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What Is Bored Ape Yacht Club’s Otherside Metaverse?

Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) creator, Yuga Labs, has been making major moves in the Web3 space. From their purchase of CryptoPunks and Meebits to the ApeCoin drop, BAYC is setting a high bar for other brands in the NFT space. Most recently, Yuga Labs announced their newest initiative, the Otherside metaverse.

Otherside is Bored Ape Yacht Club’s open metaverse RPG that is compatible with other popular NFTs, created by Yuga Labs. This metaverse world is rumored to contain virtual plots of land that include unique artifacts, natural resources, and rare characters.

There are still many unknowns when it comes to BAYC’s Otherside metaverse. That being said, this article will walk you through everything that is known as of now.

What is BAYC’s Otherside?

Although not much is known about the Otherside metaverse yet, the team did announce that it is an open metaverse RPG world that will be compatible with other blue-chip NFT projects. Projects include CryptoPunks, Mutant Ape Yacht Club, Cool Cats, and World of Women to name a few.

The Otherside metaverse teaser video that was released in March reveals an Ape fishing on the dock outside of the club, waiting to catch something good. What he caught was even better than he had expected; a drink that would spiral him into a completely new world known as ‘Otherside’.

Several big-name NFT IPs were also teased in the clip, revealing that Otherside isn’t simply a world created for the BAYC community, but for others as well.

When is the mint?

Minting for the Otherside NFTs begins on April 30, at 9 PM ET, only on the official Otherside website. The price to mint is a flat rate of 305 ApeCoin, as that is the only currency that will be accepted as a payment method. However, you will also need some ETH to pay for any associated gas fees.

Additionally, to participate in the mint you need to KYC your wallet on somethingisbrewing.xyz. Only those who KYCed can participate in the auction. As well, BAYC and MAYC holders can claim an NFT for 21 days after the auction. Holders don’t need to be KYC-approved to claim, but they do need to be KYC-approved to mint in the auction.

On April 30, you will be able to pre-approve your KYCed wallet on the Otherside website. This simply allows the smart contract to use your ApeCoin to mint during the auction. Again, BAYC and MAYC holders do not need to approve their wallets to claim, but they do need to if they want to mint during the auction.

Will there be a metaverse land sale for Otherside?
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There has been no official confirmation of a metaverse land sale for the Otherside metaverse. However, an apparent outdated leaked pitch deck reveals that a total of 200,000 plots of virtual land are expected to launch in partnership with Animoca Brands. Each Otherside metaverse plot is said to be listed at a price of 1 ETH each.

Additionally, whatever ApeCoin is earned from the mint will be locked up for one year. That means there will be no voting with it in the ApeCoin DAO.

Rumor says these plots of land are essential parts of the Otherside metaverse RPG. Each plot is said to come with unique attributes including artifacts, natural resources, and rare characters. These rumors were quickly put to rest once Yuga Lab’s co-founder, Gargamel, stated in Discord that the pitch deck is out of date. 

That’s an old outdated pitch deck and hilariously a version that neither Gordon nor I ever saw. There are a lot of things in there that have already been changed, and plenty more things that will change because f**k doing expected things,” said Gargamel.

Now, you could either be offended by this statement, or you could be ecstatic! Personally, I think this is even more exciting. The fact that Gargamel is beyond doing “expected things”, means that we are all in for a pleasant surprise.

Safety Tips

Of course, there have already been numerous scams and fake accounts leading up to the official Otherside drop. On April 20, BAYC announced that its Instagram account has been hacked. After seizing control of the Instagram account, hackers sent a phishing post that fooled followers into clicking on the link. The link required people to connect their wallets to the hacker’s smart contract, resulting in four stolen Bored Apes and an additional $3 million worth of various NFTs.

“Yuga Labs and Instagram are currently investigating how the hacker was able to gain access to the account. Two-factor authentication was enabled and the security practices surrounding the IG account were tight,” said BAYC creators in a statement.

As a result of the hack, the price of ApeCoin dropped nearly 11 percent to $17.41 but quickly bounced back to its current price of $22.23, leading up to the highly anticipated drop on Saturday.

Otherside’s official Twitter account has since emphasized numerous times that only certain accounts are trustworthy sources for information pertaining to updates about Otherside, including:

The official Discord servers of Otherside and BAYC will keep updating the project’s latest status. Otherside also made it clear that nothing will be announced or cross-posted anywhere else. Absolutely no one involved in Otherside will be posting on Instagram. There are no contests or giveaways and no surprises or early drops. Everything will happen on April 30, only on Otherside’s official website.

The Otherside drop is easily one of the most anticipated drops of the year. With Yuga Labs leading the way in the NFT space, they are sure to deliver an amazing product and an even better experience. Make sure to follow ONE37pm on Twitter to stay up to date with all the latest announcements.

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Style

The Tyrrell Winston x Reebok Collaboration Has a Release Date

Tyrrell Winston, one of our favorite contemporary artists, has finally announced the release of his highly anticipated collaboration with Reebok. The Tyrrell Winston x Reebok collection consists of two sneakers, the iconic Club C 85 and the Question Mid.

The choice of shoes may seem random at first glance, considering the shoes serve distinctly different purposes. However, both models have played a significant role in Winston’s life as an artist.

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“Club C has been a part of my life for a very long time and are my go-to studio shoe – I’ve documented the wear of various pairs of Club C in the studio over the last few years, so this shoe is truly an extension of my work,” said Winston. “The Question Mid, well it’s a pinch-myself moment. Iverson’s cultural impact on and off the court is remarkable, almost godly, defying stamina and style. Both silhouettes are about references to my work, but they themselves are not art — on a certain level I look at them as mediums.”

A quick glance at Winston’s work makes it abundantly clear that this collaboration is simply a match made in heaven. Basketball is a core element of his work, which often includes old, deflated basketballs as a consistent motif.

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The shoes are plain and simple, but that’s exactly the intention with the Tyrrell Winston x Reebok collaboration. The artist wanted to create “something my friends and I could wear every day”. The devil is definitely in the details here, with both models featuring pony hair accents, Winston’s signature on the sole, and subtle branding in the form of the artist’s endearing New York doodles (or Noodles, as he calls them).

Set to release May 6, exclusively via Winston’s website, both shoes retail for a price of $120. Don’t fret if you can’t cop then, though. A wider release through Reebok’s site and select retailers will be coming May 13.

For some info another recent Reebok collab, read up on their previous release with KANGHYUK.

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Popular Culture

‘Under the Banner of Heaven’ Review: Hold the Hoagies, Add Some Mormonism

As part of ONE37pm’s ongoing effort to review the most hyped new shows, this week I’ll be doing a review of Hulu’s ‘Under the Banner of Heaven.’

Don’t go to Wawa and don’t grab your hoagies. This is not Mare.

Based on the book of the same name by John Krakauer and the real-life 1984 murder of Brenda Lafferty and her only 15-month-old daughter, Under the Banner of Heaven aims to forge a murder mystery into a larger examination of the Mormon church by honing in on the main detective in charge of the case, portrayed by Andrew Garfield.

The only thing is that something’s missing—and I don’t even necessarily know what that “something” is. There’s nothing hooking us in right now; there are no huge cliffhangers to keep us wanting more. Maybe it’s the slow pacing, or maybe it’s simply the fact that Garfield’s Jeb Pyre just doesn’t have the same interest factor that someone like Kate Winslet’s Mare Sheehan had on Mare of Easttown.

It’s also entirely possible that I just put too high of an expectation on this show to fill that Mare-less gap in my life. But to that point, it’s a sense of relatability that we got with her—we’ve all chowed down on a good cheesesteak or two and downed a few beers like Mare would, but not all of us are engrossed in the Mormon church and pray next to our desks at work on a daily basis.

Now, I’m not saying that Garfield is bad in this role, because he’s not; it’s the character himself who just hasn’t been able to cut through to our cores—yet. Hopefully. We’ll see.

After a quick introduction into Pyre’s seemingly picture-perfect life, he’s called into work after a particularly gruesome murder is committed in his small Utah town. Living in a particularly sheltered community, the majority of the officers have never even seen a dead body until this moment, as they’re barely even able to peek into the house without having to mentally gather themselves.

Thus far, the two real standout characters have been Jeb’s partner and fellow detective, Bill Taba (Gil Birmingham), and Brenda Lafferty herself, portrayed in flashbacks by Daisy Edgar-Jones. Whereas Pyre is a fairly level-headed, neutral type of person, Taba and Lafferty bring larger personalities that seem pretty unknown to this area in Utah. At one point, Taba has to practically beg Pyre to take a few of his McDonald’s french fries; in that same way, it feels like we’ll get to the core of Pyre through Taba, as he’s able to unearth that guarded region of him.

