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Star Wars vs. Star Trek – Which One is Objectively Better?

This is a debate I’ve seen around the internet every so often, and one I’ve gotten into a couple times with my own friends in past years.  The two juggernauts of science fiction each have their own, large followings, with legions of fans to defend them to the last breath.  While both Star Wars and [...]

By | April 1st, 2017|Blogs, Films, Long Posts, Sci-Fi, Television|0 Comments

Top Ten Romance Anime

Here we are, on the topic of romance, what with Valentine’s Day being a couple weeks ago.  Romance is one of those widespread genres that falls into a role similar to comedy, in that it can be found in many works even when it isn’t the main focus.  In anime, many of the series that [...]

By | February 28th, 2017|Anime/Manga, Countdowns, Long Posts|0 Comments

Fire Emblem Heroes – A Simpler Fire Emblem Game

I don’t play too many mobile games.  Some of them are pretty good, but they all eventually become more of a chore or a mindless way to pass the time, as opposed to actually being any fun.  Time will tell if the same happens with Fire Emblem Heroes, but this game is easily my favorite [...]

By | February 20th, 2017|Blogs, Fantasy, Quick Updates, Video Games|0 Comments

Pupa – The Worst Anime I’ve Ever Seen

Valentine’s Day is just about here, which means we’re in the wonderful season of love.  There are some good romance anime series out there, and I’m looking forward to talking about them.  At the end of the month.  Today, though, we’re here for something far, far less appealing.  We’re here to talk about Pupa, and [...]

By | February 13th, 2017|Anime/Manga, Blogs, Horror, Quick Updates|0 Comments

Procrastination – A Beginner’s Guide

Hello again, you old so-and-so!  Have you ever thought about doing a thing, and then decided to do it later?  If you answered “yes,” then you already know how to procrastinate.  Go on, get out of here, ya little scamp!  But, if that’s not the case, then I’m here to teach you how to make [...]

By | February 8th, 2017|Blogs|0 Comments

Salt and Sanctuary – Not Just a Souls Clone

This game is something.  For several months, I had seen little bits of it here and there, and something about it always caught my attention, just not enough to commit to getting it.  When I finally gave in and picked the game up, I was kind of surprised to find that it was even more [...]

By | February 3rd, 2017|Blogs, Video Games|0 Comments

Top Ten Anime Movies

Anyone who has been following these silly blogs for a while might remember that I spoke about my favorite movies several months ago.  That list wasn’t very good and will likely be revised in the future, but I’ve rarely spoken about anime movies specifically.  There are a lot of great ones out there, and not [...]

By | January 30th, 2017|Anime/Manga, Countdowns, Films, Long Posts|0 Comments

Passengers – Middle of the Pack

Did you know that Passengers is still in theaters, as of this post?  I didn’t until earlier today.  And, with that in mind, a friend and I went to see Passengers to find out if it’s any good.  In short: it’s decent.  Not amazing, but not awful.  However, it’s not quite the movie that I [...]

By | January 25th, 2017|Blogs, Films, Quick Updates, Sci-Fi|0 Comments

Dead Island – What a Letdown

Let’s get negative.  It’s all good and fun to talk about the things in video games that are done right, but I doubt many gamers get through without stumbling across at least one game worthy of that special feeling called “disappointment.”  I’ve had my fair share, but one that really sticks out like a sore [...]

By | January 19th, 2017|Blogs, Horror, Video Games|0 Comments

Top Ten Favorite Manga

I’ve read a lot of manga over the years, perhaps even too much.  Reading something rather than watching it gives a very different sense of satisfaction, something that also applies to western comics, books, and their respective adaptations.  It can be nice to just sit back and read a chapter or two of something at [...]

By | January 15th, 2017|Anime/Manga, Countdowns, Long Posts|0 Comments

Manly Guys Doing Manly Things – Another Fun Comic

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about any kind of comic.  Truth be told, I’m not really sure what to say half the time.  But, that aside, let’s take a look at another webcomic that I really enjoy: Manly Guys Doing Manly Things.  The title doesn’t really give much away at first, but it’s [...]

By | January 11th, 2017|Blogs, Comics, Quick Updates, Video Games|0 Comments

Touhou – What Even Is It?

