I know that anime is something of a flagging industry in recent years, and there’s been a major upswing in merch and secondary publications to offset that fact, but I draw the line at outsourcing the emotional bond that theoretically drives the plot. And the names and characterizations […]
I'm Vrai Kaiser, writer by profession and analytic nerd for the love of the game. I've been published in online magazine The Alligator, and am currently working to get my first novel published. Here you'll find updates on my work, as well as pop culture analysis, recaps, and reviews. Commentary and requests are always welcome.
The intro is here. In which nothing is true but our hopes, and everything hurts. Pack a lunch, we’re wrapping up an arc here.
Tusk is a monster movie in all sorts of ways, cobbling together tones and plot elements and influences into a creature that demands attention even as it occasionally rips at the seams. Reviewers were quite polarized into adoration and loathing, with a few hearty souls lingering near the […]
The intro is here. This week: Symbolism for Dummies.
To start, let’s not kid ourselves into thinking the Evangelion franchise has been anything less than a roaring beast of pandering fanservice of various natures since the show made it big in the 90s. Rei is arguably one of the progenitors of moe as a fetish, after all, […]
The intro is here. I have three tabs of historical reference open for this episode. We must be getting down to business.
Or as I like to call it, “the better (far better, so much superior) Cabin in the Woods.” Yeah, that’s right. And I’m not taking it back, either Made on a shoestring budget, released in 2006 to the festival circuit and then quietly shuffled into a small DVD release, […]
Once upon a time there were only three Silent Hill games, and everything was well (I tell a lie, of course, because the fandom has been utterly implacable since James Sunderland strutted his time upon the stage if not before then). Then Silent Hill 4: The Room was […]
There are regrettable times of day when I am required to disconnect myself from the internet and interact with human society for the purpose of maintaining things such as rent, social bonds, and the dog next to me (who is currently making unsubtle sad eyes about his unscratched […]
The intro is here. In which we are, every one of us, raw and aching wounds desperate for the affection of others.