Brenda Lafferty’s strong but kind personality obviously didn’t fare too well with the Lafferty family that she married into, as sticking out from the crowd ultimately got her killed in the end. Basically, the Laffertys are a massive, cult-like family who are very well-liked in town, having created a chiropractic mini-empire that was helmed by the patriarch of the family, Ammon (Christopher Heyerdahl). After him and his wife are called away on a Mormon mission, he gives his son, Dan (Wyatt Russell), control over things, which creates a bit of a rift in the family, as the eldest son, Ron (Sam Worthington), wasn’t chosen.

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These familial changes were all occurring right when Brenda was entering into the family as Allen’s (Billy Howle’s) girlfriend, and being that she was quite a bit more outspoken than the other women who married into the family, a target was immediately put on her back. She was attending Brigham Young University to study broadcast journalism, which she was extremely passionate about; while that would’ve been seen as a noble pursuit in other families, the Lafferty’s weren’t too pleased with it. And this is just what Under the Banner of Heaven showcases extremely well: the treatment of women within the Mormon community. From tiny remarks that would’ve normally gone unnoticed to outright denigrations, Brenda sure took a beating from this family.

Some of the most engaging scenes in the series actually took place not within the present, but in these flashbacks about the Lafferty family, as it establishes and explores the micro issues that were deeply engrained inside them.

Give us more of that and a bit of oomph into Garfield’s character and this show could actually shape up to be something pretty great. We’ll check back in with ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’ as the season progresses.

Under the Banner of Heaven airs on Thursdays on Hulu.

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Sports

Most Important Pickleball Rules

Pickleball’s presence in the United States is soaring and that means players across the country continue to dive deeper into the sport.

With courts and facilities popping up all over the U.S., pickleball is becoming a force in the American sports landscape.

The sport has a rising number of youth players. Pickleball has primarily been a game for adults, but that is quickly changing.

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On the surface, it may seem close to tennis, but there are plenty of nuances that differentiate pickleball from other sports.

ONE37pm looks at some of the most important pickleball rules that every player should know before they hit the courts.

Basic Rules of Pickleball

Pickleball is played in a singles or doubles manner.

The sport is played on the same size surface regardless of singles or doubles play.

The pickleball court is 20 feet in width by 44 feet in length.

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‘The Kitchen,’ also known as the No Volley Zone, is seven feet long on both sides of the court and players can only enter when the ball bounces.

The ball must bounce on each side once after serving before a player or team can volley.

How Does Serving Work?

Unlike tennis, players cannot use an upward motion on their serve.

Pickleball requires players to utilize an underhand serve and make contact with the ball near waist level.

Play starts once the ball reaches the subsequent box.

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Another difference from tennis is that there aren’t double faults. A player can only serve once before turning the ball over to the next server.

In doubles, both players on a team have the chance to serve when the ball is on their serve.

The only time this doesn’t apply is on the opening serve of the match.

Players continue to serve until they or their team don’t earn a point.

How Does Scoring Work?

Players or their team only earn points on their serve.

Games are normally played to 11 points.

In doubles, players on the right side of the court serve when their score is even (0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, etc.).

When the serving team has an odd score (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, etc.) they serve from the left side of the court.

What is ‘The Kitchen?’

Players can only enter ‘The Kitchen’ when the ball bounces once.

Players are able to smash the ball anywhere else on the court other than in ‘The Kitchen.’

However, players cannot have their momentum carry them into ‘The Kitchen’ even after the ball has left their paddle.

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Style

NorBlack NorWhite and the Fracturing of Binaries in Fashion

Binary thinking is never productive. Whether with regard to gender, expression or identity, people rarely fall into prescriptive boxes. We all exist—to some extent—within the gray. This notion of the spectrum and a rejection of the binary is what led co-founders of NorBlack NorWhite — Mriga Kapadiya and Amrit Kumar — to create their vivid line and the conceptual thinking behind it. I had the opportunity to catch up with the Delhi-based duo to hear about the genesis of the brand, the ethos coursing through the collections and what’s to come.

The Genesis of NBNW

Mriga and Amrit, themselves, embody much of the NorBlack NorWhite ethos. They are distinctly different (“opposites” in some ways), but the marriage of their respective worldviews has culminated in the direction that has driven the brand to such success. 

Amrit and Mriga met in Toronto as they were both coming out of university. Mriga explains how they were drawn to each other: “Both of us incorporated a different sense of style that we hadn’t seen other brown people rock.” Amrit was working at a vintage store at the time and learning a lot about the trade; they were both building relationships with artists in the Toronto scene and “just making shit happen,” as Mriga puts it. 

The move to Bombay and eventual creation of NorBlack NorWhite was organic and unplanned. Mriga tells me about a watershed trip that they went on in the days before NBNW—without the intention of creating a brand or even really immersing themselves in textiles. Nonetheless, the duo went to Kachchh, Gujarat, in Northern India, where they stumbled upon on archival library of textiles from the region. The librarian introduced them to the founder of the library, Judy Frater, a woman from DC who was obsessed with textiles. She introduced them to a nearby family, the Kathris, who introduced them to the concept of Bandhani tie dye. 

From “Bandhani Beginnings” shot by Prarthna Singh

They had initially planned to spend an afternoon with the family, but ended up staying a full week. “I think we were just fascinated by each other and had a really nice energy exchange,” Amrit explains. “We’re just people that like things,” she goes on, illuminating that they weren’t necessarily “textile people” at the time; they were just curious to learn. They began developing some early product after this trip and got an order a trade show, leading Amrit to believe: “Maybe we’re onto something.”

The Name

The name of the brand encompasses so much of a cultural shift away from binary thinking, so I was eager to hear a bit about how the title came to be. 

Mriga tells me a tory of a rickshaw ride and getting into a conversation with a stranger about gray space and how it played a role in her relationship with her own multicultural identity. 

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It’s not like this or like that… It’s not black, it’s not white.

“It was just explaining our experience. It felt like that term explained the gray space of anything. And always finding the balance between the different worlds. And accepting that we are parts of many different worlds. And different parts of ourselves even,” Mriga summarizes. 

They also cite Michael Jackson’s death as a moment that fortified the name. MJ’s “Black or White” video was a huge part of the duo’s upbringings, and the legacy of that iconic video helped to cement the name. And then, one of my favorite reasons for the name:

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Straight up on a fashion level, we wanted to fuck up the attraction to everyone wearing black and calling it fashion.

Throughout our conversation, Amrit and Mriga return to the notion that none of this was supposed to happen. It was the culmination of an eye-opening trip and a myriad of convalescing factors. “A lot of amazing energies gravitated towards us and the work that we did,” Mriga tells me, referring to the nascent days of the brand’s exposure. We discuss their very first shoot in detail, as it is still representative of a lot of what makes NorBlack NorWhite what it is: “We were just doing it out of love at the beginning.”

“There’s something about that shoot that still feels like it’s very core to what we do,” Mriga says.

Bandhani Beginnings shot by Prarthna Singh

“It was just presenting these very traditional textiles that we grew up around in a way that we would wear them out in the streets in Bombay, in New York, in Toronto. Just kind of making it more accessible to our style. And taking it out of that traditional context,” Mriga explains. 

In the early days, they primarily focused on trade shows, but quickly found that the model was less accessible and not providing the most value to their customers. They soon transitioned into the DTC model they rely on to this day. 

One thing I loved hearing about NBNW was that they’ve relied on the same tailor since their early days. Mohammed ji came on in a more casual capacity almost ten years ago. “He would roll up and we would give him one design at a time,” they explain, until “eventually he quit his full time job and stuck with us. And he’s still with us.” He’s now the head of the shop, ten years later.

For more information on the whole team that makes NBNW what it is, check out their team page

The Design Process

NorBlack NorWhite began with primarily womenswear, but—like with the early trade shows—it became clear that gendering the clothing wasn’t necessary for the audience. “Knowing that a lot of different people buy what we make, it never made sense, even in the beginning,” Mriga explains.

As far as the jumping off point goes for each collection, there’s a myriad of ways that a project can come to life. But at its purest form, “we start with a feeling,” says Amrit. Sometimes they’ll start by identifying a textile or a region that they want to highlight, other times they’ll start with street art or some other form of inspiration front he streets of Bombay. 

“It comes from whatever we’re interested in at that point,” Mriga explains, adding: “it’s still a very ongoing learning process.” They now have a full design team, and work collaboratively with the group to determine the direction of each collection. “It’s pretty fluid,” Amrit summarizes.

“One thing we started experimenting within the last four or five years is iconic imagery or symbolism that we see in the streets of India,” says Mriga, referring to some of the iconography that has begun to crop up in a lot of their designs. “We’ve formed a little part of our website which is the gift shop, which is a taste of how we explore parts of the streets of India.”

