Things are not well in Night Vale, readers. But the town’s the same as it ever was – this year the unease is brewing in the audience. We’re reminded, not for the first time but perhaps not so openly, that our narrator is fallible and occasionally kind of […]
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. . . . Well, see you folks next week. Oh, WHAT. It’s a body switching episode, what do you want from me?
If you didn’t die from the wafting fumes of smugness that are inevitable in every Joss Whedon script (don’t give me that look, I’m following him too), you probably noticed that Cabin in the Woods was 2011’s delightful, gory gift to the world (I thought I should make […]
The intro is here. Get out your cameras kids, because this episode is the last time we’ll be seeing any adults besides The Worst Counselor and Handsome Astronomy Predator.
Almost a year ago I started my very first ongoing series (a lecture series? Recaps? A bit of both, perhaps), concerning the classic anime Lupin III Part I (colloquially known as the “Green Jacket” series). I’ll say the same thing now that I did then (repeatedly, and for […]
The intro is here. I know y’all are probably waiting for a really deep explanation of the boxing match, but I’m just trying to overcome this sudden, crippling wave of Kangaroo Jack flashbacks. The horror.
It is not an infrequent barb thrown by Evangelion’s detractors that the show is needlessly bleak, or pointlessly cruel. And when I hear that I laugh and laugh, not because it’s untrue (though I’d argue it is) but because those people have clearly never sat through a Lars […]
The intro is here. Everyone is a pile of neuroses and sadness, but it will probably work out in time. Or, the day Utena figured out what it wanted to be.
Long before videogames took on the mantle as ‘most frequently dismissed potential art form,’ the field of animation had been scraping for even the smallest bits of esteem from the cultural majority. Yes, of course animation is ‘kid’s stuff,’ not worthy of the attention of the real moviegoing […]
(Editorial note: Worry not, Utena readers, for that series hasn’t stopped. Rather, each time I reach the end of a disc, we’ll take a little one week break to explore one of the games in the Silent Hill series, which is quite dear to my heart) Which is […]