The Sinister Genius of xxxHOLiC Apr01

The Sinister Genius ...

The Sinister Genius of xxxHOLiC By Andrew Erickson     Recently, a friend and I discussed Lovecraftian horror, and particularly its latter-day torchbearers like Thomas Ligotti and Jeff VanderMeer. And while books like Authority might give readers a compelling look at the ways in...

The Afterlife is Ful...

Dean Talks Anime: The Afterlife is Full of Elves By Christopher Kinsey Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. An otaku (or NEET) has triumphantly finished his latest nerdy deed and has decided to celebrate by venturing outside for a favorite snack or two from the convenience store. As he...

Revolution Nein

Andrew in Steamland: Revolution Nein By Andrew Erickson As overused as the word “hipster” is, I have a hard time envisioning Revolution 60‘s target audience as anything but a coven of bald, bearded, Portland-dwelling journalist-activists. Our hypothetical player strokes his...

Dissecting Kill la Kill Part 2: Feminism Feb28

Dissecting Kill la K...

Dissecting Kill la Kill Part 2: Feminism by Andrew Erickson   Hey, kids, do you like fanservice? Statistically, some of you must or they wouldn’t keep making it. You don’t have to speak up; I already know and am silently judging you. Don’t worry, I’m not going to...

The Way We Were

Dean Talks Anime: The Way We Were An opinion by Christopher Kinsey I was told tales of the time before me.  How those nerds of the 80s had to scrimp, save, and find their own reels of Japanese anime to be played on old AV equipment through the empty classrooms of college campuses.  How the...

Christmas Anime I Ha...

Dean Talks Anime: Christmas Anime I Have Known A review/opinion by Christopher Kinsey   I seem to be one of those few nerdy folks that actually love the holidays.  Even before I had a kid to delight with the greed and grandeur that is Christmas morning, I would have get-togethers with...

The Hard Truths of O...

Dean Talks Anime: The Hard Truths of Otakudom (As presented by Gainax) An Opinion by Christopher Kinsey Otaku.  Oh we like to dress up that word so much.  Our literal translation for the word is “Obsessed Fanboy”.  We paint it different colors, we analyze Japanese culture, and we point out...

Highway to the Dange...

Previously, I did a whole lot of drunken running around the Ukraine on a quest to kill some guy named Strelok. Why? Eh, he was probably an asshole or something. I fought bandits, fought monsters, fought bandits, fought bandits again, fought a whole lot of soldiers, and ultimately ended up...

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...