Color is such an integral part of the vibrant design perforating all of NBNW’s looks. “It’s intuitive, a feeling of, this looks amazing together,” Mriga explains regarding the color selection process. “I do gravitate towards certain color tones and so does Amrit, and they’re the opposite,” Mriga chuckles. 

NBNW x Fila shot by Prarthna Singh

One such highlight was their collab with Fila. “They really gave us a lot of space to do what we wanted to do and we’re quite happy with the results of that one,” Amrit explains. They directed, styled and brought on friends to do the music for that shoot.

If you want to learn more about individual projects that NBNW has worked on, I implore you to check out the Universe section of their site, with blogs and copious imagery highlighting the numerous incredible projects they’ve worked on over the past decade. 

What’s next for NorBlack NorWhite?

Throughout our conversation, Amrit and Mriga both eagerly reveal some aspects of their forthcoming collection. “It’s a mashup of a lot of different aesthetics,” Amrit explains, adding: “You can see bits and pieces of both of us, and also from our design team.” They’ve also started integrating embroidery recently, and hope to see more of that in this collection. “It’s definitely a range. Aesthetically, it’s going to be fun.”

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That’s what we’re excited about, changing things up.

“We usually gravitate towards very simple silhouettes, and this one is more experimenting with silhouettes we wouldn’t usually go for,” Mriga says. “We’re playing around with different shapes, more focused on the detailing and trims.” 

As far as events go, they’ll also be hosting their first pop up in LA this summer, which will include new pieces and some of their favorites from the brand’s tenure. They did a pop up in BK in 2017 and still maintain a loyal following in the US. So if you’re in the area, keep your eyes on their IG to hear about the pop up this summer.

NorBlack NorWhite embodies so many aspects of a burgeoning fashion world untethered to outdated notions of how clothes should be. As more and more brands reject gendering clothing and prescriptive notions of what textiles you can use for what pieces, the future of fashion will certainly be neither black nor white.

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Music

New Music by Future, Justin Bieber and More: Bops That Just Dropped

Every week a bunch of new projects, songs and snippets hit the airwaves and streaming platforms and it can be a tall task sorting through all of the noise. Luckily, ONE37pm is here to help keep you in tune with what new music should be on your radar.

‘I Never Liked You’ — Future

The trap is back jumping as Future unearths his ninth solo album, I Never Liked You. The best of both sides of Mr. Hendrix is on full display throughout the 16-track project. The cold-hearted trapper that stays on demon time, as well as his vulnerable lover boy persona are showcased on the “Life Is Good” rapper’s latest release. Future fans are sure to like what they hear when they check out this album that features YSL’s finest, Young Thug and Gunna, Ye and Future’s partner-in-rhyme, Drake, who appears on a couple of tracks.

“No Handouts” — Internet Money

The hit-making production collective known as Internet Money is back with a new banger. The production team lead by Taz Arnold has crafted heat for themselves, Lil Tecca, XXXTENTACION, Juice WRLD and others. Their 2020 single “Lemonade” is certified triple-platinum. This time around they’ve connected with Yëat for “No Handouts.” Featuring Yëat’s signature sound, the trippy track is Internet Money’s third single of the year. They’ve previously released the 24kGoldn-assisted “Options” and “Flossin” with NBA YoungBoy.

“Honest” featuring Don Toliver & “I Feel Funny” — Justin Bieber

 Justin Bieber is back to do what he does best: make hits. This week the Grammy Award-winning megastar, who recently locked in his 20th Top 5 hit on Hot 100, returns with a couple of bops. He first dropped “I Feel Funny” and then days later followed up with the Don Toliver-assisted “Honest.” Both tracks are accompanied by dope Cole Bennett-directed videos.  

Lil Baby turns up the heat with a new single, as does Young Nudy, Kaash Paige, Nardo Wick, Lil Gotit, Tink, Lil Mexico, SpotemGottem, Big Jade, Boslen, Maliibu Miitch, Chxrry22, Autumn! Lil Kee, Yung Pooda and others. Tap in with our new weekly playlist below and don’t forget to come back next Friday and every Friday after that for a round up of the best new music of the past seven days.

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Style

The 30 Best Met Gala Looks of All Time

Can you believe it’s time for the Met Gala already? Due to the delay of last year’s event, this one arrives less than a whole year since the last event, and the excitement is starting to build up quickly. You never know who’s going to show up (or what they’ll be wearing), which always makes for a ton of surprises. Before we get into this year’s theme and what to expect, let’s first dive into the history of the Met, and how it came to be what it is today before looking at some of the best Met Gala looks of all time.

What is the Met Gala?
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The Met Gala was first established in 1948 by fashion expert Eleanor Lambert to raise money for the then newly-founded Costume Institute. That first event featured many prominent faces in the fashion industry, as well as high profile members of New York’s social scene. Tickets were priced at $50 a piece, and through the decades were held at various different venues including Central Park and the Waldorf-Astoria.

Over time, the Met Gala has established a reputation of being one of the most exclusive events in the fashion and entertainment world. In 1995, Anna Wintour became the chairperson of the event as she officially took over the chairmanship position of the institute, which further marked the turning point of the Met’s popularity and exclusivity. Only the best of the best get in, and an invitation to the party signifies that you have officially “made it.”

For reasons unknown, the Met Gala takes place on the first Monday in May, and still follows its fundraising roots. The event is attended by the top names in the fashion and entertainment industries, and you must have an invite from Anna Wintour herself in order to attend. If you don’t have an official invitation but still want to go, well you’ll have to hope that somebody buys a table and thinks to invite you. What about if you are a media publication and want to cover the event? Well, only 225 media spots are allotted. Oh, and no social media inside the gala either (although some celebrities have broken this rule and gotten away with it).

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That all leads us to this year’s event. The theme? Gilded Glamour. The hosts? Regina King, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Who’s coming? Nobody knows. What about Beyoncé? We definitely don’t know the answer to that? So since that’s about all we can give you in regards to this year’s event, we figured we’d take a look back at some of the best Met Gala looks of all-time.

30. Rihanna, Maison Margiela, 2018 Met Gala
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We absolutely had to start this list off with one of the biggest fashion queens of the 21st century. While we don’t know for sure if Rihanna is going to attend this year’s gala, it’s safe to assume the answer is no as she is reportedly close to giving birth. That means we have no other choice than to look back at her past outfits, and this one is among her most notable. Dressed as the Pope, Rihanna stunned in a way that only she is capable of doing at the 2018 event.

29. Cher, Bob Mackie, 1974 Met Gala
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Dubbed “The Naked Dress,” nobody was topping Cher in the 1970s. The artist stayed in the headlines for her bold and risque fashion choices, and one of those was the sheer dress she rocked at the 1974 Met. This dress definitely got the people talking, and truth be told, we are still talking about it almost fifty years later.

28. Gemma Chan, Tom Ford, 2019 Met Gala
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Elizabeth Taylor is said to have attended the Met at some point in her career, but there aren’t any official pictures of her at the event (at least from our research). That said, everybody knows Liz Taylor was and still is a fashion icon, and was definitely one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

This has led to celebs paying tribute to her many legendary looks at the Met. Actress Gemma Chan wore a Tom Ford designed costume that looked very similar to a pieceTaylor wore in her 1968 film “Boom,” and looked stunning per usual.

27. Kate Moss, Calvin Klein, 1995 Met Gala
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Let’s talk about supermodels for a second. Supermodels ruled the universe in the 90s and 00s, and everybody either wanted to be one or date one (or both). Kate wore a very simple Calvin Klein lemon yellow halter dress to the 95 Gala, and for some reason we haven’t been able to let it go. It’s peak Kate Moss showing everyone why she was one of the best in the world in her field.

26. Naomi Campbell, Gianni Versace, 1995 Met Gala
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Did your jaw drop too? This is hands down one of the most iconic Met Gala looks of all-time. Naomi is just…wow. A true fashion and beauty icon.

25. Naomi Campbell, Valentino, 2019 Met Gala
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And she did it again fourteen years later when she pulled up to the 2019 event wearing a Valentino couture gown. After two decades of dominance, it’s safe to say that Naomi is the queen of the Met no doubt.

24. Zendaya, Gianni Versace, 2018 Met Gala
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First of all, we’re all so sad that Zendaya isn’t going to this year’s Met Gala as we were definitely looking forward to seeing what she was going to be wearing. That said, her 2018 armor look had her look like a character straight out of Star Wars, proving that Z can truly pull off any and every look.

23. Cardi B, Jeremy Scott, 2018 Met Gala
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Cardi B made her first Met Gala a memorable one, wearing gold, pearls, and a crown. Hopefully Cardi is one of the unannounced guests that make a grand arrival on the Met red carpet this year.

22. Iman, Christian Dior, 1996 Met Gala
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The question is which Iman Met Gala look. Iman wowed in a stunning black Christian Dior dress at the 1996 gala.

