Bodies in Battle Angel Alita

Kodansha Comics has recently begun reissuing one of my favourite manga, which has long been out of print—Battle Angel Alita. It's been long enough since I last picked an issue up to make this something of a rediscovery for me, especially with regard to Yukito Kishiro's art, which feels almost expressionistic in its starkness and… Continue reading Bodies in Battle Angel Alita

2017 JRPG Roundup

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It’s been a little while since I’ve talked about JRPGs, so with the new year upon us, it seems fitting to take a glance at the JRPGs of 2017 that I played. For all that it was a less than pleasant year in other respects, it also proved to be a pretty stellar year in… Continue reading 2017 JRPG Roundup

12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 1: Tokyo Godfathers

I watched Tokyo Godfathers for the first time recently, and, in addition to inspiring the ink drawing above, the thing brought me to the point of tears. The third movie directed by the late Satoshi Kon, it tells the story of three homeless people who find an abandoned baby girl on Christmas Eve and embark… Continue reading 12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 1: Tokyo Godfathers

The Good, the Bad and the Monstrous

Naoki Urasawa's horror/thriller manga, Monster, begins as if it's going to be a medical drama. Dr. Tenma, a talented young surgeon, is working at the Eisler Memorial Hospital in Western Berlin during the mid-80's. His experiences there are dispiriting, as he finds that the hospital administration takes a mercenary attitude towards the profession, showing favoritism… Continue reading The Good, the Bad and the Monstrous

The Spiriting Away of JoshW

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Forgive me for having completely obvious taste, but Spirited Away is my favourite anime movie. More than that, it's in the running for my favourite movie of all time, and if I had to pick just one animated flick that you absolutely had to watch, there's a good chance I'd choose it over all those… Continue reading The Spiriting Away of JoshW

Josh’s Manga Roundup: Akira, Jojo, Uzumaki, and Ranma 1/2

Aside from video games, my experiences with Japanese pop culture recently have centred around manga; picking up drawing as a hobby has led to a renewed interest in the sequential art of both east and west. In light of that, I intend to give a round-up of some of the noteworthy manga I've dipped my… Continue reading Josh’s Manga Roundup: Akira, Jojo, Uzumaki, and Ranma 1/2

The Top Five Final Fantasies

In lieu of my usual attempts to wrest theological insights from video games, I thought that this time around I'd post a top five list of my favourite Final Fantasy titles, and use it to showcase some of my bad fan art. It's a series I've been a big fan of since since my early… Continue reading The Top Five Final Fantasies

Moral Discernment in Shin Megami Tensei

A couple months ago I finished Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey for the Nintendo DS. It was one of the most gruelling video game experiences of my life, so much so that I soldiered on through the last few hours less out of a quest for entertainment than out of a demented determination to not… Continue reading Moral Discernment in Shin Megami Tensei

Weakness in The Last Guardian

I've lately been playing The Last Guardian, Fumito Ueda's long (very long) awaited followup to his arthouse PS2 classics, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. The game, true to Ueda's style, is a rather oblique fantasy scenario where very little is explained to the player. You play as a boy who awakens to find himself… Continue reading Weakness in The Last Guardian