Narcissu Zero: Proof of Existence

As you may have noticed from our recent Narcissu giveaway, Narcissu Zero is the newest release of the Narcissu series. This time, while the story returns to the 7th floor, it instead takes us back to the very origins of the 7th floor. It is a fairly simple story and one that was more romantic… Continue reading Narcissu Zero: Proof of Existence

Newman’s Nook: Death and Acceptance

A few weeks ago my Grandfather passed away. It was hard for me for a variety of reasons. It was the last Grandparent my wife and I had between us. It was challenging for my children, especially my 7 year old son. He had an actual relationship with his GG (what he called my Grandfather).… Continue reading Newman’s Nook: Death and Acceptance

Newman’s Nook: Death is Imminent, Don’t Fear It

We are all going to die. Eventually. That's a simple fact of life - death and taxes are coming for you. Nothing reminds us of our mortality more clearly than the popular (over 6 million downloads and counting) Japanese mobile game Survive! Mola mola (Apple, Android). If you haven't played it before, Survive! Mola mola! is… Continue reading Newman’s Nook: Death is Imminent, Don’t Fear It

Annalyn’s Corner: What is Freedom?

The best anime—really, the best stories in any medium—capture a little bit of what it means to be human. The characters wrestle with themes like freedom, death, family, love, and corruption, whether in dialogue or action, and the audience relates, because we're trying to figure out how and why these themes play out in our… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: What is Freedom?

12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 11: Sword Art Online

While I was looking for an anime Christmas episode to write about, a friend sarcastically reminded me about Sword Art Online episode 3 (aka The Red-Nosed Reindeer). At first it seemed like a joke, but after re-watching it, I was reminded of a Christmas I had many years ago, and I decided to discuss this… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 11: Sword Art Online

Something More: Goku/Superman/Jesus, Riku’s Sinful Nature, and Loving Death Like Sakurako-san

Chris Kincaid wrote a really interesting article recently comparing Superman and Goku, grounding it in the idea that the two heroes are fundamentally different - the first represents American, individualism, Christianity, and a perfect idea to strive for, while the latter represents community, Buddhism, fatherhood, and growth. Chris contends that "[Superman] inspires us, but his… Continue reading Something More: Goku/Superman/Jesus, Riku’s Sinful Nature, and Loving Death Like Sakurako-san

Annalyn’s Corner: When the World Feels like Ergastulum

I just watched Gangsta., one of the darker anime to air in the past year. I've seen a few anime that center on crime syndicates and corruption, but this is one of the most horrific—up there with Black Lagoon's second season. The anime's setting, Ergastulum, seems hopelessly corrupt, and the anime refuses to sugarcoat it. There isn't… Continue reading Annalyn’s Corner: When the World Feels like Ergastulum

Examining Old School Anime: Mindfulness of Death

Time for me to take another foray into the Leijiverse!  Lupin III gave me no ideas for this week's article, but I remembered the first episode of Galaxy Express 999 held some very important themes on mortality.  Some themes in Space Pirate Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999 cause me to wonder whether Leiji Matsumoto might indeed be a… Continue reading Examining Old School Anime: Mindfulness of Death

Anime Today: Beautiful Bones and Beautiful Death

sakurako-san episode 1

I'm totally digging Beautiful Bones. It seemed silly at first, like, "Let's get a pretty girl, give her a young boyfriend-type, and make her singularly obsessed with bones. I smell a hit!" But the show quickly hooked me. I enjoyed the character interactions, the animation has some key, sweeping moments, and the show's just been… Continue reading Anime Today: Beautiful Bones and Beautiful Death