21. Iman, Dolce & Gabbana x Harris Reed, 2021 Met Gala
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And just in case you’d forgotten exactly who Iman was, she gave a powerful reminder at last year’s Met, dazzling in a gold Dolce & Gabbana x Harris Reed piece that was very much larger than life. Similar to her other supermodel counterparts, Iman has made multiple appearances at the Met over the decades, and has dominated each time.

20. Rihanna, Dolce & Gabbana, 2009 Met Gala
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It’s hard to imagine a time where Rihanna was in the position of having to prove herself in the fashion world, but there was indeed such a time. Rih donned this show stopping puff-sleeve tuxedo at the 2009 event in a year that really began to prove her cutting edge and risk-taking style. 

19. Chadwick Boseman, Versace, 2018 Met Gala
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How about we get some men in here shall we? There is absolutely no doubt that Chadwick Boseman won the 2018 Met Gala. The custom-designed Atelier Versace caped-suit was one of the most visually stunning looks that we have ever seen on the red carpet, and is even more powerful in the wake of his passing. May Boseman continue to rest in peace.

18. Jared Leto, Gucci, 2018 Met Gala
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Depending on your personal style preference, Jared Leto’s look from the 2018 Met can either be considered great or slightly disturbing. Regardless of your opinion, everybody can agree that his look definitely stood out. Leto wore an all-red Gucci piece, but that’s not why he made headlines. Leto also brought a model of his own head (yes his head) to the event. In hindsight, maybe this wasn’t as disturbing as we initially thought, as the theme that year was “Heavenly Bodies.”

17. Diddy, Rick Owens, 2017 Met Gala
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Wearing a Rick Owens suit complete with a cape, Diddy took the Pope look to whole nother level. And since he’s Diddy, of course he decided to bring something a little different to the red carpet by sitting down on the steps. Apparently that had never been done before in the history of the Met. Leave it to Diddy to do something that nobody else could get away with.

16. Princess Diana, John Galliano, 1996 Met Gala
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Princess Diana remains culturally relevant as ever over two decades after her untimely passing, and one of those reasons is her timeless elegant style. Princess Di arrived at the 1996 Met (which honored Christian Dior) in a dark blue John Galliano dress, instantly stealing the show.

15. Gisele Bündchen, Versace, 1999 Met Gala
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The supermodel looked bronzed and beautiful at her very first Met appearance in 1999, which was the first of many to come.

14. Whitney Houston, Dolce & Gabbana, 1999 Met Gala
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The 1999 Met also brought out the likes of musical legends such as thee Whitney Houston, who came to the event dressed in Dolce & Gabbana.

13. Beyoncé, Givenchy, 2015 Met Gala
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Beyoncé did not come to play with y’all, she came to slay. This sheer Givenchy piece from 2015 is still firmly etched into our memories, and not letting up.

12. Kim Kardashian, Balenciaga, 2021 Met Gala
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Sure we could have gone with one of the many gorgeous dresses Kim has worn to the Met over the years, but the masked bodysuit stands for many reasons. We had never seen Kim wear anything quite like that before, and her fit left us all wondering how exactly she was able to see the whole night. Guess we’ll never know.

11. Gigi Hadid, Michael Kors, 2019 Met Gala
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Our first Michael Kors entry comes at the hands of Gigi Hadid, who wore a Michael Kors Collection Dress to the 2019 gala.

10. Lupita Nyong’o, Versace, 2019 Met Gala
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Lupita Nyong’o’ had all eyes on her colorful Versace dress at the 2019 festivities. Can we also give a round of applause to her makeup designer as well? Wow!

9. Jennifer Lopez, Versace, 2019 Met Gala
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Jennifer Lopez and Versace are certainly no strangers to one another, seeing as though they have teamed together many times. After all, it was Versace that J.LO wore to the 2000 Grammys that has since taken on a life of its own. The two partnered again for the 2019 gala, once again stealing the spotlight.

8. Kendall Jenner, Givenchy, 2021 Met Gala
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Kendall Jenner’s sheer diamond encrusted dress was one of the evening’s most talked about outfits at last year’s Met.

7. Gwyneth Paltrow, Calvin Klein, 1995 Met Gala
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The 1990s were known for keeping it cool and simple, and that is exactly what Gwyneth Paltrow did at the 1995 Met Gala when she wore a silver Calvin Klein halter dress. The theme that year was “Haute Couture.”

6. Beyoncé, Givenchy, 2012 Met Gala
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In what was one of Beyoncé’s first major appearances just months after giving birth to first child Blue Ivy, Queen Bey knocked em dead at the 2012 Met.

5. Solange, Giles Deacon, 2015 Met Gala
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Years after the event, Solange described her 2015 Met Gala dress as being a sculpture, and that’s exactly what her dress looked like. A sculpture.

4. Yara Shahidi, Dior, 2021 Met Gala
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Yara Shahidi and Dior made a great one two punch at the 2021 Gala. Hopefully Shahidi returns this year with another dazzling fit.

3. Kate Hudson, Michael Kors, 2021 Met Gala
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Kate Hudson took it back in time at the 2021 Met Gala, wearing an early 2000s-inspired bralet and skirt combo courtesy of Michael Kors.

2. Zendaya, Michael Kors, 2016 Met Gala
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We already knew Zendaya was a major fashionista in the making in 2016, but she upped the ante at the 2016 Met with her gold and glittery Michael Kors dress. 

1. Jackie Onassis, Valentino, 1979 Met Gala
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If you don’t know about Mrs. Jackie Onassis, you’re gonna learn today. One of the most stylish women of all-time, Jackie O wore a classic black Valentino dress at the 1979 Met Gala, adding to her list of legendary looks.

On the topic of eccentric style, check out some of Prince’s best style moments of all time.

Speaking of timeless looks, Timex has announced their new collection Q Timex GMT.

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Q Timex GMT

Retailing for $199 (strap) and $219 (bracelet), the Q Timex GMT collection is now available for purchase on Timex.com. Swiss-made, the timepiece incorporates iconic features from the original style such as a rotating bezel, functional battery hatch and domed acrylic crystal. In addition to these, the watch also has other characteristics including GMT and Date functions, Domed Acrylic Crystal, Rotating Top Ring, and more. 

You can browse the collection on the Timex official website.

That’s gonna do it for today, be sure to stick with us as we’ll be providing more Met coverage through the week.

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Sports

Meet Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka

Arsenal is in prime contention to reach the UEFA Champions League for the first time since the 2016/17 season.

Bukayo Saka is an important piece for the young Gunners as they aim to close out the current Premier League campaign.

Saka has recently become a regular for manager Mikel Arteta in his third full season as a professional.

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The Englishman has already succeeded in the Premier League and the national team will be calling again this fall.

Here’s more on the young playmaker as we meet Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka.

Saka’s Background

Saka burst onto the scene for Arsenal back in 2018 after spending a number of years with the club’s youth academy.

Prior to that, the Englishman played for Watford’s youth system at a young age and local club Greenfield Celtic.

Saka debuted for the Gunners four years ago in the UEFA Europa League and soon became a club mainstay.

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Saka’s true moment of brilliance early on came against Eintracht Frankfurt in 2019 when he recorded his first goal on top of two assists.

The 20 year old has even won Arsenal’s Player of the Year award at a young age and recorded seven goals and seven assists in 2020/21.

Saka’s Play Style

Saka is a menace on the wing with his natural instincts to find space and take on defenders.

His ability to cut in on his left foot makes him incredibly dangerous and that’s why defenders typically back off.

He’s capable of making darting runs into the penalty area, which causes severe distress for opposing teams.

This season, Saka has scored goals against Chelsea, Man City, Man United and Tottenham among other sides.

The Gunners winger has all the makings of a top talent in the Premier League for many years to come.

What’s Next for Saka?

Arsenal are currently in the top four mix with just five games remaining in the season.

Saka has been a huge figure for the Gunners in the attack with his 11 Premier League goals this campaign.

In fact, Saka is eighth in England’s top flight this season in goals, which is a good sign for future seasons.

So what’s next?

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Saka is almost a lock to make Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

To this point, Saka has already been called up for The Three Lions 14 times dating back to 2022, including Euro 2020.

The young attacker missed an important penalty in the tournament’s final against Italy.

Saka was brilliant and graceful though in how he handled himself after the defeat.

There will be competition on the wings, but Saka could very well see meaningful minutes for England.

There’s little doubt that the 20 year old will continue to soar at a young age because Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka is the real deal.

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Movies/TV Popular Culture

The 20 Best Anime You Should Be Watching Right Now

There’s a mind-boggling amount of anime in the world. For that reason alone, it can be hard to figure out exactly what you want to watch next. Do you want to stick to the same genre you usually watch, or do you want to try something new? Is that hot new show really all it’s cracked up to be? And how long of a time commitment are you going to have to put into a show before you feel like you’ve really gotten something out of it?

