Adventure of Sinbad – Sara Massa

Adventure of Sinbad

Sara Massa

Anchor Contributor


Everyone loves a little magic in their lives, and if you decide to watch the anime Adventure of Sinbad, you will not be disappointed. This new Netflix series, a prequel to the well-known anime, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, aired April of this year.

The two shows are based around the tales from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, Sinbad telling the story of the man who would become king of the island kingdom, Sindria. We follow Sinbad as he conquers towers, called “dungeons,” full of traps, tricks and treasures, and watch him win over the djinns’ trust and respect to help him become king.

The anime is thirteen episodes long, and spans most of Sinbad’s life, but is mainly focused on his teenage years. When I started watching it, I was not a fan of Magi, and only started watching Sinbad for my interest in the legend of Sinbad. After watching five episodes in a row, however, this anime made me want to give Magi another chance.

The show is filled with action, adventure, and comedy, but not so much comedy that it covers up the main plot of Sinbad’s quest for the throne. The creator, Shinobu Ohtaka, created an amazing art design and designed a hooking storyline filled with magic and adventure. And if you’re thinking you have to watch Magi to understand Sinbad, that is where you are wrong. Even though this series is a prequel, the anime revolves itself around Sinbad and his friends, so there are no spoilers for you.

A road paved with rock: part one – Jonathan Carney

A road paved with rock: part one

Jonathan Carney

Anchor Editor


During the next few weeks, I’m going to be sharing, little bit by little bit, the songs that first made me love my genre. I will include little anecdotes about when I first heard each song and what step in my journey it was. Where along the path down my post-6th grade musical journey, it appeared in my life. I will also give a large segment of the complete story here.

The first “metal” song I was ever truly exposed to was System of a Down’s “B.Y.O.B.” I make use of quotation marks here because the band refuses to identify themselves as metal, or any genre for that matter. However, the general population considers them to be such. I was first exposed to this song in the seventh grade while attending the Fernwood school in Portland, Oregon (now “Beverly Cleary,” as her books take place on a nearby street.) My journey was initiated by an eccentric, mind-older-than-a-seventh-grader’s individual with blood-red glasses and long red hair darker than mine that flowed to his shoulders. He was a member of the small group of three individuals I principally remember gravitating towards in my one year attending school in Portland. Honestly, I’m not sure he was as keen on being friends with me as I was with him. Still, one day at an after-school program, he took me to the computer, went on YouTube and told me he was going to show me something that would get me off of that “country nonsense.” And while it didn’t happen immediately, a year or two would prove he was absolutely right.

The song “B.Y.O.B.” rushes through the intro in an exhilaratingly rush of notes, and Daron’s initial screech is soon followed by Serj’s barking verse. This fast-paced song eventually surprises the listener by slowing down for a seemingly mellow, slower chorus, only to speed up immediately after. Close to the end of the song, one such transition is performed in such a sudden and unexpected manner as to jolt the listener out of the false sense of security that the calmer chorus created, a tactic SOAD is infamous for. SOAD wrote this hit back in 2005 as a protest against the war in Iraq. While I picked up on the anti-war sentiment, I would not learn the song’s full meaning until much later.

After first watching the music video, I would queue it up constantly again and again after school. But, for some reason, I was still too lazy to search more songs like it, or even more songs by the artist. I don’t know why I never looked for more despite being so thoroughly excited. Perhaps I was afraid if I found an even better SOAD song it would make me love that first gem less. Or maybe the opposite would happen, and I would be disappointed by the rest of the material after hearing that first iconic song.

Still, this first song touched a part of me. I loved this unsettling, vicious ballad of corruption, a defiant and angst-fueled cry against a powerful external force.

Dressing for success – Deanna Manzo

Although the seasons are changing, and it saddens you to put away your cute flowery sundresses and sandalwood clogs, let me remind you that fall will be a season of renewal. Going to class daily requires a wardrobe that is comfortable for you so you can pay attention to the tireless lecture instead of fussing over a wardrobe malfunction. Sitting for an hour a day can cramp your style, so I have some tips on having a great school year with a wardrobe that will stop traffic.

