Recovery of a Loot Box Junkie

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Recently, the video game industry has gotten itself into quite a quagmire regarding the implementation of loot boxes in video games. For those that don’t know, loot boxes are items in video games that, when opened, will give you a random item from a larger pool of items. Most loot box systems will have certain… Continue reading Recovery of a Loot Box Junkie

A Lenten Haruhi Suzumiya

Us liturgical Christians are in the middle of Lent, a penitential season marked by prayer, fasting and almsgiving in preparation for Easter. It recalls the forty days that Christ spent fasting in the desert, in preparation for his ministry (Matthew 4:1-2). It's the season that I struggle the most with, where I can feel a… Continue reading A Lenten Haruhi Suzumiya

Gasaraki: the Collective, Conscience, and Freedom

Gasaraki is one of the classic mecha anime.  "If it's a classic," you ask, "why have I never heard of it before?"  Despite the great animation (at least, to a connoisseur of 90's anime like myself), many layers of intrigue, a unique plot, and great mecha battles, the dialog can be very abstruse--so abstruse that… Continue reading Gasaraki: the Collective, Conscience, and Freedom

Isekai for Christians, Part 2: Power Fantasies and Responsibilities

It is time to go back to the wacky world of modern world characters getting transported to fantasy worlds! If you have not read my last post on isekai, please go there and at least read up through the “Acting and Reacting” part of that post, to understand the basics of what isekai is (if… Continue reading Isekai for Christians, Part 2: Power Fantasies and Responsibilities

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

Newman’s Nook: Lost Stranger Martyr

In the isekai manga series, Final Fantasy Lost Stranger, Yoko and Shogo Sasaki are siblings who loved Final Fantasy games as kids. They pledged to one another early in life that together they would get jobs at Square-Enix and create their own Final Fantasy game. Now as adults, they seem to be living their dream as… Continue reading Newman’s Nook: Lost Stranger Martyr

A Silent Voice and the Value of Human Life

I stumbled upon A Silent Voice when I was at my local library in the manga section. What piqued my interest was seeing that it was a story about living with a disability, something I seldom find in Japanese fiction. A story that isn’t about trying to get senpai to notice you, but instead the… Continue reading A Silent Voice and the Value of Human Life

The Invisible God in The Ancient Magus Bride

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The Ancient Magus Bride dwells in a place of religion and myth, making countless allusions to creatures from the realm of legend and those with more concrete origins, with Elias and Chise moving in and out of the world of fairies, dragons, and spriggan as easily as they do the church. I commented previously on… Continue reading The Invisible God in The Ancient Magus Bride

Annalyn’s Corner: Redemption Stories in Naruto

If I want examples of condemnation and judgment, I only have to log into social media. But, frankly, I've had more than enough of these examples lately. I'm tired of reading Tweets and Facebook statuses that declare wicked and/or foolish people subhuman. Because, yes, condemnation has its place—but it's not the whole story. So today,… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: Redemption Stories in Naruto