We get it. Seriously. Some series just aren’t worth putting all that time into, but when you find one that just clicks, you’ll spend hours diving in and getting immersed in a fantasy world that feels all your own. So to help you summon that feeling (and to save you some time), we’ve rounded up some of the best anime you should be watching right now, 20 at that, to jumpstart your next anime watch party.

From Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba to Jujutsu Kaisen, these shows will keep you on the edge of your seat. And you’ll finally be able to catch up with all your friends who have seen all the best of the best already. Here we go!

1. ‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’

A young man named Tanjiro Kamado makes his way out of the village where he lives with his family to sell charcoal in a nearby town. When he returns, he finds his mother and siblings have been slaughtered, with his remaining surviving sister, Nezuko, having been turned into a demon. Tanjiro vows to find a way to take revenge on the demon that destroyed his family and return Nezuko back to her original human form. To do that, he must train as a Demon Slayer and find the cure, all the while battling powerful demons and delving deep into the world of the Demon Slayer Corps. It’s an action-packed thrill ride that’ll tug at your heartstrings when you least expect it, especially since you’ll also want sweet Nezuko to go back to normal.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/demon-slayer-kimetsu-no-yaiba/
2. ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’

The Seven Deadly Sins may be one of the most addictive anime series out there at the moment. Every time one episode ends, you’re ready to fire up another one. Following a group of knights known as the Seven Deadly Sins in the land of Britannia, this series focuses on their leader, Meliodas. The group has since been disbanded after being accused of plotting a coup to take over the Liones Kingdom, but Meliodas is looking to get the group back together and work to clear their name before liberating Liones from the Holy Knights, those in charge of the kingdom at present. Along with Liones’s princess Elizabeth, Meliodas works with the Knights to restore peace to the kingdom while working to defeat the demon named Fraudrin, who’s trying to unseal the Demon Race from their prison. No pressure!

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80050063
3. ‘Darling in the Franxx’

In the future, humanity is constantly under threat by massive creatures called “klaxosaurs.” In the post-apocalyptic world where there are only a few humans, mostly children, left to fight against them, kids have to pilot mecha called “Franxx” in male and female pairs. A team of ten, Squad 13 of Plantation 13, includes Hiro, a former pilot who can no longer sync with his partner. He ends up meeting a mysterious young Franxx pilot named Zero Two, who has klaxosaur blood flowing through her veins. Known as the “Partner Killer,” she has a reputation for killing those she pilots with. She and Hiro get along beautifully, however, and sync perfectly. They have to team up and slay the klaxosaurs, but can Hiro survive?

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/darling-in-the-franxx/
4. ‘Spy X Family’

Though it hasn’t been airing its anime adaptation long, Spy X Family is one of the hottest shows going right now, and you’ll want to get in on the ground floor. It follows a conflict between the rival nations of Westalis and Ostania, namely a Westalis agent, codenamed Twilight. He’s assigned to spy on the tumultuous leader of an Ostanian political part, and Twilight must get crafty about getting close to him. So he adopts a young girl named Anya and marries a woman named Yor Briar to create the “perfect” family. Yor is an assassin on her own, however, and knows nothing of Twilight’s plans, nor his secret identity. “Daughter” Anya is a mind reader and knows both their identities. Chaos ensues as the trio pretends to make the “perfect” family while carrying out their missions.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/spy-family-65d158d4-443f-44c7-bd2c-eae39f6c60e9
5. ‘Attack on Titan’

Large naked men with almost no intelligence have nearly exterminated humanity, which now hides in small enclaves behind three huge walls. Attack on Titan starts with the humans feeling fairly comfortable that the walls would hold. However, the appearance of a bigger titan that isn’t so dumb proves that’s not the case. Things get progressively weirder from there, as we come to understand the horrifying truth beyond the massive monsters. For one, they don’t need to eat. They also have no qualms about simply stuffing themselves full of humans just because. And humans? They have very little recourse beyond coordinated attacks to bring them to their knees. It’s full of twists and turns, and you can even binge-watch almost the whole thing since it’s reaching its end. Just beware if you’re squeamish because it’s certainly not for the faint of heart.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/attack-on-titan
6. ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’

High school student Yuji Itadori lives a fairly normal life, until one day his dying grandfather passes on two messages to him: “always help others” and “die surrounded by people”. When his friend Megumi Fushiguro and the members of the Occult Club fall under the curse of an entity named Ryomen Sukuna, Yuji swallows Sukuna’s rotten finger to protect them. As a result, Yuji becomes host to Sukuna, which is all but an assured death sentence, all the while collecting all of Sukuna’s fingers to dispel the curse. Yuji meets up with Megumi’s jujutsu teacher Satoru Gojo and heads to Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu High School with a solution: his death can be postponed until he consumes all the fingers. Cue Yuji training as hard as possible while trying to keep Sukuna suppressed. It’s not easy, but that’s what he’s got to do if he wants to live.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/jujutsu-kaisen
7. ‘My Dress Up Darling’

My Dress Up Darling may be one of the most precious stories around, even if you’re not typically into romance anime. High schooler Wakana Gojo dreams of becoming a professional hina doll craftsman. One day, while in his school craft room, he runs into the extroverted, beautiful, and popular student Marin Kitagawa. Surprisingly, she’s hanging out in the craft room in a bid to salvage her secret cosplay. As it turns out, she’s a major otaku and loves Gojo’s craftsmanship on the doll costumes he’s working on. Marin asks him for help putting her outfit together, which sparks a maelstrom of surprising closeness between the two. They slowly bond over the similarities neither knew the other had, until love blossoms unexpectedly between this mismatched pair. It just goes to show, that you can never judge a book by its cover.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/my-dress-up-darling
8. ‘Dorohedoro’

Caiman seems like a regular guy clad in a black gas mask and a spiked head. The problem is just when he takes off his mask. Underneath, he looks more like a dinosaur than a man. His whole body is human except for the scaly, reptilian nature of his head. But he wasn’t born that way. As Dorohedoro begins, we find that Caiman was actually the victim of a wayward sorcerer.
With that in mind, Caiman was attacked with some sort of magic that left him with no memories and the bizarre head he finds himself with. But rather than totally give up on life as he knows it, he opts to work alongside his best friend Nikaido to track down the sorcerer who disfigured him. The mystery behind who transformed Caiman into this new being is part of what propels you forward through the series, but its colorful cast and intriguing setting are other pieces of the equation as well. Believe it or not, Caiman is only one piece of the puzzle that comprises the gritty, magical world of Dorohedoro. You’ll never see another show like this one!

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80991903
9. ‘Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World’

When NEET Subaru Natsuki suddenly finds himself in a fantasy world, he’s taken aback by how different things are. When he meets a young half-elf named Emilia, he ends up getting killed in an effort to keep her from har. To his surprise, instead of dying for good, or returning to his world, he ends up coming back to life, with time having been turned back to before his death. This means he has a second chance at things and can approach scenarios with a different mindset. When he successfully helps Emilia, life changes dramatically. He falls in love with her and uses his ability to keep Emilia from harm, all while trying to help her become the next queen of the Kingdom of Lugunica. But as it turns out, the power he possesses isn’t quite what he thought it was. He has no idea when it’ll stop working, what he’ll be able to accomplish before it does, or why he even has it. That’s part of the wild ride of Re:Zero, and a great reason to jump on the bandwagon, even if the second season tends to take one of the best characters from us.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/rezero-starting-life-in-another-world-/
10. ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’

Widely considered one of the greatest anime series of all time, Neon Genesis Evangelion may technically be a mecha story, but it’s so much more than that. It follows teenager Shinji Ikari, a regular boy scooped up by his mysterious father Gendo Ikari to pilot a massive bio-mechanical machine called Evangelion to fight off the terrifying, alien-like creatures called Angels. Shinji is joined by two other pilots, Rei Ayanami and Asuka Langley Shikinami, and the flirtatious Misato as they work with a shadowy organization named NERV to stop the destruction of humanity. It’s about a lot more than that, but if all those stories beats intrigue you, you’re in for a wild ride that’ll have you second-guessing life and existence.

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/81033445
11. ‘Beastars’

Beastars takes place in a modern society where anthropomorphic animals live and work together as well as attend school, from wolves to chickens to dogs and everything in between. Legoshi is a wolf who attends Cherryton Academy, where he lives in a dorm alongside other carnivorous students. When he meets a young rabbit named Haru, his world is turned upside down. He must struggle with his instinct to eat Haru while also falling in love with her. Meanwhile, there are killings going on all throughout Cherryton Academy. Who’s behind them, and will the rest of the animals continue to villainize animals like Legoshi for being carnivores, or can all the animals continue to live in peace without distrust and fear among them?

