I Hate The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda is my favorite game franchise of all time, which is a position you only get to claim if I hate many of the games in that franchise. No Zelda fan got to be that way by loving the series unconditionally and without complaint; complaining is how you show your love forContinue reading “I Hate The Legend of Zelda”

Atmosphere in Games (Hades and Hollow Knight)

The opening scene or sequence in a game is the most important, more so than any other medium. A film or an anime can wait to draw you in, often there is important groundwork that needs to be laid in narrative-centric media. A hook just sometimes has to take a backseat, and can be pushedContinue reading “Atmosphere in Games (Hades and Hollow Knight)”

The End of Evangelion Deserves to be a Classic

The first installment in the “Does X Anime Deserve to be a Classic” series was a collection of my thoughts on the original Neon Genesis Evangelion, and how much I hated it. The bulk of the show is tedious, the characters are unlikable across the board, and the story lacks any forward momentum. The endingContinue reading “The End of Evangelion Deserves to be a Classic”

Beastars, or the Troubling World of Allegory

When I first wrote about Beastars, which you can find here, I tried to focus on its character writing. Don’t get me wrong, Beastars has an excellent story and Paru Itagaki’s world building is second to none, but her character writing is somehow even better. The issue I had at the time was that IContinue reading “Beastars, or the Troubling World of Allegory”

The Hands of Time

Hi, everyone. This is a little different from my regular content, but My Anime List recently partnered with the web novel site HoneyFeed for a writing contest. I submitted the first chapter of my story, The Hands of Time, and thought, “well, the people reading my blog probably like my writing, so they might likeContinue reading “The Hands of Time”

Vinland Saga: How to Kill Off a Character

At the start of the 2010s there was this fascination with ‘lethal’ media. The type of television that had dominated in recent decades: sitcoms, game shows, reality TV, began to take a backseat to scripted dramas that emphasized their deadliness, that no character was safe. To put it mildly, this phenomenon launched some of theContinue reading “Vinland Saga: How to Kill Off a Character”

Devilman Crybaby: Resurrecting a Story

Devilman is one of the most influential manga ever written. You cannot understate the impact that Go Nagai’s initially simple story of a boy forced to house a demon on its genre or the medium it was created within. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration or even a stretch to say that without Devilman, we wouldContinue reading “Devilman Crybaby: Resurrecting a Story”

Record of Ragnarok Review: The Best Slideshow Ever

Do you like anime? If so, what exactly draws you to it? If you’re on this blog, you at least have a passing interest in it, if not an obsession, so why do these peculiar cartoons have this sort of draw? Maybe it’s the escapist fantasy, an appreciation for the artistry that goes into theirContinue reading “Record of Ragnarok Review: The Best Slideshow Ever”

Does Toradora Deserve to be a Classic?

I love romcom anime. Kaguya-sama and Horimiya rank among my favorite manga of all time, and I even came around on Oregairu when it recovered from a disappointing first season. This is just a genre that anime performs particularly well in. The long-form nature of the medium means that it isn’t as suffocating as itsContinue reading “Does Toradora Deserve to be a Classic?”

Processing Grief Through Anime Part Two: Anohana

I began the first part with an explanation of tearjerker anime, the ones that wring tears out of you. Not that I would ever cry over a silly cartoon, no idea what you’re talking about. You can tell from my macho blog all about those cartoons that I’d never feel emotions because of them. ShutContinue reading “Processing Grief Through Anime Part Two: Anohana”