When the world hits a downturn, people’s tastes gravitate toward escapism or tragedy. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 balances the two expertly.
Anime has a tendency to pull some weird concepts out of its collective hat. But among them, One Week Friends proves a useful story right now, oddly enough.
It’s hard for me to consume stories about war; they’re simply too far removed from my own experience. Enter VA-11 Hall-A.
Stars Align is available on Hulu and on Funimation’s website. Everybody loves a comeback story. Someone gets up and fights back when they’re down and against the ropes? That’s inspiring. There’s good reason why basically every sports story uses it to some degree or...
Untitled Goose Game is the best role-playing game I played in 2019.
Sure, it’s billed as a puzzle and a stealth game. But at its core, it has the purest form of video-game sandbox that I’ve experienced in years.
Pokémon: Twilight Wings is available to watch for free on YouTube. The very first thing to excite me about Pokémon: Twilight Wings was its staff. Studio Colorido blew me over last summer with Penguin Highway, a backyard adventure chock-full of hyper-charming and...
Xenogears was ahead of its time in a lot of ways; crucially, that its development cycle reads like that of a modern Kickstarter-funded game.
Stock characters are, generally, delightful. The exception tends to be protagonists, and for all I love anime, it suffers a lot from lead characters being the flattest members of their casts.
It always kind of astounds me whenever someone says that they’re a fan of the Final Fantasy series. Not because any individual entry in the series is that bad. More because the series is so wildly inconsistent.
The kind of people who will read a media blog are, on the whole, the kind of people who consume a lot of stories to begin with. And once you take in enough of them (probably by the time you’re in middle school, really), you start to see certain patterns keep showing up.