What is that random thing I bring up every so often?  In short, a series of video games that fall into that fun category of “bullet hell.”  It’s a genre that doesn’t pull any punches and looks like a whole bunch of nonsense on screen until you figure out what the hell’s going on.  Think [...]

By | January 6th, 2017|Blogs, Video Games|0 Comments

Futurama – Welcome to the New Year

It’s 2017!  Now that a new year has begun and the holiday season has ended, we can all look forward to whatever is in store for the next twelve months.  As far as these silly little blog posts are concerned, I figure there’s only one good way to get things moving.  Much like Futurama began [...]

By | January 2nd, 2017|Blogs, Sci-Fi, Television|0 Comments

Top Ten Anime of 2016

2016 was a pretty decent year for anime.  It had its fair share of positives and negatives, but I managed to find more good than bad, which we’ll get to in a minute.  With that in mind, this list is incredibly subjective, and my tastes will differ from others because…well, that’s how opinions work.  There [...]

By | December 29th, 2016|Anime/Manga, Countdowns, Long Posts|0 Comments

Mahou Sensei Negima! – From Romcom to Action

Rather than an anime, we’re taking a look at a manga series, this time.  Mahou Sensei Negima! (or Magical Teacher Negima!) is one of the first, long-running manga series I really got into a while ago, so it seems appropriate to give it some attention.  The series does have multiple anime adaptations, but the first [...]

By | December 20th, 2016|Anime/Manga, Blogs, Fantasy|0 Comments

Rogue One – A Short, Spoiler-Free Review

It’s finally here, Star Wars fans!  For the past year, we’ve been waiting for Rogue One to finally hit theaters and show us what a Star Wars spinoff film can do.  Don’t worry, I won’t be throwing spoilers all over the place, especially within a couple days of the film’s release, but I do want [...]

By | December 17th, 2016|Blogs, Films, Quick Updates, Sci-Fi|0 Comments

Top Ten Favorite Snow/Ice Levels in Video Games

Winter is coming, and with it comes the cold and snow that we all love or hate.  Unless you live in a place where that weather is already around, in which case, I don’t envy you.  But, things are a bit different in the world of video games, where ice and snow can make up [...]

By | December 14th, 2016|Countdowns, Long Posts, Video Games|0 Comments

On Storytelling

Writing is easy, storytelling is not.  Anyone can put a bunch of words on a piece of paper or on a computer screen, but that doesn’t take any skill.  Especially nowadays, where things like autocorrect make it even easier.  Sure, it takes a certain level of tact and skill to properly compose an e-mail, but [...]

By | December 11th, 2016|Blogs|0 Comments

Dragon Ball Z – One of the Classics

Apparently, I haven’t written about a single anime on its own since Yuki Yuna is a Hero back in September…  Shit.  Well, since I’ve been watching a lot of random things related to Dragon Ball Z in the past couple weeks, it seems appropriate to talk about one of the earliest anime I – and [...]

By | December 8th, 2016|Anime/Manga, Blogs|0 Comments

Pokemon Sun and Moon – Review Time

Here we are.  I’ve had enough time to play through the newest games in the Pokemon franchise, and I’m finally confident enough to talk about them.  However, since the only one I own and have played is Pokemon Sun, my opinions are all based around that version.  Also, let me be up front about this [...]

By | December 5th, 2016|Blogs, Long Posts, Video Games|0 Comments

Daredevil – Season One Opinions

When I learned about the television series, Daredevil, I was only mildly curious.  The character is cool and all, but I had never read any of his comics and only had a couple other things on which to base my opinion, so he sort of flew under the radar for a long time.  But then [...]

By | December 2nd, 2016|Blogs, Television|0 Comments

Top Ten Slice of Life Anime

Sometimes, it’s nice to just sit back, relax, and maybe watch something that gives you a good laugh.  The best shows for this, at least in my opinion, come from the slice of life genre.  Whether it constitutes a sitcom or, in this case, an anime, watching a slice of life show can be oddly [...]

By | November 29th, 2016|Anime/Manga, Countdowns, Long Posts|0 Comments

Mass Effect – The Original Trilogy

With all the recent news about Mass Effect: Andromeda, the series has been put back on my radar in a big way.  As such, I’ve been thinking about the games a lot, and figured I’d briefly share my thoughts on each installment in the trilogy.  The story of Commander Shepard and crew might be one [...]

