Among the fundamental facts that are essential to deciphering who I am, along with why a person would write fifty-plus paragraphs on a single topic, is this: I spend way too much time thinking about Gunslinger Girl.
I have officially reached peak levels of jealousy towards everyone who owns a Nintendo Switch, because they get the opportunity to play THIS, as opposed to me, who can only experience it vicariously. It only took seeing an hour of gameplay to get that way.
“They were right when they said we should never meet our heroes.” - “Breathing Underwater” by Metric, citing an oft-quoted ancient modern proverb
Game design video series Extra Credits released a video on de-gamification, their term for the removal of more traditionally “game-y” elements like score, time limits, achievements, or challenges from a video game, earlier today. They discuss its use both as a tool to improve games during development and as a feature…
I’m not sure if there is a mashup artist—especially with anime songs—more beloved by their audience than nakinyko. Their title is “based,” but where Lil B Tha Based God’s title was self-endowed, theirs was bestowed wholly by others.
Last year, I wrote this piece shortly after a not-so-glowing Washington Post review of Uncharted 4 caused a massive dust-up, with Metacritic being one of the big factors in the whole thing. Fast forward to this week, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is out today...and it seems like circumstances are ripe for a…
So far, I have sunk 19 hours into Gravity Rush 2. I have also made startlingly little progress in the story—apparently only one-third of the way through. It’s so early on, that there is one major ability usable in its demo from a couple of months ago that I’ve still yet to unlock After 19 hours!
As early as Nickelodeon’s seminal Avatar: The Last Airbender, and as recently as the dustup over the music video for Porter Robinson’s and Madeon’s “Shelter,” anime has constantly contended with the age-old question: Just what is anime, really? Well, we might finally have a satisfactory answer to point towards.
Consider, at conventions—game, anime, or otherwise—the prevalence of the Nintendo 3DS, followed in a distant second place by the Playstation Vita. For the Nintendo Switch appears to be, in numerous ways, the descendant of both systems.
My name is Justin, and I am a gaming, anime, and music geek who spends my days at work with a computer science desk job and his not-days either indulging his interests, doing stuff on YouTube, or writing about video games and anime.
Or, the answer to a question I never knew needed answering: Why has there never been a Dave & Buster’s location—the hybrid arcade/sports bar entertainment chain—in my home state?
In the gaming community, the PC’s reputation is that of a high-end, boutique gaming system. Top of the line, on the cutting edge of what can be pulled off (technically speaking, at least) in video games. The gold standard against which consoles never dare compete. For at least one person, however, the PC does not…
There’s an exchange from the 2011 film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy that constantly gets stuck in my head. To set the scene, main protagonist George Smiley is visiting a former colleague, Connie Sachs, for questioning purposes. Somewhere in the scene, they start talking about their past espionage activities during World…
It opens up with an uninterrupted one minute, 44 second long take from a tank turret’s point of view. Just to restate, this is an anime—not even a movie, but a television series—whose first scene is a long take. The message is clear: Girls und Panzer means business.
Eastern comfort food meets Western comfort food. Mismatched though these two genres seem, the end result is infinitely more artful and coherent than the Denki-gai meets Law & Order doomsday scenario that“slice-of-life/mystery procedural” suggests.
Normal people in the early 2000’s most likely heard Evanescence’s “Bring Me to Life”, one of the most well-known rock songs of the period, from radio or its music video. But that’s just normal people. You know how I first heard it?
Though I guess it’s more like “RedStripe118’s favorite Vocaloid song” if we want to be completely accurate…but hey, we’re just splitting hairs at that point, right??
Sword Art Online II is still Sword Art Online, both in its potent strengths and well-storied flaws. But there are those occasional moments where it goes beyond the original. Maybe it’s an exceptional character. It could even be an entire arc.
I really REALLY wanted to like Glasslip. That's the most important thing to understand here! But evidently, even a P.A. Works series can display such blatant ineptitude as to make that impossible.