The Works of Yoshiak...

Dean Talks Anime: The Works of Yoshiaki Kawajiri A review/Opinion by Christopher Kinsey It’s that time of year again.  The threat of a new school year has come to term, heat gives way to chilly rain, candy aisles lamely hold back encroaching Christmas displays, and we place pumpkin spices in...

Joker Game and Whitewashing Imperial Japan Sep24

Joker Game and White...

Joker Game and Whitewashing Imperial Japan by Andrew Erickson On paper, Joker Game has a lot going for it: an espionage thriller set between the world wars, based on Koji Yanagi’s mystery novels and animated by Production I.G, it looked to be exactly the kind of series I’d write a...

Straight Outta Cordo...

Andrew in Steamland: Straight Outta Cordon (STALKER Part 1) STALKER is my favorite videogame series. Let me get that out of the way now, because this isn’t going to be anything approaching an objective review. My real intention is to play something good and forget about the growing...

There’s Always...

Andrew in Steamland: There’s Always More and it’s Always Worse (Nekopara 0)     In the introductory scene of Nekopara volume 0, the protagonist’s sister and a couple catgirls get turned on by smelling his futon. I think that’s what Hell might be like:...

Fanime 2016 Jul06

Fanime 2016

Fanime is a frightening jungle of despair and fandom, hence the name. It’s almost a cruel joke, how the name of the convention itself says “F*** Anime!” Every Memorial Day weekend, San Jose is plagued by the most cringeworth fans this side of the bay area, yet I’m...

Dissecting Kill la Kill: Part 1 Jul05

Dissecting Kill la K...

Dissecting Kill la Kill: Part 1 By: Andrew Erickson I wanted to like Kill la Kill. I really wanted it to be a good show. As someone who enjoyed Little Witch Academia and loved Inferno Cop, Studio Trigger’s announcement of a full TV series left me excited to see what kind of energy and...

High School of the Dead: Indoctrination Jun26

High School of the D...

High School of the Dead: Indoctrination   I’m not very well-versed on cults. Sure, I obviously know they’re around, but I’m not exactly familiar with which ones are currently active, what names they go under, what technical terms are used to identify the tactics they employ to rope...

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet: Sunk Jun19

Gargantia on the Ver...

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet: Sunk   Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet is a mouthful 2013 anime conceptualized by Gen Urobuchi. It tells the story of Ledo, a duty-oriented young space soldier whose life has known nothing but combat with a mysterious alien force bent on wiping out...

Gender Bender DNA Tw...

Andrew in Steamland: Gender Bender DNA Twister Extreme (or: Andrew Goes on Suicide Watch)     Let’s talk about Gender Bender DNA Twister Extreme. …No, no it isn’t what it sounds like. It’s worse! It’s bad enough that the person who gave it to me felt...

Ani-Mayhem: the Card...

  Dean Talks Anime: Ani-Mayhem: the Card Game That Couldn’t An opinion/review by Christopher Kinsey     It’s Friday night.  You’re in the back room of a comic shop, or a specialty game store, or the final hours at your local library, or your mother’s kitchen table.  You look...