Ryougi Shiki Doesn’t Laugh: Character Design

So upon hearing oh so wonderful things about Kara no Kyoukai, one’s first reaction is to look it up, and be greeted with Shiki’s image. Disregarding everything that makes the character great, the design, as is the case with many of Takeuchi/Ufotable’s Type-Moon art, is immediately visually striking, drawing you in immediately. But what is it exactly that makes this design work so well?

Mild spoilers for Kara no Kyoukai Read More

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The JoGenius of Diamond is Unbreakable: Bizarre Mundanity

Despite incessant opinions that each Jojo part is the same thing once you get past the tangible details, each Part has always delivered differences, especially in themes. Now, of my favourite anime, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is certainly the shallowest thematically, but to say that the franchise overall has nothing to say, or that some Parts don’t do a better job exploring their themes, is way too reductionist. Specifically, my favourite Part, whose anime concluded today, does a great job of exploring the idea of ‘Mundanity’, or one’s trivial, daily life, and how the most Bizarre of things can arise from the simplest, smallest details. The series does a fantastic job of contrasting its inherent Jojo bizarreness with this idea of a normal, daily life. This is most embodied in its protagonist, antagonist, and setting. Read More

Video Game 3 x 3

I’ll soon be approaching some video game stuff, and in order to understand anyone’s opinions on a medium an understanding of their perspective and background is required, I think. So, here’s a weeb-true 3×3!

  • Xenoblade Chronicles: Expect a long thematic analysis coming soon on this one!
  • Jak 2 – Gameplay analysis coming in the future
  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy – Gameplay analysis coming in the future
  • Pokemon – Heartgold & Soulsilver
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
  • Sonic 3 & Knuckles
  • Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix

 

Rogue One – A Star Wars Story is… OK

It’s here! It’s finally here! It’s the story of how the Death Star plans were stolen!

Spoilers. It blew up.

It seems the reception to Rogue One has been overwhelmingly positive, especially by the hardcore Star Wars fans. The amazing Vader moments, the fleshed-out characters, the deep, immersive tone, the tasteful use of nostalgia, and the awe-inspiring action scenes.

I agree with some of these things.

Others, not so much. I’ve given it about a week, and I need to throw my 2 cents into the wishing well. Read More

On the Blog

So, I’ve somewhat made it to the big leagues. My stuff has actually been seen by people whose stuff I actually respect, which is terrifying in its own ways. I’m even more scared of online people than I am of actual people, but still! I’m happy that anyone gives enough of a crap to read this, and is very humbling. Read More