By | November 27th, 2016|Blogs, Sci-Fi, Video Games|0 Comments

Waifus – A Beginner’s Guide

Hello there!  Have you ever found yourself wondering, “What the hell is up with waifus?”  No need to be shy.  Of course you have!  Well, today, I’m here to teach you everything you need to know about waifus and how to successfully become a part of any waifu war you so desire.  Strap in; it’s [...]

By | November 17th, 2016|Blogs|0 Comments

Top Ten Lovable Jerks in Fiction

Some characters are great because of their heroic deeds, endearing personality quirks, or just for being total badasses.  And some characters are just huge jerks.  Even when a character is acting like a complete prick to everyone nearby, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad thing.  Instead, it can be enjoyable to watch someone act [...]

By | November 14th, 2016|Countdowns, Long Posts|0 Comments

D&D Stories – Fools and Failures

Have you ever had a session of D&D where everything went wrong?  In one campaign, we had three of those in a row.  This is called Murphy’s Law, which states that “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.”  And, that sums up the events of this campaign perfectly, or at least the trio of [...]

By | November 11th, 2016|Blogs, Tabletop Games|0 Comments

Young Justice – One of DC’s Best

With the recent announcement that a third season will finally become a reality, now seems like the perfect time to talk about Young Justice.  Previously cancelled after only two seasons, fan support helped to bring it back for more, and I couldn’t be more excited.  Season two ended with several loose ends, so it’s also [...]

By | November 8th, 2016|Blogs, Television|0 Comments

Rhythm Games – Just Plain Fun

Music is a wonderful thing.  I’ll just throw that out there.  Whether it’s used as a tone-setter for a piece of fiction, a way to express creativity, or just something to listen to on a long drive, music is a great medium with tons of variety.  Even as I write this, I have music playing [...]

By | November 2nd, 2016|Blogs, Music, Quick Updates, Video Games|0 Comments

Top Ten Horror Anime

October is almost over, and that means we’ve reached our final horror-themed topic for the month.  It shouldn’t be any surprise at this point, but it’s time to talk about horror anime.  Scary moments or undertones pop up in a lot of non-horror anime, but there are relatively few series that fall into the genre [...]

By | October 30th, 2016|Anime/Manga, Countdowns, Horror, Long Posts|0 Comments

Betrayal at House on the Hill – Another Creepy Mansion

Who says board games can’t be spooky?  Probably no one, because that’s a silly thing to think about.  But, on the off chance that anyone did think that, there are a few choice picks out there to fill the niche of horror-themed tabletop games.  My favorite of the bunch – and possibly my favorite tabletop [...]

By | October 27th, 2016|Blogs, Horror, Quick Updates, Tabletop Games|0 Comments

Spooky’s Jump Scare Mansion – Cute and Terrifying

One of my favorite horror games – and one of my favorite indie games in general – is Spooky’s Jump Scare Mansion.  This one has come up on the podcast a couple times, but I’ve never really gone into detail about it.  But hey, what better time to do so than late October?  I may [...]

By | October 24th, 2016|Blogs, Horror, Video Games|0 Comments

Goosebumps – Scares for Kids

Authors such as Lovecraft and King are great and all, but there are few places to go in regards to bringing the horror genre to a younger audience.  One great source is Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, a series of books including a plethora of short stories and disturbing artwork.  But, for most [...]

By | October 21st, 2016|Blogs, Books, Horror|0 Comments

Horror Movies – Elements of Fear

What makes a movie scary?  Depending on the person, it can be any number of things, but many factors can go into it.  A lot of people seem to associate horror with jump scares or gore, especially nowadays, and it’s something we have discussed multiple times in the past few weeks.  While jump scares and [...]

By | October 18th, 2016|Blogs, Films, Horror|0 Comments

Top Ten Creepiest Places in Pokemon

Pokemon is widely known as a kid-friendly series with games focused on catching cute or cool little monsters and fighting other trainers.  It has had its fair share of controversy over the years, but the franchise is still considered relatively tame and not really harmful in the long run.  In-game, however, many scary and dangerous [...]

By | October 15th, 2016|Countdowns, Horror, Long Posts, Video Games|0 Comments

Junji Ito – Master of Horror Manga

Manga doesn’t come up too much in conversation over here – at least compared to anime – but there are a lot of things worth reading.  In keeping with the spooky theme of October, some very creepy horror manga exist.  There are some bizarre and somewhat lighthearted examples such as Franken Fran or Vovnich Hotel, [...]

