More than once during The Wind Rises, Hayao Miyazaki’s final film, I found myself getting choked up for reasons I couldn’t quite explain. Or rather, they weren’t necessarily connected to what was happening on the screen. For every melancholy or touching moment woven into the film proper, another […]
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.
Want to start at the beginning? Burning a late candle for this week’s recap, which is one of the last times we’ll be introduced to an Important Future Tradition – one the traditions nearest and dearest to my heart, in fact. But we can’t begin that way – […]
It’s been a while since I did a professional post, hasn’t it? to my new followers I would like to extend my warmest and most thankful of greetings, and I hope you’ve found something thought provoking and enjoyable here. So, a brief update before we go back to […]
Want to start at the beginning? Before getting to this part of the recap, I remembered this episode as being fairly nondescript and skippable in that exactly none of it stuck in my brian. It turns out that this was an extremely incorrect assessment on my part, because […]
The first three drafts of this editorial began with the phrase “Samurai Flamenco is awesome” and optionally included some manner of textual bird flipping. But then I figured that kind of hostility was probably antithetical to an open and levelheaded conversation, and so we’ve ended up on the […]
Want to start at the beginning? I come into this week’s Green Jacket episode knowing the best joke on the subject has pretty much already been made (and we shall come to it in due time). Still, we must persevere. This is the first episode of a trend […]
In the 1980s Studio Ghibli was still getting its feet, and figured that the best way to do so would be by crushing its audience’s collective heart with one of the best anti-war films ever made. Thus was Grave of the Fireflies born, a film based […]