12. ‘Puella Magi Madoka Magica’

Need a swift deconstruction of the magical girl genre? Puella Magi Madoka Magica is just what the doctor ordered. Madoka Kaname and her friend Sayaka Miki meet a strange creature one day named Kyubey, whose impossibly adorable, but is hiding a terrifying secret. He offers a contract for the girls to gain magical powers so they may fight against terrifying creatures known as witches in return for one special wish, anything they desire. There are several magical girls recruited by Kyubey to go out on witch hunts, and while they’re dangerous and treacherous affairs, they don’t seem too bad…until the bitter truth comes out. This isn’t the sugary sweet Sailor Moon-like story that thrives on love and justice. It’s a complete 180, and that’s why it’s such a must-watch.

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/70302572
13. ‘Cowboy Bebop’

The legendary Cowboy Bebop is a mandatory watch, especially if you’ve never seen it before. Hailed as one of the greatest animated series of all time, it’s a fantastic example of how a work can transcend genres and go down in history as such a memorable property. Set in a future where people can register as bounty hunters (Cowboys) and take to the stars to chase down criminals, Cowboy Bebop follows bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they track down bounties, all the while Spike deals with his rivalry with the criminal Vicious, head of the Red Dragon Syndicate. Spike and Jet meet up with the amnesiac and beautiful Faye Valentine, child hacker Edward, and corgi Ein along their travels, which finds them all mixed up in a variety of intergalactic adventures. Just trust us on this one. Go watch it now.

Watch Now, Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/cowboy-bebop-af54be93-ee11-475c-b786-3543a9a7d4ba
14. ‘Devilman Crybaby’

This reimagining of a Go Nagai classic is one of the best modern reinventions for an anime series yet. Akira Fudo is the titular “crybaby” — his kind heart makes him an easy target for bullies, but his best friend Ryo Asuka helps him move away from this persona, just not in a healthy way at all. Ryo has a secret: he knows demons are real, and he can prove it. He uses a special power to draw the demons out of humans and plunges poor Akira into the center of it all. As a result, Akira becomes a “Devilman,” or a demon that can retain its human nature while gaining immense power from a demonic form. Ryo’s actions were hardly altruistic, as he plans to rule the world with Akira as a tool by his side. The result? An unforgettable bloody ballet of violence, gore, sex, and psychedelic visuals.

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80174974
15. ‘Mob Psycho 100’

Shigeo Kageyama is just a regular middle school student. He goes by the name of Mob, but he doesn’t really stand out. You wouldn’t know it by looking at him, but he has unimaginable psychic power. He’s got to keep himself at bay and learn to control his abilities, and to do this, he works with con artist Reigen Arataka, who says he’s a spirit medium. Mob must learn to tussle with his powers and his ability as an esper by helping Reigen exorcise spirits for his wide variety of clients, all the while with his powerful abilities breaking through to the surface and having Mob explode with insane amounts of power. It’s chock-full of amazing animation, crazy anime breakouts, and hilarious scenes you won’t soon forget.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/mob-psycho-100/
16. ‘Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’

Fullmetal Alchemist, at its core, is a story about brotherly love and family bonds, just like Demon Slayer. It follows the young Elric brothers, who desperately look for a way to bring their mother back to life using the power of alchemy while making some stark realizations along the way. While we like both the original series and Brotherhood, most fans prefer the latter due to it being much more faithful to the manga. It’s a series that’s consistently ranked one of the best anime ever made and is a must-watch for any aficionado.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood/
17. ‘Hunter X Hunter’

Hunter x Hunter is another huge shonen title that follows a young boy named Gon who goes on a journey to find his father. To do so, he aims to become a Hunter, which is a kind of treasure/bounty hunter. There have been two anime series (so far), and the manga series is still ongoing (despite author Toshihiro Togashi being on hiatus since 2018). Tackling the manga is a significant undertaking, but the second anime (which most people recommend) is a scant 148 episodes.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/hunter-x-hunter
18. ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’

JoJo is one of the best anime series ever created. That’s a fact. But you have to think about which part is your favorite if you’re going to start shouting it from the rooftops. Part of what makes it so good is that each season has a clearly defined objective and a hero with unwavering resolve, which is similar to Demon Slayer. JoJo drips with style and is as cool as it is silly. If you haven’t seen it, go introduce yourself to the Joestar family ASAP.

Watch Now, Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80179831
19. ‘Akame ga Kill!’

In Akame ga Kill!, a young man trying to raise money for his poor village travels to the corrupt Imperial Capital and is thrust into the middle of an insurgency when the assassin ground Night Raid finds him. This is a series that doesn’t pull any punches, and no character is safe from death. However, do yourself a favor if you’re watching it and read the last part of the manga to get the canon ending since the anime wrapped before it was completed.

Watch Now, Crunchyroll
https://www.crunchyroll.com/akame-ga-kill
20. ‘My Hero Academia’

My Hero Academia is basically like Harry Potter with superheroes instead of wizards, and that’s better than it sounds. The anime has been tremendously possible and actually releases on a reliable schedule. After five years on the air, we’ve gotten five seasons, and a movie is on the way. So, if you’re looking for something less supernatural but with some of the same shonen vibes as some of the more contemporary action series, be sure to check this one out.

Watch Now, Funimation
https://www.funimation.com/shows/my-hero-academia/
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Gaming

The 40 Best Fighting Game Guest Characters

Fighting games have proven to be the ultimate “crossover dream turned into a reality” scenario since 1993. And since then, the best fighting game guest characters have become a hot topic amongst the FGC.

Fatal Fury Special kickstarted the ongoing trend of fighting game guest characters with the surprise appearance of Art of Fighting’s Ryo Sakazaki as a special boss challenge/playable character. And in the years since, some of the most popular and obscure fighters have spread out their roster by adding in outside participants. What makes that aspect of fighters so interesting is the fact that guest characters have not only been lifted from other fighting games – they’ve also been taken from non-fighting games, TV shows, and movies. The best fighting game guest characters tend to add that extra bit of pizzaz to any fighter they’re added to.

For this list, we’re going to acknowledge 40 of the greatest fighting game guest characters of all time. And for some of these picks, we just had to show love to the entire guest ensemble that made their presence felt in certain fighters (we’re looking at you, Mortal Kombat!).

Best Fighting Game Guest Characters
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1. Akuma (‘X-Men: Children of the Atom’)

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the image of Akuma pulling off “Touch of Death” combos on X-Men characters is a throwback April Fool’s Joke. Akuma’s sprite model got lifted straight from Street Fighter II for this guest appearance, which is why he looks out of place compared to the rest of X-Men: Children of the Atom’s roster. But this one is totally legit, folks! The badass master of the Ansatsuken fighting style still looks cool here as he clashes with Wolverine, Cyclops, Psylocke, etc. A quick note here – you’re going to be seeing a lot more of Akuma on this list as he’s recognized as one of the sole best fighting game guest characters in the genre.

2. Zero Akuma (‘Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness’)

Akuma didn’t just pop up to beat up some mutants in one of Capcom’s non-Street Fighter titles – he also got turned into a giant mech for his special appearance in Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness. And thankfully, this robotic rendition of the overpowered fighter looks and plays great. Getting to throw out Gohadokens and pull off a Tatsumaki Zankukyaku with a mega-sized Akuma bot still blows our minds.

3. Sakura (‘Rival Schools: United By Fate’)

This guess character inclusion within Rival Schools: United By Fate was an easy one to make a reality for Capcom. Sakura’s already known for being an avid follower of Ryu that also happens to be a spunky schoolgirl. So it made all the sense in the world for her to take part in all the high school wars that take place within this awesome 3D fighter. We hope to see Sakura and Hinata team up once again someday…

4. The ‘Final Fantasy VII’ Characters (‘Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring’)

This forgotten gem came from Squaresoft during the height of its JRPG dominance. Seeing as how Final Fantasy VII emerged as the Japanese publisher/developer’s groundbreaking RPG back then, it came as no surprise that Squaresoft chose to feature the game’s standout castmates in Ehrgeiz: God Bless The Ring. Six characters were put in place here – Cloud Strife, Sephiroth, Zack Fair, Tifa Lockhart, Vincent Valentine, and Yuffie Kisaragi adapted quite well to the open-arena clashes this slept-on fighter focused on.

5. Link (‘Soulcalibur II’)

The biggest winner out of the Soulcalibur II console-based guest character selection was definitely all the owners of the Nintendo GameCube. And that’s because they were treated to a battle-hardened, Master Sword swinging Link that chose to go toe to toe with the likes of Mitsurugi, Ivy, and more. Link plays like a dream here and all of his offense flows so smoothly within the confines of this all-time Soulcalibur series entry. Also being able to use his bow & arrow, boomerang, and a bevy of bombs makes Link one of the most versatile and arguably best fighting game guest characters we’ve ever played with.

