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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 →

The Tetris Moment, Example 4: Zero Requiem

This is part 5 of 5 in a multi-part series about what I call the Tetris Moment in storytelling. There will be spoilers for important plot points of Code Geass in this essay. Zero Requiem Anime: Code Geass R2 (2008) Episode: 25 (of 25), “Re;” The first season of Code Geass was a bright, shining example of how great execution could elevate a show laden with fan service and product placement to astonishing levels. Always finding the right balance between… Continue Reading →

The Tetris Moment, Example 3: “I am your twin star.”

This is part 4 of 5 in a multi-part series about what I call the Tetris Moment in storytelling. There will be spoilers for important plot points of X in this essay. “I am your twin star.” Anime: X (2001 TV series) Episode: 12 (of 24), “Alternative” X tells the story of two superpowered fractions destined to fight for humanity’s future (or end) in the dooming apocalypse. While the Dragons of Heaven want to protect humanity despite its flaws and… Continue Reading →

The Tetris Moment, Example 2: “I offer them all.”

This is part 3 of 5 in a multi-part series about what I call the Tetris Moment in storytelling. There will be spoilers for important plot points of Berserk in this essay. “I offer them all.” Anime: Berserk (1997 TV series) Episode: 24 (of 25), “The Eclipse” In the introduction to this list, I mentioned different ways for the writer to set up their Tetriminos. They can chose to do so in secret, aiming to hit the unsuspecting audience with… Continue Reading →

The Tetris Moment, Example 1: “Just as planned.”

This is part 2 of 5 in a multi-part series about what I call the Tetris Moment in storytelling. There will be spoilers for important plot points of Death Note in this essay. “Just as planned.” Anime: Death Note (2006) Episode: 24 (of 37), “Revival” Death Note is the go-to anime for finding not one, but several memorable Tetris Moments. After all, the entire series is built around a supernatural game of cat-and-mouse, with the cat and mouse constantly plotting… Continue Reading →

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