catalyst of changing the world around her. Bloom is a twelfth-grade student at Townsville High seeing that she, Brittney Jane or BJ, and Beau skipped a grade in the first grade and went straight to the second grade when they were little girls because the teachers felt like they were extremely ready to take on the bigger challenges. She has her eye on Townsville University, Harvard, Pepperdine University, Loyola University Chicago, and even Oxford University, Cambridge University, University of Toronto, The University of British Columbia, and Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, especially when it comes to studying Media and Design and Biochemistry. She would even love to spend semesters abroad and contribute her scientific expertise to the world’s greater good. As one can see, Bloom has developed a natural synthetic that can give roses and other types of flowers a different color and not just the typical red, pink, white and/or yellow without harming them whatsoever. Ergo, her passion for the environment shows no limits to the point where she uses plant-based fibers to make and design her own clothes, thus having a desire to open her own plant-based fashion chain. In terms of her academics, she shows consistency, focus, determination, and savviness in every subject she does. Therefore, she has always been the winner of the Alfred Nobel Academic Award for each quarter, as she has averages ranging from 98,67 to 99,90% making her a straight A+ student at Townsville High. Furthermore, Bloom is the student council vice president and participates in the Chess, French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Physics, Math, English Literature, Fashion Design, Chemistry, Biology, and Geography clubs. Some students aspire to be like her, boys want to date her, while others especially the girls are rather jealous of her. Beneath this perfect shell, lies a girl who is caring, sympathetic, fun-loving, open, and good-humored, as she has a great number of friends including Cassiopeia and Andromeda Astronomonov, Mandark’s and DeeDee’s eighteen-year-old daughters, and Ross and Peter Mordecai, Douglas and Vicky’s eighteen-year-old sons. Sometimes, Bloom can goof off whenever she gets overworked or when she is struggling to come up with a groundbreaking idea, but that is just her way of dealing with the craziness of being a teenage girl. Bloom has no prospects of being in a relationship, even though she has had crushes on both girls and boys but leaning more towards girls. She knows that the time will come when that special person will come into her life and they would end up clicking. When it comes to fighting crime, Bloom always uses analysis and tact in order to take her enemies down from the inside. Her special of embedding objects made of raw energy in ice certainly makes her a most formidable opponent, thus giving her enemies a good old-fashioned butt-whooping. So, I hope you all enjoyed this look into the life of the seventeen-year-old Bloom, Boomer and Blossom’s first sextuplet daughter. See you in the next submission. The Powerpuff Girls belong to Craig McCracken and Cartoon Network. Bloom belongs to KatyGorl.
After five months of being on hiatus in my online reviewing, I am officially back. What better way to herald my return to vlog-style opera reviewing than with my review of the Met’s radio stream of Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele starring the virile Christian van Horn, the charming Michael Fabiano, the mighty Angela Meade, and the fine Jennifer Check. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
This Brickercup family picture, which is part of my art trade with my little sister from another mother Kaitlyn aka KatyGorl and part of my other little sister from another mother Paula aka BrickercupMasterX3’s Brickercup Month, is dedicated to Selma aka Scarlettbreaking and Bunny aka Bunnykoi who celebrated their birthdays last week, Francisco Hilario aka FcoMk513 who celebrated his birthday six days ago, Bree aka Citsitra-Blue who celebrated her birthday five days ago, Mary/Kathryn aka Circvs who celebrated her birthday four days ago, and Chuck aka Chandler666Bing and Lemon aka lemonkitera33 who celebrated their birthday three days ago. So, Selma, Bunny, Francisco, Bree, Mary Kathryn, Chuck, Lemon, I hope you guys had amazing, awesome, wonderful, uplifting, fabulous, and phenomenal birthdays. I wish you all my love, joy, happiness, tenderness, beauty, strength, and triumph in your lives as artists and as people. This is also dedicated to all of the wonderful Brickercup shippers. So, I hope you all enjoy and soak in this Brickercup goodness. The Brickercup family has struck again and this time it’s bigger, more exciting, and more fun. We have 26-year-old Brick being the tough, buff, big Kahuna daddy that he is with his darling 25-year-old