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The Perfect Villain: Why Griffith Did Everything Right

Griffith did nothing wrong. Please don’t sacrifice me to the God Hand just yet, I’m not here to justify the inexcusable nor reduce everything to the powers of fate and causality. Neither would do justice to one of manga and anime’s most compelling villains. I’d rather approach the argument from the opposite side to make the case for why Griffith did everything right and explore how Kentaro Miura¬†created the perfect villain both thematically and as a human foil for his… Continue Reading →

Anime Review: .hack//Legend of the Twilight

Split up after their parents’ separation, twins Shugo and Rena reunite in “The World”, a popular MMORPG. Travelling the virtual environment as the chibi versions of legendary players Kite and BlackRose, the two quickly find out that something is very wrong with this world. Exposed to dangers beyond in-game death, the twins and their new-found friends will have to battle opponents both virtual and real to uncover the truth behind the dark secrets of The World. Back in 2003, the… Continue Reading →

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju, Episode 13 (Season 1 Finale)

Today, the curtain fell on Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju for the last time. Or so we thought. As it turns out, the show will be renewed for a second season, continuing the story of Konatsu, Yotaro and Kiku in the present-day timeline. While I would never have expected this show to get a continuation, I am glad and grateful to see more of these characters, Kiku in particular. But before returning to the present, we still need to examine the… Continue Reading →

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju, Episode 12

The innkeeper was careful to explain to them just what kind of show this was, so they listened without getting overexcited. Today was the day. The day Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju set out to break our hearts and bring its story to its inevitable tragic conclusion. Yotaro and Konatsu knew what kind of story awaited them when Kiku took off his coat to tell them about the unfulfilled promise between him and Sukeroku in episode 1. And we knew it,… Continue Reading →

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju, Episode 11

The execution of this week’s Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju wasn’t without its flaws. With the bar being set so high, this doesn’t mean it couldn’t still be a very good episode, even though it sacrificed some of its trademark subtlety in favor of making sure to get its important point across unmistakably: Kiku, having metaphorically died in his first Shinigami performance last week, being brought back to life through interacting with Konatsu and reviving Sukeroku’s rakugo. Narratively, this was all… Continue Reading →

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