Want to start at the beginning? Not to oversell things, but this episode is pretty much perfect, striking as it does the ideal balance on the series’ sliding spectrum of tone. And I am inclined to think Miyazaki agrees with me, since this was also the episode that […]
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 conspiracy theory bits of my brain wonder if Disney’s purchase of Marvel was part of some David Xanatos-like plan to save a few bucks. Lord knows the Frozen team owes Stan Lee a check. Strange, fantastic elemental powers that get stronger with age/puberty and cause the owner […]
Want to start at the beginning? Hey, as long as we’re retreading themes from previous episodes, how about “Zenigata traps Lupin and gets (debatably) karmic comeuppance?” Except last time this happened the Inspector was having prolonged fantasies of Lupin receiving the death penalty, and this time he’s trying […]
It probably isn’t fair to say that people have reached a consensus about Dragon Age II, but it does seem like the most fiery battles have more or less run their course by now (there’s that silly optimism again). For those of you don’t keep up with gaming […]
Want to start at the beginning? Every week I remind myself that we’re getting close to the end of the first opening theme, and then I’ll never have to hear the nails-on-chalkboard sound effect that passes for glass breaking ever again (or at least until I have another […]
Back in the early 2000s, with the anime boom in full swing and the market of availability much smaller, there were two easy go-to moments for ‘Anime is Weird.’ The first was End of Evangelion, Hideaki Anno’s psychological acid trip through alienation and the ruminations of mortality. The […]
Want to start at the beginning? This episode is brain-bogglingly bizarre. Of all the other things I could say about it – that it smacks you out of nowhere with surprise heartwarming-ness, that its ending is rather un-Miyazaki-like, or that it debatably sets up Lupin’s future big screen […]