Dressing for success requires making the conscious effort to scan your closet for any rips, holes or stains. When you separate your attire into categories, one pile will be clothes that are worn out and unwearable; you can toss those clothes. Another pile will be clothes that don’t fit you anymore; you can donate these clothes to Goodwill. Goodwill is always accepting donations, and there is always someone in need.

There are many ways to update your wardrobe that are sure to make you a fashion diva. Sweater dresses can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. For class, you can pair a sweater dress with some heavy-duty leather boots and accessorize with an adorable scarf. At night time when school is out, you can slip into a pair of leggings to create a totally different look. It’s all up to you, so be creative in your pursuit of fashion excellence. Cardigan sweaters can create a very romantic look if that strikes your fancy.

Layering this Fall is all about creating a look that will take you from fashion dud to fashion plus. When you overheat, you can always take layers off, and when you get cold again, you can always add a layer or two. Add a bit of drama with a bell-sleeved sweater, as you can wear them with jeans or sharp A-line skirts.

Creating a wardrobe doesn’t have to be costly. There are many department stores such as Target or Walmart that has what you are looking for at half the cost, so it won’t break the bank. Be a little creative, and you will be on your way to a cost efficient lifestyle. Sometimes you can take what you already have in your closet and add a few pearls or earrings to spice up your look.

Remember that fashion is all about making your personality shine. With your new wardrobe, you’ll have exuberant style and grace, and that will make for a great school year.


A road paved with rock part three – Jonathan Carney

My Dad and I had moved to the island community of Jamestown, Rhode Island, just in time for me to start eighth grade. He would teach in the same school I attended, though he did not teach my grade nor did I have his class. The close proximity was awkward and provided tension as often as it did time to bond. That year featured many periods where my resentment of his house rules intensified the tensions between us. This would serve as a catalyst for my final conversion from country music to harsher, harder melodies.

Before school started, we formed a habit of playing the radio whenever we drove. Since he could not stand country, and even I was beginning to tire of it, we tuned to the 94 HJY rock station. It was there that I first heard one song by the band that would become my eternal favorite.

They were a band from the city of Chicago named Disturbed. They referred to their music as metal, though most people classified them as hard rock. The song I heard on the drive up Narragansett Avenue that afternoon was “Indestructible,” whose very first power chord grabbed me and never let go.

The song begins with ominous sirens amidst the sounds of warfare. Suddenly a vicious, rhythmic onslaught of power cords from Dan Donegan’s guitar rises above the chaos. The chords are punctuated periodically by a sharp intake of breath from vocalist David Draiman. The verse swings in with Danny picking notes in a steadily marching rhythm, complemented by heavy rumblings from John Moyer’s bass. It is here that David gives voice to the first words of the song. Singing from the perspective of a soldier in battle, he verbally illustrates his dedication to his mission and issues a grim warning to his opponent. Mike Wengren’s drums pick up their assault, more power chords are pumped out by Danny, and David’s staccato chorus issues an aggressive declaration of his own invincibility. David ends the chorus with a dark, threatening call to his adversary. He commands them to look around, so that they may see all the foes he has vanquished just before he delivers them to the same fate. After a fierce and energetic solo from Danny, the final chorus ends and slams out one last power chord that slowly fades away.

It would be safe to say, without exaggeration, that this song was my sole inspiration to not just run, but run fast. My exposure to this song conveniently coincided with me joining a cross-country team for the first time. I soon learned that the fire and brimstone of songs like “Indestructible” were potent fuel for training. After this experience, I emphatically threw the entire country genre, previously beloved, right out the window. Years of worshipping this band have caused Draiman’s powerful voice to permanently burn itself into my brain. And this song was only the beginning.