Learning to love Dragon Quest as a devout Final Fantasy Fan

With the latest trailer Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary, I thought it'd be a great opportunity to repost this blog entry I wrote a few months back! (now that I  actually have a few readers)  Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIiUFmB_TWw The first time I ever witnessed the opening to Final Fantasy VII my mind was blown. … Continue reading Learning to love Dragon Quest as a devout Final Fantasy Fan

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The Music of Revelations: Persona

With the announcement of Persona 3 Dancing Moon Light / Persona 5 Dancing Star Night, it’s a perfect opportunity to talk about the wonderful music of Persona and the creative forces behind it. We've come a long way since the release of 1995's Revelations: Persona for the PlayStation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAgr6wtJOuw&t=2420s Megami Ibunroku Persona was developed by … Continue reading The Music of Revelations: Persona

Xel’s Top 10 Anime Openings

 Mirai Nikki - Kuusou Mesorogiwi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbqykQH1ZME Mirai Nikki is so incredibly stupid, yet I loved every minute of it. It's a trainwreck of a story in which the most extreme of solutions is the first solution. But sometimes the best thing you can do is stop giving a fuck and enjoy the ride. How can … Continue reading Xel’s Top 10 Anime Openings

Can Evangelion 3.00+1.00 live up to expectations?

5 years later and I still can’t believe how incredibly pissed off I am about Evangelion: 3.0. After so many years and one, Hideaki Anno directed Godzilla film later, we've finally gotten some news regarding Evangelion 3.0+1.0. in the form of a new poster. The thing is, while I'm definitely going to watch 3.0+1.0 the … Continue reading Can Evangelion 3.00+1.00 live up to expectations?

The intense reverence of the old trilogy is ruining modern Star Wars films

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to write stories based on your favorite characters and stories. Who doesn’t love a good piece of fan fiction ever now and then? Unless of course, you’re a multi-billion-dollar corporation who happens to own Star Wars. Then it's just embarrasing. As excited as I was when the new trilogy was … Continue reading The intense reverence of the old trilogy is ruining modern Star Wars films

Was Gundam doomed to fail in America?

Gundam Wing is synonymous with any anime fan who grew up watching Toonami. It was our first real exposure to Mobile Suit Gundam in the west, introducing us to the wonderful world of bishounen pilots, political strife, and the king of all giant robots: Gundams. It was an instant hit, debuting on March 6th, 2000. … Continue reading Was Gundam doomed to fail in America?

Thoughts on the Destiny 2 beta

I’ve been trying to stay fairly in the dark about Destiny 2 since its announcement. While the original wasn’t able to live up to my expectations, it was a decent game with great art direction and solid gunplay. The endgame grind would eventually kill my interest in the game, but I don’t regret my time … Continue reading Thoughts on the Destiny 2 beta

Breaking down Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen

  Warning -Spoilers Ahoy!- Before we get into the thick of it, I need to state that I loved the film... for the most part. It is a lavishly animated cacophony of chaos. There are few anime films that dare to stray so far from what made the stylings of the original. Yet Kizumonogatari is … Continue reading Breaking down Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen

The True King of Monsters: Godzilla (2014) vs Shin Godzilla (2016) – Part 1

When I sat down in the theater, pumped to watch the first new Godzilla film in 10 years, it truly felt like a cathartic experience. For a fan who had never gotten the chance to watch the King of Monsters on the silver screen, this was my chance to experience the towering beast in his … Continue reading The True King of Monsters: Godzilla (2014) vs Shin Godzilla (2016) – Part 1

From Gameboy to the Super Nintendo: An evolution of Kirby’s copy abilities

When you think of Kirby, the first thing that comes to mind is his iconic ability to suck up enemies and take their power. It's a simple yet effective gameplay mechanic that has held strong for over 25 years. But it's evolution wasn't necessarily linear. When taking a closer look through Kirby's long history, it … Continue reading From Gameboy to the Super Nintendo: An evolution of Kirby’s copy abilities