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
The announcement of Star Fox 2 for the Super Nintendo Classic edition marks an important step in video game preservation. Initially planned for release the near end of the Super Nintendo’s life, Star Fox 2 was quietly shelved in 1995, likely due to the impending release of the Nintendo 64. While many of its ideas … Continue reading Star Fox 2 and the importance of video game preservation
Eromanga-sensei (6/10) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzBk9alIqPI I admit I liked Oreimo. I don’t know what people were expecting. It spells out its premise right there in its title! There was nowhere to go but the incest ending! Even If I’m still salty about best girl KuroNeko’s abuse in the series, I still liked it. Fushimi Tsukasa continues his … Continue reading Xel’s Seasonal Anime Wrapup – Spring 2017 (Part 3)
It’s been a struggle to resist my urge to watch the new Castlevania series on Netflix. As a huge old fan of Konami, I’ve grown to detest the company over the last decade. It wasn’t just their incredibly disrespectful treatment of Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima that garnered such hatred. Konami has long track record … Continue reading Making a proper video game animated adaptation: Castlevania (Netflix)
Tsugumomo (7/10) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TREz97CPTQ It’s your typical action series with a heavy emphasis on ecchi. My biggest complaint is just how generic most of the character designs are. Kazuya has one of the most copy-paste protagonist design you'll ever see. But at least the fight scenes made up for it, with some very impressive animation. The … Continue reading Xel’s Seasonal Anime Wrapup – Spring 2017 (Part 2)
Over the last few years, we’ve seen a push by Japanese publishers to bring more of their games to the PC. An unexpected move given the relatively unimportant position PCs hold in the Japanese gaming industry. But the long tail potential, thanks largely in part to Steam, might have influenced publishers to rethink their strategies … Continue reading The state of Japanese PC ports
It was recently announced that Fate / Apocrypha is going to be released exclusively on Netflix in America, on November 7th. No, Netflix. I’m not going to wait four months to watch a show everyone else is watching weekly. This is what happens when a streaming company gets involved in a medium they don’t understand. … Continue reading Netflix, please stop buying exclusive anime streaming rights
I haven’t been this critical about an anime season in a long, long time. Generally, I have always given out 7’s across the board, but there was no way that was happening this time. I’m afraid I’m starting to grow into the elitist mentality I’ve always hated. Ever since getting into seasonal anime back in … Continue reading Xel’s Seasonal Anime Wrapup – Spring 2017 (Part 1)
As a massive fan of Hiroyuki Imaishi (Gurren Lagann, Panty & Stocking, Co-founder of Trigger) I jump into his directorial debut.
Sometimes, you watch something at just the right moment in your life. For years I had watched anime, but it always felt so distant. No, I was never going to be a superhuman martial artist, a magical girl, or pilot my own giant robot. As cool as everything I watched was, it was hard to … Continue reading Anime Memories: FLCL and Season 2 Trailer!