6. Sonic the Hedgehog (‘Super Smash Bros. Brawl’)

Electronic Gaming Monthly pulled quite the April Fool’s prank when it told everyone that Sega’s hyperfast mascot was unlockable in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Thankfully, Sonic the Hedgehog’s inclusion in Nintendo’s crossover platform fighter actually became a thing once he debuted in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. For years, gamers debated over who would win in a fight between Mario and Sonic. Thanks to Brawl’s inclusion of the beloved “Blue Blur,” that question finally got answered.

7. Solid Snake (‘Super Smash Bros. Brawl’)

Brawl didn’t just stop with a guest roster appearance from Sonic – it also went above and beyond to blow everyone’s minds by placing the master espionage agent from Metal Gear Solid into the mix. Solid Snake and all of his firearms, bombs, and boxes came got to mix it up with the rest of Nintendo’s icons, which is something we never could have imagined taking place. Being able to engage in some CQC (Close Quarters Combat) with happy, go-lucky characters such as Yoshi still trips us out.

8. The ‘Star Wars’ Characters (‘Soulcalibur IV’)

Now when you bring common sense into the picture, lightsaber wielders should have no issue cutting through everyone’s metal arsenal in Soulcalibur IV. But when you suspend your disbelief for a moment, the act of swinging those whooshing laser swords as Darth Vader, Yoshi, and The Apprentice aka “Starkiller” is so dope. A special shout-out goes to that aforementioned third character – his extra mobile movements and flashy lightsaber swings stood out the most in comparison to his fellow Star Wars compatriots. Force choking with Vader and flipping around as Yoda were equally cool, though.

9. Kratos (‘Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny’)

God of War’s bloodthirsty God-killer fit Soulcalibur like a glove once he popped up in the franchise’s PlayStation Portable offering. Kratos certainly held his own as he hacked and slashed at his foes with his signature Blades of Chaos and the Blade of Olympus. He also pulled off some slick combos with his magic-based Poseidon’s Rage attack and could also take flight at a moment’s notice thanks to his trusty Icarus Wings. Kratos is a force to be reckoned with here, that’s for sure.

10. The ‘Virtua Fighter’ Characters (‘Dead or Alive 5’)

Dead or Alive 5 became the de facto way to play a brand new Virtua Fighter since it did what Sega wouldn’t do back in 2021 – make a brand new entry in the beloved 3D fighting game series. Tecmo Koei and Team Ninja did an incredible job of placing Akira Yuki, Sarah Bryant, Jacky Bryant, and Pai Chan into their very own 3D brawler and having them look as fluid as their Virtua Fighter selves. It still feels so good to pull off some slick tag team grabs with the sibling duo of Jacky and Sarah in tow.

11. Mai Shiranui (‘Dead or Alive 5’)

Let’s confront the elephant in the room right now – Fatal Fury’s Mai Shiranui has some pretty wild…well, “dimensions.” She’s mostly known for flinging her folding fans and flaming up the battlefield in 2D games. So it was quite the shock to see Mai transition over into a 3D fighter and still keep her signature specials intact. Picking Mai and going blow for blow with Dead or Alive’s Kasumi in a battle of iconic kunoichi warriors makes all the sense in the world.

12. Akira Yuki (‘Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax’)

Akira didn’t just pop up Dead or Alive to beat the breaks off of everyone in 3D arenas. He also got a 2D makeover to do major damage on a bunch of visual novel mascots in Sega, French Bread, and Ecole Software slept-on crossover fighter. Launching opponents into the air and keeping them up there with Akira’s “Renkantai” kicks is an amazing sensation for those who’ve become so used to his Virtua Fighter rendition.

13. Mega Man (‘Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U’)

Once Super Smash Bros. made its way over to the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, its roster got even more mind-blowing as it added in a wealth of third-party characters. Capcom’s “Blue Bomber” is known for being an NES console stable, so it made all the sense in the world for him to enter the battlefield to clash with the likes of Mario, Sonic, and Samus Aran. Mega Man’s inclusion in Smash Bros. worked like a charm – he got tons of Easter Egg-worthy alternate costumes, a familiar stage, and a moveset composed of his most recognizable moves.

14. Pac-Man (‘Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U’)

Mario represents red. And Sonic is all that blue. And when we’re talking about a gaming icon repping the color yellow, there’s only one hero we can speak about – Pac-Man! The pellet, ghost-eating hero that stands tall as Bandai Namco’s mascot hopped into Smash Bros. and fit right in alongside the rest of the game’s roster members. Who knew the portly little guy was such a martial arts master?

15. Ryu (‘Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U’)

Street Fighter’s legendary traveling warrior is known for being one of the most formidable fighting game characters the genre has ever seen. When he finally got that Smash invite envelope, he showed up and did big damage to Nintendo’s best alongside his third-party icon representatives. It’s still mind-blowing to see Ryu dish out Hadoukens and land Shoryuken’s on the likes of Fox McCloud and the rest of Smash’s anthropomorphic critters.

16. Cloud Strife (‘Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U’)

Fun fact – Cloud Strife was originally set to be the PS2 exclusive character for Soulcalibur II. While it sucks that that lofty plan fell through, shout out to Masahiro Sakurai for pulling enough strings to get him into Smash. Cloud and his ginormous Buster Sword hit like a truck in Nintendo’s premier platform fighter. Everything from his Limit Break specials right on down to his assorted multi-slash sword combos was taken from Final Fantasy VII and replicated to perfection here.

17. Bayonetta (‘Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U’)

She may have pissed off the Smash Ultimate community at first due to her overpowered nature, but you couldn’t be too mad at her inclusion in the end. The world’s most beloved witch in gaming brought all her melee weapons, demonic pets, and hand/foot pistols with her to terrorize some of your favorite gaming mascots. And she looks so damn good doing it with all those slow-motion camera tricks accentuating her flashiest attacks.

18. Iori Yagami (‘Million Arthur: Arcana Blood’)

You may not have heard of Million Arthur: Arcana Blood, which is understandable. But go on ahead and give it a try when you get a chance – it’s a solid anime fighter that utilizes partner assists to pull off some sick combos. Scattered among the game’s usage of characters from the Million Arthur MMORPG/anime series is an Orochi blood-cursed brawler hailing from The King of Fighters. The person we’re alluding to here is none other than Iori Yagami, who looks extra crisp with the game’s visual palette splashed over him and his purple flame-tinged maneuvers.

19. Rash (‘Killer Instinct’ – 2013)

The 2013 Killer Instinct reboot grew into an amazing fighter over time that brought in guest characters from Halo and Gears of War. The best guest series entrant of them all though is one of Rare’s anthropomorphic badasses, Rash. The Battletoads representative has it all – the ability to transform into random objects, enlarged limbs that extend his combos, and his trusty speeder bike. If Killer Instinct ever gets a new entry, then Zitz and Pimple should also come along for the ride.

20. Akuma (‘Tekken 7’)

We might not ever get to see a finished version of Tekken x Street Fighter (damn you, Harada!). But the shocking inclusion of Akuma in Tekken 7 as a playable character is the closest we’ll ever get to that far-flung dream. This Street Fighter rep feels just like his 2D self and can even tear up everyone’s life meters with OP EX moves. Getting the W with a “Raging Demon” in a Tekken game is totally possible because of this guy. Side note – our minds are still blown over the fact that Akuma is integral to the plot of Tekken 7’s plot!

21. Geese Howard (‘Tekken 7’)

We still get goosebumps watching this dude’s reveal trailer from EVO 2017! The ultimate final boss known for his tyrannical AI from Fatal Fury came over to the 3D open arenas of Tekken to face off with that game’s evil representatives. Just like Akuma, Geese Howard kept his 2D specials and combo strings intact (most folks aren’t big fans of that since he’s considered pretty OP). Pulling off that sick counter body slam of his never gets old in this game. Alongside Akuma, Geese deserves praise as one of the best fighting game guest characters to make his way over from 2D to 3D.

22. Geralt of Rivia (‘Soulcalibur VI’)

Bandai Namco’s Soulcalibur franchise has a really strong record when it comes to featuring guest characters. By the time its sixth main entry arrived, an action RPG great finally got the opportunity to bring his blades and spells with him to the popular weapons-clasher. The Witcher’s “White Wolf” looks quite graceful in motion, but his slashes and magic-based attacks are super impactful. Geralt of Rivia fits Soulcalibur like a glove – we feel all warm and fuzzy inside every time he squares off with Raphael.

23. 2B (‘Soulcalibur VI’)

NieR:Automata’s battle-hardened android is backed up by a huge fan following – just Google her name and images of dope cosplay, custom art, and combo vids for the game’s main protagonist will flood your page. 2B and her helper bot showed in Soulcalibur VI and her inclusion stands out for all the right reasons. Her multitude of blades, ease of use, and powerful ranged attacks present her in a familiar way while simultaneously matching her up with Soulcalibur’s gameplay & graphics in a commendable manner.

