(It’s getting difficult to distinguish between the titles of my posts and the titles of light novels, isn’t it?) You’ve probably heard that the winners write the history books. The victors of various conflicts (military, political, cultural, etc.) fabricate self-glorifying stories at the expense of the losers. Except that’s not how history actually works. Since… Read More The First Duty of Every Starfleet Otaku is to the Truth, Whether it’s Scientific Truth, or Historical Truth, or Personal Truth
Sometime in the early twentieth century, a cross-country automobile (?) race from Los Angeles to New York City begins. Then the OP plays; it includes a prairie dog. Also, a bottle of whiskey gets shot. Figured you’d want to know. We flashback to a year before the race and meet Sorano Appare, an eccentric genius… Read More First Impression: Appare-Ranman!
Set in Florence, Italy, early in the sixteenth century, this is the tale of a young noblewoman named Arte trying to become a proper artist and make a living. Her supportive father died recently, and now her mother is calling the shots: we meet her as she sets ablaze a pile of her daughter’s drawings.… Read More First Impression: Arte
Last week, I asked for reader response regarding the “moe-ifying” of tragic events, with particular emphasis on WWI. JeskaiAngel, one of our regular guest contributors, couldn’t keep his thoughts to a single comment—he sent us this entire article! Charles asked, “What do you think about making cuteness out of WWI? Of moe-fying some tragic event in… Read More Guest Post: Kawaii Trench Warfare
I’ve recently gotten around to playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. You know, the one everybody’s been frothing at the mouth over. And it’s indeed a great game, perhaps my new favourite in the series (even if it isn’t exactly the flawless diamond that a lot of people seem to think it… Read More Storytelling and Myth in Breath of the Wild
Watching Nobunaga no Shinobi (which you can watch at Crunchyroll here) has been interesting as it walks through a period of Japanese history that I know very little about. An interesting item brought up in the show is the historic friendship that arose between Oda Nobunaga and Luís Fróis. Who are these two people? I’m glad you… Read More Newman’s Nook: Nobunaga and Fróis – Friends
For all the talk of uprisings in ACCA, what we’ve seen of Dowa kingdom has been very peaceful and fortunate. Certainly, there is a sense of unease, and we know there are greater events stirring behind the scenes, but the nation seems to be doing well overall. But in this time of tranquility, the people… Read More ACCA: A Hidden Spark