wife Buttercup being the tough, strong mom. At the front are the 7-year-old eldest sextuplets Brad, Bruce, Bailee, Bea, Brett, and Bridget and 6-year-old second eldest daughter Brina. On the right are 4-year-old Blaze, 3-year-old Brent, and 2-year-old sororal twins Brooke and Brianna. Finally, on the left are 1-year-old twins Bane and Bethany and on Brick’s shoulder is 8-month-old Bona. This is truly quite the clan of rambunctious, rough-and-tumble, determined, fiery, athletic, and tough fighters. We got to know about Blaze, Brent, and Brook, so let us to get to know the other Brickercup kids, shall we? Bradford Tyrone “Brad” Green, Bruce Warren Green, Bailee Christina “BC Jr.” Green, Beatrice Elizabeth “Bea” Green, Brett Rupert Green, and Bridget Melissa Green were born on June 3, 2011. It was said that the sextuplets were loud, wild, and rambunctious when they emerged from their mother’s womb with Bridget being the loudest. Because Brick, Buttercup and the rest of their respective siblings were entering college, Mr. Green, Professor Utonium, Mrs. Bellum-Green, and Mrs. Keane-Utonium were very much in charge of raising their grandchildren with the six superheroes coming to visit every weekend to check up on their progeny. As the sextuplets were in their toddler years, they went out of their ways to have their playtime in the form of sparring matches whether it is against each other or using their favorite stuffed animals as punching bags, thus exhibiting their toughness as fighters. Bradford Tyrone Green, or Brad as he prefers to be called, sees himself as the overall eldest of the sextuplets and the other children of Brick and Buttercup. He takes after his father’s loud, imposing, hot-headed nature that the phrase “the apple does not fall too far from the tree” does not even begin to describe Brad to the point where he is such a daddy’s boy. Even though he always prefers to be called Brad, his parents would always call him by his complete name whenever he is in deep trouble. Being a daddy’s boy, he loves to have sparring matches with Brick every weekend along with his brother/best friend Bruce. Brad always loves to know that he is in charge, though there are times his siblings and cousins can be rather irritated by his overconfidence. Regardless, he means well to all of his siblings and he will always have their backs every single time. Brad’s hobbies include weightlifting, basketball, American football, soccer, judo, mixed martial arts, wrestling, karate, boxing, listening to heavy metal music, reading graphic novels, and Greek history. His special power is the usage of his flame-enhanced laser beams, which can easily obliterate any foe who crosses his path. Just one blast of those flame-enhanced laser beams and that foe is surely a goner. Brad aspires to become a professional mixed martial artist with his entrance music being “Indestructible” sung by Disturbed. Bruce Warren Green is fiercely loyal to his brother Brad to the point where they are best friends forever. As much as Bruce is so close to his father, he absolutely looks up to his mother as his role model. Bruce is just as loud, imposing, and hot-headed as his father and Brad, but he is also a rambunctious and determined soul like his mother. Brad and Bruce have a super strong bond as brothers almost akin to Castor and Pollux, as they are inseparable. He and Brad always love to show that they are in charge and even though this trait can be a nuisance to their siblings and cousins, they mean well. Bruce does compliment Brad in a way that he is slightly softer than his commanding brother. Bruce’s hobbies are kickboxing, wrestling, boxing, mixed martial arts, karate, judo, weightlifting, basketball, American football, soccer, listening to death metal music and rock ‘n roll, reading science fiction novels like the ones by H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, and Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology. His special power is his signature Raging Dragon Blast, in which he forms a blazing comet with his hands akin to Goku’s Kamehameha Wave. When Bruce unleashes this, a flaming comet will emerge and will completely incinerate his opponents to smithereens. Bruce aspires to be a professional wrestler/mixed martial artist who is going to win all the tournaments alongside his favorite brother Brad. Bailee Christina “BC Jr.” Green really lives up to her nick-namesake, as she is a marvelous combination of Brick’s hot-headedness, roughness, and pride and Buttercup’s toughness, feistiness, and free-spirited nature. She is close to both her father and her mother, as she equally loves them both. BC Jr. loves physical competition to a fault in everything she does whether they be sports, video games or general butt-kicking. Being the tomboy she is, she always loves to get her hands dirty and enjoys wearing…