24. Haohmaru (‘Soulcalibur VI’)

Mitsurugi has always been seen as the most impregnable samurai of Soulcalibur. But he finally got some worthy competition once Samurai Shodown’s lethal katana wielder came through to show him who’s boss. Haohmaru plays so much better here than he does in Samurai Shodown Sen thanks to the fluidity Soulcalibur afforded him on a 3D plane. It feels so good to be able to pull off his special moves with traditional 2D fighting game controls and land his most climactic finishers on an unsuspecting opponent.

25. Kratos (‘Mortal Kombat’ – 2011)

Kratos looks like he’s having the time of his life in the blood and guts-filled NetherRealm contained within the 2011 series reboot of Mortal Kombat. PS3 and PS Vita’s owners got it so good since they could get as gory as they wanted to with Kratos’ signature arsenal of blades and the power of the gods backing him up. The coolest part about Kratos’ guest spot in this game is his incorporation of quick-time event button presses that are lifted straight from the God of War games.

26. Freddy Krueger (‘Mortal Kombat’ – 2011)

The trend of welcoming horror movie symbols into Mortal Kombat games began here. A Nightmare on Elm Street’s nightmare-powered monster got pitted against the likes of Scorpion and Lui Kang as he stepped foot into this amazing Mortal Kombat reboot. Besides his affinity for claw slashes, Freddy Krueger got down and dirty during battle by sending his victims into a fiery furnace and bringing them down to Hell before completely dismembering them. Freddy’s definitely one of the best fighting game guest characters to make the trip from the big screen to the small screen.

27. Scorpion (‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’)

Once Ed Boon and the fighting game pros at NetherRealm Studios aligned themselves with DC Comics, their partnership resulted in one of the most exciting superheroes vs. supervillains fighting games the genre has ever seen. Mortal Kombat’s hellish ninja tried his hand at taking on Superman, Batman, and more when he popped up in Injustice: Gods Among Us with some sweet new duds. Scorpion is simply a menace in this game – everyone who played this game professionally knows just how much of a problem he is in the right hands. Scorpion also happens to have one of the best super moves in the game via “Welcome To The Netherrealm.”

28. The Movie Characters (‘Mortal Kombat X’)

Mortal Kombat X’s darker color palette paved the way for equally foreboding characters that didn’t look out of place whatsoever once they debuted. Freddy may have been left behind here, but his replacements made everyone get over his absence. Killers from the big screen got to rip out some spines and deplete every one of their blood. And those infamous killers include Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th), Predator, Leatherface, and Alien. Jason’s machete is OD, Predator’s tools allowed for some slick air combos, Leatherface’s chainsaw did some nasty work, and Alien’s tail whips are a force to be reckoned with.

29. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (‘Injustice 2’)

Injustice 2 went bigger and bolder with its non-DC Comics roster. Sub-Zero and Raiden pay a visit from Mortal Kombat, plus Hellboy got him a piece of the action with his massive fist and “Good Samaritan” revolver. The mind-blowing reveal and inclusion of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the one that got everyone talking, though. Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo, and Raphael all came through to use their respective weapons and “Turtle Power” to put the smackdown on their superpowered opposition. The alternate costume system allowed for a cool implementation of each Turtle that’s all contained and selectable within one character slot.

30. Akira Kazama (‘Street Fighter V’)

Sakura must have put in a good word for this Rival Schools fan fave since Street Fighter V laid out the red carpet for her guest spot. The biker helmet warrior known as Akira Kazama took a detour from her high school grudge matches and sped right into fresh encounters with the Street Fighter’s best. It’s incredible to see Akira be able to pull off those sky-high air combos and also employ special moves that call upon the brute strength of her brother Daigo. Akira definitely earns the honor of being the best member of the SFV’s Season 5 DLC roster.

31. Spawn (‘Mortal Kombat 11’)

Rumors were running rampant about Todd McFarlane’s hellish guardian getting added to Mortal Kombat X, but those plans seemingly fell through. Luckily, Spawn got to deal out his brand of justice in Mortal Kombat 11 and look his very best. The man is a master of guns, blasts out Necroplasm energy, uses his cape as a weapon, and is pretty adept at bashing people’s skulls in with a club. Extra kudos go out to this video game version of Spawn getting voiced by Keith David, who reprises his role from the HBO animated series.

32. Terry Bogard (‘Fighting EX Layer’)

What started out as an April Fool’s Day joke back in 2017 eventually evolved into a full game that fans of the Street Fighter EX series rejoiced over. Fighting EX Layer upped the ante post-launch by bringing over a familiar face that deals in Buster Wolves and Rising Tackles. And to everyone’s surprise, he fits in much better than expected. Terry Bogard looks and plays so well within the 2D battlefield/3D visual design that powers this cool Arika-developed fighter.

33. Baiken (‘Samurai Shodown’ – 2019)

Guilty Gear’s one-armed samurai makes too much sense as a guest character for a fighter focused on landing killing blows with bladed weapons. When she got announced for 2019’s Samurai Shodown, it felt like she’d been hanging out in the series’ world in the background all along since she didn’t look out of place upon her reveal. Baiken certainly looks just as formidable in battle as Sam Sho’s other katana wielders and she makes sure to look just as awesome as them when it’s time to pull off a Super Special Move.

34. Ryu (‘Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid’)

Hands down, the greatest Power Rangers game of all time is the 3v3 fighter known as Battle for the Grid. And just like its mobile cousin Legacy Wars, this console brawler gave Street Fighter’s front-facing warrior a chance to mix it up with Rangers and the baddies that always give them problems. Ryu hits like a truck here and plays just like Marvel vs. Capcom rendition. The “Crimson Hawk Ranger” and his Shinku Hadoken just can’t be contained!

35. Chun-Li (‘Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid’)

Chun-Li clearly wasn’t going to let Ryu have all the fun! She also got some “Mighty Morphin'” powers of her own when she got to throw hands (and feet) in Battle for the Grid. Street Fighter’s female mascot also feels just as combo crazy as her Marvel vs. Capcom self, which thankfully means she has the ability to go toe to toe with Battle for the Grid’s powerful roster. Her “Blue Phoenix Ranger” getup looks so damn amazing!

36. Ken (‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’)

Ryu has his fans, no doubt. But it always seems like a lot more fighting game fans actually prefer his flame-fueled rival/best friend instead. At the launch of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Ken became available and gave his massive fanbase a reason to take a stab at Nintendo’s crossover platform brawler. His “Final Smash” (“Shippu Jinraikyaku” and “Shinryuken”) moves make us feel like kings every time we successfully KO our foes with them.

37. Terry Bogard (‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’)

Terry sure has a great record when it comes to guest character appearances. We already mentioned his inclusion in Fighting EX Layer, plus he’s done well against Capcom’s icons in Capcom vs. SNK. In Smash Ultimate, he shows up in another dream crossover to give us the unofficial third fantasy Capcom vs. SNK battle. Terry has all of his signature offense in tow, plus he even incorporates his traditional input methods for his specials and super moves. Smash Ultimate really lets fighting game fans battle it out with Terry (Fatal Fury), Ryu & Ken (Street Fighter), and Kazuya (Tekken). These are wild times we live in…

38. Sephiroth (‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’)

Cloud just can’t catch a break, it seems. The man thought he could just enjoy himself in Smash without any familiar threats gunning for his neck. That clearly wasn’t the case since Final Fantasy VII’s “One-Winged Angel” followed Cloud and chose to not only torment him but the rest of gaming’s biggest characters. Sephiroth and his insanely long “Masamune” blade happen to be one of our favorite methods towards getting our friends salty whenever Smash Ultimate parties go down.

39. Kazuya Mishima (‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’)

Kazuya Mishima must have run out of people to throw over the side of a cliff cause he showed up to do the Smash Ultimate roster extra dirty once he arrived. Tekken’s coolest villain didn’t show up to make friends in this game – he only popped up to bring the pain. The fact that you can pull off a 10-hit Tekken combo string and transform into Kazuya’s Devil Mode makes this guess character admittance one of the very best in Smash Ultimate.

40. Sora (‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’)

Sora’s guest character inclusion in Smash Ultimate will always be recognized as a bittersweet occasion. Everyone lost their minds at the unexpected arrival of Kingdom Hearts’ most lovable Keyblade user, but they also cried tears of joy since he’s the final DLC character for Smash Ultimate. Thank the gaming gods for this one, though! Sakurai really went out with a bang and made sure Sora got properly adapted. Swinging a Keyblade around as Sora in Smash Ultimate is a dream come true. You can’t help but recognize him as not only one of the best fighting game guest characters but also one of the best additions to the massive Smash roster.