By | October 12th, 2016|Anime/Manga, Blogs, Horror|0 Comments

H. P. Lovecraft – Creepy Stories That Linger

There are only a handful of big horror writers on the market these days.  When it really comes down to it, though, there are three in particular that stand out to me: Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and H. P. Lovecraft.  Of those, Lovecraft is the one whose influence is perhaps the most well-known and [...]

By | October 9th, 2016|Blogs, Books, Horror, Quick Updates|0 Comments

D&D Stories – Kill ‘Em All

I have attempted DMing only one campaign in my life.  That brought its own share of horrors, but that is neither here nor there.  Suffice to say that I greatly prefer being a participant rather than a storyteller.  In said campaign, however, I tried to give a horror theme to a lot of what happened [...]

By | October 6th, 2016|Blogs, Horror, Quick Updates, Tabletop Games|0 Comments

Ocarina of Time – The Bottom of the Well

The Legend of Zelda series is no stranger to creepiness.  Despite the E-rating of every game in the franchise before Twilight Princess, some truly disturbing things managed to find their way in.  Skull Woods in A Link to the Past, the banshee-screaming ReDeads of The Wind Waker, the Romani Ranch invasion and possible abduction of [...]

By | October 3rd, 2016|Blogs, Horror, Video Games|0 Comments

Top Ten Sci-Fi Anime

What makes something science fiction?  Well, science is a good place to start, but there are many other factors that can come into play.  Space, robots, time travel, computers, experimentation, technology as a whole; any and all of these can define something as sci-fi.  Due to the complexity present in a lot of sci-fi series, [...]

By | September 30th, 2016|Anime/Manga, Countdowns, Long Posts, Sci-Fi|0 Comments

Writing Prompt – “Just Another Day”

(Prompt: You are cursed to see people how they see themselves.  You walk alongside monsters and gods.)   The smell of coffee drifted into Tim’s room, gently pulling him from sleep.  With a yawn, he climbed out of bed and headed for the kitchen.  Upon seeing his wife, Tim almost jumped in surprise.  What stood [...]

By | September 27th, 2016|Writing Prompts|0 Comments

Life Lessons from a Dark Souls Player

Talk to people: If you have no direction, speaking to others may be beneficial.  Not everyone will be helpful, but that just means you will have a better understanding of who and who not to ask questions.  If you don’t already have an idea of what you’re doing, however, the people around you may have [...]

By | September 24th, 2016|Blogs, Video Games|0 Comments

Looking for Group – More Than a Parody

Along a similar vein to things that are “deceptively cute,” which I talked about a little while back, another subgenre of sorts that really sticks out to me is “something that starts silly and lighthearted but takes itself more seriously as it progresses.”  That doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as well, but whatever.  Regardless, [...]

By | September 21st, 2016|Blogs, Comics, Fantasy, Quick Updates|0 Comments

Stranger Things – Remember the 80s?

Who isn’t talking about Stranger Things these days?  Well, maybe people who haven’t seen it or don’t care for it, but that seems to be the minority, at least in my experience.  After finally finishing the eight episode series, I feel confident enough to talk about it, as well, rather than sitting on the sideline [...]

By | September 18th, 2016|Blogs, Horror, Sci-Fi, Television|0 Comments

Top Ten Music Albums

Aside from film scores and video game soundtracks, music is a subject that we haven’t really discussed.  I’m a huge fan of music and almost always have some playlist on, especially while driving.  That said, I have no talent for it, so I can’t make any calls on the technical aspects of the medium or [...]

By | September 15th, 2016|Countdowns, Long Posts, Music|0 Comments

Yuki Yuna is a Hero – Darker Than It Looks

There is a very specific, small subgenre that I really enjoy, something I like to call “deceptively cute.”  This can include other anime like School Live, games such as Pokemon, or Western cartoons like Courage the Cowardly Dog; essentially, something that looks much more innocent on the surface than it really is.  While it takes [...]

By | September 12th, 2016|Anime/Manga, Blogs, Long Posts|0 Comments

Undertale – The Indie Game Sensation

It has been almost an entire year since Undertale was released to the world, and it’s a subject that has been talked about to death and back.  While a lot of the hype for the game has kind of died down in recent months, I wanted to take a look at one of the most [...]

