The Consulting Analyst – Silent Hill 3

important questions

In addition to being the strongest pro-choice argument in horror since Rosemary’s Baby, Silent Hill 3 is probably the most out-and-out terrifying game the series has to offer (PT might’ve reduced me to whimpering in a corner, but a playable demo isn’t eligible for the crown). It’s also the only one with a non-vaguely brunet white dude protagonist, arguably excluding dishwater-blond James (try putting the Silent Hill protagonists in a lineup and asking a relatively new fan to distinguish them – it’s as hilarious as it is mildly depressing). But I digress. The point is that 3 centers on both a teenage girl and the character who has the most enmeshed connection to the town’s cult-of-crazy, both of which set it apart as a narrative-gaming experience. Also it has the best UFO ending, but that’s perhaps outside this essay’s purview.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. For those in need of a refresher, the plot goes like this: 17 year old Heather is on her way home from the mall when she’s approached by a creepy private detective who’s been hired to search for her. Trying to escape through a nearby bathroom, she winds up surrounded by Silent Hill’s traditional grime and monsters and tracked down by cultists who claim she’s their savior. Heather just wants to get home…where it turns out a little revenge is in order. If you’d like a trip through the game but lack the hardware or iron nerves, you can check out a good Let’s Play here.

But anyway, horror as an exploration of female anxieties. Here we go.

I. Terrorized Safe Spaces
II. The Body as Alien
III. Women With Chainsaws

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Vrai’s Favorite Things: Anime (10 to 6)

Numbers 20-16
Numbers 15-11

In honor of the one year anniversary, this month’ll be blocked out for a conversation on Awesome Stuff. This time around, I’ve divided out my top 20 favorite anime. By its nature the list is always in flux, particularly those at the high end of the countdown (I haven’t managed yet to touch Spice & Wolf or Mawaru Penguindrum, for example). But! Whether or not they move off of the formal list in the future, these are all series that captured my imagination, that showed me something new, creative, or different in idea or execution, and that I fully stand behind recommending.

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Vrai’s Favorite Things: Anime (15 to 11)

Numbers 20 to 16

In honor of the one year anniversary, this month’ll be blocked out for a conversation on Awesome Stuff. This time around, I’ve divided out my top 20 favorite anime. By its nature the list is always in flux, particularly those at the high end of the countdown (I haven’t managed yet to touch Spice & Wolf or Mawaru Penguindrum, for example). But! Whether or not they move off of the formal list in the future, these are all series that captured my imagination, that showed me something new, creative, or different in idea or execution, and that I fully stand behind recommending.

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The Consulting Analyst – Gracefully Cruel – The One Who Picks That Flower

red ring of death

The intro is here.

We have another case of ‘the DVD case and the actual episode subtitles have different ideas about the episode title (‘Gracefully’ versus ‘Carefully’)’ this week. Therefore, we’re going with the tried and true method of ‘the analyst thinks this one sounds better.’

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Vrai’s Favorite Things: Anime (20 to 16)

In honor of that anniversary, this month’ll be blocked out for a conversation on Awesome Stuff. This time around, I’ve divided out my top 20 favorite anime. By its nature the list is always in flux, particularly those at the high end of the countdown (I haven’t managed yet to touch Spice & Wolf or Mawaru Penguindrum, for example). But! Whether or not they move off of the formal list in the future, these are all series that captured my imagination, that showed me something new, creative, or different in idea or execution, and that I fully stand behind recommending.

(And if you want to lay down bets as to what the coming weeks will bring, please do be my guest).

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