By | September 9th, 2016|Blogs, Video Games|0 Comments

D&D Stories – Looking for a Way Out

This campaign happened a good while after the one in which I played my idiot tiefling, around a year later, if not more.  We had a different group of players: a couple from the other group and a few who either had not had the chance to play or were relatively new to the game.  [...]

By | September 6th, 2016|Blogs, Tabletop Games|0 Comments

Fighting Games – Tips from a Noob

Fighting games are fun, but not the most accessible genre of video game by any means.  Some tend to be more forgiving than others, but a lot of it boils down to whether the player is facing a computer-controlled character or another person.  The two make for drastically different experiences, as I have learned time [...]

By | September 4th, 2016|Blogs, Video Games|0 Comments

Top Ten Comedy Anime

Anime is a medium that covers a wide variety of subject matter.  Despite that, I find myself watching comedy series much more often than not.  Comedic anime can still come in many forms, combined just as often with the slice of life genre, action genre, and so on.  As a result, it was a bit [...]

By | August 31st, 2016|Anime/Manga, Countdowns, Long Posts|0 Comments

Writing Prompt – “Whole”

(Prompt: People must not look outside at night from 3 AM to 6 AM.  Children are often kept in windowless rooms and adults often wear blindfolds during sleep to avoid incident.)   What time is it now? I wondered, staring up at my bedroom ceiling.  I spared a glance at my clock, only to see [...]

By | August 28th, 2016|Writing Prompts|0 Comments

The Fantasy Genre – Cliches and Variation

The fantasy genre is an interesting one.  When it comes to book series – especially the long-runners – fantasy seems like a good place to go, whether it falls into the classic style of elves and dragons, or a more modern style with guns and…more dragons.  Unfortunately, many of these stories can turn into something [...]

By | August 24th, 2016|Blogs, Books, Fantasy|0 Comments

Cowboy Bebop – Sci-Fi with Style

For a long time, very few anime had a big impact in the West.  We had a few along the lines of Dragon Ball Z or Akira, but the industry did not have much of a foothold outside of Japan, or so it felt.  But the 90s definitely saw its fair share of gems, one [...]

By | August 21st, 2016|Anime/Manga, Blogs|0 Comments

Top Ten Favorite Movies

We have countdowns on the podcast about our top five of whichever subject for that week, but sometimes there are topics that we leave on the side because one or more of us wouldn’t be able to contribute or narrow a list down that far.  The film industry is so broad in scope that it’s [...]

By | August 18th, 2016|Countdowns, Films, Long Posts|0 Comments

Dark Souls 3 – Semi-Early Impressions

There are some very mixed opinions about the final entry in the Dark Souls series right now.  Dark Souls 3 has been out for a few months, and, for better or worse, it has shown quite an impact on the Souls series as a whole.  Many people absolutely adore the game for what it does [...]

By | August 15th, 2016|Blogs, Video Games|0 Comments

Godzilla – Making a Comeback

Godzilla seems to be making a big comeback in recent years.  After the release of Godzilla: Final Wars in 2004, there hadn’t been any film in the franchise until the 2014 American Godzilla.  However, just a couple weeks back, the newest entry into the franchise released in Japan, this one by the name of Shin [...]

By | August 12th, 2016|Blogs, Films|0 Comments

BioShock – Rapture is a Scary Place

With the fairly recent announcement of BioShock: The Collection – a remastered collection of all three games in the series – and its release slated for next month, I wanted to delve into the setting of one of my favorite video games of all time.  The city of Rapture is the location in which the [...]

By | August 9th, 2016|Blogs, Horror, Video Games|0 Comments

D&D Stories – My First Character Was an Idiot

So, Dungeons and Dragons, that thing that epitomizes what it means to be a geek (at least to some)…  It’s a tabletop roleplaying game with a long history and legions of fans – for good reason.  Something great about D&D is how open it can be and how much players can accomplish within the world [...]

By | August 5th, 2016|Blogs, Tabletop Games|0 Comments

Anime in 2016 – A Few Recommendations

Hello, everyone!  On the latest podcast, it was said that I would give some recommendations on anime for anyone interested.  While I plan to make future lists about specific genres, I figured it might be beneficial for some to hear about a few recent shows that aired or are currently airing in 2016.  This will [...]

By | August 3rd, 2016|Anime/Manga, Blogs|0 Comments